Self-Care Before The Family Holiday

The Holidays are more enjoyable when you take care of yourself. Now is an excellent time to schedule a Healing Touch session to help you stay balanced, centered and grounded through the month ahead.

“I feel SO much better since our session Wednesday–thank you!  It feels a lot like the cloud of depression or heaviness or whatever that landed as soon as I left the workshop has finally mostly lifted.  It is a sensation of being physically lighter (and more energized, but in a good way) and just feeling more balance and less easily angry.  I’m grateful to have this now–and grateful to have this too going into a week at home with my family.”

 – Client Before Thanksgiving

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

Meditation Is Not What I Thought

This week in my blog I would like to share a significant personal discovery during my month-long meditation retreat last October. A subtle shift in awareness that changed how I experience the world.

I have been studying healing and the nature of consciousness for quite a while now, currently reading books on nonduality and the work of Rupert Spira, Eckhart Tolle, and Frans Stiene. Also listening to and enjoying the awakening consciousness stories of ordinary people from Buddha at the Gas Pump.

Last week I wrote about my healing practice and what I experience in the healing space during a session. I described the dynamic, ever-evolving, morphing healing state I am in five days a week. My question for the last few years has been: What is the relationship of this healing space to Non-Duality, the True Self, Divine Presence? 

Many teachers and healers I greatly respect have spoken of compassion as a quality of this healing space and this higher consciousness. This is where I felt like I was missing the boat. I was not feeling compassion in the healing space. Here is how I finally defined it for myself in a past post:

Compassion is the ability to hold everything in the moment, in the divine presence of All That Is. It is an energetic healing state.

This compassion is not motivated by desire or ambition to heal others. In fact, it had begun to seem like the more powerful and effective the healing space was becoming for my clients, the less emotionally connected I was to the whole healing process. I do not feel any emotions or desires in the actual healing space. I also had periods when I felt so much less ambitious in my everyday life, which was very uncomfortable. Just being in the world was now requiring a new method of navigation that was confusing. There was much less ego. I was finding this stressful.

So, as I began my month-long meditation retreat in October, my intention was to focus on this question.

There was a Supreme Court issue at the beginning of October that had greatly upset me, so when I sat to meditate my emotional body was quite activated. As I began to meditate, I could feel my energy spiraling and unwinding about five feet all around me, with waves of heat and nausea periodically passing through my physical body. It was very similar to the healing space I held for others, except I was feeling my own energy moving. I would like to note here that my clients very, very rarely feel nauseous.

For the first ten days, it was extremely challenging and physically uncomfortable to sit and meditate. I just wanted to run, to move, to get a drink of water, or find my cell phone and text for help.

Then I began to notice a space underneath all the movement. A quiet space. I focused on that, and it expanded over time and became more encompassing, eventually surrounding everything including my energy field and my body. My nervous system and biofield started settling down, and I experienced the heat and waves of nausea less and less.

This new space was utterly still, like a flat void. I could not even describe it as peaceful, certainly not compassionate, yet there was definitely no stress. It was empty.

After 10 days of emotional turmoil arising and releasing this was a welcome shift. I focused on this space the rest of my meditation retreat, and just let all my questions about healing states and consciousness go.

I have now been back from my retreat and working for over twenty days. The healing space and my healing practice appear to be pretty much the same; different every session and still wonderfully effective for each client.

The prevailing thought running through my brain is that there is nothing to seek anymore. Everything is right here, in this stillness, in this emptiness. My intention now is to stay connected to it.

What was the most surprising, and what I most wanted to share with you, is that even though this deeper space is still experienced as emotionally empty, I returned from the retreat feeling more compassion, joy, love, and clarity in all aspects of my life. I can listen to the daily news with much less resistance. The more I connect with this space the more calmer and more peaceful I am.

You would think that connecting with a state of consciousness that creates more compassion would be experienced as compassionate, yet that’s not how it works for me. The experience of emptiness appears to create more compassion.

Meditation is not what I thought.

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

A Healer’s Experience Of A Healing Session

A client recently asked me “What do you experience during a healing session?”

That short question inspired a very long answer.

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Healing Touch For a “Hot Mess”

Last week one of my clients rushed into the healing space (fifteen minutes late) and froze a few steps inside the door. She looked blankly up at the ceiling, let the five bags she had been clenching in her fists drop to the floor, and stated: “I am a hot mess today.”

What a perfect time for a healing.

Once she was on the table, her biofield did feel warm, but her energy felt much more scattered, even chaotic around her head. She fell asleep instantly once I began working and released a lot of built up energy in her lower back and hips. At the end of the treatment, she was so relaxed that it took her a while before she could even get off the table.

She had received a lot of insights during the session; things she knew she had to address in her life that she had been actively resisting. Once she had deeply relaxed and felt balanced, she could consciously begin to process what she had been blocking out and pushing away.

Those blocks had been keeping her from grounding fully for quite a few weeks.

Even though she knew she had to make a lot of changes in her life, she now felt capable of addressing the process. She also booked another session for the following week.

Sometimes being a “hot mess” is the perfect time to get a healing.

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 Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

Radical Self-Care For The World

One of my clients left her accounting job five years ago and opened a healing practice. In the first year, she had as much work as she had time for.

“When I wake up in the morning I am so excited to go to my healing space,” she told me. She has definitely found the work that she loves.

She still comes for healings and breathwork with me to stay in balance. She refers to me as her “mentor,” even though she has accomplished in five years what took me well over twenty. 🙂

Before her sessions, we don’t talk about healing techniques. We most often talk about how to stay grounded as the paradigm of what happens in our healing practice collides with the paradigm of “real” life. How physically and emotionally complex it is to leave the magic of our healing space to wait in line at the local Walgreens. Or listen to the news.

We all experience this paradigm clash. After experiencing the deep peace and energetic support of a healing or breathwork session, reentering the outside world can be noticeably uncomfortable – physically, emotionally and energetically.

Yet, every time we do it, we are creating a higher state of consciousness for ourselves, and everyone around us. Just by holding a peaceful coherent frequency in our chaotic world, we are creating great healing for our planet.

My conversations with my colleague have reminded me that taking time to rebalance and connect with our deepest wisdom is really quite a radical act in these politically crazy times. The grounding, peace, and the unconditional love we reconnect with internally we also take back into our daily life and share with our family, friends, loved ones – even with those we don’t quite love yet.

Self-care is radical.

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

Healing and Letting Go

I found this coaster at a feed store in Petaluma. It cracks me up every time I see it. Sometimes the perfect guidance I need to begin my day is right under my coffee cup.

How you embrace Letting Go says more about you than what you’re able to manifest.

                                                               -Tosha Silver

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

Healing Music by Peter Kater and Christopher of the Wolves

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Music can be a very supportive presence in healing sessions.

Here is a video of Heaven’s Window by Peter Kater from the album Element Series: Etheria. I have been using this track quite a bit in my recent sessions and it is powerful. It is only just under eight minutes, so I set my playlist to “repeat song” and let it repeat for full one-hour healings.

Music sounds very different when in the healing state. The current energies of the day also influence the music I choose for each session. I even find that what works for me one day can irritate me the next, and certain music I have been using for months, can just suddenly not feel “right” anymore.

Note to other healers: At this point, I don’t play any music at all when I work with musicians. They are usually too mentally activated by sound, so I have found it helpful to just work with the ambient noise in the room.

I would also like to share this wonderful CD Aurora by Christopher of the Wolves. I was just playing it for myself in between sessions but suddenly started using it at a low volume for healings and it was perfect. This CD is my favorite.

Enjoy.

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 Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 
510-601-9632
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Anxiety and Healing Part 2

There appears to be a lot more energy moving on the planet now. Everything is in transformation: some things are rapidly breaking down, and other things are healing incredibly quickly. I have witnessed some miraculous paradigm shifts in the last six months. 

As an energetic practitioner, I am seeing clients, a few who I have been working with for years, opening up to new levels of energy in their bodies. In general, this is a good thing, yet a sudden increase in energy can at first be experienced as anxiety.

When I ask people to feel into the physical sensation of anxiety inside their body, they often describe it as a surge of heat or overwhelming force.

Imagine your body’s energy as water, and picture that energy moving inside you within pipes as big as a garden hose. Then imagine if the volume or flow of that water significantly increased inside that hose. Initially, that would feel very uncomfortable, maybe even scary, until the pipes expanded and adjusted to the larger water flow.

One thing that has helped many of my clients adjust to the rising level of energy is exercise. Twenty minutes a day of sweat-producing cardio exercise – such as Zumba, using an elliptical trainer, or dancing – really helps the physical body relax into these new levels of energy.

Healing Touch Practitioner Janna Moll describes what has been occurring in her healing practice below. Janna Moll, MSN, HTCP/I, LMT is the founder of the Heart Healing Center, Inc. (HHC) and Energy Medicine Specialists (EMS) in Highlands Ranch, CO.

“In my client practice, I am noticing more people stating having issues of unease and feeling under pressure.  Some state they feel ‘ready to blow’.  I treat a lot of practitioners in my practice, so primarily these clients are doing a fair amount of self-care already (which we know keeps a person in balance through challenge better). They are noticing this pressure building and it isn’t far-fetched to see that it can be tied to the tensions and discord in the world at large.  The news, our government, and beliefs around decency are being bombarded on a daily basis. Remember: As goes the world, so go we. The new clients I have are often stating that they just can’t ‘get by’ anymore as they are having physical symptoms related to stress such as ‘hearts racing’, or ‘insomnia’, or ‘depression/anxiety medication not working as well’.  For those with a racing mind (called the Monkey Mind as it jumps around continuously) or overwhelming emotions, getting into the physical body through exercise can release the building pressure.

Other grounding/movement opportunities exist that have been shown to be effective as well, such as gardening, breathwork, and FAR infrared saunas.

Classes in Energy Medicine may be an effective alternative to ‘going it alone’ as it puts one in community and teaches self-care techniques. Both are big advantages in this trying time!”

Janna’s Energy Medicine classes (which include all levels of the Healing Touch Program) are extremely valuable for everyone at this time. I took the Advanced Chakra Diagnosis and Treatment and it significantly deepened my understanding of energy healing.

So, the bottom line here is exercise and community are wonderful allies in “high energy” times.

See you at the gym!

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 Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 
510-601-9632

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

Healing Neck and Shoulder Tension

Healing is a mystery. As with most things in this dualistic universe, this is a good and bad thing.

As a business person, I just want to confess that learning how to market a mystery was not easy. I could write a 100 posts about this, but this post is not about marketing.

What’s good, like REALLY good, about the mysterious nature of healing, is how people are continually booking a Healing Touch and Reiki treatment for one issue, and after the session realize that other aspects of their body, life, and emotional/mental health have shifted and balanced in extraordinary ways.

Below is a quote from a woman who healed the physical tension in her neck and shoulders, even though she initially booked her session for entirely a different reason:

“After the healing two weeks ago I felt like there was a massive weight taken off my shoulders. I have been going to the chiropractor for the last two years for the tightness in my neck and shoulders, and it was helpful. But after my first healing with you, the pain completely left and has not come back. It doesn’t hurt to lay down, so now I also sleep so much better. My hips are also relaxed, and it is so much nicer to walk.”

Committing to your self-care has remarkable rewards. Scheduling a healing to reset your nervous system, rebalance your energy field and relax into the present moment may support you in ways that you can’t even imagine right now.

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