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More Than Can Be Explained


Words by Francine Bartlett

Nearly a decade ago, a friend gifted me a session with an astrologist for my birthday. She was going to “read my chart.” I wasn’t sure what that meant. When setting up the session, I was asked for the exact time and date of my birth. The idea that there was meaning in how the stars were aligned at the exact moment of my birth wasn’t something I was familiar with. But this session got my attention because my chart told the story that I was meant to be a healer. How did the stars know that?

Intrigued by knowing there’s more out there than science can explain, I continued to seek out similar experiences. My first “intuitive reading” was about my body’s “frequencies.” I had heard as much about body frequencies as I had about star charts. In college, I studied physics and astronomy, but never thought about frequency as it pertains to the human body. In that session, the numbers in the date of my birthday were added together to tell my story. And yes, as skeptical as I was that those numbers had meaning, this reading was spot on. The idea that we are a flowing energy source of frequencies that can be manipulated negatively and result in disease or that we can open energy blocks by changing our breath, was beyond anything I had been exposed to before.

Energy healing is not widely known or accepted in American culture. But it is out there in the world, and even the norm in places like India, Peru, and Bali. It is growing in the U.S. though and people are starting to hear about Deeksha and Reiki, which uses subtle hand positions to alter the vibrational energy field thought to surround and penetrate the body. Even our own hospital here now offers patients energy healing sessions.

What I have learned working with friend and holistic intuitive Jennifer Pepper for the last three years is to recognize patterns of behaviors. And how to shift them by changing perspective, or by shifting the energy being placed on them and by staying in the present moment. Jennifer has taught me that our thoughts and reactions to stressful situations affect our inner energy, alter health and emotions, and can certainly make or break how something is perceived and handled.

Need more convincing? The sounds and sensations of crystal sound bowls and the meditative vibrations of gongs bring you to the present moment, allowing you to forget your wonders and worries while filling you up. You literally vibrate with these instruments, which are set at specific frequencies to cause specific effects, such as relaxation or concentration. This isn’t woo-woo. It is physics. It is music that heals and makes you feel wonderful, like that amazing feeling we get when we sing a favorite song.

Enjoy monthly sound healing gong meditation workshops at Medicine Wheel Wellness. A weekly restorative YogaTouch class combines restful yoga poses with essential oils and singing sound bowls.

(For the record, a reading with an intuitive or astrologist does make a great birthday gift!)

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