Do you know what I love about—aside from the fact that it is a great way to experience new things, meet new people, and broaden your horizons? It’s that after every Meetup I sign up for, the delightful folks/Magical Meetup Super Computer sends me an email asking, “How did you like your event?”

I got one of these emails yesterday just after I’d gone to a Meetup put on by the Free School called “Learn Energy Healing.” Sounds straightforward enough, right? We’d undoubtedly meet at our designated spot, sit down in something like a classroom setting, and the wisdom of energy healing would be doled out in worksheet form by the master—who I’d imagined to look something like Professor Dumbledore.

Of course this wasn’t the case at all. What was a classroom in my mind, turned out to be a beautiful park on a steep hill, each tier covered with a different sprawling vine, blossoming tree, grass, or flower. Direct worksheets turned out to be somewhat ephemeral verbal suggestions, filled with words and phrases like “feelings,” “love,” and “I don’t know, you kind of just have to play around with it.” And of course our teacher turned out to be more of a Neville Longbottom than the sage-like Dumbledore, often stumbling over his words and taking long breaks to express his message.

That being said, I don’t think this was because our young teacher was inexperienced or didn’t know what he was talking about. Honestly, I think that it was due to the fact that we were dealing with energy, emotions, and things that you really can’t quite put into words.

He’d attempt to describe the method of “getting into that state” that worked for him. We’d attempt to understand him. And inevitably it turned into a battle of semantics.

“Do you mean a state of openness or love?”

“Is it the feeling of being in love, or the larger feeling of love?”

And of course there was the question, “So then what do we do with the feeling?”

You see, the method was an interesting one. I’ve been to several healers of various makes and models over the years, and in my experience, most of them tend to target an area—be it an emotional hurt that needs attention, or a physical manifestation, like a bum knee. But Hayden here had a more general approach. He’d simply stand before somebody and then put himself into a state of openness (or love.) He wouldn’t focus on doing anything or sending energy anywhere. He’d just go into a sort of deep meditation near someone, and the healing would take place on its own. The good vibes would just go to the areas they needed to, filling in the spaces like water.

So, how was my experience? Well consider this my review—because as much as I love those little check-in emails, I never do respond. A structured class-like setting, this was not; but it was a lot of fun. In fact, after our energy work, which lasted over two hours, we were all pretty famished so we field-tripped it down to a café and spent most of the afternoon together, chatting about everything from energy and meditation to Smart Phone apps (what is GTD?!)

If nothing else, I learned something new, got my day’s fix of good juju, had some laughs, and met a handful of very cool people. I’d say it was a Sunday well spent.

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