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

Documenting A Miracle

I want to report a miracle.

Even though this post is technically not about healing and energy work, a miracle is a miracle, and it needs to be acknowledged.

Here is what happened:

I was seeing a client early mornings at the Oakland Kaiser hospital a few weeks ago. The hospital is only a ten-minute walk from my condo, so I often saw her at 7 am because that was the only time I had available. It turned out to be a great time to have a healing.

After one of the treatments, I realized I was starving. I have to strategically plan my meals on my workdays because I am often hungry after a session.

So there I was, in a hospital, the worst place I could think of to eat, and I was ravenous.  So I walked into the cafeteria just to see if I could find a bag of nuts or something pre-sealed with all ingredients listed, so I would not be poisoned with artificial additives or MSG.

That’s when I discovered the miracle.

OMG.

The Kaiser Oakland Hospital Cafeteria has plant-based fresh food. Nutrition facts listed on the salad bar. THEY EVEN HAVE URBAN REMEDY!!!!

Was I really in a hospital? When did eating in a hospital become healthy? Am I the last to know? Is it just the Oakland Kaiser hospital? Can you find plant-based food in Walnut Creek? Is the Richmond Kaiser cafeteria this healthy?

There was even garlic chili sauce.

Positive changes like this make me so happy. I see this as the manifestation of a huge shift in consciousness. I just had to share it.

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

Clarity Breathwork: The Practice Of Connected Breathing

This week I thought I would write about my Clarity Breathwork sessions. Several people have recently asked me about Breathwork and several clients have had significant breakthroughs during their sessions in the last few weeks.

Breathwork is amazing.

WHAT IS CLARITY BREATHWORK?

Clarity Breathwork is the practice of circular, connected breathing for healing and attaining higher states of consciousness. In a breathwork session, you lie comfortably and fully clothed on a massage table and breath deeply for fifty minutes. As oxygen fills the body and raises your physical vibration, anything of a lower vibration falls away.

This includes old emotions, past trauma, unconscious beliefs, and habitual physical patterns in your body. I am fully present and at your side throughout the session to guide you through the breathing process. I may ask you questions to help you clarify any emotions, thoughts, and energy that may come up. I may also, with your prior agreement, gently touch your legs and feet to help you stay grounded and focused on your inhale.

Clarity Breathwork is the perfect tool for releasing unconscious imprints held in the mental, emotional, and physical levels of the being. Clarity Breathwork connects you with a higher aspect of yourself so you can let go of shame and blame, and move into self-acceptance, compassion, and love. I have found Breathwork to be an incredibly powerful tool to access and release pain, trauma, and chronic conditions in the physical body.

Are you ready to make some changes, yet don’t even know what those changes are?  Clarity Breathwork may be the perfect way to expand your consciousness and open to new possibilities in your life.

“I feel whole and energized again. I had no idea how much fear and hopelessness I was carrying inside.”

-Client after her Breathwork Session

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday. 

510-601-9632

 jerilawson@mac.com

Healing: The Space To Open and Integrate Life

Every moment in our ordinary, everyday existence is a potential opening to higher states of consciousness and transformation.

Many of my clients are experiencing profound shifts in their awareness as they care for elderly parents, plant gardens, drive to work, and cook dinner. These shifts can sometimes feel overwhelming, even scary.

Energetic healing sessions are the perfect place to integrate, balance, and embody these new energies and expanded states of consciousness.

Two of my sessions this week felt like deep integration sessions for my clients. I could feel all the vibrations and frequencies in their physical, mental, and emotional bodies coming into harmony underneath my hands – like an orchestra tuning up before a concert.

One client said that her body felt so much more stable and her balance was much better after she got off the table. Another woman reported her heart felt so much more open and relaxed, instead of contracted and fearful.

Stay supported during these “interesting” times. Self-care is not a luxury anymore; it is a crucial part of our life purpose and a vital gift to the world.

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

Breathwork And The Radical Commitment To Live With An Open Heart

We are living in interesting times.

Setting the intention to live with an open heart and stay grounded in our daily life is now a radical act.  This requires a fierce commitment, and constant recommitment, to self-care and energetic balance.  When we are energetically aligned, we are in the greatest service to our family, our community, and the planet. We can manifest and act from our highest wisdom. This is the greatest gift we can give the world.

Do you feel safe enough to keep your heart open? Safe in your body, secure in your life? Do you feel emotionally stuck or shut down?

What brings you peace? What resets your nervous system? A walk in the woods? Being with family?  Time alone? Meditation? Liking everything Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posts on Facebook? Exercise? Massage?  Spending time with your dog? A hot bath?  Do you need a few days in nature?

Do whatever it takes. When we create space in our life to stay connected to our internal goodness, it is much easier to move toward the light, rather than fight the darkness.

Now is the time for radical self-care. One way to dive deep and reconnect with your inner light is a Clarity Breathwork session.

“I feel whole and energized again. I had no idea how much fear and hopelessness I was carrying inside.”

-Client after her Breathwork Session

Breathwork is a gift in these 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

Breathwork: The Experience Of Sky

 

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”

― Pema Chödrön

Clarity Breathwork is the experience of sky.

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

Energy Work Is SO Practical

Last week a client drove to her session with me immediately after she had extensive dental surgery. The left side of her face was completely numb. I started with a Healing Touch Technique that cleared her head of 90% of the numbness in 10 minutes. The only area that she felt was still desensitized were the exact points the dentist had given her the anesthetic injections.

This particular client has extremely proficient self-healing energy ability, but still, even 20 minutes of a level one Healing Touch techniques would create a  huge difference for anyone recovering from dental surgery.

Again I  realized how practical and powerful energy work is. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all dental technicians attended the beginning Healing Touch class and could do 20 minutes of healing on their patients after dental surgery?

Until this vision manifests, it might be a good idea to schedule a healing session after any medical procedure for a faster, more painless recovery.

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, 10 am to 6 pm.

510-601-9632

jerilawson@mac.com

 

Healing And The Deep Cosmic Current

A client asked me:

“Does having one particularly intense or energized session sort of change the energy of the day and make the rest of the sessions more likely to be that way?”

This is an interesting question. When one of my clients has an intense “breakthrough”  healing session, I know there is a very good chance there will be more such sessions in the immediate future.

I revisited a post I wrote in  2012 called Patterns in a Healing Practice. In it, I wrote how clients with the same issues and conditions seem to appear in my healing practice in waves: waves of clients with anxiety and stress, waves of clients with knee concerns, waves of pregnant clients. I noted that being in the healing space on a daily basis gave me a sense of being connected to some kind of deep cosmic current.

This “Deep Cosmic Current” appears to facilitate different healing opportunities at different times, accessing the specific energy needed for those deep transformative healings. Clients that I work with weekly, bi-weekly and monthly will frequently have “breakthrough” sessions at the same time. I sense that there are just certain times when certain healings energies are more available than others.

Could this be because of me? Could my personal energy, mood, biorhythms of the day, be a significant influence?

Over the years there have been days when I had felt “less than perfect” when I arrived at work in the morning, and those days have often been unusually high energy and beneficial for my clients. These are the times I sense my role is not so significant in the healing process. It feels more like the client and I are surfing a universal wave together.

This is another reason regular self-care healing sessions are so valuable. Energy sessions are helpful on any given day, yet there are days when there appears to be more energy available, in which the veil of separation is thinner between spirit and matter, periods in which divine grace is more accessible in the cosmic current.

These are auspicious times to have a healing scheduled. 

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 Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632