"The universe exists in a single atom"— The Dalai Lama
What do we mean by “Energy”?
Quantum physics tells us that nothing in the physical universe exists that does not first exist as energy. In other words, all matter – yes, including us! – is condensed energy which has, as we can see all around us, taken on an immensely wide variety of life forms. Surrounding all matter is a vibrant electromagnetic energy field that is highly sensitive and receptive to the energy fields surrounding everyone and everything else. This energy is constantly being exchanged and sharing information of a highly sensitive naure.
The way I approach integrative energy is holistic which means I understand and engage human life through the lens of mind-body-spirit oneness. Our being-ness is all one system which includes the energy field surrounding us. You can think of this energy field as a bubble holding our physical, emotional and mental bodies but also as a stream of information which runs through us. The condition of our energy field directly impacts our physical, emotional and mental health, and our spiritual development as well. The stronger and more coherent our energy field, the more we live with a sense of calmness, freedom, and awareness. When this is our natural state, everything changes – the way we see ourselves, how we operate in our relationships, the way we engage with the world, and our relationship with the “Source” of it all – no matter what you call this.
Sooo … doesn’t it make sense that we’d want our own energy field to be as healthy, clear and balanced as possible?
Every modality I offer I’ve experienced myself, so I can attest to the power of this kind of healing. It has deepened my understanding and experience of the interconnectedness of my own mind, body, emotions
Although I use the word “healing”, it is important for you to know that I am not THE healer. Through the Divine Source, we all contain within us the wisdom and power to heal ourselves. I am the facilitator of this sacred process; I set and hold the space, use my hands and intention to guide my work, offer guidance to you so you can participate. My role is to move and clear out the “junk” that gets in the way of the process of healing – that which comes from you and from the Universe.
I’d love to help you access your own healing energy through these modalities:
- Healing Touch
- Energy Clearing and Balancing
- Somatic Experiencing
- Heart Math
- Conscious Settling and Breathing
- Guided Visualization
One Client’s Thoughts About
Integrative Energy Work:
“Marilyn and I usually divide our sessions, the first part discussing what’s happening in my life and the second devoted to energy work. Not only is she an insightful and kind guide and coach for me, she is a caring and skillful practitioner of energy work. With her guidance, I’ve discovered just how much my body holds psychological and emotional issues. Through her integrative energy modalities, I’m experiencing the mind-body-spirit connection first-hand, and it has brought me an overall sense of relief, deeper rest, enhanced recovery and a general affirmation of my life.” ~ B.K.
Here are some questions people often ask
about integrative energy work:
Are these modalities grounded in science or medicine?
Yes. Healing Touch and Somatic Experiencing (SE) were both developed by medical professionals. The Chakra system is part of the ancient Ayurvedic medical tradition, which goes back thousands of years. HeartMath is based in research in the fields of physics, psychology and medicine. Conscious breathing and guided visualization have been used for decades in psychology and medicine for the purposes of stress reduction, relief from depression and anxiety, pain relief, increased self-esteem, and an enhanced general sense of well being.
What are the benefits of integrative energy work?
Positive benefits can include: Relaxation, stress reduction, decreased anxiety and depression, enhanced sense of well being, clarity of thought, insight into and regulation of feelings, greater felt-sense relationship with our bodies, generalized and localized pain relief, and increased spiritual awareness.
Is energy work associated with any particular spiritual belief system?
No, energy work is not associated with any particular religion or faith tradition. However, I do consider this work to be sacred because through it, we experience our oneness of not only body, mind and emptions, but also of spirit. All of who we are is part of the Divine, and all healing ultimately comes from this sacred source of life. I am just serving as a channel, guiding you to tap into your own inherent wisdom and healing.
How do I know which modalities I need?
Here’s the thing – you don’t have to know. We’ll always start by discussing what’s going on in your life which includes any physical discomfort you are having. I listen for emotional and spiritual content and distress, and I will often ask where you sense the discomfort or upset in your body. As we talk, I discern which modalities I believe would be most effective for you. If you think that sounds right, that becomes our plan. You may find that after you’ve experienced a few sessions, you have a sense of what works best for you for certain issues, and we’ll include that in our work. Remember! It’s a collaboration.
Is actual touch involved?
While physical touch is often included, many of these modalities can be utilized at the level of your energy field without it. This involves the hands being held above the surface of your body. I find that what works best is a combination of hands-on with hands-off, but I will only do what you’re comfortable with and I will always get your permission to use touch.
Does energy work hurt?
Because energy moves through our bodies and not just around it, engaging with it can produce heat, coolness, pressure, and sometimes even soreness afterwards. But there is no massage, deep tissue touch or manual manipulation of your limbs. In all the energy work I’ve experienced myself over the years, I have experienced sensations but never pain. Sometimes I have been a little sore afterwards, but this always passes within a day or two.
How long does an energy session last?
I allow the same amount of time as I do for a guidance session which is around an hour. However, we can always schedule an extended session if desired. The cost for this is pro-rated on my set sliding scale.
Do I participate in some way or am I passive during the treatment?
Because my approach is collaborative, I think it is best for us to engage in energy work as a team. I combine silence with gentle guidance so you can participate, and I’ve found that most people like this. Participating in the session helps you learn how to be alert and yet relaxed at the same time as well as how to listen to your body – both necessary for living in the world with greater self-awareness. It is also a way for you to learn some techniques for continuing this healing on your own.
Exactly what does an energy session consist of?
First, we talk a little so I know what you’re experiencing and can get a sense of what you need. I share this information with you before we actually get started. (Please see the above question: “How do I know which modalities I need?” for more information about this.)
Then I get myself grounded with my own brief energy work which I call “energy hygiene.” Next I guide you in getting settled in your body through awareness and breathing. I invite you to set an intention or say a prayer for our session, either aloud or to yourself. Sometimes my clients and I offer a prayer we both know together, but this is your choice. Then I say a prayer of my own to ask for guidance from my Divine Source. This sounds like a lot, but it actually only take a few minutes. Next, I assess your energy field and then move into the actual healing modalities. During the session, I may ask you to breathe into a particular place in your body, visualize colors or healing light, speak aloud what you are experiencing or feel you need, and listen to or repeat affirmations after me.
When the session is complete, I let you rest a few minutes for integration. Then to let you know we are complete, I ring a chime. Afterwards, we talk about the session and what you experienced, and I also share with you what I experienced. I may also teach you some skills you can use on your own and suggest “homework” which is designed to keep the healing work moving along between sessions.
Do you play music?
Sound healing research has shown that appropriate sound enhances relaxation and helps quiet our busy minds. I offer the use of music or tones, but this is always up to you. Some people do prefer silence, and that’s just fine. We can experiment with it both ways to see which is better for you.
Do I get undressed?
No, all energy work is done with you fully dressed. However, most folks do take off their shoes and socks but even that is not necessary. Clothing does not stop the flow of energy.
Do I lie on a table?
Energy work can be done with a person sitting, laying on a massage table, or even standing. Whatever you’re most comfortable with is what we’ll do.
I do hope you will consider giving Integrative Energy a try. Everyone I’ve done this work with says it only serves to enhance the guidance I am already providing and the growth they are experiencing.
I look forward to discussing this profound healing work with you!
Are you ready to meet yourself?
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New 8-Week Book Study, Starting Wed. March 7, 2018
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha
An important book study for spiritual seekers who long to love themselves just as they are with the innate capabilities of their own human hearts.
In a clear, warm and practical way, Tara Brach offers guidance for moving away from shame and self-condemnation and toward self-acceptance.
Chapter titles in the book which give a glimpse of the nature of our exploration include:
• The Trance of Unworthiness
• Opening Our Heart in the Face of Fear
• Realizing Our True Nature
March 7, 14, 21 & 28 — April 4, 11 & 25* — May 2
*(All Wednesdays – Please note that April 18 is omitted)
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost: $80 – $150 (sliding scale – pay what you can)
I accept cash, check or credit cards. If using a credit card, a $2.00 processing fee will be added.
Your payment covers registration in one group, but if you miss a class due to an unforeseen conflict you may attend an earlier or later class on the same day so you don’t fall behind. This will also allow you to meet more people, if you like.
Space is limited to 10 participants. To register, call (336) 601-0823 and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
PLEASE NOTE: Once you register, I must receive your payment within one (1) week from the date of your reservation so I can hold your place in the group. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Divine Mystery as Mother:
Discovering the Sacred Feminine Through Archetypes
A Weekend Retreat
Facilitated by Linda Brown
& Marilyn Wolf
August 10-12, 2018
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center
The time for deepening our connection to the Divine Feminine is now! In this weekend retreat, we will create a small, safe container to experience and explore the presence of God the Mother in our lives.
If you attended Linda’s “Spirit in My Life” class or the first Divine Feminine retreat with Linda and Marilyn, this retreat will increase your understanding of and intimacy with God as Mother. If you didn’t attend these, you will be gently guided into the wonder of knowing God as the Feminine.
The map for our exploration will be such questions as:
• What is your own personal “God story”?
• If you merged with the Light of the Mother, what would you become?
• What is your Sacred Name?
August 10 – 12, 2018
Friday afternoon (5:00 pm) until Sunday afternoon (2:00 pm) — Participants will be expected to attend all sessions. Please note that our opening session is at 5:00 pm on Friday afternoon.
Our location for this retreat are the two new beautiful cottages at the St. Francis Center. Please visit their website to see their facility and for directions: www.stfrancissprings.com
Cost – Please read carefully:
For your information, we have separated out the cost of lodging at the St. Francis Center and our own fee so you can see how your money is being allocated to bring this event to you. Please see details below:
Residential Participants in the Cottages:
Per person for both nights – includes all meals
• Shared Room – $180
• Single Room – $240
Hermitages may be available for our participants. These are smaller cottages with 1 bedroom, a kitchen, and a sitting area with a fold-out sofa.
Per person for both nights – includes all meals
• Shared: $220 per person
• Single: $280 per person
Per person for the whole weekend. Includes 4 meals: Dinner on Friday, lunch & dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday.
Our Fee: $135 – $175 — You may pay what you wish in this range.
How to Pay:
You will need to pay the full amount in order to hold your place in the retreat, which includes your fee to the St. Francis Center for your lodging and our fee combined.
In other words, Your Lodging or Commuter Fee + Our Fee = Total Cost (1 payment)
• Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card. Please make checks out to Marilyn Wolf. If using a credit card, $3.00 will be added for the processing fee. Please call Marilyn to make arrangements to pay by credit card. 336-601-0823
Please Note: Because space is limited to 15, once you contact Marilyn to say you want to attend, your full payment must be received within a week to hold your space. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
To Register: Email Marilyn at email@example.com or call her at 336-601-0823.
If you email, please put “Divine Mystery” in the subject line. For your registration, please include:
• Your name
• A phone # where you can be reached
• The name of your roommate – They will need to register separately with your name listed as their roommate. If you choose a shared room but do not list a roommate, one will be assigned to you.
• If you desire a single room
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 16
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel before Mon., July 16, you will receive a full refund minus a $30 processing fee. If you cancel after July 16, and we are unable to fill your space, you will forfeit the amount we owe the St. Francis Center which we will still have to pay. If you cancel after July 23, you forfeit your full fee.
Questions? Please feel free to contact Marilyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-601-0823 or Linda at email@example.com or 336-707-2851. Either of us will be happy to discuss the retreat with you.