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 had 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.
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 new 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.
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 restaurant”. 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.
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.”
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.
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 modalities 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.