Daily Archives: March 18, 2018

Spiritual or Energetic? The Power of Language

I have recently committed myself to talking more about and teaching more about the effects of addiction- I see it as an epidemic of our culture and I have experienced its effects, and learned to handle it better from an energetic perspective.

I am teaching a class, An Energetic Perspective on Addiction- a one- day workshop for people affected by the family disease of addiction- whether you have someone currently struggling with the disease or if the people are long passed away or not even in your life anymore. I originally named this class a Spiritual Perspective on Addiction….

I decided to change the name. I changed the name from Spiritual to Energetic.  A very good friend of mine who has been very affected by this family disease texted me when I told her about my class and said, “I just can’t do the spiritual stuff”.  Language is powerful- and I am aware of this- and this call to the word “spiritual” and how it can be a negative to some, was a good reminder. So, I decided to be more clear about my class by re-naming it Energetic- to bring clarity and hopefully not turn people away who could benefit from this class. 🙂

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I have actually found that finding my own spirituality and connection with a higher power has helped me greatly in understanding and living with others and in a family affected by addiction, but this is not what this class is about. It really is so much of a way to look at addiction and how to take care of yourself, to find compassion for you and everyone in your life, and to set boundaries, through language and action, especially on the energetic level.

This workshop is an opportunity to sit in a circle with others, to learn some simple meditation and visualization tools through guided meditation. Time to reflect on yourself, time to share or not share. I create an anonymous, brave space to learn this new perspective, particularly around energy and being drained energetically by others in life.

I am teaching this workshop, and plan to continue a support group for people who take the workshop, because these tools made a profound impact on my own healing, my own ability to set boundaries and find compassion.

This can be a scary fucking thing to face- the shame, the denial, the craziness of this disease. I am here to work to break down this societal shame and blame. Join me. Register here.

Reiki: Simple Tools for Transformation

I came to Reiki after getting acupuncture for years and studying Chinese Five Elements in graduate school. I set an intention to learn an energy healing tool and didn’t feel ready to or interested in going to acupuncture school. So, I started looking into yoga teacher trainings and I found one that included Reiki attunement (level 1 through master). I signed up for a year-long training and I went into it hardly knowing what Reiki was. The Reiki 1 weekend was an amazingly powerful weekend of learning and feeling and it helped me learn to let go of wanting to control others, among many other gifts. The Reiki 2 weekend saved my life, and my marriage, and my parenting in a way that I will write more about in a future blog post. In the beginning, I had zero intention of teaching Reiki. Once I got further into it, the teaching naturally came as the next joyful step.

I find that Reiki attracts people who feel that they have a natural healing touch as well as people who have no experience/awareness with this. In my experience, Reiki also attracts people who are energetically aware and are perhaps already in a healing profession and are wanting more. One of the beautiful things about Reiki is that it can attract not only people who don’t have experience with energy healing of any kind but it also can be a powerful supplement to other kinds of  bodywork, there’s a fascinating attraction to Reiki and its transformative opening is available to everyone.

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A lot of times people who take my class are at a point in life where they’re open to letting go of old stories or are in a transitional time and are ready for some kind of change. Most of my students report that they find clarity about life goals or path after their attunement. Reiki tends to broaden intuitive pathways and sensitivities to energy, it opens people up to their body’s power and ability to heal. Reiki attunement can support people in manifesting their heart’s desire and trusting life’s path. What I return to every time I speak about learning and teaching Reiki, is that it is very simple, yet so incredibly powerful and transformative.

The class itself is held in a  space where people share their transformations and speak about where they are in life. In this place of non-judgment and support, some students move through deep emotions on an energetic level.

Reiki is useful for self care because it is something that can be done on the spot and in the moment. If I have a headache or my stomach is upset, I can use it as a meditative practice or if I wake up in the middle of the night with anxiety, I can do whole body self care and it can help me fall back to sleep. Reiki is always there, I don’t have to go to a class or have access to a recording, it’s just there. And that is incredibly powerful and useful as a mom, a wife, and a human in this world.