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…with a new Christmas perspective.

I was taught that God is a glorious, righteous being.  And I grew up believing that God doesn’t experience the same emotions that we humans do; like anger, fear, sadness, or jealously.  Now whether this is accurate or not, I am not sure; but it was with this belief that made me not understand why people would say to me, “God is gracious,” when they found out my son was stillborn.  I thought, he doesn’t empathize with my sadness, my broken heart, or my pain. How could this action be an act of grace?!!

But then I recently read a post that started to break down my ignorant and childhood belief, yet revealed more clarity and truth in my understanding of God.  This post was from another mother of a stillborn.  She wrote that God knows the same sadness as she does, because he unselfishly chose his Son to be born on Earth to heal and save us.

And in reading those words, John 3:16 had a new meaning to me.  I realized that God didn’t get to raise his Son, Jesus, like other parents did.  He sacrificed this closeness because he knew his Son was going to do great, unsurmountable things on Earth.  He loved Jesus from a distance; and Jesus knew his father loved him, even if they were apart.  With this sacrifice, God must have ached and felt emotions just like I do.

And that is my new Christmas perspective this year.  Christmas is now a day that I connect my husband and my sacrifice.  We believe our son, Lolo, is doing amazing and wonderful things wherever his spirit soars.  Despite that we are not all physically here on Earth, I know Lolo loves us, and that he knows his daddy and mama love him.

As you spend this Christmas however you do, please remember that Christmas is the day we celebrate Baby Jesus’ birth.  We celebrate the sacrifice God made so that we can be saved, forgiven, and healed here on Earth.  Although it may be difficult to believe this, if you look at the details, you may find little revelations in your life, too.

Merry Christmas,

~Christine

planning Reiki in labor

I am fortunate to know and practice Reiki.  I have witnessed it decrease individuals’  pain from broken bones, aid others’ with letting go during the loss of loved ones, and quickly recover a cancer patient after surgery.  Of all these experiences, I have only read and not given treatments during labor.  I often wonder how Reiki effects the pain that accompanies labor.  And now that I am within days, even hours, of my own labor, I am excited to find out.

There are a few activities I have done to promote a positive pregnancy experience; Reiki during my “morning (but actually afternoon through evening) sickness”, regular Reiki treatments for myself and baby, cranial-sacral adjustments, and daily conversations with baby, to name a few.  Now, I am planning what I can do to promote a positive labor experience.

I’ve already experienced some painful contractions; and when I place my hands on the area to give Reiki, the pain instantly softens and even diminishes.  What is more, I can still feel my muscles going through the contraction without that pain.  I plan to give Reiki to myself during each contraction.

Another plan is to send Reiki to where I will give birth, Bellingham Baby Center.  As a Reiki Master (actually as a Level II Reiki practitioner), I am able to send Reiki to past or future events.  When I send Reiki to this future event, I set an intention to have Reiki waiting for me when I arrive at the center.  I also visualize a dome-shaped “field” that protects and fills the area with energy that calms and relaxes me and baby; and also moves my labor forward naturally and efficiently.

There are so many testimonials that labor can be close-to, or even painless.  A woman’s body is built for it, we just have to listen, respect it, and appreciate it.  If you begin to listen, no one will know more about what your body needs than you do.  I have no doubt in my mind that Reiki will be there to support all those involved in the labor of baby.

Here’s to a wonderful experience!

~ Christine

Aside

…I am meant to share this

 

We're Moving

I recently moved from a place I called home for 12 years.  The move forced me to learn about myself; how I manage, what I don’t need, and what I love.  I am a member of Reiki group that gets together twice a month to practice.  It was one way I was able to give others Reiki; and with this group as an integral part of my life, I knew I needed to find a similar group when I moved.

After two months away and not finding a new group, I was in need of going back.  I decided to return for one of our regular public Reiki offerings.  Although I still give myself weekly treatments, Reiki feels different when someone else is cleansing your soul, caring for you, and ridding you of toxins.

But what is more are the feelings I have when I treat others.  After being away, my mind was afraid that I was out of practice and my senses would be muddy.  But my faith knew there was no reason to question my ability–and it was right.  From the moment I set my intention to treat my first recipient, vibrant energy surged through my entire body.  My thinking was clear and my ears were ringing.  An overwhelming thought came to my mind…why on Earth would I want to wander away from this?  I am great at it, yet it makes me humble; it rings true to my soul; and, it is powerfully peaceful.

To top it off, I feel so honored and blessed when the receiver looks to me and says with astonishment, “Thank you, that felt amazing!”  To me, I value making others feel comfortable and at ease.  So, when I hear this my heart pours over with love because I know I helped the stress of their world diminish.

I am meant to share Reiki, whether it be paid or voluntary.  Although everyone has the ability to learn it, not all do.  If others just want to receive, then let me be the one to share it.  Although not all may feel as strongly as I do, that is okay.  This is one of my passions; and this is why I maintain this blog–to teach and to share.  I am here if you want to experience it.

~Christine

 

…I’ll share love speaking THEIR love language

Reiki is all about compassion and love; and as a Reiki Master, I am fulfilled when I am asked to spend time healing others.  My heart fills with love and appreciation; because Quality Time is one of my love languages.

Love languages, you ask, “what is that?”  It is the language spoken when we show others how much we love and appreciate them.  Unfortunately, many of us think we are speaking clearly; but little do we know, the other cannot hear us because they speak a different love language than we do.  And if we don’t know the language they speak, they may not get the message about how we feel.

Recently, I read Gary Chapman’s book, “The 5 Love Languages.”  This book opened up my eyes and heart to how I spoke to the ones I loved; and to the lack of love I thought I had received.  I realized one reason I love giving Reiki is because my primary love language is Quality Time.  When I spend time with others, via talking over coffee, others planning a thoughtful night out, or a conversation over appetizers and drinks, I feel our relationship is strong.  However, they may not feel the same love I do when we sit for coffee.

So, I also learned that for them to feel loved I needed to speak in their love language.  For example, I have a friend who feels loved when gifts are received.  Although, I don’t like to show my love through giving gifts, I know that I need to give a gift for this person to feel loved.  Moreover, I also realized that just because others I loved didn’t want to spend time talking over a cup of coffee didn’t mean they loved me less.  I learned that each individual showed their love in a different way; such as giving me presents just because, washing my car after weeks of neglecting, or showing me their latest project.  And they may not know I speak in Quality Time language, so the car washing is their way of saying they love me.

Before this Valentine’s Day, I recommend you take the quiz on Gary Chapman’s site.  http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/.  Find out your love language and read the summary.  Also read true stories and testimonies at http://www.5lovelanguages.com/stories/.  Then take some time to think about who you will be spending this Valentine’s Day with (or even birthdays and Christmases.)  Do these people speak the same language as you or different?  How will you show this person your appreciation for them?  I hope it will be in the language that they speak, so your love is heard.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  ~Christine

…an attempt to meditate begins

I have written a few posts about the 21-day meditation challenge offered by The Chopra Center.  It is a great way to begin a routine to practice slowing down the fast-paced mind and remembering what is important to you.  This challenge spans for 21-days and takes approximately 20 minutes per day.

So how does it work?  Well, I have added the link to the website at the end of this post.  The link will send you to the registration page where you can provide your e-mail address, or sign-up via Facebook.  Then each day, The Chopra Center will send you a special guided meditation to listen to when you take a break from your busy life.

Go ahead and give it a try!  Think about it; the worst that can happen is NOT RECEIVING 21 free, guided meditations.  But if you are still uncertain about finding time to devote to this challenge or whether meditation is for you, just sign-up to receive the e-mails and decide later.

Here is the link and enjoy the challenge.     ~Christine

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