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Conversing with Your Guides and Angels
Posted by on 25 November, 2005

Readings are great, tarot is fun, but the one thing that tops it all, is when you get to speak directly with your guides. Not through a clairvoyant or divination tools, but one on one contact with your Angels.

Readings are great, tarot is fun, but the one thing that tops it all, is when you get to speak directly with your guides. Not through a clairvoyant or divination tools, but one on one contact with your Angels.

Don´t hesitate, or doubt... each one of us is capable of this...
they are YOUR guides, which means they are open to listening to you, and you should be open to listening to them. It just takes time, practice and a little bit of guidance.

The following is a brief overview of a popular technique used to converse with our higher self and guides....

  • Take time. Block off at least 30 minutes of time.

  • Get comfortable. Sit or lay down in a relaxed position.

  • Acknowledge. Ask your guides to be with you. Let them know that you are ready and wanting to converse with them. That you appreciate anything they offer. Feel open to any guidance you will receive, have your mind relax and ask it to step back and allow your spirit to lead. a

  • Relax...

    • a. Take deep breaths filling your abdomen, exhaling through your mouth.

    • With each exhale, feel your body releasing and relaxing

    • Allow your breathing to be your mind’s focus.

    • After approximately 10 breaths, start to move up your body beginning
      with your toes. Slowly, feel each body part loosen, the muscles relax

    • Don’t rush, take your time and enjoy that feeling of relaxation. You may
      begin to feel parts of your system tingle, or heat flowing through.

    • Move through your entire body, all the way to your facial muscles,
      relaxing your jaw, softening your eyes.

  • Feel Free...

    • The body is now relaxed, and your spirit is now ready to move forward.
      In your mind’s eye, see yourself up in a sky, over looking a forest

    • You may wish to take a moment moving over the forest, noticing the
      trees, and smelling the fresh air.

    • When you are ready, notice that there is a bright disc up ahead. It
      looks like the moon in a night sky.

    • Move towards this disc, acknowledging that it is doorway, which can
      take you through to a higher consciousness

    • Take a deep breath, and move through, leaving behind any preconceived
      thoughts or ideas

  • Move Through...

    • As you move through the disc, take note of what forms around you. It
      may be a white room, an outdoor scene, or simply a misty area

    • Notice if you feel anyone there with you. If so, begin to talk to
      them, ask them to be present with you and converse with you. If you
      don’t feel anything there with you, ask your guides and/or higher self
      to join you, and to offer you guidance

    • Then listen, feel and watch. They communicate in many ways, sending
      us feelings, visuals, and speaking with us. Be open to anything they

    • At this point, allow them to take the lead. Scenes may shift around
      you. You may feel the presence of others, you may hear sounds

    • Notice. Be aware and don’t analyze what you see, allow it to simply

  • Return

    • When you are done, see that disc once again before you.

    • Move back through and find yourself slowly entering back into your
      physical form

    • Take the time to feel your body filled with life energy. Ensure
      that you are fully in your system

    • When ready, slowly get up and have a glass of water, to help you
      better ground. This can take time and practice. Don’t get discouraged!
      and have Fun! Tips and Ideas: Guided...

We at Within offer Guided Meditations sessions focused on helping you to meet, and converse with your guides, learn about past lives and find your own answers. This is an easy and fun way to have someone “introduce” you to your higher self. Friends... Write out a script based on the above instructions, and have a friend read it aloud to you. This is great for friends who are both learning and growing, take turns guiding each other and learning from each others experiences.

The above is only one popular way of reaching your guides. There are many different techniques, find what visuals work best for you and use them. E.g. if you enjoy being in the woods, see yourself in a wooded area, with a building up ahead, let that building act as the disc does in the above example. Be creative with the visuals!

Dreaming... Do a brief relaxation at night, and ask your guides to speak to you in your dreams. This is an easy way for them to get past your mind and directly through to your spirit, eventually you will be able to do this in a waking moment.

About Lee-Anne Wiseman & Within Wellness

For more information about the many workshops, seminars and sessions offered at Within Wellness, or by Lee-Ann see or email her at


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Choosing a Body Therapist
Posted by on 05 November, 2004

What are the things to look out for when choosing a body therapist, energy worker, or a body-oriented psychotherapist? The following is a brief outline of what to ask for and consider if you are new to this area of exploration.

Choosing a Body Therapist
By Ingrid Cryns 2004

What are the things to look out for when choosing a body therapist, energy worker, or a body-oriented psychotherapist? The following is a brief outline of what to ask for and consider if you are new to this area of exploration.


1. Find out if they belong to an internationally recognized association. For Body Psychotherapy you can contact either the US or European Body Psychotherapy Associations (see to obtain a list). If a Bioenergetic Therapist, check if their current status is listed on the website as a CBT (Certified Bioenergetic Therapist) at listed under ‘members’ or ‘societies’.

2. Ask how many years they have been practicing, what other kinds of experience they have, if there is a standard or code of ethics and is there any kind of clinical supervision in their program to provide for some consistent quality control. However, many good body psychotherapists are self-taught, and like in any profession, a piece of paper or a degree does not always mean they have the kind of experience that is required for what you may need.

3. Check them out personally. Some people will see you for an ‘interview’ at no cost or a minimal cost. Typically a body psychotherapist will cost from $50/hr to over $150/hr, and can see you from twice a week in an extreme crises to once a month for growth exploration. Usually once a week is a good rhythm in order to do this kind of work.

4. See if you can find other people who know them to find out more about their reputation.


1. Ask if the therapist has had training in touch. Most institutions have a framework of how the energy and tension patterns, defensive blocks and tissue structure are affected by a specific intention of touch. Touch can be toxic if the awareness behind it is not 100% conscious of all the possible implications. This is especially important for anyone with a physical or sexual abuse history.

2. As a rule, most body therapists will not touch you in an area that you consider private or in a sexual manner. There can be cultural implications to touch. In some Asian cultures the head is considered a private area and would have to be negotiated carefully.

3. Trust your own intuition. This can be supported by your therapist.

4. A therapist should always ask before touching a client. When working on a body level, a therapist can teach respect for the client’s body, through modeling with their own inter-personal relationship. If you have developed a very strong therapeutic bond, and/or know your therapist for several months, there may be times when it would be appropriate to touch without asking first. It depends on the level of trust you have with each other & the awareness you have of the severity of trauma & confusion around touch that is in the body.

5. The therapist should try not to touch if the client is expressing negatively. This is in order that you don’t associate the therapists (positive/re-training) touch with negative feeling. (e.g. attaching unconscious, negative, projected anger with a parent mixed up with touch from your positive therapist)

6. Healthy, appropriate, supportive touch can teach cells new information. Touch if negotiated well, can re-organize dysfunctional, distorted belief systems.

7. Often a light touch on their heart, or back (of heart) gives a tremendous amount of support to allow you to feel their body & pain (often felt as heartbreak - one place where energy blocks & prevents a client to feel their feelings). The therapist becomes an energetic container, grounding the client through resonance with their own body with the compassion they offer through the ‘action’ of containing the heart with the hand.

8. Notice to see if you stop breathing when you are touched (or ask someone/therapist to help you notice) - a sign that you disconnect when you are touched & a warning for the therapist to back off. Explore with your therapist how you might not feel safe. Experiment by having the therapist put a hand somewhere on the body (heart, back, etc.), pull back, and then put their hand on you again - a few times. Connect with and feel the difference in your body. Explore with body awareness exercises; with pillows on your belly to protect you; turning the front of your body away from the therapist; what it feels like to have your therapist not look at you; turn their back to you; or sitting near the door (honouring the flight response), etc.

9. Most Trauma clients do not understand that they are confused about touch. Often, especially with emotional or physical abuse, there are mixed messages regarding the need for touch & what safe touch is. There are exercises that one can work with to tease out what the mixed messages could be. Try to investigate the range of different feelings there could be regarding touch.

10. Give your therapist your personal history of touch experiences. Do you remember being held lovingly, hugged or touched affectionately (positive touch memories)? Was a loving hug too smothering? What parts of the body where abused, affected by surgery, or in an accident? What parts of the body have no sensation or appear to be numb? Draw a diagram of your body, front & back and locate where & what happened including dates/ages.

11. Negotiate touch slowly if you can. Titrate it a drop at a time. Learn body awareness & how to stay connected with the body through micro movements & tracking breathing. Empower the client to know how to trust the messages of the body when it doesn’t feel safe.

12. Sometimes a client can explode with trauma flooding & expression right in the beginning of sessions. Then, touch may be necessary to help them ground through the therapist. Use eye contact, hold hands, and/or feet. Breathe with the therapist to slow your breath down. Use a straw to breath longer on the out breath. Come to the present moment by naming things in present time (current time, day, room objects, your name, etc.).

13. Some clients will do not want to be touched at all for years & some clients can not let you not touch them within the first few sessions. There are both ends of the continuum depending on the character issues & story line that is presented. The art is in knowing how to negotiate this. This is developed with experience, and sometimes trial & error to cross a boundary in order to find it.

14. It is not always necessary to be touched by a therapist. Touch can be with the eyes, the heart, and/or with an energetic presence (feeling heard or seen as a witness). Constant touch can encourage a client to always be dependent on the therapist, in a merging, symbiotic type of relationship. Learn when it is appropriate to be re-trained or re-parented if you have no real history of positive, non-judgmental, un-conditional loving touch in your history. Keep a running conversation with the therapist of the need to establish your own healthy adult to also be able to be separate from you as well. Do not feel shamed for your need, as it may be appropriate that the need could be overwhelming. Learn separateness & practice this as well during a part of each session.

15. A therapist does not have to offer to hug a client. It is important for the therapist to wait for your initiative or need, to ensure that they never over-ride your bodies’ touch response that you are re-organizing with them. You could question the therapist’s own need for a hug.

16. A body therapist should be able to trust their own body response when working with a client. If the therapist feels uncomfortable touching the client, chances are they may be picking up some kind of confusion, or abuse, or mixed message that needs to be sorted out. Track this feeling over a few sessions; discuss it if it is appropriate to do so.

17. Sometimes it is helpful to create a signed (2 copies) ‘Letter of Understanding’ between yourself and the therapist that makes it very clear for both parties what the healthy boundaries are for both of you.

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