Reflexology For The Spirit

Spirituality of the Heart

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It has been said by many that our eyes are the window to our soul.  When we speak of the heart, we refer to it as our emotional home.  The heart is where we struggle, hurt, yearn, like, dislike, feel joy.

When we fall in love, we feel our heart flutter, beat loudly.  When this happens, we go a little wacko.  We also drop about 50 points on our IQ scale.  We recover as we move into the second stage of love.

We all experience conflicts, abuse, hurt, loss.  Occasionally, the heart becomes the repository of love locked away.  If the pain is too great, we limit our feelings and have trouble expressing love.

People isolated from love experience mistrust, uncaring feelings, hate, prejudice, and fear.  Fear shuts the heart down.  When that happens, people feel worthless, angry, bitter, stressed, anxious, disappointed and lonely.

People come into embodiment to open the heart.  This task can take a lifetime and is a powerful teaching.  Respect and trust are hard to learn sometimes.  Learning to listen to one’s heart and act on that message can be very difficult indeed.

Our hearts  protect us through love.  The heart carries much wisdom.  Learning to listen to the messages the heart offers is important.

Opening your heart to experiencing love is one of the most essential life experiences a person can have.  When you open your heart, you allow people to get to know the real you.  When this happens, you allow yourself to experience the many forms of love.

Take a few minutes to find a quiet, safe place where you can breathe into your heart.

Sit comfortably.  Put on some quiet music if you like.

Begin to breathe into your heart.  Place your hands on the heart space in the center of your chest.  As you inhale, breathe in softness, openness, positive thoughts,

Now  exhale, as you release fear, resistance, any negative experiences in your life.

Breathe happiness into your heart space as you inhale.

Let go of fatigue, heaviness, stagnation as you exhale.

With the next inhale, breathe in unconditional love to protect yourself.

Now begin to offer gratitude to your heart for its work which never stops as it keeps you alive and as it works ceaselessly to offer love in your life.

Listen to your heart’s wisdom and guidance.

Resolve now to pay more attention to what your heart is telling you.

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Spirituality of the Gall Bladder

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The  gall bladder,  a small bag behind the liver,  processes the bile manufactured in the liver.  The gall bladder releases this liquid into the intestines.  When digestion is slow, the gall is not released  quickly enough and it congeals, creating stones.

The gall bladder may go along for years  without causing  problems.  Then, one day, without any warning, it begins to scream and the pain can be quite intense.  A trip to a physician is then necessary.   Don’t try to deal with gallstones without professional help.

Spiritually, the issues contributing to gall bladder problems include anger, resentment, depression, irritation, and bitterness that have been building for years, decades even.

If you feel  your gall bladder needs positive support, find a quiet, safe place and begin breathing deeply.

Breathe in grounding energy as you inhale.

Focus on your gall bladder as you speak to it.

Ask your gall bladder:

what the discomfort looks like.

how long  it has been distressed.

what color it is.  When you understand what color it is, find out what color surrounds the area of the gall bladder.

Now, listen quietly to your gall bladder.  You may hear a sound related to this discomfort.

Then, ask your gall bladder what  negative issues are impacting it.  When you learn what they are, take several deep breaths and then exhale deeply as you release those negative issues.  Encourage them  to dissolve and then evaporate…never to return.

Now, quietly hold your hands over your gall bladder.  Visualize it releasing any  toxins that may be stuck.  See them leaving your body as well as your life as you successfully remove them from your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional being.

Drink ample liquids throughout  the day to support your body’s effort to release toxins created by negative issues in your life.

Repeat this exercise daily for several days.

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Spirituality of the Eyes

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We perceive our world through our eyes.  This perception is more than just seeing what is around us.  It’s an emotional/spiritual response to what we comprehend, feel, know, sense.  We know our surroundings through what we see.

What we see is influenced by our upbringing, education, religious beliefs,  experiences.  No two people see something the same way.  We all experience  life events with our own biases based on experiences we’ve had throughout our lives.  This includes everything done to us by others and everything we have done to others in both this life and past lives.

We also see our inner selves…our true feelings.  Except when we don’t.  Often, when things are too painful, we develop distorted observations of reality in order to make life more acceptable to ourselves.  Sometimes, we also develop spiritual  vision as well and need glasses.  Inner (spiritual) changes will affect  our vision accordingly.

Distorted vision blocks the intensity, danger, anger, impact, of a situation to make it more acceptable.  Distorted vision allows us to retreat from the harshness of the situation as we move into a more private inner world.

Cataracts are common in the elderly.  Cataracts work wonders for those who want to distance themselves from the details, struggles, and a fearful future.  Cataracts help when we see too much helplessness, sickness, and loneliness.

Glaucoma deals with issues created by unshed tears, blocked and repressed emotions.  Like Cataracts, Glaucoma becomes part of our lives when we fear the changes that the future is bringing to us.  This is especially true if the changes are beyond our control and the future appears bleak.  Glaucoma often deals with past life issues.

Spend a few moments each day focusing on what’s right in your life.

Find a quiet, safe place where you can go for a few minutes each day.  Cover your eyes with a soft cloth or use an eye pillow.  Turn on some quiet, regenerating music as you meditate for a few moments on healing and regenerating your eyes as well as your entire body.  Ask yourself to focus on strength, vitality, flexibility.  Ask the universe for homeostasis – the balance of all your organs.

Ground yourself for a few moments and then begin to release anger, distrust, fear, frustration, irritation, problems, negativity in your life.

Now might be a good time to shed some of the tears which you have been unable to shed in the past.  You may be able to do this if you feel safe enough.

Offer forgiveness as you move forward with positive thoughts into your future.

Your goal is to free yourself of the negativity in your life.

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Thurman Greco

 

 

The Spirituality of the Ears

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Our ears are our most sensitive sensory organs.  We can hear sounds around corners and through walls.  But, we not only hear the different sounds around us.  Through our ears, we also listen, absorb, understand them.  When we listen to sounds with our ears, we also become aware of intention, awareness, presence.

When we listen, we not only connect with others and what their message is but we listen to our own inner voice.

Our ears absorb much information from the many sounds surrounding us.  We filter out large amounts of information because we either do not want to hear it or we are overwhelmed by too much information.

Hearing loss can have both physical and spiritual causes.  Spiritually, people who don’t want  to hear anymore have deafness as an option.  Deafness can be a way of blocking out what we don’t want to hear.

People block out negativity, anger, frustration, criticism.  They also, sometimes, block out guidance which is generated not only from within but also from those around us.

Go to a quiet space – a room or a corner of a room.

Sit quietly for a few moments and take some grounding breaths…inhaling and exhaling deeply.

After a few moments, when you feel you are quiet and grounded, place your hands lightly over your ears.  Listen carefully for your own wisdom and guidance.  Ask your spiritual self how you can use your ears to experience balance, clarity, grounding,  self love, self appreciation, and increased self esteem.

Sit quietly for a minute or two.  You may or may not receive answers to your question.

Remove your hands from your ears and thank your spiritual self for any guidance you have received or will receive through dreams, signs, or messages.

Now, return your hands to your ears.  Hold your earlobes with your thumbs and index fingers.  Massage your earlobes for 1-2 minutes using your thumbs and index fingers to make small circular motions.  Make small circular motions all over your outer ears.  Work slowly and with intention.  Then, slowly, massage your earlobes with long, luscious pulls.

You are not doing these circular motions and pulling motions to create pain in any way.  You are offering love, healing, grounding to your entire body – both physical and  spiritual.

Your ears have many pressure points which will respond to this slow, loving work.  Thank your ears for all the work they do and have done since your beginning.

Now, return to the present space you are in.  Try to consciously experience  what happened to your body and soul in the past few minutes.

Sit quietly for a moment to absorb the present moment.

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The Spirituality of our Breasts

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Breasts are very complex spiritual body parts.  They aren’t complex because of their place on the body or because of what they do.  They’re complex because of the ways we relate to  a woman’s breast in our society.

Breasts have 2 primary jobs:

They are sexually attractive body parts.

They nurture the newborn baby.

Our culture has interesting attitudes about human breasts:

It’s all right for women to spend thousands of dollars to enhance the breasts…even though to do so means that breastfeeding one’s  baby may possibly not happen because of the surgery.

It is all right for women to expose breasts in low cut dresses and bikinis.

It is not all right for a woman to feed her baby in any but a private space…even if both she and the baby are covered.

THE MESSAGE HERE IS THAT THE SEXUAL ROLE BREASTS GENERATE IS SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE BUT THE NURTURING ROLE IS NOT.   This message creates worry and apprehension in women.  Women feel victimized, on some level, by society’s attitudes about breasts.

BREAST CANCER IS VERY COMMON AMONG WOMEN.   Breast cancer is believed by many to be caused by hormones, chemicals, environmental toxins.  All of those things may be true.  But, it is also true that  women  often overextend themselves day after day for years.  In short, women in our culture are depleting their spiritual tanks with no chance of refilling them anytime soon.

IT’S HARD TO NOURISH ONESELF AND OTHERS WHEN THE SPIRITUAL TANKS ARE DRY.  When this happens over an extended period, something has to give.  Often,  that something is breast cancer.

In supporting the spirituality of your breasts, work to overcome the disconnection you feel from your own needs.  Honor your fatigue.  Address any feelings you have with victimhood.

Offer Reiki therapy to your breasts with the intention to heal and regenerate your body to maximum health and well being.

Focus on ways to nourish yourself so you can fill your spiritual tanks.

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The Spirituality of the Brain

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The brain is, of course, very spiritual.

The brain is like a computer with a lot of  storage.  Now, about the mind:  no one really knows how the mind works…certainly not I.  A question often asked is this:  do thoughts come from within or without?  I think thoughts come from both within and without.

There’s a strong connection between what happens in our spiritual lives, our emotional lives and our bodies.  The roles played by our brain and mind are extremely important to our overall health.  The connection between what happens in our daily lives and our bodies is intimate, strong.  These parts (mind, body, brain, spirit, emotion) all respond to one another.

Our spiritual lives and our emotional lives offer information to our brains and bodies.   This information subsequently becomes reality.  Thoughts  and feelings have their own energy.

When I write about the brain, it’s impossible to omit the abdominal brain.  The brain receives more messages from the intestines then it sends to the intestines.  For me, this increases the importance of the abdominal brain.  (I will be expanding on abdominal brain information in future posts.)

Negative thoughts, worries, anger, feelings, stress are mental static.  Sit quietly in a private space and bring up  negativity, worries, stress.  Tune them out.  Focus on eliminating  all negative events and activities from your life.

After this exercise, get yourself a glass jar with a lid, a piece of paper, and a pencil or pen.  List all negative worries, stresses, depressing events/thoughts, boredom, patterns, memories on the paper.  Remove the lid from the glass jar and put the paper in the jar.  Replace the lid on the jar and screw it closed.  Put the jar in the trash.  Discard the trash.

In the next day or so, return to this quiet, private space and focus on healing and regeneration of  self.  Encourage your body to build health, vitality.  Begin incorporating the following words in your vocabulary:

gratitude

humility

forgiveness.

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The Spirituality of Blood

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Blood is very exciting stuff.

For one thing, we can’t live without it.  If we’re in an accident, and lose too much blood, we will die.

Blood tells the whole story.  Often, when we visit the physician, a blood test is ordered.  The  story is here:  our past, our present, our future.

In the womb, we shared our mother’s blood, who shared her mother’s blood, who shared her mother’s blood, and on and on and on to the beginning of time.

That being said, each person’s blood is unique.  Like fingerprints, no 2 blood profiles are the same.  And,  blood changes with life events, nutrition, age.  Because of this, there are many issues with blood:

high or low pressure,

circulation,

arteriosclerosis

thrombosis,

stroke

hemorrhage,

varicose vein,

anemia.

If you find yourself dealing with one of the above diseases, you are dealing with a spiritual disease.  That doesn’t mean you forget the professional  medical practitioner.  It does mean that you do what that practitioner tells you to do and you deal with the spirituality issues in other ways.

When I think of the spirituality of blood, questions come to mind:

Have you recently found or lost a loved one?

Are you depressed?

Where are the conflicts in your life?

Are you nourishing yourself sufficiently?

Are you under a lot of pressure?

Are you angry?

Is someone or something threatening you?

Are you rigid with yourself and others?

Do you need to become gentler with yourself and others?

Are you afraid?

Are your life patterns stuck?

Does your lifestyle go against your beliefs?

Is  too much going on in your life?

Are there too many people in your life?

What, if anything, is draining your energy?

Now might be a good time to try to deal with these questions one-by-one.

In order to develop the spirituality of your blood, proper diet is extremely important.  Don’t just go to the grocery or the pharmacy and buy vitamins and minerals haphazardly.  Find a nutritional consultant and get what you need.

No one diet  fits all.  Find the diet best for you…makes you feel better, helps maintain your weight, results in better blood test results.   Your goal is to live a life bringing strength, vitality, purity to your blood.

Guided meditations can be instrumental for spiritual healing.

If you are a Reiki practitioner, give yourself sessions in which you offer an intent to heal and regenerate your blood to its optimum state.  If you are not a Reiki practitioner, now is a good time to find one.  This might even be a good time to learn Reiki therapy for yourself.

As your blood begins to experience this optimum state, you’ll  invite joy, free expression, creativity, balance in your life.

Reflexology for the Spirit sessions are appropriate here.  Homeostasis is necessary for the blood and for life in general.  Reiki and reflexology work hand-in-hand here to help achieve the spiritual health our bodies need….no, crave.

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The Spirituality of the Bladder

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The bladder is an emotional/spiritual part of your body which constantly expands or shrinks, based on how much urine is passing through your body.

As you adapt to changing life situations, it is sometimes difficult to respond to needs of the present.  It’s hard to leave attachments to the past for unknown future conditions.

WHEN THIS HAPPENS, YOU MAY FIND THAT YOUR BLADDER REFLECTS YOUR  FEELINGS WITH FREQUENT URINATION.

Incontinence often occurs if:

you are unable to adapt to new circumstances,

you find yourself in a hopeless situation,

you experience  grief.

Bladder infections often occur in times of strong emotional change:

separation,

breakdown,

moving to a new community,

changing jobs.

Bladder infections are often the body expressing questions  you cannot ask in any other way.

That is not to say that these issues don’t need medical attention…because they do.  Bladder problems always need attention from a professional healthcare provider. When you have bladder issues, you are on some level asking yourself some serious questions.

Offer yourself Reiki therapy weekly for several sessions.

If you don’t know Reiki therapy, get a practitioner and make 6-8 regular appointments spanning about 2 months.  Good forms of Reiki therapy for spiritual bladder issues include Usui,  Jin Kei Do, or Lightarian.  Set your intention when you receive these sessions to heal the spiritual issues in your life which are being expressed through your bladder problems.

Get regular reflexology sessions.  Weekly sessions encourage homeostasis which  bring calmness and grounding to both your physical/spiritual situation and emotions.  They also work to boost allopathic medications.  These  2 things are very important to your overall healing.

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The Spirituality of the Arms

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Arms are very important in our spiritual lives.  We use our arms:

to hug people, as we share love.

to protect ourselves as we fold them across our hearts and lungs.

to manifest our creativity as we paint pictures, plant gardens, build buildings.

to mount attacks as we carry arms to battle.

to lift, carry, and move objects as well as ourselves through lives.

When we are having difficulty moving forward in life, we sometimes break or bruise our arms.  They may become  weak or tired.  They may be stiff and painful.  The bruise, break, or pain sometimes offers a respite from the difficult task at hand.

Arms work, essentially, with energy coming from the heart and out through the shoulders as they perform tasks  to manifest our inner desires and needs.

One of the most healing things you can do for your arms is to massage each arm with the hand of the other arm.  Begin above the elbow as you work your way down to the hand.  While  massaging your arms, speak to them, offering support and love.  Honor the work your arms do all day long everyday.

As you massage your arms, ask  them what feelings are stuck  in the muscles, tendons, connective tissue.   Try to unearth and release any buried negative emotions.

After you have massaged each arm for a few minutes, feel the stress and tension leaving your body.  Encourage it to leave through your fingertips.

Include some deep breaths focusing on releasing stress, tension, pain, density, stagnation, blockages.

Breathe in balance, calm, positive feelings.

As you exhale, work to release negative emotions  keeping your arms from being calm and focused.

Repeat this massage/exercise for several minutes over a period of 5 consecutive days or until you begin to feel better.

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