Reiki for mothers and pregnancy

Giving a Reiki Treatment to an anxious mother-to-be this week, and meeting up with a dear friend, a mother, whom I found through this article I wrote for The Mother Magazine, a couple of years ago, reminded me to share this article with you – hoping more mothers may find something helpful here to alleviate the anxiety that can come with being pregnant and being a mother.

I wish that I had known some of this when I was going through the pregnancy phase of my life. I cannot turn the clock back for myself, but I can share what has been growing within me over the years, from the struggles I experienced.

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Yoga in the park – London, Highbury Fields

Gentle, relaxing, slow moving Yoga session in Highbury Fields on Tuesday mornings 10:30 am – very grounding. Recommended especially for people who may not be used to doing Yoga but would like to benefit from it.

I am a Restorative Yoga teacher. This Yoga session is based on the Restorative Yoga Principle of being comfortable in a Yoga pose so that one can stay in the pose for deeper relaxation and release of stress and tension.

Date & Time: Tuesday mornings Aug & Sep 2017; 10:30 am to 11:30 am – weather permitting!

Location: the fenced area of Highbury Fields, at the corner of Baalbec Road and Highbury Place, opposite the Highbury Baptist Church, N5 1QL. If you stand with your back to the church, you will be able to see us in the fields on your Right.

Cost: First session is free. Subsequent sessions – pay what you can. Suggested amount £5 – £10.
I would like this to be an inclusive event for everyone.

Please dress warm. Bring a yoga mat, or a mat to lie on as we will be doing a lot of lying down – especially if you are not comfortable lying on the wet grass. A picnic mat works quite well.

Please have breakfast about 2 hours earlier – it is easier to practice Yoga when the tummy is not too full.

Do contact me if you would like to join us. Please send me an email so that I can have your email address and keep you informed via email of any changes due to weather, and send you an email the day before to make sure it is happening.

Free Introduction to Reiki session

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Are you curious about Reiki?

Have you been hearing about Reiki and would like to find out more?

Would you like to find out how can Reiki help you?

This is a Free Introduction to Reiki session where you can have all these questions answered and more. There may also be an opportunity to have a brief taster session of Reiki healing.

Please feel free to invite other people you know who may be interested in Reiki.

Please note this session is not meant to teach Reiki. To learn Reiki, you need to attend a Reiki class.

Please know that it is not essential to attend this session before joining a Reiki class.

Date: Tuesday September 5th, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Venue: Highbury, Islington, N5 1PU, London, UK

Cost: This is a free session. Mamta requests a donation to support the homeless and Connecting Reiki with Medicine Initiative.

Please contact me, Mamta Nanda, Reiki Master for more information or to book a place. I look forward to hearing from you.

Restorative Yoga Class, Tuesday, London

To me, Restorative Yoga is a practice in beingness, helping us to remember who we truly are, helping release what blocks us, so that we can be deeply restored and live life from this space of true strength. It is a deeply nourishing and relaxing way to benefit from Yoga. Suitable for people who would like to benefit from Yoga, but do not find it easy.

Every Tuesday in August 2017, starting Aug 1.

Time: 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Cost: £15 per session

Venue: N5 1PU, Islington, Highbury, London, UK

Limited spaces – small group. Please contact me to book a place.

Struggling with Change!

I love receiving the same message from more than one source on the same day, it can feel quite magical!

Earlier in the week, I woke up one morning reflecting on Change - about how we may struggle with change. If change is what we want ie something new in our life, and it comes too slowly, we struggle with the discomfort of being able to manifest it. Sometimes change can come quite quickly, before we may be ready to receive it. And we may struggle to adapt to the new!

Perhaps the underlying layer to this is our relationship with Time. After all, this realm that we live in, the Relative realm as it is called in some cultures and traditions, is the realm of body, mind and Time. Perhaps we are in this realm to experience the limitations of body, mind and/or time. So why are we unkind to ourselves when we struggle, thinking I am not doing what I need to do, or that I am doing something wrong!. Perhaps one of the keys to being able to navigate these times of struggle with ease, is to accept what is happening with gratitude. It seems easier to know things at a conscious level. It seems much harder to integrate it at a deeper level, to feel it so that I can live it in everyday life – especially when I am going through some deep discomfort. Perhaps this is the difference between knowledge, which is easier to acquire, and wisdom. Wisdom seems to come from either within, or from the Source or through practice and experience.

Perhaps when change seems to come slowly, I am being given the time I need to prepare for and adapt to the new. I feel so grateful for my daily Reiki self treatment practice, which helps me connect with the inner self, and the Source to be able to receive the light, strength and wisdom I need to be able to navigate life with more ease.

Later that morning, going to the garden I saw a squirrel. It is quite unusual to spot a squirrel in my garden. It did not scurry away on seeing me but came quite close to me. I felt it was bringing me a message. And on looking up the animal wisdom, the message I got was:
‘One thing you can be certain of in an uncertain world is the inevitability of change. So be adaptable and come into harmony with the cycles of change.’

On a practical note, one of the things that came up in the morning reflection with Change, was the  need to manifest a replacement boiler before Winter, and it has been taking time to find the right solution. The Squirrel wisdom started with the phrase ‘Squirrel teaches you to plan ahead for the winter’.

Then it got even more interesting. Going on to check the emails, I discovered the meditation message for the day:
“It is wise to bend rather than to break. Those who change will get spiritual wisdom. Conversely, those who have wisdom will decide to change. Change is the first law of Nature. In fact, change is the mark of Time.”

This reinforces my belief that we are all really connected, much more than we can imagine. And not just with other people, but to all life forms. I did not used to feel this way. Feeling very grateful to the daily practice of Reiki which helps me see life this way.

If you would like to learn Reiki with me, please visit my website for the next Reiki class dates.

Sharing this photo of a beautiful sunset, taken from my garden.

Restorative Yoga class in Highbury, London

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I am grateful to be able to continue offering Restorative Yoga (RY) class on Friday mornings.

To me, RY is a practice in beingness, helping us to remember who we truly are, helping release what blocks us, so that we can be deeply restored and live life from this space of true strength. It is a deeply nourishing and relaxing way to benefit from Yoga.

Every Friday from June 16th and continuing in July 2017

Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm

Cost: £15 per session

Venue: N5 1PU, Islington, Highbury, London, UK

Limited spaces – small group. Please contact me to book a place.

Restorative Yoga – Testimonials

I am loving teaching Restorative Yoga. All that I am, all that I have been learning, doing over the years seems to flow through this practice as well. Even though I have started teaching Restorative Yoga recently, it does not feel new to me. It seems as if I have been teaching this for a long time.

I decided to train as a Restorative Yoga teacher because I love this practice so much, I have been attending a weekly class regularly for more than a year now. I have also been deepening my yoga practice with various workshops in the last few months. Then I decided to go on a Restorative Yoga retreat in 2016 to learn and receive more from this practice. Not realizing that the workshop was also to learn how to teach Restorative Yoga. After some encouragement from my wonderful Restorative Yoga teacher, I decided to train as a Restorative Yoga teacher to be able to share this wonderful practice with the people around me. I would like you to benefit from this wonderful practice, just as I have been benefiting from it – nourishing myself at all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

I am so glad that I have started to teach Restorative Yoga. Teaching seems to be deepening and nourishing my own practice profoundly. I am loving teaching Restorative Yoga.

Please do let me know if you would like to attend a Restorative Yoga class with me.

If you have attended a Restorative Yoga session with me, and would like to share some feedback, it would nourish me even more. You might also help inspire someone to do some Restorative Yoga to restore their wellbeing!

Inner and Outer beauty

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It is not easy to feel beautiful in today’s world. All the subliminal messages we receive from the fashion industry and the media do not help. One of the messages being that we need to buy lots of beauty products to look beautiful. Truth is that beauty does not need to cost much. I have been using food products from the kitchen for my beauty routine, for many years now. I feel much more comfortable using food that I am willing to put inside my body, on my skin, rather than using a shop bought product from a jar.

About fifteen years ago, when I started noticing some lines around my eyes, I bought a jar of a very good quality eye cream. Needless to say it was quite expensive too. I got an infection on my eye lid soon after I started using it. My homeopath suggested using coconut oil to help clear the infection. The anti bacterial properties of the oil worked wonders. I liked using coconut oil so much that I have continued using it since then.

For moisturiser, I use coconut oil with a small amount of Rescue Remedy cream on my face. I use coconut oil on the rest of my body too. According to Ayurveda, Coconut oil is cooling, so I use it in warm weather. In cold weather I switch over to Sesame oil as it is warming.

For cleansing the face, I keep a mix of honey & ghee(clarified butter) in the bathroom. I add a little lemon juice or milk or yogurt or simply few drops of water to the mix to apply it on my face. I have an aloe vera plant near the bathroom. Sometimes I use the gel from a leaf too. I gently massage it in and wash it off in the shower.

For face mask, mashed banana or avocado works wonder for my skin which tends to be dry. For oily skin papaya can be very good.

Before I learnt Reiki, my hands used to be quite rough. I tried many different hand creams and nothing seemed to help. Then I remembered what my mother used to do when I was little – apply diluted Vegetable Glycerin on the hands. This seems to work the best and it is such an economical solution. I use either water for dilution and add a drop of Rose essential oil, or Rosewater. Glycerin is a preservative so plain water works very well too and the mix keeps for ages.

Another subliminal message being perpetuated by the fashion industry is to have a perfect body. I do not enjoy clothes shopping much as I come away feeling quite unhappy about my body. Is it just me or do most clothes in the shops these days seem to be designed for slim bodies! After a recent experience looking for a T Shirt that I could wear for practicing Yoga, that would not highlight all the imperfections in my body, I realised that I have a choice. I can either continue to feel shame about what I see as imperfections in my body. Or I can look for the gift in these seeming imperfections.

I know that my body is the home for my soul. So the body I have is perfect for what my soul needs to experience in this lifetime. As I learn to accept the body I have, I will be able to work with what my soul is longing for and feel good within myself. As I feel good about myself, I am at ease, I am relaxed. When I am at ease, it does not matter what I wear (within reason!). I feel beautiful from within and it reflects in my appearance.

Perhaps one aspect of beauty is the ability to see perfection in the seeming imperfections in my own body. I know that as I am able to see the beauty in all the seeming imperfections within me, it will help me to able to see the beauty in others too.

Feeling very grateful for my daily practice of Reiki and also for Soul Plan healing. These help me to be able to look more deeply at what is bothering me and work through it. I trust that these healing practices will help me to grow the ability to see beauty in myself, others and in life itself.

Also feeling very grateful to my mother from whom I learnt so much, especially for growing up with Ayurveda as a way of life.

New Restorative Yoga class in Islington, London

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I am delighted to be able to offer Restorative Yoga (RY) class and share with you this practice that I have come to love so much.

To me, RY is a practice in beingness, helping us to remember who we truly are, helping release what blocks us, so that we can live life from this space of true strength. It is a deeply nourishing and relaxing way to benefit from Yoga.

Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm

Every Friday in May 2017

Cost: £12

Venue: N5 1PU, Islington, Highbury, London, UK

Limited spaces. Please contact me to book a place.

What is Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga (RY), to me, seems to be effortless* Yoga. It is about being rather than doing. It is about resting in a Yoga pose comfortably, using props creatively to support individual needs for improved alignment and comfort so that one is able to rest in the pose for long enough to be able to relax more and more deeply with each breath and observe what is happening. Relaxation allows space to be created inside, wherever it is needed at that moment. This space allows the flows within to happen more optimally. And the breath starts to flow with more ease, nourishing the whole being, at every level that one needs.

RY helps us to be at ease in the pose so that one can be still for long enough to allow whatever is held within that no longer serves us, to surface and be released or alleviated. Through this process of relaxation and release, the natural state of wellbeing can be gradually restored.

To me, Restorative Yoga makes the Yoga Sutra – Sthira-sukham-asanam - more accessible. I interpret the word Sthira as stable and steady and Sukham as comfortable, even blissful. Restorative Yoga helps make Yoga poses more comfortable, so much so, that one can rest in a pose for longer periods of time to be able to experience and savour sweetness, nurturing and comfort. These qualities, with continued practice, are not just experienced on the Yoga mat but start to flow over to the rest of the life as well.

*There is effort required in setting up the pose but once one is in the pose, there is no effort required to be in the pose. One simply needs to rest and observe.

Free Introduction to Reiki in London

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Are you curious about Reiki?

Have you been hearing about Reiki and would like to find out more?

Would you like to find out how can Reiki help you?

This is a Free Introduction to Reiki session where you can have all these questions answered and more. There may also be an opportunity to have a brief taster session of Reiki healing.

Please feel free to invite other people you know who may be interested in Reiki.

Please note this session is not meant to teach Reiki. To learn Reiki, you need to attend a Reiki class.

Please know that it is not essential to attend this session before joining a Reiki class.

Date: Wednesday July 5th, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Venue: Highbury, Islington, N5 1PU, London, UK

Cost: This is a free session. Mamta requests a donation to support the homeless and Connecting Reiki with Medicine Initiative.

Please contact me, Mamta Nanda, Reiki Master for more information or to book a place. I look forward to hearing from you.

Looking to detox!

smoothie with edible weeds

Spring has arrived. Nature is providing what we need to detox our body at this time of year.

It does not have to be expensive to detox. This may sound a bit crazy, but edible weeds can help. I do not even have to go far, I forage in my garden. I like the idea of eating weeds and hope to grow resilient like them. I also like the idea of making use of what grows effortlessly and is actually considered useless. It truly feels like a gift from Mother Earth.

I made a smoothie this morning with some edible weeds – Dandelion leaves, Herb Robert (the weed that has small pink flowers later in the year), Parsley. I added some Magnolia petals too, yes they are edible. With one banana and some almonds (soaked overnight) blended together ,I had a delicious breakfast.

Picking the weeds for breakfast feels rather enjoyable. It gives me a reason to spend some time outdoors and connect with Mother Earth. Another way to ground my energy first thing in the morning!

The weeds I pick from the roots, I enjoy saying goodbye to them. It feels like an interesting ritual to help with letting go of what does not serve me anymore!

Sitting down to drink the smoothie mindfully, with my feet firmly planted on the floor and the sitting bones on the chair, it feels like I am plugged into the Earth energy and supported by her.

Loving this way to start my day.

Ending the post with this poem by Rumi, that I did not realise is titled Spring Giddiness till I started looking for it to share with you today :)

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want…..

If you have a favourite recipe with foraged foods, please do share.

Reiki class in April 2017

Have you been thinking of learning Reiki for a while?

This may be a really good time to listen to the inner prompt.

I draw a lot of inspiration from nature. Observing what is happening around me at this time of the year has been fascinating so far. I have seen bees amongst crocuses and butterflies in mid March! It feels different. I don’t remember seeing them so early in the year. The crocuses and the daffodils do not appear at the same time every year. I know that one could say ‘Global Warming’. But it is how it is and I feel there is a gift in this. Perhaps it is the Universe facilitating the energy of us waking upto our beingness, helping us remember who we truly are. And Nature is so much about beingness. The plants do not get caught up in the doing mode like we, human beings can.

I feel that true strength comes from our beingness. The society values the doing culture. So it is easy to get caught up in the doing mode and push ourselves to do more and more. If something is not working in life, it is so easy to start wondering about ‘What do I need to do?’, ‘What am I not doing’ or ‘What am I doing wrong?’ etc. etc….

What is increasingly becoming clearer to me is that if I push myself into doing mode, I am running on empty and it can lead to stress and exhaustion. On the other hand, if I am able to connect with my beingness, and nurture it, transformation can start to happen from within and my roots ie. my foundation gets stronger. What is happening in my outer life is perhaps a reflection of what is happening inside me. As my inner world changes, the outer world will also start to fall into place. If a tree has strong roots, it is better able to nourish itself and is therefore more likely to grow taller and stronger.

One of the ways to nurture my beingness is to allow some time for myself to simply be – and do nothing if this is what I feel like, simply gaze out of the window, sit under a tree, admire beautiful spring blossoms at this time of the year. It is essential to trust in this process and not feel guilty about spending time when nothing much seems to be happening. When nothing much seems to be happening on the surface, a lot may be happening on the inside, but it may not be visible or perceptible.

In being mode – a lot can be transformed. Just as what seems like waste products can be transformed to fertiliser by Mother Earth, to nourish new growth; what may seem like a weakness can be transformed to strength when I am able to allow myself to simply be. Rather than feeling cross with myself for being forgetful, I am enjoying welcoming each instance of forgetfulness as another opportunity to remember who I truly am.

Learning Reiki enables the Reiki student to give themselves a Reiki treatment everyday. Giving oneself a Reiki treatment is a wonderful way to nurture beingness. Being able to trust that inner transformation is happening during this time of connection with the deeply nourishing Universal Life Force Energy ie Reiki, can be very helpful to motivate oneself to continue with the daily practice of Reiki self treatment – one of the key ingredients of Reiki practice.

Daily Reiki self treatments have been helping strengthen my roots, nourishing my beingness since I learnt Reiki in 2001. If you would like to nourish your beingness with daily Reiki self treatment, and would like to learn Reiki with me, the next Reiki level One class dates are April 20 – 23, 2017.

Each Reiki Class seems to have a focus, a theme. The next Reiki Class in April seems to be focussed on waking upto our true beingness. If you feel drawn to the being mode, to help wake up to your true beingness and discover the essence of who you truly are and strengthen yourself, please do contact me. I am really looking forward to exploring this further with you..

Free Introduction to Reiki

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I enjoyed the first Introduction to Reiki session in March, so much that I am happy to offer it again.

Are you curious about Reiki?

Have you been hearing about Reiki and have been wanting to find out more?

Would you like to find out how can Reiki help you?

This is a Free Introduction to Reiki session where you can have all these questions answered and more. There will also be an opportunity to have a taster session of Reiki healing.

Please feel free to invite other people you know who may be interested in Reiki.

Please note this session is not meant to teach Reiki. To learn Reiki, you need to attend a Reiki class.

Date: Wednesday May 3rd, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Venue: Highbury, Islington, N5 1PU

Please contact me, Mamta Nanda, Reiki Master for more information or to book a place. I look forward to hearing from you.

How can Reiki help me?

Are you curious about Reiki?

Have you been hearing about Reiki and have been wanting to find out more?

Would you like to find out how can Reiki help you?

I am offering Free Introduction to Reiki session where you can have all these questions answered and more. There will also be an opportunity to have a taster session of Reiki healing.

Please feel free to invite other people you know who may be interested in Reiki.

Please note this session is not meant to teach Reiki. To learn Reiki, you need to attend a Reiki class.

Date: Tuesday March 14th

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Venue: Highbury, Islington N5 1PU

Please contact me, Mamta Nanda, Reiki Master for more information or to book a place. I look forward to hearing from you.

Separation and Limitation

When I struggle ie feel discomfort or dis-ease or lack, I tend to judge. I want the situation to be fixed so that I can be at ease again. I start trying to figure out what can I do to fix it. Sometimes I start wondering about what I may have done wrong, or what could I have done ie what did I not do for this to happen.

Perhaps what is really needed is to not get caught in this ‘trying to fix’ or ‘blame myself’ mode. It causes anxiety and constriction. This blocks or limits the flow of energy. Not getting caught in this mode helps me to stay centred, relaxed and open enough to allow the discomfort to flow through my being and therefore be released.

The root cause of most of the discomfort I experience is the sense of separation and limitation. Separation can be felt across many dimensions. For example it can be separation from the Source or even separation from other people around me. After all this is the realm of separation where we have separate bodies & identity. This is also the realm of limitation ruled by mind and time. So why do I judge myself when I experience separation or limitation by trying to fix it. What if it is actually an indication of strength to be experiencing separation and limitation. What if I am here, in this body, in this world, in this realm to experience separation and limitation. Perhaps I am here to strengthen and grow my capacity to stay centred when I do experience separation and limitation.

Perhaps I do not need to do anything extra special to strengthen my ability to stay centred. Firstly I trust that simple awareness helps bring about transformation. Connecting with the breath, taking a few breaths with awareness every morning helps me to be present and find my rightful place in this realm. Daily Reiki self treatment with this new awareness helps me to stay on this path and keep moving forward.

This daily practice helps me to deepen my connection with the Source. I trust that with this connection and growing awareness I will continue to receive the guidance and insights that I need to be able to navigate life in this realm of separation and limitation with acceptance, ease, peace, good health and abundance.

I trust that as this spiritual muscle gets stronger, life will not have to keep bringing triggers my way to remind me of this lesson.

Feeling even more grateful for having Reiki in my life.

Reiki Lights Festival and Mystic Order

The value of shared practice comes from many different traditions. In Buddhism it is called Sangha. In Hinduism it is Satsang. In Reiki, it is called Mystic Order. I feel deep gratitude to The Reiki Association for organising the Reiki Lights Festival on December 18th, 2016, providing an opportunity to share Reiki with the Global Reiki Community. There is definitely something powerful about being able to experience Mystic Order as it can help reveal what may not have been known so far. It was wonderful to experience this in a tangible way.

I had recently discovered this text in the book “Living Reiki, Takata’s Teachings” by Fran Brown. This seemed amazingly profound. I have been reflecting on these words, trying to figure out how to use these teachings in everyday life – how to lighten my heart – especially in the situations where I feel discomfort.

Living Reiki - Takata's teachings

Living Reiki - Takata's teachings

What I realised the morning after the Reiki Lights Festival, during my daily Reiki self treatment, was that the pain that gets triggered inside me when I hear of suffering in different parts of the world is my own pain from a similar experience, perhaps from another lifetime. In that moment, I felt that I could use my breath to surrender this pain held in my heart/soul to Mother Earth. I trust that Mother Earth is always willing to receive our pain and transform it, just as she transforms our waste products to fertiliser to promote new growth.

Using the breath to ease the pain, i.e. the burdens in my heart, can help to lighten my heart. This allows the Light, the Universal Life Force Energy to flow through my whole being with more ease and Grace, nourishing me more deeply at every level that I need, nourishing each and every cell in my body. As my heart becomes lighter I feel more at ease within myself and it feels easier to connect with inner peace. This is the energy I am then able to contribute to the world.

As the heart lightens it seems easier to be with what is, and to be in the present moment. Just as I need to be at home to be able to receive a parcel that I am expecting the postman to deliver, I know that I need to be present in the moment, in my body, to be able to receive the Light, Strength and Wisdom from the Source to figure out what my role is in this moment, on this day, in this lifetime – to realise my true beingness and radiate this energy outwards.

This realisation, this new way of being, is helping me in many different ways. It is helping me to be with what is happening in different parts of the world. It is also helping me with what is happening closer to me, when pain gets triggered with family and friends.

Feeling grateful to all the people  in The Reiki Association who have helped make this event happen. Special gratitude to Mel Hoffstead for facilitating the Global gathering this year. Dancing does not come easily to me but it felt really good to move the body after the stillness of the shared Reiki Treatments. Movement helped bring awareness and presence to the body, and moved the energy in a different way. It seems to have helped shift what may have been stuck for a long time. It felt good to do some singing as well after the silence of the shared Reiki Treatments and benefit from the shared sound energy and all that it facilitates, especially deepening the heart connection.

I feel deeply grateful to each and every person who connected for the Reiki Lights Festival and helped enhance this wonderful experience of the Mystic Order. It feels really good to be ending 2016 on this positive note with hope in my heart for a more peaceful and fulfilled 2017. Looking forward to the Mystic Order ie shared Reiki Practice helping reveal more of what is still unknown.

facilitating the experience of Mystic Order? with the

Practising Reiki Together

There are four aspects to the Usui Shiki Ryoho form of Reiki that I practice and teach: Healing Practice, Personal Development, Spiritual Discipline, Mystic Order.

As we learn the healing practice of Reiki and start to give ourselves a Reiki treatment regularly, we start to experience many benefits. These benefits continue to accrue at all the levels we need – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Continuing with the discipline of our daily practice of Reiki helps with personal development, nourishing the core of our being, helping us find our truest expression with time.

The fourth aspect, Mystic Order, is about what is still unknown about our Reiki practice. It is about waking upto a greater reality beyond what is currently known. Somehow being with the Reiki community, attending a group event, seems to hold the potential of a deeper shift. Sometimes what we may be struggling to change on our own, can start to shift through being with our Reiki community and practising Reiki together.

I have been experiencing the power of group energy more and more with time. Something is shifting within me and in my Reiki practice. I seem to be moving from knowing to feeling. What I seem to have known for a long time, its been more than fifteen years since I learnt Reiki, I am beginning to feel at a deeper level.

I experienced some of this at a Reiki 2 circle last week. The group energy was very helpful to feel at a deeper level, what the students shared about their experience of Reiki, that I have known for a long time:

  • Reiki can bring flow to what may have been stuck/stagnant for a long time.
  • Reiki can help us to feel empowered in situations where we may be struggling to connect with our strength.

I know that there is so much more to awaken to. It feels really good to be in this space. I am so glad to be able to discover a positive use of my hypersensitivity ie ability to feel things very deeply. Yes it is the ability to feel things deeply that can help move from knowing to feeling. Practicing Reiki from this feeling space, can help ‘raise our consciousness, lighten our hearts, to the point where we can accept change in our lives to restore health, the natural state of our being‘. I feel so glad to have discovered these words about Mikao Usui, in the book “Living Reiki – Takata’s teachings” by Fran Brown.

I have read this book a few times over the years. But reading these words at this time makes me feel as if I had never read them before. Being able to relate to them at a deeper level, helps me realise the value of the Reiki Principles, how they can help lighten our hearts and why Usui’s teaching was to hold the Principles in our heart.

I would like to invite you to practise Reiki together at the beginning of the Year to explore Mikao Usui’s teachings to lay a strong foundation for 2017, centering ourselves, strengthening ourselves – our connection with our Reiki practice – our connection with the Source to be able to move forward on the path of our life purpose with peace, love, good health and abundance.
Date: Sunday January 8th, 2017
Time: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Address: My home, N5 1PU
Cost: £65

Please contact me for more information or to book a place.

Gift of Cold Weather

Winter frost on grass

I had been feeling so cold this winter – and it is not just because I am getting older! I had been feeling guilty about having the heating on for longer than I used to. The house still did not feel warm. I had started to think there was something wrong with the heating system. It was when I heard a friend say pretty much the same thing she was experiencing in her home that I felt there was something deeper going on here. This got me reflecting on the gift of cold weather. I felt that if I can figure out the value of cold weather, it might help me cope with the cold. There are only so many layers of warm clothes I can wear! I was beginning to wish I could be like the four legged creatures who do not need layers of warm clothing or heated homes in the cold weather.

I know the conventional wisdom is about moving the body as it helps the heart to function well, optimising the blood flow, helping it to reach the extremities, warming the cold hands & feet. At an inner level I felt that there are other ways to nurture the heart too so that it can function better and help me stay warm. I wanted to be able to welcome the natural rhythm of the seasons and not be wishing for Spring/Summer just because I could not cope with the cold.

I am a Gemini. I am curious. I like asking questions. So I started asking my heart ‘What do you need?’. I used my discomfort as a reminder to talk to my heart. I did not get an answer straightaway but the heart started receiving some care and attention each time I talked to it.

I felt that taking a few conscious breaths at the same time would help me to be in the present moment where I will be better able to receive an answer. I visualised the in-breath rising from the deepest, warmest part of the Earth flowing to my heart centre and the exhalation returning the burdens in my heart back to Mother Earth. In that moment, all the work I have been doing with Reiki, Yoga, Qigong, Meditation, Family Constellation healing, Shamanic healing and Soul Plan healing came together. It felt as if the burdens my heart has been carrying, the unfelt emotion carried at soul level, was being returned to Mother Earth with the help of all the beings who love me and agreed to help me in this lifetime. I did not feel alone in that moment, I felt that I had the support and love of many beings. It felt just right to be with the breath and Mother Earth – two things we have only in this realm, while we are in the body. I feel that Mother Earth has an amazing ability to transform our burdens & stress to love and joy, just as she transforms waste products to fertiliser needed for the new growth. Later I realised that the words, HEART and EARTH are anagrams and contained in the word BREATH, at least in English language! It helped me to see the connection between the three and feel the synergy of working with them together.

It seems that through feeling cold, my body was trying to get my attention. Listening to it helped me figure out a way to let go of the burdens carried in the heart so that it can be lighter and function better and help me to stay warm.  This may sound too good to be true, but it has been easier to get out of bed in the mornings. I no longer wish to stay burrowed under my warm duvet all day! I still need warm clothes and the heating but not so desperately anymore. I am not worrying about how I would cope with the cold weather just in case I do not have the warm clothes and heating!

I realise that it is easier to acquire knowledge but not so easy to integrate it and feel it. Sitting in a circle, with our community can help take it deeper within our being. The synergy of the group is exponentially more powerful and can help to let go of what may be getting in the way. Once the connection is made, the flow continues.

There are many uplifting, heart centred events being offered at this time of year. Please find a circle, a group event near you. If you are in London, I would like to invite you to a Meditation circle on Monday January 2nd, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, N5 1PU.  Cost: Voluntary donation. Please contact me for more information or to book a place.

Struggling with the changing political landscape

With change comes uncertainty. Sometimes this process can be highly anxiety inducing. The changing Political landscape in the UK in June 2016 and now in the US is invoking anxiety for many of us.

To me, it feels important to be with the emotions that are coming up so that they do not get suppressed. I know from personal experience that it is not easy to be with the discomfort. In such moments, I find the Mindfulness Breathing meditation technique really helpful – Breathing in I am aware of the anxiety, breathing out I send it love. This technique helps me to be with the emotions and also helps alleviate them. Also emotions are a message from the Soul. By allowing the emotions to flow through me, I have the potential to be able to receive the message from my Soul.

Over the last few days I am realising that I have a choice. I can either feel like a victim and go into fear/constriction mode. Or I can empower myself by asking the question – “How is this situation serving my life purpose at this time?”

A daily spiritual practice like Reiki, Meditation, Yoga can be wonderfully supportive to calm the inner agitation and be still to be able to receive this message from my Soul. Sometimes it can be as simple as taking a couple of conscious breaths, as deeply as I can, exhaling as fully as I can to be able to connect with my Soul. All the answers I need, are within me – what is my role in the changing situation, what is my next step, what do I need to do today; how to empower myself to be able to change my inner space so that the outer falls into place. I have to be still, be present, be willing to go within and peel away the layers of misperceptions about myself and about life that hide these answers.

I have also been drawing comfort from the Peace Mantra ‘Om Sahana Vavatu‘. The essence of this Mantra is – May we all be protected, may we all be nourished, May we able to work together despite our differences.