This month some excellent questions have come up. Thank you so much! Here are two questions I thought might be of the most interest to everyone.
I rarely practice my Reiki... both self healing and on others. Is my chakra still open? Can I start over again to make the chakras active again?
~ Setia P.
Setia, once you have studied and been attuned to Reiki, you are always Reiki; it cannot and will not go away. There is no need to start over again, though you are always welcome to do so. And honestly, if you are out of practice as you say, it might help to reinforce the information you learned previously if you do take a Reiki class again. I would be happy to welcome you to one of my classes if you would like.
As a Reiki facilitator and, more importantly in this scenario, I feel the need to remind you that you should be doing Reiki every day. If you don’t share Reiki with anyone else, that’s okay. But you should be doing Self-Reiki as often as possible… ideally every day. As I state in my soon to be released book, “Reiki and Beyond”, you don’t have to spend a whole lot of time doing Self-Reiki; a few minutes when you are able are enough. Not ideal, but enough. Keep that energy flowing and working you’re your body, on your mind, on your spirit. We just cannot get enough pampering and every little bit of Self-Reiki will do you a world of good.
And if you would like to re-take a Reiki level I class, just let me know.
Can I do Reiki on a person with a pacemaker? My heart says nothing will go wrong with Reiki but my therapist head knows to be super careful . A friend of mine in her 40s is in definite need of assistance and her drs don't think it warrants putting anything in writing because, "Reiki isn’t a real thing anyway".
~ Amanda D.
Amanda, that’s an excellent question and the short and simple answer is no, there is no conflict between the energy of Reiki and the energy generated by a pacemaker.
But let’s take a slightly deeper look at this question.
I am thrilled that you’re concerned about this and feel the need to be certain not to hurt anyone. Remember, Reiki cannot cause harm. A person cannot even get too much Reiki as it will stop flowing when necessary.
When I have worked with clients who have pacemakers, I have felt the energy they emit. To me it felt like static over their heart. Or like turbulence for an airplane, if you will. But I’ve never felt any negativity or conflicting energies.
I certainly understand your concern and the first time I encountered a pacemaker I was a bit intimidated to place my hands on that client’s chest. I quickly got past that trepidation, however.
As I discuss in my forthcoming book, “Reiki and Beyond”, whenever you’re in doubt, double check that your intention is set for your client’s greatest and highest good. But if, for any reason, you’re uncomfortable touching a client, you are always able to “hover” over the area in question rather than make a physical contact. Don’t forget, contact is not a requirement for Reiki to flow successfully.
Also, don’t forget to work with your guides. Ask them directly if it’s okay to proceed when the client has a pacemaker, or any other issue. Listen to them; they won’t steer your wrong.
June is going to be a time of shaking things up a bit and breaking out of your normal, daily rut. Take some time and examine your personal rules, values, and/or beliefs. Do they still ring true to you? Have you outgrown your views on politics? Have you shifted your stance on human rights? Does your religion nurture you spiritually or are you attending services simply out of habit?
Living hidebound by the “shoulds” and “oughts” society dictates (we’re not talking about actual laws here) can stifle your individuality. I mean, on whose authority do we ladies not wear white shoes before Memorial Day or after Labor Day? It’s time to step out of the box you’ve stuck yourself in and make some rules of your own when it comes to your wardrobe, beliefs, and habits. As long as you don’t harm anyone else or break the law, be the “weird” one; it can be enormously liberating and rewarding!
If you can let go of some of the restrictions you’ve followed, you may find your innovative juices will flow. Expect a burst of creativity this month that will be recognized as something valuable to not just you.
Have a happy avant garde June!
This article originally apeared on John Michael Thornton's personal website in April and is reprinted with permission.
My first past life memory was one of cataclysm and destruction. I was running through the streets of a city that was crumbling from earthquakes and rising waters, clutching the hand of a companion. The memory ended when she was attacked, I don’t know if we made it to docks and escaped. I was fourteen when I remembered those few brief moments and spent years wracked with guilt, convinced I could have done more to save her and get us to safety. Hundreds, if not thousands, of years later and I am still trying to forgive myself for those last moments.
I’ve remembered snippets of other lives since then, I’ve even remembered dying, but nothing shook me to the core like that first memory. For years after recalling that life I was obsessed with never coming back. I learned what I could about reincarnation and even bought a book, from the humor section, called “101 Ways to Avoid Reincarnation.” I studied it obsessively.
Around the same time I read the book Starborn, by John Nelson, in which one character asked the question, “how could I possibly leave everyone I care about without helping them move on as well?” It was that question that catalyzed the soul growth and evolution of the character. It also deeply resonated with me, but at the time I just wanted to get out and never come back.
Twenty Seven years as a psychic has changed my perspective a bit, and I know my thinking will continue to evolve. This still often feels like a harsh and challenging planet to live on, but I’m no longer obsessed with making this my last life.
For many people the idea that this is your last lifetime on Earth is almost a boast, a moment of ego. The ida is they have evolved beyond this planet, and maybe they have, but to me there still seems like so much to do here on this lovely blue green planet. There are so many things to learn, so many souls to help, and so many gardens to tend (and trash to be picked up).
That doesn't mean I don’t read the news and think, “stop the world, I want to get off.” I wonder how I can exist, let alone grow as a sensitive soul amid so much ugliness. I remember that first past life memory and the horror I felt as we ran for our lives and the conviction I felt that this time, this life, I would do better. I would be better.
So, I know I’m not done. This will not be my last time around. When I feel tired and overwhelmed by the ugliness, fear and hatred I see in the world I will remind myself that my job is to make myself and the world a little bit better and if I fail today, there will be another day, another lifetime, another chance to be better.
This card is all about the different connotations of lying. Lying to others, yourself, being “less than completely honest”, manipulating the situation, lying by omission, and generally being tricksy just to name a few ways we can be untruthful. Now, it’s true that sometimes, we simply must lie or bend the truth for ethical reasons. Doctors will tell loved ones the patient died without suffering when he knows damned well the patient fought and suffered until the end. You’ll tell your partner it was “good” for you, too, just to help them feel a little better about themselves and so you can roll over and go to sleep. The coach tells the worst kid on the team that he can see “improvement” to give the kid a boost in self esteem.
My point today is to really examine your motivations behind your untruths. Are you saving someone’s feelings? Are you motivated by compassion and sympathy? Or are you lying to save your own skin or ego, to weasel out of something you don’t have the balls to straightforwardly say you don’t wanna do, or to get something you want at the expense of another?
If you’re lying to yourself about something, stop. Face your truth: you actually LIKE to smoke, you’re just too lazy to exercise, and you hate smoothies/love bacon. Do you have to do anything about the things you lie to yourself about? No. But if you have to lie to yourself to shut something up, then there’s a deeper urge that’s saying maybe you should do something about that. Food for thought.
Happy May all!
With your help, I would like to start a new feature in the monthly newsletters. I’m thinking it should be a sort of a “Dear Abby” style of Q & A on the subject of energy work, energetic practices, Reiki and the like.
Often non-energy workers, energy workers and Reiki facilitators alike ask me different questions. They range anywhere from what is energy work to how does Reiki work. Reiki facilitators often ask about various experiences they’ve had or wonder what to do next.
To begin, I’ll address a question that comes up quite often. How do I ground?
Life can be messy. Life can be chaotic. Life can be busy. Life can be… well, you get the idea. And I sure don’t have to tell you how complicated life can be. Goodness knows we’ve all had our share of ups and down.
Just living life and getting through the rough patches, and sometimes even the smooth patches, can become stressful and can leave us feeling ungrounded and stressed out.
I thought I’d share a little bit of what I’ve been dealing with recently. A few weeks ago my father had hip replacement surgery. For most people, this is not too big of an issue. However, my father is 80, diabetic and a smoker. These are things that set off warning alarms for surgeons and anesthesiologists. But to keep this brief, suffice to say the surgery was “concerning”.
The surgery went very well and without a hitch. Recovery also has been perfect. The problem has been his rehabilitation to strengthen his new hip and the leg. First, he vehemently refused to go to a rehab facility. Getting him to understand the importance of going and finally to agree to it was a battle. One in rehab, he will only exercise during the therapy sessions, not when he’s relaxing in his room… as advised. His attitude: why should I do it again, I’ve already done it.
Dad’s now been in rehab for just over a week. The other day we had a meeting with the head of the therapy department and he advised that, because of the slow rehabilitation of the hip and leg, my dad stay in the center for another two weeks. He explained that if the joint and leg aren’t properly rehabbed and strengthened, he may not be able to walk well. My father became irate and absolutely refused, but after some coaxing, did agree to finish out the current week.
I worry that my dad won’t be able to be independent for long. I worry that he may be in pain. I worry that he may fall. I worry, period. And I become ungrounded and very stressed out.
So how do I ground and center? I’d like to say that it’s very easy… and technically it is. The tough part is just allowing it to come. But here are a few things that I like to do to ground and center myself.
Weather permitting, each day I like to take a walk in the yard. Enjoy the beauty of all the flowers and blooming trees. Experience the fragrances of all the blooms. Feel the cool, soothing breeze on my skin and through my hair.
I enjoy taking time to play with my dog. Not to think about anything beyond the fun and silliness of the games we play; tug-of-war, fetch, etc… I also like to focus not just on the moment, but on the amazing beauty of the communication between man and animal.
I like to give myself Reiki. It doesn’t have to be a long session, though that’s nice. Sometimes I’ll just sit down and close my eyes and ask the Universe and my spirit guides to blanket me with the loving energy of the Universe. Take a few deep breaths. It’s surprisingly energizing.
Take the time to water each of my plants, individually. By that I mean to look at each plant, examine the leaves and be aware of the changes, the growth, the color. Be in the moment with each of my plants. Are there new shoots? Does it need to be repotted yet? I also like to touch the leaves and feel their textures.
Sometimes I’ll steal a few minutes away and do something just for me, like read a few pages in a book or listen to some of my favorite music.
These are all things that help me to ground. They’re easy to do. Again, the trick is to stop your mind from going places it doesn’t need to be or to stop focusing on things I cannot do anything about right then. Just focus on the moment. Focus on the activity. Reconnect with the planet, with the minutiae of life.
Give it a try some time. It’s very relaxing and helps you get back to center.