|Infuse Yoga Feng Shui Makeover
|Posted: 11/19/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
Submitted by Andrea on Wed, 09/29/2010 - 03:54.
Everything is about to shift.
I'm sitting in my apartment the night before I get the keys to our new studio on Wrightwood and my stomach is full of butterflies.
I've been given the task by my feng shui advisor [Simone Targo] to come up with a series of intentions to write on the walls of the new studio before painting and it feels like a tall order.
Infuse opened 2 years ago in September of 2008 and the night before opening, I didn't sleep, not a wink. And tonight might be one of those nights.
A new space holds endless possibility, infinite promise, and a whole lot of hopefulness. It also holds an element of risk, high challenges, and... I'll be honest... a fear of failure.
They say that physiologically, the body experiences fear and excitement in exactly the same way... so...
Here's what I'm excited to offer through the new Infuse:
- More space, room to breathe, 12-foot celings, a sense of expansiveness and light.
- More yoga... we have 10 teachers on our staff now, and more than 15 classes per week! In September 2008, we only had 3 teachers and about 5 classes per week.
- More than yoga. Yoga is the heart and soul of our business. But we know that holistic fitness is important to you. That's whey we've worked to design classes like Christy's Pilates mat class and Cardio Boot Camp, plus Meredith's Yoga Sculpt and AsaliNaimah's Belly Dance. And we know you like to have fun so... how about organic wine tastings after my new monthly Late Night Yoga classes?
- More services. I've always dreamed that Infuse would become more of a full-service spa and we are well on our way. The spa space will be opening shortly following the studio, offering acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine, bodywork, energy work, facials, life & business coaching, nutritional counseling and more!
- More partnerships. Yoga teacher training with Global Family Yoga, feng shui workshops, community acupuncture...
- More commitment to eco-chic design. Our studio is being freshly painted this week with eco-friendly, non-toxic, no-VOC earthy colors by Nichole Lovett of Harmony Haus Painting. I can't wait!
- More community. Our entire fall schedule has been designed with you in mind. Your needs, your schedules, your requests. And our location has been chosen with care because of the surrounding local businesses and visibility to new members who are already calling to inquire about classes!
I am so humbled by and grateful for all of your comments, questions, enthusiasm, well wishes and ideas for the expansion. So many of you have offered your help carrying boxes, taking photos, giving design tips, making connections in the community, referring friends... it is an amazing feeling to know that you value what we're working hard to create at Infuse.
One client said to me recently that she originally came to Infuse just looking for good yoga & pilates classes and was surprised to find a an unexpected sense of community and a feeling of belonging to something bigger and better than just your average place to work out.
And that, my friends, in a nutshell is my ultimate wish for you.
See you Saturday at 713 W. Wrightwood Ave.
|Feng Shui Makeover for Life Force Arts Center
|Posted: 11/18/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
On Samhain/Halloween, Sunday, October 31, 2010, Joan Forest Mage and I did a Feng Shui treatment of LFAC. We followed the instructions of a Bagua map of the space and elemental charts, which had been generously created by Feng Shui and Reiki practitioner Simone Targo of Aligned Inside, mapping LFAC’s space into the 9 life areas.
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of creating energetic flow through spaces. This creates improvements in all aspects of life: health, relationships and prosperity. Some processes in Feng Shui are changing the placement of furniture, using colors that are appropriate for the energy areas, and simple cleaning and de-cluttering of the space. Bagua refers to objects, colors, and other items that are startegically placed to create energetic changes. For example, if an area of the room is the "wood" element area, putting a live plant, a picture of flowers, or wooden furniture there would increase the energy flow.
Joan, artist Judy Demchuk, and I arrived early and went through the space, trying to mentally line it up with Simone’s chart in order to figure out where the greatest energetic need was and what to adjust. We noticed that Judy’s wonderful art piece, “I Love You From Around The World,” is located in the Helpful People and Travel area—which fits excellently since her piece translates “I love you” into over 100 different languages.
It became immediately apparent that the weakest areas of our physical space—the back third of the space, which includes the office, restroom, cleaning supplies, and stairwell to the basement—are located in our Wealth, Fame, and Relationships areas. Not good for any organization! We began work in the Relationships area, located in the back right corner of the space, which goes through the back half of the Healing Room and office, and the stairwell that goes down to the basement. We adjusted the energy of the space with artwork and curtains in reds, pinks, and earth tones. The biggest change was felt in the office, where we hung curtains over the electrical panels and the window between the office and healing room. Joan and I have often lamented that the office felt like a boiler room or cell block; now it feels pleasant and comfortable and much lighter energetically.
We then turned our attention to the Fame area, located in the back center of the space--including the back door going out into the alley and the front half of the office and healing room. This area was stark, cluttered, and in need of serious help—no wonder I’ve heard so many people say “I’ve walked by this place for two years and never noticed you guys!”
The Fame area is energized by the element of Fire, which is symbolized by actual fire, the color red, or triangular shapes. So we completely decluttered the front half of the office, added a red fabric curtain to hide the computer cords behind the desk, and energized the space by putting Kat O’Connor’s photograph of Joan, “Mage’s Grace,” above the office door along with a beautiful shaman’s rattle made by Steve Adams from a large seed pod, feathers, amber, and chrysocolla.
LFAC’s Wealth area (back left corner of the space, if looking in from the front door), contains the water cooler, the storage area for tables and cleaning supplies, and (unfortunately) the restroom. A toilet in the Wealth area is definitely not an ideal Feng Shui situation, but thankfully, it is not a hard one to remedy! Simone had suggested we keep the restroom door and toilet lid closed when not in use, to prevent wealth from leaking down the drain. We also hung a crystal sphere from the ceiling to lift the energy, and acquired “money frogs” from a nearby Chinese restaurant. These cute creatures carry coins in their mouths and are supposed to bring wealth—but more importantly, they are frogs, and as such, will go very well with The Frog Directive, the theme for next year’s art shows based on decades of work by Joan as well as by Lauren Torres, Bethe Hagen, and others.
While we were hard at work on the back half of the space, Tarot reader April Wagner was busily rearranging the lobby area. We moved out one of the bookshelves with books that hadn’t sold for a year, and used the space to display the art prints more prominently. April also moved her Tarot reading area to the back left corner of the lobby, which opened up the space and created a light, expansive energy flow.
Finally, we went to the basement. There is still a lot of work to do down there, but we replaced burned-out light bulbs, did a lot of decluttering, and set up the ancestor shrine (which had previously been in the Fame area in Joan’s office). After setting up the shrine, Joan led a small ritual calling in the ancestors and spirit guides who watch over the space. (There is a Native American spirit residing in the basement, as well as the spirit of a young woman who used to work in this building around the 1920’s and had many happy memories here.)
Joan has always felt that there are many, many more spirit guides who need to be here at LFAC—something I had also discovered during my own shamanic journeys—and we felt a powerful energy in the space after setting up and meditating at the ancestor shrine. We could even feel the energy coming up through the Main Space after we came back upstairs!
Come visit LFAC and feel the new, clean energy in the space—gallery hours are 12 noon to 6 pm Monday through Friday, or attend one of our excellent events, such as DaEl Walker’s crystal skull lecture Wednesday, November 17, Siria Family Channeling with Sharyl Noday on Thursday, November 18, or the Full Moon Psychic Party with artist Sharon Bechtold on Sunday, November 21. I hope to see you there!
|Feng Shui Front Door
|Posted: 10/26/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
Feng Shui Front Door
The main door is called “The Mouth of Chi” in feng shui as this is how the house absorbs its much needed Chi, or energy nourishment. The intention of the front door allows money, health, a new job and relationships to come into the home. Energy and opportunity from the Universe comes to us through the front door. Paint the front door an attractive color that is different from the rest of the house. A Feng Shui entrance tip is to paint red to attract good fortune! Have adequate lighting in the front door area so opportunity can find a way in. Use live plants or flowers in the entrance to attract blooming possibilities. Remove unhealthy plants immediately.
Make sure the entrance is free of clutter. Have a bell with an appealing sound. Spend some time standing at the front door area of the home and ask how does the home feel when it if first entered? That feeling is conveyed to others when they enter. If it feels welcoming and warm then the chi will flow!
|Posted: 10/26/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
This gua affects self-improvement, wisdom, brightness, mental clarity, intelligence, personal growth, and spirituality. It is the Northeast part of the home or the lower left corner of your home from where you enter (see bagua chart at left) it would be great if this gua is in your study room, den, or library. If not, you can make the part of the room where this gua falls become a place for books. A bookcase filled with books will reflect your knowledge. Any items that express growth: encyclopedias, dictionaries, any educational books—placing a globe in this area will enhance knowledge of the world.
Plants always represent growth; several in this area would be great. Plants are a strong symbol of new life and healthy, vital chi. They are an effective way of growing and strengthening the thoughts, concepts, and answers you need. It will help you grow in wisdom and understanding. Make sure your plants stay healthy at all times. You can empower this cure if you visualize the plant’s chi aiding your knowledge with new and effective ideas coming to you often.
Although the Knowledge area seems less exciting than your Wealth area, it is naturally important since your career and everything you do in life is influenced by the knowledge you have acquired. If you have children in school or are applying to college, then you definitely need enhancements here.
The Knowledge area of the BaGua is associated with the Earth element, which is characterized by solidness and stillness; the colors are black, blue, and green. It is appropriate to have bookcases, papers, files and anything else that enhances your knowledge in this section of your home or office.
A picture of a mountain (the mountain is a symbol of knowledge gua)—hung on the wall can be put behind a student's chair where it provides support. If used in the supportive position, avoid mountain pictures with large lakes or glaciers, as the presence of so much water in the picture will make it less effective.
When focusing on the Feng Shui life area for knowledge, education, and wisdom, you should make sure it's well-lit because this is an aspect of our lives where we should be enlightened so that bright ideas will come forward. If you have favorite teachers and mentors, you should also pay homage to them by placing photos of these people in this room. Photographs and posters of wise people throughout history are also welcome here.
Keep this area clear of clutter or it will create clutter in your life. You should make every attempt to keep things clean inside this area. Dirty things symbolize a clouded mind, leaving you with unsound judgment. Once you are faced with broken furniture, you should definitely take time to fix it or replace it to prevent bad chi.
|Attracting Wealth with Feng Shui
|Posted: 9/7/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
It isn’t hard to see how some principles of Feng Shui really work in the home. For example, Feng Shui recommends keeping your home free of clutter, and it’s easy to see that if you clear out the clutter, you’re bound to feel more clear-headed. Feng Shui recommends positioning your desk so that you sit with your back against the wall, facing out toward the room; it makes sense that you’ll feel more secure.
Feng Shui also says that there are some things you can do to bring more wealth into your life, in part by attending to the wealth area in your home. In these trying financial times, many people would do anything to bring in more money; we can’t promise you’ll get rich quick with Feng Shui, but we think it’s worth the investment to see if you can attract wealth and money by using the principles of Feng Shui - in addition, of course, to continuing to search for work or doing what you can to keep your job.
First, locate the wealth area of your home, or of the room you’re decorating. This is the south-east area of the home, or, using the ba-gua map, it’s the area that is to the top left of the map. Place the map over the floor plan of the room or house to determine where the wealth area of the home is.
One color we associate with wealth is green, so start with using a light, or bright, green accent in that corner. You may have a favorite painting with predominantly green tones, or a pretty jade vase. If you want to use a plant to bring in the green, a money tree is a good option, as it will represent money and lively growth at the same time. Another good option is a jade plant; because jade plants grow slowly, and are associated with the precious stone, a jade plant will represent slow-growing wealth.
If you do choose to keep a plant - anywhere in the home - make sure you can dedicate the time and energy necessary to keep it thriving. A plant in your wealth area with vibrant green leaves, a plant that is healthy and robust, will represent the healthy, robust life of your finances; likewise, a plant with browning leaves, dry soil, and dusty leaves will represent allowing your finances to wither.
Not everyone has a green thumb; instead of hosting a living plant, you can use fresh water in the wealth area. If, instead of a plant, you want to try your hand at goldfish, they are an excellent representation of money for your wealth area. Again, make sure you take good care of the fish, so that they stay healthy, with their water changed frequently.
Much of Feng Shui is based on metaphor; the idea of money flowing freely is symbolized by flowing water. If you can’t maintain a flowing fountain, a picture of a waterfall or river will serve in place of the real thing.
Not up for taking care of any living thing? You can also use anything with the color of gold, or even gold itself. The idea here is that wealth attracts wealth: use luxe-look wall paper in the wealth area, or hang a picture of something beautiful you associate with the luxurious, wealthy life.
The options for working with Feng Shui to bring wealth into your life range from small, simple efforts to larger investments, such as installing a flowing fountain. Of course, you still have to keep your job, or do everything you can to get the résumés circulating. Using Feng Shui is a way to take an additional proactive step so that you’ll feel you’re really doing everything you can to bring wealth into your home and into your life.
|Creating a Happy Balance
|Posted: 8/4/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
Rita aka Megryansmom | August 4, 2010 |
I had such high hopes of getting more organized and ridding my home of clutter this summer. But now, as the time for back to school rapidly approaches, I’m not any closer to achieving that goal than I was back in early June. I found myself standing in a room or in the garage, looking around dumbfounded, not knowing where to start. Exasperated, I would just walk away before I started to cry.
Sure, I’ve rearranged a few kitchen cabinets and thinned out the coffee mugs. But short of moving my sewing machine into it and adding a crib to accommodate daycare for my grandsons, my son’s room remains a quasi shrine and he left home seven years ago. My daughter’s once bright and cheerful room has sadly become a catchall for anything that I’ve tired of seeing lying around in other areas of the house and the two car garage has barely enough room for one car now. Fortunately, or maybe not, we don’t have a basement or I’d fill that from floor to ceiling also.
The clutter has become so unmanageable and caused me so much stress that I felt the need to enlist in the professional help of Chicagoan, Simone Targo, owner of Aligned Inside, for a few tips on how to declutter and better organize my home in order to create a more positive energy flow and ultimately increase my level of happiness and reduce all this stress.
An Empowerment Life Coach, Feng Shui and Reiki practitioner and Home Stager, Simone offered some great tips to help me get started. So with a babushka on my head, I turned on some happy music to get me in the groove, gathered a few laundry baskets, a handful of garbage bags, and set off to reclaim a stake in what I’d hoped would soon be my sewing/craft room.
It was important to first clear out the clutter and I quickly worked my way around the room clockwise, remembering Simone’s words, don’t agonize over a decision, if you haven’t used it in 2 years it should go. I worked in sections, filling some bags with garbage and others with items that I would drop off at the local donate box. Sentimental items including yearbooks and a beloved Pound Puppy, would now be stored in one container in the closet. Anything that didn’t belong in that room needed to be distributed to it’s rightful place. The process was much faster than I had thought and I immediately removed all the trash bags so I wouldn’t be tempted to take anything back out.
Simone’s system helped me to tackle the mundane job very quickly and when I was done, I felt a great sense of accomplishment! As a well deserved reward, I poured myself a lovely glass of Pinot Grigio, put my feet up and plotted my next plan of attack.
About Rita aka Megryansmom: Former Northwest side resident Rita is mom and step mom to four adult children and one furbaby. She and her husband Tony currently call Joliet home. Rita finds herself rediscovering all things infant and preschooler as she provides daycare for two of her grandsons, ages 4 and 10 months. During naptime, Rita can be found sharing amusing stories and some fun giveaways at her personal blog Look It's Megryansmom and you can find her on Twitter @megryansmom. View author profile.
|Allowing is Like A Google Search by Fred Morton
|Posted: 6/4/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
Allowing is Like a Google Search
by Fred Morton, Feb. 20, 2010
Understanding Allowing into 2010 language.
Recently, it came to me that if you know how to do a Google search, then you know how to allow! You just might not realize it!
When you are trying to find something or someone, you type a question on Google and hit the send button. At this point, you don’t try to guess the answer or figure it out. You wait and voila…the internet (Source) provides you with many possibilities. So, to recap, you press the send button, LET GO and TRUST the answer will appear. You don’t sit there and wonder if you will receive results similar to the past or worry that the next time you search there won’t be an answer. You stay PRESENT and the results reveal themselves to you.
What happens when you are too specific in your request? The internet (Source) responds with a very limited amount of options.
What happens if you ask the same question over and over again? The internet (Source) provides you with the same results over and over. The internet (Source) does not scold you for asking over and over again. Simply the same information is repeated.
What if you don’t see the results that you are looking for? You ask a different question and get different results.
And when you click on one of the results, you decide if it is what you are looking for and you follow that path, which then leads you in a specific way.
But what if you click on a result and decide that it’s not for you? You can either go back to the other possibilities that were on the previous page, ask again or ask in a different way.
What about speed!
It depends on the type of modem/connection you have! Do you use a very slow dial-up (mind) connection? You know, one that you have to manually connect to with a phone line that is used for other purposes and is not dedicated to your computer. Or do you have a high speed (heart), always connected broadband connection that is always available? High speed connections are less resistant, allowing more information to pass through.
What happens if you share a WIFI connection? It’s not as reliable, inconsistent and it is easy to loose the signal. Having a dedicated high speed line is much better!
What happens when I use a high speed connection and a slow computer?
If you can’t upgrade your operating system (beliefs), then it may be time to buy a new computer!! Be willing to let go of the outdated system.
What happens when you loose the connection?
When you loose the connection, whatever the problem, the internet (Source) is still there.
Can you see how Allowing is just like a Google search?
|Relief Through Reiki: Alternative Healing
|Posted: 6/4/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
Reprinted from: From Body+Soul Magazine, May 2010
Text by Lynn Darling
I'd always been skeptical of alternative medicine, but when breast cancer struck and anger overwhelmed me, I gave it a go -- and found unexpected relief.
The rage had begun, as cataclysms often do, suddenly, like the first drops of rain that touch your cheek as you walk down a busy street. You blink and look to the sky and there is not even time to register the idea that a storm is coming before you are drenched to the bone, staggered by the suddenness of it.
For me the moment had come as I lay alone on a high, padded table in a darkened room, which was nearly empty except for the enormous white machine that loomed over me, a dead white plastic thing, like something out of "Star Wars."
I was naked to the waist. My feet were strapped together with a rubber band so that I wouldn't move. My arms were raised above my head, slightly bent at the elbows, my hands fitted into stirrups. It was the first of 37 radiation treatments for breast cancer.
I lay there tense and waiting, until a technician reminded me that I had forgotten to remove the pink hospital gown I had been given to wear over my jeans. "You forgot to take off your johnny," she said.
I felt the first tickle of irritation that was only the fanfare for what was to follow. It was that word -- johnny. It was such a stupidly cute word to designate the thing I wore, the thing that had erased everything distinctive about the women who wore it, the women who waited their turn each day out in the waiting room filled with easy chairs and small tables strewn with magazines and half-done jigsaw puzzles, the women who were sitting there now, their bald heads wrapped in turbans and baseball caps, and wool hats and silk scarves, the women with complexions grayed by chemotherapy, insurance worries, fatigue, and pain.
Women sentenced to wonder for the rest of their lives if what was happening to them was for the only time or the first time. It wasn't a johnny we were wearing, I fumed to myself. It was the uniform of the prisoner.
What was wrong with me? I wondered, puzzled by my reaction to such a dumb little detail. I had breezed through the pre- treatment session, when the technicians had mapped the tumor site and then tattooed my chest with tiny, permanent blue freckles that would serve as markers for the radiation beams.
I joked about being turned into a medieval map, the ones where the dangerous places were marked with the warning "This way there be monsters." And cancer was a monster, against which we had only these primitive options: to burn, to poison, to slice away.
With that thought in mind, radiation had reduced itself in my imagination to a mere inconvenience, one that entailed daily visits to the hospital for nearly seven weeks, a minor sunburn, and possibly fatigue. But nothing like the nightmare of chemo. I was not the shell-shocked neophyte of eight months before, reeling from the diagnosis. I was a veteran, of 18 weeks of chemotherapy, of surgery and recovery.
But now, lying on the table, all I could think about was the position I was in, and wonder why it seemed so oddly familiar. Of course: It was the position of erotic welcome, that of a woman lying in bed, smiling at her lover. A wave of humiliation surged through me, so strong I thought it would knock me off the table. I lost all perspective; it didn't matter anymore that I was lucky even to have this option.
I felt naked and exposed in a way I never had, the memories of pleasure my body had both given and received violated and debased. Crazy images clashed in my head -- Henri Matisse's painting of smiling courtesans, and black-and-white photographs of French women, their heads shaved and their clothes stripped off, branded as collaborators for having slept with Nazis during the war.
I thought of my own bald head, and the hair I hadn't had since chemotherapy, and I fell apart. My rib cage heaved, and the tears ran down. The technicians came running into the room. They had to stop the treatment until I could "get control" of myself, as the pale, young doctor attending the debacle had put it.
When it was over, I shook off the abashed young woman who tried to help me off the table and stumbled out of the room, unable to look anyone in the face.
Outside, as I left the waiting room, I saw a small sign: "Reiki sessions today." I had heard of Reiki before. I live in Vermont, where water witches advertise in the yellow pages. So on the whole, Reiki was a pretty minor item in the ever-growing catalog of woo-woo to which I initially dismissed it.
A Reiki treatment itself is simple. The patient lies down fully clothed in a peaceful setting while the practitioner stands over her and, with a series of lightly placed hand movements, becomes the medium for chi, the energy of the universe.
The idea is that the practitioner acts as a kind of lightning rod for the energy, bringing equilibrium to distortions emanating from a specific organ, or body part, or the individual's psyche.
I was less than receptive to the idea that some sort of human telephone wire could do any possible good. As a child of the '60s, I weathered many of the experiments the counterculture had to offer, but I have remained a pronounced skeptic about any alternatives to traditional medicine and psychology beyond meditation and yoga.
Over the years, I've greeted most of the more out-there stuff with amused indifference, but others have provoked downright hostility.
When my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1995, I was infuriated by friends and acquaintances who offered, along with their suggestions of cures to be found in faith healing, shamans, and ground sharks' teeth, the implication that if I didn't get him to try these things, I would be responsible for his death.
Claptrap comes and goes. By the time I was diagnosed, no one was offering me sharks' teeth, but I did read way too many books claiming that people damn themselves to disaster by their own fatalism or failure to lower stress levels. Having breast cancer, I found, was bad enough without the news that it was apparently my own fault.
Still, nothing I had tried on my own to get control of my anger was working. My rage terrified me: It seemed to come from nowhere. I needed help.
A few days later, I knocked on the door of a well-tended, white wood-frame house that sat under a hill with the propriety of a cat occupying its rightful place in your favorite armchair. A small, softly smiling woman met me at the door.
JoAnne's white hair was tucked back in a bun that gave her a sense of timelessness, and her blue eyes contained a tranquility that could have calmed a cobra, much less the freaked-out whirligig of nerves that stood huddled on her doorstep. She led me into a darkened room with the low ceiling and close proportions of very old New England houses.
I took off my shoes, climbed onto a narrow bed, and was soon cocooned under a heavy handmade blanket. There was no sound except for the sighing of the wind in the old wood and the occasional scrabble of small creatures looking for shelter from the cold.
I closed my eyes and tried to meditate, while JoAnne gently placed her hands on my eyes, ears, and head, working her way down to my toes. At first all I felt was the calming warmth of her hands on my eyes. But as I relaxed, I slipped into a state somewhere between waking and sleeping -- what scientists studying touch healing call a liminal state, which is said to resemble a spiritual trance or self-hypnosis.
Gradually, all the emotions that had been roiling through me came to Technicolor life, assuming shapes that twisted and transformed themselves. The rage was at first a roaring, pounding wave, slamming into a rocky beach, and then a rain of needles falling all around me. Oddly enough, the cascading imagery wasn't alarming. It seemed natural, as if I were in a waking dream or, to hark back to my hectic youth, an acid trip.
Eventually, the scene changed. I was inside a warm cave, but glaring at me from the darkness was a weasel with sharp and snapping teeth, who ran furiously around the cave, ready to attack. I was afraid, and my mind cartwheeled away. For a while I was aware only of the silence and the cradling hands.
Eventually I felt safe enough to return to the cave. I looked around anxiously for the weasel, yet when I found him he was asleep. I wanted to touch him, but somehow I knew that if I did, he would return to his snarl.
At some point in my strange, dreamy state, I left the cave and was standing on a hill, looking into the woods that covered the slope beyond. There was the weasel, running in great looping circles. He was free and far away. I was thrilled, and yet oddly sorry to see him go. He was so strong, so alive.
That's when I noticed that in my hand I held a long leash that kept us connected. In that moment, I understood what it meant: The rage I had felt had been scary, but it had also been powerful; it had given me an energy and an authority I hadn't felt since the diagnosis. A part of me didn't want to let that go.
JoAnne ended the session by cupping my heels and then toes in her hands, which gave me a sensation of tremendous safety. When I opened my eyes, I wasn't exactly a cup of softened butter, but I was much, much better.
Having seen my emotions, having given them shape and form, they no longer consumed me. I knew the anger was still there somewhere, but it was contained now. It wasn't me.
The next day, a friend asked me if I still felt "that Reiki glow." What I felt wasn't a glow, but something better. It was as if the bands of anger that had been wrapped so tightly around me had released and dropped to the floor. "No," I said. "I feel free."
Does that mean I now believe that the universal life force is transmitting itself through a diminutive woman with a face etched in kindness? No. Not really. It only means that whatever Reiki is, and whether or not, by any quantifiable measure, it works, it works for me.
|Sheffield School Post - Feng Shui Clutter Clearing
|Posted: 5/15/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
Feng Shui Clutter Clearing
(reprinted from Sheffield School of Interior Design Monthly)
Put it on the list of phrases that make your eyes roll in boredom, along with "national deficit," "computer programming," and "retirement fund."
Clutter clearing just doesn't sound sexy.
But we're here to tell you that in fact, it is — sexy, exciting, liberating. In terms of Feng Shui, it's probably the single most effective action you can take to make your home look good and feel great. And spring is the optimum time to take on the clutter problem — there's a reason that spring cleaning has been an annual ritual for centuries.
First, let's take a look at what's wrong with clutter in light of Feng Shui. For one thing, it clogs up the ch'i, or life energy, in your home. In order to move freely, the ch'i needs room to flow; imagine a river trying to flow around a big block of cement. All those papers, half-used bottles of face cream, pens that are out of ink, clothing you never wear are blocking the ch'i, and preventing it from flowing freely. And that prevents your life from moving in the most productive, satisfying ways.
Clutter also often keeps us holding onto the past in ways that are counter-productive. Of course, there are some things you want to keep, things which remind you of people or times you love; we're not saying you should throw out photos of loved ones, as long as the photos bring you happiness. But if you've got a print on the wall that you really dislike but you keep it because you've always had it, this is the spring to let it go. If you've got dresses that no longer look good on you, pants into which you cannot squeeze, shoes that hurt your feet so much you haven't worn them in years, let them go. Same with the dress you wore to a an event that went terribly wrong.The candle sticks given to you by the ex from hell? Out. Now.
Things we no longer use fall into the same category. Every time you see the novel you just cannot finish, you feel like an uneducated failure. Every time you reach into the closet for an outfit and you see the suit that no longer fits, you think you're terrible for not being able to lose those ten pounds.
But it's hard to throw out all that clutter. So set yourself a weekend for the job, and remember that the less clutter you have, the more room you'll have for things like a vase of fresh flowers or a lovely row of candles — and without the clutter, you'll really be able to see it.
If possible, have a friend come over to help you assess. Equipment you'll need: a few big old shopping bags, and the address of your local Goodwill or other charity that accepts cast-offs. Call them in advance to make sure they take whatever you'll be divesting.
Start in the bedroom. Strip down and try on any piece of clothing you haven't worn in the past week. Is it a little tight? Too loose? Has it started to sag and bag and fade and pill? If so, fold it up and put it in one of the bags. If it's in really dreadful condition, put it in the other bag, to be used as a rag.
The rule of thumb is this: if you didn't wear it in the most recent season, toss it. That means any sweater that you didn't wear in the winter of 2009-2010. Also toss anything that is uncomfortable, or that doesn't feel like "you." Life is too short to wear anything that doesn't feel perfect. Once you've bagged up the stuff you don't wear, you'll be surprised to find out just how many great pieces you own that you'd forgotten about, because you couldn't find them in that forest of clothing.
The front hall or entrance to the home is often the place where clutter accumulates, and it's also one of the most important areas to keep clear of clutter. First, look at how the entrance really gets used: do you throw the mail on the dining room table? Do you have no table onto which you can dump your packages and groceries? Start by seeing how you do you use the entrance, and then work on making it more functional. Maybe you need a small, pretty bowl for your keys and change, or a hook for your jacket and bag, or a folder for receipts.
Some people find it helpful to have a recycling canister right in the home's entrance — as you're sorting the mail, just toss anything that's junk into the receptacle, and that way you only have to sort the mail once. Try to set up a system that allows you to use the "touch only once" rule: open the mail as soon as you pick it up, and if it's a bill, pay it right then.
As you move through the rest of the house, try to use the same principal. They say you should keep bank records and tax returns for seven years, but other than those, you can shred papers that are a year old. In this electronic age, many records are kept by the institutions: you probably don't need a duplicate copy. If in doubt, call the institution to make sure, and then fire up the shredder.
If you keep in mind how your home will feel — lighter, more spacious, freer — you'll find it won't be so painful to get rid of the clutter that's clogging up the ch'i in your home.
|Posted: 5/7/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
I have added coconut oil and some of these other nutrients to my diet thanks to my nutritionist and the Coconut Diet...I also have regular Reiki treatments - since I have started these changes, I am off of 4 of my 5 prescription medications (high cholesterol, low thyroid, acid reflux, anti-depressants) and am starting to lose weight and getting rid of gallstones naturally without surgery!
Please consult with your medical professional before making any of these changes, these are things that I have researched and have worked for me. I am NOT a medical doctor.
these are the young coconuts and they do sell them at whole foods...yummy!
Cancer Juice Cleanse Info: http://www.juiceladyinfo.com/cancerCleanse.shtmlhttp://www.buzzle.com/articles/aloe-vera-juice-benefits.html
this is the aloe juice i get at whole foods or trader joes:
I like this aloe juice with wheat juice called Alo Awaken, they had it at the whole foods in santa fe: http://www.alodrink.com/drinks.html
This is an article on foods to lower cholesterol...I disagree with the soy intake, especially for women and those with thyroid problems, you should only eat small amounts of FERMENTED soy products if you do:
vitamin D3 is very important too...statin drugs inhibit the absorption of D3 and you can take more than 10,000 IU and still not OD...I was super deficient and have to take at least 5,000 IUs
Heres info on Reiki :
Bernadette Doran, CRMT explains Reiki: Miracle Grow for Humans video http://bit.ly/9hlo51 (I'm briefly in this video)
Dr. Oz on Reiki: http://www.chakrashack.net/id38.html
Scientific Studies on Reiki: http://bit.ly/dABtdx
The Science Behind Reiki: http://bit.ly/azLYMa
What is Reiki? A Brief Overview:
What to Expect During a Reiki Healing Session: http://bit.ly/cufqR9
Reiki Energy: What is it? How does it heal? http://bit.ly/bMmV84
Science and the Human Energy Field: http://bit.ly/aDV5K8
Reiki and cancer: http://cancer.about.com/od/alternativetreatments/a/reiki.htm
|Reiki for Cancer Patients (and your health in general)
|Posted: 5/2/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
Andy Chrysostomou came to Reiki after developing severe spondylosis of the spine. He was in extreme pain and lost mobility in his arms and legs. He was told by his doctor that the condition was degenerative and that he would eventually be in a wheelchair. He was offered surgery but was told that it was a fifty, fifty chance of whether it would work or worsen the condition. Andy searched for an alternative to surgery and found Reiki. By learning Reiki and self healing on a daily basis Andy is now able to live a normal life and work out six times a week. He has been teaching and practicing Reiki for four years.
As a practicing Reiki healer and teacher, I have treated patients with cancer at various stages of the illness, from the earliest diagnosis, to the terminal stage. Cancer is such a powerful and frightening illness - its effects are both physical and emotional, affecting not only the patient, but their family and friends also. I have seen the devastating physical and emotional effects of cancer, but I have also seen the power of hope, determination, positive thinking and the strength of the Human Spirit.
People, generally, are incredibly mentally and physically resilient and have an instinctive and overriding desire to survive. Yet when someone is told they have a serious illness, their conditioned response is to abdicate responsibility and give all control to someone else. In effect they become passive recipients.
Being passive goes against our natural programming and can lead to negative feelings of helplessness and hopelessness and a weakening of the belief and resolve to survive. This state of mind effectively inhibits and suppresses the body's own healing responses.
To maximize the healing benefits of any and every external modality, the power of the mind must be used in a conscious and controlled manner to activate and heighten the body's own healing responses. Ideally, the patient must be an active participant.
Being active gives the patient some sense of control and power over their illness. They now have additional means of fighting the illness so their belief and resolve grows. This more positive state of mind stimulates the body's own healing responses.
Effective treatment of cancer needs to include the healing ability of the body and the mind, as well as all the external treatments. Patients must have belief and focus and it is essential they understand that where the mind leads, the body follows. It is vital to stay as positive and optimistic as possible, and keep focused on fighting the cancer. As long as there is life, there is hope.
Cancer is a life issue and needs to be treated as such to have the best chance of success. Aspects of the patients emotional and physical life need to be looked at with the patient, and if necessary, suggested modifications offered to create the best possible conditions for promoting healing.
Reiki healing is a good addition to any medical treatment, and there are other methods that can and should be used as well. The primary treatment is the Gerson Therapy. Some treatments will work directly on the cancer, and others will work on initiating the bodys healing process. Individually, these will have a chance of helping the patient, but they should all be used together where possible to maximize the healing effects.
The following methods are my recommendations for my cancer patients:
Follow the Gerson Therapy
The Gerson Therapy has been successfully treating thousands of cancer patients for more than 60 years. Developed by Dr Max Gerson, the Gerson Therapy is an intensive nutrition programme that is based around drinking large quantities of fresh organic juices, having coffee enemas, cutting out all salt and supplementing with potassium along with thyroid hormone, liver, iodine and other substances that accelerate the body's healing mechanisms.
In chronic degenerative conditions most of the body's organs cease to function effectively to the point of shutting down and the body becomes so weak that it can no longer fight off illness. The Gerson Therapy provides the body with vast quantities of easily absorbed living nutrients and releases the body of excess sodium, which has accumulated due to years of poor nutrition. The body is returned to a state of homeostasis. The Gerson Therapy has a 42% success rate with terminally ill cancer patients.
Reiki works by directing naturally occurring electro-magnetic energy at the frequency needed to destroy the cancerous cells and strengthen the vital organs to support the healing process.
I give Reiki healing on a daily basis to begin with, then I teach the patient basic Reiki to enable them to heal themselves daily. I do this to ensure the patient does not become dependent on me, and more importantly, to help the patient feel empowered and take back responsibility for their life.
I also teach the patient's close family basic Reiki so they can do something constructive to help. This helps their family feel empowered and more useful, which has a positive impact on the patient.
Use the Power of the Mind
Visualisation, intention, and/or positive affirmations, utilise the power of the mind to help the body fight the cancer. The patient needs to work with the practitioner to find the most suitable and effective methods for them to program their mind to fight off the cancer.
The patient also needs to have lots of rest and relaxation to eliminate all stress from their life to help the body's healing process.
The above is by no means the only way to treat cancer, but it is a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach that works with the patient, as well as working on the patient. The system has elements to work directly on the cancer and crucially has elements to encourage a major attitude shift towards a positive and active role in the healing process.
There are no guarantees with any treatment for cancer, all we can do is try our best to help in every way we can. I believe the best approach is to use every means available to us. Treatment needs to be comprehensive and wide-ranging and must utilize the power of the mind and spirit and body to heal itself.
©2005 Andy Chrysostomou. All rights reserved. Republished with permission on 08-Aug-05.
|Reiki: Rising Star in Complementary Cancer Care
|Posted: 5/2/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
April 5, 2004
Reiki: Rising Star in Complementary Cancer Care
By Kate Jackson
Vol. 16 No. 7 p.32
When Nancy Sampson, RN, BS, was preparing to retire from hospital nursing, she wanted to work with one of the hospital’s general practitioners, who was opening a retreat for cancer patients and who encouraged her to learn a biofield therapy known as Reiki (pronounced RAY-kee). “I sort of rolled my eyes, but I thought, ‘OK, I’ll try it,’” she recalls. “Of course, everyone was rolling their eyes back then; but, I had a phenomenal experience when I was first initiated into Reiki, and I knew at once that there was something to it.”
Sampson went on to become a Reiki master and teacher, and for the last seven years has coordinated a volunteer Reiki program in the radiation oncology department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in New Hampshire. Her experiences have validated her initial enthusiasm, and she’s certain that Reiki not only helps cancer patients retain and receive energy to heal, lessens the disease’s symptoms, and mitigates the side effects of treatment, but it also frequently extends lives.
Barbara G. Smith was equally skeptical. When her sister, a holistic and conventional veterinarian, invited her to take a Reiki course, Smith declined. “She kept after me, and I said, ‘I’m not interested; I don’t know what it is; I don’t have time.’ But, she wouldn’t leave me alone,” she remembers. “Finally, because my husband and I both had Lyme disease, I thought if it could possibly help, why not try it?”
The course transformed her life. “I absolutely loved it,” she says. “All I wanted to do from that point on was use Reiki to help people.” Smith also became a Reiki master and teacher and is unwavering in her conviction that Reiki is a powerful complementary therapy for use with traditional modalities when healing sick patients. “I’d love to see it used—not just in a few isolated facilities, but in every hospital—along with other complementary and alternative therapies so that patients and doctors can work together to heal the whole person, not merely treat symptoms,” she says.
A GENTLE HEALING FORCE
“Reiki is a gentle, noninvasive, yet powerful energy that’s wonderful used alone or in combination with conventional or holistic care,” says Smith. The word Reiki—from the Japanese words rei, meaning universal, and ki, meaning life force energy—describes a healing and stress-reduction technique believed to be rooted in ancient Tibet. It’s believed that it was rediscovered in 1914 by Dr. Mikao Usui, who, legend has it, was a Buddhist monk in Kyoto, Japan, who—based upon his extensive research—developed what has come to be known as the Usui system of Reiki. Hawayo Takata, a disciple of Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, Usui’s successor, introduced Usui Reiki to the West in the 1930s. Most of today’s Reiki masters trace their lineage to the 22 masters trained by Takata.
Many Eastern cultures embrace the concept of universal energy (ki in Japanese; prana in Sanskrit; chi or qi in Chinese) and believe that physical, spiritual, or emotional distress results from an energy blockage. With Reiki, the practitioner is believed to channel energy to the patient and restore balance.
To practice Reiki, an individual must be trained and “attuned,” or initiated, to channel energy. Only a master teacher who has reached the highest of three levels of training can train students. Level 1- and level 2-trained students, however, are capable of giving Reiki to themselves and others. Level 1, which is typically accomplished in a two-day period, is effortless, energizing, and, at the same time, extraordinarily relaxing. Second-level training, which can also be accomplished in two days, enables the recipient to access more healing energy than level 1 through the use of mantras and symbols. Level 3 master training, the duration of which depends on the Reiki master, provides even greater access to healing energy through the use of additional mantras and symbols.
During Reiki sessions, a clothed patient reclines on a massage table or Reiki table with pillows beneath his or her head and knees. Often, relaxing music is played. During a treatment (which lasts from 20 minutes to 90 minutes), Reiki practitioners float their hands above or place their hands lightly on specific energy centers of the body. Using 12 to 15 hand positions, they transmit Reiki to the patient. Reiki practitioners neither diagnose nor promise outcomes. Nevertheless, they believe Reiki to have innate wisdom, be spiritually guided, serve the highest good, and flow naturally to wherever an individual needs it most.
Although many believe Reiki to be spiritual, it is not a religion, and it does not require those who give or receive it to adhere to any religious dogma. Recipients, Smith explains, have different reactions. Some initially feel nothing, while others may “experience a floating sensation, drift off to sleep, or feel a glowing radiance flowing through and surrounding them,” she says. Most, she says, will have a sense of profound relaxation.
WINNING HEARTS AND MINDS
Reiki can be a difficult concept for medical professionals to fathom. The terms often used to describe it can be alienating to those who speak the language of hard science and statistics. Its mechanisms and efficacy have not yet been measured or validated in a conventional way; its practitioners are neither trained nor credentialed in the rigorous manner familiar to most clinicians; and its premise strikes many as implausible or insubstantial. Nevertheless, healthcare professionals have not only been intrigued by Reiki, but many have also recommended it to their patients—and a surprising number have learned Reiki and employ it alongside their conventional healing practices. More surprising is that, in advance of rigorous investigation and research, Reiki has been embraced and legitimized by leading hospitals that offer it as a complement to traditional treatments.
This reception, however, is hardly surprising to those who’ve tried Reiki. Practitioners and recipients alike claim that the therapy can promote natural healing, stimulate endorphins, lessen or eliminate pain, lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, alter hormone levels, promote deep relaxation, energize, and calm. The American Cancer Society acknowledges patients’ subjective reports that Reiki speeds healing, increases physical and spiritual well-being, and reduces the intensity and frequency of nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. While many practitioners firmly believe that it shortens hospital stays, decreases patients’ need for medications, minimizes the side effects of treatment, and improves quality of life, none suggest that Reiki is a substitute for medical diagnosis or conventional treatment. They maintain, however, that because it has no potential for harm and no contraindications, it’s an attractive complementary approach appropriate for all interested patients.
While evidence of Reiki’s effectiveness has, until recently, been largely anecdotal, it has been compelling enough to inspire the beginnings of ambitious research. The National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine is investigating the use of Reiki in the treatment of HIV and diabetes. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, under a grant from the National Cancer Institute of Canada, are exploring the use of Reiki to combat the side effects of chemotherapy and anxiety in breast cancer patients.
Not everyone sees Reiki in terms of energy and the like. Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City view Reiki as a form of light-touch massage and are studying it alongside more traditional forms of massage to determine the effects on symptoms common in cancer patients. The initial findings of a retrospective analysis of clinical follow-up data, including 1,200 patients, was presented in 2002 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology. “We ask patients to rate their symptoms before and after treatment,” says Wendy Miner, LMT, massage therapy manager at MSKCC and Reiki master. “Some patients were also called one day later and two days later and asked if the symptoms increased or stayed low and to what extent.”
What the study revealed, she explains, is that the symptoms patients described as being most bothersome usually decreased by 50% after a single treatment and did not return to pretreatment levels during two days of follow-up. There were no important differences in effect between Reiki and the various other forms of massage. Miner is quick to point out that MSKCC massage therapists have given many thousands more episodes of massage care than those followed in this study. Though not at all surprised by the results, they were encouraged to have preliminary data to support their impressions of significant clinical benefit from massage therapies.
THE CANCER CONNECTION
Michael McCarty, a level 2 Reiki practitioner, and his wife, Susan, a Reiki master from Salem, Ind., relied on Reiki when Michael was diagnosed with cancer in 1999. Daily practice reduced the pain of surgery and allowed him to endure 37 radiation treatments with relative ease and no side effects. “I don’t know how it works,” he says. “All I know is that it worked for me.” Michael’s enthusiasm for Reiki garnered the support of his radiologist, who told him that he was “all for anything to keep you emotionally and mentally stable while going through something so threatening to your body.”
Despite the scarcity of hard data confirming Reiki’s specific benefits, this kind of positive patient response has prompted many cancer programs—such as MSKCC, DHMC, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Bassett Healthcare’s Louis Busch Hager Cancer Center, and the Yale Cancer Center—to offer Reiki. At MSKCC, for example, Reiki is offered to improve quality of life and help relieve the symptoms of cancer in a state-of-the-art, integrative medical center. “It’s been an incredible tool here,” says Miner, who’s been practicing Reiki for approximately 13 years and teaching it for eight years. “I find it helpful for the gamut of concerns of the cancer center population.” It’s considered so beneficial, in fact, that it’s the subject of regular inservice programs so that all hospital staff can learn more about it and incorporate it. “Medical professionals who take the time to learn Reiki add a powerful dimension to their practice,” says Smith.
Reiki is a particularly attractive tool for cancer patients, says Smith, because it requires nothing of the patient but a willingness to participate and because it naturally flows to the need—whether that be mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual. At MSKCC, says Miner, patients rate their pain, fatigue, stress, nausea, and depression, and Reiki has been helpful in relieving all of these symptoms.
For example, the most common side effect of chemotherapy and radiation expressed by many cancer patients is fatigue. “With radiation,” says Miner, “the first two weeks might be OK, but at some point, the patients seem to hit a wall of fatigue. These patients say they’re really tired, and they can be people who are go-getters and have never felt tired like this before. In the past, if they didn’t get a good night’s sleep, they might have eaten better or exercised to feel better. But, this is not the kind of fatigue that can be relieved by any of these activities.”
During Reiki, patients often rest deeply, and when it’s done, they feel comfortable, Miner explains. “It makes them feel as if they won’t be tired for the rest of their lives,” she says. After a Reiki session, Smith says, “the patient is energized and able to do things that he or she didn’t believe were possible—perhaps going to a child’s school play or to the grocery store. It gives patients energy when they need it, allows them to relax when they most need it, and lets them sleep better than they would without it.”
At DHMC, Sampson, a nurse in the outpatient clinic, coordinates 10 volunteer Reiki practitioners who treat patients in a dedicated Reiki room within the radiation oncology department. It’s a peaceful oasis, she says, where ambulatory patients love to come to receive Reiki. For those who can’t visit the room, the team of Reiki volunteers follows them throughout the hospital for the duration of treatment. For the first seven years of Sampson’s Reiki program, there was one practitioner per patient. Now, based on an ancient Japanese model, there are two practitioners per patient. Explains Sampson, a Usui Reiki master who also has a private Reiki practice in Quechee, Vt., “The patient will receive no fewer than five days of Reiki sessions because we have discovered that some do not respond or feel anything until the fifth session.”
For radiation patients who require as many as eight weeks of treatment, Sampson tries to ensure that they get at least two weeks of Reiki therapy and, when possible, receive Reiki straight through until the end of the radiation treatment. The goal, observes Sampson, is not to cure cancer. “We’re trying to heal—and healing is done with the patients’ minds,” she says.
According to Miner, another common problem for cancer patients is anxiety. “When people are in the hospital, they’re in a foreign environment,” she says. “Our patients are not here because they’re a little sick. They’re here because they’re very sick, and often they’re scared. They may be having 24-hour chemotherapy infusions, and their bodies are having responses.” Cancer patients may always be thinking “What if?” and “What do I do if this happens?” According to Miner, they relentlessly “think, think, think—worry, worry, worry.” Reiki, she says, often triggers the relaxation response, enabling them to effectively reduce those thoughts. “It gives them a reprieve for a time,” she says, “so that they’re not consumed by the burden of those repetitive thoughts.” Adds Sampson, with Reiki, “despite the diagnosis, patients don’t feel like they’re at the end of the world.”
Other stress- and pain-reduction methods, such as massage, may be inappropriate for patients undergoing radiation because their skin can become extremely sensitive. “The integrity of the uppermost tissue level is compromised, so we can’t do massage,” explains Miner. Massage therapists also cannot manipulate patients on radiation sites that overlay tumors, but they can easily perform Reiki. “We can lightly rest our hands on the affected area without applying any pressure and without creating any alarm,” she says.
“Reiki is not esoteric,” says Miner. “It’s basic, simple human communication. You lay your hands on someone and align yourself; you offer your best intentions for this person, and you encourage them to think of it that way.” The patients, observes Sampson, “say, ‘I feel so centered, so comfortable, so peaceful.’” Their pain, she suggests, is diminished, and many patients with terminal conditions have extended their lifetime by receiving Reiki.
In addition to ameliorating cancer symptoms and treatment side effects, Reiki comforts terminally ill patients. “When I make house calls on patients who are dying, I see what Reiki does for them,” says Sampson. “If I go to the hospital rooms of dying patients, I see the peace that surrounds and embraces them. They say they feel more calm, clear, energized, and centered and are at peace.”
EMPOWERING THE PATIENT TO HEAL
“Reiki provides medically proven flexibility in treating and supporting the patient as a whole,” explains Smith. One fact that all medical and healing modalities agree upon, she says, “is that a person’s attitude and stress level have a pronounced effect on the healing experience. Reiki allows patients to tap into an energy source that reduces or eliminates pain and stress so that the body has more energy to heal itself.”
Because receiving Reiki was so beneficial to patients at MSKCC, Miner concluded that her program should expand to teach and attune patients to self-administer Reiki, as well as train caregivers to provide the therapy. “I had a number of patients who came weekly for sessions, but I thought it would be great if they could use it every day at home as a relaxation tool, so that if they awakened in the middle of the night with anxiety, they could use it to help them get back to sleep,” she says. Her team at MSKCC, therefore, offers anyone—patients, staff, and community members—the opportunity to learn Reiki levels 1 and 2.
The goal, agrees Sampson, is not to hold on to patients but to teach them. “Then they can do it for themselves, and that’s a key part of healing,” she says. “The majority of patients take that route and find it extremely helpful.” When teaching Reiki, she tells patients in advance that they may not feel anything for a month. “I tell them not to have any expectations,” she says. “But, more often than not, people who are taught Reiki feel something right away.” They might feel a sensation of warmth, coolness, tingling, or pure peacefulness; see vivid colors in their minds; or experience a rush and release of emotion.
Learning and self-administering Reiki, says Smith, requires nothing from a person but willingness to participate. “If patients become attuned to Reiki, they are empowered to take responsibility for their own health and gain control,” she says. “Although they can’t control where the Reiki goes, they can put their hands on themselves whenever they want.” The healing and restorative powers of touch are well-known, she observes, “but the addition of Reiki takes it to a whole new dimension.”
— Kate Jackson is a staff writer at For the Record.
|The Interior of Empowerment by Gail Straub of the Empowerment Institute
|Posted: 3/9/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
From Gail Straub: 3/9/2010
In honor of International Women's Day I am sending the link to my recent article posted on Huffington Post entitled, The Interior of Empowerment: Reason to Feel Proud as We Celebrate the Centennial of International Women's Day. Please do share this with your networks:
The following quote from Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s Half the Sky has become an organizing principle for hundreds of organizations around the world: “In the nineteenth century, the paramount moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century it was totalitarianism. In this century, it is the brutality inflicted on so many women and girls around the globe: sex trafficking, acid attacks, bride burnings and mass rape.”
The empowerment of women is not only a moral mandate; there is also a growing consensus among government, business and grassroots sectors that it is the most effective way to fight global poverty and extremism. Indeed six out of the eight Millennium Development Goals relate to empowering women. So just about everyone agrees that the empowerment of women is at the heart of the beast. But what exactly do we mean when we use the word “empowerment”? My article discusses why we need to join the exterior elements of the empowerment of women such as education, health, finance, literacy, women’s rights, and entrepreneurship---with the interior steps of empowerment such as awareness, vision, and the transformation of beliefs.
With my warmest wishes,
|Reiki, the Autistic Child and Family
|Posted: 3/9/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
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Reiki, The Autistic Child, and The Family
As a parent of a child who is on the autistic spectrum, I have found Reiki to be an invaluable tool for both my son and our family. Reiki is a safe, non invasive form of hands-on energy healing.
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PR Log (Press Release) – Feb 28, 2010 – As a parent of a child who is on the autistic spectrum, I have found Reiki to be an invaluable tool for both my son and our family. Reiki is a safe, non invasive form of hands-on energy healing. I discovered its effectiveness on autistic individuals by accident after I received my Level II Reiki attunement. Throughout puberty, my son was prone to episodes of rage. During one particularly bad episode, I felt at a complete loss. Then, I remembered I could use Reiki. It wasn’t the best time to try and get close enough to touch, or almost touch him. I utilized distance healing* and the results were just as fast and effective as “hands-on”. The one thing we all want is for our kids to be happy, and while Reiki is not a magic pill, it certainly aids our kids in countless ways. They generally become calm and relaxed after receiving the energy which opens a door for stress free therapy sessions, or simply time spent with the family. Getting Reiki on a regular basis has been known to help with sleep issues, moods, compliance issues, depression and more.
A suggestion I have for parents is that you get attuned to Reiki. This affords you the opportunity to treat your child in the moment. Another benefit is that it aids in relieving one of the feeling of helplessness that often comes with the territory of being a parent of a special needs child. You could also put Reiki energy into your children’s beds, backpacks, food, and drink. You can give Reiki to anything that comes in contact with your children, and your family. You can help your child, your family, and yourself if you’re a level I, but level II is recommended. Level II makes it possible to treat your child from a distance.
In treating autistic children, a good practitioner will be able to judge how best to administer treatment. Keep in mind that the session could include some time where the practitioner works “hands –on”, as well as distance healing. I would also suggest that if your child has a special toy, he bring it with him. The therapist could use the toy as a proxy, or tool to show the child what is going to happen. She could also put Reiki energy into the toy so that whenever the child holds it, he continues to experience the energy.
There’s one more point I’d like to talk about. Being a parent in general, can be stressful. Being the parent of a child with special needs is even more so. Self care is important. You can only offer as much as you’ve got. If your fuel levels are low, it’s not going to be long before your empty. Add to that, the stress is felt by the other members of the household too, be they humans or pets. If at least one parent is attuned to Reiki, he/she can give treatments to everyone. Giving Reiki does not deplete your energy, nor does it make you tired. The real beauty here is that every time you give a Reiki treatment, you receive one too.
*distance healing is a method of energy healing where one designates a proxy to work on when “hands-on” is not feasible or possible.
|Feng Shui in the Year of the Tiger
|Posted: 2/5/2010 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
Feng Shui in the Year of the Tiger
When you're thinking of using the principles of Feng Shui in interior design, it's tempting to think it's all just about choosing a color that makes you feel good, clearing out the clutter, and making sure your bed doesn't face the bathroom.
But this ancient art of placement has many layers to it, and understanding Feng Shui deeply can take years of study and practice.
One element of Feng Shui that isn't talked about often is appropriate for the new year. The Chinese new year begins this year on February 14, and this year we'll be ushering in the Year of the Tiger.
You may know that each of the twelve years in the Chinese calendar is believed to carry with it certain traits, so that if you're born in, say, the year of the tiger, you're believed to be brave, competitive, and unpredictable (kind of like a tiger).
According to Jennifer Ellen Frank, Sheffield School's Feng Shui Course Student Advisor, it's helpful to think of the qualities of a person who's born under the metal tiger sign in order to understand more about this coming year.
"When Metal is combined with lunar sign, it could produce a Tiger who is sudden, unorthodox and drastic in his actions. He is a person who is faithful only to himself & his desires, and doesn't mind stepping on a few toes along the way. Easily stirred by both good and bad influences, the metal tiger will tend to act independently as he hates having to get permission for anything or having his freedom curtailed in any way," Frank said.
The Tiger is the third sign in the Chinese zodiac, which is made up of twelve animal signs, and symbolizes courage.
"It plays a pivotal role in keeping away the three prime disturbances of a household which include fire, thieves and ghosts," Frank said. "At the same time, this year being at the Year of the Metal Tiger, it is being predicted that the Tiger would add the element of courage and the metal part would provide the necessary determination and resolve to achieve the goal that are set for the year. Moreover, the Chinese astrology has described the Year of the Tiger as 'tumultuous, hard working and vigorous year.'"
What may come as a surprise is that the year in the Chinese calendar can also help you to effectively design your home. As you may know, one of the things considered in Feng Shui are the five elements — wood, metal, fire, water, and air. This Year of the Tiger we're now entering is a "metal tiger" year, which predicts moods swinging and lots of vigorous hard work.
Since it's a "metal tiger" year, let's take a look at how metal works in Feng Shui. Perhaps the timing is perfect, as metal is a symbol of wealth, something we're all struggling with right now. It's also a symbol of protection —think swords.
When incorporating metal into your home décor, you don't have to paint your front door with gold leaf. You can use stainless steel, aluminum, iron, or any other metal — just make sure you're careful not to introduce sharp edges.
You also need to be careful not to over-use metal, but to use it in balance with the other elements. Think of how a sword can be either protective or dangerous — it's the same with using the metal element. The earth element supports, or balances, metal, and so to support a hard, cutting metal year, you may want to add earth elements to your home, by incorporating ceramics and earth colors.
One excellent way of incorporating metal is with the use of wind chimes, which not only bring in the element but also provide soothing musicality.
If you don't want to, or can't, bring in the element itself, you can bring its color into the room by using white and all metallic shades, such as gold, silver, and grey.
As with anything in home design, the metal you introduce must fit in nicely with the room's décor; you can't just put a metal box in the kitchen, or leave your weight-lifting plates on the sofa. Rather, you may need to do some research to find just the right accessory that will bring in the metal element without adversely affecting the balance of the elements in the room.
One source of metal often over-looked by today's designers is the ubiquitous electronic equipment that has a way of taking over our rooms. It's important to consider absolutely everything in a given room when looking for elements, including the computer, the television, the radio and the kitchen appliances. You may already have too much metal in a room such as the kitchen or study, without even knowing it.
The elements also each have their own shape. For metal, the shape is round, like the shape of a coin. So a coffee table that is made of steel and is round is doubly metal, whereas a square steel table will bring in the earth metal as well as the metal element.
Whether you were born in a previous Year of the Tiger or not, this is a good time to re-evaluate your home's Feng Shui, considering all the elements, but especially metal — this year's element.
|Always Choose Happiness
|Posted: 12/21/2009 | Read More | Post Comment (0)
....And there are always choices there for you. In other words, you can look at the hole in the wall or you can look at the beautiful painting. You can look at the light bulb that is out or you can see the light bulb that is working. You can look at your mate in his positive aspect or you can look at your mate in his negative aspect. You can look at your own body and find something that pleases you or find something that doesn't. You can remember your childhood and find something of pleasure or you can find something that makes you feel discouraged. You can remember a compliment or you can remember somebody down on you. You can remember your love or you can remember your hate.
In other words, you have that choice in every moment, and you are the definers of that. You are focusers of energy, that's what a creator is. A creator is someone who stands in their now and focuses energy.
|New Moon Abundance Checks
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New Moon Abundance Checks
This ritual has been handed down through so many people that its
origin has become unknown.
What are Abundance Checks?
Abundance checks are a tool we can use to create more abundance in our lives.
It can be done anytime, though you might want to try it at the new moon or waning moon period (when it is becoming full) to harness the expansion energy!
Even if you're unsure the check will work when you write it, just intend, let go, and you can experience results for increased abundance.
The increased abundance is not always financial, but certainly in an area that you need.
There is a traditional manner, which has been handed down, that must
be followed. If you do not have a checking account you can draw a
check on a piece of paper or print out the check that I have at the bottom of this article and fill it out the same way - the results will be the same, more abundance for you.
Here's how to do them:
1.)Within 24 hours after a New Moon, take a check from your check book. If you don't have a checking account, print out a check from the link below or you can draw a check, the results will be the same. Where it says "Pay to," write your name.
2.) In the little box on the same line where you would fill in a dollar amountwrite "Paid in full."
3.) On the line underneath your name, where you would write out a dollar amount, write "Paid in full." [I find it works better if you don't add the squiggly line.]
4.) Sign the check: "The Law of Abundance" Do not put a date on the check.Do not write a specific dollar amount in the check (don't limit yourself!). Put it in a safe place and forget about it. The Universe will take it from there.
Many people are skeptical about trying this until they do it. After the first time they realize the power of these checks and do them routinely every month! Try it yourself and see!
If you enjoy this ritual, do it for the next three New Moons and see
New Moons for 2012:
January 23, 07:39
February 21, 22:35
March 22, 14:37
April 21, 07:18
May 20, 23:47
June 19, 15:02
July 19, 04:24
August 17, 15:54
September 16, 02:11
October 15, 12:02
November 13, 22:08
December 13, 08:42
Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/20244/new-moon-2012/#ixzz27jmLPGAt
Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/20244/new-moon-2012/#ixzz27jltBkdt
Click on the image below to print your check
New Moon Ritual for Abundance Affirmations
Loudly Proclaim these while evoking your Prosperity
** I deserve abundance!
** I have abundance for myself and those I love!
** I am magnetic to money, prosperity and abundance!
** Money flows into my life. I AM prosperous!
** I accept prosperity and abundance into my life!
** I create money and abundance through joy, aliveness, and self-love!
** I receive only Prosperity and Abundance!