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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese word derived from Rei, meaning “spirit” or “universe” and Ki meaning “energy”. These Japanese characters when combined, present the concept of a “Universal Life-force Energy” that can be used for healing.  Usui Reiki is a natural healing system that uses the Universal Energy to support the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Reiki is not based on religion and is not massage. The Certified Reiki Practitioner uses scanning techniques and specific hand positions to pass this energy into the body of the recipient. Some practitioners hold their hands a few inches over the body and some lightly touch the body. The client is relaxed in a chair or on a massage table during the session and remains fully clothed. A session generally takes about an hour but can last longer. During the session the client will experience relaxation and may feel a gentle warm or tingling sensation.

Reiki promotes relaxation, pain reduction, overall wellness, and balance in the mind, body and spirit (the “whole” person). It is a simple, safe, non-invasive technique that works by opening and clearing the energy centers in the body so it can better heal itself.

As Reiki Practitioners we are not healing anyone ourselves. We are simply conduits for passing the Universal Energy into another to facilitate their own self-healing. Each person receiving Reiki is responsible for their own healing in accordance with their highest good. Reiki is not medicine and does not replace modern medicine or the need for professional medical care.

I became a Reiki practitioner in 2008 after being a client for several years. During my time as a client I experienced healing of some emotional and physical pain that impressed me so much I was drawn to become a practitioner myself.

My Reiki experience has been a wonderful learning and healing journey. It is an effective natural healing practice and I am confident you will find many treasures in your own growth along this path - just as I have. Reiki literally changed my life.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Protection

Why do we need protection and from what?

There are many things that can cause a disturbance in our energy field or cause us to feel bad including other people, EMF’s, particular physical locations, cosmic events and even ourselves!

Have you ever been around someone who completely drains you? Or felt a strong influx of negative energy from another person or in a location? Perhaps crowds are exhausting to you? If you’re sensitive to the energies around you or are empathic (meaning you feel what others feel in your body) it’s important to protect yourself. Sometime others who vibrate at a lower level or emit strong negative emotions feel draining to us and it’s even possible that negative energies can be sent from one person to another either intentionally or unintentionally via strong thoughts or intentions, these can create a disturbance in the energy field of the recipient.

Lower vibrating energies can also be held in a physical location or come from another source. There are even events happening in the universe such as the solar flares so many of us have been feeling that can affect us. People can send out negative energy either unintentionally or intentionally through anger, jealousy or intense negative thoughts. In my personal experience the most common reason for one person to inflict negative energy on another on purpose is jealousy. Jealousy is an emotion based on lack mentality and powerfully negative.

Any kind of fear based emotion strongly directed at another person subconsciously, consciously or even with the intent to harm can cause issues. If someone is directing low vibrating energy at you it is best not to engage them in interaction. Just mentally wish them light and love to diffuse the situation and get away from them if possible. Even something as simple as crossing your arms and legs will deflect the other person – this position blocks some of your chakras and sends a clear message in body language that you are not open to the other person. On a subconscious level when they realize they can’t dump their negative energy on you they will often get tired of trying and leave. We can also draw negative energy and people to ourselves by harboring these same emotions for a prolonged period of time.

At a highly concentrated advanced level negative energy can take the form of psychic attacks. Psychic attacks from others are possible but are not always the reason for feeling bad, it’s important to examine what is going on with yourself to decipher the source of your symptoms, or consult an energy healer.

Some of the symptoms of psychic attack include a sudden onset of intense anger, fear or sadness, feeling exhausted and drained, acting out of character, nightmares, sudden illness that have no physical source, loss of memory, a string of accidents, or feeling like you are being watched. There can be many different symptoms these are just a few. Again the hallmark is a sudden onset of these symptoms with no other explanation. Also notice if you feel exhausted, drained, angry or even feel like crying when around around certain people or in a particular setting.

Here’s the good news – Our protection can only be broken from inside of ourselves! If we have strong healthy bodies, chakras (especially heart and solar plexus) and a strong aura it is very difficult for negative energies to get in as they need a place to enter. It is also important to be very well grounded and centered. And of course there are other things we can do to protect ourselves, some of which are listed below.

How to lessen the risk
Be sure to protect yourself before going to places where there is a lot of prolonged pain or sadness like hospitals and funeral homes.

Use discernment regarding physical contact with others – even polite hugs and especially sex. When we are intimate with another person physically we open ourselves up to their energy and there is an exchange, even if it’s something like a one night stand. It’s important to be judicious who you share yourself with in this manner and be sure you really know who they are because you are sharing essences with that person back and forth.

Be careful about the thoughts and emotions you give energy to – you can create your own negativity with your thoughts or what you are focusing on. Like energy attracts like!

Reduce or end relationships with toxic people. These are the people that drain us, who are always negative, who demean or put down others, have anger and rage for everyone, who are deceitful or even hurtful and try to control everyone around them.

How do we protect ourselves?
We start with our bodies. Our bodies are the vehicle we use to navigate this life on earth, they are our home while we are here. It’s important to keep them as strong and healthy as possible. This means avoiding toxins that can weaken our bodies and aura such as alcohol, cigarettes, and chemical filled junk food just to name a few things. Negative emotions and even things like funguses, metals and other toxins can also weaken our bodies and aura. Getting proper sleep is also very important in this culture where being overly busy is seen as an accomplishment. Long ago mankind aligned themselves to the cycles of nature. Meaning people rose when the sun did, went to bed when it was dark and ate only natural foods. They also spent much more time outside and ate only natural local foods. In this way they were naturally more grounded and connected to the earth where they lived.

Today we live in a culture where we are so busy we often don’t get proper rest, most of us spend our days in offices with artificial lighting and recycled air and often eat in the most convenient way which includes foods with a lot of chemicals and preservatives. All of these things can start to weaken our bodies and energy systems over time.

It’s also important to attend to any health needs we have been neglecting. When was the last time you had a checkup? Do you have a dental issue that needs to be addressed? What about that nagging pain in your shoulder? Our bodies are designed to communicate with us and it’s very helpful to listen to what they are saying! They can tell us when they need rest, when we are too stressed or not eating properly. They can also tell us when we’re in danger or when we shouldn’t proceed with a plan.

One good way to check in with your body is to sit or lay down in a comfortable position and do a body scan. Start at your feet and work your way up. How do your feet feel? Wiggle them around a little. Do they hurt, are they tired? If they were a color what color would they be? This is helpful in pinpointing any chakra related issues that may be manifesting in your feet. Continue in this manner upward, checking in with your calves, knees, thighs, all the way up to the top of your head.

Once you have identified what’s going on with your body make a plan to address any needs. Can you schedule in some down time, set the alarm a half hour later? Do you need to see a doctor or a therapist? If emotional issues are presenting themselves therapy can be very helpful. Maybe it’s time for a massage to help relieve some of that tension you’ve been carrying. What about your diet, set aside a little time one afternoon a week to cook some healthy meals that you can just grab from the fridge or freezer later. And don’t forget energy work! If you are Reiki trained or do any other kind of energy work schedule in time for self-treatments every day. Even if it’s only 15 or 20 minutes. As Mrs. Takata said “Any Reiki is better than no Reiki”.

It’s also helpful to have someone else do energy healing for you at least once a month. Locate a Reiki share near you or make an appointment with an energy healer – it’s beneficial to have someone who is objective and may see things you may miss treat you. I receive a Reiki treatment from another practitioner at least once or twice a month and try to get a massage or other body work once a month as well. There are many other ways to protect ourselves as well, paying attention to our physical bodies is a good start.


There are other things you can do to protect yourself. Surround yourself with a bubble of white light of protection. Start it at your solar plexus spreading outward to it fills and encompasses your body and aura. Then ask Archangel Michael and the angels of protection to hold it in place and only allow in that which is to your highest and greatest good.
                                 
Archangel Michael is the Archangel of protection. Angelic energy is always available to 
us however it will not bypass our free will so we have to ask for it. We also call on the 
groups of angels of protections. Groups of angels have great strength. Are the 500, 5000
or 5 million angels in the group of angels of protection? I have no idea but there are a lot!!

We specifically ask that only that which is to our highest and greatest good be allowed in
because that way we will not be blocking any lessons that are beneficial to our growth. 
You can make the light different mediums like a mirror facing outward or even metal to
deflect all energy if you are in a particularly negative place. Don’t leave it like this too long as
you will be blocking everything. Please be aware your intention is the key to making these
energetic protective measures work.