More About The Soul...

My “official” title is an acupuncturist. I am an acupuncturist and hypnotherapist, in Sudbury, MA.

I’m still trying to figure out my unofficial title. But this is what I do: I find amazing, magical people with incredible gifts, and I introduce them to the general public. I’m sort of a mystical matchmaker, I suppose.

A few months ago, I met Laurie McSwiggin. I knew NOTHING about her, or what she did.

I wasn’t seeking her out. She found me.

She came to my office, and I instantly connected with her motherly, nurturing vibe. “I can do a reflective resonance session for you, to give you an idea of what I do?” she suggested.

“Sure,” I said, although I had no idea what that entailed. All I knew was that she could tune in to my “messages” remotely, so I didn’t have to take time out of my crazy schedule to fit it in.

A few days later, I received an email with a recording attached. I listened to it on the way home from my office.

It hurt.

I often tell my clients that pain is where the transformation lives. If you can’t connect to something that physically HURTS, it’s probably not resonating with you on that deep, primal level. Anyone can say anything, right? But when you feel that emotional pull, THAT is when you know that you’re on target. When you feel that deep emotional wound getting trod upon.

THAT is when you know that this information is legit. And that there is something there that is imperative that you know.

This information wasn’t all sunshine and roses, but it WAS transformative. It explained so many of my weaknesses, my fears, the places where I was stuck and couldn’t move forward. If I had to describe it, I’d explain it like this:

Imagine that upon your birth, a force of unconditional love was assigned to be with you at every moment of your life. It had the power of perfect clarity, and could bear witness to all of the decisions and incidents in your life that led you to becoming the person you are, as a whole.

And then one day, someone was able to talk to this force and to get the dirt on all of the things in your life that had set you back: false beliefs that were formed as a result of these incidents of your past, fears that stemmed from the energies you were surrounded by at various points in your life, issues that you weren’t even aware of, that were keeping you stuck in repetitive patterns. The goal of the session is to give you the appropriate information you need to get yourself unstuck, love yourself unconditionally, and push yourself forward into becoming the most pure and authentic version of yourself.

Yes, it’s as powerful as it sounds.

If you are seeking out something like this, I suggest that you start exploring around their site, to see what they can do for you.

Soul Reading Salon

I am so lucky to be able to shape my business according to my passions.

I’ve always been fascinated with the soul, the spirit, the more mystical side of life. I’m open, yet skeptical. I believe in the possibility of anything and everything, but if you are going to make claims, you’re going to need to back them up if you expect me to buy in. I’m open, but I’ve seen a LOT…so it’s hard to impress me.

This is how my Holistic Popups got started. I wanted a way to introduce all sorts of talented holistic practitioners to the public after testing them out for myself. I will only represent the ones that blow my mind, and one of these has long been Lisa Campion.

Lisa has given me strikingly accurate readings for the past few years. What is love about her is that she is practical. She is SO grounded and down to earth…getting a reading from her feels like a cross between having a therapy session and a journey to the beyond. I highly recommend her.

And who better to do an event at my space than someone I’ve been raving about for years?

We created an amazing event. There was cheese, wine, and the perfect mix of people. The wonderful thing was that every question that was asked seemed to be significant for others along with the person who asked. People were invested in the information that was flowing through spirit, and no one left disappointed. It was beautiful.

At one point, a participant whispered to me that she wasn’t feeling well and was experiencing nausea. Nothing kills a party like a pile of vomit, so I began to worry about finding her an escape route. Before I could, Lisa randomly asked her to come to the front of the room. She had her relax in a chair and performed some energy healing on her. Within a minute or two, the nauseous participant had gotten her color back and looked a million times better. By the time she returned to the seat near me, she was whispering about how all the nausea had completely vanished.

The energy of this event was so high, it left an imprint in the space afterward. Even while cleaning up, I could feel the remnants of light, positivity, and enthusiasm left behind by all who had come to experience this event. THIS is why I love hosting these events , and I can’t wait to dive into the next one!

Becoming Magic

We attract what we are.

If you're a grump, you're going to find yourself hanging out with a tribe of sourpusses. If you are an angry person, you'll find yourself in one relationship after another that is intense and fraught with drama.

So if we attract the negative by embodying the negative, how can we embody the idea of "magic"?

We all want magic.

How do you become a magical creature?

It's not just about crystals and reiki and intentions.

It's also about bringing about good in the world, but with a flair of mystery, or the unexpected.

How many times have you been in a terrible mood, and someone randomly said the perfect thing at the perfect moment?

Didn't it feel magical?

I remember being SO bummed out over a breakup, many years back. As I was standing in line at a store, a man looked at me and told me, "You are such a radiant woman. Everything about you sparkles. Keep it up." It was such an unexpected compliment, and an energetic boost. I felt like I was glowing for the rest of the day. That was magic.

A few months ago I celebrated a birthday by myself. I ate at a restaurant, asked for the check, and was shocked when the waitress brought me a free dessert.

"How did you know it was my birthday?" I asked.

"I didn't! I just felt compelled to bring you a free dessert, for some reason."

THAT felt magical.

We seek out magic all the time, but we neglect to remember that we are also a source of it. We can embody magic at any given time, simply by infusing our own magic into the lives of others. Today, ask yourself how YOU can embody magic today. The more you resonate with the vibration of magic, the more you will call it into your own life.

The Karma Doctor

This isn't business related, but it's totally weird. Lovers of the psychic woo stuff will dig this.

Since I'm always looking for new talent for my holistic popups, and I also love this stuff, I've been seeing a lot of healers lately. Over the past few months, I've had six sessions of psychic/energy/karmic work. And the one theme that has blazed brightly through every reading has been an imbalance between my personal and business life, and a resistance to love due to fear of vulnerability.

My business life is on fire. My love life? I've got nothing going on. Over the past year, I have had zero desire to meet anyone. And I've been absolutely fine with that. I'm not bitter, scared, or resentful...I just feel like a switch has been flipped off.

My readings with a past life psychic and an Akashic reader both brought up trauma, but on different levels. One was focused on horrific past lives I've had where I watched my soul mate get tortured to death in front of me, or saw my husband/wife die violently. The Akashic reading was more about experiences I've had in my current life that trained me to wall up and not let people in, and to be comfortable in the safety of emotional distance and solitude. (There's way more to both of these readings but this is a quick summary.)

Two weeks ago, I decided to try this guy called the Karma Doctor. He sees auras and can read everything that is going on within you, physically, mentally, emotionally, and on a soul level. He claims to literally "fix" your karma by reprogramming your brain after he reads your aura to see where and why you are screwed up.

He had me lie down and he scanned my body with his eyes. His reading was incredibly descriptive and accurate. And he reiterated the same themes that I've heard before: the lack of vulnerability, being closed-off to deep emotional connection, being powerful in my business because all of my energy is being funneled in that direction, focused on continuing an upward trajectory, and constantly one-upping myself.

One concept/word that he kept repeating was the word "significance/importance." He explained that my relationship energy was stuck and walled off because it is embedded in my karma to believe that I do not matter to people, that I hold little significance or importance in people's lives, and therefore I will feel less pain if I stay out of deeper relationships. The fear of getting very close and open with someone and then realizing that I am not that significant or important is a major block. Conversely, that same fear has helped me in my professional life, because I've used it to go out of my way to become more visible and noticeable.

After he told me all this, he was like, "So now I'm gonna fix it."

"Fix it?" I asked, skeptically. "How?"

"I'm the Karma Doctor, that's what I do," he answered.

He did this weird tapping/slapping thing on my head while chanting, and that was that.

"Am I supposed to feel anything after this?" he asked.

"You'll notice a change within the next few months. Your aura already looks totally different. I think you'll respond quickly. Just pay attention, you'll start to notice things."

So I left and chalked it up to yet another bizarre experience that may or may not go into the book I'm writing.

Then, today, I woke up and went to my fridge to get some water, and this is what I found...

I live alone.

Granted, I do have a cleaning person (that I've never met) who was here yesterday, but how weird is this?


"Acupuncture Didn't Work For Me"

I hear this a lot.

I know, you are all probably asking yourselves why an ACUPUNCTURIST would be writing about how what she does for a living doesn’t work. But hear me out.

Acupuncture is slowly becoming more mainstream, but it still isn’t most peoples' initial go-to for health issues. Take rotator cuff injuries. Generally, people start with Western doctors…then medication…then PT, then cortisone shots…and maybe surgery. Perhaps before surgery they’ll give acupuncture a try. But many of my patients see me as a “physician of last resort.” They’ve gone down every other avenue, and I’m their last potential option.

For these types of people, if the acupuncture doesn’t work, it’s just another thing they’ve tried that did nothing for their pain. And they will usually think back on the experience and tell people that, well, “acupuncture doesn’t work.”

Earlier this year, I started seeing a patient who was suffering from migraines. She had tried acupuncture before. It didn’t work.

My first question when I hear this is always, “How many sessions did you have?” The more long-standing the issue, the longer it takes to reverse it. You’d be amazed at how many people expect complete resolution from their 30 year pain condition in 30 minutes. And even if they feel 50% better after the first session, they feel like it “didn’t work.”

But I digress…

This woman had given acupuncture MORE than a fair shot. She had gone for months, and had no relief. As she spoke with me, I could tell that she had no confidence that this would help, and I was impressed that she was willing to give it another try. It’s hard enough to stretch beyond your comfort zone and do something unfamiliar; when it doesn’t work after that many months, I wouldn’t blame her for just giving up on it.

I explained that we acupuncturists all have different styles and techniques, and that I’d do my best for her.

Fast-forward to six months later, and she is living a migraine-free life.

We spoke about this the other day, as she marveled over how different her life had become now that she could plan things without fear of having to leave early, or avoiding fun activities because she knew that she’d likely have to cancel due to the pain. “Who would’ve thought that after trying it before, this time it would work? Do you think that other acupuncturist knew what she was doing?” she asked.

“As much as my narcissistic side would love to take credit for giving better treatments than anyone around, it’s really more a matter of technique and style. We respond differently to different types of treatment, and her style probably didn’t resonate with you. It doesn’t mean that she was a bad acupuncturist. I mean, think about massage. If you’re a delicate person who hates a lot of deep work, and you found a massage therapist who was amazing but only does deep tissue massage, you wouldn’t think of them as bad at their job-only that you didn’t pick a good match for what you need. I like getting deep work. If I went to someone who specialized in lymphatic massage, where they barely touch you, I wouldn’t dismiss them as a crappy practitioner-they just aren’t a good match for my body’s needs. People need to realize this about acupuncture, because it’s such a powerful tool. It’s sad when they try one person and immediately write off the medicine as a whole because they didn’t connect with that particular style. You know what? I should write a blog about this!”

And here it is!

If you are living with pain, dysfunction, emotional issues…and you’ve tried one acupuncturist who didn’t seem to help you, it’s well worth giving it another try with someone new. You could be passing up the opportunity to live a better life simply because you never had anyone explain to you that we are all so different.

Acupuncture and Adventures in Bizarroland

In this day and age, we’ve wandered far from our preconceived notions of acupuncturists as patchouli-drenched nudists who invoke spirits to heal their hapless clientele. At least, I hope that most of you have.

When you go in for an acupuncture appointment, you're more likely to feel as if you’ve wandered into a cross between a medical office and a massage therapist’s establishment. We keep things sterile and might have medical-looking tools, but we’ve usually got a little relaxing, cushy vibe to our environs…at least, as far as I have seen.

There are still acupuncturists out there who are…well, WAY out there: healers who practice this medicine with an esoteric flair. Many of these practitioners do incredible work, but I find that they tend to be terrible at marketing, mainly because marketing is all about delivering a clear message. And if you can’t properly explain what you do, it’s unlikely that you have a clear message to deliver.

Then you’ve got your very science-based practitioners, the ones who will never mention the word “energy” when it comes to their work. They are all about the biochemical reactions that occur within the body with the insertion of a needle.

There is someone for everyone, and no right or wrong way to practice.

I myself tend to be middle-of-the-road, as I am with so many things. I’m very interested in the science behind acupuncture, yet I honestly believe that there’s a little sprinkle of magic thrown in there, as well. Someone told me recently that magic is just science that hasn’t been sufficiently understood yet, and he has a point. But is it so wrong to want to believe that magic exists? That there will always be pieces of this medicine that work for no discernible reason other than our desire to create beautiful, positive changes in the lives of others?

Yeah, I sound like a freaking Pollyanna. But there’s worse things to be, right?

So this takes me back to my story.

We have this theory in TCM about the energy of the mother affecting the child. And yes, in Scienceland this completely makes sense. If you have a stressed-out, anxious mom, you are likely to see the same patterns getting passed on to the child. An angry parent creates an angry child. It’s basic psychology.

But what if this could relate to healing, as well?

In this medicine, we believe that treating the mother with the same points that we would use to treat the child can heal the child’s affliction. Oh yes, I already know how wacky it sounds. That’s why I don’t normally talk about it with patients.

But the other day, I had a regular client come in who is very open to everything. We have a great relationship, so I can speak freely with her. She mentioned being very anxious about her daughter, who had been running a high fever for five days straight. She had been to the doctor, and they couldn’t find anything wrong with her. Although I was hesitant to bring it up, I felt compelled to say something.

“Ok, so you’re gonna think I’m nuts. I know it sounds crazy. But in this medicine, we have this theory about treating the mom to heal the kid. I don’t usually tell people this but…”

“Go for it,” she said. “You know I’m open to it. And I was thinking, before I even came in, that I was going to focus on her throughout my treatment and send her healing vibes. So this isn’t much different, right?”

I agreed, and then felt something in my hands. Within a few seconds, they were SO hot that they were uncomfortable. I put my hand over her face, not touching her, to see if she felt the heat radiating from them. She did.

I focused on her daughter as I used all the points on her mother that I would have used on her, if she had been lying there.

A few hours later, I received this text: “So…took her temp when I got home, and it was normal for the first time since Thursday! Coincidence??”