Lessons learned. Life is always teaching us.

Lessons learned. Life is always teaching us.

Just when you think “I got this” the universe steps in and continues to teach you lessons. I am on my last full day of a long  2 1/2 week vacation.

There were two special events that this trip encompassed, a Reiki Retreat in Sedona Az and the wedding of my Nephew in Central California.

The retreat that I went with friend and Reiki Master Kate Cook from Kate’s Reiki Essential, was absolutely amazing. Was it the highlight of my year? No, because my life is full of amazing moments but it was up there in the top 5!  We learned more wonderful Reiki Techniques, bonded closer as friends, made new friends, ate healthy and healed.

It was hard to return to everyday life after such a spiritual, loving time but we did it.

The rest of the trip was filled with more family and friends. I got to see beloved family members that I hadn’t seen in years who filled my belly with home cooked meals and filled my heart with love.

Family is so important. We are blood. We don’t often agree, sometimes we don’t even like each other but we are still blood. Many years ago we had some ugliness in the family, nasty words were spoken, anger was felt towards me. It was a difficult time in my life but somehow my heart was soften, I forgave and with that all the past ugliness was forgotten. That made my soul happy.

Forgiveness is so necessary for a clear heart.

The biggest lesson I learned was that I was happy. I may not have a fancy house, I may not have a lot of money, I may not have a fancy ride but I have a life. I have a passion. I have a supportive husband, I have Reiki, I have pottery.

I have peace and that is all I need.

Tomorrow I board a plane for my journey home and I am excited.

I love my life.

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I am a warrior. I am a goddess

I am a warrior. I am a goddess

 I am a warrior, I am a goddess

That seems to be my mantra throughout this entire trip. If you are just tuning in for the first time I am on a 20 day vacation, by myself, in Southern California. I have hooked up with friends and family all along the way which has been wonderful but most of the traveling has been solo, just me, all by myself. Yesterday completed the very last nail-biting drive of the trip when I drove from Huntington Beach California to Nipoma in Central California. That trip required driving the LA Freeway system. Ask the universeThe night before I sat down with my friend Loretta and we looked at the trip on the computer. No problem, I thought, it’s straight up the 405 until I hit the 101 and then smooth sailing. I knew the 405 would be slow with way too much traffic so I chose to leave around 9:30 am hoping to get the “just after rush hour and just before lunch” traffic which would be a tad slower. I was ready to drive slow and easy, singing country songs and munching on granola. But my GPS app, Waze, had other ideas and it took me off the 405 to the 605. When Amy, the voice of my GPS, started telling me the 605 turn off was up ahead I debated whether to follow my planned route or this new route. In my life I try to follow the path the universe puts out for me because I knew it, and my angels had my back. For this reason I chose to follow Amy and took the unfamiliar path. Traffic opened up before me. Yeah Universe! I was proud of myself for listening and following and I knew that for what ever reason I was exactly where I was supposed to be.

It’s not to bad here but slow enough to take a picture!

Then she put me on another Freeway, and then another, and I saw the city scape of LA looming ahead and began to have doubts. Traffic started to slow down. The Freeway became smaller, the roads older. I asked the Universe “What’s up with this” and the answer was “face my fears”. My response was “we could have saved that for later! “ But I was where I was and there was no turning back so I kept driving forward trusting in my GPS, my angels and the universe. By now I was on  the 101, the Freeway that I needed to be on to follow the coast, but I was in the heart of LA and the Hollywood sign was in sight. And then Amy wanted me to get off the freeway. AH…..WHAT? NO FRIGGIN WAY UNIVERSE. Now I had a decision to make. Follow the new path laid out for me or follow the path I knew would take me to my destination. We have those decisions as well to make everyday in our lives. I saw the road before me that I knew would eventually get me to where I needed to be and a suggested path that was unfamiliar, scary but would get me there a bit sooner. I chose the easier path, the path I was already on. Although the universe will always direct you to your destination, sometimes we have to make the decision to follow our own guidance. And here is another thought on this situation… Because I went into this drive with the fear of driving the LA traffic, that is what I was focused on and I attracted exactly what I was putting so much energy into, LA traffic. Eventually I drove out of LA, out of Hollywood, the roadway opened up and I made it to my destination. As I did so I knew I could do anything I set my mind on, that I was strong, I am a warrior, I am a goddess! I got this! And you can too!!

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The universe paid off our motorhome. Yes it really did!!

The universe paid off our motorhome. Yes it really did!!

The universe definitely provides for you when you ask. Manifesting what you need is a real thing.

Let me share a story with you that just happened to me and Ben.

Back in 2008 Ben and I bought a 40′ motorhome because we love traveling and we love our two cocker spaniels and this was a perfect solution. We looked at many models before we chose the one we bought because we needed something that we could live in, with the hope of being Full Time RVers. We did a lot of traveling for the first four years but then we moved to Oklahoma, on a beautiful piece of property, built our forever home and nested.

Our small home faces a beautiful pond and a beautiful mountain and we were content. We looked around us and thought “where could we possibly go that is more beautiful than this”.

Our motorhome went unused.

But we still had pretty hefty payments left, basically the only payments we had left before becoming debt free.

We really love the motorhome and the idea of just being able to pack up and go but disliked the monthly payments on something we rarely used. We had two choices… sell the motorhome or pay it off. Hum….

Selling was our only option. We ran ads and had people come look but No takers. It was discouraging.

Last November (2016) I read a post on The Goddess Circle about writing yourself a check from the universe during a New Moon. The energy of a new moon is the perfect time to put forth to receive abundance and prosperity. So I wrote myself this check from the Universe.

You can see the focus of the check was too pay off the motorhome. My intention was set, let the manifesting begin.

So I waited, and waited, and nothing happened. But I had faith in the universe. I continually reminded the universe of our desire. We placed ads to sell it, I created crystal grids, and I would pick up every stray penny and thank the universe for my abundance. You can read more about that here.

Then the miracle happened.

Ben and I are wanting to retire and just create our art. We had been slowly downsizing our main business as my 62 birthday approached. I had my pottery studio and Ben had his wood shop and we were ready to begin the next phase of our lives. We said “It’s time to sell the business”.

Ben had been talking off and on to a competitor about buying our business so he called him up, the deal was struck and within a month or business changed hands.

And we now have the money to pay off the motorhome.

The timing was absolutely perfect which is what the universe was waiting for.

So you see, even if what you are wanting or asking for doesn’t show up in your time table, the universe knows when the timing is right.

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1234- Just ask your Angel

1234- Just ask your Angel

I don’t suggest I am an expert on Angels, I am most certainly not. I can not see them, feel them, talk to them or take a photo and see them as orbs, but not without lack of trying. My book shelf is filled with all sorts of ideas on how to communicate with guides and angels but these most of these techniques are lost on me. Angel number on receiptIf you are the same way, believe me, you are not alone! Although It would be grand to sit cross legged on my bed and have a heart to heart with my angelic companion, it doesn’t happen that way for me. But that doesn’t mean I stop trying and I have had several experiences to confirm that, even though I can’t hear them, they are most certainly hearing me. So on with my story…… I was in line waiting to check out for my weekly grocery shopping when I said (in my head so I wouldn’t be considered a fruitcake) “Angels, what do you need me to know today” and I flashed on to look at the final cost of my grocery bill. When I looked I was quite disappointed to not see any repetitive numbers like $111.11. These are the angelic numbers that I was used to seeing. After disappointedly shoving the receipt in my purse I was impressed to “look again”. And that is when I really saw it. My total was $112.34. A sequential set of numbers! Hum, did that mean anything? So before I even got home and while my hubby was driving, I was googling, and sure enough, it meant something! My first stop was at Doreen Virtues angel website since her work with Angels and angel numbers is the one I trust most. She says that the number sequence 1234 is indicative that it is time to simplify my life and make it more predictable. It’s time to release the extra baggage I may carry. Release, let go and simplify. Yeah, I can do that. Melanie Beckler on her Ask-Angels website states that angel numbers are the most common method for angels to reach out to us. Her thought on the sequence 1234 is that the angels are encouraging me on, to let me know I am on the right track and to keep it simple as, well you know, like 123! And since the numbers are going up they are acknowledging my progression towards higher vibration and encouraging me to continue. Start to be aware of the numbers popping up around you, for they are communications from your angels. Numbers can come into your awareness from loads of places. For three nights in a row I woke up and looked at the clock and it was 3:33. My angels certainly had a message for me those nights. Perhaps you will become aware of a number sequence on the license plate in from of you, or a phone number on a bill board. Normally we pay little attention to these things but if we are made aware, take that a sign and pay attention. I thank my angels for being here with me, for their encouragement and for their guidance.
Traveling with Reiki and Crystals

Traveling with Reiki and Crystals

Traveling can be an absolute joy but it can also be filled with anxiety and anxiousness. Whether you are traveling by car, train or airplane make it a less stressful, safer trip with the use of Reiki and Crystals,

As I write this I am in Utah visiting with my son and his beautiful family. The trip was anticipated with joy as we would be able to spend 3 wonderful days playing with our two youngest grandchildren.

We were flying out of a small airport in Fort Smith Arkansas, 1/2 hour from our home, changing planes in Dallas and arriving in Salt Lake City by 7:30 that evening. The schedule was perfect, no rushing, hustling, standing in lines. We had a decent layover in Dallas, enough time to comfortably find our next gate and then have a leisurely lunch before the final leg of our journey.

As I always have Crystals on me, for this trip I chose several that would help with the journey.

  • Malachite– Malachite is the perfect crystal for traveling especially when traveling by plane or car because it is a protective stone.  Rumor has it that malachite will crumble if there is danger ahead so it works well as a warning signal. It also helps if you are afraid of flying, which I am not, but many are. It also helps with jet lag.

 

  • Moonstone– Moonstone is known as a stone for travelers offering protection as well as helping with jet lag. I wore my moonstone and garnet ring just for this reason.

 

Moonstone and Garnet Ring

My moonstone and Garnet ring

  • Amethyst– because of its calm nature having a piece of Amethyst with you can help overcome anxiety. Also a protective stone Amethyst can also help with being flexible with changes which often occur during travel. You just never know what’s going to happen. I carried a chevron Amethyst in my pocket as a worry stone and when things got crazy in our trip I relied on it heavy.

 

There are other stones that will be perfect for traveling and they are beautifully outlined on OriginStones.com. I had several other stones they recommended but I just chose a few since I wear most of my crystals in a medicine bag (which, by the way, I had to remove and place in a bin during security check).

I always have a tumbled Quartz crystal in my bag to enhance the other crystals. My natural Citrine is there to keep whatever is in my bag energetically cleansed and black tourmaline as an overall protective stone.

Reiki comes through for me.

On this particular flight there were delays from the very beginning which could have been very anxiety creating. Our first flight was delayed 1 1/2 hours which was all the time we had to make our next flight. I had never missed a flight before so I had no idea how to deal with the situation so I started sending Reiki.

As we finally boarded our first flight the online schedule still showed our connecting flight on time. We would not be getting into the airport to connect with it in time. As I sat in my seat I began sending Reiki.  I used the Power symbol to send Reiki to the overall situation, then the Emotional symbol for myself to keep me calm. I sent Reiki to the future with the long distance symbol that we would be able to get something resolved.

Then I started visualizing. I visualized us getting on the next flight, our original flight. I visualized us seeing our family and grandkids as we arrived at their airport on time. I saw us giving big bear hugs, finding our luggage and driving to their home.

While we were in the air I continued to check flight status in case our connecting plane was delayed, just long enough for us to reach the gate. What I found instead was that we had automatically been booked on the next flight out of Dallas, at 7:30. (Big shout out to American Airlines for this).

Ok, I thought, I could live with that! A slight delay but it would still get us into Salt Lake City at a reasonable time.

We did not hurry as we deplaned because we had a few hours to kill before boarding the new flight. As we were walking out I happened to glance up at the flight board and saw that our original flight was delayed by 20 minutes! Enough time for us to make it.

Dallas Airport is big and can be confusing but they have an amazing and fast tram system. We were able to get on our original flight and all our luggage was there waiting for us when we arrived.

It turned out exactly how I envisioned it.

I sometimes feel that I have magic at my fingertips when I am able to use Crystals, Reiki and Law of Attraction for my highest and greatest good. It never ceases to amaze me when using these gifts gives me personally such great rewards. It reminds me that we are able to create out our life by sending out the highest and best vibrations.

The Universe is listening. What are you saying to it?


Reiki Journal August 6 2016

I think a lot about Reiki, its so much apart of my life. I make notes in notebooks all over my house that when I do need a bit of past information I really have no idea where I put it. Maybe I should be putting lessons learned here!!

So here are a few notes that I jotted down from reading, thinking and learning.

At the beginning of a Reiki Session I have always vacillated and basically winged opening up the Reiki Channel. Its never the same for me. I don’t have an established prayer. With my level 1 class coming up I didn’t think it was right to just tell the students to “wing it” so I jotted down a few thoughts that really should be in an opening prayer (which i say silently while drawing the symbols on my hands and over the client)

This prayer should come from your heart and in your own words. It should say something to the effect of:

I thank you for the opportunity to be a clear and open channel of Reiki Energy which I know flows through me and not from me. I set aside my ego and my personality and trust Reiki that it will be for the highest and greatest good of all. I also trust Reiki to guide me during this session and I will not be concerned about outcome nor have expectations. I am grateful for this gift and any healing that takes place today.

Another tidbit of advice i jotted down was “Put your hands on your client and get out of the way” I know that sorta sounds weird but Reiki can be done hands on or hands off. Remembering that we are just channels for the energy and not directing it we need to stay intuitive with our hand positions and allow Reiki to guide us. We also need to step aside (put our ego away) and just concentrate on the energy, allowing it to do what it needs (get out of the way)