by Laura Sarna
I Left Corporate Life for an Energy Healing Practice…
A new way of thinking
When I first learned about Universal energy and that of the human body, I never dreamed it would one day be my profession. Thinking back on where I was 26 years ago, energy awareness was an odd fit for my near-sighted black and white world! Yet I felt so excited discovering its interplay through my body, thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Something rang deep and true with every new teaching about our energy and its role in healing. Soon I was apprenticing on a team with others similarly drawn.
The apprenticeship journey
I joined a group of six or seven, all coming from varying walks of life to converge on this energy healing practice. While learning and apprenticing together, one day someone referred to us as “the healing team” and it stuck. Our apprenticeships were extensive. Mine, eight years and some 4000 hours. Our mentor, Deborah Singleton – a compelling teacher of expanding awareness, wholeness, and healing – was meticulous teaching us alongside her work with clients and in classes and retreats. Each day was like attending a seminar. Her message gently and lovingly poked and prodded our spiritual, religious, relationship, family, hierarchy, and self-beliefs. To this day I cannot imagine how she managed all our egos at the same time.
The focus for each of us first and foremost was to be a healing presence…calm, quiet, and grounded. Gradually, we learned to bring that into every aspect of our lives. Think about that! Personally, it took about a year before I entered into the healing room with a client. I needed the time to practice breathing and calming myself to reduce high levels of anxiety. The message was we could only help another with their healing to the extent we had healed within ourselves.
What I learned in my energy healing practice
We became like a new set of brothers and sisters, to whom we could bring any issue and feel upheld, heard, and respected. How often do you see that in a workspace? As the principles developed within the healing team, we would teach them to our clients. We witnessed clients’ stories and illnesses and Deborah’s work, and used our healing hands and minds to assist in moving and balancing their energy. It became a reverent dance all in a very professional setting.
All these years later we are still dancing. We are family. Not necessarily without the drama, but we understand and work with it differently. We are able to reflect and “let go.” This is my biggest lesson. A close second is unconditional acceptance of myself – I learned to lighten up, acknowledge I am human, and move forward! It’s more apparent to me now as I age that holding in feelings – anger, fear, unforgiveness – was (or seemed) easier when I was younger. With a buildup over time however, it becomes more difficult and can turn us sour or even develop into illness.
Curiosity to know oneself
If you would like to learn about your energy, here is a simple place to begin: Sit quietly for a moment. Identify a sore spot in your body. Alternatively, think of something that causes you stress and notice where you feel it physically. With an open mind, ask questions – What is my body’s voice trying to say? When did I originally feel this disturbance? How would I feel differently without it? Now close your eyes, take some slow deep breaths… listen… and feel your feet. Let go.
How did that feel? The inward journey exploring the makeup of our personal energy has many depths and levels. I find keeping a notebook handy to write what I notice is helpful. With gentleness and determination, I have made great strides since the early days of my black and white world. It is much more colorful now, blooming with gorgeous shades of kindness, strength, love, compassion, acceptance, and joy.
Whole person healing
We as individuals consist of many layers, levels, and flows of energy. Simply put, we are complex. When there is illness, alleviating a physical symptom may be needed in the moment, but is temporary at best. The symptom often recurs if not accompanied by deeper exploration. I experienced this in my own life and my guess is you may have too.
Energy balancing can work well in concert with traditional medicine that, by its nature, is unable to address three key factors of our work:
- Most health challenges have an undealt-with emotional component.
- Overthinking – being in our head – can cause dissociation from the body.
- Deep healing happens on all levels – emotional, mental, spiritual, as well as physical.
These ideas are a good entryway into understanding more about energy healing. The premise is that any discomfort, illness, pain, mental or emotional issue has to do with blocked energy. If we can help to move the blocks (i.e. begin to relieve obsessive thoughts) and balance the energy, the body/mind will know how to heal itself.
Common treatable conditions
People are increasingly open to complementary therapies these days. Some even have knowledge about energy and how experiences and emotions can get stuck in the body creating illness. But very few understand how to use that knowledge to move energy through the body and connect with higher energies for deep healing. This is the crux of what we do – give our clients the experience viscerally and teach them how to do it for themselves. Common conditions we help people through include:
Anxiety and or depression
Environmental, Covid, or other illnesses
Preparing for and recovering from surgery
Helping children feel balanced, empowered, and grounded
Living a more expanded and open-hearted life
The bottom line
Why does energy healing work? In a nutshell, intention and belief. We know how to hold that healing space (intention), and we believe in everyone’s birthright to feel healthy and live a happy life. Healing can mean a variety of things, like getting off meds or eliminating illness, or experiencing what might feel like a miracle. Or simply a shift in perspective. That is the opening. Then ask questions: Why am I feeling this way? When did the discomfort first begin? What is my body’s voice wanting me to hear? What holds me back? What do I want? Willingness to dig into our stuff is like mining for gold.
And we’ve all got a lot of gold.
About the author:
Laura Sarna is a certified practitioner of energy balancing and business partner with For The Love Of Healing. Her journey has taught her to relax into this big amazing process of becoming a better human increasingly aligned with her soul’s purpose. She has experienced personal healing of the gallbladder, chronic pain, anxiety, and more. She loves time with family, music, being in nature, and all cats large and small.
Laura works and resides in the Dallas, TX area.
Certified: Energy balancing, Guided imagery and Spiritual counseling
Disclosure: This article includes the opinions and personal story of the author and is not to be construed in any way as medical advice. Consult your physician before starting any new health regimen.
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