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Summer Vacation Via My Reiki Guides

By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki

Joss&RbyBeachPT2012Every year I take summer break with my kids.  I’m a Reiki Master/Teacher part-time and a mother full-time.  So when they are off school, I’m off too.  I enjoy the down time, the time away from schedules and the ‘have tos’.  I do not teach classes or circles in the summer, I do see clients, but less often.

This blog started out as an apology to my followers for not writing more blogs for the last two months.  I’m usually more consistent than that.  But, especially with my writing, I go with the flow of the energy and the creativity.  And, if it’s not meant to be, then it doesn’t happen.  Apparently I needed some time off because it hasn’t been happening.

Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other – activity in rest and rest in activity – is the ultimate freedom.” 
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Celebrating Silence

My Amazing Reiki Guides

But, what this blog is really about is my amazing guides and how they allow me to take time off to recharge my batteries and how YOU too can work with your guides to get the time off you need and exactly when you need it.

Talk To Your Spirit/Reiki Guides Daily

I talk to my guides daily.  I tell them my ideas, what I need, what I want and then I simply ask them to help.  I have told them they have a right to read my mind so they know what’s going on all the time.  We must give them permission for this, otherwise they will not invade our mental space.  If it feels right to you, just talk to your God, Divine Source and hold the intention that you are fine with your guides of Love and Light reading your mind.  This saves time and it helps to know that they love us no matter what and only want the best for us.  Otherwise you’ll want to speak to them specifically and with intention to let them know you are talking directly to them.

An Example –  when summer is approaching I say in my mind, “I’m really tired, I need some time off.  Reiki guides, please help me to have the time off I need this summer.  Unless it’s an emergency, Please hold off any clients until I’m ready and refreshed and able to do my best job for them.”  And you know what?  They do.  They do exactly as I ask.  I have had only a few clients all summer and exactly at times when I was ready, willing and able to work with them.  When I got back from our Sedona, AZ trip and I was ready to work again. I simply though “I’m ready to get back to work next week!”  Amazingly I’ve had clients calling and emailing all week and I’ve been booked up!  Thank you Reiki guides!! ( If your guides are reading your mind, they will know automatically when you need a break.)

So, give it a try.  Work at communicating with your guides more.  Give them specific measurable tasks to attain and see what happens.  Play around with them, have fun, say Please and Thank You and you’ll be surprised by the outcome.

And, I’m back!  I’ll be putting out more blogs soon.  This is just a teaser for now,

Pray you all had a wonderful summer and some rest too!

Love and Light to you all,

Josslyn

rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829

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Heat in Your Hands

By Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki

Years ago, before we had kids, my husband and I for fun, yes for fun, would drive over an hour to the valley in Southern California to go see a British medium named Brian Hurst.  (I have his books in my lending library, one of them is “Heaven Can Help.” Come check it out, it’s great.)  He worked out of his home.   One Saturday night a month he opened up his home to about 40 people for a group reading evening.  (I believe he still does this, check out his website for HOW to get in on it.)

Please, please, please don't ever attempt a seance without a well experienced and qualified medium or psychic to help you.  As well as, never do anything of a spiritual nature without calling on your Divine Source of Love and Light first.  This is very important.
Please, please, please don’t ever attempt a seance without a well experienced and qualified medium or psychic to help you. As well as, do not do anything of a spiritual nature without calling on your Divine Source of Love and Light first. This is very important.

Seances

Some people call them seances but I’ve never felt comfortable with that term.  Having a reading has never been for me like they show in the movies with all the costume and drama.  I don’t much care for that image of mystics from the movies personally other than at Halloween and on board walks while on vacation at some hoaky touristy place.  At Brain’s we all sat in fold up chairs in rows with him at the front, in his living room/dining room combo, just talking to whoever came though for the loved ones in the room.  The more vocal spirits usually came though first.  It was quite normal to us.

To get a seat to this event you had to call far in advance and only on the first day of each month at a certain hour for only one hour.  I believe he still does it this way so people are not calling him all month-long.  You must follow this procedure for a reservation because he fills up quickly and he sticks to it.  For a small amount of money (I don’t remember how much it was, but I’m thinking around $20 a person) you could go to a medium reading session and maybe get a personal reading or maybe not.  But, personal sessions are expensive and if you didn’t have the money or want to spend that, this was a great deal.  And better yet, a great experience.  I can say, it was always interesting and healing for me.

Comic by John Crowther, it's important to have a sense of humor about these things.
Comic by John Crowther, it’s important to have a sense of humor about these things.

An Uplifting Event

We often took friends or other family members, some were believers some were not sure.  Most were won over by the time we left.  Since Robert and I had already had private readings prior, we mostly went to hear the other readings.  I went to hear the stories of love and life.  You might think that going to talk to people who have died would be depressing.  To me it was always the exact opposite.  To me I left feeling better about the world, less weighed down, with less fear of dying myself and usually feeling quite uplifted and lighter.  Most of the readings were about love.  These loved ones who had passed on to what I call Heaven were coming to this man to send their message of love and survival beyond the earthly plane.  To me, how could that be anything but uplifting?

The Reading that Changed My Life

But, one night, I heard a reading that changed my life in ways I had no idea until today when Divine told me it was time to write about it.  The reading that left an imprint on my human self and gave me direction without even knowing it.

One Saturday night we were there listening to the readings.  Brian came to read a man, I’ll call him Ted.   He was to Brian’s left in the front row of the dining room area and we were to Brian’s right in the back in the living room area.  We could see Ted from the front where usually we saw many people’s backs as they spoke.  Ted was an attractive black man in his early thirties, and when he stood up I noticed he was very tall with very large hands.  He could have seemed intimidating to some, being that he was so tall but he had a very humble and gentle appearance to me right off the bat.  He was shy at first, as many are when they believe they will have a loved one  come though to them.

The deceased loved one who came though turned out to be not a relative or a significant other, but a client of this man.  He was an elderly man who had died from cancer and  Ted had been his massage therapist.  But, he was more than a massage therapist as Brian went on with the reading.  The deceased client was thanking Ted for his compassion, his healing and his friendship.  They had worked together for the whole time frame that this man had been fighting the cancer and went to Ted for stress relief and relaxation.  The two men had become friends and obviously good friends to the end if this man came to Brian to talk to him.  His gratitude for this man and his friendship was overwhelming.  Many in the audience were tearing up including me.  It was a reading to remember for sure even without what happened next.  For me, it was the reading that changed my life.

Healing Heat in Your Hands

It doesn't feel this hot most of the time, but you get the idea.
It doesn’t feel this hot most of the time, but you get the idea.

Brian relayed the elderly man’s message with tenderness as he always did.  He said to Ted that when he would do massage on his client his hands would heat up and healing energy from God would come though his hands.  The client in Heaven was telling Ted this.  I was astounded.  I was amazed that this man had healing in his hands and didn’t even know what it was.  Ted said he had felt it now and then too but didn’t know what it meant.  The elderly man who had passed, went on and on about how the healing in this mans hands had helped him though many difficult nights when he couldn’t sleep due to pain from the cancer and that after his massage sessions with Ted he could sleep again and the pain would be gone.  I remember thinking “Wow, how amazing that would be to have heat in your hands and be able to heal.”  I felt like the man had magic in his hands, and he did.  He now knew too and I often wonder what he has done with that knowledge.

Life Goes On

Not long after those sessions at Brian’s, my husband and I had children.  I was in a whole other chapter in my life and being a healer was not on my mind at all.  I forgot about Ted and his story but I did pray often to Divine Source to give me a gift to help others and heal myself.  But I had no idea in what form that gift would come, or if it ever would.  I prayed for this for years while I raised my kids and worked on healing my depression that was still hanging around.

The Divine Reminder

It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that Divine reminded me of this story and how I had felt at the time.  I had felt like Ted had magic in his hands, Divine Magic.  I had thought that would be the best gift in the world and now, here I was, with that exact gift.

Heat in My Hands

Yes, my hands heat up, they also get cold when they need to, they also tingle, vibrate and feel energy as others feel a cat’s fur, naturally and often without thinking about it.  But, no matter how long I have this ability, this gift from God, I never forget how lucky I am to have had my prayers answered.  I never forget that I have heat in my hands and can help other people and that I have Divine Source to thank for that, along with the determination that he/she granted me with.  And, I don’t forget to thank God for this gift each and every day, each and every time I use it and more times in between.  It’s more than just thanking or being grateful that I feel.  I feel the gratitude deep down to my soul so severely sometimes that I weep because I can’t believe God has given me this gift. It is the best feeling in the world and it helps me feel close to our Creator in ways I never have been before I had this gift of Reiki.  To me this is my passion and without knowing what I was praying for, I got the very best gift I could have ever asked for.

Super Flying Healing Mom

Super Mom can fly, heal and teach!
Super Mom can fly, heal and teach!  Cook?  Who said anything about cooking?!

When my kids ask me what kind of super powers I would want if I were a super hero, after flying being my first choice (come on, who doesn’t want to be able to fly like a bird) I say “Of course, I’d want to be able to heal people.”  My kids say “Mom, you already do that.  Pick something else that you can’t do yet.”  Because truly, in all the world, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do than help people heal themselves though Divine’s love.  Can you?

Anyone can learn Reiki.  Anyone can be a healer.  Anyone can learn Reiki and have heat in their hands.  Through our Divine Source and with Reiki, I can teach you.  After all, being able to TEACH people to heal is my next choice of super powers and I can do that too.  At this point in my life I feel I couldn’t be more blessed than I already am.  Thank you God for your many, many blessings!

Josslyn Streett, Rain Shadow Reiki Master/Teacher/Reader/Super Hero

rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829

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Effective Warming Sock Treatment for Colds and Migraines

Just a reminder, I am not a doctor and I am not trying to be.  This is a treatment I learned from my doctor and I am passing it along to you hoping it will help.  Please consult with your doctor if you are sick.  If you do not have a doctor then please check out a local Naturopath, a doctor who uses natural medicines and treatments to help you get well.  They treat the mind, body and spirit.

Effective Warming Sock Treatment for Colds and Migraines

by Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki

It’s almost spring but here in the Pacific North West that can still mean cloudy and cold.  Many people here are still struggling with colds and flues.  And people who suffer from migraine headaches, like me, know that they can hit at any time of the year.

Why Wait

I was going to hold this post for a couple of days since I literally just did a post yesterday.  Then my dear friend called and shc can’t come over today because her daughter has a fever.  I said “Have you heard of the hot sock treatment?” and she said “Yes, you mentioned it and that’s why I’m calling.”  I said “That’s it, I’m posting it TODAY!”  So, here it is, I now swear by it for helping the body heal itself.

The warming sock treatment is safe for anyone, even kids can do it.
The warming sock treatment is safe for anyone, even kids can do it.  I bought a pair of wool socks for each of my boys to have at all times for this exact reason.  The trick is remembering to do it at the first signs if a cold.

Tip from MY Doctor

My Naturopath, Dr. Ruth Urand in Poulsbo, WA gave me this Warming Sock Treatment and it has been a lifesaver for me.  I call it the Hot Sock Treatment, others call it the Wet Sock Treatment and some the Warming Sock Treatment, but it is really your feet that are hot so whatever you call it doesn’t really matter, as long as you USE IT!

Sensitive People Get More Viruses

Many people who are highly sensitive, like myself, will be prone to getting viruses and often.  I have found this to be the case.  My kids get something for a day or two and I’m laid up for a week.  This year, using the hot sock treatment (which I was quite cynical of at first) I got sick in October and it hung on but once I remembered about this treatment and actually started using it every night, I didn’t get sick again until January.  In January my kids got sick with the difficult virus that was going around and it hung on for them and I only got a sore throat.  The only difference this time was that I was using the sock treatment from day one of the kids being sick.  The trick is to start right away as soon as symptoms are there.  A tiny sore throat, don’t wait.  Sock treatment right away that night and keep it up until everyone in the house is healthy.

Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone, Any Budget

The Warming Sock Treatment is safe for anyone to do, unlike many medications.  If you are pregnant, please check with your doctor first, just to be sure.
The Warming Sock Treatment is safe for anyone to do, unlike many medications. If you are pregnant, please check with your doctor first, just to be sure.

What I like most about the hot sock treatment is that anyone can afford it, unlike many medications.  AND you can do it anywhere as long as you bring your socks along.  If you are traveling, always bring your socks and you’ll be ready.  Plus, anyone can do the hot sock treatment, kids, adults, pregnant women, it is safe as long as you warm your feet first.  If you are pregnant, please consult your doctor first.  That way I don’t get in trouble for giving you this advice.

Here is HOW you do it:

WHEN to do it:  If you have any of the following symptoms do the hot sock treatment:

  • Sore throat
  • Inflammation or infection of the throat
  • Neck pain
  • Ear infection
  • Headaches,  Migraines
  • Nasal congestion
  • upper respiratory infections
  • Coughs
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinus infections
100% white cotton socks
100% white cotton socks, I like the shorty ones.

Effects of the Warming Sock Treatment:  This treatment acts to reflexively increase the circulation and decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head and throat.  It has a sedating action and many patients report that they sleep much better during the treatment.  This treatment is also effective for pain relief and increases the healing response during acute infections.

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 pair of white 100% cotton socks

    100% Wool Socks
    100% Wool Socks
  • 1 pair of thick 100% wool socks (pure wool, don’t get a blend)
  • Dry towel
  • Warm bath or warm foot bath

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Warm your feet FIRST.  This is very important as the treatment will not be as effective and could be harmful if your feet are not warmed first.  Warming can be accomplished by 1. soaking your feet in warm water (I do warm to hot, it feels good) for at least 10 minutes or 2. taking a warm bath for 10 minutes OR by 3. wearing wool socks several hours before you go to bed and do the sock treatment.  The key is to have your feet nice and warm before hand.
  2. Take a pair of cotton socks and soak them completely with cold water, as cold as you can get it.

    Soak your feet together to encourage kids to do it too.  They will benefit from the time together as well as the treatment.
    Soak your feet together to encourage kids to do it too. They will benefit from the time together as well as the treatment.  Warm foot baths feel nice and can be a nice ritual for kids.
  3. Be sure to wring out the socks thoroughly so they do not drip.
  4. Dry off your feet and body with a dry towel.
  5. Place the cold wet socks on your feet.
  6. Cover your feet and the cold wet socks with the dry wool socks.
  7. Go directly to bed and AVOID getting chilled.
  8. Keep both pairs of socks on overnight.  You will find that the wet cotton socks will be dry in the morning.

That is it.  Quite easy.  Warm feet, cold wet cotton, warm dry wool and go to bed! I pray this helps many people feel better more often and save time by NOT getting sick.  It certainly has for me.  I am a believer now.

In Love and Light of the Divine,

from me to you with Love,

Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher at Rain Shadow Reiki

rainshadowreiki@gmail.com

or 360-460-7829

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Like Mother, Like Son-The Lessons We are Teaching As Reiki Parents

By Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki

I was driving home with my boys last night and they knew I wasn’t feeling well.  I have a little cold in my nose and sinuses and just wanted to get home, treat myself to some Reiki and the hot sock treatment and go to bed early.  I’ve had chronic sinus and sore throat issues from childhood and allergies and often deal with this is the fall and winter time.  My twelve-year-old son, from the back seat, says very matter of fact and maturely, “Mom, have you ever thought that maybe this sickness is from a past life?”

Mama Proud

My boys and I on the Dungeness Spit in Sequim our first visit.
My boys and I on the Dungeness Spit in Sequim our first visit.

I smiled and responded, “yes honey, yes I have.  And you are right, it is. I’ll do Reiki on it tonight before bed time.”  It made me proud that I’m teaching my kids to think on all levels.  I’m teaching them that there is much more to illness and disease in the body then just taking a pill for it.  That illness has spiritual roots, emotional, mental as well as physical roots.  Yes, sometimes a cold is just a cold and just on the physical level.  But, most of the time I have found it to be on more than just one or two body levels at a time.  For me it’s usually all four levels (spiritual, mental, emotional and physical) and this needs to be investigated each time I’m clearing a layer.  If I do not clear the energy from all four layers each time then the cold continues and often gets worse as if I’m not really listening to its message.

Reiki Mom, Reiki Kid

The night before my son said this I was doing Reiki on my him so he could fall asleep due to a tummy ache.  He’d been indulging in left over pizza for days on end and was now feeling the effects of it and having trouble moving the pizza through.  (This was not the usual gluten-free pizza they eat.)  I was grateful for Reiki that I was able to help him through it naturally, calm him down and get rid of the pain he was having so he could fall asleep.  Fall asleep he did, rather quickly too.  And, when he woke up he was quite chipper and told me right away that his tummy ache was gone and that the Reiki worked.  It makes me feel good because these, I know, are long-term lessons my boys are learning, lessons that will stay with them whatever career they go into, where ever they go in life.

Me doing Reiki on my oldest son in the Rain Shadow Reiki room.  www.josslynstreett.com
Me doing Reiki on my oldest son in the Rain Shadow Reiki room. www.josslynstreett.com

Childhood Stays With Us – It’s All Good

My parents didn’t know about natural remedies when I was a kid and I had plenty of medicines since I was sick a lot and extremely sensitive as a child.  But my dad was a Psychologist and believed in NOT using medicine to solve all your issues.  He quite often questioned our medical professionals and did not take their advice.  Then he’d search for answers that felt right to him, right for our family.

At one time multiple doctors thought I had to have jaw surgery for my T.M.J. (Temporormandibular Joint) issue.  He said “No Way!”  The doctors said I wouldn’t be able to eat normal food and would be sucking through a straw by the time I was 30.  He still didn’t believe that surgery was the answer.  Well, I’m over 40 now and I’m still eating food.  My parents kept searching for other ways to heal my issue as it got very painful in my teen years.  My parents opened me up to other ways to heal.  Very advanced for their time back then, they found through friends an Osteopathic doctor who did Craniosacral therapy and basically solved my T.M.J. issues.  I still go now and then for Craniosacral therapy to get ‘tune ups.”  More often my Medical Intuitive, Candia Sanders works on my cranial bones energetically, long distance, and that does the trick.  I also do Reiki on my head to keep it in order in between healings.  If I can do it myself gently and naturally, why not do it?!!

But, I’m still chewing to this day with little or no pain.  That lesson has stayed with me my whole life and has molded who I am today and how I heal myself and my family for everything else in my life.  For that I am extremely grateful to my parents for teaching me these lessons.

Reiki is More Than Just For Healing

Many questions and sharing tonight at the Kids Reiki Circle.  We had nine boys and girls who just couldn't get enough time to share.  Learning about energy is never boring and always an adventure.
Many questions and sharing at the Kids Reiki Circle. We had nine boys and girls who just couldn’t get enough time to share. Learning about energy is never boring and always an adventure.

Reiki is not just a way to heal but also a way of life and a way to teach children about how to go about life in a spiritual manner including your Higher Power each and every minute of it.  Reiki also teaches how to heal your karma and prevent creating more karma by being aware of what it does to you and others around you.  My boys and other Reiki kids are learning that everything we do has an effect, good or bad, and that it can all be taken into consideration before we do something.  It also teaches naturally and gently that everything has consequences, even as simple as eating too much pizza.  But, that it is all good because he learned quickly and fairly painlessly that next time he eats pizza, he might want to NOT eat it, or go easy on it and eat a whole lot less of it.  These little lessons stay with us just as much as the big ones.  They stay with us certainly more than me lecturing to them about eating healthy food.

It is also important to teach our kids to question our medical professionals.  They may know more about medicine, but do they know more about YOUR body?  No, they do not.  YOU are always the best compass for your body and what will work best for you.  Question, research, and try new therapies always until you find what works for you.  This will teach your children to do the same.  This teaches us to think for ourselves and to use our own intuition, rather than just blindly following the ‘experts.’

For so many reasons, I’m more grateful than ever to be a Reiki Master, but even more grateful than that to be a Reiki Mom!

It’s Easy to Become a Reiki Mom

If YOU would like to be a Reiki mom, take a Reiki class.  Come to my Reiki circles and bring your children to my Kid’s Reiki circles.  If you do not live in the area then find a Reiki Master near you and encourage them to start a children’s program.  Feel free to refer them to me for help in starting a kids program.  I’m always happy to share my resources with other teachers who want to work with children.  It takes more time and effort but the rewards are HUGE and so worth it.

Thank you Divine Source for this blessing and gift you have given to me and so many,

In Love and Light, sending blessings your way too,

Josslyn

for mor information about Children’s Reiki classes clink on this LINK to Josslyn’s  Kid’s Reiki classes page!

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2012 in review- The Countries and Blogs that Were Tops!!

By Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki

I’m having fun reading over the review of 2012 stats that the WordPress people put out for me.  My top two favorites are the countries where my views came from and the top five blogs.  The internet still astounds me.  If it weren’t for me watching “The IT Crowd” (which is hilarious by the way)  I might think the internet is a real little black box sitting in Apples’ offices somewhere on some big wigs desk.  Luckily, I’m learning quickly about technology and marketing on the web and here I am today writing my own blogs, but still amazed that people from all over the world are finding my blog and maybe even reading a word or two.  Wow!  Sorry, but that sill blows me away and next year when I write the review it will still probably blow me away.

And, THANK YOU to everyone who visited my blog, especially if you wanted to learn about Reiki, or you stayed long enough to do so.  

So, without further ado, the Top Five Blogs from MY Website in the Year 2012

Top Five Blogs of 2012

  1. Past Life Healing – The Elephant Man(Now I do realize this is probably tops because people are searching the web for information about the movie, that was well worth watching by the way.   But it is a great blog too about the past life healing that I do with my clients.  If you haven’t read it, it’s worth a few minutes for sure.)
  2. Give a Reiki Hug (Now who doesn’t want to give a better and more loving hug.  If you don’t want to, you are on the wrong site.  Get off.  I’m cheeky today aren’t I!?)
  3. Reiki Quick Tip – Find Lost Items (This little blog surprised me, not only is it top five read, but it has some of the most comments too.  Apparently my readers are absent-minded and can’t seem to find anything they need.  That’s ok, I’m the same way, that’s why I wrote it!)
  4. God’s Desk Lamp (This was a quick little story about my beautiful younger son and his spiritual quote. He and the quote are lovely.)
  5. Frog Totem (I have to say, this is one of my favorite blogs. Not only did I meet a dear friend because of it but I just love frogs.  I’ll be writing more about animal totems in the future.)

The Countries That Have Viewed my Rain Shadow Reiki Site On Purpose Or By Accident

(I’m sorry if I missed some, some countries are very small and they did this by scrolling over a map)

  • America  4,790
  • Canada  293
  • United Kingdom    269
  • India   258
  • Australia   216
  • Pakistan        72
  • Ireland        45
  • New Zealand    41
  • France         40
  • Germany      38
  • Spain         38
  • Brazil       33
  • Italy         32
  • Argentina   26
  • Finland       24
  • Chili             21
  • Sweden      20
  • Indonesia    20
  • Turkey         18
  • Portugal       17
  • South Africa   16
  • Philippines       16
  • Peru       15
  • Mexico    15
  • Hungary    11
  • Ukraine      10
  • Austria     10
  • Greece      9
  • Switzerland    9
  • Saudi Arabia     9
  • Norway        9
  • Japan     8
  • Russia     8
  • Lithuania    7
  • Poland        7
  • Egypt        6
  • Israel        6
  • Czech Republic  5
  • Slovakia   5
  • Estonia    4
  • Bolivia     4
  • Thailand     4
  • Venezuela    3
  • Jordan     2
  • Syria         2
  • Vietnam    2
  • Latvia      2
  • Colombia    2
  • Kenya      1
  • Iceland     1
  • Guyana     1
  • Tanzania    1
  • Nigeria      1
  • Belarus    1   (The only country I haven’t heard of before.  Thank you for visiting Belarus!!)

If you’d like proof of all this, the actual report is below.  Click on the link to read it.  Thank you for reading.

In Love and Light,

Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Reboot My Life – A Hummingbird With a Message

Tenth in a series of blogs written by Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki for her series on nutritional healing and juicing.

To catch up start with blog 1, A Sensitive System or search categories under Nutritional Healing.

Heavenly Grass

“My feet took a walk in heavenly grass.
All day while the sky shone clear as glass.
My feet took a walk in heavenly grass,
All night while the lonesome stars rolled past.
Then my feet come down to walk on earth,
And my mother cried when she give me birth.
Now my feet walk far and my feet walk fast,
But they still got an itch for heavenly grass.
But they still got an itch for heavenly grass.”

Tennessee Williams

One Journey Ends, Another Continues

Two days after I finished my ten-day fruit and vegetable cleanse for better health and cleansing my system, I was standing on the grass, drinking my lemon water in my back yard.  This has been my morning ritual since I started the cleanse.  As I felt the earth beneath my feet, grounding myself to the energy Mother Earth generously offered, I was contemplating the journey of the cleansing process and how I was feeling.  I started the cleanse to try something new to heal myself.  I have suffered from multiple chronic illnesses much of my life and am consistently searching for the puzzle pieces to healing my physical body, while at the same time living my life, working being a wife and mom.  To read the goals of my cleanse go to my second blog.

Back to the Grass

I was contemplating the journey of the cleansing process and how I was feeling afterwards.  I was a bit down because I still felt tired, I still felt unmotivated and I had some high hopes that I’d be feeling better after the cleanse.  Many people have told me that after day three, you feel great.  Not the case for me.  This has been a long healing trek for me so I knew it would take more than just a ten-day cleanse to help me heal completely, but I had hoped that I’d feel a little better when it was done. I was also aware that I was feeling the low of just finishing a big project and wondering where to go next, what was the next step? (details of the cleanse results at the bottom of the blog)

The best way out of a problem is through it.” Author Unknown

Motivation

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a documentary about two men’s healing journey from severe immune system illness to extreme health in 60 days of juicing. This movie has motivated many people, including me. They have an amazing website with 5 day, 10 day and 15 day full cleanse diets by a nutritionist. I used their ten-day diet.

In the movie, “Fat,Sick and Nearly Dead” one of the women who did the ten-day cleanse, because she was having migraines regularly, said after her cleanse “I have the energy of a 21-year-old!”  I have to admit, THAT statement stuck with me.  WOW, I want the energy of a 21-year-old I thought.  I knew my health issues were more complicated than hers but this statement motivated me and still does, to keep going.  But, unlike her, I didn’t feel like a 21-year-old.  I felt tired, still.  A common problem with chronic fatigue and depression.  I knew the only choice was to keep going.  I knew I was on the right track, I just needed to keep moving forward with the juicing and eating as many fruits and vegetables as possible.  But, after years of doing this, it gets a bit daunting.  I was having a hard time staying motivated.  Cue my animal message.

By perseverance the snail reached the Ark.  C.H. Spurgeon

Cue the Hummingbird, Stage Left

The hummingbird had no marks of color.

As I stood there in the middle of my yard contemplating this, a hummingbird flew right up to my face and hovered there for what seems like a very long minute or longer.  It just didn’t leave, or move from its hover spot in front of my face.  I noticed it was an unremarkable hummingbird, all gray, no spectacular color from what I could see.  It just stayed there.  So, I stayed still, I watched it, looked at it, trying to figure out what it wanted of me.  Birds rarely come that close to me.  I have to admit, I like birds,  but do not consider myself a bird person.

Childhood Flashback

Beautiful hummingbird tattoo with a native flair.

My sister had birds growing up and I would take care of them for her when she was gone.  I never quite believed they were happy being in that cage and thought they must be very bored.  Birds needed to fly and be free, I felt.  I was also afraid of them close up, because they would peck me and make sudden movements and I never knew quite what to expect from them.  I never fully understood them or appreciated them close up.  I’m just not a bird person I guess.  (Maybe my babysitter allowing me to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” at a young age didn’t help either.  Hmmm, have to meditate on that for a bit later.)  Lets put it this way, if I were to get a tattoo, it would NOT be of a bird.  But, if I were to get a tattoo and it had to be a bird, it would probably be a pretty colored one, like a hummingbird.  Anyway….

Back to the Hummingbird

So when this hummingbird came so close to my face, and stayed there for what seemed like a very long time, not only was I a bit surprised and still a bit afraid that it would peck my face, but I knew that this bird must be trying to tell me something or it wouldn’t be doing this with me.  I finally just enjoyed the moment and listened.  As I listened I heard “Patience, the journey continues!” Well I have to say that just pissed me off!!  Patience!!  I’ve been on this healing journey for twenty years almost, how patient do I have to be!?  (Apparently, more patient than I am at the moment.)

Visions Help Solidify the Message

Then suddenly, standing there on the grass, I had visions of all the lifetimes I’ve done this, many lifetimes of physical and emotional pain that I am working to rid myself of all in this one life.  It is time, THIS is the life to taste, digest, and dispose of all the pain from all those other lives.  This healing journey that I think I’ve been on for twenty years, I’ve actually been on for much, much longer.  In that scope of understanding, a few more years or even a few more lifetimes didn’t seem like so much.  Patience on that scale, actually seemed more doable than just this one lifetime of being patient.  The big picture to me made my struggles in this life seem small and easier to overcome, more like a speed-bump than a mountain.  I can’t completely explain it, but I felt more at peace, I felt like I could go on.  I felt like I could continue the healing journey with more patience.  Thank you beautiful hummingbird, it was just the message and vision I needed at that exact moment.

Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”  An Old Astronomer to His Pupil

Suddenly the gray hummingbird turned away from me and flew away.  He knew I’d gotten his message and he was done.  I ran in the house and wrote down the message and my experience so I could write it in this blog later.  I then picked up my “Animal Spirit Guides” book by Steven Farmer and looked up messages from hummingbirds to see what it had to say that may compliment the message I had gotten.  Here is what the book said for hummingbird that related to my situation, like it was written just for me, just for that day.

If a hummingbird shows up, it means:

  • You need to be very flexible with the twists and turns your life will take in the next days.
  • Put more emotional sweetness in your life, you need it.
  • You’re going through some very heart-opening kinds of experiences, and you’ll quite naturally draw more and more love into your life.
  • Openly express the love you have and feel for those important people in your life.
  • Give yourself the gift of as many flowers as you can, spread them around your home, and enjoy their sight and fragrance throughout the days to come.

This message also stood out and spoke to me from the book:

Call on Hummingbird when:

  • You’re feeling down and sullen and want to lighten up, have more fun, and experience more joy.
  • You find yourself around any negativity or harshness and want to protect yourself and lift your spirits.
  • You’re feeling fragmented and distracted, ruminating about the past or future, and want to be more present in the moment.

Judy at Angels and Ancestors wrote a lovely blog about the spiritual messages of hummingbirds.  Here is a passage that spoke to me:

Hummingbird is about understanding the sweetness of life, about being able to go long distances on little food, and using great courage.  Hummingbird also represents the pioneer spirit of finding new lands and moving between worlds.  When working with Hummingbird, we may ask it to bring in our Ancestors or the Old Ones who may come from their spirit place and share knowledge with us.

Hummingbirds bring the message that stamina and perseverance is important in one’s life.  One must build themselves up to be strong so that their life force is not depleted by those drawing on them for energy.  Another message that hummingbird brings to those that it appears to, is that the human must watch his or her digestive system, and that they must not take in too much sugar.

Hummingbird Totem for the full blog by Tonjha about the spiritual messages of hummingbirds.  Here is a quote that related to the cleanse experience for me.

The hummingbird can awaken us to the medicinal properties of plants. Hummingbirds teach us how to draw the life essence from flowers. “They can teach us how to use flowers to heal and win hearts in love.  Andrews says the twittering, vibrating sounds of the hummingbirds bring us an internal massage that restores health and balance. 

North West Tribal Art Symbols – Hummingbird, another great blog about Power Animals.  This one, the hummingbird.

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”  Author Unknown

 Doing Something Different
Vegetable juice is delicious and nutritious.
And so, the healing journey continues as life does too.  I got refocused.  I met with my doctor and had her muscle test me for the nutritional elements I need to stay focused on most to help my body heal.  My body said I need to continue to juice, lots of greens and to stay off the dairy 100%.  We also tested time frames and the testing said it will take six months to fully detox from the dairy I have eaten and drank for my whole life.  For my body, dairy is NOT GOOD!  I think for many bodies, dairy is not good.  If you suspect it is not good for you get muscle tested or give it up for a few weeks and see how you feel when you add it back in.  You’ll intuitively know.  You probably already do.  I’ve been feeling this for quite a while but just wasn’t ready to give it up until now.  I ignored what my body needed for my emotional needs at the time.  Now is the time.  Now I am ready.  This all feels right to me so I’m continuing.  Six months does not seem so daunting to me at all.  I’m enjoying the juicing and so is my husband.  He already feels the effects with more energy at work and not needing coffee to keep going throughout the day.  He’s even started to make his own juice when I don’t have time.  I’m starting a trend, I hope so.
Results of the Cleanse will be in the next blog.  Read on.  And, if you like the information you are reading, don’t forget to enter your email address to receive automatic blog updates from Rain Shadow Reiki.
Love and LIght to you,
Josslyn
rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829

To catch up start with blog 1, A Sensitive System or search categories under Nutritional Healing.

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A Sensitive System

“A Sensitive System” is the first in a series of blogs written by Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki for her series on nutritional healing and juicing.

Do you ever wonder why some people can eat anything they want and not gain weight?  Why some people can smoke and drink and still live into their 80’s or 90’s?  Or why others can do such stressful jobs and not look stressed ALL the time?  I have wondered these things all my life.  That is because I am the opposite of those ways.  I look at food and gain weight, seriously.  Once it’s on it’s very difficult to get it off.  I feel frazzled and stressed out almost all the time and my body can’t handle bread let alone alcohol.  So what is the difference between these people?  I’m still working at answering that question completely.   Yes, some of it is genetics, but aren’t genetics just energy too?  For me, some of the answer is, I’m different. Special.  Blessed in a special way.  My friend and mentor, Jill Raiguel says “We have been blessed with sensitive systems.  It is up to us to care for them.”

Over the years I’ve discovered that one of the reasons I’m so sensitive is because I’m clairsentient.  Some of the signs of being clairsentient are:

Clairsentient people often feel like they don’t fit in anywhere, even in their own families.
  • Feel stressed easily and need a lot of time ALONE.
  • Crowded noisy places leave you feeling exhausted.
  • You feel tired on waking even after many hours of sleep.
  • Others feel better having been with you or having spoken to you.
  • Suffer from physical sensitivities, unexplained aches and pains  (stomach disorders, eye problems, migraines, or sinus troubles.
  • You feel different and have some sense of not belonging.
  • Have trouble remembering facts but are creative and imaginative.
  • In relationships do you find yourself with “emotionally unavailable” partners, probably ending up with the emotional work for two?

If any of these made sense for YOU then you may want to read the full-page on being clairsentient before continuing.  I am clairsentient and have a great deal of experience in helping others to work with it, live with it and view it as a beautiful gift in their life every day.  It is possible but it does take some dedication, practice and know how.

A New Beginning

And so it begins.   I have been blessed with a sensitive physical body and have finally come to terms with it.  Now what?  What matters now is HOW to deal with the physical part.  I’ve learned how to work with the energetic part and the psychic part, it is my physical bodies’ turn and it is crying out loud for it.  My main current physical bodily symptoms are:

Migraines are extremely painful. Mine always come with the throwing up part too.
  • depression
  • migraines
  • thyroid disease
  • immune system dysfunction
  • lifelong hormonal fluctuations, with severe headaches and emotional fluctuations
  • adrenal burn out
  • chronic fatigue
  • weight gain
  • difficulty concentrating and remembering
  • A.D.D.

Not THAT Sensitive

literally poison to me and other sensitive people

I have heard about psychics who rarely even leave their homes because they have so many allergies to chemicals, fragrances, the energy of being around so many people and foods, that being in public for them is dangerous and simply not worth the chance of a break out.  I always considered myself lucky that I’m not THAT sensitive.  Hey, I can still shop at the grocery store, right!?  I must be o.k.  But, I do believe I’ve been a bit in denial about it.  Because you know what, I am pretty darn close to that, sensitivity wise.  I can eat whatever I want if I don’t mind the migraines, the total lack of energy and  memory, depression and mood swings.  Thus, I eat what my body wants and not what I want.  Luckily I’ve found that by eating what my body wants, my taste buds quickly change and soon enough I want it too.  It all works out.

Raising your energetic vibration

Eating in a Higher Vibrational Frequency

Eating is one of the things that has been the biggest challenge for me and the higher I raise my vibrational frequency with Reiki, meditation  and working through my past issues, the more sensitive I am to the lower energy foods.  When talking this over with my Medical Intuitive, Candia Sanders, she said the goal is to raise your vibration to such a level that you are then ‘above’ the sensitivities and they no longer bother you.  You become immune in a vibrational way.  Raised above, so to speak.  I have yet to reach this elevated station and thus, continue to give up foods that I can no longer tolerate in hopes of someday getting to it.

We Are All the Same, We Are All Unique

I believe everyone is different, every body is different and therefore what is not good for me is different from what is not good for someone else.  I do not ever expect anyone to live life the way I do but I hope to encourage anyone who reads this to live the life that is best for them.  Listen to YOUR body.  Find out what YOUR body wants and DO IT.  This is a story about me doing that and making it through the hard parts to the other side so that you and everyone who reads this can know that it is totally possible and doable.

I am definitely not a saint.
Saint Lucy

I Am No Saint!  Where’s the Beef?

Saying that, I’ll also tell you, I am no saint.  I love all the things I’m not supposed to love; meat, alcohol, bread, pasta (deserves its own category) cheese (really love cheese), sugar and more.  I am, pretty much a lover of food overall so giving up foods I love one after another for the past eighteen years has not been any easier for me than it would be for anyone.  The first food I had to give up was red meat; beef and pork.  Years of IBS in my twenties was enough to tell me it was not good for me and time to give it up.  I have not had a beef hamburger for over 17 years.  I miss them from time to time, usually when my family is eating them, but really, overall, it’s not a big deal.  I rarely think about it.

Migraines Will Convince Anyone

A year and a half ago I started getting migraines if I ate sugar, wheat or soy.  I thought I would die, both with the migraines AND knowing that I’d have to give up wheat, soy and sugar all at the same time.  I had been mainly gluten-free at home for many years but ‘cheated’ when I went out.  No more cheating.  With some help from my Naturopath, I gave them all up and have had very few cravings for at least a year.

Next Adventure

So, my next challenge and adventure to improve my vibrational system and my health is to give up dairy.  I have cut it back, way back, from how much I used to eat but that isn’t enough.  I grew up on dairy, love dairy; milk, grilled cheese, cheese and crackers, quesadilla, mac and cheese, cheese, cheese, cheese!! I haven’t met a cheese I didn’t like, ever.  It is my ultimate comfort food, my emotional go to food and I do not want to say goodbye forever.  But, I will.  My body has been giving me messages that it is time. Time to give up all dairy from my diet.  And, finally, I’m ready.

That is me as a little girl, loving me some grilled cheese sandwich. Mmmmmmmmm

It is my belief that YOU have to be ready or you won’t do it.  For me to be ready it usually takes me hitting a wall, reaching bottom, being really sick before I’ll be ready.  That’s because I have a really hard time with change.  Reiki has been helping me slowly over the years and THIS year I have made leaps and bounds of change towards letting go and altering my life, my habits, BEFORE I have to.  Yeah!!  Big applause for me because this has been a tough one for me, holding on to everything to protect myself, yet hurting myself at the same time. This has been going on my entire life.  Some of you know what I’m talking about and the rest of you probably think I’m crazy.  Oh well, it won’t be the first time I’ve been called crazy, that’s for darn sure.  So, my next adventure is here.  A total and complete change of my eating system for the rest of my life, something  extremely drastic for me, not only giving up dairy but also doing a complete fruit, vegetable and body cleanse.  I will be detoxifying and clearing out my digestive system by eating 99% fruits and vegetables and juicing for one week.

Yeah, Big Applause for me and the major progress I’ve made!

Read more about the cleanse I’ve chosen in the next blog.

Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher/Reader

360-460-7829 or

Rainshadowreiki@gmail.com

 

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‘Just Like Sugar®’ Cranberry Nut Cookie Recipe

By Josslyn Streett at josslynstreett.com

(Low sugar and gluten-free cranberry cookie recipe at the bottom of the page)

A few days ago I wrote a blog called ‘Just Like Sugar®’ Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I do not eat chocolate or sugar so even though I made them and ate them, I had made them for the kids with the chocolate.  I decided I wanted a cookie that I can eat for real.  I’m experimenting with a new product that a client of mine brought to me, Just Like Sugar®.  Read the first blog to find out about ‘Just Like Sugar®’ for yourself and another blog in the comment section that has written about as well and tells a bit about how the company  discovered and created the product.  
To make a long story short, the cranberry cookies are just as delicious as the chocolate chip cookies especially if you cannot have chocolate or sugar but you can have cranberries.  Bottom line, I’d use it to bake over and over again.  Sawyer, my nine-year old son even liked them better than the chocolate chip cookies and he LOVES sugar of any kind.  
Aftertaste
I did not taste an aftertaste like many commenters on Amazon and other blogs talk about with the baked cookies.  However, when I tested the batter before baking I did taste a bit of an after taste AND when I used it in my tea as well.  It was not distasteful to me but I can see how some people said it had an after taste.  The baking somehow takes care of that from what I experienced.
For more information about Just Like Sugar® please go to my first blog

Reiki your recipes

Reiki or pray over anything that you take into your body for a healthier outcome. Blog coming soon on ‘Reiki your food’ !

Before baking with Just Like Sugar® I muscle tested myself and my assistant as I had the client who brought it in to me in the first place,  to see if our bodies “liked” the product.  We all tested positive for the Just Like Sugar® product.  We had the green light to go ahead with out baking experiment.  We also did Reiki over the batter before baking the cookies to assure the best energy and nutrition possible.  Reiki your food!!

Delicious!!

Cranberry nut cookies

Totally non-biased kid ratings

Sawyer (Age 9) and my baking assistant, said “These are even better than the other ones.  I like the cranberries even better than the chocolate chips!”   He rated the cookies a 10 out of 10!

Success!

The second experiment was a success as well.  We LOVE the cranberry macadamia nut cookies and we will bake them again.
RECIPES
Pamela’s Products Baking & Pancake Mix (Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe)
Non altered
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1-1/2 cups Pamela’s Baking Mix
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 egg, large
1 tsp vanilla
Yield: approximately 20 cookies.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla then beat together.  Add Pamela’s Mix, chocolate chips and nuts, then mix thoroughly.  Place scoops of dough (1 TBSP scoop) on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Flatten.  Bake for 15 minutes or until edges start to brown.  Let cookies cool slightly and use a spatula to remove from cookie sheet.  Eat and enjoy!
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Sawyer loves to help me in the kitchen, sometimes.
ALTERED Recipe from Pamela’s Baking Mix using Just Like Sugar Product
(I changed some things just because that is what I do.  Play with it and have fun!)
1/2 cup butter (this would be a good one to play with.  My kids said it was too much                   butter and they LOVE butter.  Any suggestions?)
7/8 cup Just Like Sugar (next time I’ll buy and try the brown sugar version)
1-1/2 cups Pamela’s Baking Mix
1 cup cranberries dried
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
2 med eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Yield: 20 cookies for us.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla then beat together.  Add Pamela’s Mix, chocolate chips and nuts, then mix thoroughly.  Place scoops of dough (1 TBSP scoop) on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Flatten.  Bake for 15 minutes or until edges start to brown.  Let cookies cool slightly and use a spatula to remove from cookie sheet.  Eat and enjoy!  1 hour to make and bake cookies, 1 hour to write the blog.
Cranberry nut cookies
Loving comments greatly appreciated!!  Try the recipes and come back here and tell us what YOU think!
Josslyn Streett
Rain Shadow Reiki
rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829
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‘Just Like Sugar®’ Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

By Josslyn Streett at josslynstreett.com

(Low sugar and gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe and kid approved ratings at the bottom of the blog)

The ONLY sugar in these is in the chocolate chips! Find out HOW. Read on……

Note: This blog write up is not paid for by any companies.  This is my choice to bake and rate these products, a totally non-biased, non- paid opinion.  If either of these companies would like to pay me for a testimonial please, I’d be happy to oblige,  feel free to contact me via my email!  Although, it looks like I have already done it here for free.  Oh well, Never mind.

SUMMER IS HERE!!

Summer is here, my boys are out of school and I am a mom FULL time again!  The blogs may change a bit because my blog is simply a mirror of my life and what’s going on in that moment.

Baking Fun!

Sawyer is an early riser so we have some time together to do projects in the summer without big brother around. Not the government big brother, HIS big brother.  “Hmmm, I wonder if these will taste good?”

Yes, summer is here but in the Pacific North West it is still in the high 50’s and low 60’s with gray.  So, excellent time to bake!!  I love to bake and I love experimenting with new recipes.  I change the recipes a lot since I do not eat any sugar, gluten or soy in my daily diet and have to change most recipes to suit my body’s desires.  I have not had a desert for over a year and a half.  I have gotten used to this and am happy 99% of the time having fruit in place of desert.  However, now and then, it would be nice to have a cookie or some other yummy desert.  So, I’m experimenting with a new product that a client of mine brought to me, Just Like Sugar®.

Just Like Sugar®

Just Like Sugar ingredients

On the package for Just Like Sugar® it says, all natural, gluten-free, zero carbs, zero calories, diabetic and celiac safe, no soy, no yeast, no animal derivatives, no “MSG”, no L-Glutamic Acid, no D-Glutamine Acid, no Aspartic Acid, no preservatives or dairy.  It is not organic but you can take care of that with Reiki.  (A blog coming on that topic soon! Reiki your food!)

Just Like Sugar’s® ingredients are chicory root dietary fiber, calcium, vitamin C, natural flavors from the peel of the orange and that is it!

Just Like Sugar® costs more and you need to use more than sugar because it is not nearly as sweet.  But is still very good and for people like me who have changed their taste buds by not eating any sugar, it is plenty sweet!  I bought a 16 oz bag of Just Like Sugar from Amazon for about $14 with free shipping.  The recipe below used almost one cup of the product.

Sugar cane to Just Like Sugar® conversion chart

Sugar     to     Just Like Sugar®

1 t  =   1 -3/4 t

1T  =  1 -3/4 T

1/8 C  =  1/4 C

1/4 C  =  7/16 C

1/2 C  =  7/8  C

2/3 C  =  1 -1/4 C

1 C  =  1 -3/4 C

Gluten Free

Our favorite gluten-free baking mix!

I am not celiac but I am gluten-free because my body prefers that.  Therefore, my recipe also uses a gluten-free flour by my favorite brand, Pamela’s Products.  I used the basic recipe for chocolate chip cookies off of the bag of Pamela’s Products Baking & Pancake Mix and then tweaked it a bit.  I bought it at Amazon for $44.61 for 3, 4 pound bags with free shipping.  We use this for all baking, pancakes and waffles mostly.  YUM!

The ingredients for Pamela’s baking mix are: Brown rice flour; White rice flour; cultured buttermilk; natural almond meal; tapioca starch; sweet rice flour; potato starch; grain-less & aluminum-free baking powder; baking soda; sea salt and Xanthan gum.

Alterations to the recipe

I did not change out the chocolate chips, even though they have sugar, because my kids love them and since they are so incredibly deprived of eating “normal” kid food  (LOL)  I kept them in for this recipe.  I also wanted to keep the recipe as much to the original recipe the first time and then alter it more from there.  In the future, I will use something else that I can eat to replace the chocolate, like cranberries or raisins.

Reiki your recipes

Reiki or pray over anything that you take into your body for a healthier outcome. Blog coming soon on ‘Reiki your food’ !

Before baking with Just Like Sugar® I muscle tested myself and my assistant as I had the client who brought it in to me in the first place,  to see if our bodies “liked” the product.  We all tested positive for the Just Like Sugar® product.  We had the green light to go ahead with out baking experiment.  We also did Reiki over the batter before baking the cookies to assure the best energy and nutrition possible.  Reiki your food!!

Delicious!!

For this first time using Just Like Sugar®, I really just wanted to know if it tasted good or not and would I use it again.  IT DOES!!  The cookies are DELICIOUS and I would totally bake with it again.  Here are the results from my very picky kids and neighbor kids.

Totally non-biased kid ratings

Note: None of the kids tried the cookies at the same time as the other kids.  I did not want anyone else influencing their words and ratings.

Sawyer (Age 9) and my baking assistant, said “Mmmmmmm, Delicioso!” and many other great adjectives that I can’t remember but went on the entire time he was eating his cookies.  He rated the cookies a 9 out of 10!

Robby (age 11 1/2) said “Delicious” and rated it a 7 out of 10 because it tasted really good but was more flaky then he likes.

Neighbor Tim (11 1/2) rated the cookies a 7 out of 10 and said they were very good!

Neighbor Josiah (8 1/2) said “scrumptious!” and rated the cookies a 9 to 10 out of 10!

Adult Josslyn who has lived without desserts for a year and a half, 10 out of 10!

Success!
Mmmmmmmm, delicioso!!
The experiment was a SUCCESS!!  I will most definitely bake with Just Like Sugar® again with my other favorite recipes and share them with you!  A lot of people on Amazon and other websites talked about an after taste.  With the cookies I did not taste any lingering after taste.
RECIPES
Pamela’s Products Baking & Pancake Mix (Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe)
Non altered
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1-1/2 cups Pamela’s Baking Mix
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 egg, large
1 tsp vanilla
Yield: approximately 20 cookies.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla then beat together.  Add Pamela’s Mix, chocolate chips and nuts, then mix thoroughly.  Place scoops of dough (1 TBSP scoop) on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Flatten.  Bake for 15 minutes or until edges start to brown.  Let cookies cool slightly and use a spatula to remove from cookie sheet.  Eat and enjoy!
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Sawyer loves to help me in the kitchen, sometimes.
ALTERED Recipe from Pamela’s Baking Mix using Just Like Sugar Product
(I changed some things just because that is what I do.  Play with it and have fun!)
1/2 cup butter (this would be a good one to play with.  My kids said it was too much butter and they LOVE butter.  Any suggestions?)
7/8 cup Just Like Sugar® (next time I’ll buy and try the brown sugar version)
2 cups Pamela’s Baking Mix
1 cup mini chocolate chips (We lowered the amount of chocolate chips, but Sawyer and I agreed this is even too much.  I’ll lower it even more next time)
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts (Thank you Nana for sending these up from CA! LOVE macadamia nuts and they are sooooo good in cookies!)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Yield: 23 cookies for us.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla then beat together.  Add Pamela’s Mix, chocolate chips and nuts, then mix thoroughly.  Place scoops of dough (1 TBSP scoop) on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Flatten.  Bake for 15 minutes or until edges start to brown.  Let cookies cool slightly and use a spatula to remove from cookie sheet.  Eat and enjoy!  1 hour to make and bake cookies, 4 hours to write the blog.
Loving comments greatly appreciated!!  Try the recipes and come back here and tell us what YOU think!
Josslyn Streett
Rain Shadow Reiki
rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829
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Frog Totem

One of the many aspects of living in the Pacific North West that I am so enamored with is hearing the frogs in the spring time.  (I’m sure this happens other places but not where I lived before) We have a creek and a pond in our backyard and every year in the spring we are honored by the pleasing symphony of the frogs song.  I heard them last night for the first time this spring, the night before the new moon, and I remembered once again, how much they help me to connect to the earth and her cycles of seasons, change and growth.

When I was a little girl in Southern California I used to fill up my dad’s wheel barrow with dirt, plants, water and sticks to make a habitat for the frogs and toads I’d find.  I thought I was helping them, of course, by making them this nice safe place to live.  I’d get my Noah’s ark that I’d collected piece by piece from Arco service stations and add that to the scene for fun.  I spent hours, days playing this way.  I’d let them go at the end of the day because as most moms do, mine told me I had to.  In my memories I spent a great deal of time playing with my arc and the frogs.  I’d forgotten until I moved up here how much I was fascinated by frogs when I was a kid.  I guess that’s true for a lot of people, as we get older, go to school, then college or a job, we lose touch with some of the nature we treasured as a child.  Moving to the Olympic Peninsula has helped me to get some of that admiration back.  I don’t have to fly or travel to nature, it’s right here in my yard again, all around me wherever I go here.

Western Green Tree Frog

It always amazes me how the frogs  all start-up their earthly singing at the same time with one little guy or gal leading the way, then end all at the same time.  Robert and I sit up in bed listening, enjoying the natural melodic hum of their reverberations.  In spiritual circles it is said that frogs are the pulse of the earth.  That they feel the energy from the earth and through their night sounds are relaying to us what is going on with the weather, with the earth and even with us.  When doing research on frogs I read stories such as in China, where a huge frog migration was seen as a bad omen by many of the local people.  The government told them it was a normal propagation migration.  Seven days later they had a large earthquake and thousands of people were killed.  When civilians were angered by the scientists not being able to predict the earthquake,as the frogs did, Chinese scientists stated that animals have a much better sense of detecting natural disasters.

Original art by Sue Coccia at Earth Art International in Edmonds, Washington

In Feng Shui it is said that a family of frogs living in your garden will bring good luck to your home and it’s occupants.  In Chinese culture frogs and toads are symbols of immortality, healing, money, the moon and frivolity.  In the North West Coast People’s beliefs frogs are considered good luck as well and it is not considered wise to demean or injure them.  And they have native stories about little children who have done this with negative repercussions.  In the Bible many of the stories of frogs speak of them being unclean, dangerous spirits and not to be trusted.  I liked this Hebrew translation of the stories of frogs from the Bible that I read on this website best.  You can read about that at this website if you like.  She does a much better job and is more an expert than I am.  It is extremely interesting.

“The frog does not drink up the Pond in which he lives.”  Sioux

If you enjoy the sounds of the frogs as much as I do and feel frogs may be one of your totem animals then read on.  I have enclosed a transcript from my favorite animal totem book by Dr. Steven D. Farmer, “Animal Spirit Guides.”  Enjoy.

If Frog shows up, it means:  (choose only those that apply to you)  (shows up means, in life, dreams, meditations, a story you hear, etc.)

  • If you hear a frog during the daytime, it will rain very soon.
  • Do a physical cleanse to detoxify your body.
  • Do an emotional cleanse by letting yourself really feel your emotions, and cry as much as you need to in order to clear and release any emotional toxicity.
  • Singing or chanting out loud will help you feel more balanced, at peace, and connected to the divine.
  • You’re entering into a time of plenty and abundance.
  • This is the start of a slow and steady transformational process for you, a movement from an old life to a new.        
Call on FROG when:
  • It’s time to cleanse your life of people, places, or things that no longer fit in with your present lifestyle and who you are.
  • You’re in the midst of any life change, whether small or large, and you need the emotional sustenance and strength to go through it in a fluid and graceful way.
  • You’re planning to do a clearing and blessing ceremony for your home, office, or a specific space.
  • You feel intimidated or hesitant about honestly stating your thoughts, feelings, or opinions to someone.
  • You simply feel overwhelmed with negativity and want to clear it up.
If FROG is your POWER ANIMAL:  (Most will apply if FROG is your power animal)
  • You’re a very sensitive and compassionate person, and readily express deep feelings in words and actions.
  • Your voice, and especially your singing, can at times arouse deep emotions, yet at the same time soothe anyone within its range.
  • To others you initially seem rather remote and self-absorbed, yet once they get past their first impressions of you, they discover the depth and nobility of your character.
  • In your work, you seem to plod along very slowly and have trouble getting started, but you stay with it and get the job done.  You enjoy the study of ancient mysteries and particularly the art of magic.