Monday, May 15, 2017

What Does It Mean to Be a Reiki Master?

There's a misconception implied with the word "Master" when one says "Reiki Master", for it doesn't mean that one is somehow a guru or a master of anything. I do not master, or control, Reiki...rather, I let it master, or guide, me and my life. 

Because I'm a Reiki Master, I do my best everyday to be mindful of how I walk the world. I smile at everyone, I go out of my way to help others without wanting anything in return. I spend time in prayer and meditation. Or perhaps I was called to become a Reiki Master because I was already doing these things. 

I know that it helps me to ground and center every day. I know that since I made the commitment to dedicate my life to Spirit and to Reiki, and became a Reiki Master/Teacher, that wonderful things happen in my life every day...but again, I was already finding that to be true. After all, Reiki led me to my wonderful husband who I met at a Reiki Share seven years ago when we were both Reiki II Practitioners. We became Reiki Master/Teachers together. We laughed during our two month whirlwind romance about how we were moving at the speed of spirit. (Yes, we got married on the two month anniversary of our first date...and that first date was seven years ago today.)

One difference I have noticed with getting that final attunement is that I can handle more energy flowing through me. It helps when I'm out in crowds or at psychic/spirit fairs. I'm clairsentient and an empath, and I find it helps a lot to have gotten my third level because having that channel opened further allows more energy to flow through me rather than into me, so I'm able to remain more balanced and grounded at all times. 

I know that when I relax and trust in Spirit, my life moves more smoothly, I'm less stressed and all of my problems get resolved. I send Reiki to them, and it all works out in wonderful ways. So, being a Reiki Master has nothing to do with mastering anything, rather it has more to do with having faith and allowing Reiki to work through me, following its guidance and trusting in its wisdom. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Meeting Challenges

Raven's Prophecy Tarot, Dreamtime Reading Cards & Anglo Saxon Runes

I started a new part time job a few weeks ago, driving a shuttle van for a company that had to get an overflow parking lot for some of its employees. The shift was perfect and I love to drive, and I couldn't believe that they actually pay me to do this job! It was supposed to entail driving a 12-passenger van, but I had lucked out and that was in the shop so I started it driving the rental "van", a Ford Expedition...still bigger than most things I've driven lately, but a regular vehicle, not a huge van. 

There are two other guys who split the week on the morning shift while I drive all week on the afternoon shift, and they've kept telling me how much I'd hate the van in comparison because it wasn't as comfortable and it's much bigger than we need for this. I've heard that for the whole month I've been there, so it was with trepidation that I heard we were getting the van back today and was asked to come in to help pick it up and drop off the rental. 

Adding to my fear is the fact that we have to back this van up into its spot at night if we can because there's a lot of traffic into that area in the morning that makes it hard to back it out. That was hard enough for me with the Expedition because I've never been good at backing any vehicle up...and amazingly, that wasn't one of the questions when I was hired, or I probably wouldn't have the job! 

As a matter of fact, my first day driving with the guy who showed me the ropes, when I had to back the Expedition into the spot for the van and it took me a few tries, he said, "I take it you're not a backer-upper." Keen observation! No, I'm not...I do back up out of my garage, but that's it, and I've wrecked one car doing that by backing it into the retaining wall beside the driveway. I'm more of a backer-outer, definitely not a backer-inner. He let me know it would be okay if I couldn't back it in, he'd rather I pull in than find me there in the morning still trying to get it straight in the spot. 

I decided that after 38 years of not being able to back into a spot, it was time to master this skill. Lo and behold, I've done it! I even occasionally back my car into a spot now! But ah...that 12-passenger van...that was still scary. Just the thought of driving it, especially as today was a very windy day--the kind that has knocked down trees in our area--made me very nervous. But, those cards in the picture at the top are from my daily draw! It's about successfully releasing your fears and negative emotions and enjoying the journey, or road. 

So again, I decided to meet the new challenges presented by this and I backed it up twice while I was on the mail run that we do because at two of the buildings, it looked easier to back in than it did to back out. I did a couple of practices in the lower parking lot as well...and by the time I parked it at the end of my shift, I actually backed it in straight between the lines! time you're faced with a challenge that fills you with trepidation, decide that if others can do it you can too--and you might just amaze yourself with what you find that you can do! 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Metaphysics--How Do You Define Your Practice?

I planned to do a discussion around a similar idea relating to what being a Reiki Master means to me, but then a friend did a vlog post by this title and I decided to do a video response to him...and I must say, it was much easier to discuss this in a video than to write it all out! I hope you enjoy this brief video. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

I Believe In Tarot

This was a Tag done by another Tarot reader on You Tube, and I thought it was a really interesting one, to just talk about our beliefs about Tarot. This is short, it's a subject (along with all things metaphysical) that I could talk about all night long...but I kept it concise, just talking about my core beliefs regarding Tarot and how/why it works.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Surrendering Over to Spirit

I've been job hunting for a bit now so that we'll have a steady income while my husband gets established with his business and our income from that steadies out and while my own business builds. Once in a while, you've got to do what you've got to do so that you can do what you want to do! 😉

Anyway, I wasn't having a lot of luck finding a job and when I did they didn't work out for me. One was supposedly customer service, but it turned out to be more phone sales instead and I discovered that a call center isn't the place for me! I'm not willing to make myself sick to get a paycheck and that's what was happening, and since then I've discovered from others that all call centers are pretty much the same. So, back to looking for administrative assistant work! 

In the meantime, I was listening to Colette Baron-Reid's videos that she was doing to lead into her new Oracle School, and she was talking again about her journey from being an addict to where she is now, and how what changed her life so dramatically was surrendering to God/Spirit/All That Is. She mentioned that kneeling in prayer or supplicating in surrender wasn't humiliation, it was an act of humility. It was a reminder that I needed.

I stretch every morning and one of my stretches is the supplication pose, and I used to do a conscious surrender but it's been a while since I've done so. Instead I've been doing one of many gratitudes then. I decided to change it and start doing as she said and saying, "Thy Will be done through me, use me as an instrument of Your work and guide me to where I need to be." I started that on Thursday, did it Friday, took the weekend off because we painted at my in-laws' house, then did it again last Monday--and out of the blue I got an email later that day asking if I was still interested in a job I'd applied for several months before and had never heard anything further about...and suddenly, here it was! 

Now, the other amazing thing is that in debating about schedules in looking for work, both first and second shifts had pros and cons for me and my family. First shift means working when businesses are open so you have to take time off to do anything, and also that our dogs are crated all week long while everyone's at work or college (we still have one adult son living here). Second shift means that I go to work as my husband is coming home, so the dogs are with someone all day and able to be loose, and I can go do things during business hours if needed, but he and I become ships passing by each other. 

So, what shift was this job? A mid shift of early afternoon to mid-evening! And it's driving a shuttle van for a company, so I'll be getting paid to drive people around and talk to them! Honestly, I couldn't have designed something better for myself. It's low-stress, still allows me to stick to my morning routine and to be home at night with my husband. The dogs will occasionally need to be crated for a couple of hours, but not all day and almost's a win/win for all of us. 

I don't believe in coincidence. The woman who hired me explained why it was so long between when I applied and when I was contacted, changes that happened along the way that actually created this perfect shift, and Spirit offered it up when I finally was ready and surrendered. So if you need help, you feel like you're drowning in your life and you want to send out an SOS, I suggest you Surrender Over to Spirit and be open for miracles to unfold. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My Journey with The Tower

Image from The Druidcraft Tarot

Back in 2006 I was dating a wonderful man (actually, we'd handfasted by the old way), owned my own house and car, but was working a sales job and struggling to keep my bills paid. I did a reading to see how it would all turn out, laying out a Celtic Cross for an overview and outcome of my situation, and in the final outcome position I got The Tower. 

My view of The Tower then was pretty grim as I understood it only as a card of loss and destruction, losing everything, which is actually exactly what happened. Both my house and my car were repossessed within about a month of each other, and that wonderful man I was handfasted to had to help me out drastically. He was living with his sick elderly father to help him out, but he bought me a car and moved me in with him and his father. I had to live in the basement because his father was Catholic and old-fashioned and to him we weren't married (we never told him about the handfasting). Eventually Gene and I got married legally, his father was put in a care center, and Gene was diagnosed with cancer. I lost him and his father within six months of each other in 2007. It was a very long journey with the loss and destruction of The Tower, and I hated getting that card in readings! 

However, things always do work out for the best. I still own that lovely home, I've made it my own, and I've remarried to a wonderful man. My life has changed dramatically and I am far from being the person I was when I did that a very good way. I've learned and grown a lot.

I've come to a better understanding of The Tower and now I tell people that their lives are about to get shaken and stirred, and it might be scary for a while as you go through some massive changes, but in the end all will work out and you'll be in a better place. I think of it now as "the snow globe card".