Friday, January 17, 2014

Cleansing

There is nothing quite as wonderful as doing an intentional cleanse. I'm not talking about the Master Cleanse or switching to a paleo diet, or fasting, or anything along those lines (although they can be good from time to time, as long as you make sure you're getting enough nutrients and aren't starving yourself). I'm talking about a good, old fashioned energy cleanse.

Tonight I decided I wanted to cleanse myself. I suffer from seasonal affective disorder, and despite the fact that I know better, I wasn't doing anything to take care of it. I finally started taking Vitamin D again, and it has made all the difference in the world. I decided that now that I'm feeling functional enough to do basic life things (which I wasn't before. In case you've never experienced it, let me tell you - depression is a bitch), I needed to get rid of all the psychic muck that has been in my aura.

This particular cleanse was so easy. I took a shower. I got the water nice and hot. I shampooed my hair and really massaged my scalp, and I followed it up with conditioner. Then I scrubbed myself from head to toe with a loofah. Every last inch of me got the full treatment. And while I was washing my skin, I visualized all of the muck that was stuck on my energetic bodies getting scrubbed away and washed down the drain.

I followed it up by moisturizing myself from head to toe. I'm usually lazy when it comes to doing this because I'm tall, chubby, and I have a lot of surface area. But I put grapeseed oil everywhere (including my hair because hair needs moisture too - especially mine). Then I flossed and brushed my teeth and dried my hair. I treated myself like a goddess being anointed, and it made me feel like a goddess.

Cleansing isn't just about cleaing the muck out of your aura, or out of your body. It's about pampering your body so that you feel good. I highly recommend trying it!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Dealing with Uncertainty

Soooo... I have another blog, which gets most of my attention (though it hasn't actually been getting much attention lately), but because it's associated with my business, it's not necessarily the best place for me to be writing everything I want to write about.

Right now, I'm going through some Big Life Changes. And boy howdy, is it stressful. I know all of the stress relief techniques - heck, I teach them to people! But sometimes, it can become overwhelming, even for an expert.

So what are all these life changes, you ask? I'm finally going to be finishing school - one quarter sooner than I thought I was (I realized on Friday that I'll be done mid-December instead of in March). I'm starting a second business. I'm moving my first business from one location to another (hopefully in the same location as my second business). Oh, and I'm trying to figure out how the heck I'm going to make enough money to survive because my businesses aren't at the point where they're bringing in a lot of profit.

On top of that, I've been in the process of figuring out how exactly I want to structure my acupuncture and spirit healing practice. I have toyed with the idea of accepting insurance, but a recent experience dealing with an insurance company filled me with rage, and I realized that if I have to do that on a regular basis, I'm not going to last very long in my chosen field.

Basically, everything is up in the air right now, and I'm not the sort of person who deals well with uncertainty. I'm not a fly by the seat of my pants kind of woman. Although I can be flexible, I strongly prefer to have a plan. In order to not spiral into an unbearable sea of panic, if something is uncertain, I have to create a worst case scenario plan. Once I've figured out how I'm going to handle everything going wrong, then I can focus on how I'm going to make sure things go right.

Even with the plans that I've put in place, I'm still nervous about this uncertainty. I need to take some deep breaths (the first step that I always recommend when telling someone else how to deal with their stress), and trust in the universe. Oh yeah, and I also need to trust in myself.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Building Spiritual Community

It has been a long time since I've posted on this blog, but I'm so excited about my current project that I want to shout about it from the rooftops. Since there are no rooftops on the internet, I'm doing the next best thing, which is writing about it wherever I can!

Over the past few months, I've been working with two amazing women to start Seattle Spiritual Community Center. It's going to be a place where people of all spiritual traditions and paths (including no path at all) will be able to gather for events, workshops, classes, and community. We already have plans for drop in meditation sessions, monthly spiritual discussion groups, and an energy 101 series, and we are in the process of developing a spiritual yoga program.

We will also have rooms available to rent. There will be small rooms for spiritual practitioners to rent by the month or by the hour. The practitioners who are already on board include myself - doing acupuncture and spirit healing, Jillian, a life coach and energy healer, and Amber, a psychic and spiritual teacher. There will also be larger rooms available to rent to teach classes and host events.

I'm thrilled to be part of a project that is inclusive of everyone and that will build spiritual community.

We're in the process of raising money to make this space a reality. If you can, please head over to our indiegogo fundraising campaign and help us out. There are some really great rewards, and every single dollar makes a big difference.

Even if you're not located in Seattle, there are some rewards that you can take advantage from afar. At the $25 level, we are doing mini tarot readings, which will be delivered via email, so people from around the world can take advantage of it. At the $200 level, Amber and Jillian are offering services that can be done via Skype or telephone (I also have services available at the $200 level, but they must be done in person).

I hope you're as excited about this project as I am!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I'm transitioning away from this blog, and over to my acupuncture practice's blog. Check it out! 
My practice is officially opening for business on Sunday, which I'm really excited about. If you're located in Seattle, I'd love to see you!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kicking the Blues

I'm currently blogging as a means of procrastination. I have so much to do for school, but I'm really struggling to get it done.

Part of it is that I keep getting distracted by things that really get me going. For a few months, I've been feeling depressed. Depression leads to not giving a flying fuck about things going on. Elections? Meh. School? Meh. Conservatives trying to limit women's freedoms? WTF???

That's right, what seems to be dragging me out of my slump is my anger at the laws that are being proposed, and unfortunately passed, that are more about the desire to control women than they are about morality. I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about that now - there may be a vitriolic post coming up in the near future if I feel inspired, but I'm more interested in talking about the process of awakening from depression.

Tonight, I noticed that there have been some things that I've been getting passionate about over the past week and a half. I started painting for the first time in years (it was bad. It was so bad. But I know that I just need to do it more, and my ability to not suck will return) because I finally had inspiration. I've started to care about the political situation - not just the abortion issue, but everything (it's hard to admit that for a while, I honestly couldn't make myself care). I want to get my diet back to something healthy (I've been eating out a *lot* lately, and I've been eating way more sugar than I should). On a forum I read, someone posted a question about dietary supplements, and I have been in the zone answering not only the original question, but other questions that have come up from it, including things about herbs and nutrition. It felt so good to realize that I know quite a lot about these topics. I don't know as much as I want to, but I certainly know way more than the average American.

I've also been getting pretty excited about acupuncture and seeing how well it works for so many different ailments. I'll admit that I get pretty upset about the number of pharmaceuticals many of my patients are on. One patient I saw the other day was on 3 different sleeping medicines and Ritalin to mitigate the side effects caused by taking them nightly. I'm genuinely really angry at state of modern medicine, which is more about making money for big pharma than it is for helping people (obviously, this is not true of all doctors, but unfortunately, it is for many).

It's a little weird and a lot exciting to be feeling such strong emotions - both positive and negative. There are things in this world that are really important to me, and for a while there, I didn't realize it. I feel like Dorothy stepping from the world of black and white into a magical technicolor reality where I have the full spectrum of emotions available to me. I feel like I can finally start living again instead of existing. It's very, very cool.



Monday, January 30, 2012

Gratitude

Everyone experiences ups and downs. I've been having a harder time than usual lately, and I've had days where I have struggled to deal with the most basic of tasks (I have SAD, and it has been exacerbated by difficult life situations, as well as a major life transition). The more challenging things have been, the less focus I've had, and the easier it has been for even the smallest setbacks to cause me to go completely off-kilter.

I'm normally pretty even-keeled, and I'm an eternal optimist. I've always said that everything happens for a reason. I'm not sure that's the right way to say what I believe. It's more that I think that in any given situation, we can act in such a way that we learn and grow from it. By choosing the path that leads us toward improvement rather than stagnation, we can create meaning in events that are senseless and random. I also think that if we open our awareness to the world and pay attention, there are signs that will guide us toward a path that has challenges that we have the tools to cope with. If we ignore the signs, then things can get pretty rough.

I can already hear the groans of some of my friends as they read this. They are the atheists, the agnostics, the scientists who require hard data, and the skeptics. Although I am spiritual and believe in a higher power, signs certainly needn't be divine in origin. When my car is low on gas, it gives me a sign: the gas light comes on. I can pull into the next gas station and fill my tank, or I can keep going, ignoring the sign because stopping for fuel is inconvenient, or the nearest gas station isn't my preferred brand. Chances are, I'll be able to keep driving for a little while, but eventually, my car will run out of gas, and I'll have to deal with much more hassle than if I'd just paid attention. Life is full of signs like this, though unfortunately, many of the really important ones are far more subtle than the gas light. I've heard a theory that intuition is simply the result of your brain compiling the millions of subtle bits of data it collects that the conscious mind doesn't necessarily register. If that's the case, then our intuition is just as important, if not more so, than our "rational" thought.

But I digress. The point I am very wordily trying to make is that I've been struggling to create meaning in my current circumstances. I've spent a lot of time chasing my own tail, and unsurprisingly getting nowhere. I've been too caught up in my own mess to pay attention to the signs that could help lead me out of this mental morass, and that has lead to a very unhappy me.

Last night, I was having dinner with a very good friend of mine. He told me that he finds that he's noticed that life is a lot easier when he focuses on being grateful, rather than on what he's lacking. This is a lesson that I have decided I need to take to heart. Yes, life has been throwing unpleasant things my way. I'm not going to say that whole bit about lemons and lemonade - we all know it, and frankly, I'm a lot less concerned with lemons than I am with shitstorms.

I've spent a lot of time asking (and I'm a little ashamed to admit there were times when there was begging) the universe and my Goddess to fix the problems that I have - some of which are truly out of my hands, but most of which I have some control over. This is an approach that doesn't work. One of my very firm beliefs is that the gods only help those who have put in what work they can in order to improve their situation. Only when the effort has been made will outside forces step in and assist. Which is more effective: asking a rainstorm to stop, or finding an umbrella?

I'm going to do my best to focus on being grateful instead of railing uselessly against the unfairness of my situation. The bad things that life throws at me don't define who I am; how I react to them does. I'm going to start with being grateful for the most basic and fundamental thing: I am grateful that I am alive and that I get to experience this insane, wonderful, scary, painful, beautiful, horrifying, uncomfortable, miraculous thing called consciousness. It is easy to resent this experience because it's complicated, and it isn't always fun. Being grateful won't always come naturally, but I think that if I can consciously make the effort, over time it will be easier to be thankful for other things, and the better I will be at handling everything life throws at me.

And the Winner Is...

I finally came up with the name of my future practice: Blissful Healing Arts.

I settled on wanting a name that evoked tranquility and happiness, and "bliss" seemed like a good choice for that. I was really tempted to use "Serenity" in some form, but too many people suggested "Serenity Now," which comes from Seinfeld. While it's amusing, it brings the actor Jerry Stiller to my mind, and I find him to be the most irritating, not-funny comedian ever. The other image that kept popping into my head was that of Simon from the TV show "Firefly" saying "I always thought the name 'Serenity' had a vaguely funereal sound to it." Sure, he was talking about a spaceship about to run out of oxygen, but I still didn't want people to think about death when they heard the name.

Many thanks to everyone who made suggestions.

I'll be sure to keep everyone posted as things progress.