Last weekend I went to a singer-songwriter weekend in Provincetown on Cape Cod. It was a perfect microcosm for exploring the yin and yang of using energy psychology (EP) to better connect with an activity that I love and, as a result, to experience more deeply the loving consciousness that resides within. In other words, I both helped individuals (and the group) improve their songwriting game using EP techniques and I felt the healing and connective power of music and song independent of any EP technique.
While I am most deeply moved by music as a medium to influence emotion and consciousness, you can apply everything I am saying to any of the arts or any other activities and experiences that bring you joy and connect you with your best self.
I would go so far as to say that a supremely important awareness-focusing question for anyone in the healing arts (for themselves and for their clients) is this: “What do you do that brings you joy or connects you with your best self?” The bottom line is that we all need to do more of whatever that is. The pace of the world that we live in makes it very challenging to give the time and attention required to nurture ourselves and experience true pleasure, joy, connection and creativity. Challenging? Yes. Impossible? No.
It was incredibly restorative for me to join with folk singers that write songs from the heart—songs that reflect musically and lyrically all the things we try and teach people as healing arts practitioners. Almost everyone there had day jobs unrelated to music. But each person in his or her own unique way was making room in their life to channel a little bit of that loving Spirit (so desperately needed in the world) through their music.
And yet, many of the people there still had their doubts and insecurities about performing, singing or really shining. I did some group reversal clearing before one of our concerts. Everyone said it seemed to make a huge difference. I worked with a few individuals using some Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Thought Field Therapy (TFT) on deeper issues. Each one had a lovely and measurable response. In virtually every case it was some sort of negative limiting event(s) that had been incorporated into their sense of self. It seems to me that one of the great things we can do as coaches and therapists is to help others connect with how they can ignite the creative spark within to bring more love and joy into the world. Often that means transforming blocks and limiting beliefs based on past events. Helping to remove that suffering is deeply satisfying work—and has an extra dividend of increasing joy and light for all of us to share.
In our modern techno-society there is so little space, narrative and blessing for all of us to connect with Spirit and to be a broadcaster of Spirit. This weekend reminded me what I stand for as a therapist. It reminded me of what we stand for at ACEP. So now you know why we always have music at our conferences!
Here are a couple of songs to leave you with.
- It’s Time for Therapy by (yours truly) Robert Schwarz
- Practice Makes Progress by (my friend) David Roth
Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP
ACEP Executive Director