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A Sensitive System

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

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

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

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

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

A New Beginning

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

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

Not THAT Sensitive

literally poison to me and other sensitive people

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

Raising your energetic vibration

Eating in a Higher Vibrational Frequency

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

We Are All the Same, We Are All Unique

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

I am definitely not a saint.
Saint Lucy

I Am No Saint!  Where’s the Beef?

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

Migraines Will Convince Anyone

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

Next Adventure

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

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

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

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

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

Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher/Reader

360-460-7829 or

Rainshadowreiki@gmail.com

 

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Frog Totem

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

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

Western Green Tree Frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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