Will I experience relief of my physical or psychological symptoms?
This one might be worth $64,000. I’d say it’s a definite maybe. Many people have indeed experienced symptom relief, which I’ve seen happen very quickly on occasion but more often see occur gradually in stages over time. The alleviation of symptoms is not the direct intention of this work but sometimes a pleasant side effect. I posit that a more informative question might be, "Why is it that I'm experiencing this symptom?"
Would you like to know about my symptoms?
I'll ask just a few questions to determine that we're a good fit, and anything else you might like to share will be at your discretion. The knowledge or lack thereof isn't generally pertinent to my practice.
What will I experience during a session?
This could run the gamut. It wouldn’t be uncommon to not notice much, particularly when new to the work. What I hear reported most often are feelings of peace, centeredness, and well-being, or sometimes a warmth or a tingling or an awareness of a specific area of the body. Various energetic perceptions and experiences of emotion are also not uncommon. The vast majority of this work seems to occur beyond the conscious mind.
What will I experience after a session?
Again, perhaps not much initially. Perhaps alleviation, diminishment, or possibly even an aggravation of potentially any type of symptom. You might feel a little more tired or invigorated than usual, might be a little extra hungry or thirsty, might experience some emotion, or might just feel a bit more yourself. Short-term, acute conditions such as colds or flus are also not unheard of (which, I've learned from homeopath friends, are generally considered an indication of a chronic condition transforming itself into an acute and manageable state, and hence, quite beneficial).
What do I need to do during a session?
Not a thing. I doubt I'd ever try to talk anyone out of sitting quietly, but nothing one does or doesn't do seems to have any affect on the efficacy.
Who can do this work?
Potentially anyone, any age, any species. If you’re currently experiencing an intense psychological condition or are currently utilizing either chemotherapy or other types of energy work, this work may be contraindicated.
Why might I want to do this work, Colin?
Is there anything remotely as satisfying as reconnecting with your true nature? Perhaps you feel called to the work, or I've managed to convey that it's generally beneficial every time. Perhaps you want to fundamentally increase your overall resiliency and equanimity or to better remember who you really are.
What do you mean by the word "heal"?
Reconnection to higher aspects of yourself and a return to wholeness. This may or may not be a symptom-free state, and I consider it a daily practice rather than a destination. This work operates under a different paradigm than one of symptom suppression.
And what do you mean by "symptom"?
Anything that's bothering you. There doesn't seem to be any aspect of our experience that our frequency doesn't affect.
Can you compare this work to other modalities of energy work?
While I've personally experienced quite a few as a client (Reiki, Healing Touch, Family Constellation Therapy, Matrix Energetics, Braco, Mas Sajady, Amma, Sai Maa, e.g.), I don't feel that I can make authoritative comparisons since this is the only modality I've practiced. (Properly speaking, however, "information work" is probably a more apt term for this work since information is what we actually work with.)
What's necessary for scheduling?
A brief consent form and prepayment for individual sessions. If you’re under 18, I’ll need permission from a parent or guardian. Please see the Booking a Session page.
What kind of aftercare do you recommend?
Following a session, your physical body adjusts to its new energetic information and your cells restructure themselves to align. My non-medical recommendation is to stay hydrated, to feed your body the food it wants to the best of your ability, and to rest when tired as you’re able. If emotion should arise, please consider allowing it to do so unimpeded without identifying with it, attaching stories to it, or suppressing it. For a multitude of beneficial reasons, I also recommend daily mindfulness practice. Please find my full aftercare recommendations here.
Why do you recommend foregoing other energy work and bodywork after a session?
During any given session your energetic body will take the maximum resonant impulse it can. (Cool, huh?) Subsequently, the physical body restructures itself to match. This usually takes a few days or weeks to manifest fully, which we refer to as the integration period. Further energetic impulses during this time can tend to overwhelm the body and bodywork can tend to interfere with the process, particularly in the earlier stages.
What kind of energy work and bodywork are you referring to?
Energy work: acupuncture, reiki, classical homeopathy, etc.
Bodywork: massage, chiropractic, rolfing, etc.
Exceptions: personal practices such as qigong, yoga, and so on, and supports such as mild herbs or low-potency remedies.
Please check in with your body or me if you're unsure.
How long will it take to integrate a session?
Average tends to run one to four weeks, give or take. Your body will specify.
Do you also offer emergency / after-hours sessions?
Not at this time. If you can manage to reach me I might be able to help, but I'm not always easy to reach.
What’s the deal with the perceptions you have of the work?
I always share what I see clearly, which can sometimes be very little. Please keep in mind the following points regarding my perceptions of your work: 1) Anything I see is already yesterday’s news, i.e., already healed energetically. 2) Like the proverbial tree falling in the forest, I consider any perceptions incidental. 3) They might indicate the sort of changes you could see in the coming days and weeks. 4) Since this work seems to function holistically, you might also see changes that seem unrelated. This is common and the body's priorities don't always seem logical, but I never cease to be amazed by how work in one area or system of the body can affect another.
You saw healing in the specific area of my symptom but it doesn’t seem to have alleviated it? Why is that?
We spend our entire lives, if not multiple lifetimes, creating our current condition. True healing can take some time and is often a multi-stage process. Please also beware of habitual thought patterns which might linger and create a renewed condition.
I have a session scheduled in a few days and I’m experiencing symptoms intensifying. Is this any cause for concern?
From my non-medical perspective, nope, not at all. The body knows what’s coming and is grasping the opportunity. (Symptoms = opportunities to heal in my book.) Please nevertheless don’t hesitate to check in with me or with a healthcare provider.
How do groups compare to individual sessions?
They're fundamentally the same. The primary difference is that work is often shared amongst group members, and hence, opportunities for healing can be multiplied and amplified in the groups. Individual work is open to any species and is by sliding scale fee. Groups are by donation and are differentiated between adult and under-18 humans.
Is this a substitute for conventional medicine? Do you offer medical advice or are you a healthcare provider?
No, no, and no, definitely not. This isn't lip service; I don't consider myself a healthcare provider and have no formal healthcare training whatsoever. Please consider this work complementary care, which, as an emerging field, has limited scientific support. This work isn't intended as a substitute for conventional medicine, and nothing I say is to be construed as diagnosis or medical advice as it emphatically is neither.
Is it safe for me to be my authentic self and express myself directly, fully, and honestly with you, Colin?
Unequivocally. Please do.
Will you respect my personal information, treat it as confidential, and not share it?
Yes, I will always do my best to respect your boundaries and your privacy.
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