Selected Articles BY Nancy

Fast-Forwarding Into Our Essence

“I’m too busy to relax!”  In the mid-90’s, that ironic yet familiar phrase prompted the creation of my second spoken-audio recording, Relax – Quick!  Even back then, the pace of life was fast enough that many of my students and clients felt they simply didn’t have time to relax.  And that was twenty years ago!  So I put together a series of simple, short processes that could be done anytime, anywhere – just good, basic breathing exercises, mindfulness practices, simple visualizations and affirmations, such as “With every breath I take, I’m becoming more and more relaxed.”  Or “There is nothing better I should be doing right now than to just… let go…and relax.” It sold very well, because it spoke to an ever-growing need. Now, fast-forward twenty years… That CD, and my other early ones – the classic Relaxation/Affirmation Techniques, Finding the Peaceful Place Within, and Deep, Healing Sleep – are still selling well.  Why?  Because that need to slow down and “re-center” has continued to dramatically increase. Time is literally speeding up. I don’t know about you, but it often feels to me like things really are on “fast forward.”  Life is so incessantly busy, things are changing so quickly, and stimuli of all sorts are so relentless, that sometimes I just want it all to stop for awhile! This is really quite a time we’re living through. There’s an immense amount of energy brewing these days. I find that taking time to breathe and unwind, to be quiet, to experience the grounding influence of Mother Nature, is hugely important in order to maintain balance and centeredness in...

Being The Change We Seek

These are profound times we’re living in. Most everyone I talk to these days has a sense that things are “heating up”. Whether viewed as a quantum physics phenomenon, a Mayan calendar prediction, or simply a gut feeling, the pervading energy is just more…intense. The highs are higher, the lows are lower. Time seems to be speeding up. There seems to be an urgency to really listen and act upon the soul calling we may have been resisting and/or fearing for perhaps a very long time. Clearly, individually or collectively, the old ways aren’t working anymore. Life seems to be presenting each of us with unique and perfect opportunities for healing whatever it is that we most need to heal. Everyone’s “stuff” is up to be dealt with. Although not always easy, my soul is shouting, “Hooray!!” There are many issues we must address as a global family in order to simply survive on this planet. At the same time, there are many issues each of us as individuals must address and heal in our own personal worlds. As Gandhi advised, we must “be the change we seek”. In order to bring the peace and healing so desperately needed in the world, we must first learn to create it within our own beings. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” If there is change we wish to see, darkness we wish to dispel, we must first light our own candle. Most of us readily agree this all makes great sense. But when it comes right down to it, how do we...

Embracing change allows choice of love over fear

NOTE: This article appeared in The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), on May 31, 2008. (Headline was chosen by the newspaper. They “got” it!) Embracing change allows choice of love over fear  Recently I was reminded of one of my favorite scenes from the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof”. Tevye, a poor Russian milkman, is listening to an argument between his longtime villager friend, and Perchik, a young revolutionary student. They’re discussing the merits of keeping abreast of political and social changes happening outside their little village. The villager presents his reasoning, and Tevye comments, “You’re right!”  Then Perchik presents his case, and Tevye again concludes, “You’re right!” Another who’s been listening replies, “He’s right and he’s right? They can’t both be right.” At this point Tevye scratches his head, and in his best Yiddish accent says, “You know, you are also right.” Therein lies the nature of paradox.  This little scene is a beautiful example of how sometimes it’s necessary to adopt a higher perspective in order to see the big picture, to allow seeming opposites to be true at the same time. Tevye is asked, throughout the course of the story, to embrace a whole series of changes – to reexamine much of his beloved “Tradition” – in the face of the rapidly changing times. Out of deep love for his children, Tevye ultimately chooses to surrender many of his entrenched ideas and dogmas.  He learns to open to new ways of looking at things. As Hodel, his middle daughter says, “The world is changing, Papa!” and we watch with great compassion as Tevye learns to change with it. The world is constantly...

Cancer: Embracing the Healing Journey

by Nancy Hopps (for The Share Guide, March 2009) We never really know what’s around the next corner, do we?  If you’ve ever received a diagnosis of a life-threatening disease or debilitating chronic illness, you know how quickly life can turn upside down. Who among us can say that cancer has not touched our lives in some way? Whether through personal experience or that of someone we love, “the C-word” has become much too common in most of our day-to-day lives. How, then, and why would we possibly want to embrace this or any other equally dreaded disease? Because, simply put, that which we resist, we give power to. One of the most powerful gifts of the healing journey can be learning to “embrace it”, to grace-fully accept what is. This in no way suggests passive submission. Quite the contrary. By not resisting the illness and all its ramifications, we are best able to allow the energy to keep moving right on through, thus greatly assisting and accelerating the healing process. Think for a minute of some of the standard phrases you hear regarding cancer – you’re encouraged to “fight it”, “defeat it” “overcome it”.  You might think of “embracing” a healing journey as a more wholistic approach to healing, more akin to many of the martial arts concepts of flowing with the energy coming at you, rather than resisting or trying to overpower it… a more “Gandhi-like” approach. Now, Gandhi, I’m not! But I do know of what I speak. I’ve had the privilege of assisting many clients, friends and family members with various forms of mindbodySpirit healing...

At 44 years of age, happy, healthy, and in great physical shape, I certainly did not fit the profile of who’s “supposed to” get uterine cancer.

What follows is excerpted from an article I wrote in October, 1999, just months after my diagnosis… I was diagnosed in December of ’98 with uterine cancer.  Since then, my life has revolved around “The C-word”, and all its related c-words: challenge, commitment, courage, choice, and compassion.   The diagnosis was a shock, on the one hand, and at the same time had a strange sort of “Oh, ok, here we are at this chapter – time to play it out so I can get on with what it is I’m really here to do” feeling. Having been a healing arts practitioner for a couple of decades, having cancer myself was one of the most humbling, growth-filled, difficult and glorious experiences I have ever gone through….one I would not care to go through again, thank-you, but also one I wouldn’t trade for anything.  I am forever changed, and for that I am forever grateful. For six months after my diagnosis, I chose to utilize a combination of non-allopathic, holistic healing approaches. (By allopathic, I mean traditional western medicine – chemo, radiation, pharmaceutical drugs or, as was recommended in my case, surgery.)  I combined the following: – I used my own imagery/meditation skills and received hands-on healing and incredible love and support from many others. – I further refined my already-healthy eating habits, adhering to a very personally-tailored macrobiotic diet. – I complemented this with vitamins, herbs and other supplements recommended for my specific needs. I also did detox regimens. – I delved deeply into old, hard-to-admit emotional issues – you know the kind where you feel like, “Haven’t I already dealt...

“And The Greatest Of These Is Love”:

[This peer-reviewed article appeared in May, 2008, in Volume 8, No. 2 of the International Journal of Healing and Caring (IJHC)] Impressive results of non-traditional healing methods in treating Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD/CRPS) Nancy Hopps, LMT, CSH Abstract This article is a summary of my work with a young woman, “Marissa,” who was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD/CRPS). After several months of unsuccessful nerve blocks and other allopathic approaches, the only western medical treatment options presented to her were placing a morphine pump in her back, or performing a sympathectomy (severing of the sympathetic nervous system to the affected limb.) Both are considered palliative measures, not cures. Fortunately, at that point she was referred to a physician who diagnosed Marissa’s disease as being psychosomatic in origin. Shortly thereafter, I began working with her. Because Marissa’s symptoms were so severe, the medical testing and previous treatments so extensive, and the cure so dramatic, hers is one of the most profound examples of mindbody healing I have witnessed in many years of practice. Most notable, the fact that the symptoms were such a clear metaphoric reflection of the underlying emotional issues makes this case study a wonderful example of the synergistic, (and creative!) workings of the mindbody continuum. Simply put, as the underlying emotional issues were resolved, the amazingly congruent physical symptoms also disappeared. We used many techniques and therapeutic approaches, but as is evidenced below, “the greatest of these, was Love.” Key Words: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, RSD, Healing Power of Love, Guided Imagery for Healing, Healing Affirmations, Relaxation and...

What do you really want to offer your customers this holiday season?

As retailers of New Age products, of course you want to provide the latest titles, interesting gifts, and  enlightening information.  But we’ve all felt the frustration of getting so caught up in the nuts and bolts of  the business stuff , that sometimes we feel we just don’t  have much energy left over for the things that are really important. …  Like being fully present. Radiating an aura of calmness and serenity.   And just plain enjoying what you’re doing. Let me ask you something.  Do you remember your company’s mission statement?  How about your own personal mission statement….have you ever taken time to create one?   Then, next question…As you get caught up in the day-to-day challenges – from purchase orders & payroll to personnel and customer demands – are you able to keep the Bigger  Picture in mind? Are you able to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing?   Are you able to find that quiet place within, where you feel truly grateful for the opportunity to serve? Being a member of the New Age community, of course you know what  the “karmically correct” answer is. But  if you’re still in a human body, the honest answer  to those last three questions is probably “Sometimes, yes…. Sometimes, no!” We all have times when we experience that wonderfully serene “flow state”, when we feel at One with All That Is. We feel a sense of ease, knowing everything is in Order; our hearts are open, and we feel a deep and profound connection with everyone we meet.  It’s easy to feel gratefulness and a sense of purpose under those conditions....
 

Selected Articles ABOUT Nancy

Voice of Healing Comes Through

by Karen McCowan, The Register-Guard Published: Sunday, January 21, 2007 Nancy Hopps didn’t set out to become an expert on coaching others through cancer treatment. “But everybody has their gifts, and this is one of mine,” she said. “I know how to do this.” That know-how was hard won. Hopps survived her own uterine cancer, diagnosed in 1998. She helped care for her son’s fiancée, who died in 1999 from a recurrence of childhood kidney cancer. And she supported her then 19-year-old daughter through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment after her Hodgkin’s lymphoma was diagnosed in February 2005. The resulting wisdom was “a gift I never would have wished for,” said Hopps, 52. But it has led her to record a series of Relax into Healing CDs, which she says are helping her business grow significantly. The CDs are designed to prepare listeners for, and lead them through, cancer surgery, pain, chemotherapy, radiation treatment. The idea came from her daughter, whom Hopps cared for full-time after her February 2005 lymphoma diagnosis. Now in remission, daughter Annamieka has returned to her pre-med and fine arts studies at the University of Oregon. She hopes to become a naturopathic physician. “Mieka would say, ‘What do people do that don’t have somebody like you to help them, somebody to hold their hand who’s not more scared than they are?’ ” Hopps recalled. Her cancer CDs reflect her eclectic array of life experiences. She was first exposed to the mind-body-spirit connections they employ as a philosophy student at Ohio Wesleyan University. Later, she led relaxation and affirmation classes at Lane Community College and the University...

Interview with Neela Sakaria for Bowker’s Bookwire

MEET THE AUTHOR™ – April 2003 BookWire speaks with … Nancy Hopps, creator of Relax Into Healing Neela Sakaria: Please tell our readers about your background, and how you came to produce the RELAX INTO HEALING audio series (both FINDING THE PEACEFUL PLACE WITHIN and DEEP, HEALING SLEEP ). Nancy Hopps : All my audio products, including the RELAX INTO HEALING series, evolved out of my teaching and counseling experiences. I began teaching at a community college in 1981, then was adjunct faculty at the U of Oregon for about 7 years. This led to doing talks and workshops for civic and professional organizations, getting involved in a number of stress-related research projects, as well as maintaining a private practice. So basically, the tapes (and later, cd’s) came into being in response to students’ and clients’ requests – they’d tell my how well they relaxed in class, but had difficulty reproducing that state on their own. So, in 1989, I produced my first tape with a little cassette recorder and Radio Shack microphone in my living room, and ran off about 50 copies. The response was very surprising to me – local bookstore owners immediately sold out of the copies I’d consigned with them, and urged me to “get it out there!” on a wider scale. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was in the publishing business, with continued demand for new products, which in turn led to more demand for speaking engagements, and so on… It really has been an amazing process, one for which I am deeply grateful… and never could have...

New CDs Offer Path to Wellness

By Aria Seligmann/ EUGENE WEEKLY JANUARY 24, 2002 Starting with simple deep-breathing exercises, Nancy Hopps, on her CDs and tapes, invites her listeners to relax. With soothing music playing in the background, Hopps’ smooth, mellow voice and her warm approach to the material quickly lulls the listener into a deep peaceful state. Breathing, letting go, relaxing the body, emptying the mind of thoughts, and guided imagery are some of the processes in her newest wellness series: Relax into Healing. Two new CD Resource kits, Finding the Peaceful Place Within and Deep Healing Sleep, were both released in October, expanding this Eugenean’s library of offerings that already include Relaxation/Affirmation Techniques, Relax Quick! and theRelaxation Gift Set. Each Resource Kit contains a 60-minute CD, reminder cards with affirmations for 28 days, and a 16-page booklet that describes how the relaxation processes can be most effective for this listener, with tips on diet, exercise, yoga, meditation and related approaches. “My life is quite full, so finding ways to stay centered and maintain balance is essential for me on a personal level,” says Hopps, who balances motherhood, performing, counseling, teaching, leading workshops and public speaking. She uses her own techniques to “keep from going over the edge” when her life gets busy and says she’s seen “incredible changes in people’s lives as they’ve learned to integrate these techniques.” Her Relax Into Healing series and other recordings were born out of a class Hopps taught at LCC and the UO in the 1980s in which students focused on a particular goal while learning how to integrate meditation and the creative power of thought, imagery...