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.

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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

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

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.

For more on Lincoln, his music and Energy Work, visit www.lincolncrockett.com.

Published in: on December 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm  Comments (1)  
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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.

For more on Lincoln, his music and Energy Work, visit www.lincolncrockett.com.

Published in: on November 19, 2010 at 2:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Music is where Reason meets Love

The highest function of reason is to reason itself out of a job.  Nowhere can you experience this as clearly as through music.

Reason is a function of the mind.  It is most active when we get away from our feelings about things and just deal with information.  It is neither sympathetic nor unsympathetic, just generally intelligent and rational.  Reason is the mind at its finest.

Yet the mind is like the captain of a ship, pouring over charts and logs, always plotting.  Alas, it miss-takes its genuine ability to observe and describe and direct for having control over what it sees.  Often all we can do on our journey is batten the hatches when there’s a storm, or catch some rays on good sunny days.  The mind is in fact but a passenger.  And moreover, in truth, there is no boat.

A co-worker once asked me, “What’s your favorite thing in the whole world?”  It took me a year to come up with my answer: A Song That Moves.  Moves my heart, makes me want to dance, and moves me even more deeply.  In the fantastic documentary Bluegrass Journey, songwriter Tim O’Brien comments something like, “Music gives people the chance to take some time and think about the really important things in life.”  When your mind is quiet for a while, suddenly, gradually, you may notice feeling lighter, easier.  Perhaps you can feel the whisper that somehow all’s right with the world.  Can our linear minds & brains help us get to this ephemeral, etherial place?

Yes.  My two favorite ways are through listening to and playing music, and giving and receiving energy work.

In 2003 I graduated from the four-year program at the Wakepoint School of Energy Healing (www.wakepoint.com).  Words often fail to capture what I learned there.  I used to tell people that in some ways it was as if I had believed with utter certainty that aliens didn’t exist, was then abducted, and now had to come to terms with a dizzying new reality.

I uncovered what it seems like every romantic knows, what every child knows, every mystic and shaman, passionate scientists at the top of their game, snowboarders on the perfect run, artists and musicians at the height of their craft, et al knows: there is something unseen and hard to name that is very real and nearly incomprehensible that is with us all the time, that can be leaned on and counted on.  Among its hallmarks are a feeling of compassionate connection to all things, a reduction of stress, a sense of well-being and freedom, a harmony and synchronicity in the events in our lives.

People like myself who have this experience come to hold the conviction that everything that exists must be and is made of the energy of Love itself.  The best that the mind can do to support this, for it is way beyond the mind to coordinate the machinations off everything in existence.  Only by opening and emptying – becoming a passenger on the boat – can we tap into and experience the typically unseen world of energy.

Music embodies this experience.  How did Miles Davis’ legendary ‘Rhythm Section’ know to change tempos so wildly and spontaneously?  How did the Beatles captivate their frenzied audiences?  How does a soloist know how to let the notes of a perfect spontaneous solo fly so freely?  Some call it talent, some call it practice, others call it mystical, I call it natural.  When a musician, like a child at play, relaxes their mind they suspend judgments, comparisons, criticism, and other attempts to control or ‘make perfect’ what they’re doing.   In this state of acceptance they are able to rest more comfortably in something else that is larger and more capable.  I identify that boat as our heart or our soul, and the water it floats in as Love.

Music is an art form that comes from both our heads and our hearts.  Healthy hearts are characterized by passion, compassion, warmth, love, understanding of ourselves and others, and caring in our relationships.  Good music can be reasoned down into all of its component parts – instruments, notes, rhythms, melody, etc – but in the end the magical sum of its parts results in wonderment.  It has a power like the arch of a solar flare – both fleeting and awesome – that makes it so enduring.  Like love.

When music comes from the heart the mind takes a backseat.  Like all art, it is created from a place in us that is hard to explain.  Some might say it doesn’t come from within us at all, but through us.  As a musician I have to let go of understanding, controlling and directing what I’m doing to do it well.  Despite all its hard work, my mind eventually – inevitably – works itself out of a job.   This is where reason meets love.  The captain has seen that is just a passenger on the boat.

And in truth, there is no boat.  But that, perhaps, is another story.

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