Reiki and Plants

Recently the medicine of plants have been calling to me so I have been working with the plants in my yard using reiki. I keep having dreams where I “know” which plants are healing and which plants are nourishing. This deep feeling that we all need to restore our intuitive connection with the plants in our own yard and region is strong.

Just a few years ago I discovered the benefits of essential oils and kept into ordering and studying and learning all that I could. While the benefits are clear and based on the chemicals in the plants, I kept feeling it was so wasteful. 1,000 mandarin to make the mandarin oil I was using. How much sandalwood and frankincense? How could this be sustainable if we want everyone to use plants as medicine? The more I would study the more I learned about unsustainable practices, over harvesting, and companies buying foreign lands and only hiring locals to work the land as employees, not supporting their independence with allowing land ownership. There had to be a better way to heal with plants, I just knew it in my bones.


Doterra supports local owned plants grown and harvested and teach essential oil processing to help support independent families in other countries.

After my deep year long dive into essential oils, I visited my college roommate on her organic farm north of Seattle. She had journeyed deep into shamanism and spirit medicine after we had parted ways. She gave her book on Plant Shamanism and more. That book had such wisdom, talking about the importance of finding the medicine of the plants living near me. Plants growing around me would learn what nutrients I needed and fill that need. I just needed to be spending time with them and talking to them. The plants could read my energy field and see what to make to help nourish me on every level. What an amazing thought!

Since then, I have been working to grow as many herbal medicinal plants as possible. The blue berries are so important but adding in herbs to every meal has provided subtle shifts. I am learning to use stinging nettles, plantain, basil, pineapple sage, kitchen sage, lemon balm, rosemary, oregano, catnip, and thyme in so many ways. I have also discovered that even Sweet Gum trees have anti-viral properties when harvesting green sweet gum balls and making a tincture from them. Chickweed and henbit even have good vitamins to help us. I am so excited to be learning about the medicine in my own backyard. I try to use something from my yard in every meal and even in my water.

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By doing reiki on each plant that’s growing in my yard, I learn what the plant needs to thrive, and I begin to notice what is unbalanced. Perhaps some mulch to maintain the moisture, maybe some weeding to clear the ground, maybe trimming back to help fresh growth emerge, and maybe some compost for nutrients. the reiki also helps the plants to root better and thrive. It’s been an amazing journey to connect with and learn how these amazing plants are here to help us and communicate. I am even learning which weeds are tasty as they are with just a little rinse. They let me know the importance of adding a little to all my food, rather than just adding to one dish once in a while. My yard is full of native salad greens and I even found some mustard greens. What a discovery!

Take time to connect with the food growing in your own yard. Try using Reiki to see what you notice! Don’t know Reiki yet? Sign up for my classes.

Learning Reiki is Learning to Love

When I first began my journey into Reiki and Energy work, I was really skeptical. All I knew was that my mother’s ankle had been healed after a bad sprain by someone doing Reiki on her at a party. I was fascinated. Little did I know that Reiki was really learning how to be a channel of love and compassion and this is what heals.

As the years have gone by and I teach more and more classes, I remember the beginning by watching my students. Feeling a bit of doubt, but feeling certain about the sensation of Reiki during the class. Self-treatment sessions are recommended daily. At first I just worked on injuries and neglected self-treatments, curious how Reiki worked. But as years went on I began to understand why self-treatments were so important.

The key to allowing deep flow for self-practice is love. Being able to generate feelings of love is a huge part of being able to channel Reiki. I have no trouble feeling love and compassion for others, but have trouble doing so for myself. By doing daily self-treatments, I have to carve out 15-45 minutes to just listen to my body and learn where I am holding tightness, pain, and emotions. And yes, despite having practiced Reiki for many years, I still hold onto stress and emotions. Remembering and understanding why daily self-treatments are recommended has been a game changer for me through this pandemic.

With this awakening, I learned loving others and connecting to Source, God, Love is the most healing action. The way to allow for more powerful Reiki for my clients is to turn this action on myself. This pandemic has allowed me the blessing of understanding the importance of self-love and self-care made a daily priority.

With so much uncertainty, the one true certain thing is our ability to love ourselves. No matter what happens, we have control over this most healing action. This is the key. No one else can do it for us. We have to learn how to use our most powerful heart generator to feel love for ourselves, all our emotions and mistakes in order to offer this to others. This is how we heal.

If you feel off balance, overwhelmed, angry, frustrated more than you feel love, it may be time to schedule a Reiki session to remember what love feels like flowing through your physical body. Reach out to schedule a session today. Healingwithangels77@gmail.com and just let me know if you prefer mornings or afternoons, weekdays or weekends. Much love to you.💖

Navigating the Inner Landscape with Reiki and Energy Medicine

The last few months of this pandemic world has created an opportunity for me to dig in an heal my old patterns. A few of my old fears rear their ugly head when stressful life situations come my way. I know myself thankfully after years of sitting with my emotions and making space to witness them, and so I could tell I was spinning out. Time to dig in and make space for healing.

My trigger is financial hardship and my response is to get angry. So there’s been a good bit of that around the house which is my clue to get some alone time outside.

While sitting in the yard doing breath work and imagining myself floating like the wind through the leaves on the trees I understood I was hurting myself by working too much. I had been focused on researching grants/ loans and department of labor rules. I had been pushing myself too much. Time for me to pause and let go of the illusion of control. It was time for me to float on the river and practice being a leaf on the water; the swell was here. There’s nothing I could do about it but simply be.

Unwinding that spring of fear around money is an ongoing process, but I have simply learned to pace myself and pause when I am starting to feel angry, annoyed, or frustrated. I am doing reiki and acupressure to rebalance the energy and unkink the blocks that come from stress and create anxiety. That allows me to get in touch with my physical body and reconnect my awareness allowing the flow to return and rebalance my emotions. Then I am able to feel that reconnection through my feet to the Earth. The emotions and stress now flow out into the Earth and she nourishes me in return. There’s literally nothing else to be done but go outside and chose to enjoy the beautiful life around me.

This is a process of forgetting and relearning every few weeks of this pandemic, but what a great time for me to push against the growth edge and learn a new lesson completely with lots of practice. Truly as long as I have the ability to feel amazement at our gorgeous world filled with life, I can feel we have enough.