Gratitude

Gratitude and the changes saying the word, feeling the word makes in us is important. The challenges we meet in life, help us to grow, they help us to heal by giving us strength. They can also help us grow by showing us the extent of our challenges as compared to someone or something else. There are loved ones that stand by us, and support us, food on the table, a roof over our head, and so much more. Some of this we take for granted. Some of it we do not appreciate as much as we should. 

Taking a few minutes each day to relax and consider what it is you are grateful for. Doing this in nature is, your own back garden, a park, a place by a lake, for me, by the lake is best. But also recognize that parks and public places also bring energies you may not want around you and that you will need to engage with the Archangel Michael to protect your space from these unwanted spiritual intrusions.

If you have a strong guide who can support and protect the session, they will do just as well as protector of you and the session.

If you cannot be outside, somewhere peaceful in your home will do!

I usually burn incense. If you do, the one you choose is your choice, not someone else who may share the space. You will be guided to make the choice. Light it a few minutes before you start so that the scent has already permeated the room you are in.

I like to have a crystal with me. Again, hold the one you feel guided to.

Close your eyes and allow the busy, egoic mind to stop its chatter. As you spend time quietly like this you will become more proficient in stopping the chatter very quickly. Be at peace with yourself and the space around you. The crystal you are holding can be a center of concentration because you can feel it in your hand.

Breathe. Breath brings air, which contains oxygen into your body. Oxygen is life, we need it to sustain our cells and the physical container in which our soul is experiencing the physical world.

Appreciate and say thank you for these things. Show gratitude for the time and space to be able to do this.

The physical container, your body, has challenges. You see through your eyes, touch with your fingers, well, almost every part of your body is sensitive to touch, but the fingers and hands are the most important. Ears through which you hear. The nose that brings in air also smells the environment. We taste the world with our tongues. We express ourselves with our voices. Our bones muscles, tendons etc. allow us mobility to change our location and see things. Our skin, a complex organ in its own right is both the barrier between what is inside and what is external to us, but it also heals us when we cut or damage it. It depends us against disease.

For each one of these things we can be grateful and express our gratitude by a simple statement: “I am grateful for…”

Gratitude can also be expressed by sensing through one of our sense. Before you started this session, you lit some incense. Use your sense of smell to detect and appreciate the incense. Appreciate the fact that you can smell the incense and show gratitude for it.

As you practice and repeat this session of gratitude. Change the sense through which you are appreciating and showing gratitude. The crystal may be smooth or it may be rough and natural. Use your hands to sense its shape, size, smoothness, roughness, weight. In your hands, in your fingers, on your leg. Express your gratitude for the sense of touch.

As the session comes to the end, place your hand over your heart and sincerely, tell yourself you love YOU! As you do this your soul is communicating with your physical self. 

It is the moment when it tells the physical container, no matter how strong and vibrant, or, how imperfect and restrained the body is, it appreciates what it can do. It is the moment when the blind person says thank you for touch and smell and the other senses. When the deaf person says thank you for sight and feeling. 

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Amethyst Crystal – Third Eye Chakra

Amethyst crystal laid on quartz – isolated on white
  1. known as the “meditative stone” and “calming stone”
  2. provides calm, balance, patience and peace
  3. equally beneficial on each of the emotional, spiritual and physical planes
  4. can assist with personal losses and grief
  5. aids in emotional stability and inner strength
  6. enhances flexibility and cooperation
  7. can help with overcoming addictions and compulsive behaviours
  8. increases spirituality and enhances intuition
  9. assists in making a clear connection between the Earth plane and Source
  10. helps in opening channels to telepath, past life regression as well as all ‘clears’
  11. protects against psychic attack
  12. protects against thieves and also protects travelers
  13. helps healing with headaches, insomnia, arthritis, diabetes, pain relief, circulatory system issues, endocrine system, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, immune system, asthma, phobias, pregnancy and preventing miscarriage, menopause, PMS, and general healing
  14. color – purple

Amethyst encourages selflessness and spiritual wisdom. Also enhances metaphysical abilities and an excellent stone to assist with meditation, dream recall and visualization. Amethyst blocks negative environmental energies. Beneficial to the mind – calms or stimulates as necessary. Also enhances memory and improves motivation. This stone balances emotional highs and lows. 

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Clear Quartz – Crown Chakra

close up of a small but powerful quartz crystal over a dark background
  1. known as the “Universal Crystal”
  2. is a power stone
  3. is the most recognized of the crystals
  4. enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing & transmitting
  5. channels Universal energy
  6. beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection and channeling
  7. harmonizes and balances environment
  8. energizes and strengthens healing qualities of other crystals
  9. can be used to amplify healing energy and to perform diagnostic healing
  10. dispels and clears away negative energy
  11. enhances spiritual growth, spirituality and wisdom
  12. increases inspiration and creativity
  13. assists with concentration, studying and retaining information
  14. used in crystal healing to fortify and strengthen all systems of the body
  15. helps in healing arthritis, bone injuries, depression, intestinal troubles and also improves mental and physical energy, stamina and physical strength.
  16. color – clear, white

Clear quartz has powerful healing and energy amplifier. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy. Works at a vibrational level attuned to specific requirement of the user, it takes energy to most perfect state possible. Deep soul cleanser, enhances metaphysical abilities and attunes to spiritual purpose.  Quartz harmonizes all chakras, aligns the aura and cleanses third eye chakra to enable truth to be seen in Self and in situations, and signs and symbols to be recognized and understood

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Aquamarine Crystal – Throat Chakra

aquamarine
  1. known as the “stone of courage” than can bring great power
  2. assists with quick intellectual response
  3. brings inner peace and self-love
  4. helps with shielding auras
  5. brings Angels for guidance and protection
  6. excellent crystal for meditation
  7. dispels anger and fear
  8. assists with past life recall
  9. beneficial in bringing about good luck
  10. calms communication issues
  11. being attuned to the sea, it protects travelers on water
  12. helps in healing chronic fatigue, the endocrine system, eyes and eyesight, fluid retention, headaches, intestinal disorders, the nervous system, phobias, teeth and gums.
  13. color – greenish blue

Aligning all Chakras however clears the throat chakra and opens third eye also. Aquamarine Crystal, a wonderful stone for meditation, it shields the aura and encourages service to humanity. Breaks self-defeating programs and leads to dynamic change. Useful also for closure on all levels, understanding underlying emotional states and interpreting how you feel. Clarifies perception as it removes extraneous thought and filters information reaching the brain.

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Rose Quartz Crystal-Heart Chakra

Rose quartz – semiprecious gem used for jewels and also in esoteric and alternative medicine
  1. known as the “Love stone”.
  2. opens Heart Chakra to all forms of love, self and other
  3. lowers stress
  4. soothing and happy stone
  5. brings gentleness, forgiveness, compassion, kindness and tolerance.
  6. raises self-esteem and self-worth
  7. emotional balancing stone
  8. aids in healing emotional wounds and bringing a sense of peace and calm
  9. removes fears, resentments, guilt and anger
  10. eases and aids in releasing childhood traumas
  11. helpful and protective during pregnancy and with childbirth
  12. helps in healing the heart, the circulatory system, fertility, headaches, kidney disease, migraines, sexual dysfunction, sinus problems, throat problems, depressions, addictions, earaches, slowing signs of aging, spleen problems, fibromyalgia and maintaining an ideal weight. 
  13. color – pink

Rose Quartz – a stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. Promotes receptivity to beauty in all levels – including love and self-love. An emotional healer, releasing unexpressed emotions and heartache soothing internal pain and opening your heart so that you become receptive. If you have loved and lost, it comforts your grief.  Invokes self-trust and self-worth. Excellent for trauma or crisis, it acts as a rescuer and provides reassurance and calm. Draws off negative energy, strengthens empathy and sensitivity and promotes necessary change. 

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Citrine Crystal – Solar Plexus Chakra

Citrine – semiprecious gem
  1. known as the “success” stone and the “merchants stone” 
  2. promotes success and abundance especially in business
  3. imparts generosity receiving and giving balance
  4. enhances mental clarity, confidence, happiness and willpower
  5. brings good fortune in unexpected ways
  6. alleviates depressions and self-doubt
  7. brings happiness and cheer to anyone who carries it
  8. diminishes mood swings and self-destructive tendencies
  9. does not absorb negative energy and therefore never needs energetic clearing
  10. can be used to clear unwanted energies from environment
  11. helpful for general psychic awareness and spiritual development
  12. stone for general protection removing or deflecting energies of all kinds
  13. aids digestion, stomach, thyroid, heart, kidney, liver, muscles, strength, endocrine system, circulatory system, urinary system, immune system, fibromyalgia and diabetes and helps in diminishing or eliminating nightmares.
  14. color – yellow

Citrine Crystal absorbs, transmutes and grounds negative energy and protects the environment. It is particularly beneficial for attracting abundance. A powerful cleanse and regenerator that carries the power of the sun, this is a very beneficial stone and cleanses and reenergizes all of the chakras.  Energizing and highly creative, it never needs cleansing – it imparts joy to all who behold it.   it reverses self-destructive behaviour and assists in acting on constructive criticism. Citrine promotes inner calm, allowing your natural wisdom to emerge and encourages emotional balance. 

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Carnelian Crystal – Sacral Chakra

close up of a polished piece of carnelian isolated on a white background
  1. stone of creativity, individuality and courage.
  2. aids memory
  3. assists with past life recall
  4. helps to find soul mate
  5. protects from anger, jealousy and fear
  6. eases or removes sorrows
  7. stabilizes energy in home
  8. helpful in healing open sores, rejuvenating tissues and cells, rheumatism, kidney stones and other kidney problems, gall stones, colds, pollen allergies and neuralgia.
  9. color orange, red, brown

The Egyptians believed the Carnelian Crystal assisted the soul on its journey – they wore it to calm anger, jealousy and envy. Carnelian is a stabilizing stone with high energy, it anchors into the present reality, the NOW and is excellent for restoring vitality. Carnelian also has the ability to cleanse other stones. It helps assist with positive life choices and is useful for overcoming abuse including self-abuse It helps you to trust your Self and your perceptions, overcoming negative conditioning. A stone of abundance, it motivates for success in business and any other personal areas of focus.

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Garnet Crystal – Root Chakra

The Garnet is a stone of purity and truth as well as a symbol of love and compassion.
  1. stone of regeneration and stability
  2. brings positive thoughts
  3. excellent for manifestation and bringing abundance
  4. removes negative energy from all of the chakras
  5. discourages disorganized growth and brings inner strength
  6. stone of romantic love and passion
  7. increases truth, commitment and faith
  8. reduce and/or eliminate self-sabotage conscious or unconscious
  9. helpful in healing blood diseases, regenerating the body, metabolism, spinal and cellular disorders, blood, heart, lungs, regeneration of DNA, assimilation of minerals/vitamins, allergies and anemia.
  10. dark red in color

The Garnet Crystal for the Root Chakra is named for the seed of the pomegranate, it is said to be good luck to be given a Garnet. It is a powerfully energizing stone that protects you, bestows self-confidence and is useful in a crisis where there has been a trauma. This builds your foundation chakra and fortifies the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope. Crisis becomes challenge under Garnets influence and promotes mutual assistance. It dissolves ingrained behavior patterns and outworn ideas that no longer serve, eliminating self-sabotaging behavior.

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Reiki is a very calming energy

Reiki is a very calming energy. As we move through our day, there will be moments when life throws us an emergency, almost as a way to find out how we will deal with it. I recall breaking down one day on the way to work and getting out of the car and kicking it as if it were its fault that something had broken and the car could not continue working. I had frustration and anger that my plans for the day had been interrupted.

Today, I have Reiki in my life. I am attuned and experienced with it and my Reiki and also Shaman guides. Naturally, they give me relaxation and calmness in dealing with those little emergencies that disrupt our day, or days.

Today, many years later, I was on the way to take the car into a mechanic, different car from the previous one! It was due to have a fault diagnosed which I wanted him to repair. The car broke down on the way to the mechanic’s shop and the company I called to tow my car, also had a break down which delayed their response to rescuing me.

Reiki helped me stay calm and not to worry, not to become distraught and most of all not to get angry at a situation I could not change. Above all I had a feeling of Gratitude.

Gratitude because the break down happened at the moment I could still coax the car around a corner into a side street. I had not stopped in a busy street; I had not disrupted the lives of all the other people driving behind me by making the go around me. Most of all the break down had not resulted in an accident.

Most of all though, as I sat in the car waiting for the tow truck, I had control of my ego and my busy mind. My ego is not allowed to dwell on feelings of inadequacy that I am sitting in a car that has broken down. Even the most expensive cars break down, there is nothing wrong with the fact my car has failed. 

My busy mind was not allowed to churn with all its thoughts, worries, complaints, doubts, and fears that create scenarios that soon spiral out of control in the way it likes to. I was safe, so were all the other people on the busy road and I had somewhere dry and warm to stay in as I waited.

I am deeply grateful for Reiki. It gives me calmness and peace of mind. It gives me control of my ego, my busy worrying mind. 

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Grief

Grief is a fact of life. One that recurs throughout out our lives and is triggered by a wide variety of things from the loss of friends, relatives and loved ones including pets and animals we are close to, to things connected to inanimate objects. When I went home to clear out my mother’s home, I found old warn soft toys that brought memories flooding back. When I discovered I had not shipped them to my place, I was so sad and filled with grief that it brought tears to my eyes, and still does.

While it was my duty to clear out her home, she now lived in a home where she could get medical attention if she required it. Her mind was very clear and active, but her body was failing. Part of the sadness about the visits was the realization that she no longer had the ability to move and enjoy the world by herself, she always needed assistance. From being a very active woman, her world was becoming very contained and limited.

The fact is no matter how much we love a person who gave birth to us and helped us grow and become the person we are, we feel helpless and lost in our own limitations with what we can do for them.

When she passed, I was half a world away, and unable to get back in time to do anything for her, not even to hold her hand in the last few moments. So, how did I recover from the day she passed? I remembered her that day and every day on her birthday, I think about her, I think of the good times, and the times when she picked me up as a young boy and wiped away my tears and put a band aid on my knee.

Today, when I stop and think about her on her birthday, and my father on his birthday I realize their souls and spirit have passed on to better things. That the physical container we see and feel, whose hand we hold is just an aspect of the vessel. It allows our loved ones to have a way to physically connect with us and experience us. In turn our soul has a way to touch them. 

Today I am a Reiki Teacher and Practitioner, that has brought depth of knowledge, feeling and perspective to understand the major transitions in life like a birth that gives joy and death which brings grief. Joy and death are remarkable highs and lows in life and Reiki has allowed me to cope much, much better with them.

Before becoming a teacher and practitioner, I would have a session with a practitioner. I always felt relaxed afterwards, I felt as if the weight and stresses I took into the session had been lifted and taken away. Today, I will ask my angels and guides to take the stresses and strains I have, the doubts and fears, and heal the wounds those things have caused. I do it each morning after breakfast and in the evening before I go to bed.

Giving your stresses, strains, doubts, and fears, to the angels is not ignoring them. They are best able to take those painful energies and deal with them by finding solutions, or helping us see the doubts for what they are. They are a manifestation of our busy mind that always wants to amplify and dwell on the negative. It churns with uncertainty and repetition until our mind is frozen and unable to think because it is devoting time and energy to things we cannot resolve, and usually, do not need to.

After being attuned even to Level 1 Reiki I was better able to realize how shedding those fears and doubts allowed me to see clearly and devote my energies to what mattered, the things I could change in my life.

More important now, when I think of people and pets that have passed, there is a sense of warmth and happiness in the lives they had and the time we were together. I do not hold on to the grief those events brought, and the joy of new things coming in to my life is magnified by the sense of potential and good that comes with them.

As I progressed in my attunements, the sense of anticipation and happiness accompanying the events magnified. There was a sense of completeness to me spiritually. There was a sense of healing.

Whether it is a Reiki session with a practitioner or becoming attuned to Reiki, attuned to whatever level you are comfortable with, Reiki can help and heal you. Let it!

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