Human beings are complex organisms, with connections within, and to each other in nature. There are many ways to address healing, and getting to the root of your issue is key, in addition to treating your acute and chronic symptoms.

“Holistic” means your entire being is taken into account, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. To me, this also includes holistically in relation to each other, and to our home planet Earth.

Being able to perceive, discern, identify, influence and then communicate your emotions is an underrated practice. Without it we tend to project our upset onto others and can too easily make personal and professional errors we may later regret.

For Highly Sensitive People (HSP), who may identify as an empath, this skill will serve us to realize what feelings are ours, and what emotions are being picked up from others. When we learn, practice and embody emotional intelligence we can better remain calm in intense situations, create safe space with compassion, and positively influence our relationships.

Whereas sympathy can be perceived as a power-over emotion, a looking down “poor you” dynamic, empathy is a power-with, a side-by-side “I feel you” dynamic. Empathy can be a divine gift, though can feel like a curse until we can discern how easily we perceive the emotions of others as our own.

However, empathy can also be consciously cultivated by considering the complex circumstances others find themselves in, and offering support, emotionally or otherwise.

A phrase or statement in the affirmative, present tense. This practice serves to assert positive values and intentions in our mindset, and helps us believe in the power of our own potential. Self-affirmations can serve to enhance self-esteem, motivation, self-efficacy, resilience and optimism. Some studies show that affirmations also reduce stress.

Massaging or Tapping the body’s meridian points enhances the flow of chi energy through our holistic systems. When combined with verbalizing feelings and affirmations, this process creates conditions for healing mentally, emotionally and even physically. One study shows that Tapping significantly decreases the stress hormone cortisol, which unchecked can lead to long-term health consequences. Although not a certified Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner, I studied this modality in an Energy Psychology diploma program with astounding results. I’m amazed to continually observe how quickly my own emotions can shift with the practice, and I confidently share this work to benefit my client’s wellness.

A crystal is defined as a homogenous solid, formed by a repeating three-dimensional pattern of atoms, ions, or molecules and having fixed distances between constituent parts. Although this is a very scientific viewpoint, most of us encounter crystals daily; usually people are aware of prettier pieces displayed as jewellery.

Human beings have been manipulating crystals for ages, more recently in technology of watches, radios and computers for their piezoelectric & semi-conductor properties. Quartz is the most abundant mineral in the world, and commonly utilized to conduct energy currents.

Within a mass of atoms, each crystal vibrates at a different frequency. Over the ages all crystals, precious and semi-precious, have been found to carry vibrations which influence the chakra energy centers of our electro-magnetic system in constant motion within our bodies.

Lesser known are the healing abilities of stones to affect each of the body’s energy systems physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually on subtle levels. Because of their nature and chemical composition crystals absorb, conserve, focus and emit energy, we can use them to balance and cleanse our electromagnetic fields. They can be integrated into your holistic healing session and placed in your hands or near you by request or consent.

With the healing modality of reiki, an attunement is an initiation ceremony and a form of blessing. Utilizing hand positions and specific intention with symbols, the chakra energy centres of the body are activated. With an attunement, reiki energy can flow through the recipient to practice healing on themselves and others. It can be likened to “tuning” the body for receiving & transmitting higher healing frequencies. The perception of the process may vary per person, some see colours, others experience increased sensitivity, and many reportedly feel lighter!

The word ‘chakra’ means ‘wheel’ in Sanskrit. There are seven major chakra centers located from the base of the spine to the top of the head in the ethereal body and many minor chakras. Chakras connect us with the unlimited world of subtle energies. The major centers in the body correlate to endocrine organs in the physical body.

Prana or vital energy is the life force that flows within and through the chakras which serves the functioning of our bodies. They have a direct connection to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being holistically. Chakras can be overactive, underactive and/or in balance. Ideally they harmonize to complement energy flow from the ethereal body to the physical body.

When one or more of the chakras become blocked, we feel out of balance and ill. One self-healing meditative practice of clearing the chakras is to visualize a clearing light coursing through each of them. Chakras can also be influenced by Reiki and nearby crystals, on your own and/or with a holistic practitioner.

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