Mind Body Medicine ~ Spiritual in Nature, Grounded in Reality

I recently watched the documentary film, Heal. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend it. I was engrossed, I cried, it resonated on so many levels. Not only because of my past self healing journey with disease but mostly because of where I’ve been heading with my work, and how THIS IS IT! This is everything. We need this more than anything. This deep awareness of self, and the knowing that we have the power within us to heal so much... we’ve just been taught wrong, conditioned to believe that western medicine is the only answer, when in fact, the majority of the time, it’s just treating the symptoms and not the root cause of why it’s manifested in the first place.

In the film they talk about accumulation (too much of something in the body), aggravation (building from accumulation to irritation, spread (because the root cause of the accumulation isn’t addressed it then spreads), into finally localisation (manifesting as disease in the body). So what we actually need to address is preventing the accumulation build up in the first place, not just fixing the localisation. It’s a combination of physiology and psychology. Our aim is to find harmony between the head and the heart, where there is coherence and a smooth flow of energy moving through the body.

Way back when, I was working in London as an Art Director, I was known as “the hippy one” to most of my friends & family. I was somewhat of an outcast, in a sense, because what I was heading towards wasn’t deemed “normal” at the time; head in some spiritual or self help book, endlessly researching alternative therapies, taking short courses, weekend trainings, evening classes, all in the nature of wellness and health. Any money saved in my designer days, unlike most of my friends saving for mortgages, was spent on learning and traveling to places like India, where I could immerse myself even more, out of the rat race. I honestly didn’t know where I was heading with all of it, I was just following what got my blood pumping, what grabbed and stimulated my attention for more then 5 minutes (quite a tall feat these days!) I feel I must’ve known, consciously or not, on some soul level I was being guided to serve others in a different way.

When I started doing Reiki & Self Healing, I didn’t really have anyone that I could share with. Some would say, “it’s just some hippy dippy fluff, it’s all in your head, it’s a placebo”; I carried on anyway. And now, NOW, there is actual scientific evidence to show that Reiki speeds up the healing and recovery process and they’ve started to use it in hospitals. Hallelujah! Now science and spirituality are merging as one. Thank you! Alternative therapies are rapidly growing in the medicine world as a way of healing. People are beginning to recognise that we have the power to create and manifest anything and everything. We are awakening.

So, not that I need any back up... however, it’s certainly giving what I do more exposure, more leverage, I suppose. I guess where I’m heading with this is, Reiki has gifted me with so much! Awareness, depth, clarity, healing, expansion. Reiki got into my deepest, darkest crevices and brought them into light. It’s been years of shifting, changing, unraveling, evolving, mastery. Always learning.

When I started teaching Reiki it quickly evolved into more than just sharing a form of energy healing work. I realised I was sharing much more. That I was inviting my clients and students to connect deeply to their mind and body as one. To feel and work more holistically. Bringing in more awareness to the ways in which energy blockages in the body manifest into physical blockages (illness, disease etc). I realised that every book, workshop, audio book, podcast and more than anything, life experience, was guiding me into this work all along. As I teach, I bring in the works of Bruce Lipton, Carolyn Myss & Joe Dispenza, to name a few. As I have been evolving myself, so has my work. My service. My dharma.

Right now, I see the importance of this work more than ever. There is so much disharmony in our world which is reflected within our bodies, most of us don’t even realise quite how much so. We mask it. We ignore it. We say, it’ll be ok. Until one day. It just isn’t ok. Then the whole journey of healing and self-discovery begins. I don’t want to cause any fear or anxiety around this subject, more that I feel called to share what I feel really passionate about, in the hope that it may resonate for some or even help someone, somewhere.

There are many ways in which we can start to release the physical blockages in the body, through various forms of movement, sound, energy work, the list is endless these days. It’s what resonates for you. On some subtle layer we are usually drawn to what we need. Having said that, sometimes the thing we resist the most, is the thing we need the most... consider that for a moment.

Some people have not been drawn to Reiki because there can be an element of “opening up Pandora’s box” and once you go inside, there’s no turning back. I know. It can do that. But what it also does is illuminate it all for it to be felt and seen and healed, and those that are silently magnetised towards it will bring great shifts into their lives. Consider the butterfly effect. One has to go through a process of shedding and letting go in order to emerge even more full and bountiful. I have witnessed first hand how powerful this healing modality can be, especially through 1:1 sessions and teaching. Everyone’s experience is what he or she makes it though. When I have clients or students they are responsible for their own journey into discovery, I’m just guiding, channelling, and facilitating the space for them to open up as much or as little as they so wish.

I’m beyond grateful to be sharing this work. Spirit has been guiding me all the way. Supporting me in every transition. Applauding the evolution. If you got this far, firstly thanks for reading :) and if in reading, it got you feeling into an “mmmmm yes”, then please get in contact for 1:1 sessions and/or teaching. I don’t teach any fluff...this is spiritual in nature but grounded in reality, a perfect amalgamation of it all. The level 1 really is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and can be taught in just a few hours. Once attuned, Reiki is with you for life. The connection to the universal life force energy grows the more you work with it, like any other practice. You can connect in at any place, any time. You can heal yourself and you can give healing to those around you. Reiki can do no harm. Reiki is pure light. That light will illuminate your path if you let it. Reiki is divine. You are divine. You are beyond even your own imagination.

Love,

Joanna
x

 

Rise Sister Rise

I was going to do a little post on Instagram with a picture of this book, but after reading it, I felt it deserved way more than a “read this” post and a few hashtags. A couple of weeks ago I was buying something on Amazon and a suggested book popped up “Rise Sister Rise, A Guide to unleashing the Wise, Wild Woman Within” by Rebecca Campbell. I usually ignore the suggestions, but for some reason, something made me stop and look. I clicked on the cover, read the description, and without thinking twice, added it to my basket. A few days later it was in my hands. Having been on somewhat of a spiritual quest this last year, spending time alone, healing, learning, growing, I was excited to get my head stuck in this book.

It came at exactly the right time, as these things do, and has made a huge impact on my life, more than I even thought possible. I started reading it, and as I turned each page, tears filled my eyes. I felt like I was reading my own life story. This sister moved to London to start a career as a designer, working her way up the ladder, a strong, determined woman, making it in a mans world, and stayed for 10 years, as have I (it will be 10 years in April 2017). She went on pilgrimages seeking knowledge, healing, sisterhood, as have I. When she was 14 she started having horrendous periods, and in later life learned she had endometriosis, as have I, (3 operations down and a continuing self healing journey). She learnt that moving her body through dance & yoga, and not so much the gym, was her greatest release, as I had rediscovered this year. I couldn’t believe the connection I felt to this sister, this woman I had never met.

Goosebumps went up my spine, I could hardly contain the tears, I felt so much compassion, not only towards her; yes, I too have felt you and your pain, sister, but also towards myself. She spoke in the way that I thought, the way that I wrote, I felt every word so deeply. Reading this book made me realise I wasn’t alone. Since the start of my ‘spiritual journey’, if you like, really from my Reiki level 1, but slowly before that too, I have felt somewhat disconnected. I have felt different, unsure, yet certain, lost, but at home, it’s hard to describe it in words. I’ve wanted to break away from the “norm”, but then felt so conditioned by my growing up and by society that I didn’t know which way to turn, or even how to do that. I was holding on to so much control of my life, always thinking of the future and never just ‘being’, in the present moment. Awakening has meant going into all of my darkest shadows, looking inwards, looking at my behaviours and patterns, recognising myself, returning home. It’s not been an easy journey at all, but I am incredibly grateful for the insights and for the path that I am now on.

So I wanted to express my love for this book because I’m sure I’m not the only sister that is feeling this right now. She helped me to see more clearly, and as I was learning to listen, to then listen more. To not follow what society wants you to be, but to listen to the deep inner callings in your heart & soul. If you listen closely enough, you will hear. I felt like I was being held safely in her arms whilst reading this book, my spiritual sister, mother & teacher. She gave me the courage to keep writing, something I’ve been working on for many years, but not had the faith to keep on with it. There are too many things to note so all I will say to all of my sisters out there, read this book. It may resonate with you in some way, it may ignite something in you, who knows. All I know is this, it’s beautiful and we are awakening. 2017, I welcome you as the journey outside of London continues. Namaste x


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