A Healing Retreat

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Several months ago my friend Mary Gaetjens asked me to drive with her to a retreat in Idyllwild, California. At that moment, I was feeling way too attached to my schedule, and I knew it was time to get away from my to-do list. Sometimes just the right thing arrives at just the right time.

The retreat was called Sound and Silence. There was silent meditation, chanting, good food and quiet time in a stunningly beautiful place

It was perfect. The photo above is of one of the 12 women I shared this extraordinary time with. I had forgotten how deeply restorative a retreat can be.

There is so much more I want to say about this adventure, but for now, I think the photo pretty much sums up the whole experience.

Click here to find out more about the Sound and Silence Retreats.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

Healing: Aligning With Your Highest Intentions

IMG_0893I often schedule a healing for myself when I feel sluggish or ungrounded. Most of my clients also come for a session when they feel out of balance or stressed.

A few months ago I had a client who came for a healing so that she could energetically align with her highest intentions. This involved taking her small business to a new level.

Before the healing, she explained exactly what she wanted to manifest. She had researched her initial goals as much as she could. She had reorganized her office, her schedule, and even her computer to handle the expected volume increase.

She had also spent months deeply reflecting on the personal issues that had once held her back. Her insights were remarkable. She was so clear and grounded, and so present.

For her, the healing was a culmination of all the internal work she had done. She saw her business as an external manifestation of that work. She was now ready to align with her highest intentions and move forward in her life.

I could feel the energy in the room moving before she even got on the table. The session was so powerful. The energy was swirling, rolling, and expanding throughout the session. The vibration was very high; my focus as a healer was to keep the space grounded for her.

It was an eye-opening session for me. I was reminded that healing is not just about fixing what is wrong or out of balance. The healing space, sacred space, is also a place from which to create and manifest.

It is important to note here that the most transformative Reiki and Healing Touch sessions are often very subtle. So subtle that the effects of many healings are not even realized until days after the session.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. Jeri still schedules a Healing Touch session for herself when she feels stuck.

Healing as Ceremony

IMG_7965Sacred Space is healing.

I recently had a session with a woman on the second anniversary of her Mother’s death.

Two years ago she had a session with me a few days right after her Mother’s transition, and also on the first anniversary of her passing.

We lit some candles and chose the perfect music. The session was so beautiful. In that sacred space, that oneness, we both felt a connection to everything that ever was and ever will be.

She told me the sessions provided a place where she could fully “recognize all the feelings that were coming up” and “acknowledge the many layers of sadness and release” she was processing.

She said she felt so much comfort from the healing.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

 

Animal Reiki And The Constantly Evolving Journey Of Healing

Level III Animal Reiki Teacher Training Class November 2015
Level III Animal Reiki Teacher Training Class November 2015

Being an energetic practitioner is a constantly evolving journey. The energy is always guiding me.  Often I find many techniques that have worked so well in the past just fall away as new awareness arises.

In my practice now, I feel a deepening of the work, of the sacred space, how connected everything really is. “I” feel I am doing less, and my clients are receiving more.

 

This shift has led me to the teachings of Kathleen Prasad. After watching her YouTube videos and reading her books, I decided to attend her three-day Animal Reiki Teacher Training last weekend.

What is Animal Reiki?

Here is a quote from her website answering that very question:

“Animal Reiki is a spiritual practice of compassion for all beings. In a nutshell, “doing” Reiki for animals simply means learning to meditate with your animals. The practices of Reiki help us navigate our life’s challenges with grace and surrender while we learn to listen to and be present for others in a compassionate space. Compassion is the ultimate healer.”

IMG_2170Kathleen’s classes are unique in her emphasis on traditional Japanese Reiki techniques integrated into Animal Reiki practice. Kathleen is passionate about Reiki, connecting with animals, and she is a gifted teacher. I found her constantly evolving journey with her Reiki practice very validating and life-affirming.

There is so much I took away from this class (but not the kitten in the photo, thank god). Let me just say for now that if you are interested in animals, Reiki, or meditation, I recommend that you put a Reiki class from Kathleen on your bucket list. Make it your number one item.

IMG_2183The Reiki Workshop was held at BrightHaven Holistic Animal Retreat in Santa Rosa, California. There is so much love at BrightHaven; I feel so good just being there. During the class I was able to share Reiki with the cows – Buttercup and her baby, as well as chickens, pigs and Odie the goose!

This workshop has opened the door to a new level of healing within myself. What this means for my energy work will unfold in the next few months. For now, I will sum up this post with a quote by Kathleen:

“In the energetic space of healing all possibilities exist.”  – Kathleen Prasad Co-Founder SARA – Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

 

Healing: Relax, Realign and Reset

IMG_0321I have clients who come for regular healing sessions. Some come once a month, some every two or three months, and some people sign up for a short series of healings when they need support during a challenging time.

It’s so easy to get caught up in habitual energy patterns, and let old emotional and mental behaviors run our busy lives. A healing often has the effect of hitting a reset button. After a session, clients report feeling grounded, refreshed and back in their creative flow.

Signs that you are stuck in repetitive energy patterns are: compulsive eating, obsessive thinking, feeling powerless and low energy, lack of mental focus and even just feeling uninspired. A Healing Touch session may help you deeply relax and experience a profound peace that can realign your nervous system, release emotional blocks and jump-start your energy flow.

A peaceful, cohesive energy system makes it so much easier to access deeper intuition, personal guidance and creativity.

I have to add here that if a client is really out of balance, he or she may feel a little spacey right after a healing session. It may take a few hours for their system to adjust to the healing. This is often the case with jet lag, especially after returning from a vacation from halfway around the world. Afterwards, clients report feeling so much more grounded and clear with a faster time-zone adjustment.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

Equine Reiki Training

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Equine Reiki Training July 25th, 2015

Last July, I attended Kathleen Prasad’s Equine Reiki Training.

I first learned about Kathleen’s work via YouTube. I found a video of Kathleen doing Reiki in a shelter full of dogs. Her simple approach to Reiki is a welcome bridge between my studies in non-duality, my healing practice, and my life in general. There are moments on my spiritual path where I can’t tell if my meditation practice is deepening or dissolving. Reiki with animals puts me in a space where all that doesn’t seem to matter.

Since discovering Animal Reiki, I have watched Kathleen’s videos and read most of her books and online articles. I have given her book “Reiki For Dogs” (which is brilliant) to many of my friends and clients. I took her email correspondence course, The Animal Reiki Workshop: Core Curriculum, and during that course, I found and adopted my dog, Berkeley.

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Berkeley loves Reiki

So you can imagine how excited I was to attend her Equine Reiki Training.

The class was held at BrightHaven, which is a Sanctuary and Hospice for senior and special needs animals. It is a typical ranch style house in Santa Rosa filed with cats, dogs, chickens, horses, two goldfish, a pig and a goat. There was so much love in that house I felt like I was sitting in a temple. I consider it one of the most sacred spaces that I have ever entered.

Richard Pope is a Director and one of the Founders of BrightHaven, and he was at the workshop sharing his wealth of stories about the animal residents as well as taking groups of us to the horse pastures. 

Kathleen donates half of her workshop fees to BrightHaven.

I work with Reiki every day, but sharing Reiki with a 1000 pound animal was an experience that took me completely out of my element. It was more profound than I had anticipated. The first horse’s attraction to the energy was so strong he backed me into a tree; he really liked the Reiki. I was surprised by how emotionally (and physically!) moved I was by interacting with the animals.

The stories Kathleen told throughout the day were educational as well as totally fascinating. She shared the pivotal experiences that taught her how to be Reiki with the animals. Her understanding of animals, healing and life is priceless.

Below is a quote from Kathleen’s blog post: 5 Things You Need To Know about Animal Reiki Today

“Reiki teaches us to be compassionate to ourselves and to others. Ultimately, there is no difference, since all is One. It is this Oneness space that Reiki helps us to tap into with its many tools. When we are with our animals, we can often touch this space, feeling our hearts merge with our animals’ hearts. These moments are so profoundly moving. We can often see a wonderful healing response arising naturally from these compassionate moments.”

I felt this “wonderful healing response” arise in me. The horses appeared to like it too.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am through 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

 

The Garden At The Office

If my clients have driven a long way to get to my office, I sometimes give them a short tour of the garden. A little moment of nature before a healing is often the perfect transition from road to healing table.

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Clarity Breathwork Testimonials from PachaMama

Here is a sweet video from the participants of the last Clarity Breathwork Intensive in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Ashanna Solaris and Dana DeLong are now taking this beautiful work all over the world. If you want to get away and go deep, this is a training/retreat for you.

Thank you, Dana! Thank you, Ashanna!

To learn more about PachaMama click here.

While I highly recommend these Clarity Breathwork retreats, it is also possible and incredibly healing to have regular sessions in Oakland and then integrate that expanded state immediately in your daily life.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am through 8pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

Healing and Opening To Intuitive Abilities

Sometimes receiving a series of energy sessions can help you become more aware of your own intuitive abilities. Over the years, many of my clients have opened up to a whole new way of being in the world after rebalancing their energy system. Highly intuitive people often realize the depth of their natural gifts only after more conventional structures and life strategies have collapsed.

A collapse can be brutal in the moment it occurs and is often experienced as a failure. Yet, an event that may have been viewed as a “breakdown” may come to be recognized as a “breakthrough”. A crisis is that point in your life when you finally had to create a more suitable path that allows you to be who really are.

Below is a testimony from a client who realized she had already started navigating through the world using her intuition, as well as her logical mind. This really helped her more clearly perceive her own inner guidance and trust her own decisions:

 “Jeri has been an amazing resource for me. She has help me to find my intuitive self as well as understand my body and mind connection. Having knowledge about this has helped me discover possible new paths in my life in order to live in a more divergent manner. In addition, she has helped reduce my anxiety over the last six months which had been plaguing me for over a year. Thank you Jeri!!!”

 Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

Subtle Mental Healing and Sacred Space

IMG_4061In my healing practice, mental healing often takes the form of a subtle “falling away” of problems, obsessive thinking and worry. Sometimes my clients are not aware of the benefits of their Healing Touch session until days afterwards. This is one reason I have learned to trust that whatever happens in the session is perfect.

When giving a series of treatments, I usually ask my clients at the start of their healing if they noticed any significant shifts from the previous session. It’s often only then that they realize an issue that they were preoccupied with previously did not resurface. Frequently, being asked the question is what prompts them to realize their shift.

What actually causes the healing? I really don’t know for sure. I use many Healing Touch techniques in my sessions to rebalance my clients’ energy, yet I think fundamentally it has to do with the experience of being in sacred space.

What is sacred space? Eckhart Tolle calls it presence. In The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment he writes,

“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence.”

In my healing sessions my clients return to this presence, this sacred space, and it is in this space that they heal themselves.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

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