Good Vibrations

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      It was never obvious that Nancy Wells, outwardly confident and successful, was heading for a nosedive. Although she didn't hit rock bottom, the writer and editor endured a low point in her early 30s that she'll never forget—marked by an unhealthy relationship, a deep dissatisfaction with her career, and rampant yet unfathomable fear and anxiety.

      A decade later, over coffee at a downtown Starbucks, Wells recalls the very day she realized she didn't have to live that way. “I was in a restaurant with a friend having tea,” she tells the Georgia Straight, “and I had this flash of awareness. I knew I didn't need to be carrying this pain around; I just had to be willing to work on myself.”

      So Wells began a journey that she says led to her own healing, and to the development in 2002 of Luminocity One, a program of workshops to help others whose lives are limited by worry and trepidation. Last December, she self-published a book called Hold Me Able: Creating Self-Management Through the Understanding of Energy Dynamics.

      Wells says that today her relationships are good, her health has improved, and at 41, she looks younger than she did at 30. “I used to be a very fearful person,” she explains. “I never allowed myself to think very big. But through the understanding of energy dynamics, I've learned to take my own innate skills and talents and fully express them. I've come to a place of acceptance and calm rather than fear.”

      Clearly worth aiming for. Who wouldn't want more peace of mind and less anxiety in their lives? But Wells admits the term energy dynamics is not easy to define.

      After her restaurant epiphany, she read a lot of self-help books, attended numerous healing seminars and workshops, and underwent talk therapy. None of these alone helped her, but she says she managed to connect the dots among all of them and began to see a positive change in her world-view. “It truly is all about energy,” she argues. But not the kind associated with hyperactivity or incessant busy-ness. “Emotions equal energy. The kind you want is the higher-vibration energy, which is actually a place of calm and acceptance. For me, energy is a reference point. And we have the ability to shift it, to change how we are feeling, rather than numbing out on alcohol or TV. Through self-exploration and awareness, we can actually create our own reality.”

      Of course, such transformations aren't easy. “We sometimes carry things in our energy that go very deep,” Wells observes, “and these require deeper self-exploration. You have to revisit the pain, reframe it, and experience it in a different way.” She cites the example of a woman who has always believed she was loved less than her sister by her mom. As a result, she creates limitations by comparing herself with others. Wells's seminars provide the tools to help people explore such painful imprint experiences and to come to a form of self-acceptance or calm. In other words, they help shift that negative energy to a higher frequency.

      What separates Luminocity One from other forms of therapy, Wells claims, is that participants are guided to actually experience healing rather than merely talk about it. What's more, it's affordable: seminars range from $195 to $250. In fact, affordability is one of Wells's primary considerations. “Because these tools worked so well for me,” she says, “I wanted to get them in the hands of as many people as possible.”

      Group seminars and workshops, as well as an on-line version of the program, allow Wells to keep the costs down—and participation up. It's an investment that could lead some out of a nosedive and, if Wells is any example, to higher meaning.