You can barely make it out in this picture, but I had just finished dressing my strong-willed pony, Scout, in a garland of morning glory vines. Obviously, in my cutoff jungle pants, red, white, and blue knee highs, and black cowboy boots with multi-colored inlays, I wasn't concerned with making my own fashion statement. I was more enchanted by Scout's brown and white coat, its pattern shaped, in places, like continents and oceans.
Scout had a laid-back temperament and enjoyed being groomed, but he had his own ideas about what a trail ride was about. He had a habit of snatching at snacks of grass, and once, when I reigned him in to prevent it, he decided to simply lie down on the trail so he could eat. Being with Scout was always a lesson in negotiation--could I get him to take me around the field? Would he stand quietly to have his hooves picked if he had a bucket of oats? Maybe I could scramble onto his back while he grazed. Saddles were too much bother, for both of us. My nine-year-old self was in it for the fun, and if Scout wasn't having a good time, neither was I.
One of the things I love about Equine Advocates Rescue and Sanctuary in Chatham, NY, is that they respect each animal's individual character, recognizing that its behaviors will be grounded in that unique temperament, as well as in adaptations in response to life circumstances. The horses, ponies, mules, and donkeys living there have typically come from tough situations, ranging from overwork, exploitation, and physical abuse, to abandonment. The Sanctuary allows the residents a great deal of freedom, and is careful to match them with compatible pasture mates. Each rescued animal's story is highlighted for visitors, and there is often a remarkable contrast between their present good fortune and their previously dire conditions.
Visiting the Sanctuary can be a bittersweet experience, because for each happy horse or mule, there are many more out there still needing help. It's a great way to spend a beautiful fall day, though, and they still have two more Open Days left this year, on Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, November 12. You'll be charmed by the many animals you will meet there, from the smallest mini-pony and donkey, to the powerful Mustangs and stately draft horses.
This organization needs money year round to support their mission of improving equine lives and educating the public. However, I like to donate to Equine Advocates in the fall (see my 9/8/16 blog), because I know expenses for hay and grain add up in the winter.
With this in mind, Saturday, November 4 and 7, I will be offering special Equine Benefit Energy Sessions. Half of each $50 session fee will be donated to Equine Advocates. You can choose from 2 different one hour session offerings: a deeply relaxing Energy Medicine Black Pearl Sanctuary Session that works with neurovascular points to calm the nervous system and balance the emotions; or a Sonic Meridian Flush, which uses tuning forks to tone the meridian system. Please contact me if you would like more information about these sessions, or need help choosing which one may be right for you.
Give yourself a treat, while also giving a gift to these amazing rescue animals!
Our modern world bombards us with dissonance--vibrations that we tune out of our conscious mind while our body and nervous system continue to endure. The result is a series of little stresses that can add up to larger stress with the potential to break down our entire system.
Anodea Judith, Eastern Mind, Western Body
This recent cover of Tricycle Magazine jumped out at me as I walked by. Disturbing image, isn't it? Hard to look at it for long, and probably not a good idea. But it captures something about many people's experience of modern life, and seems an apt illustration of Anodea Judith's insight.
If you found yourself thinking, "Hmm, that does kind of look the way my head/mind/life feels sometimes," then please read on, because on an energetic level, there's a good chance that you are right. The good news is that you are not Humpty Dumpty, and can indeed, be put back together again, even when you feel shattered.
A number of energetic imbalances could be imaged in this way. "Fear scatters chi," is a very old Chinese saying, and this image could definitely depict the way that the mind-body system becomes disorganized in the face of fearful events or thoughts. Someone with major disconnects in their meridian networking system--which we refer to as the flow and control cycles, but in Chinese Medicine are more dramatically named the creation and destruction cycles--might also identify with this sense of fragmentation.
But what this picture most reminds me of is the turbulence in the biofield of someone overwhelmed with emotional static left by trauma. The shards of shock are sustained as disrupted imprints in one's energy field, creating "noise" in the system. New "bombardments," in the form of difficult experiences, emotional challenges, etc., tend to set up resonance patterns with these imprints, triggering outsized nervous system responses.
Let's get to the good stuff, though. Energy work in general can help move this noise out of the system, but Biofield Tuning is a prime mover. The coherent waves created by the tuning forks can both identify the areas of turbulence, and help your system reorganize and harmonize itself.
We are, in reality, highly sensitive instruments, constantly buffeted and mishandled by life. We can do many great things--nutrition, exercise, meditation, self-care--to help ourselves, but sometimes we just need some outside support. If you read my last blog about being sick, you'll know how much I believe in having a toolkit for giving yourself energetic first-aid. But I will also say that in the aftermath of that illness, I received a fantastic energy medicine session, and have scheduled another. Because I just have to admit, I can't do it all myself.
So, now that we've acknowledged that life's dissonance creates vibrations that can break us, let's replace that disturbing image with this one:
I created this light-hearted logo for my Biofield Tuning practice, because I'm convinced we can all become "Brawny Canaries." You know the story about the canary in the coal mine. This sensitive songbird let the miners know when the air in the mine was unsafe. As Anodea Judith notes, we humans sometimes tune out the dissonant vibrations, even while we continue to be affected by them. But some of us are all too aware of what it is like to be affected by these environmental bombardments. We may have grown up being told to "toughen up," or were criticized for being "too sensitive," when, we are, in fact, empaths, or "energy aware." Ironically, we are functioning perfectly as the highly sensitive instruments that we are.
I believe the world needs all of us to be as empathic and tuned in as possible. This makes us "vital," which helps ourselves and others. As Joseph Campbell said, "the influence of a vital person, vitalizes." We all need support in grounding, clearing, and balancing our energies. Energy work, whether we are practicing it, receiving it, or sharing its benefits with those around us, helps us become Brawny Canaries--sensitive, strong, and resilient--able to keep singing, wherever our journey takes us. So, claim your vitality! Check out my fall specials and classes: join the flock of brawny canaries!
I avoid war metaphors. But sometimes the body truly is a battleground, and the unpleasant fact is, I have been in the trenches for the past week fighting a bad infection. I’m out of practice being sick: over the years I’ve developed some great self-care measures that seem to nip oncoming ailments in the bud. So, I was taken off guard by how absolutely awful it can feel to come down with a full- blown sickness.
However, I’m deeply grateful for Energy Medicine practices that have been helping me cope. These have been easy and few: my self-tests keep telling me to help my Triple Warmer and Spleen meridians. No surprise, since these two are foundational to healing.
I’ve been using and teaching Energy Medicine for over a decade. I have seen great, often amazing, results. But sometimes it still surprises me when something this simple can be so powerful. And, sometimes even I forget to use my tools. I’ll give you three examples that I hope you’ll find useful.
Brain Fog and Inertia
Several days in, I was sitting around in a fog, feeling I “was spinning my wheels.” Slowly it dawned on me that I was probably homolateral—a condition in which most of your energy is not criss-crossing the midline as it needed. Well, duh. Although the correction for this is part of Donna Eden’s daily routine, I don’t usually have this problem in daily life, so I’ve replaced it with other corrections for things that do give me trouble. The key, here, is that pretty much anybody who is sick is going to be homolateral. And at risk of slower recovery as a result. I did the correction, the fog cleared. And I still had trouble remembering to check for homolateral every day afterwards!
The Unstoppable Cough
One night, I got caught in an escalating cycle of coughing. Every cough set up the perfect conditions for making more coughing happen. I’ll spare you the messy details (think Alien). I became desperate to get this under control. I try not to assume what my body might need, and instead self-test (a bit tricky, while exploding with coughs). Sure enough, Triple Warmer was my go-to at that moment. Things began to ease as I held the acupressure sedating points. Then, I tested to see if there was anything else it would be good to attend to. Again, no surprise: Spleen meridian needed to be strengthened. The thing that had been hurtling through me like a Mac truck pulled over quietly, and turned off its engine.
It was astonishing how fast and effective these interventions were. I could spend time telling you all about these two meridians, and why it makes sense that they were the antidotes in this instance. But, part of my point is, you don’t need that information for this to work. You just need to know that sedating Triple Warmer and strengthening Spleen are very, very, very often just the thing you need when you are sick, sick, sick.
On another occasion, I had an ugly encounter with an enchilada. Though I felt hungry all the time, most food had the taste and mouthfeel of sawdust and old library paste. For several days, my food consumption measured in the tablespoons. Then one ravenous night, I ordered out for an enchilada. Bliss! It really WAS an enchilada once it got into my mouth. Realizing that it might not be good to overdo things, I ate slowly and stopped early. No matter—within 10 minutes I was gasping as my belly filled with blades and fire. Wondrous how fast that can happen, eh? I’ll admit, I didn’t bother to self-test that time. This was a job for Stomach sedation. Like counting through a strong labor contraction, I sat on the floor holding those points and panting out the proper count. By the time I was done, much of the pain and panic and lifted. Within a few more minutes, the episode was over. Just. Completely. Gone.
Partnering with Your Inner Energy Team
If you are still with me by this point, congratulations on your fortitude! May this stuff never happen to you. But, I’ll paraphrase the great Thich Nhat Hanh as he reminds us that we are all “of a nature to experience sickness.” That’s why I want to get these practices into everyone’s hands. Literally.
I would have given anything not to experience this ailment. But it's been a reminder what a gift energy work is. These tools start working right away, and get stronger with use. By practicing them, you enter into a deeper, more trusting partnership with your mind-body-spirit system. And that is a gift that will multiply.
Your energy field is highly intelligent—invite it to give you input!
Contact me if you want to find out more about getting in touch with it.
Do you have times when you feel off--just "out of tune" with the world, yourself, your life? Do you notice that certain events, people, or issues seem to push you into a fog, a flurry, or a funk, try as you might to respond otherwise? There's a good chance that part of what is putting you out of tune is, plain and simple, "noise" in your energy system. Noise that got there as a result of difficult experiences leaving a disruptive "charge" along the energetic timeline of your life.
Eileen McKusick, who has developed a technique for balancing out the biofield, calls these "perturbations," and has seen great results using tuning forks to locate and harmonize the energy (see biofieldtuning.com). I've been very impressed with my own experience of this method. For example, after an extremely stressful period of caregiving elderly parents, I was in constant vigilance mode, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Tuning into how that felt in my body, I felt as though I had a swarm of angry hornets around my head, that might sting at any moment. Turns out, that's a pretty good image of what noise in the signal can be like on an energetic level. Biofield Tuning cleared that for me in an amazing way. Not only did I feel set free from that threatening cloud, but also re-energized, since the turbulence had been removed from my energy flow.
Most of us have angry hornets stored in various parts of our energy field, due to traumas, injuries, and both physical and emotional scars. They can be hanging out, still causing interference, even from our earliest experiences. Biofield Tuning helps us locate and neutralize their charge, returning the field to harmony. This typically leads to greater clarity and a release from the grip of old, unhelpful patterns.
After the positive results I've seen in myself and others, I just had to learn this method so I could share it in my practice. I'm thrilled to announce that I am now fully trained and certified in Biofield Tuning! It can be integrated into Eden Energy Medicine, but works fantastically as a standalone modality. Since this is subtle energy, having at least 3 sessions is suggested as optimal for starting to clear your hornets. I'll be offering free demos at my Spring Open House, May 13, 1-4 at Delmar Wellness and Massage, 323 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY. If you suspect noisy hornets are playing havoc in your energy, I'd love to help with that!
For more descriptions of Biofield Tuning, check out this short, informative interview with Eileen: