An Unusually Large And Talented Class Takes Its Place In The Healing Community
Enrollment has been strong this year at The Healing Arts Center and we have noticed that there are many exceptional students seeking the special training that will help them make a difference for beings. Our ailing world seems to be crying out for healing and many compassionate beings are answering the call. Our student body, at any one time, is made up of between 80 and 95 students making HAC one of the larger massage therapy programs in the country. It appears that a similar number will be joining us in 2017.
For decades, HAC has evolved to become the largest massage therapy program in the region though many in our community have not paid any notice to this fact providing us with the luxury of doing our thing in our own unique way. As vocational massaage therapy programs have closed their doors, the pressure has been mounting by the professional massage community to become more job-training oriented. Lately this has reached a near fever-pitch. We are HAC. We do what we do and we are going to keep doing it just like was always have. The profession will work itself out or not. We have our own intentions to which we have remained faithful for twenty- seven years and will continue to keep our faith for at least twenty-seven more.
While enrollments in massage therapy schools nationwide have been declining since 2005, thereby creating a labor shortage crisis in the massage therapy profession, The Healing Arts Center has quietly steered clear of traditional vocational education and stuck to its curriculum of healing, transformation and compassion. We meditate. We hold hands. It's an HAC thing. You would have to be a part of it to fully get it - and our students do, indeed, get it. In a big, life-changing way, they get it. This is the key to HAC's success: we are simply not a vocational massage therapy school. This is to say that our training is not designed solely for the purpose of job training. We do life-training. We are a personal transformation school that happens to teach massage therapy.
On December 16, 2016, HAC will hold its last quinmester Red Robe Ceremony for 2016. Five times a year, new students enter and graduates depart our fifty week massage therapy training program. This term, the class is large: nineteen are designated to receive the Red Robe and their certifications. This has been a particularly successful group since the day they started the program. This has made the Order of Twin Hearts (OTH) designation this time around particularly challenging.
Basic elligibility in The Order is limited to those students who attended 90% of the program without making up classes. Attendance and good grades, however, are insufficient to receive the golden Crown Chakra. Each faculty member may, but is not required, to nominate up to two students from the list of those who are elligible. These nominations are, in turn, submitted to the Headmaster for consideration and, in consultation with the faculty, The Order inductees are selected.
The Order of Twin Hearts is named after the Twin Hearts Meditation For World Peace taught by Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, the founder of Pranic Healing. "Master Choa", as his students lovingly called him, was a mentor to Tom Tessereau, HAC's headmaster, and greatly influenced his protege as to the intention and attitudes that one should possess in order to provoke health and well being in the world. No student, no matter how well he or she performs in school, is "entitled" to OTH designation. There is no way to "earn" a spot in the Order of Twin Hearts. Most of our graduates understand and possess many of the compassionate qualities of a true healer. The Order, however, is made up of graduates who are uncomonly committed to the healing arts, inside and out, and who reflect back to us the skill, compassion and mentality of the transformational teachings offered at The Healing Arts Center.
At the Red Robe Ceremony on December 16, The Healing Arts Center will be pleased to induct seven new members to the Order of Twin Hearts: Bradford Champlin, Mark Gettemeyer, Jennifer Leigh, Kelsey Nelson, Tina Smith, Tiffany Stamson and Sara Woodruff. Each and everyone of these students has embraced what we have had to teach them and more.
We would like to congratulate all of our graduates and thank them for taking what we have taught them to heart. As they go out into the world, it is our hope and prayer that they will bring peace and well-being to others for many years to come. This class, in particular, will be missed, but we live with the solace that they will become inspirations to others. Congratulations to all!
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