What is New with Susan…

April 18, 2016 · Filed Under Healing Wisdom · Comment 

I have been invited by the Sisterhood of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel Synagogue in Elkins Park, PA, to speak and answer questions about the significance of angels in the 21st century and their role in helping to heal the body, mind and spirit.

Rabbi Lance Sussman, Senior Rabbi of Keneseth Israel, and Father Russell Griffin, an Episcopalian priest of the Church of Saint Uriel the Archangel in Sea Girt, New Jersey, will discuss the relationship between angels and God and the role angels have played in both Judaism and Christianity. As a psychologist who specializes in oncology, grief and trauma, I will share thoughts about how angels assist the therapeutic process and expedite healing.

The Interfaith Luncheon event will be on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016, and begin at 11:00 a.m. For more information, please call Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel… (215) 887-8700; Old York Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027.

My newest book, An Inside Job: A Psychologist Shares Healing Wisdom for Your Cancer Journey, will be released in mid 2016. If you have been diagnosed with cancer or a similar life threatening illness or are simply wanting guidance in how to achieve wholeness and well being, An Inside Job will provide you with needed wisdom, practical insights, tools and knowledge.

In coming weeks, we will share with you a preview of An Inside Job, as well as endorsements from renowned physicians, professors, psychologists and, most importantly, those who have been working diligently to survive and thrive following their cancer diagnosis. This is a book you will not want to miss if you are dealing with cancer personally – or are a family member, friend or physician caring for someone challenged by cancer.

Until then, I hope you will be sure to take notice of and focus on all the blessings in your life.

With Blessings of Peace and Love Always,

Workshop in New Britain, PA with Yanni Maniates

March 25, 2016 · Filed Under Healing Wisdom · Comment 

I want to let you know about a workshop being offered at the Circle of Miracles in New Britain, PA, by Yanni Maniates, a dear friend and colleague. Yanni is an extraordinary teacher of meditation, intuition and spirituality — and a rare soul filled with great wisdom.

Workshop Details

Our Beginning-less Beginning: How to Experience Your Essential Nature of Oneness

With all the chaos and extremism that is going on in the world today, clearly a lot of the old structures are being questioned and are crumbling. The only way to gain a proper perspective on it all and to stand in your Power is to go within and be grounded on the bedrock of your Soul. 

This mini-workshop can help you find your Way there.

WHEN: Monday, April 4; 7:00-9:30 pm

Abundance exchange $30

WHERE: Circle of Miracles 10 Beulah Rd, New Britain, PA

TO REGISTER: Call Circle of Miracles at 215 598-8002 or call me at 215 295 5444

Even if you can’t make the workshop, but are interested in growing your spirit and healing your soul, you need to check out Yanni’s work which can be found in the attached information by clicking here.

Wishing you blessings of peace, love and well-being always

~Susan Barbara Apollon
©2015 & Beyond

Use Your Extraordinary Power To Make A Difference In Your World

July 25, 2012 · Filed Under Healing Wisdom · Comment 

Make A Difference In Your World

Have you noticed that as you move through the lifespan, you do experience a transformation that is not only physical but, also, emotional and spiritual. For example, when you study women's development, you learn that the majority of women experience physiological changes as they move into their late forties and fifties, which, in turn, initiate a number of other emotional and mental changes, so often perceived as losses. Men, too, undergo changes that impact them across all levels of functioning. There is, on the other hand, another way (which I have chosen) to think of such changes. You can choose to celebrate these experiences, seeing them as gifts that serve to enhance the quality of your life. Just by changing your perspective, miracles can become a more common — rather than uncommon — aspect of your life!

Let me explain… The ceasing of a woman's menstrual cycle, for example, actually leads to an increase in some hormones, such as testosterone. Thus, menopausal women, who were previously patient and tolerant in putting up with the actions of citizens who showed little care and sensitivity for others, no longer demonstrate such patience and tolerance. Sensing injustice, be it on the highway, at work, in relationships and in professional, political and personal settings, these women become more vociferous, more action oriented and wish to take it upon themselves — to make a difference — to "fix the problem — or the mess!" 

Whether you are approaching the age of such physical, emotional, mental or spiritual changes — or not, research does demonstrate the value of participation in activities which reinforce your sense of doing for others and making a difference — for someone — something — somewhere! And, all of this contributes to you feeling MARVELLOUS! Such choices of involvement in improving the lot of others — or the earth — have the ability to help you heal and be happier on several levels.


Make A Difference - Save the Dolphins and Whales


I recently received an e-mail from the Move-On organization that addressed the need to quickly act. It asked that I sign a petition that addressed the US Navy's impact on the environment with their plan for "the use of high-frequency underwater sound for testing which will deafen 15,900 whales and dolphins and kill 1,800 more over the next five years." I strongly felt then — and now — that this is not acceptable — that you and I, with our voice and our choice, have the power to help stop this from taking place. And, so, I along with countless numbers of others, chose to express my feelings by signing the petition — and, hopefully, to make a difference.

Male or female, the quality of your life rests on the choices you make in how you wish to spend your time, energy and resources. No matter what age or gender you may be, choose wisely. By opening your mind and heart to what serves the good of others and the planet, you contribute to the evolution of your own soul, as well as that of all humanity. And, with such an evolution, peace is not far behind.

Make a difference in our world

Love & Healing,

Susan Barbara Apollon

Author of Touched By The Extraordinary Book 1 & Book 2 Healing Stories of Love, Loss & Hope

©2012 Susan Barbara Apollon


p.s. Please share with us here or on Facebook the ways you are finding to make a difference in your world.

Spiritual Healing: Renew Your Spirit

July 30, 2011 · Filed Under Healing Wisdom · Comment 

It's all about healing… In the July 2011 Issue of Personal Excellence I was honored to have Renew Your Spirit: Start making these 12 choices included in their Inspiration Spirit section and wanted to share this with you:

SPIRITUAL HEALING MEANS creating a shift in energy by making 12 choices:

• Create harmony and balance through breath meditation. Practice daily breath meditation for 15 minutes: Visualize your breath coming in from God or the Universe, merging with you (your body, thoughts, feelings), and filling you with healing energy. See your out breath nudging out all negative or painful thoughts or images, leaving you feeling better.

• Become aware of your power through journaling. Journal for 15 minutes a day about situations and incidents when you felt your power. Then note how your fears or insecurities steal your power. List ways you can reclaim your power (actions, self-talk, affirmations, breath meditation, taking courses).

• Affirm your power during the day. Write affirmations and visualize and feel the power in you as you daily affirm: I Am . . . worthy, wise, beautiful, intelligent, compassionate, loving, forgiving, strong, lovable, protected and watched over. Display them to remind you of your power.

• Choose forgiveness. Detach from old hurts, resentments, and betrayals. Bring to mind the person or issue that creates pain for you, then face it, embrace it, breathe it out, and say I forgive you or I surrender you to God, because I choose to move on with my life. Forgive another for you, not for him or her. Feel the relief.

• Practice visualization. Picturing what you want in your mind’s eye helps you co-create that outcome. A positive image helps you feel confidence instead of worry/fear, and attract good things.

•Perform an act of compassion, caring, kindness, and service daily. Choose any activity in which you do something for another person or group with authentic feelings of compassion and love. Do a physical deed that impacts the quality of life of another person or being.

• Choose to be inspired. Choose to read or listen to materials that inform, soothe, entertain, and inspire you.

•Take action on at least one intention. Gather courage and take action toward at least one intention every day.

• Create a sacred space for prayer in home or office; and there pray daily–expressing gratitude and asking for assistance. Of course, you can pray anywhere, anytime.

• Remember your blessings.Show gratitude when you pray. Thank you is a high vibration. During the day, give thanks for each blessing; and as you say it, picture it.

• Love yourself first; then love others. Love yourself by devoting at least a half-hour doing something for yourself. Pursue your passion! You can’t love others if you don’t first love yourself

• Smile, laugh, tell a joke or story, watch a funny movie, dance your favorite dance, or listen to your favorite music.Laughter and music are good for raising your energetic vibrations. You are here for joy. Choose what makes you feel joy, and you’ll attract good things.

Susan Apollon, an intuitive psychologist, is author of Touched by the Extraordinary: Healing Stories of Love, Loss and Hope. www.TouchedByTheExtraordinary.com

ACTION: Renew your spirit in these 12 ways.

Reprint from July 2011 Personal Excellence

When implementing these 12 choices to renew your spirit, please let me know how your inspiration and spiritual healing is evolving.

Love, Inspiration & Healing,



Intuition, Love and Making Miracles

December 13, 2010 · Filed Under Healing Wisdom, The Power of Love · 2 Comments 

Miracles always tickle me. They so often come in the form of pleasant surprises and the common denominator for most miracles, I find, appears to be the powerful, healing force of Love. But, Love is usually accompanied by its partner, Intuition. They work together perfectly. When you fill up with feelings of genuine Love, you are at your intuitive best– a winning combination for creating large and small miracles. Here is one such miracle involving intuition that took me by surprise.

Early one very warm, fall morning, I was contemplating how I could best help a young patient, Elisa,* who was grieving a grandparent she deeply loved. I quieted myself and asked my source of intuition, my Higher Wisdom, what might best work to help her in the healing process. I addressed my request to my Higher Self, including my angels, as well as to the specific energy of her grandmother, Anne*, who had been tragically killed in a car accident. I trusted and intuitively knew that the power of Love trumps death, enabling me to receive the best possible help from the one being who loved Elisa so unconditionally.

What intuitively came to me, quite clearly, was a picture of a book and the idea of asking Elisa to consider writing about precious times spent with her grandmother– including holidays, vacations, visits to the library, bookstore or market. The idea of creating a lovely book, including her own illustrations for each story or adventure that she would write about, felt so right to me. It seemed such a perfect way to celebrate the relationship she had with her grandmother, while, at the same time, adding to her grandmother’s legacy.   I had even envisioned the cover she might create, along with several possible titles.

Within a few hours, after arriving at Elisa’s home and going for a walk around the grounds (filled with memories of times spent gardening with her grandmother,)  Elisa and I sat down to talk outside on the patio overlooking .the garden.

I recall proposing the idea to Elisa and was delighted that she seemed comfortable with the concept of writing a book of her own about her grandmother and herself.  We talked of the kinds of stories she could write that might include precious memories of times shared with her grandmother. A short time later, Elisa’s mom joined us and we shared with her the idea of the book project. Imagine the surprise I experienced when I learned from her mother that Elisa’s grandmother and Elisa had been actively and enthusiastically planning to write their own book, filled with their special moments and adventures

It was just after I had explained that the idea for the creation of the book came to me as soon as I had asked Elisa’s grandmother for assistance in helping her grand-daughter, that Elisa’s mom’s eyes and mine met. In that moment, we both felt that my receiving my vision of a book was more than a coincidence, given that this had been something both grandmother and grand-daughter had wanted to do and had discussed so many times.

Both Elisa’s mom and I were aware of the power of love, that love does not die and that Elisa’s grandmother’s love for her grand-daughter was so strong that she wished to be  involved in the healing of her grand-daughter. Knowing that we were all on the same page felt wonderful. This reinforced my awareness that when I ask for intuitive guidance for my healing work, I am given what is particularly meaningful and helpful. What needs to be emphasized here is that I had not known that I had received what I needed until I was given information from Elisa’s mom that validated this.

Life is so delicious when we journey with the awareness that we are not alone, that all we need to do is to quiet ourselves and ask for guidance and wisdom, and then trust that.  By carefully listening to our intuition, we receive what we need.

As a human being, you arrive into this lifetime with exquisite gifts of unconditional love, impeccable intuition and awareness of your connection with your divine nature and your  soul. These gifts with which you were born enable you to see, hear and sense the presence of universal, divine energy which, regrettably, within just a few years seems to disappear.

Your life’s journey, then, is to do what you need to do to remember the divine, unconditionally loving being that you are and that you are never, ever alone. Whenever I remember and experience the awareness of who I really am (that I Am a part of the Universe or All There Is -often referred to as God), via my intuitive knowing, I know I am fully in the moment, fully conscious and fully experiencing joy. These are the times I may especially smile quite broadly, am truly at peace and wish to lovingly celebrate life and myself.

Miracles are a function of you filling with love for yourself, first, and, then, for others. Remembering is reclaiming the power with which you were born, a power which allows you to blossom into a remarkable, loving, intuitive soul. When you Know that you Know and that this Knowing is yours for the asking, you possess wealth that money cannot buy.

As you consciously feel, honor and breathe into your cells the very energy that created the world,  be aware that you breathe in your connection to the Divine – to All There Is – and that you and this divine energy are One. You are as you choose to see, feel and imagine your Self being. This is your Power. Celebrate, honor and respect it – and treasure it with all the Love that you are. It is you; It is your Divinity.

May your journey bring you smiles, comfort, large and small miracles, inspiration and the ability to fully love who you truly are. 

Susan Barbara Apollon
Author of Touched By The Extraordinary Book 1
& Book 2 Healing Stories of Love, Loss & Hope

©2010 Susan Barbara Apollon
*As published in Ezine Articles

There are only two ways to live your life – one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle. I choose the latter.
Albert Einstein


The Purpose Of Life: Live Like You Are Dying, Loving, Accepting And Healing What Is

May 16, 2010 · Filed Under Healing Wisdom, Purpose of Life · Comment 

“If I had an hour to live, I wouldn’t be calling anyone who owed me any money, or anyone who had wronged me in any way during my lifetime….With the time I have left, I choose to allow my thoughts to rest in total peace, right here, right now in this precious moment.”    ~Richard Carlson

Have you noticed that the moment you or a loved one receives news of a life-threatening illness, such as cancer, Parkinson’s Disease or ALS, or a significant loss, so much in your life suddenly takes on a different meaning?  

Instantly, you find yourself valuing time and everything else in your life in ways you could never have imagined. Suddenly, you find yourself discovering meaning in places, including relationships, which you had previously discounted. Perhaps, for the first time, you “get” what this experience known as “the journey of life” (your life) is really all about. And, even better, you know you are “getting it.

Country music artist Tug McGraw sings a song, “Live Like You Were Dying,” that is especially meaningful to loved ones (or those close to loved ones) who have been recently diagnosed with cancer or any other significant illness. Written when he learned that his father had been diagnosed with cancer, the song touched hearts everywhere. In fact, it secured the #1 position in country music in the United States for seven weeks. What I love about “Live Like You Were Dying” is that it reveals an immediate shift in perspective regarding what seems to matter or not matter after being told that you are dealing with a life-threatening illness or possible loss.

So often upon receiving unwanted and unexpected news concerning the possible shortening of our lifespan, we question the meaning of life or our life’s purpose, and this, in turn, leads to a stunning sense of clarity and intuitive knowing about these matters. For example, upon learning that he may be dying, the main character of Tug McGraw’s song wastes no time in engaging in activities he has always wanted to pursue, including skydiving, mountain climbing, fishing and bull riding. Even more significantly, knowing that life may soon end, he engages in faith- related matters, including reading the Bible and forgiving everyone. The listening public, as judged by their desire to hear this song, appears to recognize the truths that McGraw speaks for so many of us.

The Tibetan Buddhists have long known and advocated that life needs to be lived as though we are dying. This is something I share with my patients who are stuck in their attachments to issues, things, places and people which prevents them from fully living their lives. When you are aware that your time is limited, be it as a senior, a terminally ill person or someone about to lose a relative or friend, all the issues on which you focused that have kept you at a distance from your family and friends melt away.  It is at these times that your valuable material possessions seem much less valuable– but people you love and care about are more precious than ever. Why is this?  It has everything to do with Choice and your awareness of the power of Love. (To be continued)

Susan Barbara Apollon

Author of “Touched By The Extraordinary”
& Intuition Is Easy & Fun

©2010 Susan Barbara Apollon

p.s. For our seniors, please visit our Seniors 101 page where you will find a link for the Longevity Solutions Members Directory.

Tips to Creating Bliss and Peace When Someone You Love Disappoints You

October 9, 2009 · Filed Under Healing Wisdom · Comment 

It was a Saturday and like so many others this past summer, it rained on and off throughout the day. I was determined to use the day to catch up on a few promised but unfinished projects. As the hours passed, I felt an increasingly stronger sense of fatigue and sadness.

In the background, on CNN, I could hear the words of those who were speaking about Senator Ted Kennedy. The loving words and stories of his many unknown compassionate deeds touched my heart. But the sadness I felt was deepening. And, then, I realized what was happening.

While working, I had been revisiting and reviewing situations which I had known about but had chosen to not acknowledge. They had to do with recognizing that someone I have admired and trusted, was letting me down by not being as sincere and genuine as beautiful words and images would have you believe. Without intention, I was gathering evidence that I had not trusted my intuition.

I thought, “I must remember Love. And that this journey is about choosing Love, and I must forgive. Well, truthfully, while I do my best as a psychologist, author, mom, wife and everything else, I am simply a soul journeying in a physical body. And, I make my share of mistakes.

I had allowed myself to fill with painful images and thoughts of not having been treated in the same compassionate manner that I had been acting as a friend. I began to cry. “Tears are a good thing,” I tell my patients…and I do strongly feel this way. I knew I had to release from my cells the energetic vibrations of having been significantly disappointed. Realizing that someone I had trusted did not appear to be coming from an authentic place of Love just broke my heart.

I knew I needed to release this negative energy because it did not serve me. I told myself, “Susan, focus on anything that feels better!” As hard as this was, I did what I teach my patients: Face (the feeling and the fact that I did not feel good – due to a painful thought), Embrace (feel the pain), Breathe (breathe out the painful thoughts and pain) and Replace (which I did by speaking with an angel who enabled me to communicate these thoughts at this moment). I refused to pass judgment, to the best of my ability, because I, too, do not wish to be judged. I then focused on work-related subjects and that lifted me energetically.

However, later that evening, the heaviness remained within my heart, mind and spirit. Though I wanted to choose Love, I was having difficulty. In answering those who had written in my Facebook group, Touched by the Extraordinary, I found a gift of healing wisdom, a quote of Maya Angelou from a woman on the other side of the world: “ While I know myself as a creation of God, I am obligated to realize and remember that everyone else are also God’s creation.”

I quickly realized that my friend’s behavior served as a challenge in my life for me to choose Love and to forgive and, certainly, to not attach to the painful thoughts which caused my suffering.

I am responsible for my own bliss and peace. Therefore, I have released these feelings, but, I will lead my life more aware of the situation so that I do not allow myself to once again be so disappointed. There is much to learn from every moment of our journey, and it always begins and ends with Love.

Susan Barbara Apollon

Author of “Touched By The Extraordinary”
& Intuition Is Easy & Fun

©2009 Susan Barbara Apollon

Finding Bliss And Peace Via Meaningful Rituals – Part 3

April 8, 2009 · Filed Under Creating Peace & Happiness, Healing Wisdom · Comment 

“Through the ceremony, the circle, people move through the inner worlds of Self and one another, connecting with thought, prayer and the sustenance of Presence of others.”
Jeanne Achterberg

When you find yourself struggling with some difficult aspect of life, consider what you might do that could become an event or activity which you would look forward to repeating on a similar occasion. Whatever you create has the power to give you hope, comfort and can contribute to greater harmony and balance in your life (all high vibrational energetic experiences which contribute to the release of healthy neuropeptides for your immune system). In other words, rituals have healing power.

For centuries, perhaps longer, cultures like yours have created rituals which are intended to provide necessary hope and intentional healing. The ceremonial circle is a perfect example of this.. The ritual of meeting in a circle has a sacredness or holiness associated with it. Native American Indians, and so many other cultures, have used the circle as a traditional form of communication, community and healing.

Healing ceremonies, as well as ceremonies for all aspects of life, occur in the circle. One of my favorite experiences is the talking stick ceremony which also occurs in the circle. As a participant receives the sacred stick which is passed from one to another, he or she has an opportunity to speak from the heart while each of the participants listens with his or her heart. And, of course, support groups, especially cancer support and bereavement groups, tend to meet in the circle – a place in which participants feel safe, comfortable and can anticipate a healing experience.

Through the process of trusting and feeling support, participants share and release their pain, enabling them to shift vibrationally and physiologically to a “feel-better” energetic and chemical state. Yes, the circle is an extraordinary and powerful healing tool offering community, understanding, hope and a sense of safe connection.

Each time I give a seminar, my first thought is about how I can best make everything meaningful happen within the circle. Somehow, when in a circle, we experience a greater sense of connection with one another, as well as with our own soul and with our divinity. We also experience a significant sense of cohesiveness, of belonging and of community. I always feel that in the circle the energy flows more effectively between people, as well as between our own being and our soul.

For example, my intuitive development class has always met in a circle and finished with the ritual of singing a beautiful, moving song while participants stand in a circle, holding hands and eyes closed. I can feel the loving energy flowing from one person to another, through me and back into the circle. Consequently, these experiences consistently leave me feeling uplifted and infused with needed energy and are a reminder of my connection with my Higher Self (that is to say, my soul ) and that I am really never alone.

Finding time to pray in your own unique style and in your own time frame becomes one of the most important ceremonial rituals you can incorporate into your life. Whether you build prayer into your life by going to church or synagogue on Sunday or any other day of the week, or you take time to pray in your own home or in any other location, the very act of involvement in this activity contributes to your feeling a sense of connection with something greater than yourself – and results in your sense of being protected, heard and loved.

You can build rituals of prayer into your life easily and effortlessly. I pray regularly in the car, over a lighted candle each morning, in the bath each evening, on Friday nights, saying prayers over the Sabbath candles, while I am on my daily walk and out in nature, and each time I hear of a loved one, friend, patient or neighbor who is in need of prayer. Prayer is portable and you can take it and do it everywhere – and on a regular basis. (To be continued.)

Susan Barbara Apollon
Author of “Touched By The Extraordinary”

©2009SusanBarbara Apollon

The Healing Power Of Nature!

November 30, 2008 · Filed Under Healing Wisdom · 1 Comment 

You may have already discovered for yourself that Nature is a powerful healer. In fact, one of the best kept secrets of healing is to partake as often as possible in the many gifts of Mother Nature. Whether you choose to take yourself for a stroll around your community, sit in the comfort of your backyard, spend time at the beach enjoying the ocean or in the mountains at your favorite lake, you are contributing to healing taking place deep within your cells.

Remember, your cells are your own personal team of health-workers, with you as their captain. They know what you need for well-being, healing and harmony and they depend on you to meet their needs.. The moment you step out into the fresh air of a feel-good, warm, sunny, breezy day, you begin to release endorphins, enabling you to feel good. Just imagining being outside in your favorite places, doing what you love to do, causes you to release these needed chemicals of well-being which then expedites the healing response within the cells of your body.

One significant point here: despite the fact that excessive exposure to the sun is not healthy for you, exposure to some sunlight can actually sooth and comfort you and your cells, contributing to increased immunity.

Think for a moment about how you feel each time you imagine yourself in a treasured place, be it in your garden or taking your dog for a walk in a neighborhood park. Perhaps you enjoy seeing and feeling yourself horseback riding or fishing in the country or skiing down one of the trails at your favorite ski resort or on a local track? Do you notice that you are aware of the temperature, the warmth of the sun, the breeze caressing your face or the scent of the newest blossoming flowers and trees? Do you notice how good you are feeling?

Your body is finely tuned and sensitive to Truth and Beauty. When you gaze at a beautiful sunset or sunrise, or rainbow, or a newly snow-covered path, or if you happen to pick up the scent of a freshly cut lawn or an exquisite rose bush, the experience is registered as something so beautiful and spectacular that you again immediately produce the neurotransmitters which contribute to feeling wonderful. Why is this?

The answer is this: You are hardwired for bliss! In fact, the research findings of a new area of science, neurotheology, suggest that we are hardwired for God – or spirituality. Consider how often, while participating in some outdoor activity, such as walking or running on a beach or around the neighborhood, horseback riding, skiing, gardening, swimming, taking a drive in the country or biking, you have experienced a connection with your Higher Power, as well as with God.

 It is in these moments of connection that you have a sense of being One with All There Is. You feel more relaxed and actually shift to a higher energetic vibration. You feel more peaceful, more serene, more inclined to pray, and, very often, are deeply grateful for the opportunity to be able to be a part of your experience. For me, this time feels as though I am in the Zone! And I love every moment of it. How does this feel for you?

The essence of this piece is that you have available to you an amazing healing tool: Mother Nature. Make the most of this by choosing to engage in outdoor activities that bring you pleasure in the places you love most. Be conscious of how you feel when you are either imagining or are actually outdoors. Your body, referring to your entire team of loving cells, will appreciate you and provide you with an enhanced production of therapeutic chemicals which will serve your body, mind and spirit. Enjoy!!

Susan Barbara Apollon
Author of “Touched By The Extraordinary”

©Copyright 2008 Susan Barbara Apollon

The Healing Power Of Loving Relationships

How many times have you felt low, called a friend or family member and soon found yourself laughing, smiling and feeling so much better? Your health and the quality of your life are tied to the quality of your relationships (which may include your pets!) and your community of support. What is it that your relationships have that has the ability to enable healing to occur?

To answer this question, I share with you beliefs of one of my special mentors, Dr. Jeanne Achterberg, a psychologist and author known for her outstanding research dealing with imagery, healing, prayer, intention and her work with those who are diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. In her newest work, her audiobook, Intentional Healing (available though Sounds True), which I highly recommend, she has described the five bonds of relationships which expedite healing. The essence of these bonds has been the heart of my work as a psychologist and a healer. They are the following:

The first of these bonds is the invisible energetic expression of Consciousness which includes distant healing, prayer, intentions and Mind. Einstein and his fellow physicists called these invisible ties “nonlocal mind” and emphasized their belief that we are all connected on some level. Thus, if I care for and pray for you – with the intention of healing, you will be impacted physiologically – and so will I! Loving intention establishes real ties between us. Scientific research has established this.

The second of these healing bonds is the power of Touch. Within relationships, you seek and need connection with one another through touch. Touch can be a big hug or kiss, a tap on the shoulder, cuddling, embracing, making love or petting your special pet, be it your dog, cat, horse or any other precious pet. Keep in mind that age does not slow or diminish the healing power of touch; indeed, it increases the need for touch. .

Why is touch so important? The healing power of touch is that it affirms you are a being with value and you are lovable. This is what you especially need to experience when you are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and feel so isolated and apart from the world. If you are a caretaker, you, too, are in need of warm, compassionate and loving touch.

The third bond is that of Presence. Just your loving presence has the power to heal. You are pure energy and capable of feeling the energy of others. When you choose to be a loving presence, you are choosing to be unconditional Love, which conveys Truth and Love.

In Touched by the Extraordinary, you can read the story of physician Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, who hired the hospital cleaning attendant to be her special assistant. Why? Because this beautiful soul, who had traveled the difficult path of tragically losing her own baby while waiting for doctors in an emergency room, brought, as a loving presence, peace to Kubler-Ross’s patients who were dying. Having been personally affected and changed by the loss of her baby, this woman had the gift of being able to sooth and comfort those who were close to death.

For years I have been advocating the fourth bond described by Achterberg as the bond of a “Soul to Soul” relationship. As you live your life, no matter who you are, your goal should be relating to others at the soul level, rather than in the formal traditional roles, such as doctor-patient, parent-child and teacher-student. The “soul to soul” level is one that affirms your awareness of -and connection with- the higher part of one another, that part which is connected to the Source of each of you. When you begin to be conscious of being connected to one another as souls, love in the form of compassion, kindness and caring, comes so much more naturally.

Finally, the last bond, Love, is one which greatly contributes to your well-being. The fact that you know you are loved by another and that this love is something which is forever, conveys an eternal sense of support. Recent scientific research studies have shown that when a relationship is perceived as loving and supportive, there is a definite correlation with improved health, including fewer heart attacks and deaths, relative to the rest of the population.

The bottom-line message here is that you expedite your own healing when you choose to live your life within the embrace of a loving, caring and compassionate community of family and friends.

Susan Barbara Apollon
Author of “Touched By The Extraordinary”

©Copyright 2008 Susan Barbara Apollon

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