Energy Makeover ®© by Betsy Muller 2011
“In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours,
healing was accomplished by moving energy.”
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel Laureate in Medicine
I distinctly remember a time when truth about my life purpose hit me right between the eyes – and it terrified me. I was in the middle of a guided imagery session in the office of my friend and colleague Janie Ehrman. I had drifted into a lovely, relaxed state and felt myself fully connected to my wise inner advisor.
It was all going so well until Janie posed this question to my quieted mind, “Who are you?” she asked. Suddenly I heard a familiar voice reply, “I am a spiritual leader.”
The instant my mind heard those words, I broke into a violent burst of tears. When Jane eventually inquired as to what was going on, my shaken voice replied, “I don’t want to do that!” Unfortunately, I also knew deep inside that my wise inner advisor was telling the truth. I wasn’t ready to accept that truth! Unable to see the connection between the stressed out, unhappy woman who was sitting in the recliner that day and the leader I was destined to be, I thought to myself:
“Who would ever want to follow a stressed-out woman who was franticly struggling to get through each day with a fake smile on her face? How could a practical, rational, middle aged woman with over 25 years of solid business management experience, an MBA and a chemistry degree start life over again as a spiritual leader?
What kind of business was that?”
I realize today that my fears had everything to do with the word “spiritual”. I had somehow confused spiritual leadership with preaching and religion – things I never wanted or intended to do. What I had failed to recognize at that time was that SPIRIT IS ENERGY. When energy moves, spirit awakens! My energy was moving and my soul had been activated emotionally and spiritually. There was an attractive glow to that kind of conscious living and it was a quality I wanted to nurture for myself and share with others. That was the kind of spiritual leader I was evolving to be through my own Energy Makeover.
I will admit that my Energy Makeover transformation happened gradually. I began studying Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Touch for Health, Reiki, Neurolinquistic Programming (NLP) and a variety of other healing modalities on weekends. I also attended workshops and became an ordained non-denominational minister. Most of my early transformation involved working on myself, examining how energy self-care created ease in my daily life. The more I used it, everything got easier. I quit my job as General Manager of a group medical practice in early 2005 and soon announced the creation of my new coaching practice. Through speaking and group seminars, I gained confidence as a healer and began attracting a combination of business and energy coaching clients. Eventually I became certified as an Energy Coach, EFT Practitioner and ACEP Energy Health Practitioner.
I intended to publish this book over five years ago, but kept putting it off because I was scared. The excuses I gave myself were endless. I rationalized my reluctance by telling myself that I was not yet experienced enough as an expert, healer, leader, writer or coach to teach anyone what I knew to be true. Frankly, it came down to the fact that I was not ready to endure the criticism that I feared would come from sharing my truth in a way that defied the mainstream logic I had embraced for so many years.
Time, experience and what I know as the grace of God has changed me and allowed me to heal that fear and reluctance. Years of attending conferences, integrating new approaches and witnessing the healing transformation of my clients has been an empowering journey. This time of transformation in my own life has allowed me to see that life need not be such a struggle and that there are incredible opportunities for living in greater health, abundance and joy simply through the awareness and application of energy self-care. I am ready to humbly and honestly share what I know.
I must warn you that this book is not about scientific proof. It is purely my experience and my opinion. I offer a listing of books and references at the end of the book to appease my scientific readers. This book reflects that I believe the most powerful experiences of energy self-care come from experiencing something for yourself. You may enjoy reading, but the best part comes through FEELING as you apply the concepts in YOUR world.
I have been trained in science and have great respect for it, yet I also realize that science has a very hard time measuring subjective feelings and miracles. I often tell my clients and colleagues, “God doesn’t like to be measured!” One of my most beloved teachers and cofounder of the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology, David Gruder, PhD taught some important advice during my ACEP certification. He asked all of us to remain in a state of “enlightened stupidity”. What he meant by this was that if you think you know it all, you will always be wrong. It is far better to be curious and open. While I don’t like the idea of being stupid, I adore that enlightenment is the goal.
The day that I first uttered “spiritual leader” was a turning point which has taken me to where I am today and why I need to share what I know with you. You see, I have transformed my fear, healed my reluctance and realized that I am an eternal soul who mindfully chose this human life experience as a spiritual leader to make a difference. I have realized that leaders excel when they are creative, curious, open, balanced, enthusiastic, healthy, youthful and intuitive. I also recognize that utilizing social media, modern technology and having a polished image when working with the media are important tools that leaders must not fear and instead embrace with a positive attitude. Energy Makeover® addresses all of these things. Life in these times is complicated but also very exciting.
You, my dear reader, are a leader whether you are ready to admit it or not. You are attracted to this book because you are already a spiritual seeker and someone who is curious, just as I am. There is something within you reaching for more almost all of the time. Like me, you might also worry that getting older and taking care of the commitments you’ve already made to others is keeping you from fully manifesting your mission. Your soul may be feeling trapped, blocked or restricted too. It is my intention that this book will help you live with greater energy, purpose and ease.
I don’t claim to hold all of the answers for you, but through this book I will share a variety of discoveries that will allow you to experience your own unique Energy Makeover®. This makeover will activate the transformation of your energetic frequency, emotional health and a more powerful connection to everyone and everything. As this happens, your body may heal as you attract resources and find new opportunities for your talents. Spiritual leaders need not worry about leading alone. An army of enlightened leaders is emerging to protect and support one another as part of our mission. This book is my way of helping you navigate this exciting time with ease and in your own unique way. Our unique abilities and experiences give each of us a place in our Divine Creator’s plan.
If you know of a reluctant spiritual leader ready for a positive shift, please do your part by sharing this book with them as well. Please also share your stories of healing and empowerment with me. Know this is just the beginning of an amazing adventure we take together.