Energy Healing With Lincoln Crockett

Hi, my name is Lincoln.  I’m a performing songwriter and an energy worker. As a healer I work with clients over the phone to help them heal from trauma & illness, and grow personally & spiritually by charging and clearing their personal energy field.

After an hour session, at minimum most people feel like they’ve been at a spa or meditating – relaxed, focused and clear.  When your energies are grounded, balanced, charged and clear, you can really feel the difference.  Sometimes even a subtle shift in your energy field can lead to a big breakthrough in your life!

While energy healing might seem new-agey at first, I can assure you this is very real and practical stuff.  I come from a skeptical background myself, and everything I do is based on training and experience.

Visit the links at right to learn more about energy healing and to schedule a session for yourself.  Read on below for my thoughts on your life, your heart, and the future from and energetic perspective.

In Health & Healing,

Lincoln Crockett

Trout Lake, WA, USA

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Getting A Handle On Your Head – The Solar Plexus Chakra

There’s Thinking, then there’s Thought. There’s knowing a thing with your intellect, then there’s knowing something with your soul.

Part of my work is knowing the difference between a thought that is just the prattle or fantasy of my mind, and one that is an impression, a subtle wind whispering, one that is worth heeding.

I’m talking about intuition. I’m talking about awareness. I’m talking about energy and how it works in what we call your mind.

Your mind is capable of so much more than you think. Pun Intended.

Thinking vs Thought

I need to make a subtle distinction between some qualities of human mental life. For the sake of this article, Thinking is unconscious and constant, what Buddhists might call “the monkey mind”. Its a verb. Thought, on the other hand, is intuiting, being, understanding, conceiving, embodying, realizing. Thought is waking up in the morning knowing the answer to an intractable problem. Thought is “Eureka”! Thought is “A ha! I completely get it! Mind = blown”.

Thinking is what our neurons do. It is what our human minds do, it is what our intellect does. This useful part of us is constantly active, helping to manage our relationship to the material world around us. This part of our mind identifies whatever habit has trained it to, e.g., noticing dirty dishes that need doing, knowing which password goes to which website, remembering which road leads to Rome, etc.

Thinking also tries to grab a handle on us personally as well. This part of your mind knows what your name is, what you’re like, what your story is about who you are, how you’re the same and different from others, what makes you special and justifies your self-worth, etc. It also talks crap about you when you’re not looking and remembers every awful thing you’ve done that you should never be forgiven for.

Fortunately, you are more than the contents of your thinking mind. Enter Intuition.

Thinking vs. Intuition

An intuition is a simple communication from the universe at the level of the thinking mind. Its not very complex information, like a tweet. Intuition is baby food for the mind. “I think I remember turning left ahead” is thinking. Feeling a quiet sense of, “Turn left ahead” – especially when you’ve never been this way before – is an intuition.

Intuitions are received thoughts. Intuition is passive thinking, much like vegging out to television, but you’re listening IN instead. By focusing on your personal experience of your mind and awareness you can receive information constantly from the universe, no internet connection necessary.

Chances are you do this already. Common intuitions are things like, “I should call my Uncle today”, “it is time to turn off the crock pot”, “I wonder how so-and-so is doing?”, or “it is time to initiate that corporate acquisition”. Intuition can be about anything.

There are also kinesthetic intuitions that you feel with your body, as well as vast understandings (aka “downloads”) that come into your field through other channels. But when it comes to mental intuitions, incoming intuitive information is processed primarily by an energy center in your Solar Plexus.

What The Solar Plexus Chakra IS

Incoming energy. Your own personal internet.

To the clairvoyant eye a healthy solar plexus chakra is a happily swirling whirlpool of yellow energy and information coursing into the body like water down the bathtub drain. Almost without exception, this is a comfortable chakra to have active in people in the western world. Education works in yellow. Engineering and science, yellow. Conversation, where we exchange nice little verbal information packets in well timed sequence, yellow. Counseling and therapy, yellow.

It is very possible that yellow is just a symbolic color-coding I’ve learned in order to work with the energy. After all, what color is Ultra-violet? If I can’t see it with my eyes I can’t see it. My skills are kinesthetic first, and visual through training, so I personally feel solar plexus energy.

Since you’re in it almost all the time, you may not notice your solar plexus chakra in action until something’s wrong. You may feel it when you are anxious, talking excitedly and quickly, worrying or holding your breath. If you can’t address your tension, it may be passed down the line to your stomach or peripheral nerves, both of which are energized in part by the solar plexus chakra.

What the Solar Plexus Chakra ISN’T

Your brain. Your feelings.

Mistaking your brain for the creator of thought is like mistaking the eye for the creator of light. Your brain is just an organ, an instrument being played. The brain adds color, tone, timbre, duration, volume, etc, but it is not the thinking. That’s why we can influence our neurochemistry with drugs, but we can also rewire the whole thing through our thinking habits.

You can’t think your feelings. You have to feel them. Sounds obvious, but THE number one misuse of solar plexus and mental energies is for feeling. It is common to find our thoughts on a runaway train because deep down there was something we just needed to feel. After the feeling has run its natural course, our mind relaxes and is more spacious.

How To Tend Your Mind & Tap Your Intuition

1. Re-Center

Before bed, or at the end of every work day, or every lunch break – sometime when it feels right – take time to re-center yourself. You’re awesome, you deserve it. Notice your mind and what its on about. Each subject is a charged cord connecting you to some event, person, place or thing. Gently draw each one back to you. Let all your concerns be.

Be here with yourself, right now. You may want to sit, you may want to dance, or anything in between. Your mind is part of your body, so help your body be present in whatever way feels best. Feel how good that is. If it feels bad in any way, just notice, and let yourself feel it so it can pass thru. Given time and compassionate understanding, it will.

2. Intuit

Life is a game, so play with your intuition. Next time you’re in the kitchen, let yourself choose your plate by intuition. Which one feels best? This is even more fun in someone else’s kitchen. See if you can get a picture of the cutlery you’ll be choosing. Then use your intuition to find the drawer and pick out the knife. You can even do it blindfolded! This is fun for kids too.

Or set out on an errand, but instead of going the fastest or your favorite way, choose your direction intersection by intersection according to how each direction feels. See where it might lead you instead. Can you get a mental picture of something you might see along your route? Did you see it? Was it what you were really looking for?

If it doesn’t work, try again some other day. This is fun, so play with it! I’ll be you can come up with your own versions that are even more exciting than my suggestions!

You and your mind deserve the greatest peace, happiness, safety, wellbeing and satisfaction that you can possibly tolerate. I help my clients rebalance their mental energies in a majority of the energy healing sessions I give, in addition to whatever else they need. If I can be of any help, please let me know.

How Your Life Is Trying To Heal You, Part 3

Is enlightenment stalking you from behind?

We’re all human and we all carry our baggage.  But what if that baggage was acting out, shaping our thoughts, feelings and health, trying to resurface so we can see it, address it, be unburdened by it, be happier, healthier and more present?

Well, that is exactly what is happening.  Just as an old tree sheds limbs it grew in youth that it just can’t carry any further, so too do we.

Here’s Part 3 of a 3-part series on our hidden and not-so-hidden wounds.

Part 1 laid the foundation of why and how we ‘bury our stuff’ and ‘pack our baggage’: When life is too much we block it, and blocks = baggage.

Part 2 hit on how our blocks shape who we are.  Did you relate to any of these common themes?  Go back and see what resonates with you.

Today: Your blocks are constantly trying to resurface for healing!  Every struggle in your life has a component that is trying to get your attention and shower you with blessings!

 

Your Blocks Are

Constantly Resurfacing For Healing

My wise wife says there’s a difference between pain and suffering.  Pain is pain, its a part of life, it happens naturally, no gettin’ around it.  Suffering is pain we’ve created that didn’t have to happen.  Like when things are bad but we make them worse by playing the victim, blaming others, or not doing what we can to take responsibility for our circumstances or care for ourselves.

Its different for kids, right?  How many times a day does a toddler get super-happy, cry tears, get angry, and then cuddly and snuggly?  Kids are more flexible than we are, but they don’t have access to the same inner resources as an adult who must be responsible for themselves.

The energy we have as kids continues in young-adulthood and compensates for any imbalances and blocks we’ve carried through from childhood.  As we age though, our bodies show the strain, and lead to the litany of human sufferings.  That upright posture may become a stiff and easily injured back.  All that trying to control things may lead to hypertension or a heart attack.  That overeating may lead to diabetes.  All of them diminish our relationships and happiness.

This is where you want to have Part 1 and Part 2 in mind, ’cause we’re going to build on them.

Blocks are derived from experiences we were unable to handle that became parts of our fields, our bodies, and our personalities.  Parts of the behavior of your field, body, and personality have been created to protect yourself from these blocks.

Protecting yourself won’t work forever.  What you resist persists.  Pushing against something just puts energy into it.  Eventually your weak spot will be triggered and present itself to you to be seen and healed.

When you become aware of what’s going on, every calamity becomes an opportunity, every pain becomes a chance to grow smarter and wiser, and every limitation becomes a strength.  The truth is…

 

Your Baggage = Your Secret Superpower

I kid you not.  Want to know what yours is and how to begin to unlock it?

The following dynamics color everything my clients come to me to address.  How and when these play out are complex and utterly unique to each person.

Here’s what people often need to do to heal, and the profound gifts they unlock:

Be real.

Do you feel like you or others around you always need to be perfect?  Your superpower is your enormous capacity to tap into reality and make things happen!  Sound lackluster?  You lead the world, and society is shaped by your every choice.  As you start to heal you’ll do it more consciously, with a powerful inner compass.  Find your feelings and put your natural passion and consistency in service of the real you.

Express yourself.

Do you need to reclaim your body, your time, your life as your own?  Your secret superpower is how much you have to give!  As you start to heal you’ll release the tension of holding it all in and let your bubbling creativity and caring shine in whatever way you choose.

Surrender.

This is a tough one, but do you ever find yourself lying or being manipulative in order to win?  Your secret superpower is your honesty, integrity and heroism.  It’s one of life’s oxymorons.  You are the champion of causes.   As you start to heal you’ll deflate puffed up parts of yourself, let go of all that control and come hang out with the rest of us.  We could use your leadership, your vision, and your great big, courageous heart.

Fill yourself up and give.

Do you hunger for love and affection?  Your secret superpower is your ability to connect with others and give.  It might seem like a little thing, but its enough and the world needs it.  As you start to heal you’ll stop grabbing for more and notice all that you are getting already.  Find your fulfillment sharing the things you love with others.

Love yourself and connect.

Is your surreal life out to get you?  Is the world an unsafe mess?  Your secret superpower is your humanness and insight.  As you start to heal you’ll release the hidden terror rage you’ve felt toward the world.  Life’s not all sunshine and fluffy pillows, but its not razor blades and Armageddon either.  As messy as it is, it can be an amazing journey.  Come thaw the ice inside you and joined in.

When we begin to heal suddenly everywhere we have trouble, get stuck, fail, and suffer also points right at where we are going to become most awesome, expert and insightful.

In conclusion, before something turns to illness or calamity, it usually starts poking its head up.   By the time things fall apart, something is really trying to get you to pay attention.  As soon as you notice, something miraculous begins to shift.  This is the heart of healing.

And the rabbit hole goes a long way down.

If you want to get into this further for yourself, contact me for a session.  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!

How Your Life Is Trying To Heal You, Part 2

Let’s continue with Part 2 of a 3-part series on the upside of our hidden and perhaps not-so-hidden wounds.  

In Part 1 of How Your Life is Trying to Heal You I told you essentially, baggage = blocked energy. These same blocks and baggage effect our bodies, thoughts and feelings, and even shape who we are.

 How Baggage Shapes The Bearer

Imagine a baseball glove, or an oven mitt.  Both are perfectly made to take the hit, or take the heat.  So are you.  You are the sum total of the journey to become who you are right this second.  Not one moment has been left out.  If everything’s been peachy then congratulations, you’re happy, well-adjusted and incredibly rare.

If, on the other hand, you’re like most people, you have a block here, some baggage there.  Nobody’s perfect, and there’s something perfect in that.  The day to day stuff tends to slough off after some exercise, a shower and time with good friends or family.

Its the more persistent stuff that we’re here to address in this message and in life.  The deeper, older stuff.  The longer you’ve carried a block, the less you notice.  Its a part of you.  In fact, you might not be you without it.

Let’s begin with five of the most common colors we carry in our palette of deep blocks:

First example: Think back a ways.  Were you taught to sit still and listen?  To line up and wait?  Sometimes these are valuable lessons that help us get along better with others.

Other times we may learn that what really matters is how we act on the surface, not what we truly feel or think.  In dangerous or abusive situations a lot more may depend on toeing the line.

We may learn we have to be perfect.  People who went through this are almost always “fine” when asked. These seemingly balanced and straight-backed people can carry out a task no matter how they feel about it, as long as its the right thing to do.

Really they don’t feel much about it, or anything, at all.  Essentially, they don’t know who they truly are and may be envious of or scornful toward others who do.  The good news is they are highly able to be successful in the world.

Second example: Pay attention to your body.  It is amazing, and more than anything else it’s yours.  You are responsible for taking care of it and anything it does.  Plus you can run, play, draw, sing, dance and enjoy the heck out of it.

But if our bodies and energies are not respected as our own, if we are dominated by those who are supposed to protect us, or shamed too much for what our bodies do, we learn a different lesson.

We may learn to be ashamed of a body and self that are not our own.  Its normal for folks who went through this to feel that anything that smells like a boundary – even their own self-control – feels bad.  Its a tense position to maintain.

They may overeat and gain unhealthy weight.  They may wait for a slight to burst out and reclaim the power they no longer remember they already have.  If this is you you’re not alone.  This is very common in the United States and Australia.

Third example: Ask yourself if you were ever “a little superhero” or “mommy’s perfect angel”?  Its normal for parents, teachers and others to say stuff like this, no big whoop.

The baggage only gets packed if you really can’t keep up with the expectations placed on you and fall hard.  In intense cases, people you count on may seduce you to get what they want, and abuse you if they don’t get it.

We may learn to lie to and manipulate a world we mistrust.  We’re going to puff up as big as we can to uphold unbearable expectations.  Deep down we feel essentially worthless, cuz we’re living a lie.  Each new lie makes this worse, and we learn to control others around us to protect ourselves.

Feeling supported is vital in our unstable state.  If you’re not with us, you’re against us.  Our friends are angels, our enemies are pure evil.  Power is key, winning is the most important thing, and we’re really good in a fight.  You are fortunate if we’re on your side, cuz if we’re not, you’re f’d.

Fourth example: Imagine a child who’s going hungry.  You can see their wide eyes, pleading for food.  Its all about feeling fulfilled.  It doesn’t take much to have enough.

But if for any reason there’s not enough of the food, affection, attention or love you need, you’ll pack your bags full of hunger and heartache.

We may learn that there is never enough for us, and we aren’t enough either.  When your belly or heart is left wanting too often you learn that it is you that is the inadequate, half-empty cup.

Better to fill yourself from the world around you.  Using sex to get attention is one classic ploy, or droning on and on and boring others.  But good feeling never last, cuz you’re more comfortable empty and longing anyway!  Full, what’s that?  But you sure might make a great entertainer.

Last example: Go back to the moment it all began.  If you were safe, held and loved at birth then you’re not carrying this last bag.  This block is for those of us who came in rough, or were met with enough hostility that…

We may learn that life is dangerous and the world hates us.  The only safe place to be now is gone.  These are the slender wisps who find a spiritual reality or daydream more compelling than flesh and bone.  Look in their eyes and this notoriously flaky and disengaged person isn’t quite looking back.

If this is you, fear and anxiety are too easy to come by, aren’t they.  Conflict may cause you to practically leave your body, if you haven’t had an out-of-body experience already.  But when you touch the world with your unique insights, lookout!

Are you painting with any of these colors?  In my experience we all have one or more.  Its heartbreaking to watch happen, and the cycles repeat every day.

Believe it or not, t here is a silver lining and its coming in Part 3: the miraculous nature of how our baggage is constantly resurfacing and showering us with chances to embrace it, be free of it, and be our most whole, healed, beautiful selves.  You might even say we’ve got secret superpowers.

Heal and Learn

If you want to go further and use energy healing to start unpacking your own baggage, contact me for a healing session and let’s begin!

Your health isn’t just about your body and organs.  Everything happens in your field.  The issues above are intertwined with the issues people come to me to address.  I’ll let you know more in upcoming articles or receive them by email by signing up for The Heal Schpeal.

If you know someone who you think would like or benefit from this newsletter, please share it!  I still have open slots on my calendar every week that I want to fill with clients who get it and want more.  I can’t do that without you.  Thank you for helping me share my gift.

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

Small Miracles Workshop: Energy Awareness for the Healing Professions

I’ve been excited to offer this special series in the Portland, OR area.

In this four-part class we examined the Human Energy Field and its miraculous, everyday relationship to our bodies and our lives.  We also engaged group meditations, exercises and partnered activities that supported and strengthened participants’ Higher Sense Perceptions of subtle energies.

The class was taught with an eye toward health & healing related professionals of all stripes, but all interested parties were welcome.  The concepts and theory alone had a positive impact on every person.  Topics included the layers of the field and their interactions, the major character structures, the four modes of energy movement and more.

Thank you to all who came and participated!

Q’s about future events to lincolncrockett@gmail.com

or Call (503) 957 – 0151

The Truth about the Elephant – What is Energy Healing?

My teacher, Deborah Kerbow, once looked at our class and said something to the effect of, “I won’t lie, I’m a little jealous of you guys.  When I started doing healing work in the 70’s I had to be careful who I told.  Some people were cruel.  But you guys can basically tell anybody!  Even if they don’t get it at least they won’t spit on you!”
 
Thankfully, she’s right.  We live in a unique time when spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle did a weeklong series of interviews on Oprah and tough talking medical intuitive Carolyn Myss has had multiple bestselling books. As an energy worker the Google ad bar alongside my inbox is a solid list of people advertising different forms of energy work.  But are they really all that different?  And what are they all doing?  What is energy healing?
 
I’m not supposed to say this, but the truth is I don’t do anything in energy work that you don’t do in your daily life.  You hug someone you love (probably not enough) and are transformed by your embrace, you connect with people over great distances via phone and email, you have access to vast amounts of information through the internet and you experience the ‘vibe’ of places you go.  At times you may  know who’s calling on the phone before you pick it up, you’ve had intuitive and coincidental experiences you can’t explain, you’ve had good days where everything seems to line up right, you know how someone’s feeling when they walk in the house, you’ve prayed or ‘sent’ well-wishes to someone in need and more.  These and dozens of other examples are energetic connections at work every day.  They’re normal enough that most people know what I’m talking about, yet odd enough that we recognize something special is at work.
 
I’ve made it my life’s work to notice and think about these things.  When I hear about doctors having insightful dreams about patients something in me perks up.  When I was studying psychology in college I saw how strong the placebo effect was compared to psychoactive medications and realized there’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye.  When I hear stories of cancer that spontaneously disappears before surgery I take notes.  Two of my teachers were involved in exactly this kind of incident. 

More than a decade ago I was getting ready to enroll at Wakepoint School for Energy Healing in Colorado.  I had already had a life changing experience at the hands of a healer, Talia and was pouring over Barbara Brennan’s groundbreaking work, Hands of Light.  My father, ever the open-minded skeptic, took me to a heavy-hitting policy conference at The American Academy for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC.  Hoping, I think, to talk some sense into me we attended a panel discussion on Alternative and Complementary medicines.  Each panelist in turn had a chance to present their perspective and by the end all of them, had basically agreed: there is a raft of documented cases of healings, cures and spontaneous remissions that are quite simply impossible according to the Western medical worldview.  ‘Alternative’ practices have something that western medicine is missing and should be brought to the fore and studied.  The only naysayer respectfully suggested we not do anything too rash.  My father summed it with the comment, “Well, they thought Galileo was crazy.”
 
Energy healing at its simplest is akin to passive meditation.  This is very much the state of mind I go into during an energy session.  In a similar way, those of you familiar with Thai massage know it is sometimes compared to passive yoga.  The therapist moves around the recipient and physically stretches their body to release their stored tensions.  At energy work’s most basic level I connect to the energy in your field and allow you to get a recharge through me.  Most clients experience this as their mind and body relaxing.  They begin to notice more of their inner world and their thoughts have a chance to process themselves more fluidly. 

Visually sensitive people see colors, physically sensitive people feel warm or electric sensations, others may hear music and some will have ‘a ha’ moments or flashes of insight.  If this is how your session is going I’ll work my way through a series of charge points on your body and you’ll leave feeling relaxed, energized, recentered and grounded, or perhaps lighter on your feet and more peaceful.  Each session is very individual, but you will get exactly what YOU need.
 
Many clients have specific issues they’re dealing with and know from experience that energy work is an effective way to address them.  Others aren’t having much luck with other treatments and are willing to try something new.  In this case our work goes deeper.  Places that need extra attention show up as unusual heat or cold under my hands, discomfort in your body, troubled thoughts or painful emotions rising almost out of nowhere.  I follow my intuition and we’ll both follow your internal process.  We’ll take extra time and directly focus energy at these places and help them release.  Releases are often accompanied by sighs, deep exhales, or tears. 

If you’ve been through something traumatic at any point in your life and you’ve been storing unprocessed pain there may be anger, fear or rage that still needs to be felt and we’ll give you the time to feel it.  It’s miraculous what you may be carrying around.  There are many different healing styles out there but few are trained to work with energies in this way.  I feel lucky to be able to offer you this chance through energy work.
 
Often we don’t realize that difficulties in our sleep, health, work, finances or relationships today stem directly from past experiences.  This just isn’t how we’re programmed to think, but this is exactly how we are.  If the hidden trauma is significant you will eventually experience a more significant emotional or nervous breakdown, an acute illness or even an accident or injury.  This is all to give you another opportunity to process the pain.  Many of my clients are seeking relief from emotional and physical abuse from family members, rape and sexual abuse, old or recent injuries and surgeries, ongoing or acute illnesses, unfinished business in finished relationships and even traumatic birth experiences.  Like seeing a counselor it can be wonderful to just get things out in the open in a session, but unlike a counselor, energy work can help to clear damage and restore your energies to health.  This sometimes takes multiple sessions over a period of time.  Other times I recommend that clients continue to see a therapist or get regular bodywork to help the process. 
 
I get more questions about distance (or remote) energy healing than anything else I do.  Believe me, early on it took me a couple of sessions to really feel confident, but I have no doubts anymore.  I use your full name, the sound of your voice (not always necessary) and a picture of you to get connected, the same as when you talk to a friend or loved one on the phone.  Then it’s all about the energy.  I look at it like this: only the physical body is in 3-dimensions, subject to the limitations of distance and time.  Physicists point out that on the subatomic level even matter is continually popping in and out of existence.  Have you seen the movie “What the *Bleep* Do We Know?”  It was made right here in Portland and it has some great explanations.  Healing energy – much of the energy in our daily experiences, in fact – comes from outside our little 3-dimensional bubble.  Near or far, there you are.
 
There’s another thing I’m not supposed to say in an article where I should be blowing my own horn: All health and healing professions are working on the same elephant.  It’s from an old story I run into a lot, it goes something like this:  five blind monks are gathered around an elephant.  Each touches the enormous beast with his hands and arrives at a different conclusion.  “It’s like a snake,” proclaims the one at its trunk.  “No, it’s like a tree trunk,” observes the one at its leg.  “Nonsense, it’s like a sheet of paper,” argues the one by an ear.  “Amazing, it’s like a wall!”  shouts the one at the elephant’s side.  “You’re all wrong,” concludes the monk at the animal’s rear, “an elephant is like a rope.”  Human health is exactly the same thing.  All roads lead to Rome and everyone must follow their own path.
 
I grew up in a house saturated with theoretical physics, abstract mathematics, music and therapeutic psychology, so my career as a musician and an energy worker was almost unavoidable.  Believe me, I tried!  In some ways my full-time music career, though successful, was an attempt to make use of my skills and sensitivities in a more ‘normal’ way.  Meanwhile my appetite for understanding persisted.  Over the past twenty years I have studied or received more than two dozen different treatment and therapeutic styles that improve people’s health including eastern and western medicines, homeopathy, naturopathy, physical therapy, chiropractic, art therapy, talk therapy, Reiki and much more.  Each new experience solidifies my conviction that we are all walking around the same elephant.
 
So where does energy work fit in to all this?  Energy healing is at the extreme fringe, and rightfully so.  By my own admission, what I have experienced in my training and what happens with clients on a daily basis borders on unbelievable.  If there’s one thing I know it’s this: energy work can change your energy, change your health and change your life.
 
Ultimately your healing is in your hands.  Your life is guiding you through circumstances and choices to learn, heal, give, receive and grow.  Every setback is an opportunity, every wound is a gift.  Things are working in your favor just like reading these words at exactly this time.  I believe it because I know it’s true. 
 
Resources
Hands of Light by Barbara Brennan
Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Pronoia by Rob Brezsny

Why Love Hurts

Why is love SO compelling and yet often SO painful?!  Why is it that something as wonderful as LOVE can also bring us to our knees?  Falling into love, falling out of love, hurting or being hurt by the people we love, or longing for love – what is it that can hurt so much?  Over the next two weekly healing updates we’re going to get a grasp on a new insight into these questions.  We’re going to up our love IQ.

The first thing you have to do is learn.

A great place to start is with The Beatles.  Their story illuminates a couple of key conditions important to this week’s quest.  Part of what made The Beatles such a huge hit early on was that they were distanced from their audience.  To this day you can experience a lot of John, Paul, George and Ringo in pictures, recordings, and movies, but you’re extremely unlikely to meet them as a normal person.  Part of what made them so famous was that at the time there was a tide of people who just wanted to gush love and adoration.  These fans – mostly young women – could idealize, idolize and fantasize, literally ‘to their hearts content.’   There was no threat of rejection, no danger of ever meeting and being disappointed by the objects of their affection, only the profound hope in their hearts that love could be so perfect.  This is the first condition I want to point out: fans wanted to experience a perfect love they innately knew was possible.

Where did this tide of love the Fab Four tapped into come from?  Why weren’t listeners so satisfied with the love in their own homes and communities that these party animals with instruments had little impact?  Well that’s just it, something was lacking.  A significant number of people were ready to explode.  One clue comes from how they grow up.  Psychologists notice that the bonds created during childhood – the love bonds of early childhood especially – shape not just how we love the people that raise us but how we experience love for the rest of our lives.  This early programming becomes tacit, like sunglasses we forget we’re wearing.  The more love, the thinner the glass, and vice versa.  It seems as though when the Beatles first hit it big in North America there were some thick shades ready to come off, like a reservoir of love dammed up and waiting for someone to release the gates.

THIS is why love hurts: because our hearts get dammed up or blocked.  We feel both the pain of the block or the longing for an unblocked state where we can experience love more easily and effortlessly.  Such blocks are exceedingly normal.  I work with almost all of my clients in every session to clear stagnant blocks big and small.  Their existence is involved in every illness and injury, and clearing them is one of the first things I learned in my energy healing training.

You need love to be healthy and happy, and without it your health and happiness falter.  Why would love ever be stymied?  Surely it should be flowing as freely as the Beatles’ fans hoped.  Well, as I established in the previous two updates, love hasn’t been a top priority in our culture, but it’s on its way up.  This rise is inevitable because just as the Beatlemaniacs pointed out, love is primal and innate.  It’s like we’re born with a crayon box, and over time learn to color only with some of the colors.  Inevitably, however, we will come in contact with someone or something ‘outside the box’.  It can be a neighbor, a lover, a song, a work of art, an incident, an asshole in traffic, etc., that reminds us of one or more of the ‘other’ colors.  For instance, if you’re painstakingly nice you may be reminded of your anger, or if you are stoic and cool you may be reminded of your vulnerability.  These experiences are alternately painfully uncomfortable and compellingly attractive.  What were the kids who came of age in 1960’s America responding to in their post-war, Baby Boomer parents?  They were at a point where they could no longer deny the existence of the other colors like love, no matter how hard they tried.  Sooner or later we all have to.

The most difficult thing is, if your heart blocks pain for a long time it gets comfortable that way.  This new comfort zone becomes a lens through which you view everything in your world.  We develop intricate personal habits to help us avoid opening up to the pain we hold in our hearts.  Entire families will skate around hidden pain.  These habits become so ingrained that in most cases they become who we think we are.  This makes it harder to love and be loved, to feel, find and recognize love.  We may go to great lengths to prove ourselves worthy of the love we want but don’t feel.  The fear of getting hurt again can be so great that we will turn away from our hearts to feel as little love as possible.  We’ll prefer it.  One especially glaring tragedy stands out here: the things that hurt us are usually part of our history and no longer happening right now – especially in this very moment – yet we continue to protect ourselves.  When the energy in your heart is blocked for long enough it starts to show up in your body as heart related illness and disease.  Anything from simple tightness in the chest all the way to heart attacks – yes, heart attacks, the leading cause of death in the United States – are rooted blocked heart energy.

This is what’s happening when love hurts:  when we open our hearts to others in our relationships, everything – and I mean everything – that has been dammed up has a chance to flow out and be felt.  This can be sad, terrifying, depressing, destructive, and lonely but also liberating, empowering, exhilarating and life-affirming.  The truth is, as humans we’re not able to limit the stuff we don’t like and let loose the stuff we do.  When you tighten down on some of it, you clamp down on all of it.  When you open up the flow again whatever you were blocking will be right there waiting for you.  If you’re still hurting from a past intimate relationship of any kind, it’s going to come up in your next one, of any kind.  Did you have a rough time with your father growing up?  You’re going to have to address it all again as a dad, as a wife, or in your relationship with me.  Did you experience the death of a parent early on?  You can expect to be avoiding that threat of loss in all of your current relationships.  There are as many stories as there are people on earth, many much more and much less dramatic than these.  A large part of my work as an energy healer is working with the roots of these stories so that my clients’ energies can flow in a healthy way again.  This way they don’t have to continue to re-experience old pain in their life-circumstances.

The good news is that love hurts because your amazing heart is always trying to call up a great pain you couldn’t get past, so you can get past it.  I’ve seen it time and time again.  Your heart is a brilliant, mad genius.  It can be hard to find long buried pain, but the heart is attracted to exactly the people and situations you need to bring up and work out whatever baggage you’re carrying around until it’s not a burden anymore.  You will address your history over and over until you’re, literally, over it.  Trust your heart and learn to hear what it’s saying.  Love is a higher organizing principle than your thinking mind.  The mind can only observe love, but never control it, and all attempts to do so will be met with frustration and a lessening of love itself, in other words, more pain.  In the long run, we all have to grow in love.

Therefore the second thing you can do is heal.

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In next week’s email I’ll address your personal healing process and go in deep to give you some tools, ideas and practices you can use to open up to, unblock and enjoy the love in your life.

This post is from a weekly healing update email, aka Heal Schpeel, that Lincoln sent out on  11/29/2010.  Join the healing list now to hear about healing specials and promotions, email link@lincolncrockett.com, subject: Add to Healing List.  Thank you.

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Where We’re Heading Today- Part 2

We’re able to do more than what we’re doing now (roots, feelings & thoughts) and we know it.  The number one new thing we’re waking up to – more than anything else right now, and I’ll prove it – is… (Continued from Heal Schpeel #1)

Love.

The heart.  Love is a loaded word, but I’ve never found a better way to say it in English.  Roots, feelings and thoughts are clearly recognized priorities in our collective lives in a way that love isn’t.  Its simply not valued in the same way, yet.  It never enters serious political discussions for more than a passing mention, and isn’t even on the radar in education, government, policy, business or finance.  Arguments are not often won with, “Because I love it,” or, “it’s in my heart,” where everybody understands and case closed.

And how could we expect otherwise?  It’s clear that we are absolutely bumbling around in the dark when it comes to our hearts.  Love is deeply important to us in a way that transcends race, religion and culture, yet it’s only overtly recognized in the arts and entertainment.  More than half the top one hundred popular songs in the United States in the past one hundred years – the most popular songs on earth – are about falling into or out of love, a trend that continues in all genres of modern music.  It looks like we’re ready to love to the point of obsession but, well, it’s lacking.  What passes for love sounds like a toxic amalgam of addiction and co-dependence, just ask a teenager.

When hippie culture popped up the in the 60’s a deeply loving world might well have laughed at them for being overly simplistic, shooed them home and given them better clothes to wear.  Some folks did just that, but they were also shouted down and marginalized for the radical idea they were onto: that love is freely available everywhere and well, man, like, really, really important, man.  Like, it’s gonna change the whole world, man!

Well, love will, that part is inevitable.  We can’t help it.  It’s been growing for a long time.  The guy we call Jesus was an early adopter 2,000 years ago.  He’s reported to have put a lasting drop in the world love bucket saying things like (and I’m paraphrasing), “Love everyone all the time, cuz Jesus ya’ll,  can’t you see you’re swimming in it!?”  It seems like he thought it a universal and tangible sort of thing, and more important perhaps than even life itself.  But it sure was hard to describe.  After a long dry spell Shakespeare hit us again in the 16th century with his insurmountably romantic plays and linguistic gobbldigook.  Still, the widespread notion that everyone might fall in love and from their love choose their mate didn’t percolate seriously until the 18th century Romantic period, and still isn’t common elsewhere in the world.

Nothing underlines this shift towards love like the so-called ‘Recession’.  I call it ‘the Progression’.  Our faith in the bizarre financial arrangements we call an economy is what’s receding, and the space is being filled by something clearly more meaningful.  Why did interest in surfing double in a single year recently on the Oregon coast?  If you’re poor and you want to be happy, surfers are excellent role models.  Many people who’ve lost their jobs aren’t waiting for the next sugar-daddy to come along.  Instead they’re starting their own businesses in unprecedented numbers, doing stuff they love!  Is there any doubt that love is more important than your bank account?  How much money do you need?  Would you rather have a leather couch or more time having fun with your family and friends?  Is there a sane dying man who on his death bed ever said, “I wish I’d worked harder and loved my family less”?  It is, in fact, the failure of money and material possessions to answer our collective longing that underlies our current economic experiences: our hearts just aren’t in it.

Love is a persistent idea – and persistently mysterious – for one simple reason:  Love is superior to thought.  It is more complex, functions on its own non-linear logic and is therefore less well understood.  You can’t love with your head, you have to use your heart.  Descriptions are mental, love is experiential.  When the energies in our limbs, organs and life are full of love everything goes better, everything, and your mind takes a backseat. If it weren’t for the intellectual demands of modern life this might be everyone’s preferred mode of being.  Love is intuitive and beautiful.  If you are one of those lucky few people who have experienced a lot of it, you know how wonderful it is!

From what I’ve seen there is not one thing on this planet that makes a person feel healthy, safe, secure and able to face what’s on their plate like love.  Except maybe for power, but take it from a healer: when power is used to defend us from feeling pain in our hearts it eventually dissolves into agony and suffering.  When love dissolves it turns into peace or grief, the latter which returns to peace anyway.  The heart knows things that the mind can only observe and support, but not truly understand.  From the perspective of a full heart, life unfolds in a perfect harmony guided by an unseen hand.  Know that your heart is important.

Really, really important, man.

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Next week we’ll go deeper into some of the things going on in our hearts that make love so painful and what we can do about it.

This post is from a weekly healing update email, aka Heal Schpeel, that Lincoln sent out on  11/19/2010.  Join the healing list now to hear about healing specials and promotions, email link@lincolncrockett.com, subject: Add to Healing List.  Thank you.

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