Archive for April, 2012

Angry Energy

Posted on April 27, 2012

Do Not Bear Anger

The system of Reiki offers 5 precepts (or rules to live by). The first one is “do not bear anger,” and I’ve recently been exploring this precept in depth.

I think the definition of “bear” is interesting–“to carry in the mind or heart.” The precept isn’t saying don’t get angry, but rather don’t hold on to it or suppress it. Instead of keeping it, feel it and then let it go. Otherwise, you carry it and research suggests anger can contribute to many illnesses (see below).

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The Heart Brain: How to Use Heart Breathing

Posted on April 18, 2012

Heart Breathing

I love giving clients techniques you can do at home. I’ll explain what the heart brain is, how the heart breathing technique can help you, and how you can do it at home.

The Heart Brain

With client sessions and in my own Reiki self care, I’ve found placing my hands over the heart to be one of the most powerful positions during the treatment. One possible explanation for this, is the fact that the heart is the biggest emitter of electromagnetic energy in the body (it’s 100 times more powerful than the brain).

In addition, many scientists and neurocardiologists believe that the heart, which maintains a constant two-way dialogue and relationship involving many processes with the brain, contains a brain in its own right. The heart and the brain influence each other, with the heart sending a great deal more information to the brain than the other way around. This information includes heart signals that can influence perception, emotional experience, and higher cognitive functions.

According to the Institute of HeartMath, Dr. J. Andrew Armour first introduced the term heart brain in 1991. Armour showed that the heart’s complex intrinsic nervous system qualified it as a “little brain.” This heart brain “is an intricate network of several types of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells like those found in the brain proper. Its elaborate circuitry enables it to act independently of the cranial brain – to learn, remember, and even feel and sense.”

Heart Breathing

I’ve been incorporating one of the Institute’s techniques, Heart Breathing, into many of my Reiki, reflexology, and hypnosis sessions and teaching clients to do it on their own.

When you use Heart Breathing your heart and brain synchronize and get in balance. It only takes a minute, and creates positive changes in your heart rhythms, sending powerful signals to the brain that can improve how you’re feeling. It’s a great technique to use when you’re feeling stressed.

How to Use Heart Breathing

Here’s a simplified version you can do on your own: Drop your awareness down to your heart. Imagine the breath passing in and out of the heart. Think of someone or some place you love and imagine breathing this love into your heart. You’ll notice a shift as you do this.

Something else to think about:
What is your heart trying to tell you, that your analytical/judging mind might try to ignore?

You can explore this question through journaling, during meditation, or thinking about it just before bed and then sleep on it.

Medical Hypnosis in The Wall Street Journal

Posted on April 12, 2012

Last week, two studies from Sweden found that one hour a week of hypnotherapy for 12 weeks eased symptoms of irritable-bowel syndrome in 40% of patients (compared with 12% in a control group) and that the positive effects can last as long as seven years.

In the article, David Spiegel, a psychiatrist and director of the Center for Health and Stress at Stanford University who has studied hypnosis for 40 years says, “We can teach people how to manage pain and anxiety.”

And that’s what I love about hypnosis. In a hypnosis session, I teach clients self-hypnosis tools they can use to reduce pain, anxiety, and stress (among other things like weight loss and smoking cessation).

Read the full article, Medical Hypnosis: You Are Getting Very Healthy, in The Wall Street Journal.

Taking the Leap

Posted on April 5, 2012

Profile in O, The Oprah Magazine

I choose my unique path to joy.

I’m so excited to be profiled in the May issue of Oprah’s O Magazine. The article is in the magazine’s regular column, “The Leap,” and talks about my big life/career transition from 15 years as a Development Director to starting my own Reiki/Reflexology/Hypnosis practice.

Being profiled in a column called “The Leap” seems particularly appropriate. Not only because this career change started me on a completely different life altogether, but because when I first started my practice, I knew from the very beginning that I wanted to help people who are experiencing a major transition in their lives.

Whether it’s finding a new job, moving forward from a break up or divorce, starting a new relationship, becoming a parent, dealing with the loss of a loved one–be it positive or negative–change can be challenging and I love being able to offer clients ways to help make taking “the leap” a little easier (or to move forward in the first place!)


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