Energy | Four Levels of Healing
Updated: Nov 26, 2019
Energy. What exactly is it? We’ve all heard people say, “don’t bring that bad energy around me” and “I don’t have the energy right now” or maybe you’ve heard “the energy was perfect, that’s how I knew it was right.” Needless to say, in whichever context you heard the word being used, they are all very well referring to the same thing—the quantitive property that is transferred to an object in order for it to move. The law of conservation states that energy can be converted in form but, not created nor destroyed. Energy is found in many things, and takes various forms. Ever walk into a room and get a bad feeling however, everyone appears to be happy? That’s energy.
Studies show that people can draw energy from other people in the way plants do. Scientific research has proven that the human body is composed of layers of energy which helps explain a holistic view of the universe of all things being interconnected. Over 5,000 years ago ancient Indians spoke of a universal energy called Prana, and in 3000 BC ancient Chinese spoke of Ch’i—the vital force that creates and binds all things in the universe.
Eastern cultures have long practiced energy healing with the understanding that the Human Energy-Consciousness System is ultimately related to our health and, any imbalance or blocks in this energy field can affect our physical body. The Human Energy Field is extremely detailed and unbelievably influential much that it has the power to control us on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level.
"The energy of the mind is the essence of life." -Aristotle
In recent years, energy healing has made its way to Western civilization and many doctors are referring to it as complementary or alternative medicine. Some forms of energy healing include Reiki, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Healing Touch, and acupuncture. There are various ways to experience pain and discomfort therefore, there are various ways to heal.
On my journey to bringing our Bossitively subscribers the best most accurate information as possible I met up with Stephanie Kato, owner and founder of Iyasu and Iyasu’s Metaphysical Cleanse, to learn more about healing on the different levels.
In the Japanese language, Iyasu means "to heal."
Stephanie started her business about five years ago where she serves as a metaphysical colon hydrotherapist, lymphologist, and craniosacral therapist. She is a proud mother of two kids, with a daughter is in high school and a son at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Kato is a very kind understanding spirit. Her passion in life is reminding others of their truth—they are worthy and they are loved.
Q&A | Jess & Stephanie talk Healing on every Aspect
How did you become a metaphysical colon hydrotherapist, lymphologist, and craniosacral therapist?
I started my career as a colon hydrotherapist in 1996 after a career in corporate America. I called a clinic and asked to book a massage, but they only offered colon hydrotherapy. He explained what it was and being intrigued I booked a session. It literally changed my life. I immediately went to Whole Foods (Mrs. Gooch’s back then) and after spending $80 on new groceries I changed my diet completely. After losing 10 pounds and receiving a couple more sessions, the clinic owner offered me a position, convinced that I would make a good therapist. They offered lymphatic drainage massage, so I went to school to become a lymphologist and soon after learned about bioelectric lymphatic drainage and the photon wand. Just before my hip replacement in 2016, my spiritual guides gave me the message that I needed to learn and offer craniosacral therapy once I recovered. A master craniosacral therapist trained me and it became a part of the sessions I offer.
Can you give me a little background on Iyasu and what services you offer?
I have been offering colon hydrotherapy for the last 20+ years. In 2014 my guides told me it was time for me to open up my business, citing that they would need me for a higher level of healing than ever before. It was one of the easiest things I have ever done (which confirms it was the correct path for me). I worked with an amazing and high integrity contractor who came in on time and on budget. The start-up money needed to open the business flowed to me and every single person who helped me start my business bent over backwards to ensure my success. I was grateful and knew I was in alignment since it flowed so easily.
In Japanese, Iyasu means “to heal.” The kanji (Japanese character) in my logo means “time to heal the human heart”. Metaphysical sessions I offer give my clients the opportunity to do just that. Interestingly, I didn’t know what the kanji meant when I chose it for my logo. Someone showed it to me once I opened my business. This was another confirmation that I was on the right path.
I offer metaphysical colon hydrotherapy, bioelectric lymphatic drainage, and craniosacral therapy. The essence of my work is flow: I encourage digestive flow, lymphatic flow, and cerebral spinal fluid flow. As a metaphysical intuitive, my specialty is in emotional etiology.
For people that are not aware, what is a metaphysical session?
A metaphysical session is a way to work with the wisdom of the body and understand the messages it wishes to share when healing physical disease or dysfunction. Our bodies are wise and love us so much. As humans it's easy to ignore our emotional selves, and our bodies get our attention by showing up with physical issues. The gut is a very emotional part of our bodies thus, many people experience digestive issues. This could be our bodies’ way of asking us to eat more healthy, drink more water, and exercise. It might ask us to look at unresolved or leftover emotions so we can live with more joy and peace. Gut issues encourage us to look at our control issues and ask if we trust that life supports us to live the happiest life possible.
During a session, the client talks about the physical issues they are dealing with and I sense where to guide the conversation to help them understand what they are holding onto emotionally and/or not trusting spiritually. This is all done while the client experiences physical releases from their colon. The colon is one of the most emotionally charged organs of the body, as many people hold emotional stress there.
What is energy healing?
There are many types of energy healing, reiki is one for instance however, I don’t have a name for the energy I channel. I work with several spiritual guides and ask them to share their beautiful healing energy through me to the client. I place my hands on or above the client and energy in the physical form of heat comes through my hands. I don’t heal anyone of anything. I am a channel and the energy simply flows through me.
When did you notice that energy healing combined with colon hydrotherapy produced better results?
It was such an organic process there wasn’t a specific moment I noticed. However, once I regularly offered the chakra work, energetic abdominal work and craniosacral therapy I could see how relaxed the client was and this translated into an easier and more productive colonic experience.
The metaphysical work I use with clients such as emotional/somatic release, shifting of beliefs, and conversations about spiritual beliefs and distrust is something I noticed aided each client’s ability to let go on deeper levels. This release helped them open their emotional heart, and this reverberated out to the physical body where I noticed they could release more physical waste. It can take some time to trust what I am offering, trust themselves to connect these different aspects of themselves, and trust they can surrender on all levels of their being.
In your words, how would you describe:
Energy | Flow
Emotional pain | Unresolved and/or leftover experiences of trauma, hurt, anger, grief, shame, resentment, sadness, and unrequited love.
Physical pain | Emotional pain stored in the physical body surfacing for healing.
Spiritual pain | Disconnection from Source.
Mental pain | Belief systems that no longer serve us and are out of alignment to the truth of who we are.
In your years of being a metaphysical intuitive what has been the top cause of people needing cleansing/healing?
Let me address each of these individually.
Cleansing (on a physical level): Top reason people come to get cleansed is due to inflammation and congestion. The primary cause of inflammation and congestion is an overgrowth of yeast in the body. This overgrowth creates powerful sugar cravings (refined sugar and alcohol; and grains—refined and unrefined) that feed the yeast. If we feed the yeast, then we create inflammation and congestion which creates gas, bloat, weight gain, lethargy, constipation, IBS, leaky gut, and skin issues to name a few.
Healing (on an emotional level): Top cause creating a need to heal is the belief that we are unworthy and unlovable. Leading our lives from this perspective creates experiences that validate these beliefs, and it creates a vicious cycle. Most of our unworthiness beliefs come from our childhoods. The foundation of my work originates in healing our vulnerable selves. This is the aspect of us that survived our childhoods and continues to believe the perceptions created when we were children. The most profound and life-changing internal healing efforts must start with healing the little child within. Many people believe the child within is long gone without realizing it is very much alive and choosing our current relationships from the young, and often wounded, perspectives of our past.
Can you give us some recommendations on how to protect our energy?
1. Be mindful of excessive care-taking or taking on what does not belong to you.
2. Before accepting requests for help from others, check in with yourself to ensure you have a full energy supply first. Otherwise you might give when you don’t have enough to give (often out of guilt or obligation) and this will cost you precious energy.
3. Say no to those who drain your energy or take from you with no reciprocation.
4. Take full responsibility for your part in creating relationship dynamics that no longer serve you.
5. Regarding spiritual energetic protection: the more fear or guilt you embrace, you increase the opportunity for negative energy to enter your energetic field.
Are there any daily habits or home remedies people can use to self heal?
For physical self-healing eliminate sugar from your diet. This includes alcohol, refined sugar and carbs, sweet beverages, and processed foods. Practice daily dry skin brushing and rebounding exercise. Increase your water intake to half your body weight in ounces per day. Take deep breaths throughout the day, especially when you experience stress.
For emotional self-healing attend to your vulnerable self. Feel your feelings fully and do your best to avoid self-destructive distractions. Show yourself loving self-compassion. Repeat this mantra. “I am love, I am worthy, and I attract only love.”
For mental self-healing pay attention to the beliefs that show up in your mind, especially thoughts that are self-critical and self-judgmental. Create new neural pathways by countering negative and critical self-thoughts with self-love, self-compassion, and self-acceptance.
For spiritual self-healing trust that life loves you, provides for you, and wants the best and most joyous life for you.
How much does the mind play a role in healing?
What we believe is true about us colors our emotions. Let’s say we have low self-esteem because our family judged and criticized us; we conclude that something is wrong with us, otherwise, they would show us loving kindness instead. Thinking such as this leads us to the belief that we are unworthy and unlovable. Neither is true but, we see how this could happen. By loving the vulnerable part of us—the part that survived our childhoods), and re-parenting this little aspect helps us to question our beliefs about self-doubt, self-loathing and insecurities. Doing so leads us to self-love, self-acceptance and self-compassion.
When we live from self-love, healing on all levels of our being is not only possible, it is a natural consequence.
Do you believe you can heal in the same place you became broken?
Please allow me to clarify something—I don’t believe people are broken. They experience trauma and might see themselves as broken, but I prefer to use accurate and positive language. Do you mind if I change your question to: Do you believe you can heal in the same place you carry hurt and emotional pain?
The answer is, yes! It depends on how we view who we are, though. If we see ourselves as hopeless, then the healing road will be fraught with obstacles that might feel insurmountable. If we see ourselves as hopeful, we embrace a willingness to keep moving forward despite naturally occurring emotional pain that comes with walking a healing path.
Nurturing ourselves while on a healing path is vital to keep us encouraged and positive. Taking the time we need to move through internal healing is so important because healing takes time. There is no way through, but through. Humans dislike feeling emotions that cause more pain and that is understandable. However, when we revisit our painful past with support and love that we didn’t have before it becomes a different experience. One reason people avoid internal healing protocols (therapy, somatic work, etc.) is because they believe they will experience the same emotions as when they were younger. When we learn to use the help of our adult self to aid our younger selves, something magical happens. The loneliness we felt as children dissipates as the hurt and scared inner child realizes they are no longer living life alone. Healing our vulnerable selves is the foundation of my work to help my clients heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
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What results have you seen from individuals who have had healing sessions?
Those who offer healing to their vulnerable selves and practice holding healthy boundaries, because of embracing their self-worth and self-love, become much stronger. They speak their truth and confront their fears within their love, work and familial relationships. As a result, many of the physical dysfunctions they experience in their bodies heal.
Is it possible to heal one aspect of life and not the other (i.e., mental, emotional, physical, spiritual)?
Sure, but I don’t believe we would fully heal unless we address all of the different aspects of ourselves. This is the main reason I teach my clients to view their physical dysfunction as their bodies’ way of loving them. Having physical issues gets our attention to the mental, emotional and spiritual realms that we might otherwise ignore. I think most people need to heal one aspect at a time because there is something meaningful in processing this way. I call this “foundation stairs”.
Do you ever notice that something in life opens you up and this helps to bring you to the next stage of your life? For example, have you been in a relationship that opened your heart in a way where you became more available in a subsequent relationship? Healing physical issues by addressing emotional issues brings us to mental beliefs that no longer serve us. Embracing more accurate beliefs, we can begin exploring our ideas and thoughts around spirituality.
The main reason I teach "Embracing Love By Letting Go: Iyasu’s Metaphysical Cleanse" is because I believe we must look at every aspect of ourselves to know we are worthy and we are loved.
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I understand that energy healing is not an official form of medicine, can you tell us when someone should seek professional medical help?
When you say energy healing is not an “official” form of medicine I think you refer to the Western medicine model of acceptable healing modalities. Having said that, I believe that someone should always seek professional medical help if it resonates for them to do so. I am not a physician and believe the decision to seek professional medical help lives solely within each individual. I’m not anti-Western medicine at all. Western medicine doctors are amazing diagnosticians. A diagnosis can encourage people to make whatever choice is correct for them when seeking different treatment options.
Is there anything you think people should know about energy healing or colon hydrotherapy that was not mentioned or a question I didn’t ask?
Have as many experiences as possible…with the following caveat:
When seeking help from any practitioner of any kind always go with your gut instincts. Take the time to practice due diligence and check out whomever you consider seeing for your health concerns. If you get a bad feeling about someone or their methodology, don’t ignore it. There is true wisdom in your body. Let it guide you. Don’t be afraid to speak up and advocate for yourself if something or someone doesn’t seem ethical or safe. You always have the option to change your mind and you need not explain yourself. When a practitioner feels right to you, move forward.
When you are considering a new relationship of any kind, always go with your gut.
For more information about healing, cleansing, and services offered by Stephanie Kato or to download the FREE ebook please visit Iyasu for more details or to book an appointment.