The world is in the midst of experiencing a major
S * H * I * F * T
..a transformation and awakening in many areas of life, and for each person it is unique and personal.
People feel the symptoms of the shift in all kinds of ways.
They might feel it as a restlessness…a calling…an awakening…being uncomfortable…being moved to look at their life and the world in a whole new way.
The shift taking place in me shows up as an awakening and a calling in the area of my health…the health of my mind, body and spirit.
My experience of the shift has moved me…
…to push past my comfort zones and search for answers about my health wherever they might be.
…to be open to new ideas and new ways of looking at common health related issues.
…to seek out those who have gone down similar paths and learn from them.
… to reach out, share and invite others who are seekers too, to join me on my journey in finding the keys to better health, happiness and prosperity.
There is much wisdom in the old saying, “If you have your health you have everything.”
If this is true then multitudes of people in the world suffer from “lack” because they don’t have their health, whether physically or emotionally.
I don’t know whether the shift causes all this suffering or it is the suffering that is creating the shift.
The physical, emotional and spiritual suffering of the world shows up as a variety of dis-eases that attack on every level of our being. This suffering touches something in me. It calls to me to pay attention to it and do what I can to make a difference.
Look around… practically everyone is dealing with some sort of dis-ease.
Many might be good at putting on the face that “everything is fine.” But the reality is there is a lot of behind the scenes suffering out there. Most people, if they are not dealing with a serious health, financial or relationship crisis, at best, would describe their life as tolerable or manageable.
Because the truth is that most people feel emotionally weighted down. They’re dealing with difficult or broken relationships, the angst of living in a body that is plagued with nagging or even debilitating dis-ease, regrets of the past, unexpressed anger, a feeling of overwhelm, heartbreaking grief from death or loss or the fear of an unknown future. The average person’s emotional capacity can’t keep up with all the changes thrown at us. Bottom line. Emotional baggage is off the charts!
Medical wonders have helped us add extra years to our lives and the ability to “cope” better with our dysfunctions and dis-eases but have fallen way short in giving us an emotional sense of well being to go along with those years. We are surviving longer but are we emotionally thriving?
For the vast majority, the answer is NO.
You may ask, “Why do you care? What difference does it make to you?” For the longest time I asked myself the same question.
The answer, however, was right in front of me all the time, or better yet right behind me. The suffering I see makes a difference to me because of my mother. And my father too. And being their daughter in my family.
This is the story behind “why” I have a healing artist’s heart and the desire to help people heal.
For decades, from the time I was about 10 years old, I watched my mother suffer terribly from all sorts of dis-ease. I watched her body become racked with pain and dysfunction. I saw her emotionally withdraw and become a shell of who she used to be. I witnessed her spirit slowly drain out of her until, at the very end I saw her take her last breath.
Western medicine, with all its good intentions, wonder drugs, surgical miracles and treatments not only failed her but it made her problems worse. Her life became a circular fight of not only treating her emotional and physical pain and other dis-eases she had, but she had to contend with the side effects of the treatments. Never once do I recall them ever really questioning what the root cause might be as to why her body would deteriorate as it did. In fairness, the medical community didn’t know that was even a question to ask.
So as the years passed I felt helpless, first as a child to alleviate the physical and emotional pain she experienced. And later on as an adult daughter. I know now, that at some level, I suffered right along with her every step of the way and carried her pain of the past into my future.
Why did the experience of my mother have such a profound effect on me?
I think it was all divinely orchestrated. My experience of being the daughter of my specific parents ignited something in my ancestral makeup.
If you look on my family tree you’ll find many doctors and nurses and those in the healing community. You’ll find great intellects and thinkers who love and appreciated the world of language. You’ll find engineers and entrepreneurs and those who love to create. You’ll find people of faith and compassion and a drive to be of service.
With all their gifts, talents and experiences running through me
I was born with the HEART & SOUL of a writer.
I feel at home with the written word…reading endlessly, and always feeling a call to write,
To share what I have read, what I have learn and what I have experienced.
As I started to see the early signs of aging, around my early 40’s, I began to see some of my family’s ailments show up in my body. Nothing too serious, but the beginning, nonetheless, of ailments that over time would not be enjoyable to live with.
These changes in my body led me to wonder if I could end up like mom…confined to a recliner chair, addicted to drugs to get her through the day with a reasonable amount of comfort and into the night where she could go unconscious and be free of her emotional and physical pain. How her body survived all those years from the drugs she took the last three decades of her life I’ll never know. At 85, with me and my dad by her side she called it quits, and died as she was trying to swallow that one last pill.
After watching her slowly waste away I thought, I can’t go down that road again, this time on the other side of the pain experience.
These thoughts and concerns were the perfect fertile ground for questions that I was destined to ask. To be honest I didn’t consciously go searching for answers. The answers somehow found me.
I think they found me for two reasons. One, I had years of experience in watching someone suffer which was part of my life’s path of learning. I needed to know firsthand what it looked like when you ignored the signs of the emotional body. And two, I was ready for the answers to take root. My heart was softened. My mind was willing. I was ready to venture down a different path than the one I had experienced as a daughter.
It was almost like my concerns were putting out an unspoken prayer to God, not a prayer of words but it was a feeling deep in my being that I wanted more than what was offered my mom. I wanted a path that would actually heal whatever showed up in my body, not just cover up my pain, delay an eventual disease and prolong my life filled with drugs.
“When the student is ready the teacher will come.”
And low and behold teachers came. I met an array of people in the healing arts who introduced me to ideas and treatments and ways that treated the human body as a holistic unit. At first this information blew my mind. What I was being told was vastly different than the world of medicine as I knew it.
To give you a little more background to where I came from, my dad was a doctor, an orthopedic surgeon to be exact. He worked with the human body like it was a machine, fixing it with nuts and bolts and screws.
Like many before him on our family tree he was a great intellect and a very caring, compassionate man and he also was a left brain thinker. However, his thinking resulted in him making choices in his life primarily based on what he thought and not how he felt. With regards to medicine if it wasn’t shown to him in black and white, literally on an x-ray, then in his mind it didn’t exist.
This is the approach he took to help my mom, and as a doctor’s wife she was afforded the best the medical profession could offer.
My mother on the other hand was much more intuitive and emotional. She had suffered the unexpected death of her father at age 15 and then when she was 29 her brother was killed in a plane crash. Those two events filled her body and soul with a grief she never over came. She began to suffer from anxiety and panic. Depression set in which she battled for the majority of her married life. Our home, as loving as my parents were, was permeated with these emotional overtones.
My dad, the left brain intellect that he was, couldn’t comprehend and embrace her emotions. He knew people had deep emotional feelings. He knew they had a physical body. But the two were seen in his eyes as separate. They never interacted and if they did it was of little consequence to the issue of someone’s physical health. Emotions can’t be seen, studied or measured on an x-ray.
So when these teachers showed up I was faced with a dilemma and a choice to make. Do I close a blind eye to these new ways of healing they were introducing me to and what my heart and intuition were trying to tell me or should I hold fast to what I was taught about medicine and the body, and healing up to that point in my life?
I knew from experience where the old path led. I had gone down that road right alongside my mom. Something told me I just couldn’t go there again.
And then what about my Christian upbringing? How did those teachings fit into this new way of healing ourselves? How could my faith serve me now? Wasn’t I taught that God helps those who help themselves. These things I do you will do also.
So I made a choice.
I decided that where I would go my heart would lead the way and my intellect would have to come along for the ride, even if that was kicking and screaming.
And thus was my initial plunge into a whole new world of healing and healthcare, mockingly by some and affectionately referred to by others, known as Woo Woo.
Well, my plunge wasn’t really a plunge, at least not head first right away.
At first I dipped my toe in the water. I was timid and afraid. I was afraid of what I would find.
What if…. I found answers that shook the very foundation of what I thought I knew to be true? Those answers I had been taught as a child were part of the very fabric of my being.
What if…I found answers that weren’t answers at all but just a path to more questions? A circular journey in the land of woo woo that ended up nowhere or worse yet back to where I started.
What if….I found answers that didn’t work for me but only healed others? Others “got it” but somehow I wasn’t destined to. My fate was against me.
I pushed forward anyway. Cautiously optimistic. Ever the skeptical and scrutinizing what I was being told. And constantly questioning the how’s and why’s of what I was experiencing. I was forced, or maybe a better word was required, to blend my intellect with my intuition. After all, I am a Gemini. The sign of the twins. My right brain was constantly at odds with my left brain, battling ideas in my head driving me crazy at times.
But beneath the battle going on in my head there was a voice that kept me sane. An ever present and patient voice that whispered to me YES! YES! This is real. You can trust this path. You will find the answers to your prayers.
So call me crazy. You’re not alone. There are members of my immediate family that still think I am crazy.
But I know I’m not crazy. And if I am crazy, then crazy feels good. I’ve experienced pain that has subsided, emotional stability, a strengthened immune system (my family and I rarely get sick), cures for nagging ailments, and not to leave out, my genetic predisposition for certain conditions has been kept at bay. Woo Hoo for Woo Woo! And best of all. I feel empowered from what I have learned to take control of my health and well being. Double woo hoo!!
Finally, now as I approach the end of my 6th decade I understand at a much deeper level what was happening to mom. I now know that she didn’t need to suffer the way she did. I know she had more power over her health and well being than she was told. I understand how it was her trapped, negative emotions that were the root cause of her physical, psychological and spiritual dis-eases.
Unfortunately, healthcare, as it is being “practiced” today, for the most part still keeps our emotional, energetic well being separate from our physical and psychological well being. It also treats from behind as it is far too reactionary in its approach. Even when it attempts to be proactive it doesn’t take into account our holistic nature. Much of the medical profession thinks and acts linear and assumes, and therefore looks for, a physical and logical cause and effect explanation.
But now there is a change on the horizon. There is an awakening going on in the healthcare field. It is growing exponentially. Many in the healing professions are becoming aware and starting to acknowledge that there is more to healing than we thought. Their goal has become to treat dis-ease at its root cause which is always at the energetic level.
For instance, there is now a theory in the alternative healing community that says that it is stress and the negative emotional energy we experience, as wells as those emotions we inherit, that get trapped in our bodies, and it is these trapped, negative energies that is the source of 90% of everything that ails us. Wow! I can so see how that theory holds true for what happened to my mom.
This new healing community is also willing to acknowledge where the true power and source of healing resides. And they don’t view it as residing with the doctors. Nor with the drugs. Nor the surgeries. Ultimately the body heals itself. Healthcare should be a co-partner and supporter of the healing process, not the source of it.
Healing professionals can best serve their patient by assisting their body as naturally as possible as it goes through the healing process and help the patient remove any emotional blockages to that process. It is very similar to helping a patient’s body deliver a baby. The body knows instinctively what to do. A healing professional’s job is to assist that process to occur naturally and intervene as little as possible.
Therefore, it is vital that as we go forward we learn to approach health holistically, treating the body, mind and spirit as one unit, with the understanding that all three are intricately connected and they each play their unique part in the healing process.
I believe that this concept is where the shift is taking us, and me in particular. It’s also causing a shift in the scientific community as well. Technological advancements offer us the ability to prove scientifically what the spiritual people have been telling us all along.
- God, the creator, instilled a spiritual essence into everything.
Science has proved that everything is energy with its own unique vibrational frequency.
- This essence of God is everywhere
This energy field connects everything in the universe.
Now how do we go about applying these basic principles to our health?
First, we acknowledge that the dis-ease, pain or whatever suffering we are experiencing has an energetic basis to it. (Remember, everything is energy.)
Secondly, that in order to heal we must treat our energetic (emotional) body right along side our physical body.
Our dis-ease is there for a reason. It is there to communicate to us, to tell us that there is something that needs to be healed at the emotional, energetic level which, (remember 90% of the time) is the root cause for the dis-ease. It is not to be resisted but to be embraced and used to further our personal evolution. As the old saying goes, “What you resist persists.”
I have spent years going down this alternative path to healing, reading and studying these new concepts and then applying them in my life.
One of the books I particularly became fascinated with was The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson. My chiropractor introduced it to me around 2010 and since then I have experienced it first hand as his patient. The book explains the history behind and how to do a technique where you find emotional energies that are trapped in the body and then release them. I was so intrigued that I took it upon myself to learn how to apply this modality on myself which I continue to do on a daily basis.
I feel it was the experience with my mom’s overwhelming emotional issues of grief and depression along with her physical ailments that were the catalyst for me to learn more about this unusual and amazing technique that concentrated on our emotional health. Over time and with lots of practice I became proficient to a point that I decided in 2015 to become a Certified Emotion Code practitioner.
Over the last 6 years I have also became fascinated with Emotional Freedom Technique (aka EFT or “tapping”) and have read extensively on this modality, taken courses and workshops and have used it in my life and with my clients now for years.
Using these two particular modalities together in tandem has resulted in experiencing healing and positive changes in my life in a variety of areas, such as experiencing less pain in my body, feeling more balanced emotionally and the removal of subconscious beliefs that have held me back in the past from living up to my potential.
With regards to my work as a Certified Life Coach, sessions with clients focus more on “life” issues which often interact with and affect their health issues. Since I am not a doctor I never diagnose a client, however, I use their physical dis-ease as clues as to how I can assist them in healing emotionally. When they heal emotionally it has nothing but positive effects on their physical well being.
It is time now for my work to branch out and embrace my writer’s soul and share what I have learned through writing. My number one purpose with my writing is to educate others and empower them to take charge of their health and well being like I did. I want to be a connector. A support system. A person someone can come to who wants a better, happier, healthier life and is ready to do the work.
The road I took and am still taking can not be thought of as a quick fix. We live in an instant gratification society and it is important to remember it took years to get to where we are in life, with layers of experiences and emotions to dig through. So it will take discipline and persistence to do the work necessary in order to achieve the results we desire. Sometimes alternative modalities can help us feel better quickly. Sometimes alternative modalities can make us feel worse temporarily. But with faith, determination and consistency anyone can produce a profound effect on their health and well being.
I am proud to be part of a community out there of fellow healing artists who are there to help you. Remember, knock and the door will open. If you’re ready there is a whole new world of health, happiness, prosperity and peace of mind waiting for you. What are you waiting for? The time is now. The time has come to tend to your emotional wounds and experience healing like you’ve never experienced it before.
I have a healing artist’s heart and a writer’s soul AND…
I am here to make a difference.
Wherever you are, this is your starting point. Your journey awaits. But the choice is yours. If you’re ready, join me. We can go down this road together.