Today we’d like to introduce you to Deborah Allen.
Deborah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It seems in every class where adults study healing, I find two reoccurring themes. Often we are the ones in our families who were the sensitive ones, the dramatic ones, the helpers or the outsiders. The second repeating story involves a critical experience of trauma – shock or strain. We are the ones who turn to healing, and then become healers. I find us a fabulous awake tribe despite or perhaps because of our Story of Origin.
I came to healing from the theater when I became critically ill. Hands on healing, listening to my body, biofeedback, yoga, therapy—I needed support to help the medical system support me. What I found was a never ending world of mystery, curiosity, and tribe.
For the past 25 years, my husband, Dan Buffo, and I have worked as the Healers Forum, in private practice as energy healers and counselors, and for the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, the Snowlion School in France, and for many years in Los Angeles, with the Lionheart Institute of Transpersonal Energy Healing. In July of 2017, we took the school over from founder Laura Fine, who moved to Austin to be more with her teaching and less with administration. So here we are, with a group of amazing humans dedicated to wholeness and how to create inner resilience, strengthen communities, and support the healing of trauma. Very cool.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The hardest work for me personally is finding the rhythm of activity and rest. As life keeps happening, death keeps happening, change keeps happening….sometimes I just go watch episodic television. Really. My struggle is to keep my intention in alignment with something deeper and wider than me. Otherwise, I get overwhelmed with the news, the work, my feeling of not being able to quite ever do enough, and my slight aversion to administrative tasks partnered with fear of asking for help. I do not find a lack of creative ideas or people to share them with or support – only constant lessons in how to regulate my own system so that I can remain healthy and helpful.
Please tell us about The Healers Forum.
We are an international collaborative of healing professionals, with our hub in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz, California.
Healers Forum training supports personal and professional transformation. We offer LIVE workshops LEVEL ONE, LEVEL TWO and LEVEL THREE professional certification courses, as well as seminars in group work training, women’s circles, arts and the healing of trauma and ONLINE courses.
Our mission is to give adult learners the skills they need to create resilience and wholeness, using principles and practices from energy work modalities and transpersonal psychology. We are here to support students to facilitate healing, whether for themselves and their families or as a career in the healing arts.”
We are unique in a few ways. Many healing schools do not include the myriad lessons from depth psychology (which includes our spiritual lives and the full life cycle including death and dying). So our healers are grounded in both mystical traditions and have a capacity to work with issues of daily life and the lessons hard learned from psychotherapy. Often, I see healers who have opened a portal to their psychic and intuitive abilities but are not trained to listen to the other, the client, as the primary leader in the healing journey. Or are so excited about their new “contact” with the mystery that they forget to pay the bills.
We are also very excited about our work with the arts and the healing of trauma – our show, FIRE IN THE HEART, has toured twice now, with 22 artists (many recording artists) performing in the art forms that saved their lives: gospel, hip hop and classical music; dance; film and spoken word.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Getting my first leading role in Flibbertygibbet at the Palo Alto Children’s Theater, and learning that I actually loved the challenge. Not to mention singing a solo in a very unspectacular voice. And a whole bunch of new friends that were also creative and odd like me.
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