Riverview Holistic Fair – SEPT. 24-25, 2016

Looking forward to this fall’s Riverview Holistic Fair happening this weekend! I’ll be giving short 20 minute intuitive energy healing treatments for those who need help to relax and de-stress from a long work week, relieve pain, or just try it out of curiosity.


J’ai très hâte de participer au Riverview Holistic Fair qui aura lieu cette fin de semaine! J’offrirai des courts traîtements de guérison énergétique pour tous ceux qui cherchent de l’aide pour mieux gérer la douleur, à décompresser et se détendre après une longue semaine de travail, ou l’essayer juste par curiosité.

I never really go away…

I tend to do that once in a while.

I commit to writing about myself or something healing related and I plan on doing it at least weekly to try to keep things going, keep people interested, because it’s also good for me to do it. It works for a short while then I slip. Then, because I have slipped, I tell myself: “Well, you kinda dropped the ball here. You can’t come back a write some half-assed stuff for the people who usually enjoy reading you, you better make sure it’s good. They at least deserve that for waiting so long for you to get your ass in gear again…” Then I wait longer. …because it never gets good enough…

BUT NOT THIS TIME!!!

No sir/madam. I’m writing something I feel may be half-assed, but that’s ok because that’s just be my ego playing games with me so screw you ego, you’re not winning this one! This doesn’t need to be perfect. I’m not a writer; I’m just a guy who writes once in a while.

It also helps that some wonderful people occasionally nudge me to keep going (thanks Sylvie L), just like I was ‘nudged’ to start this in the first place (thanks again PM, MO and others…). I very, very much appreciate the support.

So I can get kinda ‘quiet’ once in a while. I have a full time job and I tend to need a lot of ‘me time’. I’m not one to always need to have a full schedule. I need time to recharge. Depending on the year/season/planetary alignment/whatever I get periods of time that I’m not very busy for energy healing treatments. But that’s ok. I’m still doing energy work on myself, on family, on personal healing related self-development projects, other general planetary/humanity healing ‘projects’,  etc. Energetically, I sometimes feel very busy.

That being said, there’s always that regularly occurring, often public healing-type event (by public, I mean outside my own head, involving other people) that hauls me back in as if someone or something is telling me: “You’re still doing this for others, Jean!!! You’re doing this publicly!!!” …which, I’m totally fine with. Actually, still to this day, I’m extremely thankful for the ability to help others in this way. I can’t put in to words how it makes me feel…

That latest event happened when we were on holiday in Cuba a few weeks ago. A close and much loved family member had developed a non-life-threatening but probably painful and surely annoying health issue. She had shared this with us just before having dinner in an on-resort, à la carte restaurant. It was Sunday so the doctor was not there, he/she would only be there next day, so she planned on visiting him/her the next day, Monday. Doesn’t matter, for at least 12 hours or so, she would be in pain or very uncomfortable. Dany asked her if she would like me to perform a treatment on her. She replied maybe she would, she would let us know. (She had already had treatments from me in the past).

During dinner, I decided to do a ‘covert’ distance treatment on her, at least to relieve some of the discomfort.

Now. I know we’re hitting a nerve with some energy healing type people. I need to explain… or better yet, I’ll make it a future blog post because it may be a bit long. Stay tuned for why I don’t require explicit permission from people to perform healing treatments. …this will be a risky one but I’m convinced this is the correct approach for me…

The next morning, Dany and I were relaxing at the beach like most other days. Much-loved family member arrives and says to me: “Did you do something??!!”

I said something like: “What?” (verbally, I’m not always very smooth. …even non-verbally…) After a while, I realized what she/they meant and said something like: “…maybe”.

Then she said her health issue from the day before was completely gone. This certain issue was expected to be around for at least a few days, hence the doctor appointment and possibly antibiotics.

I was floored, once again. I regularly get floored by feedback for these treatments. Maybe it’s because I was such a sceptic at first. The scepticism is probably still there a bit. At the time, I told myself to not jump too high, it might flare up again next day. Nope, the health issue was gone.

I’m back.

(but really, I never left… again)

The Recent Federal Elections

Before I start, there is a reason for the long pause since my last post. It’s a personal one. I had a lot of things going on that I needed to figure out (good things). I need a lot of time to figure things out. Not because I’m stupid, but because I’m thorough and cautious. Yeah, that’s it… But stay tuned. I will do better. I think I have figured out the things that needed figuring out and I have another biographical post coming soon too. And probably more rants…

 

Ok now, let’s stay focused here…

I hate politics. But for me it’s a necessary evil (for now, at least). A friend of mine is very active in it so by respect I always try to choose my words carefully when opining. I feel our political system doesn’t really serve us well. Lots of things don’t make much sense to me. There is more corruption than most of us realize. But that’s all we have for now so we kinda have to try to work with it.
And I don’t buy the whole “…well, it’s like that because it’s been like that forever…” or “…well, if you think you could be better you go into politics and change things…” That’s not good enough for me. Every one has their job to do here. The people who go into politics want to. I don’t. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion on something that has that much impact on my own life. I even understand the people who don’t want to vote anymore. I understand it but don’t really support not voting anymore because as we’ve seen it can cause an ‘unwanted’ party to win. …which I blame on our political system again. …and no, I don’t know how to fix it myself.
I even disagree with the idea that “…you shouldn’t complain if you can’t suggest a solution…”. Sure, it would be preferable if you have a solution, but again, if something that has an impact on my well-being in any way, I have a right to complain even if I can’t suggest a solution. Some people are already paid to figure these things out. Why can’t we give them that job?! Saying someone shouldn’t complain about something only takes power away from people who are obviously suffering from whatever is imposed on them. Instead, why don’t we implement changes to things that aren’t popular in a way that reduces the complaints? Let’s work on changing our political system. Why can’t I vote for whom I want to be the prime minister? We really don’t; we’re supposed to vote for the local MP we feel would represent us better locally and the leader of the political party that has the most MPs elected becomes prime minister of the country. Why does that dictate who ‘runs’ the country? Why can’t I vote for each party’s leader like in the US, or at least have some kind of say in who gets the job? It’s hard to vote when you cringe at all the options you have for your future PM (see 2008 canadian elections).
So we finally learned that if we don’t vote, things can get even worse; this past election had record voter turnout. People were encouraging the young people in their families/lives to vote, probably even being asked for advice, meaning they had to learn a bit in the process. The results came in, a lot of people were happy, flooding Facebook with posts… Some were even celebrating like they do when their sports team (or newfound sports team) gets a big win, posting jabs at the losing party leader. It’s good to see some interest in the choosing of our leaders, but it seemed to be somewhat ‘bandwagon-y’ for my taste. The sudden outburst had a superficial tone. I don’t feel the depth of knowledge was quite there. Maybe it was. I don’t pretend that I know it all by any means, but what I read and heard had a background noise of wagon. A bandwagon. I don’t know if that even made sense but it’s ok. It’s out there now.
For some people it’ll all be over until next election. They will rely on their Facebook wall for political advice. Some will be smarter and watch a few weeks of TV news for their information. Others, the reeeaaallly smart and socially responsible ones will do something different. They will take an extra few minutes out of their busy day and PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. It’s not that hard. You just need to care. WE NEED TO CARE.
WE NEED TO NOT VOTE FOR A ‘COLOUR’. I hate the party ‘colour’ trend. It dumbs everything down. It makes people not want or need to think. Just remember one of three colours and you’ll be fine. I hate that idea. We should never want to think less about it. It’s not a meaningless sports team, it’s your future for at least 4 years!
WE NEED TO NOT VOTE LIKE OUR PARENTS. Our parents have different views, different worries, different priorities in life. We need to figure out what we want and vote for it. Voting ‘red’ because my dad and grand-dad are ‘red’, or my town is ‘blue’, is ridiculous. Voting because someone says he: “will keep us safe from the nazis/commies/terrorists/aliens” isn’t good enough. Research it yourselves. …preferrably not on TV news. (Propaganda has been legalized in the US in 2013. Google it.)
From where I am, for the most part, our new government offers some hope. But we must ensure our government performs like we expect it to. We can’t just rely on that ‘election hope’ and let it ride for the next 3 years.
WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO HOW OUR NEW GOVERNMENT PERFORMS NOW, NEXT MONTH, IN SIX MONTHS FROM NOW, IN 2-3 YEARS FROM NOW. If they don’t do what we like, we need to contact our local MP and share how we feel. We need to tell them what we want. Email or call their office. Otherwise they’ll just do whatever they think or assume we want.
The people who were cheering the liberal’s victory: Check regularly to see if you still feel you still have something to cheer about. Don’t just post a bunch of stuff on Facebook and not follow up on it. Stand behind your words. Don’t check biased sources that you know will support your initial ideas. Read all sides, then revisit your own feelings.
It’s not about proving you were right about your prediction; that means nothing. It’s about collectively figuring out what’s really going on in this world. I don’t think we really know yet…

 

How Energy Healing ‘Found Me’ – My first unplanned, public, terrifying healing treatment.- Part Four

…continued from here: How Energy Healing ‘Found Me’ – Leading up to my first unplanned, public, terrifying healing treatment.

Everything was going well after having my first “public disclosure”. At least for me, it was; the young lady next to me apparently wasn’t feeling very well.

Everyone had noticed except me. She was sitting right next to me so that’s the person I notice the least, out of respect. I don’t usually just turn and observe the person right next to me. Besides I kinda have this weird, unexplainable, self-diagnosed phobia of appearing creepy. (That might become a future topic ’cause it’s always on my mind)

Someone asked her if she was OK. She was pale and obviously uncomfortable. She replied that she had a bad headache and was probably also linked with her monthly cycle. ***

Then I start to feel the spotlight on me. I don’t quite remember who initiated this but someone said something like “Jean can probably help you with that”… the more I think of it, the more I believe that the workshop facilitator, the same woman who ‘discovered’ my gift, started this whole thing because in my memories of the event, I can feel the almost sickening (at the time) confidence that she had in my healing abilities embedded in her voice. I could feel the solid support of Dany who was sitting to my right, which was a huge help.

Now all eyes were on me. I look at the young lady and she gives me an inquisitive look implying: “could you”? Faaaaaack… no honourable way out of this one. I was facing the biggest battle yet with my insecurities. ‘Flight’ wasn’t an option. All that’s left was ‘fight’.

All I had done up to that point was removing ‘bad’ energy (ex wife’s migraines). I wasn’t aware of other possibilities except that in the Quantum Touch book I had read mentioned not only the removal, but also the introduction of positive energy. I had also remembered their teaching of breathing used as a pump for the energy. So I had decided that I was going to combine these techniques and at the very least try to make some kind of difference in this person’s immediate well-being. Thank god it was a headache. At least it was familiar territory.

I asked her if she wanted me to try to help. She said yes.

It was like I had gone back 15 or so years ago at my first karate fighting match. I had just bowed and entered the ring. With the absence of any facial expression, emotionless (yeah right… on the outside maybe), I walked up to the line looking my opponent in the eyes, ready to fight. The insecure part of me was waiting at the other line. The referee looks at both of us and yells: “Sanbon Shobu… Hajime“! (Japanese for: Three Point match – Begin!)

I got up and positioned myself behind her chair. I asked her the specific location of her pain. I put my left hand on her left temple. With my right hand, I joined my thumb, index and ring finger together to simulate them forming some sort of hose for the energy to shoot out from. I placed these fingers on her head where she said the pain was most intense. I started breathing very deeply and fairly quickly, visualizing the energy being pumped by the breath, enter my body from all over and out my 3 fingers, through her head and out the other side, entering the palm of my left hand taking the pain with it. Like it was flushing it out. I asked her if that pain had moved. She said it did so I repositioned my hands and kept going. That was my first point in that match. The pain had moved which meant that something, that she herself noticed, was actually happening. I kept going for maybe about ten minutes or so, then asked her again how it was going. She took a few seconds to answer. A few seconds that felt like hours. She said her headache was gone and she felt much better.

Shiro Ippon! Shiro no katchi!!!” (White scores full point! White wins!) …and for the smartasses who think: “…how can you win a three point match with only one point? hurrr-durrr!!!” I scored the only point and was ahead by one point when the time ran out okay?…
Oh my god. The rest of the day is still a blur. I don’t even know what was said during the rest of the workshop. I was just replaying what had just happened in my head, checking every few seconds whether it was real or not. I had hidden this from myself for over ten years for fear of embarrassing myself so this… was a big deal. Others were saying how the young lady’s colours had returned and even looked better. So the workshop kept going, they were content with what had just happened and had processed and accepted it and it was business as usual. I just sat there, stunned.
I was told by the intuitively gifted workshop facilitators that I would be doing my own method of energy healing. I remember liking that idea, but still could not imagine just doing it without knowing how to go about it. Looking back, I could have just said: “I’m going to do exactly what I just did today.” Because that’s pretty much still what I do now except that everything around that technique has developed into something fairly complex now. I often forget the complexity and extensiveness of my treatments until someone asks me to explain what I do in detail. …I can go on and on and on… I do it instinctively because I created it. It makes total sense to me.
But at that time I had to see and learn what others were doing. And I did. I took my first Reiki class a few months later followed by my first Chios class a few months after that.
I also went to the Moncton Wellness Expo for the first time at Moncton High School. I remember thinking that there was no way I could have a booth and do treatments at an event like that. At the same time I also remember knowing that I would have a booth and do treatments at the very next expo a year later. See the trend there?

 

How Energy Healing ‘Found Me’ – Leading up to my first unplanned, public, terrifying healing treatment.- Part Three

Click here if you missed How Energy Healing ‘Found Me’ – Part Two

I used to be a very sceptical person. It was part of being insecure. Having strong pro-status quo, pro-science opinions made me seem intelligent. In a way it was also a defence mechanism. Instinctually, subconsciously, men need to be either liked or feared or even better: both. We can thank our caveman ancestors for that. I think that’s why a lot of men’s opinions tend to be the safe, double-blind studied, peer-reviewed, published-in-scientific-journals backed-by-tons-of-evidence opinions. It’s safe. My image is safe. It increases my odds of survival, my subconscious says. I’m serious! My survival instincts are very acute. I don’t know how good or effective they are but I constantly think about that stuff. …in a non-psychotic way, of course. Besides, they have served me well so far. Yeah I live in Atlantic Canada with an comfortable office job but still… I’m alive and doing well.

But no, I had to figure out what was happening to me with this healing stuff and what it all meant. It was like being on a self-confidence roller coaster. “Yeah! You can do it! You’ve done it before beautifully! …Jean, why are you even going there? You’re doing just fine as it is. This isn’t for you. Are you actually going to tell people you can heal them?”

Given our now very keen curiosity about everything spiritual and supernatural, Dany and I attended a one-day workshop on communicating with angels facilitated by two beautifully gifted local psychic readers/mediums. As usual, it starts by everybody introducing themselves and sharing the reasons why you are interested in the topic and what you expect from the course, etc. My ‘comfort zone door’ opens and I take my first step outside of it. “…I’m curious about this stuff because I have known a few people who get ‘spiritual messages’ and I also recently discovered… that… I may have natural healing abilities…” Besides, one of the facilitators was psychic reader #1 who ‘discovered’ me and was (and still is) very supportive that I couldn’t possibly flake out on her at that point like I wanted to. It was well received.

There. That was done. I said it and I was ok. Probably because I was the only male in the room so my ‘be feared or liked’ strategy didn’t apply. …well the ‘liked’ part kinda still did but anyway… It was a safe room to say the least.

Phew… my emotional ‘heavy lifting’ was done for the day. Keep in mind I’m a man of few words, especially when it’s about myself so it was a big job for me to say that. (Maybe that’s also why you wait a few weeks for blog entries…) But it’s good for me so I make an effort. Little did I know that my previous emotional ‘heavy lifting’ was just a quick warm up for what was waiting for me just around the corner.

How Energy Healing ‘Found Me’. – Part Two

click here if you missed ‘Part One’.

Fast forward to the mid 2000’s. Even though I had pretty much ignored my natural healing abilities, I was still asking myself a lot of questions regarding life, spirituality, our purpose here, etc. How are we connected to a higher power? …to each other? Are we connected to nature?

By that time, Dany (my current wife) had been contemplating the same types of things I was. One book that both hit us like a ton of bricks was: ‘Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul‘. She started reading it first and was so moved by it that she suggested I read it at the same time. I started reading it too. So there was this book, with two bookmarks hanging out of it… It’s the kind of book that some sentences, paragraphs, even pages had to be reread just to wrap my head around the information in there. Some of those ideas were so foreign to me but seemed to make so much sense at the time of reading. It almost felt like I was being reminded of these things instead of being taught them. I remember thinking: “…well, yeah… Why didn’t I already believe this?…”

One day, Dany asked me if I wanted to join her for a psychic reading. I had never experienced that before so I was quite curious about it. When it was my turn for the reading one of the first things she (the reader) said was: “You’re a healer!!”

“No, I’m a computer programmer.”  Thinking she meant that I was working in a health profession.

“No No, your aura has a lot of green around your head. Green is the colour associated with healing… and I’m told you’re a healer…”

I probably had one of my best blank stares going on. She started explaining what energy healing was, mentioning different modalities like Reiki and Chios. I could smell some burning dust… it was the light bulb that just came on in my head. I HAD DONE THIS BEFORE!! I’M NOT CRAZY!!! (I have returned to questioning this now, but not for the same reasons…)

Two months later I was in Ottawa for business and made an appointment with a local psychic reader there. Not that I doubted the first one, but with something this big happening to me I just needed more info. After a few minutes, he did say that just before I arrived for the reading that he felt a “popping” sensation in the palm of his hands. Being a Reiki practitioner himself, the palm of his hands were very sensitive to energy. The hands are a healer’s main instrument in manipulating energy, especially the palms. I appreciated the second opinion.

Dany had also bought a book called Quantum-Touch: The Power To Heal. I hadn’t really noticed this other than she was playing the CD that came with the book in the car all the time. The CD was of the author sharing his experiences using the techniques to help people heal. That was the first book on healing that I read. What I learned most from this book was to keep working with visualizations. I also learned the importance of breath work in energy healing, something that I have become somewhat known for doing. I get quite a few comments on that aspect of my technique which I admit can be kinda weird the first time you see me work. But I’m getting ahead of myself here… At the time, I still wasn’t quite sure if or how I’d be doing this stuff…

And shortly after that, maybe a month or so later I performed my first public healing, unexpected, witnessed by about six or seven people (at least 2 or 3 of you are potentially reading this now.)

I was almost terrified in the moments leading up to it, thanks to my lingering insecurities. But it turned out perfectly.

 

Full details of that story in an upcoming post…

 

A Little Relaxation Tip and Exercise In Mindfullness

Since part two of my autobiographical blog post: How Energy Healing Found Me isn’t quite ready yet, I’ll share a quick visualization I use to help me in times of stress. You don’t need to know about meditation, grounding, chakras, and all that. However, you’ll still be doing/using all of them.

Let’s assume the stress is of an external nature like an ongoing disagreement with family or friend, or some issue at work.

First I assess my immediate physical environment:

– Am I physically comfortable? Am I sitting or standing in a comfortable position? Is there pain coming from any part of my body?

I ensure I am comfortable and in no pain. If some of you are in constant pain, maybe skip this question or substitute it with : ‘Is there unusually intense pain…’. Am I in good health? (…that I know of…) All seems good.

Check.

– Am I in physical danger?

Is someone or something actively trying to kill me? Is the building about to come down and crush me as I’m sitting comfortably? (Insert your favourite ‘Final Destination’-type scenario here) …so far it’s been no.

Check.

 – Can I survive OK for the foreseeable future?

Do I have food, water, a place to stay, a roof over my head, etc… So far so good.

Check.

– Do I have friends and family who love me (and like me)?

Yes.

Check.

 

Then I just visualize myself floating in this painless, loving comfort (hmm, …visualization…, sounds like a future topic). Take as long as you can or need. You can picture yourself in a kiddie pool, a transparent bubble, or even a ‘comfort-insulated’ space suit. The longer you stay here, the better it is for you. If you want you can carry that around with you (in the bubble or space suit) and refer your consciousness to it occasionally, while doing other things. Going back to this visualization often will have an effect of ‘diluting’ stress.

Try it. It might be a bigger help to cope with your stress than you would think.

 

 

How Energy Healing ‘Found Me’.- Part One

In the late 1990s, I had never heard of Reiki or energy healing other than maybe seeing it done in a movie, by a ‘medicine man’ or some asian guy high up on a mountain somewhere. I certainly didn’t believe it could be done by any ‘normal’ person.

I am an empath. I can usually feel when others around me aren’t feeling quite right physically or emotionally. The physical stuff can be quite obvious because you can often see it whether it’s a limp or a slight facial expression. I am also very sensitive to how people react emotionally during conversations. I’m not saying I’ve never unknowingly said something stupid that made someone feel bad, it’s just that more often than not, I kinda get a real-time emotional play-by-play of how others are doing. And as much a

s possible, I want people around me to be well and happy.

At the time, my wife (now ex-wife) regularly had migraines. Of course this bothered me a lot. This one time, we were lying in bed. The lights had been off for a while and my wife was lying still, moving the least possible. I put my hand on top of her head, closed my eyes and visualized the migraine leave her head and go into my hand. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was in a meditative state; my hand felt locked in place.

After about ten to fifteen minutes, she quickly turned her head toward me and asked me if I had a headache. I was kinda startled because she had limited her movements because of the migraine and also, I was in this meditative state and maybe even half-sleeping by then (half-sleep and meditation are very similar to me). Then she said:

– “Do you have a headache?”

– “No I don’t. Why?”

– “My headache is gone!”

Then, since I was half asleep already I think I just fell asleep trying to comprehend exactly what had just happened. She must have also fell asleep from the relief.

I’m not sure what made me try that. It’s as if a part of me knew it would work and just took over. The other part of me must not have agreed, because it was still incredulous, trying to dismiss what had taken place like we often do. “Oh, it was just heat from my hand that relaxed her and she forgot about the headache.” …or something stupid like that. “…a placebo effect…” (Hmmm, ‘placebo effect’ that sounds like a future topic…)

After that, we kept ‘treating’ her migraines the same way for some time. I still didn’t really understand or believe what was really happening (other than that other part of me that did). I had a hard time even talking about it. You see, I was very insecure about myself in general. So there was no way that I would be able to do something cool like this. I’m pretty much over those insecurities today; I’m fairly confident about most aspects of myself. Although, some insecurities creep up once in a while but not very often, thankfully.

Unfortunately, we broke up shortly after discovering this and I shoved the whole thing aside and never really thought about it.  …until about 10 years later.

 

** I was planning on finishing this topic in one post, but I’ll keep it a bit shorter and split them. My next post will be about how I re-discovered my healing abilities ten years later.