How To Have A Healing Holiday Season

If you are blessed with the burden of a big heart, the holidays can be the best and worst of times.  But all holidays are healing when we pause, gather together and reflect.  In fact, the same powerful healing potential exists now as at any time in your life.

I’ve got a simple tip to help you decrease your pain, increase your joy, and tap you into the best that the season has to offer.  It draws from the same principles that underlie healing sessions.

Step one: on Christmas be Jewish, go out to Chinese food and see a movie, very relaxing.  I’m kidding.

In the Christian-centric Western world, no holiday has survived secularization and commercialism so well to still contain so many overt messages of peace, love, and joy.  These are among the highest experiences we can have in our lives.

Peace, joy and love are a natural part of us, and go hand-in-hand with healing.  When we are able to stay present – really present – with what’s going on in and around us, peace, joy and love can arise fairly effortlessly.

What stops them?  I hope I’m preaching to the choir: When we feel something that’s too much for us – pain OR joy – we block it.  Blocking your energies is not necessarily a bad thing!  Its how we get through all the stuff we need to do, and take care of ourselves and others around us.

When you celebrate holidays – especially by taking time off work with family – more of both pain and joy will be available.  If you want to do more than ‘just get through’, here’s what to do, in simplest terms, only the truth:

Salve pain with forgiveness, love, grief, healing.

Fertilize joy with more joy.

Like this:

First, you have to notice.  What’s going on?  How do I feel?  What started this?  Has this happened before?  Am I caught in a cycle?  You can’t wish it away, Dorothy, but the power of paying attention sets the foundation for everything to come.  It just might blow your mind.

Forgive yourself all that you have done to hurt yourself and others – especially the people you love – as you make your way imperfectly in an imperfect world.

Grieve your losses, family and friends who are gone or won’t change, jobs and living situations that have changed, the aging of your body, or dreams and opportunities that have passed beyond reach.  Grief softens and opens your heart.  Even when we lose something that hurt us, like a painful job or relationship, we will grieve it’s passing on some level.

Love who you are, who they are, accept them both, as is, faults and all.  You’re worthy of love, you really are.

Heal.  All of this is healing, and healing can be in any and everything in your life.  A kind word, a ray of sun, a song on the radio, a great Facebook share, a moment to pause for any reason, all can catalyze you to loosen your burdens and open to greater happiness and health.

Joy is abundant, get some!  Gaze at the night sky.  Do something stupid and goofy for no reason.  Hang out with a small child.  Do what you love, be with who you do and can love.  Include it/them in your holiday plans.  Make sure of it.  If it doesn’t happen, refer to the previous steps.

Sound simple?  You got it! Go for it!

Easier said than done?  I’m here to help.  Healing sessions are a gift to give and receive!  No discounts, no gimmicks, no special packages.  Just all the healing goodness in the universe you can stand, available to you.

You can read more about what the work I do is good for here https://lincolncrockett.wordpress.com/energy-healing/

Final Thoughts

Healing your world,

your country, your community,

and your family begins

with healing yourself.

One thing all of my clients have in common is that in ways big and small you’re all trying to make the world a better place.  Healing and music are part of how I do that.  I’m always honored to support you with the notes I play and the hands I lay.  Thank you for having me along on your journey!

In the new year I’ll share a series on our hidden and perhaps not-so-hidden wounds, how and why we bury them, the simple ways they shape who we are, and how they are constantly trying to resurface for healing.  The whole process is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful gifts you can imagine.  I’ll help you imagine it.  ‘Til then…

In Health and Holiday Healing,

Lincoln Crockett

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5,000 Years – or how the world will save itself!

Mohandas Gandhi kicked the British Empire out of India without firing a shot.  He observed early on that empires always fall no matter how strong they are.  Power and wealth controlled by too few people is as unnatural as a pyramid standing on its head.
 
The nature of healing is the righting of imbalances. 

If you’re tipping you may fall, but at least laying on the ground is more stable.  We are constantly balancing our health through wake and sleep, eating and laboring, hard effort and relaxation, our needs and the needs of others. 
 
Like India vs. England, we are effected by larger balancing acts as well.  Nature plays this game like a dance.  Gravity and electromagnetism keep us safe on our little blue earth as the Milky Way holds itself together around a bright center.  Storms happen when atmospheric water, pressure and temperature rebalance themselves.  Likewise, moodiness, depression and all kinds of emotional distress are storms seeking to right something in our personalities.  All of this happens beautifully whether you pay attention to it or not.
 
For a time after college I lived and worked on a 10,000 acre ranch in the Colorado Rockies.  Everywhere was covered with open grassland and forests of spruce, aspen, Doug Fir and Ponderosa.  There was one, single, lone exception:  The “Columbus tree.”  This gnarled, warped memory of a tree was an ancient juniper, the only one of its kind in the area.  A prominent local claimed to have taken a core sample and judged it to predate Columbus’ arrival in the Americas.  At that time the region had been covered in similar trees.  This balance had changed over time, on its own, naturally.
 
What happens when the change is us?  If you have a second, check out this interactive map at the New York Times.  Across the US right now farmers are waking up to brand new, herbicide-resistant plants in their fields.  One of the major players, called pigweed, grows so fast, tall and sturdy that it snarls massive cotton combines.  There are growing fears that the agricultural system we depend on will be sent into chaos.  How did we grow food before petrochemicals?  Is Round-up the best our agricultural intellect has developed over the past 100 years?  Amazingly, the related article never mentions organic, permaculture, biodynamic or other sustainable farming practices.  One could wonder if there’s something to be learned from this.
 
When Spanish Conquistadores first came to the American west it was not the sagebrush country it is today.  The sage plant has steadily sprung up over the last few hundred years through increased grazing, land use and its own tenacity.  Its a medicinal plant to Native Americans and New Aged spiritualists.  Sage is felt to grow up in areas where the land is troubled.  Seen from this angle, sage is a sign of healing that has shaped and become the land that we know and love today. 
 
In the same way I’m not worried about pigweed, just people.  Fortunately, I’ve found an example where the people involved – no less heavily invested in the outcome than farmers – changed their tack and something almost miraculous happened.  In the United States we’ve been overprescribing antibiotics for infections, particularly a common ear ache known as acute otitis media (AOM).  As a result almost half of such cases today involve drug-resistant forms of a bacteria called Streptococcus pneumonia, or Strep.  I’m sure you’ve heard of Strep because its likely you’ve had it yourself.  Over in the Netherlands drug resistant Strep accounts for only 1% of AOM.  Why the huge difference?  Where did all the drug resistant Strep go?  The answer reads like a page from the Gandhi playbook: when we stopped fighting our enemy died on its own.  You see, when Dutch children ages two and older show up with otitis media, their doctors give them four days to improve on their own.  By and large the kids heal.  It turns out all those drug resistant strains were, well, weak.  They literally balanced out.  Even Penicillin is effective again.  Today, Only 31% of all children in the Netherlands receive antibiotics for AOM.  In the US its over 95% and we use Keflex.  Ouch.
 
Ok, I’m ready to go out on a limb and share some questions that I’ve been asking for years.  Given all of the stories above, what then are ‘invasive species’?  Are they just change happening faster than we’re used to?  Why do we fight against them?  What is it we don’t like about the change we’re a part of?  What if humans are natural?  What then is the mass extinction we are living through?  What if a massive die-off of species on earth, crossed with a veritable human bloom, is just life on earth getting, well, smarter?  Are things just becoming more beautiful and more complex?  Is this some kind of miracle?  Just what do we want to learn from all this?
 
This is my message to you for 2011:  Live from your heart.  Radically.  Don’t wait for the economy or policy makers to catch up.   There is a higher order organizing principle to the universe that you can feel in your sense of wonder and in your connection to the people, places and things you love.  Check every choice against how you feel about it.  Get to know what you really think and feel.  Listen to your intuition and the signals in your gut.  Its time to get smarter and wiser about your life. 

I fill the Heal Schpeal with stories that have changed the way I think and act in the world.  But the real truth is that our world is too complicated to understand with our heads alone.  There is only one way to harmonize with ourselves and everything around us: be present, right here, right now, responding with maximum awareness to our own innermost guidance.  Think you’re unnatural?  Guess again.
 
The constant shifting of people, species, ecosystems, money, cultures – all of our complex relationships between family, friends, nations and the earth itself – could take a long time to balance out into a nice, stable civilization.  But all things considered – and I mean all things – the future is looking up for you, me, everyone and everything on earth.  We’re already on the way.  You’re doing it right now.  It’s inevitable.
 
I give it, oh, say, 5,000 years.
 

Resources

  • Dean Ornish talks about healing on TED.com
  • Spontaneous Healing by Andrew Weil
  • A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
  • Food, Inc- Movie
  • The Matrix- Movie
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