Poetry In A Healing Session

The quote below is from a much longer email written by a client after her Healing Touch session. She receives weekly healings and has an amazing mental capacity to remember her experience of the energy work with meticulous clarity and detail. She is also a gifted writer and I have learned so much from her writing. This particular session consisted of a long Charka Connection as taught in the Healing Touch Program:
    “There were so many different things going on. It’s been a while since there were quite that many things that happened. I swear–every time you shifted to a different part of my body, my experience changed entirely. The one thing that was consistent was that there was a quietness (I wanted initially to say stillness, but that was not the right word) that moved through me. It wasn’t any kind of movement or vibration or heat or anything; it felt most closely like those really still rivers–the way the water can be almost flat but still moving. That’s sort of what it felt running through me the entire time. There were moments of heat and warmth, but not really much more intense energy that that quiet movement.”
Quiet movement.
The way the water can be almost flat but still moving.
It’s poetry.

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.

510-601-9632  jerilawson@mac.com

Anxiety and The Healing Practice of Tonglen

There are so many people suffering from anxiety at this time. The pain of anxiety is isolating. I know when I feel the most disheartened over current events, I feel the most alone.

My daily meditative practice is the Universal Ishaya’s Ascension as taught by Neika Supriya Whittemore.  Yet, in the last few weeks, I have found starting my meditation with the practice of Tonglen to be extremely beneficial.

Tonglen connects me with the compassion I feel for others who are having the same experience I am, and in feeling the compassion I have for others I am able to also hold that state of compassion for myself.  Self-compassion is a powerful, comforting healing energy. *

Below is a video (under eight minutes) on the practice of Tonglen by Pema Chodron.

Click here for an informative article from Elephant Journal with several more videos by Pema on Tonglen.   I really like the forty-seven-minute video by Sounds True.  Just listening to Pema explaining how to do Tonglen is a beautiful way to start the morning. 🙂

May you find as much joy and healing from this practice as I have.

*The word compassion is used in different ways by healers and teachers. The state of compassion experienced here is a heartfelt, emotional connection.

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.

510-601-9632  jerilawson@mac.com

Entrainment During a Healing Session

I have to warn you right away; this is really a nerdy post about the subtleties of energetic healing. Since many of my readers are Energy Practitioners, I decided I would go ahead and share it anyway.

There have been times in my healing practice when I have sensed a client entraining with my energy field. There are probably many types of entrainment, but this is the physical synchronization of their body rhythm to mine.

I didn’t even know what entrainment was for the first five or six years after I first experienced it, when it first happened I just thought of it as a healing connection of some kind. Then I read about entraining in a science/healing journal and realized I had distinctly experienced it in healing sessions. 

I feel physical entrainment happening in sections during the healing. I feel it in my arms and then in my client’s arms, then around my legs and then around my client’s legs, then around my hips… on and on, in no particular order. It is subtle, yet distinct from other energetic alignments.

This has only occurred a handful of times, sometimes for only a minute or two during a fifty minute session, yet it felt a little peculiar the first time I noticed it. It is such a physical connection, rather than an energetic one. In a funny way, it feels a little more personal.

The only time entraining happened for a whole session was during a healing with a woman whose husband had been out of town for the three days. When I felt her body physically entraining to my body, I remembered she had told me it was difficult for her to sleep at night when her husband was away. I realized she must be entraining with him at night, and when he was not there she became energetically “wobbly.” 

The client was emotionally and physically out of energetic alignment when she came to the session, but after the session, she left grounded and much calmer.

Healing is the process of assisting others in rebalancing and relaxing their energy so that they can heal themselves. Entrainment is just one of infinite possible ways balance and healing can happen in a session.

See, I told you this post would be pretty nerdy.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork. 510-601-9632

jerilawson@mac.com

One Healer’s Thoughts In The Healing Space

As a Reiki and Healing Touch Practitioner, my thoughts are a tangible part of the fluid, living intelligence that is the healing space.

Much of the time there are no thoughts during a session, yet when they appear I have learned that they can give me valuable insights into the nature of my client’s healing process.

I remember when I first realized this. Many years ago I began a healing with a new client, and as soon as I touched her leg I instantly started having thoughts about my own childhood. I started thinking about how much I had longed for a dog when I lived in a place that did not allow pets.

I was very judgemental about thoughts that came up in my sessions, especially when I first began my healing practice. Why was I thinking about myself and my childhood? Why was I not focusing on the healing session, the client, and experiencing the healing compassion of sacred space?

When the session was over, the client shared with me how much she had been longing for a relationship that had just ended.  She had finally realized in the treatment that even though her heart was broken when her boyfriend broke up with her, he was not the partner she really needed in her life. She had released the longing she had been carrying for months. She told me how clear, grounded and grateful she now felt. A great weight had been lifted.

When she said the word longing, I realized that was the exact energy I had noticed when I had thoughts about not having a dog. My thoughts were obviously a part of this mysterious healing process. I was amazed.

Again I understood that if I really wanted to support people with Reiki and Healing Touch, it was time to let go of my judgments and expectations of what should happen during a healing session. I needed to just pay attention to what was actually occurring.

I would like to point out here that even though “I” was thinking personal thoughts, there was no emotional attachment to the thoughts. Even though the energy of longing was appearing in the space, I was not feeling longing. It’s difficult to describe. Kind of like a kinesthetic awareness of a cloud floating by in the sky, except I am both the cloud, and the sky, and the observer all at once.

Sometimes when I begin a session my brain starts firing off like the 4th of July. There is so much stimulating mental energy and monkey mind in the healing space that sometimes I even see little sparks around my eyes. When this happens, I know whoever I am working with is rebalancing some intense mental energy and I feel a direct connection to it. This connection makes it easier for me to hold, channel and just be present in the healing for as long as is necessary.

There have been so many sessions in which my thoughts have been greatly beneficial to the healing. This could be a very long post if I tried to write about them all. Once I let the belief go that I should not have thoughts, everything became so much easier and I could hold a much more powerful healing space for my clients.

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

 jerilawson@mac.com

Update And Insights

The Perfect Picture For A Post About Pain

In these last two weeks, I’ve had a few insights into the nature of healing and pain.

First, an update on my recovery: My dislocated left shoulder and fractured right wrist look a lot more painful than they are. The physical pain has been quite minimal. I am so fortunate to know how to give myself Reiki and Breathwork sessions.

When I feel fatigued, or discomfort in my body, I stop and do a 20-minute breath session that completely rebalances me mentally and physically. Every night I give myself a Reiki session so I can relax and fall asleep. I have also received Reiki, Breathwork, and massage sessions from some wonderful practitioners.

Over the years in my healing practice, I have also watched so many people completely heal from much worse injuries, so I have a very positive outlook. I know there is no limit to what is possible.

I can’t drive yet, but I can now comb my hair and do the dishes. YES! Progress is sweet, and I never thought I would be so happy to be able to do the dishes. I did overdo it last Sunday when I Marie Kondoed my condo. All that folding was a little much on the wrist, but I did feel a huge personal accomplishment.

This injury has taught me so much. I’ve taken this opportunity of not working, of not being so busy,  to focus on being present for every thought, feeling, and sensation that arises in the moment; listening to my body as I move, stretch, rest and heal. I am sure this has accelerated my recovery.

Now one of the many insights: When the plastic splint was removed last Friday and my permanent cast put on, it was very emotional. I felt panicky, claustrophobic, and trapped. It was scary to know I would not be able to touch my foreman for another twenty-one days. When I briefly saw my wrist it was shocking to see it look so mangled and bruised. I certainly had been feeling better than my wrist looked when it was uncovered.

The doctor I had at Kaiser the day was great. He and his assistant did have to reset the bones again in my wrist, which they said was very common for this type of injury. Unfortunately,  I did not experience the divine intervention that happened with Silas in the ER during the initial reset.

The rest of that Friday, I felt emotionally overwhelmed, and that was the day I felt the most physical sensation and pain all through my body. In fact, that was the only day the pain was an issue. When my emotional body was energetically unstable, I was ultra sensitive to physical pain and prone to less than positive thoughts. It felt so different.

It was so interesting. Even during the worst of it, I was so aware of my heightened sensitivity. The pain was very tangible.

When I feel peaceful and relaxed, the sensations in my body are experienced so differently than when I am emotionally ungrounded. I mean incredibly different; it’s phenomenal.

Of course, I “knew” this before, yet now I really know it. No wonder Reiki, Healing Touch, and Breathwork are so powerful. I am even more passionate about this work, and I am so excited I am back at the office today.

Peace is so healing on every level of our being.

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

 jerilawson@mac.com

A Break For Healing

Last week while Berkeley and I were on our morning walk, I tripped and fell. I am not sure how it happened, yet suddenly I was on my back. I knew right away it was serious.

I am now healing a left acomioclavicular joint dislocation (shoulder) and a fractured ulna in my right wrist. Both sides of my upper body currently have limited mobility.

Berkeley watched the whole event from behind and was very distressed until we returned home, and he could sleep off the trauma. I walked the four blocks from my condo to the emergency room and had a very positive experience at Kaiser’s ER. When I arrived, I was the only one there, so everything – examination, X-rays, Motrin, resetting the wrist, more X-rays – moved pretty fast.

I had a remarkable healing in the ER.

It came from Silas, the Physician Assistant when he was resetting my wrist. I will spare you most of the gory details, but my hand was hanging by my fingers about three feet above my body in some kind of bone setting contraption. Silas was squeezing my wrist tightly as he was pulling down (with a great deal of strength) attempting to stretch my hand back into alignment. He had numbed my wrist, of course.

Still, there was a lot of sensation until I felt the energy from his hands come in through my wrist, down my arm, and into my heart, overriding any pain or sensation. I felt so much gratitude, totally unexpected.  He held this bone setting position for several minutes, and I was just in awe — what an extraordinary healer.

I am doing remarkably well this week. Breathwork sessions, meditation, and Self-Reiki treatments have come in handy. It’s amazing, but there is hardly any swelling or pain. 

Everything I have to do takes five times as long as before: dressing, typing, making coffee, and OMG, I still can’t comb my hair! Not being able to brush my hair could quickly turn into an environmental disaster, so I have had to call in help.

Anyway, I will go back to Kaiser later this morning and find out how my wrist and shoulder are healing and maybe get a new cast on my wrist. I am hoping to be back in my office for healings and breathwork by Friday, June 28th, but I am taking it a day at a time.

When it’s time for a break, it’s time for a break.

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

 jerilawson@mac.com

Sensitive – The Untold Story: A Documentary on the Highly Sensitive Person

In 1991 Psychologist Dr. Elaine Aron wrote a book called The Highly Sensitive Person based on her discovery of the innate trait of high sensitivity. High sensitivity is not a disorder or condition, and there is now much more substantial research on the subject that ranges from brain studies to genetic analysis.

The Highly Sensitive Person often grows up being labeled “too timid,” and “too sensitive.” As children, they are prone to cry more easily because they have more empathy than their peers. They may also have frequent meltdowns and tantrums from being overwhelmed by daily life. They tend to be very creative, have vibrant dreams, and require more quiet time alone. Highly Sensitive Alanis Morissette states in the film that as a child, she felt “alone in a world where she was misperceived, and misunderstood.”

This temperate trait is found equally in both men and women and one out of five people. Dr. Aron discovered that Biologists also found this sensitivity trait in at least 100 animal species for survival advantages. In the wild, having a few highly sensitive animals in your pack in a dangerous environment can be lifesaving for the whole animal herd.

Are you a highly sensitive person? Check out this movie – Sensitive – The Untold Story – based on Dr. Elaine Aron’s book and featuring Alanis Morissette. I’m not promoting Amazon, but I did watch it for free on Amazon Prime.

“[Sensitive-The Untold Story] covers such a dense amount of information, and such a wide range of how and where this trait shows up…all done in a way that is very clear, and intelligent and touching. Bless you for making this film. It is an honor to have been a part of it, and to be part of this generous outreach to so many HSP’s and their loved ones. Such a major contribution to the world. Congratulations on a truly stunning documentary…. to you and your whole team. Alanis.” -Alanis Morissette

As an energetic healer, I found this documentary fascinating, and it has opened me up to new ideas about how to be a more effective practitioner. I realize many of my clients might be HSPs, and energy work is so calming for overstimulated nervous systems.

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

 jerilawson@mac.com

Energetic Healing: Emotional Release Isn’t Always Emotional

Emotional release can be a very gentle process. When you deeply relax in a peaceful state there is often an effortless falling away of stress and emotional overwhelm. One of my clients beautifully described her experience last week:
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“During my session with Jeri, I felt a gentle and elegant opening and buoyant energy.  A  sense of positivity asserted itself over and over as I cycled through emotions. In those moments of openness, I became aware that I had been feeling so “stuck” and a lovely realization that I could and can move forward blossomed within me. I felt such gratitude for Jeri’s healing wisdom, as my guide. The beautiful journey she has assisted me with is continuing to unfold.”
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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. 510-601-9632  jerilawson@mac.com

Healing Sessions as Ritual

Healings are rituals.

Rituals are for stepping outside of our everyday routine, habitual existence and our concept of linear time. A Healing Touch and Reiki session can be the perfect place for you to mark an important transition in your life and initiate a new beginning.

We can set the intention by creating an altar before the session. You can bring photos, candles, vision boards or special stones that will hold your specific intention.

Clients have created healing rituals to clear old energies such as letting go of a past relationship with love and compassion. Clients have used healings to support them in releasing an emotional pattern such as overeating or smoking.  A few clients have come to celebrate the start of a new job and a new cycle of service in the world. One woman set her intention to align her energic body before a month-long juice fast.

Rituals help us to fully and deeply acknowledge our journey in this moment and reaffirm that the path we are traveling is the right one for us. Rituals and healings create a sacred space in our lives.

Card by Kriss Johnson Michiels at https://www.etsy.com/shop/woodhorsepress/

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. 510-601-9632  jerilawson@mac.com

A Restful Healing

It is important to remember that some of the most profound and beneficial healing sessions may be the ones that appear to be the least dramatic. I tend to write more about the exciting breakthroughs my clients experience in their Healing Touch and Reiki treatments, yet often the peaceful, very still sessions create the most profound shifts in the lives of my clients.

“I felt SO much better after our session yesterday.  It almost surprised me how much better I felt, because nothing huge or dramatic happened during the session. Remarkably, by the time I left yesterday, I felt completely rested despite getting one night’s adequate sleep across two instead, and I carried that forward all day.  Some of the irritability and stress had lifted too, and I finally slept well (though still not enough) and woke up feeling rested this morning.  Thank you! “

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. 

510-601-9632  jerilawson@mac.com