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Six Myths About Energy Medicine

Much of this content was borrowed from Dr. Bradley Nelson at https://discoverhealing.com/ (the makers of the Emotion Code™ and Body Code™).

There are many myths surrounding Energy Medicine that I want to debunk. The more knowledge you have about this powerful healing modality the healthier you can be. Recently Dr. Bradley Nelson shared an article that I want to, in turn, share . . .

In a society where modern medicine is the norm and big pharma companies are getting bigger, holistic wellness techniques can be easily overshadowed or discounted. In past years, subscribing to solutions that might be considered “unorthodox” could earn you the label of being “strange” or “unconventional.” The times, however, seem to be changing.

Though people have used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for thousands of years, research from institutions like the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) indicates that there is a growing percentage of Americans who are taking their personal health and well-being into their own hands with a more holistic and alternative approach. In fact, statistics show that over a third of the American population seek alternative ways to relieve pain from chronic conditions, improve overall health, and relieve stress. One popular method for CAM is energy healing.

What is Energy Healing?

Energy healing is intended to tune into the body’s frequencies and the subconscious mind in order to pinpoint the stressors, thoughts, and emotions impeding our overall health and wellbeing. Through energy healing, practitioners are reputed to use heightened levels of consciousness and even spirituality to help their clients achieve a mind-body balance that may aid in overall wellness and alleviate many health concerns.

Though it’s been practiced for millennia, many people remain skeptical of energy healing or don’t fully understand it. Energy healing isn’t about magic crystals, incense, and chanting. In fact, energy healing is now being taken seriously by health practitioners across all realms of medicine and is considered a legitimate practice and profession by growing numbers of people around the globe.
Like the aforementioned “magic crystals and incense” myth, there are several common misconceptions about energy healing. After debunking these common myths, you might find that energy healing can benefit you in ways that more traditional methods might not.

Myth #1: There’s no science behind energy healing

One of the biggest energy healing myths is that there is no science behind it and that it’s all pretense. However, that is simply not the case. Along with leading institutions like the NCCAM and NCHS, the NIH’s National Center for Complementary Health (NCCIH) has spent years conducting scientifically-backed research about the potential effectiveness, quality, and benefits of energy healing. Through these studies, researchers have found that energy healing may be used to improve the immune system, reduce pain, facilitate and speed recovery, and much, much more. You can learn more about the science here.

Myth #2: Energy healing requires you to be religious

Simply put, energy healing is designed to activate the body’s energy systems and remove any negative energies or blocks that may prevent self-healing. In no way does this process require you to subscribe to a particular religion in which you believe in a God. Rather, energy healing is about trusting in a power bigger than yourself (what matters is its significance to you, not whether it’s religious or not) and balancing the energies within your body and mind.

Myth #3: Energy therapy is massage therapy

Though massage therapists might use energy healing techniques in their practice, energy healing is not a massage. Some types of energy healing involve the practitioner conducting a series of hand movements over your body, with the intent of keeping up with the flow of energy. Some other methods may include applying magnets to the meridians of the body, or muscle testing. In no way do these practices involve physically manipulating or massaging your tissues.

Myth #4: Only certified practitioners can apply energy techniques

While using a certified practitioner is very beneficial, there are several ways you might achieve energy wellness for yourself. By starting off visiting an energy practitioner, you should be able to learn many tips and techniques from him or her that you can practice on your own at home. The more professional sessions you receive, the more you will learn to do.

Myth #5: Energy therapy exhausts your own energy

One common myth is that an energy practitioner can transfer energies out of your body and leave you feeling exhausted. But instead, our premise is that energy practitioners work to remove energetic imbalances in order to create better balance and leave you feeling better, not depleted. While there can be some temporary discomfort from processing after an energy healing session (such as high emotions or lethargy), we believe the result is worth it.

Myth #6: Energy healing is a new, modern practice

The practice of energy healing has been around for thousands of years. Prior to the introduction of western medicine, hospitals, and specialized doctors, many turned to the local medicine woman or shaman to maintain or improve health. These primitive practitioners would use an array of techniques in an effort to align their patients’ energies and enhance the body’s own recovery abilities. Even today, traditional Chinese medicine incorporates and relies on the use of chakras, channels, and meridians to influence health and well-being.

Treating the Body as a Whole Unit

My biggest issue with mainstream “Western” medicine is the lack of viewing the body as a whole interconnected unit. Everything is connected and so many things affect so many other things that treating individual body parts or individual organs is not the best course of action. I want to illustrate this by sharing a story from my own recent self-care.

Lately, I’ve been struggling with my vision. It recently seemed to have gotten much worse. Yes, I just turned 51 and most people would simply chalk it up to ‘old age,’ but I knew that wasn’t the case. And I knew this because my vision is never consistent. I can go from getting by reading my emails on my phone with no glasses to putting glasses on and still not being able to focus on anything. Every time I blink my vision changes. This is just not normal and how can I possibly get my eyeglass prescription updated when I’m chasing a moving target.

In addition to the sudden onset of crazy vision, I’ve also noticed my heart occasionally fluttering with strange irregular and strong heartbeats and a feeling of fatigue that I almost never have. Now any of these sudden changes in health would make me sit up and take notice, but all of them at the same time made me take action.

If I went to see an eye doctor they would have had quite the challenge to correct my poor vision because the problem was not in my eyes! And if I went to see a general medicine doctor, he or she would have probably sent me to a heart specialist for tests, which I’m betting would have resulted in some prescription drugs. I probably also would have been prescribed something different for the fatigue. But since I’m blessed with the amazing ability to read my subconscious mind and get answers to my health issues, I used the Body Code system to inquire what the underlying causes were of these problems. I first asked specifically about my eyes and the first answer that I got was an imbalance in an organ. Upon further investigation, I determined that I had an imbalance in my liver. This came as no surprise because I used to see an acupuncturist in the past specifically to treat my liver. This has been a known issue for me. But here’s where it gets interesting. I did a google search on the connection between the liver and the eyes and here’s what I found on a Chinese Medicine website:

“The eyes are the sensory organ related to the Liver. If you have any eye issues, including blurry vision, red or dry eyes, itchy eyes, it may be a sign deep down that your Liver is not functioning smoothly.”

The bad news is that not only is my vision poor, but my eyes are so dry I sometimes can’t keep them open. But the good news is that I was able to get this answer in 30 seconds using my pendulum and the Body Code system. I was so excited that I continued the process and asked what else was contributing to the problem. The next thing I was lead to was ‘a nutritional imbalance’ and this time I discovered that I had a Magnesium deficiency. Back to google I went and this is what I found on the US National Library of Medicine’s website:

“People with fatty liver disease are at high risk of magnesium deficiency.”

My pendulum never ceases to amaze me and I was told in the past that I did have a ‘fatty liver!’ So with this knowledge that my liver is clearly acting up again and it’s causing a severe magnesium deficiency, I’ve started some daily liver Energy Medicine self-care tricks and I also started to take 2 doses of Magnesium per day. And here’s just a sample of how mysterious the Universe works . . . without going out and looking for a book, I just happened to stumble upon a great deal on audiobooks (through an email subscription that I almost NEVER open). I bought a book by Anthony Williams called “Liver Rescue” and in only 3 days, it has opened up so much knowledge to me that I’m stunned. The irregular heartbeat is directly linked to my poor suffering liver, as is the fatigue and now I understand exactly why it’s all happening. I will save the detailed explanation for future stories.

It’s only been one week since I made these discovers and started a new “energy medicine routine” to care for my liver. This routine includes some simple holding of points on my feet, using a tuning fork on special parts of my body, and pranic healing sessions. For the record . . . I’m TYPING THIS ON MY LAPTOP WITH NO GLASSES. It’s also been two days without a single irregular heartbeat and today I finally feel like myself again. My energy level is back to where it should be. I am confident that I will get this situation under control quickly, without any drugs, and using only Energy Medicine techniques and a targeted liver-supporting diet. So grateful for my pendulum and Anthony Williams!

A little footnote: The Body Code System is made by the same doctor that created The Emotion Code System. I am a Certified Emotion Code practitioner, but I am not certified in the Body Code. I own it and I know how to use it, but I don’t advertise the service. If you are curious about any of your own issues and would like to get some answers, please inquire by clicking the button below.

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Why I No Longer Offer Reiki

I recently removed Reiki from my list of services and I wanted to take this opportunity to explain why. This month I attended my first Pranic Healing course and attained my Level One Pranic Healing certificate. The course blew me away and I found it so interesting to compare it to the form of Energy Medicine that I’m currently certified in and so familiar with (Eden Energy Medicine or EEM). The two modalities definitely speak the same language, but yet the approaches are very different. They are both grounded in so much science, ancient knowledge, and tradition. I truly feel like Pranic Healing is an amazing compliment to what I already do.

However, my feeling toward Reiki shifted a bit. For the past year, when I got new clients inquiring about Reiki I would intentionally steer them to other options that I felt were better suited to their issue. The biggest reason I kept Reiki on my website was that it is the “energy healing modality” that everyone knows. Everyone has heard of Reiki and just about every time I tell a stranger that I’m “an Energy Medicine Practitioner” their response is, “Oh, like Reiki?” And that is understandable. It’s the most mainstream because there are so many people doing it. And the reason for that is because it’s fast, cheap, and relatively easy to gain a Reiki attunement. I honestly just didn’t want to lose the search engine traffic on the word “Reiki,” but that is no longer a compelling enough reason to keep it on my website.

This month, during my Pranic Healing course I realized something so important that it rattled my cage. Pranic Healing is all about three things:

  1. Cleansing dirty energy
  2. Energizing with clean energy
  3.  Stabilizing the energy

The first one is the one that really hit me. It’s very important to clean the toxins out before you put energy in. This brings me back to year one of Eden Energy Medicine when we learned how important it was to determine if a meridian was over or under-energized. You can’t give more energy to an over-energized meridian. You must first sedate that energy in order to balance it. As I mentioned above, Eden and Pranic are so similar, but with slightly different approaches.

In Reiki (as far as I know) there is no removing of toxic or dirty energy. The premise of Reiki is to just send positive loving energy to various parts of the body. But now I fear that sending extra energy to areas that may be infected, in pain, or diseased may not be the best thing. I equate this to our lessons in EEM to never place the south side of a magnet on an open wound or on somebody that has cancer or any other tumors. The south side of a magnet will actually intensify the problem.

I’m not, in any way, saying or claiming that Reiki can be harmful, but I just don’t feel like it’s the best option of all the other services that I can offer. There are many other Reiki practitioners, especially in my community, so I feel that if somebody has their heart set on Reiki, they should see somebody that truly has their heart in it.

Practice Pranic Healing Sessions

I’m so eager to practice what I learned during my Level One Pranic Healing course and it is so annoying to have nobody in the house to practice on. I wake up every day and ask my husband, “Do you have any pain today? Any health issues whatsoever?” and the answer is always “No, I feel great.” How strangely ironic that this upsets me! So I’m looking for local folks that are interested in checking out Pranic Healing. The only way for me to get good and test out to see if my skills are really working is to practice, practice, practice.

I’m looking for some local folks (to begin with – I will open this up to remote sessions soon) that would be interested in coming to my office for a free practice 30-minute (or less) Pranic Healing session. I’m specifically looking for people that have any of the following conditions:

  • headaches/migraine
  • earache
  • sore throat
  • toothache
  • cold
  • stomach pain
  • constipation
  • muscle pain
  • back pain
  • stiff neck
  • minor arthritis
  • eczema or other skin conditions
  • insomnia

For more information on what Pranic Healing is all about, please click here.

Please contact me by clicking below if you are interested. The window is small as I want to complete all practice sessions during the month of May and I’ll be on vacation for 10 days. I’m looking to book appointments during the weeks of May 6th and May 27th.

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Eden Energy Medicine versus Pranic Healing

What’s the difference between Eden Energy Medicine and Pranic Healing?

Eden Energy and Pranic Healing are both forms of Energy Medicine and to be honest, in many ways, they are very similar. After taking my first Pranic healing course and seeing just how similar they were, it occurred to me that it may be confusing for clients to decide which type of service they should request so I’m going to try to explain in this blog post . . .

Eden Energy and Pranic Healing are both built on the same basic principals.

How fast we can heal from any illness or disease is determined by how much Prana (or life force energy) we have in our bodies. Increasing our levels of energy helps our bodies to do their job and heal themselves. We naturally get this energy in many ways, the three biggest sources for replenishing this life force energy is through the sun, the air and the earth. Other things that bring fresh healthy energy to us include food, minerals, water, herbs, etc. Many of these same elements that bring us healthy energy can also contaminate us with unhealthy (or negative) energy. If the air you breathe is polluted, you get too much exposure to the sun, the water you drink is treated with chemicals, the foods you eat are processed and full of sugar and additives you are depleting your body of its life force energy.

All living things have an energy body that surrounds and protects the physical body, including animals, trees and plants. There is a direct link between the health of our physical bodies and the health of our energy body. When there are disturbances and imbalances in the energy body it will manifest in the physical body. It’s just a matter of time.

So what is the difference?

Eden Energy Medicine focuses on accesses the bodies’ various energy systems. Through a series of muscle tests, we can determine which meridians are over and under-energized, which chakras may be congested, which organs are depleted, and whether or not emotional upset is causing physical conditions. Eden Energy Medicine covers all aspects of the nine energy systems that make up the human body. During what are called “Energy Tracking Sessions” you are tested and balanced where needed and by tracking where your energy tends to go and how long it stays balanced gives off many clues to what is causing physical problems.

Important points on EEM

  • hands-on approach
  • includes a series of testing to determine the exact imbalances
  • longer sessions (1 – 1.5 hours)
  • best suited for long-standing chronic conditions
  • usually requires multiple sessions
  • clinical in natural
  • commitment on the clients part to maintain with self-care at home
  • client must be present

For more information on Eden Energy Medicine, please click the button below.


Pranic Healing only focuses on the energy field, primarily on the chakras. All problems in the physical body relate back to one or more of the chakras, which are the “energy centers” of the body. Pranic healing is a non-touch approach, where all work is done in the energy field over the body (or from remote distances where the healer and practitioner are not together in the same room). Pranic Healing uses a cookbook approach to healing different ailments. There is a protocol (similar to a recipe) for all sorts of ailments ranging from simple aches and pains to serious diseases. There are also many remedies for trauma and anxiety. Pranic Healing can produce results in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of effort.

Important points on Pranic Healing

  • no touch approach
  • very little testing
  • 30 minutes sessions
  • best opportunity for the quickest results in the fewest amount of sessions
  • bridge to spirituality – meditation and prayer is used to perform healings
  • nothing for client to do as homework
  • can be done in person or from a distance

For more information on Pranic Healing, please click the button below.

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Living Pain-free – Part 2

Picking up where I left off . . . I mentioned that since I’ve been meditating and doing my Energy Medicine exercises daily that I’ve been completely pain-free. And this fact really struck me that day I took the long walk on the beach and wrote Part 1 of this story. You see, this day I woke up and noticed that my thighs were sore from climbing one of the ancient ruins of Coba a couple of days before. It’s been so long since my body experienced pain that it really made me notice it. It was an amazing flip from the first days when I realized that I felt no pain. It was such an amazing experience to remember what it felt like to NOT have constant pain. When you suffer from pain, or any condition, every day for long periods of time it becomes your body’s new norm and you forget what it’s like to not experience it. That period of time when I had my first stretches of pain-free days was incredible. I compare it to putting a pair of prescription eyeglasses on for the first time when you get that “wow” sensation.

It just amazes me, not only at how many clients I see that are in pain but just how many different problems they have, all at the same time. My intake form allows room for 5 symptoms and most people require me to get an extra piece of paper. And here’s the big kicker, some of them are half my age!

It is so hard for me to sit across from a client and try to imagine the level of pain they are experiencing. Well actually, it’s not hard to imagine because I make people rate the symptoms on a scale of 1 – 10. After we go through all the symptoms I think to myself, “Wow, this is how they feel right now sitting here in my office . . . and every day?” It is such a huge eye-opener and it pains me just thinking about it. It seems the harsh reality is most of the population is suffering from something on a constant basis. How did this happen? How did we get to this point?

I spend nearly all my free time studying and taking in as much information on natural healing as I possibly can and every single thing that I’ve learned so far just reinforces the connection between pain/illness and our minds. It’s that crucial mind/body connection that is so severely lacking in our traditional paths of medicine. Using myself as an example I can confidently say that my level of happiness is directly related to my lack of pain and illness. I use meditation for the mind part and Energy Medicine for the body part and it seems to be a winning combination. I am so blessed and grateful to have the knowledge that I have and it has become my life’s passion to share this knowledge with as many people as I can.

Which leads me to my very first “Intro to Energy Medicine” class which will be starting in May. If you’re ready to take control of your own health, do yourself a favor and check it out. More details on the class by clicking the button below. But just remember one very important thing . . . you will learn some tools to create better health, but it’s up to YOU to use them. There is no magical silver bullet and everything worth having is worth working for.

Living Pain-free – I’ve Come a Long Way Baby

My glorious Mexican sabbatical is coming to an end and I’m trying to savor every minute of my last days. During my long walk along the beach today I decided not to listen to inspirational podcasts, and instead, just let my mind wander. Two thoughts raced through my mind as I passed a massage tent where I got beckoned to purchase a massage. I always nicely decline as my mind flashes back to my first and last massage on a beach in Mexico.

It was approximately 8 or 9 years ago when I had my fateful beach massage that, to this day, sends shivers down my spine. Not that there is anything wrong with getting massages on the beach. I’m sure for just about everyone in the world they are wonderful. But not for me. Not that day.

So let me explain. Back then I was in a constant state of agony – suffering from severe pain in my neck, shoulders, and upper back due to a pinched nerve. It hurt to do . . . well, everything, including standing still. Knowing how much pain I was in and trying to still enjoy my vacation, my husband and friends insisted that I get a massage to feel better. Well, I laid there on that table, face down, and cried the entire time. It was torture to be touched and nobody could understand this. At the end of the session, I remember telling my husband that I felt like my body was in shock and no amount of margaritas could help it. Clearly, this was an experience that I never forgot because I remember it like it was yesterday.

This memory made my mind flash back to a few weeks ago when I had a meeting with my energy medicine classmates from the year 1 Foundations program. It was a reunion of sorts, where we got to tell about some experiences we had working on people and ask our teacher questions. One of my classmates was describing a client that she has that is in a severe case of Triple Warmer overactivity (ie, totally stressed) that she can’t be touched. It is simply just too painful to receive the very gentle energy treatments that require the body to be touched. Hearing this immediately made me think of myself and it just amazed me that I had no idea what was really causing all my pain. I never heard of Triple Warmer back then and I didn’t know that all of my pain was directly on this one meridian! Back then, I tried everything I could think of to help myself out of this situation including acupuncture and PT. Nothing helped and I finally succumbed to go under the knife and get surgery on my neck. Fusing some vertebrae seemed to fix the pain, at least temporarily.

Fast forward a couple more years and can you guess what happened? All the symptoms started all over again. Because . . . the surgery acted like a bandaid and temporarily covered up the problem. But eventually the bandaid fell off and the problem reared its ugly head once again.

So as I’m walking along the beach today I marveled at just how far I’ve come. Rather than heading back to the neurosurgeon for another temporary fix, I decided that the only person that can truly fix the root cause of the issue was me. That’s when I turned to meditation and Energy Medicine. It’s been three years of a serious and dedicated meditation practice and two years performing daily Energy Medicine exercises and I truly can’t even remember the last time I had the slightest pain in my neck. (Not including my husband, of course!) In fact, for the most part, I am completely pain-free.

This is sparking even more things that I want to share, but since this post is already too long, I’ll save it for another day. Please stay tuned for part 2 coming soon . . .

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My First Pranic Energy Facial

When I came to Mexico a few years ago for my first sabbatical, I stumbled across a Pranic Healing center. Well, I didn’t exactly “stumble across it.” My awesome real estate agent (ahora mi amiga) told me about it. I became instantly fascinated by it and it definitely fueled this entire “energy journey” that I’ve been on ever since. This center offers courses on how to learn Pranic Healing and one of the courses being offered that year was “Pranic Energy Facials.” And can you guess how and why Crystal Energy Facials were the first thing I got certified in as soon as I got home? All of these Pranic healing courses here in Mexico are taught in Spanish (but of course) and my desire to learn the language also got ratcheted up.

Sadly, I still don’t know enough Spanish to take some of these courses during my stay, but this week I ventured to the healing center for my very first Pranic experience. The center offers donation-based healings once a week and with the help of my Spanish-speaking friend, I got an appointment with an English-speaking healer.

I had no idea what I was going to tell them as far as what I wanted “healed.” I’m in pretty great energetic shape because I work on it every single day. I was just curious about the process and decided to let them do whatever they wanted to do. How thrilled was I when the practitioner told me that her most profound healings come from the Pranic facials? She said it’s much more about “healing the soul” than vanity. It sounded like a huge double win to me so I was in!

So the first thing that I learned was there are 5 basic Wounds of the Soul:

  1. Rejection
  2. Injustice
  3. Abandonment
  4. Betrayal
  5. Humiliation

And these wounds show up on our faces. The healings work by removing the energy of the wounds from the Soul and thereby that removes the physical lines from the face. The skin appearing younger is just a side effect of removing the deep emotional wounds. It’s very different than what I was taught and it really made me start to think . . . Up until now, I treated my Crystal Facials as being very separate from my other healing modalities. I’ve been pitching them as relaxation and vanity, with a side effect of balancing your bodies energies. But now I realize that everything is connected and the one common denominator to everything I do is ‘emotions’ and emotional energy! Before I get too sidetracked, let me get back to the facial story . . .

My practitioner told me that my wounds were rejection and injustice and that I didn’t have any of the other wounds. This sounded pretty accurate to me and I was already impressed.

And so my first Pranic healing facial begins.

An important part of the procedure is listening to a special meditation. I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t always hear the words. I knew how important it would be for me to actively participate, as fully as possible, and so I did my very best to meditate and assist with the healing process using my own energy and intention. (My next priority is to pick the perfect meditation to add to my facials!)

It was the most bizarre thing I’ve ever experienced and was nothing like the crystal energy facials that I perform. I had two young ladies “working on me” and they were approximately 6 feet away during most of it. No hands nor crystals ever touched my body or my face. I have to say, I was (at first) a little disappointed because I longed to know how it feels to have the blissful hour of massage and touch that I provide.

But then it was over and we went out into the hallway to talk about “what they found.” I was completely and utterly blown away. The healer gave me information related to my chakras that was dead on. I am very intimately knowledgeable about my own body’s energy and I just couldn’t believe the things that this woman discovered about me in this one session, without ever touching or energy testing me. (Again, so different from my training.) Without getting too personal and listing all the things that came up, she basically listed every single physiological issue that I’m currently working on, as well as things that I wasn’t aware of that made total sense. For instance that in my 2nd chakra I had “blocked feminine energy” and I have a really hard time seeing myself as beautiful. Dead on – from the girl who still doesn’t know how to do hair and makeup and just knew that I would have had zero mother skills.

Not only do I think my face does look younger, but I feel great. As if the physical results on my face weren’t enough proof for me that something was indeed happening during the session, I could feel the energy moving. I seem to be a very sensitive barometer of energy. My pendulum skills are downright spooky and I can immediately feel the energy in my left arm and hand. Almost immediately at the start of the session, my usual small intestine acupressure point started ‘firing’ and my left arm got numb and tingly. At the end of the session, I also had my usual pain in my left-hand large intestine source point and pressure in my pointer finger.

I was given a list of things to do for the rest of the day (in Spanish and kudos to me for understanding them all). One interesting instruction was to “clear the energy in my space” that night. This was because I would be releasing a lot of the negative energies that were removed during the session. Well, let me tell you, I had one challenging day and night after I left the center. It seemed everything went wrong and my spirits were low. Thank goodness I could just walk over to the mirror to be happy again ? The next morning I woke up feeling great.

This is very difficult to share – a bad photo of me with very little makeup on and it’s not too useful without the “before” photo, but trust me when I tell you, my forehead doesn’t normally look like this, which is why my hair is always covering it. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen my forehead this smooth. And the deep creases around my mouth were even relaxed. I was told that those were specifically caused by trauma (which also makes a lot of sense given my life experiences).

Needless to say that I will be investigating more about Pranic Energy Healing. It’s a bit tough to do in the US, but where there’s a will there’s a way. I am determined to add to my knowledge and somehow fuse my current hands-on Crystal Sonic Rejuvenation (that incorporates sound healing) with Pranic healing techniques . . . and if I do, the folks in the Midcoast of Maine will be in for a treat!

*featured image courtesy of pranichealing.com

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Kidneys Are the Foundation of Health and Vitality

Do you know how important your Kidneys are to your health and vitality?  Most people know that a major function of the kidneys is to remove waste products and excess fluid from the body. The kidneys also produce hormones that affect the function of other organs. The kidneys are powerful chemical factories that perform the following functions:

  • remove waste products from the body
  • remove drugs from the body
  • balance the body’s fluids
  • release hormones that regulate blood pressure
  • produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones
  • control the production of red blood cells

But in Chinese medicine, the Kidney (organ-meridian system AKA “the Root of Life”) is considered the foundation for good health and vitality. It is the source of the body’s constitutional or inherited energy.  This organ-meridian system governs the structural integrity and function, not only of the kidneys themselves but also:

  • brain
  • spinal cord
  • skeletal structure
  • body fluids
  • tissues (including bone marrow)
  • hormones
  • adrenals
  • sex glands
  • teeth
  • anus
  • urethra
  • inner ear

Interestingly, the areas governed by the Kidney system are fundamentally affected by the aging process, therefore reduced energy, declining hormone levels, impaired brain function, bone weakness, hearing loss, loose teeth, weakened immunity, incontinence, tissue dryness, and diminishing will power all seem to come with age. This can be why the first point on the Kidney meridian (known as K1) is also called “The Wellspring of Life” and can be the secret to anti-aging.

Kidney energy (traditionally called Qi and pronounced ‘chee) is progressively depleted with age. It is particularly vulnerable to exhaustion due to factors such as overwork, a hard-driven lifestyle, insufficient fluid intake, chronic illness, or stress. For most people by the age of 40, declining Kidney energy is beginning to impact on their health. If left unattended, imbalances in the Kidney meridian can manifest into conditions such as:

  • infertility
  • sexual dysfunction
  • menopause
  • prostate problems
  • impaired immunity
  • chronic inflammation
  • high blood pressure
  • heart irregularities
  • anxiety
  • loss of physical drive
  • poor concentration

The Kidneys are also the seat of courage and willpower, and therefore any impairment in Kidney meridian results in feelings of fear and paranoia. If you often have severe panic attacks, anxiety, and fear, your body may be trying to tell you that Kidney energy is running low or is imbalanced.

Four Ways to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

  • Tapping your K27 points – Cluster your fingers together and pound with a fair amount of pressure on the points shown below. These are the endpoints of the Kidney Meridian. The meridian starts at the soles of your feet and end here. Stimulating these points brings vital energy to all the meridians.

  • Massage K1 acupressure points – As mentioned above, the Kidney meridian starts at the soles of your feet (pictures below). Massage these points deeply with your thumb or middle finger for about 10 seconds. This is the foundation of your energy resources and is critical to your energy level, as it provides Qi to all your other meridians. Massaging this point can help to heal poor memory, reduce agitation, anxiety, worry, and even madness.

  • Keep hydrated – Since the kidneys are particularly vulnerable to insufficient fluid intake, drinking plenty of water is critical to keeping them healthy.

  • Have your energies balanced by an energy practitioner – Couldn’t resist a little plug to come and see me for a full balancing of all your meridians.

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Energy Tracking is Life Changing

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There are no greater lessons than the ones that I learn from my own body. Energy tracking my own energy is something that I take very seriously. I am so grateful for my ability to do so and consider it one of my most valuable tools and assets in this life.

The winter months have always proven to be very challenging for me and one of the biggest reason that I finally nailed down a permanent “escape route.” I don’t travel down to Mexico simply because I love the beach or I hate the snow. Neither of those statements is actually true. I travel to Mexico to help my body regain balance – to stop the pain and the symptoms that I suffer from. But I’m tired of running away from my problems. I’m ready to fix them once and for all.

It’s now been several consecutive years of my health taking a nose dive right around Thanksgiving. It’s been quite a mystery why this happens and, up until now, I never had any means of getting to the bottom of it. From excruciating skin ulcers on my fingers and extreme constipation and thirst to nagging sciatica pain on one side . . . I struggled year after year with no relief in sight. But this year has been different. This year I have the knowledge of Eden Energy Medicine and a huge toolbox of remedies to help out. Instead of focusing on finding a proper diagnosis or the “name” for my condition I instead tried to get to the deep underlying causes for the symptoms.

We are so accustomed to Western Medicine that treats the part of the body that you are complaining about. I went to the doctor about one of these problems (sores on my fingers) many years ago. My primary doctor noticed it was a “skin problem” and sent me to a dermatologist, who cut an entire sore out of my finger (hurt so bad I nearly passed out in the office) and sent it off to a lab to get that all important “diagnosis” which resulted in “there’s nothing we can do either prevent the sores or help them heal once you get them.” Well, that was helpful. Nobody took it a step further to uncover what’s causing the condition in the first place.

This was my year to play detective and I discovered that the sores on my fingers were caused by imbalances in meridians and organs, the biggest culprit being my Large Intestine! I know what you’re thinking . . . what on Earth would the Large Intestine have to do with skin problems on the fingers? Let’s just say, the answer to that question is complicated, but the path that led to this conclusion was like a game. It started with me looking at which fingers were affected and matching them up with the meridians that ran through them. It was a complete ah-ha moment and as soon as I made this discovery I began energy balancing techniques on the culprit meridians. I was able to completely control those sores stop them in their tracks. Instead of the normal three-week cycle of them growing increasingly larger and more sensitive, they actually started to retreat. I am over the moon to announce that this has been the first year since the condition first started (more than 15 years ago) that I have not had to resort to bandaging most of the fingers on my right hand for most of the winter. NOT EVEN A BANDAID WAS USED THIS SEASON. Nobody can understand the power of that statement without living a day in my life during the winter. It’s huge!

I read so many clues and learned so much about my body this season. Small things like the fact that everything occurs on one side of the body is a big clue. Left side (Yin side) holds your experiences (past), your emotional self, your memories, and emotional joy or pain. The right side is the Yang side and it organizes and moves you forward into the future. It governs how you interact with the world and indicates that you may be experiencing unwanted change that is causing fear, reluctance, or trepidation. I marvel at the wisdom of this one. I take this as me not wanting to say goodbye to Autumn and NOT being ready to deal with the cold.

More things that I learned this year is that I have an imbalance in my entire Metal element (which corresponds to the Autumn – the exact time of the year that my problems occur every year). This imbalance perfectly explains the problem that I have sleeping at this time of the year. Knowing WHY things are happening in your body is incredibly empowering. In my case, I have the tools to control and fix the imbalances and for that, I am truly grateful. I almost look forward to things going wrong just for the thrill of fixing them.

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