Living Open Podcast Episode #67: Erin Telford - Opening Her Heart with Breathwork


CLICK HERE to listen to Living Open Episode #67: Erin Telford Opening Her Heart with Breathwork


I really, really enjoyed this conversation with Erin Telford. We really connected and I could feel her heart the whole time-- appropriate since we talk about opening your heart with breathwork. Let me just say Erin is the real deal! 


She 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, and become their own healers. A lot of what she does focuses on releasing the core wounds and limiting beliefs that subconsciously run our lives, which I really just could not love more. 


In this episode, we talk about:

  • Her journey of finding breathwork and stepping into it fully, leaving behind her acupuncture and reiki practices 

  • How breathwork helped her heal (plus what it is & how to do the style she practices)

  • Finding yourself with the breath as a self-healing practice

  • Space-holding as a healer (I loved this part of our conversation & I think it's so important)

  • Releasing stigma and shame around "positive" and "negative" emotions

  • Why she loves working with rage 

  • Her shadow work journey

  • Breathwork as a tool for releasing rage, sadness, and shame

  • Healing beliefs around self-worth

  • Erin as the Queen of Pentacles!

  • Her connection with nature and its importance 

How to Trust

photo by Caroline Reid

photo by Caroline Reid

I’ve been getting asked a lot of questions about trust lately, especially since I’m been on this ‘Working for the Universe’ tour!  Trust is something that can seem evasive.  In this world of “hacks” and quick fixes, trust and faith are more about mastery.  There are no shortcuts.  You begin and then you continue.  


The form of trust that I practice is almost synonymous with intuition.  I say practice because it truly is a day to day practice.  The more you check in with yourself, your gut, your inner knowing, your seeing/hearing/feeling senses, the clearer information you will receive.  The more you act on the information you receive, the more you will grow confidence in following your internal guidance system.  If you don’t take action on the information you receive, you might stay stuck in confusion and indecision while the gifts of your intuition gather dust in the corner.  


The first place to build trust is always within.  If you are still here and reading this, you made it!  You can trust yourself and your ability to meet the challenges that happen in your life because you’ve already met so many!  You don’t need to have handled everything perfectly or rose to the occasion in the exact right way.  You are living and learning and as long as you are self-reflecting, you are right on track.  


You can trust yourself that you can figure it out and if you can’t, that you can ask for help and educate yourself.  You can trust yourself that you have the internal resources to create and grow what’s important to you and if you feel wobbly, that you can begin to cultivate the qualities that you need to feel confident and capable.  


Again, this is about practice not perfection.  I don’t believe in wasted time or wrong decisions.  We are on this planet to learn, grow and heal.  It’s okay to experiment with your life.  If something doesn’t work out the way you would have liked, recalibrate and course correct.  


The second place to build trust is in something larger than you.  This can be your family, friends, your teachers or healers, or your community. It’s important to have humans in your life that hold wisdom and can see and report your blind spots with love. This can be a little tricky because you want to choose people who hold knowledge in the area that you want to grow into and that are able to hold neutral, supportive space for you.  They only need to be a couple steps ahead of you in the process to be able to guide you.  Advisors, whether long term or temporary can help you engender trust within because they can reflect back to you how great you are doing.  They can give you encouragement and validation when you might be feeling afraid or uncertain.  


The third place to build trust is in something greater than your human self.  This can be the Universe, Spirit, your Higher Self, Source, God/dess, your guides, Mother Earth, Archangel Michael, hawk spirits-whatever works.  A non-human alliance is going to be neutral in its ability to help support you.  It won’t have any agenda for you other than to help you grow.  I hear this guidance most clearly when I am moving my body and when I am connected to Nature.  The more you nurture the relationship with something bigger than you, the more it will give back.  It’s like any other relationship, if you are attentive and respectful to it, it will become rich and deepen over time.


Intuitive information is always going to be neutral.  If it comes with a charge, it is most likely a judgement, opinion or a fear.  Trust should always be partnered with inspired actions and meeting the Universe half way.  Be clear and if you aren’t, get clear.  Know what and who you are trusting.  Know what you are working towards.  


When you trust, you are moving past the survival mode of the ego.  You can begin to get excited about the possibilities for your life.  Fear of the unknown is no longer a “thing” when you trust.  Truly, we never know everything that is on the way for us or when its coming so fearing the unknown is just a way to spin the wheels of anxiety.  


Know what you want to create.

Take actions no matter how big or small to move forward.

Listen-within, to your advisors, and to the Universe.

When you’ve done all you can do and it looks like nothing is happening, sink your faith even deeper and know that waiting is part of trusting too.  

We are all getting bigger and moving into spaces of more risk and it doesn't have to be scary.  It's always more about cultivating internally than controlling externally....because that's just an illusion anyway.  


The Radically Selfish Podcast - Be Daring Enough to Dream a New Dream

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Click HERE to listen to Episode 3 - Be Daring Enough to Dream a New Dream

”Just as we are in a constant state of evolution, so are our dreams.

This episode is all about letting yourself want something new. Here to guide us through this personal revolution is Erin Telford. She is no stranger to deciding on a new dream. In fact, Erin has taken her journey to internal transformation to a very literal and incredibly powerful place.

Erin is certainly a woman of many gifts. In this episode, she will take us along with her to brave new worlds outside of our comfort zones. She will help us plumb the depths of what it means to be radically selfish. For Erin, this means redefining her personal standards, seeking out only the most fulfilling life experiences, and having a witness to her sacred joy and love. Erin wisely stated that having no expectations also means having no standards. It’s a powerful reminder that we need to protect our heart and our inner voice. That voice is clear about what experiences and environments are working for you and which ones are not.

Perhaps you are like Erin, and your inner voice is calling out for reinvention. It is never to late to dive into a new dream. Listen to today’s interview, and get inspired to transform your dreams into beautiful new realities!”

More Radical Lessons In This Episode:
– It takes intention to change your dream.
– Erin has some insights from a month on the road.
– Give yourself permission to want something.
– Getting out of the city was so incredibly healing for Erin, even if it means losing the “city edge.”
– We are not trained to want what we want. It is OK to be needy!
– Don’t get caught up in the emotional free-for- all!
– We both get the chance to weigh in on what it means to be radically selfish.
– If we don’t use our freedom, we are taking it for granted.
– Your actions can impact people in so many other ways.
– You can be in control of all the structures in your life.
– Erin shares stories of her great disappointments and loneliest times.
– Leaning back v. leaning in.
– Money stopped being important when Erin’s body experience and environment took over as her deepest focus.
– We are all deeply missing the presence of a tribe.
– Erin shares all about her book-writing journey!

MagaMama Podcast Episode #15: Erin Telford on Breathwork, the Role of Emotions, Grief & Redemption


CLICK HERE to listen to this episode, and then scroll down to Episode #15.

“In this episode, we talk about breathwork as a therapeutic modality that bypasses the mind, the role of emotions, and dealing with grief. We ended up in some deep archetypal shizzle. The story of Erin's family, her mother and her sister has so many miraculous and redemptive elements for them as souls and family, but for us all.”

~ Kimberly Johnson