It’s been one year since I had my first ThetaHealing session, and I’m so grateful to have this powerful energy healing technique in my life. I can’t recommend it enough. After my first private session with a wonderful ThetaHealer while visiting New York (I mentioned my experience in my NYC travel diary), I continued having weekly sessions over Skype.
In March, I became certified so I can use the technique on myself and loved ones. I still find it extremely beneficial to hire a professional ThetaHealer for deeper issues so I continue to have private sessions every two weeks.
I’ve been getting more questions about ThetaHealing lately, so I thought it would be helpful to write about what it is and my personal experiences as a client for anyone curious and interested.
What is Theta Healing?
ThetaHealingÂ is such a word-of-mouth energy healing modality, although I am aware that when I explain it to people, it may sound bizarre. Anyone who’s had a session for the first time might not be eloquent in explaining either, offering something like, “I told the ThetaHealer my issue, she asked me a bunch of questions, and my body either swayed back or forth for a yes or no. I don’t know what she did, but I felt so much better after the session.”
The ThetaHealing website explains it as “a meditation training technique utilizing a spiritual philosophy forÂ improvement and evolvement of mind, body and spirit.”
Still pretty vague, right? If I hadn’t heard about ThetaHealing through trusted friends, I wouldn’t have gotten into this. After my first session, I still wasn’t clear how this worked. All I knew was it felt like a therapy session,Â except the ThetaHealer actually fixes the problem by replacing your negative beliefs with positive onesâ€”instantly.
Now that I’ve had a year’s worth of experience, let me break it down for you in more detail.
ThetaHealing was developed by Vianna Stibal in 1995. You can read in herÂ first bookÂ how it was developed it and how she used the technique to heal herself and her clients. Now ThetaHealing is used around the world to heal physical pain, release emotional trauma, break negative beliefs and patterns, and much more.
The Theta state is a deep state of relaxation, with slower brainwaves. An example would be the moments before you fall asleep. In a session, the ThetaHealer will bring the client to a Theta state through a quick meditation. While in this state, your subconscious truths will emerge more easily so the practitioner can identify your limiting belief programs and clear them.
The Theta state is where we connect with the creator, the energy of pure love. The ThetaHealer does not actually do the healing. They have the important role of facilitating the session and witnessing the creator’s energy do the healing.Â ThetaHealers will ask you questions while also listening for any messages from the creator.
The Digging Process
What makes ThetaHealing’s results lasting and effective is a process called Digging. If you come in with one issue, the ThetaHealer will ask you a series of questions to get to the root of the issue. If only the surface belief is healed, the root issue is still there, and the negative belief might even return.
Imagine a Jenga stack. If you remove the top block, the structureâ€”the root issueâ€”stays in tact. But if you pull out the bottom piece, the whole stack falls away.Â The digging process saves time because once the root belief is healed, the related issues, including the surface-level issue you came in with, goes away as well. What’s interesting is that the surface issue and the root issue may not logically seem related to each other, and only through digging we uncover how it does.
The ThetaHealer is trained to know what questions to ask to get to the bottom belief. Sometimes they won’t need to ask many because they also receive insights from the creator.
Watch this video from a UK ThetaHealer for an example of a simple private session. The client came in with one issue: knee pain she had for ten years. They uncover her bottom belief to be “I am a mistake,” passed down in her DNA by one of her ancestors. Another underlying issue is the pressure of not knowing which direction in life to pursue. Once these issues are cleared, her knee pain goes away too.
If a healer simply sent healing to her knees, the pain might return because she wouldn’t have dealt with the root issues that were causing it.
A Note on Muscle Testing
You might have noticed from the video that the ThetaHealer tested the beliefs of the client by pulling her fingers apart. Her fingers stay closed for “yes” answers, and they open on “no” answers. If you’re familiar with other types of energy healing work, you might have heard of muscle testing.
Muscle testing, also known as applied kinesiology, is a way to test your subconscious. ThetaHealing uses muscle testing to test for belief programs in a client so the ego is not in the way. Muscles stay strong for “Yes” and become weaker for “No”.
There are quite a number of ways to muscle test. This video gives you 7 ways.Â Personally, I find the body sway test to be the most reliable, especially when I don’t have another person helping me test.
I caution not to drive yourself crazy muscle testing on your own. Muscle testing is only used to test your subconscious beliefs, and they are not facts. For example, you might test yes for “I am fat and ugly,” when you are perfectly healthy and attractive. The statement may currently be true for you, but it is not fact.
Interestingly enough, using specific words matter when testing. Take the statements “life is hard,” and “life is difficult.” They have more or less the same meaning, but someone can test yes to the first statement and no to the second. Why? Words can have different nuanced meaning for different people.
Do not muscle test yourself for future predictions or for what other people are thinking or doing, such as, “will I get that job?” or “Is my boyfriend cheating on me?” It does not work for anything other than revealing your own subconscious beliefs, so again, don’t drive yourself crazy. To be on the safe side, I only recommend muscle testing if you have the help of a professional.
In a Theta session, muscle testing is mainly for the benefit of you, the client. You might not even knowâ€”or believeâ€”you have certain beliefs until you muscle test. If you’re having trouble muscle testing for some reason, don’t worry. An experienced ThetaHealer will know what to do to help you.
Is Theta Healing right for you?
ThetaHealing can remove self-sabotaging patterns, release anger and trauma from various types of abuse, heal physical pain and diseases, and much more.
You can be of any religion or background to use ThetaHealing, as long as you believe in a higher power, a creator, God, Divinity, or whatever you want to call Source.
In the ThetaHealing command, we say “Creator of All That Is.” If a client is more comfortable using “Jesus,” “Buddha,” “Goddess,” etc., instead, that can easily be done.
The client’s root issue may be attributed to genetic beliefs or beliefs carried over from past lives, so being open to reincarnation is also recommended.
Being open to energy healing in general would make it easier for the ThetaHealer to intuitively read and help you. If you are only going to the session because someone said it would be good for you but you don’t want to take a deep look at your issues and you don’t want another person reading your energy, you are not going to get as much out of the session as someone who is open.
Is Theta Healing safe?
Yes, ThetaHealing is safe. All certified ThetaHealers follow a code of ethics. They cannot even give you a positive belief until you give them verbal permission to do so. You have free will; they can only work on the issues you want to work on. If you want to stop a session or change the topic to something else, you are more than allowed to do so. The energy used is that of the creator, which is pure love.Â ThetaHealing helps you better connect to yourself.
ThetaHealing is not meant to replace conventional medicine. They may work in conjunction with each other. Unless a ThetaHealer is also a doctor, there may be instances when she may see something in a client’s body but not know what she’s seeing, so she may refer you to a doctor to get it checked. Conversely, a doctor may be able to diagnose and treat a client’s physical symptom, but not know what is causing it. ThetaHealing sessions would help unearth emotional issues, life events, or anything else that may have caused or contributed to the problem.
How to Find a Theta Healer
ThetaHealing is such a word of mouth modality that I found my practitioners through the recommendations of friends. The first person I worked with is from ThetaHealing NYC. After I got certified myself, I’ve been working with local ThetaHealers who also taught me the courses.
If you want to find a ThetaHealer near you, search for one in their database. (I decided not to be listed because I am not taking on clients.)
If you can’t find one near where you live, a Skype or phone appointment is just as good. I’ve only had one in-person session. The rest has all been through Skype.
The appointments are usually an hour long. Fees are usually around $100-$140 an hour. Some may charge more or less. For me, the sessions have been worth every penny. Many offer free consultations so you can get a feel whether you and the practitioner will be a good fit.
I would say that if you are not having a breakthrough from even the first session, look for a new ThetaHealer. I’ve been lucky enough to work with talented practitioners and I always come away from each session absolutely amazed at the revelations I uncovered about myself.
My Experience with Theta Healing as a Client
I always knew belief work was powerful, but I felt that some of my negative beliefs were so deeply rootedâ€”and I didn’t know why. No amount of repeating positive mantras seemed to help for certain issues.
For weeks before I heard of ThetaHealing, I was really asking the creator for help. I felt certain things within me were holding me back, and I couldn’t pinpoint the source of these patterns.
Through other students in my spiritual community, first I discovered otherÂ energy healing modalities (I’ll write about them too in future posts), which helped. I still felt I needed to go deeper,Â so when I tried ThetaHealing, it really clicked for me.
This technique has helped me eliminate chronic physical pain, remove fears, blockages, and negative patterns in my work and relationships, and increase self-confidence. I have no more hangups about my body, I feel so much more comfortable in my own skin.
In Theta, we work on the 3 R’sâ€”Rejection, Resentment and Regret. We release the pain, shock and trauma we experience from the painful situations, while solidifying the lessons we learned from them.
Now, whenever another person or situation triggers a negative reaction in me, I write them down on a list and resolve them in my next Theta session. I’m actually glad when someone or a situation annoys me these days because they’re triggering something within me I need to deal with and learn from.
Is It Really This Easy?
If ThetaHealing works instantly, why doesn’t everyone use it?
Well, if you’ve read this far, I’m impressed because not everybody is open to something like ThetaHealing.
Not everyone wants to go deep and look at their own garbage. They might be too afraid to “open that can of worms,” as one friend told me. It may be easier to live withâ€”or buryâ€”the pain or anger rather than talk about past traumatic events.
Some people lie to themselves by pretending everything is fine.Â Some don’t think they have that many issues to work on.Â Some may want to resolve their issues the hard way, by going through similar situations over and over until they finally get it. They don’t believe there’s an easier way. Many simply do not believe this works.
So while ThetaHealing sounds easy, the real challenge is to have the desire to find out what is wrong. Not everyone wants to do this, but the solutions are there for those who really ask.
Some may have Theta sessions a couple of times to heal a certain issue and they’re satisfied. That’s perfectly fine too. I love having regular sessions because I don’t want anything holding me back from living my best life. I love how much lighter I feel after each session. I always want to remove any fears and blockages that emerge as quickly as possible.
Once we’re able to clear the garbage within ourselves, we are free to fulfill our purpose and help others.
Next week, I’ll be publishing ThetaHealing Part 2: My Experience as a Student Practitioner.Â
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