Exciting Summer Projects

I am taking a few months off from this blog to focus on a few longer articles I have wanted to write for some time, my healing practice and teaching. Have a wonderful summer, and I am looking forward to reconnecting in the fall.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions all summer in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. Yes!  Call now and book a session: 510-601-9632

Clarity Breathwork: Align Your Life

Tarot Of The Spirit by Pamela Eakins, Ph.D. and Joyce Eakins, M.F.A.

When you are grounded, centered and in energetic alignment, life can become effortless.

It’s so much easier to manifest relationships, money and creative projects when your energy flows. When you are in alignment, the world around you aligns. You find the perfect job for this perfect moment of your life. You meet perfect person who says the perfect thing at the perfect time. You even have more patience for those things that are not quite so perfect. 🙂

One client many years ago realized that she had a lifelong unconscious belief that she was unlovable. It came to her in a Clarity Breathwork session. “I am unlovable” was a belief that had been blocking her energy flow for years. Just by becoming aware of this unconscious programming, she began to heal it, and it had a profound impact on her life.

When the unconscious becomes conscious, it could no longer run her life. Awareness heals.

Needless to say, she soon found a wonderful life partner and soon after started a family. The best thing, though, is how happy she became. She just loves herself and her life.

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

Healing, Grounding And Earthing

A few weeks ago the universe aligned in such a way that I had five clients back-to-back in one day. Each session happened to be one of those “break though” healings; intense and profound. What an amazing day! I felt great that night, but the next morning I woke up totally spaced out. I had three healings scheduled starting at 2 pm, and I had to get grounded. 

When coffee, a high protein breakfast and meditating didn’t snap me out of it, I did some Earthing. I took off my shoes, stood barefoot in the garden at my office, and in 20 minutes I felt so much better. OMG, what a difference. I was ready to work.

So this week I would like to share an interview with Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere on Grounding and a few links on the practice of Earthing.

Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere is a well-respected elder, healer, teacher and founder/director of the Healing Light Center Church. Her book, Wheels Of Light, is a classic in the healing arts. 

In the video above, Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere talks about how our physical, emotional and mental functions are regulated in the first three chakras. The first chakra is our primary life force; it even governs the replication of the cells in our body. In western culture, we tend to bring energy in from our head and are not as aware of our connection to the planet. Rev. Bruyere shares that indigenous people are very conscious of also bringing energy from the ground up for support and energy.

Rev. Bruyere states that Healers who are not grounded are much more susceptible to burning out. We all can live more fully and feel so much better when we have the connection and support from the earth.

What I did to ground myself the day after that wonderful healing marathon was called Earthing. When you feel spacey or irritable, just try standing on the grass or earth for 20 minutes and see how you feel. It’s easy, costs nothing, and I swear you will feel different. Click here to read how earthing helps improve sleep, reduces inflammation, normalizes stress hormones, and improves immune response in the body.

Let me know how it goes and have a good week.

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

Healing Is Connection

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”

 ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

I love this quote. It describes what is often experienced in the healing space: We are all connected.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is also available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Daily Reiki Precepts

In my daily meditations, I often start by repeating the Reiki precepts out loud. The precepts are the guidelines of the spiritual path of Reiki given to us by Reiki founder Mikao Usui.

For Today Only:

Do not Anger
Do not worry
Be Grateful
Be true to your direct experience
Be Compassionate to Yourself and Others

 

There are mornings when these statements just do not resonate with me. When this happens, I rewrite each line and say it until it feels right.

Last week, after listening to the news, there was just nothing in that moment I felt that I could commit to for a whole day. I was also feeling anger. That day I could only find alignment with the present moment:

For this moment only, I will not attach to thoughts of anger
For this moment only, I will not attach to thoughts of worry
I am grateful
I am true to my direct experience
I am compassionate to myself and others

Since I was so aware of feeling angry, my new version of the precepts acknowledged my highest intentions without denying my current experience. I could now connect more with that part of myself that was not attaching to the angry thoughts. That felt real. That felt true, and once I made peace with those first two precepts the other three lines were a breeze. 🙂

My mantra for the next few days became  “For this moment only… I will not attach to thoughts of worry.” “For this moment only, I will not attach to thoughts of fear.”

Working with the Reiki precepts have become an extremely helpful practice for me. I hope you find it beneficial too.

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

Healing Testimonial

I would like to share part of this sweet email sent by a client after her session.

Healing sessions can really make a difference.

“Jeri! I feel so much better today. So much lighter. What a relief. You are amazing!! Thank you so much!  Also it was great to be reminded just how magical and transformative this work is. What a gift!!”

 

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. If you would like to lighten up, she is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

A Healing Story About Animal Reiki, Sepsis, and Synchronicity

 Animal Reiki is also healing for people.

The day after I completed Kathleen Prasad’s Reiki III and Animal Reiki Teacher Training, one of my regular clients ended up in one of the nearby hospitals with an acute case of sepsis.

She had a cyst removed as an outpatient at the doctor’s office. A few hours later she had a life-threatening infection. Her friend, who is also one of my clients, had called to let me know where she was.

The universe had lined everything up for me to be able to go to the hospital in the middle of the afternoon. I had two back-to-back cancellations the day before and had a four-hour spot in the middle of my day.

This type of sudden opening in my schedule has happened several times before, when  I need to be somewhere else besides in my healing space. I am always still astounded at the synchronicity. You would think I would get used to it.

When I got to the hospital, it was obvious how serious the situation was. I did a Healing Touch session, which balanced her energy and allowed her to fall into a deeply relaxed state.

There was no one in the room except the two of us after the session was over. I did not want to leave her alone until her next family member arrived, so I sat by her bed. I realized I had started doing the Joshin Kokyu Ho meditation that I learned in Animal Reiki.

So I went with it. I was breathing into my hara or lower belly, and on the exhale, expanding the energy out all around me and into the room, creating a healing space.

This is a simple meditation technique that is in Kathleen’s book Reiki For Dogs. You can open to page 31 and do it for yourself right after you finish reading this post. 

The room changed in a matter of three breaths. There was SO MUCH energy, and in that energy everything was alive. The room was very bright, almost white. My client started having gentle muscle spasms and appeared to be in communication with someone, or something. I often see this state in my healing practice at the office, but usually during the healing. It felt like a spontaneous crack between worlds.

It was powerful. I felt like a bystander. I just held the space, stayed grounded and kept breathing. It was just crazy. 

Finally, the energy subsided. I really don’t remember how long it lasted. When I left I knew she was going to be ok.

When I checked in with my client a week after, she said she remembered me coming to the hospital and that the healing was the point where “everything turned around.” She completely recovered.

I emailed my client this post to ask permission to tell her story. I had not shared my experience of the session with her before this. She added:

“Wonderful to read your thoughts and description of what was for me an incomprehensible experience that just left me with an overall sense of well-being… I just know that I remember little fleeting things– like you coming into the room– your hands above me in the bed— a nurse poking her head into the room and your glance at her after which she simply nodded, turned, and left, .. closing the door.  I felt utterly and totally relaxed and I distinctly remember ‘calming down’.  I distinctly remember feeling that you were in control of the room (why the nurse left?!)” 

Let me say right away I was not in control of anything and in these kinds of sessions, the less control I have, the more profound the healing.

The nurse saw what I was doing and gave me the space to do it. My first rule in going into hospitals as an energy practitioner is that I work around the medical staff and their schedule. I have been in a lot of hospitals over the years, and so far the nurses have always been very supportive of healing work.

So the bottom line is: Animal Reiki is good for people, too.

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

Reiki: Volunteering At The Berkeley Humane Animal Shelter

Before Playing With The Puppies, Volunteers Have To Wear Scrubs, Gloves And Booties To Protect The Young Dogs From Contagious Diseases

I was worried that volunteering at an animal shelter was going to be emotionally overwhelming, and maybe even a little depressing.

I was wrong.

I’ve been volunteering at Berkeley Humane for three months now, and the whole experience has been nothing but life-affirming. I am inspired by the staff, the heart-centered volunteers and, of course, the animals.

Right now I am mostly working with the dogs. Many of the dogs are only there for less than a week, so when I say good-bye to them at the end of my shift, I know they will most likely be in their new homes by the tIme I return. There are a few dogs that have been there longer, and each one seems to have a group of volunteers who champion for them and their individual needs. One of these champions is a woman on my Thursday shift. She comes in on Saturday mornings, just to walk one of the bigger dogs before the shelter opens for adoptions.

When I greet the new dogs every week, I am happy they have arrived. No matter what their issues, I know that now they have made it to this shelter, things will only get better for them.


At Berkeley Humane the kennels are heated through the floor, and the space is designed to help the animals feel safe. Every animal gets the medication they need, and there are veterinarians on staff constantly monitoring everything. It’s pretty amazing.

Being around animals has changed me. They have taught me so much in the last few months. I could list a million of these changes, but I don’t want this to be an epic blog post. I will say an interesting shift for me is my sense of time. When I am with the dogs it is SO obvious when I am not fully present with them. When I am feeding a hungry dog or playing with a puppy, I have to let go of the next item on my agenda, even if it is another dog who needs walking.

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I became a volunteer at Berkeley Humane, despite my initial apprehension, because of SARA, the Shelter Animal Reiki Association founded by Kathleen Prasad and Leah D’Ambrosio. SARA is a non-profit organization that promotes Animal Reiki and meditation practices for shelter and sanctuary animals.

I have to confess that so far I am not doing much actual “sit down and meditate” Reiki at Berkeley Humane. When I am volunteering, I am cleaning the kennels, feeding, playing ball and walking the dogs. Then – before I know it – it’s time to go. Yet, when I meet an animal that is anxious, sick, or just overwhelmed, I connect with them during the following week in my daily meditations. I have found Distance Reiki to be a very powerful part of my morning meditation practice.

All this has brought me back to the Reiki Precept: Just for today – DO NOT WORRY!

 

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.

510-601-9632

Teaching Reiki

Reiki Centered

I am excited to write that I am now teaching Reiki.

The planet is in a state of significant transformation and I am feeling the shift. I know it’s time to start teaching what I have learned over the last twenty years in my healing practice.

I have taken a few private students and have also been co-teaching a short series of advanced Reiki Workshops in Davis, California. My teaching practice is slowing taking form, evolving from my healing business and daily meditations.

This website, ReikiCentered, is devoted to the five-element system of Reiki for meditation, awakening, healing yourself and sharing that healing with others. The heart of this Reiki lineage is a solid daily practice.

Below is a thoughtful account from one of my students of how daily Reiki treatments can

“… garner the power of the spirit to come back to yourself, to the present, the now, the moment…

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Healing: The Process Of Relaxing Can Energize Your Life

Are you feeling stressed? When was the last time you truly relaxed?

When the body fully relaxes, contraction in the muscles, fascia, organs, and diaphragm also relaxes.

This allows energy, the breath, and the blood in the body to flow freely and every cell in the body receives more oxygen.

During healing sessions, I often see my client’s face flush, muscles release with spasms, and I feel my client’s overall energy level increase. When my clients begin to relax, they often say they feel much more energized.

In the last few months, more people are scheduling Reiki and Healing Touch sessions because they are feeling stressed. After the healing session, they are amazed at how much more energy they have. In some cases the shift is dramatic.

The simple state of being relaxed heals every level of our being.

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