Clarity Breathwork Retreats at Mount Shasta and William Bengston in Palo Alto

There are two extraordinary workshops coming to our area that I highly recommend.

A Photo From Stewart Mineral Springs

The first workshop is happening this month at the beautiful Stewart Mineral Springs near Mount Shasta. Ashanna Solaris and Dana DeLong are offering Clarity Breathwork Retreats and Training. Level 1: Breath & Transformation is August 9-11, 2012 and Level 2: Breathwork Intensive is August 12-19, 2012. You can take the 3-day Level 1 for a long weekend or you can sign up for both levels for a powerful 10-day experience.

I took this workshop in 2007 and it changed my life. If you have ever considered becoming a Clarity Breathwork Practitioner this would be the training to take. This retreat is also perfect if you are looking for a sacred space for deep personal healing. There will be daily breathwork sessions, meditation, kirtan, inspiring music, process work and much more in a supportive and safe healing community. Click here for more information. You can also call or email Ashanna Solaris at 650-279-9101 or Dana DeLong at 510-691-4483 for more details.

William Bengston, Ph.D.
Researcher, Educator, and Author in the field of Energy Healing

The second event coming to our area that I am very excited about is in Palo Alto at The Foundation for Mind-Being Research (FMBR). FMBR will be hosting a lecture and workshop by William Bengston, PhD., whose ideas and book I have written several posts on. The lecture on Friday, November 20, 2012 is titled: Lessons from the Lab: Energy Healing Experiments on Cancer. His two day workshop, The Energy Cure: Unraveling the Mystery of Hands-On Healing will be on Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2, 2012. Click here for more information.

I took this workshop last March and learned his “Imagery Cycling” technique. I have been very surprised at how much this little exercise has escalated abundance in my life. I am still going over my notes from the workshop and reading the books William Bengston referred to during his lectures and in his many conversations on the breaks. This workshop was a real eye-opener for me on many levels.

This is a rare and fantastic opportunity to hear about William Bengston’s latest research results in California. William Bengston is an engaging, funny and passionate speaker and he is also a really nice guy. Anyone interested in quantum physics and cutting edge scientific research in the healing arts will want attend this workshop. I find William Bengston’s concepts, book and work inspiring, practical and life-affirming.

Judith Schutz’s Blog: More on the Bengston Energy Healing Method®

After I published my post A Workshop on the Bengston Energy Healing Method, I received a comment from Judith Schutz that started a dialogue I found very helpful and informative. She has had years of experience working with William Bengston and organized many of  his workshops in 2007 and 2008.

Her blog is called Treating cancer with Energy Healing (including the Bengston Method and the Domancic Method). Check out her post, Some Questions About Publicizing the Bengston Method, if you want to know more about how the Bengston Healing Method has been used by workshop participants to heal, or not heal, cancer. Her post also made me realize how careful I as a healer have to be when promoting my energetic practice.

The post was inspired by a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) pdf she saw on the internet about Dr. William Bengston, his method and how people are using his techniques. Quite thought-provoking. There is an exceptional 10 minute YouTube video by William Bengston in the post exploring the possibility of teaching other people to heal and the complications encountered in researching that question. He gave the talk at the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE).

I have emailed Dr. Bengston from his website asking two questions about the FAQ Judith found. One question concerns recommended treatment frequency and the other question is about who he has endorsed to treat clients with his method. I know he said at the workshop he wants everyone to go out and use his techniques and many people are. I believe the Energetic Practitioners who wrote the FAQ are coming from the best of intentions. If there is a suggested timetable of any kind for Dr. Bengston’s method, I certainly want to know about it.

I am still working with his cycling technique and it is too early to say how it has affected my healing work. I can say at this point that it has made a positive difference in my life outside the healing room. I personally feel Dr. William Bengston’s Healing Method is worth the work it takes to master it. His research is literally “unraveling the mystery of hands-on healing”. His work is so far ahead of the current social paradigm that it is important for me as a healer to stay grounded and centered as I incorporate his techniques and ideas in my healing practice.

Close to the end of this post on Bengston, Judith describes her intentions as a blogger: “I try to walk a fine line in this blog between being enthusiastic and supportive of energy healing but also being level-headed about it.”

I think she is doing an excellent job accomplishing that intention.

Thank you Judith!
Thank you, Judith!

A Workshop on the Bengston Energy Healing Method®

William Bengston and Margaret Nies
William Bengston and Margaret Nies

I attended William Bengston’s workshop in Louisville, Colorado last weekend. I came back home incredibly inspired and completely overwhelmed. It was fantastic.

William Bengston has been curing aggressive cancer with hands-on-healing for over 30 years. He declared throughout the workshop he does not find the actual act of healing as enjoyable as being in the laboratory researching. He is always asking questions about the nature of healing and then creating and conducting the experiments that ultimately generate even more interesting questions. I found out about him and his research last October and he has already learned more about several of the hypothesis he had back then.

A few of Bengston’s ideas conflict with my healing style. I, of course, at first found this stressful because I consider him a genius. Growth can be challenging.

He thinks having a lively conversation with a client during the healing is a fine idea. I have spent years focusing on being present in my sessions which is really just about the opposite of Bengston’s approach. Bengston thinks it is necessary to distract the attention of the healer and the client in order to keep them from interfering in the events on the unconscious level, where he believes the real healing takes place.

I’ll have to think about this. Is my focus on being present interfering with the healings?  Is my intense desire to create an effective healing for my clients actually inhibiting the session in some way? I have to admit I have had this question come up before and it’s time to look at it again.

One of the many reasons I wanted to meet Bengston in person was to see what his energy was like. What kind of energy field would a man who can cure cancer have? I did get a sense of his energetic signature. I know this will be valuable later, but I’m not quite sure how.

Bengston had all the workshop participants charge sterile rolled cotton to use for healing. I had read years ago that cotton, silk and water can be charged with energy and given clients for healing. While everyone was walking around the room charging the cotton I asked to feel his piece of cotton and he generously handed it to me. I may have held it for 45 seconds. Five minutes after I handed it back to him I realized the very significant headache that I had had all weekend from the Colorado altitude was now completely gone. That was really interesting. Really interesting.

I don’t think I have been “healed” like that before. I didn’t notice the actual moment it happened, but just realized the absence of the pain.

William Bengston has a lot of energy. The more he talked the more energized he seem to get and the coordinators, Sue Walker and Margaret Nies, had to really watch the clock or Bengston would have talked right through the breaks and probably through lunch too. On the breaks he was always enthusiastically answering questions.  I noticed him at almost every meal eating with someone from the workshop having an animated exchange. On Sunday morning I was lucky enough to have breakfast with him and with two other participants who were scientists. I wish I could have recorded the conversation. I did make notes on my iPhone that included a years worth of books and reading material.

I now have quite a bit of work to do and ideas to process. I am practicing Bengston’s Image Cycling Technique, which I have already found greatly rewarding on a personal level. This is another perfect time in my healing practice in which I have to rethink everything from a new perspective. Ironically one of the things I really have to rethink is if I’m thinking too much. It’s important to me that I do not get too habitual or complacent in my healings.

Besides having the most interesting data on healing available, Bengston is a passionate speaker, and very, very funny.  He doesn’t teach very often so I would HIGHLY recommend that you get to his next class in Chicago April 13-15th, if you are interested in hands-on-healing.

Jeri Lawson is a Healing Touch Practitioner and Clarity Breathworker in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

Healing Clinicians and Researchers


In a previous post I wrote about William Bengston’s book The Energy Cure. This book and his 6-CD set Hands-On Healing: A Training Course in the Energy Cure has been the most inspiring material on healing I have come across in a long time.

Bengston writes, “…The world of energy healers is divided between the clinicians who treat on blind faith and are perpetually reinventing the wheel, and researchers isolated in their laboratories who blindly follow the data without regard to its application or the practical discoveries of the clinicians.”

Since I have a healing practice using Healing Touch and other healing modalities, I fall into the clinician category. Yet, I have always felt a researcher lurking inside, that intense desire to understand what is really “happening” in my sessions. I feel very strongly that I am only perceiving the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what is possible with subtle energy work. The more I understand healing, the more effective I can be as a healer.

Below are just a few of the many questions Bengston asks in The Energy Cure (pages 207 and 208) that I find extremely interesting.

“How many treatments are necessary to produce remission? Is it better to have many short treatments or a few longer ones?

How do different types of cancer respond to the same treatments?

Do multiple healers add to the positive effects of energy treatment?

Can energy be stored in some materials, then transferred to an organism? If so, what materials work best?

Do some materials block the healing effect?

Can hands-on healing before cancer occurs create immunity?

Can immunity be inherited? Can an organism that has been cured pass on resistance to the next and subsequent generations?

These are significant questions that need to be asked, systematically researched and funded. The Energy Cure has helped me understand how important it is to have more research done on hands-on healing.

I have found out that Bengston’s next workshop will be next March 2012 in Denver and is being offered through the Healing Touch Program. Click here to find out more about it and join me if you can!

The Energy Cure: Unraveling the Mystery of Hands-On Healing by William Bengston

Photo taken at Remedy Coffee on Telegraph Avenue“Over the past 35 years I have successfully treated many types of cancer – bone, pancreatic, breast, brain, rectal, lymphatic, stomach, leukemia – as well as other diseases, all using a hands-on healing technique that is painless, noninvasive, and has no side effects. To my knowledge, no person I have healed ever experienced a recurrence. “

This is the first paragraph in the author’s introduction. This book is fascinating, easy to read, hard to put down and is an excellent account of a healer discovering his own healing abilities and techniques.

I found out about “The Energy Cure” because a client told me before her first healing session that she decided to try hands-on healing after reading this book. That was enough of an endorsement for me to buy it.

William Bengston has some very interesting ideas. I believe everything he writes works in his healing practice, yet there are one or two points where I have come to a different conclusion in my healing sessions. I won’t go into those points now because I want to focus on how brilliant this book is and how encouraging it has been for me as a healer to read his story.

For Bengston, aggressive cancers like blastoma remit faster than slower developing cancers like prostrate cancer. The longer a condition takes to develop in the client the harder it is for him to cure.

He feels that all injuries are best treated when fresh, before the patient’s mind hardens around the idea of being injured or disabled.

Bengston states that a skeptical, opened-minded person is more likely to have a successful out-come than a person who places too much belief in him as “the healer.” Bengston also writes that he has no success with warts.

Bengston is committed to defining and promoting the acceptance of hand-on healing through rigorous scientific inquiry. He describes his experiments with laboratory mice and the challenges of working with the scientific community. He also clearly and insightfully tells the story of meeting and learning from his mentor Bennett Mayrick, a gifted psychic and healer.

William Bengston writes:

“Do not put your faith in me. I don’t want to be believed. Remember, I’m a faithless person who relies on experience and data. You are a part of this experiment. Take what you need from this book, and then go and do it your own way, so if I get lost under a bus or somewhere it’s not going to affect your abilities.”

This book has inspired me to reexamine my healing practice on many levels.  I have been working with people diagnosed with cancer for over 10 years and Bengston has given me a whole new realm of possibilities, intentions and ideas to consider for me and my clients. Stay tune for more posts inspired by this remarkable book.

Here is an excellent interview of William Bengston by Tami Simon from Sounds True. It’s available after you sign up for the free membership.

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