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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Spiritual Book Review: One Spirit Medicine by Alberto Villoldo

I’ve been following Alberto Villoldo for a few years now.  I enjoyed his book Shaman, Healer, Sage which has lots of detail and techniques you can use.  A definite recommendation from me to anyone interested in learning about shamanism.  I also have his book Illumination but I haven’t got round to reading that one yet.

The reason I was drawn to this specific book One Spirit Medicine is because I have recently embarked on a complete diet overhaul.  I have always been interested in nutrition and started learning about supplements in my early 20’s.  I should point out I have no qualifications as a nutritionist I always seek out advice from a professional.  Last September I went to see Anjela Charles and had a TOTAL HEALTH SCREEN.  I learned a huge amount of information from that and immediately cut out dairy and cut down on my sugar intake.  I started a programme of specific supplements (however she was pleased to say I was very balanced nutritionally which was probably due to years of good habits with what I ate).  However I knew I was a sugar addict…

Within just a few weeks I had lost 4.5kg of fat bringing my body fat and BMI to a healthy low percentage.  My energy levels improved.  I should point out here I have a number of chronic health problems including Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, kyphoscoliosis and all the not so lovely things that accompany these like arthiritis.   At this point I started reading the book and over the Xmas period I was determined to take this whole  nutrition blast to the next level.  I did a 10 day detox with Purium products which I continue to take and next week I will be starting a 10 day deep cleanse to help me detox after having amalgam fillings removed just a few days ago. Please feel free to message me for more info on the products and a free 50 euro gift card (UK only).

This book really motivated me to do the detox and believe me motivation comes in handy when you are in the midst of a detox!  Alberto talks about his own diagnosis, how he was riddled with parasites from years spent in the jungle with indigenous tribes and how he would need a liver, heart and brain transplant.  He was terminally ill.  He used western medicine to rid himself of the parasites and then the “one spirit medicine” to grow a new liver and repair his other organs.  He stands here today healthy and well.  I have to say his personal story fascinated me, inspirational, this guy was walking his talk!!

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Alberto Villoldo is a psychologist and medical anthropologist who has spent over 25 years studying and learning about indigenous cultures all over the world.  He is the founder of the Four Winds Society which teaches Shamanism and Munay Ki.

I feel the book is cleverly put together with interesting chapter titles.  I think someone with no previous knowledge on shamanism could pick up this book, understand and enjoy it.  Alberto talks about the principles of Shamanism and how nutrition and environment play a huge part to our health and our connection to spirit and higher wisdom.  He points out the importance of the gut-brain connection.  As you read this you will recognise signs and symptoms of problems with your gut, he goes into great detail explaining this YET its not like reading a medical book…he makes it easy to understand.

He gives a very detailed nutrition plan that you can follow and a 3 day fasting “Vision Quest” plan.  Please take on board you need to be very careful fasting and changing your diet dramatically especially if you have a medical condition and I would advise you see a professional before you embark on this.  I know it would be very unrealisitic for me to do a 3 day fast due to my health conditions but I know I can adapt it to suit me…for now I am focusing on upgrading my body by putting as much nutrition into it as possible.  That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the occasional fish and chips!!

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Alberto uses examples of clients he has worked with which I found informative.  Many of us can see our own behaviours and habits in others.  Alberto says once you change your diet, upgrade your nutrition, detox and fast you can access the one spirit medicine which has the potential to heal your body on many levels.  As I mentioned I have not done the fasting part just a radical change in diet and one detox so far but an interesting note is that the day after I finished my detox I had a new technique come to me while I was doing shamanic healing work on a new client.   I feel clearer, I feel more intelligent, like I can access more knowledge.  I feel I have clearer communication with my spirit guides and angels.  I feel that my energy now being clearer is attracting more clients and students and generally more opportunities.

I recently went to have another health screen with Anjela which showed an improvement in the things that were unbalanced but interestingly showed up a problem with my amalgam fillings, it seems like we are peeling back the layers of an onion and as we balance one thing in our bodies it will reveal a hidden deeper level of imbalance which can then be looked at.  I am now undergoing natural chellation with herbal medicine and supplements to clear my body of any harmful metals.  I have a lovely weekend at the Glastonbury Faery festival to look forward to and then its down to serious business with my Purium 10 day deep cleanse.  You can follow my progress with that on FACEBOOK.

To summarise I really enjoyed this book, its one that you can dip into at anytime for clarification and inspiration.  It also gives really good advice on nutrition. Its not an intense book and a pretty easy read.

You can purchase the book on AMAZON UK

Images from onespiritmedicine.com

Next dates for Munay Ki rites with me are HERE

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Hi there I am Angela Sessions, a crystal loving pixie interested in all things spiritual.  I am a shamanic practitioner/teacher and Reiki Master with 20 years of experience.  I would love for you to join my tribe by subscribing to my newsletter on my WEBSITE were you will receive a free meditation gift.  You can also connect with me over on INSTAGRAM.

 

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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My 10 day detox – one spirit medicine

This month I decided to do a 10 day detox after following my lovely friend Peace Ravenwood at SUPER FOOD SHAMAN on her previous detox.  Peace recommended the Purium products which were new to me.  I have been taking supplements for around the last 16 years and am always willing to try new products and experiment.  I was introduced to the importance of nutrition in my early twenties by a friend.  Lee took me away from the conditioning of the social media to eat low fat, low calorie diets and instead eat natural healthy fats such as nuts, seeds and oils with plenty of fruit, veg and protein.  Lowering our intake of white sugary carbs such as potatoes, pasta and bread.  From eating in this way I have never had a weight problem.  I was more interested in just giving myself a really good cleanse, breaking any food cravings and cleaning my gut.

In his book One Spirit Medicine, Alberto Villoldo talks about the importance of diet and how health begins with the gut.  This is a fascinating digestable book (pun intended).  He recommends a detox but for ease I decided to follow the Purium cleanse knowing that I could easily carry on purchasing products afterwards to help with any health transitions.

 

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I followed the athlete cleanse to help build my muscles which have atrophied due to my neurological condition CMT.  This was a schedule of 3 green shakes a day with supplements in-between (all provided in the pack).  I was also allowed 3 ‘flex’ food snacks a day and a 300 calorie flex meal in the evening.  I can honestly say I was never hungry.  Flex foods are foods such as blueberries, broccoli, cucumber, celery.  No starchy fruit or vegetables such as white potato and bananas. You can drink herbal teas but no black tea or coffee.  I also cut out all animal products and sugar.  I knew it wouldn’t be easy but it got easier as the days progressed.  I still had to cook for my family but had no problem with this.  I listened to motivational talks while I prepared their food even if I wasn’t eating myself.  On an emotional level physical detoxing does bring out some of your vulnerabilities and at times I felt a bit fragile.  I just did more meditation and gentle exercise every day.

On a physical level the results were a loss of 2 lb (remember I wasn’t trying to lose weight), a loss of 2.5 inches on my waist and 1.5 inches on my hips and a further inch off chest and thighs in total.  For me the real results were apparent the next day when I did a completely new and different shamanic healing technique on my new client!!  Villoldo says that when we clean the gut-brain connection we can more easily access our higher brains and gain the wisdom of One Spirit Medicine – the healing done by the elders of the earths tribes.

I also channelled 2 amazing meditations a few days later, one is free to anyone who subscribes to my mailing list, click HERE to subscribe and claim your free meditation.  The other is on my interview for the upcoming Heartbeat of Mother Earth Summit.  Click HERE to register…my interview on Crystals will be aired on 11th Feb at 3pm UK time but can be listened to later if you can’t catch it live.

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So here I am…linking in to what I think is One Spirit Medicine.  Inspiration is flowing through me.  I am accessing wisdom with real flow and ease.  I feel joyous and peaceful.  I have continued my gentle exercise programme and I have also continued to take the Purium products, drinking one green shake (Hippokrates) a day and taking other supplements such as American White Ginseng.  I’m feeling motivated and energised and am continuing to practise new techniques on clients.

 

I am looking to do another 10 day cleanse starting on the 10th May leading up to a sweatlodge held by Turtle Lodge Healing in Newark on the 20th May.  I am asking anyone would they like to join me on the Purium cleanse.  I have a limited number of 50 euro gift cards available to help anyone purchase the products.  You just need to contact me.  If you decide to do the cleanse I will invite you to a free shamanic gathering and meditation every evening through the cleanse starting 10th May online on Zoom..  If you would like to join me on the sweatlodge on the 20th details are HERE.

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If you are interested in starting a 10 day detox with Purium now you can visit my store HERE.  Get in touch if you would like a gift card to use on your order.

For me there is no doubt in my mind that nourishing ourselves on a physical level ultimately not only contributes to our physical health and well-being BUT opens us up to limitless possibilities and energies.  Ask yourself this question….

HOW ALIVE DO I WISH TO BE?

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My Munay Ki journey – 2 years on…

I began my journey in Munay Ki almost 2 and a half years ago.  Munay Ki is a set of nine sacred rites gifted to us by the Laika people of the Andes and Amazon.  In the Quecha language “Munay” means “I Love You”.  Here are the principles behind Munay Ki

Nonviolence

Bring no harm to yourself or others.

Truthfulness

Be true to your word, and let your word be true.

Integrity

Do not steal, not even a glance; walk your talk.

Moderation

Use wisely the life force within you.

Generosity

Give more than you take for nothing in the world really belongs to you.

(Excerpt from munay-ki.org)

I wrote a post last year on Munay Ki you can find it here

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My journey being initiated to the rites took a year and I’ve been initiating proteges for a year now to.  I am writing this post to share a few thoughts, my own and those of my proteges on how Munay Ki has changed their energies, their health, their views on life.  It is only now 2 years on I can see the “quantum leap” I have taken and yet so much potential I still have, just waiting to be explored.

One major shift I and my protege’s have had is our priority for self care.  Yes the penny has finally dropped, we have to look after our own needs and nurture ourselves in order to be well so we can nurture others.  We need to create our own sacred space to heal so we have the energy to hold that sacred space for others.  For some of us that meant upholding and creating new boundaries.  It meant taking a break from work.  It meant challenging others and communication to ask for support.  It meant looking at our health and taking responsibility for what we put into our bodies.  If we hold ourselves sacred then we need to fuel ourselves on clean and nourishing foods.  For some of us it meant major dietary changes such as becoming vegan. For some it meant a complete career change to doing what they loved full time.  For many of us it has sparked an interest or deepened our passion to protect the environment.  £10 from every person I initiate into each set of Munay Ki rites is donated to TREESISTERS

I myself have made some changes to my work pattern, I have upgraded my boundaries.  I have made more time for self, for holidays.  I have made physical space (if still struggling on time space) to be creative.  Being creative, painting …makes me happy!  I had a full health screen and made some major dietary changes.  I followed that with a 10 day Purium detox inspired by Alberto Villoldo’s book One Spirit Medicine.  This detox had a huge impact on me, so much so that I plan to do another one in May.  The changes were physical, mental and emotional but also deeply spiritual.

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The day after my detox I performed a new healing technique during a shamanic healing session with a client I had never done before!!  This is the One Spirit Medicine!  When we clean our gut-brain connection we have access to the higher parts of our brain!  We have access to deeper energies, we understand the deeper meaning of those energies.  Everything seems possible.

So in short many of my protege including myself have become much more passionate about food and how we nourish ourselves.  We share ideas on what we are making, recipes etc and I feel a lovely community of lightbringers gathering to share knowledge as we might have done on herbal medicines centuries ago.

I for one am feeling very positive about what 2017 will bring.  I’ve had some amazing opportunities come my way in the last few months including a shamanic summit interview and articles on two of my original workshops published in Spirit and Destiny magazine in the next few months.  I have been studying the healing arts for 20 years now but the last 2 years since my first Munay Ki rites have been amazing.  I certainly feel I am developing at an accelerated pace and those 18 years beforehand were the “groundwork” I needed.

If you are interested in having the Munay Ki rites please click here.

To register for the free Global Online Shamanic Summit – Heartbeat of Mother Earth click here

To find out more about the Purium products I used for the 10 day detox please contact me and you can see the products HERE

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Hello its me again.  Shamanic lady, weaving her elven faery magic into your life!  Funster and lover of nature and all its glorious medicines. Major animal lover.  Follow me over on FACEBOOK.  Check out my website  REIKI STAR.  Blessings all!