Energy Healing with Nicole Doherty

Healing Benefits of Shamanic Journeying

I’ve been studying shamanic journeying since 2011, really since I began my medicine path with Ayahuasca in 2009.  When I was participating in ceremonies in the jungles of Peru, I began to understand the various worlds that we navigate and how powerful it is to part the veils between the seen and unseen worlds to heal and access information that can help us reclaim our power and bring us back into wholeness.

You definitely don’t have to take plant medicines to practice Shamanic journeying and benefit from it, it just happened to enter my reality around the same time as Ayahuasca almost as continuing education for the plant medicine work.  The plant medicines opened up some visualization portals for me and now the journeying that I do personally and with Clients either uses the drum or a rattle only.

Around the same time I began working with Reiki energy healing, also awakened through the medicines.  Reiki and Shamanic Journeying pair very well together to access spiritual energies and realms that can heal aspects of your illness, retrieve lost parts of your soul, help you download information and awaken to your gifts.  These days, I’ve even added medicine songs, sound baths and breathwork as part of the experiences to deepen them to the level of the medicine work.

Through these practices you can learn how to communicate not only with your Higher Self,  but with the Spirits of ancestors, your inner child, the animal and plant kingdom and really anything that has the basic elements of which we and the Earth are comprised, since we are a part of Nature.  This is a way to commune with messages that your supportive forces are offering you daily if you are listening.

Another benefit of working with Shamanic journeying for healing is being able to re-write the narratives that you have about certain people, events or circumstances so that you can see with a new perspective.

For example, when you visualize an traumatic event you bring up not only the visual, but all the senses that are associated with it, including the tension that the body experienced.  Our bodies trap the associated tensions, creating blocks in our system that remain there until re-visited and healed.  This leads to illness both spiritually, energetically, emotionally and physically.

If you can visualize the event and bring all this up again, you have an opportunity in that moment to choose a new action, ending or event that can change the whole emotional experience and remove the blocks. Sometimes literally one session could change the whole pattern.

For example, a lover shouts profanities at you, slams the door and takes off. Your body is tense and the event feels unfinished so the mind has not completed the action that it would like to take to be in its power.  You hold on to that event as unresolved and swallow it, which diminishes your power.

Now, you hold this in your body and its slowly eats away at you until you can re-visit this not only through talking about it, but letting your body re-enact the event and complete it in your visualization. Maybe you stomp your feet, maybe you throw a pillow, maybe you say something back that brings you to a place of resolution.  The body needs the somatic experiencing paired with the visualization to work the energy through its body. I also find that the voice is critical in this as well.  So much is healed through hearing the power of our own voice.

Another important benefit, especially today with over 80% of women being sexually abused in their lifetime, is using this practice to find safety within yourself.  To imagine a place of safety, warmth, support, compassion and ultimate love.  Usually this place (I like to call the Secret Garden) is an imagined or a place in Nature you have been before that you absolutely find to be your happy place of peace.  When we are in this place, All Is Well. We are connected to ourselves and Source.

As you start to practice Shamanic Journeying, visualization, and being in this place of safety, you reclaim your intuition and internal power.   This helps you more deeply connect with your spiritual allies in crystal, plant, animal, and teacher form.  When you have this connection you can restore balance in your life because you are receiving the help you need to make the changes that you need to make.

If you are new to the practice of journeying, reach out and experience some energy work, guided imagery and Shamanic Journeying please feel free to reach out. I have some additional information on my website.

When you first start a practice generally you will be brought into the Lower realm to speak to what’s considered a power animal spirit.  However, if you know that you wish to connect with an ancestor or a specific experience that needs healing now, you can certainly be guided to do that right away and create the change that you are seeking.










How to Move From Your Head to Your Heart

It is said that the longest distance you will ever travel is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.

As an integrative coach and healer, I witness this challenge daily.

Let me tell you a story about one of my clients.

She is a high level corporate executive running a very financially successful business, she is in her head analyzing, computing and strategizing everything (including her personal relationships) with her masculine logic.

It was hard for her to de-stress and get her into her body. She was challenged by allowing her emotions to flow. It was difficult for her to feel. It was hard for her to receive the feminine ways of nurturing, love, and support for herself.

I brought her to the best healer, Nature. (Mama Gaia, feminine energy).

After hugging a few trees, meditation in front of a waterfall, hiking and lying on the celestial body of Pachamama, this connection with Nature started to help her unwind.

We also did other powerful self-care practices like intuitive energy healing, breathwork and coaching…then she started to feel all the things she was hiding from in her life by living in her head.

It took a few sessions but she finally gave herself permission to admit the scary parts she was avoiding.

We practiced forgiveness of her lineage patterns she was perpetuating.

She started to accept and appreciate herself and understand the ways she was operating from a place of compassion.

She was able to relax enough to connect with the little girl inside that was screaming for attention.

It is through relaxation that we can let go of our grief, shame, sadness and guilt that we hold in our bodies and our hearts.

When we live in our minds and heads we muscle our way through life re-creating the very things we are fearing in the first place.

It was in slowing down and connecting with heart that she had real honest breakthroughs and was able to see was stopping her in her life and relationships.

She was finally able to connect the dots and create a compassionate and truthful focus toward her self-healing path.

How beautiful this was to see her drop into her feminine essence.

In honor of the heart and the divine feminine we honor this energy for our emotional healing.

I received these beautiful gifts from her on Mother’s Day!




































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What to Do if You’ve Just Received a Chronic Pain Diagnosis

A diagnosis of a condition that causes chronic pain can be a truly life-altering experience. It’s shocking. It’s scary. It’s often confusing. The most important thing for you to know right now is that it is manageable. No matter how apprehensive you are about your future at this very moment, you will learn how to cope and things will get better. Here’s what you can do right now.

Take a breath and let the shock subside.

Your first challenge is to overcome the shock of the initial diagnosis. This is easier said than done, but if you allow yourself to feel — really feel — the wide range of emotions that come with it, you can begin to move on.

“You may feel you’re on a roller coaster of emotion — accepting one day, and angry the next. It may help to remind yourself that these feelings are normal, and will likely ease with time,” says the American Psychological Association. It’s okay to feel mad, scared, and even numb. Your plan of action can commence when you hit the acceptance phase of your emotional journey.

Start by creating a peaceful, stress-free home environment.

It’s hard to manage chronic pain in a hectic, cluttered, disorganized, stressful home. Since you spend the majority of your time in your home, it’s vital that you make it as peaceful as possible.

First, take some time to declutter, organize, and in some cases, downsize. Get rid of (or donate) items that you simply don’t use. Go through your closets and pare down your clothing collection by donating anything that you haven’t worn in a calendar year. Organize the clutter that rests on your tables and floor with organizational aids like stylish buckets, bins, wall cubes, and chests (more on that here). Check out this guide on great ways to make your home stress-free.

And once you’ve de-cluttered, you’ll have room in your home for a meditation space. notes that meditation is a tried and true method of coping with chronic pain. It may not actually reduce the pain you’re feeling, but it will teach you how to better cope with it. Your response to your pain is what you can control. Fill this meditation space with calming things – visuals, smells, and textures. Pro tip: make your meditative space one that’s filled with natural light.

Then move on to lifestyle changes.

There are many chronic pain sufferers who are able to manage their pain with prescription medication, and there are some who cannot. Even if you use medication to help deal with your pain, you can’t rely on it alone. You must make some lifestyle changes if you want to manage your condition in a healthy manner.

The first step is to limit the use of the big three: nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine. Smoking and excessive drinking exacerbate the symptoms of most chronic pain-causing conditions, and caffeine has also been shown to do the same (it can increase inflammation as well as interfere with restful sleep). During this time, many people also look for natural ways to help decrease inflammation, and some have found success with CBD oil. What’s more, cannabidiol can help alleviate feelings of anxiety, which often tend to accompany chronic pain. Of course, talk to your doctor before you begin taking CBD oil, and do plenty of research to find the best type of oil.

Another natural remedy for pain and anxiety is yoga. This ancient practice gives you an opportunity to connect with your mind and body. It also offers gentle stretching for your muscles, which can go a long way toward easing discomfort. When accompanied by meditation, yoga is a powerful and effective weapon against your own reaction to pain, and boosts your ability to control your feelings toward it. For even more relief, consider Reiki healing, which involves moving energy throughout the body to promote emotional and physical healing.

Next — and this is a lifelong commitment — is to focus on a healthy diet. This should be one that’s mostly whole foods (unprocessed), with a limit on red meat, dairy, and sugar and an emphasis on anti-inflammatory foods like fish and vegetables.

This is how you get started on dealing with chronic pain – something that you may have for years or even a lifetime. It’s not a sentence. It’s hard, but in the end, it can be an opportunity to refocus your life on being healthy, mindful, and stress-free.

By Guest Blogger: Jackie Waters
Photo by Vladislav Muslakov on Unsplash