Â Upon returning from the 2010 Healing Touch Program Conference on â€śThe Joy of Healing, A Journey with the Heart,â€ť with all the talk of hum-mers and their symbology, I recalled an event that occurred a few years ago, following a previ-ous Healing Touch conference where I heard a neurologist speak on trauma. I feel compelled to write about it now as I complete another phase of my personal healing journey. Delightful little crea-tures that they are, hummingbirds bring us the message to â€ślighten upâ€ť and find joy. Just like the laughing Buddha or Jesusâ€™ laughter, hummers, like these spiritual masters, remind us that life is not to be taken too seriously. Of course, this is easier said than done when one enters their â€śdark night of the soulâ€ť but, nevertheless, it is well worth the effort and the journey! Read the rest of this entry »
Healing Touch Professional Association Celebrates Another Great Year! By Sharon Robbins, HTPA Executive Director
Â Originally published inÂ Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program December/January Issue. Healing Touch Professional Association Celebrates Another Great Year!Â By Sharon Robbins, HTPA Executive Director
The Healing Touch of Joy — No Matter What You Eat
My dad grew up during the Depression. His father had been a mechanic, but because of the poor economy, my grandfather did not work for much of my fatherâ€™s childhood. He drank instead. My grandmother took in laundry. I cannot imagine there were happy times, even at the holidays. There was a story my father told, however, that suggested otherwise, and which taught me a lesson about joy. My father was one hundred percent Norwegian, a rather stubborn and profound heritage. Imagine a tribe that spends eleven months buried in a snow bank and the leftover month shoveling out. Well, it would get to you, too. Your life view would reduce to this: If you are not too miserable, you might be happy. Holidays were spent eating foods (it would be a stretch to suggest the word â€śenjoying mealsâ€ť) that were mainly white, boiled, and if lucky, swathed in butter. One such necessity in my fatherâ€™s household was a version of lutefisk made with this recipe. Norwegian Recipe for Joy Take dry stockfish (cod) Soak in strong lye for two days Salt the jellied solution Put in a barrel Bury in ground for several months Consume at Christmastime (Clothespins for the nose recommended) According to folklore, lutefisk was actually an Irish invention, conceived during the invasion of Ireland by the Vikings. Saint Patrick, in defense of his country, sent poison fish to the raiders to kill them off. Norwegians being Norwegian, they greedily imbibed the poisoned fish, smacking their lips, so Saint Patrick had his men pour lye on the next batch, sure that this would do the trick. The Vikings declared lutefisk an incomparable delicacy. As my father tells it, he loved the holidays because he and his sister were given a nickel to ride the streetcar to Ingebretsenâ€™s, the Norwegian deli, located all the way across town. Not only that, but everyone would vacate the streetcar on the way home because, even wrapped in several layers of newspaper, the prize was so pungent, the other streetcar riders would flee or refuse to board. The holidays are a time for joy; at least, that is our expectation. Joy is different to different people. To my father, joy was chasing people off the streetcarâ€”not the one named â€śDesire,â€ť the more aromatic version. To others, holiday joy involves opening presents, greeting relatives, or attending a place of worship. There are many people, however, who do not have much to celebrate during the holiday season. Perhaps a loved one has just died or they have no loved ones. Maybe they have lost their job, home, health, or hope. It is for these individuals that Heal-ing Touch can make a tender difference. A Healing Touch practitioner does not have to enter the home, clinic, or hovel of the desperate, or even know the name of one in need to find someone lacking joy. The healing power of love is available to anyone, always, through the heart. Because of love, healing is timeless and priceless, especially at the holidays. No special wrapping is needed, just plain newsprint works, even if it surrounds lutefisk! Can you imagine the definition of healing in a culture devoted to the stoic denial of misery? At least there was no need for anesthesia. Given the constant state of hypothermia, you would be too cold to feel anything. And yet, in the midst of a frozen season, in fact, a decade of despondency, my father found healing in a joyous moment. In addition to our own traditions, what if we were to each take a moment every day of the holy-days and send good wishes to those who do not have the energy or capacity to imagine goodness for themselves? Love truly does make the world go around, near and far — it touches each and every one of us. About the author: Cyndi Dale is the author of The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy, and eight other bestselling books on energy healing, including The Complete Book of Chakra Healing. She has worked with over 30,000 clients in the past 20 years. To learn more about Cyndi, her work, books and products please visit: www.cyndidale.com
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Energy Medicine Practiceâ„˘ Attracting Wealth in Your Practice Step 2: Cleaning Up Messes by Julie M. Wright, Financial Planner, Profit Coach, Executive Financial Architects
Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program December/January Issue Energy Medicine Practiceâ„˘ Attracting Wealth in Your Practice Step 2: Cleaning Up Messes by Julie M. Wright, Financial Planner, Profit Coach, Executive Financial Architects
Samantha is a smart, dynamic, heartfelt healer. As part owner of a holistic health business, she got the courage to call after a particularly bad few months. â€śJulie, I hear that you help business owners like those of us who are stuck.â€ť â€śTell me about yourself and how I can help you,â€ť I asked. Read the rest of this entry »
Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program December/January IssueÂ Composing Joy by Sarah Moor, HTCP brought us all together and instilled a sense of peace in each of us anÂ
Joy to the world and tidings of comfort and joyÂ
are words I always associate with this time of year. Singing those words in community as a little girl, I re-member feeling swept away in rapture. I not only felt joy, I WAS joy. The feeling was palpable yet difficult to put into words. It could be sensed though in familiar faces, gleaming eyes, loving embraces, voices joined in celebration and the warmth of the candlelight as the organist carried the melody that sent our message out to the world. From a different vantage point now, I simply call that very palpable experience – Heart. Indeed that is where I felt it – right smack in the center of my chest. I believe Heart and the arms of Heart were present – love, care, compassion and gratitude – to name a few. Heart is what d hope for greater harmony among all. In those joy-filled moments we became stewards of Heart and felt Heart longing to live in and through us each day, in each interaction, in each project. No wonder we were filled with wonder and awe as that is the power inherent in the heart – my heart, your heart – in each and every beat. That magnificent organ that is so much more than a rhythmic pump for each beat carries an encoded message. We are the composers who determine just what that message Read the rest of this entry »
Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch ProgramÂ December/January Issue Understanding and Embracing the Certification Examination by Cathy McJannet, RN, MN, CEN, HTCP/I
We are sure that there are some of you may be feeling some angst as we approach finalization of the certification exam for HTP. Fear not! We are here to help you prepare and want to reassure you that all of this is worth the effort! â€śWhy do we have to have this exam?â€ť some of you are asking. I believe that this is an opportunity for HTP to raise the bar to demonstrate to the public that a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner meets similar certification standards as other Healing Arts Programs. Those of us that are HTP certified know how rigorous our current process is, but this certification is not in a format that meets the higher caliber professional standard that agencies such as Magnet Status hospitals are requested to meet. Expectations of the level of knowledge, ability, and professionalism that the HTCP must have, need to be demonstrated at this higher level in order to qualify for national accreditation. HTPâ€™s certification exam process will facilitate HTP meeting those requirements, maintain our position as a leader in the field of energy medicine, and will make your credential more valuable and more versatile. Read the rest of this entry »
Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch ProgramÂ December/January Issue On the path to National Accreditation By Chris Gordon, Accreditation Project Manager
Imagine Healing Touch recognized as a standard medical practice, Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP) as a standard occupation in the medical field, and Healing Touch treatments prescribed as an integral part of a medical treatment plan. Read the rest of this entry »
My journey into healing began many years ago when I sought an alternative to treatment for my son who was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. At that time the medical establishmentâ€™s only option was a pharmaceutical one. Unhappy with this, I searched for another answer and found Reiki â€“ an energy medicine modality from Japan. Reiki was a blessing to my family; along with Bach Flower Rescue Remedy, it enabled me to provide relief for a child in a way that did not include side effects or potential long term complications. Reiki is a fine modality and provided much-needed relief for my son, but as someone professionally rooted in the scientific and business communities, it was not a practice I was comfortable integrating into my life beyond the walls of my home. As my son improved and grew into a healthy teenager, I drifted away from the study and practice of energy medicine, consumed with my career and professional endeavors, or so I thought. Read the rest of this entry »
Dear readers and HT community, Welcome to the December/January combined issue of Energy Magazine. As the holiday season approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for Healing Touch. We feel that it is our loving and heart-centered community who make our jobs a pleasure and keeps the work of Healing Touch so successful.
We are winding down 2010, but the excitement is really building here at Healing Touch Program for 2011. Last month I reported to you that we had just finished our three year strategic planning and that we felt that it was important to communicate our vision, goals, and company values with our community.
Our business coach, Julie Wright, is an expert in taking businesses and people to the next level. She has taught us that when we make goals, we need to make â€śBig Audacious Goals!â€ť Over the coming year we will be sharing more of our Big Audacious Goals and where we plan to be growing in the year 2011.
In this issue of Energy Magazine you will see an update and information about the national accreditation that we are moving towards. I would like to thank the many practitioners that are contributing their time and expertise toward this important accreditation for Healing Touch. In addition, I would like to thank Chris Gordon, Accreditation Project Manager, Janna Moll and Dale Ferg, Consultants with Energy Medicine Specialists, and Sue Walker, who is working directly with all the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), these leaders are making accreditation with the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) a reality.
Also in this issue you will find the Healing Touch Professional Association (HTPA) review of what it has accomplished over the past year as well as the new goals for 2011. I attribute the growth and success of this professional association to Sharon Robbins, the Executive Director of HTPA. Sharon is an outstanding leader for HTPA and, as you can see, has wonderful things in store for 2011. She is helping all our HTCPs to grow and achieve their professional goals with the tools she is creating and providing through HTPA.
In addition to these two articles that show you where HTP is headed this year, Julie Wright has an excellent article, Energy Medicine Practice: Attracting Wealth in Your Practice, Step 2: Cleaning Up Messes, which is a continuation of her series (Step 1: Getting Clear, was published in the July 2010 issue). It is a must read for all who want to grow their HT business.
Our theme for the December issue is JOY, and I hope as you read the articles you will feel the JOY that Healing Touch has brought to so many and the JOY that we all feel in belonging to this amazing community. We are ever thankful for the heart filled contributions that Cynthia Hutchison, Healing Touch Pro-gram Director, continues to make in helping create our strong and blessed Healing Touch Community.
Lastly, I would like to congratulate Billy Courtney, editor of Energy Magazine and her team, Nancy Strick, assistant editor and Margaret Nies for accomplishing the publishing of 50 issues! We are extremely proud of this publication and feel that it is a great contribution to Healing Touch and the field of Energy Medicine.
May your holiday season and the New Year be filled with much joy, happiness, and success, and remember to take the time for yourself to create your own Big Audacious Goals! We look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals in the coming year.
Lisa Mentgen-Gordon CEO, Healing Touch Program