There are myriad benefits of Forgiveness for both sides of the act. Things like lower heart rate, lower stress and anxiety, less depression, lower blood pressure, increased friendships, increased spiritual well-being, etc. have been shown to result from forgiveness.
On the other hand, lack of ability to forgive self and others eventually leads to depression, anxiety, fear, shame, anger and all kinds of other mental and emotional unrest.
In light of the recently publicized suicides by well-known, seemingly well respected and high functioning celebrities I wonder what part non-forgiveness played in their desperate state. Forgiving ourselves is often more difficult than forgiving others and then we’ve got to live with that guilt every day if we can’t reconcile it. It can certainly wear on us day after day, year after year.
Spiritual practices help us to forgive and I do practice daily but forgiveness is a tough nut to crack for me related to both myself and to some family members. Along comes Turkey Totem! (Read more about Totem Animals here.)
TURKEY: A SPIRIT OF FORGIVENESS
Turkeys, turkeys they’re everywhere! All of a sudden these dinosaur looking birds seem to be all around me. Everywhere I go I see one or a group or I come across a Turkey feather like this one:
My cat plays with 2 Turkeys every day. They follow each other around the yard and just hang together!
I take their overabundant presence in my life as a sign. I then begin searching for the meaning of this sign. In my research, I kept reading that Turkey symbolizes:
Connection with the spirit of the land, with Mother Earth
Blessings from the Earth
Forms of nourishment in our life
Harvesting the fruits of your efforts and your work
Importance of community
Having enough in our life, satisfaction
Very nice. I love all of this but it did not prompt me to do anything or have an enlightened moment. Then I received an email from my Shamanic Society (CSEE) containing an article about Turkeys! In brief it said,
‘Turkey suggests that clearing ancestral patterns through forgiveness practice would help to ease triggers. Currently, there are lifetimes of very old, ancestral patterns surfacing with a lot of pain highlighted through the genetic code. You inherited your ancestors’ beliefs in fear, separation and suffering via your genes and through the imprinting of your culture. Your wounded ancestors are dramatically calling out, through the body, for help in getting unstuck.’
Bam! Majorly resonant for me. So, I’m off working with Turkey Medicine and am feeling more ease around these issues as well as things I’ve done in the past that I am not proud of.
If you feel you might benefit from the heart softening, forgiveness inducing spirit of Turkey give this 10:00 minute meditation a try. I love it! It at first may sound odd but stick with it and eventually it will feel like a lullaby and a blessing. I would recommend experiencing it several times (maybe once a day for 5 days). I hope you enjoy and come to peace within yourself and toward others who may have wronged you. Gobble, gobble! Thank you kind Turkey for coming into my life. Turkey Meditation
I am so happy when clients come in to see me for some spiritual or physical healing through Reiki, Yoga, Meditation and other services but these methods work best when you engage in supportive work at home. You cannot expect a few sessions to ‘cure’ what ails you when you’re dealing with chronic issues. To just go home to the same environment and patterns that made you imbalanced in the first place makes not sense! Right? Of course I’m right. After your first appointment with me I will likely give you homework to do. If you are ready to heal you will follow through. Journaling is one home exercise that can support you in your Journey to Health and Happiness. Here’s how.
There is something about writing things down that is just so cathartic. Yes, it’s good to type lists and ideas on your phone, get it off your mind and onto the digital paper but even better if you take out that old fashioned instrument called a pen and get it down on real paper! You will notice that more things will come to you as you transfer your thoughts and ideas, feelings, inspirations from your brain to your hand, fingertips and out onto the page through a pen. I don’t know what it is exactly that makes that stimulation happen but it always amazes me. Now, going deeper than lists we move into Journaling.
Write Your Way To Health & Happiness
Did you know that Journaling can bring Joy, Clarity and Calm? It’s true!
Journaling can also help you to:
Clarify your thoughts and feelings.
Know yourself better.
Solve problems more effectively.
Resolve disagreements with others.
Pay attention to life.
Puts things into perspective.
Keep your memory sharp.
Lower depression and anxiety.
Strengthen immune cells (T-lymphocytes).
Strengthen critical thinking.
How To Get Started Journaling
First Step: Obtain a notebook to write in!
This sweet journal depicting one of my Spirit Animals just about jumped into my shopping cart just as I was finishing the last page of my old journal. Perfect! TJMaxx – $3.49!
Any old notebook will do but I do enjoy choosing a beautiful specimen that makes me happy to look at and to work with.
Second Step:Grab a pen.
I like to use a special pen that is pretty and writes easily like a smooth glider, uni-ball, fine tip but as long as it writes you’re good to go.
Third Step: Write!
Do not fear that you have to write pages and pages of pretty looking script.No! Just a quick note will do as long as you get started. It can be quite messy as you see mine is. No worries. No one is going to read it other than you. Oh and you don’t have to concern yourself with spelling either. Usually I’m on top of my spelling but sometimes when I’m journaling I am in kind of a trance/meditational state and the way I spell things is very creative.
Some people find it helpful to choose one time of day to Journal. Most choose either morning upon awakening or in the evening before bed but you can choose any time that’s convenient. Until you get into the swing of things it is helpful to write at the same time of day, consistently. Just do the best you can. We don’t want Journaling to be just another thing on your To-Do list.
Ideally you will Journal undisturbed in a quiet place but if that is not always possible just grab some time and pop on your noise cancelling headphones. Ahhh. Peace amid chaos.
What in the world do I write you ask? You write anything you want to write. Here are some ideas:
Every day write just one thing you are grateful for. It can be a short one sentence blurb like” I am grateful for my health”. If you write in the morning you can think about this statement through the day. You can also extrapolate on the blurb by writing down all the things that good health allows you to do, etc.
At the end of the day write down something you did well that day, something you are proud of or an accomplishment.
Write down any struggles or concerns you’re working through. You can go on about how it came to be a struggle and/or what you might want to do to improve the situation. Do not be surprised if solutions come out of the blue!
Ask a question
Simply write down a question that you’d like an answer to. Continue by writing your own answers to the question. New answers that make sense may appear as you write.
Stream of Consciousness
Just start writing. “Hello. How are you? What am I doing? I don’t know what to write about but I’m giving it a shot. I could use a shot. A shot of tequila would be helpful… ” and on and on and if you keep going you will get to some good stuff!
If you’ve never written down your dreams you are in for a wild ride! Write down whatever you remember as soon as you wake up. Dreams are all in symbols which can be confusing as to what it all means but as you begin writing down your dreams meanings will come to you. For me they usually come in the form of a gut feeling but you may get clarity via visions or other sensational data.
Some days you will know Journaling would be beneficial for you to do but you can’t come up with anything to write about. On those days you can use prompts. Here are a few to get you started but you can always google ‘Writing Prompts’ if you need more. Here’s a link I found for 1 prompt for each day of the year.
I am here on this earth to…..
The earliest memory I have is…… and it makes me feel…..
The top five things I want to accomplish this year are….
I am inspired to…
So there you go. ABC, It’s easy as…1, 2, 3, Or simple as… Do-Re-Mi, A, B, C, 1, 2, 3, baby you and me girl! (Yes, I’m a big Jackson 5 fan!) Get going now! Journal your way to health and happiness and let me know how your’e doing. HAVE FUN!
Recently I did a quick social media post about giving and it got me thinking about all the ways we can give and the benefits of doing so. Here’s the post:
“Don’t you just love my new scarf given to me by my open-hearted client McCaela?! I love receiving but if you really want to feel fabulous try giving. You don’t have to spend money to give. The other day I let a man go in front of me in line at the grocery store because he was clearly in a big hurry. He was so grateful and it only cost me 5 minutes. There are lots of creative ways to give and the more you give without expectation the better you’ll feel. Really! Try it. 💜 #giving#happiness#sharing#thanks#thankful#kindness#love#health#reiki #reikiofgreaterboston”
Wondering what’s in it for you? Here you go:
BENEFITS OF GIVING
Lower blood pressure
Lower stress levels
Strengthens faith in humanity, love and Higher Power
Evokes feelings of gratitude
It’s contagious and has a ripple effect in your own life and those of others
Adds meaning to your life
Gives a feeling of empowerment and control/making a difference
And I can’t promise this one, but for me, a feeling of euphoria!
Most of you will simply trust me when I tell you that all of these benefits have been shown in various studies. You know by now that I am not big on ‘proof’ when I know and feel the truth but if you are scientifically minded you can just google: ‘studies showing benefits of giving’ and Ta-da- there you’ll find all the proof you need. Or, even better, do your own experiment by trying some of the giving methods listed below and feel first hand the benefits!
There are many creative ways to give. Money is not needed. In fact I have given many times in the monetary form and continue to do so for causes dear to my heart but I don’t feel the rush that I do from a more intimate form of giving. For me, to be able to see the joy and happiness in the receiver’s eyes is the best part!
Ways To Give
Grant Forgiveness. This can be most difficult at times but the results are highly beneficial to all involved. It is still challenging for me but I’m working on it!
Donate Items You Are Not Using-Books/Clothes
Do Chores for someone struggling such as an elderly neighbor or one recovering from surgery.
Smile/Say Hi to everyone including strangers
Give compliments. I love to be complimented! Here are two of my favorite compliments: . 1.”You are a Warrior.” 2. “You are so brave.” These comments have stuck with me through the years and I rely on them when I’m low. I am grateful that those people spoke their thoughts.
Teach someone to read
Teach a skill at a jail or an after school program
Buy a stranger’s coffee (small amount of $ required)
Fill a parking meter that has expired (small amount of $ required)
Send a greeting card through the mail telling someone you’re thinking of them
Offer someone your seat if you take public transportation or when shuttling at the airport
Be present when someone is speaking to you and try listening without judgement
Help someone in need of assistance: changing a tire, car broken down on the highway,
Hold the door for someone
Offer to help put someones groceries in their car if they seem physically challenged. Occasionally this will insult someone but it’s ok because intentions are pure and most of the time people are so grateful.
Give a blessing/say a prayer for someone you notice that is clearly struggling. I go back and forth about giving money in this situation so I usually opt for the blessing.
Give some food to a homeless person. I always carry nuts, bananas and nectarines with me because I eat all day. These are easy and healthy items to share. (Hopefully they don’t have a nut allergy!)
Let someone go ahead of you in traffic. Ooh, not Bostonian like character!
Let someone go ahead of you in grocery line or department store line. This is so easy if they’ve got 1 item but challenge yourself here.
Pick up trash that is not your doing. Read moreabout being kind to the Earth.
Invite someone over for dinner or coffee/dessert
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Help someone cross the street
Help someone clear their car of snow/ice
Make people feel welcome and/or comfortable wherever you are as if you are the host of the Universe.
That’s all I’ve got for now! I’m sure there are many more ways to give. Get creative and you won’t regret it. November 13th is designated as World Random Acts Of Kindness Day which is great to build awareness of these simple but fulfilling actions but for those of us who are already aware of the positive vibe they create in ourselves and the ripple they create in the world it seems criminal not to practice Random Acts of Kindness each and every day. Rock on awesome people!
It would behoove you to pay attention to this call from your Power Animal because these animals can be of great help and guidance to you. And it’s FUN!
Spirit Animals can:
Help you identify parts of yourself that could be developed further and to understand yourself and your purpose more clearly.
2. Help to open your mind and heart.
3. Lead you in the right direction when making important decisions.
4. Connect you more deeply with earth, nature and your own instinct.
5. Make you feel comforted and supported. This is my favorite benefit and one that’s happened for me with each of my Power Animals. Once you acknowledge your Power Animal you will begin noticing it’s presence in your daily life. When I’m having a particularly hard time or difficult day and all of a sudden my Spirit Animal pops up in some form I feel better. It makes me smile and know that I am protected and being watched over. After that encounter I am able to deal much more effectively with any problems that come my way.
Ways to Identify Your Power Animal
First let me say that in my experience Power Animals come in and out of your life based on what you are going through and what you need in your life at the time. Throughout your life you may have many animal guides. To date I’ve had a Spirit connection with Owls, Hawks, Foxes, Hummingbirds and Dragonflies. I love them all, I’ve learned from them all and I expect to meet many others on my journey. Here are some methods you can use to find your Animal Guide:
You may already be familiar with your Power Animal! Have you always been particularly drawn to a certain animal or feel some kind of connection to them? Perhaps you’ve just always been intrigued or drawn to its Spirit for some reason. Revisit this affinity by trying to define what it is that draws you to it. Study this creature: watch it in its natural habitat if possible. If not then do some research on its habits and see what it can teach you.
Set an intention to meet your spirit animal. You can do this by saying or writing just that each day when you wake, “Today I intend to meet my Spirit Animal.” Then, stay open and alert to your surroundings and notice what images, feelings or animals show up. Give this process a few weeks to gel.
Before you go to sleep, ask to meet your power animal in your dreams. I would spend about 5 minutes requesting this. While doing this requesting you may start having animal images appear even before you’re asleep! When you wake in the morning write down the dreams/images that came to you (even if the dreams are not animal related) and see what comes up.
Spend some time outside preferably in a natural setting like a forest or meadow. If this is not possible just a walk outside somewhere will be fine. While outside, be aware of your surroundings. Notice all stimuli hitting your senses: smells, sounds, sights, etc. See what, if anything speaks to you or if any patterns emerge.
Try automatic writing. Simply sit down with pen and paper at the ready, close your eyes for a few minutes and set your intention to have your spirit animal totems revealed to you. Open your eyes and start writing. Let the pen flow. If you’re feeling stuck you can start with something like: ‘I’m sitting down to do some automatic writing with the intention of meeting my Spirit Animal.’ and just keep going. You may start writing about things seemingly not related to animals. That is ok. Go with the flow.
Experience a Shamanic Journey specifically a Quest to Find Your Spirit Animal. Here is one short Journey that you can start with.You can find others on line too if this one does not speak to you.
Come in for a Reiki Healingand prior to and during we will work with intentions surrounding the emergence of your Power Animal. Lots of Magic happens on the Reiki table!
You can identify what it is you are needing at this time and then search for an animal that exhibits that quality. For example if I am in need of courage right now I would search ‘spirit animals that exhibit courage’. Several will turn up (Tiger, Lion, Panther, Eagle, etc.) note which ones appear and start learning about each one to see if any resonate with you.
Take a free on-line test or 2 and see if the results make sense to you.Here’s oneyou can try. Most of them require your email to be supplied for results.
Once You Identify Your Animal
Once you have made a connection with your Spirit Animal you can strengthen the bond between you. Here are some ways you can do this:
Keep your Animal in mind daily. To help you do this you can add pictures of your Animal in the spaces of your life: your car, your work place, your home, etc. Here are some of my personal reminders:
Wear clothes and accessories that bring you closer to your Animal. If your Guide is a bird you can wear some feather earrings or pin a few feathers somewhere on your jacket/shirt. If your guide has Fur you can get a faux piece to attach to a collar or something or add the Animal’s colors or fur patterns somewhere on or around you. A rabbit’s foot key chain is an example.
Study the lifestyle of your Animal and if possible act like them in some way. If your Animal is a snake you can get down on your belly and see the world from that perspective, slither around a bit!
Come to a private Yoga Classand we can create a pose or 2 or 3 dedicated to your special Animal. If your Animal is a Wolf we might incorporate some howling at the moon or if an Eagle we might to some flapping of wings and flying!
Write and/or recite a daily prayer to your animal. Here is an example to the Badger (which is my husband’s guide at this time-ahh, I’m scared. He is fierce!):
*As you read more you will see that some people differentiate between Spirit, Power and Totem Animal definitions. These differences do not concern me but may be of interest to you. I see them all as magical connections to spirit.
Most people come into my office for services because they are feeling ‘off’ in some way and know they can be better. A majority are stressed and anxious, have trouble sleeping, etc. but when I ask them if they’ve tried meditation this is how they look at me!
Meditation gets a bad rap in some circles with people believing that sitting still in lotus pose like a Buddha is a requirement. I used to think that too and being a fairly active person with a penchant for large muscle movement, this pose did not appeal to me either but this notion is quite far from the truth. There are many different and fun ways to meditate and still reap the benefits!
Some of The Benefits of Meditation
Increases immune function
Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level
Increases HappinessDecreases Depression
Increases your sense of connection to others
Decreases feelings of loneliness
Increases ability to control emotions
Increases grey matter (memory) and cortical thickness (attention span)
Improves productivity and creativity
Improves ability to sleep
Decreases need for sleep
Improves ability to express your authentic self
Decreases drama in your life
Despite all these life improving benefits, people come up with excuses, fears and reasons not to participate in meditation.
Some Common Reasons People Give for Why They ‘Can’t’ Meditate
I can’t sit still
I can’t clear my mindI don’t have time
I don’t have a quiet place
Quiet makes me anxious
Addressing each of the above:
There is no need to sit still to meditate. There are many meditation methods that involve movement/activity. Try Walking Meditation, Vinyasa (Flow)Yoga, Tea Ceremony Meditation, Chanting.
Even master meditators have trouble clearing their minds sometimes. Having a clear mind is not a requirement for meditation. In fact I welcome the distracting thoughts because they give me an opportunity to practice placing my focus back on what I’m doing. Meditational focal points could be the breath, a mantra, a candle flame, etc. This is the practice – noticing the unclear mind and bringing your focus back to attention, over and over. Meditation is practice not perfection. (The practice of meditation is perfection though!)
No time? Nonsense!
You don’t have to meditate for long periods to reap the rewards. To beginners I recommend 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at night. 10 minutes a day. I know you have that available to you and if you cannot make that time for your sanity and improved quality of life then you are not quite ready to progress in this area of your life. At this time, there is something about being unsettled/unhealthy that is more compelling to you than grounded living. This is ok! We are all at different places in our journeys. Clients who give the reason of no time for meditation seem to find meditating while lying down in bed just before sleep at night and/or before they get up in the morning an easy way to ease into it all.You may not be able to get a quiet place to meditate at home because you live with noisy people or people who demand your attention. Look elsewhere. Perhaps there is a place outside somewhere, in a park or your backyard that will offer more peace for you. Maybe at work there is a place you can go to at lunch break – an empty office? Eventually you will not need pure quiet to meditate. Being able to achieve calm among the noise is the ultimate goal so practicing with a bit of a ruckus can be beneficial.Uncomfortable with quiet? See #4.
With so many meditation methods there is bound to be at least one that will pique and keep your interest!
I believe beneath these excuses is a fear of discovering deep truths. This fear is usually not conscious. It can be scary looking in the mirror of your mind but it is the only way to move beyond the crap on a more permanent basis.
Consistency is key. I find 5 minutes a day better than 30 minutes once a week. You may not notice the benefit immediately (but you may!), either way, if you continue, you will notice how strong, grounded, calm, level-headed, compassionate, etc. you’ve become and you will need to go buy and wear a shirt that says, ‘SPIRITUAL WARRIOR!’
There are too many types of meditation to list here but here are:
Some of the More Popular Meditation Methods
Walking– Just walk and pay attention. Walk slow, walk fast, feel your feet. Notice.Metta (Loving Kindness)-I love this one because I get to send myself some love first! Use loving statements starting with yourself as recipient. 1. May I be/feel: “fill in the blank”: happy, loved, peaceful, etc. 2. Next think of some one you like or are thankful for use the same statement with them in mind: May they be “fill in the blank”. 3. Someone you feel neutral about. 4. Someone who pushes your buttons, disturbs your peace. 5. All beings/The Universe/The Earth.
Mantra– You can use traditional Mantras like ‘Sat Nam’ or I am Truth. I like “I am Light’ and here’s a beautiful song about that for you to enjoy and absorb. You can also make up your own Mantra that means something to you like: My heart is open and free or I am One with All.
Sound-Do this lying down or seated. Allow all sounds to enter your awareness and let them be.
Guided/Visualization-Use a meditation app like Head Space or Insight Timer. Candle Flame– Soften your gaze and focus on a candle flame. You may receive messages or see images as time passes. Bring your focus back to the flame over and over again as you notice your mind wandering.
Mindfulness-In short, become aware of each movement, sound, thought, etc. Watch all as the observer.
Chanting- Chant along with some traditional sanskrit prayers. Here’s an example. It’s ok if you mess up the words just feel it all and open your throat.
Breathwork-Simply watch your breath come in and out (without losing focus on the breath). It’s harder than it sounds. You can also find a breathing pattern that feels good to you. Square breathing, for example, is a basic breathing technique that is not too difficult to work with.
Journaling-Write anything! Your dreams, your thoughts, ideas, disturbances, things that you’re grateful for, goals, feelings. Have fun! Always have fun.Engaging in an activity that absorbs you: working on a puzzle, a math problem, dancing, singing any art form or creative practice. Merge and become one with the activity.
C’mon now! Pick one and just give it a try for me. For yourself! If you’d like a little bit of guidance book a private session with me (it’s the 8th option down on that link) and you’ll be on your way in no time.
I’ve been feeling a bit rejected lately. Here are 3 recent examples and how I shook it off.
Most of the people in my life, including my business clients are open hearted, open minded and highly intelligent. I’ve designed my life this way. These are the people who I attract. Once in a while though I meet people who have their hearts heavily armored. They are defensive and closed down and though they may come see me regularly for Reiki and other services I sometimes feel that I’ve failed them for not being able to help them crack open fully.
I was asking for guidance about this issue today as I was driving home, asking, ‘please god and healing spirits, help me with (Name). What can I do to help further move her along in her healing? ‘ And just then a commercial truck passed me with a big sign on the back saying:
Message: Love It And Love It Again!
I think it was some kind of soda advertisement but for me it was THE answer to my posed question. Immediately I relaxed and smiled because I knew I was doing just that and that was enough.
Taking it further I said a Thank You to this special client for allowing me the opportunity to experience this spirit communication. And then I sent her blessings.
2. Trying to help certain family members get ahead of their aging and illnesses with suggestions and offerings of help continue to be dismissed. It is disheartening to me. I see them failing and know things that should be done to prevent further damage but no, they choose to ignore my suggestions. So I brought myself to my meditation space and sat with my tears and asked, “What can I do about this situation? What can I do to help them, to make sure they stay as well as possible?” Then I listened and what I ‘heard’ was,
Message: “Help those who want your help.”
Yes! For some reason this made perfect sense to me and gave me such comfort. I do have so many people who come to me wide open for help and that is where I will focus instead of lamenting over these few people who do not value my knowledge or intentions.
3. I’m such a lover. I simply love everyone and I don’t hide it. I hug strangers.(Hugging is Healthy!) Once in a while someone moves me deeply and I just can’t help but to let them know it. If I meet someone and their eyes are mesmerizing I will tell them so, if their bodies are just out of this world and they knock me out with their beauty, if their energy is uplifting, I will say so. I can’t help it! I don’t want to marry them or intrude on their lives, I don’t want to sleep with them (usually) but I simply feel a connection to everyone because we are humans on this earth at the same time. Because of that alone we have a great deal in common! Most people enjoy these compliments, some just think I’m a crazy old woman and others I believe are intimidated by me and/or my honesty. This last one makes me feel sad and rejected.
Over the last 3 weeks or so this ‘intimidated reaction’ occurred a couple of times. Once again I turned to Spirit with my tears and my questions, ‘Why don’t they like me? I’m so nice! Who wouldn’t like me?! Why are they so scared of me when I’m honest and being myself? Should I change my behavior, pretend I am someone I’m not?, etc.’ I was not getting an immediate answer to these ponderings so I started considering how I could change my behavior to make others more comfortable. I noticed also that I was also ‘sour grapesing’ it saying ‘f–k them, they must be wimpy to be scared of honesty, etc. But I knew this was a coping mechanism not worthy of me so I continued to ask Spirit for assistance throughout the day.
I went to bed without any communication from spirit and began downloading books to read. My answer came from the first book I sampled, Intentional Dissonance by Iain S. Thomas.
Message: “Never apologize for how you feel…The sun doesn’t apologize for being the sun. The rain doesn’t say sorry for falling.”
There you go. I must be who I am. We all must be who we are even though it can be difficult at times. We must be true to ourselves! Ok, so I guess those people just aren’t meant to be in my life at this time. I let them and their reactions to me go. Bye-bye!
Receiving messages from higher power makes me feel so much better. Sometimes the answers take a while to arrive so until I receive the word I have found that these other things help me to keep up my spirits:
So, when you’re feeling rejected or lost, I recommend asking for guidance from Spirit (whatever that means to you) and then listenwith wide open senses. This takes practice and patience but answers will come to you and you will be guided and comforted if you stick with it. Feel free to message me if you have questions!
If you are plagued with any of these Emotional Issues
Cold emotionally and sexually
Lack of Joy
Or these Physical Issues
Low back pain
Urinary and kidney infections
Then rebalancing your Sacral Chakra could help!
What is a Chakra?
In simple terms, Chakras are energy centers, vortexes or wheels in and around our bodies where energy gets processed.Take a peek at this earlier writing to learn chakra basics and information on the Root/1st Chakra.
The treatments listed below will help you begin to release shame and guilt and be able to come more fully present in your body resulting in a freer, more authentic existence.
I am the target text.
Balancing the Sacral Chakra allows us to begin to release fear, guilt and shame that have either been programmed into our lives or learned some other way. In balancing this Chakra we begin to feel free to be human at the most basic level, physically, sensually, creatively, passionately and sexually.
Supta Bahdda Konasana (Reclining Butterfly)
Dance- Swivel Hips, Move to the music
If you’re not familiar with these poses you can look them up on-line or schedule a Yoga session and we can play with all of these!
Carry one or more of these stones with you when you’re feeling closed down. They will help open you up to creativity, life and feeling.
To balance Chakras with Reiki we will do an assessment of each of the 7 major chakras by dowsing with a pendulum. Next, crystals will be tested for compatibility with your body and placed at specific points on your body/or table and a guided meditation and Reiki session will ensue. A Chakra Balancing session takes about 75 minutes. A specific session working on 1 specific Chakra can take place in the same amount of time and will also include practicing Yoga Poses and chants. You can make your appointment here. After your session you will be given some ‘homework’ to maintain the chakras that were shown to be out of balance.
Click link above to hear this chanting. You can simply listen or join in on the chant for a more intense vibrational healing. I like to lie down and let the sounds wash over me. It’s an hour long recording but you don’t need to listen to the whole thing. Just see how it feels for you. I’d give it at least 10 minutes.
Try one of these fragrances in the form of essential oils (use in a diffuser or rub the oils directly on your skin) or incense (burn) when trying to open yourself up to more feeling, creativity and acceptance.
Rose Sandalwood Ylang-Ylang
Essential Oils can be purchased at Whole Foods or on-line. Be sure they are Pure essential oils.
Meditation & Breathwork:
Left nostril breathing called Ida Nadi breathing will help to open up the second chakra as it brings forth moon (ruler of the tides, oceans and all the water in our bodies) energy. Before you start you may want to blow your nose to make it as clear as possible. Begin in a comfortable seated position with your back erect, head in line with your spine. Close your eyes or at least soften their gaze and then close off your right nostril with the first two fingers of your right hand. Now inhale and exhale through the left nostril only trying your best to take full, complete inhales filling the whole chest cavity and even up to your throat up with breath. On the exhale release all the stale breath full of toxins by squeezing the tummy muscles to press out all the air. Repeat until you feel ready to stop.
Try this simple Sacral Meditation to aide in balancing your 2nd chakra. Lie down on your back. Don’t you like this already?! Close your eyes and allow your body to become soft and heavy. Now on your next inhale imagine a vibrant orange light entering your lower abdomen and permeating through to your lower back. Your whole Sacral area is full of swirling, energizing orange light/energy. Simply notice how it feels to you. When you feel done, on an exhale, shrink the light down to dot size and then let it finally disappear.
Suck up all the sweetness and juiciness of life! This is the crux of the Sacral Chakra. Find and engage in activities that bring you joy! Is there an activity you loved to do in your childhood that you have not engaged in as an adult? Here are some activities people (including myself) find helpful in getting back in touch with that free spirit most of us embodied as a child:
Art/Crafts: Drawing, coloring, painting, decoupage, making a shadow box, make pot holders, make jewelry
Physical Activity: Dancing, joining an adult sports team – hockey, Climb a Tree (my favorite!) soccer, volleyball, Skipping, Play Hop-Scotch, Jump Rope, Ride Bikes, Swing on a swing, etc.
Games/Toys: Puzzles, Dolls, Legos, Lincoln Logs
Music: Sing, play an instrument (even just bang on some pots)
None of these things have to be done to look a certain way. Simply do them for fun! Try to get fully absorbed with the activity, getting lost in the joy of it. Feel free and flowy!
Orange! A perfect color for fall and Halloween. Wear more orange, eat orange foods (oranges, carrots, sweet potatoes), bring some orange into your decor: some throw pillows, candles,blankets, wall hangings.
You can repeat this statement (mantra) a few times before you get up and before you go to bed, saying each word slowly and meaningfully. As you work with this or any mantra you may find your inner knowing wanting to change some of the words to make it more resonant for you. Go with that!