Holistic + Integrative Healing
Everything I do in service to the sensitive soul is from a holistic perspective, meaning I take into consideration all aspects of your precious, multidimensional being. Physical body and life challenges are simply the manifestation of dysfunctions at the subtle level of your being. I am highly passionate about excavating the roots of your challenges and co-creating profound, sustainable change and radiance.
In the pursuit of this passion of mine I’ve spent countless hours in study and practice collecting the experience and resources needed to bring healing to my own life and also to my friends and clients. This magical collection of methods and modalities is what I like to call my Holistic Healer’s Medicine Bag, and in this article I’m laying out my favorites for you to explore and experiment with to hopefully bring greater healing and integration into your own life!
Which medicine is calling to you today?
Flower Essences are a form of energy medicine and represent the most subtle way of working with our plant allies. Engaging with plants in this way can be thought of as subtle or vibrational herbalism. We are engaging with the plant’s specific code or frequency on a soul level so it can influence healing and change from the core. This is my most favorite modality and the healing I have experienced firsthand and also witnessed is nothing short of miraculous. Sensitive souls’ subtle natures benefit greatly from this potent form of plant medicine.
Plants are our greatest allies and have evolved right alongside humans. They support us in all ways and herbal medicine is the oldest and most aligned form of caring for our physical body. Herbs can be used in a wide variety of ways for a multitude of purposes and intentions. I am so passionate about plants and love sharing specially curated herbal offerings with my clients. Sensitive souls can benefit so much from engaging with plant medicines on a daily basis!
It continually fascinates me how humans are literally addicted to food. We source identities through diet protocols. We place morality on whether or not our food choices were “good” or “bad.” We spend so much time and money on fads, trends, and supplements yet we can’t seem to agree upon the “ideal human diet.” Nutrition must be thought of as a holistic concept that includes all we take in through the senses, which is so much more than the food we put into our mouths. Sensitive souls especially must come into a more harmonious relationship with their delicate systems. My clients benefit from learning how to incorporate more Earth-made food into their lives, as well as get to the root of why food challenges and fixations are challenging them. Above all, they appreciate learning to view nourishment as a holistic concept.
Seasonal Living is aligning with the inevitable changes of Nature. It’s about surrendering to the flow and allowing the natural rhythms, rather than resisting them. Seasonal Living is about way more than just changing your wardrobe, enjoying watermelon in the summer, and maybe decorating for holidays. To truly live seasonally is the ultimate tool for personal, professional, and spiritual awakening and embodying your highest self in this lifetime. Sensitive souls are especially tuned into these shifts, whether they’re consciously aware or not! Many of my clients had never thought of “seasonal living” before and have reported significant changes in their lives, health, relationships, work, and more from learning to surrender to the cosmic flow.
I have always had a deep love affair with the moon. Her cycles and phases and changes have delighted and excited me for as long as I can remember. I was born literally hours before a new moon and feel it’s no coincidence that I’ve always been especially partial to her when she’s in her dark phase. Working consciously and in collaboration with the energies of the moon phases can seriously change your life, especially as a sensitive soul already so in tune! My clients benefit greatly from syncing with the energies of the moon and designing their life with these energies.
The difference between exercise and movement is subtle, yet profound. I dislike using the word “exercise” because of the various connotations we have associated with it. Intentional movement allows us to become fully embodied and to notice our sensorial experience, bodily needs, emotional state, and more. It’s truly a catalyst for profound awareness and healing. Embodiment practices are especially important for the sensitive soul as she, out of survival and old trauma, tends to live in her head a lot! My clients love the intuitively-facilitated embodiment practices and often have “life-changing” epiphanies as a result.
Yoga goes far beyond physical postures. The intention of yoga is to “to yoke” or to unify and integrate our human and spirit selves. To me, yoga is the ongoing process of personal alchemy, wherein a third energy arises. In this case, that third energy is the unification of our human and spirit selves where we become physical embodiments of light and love, soul animating human form, the meeting place of Earth and spirit. Embodiment practices such as these, as well as spiritual practices are simply imperative for the sensitive soul! My clients enjoy learning about ways to incorporate specific asanas (poses) into their life.
Meditation is crucial for all humans, especially those on planet Earth in 2019 and beyond. The special population of humans that requires this daily tune up even more? The sensitive, intuitive, empathic souls, AKA my soul sisters. Meditation is nothing new. It has been around for centuries and for good reason. Among all the traditions and styles, one common thread runs throughout: the ability to come to know thyself through repeatedly accessing the silent, still point within. Meditation doesn’t have to be seated and it doesn’t need to look any kind of way! There are so many choices because each of us is different and will resonate with a variety of methods. My clients love learning about the various types of meditations and enjoy special guided journeys and more!
One of the practices of the ancient system of Yoga involves the use of “mudras,” which is Sanskrit for “gesture.” Through holding parts of the body, an eye gaze, and primarily the hands in specific ways, we are able to influence and direct subtle energy to bring about specific effects. Mudras can be used during meditation, with your breathwork practices, in yoga practices, as part of your energy healing practices, and more! My clients enjoy specially curated mudras to support their unique needs.
Breath is the flow of life, it is the guardian of life and the spark of magic required to animate this sacred physical vessel. Of the things required to maintain the physical body – sleep, food, water, breath – the one we can go the shortest amount of time without is breath. Without breath, there’s no life. Without conscious breath, life becomes unchanging, stale, and ripe with dis-ease. Through consciously working with the breath, we are able to influence every single system in the body. Daily breathwork is essential to vital health and can bring about profound healing and evolution for the sensitive soul. My clients receive various breath practices selected just for them!
Energy isn’t just this esoteric, intangible, theoretical concept. Energy exists along a spectrum from subtle to gross, that is intangible to tangible. Understanding the power of these subtle and unseen energies is vital to the success of any holistic practice as we cannot create sustainable, lasting change without addressing our core wounds and the root causes of our dis-ease. That is to say, we can’t truly change the tangible, gross manifestations of our lives without tending to the subtle building blocks that make up those very manifestations. Sensitive souls are specially attuned to the subtle realms by nature. My clients absolutely love activating this part of themselves and creating their own energy healing practices.
Chakras are energetic sites that correspond with different stages of the soul’s maturation process. Each site represents a stage of development, an archetype, and a function. Each one comes “alive” as we grow and come into our own maturation process from infant to adulthood. There are seven main chakras that correspond with the seven main endocrine glands of the physical body. Learning about the physical and subtle energetic correspondences of these sites can equip the sensitive soul with self-awareness and tools for a fulfilling journey. My clients benefit from physical and energetic diagnostics and resources to bring about greater harmony and healing.
Crystals are made from minerals formed way deep down in the Earth over very long periods of time. A human life is just a blink of an eye on the geological timescale of crystals, and the depths from which these crystals travel to get to us are greater than we can fathom. One of the things that I love about crystals so much is that while we can all talk about things unseen, about vibrations and subtle forces, about ancient times and secret depths, crystals are the physical manifestations of those concepts made tangible right in front of us. My clients love the specially curated crystals selected just for them!
Spirituality isn’t religion and many people that are religious are not actually spiritual. Spirituality is a way of viewing the world. It’s a way of thinking, feeling, and believing. It’s a way of surrendering to the greater flow, the Great Web of Life, cosmic order, Source, whatever you like to call it. It’s a continued practice of authentically communing with your Self without dogma, egoic blocks, fears, and trauma. Especially as sensitive souls, coming into a relationship with the Great Mystery has the power to bring about greater purpose, health, fulfillment, and ease. My clients tend to come from backgrounds of spiritual trauma and it’s a joy to support them in unpacking these wounds.
Expressive Arts involves intuitively and impulsively creating pieces of art out of your preferred medium in an effort to give an outlet to an experience, an emotion, a sensation. Through this modality we’re able to process, digest, and come to an embodied cognizance. From this more integrated state, there’s clarity and direction. Bringing the imaginal and formless into something tangible symbolizes the gestation and birthing process of the wisdom, ideas, and inspiration inherent in all emotions – if we simply took the time to be with them. The sensitive soul spends a lot of time in her head and can often be disconnected from her emotions. My clients enjoy these practices and unlocking their creative life force.
I define Shadow Work as a process which allows us to access deep joy, purpose, and healing through our challenges and wounds. Shadow Work enables us to identify and uncover the roots of our core wound to transmute it into medicine. Shadow Work should be a process of integrating parts of ourselves we’ve disowned, shunned, or bypassed. Shadow Work is about reclaiming and empowering ourselves through our trials and traumas. Sensitive souls carry a lot of trauma with them due to their porous nature and a lifetime of being shamed for their gifts. My clients cite my methods as profound and life-changing.
Shamanism, by any name, aims to retrieve information, guidance, and support from Spirit, the ancestors, the elements, the subtle energetic building blocks around and within us. Through seeing to the heart and core of the matter at hand, Band-Aid solutions are foregone, and root healing can take place. Although in our culture “shamanism” isn’t quite as recognized as energy healing, shadow work, or plant medicine, it’s all part of the greater cosmic web of resources here for our use. Shamanic journeywork is paramount to my personal and professional work and my clients enjoy the many aspects of these resources I bring to them.
You are a unique individual. There’s no one like you that has ever existed or will ever exist again. Everything about you is completely one-of-a-kind from your fingerprints to the way your DNA expresses itself to your gifts and personality. However, as unique as you are, you are also the product of a long line of people that have come before you and everything that they experienced also lives in your cellular memory. Being courageous enough to address the legacy of dis-ease and strife is the biggest and most important first step in healing ancestral trauma. Sensitive souls are here for a divine purpose and their gifts are incredibly sacred. They are the seers and the truth speakers and the ones ready to address the elephants in the room.
I’m Devon Ray Battaglia, MS, NC and I am a mentor and catalyst for sensitive, intuitive, empathic women who want to create a life of authentic purpose and joy out of their challenges and traumas. Through empowering women to remember how to trust their bodies, align with Nature and seasonal flow, and leverage their subtle energies, they live their soul's sacred purpose and their sensitivity is honored as a superpower power and divine gift, rather than something to "fix."
My work is a magical blend of the practical and tangible with the esoteric and energetic. My diverse background is a reflection of my diverse experiences and devotion to the sacred spiral dance of life and the sensitive soul's vital role in this time on the planet. If you're ready to be activated, take a look at my various offerings and resources, listen to my podcast, join my Facebook community, and follow me on Instagram.