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Reiki Didn’t Work For Me

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

*****If you believe Reiki didn’t work for you, may I suggest you read on…..

**2nd in a series on being successful with your Reiki practice when it doesn’t come easy to you.  Here is a link to the first blog, Signs that your Reiki Really is ON.

In my classes, like my teacher before me,  I tell people to look back after one year of being attuned to Reiki and they will see how their lives have changed a great deal.  IF AND ONLY IF they are actually working with their Reiki regularly.  DAILY IS BEST.
I encourage you to work with your Reiki each and every day in your life, make it a part of your daily living and you will see major changes for good happening right away.
 However, what if Reiki doesn’t come easy to you?  What do you do then?
Easy………. like any other new thing in your life, stick to it, make it a priority, and then DO IT!! DO IT ANYWAY!!
GO WITH THE FLOW
With Reiki, I’m a very go with the flow teacher.  I believe the more we attempt to control our spiritual practice, the more Divine gives us lessons for control.
But, for this one thing, starting a new and very important habit that can literally change your life for the better — This One Time, Don’t Go With The Flow.  
*****REMINDER:

ANY CHANGE IS STRESS
In the beginning doing Reiki will be new and therefore different. Anything different to us can often be construed as STRESS!! ………..Oh no, not that!
If your mind translates the Reiki as stress then you will probably protect yourself from the stress by NOT doing it. Sabotage will occur, you stop doing it and then you end up seeing no benefits and it’s easy to say “Reiki didn’t work for me.”  When this is really not the truth at all.
We must work at the habit of the Reiki.
The daily work, the consistency to learn it, feel it and want it, is the hard part, the Reiki itself is the easy part.
Joss’ Story
“Doing Reiki for others came very easy to me, I’m a giver and always have been.  Receiving was totally new to me.  Therefore, doing Reiki on myself daily did not happen for quite a long time after taking my Reiki classes.  I knew I had these mental belief blocks to doing Reiki on myself, and I knew I needed to heal them, so I decided to do a lot of Reiki on others and INTEND to heal these blockages in my belief system during these healings on others.  Since our client and ourselves both receive Reiki, this was my indirect way of healing myself, the scenic route to healing an issue.  Longer, but also effective. This takes a little longer, but for me it worked – until it didn’t.  I reached a point where my intuition was giving me signs that this was no longer what I needed, I needed to do hands on Reiki daily.  I needed a new plan.  
So, I decided the old fashioned way was best for me.  It was close to the end of the year, so I decided that on New Years Day, I would make ONE New Years Resolution.  For that entire year, I would do Reiki on myself every single day, no matter what.  This was the only new major commitment I made that year and I stuck to it, because I knew I needed to and because I made the commitment to myself.  There were only two days where I had the stomach flu and did not accomplish my daily Reiki, every other day I did.  And what is more important, now doing Reiki on myself became MY NEW NORMAL.  Now, if I don’t do daily Reiki, I don’t feel normal and my body, mind and spirit remind me of this at the end of the day.  It’s a win/win.”
 Other Help – ME!
IF after a month of doing daily Reiki, you still have blockages that you can’t seem to budge, call me for a private session.  That is when we need other healers to help us.  Divine wants us to work together as a community.  He wants us to work as a team, to trust others.  If you have truly done all you feel you can do, that is when you ask for other help.   And if you are truly ready, mind, body and spirit, Reiki and myself will help remove the blockages that are holding you back.  Helping people move forward on their spiritual path is one of my specialties and one of my most favorite paths to help with.  I feel there is no other path that is more worthwhile than working on our connection to our Higher Selves.  I’m happy to help with this process.
 I pray this motivates some of you to take some action in your lives and practice your Reiki.  It’s all good.  It’s all part of YOUR personal journey.  Ask yourself, do I want my journey to start NOW?
 In Love and Light of our Divine Source,
 Josslyn
rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7828
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Reiki Stories – Reiki and Epstein-Barr/Fibromyalgia

Reprinted from the Reiki News Magazine Winter 2014 issue

If you have taken a Reiki class or thinking about it and are not yet familiar with the Reiki News Magazine, I am here to say, this is a wonderful resource not to be missed out on.  I have stacks and stacks of these magazines that I keep through the years and reread. Plus I have them available for check out in the Rain Shadow Reiki lending library.

Here is a story of physical healing and determination to not give up on both the part of the Reiki Master and the client.  This, I believe is a great story to show that with Reiki, time, determination and patience, Reiki can heal us on all levels.  Reiki healing happens at the right time for each individual person.  We are not all meant to have instant miracles, but I believe with continued effort, we can get our miracles in different ways and times.  I pray it gives you some ideas about what is possible with Reiki.

Blessings, Josslyn

Reiki Stories from the Reiki News Magazine

Most of the stories in this section of Reiki News Magazine have been documented by before and after medical tests and the observations of licensed health care providers.  Please note that while Reiki can cause miraculous healing, it does not always do so.  However most patients receive some level of healing with the minimum benefit being relaxation and stress reduction.  If you have medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that you use Reiki in conjunction with the help of a licensed health care provider.

Reiki and Epstein-Barr/Fibromyalgia

I have suffered from the Epstein-Barr virus and Fibromyalgia pain since I was 19 years old.  I will be 39 in May.  I have seen so many doctors and have had so many tests and scans.  I’ve been on so many medications over the past 20 years — until recently I was taking 90 mg of morphine three times a day.  Upon waking, I walked like I had polio.  It hurt to sit, to stand, to walk.  I would not shake hands with anyone because of my hand pain.  My joint pain was the worst; every joint hurt all the time.  I would wince just to bend my arm.  I felt like this even while taking the morphine.  I also had three vertebrae fused in my back a year ago.  After the surgery the discs above and below the fusion were bulging, causing additional pain.  The morphine helped very little and I prayed to die just to end the pain I endured each day.  

Reiki stopped all of the pain with the help of a wonderful Reiki Master, Susanna Glaze!!!  It took approximately four months.  I had two treatments a week.  Each treatment lasted 1.5 to 2 hours.  She did this and never asked for anything in return.  I did bring her crafts and art to trade for the Reiki treatments, and she always said it was too much.  I now pay her and it will never be enough because my pain is gone and I am off all morphine.  My life has changed so dramatically in the last four months.  My husband is astounded.  My friends can hardly believe this miracle.  They are all grateful and no one is as grateful as I am.  I have healed physically, emotionally and spiritually.  I could not have done this without the love and compassion of my good friend Susanna.  She taught me that the true meaning of Reiki is love, and there is nothing like the healing human touch.  Susanna is now teaching me Reiki and to honor its tradition and history.  I wish more people knew that Reiki really works.  — Danielle Wise, Carlsbad, N.M.

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Reiki is a Choice! Congratulations to my Reiki Mens Class!!

By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA

First of all, I’d like to say a BIG HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our All Mens Reiki class!!  These men put aside all fears and reservations about what Reiki MIGHT be and went for it.  And, boy, did they go for it!

My Reiki men, truly a courageous group of men.  Reiki on!!
My Reiki men, truly a courageous group of men. Reiki on!!

A couple of months ago, two of my Reiki students informed me that their husbands, and one father would like to take a Reiki class.  “Ok”, I said, “lets manifest that.”  I knew if it was meant to be, it would happen, and it did. I opened the class up to all men who would like to take the class and asked my students (who are mostly women) to talk to their partners about the class.  Four brave men showed up, plus my husband to add moral support.

Brand Spankin’ New

These men knew very little about Reiki, other than it had helped the women in their lives.  The first thing we did in class was make sure that no single man in the room had been hog tied and brought against his own free will.  Nope, everyone came on their own.  Every man who heard about the class had the choice to come or not.  These men showed up.  Not only did they show up, they gave it everything they had.  This group of men, who were unsure of themselves in a spiritual setting and unsure of Reiki, asked more questions than most of my other classes AND they even asked questions about Reiki that I didn’t know.  They are the first class to GIVE ME HOMEWORK!!  Cuddos to them.

Never Give Up, Never Surrender

All done, feeling pretty good!!
All done, feeling pretty good!! Congratulations Dan, Robert, Noel, Joe and Jacob!!  Truly open-hearted courageous men in my book!

After learning about Reiki a bit, being attuned and practicing Reiki on themselves with success all on their first day, the men started really opening up not just their curiosity but their hearts as well. By day two, they were totally into it, taking it in and even enjoying it–although, still somewhat perplexed and confused at times.

They did not give up.  They continued on fully present, fully committed and fully prepared to truly work at making this Reiki healing part of their lives.  I was so proud of them, so amazed at their commitment and desire to learn and open up and so honored to be learning as much from them as they were learning from me.  Even when parts of the class, like meeting their spirit guides, got emotional and touched their hearts in ways they didn’t expect, these men grasped the experience and allowed it, they didn’t fight it, they just accepted.  It was truly beautiful to be a part of.

Normal, Everyday Guys

These men had very little exposure to spiritual classes or events before this class.  This truly was their first experience into energy and what is possible with it.  They opened up their heart and their minds, and their crown chakras (literally) and totally went for it.  That takes a great deal of courage.

We all have choices in our lives, sometimes we don’t feel we do, but we do.  Many men had the choice to come to this class and didn’t.  The men who showed up could have come, but closed off to something totally strange and new to them, but they didn’t.  They chose to come and they chose to jump in with both feet first into the deep end and totally go for it.  Because of that, they each had their own true spiritual experience that made the class unique to them and will most likely stand out in their minds as a very important day in their spiritual growth.  Having the spiritual experience is what most of us are seeking without knowing it, if you chose to open up to it as these men did, you will get it.  Maybe not at first, maybe not what you expect, but you will get it.

Now what they do with Reiki from here on out is truly their choice.

I’m available for help after class to answer questions, hold Reiki Circles and Round Tables, but it is up to each student to DO for themselves, to ‘show up’ for themselves each and every day and actually practice their Reiki on themselves. Reiki is like anything else in this world, we have to actually DO IT in order to feel any difference in our lives.  That is a little trick Divine plays on us, we must do a certain amount for ourselves, then we’ll be met part way by miracles.  Are you ready for your Reiki miracles?

Have you done your Reiki today?

The DOING comes first, the mini miracles come later…

Much Love and Light to all of you, I’m so incredibly grateful for my Reiki community.  I am truly powered daily by Reiki and your Love!!  Thank you for your loving comments, I’m so grateful for them as well.

Blessings to you all,

Josslyn

rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829

 

 

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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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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 census, 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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Take a Reiki Vacay

Vacation – A period of rest from work or study.   

I recently did a session where the client had not come for quite a while and then he started coming back again.  This happens, it’s part of the spiritual healing adventure many of us are on and I respect each person’s individual journey.  I also appreciate greatly the clear determination that it takes to stay on this path of Truth, Love and Light.  I’m always happy to see my clients come back again and I let them know this.

“Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory.”    Gandhi

You can’t get to the victory and triumph phase without going through the drudgery and struggle phase.  What more interesting humans we become through the more difficult phases.

Oooohhh, scary…

I found this client and others, from time to time, hesitant at first and seeming a bit scared to come back to see me.  Although, here they were in my Reiki room for a session.  I understand why clients are sometimes a bit hesitant because often coming to see me for a session of energy healing and psychic work means delving deep into issues that they want gone, but maybe aren’t ready to deal with head on quite yet.  Dealing with some important emotions that have been buried for a long time or making changes to one’s life can often times be more than what one is ready for. It also means CHANGE.  Ooooohhh that scary word.  That’s ok.  It’s all good!  It’s important to honor the path each person choses to take no matter how long it takes or how rocky it becomes.  This takes patience on all parts to know when the right time is to tackle the next big issue and determination to not give up before one has reached their healing goal.

Little by little one walks far.”  Peruvian Proverb

Reiki Vacay   

Reiki Vacation

At times like this, I recommend taking a Reiki Vacation.  This doesn’t mean stopping the Reiki, it means allowing yourself to throughly be absorbed INTO the Reiki.  Allowing the Reiki to relieve your stress, release your tension and help you feel like you’ve been on vacation for a week instead of on my table for an hour.   Allowing the Reiki to give you a period of rest from work or study.  Doing the Reiki, but taking a break from the deep emotional stuff that you are not quite ready for yet.  How do we do the Reiki and take a vacation from it at the same time?  Good question.

Break the Pattern

Usually this means simply doing something different.  Try taking a break from the psychic information that I receive while doing a session.  Most of my clients want me to be “turned on” to the flow of psychic information while I’m working.  They like receiving information about them, their family, significant other, pets, job, etc.   However, sometimes it means facing things that some people feel are pretty heavy or deep, and that can at times seem off-putting.  It’s not the information that is scary, I’ve found, but actually dealing with the emotions and the change that may come up that is usually difficult for people.  It can also be me and the fact that I symbolize to them the working on of deep issues more than the actual information I receive.  Most of the time receiving the psychic information is exciting, fun and not intimidating at all,  That’s why people like it.  Plus they can feel that we are healing levels deep down within them that they may not have known about otherwise.  It’s very cool.

Quite often people are so used to me being “turned on” during a healing session that they come to believe that is how a Reiki session always is.  Not so at all.  The psychic information I receive from my guides is a whole other component TO the Reiki session that I can add in.  But, it is NOT the Reiki.  My guides are talking through me and working with me, but it is not the Reiki.  The Reiki is the ‘Divinely Guided Life Force Energy’ that comes through me to heal blockages in the client’s body, not the information itself.  That is different.

Reiki – It’s all Good!

Take a break from the information if you feel this will help.  I have done this in these situations and it seems to calm the person and allow their energy to flow smoother, the stress to leave faster and their emotions able to be back at a more neutral level where they can then make good decisions from an intuitive place rather than a stressful place.

The Reiki is all good, the healing energy is Divinely guided and knows exactly what you need.  It will never give you more than you can handle.  The Reiki will never go faster than you are ready for.  It goes and does exactly what you need it to when you need it to.  Often times, in fact, when people need a respite, my guides will automatically GIVE my client a rest by turning off the information anyway.  At this point, my client and I go very deep into meditation during the session so the Reiki can do its work.  My clients come out of it saying “WOW, what was that, that seemed really deep!”  But, they still aren’t sure what happened because they can be so used to me telling them.  Sometimes, we just have to go with how we FEEL and TRUST that.  Clients who are used to receiving information will sometimes be sad that they didn’t receive any.  I explain that the Reiki does exactly what they need and what they needed was JUST the Reiki.  I find that the more we trust this Divine energy, the more it can do the best for us.

Surround yourself in Love and Light

Surrounded by Love

Much of the time I feel the Divine healing energy adjusting to a very fine, very soft and pure loving energy to bathe or surround the client in total Love and Light.  I’ve had clients tell me afterward that it was the only time in their lives they ever had felt completely safe.  Or they say that they could feel the Love surrounding them like they were floating on Love and Light.  Almost every time my client tells me they feel lighter afterwards and less stressed.  Yeah!  Isn’t that what we want!?  Yeah, Reiki Vacay!!

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”  Paulo Coelho, Author of “The Alchemist”

Float in the Love and Light of the Reiki energy. The mountain won’t seem so big and scary any more.

You Direct the Reiki

Reiki will always go with your highest good.  It will never impede your free will, and neither will I.  Therefore, if you are not ready to work through a big issue, it will not force you to.  It will simply bathe you in Love and Light and beautiful healing energy until you are ready.  The good news about that is that because you didn’t give up, you kept coming for Reiki sessions and bathed yourself regularly, you will be strong enough and ready to focus on the big issue sooner and it will be much easier to do so.  By that time, the so-called “big issue” doesn’t seem so big anymore and it leaves quite easily.  I have seen this over and over with clients who Reiki on themselves regularly.  They Reiki themselves diligently and by the time they get to me, they are ready for me to take out the mountainous energy that has now been whittled down to a small mole hill.  It’s beautiful.

And think of all the amazing patience you are learning through this journey! Absolutely inspiring!

Wow, why do I feel like taking a trip to Hawaii all of a sudden!?

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Being the Bridge!

Today I added a video by Tom Lescher, Astrologer extraordinaire to my Face Book page.  Love his posts.  Watch them every week now and it always seems like he’s talking directly to me, my life, what’s going on in my life.  ITS ALL ABOUT ME!!  Sorry, a bit of a narcissistic moment there.  I am the Goddess and the Center of MY Universe and I’m fine and good with that.  But, this is about you all, right!?  (another blog I guess)  Back on track, really, It’s amazing how he does it.  He is no newspaper astrologer that’s for sure.  I liked his quote this week and I felt a need to write a little something about it and how it applies to my life as a Reiki teacher and all of our lives as a humans on the healing highway of life.

“I am the bridge between the imagined and the real.  When I follow through I truly heal.”  Tom Lescher

What does that mean?  It speaks to me because I do truly feel like a bridge for people from the “real” to what they think is the imagined life.  However, to me it is the other way around.  The spiritual world gets more and more real and less and less imagined the more time I spend there.  (Have you seen “The Matrix?”)  In fact it is just as real as the “real” world.  The more time you spend doing Reiki, meditating, praying, dreaming and other activities that take you to your spiritual place, the more you realize that they are real and “reality,”  not so much.

Also, the more time I spend in the spiritual world the more neutral I can be to the drama of the Earth plane and the high emotions that go on here.  (had no idea I was headed in this direction) Some may feel this is not a good thing, a disconnect from reality.  Whatever, they are entitled to their opinions.  However, I see it as being able to view the Earth and it’s drama from a higher plane, like the eagle, flying above, looking down from a distance.  I always LOVED that Bette Midler song, “From a Distance” for a reason!  She’s gently advising us to look at life from a higher outlook and we are getting new information for it.  Viewing issues from a higher place can give us new and different perspectives to those problems.  It allows us to see even our own drama in a new light, a less emotional light, a less defensive light maybe.

Then, at that point, we can also see solutions.  Actions.  Things we can DO to change our situation on this planet.  When we are so caught up in the emotions only of a situation we have a much harder time of doing this.  I’m not saying emotions are bad.  I’m all for emotions.  They are a fabulous way to release stuff for sure.  But, I’m also saying, there is a time and a place for moving past the emotional release and moving into “what can we do about this now” point.

A new perspective!

That takes us to Tom’s second half of his quote “When I follow through I truly heal.”  This is the grounded, earthy part of the quote, the action, the doing.  The follow through of the plan that you conceived while you were looking at your situation from a higher place.  Being the eagle.  When we are not so embroiled in the turmoil and theatrics going on we are in a much better situation within ourselves to solve an issue rather than just stew in it or “catastrophize” it.  Oh I used to be good at all of it, drama, drama, drama!!  Ask anyone who knew me before I knew energy.  I was a mountain out of a mole hill type of girl.   It has taken time, but I have grown, worked, and changed quite a bit.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.  the slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”  John Calvin Coolidge

One thing that helps me a lot, I’m a DOER.  I may get into a pity party for a while, but never for long.  I figure out what I can DO to make my situation better and I do it.  No fear, no lazing around and waiting for things to get better, no blaming, ok, maybe some blaming, but I do something.

THIS is the time of action.  The energy of 2012 is so ramped up, I can feel it daily.  I can feel the action it is calling for.  I hear the messages Divine is giving me.  The energy is requiring us to take action, change, grow and learn more than ever.  I keep finding myself taking on new projects, new groups, new websites, new blogs, new writings, etc.

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of my most favorite bridges so I included photos of it on this blog. I love how this one is half in the clouds, or the spiritual world, and half in reality. So lovely.


Just knowing, having faith that Divine will be there to support me through it all, I do it all.  So far so good.  When you have faith you have a nice big safety net.  Use it, depend on it.  This is the year you are going to need it.  Because DOING something new and different is the only way this year is going to work out for us all where we raise our vibrations to a point that the energy is not too difficult to handle.  Doing something new and different is the only way, like Tom said, we will truly heal.  Follow through!  If you have recently started yoga, then DO it.  If you are taking a Reiki class, then GO to the circles.  If you have recently started with a new therapist, then do not skip your sessions.  Whatever it is that is a good new habit to help you learn and grow, DO IT.  No excuses.  If you need something healthy and new to help you grow, then pick up the phone and call me.  I’m here to help you keep moving forward.  I’m here to help you on your healing highway.  We’ll keep you at a speed limit you can handle but we’ll keep moving forward.

One of the hardest parts of being a healer is having this knowing that you can help  people……………………. but only if they show up.

What happens if you don’t show up?  Nothing.  Nothing at all.

Love and Light to you all,

Josslyn

(I’m climbing off my soap box now.  LOL)

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Sowing One Seed at a Time

Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow – perhaps it all will.”  Albert Einstein

This is how Reiki works too!  One healing at a time.  Light one light at a time. Patience little one, we are almost there!

Field of sunflowers in South Dakota on our trip around the country. www.rvgypsies.us (please link)
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How do I stop this roller coaster I’m on?!

DO YOU FEEL LIKE 2012 IS A HUGE, FAST MOVING, SOMETIMES VERY SCARY ROLLER COASTER RIDE?

The roller coaster of 2012

then read on…..because TODAY, March 18th thru the 24th we are on the really high ramp of the roller coaster getting ready to plunge to the earth as Mercury conjunct with Uranus, watch out………………….

I don’t do astrology, have no idea how, but I do enjoy reading a good astrology report now and again.  My friend Ellen turned me onto Tom Lescher’s Facebook page and he does videos on You Tube that are great too.  So far he’s cool and pretty right on for how I’ve been feeling lately.  I always go with my intuition and don’t always know what’s going on with the planets to back up my feelings until I read a report like this one on Tom’s Facebook page by Palona Somrak.

I’ve been talking to a lot of my clients lately about the feeling of being on a roller coaster.  The energy this year, 2012, is fast and furious.  We are being tested over and over again.  We are feeling the energy push down upon us, putting pressure on us, making life more difficult and/or more busy than usual.  Why is it doing this you ask?  So we can LEARN! It’s all good!

LOVE this movie! Steve Martin is a father who does not like being on the roller coaster, but his Nana LOVES it! It's so much fun.

The roller coaster I get from one of my favorite movies with Steve Martin, “Parenthood”.  Grandma in the movie says about a roller coaster ride to Steve Martin’s character, “You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.”

Back then, I personally didn’t like being on roller coasters that much.  I was more like the Steve Martin character.  But, lately, with my trust and faith in the Divine, and some life experience, I like it and am grateful for it.  I can now see it for what it is, as I’m moving up and down those waves of terror.  While on the roller coaster we may get sick to our stomachs, we may throw up our hands and scream with joy for the wild ride or we may be apathetic and ignore it all.  It’s up to us.  It really is.  We are in a time of major change.  We can either fight the change, try to ignore it and pretend it isn’t going on and make things harder on ourselves and those around us or we can throw our hands up, surrender to the change and scream with joy, or fright.  Either way, the surrender is what’s important.

Surrender to the coaster, throw your arms up and scream with joy, or fear, but at least you're living!

How do we do this you may ask?

Good question.  All I can tell you is how I do this and hopefully it will help you.  When a challenge comes up that makes you angry, frustrated, stressed or even furious, STOP YOURSELF.

  1. Stop – Recognizing the behavior is the first step to stopping it.  If you can stop and recognize it then you can….
  2. Look at it – instead of pushing it down inside you where you’ve always put it because it is socially unacceptable, look at it.  Everyone in our lives is a mirror for us, good or bad.  I say there is no bad because looking at ourselves in a way that will create change is hard but still VERY GOOD!  THAT is the roller coaster.
  3. Feel it…..what does it feel like, why is it so scary and horrible?  Is it really that bad?  Did it serve you when you were young but don’t need it anymore?  Once past this point you can then…..
  4. Accept it and realize that it really isn’t so bad.  Usually we have these defense mechanisms set up to protect us from something when we are younger.  Many times they served us well then, but are not needed in that capacity now.
  5. Thank it, thank the socially unacceptable behavior for helping you all these years, let it know you no longer need it and are choosing to move on in a new and healthier fashion.  Surround it in Love and Light and Reiki energy.  Allow it to move to the Light and be transformed into Love once again.  Gratitude is an important part of all spiritual processes!  Practice it regularly!
  6. Stop denying it.  Denial will get you NO WHERE and fast, like being on the merry go round.  Denial will get you doing this again, in another body, for a whole other life until you do get it.  Do you really want to do this same lesson, this same life all over again?  wouldn’t you rather move on to another adventure!?
  7. Healthy Activities – Let go of the activities that do not serve your higher purpose (I won’t list those, YOU know what they are!) and add in activities that do, such as; meditation, gratitude, prayer, Reiki circle and Reiki sessions, exercise, tummy breathing, journaling, reading uplifting books, etc.  Do these activities with an intention to LET GO of the behaviors that no longer serve you.  With intention added, you’ll be surprised how much this helps.
  8. Go for Reiki – Call me, someone on my links page or someone you trust who does Reiki, IEH or energy healing.  A qualified practitioner can help you release the really deep and tough stuff.  If you do not feel better after an energy healing session then look for a new practitioner.  You want to feel better each and every time you leave.  I go to others regularly for help with MY tough stuff.  They help so much with the really difficult denials.
  9. Take a Reiki class– Empower yourself, learn how to heal yourself, your family, your pets and your friends!  I teach all these techniques in my sessions, classes and circles.
You may change the order of these steps to suit you but this is basically how I do it each and every time I come up against a behavior of mine that I no longer wish to work with,  (anger, denial, jealousy, guilt, hurting others in any way, lack of self-confidence, frustration, impatience, etc.).  the behaviors that no longer serve me.  Yes, I’m human, ALL HEALERS ARE HUMAN.  We still have Unbuddha-like moments.  How else would we be able to help others if we did not go through the process ourselves?
"Unbuddha-like moment" by The Great Cosmic Happy-Ass Card Co.! LOVE THEM TOO!
Try it, see if it doesn’t make the roller coaster a bit (or a lot) more fun.  Make the journey an adventure!  Please comment and let me know how it’s working for you.  And, call me or email me if you need some support in the process.  THAT IS WHAT I DO!  I support you along your personal healing journey.
Link below if you want to read Tom’s page or Palona’s forecast for March, 2012.
Astrology Forecast for March, 2012
by Palona Somrak
“The month of March will be a lot easier for you if you just pretend that you have boarded the high-speed bullet train that gets you to your destination at hundreds of miles per hour (whether you are late or not!). This is a month where our nervous systems are undergoing a great cosmic cleanse. It is an opportunity to rid ourselves of all the shaky, old, outworn mental patterns that are no longer serving us. Beyond that, we will have an opportunity to purge immature emotional patterns lingering from lifetimes gone by that are preventing us from fully realizing our potential.
read more...Powerful days of change this month will be 2, 3, 7-8, 12-13, 15, 18-24, and 29-30.”
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This weekends Reiki Circle

WOW!  What a great Reiki circle we had on Saturday.  I felt a need to write a post about it.  You know, if you are one of my students, I talk about the Reiki circle a lot.  That’s because I so totally believe in it.

This month we talked about healing ourselves and others using a technique of reliving past lives.  We talked for about an hour, answered questions and I shared some of my favorite books about past life healing (which are all available in my lending library)

I led everyone into a meditation for them to experience their past lives themselves.  I was pleasantly surprised EVERYONE was able to retrieve a past life themselves, even if they have had very little meditation experience.  I don’t know why I was surprised other than it was my first time doing this particular meditation with anyone else.  But, when I do past life hypnosis every one has been able to do it as well.  This meditation is very similar to that.  But, with leading a whole group of people this time, I had to wait until the meditation was over to hear how it was working.  I loved hearing the lives that each person experienced themselves and HOW it is able to help them heal something in their lives NOW.  It was very exciting.  (For more Past Life Healing stories).  I’d love to do this topic again in a future circle.  It is of course, one of my favorites!

The more people in a spiritual group, the more powerful the energy, connection to the energy and connection to Divine Source!

Another quick pitch for the Reiki circle.  I believe in it so much and for so many reasons.  Here are some of them off the top of my head:

  • No matter how busy your life is, you can fit Reiki in once a month. YES, you can!  It’s a matter of priorities.  Make YOU a priority!
  • Practice, practice and more practice!  Here is a chance to practice on other Reiki people CONSISTENTLY once every month. (Twice a month if you have children)
  • Getting together in groups is a stress reliever in itself, but a Reiki group must be 10 x the stress relief!  We always feel GREAT afterwards.
  • Getting together with like-minded people is also important for your spiritual growth, affirmation of who you are and the journey you are on.
  • The more you run Reiki the more you raise your vibration, are able to run more energy and receive information better as well.
  • When you run energy as a group, your abilities expand even faster and you are able to learn more and TRUST your abilities better.
  • You become much more confident in your abilities when you come and practice them with others at Reiki circle and are able to ask questions and share ideas.
  • Plus, It’s just so much FUN!

There are many more reasons but to me those are my KEY reasons to make Reiki circle a priority, once a month.  Can YOU think of any?  Please comment.