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This August, I attended the 2014 Healing Touch Worldwide Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois. There were over 350 Healing Touch Practitioners attending from all over the world, including Canada and Japan. There are many parts of the conference I plan to write about, but the most profound was the transition of our respected elder, leader and cherished community member, Sharon Robbins, RN, HN-BC, CCHt, HTCP.

Sharon Robbins was the Executive Director of the Healing Touch Professional Association. She started as a Holistic Nurse in private practice offering Complementary and Alternative Medical therapies to her clients. She began studying energy medicine in 1992 and became a certified Holistic Nurse and  certified Healing Touch Practitioner in 1998. Sharon was the Chair and/or Co-Chair of the HTI Business Council from 2001 to 2007 and was a Board Member of Healing Touch Worldwide Foundation, Inc. since 2006. Sharon Robbins also founded Healing Touch California with a small group of other Healing Touch practitioners.

I became aware of Sharon Robbins as soon as I realized there was this vast and supportive Healing Touch Community. I did not know Sharon well personally, yet I felt greatly supported by her work, deeply touched by her death and immensely inspired by her life.

Sharon modeled professionalism. As a healer, being professional provides the guidelines I need to bring energetic healing into the world, as well as how to present myself to our medical culture. Professionalism has brought great clarity to my work as a healer. When I had any questions about how to approach a healing situation responsibly, the first person I called was Sharon Robbins.

At the conference on Friday morning, Sharon was dressed as an angel. She brought angel wings to wear in a skit on ethics in our healing practice. She was the fairy godmother in the skit, who came down to give guidance to a beginning healer.

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After breakfast on Sunday morning, Dawn Warnaca bravely and beautifully announced to all 350 of us that Sharon had made her transition overnight. When I fully realized what Dawn was saying, it felt like the floor just dropped away and the ceiling opened up. Soon there were pictures of Sharon with her angel wings, on the projection screens in front of us.

It was so surreal. Sharon was so ALIVE on Saturday. I have never experienced someone so fully engaged and present in the moment, suddenly just vanish. Sharon always had perfect blond hair that reflected light well. She was literally shining the day before.

Throughout the rest of Sunday, Cynthia Hutchinson (Healing Touch Program Director) and Lisa Mentgen-Gordon (CEO of Healing Touch and the Healing Touch founder’s daughter), shared more about Sharon and the rituals that they had honored her with early that morning. They were obviously heart-broken over losing someone they had loved and worked with so closely over the last 20 years, yet so professional and sensitive in the handling of the situation. I cannot imagine the shock and grief they felt that morning.

My heart, that Sunday, just opened up. I will never take another day in my life for granted. Even now, as I write this blog post weeks later, I can still feel the energetic shift is now a part of me. It now almost feels like a blessing. Life is so precious.

When I put all my emotions and sadness aside, I can see the beauty that in her last day on earth Sharon was surrounded by over 350 Healing Touch Practitioners and friends, celebrating what she loved.

Thank you Sharon, for all the energy, commitment and love you poured into our Healing Touch Community. I will benefit from it for the rest of my life and will do my best to carry your spirit forward in my Healing Touch work.

 

Photo by Cathy Andersen

With Laurie Ratto at the California Healing Touch Conference

With Laurie Ratto at the California Healing Touch Conference

I am part of a community of Healing Touch Practitioners who live and work throughout the Bay Area. This community is a continual source of inspiration and support for me in my healing practice. Today I would like to share an article written by my colleague Laurie Ratto,“Healing Touch Helps Those with Cancer”.

Laurie Ratto has a private Aromatherapy and Healing Touch Practice in Alameda, California. She is also a RN. In this article Laurie mentions our volunteer work as Healing Touch Practitioners at the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic. While she writes about my success with neuropathy in my private practice, it was one of Laurie’s sessions at Charlotte Maxwell that made me first realize how beneficial Healing Touch could be for my clients going through Chemotherapy.

I am not an isolated healer. I am part of a dynamic, enthusiastic, heart-centered group of healers who are creating a new paradigm of possibilities. These are exciting times.

Enjoy Laurie’s article.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm,in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. 510-601-9632

 

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. The characteristics of Flow are: 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, web sites, Csikszentmihalyi  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 watch my clients access Flow. Healers are Flow Hackers.

My fascination with the concept of Flow began when a friend sent me an NPR link of Dave Iverson interviewing Steven Kotler. Kotler is the author of “The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance”. Kotler is now on my genius list and “The Rise of Superman” is waiting for me at my local bookstore. In the video below Kotler takes the concept of Flow to a new level:

 

 

Definitely check out the videos on Kotler’s website. They are beautifully produced and give you a compelling look into the athlete and artist’s access to the state of Flow. I got an adrenaline rush just watching them. Scroll down to see the videos of Flow Hackers Patricia Parker (Dancer), William Parker (jazz bassist) and Jason Russell (video maker) talking about their creative experience of Flow.

In his video How Far Will You Go For Greatness – The Dark Side of Flow Steven Kotler states “Flow is built around Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. Three of the most powerful motivators know to man. This is a dangerous edge to walk.” This video address the addictive side to Flow when reached through high-performance athletics such as skateboarding and mountain climbing. It also touches upon the neurochemicals the state of Flow releases in the physical body.

I would say that as a healer, I have experienced Flow though 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. When attained through energetic healing and breathwork there isn’t the addictive aspect of the flow 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 many clients overcome physical and emotional addictions.

Flow is a healing state.

Please comment with any thoughts, experiences or ideas.

 

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. 510-601-9632

 

Healing Touch California’s 8th Annual Regional Symposium: “Healing From The Heart”

Ann Seckinger’s Workshop, Healing Touch: The Heart of Hospice

It has been almost a month since I attended this year’s Healing Touch California Symposium. I cannot believe it has taken me so long to write this post. Needless to say, it has been a busy month.

These regional symposiums are such a wonderful opportunity to meet other Bay Area healers, take a few workshops, and hear lectures and new ideas specific to energy healing. I always come back to my healing practice invigorated.

This year there were nearly 100 Healing Touch practitioners, students, and instructors from Healing Beyond Borders, Healing Touch Program, Healing Touch for Animals and Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry. Michele Bernhardt, Vice President of Healing Touch California, described the gathering in a recent newsletter as,  “…a community of sharing, learning, light and love.”

Click here to get an overview of the conference, keynote speakers and pre-symposium workshops.  Check out the photos, too.

In this post I want to focus on Ann Seckinger’s presentation, Healing Touch: The Heart of Hospice. Ann Seckinger is a Chaplain at Gentiva Hospice in San Jose and has served on the Board of Directors of Healing Touch California for six years. Ann is passionate about providing heart-centered care for those facing the end of life.

Ann’s well organized, two-hour presentation covered how Healing Touch is used in hospice to help people with less than six months to live. She talked about how Healing Touch can help manage physical pain, balance emotional needs and create a deeper spiritual connection for people as they prepare to make their transition.

As Ann said, “Hospice adds life to days when days can no longer be added to life.”

She explained that Hospice care is composed of a multidisciplinary team that includes the patient’s physician, hospice doctor, registered nurse, certified health aides, medical social worker and chaplain.

She also presented research on how Healing Touch has been shown to help hospice clients by reducing leg pain, giving relief from constipation, and decreasing the amount of pain medications needed. To learn more, check out her slide presentation here.

Ann’s stories about her work were the best part of the presentation. I was impressed by her case load of 40 patients; seeing some patients one or two times a month. Ann has a strong work ethic, and is committed to being fully present for her patients. While I was inspired to learn about the benefits of Healing Touch in hospice, I was really moved by Ann herself.

Ann Seckinger is heart-centered. Yet, what I was really struck by was her strength, clarity and humility in which she brought that heart energy into the world. Ann is really making a difference for many people in a medical culture that is often less than accommodating.

I realized that being heart-centered is more than being sensitive to other peoples’ emotions and needs in the external world. Being heart-centered is also an internal source of strength that guides you and helps you create a great sense of peace and presence every day.

I came away with a renewed faith in the human spirit.

Thanks Ann.

Photo by Geoffrey Matsumoto

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. 510-601-9632

Healing Touch In The Hospital

Healing Touch In The Hospital

A few months ago I was asked to do a series of healings in a nearby hospital. My client could not be touched because she was in a very fragile state, had intense pain, and was in contact precautions. In this picture I am wearing the protective gloves, mask and paper robe I was asked to put on before entering my client’s room.

Healing Touch doesn’t require physical touch and is very effective when I work off the body, directly in my client’s energy field. This set of healing sessions helped significantly to reduce my client’s physical pain. I was told she also slept better and had fewer side effects from her pain medication.

I also gave my client’s daughter a healing, even if I only had 15 minutes for her, every time I went to the hospital. Caregivers can really benefit from even a few minutes of energy work, especially when they are also sleeping overnight at the hospital.

So you don’t have to wait to get a healing until you, or a loved one, are discharged from the hospital. Ask about Healing Touch at your medical facility. You can also check here for a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner in your area.

Note to healers: If you are wearing a sweater, I suggest taking it off before putting on the paper suit. Even though it feels thin and light, the paper is really warm.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm,in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

Flowers From Susan

Flowers From Susan

“Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.”
Gary Zukav

After reading Healing Touch Scope and Standards of Practice, a concise and well-written booklet published by the Healing Touch Program, I felt inspired to share the principles in the booklet that I feel describe the spiritual aspects of my work.

Healing Touch Scope and Standards of Practice describes the standards and responsibilities that all Healing Touch Practitioners and students are accountable to. It also provides the history and background of the Healing Touch program, as well as outlines the benefits and use of the modality of Healing Touch.

On page 15 there is a section titled Major Concepts and Principles Specifically Taught in the Healing Touch Curriculum. It lists 30 statements which define the core of my healing practice. The five below best describe my experience of sacred space:

Number 7. The healing act is a sacred process. The practitioner intends to energetically create sacred space no matter what the physical environment is.

Number 8. The practitioner is a conduit for Universal Energy. Practitioners do not give up their own energy but in fact receive energy when treating others. Synonyms for Universal Energy include Source, Spirit, God, Goddess, Love, the Universe and the All as well as, other terms based on the practitioner’s preference.

Number 9. As practitioners allow energy to flow through them for the benefit of another, they receive benefit. Therefore, the treatment will positively influence both the practitioner and the recipient.

Number 14. All healing is self-healing between the person and his/her spiritual source. The practitioner influences, but does not control the outcome of the treatment.

Number 30. We acknowledge that pure spiritual love is life’s most powerful healer. Love is understood, felt and demonstrated through human thinking, feeling, and actions.

After a healing session, clients often describe their experience as spiritual. Some, even after only one healing, have told me their perception of life had shifted forever. They often report that everything feels more connected, and they felt real peace for the first time.

This peace, this connection, is the energy that does all the healing and is present in every session. Connecting with this energy creates peace in the body, the mind and the emotions. Anxiety attacks become less and less frequent, headaches ease, guidance is heard and sleep is more restful. This is the energy that expands perceptions, heals wounds, contains all possibilities, and includes everything and everybody.

Healing is the experience of pure spiritual love.

c. Jeri Lawson 2014 "Centered" All Rights Reserved

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

DSC_4049I would like to thank Johanna McCloy for this wonderful article she wrote about Healing Touch, my healing practice, and how beneficial energy work can be for anyone going through Chemotherapy or Radiation.

Thank you, Johanna!

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

NCCA

There is big news in the Healing Touch Community.

Healing Touch Certification and Healing Touch Program have announced that the Healing Touch Certified Practitioner credential has become the first Energy Medicine profession to achieve accreditation through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.

Healing Touch is also accredited through such programs such as American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and many more.

It is a significant milestone for all energy medicine modalities to have our profession and credential recognized as a professional occupation. It’s another step in the integration of energy work into our healthcare culture and our lives.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

Garden Flowers

Garden Flowers

One of my first long-term Healing Touch clients had Parkinson’s Disease. He came for Healing Touch because his condition had advanced to the point where he was going to have to start taking medication due to his tremors.  He had been referred to me through a friend who had experienced a great deal of relief in his Healing Touch session for a completely different condition.

He told me before we started that first session that I was the first alternative healing practitioner he had visited. (No pressure!)

After that first session, his hands, which had been shaking quite a bit, were just barely vibrating. For the next year he came weekly and his shaking, although never completely balanced, was always greatly reduced at the end of the session. He always told me our sessions deeply relaxed him. After a year of Healing Touch, he still needed to start taking medication, which initially reduced his shaking. The energy work continued to greatly enhance his quality of life.

Although the Healing Touch treatments did not cure my client’s Parkinson’s, our sessions did keep him off medication for a year. At that time, which was over ten years ago, the drugs had some serious side effects and cost $300.00 a month.

Another client who came because of Parkinson’s did not shake at all. He was losing his balance. After the first session he was surprised at how much better he felt: relaxed, peaceful and much more positive. He came to me once a week and after every session, he felt emotionally clear and then noticed that he was physically more balanced about 4 hours after the session. His friends started to comment on how much he had improved after a few months of healings.

In my experience, there seems to be as many types of Parkinson’s as there are people diagnosed with the condition. Sometime people shake and sometimes they don’t. I find different energy patterns in every client and use different techniques to balance the energy. Healing Touch can be an amazingly effective intervention for Parkinson’s Disease.

A note to other Healers here: When giving a healing to a client with Parkinson’s that has tremors, start with the leg/side that shakes the most if you are doing a full body balancing technique. This has proven to be the more relaxing for my clients. When I start with the more stable leg, clients have said that it can feel agitating in the beginning of the session.

I have also had sessions where my client’s Parkinson’s symptoms were not that dramatically affected in the first session. Most of the time, clients who do not get significant relief from the first session do not come back, so I don’t know if several treatments would have helped more. Everyone does report that they feel much more relaxed and peaceful after the healing.

If you, or someone you care about has Parkinson’s Disease, I highly recommend Healing Touch, Reiki or Energy Work. You might already have a friend or family member that is a Reiki Master. You can also check the Healing Touch website for a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner in your area.

At the very least, the session is relaxing. It might also be, like many of my clients have found, the intervention that greatly increases your quality of life.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

ReikiThis post gives me another opportunity to state my world vision:

Everyone has the opportunity to learn Reiki, Healing Touch or other hands-on-healing modality, and can choose to give regular treatments to themselves, family members, and friends. Everyone has the option to use energy work to feel less anxious, more emotionally balanced and reduce pain in their physical body.

Over a year ago, I decided to give myself daily Reiki treatments. I am still amazed at the results. Reiki keeps me emotionally centered and in a state of better health, with higher energy and mental clarity.

For me, regular self-treatments also includes better and more restful sleep.

About 4 months ago, during a very busy time in my life, I found I was consistently waking up during the night. I took that time to do extra Reiki on myself. Sometimes I would fall asleep soon after starting the healing, but sometimes I would complete a full hour session while wide awake. The most interesting thing is that even when I was up for several hours at night, I was very rarely tired the next day. I found that I stopped worrying about how fatigued I was going to be the next day when I couldn’t sleep. That in itself was very, very – like phenomenally – helpful.

When doing energy work my hands sometimes get hot and sometimes they don’t. During those night sessions my hands were super hot, which felt great in the cold weather. I started really enjoying the late night healings. It was so relaxing, quiet and peaceful.

Eventually, though, I started sleeping though the night. I feel so fortunate to have such a valuable resource at my fingertips.

You can have it too.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

 

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