Healing Touch and Reiki: A Healing Ride

This week I would like to share a client’s experience of her healing that she so generously shared with me. I would also like to remind you that you do not have to feel dramatic sensations in the giving or receiving of Reiki or Healing Touch session. Often the most subtle healings are the most powerful.

“As she began working on me, my mind did what it always does: spiral out of control! A few minutes into the session, my whole left side began to twitch and spasm, measuring about 6.8 on the Richter scale. While my body seemed to play out a version of War between the Worlds, I tried to focus on the music in the background. In spite of the “war” at hand, I noticed a strange calm and sense of detachment wash over me. My tremors calmed a bit, and after a long while I sensed we were at the end of the session. Jeri took her hands off me, but I could feel her presence at my side. But I was reluctant to “come to”. As I lay there, waiting for my cue from Jeri to get up, I suddenly felt hands on my feet. And this whirling energy started in various places on my body. I peeked my eyes open to see what Jeri was doing and was surprised to see her seated beside the table, nowhere near my body. I really have no context to describe the sensations I felt in my body, as it was all new to me. I wondered if I had been engulfed in another dimension. I felt almost as if I was floating in some vortex of energy. I was on some kind of ride, and just so curious about what was happening. My mind kept saying “you should get up; you’re taking so much time”. But this energy swirling around me seemed to have a life of its own and I was in its grip, for what felt like AGES. It finally settled down and I knew it was time to get off the ride.

….I don’t know exactly what I experienced—only that I floated home. And I felt a noticeable lightness in me for days following my session. And I felt the same lightness in a follow-up session with Jeri. “

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

Self-Care Before The Family Holiday

The Holidays are more enjoyable when you take care of yourself. Now is an excellent time to schedule a Healing Touch session to help you stay balanced, centered and grounded through the month ahead.

“I feel SO much better since our session Wednesday–thank you!  It feels a lot like the cloud of depression or heaviness or whatever that landed as soon as I left the workshop has finally mostly lifted.  It is a sensation of being physically lighter (and more energized, but in a good way) and just feeling more balance and less easily angry.  I’m grateful to have this now–and grateful to have this too going into a week at home with my family.”

 – Client Before Thanksgiving

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 Monday through Friday,10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

Meditation Is Not What I Thought

This week in my blog I would like to share a significant personal discovery during my month-long meditation retreat last October. A subtle shift in awareness that changed how I experience the world.

I have been studying healing and the nature of consciousness for quite a while now, currently reading books on nonduality and the work of Rupert Spira, Eckhart Tolle, and Frans Stiene. Also listening to and enjoying the awakening consciousness stories of ordinary people from Buddha at the Gas Pump.

Last week I wrote about my healing practice and what I experience in the healing space during a session. I described the dynamic, ever-evolving, morphing healing state I am in five days a week. My question for the last few years has been: What is the relationship of this healing space to Non-Duality, the True Self, Divine Presence? 

Many teachers and healers I greatly respect have spoken of compassion as a quality of this healing space and this higher consciousness. This is where I felt like I was missing the boat. I was not feeling compassion in the healing space. Here is how I finally defined it for myself in a past post:

Compassion is the ability to hold everything in the moment, in the divine presence of All That Is. It is an energetic healing state.

This compassion is not motivated by desire or ambition to heal others. In fact, it had begun to seem like the more powerful and effective the healing space was becoming for my clients, the less emotionally connected I was to the whole healing process. I do not feel any emotions or desires in the actual healing space. I also had periods when I felt so much less ambitious in my everyday life, which was very uncomfortable. Just being in the world was now requiring a new method of navigation that was confusing. There was much less ego. I was finding this stressful.

So, as I began my month-long meditation retreat in October, my intention was to focus on this question.

There was a Supreme Court issue at the beginning of October that had greatly upset me, so when I sat to meditate my emotional body was quite activated. As I began to meditate, I could feel my energy spiraling and unwinding about five feet all around me, with waves of heat and nausea periodically passing through my physical body. It was very similar to the healing space I held for others, except I was feeling my own energy moving. I would like to note here that my clients very, very rarely feel nauseous.

For the first ten days, it was extremely challenging and physically uncomfortable to sit and meditate. I just wanted to run, to move, to get a drink of water, or find my cell phone and text for help.

Then I began to notice a space underneath all the movement. A quiet space. I focused on that, and it expanded over time and became more encompassing, eventually surrounding everything including my energy field and my body. My nervous system and biofield started settling down, and I experienced the heat and waves of nausea less and less.

This new space was utterly still, like a flat void. I could not even describe it as peaceful, certainly not compassionate, yet there was definitely no stress. It was empty.

After 10 days of emotional turmoil arising and releasing this was a welcome shift. I focused on this space the rest of my meditation retreat, and just let all my questions about healing states and consciousness go.

I have now been back from my retreat and working for over twenty days. The healing space and my healing practice appear to be pretty much the same; different every session and still wonderfully effective for each client.

The prevailing thought running through my brain is that there is nothing to seek anymore. Everything is right here, in this stillness, in this emptiness. My intention now is to stay connected to it.

What was the most surprising, and what I most wanted to share with you, is that even though this deeper space is still experienced as emotionally empty, I returned from the retreat feeling more compassion, joy, love, and clarity in all aspects of my life. I can listen to the daily news with much less resistance. The more I connect with this space the more calmer and more peaceful I am.

You would think that connecting with a state of consciousness that creates more compassion would be experienced as compassionate, yet that’s not how it works for me. The experience of emptiness appears to create more compassion.

Meditation is not what I thought.

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

A Healer’s Experience Of A Healing Session

A client recently asked me “What do you experience during a healing session?”

That short question inspired a very long answer.

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Healing Touch For a “Hot Mess”

Last week one of my clients rushed into the healing space (fifteen minutes late) and froze a few steps inside the door. She looked blankly up at the ceiling, let the five bags she had been clenching in her fists drop to the floor, and stated: “I am a hot mess today.”

What a perfect time for a healing.

Once she was on the table, her biofield did feel warm, but her energy felt much more scattered, even chaotic around her head. She fell asleep instantly once I began working and released a lot of built up energy in her lower back and hips. At the end of the treatment, she was so relaxed that it took her a while before she could even get off the table.

She had received a lot of insights during the session; things she knew she had to address in her life that she had been actively resisting. Once she had deeply relaxed and felt balanced, she could consciously begin to process what she had been blocking out and pushing away.

Those blocks had been keeping her from grounding fully for quite a few weeks.

Even though she knew she had to make a lot of changes in her life, she now felt capable of addressing the process. She also booked another session for the following week.

Sometimes being a “hot mess” is the perfect time to get a healing.

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

Back From The Retreat

 

Have you ever stepped out of your life for a whole month?

Preparing to leave my work and life for such an extended period felt so crazy, so extravagant, and even a bit selfish before I left. Now I realize this was one of the smartest and even the most practical things I have ever done.

How did this come about?

I have been studying consciousness and spirituality in one form or another my whole life. I have read everything I could get my hands on about Enlightenment, Satori, Oneness, Presence, the True Self and Nonduality. My healing practice had made it possible for me to study with many incredibly brilliant healing masters and teachers over the last twenty years. Up until the last month, I was a dedicated spiritual seeker. 😉

Around 2014, after a few “not so great” experiences, I found a meditation teacher that was accessible, kind and moved through the world with incredible grace. Supriya Whittemore is a Universal Ishaya teacher who creates month-long meditation retreats wholly devoted to the direct experience with our Higher Self. That is how I ended up on a month-long Ascension retreat in North Fork, California, meditating for hours at a time in a beautiful and nurturing space.

There is a lot less seeking now, and a lot more just being.

If you have been reading this blog, you also know I am also a big fan of community. For me, a supportive community is vital when you are going through significant consciousness shifts. Being in a community environment with others as deeply committed to their meditation practice was such a gift.

It is impossible to write about all that happened last month. It’s like trying to describe an elephant one inch at a time.

In this first blog post, I will say that the first couple of weeks were incredibly challenging, sparked by the political situation at the beginning of the month. I was completely emotionally overwhelmed just as I was settling in for a month of deep transformational inner work.

How perfect.

To sit through all the emotions that flared up and let my nervous system rebalance and relax was intense. The Ishayas’ Ascension Meditation practice is very easy, simple and natural, but for me letting go of “doing” took a while. The second two weeks were flat-out amazing. The process is very different for everyone.

“there is no cookie-cutter enlightenment”

– Supriya Whittemore

I can’t say that I am fully awake yet, 🙂 but what I can say is that I have come back to my life and my healing practice deeply rested and connected to a simple sweetness of being.

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

Radical Self-Care: October Meditation Retreat

Berkeley and I will be meditating the month of October in Yosemite. Below is a picture of Berkeley from last March, ready to begin our morning meditation.

See you in November. Have a beautiful month.

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

Radical Self-Care For The World

One of my clients left her accounting job five years ago and opened a healing practice. In the first year, she had as much work as she had time for.

“When I wake up in the morning I am so excited to go to my healing space,” she told me. She has definitely found the work that she loves.

She still comes for healings and breathwork with me to stay in balance. She refers to me as her “mentor,” even though she has accomplished in five years what took me well over twenty. 🙂

Before her sessions, we don’t talk about healing techniques. We most often talk about how to stay grounded as the paradigm of what happens in our healing practice collides with the paradigm of “real” life. How physically and emotionally complex it is to leave the magic of our healing space to wait in line at the local Walgreens. Or listen to the news.

We all experience this paradigm clash. After experiencing the deep peace and energetic support of a healing or breathwork session, reentering the outside world can be noticeably uncomfortable – physically, emotionally and energetically.

Yet, every time we do it, we are creating a higher state of consciousness for ourselves, and everyone around us. Just by holding a peaceful coherent frequency in our chaotic world, we are creating great healing for our planet.

My conversations with my colleague have reminded me that taking time to rebalance and connect with our deepest wisdom is really quite a radical act in these politically crazy times. The grounding, peace, and the unconditional love we reconnect with internally we also take back into our daily life and share with our family, friends, loved ones – even with those we don’t quite love yet.

Self-care is radical.

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

Healing Between Sessions

I would like to share a few suggestions that have helped my clients manage chronic pain, anxiety, and release stuck energy between healing sessions. These recommendations have created profound shifts in my client’s lives.

Set an intention to keep your attention on whatever is happening in the moment.

Fully acknowledge and give space to every emotion, thought and physical sensation in your body to the best of your ability. When you are overwhelmed and start to compartmentalize your experiences, just be aware of that too. No judgment; it’s all good. Just notice what you notice.

Take time, if even only a few seconds, to acknowledge and create space around more subtle perceptions such as fatigue, restlessness, and anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. Notice any resistance, and do not resist the resistance. You will not believe how interesting this is.

This internal focus is one way to create a stronger connection to your body, as well as expand your consciousness and access deeper levels of your creativity and intuition. Your experience of life can become more effortless, more abundant, and even more fun.

Don’t take my word for it. You may feel exhausted in the beginning but just notice that, too. The pay off is huge.

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

Healing: Allowing The Mystery

“Allow the mystery. Accept not-knowing as a legitimate state of being.” 

-Stephanie Bennett Vogt

When I read this something just clicked. The perfect statement at the perfect time. I found it in Lesson 17 in the online course: Clear Your Home, Clear Your Life by Stephanie Bennett Vogt. I have found many other pearls of wisdom in this course over the last few days – it is crazy amazing. I can’t believe how good it is.

Stephanie is the author of YOUR SPACIOUS SELF: Clear The Clutter and Discover Who You Are, and A YEAR TO CLEAR: A Daily Guide to Creating Spaciousness in Your Home and Heart.

I have been noticing DailyOM on social media for a while now, but never looked into it until a friend told me about Clear Your Home, Clear Your Life. You pay as much as you want for the 28 daily lessons. There are all kinds of other self-help and spiritual online courses on DailyOm that also look interesting. Once I am done completely organizing my life once and for all (that was a joke) I will explore some of the other topics.

Check it out and enjoy!

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