As an entrepreneur, you’re always looking to find an edge in your business. Over the course of the past few months, I have worked toward my certification as an Integrative Wellness and Life Coach, and have really come to realize how much the balance and wellness in my life affects the health and growth in my business. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself when it comes to my performance and goals, and that really came to a head at the end of last year when I decided to launch my brand. I was really proud of the work that I produced, but it led to some unexpected consequences.
Depression and Entrepreneurship
As proud as I was about what I had produced, is how disappointed I was with how little I had produced. I tend to have some unrealistic expectations for myself, and it was wearing on me. I quickly started to have unreasonable worry and panic for most of the day, and that eventually turned into anxiety attacks. I seriously thought that I was going to crack. But here’s the thing… I share all of this with you because if you do a Google search on “Depression in Entrepreneurs”, you’ll find that 1 in 3 entrepreneurs lives with depression in the US. You’ll also find that reputable business magazines like Entrepreneur, Inc. and Forbes, have all published articles to help entrepreneurs navigate their way through the dark times in their lives and businesses.
An Intro to Energy Healing
I was really at a point where I was having trouble making decisions and getting a full night sleep due to my anxiety. A family member gave me a few prescribed anxiety pills, and recommended I call the doctor to get a prescription for myself. I knew whatever methods I had tried up to that point were not working, but I wasn’t quite ready to start taking drugs for the problem. As I was looking for alternatives to popping pills, I was introduced to Energy Healing in my Life Coaching curriculum.
If you’ve ever seen the Law of Attraction at work, or if you’ve ever gotten good or bad “vibes” from someone, than you’ve experienced energy work. There are several energy healing techniques practiced as alternative medicine, such as Reiki, Theta Healing, Chi Gong, Acupuncture, Hypnosis, and even Yoga. The best description I can give is from my textbook “Integrative Wellness & Life Coaching” by Rachel Eva:
“Energy healing is a lot less complicated than it sounds. Where attention goes, energy flows. Energy healing is learning how to be intentional about the flow, sharpening your ability to direct it, move it and guide it through you.” – Rachel Eva
Since I’m working toward providing different resources to people working as a Life Coach, it was the perfect opportunity to walk my talk. Before I tell you my experience, I want you to know that I’m the biggest skeptic I know. I am also a bit freaked out by anything that sounds New Age because of my strong Christian beliefs. So I did a lot of research into the science behind energy healing, read through the Bible about what type of practices were forbidden, and decided that it wasn’t really in conflict with any of my beliefs.
San Diego Hypno-Reiki Wellness Center
This February, I asked entrepreneurs that I had relationships with, what their passion was. One of the interviews that I conducted was with a friend from high school, Cynthia Clark, who owns and operates San Diego Hypno-Reiki Wellness Center. She started working in energy healing in 2011 doing Reiki and Hyponsis. During our interview, she told me how she had always been really into energy work since high school, and after a successful 12 year career in real estate decided to pursue her passion. She has trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), muscle testing, energy therapy, massage, hypno-therapy, Reiki, and Theta healing. She also uses essential oils in her practice. We sat and talked about her practice as a whole, and you could tell that she was passionate about helping people unlock their true potential.
She gave me a complimentary Reiki session, which I went into with an open mind. Reiki is a form of energy healing, that allows a practitioner to balance the energy in your body. It was really one of the most intriguing experiences that I’ve ever had in my life. I spent the first 15 minutes of the session trying to rationalize what I was experiencing, but finally was able to relax and be in the moment. Though she never physically touched me, I could physically feel waves of energy moving throughout my body. When the session was over, I certainly felt different. Balanced is the best way to describe how I felt. The best part, I have not had an anxiety attack or experienced much anxiety at all since that day.
I also saw Cynthia right before a big speaking engagement. We went through a hypno-therapy session, where she helped me visualize myself on stage and what I hoped the audience would get out of my talk. I have a level of uncertainty about public speaking that general leads me to turn away from those types of opportunities, but I delivered an authentic and thoughtful speech to a group of women about fearlessness in business. Click here to watch the video.
It’s not for everyone
Energy healing is not for everyone. I went into this experience with an open mind and an extreme comfort level because I had a personal relationship with my practitioner before this experience. I’ve also confidently recommended other of my entrepreneurial friends to Cynthia, and they have also raved about their personal breakthroughs. If you are interested in trying energy healing to get over any blocks you may be experiencing in life, I would recommend taking some time to figure out if this is something for you.
- Do your research. There is a ton of scientific research that provides information about energy healing and how it works. It gets a little heavy, since a lot of it deals in quantum physics, but it is available.
- Talk to the practitioner. I’ve run into a Reiki healer/psychic/medium and passed on using her because her practices went against my belief system. Studied energy workers will be able to explain their process and their role in the sessions. You can then decide if he/she is a good fit.
- Get referrals. I am lucky to have found Cynthia, and my clients will also have the benefit of knowing my referral is built on trust. Ask people around that may have gone through energy healing, who they have had great experiences with, and start there.
If you’re not ready for something like this, I highly urge you to try meditation. Sometimes just taking a few deep breaths and clearing your mind each day, is a game changer for an over stressed entrepreneurial mind.
Have you tried any energy work? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.