Home AltarEnergetic Embodiment therapy sessions are quite simply the oldest form of healing known to humanity.  Prior to the rise of Western Civilization, we humans lived on Earth in relatively small communities -- and every one of these had at least one healer, whether a "medicine woman", "priest", "wise man", "sage", "kahuna", or  "seer".  The training and initiation for these individuals was typically long, intense, and exacting.  Few could pass the many tests involved, and it's fair to say that it was more difficult to earn the label of "shaman" that it is today to earn an "M.D."  They possessed a thorough knowledge of human anatomy & physiology -- and archaeological digs in recent years have uncovered evidence of surprisingly advanced procedures, such as brain surgery and repairs to major wounds.  These indigenous healers possessed an equally thorough knowledge of natural medicines base on ingredients garnered from plants, animals, and fungi.  They were the first true botanists & pharmacists, since they themselves needed to forage for specific plants and then prepare their own medications. So venerated was the local Shaman that they were often honored above the tribal "chief".

I have taken most of my formal training at the Four Winds School, which has preserved the wisdom and teachings of Peruvian culture, specifically the Laika people. Following is a brief summary of some of their philosophy. (And you will find similar teachings around the world -- among the Inuit in the Arctic, Celts & Druids in the British Isles, Vikings & Russians, Turks & Persians, African bushmen, Tibetans, Chinese& Mongolians, Aboriginals of Australia, Hawaiin & Māori peoples to name but a few.)

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The South American healers, the “Laika Earthkeepers”, honor the spirit in all things and believe that all things have a spirit.  This is, of course, exactly what Einstein proved mathematically barely 100 years ago -- with his famous E=mc2 -- that all matter (including our bodies) is technically just Energy (spirit) in a form with a lower vibration.

Each cardinal direction (North, East, South, West) is represented by a specific archetypal character or energy expression and movement. The four directions make up the “Medicine Wheel” of life that creates renewal and growth – a way to map and understand your growth and healing.

SerpentWe begin in the South direction with the archetype of the Serpent.

The Serpent represents the ability to shed the stories of our past, like a snake sheds her skin.

This process of empowerment begins with the movement of “Identification”, shedding what binds you – identifying and being able to step out of the "victim" role (or the "enabler", "bully" or any other role) and then be able to grow from the experience without blame or constriction.

This process creates new clarity for your own story to begin.

Now you are ready to embark on the “Hero’s Journey”, whereby you are driven by the inner compass of your own destiny.

Here is where you need the power of fearlessness, in the direction of the West – the power of rebirth & renewal of your old ways and beliefs. The archetype that represents death & rebirth is the Jaguar.

Fear is the absence of love in the same way that darkness is the absence of light. Fear disconnects us from spirit, from nature and from our own inner selves. When we stand in courage, we are able to see our inner self clearly including our shadow (subconscious) parts that we like to keep hidden.

This direction is about “differentiation” of the many parts of our self, both the dark shadow parts (that like to hide) and the qualities that are visible in the light that we show off. Holding both the light and the dark parts allow our sense of wholeness and power to grow.  Here again, modern science has confirmed what ancient healers knew & taught. Beginning with Freud's map of Id, Ego, Superego, and the incredible importance of the Subconscious in affecting our physical health, modern psychology and psychiatry continue to flesh out our understanding of the compartmentalized nature of consciousness.

The next direction is represented by the Hummingbird, the direction of the North, and the movement is “integration and transformation”. This is the step of integrating all aspects of our new self, not pushing away any parts. This direction represents the stillness of your soul that comes from this peace, allowing you to see your vision of what your soul wants, your new direction.

“Beginning to dream with your eyes wide open a world of grace and beauty.”

Here are a few of the practices of the North:

Beginners Mind – becoming childlike, empty minded
Living Consequentially – taking responsibility for all of your actions
Transparency – full honestly, no more hiding
Integrity – true to your word and not misusing your words

The North is the direction where you can use visualization, the language of images and myths – the language of the soul, to help you stay on your journey and create your dream. Visualization is more powerful than using affirmations.  Here again, we find principles & practices reaffirmed by psychology and psychiatry.

The East direction is represented by the Eagle.

Eagle is pure Spirit and perceives only beauty. The movement is “transcendence”.

Everything you experience is a projection of your inner landscape or dreams. For the Laika, the world is a screen that we project our movie onto.

So, you never need to fix anything in the outer world – if you want to transform some circumstance that appears to be outside of yourself, you simply just "own it" and change it within! Once this transformation occurs inside there is an ease and clarity with the changes that need to happen in the outside world.

In Hummingbird we learn to transform our challenges and visualize our dreams, but in Eagle instead we release it to the universe (spirit) to take care.

The changes that we want to see in our lives and in the world, first have to happen within ourselves. This is how we begin to “transcend”.  You may feel like you've heard all of this from various popular psychists -- or guests on Oprah!  And you have, but these so-called "new discoveries" are really just modern experts on cognition confirming knowledge and belief systems that are literally over 100,000 years old.  The symbols -- Serpent, Jaguar, Hummingbird, Eagle -- may seem quaintly primitive (and perhaps they are) but symbols always change with the times, and the principles are solid, extremely powerful and have stood the test of centuries.

The healer acts as a guide to take the patient around the wheel several times, and as we go around the wheel again, we find that things have shifted, and WE are different -- thanks to that famous mind/body connection (another so-called "modern discovery".)

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Thank you to my teachers and the Laika lineage.

I began to explore Elemental Energetic when I started realizing that I wanted to go deeper in my growth as a healing professional.  I was already using Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Classical 5-Element Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbal Medicine in my practice.  I had taught Yoga and Meditation. And I felt that there must be some ancient way of unearthing and healing parts of myself based on a process of returning to our roots of wholeness.

After 40 years of much deep healing work, I knew there was something more, something almost magical at the root of all healing.   Arthur C. Clarke, author of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, is famous for saying: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."  Elemental Energy Healing is one such an "advanced technology". And it can appear to be magical. Until you understand what's going on.

Understanding the roots of how Nature heals, and the energetics of this type of healing, was my quest. I was drawn to energic healing for its deep and ancient methods for healing. It has been the most transformational practice in my life ...




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