While there is a healthy dose of skepticism in this article, and a comment of “absurd” from a doctor, their clinic study, and patient response gives Reiki a thumbs up.

My original Reiki teachers, and friends, established a free clinic of complimentary / alternative therapies in the 80’s through the 90’s and eventually had an out-patient clinic at hospital in SF, thanks to the welcome reception by Kaiser.  They offered Reiki, among other things, as a complimentary therapy for the recovering.

I can still remember Claudia retelling her meeting with the board of directors and administering Reiki to doctors. Anyway… on to the article.

Article Excerpt: Reiki Used for Cancer Patience – WSJ.com

Reiki, a therapy in which hands are placed lightly on the body or just above it, is increasingly being used to reduce cancer-related fatigue, anxiety, nausea and pain. Several studies suggest a benefit to patients, but scientists say more large, rigorous studies are needed.

Cancer patients—due to the disease and to side effects of chemotherapy—often suffer from severe mental and physical fatigue, doctors say. Anxiety, nausea and pain are also common. In recent years, many cancer centers have been offering Reiki, a form of healing which originated in Japan in the early 1900s, according to scientific literature. In a session of Reiki, hands are placed lightly on the body. Each spot is treated for three minutes or longer and sometimes therapists place their hands just above the body without touching, says Donah Drewett, a Fairlee, Vt.-based Reiki therapist who works at Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, N.H.

via Reiki Used for Cancer Patients – WSJ.com.

Don’t forget that Doctor Oz played a supporting role on his show, The Doctor Oz Show.” You can catch that segment on Youtube, or via my Reiki page, here. (Scroll to the bottom, press play).

In almost 20 years of Reiki work I’ve seen a lot. Dramatic recovery’s, long term treatments, and heard stories of assisting those in passage from this life. I’ve used Reiki to compliment healing, release, and lift emotional states of being, in art, cooking, and in conversation.

For me, it is a living part of my life. I’m always glad to see it in the news in such a positive light.

I appreciate your comments, keep them coming!

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If you are like me it’s almost if no amount of shielding will filter out seasonal shifts or big events like the recent earthquake in Japan. I know. I know, the media can blow anything up and out to ever heightening levels of hype, gloom, and doom but the energy I am really speaking about is the back lash of sorrow, suffering, and pain that comes from such a disaster.

This doesn’t make for good spiritual or energetic work.

I am reminded this morning that someone like myself, a healer among other things, should take the time to work out these energies from my system and to do my part in easing the suffering. I believe we can and do have an effect on the global consciousness by shifting our own.

This week we do not have a “Tarot Weekly,” as is the norm because I’ve been told that the greater path is in helping to shift some of this energy released into the world. Saturday I posted to the Journey Lifencompass fan page on Facebook about an encounter on the street. Someone, who I know around downtown LA was walking by just as I stepped out of the office at the lofts. I had woke at 3:50 am that day and could not seem to clear myself from Friday’s earthquake and Tsunami, imagining, feeling, wondering about all of those people, and their lives. I stepped out the door as this man I know walked by and he said, in short, “You are a  Light Worker.”

I wrote that day, “No accidents. 12 million people in a city and I walk out the door of the El Dorado Lofts to bump into a man who tells me I am a light worker, that we raise our consciousness to a higher vibration. Each of us that does, raises it a little for everyone else. *warm* love* lifted. The universe is reciprocal. ;)”

Then

“levels of consciousness are: shame, guilt, apathy, grief, fear, desire, anger, pride, courage, neutrality, willingness, acceptance, reason, love, joy, peace, enlightenment.”

I am reminded of my lovely friend  Jamie, and a conversation we had about the events just after the earthquake in Haiti, and how these types of disasters release so much into the psychic mind of the global consciousness. How it is up to us to bring the lost through the pain to release. The role of the Witch, the walker between worlds, the priest or priests. In an age of Aquarian enlightenment potential, that means all of us as the One of the Age of Pisces moves into the Many of the Collective Age of Aquarius.

So… here are my thoughts and some of the guidance I have been given that has worked for me in this time.

Send healing, and send love, in addition to whatever monetary support you can. Our consciousness needs the right vehicle for the sending so what I look for is the right vibration / frame of mind that suits the clearest purpose. My healing practice allows for me to enter a clear state where the energy passes through me. Seeking a place where you are clear is important. We do not want to sit within the fear, anger, or denser emotional vehicles when communicating our prayers, and healing.

This empowers the pain by reinforcing it.

The Tarot Weekly last week guided us to seek solace in our center.

In Strength, this week, I would like to see you finding sustenance in yoursource(s) through activities that bring you to the place where that feeling, the vibration, of your solace is resonating like a song, in every part of your body. Forget the astrology, the details, the minutia and immerse in that at the start of the week.

Let that inner feeling be a wind to your sails, let them be full as you travel forward through the next seven days.

That is the sweet spot for any intention work on healing or aid this week. From that place of retreat that leads us to our center, our magickal space, we work in the world on these issues.

Observe your mental state while working with others, as you move through the world. We are healers! We don’t want to get caught up in emotional dramas caused by stresses that many of the people around us are not aware of. Many people often react completely unconsciously and channel the stresses of their life and the world through them and into the people around them. They are still in the experience of learning at this level.

When I move into my day I try to be transparent to this energy. As my encounter on Saturday reminded me, some of the newer practices I am learning through the Awaken Your Light Body Course, which really affirmed the Hermetic Principles, specifically the Principles of Mentalism, Rhythm, and the Principle of Cause and Effect. (Full copy here at The Kybalion).

My practice in short is to resonate with the area that needs healing or more light, aid, or love. You can use your own distance healing practice. We do not connect to it, we become aware of it, as we are aware of our own self and we begin in that place to shift the energy to a lighter vibration.

Lastly, be aware of how much information you are taking in about events that are causing suffering. Even if the news is playing in the background your mind is still taking it in. This is the easiest way I am inundated with the energy. Media communicates the energy to bigger and bigger sensations. Our eyes and ears can be overwhelmed from all the news, conversations, blogs…

Coming from the place of what we can do. Turning off the conversation, the television, and walking away from the news networks online that trumpet a 24 hour channel of “The Disaster” can help!

We all have different ways of handling the situations in our life, great or small. This is one way, my way, that I highlight for you.

Protect yourself.

If you would like more information on being transparent, education on how to shift your own energy, or just need a consultation on other matters, please contact me to schedule an appointment. You can send me an email on my contact page, here).

Be well,

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…but not having much success, at least not at staying focused. There is too much that has me concerned. I woke at 5:00 and spent about an hour doing Journey Work for the earthquake in Japan. Surgeries. Healing requests. It feels like there is a tension in the vernal energies as life around me throws and thrusts in various ways. The earth heave-ho’s, waves ripple, crush and rush. Tsunami warnings. I want to write but it’s a traffic jam in my head and everybody wants to get out at once.

Instead, here is a whole buncha photos from the last two weeks, including Om #6 exercise, Ben of Light (the new piece for “The happy Ones”) and random shots of work, things, life.

Enjoy my mindless moment.

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Be well,

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Happy Moon-day.

I was fortunate to have a little time this weekend, when not at work or cooking, cleaning, and trying to find a piece of the pie to pull my Tarot in advance. You may not know this but if I don’t get to it midweek I’ve pretty much set myself up to jockeying for time on the weekend. It’s no worry but I don’t like to write under a time crunch.

This week you will notice there are only three cards. Well there are only two but there is a story there, naturally and up until this morning I wasn’t able to really draw on anything else.

The reason there are two strength cards?

Well one was lost! The card on the right has been missing for some time, almost a year and as I put down our significator (The Star) for the reading, the Strength Card came away from the star in my hand. Like a parlor trick the one card became two. Strength! There you are!

Stranger, as I picked up my deck to begin the shuffle as I cut the deck, strength was in my hand.

Pause…

Place. I left the cards in this order and I went into my weekend with an openness to the message here.

Tarot Weekly March 7-13, 2011

Seek bliss to find bliss. The internal flame that rises like a serpent in the darkness.
~Pgs. 294-295 Strength, Tarot of the Spirit, Pamel Eakins, PH.D.

Excerpt

Joseph Campbell:

Remember the last line [in the novel Babbitt]? “I have never done the thing that I wanted to in all my life.” That is a man who never followed his bliss.

You may have a success in life, but then think of it – what kind of life was it? What good was it – you’ve never done the thing you wanted to do in all your life. I always tell my students, go where your body and soul want to go. When you have the feeling, then stay with it, and don’t let anyone throw you off.

Bill Moyers:

What happens when you follow your bliss?

Joseph Campbell (after pausing):

You come to bliss.

On a walk up in the hills behind the Griffith Park Observatory it came to me how much my eye is drawn to plants. It’s no mystery. I look through my digital photo gallery and no matter where I go, I’m watching, inspecting and mentally dissecting the parts and components of plant life. I imagine how deep the roots must travel and spread. I compare the thought to the branches, stalks, leaves and sometimes flowers.

As early as I can remember I have been surrounded by plants in my  house. I can’t not have them. The more I have the better I feel. It is, however conscious or imagined, my thing. I feel very connected to my green people in the house and out.  They give the air I breath, the food that sustains me, you and everything else, and they make my home feel great.

It is the feeling that brings the strength because these forces of the natural world are what replenished me on the walk. I derive a great sense of peace and strength from the plant world. I base much of my philosophy on trees, roots, blooms. Nature really does sustain me!

In Strength, this week, I would like to see you finding sustenance in your source(s) through activities that bring you to the place where that feeling, the vibration, of your solace is resonating like a song, in every part of your body. Forget the astrology, the details, the minutia and immerse in that at the start of the week.

Let that inner feeling be a wind to your sails, let them be full as you travel forward through the next seven days.

This is my bliss…

Be well,

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In just a bit I’m going to send my OM exercise #6 over to Chati at Ordinary Meditations on Blogspot. Did anyone participate? It was an interesting exercise for me as I tried not to be creative and just observant. The part of me that tries to tweak and play with images, find angles, and otherwise attempt to be a photographer was hard to keep in check. 🙂

Dream: Astral HopeChest

This is what a new moon in Pisces will do to you…

Had this wonderful dream that I was in an old part of downtown LA and I found this little shoppe on the corner of a five way intersection. I was with my dog, Trixie, and we were looking at new places to live. A woman, who owned the property said she didn’t know what to do with it and that I should just have it.

Ecstatic I said I was going to open my own little place for lifencompass in downtown. I was thrilled!

A couple of things occur. My friend A. Julienne comes around the corner with her daughter, and my friend Marie, and she says to me, did you see that little shoppe around the corner? Wouldn’t it be perfect for the new Astral HopeChest?” (former shoppe that she used to own and her and I put together).

I smile and tell her that it was just given to me and we, together, have to do it again!

The words Lucky Mojo (as in the company) are repeated in my head and I see that the store is full of merchandise.

~fin

More about the Pisces new moon on the web, or here at Cathy Pagano, the Cosmic Story Newsletter.

When we reach the 12th sign of the Zodiac, we come to the end of our year-long journey.  The lesson:  Take everything you’ve learned, experienced and loved; everything you imagined, hoped for and desired for the future – and let it go! Or as Christ said: sell all your riches and come follow me. This is the quintessence of the cycle – can we die to our plans and even our skills and go through their dissolution so that a new birth can arise (when the Sun goes into Aries).  Like Aphrodite arising in the foamy waves, what we love will survive the death and give rise to the rebirth.

Be well!

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During morning meditation today I revisited a place in the inner temple where I met a spirit by the name of Uli. More on that later as I am still in the middle of writing a new post in the Journey Journal. Anyway, the lesson was connection and perception. Uli, in short, made a show of how she connects to all the things she perceives: Sun, moon, stars, grass, wind.

This idea creates an opening, a feeling of unfolding, an aaaaaah that I experience below my navel, and that spreads across my entire being. This week has in a large part been about nurturing and tending relationships (Tarot Weekly) with ourself, our loved ones, and potentially new relationships.

In broader sweeps I see the release of emotional baggage, and karma associated with relationships. Clearing the channel leaves the healer, visionary, open to hold a greater space for love, insight, and energy to pass through.

Others, healers, and seers are the forerunners of tomorrow, keep your self healthy. Observe your interactions, your relationships, how you meet them, tend them, and cultivate them.

Our true message is within the center of these fires of the heart.

~Tarot Weekly

*Sips a rather pepper English Breakfast tea…*

Okay, so, perception. As I come through my aaaaaah and open my eyes and my tweetdeck, I see a post by Chati.

Chati Coronel

@ChatiChati Coronel
A New OM! Get that camera phone ready for this next one 🙂 http://fb.me/StBFCBYY

 

Perfection! Perfect exercise in perception!

There is a “Cause” and “Advance” and an “Effect”. In fact after reading the post for the exercise, maybe you will reply with me to Chati later in the day or this evening after you have snapped some photographs?

A Request:

If you do this exercise, I would greatly appreciate it if you can send me some of your favorite photos you’ve taken while doing this OM. I’d like to post them on this blog so more people will be encouraged and empowered to do this Ordinary Meditation. Please email photos to: chatishine@gmail.com . Please include your name, age and a little note about yourself. Thank you!

I’ll update the Journey later with my days path in photographs and send my favorites to Chati.

I hope you will join us in this exercise. It’s a great exchange of image, idea, and energy.

You can also follow Chati at Ordinary Meditations on Blogspot.

Carry camera, take photos. 🙂

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Food for thought this morning. Among the many great speaks at Ted.com.

 

The thesaurus might equate “disabled” with synonyms like “useless” and “mutilated,” but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential.

About Aimee Mullins

A record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, Aimee Mullins has built a career as a model, actor and activist for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics. Full bio and more links

 

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Hello possums. 🙂

I’m on the recover from a severe cold, a virus that went hack and slash through my system for about a week, a cold that I couldn’t defend against on Friday. I had a few days of downtown, a lot of healing with Reiki, EO’s and some distance help -plus a few healthy chugs on a theraflu bottle when I thought my throat couldn’t take it anymore, and here I am on Monday, wobbling back into action.

On Sunday I was not sure I would be able to channel a lick today but it seems that those who send me the weekly message are in tip-top form, and since I’m able to meditate and type, we’ve got a weekly.

I chose a Significator this week. There are a few ways to choose Significators I choose my higher guidance. I was bouncing around a few cards, Magician for the manifesting work; The Universe for the absolute; and then the Star which for me related to healing and also channeling information or “looking into the future.”

In considering the Star I came across the following passage in the Tarot of the Spirit which confirmed my guided choice.

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“At the Star, you recognize that you are of the ephemeral physical plane, but you are also of the heavens,

the plane of eternal light. There is not contradiction. Through this knowledge, all things that exist upon earth are brought into perfection.”

The Star is also related to Aquarius, the visionary. There is also something authentic about the star, he or she is pouring water into the pool and onto the earth. It may seem strange to un-expecting traveler (The Fool) but when queried the Star explains that the water is for the pool that it may always be full to nourish the travelers who visit it, and the water on the earth is for the life that is seeded and rooted there. It is for the future.

Tarot Weekly

Weekly, February 28 – March 6th, 2011

I’m looking at the power of the Star shining through in our relationships. The Two of cups does indicate “with others” but I wouldn’t rule out “with our self” if this is right. Re-visioning or healing at a level which brings us into, or back into connections that open our minds and/or allow for a healthy exchange of the life force energy to be a part of the process with an emphasis on love and intimacy.

The Nine of Cups in our Northern Quarter tells us that there is success to be had in this attempt, relationships offering rewards that are both satisfying and healthy. Achieving what we want, or your “wish coming true.” Be mindful of what you are wishing for and careful of overindulgence.

In our place of power rides the Knight of Pentacles, the Eastern Door and new things but he is a very heavy card, his mind bent to details, minutia, and the letter of the law. This may feel burdensome or overly prudent. My feeling tells me that he (potentially a she) is someone bearing a gift that we should consider (two of cups)  against the expansive feeling / energies / that we would like to execute.

For some I would question whether this is your idealism meeting practicality, and missing the generosity that is being offered because you can’t be bothered with details.

Potentially this could be a “Knight in shining armor.”

The Moon makes a marked appearance in the realm of our mind. Another emotional card, it is for us to reflect the light of the star through our selves so that our mind is focused on the proper channel of light, not the fears or doubts of the past.

That does highlight the importance of the Knight of Pentacles.

In the Western Door is an inverted Nine of Wands, asking about what sort of experience we are drawing on. The healing is in listening and releasing the past and how you move through your emotional relationships and connections. What is old and outmoded should be clear because you are experiencing it yet again. This isn’t a warning of defeat, simply a note to you saying that you are experiencing a newness and any One (Ace of Wands) bringing the passion of ideas, needs to be looked at as a new creature. A new creation. A new dance that should be experienced, not ticked and weighted against your past and any drama, hurt, or pain you may be holding onto.

In broader sweeps I see the release of emotional baggage, and karma associated with relationships. Clearing the channel leaves the healer, visionary, open to hold a greater space for love, insight, and energy to pass through.

Others, healers, and seers are the forerunners of tomorrow, keep your self healthy. Observe your interactions, your relationships, how you meet them, tend them, and cultivate them.

Our true message is within the center of these fires of the heart.

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There is an air of “everything is fine,” but there are elements here that suggest facing some truths or facts of life that you may be trying to dodge or ignore. Pluto’s going to do a little dance with Mercury during the week and this is a message to pay close attention to the details and our surroundings.  White phoenix remains in play, highlighting transformations so the details can illuminate changes, passages, and finer notes on our Journey.

There is some judgement being applied in two facets as the Temperance card holds the center and ask us to bind together elements, maybe even opposites. Higher and body wisdom, inner tug and the news from a meeting. Our hearts call and our lovers words. With the amount of pentacles in the meeting here, and the oppositions and reinforcing cards, I’m going to go with things related to business, money, contracts, projects, construction / building.

Our choices take us through well-worn paths or, when we shift, suddenly open new doors and show opportunities we might not have seen if we had gone the way of before. I’m going to take a little leap here and say it’s an opportunity to combine forces in some way, (Temperance + Three of Pentacles) with an emphasis on projects or constructive gigs.

Be open and aware of a few things:

  • Shared or divergent goals
  • Details of contracts or negotiations
  • Any sort of stipulations on deadlines, criteria for work, etc that we may have overlooked.

Note the Four of Pentacles and watch for your inner “one-way… MY WAY” reactions. You poor thing, you may have to suffer a few alterations to the design, never worry the present asks for  new creativity in our collaborations / contracts and you may find those doors opening in places previously unseen.

Watch for smugness, impassivity, indecision, stubbornness; especially any sort of stalemates or stand offs. These are your red flags. Are you being hard-headed? Do you  need to decide your course? Can you see what is happening beyond your personal perspective?

Be a good goat and pull up the horns, the solution is not found in butting heads. 🙂

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Meditating on this song and opened eyed drinking in the images. Heart afloat, mind dazzling, eyes are doorways. Thank you Feather Lynn for bringing this one to my screen. 🙂

It is my gift to be here. It is your gift to be here. Together we have gifts.

When it becomes an obligation, or a duty, there is weight but meaning. There is work to be done.

When there is insistence that our relationship be anything other than a gift, the present… it is gone. That is true for me in work, friends, love, life.

I see that now, I was never able to articulate it or express it with ease or grace.

I will sit with that. May that be a paper lantern prayer, glowing in the twilight. Carry me further down this river.

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