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Peninsula Healer’s Circle – Learning about Pranic Healing

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

The Peninsula Healer’s Circle is a group of holistic/integrative healing practitioners living and working on the north Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.  To read more about our circle please read to the bottom of this blog.

Peninsula Healers Circle is currently meeting in the homes of the members.  This month the meeting was at my home in Sequim, WA.
Peninsula Healers Circle is currently meeting in the homes of the members. This month the meeting was at my home in Sequim, WA.

Monthly Meetings

Each month one of our members introduces a new topic for us to learn about other healing modalities.  This way we can decide how we feel about a certain modality and if we’d like to try it deeper with a private session with the practitioner or even refer clients or friends to them.  Sometimes the lessons are just for us to learn more about healing and some are just to have fun.  Healing comes in many forms.

Pranic Healing

This months speaker for the Peninsula Healer’s Circle was really special.  Gayle Nelson from Port Townsend, WA has been practicing Pranic Healing, an energy healing form from India, for six years.  PenHealerCircle8-14,2I was captured by her calm loving voice and her passion for what she was teaching.  She obviously has a great deal of love for this healing method and brought that to our group.  She guided us through a lovely twenty-minute meditation, taught us techniques for cleansing our energy, cutting cords and healing our chakras.  Gayle had everyone in the room involved, all working on their own energy bodies.  It was quite beautiful to watch all the hand movements of all the members working together at the same time.  This Pranic Healing demonstration was extra special for me since Pranic Healing was the first energy healing I experienced after waking up.  It really helped to get me started as an energy healer and be open and ready for when I found Reiki.PenHealerCircle8-14,4

If you’d like to reach Gayle for a session with her and Pranic Healing, she can be reached at gayle@pranichealing.com or 360-477-1872.

More about the Peninsula Healer’s Circle:

Our goals for the group are: 

  • to build a mutually supportive community of healers
  • to develop a more in-depth understanding of the different healing modalities offered by members of the circle
  • to offer a site where people can locate healing practitioners  of various modalities in our area
  • networking and referral base to offer appropriate integrative care to our clients

We invite interested practitioners or students of any of the many energy healing or other holistic/integrative/complementary/alternative healing modalities to join our circle. Meetings are held on the 3rd Friday of each month from 9-11 am for learning and 11am to 12pm for social hour, at the homes of various group members. There is no charge for group membership or attending our monthly circles.

This is an opportunity to network with other healers, learn more about different healing modalities, share knowledge and friendship, offer mutual support, and build a referral base for your practice. If you would like more information about how to join this group please visit our new website at http://www.peninsulahealerscircle.weebly.com .

Reiki Blessings to you all,

so grateful for ALL people opening their hearts to their own Divine healing abilities,

Josslyn

rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829

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Energy Healers Circle on the Olympic Peninsula

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

Please note, message from our Divine Creator and my guides: Divine has been telling me for a while, but a whole lot more since the major shift in our energy state at the beginning of the new cycle, that it is time to be working in small, local, spiritual groups.  Working in groups of like-minded people helps us to move forward on our healing path and spiritual journey more quickly and more easily.  It also makes it a more spiritually fulfilling life and experience.  THIS blog, although you may not think so, is a message for YOU.  It is time to make our spiritual lives our NUMBER ONE PRIORITY!!  It is time to drop activities that are not fulfilling our souls, and add activities that are.  This will help to make us feel whole again, and truly get us on our soul path.

MANIFEST ONE

If you are not manifesting a spiritual group to be a part of, not starting one of your own, then it is time to do so.  Make a list of what kind of group you are looking for.  Be specific for what you want, down to how far you want to drive to get there.  What kind of people will be in the group.  How you will FEEL when you are a part of this group, etc.  Reiki the list or pray over it daily.  Change it as need be.  Feel LOVE IN YOUR HEART as you manifest this group.  Then DO.  Look through the newspapers and local bulletin boards and talk to friends and family who are open to spiritual beliefs, because you never know where you are going to get the message about your perfect group.  Aunt Bea says “Oh, I heard about a new meditation group starting by your house on Wednesdays.”  BINGO!!  Be open to the possibilities that you WILL FIND the perfect spiritual group for you and you will.

Now for my blog…..

ENERGY HEALERS CIRCLE

Since I moved to Sequim, WA 5 1/2 years ago and started teaching Reiki here shortly after, I have had the goal of the healers on the Olympic Peninsula coming together as one.  There are many great healers here doing important healing work.  But, we all seem to be doing it by ourselves, in our own way.  This has worked for me due to the fact that my main job is mom and my time is defined by mom duties, like taxi driver and homework administrator.  But, I’ve continued to manifest this group slowly and surely, knowing that when the time was right, Divine would do the big work.  I was right.  And, the time is right.  It is happening easily and effortlessly which is how it happens when we allow Divine to do most of the work.

CHANGE HAPPENS

I’ve been a part of another healer’s group for about a year.   The group has gone through many changes in the last two years.  It was a group specifically for Energy Psychology, but now it is focused on all different types of energy healing.  Anyone interested in doing energy healing and alternative healing on the Olympic Peninsula is welcome to come, learn and share.  We all take turns in teaching some new method of energy healing each month.  We meet from 9 am to 11 am on the third Friday of each month.  Contact Penny Burdick at mandalaht@gmail.com if you are local and you’d like more information about attending a meeting.  April’s meeting will be at my home and I will be teaching about healing with crystals.

A Back Chakra Activation demonstration by Mary Ellen Bartholomew.
A Back Chakra Activation demonstration by Mary Ellen Bartholomew.

Back Chakra Activation

This month, three of the healers who had taken a class in Back Chakra Activation shared some of what they leaned and how it can be used in a healing practice.  It was so motivating to me I’ll be signing up to take this class in June myself.  I felt it was a worthwhile technique to learn and share.  This class information was downloaded to the teacher, Franny Harcey, an experienced Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and Registered Psychotherapist, over a period of many years.  She has now written it up into a class.  Her guides even told her which states and areas she was to focus on first for teaching this class.  They were very specific.

Back Chakra Activation helps specifically with anxiety, PTSD, depression, chronic illness, fatigue, and acute pain.  It also provides energetic support of the body for integrating the connection of front and back chakras.  the back side of the chakra system is of key importance to unlocking the unconscious, opening to alternate realities, and embracing our dreams, premonitions and beliefs.

If you would like further information on any of these healings or activities you can contact me at rainshadowreiki@gmail.com .

Blessings to you all, thank you for reading,

Josslyn

360-460-7829 or rainshadowreiki@gmail.com

 

 

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Quotes I Like – Reiki Simplicity

Book- The Spirit of Reiki“Several reasons can explain why the Reiki power has been able to bring the world together. The most obvious of all is that it is so simple. In Dr. Usui’s own words, ‘everyone can learn and practice Reiki.The second reason is that Reiki brings results. The results are the healing of the physical, mental, and emotional bodies with all their states of pleasure, pain, health, and disease. Reiki heals the present, as well as the past and the future. It heals the healthy and the sick, the wealthy and the poor, and the young and the old. It heals the Hindu, the Christian, the Buddhist, the Muslim, and the Jew – no matter where they live and what they do. Reiki has transcended these divisions and brought together all religions, races , and people who live and love across the vast expanses of this planet.” Frank Arjava Petter in “The Spirit of Reiki”

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Reiki Quick Tip – Reiki…Better Than Three Cups Of Coffee!

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

Coffee3RowMy husband, Robert,  is one of those guys that can fall asleep the second his head hits the pillow.  I’m the opposite.  So, I do my Reiki at night while I’m attempting to fall asleep.  This has been a lifelong issue for me, not falling asleep.  I remember as a child laying awake in bed for hours on end waiting to get sleepy, not knowing that this was not normal.  Now, the Reiki helps me to fall asleep within thirty minutes or less just about every night, its such a blessing.  For my husband, this obviously doesn’t work, he’s asleep right away, seriously, that fast.  This always amazed me when we first met.  I didn’t know people did that.  Anyway, in attempting to find a time of day for him to do his daily Reiki, bedtime was not going to work.  So, he has gotten in the habit of doing his Reiki first thing in the morning, before he even steps out of bed.  For me, doing Reiki at night, it helps me relax and fall asleep quickly.  For him, doing Reiki first thing in the morning, it wakes him up.  He says he feels like he’s had three cups of coffee.  (and, that was when he was OFF the coffee!)  The Reiki will do whatever you need it to do at that time, its brilliant like that.  Your intention helps it be ever stronger.

Reiki as a Habit

Photo and another great blog about doing Reiki as a daily habit at www.reikiwithmamta.com/reikiblog/2011/06/start-day-reiki-self-treatment/
Photo and another great blog about doing Reiki as a daily habit .

I am a very go-with-the-flow person.  But, when it comes to the first few months of practicing with your new Reiki energy, I tell my Reiki I students that in order to really make Reiki a part of your daily lives and get the most out of it,  it is critical to make it a habit every single day.  Right away.  Make it a priority in your life for that first month, and do it daily.  Find a time that works for YOU and do it at the same time every day, just like any habit you are working on.  Reiki is no different in this way.  Once you have made it a healthy habit then you truly will feel the effects that Reiki can have on your life quickly and you’ll keep it up, even crave it.

Mini Miracles

When you are working with your Reiki regularly in your life, mini miracles start happening right off that bat, I hear about these all the time in my Reiki students when they start working with the Reiki energy.  It really is amazing how the smallest detail is not too much for spirit to help with once we are working with Reiki daily, once we are ‘in the flow.”  From helping people’s stressful jobs going smoother the very week they start practicing their Reiki, to finding a little statue of their spirit guide quite by “accident” in a store they’ve never wanted to go into before, but were suddenly drawn to.  When you work with the Reiki, Reiki works within you.

Quick Tip for Starting Reiki Practice on Yourself, Creating Mini Miracles and Having a Happier “Go-With-the-Flow” life!

  1. Make DOING Reiki a priority for YOU!  IT’S ALL FOR YOU! When you are happier those around you are happier.  Simply tell yourself and your Divine Source that Reiki in your life IS a priority and you will DO it every day this next month.
  2. Do Reiki every day at the same time!
  3. Think about an intention to add to the strength of the Reiki healing.  Such as “Reiki, please help me heal any issues I have about healing myself,” or “Reiki, please help me fall asleep quickly and easily.”
  4. Then JUST DO IT!  You will be surprised at how easy it is to make this positive habit stick with you if you make it a priority for this first month to start.  It feels so good and relaxing you may even get addicted to the feeling.
  5. Watch for synchronicity happening in your life, these are mini miracles just waiting for you to get in line with the universe.  Once you are in alignment, the ‘coincidences’ happen ALL THE TIME!!
  6. Email me or comment here and let me know how it’s going.

Reiki is with you forever once you’ve been attuned.  But, it’s like anything else, if you don’t use it, you don’t get the benefits of it.  Divine waits patiently for us to DO for ourselves.  When we DO, we are rewarded in more ways than I bet you can come up with yourself.  Please feel free to comment here with the mini miracles YOU have seen in your life since you’ve started working with your Reiki.

Love and Light to you all,

Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki

rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829

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Heat in Your Hands

By Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki

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

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

Seances

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

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

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

An Uplifting Event

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

The Reading that Changed My Life

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

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

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

Healing Heat in Your Hands

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

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

Life Goes On

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

The Divine Reminder

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

Heat in My Hands

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

Super Flying Healing Mom

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

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

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

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

rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829

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Reiki Is Always With You

By Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki

A Josslyn Reiki Story

Colorado River view
Colorado River view, lower Grand Canyon, photo by Robert Streett

Years ago when we lived in California my husband and I used to go on camping trips in canoes with a large group of his fraternity friends from college.  We would load up the canoes with camping gear, food, jugs of water and take off down the Colorado River for three days.  It was a blast.  The company was great and we loved getting away from it all, literally.  This was ‘dig a hole’ to do your private business, type of camping.  When I had my two boys I took a few years off and Robert went without me.

Our youngest was almost three years old when he went on his first Colorado canoe trip.  He was a natural.
Our youngest was almost three years old when he went on his first Colorado canoe trip. He was a natural.

Adventures

When my youngest was almost three years old we started going again, the whole family.  We took some friends of ours for their first time, a single mom, Cat, with her four-year old son Blake.  They were adventurers like us and had a great time.  However, the second night on the river Blake came down with a fever.  Cat came to my tent at about midnight concerned.  We were out in the middle of nowhere and she had used up the last of the children’s Tylenol when she put Blake to bed.  I woke up anyone who had children on the trip and asked but no one had any more medicine to give him.  Blake couldn’t sleep and was crying and very hot.  I had just received my Reiki II level advancement and asked her if she wanted me to try Reiki on him to calm him down.  She was aware of the Reiki I did and jumped at the chance to try something that may help.

Our family has always had a thing for rocks.  Here is our oldest son holding a rock he found on the trip and brought it back in the canoe with us.
Our family has always had a thing for rocks. Here is our oldest son holding a rock he found on the trip and brought it back in the canoe with us.

A Long Reiki Night

I laid down next to Blake and asked him if I could put my hands on him to send him some healing.  Cat laid on his other side and told him it was ok.  He was very cranky and hot and just plain miserable.  I laid my hands on his head and after only a few short minutes he calmed down and went to sleep.  Cat and I noticed that whenever I had my hands on him he seemed cooler.  He certainly was calmer.  After about an hour I figured that was enough so I told her I’d go back to my tent. As soon as I got up he awoke and started crying and fussing again.  So, I put my hands back on him and ran the Reiki again.  I tried a few times to get up and go at different intervals with the same reaction each time.  I finally asked her if she’d prefer I just stay in her tent all night and she seemed happy I offered.  I stayed all night long running Reiki the whole time.  I’d doze off at intervals here and there but held the intent that the Reiki would continue to run though my hands to Blake. As long as my hands were on or near his little head, he was calm, cool and sleeping.  I was tired the next day but so grateful for this gift God has given to me to help others.  When you have nothing else with you, Reiki is always with you.

We left first thing the next day, a day early to get Blake back home to his own bed.  He had an ear infection and was better in a few days.  Having the Reiki to help him sleep and be calm was a true blessing.

I had forgotten about this scenario until tonight when my oldest son came in with a tummy ache.  While I was giving him Reiki to fall asleep I drifted back to this story and felt the urge to tell it.  You never know what circumstances you’ll be in but you can always count on the Reiki being with you.

Reiki is Always With You

Once you have been attuned to Reiki you are always attuned to Reiki.  Even if it has been many years, the Reiki will still run through you when you place your hands on someone with the intent to heal.  If you have not worked with Reiki in a long time it may be nice to take a class again and get a refresher, even another attunement.  The more the better I say.  But, it is not necessary.  Once you have Reiki, you always have Reiki.  I suggest you USE IT!!  And use it often!!

In Love and Light,

Josslyn

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Reiki for Depression

By Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki

This information is NOT for medical use and should never take the place of medical care.  If you suffer from depression or symptoms of depression please see a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor (or your doctor) as soon as possible.  Naturopathic Doctors are medical doctors who use only natural medicines to heal.

Lemon Balm is an herb known to help moods.
Lemon balm is a favorite for herbalists treating symptoms of anxiety, sleeplessness and depression.

Reiki for Depression

Something I have difficulty writing about and therefore do it rarely is my history of depression.  I’m very open with people in person, with friends and clients alike, but putting it into the written word in a blog is a whole other thing for me.  I feel much more vulnerable writing to people I don’t know out in cyber space.  Where some people may feel safer doing it this way, faceless to some extent, I don’t.  My fear of judgement comes up and reminds me that I’m still working on that particular issue.  I’ve written a bit about me having depression in the ‘My Story’ section of my website.   And that was quite difficult for me to write about then and took the longest of all the sections for me to finish.  Divine Spirit helped me with that just as they are helping me with this one today.

Writing Because I’m Guided to Do So

For some reason Spirit is guiding me at this time to write more about it.  Maybe because it’s the holiday season which is often very difficult for many people who suffer from depression, maybe because it’s been a particularly difficult week for me needing to cry very badly and not being able to until today when it all came pouring out rather quickly.  And then I suddenly felt the need to write about it for the first time, and then cry some more.  Divine Source always has a plan and I have found, even though I am quite rebellious, it’s best to simply trust and have faith that there is a divine reason and just go with it.  So here goes, me going with the flow once again, despite my fears and possible consequences, writing about my personal history of depression and how to heal yourself with the help of Reiki.

Lavender is also an herb used to calm people's moods.
Lavender is  used in the 21st century mostly for its sedative qualities.  It calms the entire nervous system, relaxes the muscles helps with headaches and muscle cramps.

A Bit O History

Passion Flower is a flower known to help alleviate depression symptoms.
Passion Flower is known to help alleviate depression and anxiety symptoms and helps to calm the body.

I’ve ‘suffered’ through depression most of my life although it wasn’t recognized until I was an adult.   I’m the kind of person that always tries to put on a happy face in public or I don’t go out.  So rarely do people really know what is going on with me, unless they pointedly ask.  This is common I have found with a lot of people with depression, the “suffer in silence” routine.  We get very good at acting when we don’t believe ourselves to be actors at all.  It’s important to know this about people with depression in case you know someone, love someone who has it.  I’m not going to go into why we do this right now, this blog isn’t about that.  But, it is sometimes hard to tell when people you love are suffering when they don’t feel safe to discuss it.  I’m grateful that I have so many people I do feel safe with whom I can talk with.  Those friends and my husband and kids have literally gotten me thorough this alive and will continue to because they not only love me, they understand me and take the time to do that.  They take the time, a whole lot of time to listen, not give advice, not judge, just listen and love me.  They are amazing and I’m so incredibly grateful for them.

Stigma of Depression

Lemon Verbena with a light pink flower has been one of my favorites since the Little House on the Prairie shows
The cool and refreshing fragrance of lemon verbena increases energy, relieves fatigue and overcomes feelings of apathy, disinterest and listlessness.  These characteristics make Lemon Verbena the ideal choice for use on dull, overcast days at the office or hot, humid days in mid-summer and any other time when the weather and other conditions discourage productivity.

I’d like to get something straight.  Something that medical doctors will not talk about because most of them do not know or acknowledge.  Depression is NOT just a mental or emotional disease.  There should be no stigma to it.  It is not just someone who is way too sensitive and can’t control themselves emotionally.  Depression exists on all levels of the body, emotional yes, mental yes, but it is also a disease of spirit, therefore it also exists on the spiritual AND the physical level too.  Pretty much like any other disease someone could have, like for instance diabetes or heart disease.  They are all disease of the spirit first and foremost, then they work their way into our other spiritual body levels from there.  All disease works this way so there is no reason to judge (there’s that word again) anyone who has disease of any kind because we are all struggling with something.   We are the same in that we are all spiritual beings in human form working hard at learning difficult lessons of the spirit.  Quite often, disease is a very fast way for us to learn these lessons.  That is it’s purpose.  (Plus, sometimes it helps burn off old karma.  But that’s another blog.)

Medical Doctors, Don’t Get Me Started

Yellow hibiscus
Yellow hibiscus aids in decreased depression and mood swings. The minerals and vitamins in hibiscus tea can contribute to a more positive frame of mind and calming of the nervous system.

I saw many, many different medical experts who could not figure me out.  One after another they would pass me around trying to figure out why I wouldn’t respond to the drugs they were peddling.  Why they couldn’t FIX me.  They tried me on each and every depression med they had including bipolar medications. “Hey I didn’t respond to the depression meds,  I must be bipolar right?”  I was their guinea pig and I didn’t, at the time, know any better.  ALL of the medications gave me such severe side effects that I couldn’t safely take them.  My body was simply too sensitive for any man-made medications, but I didn’t know that at the time.  Plus, their drugs were only treating one symptom, , one level of my body, not getting close to treating the cause.  Truly no one seemed at all worried about finding the cause.  Those doctors gave up on me. I didn’t fit in their box. They said I was permanently disabled and could not work or be of use to society, and I believed them and sometimes still do.  Some days, on days like today, I feel like they were right.  But, they aren’t.  I know that deep down.  And, it’s up to me (and my soul mate friends and family) to remind me of that, over and over again until my subconscious mind believes it one day.

A Gift

Those doctors giving up on me was the best thing that ever happened to me.   Although at the time I felt totally left alone on the edge of a cliff.  When I felt I had no other options, no other alternatives at all, I was then able to open up to concepts I had never considered.  This is when most clients come to me as a Reiki practitioner too, when nothing else has worked and they feel they are out of possibilities.  Suddenly healing with hands isn’t so crazy any more.  Right?  I’m chuckling here because I was no different.  It is part of the process that we must go through in order to open our “box”, our mind to new possibilities, new beliefs.  Through the process I found alternative medicine.  Alternative doctors who listened and were willing to experiment and try new things with me.  And I found Reiki.

Sensitivities Can Be Blessings in Disguise

Orange roses
The rose has an uplifting restoring, and calming effect on the nervous system, lifts depression, dispels mental and physical fatigue, and soothes irritability, grief, and anger; the essential oil can also be used for depression, especially that caused by lack of love or intimacy in one’s life.

In my case, my body is still so challenging that it takes a pretty large team of alternative practitioners to work with me on a monthly basis to keep me balanced and functioning.  I sometimes forget that this way of life is not normal for some because I’ve been doing it for so long.  But for me listening to and working with my body on a daily, sometimes hourly basis is normal and a must.  Yes, part of my sensitivities also give me my wonderful gifts of intuitive ability, compassion and understand, and my ability to run a whole lot of Reiki energy to heal others.

Hang in There We Are Almost There……….

Reiki for Depression

I have no studies to show you to prove what I’m going to say but only my own personal experience.  These are my opinions from what I’ve learned though my years of working with Reiki for my depression.

When I first started seeing natural doctors, Naturopaths, they did all sorts of tests on me too, just like the medical doctors.  I had one tell me that my serotonin levels were non-existent.  She was amazed I was functioning at all, and told me this.  I could see the shock on her face that I was sitting in front of her and her knowing that I had an active, a mom, a healer and rewarding life much of the time.  She came right out and said that she was literally shocked that I wasn’t in an insane asylum with levels so low.  “Do they still have those?  Damn I thought, seriously?!”  At the time I didn’t consider myself very functioning, although I was a full-time mom at this point with two very young little boys and doing my best.  (I have very high expectations) She asked what I did to keep myself so healthy considering what I was dealing with physically.  I told her besides my overtly healthy diet, that I also did a lot of meditation and Reiki.  She told me to keep it up and put me on some natural neurotransmitters to help support my brain function.  They help so much.

Puzzle Pieces to Healing Depression

Red valerian
Valerian, or Valeriana officinalis, is a plant root that is either ground into a powder or pressed into a liquid and used to treat depression naturally.  Valerian has been used to treat symptoms of depression as well as minor aches and pains, mild tremors, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, nervous asthma, hysteria, excitability and even phobias.  As always it is imperative to consult with a licensed health professional before embarking on any herbal regimen.  I truly believe this and do it myself.

Since then my naturopaths have pieced together different puzzle pieces that contribute to the physical portion of the depression.  I tell you here only in case it helps someone out there to look at their depression puzzle pieces.  Maybe you have a similar one to me that no doctor has looked at yet.  Also, I tell you simply so you know without a doubt that I have been through this and can help you though the process as well.  Here is a great book on the subject, “feeling fat, fuzzy, or frazzled?” by Richard Shames, M.D. and Karilee Shames, Ph.D., R.N. also authors of “Thyroid Power.”

The Physical Run Down

I have severe hormone imbalances that I’ve had all my life, not at all connected to menopause, a thyroid disease called Hashimoto’s where your body basically attacks itself and of course my body produces very little if any of its own serotonin and other neurotransmitters.  Oh yeah, lets not forget the adrenal fatigue from the stress of it all.  That is a simplistic look at it.  There’s more but that’s the basic gist.  My body is in a constant state of change, like anyones, but mine seems to be much more sensitive and can get out of balance at the slightest tilt.  I feel like I’m standing on a board, on top of a ball and I have to stay balanced there like that every day juggling kids, pets, husband, work/hobby, public school, crazy diet, housework, neighbors and so much, so much more.

An excellent book about healing these symptoms naturally.  Hormone, thyroid and neurotransmitter imbalances.
An excellent book about healing these symptoms naturally. Hormone, thyroid and neurotransmitter imbalances.

How does Reiki help these?  How can Reiki help your depression or that of someone you love?  Stay with me a bit longer, we are getting to that most important of answers.

HOW Can Reiki Help Depression?

Reiki for me has helped me in every way it can.  Reiki heals on all levels, all at once; spiritual, emotional, mental and physical.  Reiki is Divinely Guided Life Force Energy so it has intelligence and knows where it needs to go to help you the most AND at a pace you can handle.  It never works on anything you aren’t ready to work on.

Spiritual

On the spiritual level Reiki is working on my past lives, healing those that may have created the karma that causes me to have depression in this life.  Reiki has also helped me to heal my issues that I had with God and Jesus and other religious figures that have been contributing to my fears in this life.  One at a time, a little at a time, Reiki helps dissolve the fears, the karma that I brought with me into this life in order to learn from it.  This is very powerful and deep healing work that gets to the SOURCE and takes time.  Stick with it.  Never give up.

Physical

On the physical levels Reiki lowers my blood pressure, calms me down and supports my body in any way that it may need it.  It can’t make serotonin for me but it helps my body to function better without it or function better so that my body can make serotonin for itself.  This I truly believe.  I have no proof, it’s just something I feel happening.  If my body is too stressed in other areas it won’t have the energy to finish all the building blocks in my brain that I need.  Reiki also helps my body to handle the sensitivities that my physical body has, allergies to new things like electromagnetic energy.  Reiki also helps me to cleanse and detoxify my quite often toxic system, letting go of what doesn’t serve me.  Letting go for some people is harder than others.  The people who have a hard time letting go tend to be more stressed, more over weight and more likely to get disease sooner.  Reiki helps to keep your physical body in balance so these are less likely to happen.

Mental

On the mental level Reiki helps me to reframe the old recordings that are playing in my head that contribute to the depression, such as, “I’m not worthy of being healthy or a healer” or “It’s safer if I’m sick”, “It’s not safe to let go of stuff” or “I’m not lovable.”  There are thousands of scripts in our head that we either learn from childhood or even bring with us from other life times until we learn what we need to learn from them and change them.  Reiki can help us first to identify them and second to change them into healthier scripts.

Emotional

You just know that puppies are good for people with depression.  When I was going through my first serious depression I got two puppies and they were my best friends and got me though many very difficult times.  Get a pet and allow it to love you the way you deserve to be loved.
You just know that puppies are good for people with depression. When I was going through my first serious depression I got two puppies and they were my best friends and got me though many very difficult times. Get a pet and allow it to love you the way you deserve to be loved.

On this level Reiki has helped me to feel calmer when I need it.  Reiki helps me to feel more balanced at times like today when I needed to balance out the emotions that were being created inside of me by the physical imbalance.  Reiki supports you in whatever way you need to get that balance back in your bodies.  Today I needed to cry, a lot, to get the emotions and chemicals out of my physical body.  I also needed to write about it, to share it or not.  I needed to get it out into words so Reiki is helping me to do that as well.  Reiki has become such an integral part of my life that it’s pretty much automatic for me to invite in the Reiki energy to help me when I’m upset, just like praying is for religious people.  This is my way of talking to my Divine and inviting the healing energy in to help me.  And it comes in exactly the way I need it most.  It comes and heals me.  And then, I say Thank You God!  Thank you Reiki!

“Patience is a Virtue, but darn does it have to take so long!”

Be patient.  Reiki helps me with this a great deal because patience does not come easy to me.  The healing process for many is a journey of discovery and learning.  A journey can take a long time.  Enjoy life as much as you can while you are going through the healing process.  Live your life as much as you can in between the difficult days.  If I waited until I was completely healed of depression before becoming a ‘healer’ I’d never be a healer.  You do your best, every day.  Do your meditation and Reiki every day and live your life in between and NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give up searching for your puzzle pieces to health and wellbeing. And when you need a friend to talk to, be your own best friend, call a friend who will listen or call a Reiki healer like me and let us help you.  You know I will understand.  I’ve been though much the same and can relate and be compassionate.  But, I can also see your beautiful and healthy soul and help you to know how to get to that place.

This life is a gift no matter what.  Never give up.

Love and Light to you all,

Josslyn

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Joss’ Thoughts – Cold and Flu Season?

A great number of friends are getting sick lately, colds, flu, stomach flu, etc.  It’s easy to say “It’s cold and flu season, this is normal.”  Maybe, maybe not.  Lets not forget that physical symptoms of disease usually are just a symptom of emotional, mental or spiritual dis-ease first.

In between naps and fb, sit with yourself and your body and ask your body what it needs.  Listen to it and then trust it enough to DO what it says.

My body has been needing a great deal of “ME TIME!”  This is difficult for many moms especially working moms.  So, I’ve been NOT doing other things that can be cut out and spending time meditating, taking Reiki baths, sitting with my stones and crystals, reading, watching my favorite Jane Austin movies and preparing for Christmas early.  This is hard for me to do with my ‘to do’ list growing for work, home and family.  But it is what my body, mind and spirit need right now.  So, the hard part, LISTEN.  Listen to it and DO what you can do to help you feel better.  Then healing will take place.  If that isn’t enough, maybe you need some Reiki.  Most Reiki practitioners work long distance, so no matter where you are, Reiki can get to you.  Even if you are home sick in bed.  Reiki can help you heal the spiritual, emotional and mental part faster and easier so that then the physical body will follow.

Love and Light to you all, Josslyn

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Reboot My Life – The Results So Far

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

Review of the Ten-Day Cleanse
Mmmmmm, Strawberry, banana and kale smoothie!! They really are yummy!
If you have been following my blog series you know that I have made great changes to my eating habits for chronic health reasons.  If you have not been following then I’ll provide links throughout so you can read the other posts if you’d like to.  I’m writing these blogs in hopes that my healing journey will help or motivate others on their healing journey.
Over the years my body gives me messages that it no longer will tolerate certain foods.  First was beef and pork almost twenty years ago.  Then wheat, sugar, soy and so on.  I realized early on I have a sensitive system.  This summer my body wanted me to rid myself of dairy and start a more raw food diet with a whole lot more vegetables.  Granted I have been getting this feeling for about a year but was not completely ready until this summer.  Usually this process takes time.  I have found I am more successful if my mental state is that I WANT to do this, I CHOOSE to do this and I am READY to do this.  I started doing this process with juicing and a ten-day fruit and vegetable cleanse through Reboot Your Life with their nutritionist and the help of my Naturopathic Doctor.  I started July 20th with the pre-clenase and have been going strong since.  (Today being the first of September, 2012)
Results of the Cleanse
So the results of the cleanse are  (three weeks after & continuing):
  • I have more energy on most days
  • Many of my natural supplements that I take for the chronic conditions, were cut down right away.  We continue to check dosage as my body changes with more and more greens.
  • Cravings for cheese are GONE!!  (HUGE FOR ME!)
  • I crave my vegetable juice every day.
  • I have a renewed desire to find healthy vegetarian recipes and actually make them for me and my family.  We are all benefiting from this one.
  • I have left behind forever some weight and when the six month detox is over I know my body will respond with leaving behind even more.
  • Spiritually I have gotten much-needed insight into the deeper issue to the chronic illness’ and how to work through them.
  • I am reconnecting to my physical body and learning once again to listen to my body and give it what it needs to thrive.
  • My chakras and energy bodies are cleaner, brighter and feeling much lighter.
  • I am releasing massive amounts of energy that I no longer need on all four levels; physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally all at the same time and very quickly.
  • I am finding it easier to ground myself in the morning and stay grounded though out the day.
Just the Facts
If you’ve read my blogs on the juice cleanse this far you are either a dear friend, a very lovely client or you may have a chronic illness of your own that you haven’t been able to get help for.  Good for you.  Don’t give up, ever.  Keep reading, keep researching, keep searching for a cure.  Here are some facts that I find astounding.  The way I see it, feel it and have experienced it, nutrition is our only hope to finding a cure for what ails us.  Although, with our nutrition being meddled with the way it is in modern life, with pesticides, genetically altered seeds and pollution in our soils and waterways, it gets harder and harder to eat in a healthy manner.  Other support therapies are necessary to support the healthy eating lifestyle as well.  Therapies, such as: Reiki, Acupuncture, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), IEH (Intuitive Energy Healing), NAET (allergy elimination), NET (Neuro-emotional Technique) and more can help us build up our immune systems and help us rid our bodies of the toxins that modern life helps to put there.  Each time we are able to work with one of these therapies we are raising our vibration and teaching our psychical body as well as our emotional body to LET GO of what does not serve us.  With this process we are teaching our bodies to become immune to these modern changes.  With this process, we are evolving to be more adaptable.  The only way to survive on this planet is to evolve and adapt.
Back to the Veggies
But, overall, heal yourself with fruits and vegetables and a diet tailored to YOUR mind, body and spirit.  Keep searching for the puzzle to YOUR healing journey.  Each puzzle piece you find gets you a little closer to feeling great.  Nutrition for most is the problem, the answer and the solution.  Are you ready to REBOOT YOUR LIFE!?
Here are some very important facts that may help motivate you to Reboot your diet:
  • 7 out of 10 deaths of every American is from chronic disease
  • 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies, and lack of physical exercise.
  • 1 out of every 2 adults in America in 2005 had at least one chronic illness (HALF OF ALL ADULTS! WOW!)
  • 1 in 5 people suffer from Autoimmune disease (Women are 75% of this number.  30 million women!)
  • 90% of all chronic diseases are due to an infection of the gut, according to the Royal Society of Medicine

If you are trying to heal yourself, might be good to start with your diet.  Juicing is an easy and delicious way to get a whole lot more veggies into your diet every single day.  For maintenance I am supplementing my ‘normal’ diet of fruit and veggies for breakfast, usually in a smoothie, salads for lunch with beans and steamed or sautéed  veggies at dinner with one or two juices a day.  One juice a day is quite doable, two takes a little more commitment and planning.  The great thing about a fruit and veggie diet is they have so few calories, you are rarely hungry.  You can eat as much vegetables as you want!!  Eat up and enjoy!

Loving questions and comments are always welcome.  Let me know how YOU are doing on your healing journey.

In Love and Light,

Josslyn

rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829

Resources

Natural Body Healing

Center for Disease Control

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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!?