Conference Sessions

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09:33 am - 09:45 am

Deep connection

Liz Butler


The literal meaning of ‘healing’ is a return to wholeness. We may know this, but how many of us really consider what this means when we are dealing with illness? Connection is important on many levels: internally – our cells and body systems must speak to one another for health; externally – we are meant to live harmoniously and in communication with other living beings; and globally – our collective strength is required for the wellbeing of our planet and all who inhabit it. However, there is another form of connection, one often overlooked, that is essential for us to fully embrace our wholeness and healing, this is our connection to spirit.

09:45 am - 10:45 am

Accepting challenges as opportunities

Petrea King


Suzanne Ruggles

MSc DipHE (Health Psychology) MFHT

At the core of many spiritual traditions lies the idea of acceptance of ‘what is’, and surrender. Focusing on the first of these, we are taught that by embracing the truth of our current situation (what scientists have termed ‘active acceptance’) we can release the tension that exists when we hold ourselves away or resist what is happening and by doing so take our first steps towards healing. However, acceptance of painful situations is not easy, so how can we begin to reframe our challenges, allowing ourselves to see the treasure of opportunity that lies within?

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

When we undergo a stressful experience and are unable to fully process and integrate the associated emotions at the time of the event, the experience will leave an energetic imprint on our system that can lead to future mental and physical issues. Challenging experiences occurring in childhood, before our reasoning abilities are fully developed, can be particularly problematic. It is possible to heal the pain and correct energetic imbalances at any point in life, no matter how much time has passed, however some techniques focus only on mind-set change, whereas a deeper approach that incorporates understanding of our energetic nature as well as our connection to others, nature and ‘all that is’, may offer a more profound level of healing.

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Connecting to our inner world requires that we quieten our chattering mind. There are many ways we can do this but meditation is our key tool. It is important to take moments to find our point of quiet stillness in our alone time, adding visualisation and intention or prayer if we wish. However, we can also practice these techniques in groups, and, whether alone or as a collective, research shows, they can have very powerful outcomes.

15:30 pm - 16:15 pm

Learning to trust

Kirstie Simson

As well as acceptance, many spiritual traditions speak of surrender as a powerful healing force. Surrender in spiritual terms means to hand over the outcome of our situation to a higher power. This is not the same as losing hope, sinking into despair and giving up. Quite the opposite. When we place our trust in a benevolent higher power and understand this all-knowing life source recognises our deepest needs in ways our conscious minds cannot, we gain the confidence to follow the intuitive signals we receive that lead us to ‘inspired action’. As we observe the positive outcomes from this approach our trust gradually builds and gratitude follows, and as our burdens become lighter, we free up energy for healing.

16:15 pm - 16:45 pm

The heart, our ‘Master Connector’

Liz Butler


The true role of our heart has been forgotten over many centuries. The heart is our ‘Master Connector’ connecting us internally, externally, globally and, most important, spiritually. As the mystics have long told us, the metaphysical heart, at the core of our being acts as the bridge between the material and spiritual realms and when we tune into its energies, we tap into our deepest wisdom. This wisdom is our best guide as we journey through life and will provide us with the support and direction we need as we face all number of challenges, including illness.

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