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Energy Medicine & Energy PsychologyJuly 11 to
July 16, 2012
Wed. dinner - Monday lunch
1 – 2 – 3... SHIFT!
CHANGE YOUR LIFE with PRACTICAL ENERGY TOOLS
What does this retreat have to offer? You want to change, but perhaps the changes you wish to make elude you.
You might feel as if you are not yet reaching your potential. You have goals you have felt blocked from achieving, be they in terms of your career, finances, physical and emotional health, relationships or appearance.
Possibly you have become aware of patterns of behavior that you repeat despite your desire to avoid doing so. Or maybe you’ve been studying the Law of Attraction, but applying it just doesn’t seem as simple as The Secret would imply.
There are many ways to approach change. While it’s true that psychotherapy can lead us to many insights, it does not always help us make the changes that we desire. Instead, in this retreat, we approach change comprehensively, working from an energetic perspective. You’ll learn what makes changing habits difficult and how to interact with that energy system.
We start with focused qigong and use Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine to balance the energy field. Then we introduce modalities that allow us to surface and work directly with limiting beliefs and emotions. We draw many tools from the field of Energy Psychology, including (but not limited to) “Emotional Freedom Technique”, the “Sedona Method” and “Be Set Free Fast”.
Working with an experienced leader in a group of like-minded individuals, away from mundane demands, allows for a shared experience of deep transformation. We discover how much we share common issues and aspirations. Shifts in perspective occur as together we raise our conscious vibration.
The process leads to the opening of new possibilities. Our life experiences provide the raw material and become our teachers. The only prerequisite for participating in this retreat is a desire to delve deeper into your process of healing and spiritual growth.
Where does this retreat fit within the hierarchy of Universal Healing Tao offerings? While there are no prerequisites for this class, wherever you are in the process of refining your chi, you may find your meditations growing stronger, your qigong and t’ai chi practice deepening.
Yet it is equally relevant for those who are not actively studying Universal Healing Tao Practices. Does this retreat offer something unique that is a compliment to the Taoist practices? Absolutely!
There are 3 things that make the structure and content of this offering unique.
First, we address beliefs and emotions explicitly and directly.
Second, we are engaged in a group process. How the week unfolds depends on the contributions of those in attendance. Individual needs help set the agenda.
Third, it provides a rare opportunity to engage in a deep group process with others who share the desire for spiritual growth.
So what does it have to do with learning Fusion, Kan & Li, Iron Shirt and T’ai Chi?
As we move through stages of development of our practice, whether our focus is on meditation or movement, on physical healing or meditative progression, on using these skills in our professional lives, or to enhance our lifestyle, we encounter ourselves in ways we may never have anticipated.
When the specific tools offered in this retreat are mastered, they become second nature. Regular application frees more vital energy to apply to all spiritual practices.
These useful skills improve relationships with family, colleagues, friends, and even the local tax collector. Many people we encounter in our daily lives are not students of the Tao, nor are they necessarily on a deliberate spiritual path. But all are spiritual beings in the process of growing and coping with uncertainty and change.
Application of the supplemental tools for working with subtle energy, emotions and beliefs that you will learn in this retreat help you engage in a 24/7 practice. They enhance spiritual practices and increase your ability to cope, and to help others meet the challenges we face as we experience The Shift of a Lifetime.
Fasten your seat belts.
During this transformational retreat we work with these premises:
Everything is energy. Your level of consciousness is fluid, and correlates with your energetic state of vibration. Emotions and thoughts help you gauge where your consciousness is at any given moment. Elegant and practical energy-based tools you will learn this week help shift your vibration. All that is required is your attention, intention, and practice.
You come with a burning desire to make lasting changes, a quest for self knowledge and your goals – be they in the realm of vocation, finances, relationships, appearance, health, releasing addictive or compulsive behaviors, or some combination of the above.
We lay the foundation for change with three core approaches: working directly with subtle energy (aura, meridians, chakras), with emotions, and with thoughts and beliefs. You will learn how all three are doorways to interconnected realms where consciousness (vibration) determines experience. This is what is meant by the Law of Attraction.
We draw from subtle energy work as taught primarily by Donna Eden and Mantak Chia for balancing energy. Larry Nim’s "Be Set Free Fast" helps us discover and address core limiting beliefs. "Emotions: Love Them and Leave Them", a focused emotional releasing method developed by Lester Levenson, provides a theoretical framework for understanding the scale of emotions.
Other approaches we may incorporate in the retreat are Tom Tam’s Tong Ren, Kam Yuen’s Yuen Energetics, Gary Craig’s EFT, Tapas Fleming’s TAT, Judith Swack’s Healing from the Body Level Up, and others.
Emotions generate thoughts commensurate with their rate of vibration. Thoughts generate more emotions. Oft repeated thoughts become fixed beliefs. When threat is perceived (and the triple warmer meridian becomes out of balance) it’s difficult to alter the assumed safety and predictability of the status quo.
A wily energy connected to fight, freeze, or flight response impacts thoughts, emotions, and our perceived reality. You’ll come away knowing several ways to bring triple warmer back into balance. Learning to witness your thoughts and beliefs allows you to rewrite subconscious programming and allows for immediate and lasting change.
Our focus is not on learning as many techniques as we can cram into the week, but rather on understanding how to incorporate these tools in daily life to allow for a personal breakthrough in a process that you can replicate on your own, once you return to “real life”. We take a practice run during the retreat.
WHY DO PEOPLE GET "STUCK"?
Are you in transition? The universe provides unprecedented support now to help you make desired changes. Tap into the hot new emerging fields of Energy Medicine and Energy Psychology.
Wanting better success in your work? Or a new vocation? Trying to lose weight? Want better financial standing? Or to change your mind about money? Making efforts to heal a chronic condition? Dealing with allergies, fatigue, pain?
Most "problems" share an energetic configuration known as "homolateral". That’s a fancy way of describing how people get stuck. A daily routine that combines the techniques of Energy Medicine and Energy Psychology re-establishes your natural flow of energies, giving greater access to radiance and joy. These techniques are simple to learn, and easy to practice.
Homolaterality originates in trauma, sometimes in utero. Energy Psychology allow us to permanently shift these obstructing energetic patterns. Trauma leads to limiting beliefs and blocked access to emotion. We address these through the subconscious mind, and by attuning the body. Allergies and sensitivities can also be addressed.
This unique Self-Healing Intensive offers many cutting edge tools from Energy Psychology. They are self-administered, quick, and effective. Learn the difference between thoughts and feelings. Discover and reverse limiting beliefs. Unlock the energy held hostage by past trauma.
Map and zap patterns that interfere with achieving goals. Learn how to clear blockages. Engage in a powerful group dynamic while doing deep inner emotional work with a highly experienced guide who has personally tested these methods, and found them useful and practical in changing her own life. Achieve your goals for vibrant health, prosperity, relationships and career.
Come to this retreat with your goals. Work with energy for a change.
Enrollment in this retreat is limited to ten people to ensure adequate personal attention is given. Please enroll early to reserve your space.
Here are a couple of articles I've written that will help you attune to the kind of work we will be doing on this retreat. It's followed by some testimonials as to how quickly people have been able to change themselves.
How “Energy Routines” Can Get you Unstuck – Fast!
Q: A week after beginning to do a daily energy routine, I noticed I began to get a few memories back. I always had a problem with memory, especially recalling any specific childhood memories. Is it possible for this to work so fast? Could these changes be from this practice?
A: Your observation makes sense. One could have an experience of this sort with the practice of Qigong, Yoga, Donna Eden’s Energy Routine, or even Pilates, aerobics, or a dance class. It can also be initiated by planetary transits, and the changes in hormone levels that occur with pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and menopause. When I began to study Qigong with Mantak Chia, founder of The Healing Tao, in that context long buried childhood memories were also awakened.
As children, as well as later in one’s life, when disturbing things happen that the body has trouble accepting and integrating, the body’s energies rally to protect us from an experience of overwhelming trauma. Much of the event gets walled off from conscious memory. That makes it possible for us to carry on. It enables us to respond to the emergency. This is how people survive crises like a tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, a war, or an automobile accident. But even more minor crises like an argument can trigger dissociation as a response.
This process of dissociation is analogous to the way a body creates an abscess to keep a physical infection away from other tissues. While this mechanism is protective, and helps us get through difficulties, in the long run those memories of which we remain unconscious can create patterns that prevent us from attaining our desired goals. For example, if an actor has a goal of having a starring role, but an unconscious memory has led to a belief that being visible is dangerous, that person might find it difficult to get a role in a play, and wonder why he was unable to be successful even though he had training and was told he had good acting skills.
When you start to activate the meridian energies and help them flow, you allow memories to surface that the body has sequestered to protect you. This creates the opportunity to neutralize any negative charge that the memories carry, and reverse patterns that have kept you stuck.
Each summer I offer a retreat at Tao Mountain Retreat Center, now at Heavenly Mountain in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mtns of North Carolina. “Energy Medicine + Energy Psychology = Self-Healing” takes place in a wonderfully peaceful and extraordinarily beautiful setting. Participants learn a repertoire of energy balancing exercises developed by Donna Eden that activateand balance meridian, chakra and aura energies. We practice the Microcosmic Orbit and other Taoist disciplines. In one such exercise, we trace all 14 acupuncture meridians in the order in which they flow. The Six Healing Sounds help to clear the emotions and excess heat associated with the meridians.
Note that Governing channel, Bladder, and Gall Bladder meridians all go over the head. Triple warmer circles the ears, and communes directly with the hypothalamus, which, along with the amygdala stores emotional memories. Stomach, large and small intestine and central meridians contact areas of the face. Only the yin meridians are concentrated in the torso and arms or legs and are NOT found on the head (i.e. liver, lung, spleen, heart, kidney, and circ/sex.) Thus it is natural that working with these meridians has the potential to activate buried memories.
We want to go beyond merely surfacing such memories, especially if they are disturbing. A number of energy psychology techniques help neutralize the emotional charge. EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, was developed by Gary Craig. His website, http://www.emofree.com has a wealth of supporting materials and instructions on how to use it on . Be Set Free Fast, (BSFF) a way to access beliefs and orchestrate change from the level of the subconscious mind, was developed by Larry Nims. His website, http://www.besetfreefastdvd.com, has materials and a DVD for sale. Tapas Fleming developed TAT - Tapas Acupuncture Technique – which is particularly helpful for healing trauma. She also has a series of DVD’s and other downloadable materials available on her web site, http://www.TATlife.net
Those who attend the summer retreat learn these tools and others and have an opportunity to apply them to current life goals. A retreat setting provides advantages that allow you to go deep and initiate real transformation in your life. You can focus on health, work, career, weight loss, financial, relationship and lifestyle goals. With methodologies derived from energy psychology, you can do significant work with great privacy. While you can assign a rating to your “subjective units of distress” no one else has to know the cause of that distress.
When a group engages in this transformative process together, and holds a unified intention to support each other’s growth, the energy available for such work increases exponentially. Often one release sparks others as together we lift the vibration through our efforts. You can’t beat the mountain energy and having three delicious meals prepared for you each day. Taking your self out of the context of daily life frees the psyche to transform limitations that have been binding you.
In prior years participants have reported that they returned home to improve relationships with partners, got a sought after job, initiated a healing tao class for children, and experienced a dramatic improvement in long term symptoms of chronic fatigue.
Why is It So Difficult To Change a Bad Habit? A Meridian Perspective
Do you ever feel that although you know just what to do, you find you are unable to do as you intend? The consensus is that habits are hard to change, and this seems to apply to any change we attempt to make. It turns out that this has a lot to do with the way we are wired, for survival.
It doesn’t seem to matter what your target goal is. Every time you attempt to find a new path y might find yourself slipping back into your old habits. A pattern like this can be very frustrating. We may be told by someone else that we lack will power. Or we might grow impatient with ourselves and call ourselves unkind names. But from the brain’s and the meridians’ point of view, there is a good reason for us to resist any change. Our basic wiring that insures our survival suggests to the psyche that all contemplated change is dangerous.
A very small gland, the hypothalamus, is found in the interior of the brain. It is known as the master gland. It communicates with the pituitary and adrenal glands instructing the body to produce hormones that are associated with the stress response. It also closely presides over one of the 14 meridians in the body, known in Chinese Medicine as Triple Warmer. Through this complex system, the endocrine and nervous systems release hormones and neurotransmitters designed to shift our physiology in order for us to meet emergencies.
Triple Warmer, along with the hypothalamus, thus oversees survival. It takes this mission very seriously, and in that role is suspicious of anything that is unfamiliar. Its efforts are directed at making sure that nothing changes, holding everything familiar in place. Unable to think in shades of grey, and weigh various possibilities, this aspect of our physiology acts like a switch that is either on or off. It’s binary reasoning goes something like this: It’s my job to keep you alive. You are alive. Therefore I will not let anything change. Anything that changes is a threat to my survival.
This stress physiology does not have a mechanism for anticipating incremental improvement. It does not understand past, present and future. For it, everything happens right now in this moment.
Any time that we decide to change a behavior – be it action or thought - we can work first to alter the habitual reactionary resistance to change that happens on automatic pilot. Even though at the conscious level we know that we will ultimately benefit from making the anticipated change, Triple Warmer will tend toward resisting the change. It lacks the ability to foresee that the change we are attempting will be beneficial. Much like the proverbial overprotective parent, It resists change with the best of intentions: It is done in an effort to protect us.
Knowing how this system operates gives us an edge, however. We can ease into the anticipated transition by first negotiating directly with Triple Warmer. Energy Medicine provides numerous ways to calm Triple Warmer and send more reassuring messages to the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis.
Herbert Benson was one of the first in the medical field to document the relaxation response which he initiated in his mind/body clinics through the use of breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga. Qigong related energy focused practices accomplish the task of subduing a stress response while raising the vibratory rate of the cells in the body. The physiology of well-being is activated.
The annual summer retreat, “Energy Medicine + Energy Psychology = Self-Healing” held in the Blue Ridge Mtns of North Carolina, affords an opportunity to master several of these tools. The menu is rich and varied. In the course of the week you will learn energy activities derived from Healing Tao practices, Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine, and the field of energy psychology that balance your energy field; neutralize strong emotion; reverse negative beliefs; clear blocks in energy flow; and resolve hidden traumatic memories. You will be able to apply your new understanding of how to work with Triple Warmer to help you institute change now and in the future.
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The Energy Psychology week was astounding. I came to learn technologies (which I did) but I also was able to release many of my own issues – most impressively the pain and stiffness from arthritis. Thanks, Judith!
Bill Bush, MD
[Note: Bill had not been able to close his hands in a fist or to bring his thumb to the base of his baby finger for the past 15 years. On the third day of our retreat he was able to do just that.]
And from other venues:
I attended your workshop on The Many Benefits of Grounding at
the Energy Psychology Conference and just wanted to let you
know how great it was. It was well presented and filled with
a great deal of valuable information - information that will
be invaluable in my own healing from chronic Fatigue syndrome.
Thank you for such a great workshop!
Hi, Judith. This is wonderful stuff! I continue to be very impressed with the work you are doing. And, I very much appreciate your sharing so fully. May I have your permission to use this email in my revision of the BSFF Manual and/or to share it as an example of excellent strategy in using BSFF? It could both encourage and teach others how to use BSFF skillfully. Warmly,
Larry Nims, Ph.D. (Developer of Be Set Free Fast)
Judith I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your presentation and both of your books. Your information was both informative and timely. You radiate a special knowing that I could actually feel as you were teaching. I rubbed shoulders with so many wonderful souls during those three days that it really seems like just one very l o n g day. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and energy with me. I wish you all things wonderful as your work continues to touch and heal.
Yours in the Masters Love,
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