Our body is infinitely intelligent, and like an archive, it holds all that we have experienced in our life. It is always seeking to come back into balance and has the innate capacity to heal itself.
There is no doubt that our mind is a powerful instrument, however our reliance on it to solve what is misaligned in our life is overestimated.
Since we were infants, our mind has done a great job to create mechanisms to keep us safe and protected; however, as adults these entrenched mechanisms cease to serve us well. Rather, they work to keep us separated on many levels. Although we like to think of ourselves as masters of our own mind- few of us are. Therefore, our attempts to navigate the world and reconcile our experiences with our past traumas, dramas and core wounding is oftentimes beyond us. I tend to see it like our mind got us to where we are now and it is not the most objective assistant to get us out! Finally it's my personal experience, as well as something I have witnessed with hundreds of clients, that body-based therapies are essential to get inside and beyond the mind.
How do we do that?
Energy medicine exists in traditions all over the world, and arguably, is one of the oldest forms of healing. While a single definition of energy medicine is difficult to pin down, I see energy medicine as a way to channel the power of the energy fields from the Earth, the Universe, and from one’s own internal life force to balance and heal all aspects of mind, body, and spirit.
This energy is limitless - and we each have the opportunity to access it, cultivate it, and utilise it. Furthermore, everyone can benefit from the practices that work with the subtle energy body, Spirit and Soul, in order to restore flow, vital energy and wholeness.
I have long been drawn to subtle energy practices and after many years of yoga practice I completed my Reiki training and was initiated as a Reiki Master in the holy city of Varanasi, India in 2011. Building on my practice of Reiki and therapeutic breathwork, I have spent the past few years studying Journey Work with shamanic teachers who are psychologists and psychotherapists (going full circle!).
Although each system is unique in approach, they are not exclusive or separate from each other. In the words of one of my favourite scientists, Albert Einstein, "Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter... Everything is energy and that's all there is to it".
Within us, our thoughts are energy, our feelings (e*motion = energy in motion), our words, our physical sensations, our body animation and senses... everything is energy. As long as our energy is flowing in an even, harmonious and vital way we feel well and at ease, however as soon as it becomes deplete or stagnant we see the onset of ill-health or dis-ease.
Understanding Energy Medicine from the Perspective of Reiki
Just as blood flows through our body, our vital life force flows through channels commonly known as meridians and the 7 major energy centres that run along the spine.
Like any channel, meridians are also susceptible to blockages and poor flow. This occurs when we are not nourishing our body well, have unbalanced emotions and negative thoughts that result in disharmony, dis-ease, physical deficiencies, and emotional & mental unbalance.
Reiki was developed in Japan in the mid 1800s and is derived from Japanese and means “universal life energy” (Rei = spirit, Ki = energy) and is a powerful, harmonising and natural energy healing method for stress reduction, balancing, relaxation & enhancing the body's natural ability to heal. Reiki increases the vibratory level of energy in and around the physical body and offers a natural, holistic & relaxing treatment. It can performed in-person or through distance healing, and is an amazing tool for supporting the healing of others and oneself.
Reiki is known to be helpful for a wide range of concerns, such as anxiety, depression, stress, digestive issues, fatigue, pain of all kinds, healing from surgery, injury, or illness, and more. I think it’s wonderful during times of transition, when things feel “stuck” and the path forward is unclear, or during periods of emotional or physical stress and trauma, when one’s energy feels depleted. Because it is non-invasive, safe, and very gentle, Reiki is a great complementary therapy to other forms of medicine, and is appropriate for people of all ages and states of health.
To learn more about the benefits of Reiki, or to learn how to do Reiki on yourself click here
Understanding Energy Medicine from the Perspective of Journey Work
Shamanic Journey Work is also energy medicine, however unlike the hands on healing of Reiki, it uses a drumming meditation to shift our brainwaves into a more meditative and dream-like state (theta waves). We do journey work for our own personal exploration: for information about ourselves, to open up to messages from our subconscious, our dreams, our compassionate guides, our ancestors or the land.
If you wish to learn more, I am offering a workshop: Introduction to Journey Work on June 7th, 2019.
To learn more about Journey Work and to register for the workshop, click here
Understanding Energy Medicine from the Perspective of Breathwork
Simply put, breath = life force. Our breathing habits directly affect the way we thinking and perceive life. It is scientifically understood that when we hold or limit our breath - negative feelings and thoughts arise.
Over our lifetime, we experience a multitude of situations and events that profoundly influence the way we breath leaving us disconnected from the ease, flow and fullness of our own breath.
Therefore, when you learn to breathe better, you become more present and available to breathe in the fullness of life.
To learn more about Breathwork, click here
Using the time-tested healing systems, my sessions that have the power to bring deep relaxation, harmonisation, insight, integration and transformation.
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Danielle Satya Parla
Here I share more about what I love: breath, yoga, ayurveda, psychology, energy medicine & Mother Earth.