Susie Strong

Our friend Susie Lindau is undergoing surgery for breast cancer this morning. Those of us who follow her blog and love her for her wit and humor are banding together to send a message of love and support. We know she’ll be fine and back to blogging, hiking, mountain biking and later in the year, skiing, but today we send healing energy for her complete recovery. Here’s the link to Susie’s blog:

We’re with you, girl!



Wish Me Luck

Open Wide

Open Wide

My sixth dentist in four years
The first one botched a crown,
then wanted to put a filling in
the jaw where the bone had eroded
I didn’t let him but
now I have a 9mm pocket…

The second did help me.
In the second opinion,
he identified my cross-bite.
You need braces, he said,
to save that tooth.
After being tortured
by his hygienist with the
damned Ultrasound thingy
He examined my teeth
through my new braces
and said: Well, you’ll probably
lose that tooth anyway
but at least your teeth will be straight.
Thanks, Bud…

The third, the periodontist,
was great. After looking at my mouth,
he said: You have a very weird bite.
(Really, that’s exactly what he said)
Get that fixed or anything I would do
won’t last…

The fourth, my orthodontist, is a great guy.
Eighteen months of braces
while listening to me whine,
Then Invisaligns, which I’m still wearing.
My teeth are aligning and it’s a great
weight management program to boot.
He’s been with me through all of this
And I am grateful.
The pocket hasn’t gotten worse,
maybe it’s a little better,
and I still have my tooth…

The fifth was my most recent
general dentist. I didn’t see her much
except for an exam where she
always said: You’re stable.
Hmmm, stable.
I guess that’s better than not.
The thing is, she had her hygienist
do so many superfluous tests on me
that she never had time to actually
clean my teeth, except with the
ultrasound thingy – which now
kills me because my teeth are sensitive
from the braces – even when I begged
her not to…

So why did I go four times?
Maybe loyalty, but mostly inertia.
The thought of going through
interviewing and trying another dentist
and telling my story one more time
is just plain daunting.
But I would never treat my own patients
the way I’ve been treated there…

So here I go again.
I see number six today.
Maybe today is different
Maybe this new guy will listen
Maybe he’ll treat me with respect
and just maybe he’ll be a very good dentist…

My Business

Beating Heart by Cathy Ulrich

My Business
My Busyness
Healing, helping, freeing
Teaching. Balancing.

This is my work,
My passion,
My Expertise.
Something I’ve spent
Thirty Years learning
(and counting).

I love doing it, and yet
I need my solitude.

I love the calls, and yet
I feel badly
when I make
wait for an appointment.

But if I don’t take care of myself,
I can’t take care of you.
Know that I care.

It’s a balancing act that,
For the most part,
I do pretty well.

Taking a Break

To my loyal readers:

I’m taking a week-long break and will update you about my adventures next weekend. In the meantime, if you stop by, take a look at some earlier posts, especially some of those in April and May – there are quite a few about energy and healing that you might enjoy.

See you soon!



Bouncing Along

This morning, I woke up with a smile on my face. I said to myself, “I haven’t gone running in my Kangoos in a while. That’s sounds like the perfect thing to do.” So after responding to some email and commenting on a few blogs, I strapped on my Kangoo Jumps and headed out the door.

Kangoos are enormously fun. Think: running on a trampoline for five miles outside on the street! Sometimes when I’m running, I want mostly privacy, a space to be in my thoughts and intuition. But when I run in my Kangoos, I have to decide that there won’t be any privacy on the bike paths because everyone wants to speak to me. They want to know whether running in these rebounder boots is a harder workout – the answer is “Yes!” Are they fun? “Yes”!” Do you have to pay attention to your balance? “Yes!” Do you burn more calories? “Yes!” And yes, what you’re hearing in the video is squeaking – never have figured out how to get rid of that so have just embraced it as part of the experience!

The most important thing for me is this: they bring out the little kid in me. That’s where the spiritual part comes in. I get to be a child again – smiling and laughing as I bounce along. And on those days when I do run in my Kangoos, I’m saying to the world: “This is fun, laugh with me!”

So today, enjoy this summer day (or winter, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere). If you’re in the U.S., however you celebrate our Independence Day, allow yourself some time to feel childlike – a picnic, fireworks, a parade. And if you’re not in the U.S., I hope you can do something fun to lighten your spirit!



©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

Tribal Vibrations

Photo Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons – some rights reserved by jurvetsen

Last week, I did a remote healing session with Loren (not her real name). I’ve known her for about a year, but it had been some time since we had talked. Loren’s awareness about the origins of her physical manifestations continues to unfold and I was excited to learn of the progress that she had made with the various healing modalities she is employing. She has truly taken charge of her life and choices, and she is learning to relax into her own divinity.

As the session neared a close, she brought up one of her primary challenges, one which many – maybe most people – find difficult to overcome in their path to enlightenment. She said: “Cathy, I’m doing so well when I am with my daughter and friends, but it is much harder to hold my vibration with my parents and sister. I feel like they bring me right back down into the mire with their problems and drama. I don’t want to judge them and I try so hard to let it go, but I feel myself being pulled back. Why is that so challenging? I mean, I love them, but I don’t want to be like them! And, somehow if I’m not being like them, I’m not playing by the rules!”

What is it about family of origin stuff that makes us crazy? And how can we love our families, but remain true to ourselves as interdependent, evolving beings? For Loren and many, I think the vibration of the story, of the history of our tribal roots, loyalty to the family beliefs is the key. And my advice was to drop the story and just see it as a vibrational issue.

Loren has raised her vibration by changing her thoughts, feelings and beliefs about herself, her life, her world. Her new vibrations no longer match those of her family – it’s as if she’s not playing the game anymore. She’s able to hold her vibration except when she is exposed to her family – the “familiar” vibrations. Like a drumming group, one drum beats and the rest follow in rhythm. Except in Loren’s case, she beats out of rhythm with her family now. Since the family vibration is the norm, if she holds to her new, true vibration, she becomes the outcast, so she slips back into the old vibration when she’s with them. Then she becomes angry, frustrated, and feels as if she is at square one -judging them and herself.

I suggested that she simply feel her unique and “unfamiliar” vibration. Know that it’s now different from the family. Continue to love herself and by doing so, she strengthens it, like turning up the volume of the drum. What’s interesting about nature is that oscillating (vibrating) systems that are close enough in frequency will entrain (begin beating together) usually towards the faster one. So if Loren can simply stay in her higher, faster vibration, she may even see behavior changes in her family when she is with them. I cautioned her not to expect this, but just be pleased if she saw it.

I know this idea of holding the vibration without the story of the family drama is somewhat abstract. But the story just pulls us back into the mire. And you know, we can do this with our family, but also our world. The tribe wants to be validated and stay where it is vibrationally. By not giving it the power of the old way of doing things, we may just be able to raise its vibration by pulling it along with us through our own vibratory elevation!

Where have you felt the tribal vibration in your life? And what have you done to move to your own rhythms?

Have a great week!



©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