How I discovered Energetic Healing
Much like so many others who have traveled this path, it wasn’t until I discovered Energetic Healing practices that my true recovery really got going! Sure, I had done the Western Philosophy to treat mental health and chronic illness for almost 30 years and yet I was barely surviving. By the time I opened into spirituality I was barely hanging on by a thread and was open to trying ANYTHING!
After I had been in a severe car accident in 2000 that caused deep trauma to my already failing body I became so desperate as to undergo an experimental therapy for which I have much regret… not that the method itself wouldn’t have worked, however, I found the Mad Scientist of a doctor. It was such a grotesque and excruciating experience, the plunging of a rather long (huge) needle haphazardly along my spine and into soft tissue throughout my back and neck… and yes… Plunging and hunting! It was so awful that each person who experienced a session could only endure it once! They could not bear to watch me subject myself to the torture I was choosing to undergo in hopes that relief of some sort would finally be felt. Unfortunately, to deal with the trauma of the treatment itself, and the residual pain it created I was taking Vicodin, Morphine and anything else that could ease the pain. For 3 days I would be rolling in and out of consciousness… waking only long enough to get another dose of Morphine… then back off to LaLa Land!
This is just one of the completely insane approaches us desperate souls will go to to try to find relief. In addition, I began my pharmaceutical journey at the ripe age of 17 with the very now popular Prozac! However, when I was diagnosed, as a junior in high school, with severe depression the natural reaction was to immediately place me on this medication. The funny part of this experience was that at the time Prozac was an experimental drug! I was never told this and did not realize it until a couple of years later when I went to get my own health insurance; I was denied coverage for 5 years due to having taken an experimental drug. At this time some safety data had been released about the side effects and cautions of taking Prozac and the insurance companies were not covering anyone who had been anywhere near this questionable drug. And I was experiencing worse depression and other symptoms that I had not dealt with prior.
I was on and off medications for depression, anxiety and others symptoms that were the side effects I was experiencing through out my life on pharmaceuticals.
I experienced my first Energy Healing over 15 years ago with Quantum Connective Healing. I am blessed to have a brother in law, Herb, who is a phenomenal healer and Chiropractor. He knew from a very young age that his calling was to offer healing to those souls who were suffering. Dr. Herb Akers is a Chiropractor, Nutritionist, an Applied Kinesiologist and medical Intuitive. He is founder and developer of the Art of Matrix-ReGeneration, a healing approach that combines traditional healing with the understanding of quantum physics.
Yet, I was still so closed to the concepts of healing without drugs and from within myself that he eventually had to request that we stop the sessions. It was through my lack of realization and understanding of our bodies and souls co-existence that I would not allow my body to mend as it wanted to…
Fast forward several years and by now I was chronically ill and literally struggling to exist on a daily basis. My next long-term experience with energy work was through Acupuncture. It, along with allergy testing and food sensitivity information revealed led to short term relief. I was unable to keep up on the methods and modalities that were helping me because none of this was covered under my insurance. I was being placed on medical leave and my employer was unwilling to work with me. I was losing my job and going on short-term disability. I was eventually diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia. Short-term turned into Life Long. My dis-ease persisted and eventually I was on the verge of complete adrenal shut down. Thanks once again to Herb, I was pointed in the direction of Adrenal Fatigue and how to naturally heal from it. This is when my recovery really began to transform.
This was 7 years ago and although I was moving in the right direction, uncovering my truths about the part that emotions, nutrition, lifestyle and soulstyle play in our overall wellness it wasn’t until almost 2 years ago that I received my first Raindrop Technique session, began using essential oils in my healing and lifestyle arsenal, uncovered incredibly deep truths and self-compassion that I was catapulted into my Divine Wellness and began to understand my deeper reason for making it through the journey that is my Life. Once my heart and soul had opened through spiritual connection I finally became open to experiencing the life changing experiences that Energy Work can provide. This is where my Healing Journey really began and took hold…
Since then I have discovered that I am a highly intuitive Empath whose Archetype is that of Shaman. I have become a certified Reiki Master, Ordained Minister, Mind/Body/Spirit Wellness coach and advocate; I have experienced advanced healing modalities and experienced profound healing and deep understanding of my TRUTH! It was within the experiences of the spiritual connectedness and the energy work that the Lotus began to blossom from the mud and the depth and beauty of my path began unfolding before my (third) eye!
So… What is Energy Healing?
“Energetic Healing is an umbrella term for any therapy that manipulates the energy circuits in our physical or subtle bodies to regain balance and facilitate our body’s innate healing mechanisms.”
Some of the more well know therapies that fall under the heading “energetic healing” include Reiki, Reflexology, Kinesiology, Thought Field Therapy and Acupuncture. However, energetic healing also encompasses lesser known natural therapies such as: Aura and Chakra balancing; Flower and Vibrational Essences, Crystal Healing, Colour Therapy, Spiritual Healing, and other forms of bodywork. Energetic healing practitioners are usually trained in a number of modalities and will combine these in their own unique way. Many combine intuitive skills with their practical and theoretical skills.
Energetic healing takes a holistic approach that looks beyond the physical to manipulating the subtle energy systems (meridians, auric bodies, chakras, nadis) where the cause of the dis-ease can be located.
“Energy healing — tapping into the body’s own frequencies as a type of alternative medicine — is being taken seriously by health practitioners trained in both eastern and western modalities of medicine.
And science is backing up its powers: One 2013 study found that 10 minutes of energy healing was as effective as physical therapy in improving the range of motion in people with mobility problems. UCLA even has en electromyography (EMG) lab that studies electrical activity in the body.” Does energy healing really work? The Daily News puts four methods to the test.
Why Should I try Energy Work?
Well, really… why shouldn’t you?
- It releases energy blockages so you feel energetically lighter and happier.
- It accelerates the body’s natural ability to heal itself and increases vitality.
- It helps clear negative emotional and mental thought patterns.
- It clears stress and tension to allow deep relaxation.
- It can help with acute injuries, chronic health issues and relieve pain.
- Cultures have studied the body’s energy centers for thousands of years.
- You don’t have to be spiritual to benefit from energy healing.
- Energy healing is based on scientific principles.
Is Energetic Healing appropriate for children?
I certainly believe so. I have 4 Empathic children. My oldest is 19 now and was raised in a more traditional america manner, while our youngest is now 5. He is Autistic and has taught us so much about the perceptions of the world we live in.
As children, we were freely creative and intuitive: exploring, playing, making believe. When our conscious mind or ego kicked in around the age of seven to nine many of us began to lose our connection to pure imagination and to our inner voice. Where we live, our culture, family, friends, religion and even the media, all play a very important role in influencing our reality. Most of us end up, as adults, so full of other people’s ideas we lose touch with our own inner voice or Higher Self. Hidden on our bodies, in these energetic patterns caused by childhood traumas, are all the ideas we may not have completely understood but still accepted as truth. These patterns of confusion continue to attract energy or feelings which eventually have no place to go but out, expressed as hurt, anger or sickness.
Additionally, these energy modalities are practiced with our gifted children as a method of allowing their truth to be expressed and compassion to be offered through understanding, acceptance and cellular healing.
How Can Reiki Help with ASD?
Studies and anecdotal reports indicate that Reiki may provide a number of different benefits to people who participate in sessions on a regular basis.
Some of the benefits that may be helpful for people with ASD may include:
A chance to connect with another person in a different way.
One of the hallmarks of ASD is difficulty with social interaction. Children and adults with ASD may find it difficult to make a connection with the people around them, whether they are family members or classmates. During Reiki sessions, an individual with ASD will have the chance to connect with his or her practitioner in a unique way.
Reduced stress and anxiety.
People with ASD are often fidgety and hyperactive. Studies have shown that exposure to Reiki may reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, which may in turn have a calming effect on individuals with ASD.
Healthier sleep patterns.
ASD can disturb sleep patterns significantly, which leads to exacerbated symptoms and more stress. Reiki may improve these sleep patterns, allowing the client to get a more restful, restorative sleep.
More control over the disorder.
The parents of children with ASD, as well as the children themselves, often feel that they are at the mercy of a disorder they cannot control. Reiki sessions allow both children and their caregivers to be proactive about dealing with symptoms and improving quality of life.
Although some studies and reports indicate that Reiki may be helpful for people with ASD, performing Reiki on a client with this condition can be challenging for the practitioner. Especially in the case of young children, ASD makes it difficult to remain still and calm for extended periods of time. Because Reiki sessions require the client to be still, this can present a problem. Some parents of children with ASD have found that Reiki sessions are more successful when the child is drowsy or asleep. Other parents report that beginning with a shorter Reiki session and gradually working up to a longer one is effective for children with ASD. I highly recommended finding a practitioner who is familiar with and embraces the ASD child’s perspectives and boundaries. Make sure that your practitioner is aware of the diagnosis and the potential challenges before the first session so that he or she can prepare properly. A short initial 15 to 30 minute session may be appropriate.
Reiki for Caregivers
The effects of Autism Spectrum Disorders aren’t restricted to the person with the diagnosis. Parents and other caregivers of children with ASD also deal with significant worry, fatigue and emotional turmoil as they attempt to care for the affected individual. In many cases, these caregivers even experience physical problems as a result of the ongoing stress. Reiki may help caregivers to deal with some of these issues so that they can provide better care for their child. Specifically, caregivers who participate in Reiki sessions may benefit from lower stress levels, less anxiety and better quality of sleep. Participating in Reiki sessions may also help the caregiver to improve his or her understanding of the purpose of these sessions, the procedure used and the nature of the results.
Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment. However, some of its effects may be beneficial to children and adults with ASD. Because Reiki produces no side effects and poses no risk of complications, it can be used in conjunction with medication and other therapies. Reiki’s role is as an adjunct therapy to support traditional care and is used with many symptomatic illnesses and disorders as a complementary therapy.
A Deeper look into some modalities:
What is Reiki?
Reiki refers to the life energy that flows through all living things.
Reiki can help many ailments such as colds and flu, head and stomach aches, and can also help more serious illnesses such as heart disease. It can also help anxiety, depression and other mental health disorder.
Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui in the 20th Century. He found that it is possible to use hands to transfer energy back into the body to assist healing. Toothaches, cysts and many other ailments have been found to benefit from reiki healing. Even pets can benefit from reiki healing.
Reiki uses mild touch or no-touch methods, along with spiritual practices, to help return the body back to balance. Balance can mean making you feel energized when you are tired, comforting you in times of stress, and relaxing you during times of distress.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the application of essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Oils may be applied to stimulate healing in both humans and animals. They may also be applied to maintain existing health, promoting wellness and optimal well-being physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Essential Oils are extracts from the plant fluids that maintain plant life. These fluids and resins move through the plant’s circulatory system in the leaves, stems, roots, and flowers, carrying nutrition to the plant cells and carrying waste products out, just as human blood functions in the body. Because essential oils are composed of the tiniest of organic molecules they can pass through cell walls and membranes delivering therapeutic benefits, not only to the plants that create them, but to people as well. They are God’s natural medicine and have been recognized and used by humans for over 5,000 years that we know of. Essential oils are mentioned over 500 times in the Bible and were used by Moses, Aaron, Mary and Joseph. Jesus also received and used them, teaching his disciples to anoint the sick with oil and heal them. (Mark 6:12-13).
Aromatherapists apply essential oils in several ways. They can be inhaled, where the molecules of oil enter the blood stream via the lungs and travel to the organs and tissues of the body where they can administer their benefits. In some cases they can also be taken orally. Most commonly they are rubbed directly on the skin, usually the feet or the back, and are often diluted with a natural carrier oil, such as olive, almond, or grape seed. In all cases, the small essential oil molecules penetrate into the body and assist in obtaining a balance that can lead to strength and health.
Carrier oils, which are used to dilute the powerfully concentrated essential oils, are the fatty oils we like to eat. Corn, Peanut, and Olive oils are examples. Food oils are not essential oils. They are produced in the seeds of plants where they stay and do not circulate. They do not circulate because they are composed of large molecules that cannot easily penetrate tissues. Neither are they aromatic. God created the food oils, not only for us to eat as humans, but also as food for the young, germinating plant. Plants have to create their own food. In order to do so they must have roots, stems and leaves. But when a seed is first planted, there are no roots, stems and leaves. So God provided a drop of fatty oil in the seed to nourish the budding plant until it can capture the sunlight and rain and make its own food.
Raindrop technique is a method of applying a variety of essential oils to the feet and back that may bring many benefits to the receiver.
The essential oils used in aromatherapy have many advantages over many other modes of healing, such as pharmaceuticals. To learn more about the benefits of essential oils and how they can enrich your life, check out the books, videos, and training seminars offered by CARE.
What is Raindrop Technique?
“RAINDROP technique is a powerful, non-invasive tool for assisting the body… Raindrop Technique originated in the 1980s from the research of Dr. Gary Young working with a Lakota medicine man named Wallace Black Elk. It integrates Vitaflex technique with the power of essential oils in bringing the body into structural and electrical alignment.” (from the Essential Oils Desk Reference)
Raindrop Technique uses a sequence of essential oils that are immune enhancing, support the body’s natural defenses, as well as the circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, nervous, and other body systems. These oils, which are high in antioxidants, are also mood elevating and antiseptic, creating an unfavorable environment for harmful viruses and bacteria that can hibernate in the body. Essential oils are known to boost stamina and energy, help you relax, help manage stress and frustration and promote overall health, vitality, and longevity. The principal single oils used include:
- Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
- Oregano (Origanum compactum)
- Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
- Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
- Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
- Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
The oils are dispensed in little drops from a height of about six inches above the back, which is where Raindrop Technique gets its name. They are then massaged along the spine and back muscles. They are also applied to the feet.
The whole process takes about an hour and may continue to work in the body for up to one week following a Raindrop Session, with possible realignment and bodily adjustment taking place during this time.
“Raindrop Technique is not a cure-all or a magic bullet. A healthy balanced body is the result of a well-rounded program of exercise and proper diet. Health is everything we do, say, hear, see, and eat. The Raindrop Technique is only one tool to help restore balance in the body that will result in good health.” (from the Essential Oils Desk Reference”)
Learning and performing Raindrop Technique is a simple skill that can be learned by anyone and does not require a health care certificate or license. It is ideal for mothers, fathers, spouses, and friends to practice on each other to the benefit of everyone’s health.
Many professionals, including chiropractors, massage therapists, osteopaths, reflexologists, and certified aromatherapists have found Raindrop and Vitaflex techniques to be an excellent addition to the repertoire of their practices.
Scientific documentation on the results of raindrop has been compiled into a publication entitled, “The Raindrop Study: Statistical Outcomes and Experiences with the Raindrop Technique of Aromatherapy (see Books and DVDs). A portion of this study may be downloaded from this website.
With The Emotion Code, you will understand how Trapped Emotions can create pain, malfunction and eventual disease. In addition, Trapped Emotions can exert a dramatic effect on how you think, the choices that you make, and how successful you will be.Perhaps the most important discovery that Dr. Nelson has made is that trapped emotional energies will often gather around the heart, creating a “Heart-Wall” that may block you from giving and receiving love freely.
The Emotion Code is a powerful and simple way to rid yourself of unseen baggage. Releasing Trapped Emotions often results in the sudden disappearance of physical problems, self-sabotage, and recurring relationship difficulties.
From Dr. Nelson: “People often sense that they have emotional issues, but don’t know how to get past them. The feelings that seem to be in their way are often due to their trapped emotions. They are usually amazed to find out that their emotional baggage often consists of discrete energies that became trapped during emotional events they experienced in their past. They are even more amazed to see how easily these energies can be found and removed and by how different they feel when they are freed from them.
In the same way that you cannot see the wind, yet you can feel its effects, trapped emotions are invisible and they can exert powerful forces upon you. Trapped emotions can affect you physically just as much as they can mentally and emotionally. It is my experience that a significant percentage of physical illnesses, emotional difficulties and self-sabotage are actually caused by these unseen energies.
The Emotion Code has been created to give you new insight, to show you how trapped emotions can cause all kinds of problems, and give you the means to release them. You can take your life back, enjoy better health, and finally be free from the insidious and subtle forces that trapped emotions are exerting upon you.”
Are you ready to dip your toe in… or to take the plunge?
Haha, really… you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain! These are some of the methods I utilize in my energetic practice. I would be honored to introduce you to the amazing benefits and experiences of an overall trifecta of wellness… aligning and balancing the mind, body and spirit as one to achieve your optimal lifestyle goals!
My energy healing services are offered locally at 884 Lincoln Way, Suite 37, Auburn, CA 95603 and are also available as online sessions! Please contact me or use the link below to book you session today! I look forward to assisting you along your journey of self-discovery and soul healing.
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