Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Part 3: Healing Hands


Artwork I did of my 'healing hands' in pastels

Unaware I was, at first, of my hands having the (potential) ability to heal, that is, assist in the healing process, whether myself or others - I am only a channel or instrument of healing energy - until I took classes in Dahn yoga. "Dahn" refers to "primal vital energy" in Korean. They utilize physical exercises "as a blend of yoga, tai chi, and martial arts exercises." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahn_yoga) I would personally add to that "intense."

"According to Dahn Yoga Basics, a book published by Dahn Yoga Education, Dahn Yoga has "three unique characteristics: the mastery and use of energy, enhancing the body-brain connection, and self-managed, holistic health care. The practice draws upon traditional notions of ki, also known as chi or qi." (I referred to these terms two days ago.)

Almost two years ago when I learned Reiki (see posting July 21st, two days ago), I was re-introduced to the concept of my hands as instruments of healing.

During a dahn yoga class, we were experimenting with energy by rubbing our palms briskly together and then pulling them apart slowly at first, then moving them closer and farther apart. I was surprised yet delighted when I noticed the sensation of heat between my hands - see picture below - and also tingling or prickles, feeling at times like lines and other times like small or tiny bubbles.

Similarly many years ago, a woman was demon- strating how to feel energy in one's hands. I experimented holding my palms close together at first, then pulling them farther and farther apart, slowly at first. At the time, I could not feel any sensation on or in between the palms of my hands.

In an earlier blog post I had written, "I find it interesting that this year is the first when a few healing modalities have come across my path synchronistically that I have been drawn to explore; all involve my hands." And I go on to say, "I never thought of myself as a healer, never thinking I had the ability to heal..."

I have, however, known for quite some time that my hands are important in my calling or individual life purpose. This, because my hands sometimes channel my writings when the words and phrases come to me easily and effortlessly, sometimes fast and furious like a river, but oftentimes in bits and pieces.

My hands also do their own magic by performing spontaneous rhythms through loud or wild gestures speaking emphatically (which my parents denounce), but more often that not on a more subtle level (and sometimes not) when they move spontaneously in an intuitive way. It's challenging to explain this in words.

A woman with a gift of clairvoyance ('seeing clearly', an intuitive or psychic terminology), told me a few years ago that she actually saw sparkles around my hands. She furthermore informed me that I was accessing or retrieving information from the past when I moved my hands in a certain way; I do this particular movement quite regularly, especially when attempting to recall information.

Some of you may think this is all "woo woo", strange/unusual/weird phenomena; however, remember that Jesus healed people with his hands. There are also Christian and/or other religions that practice the 'laying on of hands.' I used to be a member of one where the priesthood (only men) performed this and it was a common occurrence for blessings of all kinds, including healings.

Do you think you might have healing hands? Have you ever tried the hand experiment above? Do you think your hands are capable of healing others or yourself?

NB: I am not endorsing any particular healing modality. You are responsible for the choices and actions you take. Discern what is right and best for you in whichever way you do that whether through researching, praying, etc. I am only relaying my own experiences here. This is part of my personal journey.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Part 2: My Second Healing Modality (How I Overcame a Phobia)

During yesterday's post, I spoke about Usui Reiki, a natural form of healing. Today, I am featuring the second healing modality which I experienced. This was powerful for me as I overcame a major fear: my fear of spiders which, believe me, was a HUGE deal, at least it was for me! Would you like to know how I did that?

The first healing modality I actually learned was at a workshop with Dr. Lee Polous, a Vancouver-based psychologist, who was featured as a guest. His teaching was an alternative healing method, Emotional Freedom Technique, (EFT for short).

"EFT draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy (TFT)." It involves tapping on meridian points, derived from acupressure, on the body which can release energy blockages that cause negative emotions. "During a typical EFT session, the person will focus on a specific issue while tapping on 'end points of the body's energy meridians'.

According to the EFT manual, the procedure consists of the participant rating the emotional intensity of their reaction on a Subjective Units of Distress Scale (SUDS) (a Likert scale for subjective measures of distress, calibrated 0-10) then repeating an orienting affirmation while rubbing or tapping specific points on the body. Some practitioners incorporate eye movements or other tasks. The emotional intensity is then rescored and repeated until no changes are noted in the emotional intensity
."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_Freedom_Techniques)

During the exercise of listening to guided instructions with my eyes closed, I imagined a tarantula while tapping certain energy points on my face, hands, and body. I went from an intense '10' on a scale (of 1 to 10) to about a 1, even a 0. That, to me, was remarkable: how exciting! To this day, I am generally not afraid of spiders, maybe the odd time (like a huge one).

I learned this technique about 15 years ago give or take. The interesting thing is that I seem to forget I have this tool at my disposal until I read or hear about it from someone else. It is a very practical tool for not only dealing with phobias, but also pretty much anything, whether physical, mental, or emotional issues.

Have you experienced (as a recipient) or used any healing modality to overcome any pain (physical/mental/emotional) or any of your fears? How successful was it? Was it a permanent or temporary change? How did you feel before, during, and afterwards?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Part 1: My First Healing Modality


Photo of me with (rare) long hair at a fashion show a number of years ago

Ok, it's almost 9:45 pm, I finished a one-and-a-half-hour phone interview (related to a potential blog post), and follow-up email, and now it's time for my daily blog post. So I'm going to keep this one short!

Since my spiritual awakening over 20 years ago, I have spontaneously become familiar with quite a number of alternative healing modalities. (See post, December 29, 2012 for details, http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2012/12/well-i-did-it-again-i-cant-believe-it.html)

The first modality which I received and experienced was that of Reiki, a Japanese form of healing, hands-on-healing to be precise. The process involves transferring universal (life) energy known as Reiki in the form of 'ki' in Japanese, 'qi' or 'chi' in Chinese through the palms. Check out the various meanings here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qi.

If that seems familiar to some of you, it may be because you recognize them - energy points (known also as 'chakras') - on Jesus' hands and feet; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra. If that freaks (or 'weirds') you out, think of it this way: Jesus Christ and Mother Mary, for example, religious figures were depicted with a circular ring of light around their heads. That is called an "aura" which is essentially a representation of energy (to put it very simply), more commonly known as and referred to in religious iconography as a halo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_%28religious_iconography%29).

Secondly, I recall that Jesus had declared that we as humans could perform miracles such as he did and even more. Here is an one such passage: "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20)

Though I had wanted to learn Reiki years ago after I experienced it, it wasn't until about two years ago that I finally took Level 1 training.

I sometimes use this - for myself only thus far - usually if I awake with pain or go to sleep in pain such as when I experience a headache or tummy ache: it's very effective and can be/feel soothing and comforting.

Do you belief in the power of self-healing? Do you believe you can use healing modalities on yourself?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Half the Battle with UBC


Photo of me a few years ago by Roberto Kaplan (those were my signature earrings!)

I realize posting every day this month, thus far, that half 'the battle' is deciding what topic to write about. And speaking of 'half' I am glad that this Ultimate Blog Challenge (UBC) is more than half over!

Please understand, I do enjoy writing, love to 'write' actually - I type 99.99% of the time - and blog. However, at this time, due to full-time work and other responsibilities including community volunteer work, it is a challenge for me to blog on a daily basis. (I'm sure I'm not the only one!)

And besides, I truly wish to be different and stand out, not be like everyone else (ok, maybe not everybody) in posting daily or almost daily.

Really, who has the time nowadays to read all these blog postings, in addition to books and other writings (magazines, articles, etc.) anyway? That is why my preference is to write, usually, biweekly. Depending on the number of weeks per month, that entails two postings, sometimes three. I throw in an extra posting occasionally on a whim, when the urge and/or inspiration strikes me to do so.

Even though my posts have varied extremely, bouncing around topics like a striked ping pong ball, I am still on track, at least in my mind. More often than not, I do my best to keep with the themes as stated on my blog home page that weave through my writing and questions: our essence (beingness), authenticity, self-expression, and gifts (talents) in the hopes of inspiring and/or empowering some of you from time to time.

Originally my blog's intent was to inform people, the general public (particularly in my community) about me as to who I am and what my alternative youth choir (what I used to term "co-creative children's and youth choir") was about. Read http://www.xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2010/07/call-to-action.html (Call to Action) and Why Me? Why this Choir? http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2010/07/why-me-why-this-choir.html.

The choir is an ongoing project for now. I expect to relaunch next year if all goes well, that is, according to 'plan.' Time will tell...

For those of you who blog or write (or type) daily, what challenges do you face? What do you do when you are blocked with your writing? What techniques/tools/tips do you use to ensure you have an abundance of material/ideas/inspiration/creativity to fuel you?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Crepuscular Rays: Where 'God' is?


I love looking at the night sky, especially when lit with stars like bright Venus or the Big Dipper and/or Litle Dipper; those are the ones I know about and are easily recognizable. I can see them quite easily where I live. And I also love looking at cloud formations and the sky during cloudless days.

One such phenomenon that I love to witness is what is known as 'crepuscular rays' that seem to radiate downwards from the sky. When I first noticed them, I used to think, "Is that where God is?"

I was delighted to discover then that crepuscular rays are also "known as 'God rays' in atmospheric optics, are rays of sunlight that appear to radiate from the point in the sky where the sun is located. These rays, which stream through gaps in clouds (particularly stratocumulus) or between other objects, are columns of sunlit air separated by darker cloud-shadowed regions. Despite seeming to converge at a point, the rays are in fact near-parallel shafts of sunlight, and their apparent convergence is a perspective effect (similar, for example, to the way that parallel railway lines seem to converge at a point in the distance). (Bolding is mine for emphasis.)

The name comes from their frequent occurrences during crepuscular hours (those around dawn and dusk), when the contrasts between light and dark are the most obvious. Crepuscular comes from the Latin word "crepusculum", meaning twilight
." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crepuscular_rays)

Conversely, there are also anticrepuscular rays: "Anticrepuscular rays are similar to crepuscular rays, but seen opposite the sun in the sky. Anticrepuscular rays are near-parallel, but appear to converge at the antisolar point because of linear perspective.

Anticrepuscular rays are most frequently visible near sunrise or sunset. Crepuscular rays are usually much brighter than anticrepuscular rays. This is because for crepuscular rays, seen on the same side of the sky as the sun, the atmospheric light scattering and making them visible is taking place at small angles.
"

"Although anticrepuscular rays appear to converge onto a point opposite the sun, the convergence is actually an illusion. The rays are in fact (almost) parallel, and the apparent convergence is to the vanishing point at infinity." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anticrepuscular_rays)

Forgive me for not writing much today, but I feel I need to give my hands and eyes a break, and have some fun in the sun. For some of you, it may indeed be a day of rest.

What do you love to observe about the sky? Have you noticed either of these rays before (perhaps above the clouds in an airplane)? How did they make you feel? What did you think about when you saw them?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Do You See What You WANT to See? (An Enigma to Solve)


You may consider this post to be slightly "off-the-wall" as I am going with memory and not all the facts in hand, not just yet. So please forgive me in advance! And I have a favour to ask you, a request at the end, if I may.

However, I do wish to post about the following topic as best I can to postulate a theory regarding my blog post yesterday.

Have any of you heard of this scientific experiment/study/theory where an observer, say of a scientific experiment, discovers that by the very act of observing, he/she is actually able to change the results, i.e., that their act of observation influences the results (of the experiment)?

Essentially, that means that the scientist/observer sees what they expect/want to see. I know that might be a HUGE stretch, a BIG leap of faith for some of you; however, I recall that that is what I saw and/or read at least twice (once a few years ago and once more recently), though unfortunately I can't recall the movie/video/book title - I thought it a reliable source - nor the name of the author or scientist (?) concerning this study/science experiment/theory.

It may have something to do with quantum physics or particle theory or the like. The name of the scientist could possibly have been either David Bohm or Niels Bohr, but I’m not quite certain.

Namely, what the observer expects is what occurs in this particular study/experiment. If my recollection serves me well, I believe it was actually a scientist looking at something under a microscope - cells possibly or the like – that were acting or rather, reacting, responding to him, the observer.

I mention this because if this is indeed true, it has intriguing implications. As I mentioned yesterday about the weather, similar to the law of attraction (in that what we focus on expands either ‘positively’ or ‘negatively’), what would happen if we focus on something, expecting it to be a certain way, that is, having a certain result? Imagine this now with weather? Could this be possible or is it simply a preposterous idea?

Is this the “observer effect? “In science, the term observer effect refers to changes that the act of observation will make on a phenomenon being observed...Historically, the observer effect has been confused with the uncertainty principle.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observer_effect_%28physics%29)

Can any of you dear readers solve this enigma and tell me the name of the scientist and/or the name of the study/theory I am referring to above?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Heat Wave


This past week-and-a-half (if I recall correctly) was a pretty darn hot week with relatively humid days, on and off.

Some people seem to love the heat and soak up the sun like, well, like citrus fruit (growing) on trees. Me: I find it way too intense. I swear I melt, literally, like ice cream on a hot day, dripping over the edges. Where is my headband?!

Is the sun getting hotter, more intense? Is humidity worsening: are there more days that are humid? After all, I don't recall Vancouver, British Columbia being humid when I first moved here over 20 years ago. Or did I simply forget or overlook that? Am I just imagining that it is or seems to be intensifying?

Could it be that, perhaps, if you believe the philosophy of what you focus on expands or intensifies, that we collectively, that is, as a collective conscious, created that heat wave? I realize this might push your buttons and make you feel uncomfortable as I am going outside the box with these questions; however, do know that there are universal laws or principles that exist and refer to this very belief. There have been a number of books published on this very subject over the last two or three centuries at least.

Some of these books written by "new thought movement" writers include - check them out if you wish to explore this subject further - As a Man Thinketh by James Allen (originally published in 1902), The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles (in 1910), and Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich (1937). I'm familiar with those books as I read them years ago, except for Wallace's book.

The Secret, a film that was borne out of these books on 'the law of attraction' came out in 2006, with a book of the same name in the following year.

Ponder these questions: Is global warming a reality or just a theory? Did Al Gore, former USA presidential candidate start a movement, unbeknownst to him, analagous to y2k, the software problem in the impending year of 2000, in which society believedin the impending doom of computer failures?

Could we individually and/or better yet collectively, change events such as this from happening in the first place? This is a tall-order question I realize, though I do believe we can. I have witnessed first-hand, albeit so far by ear, accounts where miracles occur of healing the environment. If we can do it for the human body, why can't we do it for our planet body, Mother Earth? Hmmm?

What do you think/make of all this? Is this the first time you are hearing something of this nature? How does it make you feel? What else do you need to know or what would you like to know in order to make an informed decision?