Reiki

I became a Reiki Master yesterday.

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This has been over 10 years in the making, but I am so glad that I did it.  It was an important part of my physical, mental and spiritual healing – not only from my autoimmune issues, but also from the abuse that I have suffered over the years.

The peace that this has given me is amazing.  And I have to say that it was truly a life-changing experience.

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For those who do not know what Reiki is, this is a brief description.

Reiki is a method of energy healing that originated in Japan and is based on Buddhist teachings and philosophy.  While originating from Buddhism, Reiki is NOT aligned with any religion and is not a religious practice in itself.   It is a spiritual practice (at least for me), but is primarily a healing practice.

Reiki uses the universal life-force or energy that surrounds everything on Earth to support and encourage the body to heal itself.  It can heal on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  The body wants to heal, it is smart and it knows what it needs.  Reiki allows that to happen.  It is also protective, something that gives me great comfort.

Reiki can be a hands-on treatment (laying on hands), but it can also be a totally hands-off treatment – either by just “hovering” the hands over the body of the person being treated, or by distance treatment – yes you can provide a Reiki treatment for someone who is not physically present – even for someone on the other side of the world!  The energies know where to go and what is needed.  It is very gentle and very safe.  This makes it ideal for those who cannot or do not like to be touched.

Reiki does not diagnose, and should not replace regular medical care.  But it does work very well alongside other treatment modalities, both alternative and allopathic.  It is a holistic treatment, treating the whole body on all levels.

I intend to use the Reiki along side my regular massage practice, incorporating it into my massages to make them more effective, but I can also offer a stand-alone Reiki treatment if requested.  For the stand-alone Reiki, you would not need to undress, and you would not need to even be touched.  This makes it an ideal healing treatment for those who do not like to be touched (for anyone who has suffered from physical or sexual abuse for example).

Anyone in Calgary, Alberta, Canada who wishes to book a treatment with me, I can be contacted via Hands On Massage Therapy or by email charlotte@handsonmassagetherapy.ca

I can also give distance Reiki treatments on request.  Please contact me at charlotte@salixisme.com for pricing and details.

New Tattoo

I went today to get one of the last vestiges of my marriage removed.

A new more positive tattoo

A new more positive tattoo

I had a tattoo between my shoulder blades that contained my ex-husbands name.  And I was finding it hard seeing it every time I looked over my shoulder while stood in front of a mirror.  And even when I did not see it, I knew it was there.  I could feel it dragging my spirit down.  And I felt a lot of anxiety knowing that I had his name on my body.

Before

Before

I know that there are some risks with getting tattoos, especially when your immune system does not work as it should (like in those of us with autoimmune disorders).  I am also aware that you are more likely to get problems with red pigments.  But I wanted the phoenix because of what it symbolizes.  Phoenixes really need the red of the fire!  And if I was getting a tattoo, I was going to get one I loved, one that looked beautiful, and one that really meant something.

The phoenix really does all that for me.  I have literally risen out of the ashes of my previous life with my ex-husband.  The process has been very empowering, and very uplifting, although it has been painful as well.  The pain of getting this tattoo (and it was really REALLY painful, especially around the 3 hour mark.  I nearly called a halt at that point!) symbolizes that pain too.  I may not be quite “all there” yet, I suspect I never will be – life is, and should be, about continual growth.  And getting this was an important step to me healing and growing.

It is a lot bigger than my previous one, but that was needed to ensure that the previous one was totally covered by the dark area.  I love the way that the tail extends down my spine.  I love the detail and the shading (the shading was the most painful part as she was repeatedly having to go over already sore and inflamed areas).

But I think the final result is worth it!

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I had this done by Amber at The Arthouse Inc in Kensington (Calgary).  And she did a fabulous job!  She came up with the original design, then produced this wonderful piece of body art especially for me!

New Home

I moved into my new home today!  I am so excited and happy to finally have my own place and be independant again.  And to have a place that I can really make my own.

These are a few pictures of it, taken as the moving company was just starting to bring stuff in.  (they are not the best quality pictures – just ones snapped with my phone).  It is small, but perfect for me – 2 bedrooms, and just what I need to get myself back on my feet again.

The most important room in the house!

The most important room in the house!

Another view of the kitchen - small but useable.

Another view of the kitchen – small but useable.

The main living area with the second bedroom beyond the open door.

The main living area with the second bedroom beyond the open door.

Part of the master bedroom.

Part of the master bedroom.

 

I will take some more, better pictures once I have everything unpacked and settled (and once I have found my camera, which is somewhere among all the boxes in the second bedroom!)

And once I have finally unpacked everything and got everything sorted, I will be able to get back to cooking and writing recipes again…..  Something that I cannot wait to do!