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A few weeks ago I wrote about a retreat I went to in Idyllwild, California. There were two group phone calls afterward and someone asked: “How do I keep this peace, this connection, and joy I felt during the retreat in my daily life?”

“You don’t ever have to leave it! Make it your priority to touch this place through your practices each day. Be devoted. It will stabilize through your devotion. “

Supriya Neika Whittemore, Sound and Silence Retreat Facilitator

I realize now that devotion is a deeper place of commitment to peace than I have experienced before, and this commitment to peace connects me to everything – my work, my relationships, my life. So simple.

What a beautiful perspective.

Thank you, Supriya.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

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Several months ago my friend Mary Gaetjens asked me to drive with her to a retreat in Idyllwild, California. At that moment, I was feeling way too attached to my schedule, and I knew it was time to get away from my to-do list. Sometimes just the right thing arrives at just the right time.

The retreat was called Sound and Silence. There was silent meditation, chanting, good food and quiet time in a stunningly beautiful place

It was perfect. The photo above is of one of the 12 women I shared this extraordinary time with. I had forgotten how deeply restorative a retreat can be.

There is so much more I want to say about this adventure, but for now, I think the photo pretty much sums up the whole experience.

To Find out more about the Sound and Silence Retreats, email Supriya at Supra777@yahoo.com

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

Penny Burdick, MD, HTCP is a board-certified holistic family physician. She retired from an active family practice of 31 years at the end of 2011.

Dr. Burdick created a modification of a Healing Touch technique called Mind Clearing that you can easily do on yourself. Self-Mind Clearing is a set of hand positions that balances the energy flow within the brain and relaxes the mind. Her Self-Mind Clearing technique has been approved by the Healing Touch program and was published in the March-April 2015 edition of Energy Magazine.

Try it right now!  Click below to watch the video and follow along with Sita Thompson, who demonstrates the complete technique.

You can also check out her blog here:  http://mandalahealingtouch.com/self-c…/self-mind-clearing-2/

Thank you, Dr. Burdick!

IMG_0893I often schedule a healing for myself when I feel sluggish or ungrounded. Most of my clients also come for a session when they feel out of balance or stressed.

A few months ago I had a client who came for a healing so that she could energetically align with her highest intentions. This involved taking her small business to a new level.

Before the healing, she explained exactly what she wanted to manifest. She had researched her initial goals as much as she could. She had reorganized her office, her schedule, and even her computer to handle the expected volume increase.

She had also spent months deeply reflecting on the personal issues that had once held her back. Her insights were remarkable. She was so clear and grounded, and so present.

For her, the healing was a culmination of all the internal work she had done. She saw her business as an external manifestation of that work. She was now ready to align with her highest intentions and move forward in her life.

I could feel the energy in the room moving before she even got on the table. The session was so powerful. The energy was swirling, rolling, and expanding throughout the session. The vibration was very high; my focus as a healer was to keep the space grounded for her.

It was an eye-opening session for me. I was reminded that healing is not just about fixing what is wrong or out of balance. The healing space, sacred space, is also a place from which to create and manifest.

It is important to note here that the most transformative Reiki and Healing Touch sessions are often very subtle. So subtle that the effects of many healings are not even realized until days after the session.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. Jeri still schedules a Healing Touch session for herself when she feels stuck.

IMG_0321I have clients who come for regular healing sessions. Some come once a month, some every two or three months, and some people sign up for a short series of healings when they need support during a challenging time.

It’s so easy to get caught up in habitual energy patterns, and let old emotional and mental behaviors run our busy lives. A healing often has the effect of hitting a reset button. After a session, clients report feeling grounded, refreshed and back in their creative flow.

Signs that you are stuck in repetitive energy patterns are: compulsive eating, obsessive thinking, feeling powerless and low energy, lack of mental focus and even just feeling uninspired. A Healing Touch session may help you deeply relax and experience a profound peace that can realign your nervous system, release emotional blocks and jump-start your energy flow.

A peaceful, cohesive energy system makes it so much easier to access deeper intuition, personal guidance and creativity.

I have to add here that if a client is really out of balance, he or she may feel a little spacey right after a healing session. It may take a few hours for their system to adjust to the healing. This is often the case with jet lag, especially after returning from a vacation from halfway around the world. Afterwards, clients report feeling so much more grounded and clear with a faster time-zone adjustment.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

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Equine Reiki Training July 25th, 2015

Last July, I attended Kathleen Prasad’s Equine Reiki Training.

I first learned about Kathleen’s work via YouTube. I found a video of Kathleen doing Reiki in a shelter full of dogs. Her simple approach to Reiki is a welcome bridge between my studies in non-duality, my healing practice, and my life in general. There are moments on my spiritual path where I can’t tell if my meditation practice is deepening or dissolving. Reiki with animals puts me in a space where all that doesn’t seem to matter.

Since discovering Animal Reiki, I have watched Kathleen’s videos and read most of her books and online articles. I have given her book “Reiki For Dogs” (which is brilliant) to many of my friends and clients. I took her email correspondence course, The Animal Reiki Workshop: Core Curriculum, and during that course, I found and adopted my dog, Berkeley.

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Berkeley loves Reiki

So you can imagine how excited I was to attend her Equine Reiki Training.

The class was held at BrightHaven, which is a Sanctuary and Hospice for senior and special needs animals. It is a typical ranch style house in Santa Rosa filed with cats, dogs, chickens, horses, two goldfish, a pig and a goat. There was so much love in that house I felt like I was sitting in a temple. I consider it one of the most sacred spaces that I have ever entered.

Richard Pope is a Director and one of the Founders of BrightHaven, and he was at the workshop sharing his wealth of stories about the animal residents as well as taking groups of us to the horse pastures. 

Kathleen donates half of her workshop fees to BrightHaven.

I work with Reiki every day, but sharing Reiki with a 1000 pound animal was an experience that took me completely out of my element. It was more profound than I had anticipated. The first horse’s attraction to the energy was so strong he backed me into a tree; he really liked the Reiki. I was surprised by how emotionally (and physically!) moved I was by interacting with the animals.

The stories Kathleen told throughout the day were educational as well as totally fascinating. She shared the pivotal experiences that taught her how to be Reiki with the animals. Her understanding of animals, healing and life is priceless.

Below is a quote from Kathleen’s blog post: 5 Things You Need To Know about Animal Reiki Today

“Reiki teaches us to be compassionate to ourselves and to others. Ultimately, there is no difference, since all is One. It is this Oneness space that Reiki helps us to tap into with its many tools. When we are with our animals, we can often touch this space, feeling our hearts merge with our animals’ hearts. These moments are so profoundly moving. We can often see a wonderful healing response arising naturally from these compassionate moments.”

I felt this “wonderful healing response” arise in me. The horses appeared to like it too.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am through 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

 

Anita Moorjani

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Anita Moorjani is always spot on.

In this article for Huffpost she writes about  “4 Myths That Keep You From Living Fully And Fearlessly”. Here is a quote from the article:

“…One of the biggest lessons I learned from nearly dying of cancer is the importance of loving myself unconditionally. In fact, learning to love and accept myself unconditionally is what healed me and brought me back from the brink of death. During my workshops and speeches, I often tell the audience to “Love yourself like your life depends on it, because it does!”

Here is her TedxBayArea talk.  In the  first 2:50 minutes of this clip, she talks about her death and starts describing her “expanded awareness” afterwards. This video is really worth the eighteen minutes and five seconds it takes to watch it.

I am greatly inspired by Anita. I hope you enjoy the links.

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

Self-Reiki-Badge-300x300I have recently worked with several new clients who have taken a Level One Reiki class, yet were not “doing Reiki.”

While giving a Reiki session is a beneficial for both the giver and the receiver, the most important healing you can give is to yourself.

As I have written about before, doing Reiki daily, or in my case nightly, has proven to be more valuable than I would have ever thought possible. Besides waking up much more rested in the morning, giving myself Reiki before I go to sleep releases and balances my physical body. My nighttime sessions have also become the time when I seem to get my most creative ideas. I tell you, I’m really getting a lot out of this.

It also just feels good.

I started doing Reiki after reading the blog of Reiki Master Pamela Miles. Click on the badge and read what she has to say about daily Reiki treatments. Also check out her post: Can Reiki Help You?

Thanks for the badge, Pamela!

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.

 

IMG_5864One of my main objectives when I started writing this blog was to encourage my readers to use energetic healing in their own lives. Healing is a gift we all inherently possess and can easily access to benefit our family, friends and, most importantly, our own well-being.

If you have any interest in hands on healing you can take a class, and start healing on a daily basis. Many of my clients have taken just one Healing Touch or Reiki class and have significantly supported friends, family members and themselves through chemotherapy and other health challenges. Healing classes are also a great place to meet other healers and start trading sessions. I’m a big advocate of developing a healing community.

I also hope to help inspire health organizations to use energetic healing – especially the modality Healing Touch and Reiki – in nursing homes, clinics, assisted living facilities, hospitals and hospice to support wellness, prevent disease, ease pain and keep us in balance.

In the future I may be writing and reflecting on the specifics of what I am experiencing in my healing sessions and I don’t want to detour anyone from their path to healing because they think they have to see auras before they can heal. You don’t have to see or feel energy to make a difference in someone’s life with a healing session.

My vision: There will come a time when every family has at least one member who enjoys doing hands-on-healing. Children will start energetic classes in grade school. People will ask for a healing before reaching for an aspirin.

Every one of us has the ability to make our lives more comfortable, healthier and, as I have experienced from my first day of Reiki, more joyful!

Go for it.

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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