This last weekend, I was invited down by Brooklyn/Manhattan-based chiropractor Susan Epstein to work with some of her patients.
I thought it might be quite a challenge taking on 4-5 new clients per day for a weekend, each session involving 90 minutes of intake and work. Although I was certainly aware that I'd worked hard at the end of each day, the two days streamed past almost effortlessly, as I got into a flow almost immediately. And, as has so often been the case of late, I also saw my work continuing to blossom out with new techniques, new insights, whole new ways of approaching structural, emotional, and spiritual issues.
The other thing I noticed was how profoundly the work opened my own heart. It is such heart-centered work, and I rarely reflect on its benefits for me as a practitioner, but of course, the effects are manifold.
This weekend was so heart-centered, that it blew open my own heart. As I left snowbound Brooklyn to come upstate, I drove along Atlantic Avenue, near the East River, through the neighborhood I grew up in. On a whim, I stopped at the lovely store my ex-wife runs there. I came in and swept her up in my arms, picking her up off the ground in a bear hug. There was nothing I wanted, no agenda, no 'reason' to even stop by. I just wanted to connect, to transmit a little love. We sat and talked for a couple of minutes, and then I headed home to my house, my land, and my lovely housemate, Sarah, the furriest Maine Coon cat I've ever known, and a brave soul herself, who has released many of her own fears and traumas to transform from a growly, grumpy, antisocial critter who could hardly stand human contact into a loving being who adores people and sleeps with me often.
My clients (including Sarah :-) continue to teach me, broaden me, challenge me, and delight me. Most of all, they lead me towards light and the heart, away from anger judgment and fear. Life is not a zero-sum game, not once you've evolved past the simplest level of survival and come into being in the world of spirit. Rather, it is win-win; when two hearts or more work together in concert for healing, all involved grow from the experience. All are healed.