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Wholly Shift!

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Laura Hames Franklin knows what’s UP.

Of all the impressive people who impacted my life last weekend at Nathalie Lussier’s Off the Charts event, the person who rocked my world the most was Laura Hames Franklin.

I’ve been learning about about personal growth and healing for years, and I’ve gotten excited about many methods and modalities. I feel fortunate to be alive at a time where there are so many different techniques and approaches to feeling better and connecting with universal truth and guidance.

But when I encountered Laura’s work, I felt electrified like never before. Like someone had finally presented me with the ANSWER, in all caps.

And the coolest part about that ANSWER? It’s been inside me all along.

It’s not a novel concept to me, the idea that the wisdom is within. Intellectually, I’ve known it a long time, and to a good extent I’ve also felt it emotionally and physically. Processes like Inner Bonding, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and especially yoga, to list a few examples, have helped me get in touch with my body and spirit simultaneously.

Yet nothing has been as simple as what Laura taught me on Saturday–how to balance the left and right brain with some astonishingly easy and effective tapping. And nothing has felt as instantly transformative as what she guided me through on Sunday, and then again on Monday and Saturday when I attended her free webinars.

Basically, Laura teaches that every atom in the universe is connected (science shows this), and that we humans have the ability to tune in to universal intelligence if we’re so inclined. And that when we let our bodies feel and function as they’re meant to, possibilities vastly expand.

Laura’s exceptional scientific and anatomical knowledge combined with her well honed intuition enable her to help others access the wisdom that always exists in what she calls our “innernet.”

One way she does this is through an online experience she calls Wholly Shift. The program, eight real-time sessions over the course of four weeks, is called Wholly Shift because, well, it shifts you, wholly.

I have already been so immediately affected and inspired by what I’ve learned from Laura that I took the plunge and applied for a scholarship to attend the next Wholly Shift program, which starts tomorrow.

It wasn’t easy for me to ask for the scholarship. In fact, yesterday morning I decided not to. I was a bit intimidated by the requirements–I’d never, ever made or edited a video before, much less one of myself asking for aid, and certainly not one to post online for the world to see.

Also, though I was dismayed to notice it, I wasn’t quite sure I had the “willingness to boldly share this information with [my] community,” which was something she was specifically looking for.

The thing about Laura’s work is that it’s not for everyone, and while I KNOW it is for ME, I worried that I’d seem wacko or “out there” if I enthusiastically promoted her to my community at large, which surely includes people who aren’t ready for or interested in what she offers.

But you know what? Her work is AMAZING. And I want to be a part of it. And, because I somehow surpassed my doubts and fears, and somehow managed to create, post, and promote the heck out of my application, I gave myself the best chance possible to get what I want. That feels good no matter what—but then, tonight I found out that I WON!

And you know what else? One of my mom’s friends saw my video and was inspired to check out Laura’s work. That couldn’t have happened if I’d let my insecurities rule. So, yeah, I’m super psyched to start Wholly Shift tomorrow—and I intend to keep on sharing.

Changing focus, moving forward

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I never meant for ThisIsWheretheHealingBegins.com to be a yoga website.

When I purchased the domain in 2010, I envisioned creating a destination where people who were in pain (aka everyone) could easily explore accessible, affordable ways to feel better. Yoga was certainly on the list of resources I intended to offer, but so were EFT, Inner Bonding, and other tools that had helped me on my own healing journey.

But I knew nothing about web design and was going through a challenging time in my personal life, so the domain sat dormant until January 2011, when I realized that my impending training to get certified as a yoga instructor would provide me with a great opportunity to begin blogging. And since I already had a website…

I wrote regularly about yoga for nearly a year, and I’m grateful to say my passion for the practice has yet to wane. But it has certainly evolved, and I haven’t shared much about the transitions. In fact, with a whopping seven blog posts in 2012, I haven’t shared much at all.

One reason is that as I’ve become increasingly capable of appreciating the present moment, I’ve been less motivated to summarize it. I’ve also been self-censoring. If something I wanted to write about wasn’t directly related to yoga–if I couldn’t think of a tidy way to tie it into an asana experience–I deemed the content unacceptable for publication. I’d heard (and believed) a blog must occupy a narrow niche, and I felt obliged to stay on topic.

Because of self-imposed restrictions, I stopped publicly expressing my ideas and feelings. I don’t think that’s good or bad, but I’m ready to abandon expectations and try something different. I’m ready to be braver and even more authentic, and I want to expand my scope, to steer closer to my original intention of helping others heal. The best way I know to do this now is to let my own light shine, on and off the yoga mat.

So in 2013, I’m getting back to blogging, and I’m going to talk a lot about love. Other stuff too, but mostly love. Because I believe love is the bottom line, and if my personal perspective can help even one person feel better, it’s worth publishing.