Many people develop an addiction to soothe sexual abuse or childhood trauma. Our guest today is Lisa Erickson. She is a chakra-based energy worker and the author of Chakra Empowerment for Women.
Lisa tells us how self-guided techniques using energy healing can be the first step in moving on from trauma. She talks about the tools she teaches her clients to deal with their emotions as they arise, giving them the power to recognize their triggers and work through their anxiety and discomfort before it takes over.
This episode is full of fascinating information about men’s and women’s energy bodies and how we can connect to our different chakras to heal ourselves. Get ready for chakra empowerment!
Lisa Erickson is a chakra-based energy worker, writer, and teacher specializing in women’s energetics and sexual trauma healing. She has trained in multiple energy healing modalities and is certified in both mindfulness meditation instruction and trauma sensitivity. Lisa is a member of the International Association of Meditation Instructors, the American Holistic Health Association, the Energy Medicine Practitioners Association, and The Breathe Network, a non-profit dedicated to supporting holistic healing for sexual trauma survivors. She is also the creator of a popular DailyOM course Awakening Your Feminine Chakras.
Lisa’s interest in the chakras and energy healing began over 30 years ago, when she began meditating as part of a yoga class soon after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College. She went on to study chakra and kundalini meditation seriously with a formal teacher for many years. During this time she was a technology executive in New York City, and her own meditation practice helped her to thrive within the high demands of her career. She also studied Shotokan karate, achieving a second-degree black belt. She pursued certification as a mindfulness meditation instructor, including trauma-sensitivity, and taught both mindfulness and chakra meditation at corporate retreats, community centers, and rape crises centers.
As she pursued more energy healing training, she migrated to private session work. She draws on many different energy healing traditions, including the work of world-renowned intuitive healer and author Cyndi Dale, with whom she has trained. She is a certified Feeding Your Demons facilitator through Lama Tsultrim Allione. She has done extensive research on the subtle body mappings of multiple traditions, and combined this research with her own private practice experience to develop her Women’s Energetics work. As part of this work Lisa offers both regular classes and private phone sessions to help women release limiting conditioning and draining energy patterns in order to fully own their personal power. She also provides meditations and tools women can use for support during crucial life transits, including pregnancy, motherhood, perimenopause and menopause.
A major focus of Lisa’s work is energy work for women sexual trauma and abuse survivors. She has published a free e-book on this topic: Healing the Subtle Body Wounds of Sexual Trauma and Abuse: 10 Practices for Self-Healing and Empowerment. She also is a practitioner with The Breathe Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting survivors of sexual violence to healing arts practitioners who offer trauma-informed, mind-body-spirit techniques to support integrated and sustainable healing. Much of her private phone session work centers on supporting sexual abuse and trauma survivors in their healing process.
In addition to teaching and private sessions, Lisa also writes for her popular women’s spirituality blog, Mommy Mystic, where she has long shared insights and resources on sexual trauma healing, energy work for women, chakras, women mystics, and women’s spirituality. She was the Buddhism editor at Bellaonline.com, and a founding writer for the former online magazine MeditateLikeAGirl.com.
Lisa regularly speaks at conferences and is available for speaking engagements. Past workshops include sessions at the National Sexual Assault Conference and the Women’s Spirituality Conference.
Chakra Empowerment for Women
Who knew that women’s energetics are distinctly different from men’s?
And that knowing the way to re-energize specific chakras that are different in women’s bodies can not only improve health and help you navigate the world better, but heal sexual trauma?
Lisa Erickson did! In her groundbreaking book Chakra Empowerment for Women: Self-Guided Techniques for Healing Trauma, Owning Your Power & Finding Overall Wellness (Llewellyn Publishing), this highly-regarded workshop leader, blogger and energy worker brings forth her discoveries from her years of working with women looking for answers to intractable problems.
What she learned is that there are variations in chakra placement and energy flow based on women’s energy bodies, and that a woman’s cycles, and even childbirth create a very different energy imprint than men. Two particular chakras—the sacral chakra and the navel chakra–hold the key a woman’s healthy body and mindset. This is where women’s energy is centered —whereas the root chakra dominates male energy.
Lisa’s own quest for answers began after the birth of her first child. After having practiced chakra meditation for 15 years, she realized her energy had changed drastically, as did her relationship with her chakras. Buried in texts on tantra, “womb wisdom” and other research, she saw the distinctions come into focus clearly. She began experimenting with exercises based on these variations from men — and developed a vital set of tools.
At the same time, she was seeing an increase in the number of women who were victims of sexual assault, and began utilizing these recommended techniques in their healing — seeing dramatic results where other therapeutic methods had been far less effective even over the course of years.
Learning to work with the differences in her energy body can be life-changing for a woman. Chakra Empowerment for Women is a guide to the feminine energetic technology within. Lisa has created 12 chakra tools that she has termed “Empowerments.” They include visualization techniques to evoke specific emotional vibrations concurrent with a desired state, activation steps, information on how blocked energy in this chakra shows up in your life, how and when to use this specific empowerment, and, lastly, how to apply this specific empowerment to sexual trauma healing.
A critical part of the book and the Empowerments, is the ability to bring all of this to bear on real-world experiences for women. For example, when to use specific Empowerments to:
• Calm yourself down before a job interview
• Prepare to compete in a sporting event
• Center yourself before engaging with a difficult conversation with a loved one
• Speed your recovery from a cold
• Affirm boundaries prior to a large family gathering
• Letting go of an old relationship that is no longer in your highest good.
Each Empowerment offers specific suggestions on when and how to apply it for life-changing transformation, and optimum navigation of everyday life.
Chakra Empowerment for Women enables you to explore the unique aspects of Women’s Energetics that will demystify your own body.
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