Medicine Bags For Healing

When you are going through a difficult time, sometimes it is helpful to have something physical to hold on to.

I have found that creating and giving medicine bags to be a beautiful way to connect and comfort people who are grieving a loss, or are facing other significant life challenges.

I started making medicine bags after an artist collective in a warehouse called the Ghost Ship caught on fire in 2016. Thirty-six people died. While I was not close to anyone who lost their lives, many people I cared about in my office building and neighborhood were hit pretty hard by the tragedy. Making each person a medicine bag seemed like a tangible way to acknowledge their grief and share some healing energy.

I use crystals and gemstones in medicine bags, although you can use anything that has meaning for you or the person you are giving it to. Creating a medicine bag is a meditative ritual. I consciously hold the person who will receive the bag in my thoughts throughout the whole process of choosing the bag and selecting the stones. It’s a fascinating intuitive practice. So often I walk away with stones I had no idea I would decide on when I started.

The first thing I select is a small drawstring cloth bag that can be carried around in a pocket or purse, although medicine bags can be placed anywhere – such as on an altar or beside a bed. Then I pick up the first stone that catches my eye, and I think of it’s healing properties and the person it is being sent to. I carry it around for a few minutes until it feels like it wants to be included or not. I also write up a list of the healing properties of each stone.

Sagrada is an excellent place to conduct a medicine bag creation ritual. Mary, who has selected all the stones in the store, has written out the metaphysical properties of each stone on small pieces of paper that you can take with you. You don’t even have to write out the healing properties of the crystals.

Almost all my Ghost Ship medicine bags had a stone called Apache Tears because they absorb grief and release emotional pain. These shiny black gems help to forgive others without being bitter. Apache Tears received their name because it is said that when the tears of grieving Apache women who lost their loved ones fell to the ground, the tears became these rocks of Black Obsidian. Physically this stone calms muscle spasms, assists with detoxification of the body, helps with the absorption of vitamins and can also boost one’s immune system and strengthen the body. Apache Tears corresponds with the root chakra. All stones help with specific body issues and correspond to one of the seven chakras.

Rose Quartz is a stone of unconditional love and is a great addition to any bag. This pink stone has a high spiritual energy, but it is also calming and soothing. Carnelian is a beautiful orange stone I often add because it is so emotionally soothing.

Creating a medicine bag for yourself is also a fantastic process. It can be the perfect sacred ritual for setting a new intention or beginning a new project.

I hope you enjoy making medicine bags as much as I have.

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

Contemplating Stress

I’ve been thinking about this quote for a few years, so I thought I would share it with you. Every time I read it, something slightly shifts in a different way.

“Stress is the tension between ‘what is” in this moment, and your image of how this moment should be.”

Jeff Foster from his book Falling In Love With Where You Are

 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 sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-963

Healing Neck and Shoulder Tension

Healing is a mystery. As with most things in this dualistic universe, this is a good and bad thing.

As a business person, I just want to confess that learning how to market a mystery was not easy. I could write a 100 posts about this, but this post is not about marketing.

What’s good, like REALLY good, about the mysterious nature of healing, is how people are continually booking a Healing Touch and Reiki treatment for one issue, and after the session realize that other aspects of their body, life, and emotional/mental health have shifted and balanced in extraordinary ways.

Below is a quote from a woman who healed the physical tension in her neck and shoulders, even though she initially booked her session for entirely a different reason:

“After the healing two weeks ago I felt like there was a massive weight taken off my shoulders. I have been going to the chiropractor for the last two years for the tightness in my neck and shoulders, and it was helpful. But after my first healing with you, the pain completely left and has not come back. It doesn’t hurt to lay down, so now I also sleep so much better. My hips are also relaxed, and it is so much nicer to walk.”

Committing to your self-care has remarkable rewards. Scheduling a healing to reset your nervous system, rebalance your energy field and relax into the present moment may support you in ways that you can’t even imagine right now.

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 New Energetic State Of Being

I recently received this quote from a woman after her third healing:

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“Good morning Jeri, I wanted to tell you that since my third session with you I  immediately felt back to my new energetic state of being that I experienced after our 1st session, so thank you again for your caring and knowing. I haven’t felt this good in a very long time in mind, body, and spirit.”
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 Healing Session

“Do you make regular visits to yourself?”

~Rumi   

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

            

Transmuting Energy and Healing Anxiety

I would like to share a comment made by my friend and Healing Touch Practitioner Vivian Drewis about last week’s post:  Healing: Befriending All Our Emotions.

 

“What a perceptive account of a session. Amazing awareness! I have worked with emotions for many years now doing my own personal work and assisting hundreds of others. I incorrectly thought that we simply release the emotions (actually created in our bodies in very particular organs and glands) once we can identify them and “own” them. What I now understand is that these frequencies do not just disappear. Energy can never be destroyed…as per Einstein. What actually happens is that the negatively charged frequencies are transmuted back to benign elements that we utilize again in our bodies. What a different view on it. It’s like welcoming your child back home.”

I have been thinking about Vivian’s comment all week. This quote describes exactly what I “feel” kinesthetically happening in my client’s energy field during my healing sessions. After they relax and stop resisting emotions such as anxiety and fear, there is almost always the sensation of more life-force energy, or a higher frequency of energy, in their biofield. I thought this was because the contracted, denser energy had released.  Maybe this higher vibrational energy is their emotions being  “transmuted back into benign elements.”

I find this incredibly exciting. It may not change my healing sessions in any way, but it just makes sense. I love it when things make sense. I also like the idea that when I can finally relax and create space around my emotions, it increases my life-force energy.

Thank you, Vivian!

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

Healing, Self-Tuning and the Ocarina, Part Two

I have learned that when I become obsessed with something that seems totally crazy and appears out of my current realm of practical application, not to question it. I now realize these compulsions are my higher guidance in high gear. I had no idea why ocarinas became such a passion for me a few years ago; I just knew I had to explore everything about them.

Then I met Alan Tower, Stonewhistle maker Hans Houkes, and discovered the Huaca and Innate. Below is a video of Hans and his breathtaking ceramic instruments:

The Huaca (wah-ka) was originally developed by ceramist Sharon Rowell in the 1980’s here in the Bay Area. Initially, she was trying to imitate the sound of the San Francisco Bay foghorns, and by the end of her instrument making career, she was building beautiful multiple-chambered ocarinas – or Huacas.

Alan Tower, one of the founders of The Resonance Center and a professional Huacaplayer, brought Hans in contact with Sharon Rowell’s Huacas and together Hans and Alan have developed the Innato or Innate. Below is my Innate that just arrived last Wednesday.

The word “Innato” means inborn, unlearned. It’s inside all of us. This instrument connects sonically to our pure innateness, and is playable by anyone with hands and ears. In just a few minutes it gives an experience that shifts or opens your perception of the moment.

– from Hans Houkes website

The Innate is where my higher guidance was leading me. When I play this sacred meditation object, I can feel the vibration all through my body, and then my body dissolves into the sensation. The world disappears. And then there is just the sound. 

For more information on the Innate click here: http://www.stonewhistle.com/innato/

If you are interested in learning how to purchase the Innate in the United States, contact Alan Tower at alan@TheResonanceCenter.com.

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

Healing, Self-Tuning and the Ocarina, Part One

Sometimes in a healing session, I become aware of my client’s energy field as a collection of frequencies that are subtly harmonizing. Every time I change my hand position, I sense a different tone. It’s like I am feeling sound. My clients are tuning themselves in the sacred space.

Outside of my healing room, I have become fascinated with the medicinal effects of sound on my energy field and the ocarina. I’ve been playing the ocarina as a meditation, exploring how specific tones affect me.

After sitting and silently meditating, I often just play one long, slow note on an ocarina that sounds good to me. I then relax into the stillness afterward. I notice if I feel anything different in my physical body, if I feel differently emotionally, or if the space around me has shifted. It has been an incredible practice.

Because the ocarina is a wind instrument, my breath becomes a connection between the inside of my body and the outside. Playing the ocarina has helped me become more sensitive to energy in my healing practice. It also feels so good. It’s so soothing and grounding.

My obsession with the ocarina started at the end of 2014. Before that, I had never even heard of an ocarina. I started watching every ocarina YouTube video, researching all the ocarina maker’s websites and buying them online. I returned quite a few. I can’t tell you how many times I wished there was an ocarina store in the Bay area.

This ocarina, the Seedpod Ocarina Tenor G was the first ocarina I found that made my body resonate with the first breath. It is so easy to play. If you are not a musician and are interested in meditating with a wind instrument, this is the ocarina I recommend. Of course, you can also use a native American flute. The Seedpod Tenor G cost under $50.00. You can get it through Songbird Ocarina in Los Angeles, a fantastic company.

The next ocarina I fell in love with was also from Songbird Ocarina: The Seedpod Ocarina Bass C. Of all the ocarinas I have, this is the one I play the most often. For me, bass tones create even more healing vibration in my body.

I am a full-time healer, and I am in an altered or healing state about fifteen to twenty hours a week. The only way I can maintain my healing practice at this rate is to stay grounded. My daily meditation and ocarina playing have been the most efficient way for me to do this.

The best thing about self-tuning with the ocarina is that it feels amazing. Try it.

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

An Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe

Yumi Sakugawa wrote an incredible little book called An Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The UniverseI just had to share it.

Here is what her website says about the book :

…Set against a surreal backdrop of intricate ink illustrations, you will find nine metaphysical lessons with dreamlike instructions that require you to open your heart to unexplored inner landscapes. From setting fire to your anxieties to sharing a cup of tea with your inner demons, you will learn how to let go and truly connect with the world around you.

Playful, smart, inspiring and just plain fun. Fun is always good.

Thanks, Yumi!

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 Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

Unwinding and Physical Release During a Healing Session

Sometimes when people begin to relax on my healing table, they start to release blocked energy in their body with twitching, rhythmic muscle spasms, shaking and kicking. These movements are their body’s innate process of rebalancing and are very positive and healing.

In the last few months, I have had several new clients who were embarrassed by these physical reactions. These involuntary movements can feel so disconcerting that many people with this tendency stay away from yoga classes, meditation retreats, healing sessions and other places in which they may relax and start to spasm in public.

People who can release in this way have a gift! In cranial-sacral therapy, this is called unwinding, and there are many healing modalities that focus on this type of release. In my experience as a Reiki and Healing Touch Practitioner, a series of healings will usually dissipate the energy in the physical body and the spasms will significantly reduce, if not completely fall away, as the biofield comes into alignment. Every person is different, of course, and the rate of healing depends on the level of imbalance and trauma you have to heal. Check out this video “How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness” by Peter Levine. The body can let go of deep trauma through movement.

Once a person is comfortable with unwinding, it can be done at home, kind of like a meditation. I had a client who often readjusted her hip/leg issue during her healing sessions with me and can now unwind and adjust herself on her own. She unwinds in bed before going to sleep at night and feels grounded and peaceful afterward. Another client who was once so freaked out by her body’s tendency to spasm she couldn’t relax in public at all, now unwinds at home and find it releases her anxiety. Unwinding is emotionally healing.

Below is a short YouTube video of a woman having a gentle unwinding:

Here is another video of unwinding in a classroom situation with Joshua Shelan. I am not familiar with his healing work, but this is a good video of a person involuntarily releasing through body movement.

Unwinding is a vast topic, and I have quite a few stories about how it has shown up in my healing practice. The important thing I want to emphasize in this short post is that the ability to release in this way is extraordinarily healing. Some people have it more than others.

If you are someone who has this gift of unwinding, but feels self-conscious about it, I invite you to get a healing, breathwork or cranial-sacral session. Learn to use your amazing healing ability.

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 Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632