Mystic Musings from the Zen Room

Mystic Musings from the Zen Room

2012 Ride the Energy Wave!

by Valerie O'Brien on 01/14/12

Well I don't know if you have noticed but the energy leading up to 2012 has been in a state of continual flux...making one feel slightly off and creating havoc with sleeping patterns and memory as well as personal energy levels.

Now that 2012 is here...we can expect this flux to continue to increase gradually over the coming months...until the great shift in December (the end of the Mayan calendar) that will bring about a strong new energy shift (the beginning of an age of total awareness).  Leaving all of those who were able to ride the energy wave feeling much more lighter and energetic as our vibrational levels increase tenfold.  

So what exactly does all that mean...well it means that we are going to be shedding the old habits and ways of doing things that no longer serve us (an energy detox) and shift into a more spiritually aware state of existence. This means actually living in the moment "I AM" and respecting and honoring the beautiful planet that sustains us "Mother Earth" and seeing beyond the veil to all that we are, have been and can be...entering the state of "Knowing" and achieving the karmic bliss we have been chasing for so long!

Now doesn't that sound incredibly wonderful...well hang on tight and ride the energy will have it's high peaks and sudden dips...but at the end of all the chills and thrills is the rainbow of creation...a place where you will only be limited by your own imagination...because the possibilities are infinite!

So while the planet's energy field and our energy field's are detoxing (that's why Mother Earth and us are feeling slightly off...less than our very best right now)...we must allow the process of letting go of our toxic behaviors and lower energies so we are ready for the high vibrational shift coming very soon!

Namaste and Many Blessings in this wonderfully chaotic year of changes and shifts the year of 2012...the year of the Dragon!

In Light & Love Valerie

Non-Ordinary Reality (NOR)...Awareness on all Levels!

by Valerie O'Brien on 11/02/11

Before I start talking about Non-Ordinary Reality...let's look at Ordinary Reality. Ordinary Reality is necessary if you are going to experience life on is what is obvious to the senses. It is almost a perceptual way of living. If you could not experience Ordinary Reality you would be dead (not existing in the physical world).  So it is very important to master Ordinary Reality...have your feet grounded in reality...otherwise you will have no foundation to grow your roots...because without this nourishment how can you expect your mind to grow and expand...and you do want to expand to the highest levels of awareness...don't you?

Non-Ordinary Reality allows you to see, hear, smell, feel, and touch what others are unaware of...utilizing your sixth sense at it's highest level.  It is opening to the flow of the Universe and connecting to the Life-force energy all around you. 

Non-Ordinary Reality describes the three worlds shamans travel in to obtain information or retrieve soul essences that have split off during trauma.                                                                        

The Upper World: Heaven, Divine. The place people who have had near-death experiences have been to. It is an ethereal place where angelic beings, teachers and our ancestors can be found.  

The Middle World: This realm co-exists along with ours in current time. Shamanic practitioners journey to this realm to help find lost objects or to help departed beings to cross over to the upper world. This is also where soul pieces can be retrieved to help a person to fulfill their life's destiny!                          

The Lower World: An ancient world that is inhabited by power animals and teachers that guide and protect us from harm. Shamans commonly journey to the lower world to meet their power animals for guidance and instruction on preliminary analysis of a client's condition. The treatment plan can be implemented in non-ordinary reality and in ordinary reality. 

      Reiki is a form of Shamanism... as it has been my experience that once you receive your Reiki Attunements that open and align you to chanelling the Universal life force also allows you to open and enter Non-ordinary Reality...working with spirit animals, spirit guides, angels and ancestors. When I do a Reiki session I am often entering N.O.R. to access a deeper understanding and receive the guidance needed to help my Reiki client on their healing journey.

Some people choose not to acknowledge N.O.R. and recognize only Ordinary Reality...this individual is missing the rich variations of existence. They may feel their life is drab and uninspiring...and indeed it is! They are seeing only the tip of the iceberg. They generally suffer from much pain, misery, and unnecessary tragedy most assuredly!

Then there are those who choose to live only in the spiritual...and may believe they are truly an enlightened being...but with-out the grounding roots of ordinary reality they are oblivious to the rest of the land-scape...the integration of complex thoughts, ideas and concepts! They appear a bit spacey...there is nothing enlightening about that!

So in order to truly access and utilize Non-Ordinary Reality it is important first to Master Ordinary Reality...and only then can you fully access the highest levels of awareness...becoming one with the flow of Universal Life Force Energy!

Enjoy the Journey and stay open to all that is...Blessings, Valerie

The Healing Power of Crystals...How they add to our Lives and a Healing Reiki Session!

by Valerie O'Brien on 10/23/11

Over the years I have utilized crystals in my personal life as well as in my Reiki healing practice and I even teach their healing properties in my Reiki courses. There are as many reasons as there are crystals to what makes you pick one up or draws you to buy one. Never doubt that the crystal was calling to you, because it knew you needed to utilize some of it's healing energy some how in your life or someone's close to you.

When I use to own (well half own) "Angelic Oasis Gift's " I loved to watch people come in looking for a specific crystal and leave with a totally different that they needed much more than what they had been looking for...why...because our energy field (auric field) and the energy of the crystal were drawn to each other. Our auric field tests out other energies before we are even aware of them or their existence... A good example of this is a couple years ago I went to see my Reiki Teacher, as she was selling off some of her crystals and knew that I had a might be interested in buying some. Well this one Saturday I had my Mom with me and we stopped in to her home, to see what she had. Having called ahead and mentioning  my Mom would be with me...she welcomed us in and showed us some of her stock.  I had been hoping to see some of her crystal skull collection...but none was in evidence. When her and I stepped into another room to look at more stock, my Mom came in a few minutes later holding 2 crystal skulls and enquiring if they were for sale. I was quite suprised and my Reiki Teacher started to laugh...she had hidden all the skulls behind a divider so as not to scare or upset my mother in case she found them disturbing. Instead my Mother felt something was calling her that was hidden behind this divider and looked and saw these skulls...she promptly bought them and proudly displays them in her home! Their energies called to her and she listened...and they have richly blessed her life.

Crystals help us heal and let go and move forward and all they ask in return is to be clean/cleared occasionally and charged in the moonlight...full moon being the stronest. They give so much to a healing session, and will draw off negative/stagnant energy from our bodies, replacing it with beautiful, loving, healing energy. So always trust when you are drawn to hold or pick up or buy a stone/ will enrich your life.

Rose Quartz: is know for it's loving energy...heart healing powers!                                                                                  Clear Quartz: is a jack of all trades (energies) is an extremely powerful healing and energy amplifier. Absorbing, storing, releasing and regulating energy!                                       Amethyst: is all about spiritual wisdom...clarity of mind.   A natural tranquilizer, it blocks geopathic stress and negative environmental energies.  Harmonizing the physical, mental, and emotional bodies and linking them to the spiritual. 

These are only a few crystals and some of their healing energy properties...there is so much more to them and so many more crystals to work with. So do not be afraid to pick up a crystal or two..but be warned they can become a very healing loving way!!!

Crystal Blessings...Valerie

The Healing Crisis....Releasing the Toxic Energy from Cellular Memory!

by Valerie O'Brien on 08/07/11

What is a healing crisis?  The healing crisis occurs when the body tries to eliminate toxins at a faster rate then they can properly be disposed of. The more toxic one's bodily systems are, the more severe the detoxification, or healing crisis. It is characterized by a temporary increase in symptoms during the cleansing or detox process which may be mild or severe. You may feel worse and therefore conclude that the treatment is not working. But these reactions are instead signs that the treatment is working and that your body is going through the process of cleaning itself of impurities, toxins and imbalances. Such reactions are temporary and can occur immediately...or within several days, or even weeks, of a healing treatment. Symptoms usually pass within 1-3 days, but on rare occasions can last longer. If you are suffering from a major illness, the symptoms you experience during the healing crisis may be identical to the illness itself. Sometimes discomfort during the healing crisis is of greater intensity than when you were developing the chronic disease. This may explain why there may be a brief flare-up in one's condition.

Symptoms of a Healing Crisis:  The healing crisis will usually bring about past conditions in whatever order the body is capable of handling at that time. People often forget the diseases or injuries they have had in the past, but are usually reminded during the crisis. There are a wide variety of reactions that may manifest during the healing crisis. The most common are: Increased joint or muscle pain; Diarrhea; Extreme fatigue or Restleness; Headache ( from build up of toxins in the blood); Aches/pain; Arthritic flare-up; Insominia; Nausea; Sinus congestion; Low grade Fever and/or chills; Skin eruptions; Cold or flu like symptoms; Strong emotions...anger, despair, sadness, fear, etc.; Supressed memories; Mood swings...etc.          

Healing at the Cellular Level: There are so many wonderful healing modalities that aid us on our healing journey's! I know as a Reiki Teacher & Practitioner, I have tried many different modalities, and have felt their wonderfully relaxing, releasing, and balancing effects on my body....but I also am very aware of the healing crisis that my body expereiences with each healing modality I choose to experience. This is very much a part of a healing journey...releasing built up toxic energy that has laid buried deep within our bodies, minds and souls!  In order to heal we must release that which has kept us from moving forward, and that usually means re-experiencing some of the pain, or discomfort that was a part of the intitial health crisis...whether it was of a mental, emotional or physical nature. This can be very scary and stressful until you realize it is an important part of the healing process.  Our bodies have a cellular memory and so much of what we experience in our lives are stored at the cellular level and each time we experience some sort of memory trigger, like for example; someone yelling (does not have to be at us)...we instantly cringe and shrink inside ourselves like we might have done as a child, and this can create a very stressful/physical response in our bodies that comes out as stomache upset or nervous tension... we re-experience the problem/illness/trauma. In order to truly heal we must allow our bodies to release this toxic energy at the cellular level so we no longer respond to a preset trigger. This means allowing the healing to go much deeper than any surface complaints. Going beyond the physical ailment to the deeper emotional cause of the illnnes or disease....that is stored in the cellular memory.

Now when I say we must allow our bodies to release this toxic energy at the cellular level...I mean we must allow the healing crisis to occur and though we can ease it's effects by nurturing ourselves during this process, we must try not to stop it by running from it....another words ceasing all treatment or by taking over the counter medications that one might use to relieve a head-ache or something to stop a case of diarrhea etc...just a couple of ways the body rids itself of toxins...instead sipping a herbal tea or taking a warm epsom salt bath and going to bed early and always drinking lots of purified water helps the body through the crisis. Plenty of rest is usually called for in extreme cases, as the body does it's greatest healing during the sleep/rest state. Also seeking help during this period can also be very beneficial... a massage,  Reiki treatment, using Energy Medicine(meridian tapping), reflexology treatment, accupuncture, or guidance from a Naturopath or other healing modality might speed up the the healing process, and reduce the discomfort. Also in some cases going for counselling will also be of great benefit to help guide you through the process... especially if the illness/problem being released is of a very emotional/traumatic nature.

There is no time frame on a is what you are ready to heal and release and it is ok to take a time out and allow yourself to re-group and then continue on your own personal healing journey!

Important: Always ensure your health by having a thorough medical check up: don't assume that if you have any of the healing crisis symptoms that your are in a healing crisis: you may not be in a healing process, you may have a medical health problem. must be an active participant in your own healing journey!

Many Reiki Blessings, Val

Finding the Point of Stillness Within

by Valerie O'Brien on 06/20/11

Where I live it is a very beautiful Kalidescope of lakes, moutains, forests, orchards and vineyards...a place of incredible beauty! It is also a place where there is always so many things to do, it has so many offerings, that one has a hard time finding the time to truly be just still!

I love to hike and be out in nature...connecting to the Earth energies and enjoying this meditation in motion. But I do not often just sit out in nature and be still...going within to connect fully with the Spirit Still Point!  A good example of this is...I just recently held a Reiki Share where I took everyone on a hike to a very beautiful spot over looking 2 lakes. There I lead 3 meditations and then guided/assisted the others in a Reiki exchange. It was totally awesome...we then hiked back to my home and later when everyone had left...I realized I had not taken the opportunity to receive a Reiki and since I was the one leading the meditations, I was not actually meditating...hmmmm once again I had not allowed myself to experience just being still!  So even though we may be lighworkers, and working hard to help others on their own healing journey's...we need to take care of ourselves and take   the precious time of just being still and connecting to the Spirit within!  It is during this time when we are truly one with the Divine creator that we let go of ordinary reality and enter into non ordinary reality...where our spirit truly exists...where all things are possible...that point of stillness.

In Reiki we are always connected to the Universal life force flow of energy. So one could say we always have this beautiful healing energy flowing through us. In a way we do...but our bodies also have it's own intellenge source, and if we are fully able to stay connected to that source and the Universal one - and they come together - meet at that one point - the still point - then everything is incredibly possible! Universal life force energy (Divine energy) flows into our crown chakra - energizing and cleansing all our chakras - helping them to spin bright and strong.  Our healing center located in our heart chakra has a higher intelligence/life force of its own located in the Higher Heart chakra. This energy source sends the healing energy out to where it is needed most in our bodies...lives...mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually in all directions of time. Our higher heart communicates with the Universal Divine energy at the apex...the God/Divine point located at the base of the skull...the still point...the point where all creation in our lives exist. We communicate directly to  the Divine Creator that exists within ourselves! 

To access this through the left hand over the heart center and the right hand on the crown, and allow them to rest there for a few minutes...note any sensations and thoughts etc... Now place the left hand at the higher heart (above the heart center to the left slightly) and the right hand at the base of the skull...allow the energy to flow how ever long you need it to. Take note of what floats through your mind...words...images...sentances etc. - you are communicating with your godself! All is still in the Universe - all flows to this point - the point of ascension!

Blessings, and may you always find your point of stillness!

OUR DEEPEST FEAR...written by Marianne Williamson in "A Return to Love"

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.       It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? 
Actually, who are you not to be? 
You are a child of God/Divine Light. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure about you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us: it's in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

​**This is one of my very favorite quotes written by a very gifted woman...if you are not familiar with Marianne may just want to explore her won't be sorry you did! In light & love, Val

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