Reiki Detox Bath

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Now, if you don’t know me, know this: I am a BIG fan of baths!

I even wrote a scholarly journal about the benefits of botanical baths: Aromatherapy and a Journey Towards Wholeness.

Hydrotherapy has been an effective means for detoxification for eons. Our earliest ancestors knew this and we continue to use the sacred act of sweating out impurities and then bathing in many rituals all over the globe.
Sweating helps rid the body of wastes products, regulates body temperature, and invigorates our largest organ, the skin. Steam increases white blood cells, which protects and  strengthens our immune system. Medical studies show that frequent steam baths help reduce stress and keeps your circulatory system running smoothly. However, if you are pregnant, have diabetes or have heart disease, consult a doctor before taking a sauna or steam bath.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. Ginger Powder
  • 1 Cups Sea Salt
  • 1 Cups Baking Soda
  • 1 hunk of Amethyst Crystal
  • Tub
  • Pure cold water
  • Pretty 16 oz. water glass
  • White plush towel/bath robe
  • Music
  • Small tea light candle & holder
  • Kuan Yin Oracle Deck by Alana Fairchild (optional)

The ginger should be as organic as possible from a trusted source, same with the other ingredients. The amethyst I used was a good sized cluster about the size of my palm in all dimensions. The tub should be the kind in which you can lay down far enough for the water to cover your shoulders. We keep a 4 gallon sun tea Mason glass jug with a spigot in the fridge all the time. For this I used peppermint leaves and cucumber slices.  If you don’t have one, you may wish to premake yours however you wish. For music I used Pandora and began with Sara Bareilles Radio with Ray Charles singing “Here We Go Again (feat. Norah Jones)” and then switched over to Shamanic Tea Radio with Bahramji & Maneesh De Moor singing “Deamcatcher.” And lastly, I pulled card 31: Sweeping Willow Sister, which was very appropriate. (You’ll see why in a minute.)

Directions

  1. Run your bath water as hot as you can.
  2. Light your tea light and place your oracle card behind it on one of the sides of the tub or on a table near by.
  3. Get your music ready.
  4. Test the temperature and place the first four ingredients in bath. (No first degree buns please.)
  5. Bathe for a total of at least 20 minutes.
  6. Lay back for a while until your ready to do your energy work.
  7. Sit up in the water in Japanese seiza-style comfortably and close your eyes.
  8. Sense and feel that you are in your heart chakra.
  9. Imagine this as a beautiful space with a body of quiet reflective water and masses of sweeping willow trees dipping over the water’s edges.
  10. In this beautiful space within your heart, you become aware of Kuan Yin sitting near the largest willow tree, her hair and robes gently swept in a light breeze.
  11. As she smiles at you and raises her hands in healing mudra, a soft breeze of healing energy flows into your heart, helping you open and release.
  12. Allow Her energy to flow through your heat and become aware of cords of energy extending from your heart connecting to people, places, things, and memories from this and other lifetimes.
  13. When ready say aloud: “I now accept the loving assistance of Kuan Yin as I release any cord or attachment that is draining my energy. TO all those with whom I have unfinished business, through all time and space, I now declare, I acknowledge you are a Soul, leanring just as I am, and I forgive you. If I have hurt you in anyway, please forgive me. I now choose to free you and free myself from the past. May we all be blessed with Kuan Yin’s Mercy and Grace, with the kind healing power of Sweeping Sister Willow. So be it. Om Mani Padme Hum.”
  14. Visualize and intend that Her light in your heart becomes like a white fire of energy, burning away any cords or attachments that can now be released.
  15. Visualize the light flowing down your navel and infuse it with power, energy, and vitality.
  16. Imagine cords snapping back into your energy field, no longer leaking your power out of your aura.
  17. Pick up your amethyst cluster and bring it up to your heart with the points touching your skin. Imagine that all the blockage and cords there are becoming attached the the crystal and when ready, pull the crystal away from you and rinse in the water.
  18. Repeat again by bringing the cluster up to your third eye. Pull away when ready and rinse again. This one may in fact be more pronounced depending on the amount of pressure placed on the crystal.
  19. Bend down, plug your nose on either side with your index& middle fingers and with a big breathe submerge yourself with your forehead resting on the cluster under water.
  20. Think about all those clusters culminating. Repeating, “I forgive you. Forgive me. I release you.” Until you can no longer hold your breath and then break the surface with a loud and deep inhale.
  21. Bring your hands at your heart centre in Gassho prayer pose, and then open them with the heart mudra.
  22. Breathe deeply in and out  feeling the peacefulness of Sweeping Willow in your heart.
  23. Drink your water, and feel it replenish your body with purity.
  24. Step out as if a new person free from all negativity and dry yourself off with the towel with appreciation for your physical and spiritual form.
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    This bath withdraws impurities from your body and helps you to feel better. You may experience muscle twitches, rising throat mucus, flatchulence, and even may need to empty your bladder. Please do so when out of the tub. Please though take your time getting up because you may be a bit light headed. If this is so, ground yourself by stomping your feet and drinking more water. Pick up your area and place your crystal next to the head of your bed or even next to your pillow. Record your experience in your journal and sleep tight.This bath can be done 2 to 3 times in a week or as needed.

REFERENCES

  • Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac. – leading Acupuncturist, Fertility Specialist, writer, and Oriental Medicine herbalist: http://omtimes.com/2013/12/alternative-methods-healing-addiction/7/
  • Kuan Yin Oracle Deck by Alana Fairchild.
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Reiki Addiction Intervention 101

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Let’s face it we all have addictions.

Reiki Practitioners, doctors, nurses. Teachers, lawyers, gardeners.

Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers.

We all have something, and it is hard to deal with our own let alone the ones of others.

It is so very hard to see a family member (this includes friends) struggle with an addiction, whether it be substance-abuse, smoking, shopping, sex, drinking, eating. We often may feel powerless, especially if we have already spoken our worries to them.

The fact of the matter is that when you truly are addicted to something, you do not see that you are. Your judgement is clouded by the high of the vice. Your propelled forward by your next fix, your next f*ck, your next chocolate cake, your next cup of coffee.

Now before you get on my case about how coffee and methamphetamine are not the same, let me give you a for-instance. Say you are used to drinking 2-3 cups of coffee every morning, and you have done now for weeks, months, or even years now; and then a HUGE curve ball: you have fasting blood-work or are stuck in the hospital. You get cranky, you get jittery, you get mean, you yell, you accost your spouse or friend, you get short with the nurses and physicians. You finally leave in a rush, you speed up to make through the yellow-light, and you get hit by a car, and you either die or are mortally wounded.

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Pretty much the same as shooting up until your body goes into shock.

Either way, the same effect happens: you die prematurely. You die mindlessly. You die unconsciously. You leave loved ones behind to mourn your absence. You create wounds that then just cycle in their lives now too.

With Reiki, I have said in a previous post, that as practitioners we have to have the responsibility and humility to recognize things either before they start or to remain aware of our actions. However, addiction happens anyway, and if it is your lesson to learn this lifetime then so be it. You chose this path before you incarnated into this body. Now, what are you to do about it? What are you to do about others in your life who are struggling?

You may have a good idea if you have been a past addict yourself, whether it was illegal substances, alcohol, or otherwise. You’ve been given a great opportunity to help heal others and guide them through. Use your experience! Use your memories, your feelings, your wisdom!

You may have a good idea if you have had a loved one who has suffered with this type of dis-ease before. Again, use your experience, your memories, your feelings, your wisdom!

If you are dealing with this for the first time, then my dear, I humbly say this: this too shall pass. With patience, with diligence, and with love.

Examples of addictions that may warrant an intervention include:

  • Alcoholism
  • Prescription drug abuse
  • Street drug abuse
  • Compulsive eating/ anorexia
  • Compulsive gambling
  • Video games
  • Fox News
  • Fracking

People who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment. They may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others.

An intervention presents your loved one with a structured opportunity to make changes before things get even worse and can motivate someone to seek or accept help.

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Examples of “addictions” that may NOT warrant an intervention include:

  • Homosexuality
  • Transvestism
  • Transexuality
  • Dr. Who
  • Bunnies
  • Vegetarianism
  • “Indian Voodoo Chakra Shit.”

I hope that you can be open-minded, open-hearted, and discerning enough to recognize a genuine case of addiction. Cries for help though can sometimes be overlooked. Please again, I cannot stress enough that you consult with a professional therapist or counselor before venturing any further.

I also seriously stress that you consider speaking to your Loved One one by one over a period of time, genuinely expressing your concerns and love.  Sometimes this can be enough, and is less jarring as a full-scale-on intervention.

Interventions are above all a last resort.

Warnings

  1.  Get legal advice before proceeding or you may face civil or even criminal liability for kidnapping or false imprisonment.
  2. Make sure that there is an actual serious problem, and that the behavior of the friend or family member in question is causing more harm to others than the intervention would cause to them.
  3. Denial doesn’t always mean a lie: some users might actually be telling the truth when they say their habits are under control. Be honest with yourself about whether they are really causing you harm, or could you be trying to control them.
  4. Be very careful of the mental state of the person you are performing an intervention on. An intervention should only be performed on someone with a normal state of mind, for both the target individual’s safety, and the safety of the people performing the intervention.

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Steps for Planning an Intervention

  1. Consult with a professional – they know their stuff! Especially if the Loved One has a history of mental illness, is likely to get violent in reaction to the intervention, or has exhibited suicidal behavior.
  2. Form an Intervention Team – there is strength in numbers! BUT, don’t invite people the Loved One doesn’t like or trust, or who might disrupt the intervention by getting too emotional or coming to the Loved One’s defense.
  3. Find the Right Treatment Plan – Rehab, getting psychotherapy, or beginning some kind of outpatient treatment program, and good support groups.
  4. Decide on Team Consequences – Everyone has to mean business! This is BIG. Each Team Member should put forward consequences should the Loved One refuse all treatment plans. This will be HARD. Difficult as it may be, each person must be willing to make a big change in order to help the Loved One make a new start. Because their addictive behavior MUST no longer be enabled by loved ones via money, no more bail outs, hosting, or otherwise. One ultimate consequence could possibly be even divorce/separation for a period of time. Tough Love SUCKS.
  5. Explain Legal & Life Consequences – Loss of relationships, freedom, STIs, dis-ease, and respect.
  6. Choose Intervention Time & PlacePrivate and comfortable! No no-shows either!
  7. Rehearse Intervention – Stick to the plan! Make sure everyone practices where to sit, what to say,
  8. Gather All the Facts – Make a list of all that the Loved One is doing that is harmful.
  9. Creating a List – of actions and behavioral patterns that will no longer be tolerated. Next to each activity, write what your action will be if the Loved One continues these behaviors.
  10. Anticipate the Loved One’s Reactions – have responses ready.

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The Actual Intervention

  1. Invite the person to the meeting without telling them what it is.  – Make sure the plan doesn’t seem contrived. Ask the person to do something that’s not out of the ordinary.
  2. Prepare the Area – Reiki the room and do a guided meditation for the Team members before the Loved One arrives. Invite all your and your Loved One’s Spirit Guides to come to your aid. Everyone should already be gathered in the space by the time the person gets there. When the person arrives, state that it’s an intervention and tell the person that everyone has something they want to say. Consider defusing a soothing essential oil in the room as well that would be pleasing to the Loved One.
  3. Have each member speak.– Follow the rehearsal plan! No yelling! If a professional interventionist is involved, he or she can act as the leader of the meeting and call on people to speak.
  4. Express Emotion – Expressing sadness and hope that things will get better could help move the person to action. It’s OK to cry. Avoid trying to lighten the mood.
  5. Present the Treatment Plan(s) – Make it clear that the treatment plan has been thoroughly researched and recommended by experts, and say that everyone believes it’s the person’s best bet for getting better. Ask the person to make an immediate decision to accept the plan.
  6. Loved One’s Reactions – Be ready for the person to express anger, start crying or even laugh. Stress the seriousness of the situation and don’t back down.
  7. End With Concrete next steps & Begin Treatment Immediately – This might mean physically escorting him or her to a facility where they can start detoxing or undergoing treatment, or it might mean starting therapy or an outpatient program. Have the person make a commitment to going through the entire treatment process and doing whatever it takes to stop the addiction from progressing further.

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Follow Up

  1. Be prepared for the person to refuse treatment. – You can’t force anyone to do anything they don’t want to do. “You can’t heal someone who doesn’t want to be healed.” But this doesn’t mean the intervention was pointless. Now the Loved One knows that their family thinks there’s a serious problem, and by getting these issues out in the open, family can stop the process of enabling the addiction.
  2. Support the person if he or she chooses treatment. – Help the Loved One feel connected and supported throughout. Everyone involved in the intervention NEEDS to do their part.
  3. Do not give in if the person asks to end the treatment plan early.
  4. Don’t Accept Half-measures – The person may argue that just two weeks of rehab was enough to cure the addiction, or that going to counseling three times a week is too much.
  5. Stick to the Original Treatment Plan – Half-measures don’t work.
  6. Enforce the consequences. – Tough Love SUCKS, but sometimes has to be done. Allowing the person to just continue living the same way as before the intervention is never going to help. Until the person has full control over his or her addiction, there’s always danger that a crisis will happen. The best thing you can do is cut off funding, break up with the person, or do whatever you personally know will create a significant life change that may help the person take a new path.
  7. Take Advantage of the Next Crisis – if the person ends up in jail or in the hospital, use that experience to show the person that he or she really does need treatment. Having a second intervention may be helpful.

REFERENCES

Addictions & Reiki

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We all have vices, even Reiki Practitioners.

Some smoke cigarettes, some drink alcohol, some are sexually fluid, some take prescription drugs when they are ill, others occasionally even smoke ganja.

We are humans. We are humans though that are on a spiritual journey.

I feel a disconnect from our method, our spiritual connection that is when we misuse these pleasures in excess. It effects our abilities. It effects our healing and our intuitions.

When these things get in the way of our practice, when we are filling our bodies with toxins, which if you have taken any Reiki Level 1 coursework you should be aware that you are and your energy is that of whatever you consume. Whether be in the environment, the people you surround yourself with, the food you eat, and the liquids you drink.  Reiki 1 is all about this and more. It’s the basis for detoxification of mind, body, and spirit. Of your environments and of your relationships.

And should your relationship between you and your practice be strained by anything, you as a responsible Reiki Practitioner have to have the humility to see it.

I’m calling out all my Reiki Practitioner friends!

You have to be responsible and mindful enough to realize what you are doing even before you do it. You must have the foresight. You must if you are to grow. You must be aware of the consequences.

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All things in balance though. However this does not mean to exercise like crazy for 3 days in a row then order 3 large pizzas and five 2-liters of soda to reward yourself. We really do have a responsibility.  I get the same feeling when a Reiki Practitioner is smoking, just as like when I see a nurse smoking. It seems very hypocritical. However, with no judgement, I always hope that they are in the process of quitting via a taper and send them energy to make it for their higher good.

Granted, we are a curious species, and if you are curious about marijuana, mushrooms, and other controlled substances, then go ahead try it once. But before you do, you must ask yourself one thing: “do I have the strength to then say No? And no again.” And not invite it into your vibration. However, some substances do have spiritual meaning, but you must again have the foresight to see what you are doing to your life.

For when things become habitual, when you are using any pleasurable tool as a balm to numb and desensitize and to hide from your trauma and pain and fear, you are not being a very good Reiki Practitioner. And that is okay too.

Some of us get pulled down into the abyss of addiction for a reason, there are lessons there to learn. Some of the BEST Reiki Practitioners I know are past addicts. They are amongst the wounded healers, just like you and I. Theirs may be a different path, and a different wound, but it is still valid and does not null-and-void your practice.

But if you are addicted, or if you do have an unhealthy vice, there are some things as a Teacher I would ask you. Many of them are below in the attached article.

I would ask you all of these questions, starting with this one in relation to your vice:

“Stop right now, just for 21-days. And if you can’t my dear sweet one, you ARE addicted.”

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If you as a Practitioner cannot say no to another drink, to another f*ck, to another cookie, to another designer handbag, to another minute on Facebook for the day, to another car, to another soda, to another beer or glass of wine, to another cigarette, to another Big Mac, to another cup of Dunkin’, to another pill, to another boyfriend/girlfriend; you Beloved ARE INDEED ADDICTED.

As Practitioners we must learn to be able to let things go. Our hands, our actions. Our bodies, our actions. Our minds, our actions. Our spirits, our actions. My next question would then be, why? or why not?

Using some of the techniques below you CAN get through this~!

I BELIEVE in YOU.

Namaste.

 

Alternative Options for Healing Addiction

by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.

Addictions are the excess use and dependency of/on anything including  food, sex, alcohol, smoking, caffeine, sugar, shopping, chocolate,  drugs… Why do we become addicted? Many addictions have their roots in painful childhood experiences. According to a study undertaken by the National Academy of Sciences, children are more likely to end up  addicted to something if they are physically abused, humiliated, or lied to, and if their parents are themselves substance abusers.

For  example, alcoholism is four to five times more prevalent among the  biological children of alcoholics than among those with nonalcoholic parents.

New research suggests that we may well be hardwired for addiction from a very tender age.

Are you addicted?

  1. Do you feel that you just don’t want to stop indulging in a  particular substance — caffeine, sugar, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, sex — right now, although you could at any time?
  2. Have you ever tried to stop for a week but been unable to do so?
  3. Do you resent the advice of others who express concern about your substance use?
  4. Have you ever tried to control your addiction by switching to an alternative addictive substance? For instance, have you ever taken up smoking so that you could give up drinking?
  5. Do you envy people who can indulge without getting into trouble?
  6. Has your substance use created problems with friends and family?
  7. Do you try to avoid family or friends when you’re using your substance?
  8. Have you lost relationships because of substance abuse?
  9. Are your friendships determined by whether others indulge in the same substances as you?
  10. Do you indulge in your substance alone?
  11. Have you ever neglected your family or work for more than two days in a row due to substance abuse?
  12. When substances are limited or unavailable at social events, do you try to obtain some anyway?
  13. Have you missed time from work during the past year due to substance use?
  14. Has your substance of choice stopped being fun to use?
  15. When you are low on your substance, do you feel anxious or worried about how to get more?
  16. Do you plan your life around your substance use?
  17. Do you ever consume more of your particular substance than you intend to?
  18. Are you consuming more than you used to in order to feel the same effects?
  19. Do you consume as much as you can and feel reluctant to discard any leftovers?
  20. Are you experiencing financial difficulty due to substance use?
  21. Do you use your substance when you are disappointed, depressed, or going through a difficult time?
  22. Does your substance use affect your sleep?
  23. Has your sexual ability or desire suffered from your substance use?
  24. Are you concerned that if you stop using, you will lack energy, motivation, confidence, or the ability to relax?
  25. Do you use your substance repeatedly to sleep or stay awake?
  26. Do you ever lie to others about how much or how often you consume your particular substance?
  27. Have you ever stolen money or goods to support your habit?
  28. Have you lost a job because of substance use?
  29. Do you ever regret the way you behaved while you were on a substance-use high?
  30. Do you experience irritability, headaches, or tremors when you have not consumed your particular substance for a while?
  31. Have you ever passed out from substance use?
  32. Have you ever felt your life would be more productive if you were not indulging in that particular substance?
  33. Have you become more irritable and difficult to get along with?
  34. Is your pattern of use potentially dangerous? (This can be true even in cases where substance consumption is neither frequent nor excessive.)
  35. Do you lack self-control in deciding whether or not to consume your particular substance?
  36. Is your habit putting you into a state of poor health?
  37. Is your substance abuse dangerous to others? (Via secondhand smoke, drunk driving, using up family resources, et cetera?)

How many questions did you answer yes to? Deep down inside, if you are being honest with yourself, you know if you have a substance- abuse problem or are on your way to one. Do something about it now, while you can.

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Hydrotherapy

Steam baths and dry saunas have been used as healing therapeutics for centuries. Perspiration is one of the best ways to detox our system. Sweating helps rid the body of wastes products, regulates body temperature, and invigorates our largest organ, the skin. Steam increases white blood cells, which protects and  strengthens our immune system. Medical studies show that frequent steam baths help reduce stress and keeps your circulatory system running smoothly. Warning: If you are pregnant, have diabetes or have heart disease, consult a doctor before taking a sauna or steam bath.

 Detoxification Bath for Healing Addiction

  • 2 Droppers full of Amethyst gem essence
  • 2 Cups Sea Salt
  • 2 Cups Baking Soda
  • 4 Tbsp. Ginger Powder

Place all ingredients in a hot bath and bathe for 20 minutes. Drink plenty of water. This bath withdraws impurities from your body and helps you to feel better. This bath can be done 2 to 3 times in a week or as needed.

Crystal Herbals for Healing Addiction

Selenium: Selenium, an important antioxidant, is a trace mineral found in soil and food. It protects neurotransmitters. Deficiency in selenium has shown to have a negative impact on mood. It also helps to reduce bad cholesterol and keep the heart healthy. You can get much of your selenium from dietary sources such as: Alfalfa, fennel seed, ginseng, butter, garlic, liver, Brazil nuts, shellfish and other fishes. You can find it in sunflower seeds, yarrow, wheat germ and Brewer’s yeast.

Zinc: an essential mineral has been found to have positive effects on the nervous system as well as helping to produce a calming effect.

Most multivitamins contain zinc. Food sources for zinc are Oysters, meat, poultry, nuts, beans and dairy products.

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Massage

Massage Therapy not only treats those parts of you, which are a problem, but also affects the whole of your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their  interdependent functioning. Massage is usually done with soothing massage oils or relaxing body lotions in order for the practitioner’s hands to “glide” over the body with smooth, relaxing strokes.

Technique: With a crystal wand or sphere about the size of a tennis ball or smaller, lay on the floor and place the sphere under you in the points between and under the shoulder blades. Massage the area by gently rocking over sphere. Move the sphere around to different trigger points on your back. The trapezius muscles at the base of the neck, at the base of the skull, lower back.and even in the dimples of the buttock, for here is where we hold a lot of tension that crawls all the way up the spine to the behind the shoulder blades, which in turn burn up to the base of the skull. Let your body relax over the sphere until the tension dissolves.

Meridian Therapy: The San Jiao (Triple Warmer) Meridian

The San Jiao is a traditional Chinese medical (TCM) concept of a functional organ that is not found outside of TCM). However, from the meaning of the original word, which is the texture beneath skin and between muscles, there has been some proposed theories stating that this conceptual organ corresponds to the lymphatic system. San Jiao has been translated as “triple heater,” triple warmer (or three warmers),” and “triple burner,” the latter of which is probably favored because of the involvement of the San Jiao in metabolism (burner meaning “metabolize”).

The San Jiao meridian is located from the fingernail of the ring finger, up the outside center of the hand and arm, behind the top of the shoulder but above the shoulder blade, up the neck to behind the ear, then up and around the base of the ear to the top & front, then on the outer tip of the eye brow.In TCM theory, the San Jiao is a yang organ paired with the pericardium, which is, the yin organ associated with it. Yang organs are typically hollow, whereas yin organs are more solid. The upper compartment is the chest down to the diaphragm – which is associated with respiration. The middle compartment is from the diaphragm to the umbilicus – which is associated with digestion. The lower compartment is from the umbilicus to the top of the pubic bone – which is associated with elimination.The San Jiao is said to be a metabolism mechanism similar to an old- fashioned water wheel that is turned by incoming water and creates energy for accomplishing a task, such as grinding grain in the case of the water wheel, or for metabolizing and digesting food in the case of the San Jiao. The San Jiao is closely associated with the spleen functions of transformation and transportation, particularly the metabolism of incoming food. The San Jiao is also closely associated with the kidney’s function in TCM. The San Jiao, however, is not limited to one metabolism function as the spleen or kidneys are, but is a general metabolizer, which can be applied to a variety of metabolism needs.Pendulum work with this meridian: Hang the pendulum over the meridian and move it up slowly, looking for blockage or cold spots by starting at the fingernail of the ring finger, up the outside center of the hand and arm, behind the top of the shoulder but above the shoulder blade, up the neck to behind the ear, then up and around the base of the ear to the top & front, then on the outer tip of the eye brow.
Clear these meridians with such grids as the Chakra grid, Heart and Mind grid and the Tree of Life grid. An Aura balancing layout acts as a great detoxer.

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 Crystal Tips for Healing Addiction and Detoxing

*Quartz, Amethyst, Fluorite, Ruby, and Labradorite are important stones for this disorder. The idea is to bring the energy down from the head and to “release” the tension.

*Danburite is used to bring about change. Powerfully radiates bright, pure, white light, filling our body, mind, and spirit (and relationships) with loving light. Excellent to cleanse, purify, or debrief. Use this to scan the body for blockage or cold spots. Place one piece of Danburite at the Crown Chakra and use five quartz for an Infinite circuit.

*Consider using your crystals in acupressure points, trigger points and for calming the body with massage, Chakra balancing and an Aura cleansing.

*Carry purple stones such as amethyst and fluorite.

*Create a gem essence with amethyst, purple fluorite and quartz. Take 8 drops under the tongue 3-4 times a day.

Breathe

Deep breathing is a great tension reliever. Take note: you’re doing it right if your stomach is moving more than your chest. Check yourself for signs that you are tensing up and not inviting a free flow of air. Check for clenched teeth, clenched fists, hunched shoulders.

Acupressure

In 1972 a neurosurgeon in Hong Kong, H.L. Wen, discovered that acupuncture could relieve symptoms and cravings associated with drug withdrawal. Because of its effectiveness in relieving symptoms as well as preventing relapses, his discovery gained more and more popularity and was used in hospitals and detox centers throughout the US. 1985 an official protocol was developed and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was formed. The protocol involved using five specific acupuncture points on the ear. In August of 2000, Yale University School of Internal Medicine conducted research further demonstrating the effectiveness of the NADA protocol for cocaine, heroin and methadone addiction, as well as to stop smoking, help the body detox and relieve the body of stress. It is my highest recommendation, that you seek out an  acupuncturist to perform this protocol.

Chakra balancing stimulates the seven main energy sources, which govern all the major organs and psychologically alters and clears the body’s energy in order to allow healing to take place.

This means that the polarities of the crystal will change when subjected to pressure or heat (even body heat from the hands). This will radiate energy from the crystal due to this reversal of polarities. It provides the transfer, storage and transformation of         energy. It offers a balanced energy field, an energy modification, which amplifies both energy and thought, clarity in thinking, and harmony and alignment with the Chakra energy areas.

Journal

Make notes on your treatments here:

What works?

What did not?

What seemed to be the root cause of this problem?

What triggered it?

Which technique/s relieved it?

What stones did you or your patient find most helpful?

REFERENCES

 

Living the Reiki Way With Gratitude: 30+ Reiki Tips

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How hard is it for you to say, “thank-you,” and mean it?

Taking things for granted or living with regret are no ways to live. However, we can show appreciation for the things we do have, the people in our lives now, in the present moment, rather than the ones who have left us or the ones who aren’t yet. By living with Gratitude, we raise our consciousness where toxic anger and worry have no standing.

We already have hundreds of things to be thankful for in this very moment.

If you are reading this you may wish to take a moment to be thankful for the technology to even be able to read these very words. For the electricity, for the designers of the computer screen, for your teachers that guided you how to comprehend the written word.

For the air that you are breathing, for the never failing pulse and rhythm of your heart. For the clothes on your back, and for the structure keeping you warm and happy tonight. (it’s currently quite cold here in Albany, NY.)

For allowing yourself to delve into the realm of Reiki, and for the synchronicity of how the Universe brought it into your life.

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See? Right there we have TEN things to be grateful for. Simple but true.

In the words of Siddhartha Buddha, “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.”

This Gokai principle shows us that we already have quite a bit, and smacks us awake from our materialistic lifestyle and reminds us of our simpler senses. It also smacks us out of our sometimes selfish and ego-based personalities. We humans have always has a penchant for wanting more, but there is a very big difference between the things we need and the things we want. There is a difference between the things that feed our souls and the things that only feed and pleasure us for a moment or two.

I love this Precept because it really does get us thinking about what truly matters in our lives. It keeps me in a positive, light, and optimistic mindset away from fear and anger. It keeps me humble too, because it shows us to also be thankful for the unpleasantries of life as well. It teaches us that everything is a lesson, and that problems can actually be opportunities.

This Principle is a good segue into the Kindness precept, because to be grateful is also to be kind, and vice versa. It teaches us to see the magic that is around us, and to also be selfless and giving. Giving of our time, energy, and love.

See, as with all the Gokai, each go so much deeper than the surface. Reiki is so much more than healing with our hands. It goes way beyond that. Reiki is the creative use of anger; the transformation and acceptance of fear; the random acts of kindness that we do every day; the gratitude we show others and how we show that gratitude; the passion to work on ourselves; and the time, even if it is a second, to stop and be in the present moment.

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30+ Reiki Tips for Showing Gratitude

  • Develop an attitude of gratitude.Stop complaining!
  • Keep a daily Gratitude Journal.
  • Send out prayers and Reiki blessings to all your friends, family, and the planet every morning and night.
  • Make everyday a day for thanksgiving.
  • Take time for the little things, the little moments. They are the most important.
  • Consider your place in the web of life.
  • Show up. Be present. Gift others with your presence.
  • Just say it. In person, via text, letter, email, or on the phone.
  • Just do it. Acts of kindness, and simple gifts are most appreciated. 
  • Sincerity is key. People like to be appreciated.
  • Do some Random Acts of Kindness.
  • Bake Reiki cookies or soup. Cook a favourite meal with Reiki.
  • Leave random thank-yous at police/fire stations, churches, shelters, emergency rooms, and hospices.
  • Look into the 5 Love Languages and see how you like to be shown appreciation.
  • Share how you like to be loved and shown appreciation with others.
  • Show yourself gratitude for all of things you do for yourself on a daily business.
  • Meditate or journey to your Higher Self and Guides and thank them for all their hard work. Listen to Josh Groban’s “Thankful.”
  • Write a letter to your past and future self thanking them for X, Y, and Z.
  • Buy a gift that the person is unwilling to buy for themselves and bless it with Reiki.
  • Truly know who you are truly gifting and showing gratitude to.
  • Go with a favourite flower, a card with a quote by a favourite poet/ book/ tv show.
  • Bless any and every gift with Reiki.
  • Be specific as possible for what you are thanking them for
  • Let your feelings show.
  • Thank them, without any ulterior motive.
  • Consider different ways to say thank-you
  • Use photos or write the thank you in an unusual way.
  • Create a thank you note card with a photo of the flower arrangement to show the sender how beautiful it was or write a note in the sand if near a beach. Take a photo and use it to create a digital thank you note.
  • Teachers are good with thank you notes from students…sending a guest speaker drawings made by the class or a card signed by all the students.
  • Send “follow-up” thank-yous. Sending a card or email, even a phone call months or years later to express continued joy a gift has given is greatly appreciated. Every time I dust items that were given to me, I think of the person who gave it to me. It’s nice to let them know.
  • Be unique, personal, engaging, and CREATIVE! Check out Shanon’s 22 unique messages below.

22 Creative Ways to Say Thank You! by Shanon Doolittle

  1. If it wasn’t weird, I would have sent you a picture of myself. Because I look totally grateful.
  2. Great googly gratitude. Thanks so much for your gift!
  3. Thank you (not sent from my iPhone).
  4. Next time, I’m sending you a cape. Thanks for your superhero-sized gift.
  5. Two words: Endless gratitude. Thank you.
  6. You score phenomenally high in the kind-o-meter. Seriously, I checked.
  7. Your version of shine is a search light. Thanks for spreading so much good.
  8. Thanks so much for putting up with our direct mail. But even more, thank you for responding.
  9. You’re kind of a big deal. Don’t believe me? Ask our clients.
  10. You = awesome. Me = grateful.
  11. Move over Gates and Buffett, there’s a new philanthropist in town.
  12. Our clients have started an unofficial fan club. You should start practicing your autograph.
  13. Do you practice being so wonderful? Thank you kindly for your gift.
  14. Amazed. Inspired. Grateful. That’s how your generosity makes me feel.
  15. When it comes to making an impact, you rule. (Note: Draw a ruler. You can do it.)
  16. You’re a spark plug for good. Thanks for igniting something amazing.
  17. a) A peach b) Bee’s knees c) Cat’s pajamas. You’re d) All of the above. Thanks for your bigheartedness.
  18. You’re what making a difference looks like. (Note: Draw a mirror. Up the fun factor.)
  19. You’re a lifesaver. Literally. And thanks for believing in someone you don’t even know.
  20. Is there no limit to your awesomeness? Thank you!
  21. You can’t see me but I’m totally doing a happy dance.
  22. I’m beginning to think you’re serious about this whole humanitarian thing.

Remember, your job is to delight people. That boring, vanilla, and yawner of a thank you note? It doesn’t reinforce the happiness they felt when they made their gift. Rather, it sends a message that you can’t be bothered to send a unique, personal, and engaging message—that you care more about the gift than the person behind it.

THANK-YOU IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

  • Arabic – chokrane
  • Azeri – çox sag olun / tesekkur edirem
  • Cherokee – wado
  • Chinese/Mandarin – xièxie (simplified: 谢谢 – écriture traditional: 謝謝)
  • French – merci
  • German – danke
  • Greek – ευχαριστώ (efharisto)
  • Hawaiian – mahalo
  • Hebrew – toda
  • Hindi – dhanyavad
  • Italian – grazie
  • Japanese – arigatô
  • Korean – 감사합니다 (gamsa hamnida)
  • Maori – kia ora
  • Portuguese – obrigado (M speaking) / obrigada (F speaking)
  • Spanish – gracias
  • Thai – ขอบคุณค่ะ (kop khun kha) – woman speaking
  • Thai – ขอบคุณครับ (kop khun krap) – man speaking
  • Urdu – shukriya
  • Zulu – ngiyabonga (literally means : I give thanks)
  • Zulu – siyabonga (= we give thanks)
  • Zulu – ngiyabonga kakhulu (thanks very much)

REFERENCES

Reiki Guardians of the Capital Region Candle Blessing

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Twice a day, we try to take a moment and meditate on peace, love, and harmony in the region as well as sending that energy in all directions. It seems like a big thing, but really, it isn’t so bad and only takes about a minute if you’re in a real hurry. Normally, I like to make it last a little longer (about 30-60 minutes.)

I also send that energy to all the other Reiki Guardians (WOW! About 25 of us now!!).

There are a few different ways you can do this. I like to mix it up but here are some ideas:

LIST OF INGREDIENTS

#1. A grounded and open-hearted attitude.

#2. A local beeswax candle specifically for this purpose:
(Often Coops or Farmers Markets will have these)

  • Sweet Sunshine / Honeybee Gone – Johnstown, NY 12095
    Contact: Dan Kerwood Tel. 518-762-9364
  • Pleasant Valley Apiary – Hudson Falls, NY 12839
    Contact: Thomas Wells Tel. 518-746-1662/518-248-2520
  • Anne’s Bees – Delanson, NY 12053
    Contact: Anne Frey Tel. 518-895-8744
  • Bees of the Woods Apiary – Altamont, NY 12009
    Contact: Jennifer Ford & Keith Freeman Tel. 518-861-1019

#3. A toothpick or knife (optional)

BLESSING PREP/DETAILS

Upon waking and right before bed, I meditate. I always do this by lighting a candle or, “turning the altar on” as Joanna Powell Colbert likes to say over at Gaian Soul.

I ground and center myself, for which there are many different ways, unique ways which everyone has their own.

Next, once I purchase a new candle, I will bless the candle and set an intention.

For this: set an intention along the lines of:

  • “May this candle light the darkness in this home, neighborhood, and region.” -OR-
  • “Thank-you Universe for guiding the light of this candle for the health and harmony of all in the region.”

So, pick and write your own. The important thing is to speak from the heart.

Then you can hold the candle in your hands, and channel Reiki into it, imagining the sun shining, the bees who produced it’s beautiful aroma and texture. I normally will thank the sun, and flowers, the bees, the beekeepers, and candle makers.

Now would be a good time to either imagine any Reiki Symbols imbedded into the wax, or if you like, actually inscribe the candle with all or any symbols you wish. I like to imagine at least the Distance-Symbol and the Master-Symbol(s.) If you aren’t a Reiki Practitioner, any symbols you like that represent protection, harmony, and healing would be fine.

Next, follows the actual meditation.

CANDLE MEDITATION

Once you have your candle, or candles ready, get comfortable. You may wish to sit, stand, lay down, or sit. Do what is most appropriate for you. Light your candle and close your eyes.

Imagine yourself surrounded by darkness, but you are not afraid. Because after a little while you start to notice your hands begin to start warming and begin to glow. Imagine this light moving up your arms, up to the top of your head and down to your toes.

Imagine yourself completely engulfed in warm beeswax golden glow.

Next imagine your aura building upon that, and your physical body starts to blur. The more you brighten the warmer you get and soon enough you are a shining and burning Reiki sun. Omnipresent, and safe, and strong. Nothing can harm you. You are a sun. Both a destroyer and a bringer of life.

Now imagine your light rippling outward in all directions like circles on a pond. Originating from where you are, and going out into your neighborhood, and your town. Imagine it touching the trees, the lakes, the rivers, and animals. Imagine it touching and warming the hearts of everyone it touches. Your neighbors, your friends, your boss and peers, your family and pets, your fellow Reiki Guardians and other healers yet found. Name and imagine them: all that you can remember.

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Then imagine all of the Guardians who have made a vow just like you, walking the talk, and doing this with you as well. Imagine them lighting their candles and soon enough they become suns and stars of their own. Their light rippling and touching yours, and soon enough all of your ripples overlap and expand into the entire region. Touching every park, every store, every corner of your community. Now, call upon your guides, ancestors, ascended masters, angels, elementals, deities, all of them helping to aid you in helping you and everyone let go of that which no longer serves their higher good. Letting go of fear and pain one little bit at a time.

And when you’re ready imagine it expand a bit farther and into the entire state, the entire country and continent and planet. Imagine the whole solar system and galaxy and universe radiating with loving and healing light.

And when you’re ready to bring it all back to Source, release the energy by blowing out the candle and placing your hands onto the earth and to Reiki Source for the good of all.

You may wish to end with a blessing of your own making, or simply chant the Reiki Principles.

I like to end with Namaste. Om. Shanti. Shanti. Peace. Peace. Peace.

Bowing to you in Gassho, hands over heart for today and always.

-The Reiki Guardians of the Capital Region.

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If you are ready to answer the call, and my guess is that you already have by reading this, then contact us and join your fellow Guardians.

There is much work to be done.

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Bowing to You in Gassho, Hands over Heart.

Dōmo arigatō gozaimashita. | どうも ありがとう ございました。

Thank you very much for what you have done, and thank-you very much for all that you will do.

Namaste~

Living The Reiki Way Without Fear

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Fear. Many faces come to mind here too when people’s eyes are filled with worry.

Like I said in the last bit about anger, in our Universe, everything tends to come down to two things anyway: love and fear, and Reiki my friends is pure Love. It is the opposite the umbrella of fear under the sub clause of anger and worry both.

We all worry from time to time about certain things. Getting sick, paying bills, or getting into car accidents. The list of negative possibilities is endless, but excessive worry, can lead us down a very dark path into mental neurosis.  Excessive worry can lead us to severe anxiety and paranoia, something which greatly impacts our ability to heal others and be healed, hence the the Gokai principle of “just for today, I will not worry.”

If we spend huge amounts of time obsessing over the “what could be’s,” and the “what if’s” we are putting an incredible amount of energy into manifesting those such fears. Remember that whole Power of Attraction thing?  Furthermore, this goes completely against the principle of “just for today:” of living in the Now.

Worrying makes it difficult for us to concentrate, and to cope. It disturbs our sleep and eating patterns. It makes us lose confidence in ourselves (all that hard work you did in Reiki 1). It perpetuates cycles of feeling physically and emotionally drained. If we are any of these, how do you suppose we can stay grounded and centered and connected to our Source?

This is why it is so important to “let go and let flow.”

If there is something that which you fear, or a person rather, it is time to let go. As scary as it sounds, I trust you know and would agree that no one deserves to be abused.

Reiki forces us to look at our fears with humility, and to heal those parts of ourselves that we are so afraid of. So what do you fear?

Fear of the unknown? Fear of the known? Fear of getting old, of being alone? Of death and/or dying? Afraid of failure? Afraid of making it on your own? Afraid of leaving your spouse? Afraid of telling your family you practice Reiki? Afraid of conversation? Afraid of standing up for yourself? Afraid of being pointed out? Afraid of being hurt and abused? Afraid of flashbacks? Afraid of yourself? Afraid of being true to yourself? Afraid that your family will stop loving you?

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What about specific phobias? Fear of spiders, heights, or water? Why? What deep seated insecurities or traumas have you experienced in this life time or in others?

Our thoughts are directly related to our actions, and “faulty thinking” creates some of the most upsetting emotions like anger, guilt, anxiety, resentment, and poor self-esteem. “Faulty thinking” means that you think in terms of black and white instead of considering that most things live in the gray area. There is no such thing as right or wrong, good or bad. Everything is somewhere in that liminal and beautiful in-between realm.

It also means that you blame others for your own mistakes, or blaming outside forces instead of accepting that people fail all the time, and it is okay. To err is human. Disappointment abounds. However, abuse is NEVER okay. And I strongly urge you, that if you are in an abusive relationship. Pack your bags, and LEAVE. Now.

Comparing yourself to others, jumping to conclusions by assuming the worst, filtering out and ignoring positives and self-proclaiming yourself a proud pessimist, does not a healthy Reiki Practitioner make.

Labeling yourself and others doesn’t help much either. Judging others without knowing who they are, what their story is, what they are going through, or what they have had to live through does not make you a compassionate and kind person. If you are to label, label everything and thing  a divine being of grace and beauty. Regardless of any other trait.

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We are all adults. We should be able by now to look at ourselves without bias, and really get to the roots of our trauma, neurosis and dis-ease. Sure it may be scary, but we can take solace in that we are not in this alone. We have the techniques. We have the training. So we must utilize and apply it! We can become masters of our own fear, not the other way around. By using Reiki we can calm ourselves in the moment and reach for the higher ground of tolerance, compassion, strength, courage, and forgiveness.

This would be a great time to do the exercises on pages 114, 129, 131, 144-147, 148, and 151.  in “Living The Reiki Way” by Penelope Quest.

Here are 20+ Reiki Tips For Dealing With Your Fear:

  • Look into effective coping skills. Identify your negative thoughts, beliefs, and/or attitudes.
  • Journal about what you feel and say about yourself. Self image is a key component to overcoming your fears. If you know yourself, you know your limits.
  • HOBBIES! Gardening, meditation, knitting, wine making, bee keeping, etc.
  • Read a book or watch a movie. (Probably not a horror flick.)
  • Chamomile tea!
  • Aromatherapy. Lavender, Sandalwood, and Spruce—can help you relax.
  • Whenever you are afraid, smile, “psychology can follow physiology.”
  • Chane how you think about your worries, and about what you do as a result.
  • Make use of visualizations.
  • Stretch and release the inevitable muscle tension effect of fear.
  • Meditate with an affirmation or mantra of “Just for today, I will be calm, cool, and collected.”
  • Eat healthy foods without processed preservative hormones that do impact your reactions.
  • Get some exercise. Endorphins work!
  • Community service or volunteer work. Getting involved with helping others can take your mind off of your fears and changes your vibration so that you can attract less fear and more love.
  • Practice responsible alcohol consumption.
  • Don’t try to self-medicate with addictive drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, shopping, sex. These things are only escapes from actually dealing with your emotions and situation.
  • Don’t run away from your problems, they always find you.
  • Express your fears with a trusted friend or therapist.
  • Express your fears through artwork. Make music, paint, or write a short story or poem. Pour all that you are into it.

REFERENCE

  • “Living The Reiki Way: Reiki Principles for Everyday Living” by Penelope Quest (2013 Edition)
  • Gratitude to Creative Commons Photographers Christopher Cotrell, Leo Hidalgo, and Ingrid Richter.

Living The Reiki Way Without Anger: 13 Reiki Tips for Dealing With Your Anger

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Anger. Many faces come to mind when the face of anger is there. Scrunched up, red-eyed, teeth showing, snarling anger. With this description you can easily laugh. Anger after all is a tad dramatic.

In this light, and from this angle we can see anger for what it truly is at its source: fear.

In our Universe, everything tends to come down to two things anyway: love and fear, and Reiki my friends is pure Love. It is the opposite the umbrella of fear under the sub clause of anger.

Now anger can range from mild irritation to full on rage. It can come quickly or last for days and even years. Anger raises our blood pressure and lowers our immune system’s ability to combat dis-ease both physical manifestations of this toxic energy.

What triggers you when you get angry? What normally gets your blood boiling? Do you get road rage? Are you abusing yourself with words of self-hate and judgment?

The next time you get angry, pause the moment like a movie, and ask yourself “why?” What is really going on? Are you really angry about the trigger, or is it just the last straw in a series of things you have been suppressing? There is always something deeper going on. A resentment reaching critical mass and being released like a siren or Mt. Vesuvius.

You can begin the healing process once you have found the source of your anger and eventually you will learn how to embrace your anger like a lost and wounded child. Take your anger into your arms and hold it, and shower it with love. This is the only remedy for anger. Compassion is the balm that heals all wounds, hurts, and miscommunication.

Once you have learned to understand your anger, whether it is being directed at yourself or others, you will then be able to express it in a healthy way.

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One of my favourite quotes is “if you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always gotten.” Anger is a reaction to something that does not agree with our current level of consciousness or vibration. It is a reactive response to things that are incredibly not okay, whether or not our reaction is justifiable or has no merit. We react. We are human. We have a beautiful ability to be impacted and inspired.  So how do we deal?

We can either Express, Suppress, or Calm.

Expressing our anger is important, but the thing we as Reiki Practitioners must learn  is that being assertive and being aggressive are two different things. In order to express our anger in a healthy way we must be able to be clear about our needs, and learn how to get them met without hurting ourselves or others. We must be respectful with our expression. Sometimes it is not always wise though to express our anger right in the moment, it may in fact be very dangerous especially if others may respond with violence. Instead we can convert and redirect our angry energy to Source or the Earth.

We can ground and center it. We can put it in a crystal in our pocket. We can blow it into a stone or stick and through it into the bushes or into a running river. We can use it constructively to exercise and run or clean the house. Housewives in the 50’s and 60’s knew how to do this with incredible grace.

However, we must be careful to not become passive-aggressive. Suppressing our anger will only lead to being over critical of others and cynical, and who wants to go see a Reiki Practitioner that is cynical and mean behind your back? It is important to not become a door mat nor snide. We as practitioners must remember our Reiki 1 training and stand up for ourselves in a peaceful way without being bitter or jaded.

We are all adults. We should be able by now to talk to other adults in a calm and cool way without becoming a hot-head. Sure it may be risky, but we can still be polite, make a joke, and own our anger. We have the techniques. We have the training. So we must utilize and apply it! We can become masters of our own anger, not the other way around. By using Reiki we can calm ourselves in the moment and reach for the higher ground of tolerance, compassion and forgiveness.

This would be a great time to do the exercises on pages 85, 95, 97, and 106 in “Living The Reiki Way” by Penelope Quest.

Here are 13 Reiki Tips For Dealing With Your Anger:

  • Use “I Statements” rather than “You Statements.” “I feel [blank],” rather than “You make me feel [blank].”
  • Breathe deeply with your diaphragm down into your hara zone.
  • Make use of visualizations
  • Stretch and release the inevitable muscle tension effect of anger.
  • Exercise by running, swimming, power walking to work off accumulating stress.
  • Meditate with an affirmation or mantra of “Just for today, I will be calm, cool, and collected.”
  • Eat healthy foods without processed preservative hormones that do impact your reactions.
  • Practice responsible alcohol consumption.
  • Don’t try to self-medicate with addictive drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, shopping, sex. These things are only escapes from actually dealing with your emotions and situation.
  • Don’t run away from your problems, they always find you.
  • Learn to say “No” to drama and stressful environments. This means at work, home, and in your personal relationships.
  • Express your emotions with a trusted friend or therapist.
  • Express your emotions through artwork. Make music, paint, or write a short story or poem. Pour all that you are into it.

REFERENCE

  • “Living The Reiki Way: Reiki Principles for Everyday Living” by Penelope Quest (2013 Edition)
  • Gratitude to Creative Commons Photographers BK, and madstreetz.