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      Heather Nelson coming to Pennsylvania!

 

Heather Nelson, RMT, will be in the Doylestown and West Chester areas giving Reiki sessions from February 7th to 11th, 2008. Heather also will be teaching Reiki I in Berwyn, PA, on February 9th, 2008.

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Reiki I: An Introduction to Reiki. Learn the history of Reiki, what it is, and how to use it! This level teaches hands-on healing of the physical body, as well as the basic hand positions. You will receive a Reiki I attunement during this class, and will have hands-on practice with your classmates. At the end of class, you will receive a Reiki I certificate. $100 for class, + $15 for class workbook; $50 deposit.
Saturday, February 9, 2008, 9 am – 4 pm

If there is sufficient interest, Heather might teach a small Reiki II class, as well.

To sign up for a class or schedule a Reiki session,
email Heather at heather@heatherreiki.com, or call her at 480-282-7116.
Do it soon! Several spaces have already been filled.

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My good friend Heather Nelson is an incredible reiki master, colleague, and jewelry designer…she’s designed a new reiki infused chakra bracelet .This is a beautiful and energetic piece of custom jewelry. This post is a great resource on crystals and chakras. (my thanks to Heather and http://www.heatherstones.com.)

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I’ve been asked by various folks to explain “chakra jewelry” and why you would want to wear it. So here goes! First, I’ll give a simplified explanation of what chakras are, and then I’ll talk about why jewelry containing the right gemstones can help strengthen and balance your chakras.

The human body’s blood circulatory system looks like a road map, with major highways (veins and arteries) and countless side roads (capillaries); there are many “intersections” where the veins and arteries branch off. The body’s energy system is similar, with many channels running throughout the body, and many “intersections”. Very simply, in the blood circulatory system, oxygenated blood flows away from the heart and lungs via the arteries, and “used”, deoxygenated blood returns via the veins. However, in the energy system, channels carrying different subtle energies meet in hundreds of places in our bodies. In each place where different energies meet, a swirling vortex forms, similar to the vortex created when cold and warm air meet in a weather system. In our subtle energy system, ancient Indian scholars called this energetic vortex a chakra, which means “wheel”. All of the chakras are interconnected, mutually affected by the ebb and flow of the person’s subtle energies.

Although there are many chakras, seven chakras occur along the body’s midline, where the subtle body’s major energies meet. There are many views of these chakras’ properties, but they can be described as follows:

  • Root or Base Chakra: The most primal chakra, the Root chakra is closely associated with our sense of safety and security, and with being grounded. This chakra is closely linked to our need to survive. It is located at the base of the spine. This chakra is associated with the color red.
  • Sacral or Belly Chakra: The Sacral chakra is the home of our energies around close, intimate relationships, such as with our family and life partners, and is the source of both our creativity and sexuality. It is located just below the navel, centered in the body between the spine and the belly. This chakra is associated with the color orange.
  • Solar Plexus Chakra: The Solar Plexus chakra is our personal sun, and is the home of our self-confidence and emotional stability. It is the source of the energies from which we draw as we meet new people and generally make our way in the world. For most men and women, the Solar Plexus is the seat of their personal power, although for some women it is at the Root chakra. It is located at the solar plexus, just below the ribs. This chakra is associated with the color yellow.
  • Heart Chakra: As you might expect, the Heart chakra is the source of energies related to love, caring, and compassion. This chakra is also associated with giving and receiving healing energy. It is located in the center of the chest, just above the breasts. This chakra is associated with the colors green and pink.
  • Throat Chakra: The throat chakra is related to how we communicate what we think and feel. Unlike the Solar Plexus chakra, which relates to how we present ourselves (confident, shy, enthusiastic, and so forth), this chakra relates to how we actually express ourselves, and to some degree, how well we listen. It is located at the base of the throat, at the “pocket” between the ends of the collar bone. This chakra is associated with the color blue, usually a sky blue.
  • Third Eye: The Third Eye is the seat of our intuition and psychic abilities – with this chakra, we can see the unseen. It is located on the center of the forehead. This chakra is associated with the color indigo, a deep blue.
  • Crown Chakra: The Crown chakra is the source of our spirituality; divine energy flows into our body via this chakra. It is located just above the center of the head. This chakra is associated with the colors white and a deep purple.

The chakras are numbered from the Root (1) to the Crown (7).

Good maintenance of these seven chakras is essential to your health and well being, in mind, body, and spirit – they should be kept clear and equally balanced at all times, with no one chakra being treated as “better” than another. Regular Reiki treatment is my favorite way to do this – a full session thoroughly cleanses the chakras and brings them into balance with each other. Between sessions, though, a good way to maintain your chakras is carry or wear gemstones that are associated with each chakra. A particular chakra’s gemstone may (or may not) be the same color as that associated with that chakra, but more importantly, the stone has properties that benefit the chakra, strengthening and often cleansing it. Here is a list of a few of the gemstones commonly associated with each of the chakras.

  • Root/Base: Garnet, ruby, red jasper, black tourmaline, smoky quartz
  • Sacral/Belly: Amber, citrine, carnelian, orange calcite, topaz
  • Solar Plexus: Golden topaz, tiger eye, citrine
  • Heart: Rose quartz, aventurine, kunzite, emerald
  • Throat: Aquamarine, chrysocolla, lapis lazuli, sodalite, turquoise
  • Third Eye: Amethyst, blue calcite, lapis lazuli
  • Crown: Amethyst, charoite, clear quartz, selenite, sugilite

In chakra jewelry, all of the chakras are represented. Some chakra jewelry represents merely the colors of the chakras, using glass or man-made crystal. This is mildly helpful, but is mostly pretty. For me, true chakra jewelry uses natural gemstones that benefit each of the chakras as described above, and is worn as either a bracelet or necklace, with the stones touching the skin. In this way, every chakra receives equal benefit, which naturally and gently keeps all seven of them in balance. (You can see examples of this kind of chakra jewelry at HeatherStones.com.)

I hope I’ve answered the question well here. Of course, now that I’ve thrown nearly a thousand words at the subject, the reason you should wear chakra jewelry is really very simple – it feels good, and keeps you feeling good!

Credit where credit is due: I am deeply indebted to the following authors for the information I used when writing this article: Caroline Myss (The Anatomy of the Spirit); Judy Hall (The Crystal Bible); and Doreen Virtue and Judith Lukomski (Crystal Therapy). These books are excellent references and a fascinating read

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My good friend Heather Nelson is an incredible reiki master, colleague, and jewelry designer…she’s designed a new reiki infused chakra bracelet .This is a beautiful and energetic piece of custom jewelry. This post is a great resource on crystals and chakras. (my thanks to Heather and http://www.heatherstones.com.)

kaleidoscope_logo3.jpg

I’ve been asked by various folks to explain “chakra jewelry” and why you would want to wear it. So here goes! First, I’ll give a simplified explanation of what chakras are, and then I’ll talk about why jewelry containing the right gemstones can help strengthen and balance your chakras.

The human body’s blood circulatory system looks like a road map, with major highways (veins and arteries) and countless side roads (capillaries); there are many “intersections” where the veins and arteries branch off. The body’s energy system is similar, with many channels running throughout the body, and many “intersections”. Very simply, in the blood circulatory system, oxygenated blood flows away from the heart and lungs via the arteries, and “used”, deoxygenated blood returns via the veins. However, in the energy system, channels carrying different subtle energies meet in hundreds of places in our bodies. In each place where different energies meet, a swirling vortex forms, similar to the vortex created when cold and warm air meet in a weather system. In our subtle energy system, ancient Indian scholars called this energetic vortex a chakra, which means “wheel”. All of the chakras are interconnected, mutually affected by the ebb and flow of the person’s subtle energies.

Although there are many chakras, seven chakras occur along the body’s midline, where the subtle body’s major energies meet. There are many views of these chakras’ properties, but they can be described as follows:

  • Root or Base Chakra: The most primal chakra, the Root chakra is closely associated with our sense of safety and security, and with being grounded. This chakra is closely linked to our need to survive. It is located at the base of the spine. This chakra is associated with the color red.
  • Sacral or Belly Chakra: The Sacral chakra is the home of our energies around close, intimate relationships, such as with our family and life partners, and is the source of both our creativity and sexuality. It is located just below the navel, centered in the body between the spine and the belly. This chakra is associated with the color orange.
  • Solar Plexus Chakra: The Solar Plexus chakra is our personal sun, and is the home of our self-confidence and emotional stability. It is the source of the energies from which we draw as we meet new people and generally make our way in the world. For most men and women, the Solar Plexus is the seat of their personal power, although for some women it is at the Root chakra. It is located at the solar plexus, just below the ribs. This chakra is associated with the color yellow.
  • Heart Chakra: As you might expect, the Heart chakra is the source of energies related to love, caring, and compassion. This chakra is also associated with giving and receiving healing energy. It is located in the center of the chest, just above the breasts. This chakra is associated with the colors green and pink.
  • Throat Chakra: The throat chakra is related to how we communicate what we think and feel. Unlike the Solar Plexus chakra, which relates to how we present ourselves (confident, shy, enthusiastic, and so forth), this chakra relates to how we actually express ourselves, and to some degree, how well we listen. It is located at the base of the throat, at the “pocket” between the ends of the collar bone. This chakra is associated with the color blue, usually a sky blue.
  • Third Eye: The Third Eye is the seat of our intuition and psychic abilities – with this chakra, we can see the unseen. It is located on the center of the forehead. This chakra is associated with the color indigo, a deep blue.
  • Crown Chakra: The Crown chakra is the source of our spirituality; divine energy flows into our body via this chakra. It is located just above the center of the head. This chakra is associated with the colors white and a deep purple.

The chakras are numbered from the Root (1) to the Crown (7).

Good maintenance of these seven chakras is essential to your health and well being, in mind, body, and spirit – they should be kept clear and equally balanced at all times, with no one chakra being treated as “better” than another. Regular Reiki treatment is my favorite way to do this – a full session thoroughly cleanses the chakras and brings them into balance with each other. Between sessions, though, a good way to maintain your chakras is carry or wear gemstones that are associated with each chakra. A particular chakra’s gemstone may (or may not) be the same color as that associated with that chakra, but more importantly, the stone has properties that benefit the chakra, strengthening and often cleansing it. Here is a list of a few of the gemstones commonly associated with each of the chakras.

  • Root/Base: Garnet, ruby, red jasper, black tourmaline, smoky quartz
  • Sacral/Belly: Amber, citrine, carnelian, orange calcite, topaz
  • Solar Plexus: Golden topaz, tiger eye, citrine
  • Heart: Rose quartz, aventurine, kunzite, emerald
  • Throat: Aquamarine, chrysocolla, lapis lazuli, sodalite, turquoise
  • Third Eye: Amethyst, blue calcite, lapis lazuli
  • Crown: Amethyst, charoite, clear quartz, selenite, sugilite

In chakra jewelry, all of the chakras are represented. Some chakra jewelry represents merely the colors of the chakras, using glass or man-made crystal. This is mildly helpful, but is mostly pretty. For me, true chakra jewelry uses natural gemstones that benefit each of the chakras as described above, and is worn as either a bracelet or necklace, with the stones touching the skin. In this way, every chakra receives equal benefit, which naturally and gently keeps all seven of them in balance. (You can see examples of this kind of chakra jewelry at HeatherStones.com.)

I hope I’ve answered the question well here. Of course, now that I’ve thrown nearly a thousand words at the subject, the reason you should wear chakra jewelry is really very simple – it feels good, and keeps you feeling good!

Credit where credit is due: I am deeply indebted to the following authors for the information I used when writing this article: Caroline Myss (The Anatomy of the Spirit); Judy Hall (The Crystal Bible); and Doreen Virtue and Judith Lukomski (Crystal Therapy). These books are excellent references and a fascinating read

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obamahillarywinmcnamee.jpgThis post is not about the facts. Not at all. Most of us know of intuition…our “gut feeling”. That nudge that parents get when little Mary Lou says she “going to the mall”, when in actuality she’s smoking weed and drinking gin with the Marnelli twins next door! Same thing goes for political candidates …most Americans talk about their feeling about the candidate i.e. “he/she looks dishonest”. Many average voters are swayed by their “gut feelings” and I agree that using intuition should at least be part of the decision making process (now don’t get all Hannity & Colmes on me…I know facts are very important!).

Take Hillary vs Obama. Many folks that I talk too seem to think Mrs. Clinton may be a bit cold ,even angry. Others think that Mr.Obama may be a bit inexperienced but is a man of conviction. Regardless of what I believe this seems to be the “buzz” I’m getting. I have the blessing of being able to speak to folks from all over the country and most of them tell me this is how they feel.

This ain’t science folks,I know that. Its a pretty safe prediction to say that voter turnout for this election will be HUGE! My intuition says that more young people will vote in this election than ever before; forever altering the way politics are done in this country. Finally the status quo may actually change. My intuition is telling me that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will attract a lot of new voter registration and I am grateful for that. I believe the energy of these two candidates will force Democrats and Republicans to understand that most of us are more moderate than they first thought..that are beliefs are more a blend of both parties mantras, that some will vote outside suggested party parameters. Like I have said..this is just my observation. I could be dead wrong. But I just thought I would put this out there…by the way I plan to post something similar around Republican candidates.

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product_5_lg.jpg It is that time of year again! The holidays, family gatherings, and parties are finally over and we find ourselves busier than ever. Unfortunately, during these times my body becomes more susceptible to becoming ill. To avoid colds, the flu, and viral infections, I use Probiotics !Why? Because this friendly flora blend of Probiotics is an all-natural, non-toxic product that helps you say goodbye to viral, bacterial, and fungal infections! It kills pathogenic viruses, which lead to colds and the flu. It is also a natural antibiotic, which kills the bad bacteria in your system without harming the ‘good guys.’ There are numerous other benefits to taking this product . First off the probiotic I use is Frequency Foods (http://www.greenlifesaver.net)… It is combined with an organic whole food source for optimal viability and absorption. Secondly, most probiotics supplements on the market are improperly freeze-dried so the good bacteria are actually killed before you even take the product. This version of Probiotics are preserved through a proprietary and specialized technique during processing to maintain the viability. Avoid the doctor and toxic pharmaceutical prescriptions this year by taking Probiotics from Frequency Foods so you can enjoy this busy and exciting season! Learn more about Probiotics and many other exceptional products at www.GreenLifesaver.net.

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product_5_lg.jpg It is that time of year again! The holidays, family gatherings, and parties are finally over and we find ourselves busier than ever. Unfortunately, during these times my body becomes more susceptible to becoming ill. To avoid colds, the flu, and viral infections, I use Probiotics !Why? Because this friendly flora blend of Probiotics is an all-natural, non-toxic product that helps you say goodbye to viral, bacterial, and fungal infections! It kills pathogenic viruses, which lead to colds and the flu. It is also a natural antibiotic, which kills the bad bacteria in your system without harming the ‘good guys.’ There are numerous other benefits to taking this product . First off the probiotic I use is Frequency Foods (http://www.greenlifesaver.net)… It is combined with an organic whole food source for optimal viability and absorption. Secondly, most probiotics supplements on the market are improperly freeze-dried so the good bacteria are actually killed before you even take the product. This version of Probiotics are preserved through a proprietary and specialized technique during processing to maintain the viability. Avoid the doctor and toxic pharmaceutical prescriptions this year by taking Probiotics from Frequency Foods so you can enjoy this busy and exciting season! Learn more about Probiotics and many other exceptional products at www.GreenLifesaver.net.

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Tempe , AZ – Rick Wood, nationally recognized psychic medium and life coach, will be available for appointments starting January 24  at his new location on 60 East Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 900, in Tempe.

Wood has been offering his services, which include life coaching, individual and couples counseling, and mediumship, as well as traditional psychic readings, for over 10 years. He offers his services in a relaxed, non-intimidating environment, without a crystal ball, smoke, or traditional tarot cards.

“I found Rick’s insight into my personal and professional lives amazing. My meeting with him has given me the guidance I needed to get my life back on track professionally and has provided me personally with a greater sense of peace,” stated client Laura Wurzer. “I plan to meet with him again to continue my growth in both of those areas.”

In addition to his office appointments, he will be available for in-home meetings and parties. The rate for an in-office appointment is $125/hour for each person. To schedule an appointment, please call 484-459-5489.

For more information, please visit his website at http://www.rickywood.net.

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