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Video of Healing Touch in Chicago VA Centers

This short video was produced by the Chicago area VA system about use of Healing Touch for veterans, & how much it has helped them, especially with PTSD. It included interviews with the veterans about their personal experiences.

I offer this  to encourage more HT students & practitioners to consider volunteering to do HT sessions for veterans, and also to  the VA centers & those in charge of VA Stand Downs to consider having Healing Touch as part of your offerings.

Please check out the video – it touched me deeply! 

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FLOW as it applies to Energy Healing work

This is an excerpt from a post by Jackie Lawson, HTCP on her web page.

I have heard athletes talk about being “in the zone,” and I have read many accounts of artists and musicians describing their experience of “aesthetic rapture.” Now I am finding people from every discipline talking about “Flow.”

Flow is a state of complete focus, mental clarity, and instinctive action. These are the characteristics of Flow: the sensation of being outside normal reality; the feeling of timelessness; the sense that you are part of something larger; the absence of physical pain; and the experience of ecstasy.

The term Flow was coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, (pronounced “CHICK-sent-me-high-ee”) one of the world’s leading researcher on positive psychology. Check out his Ted Talk “What makes a life worth living?”

In a WIRED interview about, of all things, websites, Mihaly  was asked: “What do you mean by flow?” His response was:

“Being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”

I experience the state of Flow every workday in my healing practice. I would say that as a healer, I have experienced Flow through Connection with Higher Source, Mastery and Setting a Loving Intention.

I propose that Flow + Love = Sacred Space.

I think it’s all the same state. Healing makes whole and, after a healing, clients feel much less addicted, unbalanced, and needy long after the session. In fact, in my practice, energy work has helped clients overcome physical and emotional addictions.

Flow is a healing state.

Please comment with any thoughts, experiences or ideas.

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Want to learn basic energy self care?

Coming up on May 4-5, 2019, in sunny Sequim, WA, is a great opportunity to learn some easy self-care techniques using Healing Touch. My Level 1 Healing Touch class includes many easy-to-learn techniques to help yourself and others to de-stress, relieve pain, reduce anxiety & depression, sleep better, strengthen you immune system and improve you well-being on physical, mental, emotional  spiritual levels.

Stuck energy cartoon

This 2-day class provided 18 continuing education contact hours for nurses, massage therapists and physical therapists, and category 2 hours for physicians. That said, it is open to anyone with an interest in learning more about the human energy system and how to keep it open, clear and balanced.

Here’s a downloadable brochure for the class. Register & send in your deposit by April 5 to receive a significant discount on the tuition.

May 2019 L1 Brochure

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Mindfulness in Stressful Times

In these days of the spreading viral pandemic, feelings of stress, anxiousness, fear & even panic are common. Alas, what can we do to calm our minds and still the nervous body?

Mindfulness – being present in each moment, allowing self-reflection and insight, is something that, with practice, carries the capacity to transform turbulent times & situations into new possibilities for learning and compassion.

There are many ways to practice, but what I want to explore with you today are some of the tools of Energy Psychology specific for enhancing mindfulness.Here are some sample steps for transforming distress into inner peace:

  • When you note internal distress, visualize placing a white light around the whole situation, and step back a bit.
  • Then treat yourself with gentle rubbing of the mid-chest, the heart area, and affirm: Even though this pandemic is happening, even though I feel anxious, I deeply and profoundly accept myself and trust that there is positive learning and joy in this.” Repeat with your own words on the underlined areas as often as needed so you don’t get stuck in negative perceptions.
  • Next, allow yourself to move to gratitude. Notice every little thing that does indeed work well, including your fine and powerful mind. Write down 10 things for which you are thankful; then add 10 more.
  • Take time for reflection while doing daily tasks. Be mindful, aware, of getting dressed, doing the dishes, making lists, housecleaning, preparing food, eating, walking the dog.
  • Gently pat or tap all of your body starting at the head, neck, shoulders and arms, across your body, reaching to the back and down each leg to your feet, bringing increased vibrancy to all your cells.
  • Imagine each cell of your body listening carefully to your thoughts and send deep thanks to all of your being and to your environment.
  • Each evening before going to bed, write down at least 3 things you were grateful for that day. Can’t think of anything? How about being able to see, hear, taste, smell & touch? I’m grateful for having a bed, warm covers, a room with a roof that doesn’t leak. Have enough food to eat. . .water to drink. . .a place to sit. . .family. . .a pet (or 2 or 3) – all good things to appreciate.
  • When you awaken the next morning, try repeating this short gatha from Thich Nhat Hanh. (I know, it’s not energy psychology, but it works well to help start the day on a positive note.) “Awakening this morning, I smile. 24 brand new hours are before me. I vow to live each moment mindfully, and view all beings I encounter with eyes of loving kindness.” When I do this, after the words ‘all beings’, I add ‘especially Copper’ my loving dog who is always there when I arise. That way, both of us wake up happy!

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Nothing Should Divide Us

This poem expresses what I hope – that through this pandemic we can see our close interconnection as human beings, and our interdependence with our planet and all its life forms.

We who inherit the earth,

who cheer the new moon peeking

through the clouds,

who admire the green leaves of summer

turning to lustrous reds and yellows,

who watch them fall to the ground –

cold, brown, stiff . . .

We who give birth to new life,

who are exhilarated by the sun rising,

who are romanced by the setting sun,

who dream to the floating clouds . . .

We who have left a passing mark on the future of the world

must have the same heart,

must have compassion for one another,

must have respect for each person,

must understand that though we have differences,

we all want the same things.

Nothing should divide us.

modified from a poem by Susan Polis Schultz, 2001

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Poem for the Pandemic

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.”

-from Richard Hendrick (Brother Richard) in Ireland
March 13th 2020