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How To Calm your Mind and Improve Sleep

One of the great things about Healing Touch is that many of the techniques you learn in class can be used not only for facilitating healing in others but also for self care. Mind Clearing is one of my favorites for headache relief, stress reduction, mental clarity, and promoting a sense of balance. It involves a series of hand positions on the head and neck and is a wonderful way to relax into a good night’s sleep.

It’s always a good idea to begin any healing with centering, grounding, and attuning. Start by taking a few slow deep breaths and bring your attention to the heart center. Release thoughts and tension with each exhale and focus on the present moment with each inhale. Continuing with slow deep breathing, bring your attention to your feet and with each inhale imagine bringing solid Earth energy up into your body.

After a few more breaths, tune in to how you are feeling and set your intention for healing. For example, if you are experiencing pain or stress, you could simply state, “I would like to release this headache.” Or, “I would like to feel more calm so I can sleep soundly.”  Another approach is to tune in and ask yourself: “What would be helpful to me?” or “How would I like to feel?” Allow the answer to emerge intuitively because what you think you need might be different from what your inner wisdom knows.

Once you are centered, grounded, attuned, and clear about your intention for healing you are ready to begin the Mind Clearing. Following the steps in the diagram (see link below), hold each hand position with light touch for about 60 seconds, sending yourself some TLC.

Hold the final position for as long as you like, feeling relaxed, peaceful, and grateful.

Sweet dreams!

Self Mind Clearing (PDF download)

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.