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I would like to share some research about energy work supporting people with cancer.
“Growing evidence supports the potential benefits to patients with cancer when the best conventional care is combined effectively with complementary approaches (Deng & Cassileth, 2005; Deng et al., 2007). Patients want more information about the potential benefits of complementary therapies; in addition, they believe access to those therapies should be included in standard cancer care (Coss, McGrath & Caggiano, 1998).”
– The Use of Healing Touch in Integrative Oncology by Laura K. Hart, RN, PhD, CHTP/I, Mildred I. Freel, RN, MEd, CHTP/I, Pam J. Haylock, PhD, RN, and Susan K. Lutgendorf, PhD
This in-depth article was written for oncology nurses describing the integrative use of Healing Touch in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation for cervical cancer patients. It can be downloaded from The Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI). Warning: If you go to the CHI website you may be there for hours. It’s fascinating.
The Use of Healing Touch in Integrative Oncology is a dense and informative article. There is even a breakdown of several Healing Touch techniques – magnetic connecting and clearing, chakra connection, liver drain and mind clearing – and how each technique benefits the patients.
There are many interesting ideas in this article that I could write about, but that would make a very long post. I will just note here how the article defines of words “complementary” and “integrative.”
“Referring to alternative modalities as complementary indicates that they are being used in conjunction with conventional therapy. When the modalities are considered integrative, they are being incorporated into the care delivery of the medical system.”
I think I will be using the word “integrative” quite a bit now – especially when manifesting a world vision of energy work becoming readily available in our medical culture. Yes!
Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California 510-601-9632
A core belief is a decision that you have made about yourself, or your life, on a subconscious level that becomes dominant and repetitive.
We are often acting from these decisions, these beliefs, without even realizing it. Just becoming conscious of a core belief can release you from limiting habitual patterns and make a HUGE difference in the choices you make in your life.
A core belief may be:
“I Am Not Good Enough”
“I Am Unlovable”
“Relationships Are Not Safe.”
After a Healing Touch session, one client told me she realized that she believed “If I Don’t Succeed, I Will Die.” It was then clear to her why she had so much fear in her work environment and making changes in her career.
Even though many clients have uncovered core beliefs in their Healing Touch and Reiki sessions, I have found Clarity Breathwork to be the most potent and effective modality for bringing light to any unconscious beliefs that are blocking your vital energy.
The first core belief I uncovered in my initial series of Clarity Breath sessions was “Life is Hard.” When this came up during my breathe with Clarity Breathworker Maggie Ostara, she asked me to repeat the affirmation “Life is not hard.”
I could not even say those words out loud. Every fiber in my body knew life was hard, even though before that moment I had not been aware of it.
Maggie saw how embedded this belief was in my psyche, so she asked me, “Are you willing to believe life is not hard?”
I was willing.
I realized I knew many people who operated very successfully from the understanding that life was not hard for them. So for weeks after that breathe, every time I felt myself feeling that life was hard, I thought to myself “I am willing to believe that life is not hard.”
I now live my life from a place that is not hard and that was 8 years ago. I still work quite a bit, and there are challenging moments, but life feels like it just flows now. This was a huge shift from how I used to operate in the world. It was a great healing.
I recently held space for a woman who discovered and released a core belief that healed her body of headaches. Here is part of what she wrote me afterward:
“In my last breath session with Jeri, she helped me get to a new layer of a core limiting belief before the session even began. During the breath session, I saw the events in my life that had set & re-triggered core limiting beliefs. I watched them as if I was a purely compassionate being watching a movie. I had the distance to realize that within the pattern were things I hadn’t noticed before that were causing me physical illness. I then worked to balance my body and align my chakras. Jeri helped guide that process by releasing tension in my shoulders and neck. Energy flowed through my body in a way it hasn’t in years.
I released the personal pain surrounding the pattern (forgave) and was able to see the pain from a general, human perspective.
The day after the session and since I’ve felt more energized, my mind is calmer, I’m sleeping better, my personal interactions are richer and even difficult communication is not strained. The headaches I’ve been having on and off for years are definitely more “off”, in fact, I’ve only had one show-stopping headache since the breathe and it only lasted for 20 minutes! Generally speaking, I’ve had show-stopping headaches that lasted weeks.”
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.
Being an energetic practitioner is a constantly evolving journey. The energy is always guiding me. Often I find many techniques that have worked so well in the past just fall away as new awareness arises.
In my practice now, I feel a deepening of the work, of the sacred space, how connected everything really is. “I” feel I am doing less, and my clients are receiving more.
This shift has led me to the teachings of Kathleen Prasad. After watching her YouTube videos and reading her books, I decided to attend her three-day Animal Reiki Teacher Training last weekend.
Here is a quote from her website answering that very question:
“Animal Reiki is a spiritual practice of compassion for all beings. In a nutshell, “doing” Reiki for animals simply means learning to meditate with your animals. The practices of Reiki help us navigate our life’s challenges with grace and surrender while we learn to listen to and be present for others in a compassionate space. Compassion is the ultimate healer.”
Kathleen’s classes are unique in her emphasis on traditional Japanese Reiki techniques integrated into Animal Reiki practice. Kathleen is passionate about Reiki, connecting with animals, and she is a gifted teacher. I found her constantly evolving journey with her Reiki practice very validating and life-affirming.
There is so much I took away from this class (but not the kitten in the photo, thank god). Let me just say for now that if you are interested in animals, Reiki, or meditation, I recommend that you put a Reiki class from Kathleen on your bucket list. Make it your number one item.
The Reiki Workshop was held at BrightHaven Holistic Animal Retreat in Santa Rosa, California. There is so much love at BrightHaven; I feel so good just being there. During the class I was able to share Reiki with the cows – Buttercup and her baby, as well as chickens, pigs and Odie the goose!
This workshop has opened the door to a new level of healing within myself. What this means for my energy work will unfold in the next few months. For now, I will sum up this post with a quote by Kathleen:
“In the energetic space of healing all possibilities exist.” – Kathleen Prasad Co-Founder SARA – Shelter Animal Reiki Association
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.
Here is a sweet video from the participants of the last Clarity Breathwork Intensive in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Ashanna Solaris and Dana DeLong are now taking this beautiful work all over the world. If you want to get away and go deep, this is a training/retreat for you.
Thank you, Dana! Thank you, Ashanna!
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Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am through 8pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California
Here is a very sweet video about Clarity Breathwork, featuring my beautiful teachers: Ashanna Solaris and Dana DeLong.
I would like to share an email I received from a client after her first Clarity Breathwork session. Thank you, J.E., for taking the time to write such a beautiful description of your experience and also giving me permission to post it here.
“I just wanted to check in and let you know how moved I am by our breathwork yesterday. You are a healer and your gift is a bright light that I am grateful to have in my life. Yesterday’s session was very intense and the pain nearly unbearable towards the end. Your intuitive touch and your healing words gave me the strength to move through it…to stay with it…to heal the pain and survive the release. My guides showed me where I needed to go and when I hit the darkness (the deep past) I don’t think I was prepared for what I found there. Blessings to you for being so grounded and such a healer as to know that I was safe to continue on. I am deeply moved. Had a very peaceful night and woke this morning feeling lifted and balanced. I am SO looking forward to our session. Thank you for sharing your gift. Thank for your bright smile every time I see you and for your healing energy.”
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
There are no words to express my gratitude for the healing breathwork session. I came to the session with and open mind and heart, but I really had no idea what it was or what it would be like.
What I experienced was phenomenal. It was a phenomena. I have never in my 50 years experienced a more powerful healing modality. I went into the session with some emotional discomfort, grieving and loss as well as some physical discomfort from an overuse injury. After only an hour, I had neither. I have never felt anything like the clear, sharp, calm, centered, bliss feeling I had after the session.
I have tried to describe it to people since, and it is nearly impossible. I have found that there is no way to “get it” except to experience it. I have shared it with many and those who have done a session have had similarly mind-blowing results.
It is the greatest healing gift I have experienced to date.
Recently Mary Gaetjens and I have been asking sound healers to set the energy for our monthly breath circles. The results have been quite powerful for the participants. It appears they can go much deeper into their process if they tone or chant as a group before their breathe.
Looking further into sound healing, I found this wonderful 8 minute video from the sound healing pioneer, Jonathan Goldman. In it, he talks about his research and shares a powerful “aha” moment about the nature of healing. It’s incredible. Thank you, Jonathan Goldman.
We will have a morning breathe, followed by a healthy, nurturing lunch, and then a second breathe in the afternoon.
If you have ever experienced a Clarity Breathwork session before, you know how life changing one session can be. Now is your chance to do two sessions in one day! This will allow you to reach even deeper states of consciousness and healing to create real and lasting change in your life. This will be a very beautiful and transformational day.
Cait, a practitioner of Sound Yoga, will help guide us into a profound and sacred space before each breathe utilizing vocalization with ‘bija seed syllable’ sounds and toning. These sound vibrations and resonances will help awaken, clear and expand the level of awareness within our bodies and energy centers.
Please come and join us.
Cait McWhir, originally from Northern Ireland, is a vocalist and musician who has been exploring music and sound from around the globe for most of her adult life. She is also a founding member of the world music trio Bindi Society.
I know good self-care is the number one reason I am still in business and doing well. I can not imagine having a healing practice if I did not first take care of myself emotionally, mentally and physically.
My self-care sessions, especially in modalities that help me process emotionally – such as hands on healing and breathwork – only happen when I book them in advance. It is so important to listen to my inner guidance, that little voice that says it’s time to rebalance.
A few months ago, my healing practice surged with many new clients, and in a moment of pure brilliance I scheduled several healings and breathwork sessions for myself as soon as I could.
I am now enjoying the support from other practitioners as I integrate all that is going on in my healing practice, my life and the world at large. I am fully present for my clients now because of the extra support I have given myself.
The more I give to myself, the more I can give to others.