“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey.
We are Spiritual Beings on a human journey.”
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)
Shamanic practice is the oldest known practice to mankind with origins in Siberia. A shaman was the medicine man or woman who also found food for their tribe. Their expertise was expressed in their ability to keep their tribe healthy and fed.
Shamans believe disease is caused when imprints of trauma become stored in the individual’s luminous energy field (LEF). Shamans focus on physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the individual to maximize health and wellness. Shamans do NOT cure disease. Curing disease remains the work of physicians.
If you live in New Jersey, you probably live a very busy life. I live and work in New Jersey and almost everyone I speak to and work with seems to have the same narrative of being over the top busy! We are all doing the best we can to balance life in this moment, but can we do better?
The answer is an endearing absolutely YES we can!
MARCI®'s 1st first principle teaches us to be Mindful, completely present in our lives.
Mindfulness is a buzzword that we hear often today in the headlines of the media. More and more schools and workplaces are incorporating mindfulness into their daily practice and agendas.
Internet users of today are spending an average of 2 hours and 22 minutes
socializing online. How can you make your newsfeeds and timelines a kinder and
gentler place to be?
“NO” wonder one of the first words children learn to say is “NO”. As children start to explore their world, and reach for things that may cause them harm, we firmly tell them “NO”, and remove them from the danger zone. They hear the high-pitch tone in their parent’s or caretaker’s voice and experience the power the word “NO” has and soon “NO” becomes the game! What happens from the time we learned the word “NO” was acceptable, to the time we were told clearly that it was not.
In ancient times, the seemingly magical powers of sound to heal was used by most cultures.
The Aboriginal people of Australia are the first known culture to heal with sound. Their “yidaki”, or didgeridoo as we know it today, has been used for healing for at least 40,000 years. The Aborigines healed broken bones, muscle tears and illnesses of all kinds using the “Yidaki”.
In ancient Egypt, priestesses used a “sistra” a type of rattle with metal discs inside that not only produced a pleasant jingling sound, but now we know it also produces ultrasonic waves which are used in our modern-day healing.
In ancient Greece, Pythagoras, who is considered to be the Father of Music Therapy, taught the use of the flute and the lyre as primary healing instruments. He was the first to prescribe music as medicine.
In the Greco Roman healing temples, it seems music was used therapeutically. The design of the temples enhanced the healing properties of musical instruments.
The Gong as a musical instrument has wonderful healing properties because it contains the whole spectrum of audible sound. Our human cells, immersed in the Gong energy field, absorb the vibrational frequency they need, and they heal.
There is a gap of about 450 years in the tradition of sound healing and, during that time, it almost died out. In 1936 we see the return of sound healing to the modern era.
You may have heard of Energy Work, healers, alternative medicine and such. Reiki is all the above and yet, Reiki is something entirely different.
Everyone’s energy is different. Reiki is a personal experience. It is, after all, energy. Energy that comes from the Universe (or the Divine if you’d prefer the use of a different term) is a gift for Humanity. The Reiki Practitioner is a strong partner in the healing process. The energy is as pure as Light and filled with Love. The Practitioner is an extension of that energy in order for the treatment to be effective.
The stronger, healthier and balanced the practitioner is, the stronger the Light that heals.
Click here to read an informative and interesting article on Rose De Dan's experience with Reiki Attunement for Animals.
Do you ever ask yourself how you got into the endless cycle of constantly running around, watching the clock, anxious you won't meet the many deadlines you set for yourself in a single day?
Do you ever fantasize about just relaxing and enjoying your life?
The phone rang around midnight in March 1995, jarring me out of a sound sleep. On the other end was my apologetic uncle in New York – “I don’t quite know how to tell you this, but your mother has died.” My world stopped – I let out a sound only dying animals make and the floor fell away beneath my feet. It was a long night of panic and phone calls that I barely remember. Very quickly, I couldn’t feel my arms or my legs – I probably should have been in the ER being treated for shock.
In the following weeks, I couldn’t eat well, but I sure could drink. I couldn’t sleep at night because of trauma dreams and night terrors, so I tried sleeping during the day. My body got mad at me pretty quickly over that, so I stopped, but I still couldn’t cope, so I watched TV all day – for 17 hours – every day – and drank. Cheap brandy….ugh.
So I learned the hard way about the importance of Self-Care in the wake of a loss and in the grief that follows. And this is not only following a death, but also the loss of a job, a home, a friendship or anything that requires a recalculation of our lives and choices.
Part of what makes this easy to miss is that we can go numb. We feel every emotion on the planet and yet we are totally shut down. That is your Being trying to protect you from the avalanche of feelings – but it can also cut you off from being aware that you need to take care of yourself.
Here are the most important things you can do to practice Self-Care following a loss: