EP 324: Heart Healing, Trauma and Breathwork with Erin Telford
You all know how much I love healing conversations, especially with people who are deep practitioners and incredible space holders. Today’s guest, Erin Telford is both. We’ve been circling each other online for years, so this chat was making an official connection, and then I got to attend one of her breathwork sessions a few days after so I can tell you with certainty, this woman is the real deal.
Erin’s big truth was about our connection to the “unseen.” From there we got into the reason I invited her on the show – a post she wrote about why the term “woo woo” is degrades and denies the power of healing practices and modalities. It’s cool if you disagree, we both share this perspective and that’s what it is, one perspective.
We talked about assumptions about healing and healers, breathwork as a modality, navigating fears around “taking on other people’s stuff,” the importance of great facilitation in healing spaces, our power to self heal, boundaries, and why our triggers are our responsibility.
It’s a good one, y’all – enjoy, share, and let us know what you touches you!
About Erin Telford:
Erin Telford is a Breathwork facilitator and healer, acupuncturist, Reiki Master, herbalist and a teacher of David Elliott’s Level One Breathwork Healer Training. Her work guides people to look within, open their hearts and heal their relationship with themselves. Her group sessions, training and retreats empower her clients to connect to their innate wisdom so that they can find the answers they are looking for.
Erin believes that we all hold core wounds and limiting beliefs that subconsciously run our lives. When we somatically release them from the emotional body and the nervous system, there is freedom on the other side. Our emotions are messengers with information that let us know where to direct our healing and compassion. By de-stigmatizing emotions and the human experience, we can take shame off the table and start to really deal with what’s under the depression, anxiety, and patterns that keep us contracted.
She has created Breathwork experiences for Free People, the Soul Cycle/Soul Legends retreat, In goop Health NYC and Wanderlust Festival. Her work has been featured in Shape Magazine, Nylon, NY Magazine, Well + Good, The Numinous and Refinery 29 as one of “6 Women Who Are Redefining Wellness.” She currently resides in Topanga Canyon where she is writing her first book.
What You’ll Hear:
10:25 How Erin feels in her body right now
11:19 The truth that’s having an impact in Erin’s life right now
12:34 Why we need reassurance in our connection with the “unseen”
14:32 How the “unseen” communicates with us
20:01 Why Erin doesn’t like the term “woo woo”
21:32 Deciding not to dumb down the truth of what she was practicing to make it more palatable for others
25:02 Taking notice in the people that cause you to degrade or diminish your own gifts or talents
30:27 Elizabeth sharing Erin’s post about the term “woo woo” and the reactions she received
31:55 Why you get to decide what a word means to you if you’re in that group or population
36:31 Erin’s origin story and how she got into breathwork
38:30 What inspired Erin to start communicating with the “unseen”
42:35 Her first experience with breathwork and the breakthrough it gave her
45:02 The method of breathwork that Erin practices
49:36 How you can think you’ve healed from trauma but your body and nervous system might not be caught up yet
50:15 How Erin works with clients and why she loves doing group programs
56:02 Erin’s boundaries and how she remains grounded as a facilitator
57:22 Being clear and setting your intentions to avoid taking on others energy
01:04:33 Leaning on the “unseen” to support her when she needs it
01:10:18 The responsibilities of a healer to always do your own work
01:13:23 Why it’s so important to be informed as a facilitator
01:18:32 How our culture is socialized to outsource our power
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“The truth that’s landing for me is that the other world is real. Our connection to the unseen is real.” – Erin Telford
“Think about or stop using the word, ‘woo woo.’ It degrades and denies the real true power of the healing practices and modalities we use.” – Erin Telford
“The body and the breath create magical, profound nervous system healing, subconscious reprogramming experiences and there’s nothing weird about it.” – Erin Telford
“Everyone has a flavor of spirituality and faith that works for them.” – Erin Telford
“Every healing method, every way in, every path, every choice – it’s always different for everybody, but for me, this was a way to be able to start to peel back all of the layers of dysfunction and programming.” – Erin Telford
“Breathwork is an efficient and fast-acting way to be able to clear trauma and programming from our body.” – Erin Telford
“I want to help people believe and understand that they can exist in their bodies and not be afraid of themselves.” – Erin Telford
“The tricky thing about trauma is – depending on what your experience is, what’s going to feel familiar and right to you can be totally unsafe for you.” – Erin Telford
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