I have spent years studying alternative medicine and here in the Philadelphia area it isn't as readily understood and accepted as it is in the Western parts of the United States. I stay because I'm native to the area and truly believe we need the opportunity for truly good advanced holistic options. Most holistic healers move out of the area within two years because as one of the parting healers put it 'This area is an energy dead zone'.
I have to admit it is, the land has a less healing energy that that of the southwest or the islands. And some days I do dream of some of my various training grounds in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Hawaii and China thinking how much easier it is to heal in other areas. We once had one of my mentors, a very powerful medicine woman from Arizona come to this area and only half her healngs worked. She knew her power came from the local mountains in Arizona and the ancestor spirit who inhabit the land. Energy is vastly different in the other states and the people don't only know various energy techniques but there is always a chance to meet another native healer at a local market.
Part of the issue is being able to walk in truth and compassion without pretense. I had to explain to one of my mentors how the 'white man' was somewhat deceptive ('white man' being anyone who wasn't of the tribe.) One person she was working with was dangerous and she took him into her home as a son without question. I never felt more open amazing love than those of various native healers and their families. It is like coming home to family when you are accepted as part of the tribe.
Pennsylvania is a hard area to work since and to stay in focus of how you are helping others. My last 24 hours has oddly been loaded with people sharing their thanks for the work with no prompting.
I had one lady who had a surgery and could hardly move without pain. Her doctors and physical therapist dismissed her and said that was how it was going to be. About a month ago I gave her gentle exercises about 5 minutes a day and today she reported the pain was gone. I got to see her get up and down like someone without surgery. What a blessing! Her face glowed like a light bulb.
Five minutes later I had another gal come up to me and say the exercises I gave her did the trick and thank me profusely. The funny thing is I haven't seen her for a couple of months and don't remember sharing anything.
I get asked all the time "I got this pain is there anything I can do?' My first response is to see if there is a healing 1-5 minute exercise that the person can do simply at home among 'Linda's crazy exercises' (meaning energy exercises). I just usually reply, 'You could try...'
It isn't just the exercises, I have folks who have come to my office for sessions and again in the last 24 hours there has been much appreciation shown by various folks. I am thinking it has got to be the Valentines Day holiday having us think how to be kind to others. But maybe not, it just may be the stars aligned and there is a series of appreciative people showing up in my life.
It is a nice gift and if you haven't reached out to anyone yet for the Valentines Day season, consider calling and thanking someone.
Linda Bender is a personal wellness therapist. She uses over 20 holistic life coaching and touch therapy techniques from Reiki to personal training to help you reduce stress and pain so your body invokes its natural healing ability. She is at Bender Healing on Church Street in Phoenixville. Bender Healing provides massage, reiki, reflexology, personal training, nutrition, life coaching and energy medicine. See www.BenderHealing.com or call 800-706-1354 for more information.