Changing the Filters We Use

Recently, I took part in a photo challenge.  The idea was to post a black and white photo each day, for 7 days.  The photo was not to include pets or people, nor an explanation.  And it was supposed to represent my life.

I had an interesting time selecting subjects to photograph.  Finding things that “represented” me was thought provoking and insightful.  However, what I found the most interesting was how the photos underwent a complete change, in some instances, when I used my camera filter to take transform them to black and white photos.  Wow, everything became stark and “right in your face”.  When I experimented with various filters, adding more jewel tones, or washes of sepia….each picture changed drastically.

And that got me thinking…..

What if we switched the filters we use daily in our interactions with others…and with our lives?

What if we stripped away all the colour, and looked at the basic outlines and textures instead?

What if we added vibrant colours to where there were none?

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I once read about how first impressions are imprinted very strongly in our brains.  No matter how many times we may have another encounter with the same person – or situation – it is probably our first impression or judgement that our brain recalls for us.  We don’t look with fresh eyes any more, but rather, go back to our “files” and get the information.

And what a shame that is.

I mean, who stays exactly the same, from day to day?  One day, I may wake up feeling ready to take on the world, looking everyone in the eye, grinning from ear to ear, basically in a really good mood.  But sometimes,  circumstances may weigh me down.  I don’t wake up feeling quite that positive.  (Thank goodness I have my essential oils and Reiki to help out).  What if I met someone THAT morning, before all my self-help “kicked in”?  Would their impression of me be “accurate”?  Most days, I do wake up as Miss Sunshine, so if a snapshot of me was taken using a grey filter, to be filed away, I don’t think that would be a truthful representation of me.  I would grab that camera and change the filter!

Sometimes, we get stuck using the same filter because of our own experiences.  We allow OUR experiences to filter how we see others.

The truth is, we can change the filter on any picture we take.  When you see someone, take several “pictures”.  Give them the benefit of the doubt.  Isn’t that what you would want for yourself?



Reiki and Aromatherapy

What comes to mind when you hear the word “aromatherapy”?  Chances are it may include things like lavender, room “freshening” plug-ins, scented candles and laundry products.  I suggest you include the lavender, but leave out the others. (Read to the end to find out why…)

“Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils for improving and maintaining health and beauty” – the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists.

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years, and are even mentioned in the Bible ( ie. frankincense, myrrh, cedarwood, sandalwood, fir)  All over the world, indigenous and ancient healers used them to heal not only physical ailments, but also to improve emotional and spiritual states.  Essential oils may have multiple properties and uses (antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, or anti-inflammatory).   Each oil is uniquely capable of being recognized and assimilated by our bodies and cells, because they are naturally occurring in Nature, not synthesized in a laboratory.lavender

Recently, I have been studying the profound healing effect they can have on our emotional and spiritual health.  Most of us are familiar with the soothing, relaxing effect of lavender.  Although it is also incredibly valuable for topical skin issues, most people love to use it as a sleep aid.  Sprigs of lavender, or lavender-filled sachets and lavender oil diffused are all helpful to relieving tension and promoting restful sleep.

Inhaling essential oils is a quick, very efficient way of using them.  There is an instant flow of the molecules through your olfactory nerves, tsmello your brain, where they can then impact the rest of your body.  Within a few minutes, you feel the results.  Some examples are peppermint making us feel more alert, citrus oils (lemon or orange) cheering and lifting our mood, to florals such as rose and lavender, which can soothe and nurture us.  My favourite way of diffusing oils is with my water-diffuser.  Several drops of oil are placed into water, and the oil is dispersed through the water molecules via a fine mist.  (The molecules of essential oil are available in the air for up to 3 hours afterwards!)  I also like to put a drop of oil into my palms, rub together and inhale deeply…..mmmmmm.  And lastly, the oil can be diluted in a carrier oil and applied to various strategic points on the body (wrists, back of neck, over the heart).

At this point you may be wondering, what does this have to do with Reiki?

Reiki is a modality which helps us feel better by relaxing and de-stressing us.  I look at the essential oils as extra “tools” to help facilitate your healing process.  Let’s say, for instance, that you have recently experienced profound grief.  Reiki may help by balancing the heart chakra, but there are also wonderful oils that can help ease this emotional pain, such as bergamot, rose and geranium.   Different people will respond to different oils, which is why I am so excited about a new “emotions” kit of essential oil blends that I have recently started using.  These blends have been formulated using the single oils that can best support specific emotional needs.

I am now offering the opportunity to include these blends in your Reiki treatment.  Whether you need help with motivation, Essential oil with orange peelgrief and consolation, to bring back passion (not just for relationships, but for your life projects), to cheer you up,  or to help bring peace of mind or forgiveness, I have a blend just for you!  Your Reiki session will start with a chat to identify where you may need some support, and then you will be given the oil to inhale, so that it can start working in your body.  After the full Reiki session, you will then receive a rollerball dispenser with the diluted oil to take home with you to use as needed.

Now as for those  laundry sheets and detergents…. Did you know that many of these products contain harmful chemicals and skin irritants?  How does one create a “Mountain Breeze”, lol?  Read more, and maybe you’ll change your mind about having these in your home!  The same goes for many popular air fresheners…  I’d rather use pure essential oils and make my own cleaners and fresheners, and offer “make and take” classes to show you how to do the same.

I invite you to come for a Reiki session and try out some essential oils.  Even if you can’t put a finger on how you feel, together we can figure it out and get you started on feeling better.  You can get more information on booking an appointment here.  Namaste!