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Living the Dream – Kate Helder

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Welcome to 2021!  How has it been so far for you? Did you set any intentions or goals for the New Year? Don’t worry, that’s not what this post is about. LOL. I’m not a big one for goal setting I have to admit, but I do love to hold an intention or two to see what may emerge as a result of that. At the end of each year, I also reflect on my intentions, on the challenges and miracles that appeared and always find the process quite comforting, especially if the challenges seemingly outweighed the miracles and I survived, which I’d imagine has been the case for many the past year.

I wanted to write this blog to share what emerged for me as a result of last year, which I will in a moment, but for context, here’s a little background. As you may know I am the Co-Founder and Director of Mind Heart Connect and our Foundation in conjunction with Dr Peta Stapleton, working alongside amazing co-directors and an incredible support team.  If you had said to me five years ago, this is what I would be doing, I would have said ‘You’re dreaming’. But hey, perhaps I wasn’t simply dreaming, but listening to my intuition and the whispers from my heart.

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’– George Bernard Shaw

Where it all began

I truly have to pinch myself when I do reflect on the past five years since our inaugural event on the Gold Coast in May 2017, when the likes of Dr Joe Dispenza, Dr David Hamilton and many other incredible leaders in the emotional wellbeing space simply said ‘Yes’ to participate in our event. I innately knew there was a collective desire for like-minded souls to connect over a 3-day weekend to share valuable information and insights. Also, more importantly to receive the most incredible opportunity to experience, and should they choose, embrace evidence-based techniques to support their mind, body and spirit.

On occasion I catch myself grinning about the fact that we decided on the name Mind Heart Connect for the business. At that stage I really hadn’t fully embodied the concept of how integral it is for us to be in a fluid state of connection with our minds and hearts. So often we spend insurmountable amounts of time in our heads, getting on with our ‘to do’ lists, at the expense of our self-care practices of tuning into our hearts.

Highlights

Another highlight was spending a month with Dr Lori Leyden (which has now amounted to 6 months over a three year period) as we navigated the trauma healing space. We delivered pilot programs in EFT for trauma healing to small indigenous groups and organisations who serve refugees. For those of you who don’t know, Lori has spent many years working in Rwanda with post genocide survivors as well as working in post school shooting communities in the US.

Witnessing first hand, the power of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) combined with Lori’s huge heart was profound. Even though I didn’t know where this would all lead, it broke my heart wide open. Having spent a large portion of my life with a heart I’d shut down, to feel it crack open further was such a gift.

Fast forward to the end of 2020, having attended multiple EFT trainings with both Peta and Lori, as well as organising and participating in several of Lori’s Grace Process® retreats, I today truly feel I embody these life-giving techniques throughout each and every day. Such a gift, living and breathing this work and it’s apparently my ‘job’! Got to love that!

Here’s a few of my ‘go-to’s’, you may wish to explore if this is new to you;

  • To get into a routine to feel grounded, set a timer to go off every hour for a week (waking hours only in case you wondered) and when it does, close your eyes and tune into your breath for 2 minutes and simply notice how you feel in your body
  • If you’re familiar with EFT, add in tapping to the breath, just tap and breathe
  • Commence a journaling practice. What’s weighing on or lifting up your mind and heart, how do you feel, what is your intention for the day and what you are grateful for?
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This is the work of moving energy through our bodies and it’s important to keep your H2O levels up! Minimum of 2 litres a day and if you have access, filtered is best.

As a result of zero travel during 2020, I found myself with time to reflect and to tune in once again to my hearts-desire. It had been a massive few years with the expansion of MHC and the Foundation. For those of you who have read my downloadable book Why Go There? From the Mundane to the Miraculous – a Journey into the Heart, you know I’ve been following my heart for the past 20 years not having a clue where any of that would lead, but simply trusting the process. If you haven’t read, you can access your free copy here, who knows you may even enjoy it as it’s a quick read!

“What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.” – Oprah Winfrey

Getting down to business

If you’ve got this far, I’m assuming I don’t need to educate you about the benefits of Energy Psychology techniques, mindfulness, meditation and so on. The question I ask you is, with all your knowledge and skills are you fully embodying practices which support you in every moment of every day?

It’s all very well to go about our meditation practice and know we are committed to it, yet as soon as something doesn’t go as we think it should, we drop the ball and fall into the abyss of victim mode. Sound familiar?  It does for me, as this was how I operated for a long period of my life. I would seemingly be ‘doing’ the work or daily practices, yet I could snap out of that in a heart-beat being triggered by someone or something and go into a downward spiral.

Fortunately, as a result of my ongoing intrigue of, and commitment to these practices, I know today that it is EMBODIEMENT and the LIVED EXPERIENCE which is key, should we choose to navigate our healing path and step more fully into our destiny. If you are not doing this, I’d pose the question, ‘What’s blocking you?’ You know there’ll be a reason and there are many ways to explore this, whether that be by yourself or with the support of a practitioner.

So, what does embodiment really mean? I believe it’s utilising the messages from our body as a way to develop greater awareness. Finding a way to self-regulate our emotions, being more fully present with ourselves and others, feeling connected, balanced and discovering self-love as a way to experience a sense of calm, self-worth and empowerment. Ah, yes, this feels familiar to me now, a place I can return to and feel at home. When we embody practices such as EFT and TGP, life all of a sudden seems to become easier, more fluid and fun!

If you’re not familiar with The Grace Process®, here’s a snapshot; The Grace Process® is a spiritual practice developed by world renowned humanitarian, Dr Lori Leyden and is based on the principle that your deepest healing is possible when you resonate with the energy of Grace. The practice focuses on clearing the mental, emotional, and spiritual blockages that are generated by your ego, and that interfere with your ability to receive Grace.

With The Grace Process® we can learn to:

  • lift out of our judgements and the ego stories we use to define who we are
  • open to forgiveness
  • hold an expanded heart resonance of gratitude, love, joy, and wonder
  • receive the healing we desire.

Here it is!

So, here is what emerged for me as a result of 2020 with a little more time on my hands. I felt called to create a program that combines both EFT and The Grace Process® so you too can reap the benefits of this magical combination as it’s been profound for me.  Inner Light Alchemy is a 5 week one on one coaching program via zoom, so I can work with you no matter where you may reside.

I was thrilled when both Peta and Lori gave me the thumbs up for the program. So, I’ve commenced coaching individuals which I absolutely love and the feedback has been fab. It’s so funny, for years I was totally resistant to doing any one-on-one work, as I always saw myself holding the broader vision as we expanded the reach of these techniques through MHC and the Foundation.

Would you like to feel better equipped to:

– face challenging circumstances
– find your inner peace
– maintain supportive self-care practices
– find a renewed sense of self-compassion, self-love
– be empowered in a sustainable way
– see the gifts in even the most difficult situations
– explore more fulfilling relationships
– be inspired to do good in the world.

It is the alchemy of these techniques and the immediate benefits manifested, that has propelled me forward as I continue Living the Dream. If you’re curious to see what’s on offer and explore your Inner Light, here’s the link. I am working with a handful of clients at a time. I continue to be fully committed to my roles with MHC and the Foundation so, you’ll need to be quick as my next intake is the week commencing Feb 1, then mid March.

As Dr Joe would say, ‘This is a time in history where it’s not enough to know, it’s a time in history to know how’.

Connect in via www.katehelder.com if this resonates, as I’d love to hear from you and see if I can support you with your Inner Light Alchemy!

All links mentioned throughout this post can also be found here.

Official launch of the Mind Heart Connect Foundation

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Friday 23rd November marked the date of the official launch of the Mind Heart Connect Foundation in Melbourne. We were honoured so many chose to be with us and witness what’s possible with the meeting of hearts and minds.

Sincere thanks to our musicians, MC Carolyn for connecting all the threads, Kellie for your insightful Welcome to Country, Emma A for leading us with tapping and breathing,Tania for your professional narrative and reflection on the true essence of connection, Lori for your continual generosity of heart and Semeret for your courage and vulnerability in sharing your story with us.

It is through our supporters trust in the vision of the MHC Foundation we are able to progress with our education and training programs. We are pleased that in May 2019 Dr Lori Leyden and her volunteer team will return to the Kimberley Region, as a result of the overwhelming level of interest and positive outcomes this year. This return will offer two programs; 1) secondary training to our first group of health professionals, educators and service providers trained in EFT/Tapping for Trauma Relief & Resiliency and 2) deliver our second Professional Masterclass for their colleagues who were unable to attend initially.

Our vision for the Mind Heart Connect Foundation is to create resilient communities by bringing the most effective trauma healing tools, in the form of Evidence Based EFT/Emotional Freedom Techniques, to those who need it most in our Indigenous and Refugee people and the mental health professionals who serve them.

In using Evidence Based EFT as a powerful healing tool for stress and trauma, the Foundation fosters peacebuilding from the inside out for individual and community resiliency.

Evenings such as this are not possible without the support of our volunteers and sponsors. Jen & Christianne, Ellie our Youth Ambassador ‘Musellie’, Linger Cafe, Jellis Craig, Taprobane Tea Company & Nitty Gritty Graphics. Thank you!

Birthing of the Mind Heart Connect Foundation

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As you may be aware, the Mind Heart Connection Foundation has been created to bring emotional healing techniques to various community sectors. Providing this service will offer solutions for peace building and improving emotional health from the inside out, and help to increase individual and community resiliency.

“Mind Heart Connect Foundation provides exemplary education and training in trauma informed Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques, to support community leaders and those serving populations with the greatest need for emotional healing.”

It’s Official – we are now a registered Charity!

We applied to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) in June and were delighted to receive our official notice of endorsement as a Registered Health Promotion Charity (HPC) in July 2018.  We are especially pleased that we have also achieved our Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 (DGR1) endorsement, so are now able to seek financial support and offer tax deductions to donors.

How did we get here?

Over the past eighteen months the Foundation’s Directors and Advisory Members leveraged their personal and professional connections to conduct several pilot program activities.

From Melbourne to the Kimberley region in WA, these activities resulted in identifying current gaps in trauma informed services for traumatised indigenous and refugee youth and those professionals who serve them.

To highlight just a couple of these activities, we are extremely fortunate to be associated with Petrine McCrohan from Bridging the Landscapes, who is based in Broome and has acted as our advisor. Petrine has been serving indigenous populations for 17 years and is well connected and respected in this region. As a result Kate Helder and Dr Leyden went ‘on country’ in May and facilitated introductory training in trauma informed Clinical EFT to community leaders. With such a positive reception to these trainings we are planning to return in November this year to deliver in depth training to health and education professionals working with service providers in the Kimberley region. With deep thanks to PAKAM, here is a short video from part of their trip.

In Melbourne Dr Lori Leyden facilitated a Trauma Informed Leadership and Resiliency Training Day, which was generously hosted by Mutual Trust.  With representatives from a variety of Not for Profits, including Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Sacred Heart Mission, First Step Legal, CASSE Australia, Road Trauma Support Services Vic, we also engaged with directors and trustees of Private Ancillary Funds, such as the Gourlay Charitable Trust, The Kimberley Foundation and George Hicks Foundation and specialist Psychologists, working in private practice with clients with a variety of mental health needs.

During this day attendees were educated on the effect of trauma on the brain, the impact of transgenerational trauma on individuals and communities, and were introduced to evidence based, rapid relief trauma healing techniques, also highlighting the need for self-care programs.  We received wonderful feedback and positive support during and after this event, as it offered great opportunity for community healing and peace-building whilst giving hands on skills for caregivers and paraprofessionals.

In addition to these various pilot programs, the Mind Heart Connect events and workshop company ran trainings in Trauma Informed Clinical EFT for health professionals, as we commence capacity building for future programs.

This is truly just the beginning and we look forward to sharing more insights with you over the coming months.

Emma Harrison
Director
Mind Heart Connect Foundation

Who Needs More Time? – Dr Peta Stapleton

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Time is an interesting concept – and one I was interviewed on recently at a local level. We all appear to have an internal sense of time (just think how LONG it would take you to do something – wash the dishes, clean the house, write that paper, write a blog!). Just guess the amount of time it would take you. We seem to intuitively know about time -Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, offers explanations of time in a way that makes sense.

Have you ever been somewhere and time appears distorted – you chat for hours with someone and it feels like 5 minutes! You sit through a 30 minute lecture and feel like you have lost days of your life (yawn!). What if you could slow/speed up time through tapping, on purpose, wherever you wanted?

Try this:

While tapping the side of the hand spot on either hand, repeat these phrases out loud, (or change the words to fit your exact situation). Check the tapping points if you need to here.

“Even though things seem to take a long time for me, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway.”

“Even though I feel so annoyed/angry/cranky when things take too long to happen for me, I accept who I am and how I feel.”

“Even though I am overwhelmed when things happen too quickly in my life, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway.”

***Now for the reminder phrases ***

Eyebrow: “Things seem to take a long time for me”
Side of Eye: “I’m reluctant to let this belief about time go.”
Under Eye: “I feel angry when things take a long time.”
Nose: “I don’t know how to change this.”
Chin: “I am easily overwhelmed by fast pace.”
Collarbone: “It feels too hard to change this.”
Under Arm: “I feel resistant to changing.”
Head: “I’m not sure I want to change this and be different.”

Play around with it and have some fun! 

Until next time, Happy Tapping!

Peta