As part of my series about the “How Business Leaders Plan To Rebuild In The Post COVID Economy,” I had the pleasure of interviewing Patrick San Francesco.
Patrick San Francesco is a world-renowned energy healer and internationally recognized humanitarian, philosopher, teacher and inventor from Goa, India. He is the chairperson of the Samarpan Foundation in India, USA, South Africa and Malawi.
Today, Patrick travels the world; healing, teaching his unique energy healing techniques in workshops, imparting his philosophy through talks on higher consciousness and initiating projects to empower the underprivileged. He is the creator of Apphealing. Applying his philosophy of, ‘the greatest good for the greatest number’, Patrick is dedicated to addressing the basic issues facing humanity.
To this end, he has pioneered a unique earthquake resistant and affordable green building technique, internationally certified and capable of withstanding 9.8 on the Richter Scale. He has unveiled a whole and complete food, available for free to everyone on the planet. He has designed a natural and self-sustainable irrigation system for afforestation and he is currently working on a low energy water generator. In Patrick’ words, “It is my conviction that nutritious food, drinking water, healthcare, shelter and education should be the birthright of every human being.”
Patrick’s contribution to humanity through healing, humanitarian projects and life sustainable inventions is globally acclaimed and his philosophy can be applied in everyday life. Patrick’s mantra of Love, Peace, Happiness, Kindness, Simplicity and Clarity is personified in his volunteers and demonstrated throughout his foundation’s projects.
Thank you so much for your time! I know that you are a very busy person. Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’ and how you got started?
I began healing at the age of 4, in my hometown of Bangalore, India. Initially, the healing consisted of demanding that God should “take care” of those around him who were ailing. In hindsight, I attribute this to my childlike innocence that invested a complete and total faith in the Divine. Eventually, the word of my healing spread and soon more and more patients were knocking on my door. One day in 1987, at the age of 30, I began to see colors of energy and their specific tasks in nature. By harnessing these colors, I realized that I could use these energies like a “toolbox” to heal the human body. With these colors and their unique properties, I also began teaching others how to heal.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lessons or ‘take aways’ you learned from that?
One day a patient came to me for healing for his kidneys and since I was just a kid I had no idea what kidneys were. The only time I had heard of kidneys was in steak & kidney pie. So I remember telling God, “God, I don’t know what these kidneys are but fix them fast, I want to go out and play”. On mentioning this to my dad, he told me that in order to be a healer, I would need to have sound understanding of the human body. The memory of that day spurred me on to pursue an in depth knowledge of the human body and its functioning.
Is there a particular book that you read, or podcast you listened to, that really helped you in your career? Can you explain?
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. I found his poetic philosophy in parallel with my thinking. His depictions of circumstances have always been a reference point for me.
Extensive research suggests that “purpose-driven business” are more successful in many areas. When you started your company what was your vision, your purpose?
When I established my foundation, it was simply about doing what needed to be done and not making any ado about it. My vision is to strike a balance so as to give every human being an equal opportunity in life.
Do you have a “number one principle” that guides you through the ups and downs of running a business?
Give everything your best effort but have no expectation for the result.
Thank you for all that. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our lives today. For the benefit of empowering our readers, can you share with our readers a few of the personal and family related challenges you faced during this crisis? Can you share what you’ve done to address those challenges?
I feel that this question doesn’t apply to me, therefore I would like to take this opportunity to explain my personal philosophy of life. That is, “whatever is, is.” To elaborate, I take everything in my stride with the firm knowledge that if it (a challenge) is presented to me, it is within my capacity to solve it without enduring stress.
Can you share a few of the biggest work related challenges you are facing during this pandemic? Can you share what you’ve done to address those challenges?
The greatest challenge has been the lockdown and the consequent restriction on movement to carry out my foundation’s humanitarian projects. We approached the government authorities and after establishing our bonafides we obtained permission to travel (albeit limited) to our various project sites. As regards my healing work, the effect of the lockdown has prevented me from global travel to conduct my healing sessions, discourses, workshops and meditations. However, I have been fortunate enough to continue my work unimpeded via online platforms.
Many people have become anxious from the dramatic jolts of the news cycle. The fears related to the coronavirus pandemic have understandably heightened a sense of uncertainty, fear, and loneliness. What are a few ideas that you have used to offer support to your family and loved ones who were feeling anxious?
Since my philosophy is the greatest good for the greatest number, my concept of family and loved ones is not limited, but rather extends to all. What I experienced was a dramatic increase in the number of people contacting me daily for healing for anxiety, stress and fear, so I decided to begin Live Streaming a series of meditations on YouTube daily. These meditations focus primarily on boosting one’s immunity, providing peaceful and calming vibrations, dispelling fear and anxiety and generating a sense of happiness. I have found that these daily meditations have become the focal point for thousands of people daily, giving them a great sense of comfort.
Obviously we can’t know for certain what the Post-Covid economy will look like. But we can of course try our best to be prepared. We can reasonably assume that the Post-Covid economy will be a trying time for many people across the globe. Yet at the same time the Post-Covid growth can be a time of opportunity. Can you share a few of the opportunities that you anticipate in the Post-Covid economy?
It is my firm belief that a prosperous society begins with a healthy society, meaning that of a resilient mental, emotional and physical nature. Therefore, I predict that the emphasis post-Covid will be on health and health related issues. I also predict there will be a greater need for esoteric practices like meditation, mindfulness and yoga.
How do you think the COVID pandemic might permanently change the way we behave, act or live?
The focus on hygiene and immunity will be greatly heightened. I anticipate a sense of global unification to meet future challenges. As the old saying goes, “the greatest motivation for unification is a common enemy.”
Considering the potential challenges and opportunities in the Post-Covid economy, what do you personally plan to do to rebuild and grow your business or organization in the Post-Covid Economy?
As there has been no impediment to the growth of my work, there will be no need to rebuild. Rather, I will make further efforts to continue to spread awareness through education and arm the underprivileged through empowerment.
Similarly, what would you encourage others to do?
I would encourage them to develop spiritually by focusing outwards by being more mindful of the needs of others. A good lesson to keep in mind is instead of where the center of the circle is the individual, and the circumference is the potential of the individual.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Do NOT start the new day with the regrets of yesterday or the insecurities of tomorrow. Rather look behind you (past) with understanding, look before you (future) with faith and look around you (present) with love.” This quote is relevant to me as I live one day at a time for that is all I possess.
How can our readers further follow your work?
They can visit my website www.patricksanfrancesco.com