By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
I came to a realization a while back that I cannot do everything I want to do with Reiki in this lifetime.
BUT, I can teach an army of compassion, loving Reiki people to go out and DO what I cannot.
Reiki in hospitals, Reiki in prisons, Reiki for the traumatized, Reiki for the Tribes, Reiki for the Earth, Reiki for animals, Reiki for our Veterans, Reiki for children, Reiki for the lost and hurting, Reiki for EVERYONE.
I am a Reiki Teacher and THAT is my SUPERPOWER!!!!
MY PASSION IS TEACHING REIKI
MY PASSION IS TEACHING ENERGY HEALING TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS IT
MY PASSION KEEPS ME GOING EVEN IN THE HARDEST OF TIMES
What’s your Superpower? Comment please and if you don’t know it yet, Reiki THAT!!
Josslyn Streett, Super Visionary Dauntless Reiki Teacher and much more that I don’t even know yet
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
“Understand your darkness and it will vanish; then you will know what light is. Understand your nightmare for what it is and it will stop; then you will wake up to reality. Understand your false beliefs and they will drop; then you will know the taste of happiness.”
Father Anthony De Mello
My star chart calls me a ‘wounded healer.’
Since I read that for the first time, it made sense to me. It resonated to me, at the time, but it won’t always.
It described the route my soul choose in order to get where I am; abuse, chronic illness, trauma, depression. Not always fun, not easy, but rarely boring and quite literally, expansive. It has facilitated me in learning the lessons I needed to learn to be the stronger, more intuitive and more interesting person I am today.
My chart also says that through healing myself, I also help others to facilitate their own healing. This is a gift for sure. Heal one, heal many. That has been the theme of this year for me.
This has been my personal process for my whole life, and, for that, I am grateful.
Sharing what I have learned with others, watching others go through the expanding of their own healing process is renewal of spirit and incredibly rewarding. And for that too, I am grateful.
Since my father passed away last September I’ve been thrown into a whirl-wind of healing opportunities.
Blogging, unfortunately, has not been a part of it. I’ve been deep in healing myself, which all healers need to be conscious of and DO consistently more than any healing for others. The beauty of Reiki is that when you heal yourself or anyone else, everyone benefits. It’s divine.
When a large change happens, like the death of a parent, we need to take time for ourselves to heal, process and expand. I’ve been doing just that and I’m getting there. Patience is a big part of this process. I’m grateful for yours, and I’m practicing mine a great deal.
I know I’ll have plenty to share when I’m ready, but I’m still not at the point where blogging feels helpful or needed. I have yet to be motivated by spirit to do it.
So, Thank You For Your Patience, as I don’t yet feel blogging and writing about my path this past year is for my highest good. Yes. I’m grateful to those of you have have noticed and spoken to me about it. That means some of you are reading and noticing. For that, again, I am grateful. Thank you for reading, thank you for your patience and hopefully when I come back to it, you’ll be ready to read because it’s been quite a year and I’d like to share what I’ve learned with those who want to hear about it.
When spirit moves me, I’ll be back talking about Reiki and other healing modalities that I am learning through this process. The wait, I believe, will be worth it.
It has been a year of miracles for me. I believed in miracles for my clients, for other people, this year I finally believed for myself. Ask and you shall receive. I asked for a healing miracle and I received a healing miracle. I’ll write about it to share with you all soon. In the meantime, I’m taking what I’ve learned and helping others as much as I possibly can.
ALL HEALING COMES FROM GOD, DIVINE, GREAT SPIRIT, UNIVERSE, whatever you call your Higher Power of Love and Light. Ask and you shall receive…
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
It is my goal with this blog, to give you ideas of ways to work with your Reiki, that maybe you haven’t thought of. I pray this blog helps anyone who will go through the grieving process. Blessings to you all…
Where to begin…
My father was diagnosed with Leukemia this past June. It is now late September. The doctors said one to five years and we thought THAT was too fast. Three months later, with our heads still spinning, my dad passed a few days ago.
At this exact moment, I write as a way of getting all the words out of my head so I can stay calm, to honor him and to honor Reiki and all it does for me and my family.
Sitting here at this moment, all the work I have done with Reiki, being able to work with Reiki on my father in his last day of life has been the most important and fulfilling Reiki moment of my life.
Reiki was with us from the moment I spoke with my mom and she being a woman who would never ever ‘cry wolf’ said “If you want to say good-bye to your father, you’d better all come.”
My husband checked the flights and shouted through the house to the family, “You have twenty minutes to pack. We were off, kids, adults, dog, we were packed and leaving the house in a half an hour to catch a flight that we might not be able to make. I prayed and made phone calls during the two-hour fifteen minutes to the airport. I brought my Reiki with me to help us be calm and not drive too fast but to get us there in time, to help me be strong in the moments I need to be and to help me be able to process and let go at the moments I need to do that.
Our Reiki Guides were with us on the drive to the Airport making sure we didn’t get pulled over, caught in traffic or anything worse. I asked my Reiki guides to clear traffic on the freeway so we could get there safely. Our guides provided us with a very nice semi truck driver who went a very good consistently fast speed but not too fast, so we were able to get there in time with a divine escort in front of us. Reiki Blessings to the truck drivers out there.
When we got on the plane for our two and a half hour flight I prayed most of the way, instructing Reiki how I wanted things to go, manifesting what I felt I needed and wanted most for the situation: to be able to see my dad and him see us, to be able to say “I love you, no matter what happened with us in the past, I love you,” and for him to know we were there for my mom and would take care of her, she would not go through this alone. These were the things that mattered to me. They were HUGE undertakings at this moment. We didn’t know if we’d get there in time. Just that morning my dad was with my mom at the dog park, talking with people, socializing with the other dog parents, planning a trip to Sacramento to see an alternative healer who might have a cure… and tonight, he was……… knocking at Heaven’s door.
Divine has granted us with so many healing gifts these last few months. A huge one is that we made it. And, I truly felt we were able to make a difference at his hospital bedside. My dad was coherent when we arrived. He saw all of us. He knew we were there for him. I told him I love him. I looked in his eyes and let him know I love him. He saw my husband and his grandsons there for him, his legacy. We had closure in that arena and I am eternally grateful for that. I felt lifetimes of healing happening right there, in that moment.
But then the even bigger gift happened.
Reiki Steps Up to the Plate (my dad was a huge baseball fan, had to throw that in there)
When we arrived, my dad seemed very agitated. He had a very large tube in his nose for oxygen and he had difficulty breathing and talking with it. We could make out a few words here and there but it seemed so difficult for him to talk and get the words out we didn’t want him to strain. We didn’t feel we needed words at that moment, but he did. He seemed to want to say so much to us that he wasn’t able to say. I understood but at the same time didn’t want him to be in such pain and frustration.
His frustration at the tube, lack of ability to communicate and the end of his life too soon, it all was compounding his agitation and he was getting more and more upset. I instinctively put my hand on his heart and one on his crown and prayed for my Reiki to ease his discomfort. My family, my husband and my two boys, took my cue and all started running Reiki on my dad from where they were around the bed (my husband is a Reiki III and my teen boys are both Reiki I trained). My father instantly, I mean instantly, calmed. He closed his eyes and stopped trying so hard to communicate. We took turns doing Reiki on him two at a time for the next four hours, keeping him calm, talking to him in the energy of love and spirit through the Reiki.
Communicating Through the Reiki
By communicating that my thoughts, words and intentions were getting to my dad at a higher level of consciousness by riding on the waves of the Reiki that was flowing to him, I let him know in so many ways that I love him, no matter what has challenged us in the past (a great deal, but it doesn’t matter any more). I let him know I’d be able to communicate with him after he passed. (My deceased father in law is at our house all the time, what’s one more paternal energy hanging around, right!) I prayed for my Reiki Guides and his highest and most Loving Guides of God’s to be with my dad as well as any loved ones he would recognize from the other side and for him to go with them at the right time, including his many black labs that he has loved so much. I assured him he’d see us all again soon. I assured him that mom would be in Heaven with him too some day soon. (Heaven time is not the same as here, we will all be there in a blink of an eye). Since my father did not have a very strong spiritual connection, I felt that reassuring him we’d all be together again in love, was a very important part of him being ok with passing on. Reiki delivered the messages to him.
Of This I know in my Heart, spiritually…
The Reiki helped him to know that there is a Heaven and he will be there.
The Reiki let him know that we will all be together very soon.
The Reiki let him know we all loved him dearly and he made a difference in this life in many ways.
The Reiki let him know there is so much more mystery to life then he knew consciously in this life and that he has more adventures to come.
The Reiki let him know it was okay for us if he passed so he wouldn’t be in pain any longer.
The Reiki spoke for us, because the Reiki is of God and us and him too.
Calmed my dad physically and emotionally
Calmed me, my mom and my whole family
Gave peace to all of us that we were able to do something to help in a situation that seemed uncontrollable
Brought my whole extended family closer together in a feeling of unity that we had not had for many years
Reiki Planted Seeds
My dad’s amazing doctor was aware of energy work and we had good talks about how it helps
The nurses saw us doing Reiki and witnessed how it helped calm my dad
My sister who knows very little about Reiki has now seen it work
And, spirit is motivating me to write about this so soon after, to share my experience with those of you who need to read about it
Reiki Continues to support us by
I do Reiki on myself multiple times a day to stay grounded, strong, and centered
Reiki on myself to heal and release the bigger, deeper issues at the perfect time
Reiki on myself to help me have the best calming, healing words for whoever needs them at the time, including myself
I’m doing Reiki on my niece who has never even heard of Reiki, because she has a sinus infection
I’m doing Reiki on any other family members who want it and need it, we all need it, but I’m respectful of each person’s process which may not want Reiki at that moment
Reiki on my dad’s dog, Sparty, who misses him terribly and is clinging to my mom
On Saturday, I will do Reiki at the location of the Celebration of Life to set space for a positive remembrance of my dad’s life
The ways in which Reiki can support me and my family at this moment is a very long one.
We have a long way to go in the grieving process, it’s been four days. This week we are supporting my mom and preparing a celebration of life. Next week, who knows. One day at a time, but THANK GOD, seriously, that I have Reiki and I know I can turn to this amazing gift from Divine to support me and my family along the way.
I’m so grateful right now, so full of love and light and so confident that with God as my partner through my use of Reiki, I’ll make it through this process with deep healing and more joy in my heart.
Please feel free to share stories of your parents, grieving, Reiki or anything else that is healing to you or others who will be reading.
Reiki Blessings to you all,
For a Reiki session or a reading with Josslyn, rainshadowreiki.com or 360-460-7829
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
My goal is to encourage and help others to incorporate Reiki into their daily lives seamlessly and with great joy. I have done this for myself over many years of working with Reiki and I find talking with my clients and students that not everyone does this easily.
In the beginning, when we first take a Reiki class, we are often so overloaded with the information, the how to’s, that we stay inside our initial Reiki thinking box. We limit ourselves to the basics because we have to in order to just do the basics. It’s all good! That’s how we start. Some of us ‘get it’ faster than others and some of us take more time thoroughly comprehending what the Reiki can really do and how to do it. All in Divine time. But, we can also learn from others if we seek out ways to expand our Reiki boxes, when we are ready. It is my hope, for the Highest Good of All, that my little blogs help some of you to expand your Reiki box of what is possible to do with Reiki. Because I know first hand the daily miracles that come from having Reiki working with you to create the life you want. Here is one example.
Reiki & a Movie
I have a very wonderful and close dear friend here in Sequim whose entire family is karmically connected to my family. We are all close and our kids fight like siblings or cousins I say, but that’s another story and another life. Gigi and I have over the years become very close and share a love of our families, healthy eating, our pets and of course, our spirituality and Reiki. Because of hectic family/work schedules, we usually schedule our dates ahead of time. Now and then Gigi and I schedule a lunch, walking date or a movie morning while the kids are in school. Much needed girl time.
I have worked with Reiki on her whole family and every time I visit I work on her two fury buddies, Jax and Cedric. All animals are different and some don’t like hands on Reiki. But Jax and Cedric LOVE hands on Reiki. They are Rat terriers and because of them I have fallen in love with the breed. They are such sweeties and simply LOVE ME and MY REIKI! As soon as I’m in the house they are ON me like flies on honey. They sometimes take turns and sometimes can’t wait and I have one hand on each of them while they sit in my lap.
When I come over for a movie date, my two buddies are right on top of me, cuddling and soaking up the Reiki for a full two hours. When I mentioned this to a new client she was amazed. “What? You can run the Reiki while you watch a movie?” She hadn’t thought of that before. Yep, sometimes in this busy life, we multi task. If the choice is no Reiki or Reiki while watching the move, I’m sure Jax and Cedric would choose Reiki and a Movie every single time.
I simply get my Reiki flowing as soon as I walk in the door or even before while I’m in the car.
However you start your Reiki, I like to say my intentional prayer, ask Divine to send in my Reiki Guides of Love and Light, then let it flow.
I hold the intention that Jax and Cedric get exactly what they choose and what they need and that the Reiki will continue to flow through the whole movie.
They come and go, jumping off of me and running to the kitchen or the front door to bark, but they always come back for more cuddles and more Reiki. Meanwhile, I watch my movie, converse with Gigi as necessary and not necessary for a girls day off and get some doggy snuggle at the same time. I love when it’s a Win/win, don’t you.
Oh yeah, you can cuddle with your kids or sweetheart and run Reiki AND watch a movie all at the same time too!
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki
Question: One of the questions I get a lot is, “How can I run more energy?” or “How can I be a better channel for the Reiki energy?”
The Quick Answer:Practice, practice and more practice. Daily Self Reiki is the key. Plus, eating and living a healthy and spiritual life, meditating, looking in the mirror, practicing what we preach, and honing our skills as a channel for the Reiki energy.
The Longer But More Thorough Answer
Some people have expressed to me that because Reiki is Divine energy it should be easy for everyone to run it the same. Maybe, but all of our bodies are different with different abilities. We can’t all sing the same, or do gymnastics the same, why would we expect to all run Reiki the same. Hmmm…something to ponder.
Yes, the Reiki is from Divine and once attuned, always attuned. But, our bodies are still human and we channel Reiki through our human bodies. Some people have physical bodies that are naturally tuned to channeling Reiki and others will need to practice at it a bit more. It is like this with pretty much any skill, some are naturally good at pottery the first time they take a class, (not me) others will have to practice more. For many of my Reiki I students, channeling Reiki is their first time channeling anything energetically through their physical body at all. Many don’t meditate until after my class or do energy work. So, this is something that is all new to their bodies. All new, at any new skill, takes practice, even with Reiki.
Example: Singing Gift vs Reiki Gift
I truly believe that we come into this life with the God-given gifts that we require to be successful in our specific life goal. I believe with Divine’s help, we chose these gifts carefully beforehand. Some of us chose determination, some chose patience, forgiveness, calmness, motivation, or courage. I believe we also chose abilities for our human body such as, some of us need to be amazing scientists, writers, dancers, artists, and others need to be excellent channelers of Divine Energy. No matter what, we have the gifts that we need in order to be successful in this life. It is up to us to break through our fears and hone these gifts like a professional singer does. Practice, practice and more practice. Then be grateful for the gifts we have and we will be showered with even more abundance in this area of our lives.
I compare the ability to channel Reiki to singing, another gift from Divine. Again, I believe people who need a particular singing voice will choose biologically a family combination that will allow them to have this musical talent. Some people have beautiful singing voices from childhood. However, they still practice and practice to hone their skill if singing is important to them. Some people are naturals at it, others take more practice but can still be great, others have great singing voices for themselves or their shower, but don’t necessarily want to sing to the world. It’s all good. It is all Divine and perfect for us and our needs. But, if someone wants to improve their singing voice, they will need to practice and possibly work with a coach.
This is the same with Reiki. If you want to do Reiki to heal yourself only, you still need to practice on yourself, daily. YES, DAILY. (If you actually want results) If you want to do Reiki on others, you’ll need to practice on others and for the Highest Good, study with a Reiki Master to get help along the way or establish a very strong Love and Light connection with your Reiki Guides. Preferably both. If someone wants to be a Reiki Master/Teacher, this in turn will take more practice, more time, more help, more honing, more experience, etc.
Just because Reiki comes from a Divine source it doesn’t mean we still don’t have lessons to learn about channeling Reiki energy through our human bodies. Most of us do. Most of us are working with the Reiki in the first place to help us with these issues. So, sorry if you don’t want to hear it, but… “PRACTICE MAKES BETTER.” Yes, even in Reiki, practice makes better. You’ll feel better, be able to run more energy better, be able to FEEL the energy in your hands and body better, be able to manifest the things and life you want better. All of the above. JUST DO IT!
From my family to yours, many Reiki Blessings for a new year full of possibilities!
I pray for you all every single night and send Reiki to those of you who ask. I’m grateful for so much in my life, but I’m most grateful for Reiki and people who are opening up and finding Reiki at this time. Together we bring more Divine Light to the planet and that is how we will heal ourselves and each other. Blessings to you all for being the Light of Divine and not being afraid to let it shine!!
Reiki Love and Light to you all,
Josslyn Streett and family
For the greatest good of all, bring on the adventure that is life on earth in 2015!!
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
Just telling a bit of my story on how I FELT DIVINE’s presence for the first time and HOW you too can have your own personal EXPERIENCE with your own personal Divine Creator if you so chose. If that sounds interesting to you, please read on…
Life On Earth is Tough
When life gets tough for me the only way I get though it is my faith. I was not raised with faith or religion of any kind. I had to search for it, study, read, experiment and find what felt right for me. What made sense in my heart. I’m extremely grateful for this path. I feel like I had the blessing of a clean slate to start with and I was able to pick and choose what felt right with few other prejudices interfering. But, it also meant that I lived much of my life so far, without a strong faith in a higher power. There was a part of me that always seemed to know and believe there was something bigger than me that I called ‘God’, like people around me, like I saw on T.V., but I didn’t KNOW until later in my life.
No PROOF of God, until there was.
Let’s face it, science does not claim any proof of a Higher Power. They say there is not proof what so ever, even when there is tons of it all around us. Faith is supposedly trusting and believing in a Higher Power without proof. But, what I hear from my clients and students is that they want to FEEL the presence of God with them, not just in the things they see around them, like flowers, trees and babies. People want to FEEL GOD themselves! And, simply, I do too.
“Religion is belief in someone else’s experience. Spirituality is having your own experience.”—Deepak Chopra
The memory of one time EXPERIENCING God for myself was all I needed to sustain me though the really difficult times. I believed in a Divine presence before I felt his/her energy, but after, I’ve been more committed to my spiritual journey and more active in my healing path because I truly didn’t feel alone any more.
But, that isn’t enough for our Divine Creator. He/She lets me know (s)he’s there quite often when I need to feel that I’m not alone. I hear stories of this over and over from other people of faith. I know I am not the only one who feels our Divine Source’s presence but I also know from my students and clients, there are still many who have not. I guess I’m writing this for those people. To let them know, don’t give up. Keep looking, keep searching, keep asking and one day, when you least expect it, when you need it most, you will FEEL the presence of your Divine Creator and you will know too. This will be when YOUR soul chooses and not before.
I have come to realize through my students how important FEELING this Divine presence is to people. I pray this helps some people to feel their proof.
My Proof of God Before Reiki
My first and most profound spiritual experience was, no surprise, when I was at the lowest point of depression. I had been there before but not with my new faith and spiritual beliefs. In the past I had very much depended upon my pets to give me the love and support that I needed when the depression got to be too much for me to handle alone. I truly believe that our pets have chosen to be here to love us unconditionally and show us that proof of God, that unconditional love, when we don’t have that belief system ourselves. They were always there for me at those times and I’m so grateful for them. But, I digress.
My Proof of God, After Reiki
At one point the depression got so bad and I felt so helpless that I was feeling totally alone. I felt no one could understand what I was going through.
I couldn’t calm myself enough to meditate to calm my mind so finally I activated my Reiki in my hands, ran Reiki on parts of my body and prayed and prayed and prayed. I asked Divine to let me feel him/her around me. I said I needed to know I was not alone in this. Immediately I felt a very loving female presence surround me in a huge hug of Love and Light that felt so radiant, so perfect and so immense that there was no doubt in my heart that this was the proof of unconditional love that I had asked for. The feeling was so incredibly tangible and unlike anything, anything I had ever felt before. This was bigger than me, to be able to feel this physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually all at the same time, I was blown away. I knew I was truly not alone in this and that they (God/Goddess and my Spirit Guides) felt so much love for me that I would be able to get through even the most difficult times on Earth with them on my side. They truly wanted me to know they were with me always and I just knew they were by my side even when I didn’t feel them in this way. I felt one with their energy always after that.
After this hug from my Divine I was more easily able to be in a place of gratitude. The energy completely shifted from pain to gratitude and I was able to be calm enough to meditate and be in a better place. The next day I was up and about being with my family again with a whole new view on life.
Ask And You Shall Receive
I have called on this feeling many times since, when I needed it and often times Divine and my guides are right there ready for me to FEEL unconditional love again. But, quite often, just the memory of this event has been enough to remind me in the dark times that I’m not alone and that with Divine and my Reiki Guides, I’ll get through even the most difficult trials. The memory gave me a faith that has not been shaken. I’m incredibly grateful for that gift from God, my Proof of God.
I have had many more ‘Proof of God’ experiences since then, thanks to my constant work with Reiki. Since I work with Reiki every day I am in a constant flow of Divine energy and have many experiences where I feel the presence of God. I want so much for others who chose to, to be able to FEEL God too!! Another reason I’m so passionate about teaching Reiki to others, to bring them closer to their own Higher Power and their ability to FEEL this powerful loving energy.
REIKI IS THE HOW
Of all the different methods I tried over the years to be close to a divine presence, Reiki has taken me the farthest. It has supported me, guided me and protected me through my spiritual awakening. Reiki has raised my vibration daily, bringing me to the ability to feel, see and hear divine energies. Reiki has brought me many guides of Love and Light to assist me in my daily spiritual search for my path, my way in this life. Reiki is my centering and grounding source each and every day of life in this class room here on earth. Every single time I practice Reiki on myself or on someone else, I have my proof of God. I feel a little closer to Heaven each time. THAT IS WHY I DO REIKI!! I LOVE IT!!
I pray for you to have your own experience of our Divine Source so that you too may find your PERSONAL Proof of God.
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki
“Your path is illuminated by the light, yet darkness lets the stars shine bright.”~ J.L.W. Brooks
Happy Winter Solstice to you all! I am sending Reiki Blessings to all of you following and reading this blog, each and every day. I’m also filling this blog with some beautiful quotes about illumination. Enjoy.
“The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.” ~ Joseph Campbell
I love this dark cold time of year. I’m a mother bear at heart and this time of year I get to cozy up in my cave with my fire going, read, reflect, rest and go within. It’s such an important part of life and yet in our crazy busy modern lives I think we often forget how important it is to sit and to just BE with ourselves. I hear so many people complaining about the cold weather in the Pacific North West, but to me, this time of year is so sacred, my own personal sanctuary, that I can’t help but be grateful for the darkness and the cold.
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” ~ Hamilton Wright Mabi
I also find myself feeling a great deal of hope; hope for the new year, hope for the light coming back and releasing us from the darkness eventually, hope for mankind. Something about this time of year, maybe the reflection, maybe the snow, the happy faces I see and the love, who knows, but it helps me feel more hopeful for our human existence.
“We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light.” ~ Earl Nightingale
I pray you can find your sanctuary at this time of year and find some time to reflect on the journeys and experiences you’ve had in 2013 before the light comes back and we all get busy playing outside in the sun.
Love and Light to all my readers,
“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~ Edith Wharton
“When you possess light within, you see it externally.” ~ Anaïs Nin
“It snowed and snowed, the whole world over, Snow swept the world from end to end. A candle burned on the table; A candle burned.” ~ Boris Pasternak
by Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki
For those of you who KNOW you have chaos in your life and simply want help and ways to deal with it, scroll down to the HOW section. Otherwise, please read and enjoy the full blog.
Crisis All Around, How to Deal
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
2013 a Year of Light and Chaos?
This year was predicted by many psychics to be a very challenging year as the Light comes in to over turn the dark after the opening of December 2012. This has, throughout history, not been a quick and easy task. In fact, other than love, it has been the biggest theme throughout history of all time on earth, dark versus light, good vs. bad, angel vs. devil. I am not one of those psychics who believed this will happen instantly as some did, and it didn’t. I like to look back through history and past lives at the big picture to see how things have worked in the past to get a feel for how it will most likely go in the future. Plus, my common sense part says “What is there to learn from instant healing?” Nothing. We must live the darkness to learn how to shine our light. I believe we are spiritual beings in a human form and our human form does not change quickly or even easily. It takes time and work, until we truly, on every level, believe it is easy. Then and only then, will it truly be easy.
“Enlightenment can be a slow process, requiring dedication and discipline. It’s perfectly fine to rest now and then. You are not going backwards; you are consolidating and resting.” Dr. Brian Weiss
The Truth is Coming Out, Ready or NOT
So, back to the difficulty that was predicted this year. The energy of Love and Light is stronger than normal but what that means is that people who still have issues in the dark must shine their light on them and DEAL with them directly. This means that issues that have been dormant in the past are now bubbling to the surface and demanding to be dealt with, NOW. There is no more hiding, no more denial, no more pretending, they have to be dealt with. For those people who have been on the healing path for a long while doing this difficult healing work, life may not be as difficult as it is for others at this time. Those people may find themselves in more of a support position for many others, especially.
In the Way of the Storm
But, for those who have not done the hard work, the “look in the mirror and truly deal with it” work, or for those who are just ‘waking up,’ they are thrown into the eye of the storm right away with not much time to prepare and learn the techniques they need in order to learn from these situations and heal from them. These people need to start acting on new and different ways of coping, learning and progressing before or even while being directly in the path of the storm. Crisis mode. There is time, there is always time (big picture speaking), but for some, this means that life has gotten rather like living in a real soap opera. Lies can no longer be hidden. The truth is coming out, ready or not.
“The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.” Joseph Campbell
Crisis All Around
I have found, this summer in particular, that there is crisis all around me. It seems like every client, every friend, every caregiver, every family member, has been thrown into crisis mode very quickly. Addictions, severe medical issues with loved ones, job stress, money stress, political issues are all bubbling to the surface in record numbers, all around and affecting the lives of people who were not affected before. When I talk to other healers, they say the same thing is happening around them as well. When I talk to my clients who are not themselves in crisis mode I find that their family or friends ARE, and they are finding themselves being leaned on quite heavily for support.
Take Care of YOU
As a healer I see it as my job to be the support system for my clients, friends and family during these times of difficulty, but only if they ask for my help. I’m very careful to not invade anyone’s boundaries. Some people may see this as cold or uncaring. I’m showing respect for their wants and desires. I offer my help and it is up to them to make the next move. Plus, I can’t help people who don’t want it or aren’t yet ready for it. This is one way that I also protect myself by only helping those who want it and are truly ready for it. I conserve my energy and help for those who ask. But, that’s another blog. In order to be there for people in crisis, most healers know, we must take care of ourselves first. I’ve written about this before, from the mom perspective, putting your oxygen mask on first and what not. But, I’m a double duty; mom, and healer. I’m taking care of a whole lot of people. Many caregivers get burned out because they don’t take care of themselves first. I’ve gotten burned out many times, I’m speaking from life experience here, over and over again. No matter how many times I say it, many of you will not hear it. But, hopefully, many will. TAKE CARE OF YOU FIRST!! TAKE CARE OF YOU NOW!!
Choose any of these that appeal to you and that you will actually DO. DOING these on a regular basis is the difference between people who are happy even in difficult times and those who are struggling. Pick two minimum NEW activities that you will commit to doing, and JUST DO IT!
Do Reiki on yourself every day with intention. Do not wait until a crisis happens, be prepared ahead of time by doing Reiki on yourself and your loved ones, you’ll be stronger and more prepared when the crisis hits. Work with intention on what you want healed within yourself for instance “It is my intention, Divine Source, that the Reiki will help to heal my thoughts and beliefs about me not deserving self-care first.”
Meditate daily– Yes, there is time. Turn off the T.V. and get away from the computer and make half an hour to meditate. Meditation is the single most important technique you can learn and do, to enhance your spiritual growth. Seriously, and it’s practically free. Don’t worry about doing it right at first, just do it. Make it a habit and when you feel you are ready for learning more you will.
Look in the mirror – It is important to not just talk the talk but to also walk the walk. By looking in the mirror you are facing up to the parts of YOU that you want to change, they may be ugly, scary or humbling, but when you deal with them they are not so bad. The more you do this the easier it gets over time. Reiki can help with this too.
Daily self-care energetically speaking – Keep your boundaries STRONG, multiple times a day! Do a five-minute quick boundary protection ritual. Five minute boundary ritual can be found in “Don’t Get Dumped On” blog.
Gratitude– Being grateful for what you do have, even during a crisis, is critical to your mind-set and in your spirit guides and Divine Source being there to help you through situations. Divine Source and our spirit guides respond to gratitude and positive emotions. The more you put into your prayers of gratitude the more they will hear you and help you in other areas of your life. There is always something to be grateful for. “Thank you God that I’m still breathing!” or “Thank you God that it’s only a broken arm.” There is always someone, somewhere worse off than you. Seriously, prayers of gratitude have gotten me through some very dark hours. JUST DO IT!!
Join support groups– Be a regular part of a Reiki support group, a healing group, Al-anon, a knitting group, a game playing group, or any kind of group that gives you a close-knit support system for when things go south. We all need supportive non-judgmental friends to help us through these difficult times.
Get professional help– have a therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, Naturopathic doctor, Reiki practitioner, hypnotherapist or some other professional who can be there for you to support you and to LISTEN when you need it. These support people can be invaluable during times of crisis. I work with a therapist regularly for self-care even when things are going great. When you are taking care of a lot of other people, you need and deserve someone to listen to you.
Spend time in nature– walk, hike, beach, forest or desert, hug a tree, or at bare minimum spend fifteen minutes barefoot on the earth, any earth. Stand in a potted plant if that’s all you have. We all know nature heals but many of us don’t spend enough time in it, relating to it, feeling it and taking it into ourselves energetically on all levels.
Physical Exercise– Keep your body strong and your mind will be strong as well. Physical exercise not only keeps your physical body strong but it helps to release stress and negative emotions, mind sets and toxins. It’s called a WIN/WIN!
I’m sure there are plenty more but these are the techniques that I have personally found invaluable. I pray you take this to heart and truly start putting yourself first, healing yourself with Reiki and meditation and stay strong so you are able to support others when they ask for it.
Love and Light to you all,
Contact Josslyn at email@example.com or 360-460-7829
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki
I’d love to say my Great Grandmother used to say this to me and it stuck. No…. no great grandma or even any cute old lady said this to me. I have no memory of where I learned it, probably T.V. But, it did stick. And, in a world where mothers are taught to take care of everybody else first, this has become a mantra that got me through some tough times. My kids know it by heart.
In the days when I still didn’t believe that I came first, I had to go to this quote to remind myself that I do in fact come first. I am the most important person in my universe and that is true for EVERYONE! And, it is true, if I’m not happy, my whole family is not happy. It’s a power I never asked for and never quite knew as a mom I’d have. But, it’s true. Somehow, we moms became the barometer for how our family is feeling. It’s a huge responsibility, but then so is being a parent. Unfortunately for my kids, their mother happens to be a recovering depressant, a current invisible immune system illness sufferer and a practicing empath who feels the emotions of not only their household but the whole world pretty much in any given moment.
This does not always bode well for our daily weather report within the home. Most often, like the weather where we live, in the Pacific North West of America, it changes constantly. If the weather is sunny, you can always count on it to change. Change is the only thing we can count on both in weather here AND in my moods. So, being responsible for the moods of three other people and four pets can be an overwhelming responsibility.
Thank God I have Reiki and I’m Not Kidding
I don’t know if I truly agreed to this contract of being a mom, an empath and challenged with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual illness ALL IN THE SAME LIFE, but apparently I did. I’m here. Doing it. We sign up for much more than we can chew while we are in that blissful place called Heaven and all things are perfect. But, once we get here, reality sets in about the same time as our true memories disappear. For many of us that is about age 9. Bummer. We all have something that makes our life a challenge or we wouldn’t be here. Or, we’d be on ‘spiritual vacation’, which some people are. But, unfortunately, most of us are not on vacation. Most of us are here to learn and we work hard at it.
I struggled for many years without any guidance as to how to do this thing called LIFE ON EARTH. I struggled, until I found Reiki and my Reiki guides. I’m not kidding or making this up to make Reiki more important than it is. It is important. It is MY true connection to my spiritual Divine Source, my God. It keeps me sane on a daily basis when I need it most; like when the kids come home from school upset about a bad day and won’t talk about it just stomp around, or when I home school my temperamental empathic 9-year-old mini me for four hours and desperately need a break. Reiki is here for me ALWAYS when I need it. There’s just one trick, I just have to DO IT.
JUST DO IT (Thank you Nike for the BEST Ad Phrase Ever!)
And, here is the difference in my life, before, and my life now… I do, DO IT. I do it just about every single day and sometimes more. I do it when mini me is at karate. I do it when I’m sitting in the car waiting for my volunteer time at school. I do it after a stressful day of dealing with hormones and homework and I do it to fall asleep at night when my mind is racing more than I can handle. I do the Reiki whenever I feel I need a break, an escape. I use Reiki like others use coffee, sugar, T.V., alcohol, even drugs. Reiki is my drug. Yes, I watch T.V., and do some of those other things too, but my body is too sensitive for most, like it’s too sensitive to drink coffee, take even prescription drugs or to ingest anything stronger than red wine. I know, another bummer.
Reiki is Calorie Free!!
But, Reiki is calorie free and always good for me, and it always gives me a buzz that is better than any drug, so it’s a win-win. And, with all that moms have going on in their lives, we all need something like Reiki to pick us up and help us feel better, stronger, like a Super Mom to get us through the day. I know I do. Being a mom is tough. Too many moms are turning to unhealthy ways to get through the day and take away stress. Wouldn’t it be great to have something that gave you energy, a positive spirit, a calmer demeanor, AND helped you connect with your Higher Power too! ALL AT THE SAME TIME!!
No, it’s not a magic pill. But, it does help you feel better quickly and the more you do it, the more you feel good. And, if Mama is happy then the whole family is happy. Well, most of the time anyway. This quick thought of mine, of course, turned into this long blog. But, I truly am incredibly grateful that I have Reiki in my life. Because I am a mom, I am a wife, I am a homeschooling parent, and I am a healer too. I need a lot more support than “The Big Bang Theory” can offer me one night a week. So, yes, Thank God I have Reiki!!
Blessings to you all, I pray you find your Reiki too,
Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki
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