<![CDATA[ - News Spot]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:15:21 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Love, Inside Out.]]>Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:03:19 GMThttp://ssccmetaphysics.com/news-spot/love-inside-out
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To love oneself doesn’t begin at the beginning. Until your brain has developed cognitively, and you are able to communicate complex thoughts, that is when the potential for love of self exists. I could reference the self-help masters and their books, including required reading in school (twice), I’m OK, You’re OK (Thomas A Harris MD) and Eric Fromm’s The Art of Loving, a book I’d like to return to someday. 

Religion often helps a lost soul find love of self. I won’t dismiss that; for many, that is their hope and salvation, but this is my take on self-love. To love yourself you have to learn from the inside, and only when you do that, will you be able to love others outside yourself.
Oscar Hammerstein, the brilliant lyricist who wrote unforgettable love songs with Richard Rogers, also wrote the words to You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught, as a deliberate protest against racial injustice. For those unfamiliar with the song, it is from Rogers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. Hammerstein argued that parents often teach their children to hate others because of skin color or ethnicity. 

I would also argue another related point that parents, with the best intentions, may reassure their child by saying: “You’re special” or “You’re the best,” while at the same time those parents display their own insecurities and lack of self-worth, a formula that often backfires. Down the road, if a child doesn’t develop self-love, that girl or boy will often hurt others to buy their self-worth. Teaching a child to love her or himself before he or she leaves home, takes courage. The parent has to be firm, to be kind, but also help their child see their self-worth through encouragement and mentoring. If the parents’ efforts aren’t working, seeking professional assistance would also help. Numerous examples exist where parents have done what they could to help their child discover inner strength and love; however, the child and then later the adult couldn’t believe they had value. Getting the child the help he or she needs as early as possible will only spare the entire family pain and tumult. Any mental health expert would agree that loving yourself can only come from inside the child’s heart and mind. 

I will admit, without hesitation, that I’m not a parent. Don’t want to be. That said, I like children and have friends who are parents. As an objective observer, I can emphatically say that the children who suffer the most are those whose parents refuse to set boundaries or enable dependence. I’ve heard the same rationale against this behavior from parents around the world (literally, when I traveled overseas). That enablement, like other bad habits, can be passed down from generation to generation. There are always exceptions, of course. Some children find self-love without parental guidance or interference. Often a parent or both aren’t present in a child’s life, or are working to make ends meet. For this reason mentoring programs remain popular.
Moving on to individual adults, many are desperate for acclamation. They wear an invisible label reading: “Tell me I’m wonderful.” They don’t consciously recognize they lack self-worth, however, obvious examples of these persons include artists or actors, some of whom willingly admit they chose their profession because of their neuroses or insecurities. What about the rest of the adult populous? Based on continuing blockbuster sales of self-help books, skyrocketing, hits on an unlimited number of websites and viewers of Dr. Phil, there isn’t a shortage of people desperate for answers. Yet all the questions often have one answer: love yourself and your world will expand, will bring unforeseen rewards. That search takes work; it’s hard work.

It’s easy to be critical, to dissect, to react negatively, to insult, to chastise, to humiliate or be a bully. There isn’t a profession that I’ve observed, and I’ve either participated in or had exposure to multiple fields, where the proverbial saying, Pride cometh before the fall, (The Bible) didn’t apply. The worst offenders often strut around with a facade of confidence and dismiss anyone who doesn’t play their game. Then, these power wranglers would disappear, sometimes long after they should have gone, when the officiating bodies would realize they’d been fooled.  Why the delay? Why would it take so long for the Toronto city officials, for example, to see their mayor is a fool? In my opinion, they were duped by a man who had seemed to be complete, but secretly wasn’t: he didn’t love himself. If he did, he would never have resorted to escaping by using drugs.

If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.
                                                                                                                                                                              - Barbara De Angelis
From the workplace and politics, and on to romantic relationships. Is it possible to love another human being if you don’t love yourself? Of course! Looking for love often involves searching for a partner who will love you as much as you love them, if not more. The less we love ourselves, the more love we need from our partners. In contrast, the less we love ourselves the less we are able to give our partners. More so, making difficult decisions as to whether a person should stay with their partner often revolves around self-love.

The example I present involves a woman, I’ll call her Ms. Self-Deluded. She stayed with her partner, a man for those who care, for a decade hoping he would marry her. When she finally saw how much she had been hurting herself by staying with a man who wouldn’t commit, she walked away and didn’t regret her decision. Then there are those who learn quickly that their partners aren’t right for them. They have the confidence and bravery to live alone rather than subject themselves or compromise too much to be in a relationship where they see no future.

Years ago I had a colleague who gave me confusing advice: “Don’t ever settle.” I’d asked her to explain what she meant, but she wouldn’t and returned to her room. Yes, she had personal challenges, i.e. she loved teaching, and loathed socializing. I never got around to getting an answer, for she eluded me the rest of the year. “Don’t ever settle.” Did she mean my career? Love life? Both were intertwined at the time. In retrospect, I wouldn’t say that teacher hadn’t been a model of self-love. However, her advice finally rang true on both counts job and romance. I did discover a career that I love, decades later after holding on too long to conventional wisdom.

When I realized my passion, writing, life turned around 180°, and if my career continues to escalate, or when my chosen profession becomes financially sound—it’s already fulfilling—I will inch closer to my expectations.

I’m still weighing the pros and cons of my romantic future. You see, I’m not the ideal of self-love either and have some physical limitations, still I’m confident I have a lot to offer.  More importantly, I know I can survive and savor life with or without a man, for I’ve done so for some time. I also know I have the capacity to give too much without expecting half that effort in return. Will continue working on closing that gap. As for reaching the apex, whole-hearted self-love, like nirvana, that goal may never be achievable. Personally, like many, I have issues to overcome, neuroses which show outwardly. Inwardly I have found self-worth, self-respect and am inching closer to true love, that is of myself.

Wendy Shreve, a native New Yorker, grew up in the wilds of the Lower Hudson Valley, climbing trees; connecting with nature. With New York City at her doorstep, she found a launching pad to new horizons. Whether teaching ESL in Singapore during the Persian Gulf War, taking a school group across ravines in the jungles of Belize, going solo in Bali, or drinking a toast to Picasso with a taxi driver in Provence, Wendy has never settled for the ordinary.

She received her BA at Smith College and MA at University of Montana. Along with teaching ESL at schools and universities in  Europe, Asia, and the United States, her professional experience has included working as a freelance consultant, publicist, and copy writer for organizations such as the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA, and Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro. Cape Cod has  inspired her to write the short story, Lamentations, published by Hamilton Stone, Fall 2011 for their Quarterly Review, and her novel, SHADOWWATER  www.shadowwater.net

<![CDATA[Dance as a Spiritual Path]]>Sat, 02 May 2015 01:25:27 GMThttp://ssccmetaphysics.com/news-spot/dance-as-a-spiritual-pathThe rhythms, the simple repetitive steps, and the primal connection of being part of a circle evoke in us an ancient memory. We form a circle, holding hands. There is a lovely seasonal center of flowers and candles to help us focus, and we move together to great World Music. The movement is mesmerizing, and as we are held by one another, we are transported back to a time when dance was an essential part of life. From slow meditative steps to jolly quick ones, our focus and intention generate energy that is universal, sacred and healing. We feel transformed.
There are many traditions of Sacred Dance, and most exist within a specific religious belief system and require years of intense, dedicated training. The tradition of Sacred Circle Dance asks nothing of us but to join hands with others in a circle and move together in harmony. It requires no special training or talent. There are no tenets or belief systems associated with it, although it seems to attract folks who believe in living the spiritual life with peace and equality. The circle is a symbol of unity, wholeness and cosmic order. The dance evokes the divine connection we have with the earth and the universe and the heart connection with one another. The dance connects us directly with Spirit, whatever that means to each participant, and generates energy for our own emotional well-being. for healing ourselves and the planet.

Sacred Circle Dance (SCD) was born around 1976 at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland when a visiting dance master, Bernard Wosien, introduced his work of reclaiming the spiritual significance of ancient folk dances in many traditional cultures. Today, SCD is a world-wide movement. There are people dancing together in small groups and in enormous circles around the US, in Canada, much of Europe, all over South America, in Australia, Japan and Korea. We remember that once in our collective past, we danced as a community to establish our place in the universe, to celebrate rites of passage and cycles of the seasons.

Sacred Circle Dance creates instant community among any grouping of people — young, old, non-dancers and even those with challenges. It is comprised of simple, basic, repetitive steps done to inspiring World Music. The dances are always patiently taught, and the general attitude is that there are no mistakes, so you can't go wrong. Any group of people moving together creates a unity of sharing, caring and harmony. And it feels good! You can enter a circle of dancers anywhere in the world and find kindred spirits, feel one with the group and resonate on a heart level. When we dance, the universe dances with us.

Originally, the dances came from antiquity where they were used as community celebrations of major life events like birth, marriage, planting, harvest, and changes of the season. Today, with the emergence of spirited and innovative World Music, we are creating new dances and new traditions. World Music has greatly expanded our horizons with new music played on ancient instruments, old music given a modern beat and bands that fuse different traditions and join musicians from opposing cultures. Our dances vary in mood from quiet, meditative, or mesmerizing to lively, funny, or joyful, and they still hold our world together. By dancing in harmony and with a purpose, we stay connected to life's rhythms, to the rhythms of †he cosmos, and to one another. The spiritual intentions of old folk dances resurface as Sacred Circle Dance helps us focus on our spiritual intent. The dances carry sacred symbols and spiritual messages that emerge as the group moves through the repetition of steps. Some of women's mysteries are said to be encoded in the dance patterns, for it was unsafe to express them openly. 

We dance to bring peace and harmony in the world. Sometimes we dance patterns from one tradition to the music of another with the express intention of creating a living, moving peace prayer, At the end of our sessions, we send the energy we have generated out to the world where it is needed for healing. With Sacred Circle Dance, you can enrich your life, get exercise, feel peace, make new friends and heal the world with very little effort and very much love.

" God respects us when we work, but loves us when we dance." — Sufi saying
Bobbi Bailin teaches Sacred Circle Dance in many parts of the world and runs a week-long retreat in June on Cape Cod where she resides. She is known for her original choreographies and has taught around the US, in Canada, England, Switzerland, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. She is a visual artist currently working with handmade paper, and she maintains a private practice in the Alexander Technique, Energy Work and Emotional Stress Release.​
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For information on the dance retreat on Cape Cod​
www.bobbibailin.com  click on Sacred Circle Dance Retreat for information on the upcoming gathering.

<![CDATA[World Laughter Day 2015 ]]>Sat, 02 May 2015 01:09:52 GMThttp://ssccmetaphysics.com/news-spot/world-laughter-day-2015World Laughter Day 2015 takes place on May 03. The first celebration was on January 11, 1998, in Mumbai, India, and was arranged by the founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. Laughter Yoga says: Laughter is a positive and powerful emotion that has all the ingredients required for individuals to master themselves and to change the world in a tubular way. The day is now celebrated worldwide.
The celebration of World Laughter Day was meant to be a positive manifestation for world peace and to build up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter and run-on sentences. Its popularity has grown exponentially with that of the Laughter Yoga movement, which is now counting over 6000 Laughter Clubs worldwide on all 5 continents.

The "laughter" is physical in nature, and does not necessarily involve humor or comedy. Laughter is easily stimulated in a group when combined with eye contact, childlike playfulness and laughter exercises. Fake laughter quickly becomes real. Laughter Yoga brings more oxygen to the body and brain by incorporating yogic breathing which results in deep diaphragmatic breathing. Laughter Yoga is based on the concept that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter - physiologically and psychologically the benefits are identical. 

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<![CDATA[Intended Miracle ]]>Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:44:38 GMThttp://ssccmetaphysics.com/news-spot/intended-miracle
“Did you meet someone?” Those were my mom’s famous words to me each and every time she saw me. She was my mom. She wanted the best for me. Her intent was completely unconditional. 

The belabored breathing, the sporadic heaves of her chest with her eyes involuntarily twitching was an invitation to death. I sat on a plain chair, next to my mom’s lifeless body resting on a bed, watching her struggle in making her transition from the earthly plain to the other side of life. I tried to quiet the lobbing pain in my heart, as tears poured down my face. I held her thin hand, streaked with blue veins on skin so transparent. I was frightened that my touch would hurt her. Her hand did not flinch. I remained another 7 hours, grasping her fragile fingers, listening to the hum of my mom’s inhalations, and praying that she would gently pass. She waited. I finally left to go home to catch up on some sleep. Four hours later, I received a phone call from the hospice nurse. My mother just passed at 11:45pm, September 1st, my daughter’s birthday. It was a beautiful midnight, skies looming with stars; quiet, peaceful with a gentle wind whispering in the background. I could feel the drone of my breath as I entered the building. The throb of my heart grew in intensity as I neared my mother’s room. I saw enough death and dying in my lifetime, and I saw enough dead bodies to provide me with a mastership on how to handle death. My proficiency was defunct…lost…nil.  
I walked inside the room. My mother was gone. No more grasping breaths. No more trembling eyelids. No more gurgling noises; complete, utter silence. I stared for what appeared to be an infinite amount of time. I could feel my entire body swell with overwhelming sorrow. I kissed her cheek, and told her that I would see her again one day. It felt as though my mother’s soul had lifted, her face reflecting a conciliation of sorts. I broke. My mother was at peace. She looked lovely. I was a mess.

I have very fond memories of my parents laughing and smiling together. The love they shared was genuine and playful. My father was exceptionally affectionate, and he would wrap his arms around my mother with such a fondness, mom would just crumble, laugh and two-step with him simultaneously. Witnessing such generosity of their hearts made me feel safe and equally as loved. The most important thing to my Dad was his family, and my mother reciprocated in kind.

Their relationship, certainly, was not without its glitches. Dad was in sales, and traveled often. Mom was usually manning the home front, while being the new face in an unfamiliar town. My father was excellent at what he did, and he was consistently promoted. Those advancements also came with more moves, uproots and new places to settle down in, with the settling being temporary. It was difficult for my mother to be extracted from an area she was just beginning to become accustomed to, however she was deeply in love with my father. 

 My dad also had his own storms to sift through. The wear and tear of being on the road was isolating, and the yearning for companionship with my mother magnified. Knowing they both would see each other, igniting their love was what was constant and worth the wait.

My father was an only child. He was born to an immigrant father and an American-born mother, both whom eventually settled in the Bronx, a then comfortable borough of NYC back in the 30’s. My dad played stick ball on the streets, and was fiercely independent. He grew up quickly, as most city kids do. His parents loved him very much, but they both worked. Thus, my dad was often alone. I remember hearing my father saying to my mother how lonely he was as a kid. He always wanted more siblings. We were already a family of 4, Michael being my oldest brother and then myself, 17 months younger, and mom and dad. My father wanted to have more children, but my mother was comfortable having two. 

Fourteen years later, my mother and father announced that they were pregnant. My father was overwhelmingly happy. Mom was a bit stunned, but not hesitant. After years of trying, both my parents were told they could never have another child. To this day, I never understood why they could not conceive. A new life developing inside my mother nullified everything the doctor told my parents. 

Six months into the pregnancy, our family planned a vacation to Maine. That vacation never came to fruition. We were hit head on at 100 miles per hour by another driver, who lost control of his car. My father was dead. My mother, my brother and I were transported to a local hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire, with no expectation to survive. Shortly thereafter, my brother and I were flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with the intent to save our lives, despite the grimness of our injuries. My mother ultimately was shipped by ambulance to Mass General a week later, where she shared a room with a nun who was to undergo surgery.

The doctor had come into see my mother, sharing the news that her husband was killed as was the family dog, and that both her children were not expected to live.

My mother’s belly was now protruding at six months, her whole entire life was completely altered, and the losses were simply too much to comprehend. It was a devastating place to be in, with no time allotted for recovery. My mother’s state of consciousness was unsettled, and any clarity was absent. 

The universe works in magical ways. The chances that my mother would be placed in a room where a nun was awaiting surgery were quite unlikely, given my mother’s circumstances. In fact, it would be presumed that, given my mother’s insurmountable loss in just one single day, a sanction for a private room would be obvious. The need for my mother to have her most private thoughts, without interruption, would be a priority.

This was no irony. There are amazing gifts in the struggle, yet very difficult to ascertain when we are in the throes of staggering anguish. My mother could not even contemplate raising another child knowing that her husband just died, and her two children were hanging on to mere threads of life. It simply was too much. Nothing would suffice for the staggering pain infiltrating my mother’s heart, not even another child. 

As time pressed on, my mother began to form a very beautiful and poignant relationship with this Nun. In her most despairing moments, my mother was able to share her deepest fears, most discretional and contemplative thoughts with a person she barely knew. They had a common bond:  a shared room. No matter what brought them there, they shared this room because they were supposed to. Every day, the Nun simply listened to my mother without reserve. She wept with my mother, held my mother and allowed my mother to be exactly where she needed to be. That room became a sanctuary of pure, unconditional love, a space that was protected and safeguarded from ravaged torment and loss. For my mother, this room became a safe haven, albeit the pain that was imminent outside of those four walls.

Through the lens of human reason, horrible things happen. Through the lens of universal understanding, horrendous things happen as a path to collectively stretch ourselves beyond our limitations, one person, one-light-bulb moment at a time. Initially, and maybe never, this was too much for my mother to comprehend. What really would be the gift for my mother in this horrible tragedy? What gift could my mother truly claim in her darkest hours? Would it even be possible for my mother to have more love in her heart, despite the loss of her husband, her dog and the potential deaths of her two children?  In one sweeping moment, the Nun offered this:  “This child, a gift from God, is here to offer you the grace and love like gentle breezes, giving you inner strength and peace and patience for your journey ahead. He knows you will not betray his trust, or dampen his hope or discourage his dreams. God will assist you in helping this child become all you mean to him.” Three months later, my mother gave birth to a beautiful, healthy, perfect, little boy.

Miracles happen every day. They do. They really do. Surrendering ourselves to the possibility of a miracle opens us up to limitless possibilities, even if we are unable to understand them. With gentle acceptance, regardless of how excruciatingly painful, we are able to stretch ourselves beyond any usual limitation that we hold. Whatever we are experiencing in the moment is exactly what we are supposed to. In many respects, stepping into that uncharted territory becomes the gift, and later the Miracle. 

Life does not provide us with the answers or the journey we thought we should have had. Letting go is acceptance in disguise, despite our circumstances. As our daily pulse of living and trusting becomes more vivid, we can then rally with ourselves and the unexpected can be dispersed into a gentle faith.

A Sufi Master once said to me:  “The only time we are ever awake is when we die.”  

I decided I did not want to wait that long.
Cindy's upcoming Event - SIGNS FROM HEAVEN

Come to this beautifully moving & powerful event that will ignite your belief that the soul never dies: A weaving of storytelling about real-live conversations from the other side. Stories and experiences will be shared. Q&A at the end.

Where: Historic Grange Hall, East Sandwich, Old County Road 
When: May 3rd, Sunday, 1:30-3:30pm 
Fee: $20.00 in advance to secure seat/ $25.00 at the door if seats come available Payment must be made in advance to reserve seat. Space limited to 100 people. 

To register contact: Cindy Barg, M.Ed, LMHC, Sacred Space, Inc. 917-580-0228 or 
Email: cebarg1@yahoo.com www.gettingbeyondlifestuff.com

Cindy Barg, M.Ed, LMHC, is an intuitive, licensed psychotherapist and highly respected consultant, public speaker and author, whose expertise lies in the areas of, but is not limited to: Grief, Loss, Relationships, Self-Empowerment, Transitions and "Getting Beyond Life's Stuff." In 1971, Cindy was told she would never walk again, or be able to have children, after a devastating car accident. To date she has conducted over 500 workshops all over the country & abroad (China, Malaysia, India), while operating a private practice & offering spiritual retreats.

Cindy counsels and consults with individuals in person or via phone consultations in Sandwich and Kingston. She is most recognized for her unique & gifted approach to healing, where she attempts with humility & grace to teach clients to tap into their personal power, grasping & gathering the threads of their life, no matter how profoundly tragic or joyful their circumstances. For more information about Cindy and her work visit her website: www.gettingbeyondlifestuff.com
<![CDATA[The Turbulent Journey to Self - Love  ]]>Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:28:56 GMThttp://ssccmetaphysics.com/news-spot/the-turbulent-journey-to-self-love
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"I'm gonna say the one thing you aren't supposed to say. I love you... but I love me more. I've been in a relationship with myself for 49 years, and that's the one I need to work on.” 

~ Samantha Jones, Sex in the City

        Love has always been easy enough for me to share and express. Being surrounded by supportive family, animals and children, love naturally overflowed from my heart and found others.  

        Receiving love, accepting love, and honoring my own heart has been a more turbulent journey. Could giving love too freely possibly be problematic? This question may seem silly in a world in which we love to say that love is about giving, and not receiving. Yes, it feels wonderful to love others, but what about receiving love? There was many a decision, in my earlier years, that should have flagged my issues with self-love, but I designed walls, fires, and excuses to block my pain and explain away my destructive behavior. 
      When I dove deeper into spirituality, and truly wanted more for myself, an unmistakable voice surfaced, a familiar voice; I've known my whole life. She is self-hatred, self-loathing, and she visits me daily- sometimes hourly. “Your body is huge. Everyone is looking at how disgusting you are.” Your skin, your teeth, your car, anything and everything I could hate about myself, Self-Hatred pointed out to me. Perhaps the nights I drank too much or partied too hard, I was trying to drown out Self-Hatred.  Sometimes when I argued with friends they would say the very things Self-Hatred said to me. They MUST be right, all members of the “I Hate Dena Club,” begun by my own Self-Hatred.  

What’s with the doom and gloom, Miss Dena? Admitting what my negative self-talk was doing to my spirit, body and life was the first time I realized—accepted — I was my own worst enemy.  Ironically, this was very good news! It meant I had complete control over what had burdened me for so many years. If I was in control, there were going to be some changes!  Luckily, I was surrounded by spiritual teachers and my two brothers who were on a quite similar, yet unique, spiritual journey.  I began the work: the task of taking that first, hard look in the mirror, and asking the tough questions. 

What do you want in your life?  When you leave certain people, why do you feel like a sticky mass has coated you, and you can’t shower quick enough, or long enough to get it off? Why do you wake up after drinking with best friends, and over-analyze every expression? These are not healthy habits, yet they had become my patterns. Now, I was on my way to reprogramming them. I had gotten through the first step, identifying them when they occurred, and finding a way to turn them around. Byron Katie’s four questions helped tremendously, but just by hearing and stopping yourself before the thought is complete is powerful. 

Once while doing angel readings in New Hampshire a beautiful woman in a sun dress and sparkly eyes sat before me. During her reading, an unhealthy situation seemed to be hindering her and she said, “I have a lot of self-hatred.”  “What?” I thought, “how could you, so beautiful, radiating love and positive energy hold such negative emotion?” I shared how perfect and wonderful her energy was. She talked about being self-conscious, hating her body and finally acknowledging she longed for a relationship, but was fully aware that as long as she harbored such self-hatred she would not meet anyone- much less the person who would compliment her highest self. At that moment it became quite clear - many of us struggle with Self-Hatred.

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 Where should YOU begin?

Admit the truth to yourself, and act accordingly. Catch yourself as negative self-talk emerges, and stop it in its tracks. Be Gentle with yourself.  Pay close attention to those who make you feel self-conscious, and spend a little less time in their presence. Observe how you feel differently.  Identify one area that you are truly talented in - your job, sports, photography… There are many, begin with one, and compliment yourself. If you are beating yourself up for words or actions from yesterday or ten years ago, forgive yourself. You were doing the best you could at the time. It’s time to let go. 

Look into the mirror - make up or no makeup - look deep into your own eyes; don’t look away. Go deeper. Then tell yourself you love yourself. This is especially helpful after a situation that left you feeling disappointed in yourself. Tell yourself that you are a beautiful woman. I am strong. If you are regretting words spoken, try to understand and explain to yourself; if I spoke those words while they may have sounded inappropriate, everything is for a reason so someone - maybe me - needed to hear them. Tell yourself “I will let it go” take a lesson and move on. Regardless of the situation, find the lesson, honor the experience and move on.

As you more easily identify and temper negative self-talk, you may notice that you also judge others silently, yet harshly. Catching yourself judging others is essential to decreasing negative self-talk. Judging - ourselves and others - takes up space in our heads, leaving little room for self-love, support or encouragement. 

Written by Dena Francescon. A Reiki Master, Dina created Pink Sky Healing to offer healing treatments and intuitive guidance to others on their spiritual journey.

Learn more: PinkSkyHealing.com

<![CDATA[The Foundation of Magical Mojo]]>Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:47:45 GMThttp://ssccmetaphysics.com/news-spot/the-foundation-of-magical-mojo
A great deal has been written about the health benefits of a meditation practice.  Thirty minutes twice a day can lower your blood pressure, raise your happiness level, lower your cortisol (stress hormone) levels, and improve your sleep.  But is that all it can do?   Not in my experience.  As I come up on my four year anniversary of a consistent mantra meditation practice, I find that it has manifested change in every aspect of my life from spiritual/ethereal, to emotional/material.  
When I began my meditation practice at a Chopra Center retreat in Whistler, British Columbia in July of 2011, I was at the lowest most confused ends of my life.  Although the worst trauma of my life was four years in the past I still had not been able to pull myself together, organize my priorities, and initiate the personal healing choices necessary to get on with my life.  100 pounds overweight, depressed more hours of the day than not, and unsure of how to put myself back together while getting my kids through school. Who was I?  What did I want?  What was my purpose?  I had no idea.

I started boxing as a part of my persona physical therapy and when I wanted to celebrate the first 40 pound weight loss calorie free, the opportunity to attend “Seduction of Spirit” crossed my path.  At that time Seduction was a 7 day retreat of around 250 people in which you meditated 4-6 hours a day, with people who quickly became “your closest meditating friends”.  My shift in this environment was profound, the personal shift happened in the first day or so, by the end of the week I was seeing small synchronicities.   Synchronicity is when you and the universe are so on the same page that you think of something and it shows up in your world.  You think of an old friend and they call, that sort of thing.
By the time I had been home three weeks I realized how consistent and important the shift was for me.  Since that time I can count the number of days I have missed, at least one 30 minute session in a day, on one hand.  Every day at least one 30 minute personal mantra meditation session (usually 2). I am stressed I will add another short guided (often musical) meditation using the Gayatri mantra or Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo to refresh my perspective or hit the reset button, when the day has been challenging.  But generally, my day includes just the one.   

There are some very practical thought experiments (Witches might call them spells) I have created which work in tandem with my practice to yield me materially significant results in the physical world.  I will offer two simple experiments for you to try, but bear in mind, consistent practice is the key.
My absolute personal favorite, is a tiny rhyme which always yields me a parking space within seconds of repeating it, unless you are looking in Provincetown in summer:  “Hail Mary, full of Grace, Please help me find a parking space.”  In Provincetown you may have to wait a little longer but a good one will show up within five minutes.  A friend of mine asked me once if I didn't see that poem as sacrilegious, and as I explained to him, not really, sometimes even Mother Mary likes to be asked for little, easily accomplished tasks.

“Energy flows where attention goes”.  At our core we are energy beings traveling through an energy based universe, we are more powerful than we can conceive.  But one way to get an idea of your power is to play with it.  By that I mean, set an intention first thing in the day (perhaps at your first meditation session) to manifest something you want; an unexpected cup of coffee, to find a newspaper or a penny, and then pay attention throughout your day.   And a hugely important piece of this whole process is to record your results.  I guarantee they will shock you.  Guarantee it.  You will not believe how many times in a day the universe will rise up to meet you if you meditate and connect.  But if you don’t write it down you won’t see how consistent the interactions are.
Meditation smoothes out the energy self, which is at the core of our being.  The image, which I use to describe it, is that of a magnet on iron filings.  When we lose ourselves in a single thought for an uninterrupted period it gives all of our energy systems time to reboot and re-calibrate.  The difference is the power of recharging in a state of meditative “restful awareness”.  This restful awareness aligns our energy differently, than the process which occurs when we sleep.

These are just two of the thought experiments I use on a daily basis since I developed my meditation habit, but there are at least half a dozen others which I use consciously, and some coherences I am starting to consider may be an outcome of my playing with these practices.  While looking for jewelry bargains on Ebay, I stumbled on a beautiful stick pin with a cabochon stone the color of bazooka bubble gum.  The pin was clearly old but the stone was brilliant, I started digging on the Internet.  It turned out this was a “pink sapphire”.  One of the rarest gems in the world at the turn of the 20th century.  The stick pin I picked up for 40 dollars turned out to be worth about two thousand, and a week or so later an 8 carat pendant showed up mislabeled and turned out to be worth conservatively  fifteen thousand dollars.  Where did the information and then the opportunity come from?  I think from my awareness, my connection to the energy and information stream I call Life Force.

Life force, prana to the Indians chi to the Chinese and qi to the Japanese, not even a concept to the ordinary western healer.  But quantum reality suggests that when we seek our most fundamental essence we find connection and I personally have found a life changing kind of empowerment.  

Cpriestess trained to teach Meditation and Ayurvedic Lifestyle at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad California. She is a Sivananda trained Yoga teacher who teaches and writes on Cape Cod. She has codified all of these experiences and experiments into a class called “Meditation 101: Foundations of Magical Mojo”.  Her most important teachers have included Deepak Chopra, Davidji, Krishna Das and Jean Houston.  Learn More about  Cpriestess’s Yoga Services. For more information on her upcoming "Magical Mojo" Series you may contact her on from her website or on LinkedIn.

<![CDATA[Is Your Water Energy Dead?]]>Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:47:22 GMThttp://ssccmetaphysics.com/news-spot/is-your-water-energy-dead
Water Molecules, in lab studies, show the reaction to vibration on a structural level, as the vibration of the sound increases the formation of water shifts itself into more complex structures of geometry. Water under a microscope not only showed changes with sound but also with emotion. Dr. Emoto began studies on the structure of water, to learn more about it’s composition. When he placed water from the tap under a microscope he found the structure was broken and created no patter. When holy water was studied, it showed very intricate patters of perfect geometry. He took this study further to see structures under a microscope given different labels view the pictures below. When we place the knowledge that vibration changes the structure of water in our daily lives, everything changes! Within our body we are made of more than 58% water.
What happens when we are sad? We often describe it as feel down or feeling lethargic, we tend to be inattentive to daily life. When something is going well and we are feeling good we describe ourselves as; on top of the world, feeling great, enthralled with life, excited. So we are already aware of vibration, it is within our emotional state. 

Scientific research shows that the level of stress felt changes the rhythm of the heart.  This energy
field changes the water we carry in our own body. So if our emotional state and our stress level, both are able to signal to our bodies water base, then we can now see how feeling "out of tune" emotionally can actually create a physical breakdown of body by first changing the water frequency we carry with us, that then breaks down the cells of our body.

The energy field around our heart is 5000 times stronger the the energy field of our brain and reaches 8-10 feet around our body.
There have been many studies over the years based on vibration and structure of water. Though many are controversial, they became aware that the frequency changes structure. Personally after my years of study and comparison of illness and emotional state, frequency and structure, I believe it worth my while to pay more attention to my mood. It also created awareness that what I am drinking matters, right down to its frequency.

You can start today, right now, balancing and cleansing your water. All forms of meditation and stress reduction allow water to restructure. Before you drink your water, or beverage, take a moment to  breath and give thanks, love and positive emotion out to your water. This also is great for adding more love to your cooking, baths, showers, and while swimming. Just take a moment, more if you can, to send out the highest vibration you can reach. 

Those who work with and receive Reiki, Shambalha, Energy work, Yoga, Acupressure, Acupuncture and the like also feel the restructure of their water. Often felt as a feeling of lightness or relief. The avenues of restructure are vast, but the awareness of what it is you're assisting in is much more valuable.

When you become aware of your vibration you are able to make a choice, one we often are not taught. Our mood, our vibration, is our own choice. When we take time to breathe deep, relax and allow things to be as they are, we are not only lifting our own energy, our own vibration and our own restructure, we are assisting to raise the vibration of water , our ripple effect is more amazing than we can imagine.

Written by Rebecca Lee AllenPublisher of South Shore and Cape Cod Metaphysics. 
Rebecca offers Life and Business Coaching, visit her website to learn more

Love the Process 

<![CDATA[Creative Disappointments-Don’t Let Them Get You Down]]>Sun, 08 Mar 2015 19:32:27 GMThttp://ssccmetaphysics.com/news-spot/creative-disappointments-dont-let-them-get-you-downWhenever we chase a dream or have an expectation, we are at risk to feel disappointed.  Disappointment is a big glaring NO in response to what we hoped for.  Those who study spiritual concepts have often been taught to write out wishes into affirmations or positive statements.  The laws of manifestation state that the more detailed these declarations are and fueled with energy the better.  This practice of envisioning is part of the creative life, investing our heart and soul into an idea and when it doesn't work, it hurts.  
What’s next?

Right away, it is best to do nothing and here is why.  You are feeling vulnerable.  Take some time and give yourself the space to heal before opening yourself up again.  Feel your feelings and honor them.  If you feel ashamed or uncomfortable voicing or expressing your disappointments, do so in journal writing.  You need to grieve for what could have been.  Everyone feels disappointment whether you are a child or an adult.  The fundamental difference between the two is how you handle and express it.  Children do not have the emotion regulation or control that adults can learn and put into practice.  No matter what your age you may need to have a temper tantrum, yell scream and cry.  Get it out in a way that is healthy and private.  Know that you can survive feeling disappointed because it is only a feeling.  Like all emotions that arise they someday will release their edge and subside.  Yes, it can be uncomfortable as hell although it won’t kill you.

Disappointment invites us to feel our feelings, take a step back and reassess before making another move.  We often think we know what is best for our life and how it should unfold according to our plan.  It is possible that there is another way.  Take time to think about where you are now and where you would like to be.  Write out some new affirmations and come up with a plan B.

Don’t expect anything from anyone?

Some may say they cope with disappointment by not expecting anything from anybody.  I wholeheartedly disagree and here is why.  For one, it is a bland way to live.  This statement suggests to me that a person has given up.  I won’t bring myself to restrict or dampen my fire, out of fear or resistance to a feeling.  I want to experience passion and joy even if that means feeling the bitterness of disappointment.  Being empathic and feeling deeply, I understand that I am bound to get some emotional scrapes and cuts in this lifetime along the way.  When I look at past scars, I can recall a specific incident that I survived and made it through.  

Change the direction of your life, do not shut down permanently or change who you are.

We have all heard the expression, sometimes a rejection is a blessing in disguise.  There is a time and a place for this well- meaning expression and it is not welcomed at the beginning of a disappointment.  When one initially feels the sting of disappointment, hearing that adds salt to the wound and is enough to make one want to haul off and punch something.  Before you do anything you may regret, take some deep breaths and consider the following example.  I once wrote an article which was criticized.  I was told that my writing sounds like it belongs in a personal journal and not in an article, ouch!  I was instructed as to how I could “fix” it.  I being the obedient writer changed it up and resubmitted it to be told that she would hold onto it for possible future use.  It was never published.  Not only was I angry that I changed my writing style for someone else, it still was rejected.  I placed the article in a file and didn’t look at it again for another year.

After this time, I decided to submit it elsewhere.  Not only was it accepted as is, I received free copies of the print magazine and was paid for my writing.  If it was originally accepted, I would not have received any payment.  Looking back in retrospect, I can confidently say that this closed door was a future blessing.  

Use your disappointment to take back your power

When disappointment shows up at your door, don’t doubt yourself and what you have to offer.  My lesson from that previous submission experience is I will never again change my style for anyone because in that act, I pushed my power away.  After all, numerous other magazines love my style and have published my articles.  I had a story published in Chicken Soup for the Soul.  I know on some level, people are liking how and what I write about.  Use this time of pain to remind yourself of the gifts you have to offer and where those gifts will be validated and honored. 

We feel upset when we perceive someone has let us down.  They have not lived up to our expectations of them, whether they know it or not.  Interestingly, we are the ones who have built up an image in our minds of who we think they are whether or not it is true to reality.  Be willing to let go of your illusions.  Practice acceptance and forgiveness for yourself and others.  When we harbor feelings of upset within it only causes us to suffer.  Call back your energies and move forward.  This isn’t about blaming or feeling victimized it is about standing more in our own power. 

There is much more to life than this one disappointment.  Focus on all the good things you do have.  Be grateful for other relationships and projects.  A part of keeping disappointment in perspective is being able to appreciate and continue creating with an open heart even though it is hurting.  Trust in God that something better is on the horizon because it is.  

Lisa Hutchison specializes in connecting empathic caregivers, helpers and artist to spirit.  She utilizes psychology, spirituality and creativity to help others fill their cup whether she teaches group or individual sessions.  When you give from a place of self-care, you feel energized and passionate.  Lisa, a licensed therapist, is also a published writer for Chicken Soup for the Soul.  Visit www.lisahutchison.net and sign up for her FREE newsletter.

<![CDATA[Celebrating Mikao Usui - A guide to the Foundation of Reiki ]]>Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:31:48 GMThttp://ssccmetaphysics.com/news-spot/celebrating-mikao-usui-a-guide-to-the-foundation-of-reiki
The Reiki community honors the founder of the system of Reiki—Mikao Usui- on the anniversary of his death, coming up on March 9.  The occasion of any anniversary inspires the mind to reflect on themes of milestones and achievements, as well as continuity, firmness, and strength.  As such, anniversaries are times for remembering the foundation upon which we build.  This article honors Mikao Usui with a humble overview of the foundational principles of the system and practice of Reiki.
When the heart-mind (kokoro) is healed, the body can be made sound.
If the heart-mind is healthy, conforming to a path of integrity, then the body can become sturdy.

- Mikao Usui, founder of Reiki
At its root, the system of Reiki changes the story we tell about health and wellbeing.  With Reiki practice, we strengthen and stabilize body and mind.  From this state of equilibrium, our emotions become more balanced, allowing the heart to open for loving energy and harmony.

With Reiki practice, we are not focused on trying to “achieve something” or “change something” external to ourselves.  We are, instead, concerned with cultivating a clear and healthy body-mind by becoming aware of, accepting, and shedding, impediments and hindrances (sometimes called “blockages” or “stagnation”) to wellness. In this way, we offer ourselves and others a peaceful, healing presence.  The only way to bring about these gentle inner transformations is diligent and honest practice with all of the components of the system of Reiki.

Although in the US Reiki is known primarily as a hands-on healing practice, it is much more than that in both scope and depth.  Originally, Reiki’s Japanese founder, Mikao Usui, conceptualized Reiki as a practice and a path to “invite happiness” into our lives, as well as being the “spiritual medicine for all ills.”  As such, Reiki is a practice of self-development and growth on all levels—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.  With Reiki practice, a process is sparked that allows us to cultivate inner and outer balance.  We connect to our inner selves in a warm and aware manner, and we connect to the outer natural and social world with a compassionate attitude of gratitude and non-judgment.

Foundational Practice 1: The Reiki Precepts

The key foundational tool for this process of body-mind self-development and connection are the 5 Reiki Principles (or Precepts).  The 5 Reiki Precepts provide a guideline for living our lives;

Just For Today

Do Not Abide in Anger

Do Not Abide in Worry

Be Grateful for Your Many Blessings

Do Your Work Honestly

Be Compassionate to All Beings

When we work with the Precepts daily, we make an impact on the kind of energy we carry and give out to others.  We create a world that we get to live in and share with others. The health of the heart-mind (kokoro in Japanese) is primary here.  The following three teachings--one from Usui Sensei; one from Hawayo Takata, the woman who brought Reiki from Japan to the US; and one from the Dalai Lama—reveal that the heart-mind is crucial and primary to our wellbeing.
Consider that not only do negative thoughts and emotions destroy our experience of peace,
 they also undermine our health. 

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
We know that what we rest our consciousness on becomes how we think, speak, and act in the world.  The thoughts in our minds, the words we speak, and the actions/behaviors we put forth, are the products of what our inner consciousness rests upon. The Reiki Precepts provide guidance, assistance, and support with what we rest our consciousness on as we move through our daily lives.  

The Precepts demonstrate that Reiki practice entails more than hands-on healing of others.  It is, indeed, a practical, accessible, egalitarian, user-friendly self-growth, self-development spiritual practice.  When we focus on improving our inner environment by working with the Precepts, troubling and distressing outer environmental situations become easier to respond to. As a result of a more solid inner state of being, every external challenge does not have to feel like we are being walloped.  When our consciousness rests on gratitude, inner calm, compassion, patience, and honesty in our endeavors, as opposed to our consciousness clinging to anger and worry, we cultivate a state of mind and a state of being more conducive to healing of others.

“I’ve been thinking about the precepts this week, especially the ‘don’t worry’ precept. I’ve found that I’ve been more in the moment, which has felt really good. I think I’ve been missing out on the little things because I’ve been moving too fast and worrying too much!” – Reiki Level 1 Student
So we always say that the mental and the spiritual together are the number one, number two is the physical then we put it together and we're all a complete and.. when you can say that (we are a complete whole) it means that you have given Reiki and Reiki has worked well for you. 

- Hawayo Takata 
Foundational Practice 2: Reiki Meditations

“In order to share Reiki (spiritual energy) with someone, I would have to first re-discover spiritual energy within myself” (Frans Stiene, 2012 copyright, International House of Reiki)

The system of Reiki brings us another foundational practice that is, again, less immediately related to hands-on healing of others, but related nonetheless.  The Reiki meditations are a second component of the system of Reiki that provide us with wisdom teachings and practices that differentiate Reiki from other energy healing systems.  

An essential Reiki meditation is a breathing meditation, called Joshin Kokyu Ho, to harmonize body and mind.  During this breathing meditation the practitioner inhales through the nose, filling up the inner lower belly space (the hara, in Japanese), and gently and slowly exhales out again, expanding the breath out through the nose and through all the pores of the body.  This seemingly simple practice has the profound effect of grounding the practitioner, allowing a connection to his or her inherent inner strength.  The reason for cultivating a solid inner self is in order to bring that firm, secure, steady energy to all of our endeavors and relationships, including hands-on healing of others.

The other Reiki meditations are equally accessible to the Reiki practitioner, and will not be described here further, in the hopes that you will feel inspired to discover these from your Reiki teacher.  The diligence, honesty, and patience with which Reiki practitioners work with the meditations determines the experience they will have.  As a whole, the Reiki meditations, when practiced daily, bring peacefulness, non-judgmental awareness, and inner strength to the practitioner.  Even if we just speak more kindly to one person on a particular day; even if we are alert to just one moment of gratitude on any day; even if we recognize only one time the suffering that our worry or anger brings, we have experienced the benefit of the Reiki meditations.  This is the frame of mind we wish to cultivate for hands-on healing with Reiki for our own selves and for others.  
Foundational Practice 3:  Hands-On Healing of Self
“When you lose touch with your inner stillness you lose touch with yourself; 
when you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.” – Eckhart Tolle
Many people assume that Reiki practice means hands-on healing of others.  Yet, one of the foundations of Reiki practice has always been self-practice…hands-on healing of oneself every day.  As such, Reiki becomes much more than a therapeutic intervention for relief from troubling symptoms to be used as needed, although that is one of the well-known gifts of Reiki.

Sometimes hearing other peoples’ experiences is the best way to shed light on Reiki self-practice.  Below are examples of statements I received from my own Reiki students:

“There were some things, personally and professionally, that were really getting to me, but now I can just let go or feel differently about them. My self-talk has changed a bit, and I’ve found that I’m far gentler with and less critical of myself. I feel more present at certain times of the day instead of just going through the motions. I even feel more connected with what I want and feel.”—Reiki Level 1 Student

“Reiki has been life changing.   I hate making statements like that, but it's the god's honest truth. I do a full or almost full Reiki self-treatment every night after I shut my laptop down when I'm chilling out on the couch. Then I do a little more when I get into bed if I feel like I need it somewhere. It's amazing. I'm calmer. I'm more focused. I feel GREAT.   It's so easy to do on the couch at night. And when I have a rough day at work, I walk outside, park it on a bench, and do self-Reiki. Totally helps me disperse stress and get grounded...and release any ‘pissiness’ I'm building up.” –Reiki 1 Student

The themes in these quotes are repeated by hundreds of Reiki students and practitioners who take the time for self-Reiki.  The benefits of self-Reiki reverberate through the practitioner’s life at all levels.  A sense of calm and peace are common themes.  And once one is in a state of calm and peace, mental clarity follows.  This means, too, that decision-making is improved, including the decisions we make about our own health.  We may discover that certain behaviors no longer serve us and we are strengthened to clear them out and replace them with more skillful ways.  With mental clarity, we may better access much needed answers and guidance regarding areas of difficulty in our lives.  Further, when one’s state of mind is calm and peaceful, one can more effectively weather the storms that inevitably arise.  

Since Reiki treatments (on self or other) are cumulative in their effect, most Reiki practitioners find improvement in any distressing physical, mental, and emotional conditions they have been experiencing, whether acute or chronic.  For example, following my very first Reiki training, with diligent self-Reiki, I experienced dramatic improvement in a vestibular disorder with which I had suffered for decades. Self-Reiki is also preventative.  By maintaining a self-Reiki practice, the individual’s system moves into a state of balance whereby the body’s own self-healing mechanisms improve and can be effectively sustained.

In a self-Reiki treatment, the practitioner serves his/her best interests by setting aside a designated time and space.  It takes discipline for anyone to carve out the time for a practice that may not “look productive” in a culturally validated way.  Fortunately, as the benefits accrue they serve as the perfect motivator!  

Once the time and space is set, the practitioner needs no specific ritual or ceremony, he or she simply begins placing the hands on the body, usually moving from head to toe, and staying in any one place on the body for 3 – 5 minutes for an overall treatment; longer, if desired.  Of course, we need not be “Reiki robots,” setting our clocks for 3.5 minutes as we follow the standard hand positions.  But the hand positions are reassuring and allow our minds to take a break from planning and organizing everything in our lives.  After just a week or so of daily practice, Reiki practitioners learn the hand placements well enough to not have to be vigilant about thinking ahead to the next one; the hands will simply move there while the mind can rest.  In this way, self-treatments bring on a meditative, healing state of being for the practitioner.  Many Reiki practitioners may adopt a more personal approach to self-treatments and may eventually shed the hand position protocol.
Foundational Practice #4:  Reiki Healing With Others

As a healing practice with others, Reiki differs from other energy healing practices.  

  • Reiki practitioners do not “use” their own energy in healing.  Instead, Reiki energy, or spiritual energy, is like rainfall or sunlight…available to all beings at any time it is offered.

  • The practitioner’s own ego and will are not involved in the healing, since it is not the practitioner “doing” the healing. 

  • A practitioner cannot “work harder” to “cram more Reiki into” a person.  Such language just does not make sense for Reiki practice.  

  • There is no need to “energetically protect” oneself from anything at all while offering a Reiki session to another person or animal. No white light or protection ritual needed in order to share Reiki with another person or animal.  

  • In a Reiki session, the recipient is empowered; Reiki energy is regulated entirely by the recipient’s system.

  • Although it can be difficult and challenging for us to refrain from being “the healer in the spotlight,” we must, in fact, get ourselves “out of the way”.

  • The Reiki practitioner does not diagnose the recipient.  Instead, following a Reiki session, the recipient may describe his or her thoughts, feelings, and sensations, rather than the practitioner making statements about the recipient or about his or her thoughts, feelings, and sensations.  Cognitive, analytical interpretations are not necessary, and may even hinder the recipient’s experience.

  • Because we are holistic beings, healing can never be linear; a more apt metaphor is a spider web.  We touch one thread of the web, and there is a ripple effect from it.  Therefore Reiki practitioners cannot be attached to a particular outcome of a Reiki session.  We do not judge our Reiki practice by outcomes, despite the fact that as human beings we can be easily addicted to external validation.

  • Although it can be difficult and challenging for us to refrain from being “the healer in the spotlight,” there is nothing we need to direct, control, exert ourselves for, or manipulate when offering a Reiki session. 

  • Shunryu Suzuki teaches about ‘Beginner’s Mind’, which is entirely applicable to the ideal Reiki practitioner: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.  If your mind is empty of concepts, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.  In the beginner’s mind there is no thought of ‘I have attained something.’  All self-centered thoughts limit our open mind (Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind 2011: 2).  

In the end, to me, what is valuable about Reiki as a practice and as a healing system is that it is a practical, user-friendly resource for ordinary people with everyday challenges, both big and small.  We can lower stress, promote mindfulness, improve our health and well-being, grow into calm and harmony, and care for others.

With hands in gassho (prayer position), I humbly express gratitude to Sensei Usui for his teachings.
Elise Brenner, Ph.D, Reiki Master Teacher, is a strong advocate for Reiki outreach, education, and empowerment. The owner of Brenner Reiki Healing in Newton, MA. Elise provides all levels of Reiki training, offers in-depth mentoring for Reiki professionals, operates a monthly low-cost Reiki Clinic, and is Chair of the annual Celebration of Reiki Conference in Massachusetts. As an anthropologist, Elise Brenner has researched cross-cultural healing practices, thereby enriching the scope and depth of her Reiki practice.  www.BrennerReikiHealing.com

<![CDATA[Tai Chi: A Chinese Secret to Better Health]]>Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:43:30 GMThttp://ssccmetaphysics.com/news-spot/tai-chi-a-chinese-secret-to-better-health
In the ancient Chinese medical text entitled the "Huang Di Nei Jing" (circa 200BC) it was said that giving someone medicine after they became sick was like digging a well after they became thirsty or going to war and then making weapons. The idea was that it was easier to prevent illness rather than treat it developed early as a part of Chinese medical philosophy and became part of Chinese culture. To this end Chinese physicians instructed people in diet and exercise in what we would describe today as "preventative medicine".
The development of movement routines came about with the realization that exercise was necessary to prevent disease. One exercise that came out of this quest for better health was called Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan. It was said to have been originated by a Taoist monk named Chang San Feng who lived between 1279-1368 A.D. Chang was the author of the Tai Chi Jing - the earliest known text that describes the characteristics of the Tai Chi movements. His writings explained the basic principles of Tai Chi. He wrote that the practitioner was to be like a great river that flows unceasingly, that is, being smooth, flowing, steady, and powerful.

Tai Chi was introduced in the United States in the late 1960's. Initially people didn't understand what to make of the slow movements but now it is a popular exercise that is even seen in television commercials. But what is this exercise that we call Tai Chi and what can it do for you?

At the foundation of Tai Chi we have a series of slow, interconnected movements that were based on martial art techniques. Nowadays the focus is on the health aspects of the exercise. The martial techniques are not emphasized. The Tai Chi movements are collectively called "the form" and is much like a Japanese Karate "kata". Forms or Kata's are essentially "dictionaries of movements" for self-defense techniques. They give the martial art student a method to remember and practice the different skills they've learned.

When we learn Tai Chi we are taught easy-to-learn movements that link together. If practiced regularly over time a person will reap significant health benefits such as improved balance and flexibility and because Tai Chi is meditative in nature it can also help reduce stress. Tai Chi complements and can help improve all other exercises and activities by teaching how to move in a relaxed manner.

There's a number of reason's why Tai Chi is such a popular exercise. One is that people of any age can learn Tai Chi. Because the exercise is not stressful it is common for students to start in middle-age and be able to continue practicing well into their 80's and 90's. Modern studies have shown that those who practice Tai Chi have lower blood pressure, reduced incident of falls, and are less likely to experience Shingles outbreaks. Another reason why it is popular is that no special clothing or equipment is required. A person can practice Tai Chi just as easily in business attire as they could in beach attire. The surface of the ground where it is practiced can be smooth, rough, uneven, wet, or dry and a minimum of space is needed to practice the form. But the most compelling reason to practice Tai Chi is that you will feel better every time you do it and the effects are cumulative - typically a person gets better at it with age.
Michel Czehatowski, L.Ac San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 1984 and has been licensed by the State of California to practice acupuncture since October 1984. Michel  has a Blog on Chinese culture: http://theriverlands.blogspot.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Michel_Czehatowski