Saturday, December 21, 2013

One Journey With Reiki

A beautiful story of how one Practitioner came to Reiki . . .

EXCERPT:  "Have you ever had an event in your life that seemed utterly depressing? Where you felt that you were at the bottom of a well with no ladder? You sit and brood, thinking all is lost, feeling hopeless, useless even, devastated… And then, somehow, after a while, you come out of it – and find a new lease of life. A completely new direction, a wholly new you, and you think, ‘wow! This would never have happened if that horrible event hadn’t happened first.’ This is soul sickness."

SOURCE:  To read the complete story, please visit "Soul Sickness:  Misery or Enlightenment" by the Eagle and the Serpent.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Am I Really Going to Try Yoga?

Yes, I am! 

My doctor recommended it (too long ago) for my back and joint issues.  I've also read that it is beneficial for individuals with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.  Recently it has been recommended yet again by my physical therapist.
Your body is your garden, your will is your gardener.  Shakespeare.

I'd bought a Yoga mat and a few beginner DVD's when my physician first recommended it.  THAT didn't work!  I tried, really I did.  But all I kept thinking was, "There's no way I'm doing this right!"  The DVD was actually excellent:  Rodney Yee's "Yoga for Beginners" by Gaiam.  When I first tried the DVD, I was still (quite) overweight and working on my mobility issues (excuses, excuses).  I also lacked the discipline that I
think I have now.

So I went with the recommendation from my physical therapist and signed up for "No Excuses!  Yoga for True Beginners" at a local Yoga studio.  The course starts next month (not an excuse, I promise).  I pre-paid so there's no backing out now!

The benefits of Yoga include:
  • mental health (anxiety, depression, stress)
  • physical health (heart disease, digestion, etc.)
  • sleep and relaxation
  • flexibility and balance
  • increased energy levels
  • increased inner peace
It's a total mind, body, spirit thing!  And I believe it will help with the health issues I have, as well as deepening my meditations and spirituality.  I'll be sharing my experiences (good or not-so-good) with you starting in January 2014.

Wish me luck!

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Sunday, December 8, 2013


The Tears We've Cried

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  Revelation 21:14 (KJV).

"Go ahead and cry . . . Tears are a language that God understands."

These tender words were spoken by the Minister who preached the funeral of my 19-year-old son-in-law.  He was killed on November 22nd in an alcohol-related car accident.  We buried him two days after Thanksgiving.  He'd just found out that his wife was going to have a little girl.  Needless to say, many lives have been changed.

We all have unanswered questions.  I suppose the biggest one is "Why?"

Why was he taken so young?  Why doesn't my granddaughter get to meet her father?

I had the opportunity to do the same thing myself when I was close to his age.  I was invited to a party with some high school friends.  My father absolutely forbid me to go and I stayed home.  I am certain that if I had been allowed to go, I'd have given in to peer pressure.

The next morning when I got to school, tears filled the hallways.  Michelle and two others had been killed in a high-speed, alcohol-related accident.  If my father had allowed me to go, I'd have been the fourth to be buried.  I am so thankful that my father did not permit me to go that night!

I cannot help but think about the high school accident even now, years later, during his funeral.    Everyone who was in the car with Michelle had died, and the receiving of friends for the other two kids was held at the same location that night.  Michelle's service was held in the Chapel in the very same room he was in. Parents and recent high school graduates filled the Funeral Parlor just like they did years ago.  And now, years later, I am witnessing the same tragedy over again, only this time it's family.

One of my son-in-law's friends had been with him in the car and walked away physically unharmed . . . thanks be unto God for that!   However, the emotional toll is apparent on the faces of all his friends and family.  My heart is breaking for them, and they will remain in my prayers daily.

The Grieving Process

When I was in college, I was assigned a term paper on death and dying for Advanced Psychology.  It was 22 pages long and worth 400 points . . . and 1/2 my final grade.   I made 399/400 and the only reason why I didn't get the last point is because I didn't directly quote Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D., in my paper.  I did read her book though, "On Death and Dying".  And I gained knowledge that, even today . . . almost 25 years later, helps me to understand the grieving process.

It is actually an excellent book that outlines and explains the five stages of grief:
  • Denial 
  • Anger 
  • Bargaining 
  • Depression 
  • Acceptance
In front of my eyes, I recognize the stages of those who love him.  In front of the mirror, I recognize my own progression through the stages.   Right now, I'm in the anger stage.   I suppose I could list half-a-dozen reasons why, but there is no point in focusing on the anger.  I know it's there . . . I feel it.   The reasons are insignificant compared to the loss we all feel.

Reiki Principles and My Own Grief

I know this event happened right in the middle of my expose' on the five Reiki Principles.   And if I hadn't already had them written and scheduled to post, I don't believe I would have been able to finish this particular blog project.   It's a good thing I thought ahead to write on them all at once!    I really wanted to share with you all how they have affected me.

My life has truly been changed by practicing the Reiki Principles.  I have gained a tremendous amount of peace over the past year from learning to live them.  Am I able to follow them to the letter every day?  I try my best.  Can I do it today?  No, I cannot.

"Just for Today", I am allowing myself to grieve.  It's part of the natural process of letting go.  So if "Just for today" I feel angry, then I will feel my anger until I am ready to move on to the next step in my grieving process.  I will work on forgiveness and I will work on letting go, "just for today".

Spiritual Encouragement Regarding Death

We went to the crash site shortly after the accident to try and make sense of what had happened.   While we were there we were approached by a woman whom none of us had ever met.  She'd passed us by, and in obedience to God, she turned her car around and came back.  With tears in her eyes, she told us she wanted us to know she was praying for the family and that God had sent her there to say "I love you."  After she left, a man walked across the street and handed my step-daughter a cross necklace, as if to say ". . . this much."  So in the midst of our broken-heartedness, God was saying, "I AM here for you".

My father-in-law spoke at the graveside service only for a moment, but what he said was so important to everyone's grieving hearts.  There's not a doubt in my mind that God relayed to him what he should speak about as he read and explained Job 14:1-2, 5:

Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble.  They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure . . . A person’s days are determined; You [God] have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed (NIV).

It was the answer to the question we all had asked.  Why did this happen now?  When we are born, our days are numbered.  We are here but a little while, then our bodies die.  There is a time for everything . . . a time to die, and a time to grieve.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV).
I suppose I handle death alright.   I understand that, although the body is gone, the soul lives on.   Because I have the utmost faith in this eternal truth, I find peace in this understanding.  It comforts my heart to know that, when my body dies, my soul will go on to reunite with my loved ones who have loved God in life . . . on the other side.

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Dance of the Phoenix

"The Way of the Phoenix" is the title of the poem I submitted that won the Sibella Poetry Magazine 2014 "International Women’s Poetry Contest Star Award", which was first announced in their June/July 2013 issue.  For me this is a HUGE personal accomplishment, as they have 24,000+ subscribers.  

The poem has been reprinted in subsequent issues, and can be found in Sibella Poetry Magazine's December 2013/January 2014 issue (available online now).

I was so excited about winning the poetry contest!  The four women with whom I was featured truly are incredible poets, and I feel honored to be included among them.

I have five poems, which have not been publicly shared, to write and submit by January.  The editors will choose one to publish in the next issue.  After they have made their choice, I will share the other four with you.

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Crystals Not Working?

Read "Why Crystals Won't Work for You" by Crystals Heal!

This article is an excellent piece on crystals!  It is well written with a touch of humor.   I love the author's approach to crystal healing and how it works (or not) . . . for skeptics!  It is well worth checking out  : )

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Illuminate Your World With Love

Just For Today . . . Be Kind to Every Living Thing.  Reiki Principles.

Every living thing . . . that's a lot to be kind to! "Every living thing" includes:
  • God
  • people
  • pets
  • insects . . . including spiders (EEK!)
  • fish, amphibians and reptiles
  • wild animals
  • farm animals
  • trees
  • plants . . . including weeds (HA!)
  • You get the idea!
It's hard for me to be kind to arachnids, reptiles . . . and weeds. And if I were to take it to the extreme, I'd never eat a carrot again. : ) So instead, I love the carrot and I am thankful for the nourishment I receive. And I try not to waste anything.

Loving every living thing takes practice . . . so I am still working on this one!

I have also discovered that it really doesn't hurt me to let a spider live!

By learning to live this particular Reiki Principle, I understand that being kind to all living things means offering unconditional love to all with whom I have contact. I try to shine the "love light" wherever I go within my corner of the world. I also offer an international outreach via the internet through this blog to share distance Reiki (which to me equates unconditional love).

So what is "unconditional love" anyway?

It's not relational or "romantic" love.   It's altruistic . . . a concern for the general welfare of others. This does not necessarily refer only to "material" welfare, but it also includes emotional and even spiritual welfare. When you reach out a hand to someone without expectation of something in return, that's unconditional love.

Unconditional love can include:
  • philanthropic acts
  • prayer
  • listening without judgment
  • a kind word to a stranger
  • expression of empathy or compassion
  • planting a tree (to assist Mother Earth)
I try very hard to do my part. It might not be much, but my life has been transformed by this particular Reiki Principle. It is amazing how, when you just love every thing and everyone, the world loves you in return. And even if you go through a few rough spots, the love you've sent out will gently soothe away the tears.

The hardest part has been learning to offer unconditional love to those who have hurt me. Without forgiveness, I would never have been able to get to the "place" where I could actually do this (see the blog on anger and forgiveness). And truly it isn't me who is loving them. It is me asking God to love them for me. Does that make sense? Let's face it . . . I'm only human! But I can be a vessel for Divine Love (something Reiki has taught me how to do). That's how I love even those who have hurt me. It flows through me, not from me.

Unconditional love is one of those gifts that, when you offer it to the world without expectation of something in return, you receive peace . . . and the world loves you in return. It has been a pleasant surprise to learn that what you give returns to you in a magnificent way. It is nothing short of a miracle!

As for me and the spiders . . . we are still working on a mutual exchange of love : )

See the miracles!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Keep a Thankful Heart

Just for Today . . . Give Thanks for Your Many Blessings.  Reiki Principles.

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States.  Thousands of people spend days cooking to spend a few hours gathered around the table to feast with their families. 

Thousands of people also visit soup kitchens because they have no family to visit or no home in which to gather.  Still thousands more go without a meal at all.

It is a harsh reality . . . and it breaks my heart.   It should break everyone's heart to know that, while so many gather with enough food to feed the neighborhood others go hungry.  It could be any one of us at some point in our lives.  I pray that it never happens to any of you, but it can and does happen . . . every day.

It is a wonderful thing, in fact, it is a blessing for those of us who are able to prepare a large meal and gather with our families.  We cook together, pray together, eat together, laugh together, and share stories just to "catch up".  On Thanksgiving, we express our gratitude for having lived another year abundantly.

But we should not just reserve the expression of thanks for Thanksgiving.  We should make it a practice to give thanks every day.  We should also make it a practice to pray for those who feel they have nothing to be thankful for.  We should lend a helping hand whenever we can and reach out to those who cannot do for themselves, without asking why they find themselves in such a way.

Dr. Mikao Usui, founder of Reiki, created the "Reiki Principles" for daily rules to live by.  Included the five principles is, "Give Thanks".   Just for today . . . count your blessings.  It's not just the big stuff either . . . count the little things too!  Like a small act of kindness expressed by another.   Give thanks for that . . . it's a blessing just as much as food on the table, a roof over your head, clothes on your back and family to love.

So, Just for Today . . . count your blessings . . . you will soon discover you have too many to count!

Today, I am thankful for:

  • God, Who has always looked out for me
  • the world in which we live
  • the air that I breathe
  • my home and all the love that fills it
  • my husband, my children, and my kitties
  • my neighbors and friends
  • everyone who shares their own stories
  • everyone who comes here to read my ramblings
  • the gift of Reiki

A good exercise for expressing your gratitude:

  • Get a journal or a notebook
  • Put it beside your bed
  • Before you go to sleep, list all the things you are thankful for each day
  • Share some of your blessings for the year with your family and friends on Thanksgiving (or some other special occasion)
What gratitude fills your heart?

Give Thanks!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Identify Your Anger and Forgive

Just for Today . . . Do Not Anger.  Reiki Principles.

This Reiki Principle took a little "modification" in order for it to really work for me.  Please understand that I am not criticizing the way it was written, as for the day-to-day "little" anger monsters that arise, it works very well! : ) The practice of controlling your "anger" when someone pulls out in front of you while you're driving, when someone is rude to you or someone else at the supermarket, or for whatever "pushes your buttons".

It takes a little more work to let go of anger that you've been holding on to for weeks, months and maybe even years.  Have you ever met someone who just seems like they're ready to explode with anger at any moment?  Someone who seems to be angry for no apparent reason?  Are you that someone?

Have you ever met someone who should react with anger when someone hurts them, but they have no emotional response at all?  That's who I'm trying to help here . . . people who always exhibit anger, and people who show no emotions at all.  These are the people who, for whatever reason are holding on to the heat of anger from things past.  These are the people who have to actively search themselves to discover the origin of their anger or emotional numbness and let it go through forgiveness.

This was me. Holding on to anger . . . I was one of the ones who had no emotional response at all.  I had been abused and taken advantage of so much that I'd become emotionally numb.  Often I would not react, even when I should have.  So I had to face all the things I was holding on to from the past and whomever or whatever event was associated with that anger and forgive.

Sometimes that's a hard thing to do . . .

Sometimes we want to discuss an issue in order to resolve it.  Sometimes the circumstances make any discussion impossible.  It's difficult to forgive someone who is no longer with you, living or otherwise.  In my case, discussion was not an option. Not because they weren't around, but because it would be pointless.  It's hard to discuss a wrong-doing with people who are unable to acknowledge the event(s).

You can still forgive.  The forgiveness I am talking about here is forgiving yourself for allowing the event(s) to bring you down for as long as you have, and forgiveness of the other individual(s) for either not knowing any better or for refusing to give validity to the wrong-doing.  From that perspective, it's a little easier to offer forgiveness.  Confrontation is not nor is it ever necessary for you to allow forgiveness to heal your hurt and anger.

Affirmations for Forgiveness:

"I offer (person's name) forgiveness for (specific event). I forgive myself for carrying (emotion) and I release that (emotion) to God/Creator/Universe."

Do you see what happened in that affirmation?  You ask for God to take over. Sometimes, when the hurt or anger runs deep, it feels like we cannot let it go.  Perhaps you even feel deep down that they don't deserve it.  By giving it to God/Creator/Universe, you are asking someone greater than yourself to handle it for you.

But what if you cannot pinpoint the source of the anger?

"I offer forgiveness for all issues that are creating (emotion) within myself. I forgive myself for carrying (emotion) and I release that (emotion) to God/Creator/Universe."

There ya' go!  Repeat it daily until you feel you are able to release your hurt or anger for good. Healing will follow.  Then the little things that spark that anger from day-to-day will be easily managed by "Just for today . . . "

Let go!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Express Yourself With Integrity

Just For Today . . . Do Your Work Honestly.  Reiki Principles.

I've never really had an issue with honesty . . . my own honesty anyway.  The only exception to that statement is when I was a kid and I was about to get into trouble . . . "Not me" did it every time!  HA!

I have had issues with other people being honest with me though.  But Hey!  Who hasn't?  It's something we cannot control!  (See the next blog post when I discuss "do not anger".)  And although I would personally rather be hurt with the truth than be comforted with a lie, we can't make others be honest with us. But we CAN control our own truth-bearing.

I took this Reiki Principle a little further to encompass more than just doing "work" honestly:

"Express Yourself With Integrity"

It is not enough to simply perform our jobs truthfully.  Honesty is a form of expression . . . an action.  You express yourself not only in your work, but also in everything that you do . . . whether you have a creative ability, you are at play, or you are communicating with others.

When I was teaching my son as a child about honesty, here's how I explained it to him:
"If you always tell the truth you never have to remember your 'story'. Your brain remembers it for you!  It's called 'memory'!"  : )
It's still a good lesson even now.  Always speak the truth, always live the truth and you never have to worry about "keeping your story straight".  And if you ever get caught in a falsehood, and believe me, people do eventually get caught, what happens is TRUST is LOST!  Once you lose someone's trust it is difficult, if not impossible to earn it back!

So why "Integrity"?  I chose the word "integrity" because to me it goes a little further than simply being "honest".  It is an action of morals which implies more than simply being honest.  Integrity includes such things as dependability, trustworthiness, sincerity, virtue, ethics, and unity.  Integrity expresses not only who you are, but who you think others are.  When you have integrity, you not only treat yourself with respect, but you treat others with respect as well.

So when you "express yourself with integrity" you are saying that in all your actions, your actions toward others and you yourself are:
  • honest
  • dependable
  • trustworthy
  • sincere
  • virtuous
  • ethical
  • united with mankind (as one)
  • respectable
You not only exhibit these characteristics, but you assume that others share these same qualities (until, of course, they prove otherwise).

WOW!  That's a mouthful!  And hard to swallow, right?  Basically what you are doing is giving others the same qualities you exhibit.  You are assuming they have the same integrity that you express.  It's okay to do that when you first meet someone.

You cannot develop a good relationship with anyone as long as you assume the opposite . . .

If you assume that no one is honest, trustworthy or sincere, and that everyone is "against" you, then you simply cannot build any sort of relationship . . . business or personal.  What I am asking you to do goes against what many of you have been taught . . . That trust has to be "earned".  Try trusting first . . . it might just make things a lot easier!

Trust yourself and others!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Release Your Worries to God

Just for Today . . . Do Not Worry.  Reiki Principles.

Okay, I have to admit . . . this was a hard one for me!  I'm a worrywart!  I worry about stuff I don't even need to be concerned about . . . I worry about worrying!  HA!

There have been times when I have literally worried myself sick.  I've made myself physically ill from it.   I've been a chronic worrier since my childhood.  This Reiki Principle is one that breaks decades of habit for me.  Truthfully, I still struggle with this one.

It isn't easy to release your worries.  First you have to be able to admit that you worry!  The hardest part for me was becoming aware of how much I really did concern myself with the small stuff.  I had to identify my worries before I could let them go.  So I started keeping track of them . . . writing them down.

Before I knew it, I had a prayer journal! Trying not to worry on my own was impossible for me. I had to ask for help on this one! So I asked God to take over my worries for me . . . I had to just hand them over!

To help you release your worries, I can share some ideas from a non-denominational perspective, and also from a Christian perspective.

Suggestions for Daily Affirmations:
  • "I release my worries to the Creator/Universe."
  • "I am worry-free."
  • "My needs are met."
  • "I am positive that all things work for the greatest good."

An affirmation is a statement that you repeat daily, out loud or to yourself, designed to change your way of thinking to a more positive outlook. It seems silly, but it works!

Christian Guidance:

The following scriptures offer comfort with regard to worry, and letting God handle things for you:

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" . . . Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  (Matthew 6:25-31, 34 NIV).

Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you . . . (Psalm 55:22, The Word).
Give your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you (I Peter 5:7, The Word).
Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to Him than a whole flock of sparrows  (Matthew 10:29-31, The Word).

A Worry Box:
  • You'll need an empty box (shoe-box size works great!)
  • Use scrap pieces of paper to write down your worries
  • Release your worries to God/Creator/Universe (an affirmation or prayer works well)
  • Place the paper in your "worry box" and keep it out out sight when you aren't filling it
  • At the end of the year, wrap your box up with gift wrap, and start a new box
  • Open the box on your birthday (or other significant day) and throw away your "worries"
  • Thank God/Creator/Universe for the wonderful gift of taking them all away

It is important to keep your "worry box" out of sight when you aren't filling it. Your box of released worries is a gift to yourself. Throwing away your resolved worries is a signal that there is no need to pick up those concerns again. : )

Answered Prayers Journal:
  • Get an empty journal or notebook
  • Label it "Answered Prayers"
  • Write all your worries in your journal
    Ask God to handle it for you
  • Periodically review your journal and mark the answered prayers with a "Thanks God"

It's important to show gratitude for answered prayers . . . But that's a discussion for another day!

Don't Worry . . . Be Happy!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

From Memorizing to Living the Reiki Principles

I'd read them before, in my early learning about Reiki.  Seven years after I'd first read about them, I was introduced to them in Reiki I.  By Reiki II, I had the Reiki Principles memorized.  I have spent the past year learning how to live them!

Just for Today . . .

Do Not Worry
Do Not Anger
Work Honestly
Give Thanks for Many Blessings
Be Kind to Every Living Thing

There is a great deal of healing that comes from practicing the Reiki Principles.  Sure, it's easy to be honest and kind . . . but it's not easy to let go of worry!  And sometimes it's difficult to let go of anger.   Most of us lead such busy lives that we often "forget" to give thanks every day.  But the whole point of "Just for Today" is to practice the principles one day at a time, until you get it right.

The concept of "Just for Today", is not to concern yourself with yesterday or tomorrow, but to live in the moment.  By practicing the principles one day at a time, you will find it easier to maintain a more positive attitude.  And if you are unable to focus on all five at once, simply pick one principle to practice and once you have developed a positive way of thinking, then move on to the next one.

Over the past year, my concept of the Reiki Principles has changed and grown into something more meaningful than simply memorizing them and running through them like a daily checklist.  By learning to live the Reiki Principles, I have learned that spiritual growth and healing through positive thinking can be achieved.  My practice of the Reiki Principles has grown into an understanding that has helped me to live each day peacefully.

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting an article on each of the five principles.  It is my goal to share with you how I have applied the principles in my own healing process, and offer some suggestions as to how you can apply the principles in your own life.  One does not need to be a Reiki Practitioner to benefit from implementing the "Just for Today's"!

Live for Today!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WOW! The Versatile Blogger Award!

Thank You!

I have been nominated for my first blog award!   I can't believe it!  I feel so honored!  Thank you so much to 2flames1soul at "Lost in Expressions" for the nomination!  If you would like to see her award, and the others she nominated, please visit her blog post.

Here are the rules as listed on the "The Versatile Blogger Award" blog:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

My Nominees for "The Versatile Blogger Award" are:

  1. Bob Hamm Photography - Bob posts beautiful photos on a wide variety of subject matter, and throws in a little personal touch with his stories
  2. Dennis Cardiff ~  Poetry & Prose - Dennis writes beautiful and emotionally moving poetry, and shares wonderful stories on Gotta Find a Home about the charitable work he does
  3. Seren Holistic Lifestyles - I love the inspirational quotes, mantras and personal stories
  4. Every Thought - I love the honesty about real life and the deep personal sharing that shines through in every post
  5. Ellis Nelson - she is a published teen/children's author who writes excellent book reviews (books of all kinds)
  6. Scallywaif - she is very "artsy" and interesting : )  she posts photos of her mixed-media artwork, poetry, and she ads a few personal touches
  7. The Irreducible Primary - enlightening and thought-provoking, Rob Taylor has an eloquent way with words as he presents spiritual concepts
  8. Kimberly Harding ~ - she writes about spiritual subjects, shares personal stories and includes photos of her own art
  9. Doug Does Life - I love the very inspiring "Find Your Place in Life" series, the creative spin of the monkeys, the artwork, self-help articles, and spiritual subjects
  10. Creating Miranda - from art to cooking, she's very crafty!
  11. Complete Health Circle - Derek writes about many different healing modalities and offers excellent insight on the holistic lifestyle
  12. The Eagle and the Serpent - Reiki Heidi writes beautiful spiritual articles on Reiki, shamanic and crystal healing; she throws in poetry and personal stories from time to time; a good place to visit for personal growth
  13. Barbara C Rowe Author  - her stories are touching and her poetry is beautiful
  14. The Secret Life of a Lightworker - beautifully inspiring spiritual writings
  15. The Reiki Blog - an excellent blog for any Reiki Practitioner to follow . . . Elly gives personal examples of how to apply Reiki in your life daily

It was very difficult to choose the nominees.  I follow so many excellent blogs, and I enjoy reading them all.

Now for the 7 things about myself:

  • My birthday is coming up soon
  • My favorite color changes depending on my mood - right now I'm feeling purple : )
  • I love to draw and paint (though I need some practice)
  • I know how to crochet and sew
  • I love to cook . . . I have a huge weakness for food!
  • I love plants, but I can't grow Orchids (killed two already)
  • I have been known to make soaps, candles, and essential oil fragrances (my son's favorite soap when he was little was dirt soap, made with patchouli and ground apricot seeds)

I share a lot in my blog, so I had to get creative in revealing seven unknown things about myself : )

Thank You Again!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Mystical Experience at Roan Mountain

In 2007, I was in the midst of spiritual growing "pains". I was being called to a different way of thinking and I was resisting.  My resistance was not necessarily of my own choosing, but rather a product of my surroundings.

I knew what I was experiencing was different from what I had been taught, but very real nonetheless. I could not ignore the reality of my experience, and it had become evident that my resistance was not going to work.

I had come to see things in a different light, and for the first time in my life my spirituality started to make sense.  The problem lied in the fact that my prior knowledge and my surroundings were not conducive to the path my life was taking.  Eventually, I did receive the spiritual freedom I so desperately needed, but not until 2011 . . . after a near-death experience and a long overdue decision to finally stand up for myself.

My spiritual search took me on a journey to Roan Mountain.  With my backpack filled with food, water and a camera, I trekked up the mountainside to the balds in search of answers to deep questions I was facing.  What was the underlying purpose of my experiences?  What was I supposed to do with my new discovery of the old way?  Will the new path I am walking ever reveal the meaning of my life?  Am I ever going to learn unconditional love?  Does it even exist?

I had gone up there alone, and alone is exactly how I felt.  I met passers-by along the trail who smiled and greeted me with a friendly "hello", but the feeling of loneliness could not be removed by surrounding strangers. "Alone" was a feeling I knew well, and a feeling I had come to embrace like an old friend.  I had grown comfortable with solitude, even in the midst of a crowd.

Once I made it to the top of the knoll, I found a quiet spot off the beaten path to rest awhile.  I spent what felt like days on the top of that mountain, nestled against a patch of rock.  Thoughts of deep contemplation blew through my mind as I tried to calm the whirlwind of emotions I was feeling.

As I sat in solitude I had an overwhelming feeling that, although I was by myself, I was no longer alone.  As I rested with the four directions surrounding me, I felt the spirit of the wind, the spirit of the wolf, and the Spirit of God.  My mind went back to the elderly couple I'd met on the drive up.

I had stopped at the foot of the mountain where a walking trail meanders across a bridge over the creek.  The bridge was painted with autumn leaves so thick they could not be disturbed, but offered only to cushion my steps.  She was standing alone on the bridge as her husband sat in the car.  He stopped me through the open window and asked me to pray for him.

He told me the story of how he and his wife had been coming to Roan Mountain every Autumn for years.  He was no longer able to walk, but she still liked to come to the bridge where he'd asked for her hand in marriage in the days of their youth.  Every year on their anniversary they come to this bridge, but for the past few years she had to stand there alone.  I prayed for him that day when I reached the top of the mountain.

I prayed for him when I felt the Spirit of God moving around me and through me.

I thought about how much love there must be between them, that he would still visit the place of their adoring commitment to each other.  The heartache he felt over his inability to walk out on that bridge with her was overwhelming.  I wanted to feel THAT type of love and devotion just one time in my life.

Just once to feel THAT kind of heartache . . . the heartache that comes from wanting to be just a little bit closer to that special someone regardless of limitations.

Just once to know what "real" love feels like.

I do not know what led that man to ask a stranger to pray for him . . . to share his heart with me.  I had gone up there seeking answers to so many questions.

"Does real love even exist?"

He answered my question that day.  Yes it absolutely does exist.  I just hadn't found it yet.

Do not think that sharing yourself with a stranger is ever pointless.  Do not think that speaking to an unfamiliar face has no effect.  Sometimes one small phrase can plant a seed that will grow and bloom into a beautiful flower.  My conversation in the parking lot with him that day had a profound effect on my life . . . so much so that even now, six years later, I still remember the conversation so clearly.

It is their anniversary.  Six years ago today I went up on that mountain and asked Spirit for a gift . . . the gift of experiencing THAT kind of love.  The kind of love that would make a man ask a stranger to pray for him so he can once again stand on the bridge where he asked his wife to marry him so many years ago.  I do not know if my prayer for him was answered . . . but I know that my prayer to experience that depth of love was indeed answered at last.

That Autumn afternoon spent up on Grassy Ridge created a spark that would later ignite a burning desire deep within to change my life.  As the autumn leaves signaled a change, I knew death would come, and the new life of Spring would surely follow.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Chakras and the Lord's Prayer

"Opening Chakras With the Lord's Prayer" by Dana Taylor gives a lovely perspective on Chakra Meditation!

EXCERPT:  "Many meditation techniques teach visualization methods for finding the chakras—focus on each center and send a ray of colored light up the body. One sleepless night a couple of decades ago, I didn’t have anything better to do than look for my chakras. I remember lying in bed, focusing on the base of my body (root chakra), picturing red color filling a spinning disc. Darned, if I didn’t actually feel an awareness.  So I kept moving up."

Continue Reading this Article @ the Source via Supernal Living: Opening Chakras with The Lord’s Prayer

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Distance Reiki Attunements

Do They Really Work?

The short answer is, "Yes".  If done properly, distance attunements do indeed work.

They work on the same principle as a distance Reiki treatment.  During a distance session, the Practitioner meditates on the intention of sending Reiki to the client.  The Practitioner often uses a "surrogate", a photograph, a journal or box with a list of names.

The distance attunement process is similar in that the Reiki Master/Teacher meditates with intention and also may use a surrogate.  The long answer is a little more complicated.  A Reiki Practitioner who has been attuned via distance may not be recognized in the Reiki community as a "certified" Practitioner.

There may be complications in setting up a practice in the future as state regulations shift from Reiki being viewed as a spiritual practice to a "Professional" service.  However, if you are wanting to learn Reiki for your own spiritual growth, or for the benefit of friends and family, a distance attunement is a viable alternative.

I have personally "experimented" with receiving distance Reiki attunements in Reiki as well as other methods of energy healing.  I wanted to know if it was indeed possible to receive attunements in this way.  I have purchased distance attunements from three different sources and donated to a fourth.  I was able to "feel" the effectiveness of the attunement in three out of four sources.

The first source . . .

I felt nothing.  I'm not saying the attunement didn't happen, but what I am saying is that I felt nothing during or after the agreed upon scheduled time.  It is possible that I just wasn't "open" to receiving the attunement at that time.  It is also possible that the attunement worked, and I just didn't "feel" it.

Another possible scenario is that the attunement was never sent . . . or that the individual wasn't actually trained to do so.  A fact worth sharing is that, although I was shipped a CD with course materials, I did not receive any kind of confirmation that the attunement process took place . . . no email or certificate (though I was promised both), and no lineage was provided.

This source was the most expensive for me.  I didn't want to give up after trying only one source.  I knew distance healing was possible, and logically distance attunements should be possible as well in theory . . . so I continued with my "research".

The second source . . .

I have worked with this Reiki Master/Teacher extensively.  I received course materials in a timely manner, was provided unlimited e-mail consultations, and I have felt every attunement that has been sent.  Because of this, I have continued working with this individual for many distance healing sessions and additional courses.

I have not been provided with any certificates or lineages, other than whom it was that "discovered" the particular method of natural healing.  I understood that I would not receive anything other than course materials, email support and attunements.

I did receive everything that I was promised with my purchase.  This individual offers assistance on a "donation" basis and will not turn away anyone seeking to grow spiritually.

The third source . . .

This organization provided excellent course materials.  The course was not for "Reiki", but was for another form of energy healing.  The attunement was successful in my opinion.  Since it's not Reiki there was no lineage, though a certificate of completion was provided.

The fourth source . . .

The attunement process was quite a different experience!  Excellent course materials were provided, along with certificates and lineage.  I have no doubt that the attunement worked, and when I am ready, I plan to teach this particular method of Reiki both in person and via distance learning.

Distance Reiki Courses through Willow's Cabin

The topic of distance Reiki attunements has been a "hot topic" and a very controversial one among the Reiki community.  In fact, it has taken me several months to make the decision of whether or not to offer distance Reiki courses.  I wanted to get a "feel" for the process, and experience it for myself.

Through that experience, I have come to the conclusion that it is perfectly acceptable to offer distance Reiki attunements.  Beginning in January 2014, I will be making distance Reiki Courses available online.

The decision I had the most difficulty with was whether or not to certify an individual as an Usui Reiki Master/Teacher via distance learning.  The conflict I felt came from the fact that no one in my lineage has done so.

In honor of my traditional lineage, I have decided not certify anyone as a traditional Usui Reiki Master/Teacher via distance.  The Usui Master/Teacher course will only be taught in-person.  What that means is I will not be teaching the traditional Usui method of attuning others via distance learning.  I will, however, attune individuals as Usui Master Practitioners, as well as Master/Teachers in other methods of Reiki.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Distance Reiki Never Ceases to Amaze Me

I never know what is going to happen when I am sending distance Reiki.  Each session brings a new experience.  Reiki always has a surprise in store for me! Often I feel sensations of hot or cold, tingling and light-headedness.  Occasionally I literally feel body sensations that I have assumed to be an empathetic response.

I do not usually share my experiences with the client, unless they are spiritual in nature and I feel led to do so.  I avoid sharing physical sensations, to prevent the information from being misinterpreted as a medical diagnosis.  I do, however, use the experiences for my own learning and personal growth as a Reiki Master.

Recently during a distance session, I experienced something new.  I became so "heated" that it felt like I was standing way too close to a fire!  By the end of the session, my face radiated red . . . like I'd run a marathon!  Sure I'd felt the heat of Reiki before, but not quite like this!

I do not know the reason why Reiki was requested, just that help was needed.  During the session my chest felt heavy and uncomfortable, and it was almost difficult to breathe.  I wondered if I was experiencing another empathetic response.  At one point, I became so weak-kneed that I had no choice but to drop to my knees with my hands on my surrogate teddy bear (don't laugh) in my Reiki room.

During my time of "experimenting" with distance Reiki, I tried just sending Reiki with my palms out (sometimes called "beaming").  I also tried keeping requests in a "Reiki Journal", a "Reiki Box" filled with names, and using a surrogate.  I found that I got the most positive feedback when using a stuffed animal, so that's the method I prefer to use now.  Sure it seems a little odd giving Reiki to a toy but some individuals have even commented that they could feel it when my hand positions changed.

When I send distance Reiki, I am in a meditative state with my eyes closed. It is my attempt at blocking out my surroundings and allowing myself to be an empty vessel for Reiki.  I could feel the energy flowing through me like surges of lightning.  And although I was physically uncomfortable, I felt a tremendous amount of peace!  Rainbow colors and brilliant light flashed in visions, and it felt as though I was surrounded by angels.  Over and over again, the 23rd Psalm echoed through my mind.  I do not know if this prayer was for my client, or if it was for me.

The 23rd Psalm inspirational quote with Original art, "Forged", reminds us of an eternal scriptural promise. Forged in the flame, fiery trials serve to enlighten the hearts of mankind.  Vibrant rainbow abstract art with the symbolic Sacred Heart of Christ in the center.

I continued with the Reiki treatment until the heaviness subsided and I got the sensation that it was enough.  I usually send my Individual Sessions for 30 minutes minimum, but this session went a little longer.  I could "feel" there was a need to continue so I did. After the experience, I thought . . .

"This is why I got into Reiki!"

"By helping others, I am helped."

The experience truly was a blessing!  The Great Spirit works in mysterious ways, and every day I am amazed at how incredible it truly is to have such a deep connection to the Creator and to the world in which we live!

Learning to Fly

Beautiful story . . .

EXERPT:  ". . . powered by nectar and by the Reiki beneath her wings, my butterfly friend flew to the corner of the house. Gracefully gliding on the air currents, with the light of the setting sun illuminating her beauty . . . "

Source:  Read the complete story of  "The Reiki Beneath Her Wings", via Reiki and Shamanic Healing.

Swallowtail Nectar © 2016
Art Source: Swallowtail Nectar

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Saturday, September 14, 2013


Lovely article on transformation . . . "Inner Transformation Outward Spiritual Change"

EXERPT:  ". . . The soul is perpetual, moving, thriving, and aiming to attain something. Perplexed only by the mind and its perpendicular stance, no action sought through chance . . . "

Thank you to the Spiritual Magazine at!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Was Symphony No. 5 Written for Old Faithful?

And those who were seen dancing
were thought to be insane
by those who could not hear the music.  Friedrich Nietzsche.

Day five of our three-week shindig continued into Yellowstone National Park. After passing through the Tetons, I just didn't think anything could possibly top THAT!

Yellowstone had a different flavor. It was definitely "otherworldly" . . . with some of the landscape so unusual that it felt like we'd just waltzed onto another planet! Decorated with wildlife, geysers, lakes, waterfalls, and rough terrain, this two-million year old volcanic caldera is overflowing with beautiful sights! We spent two full days touring Yellowstone and still didn't see all there is to view.

Armed with our map of the park, we danced our first two-step at the Old Faithful Geyser. We spent a little time with the museum curator, who shared stories of the Bison in the park. He was very passionate about the survival of the species, and gave us a little "insight" along with a warning regarding their nature. We passed through Yellowstone during the "rut", or mating season of the Buffalo . . . but that's a story for another day!

When I was working on our vacation memoir video, my husband suggested using Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5" with Old Faithful. He was right . . . it's as though this orchestral piece was penned just for her geyser dance. Nature plays a symphony of her own, which has inspired artists and musicians for centuries! And although I doubt very seriously that Beethoven wrote his fifth symphony with a geyser in mind, it is at the very least, entertaining!

May the symphony play on! Visit Yellowstone National Park on the Web! A Note about using Beethoven's 5th Symphony: The composition itself is now public domain. However, depending on who has performed and recorded the piece, the performance may still be subject to copyright laws. I found a public-domain recording of this piece on (a non-profit organization designed to make public domain compositions available for free download). The exact location of Beethoven's 5th Symphony on their website can be found here. It was performed by Skidmore College Orchestra (Saratoga Springs, New York, USA), and they did an excellent job! Thank you to all who made this piece of musical history available for public use.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Animals Like Reiki?!?

Animals can also benefit from Reiki! 

I participate in a Reiki Clinic at a local metaphysical shop and we had our first pet client at the last get together. It was amazing to watch him relax and enjoy the energy! When he had enough, he sat up. Try offering Reiki to animals at your local animal shelter!

For more information, please visit:  

"Approaching Animals With Reiki" by All Creatures Reiki.

Friday, July 26, 2013

How Should I Prepare for a Long Road Trip on a Harley?

Okay, so I admit it!  I really, REALLY do not know the answer to that question!  For me, our upcoming trip out West is going to be several "firsts" for me . . .

It will be:
  • the longest vacation I've ever had (three weeks)
  • the farthest I have ever gone away from home (2,000+ miles one way)
  • the most miles I have ever "logged" on a motorcycle
  • the lightest I have ever (EVER) packed for any trip

Okay, it's true . . . the last one really concerns me!  On a motorcycle, there is definitely limited space . . . no trunk for a suitcase!  And a vacation trip for three weeks for two people usually requires multiple pieces of luggage!  When planning for a trip like the one we are taking, you start to realize quickly that there are certain things of absolute necessity and other things are just going to have to be left behind!

We are camping, so there goes a HUGE chunk of space!  Must have a tent and sleeping bags!  We've managed to find some pretty "compact" camping equipment to put on the bike.  We'll pack two Chinook Sleeping bags that roll up to about the size of a bath towel.  (Oh gosh!  We've got to pack towels too . . . )  We don't have the mummy bag type, but traditional rectangular bags that we can zip together for a sleeping bag built for two!  ; )  Anyway, they're rated to 50 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit, so they're not going to protect us in an Arctic freeze!  But considering the entire United States is in a heat wave pushing 100 degrees, I'm sure we'll be fine!

The tent we got . . . well, I've got to admit . . . it's questionable!  HA!  We picked it up at a local outdoor shop . . . it's made specifically for backpacking so it's lightweight and compact.  Really, REALLY compact!  The sales associate set it up in the (very crowded) store and the first thing I thought was . . . there's NO WAY we'll fit in that thing!  Where's my stuff gonna go?  HA!  The footprint of the tent is probably smaller than the sleeping bag . . . and forget about standing up (max height is 36 inches)!   Anyway, we went with The North Face Meso Two-person tent . . . I'll let you know how THAT goes!  HA!  Good thing I'm not planning on packing much else!  At least we've got our shelter arranged . . . we'll be eating out so no need to worry about food . . . so what am I going to wear?

Yeah, I'm one of "those" girls!  HA!  And for the first time in my life EVER, when I say, "I don't have a thing to wear" . . . It'll actually be TRUE!  Well, I will have chaps, my helmet, a jacket, and my Harley boots!  An absolute must for safety on such a long bike trip!  Multiply that times two for my husband (we're riding together on his Harley) and that equals even less space!  Are you starting to see my dilemma?  We have two saddle bags and a tour pack on the back with a "luggage rack" (hahaha)!   Oh, and we've got to have rain gear also (pants and a jacket times two).

We will be staying in hotels along the way and also for the first week while we tour the Yellowstone National Park area.  After that, it's game on for roughing it!  The campground we're staying in will have showers (I'm hoping with air hand dryers . . . I mastered the art of drying my hair with a hand-dryer while camping earlier this year)!  It also has a HUGE swimming pool, so I must pack a swim suit and sunscreen!

I've managed to decide on my "bare minimum" wardrobe list:
  • two pair of jeans (the ones I'll be wearing and an extra pair)
  • two pair of shorts
  • a swim suit
  • three tank tops (takes up minimum space and at least I'll not be wearing the same shirt every other day!)
  • skivvies and socks
  • one pair of flip-flops
  • pajama shorts
  • a swim suit cover-up that conveniently looks like a dress  ; )

Thank goodness the campground has laundry facilities . . . and Purex makes a laundry product that is laundry detergent and fabric softener in a sheet (very compact and spill-proof)!

For toiletries, I'll be multi-purposing some of my goodies.  I've got hair half-way down my back, therefore I cannot possibly get by with trial-sized hair products.  So I've decided that I will use my shampoo as body wash, and my conditioner as shaving cream (it actually works well for that).  I've managed to streamline my make-up bag into smaller than pencil-case size by going with an au naturale look!  Lotion, mascara and Burt's Bees cherry lip balm for a hint of color!  Everything else I am taking is trial-sized to save space.   I've been collecting micro-sized everything I need to still "feel like a girl" while camping . . . I've been doing that for several months now.  Some things are just harder to find in small quantities!

I'm a real herbal-loving hippie, and I've packed up the "medicine cabinet" into my back-pack purse that I'll be carrying for the trip.  I used a weekly pill case to take a sampling of each herbal remedy I keep on hand for emergencies.  I've also packed a micro-sized first aid kit.  We're meeting up with a group of friends during the camping part of our trip and we'll pretty much be in the middle of nowhere.  So if anyone has a headache, indigestion, trouble sleeping, or a boo-boo . . . I'll have it covered!  I've packed up willow bark, papaya enzyme, valerian root and lots of bandages!  And of course, Reiki goes with me everywhere!

I'm so excited about our trip!  It truly is the adventure of a lifetime!  There's something very healing about having to eliminate un-necessary "necessities"!  We live in a world where everything we think we "need" is a gadget that we could actually live without.  It gives you a new perspective on the meaning of the word "necessities"!  When you have to minimize what you pack for a trip you start to realize that there are some things you could really live without and other things you absolutely MUST have . . . like cherry chapstick!   ; )

We also must have the camera and lots of memory cards!  Oh, and I am also taking an empty journal and a couple of pens!  I plan on sharing stories from our road trip!  : )

Collect teeny tiny stuff!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Spiritual Abuse

Your silence will not protect you.  Audre Lorde.
The subject of spiritual abuse is something I have a great deal of difficulty discussing because of my own experience with it.  This form of abuse to me is quite possibly the most damaging form of abuse that someone can experience.  I say this because although mental, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse or neglect all have their own permanent scars . . . they affect mainly the body and the mind.  To me, spiritual abuse affects the soul and one's relationship with the Creator.  How much worse can it get than that?

The Ache for Home is in all of us . . .
the safe place we can go as we are and not be questioned.
Maya Angelo.

I have personally experienced every form of abuse at some point in my life.  By far, I must say the one I have had the most difficulty "sorting out" has been spiritual abuse.  It has been my greatest challenge thus far.

Spiritual or religious abuse, as defined by Wikipedia, is:

“. . . abuse administered under the guise of religion, including harassment or humiliation, possibly resulting in psychological trauma [and] may also include misuse of religion for selfish, secular, or ideological ends such as the abuse of a clerical position.” 
Another excellent definition I found online at "Micronesian Seminar" defines spiritual abuse as:
". . . a kind of abuse which damages the central core of who we are . . . leaves us spiritually discouraged and emotionally cut off from the healing love of God . . . the mistreatment of a person who is in need of help, support or greater spiritual empowerment, with the result of weakening, undermining, or decreasing that person's spiritual empowerment."
WOW! That’s a mouthful! Spiritual Abuse:
  • harasses
  • humiliates
  • causes psychological trauma
  • damages our central core
  • leaves us spiritually discouraged
  • deprives us from the healing love of God
  • denies us help and support
  • deprives us of spiritual empowerment
  • weakens
  • undermines
That's quite a list!  And every word is truth! Spiritual abuse does all things . . . and so much more.  I have compiled a list of key indicators that you may very well be a "victim" of spiritual abuse.

Key Indicators of Spiritual Abuse:
  • Involves someone in a position of spiritual authoritative power
  • Information is misrepresented in a dogmatic, legalistic, authoritative or unreasonable manner
  • Information presented relies solely on "tradition" and does not allow for individual experiences
  • Causes a distorted perception of the Creator and the world around you
  • Gut feeling that a spiritual boundary has been crossed
  • The relationship has a spiritual element involved, yet feels "toxic"
  • Outside "forces" seem to control your moods, thoughts or feelings
  • Your relationship with a spiritual figure results in an intentional dependency upon the "guru" instead of the Creator
It is very difficult for me to define spiritual abuse outside the realm of Christianity.  That is where I have had the most experience.  However, my goal is to address spiritual abuse from the viewpoint that you can be a victim of spiritual abuse in other spiritual areas of your life besides religion.  Anyone claiming to be a spiritual "guru" can potentially become a perpetrator of spiritual abuse.

The last few key indicators in the list touch on spiritual abuse from other spiritual practices beyond the scope of religious organizations.  What I am referring to here are curses, spells cast to cause harm, "energy vampires", "dream walkers", "remote viewing", and people who claim to be "energy healers" but use their gift to manipulate others.  It can and does happen.

A dear friend of mine recently had an experience with this from someone whom she thought was a friend.  Her "friend" claimed he sent one of his "guides" to find out stuff about her, all in the name of "helping" her in a dilemma.  The thing is he actually knew details about goings on at her house that she had not revealed to anyone!  And he was not given permission from her to help her in the first place!

She discussed her dilemma with him simply for the purpose of receiving advice from a friend, and he took it upon himself to spiritually intervene.  She is "sensitive", and actually felt a (dark) presence shortly after their conversation.  It took weeks for her to figure out the source of the dark presence.

Another example of non-Christian spiritual abuse would be an individual who has psychic gifts and uses their abilities to invade the privacy of others.  Not all who have "gifts" use them for a positive and healing purpose.  Anyone who has psychic gifts must develop a set of clearly defined boundaries, free from manipulation.

We are living in a time in history at this moment where people are "awakening", and starting to acknowledge that we have spiritual "abilities".  The problem with those abilities is that mankind has not yet mastered the ability to "do no harm" to others.  Where spiritual abuse was previously thought to only happen within the realm of organized religion, we now need to consider the possibility that it can happen in other spiritual arenas as well.

I would be interested in what others have to say about other religions or spiritual practices . . . and would love to post some stories about your experiences or your understanding of spiritual abuse in other spiritual practices as well.  If you have a story you'd like to tell, contact me and share it.  If you'd like to remain anonymous, let me know and I will share your story under an "alias".

Autumn in Elizabethton © 2007

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Certified and Verified Reiki


About a month ago I had the opportunity to learn a valuable lesson during a distance Reiki Session. Someone whom I follow online asked in public forum for Reiki, so I volunteered. Immediately, I got a response back requesting documented proof that I was indeed a Reiki Master. This was the first person to ever ask for "proof".

It was actually a legitimate request and an interesting point was made that I myself hadn't even thought about before. Should we trust just anyone to be used as an instrument to "heal" us? Are they truly "qualified"? This individual had a terrible first experience after requesting distance "Reiki" from someone who claimed to be a Reiki Master.

I cannot go into detail because of confidentiality, but trust me, it truly was horrible!  I was happy to send proof, so I took a snapshot of my certificate and sent it along with a link to my lineage.   It is so important to establish a rapport of trust between Reiki Practitioner and client, regardless of whether the Reiki session is in-person or distance.

This experience was actually an important lesson for me.  Your energy is not something to mess around with, and you should always be careful whom you allow in your personal "space".

Fortunately this individual was willing to give Reiki a second chance.  They could have just written Reiki off as something bad because of one negative experience with someone who claimed they had gone through the proper training.  This individual also could have created a lot of "negative press" about the practice of Reiki.

I received positive feedback from the first session, and this individual has actually become a regular client. Do not be afraid to ask your Reiki Practitioner, or any other energy healer, for documentation of their training.  It is perfectly acceptable to request this information.

Many Practitioners will have their certification posted in plain sight for in-person clients.  If you are requesting distance Reiki, you can still ask for documentation.  A traditionally trained Reiki Practitioner should be happy to provide proof of formal training.