Jul. 13, 2019

I feel guided to share this experience...

Coming home from an event, I got off the max in my downtown neighborhood when I noticed a crowd of people standing around something.  When I got closer, I realized it was a bloodied, slumped over, non-responsive man.  Without thinking, I put my things down and knelt down beside him.  I noticed how much blood there was, and he didn't look like he was breathing...  

The ambulance was on its way, but knew I needed to do something. Time is critical when the body is in shock and shutting down after trauma. 

I placed my hand on his cheek and held up his face, "Sweetheart, are you okay?", he wasn't responding or breathing.  I placed my other hand over his heart.  The Reiki flowed quickly and strongly. 

Within a few moments, he gasped, took a deep breath in, opened his eyes, and mumbled an apology through an outpour of emotions.  "You're okay, sweetheart, you didn't do anything wrong.  You're safe now." 

I helped him sit up, held up his head, and asked him to look at my eyes and tell me what color they were.  I understood the need to keep him conscious and talking, having had a brain injury myself.  By then, the paramedics arrived and asked me to step aside.  I stayed with him and continued to flow Reiki at a distance while they talked to him.

One of the police officers leaned over to me and commented on how amazing it was that he was standing and talking when he was unresponsive on the ground only a few minutes prior... I agreed, it was amazing.

I look forward to the day when Reiki is known and understood by all. When it is recognized for being the powerful healing force that it is.  

My intention is for EVERYONE to know that they can do this too.  Can you imagine living in a world where we cared enough about one another where the natural instinct was to help & heal?

That can be today. ❤

 

 

Jul. 11, 2019
You know what?  It's all working out.  Everything is working out to your highest good, always.  Every day in every way.  I know it doesn't always feel like that.  Especially when all the tangibles point to the contrary.  Even then, it's still really good.  
 
When things do go sideways, it's just life giving you an opportunity to test your skills on how well you can right your ship, and you always can, otherwise you wouldn't experience turbulent waters in the first place.
 
Life is a series of lessons, and sometimes we don't understand what we're being taught... sometimes patience is needed to see the bigger picture...
 
Sometimes the things worth waiting for take longer to cultivate.
 
Once seeds are planted, you don't immediately dig them up and yell "Are you growing yet?" at the dirt, because that's silly, and obviously not how life works.  The saplings will sprout organically, in due time... let nature take its course, everything will work out.  Trust in the process, in the natural order of life, have faith in those seeds, and know you don't have to worry.  Do your good work, always come from the heart in all your actions, and just relax.
 
We drive ourselves crazy trying to manifest things and control outcomes.  That's not natural.  Life is supposed to be easy, fun, and feel good.  It only gets hard when we make it hard.  We are limited only by our thoughts, and we tend to be our own biggest obstacle.
 
Attaining a peaceful state and trusting things are unfolding as they should, even when life gives you every reason to doubt that, takes mastery.  Finding ways to relax your mind and body, like through a reiki session, will be a necessary first step to calm yourself and invite in patience.  
 
When we open ourselves to enjoy every nugget along the way, instead of waiting for that prize down the road to make us happy, we will be giving ourselves a much needed break.  Know your dreams are being realized, and you can just relax.  Take it easy, stop to smell the roses, breathe deep, do good work from the heart, and know you don't have to go anywhere... because you're already there! 🙂
 
 
Jun. 5, 2019
One thing Reiki does is reduce stress.  When you are without stress, you are at peace, and I feel strongly when you bring peace to someone's life, you can bring peace into this world...  However, stress reduction is not a luxury, or a superfluous act, reserved only for those with time or money.  It is a necessity.  Why?  Because stress makes us sick; accounting for 90% of all illness.  Here's how:
 
We are made of trillions of cells, and our bodies act the same as an individual cell.  When you place cells in a petri dish with nutrients, the cells open up, moving toward the positive growth signal emanating from the nutrients.  When you place cells in a petri dish with toxins, the cells close off and move away from the threatening, negative signal.  Cells cannot be open and closed at the same time.  In other words, cells can either be in growth-mode or protection-mode.
 
Our bodies are the same. 
 
When we perceive a threat (or a stressor), the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) Axis is stimulated.  When the hypothalamus (the part of the brain that interprets perception) sees stress, it wants to tell the whole body "something's going on", so it sends the signal to the pituitary gland (i.e. "the master gland"), which sends signals to the adrenal glands causing a "Fight or Flight" reaction (i.e. sympathetic nervous system response) by releasing stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol.  
 
Stress does 3 important things to us:
 
The first thing stress hormones do is cause the blood to go to the arms and legs (preparing to run or fight).  If the blood is going to the arms and legs, where was it before?  In the viscera (your gut).  What is the function of the viscera?  Growth, health, and maintenance.  So when the blood leaves the viscera, because stress hormones squeezed the blood vessels in the gut closed, protection-mode is enabled, and growth is shut off.  Growth is imperative to our health, given our cells are dying every day and need to be replaced (for example, the lining of your gut is replaced every 3 days).  So when daily stress floods your body with adrenaline and cortisol, it inhibits your ability to replace cells at a normal rate, causing you to get sick.
 
Another fun thing stress does... when you're in "Fight or Flight", the stress hormones shut off functions not needed in "Fight or Flight" - your body's immune system.  When a tiger is chasing you, your body is directing its energy to not being eaten vs. a bacterial infection you may have.  Now, the important thing to note here is... when you get sick, you don't "catch" something, the gross truth is you already have a plethora of bacteria, germs, parasites, viruses, etc. in your body right now.  The only reason you're not sick is because your immune system is strong.  Turn off the immune system due to stress, and you can no longer fight off these toxins (i.e. "opportunistic organisms").
 
The third thing stress does... it dumbs us down.  When we're in "Fight or Flight", we do not use conscious reasoning, we use reflex behavior.  Aside from adrenaline & cortisol squeezing the blood vessels in the gut, causing the blood to go to the periphery, when these stress hormones are released into the body, they also squeeze the blood vessels in the prefrontal cortex (which regulates complex cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning - i.e. consciousness), pushing the blood to the back of the brain for reflex behavior.  When you're under stress, you're less intelligent.
 
In summation, stress not only inhibits cell growth, it reduces immune function, and makes you less intelligent.  Given the above examples, it would be hard to argue that stress reduction is a luxury.  Rather, it's your armor to keep you healthy, strong, and functioning in today's stressful world.
 
It is important to note that according to a research study at Hartford Hospital (in Hartford, CT), Reiki reduced stress in patients by 94%.  Therefore, Reiki prevents illness by reducing your stress.  
 
 
 
May. 6, 2019
I will be giving a talk on this subject at the May 18th Metaphysical Empowerment & Wellness Fair at Unity of Portland at 3:45pm, but here's a sneak peek...
 
In order to understand Energy Healing, you must first understand how energy works.
 
Everything is energy.  We are made of energy and connected by fields of energy.  Quantum physics has shown us this.  Biology has shown us that every cell has an electromagnetic field (EMF), every molecule that makes up a cell has an EMF, every one of our organs has an EMF, every person's body has an EMF that extends about 5 meters outward.  On a larger scale, the planets have EMFs, stars have EMFs, everything has a field, from micro- to macro-, and our fields are constantly in contact with one another.
 
Energy is unseen (by most), but it creates matter, not the other way around.  Your external reality is configured based on your electromagnetic field which is formulated from a biological reaction inside your body, created by your thoughts.  In other words, every thought in your mind and feeling in your heart is triggering a gene expression, which triggers a protein synthesis in your cells, which produces an electrical and magnetic field.  These fields can be measured by EEG and MRI machines.  You are literally molding the quantum soup that surrounds you based on your thoughts & feelings.  One would caution to you be aware of what energy you're sending out into the Universe!  Based on the universal law of mirroring, our external reality is a reflection of our internal state.  So it is prudent to understand just how powerful you are, and to be aware of what you're putting out, as you will receive it back.
 
Imagine we are all in an invisible ocean.  Every thought, word, and action sends ripples out from us, bumping into everyone else, who have a reaction and send their own ripples outward.  We are all connected by this invisible field, and we all have an effect on each other.  It is fair to say someone having a bad day in China is affecting you where you are right now.  This is why we should concern ourselves with the well-being of others, but that's an entirely different subject for another day...
 
That is the science behind energy.  Now, as far as healing is concerned, I will discuss Reiki, given my training as a Reiki Master and that I work with this energy for my hands-on healing.  So what exactly is happening there?  First off, I am interacting with the client's field and channeling Reiki energy.  When I gently lay my hands on a client, I am using the energy to increase blood flow to that area, to oxygenate the cells, and most importantly, to induce a Parasympathetic Nervous System response.  This is the body's Rest & Restore state, which is imperative for post-injury, post-illness, and post-surgery so that the body may heal itself.
 
Energy healing is innately understood by each of us.  For example, when you have a headache, what do you immediately do (besides grab some Tylenol)?  You place your head in your hands.  When you have a stomach ache, what you instinctively do?  You place your hands on your tummy.  What about when you stub your toe?  If you're me, you sit down and go "ow ow ow" while grabbing your toe and holding it until it feels better.  You are energy healing yourself in these moments.  It's what humans have done for thousands of years, because it works.  And moreover, it is scientifically-based.
 
So the next time you hear someone downplay the validity of Energy Healing, you'll have a greater understanding of what it is and can hopefully help educate them.  We all have this ability to help ourselves & others feel better, so why not use it?
 
 
Apr. 8, 2019

We've all faced situations where the outcome wasn't what we expected, which might have been very painful to process.  Perhaps we realized that what we wanted wasn't for us.  Or maybe we've been beating ourselves up over what we "should have" or "should not have" done. 

Many times in our life, we will come to a crossroads where we realize we need to let go of expectations.  Maybe it hurts to think we couldn't change the outcome and are still holding on to the hope that things will be different.  Sometimes these attachments keep us frozen in pain because ultimately that path wasn't in our highest and greatest good.  Sometimes, we have to learn to let go...
 
Understand that letting go isn't an admission of failure.  When one door closes another one always opens.  This is the way of the Universe.  Holding ourselves in a space of desperately wanting something that wasn't meant for us only limits us from being open and receptive to all the good and abundance that is rightfully ours.  Sometimes clearing the path and making space is what we need to do.
 
Grieving is a necessary part of the process.  Know that you are justified in your feelings.  Experience your emotions, let them flow, allow the energy to move.  You have every right to feel the way you do.  It was a traumatic realization and you owe it to yourself to allow the tears to flow, to cleanse, and wash away your pain.  Understand the ebb and flow of life, that this is not an ending, but a beginning, because now you can let go of the limited thoughts and beliefs that held you prisoner.  
 
You deserve to be free from that pain, you've been through enough.  Allow it fall away.  Allow the release.  Relax into your deep breathing.  Feel the warmth growing in your belly and radiating throughout your body.  Know you are loved.  Know you are safe.  Know the Universe has your back.  Know you are worthy.  Know you are a gift.  Know you deserve only the best life has to offer.  Open yourself to the possibility that there's something even better waiting for you.  
 
When we do this, we are not only forgiving the person or situation that disappointed us, we are forgiving ourselves.  We can release the self-deprecation and stop the self-inflicted punishment.  We can open our hearts and minds and show ourselves the love we are seeking.  In so doing, we are signalling to the Universe that THIS is what we truly desire.  Then, it can't not bring it to us. ❤