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Start something, go ahead…

Posted in Healing thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by Heyoka Healing Arts

If we don’t start thinking positively, there’s no reason for anyone else to. Create the change, start the way of thinking within yourself and eventually it’s going to creep into the rest of the world….

Start by embracing the unknown.

I’m done for now. thank you.

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Mudslinging, pointing the finger and all that negative poo.

Posted in Healing thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by Heyoka Healing Arts

Along with being a holistic practitioner and teacher, I take great joy in the practice of playing bass guitar in a band in Toronto. I guess it’s just another way of spreading a vibration to a large group of people at once.
At any rate, the band and I (minus a member) were hired on to play at a political fundraiser.
In the process I spent a little bit of time talking with the candidate about a few things, specifically the concept of mudslinging (something more and more common these days) and something that has been really bothering me for some time, pointing the finger.
Hmm.
Mudslinging.
I have to wonder why this is something that the up and coming and apparently many veteran politicians have to partake in. I know I will likely get the response that “He said something about me first” or “I’m just protecting the interests of the voters and the community…”.

You know what? Save it.
It would seem that the reason people go digging around to find fault in the lives and livelihoods of others is to get people to overlook their misgivings and skeletons. If one has to find an issue in someone else’s life, maybe they should consider what may be in their own history to prompt the concern.

Experience is the greatest teacher, and it takes experience to know the damage that can be done.
You can’t say you know how someone or something feels unless you’ve had the experience.
What I’m getting at is, if one feels the need to expose anothers misgiving, they’re hiding something of their own.
Does that really make for a trustworthy representative of the community, on any level?

Pointing the finger.

What exactly is the point of this waste of energy?
I understand that in many cases someone or something has to be accountable, apparently because the world or society says so. However, more often than not the search for an answer as to “who did it” ends up costing the world or the respective community or government more money than was originally lost or wasted in the first place.
Simple and recent example.
The BP Gulf Oil Spill.
First off, not a spill, but a constant flow, and for way too long.
The whole news and media community mounted a monumental witch-hunt to find out “WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS?!?!” and landed on Mr. Hayward, at that time the CEO or some such thing of the company. All of a sudden this fellow is responsible for the whole fiasco, from the connection breaking to the research not working out on time and on and on. Being realistic, one wonders how much actual involvement Mr. Hayward had in constructing the oil rig, the maintenance, and on and on.

That’s just one example. I don’t need to and won’t go on about this.

All I’ll say is, I think if we all, and I do mean ALL would just deal with issues and crises to the best of our abilities,
and that needless to say means pulling together our individual senses of reality and our collective energies, and stop wasting our time on calling each other names both openly and behind each others’ backs (though that makes no sense considering how many make such an effort to be heard…), perhaps the goal of making this world a better place can actually start to happen.

That is after all what we’re trying to achieve, right?

Just how easy IS changing the world?

Posted in Healing thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2010 by Heyoka Healing Arts

A lot of the time when talking with people, either in real time or online, the first question that comes up is “How do I change the world and make it a better place?”.
My first initial response to this would be that as much as you may want to, the fact is that unless you’re in a position of power over the media and you can have the world’s ear at your beckoning, it’s not as easy as one might wish.
Then it generally leads to something like this…
The best one can really do is feel a sense of peace and joy and genuine love for the world and all that makes it up, including yourself, and yes, even the person you may have to “put up with” on a daily basis that just gets under your skin… feel that compassion for the world around you and let it exude from you. Let the people and the animals and your environment know that you’re feeling this way, let it show. Go ahead, smile, smile at someone you’ve never met just for the sake of making them smile back, or perhaps just to let them know that someone out there cares enough to smile at them. It takes very little and really does pay off a lot in the long run.
What I’m getting at is, if we put forth a sense and vibration of positive, benevolent energy, it can’t help but come back in kind, if not in multiples.

Hmmm. Just think of it, you wake up feeling simply wonderful, just knowing that you’re going to have your best day in a long time, and the rest of the people in your world are waking up feeling the same way.

Everyone’s having the best day they’ve had in a long time and the world just feels…. right.

Imagine the possibilites, imagine how good that day would feel.

Now go out and create that day.
It’s within our power to do so, and so we shall.

blessings all

Energy saturation, or Mother Earth’s full…

Posted in Healing thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2010 by Heyoka Healing Arts

A few years back, while studying for and achieving the Karuna Reiki® Teacher/Master level, I had the honour and pleasure to meet up with a shaman from the Micmac nation. We spent the evening sharing stories and experiences (strange how they all seemed similar, same school, different teacher I guess) and at one point he “read” a crystal I’ve been carrying for some time.

This crystal is of the type that’s known as a record-keeper and a transmitter of information.

While he was reading this piece of crystal, he was told to give me a message, which I’m to pass on to all and any light/engergy workers out there that care to listen.

Mother Earth is full, she can’t take anymore.

This would apply to the practice we all have of either shaking off the “bad” or excess energy we may take off a client, or to the concept of sitting on the ground on your backside and connecting that way to drain off your bad or overflowing vibes.

She can’t take it anymore, and would really appreciate it if we could send the energy upward for a while….

I suppose if one were to look at some of the natural disasters of late, you could see the similarity between Mother Earth and say, maybe a big dog that’s got a little too much pent up energy. Eventually there comes a shake and all the energy, or pests…. goes flying off.

So to speak. And in retrospect (looking at weather conditions and such over the last few years) I have to say she’s been reacting and no one’s really been listening.

Go hug a tree, raise your arms and hands to the skies. Let it go up. There’s loads of space up there.

Take from this what you will.

I’m only telling you what I was told.

Allowance, for you, for me, for everyone.

Posted in Healing thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by Heyoka Healing Arts

Originally posted : January 08, 2009

The art of letting the people and creatures and world around us be who and what they are.
The ability to realize that as much as you may need something to be one way, it may not be that way for a reason, possibly a good reason for someone else.
The ability to realize you can’t always have things the way you need them, or to put it bluntly, not getting things your way…. (go ahead, stomp your foot, it feels better to let it out…)

Let nature and time and the world take its course and by allowing the world to be what it is, we can hopefully have a positive effect on the energies and people we come into contact with.

Live for the moment that you’re in.
Take a cue from the small creatures around us. What happened yesterday, happened yesterday. That moment in time is gone, and as much as we may “regret” or “disagree with” or perhaps “enjoy” a certain feeling or sensation at that moment…. in reality, it’s gone. So live for the moment you’re in right now.

And as for tomorrow, that’s then. We can only do so much toward shaping what that will bring, so just deal with it as it flows toward you. I remember a dear friend putting it so eloquently for me, (very zen for the person that I’m thinking of actually…. ahem), the phrase was be like water.
And that about sums it up.

Be formless, yet take the form of the moment you are in.

We can only do so much about our surroundings, so instead of fighting and possibly making a situation worse, form to it, become part of it and influence it from the inside….
Now, I’m not saying one shouldn’t stand up for ones’ rights, I’m just saying when a situation is getting tense, don’t make it worse. Work with that negative energy and “reform” it to a positive (yes, it may take some work but it will happen). Energy is ever-moving, ever-changing, it never stays constant, and neither does the human mind. It too is ever-moving, ever-changing.

Or so one would hope.

And most of all, allow yourself to be you. Who you are.
Make your decisions based on what you feel, not what others tell you.
Don’t look out for answers, look within.
That is where your connection is, not within a computer monitor, a book, or a collection of books.
The answers are within you.
Take in as much information as you can, filter out what doesn’t work for you and from the remainder, create a world and a life for yourself that benefits you and those you interact with and have an effect on.

Take care of yourselves, and each other.

Heyoka in the northern Ontario woods

Deep in the woods, deep in thought.

Altering your vibration

Posted in Healing thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by Heyoka Healing Arts

Originally posted on: January 10, 2009, 12:13:07 AM

Over the years I have started to take exception with the undeniable fact that a lot of shamanic work seems to almost focus on the use of consciousness altering substances, needless to say natural.
I’m not in complete agreement with the idea.

First off, to clear up a misconception.
I’m always hearing people talk about “doing ‘shrooms and going to the shaman for a trip, dude…” The fact is, the “patient/client” doesn’t “do” any of the substances. That’s the vehicle of the shaman, so there’s no sharing or party here.

I feel that to make a connection, a real strong, CLEAN connection with that divine vibration that we are seeking, you can’t alter your waves through artificial means. Once you do that, you’re not in control of the situation, no matter what anyone may say. (And yes, I’m speaking from experience here)

I’ve read Castaneda and all that pertinent stuff, and I went down that path many moons ago, and as much as it does make the journey a little faster, as I said, it’s not real. Your vibration, your wave, call it what you wish, has been altered, and it’s not stable, therefore it’s not operating at its’ peak potential.

I see it sort of like this.
If you can’t perceive without the aid of artificial means, first off, you’re not ready to be there, and second, you probably don’t deserve to go on the journey, which often leads to a bad experience. The people that work with energy all know the wisdom on the other side of the veil is pretty all-encompassing.
They seem to know what’s what and who belongs there.

Sorry if that was a bit of proselytizing…
I continually hear people go on about the necessity for Mother Nature’s assistance, eg: hallucinogens, in doing energy work and working natural magick, and I don’t buy into it anymore.
Not with what I’ve seen/witnessed/experienced.

We’re all amazing, energetic beings capable of healing ourselves and others, and in this time which is making that fact more and more apparent, I think it may be the time to heighten peoples’ awareness that psycho-actives aren’t really necessary, as much fun as they may be.

As I’m sure you’re aware, the only reason psychoactive herbs cause any sort of reaction is the toxin that’s creeping into the system. I think when people realize that it’s a poison they’re ingesting, (and I realize that’s taking it a stretch for someone who enjoys their magic mushrooms), they will eventually look at things in a slightly clearer light.

….or not.

Inside the Cloud Gate.

Blessings all…

Energy workers, Vampires (!?) and all that stuff.

Posted in Vampires, Vampires and healers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by Heyoka Healing Arts

An online conversation regarding the difference between a Reiki practitioner and those living with the “vampyric condition”. The questions were from a young woman in the midwest USA.

“I am doing an paper on how being vampiric is different from Reiki and I need some help, I am finding that the way Reiki is used is very similar but yet different. Can you all be so kind to help me out?”

*If you have some specific question(s), I’d be glad to be of help.
Fire away….

“First question is what is the difference between the ways we (the psi-vamp) use energy and a reiki practitioner?”

The vast majority of the vampyric encounters I took part in *see below* were of the cleansing kind, as in my counterpart would be in a situation of needing to remove or release some pent up energy or energies, and I would facilitate the removal of said energy.

As for others in the community, it’s my understanding that there are some who draw energy for the sole purpose of self-sustenance, and some for the purpose of (you asked, I’ll say it) malicious intent, such as causing discomfort either close up or from a distance, and always it would seem for selfish reasons.

A Reiki practitioner (if working according to Reiki precepts and concepts) doesn’t work for their own benefit. They work for the benefit of the client or recipient.  Also, the Reiki practitioner acts as nothing more than a channel or metaphysical siphon of sorts for the Universal Life Force.

I found in the past (pre-Reiki attunements) that when doing energy work, I would end up being exhausted and drained, mostly because although the energy I was exchanging was clean and wonderful and marvelous and all that, it was tapping me of other physical resources. It was my energy that was being sent here there and everywhere, leaving me sometimes a bit senseless and more than a bit dazed.

Being tuned in to Reiki allows me to open up to energies all around me on levels that, as much as I was aware of them previously, I guess I didn’t have the access I do since being attuned.

“Last question, on many reiki sites I see how to defend yourself against a psychic vampire why is that?? “

Are you sure you want me to open up that particular can of worms?

Okay… I will.

If you look at all of the “information” on vampires, they are described as being creatures/lifeforms/beings that inherently take what they need, with no apparent regard for the, shall I say “victim” or “donor”. (Keep in mind, this is not my opinion or attitude, just what I’ve gleaned over way too many years).
That being said, it is a seemingly common school of thought that interaction with a vampire is a generally negative, shall I say, soul-sucking interaction. Now, logically thinking, that’s not something that most people want to have happen to them, so, information on how to protect oneself from an energy/chi/ki/spirit sucker is going to be out there for all and any to see.

So, why are people cautious? Because they don’t have the knowledge to understand the “vampyric” condition, because they haven’t experienced that side of the coin.

Experience tends to bring knowledge, unfortunately, it’s not always possible to experience all the wonderful weirdness out there….

Energy worker? Vampyre? No, a Heyoka

Energy worker? Vampyre? No, Heyoka.

Oh yes, the see below part.

Prior to becoming a certified and registered Reiki teacher, like many out there,  I wandered through a collection of philosophies and, shall we say, lifestyles. One of them being the “vampire” community, a group of people who I learned very quickly WEREN’T living the Hollywood/fictional/role-playing version of “vampire”. People who were quite practiced in energy manipulation, both up close and from a distance, hence the term “psi-vamp”.  This is why the term was used in the interview.

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