Manifesting, It's Not About Money!

Manifestation, it’s a buzz word and I’m sure you’ve heard of it.  Manifesting abundance and prosperity to resolve your financial problems.  Maybe you’ve tried it either with some success or perhaps none at all.  I know I have, and at times I think I’ve been successful, but in no way, has it completely taken care of my financial situation by any means. My understanding is that in order for it to work, it requires the practice of visualizing what you want while adding the positive feeling of how you think you would feel once you actually receive what it is that you are hoping to gain.  The important thing to remember is that you are to feel the gratitude, happiness or other positive emotion from obtaining your goal as if it were true right now in the present moment.   

 

The recipe is right, so why doesn’t it work all the time?  Why haven’t my financial problems disappeared and why am I not yet flooded with the promised prosperity?  It’s because we’re working with a flawed system for the manifestation to occur within.  Some of you have heard me talk about how all of our current systems are in dire need of total restructuring if our human species (along with all the other kinds of species in the world) is to continue evolving.  Whether we’re talking about our food systems, educational systems, legal and governmental systems, health care system, or our financial system (and the list goes on), they all need to be reformed.  These current methods have served a purpose and continue to work for some of the population but not everyone.  We need a new system, one that works for everyone. The time is NOW for us to shift our focus and begin working to create and implement a new way of living and existing in the world for all beings not just our individual selves. The ability to manifest is a powerful tool now being given to people; we need to learn how to use it responsibly to create new systems, and this is what I believe manifesting is truly about.  

 

Begin your visualizations and manifestation rituals to create this new world with the intent of living interconnected within your communities, living in the awareness of the sacredness of life, the land and no separation among all living things. Visualize a climate of raised consciousness where there is no competition of resources and instead everyone’s needs, value and significance are acknowledged and celebrated as an expression of divinity.

 

Manifesting a new world requires the essence and capacity of Love; love of ourselves, love of others, love of the planet, love of peace, love for all that is alive! Visualizing for equality requires letting go of the fear that there is not enough or that you are not enough.  It also means looking at those places within yourself that do not feel worthy of love and loving them greatly and finding forgiveness.   Feeding your heart with an abundance of love will create a place of infinite possibilities to create the life you want.  The power of manifestation is not about lining your pockets with the almighty dollar, it’s about creating a new way of living, calling forth into your life what it is that you need, desire and what you love.  Expanding our capacity to hold, give and receive love is the point in which creation is manifested, and the pathway to Universal prosperity and abundance.

 

As we all awaken to the Spirit of Love, what we value will likely change. True abundance is the freedom from attachments, and true prosperity asks you to re-evaluate your definition of what you want in your life.  Prosperity in the traditional sense relies on the value of money, power or prestige often distorting our ability to know peace, happiness and comfort.  We can no longer afford to hold sacred the illusion of financial bliss. 

 

Creating a new system that will truly allow the flow of abundance to be achieved for all earth’s inhabitants is both essential and achievable.  The use of technology will play an important role here because when the unfolding of technology meets the consciousness of love then the possibility of equal distribution can actually have merit in this world.  This happens through the understanding that all life has value, all life is sacred and all life is an expression of the divine. 

 

So, keep visualizing and manifesting abundance and prosperity, but do so within the context of yourself in relation not competition to others, the earth and always with divine love.  Without these ingredients, we are just re-creating the same thing we already have.

Hilary Denton

 

 

Reiki Self-Practice, Interrupted

As a reiki practitioner and teacher, I always do my best to practice what I preach.  I encourage my students to have a regular self-practice.  I know from my own experience how valuable it is to take time every day, to clear my mind and listen to what my body is doing and what it needs.  I understand that this is often where my inner wisdom has its platform to come forward and give expression.

 Over the past several weeks, I had been experiencing a lot of stress often feeling like I didn’t have the time or energy for my usual reiki self-practice.  During this time, I began feeling pretty down on myself and old thinking and feeling patterns began resurfacing.  My inner critic had reclaimed its old territory.   My anxiety was through the roof; sleeping became difficult and my mood had become disheartened. 

The other day, I had a moment to breathe, ok actually, I may have been grasping for air, but I managed to give myself reiki for the first time in almost a month.  What came up for me, were the reiki principle’s, also known as the reiki precepts. 

            Just for today,

                        I will not be angry

                        I will not worry

                        I will do my work honestly

                        I will give gratitude for my many blessings

                        I will be kind to every living thing.

As you can see, they are very simple, but sometimes things are easier said than done.  I was aware that I had been worrying quite excessively; worrying about how well or not I have been doing with my work and my commitments, being a mother, a partner and the list goes on.  These worries quickly escalated into every facet of my life and then ultimately I ended up thinking and feeling that everything I do, say; everything I am, is not good enough.  This is my own self critic, my own personal thinking patterns that I have worked years to tame, and here they were rearing their ugliness causing doubt and fear at every level of my being.   It happened so quickly, luckily it didn’t last any longer than it did!

When I break these principles down, I am first met with, “Just for today,” and am immediately reminded that I only need to be in the present moment.  When I am fully IN and WITH the present moment, I have a better chance of truthfully evaluating what is actually going on in my life, my environment and the situation at hand.  Practicing reiki on myself, brings me into this moment, and the place within myself that I find objectivity, acknowledgement, accountability and truth.

Focusing on the third principle, “I will do my work honestly”, prompted questioning of my inner work and evaluation of just how honest I have been with my own self?  I realize, that contrary to my feelings over the prior weeks, that indeed I have done well; I HAVE done a really good job, in fact.  The mounting anxiety and irrational thinking were absolutely signs that I wasn’t taking good care of myself.  But, in actuality, those same signs were also realizations that prior to this past month, I had been taking really good care of myself.  I also realized that my tolerance for negative self-talk, self-doubt has grown less and less acceptable without even realizing it.   This awareness of personal growth and progress has offered me comfort and joy; something that I can really be grateful for.  I am brought back to my center and have regained balance.

The gentle flow of energy that reiki is, a simple practice of self-care, has rested powerfully within me, yet again!  I have recommitted to my daily self-practice and I invite you all to do the same.

Hilary Denton

 

 

 

Reiki: A Spiritual Path

Reiki is a simple process that often creates profound effects in one’s life.  There are as many benefits to receiving Reiki as there are reasons why you might want to try Reiki for yourself, or even learn Reiki.  The main purpose of Reiki is to promote a positive mind and healthy body in order to experience peace and joy. 

 

Reiki does not promise a quick fix to end disease in the body.  Often, the body is the last place that illness manifests, and reconditioning the mind and spirit will take more than one or two sessions to correct.  It takes time to make necessary lifestyle changes that will bring our thinking and emotional patterns into a state of harmony with our body while maintaining a spiritual focus.  And it takes practice!

 

While many people seek Reiki sessions because of illness or chronic pain, others look to Reiki when they are experiencing other kinds of strains in their lives.  Reiki is ideal for when you are experiencing a major life transition such as the loss of a loved one, a career change, location change, or healing after a break up and more. 

 

Maybe you feel a void in your life or are constantly unsatisfied but can’t put your finger on exactly why that is.  Reiki provides a stage for allowing us to become centered with our Soul’s path.  With Reiki, we are able to look within ourselves to find the answers that we’re searching for to guide our journey.  Taking the time to listen to our own self, learning our natural rhythms and cycles naturally brings us closer to our divine guidance creating a meaningful and purpose driven life. 

 

Some people prefer to receive individual sessions and others decide they want to learn Reiki for themselves.  People often choose to learn Reiki to either begin or deepen their healing journey.  The beauty of Reiki is that it meets you where you are.  There are no prerequisites to begin, just the desire and commitment to learning while being open to experiencing your own true self.  Reiki is not just for healers, it’s for everyone regardless of their background, education, age, or anything else.

 

Some of the greatest benefits to learning Reiki are confidence, self-love, courage, clarity and increased intuition.  The journey of Reiki is one of self-empowerment as you learn to become accountable for your thoughts, feelings, body, relationships, and actions.  Through this process a genuine love for yourself, others, and the planet naturally develops.  As we continue through this process, clarity and wisdom arise from within, supporting and guiding us.  Intuition is something all of us have that has been largely unconscious.  With a greater capacity to love and hear our own wisdom with clarity, we are able to awaken and recognize our intuition.  With enhanced intuition, we reinforce our ability to create a richer and fuller life.

 

Regardless of why someone comes to Reiki, whether it’s for a physical ailment, a desire to de-stress and relax, or to begin a spiritual journey, there are so many positive benefits to both receiving and learning Reiki.  Take some time for yourself to be with yourself. 

5 Simple Ways to Honor Your Breasts (and Your Body)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and while there may be some controversy around wearing pink, this month about YOU, whether you have breast cancer or not. (Men, I’m looking at you too.)

 

Cancer isn’t predictable and it isn’t pretty, but here are a few simple ways to take care of yourself and honor your breasts.

 

Lead by Example

Perform monthly self breast exams, get knowledgeable about your body, and schedule regular mammograms. Make sure you schedule a clinical breast exam with your primary care physician, too. Set a good example for the loved ones around you by incorporating healthy practices. This can include, starting a garden, eating as organic as possible, exercising regularly, and packing healthy lunches for your kids.

 

Talk to Your Family and Friends

Teach your children about self care and good breast health. Tell them about the health risks that come with smoking and alcohol. Talk with your kids, siblings, parents and grandparents about your family’s health history. Consider talking to your sister, mom, or best friend about getting a mammogram - or go together!

 

Give a Meaningful Gift

Go out of your way to show someone you care. If someone close to you is struggling with cancer, offer to get their groceries, bake them a casserole, take them to a doctor’s appointment, or just be there for them when they need it. A gift doesn’t have to involve money or the purchase of a material item. A sentimental trinket is nice, but having compassion and showing care for someone going through something really difficult is worth so much more.

 

Get Involved

Consider raising money for a good cause, attending a local event, or starting your own fundraiser during the month of October. Plan a breast health workshop or class in your school, organization, or community. Get involved and make a difference.

 

Take Care of Yourself

Put in the effort to take care of yourself and this goes beyond eating right. Of course, it’s good to avoid processed foods, but also make sure you are exercising and curbing any habits that negatively affect your health. Replace them with good ones. Turn your 10 minute smoke break into a 10 minute walk break. Avoid staying up to late and try hitting the sack even 20 minutes earlier. Change your monthly Girl’s Night into a Girl’s Spa Day and get a reiki session.

 

It’s all about little changes to make small steps toward health. Breast health goes beyond routine breast exams, it starts with the food you eat and getting outdoors to everything in between.

 

Reiki and the Road to Recovery

September is national substance abuse recovery month.  It is safe to say that this country has been experiencing a substance abuse crisis for some time.  The state that I write from, Vermont, is certainly experiencing an epidemic with opioid addiction.  However, it isn’t just illegal drugs causing this problem, there is also rampant misuse of prescribed medications causing both addiction and dependency.  Addiction doesn’t just affect those who use drugs and alcohol; it affects their loved ones and the greater community.  While there are mainstream treatments, both successful and sometimes not so much, for people trying to become sober, there are also other effective supports for people as they begin their journey of recovery that are less often talked about and utilized.  Reiki and mindfulness are practices that can significantly help people suffering from substance abuse.

 

Practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, and Reiki are some examples of additional approaches to traditional treatment for substance abuse therapy.  As for Reiki, there are several ways in which it can be useful.  Those in early recovery often are experiencing significant distress in their body due to withdrawal symptoms; Reiki can help make those feelings more tolerable.   Reiki encourages the body to rid itself of toxins and assists the body to self-heal faster.

 

Those in early recovery often experience intense anxiety and are often on an emotional roller coaster.  Anger, uncertainty, fear, guilt, hopelessness, and shame are usually the main feeling experiences during the first few months in recovery.  The relaxation benefit of Reiki can reduce the risk of relapse during this highly emotional time and help the individual learn new coping strategies crucial for the success of living a new way of being.

 

Sleep disturbances are often another symptom of early recovery.  Insomnia and lack of sleep can lead to poor mental health and difficulty with emotional regulation.  Good sleep is fundamental for the body’s ability to heal and to function properly in the daily world.  Reiki is often said to be beneficial for normalizing healthy sleep patterns.

 

Self-esteem and self-worth are issues inherently tied in with people who suffer from substance abuse addiction.  Reiki can target issues in one’s past that are repetitively causing problems in the present.  Reiki can help one feel at peace in their own skin aiding value and meaning to one’s life experience.  Reiki can encourage moving forward in life versus continually living in the past.  

 

Spirituality is a traditional component of 12 step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.  Those in early recovery often have a feeling that their higher power has left or forgotten them, or is non-existence.  Reiki can aid one’s understanding of their relationship to spirituality and a higher power without rigid religious beliefs. 

 

Unfortunately, addiction does not just affect an individual, it affects that person’s friends, family and otherwise loved ones.  It is often tragic and heartbreaking for all those who care for the afflicted individual.  Supporting those loved ones is extremely important!  Finding the necessary emotional and mental support reinforces the inner strength necessary to carry on when dealing with a loved one suffering with addiction.  Reiki can help one lose their emotional attachment while still embracing the active addict/alcoholic with love.  It promotes wellbeing for caregivers as well as loved ones!

 

This article isn’t meant to encourage Reiki as a replacement for necessary medical treatment.  However, this article is meant to encourage you to think about additional, alternative methods to addiction recovery.  In my opinion, all recovery options should be explored, embraced and shared.  If you have further questions or comments regarding Reiki and addiction/recovery, please leave them in the comments section below and I will do my best to respond promptly.

 

Hilary Denton

What makes a good healer anyways?

So you’ve decided to pursue an alternative approach to your health and wellbeing.  Maybe you’re thinking of giving something new a try because the “same ole, same ole” just isn’t working.  Maybe your considering giving energy medicine a try but just don’t know what to look for in an energy worker, sometimes referred to as a healer.  Or maybe you yourself feel you have a calling to learn more about holistic health and healing.  There are some common themes among healers that seem to strengthen their skill set.

So what makes a good healer anyways?  First of all, the word heal is defined at becoming whole; the act of cleansing; to purify.  So the healer sets out to purify their whole being; the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects.  In my first blog, I wrote that healing is on ongoing process; healing requires honest self-reflection and making the appropriate actions and changes to keep the components of self, integrated and in balance.  It also involves a disciplined practice of staying in the moment so that one can best take their personal inventory and deal with their own issues as they arise.

A good healer has a daily spiritual practice.  The healer connects to their higher power through prayer and meditation daily, often multiple times per day.  Making this connection requires that the healer have an understanding that a divine intelligence or higher power, is in charge of their life as well as the lives of their clients.  Knowing how or why this power works in not important, but knowing with demonstrated faith that indeed this power does work for the highest good is the key here.  Having a spiritual practice does not require religious dogma, in fact, many of the best healers I know have rejected many aspects of their religious upbringing enabling them to have a more valuable and personal relationship with the divine.  Questioning and contemplation of religious doctrine will often bring you to a greater understanding of how the divine can manifest in your life and enable you to live a more spiritually minded way of life.  A good healer is open to all the ways that the divine can manifest in his or her life.

A good healer is someone who is empathic yet able to stay detached.  A good healer knows without a doubt that healing comes from within, and that they can’t necessarily “fix” someone else.  Sometimes people say they want to be better yet they go on doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.  Offering someone the space to feel and see their own lives in truth while expressing kindness and compassion are often all that is necessary for one’s emotional process to begin their journey in healing.  A good healer will empower you take charge of your healing.

A good healer often is someone who has had their fair share of struggles and had to overcome many obstacles.  Difficulties in life often bring you to a better understanding of yourself, showing you areas of needed growth and defining your ability to persevere.  If it weren’t for the times that I was brought to my knees, crying and searching for something greater then myself to get me through then I may never have known what true healing means, for me.  Now I can express gratitude for the times that stretch me thin in myself, because I know that my higher power is expanding my awareness and consciousness offering me the opportunity to learn, grow and relate my experience to others.  A person’s ability to triumph over tribulation is in my opinion, the greatest meaning of healing there is.

These are just some aspects that define what a good healer is, it’s up to you to figure out what other qualities are important and meaningful in your life.  Feel free to comment below what your experience is, what your thoughts are!

 

 

 

 

It's always a good time to begin...

There has been a rise in interest of the healing arts.  Energy medicine, once thought to be New Age, has now become a mainstream practice.  Reiki is now widely accepted in many hospitals and offered in various care facilities and accepted as a valid modality for positive health and wellbeing.

First of all, it’s important to note that health and healing is an ongoing process that doesn’t stop.  Being preventive is the first step; however, many of us, wait until it’s too late and we have had to undergo a health crisis before we realize the importance of actually taking precautionary steps to avoid pitfalls in our health. 

Additionally, in today’s fast paced society, self-care is one area where we are often lacking.  The time it takes to work, prepare food, get the nightly chores done, and then of course, by the time the weekend comes, it is often devoted to getting done all the things that didn’t get done throughout the week.  If we’re lucky, there will be a little time left for relaxing or playing before we are faced all too quickly with Monday morning once again.  This routine creates the prime conditions for illness and disease, and not to mention depression and anxiety. 

Like I said before, most people wait until it’s too late before they realize the importance of nourishing one’s self BEFORE something bad happens, but better late than never!  It’s always a good time to begin.