the path a butterfly has travelled before it emerges from
the cocoon phase and can fly...
quite a journey of transformation!
photos © A Mattos, J Markoff or K Stewart
we travel along our various paths of experience we are brought
together in the sharing of HT. What was created by Janet Mentgen
and then formally developed by the American Holistic Nurses
Association (AHNA) into the AHNA Healing Touch Certificate
Program is an experiencial journey into the ancient mysteries
within modern society. By bringing together the work of various
healers we are able to witness similarities and are given
an opportunity to inquire into our own ways of being in the
Healing Touch (HT) was first offered in Canada in 1990
when Alexandra Jonsson invited Janet Mentgen to teach in Toronto,
ON. By 1993, Susan Morales-Kosinec and Janet Mentgen had created
Healing Touch Canada, Inc. and the Canadian HT community was
spreading from coast to coast. Since 1996, HT Canada has been
offering what had become the Healing Touch International Healing
Touch Certificate Program.
Many individuals contributed to
the growth of HT across Canada and heartfelt appreciation
goes to all of you who have passionately volunteered over
the years as coordinators, networkers, practitioners, class
helpers, etc. May
we continue to do the hearts work!
1 Peterborough, ON Feb 2011
(l-r) Shelley, Sandy, Alexandra, Lorelee, Angela, John, Helen
(missing are Wendy & Jane)
photo © Wendy Joscelyn
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teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
#78 Dec 2016 - The Push and Pull of the Season
#77 Aug/Sept 2016 - Ways to Feel Connected
#76 June/July 2016 - Sharing the Light
#75 May 2016 - Vibrations, Communication
#74 April 2016 - Grief & the Heart (Celebrating Alexandra Jonsson)
#73 March 2016 - Will & True Will
#72 Feb 2016 - Touch & the 2nd Chakra
#71 Jan 2016 - Sharing HT in the Workplace, A Student's Journey
#70 Dec 2015 - Expansive Energy of the Crown
#69 Nov 2015 - Seeing & the 6th Chakra
#68 Oct 2015 - Communication & the Throat Chakra
#67 Sept 2015 - Listening Through the Heart
#66 Aug 2015 - Self-esteem, Self-care & the Solar Plexus
#65 Jul 2015 - Slowing Down & Experiencing Spaciousness
#64 Jun 2015 - Making HT Dreams a Reality
#63 May 2015 - Starting at the Top
#62 Apr 2015 - 6th Chakra Ways of See
#61 Mar 2015 - Sharing HT Stories and Experiences
#60 Feb 2015 - Heart Month & Focusing on the Heart
#59 Jan 2015 - Support within HT Standards & Ethics
#58 Dec 2014 - Light and Creation
#57 Nov 2014 - Paying Attention to our Roots
#56 Oct 2014 - 3 Ways of Being & the Crown Chakra
#55 Sep 2014 - Interactive Visual Meditation
#54 Aug 2014 - Communication, a Process of Relationships
#53 Jul 2014 - Being With the Heart Chakra
#52 Jun 2014 - Balancing Polarities
#51 May 2014 - Fluidity and Change
#50 Apr 2014 - Life is a Feedback Loop
#49 Mar 2014 - HT and Being of Service
#48 Feb 2014 - Looking with Curiousity
#47 Jan 2014 - Communication & Empathy
issues of E-Connections
of the Healer Stories...
- 12 Reasons To Have A Practice Group
from conversations with Karen Stewart, HTI-PA - January 21,
Reasons To Have A Practice Group
from conversations with Karen Stewart, HTI-PA - January
November 24, 2009 - Angela Mattos, CHTP
as Teacher, life as an expression...
May 19, 2009 - Angela Mattos, CHTP
as a Healer
April 7, 2009 - Angela Mattos, CHTP
Journey with Healing Touch
June 2008 - Angela Mattos, CHTP
must learn not to disassociate the airy flower from the earthy
root, for the flower that is cut off from its root fades,
and its seeds are barren, whereas the root, secure in mother
earth, can produce flower after flower and bring their fruit
task is not to seek love, but merely to seek & find all
the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
- 12 Reasons To Have A Practice Group - from conversations
with Karen Stewart, HTI-PA - January 22, 2010
attending the Practice Group on January 17th and speaking
with others in the community about their plans, Karen is pleased
to report on the way things are evolving. The group is enthusiastic
about the shared responsibility of offering an ongoing practice.
The opportunity to be part of a joyful, creative community
while deepening their healing experiences has led to the planning
of monthly meetings until June.
the practice, participants gave and received a treatment while
reviewing techniques. At the end, a group chakra connection
was improvised and offered a new experience for many.
spoke with various people in the larger HT community and,
based on their feedback, the original "12 Reasons"
have been slightly modified to reflect the playful, nurturing
environment that can be offered within a practice group or
community at large.
A review of techniques in a light-hearted environment
2. As part of ongoing self-care
3. To learn something new with an emphasis on HT techniques,
principles and values
4. To deepen your practice with joy
5. To encourage one another
6. To share experiences
7. To be of service to the community of HTer's
8. To be of service to the people we are treating
9. To mentor others and provide spiritual companionship
10. To be reflective, in a gentle, supportive way
11. To move from "doing" to 'being' a vessel of
12. To belong to an engaged, playful healing community
hope that you will consider this model and find others in
your vicinity to practice and build community with!
about what first brought you to Healing Touch and why it is
important to you.
Reasons To Have A Practice Group - from conversations with
Karen Stewart, HTI-PA - January 11, 2010
practice groups can offer many blessings and develop in ways
that are unique to each community. Karen Stewart, HTPA in
Surrey, BC began coordinating classes in the Vancouver area
last summer and when participants asked about how they could
continue to practice between classes she suggested a practice
group be started.
that many individuals already have full lives and are not
eager to take on more responsibility, Karen reflected on what
she could contribute. Having been involved with HT in Ontario
for a number of years and volunteering a significant amount
of time, Karen asked herself what would motivate her to become
involved and how she could be of service. She quickly found
she would be eager to participate in a practice group if she
focused on things that were of value to her and came up with
12 of them. (see list above)
they could develop a tradition of shared, rotating leadership,
no one person would be over extended and no one person could
'take over' the group. Participation could be viewed as part
of their healing practice and service to the community. With
these intentions as the foundation of a practice group, Karen
has now been a part of organizing a HTI Practice Group in
Vancouver. They next meet on Sunday, January 17, 2010 and
will talk about setting up regular monthly gatherings. If
anyone would like more information, please contact Karen directly
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- What are the rhythms and qualities of your energy field?
A burst of spectacular
foliage has fallen and initiated for many a time of cleaning
things up and preparing for the cold temperatures ahead. Daylight
hours are reducing in this area and there is a natural tendency
towards slowing down and going inwards. Time for introspection
is something we must create for ourselves if we are to honour
this natural rhythm within the fast-paced world we live.
Touch encourages self-care for both practitioners and clients,
as it is an essential aspect of healing. Being respectful
of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states allows
for different relationships both with others and ourselves.
We begin to experience life as it unfolds when we are paying
attention to its unfolding.
you connected with the rhythms and qualities of your energy
field lately? If not, you might want to set aside time for
some self-care or try the following.
in a comfortable position and take a few deep breaths to connect
with your body.
Slowly bring your awareness to the different components of
your being (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) and
notice how they each feel energetically?
Be open to all the senses and experience the energetic quality
of each component.
What draws your attention?
the various components in alignment with each other?
Do you experience them as connected in some way or do they
Try doing a Chakra Connection or other technique and then
investigate the qualities of the various components again.
Have they changed?
are no right or wrong experiences with this. It's about bringing
awareness to your experiences. (What is the experience before
the mind evaluates the experience?)
Now try connecting with the rhythms of life where you live.
Put your attention on the environment around you. Are you
in harmony with it?
you breathe with awareness you will begin to feel or notice
some resonance. Things may come forward which are not comfortable.
They will show you how the mind takes you away from that which
is at your core, your essence.
focus on the breath and connect with that place of balance
within. Resonate with the life force/light within. Become
more and more familiar with it, using the breath to connect
with the life force/light that radiates and connects with
everything around you.
you happen to be in a fast paced city or chaotic environment
then you might want to pay attention to that which you are
experiencing as chaotic. Connect from that place within which
is connected to all and experience the chaos from there. Notice
what you experience in the body.)
a few deep breaths, be aware of the physical body, your connection
with the earth, maintaining an awareness of the life force
within that is connected to all.
you pay more attention to your energy you will begin to notice
what takes you away from balance and what brings you back.
Experiment and find ways to gently bring your awareness back.
love to hear feedback from anyone who tries this!
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as Teacher, life as an expression...
In April 2009 I was in NL for the HTAC Conference and
was thrilled to have had time with fellow HT'ers as well as
to tour around a little. To experience magnificent coastlines,
icebergs, and exceptionally friendly people was a gift which
offered a sense of wonder, awe, connection & spaciousness...
has been my most profound lifetime teacher. There is always
something for me to get curious about when I take time outdoors
(or indoors for that matter). Experiencing the myriad of textures,
colours, patterns, sounds, and sensations enhances the opening
of my heart. As my curiousity awakens, preconceived ideas
begin to fall away and suddenly doorways open to new possibilities.
It's something like working with a client during a Healing
Touch session. The more present and centred I am, the easier
it is to follow the energy that is created by our coming together.
The mind moves out of the way and doorways open.
Next time you are outdoors take a few minutes (or longer)
to actually stop and look at something that is commonplace
to you. Become aware of creation expressing through the shape,
colour, texture, smell, sound, etc. Notice how your body feels.
Does your heart respond? How does this interaction affect
your energy field?
Of course this can apply to interactions with people as well.
When you are listening try to see/hear them as creation expressing.
What is it that they are bringing forward into physical form?
What is driving them? By paying attention
to the body instead of the mind we move from analysing and judging to experiencing. Connect with and experience what might be
beneath the outward expression. Again,
notice how your body feels. Does your heart respond? How does
this interaction affect your energy field? Consider how your
response might influence those around you.
Vicki Slater demonstrated in her keynote address at the HTAC
conference, we are influenced on an energetic level by what
is going on around us. By remembering our connection with
source or the divine we can have a different experience. (return to list)
at Cape Bonavista, NL
Developing as a Healer
you have completed Level 3 of the HTI Healing
Touch Certificate Program and would like to get to know more
about yourself as a healer, I highly recommend taking Level
4. The experiences you have both at the class and in the following
year might surprize you as you complete the assignments from
4 is quite different from Level 3 in that you will be strengthening
your skills working with one client. You will also receive
treatments from another student. (Click here to see the curriculum.)
the Level 4 assignments can be of great value whether or not
you are planning to complete Level 5. They will give you insights
and hopefully take you to new places. The emphasis is on developing
as a healer.
for Level 5 and successfully completing the Level 4 homework
brings a sense of completion and the title of Healing Touch
Practitioner (HTP). Level 5 is another level of refinement
and a time for celebration.
Journey with Healing Touch
I was first drawn to
Healing Touch in 1990 when a friend was looking for a healing
program that offered certification and credibility. Being
a layperson, the fact that HT was a nursing continuing education
program didn't have much value to me until I realized that
Janet Mentgen asked to take back the certification of HT from
AHNA when they were heading in the direction of closing it
off to only nurses. This was 1996 and HT International was
created so that HT certification could be transferred there.
I was grateful that Janet was able to stay true to her vision
of offering it to anyone who was willing to learn as I had
been certified as a Healing Touch Practitioner (CHTP) in 1995
and was hoping to maintain my certification.
come from the medical model and incorporating techniques that
are standardized lends a certain credibility to the program.
While many see it as a way of becoming "a healer"
the "development of the healer" is a major aspect
as one moves through the program. As Maggie Freel, RN, MEd,
CHTP/I, HN-BC says "you have been given the tools now
it's up to you to grow into them."
we recognize that we already are the spiritual and energetic
principles that we are taught? Healing Touch is an educational
program that is also a path of transformation.
practitioners, we can learn about ourselves through our clients.
They reflect back our beliefs and behaviours in regards to
boundaries, responsibilities, attachment, holism, respect,
integrity, compassion and the list goes on.
there are many paths that can be walked, immersing oneself
in one for extended periods can open doorways to a new awareness
that does not happen when we jump around from one thing to
another. After going through Level 1-5 of HT and then certification
I was able to look back and see the unfolding that was occurring
within me. I am very appreciative that Janet Mentgen was my
instructor from Level 1 to Level 5 and that I had numerous
opportunities to spend time with her outside of the classroom
between 1990 and 2005. There continue to be times when I hear
her voice and remember things she offered ...
is a collection of the work of Brugh Joy, Alice Bailey, Barbara
Brennan, Janet Mentgen and others. Janet used to say "if
you can, go to the source." To experience the source
of this work consider reading (or re-reading) Joy's Way, Esoteric Healing, Hands
of Light, and the HT Guidebook for Health Care Professionals. While some things may have changed
since these books were first written, they give insight into
the paths walked by the authors and the principles they were
following. White Shadow is also an interesting read which
gives a perspective of one healer's journey while sharing
stories of Janet Mentgen.
When the road gets bumpy, remember,
there are many others who have gone this way before you. Slow
down, breathe, be with yourself in a gentle way and look to
those that have gone before you for assistance. Share in celebration
we walk with lightheartedness, courage and compassion on our
Angela Mattos, CHTP
in and experience the essence of life"