With my deep plunge into healing early traumas so I can be present for my kiddos, I have learned the importance of balance. That push to always be calm in an emotional storm, that desire to be free from self-judgement, or the goal of staying serene from moment to moment, is lovely but unrealistic. Finally I see that being human means allowing for the hills and valleys of emotions.
My intention as I began with peeling back the layers of anger and quick frustrations I felt at my daughter, at my anchor job, at myself, were to bring a sense of control and freedom from emotions driving me. I wanted to stop blasting my family with anger gremlins and stop swallowing anger at work. I could see this was hurting me. My stomach, digestion was a muck, I couldn’t seem to balance that out, and I was having frequent eczema flare ups and allergies. But what I have realized along the way is not that I should stop these emotions, but rather breathe deeply and see them. Once I identify my feelings, I now use them for action. With a deep breath, a moment to dial back and observe my body, I can see underneath the emotion and see why I am upset. I can finally harness the reason and then breath and calmly explain my motivation and reason for feeling angry.
This discovery has been huge but then there have been many set backs along the way. Where I have yelled at my kids and my spouse in anger…Or so I thought these were set backs. This is the hills and valleys of life.
The truth is that I am human. One of the most incredible things about being a human is the capacity to feel. Our emotional spectrum is infinite in every direction. It’s a privilege to be able to feel so much. While I was not ever taught to identify my emotions, I have finally learned to stop judging my emotions as good or bad but rather learned to take time each day to step back and allow them to move through my body by witnessing them. It’s ok for me to feel angry. I know it’s ok for me to feel jealous. It’s perfectly human to feel spiteful. It’s ok for me to feel like being lazy. But what’s even better is to be able to see these feelings and not ignore them. This way they no longer control me. Instead I am allowing myself to use the energy the emotion gives me to dance, sing and write or even just lay down and stretch. Sometimes I just want to sit and watch a funny movie. All of this is ok. It’s been ride. And that’s ok too. The key for me is to make time daily to observe my emotions and be ok with feeling.
So I see that the real challenge is being honest with myself and making time for me to see and acknowledge my emotions. No matter if I was taught these were ugly or bad feelings, I still need to make time to sit and see where I store them in my body. I see this now as my goal. I challenge you also to sit with your feelings daily. Watch them, name them, and ask why do I feel this way? Then see if you can feel where in your body you hold that emotional tension…usually it’s where you hurt or feel numb. So make time for you with yourself as a kind, loving observer everyday, and see what happens. The key starting is to breathe deeply and sit with yourself.💞 Make space for you to belong in your body. 🌈Many blessings.
Over the last several years I have propelled myself on a path of deep spiritual and emotional healing recognizing that my physical body was telling me to do so. I have suffered through many digestive issues over the years and tackled them in many different ways. In childhood I had frequent tummy pain which manifested in college as IBS. I had treated this through allopathic means of food elimination and allergy medicine. After many more years I discovered the depth of the problem was lingering and going deeper. With a voice healing session thanks to Dr. Damaris Drewery, a deep pain in my right-side was identified. Finally I decided to plunge deep into the spirit and emotional healing medicine as I have been promoting this as a powerful tool.
For many weeks I worked the area with nightly self-reiki sessions while meditating, watching TV, and just resting. The inflammation of the area extended from my gallbladder area down deep into the groin area. It would soften and release through the gallbladder, and slow soften down through to my hip, but only for a short while.
With acupuncture from Kathryn Gillet, we were able to warm up the stomach meridian and make my digestion for more effective and efficient. I could feel this was helping deeply for many days. Allergy symptoms did not happen this spring either and the pollen has been truly fierce. In a further effort to support my body healing and at Kathryn’s suggestion, I began making my own sauerkraut for a daily spoonful. That helped me very much also to maintain the improvements in digestion. And yet I felt there was more to uncover.
The lifeline technique is another method I have been interested in as it combines various methods. Using Reiki, the energy meridians, element medicine, aromatherapy, color therapy and dousing, Lynn Louise Halverson was able to hit the root emotion of my illness. The feeling of being safe. Once we hit on that emotion, I felt a huge weight lift off my right side and warm energy ran from my tummy down through to my foot as well healed that deep, old emotion of feeling physically in danger. I hadn’t experienced that deep clearing sensation since my Biofield tuning session, well over a year ago. I have been searching for a method to clear and balance me as well. The radiant energy and warm feeling lasted for weeks. With concentration and deep breath I was able to restore the feeling of being “safe” easily. It was so amazing to experience as I had no awareness of holding anything in my right-side until we did the session. The fear of physical injury was buried deep within me.
Anytime I am under stress, my side clenches and I hold my tension there again. If I do not acknowledge the stress and the feeling then I become very angry and resentful to my family. I am learning to see this as a red flag and step away and take my anger for a walk to uncover the root hurt.
Since my new understanding of the feeling of being safe, which for me meant opening my stomach (mostly ascending colon area), I have been working the area with reiki, acupressure to the whole stomach and large intestine meridians, as well as with tuning forks. I have experienced a whole new understanding of the meaning of feeling safe. When I am out in the office, I can touch base and with a deep breath release that tension I am holding there. When I am out shopping, I find myself holding onto the energy there again. With a deep breath, I release. Same for when I am driving. This has been a fantastic discovery and such an empowering release of this deep achy feeling. I imagine that as this has been a pattern of holding for more than a lifetime, it will take awhile to release, but it has shifted how I see my interactions with people, my elders, my friends, my kids, my husband and my parents. Finally I understand actually feeling safe in my body and it is wonderful! I plan to continue working the energy meridians and most importantly, having others work on me. Giant leaps in healing occurred the minute I asked for help. I love really feeling safe to do so.
Oh and the push to stretch more often is incredible. I love connecting with my body. And yet again I feel affirmed that with connecting deeply to my emotions, I connect deeply to my body and can heal it, and you can too. Vibrational therapies are the next step in medicine. No need to doctor ourselves, we just need to find our medicine…
Since then I have had several sessions with Dr. Janet Cheng and her light-touch chiropractic. She is an energy worker and combines it wonderfully with chiropractic. I have experienced wonderful things in session with her. I had shoulder trouble begin after backpacking my 5 year old around Disney for several days and Dr. Kathryn Gillet suggested chiropractic after she was unable to move the shoulder issue with acupuncture. Janet just radiates the feeling of being safe so well, it’s quite wonderful.
Another wonderful set of practitioners, everyone should have the pleasure of experiencing is Heather Ryland combining her shamanic Karuna Reiki sessions with Nalu Ma’s cranio-sacral massage work. Together they moved mountains and allowed me to see clearly what I needed to do to move forward in wellness.
I am feeling blessed to host another Holistic Healing Fair in Athens, GA today. The line up for today’s event is spectacular. The event starts at 12 and ends at 5. There will be ongoing Reiki circle in the conference room hosted by Martha Cook, a Karuna Reiki Master, Karen Cosgrove and a few others. Martha will also bring her crystal singing bowls. These instruments can realign and clear the chakra centers if played and felt with intention. Please visit this uplifting area!
In the main room we will host more merchants this event. Come shop for your mom! Vanmala Melvin will sell her belly dancing clothes, jewelry, deity tapestries, purses and parasols. There will be many vendors offering personalized aromatherapy blends, local honey, and more. RockBelly our local supplied of all earth gems, will be offering crystals and rocks and more for sale. Heather Ryland and Helicia Escoe will be offering reiki infused salves, lotions and body sprays as well as sign up for sessions and apprenticeships. Toni will again be hosting an area for meditation mandala drawing and coloring along with education on nutritional supplements and Nerium skincare.
The practitioners offering information on their services and individual sessions are a combination and familiar and new faces. This event we will have Jody Jacobs a certified HearthMath practitioner, offering biofeedback sessions. I am super excited to learn more about this. Alicia will offering foot zoning with aromatouch, similar to reflexology with essential oils. We will have a Breathwork therapist from New Zealand who is new to our area, I am excited to learn more about this technique also. My offerings for this event are intuitive arc angel oracle card readings, aromatherapy blends, acupressure and tuning fork therapies with some reiki as indicated. So many offerings at this event, you won’t want to miss it.
At Serenity Attunement, I use Usui Reiki, Karuna Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Acupressure which are all forms of energy work. I love offering as many options for energy work as this is the foundation to healing the body. Old healing practices understood this and targeted restoring balance and harmony in the field of the energy body which allow the physical body to heal. The old ways acknowledged the spirit body as key to healing. I see how this is intrinsic to heal over and over. Combining old and new techniques in healing are a wonderful way to honor the wisdom of the ages while bringing a client into balance within the understanding of Western our culture.
As I learn Sound Healing Methods like Biofield Tuning, Usui Reiki, and Karuna Reiki, I have uncovered much in myself (and it seems that life will continue to uncover these moments) of past emotional trauma. The more I work, the more love and compassion I feel for how tough it is to be alive today. The simple daily accomplishments of times past are no longer viewed as important or worthy. We are expected to do so much every day on our own: be financially successful, run a household, raise children and manage to fix and maintain all the gadgets that allow one to be super human…how intimidating!
Feeling super independent all my life has been a gift but also a curse because I never asked anyone for help. I believed it was up to me to grow up, leave my family, and create a whole new life for myself. I had friends but never thought that I would include them in helping me be successful. I never asked for help with laundry if I was sick, asked for help with meals if I were buried at work, asked for help with the car if it was broken, or admitted I didn’t know how to do something. I just never considered it to be an option.
I felt completely unsupported and separate from my family, and yet never included my friends in asking for support either. Much of this was self-imposed and the energetic imbalance shows up all over the physical body. My back would hurt, and I would unconsciously hunch over in a self-protective stance that hurt much by the end of the work day. The area for feeling supported energetically and spiritually is the back. I judged others who received help from their families to be weak, while also feeling jealous of their team of support. As I got older I happily helped a sick friend but never asked for the same. That was such an imbalance. I just couldn’t allow myself to be “weak.” That belief was deep, and I didn’t even know it was there.
During the first session in Biofield Tuning, the amount of work done in the Sacral chakra that ties in with shame was tremendous. My lower back and right hip were constantly hurting me at the time. I had no idea how many limiting beliefs were stored there and locking me in a painful position of thinking I had to do too much all the time. My detox after the session was pretty intense, but I was so amazed at how light I felt. I could stand straight and tall easily and my digestion was excellent. My right hip did not hurt anymore.
With learning about the anatomy of the energy field around the body and where we store things emotionally, I have learned a great deal about our culture and how weird it is. We are taught to value being alone and not sharing, as community living prevents material gain. I valued being strong and silent. I valued helping others, but I never valued asking for help. The imbalance is super clear to me now. I was being superhuman. I didn’t allow anyone to see my humanity. Being independent so fiercely, I cut myself out from a stronger network of support. The realization that by never asking for assistance, I keep myself isolated appeared only recently.
Allowing myself to be honest about needing help is still hard for me, but I see how important and empowering it is. When I ask for my kids to help me, I give them room to be a provider. They feel super empowered to help with even little things. This gives them space to grow. Same for my friendships, it is as important to give as it is to receive. I understand that now on so many energetic and physical levels.
Feeling supported can come from not only my immediate family, but also from my surroundings. The Earth beneath my feet supports me, cleans the water to drink, nourishes food to eat, the sky provides air to breathe, and the sun to grow food. All of this supports me and helps to keep my physical body balanced, as well as my energy body and spirit body. You are supported all the time, too. What a beautiful thing. Once I understood this, I realized that even without family being present physically, one can experience support. We have true abundance at this time. Basic physical needs are so easily met and that is worthy of gratitude and acknowledgement each day. Love and gratitude is such a balancing and empowering feeling. Take breaks today to express love and gratitude for all that is around you…and you will feel the difference. I know I do.
As I go deeper into understanding my emotional signature, I understand more of my favorite movie as a kid. “Why are you so venom and mean?” The Princess Bride will always be one of my most favorite movies for the magical lines of wisdom scattered throughout. It is time for us all to collectively peel off the anger and walk with it for a while. Why are we so venom and mean? Ultimately it is because we are hurting. We are all separate and more alone now than ever. Computers and phones are fast replacing our real-time friends. But now more than ever the importance of self-reflection before lashing out is paramount as face to face time grows less in our computer age.
My journey to understand my emotional reactions stems from my desire to be a healthy role model for my children. I wish for them to have the tools to fly out from my nest and navigate the rocky terrain. I hope to be able to show them that hurts do not have to be permanent damage. My goal is to become well and have tools to process emotions so that I can teach them to do the same for themselves.
My family unit was broken as a child because my parents were broken. Lash outs were pretty constant and the fear of being yelled was ever present and shaped how I stepped out into the world. My father was never really seen by his father who was angry and lashed out at him often. My father did the same and hated himself for it. My mother was distant as I became a teenager, consumed by her unhappiness and feeling alone. Tools to process emotions were not very available, but luckily I had no access to drugs or alcohol. I just surrounded myself with good friends. Once I was out in college my motivation slipped. I saw people who were so present and happy and comfortable with everyone. They were magical. I wondered how they stepped out into the world that way. What was their magic? Hunch-punch? That beer? I tried it all on a quest to be the magical person who could captivate others…and then I learned to love me.
Self-love was there for certain parts of myself. My smile, long hair, my love of glitter and all things colorful, helped me to feel certain of my value being somewhere in the middle. The “bad” parts of me I tried to exercise or exorcise away…until I met my husband. He helped me to love all of me. And then we had children.
A whole new level-up occurred in self-discovery. The ages of my daughter helped me to realize the ages of myself that I judged the most as “bad” truly started at age 8. I found myself angry at her without any justification. I found myself judging her and saying things that I would never want to say…until I sat with that anger and judgement. Where did it come from? I looked deep at myself and saw it all came from me and how I hated those awkward stages-in myself. I released my mom from resentment for not being the loving guide to hand me all the tools I needed (who can really do that anyway?) and I learned how to do it for myself. I visited all my younger selves and showered them in love as I looked back at those awkward moments…and I healed.
Now I look at anytime I feel anger as an opportunity for self discovery. It truly is peeling the layers of an onion, (my oldest daughter is 10, I can’t wait to see what age 14 will push forward for me to heal-insert scared face here). Recently I was trying understand why I’d get so angry when cooking dinner in the kitchen. My husband prefers to be alone cooking but I get angry. In comes the realization I want to spend time with my girls and resent them being off in la la land with their screen. I want to be included. But not inside. Inside is my kryptonite after working in an office all day.
So now, sometimes, my daughter makes sandwiches while I get the campfire going outside. Sometimes I am OK with peanut butter and jelly for dinner. Sometimes I just need to let go of judgement and let it all go as we spend time in the yard. Outside is where I can feel balanced and free. I am working hard to be as present and honest as I can be in order to help my kids grow in a balanced way to step out into the world whole. Sometimes I just have to go outside and let it all go…and now I understand the beauty of the simple sayings.
I challenge all of you to dig deep when you get angry and look at what you are hiding. Take your anger for a walk outside and see to what it is you need revisit with love and say “as you wish” because really, all we need is love…self-love is all we need.
We have all heard of the basic emotional connection with the different chakra centers. Third eye ties in with intuition, further up the crown chakra connects with the divine. The throat chakra ties with speaking your mind and speaking your truth. The heart chakra ties in with feeling love and support and so on…but truly this is such an over simplification. As I have been studying the biofield anatomy as mapped out in Biofield Tuning, it appears to me to prove to be far more complex and individual.
The therapeutic notion that emotions must be felt, acknowledged, witnessed and given space to pass through the body has been proven to me over and over again with each client. The act of judging our emotions and hiding them away is what causes the most damage and trauma. I have learned the art of seeing my most uncomfortable emotions and give that feeling space. This lesson has been huge for me in transforming my health.
For years I had slow digestion. Food would sit like a rock in my tummy for many hours. I was learning to connect with my stomach and truly feel hunger before eating and I realized that I could go for a full day or longer at times, without being hungry. When I saw a commercial for a pill one could swallow to fix slow digestion because there was a new disorder named for that problem, I knew I needed to work on me. With a few biofield tuning sessions, my digestion improved tremendously, far more than when I was doing reiki on my tummy alone. Then I learned Acupressure and was able to tap into the deeper emotions at the root problem.
Reiki on my solar plexus chakra when I felt so full, would cause lots of tunny gurgles and slowly move things along. With Biofield tuning I felt the whole system clear. I was so excited! I began to see the thought patterns and ways that I judged myself when under stress. I could see myself holding onto and swallowing emotions of hurt or embarrassment. I finally saw clearly as an observer, how to identify the root emotion so I no longer had the defensive anger overwhelm me as I hid the hurt in my tummy. I learned not to judge the emotion, but instead identify the feeling, see where it affects the body, and allow the wave of emotion to move through me while breathing deeply. The feeling moved through so quickly and with very little pain. The fear of that emotions was what had my digestion frozen for so long. By learning to observe emotions and not judge them, I am empowered to live well.
With acupressure I also learned how to help my solar plexus open and balance with the whole digestive system. The acupressure points through the center line of the body starting with the stomach, to the area just above the belly button and just below the belly button have been a invaluable tool for me. I have struggled with puffy tummy also and working these points daily before and after meals has helped to completely flatten my tummy. I have connected with my stomach and liver before and after I eat and learned so much about the marvelous body. I would next connect with the small intestine point just above the belly button. I learned that tenderness there was from slow digestion causing inflammation over the years. After 3 months of working that point a few times a day, all the tenderness is gone! The next point below the belly button is to tone the large intestine. This area was always a bit slow for me but since working the two above points, I managed to balance the large intestine meridian as well.
Around the torso we can find grief, anger, resentment, shame, as well as lack of support. I find the Solar Plexus and Sacral chakras to be combinations of emotions and not just a simple, “this ties in with grief.” The grief emotions ties in with how you treat yourself and your deep desires. If you continually berate yourself or deny yourself fun-time, then you will be in a state of emotional grief much of the time which affects the left-side of the body as well as the back. The left hip will be tight which causes lower back pain. This many times corresponds to how you saw your mother treat herself a well as other women in her life.
This area for me was congested because I learned to run from confrontation. While I love my family, I do not love their behaviors. I no longer hate their behaviors. I accept their humanity. My rage-filled father taught me to hide from anger. I learned when there was that certain tone in a voice, I should hide. The knee-jerk fear and then anger to having my feelings hurt I fought with for many years. I felt my stomach clench in fear at the idea of confronting someone when I was hurt. Decades of hiding my hurt in my tummy caused my digestive paralysis. Instead of trying to fight off the fear and anger, I learned to see it and feel what it did to my body. I learned to “sit with it” for a few minutes and reflect on why I was reacting that way. It opened up my Solar Plexus on so many level by becoming aware of the root reaction. With compassion for my inner child who hid in fear, I saw and embraced that emotion. I still fear confrontation but now welcome fear to join me. This means I am doing the right thing.
My goal is to help everyone become emotionally fluent. I want everyone to be fully in the moment. From that position we will all be able to communicate our emotions in an honest and powerful yet humble way. What a beautiful present!!!
Healthcare today is a very tough road to travel. Health insurance premiums are through the roof while the deductibles are sky high. Prescription medications cost hundreds of dollars for name brands and some generics have questionable components and efficacy as they are made across the globe. People who truly need the insurance cannot afford it at $2,200/ month for one with pre-existing, and what it ultimately looks like down the road, is a single payer system and the rest will be returning to cash pay. As for now, there are a few good alternatives coming to the front for those who are somewhat healthy and need the emergency things covered.
Healthshare programs are religious-based community cost sharing groups. You pay in your monthly share amount and then when you need your annual physical, the group shares the cost and covers it 100%. The option we chose was a $1,000 deductible. You do not have to pay the tax penalty for no health insurance through the religious exemption. The programs typically do a monthly newsletter. They post statements about to whom the monthly shared amount went and you can offer them words of encouragement. Healthshare programs have you pay in for high-risk behaviors (smoking, obesity) to a healthcoach who calls you routinely to help you improve your lifestyle and once you graduate, the extra fee is gone. Costs here are $199 for one person and $299 for a couple, and $399 for family with kids. These rates stay the same annually. I do not know if they offer this rate per couple for unmarried folks. The one we use is Liberty HealthShare.
My friend has found an online doctor/nurse practitioner program for women. They offer birth control refills, prescription medications, and health checks online for $25 for women. Mavenclinic.com/welcome and use her code TEDDYVIP for a free session. This is what I will be using until the new year as my deductible had not been met this year. What a great option for when you cannot afford a babysitter in order to go the doctor either. A cash pay rate at any doctors is between $80 at the walk-in Kroger clinics, to $150 for a doctor exam. So for now I see this online program as a great alternative.
With no prescription coverage, you can use the websites or programs that offer generic medication price reductions and will cross check the costs by all the pharmacies in your area. I use goodrx.com in order to price check the medications that are needed and find the best price in my area. It is a free program. If you are needing name brand prescriptions, please check online with the drug company themselves, as they routinely offer coupons online for their product. The doctors offices hopefully will have coupons to give you as well to help offset the costs.
I recommend using walk-in clinics when you have no health insurance, but price check the Grocery store walk-in medical clinic versus the hospital network walk-in clinic to be sure you get the best price. Do this before you get sick. They tend to manage the emergency bronchitis, strep throat, sinusitis, flu, and cough fairly well. Be cautious, because you may be given more medication that you need. My husband tore a muscle in his back and was given 3 different pain meds and Naproxen sodium. Had we not looked up all the medications, he may have over dosed between the muscle relaxer and the narcotic that he was given. Be mindful that you will frequently be given a full arsenal to attack when perhaps all that is needed is an inhaler. Be smart in managing your own health.
I highly recommend becoming familiar with early virus control through herbal remedies, elderberry syrups, local honeys, clean home and diet. Homemade chicken broth works wonders as well as bone broth for helping to manage the change of the seasons. SLow cooked veggies in the broths help to fill bellies. Avoid dairy and minimize sugar during these transitions as well to help reduce the sticky wet that collects viruses and bacteria in the digestive system and airways. Keeping the air in the home clear of particulate is also very helpful with having a clean vacuum to use and wet mop the floors instead of sweeping the dust into the air. Keep a clean pillow and sheets. Using a good quality essential oil in the humidifier or air purifier can be a tremendous benefit also. Eucaluptus, lime, cinnamon, rosemary, and thyme are all effective at breaking up congestion.
Before you have to jump into antibiotics from a secondary bacterial infection after a virus, try a few things as prevention early on. Use saline drops or spray to rinse the sinuses before you sleep. Take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen, aspirin, or Naproxen sodium to prevent the swelling that traps the mucous that grows the bacteria. Use this around the clock for a few days to prevent acute stage while also drinking warm herbal teas. Hydrate and rest. Adding some local honey and fresh squeezed lemon is helpful also. Go to bed early after you have a nice bath to loosen up any congestion. Stay away from news media. Keep your mind and spirit calm and peaceful to support the body healing itself.
This is my small survival guide for now. Don’t forget the importance of stress management and learning emotional fluency. Identify feelings, acknowledge, sit with them, and breath-life in, stress out.
Good luck and feel free to offer updates and suggestions as you find them!
I have been working on creating an empowered network of healing arts practitioners in the Athens, Ga area to guide others on a heart-centered path of wellness. There are so many talented people here, that it is my goal to connect these healing arts practitioners so we can help each other and refer to each other as needed. When we unite, we can do far more than alone. www.holistichealingnetwork.wordpress.com
Please see our event here on Satuday December 3, 2016 from 12pm- 6pm **At Flicker Theatre and Bar, 263 W. Washington St, Athens, GA 30601**
First Annual Holistic Healing Fair and Holiday Market. It’s going to be great!
Here we will feature the Holistic Healing Network of Athens Area (HHNAA) heart-centered practitioners in person offering their wisdom, gift certificates for sessions, and handmade goods for sale. We will have many practitioners demonstrating aspects of their services from massage, to acupressure, sound therapy with tuning forks, reiki, aromatherapy, tarot card readings, hand-made lotions, salves, and oil. This is a great opportunity to meet the fabulous empowered providers we have in the Athens area. Come see this wonderful community we have here in town!
When I hear comments about the Earth and how we have ruined it with the pollution, global warming, and fossil fuels, I can’t help but feel frustrated. All throughout my youth I felt the overwhelming evidence of doom and despair. And now with the looming water crisis I feel it strongly again.
With more maturity I have learned it is my responsibility to be mindful each day on my connection with the earth, air, water, and sky as well as animal, plant, and mineral and this will bring about a change for good. If I look to the lessens of my ancestors, I can learn how to strengthen the spirit of all connections which helps everyone, as we are all connected.
As I first stepped onto the path of learning the ways of my ancestors, I had a big of concern for being a step into the unknown realm of spirits. The pagan methods had an element of magic that concerned me because I do not have a deep cultural background in this to guide me. After a few journeys within and wakeful, dreaming I realize the common message people are receiving. There is a battle happening. It is between disconnect from the fabric of life and wanton destruction for a facade of power and the return to reverence of life in everything. The power of connection to our roots empowers a return to balance and harmony on all levels.
How that affects me is to see the need to ask permission of the plants before I harvest them and offer my thanks for their bounty. I must talk with both my plants and animals so they feel my intention in my actions. Singing is a much more powerful communicator I have learned. Also I must work with respect for the wood as I hammer and chop. With acknowledgement of the sacrifice of each item involved in my life, then I can empower the balance to return. In this I can feel the return to balance I see and acknowledge the element of life in all around. The divine is here. With acknowledgement and respect brings empowerment on the personal level with emotions and worldly level with other interactions.
My most pressing goal for myself and my current focus with my Reiki practice in Athens, Georgia is emotional fluency. The majority of illnesses can be linked to the unhealthy ways many deal with emotions in their lives. I am no different. Emotional processing habits develop in childhood, a few can even be traced back to early infancy, and very few are healthy. As I learn Biofield tuning I see clearly that these patterns, either healthy or unhealthy, can lead us down the path of dis-ease if we do not learn how to identify, acknowledge, and validate our emotions.
Feelings are communications from our soul with the intention of guiding us. They are not necessarily bad or good, they are simply feelings. If we attempt to ignore our feelings or distrust our emotions, we may spend a lifetime undermining and devaluing ourselves. At the core of it all is learning to respect deeply, to listen openly and to love ourselves. Only after mastering these skills, can we turn truly-balanced love and compassion outward into the world.
My biggest enemy has been myself for many periods in my life. I am quick to self-judge, self-critique, and boss myself around (as well as others closet to me.) My childhood was filled with me paralyzingly judging my appearance, my conversations, and my artwork. The moment to moment inner dialogue should be one of self-love, patience, and compassion, but I was frequently judging myself inferior. Being human is tough, I am thrilled to have finally learned the importance of going back to all those moments and releasing my younger self from judgement so I can heal and be well.
If I can learn to be compassionate to myself, then I am able to be truly compassionate to others. Life on Earth as a human can be very lonely if we do not learn to value ourselves and recognize the divine within. Once I can recognize that I am of the fabric of the divine, then I can recognize the divine within others. Once I can have compassion for myself (recognizing this will be difficult at times), then I can have compassion for others and respect the individual journey that they are traveling. Reiki is all about learning to have compassion and radiate the frequency of compassion.
Understanding myself and learning to see all my emotions are simply an electromagnetic event allows me to watch the feeling and witness how it moves through my body. How does this one feeling shift my weight, hold my shoulder up or to the side? How does this feeling make me feel strong and stand tall and proud? Some emotions have an energizing, light quality, and these are empowering emotions. One is the spiral of uplifting positive emotions and the other is the downward spiral of negative emotions. Neither is bad; see emotions as clues: negative emotions are a red flag that we are ignoring an inner aspect of wisdom, positive emotions indicate we are working in harmony with our inner wisdom. Recognize and learn from your emotions! That is so empowering!
Trusting myself is part of this journey. I am learning to feel the current of the emotion pass through my body. I allow my emotions. Breathe and see how they affect my body. I do not judge good or bad. Just see and name them and care for the emotion. Breathe and look beneath the surface emotion, and then they pass through. Trust yourself!
Anger, happiness, anxiety, exuberance, love and fear-just to name a few are simply emotions. None are good or bad, but some are certainly more comfortable than others. It is of the utmost importance to allow all of them. As a human we have a huge spectrum of emotions, but they are not bad or good, just comfortable and uncomfortable. It is super important to sit with the uncomfortable emotions and become aware of why they are so unpleasant. Search underneath and find the root event when we decided this emotion was bad. Sit with that memory and recreate it. Paint it with the color of compassion for yourself in that moment. Color it with love for the journey of life that you are on. It is a unique journey but you are not alone. It is the human experience. See it, allow it and share it.
This section is a work in progress. My goal here is to be able to fully explore how and why reiki and sound therapies work. With this research, I have learned that reiki is a form of sound therapy as it is a particular frequency proven to be beneficial for promoting healing. The more that I learn the more I see that we historically have understood that everything is vibration and healing with sound only makes sense. Our language reflects this with sayings such as “she is high-strung,” “they have good vibes,” “we are in tune with each other,” “we are harmonious,” and various others. Basically I have learned that everything at a particle level is vibration. Using sound to reset our vibrations to a healthier low-strung, more relaxed state, gives us a range of movement and flexibility. When tightly strung, a guitar string is more likely to snap and break when played. The same for people. Learning to soften and relax the body allows for emotional flexibility and adaptability for life. The important part is taking time to silence the inner dialogue and listen to one’s internal rhythms. When under times of great stress this is best done in guided sessions.
Here is a link to Dr. John Beaulieu’s website and research on the use of tuning forks and the release of NO-nitric oxide- and how it is beneficial at the cellular level. This study provides the basis for how acupressure with the tuning fork works which is also known as acutuning. In this article he explains how extended periods of stress adversely affect the immune system and can be linked to tumors and auto-immune disorders. http://www.biosonics.com/uploads2011/BioSonicsStressScienceandNO.pdf
This abstract summarizes research about how NO is beneficial as a free-radical “scavenger” and also mentions that too much may also cause problems…which explains Dr. Beaulieu’s teaching to apply the tuning forks no more than twice. Please see his full PDF on his website for the full article. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11782688
This article links over to a study titled “Extraordinay large bio-magnetic field strength from the human hand.” It’s a review of measurements exploring the difference between Reiki practitioners and non-Reiki practitioners. They even measured martial artists’ biomagnetic field. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pub/med1353653
This link is on beneficial effects of 10 htz on nervous system and potentially treating depression. I wonder why 4 htz (or cps) was not used? Hmm. I haven’t been able to find the referenced study on the different frequencies yet either. This study is from January of 2016. The end result was that they found 50% reduction in the oxidative stress (5-HIAA used in blood serum in rats-this is a type of chemical in brain assumed to be a good marker that is low when less stress and high when under more stress) after the first 15 days of daily treatments at 3 hours daily. They found no change a 1 hour daily. This is considered to be a good step forward in establishing ELF as potential therapeutic treatments for depression. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4795953/
This link connects to a study on the effects of Reiki on preventing metastasis and improving immune system responses in mouse breast cancer study. It reveals that the cancer tumor size is not reduced with reiki treatments, but it shows significant evidence that the treated subjects do not have cancer metastasis and do have improve immune system functioning. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26113869
This links to Reiki.org most recent article on the measurement of the energy from Reiki, healing touch, Qi-Gong and other martial artists. Pretty exciting that they have repeated measured with the SQUID instrument the fluctuations of the biomagnetic energy from the practitioner’s hand is between 0.3-30 cps but mostly 7 cps range! Also world wide it has been accepted that there is definitely a measurable biofield since the SQUID magnetometer in the wold-wide medical community. The USA needs to catch up. http://www.reiki.org/reikinews/sciencemeasures.htm
After studying world religions in college and then studying world health systems from an anthropological perspective, I decided to enter the medical field in my home town of Athens, Georgia and see what I could learn and do to help reform and improve medicine. My journey began with studying the Mayan Curanderos of Chiapas, Mexico to assisting a chiropractor and then assisting an eye surgeon. I have learned so much!
With the months I spent in Mexico learning about the Mayan people, I discovered the power of the indigenous healer continued in present day. The curandero or shaman would clean the physical body of the spirits afflicting their client with a spray of coke while sitting on the floor in a dark church with crudely formed wax candles set on the earthen floor in dried wax mounds. Chickens wandered around and there was some hay scattered on the floor. Visiting the church with no one there, I was aware of the power that inhabited that room. All the people involved certainly felt a healing transformation took place. Who was I to say any different? The healer was not using knives, or pills, but she was using her power in ancient traditions of spiritual healing. Why is healing the mind and spirit not as important as healing the body? How often does our medicine in the US not work? What are we missing?
While assisting in chiropractic I learned the focus is on realigning the spine to allow the body to heal itself. Let the spinal fluid flow as designed and the body can heal. This healing art has great methods to work on whole body health, wellness and pain management. Their focus is to help prevent surgeries that Western medicine turns to when pills fail to help the patient feel better. A good chiropractor also works with a client on muscle strength and flexibilty to prevent future injury. They focus on helping the muscle to repair from the injury and maintain the structural balance of the body. While fascinating and a valid healing in the right hands, I still felt this was missing a huge piece of the healing people needed. This healing art does not tend to the Soul of the matter.
My attention then turned to Reiki in Athens, GA by chance. I had a new job as an ophthalmic medical assistant and jumped in to learning all about the eyes. One day my mother told me with excitement how she had twisted her ankle terribly while walking in the garden at this party. A woman there asked if my mom would allow her to do Reiki on her ankle, as she was just learning and wished to help. My mom said that after several minutes of Reiki, her ankle felt much better. And by the time she left the party, she could not tell any injury remained. Soon after I ran into a high school friend who said she taught Reiki, I set up an appointment to learn right away. After I left the Reiki attunement, I knew it worked, but I didn’t understand how.
The next several years I spent offering to help friends and co-workers that had hurt themselves, if I felt comfortable that they would not look at me like I had lost my mind. I was super shy with whom I would offer to help. Once I had my children, I did Reiki for them all the time if they were scared, had a burn, couldn’t sleep or upset tummy, soothing them easily. Reiki helped everyone feel better, it worked by seeming to accelerate healing. Overtime I began to understand the action for healing was focus healing energy to vibrate at a higher frequency than we are normally. It seems to increase the healing action in cells metabolically to push healing through all stages quickly. Kids need very little Reiki time to feel better where as adults require much more. How could I teach people about Reiki without sounding too “out there” and create a practice helping people heal?
After years of helping people to see better and spending time helping patients relax for in office procedures, I learned as an assistant I have the ability to listen to and educate the patients, while the doctor tends to the part of the body he studied, the eyes. The amount of knowledge is incredible in medical doctors, but there is little focus on tending to the whole person. It’s fully treating the symptoms with “lite” education on maintenance and prevention. With all the changes in billing and healthcare regulations recently, it is near impossible to keep up with all the charting and coding necessary to actually get paid. As an assistant, I no longer have the time to educate patients well. Definitely a little amount of time left for patient care. So I have renewed my focus on Reiki.
The next step for me was to fully develop my Reiki skills and advance further in the healing art. I had a Master level attunement which increase the intensity of the Reiki vibrations and frequency which meant the healing time was quicker for acute injuries. I found a burn that turned the skin white would take 5 minutes of reiki to help push through all the phases of healing while before that would have been 20-30 minutes. The increased power of the healing energy I channeled also left me a bit spacey and I had to work hard to ground myself to be able to return to working with patients. At the next opportunity, I took a class to learn even more with Karuna® Reiki. Here is where I learned about Spiritual connections and hearing intuition. Yet another increase in the intensity of the Reiki energy. What a powerful experience! And yet there is more… Karuna® reiki is attuning to the energy frequencies of the Archangels and channeling that energy here on Earth. I was skepticle of this but once I was open to the possibilities of this being true, the ideas of where to treat and the next steps to help clients were easy to hear. So why not?
We are missing a healing of the soul and mind in Western medicine here in the USA. Knee hurts-here take this, does it work? No?… Inject this, still not helping? Lets cut this… no discussion of how to take care of oneself or other methods to try for healing. If someone is playing an instrument and it is out of tune, do we throw away the whole instrument? We would not dare trash something as expensive as a musical instrument but what about our bodies? Why would we throw away something as precious as an organ in our bodies simply because it is out of tune? Why not tune the body to prevent disease? Let’s reset the energetic vibration of an organ that is malfunctioning and help it to work again.
Frequency and vibrations describe not just energy waves but the movement of sound as well. Brain entrainment through hearing binural beats is another area to explore with Sacred Acoustics. A lesson in quantum physics helps understanding. Here is were Reiki and sound healing overlap. Follow this link to learn more from Alexandre Tannous, a well-known sound healer.
Many disease are from chronic inflammation preventing circulation and blocking our life energy which helps healing. Eastern medicine focuses on this for basic wellness. The study of Thai Chi focuses on moving the body and learning to be aware of the life energy in movement of our body. These are things we knew as children but forgot. In some hospitals in India they actually have musicians trained in healing through music playing for patients in recovery. As much focus is on wellness and healing as on the disease. This is what we need here in the USA. We need to learn how to tune our bodies. This is why I am bringing tuning fork therapies into my Reiki practice. Specifically from biosonics as they show the science and technology behind the manufacturing of their tuning forks. They are specifically designed for the overtones they transmit as well as the base frequency. The intensions and feelings can be transmitted with the sound and carried into the body of another. All religions and indigenous cultures have the same creation story–God spoke and created life. A study of Cymatics -watch videos on youtube- shows how sound can truly create form in medium of water or sand. So again why not?
It is truly quite amazing. Come experience a session for yourself and then you decide.
In my practice, I focus on helping clients to relax, tune their bodies, and heal. It is my job to help you remember what it felt like to have your body functioning as a whole system vibrating in tune and in harmony. As children, most of us were able to experience health and wellness. As adults it is easy to forget what this feels like with responsibilities and stress piling upon us. We push away our feelings of spontaneity. We forget to play. We forget to sing. We forget to dance. Let me help you remember what well-being feels like.
A session with me involves a discussion of your goals, from healing aches and pains, to reaching weight loss goals, to focusing on creative writing, to breaking bad habits, or even to figuring out the source for a chronic illness… whatever you wish, your imagination is the limit. With sound healing, the goal is to elevate your energy vibration so that you may clear heavy dense energies of fear, anger, pain, that hold you down. Reiki is an Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) therapy that matches the frequency of the ionosphere most of the treatment. It help by relaxing you deeply matching your rhythm to that of the planet interestingly enough. It has been measured with biomagnetic instruments to pulse at about 7 cycles per second (cps) which almost matches the Schumann resonance. Reiki is called energy from the heavens perhaps for a reason.
With sound healing, the vibration can break up blocks of energy where you hold pain or old injury that stops the circulation and causes disease. The goal is to identify the heavy energy or block and release or clear it away. This allows the body to heal and stay at the higher vibration, radiating brightness and love. In this state we are fully connected with our body released from the inner critic. This is a position of strength and well-being.
Once we have set the intention, we may spend a few minutes in meditation, focusing on relaxing the body, then we work with tuning your body at key acupressure points with Biosonic tuning forks if needed. Next I will use Reiki to guide the journey home. Your body will vibrate together with a relaxing or energizing hum. The sense of being connected to your body will continue for many days. A few clients report old emotional issues bubbling to the surface, for a deeper healing. Others report that their arthritis in their knees will disappear for weeks. I have even had some clients who suffer back pain when under stress, be able to connect the old emotion that goes with it in order to help release and help those old wounds. You can heal yourself!
Sound healing is growing in the approaches and the methods available. The main idea behind the sound healing is that the vibration cares the intention and carries deep into the body on an emotional and cellular level. Everything is made up of vibratory energy and thus vibrations have the potential to heal deeply. I have been treating the disruptions in the energy field far out from a person’s body with reiki and then slowly moving in towards the physical body to help clear them. With chanting I have found the work is far more powerful. If the energy disruption persists, I can focus in to help smooth it out with tuning forks and acupressure and a little bit of talking to help identify the old emotions tied in, and fill it in with the healing Reiki energy using chanting to help the feeling of compassion travel deeper.
A healing modality called Biofield Tuning uses tuning forks out in the biofield to identify disruptions and then cohere them into the energy field for healing. This technique is incredibly powerful, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for that deeper level of healing. With a few sessions old patterns of emotions and internal dialogues are easier to identify and release. The inner critic has a way of creeping back in and this method provides a great way to tap in and healing this aspect of the day to day existence. Biofield Tuning is great for headaches, migranes, concussions, PTSD, chronic neck pain, back pain, slow digestion, feeling “stuck” and many more issues.
These two healing modalities I have found to be similar in the work of polishing up the energy field around a person, but with Reiki healing energy is channeled in to assist when a person is sick. This can be very beneficial when someone has cancer, a broken bone, sprained ankle, concussion, flare up of Arthritis. Biofield tuning is super helpful to release old patterns, old injuries, and help release the emotional baggage causing the auto-immune disorders, but during the acute phase of illness or injury Reiki is better suited.