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

Releasing Ritual for 2017

binecuvantare

To transform old energy, I am writing down on slips of paper the things that were obstacles, challenges, frustrations and disappointments.  They go into the pile to be burned.  I’m not saying that I didn’t learn from those things, and will continue to learn from them, but they didn’t necessarily help the forward motion of light and love in the world.  So they are to get turned into something new that can be beneficial to the planet at this time.

For instance, I have had to deal with various mean-spirited and self-centered people this year who take no responsibility for lashing out and dumping their anger onto me.  Being the sensitive individual that I am, I can’t help but be effected.

I have spent my whole adult life as a counselor and Reiki practitioner cultivating compassion and being considerate, to the best of my ability.  However, when someone has been verbally abusive or expressing repulsive statements to me, that is not my responsibility to own.  I define my boundaries and witness their bad behavior from my own perspective.  This is my world, this is theirs.  I am sorry they have not had the opportunity, willingness or otherwise to see things in a different light, but I am not responsible for their bad behavior.

The following is a guideline for how I begin to transform the accumulated energetic debris through the release ritual:

1.  On one slip of paper I write what needs to be released from my energy field.  In this instance: ‘ Bad Behavior of Mean-Spirited Person/People’.

2. Then I say out loud: “I burn away your attempt to harm me and in it’s place I receive the Universal love and light and support that is Reiki”.  I burn the slip of paper.

3.  Finally, I say:  “Reiki has no judgement, it only honors and respects the practitioner and receiver.  I allow myself to receive that love and light. It is non-judgemental and only seeks to raise my vibration.  It does not take away from me but adds to my being.  In that I have the opportunity to move toward wholeness.  I promote my own self-healing.  I turn away from your direct attack and step aside into the flow.  In the flow is peace, truth, my essence.  These are eternal and nothing you can do or say can effect that integrity.  This is my power.  You cannot effect my essence.  I am a Divine Being of Light on this Planet and with that knowing of my own personal truth, you cannot prevent me from shining that into the world.  My choice is compassion and benevolence.  I bestow peace and love.  I bestow peace and love.  I am sorry you cannot see or honor that, but I walk the path released in that Truth.”

For each obstacle, disappointment or frustration that is still within my energy field (it’s an extensive inventory for the year, believe me!), I tailor steps 1-3 accordingly.

But as I’m doing the inventory, I might find that there were some of those things that were helpful after all, so they might just need further integration.  And of course, in doing the inventory, there are many things that contributed to light, love and abundance.

I write all these things, the things that still need integration or the things that were very positive on slips of paper and put them in a ‘Blessing Bowl’.  It’s a bowl I have made in mt pottery studio.  In the next year I will be creating bowls for purchase through my pottery studio.

Those statements in the Blessing Bowl receive the Divine Light of Reiko for the new year ahead and for greater transformation and evolution.

Copyright 2016 Eileen Dey Wurst

Being a Healer in an Age of Unity

Danes form Ring of Peace around Copenhagen synagogue

As a helper and healer in the world, we are sensitive people, to both emotions and to the world we live in. The effects of the recent attacks on Paris and the mass shootings in the US have shaken a bit of my own confidence in humanity and for a world based on peace, rather than violence.
I see this same emotional angst in many of the clients I serve. When I first went into private practice, it was in the year before 9/11. After that fateful day, I saw firsthand how clients were dealing not just with their own issues but with this greater problem, terrorism, now brought front and center into their psyche.
Then, of course, there were all the wars we became involved in. I continued in my service work as counselor, Reiki practitioner and teacher to the public at large, but I felt a greater calling to offer help to those who were on the frontline.
That lead me to approach the Veterans Administration to offer Reiki classes and sessions to veterans, as the war(s) to come I forsaw having many soldiers returning needing deep healing. My colleague Michael Emanuel and I taught many veterans throughout the years and this year we received actual funding for veterans to pursue Reiki practitioner or master training.
It’s an accomplishment that came out of wanting to help heal a bruised and battered world.
This time around, with the rise of Daesh, the Syrian crisis, the bickering and posturing of politicians over what to do, I’m feeling a calling to global healing work again.
I am not a historian or a politician. I am a teacher and a healer, so those are the skills and abilities I continue to offer.
The vision for this global healing work is still forming. Like my experience with the veterans, it continues to evolve.
I was going to title this blog ‘Being a Healer in the Age of Terror’, but realized that the word ‘terror’ just reinforces itself. A key to dealing with the tragedies that occur in the world is to find a sense of unity. Reiki circles offer such a sense, a possible project could be organizing a day of Reiki circles across the country. Any volunteers? But I have other ideas just beneath the surface, and will give space for them to come forward. It all starts with a thought, then it can turn into a vision then it can become reality.
But I welcome thoughts and opinions on how you might see healing work being of service during this next evolution in the Age of Unity.

Image credit COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – MARCH 14: People of different faiths form a peace ring outside the synagogue where a Jewish security guard was shot last month in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 14, 2015. (Photo by Recep Yasar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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

Happiness for Home

Wurst family003This is me at age 5 going on 6.  I think I still have the same haircut.  I’m reminded of the happiness of having grown up in a home.  A  home that still exists, even if it’s not the same physical home, but the people who make it up, my mom and dad, are still living and thriving.

I appreciate them, and they know that.  We’ve come a long way in strengthening, honoring and accepting our relationships with each other and I’m grateful for that.

The little girl in this photo just accepted all that as reality.  It was a happy time, I’m probably in first grade, the bicentenial of this country is soon to happen, and I’m unaware that Vietnam just ended a few months before.  There were many things in the world going on, but being 5, pretty much unaware, and just happy that I went to school, came home to the same house, had food to eat, and a family that loved me.

When I think about it, this photo was even before the movie that shaped so much of my childhood came out, that being Star Wars.  Before I learned about the Force (the precursor to my Reiki studies!), and way long before any heartache that comes from growing up and seeing the larger world for what it is.

When I look at her, she says to me, ‘be happy!’ and would probably find it silly I’m doing a 100 day of happiness blog quest.  She’d say, ‘let me show you my toys’, because she had many to play with and a home where she could be a kid.

My adult self would encourage her, being an only child, to make a lot of friends, that it’s ok to be shy sometimes, but that because she doesn’t have siblings, she might get lonely, and making friends can help with that.

I’d also tell her, that some day, she will have traveled the world many times, and have met many interesting people through her work in which she helps heal.

My 5 year old might have said in answer, ‘that’s neat, but can we play first?’.

Sure, let’s play, let’s keep on playing, and let’s be thankful we had a happy home to do so in.

Eileen Dey Wurst 2014

 

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

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