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

Back From The Retreat

 

One thing I have learned from this retreat: If I want to step deeper into my life and my work, I have to step out of it for a while.

I have been back from my retreat for five days. This was the most extended amount of time I have taken off from my healing practice in twenty-two years. I meditated for hours at a time, several times a day and I only looked at my phone when I absolutely had to. No Facebook, Instagram, emails, news, calls or texts. I am still amazed at how profoundly clear and relaxed I still feel.

Meditation was the focus of this retreat, with group meals and engaging conversations that created an intimate, supportive community. If you have read my blog, you know that I am a big fan of community, and I find it necessary for doing long-term spiritual and energetic work.

After sleeping for the first three days, I suddenly needed much less sleep. For two nights in a row, I only managed to sleep two hours each night and never felt tired the next day. That was wild. I had heard when you meditate for long periods of time you don’t need as much sleep, but I didn’t believe it until I experienced it. My overall energy level now is significantly higher than before the retreat. Since I am meditating daily for longer periods of time, I hope this continues.

My meditation teacher is  Supriya Whittemore, and she teaches The Ishayas Ascension. Supriya is a gift to this planet. Creating meditations retreats like this one is a  profound service to the world. This is from her website:

“We design our spiritual retreats from the intentions of our participants. What we do is provide the environment for you to recognize and nurture the experience of God within you. We implement a state shift that opens up for the next six months following the retreat. This is achieved by design, the community group dynamic, the practices, and listening for the Life that presents Itself when we discover and navigate together.”

“Listening for the Life that presents Itself”   I love that line.

Berkeley also has a fantastic time and experienced snow for the first time. He also got a lot of meditation time in. 🙂

Berkeley Contemplates Snow

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 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

Meditation Retreat

My dog Berkeley and I are leaving today for a meditation retreat, so there will not be any posts on this blog until March 23rd. While I am very, very, VERY excited about this extraordinary opportunity to dive into my meditation practice so deeply, I feel a bit nervous. It’s the same sensation I sometimes become aware of right before I am about to breathe in a Breathwork session. 🙂

Berkeley Doing Yoga

Have a wonderful few weeks, and I will report back!

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 after March 20th, 2018, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

 

Energetic Techniques For Healthy Partnerships Workshop February 10th

We can create deeper trust and intimacy in relationships when we become aware of our personal energetic boundaries.

Over the last 20 years in my business as a healer, I have collected, developed and keep returning to, a few simple techniques that keep me grounded and centered in my healing practice. I am now going to share these meditations and techniques in a two-hour workshop on February 10th from 2pm to 4pm.

If you find that you are often feeling frustrated, stuck, drained, hopeless, or even angry, this workshop may be just the thing for you. The more aware you are of your own energy, the easier it is to be in relationships with partners, clients, coworkers, patients, loved ones and even those you don’t quite love yet.

My intention is that everyone who comes to this workshop will actually experience energy shifts and balance in their own physical body. Energy work is practical. Energy work is incredibly helpful in our everyday life. In fact, it is almost essential to be energetically centered in the extreme craziness of these times.

We will meet at Back To Life 403 49th Street Oakland, CA 94609. This will be a small and intimate gathering, so you can ask questions and receive plenty of feedback. There will also be seven days of follow-up emails based on the interests of the participants. Please RSVP here.

I would like to thank Alexis Daniel, Marketing Manager for Back To LIfe, for her insights in developing this workshop.

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

Would You Like To Try Hands-On-Healing?

Come find out how practical, easy and incredibly beneficial simple touch and working with energy can be.

You can experience how to use the energy that is all around us, and flowing through our bodies, for healing.

This energy can help us reduce physical pain, anxiety, inflammation, and emotional overload for ourselves and those we love. Almost everyone I have worked with also reports that energy work helps them sleep better.

On Saturday, December 2nd, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m, I will be giving an experiential talk on how to start using energy in your daily life. You will discover how to give yourself a hands-on-healing treatment that you can do daily. Located in my neighborhood of Temescal in Oakland California, this is the PERFECT way to kick off your Holiday season. Make this your season of self-care!

The lecture will be at BACK TO LIFE – 403 49th St, Oakland, CA 94609.  BACK TO LIFE  is a physical therapy clinic and an ergonomic consulting firm owned by the incredible Amy Selinger, PT, DPT, OCS. Amy has been a Physical Therapist for 28 years and just opened this beautiful healing space. Check out her TEDx Talk on back pain.

Mark your calendars now and see you there!

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

Regular Reiki Sessions; A Commitment To Living Consciously

One of my clients started a regular self-care practice this year that includes exercise, eating well and a monthly Reiki session. He is committed to staying healthy, balanced, and emotionally centered.

Watching his journey over the last ten months has reminded me how supportive regular healing sessions can be. Each of his treatments has gone deeper than the previous healing, bringing him profound insights and creative ideas.

A few months ago he was experiencing some internal conflict. He had to make a decision, and while his mind was saying one thing, his body was telling him another. Something was holding him back from what he thought he should do; what he thought was expected of him. The thought of disappointing the people around him was extremely stressful. He also felt like he was being selfish.

His session that month came at a perfect time. His healing provided him with a safe and peaceful space to release the fears and emotions that were keeping him from connecting with his deepest intuition, his own inner guidance. He felt so balanced and grounded afterward, that the decision he had to make was obvious and ultimately beneficial for all.

My client’s commitment to living consciously is giving him the clarity to manifest the creative, authentic and purposeful life he always dreamed of living.

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

How To Hold Space For Yourself by Aziel ReShel

I found this little gem on Facebook. (Thanks, Mary Sindicic!)

Click below to read this article:  “How To Hold Space For Yourself” by Azriel ReShel

Thank you, Aziel.

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

Healing: The Space To Let Go

Are you afraid that if you start getting in touch with all the emotions you have in this moment, you might fall apart? That it would hurt too much? That if you became fully aware of your feelings you might never stop crying?

Last week was a rough one for California. Many of us are still spinning. Even if we were lucky enough to not have someone close to us in the direct path of the wildfires, the smoke in the air was a constant, tangible reminder of the tragedy that was raging out of control so close by.

Holding all those emotions back is exhausting. It takes so much energy to keep grief sorrow, anger, and fear inside. Once you give yourself the space and the time to let go of whatever you might need to release at this time, you will feel less fatigued and more capable of coping.

A Healing or Breathwork session is the perfect place to get the support you need to clear any emotions that are blocking your physical body, your life, your healing, and your experience of being fully present for all that is in this moment.

Give yourself the space to let go.

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

 

Healing: Abdominal Massage

Here is an excellent video demonstrating abdominal massage. I just had to share it. Thank you, Yolanda!

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

Healing In These Times: We Are All Connected

I could not sleep last Sunday night.

When I heard the Monday morning news, I learned another “psychic storm” had occurred, this time in Las Vegas. I realized why I had felt so restless and irritated the night before. Many people can feel events in the collective unconscious, can sense the pain of others on the opposite side of the world when a large scale tragedy occurs. I didn’t think I had this “gift,” but I think many of us are now more aware of how energetically connected we are than any other time in our lives.

Many of my clients, friends and healing practitioners report that they are waking up in the morning filled with dread, grief, anxiety, hopelessness, and fear. Then they tell me they listen to the morning news and just feel worse.

How can we survive the violence, the loss, the craziness of these times? How can we stay present, grounded and centered? How do we as teachers go to school each day and face our students? How do we as mothers get out of bed and take care of our children? How do we stay present in times like this?

One thing about the collective unconscious is that it is a collective. We are all connected. You are not alone. The emotions in your energy field at any given time are being felt all over the country, all over the world. When you hold, balance and ground the energy in your own body, and your life, you are healing the collective. You are making a difference. Our personal healing heals the world.

This is the time for radical self-care. Turn off the news if you need to. Turn on and monitor the current events each day,  if that helps you feel safer. Talk to your friends, go for a walk in the woods, meditate, or get a healing to balance your chakras. This is a blog about energetic healing, so I of course highly recommend booking a Reiki, Healing Touch or a Breathwork session. My clients are greatly benefiting from their sessions.

Check out Kathleen Prasad’s simple animal healing meditation written for those affected by war. Do this meditation for people lost in or traumatized by war, people who have been affected by a violent shooting, or for those who don’t have healthcare. Do this meditation for yourself and all those who are suffering from the same issues and emotions you are in this moment.

 

“May the peace which we create today in our hearts radiate out and help to heal the world.”

– Kathleen Prasad

Remember: You are not alone. We are all connected. Your personal healing affects the whole planet.

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