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Dear Healing Touch Community,

June 21 marks the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day of greatest light and the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the day of greatest darkness. During this period of greatest light in the North, there is the opportunity to appreciate and receive both the physical light and spiritual light that is infusing into the planet. During this period of greatest darkness in the South, there is the opportunity to travel within and discover the quiet, wisdom, clarity and purity of our hearts. As both light and dark, action and stillness, reside within our world, both reside within each of us. When both are gently respected and honored, they afford an opportunity to become clear, to act with wisdom, and radiate light and compassion.

Global upheaval, chaos, destabilization and suffering....it is sometimes more than the heart can bear. Even as we may struggle with understanding such tragedy and change, we are constantly reminded of the interconnection and oneness of all beings within this universe.

So, we truly need to focus upon what is working and place our attention upon healing, wholeness, stability and beneficial action for this precious world.

Through INTENTION, our world community can be a positive support and light for all suffering throughout our planet.

We are all aware of the strength and power of INTENTION and the capacity for HEALING that is available through our Healing Touch work. Please join us in creating a HUGE blanket of calming, healing light, peace and love throughout the world. Center and anchor the blanket through our column of light in our Lakewood, Colorado office, so that from our organizational center, our healing light can build to a high intensity and blanket the world. May it be an instrument of healing conflict and strife, calming chaos and confusion, soothing loss and grief, including our beloved Earth and all beings whose lives have been touched by challenge.

Being Peace and Radiating Peace and Healing Through the World

  • Begin today.
  • Repeat this meditation daily for the next 3 months, through to the Fall Equinox, September 23, 2019.
  • Repeat as often as it enters your awareness.
  • Maintain a peaceful, loving state within yourself. 

Be the peace and healing you wish to see in the world.

With gratitude, love, peace and light,

Healing Beyond Borders Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers
Joel Anderson, President

Victoria Cornelius, Vice President
Lisa Crouch, Treasurer
Annis Parker, Director
Maureen Kowba, Director
Deborah Goldberg, Director
Carol Schoenecker, Director
Lisa C. Anselme, Executive Director
Mary-Cathrine Campbell, Past President
Kassi Anderson, Certification Administrator
Carrie Niewenhous, Education Administrator
Cathy Nunemaker, Membership Administrator

Posted by on in President's Update

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"Norway"       Photo by Joel Anderson

 

June 2019 President Monthly Ezine

I was quite fortunate and grateful to spend twelve days in May presenting my research in dementia family caregiving in the Centre for Medicine and Aging (SESAM) at the Stavanger University Hospital in Stavanger, Norway; meeting with existing and new collaborators from the SESAM, the University of Exeter, and King's College London; and consulting with SESAM staff regarding media strategy and engaged scholarship. But as with everything in life, it's been the people and the stories that have made it all memorable and have helped to create the good moments, or gode øyeblikk. So whether it has been laughing over a good dinner at Skagen on the harbor, appreciating the opportunities to connect with international colleagues from across Europe in meaningful conversations, walking through Gamle Stavanger, cruising up the fjords, dipping my toes in the North Sea, having my first sip of aquavit, having impromptu conversations about Healing Touch and energy with my Norwegian friends, or wandering through fantastically colored rhododendrons in peak bloom, this trip has been filled with good moments for me that I've been sharing on Twitter. And I'm very grateful to my friends and colleagues in Stavanger for helping me to collect a skattekiste or treasure chest of good moments.

Member Spotlight

Got a story to share? Let me know! If you'd like to share what you're doing in a member spotlight, please use this form to let me know what you're up to! I'll incorporate these stories into Perspectives in Healing and future ezines to share with our global community.

Quarterly Group Read

The read chosen for the second quarter of 2019 is Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky. Though not always explicitly stated, cellular memory and energetics are woven all through this book, and Dr. Sapolsky deftly explains the biological consequences our environment have on our bodies and behavior.

Online Discussion Groups

I am hosting online Zoom sessions every other month to provide a space for support, connection, and dialogue with me in a small group setting. Use this link to submit your interest in the sessions scheduled for 2019. Dates and more information about the sessions can be found on the online form.

Meditation for June

This video and soundscape remind me of the beauty and feeling of Norway. I think it is a perfect backdrop for reflection as we approach the upcoming solstice.

Become an Evergreen Supporter

Join me in becoming an Evergreen Supporter of Healing Beyond Borders. I've pledged to support the mission and vision of Healing Beyond Borders through an automatic credit card deduction each month. For more information, including giving levels, visit the store on our website and click on the Evergreen Support tab.

Online Store

And speaking of our store, have you seen all of the new products in our online store? There are quite a few new resources, supplies, and gifts that can support your learning, practice, and teaching. Profits from the sale of products from our online store directly support the mission of Healing Beyond Borders.

In light,

Joel G. Anderson, PhD, FGSA, CHTP
President, Healing Beyond Borders Board of Directors

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April 2019 President Monthly Ezine

If you don't know about Greta Thunberg, I think you should. Described as a force of nature, Greta was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her unflappable and unapologetic championing of our planet and necessary action to combat climate change.

Earth Day has been around for almost 50 years. Yet over the past several decades, the impact of humanity on our planet seems only to have grown the point of tangible effects in each of our communities. As healers, we are keenly aware of all of this and the impact it is having on our heath and wellbeing, and what might be ahead of us.

But, as Greta says, where there's action, there is hope. We know the things that we can do to make a difference. And we can use our skills and our voices to motivate and encourage the large-scale change that we need.

Healing Beyond Borders has taken actions to improve our organizational level of sustainability. As Earth Day draws near, I am making a pledge as the current president of our organization to work with our office staff, Executive Director, and Board of Directors on tangible ways we can do even better in terms of our sustainability in an effort to make our organization as green as possible. Hopefully by the time I pass the baton to the next individual to take on this role, we can be as close to a carbon-neutral organization as possible.

Member Spotlight

Got a story to share? Let me know! If you'd like to share what you're doing in a member spotlight, please use this form to let me know what you're up to! I'll then incorporate these stories into Perspectives in Healing and future ezines to share with our global community.

For example, Hattie Peraino shared that the Healing Touch Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan, celebrated its 20th anniversary on March 30, 2019! You can read more about the Center in Hattie's recent post on the Crazy Wisdom Community Journal.

Judy Stoddard shared the following: "When I first started learning HT and was inexperienced, I would ask for the work to be done even if my hand positions were not placed correctly, realizing that energy goes where it is needed. As I work, I ask to be led and regularly say mental blessings, particularly when over the heart or crown chakras. I frequently use a Celtic peace blessing, the Buddhist Metta, (loving kindness blessing) or other appropriate blessings. When I silently ask, "may my hands be Your hands", I am opening myself to Spirit working through me as a conduit. When grounding at the end of a session, I silently give thanks for the session and for learning the modality."

Quarterly Group Read

The read chosen for the second quarter of 2019 is Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky. Dr. Sapolsky came to the University of Tennessee last spring and lectured as part of Brain Awareness Week. His presentation was based on this book and I immediately went out and purchased because I found it all so fascinating from both a scientific standpoint and through the lens of a healer. Though not always explicitly stated, cellular memory and energetics are woven all through this book, and Dr. Sapolsky deftly explains the biological consequences our environment have on our bodies and behavior. I also think it is very useful as one thinks about the causes and consequences of energetic patterns.

Online Discussion Groups

I will again be hosting online Zoom sessions to provide a space for support, connection, and dialogue with me in a small group setting. Use this link to submit your interest in the sessions scheduled for 2019. Dates and more information about the sessions can be found on the online form.

Meditation for April

As we think about and send love to our planetary home, this video from Meditative Mind provides Solfeggio tones to clear the chakras and deepen our connection to the Earth.

Become an Evergreen Supporter

Join me in becoming an Evergreen Supporter of Healing Beyond Borders. I've pledged to support the mission and vision of Healing Beyond Borders through an automatic credit card deduction each month. For more information, including giving levels, visit the store on our website and click on the Evergreen Support tab.

Online Store

And speaking of our store, have you seen all of the new products in our online store? There are quite a few new resources, supplies, and gifts that can support your learning, practice, and teaching. Profits from the sale of products from our online store directly support the mission of Healing Beyond Borders.

In light,

Joel G. Anderson, PhD, FGSA, CHTP
President, Healing Beyond Borders Board of Directors

Posted by on in President's Update

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Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia
Photo by Joel Anderson

March 2019 President Monthly Ezine


Happy Healing Touch Day!

Since 1996, March 6 has been an anniversary of our organization. Twenty-three years later, Healing Touch continues to provide healing to individuals across the planet in pursuit of the vision to spread healing, light, and love, creating wholeness on Earth.

This anniversary has me thinking about the 'butterfly effect' - the idea that our actions and words ripple out into the world in unseen and unknown ways. There is no way that we could enumerate the lives touched by this heart-centered work over past 23 years by all of those involved. Indeed, it is impossible for any one of us to determine all of the individuals for whom our healing presence has made a significant, positive impact, to say nothing of our healing influence on the animals, plants, and ecosystems of the planet. But I know that we have, and continue to, make a meaningful difference in the world.

"What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." ~ Jane Goodall

As students, practitioners, and instructors of Healing Touch, we have consciously and consistently chosen to embody the Attributes of the Heart - to "spread healing, light and love worldwide" in pursuit of the highest good for all of the life that inhabits this world. My hope is that today we each take a moment to reflect on our place within this community of light-working butterflies and the power, sacredness, and exquisiteness of our healing presence.

Member Spotlight

Got a story to share? Let me know! If you'd like to share what you're doing in a member spotlight, please use this form to let me know what you're up to! I'll then incorporate these stories into Perspectives in Healing and future ezines to share with our global community.

Quarterly Group Read

The read chosen for the first quarter of 2019 is How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery. It is a small but mighty book that shares the simple wisdom of animals and how we can learn so much more from them than they might ever learn from us.

Online Discussion Groups

Want to join an online Zoom session and a space for support, connection, and dialogue with me in a small group setting? Use this link to submit your interest in the sessions scheduled for 2019. Dates and more information about the sessions can be found on the online form.

Meditation for March

The meditation this month is our Healing Touch Day meditation for worldwide healing, light, love, and peace.

Become an Evergreen Supporter

Join me in becoming an Evergreen Supporter of Healing Beyond Borders. I've pledged to support the mission and vision of Healing Beyond Borders through an automatic credit card deduction each month. For more information, including giving levels, visit the store on our website and click on the Evergreen Support tab.

Online Store

And speaking of our store, have you seen all of the new products in our online store? There are quite a few new resources, supplies, and gifts that can support your learning, practice, and teaching. Profits from the sale of products from our online store directly support the mission of Healing Beyond Borders.

In light,

Joel G. Anderson, PhD, FGSA, CHTP
President, Healing Beyond Borders Board of Directors

Posted by on in President's Update

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 "A Swirl of Terns" Commissioned Sculpture by Stefan SaVides
Sky Lakes Medical Center, Klamath Falls, OR
Photo by Lisa Anselme

February 2019 President Monthly Ezine

I discovered the writings and work of Maya Angelou during high school, first with her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Throughout my late teens and twenties, I read and reread her books, poetry, and essays, hearing in her voice an understanding and knowledge of some of the aspects of life with which I struggled. I dazzled at her turn of phrase and ability to imbue simple words with such meaning and wisdom.

In 1995, Dr. Angelou wrote her poem A Brave and Startling Truth to mark the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. That fall, she spoke at my university and I was thrilled to see and hear her in person for the first time. I still have the poster from the event. You can imagine my excitement just a few years later when I found myself living in the same city as Dr. Angelou and shopping with her at Whole Foods!

Her words and writing seem to be one of the first places my mind goes when it tries to make sense of life and world events. Over the past few days, I've been thinking about her poetry as I watch the news and think about my place in the world as a healer.

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet
Whose hands can strike with such abandon
That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living
Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness
That the haughty neck is happy to bow
And the proud back is glad to bend
Out of such chaos, of such contradiction
We learn that we are neither devils nor divines

In her book Mom & Me & Mom, she writes,

"Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly in our veins."

As I think about all of the ways in which I do and can learn to embody the Attributes of the Heart, including unconditional love, I think about those wisdom keepers whose words seem to pierce through any number of paradigms, ideas, and philosophies, taking one to the heart of the matter. That's what I find in Maya Angelou's words-the Attributes of the Heart. During a month in which many of us are bombarded with the sentimentality of Valentine's Day, may we all find within ourselves, and those we hold dear, love that heals and liberates.

Member Spotlight
Got a story to share? Let me know! If you'd like to share what you're doing in a member spotlight, please use this form to let me know what you're up to! I'll then incorporate these stories into Perspectives in Healing and future ezines to share with our global community.

Quarterly Group Read
The read chosen for the first quarter of 2019 is How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery. It is a small but mighty book that shares the simple wisdom of animals and how we can learn so much more from them than they might ever learn from us.

Online Discussion Groups
I will again be hosting online Zoom sessions to provide a space for support, connection, and dialogue with me in a small group setting. Use this link to submit your interest in the sessions scheduled for 2019. Dates and more information about the sessions can be found on the online form.

Meditation for February
Continuing with the theme of healing and love, this video from Meditative Mind provides a sound bath for the heart chakra and a backdrop for heart-focused meditation.

Become an Evergreen Supporter
Join me in becoming an Evergreen Supporter of Healing Beyond Borders. I've pledged to support the mission and vision of Healing Beyond Borders through an automatic credit card deduction each month. For more information, including giving levels, visit the store on our website and click on the Evergreen Support tab.

Online Store
And speaking of our store, have you seen all of the new products in our online store? There are quite a few new resources, supplies, and gifts that can support your learning, practice, and teaching. Profits from the sale of products from our online store directly support the mission of Healing Beyond Borders.

In light,

Joel G. Anderson, PhD, FGSA, CHTP
President, Healing Beyond Borders Board of Directors

Posted by on in President's Update

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January 2019 President Monthly Ezine

I always find myself even more introspective than usual as the calendar turns from one year to the next. Like Janus, I am at once looking forward and looking back, thinking about what has occurred in the year that has passed, what I can learn from these events, and how I can take these lessons forward with me.

January is also the month during which we in the United States recognize the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During a recent conversation, our Vice President Victoria Cornelius reminded me of the following quote from Dr. King: "Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic." This helped me not only to frame the topic of our conversation, but also reminded me of Roshi Joan Halifax's book Standing at the Edge, which was my pick for the fourth quarter read of 2018. She, too, reflects on that balanced middle ground - a Goldilocks zone of just right.

As the new year unfurls before us, may we remember and put into practice Dr. King's words and aspirations. May unconditional, powerful love guide us as we spread light and expand wholeness on Earth.

Member Spotlight

Got a story to share? Let me know! If you'd like to share what you're doing in a member spotlight, please use this form to let me know what you're up to! I'll then incorporate these stories into Perspectives in Healing and future ezines to share with our global community.

For example, Patricia Rux shared that she is incorporating Healing Touch into her practice as an end-of-life doula. Evelyn Jarman is expanding her Healing Touch practice and offerings at Gladstone Hospital in Queensland, Australia. And Myra Tovey presented on heart-centered communication at the 45th annual Professional Nurse Educators Group conference.

Quarterly Group Read

"And cobras are the laziest of the lot!" If you were at the conference in 2017, then you might recognize that quote from Annis Parker's keynote presentation about her work with animals. I instantly thought of Annis when I spotted the book I've chosen as the first read for the first quarter of 2019 in the bookstore. And there was just something about the book that wouldn't let me leave the bookstore without it. I'm glad that I didn't. How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery is a small but mighty book that shares the simple wisdom of animals and how we can learn so much more from them than they might ever learn from us.

Online Discussion Groups

I will again be hosting online Zoom sessions to provide a space for support, connection, and dialogue with me in a small group setting. These sessions were well-received last year, and I thoroughly enjoyed connecting with those who participated. The sign-up process last time was not so great, though, so I've changed it this year. Use this link to submit your interest in the sessions scheduled for 2019. Dates and more information about the sessions can be found on the online form.

In addition to these sessions, 2019 will bring with it new online topical discussion groups. For example, our Research Director Sue Hess wants to host online discussions focused on research. And I envision other discussion groups on topics that have consistently topped comments, surveys, and emails from our students, practitioners, and instructors, such as mentorship, teaching, and ethics. More information about these sessions will follow in the coming months.

Meditation for January

As it's a new year, many of us think about how we can be our best selves moving forward. I've recently discovered Marie Kondo and her method for tidying up. Keeping our energy system tidy is the inspiration for this month's meditation. This video from Meditative Mind provides musical frequencies for clearing and healing the major chakras.

Become an Evergreen Supporter

Join me in becoming an Evergreen Supporter of Healing Beyond Borders. I've pledged to support the mission and vision of Healing Beyond Borders through an automatic credit card deduction each month. For more information, including giving levels, visit the store on our website and click on the Evergreen Support tab.

Online Store

And speaking of our store, have you seen all of the new products in our online store? There are quite a few new resources, supplies, and gifts that can support your learning, practice, and teaching. Profits from the sale of products from our online store directly support Healing Beyond Borders.

In light, 

Joel G. Anderson, PhD, FGSA, CHTP
President, Healing Beyond Borders Board of Directors

Posted by on in President's Update

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Mental Health and Healing Touch

You may recall from my ezine in July my synopsis of the online Zoom session that I had with folks in June. During that June session, the conversation turned to mental and emotional health because we met following the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, who died by suicide. We talked a lot about mental health, the latest statistics from the U.S. and other countries, and what we could do as students, practitioners, and instructors of Healing Touch to support individuals who may be struggling with depression or other mental health issues. Given that this is not my bailiwick, I wanted to rely on the professional expertise of instructors and practitioners in my personal network who are also mental health professionals on what might be most useful and appropriate. As president, a concerned human being, and someone with a history of depression, I wanted to be sure that we did our best to get it right.

So I reached out to Lucrezia Mangione, Pat Cheeks, and Denise DeForest Pastoor to help me pull together some resources for our community on the topic of mental and emotional health. As Healing Touch students and practitioners, we often work with clients who experience mood changes or have been diagnosed with clinical depression. As the seasons change (e.g., affecting the amount sunlight we experience) and calendars fill up with personal and professional responsibilities and the arrival of holidays, the needs of our clients or patients may increase with respect to depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and related mood shifts. Hopefully, the information in this ezine will be useful in your practice of Healing Touch or your own self-care.

Before delving into any of the information, it is essential that we be reminded of our scope of practice. Our Standards and Scope of Practice are the ethical and professional foundation of our Healing Touch practice. None of us want to do more harm than good. Scope of Practice is the first code and standard of practice. As students and practitioners of Healing Touch, we "integrate and practice Healing Touch within the scope of [our] education, training, current licensing and credentialing." We also are bound by code and standard two, which is about collaborative care and working within "the limits of [our] professional competence...Referrals are made to appropriate health care professionals as needed." If you do not have the appropriate training, credentials, and state/provincial licensure to provide mental health services to your patients, refer them to someone who does. Being in alignment with our standards ensures safety for all concerned.

Information and Resources

Overview of depression

Depression can become very familiar. It can be simpler to choose familiar when we know how to exist there and it feels safe. At times, especially when grieving, feeling good can bring on feelings of guilt and the grip on feeling good can become slippery or lost.

One can believe (consciously or unconsciously) that the illness is keeping one safe from something. There are many who speak of generational patterns that can include depression and anxiety. Certainly, negative emotions of parents and/or grandparents can imprint one with reactions of grief, depression, or anxiety. Gabor Mate, MD, speaks to this in his book, When the Body Says No. The Body Keeps the Score, a book by Bessel van der Kolk, PhD, discusses the storing of emotions in the body. One of Pat Cheeks favorite quotes from the book is the following: "Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives."

Limitations of Talk Therapy

There are limits to talk therapy. That's why Pat, Denise, and Lucrezia integrate Healing Touch for those clients who want it. As therapists, it's clear to Pat, Denise, and Lucrezia that talk therapy may not offer the healing we hope our clients would have. When a therapist (or provider) hears "I don't deserve this," "I'm being punished," "I am wrong," "What am I doing wrong?", or "Danger is everywhere", it is obvious that the client has internalized messages that are damaging.

Healing Presence

Coming from a heart-centered place and holding sacred space are healing by themselves. Describe our Healing Touch work so that the individual can embrace the concepts of connecting, opening, balancing, and repatterning. Describe how you prepare for the work so that they will understand the loving place the energy is coming from. Ask the client what brings them joy and encourage them to revisit joy to bring a sense of hope while they are experiencing Healing Touch. Your heart-centered presence also will help you to follow the energy, which is the best way to support the healing process.

Initial or Follow-up Intake

Your initial visit and intake is your opportunity to understand an individual's holistic health history and why they are seeking Healing Touch. This intake includes a little about their medical history and current medical issues, too. Most people will be honest about their mental health history and current diagnosis. If the person indicates that they are depressed or have been diagnosed with depression, it is essential to ask about previous or ongoing treatment for depression. A general question you can ask during your intake is "Have you ever been given a diagnosis related to your mental health?" If the individual answers no, then continue on with understanding what brings her or him to seek Healing Touch. If yes, follow up by asking "Are you under the care of a licensed professional right now?" and, if yes, "How frequently do you see him/her/they?" If the individual isn't seeing anyone, ask them "Are you willing to see someone if need be? Do you know someone? How about your primary care physician?" and make a referral, too. It is very important to encourage seeking professional help if you suspect that your client might be experiencing depression. An easy referral that is non-threatening to most people is to their primary care physician. Additionally, consider closing your intake with a statement that explains that you work collaboratively with others when a situation is outside your training and expertise. Invite them to consider signing a release form so both you and their chosen licensed clinician can connect and collaborate together in support of their mental health. The initial visit is your opportunity to learn about your client and why they want Healing Touch, as well as to identify what's within your scope of practice and with whom you'll need to collaborate when it's outside your training.

If the individual expresses thoughts of suicide, harming themselves, or harming others, seek immediate assistance from their mental health provider and/or a suicide or crisis hotline.

Energetic Assessment

During your assessment, the focus is two-fold: what the client says they need help with and what is presenting energetically. If the client shares any indication that they may be suffering with prolonged, long-term sadness, loneliness, moodiness, low energy, thoughts of hopelessness, or anything that flags you as a concern, take note of it. At the end of the session you can make referrals as needed. Assessing the field is your biggest window into how to support their aims for Healing Touch. The energy field will serve as guidance regarding the techniques to choose. Following what presents in your client's field and addressing those energetic disturbances will yield supportive outcomes.

Energetic Patterns

What energetic patterns might you find when working with a patient who is experiencing depression? What Healing Touch techniques might you use in response to those energetic findings? Energetic patterns are as varied as people. Consequently, using Healing Touch techniques is a flexible process. Below are some suggestions about potential energetic patterns and findings you might encounter, as well as techniques you might use to balance, clear, and energize in response to what's presenting in the field.

Keep in mind that everyone is different. When working with someone who has disclosed a diagnosis of depression or other mood disorder, you have an opportunity to learn how an energy field is affected by an ongoing medical condition. Keep good records of what the energy field disturbances are. Over time, you will begin to see what their presenting pattern is. This along with their short- and long-term goals will enable you to identify different Healing Touch techniques to help their system repattern itself gently into a more functional patterning. Follow the energy, set mutual goals, and set your intention, as always, for the person's highest good and make referrals for collaborative care.

Potential energetic patterns observed in individuals who report they have a depressed mood or have been diagnosed with depression or other mood disorder are outlined below.

  • The root chakra may be compromised. Grounding meditations, body based movement (e.g., yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong), and encouraging connection to the Earth and nature (e.g., walks and getting outdoors) may help support this imbalance.
  • The sacral chakra may be compromised. A mutual goal may be to shift emotions and create more joy. In addition to Healing Touch, journaling, pranayama breathing (i.e., slow diaphragmatic breathing), and physical movement may also be of support.
  • The solar plexus chakra may be compromised and related to a loss of a sense of self, boundaries, and control. Energy leaks at this chakra may be occurring and draining. Support the individual with affirmations, encouragement to tap into support systems, and meditations on safe spaces.
  • The heart chakra may be compromised, which may be related with feelings of grief and loss. Support the individual in their ability to focus on self-compassion, the attributes of the heart, and connecting with those who they feel love and care for them. Centering meditations are useful in supporting the heart chakra.
  • The throat chakra is connected with the sharing of our story. Be an active listener, grounded in mindful, compassionate presence. Provide your patient with a space to be heard free from an expectation or need to "fix" them.
  • The brow chakra is our connection to intuitive wisdom. Affirm for the individual the courage to listen to their own inner wisdom rather than the inner critic and limiting beliefs.
  • The crown chakra may be compromised. Reinforce connecting to an inner source with guided meditations. Encourage mindfulness practices that allow for being present without judgment. This often leads clients to let depressive symptoms "flow" through them.

Choosing which techniques to use during the session is unique to your assessment of your client's biofield. That said, as a general guideline, when in doubt, choose techniques from Course 1. These techniques are typically hands-on or near enough to the body that most individuals will feel a sense of connection with the provider and the work they are providing. For example, based on your energetic assessment along with what they say, one might use Course 1 Healing Touch techniques such as full or modified sequences of Chakra Connection, Modified Mesmeric Clearing, or Chakra Spread. Energetic siphon over the chakra that is the most compromised may allow for a gentle release of overwhelming feelings. Further, Noel's Mind Clearing is a technique that addresses the biofield at the head, which in Lucrezia's practice she's observed is wonderfully effective for balancing emotional and mental states. Pat shares that Field Repatterning can offer such hope and a new way of being to clients. She's had clients report feeling so much lighter and comment, "I feel as though I've had a reset."

Recommendations and Referrals

Denise suggests exploring somatic awareness after a Healing Touch session to deepen body awareness, which may be profound in the healing process. People with a history of trauma, depression, or anxiety are often disconnected from their body or focus on negatives. Invite them to identify areas in which they feel comfort or ease and to follow those patterns and place a hand on the area. It is within the scope of practice for all Healing Touch providers to share any Healing Touch techniques for daily self-care. Techniques from Course 1 also have the additional benefit of being easy to learn, especially the self Chakra Connection. Additional suggestions include acupuncture, which is often covered by insurance, restorative yoga, qigong, or tai chi. Movement and meditation can be very soothing and healing.

Additional Approaches

In addition to Healing Touch, a focus on nutritional support or modifications (e.g., low carbohydrate and sugar intake), sleep hygiene, exercise and physical activity, and other self-care are important to support healing. How do you identify these when you're not trained? Use your common sense. We all know the importance of sleeping well, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. During your intake or follow-up chats, ask them what they do to take care of themselves. Depending on their answers, encourage them to bolster steps in improving an area. You can always ask, "What's one step you can do to improve your sleep, exercise habits, or diet?" Also, make a referral, encouraging them to see a dietician, functional medicine doctor, or sleep expert as needed.

Other Ideas and Resources

Here are more suggestions and resources that Pat, Denise, and Lucrezia recommend:

  • Bring your laptop to your session. Pat brings her laptop to the office some days to show clients' Dan Seigel's "Brain in the Hand" video. Both Pat and Lucrezia send their clients to the HeartMath Institute website to do their own research.
  • Consider sharing this lovely blog post by someone who lives with suicidal thoughts
  • Know the Warning Signs [of Mental Illness]: An excellent synopsis of signs and steps to help for mental illness created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Risk of Suicide: An excellent synopsis of signs and risk factors for suicide created by NAMI
  • Want to Know How to Help a Friend?: This infographic by NAMI tells you how. Written for students, it also applies to the general adult population.
  • Other useful infographics by NAMI
  • What is Mental Health? Here's a short article about mental health and resilience that shares highlights of what mental health looks like written by Lucrezia, who is a Board Certified Counselor
  • Books for your education:
    • Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith
    • Soulcraft or Nature and the Human Soul by Bill Plotkin
    • How People Heal by Diane Goldner
    • Avalanche by Brugh Joy
    • The Subtle Body by Cyndi Dale
    • Wheels of Light by Rosalyn Bruyere
    • Hands of Light, Light Emerging and Core Healing by Barbara Brennan
    • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
    • The Noon Day Demon by Andrew Solomon
    • Feeling Good by David Burns
    • Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub
    • Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat Zinn
    • Medicine, Mind, and Meaning by Eve Wood
    • Out of the Blues by Jay Cleve
    • Unstuck, Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression by James Gordon
    • The Mandala of Being by Richard Moss
    • This is Your Brain on Joy by Earl Henslin
    • The Chemistry of Calm and The Chemistry of Joy by Henry Emmons

Finally, here is a link I've shared before to a literature review that Lucrezia Mangione, Diane Swengros, and I wrote on biofield therapies and mental wellbeing that was published in Issues in Mental Health Nursing in November 2017. The article was chosen by the editorial board of the journal as the practice paper of the year for 2017 and has been made freely available.

Many, many thanks to Lucrezia, Pat, and Denise for their input, insight, and expertise in pulling together this information. Our hope is that this ezine is a great resource for your practice and healing.

In light,
Joel G. Anderson, PhD, FGSA, CHTP
President, Healing Beyond Borders Board of Directors

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October 2018 President Monthly Ezine

Where does the time go?! No, really, where does it go? You may have been wondering why you've not received an ezine from me since July. Well, a new academic year started for me in August, just as we were finishing up final preparations for our annual conference in September. So the months got away from me and we find ourselves in October. Yikes!

As you know, I've been having online Zoom sessions throughout the year as a way to connect with you and learn more about what you're doing. Oftentimes, the conversation touches on research and I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts on some recent research that gained a lot of media attention. This recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported the results of a retrospective analysis of patient medical records for individuals undergoing treatment for cancer. While the research findings were more detailed, the big headline in the media was that people who use "alternative therapies" for treatment of cancer die at higher rates than those who do not.

Buried in so many of those stories and, quite frankly, within the research article itself were a few key points. These results referred to those individuals who had made the choice, for whatever reason, not to undergo conventional treatment for cancer and were using non-pharmacological treatments as alternatives. As Healing Touch students, practitioners, and instructors, this is not what we espouse, focusing on integration of complementary and holistic approaches to care.

Another key point was that the difference in mortality of this group disappeared when the researchers took other factors into account, namely those individuals who had forgone treatment and were not using "alternative therapies." When those individuals were included, the statistically significant difference was null.

There are many more flaws in how this research was reported in the media, as well as how the actual study itself was conducted. John Week's as done an excellent job of reporting that information on his blog. I think it is important reading and knowledge to have as we interact with those who may have been influenced by the media coverage of this research.

Member Spotlight

Got a story to share? Let me know! If you'd like to share what you're doing in a member spotlight, please use this form to let me know what you're up to! I'll then incorporate these stories into Perspectives in Healing and future ezines to share with our global community.

For example, Sue Peck used the form to let me know about an article she had published in the December 2017 issue of Integrative Medicine on Healing Touch at end of life. Sue and her coauthors Gail Corse and Der-Fa Lu report on a case study of a patient dying. The article describes the patient's energy field changes as she passed and includes the energy changes in observed during the death process of this individual.

Quarterly Group Read

Our new read for the last quarter of this year is Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet by Roshi Joan Halifax. I eagerly awaited the release of this book in May and was not disappointed by Roshi Joan's insight and wisdom. I tagged many passages and quotes throughout the book and hope that you will find it as inspiring, thought-provoking, and wonderful as I have.

Bimonthly Zoom Sessions

In July and August, I had two more online Zoom sessions to provide a space for support, connection, dialogue, and understanding. As I described above, in July we talked about energetic patterns and Alzheimer's disease. In August, we talked about the annual conference and opportunities for professional development. The last of these Zoom sessions are scheduled for October and December. If you would like to participate, you need to sign up so that I can send you the connection information. Follow this link to sign up and get information about the dates and times. I will posting dates for 2019 in January.

Meditation for October

Recently, the BBC aired a documentary on the state of our oceans with regard to our increasing use and misuse of plastic. Titled Drowning in Plastic, the film gives a stark look at the results of consumption and disposal of this man-made material. We are well aware of the health of oceans, as well as the vital role a healthy ocean plays on our planet for all of life. This month, I would like for us to meditate on the oceans, to focus on the healing of our planet through its most prominent, blue feature. The music and images in this video may support you.

Become an Evergreen Supporter

Join me in becoming an Evergreen Supporter of Healing Beyond Borders in this our 22nd year. I've pledged to support the mission and vision of Healing Beyond Borders through an automatic credit card deduction each month. For more information, including giving levels, visit the store on our website and click on the Evergreen Support tab.

Online Store

And speaking of our store, have you seen all of the new products in our online store? There are quite a few new resources, supplies, and gifts that can support your learning, practice, and teaching. Profits from the sale of products from our online store directly support Healing Beyond Borders.

In light,
Joel G. Anderson, PhD, FGSA, CHTP  

President, Healing Beyond Borders Board of Directors

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July 2018 President Monthly Ezine
 
I have been thinking a lot about family for the past few weeks. In June, I visited my family in Virginia for the week following Father's Day. I was pleased to have a week filled with activities with my dad, siblings and in-laws, and my nephews. My biological family is very important to me, and I'm heartened that we've grown closer as the years have passed.
 
My chosen family is just as important to me. For me and many others, including those in the LGBTQ+ community, chosen families often fill the gaps in our needs that biological families are incapable of doing, either consciously or unconsciously. I'm grateful and fortunate to be surrounded by a chosen family of folks far and wide who love me unconditionally and support my personal growth. Many of those individuals are also part of my Healing Touch family. Nowhere is that more evident that in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
 
After my week with my family, I drove further north to observe a Healing Touch course in the Shenandoah Valley as part of my instructor training. The course was taught by Gina Bondurant, who leads the practice group there that I still claim as mine. That community is an extension of my family and continues to support me.
 
Shirley Kirkwood is one of the individuals in that community who holds so much grandmother wisdom. When I was dealing with the aftermath of a personal loss and the ways in which I felt I was being misunderstood and dismissed, she said to me, "I'm always suspicious of people who have the answers to questions they've never been asked." That succinct, truthful wisdom has stuck with me ever since. On the member spotlight page I set up last month, Shirley wrote the following:
 
Joel, I am no longer a member of HBB but am the one responsible for the HT trainings that began here in Rockingham County, [Virginia]. When I was president of the local massage unit, I arranged for HT training for needed CEUs for massage therapists to be held in Harrisonburg. Judy Holt and I started the first practice groups, which continue today. I scheduled and arranged these groups until a few years ago when I asked Gina Bondurant to do that...[she] does a great job with it. I volunteered to provide HT for a seminar [Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR)] that began at Eastern Mennonite University after 9/11 and provides training for persons who have experienced trauma. I can no longer do that work because I have Parkinson's disease and getting up and down to do Scudder [Meridian Clearing] is no longer possible. Pat Cheeks and others volunteer and continue to do that. I volunteered to do Scudder [Meridian Clearing] at the Bridgewater Retirement Community where I now live. Others have now filled in for me. I've given workshops to various women's groups about HT and its benefits. And the practice group has grown because of Gina's trainings. Our numbers are growing and I am so pleased to have been a hand in making this happen.
 
Having just been in Harrisonburg for my first observation as an instructor in training, I loved the fact that I was instantly enveloped into my old community there. I was able to see several of my Healing Touch family members there, and I was struck by the lineage and connections from Shirley, Bill and Louisa Painter, Gina, and others-how we're all connected through this heart-centered practice we all love.
 
Member Spotlight
 
Got a story to share like Shirley's? Let me know! To get a better handle on all of the great things our members are doing so that we can spotlight these activities, I've created this online submission form. If you'd like to share what you're doing in a member spotlight, please use this form to let me know what you're up to! I'll then incorporate these stories into Perspectives in Healing and future ezines, as above, to share with our global community.
 
Quarterly Group Read
 
Our new read for this quarter is Subtle Energy Techniques by Cyndi Dale. Laura Hart recommended this little tome to me last year when we were working on the new textbook. At the time, she said that she had read it three times already. Each time, she learned something new. As we approach our conference in September, it seems like the perfect time to read this book.  
 
Bimonthly Zoom Sessions
 
In June, I had another online Zoom session to provide a space for support, connection, dialogue, and understanding. During the session, the conversation turned to mental and emotional health because we met following the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, who died by suicide. We talked about what we could do as students, practitioners, and instructors of Healing Touch to support patients struggling with depression or other mental health issues. Afterwards, I reached out to a few CHTPs and CHTIs to help me pull together some resources for our community on the topic of mental and emotional health. Stay tuned for that ezine. In the meantime, here is a link to a literature review that Lucrezia Mangione, Diane Swengros, and I wrote on biofield therapies and mental wellbeing that was published in Issues in Mental Health Nursing in November 2017. The article was chosen by the editorial board of the journal as the practice paper of the year for 2017 and has been made freely available.
 
If you would like to participate in future Zoom sessions, you need to sign up so that I can send you the connection information. Follow this link to sign up and get information about the dates and times.
 
Meditation for July
 
Given everything that is happening in the world right now, I thought it might be good to revisit the Tonglen meditation from my February ezine.
 
Tonglen meditation is a gift to others-a gift of compassion, of mercy, of understanding. Roshi Joan Halifax has written about Tonglen here. You can listen to Pema Chodron talk about and guide tonglen on YouTube here. Finally, here is some lovely music for meditating on compassion and releasing fear from Meditative Mind.
 
Become an Evergreen Supporter
 
Join me in becoming an Evergreen Supporter of Healing Beyond Borders in this our 22nd year. I've pledged to support the mission and vision of Healing Beyond Borders through an automatic credit card deduction each month. For more information, including giving levels, visit the store on our website and click on the Evergreen Support tab.
 
Online Store
 
And speaking of our store, have you seen all of the new products in our online store? There are quite a few new resources, supplies, and gifts that can support your learning, practice, and teaching. Profits from the sale of products from our online store directly support Healing Beyond Borders.
 
In light,
Joel G. Anderson, PhD, FGSA, CHTP  
President, Healing Beyond Borders Board of Directors

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April 2018 President Monthly Ezine
I have to be present a lot this week! When I look at my calendar, it's one of those weeks in which there is so much going on and I somehow have multiple presentations to give in various venues each day this week. I guess it all sounded good at the time when I said "yes" to all of this. But it can take a fair bit of energy to be that engaged and dynamic all week, while still doing all of the other things that need to be done.
 
And while some may not think of my being present this week in the ways in which we normally talk about presence in Healing Touch, I would disagree because I try to bring my healing presence into everything that I do. I discovered during my Course 4 that I'm a healer who translates knowledge. I'm fortunate in that my life is a Venn diagram of what the Japanese call ikigai. So, I see my being present in all of these venues this week as an extension and application of my healing presence.
 
Fortunately, what I've learned and practiced in Healing Touch helps with all of this. But there is always room for improvement. I came across this opportunity today to participate in a free webinar with Eckhart Tolle on the power of presence and wanted to share it with you.
 
Quarterly Group Read
 
I have a new suggestion for the group read this quarter. Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology is a book that I believe came into my awareness in an email from Terry Sparks. While I've not read all of it yet, I'm excited to read it with you and think about ways in which we can apply quantum physics to biological systems. And to facilitate discussion of this book and our other reads, I've set up an online discussion group for us using GoodReads.
 
Bimonthly Zoom Sessions
 
Don't forget the bimonthly online Zoom sessions to provide a space for support, connection, dialogue, and understanding. To participate, you need to sign up so that I can send you the connection information. Follow this link to sign up and get information about the dates and times. While the session for this month is full, there are others throughout the rest of the year with space!
 
Meditation for April
 
This article from the journal Mindfulness provides some of the latest research findings on the short- and long-term effects of different types of meditation. This video from Meditative Mind might serve as a good backdrop for your meditations this month. The video features two Solfeggio tones: the 528 Hz tone, known as the Miracle Tone or the Love Frequency, and the 963 Hz tone, which awakens the crown chakra.
 
Become an Evergreen Supporter
 
Join me in becoming an Evergreen Supporter of Healing Beyond Borders in this our 22nd year. I've pledged to support the mission and vision of Healing Beyond Borders through an automatic credit card deduction each month. For more information, including giving levels, visit the store on our website and click on the Evergreen Support tab.
 
In light,
Joel G. Anderson, PhD, CHTP
President, Healing Beyond Borders Board of Directors

We are advised when flying with a companion, in the event of a drop in cabin pressure to place our own oxygen mask on first, prior to assisting other passengers. This is the underlying premise of self-care; ensure that we as students and practitioners are in our best form in order that we can be of service to others.

The following notes are from a presentation to nurses by Anne Day in San Diego, 2004. They are as valid now as they were then. Thank you, Anne!


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By Anne L. Day RN, MA, CMT, CHTP/I, AHN-BC (2004)

ASSESSMENT AND AWARENESS

  • Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual
  • We shift and flow every day in these areas. We need to check in daily to see here we need to strengthen ourselves for higher-level wellness.

BALANCE AND BOUNDARIES

  • We have the most energy when we are in balance with the 4 areas of assessment.
  • We must learn to give and receive and set healthy boundaries to insure time for nurturing ourselves and our relationships.

COMMITMENT TO WALKING YOUR TALK

  • We must walk a path of holism and self-healing. This will speak louder than any words we say. The most powerful teaching is by example.
  • The extent that you love and care for yourself is the extent that you can love and are for others.

SELF-CARE PLAN

List 10 ways to nurture yourself for greater balance and health in the four areas:

  1. Physical
  2. Emotional
  3. Mental
  4. Spiritual

Visualization exercise connecting to True Essence and how to make this look in your life.

  1. Make a commitment to self-care
  2. Clearly write this commitment, listing things in each area that you can do 5 days a week.
  3. Share this with another – make a commitment to check with each other in one month.

AWARENESS OF HEALING NEEDS ON 7 LAYERS OF ENERGY FIELD

Reference to Light Emerging, by Barbara Brennen, Chapter 8, p. 91-99

  • First – Simple physical comfort, pleasure and health
  • Second – Self-acceptance and self-love
  • Third – To understand the situation in a clear linear, rational way
  • Fourth – Loving interaction with family and friends
  • Fifth – To align with the divine will within, to make the commitment to speak and follow the truth
  • Sixth – Divine love and spiritual ecstasy
  • Seventh – To be connected to divine mind and to understand the greater universal pattern.

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The Joy of Healing, Conference 2015

WOW! What a great time we had at conference! Our theme, The Joy of Healing, provided an uplifting platform for us to meet, reconnect, nourish ourselves and have fun. Everyone with whom I spoke was delighted with our venue at the Naples Beach Resort, and personally, I hope to return there again.

Thank you to all of our members who participated in Conference, either through presentation of workshops, planning events such as our annual pinning ceremonies, and those who volunteered to help out with the exhibitors' area. A big thank you to our office staff, who continue to work tirelessly "behind the scenes" to ensure that things unfold as smoothly as possible.

Our keynote speakers built on our theme, starting with Lucia Thornton ThD, RN, MSN, AHN-BC and finishing with Leah Curtin, ScD(h), RN, FAAN. In between, we learned about the importance of having fun, taking time to actually play (from the Fun Conspiracy), as well as learn of the experiences of personal healing while being a healer with Melanie Roche's (MA, BA, BBSH, BIH)  powerful presentation. Gong artist Heidi Svoboda offered touching and soothing music throughout the Conference. Those of you who were present had an opportunity to hear of my personal journey as well, and I thank you for your very gracious reception.

We have already begun the process of preparing for next year's 20th Annual Energy Healing conference, which will celebrate 20 years of our organization, Healing Touch International/Healing Beyond Borders. Conference will be back "home" in Colorado, where it all began. Hope you will seriously consider joining us! We'd love to see you!


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Board Strategy Session

Just prior to conference, the Board of Directors met for a Strategic Planning session. There were several areas that demanded our attention for future planning for this organization. I am very pleased to tell you our Ethics Committee submitted a wonderful document regarding Business Ethics. This was approved by the Board, with minor amendments, and is now available on the website for your perusal and consideration.

Another area of importance to the Board is that of Instructors in Training, both nationally and internationally. This has been closely tied in with the Education Committee. The Board has come up with some ideas and suggestions for re-energizing and re-vitalizing these areas, and hopes to move forward after input from those experienced committee members with new opportunities for all of our members.


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New Membership Category Announced for Healing Touch Students

While the Northern Hemisphere moves into Fall, our friends and colleagues in the Southern part of the world are awakening to Spring. For all of our Healing Touch students around the world, the Board of Directors would like to personally invite you to join Healing Beyond Borders for half the cost of membership! For only $50* (US) Healing Touch students in Levels 1-5 can join our non-profit organization and receive full membership benefits! The one time, one year membership is for Healing Touch students in Levels 1-5 only and it only applies to new members. After the first year, membership renews at the current individual membership dues. (*If your country is an Affiliate Member, your dues could be even less! Email: info@HealingBeyondBorders.org for details.)

Did you know?
Healing Beyond Borders is the only non-profit service organization for Healing Touch endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)? The Healing Touch Certificate Program Continuing Education activity is approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.b2ap3_thumbnail_image008.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_image010.jpg


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Donations now Tax Deductible!

Tax deductible contributions to Healing Beyond Borders are now accepted! We have partnered with the Miraglo Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization to establish the Healing Beyond Borders Fund. 

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Making a donation is easy and you can 'earmark' what you would like to fund. Donations are sent to Miraglo and placed in the Healing Beyond Borders Fund for usage and distribution by Healing Beyond Borders. 

Here are the donation categories:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Communications/PR Marketing for Public Education/Exhibiting
  • General Use or Other

Here are additional details:
-Minimum donation to receive a tax deduction letter: $50 US
-Identify your contribution is to support the Healing Beyond Borders Fund.
-Donor must include the specific area or category they wish to earmark the funds (from those listed above).

Thank you in advance for your donation!

Until next time, wishing each of you blessings and abundance,
Mary-Cathrine

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Core Value #3 - Respect of Self and Others

Respect of Self and Others

You know respect when you see it or feel it. Conversely, we can certainly identify when we have seen or been the recipient of disrespect. But sometimes it's hard to describe. Respecting a colleague could be as easy as listening without interruption, or thanking them for a referral.

For clients it could show up as being on time for appointments, as well as ending a session on time.

Self-respect is necessary, I believe, in order to be respectful of others. If a person has been raised in an environment where he/she has been encouraged, supported and cherished for their individual uniqueness, then that person will develop positive attitudes more easily. I believe it will be easier for them to extend respect to others because it has been modeled for them. On the other hand, someone who has been constantly demeaned, belittled and ridiculed will have more of a challenge to extend respect because it is an unknown to them...they have never experienced it. The importance of the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is paramount when it comes to respect.

How does one recognize healthy self-respect? To me, a person who has self-respect is quietly confident. They have realistic ideas about their strengths and weaknesses. They are able to see themselves in the world---that the world does not revolve around them, and that they have abilities to offer others. In turn, others have gifts to share with them. Being open to possibility is another trait of the self-respectful individual. Perhaps we might consider as well, that the self-respecting individual also exhibits humility, in that they know and accept they do not have all the answers all of the time.

Can you think of someone in your life who fits this description? How does it feel to be in their company? For me, individuals who practice self-respect exude warmth and sincerity. They demonstrate that they believe in values, and will defend those values, even if it means "swimming against the current". Sometimes they are not popular because they often will call attention to situations that perhaps we are unwilling to acknowledge and tackle. They are able to set healthy boundaries in relationships, and are not afraid of letting others know when these boundaries have been crossed.

Identifying individuals who lack self-respect is, I think, pretty easy. They demonstrate total disregard for other people, property, and feelings; they seem to have a sense of either being victims (and therefore not responsible for how they act) or having a sense of entitlement, in that they are "owed" by the world in general. Perhaps you have experienced someone like this? Possibly they are indifferent to the opinions, emotions, and ideas of others...whether family members, co-workers or even complete strangers. I think it gives them license to speak and act irresponsibly, without having to face consequences for anything. It can also camouflage their feelings of inferiority.

One thing is certain...there is no easy answer or solution to a situation where someone disrespects others. There are many possible options, enough that probably could support a major thesis or book. However, it is important, I believe to set the tone by modeling healthy behaviour ourselves. As the pundits say: "Actions speak louder than words". If we struggle with this, then perhaps life has presented us with an opportunity to expand, heal and grow. It is also important, too, that we not tackle this issue of disrespect alone. Having several individuals modeling respectful behaviour sets the tone, whether in the workplace, the classroom or the home. Sometimes we need to utilize outside resources. They are available---whether in the local library, employee assistance programs, or perhaps professionals, such as a family doctor, therapist or clergy, depending on the situation and the individuals involved.

Getting back to self-respect, it is my opinion that when we look after ourselves, we show the world that we claim our self-worth. Part of my journey involved learning to allow myself enough time to accomplish chores I needed/wanted to complete. Later on, another aspect was learning to negotiate some of those chores. I found, for example, that when I organized myself the night before heading into work, that I was not so rushed and "frazzled" in the mornings. I could speak calmly and quietly to family members instead of shrieking in a frenzy. I was able to arrive on time for work so that my colleagues could enjoy their day. Common courtesy is an important ingredient of respect, both for self and others.

Our private and professional lives reflect how we respect ourselves and others.

How is respect illustrated in your life?

Until next time, may you enjoy the respect of those around you.

Blessings and Gratitude,
Mary-Cathrine

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As I write to you from my home in Canada, the soft air of spring is making its way into North America, while our colleagues and friends in the Southern Hemisphere are gently making their way into Fall. All seasons are an opportunity to open our hearts to receive the marvelous gifts of our precious Earth. Each day is also an opening to live in the foundation of being Heart-Centered, our second Core Value.

Being Heart-Centered

Recently I attended a Level 3 class as a helper. As I re-read some of the required reading from Barbara Brennan's book "Hands of Light", I was reminded that heart-centered living is crucial for anyone aspiring to be a healer.
What exactly does being "heart-centered" mean? For me, it encompasses the qualities of loving-kindness and compassion. These, I believe, flow from forgiveness of self and of others. It's not surprising that the emotional body or layer is right next to the etheric body. There is, as we have learned, much influence from emotional turmoil and trauma, as well as unfinished business, which affects our physical bodies.

Acknowledging, accepting and then taking action to address issues that may require forgiveness (of either ourselves or others...or both) is often scary and overwhelming. Rarely can we accomplish this alone. Whether we seek the assistance of professional therapists or the strength of support groups, doing this part of our work brings a calm centeredness that enables us to move forward, and outward to others.

As I have journeyed along this path of healing, one of the most significant books has been Joy's Way. In it, he give us a fail-proof outline to help develop loving-kindness and compassion. These are the three injunctions:

1) Make no judgements
2) Make no comparisons
3) Delete the need to understand

When I focus on my own personal growth and issues that need attention, I keep myself out of others' business. With family, friends, colleagues---and generally speaking, the world---this is a good idea! I am able to focus on being a better human being---to listen patiently, and if appropriate, to respond with kindness. It doesn't cost anything except a few moments of my time. I have learned that I don't necessarily have to agree with everyone or everything, but can state my beliefs quietly and with poise. Of course, those of you who have had the opportunity to present me with unexpected challenges, know that I don't have a problem letting you know what my boundaries are either!

When I was in Ireland last year, as part of Brian Luke Seaward's Tour of Ireland, I discovered one of the audio meditations on his CD "Sweet Surrender". It is entitled the Four-chambered Heart, and is one of my current favourite ways to focus on aspects of heart-centered being/living.

Whatever your choices, I hope that you incorporate some aspect of heart-centered being and living into your daily practice. Like the ripples in a pond, each of us has the opportunities on a daily basis to create a more positive environment if we but take the time to do so.

Marketing Mastery 101

Have you signed up yet for Marketing Mastery 101? It's Healing Beyond Borders' new online marketing education and training program. It was developed in response to many members' requests for help in growing Healing Touch in private practice as well as in a clinical setting. What might be challenging for some is the balance between expanding the work in the name of service, and perhaps feeling uncomfortable with 'marketing' or 'selling'.

Consider marketing as a heart-centered service. If no one knows who or where you are, how can we be of service?

What's wonderful about Marketing Mastery 101 is that it was designed specifically for Healing Touch practitioners, instructors, students, mentors and class coordinators. It’s steeped in our Heart-Centered Core Values and it will help you expand your reach to help grow Healing Touch in your neighborhood, community and around the world. We have teamed up with Red River Productions to bring you a professional program deeply rooted in our core values and mission of service. You can learn at your own pace and will receive step-by-step instructions on everything from the basics of social media, to creating a marketing blueprint you can use every year. It's perfect for the marketing novice and those who already use tools such as social media. It's easy and includes monthly live calls with the CEO of Red River Productions so you can ask questions and get answers in 'real time'.

No time to watch the videos or to ‘do the homework’? Once payment is received, you can watch modules whenever you like or watch them again and again. If you pay for all 12 modules at once (at the member-only rate of $300) you can watch these informative videos when it's convenient for you. If you choose to pay monthly ($30/month at the member-only rate for 12 installments) each module is available monthly (but again you can watch them more than once). Marketing Mastery 101 is available to paid subscribers for one entire year from date of purchase. Please note the $300 annual and $30 monthly fees are the member-only rates, and are for a limited time. The cost of this program will increase.  Non-Members are $380/year or $38/month for 12 installments.

And did you know each subscriber to Marketing Mastery 101 supports Healing Beyond Borders? A portion of each subscription benefits our organization.

So sign up for Marketing Mastery 101 to learn how to reach more people who need you and help spread healing, light and love. Go to our website: www.HealingBeyondBorders.org and sign in as a member. After signing in, scroll over the ‘Members Area’ tab again, and there you will see the page for Marketing Mastery 101. Select that page, and you’ll see instructions for signing up.

2015 Conference

"The Joy of Healing" is the theme of this year’s Annual Energy Healing Conference. If you missed the Conference keynotes highlights in the last Perspectives in Healing (PIH), here's who's coming to help us celebrate and learn: Lucia Thornton, Th.D., RN, MSN, AHN-BC (creator of the Whole-Person Caring & recipient of the Norman Cousins award); Melanie Roche, BA, MA (a faculty member of the Barbara Brennan School); Leah Curtin, ScD(h), RN, FAAN (declared a ‘Living Legend’ by the American Academy of Nursing); Ginny Hunneke and Jennifer Maurer from the Fun Conspiracy; and Heidi Svoboda, Gong Artist. I have also been invited to offer a presentation. You can secure your hotel room now steps from the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico by going to www.HealingBeyondBorders.org and scroll down a bit to see ‘Latest News’. Click on 2015 Annual Conference. Registration will open soon. See you there!

Blessings and Gratitude,
Mary-Cathrine

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Welcome to 2015! I hope the new year has started with peace, joy and happiness for you. As I look forward to 2015, I’d like to take the next few Blog posts to reflect and focus on the Core Values of our Organization. Our Core Values set us apart from many Organizations. They are a lighthouse beacon of how we connect and communicate with our families, patients, clients, colleagues, students, and professionals in and out of Healing Beyond Borders. They also support and underlie the practice and teaching of Healing Touch.

History

Healing Touch International, Inc. (HTI) identified Core Values with Janet Mentgen, Founder, and the HTI Board of Directors in 2003. These Core Values foundational to HTI were: Integrity; Heart-Centeredness; Respect of Self and Others; Service; Community; Standardized, established curriculum; Letting go of ego; Unconditional Love; recognizing the Outcome of the Work is the Spiritual Journey.

In 2004, these Core Values were revised and approved by the HTI Board of Directors (now Healing Beyond Borders, Educating and Certifying the Healing Touch™) for application by Healing Touch Practitioners, Instructors and Students at all levels of the HTI Healing Touch Certificate Program. These Healing Beyond Borders’ values are: Integrity, Heart-Centeredness, Respect of Self and Others, Self Care, Service, Community and Unconditional love.

Integrity

What does it mean to have Integrity?  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Integrity is: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values; an unimpaired condition; the quality or state of being complete or undivided.

Other definitions include words such as ‘honesty’; ‘doing the right thing at all times under all circumstances’; and ‘courage to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity’. I feel that to act with integrity illustrates to the rest of the world exactly what constitutes our personal moral compass. Are we honest? Do we stand up for our beliefs, or perhaps are we sometimes swayed by opinions of others? When considering our personal moral compass, does it include setting intention for "the highest good of all", regardless of what that might look like? Are we able to let go of attachment to outcome?

Integrity, to me, also involves the ability to be centered to the core of our beings. This enables us to stand firm in our beliefs and actions. As we journey along our path, setting our individual Hara each day, integrity will surely blossom and strengthen as we grow and expand in the awareness of taking the right action in each moment.

Integrity is seen in many aspects of our work and our Organization as well. In the face of adversity over the past few years, we have persevered to bring as many as possible the gift of Healing Touch. The commitment to our Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice is also a demonstration of integrity. How each member of Healing Beyond Borders interacts with clients and patients from introducing Healing Touch to making appointments, all intertwines with integrity in every interaction, conversation and connection we make. 

I invite you to take a moment and share with me what role integrity plays in your life and as a Healing Touch Practitioner, student, instructor or mentor.  You can simply submit your thoughts by clicking on the ‘Comment’ above. I look forward to our conversation!

Until next time,
Blessings,
Mary-Cathrine

Perspectives In Healing. I have just read the 4th edition for this year. I am very impressed with the usefulness of all the submissions particularly as it is the end of 2014 and a great time to review and set our sights clearly for 2015. All the articles are relevant, timely and such a great reminder to us all. Thank you to all writers.

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How the New Healing Beyond Borders’ Website has helped Healing Touch New Zealand and can help you too.

By: Annis Parker, RGON, ADN, DipEd, CHTP/I, Board Member

b2ap3_thumbnail_AnnisParker2.gifHealing Touch New Zealand (HTNZ) has placed a link to the Healing Beyond Borders’ website (www.healingtouchnz.com), and we regularly refer people to it. If offers insight as to what is going on in the Healing Touch world, the latest research, Conference details and much more. The effects of this are to encourage and stimulate people who have just made their first enquiry about Healing Touch, as well as to feature the larger scope of Healing Touch present throughout the world. Make sure you add the Healing Beyond Borders’ link to your website too!

On a personal level, as one of only two instructors in New Zealand at this time, I regularly look at the Members and Instructors Areas of the website to keep up with changes and updates. This is a great opportunity to stay current and identify what is important.

As an independent Instructor I am constantly referring students to browse the new website because of the vital content which is now available there. For example, I had two students in Level 1 who are professionals and wanted to know about research. As Instructors know, there is really no extra time in the class to spend on specific issues outside of the curriculum. I referred them to the website and a list of books (some of which I had in the class).

Having just conferred with our current New Zealand Chairperson (in case I had totally missed something) I would like to re-iterate the importance of this new website for all of us. It is full of interest, information and most importantly it is   constantly being updated or news is being posted.

Thank you for this vibrant source which keeps people aware that this is a World Wide organisation and not just North American centric. Well done for all the hard work now manifesting and I look forward to further developments.

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Dear Members,

Thanks so much for completing the Members Survey!   Research Director and Board Member Joel Anderson will provide a report very soon – we appreciate your feedback and suggestions. 

This ends the 3-part series featuring our new Board members Jan Tait, RN, BSN, CHTP/I, Maureen Kowba, RN, BSN, MS, CHTP, and Annis Parker, RGON, ADN, DipEd, CHTP/I.  Our last stop takes us to the other side of the world to New Zealand with new Board member Annis Parker,  Registered General & Obstetric Nurse (RGON) , Advanced Diploma of Nursing (AND), Diploma of Education (DipEd) and of course a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor (CHTP/I).

b2ap3_thumbnail_Annis-Parker.jpgAnnis is a New Zealand Registered nurse who has practiced in many parts of the world specializing in High Tech surgery: oncology; bone marrow transplant; disaster medicine; teaching and management. Living outside of NZ for 20 years, working in private enterprise for 5 years, multicultural living, raising a family, racing motor cars, and milking snakes for venom, has enhanced her world knowledge. 

Since 1997, Annis has had a full time Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor practice, and  teaches Levels 1-3. She now has clinics in Wellington and Auckland as well as working from her home base in Tauranga. Her expertise also expands into the animal kingdom offering Bio Energetic workshops to Veterinarians and others.

Annis is passionate about enhancing awareness of the knowledge within all animals and the teaching of the inter relationship between all beings. She was part of the formation of Healing Touch NZ, completed the first three years as president of that new organization and then handed over the reins to the very competent people who are participating in this work. This has allowed her to open up new areas, to teach and talk anywhere and everywhere in the country where there is an interest. She had spent six years on the Healing Touch International Board of Directors, Denver, USA as the International Liaison person. In that role Annis was able to facilitate the infusion of information from other parts of the world into the USA.

Annis’ expertise and dedication brings our two hemispheres even closer together as we all work as one to fulfill our vision to ‘Spread Healing, Light and Love, Creating Wholeness on Earth’.

Until next time,
Blessings,
Mary-Cathrine

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Dear Members,

Have you taken a moment to complete the Members Survey?  We want to hear from you – plus it’s easy, fast and completely anonymous.  As a member of Healing Beyond Borders, Educating and Certifying the Healing Touch™ you simply need to sign-in, click on the Members Area tab, and then scroll over the pull down menu, and click on the ‘Members Survey’ link to answer a few questions.  We would like to have comments from you as well! We look forward to hearing from you.  (The link can also be found in the Latest News tab on the website.)

Welcome to the second of a three-part series featuring our new Board members Jan Tait, RN, BSN, CHTP/I, Maureen Kowba, RN, BSN, MS, CHTP, and Annis Parker, RGON, ADN, DipEd, CHTP/I.  Last time I introduced you to Jan Tait.  Today I’d like to highlight Maureen Kowba, and in a few weeks Annis Parker will complete the new Board introductions.

b2ap3_thumbnail_MaureenKowba.JPGMaureen is a native of Rochester, NY, and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Niagara University. Upon graduation, she served as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer for 32 years in a wide variety of clinical, administrative, senior executive leadership positions in stateside, overseas and operational settings. Highlights of her career include selection to attend Ohio State University for her Masters in Science with nursing administration focus; deployment to Saudi Arabia during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; appointment as the Nursing Department Head onboard the Navy hospital ship USNS COMFORT during the Haitian refugee crisis of 1994; promotion to the rank of Captain; and placement as Director of Nursing Services at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton where she established one of the earliest Healing Touch programs in Navy Medicine. Maureen concluded her naval career in 2003 as the Commanding Officer of the Navy’s largest medical technical training facility. She completed her Healing Touch certification in 2008 and is currently finishing Level 1 instructor certification. For the past six years, Maureen has been on staff at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine where she incorporates Healing Touch in her clinical practice with clients and staff. Maureen possesses 40 years of all-encompassing health care experience with extensive engagement in leadership, team-building and strategic planning roles. Her deepest desire and heartfelt intention is to offer these gifts in service to Healing Beyond Borders to promote the continued growth and evolution of our life-changing organization and the work we cherish. Maureen resides in Encinitas, CA.

We are delighted to welcome Maureen to your Board of Directors.  If you have a questions for the Board, simply go to the ‘Become a Member’ Navigation tab on the website.  Click on Board Members.  You can also find the Board listed under the ‘About’ Navigation tab, ‘What is Healing Touch’,  ‘Who We Are’ and then click on ‘Board of Directors’.

Blessings,
Mary-Cathrine

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Members Survey (now closed) – Click here for this anonymous, easy survey.  We want to hear from you!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I hope you have been enjoying the new website!  We have been getting great feedback on the look and feel of the website, as well as the new features!  Have you had a moment to explore the Event Calendar? Try it out – when you scroll over the ‘box’ on a certain date, the information automatically pops up. Click on it for even more information.  Please remember, only those Members who have selected to appear in the Online Directory will have information on both the Event Calendar and the Map of Healing Touch Around the World. You can always defer to the “Find Healing Touch” Navigation Tab for easy search results of Classes, Practitioners, Instructors, Mentors and more!

Members of Healing Beyond Borders are invited to complete a new Membership Survey!   The purpose of the survey is to gather information from the membership community about how best the Board of Directors and various committees can serve our community.  It’s easy, completely anonymous and offers you a chance to be heard!  Thanks in advance for taking a few moments to tell us how we can serve you better.

Simply sign in to the Members Area, and you’ll see a pull down menu for the survey called Members Survey for the direct survey link or click the link that's on the Welcome Members or Welcome Instructors page.

Thank you!

Mary-Cathrine