Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Another New PM Adventure
Until a few years ago, the most metaphysical/paranormal/woo-woo thing I'd done was read my horoscope and play with my mother's old Ouija board.
Then I met the Playfriends and the Mavens and made my first visit to a psychic, had my tarot cards read and was introduced to the concept of guided meditation.
The guided meditation was good. It's a great way to relax and level out. I have a progressive relaxation track on my iPod and use it to help me sleep on nights when my brain won't shut down.
The psychic and tarot cards? Ehhhhhhh. The readings were never right. They were so far off in left field I had to laugh. I pretty much dismissed it all as a fun way to spend an afternoon, but beyond that, nothing. I even remember getting into a discussion on Facebook with someone who basically called me an atheist because I mentioned tarot. A friend, who is an ordained minister, put that person in his place when she said she studied tarot in Divinity School and quoted off some facts about religion and the metaphysical. I think the guy unfriended me after that. I don't consider it a loss. Having a negative person move out of your life is never a loss.
After the ex and I separated, I had another tarot reading from a man I'd seen featured in the local newspaper. I figured at worst I was blowing $20 at the flea market. But OHMYGOSH! He was spot on. And I was careful not to tell him anything he could use to guess at anything going on in my life.
Apparently my metaphysical plumbing had contained a huge clog. And a dose of woo-woo Drano had flushed it right away.
Fast forward a year or so, and a friend from church was talking about something called Reiki. I asked what it was and I won't go into a long explanation because you can read about it here. Interestingly (or oddly) enough, I'd just reconnected with a woman I'd met when I first moved to Huntsville over 35 years ago. She'd told me she was a Reiki master and a massage therapist. And these two women know each other. The Universe was conspiring, and it wasn't against me.
I was having some serious physical issues all related to stress, and my church friend suggested Reiki and massage might help (she's not only a Reiki Master but a licensed massage therapist too). I knew massage would be great, but I went into the Reiki with a healthy dose of skepticism.
I came out of the session as a true believer. She never actually put her hands on me during the Reiki session, but when she had her hands over my abdomen because I'd told her I had gastric issues, I felt intense heat, like a heating pad set on high. She told me this indicated release of negative energy. During another session, I never mentioned pain in a particular part of my body, but when she had her hands there, that heat returned. She felt it. I felt it. Okay, something was going on there.
I was on a massage table, all relaxed and covered with a light blanket, with an mask over my eyes to block out the light. Af first everything was black behind my eyelids. But then I began to see vivid colors coming in waves. Let me back up a bit and say that during the guided meditations we did with the Mavens, we were supposed to "see" the white light of the Holy Spirit around us as we began, see a green meadow, see a white rock path, see this and that and the other. What did I see? NOTHING.
And now I'm seeing colors, mostly green and purple. It was awesome!
Last week I visited an acupunturist because of some knee issues. I also went in with a bad low-pressure headache and ask if he could help with that too. As soon as the first needle went into my face, the light show started. I saw green and purple. Before I could say anything to him, he asked if I saw any colors. When I told him about the green and purple, he said those are considered healing colors.
I walked in with a killer headache. I walked out without one. And those low-pressure headaches ususally last two to three days. I've been headache-free since last week.
My blog title is "Another New PM Adventure" and that new adventure is Reiki training this weekend. I'd talked with my friend about it a few months ago and decided to pursue Reiki a little further. It's for me and my own personal healing. Some people do Reiki sessions for money and maybe at some point I will too. But right now I'm going to be selfish, get my own energy lined up and flowing right and heal myself. The Playfriends might get to be crash test dummies at some point though. ~grin~
Are you into any alternative or complementary therapies such as Reiki, acupunture, Rolfing? Tell me about it. I certainly won't laugh.