Musings from the Spiritual Path

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I remember in 1991 when I first visited Seattle on a family vacation how radiant and lush the landscape and views were.  I had travelled many parts of the globe by then, and yet touching down here at that time, I felt a deep sense of home.  The land whispered to me, “Come back”.

It took eight more years, a marriage, a divorce, a graduate degree and being introduced to Reiki before I was ‘ready’ to begin to grow roots here.  This internal preparation with external transition was the first manifestation of my spiritual journey.

The first decade in Seattle was about clarifying my vocational vision and stepping into the role of leader in establishing the Reiki Training Program.  Along that path I explored  much of the NW back country and became attuned to the seasons and weather here.  My artist self gained traction through various creative pursuits.  I travelled through Asia and South America with expanded awareness of other healing traditions.

Personal relationships ended, deepened or started anew.  My Reiki work and fellowship began to expand with the publication of my first book and guided meditation CDs.

Over this last almost-decade, a whole new spiritual path has begun.  It did require me to professionally ‘own’ both my counseling and Reiki paths with the state’s requirement of licensure.  That path has provided me with a whole other world of gratifying healing work and experience I never would have gotten from the Reiki path alone.

My home went through multiple transitions from becoming a public workshop and healing space for students and clients into a humble but creative ceramic arts studio.  Family health crises dominated these years, but developing sober strategies enabled an ability to drop further into witnessing.  Despite those tragedies, travel also occurred, to the Mediterranean and all throughout the Baltic.

Again, personal relationships ended, deepened or started anew.

I’m taking a moment today to just catch my breath, looking back with clarity and looking forward with fresh and curious eyes as to what lays in store.  I couldn’t possibly have predicted any of the profound experiences I am grateful to have had when I first walked this land.

I am prepared to be surprised at what comes next.  In gratitude for the journey…..

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Copyright 2017 Eileen Dey Wurst

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1 Minute Mind Cleanse

Losing Brain FunctionI invite you to take this time to go deep within.  Take a breath.  Honor this moment and this pause.  The world at large going on around you is still going on, regardless of how you feel about it.

I stumbled across a beautiful project that is a collection of positive words from around the world.  Take a look at some of these concepts.  They offer fresh perspective.

This is what you can control: what occupies your thoughts.  What is feeding your thoughts?  External stimuli?  How does it effect you in this moment.  Come back to that pause.

This is not a way of backing out of the reality that is our new world, our new America.  But it is to say, where are we focusing our energy on.  What are we getting obsessed about?  I write and post this on social media with the hope that you will read it and it can offer an opportunity for your own mind to take a break from all the other news articles, posts, rants and feelings that are swirling around you.

If you keep projecting out into the future you are technically ‘future tripping’.  It’s a very slippery slope.  You project your hopes, dreams fears out into the future and you start to make it so.  Thoughts are things.  With enough focus, you can eve create your own future with your thoughts.

So it’s very important at this time to have more purity of thought.  Meditation is one way to achieve this, as is self-Reiki.  Feeding the mind with other words, phrase, images.  It requires the act of unplugging from the main currents of information.

Words have vibration.  My hope is to create words that promote loving-kindness and offer a safe harbor from the other words, phrases and thought forms being generated at this time.

Special thanks to Dr. Loma’s project of postivie lexicography.

Photo credit  Copyright 2017 Eileen Dey Wurst

Reiki RejuveNATION 2016

 

There are so many amazing Reiki teachers and practitioners coming together for this first annual event starting this coming weekend!  Hope you can join us!  www.reikifellowship.comReikiNation

Healing the Healer: How to use Reiki guidance to heal your body and your client

gtThis blog written by Reiki Master and Fellowship member Jacquie Hansen.  In our world around us if you have been tuning into news one of the leading causes of disease is inflammation in our bodies. This has many causes that separately would not be a big deal but when put together is a caustic combination. This combination is stress, chemicals and pesticides in both food and environment, and an overall lack of self-love. Reiki is an amazing healer and has been shown to greatly reduce inflammation in the body and activate the parasympathetic system to help us heal. But what do we do when we (or our clients) are systemically inflamed? I want to share my story and how Reiki and my Reiki guides have shown me how to heal through the use of therapeutic nutrition.
My Story: In my experience I was born with an overgrowth of candida and fungus that I spent my life learning to heal and learn from. My journey has been frustrating at times and I felt more than once that there was no way to cure my disease. But I kept challenging the Universe, tuning into Reiki, asking the question: what would help me heal? Through this earnest question I learned so much about nutrition (even to get a degree in nutrition), candida, fungus in the body, anti-inflammatory diets, and new innovate ways companies are providing products that are affordable and will finally allow me to heal the body. I know that I needed to be healed, to be free of inflammation so that I could more fully and calmly live in this world. So I share this with you to give you some nutritional advice I learned along the way and also ways to navigate the vast amount of knowledge and “experts” there are out there ever ready to give out advice and charge you a lot for it.
Throughout this journey I have shared some insights with friends and family but never sought out to “show the world” what I know. It’s been a slow guidance and really until the last 6 months or so that it’s been trickling into my Reiki Healing practice. So it feels like a natural shift and not contrived. I am fully convinced that in completely committing to healing my body I am healing our world.
Case Study: While conducting a treatment with Susan (name changed for privacy) I was able to tune into her needs. She was having symptoms of pain in arm and shoulder. She was also highly stressed. Now I believe that her guides using nutritional knowledge I already have gave me insight into what she needed. I was guided to suggest a Tumeric supplement to naturally help with pain and inflammation in her body. It was exactly what she needed.
Be your own guiny pig. From my study of yoga the philosophy has encouraged self study. To try things out on ourselves and see how we feel after. I also am a scientist by nature so this route appealed to me. I noticed when I worked on a farm in Costa Rica and at fresh food daily I felt so good, energized and I felt Reiki strongly. When I returned I made an intention to find fresh foods and not have it be costly. So I learned to forage for edible weeds and even volunteered at a local organic farm. I was also introduced to the concept of “superfood” green powders. I balked at this due to the cost but even the expensive brands are about $1 a serving which is a lot less than I spend on a coffee or smoothie. I’d rather be putting lots of nutrition in my body than a cup of coffee or tea daily. I also experimented with this and noticed more energy, a better feeling of well-being, and better regulation of my body temperature. Another experiment was using raw turmeric in smoothies. I went from being mostly dependent on ibuprofen to not having used any for about a year. It’s amazing stuff! One more huge shift was when I started using probiotics. I had always bought the cheapest out there and had no positive results. But when I started buying a more expensive kind, I really noticed a difference. The brain fog I had been living with was lifted, I felt smarter and clearer than I ever had in my life. I have since moved to a cheaper and possibly more effective one. I suggest when doing and trial run with anything new it’s important to try something for at least 5-7 days and journal how you are feeling and doing. If possible do it for a month so you can really notice the shift. It takes 28 days to cycle our cells and fully renew (in general for most of the body) so this is a great way to experiment to see if something is working for you!
Things to try:
Tumeric: reduced inflammation, pain relief. I recommended raw but isn’t everywhere (I get it at my local CO-OP). Consume with white or black pepper to increase the absorption of the vital chemicals.
Supergreen powder. The one I use daily is Skoop as they also have a great support for local farmers (full disclosure I also am a rep). Syncro-Genesis is also great and the owner’s blog is extremely insightful.
Foraging. I got my start from finding a foraging book for my local area. Each place is different so search out local experts and go for a walk with them!
Support local farms; Community Supported Agriculture(CSA). If buying a box seems too costly consider volunteering or splitting one with a neighbor. It was a great way to support local community and eat super healthy food!
Probiotics. 2 kinds I use: Garden of Life, Raw Probiotics and Garden of Life, Ultra Primal Defense.

Reiki Review of 2014

enlightenmentHere it comes.  The end to another amazing, challenging and eventful year.  When I reflect on all the wonderment that’s occurred, I’m happy I’m taking a pre-Christmas pause in lovely San Diego to compose this.

So here goes:

January:  We started off with Reiki circles at the charming Ravenna Healing House.  I couldn’t be there, as my family life was taking a turn, my Dad’s health was in a tenous balance, with many months of surgery and rehabilitation on the horizon.  Our Reiki classes and Soundscapes continued on, sparkling into the year ahead.

February:  A month of love and light, and yet, what I remember best is Valentine’s Day Reiki sessions!

March:  The beginning of working with some awesome Reiki practitioners and mentoring students and putting positive intention toward increasing my counseling work.

April:  I went on a women’s retreat to the Camp Brotherhood sanctuary in Mount Vernon and set my sights on holding a Reiki Retreat there later in August.  It is a truly magical and restorative place and I can’t wait until next year for our return!

May:  I moved one office into West Seattle Wellness and a whole new group of colleagues and clients opened up.

June:  When Seattle becomes paradise!  It was a beautiful, sunny and warm summer, and I remember many happy circles and sessions with smiles!  My Dad’s health had begun to regain strength and it felt like I could take my first deep breath in many months.

July:  Reiki Fellowship’s annual outreach to the Shoreline Solarfest!

August:  Reiki Retreat!!!  (see April entry)

September:  Left Ravenna Healing House and moved into Fremont Integrative Health Center.  A new chapter for clients, circles and spreading light through Seattle!!

October:  Counseling video unleashed!  Busy classes and circles as fall gains momentum.

November:  Last Soundscape of the year, as we get ready to enter into holiday season!

December:  Here we are, and we’ve got one more Reiki circle of the year!  We’ve got so many new workshops and classes in 2015, please stay tuned and keep being that beacon of healing and peace that the world so needs!

I’m grateful for all the students, teachers, colleagues and friends who have given so much love!  Thank you!

in light

Eileen

 

Sending Reiki to the Ebola Crisis

Join us November 1st, 2014 from 10-11am PST.

I feel it’s overdue for Reiki practitioners called to action to set some time aside to send Reiki to the situation, whether that be to the patients, families, medical staff, research scientists, officials and basically into the future, for assistance, light and compassion.

This being the Day of the Dead, to also honor the victims who have died in tragedy, we honor you.

Join from wherever you might be, 10-11am PST.  Feel free to post comments to the event page.

Thank you for your support!

Happiness for Hope

images2D3KCWJHEverything that is done in the world is done by hope, said Martin Luther.  It’s a powerful statement, and one to reflect on.  What is hope?  For me, it’s holding space for the highest and best outcome of  a difficult or even seemingly impossible situation.  It’s believing that possibilities can occur, that a path can open up, that a new form can be born.

I’m happy that such a phenomena as hope exists.  It reminds me of Reiki, in a way, in that it is always there, but we have to be willing to be open to asking for it.  If we aren’t open, then, all can seem hopeless.  So I always do try to be open, to hope for the possibilities, to what can happen for the highest good.

Some more inspiring thoughts on hope:

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

Vaclav Havel

Desert Punk Happiness

spiky-punk NJ and AZ are part of what make up my world view.    I’ve probably become something of a ‘Desert Punk’ with these two different US subcultures running through me.

Jersey, easily stereotyped, rough, obnoxious, sarcastic, provided me with a streetwise view of the world.  I’m grateful for the upbringing there, but just as grateful I call another part of the country home.

Arizona, on the other hand, started as a vacation land and became familial domain beginning some 34 years ago.   The wide expanse of the desert continues to remind me of my saguaro spirit:  self-contained and self-sufficient.  The desert can be harsh, especially in the summer, and it’s not for the faint of heart.  But the desert has also taught me to appreciate wide open spaces and expansive sky and to look for life in all it’s forms, from the horned toad which blends in perfect camouflage with it’s surroundings, to the Palo Verde trees with their ‘green skin’ that provide extra chlorophyll in order to make up for having tiny or no leaves.

That survival instinct runs through both cultures, Northeast and Southwest, I need to think more on this.

I’m going to meditate a bit more on how these two influences have shaped me, and will continue the happiness quest in doing so.  Stay tuned for more!

Eileen Dey 2014

Happiness for Native American Flute

1403031_3500470528219_611844072_oThis Saturday night we’ll be bathing in the lovely flute music of Paul Cheoketen Wagner at the East West Bookshop Soundscape 8/30 7-8:30pm.

Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner is an internationally-performing ambassador of the traditional songs & stories of his Coast Salish tribal ancestors. He enjoys sharing the warmth, humor & wisdom of these beautiful “teachings,” as they are know in the sacred tradition of his people, in an engaging & interactive way, interweaving his Spirit-gifted songs on Native American flute, along with traditional tribal drum songs. An award-winning Native American flutist, his instrumental songs have come to him with visions of healing & prayer for all relations (tree people, animal people, human people).  You can read this and more about him on his beautiful website, http://www.sacredbreath.cc/bio.htm.

He has a busy schedule, so I’m extra happy he’s able to do this performance for us this year.  Hope you can join us!

Eileen Dey 2014

 

Happiness for 5 Elements

5-elements_WuHsingfinalNext month I get to teach one of my favorite classes, Reiki and the 5 Elements! 

This course will explore the meridian system and five element theory, investigating the characteristics of the five elements, and how they impact on our energy system and personalities. We will bring Reiki energy to the meridian system and the five elements within the bodymind, with the focus still being that Reiki works for the individuals highest good.  In bringing a focus to the meridians, it will open up new possibilities for the Reiki practitioner.

Held at the lovely NW Ayurveda Studio, 5214 Delridge Way SW 9/20-21 from 9:30am-5pm, this studio has become a satellite location for the Reiki Training Program.  It’s only 5 minutes away, parking is considerably better, and there is even an espresso shop next door to pop into during our breaks.

I hope you can join us, I only ask that you have Reiki 1 or a similar modality going in to this workshop, since we’ll be putting new material into that solid base.

Can’t wait!

Eileen Dey 2014

 

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