Spiritual protection

Hi, all,
I would like to share some information with you about spiritual protection – protecting your mind, body, and spirit from negative or unhealthy energies around you.

I am not talking about intentional attacks (which are relatively rare), but simply the day-to-day energetic debris that pretty much every human being leaves laying around. And like any other pollution, wading into it can be bad for you!

Have you been going through your day feeling perfectly happy, and then suddenly, for no reason that you could see,  suddenly felt tired, sad, or irritable? Maybe even angry, for no reason that makes any sense? You probably walked into someone else’s energy that was lying around.

There are some places that the sea of emotions is almost something you can touch, such as hospitals (especially the ER!) and courtrooms, but even the dentist’s office or the conference room at work can be chock-full of stressful energies from everyone who has passed through. These energies can give you headaches, sudden tiredness, anxious feelings, even dizziness or nausea – even if you weren’t feeling stressed or distressed in any way before walking into that environment. Even our homes accumulate energies over time – and if there is long-term unhappiness in the home, the home itself can add to that cycle over time.

And then there are people who are right in front of you who are affecting your energies – the unhappy friend who you love dearly, but who always leaves you feeling wrung out and exhausted; stressed-out co-workers; angry or abusive people in any context; the list goes on.

So what can you do about it, you ask? Do I have to hide from everybody to be “safe”? Absolutely not!

Knowledge is power. Simply knowing that other people’s current and past negative energies can affect you directly is a huge step toward not letting that happen. Now that you know, decide to only allow positive energies to affect you – make this your firm intention. Allow and embrace love, joy, and kindness, and let them flow into your being; and decide that hatred, anger, fear, and other negativity will simply flow around or away from you. Your mind is very powerful! Focus on this intention over time, and your energetic immunity will rise to the point where you will no longer need protection.

Until you reach that point, there are two steps to spiritual protection:

1. Prevention: Protect yourself ahead of time.
Whenever possible, before entering an environment or situation that you expect to be energetically challenging (hospital, stressful meeting, getting together with that unhappy friend), protect yourself. I will provide more specifics in my next post, but this can include any combination of:

  • Intention, as discussed above
  • Envisioning yourself as surrounded by a sphere of Divine white light that only allows positive energies to pass through it
  • Praying/asking for protection from God, Archangel Michael (who has been a non-denominational protector for millenia), or any other Divine being in whom you trust
  • Carry a protective stone, such as black tourmaline or carnelian
  • If you wish to protect a personal space before someone comes into it, you can do any of the above for that space, as well as place protective objects such as a dreamcatcher, medicine wheel, or ojo de dios in the room.
  • When sitting down in a public place (waiting room, restaurant), silently ask for divine protection and help and then sweep the back and seat of the chair as if you were brushing off crumbs, with the intention of brushing away any leftover energies. Don’t sit and soak in someone else’s dreck!

2. Cure: Clear away any troublesome energies that have already affected you

  • If you get a sudden ache (especially headache), firmly brush the affected area as if you are clearing off bugs or spiders – including shaking them off your hand – with the intention of clearing off both your discomfort and the energy that caused it. The sooner you do this, the more effective it is.
  • Walk outside or open a window – fresh air and sunshine are powerful energy cleansers!
  • Take a shower, envisioning all the negative energy being rinsed down the drain.
  • Ask the angels to clear you! Ask them to clear every level of your mind, body, and spirit of energies that are unhealthy or no longer serve you, and to refill the spaces with white light.
  • If your home or office has areas of icky energy, start by opening up the windows and doors. Empty wastebaskets, clear the clutter, dust and vacuum. Dust is actually a clue – if it has gathered dust, it has also gathered stagnant energy. And again – ask the angels to help! Ask them to clear every bit of the space and to refill it with divine white light.

Watch this space – more in my next post!

Love and light,
Heather

Doh!

OK, so sometimes I’m a little slow.

I’ve been trying to figure out how I can be of service to God, and be at my spiritual best, while simultaneously working full-time, keeping house, buying groceries, etc. As I feel myself turning into more and more of a mystic – not on the aforementioned mountaintop, but smack dab in the middle of a major city – I’ve been confounded by the seeming conflict.

Just now it hit me, blinded me with it’s brightness (thank you, angels). It’s not a conflict. In fact, it’s kind of the point.

Now is the time for ALL of us to move forward, for ALL of us to stand up and… look inward. To see who we really are, in all our divine perfection.

And first – we’ve got to look past all the distractions we have created for ourselves – cell phone, TV, internet – AND that report that’s due, that PTA meeting, etc., etc., all those many things that we value that really have nothing to do with anything.

We hardly ever look at each other. Not really. And so we’re missing out on what’s really important. Each other.

Here’s the thing – the only way we can all cross the threshold that we’re zooming up to right now is TO DO IT TOGETHER. Helping each other, sharing the little tidbits that we figure out along the way. Listening to each other, and talking to each other. Hugging each other.

Sooooo… the whole mountaintop thing is counter-productive right now. Those that did it before us, they paved the way. They found the silence and the beauty and the wonder, and they showed us the way, left guideposts. Jesus and Buddha and Mohamed and so many others – they did it the hard way. They found their way to their souls, and thus truly experienced the Divine, ON THEIR OWN, with no other human beings to guide them. Yes, each had teachers, certainly each had Divine support – but the last part of the path was new for humans. They each blazed a path, marking it along the way so others could follow, teaching and sharing what they learned. And we are still learning from them, following their paths. But we don’t have to go it alone as they did. In fact, we are supposed to help each other. When one slips and falls, another must help him up, brush him off, and hold his hand while both continue the journey.

So of course. One path before me. Yes, it’s time to simplify things some more, to continue to pare down to what’s important. But there is no conflict, unless I insist on complicating things. (Doh!)

I just need to keep moving forward. One step at a time.

Love and light,

Heather

Braiding the silence

Lately, every time I reach for peace, for my “happy place”, whether I am riding the bus or settling down to (try) to meditate, the moment I close my eyes, I see the same image, from the same perspective – of my hands, braiding. I can’t see the materials, or the colors, or any surrounding context. Just my hands, holding the threads.

It’s a very peaceful image. Do I know what it means? No, not exactly. I don’t even know whether it comes from my own mind, or is a message from the Divine. But there it is. And I know that it is… an answer. A key.

At first I thought that it was my creative side, begging to be let out. Telling me to knit, crochet, make jewelry – SOMEthing. And although that is  part of the message (my creativity is, shall we say, hogtied – all trussed up, and nowhere to go!), I know that this is only a piece of it.

Maybe… ok, this could be a little too tidy – but maybe I need to braid together the loose threads of my life. Reconcile them, instead of always holding each one separate.

Three threads. Mind, Body, Spirit? Hmmmm.

I’ve been struck in the last couple of days by my changed relationship to silence. During my year and a half sojourn in Sedona, sometimes working, sometimes not, this relationship changed dramatically. When I first arrived, I was half-crazed by the need for silence – on every level. I didn’t want to hear TVs, radios, cars, or even voices, and my mind and heart were clamorly even louder than the hubbub, the sound and fury, of modern life. After three months of sitting on my couch, looking out the window at the red rocks, walking on the paths, feeling and hearing the breeze, the ravens, the yipping coyotes and the crisp, tinging sparkle of the stars’ reflections on moonlit snow, I could finally hear silence. And it was beautiful.

Over time, I could hear the Voice in that silence, in the breeze, in the voice of the raven. Even, eventually, in the recesses of my heart, hidden under all the baggage and forgotten wrappers and dust. I knew the Voice – I have always heard it in the wind in the trees – but now I heard it more. I dwelled in the Silence for longer and longer periods of time, seeking and listening for that Voice.

But the day came when it was time to come down from the mountains, back into the World. Although my mind (or at least the left side of it) was well aware of the need, my heart and that other, less practical part of my mind, fought it. Struggled, kicking and screaming, through the practicalities of getting a job, packing, moving. Starting yet another new life.

And here I am, nearly 10 months later. Looking at my changed relationship to silence. On Saturdays, and more often than not, Sundays, I want silence. On Saturday morning, I don’t even want my (adult) daughter to chat with me, even cheerful chatter about her week, not because I don’t want to hear it – but because I don’t want to talk. To be demanded to express an opinion, render advice, or even to be attentive. Sometimes it is almost physically painful to try.

A day or two of rest “fixes” it for a while. For the first time in a couple of years, I am watching TV shows, reading fiction, watching movies regularly… checking out and leaving my life at the door. Filling my mind with noise so I don’t hear the silence.

My life isn’t bad. Many people would be happy to have my life. So what’s the deal?

I know that I chafe at my perception that I am not doing my “real” work – healing work, helping others – choosing instead to have a regular job, pay the rent, buy groceries, and so forth. I know that this is almost certainly a misperception. (It’s easier to live a full, spiritual life sitting on a mountain or living in a monastery, temple, etc., than it is when you live and work in the so-called “real world”. See my previous post.) I know that I often make life a little better for the people around me, and they they make mine better.

But… I still feel like I am not living as “me”, whoever that is. This is a pretty schizophrenic way to live. Especially since I didn’t live the life I fantasize about when I had the chance!

So… braiding. Weaving the threads into a unified whole. Loving, revering, and taking care of all of myself , every part, and braiding all of the parts together. Meditating and making love, counseling a troubled soul and troubleshooting a software issue, eating organic salads and juicy burgers – they all have their place, and none are bad. I just need to braid them together.

Something to work on. Or… relax and let happen.

Love and light,
Heather

Real life vs. spirituality

This is what I wrestle with almost every day of my life – how do I reconcile the overwhelming pull I feel to be here and now, to pray and meditate, to heal and to counsel, and also to make things (which is somehow part of my spiritual practice) with the simple need to, well, eat and have a roof over my head?

It’s a whole lot easier to shine your light, to be calm, serene, in the now, etc., etc., when you are sitting on a mountaintop and/or living a monastic life. But what about out here in the “real” world?

Yeah, I know – it’s the other way around. This physical life of ours truly isn’t what is “real”. When I do catch my breath, center, pray, and listen, I can clearly see that. I know that what we are experiencing from one day to the next is a classroom of sorts, where everything helps us learn and grow, if we so choose. I’m deeply grateful that I can see that now, that more and more of the time, I know it.

But yet… I still worry about money sometimes, even that I know that this is counterproductive, that focusing on the negative creates more negativity. I still occasionally get annoyed with the actions of others, and frequently get annoyed with myself. (This post is Exhibit A on the latter!) Still try to plan things into the future, fighting the overwhelming evidence in my life that it works much better to take life one step at a time, without expectations – which makes it all so much more peaceful, with more opportunities for joy, and fewer for disappointment.

That’s it, really – I need to let go of my ideas of how things are supposed to work, and let God/the universe show me the path that does work. One step at a time. I need to remember that whenever I act out of love, in whatever form, be it giving a listening ear or simply smiling at a stranger, that I am doing exactly what it is right for me to do in that moment. That this is an instant of being right here, and right now. And that is what counts.

So… I just need to breathe, and be present.

Just thinking out loud…

Love and light,

Heather

How can I live my best life?

This is the question I asked the angels tonight. Here is the answer I received:

- Be kind, even when you are not treated with kindness. Know that there is no reason to allow another’s behavior to affect you – for truly, it affects only them, unless you choose to join them. Only your own behavior, your own actions, truly affect you in the end.

- Be patient. Everything happens in its own time, for its own reasons – and you may never know the reasons in this life. But know that the reasons are there, and trust that each experience unfolds exactly as it should, and when it should – even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time.

- Reach a helping hand to those in need. Share – your love, your caring, a smile. So little can be so much.

- Be the light. Shine brightly!

Love and light,
Heather

I’m heading to Pennsylvania to spread around the Reiki!

Hi, all!

On February 7th – 11th, I will be traveling East and giving Reiki sessions to folks in the Doylestown and West Chester, PA, areas. In addition, I will be teaching Reiki I in Berwyn, PA at my good friend and colleague Rick Wood’s offices. Here’s the scoop on Reiki I:

Reiki I:  An Introduction to Reiki. Learn the history of Reiki, what it is, and how to use it! This level teaches hands-on healing of the physical body, as well as the basic hand positions. You will receive a Reiki I attunement during this class, and will have hands-on practice with your classmates. At the end of class, you will receive a Reiki I certificate. $100 for class, + $15 for class workbook; $50 deposit.

If enough people are interested, I may teach a small Reiki II class while I’m in the area.

To sign up for a Reiki class or schedule a session, give me a call at (480) 203-2932, or email me at heather@heatherreiki.com. For more info about my classes and Reiki sessions, please take a look at www.heatherreiki.com.

General note to the community: I generally will NOT use this space to advertise, but it’s a good way to get the word out about this trip. Thanks for your patience!

Love and light,
Heather

Chakra jewelry – what’s it all about?

I’ve been asked by various folks to explain “chakra jewelry” and why you would want to wear it. So here goes! First, I’ll give a simplified explanation of what chakras are, and then I’ll talk about why jewelry containing the right gemstones can help strengthen and balance your chakras.

The human body’s blood circulatory system looks like a road map, with major highways (veins and arteries) and countless side roads (capillaries); there are many “intersections” where the veins and arteries branch off. The body’s energy system is similar, with many channels running throughout the body, and many “intersections”. Very simply, in the blood circulatory system, oxygenated blood flows away from the heart and lungs via the arteries, and “used”, deoxygenated blood returns via the veins. However, in the energy system, channels carrying different subtle energies meet in hundreds of places in our bodies. In each place where different energies meet, a swirling vortex forms, similar to the vortex created when cold and warm air meet in a weather system. In our subtle energy system, ancient Indian scholars called this energetic vortex a chakra, which means “wheel”. All of the chakras are interconnected, mutually affected by the ebb and flow of the person’s subtle energies.

Although there are many chakras, seven chakras occur along the body’s midline, where the subtle body’s major energies meet. There are many views of these chakras’ properties, but they can be described as follows:

  • Root or Base Chakra: The most primal chakra, the Root chakra is closely associated with our sense of safety and security, and with being grounded. This chakra is closely linked to our need to survive. It is located at the base of the spine. This chakra is associated with the color red.
  • Sacral or Belly Chakra: The Sacral chakra is the home of our energies around close, intimate relationships, such as with our family and life partners, and is the source of both our creativity and sexuality. It is located just below the navel, centered in the body between the spine and the belly. This chakra is associated with the color orange.
  • Solar Plexus Chakra: The Solar Plexus chakra is our personal sun, and is the home of our self-confidence and emotional stability. It is the source of the energies from which we draw as we meet new people and generally make our way in the world. For most men and women, the Solar Plexus is the seat of their personal power, although for some women it is at the Root chakra. It is located at the solar plexus, just below the ribs. This chakra is associated with the color yellow.
  • Heart Chakra: As you might expect, the Heart chakra is the source of energies related to love, caring, and compassion. This chakra is also associated with giving and receiving healing energy. It is located in the center of the chest, just above the breasts. This chakra is associated with the colors green and pink.
  • Throat Chakra: The throat chakra is related to how we communicate what we think and feel. Unlike the Solar Plexus chakra, which relates to how we present ourselves (confident, shy, enthusiastic, and so forth), this chakra relates to how we actually express ourselves, and to some degree, how well we listen. It is located at the base of the throat, at the “pocket” between the ends of the collar bone. This chakra is associated with the color blue, usually a sky blue.
  • Third Eye: The Third Eye is the seat of our intuition and psychic abilities – with this chakra, we can see the unseen. It is located on the center of the forehead. This chakra is associated with the color indigo, a deep blue.
  • Crown Chakra: The Crown chakra is the source of our spirituality; divine energy flows into our body via this chakra. It is located just above the center of the head. This chakra is associated with the colors white and a deep purple.

The chakras are numbered from the Root (1) to the Crown (7).

Good maintenance of these seven chakras is essential to your health and well being, in mind, body, and spirit – they should be kept clear and equally balanced at all times, with no one chakra being treated as “better” than another. Regular Reiki treatment is my favorite way to do this – a full session thoroughly cleanses the chakras and brings them into balance with each other. Between sessions, though, a good way to maintain your chakras is carry or wear gemstones that are associated with each chakra. A particular chakra’s gemstone may (or may not) be the same color as that associated with that chakra, but more importantly, the stone has properties that benefit the chakra, strengthening and often cleansing it. Here is a list of a few of the gemstones commonly associated with each of the chakras.

  • Root/Base:  Garnet, ruby, red jasper, black tourmaline, smoky quartz
  • Sacral/Belly:  Amber, citrine, carnelian, orange calcite, topaz
  • Solar Plexus:  Golden topaz, tiger eye, citrine
  • Heart:  Rose quartz, aventurine, kunzite, emerald
  • Throat:  Aquamarine, chrysocolla, lapis lazuli, sodalite, turquoise
  • Third Eye:  Amethyst, blue calcite, lapis lazuli
  • Crown:  Amethyst, charoite, clear quartz, selenite, sugilite

In chakra jewelry, all of the chakras are represented. Some chakra jewelry represents merely the colors of the chakras, using glass or man-made crystal. This is mildly helpful, but is mostly pretty. For me, true chakra jewelry uses natural gemstones that benefit each of the chakras as described above, and is worn as either a bracelet or necklace, with the stones touching the skin. In this way, every chakra receives equal benefit, which naturally and gently keeps all seven of them in balance. (You can see examples of this kind of chakra jewelry at HeatherStones.com.)

I hope I’ve answered the question well here. Of course, now that I’ve thrown nearly a thousand words at the subject, the reason you should wear chakra jewelry is really very simple – it feels good, and keeps you feeling good!

Credit where credit is due: I am deeply indebted to the following authors for the information I used when writing this article: Caroline Myss (The Anatomy of the Spirit); Judy Hall (The Crystal Bible); and Doreen Virtue and Judith Lukomski (Crystal Therapy). These books are excellent references and a fascinating read!

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