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Hidden Gems: Meet Deyna Libiran of Inner Alchemy Source

Today we’d like to introduce you to Deyna Libiran.

Hi Deyna, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Twelve years ago, I was working for my families’ small group of restaurants in San Diego as Wine Director/Sommelier. I grew up in the industry, so naturally I figured it would be my destiny to walk in the footsteps of a restauranteur. However, it never fit the way I thought it would, and there was always something else that was calling me. I just wasn’t sure what that was. My health (mental and physical) was also starting to decline pretty quickly during that period, and I experienced my first episode of burnout. I now know all those symptoms I was experiencing was largely attributed to being on the wrong path. It just took me a minute to listen to my body and listen to what was inside.

When I finally left the restaurant industry in 2010, I took a few months to figure out what I wanted to do. I also learned Transcendental Meditation during this time, and that was really pivotal for deciding on my next step. Mostly because the meditation helped me in cultivating more awareness and certainly more presence. After experiencing that all of those toxic methods of instant gratification became less appealing.

What’s funny is that I only had acupuncture twice before deciding that I wanted to go in the field of integrative health and wellness. It was certainly a very new ambition, and I never considered myself “sensitive” or a “healer” growing up. I feel like becoming an acupuncturist kind of just happened for me, and when I started my schooling at the Pacific College of Health and Science, I fell in love with it. It all just made so much sense, and I knew right then and there I was on the right path.

Fast forward to nearly a decade later, now I really understand what those two initial acupuncture sessions did for me. Those two treatments basically opened my eyes to a better, more wholesome way of living. It gave me a glimpse of my potential and reminded me that we all have more power than we think to make change. Again, I didn’t realize this until being in practice for five years. And it took a few years of busy clinic work and treating as a general practitioner to really narrow my focus down to deeper, more meaningful work that makes the most sense for me and the times we are living in.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Parts of it have been smooth, and lots of parts have been struggled. I got really lucky that I cultivated a strong professional relationship with an established acupuncturist during the third year of my schooling. Once I graduated and became licensed, I was hired on immediately as an associate. So from the get-go, I started treating patients right away. But during this time, I received an invaluable amount of mentorship and guidance. Not just with the business side of things but also with how to be a healer. How to be present and how to get in touch with my intuitive side.

When I made the very difficult decision to leave my clinic job to focus on my private practice, it was a major learning experience. I made a lot of poor business decisions either out of fear or pure fantasy. One example of this is moving my practice location four times in the first 15 months of being in business for myself. I also had to learn a lot about marketing and being okay with my voice being heard. I grew up really shy and introverted, and that side still comes out from time to time. So shouting from the rooftops about the services I offer and who I am as a practitioner was no easy task in the beginning. It’s getting a little easier now, especially since I feel like what I am doing can help a lot of people.

The coolest thing about being in this profession is that it almost forces you to be a better version of your previous self every day. And I feel like you already have to do that as an entrepreneur in order to make a difference. So the struggles that come along I know are just there for me to learn and grow from. It’s definitely not easy for me to be in practice for myself, but honestly, I don’t think I would want it to be easy. As long as the problems are worth solving, then I’m all game.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Inner Alchemy Source?
After this last year, I’ve done a complete renovation of my practice to fit with the times in a way that is aligned with my values and desire to serve the community. We are at an interesting point in human history, and although Chinese Medicine has been around for thousands of years, systems should continue to adapt and evolve in a way that makes sense and is in accordance with what is going on in our world and society. We are entering a time where people are really taking time to reevaluate their values and how that fits into their jobs and professional lives. This is apparent with what is being called the Great Resignation. After the forced pause of 2020, it’s apparent that so many people (even those who were deemed essential and continued to work through the pandemic) had a glimpse of what is and isn’t working in our society. I think this led to a deeper calling for a significant amount of people.

After doing an immense amount of study, self-work, observation, and data collecting in my own practice over the last five years, it really resonates that the classical and underlying purpose of Chinese Medicine is to nourish where one is going, not necessarily where they have been. It’s about supporting one’s purpose in life. Here, it is thinking beyond the “preventative” notion as a means to keep one from getting sick. Instead, it expands into treating based on the obstacles and problems one may face as they take a step forward in their growth. At least, this is the underlying intention.

With that being said, my services are beneficial to those who are open to the idea that any blockages, ailments, or stresses being experienced could possibly be due to a signal that they aren’t on the path they would really like to be on. Or maybe they are on the right path, but they either need to let go of or open their eyes to something before they can take the next step. It’s always a process, and my goal is to help others in working through that process, problem-solving, and improving every day so that they can make a difference in the world in a way that is meaningful to them. I am here to do what I can to support their calling in a way that sustains balance, resilience, and flexibility.

I also work to support my clients using the 5-Pillars of Wellness as a foundation – Mindset, Movement, Nutrition, Rest, and Connection.

In addition to individual sessions, I also offer two programs at the moment, with more to come.

The first program is the 21-Day Revival, and I’ve been running that since earlier this summer. It is 21-days to enhanced energy, focus, and inner balance. The program emphasizes a hybrid Ancestral/Eastern Nutrition Eating template, weekly acupuncture sessions, goals to move and meditate daily in a way that works and is appropriate for each individual, and ongoing support and coaching.

The second program I offer is new and something I am really excited about. It’s called the Purpose Generator, and it is a three session program that combines acupuncture and auditory brainwave technology. The program is designed for those who are currently in transition or have reached a plateau – in between career choices, uncertainty surrounding major decisions, or just plain lost in their current line of work or personal lives. It’s a means of getting one back in touch with their inner purpose through the wisdom of 5-element theory, acupuncture, and auditory brainwave tones. Combining the two modalities takes one deep but also back to their natural selves without the noise of outside influence. After all, the answers tend to be deep within. So far, the feedback and results have been incredible.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My parents have always been incredibly supportive in my pursuits. What I appreciate so much about them is that they always just wanted me to be happy. A strong work ethic was certainly encouraged, especially since both of my parents have an entrepreneurial spirit and worked in the grueling restaurant industry. However, they never pushed me to be something that I am not. For that, I am forever grateful.

My former boss and mentor Jennifer Moffitt was a major influence on me as a practitioner. She understood me well, sometimes a little too well. And she knew how to call me out for being in my head all the time. It’s certainly valuable to be “thinking type” in a field like Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, but you can’t be afraid to listen to your intuition from time to time.

Currently, my partner has been exceptionally patient and tolerant with me. We got together right before I went into business for myself, and she has been so incredibly flexible and understanding with everything. She has been a major form of support and inspiration during this process.

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The personal photo is credited to Flo Li of FloLi Photography. https://floliphotography.com/

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