Sound Healing – using sound therapy to heal + video

Sound healing – can music be used to help heal ourselves?

Can we “supercharge” our cells by being exposed to certain types of music? Many believe so.  It is called Sound Healing or Sound Therapy.

Sound can make, break or rearrange molecular structure. The human body is 70% water a
nd sound travels four times faster through water.  This makes the human body a perfect resonator for sound.

The healing power of sound is not new – in fact the idea of sound healing has been used through history by Shamans and sound healers and ancient Egyptian and in Asia as a healing tool.

There is increasing interest in the transformative power of sound and music.  It is now widely accepted that many illnesses are stress related. Therefore treatments that promote relaxation and help reduce stress can be a very effective way to prevent and treat illness.

In this is a 23 minute short version of Tessa Shield’s feature documentary film  “Out of the Silence” interviewees explain the power of sound healing and sound therapy.

Watch and see what you think – can music help with the healing

Would you like to listen to some Healing music?

If you would like for more information on sound healing visit British Academy of Sound 

Reiki healers need to eat too!

The age old question that keeps coming up again and again – should I charge for my healing services?


The simple fact of life is that although all of us would like to receive something (well actually everything) for free, you know as well as I do that very few people in the world can actually live this way.

Your time is as precious and valuable as anyone else’s so as a Reiki healer ask yourself these questions;

  • Do you have to pay rent or a home loan, electricity, food, water, petrol etc?
  • Did you pay to learn your craft and do you not pay to have further education and knowledge to keep it relevant and up to date?
  • Do you pay to have an accountant help you with your tax, or a lawyer with your legal advice, a doctor for treatment, the chemist and pharmaceutical costs just to name a few?
  • Is your healing not as valuable as any other therapists, counsellors, hypnotists, etc.?

The list is long and I could go on and on – but you get the picture.

Now I am not saying you need to rip people off either – and if you took up reiki healing as a money making venture then in all likelihood you will fail as there needs to be true spirituality in what you do and the unbalance will likely result in poor outcomes in any case.

Instead the questions to ask yourself are:

  • Do I believe in what I am doing or offering?
  • Am I helping the person I treat?
  • If I am worried about money and my own problems will that limit the effectiveness of my sessions?
  • Is my service truly offering good value?
  • If I have to earn an income from alternative work won’t that mean I have less time I have available and can help less people?
  • If I had more money would I be able to help even more people?
  • By not charging money am I losing clients who feel guilty about this and not come back for further treatments even though they may be needed?

According to Reiki Rays . . .

“When healing work is done with a sense of service and gratitude, there is no need to feel that what we are doing is not important or should not be rewarded. We have all been given a talent and a calling to use it for the good of others. Allowing ourselves to be provided for through this type of work is showing gratitude for our talent and our ability to serve others. It ensures that we will continue to be able to serve into the future in health and well being”

Remember the world we live in is all about trade- and if you get to the base of the problem you will realise that people really do want to be helped, healed, counselled, taught – whatever it is you do and best of all they are happy to pay you for it.

Nobody really begrudges paying for a service at the end of the day because it is the world we live in! What people actually begrudge is paying for something that they don’t believe they are getting value for.

My final point would simply be to remember you are not charging for the healing or the energy – what you are charging for is the time, money and effort spent in learning how to effectively impart your healing gift onto others- which when effective is priceless.

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5 Amazing Healing Properties of the Oil of Tranquility

Health Benefits of Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver oil has been used in traditional medicine in South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Africa for thousands of years.

It’s native to India, and both its leaves and roots have wonderful uses.

Vetiver is known as a sacred herb valued because of its uplifting, soothing, healing and protective properties. It’s a natural body cooler — making it extremely popular in tropical countries.

This grass has a very pleasant, mild, earthy, and musky smell which has a cooling effect on the body and the mind.  In fact, in India and Sri Lanka it’s known as the “oil of tranquility.”

Vetiver oil has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. In these treatments, vetiver oil is used to treat imbalances and heal health disorders like muscular aches, fevers, arthritis pain and headaches. One interesting use, vetiver essential oil was used in massaging brides to sanctify them before marriage. Because of its cleansing and therapeutic properties, it’s known to heal a person from within.

This essential oil is very popular in aromatherapy and has many medicinal properties, which are described in greater detail over the page.

To Understand Others, We Need to Walk In Their Shoes

Philosopher Roman Krznaric believes there are few ills that can’t be solved with empathy – and he’s created a mobile Empathy Museum to prove it.

This September, the world’s first Empathy Museum dedicated to helping visitors develop the skill of putting themselves in others’ shoes will be opened.

The museum is the brainchild of the contemporary philosopher and empathy expert Roman Krznaric.

Krznaric has lost faith in the old model of changing society through parties and politics and laws.

“Empathy has this amazing power for social change,” he explains. “We need to take empathy out of the realm of psychology and not only into everyday relations but also into culture.”

So to bring it to everyday life he is launching the world’s first Empathy Museum, in the UK in late 2015 and will then be travelling to Australia and other countries.

Amongst the unusual exhibitions will be a human library, where instead of borrowing a book you borrow a person for conversation – maybe a Sikh teenager, an unhappy investment banker an immigrant or a gay father. In other words, the kind of people you may not get to meet in everyday life.

The Empathy Museum is an exciting social change project that has already taken its first steps. In January 2014 Krznaric launchedthe world’s first online Empathy Library, where you can find novels, children’s books, feature films and video shorts all about empathy.

“I have learned that empathy is the best glue for bonding a family together and forging the human relationships that make life worth living.”

Empathy is vital to healthy human relationships. It is the ability to understand others, but it seems to have been sidelined in the past decades, while we have focused on a hyper-individualistic, consumerist race to serve ourselves whatever the cost to others. So Krznaric, along with a whole school of social and cultural thinkers, believes that we should deploy empathy to sort out the mess we’re in.

“The biggest deficit that we have in our society and in the world right now is an empathy deficit. We are in great need of people being able to stand in somebody else’s shoes and see the world through their eyes.” Barack Obama

The latest neuroscience research reveals that 98% of us have the ability to empathise, but few of us put our full empathic potential to use.

Find about the Empathy Museum here

Image source Kate Raworth Photography

Why hospitals are making us sick

Healthcare without harm

Robin Guenther is a leading expert and textbook co-author of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture and she believes we have created a “sick-care” system.

As Principal at the firm Perkins+Will, Robin has been the architect on many innovative healthcare buildings, designs that have often been published nationally and internationally.  In addition to her practice, Robin works at the intersection of healthcare architecture and sustainability policy, participating in a wide range of advocacy initiatives.

She is Senior Advisor to Health Care Without Harm, co-coordinated the Green Guide for Health Care, and has served on the LEED for Healthcare committee. Healthcare Design magazine named her the “#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare.”

In this TEDMED talk Guenther show us how critical our green building mission is to the future of human health.


Learn how Reiki is helping this sick little boy

“I see it as benefiting the whole family, not just the patient”

Although Blake was born completely healthy at 18 days old he developed a serious infection called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) which severely affected his digestive system, causing damage to his bowel and intestine.

As a result Blake had to have an operation to have two thirds of his bowel removed. This meant his tiny body could not absorb any of the food or nutrients he needed to grow and he was a weak and poorly baby.

The surgery was successful however Blake’s condition remains critical. Now eight months old, Blake is staying indefinitely at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton where his mum Denisa, anxiously waits for him to get strong enough to go home.

While medical staff monitor his condition to make sure he receives the nutrition he needs, Blake has also been benefiting from regular Reiki therapy by Ali Walters from Active LightWorks and her team funded by the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.

Denisa feels the therapy offers ongoing benefits for both her son and the family:

“Reiki has been absolutely brilliant for Blake. Besides his digestion issues, he also has an ongoing problem with his left arm, which he cannot move properly. When Ali is treating him, he seems to gain more movement in the joint because he is more relaxed. Blake always settles down beautifully after his sessions with Ali, and he loves the calm and peaceful interaction with the therapists. I love seeing Blake so settled and happy.”

As the long hours spent by a child’s bedside can be stressful and worrying for all concerned The Active Lightworkers team make sure they treat parents and carers where possible, . Denisa looks forward to seeing Ali and receiving Reiki herself:

“I have been at the Alex, on the ward with Blake all day, every day since Mid-February. It is a tough time, sitting here watching and waiting for my little boy to get better. When I have Reiki therapy, I feel calmer while still in the hospital environment, which is usually quite difficult.

“I think it is very important for children and babies to receive Reiki treatment while they are at the Alex. It is a calming therapy within a medical environment, and it relaxes both the child and their parents / carers. I see it as benefiting the whole family, not just the patient.”

The Rockinghorse Children’s Charity has also provided funding to Ali and her team of Reiki therapists who are working alongside the paediatric team on the High Dependency Unit at the Alex.  Read more about Reiki at the Alex here.

Read about the other great work the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity are doing here.

Image source: Rockinghorse Children’s Charity

An inspiring story of how one woman discovered Reiki.

How One Woman Found Her Reiki Path

This podcast was recorded by Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush from “All Together” (a publication dedicated to exploring ethics religion and spiritual practice in daily life).

Rev Raushenbush was keen to find out more about Reiki and how it could help people.

One of his colleagues, ChrMichelle Kennedyisty, said she had had an extremely powerful spiritual experience with the healing practice of Reiki.

So he asked Christy if she would invite Michelle, her friend and a Reiki practitioner, to come in and talk to me about what had happened when she practiced Reiki on Christy, teach him about Reiki.

Rev. Raushenbush interviews Michelle a Yoga teacher and a level III Reiki Master in Brooklyn, New York.

During the interview Michele describes the path that lead her to becoming a Reiki Master and also performs a Reiki healing on Rausenbush.

Listen to the podcast below

Image: Michelle Kenndy

12 of the Biggest Mistakes to Avoid when Starting a Reiki Business

Thinking about starting your own business?

Starting your own business can be an exciting time. It gives you the freedom to be your own boss and perhaps even work from home. It also allows you to choose your work hours and practices.

But its important to take your time and get things right. It will be well worth the effort.

Here are 12 of the most common mistakes people make when starting their new business:

Mistake 1.  Not doing your research

Before starting any business it is important to establish that there are potential clients.

While interest in Reiki is expanding rapidly, there are still a lot of people who don’t know what it is. You have to be realistic about how much demand there may be for a service like Reiki if you want to work locally.

It is important to know where your potential clients are and how you will let them know about your new practice before you invest time and money in a business.


Mistake 2.  Setting your practice up in the wrong place

One of the first things you will need to consider when planning your new business is where you are going to locate your practice.

You’ll need a room that is quiet, has both privacy and easy access, and ideally has a separate entrance from your main living area.

If you are not able to establish a practice at home you could try some local businesses who operate in the health and wellness industry. For example chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopaths and health spas, may rent you space by the day  or hour for a nominal fee.  There is also the added benefit of having people see your business who may be visiting one of the other practices.

Just make sure you do your sums and you know how much you can afford to spend when you are first establishing your business.


Mistake 3.  Quitting your day job too soon

You may have big plans but don’t get carried away.  Its best to start small and make sure you don’t get overwhelmed.

Be realistic about how much time you have to devote to your new business and how much you need to earn to pay the bills.

Healing people is a noble cause and you may want to make it your key life purpose. But fulfilling that purpose doesn’t mean that it has to be your full-time job, at least not right way.  Give your business time to grow momentum.


Reiki to be used to help children in hospital

Reiki treatment has improved sleep, fear, anxiety, distress and pain for children

Royal Alexandra Children’s hospital in Brighton has introduced Reiki therapy for its young patients.

The hospital’s official fundraising charity, Rockinghorse, has provided the money needed to provide four specialist Reiki therapists.

The therapists, who have been treating patients on a voluntary basis since 2012, are being funded for an initial three years.  The funding will allow the Reiki therapists to double the amount of time they are able to offer treatments, from five hours per week to ten.

They can provide massage and Reiki treatment for parents with children and babies on the unit, to help provide a sense of calm during what can be a very stressful time.

Consultant paediatrician Kamal Patel said:

“The Reiki treatment has improved sleep, fear, anxiety, distress and pain for children on our paediatric critical unit over and above what we can achieve through modern medicine.

To have such a fantastic team of people offering Reiki really helps our patients get better quicker.”

Therapist Ali Walters said:

“It is wonderful to be able to give both the children and parents an opportunity to relax and unwind.

So often parents tell me they are delighted that during treatment their child drops off to sleep or they see their child become more calm and comfortable. I am delighted that Rockinghorse is now funding our work so we can provide more therapists and treatments to support the critical care that is provided.”

Rockinghorse is the official fundraising arm of the hospital and raises money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment.

For more information visit

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A policeman goes undercover on streets known for street drugs, prostitution and crimes. What he found may surprise you.

Its seems that all we see on the news these days are dramatic and often frightening stories.  It can lull us into focusing on all the negative things happening in the world.

Sometimes its nice to be reminded of all the great acts of daily kindness that happen around us.

One example of kindness that’s bound to warm your heart: an undercover investigation in Vancouver that took an amazing turn. After a series of robberies of people in wheelchairs in the downtown east side of Vancouver, a policeman went undercover and posed in a wheelchair to investigate.   Police sergeant Mark Horsley grew some facial hair and borrowed an expensive wheelchair, making him an “easy mark” for criminals.

But over the course of five days, instead of strangers stealing money from him, 300 people made contact with him to ask if he had someone to care for him, find out if he needed food, or to offer money.

The police officer was shocked to discovered the daily compassion that was happening in the downtown east side, despite being known for street drugs, prostitution, and crime.

Watch the video to see for yourself.

Read the full article here

3 Common Misconceptions about Reiki

Are you often surprised about how little most people know about Reiki?

There are many common misconceptions among people when they first hear about Reiki, and even occasionally among practitioners who are just getting into the Reiki training. According to Reiki Rays here are three of the major incorrect beliefs:

1. Healers are using their own energy to heal their patient

Probably one of the most common mistakes people make is believing that Reiki healers use their own energy to heal their patient. This is not correct. A healer is simply a channel through which the healing energy flows.

The source of the energy is the God, or Allah, or the Universe, the Creator, or as some call  “the Source” (capital S) – or whatever you choose to call it. Once attuned, healers become capable of channeling Reiki energy.”


 2. Reiki only works if you believe in it

Some people believe that Reiki is some sort of placebo effect, which only works if you believe it works. This is also not correct. Reiki will work regardless of whether you believe it or not, as long as you don’t artificially block it, by resisting the flow or refusing treatment.


3. Watches, jewelry, and other metal objects block the flow of Reiki

Some think that healers and patients should not wear metal objects such as watches, necklaces, and other jewelry, because it supposedly blocks the flow of energy.

Again this is incorrect, Reiki has been experienced and proven to work and “pass through” not only metal objects placed closed to the body, such as jewelry, but also through walls, through mountains, across oceans, even across the entire planet – distance healing sessions are a very common practice in Reiki.

Are you often surprised about how little most people know about Reiki?

To learn more and to read the full article visit ReikiRay

Is it possible to heal by thought alone?

Dr. Joe Dispenza believes we can.

In order for us to change ourselves we need to examine our beliefs.

As a researcher, Dr. Joe explores the science behind spontaneous remissions and how people heal themselves of chronic conditions and even terminal diseases. He’s more recently begun partnering with other scientists to perform extensive research on the effects of meditation during his advanced workshops. He and his team do brain mapping with electroencephalograms (EEGs) and individual energy field testing with a gas discharge visualization (GDV) machine, as well as measure both heart coherence with HeartMath monitors and the energy present in the workshop environment before, during, and after events with a GDVSputnik sensor. Soon, he plans to include epigenetic testing in this research, as well.

Watch this short video where Dr. Joe explains the steps to start changing the way you think.

Beautiful glass mushrooms to brighten up your life

These delicate LED light mushrooms are definitely not meant to be eaten!

Carefully handcrafted from glass, discarded wood, logs, tree stumps and LED lights these mushroom lights look like a magical treasure one would stumble upon in a storybook tale.

Any nature buff will just love these LED Mushroom Lights by Japanese designer Yukio Takano of The Great Mushrooming.

The small lights consist of LEDs that are embedded inside colorful, wavy sprouts to create a soft glow of anything from pale blue to soft red to warm yellow. The playful creations are powered by batteries located in the base of the wood and can be flipped on and off with a conspicuous, retro switch that sits on the front of the structure. Each piece is packaged in a long, wooden box that appears to be aged and colorfully painted to complement the enclosed product. These are definitely a fun and unique way to brighten up any interior space!




Read the full article here

Images: Tokyo Bling

Homeless cats awaiting adoption are read to by local children

The “Book Buddies” program is to encourage children to read while providing comfort to homeless cats

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania has had dozens of children in attendance each week to read to adoptable cats.

book buddy

It’s a great way for the children to improve their reading skills while providing comfort to cats awaiting adoption.

The Reading Buddies Program has been a big success for both kids and cats.

The children find the cats non-threatening and a supportive audience, while the cats enjoy human interaction and the rhythmic, soothing sound of a child’s voice.

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According to studies performed by researchers at Tufts University…

“Pets can be considered a source of support”

“Human-animal interaction can make the learning process more comfortable and enjoyable for children”

“Autistic children who were put in contact with an animal demonstrated increased use of language and had improved social interactions while with the animal”

They showed “sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school””Animals can be a “non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them”

The program has strengthened the bond the shelter has the community and introduced new families to the shelter.  This in turn as lead to many more adoptions.

Not only do the kids love it, but it also gives the cats socialization and play time they love, and increases their chances of adoption.

What a great idea.

See more at Book Buddies

Images via The Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Berks County & Mark Makela


An Inspiring Story (VIDEO)

Most of Us Would Have Given Up . . .

11-year-old Matt Woodrum has cerebral palsy. He didn’t have to run the 400-meter race, but he wanted to do his best. So when he began to struggle at 3:17, his teacher walked over. Then, something amazing happened…

Watch this inspiring video.