Eastern Medicine

Your Body is a Wonderland

"The soul always knows what to do to heal itself.  The challenge is to silence the mind." ~ Caroline Myss

So before we go any deeper into energy medicine, let's take a look at the benefits of alternative medicine and what's at the root of illness.

Many people seek alternative medicine, because Western medicine has been unsuccessful in treating their dis-ease. Dis-ease is when the energetic body is not in balance-often leading to disease.*

One amazing woman I met said, "Amy, I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.  The doctor said the cancer had spread to my femur and neck too.  The doctor said I had 6 months to live and there was nothing they could do for me. Amy, that was 2.5 years ago, and I just went to the doctor yesterday and they can't find the cancer in me.  There is nothing wrong with me (my jaw dropped to the floor).  Do you want to know why?  I found Reiki.  I decided my health was in my hands, so I found an alternative.  I started getting Reiki treatments twice a week, took natural herbs and became a Reiki Master myself.  I don't know why God decided I should live, but I guess it is to do this (energy healing)!"

Shortly after meeting her, I spoke to 2 more people who survived cancer using alternative medicine.  And those are people I have met!  I can't imagine how many others are out there!  So why isn't the shock media talking about these cases?  It's shocking, isn't it?

So what's really at work in helping these people overcome things like cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, pain, nausea, stress, asthma, allergies, infertility and many other problems?  That question has left many doctors and scientists scrambling for an answer.  Some say, the placebo effect.  Some say, misdiagnosis and others remain curious.  The curious ones are the pioneers helping the rest of us understand what is truly at work here.  A new science called Psycho-Neuro Immunology is the study of the mind-body connection.  Essentially, it is the study of how emotions are related to illness.  We, as a society, are starting to look at the body more "Whole-istically."  This is great!  We just need to figure out what's causing our emotions to effect our bodies so dramatically.

If our bodies are exposed to all sorts of bacteria and viruses daily, why aren't we always sick?  Also, many of us have cells in our body that are reproducing too much (forming a tumor) that are destroyed without becoming life threatening or even noticeable.  Why?  What is the defining factor in whether we get sick or not?  You may have guessed by now that it is the complex dance between our emotions and our body.  Emotions are biologically a complex network of chemicals and hormones being released into the body.  Some make you feel good (Serotonin), other's not so good (Cortisol).

In discussing illness, we are mostly concerned with the abundance of stress hormones.  Of course, the other biological chemicals and hormones are important, because they help to balance the body, but for now we will discuss Cortisol.  Cortisol, a stress hormone, in large quantities puts stress on your body and leads to inflammation and immune suppression.  Originally, this stress hormone served an important function--to save you from being eaten by a lion!  But now, this hormone is being released when we are late to pick up our kids from soccer practice (not so life threatening!). This chemical is being sent around the body misinforming the body that there is danger.  So the million dollar question is, who or what is responsible for the body interpreting things as stressful when in fact they are not?

The soul!  To make this easier to understand, I describe the soul like having a sophisticated four-year old child inside your body at all times (bare with me please).  The less you listen to that four-year old, the louder the four-year old screams back at you until you listen. The more you listen to and love the four-year old, the more she listens and loves you back.  It's that simple.  In this case, ignoring the child creates dis-ease.  Rarely, does someone become miraculously sick (sounds funny just saying it).  Generally there are warning signs-- much like when a four-year old is about to throw a tantrum.  It usually starts out (with increasing desperation), "Mommy.... Mommy... Mommy, Mommy... Mommmmmy, Mommmmmmy, Mommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy!!!!"   The same thing happens in the human body.  There are warning signs such as fatigue, "low energy," confusion, unhappiness, pain, bleeding, vomiting-- you get the picture.  It's when we pay attention to those signs that we often avoid the big Mommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy!!!!  If we don't listen to the warning signs the soul will get our attention no matter what because it always has our best interest at heart.  That's when things like cancer and heart attacks happen.  The idea is, if we stop you in your tracks--make you listen, maybe you will hear what the soul has to say.

If you'd like to connect with your soul/four-year old child inside, just get quiet and listen to your body.  Your body is talking to you through your cells in every moment.  Your soul/body knows exactly what is best for you.  If you listen carefully enough (meditation really helps with this), you will be guided to do things you probably aren't use to.  That's ok!  We have all been programmed to do things that aren't great for our body/soul over our lifetime.  Often, the quiet is what we have spent much of our lives avoiding.  Which is why cell phones, email, the internet, and television are so popular.  It seriously takes guts to listen to yourself.  However, I assure you that you will be glad you did.  You will begin to become more in tune with your emotions and body and thus lead a happier and healthier life!  Who doesn't want that?

Many alternative medicines aid in listening to the body and correcting the energetic imbalances taking place in the body.  Often emotions that were once pent-up, are released thus aiding in relaxation of the body and boosting the immune system.  Boosting the immune system helps in reducing inflammation in the body.  Inflammation is linked with all chronic illnesses.

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*Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting that anyone should abandon modern Western medicine.  I truly believe it serves its purpose (thus my hope of the marriage of Eastern and Western medicine).  I believe that anyone in crisis should seek out both options and chose the one that works for them.

Raise Your Glass!

Me and my best friend Michelle

Me and my best friend Michelle

"Be the change you want to see in the world."  ~Mahatma Gandhi

This is the reason for my blog.  I want to see a more positive world.  I want an environment that is truly safe for self-expression.  And one where there is a marriage of Eastern and Western medicine.  I want to be a part of the transformation that is taking place on this planet right now, so I started a blog.

I'll fill you in on who I am and what made me ME---chronologically speaking.  The rest of the blog is dedicated to what I have learned and my experiences as a healer.  I'll get you right up to speed.  You won't even miss a beat.

So here goes...I'm a middle child (of six kids) with a twin.  Yes, your calculations are correct-- I shared the middle child slot with my sister Sara.  This basically rendered anything I said growing up as obsolete.  This is why I have so much to say.

Being raised in a small town was great.  We always felt safe and secure and played a lot of sports and hung outside all day.  Life was easy.

After leaving my little hometown I ventured to Syracuse University, where I discovered I was anonymous!  How great!  I could just be me.  Not Amy who is a sister of so and so.  I could find myself.  And I did.  I met my best friend Michelle who has a personality that screams, "I am fun!" She also, by the way, is an only child and was very aware of who she was and I was not---something I admired in her.  We helped each other grow immeasurably.

Approaching graduation,  I realized I needed to grow up, get a job and start grad school.  I couldn't afford another school, so I joined the NYC Teaching Fellows program.  What an experience!  Thank God I was 22 years old at the time.  I have no idea how I had the energy to do what I did every day.  I saw and heard things no one should ever see or hear.  I saw a corrupt school system, students being overlooked, and children fighting for their life.  I saw adults being children and children being adults.  I'll never forget those kids or my experiences.  The one thing that kept me safe in those schools was the unconditional love I had for the students.  Each child had something about them that I could love--and that is all they truly wanted-- to be loved.

Several years after teaching the poorest kids in the city, I got a glimpse of what it is like to be one of the richest kids in the city.  I became a full-time tutor for a beautiful family.  This gave me an interesting perspective on raising children and what it is like to "have it all."  It's a wonderful experience to feel so loved by another family- to feel like your own family has just doubled.

Working for that family provided the right circumstances to venture into the world of energy medicine.  I decided to take the leap and find out why I felt like my hands could heal.  I decided to become (drum roll please...) a Reiki Master.  Actually, it's not that serious.  It's just funny to me to be called a master at anything.  I did however find my love.  I found my purpose.  I found I could help people beyond my wildest dreams--and that is not an exaggeration.  I have seen and felt things I never knew a person could.  I am astounded that this field is not yet mainstream.  I have made it my goal to bring this form of healing to the general public.  I fully believe in the marriage of Eastern and Western medicine, and I'm not the only one. Just ask Dr. Oz, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Caroline Myss, Wayne Dyer, Donna Eden, and many others.

       This is my son at the beach in New Jersey

       This is my son at the beach in New Jersey

I decided to go to massage school in Florida and get my license as a massage therapist fully knowing that I would never be a massage therapist! I needed that license to be an energy healer.  Recently, I moved to Colorado and had a baby with my partner!  My son is almost 2 and half now and I just completed my first study of the Effects of Energy Work On People With Parkinson's. Everyday I wake up excited for what is to come. I promise to share my knowledge and happiness with you.

Cheers!

Now let's get started!