What if we could go back in time and repair or influence something in our lives that affects the outcome of the present? Or future?
I was listening to a talk by a shamanic friend and colleague, Alida Birch, and she mentioned a study by researcher Leonard Leibovici that was done with hospital patients who had sepsis in 1990. The objective of the study was to have people say prayers for a group of patients to see if it had any effect on the outcomes. The study showed that mortality was lower and the overall length of stay and fever were shorter in the group that were included in prayers. Here’s the interesting part - the prayers were said ten years after the people were in the hospital with the infection!
Let that sink in…
How did that work? We are multi-dimensional energy beings experiencing a brief physical stint on earth. In our natural energetic state we are not bound by the constraints of time or space. So healing can happen in present time when the tending is focused on the past, and it can clear the way for creating the future we want to embody.
In Reiki Level 2 we learn how to do healing at a distance. What makes this possible is the symbol called Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen. Once this symbol is activated in us through an energetic attunement, we can use it to send Reiki healing light anywhere instantaneously. And we can also use the symbol to send Reiki through time, to the past and to the future. When I first learned this in my Reiki class, a whole new perspective opened for me. It changed completely the way I thought about healing and energy.
Now as a teacher, I share with my students that this is an ideal practice to work with in our own tending. We know the times in our lives which were difficult, when and where we experienced trauma, pain, injury. We can see ourselves at that age in that situation and send Reiki light back in time to ourselves. It may be the thing that gets us through that difficult time. But it also stays in the energy field afterwards, continuing to work through the energy bodies like a time release medicine. It unwinds the trauma from the cells, from the organs, the chakras, the etheric template. It takes the juice out of the story we tell ourselves, and uncovers our true selves, the Divine light we truly are.
We can also send Reiki ahead of us to the future. In a practical manner we can send it to clear and elevate the space in doctor’s offices for procedures and surgeries, and to highways and hotels before we travel. But we can also send it ahead to how we want to be in the world. If I want to be fearless, compassionate and patient, then I send Reiki to that image of myself embodying those qualities.
One would think if we had a magical tool like this, we would use it all the time to heal our past hurts and envision our joyful future. But I have found we have a habit of neglecting our own self-healing.
In Reiki Level 1, my teacher stressed that doing Reiki on ourselves every day was very important for us to continue to learn to flow Reiki and to integrate the attunement. I did that every night before I went to bed for a few weeks, then it tapered off, and I might do it when I remembered or when I had a pain or illness. After each level I would practice less on myself and more on others. But I was more tuned into my energy and my guides and I would get a message or feel when I needed to give myself Reiki. Then when I became a Reiki teacher I saw with my students how giving themselves Reiki treatments is a key part of the learning experience.
If we look within ourselves for the power to affect change, we will find it. I realized when I heard Alida mention the prayer study that if I spent as much time seeing myself in the future the way I want it to be instead of wondering what it will take to get me there, the manifestation of that future would be happening now. And then adding power to the vision with tools like Reiki, prayer (in itself a form of energy medicine), affirmations, tapping, and shamanic journey work, we are amplifying that creation of our future.
It’s worth making time for, isn’t it?
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-There are so many kindred spirits doing the work out there. I include these links to help our community connect with one another.
FAIRY CONGRESS - Offers a summer weekend gathering in person with workshops, circles and of course faeries and nature beings! They also offer a winter virtual weekend with amazing guest speakers like Orion Foxwood, David Spangler and R.J. Stewart. I highly recommend joining the online network to participate in monthly workshops, circles, and book clubs.
SACRED HOOP Magazine Guide to Shamanism Compilation- http://www.sacredhoop.org/Pages/FreeGuide.html
Owner Valeria Pearson lovingly created SOLE TO SOUL YOGA studio with a community focus. There are classes for all levels and events that lift the spirit. I am delighted to partner with her to offer a kirtan chanting circle once a month.
My friend and herbalist mentor, LAWRENCE BIRCH is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, plant whisperer and shamanic practitioner. If you need custom tincture blends or are interested in a wildcrafting apprenticeship, he is the teacher extraordinaire:
ROGER WHEELOCK and GAYLE RUTH are shamanic practitioners and teachers in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. https://www.rainmother.com/ I am grateful to be able to take part in ceremony with them, and to support their love for the Peruvian people through the World Ayni Association. Roger has a practice in Asheville, NC https://www.communityshaman.com/
NEW WORLD KIRTAN = Kitzie's podcasts include interviews with artists and kirtan music. I love attending her weekly Satsang group and the New World Kirtan Band concerts -