Thursday, November 20, 2008

Unlimited possibilites

We live in exciting times where the possibilities for change and growth are unlimited. This time has been prophesized for ages, which the Hindus call the Dwapara Yuga, and widely referred to as The Age of Aquarius in the West.

With this time of great change, however, comes chaos and upheaval - the storm before the quiet.

Many people are facing illness on a personal level and unprecedented change on a global level. The collapse of the global financial markets is just one of many indicators that the old paradigm no longer serves us and will drop away as surely as a snake sheds its skin. How we choose to respond to this news will be different according to our belief structure.

We feel the pressure of these personal and global energy changes in our minds and in our bodies. This is creating a real need to slow down, get in touch with our real selves and understand just exactly what it is that gives us sustenance and growth. Materialism has sprung from a denial of our innate spirituality, which can never satisfy us at a deep level, and is the manifestation of an unbalanced root, sacral and solar plexus centre at the societal level.

Those who choose the old way will find the struggle more and more difficult. The old ways are not working... not honouring ourselves at the deepest level is having greater and greater consequences. Do we always put others first, wearing ourselves down and feeling resentful or do we always put others last, living in an ego-centric world which cuts us from the life-giving properties of love?

There are different entry points into consciousness. We simply need to choose one of them and stick with it to begin the process of change, and change we will.

For example, simply choosing to breathe correctly for five minutes in the morning, putting one's hand on one's belly and remembering how to take slow, deep breaths will begin to shift our consciousness to a more alive, dynamic state of being.

Stretching out our tired limbs and moving them around, gentle jogging, or a brisk walk can stimulate the physical body enough to remove stagnation in the emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.

Paradoxically, just being still long enough to understand our inner messages is another entry point. In a society that is caught up in a dramatic whirlwind of activity, finding time to be still and quiet allows us the possibility of understanding our larger self.

Eating healthily is a vital part of feeling well but most people's bodies are running on junk. We would never consider putting rubbish into the petrol tank of our cars and expect them to run properly. Yet, we put rubbish into our bodies all the time. Food is alive, especially raw foods, and has a direct impact on the body's consciousness. If we can start to incorporate just a little bit of raw food in our diet, we will put ourselves on the road back to health. The old adage says, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away". What if it did?

Ancient wisdom is all around us and we have a great need to revisit these old, timeless messages which are just as relevant today as they were when they were first spoken. Hipprocates, the father of modern medicine, said "let food be your medicine, and let medicine be your food."

Every thought we think requires energy. Every word we speak requires energy. Every action we take requires energy. Where does your energy come from? Are you the captain of your ship, endeavouring to keep it steady in the choppy waters of life, or is your ship in danger of crashing upon the rocky shore?

The perspective of "I don't have enough time" often leads to limited ways of thinking and doing, and leads to poor choices in how we think, speak, and act, including the quality of food we put into our bodies.

SPIRIT is your constant guide and companion. It is ever present with you, although you may struggle to believe it is so. Healing modalities like Reiki, Spiritual Response Therapy and Theta DNA Healing work because they tap into the unlimited wisdom of Source energy, the Matrix of Life.

We were born to be alive, vital and strong with every breath we take. Yet even if we are struggling with our health, it does not mean we cannot choose to live, happy productive lives. Often, illness and death are great teachers, awakening our consciousness and healing our deepest relationships with ourselves and those around us, near and far.

I recently had a long term client come to me with cancer. It was difficult for her and yet, at the same time, wondrous events occurred.

Arianna (her alias) was in a state of fear, feeling anxious about her life, and depressed at the thought of her husband becoming a widower and her daughter losing her mother. After receiving some Reiki and SRT, she became very calm after just one day. By the second day, Arianna made a clear decision about what she would tolerate in her life and what she would not, and the universe supported her decision in the subsequent actions of those who were around her.

Her sister, who lived thousands of miles away, and who hardly took time off from her job, booked a whole month off to be a part of her support "team" to stand by her side. Arianna had made it clear she only wanted positive people around her and was not prepared to deal with other people feeling sorry for her or using her illness as an excuse to justify their own internal fears about life.

Her relationship to herself, her family and her job dramatically changed, almost in an instant. I do not know the outcome yet but I do know that this story is about the healing of relationships, which is what we are here to learn. To recognise that we are always in a relationship of some kind is to remember how to be alive today.

Are you living in fear, dictated to by your family, friends and perhaps even your doctor? They too, sometimes live in fear and may be unconsciously keeping you trapped in the prison of your own mind.

The flu jab is a key example of society's belief in fear. Do you really get sick each time each and every year or is it because you believe you will? Are you closely watching your thoughts to see where they are leading you?

We must learn to pay attention to our thoughts and words. Our body-mind is like a tape recorder, constantly recording everything we think, say and do and playing that back to us. If we constantly say "I'm sick and tired", then we will be, quite literally, sick and tired. If we keep saying that we can't, we will program ourselves to fail.

It is time to wake up from this sleep which is causing us to lose our birthright to live a life free from fear - free from the judgements, criticisms and prejudices of others. These have been given to us as young children and it is time to let go of these traps of the mind to claim back the one thing we all need to live healthy, productive lives. Love.

Love is the balm that heals all wounds. Love is the essence of creation. Love is power within. Love is acceptance. There is nothing that love is not. Fear is simply the absence of love.

Take the time to get to know yourself. Seek out good books, fill your mind with positive thoughts every day and things will change. Eat something healthy (raw) each day and things will change. Breathe deeply and fully, and things will change.

Remind yourself, why I am doing this? Who am I doing this for? Where did I learn this habit? Start to ask the right questions and the doorway of your mind will reveal new, unlimited possibilities.

The only thing limiting you is you.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Healing through the Heart

Most of our karmic patterning is set up within the etheric body, which we can sometimes perceive about half an inch away from our skin, and triggers in our daily lives cause this patterning to manifest itself as illness or dis-ease in our physical body.

Richard Gerber, M.D., in his book Vibrational Medicine, describes how "in reality, it is the organising principle of the etheric body which maintains and sustains the growth of the physical body."

Living in a state of limitation and feeling alienated from our physical bodies, we cannot activate our heart chakra and predominantly operate from the base, sacral and solar plexus chakras. Most of our interactions stem from karmic patterning, power, lust, greed and negative ego. The chaotic results of this behaviour are only too apparent in our world today.

To experience higher, peaceful, spirit-oriented communication and interaction we must learn how to be fully in the body. Soul-level healing modalities such as Reiki and Spiritual Response Therapy activate the heart chakra, empowering clients to begin to tap into their higher chakras, transcending their karmic, limiting patterns of the past.

Today, our urbanised, technological world has greatly exacerbated that feeling of separation from our Divine Self and many of us feel constant pressure to complete this task or that, never taking a break, always reaching for the next goal post. We have forgotten how to just be.

This persistent state of alienation in both our personal and professional lives means we are less able to deal effectively with daily challenges and we often develop coping mechanisms which develop into bad habits and finally illness in the body-mind.

Stress is defined as a "state of mental, emotional, or other strain." Whilst most of us have been conditioned to believe that stress can be positive for us, strain on the physical, emotional, mental or energy body is never a good thing.

Illness, or the manifestation of disease, results from the manifestation of toxins in the body caused by stress and other factors such as, a lack of physical exercise, poor eating habits and constant negative physical, emotional and mental habits. If toxins cannot be quickly eliminated, the toxicity increases until the balance in the body tips from health to illness.

Since we perceive ourselves as separate from Spirit, we unwittingly screen out our higher impulses. Activating, or opening, the heart chakra helps to develop compassion, connection and understanding for those around us as well as our own life circumstances and conditions, allowing us to become open to the higher messages of Spirit and the healing forces within. We are empowered to understand and transmute any negativity we may be feeling.

Healing is about becoming whole again, understanding that we are more than just a physical body. We must recognise that the body has its own consciousness, that it serves as a vehicle for Spirit, but that we are also operating through our emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. It is important to balance all of our bodies for a lasting transformation to occur.

If we continue to maintain the illusion of separation, we will only experience more pain and suffering because we have not remembered who we really are, nor understood the lesson.

"The heart chakra, as the exact center of the personal mandala, suffers the greatest loss, and causes the greatest damage if it should fall too out of its place. Imbalances within the heart (the central core) can throw the entire system off balance. Not only is balance between the upper and lower chakras and between the mind and body necessary, but also between inner and outer, between self and transcendence." Judith Anodea, Ph.D., Wheels of Life

As the heart chakra opens up, we shift into deeper and deeper levels of consciousness and it begins to take predominance over the other chakras. Most chakras are portrayed as conical, narrowing in the center, and spinning. As the heart chakra opens up, we mutate and the chakra system begins to merge into a unified field, as well as the energy bodies around us. This is a beautiful experience because it frees us from fear so that we can experience who we really are.

Breath, as related to the element air, is one of the primary keys to opening the heart chakra. Unfortunately, the average person does not breathe very deeply because of bad habits they have been taught as a child growing up and this keeps them functioning at a lower level of consciousness than they need to be. If we can learn to breathe deeply again, we can use our intention and breath to quickly transmute our negative feelings into positive ones. This is one of the golden keys for healing the body-mind.