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.