Reiki, Reflexology & Hypnosis Blog
Posted on January 18, 2021
What is soul healing and what are the benefits? Learn why the soul is so important for healing any issue and how to heal your soul. Here’s what you’ll discover:
What is Soul Healing?
Your soul is the essence and highest aspect of you. Some people also refer to the soul as your spirit. When you receive healing at the level of the soul, this spiritual healing can help clear blockages in your soul, heart, mind, and body in a powerful way.
Spiritual teacher Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha says “the soul is the boss”, so if you “heal the soul first, then the mind and body will follow.”
This is why soul healing can be so effective and can be applied to any aspect of your life. It addresses soul blockages that can negatively impact your thoughts, beliefs, and mindsets and associated decision-making, actions, and behaviors related to your relationships, career, finances, and health—every aspect of your life. By healing the soul, you are then able to align your soul, heart, mind, and body to move forward in a positive way.
Does Soul Healing Relate to Past Lives, or Reincarnation?
Many spiritual traditions believe in reincarnation, where the soul continues beyond death and comes back again and again into the physical realm. These numerous lifetimes offer the soul growth opportunities to transform negative patterns through different life experiences and challenges. Past life regression is a hypnosis technique used to explore these patterns and lifetimes, and soul healing can be a powerful way to resolve these recurring patterns and positively affect your present life. It is not necessary to believe in reincarnation to receive soul healing.
How does Soul Healing work?
Soul healing offers the highest level of frequency and vibration, and is flexible in its uses and applications. Soul healing helps you expand beyond the limits of personality and ego to access and heal blockages at the soul level. This trickle-down effect positively influences your heart, as well as your mind and body.
Soul healing doesn’t involve physical touch and can be performed in person or virtually. Similar to Distance Reiki, because we are all interconnected, virtual healing transcends time and physical location, similar to the oneness state achieved through meditation.
Soul healing is spiritual healing and has no contraindications and will not interfere with medical treatments.
What are the Potential Benefits of Soul Healing?
Because this healing works at the level of your soul, in this way, it can offer transformation for any aspect of your life including:
- Relationships (romantic, family, friends, colleagues, etc.)
- Career & Finding Life Purpose
- Health (physical, mental, and emotional)
- Confidence & self-love
- Spiritual path
Many people say they want to find and live their life purpose—this is another way of saying that you want to be in alignment with your soul, and soul healing offers a powerful tool to help with this.
How to Heal Your Soul
Tao Hands (or Source Light Hands) is a powerful type of soul healing to heal and transform your soul, heart, mind, and body. Tao Hands carry Source frequency and vibration, so the “Tao” in Tao Hands refers to Source and is not a part of Taoism.
You can receive a Tao Hands session, or learn to practice and use it for self- healing, as well as to help your loved ones (including your animal companions).
What is the Role of Your Heart in Soul Healing?
Your heart is the receiver of your soul’s wisdom. The more open and clear your heart is, the more it can receive. Your mind processes the information the heart receives, and then your energy (or qi) allows you to take action.
For example, when you experience the emotional balance of an open heart, you often experience more clarity and intuitive guidance, which can then manifest in physical changes in your world and in your body through the decisions you make and actions you take.
For this reason, soul healing often focuses on heart healing—transforming the heart so that it can access more of your own soul’s wisdom. This is key wisdom on how to heal spiritually. Here’s more on how you can release stress and strengthen the heart.
How is Soul Healing Different than Energy Healing (such as Reiki)?
Again, according to Dr. & Master Sha, the creator of Tao Hands, “the soul is the boss.” The soul leads the heart, the heart leads the mind, the mind is in charge of your energy (or Ki in Japanese, or Qi in Chinese). In this way, Soul Healing offers a higher and more expansive level of healing than energy healing such as Reiki.
Tao Hands is a powerful complement to Reiki and hypnosis, and I often combine them in my sessions with clients and students. Tao Hands and Reiki are both wonderfully flexible in their applications and uses, and combine well with many healing modalities.
Why Would I Want to Receive Soul Healing Sessions?
If you find energy healing sessions, such as Reiki or other modalities, helpful but don’t resolve the issue, soul healing is worth exploring. It is not necessary to believe in soul healing, but being open and receptive is useful.
This type of work is more expansive than energy healing, by connecting to your own heart’s wisdom to connect to your soul, you have the potential to release negative mind blockages and negative messages carried in the body for deeper healing.
What Should I Expect For My Soul Healing Session?
Because everyone changes differently, people have different experiences of soul healing (just like with Reiki and hypnosis). You might notice sensations such as warmth or tingling, or notice the mind getting a little quieter or more peaceful. Sometimes physical symptoms intensify first as they clear, or you might notice relief right away.
You may feel less physical sensation than in an energy healing session such as Reiki, because soul healing is at a higher frequency and vibration and is more subtle. (An analogy would be the way animals can hear frequencies that are higher than what we as humans can hear.) Often people notice a profound feeling of peace and a quality of deep stillness. Every session is different because we are always changing.
The Best Flower Essences for Healing the Soul
Flower essences are a vibrational healing system to bring the soul, heart, mind, and body into alignment. In this way, they offer soul healing, though these are the specific flower essences I recommend. Flower essences are different than essential oils or herbs, and don’t have any contraindications. Traditionally, they are taken by mouth, and this flower-infused water doesn’t have a smell or taste.
Here’s more information on what flower essences are, the potential benefits, how they work, and how to use them.
Some of my favorite flower essences for the soul include:
Star of Bethlehem: for sadness and depression (Star of Bethlehem is one of the five flowers included in Rescue Remedy, so you could use this instead)
Holly: for anger, frustration, jealousy
Wild Oat: for aligning with your soul’s purpose
Soul Support by Alaskan Essences: for resiliency and to restore balance on all levels
Where Can I Find More Information About Soul Healing?
How Do I Become a Soul Healing Practitioner?
I host Tao Hands trainings regularly with Hui-Ling Lin. You can attend an intro session at our online Love & Light Healing events. Contact me for more info or with any questions. You can also take an online or in-person weekend Tao Hands workshop from certified Tao Academy teachers around the world.
We all have blockages, or negative messages, in our soul, heart, mind, and body, and offering healing at the soul level, by receiving a Tao Hands session, or learning to become a Tao Hands practitioner to heal yourself and loved ones, can be a powerful way to transform and release these blocks to restore and heal any aspect of life.
Want to experience soul healing for yourself?
I work with clients all over the world using an intuitive combination of Tao Hands, Distance Reiki, Virtual Hypnosis, and flower essences. Book a session for general wellness and stress relief, or if you could use support with a particular challenge.
Reiki, Reflexology & Hypnosis Blog
Posted on December 14, 2020
Clients often ask me how they will be able to tell if they are in a trance or state of hypnosis. (I use the words trance and hypnosis interchangeably.)
This is a great question, as hypnosis can feel somewhat different from the relaxation of a Reiki session or other methods of stress relief. A closer comparison might be the experience of meditation. It’s important to remember that everyone experiences hypnosis differently. Here are 10 ways to know if you’re in a trance and how and why it varies from person to person.
What is hypnosis?
But first, if you’re not familiar with hypnosis, the definition of hypnosis is a state of focused awareness, with the accompanying relaxation of the conscious, analytical mind.
The trance state is a common experience–watching a movie, losing track of time listening to music, or missing your exit if you’re driving–are some common experiences. In other words, it’s not sensational and dramatic like what you might see in the movies or on television.
For the purposes of this post, I’m describing what hypnosis feels like in a therapeutic setting when you receive a session from a professional hypnotist. I go into more detail about what is hypnosis, how does hypnosis work, and using therapeutic hypnosis for a range of issues here.
Why do individual experiences of hypnosis vary?
Again, people experience hypnosis differently, some people are more visual, while others are more kinesthetic or auditory. To get some clues about what you might experience, think of your learning style: do you need to take notes and write everything down (kinesthetic), can you hear the teacher and remember everything (auditory), do you prefer to read the book instead (visual)? This will give you some idea of how you might experience hypnosis, and the hypnotist will take this into consideration when personalizing your session for maximum effectiveness.
Does hypnosis work on everyone?
I sometimes hear this from new clients. They are concerned that they can’t be hypnotized. While it’s true that some people are naturally gifted at being hypnotized, it’s a skill like anything else, and can be easily improved with practice.
Anyone with average intelligence or higher (in other words, you need to be able to communicate and process information) can learn to be hypnotized. All hypnosis is self hypnosis, so it’s key that you want to participate in the trance, and have a certain level of comfort with the professional hypnotist (as with any healing modality).
10 Ways to Know if You’re in a Trance
Here are 10 of the most common ways to tell you’re in a trance:
1. Physical Changes: you feel a change in your body.
Everyone is different, but physical changes you might experience with hypnosis include tingling, numbness, heaviness or lightness, floating, a feeling of relaxation, or even an absence of feeling in your body.
2. Mental Changes: you feel a change in your mind.
Mental changes with hypnosis might include a slowing down or quieting of internal chatter, or the inner critic. It’s an inward focus without the restrictions of the critical mind. We need our analytical, critical mind to help us process information and make decisions, but it’s most helpful after the hypnosis session to process what came up during the session. And often the analytical, conscious mind hasn’t been able to solve the problem or issue, otherwise you wouldn’t be seeking hypnosis!
3. In Between Wake & Sleep: you’re not sure if you fell asleep.
You may not remember everything from the hypnosis session, which is a good thing. Your conscious mind may have drifted off, which is fine since the hypnotist is speaking to your unconscious mind. I always ensure you’re still awake while your unconscious mind pays close attention to what I’m saying. It might feel similar to the experience of getting a massage–you’re not wide awake and hyper alert, but not asleep. You could get up and walk out of the room, but hopefully it’s a good massage and you’re feeling relaxed.
4. Analytical Changes: you can’t do math.
Ha! This is one of my favorites. With hypnosis you’re softening, or relaxing your analytical mind and focusing on the unconscious mind. For example, years ago a client was trying to count out the bills to pay me after his session and it took him over 10 minutes. That convinced him he had been in a trance.
5. Changes of Awareness: you’re more focused.
During a hypnosis session, your mind is able to quiet and settle down and pay attention to what is most important. This mental clarity is a key benefit of the power of hypnosis.
6. Visual Changes: you see vivid imagery.
Sometimes in technicolor! Again, some people are more visual than others, and this is a skill that can be honed. For example, if you’re a photographer or graphic designer you’re apt to see more visual images during your hypnosis session than perhaps a musician (they might hear their inner guidance rather than see images). Depending on your learning style it’s not uncommon to have a rich visual experience during trance.
7. It’s Not What You Think: you’re not unconscious.
Clients sometimes think they will be unconscious during hypnosis. It gets confusing using the words conscious mind and unconscious mind–but that doesn’t mean you’ll be unconscious during your hypnosis session. You’ll likely remember as much or as little of your hypnosis session as you would during a normal conversation. Similarly, it’s normal to drift in and out, paying more or less attention, like you do during a conversation.
8. Enhanced Intuition: you’re more perceptive.
Clients often gain clarity and feel more connected to their intuition either during their hypnosis session or in the weeks after, especially in relation to the issue they’re wanting help with. As an example, I’ve had several clients tell me they knew what I was going to say right before I said it numerous times throughout the hypnosis session.
9. Time Distortion: you lose track of time.
During hypnosis, or trance, the passage of time feels distorted: you may feel time moves very quickly, or feel like time is drawn out. Clients will often ask me how much time has passed when we finish their session because it feels very brief or like a long time has passed.
10. Rest & Digest: you feel deeply relaxed.
Hypnosis can be a powerful tool to shift out of sympathetic nervous system mode of fight or flight, and into parasympathetic nervous system mode of rest and digest. This is deeply restorative and a reset to your mind and body. While you don’t have to be relaxed to be in a trance, many people feel peaceful and connected to themselves. Again, this is the best state to be in to resolve a problem or issue.
Curious to know if hypnosis really works? Yes, don’t be misled by these 2 signs.
You can book here if you’re ready to experience hypnosis for the first time with a virtual hypnosis session, need a refresher to sustain a change you made already, or if you have another issue you want to change.
Reiki, Reflexology & Hypnosis Blog
Posted on December 8, 2020
It’s that time of year, and I wanted to compile a heart-centered list of health and wellness gifts for the season. I’ve seen other wellness gift guides, but they seem mostly centered around fitness, so I’m taking it in a different direction.
From reflexology tools, books on spirituality and health, to Tarot and oracle cards, to flower essences and essential oils, these are some of my personal favorites that help me find health and balance and connect to my intuition. I hope you find them helpful (and fun) and perfect for someone on your list (or perhaps something for yourself!).
Giving and receiving can be a beautiful cycle, and here’s to opening up to this, and connecting with loved ones in creative ways during the holiday season.
Hope you enjoy!
Here are the categories I cover for the best gifts for stress relief and relaxation:
For Reflection: Journals & E-Courses
For the Mind: Must-Read Books & Hypnosis Tools
For Intuition: Tarot & Oracle Cards
For Emotions: Essential Oils & Sprays
For the Taste: Teas & Spices
For the Feet & Body: Reflexology Tools
For Ease of Use: Gift Certificates
For Reflection: Journals, E-Courses, & Games
Using the principles of positive psychology, this journal helps you cultivate gratitude, promote inner growth and self reflection, and overcome negative thought patterns in 5 minutes a day—sounds like one of the top gifts for stress relief, right? I’ve been using it every day for over a year and noticed a huge difference in my mindset.
Here’s more about my personal experience using it.
Journal Your Life
Susannah Conway offers a range of beautiful e-courses to help you connect to your intuition. (I’ve taken all of them, I think.) This course offers guided inner reflection, which can be especially helpful at the end of the year and start of a new one. Her free Love Letters (her e-newsletter) are wonderful, too!
This is a great game to bring families together (they’re in the midst of a kickstarter campaign). Research shows that family conversations are good for the spirit, brain and health. Developed by one of my lovely clients!
For the Mind: Must-Read Books & Hypnosis Tools
May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness
Gabby Bernstein offers a straight-forward plan to release fear and allow gratitude, forgiveness, and love to flow through you. The book makes change manageable, giving bite-sized exercises to do each morning and evening. I loved how the daily exercises built on each other over the course of 40 days, making transformation sustainable (and enjoyable!).
The Tapping Solution
This book by Nick Ortner provides a great foundation about how EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, otherwise known as tapping) works, as well as chapters that cover how to use it to alleviate pain/illness, lose weight, create healthy relationships, make money, and eliminate phobias. It’s one of the most powerful tools I use with clients and among my favorite gifts for stress relief.
Here’s a past post I wrote about how EFT works and tips to make it more effective, as well as a part two addressing frequently asked questions on EFT from clients.
Gorilla Thumps and Bear Hugs
This a cute EFT book for kids. Kids are people, too, and I love that they can learn at an early age how to manage stress and worry.
Greens Glorious Greens
Looking for gifts for healthy eaters? I love this cookbook with more than 140 delicious recipes for beautiful, leafy greens. It gives me creative (yet easy) ways to incorporate more veggies into my meals. Yum.
The Book of Awakening
I recently started reading this beautiful book. Mark Nepo wrote the book in response to his journey through cancer, and it led him to create a day book not only for people going through life-threatening situations but for everyone. I highly recommend this daily companion to read throughout the year.
The Artist’s Way
In sessions, I will often recommend writing a letter, journaling, or finding other ways to tap into your creativity through the written word. Julia Cameron’s classic book, The Artist’s Way, continues to stand the test of time. The book’s premise is that creative expression is vital no matter your profession. She guides you through a twelve-week program to recover your creativity from various blocks such as limiting beliefs, self sabotage, guilt, fear, and addiction.
Rise Sister Rise
A few of my Reiki III students recommended Rise Sister Rise to me and I highly recommend it to you. Rebecca Campbell offers tools, rituals, and questions to consider to help you access your own feminine wisdom, intuition, and power. (No matter our gender, we each have a masculine and feminine side so this isn’t just for women).
Building a Powerful Practice: Successful Strategies for Your Wellness Business
So many people I know are making big career changes. Looking for gifts for new business owners or know someone in your life who wants to become a wellness practitioner of any flavor (Reiki, reflexology, massage, acupuncture, hypnotist, or life coach, etc.)?
I wrote Building a Powerful Practice: Successful Strategies for Your Wellness Business to help practitioners find clients in person and online, market to their ideal client base (even for those practitioners that think they don’t like marketing), put together creative packages and promotions, and avoid burn out.
Want more book recommendations? I’ve compiled best book lists in the past, and you can read them here and here.
Uncommon Knowledge offers an extended list of hypnosis downloads for a range of issues (some of their most popular help with exercise motivation, procrastination, self esteem, focus and concentration, weight loss, insomnia, and even drinking less wine!). I like their recordings and approach a lot (and even bought one for my Dad for Father’s Day to help improve his golf game–after all, most professional athletes use some form of hypnosis for peak performance).
While recordings aren’t able to be as personalized as one-on-one hypnosis sessions, it can be helpful between sessions or to try hypnosis out and see if it’s something you can benefit from. These recordings are fabulous gifts for relaxation.
For Balanced Emotions: Flower Essences & Essential Oils
Wyndmere Essential Oils
Wyndmere oils are high quality yet affordable, and I’ve been using them for years. The sense of smell is one of the oldest parts of the brain and therefore one of the fastest ways you can change your state of mind.
Some of my favorite blends include Serenity, Anxiety Relief, and Stress Relief.
I also love the Neroli hydrosol (orange blossoms), as well as the Rose Garden and other roll-ons.
I recently discovered this essential oil brand and fell in love. Some of my current favorites are Frankincense & Myrrh for meditation and relaxation, Cedarwood Spruce for grounding, and Fighting Five for immune support. Very holiday and season appropriate.
This flower essence brand includes a combination of essential oils and flower and gem essences. They are more delicately scented than regular essential oils. The sacred space gift sets are lovely and Calling All Angels Spray is my absolute favorite (everyone I’ve given it to loves it) The Combination Formula Kit also offers a wonderful range if you really want to dive in.
Here are more of my favorite flower essence companies:
And here’s more info on what flower essences are, how they work, and the potential benefits.
Bonus: Contact me if you want me to make your loved one a custom-made flower essence treatment bottle and I can mail it to them.
I visited Alaska with my family last year and bought a bottle of Alpenglow body lotion. I loved it so much I continue to order it online. Their products are super moisturizing, organic, and handmade from scratch (and include Alaskan snow as an ingredient). I plan to try it with my reflexology clients.
For the Taste: Teas & Spices
Rose Tulsi Tea is part of my morning routine. Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has stress relieving properties. There are many delicious flavors to choose from, but my inner-grandma adores anything rose.
Genmaicha Green Tea with toasted brown rice is my go-to afternoon tea at the office. It’s much more subtle than most green teas.
(You can also find both brands of tea at Whole Foods and health food stores. Perfect gifts for tea drinkers as these flavors are distinctive and go beyond the everyday black tea.)
This company sells fresh cinnamon you can grate yourself. I use cinnamon every day (delicious and super healthy).
For Intuition: Tarot & Oracle Cards
Quan Yin Oracle Deck
This deck speaks to me every time I use it—full of gorgeous images, as well as powerful messages in the accompanying book by Alana Fairchild.
The Fountain Tarot
I love this modern adaptation of the Tarot—clean and sleek. And the accompanying booklet breaks down the meanings in a way that deeply resonates with me. I even used it with my mother-in-law—isn’t she the coolest?
The Devas of Creation
This deck illustrates the concept of the invisible energy patterns in the universe—wow, right? These cards are magical and can be used in many ways—for journaling, meditation, or daily guidance.
These decks are all powerful gifts for relaxation and self-reflection.
For the Feet & Body: Reflexology & Other Tools
My list of health and wellness gifts would not be complete without my top picks for reflexology tools.
Wooden Foot Roller
The tried and true wooden foot roller: simple, inexpensive, and effective.
Foot Rubz Ball
This ball can be used on both the hands and feet (see this article on how to use it).
The Stick Foot Wheel Massager
Quite a name, eh? Karen Ball, a wonderful reflexology teacher, found this reflexology tool (if you know me, you know I’m ALWAYS looking for new gadgets to try and my feet are pretty happy about this). I’m putting this one on my Christmas list.
Magic Weighted Blanket
I finally bought this weighted blanket and find it incredibly restorative for my nervous system. I sleep more deeply and find it incredibly calming. I’ve recommended it to clients, too.
For Ease of Use: Gift Certificates
No health and wellness gifts guide would be complete without including gift certificates for a healing session.
I’ve had clients request gift certificates from their loved ones—what a great idea (yes, I’m biased!) Of course, they also purchase certificates to give to others.
Give gifts for relaxation and stress relief with a Reiki and/or Hypnosis session gift certificate.
You’ll receive an emailable Gift Certificate that you can forward to the recipient. Super easy!
Less stress for you in terms of shopping, and you’re helping by giving gifts for stress relief for your loved ones.
P.S. And contact me if you want me to make your loved one a custom-made flower essence treatment bottle and I can mail it to them.
Whew! Quite a range of health and wellness gifts, eh? I hope this helps you find something special and heart-centered for your loved ones.
Need easy tips on how to handle holiday stress?
Reiki, Reflexology & Hypnosis Blog
Posted on December 4, 2020
Can Anyone Learn Reiki?
This was a big question for me when I was thinking about taking a Reiki class years ago. I thought maybe only people with a special gift could learn Reiki, and I was more than a little nervous on my first day of class.
The short answer is yes–anyone can learn Reiki. (Reiki is a hands-on healing technique from Japan and means “transcendent life force.” The practice of Reiki guides this “Ki,” or energy, that is a part of every living thing.)
Hands on healing is our natural ability (just think about how you feel better when someone gives you a hug or holds your hand).
Find out more below about the difference between getting a Reiki session and learning to use Reiki on yourself, the types of Reiki training available and the different levels, if you can you teach yourself Reiki. and how to become a professional Reiki practitioner.
What is the Difference Between Receiving a Reiki Session
& Learning Reiki?
Many clients have asked me this question, and it’s a good one.
Receiving Reiki sessions can be wonderful and a great source of support and guidance. (I receive sessions regularly from my mentors and long-time teachers.) It can be invaluable to have the objective support of an experienced Reiki practitioner. Also, the more you work with Reiki energy, the more powerful your ability, so receiving Reiki from a practitioner with years of experience and a strong meditation and spiritual practice will amplify its effects.
If you have an interest in going deeper, learning Reiki can become an empowering daily self care practice. Learning Reiki allows you to take your healing into your own hands (literally) and go deeper with a daily mindfulness practice.
Type of Reiki Training & Levels
Traditionally, there are 3 levels of Reiki training: beginner, intermediate, and advanced–Reiki I, Reiki II, and Reiki III (Reiki Master) classes–as well as additional teacher training if you want to teach Reiki classes.
Training for each level varies from 1-2 days to spreading out training over a longer period of time. Ideally, it’s ideal to have ongoing support so you can start to make Reiki a daily habit, as well as have the opportunity to ask questions with the support of the teacher and your fellow students.
Can You Teach Yourself Reiki?
Sometimes clients tell me they notice they have a healing ability but they feel overwhelmed by it, or they feel worried or unsure about how to use it.
Reiki classes give this natural ability a structure and foundation, allowing you to expand your innate capacity. Additionally, having a teacher’s guidance can be helpful whenever you’re learning something new.
Once you’ve learned some basic techniques, you’ll have the ability to give yourself a mini-Reiki session and practice simple Reiki meditations every day, contributing to your own healing.
Here’s an article about 5 benefits you’ll notice in your life by learning Reiki.
How To Become a Professional Reiki Practitioner
If you want to become a professional Reiki practitioner see if your advanced Reiki courses offer training on the business side of practice building. Here are 10 things I’d wish I’d known when I started my Reiki business. I wrote Building a Powerful Practice: Successful Strategies for Your Wellness Business to give new wellness practitioners a clear-cut, how-to guide to help you set up your Reiki business.
Whether you become a Reiki practitioner or not, receiving Reiki sessions regularly is a great way to take care of yourself and balance your energy.
Book a session if you could use support with a particular issue, or just need a dose of relaxation. I serve clients internationally using Distance Reiki. Also, many clients who have studied Reiki sometimes have questions about it, so if you like, as part of your session we can discuss your daily Reiki practice or using it with friends and family.