Welcome to A Healing Spirit’s second newsletter, with helpful information that I hope you’ll share. And I’m happy to announce that a new product for surgical patients is now available. Info below.
A special welcome to subscribers who signed up at the AREI conference! You’ll always find something interesting in our periodic newsletters, as well as special, limited-time subscriber-only discounts. So be sure you don’t miss out–read through as soon as you receive this.
Grief therapy dog: an idea whose time has come.
I read recently about Buddy, an 18-month old Golden Retriever who works at a Rhode Island funeral home comforting mourners.
Buddy joins Winston and Judd in Indiana, Magic, and Lily in Ohio, Lulu in New York, Rocky in my hometown of Rochester, NY, and scores of other dogs who work at funeral homes, bringing comfort those who have lost a loved one.
Any dog owner will agree that dogs know the power of a simple act of love and seem to intuitively know when people are feeling the deepest sorrow. Like Buddy and his colleagues, I, too, know the power of a simple act of love. That’s the reason I developed A Healing Spirit products and services: my desire to give you a beautiful way to support loved ones at some of the toughest times of their lives.
FREE SHIPPING: Consider a beautiful Thinking of you gift
Maybe you know someone who has suffered a loss and live too far to offer a hug and a comforting hand. I hope you’ll consider sending one of our beautiful condolence gift packages, starting at $19.99.
Or why not support a friend with cancer with a healing gift package? It’s got the Guided Journal for Healing, Healing Affirmation Deck, a rose quartz stone, a lovely, heart-shaped candle and an encouraging sticker. We’ll use your own message on our card and ship it for you. People who have received it have told the giver that they believe the package will be helpful in their healing. Come over to A Healing Spirit and check them out in detail.
I worked hard to make them affordable with free shipping in the U.S. and discounted shipping of $5.99 to Canada and $10 to Australia. See details on each product listing.
“Aren’t you over it, yet?”
When I reached out to an old friend six months after his beloved wife died, he thanked me profusely, saying that most people thought that he should already be healed. Not the way grief works. Won’t you reach out today to someone who has suffered a loss in the past year or two?
Going natural for pain relief
There’s a nationwide opioid epidemic because doctors seem to supply them indiscriminately. My husband learned this first-hand when he was offered 40 Oxycontin after surgery, despite protesting that he was in no pain.
It’s not just post-surgery, either. In my circle, many suffer from chronic pain so intense that they’ve tried just about everything possible. And are given oxy.
If that describes you, I’d like to urge you to consider hypnosis, instead.
See this story in Science Daily that says in a single 15-minute session….
… hypnotic suggestion significantly reduced acute pain experienced by hospital patients, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
If you’re careful about what you eat, exercise regularly and live a healthy lifestyle… why wouldn’t you manage pain the natural way?
My own husband used hypnosis for post-surgical pain management with excellent results.
See my guided imagery for pain management or set up a Skype or in-person hypnosis session
New! SURGICAL PREP DOWNLOAD
Worried about an upcoming surgery? A new audio program helps patients relax and prepare for an anxiety-free surgery with a successful, pain-free outcome. The two-part download includes both surgical prep and post-surgery components that help set the tone for a healing experience in the OR.
I decided to make it available after the incredible success my husband had with the guided imagery I did for his recent surgery (see his report From Oxy To WooWoo and his testimonial at A Healing Spirit.
Exclusive discount on Regressions for Subscribers
“I was floored by my experiences. Relaxed by Carol’s calming voice, my mind opened up like an old familiar book with answers that had always been hidden deep within its pages until now. Some memories were heartbreaking and others filled me with so much love that changed how I view my life, why I do the things I do, and even why I have such a strong attachment to the love of my life.”
And all of this happened via Skype. Skype regressions are some of the most effective I do and I believe it’s because when the client is in her own home and wears earbuds, my voice goes directly into her head without distraction or background noise. I may begin using Zoom in October, which is even easier. Offering subscribers exclusively a 10 percent discount on any Skype or Zoom regression booked by the end of September. Use the coupon code SEPT on checkout and then email me to set up an appointment. For more information on regressions see the Regressions section of A Healing Spirit or email me at carol at ahealingspirit.org
I’m not Dead, I’m Different by Hollister Rand
I have known Hollister for a number of years and she’s the real thing. This is one of the best and best-written books on the afterlife I’ve ever read.
Life After Life: The Bestselling Original Investigation That Revealed “Near-Death Experiences”
By Raymond Moody, M.D.
This is the classic that started it all–great evidence of an afterlife. I’ve met Dr. Moody at conferences several times and respect him a great deal.
The Last Frontier by Julia Assante
This is a scholarly approach to the afterlife with some convincing evidence, and one of my favorite books. It’s also got some interesting ways that we can contact loved ones, yourself. I have seen her speak and she is also the real deal.
Got an idea for a future story or product? Email Carol@AHealingSpirit.org
Here’s the first issue of our periodic newsletter with news you can use on healing & grief. Below, you’ll find an exclusive giveaway and discounts on services, my thank you for subscribing.
Before I forget, a special offer–buy a journal and card deck together and I’ll send you a free gorgeous Glossier lipstick. Details at CarolCassara.com/free-lipstick. Also if you or someone you know are grieving and in the San Francisco Bay area, please let them know about Transforming Grief, my one-day grief retreat, where participants will find acceptance, understanding, and tools for managing during these difficult times. Information at AHealingSpirit.org/retreat
Kids with anxiety
Anxiety is endemic. Even more concerning: our kids have it. The National Institute of Mental Health says that in the 13-17 age group, some 38 percent of girls and 26 percent of boys suffer from anxiety, and many take meds. I offer both hypnotherapy and off-the-shelf downloadable audio, as a non-pharmaceutical way to help with anxiety at AHealingSpirit.org/anxiety. And this recent New York Times story on anxiety is a must-read for anyone who is anxious or is a parent or grandparent of a child coping with the world today. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/style/anxiety-is-the-new-depression-xanax.html
When “cures” are hype
Who can blame patients who see headlines about a cure for their ailment from getting excited? But how much is real? My friend Cathy is active in the M.S. community as a writer, an advocate, and a patient. When she saw a headline Meet the Cambridge Scientist on Verge of Curing Multiple Sclerosis she dug into it. What she found was that cure was not imminent -target date for trials is 2020 –or later. Talk about false hope!
Read her blog post and advice to patients here: AnEmpoweredSpirit.com/cure
Helping patients feel better
Research shows expressing feelings about your disease can help: Women with breast cancer who wrote about their feelings about their disease had the fewest symptoms. Physical function was improved for kidney cancer patients who did expressive writing exercises. If self-expression about the disease helps cancer patients, it can help those dealing with M.S., Crohn’s, lupus, fibromyalgia and so many more. Find my guided journals AHealingSpirit.org/product-category/guided-journals/
Hypnosis Considered Mainstream??
For pain therapists, hypnosis for pain relief is now considered mainstream–it works for many who have acute and chronic pain. Including my husband. See his story here CarolCassara.com/pain-relief.
One reason it works is that pain and stress are related. There’s no question that pain can cause stress and that stress can make pain worse. But that’s not the only reason it works.
In hypnosis, the conscious mind tunes out and the subconscious takes over. It becomes more open to suggestions, such as those about pain relief.
If you’d like to try it, I’ve got a downloadable audio for pain relief here Ahealingspirit.org/downloadable-audio
Or you can book a first Skype hypnotherapy session with me at a 25 percent discount. For more info email me at Carol@ahealingspirit.org
My friend, Laura, is only in her 30s but last year she lost her husband in a terrible accident. “You can never move on,” she said, eloquently. “You can only move forward.” Moving forward requires us to not fear the pain of grief. If you’re grieving, I encourage you to grieve fully. To feel that loss in its entirety. And in doing so, to honor it. And also to know that, as my friend pointed out, moving forward with life is not the same thing as moving on.
A memoir getting a lot of buzz is The Bright Hour: a Memoir of Living and Dying, by the late Nina Riggs. Diagnosed with terminal breast cancer at only 38, she lived fully until the end. Books about people who die can be tough to read. But this inspired me. I’ll send a copy to the first person to email me that they’d like one. Carol@ahealingspirit.org
The Art of Losing by poet Kevin Young is a collection of poems about loss and grief. If you love poetry, check it out.
Musculoskeletal pain seems to be everywhere among my friends and John Sarno’s The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain is a classic. Lots of folks have gotten pain relief from his methods. He’s pretty Freudian and the book’s heavy on psychology, but with 4.5 stars from 512 Amazon reviews, it’s worth a read for anyone with back pain.
What would you like to see in future newsletters? Let me know at Carol@ahealingspirit.org