A Woman’s Story – 3 Parts of a Whole

Defining a Life

“The secret to a well-lived life is to define what we are here to do. Now that I have figured me out, I want to help others do the same.”                                                                                                                        Helene Anne Fortin

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Digital Artwork – Copyright: Helene Anne Fortin

I think life is about definitions.  Defining who we are.  Defining what we love to do. Defining our deepest values.  Figuring out what to keep, and what to let go.  And, for me, finding the fastest and most efficient way of getting there.

Like yours, my life has had many crossroads, many chapters.

My three biggest crossroads (aside from becoming a ‘mom’) were : recognizing my deep love affair with creativity; second, discovering that I was a HSP (a Highly Sensitive Person), and its impact on my life/work;  and third, the day I met Donna Eden, the amazing woman behind Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) (www.innersource.net) on a sand beach in the Bahamas.  She was teaching there.

For three days on that beach, I followed the simple exercises Donna Eden taught.  And my energy changed.  I felt lighter. Somehow every aspect of my life suddenly started to get a whole lot easier, more fluid.

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Helene Anne Fortin and Puppy Tango – Photo Credit: Lynn Lacroix

Who am I?  A woman in her 70th year who has always had a love affair with energy.  Since my 30’s I have pursued the importance of the energy of place, i.e., Feng Shui, insisting that my portrait studio’s energy be soothing to all who entered.

To be truthful, I never thought too much about the energy within myself, or that it could change massively.  Yes, I did yoga.  Yes, I did Reiki, and got certified.  Yes, I did appear to be “calm” and “in control” on the outside, but the inside was not always so.  Happiness could be illusive.

But Eden Energy Medicine shifted me.  Once I started using Donna Eden’s techniques, I began to feel more cohesive, stronger…  More the true self I really was. I got happier.

Over these many years,  I have become a successful portrait photographer with a thriving studio.  I love to capture the essence of people with my camera.  I want to empower my clients so that they will see their beauty, sacredness and greatness via their artwork. (www.portraitsofyourlife.com)

heart squrare with white and black background - words deleted - used in energy blogI also teach courses in creativity and The Art of Seeing, helping people come home to the juice that ignites their spirit (www.workshopswithheart.wordpress.com), and mentor others in this same process (www.kindmentor.wordpress.com).

For the longest time I could not figure out why I was so fascinated with learning EEM (although it made me feel very good).  Or, for that matter, why I was so passionate about obtaining  EEM certification.

 Finally I got it:  Eden Energy Medicine, for me, is simply another tool to empower people, to help them get to their destination faster.

What is Eden Energy Medicine?

Donna Eden, Founder EEM
Donna Eden, Founder EEM

Developed by this insightful woman, Donna Eden (now in her 70s) Donna became seriously ill at a young age. By her twenties, the medical profession gave up on her, telling her to put her house in order (not easy to do with babes in arms).  That’s when she started to look elsewhere to heal her broken body.

EEM is the result. It draws techniques from a myriad of traditions including: TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), acupressure, Brain Gym® (educational kinesiology), Touch for Health® (energy kinesiology), to name a few, (not to mention Donna Eden’s innate ability to see people’s energy) all wrapped under the header of EEM.  It has touched the lives of millions—mine included.

Donna sees deeply, with knowledge of how your subtle energies function, and how they can work better. Simply put, through the sharing of her knowledge, she helped mine work better.  Lots better.

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Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine Book has been translated into 10 languages.

In my late 60s, I began studying EEM.  Now certified, I am privileged to share this with innumerable people working with them on their subtle energies.

What I love most about Eden Energy Medicine?  It is how we can change/retrain our body’s energies so that they work optimally. Teaching the client electromagnetic and  subtle energy techniques can shift how that person is feeling.

EEM can lessen pain. It can brighten a mood (it certainly has done for me)!  That’s why I call this work: Energies of Joy!

Thank goodness that our medical profession is there for the big issues.  I am not a medical practitioner.  I make no claim to be so — I will simply share with you EEM techniques that I learned to help your body’s energies flow easier, better.  You do the work.  Like a bossy-boots orchestra leader, I teach you what I was taught.  The rest is up to you!

Defining a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

charlieandjoyce s hands home page low resIn my portrait work, I photograph many people.  I can tell when the person in front of my lens is a highly sensitive one.  I recognize it in them because I am one.

How does this play out in my life?  Being a HSP defines how I work with people, where I work, and why I am intensely impacted by things/people/experiences that happen around me.

It is a gift being “sensitive.”  It allows me to see deeper, to understand a person more readily, and to know what I need to do to bring out the subtle qualities of that individual within a portrait session (or an energy session or creativity mentorship, for that matter).

Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) are 20% of our world. One in 5 is a HSP (split equally between men and women)!

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Elaine Aron – Author, The Highly Sensitive Person

Elaine N. Aron’s wonderful book, The Highly Sensitive Person, brought it all to light. I read it when I turned 60.  It clarified that I had this gift, but one that comes with drawbacks.  I am sensitive to other people’s moods, needs, to sounds.

HSPs live with heightened awareness.  They have a deeper depth of perception than the other 80% of the world, i.e., we pick up subtleties that others usually miss.  We are easily over-stimulated (e.g., bright lights, noise, large crowds, etc.).  We also have a greater empathy for others.  And often we can “pick up” other people’s energies whether we intend to or not.

This “gift” can be exhausting.  If you think you are a HSP – do view Aron’s website www.hsperson.com and I’d highly recommend you purchase her book.

Reading it not only validated who I was, but made me recognize that I needed to take special care of myself to function optimally.  It also reaffirmed that my work would be different from the norm. And it is.

Just after I realized I was a HSP, EEM marched into my life like a bright shining star.  It strengthened me to my very core, to the point where I thrive in my wonderful and busy day-to-day creative life, have lots more energy, and I sit (most of the time) on the edge of joy.

So in my energy work, I work with many HSPs, and I approach them in the same way I would myself:  with a little more care, more kindness, more sensitivity. But I probably do that with everyone.

Why do I call my EEM work Energies of Joy? Perhaps it is because I believe we need more of it in the world.  Possibly because Donna Eden defines one of the 9 energy systems in our bodies as Radiant Circuits, aka Energies of Joy! But ultimately, I think, it is because EEM gave me easy, powerful tools that connected me directly to joy.

Want to investigate EEM?  Want to learn how it can add more joy to your life?  Then please give me a call at 819 459.2161 or email me at: info@portraitsofyourlife.com

Helene Anne Fortin, Wakefield, Quebec, Canada

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