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Steps to Unlock the Potential of Your Inner Healer

April 24, 2014

Unlock the Potential of Your Inner Healer

by Shiloh Sophia

Unlocking the potential of your Inner Healer begins with a choice to make a connection with your inner world. Here you can get access to the keys that open the hidden places within you where healing information lives. These keys belong to you and are used to define your own journey and experience of personal power on your own terms. You don’t need to be ‘all better’ or have your ‘stuff in a pile’ to have an experience of wholeness right where you are, right now. The Inner Healer is a powerful presence within you that is a consciously chosen relationship, one that can change everything about how you relate to your wounds and your worlds.

These ideas and inquiries are designed to provide you with immediately applicable practices, or keys, that serve to unlock access to the healing information that may be available to you. The “wound” you are grappling with might be a physical illness, or it may be an energy blockage or an emotional wound. The wound is whatever it is that ails you, and also, informs you. As Rumi says, “The wound is place where the light enters.”

5 Keys To Unlocking Your Inner Healer

1. Key of Surrender: There is freedom available when you are willing to let go of knowing, or needing there to be a reason.

Resist the idea of it being someone’s fault, especially yours. Hopelessness, frustration and confusion often result when you are trying your hardest to do everything you can, read every book on the subject, and see every healer and still, you aren’t able to cure what harms you or holds you back. Maybe you feel even worse after you have been trying a while, because not only are you not healed, now you feel ashamed because your visualizations and affirmations aren’t yielding the desired results. The effort you make in gaining control often feels fruitless – and can be exhausting. We keep searching for the ‘reason’ or the meaning and often this informs us, but it can also hold us back. There is a great mystery in our world and not all of it has clear reasons.

Perhaps you think getting wounded in the first place is your fault, or the fault of someone else. Even if that is ‘true’ on some direct or indirect level, the energy of blame is not conducive to creating healing pathways. Perhaps there isn’t a reason or an answer to be found. Blame is a hindrance to communicating with your Inner Healer. Forgiveness opens the channels, but only when you are ready to surrender needing to have all the reasons.

2. Key of Choice: Choose to establish a conscious connection with the life force known as the Inner Healer.

All of us have the capacity to heal, but not all of us will heal. Regardless of a full healing the experience we have of our lives is determined by our perspective and what we believe is possible. A relationship with the Inner Healer is a call and response. This connection enables Information to travel from the unconscious realm where the clues to healing often live into the conscious realm so that you can take informed action on behalf of your healing.
Everyone has an Inner Healer who is in the on-going process of awakening. Even if you don’t know what that means yet, you have the opportunity to be open to the possibility so that systems can begin to come into alignment and bring you information that wasn’t available when trying to think and act yourself well. Consider the realm of distance healing where we know that the human mind employs Quantum Physics to make an intent for healing be realized. We have heard many stories about it happening over long distances, over the phone, and through prayer, and most of us believe this evidence, and yet we have trouble believing that we can send a message the brief distance to our inner world and have it heard! When the messages begin to flow more freely, the connection will be strengthened and potential will be released.

3. Key of Authority: Choose to be the one to define your experience of both your wound and the way it is being transformed.

Choosing to work with your inner Healer is an invitation to overcome the shame of being sick. Do you shame yourself when you aren’t able to “succeed” with regard to your healing? Sometimes you might even begin to hide that you STILL don’t feel good. You might wonder: What is wrong with me? This can result in an even deeper inner healing crisis than whatever health issue you might be navigating! Hidden shame can remove us from our capacity to interface clearly with the healing that might still be in a potential state within us. Isolation from ourselves, our spirit and others often ensues. The next steps are revealed by the Inner healer when, and only when, we are ready to receive the transmission. Our job is to make ourselves available to that resonance. To watch, listen and beckon into the possibility.

The shame isn’t something that we make up on our own. It is often in association with what others will think, our story of why we are wounded in the first place, and the collective ‘story’ of judgment against those who are sick. There is a dangerous undercurrent of condemnation running through the self-healing movement that points the finger at the victim. Each of us must CHOOSE for ourselves how we are going to relate to our own wellness, instead of taking on the beliefs of those around us. All of us can learn from our wounds, and most of us do, but it is HOW we relate to it that we will find the freedom in the chaos.

4. Key of Self-Empowerment: Choose to make your healing into a journey – a quest, so that you are the one authoring your experience.

This is your journey and you choose the story that gets told. A healing journey is not a destination. Yet for many of us it is one that lasts a lifetime. Being so hard on yourself about where you are on your healing journey can be just as damaging as believing that you are incurable or always going to be broken. Whether it is an illness, a childhood trauma, or a failed marriage, how you relate to your wounds defines your actual experience of it and how that lives within you, for how long and in what way.

You do not need to live up to any story that is not authentic to you and your own experience. Your story is your story and it is unique to you and no one else. How you contextualize it will affect every decision you make including how your body feels and whether or not it can access the stored potential of healing. Sometimes that potential is available and moves towards full remission and healing, but sometimes it doesn’t. Notice the story you tell yourself when it doesn’t go the way you want it to go because it will define the next steps. You get to choose to move and have your being as victim or self empowered.

While others may be helping and guiding, true healing is guided by you. This doesn’t mean you will be able to be cured every time. Choosing to relate to your experience as a journey makes it much more possible for your Inner Healer to reveal what needs to happen next and how it can happen.

Your wound is like the specific object yielding to the force of your desired intention moving through the vehicle of your Inner Healer. The stored healing potential gets activated and begins to be transformed into the motion of healing. As Albert Einstein says, “When an object is being acted upon by a force like the electric or gravitation force, then it can be assigned an energy that depends only upon its location relative to the source of the force. This energy is called the potential energy – “potential” as it can easily be transformed into kinetic energy associated with the object’s motion: As the object yields to the pull or push of the force, its potential energy decreases while the energy associated with its motion increases.”

Transformation is available without an external healer or overall life shift, right inside of this moment and it isn’t based on what you deserve and it isn’t a reward for good positive thinking. It is your decision to become a conscious co-creator with your Inner Healer.

5. Key of Self Compassion: Your vulnerability is a message to your Inner Healer that you are ready to listen and to love.

Wounds are leading the way, when it could be wellness leading the way to the future. You, like most of us may be allowing yourself to be defined based on how you relate to your deepest wounds. Instead of relating to your choices from the perspective of your most well places, your decisions for your life are based in fear connected to the most damaged parts of who you are. Most of us don’t even know that we are doing this, since it is our brain’s natural pattern to choose the deepest wound as reference for future choices. For that to shift, you have to CHOOSE. To ask your brain to reference a potential instead of a past experience. This doesn’t take away from the impact or significance of the wound and how it shaped you, but instead asks for a new view. One that includes compassion towards yourself.

Often when we think of someone healing through a sickness we say, “They were being so strong.”  What happens if you choose tenderness combined with strength? Many of us are just so busy being strong through our weaknesses but sometimes it is honest, self-compassion that will cause us to break through. Then, inside of that openness the voice of your Inner Healer can come through and show you what you weren’t able to see before. When we are being too tough on ourselves we create a barrier to our internal guidance system. In other words, our Inner Healer couldn’t get through to us because we were blocking it out of fear and our need to ‘keep it together.’

Working with your Inner Healer from a space and place of presence is about establishing a flow –  a dynamic connection of giving and receiving. Often due to the challenges you have faced, preoccupation with wounds from the past, or  fears for the future you can ‘block’ the wisdom your body, mind and heart want to bring to you. The Inner Healer has been operating all along in you, yet most of the time you just cannot hear it because there is TOO much ‘static’ in between you and this internal wisdom. And sometimes the message gets garbled by the time it gets to you. Communication with your Inner Healer is about establishing a relationship, a dialogue. One that is created in awe, respect, possibility and an unreasonable desire to live a life not grid-locked down by fear, the past or what ‘might’ happen.

At some level each of us must learn to accept and honor our own journey and what it has brought us along our path. Often the only choice we really have is also the best choice for healing, presence.

You can find out more information and register HERE.

CDCs ACE Study and Unhealthy Development

April 21, 2014

The ACES Too High Network

Click the link above to view a google docs powerpoint presentation by Jane Stevens on April 28, 2012.   Jane explained the CDC’s ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Studies, and how different communities are implementing ACE concepts to help children.  The ACE studies prove [show the correlations -ed] that child sexual abuse as well as other types of traumatic childhood events prevent healthy development and have become a public health emergency. 

More about the ACE study

The ACE Study is ongoing collaborative research between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA.

The Co-principal Investigators of The Study are Robert F. Anda, MD, MS, with the CDC; and Vincent J. Felitti, MD, with Kaiser Permanente.

Over 17,000 Kaiser patients participating in routine health screening volunteered to participate in The Study.  Data resulting from their participation continues to be analyzed; it reveals staggering proof of the health, social, and economic risks that result from childhood trauma.

To download the PDF of the presentation click The ACEs Too High Network.

People Die Without Love

April 7, 2014

People die without love: Why I prescribe the love drug

Pamela Wible, MD | Physician | March 17, 2014

To find the original article click HERE.

As a doctor, it’s my job to figure out what patients really need. Some need antibiotics. Some need pain pills. But everyone needs love.

During medical school I cared for burned children. One of my patients was a 3-year-old with severe burns over most of his body. His roommate, an older boy, had just burned one arm. Yet the older child withered in the corner while the younger one jumped all over the playroom despite his contracted and painful limbs. Why? The younger boy’s family kept hugging and kissing him. The older boy had no visitors.

People die without love.

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Catherine Shainberg: The Power of Imagery

March 28, 2014

Sounds True Producers Pick

Catherine Shainberg: The Power of Image

Most pregnancy experts focus on what’s going on in a mother’s body—yet Catherine Shainberg knows that a mother’s thoughts, dreams, and imagination can have the greatest impact on the experience of childbirth. Catherine’s DreamBirth® work uses the power of guided imagery to help mothers access the body’s vast creative intelligence to enhance the complete journey of childbirth. In this selection chosen by Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute from the audio program DreamBirth: Imagery for Conception, Pregnancy, Labor, and Bonding, Catherine explains how the DreamBirth process works, and how the body can respond almost instantaneously to the power of Image.

Click HERE to listen to the podcast.

Don’t Be A Dick, Be A Jane

March 25, 2014
Emmett Miller, MD

Emmett Miller, MD

This year’s theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Inspiring Change.” In keeping with that theme, we are proud to present today’s guest, Elisa Parker, who is indeed a superhero when it comes to inspiring women to discover their personal purpose and passion, and to bring that passion into action in the world.

Elisa Parker is the co-founder, president & host of the award winning radio program, See Jane Do, where she shares her wisdom, experience, and guidance serving women, social justice, and the environment. Male or female, you will be inspired by the heart and commitment Elisa models so well. 

To learn more about Elisa Parker and Women’s Day click HERE.

ImagiNews: March 2014

March 11, 2014

A free electronic copy of the September 2013 edition of ImagiNews is available:


From the Editor’s Desktop:

By Bev Hollander, BSN, MS, HNB-BC

Bev Hollander, editor

Bev Hollander, editor

Hello everyone,

It’s a busy year already, isn’t it?  I have a few announcements to make here.  First we have our Graphic’s Designer, Kerima, leaving us after her relatively short tenure. We really need help in finding her replacement.  Hasn’t she moved the visual quality and caliber of ImagiNews up a few notches?

Also, Dr. Epstein is going on what I am calling a hiatus – meaning, I hope he will be back.

It is my sincere interest to move the content of ImagiNews in a more professional direction with a clinical focus on case studied and client vignettes.  I want to share information from those who practice this creaft of Imagey to help all of us to become more skilled and creative in the Imagery work we do.  We wnat to present cutting edge research that vliadate what we alreay know – Imagery is a powerful therapeutic process.

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Sue Ezra’s Equinox Workshop

March 8, 2014

Blossom into Spring – Saturday, March 22, 2014 2:00-5:00 pm – Fairfax, California

Click HERE to download flyer

Susan Ezra

Susan Ezra

Spring is the season to bring forth seeds of the self that have been gestating during the winter.

Awaken from the dormant, quiet, inner-focused time and step into the light of activity and renewed energy. What do you want to birth, re-birth or create anew?

Imagine a young tree seedling beginning to push through the dark soil into the warmth and light of the sun. This is the Life Force energy of Spring. It is time to cleanse, nourish and support the liver, associated with the element of wood. The animal is the dragon, the color is green and the emotion is turning anger into kindness and forgiveness.

We will use Meditation, Guided Integrative Imagery and Chi Gong for individual and collective benefit. Integrative Imagery is a powerful mind-body practice utilizing the imagination to harness our inner wisdom and resources. Through Chi Gong we learn to cultivate our own vital life force through endearing forms like Blossom into Spring and the Crystal Generator. Come join us to usher in the Spring and plant the seeds for YOUR new beginnings!

Location: My House in Fairfax – Directions will be emailed

Cost: By Donation

Register: Please send an email to me confirming your attendance by March 15th.

Information: or call 415-308-7808

Susan Ezra, RN, HNC has dedicated her nursing career of more than 30 years to assisting people in accessing their own healing abilities. She is a leading practitioner and teacher of Integrative Imagery. She has studied Chi Gong for the past 18 years and loves to share these gifts. For more information, visit:

Peter Levine Interview on Trauma Resolution

March 5, 2014
Peter Levine, PhD

Peter Levine, PhD

Peter A. Levine, PhD was recently interviewed on the “Dr. Shirley and Steve Show” discussing the use of Somatic Experiencing, the approach to trauma resolution he developed.  The podcast is down the page under podcast archives. See  Peter A. Levine, PhD 2/26/2014.  The podcast can be downloaded.

Trauma is in the body Levine says and trauma resolution works from the bottom up.  That is – the body centered approach bypasses the brain’s neo-cortex.

This hour interview covers the purpose of what he does and the range of issues he has worked with – a military combat veteran, fibromyalgia, turrets syndrome, tics, multiple personality, car accidents, and more.  He also recounts his thoughts as he worked through being hit by a car.

Call For Proposals

March 1, 2014

Call for Proposals

Theme for 2014 Conference: The Healing Power of Imagery
October 24 – 26, 2014

Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park, CA, on the Peninsula of the Bay Area

The focus of our conference is to gather lovers of guided imagery who wish to renew and grow both personally and professionally.

Conference PosterWe are accepting proposals until the 27th of March. Please consider the following if you decide to submit a proposal:

Your presentation should favor the experiential and be no longer than 90 minutes.

We pay for your tuition into the conference but you are responsible for all travel and lodging expenses. Local presenters will be responsible for Vallombrosa’s commuter fee.

Your presentation needs to reflect the theme of the conference: “The Healing Power of Imagery.”

The conference committee will accept six proposals for six slots.

Click on the link below to download the proposal application:

Proposal Application II

If you have any questions, contact Conference Chair, Jann Fredrickson Ramus by email: or phone: 651-208-6458.


How Somatic Imagery Relieves Stress and Anxiety Workshop

January 29, 2014

To find out How Somatic Imagery Relieves Stress and Anxiety sign up for the class taught by Leslie Davenport, MFT.  Earn 3 Continuing Education units.

March 7, 2014; Friday, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Berkeley campus, Room L6

Click HERE to register for the course.

Somatic Imagery to Relieve Stress & Anxiety Course Description

Research shows that interactive styles of somatic imagery are effective tools for relieving stress and anxiety. By first establishing safety and building inner resources, the client is then guided to bring mindful attention to physical symptoms of anxiety and stress. For example, if a client is having sensations of tightness and weight in the chest, the experience is deepened through imagery by having the sensation take on a color, shape, texture and voice. This interactive process reveals ways for the therapist to modulate the experience while also allowing the client to gain insight into the source of the anxiety and stress, allowing for healthy choice and change.

Pre-requisite required: Clinical Applications of Deep Imagination – Level I or instructor permission

Instructor Biography

Leslie Davenport, MFT, is an ordained interfaith minister and licensed MFT. Former core faculty for the graduate program in Transpersonal Psychology at JFK University and a founding member of the Institute for Health & Healing, she is the author of Healing and Transformation through Self-Guided Imagery.