Infinite Reiki, Infinite Healing

Infinite Reiki, Infinite Healing by Angie Webster

Infinite Reiki, Infinite Healing by Angie Webster

We all have the ability to heal…

A true healing comes from within.

It’s true. While others can support us in our healing and offer us tools to assist us, the real healing can only happen from inside of us. Once we make the inner shift, the illness or pain falls away and our perception changes.

Every one of us is born with life force energy and we are all connected to a much larger Life Force Energy–no matter what name you give that or how you look at it. While we forget that we are energy beings, we can begin to make a conscious effort to explore this and remember. That is what I learned on my own journey out of many years of multiple chronic health issues. I found that when I shifted my awareness and understanding to this energy, I was able to begin healing. It led me to Reiki, which improved my understanding of energy even more.

Infinite Reiki, Infinite Healing is my new book, which has now been released on Kindle and paperback. It offers simple tools and over a dozen energy exercises to help you begin to learn how to access and work with energy in many ways in everyday life. I share how I began to learn about energy, my journey with being ill and the basics of energy medicine, as well.

Available on Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/q7s9tom
Available in paperback: http://tinyurl.com/qh3lrns

Sweet Cleansing and Immunity Boosting Tea

0208151057This tea is great for boosting your vitamin C levels, supporting your immune function and supporting the cleansing  and detoxifying ability of the kidneys and liver. It is helpful for anyone who is undergoing a stress on their immune system, be it a cold or cancer. It can also help to support your body as you detoxify from medications you may need to take for an illness. As a wonderful bonus, it tastes wonderful, even without any sweetener, and it looks and smells heavenly.

I don’t get really technical about the measurements when I make this, so adjust this as you feel you need to for taste. The ingredients can be found in the bulk section of most natural foods stores or you can find them online at places such as Mountain Rose Herbs and others.

Sweet Cleansing and Immunity Boosting Tea

about a Tablespoon of Pau d’arco bark (large pinch)–immunity support/balance

2-3 whole cloves (NOT powder)–cleansing

about a Tablespoon dried Hibiscus flowers–immune support, cleansing

about 2 teaspoons dandelion root–cleansing, especially kidneys

about 2 teaspoons burdock root–cleansing, especially liver

Bring 32 ounces of water to a boil as you gather your herbs, roots and flowers together in a wire mesh strainer placed over a small to medium bowl. Once the water has reached a boil, pour it over the herbs in the strainer and allow to sit and steep for about 15-20 minutes. Place a small piece of cheesecloth over the top of a pitcher or a Mason jar. Pour the steeped tea through the cheesecloth into the Mason jar or pitcher. I usually brew 32 ounces more water and make a second batch using the same herbs, and then I toss them in the garbage. Refrigerate. Drink 1-3 cups a day over the next 24-48 hours.

Beating Back the Winter Blahs

winter wonderland121413This time of year, when the sun isn’t out as much and it is often gray and rainy/snowy, many people have more trouble with feeling very sad, low on energy, even depressed. This can  happen when our bodies and brains don’t cope well with the lower levels of light. Our brains produce a chemical that responds to darkness and light called melatonin. This chemical helps our body know when it’s time to shut down for the day and go to sleep. Normally, at the end of the day, when it begins to get dark, our body begins to release serotonin, which triggers the production of more melatonin and we get sleepy. In the mornings, when our brains register that there is sunlight again, the levels of  serotonin and melatonin drop and we become more alert and wake up, ready to start our day. These chemicals rely on the nutrients we bring into our bodies to be made properly and in sufficient amounts and they rely on sunlight (and other cues) to trigger their release. We can help our bodies and brains by adjusting how we cope with life during the Fall and Winter months, especially if we have difficulty with seasonal depression, sometimes called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

-Get as much light as possible and self regulate your light exposure. Open your blinds first thing every morning and close them in the evening. Go outside for a few minutes each day. Use Blues Buster bulb in the room your work in or use a full spectrum UV lamp for a few minutes each day. Don’t be afraid to turn on the lights in your home during the day! Spend the money! This is your health we are talking about!
-Take warm sea salt or Epsom salt baths frequently, even daily. They are very detoxifying and they just feel good. Add Lavender essential oil, if you like.
-Stay on a regular sleep schedule, going to bed and getting up at about the same time each day. This helps the melatonin in your brain become level and balanced and stay that way.
-Eat healthy. Low sugar, low starch. Lots of vegetables, especially those that are in season. Make sure to include plenty of foods that are rich easily accessible omega-3 fatty acids, as these support brain function and overall health. These are things like salmon, sardines, or eggs. Foods high in tryptophan, such as cottage cheese, avocados, bananas, walnuts and turkey are also good as they support the production of serotonin and melatonin. Make occasional DARK chocolate your now and then sugar treat, as it fights depression.
-Use Rescue Remedy to help lift your spirits and ease extra pains. It is homeopathic and non habit forming. It will help balance your entire system, not just relieve your symptoms. It can be taken as often as every 15-30 minutes on very difficult days.
-Get at least 5-10 minutes of exercise every day. Do something you enjoy! Dance or play with the kids or the dog/cat, whatever you like. No need to make it a chore, simply move your lovely body in some way and stretch it, shake it, feel it, enjoy it!
-Keep flowers in your home. Even one or two flowers in a vase helps. They add a wonderful energy, not to mention how beautiful they look and smell. I’ve found that my local grocery store sells small bouquets for $3-$5. Totally worth it.  Flowers and plants boost spirits. You’re worth it.
-Reiki or other energy work can help keep your energy moving or relieve energy blockages. If you know you have this problem each year, consider making a regular appointment each month during the Fall and Winter months to help support your well being. If you are having difficulties or begin to, a Reiki session can help restore calm and peace of mind, body and spirit.

-Don’t hesitate to seek professional help if you are experiencing a sadness that doesn’t lift. Counseling or medication may be helpful in getting your system back on track and helping you feel better again.

Here’s a couple recipes to help support you when your energy is low, but you have cravings. They are healthy, easy and satisfying.

Quick Green Smoothie

1 cup of milk of choice

4 Tablespoons yogurt

2 leaves any type green (kale, collard, mustard, turnip–your favorite)

handful raspberries, handful blueberries

teaspoon raw honey

teaspoon spirulina

1 inch peeled fresh ginger

Add all ingredients to food processor or blender and run for about a minute on high, until smooth.

Cacao (Dark Chocolate) Sauce

All measurements are estimates–adjust for amount and consistency you wish to make

1/4 cup coconut oil (butter can be substituted)

2-3 Tablespoons raw cacao powder (much higher health benefits than cocoa powder)

2-3 Tablespoons raw honey

dash of sea salt or Himalayan salt

Heat in small saucepan over low heat while stirring. Once coconut oil is melted and all is stirred together, add a small drizzle of milk at a time until you have the consistency you would like for a sauce. A splash of vanilla is nice to add. You can also stir in shredded coconut or walnuts. If you leave out the milk and spread this over a sheet of  parchment paper on a cookie sheet  and then refrigerate it for several hours, it makes a nice candy.

If I can help support you with a Reiki session, feel free to contact me at  www.facebook.com/HolisticSpirituality.

Be well and Blessings,
Angie

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome–A Teacher I Resisted

chronic-fatigue-basics-1Life has taught me that struggles are often presented to us with valuable lessons, like jewels to be mined. We have to briefly let of the fight to escape the difficulty and pain of the struggle, stop looking for a way out, and look for the lessons or we may never see them.

I have never wanted to accept that I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. When it was first mentioned by a doctor in the late 80’s , I thought he was mistaken and was a quack. I didn’t think it was real. I knew something very real was going on with me. I didn’t know anyone who believed CFS was real back then. I had had enough of being thought of as a faker, a hypochondriac. I felt I needed justification for the intense level of rest and sleep I needed, for the days I could not leave the bed, for the constant sore throats and body aches, the brain fog and states of confusion. I needed to be believed.

I would rest and sleep for days on end, often recovering just enough strength to fulfill a longing to re-enter life again. I wanted to be outside! I wanted to be with friends! To be active! But I would run myself into exhaustion in a short period and be flat on my back again feeling like I was coming down with the flu, needing to sleep constantly for days. This cycle led to depression pretty fast. Feeling like no one believed me made that worse.

The way doctors diagnose CFS and fibromyalgia is to spend years ruling out every other possible cause for your illness, aches and exhaustion. Finding nothing conclusive, they settle on CFS and/or fibromyalgia. I have both. There is really nothing to be done for CFS, as far a modern medicine is concerned, except to pace yourself and rest. This combined with the fact that most of the medical community and the general public didn’t even accept CFS as a true illness when I was diagnosed made it a disheartening thing to hear. I did not accept it.

But it’s true. I got Epstein-Barr, or mononucleosis when I was 14 and my health has not been the same since. It was like something switched in my system at that point. Like my system and that virus really didn’t get along well at all! Epstein-Barr is highly associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, though no one knows why, and it’s not in all cases. In my case, the virus has become active again a few other times in my life, which rarely happens.

I am now trying to see the things I can learn from CFS. I can learn to release shame and guilt. The shame I feel attached to others not accepting me for who I am and what I can do as well as what I can’t. The guilt of having to say no when I can’t do plan to do something or go somewhere because I know it’s just not best for me. The shame I feel for not being able to just “get over it”.

I can learn to slow down. If I want to stand a chance of feeling the best I can from one day to the next, I have to go at a mellow pace. I have to do one thing at a time. No multi-tasking. Mindfulness is key when being able to clear brain fog and concentrate at all is difficult. Rushing only exhausts further and eliminates any hope of fun or productivity.

I can keep learning the many things I can do to take control of my own health, in addition to going at a pace that feels right for me. Food allergies and sensitivities are a very real issue for me, and I can honor that and unapologetically eat in the way that suits my body best. I can work some gentle movement and stretching into my day, because I know I feel better and have less pain when I do that. I can sleep 9 hours a night, on a regular schedule, because I know that means less exhaustion and fewer days sick.

I can limit my time in loud and busy places, because they sap my energy. I can say “yes” when I mean yes and “no” when I mean no. I can remember that I am the only one living in my body, and I know what is right for it better than anyone else. I can still love my body and my life, even on the days I still feel lousy.

I can release the need to live up to others standards. Really hard one. I hate disappointing people. Maybe the key is to release my own inner demon that says I am being judged all the time. I can be my own worst enemy in that regard.

Generally I can learn to accept that I can’t control everything or solve everything. This may be one thing I just have to ride. Not control or find a solution for. Some things are like that. That doesn’t mean they are broken. They just are. Feels better just to write that.