Energy Medicine traditions have a history of surfacing in times of turmoil to carry humanity through and guide us toward a new way. Reiki first surfaced just after World War I, and made it's way to the West during World War II.
I am no longer pretending that we are not in perilous times.
There is great power in imagining how we would like things to be, but the foundation of that power comes from first acknowledging the truth of what is.
The noun crisis comes from the Latinized form of the Greek word krisis, meaning "turning point in a disease." At such a moment, the person with the disease could get better or worse: it's a critical moment.
We are in a multitude of crisis moments, and that means we are in a moment of great possibility, and great danger.
Studying Reiki & Energy Medicine at this time is an invitation to call forth the great possibility that live in us individually and collectively, so that we can meet this moment of danger and make our turn toward individual and collective healing.
I offer this work so that we can have a collective consciousness shift.
I'm passionate about teaching because I've seen and experienced what is available to us when we reconnect to our Soul and the Soul that lives in everything.
If you feel even remotely called toward this work, if you feel an ache toward a new way of being, if you feel at a loss for how to meet this moment we are in...
I am holding a space for you.
There are tools available to help you take care of yourself, those you love, and to offer something to the world around you.
Dig in. Reach out.
I've just begun a 10 month apprenticeship into Herbal Medicine and Plant Spirit healing. I'm already gripped and moved by coming into deeper understanding and relationship with the web of life and nature that has been waiting for us, that has been disrupted BY us, and that offers so much medicine for our individual and collective repair.
We've been many-generations raised in a culture of extraction.
And our survival (and thriving) relies on us coming to understand principles of reciprocity.
If the land is alive, if the plants and animals and stones and wind are all alive... where is our relationship with them?
When the fires rage, do we stop and connect to Fire?
To listen to what it might have to say?
What if crisis is a call into relationship?
What if our desires require us to offer something in return?
As I write this, I sit looking out over this magnificent view. I was highly doubtful that we would get here... this month has felt full of disruption and chaos. But as my trip grew closer, I had a thought:
"Perhaps I can pray to the land, ask permission for our visit, ask for the gentleness and replenishment that we are seeking. Ask if I can offer something in return."
So I prayed. And asked permission. And asked the Land how it felt about us coming up for a visit, for a rest and reset.
The simple gesture of coming into relationship with all elements has entirely shifted my experience of a simple weekend getaway.
Things have flowed with ease.
The wind rustles through the trees as if to say hello.
Where can you come back into relationship
with one natural element around you?
Where can you ask permission for what you've taken for granted, or offer something in return for all that has been offered to you?
In the same way we extract from the land, we extract from one another and even ourselves.
Where can you pour into yourself this week?
Where can you pour into the folks you come in contact with?
I'm excited for the joyful liberation that will come when we truly learn how to stop extracting and start relating.
Big love... hang on to that magic :)
We learn how to breathe in new ways when the air is filled with smoke. We learn our body, learn where there is space that we've never inhabited with breath before. We learn how to slow down, calm down, stay as relaxed as possible so that we can breathe.
We learn how to breathe differently when we wake up to the injustice of those around us. We look more tenderly, we let our throat constrict with real emotion & compassion for experiences we cant even begin to imagine.
We learn how to breathe differently when our world is rattled by an illness that impacts our individual and collective health. We learn how to share space in new ways, to come into deeper communication with our body's needs. We learn how to look for opportunities to take care or ourselves and others.
We are learning new ways to breathe this year.
For my West Coast folks: I am with you, with so much compassion and connection for the grief of our forests and our skies right now. Do all that you can to take care of your sweet bodies, lungs, and minds. Don't hesitate to reach out if I can offer support or guidance.
For everyone: We dig deeper when the pressures intensify...
The upcoming Reiki 1 & 2 training is an excellent opportunity to dig deeper into a spiritual connection and to gather tools for navigating these transitional times. We need new practices to care for our bodies and minds, we need new understandings to make sense of things in a way that keeps us moving forward. Reach out with questions or see full info below.
BodyTalk & Energy Medicine sessions are available via Zoom or phone. Packages available as well for hybrid sessions.
This Wednesday 9/16 @ 7pm PST Michael and I are holding our weekly Breathwork & Energy offering, though this one will just be a gentle energy session to support our minds & nervous systems. Exchange is $10, with all proceeds going toward climate and racial justice. We've raised over $1500 in the past few months... thank you!
Do something nice for both your body and mind today.
Add some lemon to your water.
Take five minutes to breathe gently while listening to a beautiful song.
Reach out for support where you need it,
and offer it to others where you have it.
We are each other's keepers in this time.