Updated: Oct 28, 2021
“Energy Healing”… it’s everywhere now. You can hear Dr. Oz talk about it, get chakra candles at the Dollar Store, crystals at Urban Outfitters and spend thousands of dollars to have a “master healer” instantly relieve you of all your ailments for a “personal evolution like no other.” Energy healing is trendy and it’s big business.
Eighteen years ago, it was a different story. At that time, I was having some personal awakenings and became interested in what was going on beneath the surface. There wasn’t a lot of readily available material or courses, but books like Vibrational Healing and Hands of Light really intrigued me and made so much sense. I felt a strong pull to help others and decided to enter this interesting profession.
I spent a weekend (yikes, a mere two days!) getting a certification, got some business cards and excitedly launched my career in the healing arts. However, my enthusiasm didn’t last long. Running energy on my clients was definitely relaxing for them, but they weren’t making the shifts I hoped they would. Something was missing from the mix, but I didn’t know what. My curiosity prevailed and I embarked on a long quest to understand what robs people of their innate vitality and how to restore it energetically. And what I learned was far beyond anything I had ever known.
Yoga and the Science of Life Force
My attention shifted to the yoga and I spent years studying the many layers of this ancient healthcare system. I became proficient in energy anatomy, understanding how prana, or life force energy, functions in the body and mind. I learned how it flows through the subtle body’s energy channels, the physiology and psychology of the chakras and their disease patterns, and how to recognize deficient or excessive energy in my clients.
Yoga also taught me that disease often starts in the mind through negative thoughts, outdated belief patterns or a sense of separateness from a higher power. I learned that the mind controls the body and plays a major role in the quality and quantity of prana. I came to understand how much power we have to innately self-heal and I was able to cure myself of long-standing health issues that I didn’t think was possible.
This knowledge was key for me and explained why my initial foray into energy healing wasn’t successful. I couldn’t put my hands on people and make them heal their minds, only they could do that.
As I began to therapeutically work with people, I noticed that many had certain stories that dictated or dominated their lives and this had a direct correlation to their health. These were challenging events like a divorce, a job loss, a death, addiction, negative family dynamics, sibling rivalry, a disease, abuse…things from the past that had not been processed yet were still a central theme. At this point, I understood why energy healing hadn’t originally produced the results I wanted – people needed to be able to release the deep-seated personal myths that hindered them before their health could rebound.
Battling Body Armor with Bioenergetics
In addition to mythical obstacles, I also observed specific muscular tension patterns in my clients that presented like a physical armororing of protection. It was as if the body had taken on a certain shape as a defense or coping mechanism for what one might be holding on to.
Once again, fascinated to know why, I immersed myself in the field of Bioenergetics, a therapy that uses the language of the body to heal the problems of the mind. It acknowledges the link between physical pain, muscle tension, and postural disorders with state of mind, demonstrating that suppressed emotions, unhappiness, and anger can block energy flow and cause physical distress. A lack of life force energy is the result of chronic muscular tensions, a condition caused by the suppression of feelings.
Through years of study, I learned numerous, simple exercises that helped to dissolve chronic muscular and energetic holding patterns and I saw tremendous and empowering changes not only for myself, but for my clients. Oftentimes, the unresolved personal myths would melt away along with the release of the physical tension patterns. It appeared that the body had stored the unprocessed stories in the tissues and, given the right conditions, the muscles could relinquish the charge that was held so tightly.
Ayurveda and Elemental Healing
I next spent thousands of hours studying Ayurveda and acquired another mind-blowing layer of energy healing skills. This sophisticated health system helps people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.
There are two main guiding principles of Ayurveda:
The mind and the body are inextricably connected
Nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind
I learned that freedom from illness depends upon expanding our own awareness, bringing it into balance and then extending that balance to the body. So this built onto what I already knew about releasing patterns for greater consciousness but in a very organic way.
I came to see how the five elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth manifested within humans and all of creation. The principles of Ayurveda made so much sense to me and completely enhanced the way I related to literally everything. I could actually see how excess fire presented in someone as anger or impatience or how too much wind created anxiety and worry. Strong digestion is a major goal in Ayurveda because it helps people not only break down and assimilate their food, but also to more easily digest their life experiences. As I helped clients enhance their digestive fire, I noticed that situations they were dealing with became less challenging and more manageable. They had more control over their lives and could more easily work through their baggage. Accessing the Spirit Realm with Shamanism During much of my time in these fields I was also exploring Shamanism, a nature-based path of direct revelation that acknowledges that each person has access to Spirit and spirits for self-healing. Through recurring dreams I was called to make a drum and intuitively knew how to play it. I’ve since conducted many shamanic journeys - the inner art of traveling to the invisible worlds beyond ordinary reality in order to retrieve information for change in any area of life. It still blows my mind, how easily my clients can access the celestial realms and receive potent messages. Also, soul retrievals, power animal retrievals, and divination journeys have become powerful modalities in my toolkit. Healing Doesn’t Always Have to Be Hard
So here I am today – wiser, much more capable and confident in my abilities to help people find the answers they are looking for. I have come to see how the human condition truly works and bow with compassion and love for each person that trusts me with their healthcare issues.
Through my 18-year journey into these healing arts I’ve worked with hundreds of people and am better equipped to recognize the behavioral patterns, belief systems and unresolved stories that may be hindering their healing. The myths that we impose upon ourselves can be precursors for disease and also some of the biggest obstacles to a life of vitality.
As a society, I think we tend to believe that healing has to take a long time, be arduous and that we have to suffer. I sure did. But after witnessing many incredible and even spontaneous shifts, I know this paradigm does not have to be true. YOU are the Master Healer My journey has brought me full circle with energy healing and what I have learned is invaluable. The body tells a story and the heart tells the truth. My main focus now is to empower people to self-heal --- just waving my hands over them isn’t enough. I am not a master healer and I am not sure anyone else truly is, but I believe YOU can be the master of YOUR healing. Only you can access your heart and soul for the truth to be ignited. I simply offer safe space, guidance and personalized tools to work together towards your goals. Given the right circumstances, I believe the potential for enhancing our human potential is limitless.