Choice is our greatest power. It’s what allows us to use all our resources to live our best lives. But the consumer culture trains us to make decisions by default rather than by conscious choice. Truth is, questioning the status quo and making conscious choices can seem daunting. Many of us are happy to let others decide because we don’t know how to make choices consciously.
Be present to yourself.
This is being posted on Valentine’s Day, when it’s traditional to acknowledge those you love. If you aren’t on your list of people you know and love, this is a good time to think about how to change that.
Meditation is a time-honoured means of learning to be present with yourself, to get to know and appreciate who you really are.
If you’ve ever had even an inkling of interest in meditation, this video is for you. Emily Fletcher started her career in theatre. When she refers to being able to dance, that relates to her 10-year career on Broadway, which included roles in Chicago, The Producers, and A Chorus Line. Continue reading
Understanding energy is important for anyone wanting to remain or become well. We are made of energy and immersed in it. Energy affects us even though we don’t see it.
Lynne McTaggart is a master at talking about energy in relatable ways. The hallmark of her work is thorough research and clear expression about science-based discoveries in the worlds of health and spirituality. She has written four books including one called The Field, and she edits a monthly health journal, “What Doctors Don’t Tell You.”
Below is a full-length recording of her presentation to a leadership conference for business people and entrepreneurs. I like this presentation because: Continue reading
Last week I described the nuts-and-bolts of muscle testing. But there’s also an art to it. Once you have a sense of the techniques, it’s time to move out of your head and see what you can do. I hope this infographic inspires successful experimenting.
I learned muscle testing twenty-eight years ago and consider it a life skill that everyone should have. It’s easiest taught face-to-face, but I’m going to do my best to share some basics here.
Muscle testing is a means of gaining insight into unconscious information that might otherwise elude me. Once I know what’s there, I can figure out what to do about it (or not). Muscle testing helped me discover that my six-year-old’s determination to “get it right” was at the root of my stressed-out responses during doctor visits last fall. Continue reading
I’m a fan of self help. One of the things I like about energy psychology is that it empowers me to become self-aware and engaged in my personal growth. That being said, there are times I seek help from a practitioner because I’m stuck. When that happens, it’s usually because I’m getting close to something that my unconscious is guarding diligently. Continue reading
I took basic psychology courses at university but it wasn’t until much later that energy psychology made its way into my life. In 1988, I was looking for answers to one of my children’s learning issues. I heard that Rob Williams, a psychologist from Colorado, was offering a weekend workshop in Psychological Kinesiology (now called Psych-K).
A mother looking for answers will go outside her comfort zone, so I signed up. It was a combination of Edu-K, Brain Gym, and muscle testing, as I recall. This was all pretty new to me, but I dived in. Continue reading
I burst out laughing when this graphic appeared on my Facebook feed. Judging from the number of likes, I wasn’t the only one. I think it’s one of those things that makes us laugh because we recognize the truth of it in ourselves. Since I was working on this blogpost that day, it packed an extra punch for me.
The ending of the original quote, attributed to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, is that it makes us stronger. While that can be true, it doesn’t magically happen. Using our difficulties to grow and become more resilient requires attention. It gives us the chance to release the energetic effects of trauma, so we can reconnect with ourselves to become ever-more whole. Continue reading
A couple weeks ago, I suggested that the ideal doctor-patient relationship would be a partnership. This isn’t going to appeal to everyone because it means we can’t just coast to the end of our lives. This model requires engagement of the patient on several levels—mental, physical and emotional.
After recently catching up on reading my blogs, a friend commented that doctors must have found me intimidating. That got me thinking. Was I? Certainly not deliberately. But perhaps there’s an inherent element of intimidation when I arrive with notes in hand. It’s quite possible they feel I’m challenging their authority.
Who is the authority?
An authority is someone who’s an expert on a subject. Merriam-Webster defines being an expert as having special skill or knowledge because of what you’ve been taught or have experienced. We live in a culture where people gain the status of expert through years of specialized training. This is particularly obvious in medicine, where doctors have been through a dozen years of post-secondary education to qualify to practise.