"Hello Everyone!" sings a strong, upbeat voice at the other end of the room. It's Eileen, the teacher and creator of Biofield Tuning and I'm finally her class! The 14 students contain our excitement because we inherently KNOW that what we are about to learn will forever change lives - ours and our clients.
The top-floor studio of the old train station in Burlington, Vermont has a view of the buzzing downtown district. However, the back of the building holds a breathtaking view to the West over Lake Champlain and the mountains of New York. Lovely! I'm always up for a great view, but I bring my focus back into the classroom after the short break. After all, I AM here to LEARN!!!
We get started with a quick overview of the techniques and protocols and then we're ready to start our hands-on portion. Each student gets "trained" while working on a fellow student. It's my turn and the forks are longer than I've used before so they feel unwieldy. I feel energy with my hands all the time, but this is different. The forks are doing the work and I'm doing the listening. Working my way through the student's field, I pick up several places of incoherence. The forks naturally resolve the static-y sound and the tones become clear and open with the repeated strikes on my trusty hockey puck. Towards the end of the process, I feel the weight - yes, energy has weight! - and finish the session. My fellow student says she feels significant relief when I'm done and truthfully, I am relieved, too. It's more tiring than it looks!
In those moments, I learned to listen, feel, and process through the energy patterns of my "client" in ways I had never felt. These powerful techniques are in some ways still "works in progress" even though they've been developing over the past 20 years. By introducing coherence in our energetic fields, we clear the "static" and it is static which causes us to develop and stay in our old patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
My particular group included several New Yorkers - some who were still affected by the attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001. One man requested that his session focus on resolution of recurring pain and injuries with his left foot. As the student began the session, minor issues from birth on were resolved quickly. Then, our fellow student found The Spot. We all felt heaviness in the room and as it turned out, that place corresponded with the timing of 9/11! As he relayed his experiences from that day, emotions he didn't know were still there came up.
The practitioner continued to bring coherence to the area and he was able to let go of those old stuck emotions. After several minutes, the emotion passed and the heaviness in the room lifted. A sense of relief and lightness took over, and the session ended with smiles and hugs!
But wait, what about that foot? All I know is that his pain was reduced immediately and if I hear more you can bet I'll share it here.
UPDATE 8/9/16 - As promised!
I recently heard from the gentleman with the foot pain. The following is the exchange between Biofield Tuning Practitioners and Students:
A: "I experienced a benefit from the session [T.] did. This was during our training. Eileen, as well added to the healing in the latter part. There are various causes for neuropathy, in my case nerve damage on both feet from a smash collision. I did physical therapies, acupuntcure, hyperbaric, cryotherapy as well as nutritional supplementation, IV's, B12, niacin. That Biofield Tuning session though had a transformative effect on me and the trauma associated with the damage."
J: "Thanks, A. How has your neuropathy been since your session with [T.]?"
A: "Hi J, more on the side of ease than discomfort. I sense that there's layers that present themselves and how I approach this, becomes the fulcrum as to the next outcome. Does this make sense? The session at Level 1 [training] was one of those "fulcrums" which precipitated greater ease."
In my experience energy or vibrational therapies - like anything worth pursuing - take time and as stated above, often present themselves in layers. This modality works exceptionally well in conjunction with other therapies such as Reiki, flower essences, and crystals.
If feeling better sounds good to you, I invite you to consider this modality.
If you're local to the DC area and would like a sample of this work, come to my workshop on Saturday, August 13th at 2 pm. Check the Calendar for details.
Working with people over the past few years, I've noticed a dominant trend: lack of grounding. Discovering this trend got me thinking about grounding and how I learned to do it myself. I asked, What is grounding? Why is it important? and How can I help more people learn it?
Grounding is a term most often heard in conjunction with electricity in buildings and cars. However, the brain, heart, and nerves all function through chemically induced electrical currents.
Providing our bodies with proper care including nutrition, water, exercise, and sleep helps the electrical system function well. Kinesiology studies show that our thoughts and emotions also affect this system. With different stimuli, our thoughts can leave us feeling amazingly focused and strong or depressed and weak or even "spacey" and disconnected.
If we experience troublesome symptoms once in awhile, we can usually "shake it off." Sometimes we get into a rut... then it might be time for a little coaching to get back on track.
These are some of the benefits of grounding in my own experience:
1. Reduces stress and calms the mind - of course, stress happens. But, when you practice grounding, you're connecting with very supportive Earth energy. Tapping into this energy can help you offset challenging situations.
2. Increases ability to focus on tasks at hand - especially when feeling overwhelmed by several tasks at once.
3. Reduces vulnerability to external energies - not everything you feel belongs to YOU. Grounding helps to sort through that.
4. Improves sleep quality - when you can't seem to calm down even when you know you're tired and need sleep.
5. Improves ability to meditate - many try but give up quickly. Ground first, then try again - and use The Feather meditation below!
6. Calms anxiety - it's easy to find ourselves worrying over what could happen or fear the state of the world. Grounding helps reduce that feeling in us.
7. Improves ability to respond rather than react - emotions can temporarily overrun us. If we take a minute to ground, it allows us to think before we act.
8. Increases body-work therapist stamina - without grounding, we may become more susceptible to taking on our client's issues.
9. Improves problem solving capacity – being in a grounded state helps us to see more available options.
10. Improves overall ability to function more efficiently and effectively in life.
The past few weeks have flown by for me as I traveled from coast to coast and back again. First, Spring Break in Seattle, Washington with my sister, Katie. We had lots of fun, but also worked and shared a booth at the Emerald Spiral Expo - what an experience! A few days later, I attended a weekend retreat in Yogaville, Virginia. Another fantastic event which resulted in very real inner shifts for many who attended - including me! Finally, I headed to Burlington, Vermont to attend a 3-day class. Yet another life-altering experience!
With all that activity, time seemed to warp and I felt the peace from my retreat slipping away. While in Vermont, I took a few moments at bedtime to center myself and listen to the Universe. An image came to mind and I saw a single white feather....
Sitting quietly, imagine a single white feather...it's very light and downy...even the faintest breeze stirs its edge. Notice how focusing on this feather allows it to gently land in your hand. Your attention keeps this feather still and calm. Now see how you can keep the feather still even if the breeze moves your hair or clothes. Even a strong wind cannot move the feather if mind makes it so!
Now shift the image to a pond with very clear water. The surface is smooth and even. Allow it to stay just like that - smooth and even. If drops of water disturb the surface, simply wait until the ripples die down. Breathe.
Realize that the breezes and drops of water are thoughts on the surface of the conscious mind. Even though we sometimes find ourselves in a rainstorm, we can simply remember to take a few minutes to calm the water or still the feather!