Ben Giddey

 

 

I was fortunate to train at The School of Energy Healing, undertaking the Professional Diploma in Integrated Energy Healing from 2008-2011.

Now known as The Foundation for Integrated Energy Healing - The School of Energy Healing (SEH) - was originally co-founded in the UK in 1999 by Marc Blausten and Shereen Joshua. Marc brought his knowledge and expertise of energy healing from his studies at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and combined it with extensive skills in other healing disciplines.

Training at SEH in the grand setting of Buckland Hall, near Abergavenny in Wales, was truly an extraordinary experience. I felt like I had found a modern mystery school. All three years of students were present, training for six residential weeks spread over the year, with home work assignments, personal healing therapy and case studies to do in between. The residential training was intensive. The first year was spent working with the 'lower' energetic bodies, physical, etheric, emotional, mental, and then the celestial (angelic) body in preparation for the second year, which was entirely spent working with the Astral body. A whole year was spent in the Astral because that is where we can access all of the past and apply specific healing techniques such as Inner Child Healing, Past Life Healing, Relational Cord Healing, Entity Release, Removal of Astral Objects, contracts, and so on. We access the Astral through the heart centre. The third year was spent working with the higher frequency energy bodies, the Etheric Template, Celestial and Ketheric, and working with the Hara line, the Line of Intention.

As well as learning theory, energetic anatomy, psychology, Reichian characterology, Chi Gung, and specific healing techniques, a major part of the training was to be in our own healing process, giving and recieving, and sitting in intense healing circles with our teachers working with individuals in the middle. I would say I learnt more from working with healers in my own process and watching healers working with my peers, than I did from any of the other classes put together.

The energy of the school was like nothing else I had ever experienced, and I saw some healing work take place there that blew my mind wide open.

After graduating from the School of Energy Healing (S.E.H) in 2011, I began practising at festivals in the UK in 2012, offering Integrated Energy Healing in the Healing Area of some of the more conscious festivals.

Working with people in my tipi, by the fire, close to the Earth, under the Sky, I connected with the Elements, with the Ancestors and with the Helping Spirits.

I started to learn more about what kind of a practitioner I am, learning so much from my clients, growing in my capacity and connecting more with my authentic self.

I felt compelled to ground my experience in a broader context, and connect with the Old Ways of working with Spirit (Shamanism). To this end, I spent a year training with Chris Luttichau at Northern Drum.

Again, like any good training, much time was spent on healing through one's own personal process, individually and in ceremony work. Connecting with the teachings that Chris brings from his 30 years working with elders and teachers in the US and Scandinavia was very powerful and very grounding. The proof of the pudding for me, is that it helped me to become more myself. As well as being of deep personal value, I learnt a range of healing techniques to help others, and different, faster ways of doing some of the things I was already doing. I learnt how to meet and work with specific helping spirits, and how to open and close a space for healing work in a safe and grounded way.

My work is inspired by a love of people and compassion for all sentient beings sourced from my own experiences of suffering. I value the healing qualities of truth, love and authenticity in my work.

I am currently training in Integrative Counselling at Heartwood Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Studying and practising the counselling approaches of Person Centred, Gestalt and CBT is proving an inspiring experience, one which has made me realise much about my previous training and is helping me to contextualise my work in relation to more mainstream "traditional" Western approaches to therapeutic practise. Of my two main teachers at S.E.H., one had a background in psychotherapy, the other was on a shamanic path. These approaches meet and blend in the modality of Integrated Energy Healing which I practice.

 

 

Relevant training and qualifications:

School of Energy Healing, Diploma in Integrated Energy Healing, 2008-2011

Northern Drum, One Year Shamanic Training, 2013-2014

Land and Spirit, Geomancy Intensive, 2015

Heartwood Counselling, Integrative Counselling Level 3, 2018

Heartwood Counselling, Integrative Counselling Advanced Diploma, Level 4, 2019-2021