By Amber McCarter, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki Energy Healing Center in Sequim, WA
We are in an unprecedented climate. The current state of the world is stirring up a lot of different things for a lot of people: fears of getting sick, financial insecurities, social isolation and abandonment issues, grief over missed opportunities and relationships… and these are just the things we can “see.” Our souls have planted us in this timeline for a reason, and for many of us those reasons probably include bringing up past karma for healing, or even preparing our souls for future incarnations where the energetic evolutions our soul will be acquiring through our roles in this adventure will be needed in some way. Or, perhaps, this is an opportunity to slow down and really look at what we as individuals or as a community really need to grow spiritually.
Right now we are likely to be feeling uncertain as to what our role or purpose in these current conditions could be. We may not recognize the healings that we are being asked to make space for, or perhaps are even already undergoing. Or maybe we have an idea of what our soul wants to be doing, but are unsure if we are on the right path or feeling stumped as to how to get there.
These are all questions we can help you to address, through Divine and your Higher Self. We will ask your soul what it needs to heal right now, and how your current circumstances fit into your life’s path. We will help you to heal what you are ready to heal, and discover what you need to continue moving forward.
The Psychic Healers at Rain Shadow Reiki – Josslyn, Amber, and Ellen – would like to support our clients, students, and community as best we can, doing what we do best. Our Divine Guidance says that people want help figuring out what this all means to them, so we are offering psychic readings at a reduced rate during the virus outbreak and even beyond. As long as our guides want us to do this for you, and as long as we are all healthy and able, we are wanting to support you.
These very special psychic readings are on special: 1 hour for $70.
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master for Rain Shadow Reiki
Reiki Ideas for Reiki Healing Students
I’ve had a series of clients lately who consciously come to me and want help but subconsciously have blocks up to protect themselves. You can often tell these people when they are on your table. Often they leave their eyes open the entire time where other clients close their eyes soon after getting on the table. Or they will close their eyes but you can tell that these clients do not go to a deep level of relaxation at all and maybe try to keep you in conversation with them much of the time. Or you can just tell they are not relaxed and having a hard time even closing their eyes and staying on the table. I can FEEL the tension in them. Often it feels like they want to jump off of the table and run out the door. Sometimes it feels like they are trying so hard to hold on to what they truly want to release and this causes tension in them. Change is stressful for most of us, asking for change can be even more stressful.
This usually indicates a high level of a need to control their environment for fear or trust reasons. It is ok. Reiki can help with that. It will just take a little more time and sometimes different techniques than you learn in Reiki I or II. This is the kind of technique you usually learn from your guides with lots of practical experience. That is who I have learned it from and I’m going to give you some tips here as to what they have told me to do.
Chances are, if you read this, you’ll get a chance to practice it on a client very soon.
Reiki will help any condition, I believe, if given proper time. The healing journey is a journey, it takes time for most people. Some people take many years, many lifetimes building up these fears and trust issues, it will take some time to break them down in a safe and trusting manner as well. If this client has come to you for help, at least they know they need and want help. That is the first step. The second step is making sure they feel safe enough to come back. If we do anything to invade their protective space during the healing session then they may not come back and that is not what we want. Sometimes we need to back off with this type of client and give them space to heal themselves with the Reiki leading the way. This quite often has worked well with my clients. But, at the same time, if they do not feel better, feel some kind of results, they may not come back. It is critical to not be afraid of any of these outcomes and just TRUST in the Reiki and that it will do exactly what it is supposed to do to help this person TODAY. Trust in the Reiki and trust in your guides to help you and show you or tell you what needs to be done to help them.
Heart Chakra Case
I recently had a client whose heart chakra was dangerously shut down to a point where I could not feel any movement at all. I could FEEL the tight constriction in his chest so tight that it was making ME feel ill and I couldn’t handle the discomfort. I raised my hands off of his chest and up above but that still wasn’t enough. I knew that if his chakra stayed this way too long he would be in danger of physical illness, such as; heart attack, cutting off his ability to love or be loved. Our heart chakra is of utmost importance because it is the go-between of all the major chakras. It is the interface between our upper and lower chakras and if it is clogged up it’s difficult to get any of the others healthy and balanced. So, I knew I needed something to help him and fast. In this session I just felt I needed to get his chakra open a bit and moving. I asked my guides for their help and they gave me a visual to follow. Here is what they had me do. Plus, here are other ideas that my guides have given me when I’ve been in a tough spot. Ask your guides for help and check with what feels right for your client.
Reiki Back Doors
Go in the back door. There are multiple ways to do this. Try them in this order but it is always best to follow your intuition. If the first one does not work then try the next one and so on. Please ask your Reiki guides to help you with this process for each individual client:
Back off psychically. Turn off the psychic information and just let the Reiki do its work. You may even need to turn off your conscious mind, go deep in trance and just let the Reiki flow without your ego or left brain involved. Practice this.
Talk to your client very gently, explaining what is going on and letting them know that their help would be great at this point. Have them set the intention in their minds that their chakra open and they allow the Reiki energy in to heal them. The client came to you for a reason, get them involved in their healing. Quite often this is enough.
Ask Divine Sourceto send help – in the Highest and most Sacred Order of Reiki guides, healing guides and angels to help this person so you don’t have to work so hard. Remember, it is not about you, it is about them and doing the highest good for them. Get your ego out of the way and refocus on the Reiki healing that is taking place, it is all in Divine order.
Run Reiki on their subconsciousmind with the intention that the greatest healing the client needs will take place here. Run it for a while until you FEEL that the client trusts you and you can move back to their heart chakra. (Or whatever chakra it is that is blocked.) If you are a Reiki II use the Long Distance symbol and the Mental/Emotional healing symbol to aid this subconscious work. Then move back to the chakra you were working on.
If you are a Reiki Master/Teacher work with your Master symbol (R) to separate the client from the situation and/or the NGZ symbol to break up blockages. One or both of these symbols may help the client’s subconscious mind to take a back seat and allow the Reiki in.
Give them space, move back away from them physically and either do long distance Reiki on them or just run gentle Reiki on their aura. Quite often this will allow them to feel it is on their terms, their choice and then they will open up to the healing being offered.
Go in the back door. This is what my guides showed me to do for this heart chakra client. Literally lay under the massage table and run the Reiki into the back side of their heart chakra to get their heat chakra moving again. This worked for my particular client really well. Sometimes going in the back allows the Reiki to flow in easier and without the subconscious blockages that the client has on their front side. Remember every client is different. Ask your guides what will work best for yours. In very important situations like this one, this can work well. Not a first line though. Check with your guides so that you are not invading or disrespecting your client’s personal space.
Many of these issues are deep because the client has pushed them down in denial for a very long time and past life issues that have stuck around because they never dealt with them. The client will not remember them or even be aware of them. The Reiki will help to bring them to the surface when the client is ready, heal them and move them out. This process again takes time and it may take this client multiple sessions before they really start relaxing on the table. It is critical that YOU as the Reiki Practitioner has total Trust and Faith that the Reiki will do it’s job, and it will.
Your trust and faith in the Reiki’s abilities will translate energetically to the client’s energy and they will be much more likely to stick with the sessions and believe they can help them. If we truly believe, they will too. It’s all energy, it all translates in understanding.
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
Please note, message from our Divine Creator and my guides: Divine has been telling me for a while, but a whole lot more since the major shift in our energy state at the beginning of the new cycle, that it is time to be working in small, local, spiritual groups. Working in groups of like-minded people helps us to move forward on our healing path and spiritual journey more quickly and more easily. It also makes it a more spiritually fulfilling life and experience. THIS blog, although you may not think so, is a message for YOU. It is time to make our spiritual lives our NUMBER ONE PRIORITY!! It is time to drop activities that are not fulfilling our souls, and add activities that are. This will help to make us feel whole again, and truly get us on our soul path.
If you are not manifesting a spiritual group to be a part of, not starting one of your own, then it is time to do so. Make a list of what kind of group you are looking for. Be specific for what you want, down to how far you want to drive to get there. What kind of people will be in the group. How you will FEEL when you are a part of this group, etc. Reiki the list or pray over it daily. Change it as need be. Feel LOVE IN YOUR HEART as you manifest this group. Then DO. Look through the newspapers and local bulletin boards and talk to friends and family who are open to spiritual beliefs, because you never know where you are going to get the message about your perfect group. Aunt Bea says “Oh, I heard about a new meditation group starting by your house on Wednesdays.” BINGO!! Be open to the possibilities that you WILL FIND the perfect spiritual group for you and you will.
Now for my blog…..
ENERGY HEALERS CIRCLE
Since I moved to Sequim, WA 5 1/2 years ago and started teaching Reiki here shortly after, I have had the goal of the healers on the Olympic Peninsula coming together as one. There are many great healers here doing important healing work. But, we all seem to be doing it by ourselves, in our own way. This has worked for me due to the fact that my main job is mom and my time is defined by mom duties, like taxi driver and homework administrator. But, I’ve continued to manifest this group slowly and surely, knowing that when the time was right, Divine would do the big work. I was right. And, the time is right. It is happening easily and effortlessly which is how it happens when we allow Divine to do most of the work.
I’ve been a part of another healer’s group for about a year. The group has gone through many changes in the last two years. It was a group specifically for Energy Psychology, but now it is focused on all different types of energy healing. Anyone interested in doing energy healing and alternative healing on the Olympic Peninsula is welcome to come, learn and share. We all take turns in teaching some new method of energy healing each month. We meet from 9 am to 11 am on the third Friday of each month. Contact Penny Burdick at email@example.com if you are local and you’d like more information about attending a meeting. April’s meeting will be at my home and I will be teaching about healing with crystals.
Back Chakra Activation
This month, three of the healers who had taken a class in Back Chakra Activation shared some of what they leaned and how it can be used in a healing practice. It was so motivating to me I’ll be signing up to take this class in June myself. I felt it was a worthwhile technique to learn and share. This class information was downloaded to the teacher, Franny Harcey, an experienced Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and Registered Psychotherapist, over a period of many years. She has now written it up into a class. Her guides even told her which states and areas she was to focus on first for teaching this class. They were very specific.
Back Chakra Activation helps specifically with anxiety, PTSD, depression, chronic illness, fatigue, and acute pain. It also provides energetic support of the body for integrating the connection of front and back chakras. the back side of the chakra system is of key importance to unlocking the unconscious, opening to alternate realities, and embracing our dreams, premonitions and beliefs.
If you would like further information on any of these healings or activities you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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, Rain Shadow Reiki Master/Teacher
Whoo Hooo!! What an amazing year this has been. One year ago I listened to Divine Source and started a blog/website for my Reiki practice. It has been a year of learning a lot about building my own site and keeping it up, internet blogging and meeting other bloggers. I’ve also learned about marketing and socializing on the web, as I joined Facebook and started a Page for Reiki there as well. And it’s been a year of facing my many fears to write about what I love to the web public at large but is still not so popular with the world at large. What a year it’s been!!
Following My Intuition
In case you do not know, I write what comes to me intuitively. I write about what I feel Divine has put into my head. I always have a thousand different blog ideas rolling through my head and if I don’t put them down on ‘paper’ they don’t go away. So, I type them into drafts on my blog and save them. Then I add to them until I feel they are complete. Then I send them out to cyberspace and pray the people who need to read them, will find them. And, they do.
The WordPress people have been kind enough to supply me/us with statistics below about how many blogs I wrote my first year (57), how many views I had in the first year (7,400), how many countries I’ve reached (99) and how many views I have on my busiest day (86). But, what I remember the most when I think about what has happened to me and my Reiki life since starting this blog in January 2012 is the people. And, I’m not just saying this. The people are always what matter to me and my life. Here are a few of the stories that stand out to me. Please feel free to comment at the bottom if I have forgotten your story or you simply haven’t told me that my blog and writings in some way connected to your life. I’d love to hear that.
People Who Found Me- The Stories
I wrote a little blog about the tree frogs in my back yard because their song was so beautiful one evening. A woman in Sequim who had just moved here from Colorado was sitting reading in her window seat of her new home one day.
A little tree frog came to visit her there each day. She decided to look up what the tree frog meant for her spiritual life and found my site. We met for tea, have much in common including children the same age and have become fast friends in a very short amount of time. We had dinner with their family last night. I’m eternally grateful for this new connection that came though this blog.
A woman in up state New York State had just purchased some kyanite from her local store. She went home to look it up and found my blog. She called me for a reading and wanted to know about mentorship. She is very psychic herself but does not have anyone near by that she knows of to receive help from and has not had positive vibes from the spiritual people she has found in her area. I’m so glad she found me. I truly enjoy mentoring other Light-Workers.
A woman in the UK found my site and read about my struggle with depression. She too has dealt with this and could relate. She emailed me and we chatted on the phone a couple of times. I did a long distance healing on her and now she and her mom have now decided to take a Reiki class from me, from the U.K. They will be my first International students, taught over Skype. AWESOME!!
Another woman was told she’s a Light-Worker. She didn’t know exactly what that meant so she went on the internet to do research. She found my blog and called me right away since we both live in Sequim. We made an appointment for a Reiki session. She signed up right away for a class and came to a circle. She certainly is a Light-Worker and a motivated one at that. I so look forward to where this relationship will go as well as her healing abilities.
A third and different woman also in Sequim who I have known for a while but had not told her what I did, was also told she is a Light-Worker by another psychic. Her son and my son are very good friends at school but rarely played after school together. So she and I had not gotten to know each other very well beyond school events. She went on the internet to do some research about Light-Workers and found my site. She immediately called me and was so excited that there was someone in our small town teaching Reiki and spiritual classes to kids and adults that she could barely contain herself. And, someone she already knew! I was equally excited. We had both felt a friend connection prior but had not acted on it. We have gotten together for tea, Reiki circle and she will soon be taking my Reiki I class. Our boys are happy too because now they get to see each other at Kid’s Reiki circle as well as at school.
I’ve had many other people call me who found my website. The call me asking about what I do and how I can help them in their spiritual lives; men and women alike, although, probably mostly women. Some are from the Olympic Peninsula where I’m from and many are from far away. I am meeting some really amazing people, all because I listened to the messages that Divine sent me and even though I had fears about doing so, I followed them.
I am constantly amazed at how the people who I am supposed to meet and work with, through Divine’s help, find me. It is an excellent reminder at the power of Divine’s spirit and my ability to work with it to manifest the healing practice I desire for my life. I am not in this for numbers. I do not care if I reach millions of people. I care that I reach the people who Divine wants for me to meet, the people who need to work specifically with me. That is my goal, to meet the people I can help the most. I’m so grateful I followed Father God’s message and completed the site and all the blogs I was told to write. What if I had not written the Frog Totem blog? I would have missed out on an amazing friendship. No, Divine has a way of hooking us up anyway. But, it’s a very nice story of how we met and I much prefer it. I’ll keep listening and keep writing. I hope you read.
The statistics are below if you still want to read those. Find out what my five most popular blogs were this year.
This message has been coming through from my guides lately and my clients’ guides. It is linked to a message for women that I received and blogged about before at Healing the Solar Plexus and Self Love. It’s a short blog and I suggest you read it again after this new blog. The self empowerment messages in the blog particularly are important. The messages from each of these blogs connect to each other. I asked my guides today, “What message do you want me to post on this big day, 12-12-12?” This was the answer.
Many of us have been in waiting, holding space, preparing. But, for what? We have been waiting patiently for direction, waiting in faith that the answer will come and we will know what to do. If what I write here feels right to you then do it. This is the message I have gotten and I will do it. Many will without even reading this, automatically, intuitively they will sit in meditation and do this.
Women Around the World Unite
Women all over this planet have signed up to participate in this birthing process much before we came to Earth. We came from all over to help with this process. Divine works with our grounded earth energies by us being on the planet and having a very different vibration because of being here. Divine uses this to help bring in this new energy. In that way we are needed and participate by sitting in space for this energy to come in, to be birthed.
We are all currently in a process of rebirth. We are preparing to rebirth the earth energy right now. We are preparing with many thousands of other women light-workers all over the earth who are holding space and preparing to do this with us. Many of us are needed to do this, to usher in the energy that is coming. These women play a vital role in this process and many of them have come to earth at this time just to do this. When I sit in meditation and FEEL the energy of this group of women it feels like a sorority, which means “sisterhood.” We all chose this before we came, we chose to do this together and all are needed in order to follow though with the process and our path. Some will chose to go home after this process and some will stay to continue helping the earth with other tasks. Mother Nature is at the head of this sisterhood of women and she is aiding and guiding us in any way she can to help us to know what to do. (more on that later)
Women and the Birthing Process
Women have been chosen for this process because it is our God-given natural ability to birth, not just babies, but energy and love as well. Any soul can come to earth and chose to be a woman at this time to do this and many have. There are many reasons we choose to be male or female and giving birth, the experience of creation and nurturing, is one of those reasons. It is an amazing gift because we are in Divine’s mirrored power of creation when we participate in this beautiful and amazing gift to the planet. The ability to create, bring forth something totally and completely new and different is a huge undertaking and an even bigger blessing to each and every one of us. Many of the women in this sorority have been mothers in this life and/or many other lives. It is a part of our soul to birth and go through the birthing process as a part of preparing for this day as well as learning from the experiences. We have prepared and we are ready. Now what?
What do we DO Now?
Mother Nature wants us to all gather together and meditate before December 21 to the 25th, 2012. Meditate visualizing the other ladies in the sisterhood in a circle together with us. Visualize all of our hearts connecting with all the other women and Mother Nature in the middle helping and guiding us along the way. She wants us to SEE ourselves connecting to each other, working together for this process. We need to do this while holding the intention of bringing forth this new vibration of energy to the earth. The more we do this meditation and visualize the other women, Mother Nature and the earth as well the more we will get messages about what else we need to do. for some just being may be enough. Being in a place of Love and Light and allowing may be enough. Each person will get individual messages to listen to and follow though with.
Artemis Protecting Us
I was meditating today and a new guide came to me to work at my crown chakra area. I’ve been doing a lot of healing on my top three chakras lately with the help of fall head colds. This new guide came to me and introduced herself as Artemis and also said Artemisia, which is a plant. I think she knew I would ‘know’ where to do my research if I had both words together as I always do research when I receive a new guide. This guide was tall with long flowing greek like white robes. When I do research I do it to receive left brain information to add to my right brain intuition. Here is what I got on the internet that spoke to me.
“Artemis is Apollo’s sister, and Queen of the witches. She is the goddess of the moon, the herbalist, the midwife, the birthing woman, and the hunter. Artemis is an untamed wild woman who runs free with the deer and the hounds. She is the woman who runs with the wolves. She is “Mother of all Creatures.” “Leader of the Sacred Bitches.” “Great She-Bear.” She is owned by no man, and thus she is “Forever Virgin.” And the plants named after her share her qualities.
If you see an Artemisia growing beside the door — or painted on it — you’ve arrived at the home of a herbalist or a midwife, a home guarded by Artemis.”
Right Brain info on Artemis
Intuitively what I got from this passage is that Artemis is the guardian goddess for all the women in the sorority and will be with us though this change protecting us along the way. Include her in your meditations and prayers and thank her for coming to help us at this time. Communicate with her and get any more information about what we can do to help bring forth this energy at this time. When I visualize the circle of women with Mother Nature in the center I see Artemis all around the outside of the group circling us, protecting us as we join our hearts as one. She feels beautiful, gentle yet powerful. She is an amazing Goddess of feminine power and can be called on for many other uses; animals and wildlife, camping and hiking, children, environmentalism, fertility, conception and adoption, and increasing and honoring intuition. Feel free to call on her. Remember to say thank you.
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In Love and Light of the Divine Source of All That Is,
While talking and doing a reading with a dear friend and client yesterday some information came though that I felt would be helpful to many of us who have been really feeling the pressure of the energy coming down on us the last few months. Many of my clients, students and even friends have been commenting to me that they are crying a lot, down, depressed, unmotivated and don’t really know why.
I’ve addressed this before in blogs and Facebook posts but got new information this week. In short, we are cleansing a lot of old lifetimes of energy. All in a very short period of time. Ascension is happening right now, and we must let go of a lot of the old in order to make room for the new. THE CRUNCH as it feels to many of us. The Universal Energy is helping us with this process and we can cry, talk to friends, meditate, do Reiki on ourselves, bathe ourselves in Love and Light and all the spiritual rituals we have learned to help us though.
However, the message I got yesterday was loud and clear, JOY!! DO something every day that brings you joy. Every time you feel down or want to cry, think of something you can do right then that will bring you joy. Set a new standard for your daily life with HAPPINESS! This is something special, something just for you. This is about no one but YOU and YOUR JOY!
I finished a reading last week and was driving home from the clients’ house. All of a sudden I felt the extreme need to sing gospel. I love gospel music but only know the words of a few songs, so I started singing as loud as I could. It did not sound so great, but that was not the point at all. It was a huge release. I sang the songs I knew, rewrote the words, wrote new songs and just kept singing them. After about forty minutes of this I felt much better and was almost home. It was just for me and the release I needed at that moment. My love of the music and creating new words filled me with Love and Light and JOY! Because I listened to my guides and sang I was able to release energy that otherwise may have stayed and festered if I hadn’t listened to my guidance. IT IS TIME TO LISTEN AND TAKE ACTION ON WHAT YOUR GUIDES AND YOUR HIGER SELF ARE TELLING YOU!!
What Did You Enjoy as a Child?
Do something you haven’t done in a long time and don’t remember why you stopped doing it. I’ve started getting visions recently of things I used to do as a kid and enjoyed very much, like photography and architecture. My guides want me to do those things NOW and find JOY once again.
Bringing in more joy daily will allow us to heal and move on from the old emotions, old pain and old past life energy that we no longer need. We need to replace them with new action, new joy and new memories. WHAT IS JOYFUL TO YOU?? Singing, music, dancing, games, cuddling with pets or kids, parties, meditation, doing Reiki on yourself or others, walks on the beach, time in your garden, think of joyful activities for YOU and YOU alone.
THIS IS THE TIME TO REMEMBER WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY
I’m going to start a photography class again and begin drawing up plans for a renovation that we can’t afford yet but want to manifest soon. As a kid I used to draw up plans for houses and thought of becoming an architect. I spent hours and hours drawing up homes just for fun. I’m going to do this now to help us manifest this addition to our home sooner than we would expect. (I am excellent at manifesting!)
WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW THAT WILL BRING YOU JOY? Share here if you feel safe to. There are no wrong answers to this one.
“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
A Spiritual Group
I was recently asked to be a part of a spiritual group that meets from time to time via conference call and once a year at an agreed upon location on the west coast usually. It is a big commitment but also I felt it was a huge honor to be asked. This group includes people of many different spiritual belief systems from all over the country.
Because I’m a mom first at this stage in my life by choice, I asked my family if they were willing to support me in the time it would take away from them, extra to the Reiki time that I spend with clients and circles. They are very supportive of my passion for energy healing and helping others and know how much it means to me to be a part of this group of honored people which includes Shaman’s, energy workers, other Reiki Masters and more spiritually like-minded people.
I’ve been with the group a month now and have participated in four conference calls so far. On the conference call I attended yesterday, June 6th 2012 for the astrological events happening with Venus, we all meditated together on the phone with the intention of a group healing for us as well as a healing for our earth.
Group Energy Amped Up
The energy in my Reiki room is great all the time because I focus on it a lot with the intention of healing energy and high vibrational Love and Light energy. But with the group of spiritually minded people on the phone all with the same purpose, I felt the energy stronger than I had in a long time. Probably since another group meditation that I had done with a very large group of people many years ago. I felt the energy of each person in the room with me. The energy gets amped up the more people we have all with the same intention. It was decidedly powerful.
I got a clear message from Divine Source while in that meditative state. Divine wants us to meet in collections of spiritual people and do this spiritual work together. Divine wants us to meditate, do Reiki, pray, learn, cry and support each other as often as possible in groups. This is the way to change our world, this is the way to raise our vibrations faster, sooner. This is how to truly make a difference in our lives, the earth and everyone around us, by connecting in groups of like-minded individuals consistently. This is why I offer the Reiki circles twice a month and to children too, because I truly believe and have for a long while that the true way to make a difference in our world of reality is to work together in small, local grassroots types of organizations like our own little Reiki group here in Sequim, WA.
If you do not live on the Olympic Peninsula, then find a group in your area to join. Put the intention out to Divine Source that you want such a group. Look for a Reiki Master in your area and ask if they run such a group. Meanwhile, find an on-line group to be a part of. Join a Reiki Facebook page (Josslyn Streett, Reiki) or other social networking site that consistently has a positive high vibrational and up lifting message and be a part of it. Put yourself out there, try something new even if you are a little scared. I believe you will find that your evolution goes faster, but will also be more rich and fulfilling along the way with spiritual friends along for the ride.
I often find other blogs or articles that say for me what I want to say but can’t seem to put into words. I found this wonderful, easy to read and well written article about WHY to join a spiritual group, what to look for in a gathering and some tips on starting one of your own if spirit encourages you to do so. Well worth the time to read it.
The truism that no person is an island applies in the spiritual arena even more than it does in the material. From the most ancient times, people have gathered in groups and communities to engage in spiritual practices addressing the Source of life, the Ineffable hidden beyond our senses. Monasteries and other spiritual communities bring seekers together to live in a protected and conducive environment. In lay or non-monastic environments, the work of the congregation, the sangha, the minyan, and the halka offer spiritual brotherhood and sisterhood within the context of life in the greater community.
Why has this always been the case? Primarily because the spiritual community or group multiplies, empowers, and reinforces the efforts of the individual. Meditation, prayer and other practices, when pursued in a group or community, qualitatively and quantitatively magnify what each person can offer and experience. The coalescence of the group into a shared will and shared consciousness in communal practice creates a greater spiritual whole that enhances individual possibilities. The vehicle of the spiritual group or community carries all its individual participants to far greater spiritual depths than they could typically reach on their own. The group serves as a container for energies and as a reminder of the sacred. Each person in the group or community helps all the others by their very presence and by their orientation toward the Divine, toward love.
In business and other life endeavors, people form alliances and partnerships to create much more than they possibly could by themselves. In the spiritual endeavor, the same holds. We can join forces, share our hearts’ search for the spirit, and help each other climb the mountain of transformation.
Nevertheless, spiritual groups and communities often succumb to pitfalls. Some principles to consider in the work of a spiritual group or community include the following.
1. Equality in Relation to the Divine
In the most basic sense, we are all beggars and beginners in the spiritual path. In the face of Divinity, we are all equal, equally children of the Will of the World. This bedrock principle must pervade the work of any spiritual group. Elders, teachers and those with more experience of the path, if their inner work has been rightly conducted, will, through their genuine humility and respect for others, exhibit an implicit assumption of equality in all their relationships, including with people in the spiritual group or community. We all serve the same Source.
2. Shared Vision
For a group to function well, the members must agree on the path and methods to be studied and followed. Without some commonality of technique and direction, the group will (or should) be short-lived.
3. Peer Group Versus Having a Leader
The question of leadership in a spiritual group raises complex and difficult issues. If there is to be a leader, it must be someone with consistently deeper experience in the path than the rest of the group; otherwise the leaderless peer group offers a more appropriate form. Kindness and non-attachment form two more qualities required in a group leader. Without these, history teaches us that spiritual leaders tend to grow abusive, emotionally, sexually, and financially, or they demand loyalty to themselves and their particular path rather than loyalty to the Divine and to the great community of all life. The leader must inspire trust in his or her goodwill, and confidence in his or her wisdom and knowledge of the path. Condescension, a patronizing attitude, an air of being special, abuse of power, arrogance, and insults do not characterize an effective spiritual leader, regardless of the pious justifications and excuses offered for such behavior. The essence of the role of the spiritual mentor is to share his or her passion for the path and to instill confidence in the possibility of realization.
More subtly, we can look at the leader’s role in terms of the three aspects of will: active, passive, and reconciling or synergistic. The great temptation of a spiritual leader is to play an active role, with the students being passive or receptive to the leader’s lead. This causes many, hard-to-recognize problems. It feeds the leader’s ego, as do the group members by fawning over him or her. Then the group builds an ego around the leader, instead of fostering humility. It robs initiative from the group members, for whom initiative in their own inner work is crucial. The group members become dependent upon the leader’s judgments of them, on the leader’s criticism or praise. This stifles real progress. A truly effective group fosters freedom and individuality in the group members, an individuality that forms the basis of service and surrender to the Divine.
The alternative to the active leader is the reconciling or synergistic leader, neither active nor passive, but both and more. Such a leader, in his or her being and in his or her teaching, points the way toward the Sacred, while leaving room for the group members to be active and work from their own initiative. The qualities of humility, lightness of touch, and non-judging, as well as a deep understanding of the spiritual path and a living, thriving connection to the Sacred characterize the ideal leader.
The leaderless peer group can operate by consensus. If the group spends time speaking about experiences and efforts in the path, then what each person shares must be treated with respect. If the members of the group analyze, criticize, offer advice, or make suggestions in response to another member, they risk poisoning the atmosphere of the group. For honesty and sincerity to prevail, an environment of trust and respect must be developed and protected. Peer group members should limit what they share to relating their own experiences and efforts, and not stray into playing the spiritual mentor. No one can do the spiritual work of another. Guidance, to be effective, must be asked for, not offered gratuitously. In a peer group, guidance can come from hearing the efforts, successes, and failures of the other members of the group.
Both forms, the peer group and the led group, have their place and can greatly accelerate the inner work of the members of the group. In the earlier stages of the path, having a leader offers important benefits. In the first years, we need to be taught the methods by someone who understands them. We need to be nudged back onto the path when we stray. We need to recognize the limits of our own understanding and be willing to ask for and receive guidance. This promotes humility and insulates us from that bane of spiritual work: arrogance. We also need confirmation of our understanding, so our confidence and self-reliance can grow. However, a led group requires a leader with the characteristics described above. Lacking such a person, the peer group can be an excellent alternative.
4. Frequency of Gathering
Living in a genuine spiritual community that works and practices together confers the blessings of a powerful, traditional way toward the spirit. Few of us, though, exhibit a willingness to become monks or nuns. Furthermore, living full-time in a spiritual community does not constitute the best approach for everyone. It depends on one’s temperament and style.
Retreats convey the advantages of life in a spiritual community on a temporary basis. Periodic retreats, in which we focus entirely on the work of presence, deepening awareness, and opening our heart, can prove enormously beneficial in reinvigorating our inner work.
In our normal life situation, a weekly group meeting, attended regularly, offers an external reminder, a source of energy, and a shared commitment, enabling us to maintain our practice in the face of life’s many distractions and pressures. In certain respects, this creates the ideal circumstance. We need great determination to continuously return to our practice in the midst of family, job, community, and other responsibilities. Life becomes our training ground. If our spiritual practice can flower within the challenge of normal life, our practice will grow strong indeed, our hearts open, and our lives transformed.
Practice in the special environment of a retreat or a spiritual community can usher us into deep experiences, tastes of the true spirit. Yet when we return to our normal life, those experiences gradually fade, while thankfully leaving a residue of purification and commitment. Practice in everyday life, however, can bring lasting transformation. Daily progress may not be as dramatic and rapid as during a retreat, but can be more permanent. Gradually, the path and our life merge, so that our life is our path, carrying us toward the opening of our hearts and the Great Source of All.
5. The Structure of the Group Meeting: Practice and Sharing
The spiritual group, to be effective, devotes time to both shared practice and shared discussion. A group which does not meditate, pray, or engage in some other collective spiritual practice misses the remarkable opportunity. Discussion alone, even of the most profound, heartfelt and weighty topics, rarely touches our soul. Discussion alone does not serve the transformation of energies and the purification of will in the way that shared practice can.
Group practice alone, however, may not illumine certain valuable details of the path. For this, the group needs shared discussion. The discussion, though, must not be solely theoretical: it should focus on the details of practice, how one actually practices, what obstacles one encounters, what helps, what experiments one tries, what new insights come, and so forth. If each person in the group describes such living details of their own spiritual efforts, every person in the group benefits thereby. Everyone can relate what the speaker articulates to their own life and path. A theoretical discussion of ideas rarely has such an impact.
Like every individual, each spiritual group or community is unique, and will have its own style, its own lifecycle. But all genuinely spiritual groups and communities support the transformation of their members and enable them to serve in a deeper way than would be possible on their own. If we are fortunate enough to participate in a spiritual group that suits our needs and our taste, well and good. If not, perhaps we can find one other person to share our practice with, forming a group of two. Otherwise, we do our best to pursue our spiritual practice on our own: for this also is possible and necessary. No one else can free us; no one else can do our inner work for us. But we can help each other.
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