“Let us visualize a world where all global citizens are loved. Let us embrace a flow of change and send out positive thoughts of peace and acceptance. Please take a moment to honor all walks of life.”
I found this beautiful quote and intention in the Healing Touch Community Newsletter. I wish I could report to you today that I only felt peace and positive vibes this week, but that was not my experience.
I felt a rush of anger, despair, and grief around the tweets, news, and unfolding of events since last Friday. There was so much energy in my body; it was overwhelming. I thought about all the things that I could, and should be grateful for. That didn’t help, in fact, it made me even more irritable.
Acceptance was my only path through it. Not acceptance of what was happening, but acceptance of how ungracefully I was experiencing it. Acceptance of how overwhelmed I was and how hopeless I felt. Self-compassion for all that I couldn’t seem to deal with.
After I finally felt that acceptance; I recommitted. I now feel an even deeper commitment to show up, do my best, and stay connected to my highest wisdom in every way possible. To hold space for all that is happening in these crazy times. There are infinite possibilities in this moment. I feel even more grounded, energized, and creative.
I am so grateful for my daily self-reiki treatments, breathwork sessions, and meditation practice. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without these tools.
I know the next few months may be crazy. I will probably feel overwhelmed again. I also know that my renewed commitment to holding a high vibration of acceptance for myself and peace for our world is greater than ever.
Jeri Lawson has a full-time Healing and Breathwork practice in Oakland, California. She is available Monday through Friday for distance healings as we shelter in place.
When you are going through a difficult time, sometimes it is helpful to have something physical to hold on to.
I have found that creating and giving medicine bags to be a beautiful way to connect and comfort people who are grieving a loss, or are facing other significant life challenges.
I started making medicine bags after an artist collective in a warehouse called the Ghost Ship caught on fire in 2016. Thirty-six people died. While I was not close to anyone who lost their lives, many people I cared about in my office building and neighborhood were hit pretty hard by the tragedy. Making each person a medicine bag seemed like a tangible way to acknowledge their grief and share some healing energy.
I use crystals and gemstones in medicine bags, although you can use anything that has meaning for you or the person you are giving it to. Creating a medicine bag is a meditative ritual. I consciously hold the person who will receive the bag in my thoughts throughout the whole process of choosing the bag and selecting the stones. It’s a fascinating intuitive practice. So often I walk away with stones I had no idea I would decide on when I started.
The first thing I select is a small drawstring cloth bag that can be carried around in a pocket or purse, although medicine bags can be placed anywhere – such as on an altar or beside a bed. Then I pick up the first stone that catches my eye, and I think of it’s healing properties and the person it is being sent to. I carry it around for a few minutes until it feels like it wants to be included or not. I also write up a list of the healing properties of each stone.
Sagrada is an excellent place to conduct a medicine bag creation ritual. Mary, who has selected all the stones in the store, has written out the metaphysical properties of each stone on small pieces of paper that you can take with you. You don’t even have to write out the healing properties of the crystals.
Almost all my Ghost Ship medicine bags had a stone called Apache Tears because they absorb grief and release emotional pain. These shiny black gems help to forgive others without being bitter. Apache Tears received their name because it is said that when the tears of grieving Apache women who lost their loved ones fell to the ground, the tears became these rocks of Black Obsidian. Physically this stone calms muscle spasms, assists with detoxification of the body, helps with the absorption of vitamins and can also boost one’s immune system and strengthen the body. Apache Tears corresponds with the root chakra. All stones help with specific body issues and correspond to one of the seven chakras.
Rose Quartz is a stone of unconditional love and is a great addition to any bag. This pink stone has a high spiritual energy, but it is also calming and soothing. Carnelian is a beautiful orange stone I often add because it is so emotionally soothing.
Creating a medicine bag for yourself is also a fantastic process. It can be the perfect sacred ritual for setting a new intention or beginning a new project.
I hope you enjoy making medicine bags as much as I have.
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 sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632
“Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act.”
– Ram Dass
It is time to connect with that which is greater than ourselves.
There is so much support, energy and guidance available for every one of us.
All we have to do is tap into it. It takes courage and commitment to take the time, quiet our mind, and let whatever needs to surface come up to be consciously released. It takes a tremendous amount of self-love and compassion to keep our hearts open.
Just by connecting with Higher Consciousness, we connect with All-That-Is, Our True Self, Our Highest Guidance, which is a profoundly healing state.
How can you connect with this healing space, with this inner wisdom?
Meditation? A walk in the woods? Music? A Breathwork session? A Reiki or Healing Touch Treatment?
Now is the time for radical self-care.
This is the time to clear and ground ourselves so we can act from our highest wisdom.
Jeri Lawson will be at a Breathwork Retreat today through Sunday, connecting with her highest wisdom. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions again on Monday, November 21st, 2016 in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California 510-601-9632