More About Kent Smith
Hitting My Bottom Was the Beginning
Like many others, my healing began by hitting a personal rock bottom. Growing up in constant chaos and drama ends up creating a lot of emotional baggage and dysfunctional survival skills.
I was never present in the moment. As a matter of fact, most of the time I was either stuck in the past or day dreaming about some future goal. It was like experiencing a pendulum swinging back and forth between it’s extremes.
Graduating from university put me into crisis. Achieving this external goal didn’t magically tranform my life as had been anticipated. In contrast, I completely fell apart. Above all, there was an impending sense of doom and I felt hopelessly trapped. I simply didn’t know how to escape the descending darkness.
In hindsight, hitting bottom is a good thing because it’s a natural choice point. Everyone deserves the chance to change. Change happens sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly. To be sure, it only happens one day at a time.
Often these chances to change, or choice points, are disguised as something else. For me, my chance to change was disguised in the form of being caught in the middle of a five car accident. This intense and painful experience was perfectly orchestrated to get my attention.
When the Student is Ready the Teacher Appears
Seeking drug free solutions for my pain initially brought me to receive therapeutic bodywork. The treatments worked so well that eventually I went back to school for training as a massage therapist. At the time, completing this technical training was the next right step in my healing journey.
Despite learning and growing in my skill set as a therapist, I observed clients having completely different responses to treatment. I kept coming back to the question:
Why do some heal quickly while others remain stuck in continual pain?
Obviously there are many answers to that question. Despite growing professional experience I would often find myself frustrated. What I did just didn’t seem to make any difference for certain types of clients. It was like I was going to the hardware store to buy milk.
Transition from Therapist to Healer
In 2009, I was gifted a book entitled “The Emotion Code” written by Bradley Nelson, DC. It clarified that the root causes of pain and dysfunction don’t always arise from a physical event or source. It drove home the fact that often pain and dysfunction are emotional and energetic in nature.
This was the tipping point and really began the transition from therapist to healer. Since then I’ve become a Certified Emotion Code™ Practitioner, Certified Body Code™ Practitioner, and completed training as an intuitive healer/coach through Heart Led Living.
Helping others tends to be part of who we are human beings. As we do so we can’t escape being changed ourselves by our helping experiences.
Perspectives change and often we find personal truths or tenets that resonate within. These tenets form a foundation which continues to be built upon and shaped with every subsequent interaction.
The following core values are my personal resonant truths that have fueled my transition from therapist to healer. Each idea is subject to evolution and refinement with ongoing training and experience.
- Every human being is dual-natured consisting of both body and spirit
First think of a funeral and viewing the body of the deceased. Does the body look different to how you remember them? What animates and enlivens the elements of the physical body?
- The physical body is the instrument through which our spirit acts
Second consider the analogy of a steam engine. To be sure, boiling water creates steam that quickly evaporates into the atmosphere. However if the steam is contained within a steam engine, it becomes a thing of tremendous force. Like steam in a steam engine, your spirit animates and enlivens the elements making up the physical body.
- All matter in the universe is sustained by a universal power or energy
Next consider how many cultures and belief traditions describe a universal power or energy that sustains life and matter. Regardless of variations in name, the following terms all refer to the same thing.
- Life Force
- Universal Life Force
- The Light of Christ
- Prana in India and Tibet
- Ki in Japan
- Chi or Qi in China
- Feelings, thoughts, emotions and beliefs are energy
Furthermore these quotes from Karol K. Truman’s book, “Feelings Buried Alive Never Die . . .”, affirmed the ancient concept of organ-emotion links.
“Energy is a force that takes many forms and can be manifested in many ways . . .. The food you eat, the clothes you wear, your hair, your nails, your glands, and your organs all have energy. Everything about you is energy. Most importantly though, . . ., it is imperative to understand that your FEELINGS and your THOUGHTS are energy. Your feelings and your thoughts are matter. And, according to what physics has taught us, matter cannot be destroyed. The form of matter CAN be altered, but matter itself is indestructible.”
Later on she states:
“. . ., thought as matter is impossible to destroy. Feelings as energy, or matter, are also impossible to destroy. Nevertheless, MATTER CAN BE ALTERED. Consequently, the energy of feelings and of thoughts can be changed. If the feeling or the thought is negative matter (energy) it can be changed to positive matter (energy).” (3)
- Feelings, thoughts, emotions and beliefs directly impact our well-being
Equally important are these quotes about energy from Carolyn L. Mein’s book, “Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils”
“Emotions themselves are stored in the body in its organs, glands, and systems. Feelings are taken in through the chakras, or energy centers along the midline of the body, and then fed into the meridian system, which consists of energy channels that run over and through the body. Since each organ has a vibrational frequency, as do emotions, the emotions will settle in an area with a corresponding frequency. Disease occurs when the body’s vibrational frequency drops below a certain point. Essential oils can raise the body’s frequency, and therapeutic grade (medicinal quality) oils are able to do this because they vibrate at a high frequency and transfer that frequency to the body.”
“Essential oils have been used throughout the ages for healing, and the Bible contains 188 references to them. For example, Frankincense, Myrrh, Rosemary, Hyssop, and Spikenard were oils used for anointing and healing the sick in Biblical times.”(2)
“The mind and the spirit . . . contribute to physical fitness, but can also play a part in illness . . . a large percentage of all physical problems have emotional roots. Some researchers believe that as many as half of all patients who visit physicians have physical symptoms that are directly caused by emotions; others think the figure is as high as 90 to 95 percent. Mounting scientific evidence indicates that virtually every illness may be influenced for good or bad by our emotions and attitudes that include factors such as faith and hope.”
“Illnesses just don’t happen to us. Many are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or other microbes. But disease-causing organisms constantly surround us, so what determines whether we get sick when we’re exposed to them? What determines our ability to resist disease?”
“The answer may seem almost revolutionary: what goes on inside our minds, our hearts, and our spirits appears to have tremendous impact on what happens to our bodies.”
“Can the way we think and feel be responsible, at least in part, for disease? A growing amount of evidence indicates they can. Emotional stress doesn’t cause disease; as mentioned, many diseases are caused by microorganisms, like bacteria and viruses. But emotional stress is an important factor that can make us more susceptible to disease. And there is a physiological reason why: the brain controls both specific emotions and specific hormone patterns, and our hormones affect our health.”(1)
As you can see, my core values are shaped from a variety of sources and observations. To be sure, not all of these points may resonate with you. In fact, it’s preferred you discover your own personal truths through first hand experience.
- Hafen, Brent Q., Keith J. Karren, Kathryn J. Frandsen, N. Lee Smith. To Your Health – Gospel Perspectives on Nurturing the Mind, Body, and Spirit. American Fork: Covenant Communications, 1998. pp.10-11, 13-14
- Mein, Carolyn L. Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils. Rancho Santa Fe: VisionWare Press, 2011. p.6
- Truman, Karol K. Feelings Buried Alive Never Die . . . St. George: Olympus Distributing, 2010. pp.7, 9-10