Shamanism Versus Animal Communication

When looking at listings for animal communicators it seems like shamanism and animal communication are interchangeable (judging from the websites I’ve visited). But shamanism and animal communication are different disciplines. And here’s where they differ.

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A true shaman has been trained and initiated into working in spirit realms. Their tasks include soul retrieval (retrieving lost fragments of a soul), communicating with animal spirit guides, and even exorcism on a person, creature, or space such as a home. Shamans can double (they are in two places at once), they can shape shift into animals and they manipulate energy. They often go into a trance while they work on a client and they journey to other realms to retrieve information for their clients. For all intents and purposes, they are supernatural humans. There is something otherworldly about the classic shaman.

While some animal communicators might also have a shamanic background, I’m thinking that most of them don’t. Although there are animal communication teachers with a shamanic background (one of my teachers was trained as a shaman). But she provided us with shamanic tools to use in our animal communication classes such as melding with nature. But this did not make her students shamans.

An animal communicator as we know this profession within the realm of pet services, deals with mundane topics (everyday interactions between the pet guardian and the pet). While they are also not animal trainers or behaviorists (generally speaking), they could research animal behavior and have at least one animal training course (such as a dog training course) as a backup skill (however, this isn’t necessary for most animal communicators).

An animal communicator works either in-person, through a phone/Zoom call, or by working with a photograph of the animal. Some animal communicators say that they work only with the energy of the animal and don’t rely on a photographic image. This actually falls more into the shamanic realm than with classical animal communication. However, unless this communicator has training as a shaman, they are not a shaman, but an animal communicator using shamanic tools. It’s not the same.

Another difference between a shaman and an animal communicator is that most shamans are not relatable. They live between realms and often spend their time alone or with a partner who is also shamanic. They are loners and not the best at interpersonal communication and in fact, might seems frightening to the average Joe or Jane. They are powerful, and unique in their abilities which aren’t respected by dominant culture. Even in societies that value shamans, the shamans lived on the edge of the village or away from the tribe. In today’s world, they aren’t media-friendly unless they dumb down their power to fit into dominant culture. Shamans prefer not to become contaminated by popular cultures.

Whereas, animal communicators can have quirky yet delightful personalities. They tend to be empathic (similar to the shaman in that they sense and pick up energies), but they aren’t necessarily psychic (that also requires special training), but they have a gift of picking up on thoughts and feelings from non-humans. Since clients often invite animal communicators into their homes, the animal communicator needs to build trust and that won’t happen if they come across as otherworldly or walking in between realms.

But because people in our society use words without knowing the true meaning behind them, they might confuse a shaman with an animal communicator or even a pet psychic or spiritual medium. These practices share commonalities but they aren’t interchangeable. A shaman communicates with animals but they aren’t animal communicators in the general sense.

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Animal communicators do communicate with the higher mind of the animal by relaying images, words, and thoughts, through telepathy. And while this might sound woo-woo to some people, humans and animals are wired to communicate telepathically and we do this all the time, although not mindfully. In fact, everyone is essentially an animal communicator even if they haven’t honed the skills.

An animal communicator by profession, picks up bodily sensations, words, moving and still images from the animals. They allow the animal to respond to questions and to elaborate on their situation from their point of view. What’s actually happening is the human brain picks up frequencies from the animal brain and translates those frequencies into a human language which is then relayed to the client (guardian of the pet).

They do often go into a light trance to do this work but seem present in the physical environment. Shamans go into a deep trance called a journey. They are not in the physical environment as we know it to be.

For most trained animal communicators this takes place in a matter of seconds as can be seen in the documentary with Animal Communicator Anna Breytenbach who communicates with a panther at a wild cat conservation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvwHHMEDdT0&ab_channel=ArjanPostma

Please note that Breytenbach also has an animal tracker background which shares commonality with shamanism so she blurs the lines between shamanism and animal communication. However, most animal communicators you’ll see on websites and videos or on TV shows work mostly with pets and are dealing with everyday problems. They don’t often delve into the spiritual realms or perform soul retrievals or work with spirit animals.

And this is actually of benefit to the profession of animal communication because the average everyday person would feel more comfortable hiring someone who they can relate to on a practical problem-solving level than someone who spends time in the spirit realms. This isn’t to say that shamanism doesn’t have it’s place, but it’s just not a practice that most people feel comfortable with. And an animal communicator who mentions shamanism in their promotional materials would be alienating potential clients, unless they only work with clients with a spiritual background.

If you are hiring an animal communicator who says they have a shamanic background ask about their training and the ways they use shamanic tools in their practice. If they are unable to give you specifics then they are using the shamanic label out of ignorance (not know about what shamanism is) or they have confused the practice of animal communication with shamans who work with animals by communicating with them.

Animal communication skills can be taught quickly through online and in-person workshops and classes. Shamanism is more of a discipline in which the student could study with the same shamanic teacher for several years if not decades. To learn about true shamanism, pick up any number of books on modern shamanism and animistic cultures (where shamanism derived). I believe that it’s disrespectful to shamans for people with no shamanic background to call themselves shamans. As part of their training, shamans go through a Dark Night of the Soul journey that often borders on life and death training. It’s training that most humans would not survive with their minds still intact gleaned from the books I’ve read on shamanism and from shamans I met.

The common animal communication that we see portrayed in the media or in popular books on animal communication offers a non-threatening and non-invasive approach to solving problems that come between an animal and his/her guardian. Animal communication when done effectively can help the human and animal bond more deeply with each other. Animal communication sessions add value and quality to an animal’s life.

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Animal communication dovetails with animal medical care, other healing energy-healing modalities (we see this a lot), animal training, and animal mental health counseling. It also helps animals become their best selves as in the case of agility, K9 rescue and police work, as therapy and comfort animals, and the list goes on.

Finally, animal communication is focused on the physical animal more than it is focused on the spiritual realm. It’s just that using telepathy confuses the client because now the client is thinking they are dealing with the supernatural realm, which isn’t the case. Animal communication is actually cut and dry. Telepathy is practiced by everyone but they don’t know they are engaging in the practice.

It’s practical and matter of fact. It’s similar to hiring a mediator to work with humans who are in conflict with a partner, family member, or friend. The animal communicator provides a bridge between the guardian and the pet; and while it’s best not to hold any expectations of the results of an animal communication session, one way or another, the problems get resolved so that everyone lives their best life.

As always, research this topic further on your own. Ask a reference librarian or experts on shamanism to recommend appropriate reading material.

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Reiki Principle #5 Kindness

Just for today, I’ll be kind to myself and others.

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I saved this principle for the holiday season. In the US, we are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Day and that kicks of the holiday season. Typically, this time of year, we give to the needy or we purchase special gifts for our loved ones. We might take a friend or relative into our home is suffering through hard times. Or we might volunteer at a soup kitchen or collect toys for lower income children so that they have presents to unwrap.

We might donate to charities or causes dear to our heart. What ever we do during the season of generosity warms our heart. But what does all this mean for a Reiki practice when this principle of spreading kindness is practiced 365 days a year?

The holiday season is also a time when we wrap up another cycle (a year) and we might take inventory of our finances (or lack thereof). We take stock of the people who are still standing with us after the past twelve months and those who fell by the wayside. We take stock of our mistakes and our successes. Or some people lose their sobriety and don’t take stock of anything–another year wasted, they tell themselves.

Reiki Practitioners are reminded that kindness begins at home. It begins with self-care and self-respect. And then we extend that to other living beings. This isn’t just during the holiday season but all year. But the holiday season reminds us about the spirit of giving and of compassion. It reminds us of the returning of the light after darkness.

If you are a Reiki practitioner do not forget to practice Reiki on yourself each day. That in itself is giving kindness to yourself and others.

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Reiki Principle #4: Gratitude

Just for today, I’ll give thanks for all my many blessings.

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In this fast-paced world, it’s so easy to take stock of all that we have. I remember as a child and a young adult, going through lists of what I had in my life. This included the food that I ate, the place where I lived, and the people in my life.

And it included all the people and beings who brought me the food that I ate. Even though I set this as a ritual the business of life took over and soon I wasn’t practicing gratitude any longer. By not practicing gratitude I became seduced by lack, limitation, and greed. I developed an acquisition mind (also known as consumerism).

It wasn’t enough to have a new pair of jeans. I needed new shoes and a new wardrobe. Suddenly, the clothing that I had once been on my gratitude list lacked luster. It was if some strange fairy had put a dark spell over me. And the only release was to practice gratitude again. When we take inventory on all that we have, we are more likely to release ourselves from the cage of poverty-consciousness. We might decide that we have too much and give some things away to a new owner.

There have been movements during the past decades of volunteering to simplify our lives. There have been brave souls who gave away their possessions to live “tiny” as in living in a tiny home or homelike van. There have been people who chose to return to the land which is the complete opposite of consumerism. I’m not saying that buying things we love is a bad practice, but when those things begin to own us and create fear in our lives or keep us stuck in unworkable situations because we don’t want to lose the house, the car, or the status relationship, then trouble comes knocking on the door.

The Fourth Reiki Principle

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Say that everyday you had to sit down and give thanks for every object or possession in your life, including all your gemstones, crystals, food in the cabinet, and every article of clothing you own, among everything else you owned. Imagine how tedious this would be. But in doing so you take inventory of all that you have. And maybe you suddenly feel burdened by the weight of your possessions.

When I packed up my belongings to move across the country, it was easy for me to give items away. These were items that years earlier I would not have parted with. These were items that I stayed up at night worrying that I could lose through theft, fire, a flood, or an earthquake. After all, hadn’t I seen news footage of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and major earthquakes? Or I saw images of people who lost their homes from wildfires–losing all their possessions. What a tragedy, right?

But then another thought occurred to me. Maybe in the Divine Order of those lost possessions and possibly a lifestyle lost too, those folks experience an awakening and have the chance to start over without anything holding them back. Or it could be tragic where the people suffer from post trauma and aren’t permitted to return to the life they once had–grieving every step of the way. Who can blame them? It’s where their consciousness is at. In either case, it’s up to them to decide how they’re going to respond and none of us can do that for them.

But what does happen is we are reminded of all that we still have. And for some of us, we choose to share what we no longer or need or what would be of better use to the people who suffered the loss. We open our hearts in love and with gratitude because we move beyond poverty consciousness and we trust in the infinite flow of abundance.

The Reiki practice could just be the simple statement, “Just for today, I give thanks for all that I have,” followed by a meditation. Or it could come in the form of lists of all that we have.

I know that when I moved, I forgot about most of what I owned. Most of it was stuffed in a relocation cube for several months. I evolved during the time I was separated from my stuff so when I was reunited, some of the belongings were no longer relevant to my new self. This isn’t to say that stuffing our belongings in a shipping container and getting stranded in a community with no rentals, is a healthy practice (that’s what I did unintentionally). However, be thankful for our personal evolution which is also part of the Reiki path.

Final Words (On this topic)

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The irony is that the more we give (even by giving thanks), the more we receive, but since our souls find satisfaction in a gratitude practice, we might choose not to sit at the banquet any longer. We might choose freedom above the stuff we own. We might sell the home, sell the cars, or give away an entire closet of clothing to charity. In the process, we lose the acquisition mindset and Reiki has finally set us free to live a truly fulfilling life.

“It is in giving, that we receive.”–Saint Francis of Assisi Prayer (Make Me an Instruments of Your Peace).

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Reiki Principle #3: Honesty

Just for today, I’m honest with myself and others.

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Growing up many of us heard the phrase, “Honesty is the best policy.” Yet, we were exposed to scandals and stories of wealthy con artists who gained from dishonesty and practices that lacked integrity. We were also told the difference between white lies and real lies. Apparently, the white lies we told never hurt anyone. But anytime we tell a lie, we hurt ourselves.

Sometimes we embellish or exaggerate the truth. Or maybe we do the Sagittarius thing and tell a tall tale. I remember there was an event at a festival in Seattle where people competed to tell the tallest tale. I imagine that was competitive because even though we’re told honesty is the best policy, hardly anyone is 100% honest. Or maybe our memories invent the facts or we confuse facts with opinions. On our quest for truth we stumble over the choice to tell the truth and nothing but the truth or to fabricate because we want to let someone down easy.

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With the Reiki practice there is no room for dishonesty. We cannot heal ourselves or our clients if we live a life of lies, white or black. Sometimes our own inner beliefs are based on lies we have told ourselves or others told us about ourselves. Or maybe secrets were kept from us about our birth family or lineages.

As we practice self-Reiki we uncover lies, secrets, and half-truths which might seem painful or humiliating. We see the places where we hide our wounds and pretend were are someone other than our true selves. But eventually, the Reiki Universal Life Force flushes those lies into the open. Then it’s up to use to decide whether we will live our truth (which is risky) or stay buried in our lies.

The Third Reiki Principle isn’t any easier than the other four. Usui gave us these principles as a daily practice and for meditation purposes. We must be ruthlessly honest with ourselves about our gifts and our shortcomings. So, what does that look like?

An example is a person who knows he is brilliant and talented but hangs around under achievers. So, this person puts himself down and hides his brilliance and downplays his talents. By hiding behind mediocrity he is dishonest with himself and the world. This person struggles with money and career because he’s unable to show up in his full light. Now, he might do this so that he doesn’t step on anyone else’s toes but by acting this way, he also denies others discovering their own brilliance.

Our job is not to lower ourselves so others feel comfortable around us. Our job is to lift people up through inspiring them through our brilliance.

I suppose that types tenacity and courage. And we know that the Five Reiki Principles push us to become our best selves which is no easy fete. The path of a master is not meant to be sunshine and gumdrops. Yes, we experience those sweeter moments as our bodies buzz with vitality after a Reiki session. However, the Reiki experience is about a life path and not just a Reiki session.

We are meant to first practice honesty on ourselves, then our friends and family, and then our clients. We might not share everything that comes up during a session with our clients but we must hit the high points. Once we hand that information to the client, it’s the clients job to work on those areas of their lives that were highlighted during the session.

Saint Francis of Assisi also followed a set of principles and one of them was integrity which he combined with humility and compassion. Along with Master Usui, Saint Francis and Saint Claire of Assisi act as my Reiki guides.

Does this mean that I’ve never told a white lie? I have and I’ve repented for those lies. I told those lives when my life or livelihood was at stake. But I’m also a person who suffers from guilt and regret if I tell even a tiny lie.

Now, I realize there are some people who have suffered brain damage (many humans have by this point) where they fabricate the truth because they are suffering from memory loss. In that case, it’s not a matter of consciously choosing to tell the truth. It’s a medical condition and I know people with this condition. A person suffering from Vitamin B1 deficiency suffers this kind of memory loss (confabulation) according to a YouTube video I watched on this important vitamin.

However, I imagine that most of us on the Reiki path are following a balanced diet and are not suffering from a vitamin B deficiency. If you are, see a medical professional immediately. However, the topic here is honesty that we practice for ourselves and others.

Just for today…I’m honest with myself and others.

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INFJ & Energy-Healing

The INFJ personality type, in my opinion, make the best healers on the planet . Yes, this is also a creative group of artists, musicians, and intuitive people and the hypersensitivity trait helps INFJ people to tap into higher frequencies. They also spend time in trances and use visualization as in the in their imagination on a regular basis.

Are you an INFJ personality type?

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I know this personally because this is my personality type. I hear that it’s a rare personality type and that only one to three percent of the human population is a member of this group. However, most of the people I have formed deep friendships with are either INFJ, ENFJ, or INFP.

Personally, I resisted becoming an energy-healer for decades because I didn’t want to go back to school. Acupuncture was out. I don’t have a lot of upper body strength so massage was out, plus I don’t enjoy physically touching other people which is why I spend most of my time alone. I would have enjoyed a career as an herbalist but I didn’t have the money to pay for the training. Eventually, I received training and attunements for Reiki.

I would say most of the Reiki practitioners I’ve met, at least in the online communities are either INFJ or INFP. And this is because of their heightened sensitivities. It is ironic that any of us would join an online group because of the introversion and many of the folks in the Reiki groups I joined seemed shy and awkward which was their thoughtfulness showing up in a group setting.

INFJ people are often accused of being antisocial or shy. When I heard back from people who attended my high school reunion (I didn’t attend because I despise small talk and people waxing on about their spouses and children or giving me a rundown of their career for the past several decades), I received feedback from a friend that the people I went to high school with thought that I was shy and sweet. Really? What they never saw my wild Kali side ranting about the state of the world? I’ve never seen myself as a sweet person or shy.

The reason why people misunderstand INFJ people is because we avoid crowds and people with loud and boisterous egos. It’s physically and mentally painful to be around. We are not antisocial. I was a professional musician for over a decade who appeared on stages in nightclubs. I wasn’t shaking in my Doc Martens while I performed. I enjoyed giving and receiving energy from audiences. But afterwards, I needed my space and serious downtime to digest that energy.

I also wasn’t shy when I hosted radio shows, gave lectures, or taught workshops. This is why for so many years I mistook myself for an extrovert. I was given a faulty description of extroverts and introverts. Extroverts get their energy from the outer world and other people. Introverts generate energy from within so they are more internal and enjoy spending time by themselves or choosing their friends wisely. Introverts realize that if someone outside of them drains them of energy, it’s going to take several hours for them to fill themselves back up, which is why they spend time alone and shout, “Just give me my space!”

Other personality types (there are 16 Myers Briggs Personality Types) can’t relate to INFJ because it is the most rare of the personality types. Ironically, it’s also the personality type featured in the most videos on YouTube. If there are only three percent of the population with this personality type, why are there so many videos for us? Are they made for us to watch so we understand ourselves better (we understand ourselves well already) or are we providing entertainment for others? If that’s true, pay us for the entertainment we provide.

So, let me return to the topic of INFJs becoming energy-healers. This personality type is suited for this profession because they are hypersensitive, they do care about the well-being of others, especially animals and children, and because they are highly intuitive. They also know how to travel inward to have their own needs met. And through their life experiences they learn to set firm energetic boundaries to protect themselves and their space. They are also thoughtful and creative which bodes well for a healing profession.

So, if you are an INFJ person reading this article, go and explore the different types of healing modalities and see which ones appeal to you. Reiki is most likely the easiest one to access and you can learn this modality online in the privacy of your own home. You might also be drawn to animal communication and spiritual mediumship.

If you enjoyed this article don’t assume that other people are making donations and supporting it. As an INFJ, I’m not popular and my articles are read by few people, ditto for my video channels on YouTube which receive little attention. I invite other INFJs to support this work. After all, we only comprise one to three percent of humanity.

Reiki Principle #1–Trust

Every Reiki practitioner knows the Five Reiki Principles and hopefully practices them on a daily basis. All five principles prove challenging but then, that is the point. Practice helps us grow as humans and energy-healers. Let’s explore, the principle of trust.

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We already explored Reiki Principle #2 which is, “Just for today, I resolve my anger.” And the actual wording of Usui was, “Just for today, I won’t get angry.” I had trouble with that wording since I struggle with anger issues. I also struggle with trust issues but since practicing Reiki have learned to surrender.

For some people, the principle of trust–Just for today, I will trust myself and others… this will remind them of the surrender prayer that is part of the Alcohol Anonymous program. For people who have been betrayed, persecuted, or scapegoated, trust isn’t impossible to obtain but it involves effort.

When I first learned about the Reiki principle I bristled. I asked, “how am I going to control my anger? How am I going to trust myself and others?” These two principles proved the most challenging for me. Those of us who struggled with any type of abuse, including abusing ourselves (because that was previously mirrored to us), trust doesn’t come easy, if at all.

Trust means that we don’t worry so this principle could also read, “Just for today, I will not worry.” Easier said than done, right? Today, I won’t experience OCD symptoms, today, I won’t suffer from panic attacks…But some of this is based in a medical condition and isn’t easily controlled. I find that Reiki helps calm anxiety, even if it doesn’t heal it. Reiki unblocks the chakras and the meridians. And we need to unblock all the chakras and not just concentrate on the Root Chakra.

I know that I have problems trusting people I just met. I’ve been forced to place my trust in others due to circumstances I faced during the past several months. And it wasn’t easy. Sometimes I placed my trust in the wrong people and nearly had belongings stolen and there were times I could have been physically harmed. However, I work with Archangel Michael who has been helping me to trust in my life circumstances and that the right people will come along at the right time. And they have.

One exercise that my friend Cynthia Greer taught me was to fold into the light. It is a meditation that involves inviting in the Central Sun and the Violet Flame. During this meditation we are asked to completely surrender our will to a higher power and TRUST that the problems will be resolved. And they are resolved. Sometimes this happens immediately and other times it takes a few days. But trust is the key.

The Reiki 5 Principles are a work in progress. Obviously, we take this journey one step at a time and one day at a time. We must remember that Usui was a master. He had studied a variety of spiritual practices but he mainly focused on Zen Buddhism and he was middle-aged when Reiki came to him in a vision. He had been working on himself and sincerely asking a higher power to gift him with the ability to heal others.

Therefor, the Reiki journey is not static. When we practice Reiki on ourselves and remember to meditate or explore the Reiki Principles everyday we evolve on this journey. There are layers to explore and by exploring those layers, we release our blocks and inhibitions. These principles lead to deep healing and transformation of our minds, bodies, and souls. Spiritual quests are not made to be easy. If spiritual journeys were easy then everyone would take one. Obviously, looking around the planet, most people are not on a spiritual journey. And if they are, they bring little awareness to it.

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Reiki isn’t just a healing modality that we use on other people or a profession. Reiki is a journey of the self, when used in the proper way. We know that Reiki Level Three explores mysticism. Some practitioners learn this level so that they can attune and teach others. But Reiki Level Three gives us the opportunity to go deeper with the principles and to delve more deeply into metaphysics.

Reiki has been with us for one-hundred years and last April was the anniversary of when Usui began teaching students. I believe that the principles are an integral part of the practice and as important as the Reiki Symbols and hand positions. While we can play around with the hand positions and create new symbols, the principles are the basis of a Reiki practitioners road to mastership.

Reiki 5 Principles (note the wording might be different than Usui’s version)

  1. Just for today, I trust myself and others. (Just for today, I do not worry).
  2. Just for today, I resolve my anger. (Just for today, I do not get angry).
  3. Just for today, I am honest with myself and others.
  4. Just for today, I am grateful for all that I have.
  5. Just for today, I am kind to myself and others.

A friend once asked me why we say, “Just for today”? And the reason for that is we’re going to fall off the spiritual horse and we need to start fresh. So, because the principles are challenging, we take this journey one day at a time. But this practice is powerful and I have experienced transformation in myself and in my life by following the principles.

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Do I get it right every time? Absolutely not. But I have found that I resolve my anger more easily now. I am beginning to surrender more and more. I remind myself to be kind to myself and I have learned that gratitude is a powerful attitude that leads to having more of what I love and enjoy. While it’s true you could lose everything dear to you in a heartbeat, during those times you take nothing for granted. You give thanks for anything, even something that might seem insignificant.

In this chaotic world, trust is all we have. When we learn to trust, we experience more situations and meet more people that are trustworthy. And we get there one step at time; one day at a time. Usui was right.

Just for today, I trust myself and I trust others.

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The Reiki Principles–Resolving Anger

Never take the 5 Reiki Principles for granted. A true Reiki practitioner, especially at the Master Level, practices or at least reflects on the principles each day. Each of us has a particular principle or perhaps, more than one principle which we find challenging. For me, it’s “Just for today, I will resolve my anger.”

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Anger is everywhere in our society from people shooting another to repressed anger coming out as sarcasm or other passive-aggressive behaviors. It comes through in harsh words. It comes through in the idea of competition or the grit in our life circumstances. However, anger is just an energy. It only becomes a problem when we become stranded in the land of anger.

A positive side of anger is that it motivates us to make changes in ourselves and in our lives. If we don’t want to keep burning our hand on the stove then we use a potholder to protect our hands. If we constantly feel frustrated or irritated with our job or boss, we can use anger to motivate us to find another job or at least to take steps in that direction.

Anger also shows us where we are wounded. It’s where our shadows lie, if we can admit that we have shadows. We all have them. Even the saints had shadows. Jesus had shadows. Buddha had shadows. And no ascended person is beyond experiencing anger. But what an ascended person does allows the anger to flow through them and to learn from it. Or in the very least, to ride the wave of that anger to the wound so that it can be healed. When a situation no longer triggers us, we have healed it.

So, as I recite the principles and I get to the second one regarding anger, I have caught myself rushing past it. Yet, I’ve had many triggering moments during the past several months, if not the past decades. When I feel this anger, I know it’s in my best interest to pray and to surrender it to a higher power. I can also turn to tools such as Emotional Freedom Technique tapping or John Newton’s forgiveness prayer (Ancestral DNA clearing). Or I can turn to Reiki and feel the anger in my body as sensations and colors as I seek out the original wound.

Oh, but there are circumstances in which my wounded ego would rather stew or engage in vengeful thoughts. “Oh, she’ll get hers for treating me like that.” Or “How dare they treat me with disrespect.” The problem is we meet people at different levels of consciousness and some people are going to trigger us, like it or not.

Just because I practice Reiki doesn’t prevent narcissists and sociopaths from showing up on my path. However, I can use Reiki to lift myself above the situation so that I see it from a different vantage point and refuse to take it personally. I can also use Reiki to build my confidence so that I don’t beat myself up just because another person is vicious and it’s hard for me to fathom a person like that. It’s true that my inner child wants to like everyone and for them to like me back. But get real.

The truth is situations and people will trigger an anger response in us. It’s up to us to choose to stay in the heat or to find ways to resolve it. Ignoring or pushing anger away won’t resolve it. And in fact, we’ll keep meeting people who trigger us until we address and resolve the original wound. If anything, Reiki is a master teacher who expects a deeper level of commitment from practitioners.

Spiritual teachers tell us that the Earth is a school and we are all here to learn and grow. Sometimes I doubt the validity of this because I have met people who refuse to evolve, at least for the time being. Maybe I’m missing subtle changes because I feel enraged with their behaviors towards me. Because I experience outrage when I’m dealt another injustice or someone gaslights me because they can.

I’ve struggled with anger for my entire life. Learning Reiki only has shined a spotlight on the ways I deal or don’t deal with this explosive emotion. I’m sure that in his humanity, Master Usui, who created the 5 Reiki Principles for himself and his students experienced moments of anger. He knew this was one of the big 5 obstacles that spiritual seekers encounter on their quest for enlightenment. But how will we show up when presented with this hot potato emotion?

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Quartz Crystal–Magnetic & Magical

Often due to its overabundance as far as availability, the clear quartz crystal is overlooked. Yet, this crystal magnetizes the qualities of other gemstones or crystals, especially when used in a grid. It also amplifies the other crystals.

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From the Lemurian to the cathedral quartz crystal there are many clear crystals to choose from. They come in various shapes and sizes ranging from spheres to pyramids; wands to twin crystals or soul group crystals. And every Reiki practitioner needs to have several quartz crystals used within a practice. This is the same message for energy-healers in general. And for sound therapists, I recommend a quartz crystal (clear) singing bowl.

Quartz crystals are also amplifiers in that they will enhance and send out the energies of the other crystals. Place them in a window to send out Reiki or other high-frequency energies. Place them in the corners of a room as a protection grid. Mix them with other crystals from the same family such as rose quartz, green quartz, and smoky quartz (although smoky quartz does contain radiation so use with caution).

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Remember to clean the quartz periodically especially if you have experienced any strong energies in your space. A salt bath for a 24 hour cycle or exposed to sunlight and moonlight cleanses the crystal. You can also clear a crystal using your voice, tuning forks, rattles, a drum, or a singing bowl.

After you cleanse the crystal (s) charge them with an intention or program the crystal for a specific purpose. So, if you are placing the crystal in a prosperity grid ask it to amplify drawing in prosperity and abundance. Do this with grids for health, love, and peace too.

Overall, don’t overlook the quartz crystal. While this is a general term that refers to the family of quartz, I’m specifically referring to clear quartz. The smaller crystals are relatively inexpensive and pair with amethyst, rose quartz, citrine, calcite, and fluorite. But don’t stop there, follow your intuition and ask the crystals for the best pairings.

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