Gua Sha

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As many of you know I just love taking courses and learning new healing techniques and my first one of the year is Gua Sha. I have just completed my course and WOW what a revelation it has been for me!

Gua Sha is traditionally used in East Asian and Chinese medicine. Gua Sha can help with a huge range of ailments. Just as our bodies experience stress in the form of shoulders hunched over a computer, or headaches from tension, our faces and bodies hold onto a great deal of stress. Gua Sha is a massage technique designed to relieve tension in the muscles, boost blood circulation, and encourage lymphatic drainage to banish bloat. It helps break up fascia, the connective tissue that hugs muscles but can sometimes interfere with optimal circulation.

The traditional Chinese practice of Gua Sha involves stroking the skin with a stiff instrument made of stone, jade, bone, or horn. Chinese people use these devices and techniques in homes and clinics to treat a variety of conditions.

Gua Sha is similar to massage and acupressure, but it focuses directly on increasing blood flow beneath the surface of the skin. This heightened circulation can lead to a number of noticeable healing effects in the body. This can cause redness and sometimes speckling where there are areas of trapped Chi (energy flow) but this usually fades within a day or two. The more often you do it the less it happens.

I have had intense pain and swelling in my knees for 2 years which has made it very difficult to walk far or climb the stairs. I had a bad reaction to the different medications I was prescribed, but after just one self healing session of Gua Sha I noticed a huge difference and after 3 sessions I am pain free and have a great range of mobility. I will definitely be doing this every day.

I have one set of tools in my office and another for home. I spend a lot of time stuck behind my desk and Gua Sha is really helping with the pain in my neck, shoulder, arms and hands too.

In recent decades, Western physicians and patients have begun studying and using Gua Sha. Today’s researchers have found scientific explanations for Gua Sha’s anti-inflammatory and immune boosting effects, which may last for days and counteract a number of symptoms and diseases.

Researchers have shown that Gua Sha causes a dramatic increase in circulation in the soft tissues under the skin. The benefits of Gua Sha seem to occur after blood is brought to the surface of the body during treatment. As the body reabsorbs this blood, it breaks down hemoglobin, triggering the production and release of HO-1 and its catalysates: bilirubin, biliverdin, and carbon monoxide. These potent chemicals fight infection, inflammation, and a number of other diseases by boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation.

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Uri Geller still has the magic touch!

A few months ago my watch stopped working. It isn’t a particularly expensive one but it does hold sentimental value to me as it was a gift from my son. I took it to our local repair shop, after opening it up he said there was nothing he could do and advised me to send it back to the manufacturer for a replacement. Naturally I hadn’t held onto the guarantee, so when I got home I put it in my office drawer and forgot about it.

The other week I was sorting through the drawers and found it again. I put it on; hoping the warmth of my body would make it work again. I wore it overnight, even sending it healing energy, but to no avail.

The follow morning I remembered in the 1980’s Uri Geller encouraged everyone with a broken watch or clock to place it on picture of him which was printed in the newspapers. A similar thing was also done on a TV Show where he asked people to place their broken items on top of their television sets (when they were huge!) Success was reported all over the country and failures too. Many skeptics even claimed it was the heat of the televisions which made them work again, others said you had to truly believe in order for it to work. I was a child at the time so I never got to try, but I have been intrigued by it over the years.

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I decided it couldn’t hurt, so I Googled one of the photos he used for the project. I placed my watch in front of my monitor and spent a few moments looking into his eyes. I then thought if working with higher energies was the key I would treat it like a spiritual psychic session and I closed my eyes and asked my guides to connect me to his Higher Self Aspect and asked for his assistance in repairing my watch.

After this great build up I slowly opened my eyes and picked up the watch, to my disappointment it wasn’t working. I put it back in my drawer. The next morning I opened it to retrieve some stationary, and pulled the watch out along with it, and to my great surprise it was working perfectly. However, even more incredible, was the fact, that it had even been set to the correct time and it most certainly hadn’t been when I put it in the drawer!

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I showed it to my husband Phil, and explained what had happened. He told me about the time he went to see Uri in one of his shows years ago and interviewed him afterwards. He said that it wasn’t until after he got home hours later he realised his key had bent (another talent Uri enjoyed demonstrating along with spoon bending) Phil said his key was fine at the time of the experiment in the theatre and he assumed it hadn’t worked for him. Although at the time Uri did explain that it sometimes took time for the effect to take place, which it did in both our cases!

I don’t know how it worked, I’m only grateful that it did, so a big thank you to Uri Geller , and perhaps it’s time I tried my hand at spoon bending now 😉

Raine Hilton Good Vibes Holistic Therapies

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Running Wild In The Spiritual Pick and Mix Aisle

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Now more than ever there is a vast array of enticing new energy attunement systems available for us all to work with. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to discover which spiritual path suits us best and brings us into closer contact with our Spiritual Guides and Helpers. We flit excitedly from Angelic – Starseed – Shamanic – Egyptian – Faery without a second thought of how this may affect our etheric system.

If you think of this in a physical sense, it would be the equivalent of piling your plate high with a mixture of Chinese stir-fry, Indian Madras curry, Mexican enchiladas, American Hot-dogs and Italian pasta and then pouring custard, gravy, sour cream and hot fudge sauce on top of it and then eating it all. Can you imagine how sick you would feel afterwards?

The same goes for your energy system; filling your light body with conflicting energy streams brings about spiritual disharmony and discordance. While it is admirable to be open and eclectic in your spiritual tastes, care needs to be taken how you combine these energy sources, and also in closing down effectively one stream of energy, and resting your system, before beginning a new spiritual adventure.

Another aspect of spiritual development I would also like to mention is the Spiritual Spa Addiction; this is where students throw one energy system into their bodies after another too quickly, sometimes four of five a week without ever taking the time to work with each system. Others think it is fine to call in multiple levels of one system in one session, and unfortunately some of the more disreputable teachers allow and encourage this to line their pockets. The student enjoys the instant high they get from each system but then don’t bother to open their manuals again and wonder why they are not receiving lasting satisfaction and guidance from them. This causes a form of spiritual sickness and addiction. An overloaded energy system with the ego addicted to the light.

An attunement, empowerment, initiation, or activation is just an introduction to a stream of energy, or deity you wish to work with. But like any relationship it takes two to make it work, especially when it spans cross different realms. Energetically meeting an Ascended Master, an Archangel or a Faery Queen is such a special and life changing experience, or it should be. Sadly too many students excitedly greet their new Spiritual Helper and then as quickly turn their back on them to run towards the next one. If this was in the physical, just how insulting it would seem, but few think of this when working energetically.

So this plea comes from my amazing Spiritual Guide, Marianna and on behalf of all those who willingly and lovingly wait for us to work with them. This week take some time out and pick one of your attunement systems, spend quality time with it, meditate with the energy stream and reaffirm your relationship with those associated with it. Give the systems a chance to teach you, open yourself, grow and evolve with it and be amazed at the results you achieve.

Spiritual enlightenment takes patience, hard work, dedication, and a daily commitment to bring the light through not only for yourself, but to heal and uplift everyone you meet on your path. Honour those who wish to work with you, but above all else honour yourself too, you deserve the very best that life can offer you.

Love & blessings Raine & Marianna

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Time For A New Year Spiritual House Cleanse

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Yes that time is upon us once more; the decorations are down and packed away for another year, the rubbish and recycling has been put out.

Afterwards we stand there triumphant, and exhausted amid a gleaming house. Yes this is highly commendable, but how often do you think of spiritually cleaning your home? I’m talking about clearing away all that negative energy from the past year that is still clinging to the very fabric of the house.

We are all aware that there are two types of energy; positive and negative. They are opposites, as black is to white. While positive energy makes us feel good, healthy, happy, and motivated, negative energy leaves us feeling depressed, angry and lethargic.

A house that once felt warm, welcoming and vibrant can over time begin to feel uncomfortable, stale and stagnant. Over time this will have a direct effect on our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. This is caused by a build up of negative energy, in the same way that dust and grime become ingrained unless it is cleared away regularly. This can be the combined result of stress, depression, illness, arguments or violence from each member of your family. This includes all those childish squabbles, relationship problems, bereavements, worrying about the paying the bills or keeping your job. Everything we say, think and do, positive and negative, leaves an energetic imprint on our surroundings.

This wasn’t such problem years ago as it is now as traditional cleaning methods were used. Carpets and rugs taken outside for a good beating as were chairs and soft furnishings, floors were properly scrubbed and windows and doors left open to allow air to circulate. With the increasing popularity of many gadgets and cleaning agents the old ways are not used so often, and so the negative energy becomes stuck.

I’m certainly not going to suggest you get down on your hands and knees and scrub your entire house from top to bottom, was that a sigh of relief I heard? Allow me to introduce to spiritual spring cleaning. All you need for this is;

  • a packet of incense (this can be sticks, cones or loose incense)
  • a candle (in a sturdy holder)
  • a bell, rattle or a drum, anything that will make plenty of noise to shake that negative energy free!

The follow technique can be varied to suit your circumstances or belief system, never be afraid to adapt anything, and always think for yourself!

Once your house has been thoroughly cleaned, (now you really didn’t think you would get out of that did you?) You can go through the house doing this alone or you can get the whole family involved, I know our children used to love an excuse to bang drums and shake rattles!

* Obviously for reasons of safety keep children well away from lit incense and candles.

If you are doing this alone you will need to take each item through the house at a time. Yes, it is time consuming but well worth it. If you have others working with you then you can take an item each and follow one another from room to room.

 Begin at the top of your house with your lit candle; carefully walk through the whole room, illuminating every dark corner. Open every cupboard and drawer and allow the light to shine, leaving no inch uncovered. As you do this say either out aloud or in your mind;

“I bring light to banish the darkness and negativity to a place where it may do no harm.

Next you will need to take the lit incense stick or smudge stick and repeat the same movements as before. Only this time saying;

 “I bring air into this place, banishing all negativity to a place where it may do no harm”

Now repeat the same movements, this time with the drum, bell, or rattle. This time saying;

 “I bring sound into this place, banishing all negative energy to a place where it will do no harm”.

Work your way through the house; from top to bottom, covering all stairs and landings, finishing at the outside door you use most. Open this door and if you have a sweeping brush or broom physically and symbolically sweep the energy out of the door. Now open all the windows and the door if possible and play some uplifting positive music that you love, as loud as you are able.

Well done, now take a well earned break. Relax and enjoy the fresh zingy positive energy flowing through your home!

Ideally you should aim to repeat this house cleanse every month, and certainly when things begin to feel stale, or there has been a serious illness, incident or disagreement.

* Do feel free to use a Sage/Mugwort/Black Cohosh aura spray in the place of incense smoke around anyone with breathing problems or pets. Do be careful spraying near any electronics though.

Love & blessings Raine – Good Vibes Holistic Therapies http://www.goodvibesgirl.co.uk 

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The Health Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps

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I absolutely love my new Himalayan Salt Lamp. Not only does it look beautiful, its gentle warming glow feels so calming and uplifting. In fact Himalayan Salt has many beneficial properties. As an asthma sufferer I found using a salt pipe inhaler very helpful. I also add Pink Himalayan crystals to my bah water to detox my body and cleanse my auric field.

Salt lamps work by cleansing and deodorising the air around us, this is great if you are shut up in an office most of the day as so many of us are. They work on the principle of Hygroscopy; meaning that they attract molecules of water from the very air around us. As the lamp heats up the water then evaporates back into the air but this time with the trapped particles of pollen, mould spores, dust, smoke etc trapped within them.

As the salt heats up this changes the charge of the molecules. In our positively ion charged modern homes that are filled with all manner of electrical gadgets this is detrimental to our health and well being on many levels. Once the lamp absorbs all of these positively charged pollutants, it then releases the cleansed water molecules back into the air this time only this time they have become negatively charged (yes the only time that something negative is actually good for us)

When we have spent time by the sea we come away feeling invigorated and recharged. We are in fact been recharged by the very same negative ions found in Himalayan Salt Lamps. Over time it is said that energy levels will improve the more we are exposed to the energy of these lamps. I have only received mine today and have had it plugged in for about an hour and I can feel the waves of calming energy flowing through me already. I even feel that I can breathe more easily too, which as it is a very mild, damp, misty day here today is pretty amazing.

I have put mine on my desk as it is said to be extra helpful for neutralising electronic smog as I spend many hours at my computer each day, so it will be interesting to see the benefits of this over time. It is also reported to improve concentration and boost serotonin levels which is great for anyone suffering from the “Winter Blues” (S.A.D)

If you find that your main problem is insomnia it is advised to either sleep with one on or have it running for a few hours before you go to sleep. This will help to improve your sleep by boosting the oxygen supply in your blood to the brain.

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The face in the fire and the art of Pyromancy

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Throughout childhood our imagination was frequently captivated by all things Fey, dreaming of fairy castles, naughty Elves and Goblins, or majestic fairy queens ruling over their magical lands.

Sadly as we grow up that sense of wonderment vanishes from our lives and is put firmly to one side along with much loved toys and other childhood pastimes.

However in many cultures the Fey kingdom is still believed in and also very much respected. Even today places such as Iceland will still not build on Fey land until permission has been sought. Fairies are frequently called upon for help, advice or to witness rituals, festivals and celebrations. Wherever you look fairies appear in art work, sculptures, books and movies, and even though nowadays many may decline to show themselves physically to humans their presence is still firmly stamped on our world.

Fairies are often identified as relating to the four elements. They come in many shapes, sizes and guises and are far from the cute Victorian images many are familiar with. Their names often change from one culture to another but the most commonly known ones are;

Earth fairies; known as; Elves, Brownies, Gnomes, Goblins, Kobolds and Dryads.

Water fairies; known as; Mermaids and Mermen, (known as Merfolk) Water Nymphs, Selkies/Selchies (known as seal people). Pixies, Lamias, Undine sirens (male & Female)

Fire fairies; known as Salamanders, Draks, Fire Fey, and Fire Drakes

Air fairies; known as Sylphs, Silkies, Devas, Storm Spirits and Paries

I for one never stopped believing and have had numerous occasions where proof of their continued existence has been shown to me.  I have respectfully photographed many fey spirits and orbs over time. The face in the fire shown above was one that crept up on me as I was curled up around the fire reading a book. I have enlarged it so you can see the face clearly in profile. I believe this one to be a great example of a fire fairy. Others that I have shown this photo to have said they can see other Fire Fairies running across the flames.

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Pyromancy – How to see fire fairies

Pyromancy is the art of fire scrying used for divination and foretelling the future. Fire gazing is best done with a calm, detached state of mind, allowing the subconscious mind to flow freely while the conscious mind is distracted by the random shapes in the fire. Some people see actual images, symbols or scenes in the flames, while others gain their knowledge clairvoyantly as images in the mind.

In ancient times those known as ‘having the sight’ would make a study of the flames and how it was affected by objects cast into it during sacrifices and rituals. If the flames were clear and bright with no smoke or sound it was determined to be a good omen. Even how the smoke rose was considered important. I know I grew up with the knowledge that if chimney smoke rose straight up the weather would be fine and if it drifted the weather would be wet.

One method of fire scrying is to sit and mediate before fire, allowing it to die down until just the coals are glowing and then cast a handful of salt onto the coals. This will encourage the flames to flare up, once they have settled, relax and detach your mind from the physical world; allow no thoughts to creep in. Your focus should only be on the shapes projected from the glowing coals. You should be open to any images, thoughts or ideas, as the knowledge you seek can come to you in many ways. Do not force anything to happen, if you are meant to see something you will, if not try again another time.

 

 

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September Full Corn Moon

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4b34277f8b465047acf3fabc83f271cfAccording to the Farmer’s Almanac the September Full Moon, Sept. 6, is called the Full Corn Moon by many Native American tribes because it traditionally corresponds with the time of the harvesting moon. Other tribes call it the Barley Moon for the same reason. Living in the mountains of North Carolina, however, the corn harvest is long gone but there are many things that are being harvested including apples, squash, gourds and pumpkins.

No matter where you live the energy of this moon corresponds to harvesting. It’s a good time to reflect on what is ready to be harvested in our lives. What project can be completed with just a little effort? What relationship can be nurtured with a little more time and attention? What idea has been rolling around in our brains that come to fruition if we focus our energies on it?

These are the kinds of questions…

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