Dana Childs is an intuitive, energy healer, and speaker who inspires leaders and helps people cultivate self-awareness through speaking, energy healing and online workshops. In today's Q&A, Dana explains what intuition really means, she helps us to understand how energy healers approach stress and pain in the body and we ask her whether we all have the ability to self-heal.
How do energy healers approach stress and pain in the body?
I can only speak for myself here, but I approach it holistically. While I initially look for the underlying emotional patterns in the body and seek to understand and clear those, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take into account the physical implications. Clearing the emotions that hold the physical stress and pain in place often needs the added help of physical techniques to help fully release the stress and pain—and ensure that it doesn’t return! For example, if I have a shoulder issue, I certainly want to look at my relationship with responsibility and my relationship with responsibility IN my relationships. However, I also want my shoulder checked out by a doctor and/or chiropractor in case there’s a physical alignment or bone issue that needs to be healed.
When did you first discover that you had this healing ability?
Roughly eleven years ago. Once I became aware, I could see it in my past! Mediumship, although I’m now retired from Mediumship, was the first gift to really get my attention. When I was working in corporate banking, I needed a way to destress, so I started doing a lot of Yoga and eventually took a yoga teacher training course. One of the teachers was trained in meditation and energy, and she taught us to meditate. When I started meditating, I started sensing, seeing, and feeling other energies around me. It was undeniable. Shortly after, I sold everything I owned, packed a backpack, and bought a one-way ticket to India. There, I studied everything I felt pulled to in regard to energy, past lives, healing, and meditation. My gifts exploded.
How do you define intuition and how do you learn to trust it?
Intuition is often the deep knowing in our own bodies. I think everyone has the gift of intuition, and I believe that everyone’s gift has its own unique twist. For some, a knowing may feel like a pit in the stomach. For others, an opening of the heart space. You see, our bodies ARE intuitive organs-- always guiding us toward truth and healing. To trust it, we must learn to be IN our bodies rather than trying to escape them. Honoring our bodies while doing internal exploration and self-awareness work creates a confidence and empowerment that allows trust of our intuition to bloom and solidify.
What should someone expect from hands-on healing if it’s their first time?
That will depend on the healer. Every healer is different. I can only speak for my sessions. Since I’m taking a break from in-person sessions during Pandemic, they aren’t literally hands-on. You see, energy follows intention. I set and hold the intention for the client’s highest healing. But the energy actually comes from Source, The Universe, God, Buddha, --whatever word you like to use for it. I just try to get out of the way of the Divine Energy. So, the client and I have a conversation that drives to the root of whatever issue we’re talking about – be it unhappiness, job disturbances, purpose, love, relationship, or health concerns. As we talk down to the root and unearth the memories stored in the body, the client typically experiences relief of some sort. So we traverse uncomfortable topics to create release in the body. That way, the client’s energy can align better within him or herself and create more joy.
What’s the difference between the spirit and the soul?
I view the soul as the denser part of us that learns. It can learn truths as well as untruths. For example, we can feel unlovable or not deserving, even though that can never be true. The soul is seeking to heal and always learning. It’s the part of us that makes growth possible.
The spirit is the part of us that is constantly connected to ultimate truth and thus needs no healing. It’s whole and rests in the knowing that we are always lovable, always deserving, always powerful. It’s the unconditional all-knowing part of us and that with which our soul is seeking to align.
Can anyone start to self-heal?
Absolutely. That’s ultimately the only type of healing there is. Be it that we add external medicine, homeopathies, light energy, acupuncture needles, massage techniques, or even mental information, the body’s wisdom works with that and starts self-healing. There is no other kind of healing. Even in miracles, it is ultimately the body that “performs” the healing.
How have you been healing people over the past few months?
My work is virtual. I continue to offer phone sessions, or, for immersions, I offer Zoom. But to be clear, I’m not the one doing the healing—I just get the joy of bringing the client in contact with Source energy.
Last thing you do at night and first thing you do in the morning?
The last thing I do at night is make sure my herbal dreaming pillow is underneath my actual pillow, turn on an audible, and turn out the light.
First thing in the morning I brush my teeth followed by looking over NYT news articles.
What are some mindful practices you include in your daily routine?
I like meditation, be it guided or sitting in silence. I also take stock daily of what I’m grateful for. I also talk to my plants to ensure they feel loved and ask if they need more or less light, water, or fertilizer. Perhaps that’s quirky, but I love my plant buddies. I also sage and light incense and candles to clear and infuse the home with light energy.
What are your tips for sustaining a positive mindset for 2021?
I feel like we’ve all been doggy paddling through 2020. So be it that you’re “sustaining” a positive mindset, or simply trying to create one for 2021, I do suggest setting obtainable goals. Maybe it’s to write a book. Or perhaps it’s to put on clothes every day. Big or small, setting obtainable goals boosts energy and self-esteem by creating the feeling of success. Nutritious eating, sleep, and socialization (with appropriate distancing) also goes a long way in maintaining a feeling of hopefulness. And let’s be honest, we have to make the space and time for joyful activities. That always incites a positive mindset.
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