Heart Chakra

Color – Green

Element – Air

Seed Sound – YANG

Location – behind the heart

Sanskrit – Anahata translation – unstuck or intact ‘the heart sings without being played’

Physical anatomy engaged – heart, lungs, shoulders, arms, chest, breasts, thymus gland, cardiac nerve plexus.

This chakra is the ‘connector chakra’ between earthly and spiritual chakras. The balance and strength and compassion that you find within your Heart Chakra will be reflected in all areas of your life and in everything that you do. A healthy and open-Heart Chakra enhances your healing ability when used on Self or others. Improving your posture automatically opens your Heart Chakra more fully.

The Chakra represents your ability to give and receive love, your capacity to love yourself and your sense of compassion and empathy for all beings

Blocked symptoms include heart disease, lung problems, relationship problems, commitment issues, fear of intimacy, being judgmental and an inability to feel compassion and you’ll struggle to relate to other people. You will be less compassionate than usual and may be impatient. 

You’ll commonly find it harder than usual to trust, and you won’t feel at peace. Rather, you’ll feel restless and disgruntled that your life seems to have stopped progressing. You have an unusual connection to past events, people and relationships with a “what if… maybe it could have been longing.” A blocked Heart Chakra can also manifest physically. Some Chakra experts think such a misalignment may be linked to issues like high blood pressure and low immune system function.

If you are not meditating, now is the time to start, and, while you have started, also join a Yoga studio or class. After you have a few classes under you belt, ask the instructor to help you with poses intended to help balance the Heart Chakra. Yoga poses to aid in balancing this chakra – Bhujangasana, Gomukhasana, Garudasana, Ustrasana, Matsyasana, Marjaryasana, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana.

You might want to purchase a crystal associated with the Heart Chakra. The crystal is Rose Quartz:

  • Known as the “Love stone”.
  • opens Heart Chakra to all forms of love, self and other
  • lowers stress
  • soothing and happy stone
  • brings gentleness, forgiveness, compassion, kindness and tolerance.
  • raises self-esteem and self-worth
  • emotional balancing stone
  • aids in healing emotional wounds and bringing a sense of peace and calm
  • removes fears, resentments, guilt and anger
  • eases and aids in releasing childhood traumas
  • helpful and protective during pregnancy and with childbirth
  • 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. 
  • color – pink

It is 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. 

You can either carry it in the form of a ring, a pendant, or as a loose crystal in the pocket.

Use Reiki in your private meditation and also use it in your Yoga class. Reiki is intelligent energy and will know your intention in performing the poses you are is to help rebalance your Heart Chakra.

In your private meditation experiment with burning incense. Palo santo wood incense or another that you find cleansing and relaxing. If you find this doesn’t work for you, that is OK. There are no rules here.

Meditation is best done in peace and quiet. Hold your crystal in your left hand if you are sitting, or place it over your heart if laying down. 

Archangel Chamuel governs the Heart Chakra. Ask him to be present. You may feel or sense nothing, you may feel tingling or sense an increase in the vibration of your space. You have after all invited an archangel to your side to help with your Heart Chakra. Speak or think the problem you feel with your Heart Chakra and ask for Chamuel’s help healing it.

As mentioned before, the color associated with the Chakra is Green. You may sense green on the inside of your eyelids, your eyes are closed, aren’t they? You may feel as though the color green is within you and expanding from the Heart Chakra outwards.

Spend some time with this energy, it is healing, comforting and cleansing. Feel the healing inside and out. Allow it to wash over and through you.

Slowly bring yourself out of this state. Breathe deeply and recharge the oxygen in your system. Slowly wake up. Your Heart Chakra has been recharged, but it is one of many on the human body. Let the energy in your heart flow to the others. 

There will be more posts on clearing and energizing other Chakras soon.

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Autumn

Reiki connects us with the universal energy, it connects us with all growing and living things which includes the seasons. The ancients knew about this and celebrated spring, when we plant crops and things, we want to grow through the summer so we can harvest them in the Autumn or Fall in North America. We celebrate the longest days of the year, in summer and in winter.

As the seasons change, so does our energy and connection with our inner self and that means our need for and connection to Reiki differs.

Autumn is the time of year when trees and all manner of growing things shed their leaves, go into hibernation, or die. It is a season that reminds us for the second time of the year to let go things that do not benefit us. Letting go things that do not benefit us is a seasonal thing. Like leaves and plants, relationships, friendships and connections must end and we should not be fearful of the change happening.

There will be new connections, new relationships, and new friendships, perhaps starting in the Autumn once the leaves have gone from the summer. These new relationships, and new friendships will grow and flourish, what grows in the depth of winter maybe deeper and richer than what blossomed during the summer now past. 

Always look forward with optimism and be open. Ask your angels and guides for help to carry away your worries, worries that may prevent something new from coming into your life. Think of it in terms of the Autumn winds, they always seem to be stronger as they carry away the dead leaves. They can carry your worries too.

While we talk about leaves dying and falling from the trees, plants going into hibernation feel the trust in you that as the season appears to be less colorful and happy, the next year will bring back something equally colorful as what is passing. The Reiki energy is with you no matter what the situation, no matter what the season, it is just easier to see when everything is green, glowing and lush.

In the Autumn and winter make sure you connect to Reiki energy and understand that it is limitless and strong and touches every aspect of you. It makes you strong. Spend some time in a quiet space, perhaps a park bench, even a car seat with the window rolled down so that you can smell and hear and feel the energy of nature.

If you are attuned to Reiki, use the energy to clean your senses and your feeling. Believe in your own inner light, at the start of each day, place your hand over your heart and tell you how much you appreciate and love you. This is all about you. At the end of the day, do the same for all that happened that day. You are love yourself for how you handled that day. Perhaps start a self-Reiki session to ask the energy to fill and balance your chakras and take away your worries and concerns.

Reiki is natural energy that creates the life around us and in us. It will bring back the lush greenness next year, for now, it has gifts in the Autumn, and coming winter. They are more difficult to see. It is time to look.

The seasonal changes align you to Reiki energy if you will allow it, and reinforce your connection to it and yourself. Reiki learning and align you with your soul. It’s not about how long you spend in nature; it’s more about how aware you are when you do.

So, as the seasons change, as summer turns to Autumn and autumn to Winter, let go of things that no longer serve you. Recognize that seasons end is the opening for new winter wonders and a new spring next year. Reiki is there, all around you, and in you and you are part of the universal energy.

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A 5-minute Reiki TopUp

We all need a little top-up, a 5-min Reiki TopUp especially in the morning or before we go to do something important. Time is a commodity, it is limited, and therefore valuable. Because it is limited and valuable, we want to get the most out of the time we allocate to something, not just Reiki.

Trying to figure out the relative value of time allocated to this activity, that work, or “our special time together” as compared to how else we could use that time is stressful. We have in the back of our mind that if we make the wrong decision, we may regret our choice, our decision.

As you study Reiki and become attuned to different levels you will find that it integrates itself more and more with your personality and your consciousness. As that happens, you become more at one with your world, your environment. You become in tune with the now, what or where that now is, you are in tune with it. Time passes slowly but what you do in that “now”, is effortless and is completed in less time than you thought it would be. You seem to know what the time is before you look at the clock, and the time on the clock face is just a few minutes off wat you knew it was in your consciousness.

The 5-minute Reiki Top up can take place anywhere and at any time.

  • Pick a place that you can make your own. Not in the lineup for a bus, or at a traffic light, rather on the seat in the bus or where you have parked and before getting out.
  • Take a moment to slow your busy mind and ground yourself.
  • If you are attuned to Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen and Sei-He-Ki, visualize the symbols in your mind and join them both to your intention to boost your consciousness. At this moment it is important not to have any judgement or commitments about time. That is why you are doing this exercise when you are sitting down and not in a moving line up or a holding up traffic.
  • As time expands in your consciousness, it become limitless but also something you can embrace. 
  • Have fun with it.
  • Now, get on with your day!

Learn more about Reiki by taking a Reiki Course, I recommend Level I

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Or buy the Level I study manual and read it when you have a moment

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Trust Reiki

Trust Reiki, it is a giving energy, an energy that is positive and it can change lives. Change lives, not just in terms of becoming attuned to it and practising, but in what it means to everyday life.

Reiki can teach and help you enjoy being who you are. Each morning after breakfast I tell myself I love who I am, that I am happy to be me and do what I like to do. I do the same the end of the day, before going to bed. It gives me the confidence to be myself and do what I want, or, need to do. The road less travelled can be an interesting and positive experience.

When you hear a little voice say, no, you can’t do that, you are not able to, you are not capable of doing that, that is your ego and busy mind speaking. Listen instead to the confident guided message that you can and will succeed. Then look at the experience and see that it was the right thing to do after all.

Many years ago, I took a Saturday class at a local college and the instructor spent some time with me, telling me that I could teach the subject rather than be a student. He felt I had the experience to teach and I knew the subject well enough already. I was a little confused, but he repeated the comments twice more over the next few weeks and I started to pay attention to what was needed to become a part time instructor.

Yes! Eventually I became an instructor and enjoyed meeting new people, seeing them start to understand and then master the subject. 

If I had known the what I know about Reiki, the decision to become an instructor and do what I came to love would to have taken so long or been so “out there” to me. Reiki does have the ability to change your perception of who you are and what you are capable of. It can help provide that extra energy you need to “get going!” 

It helps reduce and “alleviate the fear of doing.” We all have that fear, getting started is the biggest hurdle, so, make it a small one, and if you are not happy after you have started, make sure you let Reiki energy boost your confidence. Learn to be You and not what someone else wants you to be or thinks you should be. It is your life.

If you are not attuned to Reiki, the first thing would be to book a session and receive Reiki. After that, you can move on to learning and becoming attuned if Reiki speaks to you to do so. That is not always the case. If receiving Reiki is all you need, that is all you will be guided to do.

Reiki can change lives in many ways, let it be to learn how to be who you are and not what others expect. Learn to trust how you feel about people, places, things and actions and learn how to be guided by and for yourself.

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A Vision Board…

A vision board is a creative way to visualize the things you desire to manifest in your life.

Over the years I have created many vision boards, including ones that are text only. Some are image only and one that used software and payed back images and text as a “video.”  

The intention behind the vision board is that by creating it you solidify in your mind what you want to manifest. It is an act of reinforcement and communicating your desires to your angels and guides.

Vision boards can be for any purpose. The three big questions and desires most of us have are health, wealth, and happiness.

Wealth, a pot of gold! I envisaged wealth as a pot of gold, and where do you find post of gold usually? At the end of a rainbow. So, I found images of rainbows and pots of gold, I even printed out the claim form of a lottery corporation and put them all together on my vision board.

Health, for health I printed out pictures of myself when I was a lot less heavy and in better health. I watched YouTube videos of landscape photographers hiking long distances to take their images and wished to have good health and to be able to walk long distances like they did and photograph landscapes. 

Happiness, means a female companion. I printed images of women that had the style or type that I felt I could live and like as a companion.

The images were all glossy, clean and I have a magnetic clip board so I could put them up in combinations that seemed to speak my needs and intentions at the time.

However, desires are not stand alone needs, they interconnect with each other. Wealth would change my life styles, health and relationships, without recognizing them as being connected, I would not see how my life would change if each of them, or all of them were fulfilled.

Some will recommend that a vision board be very specific. A wedding wring with a particular stone setting might be desirable, but if your intended partner provides something different, accept it and do not be disappointed that the image has not turned into reality. It is the appearance of a ring that is important, not its style.

My most recent vision board has no immaculate images, it is all on one large sheet of paper, and rather than pictures of rainbows and pots of gold etc., it is hand drawn with stick figures and crude shapes. 

As I drew each for my vision board I realized there were smaller things that needed to be included. With a companion I take a much needed and better holiday than going on my own. 

I drew a circle around each and showed how each connected to the other and those all connected to something else, rather like laces that close a shoe, the connections closed the small and big pictures into a whole. 

I appear in each circle as a simple stick figure with the word ‘Happy’ next to me.

Things like health are indicated by simple words, ‘fit, trim, and healthy.’ The earlier board with images of me as I was in the past did not represent the now or the future. I am not interested I trying to relive or recreate an old me, I am interested in the new me that will come into existence.

The vision board in the end should not be perfect, it is the unexpected that brings amazing things to our lives. The risk of a perfect vision board is that what we receive may not match what we see on the wall. Remember to be accepting and not disappointed because life did not live up to a perfect image. Most definitely, do not ignore what is given to you.

Episode 1: Remote Reiki Healing session

This is a remote Reiki Session for Dave. A remote Reiki session is for people who cannot be present in person to receive the healing Reiki energy. In this session, Candice and Opame, two of my guides join with me to perform the Reiki session as if the recipient were present.

If you are in need fo healing Reiki energy and are open to receive it, you will receive Reiki energy and the benefits it brings.

Episode 2: Reiki with Candice, Mark and Opame – two quick tips

This episode talks about hand positions in Reiki, specifically Gassho. What does it mean, how do you do it and why.

The video also describes how to bets clear energy or etheric cords. There are many ways to do it, but I feel the best way is to engage Archangel Michael, the warrior Archangel and his ability to cut and destroy the cords which may be attached to you. How and when do cut cords is also discussed.