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

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

Are Healers Really Flow Hackers?

I’ve been reading and thinking about Flow.

What is Flow?

To use Jason Silva’s descriptions from the first video below, it’s that state in which time slows down or speeds up, self vanishes, action and awareness merge. Flow is an effortless state that silences our inner critic.

Abraham Maslow called Flow “a peak experience.” In the 1970s, James Fixx described Flow as “a runner’s high.” Los Angeles Lakers’ coach Phil Jackson calls it “being in the zone” and Miles Davis spoke of it as “being in the pocket.”

As a healer, I call Flow “sacred space”. Sacred space is where healer and client become one, where there is no time, where the more “I” get out of the way, the more effective the session.

I find it fascinating to see how other people are experiencing Flow and how powerful this state is. In the second video, Jamie Wheal tells the story of how his first Flow experience changed him: “I was different. I found what I had been seeking; I was home for the first time in my life.”

Jamie Wheal and Steven Kotler are Co-founders of the Flow Genome Project. Their website states:

“Flow states are now known to optimize performance, enhance creativity, drive innovation, accelerate learning, amplify memory and underpin happiness itself.”

It’s all quite interesting, and I wonder:

Are Healers really Flow Hackers?

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am through 8pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

A De-stressing, Health-benefiting Guided Imagery Session by Belleruth Naparstek

Belleruth Naparstek is a pioneer in the field of guided imagery and many of my Healing Touch colleagues have been raving about her CDs for years. If you don’t know about her work then you are in for a treat when you view this video!

I personally find her voice incredibly soothing and grounding. Belleruth has an effective blend of practical affirmations and energetic suggestions in her meditations that are precisely written and beautifully executed. They are also very accessible to a wide range of clients.

Below is a description of Guided Imagery from her website:

Guided Imagery is a kind of deliberate, directed daydreaming that uses soothing music and narrative to evoke multisensory memory, symbol and fantasy. This combination gently guides the overactive mind into a relaxed, immersive state of healing reverie. It works easily and powerfully for most people, and doesn’t require much from them – just some basic imagination. Many people who have trouble meditating or relaxing do really well with guided imagery.

I highly recommend the first CD in her two CD set “Meditations To Promote Successful Surgery” when you want to relax and visualize a successful operation of any kind. This is the best CD I have found to help you prepare for surgery. The second CD in the set is music only, and while I know many healers who use this music CD quite a bit, I find it a little too repetitive. You should check it out for yourself.

Belleruth has guided imagery CD’s for headaches, depression, weight loss, post traumatic stress, panic attacks… she pretty much covers everything. Her online store is an excellent resource, especially when you want to address specific issues.

Enjoy this moving video of Belleruth doing a guided meditation for stress release.

Happy Thanksgiving!