“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
Roald Dahl, ‘The Minpins’
The word ‘Reiki’ comes from two Japanese words: Rei meaning “Universal Spiritual Wisdom” and Ki meaning “The Life Force”. Where there is life there is a life force, a non-physical energy that animates all living things, keeping it alive, circulating through it and surrounding it. If our life force is low or restricted, we become vulnerable to disease and illness. (You may want to visit my BODY HEALING page which goes further into subject.) When our life force is high or free flowing, we are less likely to become sick and we are extremely efficient, creating a SUCCESSFUL LIFE BALANCE. So reiki forms an important part of my model to keep you safe and well.
THE HEALING POWER OF REIKI
Life force flows through our chakra meridians and around our aura fields. It nourishes every organ and cells of our body supporting its vital function and is suseptable to thoughts and feelings, whether negative or positive. Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy feild and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibration level of the energy field clearing it of negative energy, strengthens it and heals energy pathways allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way. The effects of a Reiki treatment are: balances and amplifies energy, increases awareness and creativity, reduces stress and releases unwanted emotions.
HOW REIKI WORKS
The simple answer is that no-one knows. To understand Reiki is to grasp water. It is so much about doing and about being. Hard to understand? Yes. But you need to work with Reiki to understand, rather than read about it in books or on-line. You as a healer are the vessel for life’s energy to come through you to the affected area of the body. To do this, you need to free yourself of any negative energies and ego. And just be. The modern founder of Reiki, Dr Mikao Usui, translated a poem originally written by Emperor Meiji which if said each day and night and before reiki will calm our thoughts and clear our own energy field. It is known as the Reiki Principles. Here is an extract to say each day:
To heal others and yourself, you will need to be attuned by a Reiki teacher, which means you are open to the life force. This can be done by attending courses for Level 1 & 2 Reiki. I was attuned by Vanessa J Tucker, and I recommend her workshops and retreats highly. The art of Reiki healing comes from intuition, by laying your hands on a person’s body in 12 main areas. You just allow the force to come through you and heal. Just be. Don’t overthink. Sometimes your hands go to a place you instinctively feel needs healing and this is good. I recommend you go for Reiki healing and become attuned yourself so you can heal yourself.
HOW TO WORK WITH CRYSTAL ENERGY
Using crystals to heal works on very much the same principle as Reiki in that energy is flowing and transferred from the crystal to the body for healing. Research has proven that crystals have been shown to hold both heat and electricity and to focus light energy. Whilst there is no direct proof that crystals have a direct effect on disease, they do exhibit piezoelectric and pyroelectric effects. Quartz crystals are used in watches, lasers and computer chips due to their capacity to transfer energy. And to some extent, as with pharmaceutical drugs, there is the placebo effect, we heal because we believe and we feel better. And finally, what has always been ‘known’ by crystal energy healers, is ‘beyond our understanding in this point in time’. (Source: ‘The Crystal Healer’ by Philip Permutt).
Crystal healing is about change; improving your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. They speed up what your body would have done anyway and not do something to you. Carnelian, for example, will speed up the healing process of a common cold. Not by curing it but by helping your body heal itself quicker. A great way to heal quicker as we get older. Amethyst is a great crystal to use as you meditate as it is calming and heightens spiritual connection.
- It is always best to choose your own crystal. I like to look and feel them before I buy them. A bit like a puppy, the crystal chooses you! You will instinctively be drawn to the crystal you need, but look at my list below to find out which crystal would be good for your healing.
- Cleanse the crystal dependant on its material make-up. Generally, they are cleansed by running water, sunlight, moonlight or by quartz.
- Before working with the crystal, ask for its energy to be activated and set an intention of what you would like the crystal to help you do.
- I find it best to meditate with a crystal, but even if you set 5 minutes of mindfulness working with your crystal is enough. Be present, be aware and be non-judgmental.
- For chakra work, place the crystal on your chosen chakra.
- Crystals are lovely for the home. There are some beautiful ones that look great on your mantelpiece, dressing table or desk and will be working hard for you. I recommend selenite crystals to be placed around the home for negative energy clearing.
- As with Reiki, just be with your crystal.
ROOT CHAKRA BALANCING
FOR UNDER-DEVELOPED ROOT CHAKRA USE:
Red Calcite –this calms physical energy when you are too hyper. It is also great for physical healing. Place on the area of your body you need healing.
Black Tourmaline – this is a crystal heavyweight to keep you anchored in physical reality. This will protect your personal boundaries and deflect negative energy.
FOR OVER-DEVELOPED ROOT CHAKRA USE:
Red Jasper – this rock helps you ground whilst strengthening and energising your physical body. Use it when walking barefoot on the grass for connecting with the earth’s energy moving it through your body.
Red Tiger’s Eye – use this if you are too grounded and need to activate your kundalini energy. Use with caution, as it can stir uncomfortable emotions through to your sacral chakra.
SACRAL CHAKRA BALANCING
FOR UNDER-DEVELOPED SACRAL CHAKRA USE:
Amber – this is a warming stone. It is ideal if you have blocked creativity, as it clears negative emotions trapped in your sacral chakra.
Orange Carnelian – this is perfect if you are lacking in focus and energy. A powerful crystal which gets the home fires burning!
FOR OVER-DEVELOPED SACRAL CHAKRA USE:
Desert Rose – this crystal is perfect if your sacral chakra needs calming as it helps ground energy towards your root chakra. It works with polarity, uplifting and grounding at the same time.
Aragonite – use this crystal when you are experiencing change causing emotions to run wild as it helps you ground this energy. It helps you embrace the unknown.
SOLAR PLEXUS BALANCING
FOR UNDER-DEVELOPED SOLAR PLEXUS USE:
Sulphur – great for immune system vitality and strength. It transforms your mood and uplifts your outlook.
Yellow Opal – this is very stimulating to the solar plexus, giving you confidence in your thoughts and actions.
FOR OVER-DEVELOPED SOLAR PLEXUS USE:
Citrine – this rock helps you to control anger and divert this powerful energy into a more focused and abundant approach. It brings a yin balance to powerful solar plexus energy.
Yellow Apatite – clears confusion and frustration, reducing irritability and awakens the inner self. It expands knowledge and truth and eases sorrow, apathy, and anger.
HEART CHAKRA BALANCING
FOR UNDER-DEVELOPED HEART CHAKRA USE:
Rose Quartz – this ‘love’ crystal is legendary for its ability to heal heartbreak and open the heart to new levels of forgiveness, compassion and love.
Aventurine – this beautiful stone soothes emotional wounds and removes blockages within the heart chakra. It is both a comforter and healer.
FOR OVER-DEVELOPED HEART CHAKRA USE:
Pink Halite – a salt crystal usually used in salt lamps. This is a great crystal to help you detox from other people’s negative energy.
Jade – this is a very powerful, heavyweight crystal to help you get in touch with you. It pulls strong solar plexus energy to your heart chakra helping protect yourself from others’ drama and encouraging your own luck and success in life.
THROAT CHAKRA BALANCING
FOR UNDER-DEVELOPED HEART CHAKRA USE:
Amazonite– this crystal encourages you to bravely speak your truth. It is ideal if speaking or singing is your occupation as it clears the throat chakra of blockages.
Lapis Lazuli – this ancient stone is extremely powerful, so proceed with caution. It empowers you to take responsibility, get real, be honest and be your authentic self.
FOR OVER-DEVELOPED HEART CHAKRA USE:
Celestite – one of the most soothing, peaceful and angelic crystals. It calms energy, particularly over-thinking, over-analysing and over-talking. Perfect to calm throat chakra energy, allowing you to listen to your intuition rather than your racing thoughts.
Blue Lace Agate – my favourite of all time crystals. Very soothing and brings inner peace, perfect for calming excess throat energy. It awakens the inner child.
THIRD EYE BALANCING
FOR UNDER-DEVELOPED THIRD EYE USE:
Labradorite – a stone of many eye colours; a stone of seeing. This stone releases you from any energies that are holding you down in your lower chakras and raises you higher igniting your intuition and inner-wisdom. Use when meditating.
Azurite – anyone who has been to an 80’s neon disco or 90’s rave will get this stone’s power! It will raise your awareness and imagination, but will keep you there in a state of clarity and serenity.
FOR OVER-DEVELOPED THIRD EYE USE:
Lepidolite – this crystal contains naturally Lithium which is used to balance mood disorders. It is one of the best stabilising and calming crystal for stress, anxiety and depression. Carry it with you throughout the day.
Chevron Amethyst– a sobering stone if you are dealing with addiction or carrying the anxiety and the negative energy of others. It creates a protective bubble around you whilst allowing you to see your true potential.
CROWN CHAKRA BALANCING
FOR UNDER-DEVELOPED CROWN CHAKRA USE:
Amethyst– heightens psychic powers and will strengthen your connection to the universal consciousness.
Moonstone – an absolute must for empowering our femininity, and to awaken our intuition and inspiration. The perfect meditation stone for all females.
FOR OVER-DEVELOPED CROWN CHAKRA USE:
Spirit Quartz – this crystal is wonderful for purifying any tendency for self-absorption and stuck ego, reminding you to radiate your energies outwards and not always inwards.
Selenite– a no-fuss, powerful crystal which has wide-ranging cleansing abilities. It rinses energies which may have attached themselves to you and is used to clean other crystals.