Beliefs and Our Relationships with LOVE


Have you ever had challenges with love relationships?

Seriously, who hasn’t! In this month’s Past Life Explorers show we looked at three different ‘love’ challenges. During the show we walked through the individual past life regressions that uncovered the motives, the learning and the healing.   What did we uncover? Limiting beliefs that resulted in unhealthy relationship patterns, a karmic relationship with unfinished energies and past life pacts and the impact of their energetic connections.   It was a full show!  

You know that your beliefs are a big part of how you love.

Your beliefs are everything in how your world is shaped. If you believe love is difficult or painful – it will be.    If you believe you aren’t deserving of healthy, uplifting love – it won’t come.  What you believe is critical to how love shows up and plays out in your life.

You have to go back to understand why you stand where you are today.

In the show around the 20-minute mark we did a short ‘belief’ regression to gather and identify your limiting beliefs. We then went through a process to change these into beliefs that will support you.   This was a very quick exercise, we didn’t spend a lot of time gathering – the point being to teach YOU how to do this on your own, so that you can go through it as many times as you need to.  With just light relaxation it’s easy to travel back and visit the points in your life where you took in messages that created limitations.   Give it a try!  

There is a ton of content in this month’s show. To listen to the archive of the ‘Relationships with Love and Belief Regression’ Past Life Explorers show, click here:

Past Life Explorers with Niki Hughes August 28, 2019 Relationships with Love and Belief Regression

If you have questions about this show or questions about past life regression, drop me an email.   I am happy to answer your questions personally or on the next Past Life Explorers show in September.

Thanks for listening and keep exploring! 


The Results are In!


I recently started a radio show called “Past Life Explorers” on News for the Soul radio. In our last show, we reviewed a past life regression done with Nicole Whitney and let you listen for yourselves with a 53 minute recording of the regression. If you want to read about the show, Nicole’s experience, her learning and the utimely death of a scotsman, click this link for the recap and archived show.

My next show on August 28 will be all about LOVE and the many faces of our relationships. I hope you will tune in!

Hypnosis and Childbirth


I recently worked with a group of mothers-to-be and their partners who wanted to create a calm, relaxed and peaceful  birth experience as they brought their first babies into the world.   Labour and delivery can be both an exciting and scary prospect!   Having heard of Hypnobirthing programs, these moms were intrigued by the self-empowerment and creation of inner resources that hypnosis makes possible.  

We worked together using hypnosis and mindful hypnosis tools over five sessions where we created and layered internal skills and resources to remove fears and limiting beliefs, manage pain, build confidence and stamina for labour, delivery and parenting, improve postpartum recovery and balance hormones, develop sleep management skills for after baby’s arrival, all within the foundation of their personal goal -- being in a calm, relaxed and peaceful state under any circumstances.   

What an absolute honour and joy it is to work with new families to build an empowered, relaxed birth experience and recovery – just the way they want it.        

And as if the creation of a calm, relaxed and peaceful birth isn’t enough, the bonus is the hypnotic tools and skills are not limited to childbirth.  These new powerful inner resources are now a part of them, readily available to build awareness and resilience across all aspects of their lives.      

Congratulations and welcome to the world little ones! 

If you are interested in building new skills and resources for an empowered birth, or to empower any change in your life, submit the website’s contact form to schedule a free 30 minute discovery call where we can determine how hypnosis and mindful hypnosis tools can help. 


Lowering Rising Anxiety


It seems to me that anxiety is on the rise — every day I hear people talking about their anxiety, and I am hearing many say that it’s so overwhelming their lives are interrupted and they can’t function in their normal ways. We all experience anxiety at one time or another, and in small, ‘healthy’ amounts, it can serve us. Healthy anxiety helps us to pay attention and gets us motivated in one way or another, like some anxiety before taking an exam, or public speaking, or doing something new and yes, anxiety can even keep us on time.

The problem is when it takes over and the anxiety becomes much bigger than the actual trigger and everyday life is impacted negatively. When you have big anxiety based on a small, unrelated or even unknown event, it’s incredibly scary (am I losing it?) and it is even scarier when the body produces painful physical symptoms (am I dying?). One of my family members suffered with panic attacks, an intense rush of anxiety, with physical symptoms that felt like a heart attack. Very real, very scary. High anxiety can have you feeling like the ground beneath you is completely falling away and plays havoc with feelings of self-trust and safety.

What to do?

Mindfulness is one way of bringing down anxiety. Anxiety has you in a fearful future; mindfulness can help to bring you back. Here is a quick mindfulness breathing exercise that is a natural tranquilizer for use when you are feeling anxious, when anxiety is looming large, when you feel overwhelmed or if you have internal tension. Its also great for helping you fall asleep which can be a problem for anxious minds.

This breath is done counting an inhale of 4 seconds, holding for 7 seconds, and exhaling for 8 seconds. Repeat the sequence three or four times (about 1 minute):

  • Sit up straight or stand. Feel your feet firmly on the ground.

  • Place the tip of your tongue on soft ridge behind your upper front teeth for the duration of the breathing.

  • Take a long slow belly breath in through your nose for a count of 4.

  • Gently hold the breath inside your body and hold for a count of 7 (don’t strain, just hold as long as you can if you can’t make 7).

  • Exhale through your mouth around the tongue making a whoosh sound for a count of 8. Bend slightly forward to really get all of the air out of your lungs.

I believe that life is supposed to feel good. To support you getting back to ‘feel good’ — or feel better — between now and January 30 I am offering a package aimed at reducing anxiety, for those folks who want to understand and get anxiety, worry and fear back to a manageable and healthy place. You will learn mindful hypnosis techniques, experience hypnotherapy to connect to inner resources and gain insight and wisdom about yourself and your relationship with anxiety, and recalibrate and balance your energy systems.

Why now? The holiday season is a time of heightened stress and anxiety. This makes now the the perfect time to build new skills and resources for a grounded and less anxious season. If you are ready for change and want approach the holiday season and new year with new tools, understandings, insights and most of all with less anxiety, click HERE to go to the appointments page for ‘anxiety package’ details.

HOPE Coaching - HOPE is Realistic

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I recently joined a community of coaching hypnotists to provide HOPE Coaching for people who suffer from chronic conditions, illness and pain. This coaching model uses and teaches Mindful Hypnosis techniques to focus attention or move in ways to promote relaxation and a sense of well-being. The goal is to reduce suffering and increase personal empowerment in the face of chronic illness.

Mindful Hypnosis techniques are integrative to conventional medical approaches.

Why realistic hope? Realistic hope is based on achievable, realistic expectations. The opposite of fear, hope, and developing realistic hope, involves assessing the future, perseverance, expectancy and an appraisal of all the various possibilities and their consequences which can promote the realization of hope and its expectancy. Realistic hope is an important ingredient of living and of a fulfilled life.

If you suffer from a chronic condition, illness or pain, you can find your way to realistic hope here. Contact me for more information or check out the HOPE Coaching website.

UPDATE: Introduction to Energy Healing, June 2 2018

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Are you curious about energy healing or want to understand what 'Reiki' is all about?  If you are, we hope you will join us at our "Introduction to Energy Healing & Reiki Level 1" workshopOur level one is all about self: self discovery, self healing and expanding and empowering self to be a compassionate healing force in this world.  We love teaching this level and believe the world becomes a better place as we all connect and begin the journey of personal healing.

     DATE:  Saturday, June 2nd
     TIMES:  9:00AM to 5:00PM
     LOCATION:  North Saanich, BC
     COST:  $125 per person*, includes printed "light" manual and certificate.   A full manual is available for the cost of printing.    

    *Payment plans may be accommodated.

Previous students looking to refresh their level 1 skills are welcome to join us for a nominal fee.  Note that we may require a limit to the number of refresher students based on new student interest.  We will do all we can to accommodate everyone with an interest and hope you will join us in the fun and experiential day! 

Meditation vs Hypnosis

Sharing an article on the difference between meditation and hypnosis.   In a nutshell and quoted from the article, "in meditation the ultimate goal is to quiet the mind, in hypnosis, we use the ability of your thoughts to focus on what you would like to happen, and then we change the way you think about your challenges.” 


Full article here

If you want to make permanent changes in your life, hypnosis may be the answer.   Schedule a complimentary discovery call to see what's right for you.   

Join our Reiki Level 2 Class - Scheduled for April 1 2017

Murian Healing invites you to join us for our "Reiki Level 2 & Energy Healing"  workshop on April 1st. If you are interested in taking your Reiki skills to the next level, learning how to connect to different Reiki energies including emotional, bridging and distance healing, this full day workshop is for you! You will take your energy work a level deeper and connect with a community of healers during a beautiful day of sharing, learning and receiving (a full Reiki treatment for all).

Our workshops are highly interactive 'hands on' days that explores self through healing and builds skills for treating yourself, family, friends, pets, and, with level 2 you will be ready to work with clients if that is your desire!

If you are interested in building on your Level 1 Usui Reiki skills and participating in a day of energy healing exploration, we welcome you to join us.

"Reiki Level 2 & Energy Healing" workshop:
     DATE: Saturday April 1st 2017
     TIMES: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (arrival at 8:45AM please)
     LOCATION: North Saanich BC**
     PRE-REQUISITE: Level 1 Usui Reiki

   COST: $125 per person, with workbook/light manual and certificate
              (Full printed manual is available for an additional $20)

Previous students welcome to attend as a refresher, for a cost of $45, space permitting. We will try to accommodate all who want to attend!

Please RSVP by email to by March 20 2017 to guarantee your spot for this interactive and highly enlightening day.

**Full information on location, parking and logistics for the day will be provided after the registration process.

We hope to see you April 1st!

Hypnosis is the Garden (store).... Sept 30 is Past Life Regression

A Monthly Series

Friday Sept 30, 2016  

Past Life Regression

If you are curious to learn more about who you are and where you come from, join us for a fun and highly experiential “hypnotic”evening of past life regression.

Move through time to discover a piece of your soul’s history and open doors to self-discovery and awareness.


Friday, Sept 30 2016  6:30 - 8:30PM 

At "Dig This"  9813 Third St. Sidney, BC

Registration Required, Limited to 10 Participants  

Register:  on the website, or email: or call 250 588 9178


Updated Individual Why Weight Program

The individual "Why Weight" program has been updated just in time for fall!  This program now includes three individual hypnotherapy sessions, a full energy balancing session and a breathwork program.  A journey of self-discovery,  through this program you will uncover the emotional reasons you hold onto your weight, work through blocks and move towards health, energy and engaged living!   Unique to this program, you will learn mindfulness and breathwork techniques, tap into your personal resilience and come away with a comprehensive workbook as your toolkit foundation.   More in the program, same great price for fall/winter 2016.   Check out our Programs page or for details.  

What's YOUR sign? The Five Elements Rhythm of Everything

If you have ever taken a personality quiz, you know how enjoyable it can feel when the result seems to be exactly right and you get a little more insight into yourself.   We are all searching for a deeper understanding of ourselves, our situations, our lives.   And your quiz results, even if they don’t fit exactly, may validate a few things or just leave you with some thought provoking ideas or insights.     When I work in Chinese Medicine’s Five Elements, I find the same sense of deeper understanding when I can connect with a client’s base element or ‘causative factor’ (CF).   This is important to healing as it grounds the internal changes in the primary Element and results in better outcomes that can be swift and long lasting.   A CF is a key principle of Five Elements theory, but I am getting ahead of myself.   Let’s explore a bit about the Elements first.

Learning and exploring in the Five Elements has been like unlocking a deep mystery for me as the beautiful layered patterns and interplay of rhythms and cycles across the physical, emotional and the spiritual aspects of everything is unfolded.    The Five Elements theory has been a part of Chinese Medicine since 10th Century B.C.   Based in Taoist philosophy, or ‘the Way’, the Five Elements provide a way to come to wholeness, to unity, as we in humanity stand between Heaven and Earth.  The same laws that see humanity as the bridge between Heaven and Earth are seen to unite everything in nature, from the small cycle changes in the plant and animal world to the movement of the planets and stars.   Within the Elements, each person is reflected as a microcosm of the universe, their qi or life-force energy connecting and resonating with the qi of Heaven and Earth.  

The Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water represent the qualities of all matter in the universe.   Each of the Elements is within us, and when balanced we experience physical, emotional and spiritual health.  Each of the Elements relates to an energetic meridian (pair), physical organs in the body, emotions and aspects of spirit.   Key resonances of the Elements provide some clues to imbalances; too much or too little of any of the key aspects may indicate an imbalance or block.  Let’s start with Wood Element, as it relates to springtime which is where we are now.  

The Wood Element key resonances are the colour green, the odour of rancid, the sound of shouting, and the emotion of anger.   The season of wood is spring.   Wood organs are gall bladder and liver.   The power of wood is birth, representing the beginning of the cycle of growth.   Throughout life, people strive to grow and become their own mighty oak, and, depending on the nature of their ‘wood’ they may show flexibility in the face of obstacles and continue to grow, or may be rigid and get stuck.   Like trees, people require certain resources to fulfill their potential and may require flexibility to adapt to circumstances.    Out of balance, Wood Element may show up as difficulty in making decisions, high levels of frustration, excessive need for control,  headeaches and vision problems.  Water is the mother of Wood, Wood is the mother of Fire, and Wood controls Earth.  Just as in our physical world, trees need water, fire needs the fuel of wood, and without plant life, our earth is barren.  

Next is the Fire Element.   Its key resonances are the colour red, the odour of scorched, the sound of laughter and the emotion of joy.     Fire organs are the heart, the pericardium (heart protector), small intestine and the triple burner (three burning spaces).    Two of these, pericardium and triple burner aren’t organs at all but are integral to the balance of the Fire Element.   The season of Fire is summer, generally our warmest and highest energy season.   The power of Fire is maturity, representing absorption of resources and it is the time plants are most developed, full ripened.  Emotionally, Fire manifests in being joyful.  To be with others, sharing and communicating generates and maintains the fire within us.   Balanced Fire enables people to reach out and be nourished by human contact, and that in turn helps to keep the fire nourished and in balance.  Out of balance, Fire Element may show up as low energy, digestive problems, issues with intimate relationships, confusion and doubt, insomnia, tinnitus and cardiac disease.   Fire is the mother of Earth, Wood is the mother of Fire, Water controls Fire.   Just as in our physical world, when fire burns ashes become earth, fire needs the fuel of wood, and we use water to put out fire.  

Following Fire is the Earth Element.  Earth’s key resonances are the colour yellow, the odour of fragrant, the sound of singing and the emotion of sympathy.   Earth organs are the stomach, spleen and pancreas.   The season of Earth is late summer, and the power of Earth is harvest, the time where we carefully reap what we have sowed.  Have we benefited from our experiences?   Emotionally Earth manifests sympathy/concern which can show up when out of balance as worry and over-thinking.   An imbalanced Earth element can create famine, both physically with the organs being unable to transform food into nourishing qi, and mentally and spiritually, making us unable to bring the projects of our life into harvest.  Unbalanced Earth can be obsessive, self centered, opinionated, insecure and uncaring. The physical symptoms include eating disorders, upper and lower gastrointestinal disease, inflammatory bowel disease, headaches and gynecological disorders.   When I think of Earth Element I think “grounded” – the feeling of deep connection to the earth and the strength of being supported. Earth Element is compared to a mother, and, our mothers and main caregivers provide us with support and security and in turn we learn how to care for others and care for ourselves.    Earth is the mother of Metal, Fire is the mother of Earth, and Wood controls Earth.   Just as in our physical world, we find precious metal lies within the earth, when fire burns ashes become earth and without plant life, our earth is barren.  

Metal Element follows Earth, and this Element’s key resonances are the colour white, the odour of rotting, the sound of weeping and the emotion of grief.   Metal organs are the lungs and large intestine.   The season of Metal is autumn, a time when the leaves wither and drop to the earth along with the seeds that will carry on the cycle of growth.   Metal’s manifestation in nature is in re-vitalizing the earth.   Stillness accompanies the dropping leaves and seeds. Without Metal, in the form of rock within the Earth, water would soak through the centre of the earth.  For life to be possible, we need water to be returned to the surface.  The power of Metal is decrease, a time of letting go, which directly relates to the emotion of Metal Element which is grief.    Metal represents something small, in quantity, of great value and yet is buried deep within; think of our precious metals and the value we place on gold.   Out of balance, Metal Element can manifest as depression and sadness, an inability to recover from loss, lack of inspiration, rigidity, poor self esteem, excessive materialism and emotional withdrawal. Physically we may see asthma, skin disorders, constipation and lower bowel disorders.   Metal is the mother of Water, Earth is the mother of Metal and Metal controls Wood.     Just as in our physical world, a metal jug or copper pipes controls the flow of water, earth hardens to create metal, and our cutting implements are metal, like the axe used to cut down a tree.    

The fifth element is Water.  Water resonances are the colour blue/black, the odour of putrid, the sound of groaning and the emotion of fear.    Water organs are the bladder and kidneys.   The season for Water is winter, the time when life slows down, nights get longer, water freezes, animals hibernate and seeds lie dormant.    Water’s power is in storage, when our qi goes deeper inside us and we go slow and quiet to preserve our energies.   In winter we store crops, fruits and vegetables, and, even seeds themselves become the archetype of storage with the potential of a plant waiting for the warmth of spring.    The emotion of Water is fear, like the darkness of the long winter nights.  Fear, when in balance is a primary and necessary emotion as it allows us to survive.   Water out of balance, like floods and drought, can create havoc physically and spiritually affecting the very core or primal energy (jing) stored in the kidneys. Out of balance Water Element is fearful and may struggle for survival, feel a lack of reserves and deep fatigue, have reduced sexuality, show timidity and a lack of trust in life and in other people. Physical symptoms include fatigue and exhaustion, urinary tract issues, infertility, endocrine disorders and hypertension.   Water is a quiet strength – it is one of the softest substances yet can wear away the hardest rock.    Water is the mother of Wood, Metal is the mother of Water, and Earth controls Water.   Just as in our physical world, plantlife and all of nature cannot exist without water, a metal jug or pipes will contain the flow of water and earth controls and balances the flow of water through river banks and waterways. 

This is a very small sampling of some of the key aspects of the Five Elements.   And now back to primary imbalance, or CF - why is it important?  Professor J.R. Worsley who is credited with bringing traditional Five Elements acupuncture to the west, defines the causative factor as the Element that, under internal or external stress, becomes imbalanced and initiates a state of dis-ease.   Similar to one of those personality quizzes, clear answers to certain questions can guide us to a ‘type’.   Within the Elements it is not always obvious or easy to see, but important nonetheless as working in this primary Element means you return to a better state of health.  It also creates an environment for other imbalances across the Elements to respond and improve quickly.    

Working with the Five Elements has changed the way I view the rhythms and cycles of the body, of nature, the cosmos, of just about everything.  There is a natural order, connectedness and rhythm to it all.    I use this as a guidance system in my own life, knowing I am primarily Earth Element, and as a way of starting the process of understanding the needs of the people I work with when doing energy balancing (acupressure and sound healing) and using hypnotherapy.  

Another beautiful aspect of the Five Elements is the Five Spirits, which I will share in a future post! 


Join our Reiki Level 2 Class - Now Scheduled May 2016

Murian Healing invites you to join us for our "Reiki Level 2 & Energy Healing" workshop on May 14th. If you are interested in taking your Reiki skills to the next level, learning how to connect to different Reiki energies including emotional, bridging and distance healing, this full day workshop is for you! You will take your energy work a level deeper and connect with a community of healers during a beautiful day of sharing, learning and receiving (a full Reiki treatment for all).

Our workshops are highly interactive 'hands on' days that explores self through healing and builds skills for treating yourself, family, friends, pets, and, with level 2 you will be ready to work with clients if that is your desire!

If you are interested in building on your Level 1 Usui Reiki skills and participating in a day of energy healing exploration, we welcome you to join us.

"Reiki Level 2 & Energy Healing" workshop:
     DATE: Saturday May 14th 2016
     TIMES: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (arrival at 8:45AM please)
     LOCATION: North Saanich BC**
     PRE-REQUISITE: Level 1 Usui Reiki

   COST: $125 per person, with workbook/light manual and certificate
              (Full printed manual is available for an additional $20)

Previous students welcome to attend as a refresher, for a cost of $45, space permitting. We will try to accommodate all who want to attend!

Please RSVP by email to by May 6 2016 to guarantee your spot for this interactive and highly enlightening day.

**Full information on location, parking and logistics for the day will be provided after the registration process.

We hope to see you May 14th!

Why Weight? Individual Program is Here!

Spring is here -- is it time to get those feet moving? 

If you struggle with your weight, have weight related health issues or are unhappy with how you feel about the extra pounds you are carrying, the Why Weight? hypnotherapy program may be just right for you!   Gaining or retaining extra weight is a symptom of something deeper; the real culprit is an underlying cause and need.   Full and complete success in reducing and managing weight requires the root cause to be discovered and addressed. Hypnotherapy offers a rapid and efficient way to achieve this goal.   Our unique program adds in breathwork and energy balancing  to provide an even more powerful foundation for your success!

The Why Weight? program is now offered as an individual four week program.   Check out our Why Weight? program page for  details on our group and individual programs. 

What are you waiting for?


Discovering Trust

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Control – it’s a big part of the human experience.    Control is something most of us strive for every day, and having control of many aspects of our lives is a good thing.   Control becomes a problem when we hold on so tightly to it that we create resistance.   In relationships, at work, in school, with our bodies and with food, when the tight grip of control is unbalanced, the resulting resistance can create impacts that make day to day life challenging.    

I recently had the opportunity to take part in a silent, full moon candlelit labyrinth walk.   If you have ever seen or walked in a labyrinth, the pathways around the outer edges seem to move you in impossible ways to the centre destination.   Looking at the labyrinth from the outside, it appears simple.   However, like life, moving from A to B the way we think it should happen, doesn’t.    And, like life, there are curves and switch-backs, people moving on their own path at different speeds and in the opposite direction.   The voice of self-doubt kicks in.   Am I on the right path?  What if I am doing this wrong?  People are following me, what if I mislead them? On my labyrinth walk, the more I focused on the control of it, the more I could feel resistance strengthen and a build-up of anxiety.   Wanting to do this ‘right’ (control) made it harder (resistance), and because it was something new and challenging (in the dark!) self-doubt was loud and fed the anxiety.   Up until this point, my enjoyment  of this walk was very low! 

I decided to change my experience.   I made the conscious decision to let go of control and connect to trust.  Self-doubt became a voice of  reassurance.   I will be OK.   It’s OK if I make a mistake and go off the path.  If my candle goes out, that’s fine.   The people behind me will find their own way.   I felt resistance melt away from my body and I relaxed into the present moment and the beauty of the walk.   Anxiety disappeared.   Now open to the experience itself, I was taken to thoughts of the early world explorers.   How must it have felt for them, setting off in big ships, with no GPS, limited food stores,  no ability to forecast bad weather and all family left behind.   The most important thing they took with them was divine trust.   Trust that they would make their way, land somewhere and discover something.  And if they didn’t, they had an adventurous journey.   Many didn’t land where they expected, and yet that led to some amazing discoveries in our world.   

A labyrinth models the twists and turns of life and is a beautiful teacher of trust.    For many of us, letting go of control and connecting to trust isn’t always easy and for some may feel impossible.   If you are ready to be  your own explorer of self, want balance or wish to change a challenging aspect of your life, Elemental Balance may be able to help.     Contact us for a free 30 minute discovery call to see what is right for you.

Let's all enjoy the journey -