Self-Care: Back From A Meditation Retreat

This is my first week back at work after a month-long meditation retreat. I have been doing these retreats for the last five years, and I remember thinking how extravagant a month away from my regular routine seemed when I first started back then.

I don’t think it’s extravagant now. Getting away from my routine revitalized my life. Spending time in deep meditation is essential for my well-being. Selfcare is so essential in these times.

Of course, spending a month meditating is not always easy. I was highly irritated and super sensitive for five days straight about two weeks into the retreat. I was surprised at how much came up. My nervous system felt fried. My body ached. Deep emotions from the last few years kept surfacing and releasing; I could never have rebalanced so deeply if I did not have the space and time. When it started getting smokey from the nearby fires, I found exit scenarios forming in my head. I wanted to escape.

Finding the stillness underneath all the chaos was worth it. That experience of connection, of quiet, of suspended enoughness, is everything. It can hold it all.

Berkeley Loves To Go On Retreat

I could go on and on about the experiences I had this month, but the important takeaway is getting away is a good thing.

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

 

 

The Healing Space Of No Agenda

For many of us, stepping out of a pandemic appears to be as challenging as it was to step in.

There have been times in recent healing sessions when my clients are just not ready to relax.

During a healing last week, I had my left hand on my client’s knee and my right hand on her ankle when I intuitively felt resistance in her leg. Her body was letting me know there was too much fear to relax. Her tight, hypervigilant muscles had been holding her together for many months – physically and emotionally.

As a healer, I honor this resistance. I witness every day how much emotion and energy our bodies hold and manage for us; I never try to override it, move it out, or release it.

I move my hands with great respect: my left hand on her hip and my right hand on her knee. There is no agenda, just deep respect for my client and the sacred space. I focus on holding the most calming, still, grounded space for all energy and emotions arising or not arising. I hold space for “no release.”

I move to the other side of the table and held her other ankle and knee. Suddenly everything released.  My client’s whole body just exhaled all at once and let go into a very relaxed state.

Just like that. It was incredibly peaceful. 

The space of not letting go is so healing. 

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: Feeling Safe With An Open Heart

“Being grounded is the ability to feel safe. Feeling safe occurs when your heart has opened. An open heart is the end result of providing the kindness, care, support, and attention that only you were designed to offer yourself.”

 -Matt Kahn Whatever Arises, LOVE That page 201

Reentering ‘normal’ life after a pandemic is overwhelming. I am surprised at how stressful this shift has been for everyone, including myself. Nothing feels normal anymore. For many people, nothing feels safe. It is so easy to emotionally shut down.

How can you stay safe, and keep your heart open, as you step back out into the world? As you enter into rooms with more than three people and attend public gatherings? When do you stop wearing your mask?

It is so inspiring to see Reiki, and Healing Touch gently, but profoundly, assist my clients as they navigate this transition. Energetic healing resets the nervous system. I know how essential receiving my own Healing Touch sessions have been for me during this shift.

Self-care is mandatory now. Things that we may have thought of as luxury expenses are now basic survival strategies for emotional and mental health.  This may include massage, a long hot bath, acupuncture treatments, earthing,  a walk on the beach, or an energetic healing session.

Take time to take care.

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

Healing: A Simple and Profound Shift

“I feel much less edgy and agitated”

These are the first words that my client spoke after her healing, before she even got up off the table.

I wrote it on her documentation form and I have not stopped thinking about how simple it was. It is such a seemingly small, nondramatic shift, yet it changes everything.

I realized this is what I often feel after my own Healing Touch sessions. I am more at peace in my body and in my life. I have more space for my clients, my friends, and my family. I don’t feel so busy. My thoughts are more positive and my mind is so much calmer.

So simple, yet so profound.

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

Hands-On Healing

The Healing Space

I am now seeing clients in my healing space.

It is so wonderful.

After over a year of distance healing, space has become such an abstract concept and touch such a luxury. I will admit that distance healing is very effective, yet the physical connection is so calming, peaceful, and grounding.

Below is a description from one of my client’s first sessions back in the office:

“The beginning, with the stillness in my body and your hands on my legs—it was really emotional. But in a beautiful way. I could not name the emotion, but there was a LOT of beauty and there was joy (I was almost smiling) and there was this intensity of feeling that was incredible. And then the energy. The energy did not take long to start flowing… Your hands were amazing. To know they were there was amazing. Comforting. Grounding.”

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

Healing: The Gift Of Awe

“My clients are so intelligent, successful, courageous, and magnificent, it inspires me. They feel my awareness of their true essence and begin to feel it in themselves. I believe that seeing this light, this inner beauty and all its manifestations, is one of my gifts as a healer.”

From the book: A Business Of Healing

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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

Feeling Welcomed Again

I signed up at the neighborhood gym and started working out a few months ago.

I can’t tell you how amazing this feels.  What makes it even better is the woman who opens the gym in the morning. Heather is her name.

She is so welcoming. On my first day, she smiled at me (through her mask) and unlocked the door as soon as she saw me. She explained that she gets there early to work out and she would be happy to let me (and anyone else who arrived) inside before the gym was officially open.

The gym is also inviting with air filters, fans everywhere, and all the machines being wiped down and disinfected continuously. There are only about two or three other people who work out as early as I do.

In this last year of everyone people pulling back as I approached, or crossing the street when they saw me walking my dog, meeting Heather on that day almost brought tears to my eyes. Here was a woman who was going out of her way to invite me in after a year of feeling so separate from some of my closest friends and family.

I know all the backing away was not personal during this year, yet just by going back to the gym, I realized how hard it has been emotionally.

As we move out into the world again it is so easy to feel overwhelmed. Our nervous systems are now so overstimulated after this prolonged isolation. I have been scheduling healings and bodywork for myself to stay grounded and make this transition as easy as possible. I have also noticed how profoundly helpful healings have been for my clients as they step back out into the world.

Still, I can’t WAIT to see Heather tomorrow !!!!!!

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

Healing: The Experience of New Energies

It still amazes me how every healing session is so different.

Just this week, I felt a completely new energy, frequency, or level of consciousness that had never shown up before.  It felt dark (in a deep way, not a shadowy way), refined, detoxing, and very still.

 

Profoundly still.

The client I was working with often releases energy in her body with strong muscle spasms that throw her arms off the side of the massage table. These releases realign her shoulder/rotator cuff, but that day she had barely perceptible micro-movements in her neck and upper body.

She was so relaxed afterward. The next day I asked her to write more about what she experienced in the session:

“This session was unlike any before. I quickly dropped into a deeply peaceful expansiveness. I had little to no sense of my physical body or Jeri’s physical presence – just a crystalline peacefulness. I felt a much-needed sense of stillness and calm. Amazing session!! “

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

Grounding Is Healing

Standing Barefoot On The Earth

Currently, I am seeing many clients with compromised sixth and seventh chakras. Over the last few months I am finding that these energy centers are not as open as the other five chakras.

The sixth energy center, or third eye chakra, rules perception, intelligence, and visualization. At the top of the head, the seventh chakra is the center of self-transcendence and connection to our highest wisdom.

It is no wonder when these two energy centers are not balanced we feel stuck, disconnected, uninspired, and even depressed.

I have noticed these two chakras open up in my healing sessions as soon as my client becomes grounded. I can feel the difference in a few minutes of holding their feet.

The simple act of helping my clients ground has profoundly affected their sense of well-being and emotional balance.  Sometimes all it takes is one session.

Getting a healing session is, of course, a great way to make sure that you are reground. Yet, if you suddenly feel spacey, out-of-it, or weirdly disconnected, there are simple things you can immediately do to rebalance.

Try standing barefoot on the earth for at least ten minutes. Twenty minutes is better, but I know we don’t always have that kind of time—Check in with your body before and after to see if you notice a difference.

If you can’t get outside, you can try energetically grounding.  Put your attention on the bottoms of your feet and/or the base of your spine, and imagine a grounding cord connecting to the center of the earth. This is a basic grounding technique that is so simple and so effective. It becomes more tangible the more you do it. Try it and see if you notice a difference.

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

Healing Time

The first thing I do before a healing is write down what time the session begins.

I almost always have no sense of ‘normal’ time during a healing. It’s really wild.

Time is a very fluid, non-linear experience in the healing state.  Sometimes when I first look at the clock after what feels like only ten minutes into a session, I find that it has been over thirty minutes.  Other times I can feel like I have been in an eternal deep state for quite a while and I am sure the session must almost be over – only to look at the clock and discover it has only been fifteen minutes.

Even after so many years of healing, I still find this incredible.

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