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.

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How I Became an Energy Healer

Are you ready to reduce stress, illness and suffering? Are you ready to get the support you need? Ready to be heard and feel the whole universe is listening?

I am an energy healer and each week these are the kinds of things people come to me for help with. I can’t promise results, but I and my clients have had amazing experiences, most of them just connecting over the phone.

I am often asked how I became an energy healer. I’ll tell you as best I can.

 

“Well, they thought Galileo was crazy…”

When I told my family I intended to go to energy healing school my father tried to talk some sense into me.

I had already met an energy healer and had my first energy healing session. It was short – 30 minutes – but in that time we’d moved more energy than most people would in several sessions. I couldn’t explain how she had done what she did, just breathing and moving her hands over my body. It wasn’t shamanic – there were no idols, crystals or prayers. Afterward I felt more grounded and present than ever in my life.

I had taken two Reiki classes. The master who was to ‘attune’ me to Reiki said I was already open. I had felt my hands heat up and my mind clear. I had been drawn to places on the receivers’ body where there were acute and long term injuries and illnesses. I had felt the effects of energy being sent by someone in the next room.

I simply couldn’t make sense out of it anymore. This was 1998.

We went to a panel discussion at the American Academy for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC. As I recall, there was a materials scientist, a physicist, a doctor and a public health specialist present, some of whom my father was very interested in seeing and meeting.

“According to our biological model of health it is impossible for cancer to go into spontaneous remission. Yet it happens. It has been well documented. Therefore our model is not just missing something, its wrong,” said the materials scientist.

The physicist gave a demonstration: If you take a simple, solid, pendulum on a single pivot and suspend it vertically, you have a 50/50 chance of predicting which way it will fall. If you add a second pendulum which pivots on the end of the first and suspend the new double-pendulum vertically it is impossible to predict the exact nature of its fall.

“To do so you would have to take into account the number and distribution of the people in the room, the temperature of the air, the time of day, the thickness of the walls, the presence and motion of cars outside the building, the location of the moon… the entire universe is acting on this pendulum,” said the physicist.

The doctor described how Chinese Medicine’s Five Element Theory of health had bested Western doctors and pharmaceuticals on various occasions. The public health specialist quietly cautioned, “Let’s just not do anything too hasty.”

After that my parents helped me pay for the four-year program at the Wakepoint School of Energy Healing. My father looked over my first and second year textbook and found something in it he could respect.

“Well,” he said, “they thought Galileo was crazy…”

 

Anyone Can Do This…

…and already do. Without thinking about it you put your hand on an injury. You can connect deeply with someone you love over the phone at great distances. You have synchronicities happen in your life all the time. If you told the story of how you ran into so-and-so right during such-and-such people might not believe you, it all just sounds too crazy to be true. But its true.

My whole life I’ve been set up to do this. I’ve preferred the woods to the city. People tell me their secret struggles after only a few minutes of conversation. I am rarely sick for more than 24 hours. The most horrible things that have happened in my life have turned into gifts of grace. I fear living more than dying. Once, meditating in the mountains, I was physically felled by a love that erased all question, worry, doubt, and fear.  I know there is such a thing as God. Descriptions will forever fall short.

After finishing energy healing school I became a professional performing songwriter because I wasn’t ready to be responsible to clients. Since then I’ve been exhausted by the road. I’ve been silenced and affirmed by the everyday energetic miracle audiences experience together. I’ve seen the limit to what a song can achieve. The unbridled, infinite and beautiful creative source of songs is the essence of healing.

I’ve since been disciplined by my devotion to my family, and my client load has been growing. I am the obvious son of my parents. My mother is an empathic counselor who trains other healers and loves the countryside. My father is a deep-thinking academic and lawyer who loves music. I am an energy healer.

If you want to get into this further for yourself, contact me for a session. Each one of us is in a unique place with something unique to learn or experience. I’ll help you find the unique tools you need, lift all the blocks we can and open up to greater health, clarity and possibilities.

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 Your Life Is Trying To Heal You, Part 1

We’re all human and we all carry baggage.  Try as we might, there’s only so perfect we can get!

I know, I know, its not your fault.  You were born this way.  You have to be true to yourself.

Your troubles came out of nowhere.  No matter how much time goes by, you still get a feeling in your body when you drive by where the incident happened.

And maybe you agree with my friend Joseph Estevez, who told me, “After 30 you can’t blame your parents.”

You’re all right.  And you’re alright.

I want to help you out with some “21st Century Human Skills”.  Today begins Part 1 of a 3-part series on our hidden and perhaps not-so-hidden wounds.  They’re real, they’re visible in your energy field, and they matter.

Right now we’re going to lay the foundation with why and how we ‘bury our stuff’ and ‘pack our baggage’.  Eventually we’ll get to the miraculous nature of how our baggage is constantly resurfacing and showering us with healing opportunities!

How and Why

We Bury Our Baggage

Ideally, when we suffer, we take the time to feel it, do what we can to change our situation, and cry away the rest or just let it go.  But when we can’t – we’re too busy, the pain is too much or we’re too young or don’t have the support we need to make it through – we have to stuff it.  Be macho.  Be tough.  Set it aside.  Block it.

This can be good when your kids really need you.  This is good if you’re in danger and just have to get to safety before you can let go.  This is good if you’re too young and the pain is so much that it might tear you apart.

This is bad if you never get back to it.  If it stays stuck.  If you forget.  If you get used to the pain.  If you come to like the pain.  If you prefer its comfort to the discomfort of being free of it.  These things happen.

Baggage = Blocks

When we block our feelings it shows up in our energy field.  This is part of why I have a job.  I’m sensitive and I pick up on unspoken stuff.  So do most sensitive people.  I also have the capacity and skills to address it more directly in a healing session.  If you can call intuitively tapping in to someone’s field from hundreds – or even thousands – of miles away ‘direct’!

You are incredibly complex, and the further down the rabbit hole I go the harder it is to explain.  Different wounds effect different aspects of ourselves differently. Here’s the skinny:

When we block our physical energies we may feel weak in our bones, muscles, tendons and tissues.  Our body may get stiff and our muscles hard.

When we block our feelings it looks to my mind’s eye like a dull fog.  Too much of this and we feel depressed.  We are literally depressing our feelings so they can’t flow naturally from one to the next.  Or we may feel nothing.  People who drink a lot often have this look to me.  When we obsess over things it is our minds working hard to block our feelings.  We may become very educated and successful before this strategy begins to fail us.

When we block our thoughts we cannot think clearly, may feel confused, or have difficulty understanding, learning, or tapping into our intuition.  Our mind may cycle through the same thoughts over and over, trying to deal with daily life in a way that may or may not be working well for us.

When we block our hearts it forms a sticky tar of energy.  So does smoking a lot of pot.  If we block the inevitable pain that is a part of all relationships, we block our love.  We get hard.  We care less.  We may think we don’t care at all.  Beware people who are too cool, because they aren’t warm.

When we block our connection to truth, insight, inspiration, joy, and the divine, we cannot find our place in the world.  Meaning, happiness, abiding satisfaction and peace are hard to come by.

Everyone has an excellent reason for blocking what they block.  If you wore their shoes you might have done the exact same thing.

By the time people come to me for the first time, especially if they’ve never had energy work before, whatever they’ve been doing isn’t working.  Sometimes its something simple, and often its something complex.  We peel it back, layer by layer, until we find the root.  With this process comes understanding.  With this process comes clarity.  And compassion, for yourself and others.  And healing.

And the whole world becomes a better place, all because you were blocked.

All of this begs some background into the energy work I do, but I’m going to save it for down the line.  I’ve got to have something to write about after I finish this series in March!  Next month’s topic: The simple, beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking ways our blocks and baggage shape who we are.

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 Health and Healing,

Lincoln Crockett

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

Peaceful Nature Music Meditation – Lincoln Crockett – Abraham’s Lament

The essence of healing is being in a state of nonresistance to what is. Nature is in that state, by its very nature, right?

If you can’t get out, this is the perfect way to reset and find peace when you need a short break: Long shots of simple, beautiful nature scenes set to my acoustic instrumentalal ‘Abraham’s Lament’.

Relax into the song, sounds of nature, and meditate on the scenery slowly passing by to arrive at the end calm and refreshed.

‘Abraham’s Lament’ appears on the album ANGELS & DEVILS ALIKE, available on iTunes and at CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lincolncrockett2.

Hear more music at http://www.lincolncrockett.com

Published in: on December 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

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

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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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

How to Heal a Hurting Heart

When love flows, life is good.  When our hearts are blocked we feel the pain.  How do we heal a hurting heart?  How do we grow love, experience more love and value the love we have?  Can we increase the love we share with others?  The easy, emphatic answer is YES!  Yes you can, you were born to love!  It’s been a color in your crayon box from the very beginning.  There are as many ways to heal and love as there are people on earth, so I’m going to start with a few heavy hitters that anyone can make use of.  Here they are in no particular order:
 
 1.  Love Yourself              
 
The single most important thing you can to do to heal a hurting heart is love you.  The world around you will reflect this love back every day.  Its that simple.  Look at yourself in the mirror.  Love everything you see.  Look at you, you’re the only person completely like you ever-  Looking just how you look, thinking just what you think and being just you is all you need to be loved.  You’re loveable just for breathing.  It’s that easy!  On the other hand, do you see things you don’t like?  Is any part of you scoffing at such a simple exercise?  Keep reading.
 
2.  Take Responsibility for the Love you already have.
 
If you want more or better love in your life you have to nurture it like a garden.  Grow love by putting time and energy into your own health and happiness and important relationships like your family, friends and community.  Love them!  What do you want to give them?  Write down five easily achievable things right now.  What can you give right now?  Give it!  What does your heart want to do for the people you love?  Write down five things you want to do for them and get going!  Hurting hearts look for love to be given.  Full hearts give.  No control or seduction required.  You don’t have to be perfect, richer or more beautiful.  I promise you, it’ll come back.
 
3.  Move stagnant energy in your heart out.
 
Do you feel a tightening in your chest around certain places, people or events?  That’s your heart closing.  What do you do if your heart’s blocked up?  Your heart is made to lighten its load automatically!  It’s called grief and works through crying.  Tears are a built-in heart cleanser, free of charge.  It’s that easy.  You don’t even have to know ‘why’, that’s the mind’s job and this is love we’re talking about.  Try watching a dramatic movie, read a romantic story, talk to a close friend, write in your diary, take some time alone, give someone you love a five minute hug, listen to a love ballad, anything that touches your heart.  During a session, clients will often cry if we are working on heart cleansing.  The heart knows what it needs. 
 
4.  Find your baggage and unpack it.
 
We’ve all got past pains hanging around and you are never too young or old to unpack them.  Having trouble with an important relationship?  I guarantee its calling up some of your heart’s baggage.  You’re being asked to unpack it and grow.  The sooner you do the less likely you will carry it beyond today, on in your relationships, pass it on to your kids or develop an illness, injury or disease.  The key to whether it’s going to keep hurting or improve hinges on how well you pay attention and develop your consciousness. 
 
Try this: set your intention to unpack or work on some aspect of your life and really mean it.  Now recall a situation you’ve been in recently that love ‘turned sour’ and ask yourself some questions.  Notice how you feel.  Did this bring up anger, sadness, betrayal?  All feelings are valid.  There is no need to judge, just observe.  Have you felt this way before?  Take a moment and consider what situations this event is similar to.  If this is a cycle, what are the details?  What are you trying to learn here?  What are you trying to get over?  If you mean to experience more and better love, stay engaged and feel your feelings.  Then refer to all of the rest of the tips above and below.
 
5.  Learn how to love better.
 
Think of it as an art you were born to do, but you’ve only had very limited training with the tools.  There are a lot of great thinkers, more great builders and workers, and even more fighters already, but very, very few people have reached the same capacity with loving.  Love seems most noticeable for people when they’re with or thinking about the people they love.  Visualize a baby, your child or intimate partner, a beloved pet, a plant that you care for meticulously just for the joy of doing it, a life-long friend or a parent.  Do you swoon for a movie star?  Perfect, just do it!  Let your heart fill up with how wonderful you feel about what you love, then bring that love to places in people in your life that need it, including yourself. At the end of this article I’ve included several helpful books on love skills that have been particularly useful to me.  I recommend them to my clients all the time.  
 
6.  Practice forgiveness.
 
One of the most powerful tools for healing your heart is forgiveness.  If you have been hurt by someone it is important to forgive them.  Don’t wait for them to apologize.  They may never be able to, and meanwhile you’ll still carry around the pain of being a victim.  When you forgive someone else you release yourself from carrying around the pain.  As the old saying goes “bitterness is a poison we drink ourselves to hurt someone else.”  This includes finding and forgiving ourselves for the ‘unforgivable mistakes’ of our past actions.
 
If you’ve been hurt by someone in your life who will continue to actively try and hurt you, you will need to address that.  For people in eminent danger of real harm from loved ones, leave or care for yourself however you need to.  Regardless of how painful what you suffered was, try to forgive and heal yourself.   This is a MUST for old pains you are carrying with you.  You can never protect yourself from something that isn’t happening now, it will just end up blocking what’s good in your life.
 
7.  Be vulnerable.
 
Learn how to have a healthy relationship to vulnerability.  This could also be called “develop personal safety” or “Trust”.  Hearts are tender things and daily life can be rough on them.  Traffic, bills, school, work, news, none of these things cultivate warm fuzzies on their own.  Human life has been relatively rough for a long, long time.  Its only now in North America that there is such consistent excessive abundance – we’ve gone way beyond simple basics – that we’re able to recognize that the toughening required to make it this far is costing us.  The market supports acquisition and entertainment , and instinctively this just isn’t enough.  Think right now of at least one person you can really talk openly with, really let your guard down, who will listen to you and not judge you.  Even if you don’t see them often, keep in touch.  Just by being themselves they will help you remember the finest, softest, strongest parts of you heart.  Love cannot exist without them. 
 
The road to healing your heart can bring up feelings of discomfort, sadness, fear and loneliness but I promise you, you were born ready and able to do it.  The experience can be exhilarating, liberating, empowering, life-affirming and freeing.  This beats winning the lottery and winning a war hands down.  Imagine taking off your sunglasses to find a world gushing love like a bunch of Beatles fans.  The best part is that the love that will satisfy all your aches and pains is a part of you and you are a part of it. Love doesn’t cease because pain is present.  The truth is that love exists within you and around you, always flowing through you.  Ever wonder why “The Force” is such a compelling idea in the Star Wars movies?  It is love.  Don’t wait for Yoda!  Trust that love is real, love is good, grief is healing and that you can heal your heart.  It may take courage but you are strong enough to deal with pain and vulnerability, and you will never regret it.  Be happier and healthier.  Make love and loving a priority in your life.
 
Resources
The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida
Loving What Is by Byron Katie
The New Rules of Marriage by Terrence Real
We by Robert Johnson