Blue Moon Thankfulness

Being aware of celestial events and happenings such as a Blue moon is important. Celestial events such as this are dates when things happen in the cosmos that affect us and are also opportunities to gather energy from the universe and which help us in our lives, both physically and Spiritually.

There is a Blue Moon on October 31, 2020. It’ll be called a Blue Moon because it’ll be the 2nd of 2 full moons in a single calendar month. October 31st is also Halloween, a time when the energy of the spirt world is closest to ours.

The Moon is not Blue, of course, it is still silvery white and reflecting the light of the sun down on us to brighten our evenings. So, if you see images of the moon that show it as being blue, the image was taken or manipulated with blue filters.

But you may see a Blue Moon when conditions are right. A Blue Moon in this case is caused by smoke and dust particles in the Earth’s atmosphere that scatter the red wavelengths in light coming from the moon. The result is blue light making through the smoke and haze. 

The Blue Moon may also be defined another way, as the third of four full moons in a single season, with a season being between a solstice and equinox. The next seasonal Blue Moon will be August 22, 2021.

When you are attuned to Reiki, you recognize that New Moons are time to meditate and engage with Reiki energy to plant the seeds of manifestation and Full Moons are the time when to reap the harvest from those seeds. A Blue Moon is one special time to make sure the seeds you planted are ready to be harvested and above all, you are open to receive what you have manifested.

At the New Moon, take a piece of paper and write down clearly what it is you wish to manifest. Do not number them because what you are trying to manifest may not appear in the order you write them down.

What you write may include what you do NOT want to happen as well as what you DO want to happen.

Place the piece of paper with your pen resting on it on a window sill where it is in the light of the full moon. Do not worry about clouds and mist, the New Loon is still up there, shinning down on us even if we cannot see it.

Take a quiet moment to meditate on what you have written and be open to Reiki energy infusing the paper and your manifestation desires. If you are attuned to Reiki, speak to your guides to help you with manifestation and being clear on what it is you are asking the Universe to gift you. 

In the morning, roll up the piece of paper like a scroll, do not fold it! Put the scroll away.

Moons such as Blue Moon’s or Blood Moons, are associated with a color. The Chakra symbols have a distinctive color. The Root Chakra is Red, the Blood Moon. The Throat Chakra is Blue, the Blue Moon. The Crown Chakra is Purple, and closest to the Pink Moon.  The Solar Plexus Chakra is Yellow, the Yellow Moon. The Sacral Chakra is Orange, the Orange Moon.

On the evening of the full moon, take out the scroll and rest it on the window sill and meditate for a moment on manifestation in general, not anything specific you have written on the paper.

For example, you may want a new vehicle, it may have certain attributes, such as seating you and all your family with all the stuff they usually take with them. It might be really nice if it could be a certain color or a certain style. These things do not speak to the make or model, color or manufacturing year. Be open to the universe gifting you what you need, not necessarily what you have asked for.

It is also time to think of the color of the moon and the Chakra associated with the color.

For the Blue Moon, and your Throat Chakra, channel Reiki energy through your Reiki Guides into that Chakra. Sit quietly, clear busy mind from your thoughts and meditate on the Chakra and the color blue and Blue Moon above you. Call in Reiki Energy and the energy of the moon. With the index finger of one hand, draw the Reiki Power Symbol Chokurey. Focus on te energy it gives you and your meditation.

The Throat Chakra engages – throat, trachea, esophagus, neck, thyroid gland, cervical spine, mouth, jaw, teeth

This chakra is centre for communication, sound, vibration and the TRUTH. Clear expression through vocal expression, drawing, writing and/or musical ability as well as good listening abilities are all part of this balanced chakra. Speaking your truth, hearing and UNDERSTANDING the truth in what others are saying are continued strengths here. Honouring the vibration and rhythm of your voice [spoken voice, written voice, musical voice] aids in the healthy balance of your Throat chakra.

Represents your ability to communicate, express yourself, listen, speak truth, hear the truth, and understand the meaning behind and beyond words

Blocked symptoms include a weak voice, laryngitis, throat pain, neck pain, stiff neck, jaw pain, hypothyroidism, dental problems, writers block, lack of musical ability and problems expressing yourself, there is an inability to say what you really want to say. You may feel like you’re stuck holding onto secrets. Similarly, you may believe that people don’t want to hear your thoughts, or that you can’t find the right words for your feelings. 

Once again, a small blockage may mean you only struggle with self-expression at work, or with a particular friend. Meanwhile, a significant misalignment may mean you constantly feel thwarted in communication. Physically, a blocked Throat Chakra may present with pain in the neck, sensitivity to hormone fluctuations, and discomfort in throat tissue.

Universal Reiki Energy, the energy of the Blue Moon, have come together to help you with any blockages of your Throat Chakra and also Manifestation. Now take up the scroll and open it. Have a look at what you asked the universe to help manifest. Do not be critical of anything requested that has not appeared. 

Using the vehicle example again. If you went shopping for a vehicle but you did not find one suitable for all that is in your list of needs, that is positive. Buying something less than what you want, or need, will not benefit you and will bring with it continual dissatisfaction. You do not need that negativity.

Roll up the scroll and put it away again and take it out at the next full moon!

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Cord Cutting

Cord Cutting. Cords are connections. They may be attached to our physical selves, our soul, our spirit, our aura, or one or more of our chakras. They may be connected to any one or several or all of these things.

In our Reiki Manual I, the chakras are explained as energy centres within the body that give is purpose, energy, intention and motivation. A link is provided to the publication below.

Cods can be many things. The simplest is the unseen, but never the less important role of draining our energy. This maybe a relationship, a colleague at work or friends. They have a need and in us they see a source of energy to fill them. They take energy form us rather than deal with the issues and problems they face by themselves. It maybe that they have become so used to a situation that drains their energy that they see the answer to the problem being to take energy from another.

These cords are draining and destructive to us. They should be cut. The energy within our physical selves, our soul, our spirit, our aura, or one or more of our chakras is for us, it is precious and we need to take care of it and the part of our presence they are attached to.

There are cords that are beneficial to us such as our connection with a loved one or a very loved pet. The cords may also attach to things that give us great energy and are uplifting for us. These cords can and should remain because the energy given to us by a loving relationship or a solid friendship is given freely and we respond to it mutually by giving back.

There are many different ways to cut cords. I prefer to call on Archangel Michael. He is an archangel in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran systems of faith, he is called Saint Michael the Archangel and Saint Michael. In the Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox religions, he is called Saint Michael the Taxiarch. In other Protestant churches, he is referred to as Archangel Michael. [1]

In the New Testament, Michael leads God’s armies against Satan’s forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan. In the Epistle of Jude, Michael is specifically referred to as “the archangel Michael”. Sanctuaries to Michael were built by Christians in the 4th century, when he was first seen as a healing angel. Over time his role became one of a protector, and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil. [2]

There are many ways to cut the cords that are draining us, my preferred way is to ask the archangel to use his sword to cut the cords. At the moment I ask for his help I visualize cords that are draining me. I do not visualize any specific places of attachment, or the damage the cords may be doing. The Archangel is well able to identify the cords and deal with them. 

At the end I ask him to fill me with his divine white light and surround me with his protective energy to help ward of any further attachments. 

Finally, I thank him for the cord cutting.

Usually when I follow this process, I am sitting quietly at home, in the morning before the full start of my day, or, in the evening at the end of the day. But there are times, during the day, after I have interacted with a person or situation that is obviously toxic and not beneficial to me. I will mentally go through the process, even if it means doing so at the back of an elevator! Yes, an elevator. My feeling about what I had been involved with was so negative that I felt I needed his help right there and then.

The archangel Michael is limitless, he can be in all places at all times, helping people that call on him for help. So, don’t feel that you have to have a special timeslot to ask him for help. Just ask!

Bibliography

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_(archangel). “Michael Archangel.”


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_(archangel), “Michael Archangel.”

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_(archangel), “Michael Archangel.”

Bibliography

https://www.verywellmind.com. “Function of the Autonomic Nervous System.”


[1] https://www.verywellmind.com, “Function of the Autonomic Nervous System.”

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Breathing

There is no life on earth that does not breathe. Every living thing extracts and uses Oxygen. Even fish and all other sea creatures that swim under the surface of the water, breathe, they filter water through their gills and membranes to extract oxygen from the water. Plants breathe and take in oxygen to develop and grow. 

Oxygen and is a necessity and breathing, no matter the form it takes, links all living things together, no matter what form we take or the environment in which we exist.

Inside us, oxygen passes to all parts of our bodies in our blood. The blood and the oxygen feed the process of converting nutrients form the food we eat into energy to allow us to run, jump, and play. It allows us to work and challenge ourselves. Typing this blog post required energy, to think, create sentences and move my hands to type the letters on the key board.

The quality of the air we breathe has an impact on our bodies. Have you noticed how when you visit the sea or a large body of water, you feel more energized from the experience? That is because there are less pollutants in the air from the busy city world.

Breathing is an important tool in yoga and meditation. Our breathing is one of the autonomic functions. The autonomic nervous system regulates a variety of body process that takes place without conscious effort. The autonomic system is the part of the peripheral nervous system that is responsible for regulating involuntary body functions, such as heartbeat, blood flow, breathing, and digestion.[1]

Because of this, when we meditate, or perform yoga, we can use our breathing like a musician uses a metronome. We can concentrate on its rhythm to help our mind change pace and be restful, because as we are at rest, our breathing slows.

Taking time each morning, and evening when you return home, to slow down by listening to your breathing slows the wear and tear on your system form the day’s activities, especially if you are in a stressful environment during the day.

If you are attuned to Reiki, you will know of and understand the Chakras, energy centres in your body. There are seven of them. What I call Chakra Maintenance is important. Visualize each as a ball of energy rotating in its own space and interacting with the next one in the sequence. For example, the root Chakra provides energy and motivation to the Sacral Chakra, and the Sacral to the Solar Plexus. 

Woman meditating in lotus position. Colored chakra lights over her body. Yoga, zen, Buddhism, recovery and wellbeing concept.


Many different things are credited to the Chakras, for example, the Throat Chakra helps us speak clearing and with purpose. Blockages may also appear in the Chakras that prevent us from being fully in the now, in the moment. They are explained in my Reiki Student Manual I available on Amazon – link below.

To use our breathing with meditation we should:

  • Find time for it. Don’t rush through it. There are no certificates of achievement for how quickly you can complete your meditation. What is important is your connection to your inner self and your Chakras. If you cannot find the time, then it is the wrong time to attempt it.
  • The quality of your meditation is more important than the length of time you spend.
  • Consistency is important. If you cannot manage to meditate daily, then every other day. Or, maybe you will do it weekly.
  • As we mentioned, breathing is part of the autonomic system in our bodies. We can change the rhythm of its cycle only so much before the system takes back control. It must take control because of the needs of the body. Do not get stressed out because the rhythm you would like to set for your mediation is not sustained. The important thing is you have set a foundation for the session.
  • Breath in slowly and fully and be aware of your body as it brings in air. The change in your chest and the feeling of fullness, a full breath in gives you. I am not a fan of holding on to the breath because your body has to exhale the air it has just inhaled along with the nitrogen and other toxic remains of previous breaths. Holding that in does not benefit you.
  • What does benefit you is feeling that inward movement of air and the expelling of toxic remains, slowing it down and being fully invested in the process helps you connect with nature and all things around you and places you as part the living world.
  • Depending on your level of attunement you will have various Reiki symbols available to you. Chu Ku Rei is the Reiki Power symbol. Visualize it, or draw it on a sheet of paper before you start so you can look at it while you are meditation… yes, meditation with eyes open is very acceptable. So long as you are not distracted by the world around you!
  • Having an image of the location of each chakra in your mind can also be useful. I think of the Heart Chakra as being a place where I love from. I send love to people, animals and things that matter to me, even loved ones that have passed over. Throat chakra needs to be clear and energized so that I may speak loudly, clearly and choose the correct words for the ideas I want to pass on. Third eye is the chakra that helps me connect with and see the world through my intuition. Crown chakra is my mind, not my busy mind. Clarity will allow me to reason better and create intention in my life and help me manifest what I want and need.
  • At the end. There is time for peace. There is time to recognize the wonderful person I am. How I have dealt with the trials and tribulations of physical life. There is time to think how I am connected to the greater energized world. This is when I tell myself, hand over heart that I am happy, proud, or simply love myself for all I have done and the lessons learned from what I have endured.

As the meditation ends, I move back into eth hear and now. If my eyes have been closed, they are now open, but they were open all along, they are now focusing on the physical world.

Bibliography

https://www.verywellmind.com. “Function of the Autonomic Nervous System.”


[1] https://www.verywellmind.com, “Function of the Autonomic Nervous System.”

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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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Chakras and Crystals

Throughout history and legend, people from all cultures and continents have used the spiritual and healing powers of gems and crystals. Utilized for purely religious purposes as well as communion, physical and spiritual healing, the power of gems and crystals is intertwined with the history of mankind. 

It is widely believed that gems & crystals act as amplifiers when brought into contact with the human body’s seven-chakra points. Rotating at different speeds, these Chakra points release energies, imparting the body with its precious life forces. While your chakras can become clogged from stress or anxiety, using gems or crystals in accordance with meditation or bodywork is thought to help balance these energy points, promoting health, happiness and well-being.

While it is not recommended that gems or crystals be used in place of modern medical treatment, many people find that the use of healing gems improves their overall well-being, encouraging a more positive outlook and a generally healthier visage.

Gems or crystals can be used interchangeable for healing purposes. They are commonly chosen to aid specific ailments but many people find that they don’t choose their gem or crystal, it chooses them. While casually perusing gems and crystals you may find that a particular item draws you to it. Follow your instincts. Your body needs all 7 color rays: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet; and you may unconsciously be drawn to the gems or crystals that is most appropriate for you. 

Alternatively, you may choose a gem or crystal that relates to one of your energy centers or Chakras that needs clearing, balancing or enhancing. On the next few pages we will explore the qualities of the gemstones and crystals we are using for Chakra healing keeping in mind that as a Reiki Level II Practitioner you may choose to add to your original crystal set for healing sessions or replace certain stones with another choice as you feel guided as many different crystals and gemstones relate to each chakra.

While it is not fully understood how crystal healing works, it is thought to be largely related to the natural vibrations that all crystals emit. Just think of the quartz crystals that are used to power digital watches as an example of crystal vibrations at work. 

Crystals and particularly gem quality crystals emit vibrations that affect the wearer’s body. Certain crystal or gem varieties are believed to have positive effects when utilized on particular energy centers or chakras of the body much like deep therapeutic massage and acupuncture. 

Crystals are powerful healing tools and you can use them to boost your natural spiritual healing power.  They can help with your physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health.  Crystals are a gift from Gaia, the spirit of our planet, Earth Goddess and no matter what type of healing work you are conducting, crystals can help.  

Crystals are filled with energy and are conduits of energy. They amplify their own energy as well as the Divine Universal Energy – Spirit, chi, qi, prana, Light & Love and of course, Reiki.

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The Practical Reiki Master Book 2

The Practical Reiki Master book 2 is now available on Amazon. This book brings together all the tips and posts n Reiki for the past year. Enjoy all your favourite information available in one place – Amazon.

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Solar Plexus Chakra

Colour – Yellow

Element – fire

Seed sound – RANG

Location – just below the rib cage

Sanskrit – Manipura – translation – dwelling place of the jewel

Physical anatomy engaged – Solar plexus, stomach, digestive organs, upper intestines, middle back, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, muscles

This Solar Plexus chakra is where you open to all abundance, prosperity and opportunities. Imagine a beam of yellow light pouring through this chakra when you need to give your confidence a boost. This chakra focuses on who you are, what you can do and how you can do it. Understanding and accepting who you are gives you a strong sense of self and an ability to get things done.

Represents sense of self, ego, self-esteem, willpower, and ability to get things done

Blocked symptoms are low self-esteem, sluggishness, victim mentality, low energy, chronic fatigue, weak core muscles, slow digestion, poor appetite, problems with pancreas, gall bladder and liver. Confidence will be very shaky. If there is only a small blockage, there may only be insecurity in one specific area. A larger blockage will cause generalized self-esteem problems. You might be haunted by thoughts that you are not good enough. Or, you may feel unable to draw useful lessons from life’s challenges. Physical difficulties associated with a blocked Solar Plexus Chakra may include digestive discomfort and troubles with memory.

Overloaded symptoms are aggressiveness, arrogance, too much energy, irritability, violence, ambitiousness at the expense of others, an inability to feel empathy, high stress, hypertension, muscle spasms and overuse of painkillers or sedatives.

Balancing suggestions include working up a sweat, doing hot yoga, sitting in a sauna or steam room, spending time in the sun, listening to others, slowing down, strengthening muscles in your core.

The Citrine Crystal is associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra.

  • known as the “success” stone and the “merchants stone” 
  • promotes success and abundance especially in business
  • imparts generosity receiving and giving balance
  • enhances mental clarity, confidence, happiness and willpower
  • brings good fortune in unexpected ways
  • alleviates depressions and self-doubt
  • brings happiness and cheer to anyone who carries it
  • diminishes mood swings and self-destructive tendencies
  • does not absorb negative energy and therefore never needs energetic clearing
  • can be used to clear unwanted energies from environment
  • helpful for general psychic awareness and spiritual development
  • stone for general protection removing or deflecting energies of all kinds
  • 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.
  • color – yellow

It 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 behavior and assists in acting on constructive criticism. Citrine promotes inner calm, allowing your natural wisdom to emerge and encourages emotional balance. 

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 Solar Plexus Chakra. Yoga poses to aid in balancing this chakra – Tadasana, Virabhadrasana I, Dhanurasana, Surya Namaskar, Navasana.

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

Archangel Uriel governs the Solar Plexus Chakra. Ask the archangel 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 Solar Plexus Chakra. Speak or think the problem you feel with your Solar Plexus Chakra and ask for Uriel’s help healing it.

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