A Convergence Culture - Bridging Science and Spirit

 

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program April issue.  A Convergence Culture- Bridging Science and Spirit by Denise Lewis Premschak

 A Convergence Culture- Bridging Science and Spirit 

There is power in science that is unrivaled — unless it is by the enormous influence spirituality has had upon individuals, environments and nations through­out the ages. I’m sure it seemed b2ap3_thumbnail_prey-candles-in-the-church-1006516-m.jpgstartlingly auda­cious 20 years ago for the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM) to assert its mission using the simple tag line, Bridging Science and Spirit. Oh, but the landscape has changed dramatically — whether because accepted science has been contradicted so many times by new findings or because we have actually begun to integrate spirituality, broad-perspective thought, and methodical analysis. We, as humans, not only need to know how the world works, but we need to believe in what it all means and need it to inform us in living our lives —morally, ethically, and spiritually.

“We know the truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart.” Pascal

 

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Greetings from Cynthia Hutchison, Healing Touch Program Director

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program April issue. Greetings from Cynthia Hutchison Healing Touch Program Director

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the April issue of Energy Magazine! This issue’s theme is about the PRACTICE of HT. We have a b2ap3_thumbnail_Cynthia_h_09_10_EM.jpgrich variety of articles related to this topic, including how HTP is moving into the future at a higher professional level in order to open more doors for our practitioners in the world of healthcare. You won’t want to miss reading about national accreditation; our new mentorship course and Qualified Mentor policy; how upper level HTP courses support the student in her/his professional growth; HTP’s listing of practitioner tools; our Smart Start social networking program; news about the growing benefits of our HT Professional Association; developing the Ying Yang of your practice; and the importance of self care for the practitioner.

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A New Tool for Healing Touch: How the HT Meditation Tools Can Support Your Practice

 

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

These meditation CDs were created for use with HT students, clients, practitioners and instructors of HT. They can also be used by anyone who is open to exploring a meditative /healing path in lifeb2ap3_thumbnail_healing_touch_meditations.jpg and therefore can be used outside of Healing Touch. Each meditation was worded with care to ensure inclusiveness for people on various spiri­tual paths. The second CD assumes some basic knowledge on the part of the listener. 

 

 

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A Review of 'Awakening the Tiger Within' by Joy Heartsong

  Originally published in Energy Magazine:  The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program  M arch  issue.  A Review of Awakening the Tiger by Barbara Starke, HTCP/I  This is a wonderful book for the person new to energy healing…and as a seasoned practitioner/instructor. I found the reading reinforcing of my...
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My Level 4 Modality Saved My Work Life

 

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program March issue.  My Level 4 Modality Saved My Work Life by Ellen Laffey, HTCP

The Parthenon in Athens, Greece is a site to be­hold. Five thousand years old! When one stands on this hallowed ground, you cannot believe you are walking in the steps of Socrates, Aristotle and Saint Paul.

 

Marble is the stone from which the Parthenon is constructed. As time, weather, and millions of visitors have worn down the marble, it is very slippery from dust and sand covering the stone. Signs alert visitors, “Slippery rock; watch your step.

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While on the grounds of the Parthenon, I was walking and tak­ing in the site. I stepped over a very low pile of rocks. The bot­tom of my sneaker slid right down the side of the rock. My feet and legs rose up in the air, and I came right down onto my coc­cyx on top of stone. I checked my spine, legs and arms before I got up. No damage. I was so thankful as people surrounded me to help me up.

 

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Essential Energy

 

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program March issue. Essential When There’s No “Me” To Be Found by Cyndi Dale
 
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My chronological age, not to be announced, places me at the inception of the “Me” genera­tion, which could have catapulted me into a life of ease. A workday assessing the cacao content of bon bons followed by a chauffer-driven excur­sion to the mall to buy yet another pair of vital black shoes. Unfortunately, I did not read the small print – “Me” came to mean if there is a hole, fill it, even if it is in someone else’s backyard; a job incomplete, a need, problem, or emotion to assuage; it is my job. Being a “Caretaker” is similar to being the “vacuumer,” the vacuum, and the electric charge, all at once. You end up ex­hausted and pick up “stuff” that was not yours in the first place.

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Elder Wisdom

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program March issue.  Elder Wisdom By Sally A. Nyholt, RN, LMBT, HTCP
 
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Note: Because each Elder story is a unique personal memory back in time, we recognize the potential challenge of accuracy; we appreciate, accept and will publish corrections if needed. 
 
I was recently invited to be part of Healing Touch Program’s Elder Council and asked if I would be willing to write about my experiences in the early days of Healing Touch. I am honored to share some memories.

It seems like both yesterday – and a very long time ago – that I received a telephone call from my friend, Dinny Riegel, insisting that I attend a workshop in Gainesville, Florida. Two and a half years earlier I had moved from Illinois to North Carolina, but before leaving NC, I had learned about energy healing from Alan Mesher. I had shared this new knowledge with Dinny and Jan Shepardson. All of us were blown away by the work and wanted to learn more. In 1989, I had just finished massage school and opened a private practice when the call came from Dinny. She and Jan had just returned from a pilot workshop for a new program called Healing Touch and were determined that I would go to the first “official” Level 1 class to be held outside of Colorado – the very next weekend! Dinny even insisted on paying my tuition. How could I say no?? I met Dinny’s daughter, Dory, on the way, and off we went to Gainesville.

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Nicholas Brady is a Healer

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program March issue. Nicholas Brady is a Healer. by Walle Adams-Gerdts, HTCP, Healing Touch Instructor

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Nicholas Brady is a healer. He has enthusiastically agreed to allow me to assist him this day as he works with his mother in a Healing Touch session. He assists her to the table and then inquires “What is bothering you today, Mom?” She relates that she has tight shoulders and a tension headache, in addition to a mid-lower back ache, which she feels are all related to the over-scheduled calendar that she has recently been following. Nicholas makes sure that she is comfortable lying face down on the treatment table with her head resting in the face cradle. He reminds her that he is placing a bolster under her feet to decrease the pressure on her back. 
 
 
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Greetings from Cynthia Hutchison, Healing Touch Program Director

 

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program March issue. Greetings from Cynthia Hutchison Healing Touch Program Director
 
Dear Readers,
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Here in Colorado our heaviest snow months are March and April. But just today I saw my first robin of the year and I know I’ll soon be hearing the song of the Chickadee who announces spring in the Rocky Mountains. It’s been a long, cold snowy winter here which makes spring even more welcomed and appreciated. Those of you who live in temperate climates where the seasons are a part of your yearly rhythm know how the increased warmth, longer days, and signs of new growth in nature awaken in our inner selves an awe and excitement about the new life springing forth all around. Our spirits are lifted by Mother Nature who nourishes us, provides us with beauty and wraps us in the soulful feeling of hope and new life. 

Because my time in nature is such an important part of my daily life and spiritual practice, I feel a natural synchronization between what is happening in nature and how it reflects into my personal and vocational life. Healing Touch is obviously a large part of this chapter of my life’s work in the world. After experiencing the death of our dear founder, Janet Mentgen, almost five years ago, HTP for a few months initially experienced a sort of organizational winter…a stillness… a time of inner reflection….a pause of growth…a time of waiting…. the necessity of going within, like sitting in front of a candle on a winter’s night and contemplating “What is the quality of the light within us and how can we express it?”

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The Global Coherence Initiative

 

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program December 09′/January 10′ Issue. The Global Coherence Initiative By Annette Deyhle, PhD and Rollin McCraty, PhD

As many people are saying, humanity has reached a critical juncture in the early years of the 21st century and we are on the threshold of enormous social, spiritual and cultural changes. Our material-driven world has resulted in great discord, economic instability, war, violence, crime, overpopulation, food and water shortages, and envi­ronmental pollution and destruction.

For the past two decades we have been transitioning out of nationally-based industrial societies and cultures into an inter­connected, information-based global economy and to some extent a global society in which cultures with long-held values and customs often collide.b2ap3_thumbnail_Global_EM_1.jpg

Evidence suggests this transition will continue to be difficult. The global financial crisis that began in 2008 and is still being felt — sent shock waves around the world. It is clear that much of the human race remains stuck in a cycle of social and eco­nomic oppression, warfare, cultural intolerance and disregard for the environment.

Breaking this cycle is the greatest challenge our species has ever faced and requires a shift in human consciousness. The Global Coherence Initiative (GCI) founded in the summer of 2008 by the nonprofit Institute of HeartMath,www.heartmath.org, has brought together noted scientists, researchers and leaders in many fields, and is working with and alongside people from every corner of the world to help facilitate this shift. The Global Coherence Initiative is a science-based initiative to unite millions of people in heart-focused care and intention to shift global consciousness from instability and discord to bal­ance, cooperation and enduring peace.

 

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