Insights and Healing with Patrick Moore


Life Coaching Focus: Narrower or Broader?
September 16, 2019, 2:18 pm
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I was reading a book sample about life coaching from a well-known teacher of life coaches, a psychotherapist who sometimes uses a life coaching approach. In her introduction she outlines her approach with an example–a case-history with a fictitious composite person she called “Rick.” As I read the way she coached Rick, I admit I had a reaction. I would have coached Rick differently. I am not saying her way is bad or wrong, just that there are more options available. Narrowing the focus is one option, and widening the focus is another option.

I will summarize her story of Rick:

After a tough day at work Rick thought he was having a heart attack and went to the doctor. The doctor examined him and found no evidence of heart attack. After hearing how Rick’s day had gone, the doctor said Rick was having an Panic Attack and referred Rick to a talk therapist. (I have had panic attacks and I know what they feel like!)

The Therapist/Author began listening to Rick’s horrible day. After hearing his story, she decided this would be a good time to use her approach (that her book is about), rather than a psychotherapy approach.

Therapy With a Coaching Edge

Therapy with a Coaching Edge by Lynn Grodzki

Rick’s Horrible Day

Rick was a week behind on doing his reports at work, because of his situation at home. He frequently took long lunches to go home, and while at work took calls from his wife during his work day, and this was setting him back on his work.  What was this situation at home? Rick’s mother has dementia. She lives with Rick and his wife. Since Rick is at work all day, the mother is with the wife all day. (Already I have ideas! but I will keep my mouth shut for a minute…)

This particular day was sort of a “perfect storm” of factors coming together. Rick’s wife calls. Rick’s wife says Rick’s mother just hit her. While on the phone, Rick’s secretary comes in to tell Rick his reports are long past due. Rick “snapped.” He yelled at the secretary including namecalling, and told her to get out of his office.

Prior to this the secretary had been sympathetic to Rick and his problems at home, covering for him as much as she could. But now that he had been mean to her, she went to Rick’s supervisor and complained. The supervisor tells Rick his job is on probation. A hard day!

After work Rick felt like he was having a heart attack. He went to the hospital, where his doctor referred him to this therapist. This is Rick’s story, and now we get to see what the therapist will say and do.

The therapist repeated back some of Rick’s anxieties of the day, in order to show she had been listening. Your wife was on the phone, upset and crying. The situation at home is complicated. The secretary came in during the call and you felt mortified. Rick nodded and his body began to show signs he was de-escalating, as people do when they know they’ve been heard. So far so good!

Only I would have added one thing: Your mother hit your wife, which sounds like it brings the situation at home suddenly to a new point, which dramatically increases your stress. I wonder why the therapist left this part out? After all, its her fictitious example right?

This may be a good moment to point out that the word, “hit” was taken out in the 2018 book version of this story of Rick. An earlier edition appeared in 2012 as an article. The story of Rick is almost word-for-word the same except instead of Rick’s mother “had hit his wife,” the later book edition changed one word to Rick’s mother “had upset his wife.”

Here is the 2018 book version:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0781ZRT8V/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_mN9FDbCH017QX

Here are three versions from 2012:

http://www2.psychotherapynetworker.org/magazine/recentissues/2012-novemberdecember/item/1834-the-coaching-edge

https://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/blog/details/765/practice-at-the-intersection-of-psychotherapy-and-coaching

http://privatepracticesuccess.com/resources/helping-clients-take-their-best-shot/

I guess one word makes a difference if the story is supposed to justify this was a good time to use a narrower-focus, brief-therapy approach versus a wider-focus, family dynamic approach?

After the therapist listens to Rick’s horrible day and reflects some of it back to him, she describes a “sharp, bossy presence in my head . This man is drowning, the voice barks at me.” This presence tells her there is no time to do the therapy approach, because he needs to keep his job. Get him to focus on saving his job, this bossy voice tells her.

The first thing out of her mouth is, “Are you serious about finding a way to fix the mess you made on Friday so that you can keep your job?”

What a loaded question! Poor Rick (my reaction, sorry). Soon enough Rick says his first priority is keeping his job, but I must point out, he says this only after the pointed question she had asked. I wonder if his stating his priority was in any way influenced by the way she put her question?

The way I heard his story, his priority was never the job. Rick was already a week late on his reports, which means he had prioritized his family over his job for at least a week and probably longer. Even the secretary seemed to support the family over the job because she tried to help Rick make up the difference. Even when Rick blew up at the secretary, it was for intruding on his assistance of his wife. All this in a fictitious story, tells readers that Rick and his secretary had prioritized his giving attention to his wife as a higher priority than his job.

And what about the heart attack? This was the experience that urged him to action. But what action?

Yes, Rick states (perhaps under coercion) that his first priority is keeping his job. Let’s say that consciously is his first priority at least soon after the threat from his boss. To me another important question is, what is the priority to the part of him that created the panic attack–his subconscious? His subconscious wants something changed–what? What change will bring him back to the balance his subconscious needs? Does his subconscious care enough about his job that it would give him something that feels like a heart attack? Does the subconscious care enough about his wife or mother to give him that motivator? We don’t know yet.

As an avid enthusiast of literature, from Plato to Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, Chekhov to Joyce Carol Oates, I think the story of Rick points to the intolerable situation that Rick’s wife is in, which puts intolerable pressure on Rick. It is ironic the author of the above book, writing a fictitious conglomerate of her own clients, came up with a story that points to such a conclusion, since that is different from the conclusion she draws. Do you find that as amusing as I do?

Now, it is fiction. I wouldn’t assume I know Rick’s life just from the story so far told. I would not assume Rick’s subconscious priority was to his wife. Neither would I immediately agree with Rick’s stated conscious priority, to his job. Let’s say he saves his job by focusing on the job for a few weeks but in the mean time his wife moves out and he has four more visits to the emergency room, thinking he’s having a heart attack. We need to know a little more before deciding this is a time to narrow the focus to saving his job.

The voice in the author’s head said, This man is drowning. His job needs to be rescued. That may be true, but at the same time his heart is bleeding and his relationship needs to be rescued. If the therapist / coach is like an E.M.T. first on the scene, and both breathing and circulation are compromised, which one should be treated first?

What would I do? I would ask him a few more questions, with enough neutrality that he didn’t get the impression there was one right answer. For example, I would NOT ask him, “After this mess you made with your family, are you serious about fixing it so you can keep your marriage?” I would NOT ask him, “Are you serious about your Mother’s health?” Those would be leading questions, questions that imply a right answer.

Instead I might ask, “I am hearing at least three major stresses are competing for your time: One, your job needs you to do more work, two, your wife needs more support from you because your mother lives at home with her, especially now that your mother hit her, and three, your mother suddenly needs more care than perhaps untrained family members can provide, now that she has hit someone. Are there more stresses you haven’t mentioned? Or are these the major ones right now?” With an open-ended question like this, whatever he said for the next few minutes would probably tell us what his deepest priorities are right now.

Whew! Time for a breath!

I guess I am having a reaction I will admit. I hope with the widespread publication of that author’s books, articles and teaching at the coaching-certification place, that the public does not get the idea life coaching is all about short-term goals like keeping the job. The story of Rick makes it look as if life-coaching values jobs over relationships. At least, I am one life coach who believes it is important to know where this particular person is coming from, both consciously and subconsciously (and perhaps also spiritually or existentially) in choosing the path for our session today.

What Is Coaching? Is it like the High School Sports Coach who Urges You to Win This Game?

I recognize that the word “coaching” may remind us of coaches when we were in school, whose focus was always narrow: win this race, win this game, and to do that, push from your mind the big imponderables of life so you can focus on the game. At least, that is what my coaches wanted. I’ll tell you some stories, another time, about my experiences in High School sports. The story of Rick seems to portray life coaches like sports coaches, who can help you win a short-term goal, but are not so good at the big questions of life.

If not life coaches and not therapists, who IS good at the big questions of life? Who can help someone find, Where is the meaning in life? Is meaning discovered, or created? If discovered, how can I discover it? If created, how can I create it? What makes life worth living?

Let’s say Rick (I realize he is fictitious) followed the guidance of his life coach, worked longer hours, and earned his job back. Would job security make Rick’s life worth living, to him? How would this affect his wife? His mother? Does Rick care how it would affect his wife and mother? The story seems to imply, he does care a lot about them both!

Relationships are very important in life–whether it’s a relationship with the secretary, the boss, one’s mother, one’s partner or one’s relationship with oneself. Relationships can make life worth living, or when relationships are going badly, it feels like life is not worth living. Life coaching often helps improve relationships, which often gives life more meaning.

In addition to relationships, there are other things in life that can make life meaningful, worth living, more spiritual and more of things difficult to put into words.

I am not against narrow-focus brief-therapy or narrow-coaching. That may be ideal, for people who want that. I admit that’s not my greatest aptitude, but it sounds like there are a lot of other coaches providing that so it’s okay if I am not so good at providing that.

I would prefer to not to direct people to take a narrow focus of their situation, but rather give them the option to have a narrower or a broader focus for today’s session, by giving them a brief synopsis of what each would look like today.

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Life, the Universe and Everything

Maybe I am unusual  among massage therapist slash continuing education provider slash life coaches, in that I ponder more the meaning of Life the Universe and Everything (L.U.Ev.). Maybe instead of life coaching I should call what I provide LUEV-coaching– Pronounced kind of like Life but with an umlaut . . . What do you think?

Yes we need to be responsible about things like jobs. We also need for jobs to be in balance with relationships and the purpose of our life.

Has Rick mentioned to his boss the trouble he is having at home? Maybe his boss would be compassionate and grant him a leave of absence to get his home situation sorted out. Maybe his boss would direct Rick to the HR department who could refer him to a home-care service that would care for the mother, so the wife could leave during the day. Could Rick job-share with another employee so he has a little more time to sort out the home situation? We don’t even know yet if his boss would be very understanding and compassionate, because nobody checked this option yet. . . Maybe this is a synchronicity for the boss, who also has a parent with dementia, who doesn’t know what to do. The world is connected in ways nobody has yet charted. . .

 

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Testimonial for Coaching and Training
April 3, 2019, 10:18 am
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“I have the pleasure of recommending Patrick Moore as a Coach and Teacher. In the time that I have studied with and been coached by Patrick, I find him able to embody a rare combination of gentle compassion with a powerful presence. When I am talking with Patrick, I know he is truly fully present and available. Patrick knows how to share his observations without judgement to put me at ease so that I can open up in ways that create more space to be my authentic self and explore new possibilities. He knows how to listen and respond on many levels of awareness with an insight, question or suggestion that encourages me to see the world from a new angle. Patrick knows how to work with many different types of people and he offers a unique approach that gifts each in a profound, positive, healing way. If you have the amazing opportunity to work with Patrick, you will be thankful that you were
able to interact with such a wise and caring person.”

-Skye WalkerTherapyAqua, LLC

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Sociodrama for Discovering Your Essence
March 2, 2019, 3:10 pm
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Sociodrama for Discovering Your Essence

with Patrick Moore LMT BA

Thursdays at Unscrewed Center

4500 E Speedway, Suite 40, Tucson, AZ

(Next Door to Unscrewed Theater)

starting Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Sociodrama was first performed in Vienna around 1920. Players would read the day’s newspaper headlines, then perform spontaneous scenes in a public park. The audience was involved. Heavy events were occurring in Europe at that time, and these improvised plays provided relief, cleansing and insight for the players and audiences. When you play the roles of people you had thought were “bad people” or “enemies,” you see others as real persons who matter. Sociodrama is currently used for helping people recover after natural disasters, wars and other tragedies.

Sociodrama is not therapy because it does not focus on any one person’s experiences. Instead Socidrama focuses on the issues that affect us all, the issues that get in our way of being all we could be.

Our Sociodrama group is more fun! We are not focused on disaster or tragedy, but on the normal, everyday social situations that get in the way of our being all we could be. Like:

  • expectations
  • reactions
  • leaping to interpretations
  • social status
  • competition
  • judgment
  • self-importance
  • conditional love, and
  • rigid perspectives.

Our group does not perform in front of an audience. Once safety is established in our group, volunteers will play out various unexpected non-threatening situations. For example, six players could all be parts of the same brain that is trying to make a decision: Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Each of us has parts-of-self including our ego, personality and essence. We have a left brain and a right brain, a subconscious and a conscious. We will play each of these parts in various ways.

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Why Do Sociodrama? To Discover Who You Are!

Each of us is created as a unique person, with a unique perspective, unique challenges and unique gifts.

Most of us (me included) have not yet fully discovered who and what we are.

As we discover more of who and what we are (our essence) we gain more and more influence, capability, capacity, qualities, meaning, purpose, depth and fulfillment.

We resonate more with others, both in our caring to serve them and they recognize more of our qualities.

Synchronicities are always occurring that allow amazing limitless things to happen, but we rarely recognize these or use them. As we become more of who we were meant to be, we see more synchronicities and are able to use them more. These would include (but not limited to) amazing jobs, relationships, creativity and healing.

Both passion and compassion are different ways to activate your essence. This explains a lot of things that may have puzzled us about life . . .

We probably would have already discovered who we are, except our culture is antagonistic to self-discovery. Our culture promotes impatience, self-importance, competition, status climbing and other things that get in the way of our self-discovery. It helps to see these inhibitors in action so we know what the resistances are, to self-discovery.

 

What Does the Group Do?

First we learn the ground rules about nonjudment, the basics of who we are, what we are trying to become, and the culture (the Socio) that makes it difficult. We get to know each other, not the socialized personalities of each other, but the essence of each other.

Once we feel safe enough, secure enough, we begin doing partner-activities and group plays that bypass our conditioned personalities and activate our essences.

After each exercise, we sit in a circle and discuss what we learned. Feedback is managed to be unconditionally compassionate and nonjudmental.

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Sound intrigued? Drop in any Thursday beginning March 21!

 

Patrick Moore LMT BA participated in Stephen Bruno’s Sociodrama groups in North Bend, Washington 1997-98 and has studied Improv with Unscrewed, TIM and The Torch.  

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What is Life-Coaching and How is it Not Therapy?
January 20, 2019, 11:33 am
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When a friend or family member is struggling with a challenge or concern, there is often the temptation to give advice, and “psychoanalyze” them. I have also been tempted to give therapy when I don’t have the credentials or education to provide therapy. I thought I understood their problems well enough to solve their problem for them, and then later realized I didn’t know enough, and solving their problem is not always even helpful.

What is it psychotherapists do, that is really beyond what a friend or loved one can offer, and more that what a lifecoach should offer?  This question has been discussed for at least seventeen years as this page from Coachville from 2002 shows. One reason I read so many textbooks for psychotherapists is, I need to know what it is they do, so I can be clear what it is I am not supposed to do as a lifecoach and mentor for other lifecoaches. I believe in the last year I have gained a much clearer understanding of at least one boundary. And I was surprised to find this well-articulated boundary described more than one hundred years ago!

Pierre Janet (1859 – 1947) is considered one of the founders of modern psychology, especially in treating people with trauma. Janet outlined three phases in treatment for people with traumas. One of these phases, is really far beyond the scope of friends or family to solve, and beyond the scope of lifecoaches.

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Janet’s Phase One would include:

• Help the person get into a life situation safe enough to proceed with therapy. An example of this would be getting out of an abusive or addictive situation, into a situation that is safer.
• Skills: help the person learn how to manage life’s stressors, or to cope, so that life feels stable enough to proceed with therapy. An example of this would be practice responding rather than reacting.
• Education: help the person understand a few things including — the big picture of how people could be natural and fulfilled — some of the ways people get diverted off this course — what is the difference between responding and reacting and — why is interpretation so important.
• Self-soothing. Natural-enough things that help the person calm down from anxieties and worries.
• Self-energizing. Natural-enough things that help the person pep up from depression and giving up.

Phase Two for people with trauma, Janet believed, should only begin once Phase One has succeeded in helping the person feel safe enough, stable enough, educated enough and self-regulating enough to begin the more challenging Phase Two. Phase One may require months or years, before the person is ready for Phase Two. Phase two is what family, friends and lifecoaches should refrain from attempting!

Phase Two of therapy for trauma would include:

• Talking about the incidents from the past that are associated with the trauma.
• There is the possibility intense emotions would be expressed, once the person is describing traumatic events.
• Putting the events into one’s past history, or retelling one’s story, with those events understood and felt to be in the past, so they no longer feel like they are happening now.
• There is the possibility of feeling the emotions of mourning losses, lost time, lost opportunities, lost childhood, lost innocence and so forth.

Since Phase Two can be very intense, shocking or surprising, it is utmost important, according to Janet, that people have skills and understanding that allow them to be resilient during the Phase Two therapy process. Do they have enough of these skills and understanding? Even assessing whether they have enough, requires an experienced, well-educated therapist. Without Phase One, the person now exposed to their traumas, is sometimes made to feel worse rather than better. If the emotions are too intense and there is no context for understanding, they can end up more confused rather than more resolved. This is why Phase One is extremely important and a necessary condition to complete prior to beginning Phase Two. This is also why talking about the experiences from the past, is off-limits for all but trained professionals. Don’t try this at home. This is not a D.I.Y. project to try out.

When I was in massage school in the 90’s many therapists and teachers were experimenting with what they called “Emotional Release” methods, that would supposedly relieve people of the emotions they had kept contained for so long. Nobody told us that getting people to re-experience old compartmentalized emotions could make the people more confused and feel worse. Looking back, this was not a very smart thing for massage therapists to be tinkering with.

Phase Three is the support the person needs to recreate herself, or to find her original self that was never developed because of her trauma. Even though this is her real self, it will feel unfamiliar and she will need support. To a person having moved past some or most of her trauma, she may feel as if she is a new person, or as if she is being introduced to a new person,  herself. She may feel silly, tender, vulnerable and sensitive in situations that she used to do habitually. She may make mistakes. Ordinary life experiences may feel intense. Intense life experiences may feel extreme. At first. She will also have new opportunities for fulfillment, relationships, excitement, joy, invention, career and love that will seem completely new to her and she may feel tentative to embrace these at first. In Stage Three the helper supports her to understand this is normal in her situation. Initially the helper offers mentoring and guidance and soon gradually tapers off helping, as the person steps into greater and greater self-sufficiency, independence and responsibility for her own life. A person finishing Stage Three begins to step boldly along her natural path and soon requires no assistance.

Where Does Lifecoaching Fit in Trauma Treatment?

This discussion has been about someone who has been traumatized by an event in their past, This person may require the help of a psychotherapist who will manage the three phases. The lifecoach may assist and complement what the therapist would like for the person to gain in Stage one. This assistance from the lifecoach may accelerate the time or better prepare the person to be resilient for the stage two work they will do with the therapist.   it is phase two that is clearly what life-coaches would refrain from doing. When the therapist feels it is time to begin stage three, again the lifecoach may be helpful and may accelerate the person’s time to completion of all three stages.

Stage One and Stage Three Would Help Everyone!

The interesting thing about Phase One and Phase Three goals, is that all people would benefit from them:

• With the lifecoach’s partnership, the person adjusting their own life to make it safe enough
• Assistance to adjust one’s own life so there are fewer anxiety-producing stresses and more excitement-producing incentives.
• Someone helping you understand how life works, and where one is in the spectrum. If fulfillment is natural and I don’t feel fulfilled, how does that generally occur?
• Learning how, and practicing, responding rather than reacting. We may have arranged life to eliminate as many anxiety-producing stimuli as possible, and yet life still emerges with new things, unexpected and unforeseen! For these, we need skills for responding to things rather than reacting to them. And such skills require a lot of practice–enough practice so they will actually activate in the unexpected and unforeseen times of need.

Phase One and Phase Three things are in self help books, or they could be. Some people may actually learn them fine by reading, and may actually implement them without help. For those who have read them but haven’t been able to implemented them alone, a life coach can make all the difference.

Who Else Benefits from Coaching?

Many people have had no trauma, yet they feel their life is inhibited. They are not getting all from life that they could get, and they are not giving as much to others as they could give. It’s not that these people have any diagnosable mental condition, in many cases, but the culture we live in sways us off our natural course.

Enculturation Requires Assistance to Get Free Of

Our culture emphasizes competition when we could be cooperating, control when we could be influencing, reaction when we could be responding, judgment when we could be discerning, conditional love when we could be unconditionally compassionate, rigidity when we could be curious, distraction when we could be present and patient. Growing up in, and being conditioned to our culture is not a diagnosable mental illness, but it does inhibit the natural fulfillment we could get and the natural compassion we could be giving others.

Since our culture does not prepare or educate us how to be natural in various situations or relationships, it is almost as if we need a whole new school to learn to be natural, even though it is the way we were designed!

Yes, you can figure these things out by yourself. The main problem is, when we look at ourselves, we do not see our own issues. Our perspective tends to cancel out our own behaviors so we do not see them. It can be very supportive to have a helper who can see one with neutral eyes, someone who is supportive, who cares, who has a sense of what natural would be for you. If not a lifecoach then a group of people all trying to be more natural together would also be very helpful, as long as the group are not all people who happen to have the same perspective, in which case they will all be blind to the thing they all are doing.

With the help of an equal partner, you may quickly grasp, ah, that’s what natural would be for me.

The Future of Life Coaching?

I wonder if, in the future, therapists would refer people out to life coaches for Phase One assistance prior to, or co-concurrent with therapy, and again for Phase Three assistance later, so that people could more quickly or thoroughly complete the three phases?

In the future I imagine there may be life coaches who specialize in either Phase One or Phase Three assistance, or who specialize in either skill building or education.

Wouldn’t it be nice if schools one day offered skills like responding not reacting, and education about how life could naturally be fulfilling? Or courses for parents so they could offer these skills and education to their children? Of course, if parents and schools were giving all this to young people, life coaches would be out of a job. But I would be happy to be out of a job for that reason 🙂

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Patrick is currently preparing a Sociodrama group for people to learn-by-doing, how to be natural, responding not reacting, in a scene-playing format. This will be held weekly in Tucson. 

Patrick also provides face-to-face life-coaching in Tucson, while going for walks in quiet neighborhoods and local trails, while sitting at Tucson coffee shops or by phone, for people located anywhere. Your phone session includes intuitive and energetic connecting so it is very much like an in-person session. Coaching can be added to clothed-bodywork sessions at Patrick’s NW Tucson home-office. If you have questions or would like to schedule sessions please use the Sessions link above left and use the contact form to contact me initially. After initial contact I will give you my email address and if we make an appointment I will share my mobile number. 



Announcing Reiki I and II for New Year 2019 Self-Help and Service to Others
January 6, 2019, 4:18 pm
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March 16 and 17, 2019, Tucson AZ

Hoping for new directions for 2019?

Becoming a certified Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Practitioner boosts your ability and incentive to recreate yourself to your own true design, and uplift others including animals & humans.

These classes include learning, understanding, insight, incentive, skills and the Reiki Level I and Level II attunements, which help align your body and chakra energies with your natural essence.

To register, or if you have questions, please Contact Patrick

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Our workshop space has a view of Pima Canyon

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Since 2001 I have been teaching certification classes for all levels of the Reiki Usui System of Natural Healing. Some of my former students regularly use natural healing energy for themselves, loved ones, pets and other beings who can use natural healing energy support.

Why choose me for your Reiki certification? Like my Reiki Teacher Stephen Bruno, I am thorough in my teaching. To be the best you can be at directing energy for natural healing, growth, development, insight and enlightenment, you’ll want to gain certain understandings, skills and practices that I recognize and provide.

We meet from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Upon completion you receive certifications for Level I and Level II Practitioner. The fee for Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Level I (Shoden) First Degree Practitioner Certification class is $150 and for Level II is $250. When you take both together on consecutive days you save $100. Separately the classes would be $400, so the total fee is only $300. You may re-attend with me the same level classes, space permitting, for four years without any additional fee. I accept a payment plan as needed.

To register, or if you have questions, please Contact Patrick



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January 6, 2019, 11:50 am
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Breathing Naturally eBook
August 15, 2018, 1:09 pm
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Humans like me have been enculturated to breathe unnaturally. We have stopped using any effort to exhale. We use effort to inhale, then let gravity and the elasticity of our tissues to push out air. But this does not push out enough air, and we end up acidic, or carbonated. Just as there is too much CO2 in the atmosphere, there is too much CO2 in our bodies.

At least, that is what I claim in my eBook, Breathing Naturally. (here is the link)

Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu.

This book has been the work of more than a decade, including my experiences breathing while jogging, learning how to treat breathing muscles in massage school, and extra research I have done.

The book begins with a story of me jogging along the canal in Phoenix late one night. The jasmine flowers were in bloom along the Biltmore area and I was inhaling their scent as I jogged…

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This cover image, I photoshopped from two different locations along the canal. One is near Camelback (you see in the background) to the East of the Biltmore area. The other photo is my friend Maurice when we used to jog along the canal from Scottsdale into the indian reservation to the East of Scottsdale. I shot this photo of him using my phone as we jogged. We both had pony tails at that time so I used his photo to represent me… The canals through Phoenix and Scottsdale, it is told, were built by the Hohokam or “old ones” indians who were here prior to the tribes who now live in Arizona. It is fun to jog along there, imagining natives might have done the same jog five to six hundred years ago, prior to Europeans arriving in the Americas…