Have you ever been stuck, like really stuck? Replaying a scene of an argument or breakup over and over again in your mind? These are emotional traps that form when we are children as a way to keep us from understanding the power within. I have wasted so many hours stuck in the same story for much of life. One of my story stuckness revolved around shame, my personal theme: Body-shaming.
Emotion Traps Discovered
As a young adult, I hit a point when I was reading my journals, reviewing my life, when I realized so much of it focused on shame of my weight and body size. I suddenly decided I didn’t want to focus on that anymore, I wanted to let go of the anguish I felt thinking about it. Like a switch flipped, I moved on to focus on other things. There was so much more to life now that that theme was gone from my storyline. I cleared part of the emotional trap of body shame. This was the beginning of my understanding of Emotion Traps.
This didn’t mean that I was immune to shame, no it still hurt when I heard fat shaming and other body judgements. I took that hurt and judged others but in reverse. What helped tremendously was the day I realized that some skinny people wished they could gain curves. I stopped reverse body shaming in that moment. A softening occurred in my heart as I learned there was no way to know what emotional traps surrounded others. This opened the door to compassion and curiosity about where others experienced shame and their own emotional stuckness.
With Reiki practice in my life, I began to notice areas of dense energy tended to be around the hips and shoulders way out in the energy field of each client. They would have certain hot spots near the different chakras where my hands would light up which appeared to tie in to different emotions. My first Biofield Tuning Session I received, revealed a tremendous amount of stuck shame from my childhood. This release gave me great insight into the potential for healing using Sound and Reiki to help move out these areas of dense energy storage, these Emotion Traps.
Experimenting with Clearing Emotion Traps
With Biofield Tuning training, I learned a map for these stuck emotions. Incorporating this map with both Reiki and Biofield Tuning helping clients identify and release the stuck emotions. Using Reiki, Chanting, Tuning Forks, these areas would clear and release physical body pain or heaviness. Clients would experience relief from old injuries, stuckness, and digestive trouble. Emotion Traps are the best name for these areas. Emotion Traps helps me better understand what, why, and how I keep seeing this pattern.
Understanding more with practice, I found that helping clients to participate in the release allows for a thorough healing that lasts longer. Using Holy Fire Reiki has helped as the energy has such a flame-like quality, dense energy simply melts away. I also ask clients questions about the size and shape of the dense energy. When they visualize it, they are able to more thoroughly let it go. We are each our own best healer I remember over and over again.
Merkabah Pattern Revealed By My College Roommate
Recently, I became super focused on these larger pockets of dense energy further out in the field. I keep finding them in the areas about 5 feet from the shoulder & hip on the right-divine masculine energy and left side- divine feminine. With meditation I asked for more guidance regarding these areas. What do they represent and how do I help clients release these more thoroughly?
Using Reiki, chanting, toning, and tuning forks to activate and clear these dense energy areas, I found clients were experiencing exponential clearing, lightening, and healing. This technique was repeatable, but I wasn’t quite sure exactly what I was doing until I saw a Biofield Tuning course on Digesting Emotions. Eileen called these dense areas Emotion Traps. What a perfect name. It is not my fault that I get stuck in certain emotions over and over again. My responsibility is to clear these areas from myself. From this place of growth i will teach others. My focus shifted to reminding everyone how to digest their emotions with kindness and energy for optimal health. I felt I was close to the target but still missing a part of the picture.
My path led me to visit with my friend Gretchen in Bellingham Washington. We met back before college on orientation to Young Harris College and decided to be roommates. Gretchen taught me so much about deep feeling and intuition. My left brain wasn’t fully ready to embrace all she was bringing into my awareness, but the door was opened. This visit she showed me her paintings about awakening and spiritual portals and healing. I saw clearly the pattern that I was working in my clients in one she painted with the merkabah in 3 dimensions. She had some paintings that accurately showed energy patterns of healing I see during sessions. This unlocked more understanding.
Sacred Geometry with Reiki Repair Aura
My eyelids have been flaring up with allergic dermatitis and eczema over the last several years, but none as bad as this year. Gretchen has been tending to her own organic farm and created her own skincare line. She gave me some soap and facial oil to help my skin. Her facial oil has been the only thing that gives my skin lasting moisture all day without any irritation. Check out her skincare here. So here we are 25 years later finally having a complete alignment despite living on opposite side of the country with a kids and careers in between.
Once I returned home I researched the merkabah. I recognized how the form fit over a person and could help establish a structure for their aura to stop collapsing. Activating the points on the merkabah at the emotion trap areas creates a flow structure, like a crystalline grid within our aura. Emotions no longer trap dense energy and accumulate stuckness that shrink the aura and keep physical bodies from healing. I now work these points on myself and my eyelids clear up. I’m so grateful for leaning in to synchronicities.
This has been a powerful pattern to work towards the end of the session once the body stress is cleared. The energy link up is guided by their higher self and my higher self at the highest frequency healing that is able to flow through. This discovery is so exciting! It’s showing up in several healing modalities at once, so I know that NOW is the time. Sacred Geometry applied to Reiki and Sound Healing is the way to help maintain a wide aura that is flowing continuously. This flow is the KEY!
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There are many reasons you may need aura repair. The Aura is the biofield, an electromagnetic field that surrounds things. From the Earth to the heliosphere around the sun, there are poles through which the energy flows. Humans, animals, and plants are the same. Even rocks and crystals have an electromagnetic field. The Aura of a human is composed of many layers as we have complex layers to our emotions & connections. With energy work modalities, practitioners work to strengthen the flow of energy and the surface tension of the field to help a person experience radiant health. When someone suffers from exhaustion, struggles to identify their own feelings, or is aware of too much outside of themselves (HSP), they likely need aura repair.
Feeling exhausted after being around others, indicates a person has small rips or tears in their aura and unintentionally pours their energy out into others. In Aura repair, the rips and tears are smoothed over, reconnected, healed using sound or energy work. Reiki, Quantum Healing, Healing touch, or other Chi/ Ki moving practices to help restore higher frequency and intensity of flow through the energy field. The better the flow, the more resilient and flexible the field becomes allowing for it to move and push back rather than rip or tear.
Need Headache relief?
When someone has frequent headaches, it is very possible that the flow is blocked around the bottom of their aura. The energy may be compressed due to stressors or shallow breathing which leads to energy stacking up the body with no release point. Then the hard stress energy pushes out around the head causing headaches. Ideally the grounding gives space for the stress to release out of the body into the Earth allow for best flow within the aura. With Aura repair, these pathways can be restored and the headaches resolved or reduced significantly.
Feeling Extra Sensitive?
Another symptom of the need for Aura repair is feeling others emotions or energy too intensely. Typically the main symptom of aura needing repair, this over awareness of others is a survival reaction which causes aura shrinkage. The smaller, distorted aura becomes more permeable in a very short amount of time. With repeat exposure to others becoming a learned painful experience, individuals may need days to recover their lots sense of self and energy. With Aura repair and training for proper grounding techniques, this type experience can be a distant memory.
Absorbing Others Emotions or Energy?
Are you ready to stop absorbing other people’s energy or emotions? When you can learn to create a nice wide grounding, you will amp your flow of energy. Then you release stress with ease. The energy flow through the lower back must go from a 2 lane highway into a 12 lane highway. This will allow your own healing energy to help you stay fully embodied and expansive way above and below you like a bubble. When your energy flow stops at your stomach or heart center then it becomes pinched and will either; push out the front (worry of future-anxiety) or the back (living in the past-depression) which leaves you open to absorb others energy or emotions.
When you connect with your center and have a wide ground connection for all hard, sticky, heavy, slow energy to discharge into the Earth, you will have much healthier sense of your own emotions and energy. This creates a fast current like a waterfall through your whole being. This flow will improve the strength of the Auras surface tension, again helping with healthier energy boundaries. You now pour your energy into yourself as you activate your flow through the solar plexus to fountain forward and then around your back to nourish your aura. Your aura has strong surface tension so you nourish you and stop absorbing. Book an Aura Healing Session to begin your healing Flow journey.
Energy Chord Clearing
A seasoned practitioner can also sense when old wounds are connected to another person or if someone has connected to old wounds. This is called energy chording. Many well-meaning friends and family chord into a person’s energy by telling them what they should do and focusing on their idea of the next step for other person’s path. With Aura repair, the invasive energy of others can gently be removed, the connection severed, so that a more healthy relationship becomes an option. Typically both parties feel relief with the repair as there was a burden. The responsibility for another’s happiness and well-being as well as surrendering a sense of self on the other end of things causes energy imbalance. Energy Chord clearing can be simple once you’re grounded and centered. Watch my video here. After Aura healing work, client’s begin to understand healthy boundaries from a whole new perspective.
When you have a good practitioner to help you have a strong, flowing aura with a good surface tension, you will feel energized, a stronger sense of self, and lighter. A good practitioner will also help you have a good idea of how to ground your whole energy body and all the aura layers. Check out the different modalities and reach out to Serenity Attunement for Aura Repair today for your free assessment. We are happy to help you sense how a strong flowing aura makes you feel. Book your free consultation here.
Many meditations are guiding me back to plant medicine as the link to helping my body adapt to the unhelpful stuff in our food and water supply. I have shifted into taking my filtered well water and then infusing fresh herbs like lemon balm or mint in the water. This has been lovely to reconnect with the energy of each herb. Lemon Balm is my favorite right now. It’s like drinking sunshine. This has guided me to dig deeper into supporting my body with plant medicine.
Telling doctors for years that everyone in my family has thyroid issues wasn’t enough to get blood work to show anything. Apparently things still must go crazy sideways for Allopathic Medicine to register anything. Then it’s pharmaceuticals or surgery solutions so I have turned to connecting with myself for further guidance…
Reiki to the Rescue
Thanks to Reiki for healing inflammation, clearing trauma, and healing stress, nervous system and Vagus nerve. Emotional shifts and energy shifts have really done a tremendous amount for healing me. I no longer blame myself for feeling sad, tired, resentment, grief or anger. It is simply an indicator that I am working too hard. If I am unable to reset in a pause then there’s some inflammation in my gut. So I do Reiki to heal that.
Daily Reiki helped me identify so much in my body. I was spending hours each day doing Reiki on my right lower side (ileosecal valve entered my awareness thanks to LeeAnne Cordell). The awareness clued me in that I should avoid dairy for sure, popcorn (real tears here), nuts, seeds, & raspberries during a flare up of irritation. Do you ever feel an ache in the lower right side of your abdomen? Maybe there is some need for deeper attention here?
With lots of Reiki in this area and gentle-pressure massage to tone the valve area, I felt a release through my throat and ear on the right side. Energetically this part of the digestive tract was connected to the energy flow through my tonsils, and sore throats (and dust allergy oddly enough.) I found the digestion pathway was still irritated if I didn’t eat perfectly. That meant it was not fully healed.
**Side note: apparently the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Spain all have many practitioners helping people to manage this issue. There are many YouTube videos from around the world on how to heal your ileosecal valve. Here in the US I had so much digestive trouble after a miscarriage that I had a scope done to be sure that area of irritation wasn’t something terrible. All the doctor said was that it looked slightly irritated, so I should avoid the foods that bothered me…otherwise I was healthy…
Release with Fasting
Pulling wisdom from Resetters Podcast has been tremendous. Her focus is the same as mine: Our Bodies Can Heal! Her goal is to teach people intermittent fasting so that the organs can release and clear out the stress hormones allowing them to access regular hormones again. This has been helpful so I simply skip breakfast and drink black coffee before eating/drinking a plant heavy lunch and healthy dinner.
Vitamin D is Important
Then eczema flared up and I saw more irritation that happens every end of August, so I dug deeper. I listened to my guidance that Energywork & fasting isn’t enough, that my body needed more help. I really thought doing all of the above I would have enough Vitamin D with all the yard work and outdoor time this summer for the season change clearly not so. Back to magnesium glycerinate and vitamin D supplementation. So I’m returning to Magnesium Glycinate and Vitamin D3 at 10,000 IU’s daily now.
Vitamin D is actually a hormone so the body cannot convert the supplement to usable from without the proper minerals in place to support that conversion. With the podcast I learned that what used to be considered good vitamin D blood level of 25 went up to 30 about 10 years ago. Then from patients with any Auto-immune disorder I learned their rheumatologist wanted a minimum of 40. This Functional Medicine Doctor who is focused on thyroid health says minimum is 60 in a healthy person and 70 if any sign or symptom of auto-immune disorder presents… Wow! I was worried I would overdo the Vitamin D, but I once with constant supplementation measured at 50.
Minerals Are Essential
Magnesium Glycinate is super important for the body to utilize/make vitamin D as it’s really a hormone too! I had given it all to Ava to help her seizure disorder and forgot to order more the last few months. Black coffee, sugar and stress all burn up the magnesium quickly so it’s likely I was deficient. Shifting things in the family to be ready to care for my parents as needed has been tough balancing business and family. A Resetters Podcast on Mineral deficiency raised my awareness to Zinc. So I threw in the Zinc I had left from my COVID immune system stock up. All three daily for a full month made a difference.
The flare up on my eyelids is really the most difficult to manage. Once the skin gets dry enough and the itching sets in the inflammation cycle has really taken over. Again plant medicine to the rescue: Summer Salve healed that in two days thanks to Maiden Camp for Ava a few years ago with Angela Burgess and the Wise Women teachers.
Plant Medicine Adaptogens
Have you heard about Adaptogens yet? They help the support the body in releasing the stress hormone cycle and flush out the stress hormone cortisol while helping the body to actually use the hormones that are there. This is very important as I learned while I may show in blood work that I have hormones, it is possible that the stress is throwing the receptors off. The receptor need to grab the hormones and convert them into the usable form the body needs for function. There are herbal and mushroom adaptogens to help you deal with stress. What magical plants, am I right?
The reason I chose Ashwaganda as my adaptogen (thanks to Step-dad Bill for sending me)was this article linking thyroid healing with Ashwaganda. I researched things to help my mom with her memory and anxiety struggles, and recommended they start daily supplementing with it. It’s been shown to help stop memory loss and improve brain function in several studies. Ashwaganda twice daily came up as a powerful way to help support the body to heal. There was also some good info on the brain healing benefits of Lion’s Mane mushrooms. Hello healing plants!
Endocrine Disruptors Equal Inflammation
Understanding that no matter who we are, there is wide-spread infiltration of both food and water supply with toxins that are endorcrine/ amino acid disruptors. The Round-Up is in every animal eating corn which produces all the dairy, eggs, meats for us. The pesticide was orignially approved through the FDA for use as an antibiotic. We all know what kind of trouble we get into if we have to be on antibiotics for more than 7-10days… Now it is in everything. Think about how it is used as desiccants too. Dry wheat, barley, amaranth is way easier to collect than fresh. This combination of disruptors at the cellular level are a recipe for inflammation and trouble.
These toxins are destroying so many pathways in our bodies, and the plastics have broken down over the last 60 years to show up in all creatures and plants of the Earth. Hormonal disruption is far worse for women than men as doctors typically don’t listen to female complaints of pain or discomfort- at this point at don’t blame them as we are about 45 yrs into constant glyphosate exposure. So many have whacked hormones and gut health so it’s normal for women to have pain, irregular menses, inflammation, or depression.
Glyphosate literally blocks your normal amino acid cycle of energy production in the cells. Then we begin struggling as different adrenal hormones kick in to power the cells, which blocks other hormones and the cascade effect begins as other hormone pathways derail. Even plastics have leeched into almost every waterway; we have been hearing about their endocrine disruption for years.
From depression to chronic fatigue to PCOS, women have to really have tremendous challenges to finding good health. All of these illnesses have inflammation at its root. Women are especially challenged to have good nutrition to prevent inflammation as menses and childbearing are incredibly nutrient demanding.
But men are having challenges too. How many are suffering from depression themselves? How many have anxiety? How many from IBS? Other inflammatory issues? How many suffer from exhaustion?
Detox the Body with Plants and Minerals
Things that are working for me:
Ashwaganda twice daily, Turkey Tail once, and Geranium Essential Oil topically over my liver when I remember. Geranium Essential Oil helps teach the liver the frequency of release. Magnesium Glycinate if I drink coffee in the morning, and then again at night with the Vitamin D3. I also have added some Zinc (thanks to Resetters Podcast) which seems to help everything else flow better. Spirulina, wild blueberry, and banana or avocado smoothies with water for my break-fast and avoid dairy. (I started with taking Turkey tail mushrooms after the Costa Rica trip thanks to Kris May.)
Glycine Amino acid powder is also on my list (thanks Resetters Podcast.) This Amino Acid pushes glyphosphate out of my cells so that Glycine can get back into the energy amino acid chain at the cellular level for energy. Glycine is cheap and just mixes in water to make a nice before bed way to detox Glyphosphate (notes below for study). It helps with better sleep too. (So does Reishi mushroom!)
Reiki Helps Glandular Function
Despite all of this added nutrition, I still do daily Reiki and energy flow work to make sure that I am not holding emotional stress or inflammation anywhere. Reiki works by showing me where there is slow or sluggish energy. I am able to help that move out and reharmonize the flow throughout all the main chakra centers. Each chakra center is connected to a gland. Good flow through the entire energetic core means that everything is working well together.
Many different metaphysical books mention the importance of calcium for energy workers. Apparently we burn through this mineral quickly doing this higher frequency energy work. This wisdom is what I find when I ask to be guided to things that heal me. I just happen to pick up the right book and turn to the right page. Carrot juice has been quenching my thirst too. I picked up another book and read that carrot juice is rich in bio-available calcium. Connecting to this wisdom is so important.
Healing through Research
Healing takes money and most health insurance covers nothing that’s for healing. It’s all about the “treating sickness”model. When there’s so much profit in sickness and testing it, where’s the motivation to learn/teach wellness and healing? That is why it is so important that we each take control of our journey to healing. You must heal you. Learn to hear yourself and listen to your inner guidance.
So I wanted to share this exciting step in my journey in case it may help someone else who is struggling. I feel like I have a new key to health. I am going to shift a few things and see exactly what I need to keep doing and what I can slack on a bit in about 2 months. I feel like the 90 day point is the key to supporting the body to handle the repair.
Which leads me into my next step, teaching people to access their energy flow to see where their bodies are holding stress. This stress may show up in many different ways. It’s a powerful tool for managing stress whether emotional, environmental, or systemic. Everyone can learn to shift into flow to release emotions and tap into the root of how to heal! I’m working on making a booklet and video course complete with pictures for drawing and meditating into healing. 🌟💖💙💜🌈🦋🌅 Stay tuned!
“Glycine is the smallest non-essential, neutral and metabolically inert amino acid, with a carbon atom bound to two hydrogen atoms, and to an amino and a carboxyl group. This amino acid is an essential substrate for the synthesis of several biologically important biomolecules and compounds. It participates in the synthesis of proteins, of the tripeptide glutathione and in detoxification reactions. It has a broad spectrum of anti-inflammatory, cytoprotective and immunomodulatory properties. To exert its actions, glycine binds to different receptors. The GlyR anion channel is the most studied receptor for glycine. However, there are GlyR-independent mechanisms for glycine cytoprotection and other possible binding molecules of glycine are the NMDA receptor and receptors GlyT1 and GlyT2. Although, in humans, the normal serum level of glycine is approximately 300 μM, increasing glycine intake can lead to blood levels of more than 900 μM that increase its benefic actions without having harmful side effects. The herbal pesticide glyphosate might disrupt glycine homeostasis. Many in vitro studies involving different cell types have demonstrated beneficial effects of the addition of glycine. Glycine also improved conditions of isolated perfused or stored organs. In vivo studies in experimental animals have also tested glycine as a protector molecule and some studies on the beneficial effects of glycine after its clinical application have been done.”
Join me for a Three-day Self-Mastery Workshop in Costa Rica May 2-6
Combine Reiki energy & aura work with exploration in gorgeous Costa Rica
The Self-Mastery Workshop, taught/led by Kimberly Naugle Long, will feature daily guided meditation, energy awareness training, chakra balancing through energy work, singing-chanting, creating and maintaining healthy energy boundaries, and aura maintenance. Our goal is to learn to increase flow and vitality for wellness. We will use Reiki meditations and energy awareness of the energy meridians.
Alajuela City Stay
We’ll center our practice at an adorable small hotel in Alajuela, a small city adjacent to capital city San Jose, only minutes from the international airport. Daily excursions will be made to a city spa’s private pool, tree canopy zip line, and swinging bridge tour with hot springs immersion. We will practice staying open and curious while pushing our sense of adventure. Staying in the flow with Reiki and other practices in real life adrenaline rush situations is a challenge. How fun to put the practice to test!
The energy of this sweet town is quaint as there as many parks as there are little boutiques for everything you can imagine: clothes, school supplies, shoes, books, baked goods, and more. Each purchase you make helps a local family which in turn helps this community stay abundant and enjoy the beauty of their country.
While staying here I was amazed at the energy that flows through each of the shop keepers here. Most everyone feels very centered, relaxed, and filled with loving energy. It’s such an amazing feeling to explore and sense the love of this country from an energy healing perspective. The hotel I knew would be perfect for our get away as I saw The Four Agreements of the front desk in both English and Spanish. I will be thrilled to guide you through this amazing country in our short stay.
Hot Springs Energy Experience
Extend your stay and enjoy several days at the hot springs near resting active Arenal Volcano. This area features more than 12 hot springs. Our extension includes 2 overnight stays here. The hot springs feature pools of a variety of temperatures with waterfalls for a natural massage. We will focus on checking our energy flow before the hot springs and afterwards. Each hot springs area have an on-site restaurant and bar so everyone can enjoy their stay without having to leave. Depending on the participants, we may rent a van or hire a driver to bring us around the various hot springs and rappelling excursions.
Self-Mastery Workshop, Hotel, and Excursions (breakfast and lunch included) – US$850
Superior Room has a queen bed and small private bathroom with A/C.
Cost includes three nights at host hotel, three days of training with Kim, light breakfast (Plato típico), and travel and destination fees to excursions.
Two days at hot springs resort at Arenal (breakfast only) – Add approx US$550
Enjoy two additional nights in a private room at the Paradise Hot Springs. Breakfast only included.
Shuttle to the airport will need to be booked individually along with return COVID test if still required by USA and is not included in price.
*Deposit $450 due by March 15th. 3% credit card use fee not included. $150 of deposit may not be refundable depending on various companies and their deposit requirements and fees.
Register by March 15th
Please let me know if you would like to join and I will get registration form to you. I will have final costs by March 21st once I have total head count to calculate excursions.
**Please plan on booking your flight by March 20th at the latest for best price. Book a changeable ticket just in case of illness or family emergency-all airlines offer this and is much cheaper than refundable.
***Passport is required and must not expire within 6 months of May 2022.
Airfare, taxi/shuttle to and from airport, lunch & dinners are not included in above costs.
A nice dinner at a local restaurant will cost about US$20 with tip (10% is customary).
Flights are $280 (Spirit) to about $475-700 (Delta), and are direct nonstop from Atlanta airport.
If you chose Spirit, please do not check your luggage as it’s hit or miss on it arriving.
May 2, Monday:
• Day 0. Arrive Monday night at Alajuela City Hotel for a workshop meet and greet 7pm & receive workshop materials. Prepare for an early start on Tuesday! Dinner on your own.
May 3, Tuesday:
• Day 1. 7:30 breakfast, 8am start meditation, 10:30am- Walk together to a private pool oasis. Spend the day doing moving meditations and mind, body, energy awareness, including wading into a private stone-lined pool to help you connect with energy flow sensations. Connect with energy fields and chakras, then learn proper grounding for staying present and increasing energy flow. Bring your notebook for a journaling prompt; lunch is provided. Enjoy free time for dinner and shopping. Return and connect in courtyard for an evening grounding practice and recheck.
May 4, Wednesday:
• Day 2. Rise early to catch our group shuttle to a zipline and/or rappelling adventure. We will begin with healing meditation and energy grounding practice for good flow then test it out at either zipline or waterfall rappelling with post-event meditation and energy awareness.
We will focus on healthy energy boundaries and maintenance with a Q&A, enjoy meditations on energy flow and expansion work. Dinner on your own near the hotel, then rejoin in the courtyard for art doodling with energetic flow and watercolors. Receive a journaling prompt for evening reflection.
May 4, Thursday:
• Day 3. Rise early to catch our group shuttle to a Swinging Bridge Canopy tour with hot springs soak (2 hour drive each way where we will discuss energy awareness and more!). Bring your luggage if you opt to add on a two-night stay at the hot springs resort. We will close the workshop together before parting ways!
May 5, Friday:
• Day 4. On your own: Take a COVID Test (not included, about $40-65) and fly home, or add nights to the hotel, or choose to extend your visit with a trip to Costa Rica’s many beaches or jungles. Let me know if you’d like more info about areas to chose!
Activity order subject to change based on weather.
What to know/bring:
• Costa Rica is equatorial with sunshine from 6am to 6pm, so all driving will occur between those hours. Direct sun is very strong, take precautions as needed.
• Arenal Área features at least 12 different hot springs areas, Canopy tours, ziplines, and rappelling excursions. Our Thurs excursion will be at one of the original Hot Springs park Tabacon Hot Springs, which has a resort hotel of $550 & up overnight. These springs are in the jungle along hiking trails,& worth enjoying for the pictures opts, adventure, and fun.
The opt add-on over night is located at a more quiet, private Paradise Hot Springs established in 2011 with lovely large hotel rooms for $200/night. They have 7 different temperature pools, waterfall, and swim up fresh juice bar.
• There’s a fast lab for a 1-hour COVID test required to re-enter the U.S. It’s a quick walk 1 block away, on the square across from Alajuela City Hotel, and opens at 6:30am. There’s also one at the airport.
• Bring a journal, bathing suit, small towel, water shoes, and walking shoes in addition to your summer clothing. I recommend a long sleeve, light jacket and pants for cooler nights. Bug spray and sunscreen can be brought or purchased locally (pack liquids and lotions under 3oz if doing carry-on.)
• Use a local ATM to draw out cash in Costa Rican currency – colones – or pay with an international (no-fee) credit card at most places. Check with your bank and credit card company to ensure your cards allow international transactions with no fees. If not, you may chose to bring cash to exchange at the local banks. The hotels all accept US dollars, while restaurants & shops typically accept colones or credit cards.
This past few weeks I upgraded to the Holy Fire III® Reiki frequency for my Karuna® Reiki Sessions and what a difference! The energy from the Holy Fire symbol is intensely hot which really helps clients and myself to bring awareness to different parts and layers of the body where there is tightness. The heat of the energy grows as the flow intensifies and then it moves stuck energy or emotions far faster than ever before. I will say Holy Fire energy seems to melt the hard energy blocks quickly. This energy is a powerful level up for the Love energy for healing.
HOLY FIRE heals all over
With Holy Fire Reiki meets each person where they are and helps for an all over energy shift. This doesn’t focus in on one part of the person but rather addresses the whole person. The whole includes all their layers of growth on energetic and spiritual layers. I haven’t seen it push anyone past where they should be causing any type of discomfort in the client later. I have seen that with many different modalities, but not with Holy Fire III® Reiki. This seems to encompass the whole person so that the is far less resistance. I am amazed as the possibilities for release both on soul trauma levels and ancestral trauma levels.
My personal experience with Holy Fire III® Reiki has allowed me to expand my awareness of my grounding and being a channel of the energy while my hands, eyes, and voice are like conduits that help connect them to the high frequency state of being. This has really helped me to recognize when I am interfering with the flow and shift and correct my posture and then allow for their higher self to guide their experience. The less I direct, the better the flow. How lovely is that?
Reiki Healing Qualitites
Regarding the healing qualities, I remember working on a soft tissue injury like a twisted ankle and it would take about 30 minutes of reiki treatment for the injury to heal with level I&II. When I received the Master level it would take about 10-15 minutes. Then with Karuna Reiki within 7 minutes a twisted ankle would be resolved. Now with the Holy Fire III® Reiki energy I am seeing shifts within minutes. My old deep burn (I neglected to take time to treat immediately upon receiving the injury) that was just scabbing over healed up within a day. It amazing and I cant wait to see what happens next!
Currently, I am working on expanding my energy shift at all levels before I teach a class with this energy. It has been three weeks since my upgrade, and I have led many circles to have Holy Fire III® Reiki experiences. How lovely that have been for all of us. I am excited to continue expanding my spiritual and energetic growth for benefit of my clients and family. These are exciting times!
Reach out and book your session today to treat yourself and enter a deep healing space and remember who you truly are: a powerful huge energy being. Release your heavy energy, Reconnect your energy body, Restore your healing power within.
After practicing Reiki for many years, I love to point out to all of my students how deeply healing the class is for each of them. The attunements that we go through during class allow for heavy, stuck energy to fall away. This enables the energy body to flow into a more elevated and harmonious frequency for optimal wellness. While learning the history of Reiki is important for reverence, the technique and foundation for proper practice is essential.
Reiki classes are a healing
With Reiki, staying open and being grounded is the key to good flow. I like to imagine that I am like a waterfall, tapping into the higher frequencies of the heavens above and allowing it to flow all the way down through my body out into the earth. My hands are just simply that connector that provides that connection of elevated frequency to my clients. I can also use my eyes to channel Reiki as well as my voice as I chant and sing with focus on the person for whom I am holding space for a deep release and healing. I teach all of these practices in class.
During class, not only does a student learn about the practice of Reiki, but each student also has an opportunity to dig deep into self awareness. The goal is to learn how to walk with love and compassion to allow for the deep wisdom and grace to flow through and ripple outward. The more I practice Reiki the more I learn the importance of identifying where I am on my path and respecting others journey as their own.
As a Reiki teacher, I strive to be always learning more to help each person in a way that makes sense to them. Each student will gain more clarity the more they practice. This is the foundation of a Reiki practice, daily self-treatments to have more insight into the inner way of being. The more we practice, the more we are present, the more clarity we have. This is the way of Reiki.
The key to healing the subconscious and reprogram how I react to situations is by visualizing healing myself. While in a deeply meditative Reiki state, I make sure Reiki flows through my entire being starting with hara centering. If I am unable to sense a nice flow through that area I will go through a Reiki self-treatment starting at the root chakra, just below the tailbone, then moving up after I sense the flow.
Next I move up to the hara center point which is the Tan den (aka dantien) 2” below and behind the bellybutton. Once I can feel an expansive flow of Reiki, I move out to the hips and be sure that the flow moves out from the center point. The 3rd chakra receives some love next. I pause here at the base of the sternum until I can sense flow out the front and back of the chakra. I love to imagine a powerful yellow geyser of light out in front as well as behind me. Once the back feels flowing, I draw in healthy energy from behind me. 🌟
The 4th chakra or the heart-center is my next area of focus. I love to stay here and make sure it expand both out the front and the back and then scan to be sure the entire aura at all the layers are nice and flowing. Then the 5th Throat chakra receives a good Reiki Session. I check the way out to the sides of the aura here as well for good flow and release of heavy slow energy that may be stacking up causing neck and shoulder pain. After this is the 6th or third eye. Again here I will check front and back with scanning to be sure there is good flow and around to the sides especially. Here I will sit to be sure I sense good flow to both the throat and entire head for best connection to intuition and my guides.
Finally I bring my awareness to the entire crown and check for flow up and out the back of the head and center crown and sides to the front. Once this has been completed I am able to work on others. This is essential to start the day so that stress or emotions do not get stuck and begin to stack up causing pain or aches.
In class we cover the importance of all these things. I highly encourage each student to carve out time daily for self-care with Reiki self-treatment because it’s the best way to get to know oneself and stay on the path to healing through self-awareness. Level I continues to awaken senses until 21 days out. Level II attunement does the same. Practice continues to deepen that healing and is very essential to the heart of Reiki practice.
There is so much covered in class I do recommend each student make time to come out to Reiki Circles and practice. This time offers so much learning and support for everyone, especially me. 💖🦋🌸 If you are ready to begin your inner journey, reach out!
When I began practicing Reiki full-time, I had no idea where this would lead me. With a giant leap of faith I quit my steady paycheck job of more than 17 years back in January of 2020. I had been trying to grow my own Reiki Energy-Healing practice while working part-time, and finally realized I would only get the energy back that I put into it. And with that, I leapt…
My journey with Reiki practice began with an Usui Reiki attunement in 2002. I was skeptical, but my mom had just had her twisted ankle healed by Reiki at a party a few months back and she was amazed by the results. I had a deep conflict between being very much needing physical proof while at the same time being captivated by the spiritual healings we studied in Anthropology. While auras, biofields, energy-bodies were talked about, I questioned that they were anything palpable, treatable, healable, or visible. So I went into the attunement with a curious but “prove it” attitude. And prove it she did…
After over a decade studying and learning more about the subtle-body through Reiki, with Sound, using energy meridians, different types of Energywork, I have learned to sense disruption in the biofield not only with tuning forks, but with intuition, Reiki, Quantum Healing and Angel guidance. I have tested what I was sensing and repeatedly found my intuition to be correct. My Reiki students have also been able to sense similar things. This has opened up a whole different aspect of the work as I have allowed for guidance to flow through me. My initial focus was on understanding how energy flows through the physical body and how to improve that flow. I focused on Tuning forks and Reiki to help clear blocks in the physical body. This is powerful but I realize I limited the energy flow in the past. All these methods can work on so many levels. The bigger energy perspective that allows big shifts is the aura level work.
Now my focus is on Aura clearing at all levels. I can now check at every level and be sure everything that is healthy and gentle to clear has been accomplished. Using Reiki is lovely because it is gentle and powerful. After a full reiki session, I go back and check it with aura clearing and find it to be well healed in most cases. I still check both the chakra (aka major energy centers) flow well, and I also tune in to the meridians within the physical body and verify they are clear and flowing well. I have come to see how our energy should flow quickly like a waterfall which carried away the “blocks” and hard “energy” that can begin to block the flow and over time stack up and create a dam. Once this happens, fatigue, anxiety, stress, lack of focus will result.
Aura-focused work shows me how important it is for each client to do daily work for themselves to maintain it if possible. Even one day can cause someone to hold enough hard energy blocks to stack up and cause trouble. Sleeping will help repair this but if there’s enough perceived stress, sleep may be difficult. I include mini-lessons for my clients to continue to maintain their grounding if they are interested.
The key is to be sure to connect to the Earth and release stress out of the body. The key is to take time to breathe, expand awareness into the entire body and then connect to the Earth and release stress blocks down and out of the body. Being able to visualize it and guide the flow of energy is essential. This is why I am creating videos and a book of mini-lessons so that all my client can continue the work at home and practice! It’s so important, now more than ever. Please share these from my YouTube channel if it helps you. It’s time we all work together to help each other rise and be our best. Every day our best will look different and that’s ok too.
Reach out for a private session, using reiki or other methods, if you’d like additional help. Otherwise enjoy my mini-lessons. Much love.
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.
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.
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.
Energy medicine is finally getting the attention that it deserves as a powerful catalyst for healing. Energy medicine includes any modality that helps someone to connect to and expand their subtle energy body. Energy medicine can be Reiki, Aura Healing, Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Quantum Healing, the Reconnect, and Acupressure or Acupuncture. There is also Sound Therapy that helps to expand the energy body. Because so many people are raised believing all that they are is flesh and bones, they restrict their energy to fit inside that boundary. In reality we a huge energy beings that expand outside of the physical body several feet in every direction.
Our lifestyles are also so incredibly hectic causing our energy to cycle back on itself creating stress, inflammation, and anxiety loops. Many people live inside a box and rarely spend time outside. You can see the emphasis on larger and larger houses rather than larger yards. This disconnect with the frequency of the Earth and plants leads to eczema, allergies, auto-immune disorders, and more over time. We have forgotten how to ground release energy by connecting to the Earth.
Most people do not ever connect their energy body fully into their physical body except for during dancing, singing, or orgasm. It’s important to feel safe in one’s body most of the time rather than just a few minutes of the day. With guidance everyone can learn how to breathe and exhale releasing stress and tension from their physical bodies down into the Earth. This release allows their natural healing life energy to flow powerfully through their whole being once again. This is where energy medicine will empower everyone to heal and be healthy.
With a little practice before sessions and after sessions, I teach my clients to connect into their body and ground into the Earth, centering themselves with their awareness. Many highly sensitive people (HSP) or empaths are constantly focused on others feelings which causes them to ignore their own body. Once an HSP/empath learns to focus on their own body, they learn how to release stress, tension, and heal by staying fully present in their own body. This is how to release other people’s stuff.
Through practice, my clients gain the ability to reclaim their power with a quick exhale and release of feelings that they are holding. With this practice, healthy boundaries return. By paying more attention to feelings and breathing them out, each person can feel fully present, safe, and strong in their bodies. The energy shifts and becomes stronger as one learns how to check inside and trust ourself before agreeing to do something. This centering allows for better expression also. This is self love and is super powerful. A beautiful energy flow and large, balanced energy field is a result.
Holding emotions in is fairly common. Due to judging these emotions on some level as bad or painful, they are stored in the physical body typically in the spleen, pancreas, or liver. This leads to poor digestion and tight muscles in the surrounding area. This causes a buildup of lactic acid, carbon monoxide and other cellular waste that leads to pain and inflammation. How do we learn to stop holding?
First we need a reclassification of emotions from “bad or “painful” to the most basic of sensations, ex- exciting, calming, comfortable, or uncomfortable, then we are able to release judgement and observe our emotional reactions to situations and let them flow out. With Reiki, acupressure, Quantum Healing, biofield tuning, and other energy work modalities, we bring the focus back to the body, so clients feel a deep release. This release and flow of emotions is super healthy and is almost like a remembering of how we all naturally released stress as children. Over time trauma from judgement from family led to an unhealthy holding, not knowing when someone would yell or be angry. with the energy reset and reconnect, a grounding connection is reformed and the hard stress flows out of the body and energy field. This allows a body to function at a most efficient, flexible, and healing way.
Above all else, being kind is the best expression of love. Healing requires an abundance of love and compassion The more I teach Reiki classes, the more I feel it to my core. Reiki Principles are a simple and clear guide to love.
Just for today, do not anger. The energy of anger is powerful and spins fast like a fan. Unfortunately, when that fan is spinning we have no control and everyone in its path gets hurt. The key is to recognize anger and pause, pull the cord to the power source and go for a walk. Allow the fan to slow down and look at what hurt feelings powered it up in the first place. Tend to the hurt feelings with kindness. Love the opportunity to care for the hurt and heal this old wound. Gratitude fills me with the opportunity to heal this in the moment to moment. I spent years running around trying to have a house clean enough, my business organized enough, my social media posts seen enough to grow my business. When I sat a listened to what was hurting, I found it was my spirit. It was time for me to be sure to play and do things I enjoyed. It was time to put me first. I had all my responsibilities handled and now it was time to focus on having fun. Just for today, do not worry. Worrying takes you out of the present. The key to healthy living is staying in one’s body and mind in the minute to minute. I knew this intellectually, but it took me a long time to walk in the present moment. The more I learned to focus on inhabiting my body and treating it with kindness and care, in how I sat, stood, and held myself, the more present I became. I started to recognize how out of alignment I was when I worried, my hips tilted forward and then my whole spine and neck was out of whack. The importance of releasing worry to release my body was never more clear.
Just for for today, work honestly. This one is so important to unravel. I try hard to be honest to everyone, but what I realized is I wasn’t being honest to myself. Some days I didn’t want to be super helpful, creative, resourceful, and persistent. Some days I just wanted to rest. And once I realized how to recognize this, I realized this was me learning to be honest with myself. No one is perfect, and some days I get to lie low and be restful work slowly, to allow kindness to flow back through me. Allowing myself to process and understand my feelings was powerful. Giving myself space to not work at maximum efficiency gave me room to allow others to do the same. Be grateful for your many blessings. Taking time every day to go through things for which I can be grateful helps me to start off on the right foot. This practice helps to switch gears and be thankful. Gratitude is essential for healing resentment. I needed this as I learned how to be kind to myself. Resentments were melting away and this focus on gratitude helped me to push that old dialogue and pattern out of the way. Be kind to all living things. We loop back around to the most important thing. By being kind to another, that gives them permission to soften the heart and unwind their own inner dialogue. Being kind to myself, is equally important because it gives other permission to do the same. By being kind to myself, I have room in my heart, mind, and body, to extend grace to others. These principles are such an important key to healthy living. Reiki practice keeps me unwinding and unlinking, to be a better channel of unconditional love.
With all the shocking headlines, wild facebook posts, and intense twitter videos, I have felt the need to escape into the wilderness to breathe and find release. I am blessed with an amazing forest around both my home and my office so I am sure to give myself frequent break basking in the beauty of the outdoors. This has also made me wonder whatever happened to running wild. Do you remember running wild?
I remember running wild. I loved running with my friend and her dog in the woods. There was so much freedom and joy in just leaping over creeks, logs, and jumping down onto soft sandy land along side. We flew through the woods every time we played and that was the most free I felt. I was such a worrier as a kid. I worried what others thought of me for a long, long time. We moved around so much when I was little, but I felt at home with her as we ran the paths of the forest behind her home. Once I was old enough, I walked to her house to visit and explore the magic of the forest even though we were supposed to be too old for that kind of thing.
As I grew older I found myself feeling more and more out of place. Our friendship slowly dissolved over the years as we matured differently and her interests in boys separated us from adventure time. But the feeling of being wild I never forgot.
When I began to tour colleges, I knew I was home as we drove up to Young harris. The air began to smell different as we climbed the mountain in our car. Once I saw the water dripping down the mossy rocks of the cliff, I rolled down the windows to feel the wild chill in the air and the sweet smell of clean air filled my lungs and woke up a part of me. The wildness began to coarse through my veins and the longing began.
One of my classmates helped me to manage stress beyond sitting in the trees, watching the night sky, or hiking in the forest. She talked with me about meditation and Reiki. With breathwork I learned to clear my mind and connect with the sense of home no matter where I was.
My interest was peeked with her stories about her mothers friends who learned to heal with their hands. I knew I had to learn how to do this as it felt wild and natural. Healing with meditation and touch seemed magical and mystical and somewhat behind the veil of mystery,… it called to me but would be another 7 years before I answered the call.
I found myself at the crucial moment after graduation wondering how I could begin to train as a teacher of healing arts. I knew I didn’t want to be a doctor as pharmaceuticals were their course of study. At a music show I ran into a high school art friend. we began talking and the mysterious ways of the universe lead us around to reiki, and of coarse she was a teacher. I learned to channel the wild energy of love and feeling home.
And here we are years later and I am teaching my own Reiki classes. I love opening the door for people to explore their own healing energy body. With awareness and connection they all begin on their path to healing themselves. The amazing thing about learning energy work and specifically reiki, is that you never forget or lose the ability to channel healing energy. The key is to trust and release, and let it flow. Reach out if you are interested in learning Reiki or even acupressure or tuning fork therapy for energy balancing. There’s so much to learn about how to heal. Why wait? Reach out, my door is open, for group lessons, private lessons, apprenticeships, and sessions. Relearn how to run wild.
You know how angry some people can make you feel? They seem to know exactly how to push your buttons with laser focus and precision. They can hone right in on things that make you rage and fire up in just a few words? Typically the people will be your siblings, lover, spouse, children, or best friend. They know what can really get you boiling and how to pull your strings. Pause just a second. Think about that saying,…they are literally pulling your strings.
What is helpful to realize, is when you are fiery mad and very passionate, your blood pressure gets super high, your adrenaline pumps through your body, and your heart beats super fast getting you ready for a fight. If you don’t run and burn off that adrenaline, then your body is stuck trying to manage the effects of all this fuel being amped up to power you through the fight. Your subtle energy body is tucked up into your center, typically in the solar plexus chakra. That person is literally pulling your strings, pushing your buttons, and controlling you, and you are letting them.
How do I know this? Because I was raised by Mr. Road-Rage himself. Oh yes, I would drive around completely offended that someone hit their brakes, flipped me off, cut me off, or made a face at me. My father tail-gated terribly and was the most aggressive driver, and I hated it. I finally found my voice at 18 and told him to pull over and let me walk the 2 hours home because I did not want to die today. Then guess what? I did that same exact thing…
Everyone on the road had power over me. The day I was a passenger and made a face at someone who was all ragey over us pulling into the center lane at an intersection when she was in the blind spot and trying to pull into the same lane, was the day I realized I needed to heal. She pulled a gun on us and chased us all over. I realized then that I needed to never get angry at another driver, never react with anger, and certainly never make a face . I could have gotten my friends killed as this woman let her anger drive her into rage and chase us through Atlanta. We finally escaped by pulling onto I-20 and racing off.
This was a huge turning point for me. No matter how bad I thought I had it fighting with traffic, there was certainly others who were far more fed up and at the edge of sanity. And they had a car and possibly a gun. This also changed the way I looked at my life. I could breathe, and calm down, and not take things personally and no longer be part of the problem. Who knows what someone was going through-I needed to show kindness. Reiki taught me this every time I practiced.
Overtime I learned to apply filter that to work relationships, patients, and finally family. With Reiki practice, I began to understands how much I hurt myself by staying angry or even allowing myself to get there. It was a slow transformation to make it all the way back to family, but it has changed my life. I no longer take anyone’s behavior or mood personally. I finally have been able to hang out with my father and not take his anger personally and instead ask him how he is hurting. This has helped him to realized how he is standing hurts his back or his feet and to take better care of himself in the moment. It took me years to get there, but it changed everything about our relationship. The last key to untangle my power from my motional family ties was Biofield Tuning. It literally tuned up my energy so I no longer had these walls up, so that I was no longer holding.
In these pandemic times of fear and isolation, this has helped me tremendously to navigate the dicey waters of social media. I do not take anyone’s comments personally, most of the time. In the beginning of the pandemic, I worked hard on social media to try and open up discussion and engage in intelligent debate. But things over time devolved into simply angry people who are hurting and everyone else being wrong. It has been very upsetting. I am learning discernment. There’s times to simply move past the discourse and say nothing. These times are tough but the most unifying, universal truth is love. I return to Reiki to rebalance myself along with chanting. So powerful good.
We all need to touch-base and connect with friends and family and reaffirm that we love each other. It’s super important to not allow emotions, politics, anger to divide us. Instead, when you start to notice your are beginning to feel angry, pause and instead consider it is your souls way of saying it is time to play. Enough is enough. No more work. Time to go play.
If you are having trouble making time for play, likely you need a tune-up. Reiki with Sound Therapy and/or Biofield Tuning may be just what you need. Call or email me to set up your session today. 706-207-4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org
While walking in the botanical gardens https://botgarden.uga.edu/ on my lunch break, I was focusing on breath work to be present and release some stress. Over the years of doing energy work I have learned the importance of breath work and drawing in life through the crown and healing stress out through my feet. Today that alone was not enough to bring balance.
My day at the office had gotten overwhelming and I sought the forest for solace. Typically, I find myself focusing on the glory of all the showy flowers, but today was different. I had no interest in their colors or shapes beyond a brief, “oh that’s nice.” I found so many other amazing things captured my focus.
The wrinkled bark on a tree. The leaves alternately repeating on a stem. The moss growing on the side of a tree. Beautiful! I found the tranquility in these things. I began to ponder how today was different from my normal.
I sought out interesting bends in limbs. Rotting tree trunks, a branch that made the number four, they all captured my interest. The knots in the bark all had faces and stories to tell. They were so interesting. I found release in the calm, subtle textures and colors. Finding myself lost in their patterns relieved my troubled mind of its burdens. Then I realized something more.
Flowers have a way of grabbing my attention. But today the calmer, quieter, bark of the trees beckoned me with their wrinkles, curves, and patterns. Their imperfections lured me deeper into the study of the trees smaller stories. So many patterns emerged in the less vibrant plants. The beauty was there, I just had to look deeper and with an inner quiet. And that’s what I loved.
So much of my world is a visual barrage of the colors, lights, and movement. This forested landscape offered me a study of older, wiser, calm energy. That calm stillness, a gentle presence that will be there for years…that reassurance felt deeply grounding. No matter what happens in my day, I can rest assured there will be a forest full of strong, steady trees reaching to the sky. They will always be heading towards the light with their slow, steady pulse, full of strength pulling in the light and filtering the air. No matter what, these trees will support me and my lungs. What a treasure.
I turned to leave the Forest feeling somewhat reset. Climbing the hill out of the gully, my heart began to pound and my lungs began to burn. My body pushed out the adrenaline as I puffed up the steep hill in the heat of this endless summer. The sweat felt good now, I was releasing tension and feeling the power in my lungs and steps.
Exiting the woods, I felt back to me. Forest is my medicine. Even when it’s not the right time for deep meditation, a light shifting of focus will do. Being outside allows me to expand my senses and feel big. I am grateful for today. Energy work practicing reiki has taught me so much.
This post was written last August in 2019. I had no idea what was coming as I quit my office job and regular paycheck in January of 2020. Looking back, I sense the challenges I faced maintaining one foot in the regular grind of 8-5, and another foot stepping into the mystery. While feeling blessed to have the support of my friends and family, I have also looked into the face of fear of complete financial loss a emerged better for resolving that deep seated separation from love. Love is trusting that I am capable of asking for help and finding solutions however hat may present. Sometimes that just requires floating on the stream and finding the blessing in the ability to do just that.