Bringing out your Inner Hermit

Well what can I say – what a rollercoaster ride its been since August!!

I don’t know about you but for me the energy has been chaotic.  I have been calling it “the make up or break up” period.  Here is my personal reflection of the energy over the last few months.

Full moon in Leo – argghhhhh

Being a Leo myself I found this particularly difficult.  I felt very angry (which is not like me).  I found myself wanting to stifle the anger but I couldn’t I had to let it come out in a healthy way.

From August it seemed like there was drama everywhere.  The energy seemed to be bringing the worst out in people , even the nicest people.  I think the universe was making us have a full on purge – even if we didn’t want to.  I have seen trolling, name calling, mis-assumptions, bad judgement, manipulation, envy…the list goes on.  I felt these feelings rising up in myself.   However I felt a very strong urge for JUSTICE.  That’s a word to be careful with, when does justice go sour and become revenge?  When does justice become a lack of compassion towards others?

One day I went into full blown Wonder Woman mode (wearing the t-shirt kinda did it)

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I saw a hit and run involving 2 cars directly in front of me!  As one sped off I literally chased him in my car till he pulled over at which point I casually rolled down my window to advise him to go back to the scene for “insurance purposes” ahem.  Oh that felt good.

Concerning the beautiful image of Linda Carter above, hasn’t it felt a bit like we are breaking out of a prison.  The past few months have been quite painful as layers have literally been torn not peeled from us.  We have had no choice but to suck it up!  Its been good to see peaceful resolutions in some cases but the recent Full Moon in Taurus has been an indicator if things are going to be better or even worse.  All I can say is use everything here and now to LEARN – let it help you grow into a wiser and stronger person.  As people throw these things at you, these challenges catch them and say “Thank you for teaching me…..”  For teaching me unconditional love, patience, resilience, loyalty….

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Photo by Ksenia Makagon.

Use these opportunities to learn, journaling is especially good for these challenging times.  Take time to meditate, try and centre and bring some serenity back into your life.  Read.  I have cut down my work this month, this came after a decision to have time off in December…..

BECOMING THE HERMIT

Yes, yes, yes lets do it.  This is what we are supposed to do in the Winter!!!  We are supposed to rest, conserve our energy, recuperate after the hectic summer months.  Spend quality time with loved ones.  Catch up on reading, watching films/documentaries.  Walking out in Nature.  Drawing into the Creative reservoir so we are ready to unleash a whole new being in the Spring full of amazing ideas.  On the potentially more boring side its also a good time to sort out admin/ declutter, all those jobs you’ve been putting off.  Oh but you can dress your house nicely for Yule.

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I am going to walk my talk, with only 2 work events in December I am going to rest, (minus work) and play.  I am going to socialise with friends, yes lets make time for meals out with friends!  In early January after a lovely New Years stay at Glastonbury I am sure I will be bursting with inspiration to get some new workshops written.  I also have plans to have a deep healing in December (but more about that in another future blog).

So here I am asking you to consider working with the seasons (obviously we are in the Northern Hemisphere here).  As nature goes into a deep slumber lets just have a moment of rest and experience the joy and gratitude of family and the abundance, blessings and love we have around us.

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Hello I am Angela Sessions, founder of Reiki Star. I strive to be authentic in life and help to bring out the potential and brilliance I see in others.  Shine your Light!

 

 

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Equine Assisted Therapy, bringing horse spirit medicine into the 3D World.

So I wanted to learn more about Equine Assisted therapy (EAT) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and it just so happens one of my Reiki and Shamanic Students is a qualified therapist.  She invited me to meet the horses, her healing team…

Dr Nichola Marchant would have been a rare find a few years ago, but now we find Doctors not only working with Western medicine but embracing energy medicine to!  The best of both worlds, working in a truly holistic way is surely the way forward in medicine and healing.

My son Jed aged 11 and myself went to meet her horses…

Nichola has 6 horses to work with and it was awesome to meet all the horses and experience their different energies and personalities.  There was definitely some faery energy and unicorn energy working through the horses, that was very apparent.  My son Jed has never shown a big interest in horses but I have always thought due to his gentle nature that he would enjoy working with or riding horses.  He absolutely loved them and a chipnic in the car (open wrapped chips and gravy picnic) on the way home was the cherry on top.  His words were “this evening has been brilliant!”.

The horses are super friendly often nibbling on any item of clothing that takes their fancy and they especially loved my walking stick.  However they like to introduce themselves in their own time and I feel the horses that particularly want to work with you or “vibe” with your energy stay close, often scraping a foot on the floor or giving a gentle nudge for comforting contact.  Unfortunately I react when my skin comes into contact with the horses but I just wore leather gloves so I could still stroke them.  There is always a way LOL.

IMG_2322 (2)The horses have a very calming effect and I can understand how they help therapeutically.

Horses are very good at reading a person’s energy – how they are feeling emotionally, mentally and physically.  They can do this because they have evolved from being prey animals in a herd – they have had to develop skills at reading the energy of their own herd members but also the body language of other animals in order to survive.  You cannot hide anything from a horse!

They can assist you in so many ways

  • On a physical level they can help build fitness and confidence especially among riders with disabilities, providing wonderful sensory experiences for people with learning disabilities or with physical disability.
  • On an emotional level they provide comfort and reassurance.  They allow us to express ourselves with no judgement, animals love unconditionally.
  • On a mental level they help us to reveal behavioural patterns that could be causing problems and provide tools for change.
  • On a spiritual level they help us connect back to nature (there is a lot of nature-deficit-disorder currently!).  They help us to realise that everything on the planet is connected.  Working with the horses also develops your own skills at reading body language and the environment, I should think they expand your self awareness and emotional intelligence.

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I work with horse spirit when I shamanic journey, she helps me to travel to and through the different levels of the shamanic cosmos.  I ride on her back or run alongside her, my trusty companion.

Horse spirit medicine symbolises mastery over yourself, harnessing natural forces and therefore living our life purpose.  They stand for independence and freedom (which is why they are often associated with travel, but not necessarily travel in the 3rd dimensional realm).  They represent the phenomenal power of the mind, body, spirit connection.  Their medicine helps us find trust in relationships and aids us in serving self and others.

To work with horses I think is a very special gift and to anyone like Dr Nichola Marchant I say thank you for offering service to heal others through your own connection to your horses.

You can find out more about Dr Marchant’s services HERE she is based in Derbyshire, UK.

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Hello I am Angela Sessions of Reiki Star.  I like to consider myself a Spiritual Warrior in this game of Life. I hope you enjoyed reading my blog.  I am no expert on horses and like to keep my posts informative and light hearted.  I also like to honour the spirit animals I work with whenever possible so this blog is dedicated to my spirit horse.

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Spiritual book review – A Shaman’s Miraculous Tools for Healing by Alberto Villoldo

After my last 2 outings with Rebecca Campbell’s books I thought it was time to return to Alberto!  I recently did a review on One Spirit Medicine, I read Shaman Healer Sage a while back before I was writing these reviews so will have to revisit that at some point.  I have also started Alberto Villoldo’s book “Illumination – The Shamans Way of Healing”.  Personally I like to group authors books together when reading.  I feel like I get used to their style of writing for one, we all have to adapt to each writer…. Also its easier to tell when people are regurgitating the same stuff with a fancy new cover more easily.

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Author Anne E. O’Neill wrote this book in collaboration with Villoldo.  She interviewed many of his clients and then chose some of their stories for the book.  Each clients story of illness and wellness is a different chapter and I am happy to say there was a lot of variety.  The book was very easy to understand and digest for me as I have knowledge of the techniques he is talking about such as soul retrieval, energy extraction and illumination.  If you have never experienced these types of healing before or have an understanding about them then I think you would be missing an important dimension to this book.   Therefore I would suggest you learn some basics on shamanism and the healing techniques before you dive into this one.

I read this book very quickly, within a few days which is good for me ha ha.  I just enjoyed it so much I picked it up at every opportunity.  As a shamanic practitioner myself who uses these techniques and understands clients on these energetic levels it is lovely to read case studies and also the outcomes from their treatments with Alberto.  I would class this as an enjoyable book rather than a deep learning book like some of his others which take time to digest.

rattleHe wrote about how he used his rattle going into a trance like state to explore his clients luminous energy field.  Some of you may know this in its more common term as aura.

Pictured is my deerskin rattle that I made a few years ago, filled with crystal beads for that extra touch of healing energy and I painted it with the butterfly, a symbol of transformation and rebirth, the soul.

The rattle calls in the spirits, creates sacred space, and changes the brainwaves to a delta state to create a trance like state.

 

One thing I was so joyous to read was one comment he had made about how he often felt tired after giving a treatment – hallelujah!  I often feel a little tired after giving a full on one hour shamanic healing session with medicine extraction and soul retrieval!  In fact I make a point to have a maximum of 2 clients a day.  A couple of years ago I had another shamanic practitioner comment to me that I must be doing healing ‘wrong’ if I felt tired afterwards.  That I was holding onto their energies and not clearing myself properly.  Let me correct you Miss Judgy, number one –  everyone works differently so don’t compare yourself and how you work to others.  Number two –  I do clear myself and my client thoroughly afterwards and top up our energies.  Number three –  as I work on them I also heal myself (as we are all connected) and heighten my own vibrations bringing on a natural detox.  Number four – dimensional travel is hard work, not just on sustaining concentration but sitting still especially when you have a back problem.  Oh so glad to get that off my chest hee hee.

I’m also trying to work out if the lovely Marcela in one of the chapters was the lovely lady who became his wife.  Holler at me in the comments if you know the answer to that one guys!

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Here are just some of the tools I work with, white sage, sweetgrass, yerba santa and palo santo with my beautiful eagle owl feather from next doors owl sanctuary.  (Get in touch if you would like to buy an owl feather – all proceeds go to the charity).

In a nutshell I thoroughly enjoyed this book, easy reading however good to have knowledge of the shamans perspective on the cosmos, illness/wellness and shamanic

healing techniques prior to reading for more enjoyment.

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Hello, just me again.  Thanks so much for taking the time to read this book review!

I’m a wifey and carer for my hubby Mike, mum to Jed and pack leader to Luna. I live in Derby, UK.

I have been practising the shamanic arts now for 20 years.  I’m an arts therapist, Reiki teacher, angel healer and shamanic practitioner/teacher. And .. if you are admiring that beautiful scarf on my head its alpaca wool hand crocheted by alpaca tribe owner Leigh at Whistling Duck Alpacas.

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Spiritual book review – Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell

Following on from reading Light is the New Black I dove straight into Rise Sister Rise by the same author Rebecca Campbell.

At first I was thinking “Mmmm I think I preferred the other one” but as I continued I did start to get into the flow of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Congratulations Rebecca you managed to write another book without repeating lots of content from the first which I find happens with many authors such as Doreen Virtue.  There was only a tiny amount of repetition from the first book and it was only because it was necessary to explain a concept or idea.

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For me this book was UPLIFTING.  I had heard some of the ideas in this book from Clare Dubois founder of TreeSisters who did mention this book in her free full moon meditations.

The idea that as women we have been squashed for want of a better word by patriarchy.  That we remember the “burning times” were many women were put to death on suspicion of witchcraft and from that time deep within our psyche comes a mistrust of other women (as it was often other women who pointed the finger at each other to avert torture or death themselves).

Rebecca writes about her experience at the White Springs in Glastonbury which caught my attention as Glastonbury is one of my favourite places in the world…I am always going on about it.  Her friends provide a healing ritual for her in this sacred space.

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Rebecca explains how we can best work with our own rhythms including our menstrual cycle and the four seasons.  She also goes into her own personal stories, I especially like the one she explains about her nan and finding something out about her own family, a very beautiful story she hadn’t known before.

There is some amazing poetry in this book!  There are the odd few quotes by others but Rebecca definitely had inspiration and serious channelling skills for this one!

She was so committed

To what was

Rising in Her.

That a part of Her.

Died

And was

Reborn

Every.

Single.

Day.

Stunning pieces like this one above throughout the book.

As in Light is the New Black she gives food for thought questions at the end of each chapter such as “How can you honour your human body more? How can you let yourself be more fully seen?”.  Plus lots of useful mantras;

I allow myself to be held by the strength of those who came before me.

I never ever walk alone.

This book like the previous is beautifully presented with a lush cover, concise easy to read chapters and large font.  The main aim of the book is to inspire women to rise up, take hold of their feminine power and shine that light out into the Universe to heal not only the Divine Feminine but to heal and balance the Divine Masculine as well.  This is not a man-bashing book.

Great read, good for beginners but also an interesting read for the more experienced spiritual adventurer.

Featured image from rebeccacampbell.me, all other photos my own.

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My name is Angela Sessions, ‘Ive been travelling the spiritual path for 20 years plus! I am a mum, full time carer for hubby and self employed as an Energy Medicine Healer and Teacher.  You can check me out at Reiki Star.  I offer courses and healing sessions in person and distantly.  I run spiritual retreats in Glastonbury with a new retreat this year in Northern Ireland.  Join me on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.

The art of netiquette…what everyone needs to know

What is netiquette? Its a term I first came across a few years ago when I joined The Wellness Universe.

They had strict rules on the use of materials on your social media posts and website.  The coin has been termed from good manners (etiquette) on the interNET.  Basically you were encouraged to use your own images and if you were going to use another person’s artwork on your posts you had to credit them.

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Now this can cause some perplexion and headaches!  You may find yourself asking “Am I allowed to use this?”.  If someone wanted to use a picture of my artwork on a post I would be thrilled – what a compliment…but very disappointed if I was then not credited.  Same goes for the written word, video and music…not just artwork.

Lets face it we are all guilty of doing this at some point!  First starting out in business we may find some artwork we like and think oh I will just use that.  Think again.  This is breaching copyright.  If you are not a techie person you can do some artwork yourself and scan it to use for advertising materials.  These days we can take awesome photos on our phones and edit them very easily with apps such as Instagram that can then be used for print or social media posts.  Other useful apps such as Canva and Ripl also help you to edit photos and images, add text and make videos – all great for blogs, newsletters, websites and social media.

There are some websites were you can download free images to use (such as the one above) like stockfreeimages.com.  I suggest though that you use as many of your own personal images as much as possible as they carry your energy.  Especially use photos of yourself!  Clients want to see you.  Most people who come to me through my website comment on the images used on it.  Firstly my photo on the homepage (which was actually taken during my wedding vow renewals so very happy smiley energy).  Secondly the lovely animal photos taken by my friend Bob Slassor and the lovely logo and artwork/website design by Sam at Art of the Angels.

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I’ve also recently had other photographer friends who have helped me with portraits and images that I can use.  Its always worth investing in a professional shoot for photos to use for your business.

Don’t beat yourself up to much if you have done this just change your habits for the future.  Find yourself a good graphic designer/artist who you can call on for logos and branding.  Be wary…I have bought designed images in the past which I have discovered contain artwork taken from artists and copied and pasted into a new design.  Do your research!

When you share an image of artwork on social media always credit the artists and if possible even link to their facebook page or website.  I saw an image of a sculpture on a group I follow.  I knew who the artist was and actually commented who it was and why had they not credited her.  At that point the image had a 1000 comments and 350 + shares.  A great advertising opportunity for this artist…lost!  Just last week a popular person shared a post with no credit to the artist, again I happened to know who it was and commented.  There were also other comments asking that the artist be credited.

Thanks to Opulenz Photography and Blackwood Gallery for these images above.

So now you know what netiquette is…copyright is a whole other blog post!!

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Hi there I am Angela Sessions, guess I’m an entrepreneur as I started my business aged just 23 back in 2000!  I am a Reiki teacher and Shamanic Practitioner/Teacher.  Drama therapist and Laughter Yoga Facilitator.  I write and teach workshops on many spiritual topics such as angels and crystal healing.

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New online courses available soon!

At the moment I am very busy updating and editing some of my courses converting them into online courses.  I will not be teaching Reiki distantly.  I am just providing the majority of my crystal, angel and other workshops as an online version for those of you who can’t travel to me or have difficulty with time constraints.

The lovely thing about online courses is you can do them in your own time!  I will also be offering live courses that follow a weekly pattern of curriculum and in these cases I will offer a weekly live call.  How exciting.

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I also wish to offer my shamanic courses as an online version.  This will probably all be combined into one long course.  For me keeping the quality of the course is of upmost importance.  Trying to keep that personal touch is also important to me so my courses will offer audio and video files.

Opening up to online classes will offer both myself and you a huge opportunity to grow and learn and I am looking forward to this journey together!

I would also like you to tell me in the comments of any other courses you would like me to offer I have not yet covered.  I am currently planning on offering new courses on Faden quartz and Spirit Quartz as well as a workshop on using Fossils to work with past lives.

I also hope to offer more faery workshops…yeah! Free laughter yoga sessions.  Art therapy and crafting workshops.  If this all sounds great you can enrol HERE for. free.  You will be notified of any new courses and any discounts.

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I am currently offering a free meditation called The Well of Wellness for any new subscribers to my email list – I promise I will not send spam and your details will be kept private.  I send out a newsletter with all new info on what is happening at Reiki Star headquarters.  Links to new blogs, dates of courses and any new courses available.    If you would like to sign up and receive your free meditation please click HERE.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.  Take some positive action now by enrolling for new and free online courses and signing up to my newsletter.    Its not enough to say you want to do these things you have to take the right action towards them.  I am in the process of making this happen for all of us, the creative juices are flowing!  Join me on my new online journey in 2017!

 

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Its that space in the blog where I get to right whatever I want.  I’m a meat free, dairy free pixie who loves to sparkle and wear funny clothes.  If you make me laugh I will love you forever!

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