Articles in the You, The Healer Category
By Shirley Vanderbilt
Just as a house is built from the ground up, on a firm foundation, so must your practice be based on a solid platform of knowledge and experience in the basics of massage and bodywork. But when it comes to adding windows of opportunity, it’s important to consider expanding your range. Creating a toolbox of modalities is an evolutionary process requiring thoughtful assessment of how best to meet the needs of your clients. It is also a means for staying competitive in an expanding market of integrative health.
What’s in your toolbox of modalities? How big does it need to be? I asked a variety of massage and bodywork practitioners and educators across the country. Their responses, although reflecting the diverse nature of the industry, point to a common denominator: What you carry in your toolbox depends on the type of practice you want. And to build a practice, you definitely need to keep adding to your toolbox.
We tell others that everything will be okay when they experience life-altering situations. The truth is that it is hard to understand their plight. Learn how to empathize with your loved one and become a better caregiver.
It sounds nice to say something when someone is hurting, but saying the wrong thing can be just as bad as saying nothing at all. Instead of speaking words devoid of meaning, show that you know how that person feels. A loved one needs to know that someone is trying to see things from their perspective.
Here are a few tips to help you become that better caregiver your loved one needs right now.
1. Know the signs. When a person experiences an illness or accident that leaves them disabled physically or mentally, they go through a variety of emotions. The first is unbelief. Their accident was a bad dream and they want to wake up. A loved one dealing with physical challenge will have periods of denial, anger, depression, self-loathing, and indifference. Dealing with those phases won’t be easy but knowing what they are can help.
The color energy that surrounds us are ever changing based on how we are “inside ourselves.” Physical, mental, and emotional situations show through the colors of our Aura.
The word “aura” is but another name for “forcefield” or “radiation.” Every substance in the universe has a radiation or aura — and the auras of minerals, plants and animals as well as human bodies have special characteristics.
In it’s basic form, it embodies seven major layers powered through seven major energy centers called Chakra and is energized by the Kundalini which is the storehouse of Vital energy situated at the base of the spine. Vital energy should flow naturally up the spine with some energy radiating out of each Chakra with most rising through the Crown Chakra at the top of the head.
The science and art of medicine that was initially one, and then split into two, are now approaching reunion. The healing science that became traditional medicine and alternate medicine is slowly becoming the healing sciences. The history of this topic is extensive — extending back thousands of years.
You may take antibiotics to combat infections, dose yourself with aspirin to reduce pain, or put a cast on a broken wrist. But these medical procedures do not �heal� you. They reduce inflammation, battle bacteria, or make proper healing easier. It is your body that heals itself. Through some process that we don�t fully understand, your body has the amazing, innate ability to repair itself.
Medical science can explain the neurological and biochemical responses involved in healing: nerve messages to the brain, white blood cells to combat infection, platelets to clot the blood, formation of a scab as the skin grows back beneath. But medical science does not know how the body knows to do this, and it doesn�t know what force powers this healing process. Traditional medical thinking holds that both this healing process and the energy used in it are beyond our willful control.
Energy medicine is a broad category of alternative healing methods that utilize universal life force as their primary healing modality. In energy medicine, good health results from having the right amount of this energy flowing smoothly through the body, while health problems or ailments result from a deficiency or blockage of this energy.
The energy of your body will not be balanced and free flowing if you do not have good emotional balance, good physical health, and good relationships with your surroundings and yourself.
Almost no one is ever perfectly balanced. If you could do this, you would be able to rise from the dead, have a body transformed into a cosmic molecular structure and commune with the gods as an equal. Don’t despair, this has been done.
Begin at the beginning. Get to know the feel of your partner’s energy. Use hand-to-hand and switch hands to see if you can tell the difference between polarities. Touch energies (not bodies) and move within that energy to learn its character.
When you’re satisfied or have given up, or see the raven hanging around, run the full-body test. Get as naked as both of you comfortably can, and use your hands to test and map the energy of your partner. If you want, draw out a figure and mark bad spots so you can remember later. Got them? Front and back? Good!
By Claire Crighton – The McGill Daily
Put down this newspaper. Hold your hands five centimetres apart from each other, with the palms facing in. Try to visualize your hands pushing toward each other – but don’t actually move them. You’ll feel a resistance, like repelling magnets. Change the distance between your palms and continue to sense the resistance. See how far you can move your hands apart while still being able to feel your energy.
Your capacity to become conscious of the energy flowing through your body is what – bear with me here – a 19-year-old pre-med student thinks can change the face of healing in the western world.
His name is Adam
Adam, who has chosen not to publicly disclose his surname, was a regular middle-class kid growing up in the suburbs of Vancouver. Adam had an ordinary childhood – joining sports teams and doing well in school. But he gradually began to realize that he was different from his playmates.
Touch is the first tool we turn to when confronting pain. We react similarly to a stubbed toe and a broken heart, tenderly grasping the affected area. This need to apply physical contact is part of the innate healing instinct present within each of us. We are all born with the ability to heal ourselves and to heal others. Because healing energy does not come from within but from outside our ourselves, the energy is there for anyone to use, and thus no formal training is required.
When you have the intent to heal and love is your only motive, you become a conduit for healing energy. Through the simple laying on of hands, you can direct that universal healing energy in order to comfort those who are experiencing pain or distress.
John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D.
In the last issue of Energy the APTA Board of Directors set forth a policy of diversity for APTA. This diversity statement makes it clear that anyone regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual, and eating preferences can practice polarity. Although APTA has always been diverse the statement emphasizes the importance of that diversity in all aspects of living. I believe this diversity statement has very important ramifications for Polarity.
Taking a stand on diversity opens the doorway for us to reexamine our relationship to Dr. Stone’s lifestyle and beliefs related to the practice of Polarity Therapy. When Dr. Stone wrote and taught he often times intertwined his own beliefs with the energy principles he was setting forth. For example Dr. Stone believed that we needed an enlightened guru to evolve spiritually. He believed we needed to be vegetarian to evolve spiritually. And he believed that everyone should be heterosexual and married before having sex.
From the time I was very young, I have been blessed with seeing auras. Although I didn’t know what auras were called at first, I could see energies of diaphanous colors and hues around people, animals, plants, and even inanimate objects. When I was a teenager, I made the unmistakable connection between the aura and health. So began one of the most beautiful times in my life as I learned the art of spiritual healing with Divine Light.
What is the aura? It is a vibratory essence that surrounds all living things. It is your spiritual support system in all you do, your energy blueprint that shows how you’re using God’s infinite spiritual power. Everything you think, feel, and do radiates a spiritual energy that comes through in definite colors and hues.
The aura is essential to healing because it is the first place you generate health. As with all things in life, making any type of change requires energy. You must first change the energy within your aura to create the health you desire.
Healing is usually a gradual, gentle process that brings about changes on many levels: spirit, body, emotions, mind, relationships with other people, and relationships with the environment. Healing is not always about curing symptoms or diseases.
The process may just help you understand how to live with your problems and deal with them better.
Become familiar with the 10 levels of healing to gauge your progress:
The 10 Levels of Healing
1. Awareness: Identifying with victim behavior.
2. Commitment to change old patterns and begin to practice healing tools.
3. Step by step, you begin to see results of using the tools.
4. You are now processing and integrating new insights while releasing old patterns.
5. The determination becomes stronger to create more balance in your life.
6. Increased awareness of your ability to manifest the life you deserve.
7. Self-worth expands and grows significantly.
8. You have stopped creating dramas and have drawn in mentors.
9. Confidence in handling life�s lessons.