What is distance energy healing?

Many people are both curious and skeptical about distance energy medicine sessions. Some are wary about trying a different way of experiencing energy medicine. They wonder if it works. I answer the most frequent questions below.

What does the phrase “distance energy healing” mean?

Distance energy healing refers to an energy medicine session in which the practitioner and the client are not in physical proximity. Sometimes called a remote session, the distance between the two parties can be many miles apart or they can simply be in separate rooms. The actual physical distance doesn’t matter.

What is distance healing?

Distance healing is based on the belief that time and space are not concrete and fixed constructs. The modern science of quantum physics theorizes that time is fluid and objects far apart can influence each other simultaneously. Since everything we know in the universe has an energetic signature, it follows that thoughts, emotions, intentions, and words have an energetic vibration just as physical actions do. 

Quantum entanglement, proven in 1997 by a University of Geneva in Switzerland scientific study, suggests that the universe is holographic. One piece contains the whole and vice versa. Thus, if an energetic vibration is sent out by a practitioner towards a receiver, the receiver experiences a response regardless of the space between them. 

We have heard of this kind of interaction between all parts of the whole in the much-vaunted Butterfly Effect (Edward Lorenz, chaos theory), i.e., that a small change can make much bigger changes happen. For example, a tiny butterfly can flap its wings in Tokyo and affect the weather, continents away. In distance energy medicine work, the practitioner’s healing energy can be felt simultaneously by the recipient, and it can have a long-term effect.

How is a session set up?

Usually, a practitioner will have a preliminary conversation with a client to learn what issues, whether physical or emotional, are troubling the client. The actual “working” part of the session will then follow and last as long as the practitioner determines is necessary to give the client some relief. The session often ends with a second feedback conversation. 

There are many ways to set up a distance healing session. Some practitioners like to use technology to interact with their clients; for example, a Skype or Zoom meeting may be used for the entire session. Other healers will speak to the client in real time before and after the “working” section of the session. Some practitioners interact with their clients only through emails, and give and get feedback days after the session.

What is my preference when facilitating distance sessions?

My personal preference is to chat via phone initially with a client to get an idea of what the client wishes to address, whether it is a physical malady or an emotional situation that is causing problems. Often the two areas – physical and emotional – will be intertwined and can be addressed at the same time since an emotional issue can be reflected in the body. After the phone call, I ask the client to lie down in a comfortable and safe place and just relax while I go to “work.” During this time, the client may fall asleep or sink into a drowsy state. If the client has a hard time relaxing, I usually suggest that they remain quiet and read or meditate or listen to soothing music. Usually the “working” part of the session lasts about an hour. I then call the client back and we talk about what the client experienced and what I observed as I did the healing. Typically, I then give the client exercises or tasks to do as a follow up to enhance and augment the healing that was performed.

What is it that I am doing during the “working” part of the session?

Just as I would in an in-person session, I check various energy systems in the client’s body and auric field. In a physical session, I use muscle testing on the client to get a reading of whether a particular system needs balancing or support. In a distance session, I utilize surrogate testing to determine if some areas needed attention. Once I have cleared the basic organization of the energy systems, I work more deeply on whatever comes up that needs deeper attention. 

I am still using my intuition and honed investigative skills to sense a client’s needs in a distance session just as I would in a face-to-face session.

How is a distance session different for me as a practitioner than an in-person session?

Frankly, a distance session can be surprisingly effective and can even allow me to go deeper than an in-person session. Because there is no talking involved during the treatment, there is less distraction for me as I am “listening” to what the client’s energies are saying about their well-being. Since the client is relaxing at home, he or she is sometimes even more open to letting me in psychically. Further, some deeper core issues may be more apparent without the physical body being present. Beliefs and patterns of thinking can also become clearer without clients feeling they need to put up a façade or mask, as they might if they were right in front of me. So sometimes a distance session can feel more efficient than a physical session.

That being said, I do miss the physical interaction as do many of my clients that usually see me in person. Although I have some clients that I only do distance work with because they live so far away from my studio.

How do I know it’s time to end the session? 

Just as I can sense that a client has had enough in a physical session, I can sense the same in a distance session. Often clients say they were “fully cooked” or waking up, just before I call back for feedback. 

How is a distance session different for a client?

Well, the obvious difference is that the client doesn’t drive to my studio. As one client said to me the other day: “You have to trust and surrender, and what comes, comes; what happens, happens.” LB

Here are other clients’ responses: 

“I have been a client of Sheila’s for several years, and I had always experienced positive, sometimes transformational, results from her energy medicine sessions. The benefits of these sessions have occurred for me in mind, body, emotions, and spirit. I consider our sessions to be a valuable tool in my kit as I continue to grow into my Self. Of course, our sessions have always been in-person.

We scheduled a session for early March when the COVID-19 pandemic descended upon the world. Sheila suggested that we have a session remotely, by phone, something she has done with clients in the past. Knowing and trusting her as I do, I agreed. As the session progressed, following her guidance, I began to experience myself settling into a deep state of relaxation in my body, with my awareness quiet yet alert. Immediately following the session, I rested and the inner quietness and feeling of being grounded and centered continued. 

My sessions with Sheila have always produced profound results. I feel a sense of peace and contentment in the moments immediately following our sessions, and then in the days that follow, I notice subtle changes begin to take place.” JP

“When I have a distance healing session with Sheila, I can feel the energy moving in my body as if I were in person with her. I can feel the energy begin to move right away and it feels like light sensation moving through my body as she does her work from afar. Connecting on the phone before and after the session is very helpful to ground me in the session and lift my spirits in this wild and crazy time. So grateful to be able to still do sessions with Sheila even though we are all quarantining.” CS

“I have been working with Sheila for many years now. She is amazing and has healed old traumas and wounds energetically. I can arrive feeling low energy and depleted, and leave feeling on top of the world ready to conquer whatever crosses my path.  She uses many modalities and always seems to know what I need before I even arrive. She has been doing remote work on me and the effects are amazing and I always feel better, either calmer or more energized, depending on what I needed. I highly recommend her.”  CF

To schedule a distance energy medicine session, call me  at 781-354-0725, or email me at sheilapetersdance@gmail.com so we can find a date and time that works for you. 

Sheila Peters is a certified Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, and shamanic practitioner. She also teaches classes and workshops in Stretch/Body Awareness, Energy Body Tune-up, and Jazz Dance. For more information, email Sheila at: sheilapetersdance@gmail.com, call 781-354-0725, or visit Sheila’s website at: www.energymedicineanddance.com.

© 2020 by Sheila Peters. All rights reserved.

Leaps of Faith

In 2005 I bought a Subaru outback. It took me 5 months to find the right one! Strangely enough, various friends came out of the woodwork and spontaneously loaned me their vehicles while I searched and searched and searched for the perfect car. When I saw the navy blue station wagon, I finally knew it was the right one! I had been tempted to settle many times in the 5 months preceding my final decision but I continued to search because I knew the perfect car was still out there. What made me wait so long?

After 14 years of trusted and valued service, I recently replaced that car and bought another one. This time it took me only one day to make the decision. How was I able to make such a quick decision this go-round?

When I decided to train as an Energy Medicine Practitioner, there were those that let me know that I was doing something crazy. Even some family members shook their heads at my “hare-brained” scheme. I was risking “financial stability at an age when I should be retiring” and shrinking into older age. No way! Somehow I knew that this was the path I needed to follow even if it led to failure. I would deeply regret it if I didn’t go for it. As it turns out, it has led to great personal fulfillment and growth and become a new career. Rather than shrinking, I have expanded. The naysayers have become some of my biggest fans. What made me take that leap of faith?

A good friend of mine, A, was a single mother raising 2 boys in her late 40’s while she worked full time. One of her boys had life threatening health issues. She had already been to graduate school. Nevertheless, A had a dream of doing something that would improve the quality of life for those living in poverty in her urban area. When a small newspaper notice caught her eye, she decided to investigate. Despite having no idea how she would manage the additional financial burden and the resultant work/life balance, my friend went for it. It took a total of 9 years, but A completed her Doctorate of Public Health. She told me the “minute I learned something new, I put it to use”. Her gamble paid off in a big way not only for her but for the many people who benefited from her newfound knowledge and expertise. With all that had been on her plate, how did A make the decision to undertake an almost impossible task?

Our leaps of faith are not only about beginning something new but can also take the form of leaving behind what is working extremely well in our lives. B had a hugely successful business that attracted many clients, employed skilled teachers and service providers, and garnered much praise in social media. Yet B felt like it was time to do something else; create a new model for her offerings. Jumping into a new proposition had no guarantees it would match her previous success. Moving to a new location with a different model while exploring unproven methods was a big risk. She could lose it all. Still B felt she wanted, in fact, needed to try a new path. Despite all of the potential setbacks, B chose to move forward and let go of her past.

These urges to do something are not found only in mature individuals. All ages experience a sudden and often urgent impulse to act. Consider C. He was out riding his bicycle with his childhood friends, none of whom were older than 10. Each was daring the others to more and more daring tricks on their bikes. Finally one of C’s chums suggested riding down a long unused road that ended in a bridge spanning a small river. The quest was to jump from the bridge into the water from the still moving bike and swim to the other side of the river and retrieve the bike before anyone else completed the task. The venture was enthusiastically received. But C suddenly had a wave of cold fear move through his body and he knew that he had to convince his friends to not accept this challenge. He had no idea why but it was of paramount importance that he stop his chums in their tracks. 

The others called him a wimp and began laughing at him. C stuck to his guns and finally managed to convince his friends to turn around and go for ice cream instead. Later the boys learned that the bridge had collapsed into the river creating a mound of rumble. Had the boys continued on their mad venture, one or more would have had serious injuries as they went headlong towards the bridge and crashed into the river into the fragments of the bridge. Where did C’s premonition come from? 

Intuition; the ability to sense something ahead of time; the sense of knowing what the next step is; a strong hunch – what are these signals that suddenly appear that we know we can totally trust? It is as if we understand something clearly and immediately without the need for conscious reasoning. We can call this knowing an instinct, a gut feeling, a sixth sense, or a message. Whatever we call it, we have all had instances of it. The phone rings and we know who it at the other end. We meet a friend and his new date and somehow we know they will end up married. We make plans and, at the last moment, decide we shouldn’t go, to later find out we just missed being in an accident. We turn right instead of our routine left and suddenly find ourselves passing the perfect house we’ve been looking for.

Many experts posit that our leaps of faith are really the ability to know something directly without analytic reasoning, instantaneously bridging the gap between the conscious and nonconscious parts of our mind. We absorb clues to what might happen by processing tiny but telling facts through observation of non-verbal communication such as body language, facial expressions and tone of voice. But this doesn’t completely explain all of what our “inner voice” tells us. There are those that believe we are receiving information from a source outside of our physical bodies and brains, perhaps from a higher self or the collective unconscious. 

Regardless of our belief about where such messages come from, we may have discomfort with the idea of relying on our instincts. In our society, we have learned to believe that rationality prevails when making decisions. Yet most of us have, at some time or other, trusted an intuition and realized the benefit of having done so. Perhaps we need to revisit our belief around intuition. When that niggling in the back of your brain, funny feeling in the pit of your stomach, or sudden urge to change your plan next comes up, pay some attention to it and possibly act on it. It may be one of the best decisions of your life!

Sheila Peters is a certified Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, and wingWave©Coach. She also teaches classes and workshops in Stretch/Body Awareness, Energy Body Tune-up, and Jazz Dance. For more information, email Sheila at: sheilapetersdance@gmail.com, call 781-354-0725, or visit Sheila’s website at: www.energymedicineanddance.com

© 2019 by Sheila Peters. All rights reserved.

Summer Reflections

At some point each summer I start to feel a sense of melancholy. The summer scent of musty cut grass in the air makes me feel sad because I know that the long, warm, lazy days of ease will come to an end. Oh the summer is not over by a long shot! But I can hear and smell the passing of the season even as we are at the height of it.

Perhaps the melancholy is more acute as I grow older. I’ve had many cycles of seasons under my belt so perhaps I am more intensely aware of the passage of time. My beautiful and boisterous granddaughters bounce and jump around in the grass, ferreting out tiny pine cones in the trees, laughing at the bunnies who zigzag so as not to get caught, and plucking wild and domesticated flowers off willing branches to be presented as bouquets to their mom. They don’t notice the passage of time. They are in the thick of the moment. I watch their strong tanned limbs move with abandon and I remember how I felt when I was their age. I join my granddaughters in running across the field with arms out spread as if they are the soaring wings of angels.

I think of the plans I had for this season earlier in the year – what have I achieved and what still remains to be done? A sense of urgency emerges but it feels almost absurd. Why hurry, why worry, why fret? Summer is still here with its boundless possibilities and hopes! The sun is shining and there is still time, still opportunity, still serendipitous chance. And so I drink in the intoxicating nectar of the light, the animals and the birds, the smells, and the sounds. I feel the love emanating from people I care about and from the very earth itself.

The melancholy begins to lift.

It’s a bit like the ancient fable about the grasshopper and the ant. If we spend all our time worrying about the future, do we enjoy the present? If we spend all our time being in the moment, do we quickly become part of the past? Past, Present, Future. In a more modern context, if you are so busy taking that perfect snapshot with your cell phone, are you a participant or merely a record keeper? If you don’t take the photo, can you be sure that you will remember the moment?

Of course the key is balance – balance between work and play, enjoying the moment and planning for the future, between action and relaxation. But that balance can sometimes be elusive. If we get stuck believing that where we are is not where we are supposed to be, then we can’t be fully present. We may begin to feel frustrated or impatient or that we are losing out. We may even feel melancholy.

How do we balance it all while being fully present to each side of the equation?

I’ve learned that trusting in myself is a large part of the answer. Having faith that my inner voice will give me a sign or nudge when it’s time to transfer to the other side of the equation. I haven’t always believed that I would have that inner understanding available when I needed it. However, as I get older, I see that my intuition is usually reliable.

I’ve also learned that the more I listen and follow my inner voice, the more the rest of the world seems to echo that understanding. Opportunities arise that resonate with what my intuition is saying to me, making it easy to choose the path ahead. So while I can sense the passing of the summer even as I enjoy the delights of the season, I understand that this is the balance that occurs in all aspects of life.

 

Sheila Peters is a certified Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, and wingWave©Coach. She also teaches classes and workshops in Stretch/Body Awareness, Energy Body Tune-up, and Jazz Dance. For more information, email Sheila at: sheilapetersdance@gmail.com, call 781-354-0725, or visit Sheila’s website at: www.energymedicineanddance.com.

 

© 2018 by Sheila Peters. All rights reserved.