Hello! I thought I'd write this week about something I am often asked by new clients: “How long does it (ie the healing process) take?” This is typically asked by someone who has come to see me with a specific, often chronic health issue.

And actually, it's something that's very hard to give an answer to: even if I have had the experience of another client with exactly the same “illness”, it is very likely that the way it manifests in someone else's body is different, and so the way in which the 2 people will respond to healings will also be different. Also, the way that people look after themselves outside of healing sessions, in terms of lifestyle and habits, can also make a difference difference to the way they respond to healings.

Having said all that, there are some things that may “resolve” themselves quite quickly. The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is quite renamed for being able to “clear” fears, phobias and even addictions within 1 or 2 sessions. So, if someone is, for example, afraid of flying, this can often be addressed within a few rounds of tapping with EFT. Even here, however, if the problem is caused by something that is more deep-seated, or there are several contributing factors to the fear, this can also take a bit longer to clear.

In the case of chronic illness, or even acute, reoccurring illness, it is very common to notice an improvement, and in some cases a dramatic improvement, within 1 or 2 sessions. Generally, however, the process of healing works through “layers” of “stuff” that is held in the body – and continuing with this process can lead to changes that go beyond the reasons for initially coming for healing.

This is certainly my own experience with ME / chronic fatigue. Although it is certainly true to say that I have “healed” myself (I find this more accurate than saying energy healing has “healed me”) of chronic fatigue, in that I have ample energy to go about my everyday life – and can manage things physically that quite honestly I had pretty much given up on ever being able to do again when I was really ill (I regularly swim for 1/2 an hour, I dance for a couple of hours at a time and I go for longish walks ), there is much more to it than that. It seems as though the healing process has put me in touch with a spontaneous, free side of myself that I had somehow or other lost in the “growing up process.” I enjoy my life more than I did before I became ill, and on a day-to-day basis am much more in touch with joy, happiness and abundance.

I think this kind of experience is quite typical of both my friends and clients who have had healings. It's also the case, and, again I think quite typical, that someone's life may look completely different after recovering from chronic illness. When I was first ill, I assumed that “getting better” meant being able to go back to my old lifestyle – which was full-time accounting work in busy and often stressful situations. Obviously my life now as an energy healer is a long way away from that!