John Beaulieu is a world-renowned speaker, composer, pianist, and naturopathic doctor. He is one of the foremost philosophers and major innovators in the area of sound healing therapies. Dr. Beaulieu is the pioneer of a technique called BioSonic Repatterning™, a natural method of healing and consciousness development using tuning forks and other sound modalities based on the sonic ratios inherent in nature.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grew up in Indiana and went to college at our two big ten schools Purdue University and Indiana University. I love Indiana and just being there shaped my life and gave me “earth” and good common sense. To this day, although I have not been back to Indiana for many years, I still call Indiana my home.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
I do not think this way because if I realized something earlier, my life would not be what it is now. So I do not spend time wishing I realized something I know now earlier or wishing something could have happened differently.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
Except for sociopathic personalities, everyone makes recommendations with good intentions, and how those recommendations are valued is an individual choice. I have made recommendations at the beginning of my career that I learned to change to better recommendations – so who am I to judge other’s recommendations. I have even made recommendations that I changed and later changed back. I focus on my mission and doing the best I can to express it and I assume that sooner or later there will be a better more improved version of expressing my mission. In other words, bad recommendations are the fertile soil that gives rise to good recommendations.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
All periods –dark or light –are learning periods. Letting go of and learning from “lighter periods” is sometimes just as much a challenge as learning from the darker periods. What is meant by darker periods is that some lessons are harder to learn than others – and if we do not learn the need for learning will repeat itself in different forms. The process of learning is called adaptation and change in stress science. When we take the need to change personally and resist it this is the beginning of a dark period. I prefer to listen to the “winds of change” and adapt as quickly as possible. Past stories are like sitting around the campfire and telling tales – other than this if the lesson is learned and the story was only the catalyst.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
My wife Thea.
What is your morning routine?
I wake up at daybreak. I meditate and do my tai chi form. I eat a light breakfast i.e. a bowl of oatmeal and a cup of Earl Gray Tea, I write, I work on music projects, if scheduled I speak with patients or have business meetings. This is my morning routine, and it is interrupted if I have a golf game.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
Meditation and Tai Chi every day for fifty-plus years.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
Have a daily routine and stick with it however not in a rigid way. For example, I learned at an early age to practice piano every day and this morphed into meditating every day and doing tai chi every day. I write every day for a minimum of five minutes and what is important to me routine and consistency and somedays I will write for hours however I am committed to five minutes per day. I have learned and practice only that which I can control – to put it another way, “you can control what you can only control”. I do not spend time dealing with that which I cannot control.
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
“All something is an echo of nothing.” – John Cage