For a complete, easy-to-understand, and illuminating introduction to energy healing, see The Other Medicine…That Really Works! by Heidi DuPree, RN, CTN. She was a nurse who found Western allopathic medicine lacking in her own healing, which led her to explore and integrate alternative healing modalities into her practice and healing way of life. DuPree explains how the Western model of health care revolves around symptom elimination, while energy medicine gets to the cause of imbalance and can lead you into growth, transformation, and healing of body, mind and spirit.
DuPree uses her own personal experiences, healing stories of her clients, and references to the work of many well-known healers to explain our bodies’ energy systems, such as the chakras and meridians, and how to heal any blocks. She also explains how to recognize your own healing process, what can block your healing and how to work with it. The book ends with useful energy medicine techniques that you can put into practice, including homeopathy, flower essences, craniosacral therapy, meditation, and acutapping (such as EFT and Dynamind, which I explain in my book, Balance Your Chakras – Balance Your Life).
Both the stories of healing and the explanations of healing modalities are beautifully written. After reading this book, you feel you’ve been given a comprehensive introduction to the true path to wholeness.
Here, Heidi DuPree, award-winning author, energy healing therapist, holistic nurse, Certified TraditionalNaturopath and transformational entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience in healthcare – half in clinical nursing and half in energy medicine – answers my questions about her work.
BECCA: What can the reader learn from your own life journey?
HEIDI: If there is one thing a reader can learn from my life journey, I hope it is the realization that every difficulty in life is an opportunity for deep healing. We have a choice between focusing on “getting through,” surviving or conquering challenges, or embracing these challenges as a vehicle for transformation. If it feels like your life is falling apart, that may be what needs to happen to clear the way to your authentic self.
BECCA: What hope or message do you wish to offer others with this book?
HEIDI: That self-love, acceptance, and compassion are the most powerful medicine in the world.
BECCA: In your book, you write of reaching self-love through compassion. Could you explain that further?
HEIDI: Many people have been conditioned from an early age to judge and reject themselves. This has far-reaching effects on our energy, which compromises health and stunts growth. Transitioning to self-love is a process that begins with accepting every part of you, even the part of you that is self-rejecting! It’s about applying a higher vibration intention to a lower vibration thought or emotion and raising your frequency toward self-love. If you are currently in a low-frequency state such as fear, anger, grief, apathy, guilt or shame, if you can identify what affirmative action you have the courage or willingness to take, this will raise your frequency. Here’s an example: “Even though this thought, feeling, or situation is unacceptable to me, I am willing to accept myself.”
BECCA: What self-care healing practices can benefit the majority of people?
HEIDI: I refer to self-care healing practices that can benefit anyone as “everyday energy medicine.” These practices would include spending time in nature and with supportive community, and using water, nutrients, sunlight, play, rest, movement, creative expression, sound and music, and ritual and ceremony for healing. These practices may sound simplistic, but they can facilitate deep healing.
BECCA: What technique(s) would you recommend to orient to one’s core, and experience oneness with the universal energy field?
HEIDI: Any meditative, mindfulness, or deep-breathing technique would orient self to core. To step into one’s core and into the oneness is to step into the heart center. We all step into and out of our heart moment to moment, and day to day. It’s a process of living more and more in our heart-centered higher self, and less in the head-centered, fearful lower self. My favorite techniques to do this I call Energy Medicine First Aid and Energy Medicine Daily Care skills, which can be downloaded from my website and found in my new book Awaken Your Greater Health.
BECCA: What model of integrated health care would you like to see available?
HEIDI: While I can’t speak to what model of integrated health care should be available for others, as I believe health care is an individual choice, I can share my personal approach. Although energy medicine is typically used as a complement to, or an alternative when Western medicine fails, I use it the other way around. For any health issue that is not life-threatening, I use energy medicine as my primary health care and Western medicine as an adjunct when necessary. Unfortunately, many people have been traumatized by Western medicine and may avoid it all together. The current widespread availability of both Western medicine and energy medicine at the same time is unprecedented in U.S. history, and empowers us all with health care choices.
BECCA: What suggestions do you have for other writers who feel they have an important message to share?
HEIDI: I would suggest that writers use the law of attraction to attract all the support they will need to take their message from concept to published book. This would include the time and space to write, a good writing coach and editor, supportive readers, a publisher if they want to traditionally publish, or financial support if they want to independently publish. Visualize the completed book, the people who helped make it happen, and the people who are benefiting from reading it, and feel what that feels like, as if it has already occurred. And then…this is the hard part…let go of how you are going to get there. Don’t try to figure it out. Let go and stay alert for the signs that will guide you that come through the coincidental, serendipitous, and synchronistic events that occur in our daily lives. These guiding signs usually come one step at a time with the next step revealed once action is taken.
For more information or to contact Heidi DuPree, RN, CTN, please visit her website at http://HeidiDuPree.com.
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life, and The Chakra Energy Diet