23Jul/14

How to Choose a Reiki Master/Teacher – Nashville Reiki

Warning:  Rant Ahead!  This is a word of advice to choose your Reiki Master/Teacher wisely.  Do the research, and find someone that resonates with you.  Trust your instinct!

I have seen several advertisements lately from Reiki Masters trying to make a quick buck teaching first and second degree Reiki.  Many offer the first and second degree class combined, which I am against.  Many are including second and third degree symbols with the first level class.  And I have also seen classes that were only one or two hours long.  You cannot possibly teach everything there is to know about Reiki in one hour.

I have had students from some of these teachers come to me saying, “I have my Second Degree Reiki, but I have no idea what to do with it.”  I have also had students from some of these teachers that didn’t know what a chakra was, didn’t know how to scan energy before a treatment, or how to sweep away negative energy after a treatment.  All of these are because the student wasn’t trained sufficiently.

Reiki is a wonderful healing modality, and I take it very seriously.  Students should be thoroughly trained in order to provide the best treatment they can.  Their future clients deserve the best treatment they can get as well.  After all, don’t we all want what we pay for?  If you are going to be working in someone’s energy field, you need to know what the hell you are doing!  I personally don’t trust just anyone with my energy.

If you are considering taking a Reiki class from me, rest assured you will be thoroughly trained.  Each class is designed for the appropriate level.  Your instruction will include in-depth information about chakras, how to scan and “read” someone’s energy for imbalances, how to sweep away negative energy, how to help your client raise their energy field, and how to ground yourself before a treatment so that you do not take your client’s imbalances on yourself.  Each class ends with practice sessions, so you never leave without having done a Reiki treatment on me or another student.

As a Reiki Master, I am always available for guidance and advice for my students.  I will never send you out in the world to figure it out on your own.  I believe in Reiki and it’s healing energy, and I am here to help you provide the best treatments you can for your clients.

If you received training from another Reiki master, and feel like you weren’t thoroughly training, please check out the Reiki Renewal class on my classes page.  This class was specifically designed to give you the tools you need to be a successful Reiki Practitioner.

Rant over.

Namaste

 

27Jan/14

Being Spiritual

Being Spiritual

I hear a lot of buzz these days about the Spiritual but Not Religious, especially in the younger crowds.  Churches are obviously watching this group closely because as fewer people identify with religion, the church population decreases.  Most of the people I know are not religious, and I don’t consider myself to be religious either.  I am a confirmed Roman Catholic, but I don’t attend on a regular basis.  Every few months I get the desire to go to Mass.  I will go for a several weeks and then I’m good again for the next six months.  I don’t agree with many things the Catholic Church teaches, but I do love the ritual.  There is a feeling of peace in the Catholic Church, a closeness to God that I have never found in other church.  That is why I continue to go there.  It is just one way I connect with God, but definitely not the only way.

I do consider myself to be a very Spiritual person.  Being Spiritual means much more than not attending church though.  I don’t like how easily the label of Spiritual is applied these days.  It seems to have taken on the meaning of believing in God, but not belonging to a religion.  I know many people who believe in God, in one form or another, that don’t attend any type of church, but I would not consider them Spiritual.  To believe in God is just that, you believe in God.

To be Spiritual requires action.  It is a practice.  And like anything else, we must practice often to be effective.  When we merely believe in God, we are not close to God.  We cannot develop a relationship with the Divine by merely existing.  Along the same lines, we cannot become Spiritual by going through the routine of a church either.  Attending every Sunday, taking communion, and attending Wednesday night dinners will not make you a Spiritual person.  The practice of Spirituality must be done with intent.

There are many ways to practice Spirituality.  You need to try several until you find those that resonate with you.  Don’t just stop with one either.  Find several and practice them individually, together, or in any combination.  You can only have well to gain by regular practice such as a closer relationship with the Divine, a peaceful heart, and a quiet mind.  Here are some suggestions for practicing Spirituality, and you can also develop your own.

Nature walks – For me, you can’t get closer to God than being outside.  Take a walk or hike in the country or in a park.  Turn the smart phone off, take off the headphones, and actually listen to the sounds of nature.  Walk slowly and notice the beauty and awe that is our world, and know that God is present.  For an added bonus, take a walk in the grass barefooted.  You can’t get closer to a Creator than experiencing the creation.

Prayer – Set aside some time each day for prayer.  Establishing a regular routine for prayer helps keep us on track, but there is nothing wrong with spontaneous prayer either.  Praying does not mean getting down on your knees and saying I’m sorry over and over again.  Really, would you want a child that stood in front of you all day saying I’m sorry.  Praying is having a conversation with God.  Be thankful for the good things and people in your life.  Think of each person in your life and be thankful for what they bring to your world.  Talk to God about what you want to accomplish in life, what you need and what you want.  Be sincere and intentional, not just flippantly saying thanks for letting me wake up this morning.  Hopefully you don’t think there’s a Divine creature that makes that decision every night.

Meditation – “Be still and know that I am God.”  Most people don’t know how true this statement is.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that meditation is attached to specific religions.  Meditation is the practice and art of having a quiet mind.  It is impossible to be at peace with yourself and God when your mind is having a hundred conversations at one time, and preparing for every bad thing that has never happened.  Find a quiet space, light a candle, sit with your eyes closed or barely open, and just be.  Concentrate on your breathing to help keep your mind quiet.  When you find yourself thinking of other things, and you will, don’t give up; just go back to feeling yourself breath.  Many times during quiet meditation, you will find that when you are not talking to God, God will talk to you.

Set up an altar – Yes an altar.  They are not bad things.  Every church has one, so why can’t your home?  All you need is a small table or shelf.  Put those things on it that are spiritually meaningful to you, such as a cross, statuary, candles, pictures, etc.  You might want to sit in front of your altar when you pray and meditate.  Once a day light a candle on your altar, and stand there a few minutes to just be.  Think about the relevance of the items on your altar, and what they mean to you.  Keep your altar clean, and wipe the dust from items often, being intentional and slow as you clean.  Know that this space is sacred to you, and it will be sacred to God.

Sing – Sing songs that are filled with hope and happiness.  Let the Divine, the angels and the universe hear your voice and your happiness.  It is really hard to be in a bad mood when you are singing happy songs.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be a religious song to be a happy song and make you feel good inside.

These are just a few suggestions.  Try them all, and think of new ways to practice being Spiritual.  You can practice all of these alone or with family and friends.  And as a side note, if any of these practices are in contention with your religion, I would strongly suggest you  ditch your religious leader and look for a spiritual adviser.

Happy practices!

 

19Jan/14

I Blame Religion

I Blame Religion

This post was originally written in August 2012 on my other blog.  I am moving the post here while I clean up or close the other site.

I listened to a great talk by Rabbi Rami Shapiro this morning at the Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Church.  His theme was all things are possible with God, which is not always a good thing.  His points made me think about events in my life, especially related to members of my family.  Rabbi Rami might not approve of me adding my personal thoughts to his sermon, but hopefully he would be thankful that I was listening and he made me think.

I no longer believe in the most basic tenets of Christianity — the virgin birth and the resurrection.  These are not original stories and were told of other ‘gods’ long before Jesus.  I also don’t believe in the rapture, and a hate-filled god that will send everyone to hell.  Mostly because I don’t believe in hell.  What I do believe is that there is a loving divine force that resides in everything and everyone, and the inherent good in all people.

Christianity teaches the opposite.  Today the world is filled with hate, and sadly most (if not all) of that hate originates with religion.  I was raised in the Christian church, and from my earliest experiences I was taught that everyone is born with original sin; we are all born evil and predestined to burn in hell forever.  The only path to avoiding this fate is to be “saved” by believing in Jesus.

Human are not born with this belief.  Babies only know love.  People are taught to hate and judge others by their religion, most notably by Christianity.  I am reminded of my grandmother’s funeral, and how Christian hatred dictated the day instead of loving memories of a wonderful person.  Her preacher spent a full hour preaching about her sinful grandchildren (me), and how she constantly worried and prayed for their souls because she knew they were going to hell.  He made this point seven times — I counted.  It’s sad to think that my grandmother only thought of me in a negative way.  She chose the teachings of her church to judge me, rather than accepting me.

After listening to Rabbi Rami this morning, and thinking about his talk on the way home, I could say it wasn’t my grandmother’s fault.  She was jaded by religion and I should forget about it.  But I can’t, not yet.  It was a choice.  She chose the teachings of her church over the teachings of her heart.  And what I learned today is that I must be careful not to repeat this mistake.  I don’t call myself a true Christian anymore but I still judge people based on religion.  The difference is I judge based on their religion, not mine.  My challenge is to show everyone the same love and respect that I would like to receive.  Isn’t that the core teachings of Jesus?

 

19Jan/14

Ascended Masters

Ascended Masters

I have often said that Jesus was one of the great Ascended Masters, a prophet much like Buddha, Muhammad, Abraham, and others.  Beyond that, I’m not sure.  I guess you could call me an agnostic when it comes to Jesus.  I believe he existed, that he was one with God, and had many things to teach us.  I doubt the stories of the virgin birth and being raised from the dead.  These are not original stories, and do they even matter?  As long as we listen and learn from his teachings do we need to believe the rest?

Those that we normally consider to be Masters were born 2000+ years ago.  Why haven’t there been any masters since then?  After much though, I believe there have been.  2000 years ago religion decided to take over our spirituality.  Since then, the great one have been labeled and owned by the church.  Today we call them saints.  I’m sure that’s a word created by the church to keep anyone below the status of Jesus, and make them less important.

There have been many Masters since Jesus:  St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Francis of Assisi, Mother Theresa, and many many more.  We have been blessed b their actions and insight, and we will continue to be blessed by people like these.  There was no age of Masters; they have always existed and always will, no matter what label we apply to them.  We have to learn to recognize them.  If you haven’t read about the great works of these people, you should.  And I will keep looking to them to enrich my own life.

12Jan/14

Reflexology – What to Expect

​Reflexology Session – What to Expect

Many people ask me to explain Reflexology, and what they can expect from a session.  First and foremost, Reflexology is an holistic healing modality.  Holistic healing means the whole person is healed — body, mind and spirit. There are pressure points on the feet (and hands) that represent every organ and system in the body.  By applying pressure to these points, you stimulate that part of the body, initiating a healing response.  Through Reflexology, you boost the body’s natural immune system, and awaken the body’s natural ability to heal itself.  This process returns the whole body to homeostasis, which is the naturally healed state.

Since the reflex points are stimulated through a deep, thorough foot massage (and lower leg) you also receive the benefits of rest and relaxation. Foot massage is one of the best ways to relieve stress and anxiety, and just relax.  That’s a welcomed change in this busy world.  I find most people sleep during their session, and tell me they feel peaceful and relaxed after the session.

If you have a chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, immune disorders, etc., these too can be helped by working all the reflex points that would be affected.  Sometimes multiple short sessions work best when dealing with disease.

As an added bonus, you can request a feet and hands sugar scrub with your session (for an additional charge). Sugar scrubs have been used for centuries to ‘polish’ the skin.  Sugar scrubs remove rough, dry skin and will leave your feet and hands feeling soft and smooth.  Yes, this treatment is for men too.  Men need to take care of their skin too!  Reflexology treatments begin with a warm foot soak, using Epsom salts and essential oils.  The session is usually performed with the client laying on a massage table.  I also have a zero gravity chair if you prefer to recline during your session.

You will pampered during a Reflexology session with me….so come on, you’re worth it!