New edit : – How to heal your life through Shamanic Touch

 

There is more to touch than the physical contact of skin, muscle and bone, there is also the often-misunderstood yet equally important energetic connection; a connection I use to touch people in a deeper, richer, way and open them to their own ability to heal.

I’m a body worker and shamanic practitioner and I’d like to show you an alternative to healing and relating to each other. Everyone possesses these skills; they are inherent to all humans, and with practice we could all become more adept to relating to each other and the world will be a better place.

I was one of those shy, quiet kids, I felt overwhelmed by the information bombarding my senses and would hide in my room and talk to my ‘imaginary’ friend. I could pick up on the subtle language that people were using, words almost seemed unnecessary. I also knew, without a doubt, that everything was alive; chairs, tables, clothes, toys, they all had feelings. While other kids were watching T.V, I was practicing how to move objects with the power of my mind and making sure my Barbie doll was not in an uncomfortable position, to me she was alive and could feel pain. It was a shock when I discovered that other people did not share my perception of the world. I was quickly shamed out of my “weird” behavior and “taught” how to fit in. It would be thirty years before I found someone else who was the same sort of “weird”.

The first time I met a Tai Chi master I understood what I sensed was not strange. For the first time in my life, I could really feel someone at all levels of perception. Someone was communicating to me in my own language, they were touching me with their energy, and when they held my hand I could feel them touch all of me. I knew I had finally found home. I was no longer an outcast, I belonged somewhere. For the first time, someone looked into my eyes and they saw all of me. When we communicated, I could feel a warm glow in my heart and stomach. My body was alive and our energy, the essence of who we are, danced and played and exploded in the space between us like beautiful multi-colored ribbons, tumbling together in the air, touching, communicating.

I spent the next ten years learning about my energy body, how to express energy, use it to heal, and to defend myself. I learned how to open up, how to close down, how to stay rooted and move it around my body. I became more confident and stopped hiding in my room and pretending to be like everyone else, no longer afraid to let my weirdness show. I learned that the very energy that created life, the chi that my master used to throw people across the room, was the same energy that could be used to heal someone.

I learned that, by current social standards, we are all weird, we all have an energy body, it just happens to be under-developed. I would love to open people up to this gift. If everyone could become aware and gain mastery over their life force energy, life would be so much richer. With instruction and practice everyone can learn to interact this way. Imagine a world where you can connect with each other in a profound way, able to understand and communicate, hold space and heal each other. Living with a deep awareness of your connection to your environment. Living fully, through all of your body and senses, being all of who you are. These are the skills I use to touch and heal. Shamanic healing is using this unseen energy to remove the things that don’t belong with you and return the things that do, pieces of a broken heart or soul fragment lost through trauma, as well as removing energy which has found a home in your body and does not belong.

Some people think I’m a body worker and just physically work skin and muscle, but for Shamanic healers there is a very subtle level where deep healing takes place. We sense how your energy body connects to others. Energy threads extend from your body and reach into the world, like tendrils of smooth ribbon, searching, connecting and bringing information back. When there is a blockage in your world, your energy threads can become tangled, lose their ease of movement. To smooth them it’s a bit like running fingers gently through tangled hair.

When I touch a client, I move my energy from my heart, down my arm and into my fingers. So that when they feel me, it’s not just the physical sensation of touch on their skin, but they can feel the essence of who I am and my loving, healing intention.

During the massage our energy fields communicate, my energetic ribbons extending from my body and gently touching theirs, silently asking questions, “How are you feeling in this moment? What do you need? How do you want to be touched? Where is the pain?

As I continue to work I might ask, “How do you show up in the world? What is holding you back? How do you relate to the people around you? How do you connect to your environment? What has hurt you? What do you need to heal?”

I can feel their response, my client’s nonverbal, energetic communication tells me what is blocked in their lives and how it is effecting their physical body. I sense their answers as a knowing in my body. This is in addition to the physical feedback I receive from touching tense, hard muscle with my hands and fingers.

As I work to release the tense blocks in their muscles and joints I’m also working to unblock the energy in their lives, for one mirrors the other. As I soften muscles with my hands, I’m also running along the meridians, the energy pathways in their body, following the ribbons of energy extending from their body into the world. I’m untangling conflict and the places they feel stuck. Uncovering the emotion or belief they need to release, in order to unlock their life and move forward.

People need to be listened to, this is how I know what is happening within a person. It could take many sessions of talking before people overcome their fear or shame of telling me what is wrong and what they need. At the soul and energetic levels there is no ego or shame, just honest communication. I use this information to respond to their needs. At the top level I can use old fashioned verbal communication to check that I have understood and listened, confirm boundaries and ask for permission.

So it’s not just rubbing and kneading sore muscles. So much happens unseen in this world. But it does exist and this is how you start to heal a person deeply, from their soul all the way through to their physical body. If you would like to communicate and connect at a deeper level, learning Tai Chi or Reiki can unlock this gift. It can open you to abilities you never knew you had, ways to communicate, heal and connect with each other. Unblock your life and move forward, make aware the unseen energy that exists in everyday life.

 

 

Healing Through Shamanic Touch

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There is so much more to touch than the physical contact of skin, muscle and bone. I’d like to share with you a little about my work and how I use energetic connection to go deeper, to touch people without using my physical body, talk to them without using my voice, and open people to their own ability to heal without using pills.

I’m a body worker and shamanic practitioner and I’d like to show you an alternative to healing and relating to each other. Everyone already possesses these skills, they are inherent to all humans, some of us are just more aware of the unseen connections we form. With practice we could all become adept to relating to each other in this way and the world will be a better place.

Every now and again I slow a therapy session down so I can analyze what I’m doing on an energetic level. There are those who think I’m a body worker and just physically work skin and muscle, but for Shamanic healers there is a very subtle level and where deep healing takes place. We sense how your energy body connects to others, some people, however, are just not consciously aware of it yet. This connection is why it’s so important to be respectful of your energy and how it effects the people around you.

Every therapy session starts when a client is traveling to see me. That’s when I send out some energy threads and connect, gently, like an invitation, and ease them on the journey. I’m picking up on subtle information about how they are feeling, are they are rushed and stuck in traffic, and try to unblock anything in their way.

Looking through shamanic eyes, energy threads extend from your living body and reach into the world, like tendrils of smooth ribbon, searching, connecting and bringing information back to you. When there is a blockage in your world, your energy threads can become tangled and lose their ease of movement. To smooth them it’s a bit like running fingers gently through tangled hair.

When my clients arrive we have a chat and I very gently bring my energy closer, silently asking for permission to connect with them, quietly waiting till they feel comfortable and open a bit more. I need to be very transparent and show them, energetically, who I am and wait to see if they would like to connect. As they relax and open, I meet them and expand a little until we find a comfortable place, a place of trust, respect and non-judgement.

I expand my energy body around theirs, not unlike two soap bubbles merging together, and become very grounded. I provide a safe space for my client to relax, trusting that I can hold them for as long as we stay connected. Here they can relax and become fluid, creating a healing space.

The silent conversation between our energy fields continues as I start to connect physically, moving my energy from my heart, down my arm and into my fingers. When I touch them physically, my clients feel me, not just the physical sensation of touch on their skin, but energetically who I am as a person.

My energy body silently says, “I am here, this is how I feel. Is it okay if I touch you?”.

I wait for a reply energetically, watching for subtle signs to make sure I have understood, that their body is happy to receive the touch. I listen to their pulse and heartbeat, breath and sighs, feel their texture, muscle tension and the temperature of their skin, and watch their facial expressions, all ways in which I sense the language of their body.

As the massage continues our energy fields interact and I silently ask more questions, “How are you feeling in this moment? What do you need? How do you want to be touched? Where is the pain?”

Again I watch for subtle changes in their physical body as I respond to their energy body’s request. Clients may raise a painful shoulder up a fraction or turn their head and sigh to allow me access to their painful neck. It’s all non-verbal communication, a mixture of listening to their body and energy.

As I continue to work other questions my energy body might silently ask,

“How do you show up in the world? What is holding you back? How do you relate to the people around you? How do you connect to your environment? What has hurt you? What do you need to heal?”

As relationships become more advanced sometimes my clients silently communicate wisdom and their understanding of the world to me and I communicate my wisdom and teaching to them. This is how teachers can transmit information just by being in the same room. We don’t always need to talk or have a formal lesson. Clients will go home with knowledge of how to resolve a problem or heal themselves. It’s just because our energy bodies have had, for lack of a better word, a chat.

In this way my client’s energy body tells me what is blocked in their lives and how it is effecting their physical body. As I work to release the tension and blockages in their muscles and joints I’m also working to unblock the energy in their lives, for one mirrors the other.

Physical, mental, emotional, and energy bodies need to be listened to in a deep and exquisite way. This is how I know what is happening within a person. It could take many sessions of talking before people overcome their fear or shame of telling me, deep down, what is happening in their life and what they need. They may not even know what this is at a conscious level, but at this deep soul and energetic level there is no ego or shame, just honest communication. I can use this information to respond to their needs, my physical body soothing and listening to theirs and my energy body communicating and healing. At the top level I can use old fashioned verbal communication to check that I have understood and listened, confirm boundaries and ask for permission.

So it’s not just rubbing and kneading sore muscles. So much happens unseen in this world. But it exists and this is how you start to heal a person deeply, from their soul all the way through to their physical body.

How does this relate to you and how you operate in the world? With instruction and practice everyone can learn to interact in this way. Can you imagine a world where all your inner fears and emotions are easily understood by everyone around you? You would feel held and deeply seen and supported. By opening up your energy body you can connect with each other in a profound way, able to understand and communicate, hold space and heal each other. Living with a deep awareness of your connection to each other and your environment. Living fully through all of your body and senses, being all of who you are.

 

The banjo busker and the living dead

Today at the cross roads of Fore Street a busker was playing and singing blue grass. He was alive, taking his passion, the thing that lights him up into the open and showing who he was. It didn’t matter if he fluffed a few notes or his voice was a bit rough. That music was floating out of him like some sort of magic potion that brought dead people back to life.

Here was his vulnerability and here was his song, he was just being who he was and sharing his soul, his gift. It was priceless.

But the people walking past in their expensive shoes couldn’t hear the music, they were blocking it out because of fear. If they heard it, they might feel it and the heart they had been keeping locked up, the heart that had endured the job that they hated would start to feel again. That job that they mindlessly turned up to because for this precious week of the year they could enjoy a holiday. This was the golden week. It was here and it was too late because they couldn’t see the sunlight and they couldn’t hear the music, they couldn’t see the texture of the clouds or the way their children desperately wanted to spend time with them, to be seen, to play.

They were shuffling past like zombies on the way to buy something to numb the pain of living while dead and to make them feel worthwhile.

Nearly 1,000 people past by that busker. If they had each given him a £1 they would have all been so much richer today. What do people value, is being brought back from the dead worth a coin ?, pay the busker or the ferryman, choose life or death. Living while dead was never part of the plan.

As I stood there on the corner watching I wanted to give up on humanity. I could feel the tears well up and I wanted to walk away.

Then one old woman looked up and smiled, she looked me in the eye as if we were in on a secret. We could hear the music. There was hope.

A passing Welsh family who still had blood moving through their body picked up on the tune of ‘Land of my Fathers’ and stirred awake.

Welsh dad started to sing in harmony with the banjo busker, he had thrown out a line into the crowd and made a connection. There was hope.

It takes just one lifeline to make the change and awaken the people in the crowd. Voices connect, eyes connect.

Hearts start beating, feeling. They look up and notice the blue of the sky.

Hope.

Don’t give up

Don’t give up

Dreaming

Day three of dreaming and another insight into my deeper darker unconscious.

My dreams tend to come in threes and occur around the first quarter of the moon when it’s around 50% illuminated. Half dark, half light like the yin and yang symbol. It’s a powerful time, maybe even more so than a full or new moon.

For me it shows me what is out of balance, where my fears are. How I’m really feeling deep down and brings the shadow into the light.

 

Last nights dream involved me leading some school kids through the secret subterranean tunnels under the cinema, through some toilets and out into the air. Going through deep hidden passageways. In one toilet I had found a family of rats which had just given birth and were in danger of being trodden on so I scooped them all up and gently placed them inside my jumper to take them to safety. In the in-between state of sleep and awake I could feel their tiny claws grabbing on to my skin.* I also returned to a former job again underground to finish some paperwork but was send on an errand by my long dead boss to gather ingredients to make a Jamaican fruit cake for a party.

I think I have pieced together all the information over the last few nights dreaming and I understand the messages.

Please don’t be afraid of your dreams and nightmares, they are an invaluable learning tool.

* In Shamanic terms it’s possible for negative energy to become attached to our energy body and feed from it. This causes loss of energy, depression and illness. The negative energy often takes the form of an animal/humanoid or other strange shape which clings to the energy body, In this case baby rats. It allows the Shaman to see the energy and remove it, removing the illness.

Shamanic healing is removing the things that do not belong with us and restoring the things that do. Bringing back a piece of a broken heart that you have left with a lover or a soul fragment that left your body through trauma. Returning you to wholeness and bringing back all of your pieces.

By journeying in the Astral planes and dream world I could see the negative energy attach to my body and I could remove it. I could also see the behaviour that attracted it. The dream world for me is a bit like bathing for my soul.