Sacred Cacao Ceremony

IMG_4154On Sunday, I was blessed enough to be able to attend a Sacred Cacao Ceremony at the Healing Arts Collective. Another healer, Bette Hanson, recently told me that I should meet Dante, who would be leading the ceremony. He doesn’t have a website, but I suppose I will link to his Facebook here. He is an amazing soul and shaman and healer. He is a traveler, and he recently returned from South America where he spent time and learned from various shamans. I did not know what to expect from the cacao ceremony but I was very happy and my heart was wide open by the end of the experience. There are many health benefits of Cacao, but it is also a great “heart opener”.

“Ceremonial-grade cacao produces its effects not so much from caffeine as from theobromine, one of its main active compounds. It stimulates the heart. More blood flows to the brain. Blood vessels dilate and skin becomes more oxygenated.”-Elephant Journal

We started the ceremony by going around the circle and sharing our introductions, thoughts & feelings from the heart. I remember thinking, how do I know that I am speaking from the heart? Well at least having that intention is a great thing and can lead to more heart centered speech. We went on to do various meditations and journeys. One included a lot of toning, which I was very excited about. We practiced toning the Uh Oo Oh Ah Aye Eee through the chakras. At that point I really felt that I was singing from the heart, not singing from my mind or judging the sound of my voice. I could really feel the vibrations of my own voice resonating throughout my body!

There were a few key ideas that Dante mentioned throughout the experience. He mentioned that true healing is instantaneous and can happen with the shifting of beliefs. He even mentioned about “that pain in your shoulder”, which spoke right to me and I could feel the pain go away in that moment. (Sometimes it appears when I am more stressed, and sometimes it goes away. He also said that all other forms of healing modalities are secondary; true healing happens instantaneously. When we went around to share, I explained that at first, I felt upset by this notion and the idea that reiki is secondary. But I also mentioned that it could still be a very helpful tool on that path to enlightenment. And he agreed that yes, by all means it is still a great healing tool and can help a lot of people! But you can’t force someone to change their beliefs or let go of any pain they are holding during a reiki session. You can hold the space for them to have the healing occur within themselves, and a reiki session is a great place to do that!

 

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That night, I went to Coda where I would be working in the coat check for an electronic music night put on by Aspire Higher. I knew it would be a chill night, and I secretly plotted to bring out the tuning forks and do some reiki for donations. I didn’t ask ahead of time, I just started doing it and it worked out! I was lovingly explaining reiki and sound healing to the many people that came up to the booth. This is an example of not placing blame on outer circumstances and using what I have in order to further my dreams. Just today, I had a request for a private session from someone I met that night!

I also attended a Yoga and Sound Journey at Sera Phi in West Philadelphia about two weeks ago. It is a spiritual utopia in West Philadelphia with a 3,000 Watt Vibroacoustic wood floor. It is an amazing space and I will be hanging out and even hosting some events there this summer! Sera Phi

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Sound healing at Sera Phi

Recommended Resources:

Everything is Here to Help You – YouTube video by Matt Kahn, TrueDivineNature.com

Bentinho Massaro

 

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Dear Victoria, Free Your Mind!

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Article 13 – Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I am writing this letter to myself because I want to bring myself back into connection with Source energy and to my good feeling place. I am not writing about my problems so that I can feel bad about them, but so that I can take a step back and gaze down from a larger perspective. And to the readers out there, maybe you have gone through something similar. (Comment below if you feel me!)

“What you’re referring to as your pain, is simply an aspect of you. A version of you, at some point in time and space, that began to run an energetic distortion.” – The Pleiadians as channeled by Nora Herold

I recently saw an email in my work inbox of my part time job at a call center where I make $10.00 per hour. I received my paycheck today and I made $460.00. The email read; Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 4.56.56 PM

I was ecstatic and emailed the person immediately. It is a part of my nature to want to have excitement, adventure and spontaneity in my life. I thought it would be wonderful to get paid $15 and come out with almost $500 after one week. I received an email today saying that I was accepted to be an actor in the performance and to return the contract and W9. I got overly excited and happy about my bright and exciting future and rushed home to get to my computer. I asked again if she had seen my previous email regarding my work schedule conflicts. She replied; You must make all of the dates or you can not participate. I started crying and feeling similar to when you are little and run to your room and slam the door and start crying into the pillow because your parents tell you that you can’t do something you wanted to do. I felt this angst toward my job in general. Thoughts were racing through my head of quitting and living the life of a freelance worker. But then I realized, I was the one that signed up for this job in the first place. I was the one that sent in my Resume and Cover Letter and accepted the position. I wanted to have a part time job so that I could focus on my other passions outside of the job; Reiki and Yoga. Of course, fears were also running through my head and thoughts of self-doubt. Fear that I will be stuck in this boring job forever, or that I will never make a real positive impact on the world.  Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 5.08.16 PM

I took a deep breath and realized that I was placing the blame on external factors for making me feel upset or flustered; job, manager, lack of freedom, low pay rate… Yes these things are all things to be considered for the cause of my frustration, but all in all, I have to bring myself back to the good feeling place and back to my center. Sometimes, I also get flustered with decision making and the fact that “anything is possible”. And that I can create the life I desire. But I like to think that it’s a co-creation between myself and the Universe, as well as other co-creators. So I can try to ease up on every minute decision as if it will change the course of my life; ie. The Butterfly Effect.

The scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever.- Urban Dictionary

That then lead me to click on the definition of The Chaos Theory.

In physics, it’s a tad more complicated. It states all subatomic and nucleonic particles are all united under ONE force, not gravity, but a very powerful force which holds the very essence of protons, electrons and neutrons together. It branches out into every facet of our existence. Infinite correlation, no probability.- Urban Dictionary

This definition made me feel a bit more comforted, as it mentions “ONE force”, which I can relate to Universal Life Energy, or Source. My goal is to stay in alignment with Source as often as possible, and to become more in touch with my own intuition and to learn to follow my gut instincts. And to learn to say No to what is no longer serving me! It would be more fun to participate in the installation, than sit at my boring job. But it’s also nice to have that peace of mind to know that I can pay my rent, do a few things I love, and still have time to work on building my Reiki and Sound Healing business and clients. I could have stressed and asked my manager to make it work, but I’m already very thankful for the requests to be off that he has fulfilled for me.

In more exciting news, here are two of those events that I was able to gain amnesty for! :

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Free Your Mind Conference

I will be attending the FYM conference on Saturday the 16th. It was an expensive ticket, but this is one of the things that I don’t mind spending money on in order to further my career and life purpose.

 

Intuitive Development- Spring Series

I’m excited for the upcoming Intuitive Development-Spring Series with Alex DiFilippo at The Reiki School. I attended a few of the Chakra Balancing workshops with Alex in the fall, and the intuitive readings gave me great guidance and insight to things I may have never realized and life tools I never would have tried otherwise (notably Kundalini Yoga).

I love to watch YouTube videos from the greats like Ralph Smart and Teal Swan. Sometimes I compare myself to them or other spiritual leaders and wish I was further along the path to my dreams. But I always have to remember the quote from Preston Smiles “Stay in Your Lane”. The one good thing about my call center job is that it’s a step up from my retail job. I can actually drink coffee in between calls and use the world wide web to communicate or do research regarding my Divine Life Purpose or whatever interests me at the moment.

For now, I can let go and trust that, with my own perseverance and the Divine Order of the Universe, things will work out eventually.

Peace & Love

Sincerely,

Victoria

 

Life is the real Spiritual Teacher

I can read as many spiritual texts as I want, and attend as many classes and seminars as I can, but nothing beats the lessons learned from living life and expanding my consciousness.

“The play of opposites produces beauty

The difficult times and the difficult challenges and the difficult people; they are not all to be frowned at and to be frustrated with. They do not specifically exist to cause you to not be happy and free.

More often than not, the things that you find really enchanting and creative and that touch you in a deep place, you’ll find that those things came to exist by way of the difficulties caused by frustrations and challenges.

When it is daytime we do the things that daytime calls for. We make use of the daylight to the best of our ability and sometimes we take the time to do nothing but to sit back and relax in the warmth and beauty of the sunlight.

When the nighttime comes, we use that time for rest and also for recreation. Sometimes we sit outside and enjoy the breeze and we look up at the sky where we see the stars twinkling, and we see the moon being true to itself as it is in that moment. Sometimes it is a half moon or a crescent, and sometimes it is a full moon; the look of which leaves us in awe.

Even when you can’t help but to frown at life, let all of the frowns and frustrations be at the surface of your being, because the things that cause frowns and frustration exist only at the surface level. Deep down at the bottom line of life, there is always beauty. And it is with that beauty that you should stay connected to because that beauty is not separate from who you truly are.” – Babajide Faseyi 

 

I wanted to write this post as a thank you to my friend Babajide F.

He is a conscious man in Philadelphia working as a bike courier, but he is also an amazing writer and author. He is very generous as he “writes his heart out” and posts inspirational, truthful and spiritual insights on facebook every day. Sometimes I wonder, “why isn’t he famous yet?” But during our phone conversation today, he told me that there is no need to rush our life’s journey. He even explained that as humans, we are a part of nature as well, and he used the analogy, “there is no way that a caterpillar can turn into a butterfly in one minute, or that a 3 foot tree can turn into an 8 foot tree in an hour.”

I told him that I often see quotes online that say something along the lines of :

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I told him that these quotes often make me feel stressed or rushed, or questioning why I haven’t gotten to where I envision myself to be. Where I know I can be in my dream world, and why that isn’t translating into reality as quickly as I may like it to. His response was very comforting. He said, there is no “day”, there is only right now. And that may sound like it could make me even more rushed, or to want accomplish everything right now! But I know that he meant that I don’t have to stress or worry about the future or the past, what I have and haven’t yet accomplished in the real world, because I am me (a spiritual being having a human experience). tumblr_mldobbiyuq1sn04vzo1_1280

I found this quote as I was searching for the other quotes. It is interesting to philosophize about this quote from the perspective that Babajide brought to me. Buddha was not saying to rush & live every day like it’s your last! But maybe something more along the lines of just be present in every moment, and be here now. Open your eyes and look out the window and see the beautiful trees, air and sunlight. And give yourself a big hug and say “I love and accept myself.”

I wanted to share a brief story of an unfortunate event that happened in my life recently (or fortunate depending on how you look at challenges). So, I have a Tinder profile, as many millennials in this day and age do. I listed my website and the fact that I am a Reiki Master. I received an inquiry for a Reiki session on my website and found out that he discovered me through Tinder. I was excited to book my first session at the Healing Arts Collective. Long story short, he said he “didn’t feel anything” after the session was over. He asked “what was that supposed to do?”. On his intake form he had written “No Goals” for what he would like to get out of the session. Afterwards he did mention that he wished we had connected more, or that I could explain a bit more about Reiki since it was his first session. Of course I knew that the Reiki was flowing through me during the session, but he may not have been open to receiving the healing energy.

I told Babajide of this story, and he comforted me once again by saying; “Everything happens in the spiritual realm before it happens in the physical realm”. He said that even though this man may not have immediately felt any physical effects, he still may have felt healing in the spiritual realms, or you may have changed his life. Even though this man may have only wanted to meet me for some sort of date, the Reiki session still occurred.

It was definitely a learning experience. I should also remember to “practice without expecting”, as a few of my teachers have said. This means to give a reiki session without planning or hoping for a certain outcome. I still usually hope that the receiver feels good afterwards, and have a positive intention for the greatest healing good. But, I still can not let myself get upset or offended if someone does not “feel anything”. Babajide also said that it is ok to explain or translate things to those who may be at a different level of consciousness. He said that in his writings, he sometimes has to write so that the general public can understand it, even though the message is coming from a very highly conscious level. In the future, I hope that I can be more communicative and be able to explain reiki to clients and people all over the world.

 

Sincerely,

VKP

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Victoria’s New Home for Reiki!

I am so happy to announce that I will be available to do Reiki and sound healing sessions at the Healing Arts Collective on South Street! (519 South 9th Street to be exact).

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I will be available for sessions every Wednesday from 10 AM to 8:30 PM. If that time does not work for you, please let me know and we can work something out.

I am so excited about giving Reiki sessions in this studio, because of the great community that surrounds it. I have taken classes and attended gatherings including the First Friday Conscious Yoga & Dance party and Community Wellness Day. I attend Kundalini Yoga classes at the studio (almost) every week. And I have learned so many new energy techniques just by attending classes and learning from the amazing teachers.

Last night in Kundalini Yoga with Haripal Singh, he mentioned that each one of us has our own aura, or electromagnetic signature. I love talking about auras, but I really liked his choice of words to describe it; “electromagnetic signature”. We did plenty of Breath of Fire in various poses throughout the class. Among the many benefits of practicing the Breath of Fire technique is that it:

“Charges your aura and circumvent force to give you greater protection against negative forces” – Kundalini Yoga Info.com

Anyway, I liked his phrasing because, for the more science minded people, it explains that even though we can’t see it, we do have energy around our bodies, just like any other unseen energy on the electromagnetic spectrum.

 

 

Love & Light,

Victoria Kae Powell

OM (Orgasmic Meditation); Awaken Wellness Fair; & the Gold Kollar Klub

When I went to the Intro to OM (Orgasmic Meditation) course on Saturday, January 16th, one of the major topics was vulnerability.

On Sunday night (January 17th) at Coda, I saw two of my peers from the Music Industry program at Drexel. One asked us “How have you been?” My co-worker Despina replied “working here, and going to Temple”. I replied, “Working here, and doing a lot of reiki”. I said it with a smile and didn’t mention my fears or admit that I have no clue what I’m doing. Well I do have a “clue” but I don’t have it ALL figured out. So I want to work on being vulnerable and revealing my areas where I need help. Who knows, maybe that person may have advice or a connection that may help me, or be able to relate with their own vulnerability.

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Today, Wednesday, January 27th more things are coming together and I accepted a new job as a Patron Services Associate at Ticket Philadelphia! They’re a ticketing company that provides ticketing solutions for many nonprofit and cultural arts organizations throughout our area; including all of the events at The Kimmel Center, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Longwood Gardens.  So, even though Ticket Philadelphia doesn’t work with the type of music I normally listen to or attend live, I am still very excited to be a part of a ticketing agency and heading back in the direction of the entertainment industry. I’m also excited for the upcoming Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2016 (PIFA). Although I won’t be involved in planning it, I may have the chance to score some tickets to events for free. And I still work at Coda on the weekends, so that is my outlet for listening to music from the 21st century. Not that I don’t like the music associated with Ticket Philadelphia, but I think it will be nice to have some variety.

And at the end of my interview for Ticket Philadelphia, the training manager asked; “What is reiki?” I went on to give my usual description, “It’s kind of like acupuncture without the needles…”  ((What do you all think about this description of reiki? Comment below for ideas or suggestions)). Anyway, I was glad that I was able to talk about my outside passions and explain why I was looking for a part time job. During the music video shoot with Jsiadi Noon, he told me he was a member of the “Gold Kollar Klub”. I asked what it was and he explained that it’s not blue collar, nor white collar but GOLD. It’s about working to make money to support yourself while also pursuing passions and dreams. It doesn’t have to be just one or the other. Never giving up on dreams! I don’t think I will have a problem with that… PS, I’m doing another photoshoot tonight with yoga as the theme! I’m looking forward to having fun and being active and creative at the same time.

This morning my dad was extremely nice to take me to Walmart before work to help me purchase a camping cot. We ended up getting the Rio Adventures 1 piece Military Cot. I will be using this as a treatment table for reiki sessions this weekend at the Awaken Wellness Fair! Event though I waited until a few days before the event to start making sure I had everything prepared, my dad came to the rescue and encouraged me to finish getting prepared as soon as possible. I now have a cot and I’m going to use it instead of a massage table because it is a lot lighter to transport. Since I will mostly be doing reiki and sound healing in the near future, there is no need for a massage table since I am not trained in massage (yet). And in Japan, not everyone uses massage tables anyway, so a cot might be a unique alternative to a massage table. I will experiment with this and let you know how it goes!

Living My Divine Life Purpose

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So I recently ordered my new business cards from Vistaprint.com. When I was riding the Megabus from San Francisco to Los Angeles this past September, I connected with another awakened soul while coming out of the rest stop back on to the bus. We talked about his life as a nomadic street performer and meditator. Who knows if his street performances were any good. He was quite silly and I was a little bit cautious while talking to him. But nevertheless, he is a memorable character that stuck in my head and had an influence on me. He gave me his business card and it read Albertus Magnus; Mystic, Sorcerer, Licensed Psychonaut, Certified Shaman Tenor, Comedic Savant, Doctor of Divinity. On the back it also said; Intergalactic Interdimensional Indivisible, Ascended Master Medium Entertainer.

I asked him “How did you come up with all of those things? and are you really a medium for the Ascended Masters?” He said, “I wrote these things because that’s what I want to be known as, and I just made them up, and soon they will become reality.”

This idea really stuck with me. We are the ones that form our own identity. Of course we are learning to work hand in hand to co-create with our friends and the Universe. But we have to make the important decisions and decide how we will react to what the Universe gives us. So, Shhhhhhhhhhh…. I’m not really a Reiki Master Instructor just yet! I am a Reiki Master though, and I love to live out that passion of mine any chance I can get.

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My new business cards!

Last night while working my job as a Coat Check Attendant at a local night club that I enjoy very much, one of the owners of the club came in to the Coat Check to chat and ask if we were attending the holiday party. It’s going to be held on January 31st. I told him that I’m not sure if I can make it because I will be doing Reiki healing in NYC all day from 10am to 5pm that day. He asked what is Reiki? I went on to use my go-to explanation; “Have you ever heard of Tai Chi? Well the ki in Reiki is the same as Chi in Tai Chi. And it’s kind of relaxing like Acupuncture but without the needles.” He mentioned that he could use some relaxation and went on to call it “freaky reeky (reiki)”. I said that I would do it for him right there in the coat check. After a few moments, he put his hands in Gassho position and closed his eyes. I put my hands on his shoulders to start, because I didn’t want to mess up his slicked back, gelled hair. “I’m starting to feel tingles,” he said. I also got to his heart. And the best part was that we both came out of the experience feeling extremely relaxed.

The other titles on my business card; Sound Healer and Music Business Professional, are also notions of where I want to be. The truth is, my ReikiSound Level 1 class starts THIS WEDNESDAY! I couldn’t be more excited. I know that by the time the business cards come, I will have taken at least one class. Plus I have been playing singing bowls for at least two years on my own.

I feel awesome when I give a Reiki treatment, and so far, all of the client feedback has been awesome too. I know that being a healer is a part of my Divine Life Purpose. I can’t deny that. It’s just a matter of how much time and effort I spend every day forwarding that dream. I have not yet applied to any “jobs” at healing studios because I felt pressure from my family to find a job in the music business since that is what I went to college for. And I am interested in being involved in the music business. But I also want to spend a portion of each day being my true self and shining Reiki love and light on the world.

I will be doing Reiki healing and hopefully some sound healing too on January 31st in NYC. You can book a session with me in advance by following this link, or you can show up that day and be healed! http://ppcgroup.fullslate.com/

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Book a session in NYC with me!

At 23…

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I found this quote image on facebook today and I felt relieved. Who knows if all of these statements are true; but either way it made me feel better about my current life status. In addition, I saw an Instagram video from Preston Smiles providing me with a tidbit of inspiration to “stay in my lane.” I love all of his videos and insights because he really does speak from the heart. “The worst mistake you could ever make is comparing your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20,” he says. I always envy his social media posts from remote exotic locations, as well as his beautiful and inspirational partner Alexi Panos. They are great inspirations, but I must remember, they were each born a decade before I was!

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“Tor you don’t have to be Gandhi; Just be you!”

A few years ago I read a biography of Gandhi, and was very inspired to be the change I wished to see in the world, as well as hold the weight of all of the world’s problems on my shoulders. My ex-boyfriend and still very good friend Demetrius told me, “Tor, you don’t have to be Gandhi; just be you.” That was relieving at the time, but I still felt responsibility to make a positive impact while I am here on the Earth. Ever since high school, I remember feeling pain in my upper back and right shoulder. I never knew if it was from the way I was sleeping, or a cheerleading stunt that had injured me, or even just bad computer posture. When I made my first pilgrimage to the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors last winter, another ex (which I have written about previously) found a book in the gift shop called Healing Back Pain by John Sarno. This was my introduction to the notion that physical pain could stem from mental suffering; otherwise known as psychosomatic pain. This was the beginning of my intellectual introduction to psychosomatic pain. As I began receiving more healing sessions from various types of energy healers, I really started to see some positive results. I also began to understand my own consciousness, and how it can affect the collective consciousness here on Earth. With the help of a ReikiSound session by Natalie Bliss, followed by a Divine Light Multidimensional Holographic Remote Quantum Healing (combined with Integrated Energy Therapy) session by Arianna yesterday, I feel great.

I began as a volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages when I was a junior in high school. Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit organization consisting of a network of retail stores which sell unique hand crafted items made by artisans in developing countries. Everything in the store is also fairly traded, which guarantees that artisans and laborers make a living wage and do not have to endure abuse or violence in their work place. As a Drexel University graduate, I am now a “Sales Associate” at the Center City location of Ten Thousand Villages. This is the same position I held two years ago as a seasonal employee at the very same store. I have had moments of self doubt and feeling sorry for myself for making less than what some of my colleagues that work at desk jobs make. But I absolutely make a living-wage, and I am very grateful for the fact that I have a job! I have also compared myself to one of my co-workers that has worked at the same store for almost ten years and is also a Reiki practitioner, but she still chooses to work at the store. As an aspiring professional Energy Healer, I questioned whether I would be able to “make a living” as a healer. I asked her why she chose not to practice professionally and found out that it seemed to be more of a preference than an impossible feat. In this case, I must remember to “stay in my own lane” and realize that sometimes we have to first figure out what we don’t want in order to figure out what we do want.

The inspiration for our name—Ten Thousand Villages—came from a Mahatma Gandhi quote: “…India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages…we have hardly ever paused to inquire if these folks get sufficient to eat and clothe themselves with.”

I know that my Divine Life Purpose involves energy healing, and most likely Sound Healing as well. But for now, I am happy to contribute to the greater world my heart knows is possible by working as a seasonal employee at Ten Thousand Villages. And things do happen for a reason, even if that’s to lead to another thing that will happen for another reason, and then it will all be ok in the end as it was for JK Rowling, Tina Fey and Oprah.

Ending on a positive note, things are always progressing and there is always room to live my Divine Life Purpose. I recently reached out to an upcoming, local EDM festival called Dreamscape. I explained that I would love to create a healing zone for the festival goers to experience. They replied within two days saying that what I described was very much in line with their vision for the festival. We are still working out the details; but this is a creative opportunity that I am definitely going to take!

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~Quote by the Dalai Lama~