Distant Healing – How Does It Work?

Being a distant energy healing provider, I am generally confronted by questions like – “How is it possible?” “How does it work?” Egypt “Does it work at all?” The article aims at providing tools to answer these questions.

By knowing the principles behind Distant Energy Healing, one is better equipped to find answers to the common questions that pop up in to the minds.

The principles are provided by Master Choa Kok Sui in one or more of his books.

The Basic Principle

It is very commonly known these days that energy of one person affects the energy of the person near by. People with excess energy tend to make those around them “happier”. Therefore, it is possible to project energy from one person to another.

Receptivity

The energy can not be absorbed if the receiver does not want to, which means, he / she is not receptive. This could be the case when he or she does not like the other person, does not want to get well or in general is not receptive to anything at all.

Interconnectedness

We all are a part of the larger energy body – the Earth. This makes us all connected and that is the reason why we are affected by the energies of people around us. Considering the fact that every one on this earth is interconnected, we can see the possibility of being affected of energy of anyone on this earth. This means, the energy of a person in China can affect the person in Canada. This is what is meant by being inter-connected.

Directability

There is a common phrase – “Thoughts become things”. This can be rephrased as “Energy follows thought”. What we think has the potential to be materialized by the principle of directability. If one is aware of how to direct, one can direct the energy by focussing attention at the place or person.

Now, this is what happens in distant healing.

  • The healer first connects to the supreme source of energy
  • This connection enables him / her to effectively connect to the client and utilize the principals mentioned above.
  • The healer, after getting connected to the client, scans for issue.
  • Cleans up the diseased energy, negative thought forms, entities, etc.
  • Disposes the energy in the healer's disposal unit (prepared separately at the place where the healer is working)
  • The healer then receives the energy from the supreme source and projects / directs it to the client and fills him / her with fresh energy.
  • The client now feels relieved and refreshed!

This is a very simple explanation. The process involves energy body and energy centers. This can be explained further in coming articles.

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Feng Shui and Health: Could the Sun Be a Natural Fountain of Youth?

Traditional Feng Shui is about learning to live in harmony with our natural environment. Feng Shui pays close attention to solar and lunar cycles, our first calendars – and how the sun and moon affect us. The Chinese relate the sun to masculine, yang activity and we know that vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is manufactured in the skin and processed in the body like a steroid hormone – increasing muscle strength and energy. Both athletes and body builders know and use this knowledge. We rise when the sun rises, stimulated by its light. We absorb stimulating positive ions from the sun – and also absorb healing negative ions from the earth when we go barefoot. The Sun is a vital source of life and works together with the Earth for our natural well being. As a Feng Shui consultant and licensed esthetician, I was particularly interested in the results of this study of the sun, and how it affects our health.

Our bodies have evolved over thousands of years to adapt and benefit from our natural environment. Plants have learned to make their own food from sunlight. As human beings, our bodies also produce essential nutrients in our skin, such as vitamin D, D3-sulfate (anti-inflammatory), and nitric oxide (lowers blood pressure) that help us stay vital and healthy. Light to the eyes, especially the blue wavelength, is important for maintaining normal sleep (circadian) cycles. Bright morning light is especially helpful and has been shown to be effective against insomnia, PMS and depression.

Even as the sun energizes us, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can cause health problems for the skin, eyes and immune system. But small amounts of UVB rays are quite safe, and essential for optimal health. Without the benefits of vitamin D our bones become soft, and this is well known. Vitamin D acts as a hormone in the body increasing endorphins, serotonin, (mood enhancer), melatonin, and naturally relieves depression.

But there is an epidemic deficiency in vitamin D levels today, and it is a global health problem. What is not so well known is that the lack of vitamin D is indicated in so many illnesses , and the list is staggering: heart disease, hypertension, stroke, soft tissue cancers such as breast, ovary, colon, and prostate, headaches, poor concentration, insomnia, low thyroid function, autism, PMS, night sweats, leg cramps, irritability, nervousness, asthma, psoriasis, eczema, jaundice, auto-immune disorders, flu, fibromyalgia, fatigue, cramps, anemia, irritable bowels, infection , muscle weakness, obesity, obesity resistance, diabetes, joint pain, rickets, osteoporosis, arthritis, gout, infertility, low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, periodontal disease, tooth decay, psoriasis, Alzheimer's, dementia, Parkinson's, bladder problems, multiple sclerosis and even schizophrenia.

There are at least 3,000 different genes that control every tissue in the body and they all have vitamin D cell receptors. Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to play a role in almost every major disease (Dr. Mercola). Blood tests can show a normal vitamin D level, but blood varies daily and your body can still be suffering from a deficiency.

Recovery can be immediate when the shortcomings are corrected, and the skin is very efficient at producing what it needs quickly, with proper exposure. A single sitting can produce from 10,000 to 25,000 units in an adult male. Overdosing on oral vitamin D supplements can happen since it is an oil-soluble vitamin, but Vitamin D overdose is almost impossible when it is done through natural sun exposure. UVA rays will interfere with some of the production, and the body can store any excess in the liver. The body knows how to regulate the amount of production naturally.

The skin only makes vitamin D with UVB rays, and these rays are only available between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. There also needs to be oil on top of the skin , (Adele Davis) although this information is rarely posted and has been proved through clinical trials. Americans tend to shower every day and have a love affair with soap, stripping our skin of its natural oils. Our skins are too dry to manufacture the vitamin D we so properly need. Then it also takes the body 24-48 hrs. to re-absorb the vitamin D it has produced. Showering after only washed away those precious nutrients. Skin cancer was very rare 100 years ago and is still rare among certain populations. There is virtually no skin cancer in Africa. If you think it is just their darker skin protecting them, consider this – African-Americans who live in the US have very high rates of skin cancer!

It is important to go outside to get your rays since sunlight through a window does not work as glass absorbs UVB rays, but allows the damage UVA rays to pass through. It has been suggested by researchers that moderate exposure (without sunscreen) is very beneficial, averaging 5-30 minutes twice weekly for optimal effects. Exposure is needed at at least 40% of exposed bare oily skin to produce all natural vitamin D your body requires. Because extra is stored in the liver, that is why cod liver oil, or fatty fish is one of the best food sources of this vitamin. There are few foods that provide this essential nutrient, making the sun our primary source.

The level of safe sun exposure is still hotly debated. UVA is associated with wrinkles and cancer and penetrates more deeply into the skin, potentially damaging DNA. UVB is the burning ray, but in very moderate doses, it is also the ray that produces the hormonal vitamin D. There are studies that UVA rays actually destroy vitamin D, so you want to minimize this exposure to limit the amount of D the body makes. Modern researchers are changing their opinions about the dangers of UVA rays as opposed to UVB. WHO, the world health organization, judges both rays to be potentially dangerous, but only when over-exposed.

The further north you go, the less UVB that is available year round, so do your homework! In Los Angeles, (latitude 34 degrees), there is UVB year round, but with a narrows hour range in winter. If you live higher than 34šš latitude (away from the equator), there is no UVB during winter months. Availability of UVB also depends on the angle of the ray (50šš), altitude, the presence of snow or water, smog, ozone concentration, and cloud cover, so it is variable.

With all the bad press about sun exposure, when you stop to think about it, the idea that the sun is completely bad for us just does not make sense! Our species evolved under the sun, in the tropics and without homes or clothes that covered us from head to toe. The damaged ozone layer and increased skin cancer rates in Australia may be connected, for example, but we are not completely certain of this. The skin cancer rates in Norway increased by 350% for men and 440% for women during 1955-1984, but the ozone layer did not change during this period (Professor Johan Moan, British Journal of Cancer).

Skin cancer is more common in people who work indoors than outdoors, and it often forms on the body that gets the least sun exposure. Few studies have shown that sunscreen really prevails melanoma. Melanomas are highest in those parts of the world where sunscreen use is highest. A recent research showed that 97% of all Americans are contaminated with benzoprene, a UV absorber commonly used in sunscreens. It is a powerful free radical generator (The Center for Disease Control).

We need sunlight on our skins to stay healthy, and there is a safe way to soak up sunrays. Cancer is more complicated than assuming that the sun alone is doing the damage. Cancer usually grows in people with reduced liver and immune function. Toxins and chemicals, pervasive in our modern lifestyle, assault and overwhelm our bodies. Vitamin D can boost our immune system and improve liver function, using liver Kupffer cells to gobble up free radicals or rogue cells. UVB rays have even been shown to help protect against melanoma for this reason.

Allow your skin to produce the melanin it needs slowly in the beginning, and protect yourself from overexposure. The goal is not to burn and you do not need to tan in order to get vitamin D. If you have a fair complexion, limit your initial exposure to a few minutes, especially the closer to noon, or if in the middle of summer . If it is early or late in the season and you have a darker complexion, you could safely have 20 minutes on your first exposure.The darker the skin, the longer the time that is needed to produce vitamin D. Older skin also loses some of its ability to manufacture D. If you tan at all, this means that you are absorbing UVA rays that darken the skin. UVB pulls up melanin, but does not tan.

The skin around your face, eyes and hands is much thinner than other areas on your body and is a relatively small surface area so will not contribute much to vitamin D production. Protect these specific areas of the body since they are at a much higher risk for premature wrinkling . You can use a sunblock in these areas or wear a hat that shades your face and eyes. Pay attention to how your body feels. Usually it feels great the first 10 minutes as stress melts away, and you will feel a point of relaxation and deep release. Once you feel too hot or uncomfortable, change positions or stop. If you are deeply pigmented, it is possible you may not even have to worry about the timing of your exposure. But the goal is not to burn the skin , since this damage is cumulative. If you do burn, use aloe vera, as it is loaded with glyconutrients that accelerate healing. To provide the needed oil, use natural coconut or olive oil to moisturize your skin as this will also benefit you metabolically. These oils have a SPF of about 7 or 8. The rest of the day, you can spend in the shade, wear clothes, and, if you still want to be in the open sun, use a non-toxic lotion with SPF-15 for uncoovered skin (Dr. Mercola).

Coconut oil works by preventing free-radical reactions, which cause all the problems in overexposure. As you “season” your skin gradually, it will adjust to the sun with coconut oil as a protector. Most plant oils protect against UVB, the burning ray, but still allow the skin to make vitamin D. Just get the minutes you need as there is no protection against UVA with natural oils.

Native islands have been using coconut oil for thousands of years, and believed that coconut oil on the skin was a nutrient. Coconut oil is anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and will detox the outer layers of your skin. It is a powerful anti-oxidant. As a sunscreen it blocks about 20% of burning UVB rays when applied and protects the skin in many other ways. Use it as a natural moisturizer and exfoliate regularly. Eating virgin coconut oil is also great for the health in many ways too (Jenni Madison). Vitamin D can only be absorbed into the blood in the presence of fat, so fat-free diets reduce available vitamin D. Unpasteurized whole milk provides vitamin D naturally. Pasteurized milk often will have vitamin D added.

I have tested this information by taking my beach blanket to the park once a week for 10-15 minutes of sun, front and back, (30 minutes max.) For 6 weeks. In that short period of time, my muscle strength has doubled, my chronic neck and shoulder pain has almost disappeared, and my energy level has skyrocketed! If you have not been in the sun for a while and are having any of the physical problems listed above, please try this test for yourself and see how you feel. Be conscious of the amazing free benefits that a small amount of sunshine can do for your body and soul!

* As with all health regimes, if you have had skin cancer, or are sensitive to the sun, it is wise to consult your personal medical professional. But it is also important to ask necessary questions, and take a greater responsibility for your own health. Many doctors are not educated in nutrition or natural health alternatives

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Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Home Care Service Provider

Millions of Americans depend on home care services for both short and long-term care. Their needs range from medical care to help with household chores. But all patients have one thing in common: they want to stay in their homes! The good news is that insurance companies are often eager to oblige them because caring for a patient at home is typically much cheaper than caring for them in a hospital or nursing home.

If you are interested in home care services for you or a loved one, use these questions to find the best available provider:

– Are they licensed by the state? Although it is required it most states, some states do not make licensing mandatory. As a potential client, we strongly suggest that you only consider agencies that have a valid license, since unlicensed agencies are not regularly reviewed.

– Are they accredited by a governing federal agency?

– Do they meet Medicare's federal requirements? If they are not, ask them why. This question is extremely important for families that can not afford the ever-rising cost of home care services for seniors.

– Are all employees properly vetted? For obvious reasons, it is important to make sure that the person you invite into your abode is honest, trustworthy, and responsible. You can do this by asking for references and / or interviewing the aide personally.

If you are interviewing a home health aide:

– What is her experience? Training? Just as in many other medical fields, the experience of aides ranges from little to intensive. As a result, it is imperative that you ask the interviewee about her background before she starts working for you.

– What are her credentials? Once again, you want to make sure that the person you hire has the training and expertise to perform the duties with which she is tasked.

– Can she provide a current list of references? An experienced a should should be happy, even eager to show you her resume. Those that are not may be unprepared to look after an elderly individual in the patient's own abode.

If you are interested in a home care services company:

– How do they train their health aides and caregivers? Some agencies provide extensive, exhaustive training programs, while others offer very little guidance.

– Are their employees licensed and fully insured? Because unlicensed aides almost always work for less, some agencies keep them on staff. We strongly recommend hiring the licensed variety, since they are more likely to have the skills and expertise needed to do the job.

– How do they supervise and evaluate the services they provide?

– Are their employees pleasant and helpful? Although it is unlawful that an agency will openly admit that their workers are incompetent, it is important to ask this question. An agency without an established policy regarding the behavior of its employees may seem less responsive when you have complaints or need to change your arrangements.

These simple questions should help you find a reputable agency with capable employees to care for you or a loved one.

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Healing and the Three Tools of Personal Development

All growth and personal development begins with self-awareness: the self being aware of itself, becoming aware of dissatisfaction with its self, and projecting, therefore, changes that will enable it to 'improve'. There are three primary tools of personal development that follow from this self-awareness. But this process of personal development can also be applied to healing generally and the simplicity of these three tools may surprise you.

Our first tool of personal development is desire itself: seeing our own condition, then we desire to improve, rectify, and enhance it. This immediately and especially applies to our own healing; for sickness is a condition that we wish to remedy. If that sounds obvious, then I need to say it is not. I spent three months in hospital with cancer and the strangest thing of all the strange things that I encountered was discovering that there were a significant number of people who wanted to be ill. Yes, that's right – they wanted to be ill. Of course they never said that; they claimed to want to be better. But their actions betrayed their real motives: they wanted the attention, or the respite, or the sympathy, or the something else that being sick elicated; they seemed to like nurses and doctors and family running around after them. One chap, in a ward bed next to me for two weeks, three times declined to leave the hospital and go home even though I heard the doctors say there was nothing more to do for him at that time (and he was not dying) . No, he insured on staying, wanted more tests on his condition, and so on with his rationalizations for remaining in that bed. How many people do you know who really like their afflictions and would rather suffer them than be healed?

We have to ask ourselves: do we really want wellness – do we desire it with all our being, do we pray for it with intensity? Or are we expecting it just to happen? Our emotions are vital to our development and our health, and are not there before playing some subordinate role to our thought and logical processes. I have taken the example of literal physical sickness, but I mean this to apply to emotional, mental and spiritual sickness as well. We need to corral our desires to an intense point where we want healing.

Our second tool is our imagination: the self produces images that begin a process of manifestation. The etymology of the word manifestation is from the Latin for “hand” – we can 'handle' thoughts through manifestation. Manifestation, then, is the process by which material reality comes into existence as a concretization of what the mind has 'seen'. Here, it is too that we find that the visible things depend upon the invisible things for their existence. There is a wonderful line from the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead which expresses this: “All the world which lies below has been set in order and filled in contents by the things which are placed above; for the things below have not the power to set in order the world above “.

If therefore we want – desire – wellness and healing, then we need to imagine it. What does healing look like? How does it feel? Indeed, what can it even sound or taste like? Sometimes this process of imagination is given another specific name: visualization; this is the same thing, only a more specific and narrator aspect of the imagination. I for one regularly visualize the cancer cells I have diminishing, but I also imagine the joy of being healthy, of moving freely, of having energy to spare to do the wonderful things it is possible to do. Anyone else who has done this, I am sure, will know the power internally that this generates. So, let's imagine more our healing – for ourselves, for others, and given the state of it, for the world.

Our final tool is our expectations, which are our beliefs about future outcomes, or in short, faith. What we believe, especially about the future, has an inordinate effect upon that future and upon the consequences (of life) for us. So much so, our belief – faith – may be considered a self-fulfilling prophecy. The key thing here is to realize that if we expect to die, then we probably will. We need to expect different healing outcomes than the ones we often are led to expect by well-meaning doctors and 'professionals' who really have no idea of ​​the power of the Spirit.

The problem here is that beliefs are not always easy to change; we have been brainwashed or culturally hypnotized, often in our youths, to believe certain things, particularly about ourselves, which may intrinsically be negative or harmful to us. Changing our beliefs, our expectations, is not so simple as changing our thoughts or an idea we have. Beliefs are thoughts with an emotional component; so we come back to the importance of emotion again, and desire. Desiring healthy beliefs, projecting in our minds and hearts positive future outcomes, requires that we strictly exclude ourselves.

Meditation is the process and the objective by which self-awareness is maximized. This leads to the interesting reflection that altered brain wave patterns – not the everyday beta brain way patterns (c. 13-40 Hz) – are intimately connected with developing self awareness.

Two corollaries of this are: first, relaxation is there essential to human happiness, development and healing. Secondly, the ultimate relaxation is in sleep, and sleep itself requires both the non-being (as it were) state of non-consciousness AND the dream state. In fact the dream state is every bit as essential as the non-conscious state. Why? Possibly because dreams themselves, remembered or otherwise, are primary agents shaping our desires, imagination and expectations. Dreams feed the tools of healing and change within us. Bizarrely, then, the real changes and healing we want in our life, and even the fact we want them, derive from the invisible, intangible, insubstantial and nebulous world within us.

There are three tools of personal development and healing: Desire, Imagination and Expectations, so there is a simple acronym to remember them all – DIE. So there's the paradox: in order to live and heal we need to DIE! Always bear that in mind.

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Curing Alexithymia: How To Build Your Emotional Literacy

Alexithymia is a condition where you do not have the words to describe your feelings.

Now, you might be asking yourself why that's such a big deal? I mean, plenty of people do not always know what they're really feeling, and they're doing just fine. So why am I going on about this so much?

Great question!

There are a few problems that can occur when people can not identify or describe their feelings:

  • The 'lost' feeling can wreak havoc in your physical and emotional system, leading to all sorts of psychosomatic issues.
  • The energy from that feeling does not disappear: usually, you'll channel it into anger, except you will not really understand what it is you're actually mad about.
  • You feel very lonely and disconnected from others, even you're near and dearest. If you can not tell other what you're really experiencing and feeling about things, that often leads to very wonderful, unsatisfying relationships.
  • You do not feel comfortable in your own skin, or head-space. The lost feelings are always trying to remind you that they're still there, and need to be acknowledged, and that is one of the most unpleasant, uncomfortable feelings in the world.
  • You have no idea what message your feelings are trying to give you, about what needs to change in your life in order for you to feel happier and more content.

So now you're hopefully convinced that it's something you need to take seriously, how do you go about fixing the problem?

The key is to expand your emotional vocabulary. Once that happens, you'll start to be much more in touch with your authentic self, you'll be able to express yourself more clearly, and your relationships will develop a new depth and sense of connection. You'll also probably stop feeling so angry, frustrated and 'stressed' all the time (people often use the word 'stressed' when they can not describe what emotion they're actually feeling.)

Make your own 'feeling words' list

Take the following list of words, and go to your favorite thesaurus, or thesaurus website, to make your own list of 'feeling' words. Be sure to check out the 'antonym' suggestions too, to give you more emotional word ideas. You'd be amazed how many terms there are to say 'not happy' – and if you go through and start learning the definitions of the different words on your list, very soon you should be enjoying some first-class emotional literacy.

  • SAD
  • DEPRESSED
  • DAMAGED
  • UNCOMFORTABLE
  • BORED
  • HURTFUL
  • VULNERABLE
  • EMBARRASSED
  • GUILTY
  • ALONE
  • LOST
  • CONFUSED
  • SHOCKED
  • NEGATIVE
  • TIRED
  • AFRAID
  • ANXIOUS
  • HURT
  • VICTIMIZED
  • INADEQUATE
  • HELPLESS
  • INDIFFERENT
  • HAPPY
  • OPEN
  • ALIVE
  • GOOD
  • LOVING
  • INTERESTED
  • STRONG
  • POSITIVE
  • ACCEPTABLE
  • CARED FOR
  • THANKFUL
  • SMART
  • CARING
  • RELAXED
  • ATTRACTIVE

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Energy Meridians and Emotions

Energy meridians were first mapped in the human body around 3,500 years' ago by Chinese doctors, who understood that some sort of methyl energy (which we would call the soul) was animating the body.

When the energy was flowing around the body correctly, the person stayed healthy. When the energy was stuck, stagnant, weak or blocked in some way, the person would get sick.

These early practitioners of Chinese medicine mapped the energy flow around the body, and identified 14 main energy 'pathways', which they called meridians. Each meridian was named for the main organ, or physical system, it governed or regulated in the body.

They then developed the systems of acupuncture (using small needles inserted into particular points along each meridian) and acupressure (using light pressure from the fingers on certain points along each meridian) to help energy flow better, and to help release the energetic 'blocks' in the body. From the beginning, Chinese medicine recognized that the energetic blocks in the body were usually caused by the person's emotions.

The energy of emotions

Whenever we get get sick in some way, our emotions usually contain all the information we need to work out because that may be happening.

For example, you do not need to be a rocket scientist to know that eating bad food makes a person ill. But we're interested in finding out why the person is drawn to the bad food in the first place. What emotion are they repressing, or reacting to unconsciously, when they're reaching for the chips? And that's where the meridians can help us.

If you already know that you have a physical problem, or a physical weakness in a particular area of ​​your body, you can go straight to the relevant meridian, and see what emotions may be hidden underneath. For example, one-sided migraine headaches, sciatica or gallbladder issues all suggest there is a problem blocking the gallbladder meridian. The emotions that are connected to the gallbladder meridian include anger, harsh judgment and rage.

Once you get that crucial piece of the puzzle, you can start working on releasing the negative emotional state that's causing your physical illness. Deal with the underlining emotion, and nine times out of ten, the physical problem will resolve without any further intervention.

All this stuff can sound so strange to us Western-types, who are used to thinking that germs and genes are the prime movers behind all our illnesses and health issues. But until the advent of modern medicine, holistic health principals were the foundation of nearly every historical healing tradition around the globe.

So next time you get cold, or a headache, do not just reach for the pills; pause and ask yourself what emotional stimulus might have caused it. The answers we get to these questions do not just improve our health, they can also transform our lives.

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Weight Loss and Energy Healing – How Does It Work?

Yes, Energy Work or Energy Healing works equally effectively for weight reduction. This is of a particular interest of people who have busy and sedentary lifestyle. Also, people with medical issues who need to lose weight but can not, can benefit a lot from this method.

Lifestyle changes would give a boost to this method. It is a wonderful discovery made in this era. May be the need of the age has brought the energy healing method for weight loss into existence.

What is Energy Healing?

Energy Healing is a method of improving one's physical, emotional and psychological health by working on the energy body of a person. The e.body interpenetrates the physical body and extends beyond it by a few inches. Krilian photography has shown that the disease first manifests in the e.body and then on physical body. Both are very much inter-related and therefore, by treating the e.body, one can treat the physical body.

What kind of methods are used to work with Energy Body?

There are a number of methods available today that work on energy body and theseby improve physical wellbeing. The e.body gets energy from sun, air and earth, which means, taking a sun bath, walk in open air and walking barefooted on ground can also improve the wellbeing.

The E.Body is also influenced by the thoughts. Therefore, affirmations work wonderfully in improving one's health. Prayers also work well because of this principle.

How can Energy Body be treated for weight loss?

This is the question that I had before a recent experience. Energy body is not visible and does not have any weight as such, then how can it be treated for weight loss?

Yes, it can be treated and the results are phenomenal. It works in two phases.

Phase 1Removal of thoughts and elements related to Compulsive Eating and Fear: All the negative thoughts and negative elementals related to compulsive eating and related to fear are removed from the energy body and the energy centers. The clearing is very important. Once the clearing is done, it is checked periodically if the presence is found again. Checking and clearing every two days in the beginning of the treatment proves effective.

Phase 2 – Increasing Metabolism: This is where magic is observed. Various energy centers that control the metabolism are serviced. Drought energy is removed and clean energy is distributed in the energy body. This is again monitored every two days.

Using the above mentioned method, the weight can be effectively controlled using energy healing. One of the recent experiences show reduction of two Kg weight after two (2) sessions (5 days) with no significant change in lifestyle implemented.

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The Active Release Technique and Its Implications

The Active Release Technique (ART) is fairly recent. It aims to help those individuals who experience limited (hampered) mobility due to repeated injuries, postoperative complications or chronic overuse of the musculoskeletal system. There is one thing common in all these cases; the development of scar tissue during the healing process which binds to supporting muscles and tissues, inhibiting free movement.

As a result, the patient experiences difficulty in getting along with day-to-day activities. In the long run, these conditions may prove to be debilitating, attacking one's sense of independence and diminishing the quality of life.

What is ART?

It is a patented massage technique developed by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. It is used by licensed professionals to alter the soft tissues system in the body. The ART practitioner diagnoses and treats the problem through physical manipulations of target area. This technique is known to help with problems of tendons, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and fascia.

Why ART?

When your body tissues experience stress, three levels of damage may occur.

• In the first level, the damage is minimal and emerges in the form of minor pulls, collisions and tears on the tissues.
• Micro-trauma is considered as second level of damage where the tissues sustain several small tears.
• Hypoxia is a condition characterized by insufficient availability of oxygen, and is known to cause severe damage to the tissues if not addressed in a timely manner.

As a result of the damage, scar tissue is formed. The scar tissue ties down the muscles and ligaments in a disorderly manner, diminishing mobility. If the scar tissue is allowed to build up, it will eventually lead to weaker muscles, unnecessary stress on the musculoskeletal system, and the appropriate alignment of nerves. These conditions may manifest in the form of pain, numbness, tingling sensations, weakness and reduced motion.

How Does ART Help?

ART entails a combination of diagnosis and treatment. The licensed professional evaluates the texture, tightness and mobility of muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia. Through appropriate and well-calculated application of pressure and movement, the practitioner aims to alleviate the stress, paving the way for a complete recovery. The science of ART extends over 500 different movement patterns, which is why only licensed professionals are allowed to practice it.

Implications of ART

The Active Release Technique is known to help with the following conditions.

• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Headache
• Backache
• Shoulder Pain
• Sciatica
• Knee Problems
• Tennis Elbow
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Shin Splints

This technique may be able to help with other health problems as well, although limited research and analysis makes it impossible to generalize.

The ART technique holds significant value for different individuals, particularly sports personalities and physical labor, who constantly experience physical exertion and stress. This treatment can enable patients with varied disabilities to regain control over their bodies, empowering them to lead independent lifestyles, and reducing the cost of ongoing health care treatments. It is a holistic, non-invasive solution for musculoskeletal problems.

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Music and Memory – Part 2

Music and memory is a music project designed by Dan Cohen and is the basis of the independent film Alive Inside. Dan entered residential facilities throughout the country with the proposal of helping individuals with dementia and other cognitive disorders, those with extreme pain, people with behavior difficulties, and more. His idea including selecting resident-specific music, downloading these onto an iPod, and then giving this to residents to listen to with headsets for privacy. For more details, refer to my first article, Music and Memory.

Through the openness of the Director of Nursing and Activities Director at our local long-term care facility and funding from the hospital auxiliarial, music and memory arrived in my hometown. After online training care facility employees, volunteers, family members, and the local high school cheerleaders roled out this program. While the movie shows guests “coming alive” when favorite tunes are played, seeing it with my own eyes revealed the magic and wonder of the moment.

Each team member interviewed residents and played possible tunes on laptops and cellphones. When a resident could not speak for himself / herself, family members offered background information and volunteers experimented with possibilities. With this knowledge songs began to fill the room. One lady who often sits by the front door and always greets me when I enter with a return “Hello” is suddenly exploding with information about her past in Austria, her friends and cousins, and hints as to the music she loves. When I pointed out this miracle to workers, their astonishment was as deep as my own, “She never speaks”. But during this experience she does.

Another resident entered the recreation room nervous and a bit confrontational. Gentle words helped sooth him, and then music was played. Instead of being argumentative and agitated as he often is in the afternoon, he broke into a smile, clapped quietly, and sang a few of the words. He spent several hours there in the peaceful seclusion of his preferred melodies.

A third individual had her niece at hand to help choose appropriate songs. The aunt has been in steady decline with fewer and fewer words exchanged with each visit. It was decided that the aunt really liked religious hymns and so the first one played. This withdrew aunt began to sing along. In fact she sang every word to that song and to the ten that followed. She had found her words once again. Later that evening the niece let me know that her aunt did not remember the music and the moment. This bothered them both because it was such a lovely scene. Later when bedtime arose, staff tried the headphones again and wonder of wonders, aunt sang herself to sleep.

Another resident was resting flat on her bed, emitting sounds of pain. When I tried to chat with her, she mumbled and asked for more pillows. When her music helper arrived and tunes began to play, a great transformation unfolded. She smiled and patted her hands. In a steady voice she requested other songs and artists. She asked for more. And for a while, her pain vanished as she lost herself in the notes.

Regular facility workers looked on on awe. The cheerleaders? They exploded with pride. Grins, tears, and hugs abounded as they thanked the residents and staff for this moving experience. For the price of an iPod and headset and a gift card for downloading music, happiness overtook the room. Such a simple, inexpensive investment paid the ultimate dividend – joy. It is a great way for you to reach out to those you love, to those in need.

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Music and Memory

The documentary film Alive Inside directed by Michael Rossoto Bennett features Dan Cohen and follows him as he visits nursing homes and long-term care facilities throughout the country with his music and memory project. With the residents he plays music from iTunes, not just any music but that which will trigger memories and activate cognition. When possible he interviews and requests questions to pinpoint likes and dislikes. When someone can not converse and there is no family to assist, Dan studies the individual, checks on age, where the person grows up, and other pertinent information that will lead to music preferences. Classical? Symphony? Religious? Rock and Roll? Big Band? He explores until he discovers the right genre and artist.

iTunes has many fantastic aspects including that music that can be sorted in a variety of ways: the decade, the artist, albums, genre, most popular, and about one hundred more. You can select the Beach Boys and their songs will appear showing just how popular each song is (to avoiding wading through reams of music that never hit the Big Time). With a simple click, the song plays – “Help me, Rhonda. Help! Help me, Rhonda …” When a smile spreads across the face of the listener, you know you have hit magic. Jot the title and artist, download the song, and while it pops into your collection move to another song or artist.

iTunes allows the purchaser to buy the song once, download it on a facility laptop and then you can share the same song with other residents as the facility now “owns” the tune. Each resident's playlist can be held in your account to be added to as time rolls forward. Since a computer hold thousands of thousands of songs, you can stock up. This means tunes are available available for use now, for adding later, and for creating a music collection for new residents as they move to the residence.

Some songs have been picked, snippets have been played to observer resident reaction, and now an iPod is loaded. iPods are given to each resident to enjoy music in a private atmosphere, along with adjustable, comfortable headphones. For most residents of long-term care facilities, the ear buds are an annoyance plus they interfere with hearing aids. No problem, however, since the ear buds can be placed into a splitter so that when family comes to visit, resident and loved one can listen together. Some facilities leave the iPod in the resident's room along with a charger; others have a central storage station with iPods labeled for quick identification so that the correct resident receives his or her iPod.

Music and memory explode as those with dementia who appear barely able to communicate are suddenly singing every word of “Hello, Dolly”. Those with MS or move rhythmically as they hum along. People who most days are angry, withdrawn, and generally uncooperative find that happy place of contentment where they can smile, relax, and re-enter the world as favorite tunes fill their minds. I can not adequately describe the transformation. You just have to rent the movie on Netflix or go to the Alive Inside website to explore and learn about this independent film and set up a viewing for your community. Everyone at The City Drive Entertainment Group is helpful and dedicated to spreading the word through their movie.

I am the volunteer facilitator of our local Alzheimer's Support Group and for our community Alzheimer's Awareness projects through the year. After viewing the movie I approached the Head of Nursing at our local care facility. Our enthusiasms combined and intertwined with that of the staff, hospital auxiliary members, and community members. Alive Inside was shown and Music and Memory began its farewell to fruition in Winnemucca. A brief presentation with the provisional landed $ 5,000 in our hands and the process of learning started. $ 1,000 rings training, 10 iPods, headsets, and more. Another $ 1,000 buys 20 more iPods so that every resident has his or her own. $ 300 pays for a laptop (a special price from a very special local dealer). A $ 500 gift card for iTunes means the possible download of 500 songs. Headphones cost less than $ 10 each with a couple of more expensive sets added for experimentation. Some splitters, about $ 6 each, mean family can join the listening, musical fun.

Instead of isolation and loneliness, every resident is now a part of the music and memory project. Smiles, tapping feet, conversations about past events ring through the air. You, too, can bring joy with a little time, effort, and money. Your output will input immense delight and satisfaction to your soul.

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An Inter-Disciplinary Approach to Reiki: Tai Chi, Daoism and Meditation

Breathing Meditation for Reiki Healers

A holistic way to round out your practice of breathing and physical exercises is what I call becoming the breath . Sitting in meditation, imagine the breath is filling your whole body from your feet up to your head. As you breathe in, imagine air and prana filling your bones and your muscles. Imagine the air is filling all your organs and tissues. As you exhale, imagine old air being released from every part of your body. Breathe in again as you perceive yourself becoming the breath. Then exhale completely, observing the breath dispersing.

In the pause between breaths, recognize the total absence of self . Again, inhale a full body breath as you become the breath. The whole body is breathing in. Become the breath. Exhale fully, recognizing the temporary nature of every breath. Become the breath. Recognize the temporary nature of the concept of self. Release the self in the same way that you release the breath. May I add one very simple, yet very powerful procedure to this technique? Smile. As clichéd as this may sound, smiling is probably the healthiest thing you can do. Smile. Advice to use an inner smile dates back thousands of years to the teachings of Taiji. Smile.

Tai Chi for Reiki Healers

Taiji (sometimes spelled Tai Chi) is concerned with the balance and flow of energy known as qi (pronounced as chee and sometimes spelled chi). Qi reiter to both internal and environmental energy. The qi of the universe influences the qi in your body. Taiji is a relaxing and energizing system of moving meditation that is timed to the flow of qi in your body which moves about 20 centimeters per second. As you practice, you become more sensitive and aware of body qi. This awareness is helpful during Reiki sessions for reading the flow of energy in your patients.

You can observe Taiji practitioners in the early mornings at local parks in many cities around the world, particularly where many Chinese people are resident. Taiji brings grace to your movements, focus to your mind and keeps you well rooted in every step. Of course, it takes time to learn and requires a lot of practice. You can learn the concepts from a book, but studying the movements requires the patient guidance and wisdom of a Taiji Master.

Daoism and Energy

Daoism (sometimes spelled Taoism) is an ancient Chinese philosophy that describes the way to bring your mind, body and the universe into harmony. The Daoist view of life is that human activity should flow gently like a river. The Dao expresses a totality beyond words; its full meaning is inefficient. Like Buddhism, the focus in Daoism is on the here and now. Daoism perceives the movement of qi in terms of energy points, channels and meridians in the body such as those stimulated in acupuncture.

Qi is also observed according to your stage in life, the seasons, the movements of the sun, the moon and the time of day. Indian Yoga and Chinese Taiji overlap in many regards, but they employ different names, concepts and explanations of how energy works. The present section discusses energy in the Daoist sense to complement your Reiki practice. Taiji complements your Reiki practice by increasing awareness of energy and developing the power to direct energy at will.

Daoism stresses the circulation of energy through the energy channels of the body. It is concerned with the balance of yin and yang energy. Daoism healing energy involves completing two main channels in the body. Earthly yin energy rises through the feet and legs up to the hui yin center located at the perineum between the genitals and anus (correlating to the root chakra). Energy then moves up the spine to the crown and then descends to the point between the eyes (correlating to the brow chakra). Meanwhile, heavenly yang energy flows from the universe into the crown chakra. These energies flow down the front of the body from the brow to the root chakra. When these circuits are connected, energy is circulated using the microcosmic orbit.

Microcosmic Orbit

The microcosmic orbit involves consciously directing energy around the body. Completing the microcosmic orbit involves closing two points on the body. Closing the hui yin increases your ability to draw energy up from the earth and holding it. To do this, pull up on your rectal muscles. This position correlates to aswini mudra that is used when exercising the root chakra. At first, hold this position for 30 seconds. Practice until you can hold it for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.

The second part of the microcosmic orbit involves using your tongue to link the yin and yang energy. Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth, just behind your face teeth to draw yang energy through your crown into your body. Placing your tongue on your palate completes the energy circuit of yin and yang. Close your eyes and visualize qi energy flowing from root to crown, from crown to root. Qi flows up the back of your spine and then down the front of your body. Focusing your mind on the flow of energy synchronizes mind, body and qi.

For purposes of Reiki, this procedure can effectively be used to intensify Reiki (qi) in your body. When you are ready, incorporate this technique into your Reiki healing practice. With hui yin pushed up and your tongue pressed to your palate, direct Reiki to flow out through your palm chakras. Place your hands on your patient and allow the intensified Reiki to flow into them. To study more specific details of how to circulate energy through your body, I recommend “Awaken Healing Energy through the Tao” by Mantak Chia for a complete explanation of energy. His book explains the collection and grounding of energy for your optimum vitality.

Summary

With so many overlapping concepts and techniques presented in this article, it may be helpful to include this brief summary of each of the sciences presented here. The history of Reiki reaches back about 100 years to Dr. Usui who discovered the symbols, techniques and philosophy of healing during a 21 day fast meditation.

Reiki is the name that he gave to universal energy. This is not to say that the energy itself is only 100 years old. In fact, all energy is as old as the universe. Indeed, the universe is the energy and the energy is the universe .

The art and science of Taiji dates back thousands of years to ancient China and involves physical and conscious movement of internal and environmental qi.

Yoga developed in ancient India thousands of years ago and includes a wide variety of arts and sciences including physical postures known as asana, breathing practices known as Pranayama and the rising of powerful energy that is coiled at the root chakra known as Kundalini. Additionally, yogic practice involves a wide array of moral, ethical and spiritual guidelines that are effectively explained in “The 8 Limbs of Yoga” by Bhava Ram which is based on Patanjali's “Yoga Sutras”. For purpose of the present explanation, we can say that prana is essentially the same energy as qi or Reiki. Please note that these names are essentially refer to the same energy, but they are not synonymous.

I've tried to show the relationship between these disciplines and how they can be effectively combined for your optimization development. Decide for yourself if you will strictly adhere to one set of practices or pursue an inter-disciplinary approach.

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Exercises for the Navel, Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras

The navel chakra is located two centimeters below the navel while the solar plexus chakra is located in the middle of the abdomen. These chakras can be exercised by employing uddiyana bandha . To begin, sit in the lotus position observing your breath. Inhale a normal breath and as you exhale, pull your abdomen up and in as sturdy as you can. This action completely forces all the air of your lungs. Hold your abdomen in for 10 to 15 seconds and then release allowing your abdomen to expand naturally without any effort. As you exhale again, repeat the contract of your abdomen. Your muscular movement is identical to your practice of breath of fire; the difference is that uddiyana bandha is held longer and breathing is slower.

Contraction of the abdomen expels stagnant air from the bottom of your lungs. Repeat this process 10 times and then return to your normal breathing. Observe the feelings and sensations in your abdomen and your mind. Has your breathing pattern changed in any way? Regularly practicing uddiyana bandha stimulates your liver and digestion system. It contributes to raising vital energy up through your chakras. As you've certainly not noticed, it trains you to breathe from your abdomen rather than just your chest. I find that this exercise calms me very much and supports me to practice Vipassana meditation for a longer period of time and with much greater calmness of mind.

The Heart Chakra

To exercise the heart region, this Kundalini technique loosens up your spine and ribcage to deepen your breathing. Kneel on a pillow and sit on your heels. Reach your arms up and place your hands on your shoulders. Your fingers should be in front while your thumbs are on the back of your shoulders.

Hold your elbows so they are parallel to the floor. Now, inhale as you twist your whole body to the left . Then, twist to the right and exhale . Twist your whole body to loosen your spine. Continue for several minutes inhaling from the left, exhaling to the right. The benefit of this exercise is twofold. It loosens up the spine while increasing the strength of your lungs. This is a good exercise to limber up prior to sitting meditation.

You can also do this during meditation if your back is feeling stiff. May I take this opportunity to remind you to actually DO these exercises! Just reading about them is, how shall we say, useless. The value is in the actual practice. So please, slide away from the computer and practice each of these techniques and observe how your body and mind respond.

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Energizing the Root Chakra for Deeper Reiki Experience

Yogic science includes a wide array of exercises in addition to Pranayama and Kundalini techniques about which you may have heard. This article begins a series that offers a chakra by chakra routine for holistic development. These techniques have been developed from the philosophies and methodologies of several approaches including Vipassana meditation, Pranayama, Kundalini and Taiji.

Exercising The Root Chakra

Your root chakra is located at the base of your spell. This chakra can be exercised using a bandha, which refers to the locking of a chakra. Locking chakras helps to contain the flow of energy and increase your potential for channeling Reiki. Be careful to practice these techniques gradually, never pushing yourself beyond your limits. Seek the advice of a skilled Yoga teacher for further guidance and more specific explanation of the muscles involved.

To employ mula bandha , sit in the lotus position and place one of your heels at your perineum, the space between your anus and genitals. Mula bandha is a contracting of the perineum muscles. Pull up on your perineum as if you were stopping the flow of urination. This movement locks your root chakra and prevents energy from flowing back into the earth. While pulling up on the muscles, imagine drawing energy up from the root chakra and sending it upwards toward your crown.

Mula bandha focuses on contracting of the perineum muscles that control urination. It's easy to confuse mula bandha with a closely related technique called aswini mudra . Aswini mudra focuses on contracting of the anal muscles, an exercise that is helpful for treating hemorrhoids. To distinguish the two muscles, sit with your heel on your perineum and alternate contractions between your anus and perineum. Once you have properly distinguished the perineum muscle, practice contracting it for one minute at a time. Then, relax for a moment and contract it again. Continue practicing mula bandha for 5 to 10 minutes.

Through your practice, keep your eyes closed and be mindful of your breathing. Observe the flow of energy as you practice. If you proceed to become a Reiki Master, this bandha will serve you well when conducting Reiki attunements. Mula bandha is also used in the micro-cosmic orbit of Taiji, and will be explained in a forthcoming article.

You can practice mula bandha by itself, during Reiki self healing sessions, as part of your yoga practice or as part of your meditation practice.

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Using Crystals With Reiki

Once you have learned the basic techniques of Reiki, you are encouraged to learn more about crystals and see if they resonate with you in your healing sessions.

Crystals can be placed directly on a patient or within their aura. They can also be used around the house for purification, near your computer to absorb electronic energy, to absorb pollutants and absorb natural radiation.

You can strategically place crystals around your house for neutralizing geopathic stress and negative environmental energies. Crystals can be worn as jewelry around your neck or transported in your pocket. You can also submerge crystals in your bottles of drinking water to strengthen and purify it.

I employ crystals in most, but not all of my healing sessions. If I sense that someone would be skeptical of crystals, I'm much less likely to use them. On the other hand, some patients are really keen on discovering more about crystals, so I use them more liberally.

At the earth chakra located just below the feet, place a grounding stone such as hematite or smoky quartz . I generally do this during every healing because these stones are helpful for collecting any negative energy swept from the patient's aura during healing. It's especially important to cleanse these stones after each healing, as they function as a receptacle for negative or unwanted energy.

Many crystals can be effectively used on each of the chakras. I've included just a few to give you a taste of the variety and diversity of healing stones available to us here on earth. For the root chakra, smoky quartz assists in grounding and purifying. You can also choose a crystal such as red carnelian which is a stabilizing stone that also promotes self-trust. Red jasper grounds energy and can also be used for healing the circulatory, digestive and sexual organs.

If your patient has specific issues to heal, choose crystals for their specific healing characteristics. Once again, let me remind you to cleanse your healing crystals after each use. Run them under fresh water or rinse them with salt water. You can also hold them in your hands to energize and purify them. With Reiki 2, visualize the Cho Ku Rei and Sei He Ki symbols penetrating and empowering each stone. Finally, you can place your crystals in the sunshine to gather the energy of the sun and further purify them.

For the sacral chakra, choose red jasper for healing of sexual organs and enhancing sexual relations. Orange calcite effectively balances the emotions, removes fear and helps overcome depression. It's used for healing the reproductive system, gallbladder and intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Over the long term, study a book on crystals and learn the specific qualities of each stone. Purchase those stones that most resonate with you and incorporated them into your healing. Most often, I allow my intuition to select the stone for both healing. Call it laziness if you must, but I simply bring out my tray of healing stones, let my hand hover over the crystals until I feel naturally directed to select a few for my patient. Indeed, I'm employing basic knowledge of crystals such as knowing which color is suitable for each chakra, but I also trust my hand and heart to select stones that resonate with me at that moment.

Yellow tourmaline stimulates the solar plexus and is helpful to enhance personal power. Physically, it treats the stomach, liver, spleen, kidneys and gallbladder. Another beautiful stone is the tiger's eye which works on strengthening self worth, manifesting the will and overcoming self-criticism. Typically, crystals of a yellow or golden hue are suitable for placement on the solar plexus chakra.

While scanning your patient's body at the beginning of a healing, you may find a blockage or weakness at one of the chakras. In this case, place the crystal directly on the chakra through the healing. The crystal then functions as your “third hand” through the duration of the healing process. When doing this, many people report that they feel my hand on one of their chakras long after I have moved to a different healing position.

I normally place a rose quartz on the heart chakra. The first stone that I fell in love with was a rose quartz and I carried it with me all the time. I used it in practice every healing. Finally, realizing that I had grown attached to it, I decided to give it to a good friend. It was the finest gift I had in my possession and sharing it with a close friend was the most important thing I could do with it. Rose quartz symbolizes unconditional love, purifying the heart at all levels including love of self. As you strengthen your love of self, you will automatically attract loving relationships into your life.

Rhodonite is another pink colored stone that can be placed directly on the heart chakra, or just above it. Rhodonite heals emotional wounds, facilitates forgiveness and transmutes painful emotions. Green stones such as green tourmaline, green quartz and moss agate can also be used effectively when working on the heart.

It would be very uncomfortable if you placed a crystal directly on the throat. It's better to place your chosen crystals below the throat or to one side. I normally use a blue quartz that I acquired in the mystical town of Capilla del Monte in central Argentina. I use it specifically for healing throat issues. For a long time, this was my personal favorite stone, so I always carried it in my pocket. As I got used to it (and it attuned to me), I felt confident using it in most healings. This shows that confidence in the healing power of a crystal, plus regular association with it, empowers you and your crystals to be more effective at healing.

More recently, I've begun using a lapis lazuli that my wife bought back for me from the sacred mountains of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India last year. I first heard of lapis lazuli in the epic poem by WB Yeats where he describes the power of the arts and artisans, which coincidentally refer to the creative aspects of the throat chakra. Although I do not know if Yeats was familiar with the healing qualities of lapis lazuli, he was certainly attracted to the beauty and imaginative characteristics of this visionary stone. Lapis lazuli balances the throat chakra and heals the throat, larynx, thyroid and thymus. It is said to encourage self awareness and strengthen self expression, the major issues of the throat chakra. Lapis makes beautiful jewelry that can attractively and theoretically be worn around the neck.

On the brow chakra, lapis lazuli can also be used to stimulate enlightenment, enhance psychic ability and guide you on your spiritual path. In my own practice, I generally use purple amethyst during meditation, when treating myself and healing others. My first experience with this crystal was when my friend Ken visited from England. He had been using amethyst in his healing work for decades, and this was the stone he selected as a gift for me. Amethyst has a high spiritual vibration. It strengthens common sense, spiritual insight, intuition and psychic ability. It's always suitable for use on the brow chakra.

Purple amethyst is also useful on the crown chakra because it connotes the physical, mental and emotional bodies with the spiritual. It cleans the aura and transmutes negative energy. Overall, it's one of the most spiritual stones. If I had to recommend a single stone for your healing and meditation practice, I would suggest amethyst.

If you decide to purchase stones for your own use, visit a gem shop and examine their inventory. Pick up any stone that you find attractive and hold it in your hand to sense its energy. If it resonates with you, it just might be your stone. Discuss the qualities of the stone with the merchant or study more about its healing and esoteric qualities. Using a combination of intuition, knowledge and touch, you will discover the crystals most suitable for you. You can also bring your pendulum with you to the gem shop and use it to read which crystals are most in tune with your personal energy.

On a concluding note, be aware of the shapes, sizes and processes that go into crystals. You will find highly polished stones that make beautiful pendants, but to me, all that polishing and processing distract from the pure, natural aesthetics of the stone. Thus, I much prefer a rough, unpolished stone just as it was found in the earth. On the other hand, crystals can be very artistically crafted into wands, spheres or hearts. My experience is that crystals shaped into round balls can be a bit problematic. I discovered this one day during Reiki training when I placed my round purple amethyst on a student's heart. Well, no sooner did they take a deep breath when the crystal went rolling off their chest, onto the floor and proceeded to roll all away across the room. Get the picture? It was embarrassing to say the least. Since then, I've returned to my “old faithful” naturally shaped amethyst.

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Traditional Treatment Techniques Used for Treating Ailments

Sickness and diseases are a part of contemporary lives. We are affected by ailments which are completely unknown to us or which are beyond our imagination. There are times when the patients do not respond to the most advanced treatment procedure and we get nervous and confused about our next possible step. When such situation arises, then it is wise to contemplate what our ancestors or the generation before us did. There was a time when people treated their ailments with the help of traditional medicines and they lived a much healthy life. In the Muslim community traditional Islamic medicines are used in a big way and these are used to heal many different kinds of diseases.

Hijama is one such ancient treatment procedure that offers relief from many diseases. It is derived from the Arabic word 'Hajm' which actually means 'sucking'. In this procedure cups are applied all over the human body at different points by removing the air from the internal part of the cups to form a vacuum.

There are three different types of cupping available:

• Dry cupping
• Dry massage cupping
• Wet cupping

Hijama is a therapy that can be applied anywhere on the human body especially on the site of pain. This takes the pain away. The place where this therapy is applied is first shaved. This ensures a tight seal with the cups and skin. Traditionally horns were used in place of cups. The modern practitioners use machines, but there are still people who stick to the conventional method of therapy.

But this therapy can never be handled by a practitioner who does not have adequate training in this field. It is practiced in a germ-free and pristine condition. The practitioners always wear gloves and make sure everything is neat and clean. All the tools and equipment that are utilized during this therapy are completely new and those are for single use only. After the completion of the therapy all the equipment are discarded and disposed of.

The various kinds of diseases that can be treated by this therapy are as follows:

Constant exhaustion
Period pain
Constipation
Diarrhea
Headaches
Back pain
Arthritis
Injuries
Asthma
Anemia
Depression and emotional hassles
Atrophy
Sciatica
Common cold and flu
Skin problems
Hair loss
Gynecological problems

Apart from the treatment there is another thing that is attached to Hijama.There is a religious side to this therapy also. It was practiced by the Prophet (PBUH) himself. So it is actually a Sunnah practicing which can bring people closer to Allah. This therapy offers energy to the human body as it unlocks the meridians in the human body.

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