Holistic Mentoring

What is Holistic Mentoring?

This is the method I have developed to help others learn to live in and as their own wholeness. The word holistic, means "incorporating the concept of holism, or the idea that the whole is more than merely the sum of its parts, in theory or practice." And a definition of the word healing is "to make sound or whole." *

My work takes the theory or concept of a client's wholeness and helps them put it into practice. This happens over time through healing sessions combined with energy education and mentoring. 

My first learning of energy healing work was Healing Touch, a modality that was developed by nurses for use in hospital settings, with clients with compromised health. The idea of working to restore the person's energy system to a grounded, centered and balanced state was thought to improve patient outcomes. Healing Touch (and Reiki) research has shown positive effects of intentionally working to restore others' energy systems including the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy centers and fields. 

Over the years, as I gained understanding of what a healthy energy system should be, I realized that so many of us fall short of energetic integrity. Why was this? I have found it's because people have never learned about it. So, using my training as a special education teacher, along with my healing knowledge, I developed a systematic approach, Holistic Mentoring, to help others become whole and turn the theory of holism into practice.  

 * Definitions by dictionary.com and merriam-webster.com

 

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Art & Healing, Part 3

A few weeks ago I shared the writer Dorothy Sayers' concept of people's creative projects being fueled by "Idea, Energy and Power." Once conceived, the artist sets out to realize the work. The work then 'stands on its own,' shining its light for all to experience and interpret.

I perceive this same concept operating in my own healing and in that of my clients. When I perceive a new idea for my health or relationships, I can then choose to make it a new practice. This often involves stretching my abilities and will until it becomes a new behavior. As time goes on, I become aware of new realities that proceeded from the new practice. Maybe my clothes fit better, my interactions with others are more honoring or I receive new compliments. 

Clients have reported improvements as they have acted upon ideas we discussed. One man improved his relationship with a colleague by a change in venue and a more supportive approach. A mother followed her intuition about crystals and essentials oils to help her child sleep. A writer posted a sign on her door "Writer at Work" and is receiving the uninterrupted time she needed and recently her book was accepted for publication. A gifted quilter made time to resume work on unfinished quilts and has presented them to others and is receiving much affirmation and appreciation. 

Every person is a creator. I encourage everyone to use your ability to develop an idea, work to bring it about and witness the results of your creation in the world. 

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Transitions and Energy Work

As an educator and now as a healer and holistic mentor, supporting people through transitions has been a main focus of mine. Most will recall the concept of 'major life transitions stress' or possibly have even taken such a questionnaire.

When I worked with students with disabilities, a vital aspect of our work was to help the student and his or her parents anticipate and plan for future settings. The process stretched out over several years in order to prepare the student for a smooth, low-stress transition.  

Experts in life transitions, such as Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., agree with this type of advance planning as a way of dealing with change related stress. Whitbourne recommends, "Prepare, prepare, prepare." **

Despite planning and preparation, people are still prone to excess levels of stress during transitions. I recommend that people set aside self-care time to process the changes at all levels of being. Healing sessions clear and heal issues related to the prior situation. Holistic mentoring helps to create a positive vision and intentionality about the new situation. 

For more thoughts on this topic, check out Dr. Whitbourne's blog article [link below].

**  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201703/10-ways-make-it-through-your-life-s-transitions

 

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Older Adulthood and Energy Work

I'm blessed to have older clients who are in their 70s and 80s and who wish to have the benefits of energy medicine in addition to traditional care. Born in the 1930s and 1940s, these are pre-Baby Boomers who are open to this work; work that is for many of any age, still an unknown. 

To date, I have worked primarily with women in this age range. One of them found me when I volunteered at our local senior center. She had been reading and studying about Cyndi Dale, one of my teachers and mentors. She comes monthly for emotional healing and learning how to have better boundaries as she finds living with a large number of other seniors challenging. Another was a referral from a daughter who practices Reiki. Her mother had always loved treatments. This lovely woman soaks up the energy and is so grateful. Yet another lady learned about me through her acupuncturist. During our sessions, it became clear this lady loves to learn. She has put into practice every suggestion I have made. She has changed her perspectives on the kinds of treatment she will and will not accept from others. Her newfound strength is allowing her to pursue her own interests. She's having the time of her life. 

In relatively few sessions these seniors are healing and shifting their perceptions. They are able to make new choices and improve their lives. Anyone, no matter how old or how young, can always benefit from energy work! Age is immaterial. 

 

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Art & Healing, Part 2

Last week I drew a parallel between creating works of art and giving birth to children.  This week, I want to share thoughts about a particular artist—this time a writer—Dorothy L. Sayers. 

Years ago I read Mind of the Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers (1983-1957), who was a well-known English mystery novelist and a friend of several of the Inklings, Charles Williams and C.S. Lewis.  After years of working as an advertising copywriter in London, Sayers became a successful novelist, which supported the undertaking of writings closest to her heart—theological plays and other works and her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.  

In describing the creative process, Sayers struck upon the dynamic process of Idea—Energy—Power. To begin a project, one must get the idea and the best ideas come through inspiration. To carry out the idea, there must be the resource of energy to create a work. Finally, for the work to make an impact, it needs to have power to illuminate the reader or viewer.

In working with clients, many of whom are artists, musicians and writers—my goal is to empower them to create their best works. May the dynamism of Sayers' concept inspire them!

Check out my Art & Healing website page - sandy-kemp.com/artandhealing

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Art & Healing, Part 1

A significant portion of my healing clients are in the creative arts - poets, writers, theater and film artists, visual artists and musicians. I help them overcome energy blocks, allowing them to resume projects and begin new ones.

In many ways, the act of giving birth to a new creation is analogous to conceiving and having a child. Even before envisioning the work, there are stirrings and yearnings to create. The first glimmers of the work may arrive quickly or in fits and starts, or sometimes painfully slowly. As time, effort and focus are applied, the new work begins to amass an energy of its own, apart from its creator. The many work sessions to move the project along feels laborious and at times exhilarating. Finally, the push to complete and deliver the new work is required. For some, it’s a huge uphill push. For others, it’s a coast downhill.

It’s been my honor to accompany a number of these journeys, some as editor, many as cheerleader or as healer. These creation journeys are incredibly fulfilling and enjoyable. Check out my Art & Healing website page - sandy-kemp.com/artandhealing

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'Holism' - Why is it important?

According to Dictionary.com, the term 'holism' was introduced in 1926 by J.C. Smuts in the book Holism and Evolution. Holism is a "theory that whole entities...have an existence other than as the mere sum of their parts."

As someone in college in the 1970s, holism was a concept I remembered learning about in my education classes. At the time, whole language pedagogy had taken over. I was drawn to its logic. Of course! Expose children and young people to whole poems or stories, not segments used to teach elements of grammar or spelling rules. Help them to grasp the structure and the depth of the work, not to analyze its parts, at least not before experiencing the whole!

Years later, upon entering the energy healing field, the emphasis of my training has been to view the person as a whole. Once again, I have found the concept of holism very compelling. 

Working from the framework of holism enables me to keep the focus positive, reinforcing clients' innate capacity to self-heal. Holism requires me to consider where the person is at on their developmental path. And also to ask, "What is the context?" Then, when addressing specific client concerns such as headaches or pain in their limbs, issues are considered from a holistic perspective. 

 

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Boundary Healing

Clients new to energy sessions have often heard of the term boundaries before. Their concept is very much that people consciously set and enforce boundaries with others. And of course, this is true. 

What they come to learn through our work together is that when our boundaries are operating automatically, outside of our conscious control, that we actually are the most protected. 

Boundaries are permeable and supportive energetic fields corresponding to the different vibrational levels of ourselves. They are more commonly known as auric fields or human energy fields. When they are healthy, boundaries operate to provide needed energies and information as well as to filter out what's harmful. Boundaries communicate non-verbally to the world how we expect to be treated. 

I find when clients have blocks in their energy systems, the corresponding fields do not function healthily, opening them to unwanted energies that further compound their situations. In order to heal boundaries, energetic blocks need to be healed. Boundary healing is multi-faceted, but it is worth pursuing. 

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The Challenge of Staying Grounded

People who come to me with stress symptoms or who are receiving counseling or possibly medication for anxiety or depression, often are initially assessed as ungrounded. Healing Touch helps people re-ground in order to be more present, returning to a calm state and having a sense of well-being.

In order to ground clients, Healing Touch practitioners typically begin by touching and holding the feet, then moving to higher energy centers. As I often heard in my training, "People must be in their bodies to heal."

While individual healing sessions may ground our clients temporarily, to really help them stay grounded long-term, new energy patterns are needed. I support clients with holistic mentoring, my own system of educating clients about their energy systems and how to maintain them, clearing long-standing blocks and helping to restore energetic boundaries.

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Young Adulthood

In the last six months, I have been privileged to assist a number of young men and women in their twenties and thirties, more so than before. Many are in transitions such as graduation from college, getting into their first career and developing life partnerships. Each came to me as a result of being stuck in energetic patterns making it challenging to move forward in their lives. Half of them came via referrals from their parents and the other half from friends their own ages. 

Clearing their energy systems of problem energies helped shift them into more positive outlooks and greater self-confidence in moving forward in their lives. I'm humbled by the trust placed in me and grateful these young people have gained new tools and strategies for their lives.

 

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