wisdom

Yoga, Meditation, & Wisdom

July, 2017

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

This month’s column will wrap up The Eight Limbs of Yoga, as we focus on Dhyana and Samadhi.

(Photo Credit: anandashram.org)

Dhyana = worship. It is contemplation, focus and concentration; the ability to find the truth about something – an object, a thought – with perfect meditation. As our minds become clearer, our perceptions do as well. We can readily discern what is, and what is not, reality.

“Maya” is illusion. It is our perceptions, our judgements, our thoughts and feelings based on our lives, that color and filter all that we do and think.

“Moksha” is the freedom to see and perceive things clearly, as they really are and not what we judge them to be based on our own filters. This freedom exists in the now. It is having no ego, no attachments, no wants or needs.

To get one (Moksha), you must cast off the other (Maya). Using the power of meditation, we clear our minds to see beyond our illusions; we must be aware enough to “see” beyond what we see with our filters.

(Photo Credit: yogatrail.com)

The last limb is Samadhi, which means “to merge”. This is “the final and true state of Yoga” (from samadhiyoga.net)

Through utmost patience and years (and years) of diligent practice, we can reach that perfect place with a blissful and peaceful soul.

(Photo Credit: samadhiyoga.net)

From the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

As interpreted by Mukunda Stiles

Chapter 1, Verses 15 – 18

Non-attachment

is the mastery of consciousness,

wherein one is free from craving

objects of enjoyment,

whether they have been perceived

or imagined from promises in scriptures.

The ultimate state of non-attachment

arises from self-realization,

in which there is indifference

to the primordial forces of desire,

as everything

and everyone

is experienced as one’s

own True Self

Thorough knowledge

is accompanied by inquiry

into its four forms

analytical thinking about an object,

meditative insights on thoughts,

reflections into the nature of bliss,

and inquiry into one’s essential purity.

Another form

of thorough knowledge

is preceded by resolute practice

to completely cease

identification with the contents of the mind.

As a result,

only subliminal impressions remain

and their residue

has no impact on the mind.

Verse 43

When the

storehouse of memories and impressions

is completely purified,

perception is

empty of vacillations

and only the object’s

true essence

shines forth in

thought-free perception.

Verse 51

When the mind

becomes free from obstruction

all vacillations cease,

and the mind becomes

absorbed into spirit

without producing future seeds.

Thus a new mind is born

of this wisdom,

free of ignorance

(Photo Credits: Pinterest)

Yoga, Meditation & Wisdom

June, 2017

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

This Month: Pratyahara & Dharana

yoga1

(Photo Credit: Pinterest)

 

The Fifth Limb is Pratayahara – “prata” means “away” or “retreat”; “ahara” means “nourishment” or what feeds the senses. Pratayahara translates into withdrawing from that which nourishes our senses. This forms the basis of “non-attachment”.

 

Instead of our emotions controlling us with what it desires/craves, we become the controller of those emotions. When we are unable to stop the flow of these emotions, they very often cause an emotional imbalance, which in turn can, and in most cases, will, result in physical illness.

 

Yoga, and more to the point, meditation is the means to find the way to step back, or retreat, from our wants and needs and begin to learn the path to inner peace and enlightenment.

 

This happens naturally in meditation, as we turn our consciousness inward, focusing on the breath and/or the mantra. As difficult as this may sound, this has always been where we have been headed with our yoga practice.

 

Chapter IV – Verses 27- 33 **

 

In the intervals between these discriminative thoughts,

distracting thoughts arise

due to other past habitual thoughts.

 

Their cessation is like that of the obstacles

that were previously described,

that is, destroying them through meditative absorption.

One who is free of self-interest, even from the attainment of

the highest realizations, and who possesses

constant discrimination is showered with

virtues from being absorbed in Spirit.

 

From this comes a cessation of obstacles

and karmic patterns.

 

Then all the obscuring veils and impurities

are removed due to the endlessness of self-knowledge.

Then only trivial knowledge of the

objective world remains hidden.

 

Thereafter, having fulfilled their purpose

through the series of transformations,

the power of the primal natural forces terminates.

 

As these forces come to an end,

time is slowed to such a degree

that the moments that correspond to

the sequence of these transformations

become readily comprehended.

 

 
yoga2

(Photo Credit: keylargoyoga.com)

 

The Sixth Limb is Dharana, “concentration of the mind”.

The mind is miraculously complex, capable of thousands of thoughts per second. This wandering of the mind has come to be known as “monkey mind”, as it chatters in all directions.

 

Dharana is the practice of holding our thoughts completely in one direction, quieting the monkey mind, enabling us to achieve utter concentration on one specific thing. The more we concentrate, the more we can fully contemplate the one thing we have chosen to focus on.

 

This is not something that can be expected to be done immediately. Patience is necessary and years of practice, but the benefits are enormous.

 

Chapter III – Verses 9 – 13**

 

From this, there is a true

transformation of the mind

as outgoing thoughts cease

their former pattern of reacting

to the appearance or disappearance

of subliminal impressions.

Instead, moments of restrained thought predominate.

 

By frequent repetition

of that restraint

an undisturbed flow

of tranquility results.

 

In the process of

being absorbed in Spirit,

the though process experiences

a second transformation

resulting from the continuous

appearance of one-pointedness

and the disappearance of distraction.

 

Then again,

a third transformation occurs

from the one-pointedness that results

in the rising and subsiding

thoughts become equal.

 

By these three processes,

there is a transformation of the mind’s

quality, character and condition.

In the same manner,

there is a spiritual transformation of the senses,

and even in one’s constitutional elements.

 

**Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

As Interpreted by Mukunda Stiles

 
yoga3

(Photo Credit: yoganonymous.com)

 

NAMASTE!!

Yoga, Meditation & Wisdom

May, 2017

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

This month we move on to the most recognizable of the Eight Limbs.

The third limb is asana, which is Sanskirt for “abiding”, meaning the physical postures within yoga. Even if you have never taken a yoga class, you are most likely aware of some of the yoga postures.

meditation (Graphic: food.ntv.com)

The benefits of asana are balance, strength and flexibility. Flexibility is a necessity as we age; the more flexible we are, the better we will move and the younger we will feel.

In asana, the body is challenged. With the physical challenge, your body grows stronger and the mind, through control and focus, becomes quiet, more focused. You will find a deeper sense of conscious awareness.

meditation2

(Graphic: renewing all things.com)

Asana is necessary to prepare for meditation.

The control we have over our physical bodies during asana comes to us through control of our breath. The awareness that we strive for begins with the breath This is pranayama, which is the fourth limb. (Please see my Meditation article from 12/2014: http://paganpages.org/content/2014/12/a-moment-for-meditation-4/

Prana is your life force; it is energy. The breath can cleanse toxins from your body, strengthen the lungs, calm the nervous system. This energy, combined with asana creates a balance of mind, body and spirit. Breath control allows us to control the mind, and not the other way around. Self-control and discipline come from the breath.

meditation3

(Graphic: genesisgym.com)

Using various breath techniques such as 4/4 breath, breath of fire, long deep breathing will give you energy, release stress, strengthen your aura – your projection to and protection from, the world around you. When you begin to notice and focus on your breath, you can actually feel yourself transforming, it is that powerful.

In some yoga traditions, like Kundalini Yoga, the breath is combined with moving asana, or a kriya (action) to bring about that transformation.

meditation4

From the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

As Interpreted by Mukunda Stiles

***

Yoga pose

is a steady

and comfortable position

***

Yoga pose is mastered

by relaxations of effort,

lessening the tendency

for restless breathing,

and promoting an identification

of oneself as living

within

the infinite breath of life.

***

From that

perfection of yoga posture,

duality

***

When this is acquired,

pranayama naturally follow,

with a cessation

of the movments

of inspiration and expiration.

***

***

As a result of this pranayama,

the veil obscuring the radiant supreme

light of the Inner Self dissolves.

***

meditation5

And as a result,

the mind attains fitness

from the contemplation

of the True Self

NAMASTE

Yoga, Meditation, & Wisdom

March, 2017

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

The eight limbs of Yoga are based upon the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which is the foundation of modern yoga.

Yoga1

(Photo Credit: anandayogadunedin.com)

The are as follows:

1. YAMA – Universal Morality

2. NIYAMA – Personal Observances

3. ASANAS – Body Postures

4. PRANAYAMA – Breathwork/Control of Prana

5. PRATYAHARA – Control of the Senses

6. DHARANA – Concentration & Inner Awareness

7. Dhyana – Devotion/Meditation on the Divine

8. SAMADHI – Union with the Divine

As the author of the Yoga Sutras, and much about Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of medicine), Patanjali’s life is a mystery. His name, broken down means – Patan = falling leaves; anjali – palms joined in prayer, as in the anjali mudra, also known as prayer pose. It is believed that he lived at some point between the 5th century BCE and the 4th century CE. It is also believed that he came to us only to teach the knowlege and wisdom of yoga. TheYoga Sutras have been translated into 45 languages., and there are many different interpretations.

The Yoga Sutras begins, “With great respect and love, now the blessings of Yoga instruction are offered”.

And, so, we will begin with the YAMA’s…….

Ahimsa – “Loving Kindness” Ahimsa is being non-violent. It means to not cause injury or harm to another, whether they be human or animal; it includes doing no harm to your own self, as well. It is the absence of violence in your body, mind and spirit. Ahimsa is considered to be the foundation of all that follows.

yoga2

(Photo Credit: vodesign.com.au)

Satya – Satya is the Sanskrit word for “Truth”, and so the Satya Nama means to commit to truthfulness. We must be very careful what we say and how we say it. If the truth were to hurt someone, then it is best to stay silent, so as to not conflict with Ahimsa. Be aware that truth, the facts, do not change; however, opinion and judgment, which are not necessarily true, do change. Weigh your words.

Yoga3

(Photo Credit: thelivingyogablog.com)

Asteya – Do not steal. Take nothing that is not yours, nothing that is not freely given to you. Do not live to just acquire *things*, do not hoard wealth, do not buy what you do not need. In this society we have all become takers. It is time to give back, donate to a worthy cause, reduce your carbon footprint, be generous, and be grateful for that which you have.

yoga4

(Photo Credit: joythruyoga.com)

Brahmacharya – Take literally, this would mean “celibacy”, or celibacy outside of marriage and fidelity within. Some look at it as learning to have more control over our desires, whether it be sex, or chocolate. All things in moderation. Take the time to question if this is something you *truly* want and need, or just something you think you want and need. Do you have to have sex with this person you just met; or do you really need that piece of cake. Become aware of your innermost desires.

yoga5

(Photo Credit: yogawithmaheshwari.wordpress.com)

Aparigraha – Non-attachment; non-possessiveness. This is learning to let go of that which we no longer need, whether it be that statue you keep on your bureau, to a thought or relationship that no longer serves in a positive manner. Let it go and move forward.

yoga6

(Photo Credit: thethrivingyogi.com)

Until next month….

Namaste & Blessings

Yoga7

Yoga, Meditation, & Wisdom

January, 2017

Four Paths of Yoga

 

meditation

(Photo: elsavier.com)

 

Last time, I spoke of the Five Paths of Wisdom within Kundalini Yoga, the yogic tradition that I follow.

This month, I will be talking of the Four Paths of Yoga, in general.

Karma Yoga is the path of action. It is represented by mindfulness and service to others. It is very good for those whose personalities are more outgoing. Those who practice Karma Yoga give no thought to themselves or to any type of reward for what they do. They do the best that they can, tuning in to their own inner teacher and to Divinity itself.

“Karma Yoga is the selfless devotion of all inner as well as the outer activities as a Sacrifice to the Lord of all works, offered to the eternal as Master of all the soul’s energies and austerities.”

~ ~ Bhagavad Gita

Bhakti Yoga is the path of devotion. It can best be described as the path of love and compassion. The Bhakti path, which is a surrendering to the Divine, tends to be a more emotional path, one motivated by love. Mantra and chanting are a large part of Bhakti Yoga.

Raja Yoga is the path of having control over both the physical and the mental bodies. Meditation is stressed, while it also encompasses yoga as a whole. It is also known as the Eight Step Path, based on the Sutras of Patanjali, which include asana, prana, meditation and other practices. The energy raised here is turned into spiritual energy. Future columns will focus specifically on Patanjali’s teachings.

meditation2

(Photo: Yelp)

Gyana/Jnana Yoga is the path of philosophy; one of knowledge and wisdom. This can be a most difficult path to follow, as the goal is to experience a union with the Divine. It is best to have mastered the other paths before attempting the Jnana path, as it is one of selflessness, mastery of one’s self, mind mastery, and an ability to deal with one’s inner self.

meditation3

(Photo: heartofpeaceyoga.com)

As has been mentioned in an earlier meditation column, the word *yoga* means “union”, so all of these paths work separately, but optimally, together, to form the whole.

meditation4

(Photo: enlightenedconsciousness.com)

Yoga, Meditation, & Wisdom

November, 2016

YOGA, MEDITATION & WISDOM

(Formerly *A Moment for Meditation*)

THE FIVE PATHS OF WISDOM

While there are four paths of yoga (Karma, Bhakti, Raja, Gyana), which will be discussed in a future column, today I will be talking about the “Five Paths of Wisdom” as taught within Kundalini Yoga.

As with all important things, connecting to the path to wisdom is a much longer journey than you might think upon undertaking it. It is filled with obstacles; frustration; deep inner work, which is almost always painful, and strange twists and turns in the road.

In brief, the stages or “pads” are:

Saram Pad – Novice

Karam Pad – Apprentice

Shakti Pad – Practitioner

Sehej Pad – Expert

Sat Pad – Master

1. Saram Pad

“A novice must cultivate obedience, motivation and discipline” ~ Yogi Bhajan

All beginners start with Saram Pad. It is the first exposure to something new that

you wish to explore, in which you have no experience. You just know that you

are desiring something new. Your motivation can be that a friend is doing it, that

you are in physical or emotional pain and this may alleviate it, or it just calls to

you. This is what could be termed “the honeymoon” phase.

2. Karam Pad

Karam means “to accomplish tasks”. This is the stage where you have gained

some experience. You have seen the benefits, the pros and the cons. You

will feel that you need to continue to learn more. In this way, you compare the

new experiences with what you experienced in the past. You will continue to

gain new perspective, and you may choose to challenge yourself.

Within yoga, this would be the time when you would start your Sadhana, or your

daily spiritual yoga and meditation practice.

3. Shakti Pad

Shakti Pad is known as the test of power, or ego.This is the stage where decisions are made. Will you continue with your current path, continuing to learn more or will you decide to stop and find something entirely new.

This is when you begin to make your choices. In the past, it was your teacher

who would be telling you what to practice. Now, you will make that decision.

What is your goal, your motivation, in your practice? You may experience

doubt as you begin to move beyond your instructor’s teachings. For this

spiritual journey, you choose whether to continue to follow this teacher, find

another teacher, or find your own path within your practice. All teachers, even

within the same spiritual/yogic community will have different viewpoints.

4. Sehej Pad

This is when you completely immerse yourself in your path, every step on

this journey is a joy. You are completely focused and are eager to find new

challenges. You develop an attitude of what is called *seva* or service to

others and your spiritual community.

In Sehej Pad, you are learning, but you are also teaching. Teachers can teach,

but, they should also still be students, as you are always learning. You learn as

you teach your students; their thoughts, their ideas.

It can take years to move beyond this stage. It take much hard work and

discipline. Some stay in this stage and never move beyond it, but they are happy

because their path brings them such joy.

5. Sat Pad

“Sat” means “Truth”.

This is the last stage. There is no separation between you and your path.

It has become such a part of you. You have achieved a transcendence

and have become one with your spirituality.

wisdom

An article in Yoga Journal by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., who was one of my instructors years ago while in Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, likes the 5 Paths of Wisdom to the growth of a plant.

Saram = Seed (Formula)

Karam = Sprout (Wisdom)

Shakti = Leaves Appearing (True Wisdom)

Sehej = Blooming Flower (Great Wisdom)

Sat = Sending out New Seeds (Infinite Wisdom)

This article can be found at: http://www.yogajournal.com/article/teach/stages-of-learning/

In the future of this *re-focused* column, I will be discussing The Four Paths of Yoga, as mentioned above, and The Eight Limbs of Yoga.

Blessings and Sat Nam,

Susan Morgaine

)O(

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals for Witches

July, 2015

Croning: Wisdom

Merry meet!

This month is the fourth of a six-part series on croning – a feminine rite-of-passage ritual for those reclaiming the power and wisdom of the old woman, the crone. I hope it prompts you to reflect on your life and the wisdom you have to share.

While the crone is a symbol of death, she also symbolizes wisdom and power. Fifty years or more of living brings the inherent wisdom that comes with experience. She has birthed and buried, laughed and cried, danced and crawled, succeeded and struggled. She has seen Saturn return twice, and with it, a host of lessons. Her life has demanded patience, compassion and strength. It’s worn away many of the rough edges, scraped away layers of shame and fear.

Her body is no longer fertile, but her mind is strong. She has walked many paths and cultivated a deeper understanding of the mysteries. A crone claims her power and uses it wisely. As she has been cleansed, so may she cleanse, sweeping away that which is no longer needed to make room for the new.

spell2

Since I was in high school, I have been filling notebooks and journals with quotes, lyrics, poems and inspirational messages. Several years ago, I fell in love with a beautiful, thick, leather-bound volume in a bookstore and purchased it. It sat for years, too special to be used for anything not equally special. That turned out to be a place to record the best of all the words I wanted to save. So far, it’s about 70 percent full.

I urge you to take some time and reflect on the wisdom you have gained, the principles and beliefs that have guided and sustained you. Then, perhaps a way to share some of that knowledge will present itself.

During the months I was preparing to accept the mantle of crone, I reread every entry in that book. I typed up the two dozen or so that have served me the best, printed out multiple copies, cut them up, rolled each individual one and tied them with with ribbon. I put them all into a cauldron. During my croning, I let each person draw three in the hopes the wisdom would serve them as well as it had served me.

Here are a few to get you thinking:

Essentially, all healing is the release from fear. –unknown

Each relationship you have with another person reflects the relationship you have with yourself. –Alice Denille

If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself; if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation. –Lao Tzu

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass … it’s about learning to dance in the rain. –Vivian Green

Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know. –Pema Chodron

Once in a while, we are given moments of real grace.

Sometimes, during my early-morning meditation, a place within me opens and parts of myself let go that I did not even know were holding on. In these moments I feel all the hard places in my heart and body yield to a great softness carried on my breath, and I am filled with compassion for the part of me that is always trying, always organizing, problem solving, anticipating. And my mind stops and simply follows my breath. A great faith washes through me, a knowing that everything that needs to get done will get done.

My shoulders drop an inch, the small but familiar ache in my chest eases, and the moment stretches. There is enough: enough time, enough energy, enough of all that is needed. A great tenderness for myself and the world opens inside me, and I know I belong to this time, to these people, to this earth, and to something that is both within and larger than all of it, something that sustains and holds us all.

I do not want to be anywhere else. I am filled with commitment and compassion for myself and the world. –Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The magic begins in you. –Scott Cunningham

Don’t seek,

don’t search,

don’t ask,

don’t knock,

don’t demand

relax,

It you relax,

it comes.

If you relax,

it is there.

If you relax,

you start vibrating with it.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings. –Lao Tzu

spell1

Next month Ill share two croning rituals along with some references. Well wrap up in September with any other details that did not fit into previous columns as well as any questions you may want answered.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

Musings From the Mossy Trail

June, 2012

Yarrow: For Health, Love and Wisdom

To bring to me my true loves’ name

To heal my wounds and ease my pain

For courage and protection spells

Divining rights at ancient wells

For all this favor I beseech,

Tis’ yarrow’s powers that I seek

 

Yarrow, a perennial herb, has lovely fernlike foliage containing soft wisps of hair- type follicles. It flowers from mid-summer to autumn, displaying clusters of white, yellow, lilac or deep burgundy petals resembling tiny daisies.

A prolific plant, yarrow has the ability to spread underground shoots as well as seed itself, often leaving some gardeners to consider it a weed. If one is willing to spend a little time controlling its spread, when planted in conjunction with other herbs, yarrow actually increases the essential oil content of those herbs, while enhancing their growth and health in general.

 

History –

Having discovered fossils of yarrow pollen along with other herbs in Neanderthal burial caves, Archeologists have linked yarrow with the human race some 60,000 years ago. From ancient Roman wars to the American Civil war, yarrow is documented as having been used in healing wounds and preventing inflammation.  In first century A.D, the Greek Physician Dioscorides smeared yarrow on ulcers to prevent inflammation.  ist John Gerard (1545 – 1611), recommended it for “swelling of those secret parts”, and Nicholas Culpeper, a 17th century British herbalist, used it for healing wounds, inflammation and bleeding. Yarrow was prescribed often enough to be included in the US Pharmacopoeia from 1836 – 1882, and was still in the Pharmacopoeias of Austria, Hungary, Poland and Switzerland in 1982.

 

Harvest and Uses –

It is best to harvest yarrow early in the day after the dew has dried. Gather stems when flower heads have just opened and are in full bloom and then hang upside down to dry. Once dried, the flower heads can be added to sachets for love, courage, communication and psychic ability among many other things.

 

  1. Medical

 

  • Yarrow tea is excellent to treat a cold and cleanse the urinary system. It can be made by using one ounce of dried leaves to one pint of boiling water

 

  • It is also said that drinking yarrow tea can remedy the blues and restlessness, especially during menopause

 

  • Fresh leaves can be chewed to relieve toothaches.
  • In India, yarrow was put into medicated steam baths for fever; and the Chippewa used it very similarly for headache
  1. Cosmetics
  • Yarrow is wonderful when used for cleansing and as an astringent. Use 1 cup dried flower heads to two cups boiling water. Let steep 10 minutes covered. Pat onto the skin with a clean cloth.

 

    • Divination

 

  • The ancient forecasting of the Chinese I Ching was originally performed using yarrow stems

 

  • Yarrow tea (see recipe above) can also be drunk prior to divination, and to help the mind focus on a specific issue or to avoid distractions

 

  • Rubbing your eyelids with yarrow is said to enhance your psychic abilities

 

  • Yarrow can be used in incense or oil to cleanse the aura and for divination, as it is very useful for psychic communication

 

  1. Magical Lore
  • Placed under a doormat, yarrow can deter unwanted callers
  • When strewn across a threshold, it will keep out evil and protect against hexes
  • Hang a bunch of yarrow over the bed on the wedding night to ensure lasting love for seven years.  Adding it to the bouquet or garlands worn by the bride or groom has the same effect.
  • Saxons packed yarrow into their amulets for protection against all manner of ills

 

  • Yarrow has long been associated with witches, hence sometimes called Devil’s Nettle, Devil’s plaything and bad man’s plaything

 

  • When sewn up into pillows, it will give the dreamer a vision of their true love

 

  • Make leaves into a smudge stick to cleanse negativity from your home

 

  1. Spells

 

  • Wish Spell – The very first blooming yarrow you see is magical. Hold the bloom in one hand and make a wish. That night sleep with the plant beneath your pillow.

 

  • Fertility Spell – Basil boughs over the bed are a Middle Eastern recommendation to promote fertility. European magical tradition suggests hanging boughs of fresh yarrow over the bed to enhance romance, sex and conception. Hedge your bets by weaving garlands of both basil and yarrow, and hang them over your bed. A really super charged version adds mistletoe and mugwort too

 

  • Happy Home Spell – Decorate your home with boughs of fresh yarrow to banish sadness and negativity

 

  • Infants Protection Spell – Tie yarrow to the baby crib to protect from fairies, malevolent magic and negative spirits

 

  • Bridal Bouquet Spell – Incorporate yarrow into a bridal bouquet for 7 years of happiness

 

  • Courage spell – Hold yarrow stalk in both hands and focus on your goals and desires to magically stimulate courage and relieve fear

 

May the gifts of yarrow serve you well in your Summer Solstice celebrations and beyond. Happy Summer!

Animal Wisdom

April, 2009

Animals That Heal

It’s been known for years that bringing animals to cancer wards, nursing homes and facilities of the like actually help the sick improve their health. The excitement and unconditional love these animals give is the best medicine for any person. But did you know that animals can really heal people?

Our favorite pets are natural Reiki Masters, attuned to earth energy they can call upon the healing energy of Mother Earth to help heal those they care about. Animals can sense earthquakes, death, intruders and the like way before we can. So it isn’t that far fetched to say that they are also illness detectives, Marvin my blue Russian/Siamese mix for example will try to lay where ever there is pain. Oftentimes I don’t even show that I am hurting but he knows right where to lay and will fight me every step of the way to get up on the spot. Even if it means laying around my head.

After recognizing Marvin’s abilities I began to use him with my clients and they love it! I will put a client up on the massage table and Marvin will walk around the table a couple of times. Then he will stop. I will ask if there have been any issues and that particular area. The first time this happens for a client they can’t believe it. Then it becomes common practice. You will be amazed at what an animal can tell you about yourself.

I had one client who had cancers in her abdomen. I had Marvin get up on the table per usual and he immediately laid down and put his forepaws on her stomach right where the cancers were. Except when I tried to move him he wouldn’t budge. I let him stay and decided to work with him instead of against him. So we gave the woman her Reiki treatment together. After that first session she said she had more energy and eating wasn’t half as painful as it had been!

The point of this is to inspire you to listen and watch your animals more closely. If they repeatedly lay on a certain spot take a note of it. Something may be brewing there. Animals are like spirit guides here to help us on our path, teach life lessons and be our partners. Would you ignore the advice of your significant other? Probably not, so why ignore the advice of your animal. These little people in fur coats are highly communicative and always trying to speak to us. So pay attention. Especially when it comes to medical concerns. I am not saying that your cat should replace your doctor. Merely that you should pay attention to what they have to say.

« Prev