This weekend, I am burning old karmic tendencies, or samskaras. I have always held true that the more we work on ourselves, the more we can be of service to people and the planet. On Thursday, I was spontaneously invited to a special fire ceremony and to do some land/ space clearing. It was emotionally & spiritually intense but felt well worth it as I transformed old pain and suffering (kind of like the picture above).
It truly felt like we were in the 5th dimension, as I was with a new spirit friend I had met earlier that day. His spirit came to me in a dream 4 nights before we met in the Local Yoga Cafe. It was a true mystical synchronicity… but I will write more about that later. Our motto for the day was It’s ok to have fun & get things done! Bringing the aspect of play is a great way to heal our inner children. Anyway, I will be continuing this fire today and releasing and transmuting more.
Have you ever seen the movie Waking Life? It is one of my favorite movies. I used to be afraid when I saw the part where the guy pours gasoline on himself and lights himself on fire.
Now I’m a little less afraid, and I’ve realized that it’s something that monks have actually done in the past. Maybe the monks have done it with a bit more spiritual reverence and intention than the guy in Waking Life though. While I would never do this to my physical body, I did envision it for myself in meditation this morning. I actually visualized the metaphysical flames covering my body. Since I am a Holy Fire Reiki Master, this actually feels really good energetically! It is gentle and it does not hurt (lol). Sometimes the flames are red and sometimes I focus on calling in the Violet flame or a Purple flame. You can try this too!
And of course, if you would like to learn how to channel pure Reiki energy, I’m teaching and facilitating a class coming up on June 9th and 10th at Learn Reiki Philadelphia in Old City. The abundance exchange is $250 and there’s currently a sale for 10% off! I’m so excited to facilitate this amazing healing energy and hold space for transformation within you! If this feels tingly and exciting to you, feel free to send me a message, or sign up here! (Scroll to bottom)
I’m also available for private sessions, where we could work on these techniques 1 on 1. Allow Spirit to flow through me, and guide you on a healing journey. Make your dreams a reality, and live the life you choose to create through Love.
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 :
Or even worse:
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).
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.
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!
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!