Here we are, in a brand new year… I’m still getting used to writing 2016 instead of 2015!
With a new year, many people take stock of their lives and decide to make some changes. New Year’s resolutions are made (and often broken), homes are decluttered as we let go of things we no longer need, and many head to the gym to shed those extra “holiday” pounds. In recent years, it has become more and more popular to do a detox or cleansing program. This usually involves making healthier nutritional choices, often with the aid of herbal supplements to support our bodies as they get rid of stored toxins. Let’s face it, none of us eats perfectly all the time. We overindulge at the occasional birthday celebration or wedding, and even our surrounding environment contains pollutants that eventually enter our bodies. Doing a cleanse at least once or twice a year is actually a great idea, and something I’ve tried to include in my personal health regime for many years. There are shorter programs (7-10 days), as well as longer ones (lasting up to 30 days). I suggest you start slowly, and if possible, with professional help. There are many qualified nutritional and health coaches who are trained to help with exactly this. I know several personally, and many of them write wonderful blogs and articles to support individuals on this path.
But what about our spiritual and mental bodies? Do they get “polluted” or “backed up” ? How can we cleanse and detox them?
Many of us have noticed that after de-cluttering our homes of old books, clothing and furniture, we just feel better. Feng shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. It stands to reason that if we remove unneeded feelings and thoughts from ourselves, we will notice an improvement in our disposition (and many times, our physical health). When we say a mantra or intention, our brain cells start relaying the message to the rest of the body. You can explore this topic further by researching the work of Gregg Braden or Bruce Lipton, two of my favourite authors and speakers.
Every time I start a Reiki session, I instruct my clients to “let go” of anything that no longer serves them. This can be a number of things: worry, anger, fear, anxiety, bitterness, etc. How does Reiki do this? During a session, a Reiki practitioner acts as a channel for energy, which then travels through the energetic field of the client. Reiki intuitively goes to where it is needed, to where we may be lacking in our life force (“ki” or “chi”). If there is a blockage, it prevents the flow of energy. Reiki may help break up those blockages as well. When we say a mantra or intention, our brain cells start relaying the message to the rest of the body. You can explore this topic further by researching the work of Gregg Braden or Bruce Lipton, two of my favourite authors and speakers.
I firmly believe that Reiki can be very helpful in cleansing our spiritual and emotional bodies. Regular Reiki sessions ensure that our chakra system is functioning at optimum capacity, to support us in all aspects of our life. Another suggestion is to become a Reiki practitioner yourself, so that you can give Reiki to yourself on a daily basis, and share it with others.
I have an upcoming workshop at the beautiful Maple Sweet Retreat in Rocklyn (Beaver Valley, ON) on February 27 and 28. For more details, you can go to my website or to the retreat’s website. I will be teaching Reiki Level I and II over a 2 day period, meals and shared accommodations will be provided.
Wishing you an inspiring, healthy and love-filled 2016!