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The Holistic Healing Minute Review

December 29th, 2010

Nicole Lanning is a beautiful soul in the world. And if that weren’t enough, she provides us with a wonderful offering, too. Nicole Lannning is the founder of Holistic Healing Minute, a daily online video series that enlightens, motivates, educates and inspires. Her bright energy and down to earth style is sure to capture your attention — just as it did for me.

The Lessons that she has put together bring the important basics of Holistic Healing. What’s so great about these lessons are that they are practical. Now, for me, practical is a magical word. I’m a practical gal who really appreciates how and where the Sacred and Mundane meet. I think that is why I was able to enjoy the Holistic Healing Minute so much. It provided me with a daily dose of practical magic, so to speak. But that’s just me.

Why would you want to learn about Holistic Healing through the Holistic Healing Minute online video series? Some thoughts are:

  • it’s a quick daily lesson
  • it’s interactive
  • it adds Zest to your day
  • you control how much time you spend with each lesson
  • all lessons are archived
  • you can share what you learn with others
  • it’s an opportunity for making changes to your life

AND last but never least: It offers you daily support while you support Nicole, thereby creating a circle of love and abundance — of giving and receiving.

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I wanted to share just a little bit of my personal note taking while I was working with Holistic Healing Minute online video series.

All is Energy. This was such a great “class”.  I believe that all is energy. I believe that everything is Love. In the video clip, my short 5 minute task is to take time to consider other energy formats that were not mentioned in the clip. I considered two. The first energy format I thought of was Love. Love is an energy. This brought me to think about a question that I recently have been holding in my heart and waiting for a divine answer to — is all love? The second energy format my mind thought up was of folks whose energy is less vibrant and more dim than I enjoy being around. While I feel that way, the video helped me consider another point of view about it. I was inspired to consider  that I CAN still appreciate that energy format for the energy that it is. For, that energy format is energy, too. We are all energy. Maybe there are different energy formats/vibrations, but it is still energy. [Now, if I can only learn to apply this principle daily with the energy format of spiders!] I also very much appreciated that the “class” was short, sweet, and to the point.

Hand Chakras has left me feeling excited! I can’t wait to use my new found energy chakras.

Reiki On, Reiki Off – Running Energy – This “class” alone may make the entire Holistic Healing Minute online video series worth anyone’s attention … well, wait, there is also the other “class” where Nicole Lanning shares Energy Attunements — what are they?? What do they do?? … and then there’s the Chi ball “class” which was pretty fun.

Chi Ball! I had so much fun with the Chi Ball. Send it! Throw it! Place it in the Universe. I threw a bunch of Chi Balls to my family. And while I am writing this, let me just throw one over to you, too. Did you get it yet? Close your eyes, feel it coming to you, that’s it, you’re getting it. See the colors? Feel the heat? I just sent you a Chi Ball of Joy!

Centering Your Energy is a very important tool for anyone to have in their tool box.  While this is true for anyone, I find it to be especially true for those of us who are empathic. There are many ways of centering your energy and I really enjoyed this one. I have been able to add yet another tool in my box. The centering your energy exercise itself is a must.

Have I gone on enough? I think so. Check out the Holistic Healing Minute with Nicole Lanning for yourself.

Do something wonderful for yourself that truly will make a difference in your daily life, if you let it be so. This is a wonderful way to start the New Year.

May you develop your practice of devotion. 

Walking Through Illusion, a book review

December 1st, 2010

I recently wrote a post about the illusion of feeling safe and secure. For if I were one of Jesus’ friends in Walking Through Illusion, he’d probably talk about how Regina struggled with the illusion of safety and security. He’d share my inner transformation on that particular matter. He’d say that while of course I had other struggles in the picture, he’d like to highlight this one as an example for others to learn from. In Betsy Otter Thompson’s book, Walking Through Illusion, Jesus shares with us through her how his friends and acquaintances experienced non reality / illusion during the time of Jesus.

Every chapter is dedicated to the study of a particular friend’s illusion. The format is one where Betsy Otter Thompson asks the questions and Jesus responds … sometimes, not too directly and other times, too directly. At the end of each chapter, Betsy Otter Thompson offers a worksheet section with a list of thought provoking and heart opening questions for us to try to answer. Following the worksheet section, she offers us three questions to ponder. I found these questions to be wonderful exercises in self awareness, perhaps more so than the worksheet questions, however, I’m a “ponderer”.  And, I am positive that others who read this book would find the worksheet questions to be more helpful than the ones to ponder. After the questions to ponder part, the author gives us her personal insights on the chapter’s topic of discussion. I appreciated her insights and enjoyed the consistent format.

A couple of things to point out right away about this book: 1) this is essentially a conversation with Jesus and 2) this is not the “branded” Jesus that many of us know through the gospel. He is still the biblical Jesus, but we get to know him in a different light through the personal gospel of Betsy Otter Thompson.  Now that being said, I must admit that I had a little bit of trouble connecting to the Jesus that the author knows, particularly in the first several chapters. By no means am I zealous about the bible, but I am an ardent lover of Jesus. At the beginning, I was a little sad that I felt a lack of connection to the questions, the answers, the voice and the energy behind the words. Jesus’ words were sometimes convoluted and at times I felt the author’s questions were irrelevant (to me). I trust myself in discerning the energy of words and what to take to heart and what to leave behind and consider for another time. In this case, my heart told me to follow on through because there were gifts for me to receive. In fact, I believe that one of the major gifts of this book is that it will open your heart.

Interestingly enough, my feelings began to change with Jesus’ story of Paul – Chapter Five – (walking through illusion of) Nourishment.

I began to feel a shift in my connection with Jesus through the example of Paul. The story of Paul asks the question “How do we earn support?” Jesus shares, the author writes:

“MONEY AS A GIFT IS A LOVELY FORM OF NOURISHMENT. IF IT’S AROUND, USE IT WELL. IF IT ISN’T, MAKE GOOD USE OF WHAT IS AROUND.”

“THE SOUL WHO LOOKS FOR SUPPORT RARELY FINDS IT; THE SOUL WHO OFFERS SUPPORT ALWAYS DOES.”

“EVERY SCENARIO IN WHICH YOU’VE FORGOTTEN TO LOVE IS WAITING FOR A MIRACLE.”

My heart opened. The read started to get really good for me at this point and continued steadily through to the end, give or take a couple of chapters. I say give or take a couple of chapters because I naturally connected to certain friends of Jesus. They serve as mirrors for me today, now. I’ll bet that as I read the book over and over, my connections with Jesus’ words and Jesus’ friends will be different each time. This is a timeless gift that Walking Through Illusion offers. By the end of the book, I felt as though I was holding a mirror up to myself instead of a book!

There is another gift that Walking Through Illusion gives, that is the openness to explore the personal meaning of Jesus’ words. For example, I’m not sure that I am ready to believe in everything Jesus has asserted in this book. Like Paul, I like a lot of Jesus’ theories in this book, and like Paul, there are some that I would like to test out. The Jesus in Walking Through Illusion is completely fine with this because he knows that each of us walks our own way through illusion. I don’t have to believe everything he says just because he says so. I see for myself. I feel for myself. And then, I am able to see what my own heart feels.

I should say that even though I didn’t intellectually comprehend everything I read (i.e. “LET YOUR REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS BE THE ENJOYMENT OF NOW. THEN RESURRECTION IS”),I trust that upon reading it again my heart will understand it all the way. This is all that matters. It’s fitting to mention at this point that this is one of the main ideas Jesus shares throughout Betsy Otter Thompson’s book — that life has more to do with emotions and feelings than anything else.

“NAMES, TITLES, AND PLACES LOSE THEIR VALIDITY AS SOON AS YOU LEAVE THE HUMAN PLANE. THE EMOTION BEHIND THEM LASTS FOREVER.”

“GOD IS THE LOVE WITHIN. REALITY IS THE LOVE YOU LIVE. YOU ARE THE EVERYTHING THESE TWO INCLUDE.”

Here is my bottom line – Walking Through Illusion, by Betsy Otter Thompson has the magic to stay with you and the power to expand your heart. It is an experiential read and truly a unique book. It is an invitation from Jesus to come know him through yourself.

** This is a picture of the author of Walking Through Illusion **

Betsy Otter Thompson

Please share with me your thoughts/feelings on the book. I’d love to hear!