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May
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Roxy's Healing Touch

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program May 2011 Issue.

Roxy is quite comfortable using Healing Touch techniques on herself and those around her. She has an internal code of conduct that moves her to ask for permission before she uses what she thinks might help others. The techniques make sense to her and she’s so “at home” with using Healing Touch that she hardly ever thinks twice about when and where to offer herself as a helper. Roxy has helped people with bruises, cuts, wounds of various typesb2ap3_thumbnail_Roxys_Healing_Touch.jpg- often on the playground during recess. Roxy is seven- years old. This is her story.

 

Roxy’s Mother has been involved in healing and natural therapies her entire adult life. It is in her blood. When she became pregnant, it was a given that I would do HT with her during the delivery. We live across the state of Michigan from each other. Seven years ago I spent the delivery with Mom and watched her ease as she went with the flow of the contractions and the challenge to bring another precious Being into the world.

Roxy showed up! Perfect and wondrously present. From that experience onward, she and I have had a closeness that transcends friendship -- we are bonded in a special way. I cannot explain it -- I simply celebrate it!

I offered to teach the Children’s Healing Touch class to Roxy and a group of her friends. A no-hesitation - “Yes!” came from Roxy. I arrived with My Helpful Healing Touch books, crayons, paper, Energy Ball, Chakra Doll, and some nervousness since I have been teaching adults energy medicine for 16 years. Six and seven-year olds are quite a different student demographic!

 

 

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01
Apr
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The Diamond Technique: An Energetic Intervention in Support of the Immune System

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program April 2011 Issue.

The purpose of this article is to share with my colleagues a technique which I use frequently in my Healing Touch practice. The technique evolved, intuitively, as I worked with clients with b2ap3_thumbnail_roof-1061095-m.jpgcompromised immune systems. We are aware that we, as practitioners, are channels/conduits for Energy to pass from our own Higher Source. The immune system needs this healing support in certain compromised states. The article is not intended to be an intellectual dissertation. My intention is to offer information about a technique which has the potential to support the immune system of our clients, as well as the option to be used as a self-care technique.

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

The immune system is a complex biological system, made up of an advanced network of tissues, organs and cells. This system works to provide the body with a natural system of defenses. Different types of cells and proteins are designed to destroy invaders. Protective white blood cells, such as T cells, travel via the bloodstream to lymph nodes, the thymus and spleen seeking invaders such as bacteria, viruses, fungal infections and tumor cells.

 

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Apr
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Creating Your Professional Image as a Healing Touch and/or Energy Medicine Practitioner

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program April 2011 Issue.

Professional Development for Healing Touch and Energy Medicine Practitioners As our professional careers in energy practice continue to rapidly develop and we become more exposed to mainstream regulations of professionalism, Healing Touch Professional Association (HTPA) is called to continually establish new ways to support you and help you 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Professional_Image_Practitioner_HTP.jpgprotect the practice and career you love. We are committed to providing benefits and tools for your growth and success. We offer this monthly column for your use - personal and/or business. We encourage you to print it and share with your colleagues, students and/or clients. To learn more about HTPA and its many other benefits, please visit www.HTProfessionalAssociation.com

When you, yourself are looking for a professional to provide a personal service, how do you choose them?

Clearly understanding what is important to you will help you know what you need to consider when presenting your services to the public.

If someone doesn’t know you personally, how does your marketing material present you and the services you offer? It is essential to think about your professional image and what image you are presenting to others. According to Harvard Business School professor, Laura Morgan Roberts, “Your professional image is the set of qualities and characteristics that represent perceptions of your competence and character as judged by your key constituents (i.e., clients and colleagues).

Questions you should ask yourself: Does your professional image make you appear trustworthy and competent? Does it convey you as an expert in a particular area? Are your services clearly identified and explained?

 

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01
Mar
0

Freedom to Travel

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program March 2011 Issue.

Before I tell you how Healing Touch changed my life, you should know a little about me. I’m 63 and an RN who seems to be great at beating up her body. Four years ago, I learned a tough lesson. I woke up with complete paralysis of the right side of my face - the dreaded Bell’s palsy had struck. Of course, I thought it was a stroke. After two months, my b2ap3_thumbnail_lost-1-1101336-m.jpgface still drooped, and much of what I said could not be understood. I had no tears. I had no feeling in my right cheek. When I talked to my neurologist, my physician and my ENT, I was told not to expect any more major improvement. What I had was it. The EMG showed no nerve conduction at all. The only advice they had to offer – reduce my stress!

The end result – we moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I stayed in nursing, but my whole lifestyle became less stressful and more satisfying. I managed to regain most of my speech, developed less droop and even got my tears back. (So much for doctors!) I still had a slight dizziness, and my right cheek was still numb. I was always biting it and couldn’t chew or swallow on that side.

Now we fast forward to last October (2010). As I set out for the Healing Touch Level 4 Baja Cruise, I had no idea what to expect. I was just excited to be attending Level 4 and going on a cruise!

It didn’t start out well. I forgot about my permanent dizziness. I was so used to allowing for it that I didn’t think about being on a ship. I spent the entire night being seasick. With the help of a patch, I got over my seasickness and the HT work continued.

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01
Mar
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Hospice and Healing Touch: A match made in Heaven

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program March 2011 Issue.

Picture this: a beautiful four-storey Victorian home built in 1836. It is nestled on 2.2 acres of park-like setting on a quiet street in the heart of my hometown, London, Ontario. Welcome to the Hospice of London

 

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It is Wednesday, and it is my day to provide Healing Touch with Bereavement Support to a Hospice client. The snow and early morning sunlight make the Hospice House seem even more comforting and welcoming. I park my car in the back. I walk past the garden, now covered in winter. In the spring and summer it is lovingly tended and nurtured by volunteers, most of which are past bereaved clients themselves. They feel a need to give back...to help bring peace to others as it was offered to them. I stop to ponder the stillness. It is the earth’s hibernation time. Much like what my bereaved clients are experiencing now in their journey through grief.

I enter the Hospice and Niki greets me with a big smile. She is a one of a handful of paid employees who run the Hospice House and its “day programs.” There are a host of complementary therapists here to choose from. Clients book a treatment of their choice, and the therapists come in as needed. We have 3 inhouse Healing Touch Practitioners, including myself. I combine Healing Touch with Bereavement Support. They fit like a glove.

 

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Mar
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When, Not if, Disaster Strikes - Be Prepared!

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program March 2011 Issue.

Wildfires. Earthquakes. Floods. Tornados. Hurricanes. Blizzards. These often strike without b2ap3_thumbnail_flooded-house-in-moravian-city-1304789-m.jpgwarning. Images of these distressing disasters haunt us from the TV and the newspaper. Some of them, unfortunately, we have experienced personally. As healers we respond with compassion and wish for a way to help. We know that Healing Touch would alleviate the suffering of those affected and support the difficult work of the responders.

First, we should distinguish between an emergency and a disaster. An emergency is a situation in which life or property is threatened and the local police, fire, and medical resources are adequate to the needs. A disaster is a large-scale event in which life and property are threatened and the scope is far beyond what the local resources can handle. It could be days before they are able to respond to individual citizen’s needs.

What you might not know is that the response to each emergency or disaster in the United States is organized according to the Incident Command System (ICS) developed over many years by FEMA. This means that response to the house fire down the street or the town devastated by a tornado uses that same system which can be expanded or contracted as needed.

 

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01
Feb
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Cancer and Healing Touch - My Journey

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program Feburary 2011 Issue

In November of 2004, during a routine physical, my doctor felt a mass in the lower right side of my abdomen. Further testing revealed the presence of stage 4 neuroendocrine carcinoid tumors that had originated in the small intestine and metastasized to my liver and peritoneum. This is a “rare cancer” they said, one of the “best” to have because it grows slowly. “This is cancer,” I said. “There is nothing good about it.” I was 51 years old. My world was rocked.b2ap3_thumbnail_Cancer_treatment_Healing_Touch.jpg

My grandfather was a chiropractor, one of the first in the Chicago area. As a child, I was adjusted regularly and raised without immunizations. Chiropractic became my primary medicine of choice. Natural healing principles became second nature to me as I studied herbalism, homeopathy, nutrition, and iridology. You get the idea.

I had cancer? The diagnosing gastroenterologist said I needed surgery. He called my home often asking if I had seen a surgeon. Those calls were never returned. He finally sent a certified letter with all the grim news.

During 2005, I traveled the country looking for the natural magic bullet. It took that long for me to realize that I was in profound denial and that the tumors were still growing. Did I intend to take any immediate steps to prolong my life? One night at the end of February, 2006, I found myself experiencing intense, excruciating pain. Weak and sweating, I assured my husband that it would pass. After several hours, it did, and I fell into an exhausted sleep. In hindsight, I came to understand that the pain was the result of an obstruction that eased when the intestine stretched around the tumor instead of rupturing. This was my first miracle and a huge wake-up call. Shortly after, major surgery was performed and I began the long and painful recovery that brought me to Healing Touch.

 

 

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01
Dec
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The Plight and Flight of Hummers

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program December/January Issue. The Plight and Flight of Hummers by Deb Klueter, RN, BSN, HNB-BC, HTCP

Upon returning from the 2010 Healing Touch Program Conference on “The Joy of Healing, A Journey with the Heart,” with all the talk of hum-mers and their symbology, I recalled an event b2ap3_thumbnail_hummingbird-1405681-m.jpgthat occurred a few years ago, following a previ-ous Healing Touch conference where I heard a neurologist speak on trauma. I feel compelled to write about it now as I complete another phase of my personal healing journey. Delightful little crea-tures that they are, hummingbirds bring us the message to “lighten up” and find joy. Just like the laughing Buddha or Jesus’ laughter, hummers, like these spiritual masters, remind us that life is not to be taken too seriously. Of course, this is easier said than done when one enters their “dark night of the soul” but, nevertheless, it is well worth the effort and the journey!

It was a beautiful sunny day. A perfect one to pull weeds and ground myself among the flowers I had planted by my large kitchen window where we loved to sit and watch the beauty of nature unfold. We also had a feeder in a basket of flowers near the window. It was a perfect place to watch the many hum-mingbirds as they came to our garden — a simple way to bring nature in close.

Before I knew it, I heard a “thud” and a sweet little hummingbird was lying to my right on the ground on foliage. It had unknow-ingly flown right into the shiny window and “knocked itself silly”, a phrase heard from elders when I was a child. In its beautiful heart chakra green body and red banded throat, it lay there quivering. A bit in shock myself, I just knelt there watching it shake, bemoaning its experience. Then I was drawn to Set Intention for its highest good and just hold my hand about six inches above it, sending it healing energy and Light, known in HT as Magnetic Passes Hands Still. It just continued laying on the ground shaking, its whole body quivering as I watched – silently sending healing – half in horror and half in amazement. Simultaneously I recalled the trauma workshop at the HT con-ference where I had heard Dr. Peter Levine speak, and I hoped this was a trauma discharge.

Continuing to hold space for healing, it seemed that time stood still and that hours passed, as I watched what seemed like end-less quivering. When the tiny bird finally stopped quivering, I re-moved my hand upon seeing no more movement but remained watchful, hoping, wondering if “the worst” had happened. Suddenly right before my eyes, it occurred! Just as quickly as it landed on the ground, the hummer rose up and flew straight up into the wild blue yonder as if nothing had happened.

 

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01
Dec
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Understanding and Embracing the Certification Examination

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program December/January Issue Understanding and Embracing the Certification Examination by Cathy McJannet, RN, MN, CEN, HTCP/I

We are sure that there are some of you may be feeling some angst as we approach finalization of the certification exam for HTP. Fear not! We are here to help you prepare and want to reassure you that all of this is worth the effort! “Why do we have to have this exam?” some of you are asking. I believe that this is an opportunity for HTP to raise the bar to demonstrate to b2ap3_thumbnail_studying-hard-545923-m.jpgthe public that a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner meets similar certification standards as other Healing Arts Programs. Those of us that are HTP certified know how rigorous our current process is, but this certification is not in a format that meets the higher caliber professional standard that agencies such as Magnet Status hospitals are requested to meet. Expectations of the level of knowledge, ability, and professionalism that the HTCP must have, need to be demonstrated at this higher level in order to qualify for national accreditation. HTP’s certification exam process will facilitate HTP meeting those requirements, maintain our position as a leader in the field of energy medicine, and will make your credential more valuable and more versatile.

The new HTP certification exam is being developed “by the people for the people.” This means that HTCPs, current professionals in the field, have volunteered to be Subject Matter Experts (SME). The SMEs are writing the questions, reviewing the questions to ensure appropriateness and accuracy, and are directly involved in structuring the exam. In fact, the SMEs are directly involved in the entire process of creating the test to ensure that it is an evaluation that shows that the applicant has the level of knowledge, understanding, and expertise required of an entry level HTCP. The SMEs are choosing the exam questions for the actual examination that is coming soon to a neighborhood near you! We are anticipating the multiple-choice, proctored exam to be approximately 100 questions that can be taken in a variety of proctored settings. Having a proctored exam means that it will be strictly supervised (no taking it at home in your PJ’s!) and it is our plan that this test will be offered at such places as community colleges, or libraries.

 

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01
Dec
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A Grandmothers Gift

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program December/January Issue.  A Grandmothers Gift by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA

My journey into healing began many years ago when I sought an alternative to treatment for my son who was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. At that time the medical establishment’s only option was a pharmaceutical one. Unhappy with this, I searched for another answer and found Reiki – an energy medicine modality from Japan. Reiki was a blessing b2ap3_thumbnail_vibrant-gift-1076955-m.jpgto my family; along with Bach Flower Rescue Remedy, it enabled me to provide relief for a child in a way that did not include side effects or potential long term complications. Reiki is a fine modality and provided much-needed relief for my son, but as someone professionally rooted in the scientific and business communities, it was not a practice I was comfortable integrating into my life beyond the walls of my home. As my son improved and grew into a healthy teenager, I drifted away from the study and practice of energy medicine, consumed with my career and professional endeavors, or so I thought.

Throughout my life, both personally and professionally, I have been drawn to the theme of healing in one form or another. My career has spanned work as a nursing assistant in high school, a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy, medical laboratory professional, mother, and a stint in nursing school (I left to return to the clinical laboratory). Currently, I am an educator, grand-mother and daughter of aging parents. All of these opportunities have provided rich experiences in life, healing and the wonders of things unknown, but none have been as incredible as those involved in being a grandmother.

 

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01
Oct
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Healing Touch - Can You See The Love?

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program September/October Issue

So gentle. So gentle. Wonderful.” “You’re really magic!” “I’m so relaxed, I can’t describe it.” “I went to la la land.” Testimonials from Hospice Patients

One day, after having served hospice and palliative care families with Healing Touch and reflexology for many years, I was asked to visit with an older woman receiving hospice care who b2ap3_thumbnail_can_you_feel_the_love.jpgwas experiencing terminal agitation. I began clearing and balancing her energy field with Healing Touch, and she soon quieted down. Her daughter watched as her mother opened her sea-blue eyes wide, looked deeply into mine, and relaxed into the experience. She had not spoken clearly for days, but then she said with wonder, “Can you see it – the love? It’s so beautiful, the love.” I am forever touched by the profound connection and awe of that transcendent moment.

Healing Touch, an energy-based therapy, is gently powerful in easing the way for families confronting serious illness. It is well documented that the compassionate exchange in Healing Touch and other complementary therapies (CAM) can improve the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well being of hospice and palliative care patients. Family caregivers also benefit by being empowered with techniques to relieve symptoms of their loved one, and self-care to ease debilitating stress. For both patients and caregivers energy-based therapies can assist in allowing them to do the more subtle inner work that can gift the family with a more peaceful end-of-life experience. For this reason the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) strongly endorses the use of CAM in end-of-life care. As Valerie Hartman, Coordinator of the Holy Redeemer Hospice Complementary Therapy Program in Philadelphia and Chair of the Allied Therapy Committee of NHPCO, states, “One of the greatest benefits of comfort massage and other complementary therapies in hospice care is to break the stress response in fear and ease stress related physical symptoms in all stages of the dying process.”

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01
Sep
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Doing The Work: Level 4 Experiences

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program September/October Issue

It has been two days since returning home from my Healing Touch Level 4 training. This level marks the beginning of the HT Practitioner Apprenticeship year and focuses on preparation for Level 5 graduation and Practitioner Certification. This four-day workshop at a retreat center in Chicago offered uninterrupted, in-depth study of healing techniques, professional practice is-sues, as well as, a safe, trusting environment to continue personal healing. Since returning from this remarkable experience, I have been asked a dozen or so times how I am doing. b2ap3_thumbnail_gathering-1087378-m.jpgPeople seem to ask without expectation, as more of a greeting. We all do it. However, I have been tempted to replace the usual “fine, thanks” with the truth – “I’m processing.”

I suspect most people would not know what to make of that – and neither do I. The beauty of it is that, as I continue learning to follow my energy and that of others, I am making room for the mysterious changes that are unfolding within me. Part of that requires that I politely ask my rational brain to take a seat in the corner while my feelings take their turn.

I am not always so gracious toward my feelings. During the workshop, as my partner and I finished our third session together, with me as the HT practitioner, I notice the time and realize that I am encroaching on the second hour. If I do not finish, she will not have enough time to give me a full session. Rather than motivate me, the idea has a ho-hum effect. Well, I think, I do not really need a turn. Maybe due to the high vibrations in the room, I thankfully recognize this as the voice of fear. But fear of what?

I tell my partner, Kathy, about it, and complain of my thigh muscles feeling tight. She begins our session and after a moment has me turn onto my stomach. As she works on my back I cannot help but think that she may be off base. My shoulders are feeling pleasantly tingly, but shouldn’t we do some serious work? By the time we finish and head to our lunch break, I know that serious work is exactly what has happened. I cannot seem to stay grounded. I try to eat but feel waves of anxiety. More than anything, I want to be alone, outside, preferably lying face down in the grass. But I do not want to miss the lunchtime conversations with Level 5 participants, who are sharing this weekend with us and providing valuable insight, support, and encouragement.

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01
Sep
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Disease and Healing: Where's My Magic Bullet?

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program September/October Issue. Disease and Healing: Where’s My Magic Bullet? by Bonnie Thompson, HTCP, EFT-ADV

 Recently, I listened with interest as my friend described to a small group how she had experienced serious back problems for 35 years. She shared with gratitude that she was now free from these back problems after one year of treatment with an alternative care provider. I was surprised when one of the women in the group expressed dismay that it had taken a whole year to heal.

In our quick-fix culture we are constantly being told that instant healing is a pill or a surgery away—or even a diet or an alternative treatment away. Yet, how many times have b2ap3_thumbnail_hospital-room-449234-m.jpgyou (or someone you know) actually experienced an instant, permanent cure? Contrary to appearances, everyone has some healing work to do in this life. Illness and healing are simply a part of the school of life.

One of the most important aspects of healing is the learning and growth that accompanies the process. But often we see healing as a final goal, a destination at which we will arrive and be done.

In high school and college, good grades and the prospect of be-ing “done” were my primary motivators. Happily, I rediscovered my love of learning when I began home schooling my children. Now, the idea of being “done” with learning and education sounds terrible to me.

I find strong parallels between education and healing. Both are all about learning and growth. We can try to cheat and skip past the learning and growth, but in the long run that really does not serve our best interests.

As a home schooler, one of my favorite philosophers is Charlotte Mason, an English educator who lived about one hundred years ago. I recognize much wisdom in her teaching methods, and my children (and I) have benefited greatly from her work. Mason advocated “living books” for children and her primary philosophy was “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.” In other words, education is something you live and do every day. It is never finished; it is a way of life.

Perhaps illness and disease are a part of our education in this life. Healing is a part of life that brings learning and growth, if we are open to it.

 

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Sep
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Florence Nightingale, Healing Touch and the Year of the Nurse

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program September/October Issue.

This is a story about nursing and about Healing Touch. Healing Touch is an energy therapy in which practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Janet Mentgen, RN, BSN formally created Healing Touch in 1989. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore balance b2ap3_thumbnail_Florence_N_Article.jpgand harmony in the energy system placing the client in a position to self heal. Healing Touch emphasizes compassionate, heart-centered care in which the provider and client are equal partners in facilitating wholeness.

At the end of March 2010 I was notified that I had been selected by the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing Board of Advisors to receive one of six Florence Nightingale awards to be given at a banquet in April. Over 200 nurses were nominated for the award. The six of us each received a beautiful bronze bust of a young Florence Nightingale and a check for $1000. We were also invited to speak briefly at the dinner before 700 attendees. Nurses can be nominated by colleagues, patients and anyone in the community. I felt so privileged to be chosen for this award during the International Year of the Nurse and the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Florence Nightingale.

The woman who introduced me that evening quoted from some of the nominating letters the committee had received. One letter told the story of Jim, a regular in the soup kitchen where I work as a parish nurse. Jim came up to me one morning and asked me to look at his head. He and I had met often as I moved through the table area offering people an angel card or word for the day but he was a man of few words.

He had never even asked me to take his blood pressure. For him to ask me to do something for him was a big deal. He removed his knit hat to reveal a large burn on his scalp. Some kids had thrown a firecracker into his hat causing a severe burn, which was now clearly infected.

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Sep
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It Only Takes A Nudge

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program September/October Issue.

One of my favorite authors is Dr. Valerie Hunt. Her books, Infinite Mind and Mind Mastery Meditations provide valuable information about consciousness and the human energy field. She states thatexperience shows that the healing of injuries or systemic problems are immeasurably hastened when the body’s energy field is coherent, flowing smoothly and not blocked.” I have heard Dr. Hunt say, “It only takes a nudge to bring the energy field into balance.” As a HT practitioner, I had the opportunity to observe how a little nudge and working for a very short time in 

b2ap3_thumbnail_move-it-shorty-878133-m.jpgthe energy field helped hasten healing.

I noticed a friend of mine was walking with a very painful limp and not recovering well from surgery on the bottom of his foot to remove a planter wart. Being diabetic, he showed great con-cern for his condition. His use of medicinal cream prescribed by his doctor seemed to have little beneficial effect the past few weeks and he was in severe pain.

He had time constraints when I offered to do a Healing Touch treatment at the office where he was working. With his agreement to try HT, a fifteen minute Magnetic Passes was initiated. Hands in Motion – to clear the congested energy over the foot; Hands Still – to bring balance to the energy field over the foot area.

We discussed the goal of decreasing pain and promoting health, holding the intention for the highest good for healing. My friend told me that he had a belief in hands on healing, based on past family experiences.

When I saw him a week later at his office, he reported, “you are not going to believe this – I walked all day without pain on a family trip a few days after Healing Touch was done.” Today, he was walking without a limp, however, he was worried as he talked about the planter wart reseeding. He expressed concern because his physician told him that additional surgery might be required.

 

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Aug
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Healing Touch Essential Energy - Joy as the True Reality

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program August 2010 Issue.  Healing Touch Essential Energy By: Cyndi Dale

One of my favorite statements is this:

“Reality wins.”

Think the dog is going to walk himself? The bills are going to magically animate and pay themselves or better yet, sprout money trees? No—but there is a reality above, below, and throughout this one that transforms the mundane and even painful into something meaningful, if not pleasant or delightful. I was awed to experience this b2ap3_thumbnail_Essential_Energy_Cyndi.jpgenchantment during the Healing Touch Program Conference on Joy, at which I was honored to present a talk and a workshop.

Joy is many things to many people. For some of us, it’s a broken cell phone and the ensuing silence, for others, a long-awaited outreach from a loved one. We might sniff joy in freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or inhale it through a roll in the grass. For healers, joy is the sharing of compassion, the smile—or tears—on a client’s face, revealing a heart mending, a soul stretching, a child budding wings that were not there before.

Joy is not always the happy feeling we get when we arrive at the destination, however. It is also the sense of the route, the grit of the journey, the survival of the trials. Because of this, we might say that healing and joy are completely interchangeable. Healing leads to joy and joy opens to healing — for both encourage a process that meets deep needs and desires. When sharing at the conference, I suggested that all of life is, in fact, about following the pathways to joy.

 

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01
Jun
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Book Review - Healing Touch Guidebook

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program June  2010 Issue.  Book Review:  Healing Touch Guidebook  Practicing the Art and Science of Human Caring; by Dorothea Hover-Kramer, Ed.D., RN, D.CEP

What a wonderful tribute to the legacy of Janet Mentgen, the founder of Healing Touch (HT). This book takes the reader on an inspiring twenty-year journey from Janet’s initial vision, to the creation, naming, and early development of this remarkable energy healing art and science – to the current state of the art Healing Touch Program (HTP). I felt the author’s pride and triumph as she reported in 2009 there were more than 700 HTP classes taught. Cur­rently there are more than 3000 practitioners certified in the original HTP curriculum.

Dorothea was instrumental in both launching and teaching HT from its inception in 1989. As a result of her close professional and personal relationship with Janet, she has had an unob­structed view of the origins of Healing Touch and the psyche of this dedicated, humble healer who was recognized in 1988 by the American Holistic Nurses Association as Holistic Nurse of the Year. From the b2ap3_thumbnail_healing_touch_guidebook.jpgauthor’s unique perspective she is able to state unequivocally that despite the phenomenal growth of HT, the standard curriculum of the HTP remains consistent with the intention and vision of the original collegial group who partici­pated with Janet Mentgen in co-creating this beautiful, profes­sional, and effective program of hands-on healing. To me, this statement supports the book’s credibility as the authoritative reference for Healing Touch.

As a certified practitioner, I felt re-inspired after reading the book. I found it to be comprehensive, clearly written, well organized, and highly instructive for both practitioners and neo­phytes. I liked the way the author established the basis for Heal­ing Touch within Energy Healing. In the scientifically-focused world of health care, this is an especially challenging subject to present. I have per­sonally struggled for years in teaching this vitally important topic to my medical colleagues. The chapter on HT Research strongly reinforces the science of Energy Healing. I think she has done an excellent job in clearly and concisely present­ing what I strongly believe will soon become the foundation of twenty-first century health care, what integrative holistic physi­cians are calling energy medicine. The chapter on the applications of HT throughout the life cycle was well done. The value of her many excellent contributing authors is obvious throughout the book, which is replete with client/patient stories. For anyone who is not familiar with Healing Touch, the pre­sentation of HT practices is quite thorough. At the same time, I thought it also provided the practitioner with a brief but ade­quate overview of Levels One through Five. However, the great­est benefit for the practitioner lies in the last section of the book – the ongoing development of the Healing Touch practitioner. Far more than technique, this is the most critical component of HT practice — healing oneself.Dorothea, a visionary in her own right, has a good grasp of the bigger picture and how health care is evolving. I think she is accurate in her assessment of how Healing Touch will comple­ment integrative health care, and in her projection of the extent of public recognition. Although I am in complete agreement with her vision of the future for HT, it was thrilling for me to connect with this kindred soul through her book and realize that we shared a similar vision. As a Guidebook to the energy healing modality of Healing Touch, this book sets the standard. As both an historical and visionary reference on the integration of HT into 2lst century health care — it is inspirational. For me, what most distinguishes this work of art and science, are the success stories of people whose lives have been transformed through Healing Touch. I am proud to be a Healing Touch practitioner. The power of Healing Touch and its increasing impact on changing the face of health care lies in its simplicity and efficacy. Pure and simple– it works! Thank you Dr. Dorothea Hover-Kramer for elegantly conveying that message.

 

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Healing Touch: A Path to Higher Level Wellness

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program June 2010 Issue.  Healing Touch: A Path to Higher Level Wellness By Lauri Pointer

Higher level wellness is more than an absence of symptoms. It includes vitality, a joy of living, and a feeling of self-worth. These are all quali­ties that are present when our life force energy is flowing vibrantly and radiantly. Healing Touch is an integrative energy based therapy with a goal of doing just that — increasing the flow of energy through the body to facilitate the conditions for optimal health and well-being. These non-inva­sive techniques utilize the hands to clear, ener­gize, and balance the human and environmental energy fields, thus affecting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and healing.

Our bodies are phenomenal communicators that let us know when something is out of balance energetically. Symptoms in the body- such as headaches, colds, insomnia, lethargy, depression, and fatigue – appear when our flow of energy is compromised. All kinds of situations can effect our energy flow – environmental toxins, stress, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, etc. When the flow of energy is compromised, the overall vibration of the energy is lower. When our vibration is lower, symptoms begin to appear. Conversely, when we clear the blockages through a Healing Touch treatment, the overall vibration is higher and when the vibration is higher it is impos­sible for symptoms to remain in the body.b2ap3_thumbnail_looking-ahead-1206661-m.jpg

If we think of a wellness wheel, consisting of spokes that represent all the categories of health such as physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental, very often, if we can simply improve our situation in one of those catego­ries, we begin to see improvement in all of them. The better we feel, the more inspired we are to take good care of ourselves. If we keep our vibration high through regular Healing Touch treatments, we begin to crave healthier, higher vibration foods, our bodies naturally crave more water, we are drawn to other people with higher vibrations, we spend time in places with higher vibration, we partake in activities that keep our vibration high such as exercise, time in nature, and reading that is inspir­ing. We begin to attract to us more opportunities for experienc­ing joy and abundance and a feeling of being excited to get up in the morning. Waking up happy and excited for your life is a great sign of higher level wellness!

 

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Learning to Listen

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program May Issue.   Learning to Listen by Deborah Schlag, HTP

I like to be creative, combining several things for a fabulous outcome. Get the most “bang for the buck” so to speak. While working on my own healing and spiritual path I created the Bless­ing of the Quilts. To clear my clutter and open space for new growth, I decided to recycle the scraps that were left from my previous sewing business. I had half a brain’s worth of clutter. I mean good fabric waiting to be something won­derful for someone else. When I had my busi­ness, the scraps (some more than six yards long) were eventually used in some way. At that time it was not a scrap pile, it was my personal stash – a collectors dream. Now it was tak­ing up space – not only in my house, but in my life. There was so much time involved in deal­ing with it while packing and unpacking when I moved. (I had already made two moves with it and knew I would be moving again the follow­ing year.) This fabric was also good fabric, too good to just throw out. I had previously offered all of it to several sewing groups in my town – who turned it down. This is absolutely unheard of in sewing circles – turning down fabric- what were they thinking?! Then, it hit me — ta da! Clear my clutter by making it a blessing for someone else. This fabric needed to be made into quilts for The Denver Children’s Hospital.

When I started the project I was just making quilts. Through­out the months of making them the project grew or shall I say evolved. What was interesting was that previously when I sewed, I always listened to the radio. However, from the very begin­ning when I worked on these quilts, it was different. I worked in silence, often spending the day in prayer for the children who would receive them. I came to understand that the fabric was not accepted by the groups to whom I had offered it because this project needed to be done and I was the one to do it.

I started to intuitively receive information about the children who would be receiving the quilts – seeing, hearing, feeling, sensing, and knowing. These children all needed so much love and heal­ing. I b2ap3_thumbnail_candid-images-of-a-girl-576919-m.jpghad fabric stacked on my table, chest high, double wide rows, covering the entire length of my 110” table. That was just the start. In the middle of choosing fabrics and piecing together what I thought I was making I would hear “no not that – she or he does not like that color. Get that piece in the pile over there.” I was always surprised because the fabric to which I was led was usually one that I had not seen and about which I had for­gotten. The color combinations became things I would not have put together – some very unusual for me. As I worked, if I tried to go with something other than what I heard, it did not work. It would be either just a few inches short of what was needed or the sewing machine would freeze up. I quickly learned that whatever I heard I might as well do, because anything else would not work no matter what I did. Once I began listening to instructions, the information started flowing. The information was definite – “today we’re making one for a little girl or this one is for a little boy.” I learned about the children — the Navajo baby boy from one of the Dakotas, a little boy from Minnesota, many for preemies, some age two or four. There was a three-four year old little girl whose quilt was quite plain. I kept thinking I needed to change the back so it would just be plain on the front when I “heard” that hers was a brain issue and she could not tolerate looking at too much. There were preemie twins, a boy and a girl. All I knew was that she was struggling more than he was. There was an African Ameri­can girl who likes soft and pink – hers was made with satins and velvets. Every quilt was meant for a specific child, the stories of each unfolded as the quilts came together.

 

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Self Discovery

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program May Issue.  Self Discovery By Margaret Nies

If you have started thinking about where you are at in your life, you have started on the journey of self-discovery!Self-discovery is a journey that continues our entire lives. Each of us is in charge of our own journey. Our quest takes us to b2ap3_thumbnail_self_discovery_em_2010.jpgnew and different places, at different periods in our life, as we grow and change. Each new discovery builds on the previous, build­ing a wealth of wisdom and understanding that serves not only us, but also those around us.

Learning is intertwined with the path of self-discovery. Learn­ing provides opportunities for the discovery of new skills, creativity, and to acquire knowledge. More than that, it offers you an opportunity for renewal, excitement and the fulfillment of curiosity. Learning lets you explore new ideas, concepts and ways of being.

We all have new things we want to experience in our lives, things we want to try, things we still want to know about. The key is to begin. Take that first step, now. Don’t put it off until “some­day when . . .” It takes courage and persistence to begin. But once you take that first step, an amazing world begins to open. The universe becomes attuned to your thoughts and desires.

 

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