Anxiety and Healing

Anxiety is currently the number one reason people are booking  Healing Touch/ Reiki sessions.

Clients are experiencing anxiety that ranges from a constant feeling of stress to full-blown panic attacks.

Experiencing a calming state of peace, calmness and safety heals anxiety.

A Reiki and Healing Touch session brings your body, mind, and emotions to a state of balance that resets the nervous system and begins to establish a new normal way of being. Feeling tight and contracted in the body can become so habitual your body forgets how to relax. Sometimes even experiencing a peaceful state of consciousness does not even feel comfortable at first.

I have witnessed so many people over the last few years release debilitating anxiety with Hands-on-Healing. Sometimes in one session there is an instantaneous shift that the person can maintain after the treatment, yet most of the time it takes a series of healings.

There are a thousand reasons why people have overwhelming anxiety, and the cause of anxiety is unique to the person having it. Of course, we are living in chaotic times, and almost everyone feels stressed after listening to the news. I know that for me, receiving regular Healing Touch treatments is what gives me the ability to stay grounded and hold space for all my emotions as they arise and pass.

The greatest healer of stress is the experience of peace.

Book a Healing session to feel that peace.

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

Prayer and Water

As a healer, I have learned that there are three substances that hold energy well: water, silk, and cotton. After I watched the video above, I was so moved, and much more aware of how connected we are on such a tangible, practical level. I started looking for more water videos and the two below reconfirmed this oneness. Enjoy.

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

Medicine Bags For Healing

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

Contemplating Stress

I’ve been thinking about this quote for a few years, so I thought I would share it with you. Every time I read it, something slightly shifts in a different way.

“Stress is the tension between ‘what is” in this moment, and your image of how this moment should be.”

Jeff Foster from his book Falling In Love With Where You Are

 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. 510-601-963

Healing, Breathwork and True Compassion

Compassion is a word that many healers whom I greatly respect use to describe the state of consciousness they experience in their sessions.

I found this confusing for years. I kept trying to redefine compassion starting with the basics:

A Traditional Definition of Compassion From the Internet:

a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.”

This did not make any sense at all. I have never felt sorrow for my clients, much less think of them as stricken by misfortune. My strong desire to assist their healing process was also shifting and I could not comprehend, much less verbalize, what was happening.

Then I went through a divorce. During this process, I did many breath sessions. I have no idea how I would have made it through that time in my life without Breathwork, yet not every breathe left me feeling better about my life or my situation. Sometimes I would breathe right into the most painful feelings of grief, loss, failure, and shame. There were several sessions in which I felt emotionally overwhelmed – or trashed – after my breathe.

My breathwork practitioner held the most amazing and beautiful space for me during that time. I never once felt that my lack of “getting better” made her feel inadequate as a breathwork practitioner. Her ego was not invested in my healing. I never felt she thought less of me because I was such a mess. I could just focus and surrender to my process, as ugly as it appeared to me at the time.

All I felt from her was support, nonjudgement, and complete compassion. THAT FEELING OF TOTAL COMPASSION WAS SO HEALING. I will never forget what that was like; just being in that compassionate, nonjudgemental space was incredibly validating and grounding. I am tearing up as I write this. She showed me what true compassion really is.

My definition of compassion is unconditional love without an agenda, the ability to hold the abused and the abuser, the light and the dark, the “good” feelings and the “bad.” Compassion is the ability to hold everything in the moment, in the divine presence of All That Is. It is an energetic healing state.

Over the years, the less desire I have to “alleviate suffering” and be present with what is in the moment, the more effective my healing sessions have become for my clients.

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

Clarity Breathwork: Healing Our False Sense Of Separation

I am facilitating a Clarity Breathwork circle at Back To Life, in the Temescal District of Oakland on June 24rd, 2018. As I was writing the event description for the flyer, this line lit up for me:

Breathwork connects us to the Divine State of Oneness, healing our false sense of separation.

Breathwork is such a gift.

If you are interested in the Breathwork Circle, RSVP with BACK TO LIFE – 415-538-7878. Space is limited to six people.

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

Meditation Retreat

My dog Berkeley and I are leaving today for a meditation retreat, so there will not be any posts on this blog until March 23rd. While I am very, very, VERY excited about this extraordinary opportunity to dive into my meditation practice so deeply, I feel a bit nervous. It’s the same sensation I sometimes become aware of right before I am about to breathe in a Breathwork session. 🙂

Berkeley Doing Yoga

Have a wonderful few weeks, and I will report back!

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 after March 20th, 2018, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

 

Healing, Self-Tuning and the Ocarina, Part Two

I have learned that when I become obsessed with something that seems totally crazy and appears out of my current realm of practical application, not to question it. I now realize these compulsions are my higher guidance in high gear. I had no idea why ocarinas became such a passion for me a few years ago; I just knew I had to explore everything about them.

Then I met Alan Tower, Stonewhistle maker Hans Houkes, and discovered the Huaca and Innate. Below is a video of Hans and his breathtaking ceramic instruments:

The Huaca (wah-ka) was originally developed by ceramist Sharon Rowell in the 1980’s here in the Bay Area. Initially, she was trying to imitate the sound of the San Francisco Bay foghorns, and by the end of her instrument making career, she was building beautiful multiple-chambered ocarinas – or Huacas.

Alan Tower, one of the founders of The Resonance Center and a professional Huacaplayer, brought Hans in contact with Sharon Rowell’s Huacas and together Hans and Alan have developed the Innato or Innate. Below is my Innate that just arrived last Wednesday.

The word “Innato” means inborn, unlearned. It’s inside all of us. This instrument connects sonically to our pure innateness, and is playable by anyone with hands and ears. In just a few minutes it gives an experience that shifts or opens your perception of the moment.

– from Hans Houkes website

The Innate is where my higher guidance was leading me. When I play this sacred meditation object, I can feel the vibration all through my body, and then my body dissolves into the sensation. The world disappears. And then there is just the sound. 

For more information on the Innate click here: http://www.stonewhistle.com/innato/

If you are interested in learning how to purchase the Innate in the United States, contact Alan Tower at alan@TheResonanceCenter.com.

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 Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

Healing, Self-Tuning and the Ocarina, Part One

Sometimes in a healing session, I become aware of my client’s energy field as a collection of frequencies that are subtly harmonizing. Every time I change my hand position, I sense a different tone. It’s like I am feeling sound. My clients are tuning themselves in the sacred space.

Outside of my healing room, I have become fascinated with the medicinal effects of sound on my energy field and the ocarina. I’ve been playing the ocarina as a meditation, exploring how specific tones affect me.

After sitting and silently meditating, I often just play one long, slow note on an ocarina that sounds good to me. I then relax into the stillness afterward. I notice if I feel anything different in my physical body, if I feel differently emotionally, or if the space around me has shifted. It has been an incredible practice.

Because the ocarina is a wind instrument, my breath becomes a connection between the inside of my body and the outside. Playing the ocarina has helped me become more sensitive to energy in my healing practice. It also feels so good. It’s so soothing and grounding.

My obsession with the ocarina started at the end of 2014. Before that, I had never even heard of an ocarina. I started watching every ocarina YouTube video, researching all the ocarina maker’s websites and buying them online. I returned quite a few. I can’t tell you how many times I wished there was an ocarina store in the Bay area.

This ocarina, the Seedpod Ocarina Tenor G was the first ocarina I found that made my body resonate with the first breath. It is so easy to play. If you are not a musician and are interested in meditating with a wind instrument, this is the ocarina I recommend. Of course, you can also use a native American flute. The Seedpod Tenor G cost under $50.00. You can get it through Songbird Ocarina in Los Angeles, a fantastic company.

The next ocarina I fell in love with was also from Songbird Ocarina: The Seedpod Ocarina Bass C. Of all the ocarinas I have, this is the one I play the most often. For me, bass tones create even more healing vibration in my body.

I am a full-time healer, and I am in an altered or healing state about fifteen to twenty hours a week. The only way I can maintain my healing practice at this rate is to stay grounded. My daily meditation and ocarina playing have been the most efficient way for me to do this.

The best thing about self-tuning with the ocarina is that it feels amazing. Try it.

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 Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

An Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe

Yumi Sakugawa wrote an incredible little book called An Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The UniverseI just had to share it.

Here is what her website says about the book :

…Set against a surreal backdrop of intricate ink illustrations, you will find nine metaphysical lessons with dreamlike instructions that require you to open your heart to unexplored inner landscapes. From setting fire to your anxieties to sharing a cup of tea with your inner demons, you will learn how to let go and truly connect with the world around you.

Playful, smart, inspiring and just plain fun. Fun is always good.

Thanks, Yumi!

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, Distance Healings and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632