Monday, August 15, 2011

Do You Practice?

Do you practice?  I mean really and truly.  As a practitioner of whatever healing method do you walk the walk as well as talk the talk?  I know a number of people who don't do this.  Are they hypocritical?  Not necessarily.  And most importantly I know that I am guilty of it.

If you were to ask me about Reiki I would go on about the benefits, how good it is for you, how it supports the body and your practices and overall welfare.  But were you to ask me whether I practice on myself often I would have to say no.  At outright I have no good reason for this, it just doesn't occur to me.  Although the moment I hear of someone who is ill or injured I would offer it.  So that reason really doesn't fly.  Perhaps it's because I'm too busy taking care of someone or everyone else.  The martyr complex.  As a caregiver, big sister, true blue friend, and now mother it's in my nature and being to care for other people however I can.  But if I am not up to par how can I really and truly be effectively helping someone else?  If I am rundown what sort of model am I putting out there for others, surely not a very good one.  So that reason is no good either.  Maybe it's just because I don't have time.  But who has time?  Who allots our time for anything?  We are not our schedules or duties, and contrary to how some people live they do not rule us (unless we allow).  Also it's important the note that we choose what we do with our time.  Sure we may feel obligated to pick up extra work, but if it's not essential to life or well-being it's not necessarily necessary.  (I would like to point out very importantly that caring for one's children or others who may need physical help or otherwise, or maintaining work to afford one necessities is not referred to here.)  And again, if we want to set a good example we need to show that by doing.

So I propose to you to look at your own practice and not just with health but all things.  Are you saying but not doing?  If you are analyze why and consider if your reasoning is truly worth it.  If not, I encourage you to re-evaluate your approach.  If you can't make it at a given time, then try at another, rearrange - be flexible.

For my own part I am setting the goal that I will give myself 5 to 15 minutes of Reiki everyday and if I feel "called" to add other practices in, like guided meditation, making a healing altar, or using crystals I will.  And I will share my thoughts and reflections on this practice here!

Blessings & Namaste!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Slowing Down & Dis-ease

I had this thought come to me awhile ago and do wish now that I had blogged about it then rather than waiting till now (I know I had more in my mind about it at that time which may not have left me... :/.)

I have heard the phrase, "I'll sleep when I'm dead." and while it's marginally funny from a serious perspective it's disturbing.  As someone who loves and feels compelled to always be productive I understand this way of thinking.  In our society (Western culture, America especially) it is fairly typical to have to get things done to feel of any worth.  This fosters a desire and need to be ultra productive or maintain a certain standard that may not be true to oneself or healthy.  We work 80 hour weeks (or at least long hours) to maintain the status quo.  We have jobs we hate, and demands on our time that far exceed the actual time we have available.  A great many people feel the need to meet some grandiose and far off expectation to do everything and be everything to some extent.  We have deadlines that loom over us like dark monsters and we ritualistic chide ourselves harshly for not maintaining, even when it's not necessarily what our heart wants.

While this isn't the case for every single person, it's very common, and it's also very sad.  The upside is that our bodies know.  They know what's right for us, what is enough, and what is too much - if we would but listen...

As is proliferated by The Secret, Wayne Dyer, and a number of other authors and people of various industries who speak on such subject, including the lovely Lissa Rankin of Owning Pink, our bodies constantly tell us what they need, want, and what nourishes them.  When you find yourself doing something effortlessly, so much so that time passes without you knowing that's a key right there.  Whatever you find joy in, is good for you.  (And we mean real live joy, not the "temporary" gratification that can be found is less than good for one practices such as drug use, etc.)

However, even beyond that is the message from our bodies to take care of ourselves.  Likes and desires aside there are certain things we all need.  In general humans are social creatures, we need to be around and interact with one another.  But not just anyone, you need people who feed your soul, who support you, and who are real to and for you.  For some this seems like a luxury as it's so easy to find those that do less for us than we do for them, who bring themselves and others down, and just aren't really who or what we need to be around.

Then there is the main point we want to reach here - of slowing down.  At the core this aids in solving a great many of the issues we've touched on here.  Slowing down and really listening to the world around us, to ourselves within our bodies and thoughts leads to a greater connection with the world at large.  Learning to know what we need and how we need it enables us to achieve it on a much greater and fulfilling scale.  When we slow down we're much more able to see those signs that are being sent our way in whatever form, including and especially of health.  When we perform at breakneck speeds it's hard to notice the twinge in our knee, the weight on our shoulders, or that aching that signals what will later be a doozy of a migraine.  Such activity masks our ability to observe and contemplate, while stillness promotes it.

When we put too much stress on our minds and bodies we deplete our vitality and strength.  Doing this makes it harder to perform and ultimately puts unhealthy levels of unnecessary stress on our bodies which all the sooner revolt and break down as a result of it.  For some illness and injury serve as a big red flag being waved wildly to take stock of their lives.  While not every case may me to physically slow down, it certainly does mean a call to attention at what one is doing - both in life externally and internally to one's body.

So next time you're rushing out the door, thinking of all the things you have to do, wondering or concerned if you will get them all done.  Take a moment to slow down.  Notice how you feel, see where any negative feelings are coming from and really embrace them.  What can  you change about your actions and perspective to nullify them?  Make this a conscious daily practice and notice how these troubles melt away.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Kalends Messages for August (& July)!

With the birth of my son I have had to make everything take a backseat so I took off the remainder of June & July but I'm glad to say I'm back!  Things will take awhile to be back to their full swing just for the fact that there is still a lot of flux, but bear with me things will slowly return to "normal".

Things to look forward to or keep in mind for August...

We've got a coupon running in the healing center's store on Artfire, if you are friends with us on FB or follow us on Twitter you've seen it.  20% off on everything in the store, good as many times as you wish to use it but only for August so grab the savings while you can!

From this point on we'll likely be running some sort of sale every month there is a Sabbat and specials during other times during the year so stay tuned for those!

Due to some major changes with Artfire you will also notice some differences in our store front.  Originally everything was listed individually and only in quantities of one, but we have upgraded our account and that allows us several options including the ability to list more than one quantity and have many more pictures.

As of this month we will be removing our services from LivePerson.  This site too has undergone many changes and it is no longer financially lucrative to work with them.  All of the services (healing & readings) we still offer but you must contact us independently.  (You can do this via Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, or just by using our email!)

We will also be altering our contact number soon so if you have used the prior contact number you can no longer reach us there.  We are always reachable via email however!

Until next month!

PhoenixFlame Healing Center

Friday, August 5, 2011

Chakra Throw Blanket!

When we originally made it it was just a "neat idea", but as the project progress we fell in love with not only the simplicity of the design but also the vibrant colors chosen for this piece.  We love it so much that we have used it in a few healing fairs we've attended and compliments are always given on it.  Well we're proud to say today that it was listed recently in a collection featuring chakra colored items on Artfire!  You can view the collection here.  Currently we only have one in stock, but more will be made to order upon request.  While we'd hate to see it go we know that it will be cherished and honored in its new home whenever it sells!  Like it?  Grab it before it's gone!

Thanks for stopping by!

PhoenixFlame Healing Center