Now is a time of beginnings. Things are changing. Transformation is in the air. What needs to go?
Change can be a scary time…and a scary word.
Sometimes change means to shuffle things around. Other times change means to add another layer. Yet again, it means to move emphasis from one point to another.
Sometimes, a transformation happens. Something comes to an end to make way for something new.
Whether you find yourself angry, frightened, or excited, embrace the new beginning.
Ask yourself: “What needs to go?”
Put the past in your rearview mirror to make way for a new beginning.
Get rid of what no longer fits, is worn out, or is outdated.
This includes habits, worn-out schedules, patterns that are no longer effective, cycles, clothes you no longer wear, books and other household objects that are no longer useful to you.
This can also include spiritual beliefs that you no longer identify with.
When these things move off, a new order and life can grow.
Ask the universe to support you in your coming activities. Release what you need to let go in love and gratitude.
This is a good time to send blessings to others and to the world as you welcome what comes your way. While releasing what no longer works for you, include mental housecleaning. Seek guidance to support you now and in your future.
A meditation can work to help you release portions of your life which may no longer be positive. This will help you attract the positive things and situations to support you in your forward journey.
One of my favorite meditations involves clouds:
Find a quiet and safe place to get comfortable for a few minutes. Loosen any constricting clothing. Remove your shoes if possible. Relax your shoulders. Close and soften your eyes.
Begin inhaling from your abdomen as you breathe in fresh air. Notice how each inhale sounds. How does it feel? Slow your inhales. Embrace and enjoy each one.
After each inhale, exhale toxins, negativity, and any stress or other emotions you feel you don’t need anymore.
This is the time to use your breath to let go of those things which you no longer need or plan to use.
As you gently and slowly inhale and exhale, notice what you are letting go from your life.
See a sky with beautiful clouds passing overhead. Notice the things you are releasing as they leave your life, riding away on the beautiful clouds.
After a few minutes, it is time to return to this room. You can return to this meditation any time you want. It is waiting for you to enjoy at your convenience.
Reflexology and Reiki sessions release stress and encourage homeostasis. They are natural bodywork systems which support your releases, housecleaning, and spiritual renewal.
It’s okay to book extra sessions if you feel the need. Reiki, especially, is a good modality for daily sessions.
Maybe this is a good time to learn Reiki so you can offer self-healing sessions whenever you feel the need.
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Recently I was standing in a grocery line, my cart piled high with much needed food. After a couple of minutes, I realized that, not only was it not moving, the line was getting longer and longer – seemingly by the second.
A couple of weeks ago, I was in a similar situation – I was stuck in traffic. It seemed I was in this situation for the duration of the afternoon.
Both cases shot my schedule. I wasn’t going to make it to my next appointment, or the one after that, on time. The most could say about these situations was that they were a crashing bore.
In the grocery line, I shifted into neutral. It was time to chill. This was a situation where I felt everything was going to go the way it was going to go – I was stuck.
This created a perfect opportunity for two things: First, it was time to ground myself and be peaceful. Second, it was time for Reiki energy to join the crowd.
Sure enough – within a moment, I felt Reiki energy energize my hands while it moved through the crowd and grounded everyone. I felt the people in the line calm themselves and take on an entirely new perspective.
When I’m in a crowd and Reiki energy join the group, I’m always grateful that I learned Reiki in such a way that it goes to work as it is needed.
Even without Reiki energy, grounding was a wonderful thing to experience in this situation.
Whenever we’re in a stuck event, the first inclination is to push. When that doesn’t work, the next step is to figure out a way to fight and struggle against the event.
A good option in this situation is to do your best to be calm. This attitude may give you an entirely new perspective.
Is this an easy thing to do? Probably not. But, when you succeed, you may feel you participated in a spiritually grounding event.
Truthfully, it’s hard to plan for these events.
When they happen, embrace the opportunity to practice Letting Go. This short time in the grocery line or traffic jam is a good way to release and/or heal the various events and thoughts crowding your life with negativity.
See this situation as a moment for yourself. Think about how you can benefit from it.
Work on releasing any thoughts, habits, or beliefs that clutter your life. If you have doubts, think of the release is a way of loving yourself.
You may want to let go of a person or situation in your life which is uncomfortable or too negative for you. Do this with love and compassion. Ask the universe for guidance and assistance.
You may be able to move toward forgiving someone or some past event.
Because you are in a situation, you may be inspired by the spirituality and grounding of the moment to receive inspiration.
Sometimes the universe sees an opportunity which you didn’t know was there!
This may even be time for self-talk and self-acceptance.
This may even be time to commit to an action.
This may be time to participate in a Letting-Go moment where you release frustrations, mis-guided expectations, and other restrictions into the wind.
Take a moment to blow them away. As you breathe out, send them to wherever they need to go to become positive expectations, thoughts, and goals for others.
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Every morning I start my day by checking in with my body, my energy, my emotions. My goal is to know how I’m feeling. I’m tapping into my inner wisdom. For me, the best time to do this is at the beginning of the day when I have a few moments just for myself.
I begin by checking in with my body from my feet up. I work my way through my ankles, knees, hips, abdomen, chest, back, spine, shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists. I’m sure to include my neck, ears, mouth, nose, chin, face, forehead, eyes, scalp. Finally, I examine my hair.
I ask myself:
Is anything feeling out of balance?
Do I hurt anywhere?
Am I tight or sore anywhere?
These are the basic “little things” that need attention. If ignored, they can easily become “bigger things”. Pay attention to every part of your body.
Here’s an example:
If you answered “yes” to hurting anywhere, look more deeply:
Where does it hurt?
Why does it hurt?
What does this pain feel like?
Is this pain on the surface of my body or does it go deeper?
What is the exact location of this pain?
Listen to your answers. What are they telling you?
“I should probably look further into this, just…not right now.
Then, I ask myself about my moods, emotions, and mental outlook.
Am I feeling disconnected from myself and my body?
Am I depressed, happy, anxious?
Finally, I ask myself if I’m hungry.
How long has it been since I last ate?
Did I drink enough liquids in the last 24 hours?
The most important thing about this scan is learning to listen to the answers. Your body is a wonderful communicator. Between your chakras and your abdominal brain – you can keep tabs on your body, mind, heart, soul.
Tracking your feelings gives you a good opportunity to journal this information each day. Over time, you may realize that you are keeping track of yourself on a deeper level.
Checking in with your inner wisdom often and regularly will help you know yourself better.
When you scan your self and journal the results, you are researching your body, emotions, mental activity, and spiritual aspects. Your journal will encourage you to trust what you feel and experience. You are researching your self!
Include reflexology and reiki sessions at every opportunity. This wake-up scan works well with a self-Reiki session.
This scan is not a substitute for regular reflexology sessions.
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This article allows you to think about your self-care. But, however you ended up reading this article, I invite you to expand self-care support and seek ways you can benefit from this practice.
BALANCE BEGINS WITH WATER
Sometimes I just get so busy. I wonder how to keep up. With everything happening in our world today, being busy, busier, busiest is a coping mechanism.
When I feel stressed or overinvolved, I come to a stop for a moment and remind myself that my balance begins with water.
Over half of our body weight is water.
Water is included in all the chemical activities that our body generates, whether we’re awake or asleep. Because water plays a vital role in everything we do, even minor dehydration affects our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance.
Keeping hydrated is crucial to your balance and grounding.
We lose water when we breathe, sweat, urinate, eat and digest food, walk around the block, sleep. This is a continual process.
The #1 energy drink on the planet: water. You can supplement your need for water with fruits, vegetables, and other beverages like coffee, tea, and juice.
Water flushes out waste and toxins. It prevents constipation. Water optimizes kidney function, preventing kidney stones.
Water holds the balance between air and fire. Its energy is conscious.
Do you want to keep your energy level up and prevent fatigue?
Double your water consumption for two weeks. If you don’t experience a distinct improvement in your energy level and overall feeling of wellness, make an appointment with a well-trained healthcare professional.
The person who might help you the best at this time is someone who will see you as a whole person and an individual. A person who can look at the big picture for you is a good choice. You might have a functional medicine doctor in your area.
Are you thinking of going on a diet? Try this: When you feel hungry, drink a glass of water first.
Are you interested in maintaining your youth? There are several things you can do today along with your exercise: Drink water. Drink more water.
Water is a good health promotion tool.
When you get serious about your water and your health, you are probably going to think about where your water comes from.
It may be time for a good water filter. I have an under-the sink water filter which I use to clean the water I drink, the water I use to wash fresh veggies and fruits, the water I give to my pets, and the water I use to nourish my houseplants.
Your skin is your largest organ eliminating toxins throughout the day.
Bathing and showering are balancing and relaxing activities which can be an essential part of your spiritual and physical grounding program.
Bathing will get rid of heavy metals while getting rid of heavy thoughts.
Use water to unwind when you soak away toxins in a salts bath. Set aside at least 15 minutes to relax in warm water to which you’ve added salts, herbs, essential oils. There are many options here for your enjoyment.
At the end of your soak, shower off with fresh water and dry your body with a clean towel.
Follow this with a dry brushing exercise. Use a natural-bristle brush to softly brush your body, beginning with your feet and working your way up your head.
As you add new balancing health habits, include regular reflexology and Reiki therapy sessions. Homeostasis is easier with regular balancing habits.
Finally, balance is a physical, mental, emotional, energetic, and spiritual experience.
Sometimes, achieving balance for your health requires releasing habits which do not promote balanced healing.
Achieving balance also calls for us to rebuild parts of your lifestyle and your self.
Goal setting is a basic part of the process.
Finally, as you achieve balance, you may find that you are losing a few people in your life. Some new ones may join you.
These things may happen as you achieve a balanced healing state.
It’s amazing what can happen when you begin to drink water!
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Reiki therapy is a specific healing modality used throughout the planet.
Reiki means “Universal Life Energy” and is the word used to describe this system of healing. Reiki is a light touch given to a clothed body to improve the overall wellbeing of the recipient. Using an intention, the Reiki practitioner gives healing energy to an accepting receiver.
The healing energy flows through the hands of the practitioner.
I feel that the Reiki we practice today is old. Its origins are shrouded in the mists of time.
Dr. Mikao Usui developed and used the healing modality we use today. He operated clinics in Japan in the 20th century. Dr. Usui is not only remembered because of the Reiki he developed but also because of his spiritual lifestyle.
Dr. Usui worked with others in his clinic and in his spiritual practice. Two people include Dr. Chujiro Hayashi and Hawayo Takata.
Hawayo Takata brought Reiki to the United States after World War II
It is said that Dr. Usui meditated on one of his five principles daily:
Original Reiki Precepts
Just for Today,
I will not worry
I will not be angry.
I will do my work honestly.
I will count and be grateful for all my many blessings.
I will be kind to every living creature.
When I offer a Reiki session focused on balancing the chakras of the recipient, my client is usually seated or lying face-up on a massage table or other flat surface.
I offer my client a blanket and eye pillow if it’s appropriate.
After setting the intention, I invoke the symbols: Standing at the head of my client, I draw first the ChoKuRei, then SeiHeKi, then HonShaZeShoNen. Finally, I repeat the ChoKuRei again.
I place my hands on the shoulders of my client.
So far, this part of the session should take 5-10 minutes. However, this time length can change with the practitioner. Each practitioner works in a different way so the time will not always be the same for everyone.
I then move to the side of the client and go to the first chakra.
I balance the primary chakras beginning with the root chakra. I balance each chakra by hovering my hands over each chakra about 2 to 6 inches above each chakra. I usually spend about 5 minutes on each one although these times can change depending on the client.
I am an old massage therapist and believe that touching my client will help me do my job better in many situations. As a massage therapist, I feel that I gain a better understanding of what is happening.
However, this is a personal situation and will be determined by your training, and previous experience with not only Reiki but other healing modalities.
A Reiki session works with the physical, mental, emotional, energetic, and spiritual levels of a person’s body. On a physical level, many people appreciate the warmth generated by a Reiki practitioner’s hands. On a mental level, the client is often comforted by knowing where the practitioner’s hands are at all times.
Respect your client privacy at all times. It’s important to do the right thing at that moment. Some people do not want to be touched at all, no matter what.
Always respect your client’s privacy. Chakra balancing is extremely intimate work. And, Reiki energy naturally finds its own path, going exactly where it is needed.
The first chakra to be balanced is the root chakra. When I balance this chakra, I place my hands outside the person’s hips where they meet at the base of the spine. This chakra is your client’s connection to the physical world. Trust is an important issue here.
The second, or sacral chakra is located about 1-2 inches below the navel. This chakra is the seat of creativity and inspiration.
After balancing the second chakra I move on to the third or solar-plexus chakra. This is where the upper chakras and lower chakras meet. The solar-plexus chakra is found just above your waistline, where your client feels the chakra as “butterflies”. This chakra is where your client finds her power.
Moving on from the third chakra to the fourth chakra, balance your client’s heart chakra – the center of love, healing, and compassion. Your client’s heart chakra is located in the central chest.
After balancing your client’s fourth chakra, move up to the fifth, or throat chakra. This chakra houses voice and self-expression. As expected, this chakra is located in the throat.
The fifth chakra, the third-eye chakra, is located in the forehead in the area of the eyebrows. The third-eye chakra focuses on intuition and awareness.
The next chakra, the crown chakra, is found toward the top of the head. This is where the higher self and the divine come together.
After balancing each chakra and finally coming to the crown chakra I focus for a few moments at my client’s feet. After all, I’ve come to a full circle along my client’s body. It has been a session of shifts and adjustments – many not yet known by the client. It may take several days for your client to begin to understand what is happening.
A Reiki chakra balancing session can often be repeated more than once or twice in a lifetime. Your client may want to have several weekly or monthly sessions. A few of your chakras may want to be balanced several times until they are happy in their new place.
Whatever the outcome of the chakra balancing session, a few minutes spent at your client’s feet for grounding purposes are a good idea. The options here are many. Have you taken any reflexology classes?
There’s a video out there that might inspire you. You probably won’t spend more than about 5-10 minutes on your client’s feet. You are there to offer a path back to present time for your client.
The are many classes waiting for you on YOUTUBE. Some are mine and some are produced by other teachers. But, whichever one you choose, the idea is to gently finish your session.
One final suggestion: a chakra balancing Reiki session, or a regular Reiki session, are both good for the body and the soul. Every person needs some Reiki every week or so. If you feel you don’t have the budget for this, learn Reiki and partner up with another practitioner.
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