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Awwwhhh...The Beautiful "DIAMOND"
King of Crystals; Stone of Invulnerability; King Gem
C (elemental carbon)
10 (the hardest substance known)
Diamonds actually come in many colors but the one's we're most familiar with are clear crystals with incredible sparkle and "fire" inside.
Most people know that diamonds are the hardest substance found in nature but did you know diamonds are four times
harder than corundum (sapphire and ruby), the next hardest stones?
But even as hard as they are they do have one weakness, or should I say four? Diamonds have four direction of cleavage, meaning if one received a sharp blow in one of these directions it will split. It takes a skilled diamond cutter and setter to ensure that the stone is shaped and set in a position where one of these weak points will be protected during normal wear.
Diamonds are a form of elemental carbon, the foundation of all life on earth.
Perfect crystals are extremely rare and most will have a slight flaw somewhere inside. These flaws are generally minute traces of non-crystallized carbon or internal stress fractures called 'inclusions', luckily most of these aren't apparent to the naked eye.
Perfect clarity means that no inclusions are visible when the diamond is viewed under a 10X lens.
The clarity grading scale includes:
- FL for flawless
- VS for very slight inclusions
- SI for slight inclusions
- I for imperfect
SI diamonds usually appear perfect to the naked eye, only when viewed under a strong lens are the inclusions appparent.
Lore & History:
Diamond" comes from the Greek adamao, transliterated as "adamao," "I tame" or "I subdue." The adjective "adamas" was used to describe the hardest substance known, and eventually became synonymous with diamond.
Knowledge of the diamond and the origin of its many conations (sic) start in India, where it was first mined.
The word most generally used for diamond in Sanskrit is transliterated as vajra, "thunderbolt," and indrayudha, "Indra's weapon." Because Indra is the warrior god from Vedic scriptures, the foundation of Hinduism, the thunderbolt symbol indicates much about the Indian conception of the diamond.
The flash of lightning is a suitable comparison for the light thrown off by a fine diamond octahedron and a diamond's indomitable hardness. Early descriptions of vajra date to the 4th century BCE that is supported by archaeological evidence. By that date diamond was a valued material. The presence of diamonds in Rome by about 100 CE is established by the writings of Pliny the Elder (23--79 CE), by sapphire engravings, and by talismanic diamond rings.
Curiously, early Chinese references to diamonds cite their coming from Rome in iron scribes. Chinese interest in diamonds was strictly as an engraving or carving tool, primarily for jade, or as a drill for beads and pearls.
Diamonds began appearing in European regalia and jewelry in the 13th and 14th centuries. Diamonds disappeared from Europe for nearly 1,000 years after the rise of Christianity. Roman talismanic and Eastern magical symbolism rendered diamond abhorrent to the rising new religion.
Despite its physical absence, the diamond survived conceptually, as the Middle Ages witnessed a rediscovery and reinterpretation of early writings on stones. Medieval treatises called lapidaries presented the qualities of different stones; their power; their efficacy as medicine, poison, or antidote; whether they could reproduce; and sundry other properties. Lapidaries were written until the Age of Enlightenment, in the 18th century.
Marbode, Bishop of Rennes (1061--1081), wrote "De gemmarum," on the spiritual and medicinal attributes of gems. In a book lacking in the expected Christian symbolism, Marbode describes the diamond: "This stone has aptitude for magical arts, indomitable virtues it provides the bearer, nocturnal spirits and bad dreams it repels, black poisons flee, disputes and screams are changed. Cures insanity, strikes hard against enemies. For these purposes the stone should be set in silver, armored in gold, and fastened to the left arm."
Diamonds were believed to render their owners courageous and fearless. Thus nobles like Cosimo the Elder, Florence (1389-1464), Henry II of France (1519 -- 59), and perhaps the Dukes of Burgundy used them as symbols in rings and even wore them into battle.
Specific Properties of colored diamonds:
Clear: bond relationships, encourage innocence, love, longevity, balance, clarity, profundity, abundance, courage, purity, hope and discernment. Helps one get to the essence of things.
Black: Helps to grant the courage to look within ourselves without illusions.
Blue: Helps to inspire us to take better care of our health and helps strengthen the will.
Pink: Fosters Creative Expression (great stone for an artist of any kind)
Yellow (also called Canary): Encorages thoughtfulness and consideration of others.
Diamonds are used to balance the metabolism, de-toxify the body, and strengthen ones eyesight.
Diamonds, being perfect forms of carbon, are the purest expression of earth's energy. Diamonds are also connected with the non-physical planes, as evidenced by their unparalleled ability to refract light of all colors. Thus the diamond is a bridge or link between the physical and spiritual realms.
Diamonds are great conductors of energy, both physically and spiritually. They are said to amplify whatever energy the wearer is experiencing. This means that anyone depressed should not wear this stone.
Because of diamonds unique powers of light reflection, this stone is incredible at cleansing all of the chakras, as well as all the layers of the aura. Diamonds are associated with the 7th, or crown, chakra. It allows us to connect with the pure love of the universe.
Diamonds are often used in a metaphor for our human process of becoming refined, cut and polished: to be a perfect manifestation of light in the physical world.
Because of its durability and purity, the diamond is often given as engagement, wedding, and anniversary gifts as a commitment to never-ending love. The diamond is also known as the stone of reconciliation Deity/Elemental/Planetary Affinity:
Aries Birthstone; Alternate Birthstone for August, September and November; Stone for teh 30th and 60th anniversary; Diamond Jewelry for 10th anniversary; State Gem of Arkansas; Seasonal Gem for Winter; Universal Symbol of LoveWhere to Wear for best results:
Finger or Temple; said to be particulary lucky to Aries people when worn on the left side of the body.
sometimes called marigold
Product Notes: Calendula flowers have a slightly bitter and somewhat salty flavor, and a sweet, sharp, buttery aroma.
Calendula has been used an herbal remedy and as coloring and flavoring for food in Central and Southern Europe since the 1100s. Commonly known there as marigold, calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. It's well known for its skin-soothing properties — this gentle herb is used as an ingredient in all types of skin care preparations, including salves, body washes, creams, ointments and lotions.
To use calendula in medicinal recipes, you often must start with an infused oil. This oil can then be blended into creams and salves for topical use.
Calendula Infused Oil
- Wash one cup fresh calendula petals. Chop coarsely and put in a small saucepan.
- Just cover calendula with vegetable or olive oil and heat over very low heat for two hours, stirring occasionally. You only want to warm the petals to release their oils.
- Allow to cool and pour into glass jars. Place in a dark, cool area for a week. Then strain mixture into a new jar. Store in a cool, dark location.
You can also put fresh petals in a jar of oil in the sun for two weeks to create a solar-infused oil. Make sure the jar is tightly covered and strain the oil after those two weeks. For a stronger infusion, add more flowers to strained oil and let sit in the sun for two more weeks. Strain and store.
NOW TO THE SALVE....
- Blend four parts infused oil and one part melted bees wax. You may adjust the amount of oil and beeswax to create the consistency you want. salves are made by adding ¼ cup of beeswax to one cup of infused oil. Heat until the beeswax has melted.
- Pour into a wide jar and cover. This mixture will thicken into a salve that you can use for burns and abrasions. It is also useful for diaper rash and other skin ailments.
The Plant: Calendula is valued both as a natural remedy and as a colorful garden flower. This two-foot-tall, hardy annual can grow quite bushy, and its large, two- to three-inch flowers (which range from yellow to bright orange in color) are attractive additions to borders. Calendula blooms continuously throughout the winter in warmer climates and throughout the summer in the north. Cooler temperatures and picking the flowers promotes more flowering, while high heat in summer will stress the plant and stop flowering.
The parts of the plant used are the flower heads — harvested while they are in full bloom — or the petals (ligulate florets), which are removed from the receptacle after harvesting.
Calendula flowers open in the morning and close in the late afternoon. They are of the highest quality when harvested late morning after the dew is dried off of the flowers — this is when the resin content is at its highest. When handpicking calendula, the flowers' dark tacky resin clings noticeably to the fingers.
Calendula has anti-inflammatory effects when it is used topically and it is also a potent antioxidant. Because of its antiviral and antibacterial qualities, it is also useful in treating minor wounds and abrasions.
The petals of calendula are often added to salads as well. Their bright orange color is an attractive contrast to salad green and their slightly bitter flavor compliments the other vegetables.
When cooked, the flavor mellows. Calendula can be used much like saffron by adding it to rice and pasta dishes.ds, main course dishes, and even dessert.
Calendula tea is easy to make. Simply put a couple of teaspoons of calendula petals in an infuser and pour a cup of boiling water over it. Allow to steep for at least 10 minutes.
Sweeten if desired and drink for minor digestive irritation or use the tea as a wash for minor wounds.
There are two methods of making soap.
'Cold process' is the term used to describe the traditional method of soap making and this is when oils such as palm or coconut oil are mixed with an alkaline solution and this reaction causes the oils to saponify and form soap. This is actually relatively easy to do at home, a new type of soap making known as 'melt and pour' has made making soap at home much more accessible.
Melt and pour soaps are blocks of glycerin soap base that can be melted down in a domestic kitchen, have fragrances and other additives included and then poured into molds to set. Melt and pour soaps come in clear and opaque form and there is now an organic version. These work extremely well with calendula petals. This is very straightforward to do, simply add some petals before pouring the melted soap into molds and stir them in well.
Constituents of Note: There are a number of potentially significant constituents in calendula. Triterpene glycosides (guercetin, isohamnetin), triterpene alcohols and triterpene saponins are major components. Carotenoids including beta-carotene, lycopene, violaxanthin and lutein are responsible for the color of the flowers and for the use of calendula as a food coloring. Other constituents include a small amount of essential oil (60% alpha-cardinal), flavonoids (narcissan) and a bitter principle (calendnin).
Quality: Marigold flowers have a slightly bitter and somewhat salty flavor and a sweet, sharp, buttery aroma. Not more than 2% other plant parts should be present — including sepals and the fruits (seeds).
Whole flowers (with the receptacle) should be carefully inspected to make sure they are properly dried as the receptacle dries much slower than the petals and can cause mold problems.
Calendula flower petals do not have this problem.
Good quality dried flowers have a slightly oily feel to them when rubbed between the fingers.
The flowers quickly fade when exposed to light, so they should always be stored in dark conditions. They also readily absorb moisture, which degrades the flowers, so calendula needs airtight storage, especially in humid conditions.
While both the whole calendula flowers and calendula petals are used interchangeably, the petals are considered superior for use in most applications.
Between single-petaled, double-petaled, yellow-colored and orange-colored varieties, there is not, as of yet, consensus on which is the best — or even if one type is better than another.
Herbs have to be considered outstanding in at least two of three categories—medicinal, culinary or decorative.
Calendula is outstanding in all three categories and well deserving of the title.
Many herb organizations, herb companies, retail stories and herb societies recognize the herb of the year and support public education on the chosen herb, throughout the year.
Directions: To make calendula skin care oil, place one cup of calendula flower petals (petals are better than whole flowers for this use) in a non-reactive container such as a glass jar. Cover with one cup of vegetable oil (a high quality oil such as extra-virgin olive oil or almond oil makes a good base), stir well, adding more oil if needed to keep the calendula completely submerged and the jar full.
To extract using the sun, place container in a bag or box to keep out the sunlight, then place in the sun for a week. Stir contents daily. Or alternately, put calendula and oil in a crock pot or other thermostatically controlled container. Keep crock pot on the warm setting, stirring several times a day, making sure the mixture does not get too hot (over 110 F.) and replacing oil as needed. When the oil takes on the color and aroma of the calendula (about a week), strain out all of the flowers, squeezing them well to remove as much of the oil as possible. Place in a glass jar and let stand for a few days to let any sediment remaining in the calendula oil fall to the bottom of the jar. Draw oil off the sediment and store in a tightly sealed glass container. Keep in a cool, dark place. Use the oil as a massage, skin care oil or as a base for salves. Adding a little vitamin E to the finished calendula flower oil will help increase its shelf life. Scenting the calendula oil with synergistic essential oils such as lavender and geranium enhances the benefits of the calendula oil.
A gentle but powerful herb, calendula flowers can used on damaged, sensitive, chafed or irritated skin. Calendula is often combined with other herbs such as comfrey leaf, aloes, St. John’s wort and lavender flowers.
In foods, calendula petals are sometimes used as a substitute for saffron, to provide a similar color to saffron and somewhat mimic the rich flavor of saffron. The spicy flavor of calendula is used to season baked goods such as breads and cakes, egg dishes, soups and fish and to decorate desserts.
Of gourmet interest are such treats as calendula butter, calendula vinegar and calendula salad dressing.
Historically calendula was also used to color butter and cheese.
Another great recipe.....
Have a backyard bed of marigolds? Share some with guests the next time you entertain by adding them to a cream cheese dip. It's a surprisingly delicious appetizer.
MARIGOLD CHEESE DIP
8 Servings Prep: 10 min. + chilling
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced chives
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh savory
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh marigold petals
- Assorted crackers
- In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla, salt and
- pepper until smooth. Stir in the chives, savory and marigold petals.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers.
- Yield: 2 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 160 calories, 15 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 173 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.
Calendula flowers are an ingredient in hair rinses, shampoos, shaving creams and deodorants. In shampoo and hair rinse, calendula is added to formulas made for light-colored hair as it helps to brighten blonde or red hair. A dye for fabric can also be extracted from the flowers.
Caution/Safety: The Botanical Safety Handbook* classifies Calendula as:Class:1 herbs which can be safely consumed when used appropriately Per the German Commission E Monograph** for calendula flower, there are no known contraindications, side effects or drug interactions. People who are allergic or sensitive to other members of the Asteraceae family, such as daisies or ragweed, should exercise caution until they have established they do not have a reaction to calendula flowers.
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When hydrated, it generates and maintains a very strong electromagnetic field, which allows it to attract and hold unwanted , non-nutritive substances such as pesticides and other toxins so that they can be eliminated from the body, serves as an absorbent aid in detoxification.
When a facial or clay poultice is applied, the unique molecular structure of Clay deep cleanses skin pores, removing dirt and impurities, lifting out poisons and toxins stored in the epidermis; pimples and blackheads are absorbed into the clay bed, resulting in accelerated healing and nourishment of the skin. The skin is clean, refreshed, and alive. You can see and feel the difference, and is by far the most effective clay, with the strongest drawing power.
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Anti-inflammatory literally means
something that reduces inflammation. Inflammation is the bodies response to harm
from damage, irritants and pathogens.
Inflammation is how the body tries
to protect itself and also to initiate healing. The most common symptoms of
inflammation are pain, heat & swelling, redness and sometimes loss of
Approximately half of pain relief drugs (analgesics) are
Anti-inflammatory, and they work by trying to reduce pain by reducing
inflammation. (Opioids make up most of the other half and they work by blocking
pain signals in the central nervous system.)
What are opioids?
Opioids are medications that relieve pain.
They reduce the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain and affect those
brain areas controlling emotion, which diminishes the effects of a painful
Medications that fall within this class include:
- hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin)
- oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet)
- morphine (e.g., Kadian, Avinza)
- codeine, and related drugs.
Hydrocodone products are the most commonly
prescribed for a variety of painful conditions, including dental and
Morphine is often used before and after surgical procedures
to alleviate severe pain.
Codeine, on the other hand, is often prescribed for
In addition to their pain relieving properties, some of these
drugs—codeine and diphenoxylate (Lomotil) for example—can be used to relieve
coughs and severe diarrhea.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work by preventing prostaglandins
from being produced, and prostaglandins create inflammation so blocking these
prevents inflammation and therefore the pain associated with it.
are natural substances that can also help to reduce inflammation.
Here are some additional ones as well:
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It could immediately change your life for the better.
A better night’s sleep for one!
Trouble getting to bed at a reasonable hour?
Late work schedule?
Bad sleeping habits?
Staring at the ceiling, thoughts spinning in your head, and many times, your heart racing?
The human body is amazingly adaptable, Reiki treatments are real relief for the anxiety that can keep you sleepless for so long.
Very quickly you will notice a subtle shift into relaxation.
Start your day, week or month, with a 30 minute Reiki session, come as often as
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No doctor or machine knows your body as well as you do. According to the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, "Most breast lumps are found by women themselves and most lumps are not cancer."
Many women do not do breast exams because they do not want to know if there is a lump. This does not make the lump go away, and it does not make a lump benign (not cancerous).
HOW TO DO A BREAST EXAM
#1. Lie down and put a pillow under you right shoulder. Place your right arm behind your head.
#2. Use the finger pads (the top third of every finger) of your three middle fingers on your left hand to feel for lumps or thickening.
#3. Press firmly enough to know how your breast feels. Learn what your breast feels like most of the time (the breasts tend to change slightly during various times during your cycle).
Note: a firm ridge in the lower curve of each breast is normal.
#4. The best time to do a breast self-exam is right after your period, when your breast are not tender or swollen. If you do not have regular periods or sometimes skip a month, do it on the same day every month.
#5. Move around the breast in a set way. You can choose any of the following patterns.
(A) Walk your fingers in a circular motion much like marking out a bulls eye.
(B) Walk your fingers up and down in a line.
(C) Walk you fingers in a wedge pattern starting at the nipple and going back and forth like marking out cutting a pie.
#6. Gently squeeze the nipple to check for any discharge such as: blood, lymph fluid or pus.
#7. Now examine your left breast in the same fashion using the right hand's finger pads.
#8. If you find any change (not just a lump), the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY suggest that you see your doctor right away.
There is no one better way, but you should do it the same way every time.
Make sure that you have examined every portion of the breast.
Do it monthly so you will remember how your breast should feel.
FOR ADDED SAFETY
You should also check your breast while standing in front of a mirror right after you do your breast self-exam each month.
For mirror examination put your hands over your head
See if there are any changes in the way your breasts look such as: The basic shape of one breast compared to the other, dimpling of the skin, changes in the nipple, or redness or swelling. Then put your hands on your hips
and exam in the same fashion.
You might also want to do a breast self-exam while you're in the shower. Your soapy hands will glide over the wet skin making it easy to check how your breasts feel.
WHAT IF I FIND A LUMP?
Most lumps are not cancerous. However, I would treat all lumps as being potentially malignant (cancerous).
Many cancerous tumors are self contained and are in a type of sealed pack. If a biopsy is done while the tumor is still in the patient and it ismalignant some of the cancer can escape into the circulatory system and can then spread.
If a doctor wants to do a biopsy, insist that he removes it intact and then cut into it once it is out of the body.
If he refuses, find a good doctor who will listen to and respects his patients.
If it is proven that the tumor is cancerous
I would get 2 doctors' opinions and two natural health practitioners' opinions and study out the next course of action.
WHAT IMPROVES THE HEALTH OF THE BREAST?
Vitamin E with Selenium
is important to the breast. Many women have taken approximately 1200 IU.
to help reduce or prevent soreness or fibroid cysts. Vitamin E aids in immune function and normalizing hormonal production.
Eating fruits and vegetables can help you get enough vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium into your diet.
Vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium all act as antioxidants, which can protect your cell membranes and DNA from damage. These important nutrients can be found in many foods and eating a balanced, healthy diet can help you make sure you are getting enough of each. Vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium can be found in many fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin important for good health. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects vitamin A, vitamin C as well as important fatty acids, which are important components of your cell membranes. According to J. Anderson, professor of food and nutrition at Colorado State University, good sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils, leafy green vegetables, nuts, whole-grain products and egg yolks. As with vitamin C, if you eat a well-balanced, healthy diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, your diet will contain adequate amounts of vitamin E.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, selenium is an essential mineral that, when combined with vitamin E, acts as a powerful antioxidant, which protects your DNA from damage from free radicals. Selenium also helps with your thyroid health and is important for your immune system. Good dietary sources of selenium include fish, such as tuna and halibut, garlic, whole grains and shellfish. Because selenium is destroyed when foods containing it are processed, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends regularly eating whole, unprocessed foods. Most adults need approximately 55 micrograms of selenium to meet the recommended dietary allowance.
A good balance of estrogen and progesterone is important for the maintenance of breast tissue.
Exercise keeps the lymphatic system working efficiently.
A properly fitted bra is essential for lymphatic draining.
There is a very close correlation between the health of the liver
and the health of the breast.
One of the many functions of the liver is to discard mutated or used hormones including estrogen. It is believed by many that it is not estrogen but rather mutated estrogen that feeds abnormal growths in the breast, cervix, uterus and ovaries.
Possible indication of liver involvement would be poor ability to sleep at night and poor night vision.In addition for women, clotty or heavy periods and/or tender breast.
WHAT IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE HEALTH OF THE BREAST?
A high fat diet is associated with breast cancer.
Underarm deodorants keep toxins in and the limited lymphatics in the area, are kept too busy cleansing debris to nourish the breast tissue properly.
Caffeine from coffee, tea, soda, and chocolate are noted to cause or at least contribute to fibroid cysts of the breast.
SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE BREAST
Although total fitness is the best defense for preventing abnormal growths of any kind there are certain herbs or combinations that have been used quite successfully for enhancing the health and healing of the breast.
- Saw Palmettohas historically been used for sore breast and increasing breast size
- Sage and Parsley will help dry up breast milk after weaning a child
- Onion Poultice, All cell detox and Lymph cleanse for infected breast
- Liver Cleanse historically used to help nutritionally support the liver
- There is an herbal combo called Breast Assure, which woman just rave about which can be taken on a regular basis as a preventative as well as for breast problems
Ultrasound to the breast, is THE most efficient way of detecting tumors and cysts.
Never rely solely on mammograms.
Compulsive Nail Biting?
Nail-biting is fairly common, but for some it is more than just a bad habit.
It can become quite serious, as people who suffer from compulsive nail-biting may experience bleeding, bruises, infections, or even permanent damage to the fingers.
The behavior is often unconscious, and people with this compulsion may have difficulty stopping because they may be unaware of their actions.
There are a lot of nervous habits out there, but nail biting is, by far, the most common. It is a hard habit to break.
Nail-biting may lead to shame and anxiety, which can result in more of the behavior.
Nail biting can be a sign of deeper emotional issues in some people such as extended stress, or prolonged anxiety.
About 50% of all kids between the ages of 10 and 18 bite on their nails. That is a lot of kids, either way you look at it!
Not only that, about 23% of kids that are between ages 18 to 22 bite on their nails as well.
The good news is that most people stop biting their nails as they grow older. In fact, only about 10% of adults bite their nails.
Boys tend to bite their nails a lot more often after the age of ten,and girls before the age of ten.
Why nail-biters continue their behaviors, and it can be more that just a matter of will-power.
- Self-Soothing: When stressed, many people feel a need for self-soothing and find they feel better when they bite their nails. It has a sort of calming effect on their nervous systems and reduces levels of stimulation.
- Stimulation: On the other hand, when people are bored or inactive, nail-biting may provide a needed level of stimulation for the nervous system. It may help keep a person alert or awake when they would otherwise become bored or distracted.
Dental problems can also come about from too much nail biting, and increases your risk of infection and nail fungus .
That is because your skin becomes torn, and infections have a way into your body.
Long term fingernail biting can cause deformed looking nails.
At Vibrational Light & Energy, Bayday can re-train the brain not to do that.
Reiki can help in returning the bodies system to their natural state of balance,thus releasing the old pattern of nail biting.The goal is to consciously create new learned, non-destructive behaviors.
Nail-biting can become a major focus of life and can interfere with relationships, work, and general happiness. Not recognizing the problem as a real disorder, many do not seek treatment.
For most people, nail biting is not something that you go to the doctor for.
People with compulsive nail-biting may feel crazy and out of control, but not know what to do or where to go for help.... Fortunately, nail-biting responds fairly well to Reiki Treatment.
Reiki as a preventive and curative medicine
Eastern medical philosophy has always emphasized the superiority of maintaining good health over curing illness. Reiki is a preventive medicine , you experience both its preventive and its curative functions at the same time. If you have a disease, Reiki will cure it, if not, Reiki will promote your health and longevity. This preventive cum curative quality of Reiki makes it a unique healing system.
It is natural to be healthy
It is only when certain parts of our bodies fail to function naturally that sickness occurs. The causes may be from bacteria and viruses, organic (toxins) or psychosomatic.
•Bacteria and viruses are always present in our bodies, but they are kept in check (sometimes even exploited to do useful work for us) as long as our bodies function naturally.
•Toxins are continually clogging our organs, but as long as we function naturally, these toxins will be neutralized by the chemicals produced by our body.
•Our brain is continually stressed, but again, if nature runs its course we will be adequately relieved after sleep and rest.
The Eastern concept of health is also wider than that of the West. To be healthy is not just to be free from disease. A person cannot be called healthy if he/she is often restless, irritable or extremely forgetful, cannot concentrate or sleep soundly, and has no zest for work or play.
How does Reiki promote health
First, it frees us from disease; it prevents as well as cures illness. Then it helps us to grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually, giving us the wonderful benefits of health in its wider sense. The preventive and curative qualities of Reiki can be reduced to two simple principles: the cleansing of meridians and balancing of the chakras to achieve a harmonious energy flow.
How does Reiki prevent or cure contagious diseases?
When disease-causing micro-organisms attack certain parts of the body, reserve energy is channelled to meet these attacks. But if the meridians are blocked, then the flow of reserve energy is hindered, and illness results. When using Reiki you cleanse the meridians, harmonizing energy levels and promote a smooth flow of reserve energy to the areas under attack, thus restoring the balance. Reiki sessions increases our reserves of energy, thus preventing any possible future outbreak of illness.
What is Reiki
Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese name consisting of 2 words Rei and Ki meaning spiritually guided life energy (commonly known as Universal Life Energy), an energy which animates us all and is found all around us.
Reiki is a form of spiritual healing using "universal life energy" channelled through me to the recipient.
Reiki helps to harmonize body, mind and spirit for yourself or anyone you want to help.
You relax, fully clothed, on a massage table, lightly covered with a sheet while I hold my hands on or above you. A treatment last 30 minutes. covering all the important organs of the body.
There is no pressure on the body making it ideal for treating all ages and conditions, sometimes hands are even held away from the body. The energy flows wherever it is required (spiritually guided) and can normally be felt as a warm sensation or tingling in the body. Receiving Reiki is a very relaxing and soothing experience!
Reiki is an effective healing method
Reiki can be used for many ailments like reducing stress, relieving pain, headaches, stomach upsets, back problems, asthma - respiratory problems, PMT, menstrual problems, sinus, anxiety and many more. You can find treatment suggestions for specific problems under the button "How to use Reiki". (Please observe that Reiki should never be used instead of medical treatment, it should be used as a compliment and a way to become and remain healthy.)
There is no belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can receive a Reiki treatment . As in any healing the first step towards a healthier life is a desire to be healed.
Reiki - a powerful and gentle healer
•Promotes natural self-healing
•Balances the energies in the body
•Balances the organs and glands
•Strengthens the immune system
•Treats symptoms and causes of illness
•Adapts to the natural needs of the receiver
•Enhances personal awareness
•Relaxes and reduces stress
•Releases blocked and suppressed feelings
•Aids meditation and positive thinking
Reiki will enrich your life and give you happiness and health on all levels.
Reiki and the chakras
Covers and treats all the major chakras!! The chakras are both connected to the physical organs in our body and the different layers in the aura.
7 centers of energy
Chakra is a Sanskrit word and means "wheel". A wheel that spins around its own axis and can spin fast or slowly. A chakra will spin in relation to the energy level of your system. Where will you find these chakras? They exist within us all. In the same way that we have a physical body we also have a subtile body. Our chakras are parts of a large network of subtile energies.
Today we know that living cells from humans, animals and plants give off invisible energies. Simple groups of living tissue issue a sort of light (aura) that can be seen on a Kirlian photo. Specialized groups of cells that make up physical organs create more organized energy patterns. The human body's system consists of sensory, breathing, circulation, digestion, reproduction and secretion. There are six corresponding chakras for these bodily functions. The brain and the whole being also has one chakra, making a total of 7 major chakras. These chakras are situated at the top of the head, forehead, throat, heart, solar plexus, the navel and at the bottom of the pelvis.
The chakras and the physical body
Every chakra has a corresponding organ in our physical system.
The root chakra belongs together with the large intestine and the rectum. It also has a certain influence on the function of the kidneys.
The navel chakra belongs to the reproduction system, the testicles and ovaries and also the urinary bladder and kidneys.
The solar plexus chakra is in relation to the liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen and the small intestine.
The heart chakra belongs to the heart and the arms.
The throat chakra relates to the lungs and the throat.
The third eye (forehead) chakra belongs to the brain, face, nose, eyes etc.
The crown chakra does not have a corresponding organ but is related to the whole being.
There is a clear connection between the condition of a chakra and the condition of the corresponding organ. A chakra can be over active, under active or in balance. Using Reiki can give the chakras balance and the organs health.
Chakras and the endocrine system
The chakras change energy from one level to another by distributing Ki (also called Chi, Prana, Mana depending on belief system) to the physical body. This is partly done through the endocrine system that regulates other systems in the body. According to tradition each chakra also corresponds to one of the major glands in the body. The Reiki hand positions not only cover the chakras but also major organs and glands.
The root chakra is in relation to the adrenal gland.
The navel chakra to the ovaries or testicles.
The solar plexus chakra is related to the pancreas.
The heart chakra belongs together with the thymus.
The throat chakra corresponds to the thyroid gland.
The third eye chakra has a connection to the pituitary gland.
The crown chakra is usually connected to the pineal gland.
The endocrine system plays a major role for the body's daily health. The glands release hormones directly into the blood stream and control all aspects of growth, development and daily activities.
Physical problems are often the result of a blockage in the energy flow in the system made up of meridians and chakras causing the organs or glands to not function properly.
The aura - the subtle body
Quantum physics describes the universe as energy, with energy and matter interchangeable. Psychology, Eastern therapy, and complementary medicine all have terms for life as energy. The aura can be viewed as an energy field surrounding the body, interacting through spiritual and psychological levels via structures called chakras. In other words the aura is an energy field that surrounds the physical body and is discernible to those of psychical sight.
The 7 main chakras have their origin in the physical body but they also exist in all the layers of the aura. The speed and vibration level of the energy is increased with each level. One can say that the human consciousness is manifested on 7 levels or in the 7 layers that is the aura.
How Reiki affects the aura
Before a Reiki treatment, a persons aura might normally only extend a few decimeters outside the persons body. The treatment strengthens the aura and gives a permanent aura of about 2 -3 meters. At the same time the consciousness, the inner strength and the ability to intuitively see what needs to be changed in order to achieve maximum health is increased. Through the Reiki treatment and the strengthening of the aura you get the tool to take control over your life and development.
During a Reiki treatment not only the organs and the energy flow within the body are affect but also the different bodies of the aura are affected. When using distance healing or the mental/emotional symbol the aura seems to be more affected than the actual organs in the body.
The different layers/bodies in the aura
The Physical body, is the most tangible manifestation of our consciousness. Its function is to be here and now, to be conscious of what we do: walking when walking, eating when eating etc. We all know the fears of the physical body - sickness, aging and death.
The Etheric body, is a thin invisible layer, approx. 2 cm thick, around the physical body. This is where the energy is reflected when it flows through meridians and chakras. The etheric body or double acts as a template for the physical body and appears as an energy matrix. It is described in Chinese medicine as meridians that transmit chi (ki) through the body. Consciousness is expressed in terms of sensations like physical pleasure or pain.
Many of our dreams can be found in the etheric body. With the aid of mantras, symbols, essence etc. one can affect the function of this part of the aura. Connected to the Root chakra.
The third body is the Emotional body. The emotional body is egg shaped and contains the other 2. This body reflects the feelings and emotions we have. Emotions like happiness, hope, love, anger, sorrow, hate are all found here. The emotional body is also connected to our past which can cause problems. The body is laced with wishes and desires from the past and this can cause tensions. It is important to learn how to handle different emotions during a day, the risk is otherwise that they become suppressed and stored in the emotional body and can later be the cause of blockages and disturbances leading to medical problems. Connected to the Navel chakra.
The Mental body's function is to teach us self knowledge. The mental body as it's name implies reflects the conscious mind, logic, intellect and active thinking.
We shape our reality with our minds. Our mind is the constructor, the builder. It reflects our ability through which we develop our learning and personality. Mental heath or mental illness is reflected in this level. Connected to the Solar Plexus Chakra.
The Astral body. Unconditional love. Connected to the Heart chakra. The astral aura is the bridge between the physical world and the spiritual realm.
The Etheric Template body (divine will) can be identified with memory and our thought processes. Here all our memories, forgotten, remembered or pushed away, are mirrored. The Etheric Template also stores the present and all the possible futures. Connected to the Throat chakra.
The Celestial body mirrors the subconscious mind that is a part of the inactive part of our brain. By listening to your subconscious, your intuition, you can make your journey through life more simple and rewarding. Consciousness expresses itself as higher feelings like universal love; love that goes beyond human beings and friends into a universal love for all life. Connected to the Third eye chakra.
The Causal body (Ketheric Template) is the last body. The energies in this body spins with a very high frequency. This is where the soul communicates with the conscious mind via the subconscious mind in the mental body. Consciousness is expressed in higher concepts of knowing or belief systems. This is where the initial creative impulse begins; not just linear knowing, but integrated knowing. Connected to the Crown chakra.
The system of meridians
The Chinese, in the 3rd millennium B.C., posited the existence of a vital energy which they called Chi (life force, life energy). All matter, animate and inanimate, is composed of and pervaded with this universal energy.
Same as we need blood to flow freely through our body's circulatory system we also need Chi to flow freely through our system of meridians. Simplified one can say that the meridians are the equivalent of our blood vessels but instead of transporting blood this system transports Chi or life energy. Sickness can occur when there is a blockage in the meridians and the Chi no longer can flow freely or when the yin and yang balance of the Chi is disturbed.
12 primary meridians
There are two systems of channels or meridians, namely primary and secondary meridians. Primary meridians pass through internal organs but secondary do not. There are 12 pairs of primary meridians with Chi flowing in continuous circulation through the following organs: lungs, colon, stomach, spleen, heart, intestines, urinary bladder, kidneys, pericardium, triple warmer, gall bladder and liver. The primary meridians are named by the organ they are connected to i.e. lung meridian,heart meridian etc.
Almost all points used in acupuncture and acupressure are situated along the primary meridians. Please note that just because the meridians are named according to the organs they pass through it does not mean that they only correspond to these organs and their functions. The meridians also consist of complex interrelated systems for the circulation of Chi.
Yin and Yang
This Chi contains two polar forces, the yin and the yang. When the yin and yang are balanced, the living system exhibits physical health; when they are unbalanced, a diseased state results. Overly powerful yang results in excessive organic activity. Predominate yin makes for insufficient functioning. Either imbalance results in physical illness. The ancient art of acupuncture and acupressure focuses on balancing the yin and the yang.
Reiki and the meridians
A Reiki treatment will balance the yin and yang and facilitate a smooth flow of Chi through the meridian system. Blockages in meridians can be dissolved by Reiki and help restore the body's healthy flow of Chi.
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