Friday, December 28, 2012

Colors Meanings and Feng Shui

Colors affect people in different ways. By using the right colors, you can strengthen the elements of Feng Shui. These wonderful colors are divided into cool which is Yin and warm which is Yang. There must a balance at all times because everything possesses these two components.

Aside from Yin colors being cool, it also represents healing and relaxation. To give you an idea, here are the colors.

• Blue has yin energy because it reflects love. It also creates a feeling of peace and trust. Since it is the color of both the sea and sky, Feng Shui experts associate it with adventure and exploration. Among the different shades of blue, navy blue is the color that best describes intellect and wisdom.

• Black symbolizes money and income. It is great for those who are focusing on their careers especially when this color is combined with metal. In Feng Shui, it is the color of emotional protection and power.

• Next is purple that lies at the end of the spectrum. In Feng Shui, it is associated with spiritual awareness as it is excellent for physical and mental healing.

• White represents confidence, poise and purity. Feng Shui experts use this color in combination with gold and silver as it generates a calm atmosphere.

• You also have green which is represents balancing, normalizing, nurturing and refreshing. It is the color of balance, harmony, healing and health in the emotional, physical and spiritual aspect of things.

Yang colors tend to be fire and wood elements. It is these colors that provide you with positive energy or enthusiasm and here are the colors.

• Yellow represents cheerfulness and friendliness. However, too much exposure to this color can be bad because it often leads to anxiety.

• Orange helps you strengthen your concentration especially in times when your creativity runs dry.

• Tan or being represents the colors of the earth. It portrays neatness and helps conceal emotion.

• Lavender is the color of sexual indecision. Feng Shui experts believe this color suggests an ability to be manipulated.

• Maroon is one of the shades of red. In Feng Shui, this represents indecisiveness.

There are other colors aside from those mentioned that represent Yin and Yang in Feng Shui. If you want to know more about it, do some research as this is written in books and also posted online.

As mentioned, these colors should be used in different combinations with other Feng Shui elements in order to balance the Chi. These elements are namely earth, water, fire, wind and metal.

Each of the colors above represents one of these elements and by making sure there is balance, you will be able to bring prosperity wherever you need it like in your home or for your business.

For instance, if you want balance in the bathroom, you shouldn’t add the color black as there is enough water already there. Doing so will cause an imbalance and surely you wouldn’t want that to happen.

The wonderful colors of Feng Shui can be used to your advantage depending on the energy you need. For you to achieve prosperity, you have to bring them into your home or office not only in the colors of the wall but also the furniture and décor as well.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Feng Shui Symbols for Prosperity and Abundance

Choosing Feng Shui symbols need not be hard. You don’t really need to stuff yourself with crystals, essential oils or other things that may not necessarily be in harmony with each other. The key to having good Feng Shui is balance, and you need to be able to have the qualities of balance to invite the good things and experience the pleasurable effects of Feng Shui in your life. There are many kinds of Feng Shui symbols, and you may have to orient yourself properly about these Feng Shui symbols before hanging any in your home.

In choosing the right Feng Shui symbol, you must have some emotional relationship to the object you are using as a Feng Shui symbol. Some of the Feng Shui symbols are meant to provide cures for bad luck. The others are meant to supplement what is already inherently there in your home or office. The mood that you want to convey must be established right from the very beginning before you shop around for Feng Shui symbols so that you will find the appropriate symbol that will fit your needs.


There are quite a lot of crystals available for Feng Shui, and familiarizing yourself with each one of them and their functions will help you acquire what you need to be able to invite prosperity and abundance in your life. When you are using crystals, make sure that you take good care of it and wash it regularly to avoid dust or clutter from overpowering it.

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Essential Oils

Some of the more relaxing aromatherapy oil varieties include the lavender oil, which is very good for helping you attain peace of mind in your environment. Essential oils are very conducive to providing a positive environment for your home or office. Just make sure that you use the right amount of oils so that you will not overpower your environment with too much oil. Also, for purposes of variety, have some stock of various oils so that you will be able to experience different modes of environment even by just changing the scent.


Fountains provide serenity and the element of water in the environment. If you have a fountain that is quite unobtrusive and physically appealing, place it in such a way that it will complement metal and not overpower your fire elements. Fountains complement metal elements so make sure that you are able to position it with the metal elements in your home or office.

Bagua and other Feng Shui Tools

The right orientation for the Feng Shui bagua is also important if you are to use it in your home. The Feng Shui tools that you might need must also complement each other so that you will not find yourself in the middle of a clashed set of Feng Shui symbols. Chinese coins tied with a string are also another form of good luck charm.


Animals are also considered part of the Feng Shui symbols. Some of the attributes of the animal being used is actually assimilated by the environment according to Feng Shui experts.

The Color Factor

Color is also an important aspect of Feng Shui. The visual appeal must not only be derived on what goes with where, but it must also be grounded on the right colors you need. It all depends on the mood that you want to convey.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Feng Shui Theories

Feng shui theories today mainly work with the goal to arrange the environment made by humans in certain spots known to have good Qi. In order to find this spot, it should be the right location and an axis in time based on the accepted theories. In order to understand it better, here are some of the theories that feng shui has been known to uphold in its practice.


The Qi, pronounce as "chi", is a difficult word to understand and is usually left as it is, without translation. In the most literal sense, the word means "air". In today's feng shui, Qi is similar to the word "energy". A more traditional explanation of Qi as it relates to understanding of local environments, the orientation of buildings, and the interaction between the land to the vegetation and the soil quality. An instrument that is used to determine the flow of Qi is the luopan.

The theory of Qi stems from the different beliefs from the Axial Age. One such belief holds that the heavens influence life on Earth. This may seem outrageous to some people, but scientists today now know that space weather exists and can affect some technology such as GPS, power grids, communication and navigation systems, etc. and the internal orienting faculties of even birds and other creatures.


Polarity is another theory used in the practice of feng shui. It is expressed in feng shui as the Yin and Yang Theory. Polarity that is expressed through yin and yang can be compared to a bipolar magnetic field. It is made up of two forces- one creating a force and one receiving it. Yang is the force acting and yin is receiving. This interaction is considered as an early understanding of Qirality. The Yin Yang Theory and connected to another theory called the Five Phase Theory or Five Element Theory.

The so-called "five elements" of feng shui are water, wood, fire, earth or soil, and metal. These elements are said to be composed of yin and yang in precise amounts. The interaction between the two forces became the foundation for the practice of feng shui and how it is said to strive to achieve balance.


The two ancient diagrams that are known as the bagua are common fixtures in the practice in feng shui. They can be compared to the cardinal points of the compass today. The bagua diagrams are also linked with the sifang or "four directions" method of divination that was popularly used during the Shang dynasty although the sifang is considered to be much older.

It was also known to be used at Niuheliang as well as a big fixture in the Hongshan culture's practice of astronomy. And it is in this area of China that can be connected to Huangdi, who was also known as the Yellow Emperor. It was Huangdi who was known to have invented the south-pointing spoon.

The cardinal directions that contained in the bagua diagram are said to be determined by the marker-stars of the mega-constellations known as the Four Celestial Animals. The East is considered to be the Blue Green Dragon. The South is the Red Bird. The West is also known to be the White Tiger while the North stood for the Dark Turtle.

These feng shui theories also loom large even in today's practice of trying to achieve a good balance in the environment as well as the lives of people.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Simple Feng Shui Tips for the Home

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.  Norman Vincent Peale.
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Part of an ancient Chinese art and science, feng shui is basically concerned with the harmonious relationship between man and his environment.  It is based on a Taoist idea that nature is alive and has energy in different forms.  Many modern aficionados assert that feng shui is the practice of arranging objects, such as in the home, to help attract positive energy.

The following are a few basic feng shui tips for the home:

  • A marble table in the house is not good for the career since it attracts work stress.  A red sofa set too is often said to give rise to work obstacles and troubles.  Replace that marble table with a wooden one, and that red sofa with any other color.
  • Have enough lighting in the rooms because light is an important source of energy.  In dull spaces where natural light from the window is limited, paint the walls with yellow, which represents sunlight.
  • The bed should be placed next to a wall.  You must not also sleep in a way where your feet are pointed towards the door, as this has negative connotation.  A mirror where you can see yourself in as you are lying in bed has to be removed, or covered with a blanket as you sleep.
  • The doorway should not be obstructed with anything, such as shoes and other items.  A clear entrance allows the positive energy to freely enter the room.  It is also advised that the seating is so arranged that anyone inside the room will be able to see the door.
  • Placing mirrors in the room help positive energy dart through the area.  They amplify the amount of light inside the room.  Mirrors also make the room appear much larger than it actually is, giving a cozy vibe.
  •  Plants represent nature, and having your self surrounded by them evokes the healing and nurturing vibrations of nature right into your room.  However, dying or dead plants attract negative energy, so take them out immediately.
  • Make sure that there is no refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher and even sink placed opposite the stove.  Fire and water clash; this might stir up negative energies that may cause the family members to have disagreements with one another.
  • Never allow your children to sleep on the floor because it may cause them to get sick often.  Ideally, positive energy flowing underneath the bed is beneficial.  So it is advised for your children to sleep in beds with space beneath them.  However, it is not recommended for them to use double bunk beds because the child sleeping beneath will get sickly.
  • The flowing of positive energy is generally interrupted by disorder or clutter in the room.  Positive energy should be allowed to flow freely in the room, and from one space to the other.  Clutter has to be removed especially from the center of your house, which is considered the heart of the house.
  • Keep your bathroom clean and the bathroom door closed at all times since you don’t want the negative energy inside it flow outside.  You might also want to close all doors in the home as you sleep as it helps provide health domestic relationships and promotes health.
For beginners, feng shui does not have to mean using particular tools to come up with a harmonious home.  Sticking to the basic aspects is enough to attract the right energies into your home.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Feng Shui Basics

Applying feng shui basics in the home need not be that complicated.  There are some ways in which this ancient practice can be used to make the home flow with positive energy or chi.  Here are some of the basic feng shui practices that you need to know and can easily apply to make your home (as well as your life) filled with positive chi.

Light, Air and Feng Shui.

In order to fill your home with good chi, you need to have good quality air and adequate lighting.  In feng shui, it is believed that chi flows through with the help of air as well as natural light.  Because of this, it is essential to make use of these two elements to ensure that your home flows with good chi.  To allow the good energy into your home, open your windows often to let natural air flow through.

You can also use air purifying plants or an air purifier at home to make sure that the air remains clean and pure.  Also try to allow as much natural light into your home to allow good chi to fill your home.

Unclutter Your Home.

Clutter is a known obstacle to the flow of chi.  It can have an effect on health and quality of life, as well as overall energy levels.  Too much clutter can drain your energy and impede good energy from flowing into your home or life.  Getting rid of the clutter can also help get rid of the negative load that affects your life.  By clearing clutter, you are creating a harmonious environment in your home flowing with good energy.

Know Your Feng Shui Birth Element.

In order to better understand how you can use feng shui to achieve a certain balance in your life and home, you should know your own birth element.  There is a certain element that corresponds to your birth year, and knowing what element your are born in can help you decide the best approach to achieve balance with feng shui.  You can use your feng shui birth element to introduce the different expressions of that element into your home through the use of colors and the balance of the other complementary elements in your life and home.

Know Your Kua Number.

According to feng shui, each person has his or her own kua number, which corresponds to one's date of birth and gender.  The kua number is also an indicator for each person's energy needs.  In the school of feng shui, called the Flying Stars, people belong in either one of two energy groups:  the East or the West.  For the East group, their kua numbers may either be 1, 3, 4 or 9.  For those on the West group, their kua numbers can either be 2,6,7 or 8.

You can use your kua number to determine directions and orientation of structures such as your home decor, or where you face when working in order to ensure good positive energy to flow.  These feng shui basics can help you start off in making your life and home flow with good chi.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Journey of the Willow

Journey of the Willow

Underneath the willow tree
to find a way to just be me,
but words of wisdom never would I hear.

I'd make a wish on midnight's star
of dreams I've dreamed of lands afar,
but daylight came and took them all away!

I'd sing a song of joy and pain;
of lightning strikes before the rain,
but mellow words I cry won't save my life.

I'd tell a tale of days gone by;
of mockingbird's and raven's cry,
but wind said,  "Save it for another day!"

By night, by day I'd come to know
her wisdom's in the way she grows,
and how she whispers wishes without fear.

She'd whisper to the clouds above,
"I've witnessed dreams and shattered love!"
But soon I'd whisper of the willow's strife.

"She danced along the river bank,
dipped in her roots and then she drank;
she danced and mourned and swayed where she was told.

"The wind controlled her every sway.
She used to whisper in the day,
when sunlight brought the heron to her nest.

"Then at night the wind did blow
and tossed her branches to and fro,
and scared the mottled heron into flight."

Her limbs would bend but wouldn't break --
The dance she danced for living's sake.
In moonlight soon she'd whisper tales of old.

She'd whisper of her heron friend,
the empty nest, the bitter end,
when from her broken heart she wanted rest.

The river dwindled to a brook
but still she stayed - her life it took!
Her roots shrank and she withered up and cried,

"No more heron's home to be!
No more friends confide in me!
No more secrets whispered in the night!

"No more dancing by the stream --
no more wishing of a dream."
The willow's dreams of days gone by had died.

The phoenix came and danced away.
The bellows blew and the branches swayed;
the withered willow knew not of her song.

The phoenix gathered branches long,
she built her nest and sang her song.
She gathered twigs and leaves to make a spark.

The fire grew throughout the night,
the phoenix' dance became her flight!
She sang of willow's secret life gone wrong.

She sang about the heron's nest,
the change that came upon her breast  --
the spring that came just after winter's snow.

She kept the embers burning high!
The waters flowed where once was dry!
The willow's branches sprouted buds of spring.

Now once again the willow sings!
The river flows from mountain springs
and gives to me a place where I can go.

I lay beneath the willow tree
to find a way to be "just me",
and Willow whispers how she loves to sing!

She sings her song in morning light;
She sings a song of Heron's flight!
She sings of ember echoes in the dark.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Why Am I Doing This?

Peace and Healing Through Reiki

Several years ago I wanted to take Reiki. I was in search of healing from past traumas when I came across Reiki as a complementary form of treatment. I was in what seemed to be an endless cycle of abuse . . . I just attracted them like flies on honey!

I was originally diagnosed with Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in 1998, but back then I was still able to function in society. Because of the situation I was in, my cPTSD got progressively worse. I had been isolated from my family, had no friends left, wouldn't dare go in public around strangers, and I was unable to work. I also suffered from physical ailments that affected my mobility, my sleep pattern, and eventually my memory.

In 2006, I was told I would not be walking in five years because of scoliosis and degenerative disc disease. As time went on, I needed a cane at times to get up off the sofa. As my condition progressed, I eventually had to use a cane daily. It was extremely difficult for me to walk, especially when I was dragged to public places. I was in my late thirties, and when people see a "young" woman walking on a cane they stare with compassion and pity. My current abusive situation and my pride kept me from going out in public most days.

I went nowhere on my own; and until the night I left in 2011, I hadn't driven a car in three years. I began to accept that perhaps the doctor knew what he was talking about, even though I didn't want to believe. It looked like my wheelchair diagnosis was accurate. I had also gained a great deal of weight, which only made my mobility worse. Because of my living arrangements and my condition, I became depressed. I just didn't want to leave the house for any reason.

In 2010, Something happened at home that caused me to take a good, hard look at my life. The man I was married to often asked me to talk about the bad things that happened to me. He thought if I would "get it out" that somehow it would help. He didn't permit me to seek medical care after the first year of our marriage, so a therapist was out of the question and I suppose he thought he could fill those shoes. We were sitting on the sofa watching television one night when I decided, "Okay, I am ready to talk."

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I started telling him about some of the traumatic things that had happened to me over the years. His reply to me was, "How can I listen to the television while you're engaged in conversation?" I was floored! Absolutely shocked! Really? He had encouraged me to talk, and when I finally did, he couldn't stop watching television (a re-run at that) long enough to listen! This comment made me stop and think about what kind of mess I had gotten myself into, and what could be done to fix it. I remember asking myself, "Is this what love is supposed to be about?"

Over the next several months I thought back over the years spent with him, and just exactly what had happened. His question really made me think. I started remembering the past years of my life I had given to him, and the devotion I gave that he probably never deserved. I considered whether or not this mess could even be fixed. A relationship is about giving love, pure love to another person. Love is about encouraging the other person to be the best they can be . . . it is about encouraging them in every aspect of their life: spiritual, emotional, mental and physical. It is not about tearing them down, controlling them, or isolating them from others whom they love.

During the time we dated, I had given full disclosure of my hopes and dreams, of who I am and who I desired to become. When we married, he was aware of my spiritual beliefs as well as my desire to become a Reiki Practitioner. He was aware of my emotional "baggage"; he was told about my diagnosis of Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, the causes of it and the difficulties I had with it as well. He knew I had been searching for a "cure" to the trauma I had been through, and that I felt Reiki would help. I was right . . . it has helped so much, I cannot begin to explain! That is a story for another day!

This story has a bittersweet ending. A little over a year after his cold-shouldered statement when I was ready to talk, we were sitting on the sofa watching television again. He had rented a movie and was watching it. I was trying hard to ignore the movie, because of the content. It was about rapists who hire a hot-shot attorney to get them out of going to jail. The movie had been playing about an hour when I asked him if the entire movie was going to be about rape. He said, "Probably." He kept watching it. Not long after that, the movie got a little more violent so I asked him if he minded turning it down, or turning it off. It was really starting to get to me. He refused, stating that he wanted to see how the movie ended since he'd been watching it for so long. He said it was, ". . . just about an attorney who was really good at getting people out of trouble."

It was the next statement he made that changed my circumstance, and changed both our lives forever.

"I can kill someone and make it look like someone else did it," he said as he put his hand down in the sofa where he kept his loaded hand-gun with no safety.

Okay . . . last straw! I got up off the sofa, grabbed the car keys, and told him I was ". . . going out for a while. I'll be back soon. I just need to go for a drive." He didn't stop me as I got behind the wheel of a car for the first time in three years. I didn't go back. I didn't take anything with me except my dog.

I bought another cane, and some new clothes. Within a month, I was able to put down the cane. Actually, I haven't needed one since. I still have it as a reminder of how far I have come. I do still have joint pain from time to time, but it hasn't stopped me so far! I have also lost fifty pounds, and counting.

A year after I left, I searched for the perfect Master/Teacher and enrolled in Reiki I and Reiki II. I noticed an immediate change after the first class. The second class only increased the healing. I sleep much better now and my flashbacks, though not completely healed, are less crippling for me.

I used to have daily flashbacks . . . and nightmares. They would come without a particular trigger. I had absolutely no control over them. Now it takes a trigger to start a flashback, and triggers can be controlled somewhat. I am also able to go out in public. I even started making new friends! I have met some wonderfully caring souls since I took my first Reiki class. I am so thankful to have them in my life.

I also used to keep things bottled up. I was unable to stand up for myself for fear of the ramifications in doing so. Now I speak my mind, and courteously defend my opinion when necessary. I have been able to stand tall in the face of abuse or criticism. I also know when to walk away from a disagreement. That is something I have NEVER been able to do before. Reiki has helped me to release most of my fears; and when I have memories, I find it is easier to view them from a place of learning and acceptance, peace and love.

When I was growing up, my father used to tell me I was his "dream baby". Before my mother ever became pregnant, he dreamed that she was going to have a girl, and what I was to be named. My name literally means, "Noble Song". So why am I doing this? I do this to sing my life song. I know what I have been through and I am lucky to still be alive to tell about it. It has taken so much healing for me to be able to speak of such things, and I want to be able to tell of the wonderful healing God has given me. I want to help others find their song . . . it is my melody in this dance we call "life".

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

From Right- to Left-Brained

On Sunday, I attended my Reiki II class at a local spiritual center. I signed up for it a few months ago, after taking Reiki I. It was wonderful and as always, Reiki did not fail to surprise me! I had the most unusual experience! I have a feeling most of my Reiki stories are going to start out that way!

Anyway, shortly after the initiation into Reiki II, we moved to the practice portion of the class. We had learned how to “power up” with symbols and were ready to put them into action. We divided up into two practice groups. My group consisted of classmates from my original Reiki I class. There was also one gentleman from the second Reiki I class I recently attended just for reinforcement, and to offer support and assistance to my wonderful Master/Teacher.

I noticed that I could sense the duality in each of the classmates we practiced on. This was something I had not experienced before. “Jacob” was lying on the table and we were gathered around him as open vessels, working through our hand placements and the new knowledge we had been blessed with. One of the students was working on his head, two were working in unison down each side of his body, and I was at his feet. I placed my hands around his ankles, and immediately I could feel a greater amount of energy surging from my left hand into the right side of his body than what was coming out of my right hand.

Our class is very unique . . . quite a gifted group of healers! We have a very close bond, and our communication is open and honest, even during the treatment portion of class. It was this way in the first class, and so it was in the second class between “Jacob” and many other classmates from the second Reiki I group. We all have an understanding that we can say whatever comes to mind and receive positive feedback from the other group members. I spoke up and commented on the amount of energy flowing into his right side. I was amazed that I noticed a difference. My supportive classmates immediately spoke up and confirmed that this side was his weaker side, and also the side where he had physical symptoms. I knew “Jacob” had physical symptoms, but I was not aware which side his difficulty had manifested itself.

When it came my turn to be on the table, we discussed what sort of trouble I was having. I have always had trouble staying “grounded” and present in the moment. My mind tends to wander, and I lose sight of my present surroundings. When “Greta”, a particularly gifted healer, placed her hands on my feet, I felt the Reiki energy go to work. She stayed on my feet and legs the entire time. She felt a “coldness” and lack of energy flow from my knees to my ankles. She worked with the symbols to “boost” the Reiki flow, and my legs physically went from cold to hot. The energy block was successfully broken and for the first time in a very long time, I was grounded.

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When class was over, I felt strangely wonderful. I commented to my classmates that I felt so balanced, I somehow felt “out of balance”. Being balanced was foreign territory, and when I walked I almost felt like I was physically leaning toward my right side. Yet I was standing straight and tall! Being grounded was also a new feeling for me, and why I noticed I felt so different. I was aware and present in my body for the first time in years!

The biggest shock came when I returned home. I walked to the refrigerator to get something to drink, and up popped my right hand to reach for the refrigerator door. I walked over to the cabinet to get a glass, and my right arm opened the cabinet! I sat my glass on the counter and my right hand grasped the pitcher and poured the tea! I didn’t spill a drop! I returned the pitcher to the refrigerator and sat down on the couch, contemplating what had just happened. I have always been so entirely left-handed, that I have cracked jokes over the years about my right hand hanging around “just for looks”, and being completely useless otherwise!

It has been three days since my Reiki II class. I finally got up enough nerve to pick up my guitar today. I bought it about ten years ago, maybe longer. I tried in the past to play, but I just couldn’t do it . . . no matter how hard I tried, my right hand just didn’t want to strum! Since my Reiki I class in August of this year, I have picked it up some and tried to learn. I am in a wonderfully musical environment; and I am surrounded by people who love me and encourage anything I want to try. They have tried to give me lessons, and practice with me. But no matter how hard I tried, my right hand just didn’t want to hold a guitar pick, nor did it want to go through the strumming motion required to play the strings! Oh, sure my left hand was getting the chords down pretty well, except for the painful fingertips and newly formed calluses! But strumming was a completely different story!

Today I picked up my Seagull Grand parlor guitar and held it in anticipation that my right hand was indeed going to function as it has since Sunday. Well, it did just that! I strummed the strings, pick in hand, and was even able to play the picking pattern for “Dust in the Wind”. Of course, I am a far cry from Carlos Santana (bwahaha), but WOW! Reiki never ceases to amaze me!

I don’t know which part is more shocking . . . the fact that my right hand is actively participating in my life, or the fact that I noticed! I feel like an infant who just found out she has fingers for the first time! What a beautiful surprise to find out at the age of forty-one that my right hand isn’t completely useless after all!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What Is Beauty?

 "What is beauty?  Why are some people more beautiful than others?  Is someone really more beautiful than someone else?  Or is beauty in the eye of the beholder?"

These were questions posed by my (very beautiful) teenage niece.   In a world where social media is the dominant means of communication and sharing of lives through photographs, I can honestly say I was not surprised to see her post these questions on Facebook.  So many people today post photographs that reveal their perceptions of what defines true beauty.  Many perceptions are based solely on outward physical appearance, and not on the inward beauty that a post such as hers reveals.  The mere fact that she is contemplating the definition of "beauty" is beautiful in itself.

Is beauty a model who reveals too much of his or her body for a price?  The audience is captured by seductive eyes, glorious hair, or a perfectly toned figure.  In youth, when in top physical condition, truly the human body is a work of art and has inspired many artists to photograph, paint or sculpt.  Is it beautiful to walk down the street and turn heads?  I say no.  True beauty is in the workings of the body, not in the appearance.  The true beauty is in the soul.

True beauty is in the one who reaches out a hand to help another.  One perfect example of beautiful that I can think of is Mother Teresa.  When one gazes upon her photograph, do they see an old woman?  Or do they see the countless lives she helped with her charity?  That, my friend is the definition of beautiful.

A quote from the diary of Mother Teresa, reveals the true beauty she had within:

Our Lord wants me to be a free nun covered with the poverty of the cross. Today I learned a good lesson. The poverty of the poor must be so hard for them. While looking for a home I walked and walked till my arms and legs ached. I thought how much they must ache in body and soul, looking for a home, food and health. Then the comfort of Loreto [her former order] came to tempt me. 'You have only to say the word and all that will be yours again,' the Tempter kept on saying ... Of free choice, my God, and out of love for you, I desire to remain and do whatever be your Holy will in my regard. I did not let a single tear come.
[Spink, Kathryn (1997). Mother Teresa: A Complete Authorized Biography. New York. Harper Collins, p.37]

What about Jesus Christ?  He surrounded Himself with the "social outcasts" of His time and offered them peace, hope and love.  He healed the sick, worked many miracles, and fed thousands.  He taught love and giving of oneself for others.  There was no way to photograph Him centuries ago, but when reading the scriptures that tell the stories of His life, one cannot help but see the beauty . . . His beauty is timeless!  John Chapter 1 gives us a picture of the beauty of the Christ:

In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.   The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
~John 1:4-5, NIV

Outward beauty fades with time . . . but the truly beautiful ones are the ones who are beautiful on the inside.  Compassion, kindness, charity, love, forgiveness and grace . . . that is what defines beautiful.  When someone possesses these qualities, it is reflected on the outside, no matter their age or outward "appearance" . . . these qualities make them beautiful.  The real blessing comes from finding something beautiful in everyone we meet, loving them the way God would want you to love them.  The way to do that is to let your light within you shine!  That, my sweet and beautiful niece, is the secret to life . . . to look for the beauty in all of God's creations and to love them.

Behold the true beauty within!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Reiki and Animals

The Beauty of Reiki Can Be Bittersweet

I was attuned to Reiki I in August of 2012. During the class, my Reiki Master/Teacher told us it was possible to give Reiki to animals. In fact, even wild animals might come to us for Reiki. It seemed unbelievable at the time, but I was open to the idea. After all, if humans can benefit from Reiki, why not animals? I had no idea at the time what was about to happen to my family and me. The story I am about to tell is very painful for me. It is a testimony to the healing power of Reiki. Before I get into the story, I want to share some very positive and unusual moments I have had with Reiki since I was first attuned.

I have an elderly cat who suffers from arthritis. I first tried Reiki on her within a few weeks of being attuned. She resisted at first, and it seemed that Reiki was a little uncomfortable for her. So I started giving her short Reiki treatments on her head, and later moving down to her shoulders and hips where her arthritis seems to be concentrated. She now moves along a little easier, though she still has stiffness in her hips.

Soon after I began sharing Reiki with her, she started coming to me. She would jump up on the couch and lay in my lap. I placed my hands on her in the same sequence . . . first her head, then her shoulders, then her hips. When she had enough she would stand up, purr in my face and jump down off the couch to find a quiet place to nap. She still comes to me for Reiki treatments a few times a week.

One of my favorite places to sit is outside on the porch swing. I have spent many mornings drinking a cup of coffee and listening to the chirping of the birds. I go out there to soak up a little morning peace. I watch the birds and squirrels from a distance eating from the sunflower feeders. The back yard mornings are usually quite a busy breakfast time for all the critters!

One morning after I was attuned to Reiki I, a wren came and sat on the swing right beside me. My first thought was that I had been sitting there quietly for so long that the wren just didn’t notice that I was there. Perhaps sitting on the swing was also part of the little bird’s morning routine, and she just didn’t notice me… at least not until I was startled by her presence and she flew away. This happened a few times.

Then one morning I was outside going through my morning routine, and a male Blue Jay came and sat on the swing, right beside my head. He was less than a foot away from me. I was absolutely in awe! I just sat there quietly, and he stayed. I couldn’t believe it! In all my life, I have never been so close to any wild bird! I have decided that my Reiki Master/Teacher was correct. This has happened too often since my Reiki attunement to be coincidental.

Now that I have shared the positive side of my experience with Reiki and animals, I will get to the real story . . .

Over the past several years I was in a marriage in which I was isolated from my family, my friends . . . well pretty much the entire world. I had no idea what news had transpired in the world during that time. Emotionally and physically I was a wreck. I hadn’t driven a car in three years; I had no access to money, and I had been walking on a cane for a few years. I had not been in the sun for six years.

I think the only thing that kept me sane were my pets. When I had no one else to talk to, no one else to love or be loved by, I had my pets. When I finally made the decision to get out of the abusive situation I was in, I had to leave behind all my animals, except for one. She was absolutely the sweetest soul I had ever known.

She was born “defective”. Her parents both weighed about 15 pounds, and were about a foot tall from paw to shoulder. She only grew to two pounds adult weight, and was about six inches from paw to shoulder. Her bony little legs were about as big around as a pencil. Honestly, she should never have survived . . . but she did. And she was great company. She was very loyal, and defended me when the opportunity arose. She alerted me whenever she heard a suspicious noise . . . but was usually quiet otherwise…except for the howling! She howled like a little wolf!

She was very intelligent, to have been born “challenged” like she was. She was well trained and well behaved. She loved giving and receiving affection. She even got along well with other animals . . . especially cats! She loved cats! And she absolutely loved the outdoors. She would run through the yard with such a sense of freedom . . . as fast as her little legs would carry her fragile body!

Over the past few weeks she went downhill fast. She started having accidents. Her appetite had gone from ravishing to nothing. I tried several different types of pet food to stimulate her appetite, but nothing worked. My spunky little friend had gone from playful to sleepy in just a few days.

I took her to the vet where she was hospitalized for three days. He ran several tests and found out that she was in renal failure and had problems with her heart valves. It was likely congenital. Her kidneys had either quit producing or perhaps never produced the hormone required to make red blood cells and she needed a blood transfusion. Because of her size this was going to be more like a surgical process, and would only temporarily fix the problem . . . maybe even for just a few days. If the transfusion even worked, she would have to have monthly or even weekly transfusions. She would also have to have weekly shots of the hormone she was lacking, and it might not even work. Regardless of the treatment possibilities, her diagnosis was progressive and terminal. Even with aggressive treatment, she only had a few months, maybe even a few weeks. There was nothing more the vet could do.

It was a tough decision to have to make. She had been my best friend from the day she was born. I decided I could not put her through aggressive therapy that would do nothing for her in the end except make her weak, and keep her at the vet clinic more than she was home, only to give her a few more weeks or months. I wanted more time with her of course, but she was tired and she was ready to go.

I asked the vet if I could bring her home for the night. I had decided that if she made it through the night I would return her the next day to have her put to sleep. I have never had to do this with a pet before. It was a tough decision. The vet was very concerned about letting her come home. He knew that because of the type of diagnosis she had, her passing could be very painful and drawn out for her, and very emotional for me. With tears in his eyes, he offered his personal telephone number so I could call him if things got too tough for her or for me, and he would meet me back at the clinic to ease her suffering. He was very apprehensive about letting her come home, because he felt she would not make it through the night. I could feel his pain as he rubbed her head and told her to hang on through the night, and he would see her tomorrow.

I knew we would not be back . . . she was too weak.

Sylvia was very dear to my soul and was there for me as my only friend when I had no one else. I just could not bring myself to leave my devoted friend alone in her moment of need. I brought her home and I sat on the couch with her curled up in my lap. She stayed wrapped in the towel the vet had provided to carry her home. She was wearing a pet diaper, as she was too weak to make the trip outside. She had only been home about an hour when she let out the worst cry I have ever heard. It sent us all into tears, because we knew she was in pain. I began to feel perhaps I had made a mistake in bringing her home. She had been such a devoted friend; I just didn’t want her to die in a cage alone.

I changed her wet diaper, and immediately started Reiki. I laid my hands on her, wrapping one hand around her ribcage and the other around her low back and stomach. The Reiki immediately began to flow, and this is how we sat for the rest of the night. She did not resist at all. She would occasionally shift her position, and I would move my hands to another location temporarily. I could feel the Reiki flow, increasing and decreasing throughout the next five hours.

Other than the one cry she had let out five hours earlier, she did not suffer. I had to change her diaper a few more times after that painful moment. She rested quietly in my lap, occasionally looking up at me, and looking around at the family when someone would talk to her.

In her final moments, she looked up at me, yawned and stretched, like she always did before she fell asleep. She laid her head down and took her last breath. She left us quietly and resting comfortably. I am so thankful that she did not suffer, as the vet had feared. I had read that Reiki could make passing on a more peaceful experience, but I had no idea that Reiki could allow my beloved Sylvia to be at home in her final moments, surrounded by those who love her, where she could leave us peacefully.

In Loving Memory of Sylvia
February 14, 2009-October 17, 2012 @ 11:57 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Why I Write . . .

About So Many "Different" Healing Concepts

I grew up in a small town with traditional Christian ideas.  I was born into a Christian family with Christian parents.  Their ideas were very rigid and strict, and left no room for my active imagination.   It was their way or no way. This applied not only to beliefs but to actions as well.  The problem with their rigidity was found in the fact that I was born to ask "why" . . . to evaluate, to think and to form my own ideas.  But it wasn't until things started "happening" to me that I realized the "why" in asking why.

The first thing I would like to say is I am very, VERY "Christian" . . . by definition only.   A "Christian" is one who follows the Christ.  And what did Christ teach? He taught forgiveness, love for God and love for mankind.  He taught freedom from the original commandments through Love. Of course that doesn't mean you should break them . . . what it means is that by loving God first, then loving mankind you will automatically keep God's commandments.

Christ taught us to "do unto others" and to "turn the other cheek".  He taught us not to judge, and to surround ourselves with those who need to see God through us.  He taught us that one day we would do greater things than even He did through faith and through the actions of the Spirit of God within us.  He taught us to become vessels through which God can work and that our highest form of obedience is in what God speaks for us to do.  I am obedient to God (well as much as humanly possible anyway), but I am not "obedient" to the doctrines of man.   I do not "conform" to the ideas of the founding forefathers of modern "Christian" doctrines. Quite frankly, most of the verses used to support some of those "doctrines" have been misinterpreted by the ones who formed those doctrines to complete their own agendas, but that is a topic for another day.

So why am I so fascinated with Reiki, shamanic ideology, crystals and the like?  Because I needed it to heal.  It's just that simple.   I asked God for help and this was the answer.  Maybe it's because I am by nature a creature who asks "why" so much, that I want to evaluate, to think and to understand the "why" and the science behind the action.  God knows who I am, and God knows that I was created this way . . . to ask "why" and to have a deeper understanding of the inner workings which produce the outward results of spiritual healing.  I am a curious creature.

It does not matter what you call it, be it "Reiki" or "Shamanism" or "Crystal Healing" . . . it is all energetic medicine.  It all works to effectively heal the soul of man. God is the one Who does the healing, but God chooses to use mankind as effective vessels to do so.  Whether you go to a Physician, a Chiropractor, an Acupuncturist, an Herbalist, a Massage Therapist, a Reiki Practitioner, a Shaman or a Priest for prayer . . . God is the One Who heals.  Where do you think all that knowledge comes from?  It comes from the One Who created us!

Why Reiki?

Reiki is literally translated from words, "rei" and "ki". "Rei" is "Spirit" or "God-breathed" or "soul"; and "ki" is "life-force" or "energy".  It is simply a Japanese word given to describe the "why" of what was happening during the founder's epiphany of how to heal.  He asked God and was given an answer. He laid his hands on people and they were healed . . . not by him but by the God-breathed life force energy that flowed through him.   Sometimes they were literally and physically healed, sometimes they were "energetically" or spiritually healed . . . but they were healed.

What About Shamans?

What does a Shaman do anyway?  A Shaman has an unbelievable working knowledge of the invisible world of Spirit.  It takes years to be a Shaman. Actually "shamans" typically do not call themselves as such, rather the community gives them the name.  The Shaman works within the realm of the invisible to get visible results.  A Shaman works to heal the soul (which cannot literally be seen by most) within this invisible world and the healing that takes place can be seen by all.

One thing a Shaman does is rid the body of "negative attachments".   Sounds "vaguely" familiar to me. I believe they were called "demons" in the Good Book.  There was a man who was living among the tombs who called himself "Legion", because he had many "demons".  Everyone could see the isolated and violent, naked life he was living, but no one could see why.  Yeshua cast them out (removed them), and this man was able to live a normal life and leave his violent life of self-mutilation behind.  Yeshua removed the (multiple) negative entities, the man was healed and people knew it.  After he was healed, the man was asked to go tell his family what had happened . . . to be a witness to the healing power of God.

What About Crystals?

The Bible mentions the use of crystals in the Breastplate of Righteousness worn by the Levitical Priesthood of the Old Testament. These crystals were worn as a representation of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. No further use is mentioned other than the symbolic representation of the Twelve Tribes. It is theoretically possible that there was a purpose in the use of these particular stones.  Why did God instruct the Priest to wear them?  I am currently working on a study of these stones, their historical significance and their metaphysical properties.  Watch for the article on my blog post, as am still working on the study.

Here's what God instructed for the Breastplate of Righteousness:
And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it. Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof. And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row. And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be
set in gold in their enclosings.  Exodus 28:15-20, KJV.

There is a stunning parallel to the gemstones worn in the Breastplate of Righteousness and the gemstones that make up the structure of the Heavenly City:

And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.  Revelation 21:19-20, KJV.

What if the Healing Doesn't Work?

So why doesn't it work sometimes?   It certainly isn't the healer's fault.  The healer has nothing to do with it, because all healers are vessels through which God works whether they know it or not.  God's Spirit is like the wind, it blows where it wishes.  It cannot be seen, but it can be heard and felt, and you know when it's been there.  Sometimes the answer to healing is "no," or "not yet".

Remember Paul and his "thorn of the flesh" (2 Corinthians 12:1-10)?  Three times he asked to be healed and he was denied.  Why?  Because he needed a "buffer" to control his ego, that's why.   So sometimes when we want healing and don't get it, it's because there's a life lesson involved.  Maybe we need to slow down, maybe we need to check our "ego".  Ask God what the lesson is in your "thorn of the flesh" (your illness).  Maybe God is trying to teach us something, or maybe it's just our time to go.   Perhaps we've done all we can in this lifetime and it's time to go Home.

Seek to Understand.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Archangel Meditation to Cut Ties With Your Past

When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.  Ralph Ellison.

Many individuals have a painful past filled with hurt or disappointment.  We tend to hold on to that pain and for whatever reason we have difficulty "moving on".  Many of us cannot move past that which has brought us pain.  It may be due to lack of forgiveness, and often times we find that forgiving is not the same as forgetting.

This is particularly true for abuse survivors.  And in many ways, they still remain victims.  They re-live the trauma often weekly, sometimes daily, and almost always nightly in their dreams.  Many "outsiders" wonder why they just can't move on.

Why do survivors still live in constant fear even when the threat is gone?  Perhaps they just have not made a conscious effort or set their intention to "cut ties" with the past. Could it really be that simple?  Is there a way to take a step toward the direction of healing?

The truth is, there is no magical or instantaneous cure for past hurts.  We can not simply make a vanishing cream to make it all disappear.  But we can be proactive in the healing process.  We can make ourselves a promise to do whatever it takes to let go and love others and ourselves . . . and follow through!

Source: Chaos

There is a simple "ritual" or meditation to cut the ties with the ones in your past who've hurt you.  It works with the idea that when we get close to someone, we "connect" with them.  Not just figuratively, we LITERALLY connect with them on a spiritual level.  We are bonded with them on an energetic level and the energy exchange "pulls at our heart-strings" so to speak until we (or they) let go.

The invisible rope is called an ethereal cord, and these cords connect us with those whom we allow into our personal or intimate space.  We don't do it consciously, and although some may feel it intuitively, many individuals are completely unaware of this intimate energetic connection.

To perform this cord-cutting meditation you must ask from a place of love and not out of anger, bitterness or resentment.  This can be a hard thing to do when we have been hurt.  If you have not done so, confirm verbally to the universe that you forgive the individual(s) and release yourself from the grip of your past.  There is no need to name the individuals or events.  This is an exercise in letting go, not re-living!

Begin your meditation by proclaiming your intention for the highest good.  Your intention should be not only to set yourself free, but to set the other individual(s) free as well.  Verbally speak from the heart your own version of the prayer below:

I ask Archangel Michael (the Protector) to cut all unhealthy energetic cords for me:

  • all the ones that are keeping me tied to the negative parts of my past
  • all the ones that are draining me and keeping me there
  • all the ones that are keeping me from moving on
I ask that I am guided and protected as I form boundaries for healthy, loving relationships from this moment forward.
Include any specific or extra areas you are intuitively guided to address.  Trust the process and understand that you are being released from the bondage of past hurts.  Healthy, loving relational connections will be left intact and connected.

When performing this meditation, be aware of the various emotions or sensations you may experience:

  • Strange or unusual physical sensations such as tugging or pulling
  • Waves of feelings or strong emotions such as sadness and joy
  • Awareness of energetic shifts or feeling lighter
  • Flashes of memories as they are released

Do not be surprised if you experience a flash of memories. You may experience images in your mind of people from the past, people who have hurt you over the years.  Do not be surprised by the image "line-up" even if it includes not only the those who've hurt you but others as well!  Let them go, and allow loving and healthy connections to be re-established with personal boundaries in place.

I have heard stories from friends who have performed this ritual about their own personal experiences.  One particular story stood out to me.  This individual described a particularly gnawing twitch right in the center of her back.  The first thing I though of was the phrase, "stabbed in the back," like when you have been betrayed.  The sensation passed, as the meditation was completed.

Remember:   During your meditation, simply trust the process.  Afterward, express gratitude for the ability to let go and set healthy boundaries.  As you move forward, remain aware that you are no longer "tied" to your past.  Be aware that you only participate in healthy relationships.  Feel your freedom! 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Reiki and Christianity (Part 4 - Conclusion)

Do They Conflict?

Many people have asked if Christians can practice or receive Reiki treatments. Reiki is not a religious practice, and therefore does not conflict with any religious belief system.

If the word “Reiki” is not in the Bible, should Christians practice Reiki or receive Reiki treatments?

It is true that the word “Reiki” is not in the Bible.  “Reiki” is the Japanese word that Dr. Usui used to name the form of healing therapy he discovered.  “Reiki” is made up of two words:  “Rei” and “ki”. “Rei” is literally translated “Divine” and “ki” is literally translated “energy of life”.  God created the energy of the Universe . . . He created everything!  My viewpoint is this:  just because “Reiki” as a word is not in the Bible (the Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek, not Japanese) does not mean that the truth behind it isn’t in there.

The word “Rapture” is a word that is not found in the Bible either, yet this word is taught in most Christian churches on a regular basis as doctrinal fact.  On the other hand, the word “meditation” is a word found in the Bible, yet many churches teach against it.  If used correctly, meditation (on God) can bring a great deal of peace in times of trouble.  Meditation is also recommended in the medical field to aid those who suffer from anxiety and PTSD.

What about Yoga and other physical fitness activities?  They promote the physical well-being of the body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit for Christians.  Is everyone who participates in these activities under demonic influence?  No.  The main thing to remember is intent of purpose.


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Are you meditating to have a closer relationship with God?  Are you practicing Yoga to improve your flexibility?  Are you taking herbal supplements to improve your health?  Or are you practicing these wonderful activities as a form of worship to “false god” or as a member of a “cult”?  Intent of purpose is important.

Because “Reiki” is not stated in the Bible, and because it originated from a Buddhist, some fear that to practice or receive Reiki is an abomination unto God, and would therefore be forbidden.  This is similar to the previous example I gave about Chiropractic care, or becoming a Chiropractor.

Consider the following additional examples:  it is also forbidden to use “drugs”, or the Greek word “pharmakeia”, in God’s Word, yet people go to doctors every day for this purpose.  Does that make it wrong?  No, because God’s Word is forbidding the use of drugs in sorcery.

I personally look for alternative treatments, such as herbal treatments, instead of the chemicals that physicians prescribe.  Herbs are sometimes associated with earth-based spirituality, does that make those who visit herbal and health food stores pagan?  I think not!  My personal stance on this is, God created the plant and gave mankind the knowledge of its medicinal use . . . therefore if a God-created plant can be used to treat an ailment such as frankincense for rheumatoid arthritis, then it should be done.  Does that make it an abomination?  No . . . wouldn’t it be a worthy alternative to a lab-created pharmaceutical that might be recalled in a few years for adverse side effects?

What about chemotherapy/other cancer treatments, MRI’s, CT scans and x-rays, surgeons, dentists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, psychiatrists, counselors, physical and massage therapists, Quantum Touch Therapy, color and sound therapy?  These are all medical advancements that have been made since the time of Christ, and therefore not included in the Bible.  Were the founders of these advancements all Christians?  If not, then should a Christian question the religious background of the founder of these diagnostic or treatment techniques before participating?

Where does the knowledge come from for medical advancement in treatment of the body and mind?  Does it all come from satan?  I would think not. God creates us as individuals; some are very gifted, creative and intelligent.  Mankind is created in God’s image . . . it is no surprise that may people throughout the ages have been born on this earth and made beautiful contributions to assist society, not only in medicine but also in architecture, technology, philanthropy, and the art forms.

Just as there are many out there who are suffering and benefit from the many medical advancements that have been made throughout the years, there are many out there who are suffering and could benefit from Reiki.  They are hesitant because of the misconceptions about what Reiki is and what Reiki is not.  It is my goal to help others with similar concerns, to understand that Reiki is acceptable for Christians as a complementary form of healing therapy.  I too had these concerns. After a great deal of study and prayer, I believe Reiki is acceptable for Christians as well as non-Christians.  I stand on this truth.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Reiki and Christianity (Part 3)

Do They Conflict?

Many people have questions about the religious affiliation of Reiki's founder, Dr. Mikao Usui.  I will address these concerns in today's post.

Wasn’t the founder of Reiki a Buddhist?

As a Master/Teacher and student of Reiki, I understand the history of its founder, therefore I realize that Dr. Usui was originally a Buddhist monk, but research will show that he did respect the teachings of Christianity.  In order to understand Reiki, one needs to understand that Reiki is not taught as a “Buddhist” belief . . . nor is Reiki associated with any other religious belief.  It is taught as a type of oriental (alternative) medicine.


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The one thing about this particular point I do not understand is that most people do not express concern about other medical discoveries, and the religious affiliation of those who discovered them.  For example, the founder of chiropractic care, Daniel David Palmer, was a Spiritualist.  Many Christians go to chiropractors, and I wonder if they give any thought to the religious preference of the founder.  I wonder if they accuse their Chiropractor of being a “satanist” or of being “deceived”.  I have been to a Chiropractor myself, and it never occurred to me to ask him why he practices a “Spiritualist-founded” form of alternative medicine!  Does that mean a Christian cannot be a Chiropractor or seek out chiropractic care?  No.  The point is, it works . . . regardless of who founded it . . . and many people from many different cultural and religious backgrounds benefit from chiropractic care.

Being a Reiki Practitioner is no more a “religion” than being a Physician, a Psychiatrist, Chiropractor or a Store Clerk is a ”religion”.  Therefore, I do not hide the fact that I am a Christian to be a Reiki Practitioner, nor do I hide the fact that I am a Reiki Practitioner to be “accepted” as a Christian.  Reiki Practitioners come from diverse religious backgrounds, just as Physicians, Psychiatrists, Chiropractors, and Store Clerks.  Reiki can be a career choice or a calling to help others, and for most Reiki Practitioners it is also a way of life.  Part of the Reiki Teaching is the daily practice of the Reiki Principles.  By incorporating the Principles in daily living, peace can be achieved.

The Reiki Principles are good words to live by, and are very similar to Biblical Teachings.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Reiki and Christianity (Part 2)

Do They Conflict?

I have been challenged with many questions in the short time that I have been a Reiki Practitioner.  One such question is:

Is Reiki “Demonic”?

No.  Reiki can only be used for the well-being for others, and causes no harm.  Reiki uses God-breathed life-force energy from His creation (the universe).  The healing energy comes from the Creator, not from the Reiki Practitioner.  The Reiki Practitioner is simply a vessel through which this God-breathed energy flows through, in a “laying on of hands” or “hands-off” type of treatment.  Distance Reiki Treatments work through a process similar to meditation . . . focusing the God-breathed energy to the individual receiving the distance treatment.  There is no contact with demonic forces.  Reiki comes from a place of pure ("agape") love.

I have come across a YouTube video where a woman was speaking out against Reiki.  She claims the force behind Reiki is demonic.  I watched this video . . . and listened carefully as she told her story.  The woman in the video admits that she had dabbled in various “occult” practices before taking her first Reiki course.  She also admitted that spirits she later identified as “demons” told her a “better way” to do what she was doing.  She actually listened to them, and obeyed what they told her.


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She completely changed her methods and still called it “Reiki”.  This is NOT part of the original Reiki teaching, nor is it part of Reiki Therapy.  What this woman was doing was not “Reiki” at all.  It is misinformation like this out there on the Internet that causes great misunderstanding as to what Reiki Therapy actually is.  Reiki has nothing to do with any religion, nor is it “occult” in nature.  I do not know who or what the woman in the video was communicating with, but it is not Reiki.

Although Reiki Therapy is not associated with any specific religion, as a Christian, I incorporate silent prayer into Reiki practice, and I ask God to heal according to His purpose.

Can Satan “pretend” to do something good, such as healing people?

In God’s Word, it states that satan can disguise himself as a “being of light”.  I would imagine this is what the woman in the video was talking about when she started listening to the beings that were telling her to change what she was doing into something other than Reiki.  She admitted she was told that the method the “beings” were teaching her was a “better way”.  She had already invited satan to use her by her involvement in occult practices, and was misrepresenting her actions by continuing to call it “Reiki”.  She simply changed the simplicity of Reiki practice, and involved herself in occult practices.

As for satan being able to heal people, I do not believe this is possible . . . deception is possible, but a true and lasting healing . . . no . . . healing comes from God.  If someone is healed through Reiki, or any other form of treatment, whether alternative or traditional medicine, it is because God used that method of treatment to heal them.

In Psalm 103:3, we see that it is God ". . . who heals all your diseases.”

In Exodus 15:26, God states, “. . . I am the Lord that heals you.”

All healing comes from God . . . it's that simple.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Reiki and Christianity (Part 1)

Do They Conflict?

I was a Christian many years before I came across Reiki.  I discovered Reiki in my search for healing.  I needed healing because I am a survivor of various forms of abuse . . . you name it, I have been through it.  I also have congenital scoliosis, and I was told at age 34 that I would not be walking in five years.  Within three years, I was walking on a cane some days.  A year after that I needed the cane almost every day.

Many years ago, I received my calling to help others like me to heal.  Like most, I ignored it for a season.  The one thing I could not understand was how I was supposed to help others, when I was so isolated from people that I had not driven a car in three years, and had not been out in the sun in six!  I questioned whether or not helping others was what I am really supposed to do.

I was in a relationship at that time where everything I did on the internet was monitored via keystroke recorder; even the books, television shows and music I listened to was restricted.  I had to believe what he believed about God, regardless of what the Holy Spirit had taught me . . . regardless of the inaccuracy of his sources.  I was told that God does not answer people in prayer, and that God does not use people as instruments to bring comfort and healing to others anymore.  This is simply not true!

I walked away from this situation with a worse case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder than I had originally been diagnosed with in 1998.  Back then I was still able to function in society, but by the time he was done with me, functioning in society seemed to be impossible.  I was afraid to drive, because it had been so long and I would panic and get lost within my hometown!  I could not remember what I did all day by the time evening came.  I had nightmares regularly.  I was afraid to be around people.  He had isolated me from my friends to the point that I had none, and had also isolated me from my family. I had no support system whatsoever.  I also feared God would judge me and refuse to forgive me for leaving because of the false information he fed me about what God forgives and what God does not forgive.

Because of the abuse I had suffered since I was a child, and the situation I had just come out of, I was in desperate need of healing.  He had prohibited me from seeking much needed medical and dental care for five years . . . my medical care stopped once I got my “wheelchair” prognosis.  During that time I researched alternative methods of healing.  In my search I discovered that there are a lot of herbal treatments out there for various medical conditions, and a lot of awesome complementary healing modalities too . . . including Reiki.

In my research I found that, not only has Reiki been integrated into the medical field and used as a complementary treatment for various medical conditions, Reiki is beneficial for treating and releasing past traumas from abuse.  Reiki has been used successfully to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as well.  I have only recently discovered that Reiki has been used to bring some relief from the side-effects of scoliosis.  Thank you to my fellow Reiki Practitioners for this wonderful news!

I also studied the Bible, took a few seminary classes (with him), and prayed over whether or not Reiki was acceptable for a Christian to learn and practice.  I came to the conclusion that the two do not conflict, as Reiki is not a religious practice; it is universal and beneficial for all.  During this time, I was fighting my calling to help others who have also suffered from abuse and/or PTSD, and I was prohibited from answering that calling.  I had repeatedly expressed my concern for the situation, asked for the situation to change, but it did not.  I had to stand up for myself, finally, and leave my situation . . . so I did just that!

After allowing myself time to breathe, time for seeking medical advice for the physical issues I have, and time to just enjoy my new-found freedom, I started “digging in” and working toward my calling.  I enrolled in Usui Reiki I, and I am working toward Reiki Master/Teacher.  I am blogging about the details of my story and my journey to wholeness.  I have also started writing an autobiography.

I understand that there is a lot of “negative press” out there regarding Reiki and Christianity.  It is sad, because I am a Christian myself (though I am more "Esoteric" I suppose), and I cannot understand for the life of me why it is so difficult to see that Reiki is a gift from God, as are all good things.

I would like to address some questions I had myself regarding Reiki, and answer some of the questions that other Christians might have.  Please understand that Reiki is new to the area in which I live.  I live in what is often referred to as “The Bible Belt”. It is a wonderful place to live . . . but it is filled with “Fundamentalist” type churches that are “old-fashioned” in their beliefs.  Many will reject the idea of Reiki, and it is my hope that the ones in this area who are suffering will see the great benefit of Reiki practice.

Although Reiki has been around for decades now, it is still a fairly new concept.  To me, it is no different than herbal therapy, physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, or any other type of complementary medicine . . . except for one fact . . . Reiki is often misunderstood.

Some of the questions I have been asked, or wondered myself are as follows:

  • Is Reiki “demonic”?
  • Can satan “pretend” to do something good, such as healing people?
  • Wasn’t the founder of Reiki a Buddhist?
  • If the word “Reiki” is not in the Bible, should Christians practice Reiki or receive Reiki treatments?

I will be addressing each of these questions in continuing posts.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Why Do I Have to Suffer From Abuse?

Break Free From the Cycle of Abuse

When I first started writing, it was my goal to tell my own personal story as a way of reaching those who have suffered from abuse, and those who have been abusers as well. I wanted other survivors to understand that they can have hope. I wanted abusers to understand that their actions have profoundly devastating and long-lasting effects, but they too can have hope.

Being a survivor of abuse, I've experienced what I view as "typical" challenges. I went through periods of trying to make sense of it, blaming myself and others, and questioning God as to why it all happened.  By telling my story, I am hoping that others will see that life does not have to remain a challenge.

I was also diagnosed with Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.  The diagnosis does present some not so "typical" challenges.  I tried the usual treatment plans without success.  So I have set out to try some non-traditional methods of managing my symptoms.  Currently there is no "cure" for PTSD.

Sometimes the most difficult person to share the truth of having a relationship with the Creator is the one who has suffered from or inflicted upon another such traumatic events as physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual abuse and neglect.  The lasting effects of abuse can create a calloused heart and an emotional "wall" that is difficult to penetrate.  The greatest tragedy of abusive situations is folks tend to blame God for such suffering or behavior, but God is the very One Who can take away the pain!

I am a (non-traditional) follower of Jesus Christ, and I did question God about my abuse.  I really just wanted to understand why I had to suffer so much and for so many years. I looked for answers in scripture.  A lot of abuse survivors either quit believing, refuse to believe in or even blame God for their trauma.  I am glad that I did not turn away from God, because ultimately God is the reason why I have made progress.

So what did I find when I looked for an answer to the question of "Why was I abused"?

When we consider an abusive situation, we might find that being a victim of abuse or an abuser carries back to previous generations within a family.  It becomes a cycle of abuse/victim abused/abuser over and over.  Self-worth is destroyed and a feeling of hopelessness can set in, both for a victim and an abuser.  It is time to take a stand and put the blame where the blame lies, and it lies with sin.  Sin re-visits generations of families (Exodus 34:7; Numbers 14:18), and the accuser (darkness or "satan") walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he can destroy (1 Peter 5:8).  But know this, sometimes suffering is allowed so that through your suffering God may be glorified.  (I must admit, this is a hard truth for me to accept.)

As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth.  And His disciples asked him, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?'  Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him."  John 9:1-3 (ESV).
In this story we have a man born blind, and because of the understanding that sin brings suffering and sin from parents can lead to suffering throughout generations (Exodus 34:7; Numbers 14:18), the disciples' asked Jesus what caused this man's blindness, his sin or his parents' sin.  Notice how the Master Jesus responded, ". . . that the works of God might be displayed in him," or that the man born blind might be used as a vessel to carry a testimony of God's healing power.  Jesus healed his blindness and the man who was blind no more carried the Good News to others!  So sometimes we suffer not as punishment, but that God might use us as a vessel for His Good Purpose!

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28 (NIV).
If you have suffered, perhaps God has a purpose for you.  According to Scripture, there are at least four reasons why we could be suffering:

  • Our own mistakes
  • The mistakes of our ancestors
  • The darkness is looking to draw you away from God
  • We are being prepared to do good works according to God's purpose

But what about abusers?

Paul (originally called Saul) persecuted Christians (Acts 8:1-3) before he met Jesus Christ on the Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-6), he was an abuser before his conversion to a follower of Christ.  After his conversion, he still continued to suffer, but he became a powerful messenger for the Christ.

In 2nd Corinthians 12:7-9, Paul asks three times to be healed, and three times he is denied.  Paul was still struggling with his ego (to boast or not to boast), so to prevent him from becoming conceited, he was still afflicted.  Notice in the conversation between Jesus and Paul about the "thorn" in his flesh, and Jesus' response:

But He [Jesus] said to me [Paul], 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV).
Once you are one of God's children, "HIS power is made PERFECT in your weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).  One thing has to happen first, though. You must get to know God, and accept Jesus Christ and what He did for you, so that you can spend eternity in the presence of God in Heaven!  Then He WILL use you for His Good Purpose, if you surrender to His will.

Become His child and allow Him to be your Father in Heaven and He will restore your soul and guide you in the path of righteousness, even in the face of your enemies! (Psalm 23:1-6).  So what good purpose could possibly come out of being a victim or a perpetrator of abuse?

  • Who could be a witness to a victim better than a victim who has overcome adversity and been healed by the love of Jesus Christ?
  • Who could be a witness to an abuser better than an abuser who found forgiveness through Jesus Christ and turned away from their sin?
  • Who could be a witness to an abuser better than a victim who has found the strength to forgive their abuse because of Jesus Christ?

A survivor of abuse can become a walking billboard for success.  I know because I have been there!  I have been set free through Jesus Christ, the Great Physician:

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  Psalm 147:3 (NIV).
He is near to the broken-hearted.  Psalm 34:18 (NIV).
The same offer is extended to abusers.  Anyone who will seek God through Jesus the Christ can find a transformation in their hearts and lives.  If you would like to know more about your worth as a child of God, please visit and read "Father's Love Letter" at for your free downloadable copy.  The folks at Father's Heart Communications did a wonderful job summing up God's love for His children!  Thank you to Father's Heart Communications for putting this group of verses together in such a beautiful way!  You will see just exactly what it means to be a child of God!

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