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up shop here and many offer
classes in theater, dance, cre-
ative writing, painting, weaving,
sculpture and music. Green-
peace even has offices here.
Exploring Chinatown was
high on our priority list. China-
town feels like its own little city
and started to develop by 1851
when 25,000 Chinese immi-
grants were working as laborers
in the gold mines and railroads
located close to San Francisco.
For the most part the migrants
were fleeing from famine and
the Opium Wars in their country.
Today Chinatown bustles with
a population of over 80,000.
There are three Buddhist and
Taoist Temples. The streets are
lined with grocers, fishmongers,
tea sellers, herbalists, noodle
parlors and restaurants. I was
told very few Chinese people
own refrigerators because they
buy fresh produce daily.
Before we left San Francis-
co, I wanted to find out more
about the 1906 fire that ravaged
the city for three days. I found
out during a city bus tour that
it was caused by a 13-second
earthquake. Since the main gas
and water lines were ruptured
during the earthquake, no wa-
ter was available to put out the
fires caused by exploding gas
lines. The fire was unstoppable
until the firefighters made the
difficult decision to blow up the
buildings on Van Ness Street to
make a fire-break. This was the
only way to stop the fire and it
worked! I can only imagine how
many classic historical buildings
were lost during this tragic in-
cident.
Some people say San Francis-
co is "a city that invites the heart
to come to life... an experiment
in living." After spending time in
this city, I couldn't agree more.
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Ann Nelson is a freelance writer
residing in San Diego, CA.
Many years ago as a young,
physically-fit vegetarian, I faced
cancer. I healed myself with-
out medical treatment,
a process requiring
much effort and focus
over two years. This
personal journey il-
luminated a great deal
about the nature of
healing and eventually
led me to a new path --
working as a healer.
When a person is
out of balance -- phys-
ically, emotionally,
mentally or spiritually -- there
are many paths they can take to
wellness. These include using
conventional medicine, altering
one's diet, exercise, new thought
patterns, alternative medicine
like acupuncture, chiropractic or
naturopathy, psychotherapy or
hypnotherapy and various spiri-
tual practices. Some will choose
to visit a person who is com-
monly referred to as a "healer."
Who goes to see a healer and
what role can a healer play in a
person's life?
First, let's define the word
"healer." Years ago, I received in-
ner guidance that I was a healer,
but I rejected the message be-
cause I mistakenly perceived it
to be a fabrication of ego. I had
been under the impression that
healing power came from the
practitioner, and to be a good
healer I would have to transcend
the typical struggles of being hu-
man.
In reality this isn't the case be-
cause the healing power doesn't
come from the practitioner but
rather from the divine. So a heal-
er isn't "one who heals" but rath-
er one who facilitates healing
utilizing energy or frequencies
that are outside of the body.
Healing can be physical,
emotional, mental and/or spiri-
tual. It can mean eliminating
an illness, becoming more en-
ergetic, letting go of emotional
problems, releasing addictions,
healing relationships, becoming
more connected to one's higher
purpose, easing one's passing or
feeling more in touch with the
divine. The ways that healing
can manifest are quite varied,
but there is one common thread
-- an improvement
in the quality of life.
A s a R e c o n n e c -
tive Healing Practi-
tioner and Instructor,
I witness many amaz-
i n g h e a l i n g s . A n d
the most fascinating
ones have no belief
involved. Like the man
with advanced hepati-
tis C who, despite his
skepticism, experi-
enced complete pain relief and
reduced swelling -- or the wom-
an with life-long scoliosis whose
spine unexpectedly straightened
during a ten-minute exercise at a
training seminar. In these situa-
tions, the healer wasn't attached
to an outcome and the individu-
als didn't believe that it was pos-
sible. So how did these healings
occur?
In its highest form, a healing
session initiates a dialogue be-
tween the client's higher self and
universal wisdom, often with the
client neither observing the dis-
course nor controlling the direc-
tion of the healing. Through this
dialogue, the person's higher self
and the divine choose the appro-
priate healing for the person and
the person's vibration shifts to
attract that healing.
With "energy healing," the
healing generally is directed in
a particular way to obtain a cer-
tain outcome. If a client desires
a particular outcome, is it better
for a healer to try to direct or
otherwise try to control the re-
sult? Many think so, but I believe
the opposite is true. As a healer, I
think it is unwise to decide what
the appropriate healing should
be, because no matter how in-
tuitive, the healer cannot under-
stand all of the aspects of that
person's health challenge and
life path.
I have found the less I try to
control, the better the healings
are. Although there is no formal
research supporting the bene-
fits of letting go of attachment,
there is analogous research done
on prayer that may support this
approach. Spindrift is an orga-
nization that has scientifically
evaluated the effect of prayer on
the health of organisms such as
plants.
Scientists compared the
health of plants divided into
three groups: (1) a group that
received no prayer, (2) a group
that received prayer specifying
the intent that the plants be tall-
er with more leaves, and (3) a
group that received prayer that
was non-directed by asking that
the Universe choose what was
best for the plants.
The statistical evidence dem-
onstrated that prayer was indeed
effective at creating taller, bush-
ier plants, but by far the healthi-
est group of plants was that
group in which no intention was
specified. In other words, when
someone offered prayerful focus
without intent, the plants tended
to be healthier than when some-
one held a specific intent.
As with prayer, I believe the
same is true when facilitating
healing -- the most effective
form is when the healer lets go
of intention and comes from a
place of accepting whatever
plan the Universe may choose.
When the healing is left to the
divine, people can receive gifts
that go far beyond intention and
expectation.
For information on the The Recon-
nection or upcoming Reconnective
healing Seminars and events, visit
www.TheReconnection.com or call
(323) 960-0012.
The Role of A Healer
by Christine Upchurch, M.S.