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Addressing the “Root Cause”

Anne had come in several times suffering from acid reflux that she believed was connected to her stress at work. We focused on her intention to feel calm, which helped reduce the severity of discomfort, but it didn’t seem to take away the problem for good. Also, she was taking antacids but wasn’t so sure they were really solving anything.

It was time to try a different approach. 

Often, when people are experiencing discomfort or pain, they attempt to treat the symptoms instead of addressing its root cause. It’s like taking a cough drop when you have a scratchy throat instead of recognizing that you have been going a mile a minute and need some down time to rest. While treating the symptoms can bring temporary relief, it is important to look at the underlying cause of the problem.

In my Healing Touch practice, I’ve found that when clients can identify the energetic patterns behind their symptoms, we can often find ways to treat them that provide long lasting healing.

So, I asked Anne to close her eyes and think back to her earliest memory of a situation at work that resulted in experiencing acid reflux. As she held this thought, I tuned in to her energy and could sense it coming from her sternum. The energy felt like a thread going back in time, connecting her ongoing pattern with this first memory and trauma.

With my hands placed on her sternum, I instructed her to breathe in as I slowly counted 1…2…3… Then, I said, “Release!” With that, she forcefully exhaled and I quickly drew my hands up out of her energy field towards the sky. Next, I brought my hands back over her sternum to send in fresh new energy, an intention to embrace a new way of being. She reported feeling lighter, less constricted, less heavy and tense.

At the end of the session we reviewed ways that she could practice self care to help integrate the work we had done and to support her as she moved forward with a new pattern, free from acid reflux. This included two techniques: practicing “Centering and Grounding” and reciting the affirmation, “I am confident” on each in-breath and “I am calm” on each out-breath, as she held her hands over her sternum. She also told me that her morning yoga practice was very helpful to her.

Two weeks later, Anne returned for another session. During our preliminary discussion, she began telling me about an extremely stressful situation at work – one of the most stressful she had ever experienced in her long career. After describing the situation in great detail, she said, “I just want to clean all of this out.” I agreed that this would be a good intention for our session, but also realized she hadn’t mentioned the acid reflux.

“How is the acid reflux?” I asked. Her eyes opened wide as she realized that throughout the stressful situation at work, she hadn’t experienced any acid reflux at all – evidence that the pattern of energy she once held around it may have shifted into a healthier state of being.

Can you think of an illness or situation in your own life that seems to be repeating itself?

Have you experienced trauma or recurrent stress?

Are you feeling stuck or unmotivated, as if something is preventing you from moving forward, but you can’t quite identify what it is?

Healing Touch can help uncover the root cause of illnesses and imbalances, giving you an opportunity to release old patterns and create space for a new pattern to emerge.

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Katie Oberlin

A Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, Katie received advanced training in shamanic healing at The Power Path School of Shamanism in 2014. Her travels have taken her to power spots in the southwestern United States, as well as Mexico and Peru, where she has worked with shamans from the Q’ero and Shipibo indigenous healing traditions.