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Reboot My Life, Day 6 and 7 – ‘The Crying Games’

Ninth 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.

The Crying Games

Crying is a healthy form of release, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.

Okay, so you’d think I would know what was coming.  You’d think since I’ve done this many times over, in different ways, but many cleanses, you think I’d know that this part would be here soon.  NOT.  (Yes, I still use that term to my friends chagrin)  There must be a part of me that goes into denial or forgets, like the pain of having a baby.  You have to forget or you’d never do it again, right!?  That’s how it is with the emotional cleanse part.  You have to forget that it happens and how bad it can get or you’d never do a cleanse again.  Day 6 and 7 provided for me the much-needed MASSIVE emotional cleansing.  It probably looks different for everybody.  In fact I know it does.

Easy Sailing vs. Typhoon

Tropical Typhoon Josslyn

My husband sails through a cleanse like nothing was ever changed.  No crying, no emotional roller coaster, no questioning ones whole life path, you get the picture.  We both went through the same cleanse after having our mercury out of our teeth with the same doctor, same supplements, similar amount of fillings removed.  With him he went right back to work with little or no side effects.  Me, I was an emotional basket case for a whole two weeks after, angry, crying anywhere and everywhere, laughing at inappropriate times, the whole deal.  It’s obvious, we are totally different beings, he and I.  And, that is why we balance each other out so well.  That is also why I call him my rock.  I need him for his stability of emotion and he needs me for my spirituality and empathy.  It works great for us, most of the time.

A Whole Lot of S*#t

Tsunami

So, here I am, pretty much sailing through this cleanse through day 5, only complaining a little bit (YES, JUST A LITTLE BIT!) about the amount of chopping, cooking and what not.  Day 6 hits like a Tsunami.   I was completely blindsided.  I was tired and a little low, but when it hit, it hit.  I never saw it coming.  All I needed was the right trigger.  What better trigger than your youngest son and some massive attitude in public.  That’s all it took.  I cried for two hours straight and then for another day and a half, off and on quite regularly.  I cried when I ran out of

Cat and Dog cuddling together

tissues, I cried when my ‘rock’ told me he wouldn’t be coming home from work again that night to stay and work on a project for the third night in a row, I cried when my cat wouldn’t cuddle with me but chose the dog instead and I cried when the U.S would lose a medal in the Olympic Games.  Lets just say, as my beautiful soul sister Stephanie put it, “You’re letting go of a whole lot of s*#t!”   Thank God she always magically calls me when I’m at my deepest darkest hour and can make me laugh and see things from a new perspective.  Yes, I agreed with her, yes I am, literally and figuratively, letting go of a lot of crap.

Trickle vs Flood

Too much Tsunami can ruin that peaceful feeling for sure, but it also can aid you in finding a higher place, a richer path to take.

When you do a cleanse as a spiritual ritual as I am,  you are not only cleansing your body, but your thoughts, emotions and spiritual energy as well.  Like with Reiki you are working on all levels at once, physical, mental, spiritual AND emotional.  ALL at the same time.  We sometimes forget this.  We may want to believe this will not happen but truly deep down we WANT it to happen.  There may not be another way to release this much emotion in such a short period of time.  Of course, it’s easy to say this NOW that I’ve come out the other side of the Typhoon and are in calm seas again.  Easy for me to say.  But, believe me, I wasn’t so happy about it while I was in the heart of the storm.  Some of this stuff has been with me my whole life, many lives.  My dreams lately tell this story too, dreams of my childhood, dreams that combine different time frames that I’ve been working on these very deep dark issues.  Believe me, someone who has lived with depression most of their lives, they have STUFF to release.

Typhoon Josslyn from above

Although we think we’d like these issues to trickle out at a nice slow tolerable pace a little at a time, sometimes, what is truly best may be a complete flood and be done with it.  It is more uncomfortable in the mean time but it is over and done more quickly.  I used to be the one who desired the trickle.  But, lately, I have so much I want to let go of so quickly, so much I want to leave behind, that I’m welcoming the Typhoon.  Bring it on.  Let the cleansing games begin.  I’m going for the gold!

East vs West

In Western culture emotions are considered unbalanced and even not healthy. This belief we learn from our society is not healthy. Emotions are a normal natural part of life. Listening to them is important, cleansing them, working with them to heal ourselves.

It has long been believed in Chinese Medicine that emotions are connected to the organs in the body.  This is in my opinion where Western Medicine lacks greatly in comparison.  NOT treating the emotional body, spiritual body and mental body along with the physical body is leaving out 3/4’s of the source of the problem.  HUGE mistake and in my opinion, quite daft.  And, the reason that millions of American’s are very chronically ill.  133 million Americans from a 2005 senses, that is 1 out of every 2 adults ill with chronic illness.  If you are not shocked, you should be.

Truly Heal Yourself

When you cleanse your body with a fast, supplements, meditation, Reiki, acupuncture or any other cleansing method you choose (find a list below), you are cleansing not only your body but your emotions, mental and spiritual beliefs as well.  It makes sense that we would have symptoms of crying, negative thought loops, anxiety, fear and anger surfacing during the cleanse.  By allowing it to surface, not ignoring it, dealing with it, thanking it for teaching you what you needed to learn and releasing it, you are truly cleansing all four of your bodies as is needed for true ability to raise your vibration to the next level.  YOU ARE TRULY HEALING YOURSELF!  YOU ARE EVOLVING!

Reiki is incredibly relaxing and helps you and your body to RELEASE whatever it is ready to release. the cleansing and healing process can then begin.

You Ask, HOW?

There are many ways in which to cleanse and heal yourself.  Here is a list off of the top of my head.  Find what works best for YOU.  The important thing is to DO something and NEVER GIVE UP:

Artwork of a sweat lodge
  • Drum circles, music
  • Sweat lodge, sauna
  • Walk About
  • Energy Psychology, EFT, EMDR, NAET, NET , Brain Gym
  • Chiropractic
  • Acupressure
  • Supplements for cleanse, liver detox, etc.
  • Color Therapy and Sound Therapy
  • Reflexology
  • Bathe, baptism, with anointed oils or epsom salts
  • Sage yourself in ritual form
  • Singing bowls

Any YOU can think of?  Any I’ve missed?  I’d love to hear from YOU as to what has worked best for your cleanses.  Please comment if you have any.  Please email me or comment here if you want to try something new but don’t know what.  I can help.

Love and Light to you all,

Blessings, Joss

rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7828

Some good blogs about emotions and our body’s organs and how they relate

“Liver Balance Plus” from Pure Body Institute

My Personal Journey of Healing” How the liver effects chronic fatigue

Understand Emotions in Traditional Chinese Medicine”

A poem I liked from Family Friend Poems by a teen named Joseph experiencing depression

The Wicked Path Of Destiny by teen joey experiencing depression

© Joseph
I walk the face of earth once more,
a mindless puppet, my strings are torn.
the creaky bones, the bad eyesight,
yet the chance to turn wrong to right.
wars-a-waging, old mans guilt,
the worlds now on more than just a tilt.
parents weeping, children slain,
bloody thoughts, fear will reign.
I look in the shadows, a creature did lurk,
he whispered to me, hiding a smirk.
“Thou shalt be killed if thee can’t find,
the demon lurking in thou mind.”
So off I ventured, to quench my thirst,
of corpses piled with hearts-a-burst.
And on that quest what did I see?
The Wicked Path Of Destiny
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The Pre-Cleanse

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

To read the first and second blog in the series to get caught up click on the link. (Blog 1 or blog 2)

Pre-Cleanse

I have been doing a pre-cleanse to get ready for the full 10 day fruit and veggie cleanse.  I got a lot of my pre–cleanse recipes from My Juice Cleanse.  It is a great site with free recipes and helpful articles.  They helped me with a lot of my early research too.  It is recommended to do a pre-cleanse to get the most results from your cleanse that the week before you start the cleanse to do certain things to prepare.  Here is what they recommend from the Reboot Your Life website:

  • Say goodbye to: processed junk foods, white flours, sugar/desserts, fried food, fast food, processed meats, alcohol and begin to wean yourself off caffeine.
  • Say hello to: salads, soups, smoothies with a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, natural nut butters, beans and legumes.
The food pyramid I’m working off of but with actually less breads and cereals as my body does not really want them. My body wants it’s carbs from vegetables. Every body is different. Learn to listen to YOUR BODY,
  • Transitioning off animal proteins: choose wild-caught fish, organic eggs and gradually decrease poultry during the week and choose only organic varieties when you eat them. By last day of the week, your protein should come solely from plant sources such as beans, nuts, and legumes (for example, black beans, hummis, chick-peas, lentils).
  • Transitioning off dairy: choose only low or non-fat organic dairy with little to no added sugars. If you choose soy, rice or almond milk, have unflavored/plain to limit the sugar content. Choose organic cheese, and transition from cow’s milk cheese to goat cheese by the middle of the week. By the end of the week (day 5) all dairy should be out of your diet to prepare for the Reboot.

This cleanse is fruits and veggies with no dairy, meats, breads or cereals.  This Pre-Cleanse gets you ready for the full cleanse and makes the cleanse easier on you emotionally and physically.  I feel it working.

My Results of the Pre-Cleanse

I started the full cleanse today.  While talking to a friend on the phone about how I’m feeling today, starting the full cleanse, I realized how much progress I’ve made already.  Just by doing the pre-cleanse I have altered thought processes that are critical to my success.  I’ve started being much more discerning about what I eat FOR MY BODY, not my emotions.  When I’m wanting to grab something fast and easy like a cheese stick, I automatically stop, and I start thinking “hmm, if I eat this, I’ll then have to spend time and energy making sure it gets released completely from my body system.  (The colonic helped with this too.  More on that later.)  Do I want this badly enough to do that extra work and to make my body work that hard.”  WOW, this is a huge difference from “I’m hungry, I need to eat something quick and easy now.”  Or from my typical emotional response, “I need some cheese, or I need some chips and salsa. Nothing else will satisfy me.”  Just by doing the pre-cleanse WITH INTENTIONS and GOALS I have started shifting my energy system enough to create major change in my mental thought processes and belief systems.  This is huge for me.  I’m more concerned about the health of my body than I am making my inner child happy with food.

Energy to Do What I Need to Do

I also noticed yesterday, for the first time in years, I had a full and busy day with a lot of driving to get to my doctor for my colonic and then the kids to their doctors in a whole other city, literally 3 to 4 hours of driving.  Usually driving wears me out for the whole day and I’m resting up from it rather than being productive.  Yesterday I did all the driving, a colonic for the first time, doctors appointments for my kids, shopping for my cleanse and dinner for my family and I still was going at the end of the day.  WOW, for me, chronic fatigue for seventeen years, this was a massive change.  THIS gave me a great deal of hope and confidence that this cleanse is truly going to change my life.

The Pre-Work

Meditation, I have found, is THE best way to raise your vibration, work on your emotional patterns, change your subconscious belief systems and connect with your higher self. Plus it’s relative easy to learn, the trick is to DO IT! As with anything, practice makes better!

The pre-work is different from the pre-cleanse.  I’ve been doing the pre-work for months now, probably years.  I’ve been meditating, doing Reiki, working with Naturopaths and healers to help me get to this point.  I’ve worked with hypnotherapists and most recently an MFCC who does Energy Psychology (a mix of Donna Eden’s energy work and Emotional Freedom Technique) to rewrite the beliefs in my subconscious mind.  ALL of this has helped me to get ready for TODAY.  All of this has helped me to be ready, really ready to give up the belief systems, the dairy and the old eating patterns to the point where I KNOW deep down that I will be successful, for a lifetime.

Real Life Example

For example.  With the energy psychology this week we worked on belief patterns that I didn’t believe I could be successful with the cleanse AND be healthy too.  This went along with another belief that I had, I believed I needed lots of food and lots of dairy or animal protein in particular in order to stay alive.  These were not rational thoughts because my rational mind (10%) does not agree with these thoughts.  However, my subconscious mind (90%) does believe them and therefore that is what I follow, knowing it or not.  Now I know it, and have worked on it and released it.  I did this by tapping on my meridian systems with the EFT process.

I was ill from malnourishment in many lives.

It turns out as I was tapping on these beliefs I was able to watch and see the past lives that these beliefs came from.  I had five past lives where I was starving to death but only actually died in one of them.  The other lives I just got very ill and was not able to care for my family.  My soul held on to the belief that I got sick from not having enough to eat, enough protein.  That is how our minds work sometimes.  I had to hold on to those beliefs until I could understand them, learn from them and then release them.  Now that I have done that, I can truly change.  I am changing my eating habits permanently.  And that is what it takes to truly reboot your life.  It feels good and it feels good to share this with my friends, clients, students and internet readers.  I pray this helps to motivate some of you to reboot your life too.

Working on your mind, your subconscious belief pattern are in my opinion, one of the first places to start before you start any diet or healthy new way of eating. Work on those first and the rest will stick.

Got to Be Ready

Don’t rush into it, however.  Do the pre-work.  Do the research.  Do the mind work.  DO  until you are truly ready to do this for life.  These are big changes and I believe people need to be truly ready.  I also believe in order to be successful you need to do one major dietary change at a time.  If you do more you’ll most likely get overwhelmed and not stick with it for the long haul.  These are lifelong changes in eating, not temporary.  You have to be ready.  But, have no fear.  The energy is so strong for change this year that for those waking up, change is happening automatically and faster than usual.  THIS is a great time to make major changes like this with Divine Source along with you to help and guide.

I also recommend working with someone like me, or another spiritual support person to guide you and help you along the way with mental thought patterns, emotional addictions, issues of letting go, energy work, etc.  I’m not doing this alone, I don’t expect anyone to do it alone.  Gather your support team and do the FIRST dietary change YOU feel is more important for you.  That is how I have done it and that is how I’ve been able to be successful with each step, including this one.  I’m thinking ahead on that one.

Love and Light to you all,

Good Luck on YOUR personal challenges this month.  I’m here with you.

Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher/Healer/Reader

rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829

More free juicing recipes at My Juice Cleanse,  All About Juicing and 7 Day Juice

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Spiritual Children’s Book Review – “Cassandra’s Angel”

Today I have read one of my favorite spiritual children’s books, “Cassandra’s Angel” written by Gina Otto, illustrated by Trudy Joost and published by Illumination Arts Publishing.  Please check out Illumination Arts Publishing for they publish many wonderful spiritual books for children which can be hard to find when you want them.

Book cover

Children’s self-images are strongly influenced by the attitudes and beliefs of their parents, teachers and peers.  Unfortunately, these beliefs often become negative stories that can impact children for life.  This powerful tale helps children to perceive these stories in a different light.

Cassandra’s Angel is about a little girl who is very precocious and creative, so much so that she doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere.  People all around her in her life tell her she is not good enough in different ways.  They think they are doing the best for her but truly they are hurting her mentally and emotionally.  Even the best parents do this at times.  Plus, our kids are bombarded by these attitudes at school by other kids, teachers, aids and principals.  We cannot always control the actions of others towards our children but we can help our children to think for themselves and not take in everything that others say as truth.

Cassandra meets her angel

As one reads the book, Cassandra’s Angel, it is an excellent reminder for us parents and caregivers about how we speak to our children and how much our words and attitudes truly do affect them. But, by reading this book with them, allowing a lot of conversation and interaction, it gives us a chance to talk openly about these issues and maybe even apologize for those times when we have done this.  We can talk about what kinds of situations, stressful ones mainly, that would cause someone to say hurtful things to others.  It give us a chance to help them feel good about themselves and talk openly about the “scripts” that others try to put on them.

Cassandra is told by the other kids that she is too different for them to play with her.

The more you read this book with your child, I believe, the more help it will do, them and you.  As I loan this book out to my clients or students with kids I continually hear what a positive influence it has been for them and their children.  The book has a very happy ending with Cassandra’s guardian angel coming to talk to her.  I love the poem the angel has to help Cassandra with her self-confidence.  Also, the illustrations are beautiful, engaging and keep the children’s and adults interest.  The faces were intriguing to me and I found myself looking back at some of them again and again to investigate their expressions.  Very beautiful book in the visuals, the poetry and the moral of the story all put together.

Children's Author, Gina Otto

If you are close by you may want to borrow the book from me to see if your child vibrates well with it.  But, overall, this is one book I recommend having in your library to read continuously.  Our children are around this kind of talk by others so often that the book and the message will need to be repeated often, both for them and for YOU as the parent.

I give this book 5 of 5 STARS!