Congratulations to the newest Reiki healers in our Rain Shadow Reiki community! Their Reiki I class was completed July 28, 2019. What a blessing to do attunements for this lovely bunch of ladies! Way to follow your path!
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki
*****If you believe Reiki didn’t work for you, may I suggest you read on…..
**2nd in a series on being successful with your Reiki practice when it doesn’t come easy to you. Here is a link to the first blog, Signs that your Reiki Really is ON.
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki Energy Healing Center in Sequim, WA
I know it’s sometimes hard to feel the Reiki energy when working on ourselves, especially in the beginning when we are new to Reiki and our hands and bodies are not as sensitive to the energy yet.
This will change with more practice, it will. Your hands will get more sensitive to the subtle energy and your mind will learn to be still and be able to tap into the feelings that the subtle energy creates. Don’t be so hard on yourself, machines and science cannot detect this energy, but humans can FEEL it.
However, feeling the energy is what makes it so magical, so mystical and helps us feel so connected to our Higher Power. Feeling the sensations of the energy is what most of my students tell me they want, but don’t feel, when working on themselves- at first.
I always feel the Byoseen (subtle energy feelings) much stronger when working on others, so in the beginning, I just worked on other people a whole lot, every chance I got.
**But knowing that daily Reiki on ourselves is the most important thing we can do for our own healing, how do we motivate ourselves to work ON ourselves when we can’t FEEL the Reiki running?
Quick Tip to Feeling the Reiki in the Beginning
**When doing a Reiki treatment on yourself, hold your hands an inch or two above your body. We can often feel the play of energy off the body better if we are not touching it directly. This works great for self treatment or treatment on others. Give it a try and see if you feel a difference or not. Once we can feel the energy more, we are more motivated to actually DO our daily self treatment. Some people feel the energy more on the body, try both ways and see what works for you. Pretty soon, you’ll be feeling it no matter how you DO IT.
Hope this helps. Have fun with your Reiki. Try new things and listen to your Divine Reiki Guides, they will give you ideas like this too.
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Monday, April 29, 2019 from 3pm to 8pm. All Reiki levels welcome. 5-hour workshop, $75
The Gassho Reiki Ritual is one of the most important and grounding rituals I do for my spiritual self. It has become vital to my daily practice and to who I am energetically, psychically and physically as a person. Some classes do not teach the Gassho in Reiki I and some do, like ours, but there is so much other new information that sometimes the importance of the Gassho ritual, gets lost. This workshop will focus on helping you feel connected and confident in your practice of the Gassho.
In this workshop we will be meditating, experiencing and working with the ritual of the Gassho. The Gassho is one of my very favorite Reiki rituals. I depend upon it as my grounding, boundary and intentional work for each day, as well as each healing.
We will be delving into this practice as well as going deeper into our souls as healers. What do we need most to work on ourselves or clients and how to do that to best support the healer in each of us. What do we truly need to be the best healer we can be in this moment. Healing ourselves is our most important work in this life, how does the Gassho fit into that picture for you.
Here’s what students are saying about our Gassho Workshop:
“This workshop allowed me to deepen my awareness of my connection to my Gassho practice. Josslyn divided the Gassho into individual components- this made it easier for me experience the Gassho in a much more introspective and personal way. I value and will continue to use this new practice!!!”
“I feel so much better about doing my Gassho and intention, I will NO LONGER second guess myself; wondering if I’m doing it right.
This class has given me relief in performing Gassho and empowerment in my Reiki!”
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki Energy Healing Center in Sequim, WA
I want to share my Reiki process for grief and trauma. It’s simple, but it’s not easy, like many things with Reiki.
But first I want to tell a tiny bit of my story so you know, feel, I’m truly qualified to do this. So you know I’ve been to hell and back and survived and then I’ll tell you how I survived. Reiki of course…..
I’m a survivor. Not just the crash that took my husband and son to Heaven on July 20, 2017, left my younger son and myself in a wheelchair and bedridden for six months after, respectively, and changed every single inch of my life, but my whole life. Many of us Reiki folk are like this, we haven’t had cushy lives, we’ve had lives that have molded us through friction and dramatic change, like the earth. And, many of us, at least in my circle who have had quite a bit of trauma to mold us, are also Highly Sensitive Souls; healers, intuitives, empaths.
In many ways, that is how our souls choose to be created, that is how we choose to learn and grow our gifts and talents for this purpose in this life- through intense pressure. Not all, but many. It is a very common way because it goes deep on all levels and heals deep on all levels.
My life has been like that. It started with early age abuse; emotional, mental, sexual. Chronic illness was added early teen years and later teen years. Then started the job violence being a bank teller at a very ‘popular’ branch for take overs and gun hold ups. Then my sales job after college where I dealt with muggings, more hold ups and multiple incidences of street violence in my job where I had to go to some bad parts of the city of Los Angeles. I shook it all off and buried it deep inside, where it belongs, right? And, I kept on moving on with my life without batting an eye. That’s what good girls do. Until……
Until it all got to be too much for my soul and it said I’VE HAD ENOUGH!! Then I was plunged into this deep and long depression where I don’t even remember how I survived the months, years in the pit, but for some loving co-workers who at long last recognized the signs and boldly got me some help.
That was when I started on my healing path with the typical medical model, but at least I was looking at myself in a whole different way than before. I was not looking at myself as “I’m always ok, it’s everyone elses fault.” I was seeing myself as a person who was broken and needed help. That was new and needed. Long story short, the medical model failed for me and a friend turned me on to alternative medicine and acupuncture.
Meanwhile, in the midst of healing the depression with Western Medicine, I met my husband to be and fell in love. He saved me and he said, I saved him. So, we saved each other. He was the best thing that ever happened to me and the day I learned about energy from my acupuncturist, he was right there by my side learning about it too. We woke up together. He was always right there with me, supporting me on my healing path and my ‘learning to be a healer’ path as well. When times got tough, and they did, we held each other up and got through it together. When his mom and dad died within a few years of each other, I held him up like he had all the time I was ill. When our marriage had troubles, he never gave up and we both worked hard to save it. We always got through it together.
I always said, as long as I had my family, I could get through anything. Well, now they’re gone. My younger son and I are making our way together, like Robert and I did initially. We’re learning how to be a family of two with a whole lot of help from my Reiki family of many. I tease Sawyer that he has TOO MANY MOMS!! Because our house is always full of my Reiki healers & friends who all happen to be moms and love him dearly. But for a 15 year old, maybe that’s too much sometimes. But, secretly I think he likes it most of the time.
So what is this all about? HOW DOES THIS HELP YOU?
Hopefully this helps you by knowing you are not alone. That by going through all this SH*t in life we are honing our gifts, talents and healing abilities. Some of our psychic abilities are directly related to FEELING out abusive situations and learning to read the energy of the room or a person. And, that NOTHING is ever wasted. Every single event, every single process is a way to make us stronger, to learn what we are truly made of and to help us FEEL that REALLY FEEL THAT ON ALL LEVELS and in our core of our soul.
Seriously, the most loving and amazing women I have know, have been through the worst kind of trauma and survived. We’re diamonds created from high pressure, high intensity, grief and trauma. It’s one kind of process and the one our soul’s chose.
BUT the other way this helps YOU, because in your world, IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU……
I want to share my Reiki process for grief and trauma now. It’s simple, but it’s not easy, like many things with Reiki. We have to do it, and do it for a LONG TIME, MANY MANY MANY TIMES, OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. We do not become a diamond over night.
MY CURRENT PROCESS FOR GRIEF & TRAUMA
I’m a bullet point person, so I’ll put it in bullet points.
*Gassho- bring in your Reiki with intention. My intention daily is to be in the flow of healing. Anything and everything that is not mine, ready to leave, no longer serving me goes to Divine Source of Reiki or to Mother Earth and Reiki takes its place.
*I do full healings daily, 1 – 3 depending upon my time, and also little short healings all through the day.
*I also do Reiki when I move, when I drive, when I’m on the go. Reiki Un Doe.
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
In March and April we had a weekday class for Reiki I and II and many of the students made it through both classes for all six days. We had so much fun and learned a great deal.
Many of these students were energy healers in other ways before taking Reiki. So they had wonderful and deep questions and we all learned a lot.
THAT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS, helping people see and experience how Reiki melds easily with ANY OTHER HEALING MODALITY. The way I teach Reiki, as the energy first, technique second, this is one of my specialities. IF the students are ready, willing and able to let go and allow Reiki to take the reins miracles happen. When we let go, and trust that Reiki knows what we and our client needs, it’s effortless and so in the flow, graceful.
Blessings to all my students, THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME GREET THESE NEW REIKI PRACTITIONERS!! LOVE TEACHING REIKI!! Josslyn
April 22nd is Earth Day, a day to celebrate and show LOVE to our beloved planet. This year the theme is ‘PROTECT OUR SPECIES.’ Many of our Reiki people have shown a great interest in participating in Reiki Healing on the Earth and it is important to us as well.
In this experiential workshop we will be talking about and DOING healings on the Earth and it’s species and how we can best serve our planet. It is really US, the humans, who need the healing, but by focusing all our attention as a group on healing specific parts of the earth or specific species, we in turn heal ourselves and others who choose it as well. The snowball effect for these community healings is HUGE and has a great effect on all of us. It helps us to be more in tune with our planet and the animals as well as get intuitions of how we can help more in our daily lives.
We will bring in our Reiki Healing Energy, meditate so we are all on the same level of resonance, and do two healings on the Earth and its species. We can choose what we want to heal and usually Mother Earth provides something timely for us to focus our attention on. Then we will also do a healing specifically on a species that is dear to our hearts and speaks to us for the second healing. The group energy will make this event extremely powerful for us and Mother Earth.
Get ready, it’s going to be EXCELLENT!! All Reiki levels are welcome. 3 hours, $50 April 22nd, 5:30pm to 8:30pm Follow this link to sign up for this awesome workshop!
This video and blog was sent to me by one of my out of state students, it’s truly remarkable. Science is beginning to capture subtle energy, Reiki in a way people may be able to SEE it, HEAR it and understand it if they don’t already. This article is short and the video is less than 3 minutes. Worth the time. LINK
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki Energy Healing Center in Sequim, WA
Many years ago I watched a movie with Susan Sarandon. I love movies, they are often my muse. I didn’t love this movie so much, “Shall We Dance”, it was o.k. for me, but this line by Susan’s character stayed with me many years.
- Beverly Clark : “We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things… all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness’.”
Two of my most beloved witnesses to my life died in the crash July 20, 2017. My husband and my son were my soul mates, my heart, my witnesses to my life; good and hard. My husband especially maybe because he had chosen this position as witness when he married me. He had proven over and over again to be my most loyal ally in this sense of life/marriage. He didn’t always know how to be there for me, but he worked at it, he learned, he proved to me over and over again that he cared even through he didn’t always understand. He made the effort daily, year after year to learn, to understand more, to be there for me whatever the case, that’s love. I was blessed to have 22 years of his love. Many people wish for and search for the kind of love my husband and I had. Not perfect, but perfect for us.
Which maybe makes my loss more unbearable, maybe it makes it more bearable. It depends upon the moment and the feeling in that moment. It changes moment by moment which it is.
I’ve secretly struggled with this since the death of my chosen witnesses. I secretly struggle with a lot, but this was a BIG ONE.
Who? Who, in my deepest darkest hours, with all of my piled up, extreme baggage now, would want to witness me. Who would I trust enough to witness my baggage, my HUGE stacks and stacks of baggage? I was terribly mad at God, my Reiki was not running through my body, although I worked with it in other ways, I didn’t see it as my witness. Just wasn’t there yet. Yet.
My Caregiver/Assistant/Co-Healer/Very Close Dear friend, Ellen, was teaching a series of Talking to Trees Classes during the summer, one year after the crash. I could barely get out of the house regularly and my physical therapy wasn’t coming along as fast as I had liked to be hiking out into the forest to talk to trees. But, I was determined to go. I knew I needed it more than staying home and being safe for my body.
The first one at beautiful Lake Crescent was amazing and I got some very important messages from the trees. But, the second class, just down the street from my home in the forest near by, was the one that shook me to my core and opened me up to a old and new possibilities. I had only made it down to the forest near my home once and that was too much and created too much pain for my body, so I hadn’t walked there since. In fact, for the tree class, I drove there and walked into the forest, just being careful and respecting my bodies healing pace.
The class was going beautifully, Ellen is a wonderful facilitator and teacher, very naturally gifted with plants and Reiki both. We were getting to the first session in which we break up, walk around the forest and pick a tree to talk to, or they pick us is how it usually goes for me. I had to go to the bathroom and was struggling with how far of a walk it was and should I go now, or do the talking session then go. Stupid stuff that clouds your mind at important moments, body stuff that constantly reminds us we are human.
I choose to do a quick session talking to the trees and then make the hike to the bathrooms since I knew the trees I needed to talk to were on the way and I’d already be part way there. I just know which trees want to talk, and I head in that direction. I turn to the tree I feel is the one and I look at it. When I’m looking at it, it’s looking back at me. It has many eyes, all looking at me. I was taken aback for a moment, then went on with the process Ellen has taught us to connect with the trees. Still in my mind, I need to do this quick because I still have to go to the bathroom. Luckily, this tree got right to the point and didn’t mince words. As I connected to it, it said, “I see you. I am witness for you. We all are.”
Well, I hadn’t told ANYONE about my ‘witness conundrum’. No one. I started blubbering right away. There is no other word for it. This tree, in one sentence, knew the deepest darkest fears of my heart and got right to the point. I felt it too, I felt it take me through the Universe as if to say, the Universe IS the witness to your life and I am part of the Universe, as are you. DUH. Of course, we are all one, we are all connected, but this tree had to remind me of that and help me FEEL it in my core, in every molecule. It had to help me feel it so substantially that I wouldn’t forget it.
I went to the bathroom, rejoined the group and couldn’t share. It was too deep, too personal, made me too vulnerable at the moment. I wasn’t ready. I usually share quite willingly what the trees tell me, even if it’s hard, even if it’s sensitive, but that day I couldn’t. It took me quite a long time to even share the experience with Ellen, but I did. And, now I share with you. Hoping and praying that this, as always is my path, helps someone else to know/feel, that even when we are/feel alone the trees witness us. Even when we are in the pit of depression, the Universe witnesses us. And, even when we feel there is no hope, Reiki witnesses us.
This is when I conceived this process and have used it ever since with my Reiki when I need it. I need it often. I feel it working, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to get off my couch to write this. It lifted me up enough to take one more step into my life. One more step onto my path. One more step into healing.
Reiki as Witness Process:
- Bring in my Reiki with intention (Gassho Prayer Position)
- Ask God/Reiki to WITNESS my pain, suffering, grief
- Ask God/Reiki to FEEL my pain, suffering, grief
- Ask God/Reiki to FILL ME UP, fill all my cracks with Reiki
- Ask God/Reiki to TAKE THE PAIN AWAY: Whatever is not mine. Whatever is no longer serving me for learning. Whatever is not for my highest and best good and in the highest and best way- Take it all to Divine or to Mother Earth and leave the Reiki in it’s place.
- Reiki yourself hands on or just with intention in your heart.
- Do this a million more times until I feel better, feel like moving off the couch.
- Say THANK YOU.
God Bless you for reading, healing, sending love,
P.S. – One of my favorite songs, gets me every time I hear it, hauntingly beautiful and profound for this blog topic, The Story, by Brandi Carlile. Hope the link works, if not, it’s worth hearing to go to You Tube and listen to it.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8pQLtHTPaI
Because I’m getting ready to spend quality time with my son for the holidays and wrapping up my ‘work’, I’ll let my students speak for themselves about how they liked the Gassho workshop.
I will be teaching another of these workshops soon, in person as well as online. Email us if you’d like to be a part of this workshop. It’s FABULOUS if I do say so myself. I was deeply moved by the experience and had a great deal of fun as well. Thank you to my students for letting me know how the workshop effected them so honestly.
Downloading, writing, visioning and teaching new workshops is one of my new favorite things to do. We will have a lot more experiential workshops coming in 2019 because EXPERIENCING REIKI IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN REIKI!!
“What a wonderful practice to learn. I didn’t get this practice with my Reiki I teaching and really am looking for a more spiritual practice and way of incorporating Reiki in my everyday life. Thank you Josslyn. Heart.” Molly M. from PA, December 2018
“This workshop allowed me to deepen my awareness of my connection to my Gassho practice. Josslyn divided the Gassho into individual components- this made it easier for me experience the Gassho in a much more introspective and personal way. I value and will continue to use this new practice!!!” Michele R. from PA, December 2018
“Josslyn is an amazing teacher who understands students and their needs. She is patient, knowledgeable, compassionate and has an awesome sense of humor. I would highly recommend any classes Josslyn teachers!!! Especially Reiki! Heart” M. Heins from Sequim, December 2018
“This workshop was actually quite deep. We worked on much more than a simple prayer. I especially liked the meditations at the end- on different elements of the Gassho. The insights I gained were very deep and I feel very motivated to explore further with this. Bottom line- Gassho Workshop is really about a lot more than just the Gassho!” Margaret F. from Sequim, December 2018
“I feel so much better about doing my Gassho and intention, I will NO LONGER second guess myself; wondering if I’m doing it right. This class has given me relief in performing Gassho and empowerment in my Reiki! Heart -Smily Face” B. Owens from Sequim, December 2018
“Yes, I feel this workshop will deepen my connection to divine source and enhance my personal healing and those of the people I work on.” J. H. from Sequim, WA, December 2018