Places that Heal

Great Stupa of Dharmakaya from Flickr Creative Commons, some rights reserved by trickofthelight

As my client Janice reclined on my table, she exhaled a lovely “Aaaahhh” – a signal that she was already going into an alpha state – even before I touched her. This scenario replays many times a day in my office. Now, you might think that Janice was simply glad to be relaxing, that she was already expecting the benefits of her bodywork/energy session and you would be right. But I feel that she was also receiving healing just from being in the resonant field of the space. After working in the same office now for twelve years, I think the healing frequencies in my space have strengthened from every session I’ve done.

Have you ever noticed a special feel in certain places? One of my favorites is the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya at the Shambala Mountain Center. Nestled on the side of a hill in the Rocky Mountains, this place feels to me like a cosmic antenna. During my rare visits, I love to spend at least a few minutes meditating inside the Stupa, soaking up the vibes.

Cathedrals, sacred Native American Sites, temples from various religious traditions have a similar feel – one that has been created from prayers, consciousness, intention over many years. Research even supports what many feel about these places. In “The Field – The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe,” Lynn McTaggart describes in great detail the influence that sacred spaces can have on Random Event Generators. Statistically significant studies show that machines designed to produce a plus or minus sign at random will consistently veer off their predictable pattern of 50% plus and 50% minus when they’re placed in sacred sites.

These days, I do some of my energy healing sessions at home. While working with people from around the world, time constraints sometimes make it necessary to schedule at odd hours, so I do these in my library. I’ve made a conscious decision to reserve this room for my remote energy sessions because I’ve created and maintain the resonant field there.

Is it possible to create a resonant field anywhere? Of course! By setting my intention, I can do my healing work anywhere, at any time. But I prefer, when I can, to do it in one of these two spaces. I let the space help me. And like Janice showed me, the space was already working for her!

What do you notice about sacred places? Have you felt healing, peace of mind or a shift in consciousness from being in one of these places? I’d love to hear of your experiences.



©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

Harmony Equals Health – Part Two

“We may look at disease as such out-of-tune behavior of one or another of our organs of the body. When a strong harmonizing rhythm is applied to it, the interference pattern of waves, which is the organ, may start beating in tune again. This may be the principle of psychic healing.” Itzak Bentov, from Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On the Mechanics of Consciousness

In Harmony Equals Health – Part One, I talked about harmonic resonance – that natural state where all of the oscillating fields in a system are in-phase. Today, I want to share my views on how energy healing can help to restore the balance of those oscillating systems when they get out of phase.

Harmonic oscillating systems have a natural tendency. They want to remain in harmony . The interlocking fields of all of the oscillators in our bodies will normally stay aligned.  But they can get out of balance when they are exposed to some kind of disturbance such as chronic stress, injury, emotional trauma – anything that interacts with our field of resonance. A big one is suppressed emotions.

When emotions are not fully felt, they tend to go into the resonant field of the body and, over time, they create a focus of disturbance that can even spread to neighboring fields in the body. When that focus of disturbance is removed – say in the example of unfelt emotions being recognized and experienced – the body will want to return to it’s natural state of harmonic resonance. However, if the disturbance has been long-standing or severe enough, the body may need help.  That’s where vibrational therapies come in.

How does vibrational healing help restore harmonic resonance? Well, there’s a very cool phenomenon called Rhythm Entrainment – the basis for Physical (and I daresay emotional) Energy Healing. It goes something like this: even when the natural frequency of similar oscillators isn’t exactly the same, nature seems to find it more efficient to direct them to line up. Fireflies will blink of and off in unison, electronic circuits will oscillate together, picking one frequency to lock onto – usually the fastest one. Rhythm entrainment is the natural tendency to conserve energy in oscillators of similar frequencies by lining them up.

I like to think of my Energy Healing as a strong harmonizing rhythm that entrains my client’s oscillating fields to return to their natural state of balance. I’m not sending them “energy” or taking away “bad energy” but I am introducing a set of healing frequencies that reminds that body how to return to its natural state of health. Really, it’s just information that guides the body back to what it already knows.

Have you ever given or received a vibrational healing? What have you experienced? I invite you to share your comments and questions.


©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

Harmony Equals Health – Part One

In an earlier post (Do You Resonate?), I talked about fundamental resonance – that is, when two oscillating structures have the same natural frequency, it takes very little energy to influence them to vibrate together. In today’s post, I want to talk about another kind of resonance that I think is much more commonly seen with living organisms.

Harmonic resonance happens when the natural frequencies of oscillators are proportional to each other. In the diagram below, you can see how this works. The top string is vibrating at it’s fundamental frequency where the second string is vibrating at a harmonic frequency two times that of the fundamental frequency. Then three times, four times and so on. This drawing actually represents what are called harmonic nodes. When you pluck the string in the very center, it will vibrate at it’s fundamental frequency, but when you pluck it a fourth of it’s length from the end, it will vibrate two times faster.

Photo courtesy Flickr Creative Commons. Some rights reserved by Ethan Hein

If you have separate structures that vibrate proportionately to each other, they are said to be in harmony. Music is one of easiest ways to appreciate harmonic resonance. Most of us can easily tell when one instrument in a band is out of tune with the other instruments. So, for our purposes right now, just think of structures being in tune with each other as a harmonized system.

But what does this have to do with the body and energy healing? Well, we have many different kinds of oscillators in our bodies. And the natural frequencies of these oscillators go from relatively slow to very fast. As a general rule, the smaller the structure, the faster it oscillates. Here’s a list of just a few of these oscillators:

  • The whole human body 7.5 – 8 cycles per second
  • Breath – 12 breaths per minute
  • Heart – 70 beats per minute
  • Cell – 103 Cycles per second
  • Molecule – 109 Cycles per second
  • Atom – 1015 Cycles per second
  • Atomic Nucleus – 1022 Cycles per second

So here’s a very simplified theory about harmonic resonance in the body: When oscillators vibrate in harmony with each other – basically in phase – the system tends to cruise along in a state of natural health. When they get out of phase, the body can eventually manifest illness. Events that can produce disharmony are physical trauma, surgeries, emotional trauma, chronic stress, and substance abuse among many others.

The good news is the body wants to be healthy and it wants to maintain its normal harmonic rhythms. And when it does get out of balance, given the right kinds of information, it can return to a state of harmony. I think we often know when we’re out of balance and I think that the more we become aware of the factors that influence harmonic resonance – either for good or bad – we can avert physical illness before it manifests outwardly.

Please share a comment about some event in your life that took you out of Harmony. What did you do to get it back?

In Harmony Equals Health, Part Two – I’ll be talking more about the ways that powerful healing frequencies like those provided through Divine Openings Healing can help to restore vibrational harmony in the body.



©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

Do You Resonate?


Anything that vibrates (an oscillator) has a natural frequency. A vibration is basically a wave of energy – like a sine wave – and the speed that the wave changes direction from up to down through a full cycle is its frequency. Here’s the key: when the natural frequencies of oscillators are the same, it’s easy to transfer energy between them.

If you have two guitars sitting in the same room and they’re tuned alike, when you pluck, say, the A string on one, the A string on the other guitar will vibrate. This is called acoustic resonance. The energy of the sound wave generated by the first guitar travels through the air, contacts the second guitar and since both strings are tuned to the same natural frequency, the second one will vibrate too.

Another kind of resonance – mechanical resonance – shows up in many ways. When you push a child on a swing, if you time your push in phase with the swing, they will go higher – that’s because of the natural resonance of the pendulum. Breaking a crystal glass by exposing it to a specific sound pitch, the natural resonance of the glass, is another. And engineers have to pay strict attention to the natural resonance of buildings and bridges as part of their design process. If they don’t the structure they have designed can shatter – just like the glass – if it happens to be exposed to its natural resonant frequency from outside forces such as wind or earthquakes.

So how does it feel when you resonate with someone? How does it feel when you’re resisting them? And can you adjust your frequency (like that of the guitar) to resonate with someone better when you’re trying to understand them?


©Cathy Ulrich and LargeSelf, 2012