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"Lotus, Fire & Light" - Photo by Cat Miller

 
June 2020 President Monthly Ezine
 
This isn't the ezine I planned to write this weekend.
 
What I was going to write about were the ways in which we as a global community of healers have connected with each other over the past two and half months during the pandemic. However, the events of the past week in the U.S., and particularly this weekend, give me cause to write something different.
 
Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, my country has been inflamed and in flames in response to systemic racism that continues to rear its head through police violence. Protests in cities across the U.S. have led to police brutality and riots. And as I check in with friends in colleagues in the cities affected, as well as my African American and black friends, students, and colleagues who are reeling from the collective trauma, I have been thinking about what I can do to affect change.
 
Enter this ezine.
 
I take these ezines seriously knowing that our full email list has tens of thousands of subscribers worldwide. I try to be judicious with my words and work to strike a global tone and not be U.S.-centric. But right now, what's happening in my country is the best example of why the Attributes of the Heart and our global healing presence is so desperately needed.
 
The U.S. is not alone. Folks have been rallying globally to affirm that black lives matterPeople rallied in Toronto this week because of the suspicious death of a woman of color. Populations in developing countries continue to struggle in an unfathomable way to respond to the pandemic, the legacy of colonialism showing its scars. The Rohingya refugee crisis continues. The climate crisis continues. It's all enough to leave one feeling hopeless.
 
 
I don't know about you, but our global community of students, practitioners, and instructors is one of the things that gives me hope. When I turn to the news and encounter the darkness of the world, the knowledge that I'm part of a community of people who care, truly care about the wellbeing of others gives me hope. I don't feel alone, that I am working toward a collective purpose. Now is one of those times that I need to focus on the hope in the midst of the carnage.
 
I have no idea what it means to be a person of color. No concept of all that comes with that given the history of the U.S. But I cannot turn my eye away from it. To do so, to remain silent and ignore it is to, in effect, condone it. To view it as too political, too harsh, too much...well, that would be the easy way out that my privilege as a white male affords me.
 
But I choose to leverage that privilege, in any way I can for equity and social justice. Too political? I would argue that in today's world, the Attributes of the Heart - compassion, unconditional love, healing presence, innate harmony, and joyful service - are political acts. In a world that often seems bent on capitalism and survival of the fittest, those qualities of the heart are a gracious act of defiance.
 
So, as we continue to ride out the storm of the pandemic and all the other things that make us all too human, please join me in intention and meditation. Focus with me on the Attributes of the Heart. Sit with me in discernment so that when the pandemic passes, we do not merely return to normal, or even a "new normal." Let us set intention to return to something better.
 
Sincerely,
Joel G. Anderson, PhD, CHTP, FGSA
President, Healing Beyond Borders

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 May 2020 President Monthly Ezine

As I put words onto the page today, it is Mother's Day. It also is the middle of Nurses Week. These two events meld profoundly in my mind.
 
I've written before about my mother's death. I was by her side, holding her hand when she went into cardiac arrest after offering her Chakra Spread. In the midst of all the chaos that followed, there was one constant.
 
It was a nurse who literally held me up, bracing me from collapse in the corridor as the crash team worked to revive my mother. It was a nurse who helped me to call my family, frantically imploring them to rush to the hospital. It was a nurse who checked on us every hour on the hour in the ICU waiting room. It was a nurse who comforted us, who hugged us, who helped us to honor my mother in final moments and navigate our way following her death.
 
And it was a nurse who did those same things the following year when each of my mother's parents died and whenever my family has lost someone we love.
 
I have been privileged to spend my academic career in the collaborative camaraderie of nurses. I have witnessed not only what they do in emergent health care situations, but also the ways in which they steer their novices into becoming what remains the most trusted of professions. I have learned a great deal from these nurse colleagues.
 
It was a nurse who founded the Center for the Study of Complementary Therapies at the University of Virginia and sustained that Center for 20 years. It was a nurse, that same founding director, who saw in me the ability to become a successful health sciences researcher, offering me a postdoctoral research fellowship and guiding me as a mentor to this day.
 
It was a nurse who founded our organization and worked collaboratively to create our course of study and certification. It was a nurse who taught my Healing Touch classes. It was a nurse who mentored me to certification.
 
Nurses have served in every leadership position within our organization. Nurses hold many of these roles today. Nurses have guided our community through the fire during times of hardship and rejoiced with us in times of joy.
 
I am the first president of our organization without a nursing background. Many of our students, practitioners, and instructors are not nurses. But it diminishes me in no way to acknowledge the nursing lineage of our beloved therapy and organization. In fact, given the acts of heroism nurses have always done and continue to do, especially during the current pandemic, I am humbly grateful for and to be part of this lineage.
 
We've all seen the images. The nurses on the so-called frontlines, covered in personal protective equipment or the bruising imprints of wearing those masks for hours on end. Of the nurses comforting those with COVID19 and their families. Of the nurses comforting each other as they continue to provide compassionate care as we live through this moment in history. Given all that they do, are doing, and have done, the Board of Directors wanted to offer something to them.
 
A strength of our organization is the role our members have played in creating the research evidence base to support the practice of Healing Touch. Many of these studies have been led by or involved nurses and nursing scientists. As a small token of appreciation to all that nurses do, we've crafted a fact sheet from our Research Brief as a resource for nurses. Please feel free to distribute this fact sheet to the nurses in your life. Thank them for their kindness, their compassion, their resilience. Remind them that we are here for them.
 
I'm currently working on a position paper with colleagues from the Colleges of Nursing and Engineering, making the case for why nurses should be involved as a stakeholder in any effort to use technology in health care. During that conversation, one of my nursing colleagues said, "well, every patient has a nurse." And it's true. We may engage with health care professionals of all stripes and workers of all sorts in a hospital or health care setting. Indeed, it takes a village and the contributions of all are needed. But it diminishes none of those allied professionals to acknowledge and appreciate the nurses who stand by our sides.
 
The World Health Organization designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in acknowledgment of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Nightingale rose to prominence during the Crimean War by establishing infection control practices and standards that saved lives. To get her point across effectively, she applied data visualization to the data she was collecting. While this may be one of first documented instances of innovative thinking and action by a nurse, nurses remain nimble in their holistic approach to the health care they provide. Healing Touch is just one of those examples.
 
I shall never forget the nurses who have quite literally held me up throughout my life. I am grateful for all of their work and for working with me, and us, to spread healing light and create wholeness on Earth.
 
Sincerely,
Joel G. Anderson, PhD, CHTP, FGSA
President, Healing Beyond Borders

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April 2020 President Monthly Ezine

"There are years that ask questions, and years that answer." ~Zora Neale Hurston
 
I've been thinking a lot about the quote above recently and how, to me, 2020 seems to be doing both. We are being asked a lot of questions right now. How do we respond to the pandemic? How do we best take care of ourselves and others? What do we truly value? What will our day-to-day lives be like on the other side of this? What is it that we are feeling?
 
I believe we're being offered the opportunity to divine answers, too. What we truly value and hold dear is clearer than perhaps it has ever been for some of us. And as for feelings, most of us are sitting with a mix of sadness, anger, apprehension, and grief. The surrealism of life going on in some ways in the middle of pandemic when so much of life is halted is another reality.
 
In the middle of all the tumult, our community has lost a dear friend, mentor, leader, and champion. Dr. Laura Hart passed away on April 1, 2020. I had the distinct privilege to work closely with Laura and Lisa Anselme on the current Healing Touch textbook and she was my mentor for instructor training. I shall always remember Laura for her tenacity, compassion, and no-nonsense demeanor. She was a straight shooter with a heart of gold who will be sorely missed. I am grateful for the memories I have.
 
Many of us have been finding respite and comfort in our hobbies and interests to manage the mix of emotions in which we're now living. I share a few below from which I continue to draw inspiration.
 

blessing the boats (at St. Mary's)
by Lucille Clifton
 
may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back     may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that
 

"Life, inexhaustible, goes on. And we do too. Carrying our wounds and our medicines as we go...Perhaps our planet is for learning to appreciate the extraordinary wonder of life that surround even our suffering, and to say Yes, if through the thickest of tears."
~Alice Walker, from the foreword to Zora Neale Hurston's Barracoon
 

"And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about."
~Haruki Murakami
 

"For the New Year, 1981"
By Denise Levertov
 
I have a small grain of hope-
one small crystal that gleams
clear colors out of transparency.
 
I need more.
 
I break off a fragment
to send you.
 
Please take
this grain of a grain of hope
so that mine won't shrink.
 
Please share your fragment
so that yours will grow.
 
Only so, by division,
will hope increase,
 
like a clump of irises, which will cease to flower
unless you distribute
the clustered roots, unlikely source-
clumsy and earth-covered-
of grace.
 

In the meantime, self-care is not an option these days. Indeed, it never was. Focus on the Attributes of the Heart, particularly Innate Harmony as was observed by Myra Tovey, who shared in a recent email to Lisa Anselme and me the following: "I would like to suggest that we focus on the Attribute of the Heart, Innate Harmony, 'being calm in the midst of chaos'. That will help transform fear into love."
 
In closing, I'm reminded of the fifth Attribute of the Heart, what Bonnie Johnson has described as "joy-filled" service. None of us can do everything, but each of us can do something. Our skills as students, practitioners, and instructors of Healing Touch are vital to our wellbeing and a gift to others. In that spirit of service, I remind you of our call for nominations for upcoming vacancies on the Board of Directors. Nominations can be submitted through April 30, 2020.
 
Be safe, be well,

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

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February 2020 President Monthly Ezine

"Life is a mixed blessing, which we vainly try to unmix." ~Mignon McLaughlin

I find myself in the midst of two strategic visioning processes at the moment. At the university, I am a member of the executive committee steering the strategic visioning plan. Simultaneously, the Board of Directors is fleshing out a plan based on our discussions during our strategic visioning work at the conference last year. In both cases, these groups of volunteers are striving to come up with optimistic, inspirational, and aspirational ideas, goals, and actions to serve the respective organizations over the next several years. And in both cases, I am mindful of the necessity that we be authentic to who we are, warts and all.

Authenticity is at once the hardest and easiest thing to do. It requires honesty, humility, courage, and tenacity. Authenticity is all about the mixed blessings in the quote above. It is something that some shy away from, while others cannot exist any other way than to wear their authenticity on their sleeves. To me, it means acknowledging and embracing your perceived flaws in the journey toward remembering your wholeness.

At the university, we're juxtaposing the current climate around racism, bigotry, and xenophobia, the institution's history (rosy and not-so-rosy), and who we want to be. For Healing Beyond Borders, we're weighing past, present, and future with changing demographics and health care systems. Where do we fit? How do we lead? What is our role? How do we flourish? Those seem to be questions I continually ask myself during life transitions or when existential angst creeps in.

The thing that is making both of these strategic visioning processes less onerous are the people involved. Both at the university and amongst the Board of Directors, I am fortunate to work with passionate, compassionate, and enlightened individuals. In both settings, we're taking this seriously and approaching it with heart. While one wouldn't expect anything less for our Board, it's rewarding to know that I work with such people in all walks of my life. For that I am grateful.

Additional thoughts...

What I'm reading
Mary-Cathrine Campbell introduced me to a book she inherited from Alexandra Jonsson titled Pocketful of Miracles by Joan Borysenko. It's a unique book of daily meditations that incorporates a lot of spiritual traditions. I started incorporating it into my daily routine last fall, but this is the first year that I've started it from the beginning.

What I'm listening to
I seem to have India. Arie on repeat these days, specifically her album titled SongVersation: Medicine and especially the song Soulbird Rise.

What I'm keeping in my awareness
In addition to being mindful, I've discovered for myself a need to be purposeful. I am quite aware of my levels of stress, pain, etc., but often that's as far as it goes-acknowledging the state of what is. For that to change, one way or the other, I must be purposeful in how that might take place and in taking action to do so.

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

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 January 2020 President Monthly Ezine

As I write this ezine, I am sitting in the lobby of the Grand Wailea on Maui. I have been here for the past week to attend the Hawaiian International Conference on Systems Science, which has occurred in Hawaii for the past 53 years. In recent years, the conference has expanded to include health and health care information systems, as well as how society uses digital technologies such as social media. These new tracks overlap nicely with my research to support family caregivers of people with dementia and how these caregivers use technology to manage the caregiving experience.

I first visited the Hawaiian Islands in 2014 when my friend invited me to join her on Kauai at her timeshare. I immediately fell in love with Kauai, feeling a deep spiritual connection to the island. That first trip was magical, and I have been fortunate to return to these islands several times since.

On previous trips to Hawaii, and to this conference, I have traveled with a friend or colleagues. But this trip was just me. This solitude offered the chance to enjoy many moments of reflection and meditation. And while I may not be traveling with my friends this time, I do have the pleasure of meeting up with Sarah Porter for dinner on my way back to the airport this evening.

It is comforting to know that most any place I go, I can connect with our Healing Touch community. This is especially true and poignant given the news of the day, with tensions high in the Middle East, bushfires raging across Australia, and extreme weather popping up around the globe. It is one thing to know that you are part of something bigger than yourself; it is another to have tangible proof of that. That tangibility and connection is one of the many things I cherish about our Healing Touch community.

Sitting here in these lush surroundings, I am full of gratitude for the privileges of my life and the many compassionate, heart-centered people who populate it, many of whom are members of our Healing Touch community.

May we continue to carry the vision and mission of Healing Beyond Borders into this new year, supported by the Attributes of the Heart and a deep-rooted commitment to community.

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

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December 2019 President Monthly Ezine

I continue to observe something that I've written about before in Perspectives in Healing - folks actively searching for the Attributes of the Heart. This also was how I talked about the movie shown at our conference this year, Won't You Be My Neighbor. I think this movie and the current Renaissance around Fred Rogers is an excellent of example of for what people are starving.

Think it's all in my head? Well, there's a more recent biopic starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers. There are numerous articles about this resurgence. And there's this new podcast called Finding Fred that explores the very idea of why everyone is being drawn to Mr. Rogers in today's world.

As healers, we know the answer to this question. He eloquently demonstrated healing presence, unconditional love, compassion, and innate harmony, which were funneled into his joyful service. These Attributes of the Heart are not foreign to us. We work to incorporate them into our heart-centered approach to life each day. Many of us also work to include gratitude and dignity as well.

As we watched the film before our conference opened and when I listen to the podcast, I remember Mr. Rogers' presence in my life. Growing up in rural Appalachia, educational resources were limited. My elementary school made use of public broadcasting and shows like Sesame Street and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood to fill the gaps. For a kid on a mountaintop on what seemed like the middle of nowhere, public broadcasting showed me the world and all of its wonders. It sparked my imagination and inquisitiveness, traits that serve me well today in my professorial role.

But it fed the fire of compassion just as much. During movie night, I saw the thread of the Attributes of the Heart through my life and how one of the first people really to display those traits to me in such an adept way was Fred Rogers. And for that, I am grateful.

As the solstice nears, the seasons change, and the year comes to a close, I have been thinking about all that has occurred in 2019 and all of the promise of 2020 and a new decade. Being students, practitioners, and instructors of this heart-centered work of ours, we are aware of energetic flows. Our theme this year of "the Art of Compassion and Healing" reflects not only the unwavering ability of our community to hold an energetically vibration high, but to do so with tenderness, strength, and finesse.

Since the founding of our organization, our mission and vision of spreading healing light and restoring wholeness on Earth has been a beacon to those seeking wisdom, healing, and holism. May it ever be so.

Each of you provides compassionate leadership and unconditional love to our planet and all of its beings. During the holy days ahead, on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Healing Beyond Borders, I wish you peace, hope, and prosperity.

In light, 

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

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SAVE the DATE 2020 !!!

24th Annual Energy Healing Conference & Instructor Meeting

OMNI Interlocken Resort Hotel * Broomfield, Colorado

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 (Opening) - Saturday, September 5, 2020 (Closing)

OMNI

We’re very happy to announce our dates and location for Conference 2020! denlik-omni-interlocken-hotel-golf-3

After reviewing over 20 possible Colorado front range locations and returned bids, at last narrowing down to 4 sites, the Healing Beyond Borders Board of Directors has settled on the location and dates for next year’s conference. We will be hosting our event at the OMNI Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, Colorado. Healing Beyond Borders has negotiated the incredible rate of $128/night (single, double, triple) for this 4-star resort hotel along the front range base of the Rocky Mountains.

OMNI LINK - Click Here to view Hotel

Our conference will be held the week going into Labor Day weekend with several qualifiers: we will be moving our start of conference forward by one day, with pre-conferences adjusted accordingly, so that opening night will be Wednesday evening, September 2 and we will close our conference on Saturday, September 5 by 1:00 pm.

Participants can depart Saturday after closing to be home Sunday and Monday (Labor Day). Or, participants will have the option of extending their stay over Sunday and Monday (Labor Day) at the same incredible rate, realizing an opportunity to have a wonderful, relaxing vacation in a serene setting. We’re investigating offering several excursions into the majestic Rocky Mountains or visiting other celebratory events post conference, as people will have time to adjust to altitude during the prior week.

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Matching Grant Opportunity

Participate in Blessings Overflowing!

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Last month, I wrote to let you know of a fabulous opportunity to support Healing Beyond Borders. An anonymous donor was so inspired by our conference this year that they offered a matching grant for donations received through December 1, 2019. If we can raise $10,000 by December 1st, they will match that amount!

We're one month into the challenge and to date we've received $400 in donations, or 4% of our goal. Together, we can do this!  If each of our members contributed $10, we'd reach our goal. If everyone on this mailing list contributed $1, we'd more than triple our goal!

I recognize that we all get lots of calls to contribute to society in monetary ways. I also know that we're not all in the position to give as much as we would like. It's hard to ask for monetary contributions when you're a non-profit organization. We're not supposed to make money, right? Quite the contrary! The work of our organization requires financial energy and input and having money in the bank is crucial to our ability to manifest our vision and mission.

This year at conference, we held strategic planning sessions with the Board of Directors and group brainstorming during the instructor leadership meeting. We came up with incredible ideas of how to extend our work and support our vision and mission as an organization and community. Some of those ideas are simple and require just a little elbow grease. But a lot of the ideas require a monetary investment in the short term to reap dividends in the long term (fingers crossed).

That's just one reason why this matching grant opportunity is so important right now. It truly will go a long way in helping to support and sustain the vision and mission of Healing Beyond Borders.

I hope you will consider making a contribution toward this important goal! You can do so via check or making a donation or grant via our website store. Please mark for general fund.  I thank you in advance for your generous support. 

Sincerely,

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

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October 2019 President Monthly Ezine

It's hard to believe that a few weeks have now passed since the close of our annual conference. While I plan to write more about that experience for the upcoming issue of Perspectives in Healing, I have to say that, as always, I left conference with a great deal of hope, reflecting on the opportunities for growth ahead personally, professionally, and collectively.

Our conference seems to be a time of hope for so many of us. It's expressed in the laughter, tears, smiles, and moments of serenity, emotion, and realization that you see and hear throughout the conference hall. Folks were so inspired this year that I am happy to announce that an anonymous donor has offered a matching grant for donations received through December 1st. If we can raise $10,000 by December 1st, they will match that amount!

This represents an excellent opportunity to support the work of our organization. I've just put my check in the mail. I hope you will consider helping us to meet this goal! You can do so via check or making a donation or grant via our website store. Please mark for general fund. Thank you!

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 Healingand future ezines to share with our global community. 

Quarterly Group Read

I've chosen two reads for the fourth quarter of 2019. The first is Waking Up White by Debby Irving. I read this book while at our conference in 2015 in Naples, Florida. I was reminded of it during our instructor leadership meeting at this year's conference. During our open discussion, David Rabinowitsch raised the important topic of the lack of diversity among our instructors and, indeed, our membership. The instructors talked about what diversity and inclusion means for our organization and community. It wasn't an easy conversation and it's far from over. But it was a much-needed beginning. The second book I thought of during this conversation wasThick by Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom, which I read this time last year. It is a powerful collection of essays that explore the sociology of race and inclusion. Hopefully these books will offer some insight as we continue this conversation. 

Meditation for October

When looking for a meditation to share this month, this one from Meditative Mind immediately caught by eye because of its title: The Butterfly Effect. What a lovely way to remember the symbolism behind one of the images in our conference logo from this year.

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.