HEALING TYRANNY

America’s Cry for Help

“…WE SEE THIS ROTATING DOOR OF PEOPLE SEEKING SILENCE, RELIEF, AND CATHARSIS. WE ALSO SEE THEIR NEEDS JUST BY WALKING AROUND. AS HEALERS WE NEEDN’T WAIT ANY LONGER FOR PEOPLE TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS…IN THIS DAY AND AGE, THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE AFRAID, DEPRESSED, OR HEARTBROKEN. NOW IS NO TIME AS A HEALER TO HIDE…”

These be dark times healers.

Whatever your political affiliation, I am sure you can see the rampant surge of hate crimes and acts of violence filling the news.  The Trump cabinet is filling with representatives who have made it very clear their position on the environment, social sciences, education, and the health sector: all areas where many healers live, breathe, and work.  I have pondered this long and hard and see that we healers have been for a long time very wrong. For weeks now I have meditated upon the meaning of this election, is it doom or is there a silver lining? What lessons are there to find, embrace, and talk with?

As healers, let’s face it, we often are very superficial. We rarely get to the meat of an issue for several reasons. Perhaps the client does not want to dive too deep. Or they begin to and then cancel their next session, and we all know what happens after that: they never come back. Retention in any field is difficult, and when ours is a profession of the deep stuff, when our job is to be the mirror for people so that they may heal and not merely place a Band-Aid on the situation. It can get very annoying after a while. And yet, we see this rotating door of people seeking silence, relief, and catharsis. We also see their needs just by walking around. As healers we needn’t wait any longer for people to make appointments, especially when you learn the techniques of Gyoshi Ho and Koki Ho.  In this day and age, there are so many people out there who are afraid, depressed, or heartbroken. Now is no time as a healer to hide in our healing rooms.

Now is the time to act, and utilize the Gokai of Kindness in our everyday lives. There is no time like the time of tyranny for a healer to hear the call of humanity. There are so many marginalized people who are taken advantage of, who have for centuries been oppressed, beaten, and manipulated. As healers, our job is to heal on a holistic field, and if we ourselves are not staying aware, if we ourselves are not being mindful of these issues; our clients and our higher selves are doomed. If we fail now, we fail so much more than just ourselves. All the lifetimes of karma that have gotten us to this moment, this life where we have taken the role of healers, and now what do we do with it? Hide, keep our heads in the sand and “let go and let god?” No. That in my opinion is the ultimate abuse of privilege. Our duty is to grow, to help others “sit with their yuck.” To transmute, and transform situations. To mold and yes manipulate energies for the betterment of not only a few, but for all sentient beings. The world is crying- this is no time to wall oneself off. It is a time to be the one to break down Byoki boundaries, not create new ones.

Peace and healing are not static energies, they are a force, so it our prerogative to share that peace, and be that peace we wish to see in the world. We are the healers, and leaders of our communities. They look to us for support, guidance, and strength. I believe firmly that now is no time to play or think small. The mighty oak cannot forever remain a sapling. So use your skills and power. Be the healer I know you to be! With tact, with diligence, and of course with compassion.  We are the defenders and protectors of old, and no tyrant or bigot will harm our friends and family.

Heiwa beloveds.

Unlearning White Supremacy 101

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As Healers we have a responsibility to heal the physical,emotional, mental, and spiritual sufferings of our communities. Through the teaching mirror we can unlearn institutionalized racism within ourselves and society. We can be healers that show up for racial justice and challenge white supremacy wherever we see it.

That includes our healing circles and own lives. That includes when we are in session, working through the energy blockages of our patients. Heart’s work is not meant to be easy. Peace work is not meant to be easy. But this challenge offers us incredible merit and incredible good karma. Let us all make Usui Sensei proud!

Click through this series in order. Sit with each one. Meditate. Educate yourself and reach out. May it help to heal some of your own ingrained prejudices, and give you the strength to continue to do all the healing actions you do! 

Learn mind. Breathe action.

*PLEASE NOTE* This list is by no means exhaustive, and is by no means supposed to be an easy challenge. When we confront our preconceived notions, with whatever subject matter, our energy centers are shifted. With each new insight there is a moment of enlightenment. With consistent practice and consistent diligence of looking into the teaching mirrors, we build up an attunement to these new phases of reality and levels of awareness. The world is shifting, and we healers are particularly sensitive to these shifts, but dear ones, please take heart. And please take courage. Just for today, your fears and anger that may arise in reading some of these materials is the natural consequence of living within a realm of ignorance. Energy work and healing again is not an easy process, and any healer or teacher who says otherwise, obviously has not done the work, and has not seen the connections that these things have upon our energetic fields, emotional-mental bodies, and spirits.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: That the reason I have written this is that deep within my bones, I was disheartened and disappointed by MANY of my so-called “spiritual,” friends and mentors jump on the “All Lives Matter” bandwagon. Dear friends, if you have not by now realised why this phrase is racist and glosses over this issue with new-age rainbow glitter pseudo-morality, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. But, don’t worry, just for today. This is not meant to be an affront to your practice. This is my way of attuning you to this shift of energy that is now finally coming to light and my intention for you is to unlearn the various reasons why this is so. So please, do not get disheartened, but buckle-in for a massive shift in your awareness and consciousness. Yes, these are two different things. ;-p

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FREE ECOURSE: UNLEARNING WHITE SUPREMACY 101

  1. “5 Things You Should Know About Racism | Decoded | MTV News.” With Franchesca Ramsey (8/12/15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eTWZ80z9EE
  2. “6 Phrases With Surprisingly Racist Origins | Decoded | MTV News.” With Franchesca Ramsey (10/7/15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhENGl3XviM
  3. “Why Does Privilege Make People So Angry?” | Decoded | MTV News (1/13/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeYpvV3eRhY
  4. “11 Things White People Can Do to Be Real Anti-Racist Allies.” Kali Holloway (4/27/15) http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/11-things-white-people-can-do-be-real-anti-racist-allies
  5. “3 Black Female Stereotypes that Need to Die” | Decoded | MTV News (5/11/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQO7XoANYb8
  6. “4 Black Lives Matter Myths Debunked.” | Decoded | MTV News (7/14/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ_0bqWKO-k
  7. “The Real Reason White People Say ‘All Lives Matter’.”Huffington Post. John Halstead. (7/25/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-halstead/dear-fellow-white-people-_b_11109842.html
  8. “Are Cracker, White Trash, & Redneck Racist?” | Decoded | MTV News (9/7/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIIt-gTHWOY
  9. “Every Time You Say “All Lives Matter” You Are Being an Accidental Racist.” jesse Damiani (7/15/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesse-damiani/every-time-you-say-all-li_1_b_11004780.html
  10. “7 Myths about Cultural Appropriation DEBUNKED!” | Decoded | MTV News (11/11/15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXejDhRGOuI
  11. “Why ‘All Lives Matter’ Is Such a Perilous Phrase.” Daniel Victor. (7/15/16) http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/16/us/all-lives-matter-black-lives-matter.html
  12. “Shutting Down Bulls!*t with Michelle Alexander.” Seriously.TV. with Dylan Marron. (9/23/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdkThvNnnBw
  13. “Unboxing Hollywood Whitewashing.” Seriously.TV. with Dylan Marron (10/4/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmo419iWd-g
  14. “13 Things White People Take For Granted | Decoded | MTV News (6/24/15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcfPLL3qjkI
  15. “How to Handle A Racist Joke?” (7/1/15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg1aTLsS69Y
  16. “The First U.S. Memorial for Lynching Victims Will Open in Alabama.” Maya Rhodan (9/26/16) http://time.com/4508156/equal-justice-initiative-lynching-memorial-museum-alabama/
  17. “French Cartoon makes statement the entire world knows US Police target Black people for death” True Black News. (9/25/16) https://twitter.com/trueblacknews/status/780180325381079041
  18. New BLACK Wallstreet. “Stop using black children as props to promote this whole “good cop” propaganda.” (9/28/16)
  19. The Other 98% “Even white people are sick of other white people’s racist bullsh*t! #BlackLivesMatter.” (9/25/16)
  20. “Alfre Woodard Makes Emotional Plea For Racial Justice In America.” Brennan Williams (9/29/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/alfre-woodard-makes-emotional-plea-for-racial-justice-in-america_us_57ed3e13e4b0c2407cdc5080
  21. “Watch This Young Girl Superbly Break Down The Importance of BLM.” Zeba Blay (9/29/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/watch-this-young-girl-superbly-break-down-the-importance-of-blm_us_57ed25c0e4b082aad9b987b4
  22. BREATHE. STILL YOUR MIND. BE.
  23. “Life After ‘The New Jim Crow” Brentin Mock (9/30/16) http://www.citylab.com/crime/2016/09/life-after-the-new-jim-crow/502472/
  24. “King: Here is How We Will Boycott Injustice and Police Brutality in America.” Shaun King. NY Daily News. (9/30/16) http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-boycott-injustice-police-brutality-article-1.2812999
  25. “How Voter ID Laws Explain Structural Racism.” Franchesca Ramsey (10/5/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTrvkqRaYTo
  26. “Police Accountability: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)” (10/2/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaD84DTGULo
  27. “Man Vandalizes own truck, blames it on Black Lives Matter.” NY Daily News (9/19/15) http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-vandalizes-truck-blames-black-lives-matter-article-1.2366871
  28. “10 Simple Ways White People Can Step Up to Fight Everyday Racism.” Derrick Clifton (9/4/14) https://mic.com/articles/97900/10-simple-rules-for-being-a-non-racist-white-person
  29. “70 Years Ago Today, WWII Vets Took Up Arms Against Corrupt Cops and Ran Them Out of Town.” Ben Ricahrds (8/1/16) http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/08/70-years-ago-today-wwii-vets-took-arms-corrupt-cops-ran-town/
  30. “7 Ways to Avoid Being Brainwashed by White Supremacy.” Nick Chiles. Atlanta Black Star (11/10/14) http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/11/10/7-ways-to-avoid-being-brainwashed-by-white-supremacy/
  31. “White People: ‘Luke Cage’ Is Racist.” Debbie Encalada (10/3/16) http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2016/10/luke-cage-racist-says-white-people
  32. “Luke Cage” and the racial empathy gap: “Why do they talk about being black all the time?” Nico Lang (10/5/16) http://www.salon.com/2016/10/05/luke-cage-and-the-racial-empathy-gap-why-do-they-talk-about-being-black-all-the-time/
  33. Symone D. Sanders Tweet “You apparently can say whatever you want about Mexicans, Hispanics & Black people, but the Republican Party draws the line on white women.” 07 Oct 2016
  34. “Why Black Lives Matter” Ben & Jerry’s (10/7/16) http://www.benjerry.com/whats-new/why-black-lives-matter
  35. “Facts on Race.” American News X. Quote: “To justify slavery, we whites portrayed blacks as subhuman: primitive, stupid, and servile. To justify segregation, we whitesportrayed blacks as morally corrupt: ignorant, predatory, and sinful. After civil rights, we whites portrayed blacks as evil: drug addicts, gang bangers, and welfare queens. There has never been a point in our history when we whites have systematically and institutionally valued black lives as we do our own. That’s why #BlackLivesMatter. Period.”
  36. “How to Celebrate Columbus Day Authentically.” (10/10/16) Seriously.TV. With Dylan Marron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkgnrDjO4VI
  37. “The REAL History Of Christopher Columbus.” (10/6/15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FBUEfdPDOQ
  38. “More cities replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Sarah Mulé (10/8/16) http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/10/08/More-cities-replacing-Columbus-Day-with-Indigenous-Peoples-Day/7331475943497/
  39. “‘Only White People,’ Said the Little Girl.” Topher Sanders (10/13/16) https://www.propublica.org/article/only-white-people-said-the-little-girl?google_editors_picks=true
  40. “The disturbing reason why we don’t believe young, black women are really doctors.” Carolyn Y. Johnson (10/14/16) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/14/a-black-doctor-wanted-to-save-a-mans-life-first-she-had-to-convince-the-flight-attendant-she-was-an-actual-physician/
  41. “Unboxing Mistreatment of Native Americans.” (10/14/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7p7l87YK28
  42. “TO FIGHT FOR BLACK LIVES IS TO BE ANTI-POLICE” by Rag Fag (7/21/16) https://radfag.com/2016/07/21/to-fight-for-black-lives-is-to-be-anti-police/
  43. “The cost of slavery reparations is now within the boundaries of the politically acceptable.” By Max Ehrenfreund (9/29/16) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/29/the-cost-of-slavery-reparations-is-now-within-the-boundaries-of-the-politically-acceptable/
  44. “U.S. police chiefs group apologizes for ‘historical mistreatment’ of minorities.” Tom Jackson. (10/17/16) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/10/17/head-of-u-s-police-chiefs-apologizes-for-historic-mistreatment-of-minorities/?pushid=breaking-news_1476729796&tid=notifi_push_breaking-news
  45. “My conversation with the co-creators of #BlackLivesMatter Perspectives on storytelling.” Sabrina Schmidt Gordon (9/26/16) https://emergingus.com/my-conversation-with-the-co-creators-of-blacklivesmatter-b7a44745b8ce?gi=bf23defa9be4#.t0zqtwrjs
  46. WATCH “THE COLOR OF FEAR” DOCUMENTARY BY LEE MUN WAH https://www.stirfryseminars.com
  47. TAKE PART IN A LOCAL CHAPTER OF BLACK LIVES MATTER
  48. TAKE PART IN A LOCAL CHAPTER OF SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE (SURJ)
  49. TAKE PART IN A LOCAL CHAPTER OF CAPITAL AREA AGAINST MASS INCARCERATION (CAAMI)
  50. JOIN THE “INJUSTICE BOYCOTT.” 12/5/2016 http://www.injusticeboycott.com/

Solstice Thought

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Ki is manifest in our emotions and in our senses. Me must utilize all of them to produce healing in this world, not only healing touch, but also healing sight; speaking healing words and cooking healing tastes, healing music and listening to other’s truths; healing aromas with dirt, ocean, wind, herbs, and fire; and healing spirit with grace and patience. Manifest a world with every daily action by affecting your environment. You were put here to do good work. So get out there and work it! Heal with all your emotions and senses. Show others how to handle their anger and fear, through joy and courage. Invoke diligence and dedication, showing others their worth and witnessing your own; be grateful and appreciative; and throw about your surroundings compassionate kindness with every step and breath you take. Enact, transmute, and be the peace.

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.

11 Reiki Tips for Overcoming Fear

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John Lennon once said, “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

Some of the following are great therapy techniques, however, I do strongly suggest and recommend doing them in conjunction with a licensed Psychiatrist. Furthermore, this article is not intended to diagnose, or cure any disease. However, they are alternative methods to help you along your path towards health and healing in overcoming your fears.

Fear can be an extremely paralyzing experience. One traumatic event can affect a person’s entire life. In Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that too much fear causes an energy imbalance in the body that leads to disease.
In conjunction with traditional therapy, counseling, and Reiki the following can be incredibly effective!
We all have fears. Whether it is a fear of germs and illnesses; fear of death and dying; a fear of independence; or the fear of not being enough; we are all too human in all of these. Everyone has some sort of phobia that stems from the fear of the unknown, for which there is always a reason. However, when our fears begin to take over our lives and start damaging our relationships with ourselves, others, or our environment; we must stop and pause and ask ourselves, “why?” “Why am I afraid?” “Why do I listen to media propaganda?” and “Why do I continue to stay?” when we are afraid of others and truly dangerous situations/relationships. Why give into the storm of fear, when we can embrace love and a truer sense of responsible rationality? This type of questioning ultimately leads us down an empowering journey self-healing and self-discovery where we learn the tools necessary to confront and conquer our fears.
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1. Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy helps many clients with phobias and fears.

To sum it all up: “If you get into the habit of feeling confident and calm whilst hypnotically rehearsing lots of different situations you are quickly going to become generally a calmer more confident and a braver person naturally and instinctively.” Mark Tyrrell, therapist, trainer and author

While getting a Reiki treatment in conjunction, with hypnotherapy feels absolutely amazing! There are several Reiki practitioners that eventually get into Hypnotherapy anyway. This type of service shouldn’t be too hard to find. But if you cant in your area, a self-healing before and after your therapy session would be instrumental in solidifying your psyche.

2. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Technique

The same can be said for EMDR. Getting or using your self-healing techniques before AND after would be incredibly grounding and centering.

EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.”

“Twenty positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR.  Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.  Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions.” EMDR Institute, Inc.

3. Exposure Therapy

I know there are behavioral therapies that are quite effective as well, such as exposure therapy.

“Exposure Therapy retrains your Amygdala, the little almond shaped part of your brain, that forces us to make Fight or Flight decisions

You don’t have to do this radically and quickly. What you need to do is to continually arrange to activate your Amygdala by exposing yourself to what you fear, and then stay in place, making sure that the fear leaves before you do. You can use a variety of coping steps to help you do that, or you can just “float”, as Claire Weekes called it, and wait for the fear to subside. Either way, Exposure Therapy will enable you to retrain your Amygdala with new learning in ways it can absorb.” David Carbonell, Ph.D. Anxiety Coach

Confronting our fears is essential as a Reiki Practitioner. We know that there are always layers to work through. Every day is a new challenge, however, if we live and breathe in a state of fear, how can we effectively help others? Ultimately, if you haven’t already, you will be confronted with them during or after a client’s session. What is important is remembering your grounding techniques, cry if you have to, yell if you have to, and allow yourself those emotional releases.

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4. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping Technique

This one you could do and learn on your own. Much like acupressure and Reiki tapping techniques, EFT follows a pattern of set points, much like a meridian.

“Simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem – whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. — and voice positive affirmations.” Dr. Joseph Mercola

Usui Sensei taught several other techniques which did include tapping. Try visualizing energy moving along the meridian with your fingers, and alternate with visualizing energy blockages releasing with each tap.

5. Chanting Mantras, Affirmations, or Reiki Principle #2.

I always tell my students, when we affirm something to ourselves, we affirm it to be true. Words have power, they carry a vibration, and if repeated over and over again, they affect our brain wave patterns and levels of anxiety.

Many people I know simply count “One. Two. Three,” and repeat it as necessary. Others prefer Sanskrit mantras like, “Om Dakini Namah.” (I activate my security.)

And, lastly, remember those chants you’re “supposed” to recite every morning and night? If you aren’t a Reiki Practitioner, there is a Reiki Principle or Precept which states “Just for today, I will not worry,” or “Just for today, I will not be afraid.” If you like, try chanting the Precept in Japanese: “Kyo dake wa, Shinpai su na.”This has worked very well for me, when I am going through a random release of my own.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”Eleanor Roosevelt

6. Breathe From the Stomach

“Once you recognize fear as an energy feeling in the body, you have the power to convert it into a more positive feeling. One of the greatest ways to do is through breathing from the energy center in the stomach.
EXERCISE: 
1. Place you awareness on your abdomen
2. Set your two hands on the abdomen
3. On the inhale, expand your whole body
4. On the exhale, contract your whole body
5. Always inhale through the nose
6. Breath in and out massaging the internal organs
7. Your belly should feel like it’s filling up with water
Now, try this a few times by reading my instructions. You can even copy this page and paste it near your meditation area for a quick lesson. Soon, it will become second nature to you.” Robert Piper, speaker, author, specialist in Eastern meditation systems, and an advocate for a happier society.
What’s cool about this technique is you can do it anywhere. At your desk, in your car, in an elevator, or in the park. It would be even more powerful if you took your lunch-break outside, and breathed in this way while giving yourself a Reiki Self-Healing Session.
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7. Meditation, QiGong, or Pranayama Yoga

These three techniques and exercises can be used either on their own, or together. The ancients created these techniques and they have been working for thousands if not hundreds of thousands of years. (Depends on which modern historian’s theories and research you read.) Give ’em a go! Watch some youtube videos or go check out some books at the library. Better yet, sign up for a free class in your area! I am sure someone, somewhere is teaching these for a very little amount of money. Maybe it’s FREE?
But regardless, they all seemed and seem to work for billions of people throughout the ages. Give it a try and see how it affects your levels of fear and anxiety. What do you have to lose? It’s not like it will get worse with these stress-relieving techniques.

8. Crystal Therapy

This one is great to use on yourself and/or with a licensed Crystal Therapist, I know a few really great ones locally near Albany, NY.  Crystal Healing with Deb’s Glad Stones is phenomenal in Guilderland! You can contact Deb via her Facebook page.
  • Rose Quartz – love is the opposite of fear & this stone embodies the love vibration
  • Blue Lace Agate – this stone is well-known for its centering & calming vibrational frequencies & works really well for reprogramming your thoughts & reactions to calm & positive ones.
  • Black Tourmaline – known for its ability to transmute & “cleanse” energy. So if you’re perceiving energy (the situation) to be negative, this stone is great for bringing it right back to neutral. It’s a powerhouse for that!
  • Chrysocolla – this stone has a very feminine & soothing vibration. It gently calms your heart chakra when its beating with fear. It will also give you more confidence when you’re gripped with fear when having to communicate to others your needs or when you simply need some security in social situations of any sort. Its a great one to keep in your pocket when doing any public speaking.
  • Red or Scarlet Crystals like Spinel is an Enhancer Transformer Crystal. Enhancers are minerals and crystals that form in the Isometric crystal system. They have internal crystal lattices of perfect cubic symmetry and internal harmony.
  • Laguna Agate is a Seeker Transformer Crystal. Seeker Transformers are talismans used when the desire is to find a way to transform a part of one’s life to a more desirable state. When they possess the Earth Power of the Transformer, Seekers such as Laguna Agate have the power to aid us to find new relationships that will transform some part of our life.
  • Carnelian:helps one to be creative and positive and to have confidence in one’s actions. It achieves this by connecting too and helping to clear; the base, sacral and solar plexus chakras of all emotional and karmic trauma. Therein; carnelian allows one to overcome ones fears by engendering great courage, allowing ones creative and self confident energies to flow bringing with them, that which the seeker most desires.
  • Amber:is a gem stone that enable one to shine and to use their innate talents and abilities, to bring abundance and prosperity into their life, indeed Amber is claimed to be the gem stone of manifestation. When combined with other stones such as Carnelian it aids with the creation of immense personal inner strength and the courage to take anything that life can throw at us.
  • Herkimer diamonds:- not only magnify the healing properties of any crystal in their vicinity but they also aid in detoxifying the body and therein strengthen the body’s own natural mechanisms.

Imagine getting a Reiki Crystal Therapy Session for an hour… Talk about relaxing and moving!

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9. Aromatherapy

I love using essential oils. You can either diffuse, directly inhale, or add 3-7 drops total to bath water (as long as you add them to a carrier like epsom/sea salt, honey, or baking soda before you add to the bath.) You can also massage 1–2 drops of pure essential oils on your temples, neck, and wrists.

**Caution: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use.**Also, inform yourself! Some should be applied with a carrier oil like coconut due to sensitivity. Also, citrus essential oils are phototoxic in extreme heat and with high sun-exposer, you may develop sunburn and/or skin discolouration. (However, there are other oils for this ailment.)

Sue Bovenizer, a natural health therapist certified in Aromatherapy, Massage and CranioSacral Therapy and Integral Yoga instruction; suggests the following:

“General oils that are useful in alleviating fear are chamomile, lavender, geranium, marjoram, bergamot, frankincense, neroli, and sandalwood. These oils can be used in combination or alone in an aroma lamp, bath, or in a massage oil. They can be helpful for children as well as adults, although with children one would use only one drop of up to three essential oils in a formula.

Oils supportive in detoxing the body after a sudden trauma or threat are lemon, juniper, sandalwood, clary sage and geranium. These are best massaged onto the body, especially around the kidney area (where the Chinese believe fear is stored). Bathing in a combination of these oils is very useful in clearing the system of adrenalin build-up, as well as tonifying the kidneys.

When fear is a constant in one’s life, because of job insecurity, stock market troubles, or general over-whelm, then oils such as fennel, ylang-ylang, frankincense, elemi, lavender and cypress can certainly calm the nervous system and relax the weary mind to bring back equilibrium and balance.

Love can bring up fears in even the strongest of characters. Some oils that assist in conquering fear of intimacy are rose maroc, neroli, jasmine, and ylang-ylang. Add patchouli, carnation or rose otto to the recipe if there is a fear of sexuality. And add galbanum and frankincense if a balance between the masculine and feminine is desired.”

Sue also offers Infant and Pediatric CST, Somato-Emotional Release work, Visceral Manipulation and Reiki (Master level). Sue maintains a practice in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Imagine getting a Reiki Crystal Aromatherapy Session for even just 30 minutes… Mind BLOWN! Talk about pealing back some energetic layers! You can always bring a bottle of your essential oil of choice to a session, and ask your practitioner to use it. If for insurance reasons they are unable to, they will simply have you apply the oils first.

10. Young Living Raindrop Technique of Oola Balance or Valor Blend

This technique involves applying therapeutic grade essential oils to the spine, neck and feet. Essential oils are actually dropped from about 6 inches above your spine, simulating rain drops! It feels like a rain drop gently striking your spine, and it is very relaxing and comforting. The session lasts about an hour however the benefits may last up to a week or more.

Gary found that combining several holistic techniques, described below, created a synergistic effect for the body. The three modalities that combine to form Raindrop Technique are:

  • Aromatherapy – Raindrop technique uses seven single essential oils, two blends and one essential oil massage blend during the session. It is congruent with the French application of aromatherapy where essential oils are applied NEAT (undiluted) to the body.
  • Vita Flex TechniqueVita Flex was brought to the US in the 1920s by Stanley Burroughs. It is an ancient Tibetan healing methodology meaning “vitality through the reflexes”. Its theory is based on the fact that slight pressure applied to the body creates an electric charge that is therapeutic to the body. This is known as piezoelectric.
  • Feather Stroking – This is similar to a massage term technique called effleurage. But this technique was actually termed by the Native American Indians.

Oola Balance Essential Oil Blend is designed to align and balance your center giving you an increase in concentration with a positive outlook. As mind and body are balanced, the ability to focus on passions, behaviors, and health are amplified for the better. It has over twenty therapeutic grade essential oils in Oola Balance! They include: Lavender (Lavandula Officinal), Frankincence (Boswellia Carteri), Ocotea (Ocotea Quixos Lauraceae Leaf), Sandalwood (Santalum Album), Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata), Orange (Citrus Auranium), Angelica (Angelica Archangelica), Geranium (Pelargonium Graveol), Hyssop (Officinalis), Sage (Lavendulifolia), Spruce (Picea Mariana), Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum), Bergamot (Coumarin Free), Lemon (Citrus Limon), Jasmine (Jasminum Absolute), Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile), Palmarosa (Cymbopogon Martinii), Rose (Rosa Damascena), Balsam Fir (Abies Balsamea), Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha), Cistus (Cistus Ladanifer), Spikenard (Nardostachys Jataman), Blue Spruce (Picea Pungens).

Valor Essential Oil Blend is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body. Valor may only have four essential oils including: Spruce (Picea mariana), rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) and frankincense (Boswellia carteri) in a base of coconut oil; but it is no less effective.

11. Bach Flower Remedies

Anxiety/Fear can be cured with the help of Bach Flower Remedies. The Bach Flower Remedies work on the emotional level, removing emotional imbalances such as, depression, anxiety, jealousy, fears, trauma, self-confidence and impatience as an example.

The Bach Flower Remedies are 100% safe with no side effects and when you feel fine again you stop taking the remedies and you will remain fine.

  • Mimulus: Fear of anything you can put a name on: Fear of dying, being alone, spiders, losing a job, not be able to pay your bills, fear of flying, fear of a panic attack, fear of small places  etc.
  • Aspen: Fear of the unknown, fear that something bad is going to happen but you can not put a name on it.
  • Red Chestnut: Fear that something bad is going to happen to your loved ones.
  • Rock Rose: Frozen fear, terror, the deer in the headlight type of fear.
  • Cherry Plum: Fear that you may lose control on yourself, explosive anger, the feeling you wish to hurt yourself or others.
  • Elm: If you feel overwhelmed, too much to do, not enough time.
  • White Chestnut: If you have repeated unwanted thoughts or worries.

I like to take a Bach Flower Remedy before visiting family during the holidays, and while I give myself a self-healing session. These are great because if you feeling afraid, instead of popping pill after pill, sometimes all you need is a good old fashioned Flower Remedy. However, if you are on a prescription already, PLEASE CONSULT your doctor before going off your meds. Oftentimes, you can do a trial period and gradually lower your dose via a tapper while taking the remedies because they don’t interfere with narcotics.

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21 Reiki Tips for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

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Many of us in the states have become aware of the EVD outbreak in Africa, and of the man who flew in to Dallas, Texas. There is much panic, and rightly so, however as Reiki Practitioners we cannot allow ourselves to be swept up in the storm of fear.

To be effective healers, we must arm ourselves with knowledge, love, and practicality.

This is a virus.

It does not have a known cure, and the current survival rate is roughly 50%.

However there is still much we can do to work with this dis-ease.

20 Reiki Tips for Healing Big Nasty Pathogens: Ebola

1. Research. Compile yourself a list of trusted resources about the pathogen (Ebola) and learn about its background, transmission, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

2. Discover how to understand exactly how the pathogen dances its dance, and why.

3. Meditate if you hit a wall.

4. Accept that this pathogen exists for a reason, and does serve a larger purpose. Remember viruses and bacteriums are living Beings as well that possess karma, energy, and passion.

5. Prepare yourself for what must be done, i.e. prepare yourself to say good-bye to the world or a loved one.

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6. Create a crystal grid with an intention for healing those afflicted and a separate one for yourself. Make use of all your known Reiki Symbols, especially the Distanced and DKM Master Symbols.

7. Be sure to use Raku Master symbol at the end of any healing session distanced or otherwise to disconnect the bond that you have created between you and your client(s) just to be safe and for the good of all.

8. Take frequent breaks to ground and center yourself periodically throughout the session to discharge any energy you may be picking up. Remind to tell other practitioners to do this if you will be leading a healing circle.

9. Violet flame before, during, and afterward. As well as dry bathe.

10. Allow yourself to cry for those who are in pain and suffering. Don’t feel like you have to push those feelings down. A good Reiki Practitioner understands the value of such emotions. Acknowledge them, embrace them, release them, and then let them go to Source.

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11. Master Healers. Blue Kyanite. Malachite. Citrine. Chrysocolla. Sulfur. Black Tourmaline. Hematite. Aventurine. Place any of these in or around the room or have on hand for yourself and others who do not show signs/symptoms. (The incubation period for Ebola, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms is 2 to 21 days. Humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms.)

12. Make use of Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) and adhere to Engineering Controls, Work Practice Controls as well as Universal Precautions. Wash your hands with reverence before and afterwards, and thoroughly even though you won’t be directly touching the patient. Use a hand-sanitizer as well as a Medicinal-grade Essential Oil. But be warned don’t over do it. Skin breakdown of the hands will increase your risk for infection. Health-care workers have frequently been infected while treating patients with suspected or confirmed EVD. This has occurred through close contact with patients when infection control precautions are not strictly practiced.

13. It is also a very harsh dis-ease to work with because we as Reiki Practitioners are so used to touching, and in this case hands-free Reiki should be utilized AT ALL TIMES especially when the clients are showing signs/symptoms. However you can use guided imagery with the patient and teach it to the patient’s family in such a way that it can be intimate.

14. If you are giving direct care and touching the patient as well as their bedding/clothing which will obviously be contaminated with various fluids. Remember, Ebola spreads through human-to-human transmission via direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and with surfaces and materials (e.g. bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids. You should also bring an extra set of clothes in case they get soiled. 

15. Try not to fall into despair. You ARE doing the work just by Being present. Do not give in to fear. Just for today, don’t be worried. Remember, Law of Attraction works for both the things we want and the things we don’t want to happen if we keep obsessing about them. 

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16. Make Reiki Soup, water, and tea. DO NOT EAT THE BUSHMEAT! Ebola: Another Reason to go Veggie. You need to keep your immunity up and this takes considerable food and energy to maintain. Be sure to eat wholesome foods with garlic, ginger, horseradish, onion, etc. and plenty of water/tea. 

17. Rest. Getting enough sleep helps the immune system be in top condition. Also with rest, you will be less cranky and be able to be in good humour. Getting patients and family members to smile or laugh even during this troubling time is priceless. 

18. Encourage the client to eat Reiki Soup/broth, water, and tea. Fluids are important along with hospital saline and electrolytes. However as the illness progresses this may become harder and harder for them to do. 

19. Encourage the client to rest. Sleep is important. Again, as the illness progresses this may become difficult, however with effective pain management this can be induced if necessary.

20. Encourage the family members to do the same. If they are not themselves quarantined, those brave enough should be encouraged to keep their spirits high and hopeful as their energy will impact the patient. (Another reason to keep yours up as well.)

21. Stay connected to your relationship with compassion. In these hard times it is so very easy to get angry. At the Divine, at governments, at other health-care workers, at Big Pharma, at the patients themselves for putting you through such an ordeal, and even worse, yourself for thinking that you are not doing enough. Remember your precepts: Just for today, I will not be angry. Just for today I will be compassionate to myself and all other Beings. 

Namaste Beloveds.

May we all come together in this troubling time for the Good of All.

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