Healing Journeys: Roger Schwartz & Marji McDowall on Grace Recovery

Welcome to Healing Journeys - a corner of Basmati.com where you can read about our team's real experiences with different holistic healing modalities. Trying a new type of healing can be overwhelming and you might first want to hear about someone's experience before taking the plunge. Healing Journeys will cover many different types of healing.

This particular subsection or series of Healing Journeys will be an exploration of energy healing with Basmati's Ursula Squire. Each week, I'll write about my newest experiences with energy healing. This blog will be quite candid, and often include documentation of my thoughts around a particular session. My goal is to share what I have learned and make available information for different healing modalities that you may be curious about or interested in trying.

The sessions I am doing for energy healing are working with two of the most incredible healers I've ever come across - Roger Schwartz, founder of Recover Your Heart, and Marji McDowall.

Full disclosure: I've never tried energy healing before, and I'm excited by holistic healing modalities. As a person who has anxious and OCD tendencies, but who doesn't feel that Western medicine is the right fit, I've decided to embark on this amazing journey, and I'd like to share with all of you!

Questions or comments? Leave a comment below and I'll get back to you!



GRACE Recovery: Karmic Aspects – 2.5.2019

I’ve talked a lot on this blog about the ways in which energy healing has taught me to get out of my own head.


As an over-thinker and someone with copious amounts of mental energy, I often find myself “solving” problems. It makes sense when you look closer: our Western world is full of homage to “solving” issues, to “overcoming” things, to “mastering” and “dominating” the world around us. It’s funny, though, because this is not the same dynamic that ends up teaching us.


This week’s session, which was perfect for what I needed to “solve,” was Karmic Patterns. I’ve talked about the misconceptions of karma here, and how really karma is a call to balance existing energies.


Energy healing is about connecting with your heart. Looking inward to find the imbalance, and similarly looking inward to “overcoming” it. Or really, becoming at peace with the imbalance. Ironically (to me), it’s the acceptance of the imbalance that overcomes it. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “Resistance is persistence.” Wow, has that been true for me lately.


I recently found myself in the position of feeling like I needed to “solve” the existing dynamic in a close relationship in my life. At first, I tried “solving” this by feeding into patterns of blame, control, and manipulation (albeit not in an evil way – more like in a ‘grasping at straws’ way). The problem, and thus the solution, were outward (or so I thought). These are patterns all too familiar in my adopted way of interpreting the world.


But following the thread of this week’s session, this perspective change came quite naturally: what is out of balance? What are these karmic patterns showing me needs to be balanced within myself?


After continued escalation, tears, and spiraling, I asked myself these questions: How was this a reflection of my own imbalance? How was this a reflection of “unsolved” things within myself? How did I contribute to this dynamic.


My answer: vulnerability


Again, in perfect timing, I had a coaching session two days later with Roger. This helped me articulate the imbalances and the ways in which I seemingly refuse to be vulnerable in close relationships. If I am so sensitive to openness (or lack thereof), how could I not expect those I’m close with the crave the same thing?


We talked about why I am so afraid to feel vulnerable, and how consistently refusing to be only further perpetuates the problem I am looking to solve.


The thing is, vulnerability can be really scary. No one wants to be rejected. But “protecting” myself by way of closing myself off not only hurts those I yearn to get close to, but also hurts me.


I’ve picked up these patterns of resisting closeness and vulnerability via karmic patterns and experiences. But looking at the lineage of these patterns only helps further identify them, and how the pass on to those you “close off” from as well.


Energy healing teaches me to connect with myself. To ask the hard questions. To sit with the answers. This leads to more balance in myself, which ultimately leads to an increase of balance in my relationships with those whom I am close.