Energy, Chaos And The Healing Urge To Connect

Right Outside My Door Last Week

Most often during a healing session my experience of energy is very dualistic: contraction/expansion, chaos/cohesiveness, swirling/still, lightness/heaviness.

I am not usually the type of healer that can see that in third grade you were thoroughly embarrassed in front of your homeroom class, and you still can’t speak in public without breaking a sweat. I am most often (every session is different) the type of healer who can sense the “thick energy” in your throat and hold a space for you to relax and let it release.

The energy right now in Oakland, California, is unusually chaotic with all the storms, flooding, and rain. I feel this chaos is allowing for faster and deeper transformation. Everything is already stirred up. While things feel ‘broken down,’ there is a powerful, positive, and healing urge to reconnect.

I actually recently ended a healing session after only 35 minutes because the person on the table was just “done.” He was very still on the table for about 45 minutes after I finished. He later told me it was a ‘breakthrough’ session for him.  

Life, energy, and our capacity for healing are expanding and evolving faster than ever. These are interesting times.

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 Touch Certification: Is It Worth It?

Healing Touch Community in 2015

One of my Healing Touch friends recently asked me if I thought getting certified in Healing Touch was worth it. We have both been certified for many years. She is very sensitive to energy and knows she could have begun a hands-on-healing practice with just the first-level workshop.

In my experience, it is definitely worth it. I needed a thorough foundation to start offering energetic healing to people, especially since I had a business and was asking for money. I loved doing healing work, but did not trust it as I do now. My book, A Business Of Healing, describes my process of fully trusting the energy.

Becoming certified in Healing Touch Program is a huge commitment and usually takes at least two years. Just a few of the many requirements in the Program are: you have to meet regularly with a Healing Touch Mentor for at least a year, do a minimum of one hundred documented sessions, read a long list of books, write reports, receive healings from practitioners of other modalities and take all five levels of the workshops.

It was more work than Graduate School.

Another benefit to studying a modality like Healing Touch is that you learn the language. Language creates community, and the community has been an essential resource for me as a self-employed Healer.

All the techniques I learned in the Program are part of this language, a solid foundation to communicate with other practitioners. When discussing how to work with specific conditions, like Migraines or Anxiety, I can say, “I use a chakra connection rather than a mind-clearing if the first chakra is compromised because … ”

The Healing Touch community in the Bay Area is also incredibly knowledgeable. Many are nurses, doctors, shamans, hospital administrators, and healers of other modalities. I have called upon them many times to ask about chemo drugs, hospital procedures, or questions about specific conditions such as MRSA. I have seriously brilliant colleagues, all with different areas of expertise.

Also, I frequently refer other Healing Touch Practitioners. I have clients with Mothers going through Chemotherapy in Florida or friends undergoing surgery at UCLA. Even if I don’t know a practitioner personally, if that person is certified,  I know that they are committed to the healing work, grounded, and know the energy body. They have to if they made it through Certification. 🙂

You can check out Healing Touch Program and Healing Beyond Borders to learn about Healing Touch. These are two separate organizations. In the Bay Area, our two teachers are Laurie Ratto of the Healing Touch Program and Anne Secklinger of Healing Beyond Borders.

I ended the conversation with my Healing Touch friend by commenting, “We would not even know each other if we had not studied Healing Touch.”

Jeri Lawson has a full-time Reiki, Healing Touch, and Clarity Breathwork practice in Oakland, California. She is available for in-person and distance healing sessions. 510-601-0632 jerilawson@mac.com

We’re Wired to Heal Each Other

This talk was ‘flagged’ by TED, stating that Dr. Jain is speaking about her “personal research approach.” TED also warned her not to use words like Reiki or Chi.

Wow. Words are so powerful.

Healing energy is a natural inherent human ability that we can all access. Talks like this are crucial in expanding our consciousness and increasing the quality of our life.

Click here to check out a list of scientific references Dr. Jain provided to support her talk on the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) website. This list includes 29 peer-reviewed, published scientific references.

I could write twenty posts on the inspiring ideas presented in this video. I am so excited to share it with you.

Thank you, Dr. Shamini Jain.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time Healing and Clarity Breathwork practice in Oakland, California. She does in-person and remote Healing Touch and Reiki sessions. 510-601-0632 jerilawson@mac.com

Clarity Breathwork and Energetic Healing Support For Psychedelic Medicine

In the Bay Area, Psychedelic Medicine is now fairly mainstream – well, in my world anyway.

“In clinical research settings around the world, renewed investigations are taking place on the use of psychedelic substances for treating illnesses such as addiction, depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

Psychedelic Medicine: A Re-emerging Therapeutic Paradigm from the Canadian Medical Association Journal by Kenneth W. Tupper, PhD,  Evan Wood, MD PhD, Richard Yensen, PhD, and Matthew W. Johnson, PhD

With Netflix’s limited series How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan and Paul Stamets’s illuminating stories of self-healing in Fantastic Fungi, many people have begun to explore healing and spiritual growth with Psychedelic Medicine. People started calling me for healing and breathwork sessions around five years ago to prepare for their Psilocybin journeys and MDMA-Assisted Therapies.

The first client to contact me about this asked for a Reiki/Healing Touch session to help her to integrate a life-changing Ayahuasca ceremony. I learned quite a lot from this client. I began researching more about plant medicine so I could create a grounded and healing space for others on this path. It has been wonderful to witness how beneficial energetic support is for these clients.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time Healing and Clarity Breathwork practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch and Reiki sessions at her healing space and does many distance healings. 510-601-0632 jerilawson@mac.com

Clarity Breathwork: A Daily and Divine Self-Care Practice

“Clarity Breathwork has changed my spiritual practice and life into a calmer, more relaxed and expansive feeling. Since being introduced to it, I have used it daily as part of my meditation and self-care practice. The sense of peacefulness and bliss that flows through me when I am finished is divine.  I highly recommend Clarity Breathwork for everyone. ” 

  • – Client
  • Breathwork is a powerful process of healing and transformation; It has been a foundational part of my own self-care for many years. I breathe with my breathworker at least once a month and on my own whenever I feel disconnected or off-balance. This practice keeps me connected to spirit and the greater consciousness.  It is profound. It is Divine.
  • Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing and Clarity Breathwork practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch and Reiki sessions at her healing space and does many distance healings. 510-601-0632 Jerilawson@mac.com

Energetic Healing and Self-Regulation

Self-regulation is an essential life skill.

It is how you balance and manage your emotions, thoughts, and actions to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Self-regulation helps you achieve overall life goals and aspirations.

Self-regulation is the difference between eating a whole bag of potatoes chips when you are upset instead of maintaining a healthy diet. It’s the difference between yelling at your partner instead of calmly talking through a problem that has upset you.

Self-regulation is something we each do every day with varying degrees of success. Anxiety, depression, binge eating, and self-medicating can happen when there is a lack of effective self-regulation.

You can learn to self-regulate more efficiently by receiving Healing Touch and Reiki sessions. There are so many energetic meditations, practices, and tools!

As an Energetic Practitioner, one of the many energy patterns I might find in a first session is that I am working with a person with a high abundance of life force energy in their physical body.

This is a good thing… Who doesn’t want more energy? Yet, self-regulating so much energy can be tricky. An overflow of energy can be experienced as anxiety.  It can be overwhelming and make my client feel edgy, nervous, overreactive, and even like they may be having a panic attack.

When I work with clients with this energy signature,  I often recommend daily exercise to help them self-regulate this energetic gift. Yoga is very helpful in keeping the body’s energy flowing and grounded. Running, going to the gym, or hiking can also help these high-energy people feel balanced and clear.

Energy work can help us live better and enjoy life more.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Tuesday through Friday starting at 4 pm and all day on Saturday. There will be some construction outside her office for the next few months, and her hours will be shifting with the flow. 

 

510-601-9632  jerilawson@mac.com

Clarity Breathwork: Testimonial For Touch

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I was a massage therapist for many years and that experience  has served me well in my Breathwork practice. When I hold space for my clients in a Breathe, I often use touch to help them get the most from their session.
A hand placed on the heart area can open up so much energy when the breath becomes unsteady. Holding my client’s feet can be such a gentle way to return the focus to the body.  Sometimes I use my hands quite a bit in a session, and other times I don’t physically touch my client at all. There are so many ways to help someone feel safe. Below is from an email a client sent after her Breathe:
I remember a moment where I had some really bad epigastric* pain (just after one of my waves of nausea, of course), and you put your hand right over that spot for a bit.  Just before that, I’d had some pain in my right trap*, and you moved your hand from where it was to hold that spot exactly.  It amazed me, as it does every time you do that, that you knew exactly where it hurt.
* Epigastric pain is in the upper abdomen just below the ribs.
* Trapezius: upper shoulder muscle
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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 sessions Tuesday through Friday starting at 4pm and all day on Saturday. For the next few months there will be  some construction going on outside her office and her hours will be shifting with the flow. 

510-601-9632  jerilawson@mac.com

Letting Go Is Healing

“Letting go is like the sudden cessation of an inner pressure or the dropping of a weight. It is accompanied by a sudden feeling of relief and lightness, with an increase of happiness and freedom. It is an actual mechanism of the mind, and everyone has experienced it on occasion.”

From page 8 of the book Letting Go, The Path Of Surrender by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.

In this book, David Hawkins states that the resistance to painful emotions is more painful than actual ones.

This book is brilliant. It is about how healing it is to experience all your emotions, especially the difficult ones. Usually, when we feel overwhelming emotions like fear, anger, rage, worthlessness, or grief, we tend to suppress, repress, express, or escape them. 

Hawkins instructs us to locate the sensation of the emotion in our body. Is it in your throat? Abdomen? Head? What happens when you just connect with it? Hawkins recommends not following your thoughts about the emotion but feeling the emotion in your body and letting the emotion move through.

This book has a very simple message that is profound. It has given me a deeper insight into my work, and life. I highly recommend it.

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

Jump-start Your Meditation Practice

These are the times a regular meditation, prayer, or yoga practice can be really beneficial for your health and well-being.

Coming for a Reiki or Healing Touch session is a great way to jump-start your meditation practice – no matter how you meditate. Energy sessions calm and reset your nervous system, so it is much easier to focus in your daily practice.

Here is a wonderful quote and article on Self-Reiki treatments by New York Reiki Master Pamela Miles:

“The practice you actually do, is the practice that’s the best for you.”

Click here to check out a post on her blog: How to Practice Reiki Self-Treatment

Enjoy.

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: Feeling Unsafe To Be Safe

In Chapter Eight of her book  Welcoming the Unwelcome, Pema Choödrön writes:

“The more willing you are to step out of your comfort zone, the more comfortable you feel in your life. Situations that used to arouse fear and nausea become easier to relax in. On the other hand, if you stay in the comfort zone all the time, it shrinks.”

 

I do everything I can to create a safe place for my clients when they come for a healing. I make sure the temperature of the room is perfect for each individual  (there is a huge range of preferences). I choose their favorite music and set the volume at a soothing level. Each session is at least two hours apart, so no one leaves feeling rushed, or ungrounded.

Despite all my good intentions,  I often witness my clients feeling unsafe to relax and let go on the healing table. I have realized that to truly create a space for my clients to feel safe, they often have to feel unsafe.

After long periods of stress their emotions, mind, and physical bodies have tightened up to protect, support, and defend them. Letting their guard down and relaxing their muscles can feel foreign, and even scary.  Many people receiving an energetic treatment are sometimes surprised in the first session to find out how much trauma they were holding.

Yet, just this conscious awareness of our internal state is so healing, however difficult it is to first acknowledge.  Even if people “fail” to relax in their session, that subtle inner awareness begins to change their experience of life for the better.

Sometimes people are back to their center in one session and sometimes it takes months, even years for others to finally experience what it is like to feel relaxed and safe in their bodies and in the world.

 

“And the Day Came When the Risk to Remain Tight In a Bud Was More Painful Than the Risk It Took to Blossom.” – Anais Nin.

 

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

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