Article By: Sheldon Ginsberg
Long-distance healing sessions are ideal for anyone challenged with life and life's adventures including those who are recovering from addiction and trauma, those struggling with mental health challenges, those in physical and/or emotional pain, and those who struggle letting go of old unhealthy behaviors, people, or things.
Long-distance energy sessions are sessions in which the healer/provider is not located in the same room or even same city as the patient. Interestingly, energy healers can tap into your energy and heal you from anywhere in the world...just as they would do if they were located in the same room. If you are skeptical, give it a try before you decide.
The Body and Emotions
The challenge we all face is living in our animal-based bodies. What this means is that there are deeper aspects of us that cannot be reached solely by words. Our bodies are the creators and containers of our emotional experiences. At the heart of the health of our bodies and minds is our ability to allow inner experiences to flow.
All Inner Experiences Are Temporary
All inner experiences like emotions, feelings, sensations and thoughts are temporary. At different rates, they rise and fall. There has never been any pain or pleasure that lasted forever.
When pleasure arises, we usually open and embrace its effects. All pleasure, even mental ones cause the release of hormones and chemicals which provide us the experiences we enjoy.
While we may occasionally wonder why we feel good, this thought pales in comparison to the moment pleasure arises.
Pain, however, causes a different reaction.
The Mind's Reaction to Pain
What does the mind do when pain arises? Depending on the degree of its intensity, the mind will search frantically for the cause of its pain.
After all, this is all a mind can do... search for an explanation. However, discovering the cause does nothing to eliminate the experience. This is because the realm of the mind operates at different speeds than the realm of the emotions.
"Head thinking", we might agree, is extremely versatile. You can easily move from thought to thought. Your mind can travel to the moon and back in the time it takes to read these words. Thoughts of this nature can range in any and all directions.
Emotions and feelings, which are body based, move much slower. We can think of the mind as air and the emotions as water. Water must flow to get from one point to another. So too does it take time (and space) for an emotion to move through its natural rise and fall.
What Do Inner Experiences Need?
Here is where long-distance energy healing comes in... the painful feeling you are experiencing or the blockage preventing you from reaching higher, needs experiential acceptance and permission to be exactly as it is without judgement.
This is because emotions, feelings, and even thoughts are energetically based. It is the body that grips and holds on to its resistance to pain or change that makes rising above emotions so challenging.
To help the body release its hold on unpleasant experiences we must meet the body where it lives, in experience.
Long distance energy healing is based on the idea, some would call it a truth, that we are all One.
The Deep Connection Between Us All
As humans, we are connected and interconnected on so many levels in so many ways. Our connection knows no distance. Read more by clicking read more to the right...
Article by: Sheldon Ginsberg
To say the human condition is complex is an understatement. For those of us who agree with Plato when he said, "An unexamined life is not worth living," we invest time and energy in understanding the emotional causes of unhealthy behavior for we believe this is a key way to heal.
The challenge we all face is the great number of "levels" existing within us. For example, it is very easy for us to connect to the dimension of our intellect. We harness its ability to focus our senses and awareness to create a space for listening, which itself is a means to improve our understanding of the world around us.
What is less well understood is the nature by which other parts of ourselves "think". It is no secret that stomachs, hearts and genitals process information and react to what happens to us.
Each aspect views reality from its unique perspective and filters what occurs based on its attachments to its issues (also known as illusions and fixed ways of being).
Transformational difficulty occurs as we explore the emotional causes of unhealthy behaviors for this inevitably leads us to re-connect and re-experience the energy (feelings and sensations) we avoided as children. We call these emotional reservoirs, our "wounds".
What Are Wounds?
Wounds are layers of repressed emotion held by the cells of the body. Understanding the cause of wounds (we usually look to our childhood experiences with Mom and Dad )is important for then the mind can more easily accept the intense emotions of darkness, pain, shame and fear which must pass through us for healing and transformation to occur.
The challenge is the body literally attaches itself to these wounds. To help the body release this death grip, we must speak the language of the unconscious mind, the nervous system and the fragments of inner-children living within us.
A fundamental part of this language is breathing.
The Power of the Breath
Breathing speaks to all aspects of your being.
Breathing contains the force of Life which constantly desires to move through you.
Constant muscle contraction due to unhealed traumas and life in a fight or flight society, limits emotional acceptance and the flow of Life. Muscle tension is the physical manifestation of repression.
Life in a fight or flight society also sends a powerful physiological message to our nervous systems to 'hunker down", further ensuring attachments to dysfunctional behaviors remain in power for an unsafe body cannot let go.
How you Breathe Sends a Message to Your Deeper Self
Both conscious, belly breathing and shallow breathing communicates information and leadership to the deeper aspects of our human natures.
Article by: Luke Moore
This week looks so much different than any other week of my life, and I know I’m not the only one. The local coffee shop where I usually office, closed. Restaurants I frequent for lunch, closed. Recovery support groups, closed. Gyms, closed. Sporting activities, cancelled.
If you are anything like me, you have spent the last few months and years building a life around establishments similar to those listed above. I am a social creature and thrive around other beings. Now, I’m being told to practice social distancing. As a person in recovery who uses a tool like fellowship to stay sober, how in the world am I supposed to avoid isolation? In this temporary new world we are currently living in, we have more free time than ever and less activities to fill that time with.
Today’s technology makes social distancing more manageable than ever. Luckily, I have a smartphone that is always by my side where I can access news, social media and even video chat. I still plan to attend my weekly therapy session via video chat and will be part of a 12-step meeting on Zoom tomorrow night. A friend even sent me an invite to play games on Jackbox tv. There are plenty of activities to keep myself entertained while staying safe.
With all of these drastic life changes comes a certain level of stress and anxiety. What is the world coming to? What is actually going on? What does the future look like? These are all questions that run through my mind during the day and night. And I don’t know the answer to any of them! But I can talk a little bit about managing that stress and anxiety.
At SHAW Center for Healing, we offer our free psychoeducational video series on YouTube, weekly blog posts on many topics, and free 12-step virtual meetings. Additionally, meet with your expert therapist on your laptop or smartphone.
This is a challenging time for our world, and your SHAWesome team has your back!! Together, we do recover!!!
Awareness regarding COVID-19 along with all communicable diseases continues to be important to the policies, procedures and training at SHAW Center for Healing. Our center is committed to the health and wellness of our clients, staff, families, and communities. Expert holistic care remains a top priority during this time of recovery and responsibility of our services.
SHAW Center for Healing Status
There are no reported cases of COVID-19 at our facility. Proactively tracking this status, our team is aware of the serious nature of this virus. We are also continually monitoring local and national communications and are following all recommended guidelines.
Proactive Procedures and How you can Help:
Since 2013, SHAW Center for Healing has been committed to guiding you and your loved ones recover from addiction, mental health challenges, and trauma! We are here for you during this challenging time and always. Keep in touch with us by following us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube (free Psychoeducational Video Series).
We send you love and blessings and will see you soon. Together, WE DO RECOVER!
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Founder, CEO, & Clinical Director
SHAW Center for Healing PLLC
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Article By: Luke Moore
Just about every guy can recall a time when he’s heard some of his buddies bragging about how much they’re getting laid. I would go a step further and say that this same guy has even participated in the banter. “I really think it’s that locker room mentality, you know, trying to impress the boys,” says a male who grew up playing high school and college football. The truth is men do want sex; however, it is not the only thing they want while dating.
Why is it such a common perception that men just want sex; and if this is not true, then what do they want? I asked some men what their thoughts were on the subject and got a variety of interesting responses. “I believe I am the exception,” says a man in his late twenties. “For me, it’s about emotional connection… it can be difficult to find people with the same mindset. I do enjoy sex though.” In fact, every man that I talked to longs for a deeper connection with another human being. We seem to live in a culture that defines masculinity by how much sex a guy is having. So men seek sex to become Alpha. “I think maybe we jump the gun because sex is enjoyable, we like to do it. But ultimately, I want more than that,” says the same man.
If we buy into the statement “all men just want sex,” then those seeking intimate connection with men (gay men and straight women) might be somewhat jaded initially. “I was recently attracted to a guy who seemed like a typical jock who would just want sex. I was surprised when we didn’t have sex the first, second, even third time we hung out at his place,” says someone who is currently dating. This person went on to describe an evening where intimate touching occurred and somewhat deep conversation, but sex was off the table. “I like sex and I want to eventually get there, but it’s nice to get to know someone and not just jump right into it.”
Still talking to my football player friend, he mentioned that he found himself in his mid-thirties, single and wondering why he had multiple failed relationships in his past. “My views on dating have been so shallow. I am working to redefine sane sex ideals.” He also mentioned that dating apps fueled some of his hookups in years past: hookups that were exhilarating in the moment but left him feeling lonely and with a diminished self-worth. It’s not that men don’t want sex; it is a basic human need and as well as biological. Connection is too!
In summary, what I’ve learned is that men overall seem to want much more than sex. They crave connection. And if this is the case, then what exactly is this connection that men seem to want? “It’s my authentic self joining together with another’s true self and being able to have communication that is not based on fear,” says one of my male friends. He was very clear with me that although he does enjoy sex, he has felt pressure to have sex sooner than he really wanted to in the past simply because he is a guy. “I don’t want to use sex to build my self-esteem. I do not want to act out of loneliness or selfishness,” says another guy. All in all, I think true connection is found when we are not acting on selfish thoughts. It is when we take into consideration the thoughts and feelings of others so that we can begin to form deeper more meaningful connections.
Are you questioning your dating and sex life? Do you struggle being vulnerable? Do you seek out intense sexual experiences; yet, you are really craving intimacy and connection? At SHAW Center for Healing, our Sexperts can help guide you through all of your challenges and more! Learn more about SHAW Center for Healing today or schedule an appointment with one of our Sexperts!
Article by: Luke Moore
It’s a warm Monday morning. I bounced out of bed, rushed to make breakfast, got ready and headed out to start my day. On the way to the coffee shop where I am working, I noticed myself getting easily frustrated with the smallest things. Someone cut me off, the next car wouldn’t let me over. When the light turns green, the cars in front of me didn’t take off as quickly as I would have liked.
I chatted with a supportive friend about these issues and when he suggested I take time to meditate, a lightbulb went off. I did not include meditation in my morning’s routine, and my day was off as a result.
Meditation is time for myself to connect with some thoughts or ideas concerning the day ahead of me. Even though I skipped it earlier today, I was still able to practice meditation right here in public!
First, start small. As much as I would like to be able to focus for a long period of time, it just isn’t practical. Three to five minutes is generally a manageable time to start with. Focus on sounds and lights in the area. What sounds are pleasant? What sounds are annoying? Accept both as equal parts of life.
Next, be your own boss! Meditation is about connecting to the inner-self and your higher power (if you have one). There is no concrete rule saying that God is only present when sitting in a quiet room with legs crossed and incense burning. Go for a meditation walk or take a few breaths in a noisy crowd. You can find your inner being and God anywhere!
Finally, take care of yourself, meditation is about showing compassion to you! If your attention drifts from one thing to another, let it! As a perfectionist, I give myself a hard time when I’m not the best at something. Meditation gives me the opportunity to accept myself and my abilities just as they are.
At SHAW Center for Healing, we take a holistic approach to recovery, encompassing mind, body and spirit. If you want to learn more about getting connected to your inner self, contact us.
Article by Luke Moore
At SHAW Center for Healing we encourage everyone to experience life in a fun and exciting way! If you are struggling to find fun in your recovery, let our experts help guide you back to joy!
At SHAW Center for healing, we believe that a mind-body-spirit approach to recovery is a way to create your best self! “I enjoy starting my days with a morning workout,” says Founder Christopher Shaw. “It allows me to quiet my mind, center myself, and prepare for a day of helping others. I have learned throughout my years of recovery that I must put my oxygen mask on first before helping others.”
Founder Christopher Shaw returns to lead our next SHAW101 - 12-week intensive for men in early recovery from sex addiction and/or Chem/sex addiction! “I’ve been called by my Higher Self to return to the role as lead facilitator for our beloved SHAW101 which I developed and implemented in 2015. Today, we have over 70 Alumni who have completed this program! I’m super excited to guide another group of courageous men on their journey toward Sexual Health And Wellness!” #SHAWesome
Article Summary by Christian Hadley
Many parents stay constantly busy. There seems to always be a sporting event, practice or maybe a recital. Let’s face it, your children’s lives become the main focus and that is what keeps you busy and social. You become the all-star parent that is always present. We usually don't think about what will happen when all the babies leave the nest and head off in the world to create their own lives. In this article, “Rituals for Transcending Loneliness,” the author states that loneliness can occur when your children leave the nest. She suggest three beneficial things you can do to insure loneliness doesn't take over your new normal:
1. Get out.
2. Build a safety net.
3. Reframe your time alone.
If you find yourself stuck in a state of loneliness and you've tried these three suggestions, feel free to contact us at SHAW Center for Healing. We understand the transition from a full nest to an empty one and we’d love to be there for you and help with this transition as much as possible. To read the full article, click here.
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