Friday, 28 November 2008


Last Saturday I went for my first proper Reiki session at the Earth Energies Clinic which is just a few minutes walk down the local High Street. I'm not sure quite what I was expecting but it certainly wasn't what happened. :0)

Aureen, the practitioner, introduced herself and gave me the gist of what she was going to do and asked me to take note of any sensations or feelings I may have, then asked me to remove all metal I could: off came my rings, a necklace, a bracelet with a metal tag and also my glasses. I then laid on a therapy bed, was covered with a fleecy blanket, the blind closed to darken the room, a CD of relaxing music put in the machine and the treatment began.

Initially I laid there with various thoughts tripping through my head: could do with a poster on the ceiling; wonder if I'll feel anything?; how long have I been here so far?; will I get any benefit from this? etc etc. She placed her hands under my head for a while - shortly after I suddenly had to close my eyes, felt myself relax and then give myself over to whatever was happening. I was vaguely aware of Aureen as she slowly moved to work on different parts of my body, gently touching some areas: head, feet, face, heart and solar plexus chakras. Normally I'm very careful about who invades my personal space but I didn't mind her touch at all and had total trust in her - very unusual, especially as this was the first time I'd ever met her.

Some time later Aureen lightly touched my shoulder, gently called my name and asked if I was OK. OK? I was so relaxed I'd almost fallen asleep and was slurring my words so much initially I told her it felt like I'd had a few drinks! She helped me sit up and gave me a glass of Evian water to sip on. Had I felt anything? Well, through most of the session I kept getting the distinct impression there was someone standing over to the right of the table, near the corner of the room, and occasionally it sounded like there was more than Aureen gently walking around in there. I was also thoroughly relaxed, more than I've ever felt in a very long time.

Explanation: the presence I sensed over by the corner was my Guardian Angel, and she's a lovely, pink angel. Funnily enough, though I'm not a pink person and it's far from my favourite colour, for a while now I've been looking for a small carved rose quartz angel to keep in the house, rose quartz being pink and a gentle, loving crystal - not come across one I am drawn to yet, so still haven't bought one, but I'll know it when I find it. Aureen works with angels and she says they were waiting for her to arrive at the clinic that day, eager to work, and all the sessions had gone really well. I told her about the Aura photographer telling me I needed to ask the angels to take me to a healing room to give me much needed. I had asked and it very much looks like my prayers were answered. :0)

What I didn't tell her was that at one point I forced my eyes open to check where she was. It felt like there was someone stood at my head and at my feet but when I looked Aureen was stood by my side, working on my heart and solar plexus chakras. Mentally shrugging and totally unfreaked I just closed my eyes and gave myself over to the treatment again.

What should have been an hours session went on for an hour and a half and it honestly didn't feel like it at all. Aureen explained the reason it took longer: imagine a ball of yarn but instead of wool it's actually made up of tightly wound black elastic that is sat between my heart and solar plexus chakras and that elastic is all the guilt, anger, grief and similar negative emotions that I'm carrying around with me. Trying to remove it was hard work - as fast as she tried to pull it out from me it snapped back because I kept pulling it back, not ready to let go. She called on Archangel Michael to help and started again: as she pulled out the negative elastic strands He cut them off. Unfortunately it's so deeply entrenched they couldn't get it all, so Aureen said I would benefit from a further treatment should I wish it.

Sounds too weird for you? Then look at it this way: over the last few years I've let myself sink deeply into a pattern of negative thought processes that have built up and caused dis-ease to my whole system - this is now manifesting itself in actual physical symptoms (raised blood pressure etc), so I'm literally making myself ill. For the sake of my health and general well-being I now need to accept all that has happened, especially concerning the loss of my parents, and that it all happened as it was meant to; to acknowledge that I can't change anything, so regularly mulling over it is pointless and damaging, and, finally, I need to let go of all that negativity.

Though I'd already worked all this out for myself knowing it's time to let go and actually doing so are two entirely different matters, much easier said than done. Having someone else point it out reinforces the realisation though and whatever Aureen (and the angels) did seems to be working nicely - I was literally buzzing with energy for days afterwards (unfortunately sleep deprivation, due to DH being away in Italy, has taken the edge off that somewhat now. LOL).

I would heartily recommend having a Reiki treatment to anyone - you don't have to believe in angels and chakras or anything like that to feel the benefit of what is a very positive and relaxing experience. Oh and though I am a Pagan I do believe in angels...... they're not solely a Christian concept. :0)

After the treatment Aureen then went on to give me both a Tarot and Angel card readings - again I got way more than I bargained on but in a very positive way. More about that in another post though, as this is already quite a long one. :0)


Sunday, 2 November 2008


Sunday 9 November was the last Mind, Body and Spirit Event of the year, over at the Lincolnshire Showground. Off we went with a view to getting a couple of Yule gifts and with my intention of having my Tarot Cards read by my favourite reader. It didn't quite turn out like that.

The atmosphere at these events is always uplifting and this was no exception. There was also plenty there to tempt us to dip into purse and wallet or hit the Credit Card.

My first buy of the day were these four CD's. I love all kinds of music but my biggest passion is anything New Age. Daughters of Gaia and Threefold centre their music and song around Pagan/Wiccan themes and these two were must haves, joining the others of theirs I already have. Juliana is new to me: her voice is lovely and she has been likened to Enya. Sorry but that is unfair, as Enya is by far the best Celtic singer ever (IMO) though Juliana's voice could grow on me. Medwyn Goodall is another artiste I enjoy and have a few of his CD's already - as this was Celtic themed it was another must have. I enjoy listening to music and much of my New Age ones are also great for chilling out or meditation.

It was soon obvious that I wasn't going to get my cards read - many of the readers, including my favourite one, were fully booked. Other folk had obviously had the same idea of having a reading done before the festive season. Not to be daunted I decided if I got the chance I'd have an Aura Photograph taken instead and listen to what that reader had to say. Methinks the Universe was conspiring again, to ensure that I got what was needed rather than what I wanted.

Here's the pic (has scanned a little lighter than the original). Pretty, ain't it? LOL She said there was a lot going on and from this the reader knew I'd recently been on medication (anti-biotics for cellulitis) and had throat problems (sore throat with the flu I had afterwards, plus tonsillectomy in the early 1990's) and was feeling washed out (getting over those and the wrong end of the month - of course I was!). I'm a Blue personality: caring, loving and emotional and would make a good Counsellor....... as I have total strangers come up and suddenly start telling me their life stories then this fits well. :0) I'm also psychic (in my family it was a given, though I have no real control over it) and channeling spirit was mentioned. She then asked if I kept getting angry. I do when I think about how we lost Mum and Dad and the medical negligence that was involved and know I have unresolved issues about it all. It brought it out and made me cry - this led to the reader and her partner giving me a healing.

What can I say about that? I have no idea what they did, or how they did it, but it definitely worked: my eyes closed and my legs gave (not unpleasantly so) and they guided me to sit in the chair whilst continuing with the healing for a few more minutes. It was one of the strangest sensations I've ever felt and also one of the most uplifting - when they'd finished and I opened my eyes again it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off me. Just as startling to me: all through I had total trust in these two strangers and not once did I worry about the room full of people behind us or about being on view through it all, something which has generally held me back from having any of the treatments at these events. I couldn't thank them enough for their help and now accept it's time to let those issues go. :0)

We spent a bit of time sat in the Zone of Tranquility tent after this. The Zone is a little oasis of quiet set aside for taking time out from the busyness of the place: it's lit by fake candles (Health and Safety banned the real ones!) and you can light incense sticks, meditate..... or just sit and sip water whilst chilling, as we did.

Back into the fray and we went to listen to Dragonfly Moon, otherwise known as Scott Jasper and Susan Garlick, perform three songs of theirs. We first heard them at an event earlier in the year and DS so liked their music he bought some of their CD's, which we played a lot whilst on our holiday.
Their songs are mostly based on Celtic mythology and British folklore and their
music is a lovely mix of Celtic, Native American,
Peruvian panpipes and the like, with a didgeridoo occasionally thrown in for good measure - a real hand clapping, toe tapping "I want to get up and dance" medley. Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves during that musical interlude. LOL
And as DS will take his CD's with him when he eventually gets his own place we decided to indulge ourselves and buy our own, so I can now enjoy them whenever I feel the need. :0)

The Dragonfly Moon stall also sells all kinds of musical intruments from around the world, all ethically sourced from Fair Trade co-operatives. DS already has a mouth organ and a Vietnamese mouth harp....... this time he came away with a beautifully carved didgeridoo. For reasons I can't really fully explain I've had a yen to acquire a drum.

Yes, a drum - as in Sacred Drumming. Scott played several for me but I'd spotted this little beauty as soon as I went to their stall and knew it was the one for me - my fingers just itched to get hold of it and play.

This was made by Native Indians in New Mexico so is the genuine article. If it hadn't sold Susan Garlick was going to acquire it for herself, so I apologised for taking it from her but she was very gracious and was glad it was going to a good home. I waited until Monday, when I was on my own, before trying it out and it was so much fun! Good job we live in a detached house is all I can say. LMAO :0)

DH finally gave in and had an electronic acupuncture treatment done. Every show we've been to he'd hover round this, desperately wanting to try it, but ended up bottling it every time (he's worse than me! LOL) but things had gone much quieter by this time, so he let the woman talk him into it. It helped to ease the pain in his shoulder that had been bugging him for over a week and the Chinese herbal linament she rubbed in also helped. That had us sniffing the air, trying to work out what was in it - reminders of Ralgex, Winter Green and Olbas Oil but it wasn't any of those. One of the women was a good salesperson because he also came away with a couple of herbal medicines as well.

This time around I only bought one crystal, a piece of Malachite, which I wanted for help with my arthritis. This was the piece I was drawn to (the best of many bad pics - it just won't photograph clearly):

It's such a pretty piece IRL. When I read the little info sheet that came with it, after we got home, I could almost hear the Universe laughing. Not only is it good for arthritis and swollen joints (the reason I bought it) but it also: helps soothe and calm; is an anti-depressant; instils a sense of courage in times of stress; also promotes inner peace and compassion; will dig out deep feelings, hurts and resentments and will break unwanted ties and patterns of behaviour and it makes you realise the reasons why you are supporting an illness. Yes, I got what was needed, am listening and definitely get the message! LOL

By this time it was late in the day so we headed for the door with DH saying it was definitely time to go, as he'd spent enough and didn't want the Chinese woman selling him anything else. ROFL Just as we were setting off in the car I finally realised what the main ingredient was in the Chinese linament: camphor oil.

Just to round the day off nicely: on the way home we called in at MaiMai Gardens for a Chinese takeaway. LMAO

I was happy but shattered and had a very early night. :0)