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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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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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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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Jun
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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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01
May
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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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01
May
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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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May
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The 'Clown' Chakra

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program May Issue.  The ‘Clown’ Chakra by Sharona Ben-Sorek, RPT, HTP

The enthusiastic new Level 4 apprentice stopped me in the cafeteria before break­fast on the last day of class.  “Where is the ‘Clown’ chakra?,” she asked. “Some people said that you mea­sure it here [she had her hand on her head], and others said that it was here [other hand near her clavicles] at the high heart. Where is it exactly?” “Well, it’s here at your upper arm – be­cause that’s the humerus,” I replied. I didn’t understand at first that she was serious. She also didn’t get the joke.  The “clown” chakra had been mentioned in her class the previ­ous evening. Once I understood that she truly was b2ap3_thumbnail_bobo-da-corte-1079638-m.jpghaving a hard time understanding, I tried to explain in more detail. In October 2007, I had the wonderful experience of having Mary Ann Geoffrey as my Level 3 instructor. During the class, she told a story about a student in a previous class of hers talking about the “clown” chakra. As Mary Ann was talking, an image came to me that I couldn’t ignore for much of the rest of that afternoon. In fact, it only left after I promised that I would do something about it.

The weekend after the class, I went to a craft store to purchase supplies, and shortly thereafter, Chakra Clown was born, complete with chakra indicators and coordinating attire. I mailed the doll to Mary Ann as a token of my thanks to her for all that she taught me in class. I thought that perhaps she would find it funny and set it aside. Never did I dream that it would go further than that, and was honored to read in her thank-you email that she said she wanted to take the doll to future classes.

The following year, as I prepared to go to my Level 4 class, there were several significant and stressful changes in my life. I realized that I needed some humor to help me deal with things, so I found a photo I had taken of the doll, and made a T-shirt with the picture on it. I brought the shirt to my Level 4 class and wore it.

Students in my class, as well as in the Level 5 class (which Mary Ann happened to be teaching at the same location) were curious about the background story, and several said that they would like shirts or dolls. I thought about the requests, but truly didn’t have the time to create the dolls for everyone, and said so.

 

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May
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Just Do The Work and See What Else Is Possible

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 Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program May Issue.  Just Do the Work and see What Else is Possible by Cindy Palajac, Hon. B.A., Dip. Adult Ed., HTCP/I

Yesterday was my day off and the farthest thing from my mind was “doing the work of Healing Touch.” I enjoyed a lovely hand reflexology treat­ment, went to the chiropractor with my daughter, had lunch and went to yoga with a girlfriend.Then around 3:00 pm, as I followed my guidance to stop by a restaurant and pick up my daughter’s pay check, I was not aware that spirit was leading me to “do the work.” When I en­tered the Huron House Restaurant the owner was on the phone with 911 because a patron was in cardiac distress. I asked if I could help and he said, “Yes, go to the back of the b2ap3_thumbnail_mother-and-son-49314-m.jpgrestaurant”. The woman in distress was sitting up but appeared disoriented. I asked for permission from her daughterto do energy healing and proceeded to hold her shoulders, comfort her with words, work up and down her spine and then hold the front of her forehead and back of her neck. I continued to do Healing Touch as we waited for the emergency squad to arrive but I became acutely aware of the distress the daughter and sister were in. I was also aware that their stress increased once the paramed­ics arrived. I encouraged them to breathe deeply and stay calm and just allowed them to talk.

 

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May
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A Personal Journey of Divine Remembering

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 Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program May Issue.   A Personal Journey of Divine Remembering by Franny Harcey, HTCP, Healing Touch Instructor

 As I reflect on my journey over the past ten years, I have to smile as I remember all the won­derful people who have touched my life and have helped me evolve. The instructor for my very first Healing Touch class was with one of Healing Touch Program’s Elders, Nancy Burns. I remem­ber sitting there during the first 30 minutes of class, watching, listening and absorbing all the energy information and I thought to myself; “This is what I am supposed to be doing with my life. Energy work”, and to this day Nancy continues to bless me with her wisdom.

Healing Touch is the foundation of all the work and exploration I have done since that beginning class. Working with Janet Ment­gen, as my mentor, only helped facilitate my deep personal growth and self discovery. Janet would say — (maybe not these exact words, but close) “Healing Touch is the structure with which we only begin our work. It is important to have a structure so that we may expand on it.”b2ap3_thumbnail_divine-remembering.jpg

Taking Janet’s words to heart, I delved into reading over one hundred books, studied under many teachers of different energy based and body centered therapies, and continue to embrace each new learning experience with the eyes of a beginner.

As of late, I have spent time with Rudy Noel, who graciously blessed Janet with the Mind Clearing and Hopi Technique that are taught in the Healing Touch Program. Rudy reminds me of this very thing as well — “We build from the basics and always have techniques and tools to pull from our tool belts.” Rudy strives and has taught me to strive to never settle for a tech­nique, but to continue questioning and developing ourselves with a feverish desire to not only live from a place of pure love, but to truly “be” that love in every moment.

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May
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How To Use Essential Oils for Self Healing

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program May Issue.  How to Use Essential Oils For Self Healing By Linda L. Smith, RN, MS, HNC, HTCP, CCA

Self-care has always been a major underlying philosophy in Healing Touch. In fact, Janet Mentgen said on more than one occasion that Healing Touch is really all about self-healing. As one of her early students, I often pondered what she meant by that — I thought we were learning energy work to be of service for others. How was taking care of myself going to help others?

That was in my early days. Twenty years later, I am still discovering the task of self-care and self-healing every day. On my spiritual journey, I have realized the importance of integrating many different b2ap3_thumbnail_Essential_Oils_photo.jpgmodalities not only for me but for my clients, as well.

Energy healing, whether it is Healing Touch, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry, Reiki, or Therapeutic Touch—is all about vibrational frequencies. Under lying prayer and intention — we find vibrational frequency and beneath the chemistry of essential oils vibrational frequencies as well.

How Can Essential Oils Aid in Self-Care? Essential oils are the life-blood of plants. Just as we have blood in our bodies that carry nutrients, oxygen and heat to all the cells of our bodies, the essential oil in a plant fulfills the same responsibility in the plant. These essential oils are often antimicrobial in nature. They protect the plant from invading bacteria and viruses, and help heal traumas. Thousands of years ago, man first used living plants for food and medicine. Somewhere in history, someone discovered how to extract this living essential oil from the plants. Steam distillation is the most common method used today – with cold expression being used for citrus oils.

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Apr
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Biggest Secret for Marketing Your Energy Therapy Practice

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program April issue.  Biggest Secret For Marketing Your Energy Therapy Practice by Greg Pitstick 

Would you like to have a successful energy therapy practice? A fulfilling practice that en­ables you to help other people while meeting your financial needs?

You can do it, but it may require you to think a little differently than you have been thinking in the past. My name is Greg Pitstick, and I have been helping businesses make more money for over 20 years. My clients have included really big compa­nies like Proctor & Gamble and professionals like Healing Touch practitioners.b2ap3_thumbnail_businesswoman-1-1305802-m.jpg

There are a lot of things you have to worry about to successful­ly market your products and services, but over the years I have found one secret that all successful businesses understand. If you don’t get this secret right, then you won’t have much of a business to worry about!

Number One Secret –  Know Thy Customer/Client and Give Them What They Want

There is an old saying: You can be a millionaire if you just figure out what people want and give it to them. Sounds easy enough, right?

 

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Creating a Healing Practice by Janet Mentgen

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program April issue. Creating a Healing Practice By Janet Mentgen, BSN, RN, HNC, HTCP/I, Founder of Healing Touch

Creating a Healing Practice

There are many things to consider when creating a healing practice. The practice needs to fit with your personality, your lifestyle, your values. Rushing into a practice is often costly and unsuccessful. Spend the necessary time imaging how your practice is to look. Work your plan on paper many times before making any financial investment. Set your goals and plans with an orientation to the future. Think about the practice in terms of the first year and years to come.b2ap3_thumbnail_samaritan-1178513-m.jpg

Definition of practice

A descriptive definition of the practice is a first step. Some types of practice include:

• private practice

• practice within a work setting – hospital, clinic

• practice with family or friends

• volunteer practice – hospice, cancer, A.I.D.S.

• church or ministry practice – parish nurse

• educational practice – teaching

Develop a vision of your practice

Being able to image your practice is helpful. Let it develop like a dream or visualization. Examine all aspects of the image and see yourself practicing successfully in the space.

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Energy Psychology Meets Healing Touch in Promising Collaborative Efforts

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program April issue. Energy Psychology Meets Healing Touch in Promising Collaborative Efforts by Dorothea Hover-Kramer, Ed.D., RN, D.CEP 

For the past twenty years, Healing Touch has been the international leader in energy medicine – reach­ing hundreds of thousands of healthcare profession­als. This group includes nurses, physicians, and al­lied healthcare personnel as well as family members of loved ones in distress. The new field of energy psychology combines the best of Healing Touch’s energetic approaches for relieving emotional pain and anxiety and applies them to the expanding work of mainstream psychotherapists.

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By focusing on techniques utilizing the three major components of the human energy system—the biofield, the chakras, and the meridian acupoints—energy psychology gives clinicians a wide variety of therapeutic choices. A number of approaches resolve emotional distress through “emotional acupressure” and have evolved in the past fifteen years to demonstrate exciting results. This approach incorporates work with the meridians through tapping or touching specific acupoints, in addition to focusing on the body’s energy centers and the human biofield which are the primary focus in Healing Touch therapies.

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Healing Touch Program - Changes Build the Specialty of Energy Medicine

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program April issue. Healing Touch Program: Changes Build the Specialty of Energy Medicine by Janna Moll, HTCP/I, MSN, QM 

What an amazing time to be living! Healing Touch Program has come through some of the toughest years since Janet Mentgen took the risk to establish our discipline in the 1980’s. Backb2ap3_thumbnail_hope-1-1005737-m.jpg then, for many of you, things were far from easy – having to deal with skeptics, culture shock and conservatism in relation­ship to our energy work callings. We did not seem to really fit anywhere. However, as hands-on healers, we belong aligned with health care. Not just anyone can break into that field – especially from the outside. With great wisdom, intuition and safety in numbers, Janet aligned Healing Touch with nursing. We are proud of this and highly value our health care connections.

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Cultivating the Yang of Your Business Mind

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program April issue.  Cultivating the Yang of Your Business Mind by Lauri Pointer, BA, HTCP/I

Many of us who are drawn to the profession of Healing Touch have well developed right brains (our yin side) – we b2ap3_thumbnail_ying-yang-htp-blog.jpgare creative, playful, spiritual, intui­tive. These qualities allow us to be very effective at administering a Healing Touch treatment. But it takes more than a right brain approach to manifest a thriving Healing Touch practice. There is a business structure and a plan behind every practice that sur­vives and thrives. Often this requires a practitioner to cultivate growth and development of the left brain (our Yang side) – that aspect of our self that under­stands the business structure and financial aspects of business.

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What My Clients Taught Me

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Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program April issue.   What my Clients Taught Me by Wanda Buckner, Ed.D., HTCP 

What my Clients Taught Me

In my previous profession— proposal develop­ment and writing—evaluation was a necessary part of every grant and every program. Evalu­ation told us what worked and what didn’t and how we could b2ap3_thumbnail_love-hands-healing-touch.jpgimprove. I wanted this same information from the 100 sessions I documented in preparation for Level 5. So I developed a brief evaluation form to elicit input from clients who saw me for three to five sessions. I offered five free ses­sions in exchange for completing the evaluation. When clients completed treatment they were asked to rate and comment on their results. Did they get the outcomes they wanted? Were there unexpected benefits? Was the setting conducive to treat­ment? (I have a home/office and dogs.) Did I talk too much? Were the suggestions for self-care helpful? I learned a lot during those one hundred sessions and I’m still learning! The highlights are below.

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