Rediscovering Our Ground to Look Beyond

We live in a society where our very basic needs fall last. In which everyone else's well being comes before our own. We can easily neglect our inner homes, our ground- our Root Chakra.

As a full time Reiki Practitioner and Teacher, I work with energy healing to balance the seven energy centers of the body. The most common observation is that our Root Chakra is out of alignment. The Root Chakra is the first of the seven centers to develop, usually forming from birth to seven years of age. It is knowing that we are safe and secure in the world, that our basic needs will always be met, that we are connected to Mother Earth, that we are rooted and we can trust. Whether it is trauma at a young age, or life’s sudden curveballs, our ground is the first chakra that can fall out of balance. It can become blocked, leaving a feeling of feeling "floaty" in our body, disconnected, and fearful of taking action. When overactive, we can feel the need to grab onto the material world to feel "secure," such as having a fueling obsession with shopping, money, or "things" in general.

Nowadays, it is very common that we walk around with imbalanced root chakras due to several reasons. Firstly, we live in an insulated world. Our connection to earth's energy is not as strong. We wear layers of clothing (if you think back to ancient times, people walked barefoot and could directly absorb earth's energetic vibrations and charge their being), and stay indoors more often than not. We weaken our immune systems with unnecessary medications to treat symptoms, but not the root of our illnesses. We block our energy centers with low vibrations- from cell phones constantly buzzing to the television always on in the background. Even if we are not on our phones, we are exposed to wifi signals practically everywhere we go. We travel often for business and pleasure- and flying in itself can cause an "out of body" feeling with tons of sensory overload that comes along with just being at the airport.

On my current caseload of Reiki clients, approximately eighty percent of individuals are being treated for some form of anxiety- the feeling of “floating” with the inability to connect to the physical body. These high levels of anxiety, causing panic attacks and difficulty sleeping at night, the feeling of being “stuck,” and isolation despite high levels of social interaction, are interfering with the ability to live- the ability to experience the present moment. A large subsect being treated are women in their early twenties who have just begun working in the highly demanding corporate world, living in fast paced cities.

So what can we do? How can we ground again in order to look beyond?

The most important recommendation I can make is to get connected to activities where high vibrations are experienced. It is important to explore activities that allow us to feel safe, connected to our inner child, and in tune again. It could be dancing, painting, writing, building- anything that makes you feel intuitively connected. The second is to get out into nature. Feel the trees, sit by the water, take off your shoes and place your feet on the ground. Charge your body naturally with the earth’s healing vibrations. It will pull you into your physical body and out of the busy mind. The third is self care, whether that means setting up a bath for yourself with essential oils (I also recommend epsom salt for a natural detox), meditation, or starting your day off with a cleansing concoction such as warm lemon water, honey and turmeric. Setting up these key practices throughout your week is a natural cue to the body that you deserve to have your basic needs met. Additional ideas I give clients are to walk barefoot around the home (there is a reason that the sole of the foot has something like 1300 nerve endings per square inch- more than any other part of our body this size) to draw in earth’s grounding energy, use grounding essential oils such as bergamot and patchouli, listening to peaceful nature sounds, and use of healing crystals like tourmaline when meditating. I like to start my day off with the following Root Chakra affirmation: “I am connected to Mother Earth and know the security of being grounded in reality, in the moment. My needs are always met.”

I used to be a highly anxious person, battling episodes of depression and an autoimmune disorder (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis). Though each day is different, helping others ground has helped me look inward and rediscover my very own ground- and today I feel stronger than ever.

The Benefits of Reiki on Cerebral Palsy – Working with an Angel

I had never seen her sustain a smile for that long. It was a voluntary movement. Her eyes gazed up towards me, with a sparkle in them. She was relaxed, allowing me to gently touch her arms and move them up towards the ceiling. I noticed her breathing patterns becoming deeper; she seemed more present somehow. There were tingling vibrations and warmth emitting from my hands, and I know she felt it too. Comfortable and protected. She trusted me, and the powerful healing touch of Reiki.

Reiki: A Healing Modality for the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Imagine a space where you can completely let go. Let go of your deepest fears or worries, and melt your energy into the hands of warmth and safety. Breathing in love, breathing out any tensions or anxiety. Trusting that you will always come back to your heart center. Allowing the universe to support you. Knowing you can always come home to your body, your soul, your inner core.

As a Reiki practitioner, my goal is to ensure that clients feel open to experience whatever may come up for them- that they are safe, protected, and allowed to experience the depth of where their energies may take them. My goal is to not be a “healer,” but instead a channel for source energy, allowing the universe to do its job, ensuring the work being done is always for the client’s highest good. During a session, a client may feel heightened sensitivity, increased vibrations, a feeling of warmth and comfort, and fall into a deep meditative state. Colors relating to auras and chakras may be seen, as blockages are worked on being cleared. The goal is to promote self healing, as this is just the beginning of the energy clearing. Toxins are released, and a client may be inclined to hydrate with plenty of water over the next few days, and be prone to eating a healthier diet filled with fruits and vegetables immediately after.

It is also normal to feel fatigued, experience headaches and body aches as the clearing process begins- similar to any type of detoxification process. The body is cleansing itself, higher vibrational energy is integrating, so this is considered typical. Do not fear. Instead be gentle with yourself, as this feeling will not last. It will pass, and you will experience more clarity than you have in the past.

What can you expect during a session? During a session, you feel a Reiki therapist float his or her hands from your crown to your feet, conducting a body scan,  feeling out what areas need more attention and care. He or she will then lightly place their hands on areas of your body from your crown to your feet (of course with permission prior to beginning), for periods of time, some longer than others. It is often conducted on a massage table, with or without a blanket over a client depending on what is preferred, with clothing on and shoes off. The therapist utilizes symbols by visualizing them or may even draw them over your body. Some are meant for aligning, protecting, and balancing (Cho Ku Rei) or for mental and emotional clearing (Sei Hei Ki). The therapist may be inclined to call upon spirit guides (Dai Ko Myo) if they are open to connecting, or look into past trauma and healing through the symbol Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen. This symbol indicates that there is no time nor space, there is only the here and now. Many a time HSZSN can also be utilized for healing anxiety about one’s future, or for Distance Healing with clients that are not physically present for a session.

Typically a Reiki therapist will sit with a client to process what was felt after a energy healing session. The client can openly bring up anything that came up, and the therapist may indicate what chakras were being worked on. It is always interesting to observe what arises, and moreso, what goal areas can be targeted for upcoming sessions.

Just like trying any new medicine or method, it is recommended to try at least four sessions to see how energy work is as a healing method for you. How is it affecting your path and decisions over time? You may feel more clear headed and focused, ready and willing to step into your purpose. Just as anything enters and exits our bodies, so it is for our energy fields.

Hope this brief insight into the light touch Japanese energy based journey will allow you to consider the beautiful healing benefits of this modality. For anyone considering Reiki- it is a true experience into a realm of inner work, targeting the root cause of many issues, from physical health and processes into spiritual insight and mental clarity. Many blessings!

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As an Occupational Therapist, my job is to ensure that a client is as independent as possible. Depending on the age, motivation level, disability or injury, the “occupation” may of course be variable. As a Pediatric OT, one would work to ensure the child is meeting his or her developmental milestones, is healthily engaged in the occupation of “play”, and demonstrating independence with goals of handwriting, self care, and social skills for example. As an OT and Reiki Master, and witnessing the ongoing rise of autism and ADHD, it is hard to not see the benefits of integrating both fields.

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