Wednesday, October 27, 2021

A Bit About Me - Rewrite

She/her, bi/queer, cis white Celtic American (there's a story behind that)

There's three things there's nearly always time for in my book; sass, sparkle, and smellin' roses. Sometimes this gets me into trouble. Ha!

I'm rewriting this because, well, weird formatting issues with the original one, and why the hell not? You can always read the original here.

This time, I'm gonna do things in a nice bullet form category fashion, because, why not? And it's easier to read. 👀 

🎓 My formal, nifty cool, accomplishments! 🎓

  • Spiritual Minister via the Universal Church of the Masters, Aug. 2023
  • Certified Massage Therapist CAMTC#83230, Jan. 2020, current
  • Motoki Lvl 2, earth-based modality, Jan. 2018 
  • Tarot Card Success - The Complete Tarot Reading Course, Jul. 2017
  • Master's in Education, multiple subject curriculum and social justice, May 2016
  • Reiki Master/Teacher, traditional Usui Ryoho, Mar. 2016
  • Bachelors in Child & Adolescent Development, magna cum laude, Dec. 2012
  • Associates in Early Childhood Education, Jun. 2008
  • (We won't talk about the blackness of HS, wherein I graduated by the skin of my teeth; if you look at HS transcript vs college transcripts you would think you were looking at two completely different people with the same name.)

😎Unofficial, nifty cool, accomplishments!😎

  • First Meetup class I taught! Feb. 16, 2019 
    • Pamela Colman Smith's birthday! Had no idea at the time! 
    • She is the artist of the Smith-Waite Tarot. 
  • First fair doing Tarot Energy Healing! at the Center for Creative Living, Dec. 2, 2018
    • Note: The date is different than what I have shared before because uh, I remembered wrong. I double checked the dates on the emails about it. Apologies! 
  • Initiated into professional Tarot reading Jun. 13, 2018 (There's a story behind that.)
    • Note: Yeah, I messed up that date too. I remembered this and the above in relation to each other but got the dates wrong.
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma, Fall 2016
    • It was INTENSE. Worth it. 
    • I took a bunch of group therapy classes/groups at Kaiser too. They were quite helpful for shadow work and properly healing old wounds.
  • Consistently practicing meditation and mindfulness since Summer of 2011 
    • I figured this out by age of child and where we lived at the time. Also note, consistency, I don't count the dabble on and off years.)

♪♪🎵These Are A Few of My Favorite Things! 🎵♪♪

  • Lois McMaster Bujold, author
    • especially Paladin of Souls
  • Enigma, music artist
  • Babylon 5, tv show
  • Shadowscapes Tarot (the deck that made me brave)
  • Intersteller, movie
  • Persona 4, video game
  • Elfquest, comic
  • Singing 
    • (I love to singa about the moon and the June and the springa, I love to singa, about skies of blue and tea for two and I-I-I-I-I-I LOVE TO SIIIIING)
  • Talking to the crows and the trees and everything around me. 
  • Rain

👪😻Core Family!😻🐀
  • Cat Mom! Owl, and Huntress. 
  • Married to The Robert, Best Spouse (no bias here obvs lol) 
  • Mom to a grown human
  • We used to have pet rats too, and other cats and guinea pigs.

🌈🌞🌓Personality Stuff🌗🌟🔥
  • Fire Nation 
    • You gotta watch "Avatar: The Last Airbender"! It is my favorite animated cartoon series.
  • The Hierophant - Soul and Personality Tarot card
  • Temperance - my hidden factor/teacher Tarot card
  • Queen of Wands - who I am in the Tarot Court
  • Myer-Briggs: ENFP-T 
  • Taurus Sun, Gemini Moon, Rising Leo
    • Sidereal Astrology (a little bit closer to actual astronomy, but still not quite the same as astronomy)
  • Gemini Sun, Cancer Moon, Rising Virgo
    • Tropical/Western Astrology (absolutely not the same as astronomy, not at all; this is the default astrology people refer to)
🌎✊My World View / Politics ✊🌍

  • You cannot heal what you cannot see
    • or what you refuse to see
  • We are stewards of the Earth
    • Let us tend well
    • "Every rock and tree and creature, has a life has a spirit has a name." -Colors of the Wind
  • Diversity and inclusivity are our friends
  • Duality is ONE of many metaphors to help us understand our world
    • If it's not ugly, if it's not beautiful, what is it? Plain. 
  • I am unapologetically anti-fascist and an intersectional feminist
  • Trans rights are human rights
  • Climate change is real
    • and we can do something about it
  • Science is real
    • Being anti-science is like amputating your curiosity at the neck.
    • "Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science!" -Girl Genius
  • Vaccines save lives
  • Black Lives Matter 
  • Stop Asian Hate
  • Free Kids in Cages
  • There's more than two genders
  • Everyone deserves a living wage
  • It's okay to be wrong. 
    • It's part of learning; and oh how I have learned. 
Note: this list in no particular order, and is not necessarily complete. Basically NO to ableism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, fat phobia, and to colonialist capitalist ideals. Yes to taking care of our planet and all peoples as humanely, compassionately, and kindly as possible; and it's more possible than we think.

My Soul Vow is: I Accept All Things that are for the Preservation, Healing, and Growing of LOVE Eternal; come what may.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Reiki Is For Everyone. Period.

I recently saw someone in a Reiki group tell another person that maybe they shouldn't be doing Reiki. Her reasoning? Because fear has no place in Reiki or any energy healing. I. Call. Bullshit. 
It is wonderfully healing and courageous to engage in healing practices in the face of fear. 

Everyone experiences fear. Everyone learning a new modality experiences fear. And asking a question out of concern for one's health in the detox process that happens after receiving your attunement was a LEGITIMATE question, and not some unfounded fear based thing. It was a good question. 

The real answer to that question is to trust that Reiki won't harm but help, and that the changes after an attunement (often called a detox) will not exacerbate pre-existing conditions. There are other things you can do as well to prepare for an attunement, like getting plenty of sleep, drinking plenty of water, eating balanced meals, meditations, walks, and even receiving Reiki from a friend, etc. 

Having a pre-existing condition does not mean you can't do Reiki. Of course you can. 

Having medical devices does not mean you can't do Reiki. Of course you can, you simply have to think of the medical device as part of your body so the device and body work together in harmony. 

There is no reason to tell someone Reiki is not for them. It's for everyone. At the right time. At the place. By the right teacher. In the right moment. And that is for the student to ultimately decide. 

You cannot rightly force Reiki on someone. 
You cannot rightly push Reiki away from someone. 
Reiki is the Universal Life Force Energy. It is in all things and through all things, and it is by Reiki that all things exist. We simply know how to harness it in ways for the benefit and benevolence of humankind and of all living things. 

Reiki does not judge you. 
It's okay to be afraid. It's okay to be nervous. This is why I use phrases like "Zen mode" because sometimes, I, a Reiki Master, am afraid too, and I have to set that fear aside in faith hope and trust (with a little bit of pixie dust) to get the job done anyway. 

Reiki is for you. No matter what. I promise.