I thought I would share these lunar eclipse charged wands that I found online that I’m so excited to add to my sacred items on my shrine and use for clearing my space and myself. They were created and charged during the recent lunar eclipse and there are 10..well now 9 available (here is the listing for one pictured below https://www.ebay.com/itm/WOLF-MOON-LUNAR-ECLIPSED-CHARGED-MAGICK-WITCHES-WAND-deer-antler-crystal-pyrite/323660370816). You may want to add one to your crystal or clearing tool collection. They are made by an artisan in Texas I bought some beautiful crystal necklaces from a couple of years ago who uses electroforming to create a pendant or in this case create a crystal wand from an antler or branch. I personally will use this for clearing and keep it on my shrine/altar. The smaller antlers and branches she uses are found on her property in Texas and larger ones are “reclaimed” (we wouldn’t want deer to be harmed). I have absolutely no affiliation with the seller but thought they were quite special. My experiences with the seller have been very positive (you can check her feedback to see what others have experienced). She does have other crystal wands available as well that were not created on the night of the eclipse, but are still very special.
Alternatively, I thought that this might also inspire you to want to go out in your favorite forest that you have a connection to and collect a branch and create your own with a glue gun and some decorative ribbon, feathers you find in your forest, some jute twine. Let your creativity flow. You could also use a synthetic antler.
Clearing elements from nature are so powerful and a great way to connect with the earth and draw on her energy. When we create clearing tools from a forest we visit frequently and have a connection to, it’s even more powerful.
You would want to clear any negative energy from the wand, asking your guides and angels and the Universe to help, using Reiki symbols or energy, and/or smudging with incense or sage. Alternatively, the next time there is a full moon you can rest it in a window sill with the intention that it be cleared and charged with celestial energy. Then you can ask the wand to assist you in clearing your energy and your space. Then you could clear yourself much like you would with a feather if you were smudging. Similarly, you could walk around your house starting in a eastern corner and moving around each room in a clockwise direction and use the wand much like a feather to clear the energy. You may find this is more powerful than using a feather or smudge. I always encourage when clearing to ask for negative energy to be cleared and then ask for what you would like your energy or space to be filled with (so the focus is on energy you would like to attract and experience rather than coming from a defensive or fearful place).
The holidays are coming. Many of us are empaths can find this season very overwhelming. If you are clairsentient (knowing by feeling) you may sense what others are feeling (stress, anxiety, sadness) so a room full of people can be a lot to process and be around. So the loudness in the room can occur on many levels, when you receive information in various ways. No need to isolate and stress and hide out by yourself on the sofa.
When you have expanded senses or gifts, however you wish to refer to them, it doesn’t mean you have to hide from the world. You may have found it difficult to be highly sensitive as a child and that has continued in your adult life. However, now that you are an adult you can take responsibility for how you encounter the world. Spiritual practices like Reiki can be used to clear your space and your energy and to calm and soothe you. Shielding, which I wrote about in this post https://justbreathereiki.com/2014/09/16/the-importance-of-shielding/ is the tool you use to buffer yourself from the outer world. If you have studied Reiki, you can sign the Reiki symbol for protection over your heart before you leave your car or walk into the room at your event (and repeat as needed when you feel an energy boundary being pushed). So you clean and shield yourself before you go to an event.
If you are hosting the event you have the added luxury of taking additional steps to keep your space full of lovely energy. You can place a bowl of water with some sea salt in your space to absorb some of that energy (and discard it after the event). You can light some candles and set the intention that they burn away any tension or negativity and infuse the room with love and peace and calm. You can open a window in the room you are entertaining in and ask the earth to restore and replenish the energy in the room as needed.
The other thing you can do for self-care is to turn off your inner voice and ego and turn up your self-awareness and be fully present. When we get together with family and friends our wounded version of our self can pop up. Our ego can try to protect us from future hurts by reminding us of the hurts of the past, so our defensive shields can come up and our ego can interpret what we are hearing and seeing around us. A look or a comment can turn into an inner dialogue where we think someone is judging us again (based on something that happened or was said in the past). We might be comparing ourselves to others either thinking we are superior or inferior (another thing our ego likes to do to separate us from others). If you can let go of these little interpretive dialogues and be present you might find you see something in the person you think you know so well as you are talking to them (hmm… maybe they are just looking for acceptance too). Maybe the one who brags so much is really insecure amongst your group and you may sense their nervousness. Maybe a person has changed and you can witness that and see you actually have more in common than you did or can connect with them in a way you never have before. Just be open to listening and observing and letting go of the stories of the past. One message my guides stress is that is so, so, so important to be ourselves, to be authentic. So try doing that and not worrying about what others think. Share something personal about yourself (maybe a woo-woo workshop you attended) instead of shutting down and being defensive. It can be liberating to be you and to find the acceptance inside of you that comes with that.
If you need to refresh or regroup or hit the reset button, you can go for a little walk outside and ask the earth to take some of the energy building away from you (visualizing it moving down your feet). If you have studied Reiki you can do a quick mini session in the bathroom just holding your hands on your heart and asking to be replenished and restored. Sit for a minute and look around the room and find something to appreciate about each and every person in the room. That will instantly shift your mood and energy. Remember all everyone wants is love and acceptance so try to be the source of that for yourself and if you can, offer that to others (even if it’s for a minute).
Take these steps so you can shine your inner light this holiday!!!
Prices for all my services including courses will be increasing in 2019 as follows. Prices are increasing to reflect current market rates as well as time spent post-session preparing session notes for clients.
Reiki, Arcturian Healing, Angel Life Coaching, Mentoring and Meditation Treatments:
I am now offering mentoring sessions to my clients and students. I know time with me in a class or a session goes by quickly and you all have lots of questions and curious minds. The mentoring service can work in conjunction with your Reiki and angel life coaching sessions and/or Reiki classes with me. This service can provide you with guidance and training to help you:
understand what I call expanded sensory abilities (also referred to as gifts or clairs) and how to reawaken, strengthen, understand, and use them
help students who want one-on-one instruction to understand how you are receiving information or sensing blockages during a Reiki session and/or want to help build your skills and understanding
help you connect with and sense your guides
if you’re a client and get your homework assignments from me after a session and want me to help you work on your assignments in a more interactive way
help you to develop a daily spiritual practice that resonates with you to keep you present and grounded and feeling connected and loved
help you to practice positive relationship dynamics (like observing and helping to shine a light for others) rather than draining dynamics (like fixing or worrying)
some other aspect of your spiritual path or challenges (like going through transitions or changes in your life)
help you to develop a cleansing and shielding routine that resonates with you to help you keep yourself, your spaces, and portals clear of negative energy
help you develop a gratitude and refocusing practice
help you to develop self-love
help you with more in-depth forgiveness work, or
try to answer any other questions you might have about Spirit
The Canadian Reiki Association (CRA) is holding its 21st Annual General Meeting in North Vancouver this year. If you have studied Reiki with me, you will be familiar with the CRA from your Reiki course(s). If you are a student of mine and are thinking of getting certified as a practitioner it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the CRA and see the board in action and get a feeling for the membership base. I have to say I was very impressed when I attended the AGM back in 2011 and that was when I signed up as a student member. Coming from a scientific background I wasn’t sure what to expect from a meeting of Reiki members (this world was all pretty new to me as I had just finished my Level 2). I was impressed by how the organization was run, had a great time meeting other attendees and was excited to have the experience of seeing auras of people when they were speaking. There was a presentation on some MS-related research that was being conducted in conjunction with the association. I saw a great talk on affirmations and went home with a door prize and was very glad I attended. There is a mini-market as well.
This year’s entertainment is a performance by Matthew Kocel. He is a local talent who is a throat singer and spiritual musician. Here is a video of him performing:
Here are details if you are interested in attending:
Date: Saturday, May 26th, 2018
Location: Lonsdale Quay Hotel, 123 Carrie Cates Crt., North Vancouver, BC
Agenda: Upon arrival, there will be a meet and greet over a continental breakfast from 8:30 to 10 am. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with your board members and other Reiki Practitioners to further build a sense of community and within the CRA. After our meeting, we will have a lovely buffet luncheon followed by a private performance from Matthew Kocel, a throat singer, sound healer, multi-instrumentalist and musical visionary, Matthew Kocel is a man on a mission to inspire unity through the universal language of music and sound. ”
If you’re one of my clients or students, you’ve probably picked a card from one of Kyle’s oracle card decks when you were on your way out (for some extra guidance). His cards are incredibly accurate for guidance and contain uplifting and unique messages.
Kyle, who is one of Hay House’s top angel experts is posting a daily video on his YouTube Channel in a 111-day challenge to Raise your Vibration.
He is based out of Glasgow and is a 28-year old author and yogi who experienced connections to divine beings from a young age. He has the loveliest, happiest, sunniest, purest energy and a wonderful outlook on life and how to connect with spirit. His spirit reminds me of a young curious child.
Last year I completed his Hay House Connect with Your Angels course (https://www.hayhouse.com/connect-with-your-angels-hhu) when Hay House had a special on and really enjoyed it. Kyle is an amazing storyteller and I think my favorite part of the course are the stories he shares. He also includes a bonus yoga workout.
As soon as I found out about this challenge, I was committed to giving it a try. If you’re looking to make some changes in your life, and 2018 does feel like a year of deep inner change, why not start out your day with an inspiring and uplifting video with Kyle. You could listen to this before you get out of bed or even do this while you’re making your breakfast, commuting to work, or getting ready. The challenge started in the beginning of January and if you sign up for Kyle’s YouTube channel you’ll get daily updates.
I encourage my clients and students to develop their own daily spiritual practice so they can work on healing themselves and connecting with Spirit each and every day.
What is a daily spiritual practice and why is it important?
A daily spiritual practice is a number of activities you incorporate into your daily routine that helps you feel connected, supported, and helps you to have perspective on life’s ups and downs. It is something very personal. It should resonate and work with you. What works for another won’t necessarily be what works for or fits you.
Ideally these activities are spread out throughout your day – say one in the morning, one at lunch, and one right before you go to bed, so you are reminded you are connected, grounded, and supported throughout the day. I also note that I use the term spiritual in a loose way. In that something that is a special spiritual experience for you might just be an ordinary task in another’s day.
Here are some examples of activities you can include in your daily routine that allow you to connect:
spending time in nature in a very present way. Walking meditation is a lovely way to learn to do this
treating a bath or shower as a sacred experience where you tune your senses into what you are experiencing and quiet your inner chatter
doing a Reiki self-treatment
any daily self-care ritual that is done with love
listening to music that inspires you (this doesn’t mean that has to be spiritual music – lyrics can be meaningful and move you regardless of the genre)
gratitude practice (giving thanks for 10 things/people/moments in your day that vary in importance)
cleansing yourself and your space
shielding yourself and your space
reading a book, poetry, or articles that inspire you
looking at images, something or someone that inspire you
having a sacred beverage (e.g., tea) in absolute presence
taking some calming full belly breaths
doing inspiring visualizations (e.g., seeing your body filled with loving light)
practicing forgiving on a daily basis (what do I need to be forgiven for today and what can I forgive another for today)
letting go of fault-finding (criticizing and judging ourselves or others)
connecting with and being kind to other people and animals
any acts of service done with love and compassion
I think two key elements of any daily spiritual practice should include cleansing yourself and your space as well as shielding. Preferably this is done before getting out of bed in the morning and before falling asleep at night. The cleansing helps remove any negative residues or energy and the shielding helps keep your positive energy intact. Smudging is a great way to cleanse yourself and your space. It can be done with a tiny stick of lightly scented incense and even unlit incense or sage (just by intention). You can also cleanse with a visual exercise even from your bed. Picture your outer four walls being cleansed and covered with divine indigo or white light, then the floor and spaces below, the ceiling and spaces above, and then all of the spaces between the four outer walls and floor and ceiling being filled and purified by this light. Then you can do the same for your aura, picturing this light filling you and cocooning you. For shielding, which follows cleansing, you can do a simple visualization of seeing yourself surrounded by white light that deflects any negative energy and keeps your energy intact. You can read more on shielding on my post: https://justbreathereiki.com/2014/09/16/the-importance-of-shielding/
Try to include 3 to 4 activities including the cleansing and shielding. So a routine could include going for a walk at lunch and then making a 10-item gratitude list in your head before bed. This daily practice practice helps remind us that we’re safe and okay, that there is peace in the present moment, and we are in control of our thoughts and how we see the world.
Tailor your daily practice to suit your loves and what inspires you. What makes you feel bliss? What makes you feel connected to this world we live in and the other people and creatures that we share this space with (realizing oneness isn’t abstract)? Play around with adding different activities until you find the right mix. Then stick to it for a month and see how you feel. Check in with yourself and see do I have a more balanced perspective when I experience a surprise or down turn in my life? Am I more grateful for all that I have and experience in my life? Do I feel more love for myself? Do I feel more love and compassion and less judgement for others? These practices help you feel connected to Spirit, the Universe, God, whatever terminology you prefer and bring you calm and peace and love.
Do share if you have anything you use in your daily spiritual routine that inspires and heals you.
I am excited to announce I have added a new healing modality to the services I offer – Arcturian Healing. I have studied Levels 1 and 2 of the Arcturian Healing Method with Gene Ang, Ph.D. Gene Ang is a truly gifted teacher and healer who is based out of California and travels around the world giving workshops and sharing wisdom.
I first came across Gene a couple of years ago in Vancouver when he gave a short talk where he demonstrated spoon bending, talked a bit about his transition from the world of science to the world of healing, about Arcturian healing, and gave a powerful guided meditation. Gene holds Ph.D. and post-doctorate degrees in neurobiology from Yale University. He now uses that same scientific rigour to study spiritual wisdom traditions and in his work as a healer. Gene has travelled the world and studied various healing modalities including Pranic Healing, Reconnective healing, the Reconnection, Shamanic Healing Practices, and Vortex Healing. After that workshop, I remotely joined in on a couple of evening workshops Gene conducted in the US. I kept in touch with Gene and every once in a while would ask when he was coming back to Vancouver (hoping I could study Level 1 with him). Last year he asked me if I’d be interested in helping organize a workshop on his behalf and I was finally able to study Arcturian healing with him.
Arcturian healing is a quantum-based healing approach. It is energy that is channeled through me. Techniques that can be used in Arcturian Healing sessions include:
Arcturian Healing Light Treatment – this can be sent with or without a specific intention. This is often combined with other Arcturian healing techniques including symbol and spin techniques.
Specific healing treatments focused on physical body including:
Nervous System: Arcturian Neural Net technique is used for issues with brain and nervous system function including degenerative conditions (Parkinson’s, MS)
Endocrine System: Arcturian Endocrine Activation technique is used for issues with adrenals (e.g., stress), pineal gland (e.g., sleep disorders), ovaries/testes, parathyroid, thyroid, and pituitary gland (e.g., menstrual issues)
Cellular Systems: Arcturian Repatterning of Cells technique is used for any type of cell-based disease, injury, or issue with cells and structures of physical body. This treatment can be focused on specific cell types as well.
Arcturian Blueprint Activation Treatment – focused on clearing any limiting beliefs adopted that are obstacles and then opening you to divine will. This treatment requires a total treatment time 240 min of treatment (split into multiple sessions). Can also be used for emotional and psychological healing.
I can tailor an in-person treatment to your needs and if you like combine it with other treatments I offer (e.g., Reiki treatment or Angel Life Coaching). I also perform distance treatments like I do for Reiki if you can’t make it to my office or want to send healing energy to friends and family in a different location.
I will share that my experiences working with this energy have indicated that Arcturian energies are more celestially-based than those used in Unified Reiki, which is more earth-based energy. I find when I run this healing energy it moves in many directions in a more complex pattern than the Reiki energy. In comparison to Reiki where information comes through all my senses, Arcturian energy offers dense clairvoyant information to aid in healing. This makes for a powerful session when combined with Angel Life Coaching. When it is flowing it also appears to be linked to the element of water.
If you’d like to give this new healing modality a try the next time you come for a session let me know.
If you are interested in studying this healing method, I also organize workshops for Gene when he comes to Vancouver.
I was inspired to write this post based on a Reiki share I hosted recently. Before we started the share the idea was to discuss the spiritual practice of using mantras and practice chanting some Buddhist mantras.
Mantra by definition means a sacred utterance, sound, syllable, word or group of words believed to have psychological and/or spiritual power. The power of the mantra comes from us saying it out loud or in our mind, reading it, or just having it present in our thoughts throughout the day. Mantras are most often in Sanskrit but can be in other languages or may even be in our native tongues in the form of an affirmation we repeat.
Purpose of Mantra Recitation
Adding mantra recitation to your daily spiritual practices is a lovely way to connect to spirit and feel that calmness and support that comes from letting go of the mind and just being. Repeating a mantra allows you to enter that state where it is your sole focus and you can see what comes for you on a sensory level. You can repeat a mantra in silence but I personally prefer listening to recorded mantras. I liken this to an doing a spiritual exercise video, it allows you to just follow and go with the flow and you don’t have to pay attention to the number of times you repeat the mantra, or develop flow, you just repeat with the person or people reciting the mantra in the recording and be really present in the moment.
There is great power in repeating a mantra. I personally find great power in repeating it aloud as opposed to saying it in your mind (but we aren’t always in the setting that allows us to do this). There is some sacred power of letting these sacred words roll of your tongue when reciting a Sanskrit mantra. Letting these ancient sounds come out of your throat and activating your throat chakra. I recommend trying to get to the point where the mantra feels like it is coming out of your heart chakra rather than your mouth. You can try moving it so it is coming out of your throat and then further through your heart chakra.
Now the first time you listen to some mantras you may be astonished at how quickly the mantras are recited and feel like you will not be able to repeat them as quickly. The third recording I provide below is an example (Nam Myoho Renge Ko). You have to do a bit of practice to master these mantras. First, you would write down the mantra and practice repeating it very slowly. Then you would try and listen to the recording and get your tongue used to saying it quickly, not judging your performance; if you lose your pace, start over the next time the mantra starts. Over time you will be able to say the mantra more quickly and experience the magic of getting lost in a mantra. You will come to appreciate how these faster or more complicated mantras that take time to memorize or master really take you out of your mind and bring you to the present.
Having mantras playing in your space is also very relaxing and healing. I often have mantras playing in my treatment room when giving Reiki treatments. It can be especially powerful if you repeat the mantra silently while working on your clients.
In Buddhist and Hindu traditions dating to 10th C mala beads are used to empower repetition of mantras as a physical way to make a connection with the mantra. On a practical level the mala beads allow you to count your mantra repetitions. Malas aren’t necessary for mantra recitation but it may add to your practice if you use them. A traditional mala bead necklace, which is comparable to a rosary or other prayer beads, has 108 beads plus one extra bead often comprised of different material or being unique in some way. This unique bead is known as the Guru bead. The mala bead necklaces are made with 108 beads because spiritual this is a sacred number. For Reiki practitioners it represents the number of energy centers in the body, but there are many other representations of the significance of this number in spiritual wisdom traditions. So you start at top of mala and with each bead you touch and turn the mantra is repeated until you reach the last bead, known as a guru bead, which represents your connection to the divine. Ram Dass has the following to say about using malas (https://www.ramdass.org/use-mala/):
“Doing a mantra doesn’t require using a mala; the mala is just there to add another dimension to the practice. Besides speaking the mantra, and hearing the mantra as you speak it, the process becomes tactile as well. If you want a psychological analysis of the use of a mala, you could say that it is a “kinesthetic cue device.” Without it, you could be doing the mantra and get lost in doing it mechanically. But if you suddenly feel the bead between your fingers, it wakes you up again. Bead by bead – it’s like the steps of a ladder, walking you straight into the Brahman.”
Mantras to Try
Now what type of mantra is right for you? If you belong to a particular religion or are drawn to a particular religion or deity that is a great place to start. I highly recommend the 21-day Mantra Meditation Journey put together by Deva Premal and Miten on the Mentors Channel. They did two series like this and each day for 21 days you would listen to a new mantra. At the beginning of the recording, you learn something about the mantra. Perhaps you learn about the meaning of the words used or the use of the mantra itself or a story behind Deva’s and Miten’s experience singing the mantra in a sacred place. It exposes you to different styles of mantras and educates you on some of the sacred words and use of mantras. I loved this series and hope they repeat it (when it was originally run it was free). It is currently available for sale on their website (http://store.devapremalmiten.com/) ($43 USD) or on Mentor’s channel site (http://www.mentorschannel.com/DevaPremal/21-DayMantraMeditationJourneyII/Online/) (if you choose the live streaming option it’s 28 USD!).
Below I have provided some of the Buddhist meditations I like which are available for free on YouTube.
Compassion: Om Mani Padme Hum by Deva Premal and the Gyuto Monks (from Deva Premal and Gyoto Monks recording Tibetan Mantras for Turbulent Times )
One of the most popular or well known Buddhist mantras
Om – a sacred syllable described as the “sound of the Universe”. There is something transformational about a full prolonged humming of this syllable and letting it reverberate through your body.
Mani – jewel
Padme – lotus flower (a sacred flower in Buddhism as the lotus flower)
Hum – the spirit of enlightenment (pronounced hung)
The Sankrit symbols Om and Hum are actually used in Unified Reiki attunements. It is track 2 on this recording.
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
The purpose of chanting this Nichiren Buddhist mantra is to attain perfect and complete awakening. I have pasted in a 6 minute version below. You can look for videos as long or short in duration as you like. See my notes above on getting the hang of repeating a quick mantra like this one.
Nam (or Namu) – devotion to
Myoho = supreme law of Buddha
Ren = lotus
Ge = flower
Kyo = sutra
Healing: Teyata Om Bekanze Bekanze Mahabekanze Bekanze Radza Samutgate Soha
Invokes the Medicine Buddha. You can picture the Medicine Buddha in the room with you and connect with him. I picked up a card with the Medicine Buddha at a Buddhist meditation class ten years ago. At that point I was still practicing as a scientist. Little did I know then how big a part of my life healing would be and what an impact chanting this mantra would have. I found when doing the Deva and Miten meditation series a couple of years ago that when I was midway through chanting this mantra I channeled a monk and my voice transformed to that like the monks on this recording. It is track 8 on the YouTube recording provided above. Very powerful healing chant.
Some of my other personal favorites are posted below. Happy Chanting!
Krishna mantra (another one of my favorite Deva and Miten recordings):