Author: Rachel Rice

A Journey

When I started to learn energy medicine, my life changed. I began feeling less fatigued, less anxious, less overwhelmed. My asthma went away and so did my night sweats and my eye strain. The vague pain in my liver that had no medical diagnosis and a tightness on the left side of my head that had been ever-present for at least 5 years disappeared. I began to feel less emotionally reactive and less paranoid. I started sleeping better. My IBS went away. My sinuses cleared up and so did my adult acne.  I was no longer a sneezing mess around my in-law’s cats at the holidays.

Little by little, I felt lighter, more joyful and more balanced.  I started taking deeper breaths and felt for the first time in my life that I had some significant influence over my physical, mental and emotional well-being. If a part of my body was in pain, I was able to figure out which energy system was related and what I could do myself to make it feel better.  I stopped needing Advil, Tylenol, anti-depressants and allergy medicine. And recently, I’ve even started to eat eggs again…a food that had previously made me feel sluggish and tired was now giving me strength to make it through my day.

What I learned when I enrolled in Fundamentals years ago was an eye-opener for me. Now that I understand more about it and a bit about the science that supports it, energy is the lens through which I view the world. There is no going back. I can’t unsee that we we are made of energy and so is everything else. I can’t unsee the patterns that flow and how they get stuck and can be unblocked with a sweep or a hold of my hand.  The crazy thing… everyone can do this. Each one of us has the innate ability to shift our well-being that quickly. It’s just a new language. It’s easy to do and has no side effects. Will you join me on this journey?

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Part III: Getting to the Root

(In this segment of our interview series, Tania Bandak, MD, a primary care physician at PersonalMDs in Chestnut Hill, turns the tables on Rachel Rice, President and Founder of Five Rhythms Consulting, and interviews her about how the Eden Method enables her to get to the root of the issues. Tania and Rachel have collaborated on increasing the wellbeing of over 50 mutual patient/clients in the past 4 years.)

Tania: Rachel, you recently told me about a client of yours who had excema on over 80% of her body. You said that the rash had been getting increasingly red and itchy for a year and then remarkably cleared up within days of the session. Can you tell us about what you did in the session that you think may have helped?

Rachel; Yes, this client (who has given me permission to share her story) first developed excema about a year ago. It started with patches on her arms and slowly progressed onto her torso and then legs until it was thick, red, itchy and keeping her up at night. Skin creams weren’t helping and the corticosteroid cream that had been recommended for the rash on her arms wasn’t practical for her whole body. Benadryl helped to reduce the intensity of the itch but did not clear the rash. Within 3 days of our energy session, the excema was 60% healed and by the end of 14 days it was 90% healed. It is now completely gone.

Tania: What did you do in the session to help?

Rachel: First I used muscle energy testing to track and balance her energy systems. This helped with the itching but didn’t make the rash disappear. Then, with the idea that something ingested or touching her skin on a regular basis might be causing the issue, we used muscle energy testing as a way to figure out if any of her body care products (like shampoo, toothpaste, soap, lotion) or any foods were impacting her. This testing process revealed that a handful of foods were impacting her strength.  When she removed the foods from her diet, the excema improved dramatically over the next three days. 

Tania: So, muscle testing is how you got to the root of the issue?

Rachel: Yes, muscle testing is a tool that I use to identify where energy is flowing well and where it is stuck in the body, as well as what energies are impacted by external factors. It is a way of communicating with the body about which energies need support. 

Tania:  Is muscle testing something anyone can learn? Because honestly, it looks pretty subjective: like you’re just pushing down with differing strength.

Rachel: I agree with you about how fake it looks. I felt the same way the first time I watched Donna Eden do it. I thought it must be fake, or that she must be pushing harder. But that’s not the case. And, yes, absolutely. I believe that everyone can learn to use their muscles to test their energy flow. In fact, when I’m working with a skeptical client, I teach them how to use their muscles to check their own energies so that I am out of the loop. I also teach it as part of sessions, during Introduction to Energy Medicine Classes and in my Level 1: Fundamentals class. It is very liberating and empowering to learn. My client with the excema has learned how to “test before she ingests” in order to avoid foods that will cause her excema to flair.

Tania:  How exactly does muscle testing work?

Rachel: In general, muscle testing works on the principle that muscles weaken when stressors are introduced within the testing loop. The stressor can be touching a part of the body that is sick, introducing a challenging thought, or bringing a substance that isn’t beneficial to the body into its field.  Muscle testing food and supplements works because everything has a vibration and vibrational signature. Our bodies are made of atoms. In fact, all matter is made of atoms, which have a charge. That charge is always moving at a frequency, which I’ll call its vibrational signature. Some signatures are easily metabolised by our bodies and make us strong. Others are more difficult for our bodies to metabolise and make us weaker. When we have difficulty metabolising a thought or substance, it can result in stress on the body which can show up as various symptoms like muscle weakness, headaches, bodyaches, rashes,  IBS, etc. Muscle testing uses this principle that things that are true for us or in sync with our vibrational signature will keep us strong or make us stronger and things that are not in sync with our vibrational signature will make us weaker in one way or another. 

Tania:  How do you use muscle testing in sessions?

Rachel: Muscle testing is my primary process for figuring out what is happening with the flow of energy through the nine energy systems of the body. It can also be used to figure out the impact that thoughts, beliefs, foods, supplements and medications have on the nine energy systems of the body. Once we figure out what is impacted, we work to balance the energies. This often helps people with symptoms, as it did with my client who had the bad case of excema.

Tania: Can people learn how to do muscle testing on themselves?

Rachel: Shall I show you?

Click here to see a video of Rachel showing Tania how to use muscle testing to track and balance her own energies.

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Beneath the Surface

In our previous interview segment about beliefs, Dr. Tania Bandak shared that her patients typically feel better within a single session. This helps them realize that they do have within their bodies the ability to feel better which challenges their own beliefs and helps them shift into a healing mindset.  That said, I was curious about what made Tania seem more open to the energy work than has been my experience with many others in the medical field and if she was initially skeptical.

Rachel: Tania, were you initially skeptical? If so, what resolved your skepticism?

Tania:  I wouldn’t call it skeptical, because skepticism starts from a place of doubt–of assuming something isn’t true–which can be as limiting as assuming that something is true without examining it.   When I first heard about you, I would say I was curious. I was familiar with the notion that in Eastern Medicine the body is seen as an energy system, and I knew that other energy modalities such as acupuncture have been shown to be beneficial for the management of certain conditions, but I had never heard of Energy Medicine. 

Rachel: How did you make the leap to consider it a modality that you would recommend for your patients?

Tania:  I came to see you to understand your method, how that method was developed, and the science and philosophy behind it.  However, when you described muscle testing I was definitely skeptical about that!  

Rachel: What about that made you skeptical?

Tania: Even though we in traditional medicine accept that thoughts, feelings and actions are interrelated and impact physical health, it is a huge cognitive leap to consider thoughts as having a real-time physical effect on muscles.  I mean, don’t we conceptualize thoughts as existing in some cartoon conversation bubble hovering above our heads?  To consider that they have a footprint–or a thought-print–in our physical bodies is pretty revolutionary!

Rachel: So what resolved your skepticism about the muscle testing?

Tania: Well, you muscle tested me and I felt that when you tested a truth for me I was physically stronger, and when you tested a falsehood, I was weaker.   Initially I wondered whether your were pressing harder with the falsehood, but if this were true that would mean that you were intentionally manipulating the situation, which I did not believe you were doing.  We had already talked about your motivation to do this work, which I understood to be a genuine intention to help heal. 

Rachel: So my motivation was important?

Tania: Yes, understanding your motivation was key.  I asked you how you came to do this work, how you trained, and why you do it. I think that when we look for health practitioners, we focus on credentials and training, which is very important. What I think is equally important is the motivation of the practitioner. This isn’t something we usually examine, but is essential if we are to take the leap of faith necessary to trust them with our health–whether this person is a traditional physician or an alternative healing practitioner.  

Rachel: What else shifted your perspective?

Tania: Seeing how our patients have responded.    Not all of them have–but I think there is important information to be learned from the few who haven’t.  The vast majority have really responded to the work they’ve been doing with you, and the reproducibility of the effect of your process does suggest to me, at least, that the process is based on something “real.”  

Rachel: What do you mean by “real?”

Tania:  That’s a great question.  By “real” I mean something that addresses the root cause of the issue and helps people feel lighter when they leave. HOW DO YOU DO THIS??? 

Rachel: That is a question for another day.  ; )

Stay tuned… in our next segment, Tania turns the tables on Rachel and interviews her!

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An Interview about Beliefs with Tania Bandak, MD

Dr. Tania Bandak and Five Rhythms have colloborated over the past 4 years with over 50 mutual patient/clients and we have seen remarkable shifts in outcomes for many. As a result of this metaview we are starting to recognize themes and patterns and are excited to share our observations with you.  This first interview is about how beliefs are inherent to healing. How is this happening? For whom is this working? How does energy medicine dovetail with traditional medicine? And, how does this expand our understanding of healing?

Beliefs.

Rachel: Tania, in your experience, what are some of the treatment areas that have responded well to an Eden Method energy medicine session that weren’t as responsive to more traditional modalities. 

Tania: I’ve seen the most benefit in two main groups of people: 

Those who have conditions or symptoms which traditional medicine doesn’t have a cure for and those who aren’t responding to traditional treatments as I would expect them to.   

For example, even though we do have approaches that can help people with certain chronic or diffuse symptoms such as pain, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, irritable bowel symptoms, hot flashes, etc,  our treatments are sometimes not sufficient in adequately mananging their symptoms. And sometimes we do have treatments that should be working for people who’ve suffered injuries or illnesses, but even after their treatment is completed, they have ongoing symptoms.   

Rachel: What is the most powerful shift that you have seen in your patients after they have experienced the energy work. 

Tania: What I find so unique about the work you do is that within the course of a single session, your client frequently leaves feeling better–and seeing that they CAN feel better shows them that they have within themselves all they need to feel and be healthy.  This belief can be transformational in how they approach their self care.  

Rachel: How so?

Tania: So many people have been carrying their symptoms and sensations for such a long time that it’s become infused into their belief of who they are and how their bodies work.  It can become the lens through which any experience is interpreted. For example, someone suffering with chronic fatigue may shy away from participating in a new activity because they may believe “That’s something I can’t do.”  Or, if there is another reason their fatigue may be worse–a bad night’s sleep, a viral infection, etc, the worsening fatigue–albeit temporary–can be interpreted as reflecting the progression of their chronic illness. These are natural reactions and responses. But, the implications of these belief responses can sometimes unintentionally fuel their pain/discomfort.   

Rachel: So how have you seen the Eden Method influencing their belief responses?

Tania:  The fact that they frequently feel better by the end of a single session helps them to realize that they do have within their bodies, the ability to feel better.  This is incredibly powerful because it suggests that they/their bodies are not irrevocably broken or flawed.  And, experiencing that improvement in how they feel can challenge their belief about their bodies and gives them the opportunity to develop a belief system that is more aligned with their health and healing.  

Rachel: Are there tools that allopathic doctors have to approach this today?

Tania: Yes, there are. A lot of how we do this is through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which works towards uncoupling thoughts, feelings and behaviors from each other so there can be a more volitional approach to how we choose to think or act.  This is an absolutely fundamental tool, but no one tool works for all people. CBT is a process that can take time to notice an effect. 

Rachel: Were you initially skeptical? What resolved your skepticism? 

Stay tuned for Tania’s response in our next post. 😉

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The Physical Feeling of Clearing Old Emotions

The physical feeling of clearing old emotions has a lightness to it. First there is the sensation of pipes draining, water flushing down the arms and fingers and off the legs and toes. Then, my client Sarah says, it’s as though some one has lifted a weighted blanket off of her chest and she can breath easier. There’s actually more space, she says, to breath. And, the tightness in her belly has released.  She hadn’t really been aware that she had been holding there. The skin on her temples has relaxed a bit too and her gaze is softer and brighter now.  She takes another deep, expansive, nourishing breath of air.

The fear is gone.

For the first time in a long time, she says that she can no longer tap into the feeling that she’s been a target. Someone at her old company had framed her to hide their own culpability. Although she had easily found a new job given the strength of her resume, experience and strong references, she couldn’t shake the feeling that if it had happened once, maybe it would happen again. Now, that fear is gone. In its place are positive affirmations connecting her to her stronger, wiser self, capable of seeing down dark alleys and identifying dangers from farther aware. She now feels aware, yet confident and poised.  It feels odd, she says, to not be able to tap into that same sense of vulnerability, but it just isn’t there. 

Energy balances.

Then, we make sure to strengthen her central meridian, the one that helps build our confidence, and boost her thymus energy which supports feelings of vitality. We work with her triple warmer energy, the one that governs fight or flight, and help it step down off of its hyper-vigilant perch to a more supportive and less reactive place. Since our work together she says that she feels less reactive emotionally at home and at work and much more able to have perspective and think before responding. 

Emotion = Energy in Motion.

Emotion is just energy in motion. When it gets stuck in our bodies we hold it like a weight. We hold it unconsciously so that maybe it will keep us safe the next time something similar happens. But instead, the next time something happens, we freeze, or fight or run away and we don’t get a chance to start fresh. By working with the energy and giving it a way to move in, around and out of the body, we are able to build new pathways for thinking and acting and actually re-pattern our body’s response to stressors. Learn how.

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Who Has the Time!?! Maybe You Do

Time spent with someone we enjoy flashes by. The time it takes to drill a tooth is an eternity. While time has a quantitative, external, and linear aspect to it – the seconds, minutes, hours on the clock that methodically march forward – it’s our internal relationship to what we’re experiencing that determines the quality and our sense of capacity. And there’s a persistent cultural narrative that there’s not enough of either. In fact, not having time is considered the new status symbol. If you’re not busy, you must not be in demand.

This demand, however, is often driven externally and we feel we have little to no control over it. In adopting this perspective, we surrender our choice and agency. While there is no doubt that modern life is busy and the distractions and pushes and pulls are significant, for those who add kids, it’s as if all bets are off. In exploring this with several clients, some questions emerged – what choice do we have about the nature of our busyness and our relationship to it? Is our busyness more amenable to change than the prevailing cultural narrative conveys? If we fully stepped into choice about our time, how would our lives change? Which theme below calls you?

People Pleasing

When we ‘people please,’ we say ‘yes’ to someone else’s desire with the false sense that we’re preserving our relationship. How many hours are you doing something to people please? What volunteer activities did you feel you couldn’t decline? Are you meeting with colleagues to only be supportive or to be a good work buddy? When we say ‘yes’ to too many things, we end up saying ‘no’ by default. If I spend two hours per week in meetings that are not the core part of my job because I feel I need to be ‘supportive’ and then I miss an evening at home with my family, is that the choice that I want to make? Maybe. There is no right answer. Only  that we reclaim control by being intentional with our commitments – our ‘yeses’. Once a clear, intentional ‘yes’, ‘nos’ flow more easily. 

People pleasing has many roots, and fear of damaging relationships is only one. A strategy to try is asking what saying ‘no’ will allow you to do, be, experience instead. What’s your ‘yes’? This shifts the focus away from the other person and back to you – which gets lost in people pleasing. There will be times when you decide to do something for someone else. When you can claim the choice, it changes how you experience the time you do share.

Boredom and Avoidance

A client I’ll call Rick had agreed to all sorts of additional work – and was hearing from his boss that he was not fulfilling his core job duties.  When we looked at the responsibilities in each category, he was interested in the extra work but not his core job. He had recently changed jobs and was feeling like he made a mistake, so he had not fully committed.  

Distractions come in all forms. And our uber-connected world is delighted to provide all the distractions we can ingest. Look no further than your phone. We don’t need to take on extra responsibility at work to feed our need for distraction. 

Rather than focusing on the distraction, ask why you feel the need for distraction. When you turn to a distraction, what is going on for you in that moment? I’ve started asking myself that each time I open LinkedIn – and it’s often not because I’m interested in networking. It’s avoidance of a task I don’t want to do or don’t know how to do. Sitting with my discomfort has increased my awareness and focus and shifted my relationship to the task I’m putting off. What’s your pattern? Where are you bored? What are you avoiding? 

Crisis Mode

Crisis mode is pervasive in some organizations. There are too many fires to extinguish, deliverables on tight timelines, and all with client impact. And in an industry where the client reigns, my coaching client Amanda feels like her only choice is 24/7 crisis mode — which is not conducive to effective management and long-term organizational health. To manage the constant fires, she puts off long-term planning, team development and developing organizational processes to curb the constant crisis. At the director level, her priority needs to be long-term strategic work.

Our first task was to shift from the limiting belief that there is ‘no time’ to ‘some time can be created.’ We identified changes that are most likely to yield results, broke them into manageable pieces and put time on her calendar for them.  Given the industry and client relationships, the shift out of crisis mode will take time. But she had to first accept the possibility and reclaim the parts of her calendar she could control. Her all or nothing belief allowed her days to be driven externally, eliminating any sense of control. 

Mental Distractions

Forget about all the external tugs on our time and attention. Sometimes it’s what’s inside that takes us down. Say hello to mental distractions. As I write this, work emails race through my head, the grocery list pops up, along with the nagging feeling that the kennel won’t take our dog during our vacation because I haven’t made the reservation. During the first moment of almost-stillness, it all comes to the surface in one great wave crowding out the immediate task. 

To calm your mental distractions, try practicing brief periods of mini-mindfulness.Throughout your day, take time to breath and experience the physical sensation of what you’re doing. Notice the water running over your hands and the scent of the soap. Feel your feet on the floor and your legs moving as you walk to the meeting. Notice your breath. Distraction is a habit, but so is focus.

Although our world feeds on our time and attention, I believe that we can have more control than we believe. None of these practices add time to your day. But they can help you reclaim choice – which is power. And it’s the power over your relationship to what you’re doing and why that brings internal peace.  Which, in my experience, slows down how I experience this current moment giving me more sense of capacity. And so less flies by outside of my consciousness and control. 

What resonates with you? Is there a place in your life that you’ve allowed to be driven externally by demands that don’t serve you? What can you do to reclaim that? How would life be better if you did? 

by Amy Rebecca Gay, Ph.D.

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What’s Your Yes?

By Amy Rebecca Gay, Ph.D.

What are all the people, values, and experiences in your life to which you say ‘yes’? Spending time with those you love? Self-care? Adventure? Being on time to your mother’s funeral? 

I actually didn’t pull that last one out of the blue. During last weeks’ vacation in Vermont I started talking with someone who told me he was late to his mother’s funeral because he was responding to a last-minute request from his boss. A request, no less, he felt his boss could handle without his input. This interesting detail emerged from a larger conversation about how hard it is to unplug – and how the inn’s spotty wi-fi connection was the perfect solution. (The kids had a different reaction!)

But this conversation got me thinking. If I were making a list right now of all my ‘yeses,’ being on time to remember and pay tribute to a loved one would be high on that list. I suspect it was for this gentleman, too. Otherwise, why would he have mentioned it? And yet, we often make choices day-in and day-out that quietly, even gently, erode our commitment to what we hold dear. To what we tell ourselves and others is what matters. 

Just to be clear: there is no judgement here. No judgement for this gentleman and how he happened to arrive late to his mother’s funeral. No judgement for myself over some choices I’ve recently made that might not be the truest reflection of my espoused values. No judgement for you. 

What I want to do is surface an all-too familiar dynamic and ask you, “What do you say ‘yes’ to?” And in order to protect that ‘yes,’ we need to say ‘no.’ How often do we fail to set healthy boundaries with a ‘no’ in order to protect our most important ‘yeses’? And do we support others to do the same so that we contribute to a community where we all live in alignment with our deeply held values? How would our lives change if we were clear about our ‘yeses’ and committed to holding boundaries to protect them with constructive ‘no’s’? How would the world be different if we committed to a culture that supported us all in learning and applying these skills without guilt or shame? 

So here is my ‘yes’ to you and me: I commit to identifying the most important ‘yeses’ in my life, protecting them with constructive ‘no’s’ and supporting you in doing the same. What do you say ‘yes’ to?

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Managing Pain the Energy Way

This winter while I was making red lentil curry for a group of forty at our ski co-op, some of the curry splattered onto the back of my hand. Before I could get to the sink, the area was white and the pain was intensifying. Luckily, I have a deep arsenal of energy-related pain management techniques which, along with ice and a couple of Advil, relieved me of significant discomfort. By morning, the area was pain free, there was no blister, and the size of wound was significantly smaller.  It felt like nothing short of a miracle.  The secret?

  • I tapped on my wrist and the back of my hand, communicating to my body to release excess energy, redirect the energy toward healing and stop the pain signals.
  • I tapped on the “gamut point”, giving my fight/flight energy the message to chill out a bit.
  • I pain siphoned, pulling excess heat up into my left palm and letting it drain out of my right finger tips.
  • I chakra cleared, gathering excess energy up and off the top of the area.
  • I visualized figure 8s mending the edges of the burn. This helped to speed healing and integration with healthy skin. (And, without telling me they were going to do it, my daughter and husband also did this same visualization!)

Real Life Pain Relief Examples

Sometimes managing pain with energy medicine can make all the difference. Consider the following use cases:

  • A client with tennis elbow had been through two rounds of physical therapy over two years and still had elbow pain. By clearing the emotions that were related to the emergence of the injury and balancing irregular energy at the site of the injury, in just one session the client’s pain disappeared.
  • A lifelong runner had pulled his calf muscle. Physical therapy helped a bit but when he went out to run, his other calf hurt too. In a single energy medicine session, we identified that his calf muscles had irregular polarity. We unblocked it and within a couple of weeks he was back to running.
  • A client complained of pain in the lower left area of his left breast and near his sternum. His doctor said that there wasn’t a medical issue with the heart or breast. During the energy medicine session, we identified that his heart valve energy points were not in sync.  Once we balanced the points, the pain cleared.
  • A client had been concussed multiple times over several years and experienced daily headaches. In a single session we cleared an energetic vortex that had been established over the head injuries. We also balanced several meridians on the head and got energies moving in a cross over pattern. Pain diminished significantly during the session and continued to diminish with home care.

Try this:

Sometimes all it takes to release discomfort is alternately placing the palm of your hand and back of your hand on the spot that is tender as this can get stagnate energies moving.  Try it and let me know how it goes.

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Conquering Performance Anxiety

I recently worked with an athlete who we’ll call Zach. He wanted to improve his already stellar running performance.  Zach frequently won or placed well in races but he felt that something was holding him back. He had a feeling that if he could just clear some mental blocks,  he would feel lighter, be less stressed about races and run even faster than he already did.  His coach had also noticed that Zach’s gait was a bit stiff and had encouraged him to find ways to de-stress.  Zach agreed that his stress about running was starting to impact the rest of his well-being and he wanted to reverse this trend too.  He shared with me that leading up to a race day, he would feel a bit nervous, lose some sleep and not feel like eating on the day of the race.  Read on for Zach’s remarkable results.

When we started our session, Zach rated his level of stress about racing as a 9 on a 10 point scale (with 10 being the highest level of stress and 1 being the lowest) and a feeling of tightness in his chest that was making it tough to breath as a 7 out of 10.

During our session we used the following methodical process:

  1. Identified beliefs that might inhibit his mental, emotional and physical strength
  2. Used muscle testing to identify which beliefs were actually impacting his strength
  3. Used a process called “tapping” to clear these unconscious beliefs from his body
  4. Rechecked muscle strength to ensure that the counter-productive beliefs were no longer impactful
  5. Tracked and balanced his basic energies to create additional strength and focus, while reducing unnecessary stressors,
  6. Gave him techniques that he could use at home to reinforce the positive shifts that we had seen during the session.

Achieve Your Goals

One of the biggest surprises in the session was the discovery that unconscious beliefs were inhibiting Zach’s success. Even though he wasn’t aware of it, he had low confidence in his ability to beat his toughest competitor in upcoming races. Initially he didn’t think winning was possible, he didn’t think he could do it, he didn’t think on some level that he deserved to win and he didn’t think that he would be the same person if he won.  Once we finished tapping, his belief in his own ability became strong, his muscle test confirmed the belief, and he rated his stress now as a 1 out 10.  Even the tightness in his chest went from a 7 to a 0 out of 10.

Once his level of stress dropped, we were able to focus not just on winning, but winning with grace, speed, ease and fun.  For speed, he had a specific time goal in mind for his race.  So, we tapped on that being a) a possibility, b) a strong possibility and then even c) the possibility of breaking that threshold.  He laughed when we did that because it really seemed out of the realm of what was possible.

Finally, during energy tracking, we discovered that reinforcing the central meridian flow would help him to increase his confidence, holding his neurovascular points on his temples and forehead helped to reduce his heightened state of alertness and stress while allowing for feelings of joy, and reinforced the flow of the stomach meridian energy so that he would feel grounded, calm and have an appetite.

Results were remarkable.  That weekend, Zach reported that he slept well, ate well, won his three races and achieved his time goal.

What beliefs are holding you back from achieving your goals?

 

 

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Organize Your Thoughts with Ease

It was 4pm on a Friday afternoon and I was sitting in a “report of findings” from one of our research vendors.  There were at least 25 of us packed into a conference room meant for 12. We really wanted to know the results of his research but due to his heavy travel schedule this was the only time he could come.  So we waited with bated breath. When he started to speak I found myself trying very hard to pay attention. This was really unusual because even though his subject is a bit dry,  I had previously experienced him as a dynamic and interesting speaker, able to weave a story of the findings.  This time though, he sounded like a Charlie Brown parent character. You know, the one that says “Mwah, mwah, mwah mwah mwah.”  I looked around the room and everyone’s eyes had glazed over. They looked as confused and stunned as I felt. After the meeting we talked about how he must have been having an off day.

Looking back, this has all the markings of what I would energetically call “brain scramble.” It happens when there is disorganization between the back and front parts of the brain.  When I teach communication classes, it is one of my favorite energetic states to demonstrate because it clearly shows how easily we can scramble other people and also how easy it is to resolve. If we’re scrambled, they become scrambled.  If we’re organized, they get our message. A simple exercise called the Wayne Cook Posture done prior to presenting could have been enough to enable our vendor to communicate effectively and be understood.

Here are some examples of how brain scramble shows up:

  • It’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon and you’ve been trying to write the same email sentence for 10 minutes.
  • It’s 11 o’clock at night and you’ve read the same paragraph in your book at least three times and can’t remember what you just read.
  • It taken you 3 hours to finish a test and other people finished an hour ago.
  • A stutter.
  • Dyslexia.
  • Inability to focus.
  • You have a hard time formulating and organizing your ideas.
  • Or, you’re sitting in a meeting and the speaker sounds like a Charlie Brown parent

 

The next time you are having a hard time communicating, try this technique, called the Wayne Cook Posture. Better yet, try it out now and see how it feels.

  1. Place your left ankle on top of your right knee.
  2. Place your right hand on top of your left ankle.
  3. Place your left hand so that it is holding the bottom of your left foot at the ball of the left foot. (see the picture below)
  4. Gently pull up on your foot while breathing in deeply. Exhale.
  5. Do steps 1-4 four times on each side.
  6. Next, “steeple” your fingertips, resting your thumbs between your eye brows.
  7. Breath slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth three or four times.

Hold Your Ankle

Bring Steepled Hands to Your Forehead

 

This has become one of my favorite techniques of all time because it works so quickly to help people say and do what’s important to them. It helps to lift the fog. For a video of this and other techniques to improve communication, check out this 5-minute energy routine video.

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