Years ago, as new psychotherapist fresh from grad school ...

... I used the tool that I was taught there which was talk therapy. When I landed my first job as an in-school therapist at the local alternative high school, I used talk therapy to connect with the teenagers there. It helped to a point. 

Then when I was hired at my next job as the trauma therapist at the county community mental health center, I again used what I learned, applying talk therapy to adult men and women who experience early childhood sexual abuse.

I used this tool all day long. It didn't take long, however, to notice that, while talking about what happened helped, healing hit a wall. It was frustrating to witness this happen over and over and feel helpless to continue helping these amazing men and women heal.

That's when I began to explore ways of healing outside of talk therapy.

What I found was an entire world of alternative healing tools. I studied EMDR, sensory body movement, yoga therapy, breath work, Akashic Records, Shamanic journeying, flower essences. 

One of the things I found was Reiki. 

Pronounced ray-key, this tool uses energy -- the same energy that's found everywhere all around you. The Reiki practitioner uses this energy, either hands on or hands off, to clear, heal and balance the chakras (energy centers of the body) and the energy field.

When I began to use it with my clients, I noticed that they healed further and deeper -- to places without words that really made a long-lasting difference in their lives.

One of the things I love about Reiki is that everyone can do it. You don't need any experience, special gadgets or long training programs. A Reiki Master Teacher attunes the student to Reiki and that's it! In a few hours, you can learn how to do it on yourself and the other people you love. 

If you're new to Reiki, come in for a treatment by clicking here if you're in the New York/New Jersey area. Or find a practitioner in your area.

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I'm feeling it. I bet you are too.

We're going through incredible times here on Planet Earth right now.

I'm definitely feeling it, and I bet you feel it too. Here's what's happening in my corner of the Universe, 

I believe: 

You have chosen to be here now to express your gifts.

In forgiving yourself. It releases stuck energy that you need for other things -- such as adding your voice to the song of the world right now.

You can make room for all of yourself, especially the parts you don’t like and try to hide.

 

I’ve been digging: 

This podcast. As an introvert, it made me feel seen and heard. 

This flower essence. It’s new to my collection of flower essences that I use to create my Mojo Custom Flower Essence Blends and perfect for those of us who are feeling the upshift right now. Click here to learn about my blends. 

This poem.

 

I’ve been spending time: 

Watching birds migrating over the Atlantic Ocean when my dog, Ria and I go for walks. Walking outside is the best grounding tool I use.

Planning the gardens around my new home ... another grounding activity. I squealed with delight yesterday when I found Bee Balm at the local garden center. Bee Balm -- whose wisdom and support is energy cleansing -- will be the anchor in my backyard sanctuary. 

Expanding an e-course that I taught a few years ago called Inner Moves. It’ll be a 10-week intimate transformation of the relationship that you have with yourself and the parts I mentioned that you try to hide. Feeling a spark as you read this? Click here to add your name to the list where I’ll announce it first.  

Now here’s where the magic is — in our connection. So tell me -- how are you feeling during these times and what's helping you?

Four Things to do when You're in the Middle of a Spiritual Awakening

In my last post, I talked about three of the many signs that you’re having a spiritual awakening. So what do you do when you're in the middle of one? Like I said, spiritual awakenings can be messy business. 

Here are 4 things to do when you're in it: 

Zoom out & Notice.

Take a step back and notice what and who is leaving your life and what and who is coming in, without trying to change or judge it. Breathe in and out. This is a powerful act of mindfulness. 

Ground & Play.

Grounding is a soothing balm during a spiritual awakening, particularly if it’s the kind that kicks your ass. Walk. Do yoga. Ride your bike. Turn up the music and dance around your house. Spiritual awakenings are hard work and your body is having its own experience of it. Give it an opportunity to move and play.  P.S. — This’ll also get you out of your head if you find yourself in there more than you like.

Retreat.

Get away from it all. If you can go for a long stretch, do it. There are places designed for such things, like Kripalu, where I parked myself for a few winters. If that doesn’t ring your bell, take yourself to a place you’ve always wanted to go. If you don’t have time or cash to go away, retreat once per week. Turn off your phone. Don’t answer the door. Be quiet. 

Ask for Help.

Ask the Universe. Ask your guides. Ask your ancestors. You don't have to know who your guides or ancestors are. Ask it aloud in whatever way feels right for you ... for your highest good and your highest healed self.