Random Thoughts, Reiki

The Power of Reiki & Music for Healing

Reiki means ” universal life energy”

Reiki means “universal life energy.” We trace back the earliest known Reiki to Japan in the late 1800s and it involves the transfer of energy from a practitioner’s palms to their client.

I find Reiki provides my clients emotional well-being, stress reduction, and mental clarity. It also helps bring about inner peace, harmony and is a valuable tool in the quest for spiritual growth. A lot of my clients have a regular weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly session pre-booked as part of their own personal health maintenance plan.

Now, where does music come in as part of an additional modality while performing Reiki?

Reiki & Music

When I began my energy practice, it was only natural for me to add background music tracks customized for each client during session. You see, music is scientifically proven to help us relax and I believe music can aid in the healing process weather it’s healing for depression, stress, a lost loved one, to open the clients vision to help find spirit guides or even gain perspective on life purpose and direction. It’s AMAZING what the mind can do when the right music is coupled with the Reiki treatment.

It is a proven scientifically that music aides in relaxation. Check out this piece on YouTube named Weightless. This piece has been scientifically proven to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and decrease levels of cortisol – a steroid hormone released in response to stress. The track has been labelled “the most relaxing song in the world”. I think you’ll find it interesting.

I believe that music can actually heal our mind, body and soul. Weather or not you believe this, there’s no denying that music has a powerful ability to shape our environment.

When listening to music, there is an exquisite orchestration of brain regions, involving both the oldest and newest parts of the human bran, and regions as far apart as the cerebellum in the back of the head and the frontal lobes just behind your eyes.”

Daniel J Levitin, Neuroscientist

A recent meta-analysis of 400 studies in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences concluded that music can dramatically lower the level of the stress hormone cortisol and reduce anxiety by up to 65 percent! Amazingly, relaxing music can even slow our heartbeat.

How I use music in my Reiki Therapy

My clients almost always have a healing or clarity in direction from their session and say the music & instruments were perfect. Every session is different customized for each client and I spend a lot of time meditating prior to each session asking the universe to assist me in the design for the individual’s needs.

Sometimes it just comes to me. I know exactly what is needed. Other times it doesn’t come right away. But, there’s always something that is shown to me that connects the client to what is needed.

I use many different musical tools in sessions not just soft background music. It all depends on what I’m shown is needed. Sometimes I play my Cherokee Buffalo Drum, or bring my Tingsha Tibetan Bells. I may use my healing Crystal Pyramid or even my Himalayan Singing Bowl I found while traveling in Bhutan. Most sessions I use a mix modality of musical sounds which always includes a background piece of music playing softly throughout the session.

My personal connection with Music

Since a young child music has been an important part of my life. I sang in our church choir and played the piano at many different events. When I became a teenager, I traveled the east coast with my aunt playing gospel music at different venues most weekends.

When it was time for college, the only thing I was interested in was becoming a concert pianist (or maybe some kind of artist as I was always good with my hands and creating). My music teacher guided me towards one of the top 10 colleges in the country to try out for their Piano Performance program led by Veda Zuponcic. I spent my first two years of college with a Yamaha baby grand piano and weekly concerts on Fridays and Veda as my mentor/teacher.

So you see, music runs deep in my soul and veins and I bring the love of the sounds to my healing practice and share with each client what’s needed for them. If you’re interested in one of my custom Reiki sessions, CLICK HERE. If you would like more information, don’t hesitate to contact me at: (714) 794-8345.

About Coach Connie

Connie’s professional background in the health and wellness field coupled with her experience as a Usui Master Reiki Therapist and Oncology Master Reiki Therapist as well as a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals is uniquely fitting to help guide you in your healing or transformation journey using safe, natural, holistic measures coupled with healing foods for the body. Connie has received many honors and awards for her work at Cedars Sinai, St Joseph Health Systems, and CMS (Center of Medicare/Medicaid Services). She tried out for Team USA Olympic Canoe and Kayak team at the age of 55 and now holds 5 world medals in her sport. You can read more about Connie’s story featured on Amazon’s books bestseller listing called “Take On Aging as a Sport, the athletic approach to aging”. by Sharkie Zartman

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AS THE AUTUMN LEAVES FALL, THE TREE RELEASES ITS WEIGHT INTO THE EARTH

Here’s to New Beginnings!

welcome autumn - here's to new beginnings

October is a time of refresh, new beginnings and adjustments. It’s the last quarter of the year and a great time to get on track with new goals and dreams.

Just like the trees who shed their leaves this time of year so we too can let loose and release weight we have been carrying that does not serve us any longer. For this reason, I choose the Solar Plexus Chakra as this month’s special focus.

The main purpose of this chakra is to create a center for life. This chakra has the ability to give life as well as create and generate emotional energies. It’s also known to be associated with transformation and purification. When your solar plexus chakra is open, it will directly affect the sense of sight – seeing things as they truly are.

Solar Plexus – Expression of Will – Power & Mental Abilities

Let’s start with the basics of this Chakra and where it’s located. You will find the solar plexus area in the upper part of the belly, where your diaphragm rests. It is the 3rd chakra from the bottom in the traditional system counting 7 chakras.

The Color of this chakra is YELLOW (higher frequencies of this chakra can turn into a beautiful golden yellow – think of the sunset).

The symbol is a circle with 10 petals in which is inscribed a downward-pointing triangle. The inverted triangle represents the fire element and the transformative power of this energy center. The original name of his chakra is Manipura and it is associated with the element of Fire (with a tight connection with the sun, heat, & the energy of light).

Fire turns matter into energy that can be used to propel, move forward.

Common Healing Stones used when working with this chakra include Citrine, tiger’s eye, and yellow tourmaline. I ❣️all of these stones because they all have a tone of yellow which makes them glisten – aluminate. The plant medicine (oils) associated with this chakra include chamomile, bergamot, cedar wood and rosemary. All very popular soothing oils.

What the Solar Plexus is known for?

  • Expression of will
  • Intellectual abilities
  • The “accounting mind” that categorizes everything, assesses the plusses and minuses in life
  • Personal power
  • Ability to establish ideas and plans into reality
  • At high levels, conveys wisdom

The main function of this energy center is to provide actual momentum to move forward and realize personal desires and intentions in the world. It plays a fundamental role in the development of personal power. It feeds one’s direction in life and the actions taken in order to reach your goals. It influences preoccupations about social status and self-image.

I have been studying the chakras and incorporating chakra healing work in my traditional Reiki energy/cleansing therapy. Each of the chakras have specific qualities, all of which exists energy centers within specific parts of the body. Chakras are said to hold the key for better health and well-being. They were discovered by the yogis of ancient India during meditation. I like adding this to my traditional Reiki sessions when my clients express specific areas of healing they feel needed.

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Connie’s professional background in the health and wellness field coupled with her experience as a Usui Master Reiki Therapist and Oncology Master Reiki Therapist as well as a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals is uniquely fitting to help guide you in your healing or transformation journey using safe, natural, holistic measures coupled with healing foods for the body. Connie has received many honors and awards for her work at Cedars Sinai, St Joseph Health Systems, and CMS (Center of Medicare/Medicaid Services). She tried out for Team USA Olympic Canoe and Kayak team at the age of 55 and now holds 5 world medals in her sport. You can read more about Connie’s story featured on Amazon’s books bestseller listing called “Take On Aging as a Sport, the athletic approach to aging”. by Sharkie Zartman

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SPEAK YOUR TRUTH

Throat Chakra
IS YOUR THROAT CHAKRA HEALTHY?

A healthy throat chakra goes beyond the ability to communicate effectively. It truly can affect all areas of your life and well-being. When the throat chakra is out of balance, everything in your life can become chaotic because it’s the link and gateway to the first of the highest spiritual centers in the chakra chain. Out of balance and it will block healthy energy flow from your root chakra all the way to your crown chakra.

Once under control and balanced, it’s important to keep it maintained as the smallest of situations, incidents can cause the imbalance. Here’s what I give my clients after a 90-minute throat chakra healing session to help them maintain their newfound health:

Do the below at home therapy once a month after your throat chakra healing session to maintain a healthy balance and a healthy lifestyle. If you would like more information on the chakras, don’t hesitate to contact me. My Throat Chakra 90 minute healing session will bring back balance and newfound energy to your daily life. CLICK HERE for more information.

Suggested STONES to keep the balance:
Aqua Marine, Larimar, and Blue Tourmaline (all of these stones will help with the ebb and flow of the energy)

Oils to use:
Cypress, peppermint, lavender, and chamomile (all help to maintain balance in the throat chakra)

At Home Recommended Therapy:
Put a few drops of cypress oil on your left palm, place palms together and rotate in a clockwise direction. Pat your palms on your throat to get just a hint of this beautiful balancing oil on the throat chakra. Lie down and place a small Larimar stone on the throat. Place a piece of Angelite next to each ear to help with your hearing and alongside the throat, place blue tourmaline stones (1 on each side). Hold a piece of turquoise in each hand which will help with clearing if needed. Put on your favorite meditation music, relax, and walk through some basic relaxation exercises with the breath. Enjoy!
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JOY AT WORK! it’s simple

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It was early morning
I was one of the first to arrive at work.
On my usual route to get coffee this morning I decided to stop….
And read the sayings on the office doors.

You see, each office has a chalkboard on the door
and almost every day there’s a different inspirational quote.
Today I stopped and read each one…..

As I went from door to door and read each saying I got chills…..
I felt encouragement,
I could see hope,
I saw human connection,
I heard caring hearts

HERE’S WHAT I READ ON EACH DOOR….

  1. What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress?
  2. He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings and all beings on his own self.
  3. Be the sky not the clouds
  4. The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
  5. Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start
  6. Breath
  7. You are imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.
  8. We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations

This is called JOY AT WORK! People who care about people and make differences every single day! All this, from a simple chalkboard on the outside of an office door. Change doesn’t have to be hard – sometimes it’s very simple but can have an impact you never dreamed!