Reiki Healing for You

Reiki Healing for You

 

Reiki Healing from Lucia Maya on Vimeo.

Lucia Maya shares Reiki energy healing. Simply watching this short video will bring this healing energy to you, for mind, body, heart and spirit. Reiki helps to relieve stress and promotes relaxation. It is a divine energy with no limitations of time and space, and though spiritual, is not a religion.

Distant Reiki Healing for You

Distant Reiki Healing

I made a quick little home-made video to send Reiki energy healing for anyone who would like to receive. It can be played anytime you feel you need a few minutes of deep relaxation and energy infusion. I’d love to know what you experience.

Reiki Healing from Lucia Maya on Vimeo.

Reiki One Class and Attunement Integration

Reiki Attunement and the 21 Day Integration Process

Reiki Masters, Usui, Hayashi, Takata

Reiki Masters
Usui, Hayashi and Takata

I hear from many of my Reiki students about some of the physical and emotional challenges they face after a Reiki Attunement. These can be greatly helped with Reiki self-treatments during the 21 day process of integration following a Reiki class.

There are incredible gifts that come from Reiki, and there are sometimes physical symptoms that occur while the body, mind and heart are releasing old memories and blockages.  Please continue to give yourself Reiki  and trust the process – I am certain you will receive more benefits than you can imagine!  There is at least a 21 Day clearing and integration process that follows the attunements, so be patient.

This is also a very intense time on the planet, with more to come, so those who are sensitive to the collective tensions and mood will likely be experiencing quite a bit of intensity!  And Reiki can help with that as well.

Physical Challenges and Healing with Reiki

The physical challenges (a few students wrote that they were experiencing colds, some achiness, and headaches) are not surprising after the Reiki One Attunement – it really can loosen and release lots of old physical, cellular stuff, as well as emotional. As this clearing takes place, it can cause physical symptoms, pain, grief or other emotions to come up… It’s important to continue giving yourself Reiki every day, even if only a few minutes, but as much as possible.  This will help to shake loose any old energies that are no longer serving, open up blockages and bring healing to those deep core issues. Make sure to drink PLENTY of water to help your body to move it through on the physical level as well.

Many students who take the Reiki Level One class report changes in relationships, letting go of situations that are no longer serving, and deep healing of long-time pain and illness. I believe it is from each of you doing your work in clearing and moving forward so that you may be able to shine your light even brighter and affect more people with your beautiful heart!  Please also continue taking care of your physical body in the ways that feel right for you – getting a full Reiki treatment from another practitioner, acupuncture and other energy work can be very helpful in the process.

much love and many blessings,

Lucia

Essential Oils: Q and A

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Questions and Answers about Essential Oils:

I was delighted to discover on your website that you’re an essential oil practitioner because I have a couple of questions. 🙂  How many times must one apply an essential oil before experiencing its affect?

It varies – there is generally an immediate effect, especially on the emotional level (i.e. Peace and Calming can immediately help to relieve tension and stress just by breathing it.) For longer-standing issues, it can take longer to have an effect, and for acute issues it can work right away (like Purification on a bug bite for example, and peppermint can often relieve a headache quickly)

 Also, I find that I don’t always enjoy the scent of an essential oil prescribed for a symptom that I’m experiencing.  Should I just follow my nose?

I’d talk to whoever has prescribed it first.  And, it makes sense that you might not enjoy the scent of one that is actually needed. Funny, but we don’t always like/enjoy what is needed for healing and transformation! If it’s not specified where on your body to place it, one way to deal with this is to put it on the bottoms of your feet. An excellent way to absorb the benefits, without needing to smell it.

  For years I’ve found myself standing in front of the essential oils at Sprouts and Whole Foods but, not sure what to do with them.

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a few of my favorite Essential Oils!

You might want to take a class (a lot of people who sell Young Living or doTerra offer free classes to introduce people to their products, and there are reputable aromatherapy classes online if you’re interested in learning more), or get a book or two to start.  If you start looking at bookstores or online, you’ll find dozens of great essential oils books, both reference books and more in depth books about aromatherapy.  I also have a blog post with some basics to help you get started, here.

That said, I do own a few bottles of essential oils and I use two of them (lavender and orange) together for a bath soak.  The other oil I have is grapefruit, I just LOVE this fresh scent!  Is it okay to just wear?

Lavender is fine to wear – safe for skin even for children. Citrus oils need caution on the skin. They can cause a sensitivity/reaction, so you can either dilute with some  vegetable oil, like almond or jojoba oil, or diffuse in a room, which is very beneficial as well. If you’re fine with it in your bath, it’s probably spread out on the water enough to be fine. Water doesn’t dilute EOs though, only regular oils, like almond, olive, coconut oils do. If you need to remove an EO, use a vegetable oil. Citrus are generally uplifting and wonderful to use in your home.

  And, can I apply it anywhere on my body or, must it be worn on a certain part(s) of the body?

If it’s safe for the skin, which most EOs are, it’s fine to put anywhere (not eyes or other tender skin), and remember a drop goes a long way! You can always dilute with a vegetable oil if you’re not sure, and watch for any reaction. There are a few (bergamot for one) that create sun sensitivity, so you need to be sure to put those somewhere covered.

I hope this is helpful. Please write me if you have other questions about essential oils, Reiki, or any other healing modalities that you are curious about, and I’ll do my best to answer!

First Aid with Reiki and Remedies that Work

Healing an Injured Knee

This weekend I had a couple of small “accidents” that made me so grateful for my home first aid kit and Reiki!  Saturday, while walking my dog Tilly, I tripped and landed with full force on my left knee.  I knew it could be serious, as I felt it swelling quickly. I sat down immediately and applied Reiki directly for about 5 minutes, until I could feel the pain and inflammation recede. My sweet little dog was confused, but after a minute lay down in front of me and waited.  We were able to continue our walk, though I made it a short one.  I mostly rested it that day, and took Arnica homeopathic remedy as soon as I got home to help relieve the swelling and bruising.  I also took Rescue Remedy, a flower essence that is excellent for any physical or emotional trauma or stress.  It helped my body release the trauma quickly, so the healing can begin quickly.

I continued to give Reiki to my knee off and on all day, iced it, and took Arnica 30C a few more times before bed. When I woke the next morning, I had no pain at all!  I could see and feel a bruise where I’d landed, but I could tell it was mostly healed already and that it would continue to resolve easily.

Remedies to Keep on Hand

  • Rescue Remedy – I carry a bottle of drops in my purse, have one in my medicine cabinet, and always travel with it as well. It is invaluable for any situation where you have a physical trauma (accident, cut, burn, fall…) and for an emotional stress or trauma as well (frightening news, an accident, any kind of shock, etc) Costs about $10-15/bottle.
  • Arnica 30c Homeopathic Remedy – this is excellent for anything involving bruising or swelling, especially if you start when you first become aware of it.  It can be taken if you sprain or strain a muscle, fall or have an accident with any force, before and after many medical or dental procedures (surgery, tooth removal, etc.)  Costs about $10-15/bottle.
  • Flexible frozen ice pack – you can reuse these flexible ice packs endlessly. It helps when you need to apply ice to a curved part of the body, which applies to most parts! If you don’t have one in the freezer, frozen vegetables work well too (peas, corn…) Costs about $5-10 for a reusable ice pack.
  • Reiki! Once you have taken a Reiki class and are attuned, you have the healing energies of Reiki available to you forever.  This universal healing force is available at all times, at no cost and has amazing abilities to bring healing on the emotional, physical and spiritual levels.  The sooner a trauma is addressed, the easier and faster it is to heal.  See here for more about learning Reiki to use for healing yourself and others.
  • Lavender Essential Oil – this is an all around fabulous healing oil for so many things! It is excellent applied directly to the skin for burns, small scrapes and bug bites.  It also helps to relax, can be used at bedtime to calm and create a relaxed environment for sleep. It’s an adaptogen, meaning it will give you what you need, so if you need to wake up and have more energy, it can help with that as well. Therapeutic grade, organic essential oils are important – Young Living is one brand I use and recommend.  See here for more about using Essential Oils. To order Young Living brand essential oils, sign up as a member and use my member number: 553228.
  • Coconut Oil – this is excellent for the skin, for soothing and moisturizing dry skin.  It’s a good soothing, healing oil, useful for burns and small cuts and I’ve known people to use it for healing tattoos too. I also use it for cooking and put a big spoonful in my morning smoothie, as it has so many health benefits I can’t list them all here.  I like to use organic, raw and unrefined coconut oil. If you don’t  like the coconut smell and taste, you can use the refined coconut oil on your skin or in cooking.

Healing a Burn

The next evening, I was hungry and in a hurry, and reached in to the (hot!) toaster to retrieve a small piece of delicious nut/seed bread. Somehow my thumb pressed onto a burning hot piece of metal, and I leapt back quickly. I immediately stuck it under running cold water, as my thumb had searing pain. i could tell right away this was a worse burn than I’ve had before from just quickly touching a rack in the oven, as the cold water didn’t begin to take away the burning sensation.

Next, I got an ice cube wrapped in a clean paper towel and applied that, while I went to get my Lavender Essential Oil. I applied a couple drops of Lavender Oil directly to the area – I could see the skin raised and red about a half inch long.  It started to cool and the pain started to subside.  Again, I took Rescue Remedy, as when we have physical pain, our body registers it as trauma and shock.  I gave Reiki around my thumb, without touching the skin since it was tender, and continued off and on whenever it started to heat up. About an hour later it was much better, but still burning when I took off the ice, and I was concerned about being able to sleep comfortably.  I put another drop of Lavender EO on it, and also some pure coconut oil, which brought some soothing relief.

I gave Reiki to my thumb and did a full Reiki treatment on myself before going to sleep.  I do this most days anyway, but felt it was especially important after these two separate accidents! I clearly wasn’t being very present and aware in my movement, and an overall Reiki treatment helps me get more grounded, more relaxed, and more “in” my body.

When I woke the next morning, I had NO pain, and it was still a tiny bit red and raised, but MUCH less than the night before.  Today, the second day, it looks like this, and it’s hard to see.

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One day later, the burn is almost completely healed!

I hope these simple remedies are helpful to you! They’ve been my daily companions for many years and I am so grateful to have them. I’d love to hear if you would share your own remedies that you find especially helpful.

Gratitude for 7 Years of Oneness Blessing Circles in Tucson

I am delighted to be moving to Makawao, on Maui in just a few short weeks, on March 1, so I had our last Oneness Blessing Circle in our home in Tucson, Arizona 2 nights ago.  It was filled with love, gratitude, tears, joy, laughter, sweet friendships and connections, and so many blessings… the same as every other Weekly Wednesday Oneness Circle has been for nearly 7 years!  There are wonderful memories to carry us forward, and the divine grace of the Oneness Blessing will stay with each of us, no matter where we are. I am forever blessed and grateful for this community.

Oneness Blessing Givers,

Long-time Oneness Blessing Givers: Carla, Lucia, Breeze, Cindy, Angel and Walid

Here are some long-time Deeksha Givers who have all brought so much to this circle (Kat and Jon Michael were missing from the photo, and as dedicated Oneness Trainers have each done so much as well) – there are so many more of you, and I thank you all!  Notice the purple light/orb right above our heads!

 

 

 

 

Deeksha, Oneness Blessing

Deeksha Circle, 2013

Deeksha, Oneness Blessing

Deeksha Circle, 2013

Deeksha, Oneness Blessing

Deeksha Circle, 2013

Fortunately, there are several options to continue to receive Deeksha in Tucson: If you’d like to be updated about other Oneness Events in Tucson, please join the Facebook Group Oneness Tucson for the most accurate and current updates.  You can also join this Meetup: Awaken Tucson Into Oneness   and you can email Kat Reinhardt (also currently in India!) to be put on the email list to receive updates about Tucson Oneness Events!

If you are on Maui, I will be coordinating with others who offer the Oneness Blessing on Maui and plan to offer a weekly circle in our home there, starting mid-March! I look forward to meeting you there. Please sign up for my newsletter for the day, time and address.

I will be expanding my hours available for Distant Reiki Transformational Healing Sessions once I’m on Maui, beginning the first week of March!  I’ll be offering a special rate for anyone who books a Distant Healing session for the first time and will continue to offer my monthly Free Distant Healing sessions by phone every 3rd Tuesday. The next one is Feb. 18!

Zelie and I will be offering more Spiritual Retreats in Hawaii, and will be sending out an update soon but we do have spaces available for our May and August dates – please let us know asap if you are interested in either of those, or our June 7/8 Seattle workshop. Thank you!

A hui hou – until we meet again…
love and blessings,
Lucia

NPR Interview – “Voices for the Cure”

A quick note:  I was interviewed for our local NPR station about losing my daughter Elizabeth Blue, and our journey with cancer and death.  It airs today, January 10 at 6pm, Arizona time, and tomorrow, January 11 at 5pm.  If you’re in Tucson, Arizona, you can listen live at 89.1, or stream it here wherever you are: NPR: Arizona Public Media

Elizabeth would have been turning 24 this Sunday – it feels like an appropriate honoring of her to be able to share this now…
If you can’t tune in live, it will be posted on their website, and I”ll share that later.

Tips to Start a Successful Healing Practice

Several of my students and clients have asked for some practical tips to start their own healing practice, as Reiki pracitioners, massage therapists, life coaches, and other forms of the healing arts.  These are some practical strategies I have used to create a successful Energy Healing Practice, that I am sharing in the hope they can help you as well!

I always recommend starting where you are – meaning while you still have your day job(s), begin your healing work. Don’t wait for every single thing to line up and be “perfect”, because that may never happen!

Create a space you want to work in, either at home or you can rent a space just a day or two a week, etc… but if you can do it from home, I’d recommend that.  You could start by traveling to the clients, bringing your own table.  It adds quite a bit of driving time, and you have to deal with their environment, but if that works for you, that can be fine too.  If it’s from your home, create a space that you love, that feels safe, relaxing, peaceful and healing.  It could be in your living room or an extra bedroom – be creative.  It can be a space that has multiple uses, initially, as long as you can easily make it feel like a calm and safe environment when you have a client coming.

Next, start putting it out there that you are taking clients – maybe working with friends and family first, going to Reiki shares, etc.  You’ll need to make a business card that says (in words) and shows (images) the feeling of who you are and what you want to project and who you want to attract.  You can keep it simple and use a template from Vista Print or similar, and you don’t have to make it a huge project – just tune in to your vision, and ask your guides if you need help with the wording or image.  If you have the funds, you can also hire a graphic designer to create the look and feel you want. I have the names of people I can recommend.

When you are ready, you’ll also need a website, and again, it can be simple.  You can create one yourself, through WordPress or similar, or if you’re not at all tech savvy, hire someone to create one, and it can be just 2 or 3 pages to start, creating a presence of who you are, what you offer, what your skills are and relevant training, including any educational background, etc.  Find sites that you like, take note of what you don’t like as well, tune into sites that draw you in and are more than just attractive, but would actually make you feel you can trust that person and want to work with her/him.  Then incorporate what you like, using your own unique expression of who you are and what you can offer to another.

Advertising is important at some point, letting people know you exist and the universe know you are ready….In Tucson, Natural Awakenings is the main source of healers and spiritual type of resources, but you could focus on another audience such as an upscale one in another publication, and seek out other resources in your community as well.

You don’t need to do all these at once, and maybe you won’t even need a website or ads. Take your time and allow for this to evolve naturally, without forcing, but also with taking some action.  It is a balancing act of allowing, and inviting… Some people do well with just word of mouth, but most of us need more. gratitude, love

Last, but very important, is prayer/intention/petitioning to your guides, the divine, the universe… I ask that I be in service in the ways that will serve the divine, my clients and students, and my own soul as well, with grace and ease.  I ask that I work with clients who will be able to receive, acknowledge and appreciate the gifts that I have to offer, and who are ready and willing to do their own work, and to heal and transform.  I ask for clients/students who can easily afford my services.  I ask to be in the greatest service possible, to be the clearest possible channel for the divine teachings, healing and guidance that can come through me…  You’ll find your own way of asking.   I do sometimes forget, and notice that I’m seeing fewer clients, or that I’m drawing clients who are not a great fit, (though that hasn’t happened for quite a while) and it’s a reminder to get clear about what I want and need, and ask for it.  It’s important to me to be clear, while also allowing for even greater possibilities.

All you really need is the confidence and trust and you will soar.  I am in total support and am so excited to see and hear about your blossoming!

Alternative Methods of Healing That Help You Physically and Mentally

While I have been focusing my writing on my other blog, Luminous Blue, about the healing journey I’ve been on through my daughter’s illness and transition from cancer, I am delighted to welcome back guest blogger Marcela De Vivo.  Today she writes about the benefits of alternative methods for healing mind, body and spirit, including Reiki, aromatherapy, yoga, meditation and nutrition.

Alternative Methods of Healing That Help You Physically and Mentally

While traditional medicine does have its place in terms of health care, real healing often takes place outside of a doctor’s office. Whether you have a physical ailment or a mental block, or a combination of both, prescription drugs, people in white coats, and a dizzying array of tests often don’t provide the healing you seek.

Healing, within and without, requires more than modern medicine can provide. Often people recover from a major illness, but suffer psychologically after the trauma of the experience. Whole body healing requires time, good health care, and occasionally, alternative methods of healing.

The methods suggested below have demonstrated some healing benefit, regardless of the physical or mental complaint. If you find that your doctor’s care, while good, is incomplete, consider trying some of the alternative options to support your current healing practices.

Reiki. Reiki is often lumped in with other forms of body work like massage therapy. However, Reiki involves very little physical touching, if any at all, and you remained fully clothed throughout the session. It induces deep relaxation through the help of a Reiki practitioner, who will help channel life force healing energy to aid in your healing by holding their hands over specific positions over the body, and treats the whole body, mind, and spirit. If you have a particular area of weakness, the Reiki practitioner may spend more time channeling Universal Reiki Energy into that area. Reiki has seen some success with treating Post-Traumatic Stress syndrome in soldiers.

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Reiki Session

Aromatherapy. Linked with increased feelings of relaxation and well-being, essential oils aromatherapy is an easy and inexpensive way to immediately improve your mood. Certain oils like chamomile and lavender are associated with stress relief, going so far as to slow down brain waves. Grapefruit is considered an uplifting scent, and can help improve anxiety and depression. Peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus are antiviral and antibacterial, so using these essential oils can bolster your immune system in warding off illness while you’re in the process of healing.

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Essential Oils used in aromatherapy

Yoga and Meditation. While these two are separate practices, they are so inexorably linked (yoga is sometimes considered a moving meditation) that they should both be practiced for best results. Depending on the type of yoga you choose, you can improve heart health, muscle strength, while gaining clarity of mind, improved focus, and reduced levels of stress. Healing requires a lot of mental energy—yoga and meditation helps you learn to channel that energy, while also giving you a much-needed mental break. Meditation is proven to reduce stress and can be used to help your body heal itself.

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In a heart-centered meditation

Nutrition. What you eat during the healing process can have a major effect on the outcome. To ensure that your body has all the necessary nutrients in the best possible form, focus on whole, minimally processed or cooked foods. Getting plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants helps boost your immune system and provides your body with the building blocks it needs to improve. Plus, what you eat can affect your mood and energy levels. Too much sugar and refined carbs and you may suffer from mood swings and energy crashes, neither of which is good for you mental well-being.

These are just a few of the alternative methods of healing that can help support your current practices, or fill in the gaps that modern medicine leaves. If you’re looking for a holistic healing experience, consider adding alternative healing options to what you’re already doing.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from Los Angeles and longtime Reiki and yoga enthusiast. As a mother of three children, one of whom suffers from Cerebral Palsy, she knows how alternative therapies can help with healing your body as well as your mind. You can follow more of her journey on PrayforNathan.org.

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Reiki For Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)

I am delighted to have a guest blogger, Marcela De Vivo writing today on a much-needed topic: Reiki For Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD).  In this time, whether we are dealing with physical trauma of a car accident or surgery, emotional trauma such as death or divorce, or for the countless now who have been involved in war or live/work in places that are as stressful as actual war zones, we need healing modalities like Reiki more than ever.

Reiki For Post-Traumatic Stress

Physical wounds can sometimes affect people by going much further than skin-deep. Trauma to the body can lead to unseen emotional or psychological distress that, if left unaddressed, can result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can be triggered in a number of ways, however, not only by physical trauma. Anyone who undergoes extreme mental or emotional stress can be afflicted.

Without treatment, the anxiety disorder manifests itself in prolonged bouts of depression, anger management issues, sleeplessness and an inability to focus. These emotional and physical symptoms can interfere profoundly on a sufferer’s daily life, sometimes resulting in the loss of employment and support from friends and family.

Diagnosing and treating PTSD has been challenging, as this disorder has only just begun to gain understanding and acceptance. While traditional psychological treatments have had varying degrees of success, many of the affected have turned to alternative forms of treatment to address the symptoms plaguing them.

Many forms of bodywork have been found to alleviate PTSD indicators. Hands-on massage and similar techniques reduce cortisol production in PTSD sufferers and non-PTSD people alike. This is particularly important as individuals with PTSD usually produce high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, keeping them in a constant “fight or flight” physical and mental state.

Unfortunately, not all PTSD patients may be willing to allow hands-on techniques to be used on them, especially if the trauma stems from a physical event. Reiki is a non-intrusive alternative healing practice that would suit these particular individuals. Allowing the clients to stay completely clothed, it can be done without any physical contact for those who prefer, Reiki provides the stress relieving and healing benefits of traditional massage and bodywork without adding to the stress of the patient.

Reduces stress

Similar to traditional massage practices, one of the greatest benefits of Reiki healing is stress reduction and relaxation. Reducing stress leads to a host of health benefits, including improved immunity, reduced blood pressure and better ability to heal.

PTSD patients often experience a great deal of stress due to their trauma—adding the daily stressors that the average person faces may become too much for them to handle, therefore, alleviating stress is imperative for those suffering from PTSD in order to gain control and continue on with their lives.

Reduces anxiety and depression

Research shows that Reiki can help reduce anxiety and improve depression symptoms. In a recent study, clinically depressed subjects who underwent Reiki treatments demonstrated both immediate and long-term improvements in depression, stress and hopelessness after six weeks of treatment.

Another study followed heart surgery patients who were suffering from postoperative depression, and were treated with Reiki after the operation. These subjects showed a complete elimination of the typical experience of depression.

People diagnosed with PTSD often suffer from prolonged bouts of anxiety and depression; alleviating these psychological issues allows them to move forward with other treatments as well as adjust to everyday stressors.

Begins the healing process

A reduction in stress, anxiety and depression allows the body and mind to start healing. Without a steady stream of stress hormones and negative thoughts, individuals with PTSD are able to address core concerns and improve general well-being.

Reiki also brings about physical healing, which contribute to improved mood and outlook. Patients who have undergone Reiki therapy report to have improved sleep quality, reduced addictions, pain relief and increased energy. The Reiki technique can also help those suffering from acute trauma as the treatment restores and balances the body’s natural healing energy.

As a gentle, non-intrusive powerful form of energy work that reduces anxiety and stress, Reiki helps trigger the body and mind’s natural restorative abilities. PTSD patients could benefit greatly from Reiki therapy through a reduction of psychological distress, allowing them to finally move forward on a path to healing.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from Los Angeles with experience in a wide variety of health issues, from special needs, alternative therapy, and conventional medicine. A level-2 Reiki practitioner herself, she’s seen first-hand the benefits this treatment can have on people.

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