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Contents July/August 2013In this issue:3 Letter from the Editor4 Contributors6 Good for the Mind7 Cultivating an Energetic Gardenby Jaclyn Chisholm8 Essential Energy by Cyndi Dale10 Energy Medicine BusinessSupport by Gail Cox andSharon Robbins12 The Energy of Foodby Sharon Greenspan14 Altruism: A Remedy for Stressby HeartMath16 The Habits of Happinessby Leo Babauta20 Biggest Secret for MarketingYour Energy Therapy Practiceby Greg Pistick24 The Role of Energy in HealingTrauma by Robert Scaer28 Connections30 Energy Marketplacepg162 July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine


Letter from the EditorDear Readers,Welcome to the July/August issue of EnergyMagazine. Down here inthe south of Texas the heatis on and summer is in fullswing. My family and I havebeen taking time to enjoythis wonderful time ofyear including the bountifulharvest that summerbrings.Who doesn’t love all the juicy melons, homegrowntomatoes, summer squashes and sweetbell peppers? We’ve been inspired by SharonGreenspan’s column “The Energy of Food” andhave taken more time to think about the type offood we are putting in our bodies. Our family hasswitched from sugar-laden desserts and processedfood to wholesome, fresh, made by naturegoodness and the changes are amazing!What has your summer brought you? I hopeyou’ve taken time to enjoy this wonderful timeof year by getting some sun and slowing down(just a little).This issue brings a bountiful harvest of subjectsincluding articles on lowering stress by doinggood, promoting your practice, finding happiness,healing trauma and much more.Happy Reading!BillyWe feel full of energy, we are trying more uniquefoods, and even my three year old is eating vegetables(a major feat). And, as a bonus, my pantsfit a lot more comfortably than they have in avery long time.July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine 3


Energy Magazinewww.EnergyMagazineOnline.cominfo@energymagazineonline.comphone (210) 653-0127fax (210) 497-8532Contributors July/August 2013EditorBilly CourtneyAssistant EditorNancy StrickProduction ManagerMargaret NiesLeo Babauta is a simplicity bloggerand author. He created Zen Habits,a Top 25 blog (according to TIMEmagazine) with 260,000 subscribers,mnmlist.com, and the best-sellingbooks focus, The Power of Less, andZen To Done. Babauta is a formerjournalist of 18 years, a husband,father of six children, and in 2010moved from Guam to San Francisco,where he leads a simple life.Since 1991 HeartMath has beendedicated to decoding the underlyingmechanics of stress. They areinternationally recognized for theirsolutions to transform the stress ofchange and uncertainty, and bringcoherence and renewed energyinto people’s lives. Through theirresearch they have demonstratedthe critical link between emotions,heart function, and cognitive performance.WebmasterMatt CourtneyFollow us onFacebook4 July/August 2013 | Energy MagazineGreg Pitstick - During a careerspanning 16 years and 4 contentents,Greg Pitstick brought the best, moneymaking ideas to companies around theworld. The growth of social networkingand the internet has inspired Gregto help professionals learn how toharness the new wave of technology.As a professional speaker, Greg not onlyprovides excellent training, but he alsomotivates others to get up and changetheir world.Robert Scaer, MD, is Board Certifiedin Neurology, and has beenin practice for 36 years, twentyof those as Medical Director ofRehabilitation Services at theMapleton Center in Boulder, CO.His primary areas of interest andexpertise have been in the fieldsof traumatic brain injury andchronic pain, and more recently inthe study of traumatic stress andits role in physical and emotionalsymptoms, and in diseases.


Good for the Mind1| Cyndi Dale’s The SubtleBody has become the go-toreference guide for anyonewho wants to learn about themany varieties of energyhealing. With The Subtle Body PracticeManual, she offers an equally valuableresource: a practical instruction manualfor putting energy healing into action.Filled with lucid information, step-by-stepguidance, diagrams, and key insights, hereis an expansive how-to manual that coverspractices from a vast range of holistic healingand energy medicine traditions.2| It Starts With Food outlines aclear, balanced, sustainable plan tochange the way you eat forever--andtransform your life in unexpectedways. Since 2009, Dallas and MelissaHartwig’s underground Whole30program has quietly led tens ofthousands of people to weight loss,improved quality of life and a healthierrelationship with foodFor more information or topurchase these titles click onthe title’s image above.6 July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine3| A guiding principle of thespiritual journey is to look within.Biochemist Sondra Barrett has donejust that—and discovered that ourcells offer us invaluable wisdom fortransformation, relationships, andhealing. With Secrets of Your Cells, thisscientist and mind-body teacher takesyou on a provocative journey intoour inner universe. Exploring the cell’sastonishing architecture, intelligence,and ability to function harmoniously,this book offers practical exercises forapplying the lessons of our cells to livewell and thrive.4| The harp is an instrument ofsublime beauty—and a powerfultool for healing. Revered throughoutthe ages for its angelic sound, theharp has now been shown in clinicalstudies to have measurable therapeuticbenefits for reducing stress andanxiety, inducing restful sleep, andhelping listeners release physical andemotional suffering. With Harp Musicfor Healing, psychologist and harptherapypioneer Sarajane Williamspresents a CD of timeless classics andoriginal compositions to soothe yourmind, relax your body, and bring youinto the peaceful state of being.


Good for the BodyWe are all the same. We share the same Earth.We are all made of the same energy.Cultivating anEnergetic GardenEntering the garden means attuning with not only the energyof the garden (Gaia) and with the diverse flora and faunavibrations but with her multi-dimensional elemental and devicrealms that share the gardens. One may start with an idea butas you work you will find that your vision is replaced with thepresence of the plant. Each plant will show you how it relatesto the environment. Each plant carries it’s own vibrationallevel that makes it unique. As they grow - each can begin toshow you what it needs - manifesting as growing strong/vitalor as simply thriving. Communicating with the natural energyis greater than just tapping into a physical energy; it is morea matter of being conscious of a ‘connectedness’ - of being inharmony together. EJaclyn E. Chisholm, HTCP, HTI, CNHPThrivingWhen it is time to return plants I have been asked to ‘adopt’because they are ailing, I am often asked for suggestions aboutkeeping them alive and thriving. My response usually runssomething like this: Enjoy what you do and let the energy flowthrough you.The flower is simply the material representation of your owncreating. The process of working with plants is the product. Iam often asked, “How did you begin working with the garden”?My answer is that it does not really matter where you live or ifyou have a green thumb. Whether you desire to grow plants,herbs, or vegetables in the ground, in pots on a sunny deck,or on your kitchen windowsill - consider that each one of us isconsciously and infinitely connected to everything else in theuniverse. It is more about recognizing that connection andthat what affects one affects all of us. Also, it is about beingopen to working in partnership with the natural world - and -about acknowledging our interconnectedness to one another.July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine 7


Good for the Spiritfor success. We show up - but - despite our best efforts, sometimesnothing happens. The “weather gods” are against us,causing a streak of ineffectiveness that can go on for weeks oreven months.EssentialEnergyCyndi DaleLessons From The PretendBaseball SeasonAlthough I love the heat of summer, spring is my favoriteseason. After a winter spent under ice, we Minnesotans fleeour homes and our Michelin-man wardrobes as if escapinga prison. It is not unusual to find men, women, and childrenalike wearing shorts and flip-flops while avoiding dollops ofstill-melting snow.For many, the best part of spring is baseball season—kidbaseball, that is. By the end of March, moms (like me) haveloaded their cars with boots, sandals, protein bars, umbrellas,blankets, sun block, and equipment spanning Little Leagueto traveling baseball years. While we might hide beneath ablanket as often as coat ourselves with Coppertone, there areat least a few days of warm breezes and happy sunshine.However, that did not happen this year. While we are nowfirmly ensconced in summer, we pretty much skipped spring.It just plain kept snowing, which means that even though dadscontinued to schedule spring games, optimistic creatures thatthey are, the chances of pulling off a game was, well, as sure asa snowball surviving you-know-where. Overall, I nicknamedthis spring the season of “pretend baseball.”Because I am a healer, I had fewer problems with this springthan did many other parents. After all, we healers are oftenplaying “pretend baseball.” We schedule a client. We prepareIt is tempting to ignore our ineffectiveness. Failing that, wemight push harder or explain circumstances away. The otheroption is to embrace it for what it is—a spiritual truth, a law ofreality, and the paradoxical key to healing.The cause for our seeming lack of effectiveness is the same asthe reason we can not control the weather—or weather thestorms. It is our ultimate and terribly wonderful powerlessness.We cannot make our clients well or leave a harmful relationshipor stop suffering. We cannot compel them to quit drugsor examine their childhood issues or oblige their own divinity.We cannot do these things for the sole (and soul) reason thatour humanity is firmly anchored in the very powerlessness weso often despise.Don’t we do everything we can to fight our powerlessness, ourinability to use our will like a crowbar that should force realityto budge?We try to control our thoughts. We monitor our emotions. Ifwe are tired, we drink coffee. If we are lonely, we get on Facebook.Fundamentally, we buy into society’s assertion that forevery problem, there is a microwavable solution.Hungry? The Golden Arches are a few blocks away. Sleepless?There is always Ambien or Lunesta. Need money? That’s a bitharder to come by, but many people think it works like myson Gabriel did when he was younger. “What do you mean youdon’t have money, Mommy?” He asked one time. “The bankgives it out for free.”Acknowledging our powerlessness does not feel good. It isscary. It makes us feel unimportant - but - it is also wondrous.Our powerlessness enables us to need others. Because of it, weask for help, open ourselves to guidance, and are humbled tosuch an extent that we might very well find ourselves astonishedby the grace that pours to and through us.Our powerlessness also accomplishes the following, as sharedby Henri Nouwen in The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey:“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our livesmeans the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead8 July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine


Good for the Practiceprogram. The study showed cost savings were over 50 % usingABC verses CPT codes. The DHHS requested the Center forMedicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) review the data fora cost benefits analysis. Unfortunately, the CMS’s assessmentwas “No compelling data to have ABC codes added to the(standard) codes required for filing healthcare claims.” Afterthat, Alternative Link changed their focus to collecting dataon complementary health practices. However, they havecontinued to encourage all practitioners to use ABC Codes(have clients submit invoices to their insurance carriers forpossible reimbursement) so as to maintain exposure of thosecodes. Many practitioners have reported that they continueto do so.Another layer is the insurance companies who, for the mostpart, have the mantra “If Medicare will not pay for it thenwe won’t either.” Some insurance carriers are beginning toinclude alternative practices such as chiropractic, massageand naturopathic. Some practitioners have been able to carveout inclusion to a very limited degree with limited numberof treatments covered. The driving force to this denial ofinclusion is lack of “scientific research of efficacy” related toissues of appropriate control, blinding and standardizingprotocol. Medicare and the insurance companies’ mainquestions remain - are the therapies cost effective; will they savemoney without added risk to the patient?On a positive note, the Affordable Healthcare Act did developan Advisory Group within DHHS to set specific goals andobjectives for prevention, health promotion and public healthprograms. This group is mandated to include integrativehealth practitioners. We hope to see improvement towardreimbursement in the not too distant future, although thismay only be wishful thinking.Here is where we offer an alternative solution: As youeducate your clients on this issue, encourage the use ofHealth Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Health SpendingAccounts (FHAs). There have been many clients throughoutthe country who have received full reimbursement for theirHealing Touch sessions using these accounts. For moreinformation about HSAs and FHAs follow these links toarticles published in Energy Magazine, May/June 2012 andSept/Oct 2012. These articles are informative and containlinks to invoice samples.There are rays of hope in all of this as there has been a shift inthe paradigm “Doctor Knows Best” to “Patient-Centered Care.”Inclusion of Healing Touch, in patient-centered care, is thendriven by patients who want more choices in their healthcareplan. In research there is greater interest in ‘Patient-ReportedOutcomes’ (PRO) as an important means of evaluatingefficacy. Lastly, an increasing driving force is health preventionand maintenance. Here the research is more evident, patientswho see a CAM therapist are more engaged in positive healthbehaviors and lifestyle choices.What can the HT Community do to move this agendaforward? Research, research, research which is an importantback bone to answer - Does Healing Touch help lessensymptoms of chronic illness and does it activate change inbehaviors and lifestyle to prevent chronic illnesses?Also, we believe that Healing Touch Program’s pendingNational Accreditation, which when established, will furtherdemonstrate a well regulated standard of education andpractice and will carry weight toward solving this insurancereimbursement issue. We highly encourage all energymedicine practitioners to work with their clients to submitinsurance claim forms for their sessions. Regardless of theoutcome, it sends a message to the insurance company thatCAM practices are wanted.EAlternatives for HealingA National Holistic DirectoryPractitionersProductsBooksCDs & DVDsStoresArticlesMagazinesSeminarsWorkshopsVideosSchoolsTalk RadioAlternativesForHealing.com


Good for the Bodymentioned above and how their properties relate to thefourth chakra.TheEnergyof FoodSharon Greenspan, CHHP, HTCP, M.EdEating Green ~ 4th Chakra FoodsIf you have been following this column, you know that foodscarry vibrational patterns, just like people. The phytonutrients,biophotons and cultivate signature all play a role in creatingthe vibration (check the MayJune2012 issue of Energy Magazinefor definitions of these terms and how they apply to theroot chakra).We know the color associated with the fourth chakra is green.Green foods include kale, spinach, lettuces, collards and otherleafy greens; sprouts; broccoli, peas and asparagus. Many ofthese foods have been shown to prevent breast and prostatecancer. Others protect against macular degeneration (eyedisease). 1 There are many health education programs wherebypeople are reversing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and arthritisthrough ingesting greens.As Healing Touch Practitioners, the cultivate signature is ourprimary concern. Let us think about some of the foodsLeafy greens: we have been hearing about them, especially kale,as magic elixirs. Kale, collards and lettuce leaves are fairly large.Kale and lettuce sometimes have a bitter taste. They also havetextured surfaces and strong spines (depending on the variety).Kale and collards are tough. Lettuces are more delicate andlighter in color and flavor. Spinach and herbs are smaller leafygreens. Of course, herbs have a pungent flavor and are generallyused in small quantities. They are the spice of life!Most leafy greens and vegetables grow close to the earth.Broccoli and asparagus look like little communities when theyare growing! Cognitively we may recognize that love (heartchakra) does not exist in isolation. Energetically, we may seethe heart chakra as a transformational bridge for energy.Energy passes from the crown through this chakra in order tohelp us materialize our inspirations. Similarly, energy is drawnfrom the Earth through our heart to connect with the largermatrix so that our Earthly endeavors are inspired.We know that the fourth chakra corresponds to the circulatorysystem and thymus gland (which plays a key role in theimmune system). Think of the structure of leafy greens: theyare made up of veins. It is the leaves which transform sunshineand biophotonic energy into nutrients. Consuming leaves continuesthis transformative process and can fill your heart withsunshine. In fact, many of my clients report euphoria afterdrinking green smoothies.Clients who experience hatred, anger, self-pity and selfishnessor selflessness often have a compromised heart chakra. Clientsmay feel isolated. They may not be able to view the circumstancesof their lives as challenges or open-hearted invitationsto grow. Consuming veined leafy greens can help promoteflow and transform energy to a “sunny disposition.”We often find that clearing the heart chakra provides space forlove to flow again. Consuming greens with highly textured surfaces,which provide space, may be beneficial. Kale and lettucehave curly ends on the leaves, which are fun and playful.12 July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine


Good for the BodyCompromised immune systems often present a compromisedheart chakra and symptoms of uncertainty about one’s life orone’s place in the Universal play. Peas, which are loaded withVitamin C and Vitamin K, provide a fabulous source of energy.Like kale and lettuce, they have interesting textures. They areround, like the cosmos and Earth and cycle of life. Several peasgrow in a pod and several pods grow on each vine. Energetically,they provide the vibrant tension of community and independence.Sounds True exists to inspire, support,and serve personal transformation andspiritual awakening.Offering more than 500 audio, video andmusic titles about spiritual traditions,meditation, psychology, creativity, healthand healing and self-discovery.A powerhouse combination is peas and carrots. Carrots growunderground, providing security and groundedness – a harmonizingenergy to peas growing slightly above ground. Carrotsgrow in bunches, and, like peas in pods, provide a sense ofbelonging while retaining individuality. Contrast this with howbroccoli grows — in collective bunches with less individuation.Those who need a greater sense of belonging, or to not stickout, might benefit from broccoli.There are many mysteries of the heart. This is true whether weare talking about the physical, emotional, mental or spiritualheart. Green vegetables are filled with secret nooks and crannies.Like love, they have power to transform negative energyinto beauty. Love the answer. Greens are the remedy. ESharon Greenspan, CHHP, HTCP, M.Ed is aBoard Certified Holistic Health Practitionerwho blends holistic nutrition, life coachingand Healing Touch. Her business, www.wildsuccess.us, specializes in preventing andchanging chronic disease such as arthritis,overweightness, diabetes and heart disease (she came intothe work to clear her tumor and reverse debilitating arthritis).She’s authored the Eating Your Way To Health Workbook, 105Questions about the Raw Food Lifestyle, Wildly Successful Fermenting,Warming Winter Recipes, Spring Into Healthy Eating,Spirooli recipes and Raw and Living Food Basics. She is a speakerat the Mother Earth News Fair, North American VegetarianSociety Summerfest, and Healing Life Festival. Sharon is aReturned Peace Corps Volunteer and world traveler currentlyresiding in Virginia Beach, VA with her soulmate, Todd.1Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine by Dr. Gabriel CousensStay abreast with current offeringscheck out theSounds True storeJuly/August 2013 | Energy Magazine 13


Altruism:A Remedy for Stressal•tru•ism{ }unselfish devotion regard to the for welfareorof othersWill acts of kindness and generosityenhance our health, increase ourlongevity and make us happier?Can genuine altruism be a remedyfor stress? When we act on behalf of other people,research shows we feel better and more secure andexperience less stress.Does altruism have a physiological basis? UsingMRI scans, scientists have identified specific regionsof the brain that are very active during deeply andcompassionate emotions. Stephen Post, Ph.D., headof the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, toldWebMD: “This is the care-and-connection part ofthe brain. States of joy and delight come from givingto others. It doesn’t come from any dry action –where the act is out of duty in the narrowest sense.”What Post is describing is heartfelt giving. Neurochemicalsalso enter into this picture of altruism. Arecent study has identified high levels of the hormoneoxytocin in people who are very charitable towardothers. But what about the heart?The Institute of HeartMath, a nonprofit research andeducation organization in California, has studied thephysiology of and relationship between the heart,stress, and emotions for 19 years. Dr. J. AndrewArmour, a leading neurocardiologist on the Instituteof HeartMath’s Scientific Advisory Board, has foundthe heart contains cells that synthesize and releasehormones such as epinephrine (adrenaline) and dopamine,among others. More recently it was discoveredthat the heart also secretes oxytocin, commonlyreferred to as the “love” or “bonding” hormone. Remarkably,concentrations of oxytocin produced in theheart are as high as those found in the brain. Whenyou are altruistic – lending a helping hand – youroxytocin level goes up, which helps relieve your stress.Altruistic behavior also may trigger the brain’s rewardcircuitry – the feel-good chemicals such as dopamineand endorphins. However, the hormonal benefits ofthe good deed depend on the genuine intent of theact of altruism.14 July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine


Research shows that altruistic people are healthierand live longer. In one study that followed over 400women for 30 years, researchers found that 52% ofthose who did not engage in volunteer work experienceda major illness – compared with only 36% ofthose who did volunteer. In a British poll of volunteers,half of those surveyed said their health hadimproved over the course of volunteering. One in fiveeven said that volunteering had helped them loseweight. Another large research study found a 44% reductionin early death among those who volunteered– a greater effect than exercising four times a week.And a recent investigation conducted by the Universityof Michigan’s Institute for Social Research foundthat older people who are helpful to others reducetheir risk of dying by nearly 60% compared to peerswho provide neither practical help nor emotionalsupport to relatives, neighbors or friends.You can learn to cultivate altruism using theHeartMath® System. HeartMath experts say that givingto others should be balanced with self-care so youdon’t burn yourself out. Giving is most effectivewhen it comes from a genuine sense of heartfelt carerather than a feeling of duty or “I should.” The heartfocusedtechniques of the HeartMath System helppeople to align themselves more fully with their corevalues and to actualize more care and compassion intheir daily lives. Practice of these techniques has alsobeen linked to beneficial changes in hormones thatprofoundly affect our health, happiness and longevity.Integrating HeartMath practices into your life helpsyou reduce stress while increasing your generosityfrom the heart.Benefits of Altruism:• Promotes emotional, physical, mental and spiritualhealth.• Boosts your self-esteem and confidence.• Increases your longevity.• Givers are more open to receiving gifts andexperiencing appreciation.• Provides a way to express your feelings aboutsomeone or an issue.• Builds connections and relationships withothers.• People gain knowledge about the cause andissue they give to.• Giving to a community or globally is caringthat uplifts consciousness.For more scientific information go to: www.heartmath.org/altruism.ECopyright © 2006 HeartMath. Since 1991 HeartMathhas been dedicated to decoding the underlyingmechanics of stress. HeartMath is internationally recognizedfor their solutions to transform the stress ofchange and uncertainty, and bring coherence andrenewed energy into people’s lives. Research and clinicalstudies conducted by HeartMath have examinedemotional physiology, heart-brain interactions, andthe physiology of learning and performance. Throughtheir research they have demonstrated the criticallink between emotions, heart function, and cognitiveperformance. HeartMath’s work has been publishedin numerous peer-reviewed journals such as AmericanJournal of Cardiology, Stress Medicine, andPreventive Cardiology, as well as business journals suchas Harvard Business Review and LeadershipExcellence. HeartMath’s organizational clients includeMayo Clinic, NASA, BP, Duke University HealthSystem, Stanford Business School, Redken, Kaiser Permanente,Boeing, and Cisco Systems, as well asdozens of school systems and thousands of health professionalsaround the world. To learn more aboutHeartMath’s scientifically validated products and programsor to learn more about their research, explorewww.heartmath.org.July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine 15


The Habits ofHappiness16 July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine


‘Happiness is not something ready made.It comes from your own actions.’~Dalai LamaLeo BabautaI’m not one who believes you can be happy all thetime, but I have learned you can be happy much ofthe time.And that’s not something that depends on how yourday is going or how others treat you — it depends onwhat you do on a regular basis.I remember being unhappy most days, at one pointin my life. It wasn’t because I hated the people in mylife — I had a lovely wife, great kids, other wonderfulfamily members and friends. It was because I wasunhappy with myself, and that caused growing debtproblems, unhappiness with my job, health problemsand more. I felt like I couldn’t change any of that.Then one day I sat down and made a list.I make a lot of lists — it’s one of my favorite habits —but this list seemed to have a magical power. It wasa list of the things I was grateful for. Amazingly, therewere a lot of things on the list, from things about mywife, kids, relatives, and friends, to things about myjob, about nature around me, about my life.This list was magical because I went from feeling a bitdepressed about everything, and hopeless and helpless,to much happier. My mindset shifted from thethings I didn’t like or didn’t have, to the things I wasreally happy I had. And I was in control.Since then I’ve experimented with a number of habitsand have found a couple things to be true:1. A handful of activities can actually make youhappy.2. If you incorporate them into your life on a regularbasis (make them into habits), you’ll be happierregularly.And those might seem to be small realizations, butactually they’re huge.The Habits That Make You HappySo what habits make you happy? Try doing these on adaily basis, and see if you get the same results:1. List 3 Good Things. Eva (my wife) I started adaily evening ritual, at about 7pm each day,where we take a moment to tell each otherthree good things about our day. We didn’tinvent this, but it serves as at least one timein your day when you focus on what you’regrateful for. This can create a mental habit ofgratitude that you can use other times in yourday, when you’re focused on the things youdon’t like or have — when you feel this, thinkabout something you do have, that you love.Find a way to be grateful, and you’re happier.July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine 17


The Habits of Happiness2. Help Someone. When we focus on ourselves,and the woeful state of our lives, we are selfcentered.This shrinks the world to one littleplace with one little unhappy person. But whatif we can expand that worldview, and expandour heart to include at least one other person?Maybe even a few others? Then we see thatothers are suffering too, even if that just meansthey’re stressed out. Then we can reach out,and do something to reduce their stress, put asmile on their face, make their lives easier. Helpat least one person each day, and you’ll findyour entire perspective shifted.3. Meditate. I’ve called this the FundamentalHabit, because it affects everything else.Meditate for just 2 minutes a day, and you’llcreate a habit that will allow you to notice yourthoughts throughout the rest of the day, thatwill help you to be more present (unhappinesscomes from not being present), that will helpyou notice the source of anxiety and distraction.That’s a lot that can be accomplished in2 minutes! Sit every morning when you wake,and just notice your body, and then yourbreath. Notice when your mind wanders, andgently return to your breath. You become thewatcher of your mind, and you’ll learn someuseful things, I promise.4. Exercise. Everyone knows you should exercise,so I’m not going to belabor this point. But itreally does make you happier, both in the momentof exercise (I’m exerting myself, I’m alive!)and throughout the rest of the day. Exerciselightly, if you’re not in the habit yet, and just fora few minutes a day to start out. Who doesn’thave a few minutes a day? If you don’t, youneed to loosen up your schedule a bit.There are a number of other habits that also help:mindful eating, drinking tea, doing yoga, socializingwith others. But these incorporate meditation(they’re more active forms of meditation), and exerciseand helping others and gratitude (if you’re doingit right). So I wanted to list the most basic habits, andthen you can expand to other areas.How do you form these habits? One at a time,starting as small as possible, with some socialaccountability.Set these habits in motion. You’ll notice yourselfbecoming more present, more grateful, more otherfocused.The shift that results is nothing short of amiracle. EOffering TwoHealing PathwaysThe Healing Touch SpiritualMinistry ProgramLeading to a National Certificationas a HTSM PractitionerAromatherapy ProgramLeading to a National Certificationin Clinical AromatherapyContact our office for a brochure or go to our website for more informationStaff@ISHAhealing.com orStaff@HTSpiritualMinistry.com(303) 467-7829www.ISHAhealing.com18 July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine


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Biggest Secretfor Marketing YourEnergy TherapyPracticeJohn SmithEnergy Practitioner867-5309Greg PitstickWould you like to have a successful energytherapy practice? A fulfilling practice thatenables you to help other people while meeting yourfinancial needs?You can do it, but it may require you to think a littledifferently than you have been thinking in the past.My name is Greg Pitstick, and I have been helpingbusinesses make more money for over 20 years. Myclients have included really big companies like Proctor& Gamble and professionals like Healing Touchpractitioners.There are a lot of things you have to worry about tosuccessfully market your products and services, butover the years I have found one secret that allsuccessful businesses understand. If you don’t get thissecret right, then you won’t have much of a businessto worry about!Number One Secret – Know Thy Customer/Client and Give Them What They WantThere is an old saying: You can be a millionaire if youjust figure out what people want and give it to them.Sounds easy enough, right?The mistake most businesses make (big and small) isthinking up a new product or service and then tryingto sell it. In fact, this may be the quickest way to fail inbusiness. You see, it does not matter how much youlike your products or services, it only matters what20 July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine


your target customer wants and is willing to pay for.In the developed world almost everyone has all thefood and shelter they need. Very few people have anytrue needs – most people only have wants, desiresand fears. People buy services based on emotion, notfact. They want to eliminate pain, avoid fear or createan easier world for themselves. So your job is todetermine what they want and give it to them.It is important to understand that you need to determinewhat they want, not what they need. There isa difference. You know what they need, but they willonly pay for what they want. An overweight personneeds to eat less and exercise more - but they will notbuy an eat less, work more program. They want aquick fix, a program that is easy to follow, orprepared foods that make the processeasy.For example, if you offer HealingTouch services and younotice most of your clientbase has cancer; you shouldcraft your services around“Relieving Cancer Pain” or “Howto regain control when you havecancer.” All you are doing is offering theresult your target client really wants.We are hit with over 3,000 marketing messages everyday. It is the job of our subconscious mind to blockout the ads that do nothing for us. Your subconsciousmind is tuned into the radio station WIFM (What’sIn It For Me). The subconscious blocks the marketingmessages in which it is not interested and it callsyour attention to those things it thinks you need toknow.For example, have you ever noticed that when youbuy a new car suddenly you see that exact same careverywhere? Your new car is important to you soyour subconscious mind is “tuned” into picking outyour car and bringing it to your attention.To grow your business, you need to attract clients. Toattract new clients, you need to “tune” your servicesand your marketing messages into the WIFM stationto which your clients are listening. To do this, you’regoing to have to define some things.First, you need to understand who your target clientsare and what they really want. Second, you’re going tohave to market your services in a way that gets attentionand makes people say “WOW.”Who is your target client and what do theyreally want?You want to connect your marketing messages withthe conversation going on in your target client’s mind.The only way you can do this is to really understandwho your target client is in great depth, all the wayto their feelings and desires, how they dress, and howthey want others to see them.At this point, it’s best if you try to describe a singleperson that you can picture in your mind. You caneven name them. Some find it helpful to picture aparticular character from a TV show or movie, orfrom someone they have known in the past that hasthe exact characteristics for which they are looking.Having a well defined target client will enable you to:• Position yourself as the expert for theirproblems• Easily justify the price you charge• Focus more on the needs and interests ofyour clients• Maintain a concentrated marketing focusinstead of diluting your efforts to meet everyneed of every client and, in the end, satisfyingno oneInitially, you may worry that you will lose businessbecause you are defining your target too narrowly.However, if you focus on catering to a specific typeof client, and if you place all your marketing effortsthere, you will soon reap the rewards of the clientswho flock to you because you have what they want.In addition, you will be able to do so at a much lowercost than trying to cater to a broader customer base.Over time you will also find your client’s will recommendyou to the people they know. “Birds of a featherflock together” -- your customer will know othersJuly/August 2013 | Energy Magazine 21


Biggest Secret for Marketingwho also need your services.Defining your target customer isn’t always easy - buttake a stab at, and then build on your results.Second, What Is Your “Wow” Factor?When you meet someone for the first time, what doyou say when they ask what you do? Do you say “Ipractice Healing Touch” or do you say “I help cancerpatients recover faster”?You need a good short introduction that makesyour target client ask, “Wow – how do you do that?”Building a good short introduction takes some effort,but it is absolutely worth it because of the addedadvantage you will have in the market. You are goingto use your short introduction throughout all yourmarketing -- on Facebook, LinkedIn, in your blog, andof course, when networking with others.remember and repeat. It can be a story about one ofyour clients who you helped or it can be a personalstory about why you do what you do. You want yourshort story to be genuine and from the heart. Tellyour story to some of your friends and get their input.They may bring up points about you that you mayhave overlooked.Use your short story to complete your bio on Facebook,LinkedIn, and other social networking sites.Add your short story to your brochure and othermarketing material.Now you know the biggest secret for growing a successfulpractice. One word of caution, don’t expect toget your target client and marketing messages donein an hour. You will need to “try them out” and refinethem over time. Once you get it right, you will find iteasy to connect with your target client and to growyour practice. EIt is the wow factor that cuts through the clutter andgets noticed in the vast sea of Internet advertising andmarketing messages. A good short introduction is:• Ten or fewer words• Not confusing—it stands alone• Does not require someone to be an expert inyour field to understand it• Makes your target client ask, “Wow, how doyou do that?”Once you have developed your short introduction,you need to create a short story or elevator speech tofollow it up.Imagine getting in an elevator and someone askswhat you do, and you respond with your short introduction.They say, “How do you do that?” Now whatdo you say?Think of a short story you can quickly tell someonein about 30 to 60 seconds—the length of an elevatorride. This is a short story about you, as well as, howyou help your clients. The story should be easy to22 July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine


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Robert Scaer, MDLife trauma appears in many guises, sometimesas an overwhelming experience such as thecatastrophic events of 9/11, sometimes assubtle as the enforced helplessness of gender bias, orthe fear produced by a critical, unsupportive parent.In each case, the regions of the survival brain thatserve as the early warning systems to guard us fromdanger are activated. When a state of helplessnessand lack of control accompanies such negative lifeexperiences, our brains are unable to rid themselvesof the messages of threat. All of the experiences thataccompanied these traumatic events are stored inour largely unconscious survival memory centers inthe form of body-based memories (body sensations,muscle bracing and movement patterns, images,smells, gut and heart sensations, etc.). Usually theconscious memories of such emotional events arealso stored in a form closely linked to emotions andsensations of the body, and present as symptoms offear or anxiety. The replication of these memoriesand body sensations with exposure to reminder cuesof the traumatic event forms the structure of trauma,as is seen in PTSD. Each traumatic experience existsin our brain in a remarkably precise and consistentstructure containing all of the emotional, somatic, autonomicand conscious memory traces of the event.These events thereafter are repeatedly perceived asbeing a present threat, even though our logical brainrealizes that the experience is actually over.The part of our brain that processes and storesthese memories is the right-sided limbic, or emotionalbrain. The specific brain center responsible forarousal in the face of threat is called the amygdala.Without this center, we would be in a perpetual stateof calm, but on the other hand would be hopelesslyvulnerable to danger in the absence of an early warningsystem. Neurologist Antonio Damasio describes apatient who presented with a type of seizure characterizedby brief episodes of confusion with amnesia.An MRI of her brain revealed calcification of bothamygdale – somehow they had been destroyed. Realizingthe unique nature of this patient’s condition,he performed psychometric testing which revealedthat she was incapable of anger or fear, a state consistentwith lack of function of her brain’s arousalsystem. She certainly was pleasant to be around, butwould probably not survive in an environment filledwith danger.This remarkable case provides a clue to the ultimateingredient in healing trauma. The storage of traumabasedexperiences in the survival brain is based onthe same process of classical conditioning employedby Pavlov with his dogs. A survival cue, food, is pairedwith novel cue, a bell, leading to salivation withringing the bell. In trauma, a survival cue, danger, islinked with the body messages of the event, leadingto fear/arousal with exposure to memories orsomatic cues of the trauma. Extinction of salivationwas accomplished by presenting the bell without thefood for several trials. Extinction of fear/arousal withexposure to traumatic memories and cues should beaccomplished by presenting these cues in the absenceJuly/August 2013 | Energy Magazine 25


The Role of Energy in Healing Traumaof a perception of danger. And this will occur, as withDamasio’s patient, without the input of the amygdala.So theoretically, we should be able to heal trauma byinhibiting the amygdala while the person brings upmemory cues of a traumatic event.So how do we shut off the amygdala? We do knowthat the brain contains a set of checks and balancesto modulate arousal in case the perceived danger isnot life-threatening. One of the primary inhibitorycenters that puts a damper on the amygdala is calledthe anterior cingulated gyrus. This is the part of thelimbic systam that, among other things, promotesmaternal/infant attunement and bonding, and bondingwithin a close social structure. Our perceivedsafety, it seems, is significantly dependent on ourintimate interactions with other humans.We also know that, when the brain is in a high statepatient in the attunement of the therapeutic alignment.In many respects, this replicates the maternal/infant attunement so important for the emotionaldevelopment of the child. I believe that this therapist/patient attunement probably accounts for what wecall the placebo effect, a necessary ingredient forall healing, and something always to be fostered inthis relationship. This process by itself will bring thecingulate on-line and begin the process of healing.Healing Touch by its very nature specifically enhancesthis attunement.Another critical social practice whose role in a societyis to promote cohesiveness of its members is ritual.I believe social rituals, which in indigenous societiesusually involve drumming, chanting and touching,are actually designed to promote the healing of thesociety, as in shamanic ritual. Each of these practicesWe need to bring the physiology of the brain back intothe field of therapy, realizing that trauma is basically anon-verbal experience. We need to bring the messages ofthe body back into trauma therapy as a means of extinguishingthose portions of traumatic memory.of arousal due to danger, the left side of the brain thatserves logical thought and particularly speech, is relativelyshut down. You don’t need words to initiate thefight/flight response. If these regions of the brain arebrought on-line, however, they also exert an inhibitoryinfluence on the right amygdala. So here we haveseveral means of putting a lid on the amygdala thatmight afford an opportunity to extinguish traumaticmemory cues.First, how can we bring the anterior cingulate on line?The obvious answer is to activate the processes ofsocial and individual attunement that make up thefabric of social bonding. The front line of this attack isdependent on the bonding of the therapist with thehas a specific meaning to the society, imbuing it withspecific properties that serve social bonding. Ritualsalone are a powerful means of activating the cingulate.Rituals are part of the basic technique in manyenergy-based practices, including tapping techniquesand Healing Touch.Bringing the left cerebral hemisphere on-line may beaccomplished in many rather obvious ways. Any left/right alternating stimulus – auditory, tactile, visual– will accomplish this process. Imaging a traumaticmemory while one is experiencing this recruitment ofthe left hemisphere will extinguish in part any traumaticmemory cue that has emerged. Left hemisphereactivation is accomplished with alternating visual,26 July/August 2013 | Energy Magazine


The Role of Energy in Healing Traumaauditory or tactile stimuli in EMDR. The eye-rolling,humming (right brain) and counting (left brain) in thetapping techniques accomplish this as well. HealingTouch accomplishes this through the tactile route.Finally, empowerment is the antithesis of helplessness,and trauma is mitigated by a sense of control. Manyof the energy and somatic therapy techniques involvespoken words or images of self-affirmation that promotethis state, and by definition inhibit the degreeof activation of the amygdala in a state of danger.Imagery of the traumatic event that includes a state ofcontrol and empowerment, and reversal of the traumaticoutcome is a powerful adjunct to all healing.to bring the messages of the body back into traumatherapy as a means of extinguishing those portionsof traumatic memory. Energy medicine incorporatesthese principles, and embracing these “arcane” techniquesoffers the opportunity of finding many othermeans to access and manipulate the limbic system,and to extinguish trauma. EThe so-called Energy Techniques in trauma have a dubiousplace in the field of trauma therapy in the mindsof traditional psychologists. The techniques involvearcane, mystical and even seemingly senseless ritualsthat may seem to insult the verbally-based logic of traditionaltherapies. We need to bring the physiology ofthe brain back into the field of therapy, realizing thattrauma is basically a non-verbal experience. We needJuly/August 2013 | Energy Magazine 27


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