Spiritual AwakeningWritten by Sam Stevens
As we proceed further into 21st century there is even more of a feeling that humanity as a whole is hearing "a calling". Most of clients in realm that talk about this describe it as an "awakening" or experiencing an "enlightenment" or a "need for transformation." For some this process, a spiritual awakening is a gentle process develops as a consequence of many years of seeking, and researching practices having to do with self-development. This is type of seeker who wants spiritual awakening and seeks out guidance of a teacher or to help them prepare themselves emotionally and physically for their spiritual awakening. However, I have noticed that no matter how trained an individual nobody is ever ready for what Eastern religions call awakening of Kundalini energy. The sad truth is most spiritual awakenings are quite rude: what some of us call a "wake up call." True enlightenment is usually preceded by some kind of life loss or tragedy that kick starts awakening of consciousness. A common catalyst is intense physical or emotional distress. As people confront limits of their endurance and come face to face with death or loss, they will often move into altered or transcendental states of consciousness as they ask God or a higher power for help. Natural disasters, near-death experiences or life transitions such as midlife crisis, addiction or separation can be blessings in disguise that lead to a blossoming of spiritual awareness. It is thought that practices such as yoga, bioenergetics, polarity work or breathwork can cause a natural awakening of Kundalini energy. Kundalini is Hindu word for sacred, transformative energy that awakens consciousness. According to Eastern esoteric literature, this energy is coiled, like a snake at base of spine and when stimulated it streams or coils up through body's energy centers (chakras). The awakening of kundalini is almost always associated with a spiritual crisis. Typically person may feel overwhelmed, bewildered, disassociated, frightened vulnerable, fragmented, fearful, confused, disoriented and overcome by too much information. This can be first sign that you are about to be blessed with a spiritual awakening, although many may feel it more like a "curse'. Some of symptoms you might experience during a spiritual awakening are: Involuntary jerking movements of body including vibrations, spasm, shaking and contractions: As Kundalini energy moves from base of spine and up through body, it clears deeply held blockages and while this is happening person may experience emotions and memories from injuries and traumas suffered in past. The Hindus call this “pranic” movement.
What is Reiki?Written by Sam Stevens
Reiki is an ancient form of energy healing in which a properly attuned Reiki Practitioner serves as a conduit for Universal Life Force (or ReiKi). The Reiki practitioner opens them self up as a conduit for a semi-sentient energy summoned from a higher source to facilitate healing or correct a person’s aura. The Reiki Practitioner is not a healer per se – but energy moves through them to work with recipient’s higher will in correcting imbalances and treating situations from core causal point rather than effect. This is thought to have a beneficial effect on body, mind, and spirit, emotional and in Indian systems - chakra system. Everything in universe is thought to have an underlying energy that gives it form, structure, health, strength and autonomy. This invisible, but formidable force is called Chi by Chinese mystics and martial artists and referred to as Prana by Indian masters and healers. It is also called “orgone energy” and practice itself is also described by names Chi Gong and Polarity therapy. Whatever you want to call it, word Reiki literally means “Universal Life Force.” Reiki is capable of healing anything because it works at very fundamental levels of reality. The level of reality where Reiki operates is underlying energy structure of matter, as physical matter we see around us is a solidified form of energy. The health, flow and strength of this force are thought to be affected by our thoughts. Think negative thoughts and manifest diseases and unfortunate events. Think positive thoughts and good health and good fortune. Think nothing and achieve bliss. Reiki is really about helping those who are stuck in self, access healing energies of a higher power. In some ways too, Reiki can be called an active, ritualistic form of prayer. A Reiki healing is a very simple, and quite religious act of faith. In essence, Reiki Healer or Master can be seen as a channel or vessel for transformative power of God’s love. The practitioner places his or her hands upon person to be healed with intent for healing to occur, and then energy begins flowing. Into afflicted part of body, without any judgement or thoughts from Reiki Master. The healer draws exactly amount of needed energy to recipient. There is no conscious intervention or appeal on part of healer who are there to keep “healing space” open between diseased or troubled person and divine love before. The healer/s job is to get out of way and be a conduit. Often, if you will observe a Reiki healer, he or she will appear to stop and watch or listen for signs of what to do next, from a silent voice.