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Reboot My Life, Day 4 -More Great Veggie Recipes

Seventh 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.

Sleeping Walking Through Day 4

I made it though Day 3 pretty easily other than the many visits to the potty room that you may have read about in blog #6, ‘My First Colonic and Day 3’.  Day 3 is famed to be the most difficult day from what I’ve heard and read.  Although, I looked ahead in the dietary plan today and so far they’ve been pushing so many vegetables on the collective ‘us’ that we can’t eat them all.  On Day 6 I get to have juice for breakfast, late breakfast, lunch and after that only coconut water.  Hmmmm, we’ll see how that goes.

Sleep or Lack There Off

Sleeping is one of the issues other Rebooters have brought up as being difficult during the reboot,  last night I hit that milestone.  I was so tired yesterday that I feel asleep while meditating and slept for two hours from 4pm to 6pm.  Not only did that mean I was extremely late in preparing the vegetables for dinner but I didn’t sleep most of the night other than some dozing here and there.  Late afternoon naps are the kiss of death for my sleep cycle.  I never do them, on purpose, that is.  So, the extreme fatigue set in today on a day when I had to go back to the grocery with my two boys and prepare many large new vegetable dishes.

Reiki – LOVE, Cooking -Not So Much

Now, I’m pretty good at knowing my strengths and weaknesses, and I know that I’m an intuitive and caring Reiki Master, love what I do and work consistently at it.  I’m an excellent healer because I don’t give up on myself or others.   I  have learned so much though my own process that I am now are able to help others.  I’m a slightly above average but hard-working writer,  very to the point and able to explain difficult non-tangible situations in a very easy to understand tangible way.  I’m not highly creative in my writing or filled with poetry, but, if you are an ADD, spiritualist, clairsentient, light-worker –  I’m your blogger.  As a cook, well, that is where my confidence wanes.  Being ADD (Indigo is more my definition), I do not read cook books well or instructions of any kind.  So, I’ve never been a very good cook.  I’m better when someone shows me and does it with me.  I cook what I know, what tastes good, usually what’s quick and easy and what my family likes.  Usually when I cook new stuff my boys complain that I’m giving them too much variety.  That’s boys for you.

The Motivation Black Hole

So, where has my motivation been to cook more and different until now? In the void, as my son says, the black hole.

Alain Riazuelo’s startling image of a black hole deep in space. The image shows how light would bend around the black hole
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co

Currently, I’m motivated by a much healthier body and life.  I’m doing it for me and I’m doing it all myself.  So, tonight, when the extreme tired kicked in and I had three veggie dishes to prepare, some of the old self-confidence issues raised their ugly heads for me to look at.  Look at it I did.  While chopping, I have lots of time to look in the proverbial mirror and see what I want to change.  I decided to stop listening to the old records that said I couldn’t do this without help, or that I couldn’t figure it our correctly on my own, and I just did it.  However long it took, however much I may mess it up, I pushed on through.  I put on some motivating music, for me this could be anything from hip hop to country to reggae.  Tonight, it took long enough it was a bit of all of them.  I got lost in the chopping, the music and the beautiful scene of the Strait of Juan de Fuca out my kitchen window.  I can watch the summer cruise ships pass by me and the San Juan Islands as I chop and it’s lovely.  And, you know what, the dishes, although a little late, turned out great!  Even my boys liked them and they were 99% made of vegetables!

Two Delectable Veggie Dishes From Day 4

These wonderful Reboot Your Life Recipes can be found on Joe Cross’ WebsiteJoin the Reboot” the ten-day plan.

Ratings for this dish:  Joss’ rating 9 out of 10, Robby (age 12) 8 out of 10, Sawyer (age 9) 7 out of 10, Robert 10 out of 10

Baked Zucchini with Tomatoes and Herbs

(Thank you to my wonderful neighbors for all the zucchini you gave us. It went to good use.)

Baked Zucchini recipe made two baking dishes full. Sorry about the photo, I forgot to take photos until dinner was over and I was packing up the leftovers. Sleep walking even after a nap.

I am putting this recipe in exactly as it is on Joe’s website.  Although I encourage you to add or take away items as it pleases your family.  I personally would put one more tomato and more sea salt.

  • 3 large zucchini or 5 small
  • 4 Scallions, sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1 small onion, shipped
  • 2 Plum Tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Celery Leaves (from the inner stalks, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. Basil Leaves, shipped, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground Black Pepper

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.  Slice the zucchini in half crosswise.  Cut each half again lengthwise, and slice each of the halves into 4 equal, 1/2 inch pieces.  They should look like sticks.

In a bowl, mix together the zucchini sticks with the white parts of the scallions, onion, tomatoes, celery leaves and basil.  Mix in the olive oil, salt and pepper and toss to combine.

Pour into a 3 quart baking dish and bake for 20 minutes (mine took 30 min.).  Garnish with the sliced green tops of the scallions and the extra chipped basil.

Makes 4 servings (makes way more than 4 servings, more like 6 to 7)

Per serving: 153 calories, 1.5 g protein, 1.5 g fiber

Sweet Potato and Carrot “Fries”

Sweet Potato and Carrot Fries, Yum a Dum Dum!! These are dessert to me they are so sweet naturally. With a bit of cumin and cinnamon on top, sweet and divine.

Once again these wonderful recipes can be found under the PLAN section on the ten-day plan on Join the Reboot dot-com.

Family ratings: Joss 10 of 10 (this is like dessert for me!), Robert 9 of 10, Sawyer 9 of 10 (a bit sweet for him he said and this is my candy lover kid)

  • 2 medium Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 large Carrots
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. ground Cumin (or cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, rosemary or other spices you like can be in place of the cumin)
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.  Peel the sweet potatoes and carrots.  Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise, and slice each half into 4 equal wedges.  for the carrots, cut in half crosswise into two chunks.  Slice each chunk lengthwise into 2 pieces, and cut each piece into 2 or 3 wedges, making them roughly the same size as the potatoes.

Put the potato and carrot wedges into a bowl and toss with the oil, cumin, pepper and salt.  Arrange on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 30 minutes or until the flesh is tender and the outside is lightly browned and the edges slightly crisp.

They say it makes 2 servings but the four of us didn’t finish them all.

Per serving:  278 calories, 4 g protein, 6 g fiber

Enjoy!

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My First Colonic and Day 3- Warning, Mild Poop Talk

Sixth in a series written by Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki about Nutritional Healing and Juicing.

Click on Blog 1 A Sensitive System, Blog 2 The Cleanse, Blog 3 The Pre-Cleanse , Blog 4 Reboot My Life Day 1, Blog 5  Favorite Recipes from the Reboot Day 2.

My First Colonic

For those of you who are sensitive to poop talk then please do not read any further.  For those of you who would like to improve your health and think a colonic may be a part of that, then read on.  I only include this part of my cleanse in the hopes that it helps others along their journey to health.  I wouldn’t include it if I didn’t feel it was important in some way.

Colon Hydrotherapy Recommended

My colon is unhappy, is yours?

As part of the fruit and vegetable cleanse I am doing, my Naturopathic doctor, Dr. Ruth Urand, recommended I do one colon hydrotherapy a week for at least five weeks.  She said this would help the cleanse along and make it easier for me and my body.  That sounded good to me, but I had never had a colonic before and was a little freaked out about it.  However, after my Medical Intuitive, Candia Sanders, also recommended colonics during a reading recently, I just figured I’d have to add it to the list of things to do for my health.  I trust Candia and my doctor so I went for it.  I’ve read about them in the past and know they are supposed to be really good for our health but didn’t really know how or why.  Read about the WHY  to do a colon cleanse down below.

The Colonic

Right off the bat, I’ll tell you, it was completely tolerable.  In fact, there were parts of it that were quite comfortable.   The colonic lasts longer than a PAP but is not as bad.  (My women friends will know what that means.)  I’ve read of other people’s experience’s being pretty bad but I had a very good experience.  Some of this I attribute to my doctor who did it herself and was very gentle and kind.  Some I attribute to my body which has always been quite regular, never constipated, and the rest I attribute to my already very healthy diet.  From the reading I did to educate myself on the process of getting a colon hydrotherapy session, it seems, the healthier your diet going into the colonic, the easier time you will have.  The more blocked up your colon is with processed foods, meats and toxins, the harder the process will be both during and after.  I had some slight tenderness in my stomach area after but that is all.  No issues at all.

During the Colon Hydrotherapy Session

This machine is similar to the one used with my colon hydrotherapy. The clear tube in the middle helps you to view the feces moving out the out tube.

Yes, they put a speculum up you behind area.  Yes, they shoot warm water in one tube and the feces comes out the other tube.  I somehow found the process fascinating.  The warm water part, for me, felt nice.  I felt cleaner afterwards.  That felt good.  My doctor was able to stop some of the outgoing feces in a clear tube and investigate it.  She was able to identify some of what I had eaten.  Even some of the beets and apples I had been juicing, she could still tell what it was.  Amazing.  We both were able to see one whole in tact slice of almond I had eaten on a salad.  She said this told her that, one, I need to chew slower and better and two, I don’t have enough stomach acid to help break down my food.  We will tackle the acid issue after the cleanse she said. I think intuitively I knew that I haven’t had enough stomach acid since I can’t eat beef and haven’t been able to since I was 24 years old.  But, I didn’t know there was something she could do to help my body start making more.  See, I learned something very important for my body.  And, it didn’t even seem gross or weird that we were sitting here with tubes up my butt and looking closely at my poop.  Interesting.

The clear output tube with feces flowing through to study it for unhealthy parasites, food items, or other clues to an unhealthy colon.

My Goal to Having Colonics 

Having colonics goes along with one of my main goals for this cleanse, to detox my bowels and liver in order for my body to be able to heal itself and take in nutrients from the healthy fruits and vegetables that I eat.  (Read my other goals in my blog The Cleanse.)  My goals are the same as many people who have colonics where the overall goal is to clear the colon of large quantities of stagnant, possibly toxic wast that gets encrusted on colon walls.  When this is done, the body no longer has to deal with wastes accumulated during a lifetime, and can use more of its own strength to heal itself and fight disease.  Other goals also  include:

  • Improving mental outlook
  • Improving the immune system
  • Losing weight
  • Reducing the risk of colon cancer

“Scientific research in both America and Europe have demonstrated that people in the richer nations carry within their bodies anywhere from 10 to 50 pounds of accumulated toxic materials. Although this material is stored throughout the body, the majority of it is stored in the colon.” The Koyfman Center 

Day 3 of The Cleanse, Pray!

View Day 3 as a sign that the cleanse is working and your body will be healthier after you are done with the whole process. Be GRATEFUL that you body wants to work in a healthy manner for you.

Since we are talking poop talk in this blog, lets just get it all over with.  Lets talk about day three of the cleanse.  YOU will be on the potty a lot!  For both reasons.  A lot!  That is how you know you are detoxing.  Use intention with all that time you have.  Each time I’m on the toilet, I close my eyes, clear my head, and I thank my body and Divine Source for helping me to heal and for helping me LET GO of everything that is not helping me.  Adding INTENTION to the cleanse process is of utmost importance to having a successful cleanse.  Divine Source listens to all of our prayers and gratitude and so does our own personal unique energy system.  The more we are grateful for our body being healthy the more our body will respond in that fashion.  The more our body and spirit know what we want and are grateful for it, it will help us along all the faster.

Ginger tea can help your body cleanse in a natural way or along with the colonic and fruit and vegetable cleanse you choose.

The nutritionist at Join the Reboot says some diarrhea or constipation is normal but if it continues to consult your doctor.  She also gives options to help with either diarrhea or constipation during the reboot.  The support team offers a lot of good information and helpful hints along the way.  So far I’m very impressed with their diet plans, meals and helpful hints.

Blog by Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki

Rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829

Read on for the WHY of having a Colon Cleanse

The History of Colon Hydrotherapy

by Colon Hydrotherapy AZ

If you are not experiencing a bowel movement for each meal, you are storing that meal in your colon!  

The benefits of colon cleansing, or colonic irrigation have long been known and practiced since 1500 BC. An early Egyptian medical document called the “Ether Papyrus”. Hippocrates (4th and 5th century BC.) was a proponent of colon cleansing for fever therapy.

Blockages in the colon.

In the early 20th century, Dr. Kellogg published a comprehensive approach to colon hydrotherapy which he advocated for use in treating many conditions such as liver toxicity, surgical shock, colitis and cholera. Before the advent of more modern medical techniques, many medical and health practitioners shared the philosophy that abnormal functioning of the intestinal canal was at the root of poor health and chronic disease.
Colon Hydrotherapy is a time-tested ancient method of treatment dating back to the Egyptian and Greek civilizations. Ancient Egyptians were one of the earliest known cultures to regularly use colon hydrotherapy for medicinal purposes.

Today’s colon hydrotherapy has come a long way from using the ancient techniques, however the benefits of this relaxing therapy has only increased and become more necessary.

There are also over the counter supplements to help with cleansing the colon, as well as, laxatives and enemas. These are an example, I am not supporting these products.

Do you ever wonder what happens to that meal you did not eliminate?

If you are not experiencing a bowel movement for each meal, you are storing that meal in your colon!

Is Your Sunday Dinner Still in Your Gut the Following Friday?
The average American has only about three bowel movements a week. A healthy person with a good diet and proper elimination should have three bowel movements a day.

If you are having only a few bowel movements a week, at the end of one week, you are 18 bowel movements short! By the end of the month, you are 72 bowel movements behind. By the end of the year, you are 864 bowel movements behind (and storing all of that in your colon).

Death Begins in a Clogged Colon
It’s no wonder the body starts to break down and become diseased.

Let’s face it — if your infant or young child was not having regular bowel movements, would you be concerned? If your pet dog did not have daily bowel movements, would you bring your pet to the veterinarian? So why then, do American adults think it is ‘normal’ for them to only have a few bowel movements in one week?

Drinking filtered water all day long is critical to colon health.


Some interesting facts:

  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is over mistaken for hunger.
  • Mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
  • One glass of water stopped midnight hunger pains for almost 100% of the dieters in a University of Washington study.
  • Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
  • Some research shows that 8-10 glasses of water a day can significantly ease back and joint pain for many sufferers.
  • Just a 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, and difficulty focusing.

More WHY of Having a Colon Cleanse

Info from http://www.gelisy.com

What are the benefits of Colonic Hydrotherapy  

Many modern-day food products are known to be contaminated with chemicals, hormones, toxins and the like, and this combined with our bad eating habits generally can cause toxins to accumulate within our body which can reduce our natural defences against disease and immunity to illnesses.

Basic health begins with colon care.  Eliminating undigested food particles, glandular and cellular debris, excess mucus, gas and parasites play an essential part in the digestive and assimilative process.

Parasites removed during a colon cleanse.

Due to technologies of food processing — the use of preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, and chemical and hormonal food additives the need for cleansing the colon has never been greater.  Many of these toxins are reabsorbed into the bloodstream, lymph, liver, and nervous system, thus straining and eventually weakening the body’s defense against viruses and foreign bacteria.

The result is a breakdown which affects the body as a whole.  An increased toxic load contributes to the problems associated with the colon: constipation, toxemia, colitis, diarrhea, skin blemishes, low back pain, and headaches ect.

Colonic irrigation helps to clean out the accumulation of stagnant toxin-producing matter in the colon pockets and keep the colon muscles toned.  Improved muscle tone of the colon allows for the efficient removal of waste products from the body.  Purification of the systems of the body helps restore internal balance and overall health.

What can Colonic hydrotherapy Help With ? 

  • Lifting of spirits
  • Bad breath
  • Improved sleep
  • Colitis and flatulence
  • Bloating and constipation
  • Improved weight control
  • Improved skin condition
  • Improved sex drive
  • Balancing of mood swings
  • Toxic headaches
  • Painful hemorrhoids
  • Improved digestion
  • Decrease in heartburn and indigestion

The following link has a humorous story about a woman and her husband and their first time going for a colonic.  They had a much rougher time than I did.

“My Colonic” from Poop Report

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Reboot My Life – Day 1

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

A TON of Vegetables!

I made it through the first day of the most fruits and vegetables I have ever eaten in my whole life.  If you have not read my first three blogs on this topic you can catch up here.

Started day 1 with a Cherry Cinnamon Apple Bake with 1 cup cherries, 2 apples chopped, 3 T raisins, 1T cinnamon, 1/2 t nutmeg, bake for 45 min. at 375 degrees. Delish!

Day 1

I am doing a ten day fruit and vegetable fast cutting our all dairy, grains, packaged foods and animal protein to help my body heal.  You can read my goals for the fast here on blog #2.

I am following the ten day menu from a nutritionist for the ‘Join the Reboot’ team.  I am getting weekly colonics to help my digestive system get back to it’s original healthy ‘just like a new born baby’ form, or close to that.  That’s the plan anyway, but we know how plans go.  I want my body to be able to digest it’s food and for me to get all the healthy nutrients from the healthier foods I’ll be eating.

Menu, Plan Ahead

V8 Juice for breakfast Day 2. Beets, carrots, celery, tomatoes, parsley, jalapeno, radishes, beet greens. This made enough for me and my husband both to have a full 16 oz glass of juice.

So far the menu is very healthy and delicious.  However, if you are planning to start this program, know that it is a whole lot of vegetables and  a lot different ones.  For instance, they have you use a tiny bit of jicama the first day but not again in the first few days.  I never buy hicama and haven’t had it since I was a child.  Good to try it again and I do like the crunch it adds to salads.  But, I didn’t look at the menus soon enough before starting the cleanse to know this or to alter  them so I could buy less veggies.  Plus, the goal is to eat a variety.  So, I am using the ‘extra’ vegetables in salads along the way and just modifying the diet a bit here and there.  But, you will have to buy a ton of vegetables so plan on that expense ahead of time.  Lucky for me I have neighbors and students with farms and gardens helping me out.  Thank you to my wonderful clients and neighbors helping me out.  You know who you are.  Having your own garden would really help with this project.

Modify the Plan for YOUR Body

Modify by adding more protein if you need to in the beginning or some healthy whole grains. You can always do the full plan at another time. Work towards what you body can do and stay healthy and successful now.

My doctor has me adding small amounts of healthy protein in the morning and lunch meals for my blood sugar issue.  I think because I’m an overachiever and wanted to do the cleanest diet possible, closest to the actual one on the program, I didn’t eat enough protein.  I added one egg in the morning and one scoop of the Isagenix vanilla whey protein powder in my mid day juice.  Not enough.  By about 5pm I was hitting a wall.  For me, hitting a wall, usually means emotionally.  I get irritated, frustrated and start going on and on about things I’m angry about. This is not a pretty seen and my family usually heads to their respective corners to ignore my tirades and read their books.

First Day Frustrations

Mom frustrations

I was most frustrated by the amounts of food preparation that goes into the meals.  I guess I thought it would be a lot more juice, not salads, soups, steamed veggies, baked fruit, etc.  The juices are not too bad for prep, but the rest take a great deal of washing, chopping and time.  I’m a mom, a wife, a house keeper, and a Reiki Master/Psychic, life is busy.  I also tend to be a lazy cook because I don’t like cooking that much.  I’m not sure how people who work full time would be able to do all this AND work AND take care of their families.   Plan for that too.  It is time consuming changing old habits into new ones.  I guess people who work would prepare a lot at night to be ready for the next day.  I’m usually too tired at night to do this and so I do my prep in the morning.  However, by the time I’m done with my prep for a morning fruit menu item ANd a late morning snack, it’s almost lunch time.  (Consider they have six meals on the menu plus some snacks.)

Eat All the Veggies You Want

It’s a whole lot of food.  They want you to eat almost all your calories in vegetables and feel full the whole time.  That part is good, but I ALWAYS FEEL FULL.  Most people don’t complain about that when doing a diet but with this one you will.   Also, lot of these menu items I have never made before so it’s all new to me.  New to me causes anxiety to me.  But, I push though and do my best.  I have literally spent the entire two days preparing vegetables.  I’m not sure what I thought was going to happen, but this is what it is.

Always Hopeful

Now I know as I get used to the diet it will be easier and I’ll figure out short cuts like I do for salad.  I make a huge salad on the weekend and what we do not eat I bag up with paper towels in the bag to keep it fresh and soak up the excess moisture.  This way, the salad will last up to four days or so.  Sometimes I’ll have to re-wash it before hand, but, easy way to have salad ready to go for the work week.  These are the kind of tricks I’m learning and will put into place for the next time I do this cleanse.  I felt much better emotionally after I had a nice salad for dinner with avocado and sea salt.  Yes, I’ve been craving salt.  There was actually so much food on the menu, don’t tell, but I skipped the soup and steamed vegetables.  I was DONE with vegetables by then and just couldn’t eat another bite.  I ended the day with my herbal tea and went to bed.

Suggestions if You Are Starting Your Reboot

Healthy proteins, like hard boiled eggs, nuts, seeds, beans and fish are good to add in the beginning if you are concerned about doing the cleanse the first time from an unhealthy diet or have blood sugar issues.

Other than the five o’ clock tirade, I did very well.  My impression is, with this healthy veggie fast, the healthier your diet is going into the plan, the easier it will be on you physically, mentally and emotionally during.  I have already spent years cutting out packaged foods, animal protein, simple carbs, sugar and such.  I eat at least one large salad every day and lots of other fruits and veggies.  If you are starting this Reboot plan for the first time from a place of eating McDonalds regularly then you will probably have a much harder time.  Don’t give up, just alter it a bit.  I might recommend a modified plan that you can work with your doctor or nutritionist with.  Start slow and work towards one of these full on fruit and veggie plans for later.  Just a suggestion.  The goal is to be healthier and help your body, not to hurt it.  If you take on too much too soon, you may be setting yourself up for failure.  It’s more important to DO it for long term success than it is to take on more than you can chew, literally.

Please feel free to ask me questions or to lovingly comment if you have suggestions yourself. Love to hear from you!

In Love and Light,

Josslyn

Rainshadowreiki@gmail.com

360-460-7829

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Give a Reiki Hug!

People who hug more are happier!

I feel that hugs are forgotten all too often in our busy modern world and taken advantage of.  For sure by me, so, of course it must be true for many others.  Right?

It’s a very good thing my husband is such a good hugger and hand-holder, he literally keeps the good vibes flowing around here and reminds me to do so too! I more easily than him, get caught up in the “to do’s” of the modern world.  He quite often stops me, gives me a hug to help me breath deeper, calmer and to reconnect,  then we go on about our day again.  It helps so much.

So, here is a quick and easy reminder as to WHY hugs are so important and HOW to improve the hugs you give to your loved ones.

Free hugs and quote taken from article on www.squidoo.com

A HUG

It’s like an emotional Heimlich (maneuver).  Someone puts their arms around you and they give you a squeeze and all your fear and anxiety come shooting out of your mouth in a big wet wad and you can breathe again.” Chuck Charles, Pushing Daisies

WHY Hugs are so Important:

Lets change the image of a tree hugger, ANYONE and EVERYONE can benefit from hugging trees.
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1961

Do you know that hugs?……….

  • Reduce stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Boost our moods in positive ways with mood boosting bonding chemicals in our body, oxytocin and serotonin
  • Help couples be happier in their relationships with just a simple four hugs a day (at least six seconds each)
  • Babies who are hugged show more physical and brain power development
  • Hugging trees multiplies our natural cancer-killer cells, improves mood, promotes well-being, reduces anger and provides a natural healing effect.  (OMG, did you read that and actually TAKE IT IN?  Hugging trees FIGHTS CANCER!)
(Read the full article here at www.voices.yahoo.com)
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Children who GET hugs, GIVE hugs!              Josslyn Streett said that!

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Children who get a sustained form of touching, such as one hug every day are smarter.” Jay Gordon, M.D., co-author of “Brighter Baby”

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I will not play at tug o’ war
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs….”
~Shel Silverstein

HOW to improve the hugs you give to your loved ones

Step 1. Find someone to hug!

REIKI HUGS!!

It is so easy to improve the Love that comes from your hugs. Put some INTENTION into your hugs!  Here are a couple of tips on how to give a Reiki hug.

  1. Find someone to hug (Ok, now what?)
  2. Ask them for a hug and GIVE the hug
  3. Sustain the hug slightly longer than usual
  4. While hugging, hold the intention that the Reiki Blessings flow out your hand chakras AND your heart chakra and into the person you are hugging. (As a beginner to Reiki hugging it may be best to start with one person at a time, then move up to more later, it’s your call.  It is always ok to send Reiki Blessings.)
  5. It may help to visualize a loving color, such as pink or green for the heart chakra.
  6.  Or visualize a shape or an item, like a heart shape, a red box of chocolates or a fuzzy kitten to help lighten your energy, mood and feelings towards the person you are hugging.  (This helps if this is a person who maybe you’ve had an argument with or difficulties of some sort.  Yes, hug our enemies too, especially our enemies.)
  7. or Chant a phrase that helps such as, “Loving blessings, love is flowing out my hands, love, love.”  

    Being social creatures is in our DNA, we NEED each other.
  8. Continue running the Blessing Reiki energy as long as the hug continues.
  9. Practice giving Reiki hugs as often as you can and see if you and your relationships become more loving.  See if your friends and family want to be around you more often.  See if your kids do not hug you more easily and for longer.  It has worked with my kids, it can work with yours too.
Hug your pets!

Now you may want some ideas as to WHO to give Reiki hugs to.  I say everyone!! But here are some ideas and WHY.

  • Obviously your family would be the best place to start, significant other, children, grandparents.  Children don’t want lectures, they want hugs.  I have found this out the hard way.  (How wonderful for your children to SEE you and your spouse hugging regularly.  What a wonderful mirror of a loving relationship for your family!)
  • Pets, our pet friends soak up much of our emotions in them trying to help us be happier and more balanced people on earth.  Lets take some of that burden off of them with a Reiki hug.
  • Friends
  • Anyone who is in pain, emotional, physical or other. This can lift their spirits and help them cope with the pain better, especially with Reiki blessings.  (Please do not use other symbols unless you have their permission first)
  • Trees and plants  – Lets be Tree Huggers!! They fight cancer for you AND it just FEELS good to hug a tree.  (How do I know? I DO IT REGULARLY!! I am an admitted Tree Hugger!)
  • Other Reiki friends, lets spread the Love and Light through Reiki hugs.  What better way to practice and perfect your Reiki hug than to practice on other Reiki community members.  Come to circle and lets practice our Reiki hugs!!
Hug the elderly, you will both be rewarded.
Photo credit: Milk Photo
  • The elderly, we sometimes forget how much touch heals, one can heal down to the soul with a good hug.  What a beautiful gift to give and receive.
  • Our enemies, or more like people you’ve had differences with.  They probably need a Reiki hug really badly.  (See if you can’t turn an enemy into a friend again with a Reiki hug, both must choose to hug, of course.)
  • Rocks and crystals – I know, I’m a little loopy when it comes to my healing stones, but I really do love them.  I regularly sit and hold my rocks and crystals to let them know how much I appreciate their healing gifts that they lend to me.  Then I give them a Reiki hug, a cleansing and an energizing too.  I have very happy rocks!
  • Anyone else you can think of to hug?  Please comment here on WHO YOU ARE GOING TO PRACTICE YOUR REIKI HUG ON!!  Watch out, it’s contagious!

Arm ourselves for war?  No!  All the arms we need are for hugging.” ~Author Unknown

A special Thank You to my Reiki and Stones and Crystals teacher, Jade Elizabeth for sharing this idea with me many years ago.  She gives GREAT Reiki hugs!!

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Spiritual Book Reviews – “Memories of God and Creation”

This is the first post of a series I’ll be doing over time of book reviews of the books I’m reading.  If they sound interesting to you and you are local, all books are available in my lending library.  A donation is appreciated.

The book I am reviewing is, “Memories of God and Creation” by Dr. Shakuntala Modi.  This is the second book of Dr. Modi’s that I have read and throughly enjoyed.  In fact, I have not read a book on this particular topic before using hypnotized subjects.  I found it incredibly interesting.  Plus, it made me think a lot about my own beliefs and what makes sense to me.  Loved that!  Any book that opens my belief box to such a large extent receives a great rating just for serving me in that way.

Dr. Modi is a Psychiatrist who found that most of her patients were not actually getting better.  She searched for another way and found great healing through hypnosis.  She now combines the two modalities and has amazing success.  Due to my background in hypnosis, I find myself continually drawn to books by hypnotherapists.  I find it a bit easier to believe the information when it comes from many different hypnotized patients, yet they all get the same message.  At the least, it is very intriguing.

What feels right to you, may not feel right to others

With anything you read, watch on T.V. or hear over the radio, I recommend you read this and all information with your own personal filter on.  Do not take in any information without you reviewing it personally first and seeing how it FEELS to YOU.  Your intuition is what counts for you.  Most of the information in this book felt right to me and so I took it in and have been able to use much of it to enhance the healings that I do.  However, there were a few things that I feel were not of the Light completely and maybe got slipped in when the author was having a difficult day and she choose to put in information that maybe was not from her highest source of guidance.  Because this happens with all written material, be aware, read with your filter on and take in only what FEELS right to YOU!

“Memories of God and Creation” is about hypnotized patients having memories of God, creation and how the universe was created.  They describe in similar details why God created life, humans, planets and even how evil began. Dr. Modi believes we all have these subconscious memories in us and the ability to remember them under hypnosis.  The revelations in the book include real patient descriptions of:

  • What it’s like to be one with God
  • Why there are individual souls
  • Where evil came from
  • How and why angels and ascended masters were created
  • How dying feels
  • How easy it is to return to Heaven after death
  • How to protect yourself with Love and Light
  • Methods to transform ourselves and our planet for the future
"EYE OF GOD" Netlore Archive: NASA photo of the Helix Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has been labeled the 'Eye of God' by frequent forwards.
Image: NASA, WIYN, NOAO, ESA, Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), T.A. Rector (NRAO)

What I found most interesting is the detailed descriptions from all the patients of How the God energy started, grew and then created life.  I found it very possible due to how much creation of Divine Source mirrors creation on Earth, such as cells dividing.  I won’t give it away but only say that if you are ready, truly ready to expand your “box” on this subject.  This book is very worth reading.  The patients also describe similarly in detail how Lucifer and his followers grew and then left God to be their own rebellion, their own revolution against the Light.  I also enjoyed reading her take on how the creation of individual souls happened and how each soul continues to be connected to God but with all the issues and emotions that came with the “disconnection” from God.

As a healer I read everything with different glasses on than others.  I look for ways and ideas of how to use this information to help in the healings that I do.  I have to say, THIS book gave me more information and more ideas on how to help my clients than any book I’ve read yet.   This book with all this visual information about our Source helped me to create a system of “Source Healing” for healing very deep issues like: abandonment, self-worth, anger, vengeance, disconnection from Divine Source, feelings of isolation, depression, abuse, judgement, not fitting in anywhere, and so much more.  It is my belief that much of the deep emotions that people are feeling coming to the surface at this time are very core issues directly from our separation from God that we have never been able to work on before at this level.  I feel we are at a place in time and energy within our planet that these issues are able to be healed, ready to be healed, at the very core levels.  We only need to listen to our inner voices and not ignore what we are feeling.  This book helped me to see that and helped me to create a healing system to work at these deep levels with the energy therapies that I do.  Wondrous!  If I had stars to give out I’d give this book 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Read, read, read and Enjoy!