COVID-19: What they won’t tell you

The problem with coronavirus is that people are fundamentally unprepared. We panic because we face the unknown without a plan.

Today, however, I made elderberry tonic and an herbal throat spritz with the plan of minimizing pathogens and boosting our immune systems. We might still get the virus, yes. And yet, we are combatting fear through reasoned action.

People sometimes reject “alternative” therapies because they don’t follow the scientific model that only allows for the empirical isolation of symptoms in trial-based research. That a therapy could work holistically feels like snake oil vending because the Western medical paradigm only allows for a “medicine in–>germs out” format.

COVID-19 is a viral infection with no “cure” from a Western medical standpoint. From literally every other perspective, though, our bodies are strong enough to fight it, given enough help.

Yes, we must fight the germs.

Ultimately, though, its our bodies that do the fighting. All “cures” are merely assistants that let our bodies heal ourselves, whether that aid comes from pharmaceuticals, alternative therapies, or our own innate antibodies.

While I in no way claim to be able to solve, cure, or even prevent coronavirus through alternative methods, I believe infinitely in the body’s natural ability to heal itself. For those with compromised immune systems, your job is harder, but still possible. Western medicine also likes to tell us that they are our only hope, that we must find specific “cures” and until then we must rely on isolation, caution, and even fear.

Our worst enemy, in fact, is fear. What you fear follows you. Fear makes the possible inevitable.

Truly, the real problem here is fear. If you fear the virus, it will seek you out.

Let’s explore prevention, not reaction.

I am sharing my recipes below. Let us all share preventative measures instead of waiting for others to bail us out; standing strong now will bring the infection to a close sooner, easier, and with fewer casualties. We owe it to our global brothers and sisters to try.

Our worst enemy, in fact, is fear. What you fear follows you. Fear makes the possible inevitable.

My elderberry tonic recipe came from Wellness Mama (although I added a pinch of sea salt and slightly reduced the honey).

My throat spray recipe is below:

  • 1 c. water
  • 30+ drops peppermint essential oil (or other antiviral oil)
  • 1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt (or any salt that’s not processed table salt)
  • 1/4 c. dried osage orange*

Boil the water and steep osage orange for 10-15 minutes. After cooling, add salt and peppermint oil. Move to spritzer bottle and spray back of the throat 1-2 times a day.

*Osage orange is also known as bodark or hedge apple. It is a lesser-known, but excellent antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial plant. If you do not have access to it, peruse this list of alternatives from Dr. Axe or contact me for tips on where to find it.

I accidentally…wrote a song?

I just started going to therapy. I mostly went to deal with a violent trauma that happened to me in college, but I am realizing something: as an empath, I am traumatized by life.

That might sound dramatic, but let me try to explain.

Every sad news story, every angry person in the street, every stressed co-worker, every rando that yawns on their way to work…their energy gets tangled up with mine and I end up literally ill. It’s not something I can “turn off,” either. It’s part of me.

I’m learning to see empathy as a blessing, rather than a curse, but it’s been a long, slow, messy process.

My new therapist, helpfully, always asks, “what feeling is coming up for you right now?” And I can barely answer. I usually just say, “sadness,” or, “I’m frustrated,” but it’s not even close.

More accurately, I am overflowing with thousands of tangled up emotions, mine, yours, everyone’s, churning incessantly, and whirling so fast I can’t even grasp at one enough to describe it properly.

I left my last session achey, fatigued and eager to cry. After our rough first session, I had literally scheduled my day with time to go home and have a meltdown afterward.

So I went home, got out my cozy blankets and journal and tissues and snacks, ready to have an absolute panic attack. I felt the emotions rising, and I knew I needed to let them out in order to heal.

Soap Bubbles

Suddenly, I couldn’t cry.

And I realized that my own emotions were buried so deep beneath a layer of other people’s feelings, beliefs, and energies that I couldn’t even cry when I wanted.

(Trust me, I do cry sometimes. But I don’t cry as much as is probably healthy).

And then, the oddest thing happened: I wrote a song.

Let me be clear: I have never written a song in my life. I had no inkling beforehand that I ever wanted to write a song the rest of my days.

All of a sudden, though, this song was in my head. I grabbed my ukulele and the Notes app on my phone and wrote it down. And as I sang, hey, presto – waterworks.

I sobbed and sobbed, and the odd teardrop landed on the strings, all dramatic and emotional, just like in the movies. Yep, that was me. A stereotype.

It was such a release.

What we learn from this:

For one, music is energy, just like everything else. It’s what I needed to release whatever societal blocks were keeping me from crying. The energy of the music let me say something that I couldn’t express through words alone. For you, maybe that something is running, or dancing, or sewing, or cooking or throwing darts at the wall. I typically write in my journal. We all need energetic releases from time to time.

I happen to be an empath, so when I get blocked it’s obvious. If you get blocked, it might be rumbling under the surface for years without you knowing. And believe me, all humans get blocked from time to time. If you aren’t expressing your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and needs on a regular basis, find a way to do so ASAP.

Secondly, the song I wrote was actually less about trauma and more about the experience of being human. It came out of something my mom said the other day about empaths being like a sponge, ready to be wrung out.

The song teaches that while trauma is hard, there is something harder: living your whole life misunderstood, inauthentic, undervalued. Well, you don’t have to be an empath to understand that. No matter who you are, your needs matter. If you are struggling with being your true self, do whatever it takes to stop. You are utterly unique, infinitely valuable and never a burden.

This song is for you.

Let me remind you: I am not a song writer. This is my first song ever, but it has already served its purpose for me. It came from the Universe through me and straight to you.

The chords and lyrics are here so you can play it if you want.

Why “love” is our best Reiki symbol

In my Reiki practice, I find myself drawing lots of hearts on people — I know, I know, it’s not a traditional Reiki symbol.

Even before I was certified in Reiki II (which is when you learn the symbols) I used hearts in my practice. Lest you think I’m being silly and cliche, I’ll explain.

Love is a universal healing power. It’s what ultimately binds us together. Love supports life, healing, and growth. Love created us, it nurtures us as we grow and keeps us going. It cleanses hurts and removes trouble.

In my culture, the ♡ symbol represents love — usually romantic love, but not always. While this is not universally true (and in many places it’s been highly commercialized), the powerful force of love as a healer still shines through.

Symbols have immense power, both literally and figuratively. Everything is symbolic in its own way, and symbols can help us understand, re-frame, or explain a situation.

Sometimes when I’m feeling tension or anger in a group of people, I will silently “send love” in my mind to the person who seems to be feeling the most strain, or appears to be causing the issue. I also imagine a stream of ♡ emojis flowing from my heart to theirs. I usually find that the situation de-escalates, even if only in my own perspective. By sending love out to the Universe, the Universe sends it back.

While the Reiki symbols have immense strength and power (and I in no way want to diminish that), heart symbols are an easy, quick way for everyone, at any stage of their life path, to send a little love out into the Universe. You will always get some love back.

And if in your culture the ♡ means something else or isn’t really used, try another symbol. Symbols have power.

What symbol works for you? I’d love to hear your input in the comments ♡

Energetic Nutrition: Why popcorn is so addicting

As I start my second bowl of popcorn today, I’m thinking about why it’s my second-favorite food. Medical experts disagree about whether popcorn is great for you or terrible for you, but I don’t care. I’m thinking about it in terms of energy healing.

Since my Reiki certification, I’ve been in tune with the energy signature of my food. Popcorn has always been addicting for me — when I start, I can’t stop.

This could be because it’s a low-calorie carb with lots of salt and butter, yes. But also, popcorn is a seed. Seeds contain the energy of life.

Take an apple seed and split it in half. Put the two halves, pointed ends together, on a white background under a bright light (a piece of paper under a lamp will do) and try to see it’s aura. See that blue haze in a figure-8 shape? That’s the seed’s energy field. In that tiny seed is the power to grow an entire tree, millions of leaves and countless apples. All this from one seed.

Nuts and seeds are considered to be some of the healthiest superfoods, and I now see why. The strength of these tiny powerhouses hold the planet together. Without seeds, none of us would survive.

It’s amazing what small things can do, isn’t it?

The next time you eat something, think carefully about its energy. Is it giving you life? Or diminishing it? Raw, whole foods have higher vibrations than processed ones. Your body will thank you for eating cleaner.

And the next time you eat popcorn, give thanks for the life force that binds us all.

A Good Offense: Peace, Love, and Joy

They say the best defense is a good offense. As an empath, other people’s negativity, angst, and low vibes affect me in a bad way. Sometimes, I get literally sick (lately, it’s been splitting headaches for seemingly no reason).

Around the holidays, this can be a particularly big problem. I want to enjoy myself around friends and family, but being around other people usually means trying to pretend I’m not dying on the inside while helping others to have a good time, too.

One technique I’ve been practicing is to radiate peace, love and joy when others are around. I literally imagine myself as the center of a golden force field that expands and engulfs anyone else in my proximity. It really works. This morning I cleared a headache with it.

The important thing to remember is that other people don’t know they’re causing my illness. They’re just living their normal lives, and bad vibes are clinging to them and probably causing their own issues, too. Without knowing it, they probably have mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual problems caused by their bad energy – and they might be blissfully unaware.

If your holiday gatherings tend to be tense and overwhelming, try this and see if it makes a difference. It takes a little practice, but soon you can do it with ease. Let me know in the comments how it works for you!

Step by step instructions:

  • Become aware of your internal state
  • Imagine your aura as a bubble of light around you
  • Imagine your aura as a clean, positive color (white, silver, golden, or whatever feels good to you)
  • Mentally expand that bubble so it fills the room you are in (you can go further if you want, to the building or the city or as far as you need)
  • Imagine that light encompassing everyone in it, bathing them in peace, love and joy for their highest and best good
  • Sustain as long as needed
  • Repeat as necessary

Healing is a winding path. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a map?

As a Spiritual Healing Coach, I help clients nurture their bodies, minds, spirits, and emotions. One way I do that is by providing personalized Guidebooks based on your needs.

Here is one page of my own personalized Guidebook so you can see what one looks like. Full Guidebooks are 15-20 pages of individualized healing information, tailored to the person who orders them. Contact me if you would like a Guidebook of your own!

Note: My example Guidebook is based on years of research, expert advice, intuition, and trial-and-error. Do NOT consider my own Guidebook as personal medical advice and if you order your own Guidebook from me be aware of all disclaimers.

Why I thank my body

Gratitude is a buzzword right now. Actually, research shows that thankfulness can work wonders for your mental health (Can Giving Thanks Help Us Heal From Trauma?).  

When times are tough, though, I struggle to feel thankful. I have a lot to be grateful for, but when everything hurts and I’m too exhausted to move…it’s not exactly easy to be happy.

“I am now thanking my body for all it does for me.”

Affirmation for thankfulness

So, I started thanking every single body part before going to sleep.

That’s right, I start with my toes and mentally say, “thank you, toes. You keep me from falling over,” “thank you, feet. You let me walk to the fridge,” “thank you, ankles…” and so on and so on, until I get to my head. If I’m still awake at that point, I start again. Repeat ‘til unconscious.

Louise Hay writes in You Can Heal Your Life about the ways we abuse our bodies. We think we’re not thin enough, not muscular enough, not tan enough, not attractive enough…I could go on.

The way we talk to our bodies has a direct and real impact on our health.

I’ll say it again: verbally abusing yourself is making you sick.

Your heart pumps faithfully to keep you alive; your lungs never cease to supply oxygen. We judge ourselves based on arbitrary external standards, but the inside is literally what counts. (Yes, that’s a hackneyed cliche, but tell that to your arteries. See if they agree).

When your doctor takes your blood pressure, the numbers reflect your internal state. Your internal organs couldn’t care less what clothes are fashionable this year or what body shape is attractive this century. You are an infinite being with limitless potential, and you simply do not have time to fret over petty human rules about being superficially “enough.”

For just a moment, think about the beauty of practicality. Think about how glorious it is that all of your body systems are functional at this very moment. If you’re alive and reading this post, it’s because your body hasn’t given up on you.

Try this out. Record your results. Comment below what you find. Your body will thank you in return.

“Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”

Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life

Is Reiki Christian?

Any one of us can learn to do Reiki. We are all made up of energy that ebbs and flows between and around us at all times.

To me, Reiki comes from the Source of healing and strength. It is literally the energy that powers our own bodies, the Life Force lives in the Earth itself and every living thing on it.

To me, Reiki is Christian. It’s the practice of Universal Love.

Reiki was founded by a man who happened to be Buddhist, but the practice itself is not affiliated with any school of thought. It is not a religion; it’s a healing practice.

I happen to be a Christian, but Reiki itself is just the name given to a particular set of energy healing knowledge, passed down through generations. The only “tenets” of Reiki are as follows:

Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will not be angry.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbour and every living thing.

Whenever I perform a Reiki session on someone, I feel an immense sense of Love for that person and their needs. That Love does not come from me.

I’m just a person, but the power we hold within each of us comes from a higher Power. Whatever your own personal belief system, there is much to learn from the innate Wisdom we all share as part of the human family.

“A healer’s power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.”

Eric Michael Leventhal

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