Benefits of Yoga and CBD

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If you suffer from stress or related conditions such as anxiety and depression, you certainly aren’t alone.

These are two of the most common illnesses in the world, but fear not; there are many natural ways you ease your stress. Spending more time in nature, yoga and CBD products all harness the power of nature to heal and balance our bodies.

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Over the past decade, numerous studies have revealed that yoga has the ability to significantly lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Thus, this ancient practice is used in everything from cancer therapy, to substance abuse recovery, eating disorder recovery, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and even recovery from breast cancer.

Researchers believe that stress relief comes from three major sources: the yogic asanas or poses (which involve intense coordination between body and mind), controlled breathing (which lowers the heart and breathing rates) and mindfulness (yoga is often accompanied by meditation, which aims to keep us “in the present moment”).

Mindfulness is one of the most powerful ways we can stop stress in its tracks, because it allows us to escape the frequent ruminations about the past or worry about our future. When we keep the mind in the here and now, we are able to breathe better, focus more, and create a mental state that is incompatible with panic attacks and general anxiety.

YOGA AND CBD FOR STRESS

CBD is increasingly being used to battle stress, owing to its ability to react directly with cell receptors, including serotonin and dopamine receptors. It is vital not to confuse CBD with THC (the cannabinoid responsible for the ‘high effect’ of marijuana). While THC can have many benefits, CBD offers numerous positive effects for its users while leaving their mental state mostly unchanged.

CBD is often taken as an oil but also used topically to treat skin conditions and inflammation, or even consumed in sweets like gummies. It is just one of the many naturally occurring compounds found in all cannabis plants. Because of how CBD interacts with serotonin and dopamine receptors in the brain and nervous system, more of these neurotransmitters can flow through the body, resulting in a greater sense of calm and wellbeing.

 

A MULTI-LAYER APPROACH TO BATTLING STRESS

If you think you may have anxiety or depression, it is important to check in with a doctor. Working alongside your therapist or other health professional, you can take many approaches to  battling these conditions.

It is important to tackle stress from a multi-layered perspective, too. Holistic activities , Tai Chi, mindfulness meditation, and time spent in nature have proven to be a useful complementary therapy for anxiety and other stress-related conditions. CBD, an almost miraculous supplement made from natural hemp, can be an important part of our anti-stress toolkit too.

Whatever approach you take, if you make time to care for yourself and your wellbeing then every other part of your life will seem a little bit easier.

Cold Showers – More than just uncomfortable

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After reading about Wim Hoff – the ice man and discovering that elite athletes such as Ben Greenfield take cold showers I decided that I too would give it a go.  Goodbye long beautiful, warm drenched sing in the shower to my favourite music, Hello agonising Screams and my own motivational shouts at myself – I can do this, I am out my comfort zone and it feels amazing.  I don’t believe a word of my shouts and screams but there is too many benefits of this cold shower to wimp out on the first day so I continue each morning.  I visualise myself as David Goggins (google him) and when the freezing cold hits my hair and sends freezing shivers all over my body I am no longer myself but a warrior braving the elements in order to save myself from the enemies.  Yes I do a lot of visualisation, I have little kids..ITS ALL I DO….

benefits of regular cold shower application:
– activation the sympathetic nervous system (Shevchuk, 2008)
– increased blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline and increased synaptic release of noradrenaline in the brain as well (Shevchuk, 2008)
– electrical stimulation of peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect (Shevchuk, 2008)
– significant analgesic effect without noticeable side effects or causing dependence (Shevchuk, 2008)
– reduction in muscle soreness after running a marathon (Liang et al, 2001)
– improved quality of sleep (Onen et al, 1994)
– decrease of uric acid level in blood plasma (Brenke et al, 1994)
– inhibition of purine metabolism (Brenke et al, 1994)
– long-term antioxidative adaptation (Brenke et al, 1994)
– improved tone of the skin and muscles (Mergeay et al, 1990)
– reduction in uremic pruritus (a major problem for patients with end-stage renal disease) (Zucker et al, 2003)
increase in brown fat cells, which protect from aging; fight obesity, diabetes, and heart disease (Kanzleiter et al,2005; Mattson, 2010).

I also heard it was great for your hair so This is what swayed me to give it a go….

Anyway I cant say I enjoy it, but it definitely sets me up for the day and I do have to a

admit I feel more energised and ready to tackle my mountains of housework.

 

 

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1992 discovery of the EndoCannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System

0By Julia Granowiz

Have you ever wondered why marijuana affects us the way it does? What is it that makes THC and CBD react with our bodies, healing and offering relief to the ill? What makes this plant such a diverse medicine, able to treat such a large number of vastly different conditions?

If you had asked this question fifty years ago, there wouldn’t have been an answer for you to find. Unfortunately, the extraction methods available in the early 1900s made it difficult to determine which one of the 80+ cannabinoids found in cannabis was the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for the effects of marijuana.

The truth is, it’s only been in the last couple of decades that scientists have truly even begun to understand the ways cannabis works within our bodies.

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In 1988, the first cannabinoid receptor was found in the brain of a rat. Initially found by Allyn Howlett and William Devane these cannabinoid receptors turned out to be plentiful in the brain – more so than any other neurotransmitter receptor.
Soon after this discovery researchers started using a synthetic form of THC (which is actually FDA approved these days, to treat severe nausea and wasting syndrome) to start mapping the CB receptors in the brain. Not much of a surprise, the receptors were located primarily found in the regions responsible for mental and physiological processes including memory, higher cognition, motor coordination, appetite and emotions among other places.
This would only begin to explain how cannabinoids affect our brains and bodies – already however, it was becoming clear that cannabinoids likely played a larger part in our physiology than we ever expected. After all, why would we have cannabinoid receptors if cannabinoids could only be delivered from external sources?
It wasn’t until two years later in 1990 before the next big breakthrough; when Lisa Matsuda announced at the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine that she and her colleagues at the National Institute of Mental Health had managed to pinpoint the DNA sequence that defines a THC-sensitive receptor in a rat’s brain.
Not long after this announcement they were able to successfully clone that receptor – allowing them to create molecules that “fit” or “activate” the receptors. Scientists were also able to develop genetically altered mice that lacked this specific receptor – meaning THC should have no effect on them.

When THC was given to the “knockout mice” as they were called, they found that because the THC had nowhere to bind, there was no way to trigger any psychoactive activity – proving once and for all that THC works by activating specific cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system.

Soon after, in 1993, a second cannabinoid receptor was found – as a part of the immune and nervous systems. Dubbed CB2 (the CB receptors in the brain officially dubbed CB1 receptors) receptors they are found to be plentiful throughout the gut, spleen, liver, heart kidneys, bones, blood vessels, lymph cells and even the reproductive organs.

However that curious, pesky question remained unanswered – why do we have cannabinoid receptors in the first place?

The answer to that question started to unfold in 1992, when the first endocannabinoid was discovered. Anandamide was the first, naturally occurring endogenous cannabinoid, or endocannabinoid. It was found by Raphael Mechoulam as well as NIMH researchers William Devane and Dr. Lumir Hanus.

This is still only one of two known and relatively well-understood endocannabinoids. It attaches to the same CB receptors as THC and it was named after the Sanskrit word for bliss.

A second endocannabinoid was identified in 1995, discovered by none other than Mechoulam’s group yet again. This second major endocannabinoid was dubbed 2-arachidonoylglycerol or “2-AG” to keep it simple. This particular endocannabinoid attaches to both CB1 and CB2 receptors.

It was these discoveries, working backwards, tracing the metabolic pathways of THC, which allowed scientists to discover an entirely unknown molecular signaling system that resides within us – and within thousands of other biological lifeforms, basically everything on our planet with the exception of insects.

Due to the role cannabis played in discovering this system it was rightfully named the endocannabinoid system. While we knew about the plant first – this cellular process has been happening within us for millions of years. According to Dr. John McPartland, the system started evolving as long ago as 600 million years back – when complex life meant a sponge.

There is evidence that a possible third CB receptor has still gone unidentified, thirteen years after the CB2 receptor was initially discovered.

Since then, we have found out that the endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining many of our normal bodily functions – everything from helping to maintain healthy bone density (as found in a study with mice and the previously mentioned “knockout mice”) to naturally preventing diabetes – and that’s only the beginning.

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It’s interesting to see how far we’ve come – fifty years ago THC had just been identified – now, thanks to the discovery of that one cannabinoid we’ve discovered an entire molecular system within our bodies that we never knew about.

Actually, the endocannabinoid system is possibly the single-most important system within our entire bodies – responsible for maintaining homeostasis. Basically, if our endocannabinoid system is out-of-whack, your whole body could be at risk as it is responsible for many of our normal day to day functions.

Is it so hard to think that if supplementing unbalanced naturally occurring endocannabinoids with the cannabinoids from cannabis is able to manage, relieve or control a condition (such as ALS, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s) and even cure cancer – that it might be possible to use the same process to prevent such conditions in the first place?
“I now believe the answer is yes. Research has shown that small doses of cannabinoids from cannabis can signal the body to make more endocannabinoids and build more cannabinoid receptors. This is why many first-time cannabis users don’t feel an effect, but by their second or third time using the herb they have built more cannabinoid receptors and are ready to respond. More receptors increase a person’s sensitivity to cannabinoids; smaller doses have larger effects, and the individual has an enhanced baseline of endocannabinoid activity. I believe that small, regular doses of cannabis might act as a tonic to our most central physiologic healing system.” – Dustin Sulak, DO (Taken from a blog post from NORML.org)

22 Positive Habits of Happy people

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By Dr Mercola

Many people spend their lives waiting to be happy. You may think, “if only I had more money,” or “could lose weight,” or you fill in the blank, then I would be happy.
Well here’s a secret: you can be happy right now. It’s not always easy, but you can choose to be happy, and in the vast majority of circumstances there’s no one who can stop you except for yourself.The truth is, happiness doesn’t come from wealth, perfect looks or even a perfect relationship. Happiness comes from within. This is why, if you truly want to be happy, you need to work on yourself, first.

22 Positive Habits of Happy People


What’s the secret to being happy? You can learn how to do it, just as you can learn any other skill. Those who are happy tend to follow a certain set of habits that create peace in their lives; if you learn to apply these habits in your own life, there’s a good chance you’ll be happy too.

The featured article compiled 22 such behaviors that you can use to enhance your life and your happiness.

1. Let Go Of Grudges

Forgiving and forgetting is necessary for your own happiness, as holding a grudge means you’re also holding onto resentment, anger, hurt and other negative emotions that are standing in the way of your own happiness. Letting go of a grudge frees you from negativity and allows more space for positive emotions to fill in.

2. Treat Everyone With Kindness

Kindness is not only contagious, it’s also proven to make you happier. When you’re kind to others, your brain produces feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters like serotonin and you’re able to build strong relationships with others, fostering positive feelings all around.

3. Regard Your Problems As Challenges

Change your internal dialogue so that anytime you have a “problem” you view it as a challenge or a new opportunity to change your life for the better. Eliminate the word “problem” from your mind entirely.

4. Express Gratitude For What You Have

People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater optimism and even better physical health.

5. Dream Big

Go ahead and dream big, as you’ll be more likely to accomplish your goals. Rather than limiting yourself, when you dream big you’re opening your mind to a more optimistic, positive state where you have the power to achieve virtually anything you desire.

6. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

If the issue you’re mad about will be irrelevant a year, a month, a week or even a day from now, why sweat it? Happy people know how to let life’s daily irritations roll off their back.

7. Speak Well of Others

It may be tempting to gather around the office water cooler to get and give the daily gossip, but talking negatively about others is like taking a bath in negative emotions; your body soaks them up. Instead, make it a point to only say positive, nice words about other people, and you’ll help foster more positive thinking in your own life as well.
8. Avoid Making Excuses
It’s easy to blame others for your life’s failures, but doing so means you’re unlikely to rise past them. Happy people take responsibility for their mistakes and missteps, then use the failure as an opportunity to change for the better.
9. Live in The Present
Allow yourself to be immersed in whatever it is you’re doing right now, and take time to really be in the present moment. Avoid replaying past negative events in your head or worrying about the future; just savor what’s going on in your life now.
10. Wake Up At The Same Time Every Morning
Getting up at the same time every day (preferably an early time) is deceptively simple. Doing so will help regulate your circadian rhythm so you’ll have an easier time waking and likely feel more energized. Plus, the habit of rising early every day is one shared by many successful people, as it enhances your productivity and focus.

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11. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others

Your life is unique, so don’t measure your own worth by comparing yourself to those around you. Even regarding yourself as better than your peers is detrimental to your happiness, as you’re fostering judgmental feelings and an unhealthy sense of superiority. Measure your own success based on your progress alone, not that of others.

12. Surround Yourself With Positive People

The saying “misery loves company” is entirely true. That’s why you need to choose friends who are optimistic and happy themselves, as you will be surrounded with positive energy.

13. Realize That You Don’t Need Others’ Approval

It’s important to follow your own dreams and desires without letting naysayers stand in your way. It’s fine to seek others’ opinions, but happy people stay true to their own hearts and don’t get bogged down with the need for outside approval.

14. Take Time To Listen

Listening helps you soak in the wisdom of others and allows you to quiet your own mind at the same time. Intense listening can help you feel content while helping you gain different perspectives.

15. Nurture Social Relationships

Positive social relationships are a key to happiness, so be sure you make time to visit with friends, family and your significant other.

16. Meditate

Meditation helps you keep your mind focused, calms your nerves and supports inner peace. Research shows it can even lead to physical changes in your brain that make you happier.

17. Eat Well

What you eat directly impacts your mood and energy levels in both the short and long term. Whereas eating right can prime your body and brain to be in a focused, happy state, eating processed junk foods will leave you sluggish and prone to chronic disease.

18. Exercise

Exercise boosts levels of health-promoting brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression. Rather than viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel happier.

19. Live Minimally

Clutter has a way of sucking the energy right out of you and replacing it with feelings of chaos. Clutter is an often-unrecognized source of stress that prompts feelings of anxiety, frustration, distraction and even guilt, so give your home and office a clutter makeover, purging it of the excess papers, files, knick knacks and other “stuff” that not only takes up space in your physical environment, but also in your mind.

20. Be Honest

Every time you lie, your stress levels are likely to increase and your self-esteem will crumble just a little bit more. Plus, if others find out you’re a liar it will damage your personal and professional relationships. Telling the truth, on the other hand, boosts your mental health and allows others to build trust in you.

21. Establish Personal Control

Avoid letting other people dictate the way you live. Instead, establish personal control in your life that allows you to fulfill your own goals and dreams, as well as a great sense of personal self-worth.

22. Accept What Cannot Be Changed

Everything in your life is not going to be perfect, and that’s perfectly all right. Happy people learn to accept injustices and setbacks in their life that they cannot change, and instead put their energy on changing what they can control for the better.

A Healthy Lifestyle Naturally Enhances Happiness


You may have noticed that some of the habits of happy people are one in the same with those that are essential for leading a healthy lifestyle – exercising and eating right, for example. Once you adopt a happiness mindset, and even before you do, embracing healthy habits will help keep your mood elevated naturally even in the midst of stress.
Happy people tend to behealthy people, and vice versa, so in addition to healthy food and exercise, the following lifestyle strategies can also help to support emotional wellness:

Proper Sleep: Sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and bipolar depression, while getting the right amount of sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve difficult problems.

Animal-based Omega-3 Fats: Low concentrations of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA are known to increase your risk for mood swings and mood disorders. Those suffering from depression have been found to have lower levels of omega-3 in their blood, compared to non-depressed individuals. Krill oil is my preferred source of omega-3 fats.

Regular Sun Exposure: This is essential for vitamin D production, low levels of which are linked to depression. But even beyond vitamin D, regular safe sun exposure is known to enhance mood and energy through the release of endorphins.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): If difficult life circumstances and the negative emotions they create are making happiness hard to come by, try EFT, which is a form of do-it-yourself psychological acupressure. This simple technique can help clear your body and mind of negative emotions so you can implement positive goals and habits more easily in your life.

On a Mission to Minimise thanks to Intermittent Fasting

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On a Mission to Minimise – Thanks to Intermittent Fasting

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Since I started intermittent fasting a few weeks ago, never did I imagine all the energy I would gain, not only energy but motivation to get moving on my goals and, well life in general.  So, I stop eating at 6pm, sleep by about 11 and up at 530am for my morning meditation and yoga.  Forget breakfast completely which was mega strange at first as I loved a giant smoothie about 9 ish.  Then 12 comes along and that was my normal hour for lunch, but I am just far too busy decluttering, cleaning and general odd jobbing it.  I time my lunch this week to fit in with my 30 minutes of TV for the day.   I just can’t miss Home and Away, a great Australian Soap.  So, I have a massive salad with all my favourite things and each day I add something different.

Okay so my mission this week is to minimise my life, I have been on this mission on and off for about a year now.  On a good day I load up my car with clothes and off to my friends and sisters house to deliver.  The bad days, I have nothing to wear and am told by my loving sister that I am always in black and look bla….queue running to the shops for a bright orange top only to bring it home to discover I DON’T SUIT BLOODY ORANGE, so another trip to my friends to deliver her new top.

This week however is a good week for me, I have stuck to all my daily disciplines which makes me feel amazing, I have spent a good 10 hours decluttering my home and now for the dreaded loft.  I know this will take me some time as I am 38 years old and still have my diaries, drawings and birthday cards from day dot.  It is funny what we become attached to in life but I am on my journey to become less attached and more present in the moment.

 

WHY? What is so great about having less stuff?

  • I have more money to experience more things
  • I have more time to do things I enjoy and discover new things that I may or may not be good at – So far interior design, glitter glue guns and refurbishing old furniture – Not very good at any but I had fun finding that out.
  • For me, I don’t wanna spend half an hour searching through junk drawers for a pair of scissors..gaaahhhhh…
  • Yes, it is true a clear and decluttered house gives you a much clearer mind

 

In my twenties I travelled about and had only one suitcase to my name, I lived each day at a time, my only worry back then was if I had enough money for a beer (actually it was more vodka red bull but I just thought beer sounded more cool)

Then I settled down and started a family and responsibility hit in, even the word responsibility makes me shudder.  With that I fell into the trap of STUFF and kids like STUFF.  I always felt like I was behind everyone else as they had their jobs, their mortgages and kids etc and because I was away travelling my Life started later? Isnt it funny how we say that – my life started..like we haven’t been living till then…weird.

Things just never seemed quite right though for me, I don’t really care about money, clothes houses cars and stuff and I think since I stumbled upon mindfulness after some horrible health conditions that I really began to take stock of my life.

So I shall keep going on my inner journey to improve myself and what I see in my outer world shall reflect this.  A nice Clear calm environment to go with my new improved calmer mind.

This month I am grateful for discovering intermittent fasting as it has given me a new lease on life and is helping me to achieve my daily goals of remaining.

*if your looking for more info on Intermittent Fasting and Minimalism I have included some of my fave youtubers below

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Dr Pompa is big on fasting – I myself haven’t managed to fast yet but the intermittent fasting is much easier for me at the moment, not to say I wont get up to a fast eventually.

http://www.drpompa.com/Health-Tips/in… Intermittent fasting unlike traditional fasts or caloric restrictive diets are safe for weight loss and reversing inflammatory conditions. Intermittent fasting for weight loss avoids nutrient depletion and muscle wasting.

 

 

Below is Thomas Thomas DeLauer, he knows his stuff, highly intelligent guy who clearly puts what he teaches into practice.

Basically the benefit of intermittent fasting more so comes from the secretion of human growth hormone. I wanna focus this video mostly on that HGH secretion because that is such a big component.

There are a multitude of different reasons why intermittent fasting is great, and why it’s great to do from TIME TO TIME.

Okay so now onto Minimalist – Well I watched the documentary Minamalism and I follow these two guys on their podcasts and youtube videos

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, better known to their 2 million readers as The Minimalists, are the authors of several bestselling books, including EVERYTHING THAT REMAINS. They spoke at TEDxWhitefish about minimalism, the value of community, and discovering what makes people rich. For more info about The Minimalists visit http://theminimalists.com

 

CBD and Chocolate. What a Combo

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Chocolate lovers are gonna be loving these little products from Hempura.

CBD White Chocolates

Who doesn’t love a good piece of chocolate? There’s a reason that chocolate is so irresistible, and when its mixed with one of the purest CBD extracts in the UK, it gets even better. Our fabulous new range of CBD chocolates are delicious and highly beneficial to your health – a real win-win situation!

Each of the delectable chocolates features a full-spectrum of cannabinoids (like all our products), and of course, the incredibly beneficial CBD. These make a wonderful change from CBD oils, and are the perfect option for anyone out there with a sweet-tooth.

Our CBD chocolates come in a pack of 20, with a choice as to which strength you want: 200mg, 500mg, or 1000mg (if you can’t resist these delectable treats, a lower dose may be the best bet!). The strength is calculated overall, so a 500mg strength packet will contain 20 chocolates, each with a 25mg CBD dose and so on.

These little guilty pleasures don’t have to make you feel guilty about the price either, the CBD content is priced the same as our fantastic range of oils.


https://hempura.co.uk/product-category/cbd-chocolates/?affiliates=98f13708210194c475687be6106a3b84

 

Bruce Lipton – Change Your Programming

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I came across Bruce Lipton years ago when he released the book ‘The Biology of Belief’. I am fascinated with the subconscious mind and how our thoughts create our reality.  This guy just merges science with spirituality, quite like a lot of other high profile science guys (Gregg Braden, Dr Joe Dispenza etc) who have realised the power of our heart.

A little bit about him –

Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., a pioneer in the new biology, is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. A cell biologist by training, Bruce was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and later performed groundbreaking stem-cell research at Stanford University. He is the best-selling author of The Biology of Belief and received the 2009 prestigious Goi Peace Award (Japan) in honor of his scientific contribution to world harmony. Website: www.brucelipton.com

 

He has discovered that our subconscious is running the show and the beliefs have been installed from the age of 0-7.  We can reprogramme our mind so don’t freak out, this is where mindfulness comes in, heart focused breathing, practicing compassion for ourselves and others, feeling gratitude for every little thing and much more.   We all want to live happier, fearless, purposeful lives and Bruce is here to share with us what he has learned from his own experiences and from his scientific research.

This was one of my favourite more recent interview with Bruce Lipton so please watch this as you will be drawn into his joy, passion, and complete enthusiasm for this subject.

My notes from Bruce Lipton videos and what I find useful in developing a happier healthier life.

  1.  BE MINDFUL??We need to find out what our programming is? from 0-7.  You may wonder how you can tell what these programmes are as you cant remember such a young age.  You simply look at your life now and you can tell what sort of programming you had installed.  What works and what doesn’t.  Look at the programme that you run like – Programme of weakness, programme of limitation, programme of victim, my programme that I need to suffer in order to help others..or programmes that I am unlucky in love or programmes I loose at all games.
  2. Then you look at how you change these programmes.
  3. The conscious mind is creative, you can read a book and gain knowledge, or learn to drive a car or paint a picture. The subconscious mind is a recorder and plays back just like a  recorder.  That means it learns in a different ways.  The first 7 years your brain is working at a low level frequency called Theta which is like hypnosis so a child up until 7 is recording everyone’s behaviour from those around us.  But after the age of 7 we learn from repeating and practicing.  Like how do we learn the times tables at school, well we repeat and repeat until it sinks into our subconscious mind.
  4. New age sort of people say FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT… because repetition forms the habit.  So just fake it till you make it every day that programming is installed.  Repeat Repeat Repeat
  5. Rapid relief change – Energy Psychology? Super Learning – what exactly is it? Like speed reading you can reprogramme your mind a lot quicker.  Woweee..changing our belief in 5 minutes..this is just out of this world amazing and I shall list the many at the bottom of blog.
  6. We cant talk to the subconscious mind as there is no one in there, look at it just like a recorder, a mechanism so we cant just say what we are going to change.
  7. The body is like a robot and the brain is the controller but the brain has a programme and the brain has a spirit.  When it runs from the spirit we can create heaven on earth.  When it runs from the programme we create whatever the hell the programme says it is.
  8. Look at the world, we have been separated for thousands of years by people competing against each other and look how it is turning out, it is causing our own extinction.   We are all one and we need to live like this with compassion and living from our heart
  9. The heart reads energy, Quantum Physics says we are all energy.  IF my heart says wow I would love that – that means the energy says that from the heart.  How do you feel about this? Energy is a feeling, Your heart will give you three answers – I don’t like that, I don’t wanna do that or I don’t much care.  Always do the rational thinking but the last decision must come from the heart – if the feeling says you are gonna gain more energy then go for it but if your heart says no then go away from it  The answer is your heart and is the reading of energy.  Thinking followed by feeling.
  10. Heart Math breathing – This is a tool I have and love.  Energy can come together and pair up and make more energy, called good vibes and bad vibes.  We have been so programmed to think of the material world instead of the vibrational world.  Quantum physics is the most valid science on earth.  The field, the energy is the most important aspect of our lives.  The heart, Love is the energy, the  highest form of energy.

Okay so I said I would list the Energy healing modalities that Bruce has posted on his page and I am amazed at how many there are.  I deal in energy healing and practice quite a few of these but I cannot wait to investigate some of the others.

Belief Change and Energy Psychology Modalities

Psych-K

PSYCH-K is a set of principles and processes designed to change subconscious beliefs that limit the expression of your full potential as a divine being having a human experience. From Bruce Lipton: “I teach with Rob Williams the orginator of PSYCH-K. This is the modality that I use personally and with which I am most familiar.”

Core Health

Why don’t they look for what is right with me?” Core Health is a non-cultural, non-religious expansion of our inborn core of health — what is right in us! Advancing from studying disease to understanding Health, this innovative process moves beyond treating symptoms to Truly Freeing each individual by internal energetic decisions. Core Health leaps to the core of pure health, removing energy distortions for free flow of positive energy. The highly-effective DTQ Process (Deeply, Thoroughly, Quickly) dynamically achieves precise, experienced, permanent re-activation of a person’s innate healthy core.

Body Talk Systems

BodyTalk is an astonishingly simple and effective form of therapy that allows the body’s energy systems to be re-synchronized so that they can operate as nature intended. Each system, cell and atom is in constant communication with each other at all times. Through exposure to the stresses of day-to-day life, these lines of communication become compromised, which then leads to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental health. Reconnecting these lines of communication then enables the body’s mechanisms to function at optimal levels, thus preventing disease and rapidly accelerating the healing process. BodyTalk can be used as a stand-alone system to treat many health problems, or seamlessly integrated into any health care system to increase its effectiveness and promote faster healing.

Emotional Freedom Technique

Based on impressive new discoveries regarding the body’s subtle energies, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has been proven successful in thousands of clinical cases. It applies to just about every emotional, health and performance issue you can name and it often works where nothing else will.

Resonance Repattering

Quantum Change made easy. The Resonance Repatterning System – Resonance Repatterning System is an energy process which can help you identify and clear the patterns of energy underlying any issue, problem or pain you are experiencing.

Inner Resonance Technologies

IRT has 7 brief steps that facilitate you in making certain inner agreements that set the conditions to allow your own automatic system to rebalance and harmonize itself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, transforming all parts of your life.

Instant Emotional Healing

Instant Emotional Healing: Acupressure for the Emotions, by Peter T. Lambrou, Ph.D. and George J. Pratt, Ph.D. Drs. Pratt and Lambrou have created a book that explains the foundations of a new branch of therapy call energy psychology.

Neurolink’s Neurological Integration System

NIS is based upon the neurophysiology principle that the brain governs optimum function of all the body systems. Prioritized treatment protocols are used to assess the function of all the body’s systems, and all the factors that have or could translate themselves to symptoms.Neurolink’s protocols leverage the brain’s profound ability to restore the body and all its systems to full potential.

Silva Ultramind System

The Silva UltraMind Seminar is the pinnacle of the work of Jose Silva, developed in the late 90s – just shortly before Mr. Silva passed away in 1999. The Silva UltraMind System trains you to use your mind to such a powerful extent that within a few days you are able to demonstrate ESP and influence healing in others. We also teach you how to identify your mission in life and to use the power of your creative mind, to propel you toward this goal.

The Healing Codes

Now, you can discover how to: * Super Charge your immune system. * Help your body heal itself. * Turn on your natural healing systems to heal your pain, stress, fear, depression and disease. * Turn your body’s cells from Protect Mode to Growth Mode. In growth mode, your body’s cells can protect you from or heal almost anything.

The Henddricks Institute

Resources for conscious living and loving.

NetMindBody

The Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) is a powerful intervention that can assess and alleviate the internal stressors that are creating barriers to health and success.

Holosync

The lazy man’s way to meditate. Listening to this amazing, scientifically proven brain technology gives you all the benefits of meditation — in a fraction of the time — easily and effortlessly.

Lifeflow Meditation

Thousands of people worldwide are experiencing tremendous benefits with the scientifically proven, cutting edge technology of the most powerful personal growth and mind improvement system ever.

Embody Truth

The nature of this work is to ‘use techniques’ to have a direct experience of yourself, to achieve healing trauma, developing core essence, higher and more embodied states of consciousness and a more sovereign and heart-centered presence.

Rosen Method

Rosen Method is distinguished by its gentle, direct touch. Using hands that listen rather than manipulate, the practitioner focuses on chronic muscle tension. As relaxation occurs and the breath deepens, unconscious feelings, attitudes, and memories may emerge.

The Body Code System of Natural Healing

By learning “The Body Code System for Ultimate Energy Healing and Body Balancing System”, you will gain tools to help yourself by releasing the blocks that hold you back from being totally healthy, from being successful in business, and from finding love and happiness in your life. You will be much better able to find and correct the underlying imbalances that are preventing you from having the health and happiness that may be currently avoiding you!

The Journey

The Journey is now recognized internationally as one of the most powerful healing processes available, accessing the body’s own healing wisdom at the deepest level of ‘source’ or the soul.

Eric Pearl and the Reconnective Healing

Discover how to immediately access new frequencies of healing.

Rapid Eye Technology

Rapid Eye Technology is a natural, safe way to release stress and trauma by simulating REM sleep, your body’s own natural release system. This powerful quick release happens without reliving the trauma. Accessing the whole mind/body system while in an awake state allows you to be in control of your own journey.

Consciousness 2.0

Your whole system can be upgraded. When you upgrade your programming, you will uninstall fear, judgment, limitation, struggle and pain programming. Install your Highest True Self consciousness, programmed for compassion, joy, unity and abundance.

The Sedona Method

The Sedona Method is a unique, simple, powerful, easy-to-learn and duplicate technique that shows you how to uncover your natural ability to let go of any painful or unwanted feeling, belief or thought in the moment.

The RIM Method

The RIM Method is a quick and effective way of Re-generating Images in Memory to accelerate emotional and physical healing. Guides you along the RIM between head and heart, mind and body for greater health, fulfillment and success.

Metodo One Soul

In honor of G.Stokes e D. Whiteside. A gentle emotional rebalancing that emphasizes on the individual power to integrate Body, Mind and Soul, using muscle testing to identify blocked awareness caused by negative emotional stress.

Emotional Transformation

Emotional Transformation German

(aka EmoTrance) will help you cope with emotional reactions, resolve emotional programming, and transform blocked emotional energy into a hard to describe exhilaration. You are not at the mercy of feelings like anger, rage, disappointment, exhaustion, overwhelm etc. If you can sense where in your body an emotion manifests then the proverbial lump in your throat can be dissolved or gut-wrenching events can be turned into happiness with Emotional Transformation — often surprisingly quickly.

InnerTalk Technology

InnerTalk Technology is a patented technology that has been researched by numerous independent universities and institutions and been demonstrated effective at priming how you speak to yourself and is designed in such a way that the change you desire begins from within as a result of changing the way you talk to yourself, and thereby your expectation and attitude.

ThetaHealing

ThetaHealing® teaches how to put to use our natural intuition, relying upon unconditional love of Creator Of All That Is to do the actual “work”.

Transform Your Beliefs

Clear Your Beliefs is a do-it-yourself program for clearing your negative and limiting beliefs at the core of the psyche. Through the gentle process of guided imagery, you will be brought into direct contact with your subconscious mind.

Hypnoenergetics

Hynoenergetics is the blending of the Four Dimensions; The Physical Presence, The Emotional Landscape, The Spiritual Being and The Energy Field into one healing philosophy allows for deep personal transformation at all levels.

R.E.A.P

Remote Energetic Alignment Process, is a healing method that diminishes physical and emotional illness and conditions by bringing you into balance and alignment with the energy of source and therefore your natural state of well-being and happiness.  This is accomplished by using techniques that resonate with 10 specific body areas.  When these areas are activated, your body’s systems are strengthened and your emotions are balanced. The end result aligns you with who-you-really-are which awakens you to a joyful new sense of self and of purpose and brings you energy and vitality.

Innerwise

Innerwise is a simple to learn and use diagnostic, healing and coaching system founded by German MD Uwe Albrecht 20 years ago. Worldwide more than 140,000 people are using innerwise to help and treat themselves, clients, relationships, living spaces, and businesses.

PBSP

Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (PBSP) is the most advanced therapeutic system available for emotional re-education or reprogramming.

Cranial Release Technique

CRT represents a true advancement in cranial based health care. This single procedure, which takes only minutes to perform, has the potential to make a very real and exciting difference in the way you practice.

Family Constellations

Family Constellations are for individuals, couples and families interested in resolving life issues and looking to find a solid foundation for new direction in their lives.

Energy Therapy

Energy Therapy focuses on educating others to realise the energetic basis of all life, providing a wealth of resources in energy healing and conscious living to their worldwide community.  People return to deeper health and wholeness through in-person and online energy healing sessions, coaching and spiritual guidance, and through their diverse programme of energy healing courses, workshops and retreats. You can also enjoy their free online library of yoga, energy medicine, health and conscious living articles.

Thought Field Therapy

TFT Tapping provides the emotional freedom to move forward in every area of your life. Tap away your stress, anxiety and fear and live life with clarity and peace of mind.

Somatic Pattern Recognition

Somatic Pattern Recognition teaches you to perceive your body and its relationship with the gravitational field of Earth and helps you to make small adjustments in the way you move and how you are in your body which allow the greater force of gravity to support you.

 

David Goggins – toughest man alive

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 I love to read, listen and find out about people who overcome great struggle and defy the odds.  They are no different to you or me, so how do they build that inner strength and where do they get that drive to keep going when things get tough.  What makes them superhuman?
                                                                
David Goggins is the toughest man alive.

There’s no doubt about it. Goggins is the only member of the US Armed Forces to complete SEAL training, US Army Ranger School, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training.

 

Any of those accomplishments alone would have been impressive, but that’s not all.

He’s also the current Guinness record holder for the most number of pull-ups done in 24 hours. Alongside that record are multiple first-place finishes at the most brutal ultra-endurance events, which attracts the toughest competitors from around the world.

How does someone consistently push himself to his physical and mental limits all the time?

Let’s find out.

Lesson 1: Purpose Trumps Motivation

David Goggins doesn’t believe in motivation. In his own words, “Motivation is crap. Motivation comes and goes.”

Purpose, on the other hand, is something that Goggins can get behind.

After some of his fellow SEALs were killed in a military operation, Goggins signed up for the San Diego One Day, which was a 24-hour race where competitors would run as many miles as they could. His intention was to use this race as a qualifier for future ultramarathons, which would allow him to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. For this race to count, he would have to run at least 100 miles in 24 hours.

The problem?

Goggins was not a runner at all. Weighing anywhere from 240 – 270 lbs, Goggins was a big man who was into powerlifting more than anything else. That bulk had served him well in the SEALs, but it was unheard of for anyone at that size to participate in long distance runs. Heck, he hadn’t put on running shoes at all in the past year.

And yet, he somehow made it to the 70-mile mark within the first 12-13 hours. But the process had been brutal; Goggins got this far only through sheer force of will.

Goggins was in a bad place. All the metatarsal bones in his feet were broken. There were stress fractures, shin splints, and muscles tearing. He was peeing blood down his leg because he couldn’t make it to a toilet 20 feet from him.

He was on the brink of death, but he didn’t quit. He went on slowly to finish the race, finishing the 100 miles well within the allocated 24 hours.

How did he do it? Was it the mental strength that came from his cause? It would seem that way, but that’s not what really happened:

“Everyone asks me, were you thinking about the guys that died at that time? I’m not gonna lie; I wasn’t. This became a personal thing, this became me against this race; me against the kids that called me nigger; me against me. It just became something I took so violently personal.”

Even after finishing Navy SEAL and Ranger school training, the 100-mile race was the toughest challenge Goggins had faced yet.

Pain obliterates our ability to think and function. But David Goggins was fuelled by a purpose greater than himself, something more compelling than that pain.

It turns out that you can still keep going if you have such a purpose.

Lesson 2: Deconstruct Things

So how exactly did Goggins power through the remaining 30 miles?

“I broke this thing down into small pieces. I said I got to get nutrition; I got to be able to stand up before I can go through the 30 miles […] I taped up my ankles, and then my feet, and that’s how I got through that race”

It’s an experience the SEAL would likely never forget.

This lesson of mental deconstruction has its roots in a process that all Navy SEALs must go through — hell week. It’s the toughest period of SEAL training; trainees are put through 125 hours of continuous training, and typically get only two hours of sleep during that period. They’re constantly cold, wet, and miserable.

The idea is to drain the trainees physically and mentally, and then see what sort of decisions they make. Instructors do their best to make trainees ring the bell, which is used to announce that they’re quitting. Nobody holds back here.

David Goggins went through 3 hell weeks — all in a span of a year.

Rolled over from his previous two classes first due to illness and then to injury, he was given one last chance to complete SEAL training. Goggins did just that, focusing on one challenge at a time. He would eventually graduate in this final attempt.

Broken down into small pieces, there’s no obstacle that is insurmountable. We find that there’s always step that’s actionable. Add up the small bits, and we would’ve accomplished something we never thought possible.

One step at a time is how 100-mile marathons get completed.

Just like in life, we get overwhelmed with things when we look to far ahead, the end goal seems so far away that we just give up.  Instead look only at today and what ACTION you can take today to get nearer to your goals.

Lesson 3: Remember The 40% Rule

Unbeknownst to Goggins, Jesse Itzler was participating in the same San Diego One Day race as well. The only difference was that he had participated with a six-man relay team.

Intrigued by how Goggins had manically completed the race despite his brutal injuries, Itzler invited the SEAL to live with him for a month. He wanted to learn more about the man that had finished a race despite being so ill-prepared. Goggins agreed with one condition: Itzler would do anything he said, no matter what.

On the first day, Itzler was made to do a hundred pull-ups.

Itzler did eight on his first set, then six, and then fewer still. His arms were aching, but Goggins wouldn’t relent. He stood and watched as Itzler struggled, doing one pull-up at a time.

Itzler would finish his repetitions. As he recalls in Living with a Seal:

“He [Goggins] showed me, proved to me right there that there was so much more, we’re all capable of so much more than we think we are. […] He would say that when your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done”

Research suggests that statement – the 40% rule – has some truth. We are often physically more capable than we perceive ourselves to be. For instance, researchers found that subjects who were given a placebo but told it was caffeine were able to lift significantly more weight than those who were really given caffeine.

There’s a reserve tank within us that we never really tap on. Only by pushing ourselves to our limits — and then breaking them — can we reach our full potential.

I personally find this with Kundalini Yoga, when it gets so hard its very easy and to give up but we do not want to programme our neural pathways into believing that we are weaker than we are.  So breathe through the pain and know you can go further than the monkey mind tells you.

Lesson 4: Mental Visualisation

David Goggins believes that he’s the toughest man on the planet. He thinks that he can complete virtually any task set before him.

He probably can. But the point is that you have to see yourself accomplishing something before it really happens. The mind has to conceive it before the body can achieve it.

The question he asks himself in times of struggle contains only two simple words: “what if?”

When he first walked into the Navy SEAL recruiter’s office, Goggins was told that there were only 35 African-Americans in the past 70 years who had made it through. Goggins asked himself — “what if I could be the 36th?”

These days, he asks himself the same question whenever he’s struggling through a run. It’s this question that helps him get through when his body and mind are broken and begging for him to stop.

Seeing himself succeed and do the impossible gives him the shivers. That drives him to attack every day and challenge with a vengeance.

                                                       

Lesson 5: Use Your Cookie Jar

Goggins has a secret weapon that he calls upon when he’s about to break.

Like many others, he has a cookie jar that he reaches into for the occasional treat. But this jar doesn’t contain any of the things you might typically find; there are no Oreos or Chips Ahoy cookies in there.

Instead, it contains every setback he has overcome. He’ll remember that he’s a Navy SEAL, who’s completed hell week three times. He’ll remind himself that he’s been through this pain before – and survived. The obstacle in front of him is nothing compared to what he has faced.

“Even the toughest man, in times of suffering, we forget how tough we really are”

Goggins never dwells on his accomplishments. The only time he revisits them is when he needs extra fuel for a push he’s making. He allows himself to reach into his cookie jar only when there’s a need. It’s never a treat.

This is a fab one, we simply remember and visualise the times when we achieved greatness, when we

Lesson 6: Be Willing To Suffer

You wouldn’t know it, but Goggins hates running.

He hates it with a passion. Growing up, Goggins has always been on the larger side. He loved powerlifting and had the physique to show for it. But in the world of Ultra, such a large frame is virtually unheard of. It was just inefficient to move that much weight over such long distances.

Goggins knew he was going to suffer — that was precisely his plan. That was the only way he was going to raise enough funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

“People respond to pain. If I go out and wash cars for $10, who gives a damn? People want to see you throw up, cry and go through tremendous suffering.”

But for David Goggins, suffering is not just about raising funds. As he says: “suffering is the true test of life”.

Goggins isn’t training just for a race. He’s training for the tragedies that inevitably strike each and every one of us. He does this so he doesn’t fall apart if he gets the 2 A.M. call from the hospital informing him that his mother has passed away.

In other words, David Goggins is the modern day stoic. But unlike the ancient philosophers who advised that we should periodically embrace suffering, Goggins has actually made suffering a habit.

Strengthen your mind and your resolve by voluntarily putting yourself through situations in which you struggle. Callus your mind the same way you do your hands. Take the path of most resistance every day of your life.

That’s how David Goggins has become the toughest man alive. And according to him, the happiest as well:

“Having lived the life I’ve lived, and having seen the other side, not being afraid to attack what was in front of me, has made me happy.”

Panic, Fear and All in our Head

The mind

Over the years I have learned various techniques, seen different people, tried all sorts of therapies for Anxiety.  Meditation is a key tool, Breathing techniques, Better Diet and Exercise.  I, however came across this talk today which has just blown my mind.  Now this has come at a time in my life when I fully understand exactly what they are talking about from actual experience.

I love how Joe Rogan, a strong athletic ambitious healthy guy talks with Dan Harris, who has suffered with panic attacks.  Now Joe states, he has never had a panic attack, but in the interview he states he has felt intense fear and nervousness and pushes himself to feel the fear so that then daily life becomes easier.  This is like a major AHA moment for me.  His mind doesn’t translate fear to being weak and running away, his mind is trained to feel the fear, surrender to it and push past it.  Whereas people who state they have anxiety say that they will run and hide cause the fear just takes over the whole body and our rational mind is taken over.

I love this, our thoughts are so powerful, we are limited by our mind unless we take control of it.  If you have suffered with panic attacks start now by retraining your mind, every day.

Please take a look at this video as it honestly has opened up my eyes to so much.

 

Reiki and Meditation

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Creating Focus

Usui Sensei taught his students the first pillar of Reiki, the Gassho meditation. Gassho means “two hands coming together”. Dr. Usui taught his students to place their hands in the Gassho position every morning and evening. Gassho teaches the art of quieting the mind and creating single pointed focus in meditation.

One basically places their hands in prayer position, closes their eyes, and brings all their awareness to the tip of the fire (middle) finger. When the mind wanders, gently press the fire fingers together and refocus. This technique is detailed in “Reiki the Healing Touch”.

I begin my daily sessions with Gassho, and then I offer prayers for myself, for others and the planet. Next I send distant Reiki to all who have requested it.

Below is a sample of a 21 day reiki meditation programme

A 21-Day Reiki Meditation Program

You can use this 21-day program to learn more about Reiki, develop the ability to focus, to empower my prayers, goals and visions; and to receive answers.

Days 1-7 – Begin by creating an intention or a question. Draw the Usui power symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your solar plexus. Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol. As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your emotional body, your mental body, all the way into your spiritual body.

State your intention or ask your question. Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes. If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the power symbol three times and visualize it.

When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the full light of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day.

Write notes about your experience in a journal. Include any thoughts, words, images or feelings that came to you.

Do this even if there seems to be no logic to it. Often Reiki and the Divine speak to us in symbols, or with pieces of a puzzle that will come together later by reflecting back on your journal.

Days 8-14 – Begin by creating an intention or a question. Draw the Usui mental and emotional symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your heart. Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol. As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your emotional body, your mental body, all the way into your spiritual body.

Imagine any unhealthy mental or emotional patterns being rewoven into healthy thought, feeling and response patterns. State your intention or ask your question. Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes.

If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the mental emotional symbol three times and visualize it.

When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the full love of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day. Write notes about your experience in a journal.


Days 15-21 – Begin by creating an intention or a question.Draw the Usui distant healing symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your entire body beginning by moving the energy from the crown and down through your feet.

Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol. As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your energy field.State your intention or ask your question.

Take a moment to imagine or visualize the symbol taking the form of a bridge of light. This bridge reaches through time and through space. Allow the bridge of light to carry Reiki energy back in time as it permeates all levels of your consciousness and the multiple dimensions of your being.

Next allow the energy to flow forward in time creating harmonious energy in your future. Now bring the energy into the present moment.

Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes. If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the distant symbol three times and visualize it. When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the timeless healing power of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day. Write notes about your experience in a journal.

This 21 day program is designed for those who are attuned to level two Reiki. Level I practitioners could modify it using level I energy instead of the symbols. It is possible to also extend the program for another 21 days by replacing the symbols with the three Reiki Master symbols, or with the Karuna symbols of your choice.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful, and that you are willing to explore the importance of creating special time to deepen your relationship with the Divine and the love of the Reiki energy.