What people are saying about distance sessions

Since working with people over the phone is new for me, and I believe there’s a need during this pandemic, I hope to acquaint more people with what happens in energy sessions.

Every person and every distance session is different. There is no “one-technique-fits-all” way to work remotely. I work intuitively and integratively using my 60+ years of experience in life and experience healing my own issues and injuries; my training in craniosacral therapy, Reiki, Zero Balancing, massage, NLP, biodynamics, anatomy and physiology, and more; my practices in yoga, meditation, and movement; and understanding some basic principles of healing, from Western, Eastern, and shamanic traditions.

One very important principle is that the person I’m working and I create a shared field, in which we both have the intent to facilitate healing, whether it be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual.

When you are really connecting with someone, you’ve experienced this too. It can happen in person or on the phone. Distance doesn’t matter — the connection is energetic. Same with distance sessions.

This came from the first person I practiced on, back in March 2020 at the beginning of the Austin lockdown for COVID. She is someone I’ve worked with many times before who has a lot of inner resources.

We started on the phone, and after she got nice and relaxed, we hung up. I imagined my hands were connected to her body, and I could feel the energy as more (or more than!) when working in person!

I called her back when the session was over, and she told me pretty much what she wrote below. (Sometimes I stay on the phone the whole time.)

This is what she wrote about our phone session. It resembles a beautiful, empowering, cosmic dream.

Thank you so much, dear MaryAnn, for conducting the remote session on me as your test pilot yesterday !


Oh my flippin’ Goddess, it was… well adjectives fail to capture it all!


First I merged with an actively joyous dog running & playing and then 2-3 serenely content cats; I time traveled to all these crystal clear memories, even from my infancy or when I was a toddler… of deep belly laughing (or how an infant or toddler laughs with complete abandon & with their entire body)!


My energy body carried me back physically to my FAV Maui waterfall, Alelele, and all the myriad sounds from the waterfall, pool and stream morphed into the voices of friends laughing; then I saw friends, family… all sorts of moments of laughing together. I was laughing and then crying for a solid 20 minutes as hundreds of memories downloaded.


Near the end of the session, it seemed I felt rather than saw Mom – Amakua Mary- tapping her “magic crystal wand” and I was transported into my internal Sanctuary (created this over 25 yrs. ago as my inner healing, Visioning, energy integrating, clearing Hucha and more “Happy” place). Now I briefly saw the new addition, my Hall of Laughter!!


From the outside it looks like a faceted clear crystal… maybe as if quartz were cut and shaped into a biodome, about the size of a big RV… with no apparent doors or windows.


Suddenly, I simply knew and so thought the magic question and then…


Was inside floating within this Prism with rainbow light streaks everywhere and some diffuse wavy light beams like northern lights.
From the inside all those hundreds of facets acted as reflectors, yet not of light…


Inside the essence of every single moment of laughter I had EVER experienced – within me, generated by me, witnessed as others laughed, ones where groups of folks were all swept into spontaneously laughing together, my many laughing orgasms from ecstatic dance happenings – was simply there.


Within this magic space, I floated on streams of Laughter of every intensity and form … big, whole body laughs with and without tears to chuckles to giggles to tiny titterings!!!


I could hear the harmonics and FEEL the vibrations of each and ALL while I simply floated there… so relaxed, blissful… FULL, an embodiment of the sweetest JOY!

~ L.M., 3/22/2020

Musings on feeling energy

I’m talking about the feeling of energy that radiates throughout the body and in the space around it when meditating, doing qigong, or giving a biodynamic session in my work. I don’t know what this energy is exactly, but it is palpable, and it feels good.

I’ve read the theory that it is electromagnetic energy, and that the fluids in our bodies somehow manifest it, or perhaps electromagnetism or something else somehow manifests the fluids, or maybe it works both ways, because it does seem like this is a non-dual experience. If being somewhat fluid is a prerequisite for this energy, then I guess all of Earth’s life must have this energy, because water is part of every living thing, right? Perhaps this energy is the life force.

 

 

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When I measure my heart rate variability (through HeartMath, using a sensor that clips to my ear lobe, and an app, Inner Balance), the stronger I sense this energy field as radiance emanating from my body, the higher my heart rate variability (HRV) is. HRV is an indicator of well-being. It measures the resilience of the autonomic nervous system, from what I understand.

In that sense, feeling this energy is the opposite of feeling stress. I feel relaxed yet aware in a state of higher HRV, and I’m training myself to maintain it at higher and higher levels. I can sometimes feel it in others too. Once I did 10 minutes of biodynamics on a client after a 90-minute integrative massage, and his energy field felt so dense and potent, I wondered if I dropped a quarter several feet above him if it would bounce off his field! (Having about 50 years of experience as a martial artist probably contributed to that.)

I notice that when I engage in words, either talking to someone or engaging in internal dialogue, my HRV goes down. When I focus my attention on sensing my body or on this surrounding energy field, it rises. Sensations occur in the present moment (unless we’re remembering or imagining vividly). Talking and internal dialogue are less present. Thinking and words are involved. My mind loves thinking, and my awareness loves silence and sensing. Sometimes they compete for dominance, which at this point in my evolution, is a bit entertaining, at least when it’s not annoying. Awareness is winning, more and more!

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I started taking qigong classes this year, and in the third class, after learning the moves, I noticed this energy. Qigong is about gathering and cultivating energy. In qigong energy anatomy, we have three dan tiens (energy centers), lower middle, and upper, as shown at right.

These are also the second, fourth, and sixth chakras in yoga anatomy, which adds a few other energy centers so there are a total of seven physical chakras in most schools. I’m more used to tuning into my chakras, having lived in the yoga world for over 30 years, but my dan tien cultivation is coming along nicely.

In the Gurdjieffian model of energy anatomy, humans have the thinking center in the head, the feeling/emotional center in the heart, and the instinctive/moving center in the pelvis.

This head/heart/gut recognition of energy centers could easily be fairly universal in those subcultures and practices in which energy is considered important (i.e., not in modern Western culture). There’s something archetypal about it, based on our structure, our bones, our containers.

 

Energy is also a key component when giving biodynamic sessions. It has qualities such as rhythms, pressure, temperature, and density. One of the metaphors in biodynamics is the sensation of sitting on the bottom the sea, feeling slowly moving currents and tides swirling around and through one.

I once had a dream in which I was in a living room on the sea floor. The water around me was body temperature, and breathing was not a problem. It felt very comfortable. The living room, which didn’t have any walls but just faded into darkness, was furnished with an easy chair, an end table, a lamp, a rug atop the sandy ocean floor, perhaps some book shelves, a refrigerator — and a tiger casually walked past me in that beautiful way tigers walk, just going about its business! I marveled during and after this dream. I could not take my eyes off the tiger and felt graced by its presence.

This was before I had taken any biodynamics classes. I had felt the sensations of sitting at the bottom of the sea surrounded and penetrated by currents before in meditation, and thought of them as a by-product of prolonged stillness. To me, it felt wondrous and healing. I felt held in place, surrendered, without will, content.

When I finally grokked that the sensations of this meditation experience were what’s called the tides in biodynamics, it was an aha moment! Later I remembered the dream and connected it with biodynamics. The tiger was a symbol I could understand for potency (a biodynamic term for strong energy), and with hindsight, it was as if my dream life was predicted my outer life, as has occasionally happened. Sometimes my conscious mind needs help connecting the dots and understanding my path.

I understand feeling doubtful about this energy stuff. I did, for a long time, even though I’d had a major crown chakra opening in my 30s. The culture around me didn’t exactly support it, and I had other things on my mind.

You can feel this energy by placing your palms a few inches apart, facing each other. Move them closer and farther away, and see if you don’t feel a magnetic attraction between them! It’s real, it’s palpable, it’s just not visible — to most people. You can develop it into healing energy. I find it fascinating and want to explore more.

 

Biodynamics training

Update: This class will be offered again March 23-26 in the Austin area for $495. It’s an opportunity to get in on the beginning of a series of trainings that will be offered over the next couple of years as Ryan’s international training schedule and podcasting adventures allow. I will be a TA again. Contact Ryan here or get in touch with me if you have any questions.

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Since January 2013, I have been studying biodynamic craniosacral therapy (aka Biodynamics) from Ryan Hallford. I’ve taken every class he offers twice, except the newest, Birth and Death, which I’m looking forward to. Here’s a list of them all. Continue reading “Biodynamics training”