Reiki for home and family

Summer is here, school is out. Summer camps may be out of financial reach for many families, leaving them to their own creative devices for summer activities. Sibling bickering and household tensions tend to rise as high energy youths wait out the week for weekend recreational time with hardworking parents. But with a bit of ingenuity, you can restore peace and raise reiki (universal life force energy) in your living space to add an air of calm, by using a few inexpensive items that you may already have lying around.

Construct an altar in a common area of your home to shift vibrations and encourage an open flow of reiki energy. Have fun and involve the entire family in the preparation process. Play lively music, sing, dance and laugh. Negative energy won't want to hang around where there's so much positivity.

Once the space is clean, construct a healing altar. Include a plant to create oxygen and symbolize life, a few white votive candles (available at any thrift store), a clear glass vase or bowl, an oil burner or diffuser, or anything that resonates with you. Each person in the family can add an item to the altar that makes them feel happy or reminds them of how much they love the family Other great additions may be worry stones, gemstones and crystals.

Rhonda M. Walker, a Los Angeles Crystal Therapist, recommends rose quartz to encourage unconditional love and forgiveness of self and others, clear quartz which can be programmed with a family intention and tiger's eye for balance, grounding and abundance.

Attractively arrange your altar in a manner that feels good and is pleasing to the eye. Your heart chakra will vibrate or hum when it's right and everyone in the house will feel the positive energy right away. Fill the clear vase or bowl 2/3 full with tap water, giving thanks to the water for its gifts and assistance. This water will attract negative energy in the room so you can discard it later. Light the white votives with an intent to heal and uplift everyone in the house. Before lighting each votive, add a few drops of essential oils that encourage family love and harmony.

  • Cumin: Strengthens the bond between husband and wife.
  • Gardenia: Strengthens the bonds between family members.
  • Geranium: Helps workaholics know when to relax and welcome joy into their lives.
  • Lily of the Valley: Encourages people to help others without any thought of reward.

Maintain your altar by changing water in the vase at least weekly. Give thanks for affirmed cleansing as you pour the water down the drain. Give thanks again as you refill. Always start each burning with a fresh votive that has never been used. As you discard the empty tins, give thanks for the healing provided. Family healing and a more harmonized living space will become apparent as time passes.

Essential oil suggestions from Psychic Protection for Beginners: Creating a Safe Haven for Home and Family, by Richard Webster.

Tools for insightful living

Los Angeles is bursting at the seams with alternative lifestyles and endless opportunities to study and sample many different modes of living, thinking and being.  Some LAUSD elementary schools have added "Spirituality for Kids," an enrichment social emotional learning program teaching children to make wise choices by listening to their inner being.  Psychics, astrologers, yoga masters and spiritual advisors provide guidance to anyone who wants to know when, why, how, what or where things are happening in their lives. We are the reported home of the largest Catholic diocese in the United States. You can worship among 22,000 members of the Crenshaw Christian Center, or study ancient African Spirituality with truth seekers at KRST Unity Center on 78th Place and Western in south L.A. Whatever your preference for insightful living, you can find it in L.A. 

Humans are undoubtedly poised for a shift in consciousness.  The dense, material world in which we live is faltering and reactions vary from prophecies of everything from apocalyptic damnation to Divine expansion. There is one thing on which we all agree --- we are here right now.  As of this moment we are living, breathing, doing beings.  For as long as there are humans on Earth there will be millions of people looking for ways to live better and more fulfilling lives.

Below is a brief list of tools you may use in the pursuit of living more insightfully and on purpose.

  • Astrology:  The study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies and their influence on human affairs.  
  • Feng Shui:  According to Jayme Barrett, feng shui consultant and author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book Feng Shui Your Life, feng shui is an ancient art of placement that helps you to arrange your home, office, indoor and outdoor environments so that your life is harmonious and your dreams are realized to their fullest. Many people report that feng shui has helped them see themselves and their lives more clearly. 
  • Akashic Field Therapy (TM):  AFT founder, CJ Martes unites penetrating scientific insight and ancient knowledge to help individuals resolve traumas and realize their full mental, spiritual and physical potential.  Ervin Laszlo, Ph.D. and author of Science and the Akashic Field, says “Akashic Field Therapy (TM) is an integral method of healing that allows an individual to reveal important information that is creating subconscious barriers or blocks to happiness & well-being." 
  • Crystals:  There are many ancient references to the use of crystals in healing the body and mind. The earliest mention is in the Papyrus Ebers dated around 1600 B.C., which lists different crystals and their healing properties.  Today, crystals are used for physical and emotional healing, and spiritual balancing.
  • Reiki:  An ancient Japanese healijng modality that uses Divinely guided or intuitive life force energy to promote natural healing and realignment of mind, body and spirit..
  • Meditation:  Meditation is the a method of calming and quieting the mind.  In a state of meditation we can  tap into our intuition and receive clear messages from our higher selves, God or divinity.
  • Pendulums:  Pendulums date back as far as 6000 BC.  They are used for healing, dowsing and gaining insight into future events.
  • Tarot cards: Tarot readings pull back the curtains of our lives so we can see what's really going on. They empower us to make choices that support personal growth, spiritual development and the manifestation of what is best for everyone involved. They present options and answer questions that help us navigate life in the flow, rather than fighting blindly against it.

If you're feeling stuck, surrounded by negativity, uncertain or unclear about the direction of your life, perhaps a bit of insight is all you need to clear the cobwebs. Do some research to determine which method is best for your personal belief system and needs, and go for. You'll be happy you did.