Dr. Dorothea Hover-Kramer is a psychologist and clinical nurse specialist in private practice who has authored six books about energy therapies including her most recent, Second Chance At Your Dream.  She is co-founder and past president of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, an international network of therapists and healthcare professionals utilizing energy-based approaches for emotional freedom and healing.  You can find out more about her at www.SecondChanceDream.com.

Thank you for this interview, Dorothea.  Your new book, Second Chance at Your Dream, is the first book to apply the breakthrough insights of Energy Psychology to healthy aging.  When did you first discover this breaththrough?

Dr. Hover-Kramer: I’ve been interested in energetic interventions since the early eighties when I discovered I could alleviate emotional pain by doing some of the energetic methods known in Therapeutic Touch.  In 1999 I co-founded the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology which integrates work with the entire human energy-system – the biofield, the energy centers and the meridians.  I’ve been using and teaching these concepts to my clients since then and decided  they could help the over 40% of us in the second half of life to live more fully.  The workshops I’ve conducted since the book came out this year confirm how meaningful these methods are for daily self-care in healthy, stress-free aging.

So you are saying that you can change the vibrational patterns in the body’s energy fields to produce rapid emotional healing and a sense of well-being?  How does this work?

Dr. Hover-Kramer: The human energy system is electromagnetic in nature so it is not made up of tissue but it influences our cellular structures and genetic expression in ways that are not yet fully understood by science.  Our experience is that when, for example, a meridian acupoint is stimulated by touching or tapping, the body moves to what we might call “remembered wellness.”  There is a shift in how a person perceives a problem: the negative emotion, such as anxiety or anger, becomes less intense allowing clearer thinking about choices and new options to emerge.

Can you give us an example of one of the exercises in your book to make this happen?

Dr. Hover-Kramer: One exercise I use frequently includes accepting what the experience of the moment is, affirming one’s self-acceptance and recognizing one’s choices in order to move forward.  So in the face of distressing news or a difficult diagnoses, I encourage the person to gently rub toward the left in the mid-chest area (the heart center) while using a phrase such as “Even though this distressing event has occurred, I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself and choose to keep myself centered and positive.”  Combining the statement with the touching of a known energy source of the body makes the affirmation more powerful and real.

You concentrate mainly on seniors for this.  Can you tell us why?

Dr. Hover-Kramer: Well, frankly, because I’m a senior and I’m interested in making sure there are lots of capable people around me in my age group.  I also think many seniors have not taken full advantage of the many counseling resources that are now available and are less likely to seek out counseling for themselves believing “This is all I get this lifetime.”

I want seniors to have resources for empowering themselves because there are many challenges in the aging process.  The book is about self-discovery and energetic self-care, not about another counseling technique.

Can you give us one tip on how we can grow more vital and passionate as we age?

Dr. Hover-Kramer: Vitality and passion are directly linked to our life force, our energy, our “Qi.”  As we engage new neural pathways, our overall health and enjoyment of life can improve.  People in the second half of life have more time, more ability to focus their attention, and increased opportunity to try out new experiences.  For many this path to self-discovery begins with trusting that brain cells like to be used, the body likes to move, and we can tap into the interests we never took time for.  I suggest beginning each day with gratitude and a litany of possibilities to be explored – opening to the adventure of life with hope and resilience.

Thank you so much for this interview, Dr. Hover-Kramer.  Do you have any final words?

Dr. Dorothea Hover-Kramer: The life clock IS ticking.  Don’t live with regrets.  Now is the time to take charge of your life and vitalize yourself with the easily learned methods of energy psychology!

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