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Wellness Tips & Tools For Challenging Times

Posted on March 30, 2020

I compiled a list of my favorite wellness tips & tools, especially for challenging times. It’s lengthy so feel free to dip in and out.

Self-Care Tools
Now more than ever is a great time to make changes in your daily routine. Here are some simple ways to stay grounded and centered.

I love Donna Eden’s 5-minute daily energy routine.

Book Recommendations
Have some extra time for reading? Here’s are some past book recommendations and a few more here.

I just started reading this powerful book with healing meditations (includes online practice videos for healing the 5 elements in Chinese medicine, as well as the 7 chakras, and more).

Virtual Yoga 
I was talking with a client about what a difference it made to take a live yoga class even though it wasn’t in person. A friend signed up for a class with me and it was *almost* like meeting her in person to take a class together. See if it helps you feel a sense of community. Here are some places I like if you don’t already have a studio:
Hari Kundalini Yoga (includes some donation-based classes)
Harlem Yoga
DoYogaWithMe.com (these are recorded free classes)

Braco
Braco is offering additional free online healing. Many people have had remarkable results.

Free Energy Tools from David Sun Todd
I love his beautiful art and deep connection to the healing and wisdom of the Redwoods.

Flower Essences for Emotional Healing
Here’s a post by the lovely Rose Todd on what flower essences you may need in dealing with anxiety in challenging situations. (If you want a personalized recommendation we can discuss at your next session, just let me know.)

And Rose wrote a wonderful book: Simply Bach Flowers–it’s an excellent resource for beginners to learn about how to use Bach flower essences for emotional healing. (I did the full practitioner training with her and she knows her stuff!) You can purchase Bach flowers here.

and I’ve fallen in love with Lotuswei’s flower essences (This past week I’ve been using Fierce Compassion and Game Changer a lot).

Essential Oils for Immune Boosting
Eden’s Garden Fighting Five (also available on Amazon)

For Creativity
I love Susannah Conway’s love letters, and her free and paid courses. She does a free photo challenge each April.

A New Career in the Healing Arts
Many people are using this time to rethink their work. I wrote Building a Powerful Practice to help people making a career transition into the healing arts. Friend and colleague Shauna Cummins interviewed me as part of her Divine Feminine School of Hypnosis–here’s our recent interview on practice building.

Improve Your Relationship With Money
I mentioned Sarah McCrum before; she had a very extraordinary experience that has given her a unique insight into what money really is and how it works.  Sarah shares five of the most surprising and beautiful characteristics of money that have already helped many people transform their business and their life (including me!).

Here is a recording of her live online event from this past week, Activation for Collective Healing, which includes Morning Grounding, Activation, Evening Grounding, and Transformance.

A Powerful Healing Mantra
The Love Peace Harmony free app is a powerful healing mantra and one of my favorites. You can download it or play the app 24/7 (even on mute) to create a healing field in your home, office, etc.

One client is a first-year teacher for students with special needs. She’s been playing it in her classroom at very low volume and sent this feedback: “I love the music player! Some of my coworkers have come into my class and said ” it feels good in here.” One of my students who has autism said she ” feels comfortable here” and sometimes don’t want to go home at the end of the day.”

Hypnosis Recordings
Uncommon Knowledge offers an extended list of hypnosis downloads for a range of issues. While recordings aren’t able to be as personalized as a one-on-one hypnosis session, it can be helpful between sessions, and to prolong the effects of your one-on-one sessions. (My Dad even used one to help improve his golf game!)

I often hear 2 main concerns after a client’s first hypnosis session. Don’t be misled by these 2 signs.

Meditate with the Insight Timer
I love this free meditation app with hundreds of guided meditations, or simply use the timer. Join the 365 Days Together group and commit to a daily practice–even if it’s only for 1 minute a day, that counts. (They give you gold stars for meditating!) You can also listen to healing music; check out the Solfeggio frequencies for deep balancing of the brain.

Need additional support? Book a session.

Why Virtual Sessions Can Be More Potent

Posted on March 30, 2020

Why Virtual Sessions Can Be More Potent

Virtual sessions provide an opportunity to explore healing in a different and expanded way. Many people are surprised to find no difference in the effectiveness and benefits, and many find them even more potent than in-person sessions for the following reasons.

Here are some ways virtual sessions can be more potent:

  • Staying in the comfort of your own home. No need to leave your session and re-engage with the hectic energy of the city right away.
  • You have the option to take a nap and integrate the healing more deeply, similar to the final relaxation pose (Shavasana) at the end of yoga class.
  • It brings a high-level frequency and vibration into your home, offering a unique way to clear your physical space.
  • It sets aside the layer of personality for both you and me, allowing you to heal your soul/heart/mind/body with less interaction/disruption from the analytical/linear mind.
  • I’m able to use powerful techniques and tools that I’m not able to use during in-person sessions.
  • While I often share downloads that I receive during your in-person session, I email messages that I receive for you after your virtual session. This offers a more concrete way to anchor the healing, allowing you to go back and re-read and re-engage with the healing over time.

 

While these benefits are primarily geared to Reiki sessions, many apply to hypnosis sessions as well. (Virtual hypnosis sessions are almost identical to in-person. Although one client did find it easier to share details of a challenge over Skype than in-person. )

Just like with an in-person session, we can address an issue that you want to heal. To give you some examples, clients have been focusing on relationship issues; public speaking; reducing anxiety/stress, insomnia, and back pain; boosting immunity and confidence; and being more present and grounded.

Here are 4 virtual session options:

  • Option 1: Hypnosis via Skype or phone.
  • Option 2: Hour Reiki session
    Sometimes, clients prefer the normal hour length and we talk by phone or Skype first, do EFT (tapping) or other self-healing techniques, etc. and then do Reiki healing.
  • Option 3: Virtual Reiki: 30-minute session
    You email beforehand to let me know if there’s anything you want the session to support, and I email you when I start and finish, and include any feedback/things I notice/messages I receive.
  • Option 4: Virtual Reiki: 15-minute session
    Given the unique situation, I’m offering a 15 minute intro if clients new to distance healing want to try it, and we do it in the same way as option 3, just shorter. (I had one client request a 15-minute session daily while she was in the hospital so she received healing over time, so that’s another bonus option!)

 

Here’s some feedback:
I was extremely stressed. After only one session of distant Reiki I feel calm, and my thoughts are more clear and aligned. Deborah is amazing and very kind! Thank you. –JG

A powerful and flexible way to take care of yourself.

You can read more about how Virtual Reiki works, how to prepare, and what to expect, as well as how Virtual Hypnosis sessions work, how to prepare, and what to expect.

You can book here.

Powerful Tools for the New Year

Posted on January 13, 2017

Powerful Tools for the New Year

Happy new year! How’s your year going so far?

I’m seeing more clients these past couple of weeks wanting to reset  and refocus—letting go of the past year and thinking about how they want to open up to the new year.

While of course I absolutely love seeing clients transform throughout the year, there’s something special about the energy at the beginning and ending of the year, and these are some of my favorite times to work with clients.

For Reflection & Planning

Some of you have told me you started filling out Leonie’s fabulous Create Your Shining Year workbooks and/or using the 5-Minute Journal to change negative thinking.

I recently finished Susannah Conway’s free 5-day e-course: Find Your Word of the Year (my word is SPACE and I had fun creating a Pinterest board for my word to inspire me and help me embody this energy throughout the year.

And I’m in the process of filling out Susannah’s Unraveling the Year Ahead e-book (this is shorter and less detailed than Leonie’s workbooks, but it’s free.

One of the questions in the e-book is:

What are you looking forward to in 2018?

Close your eyes and take a deep breath to settle into yourself and then spend a few minutes answering this question.

Here’s a glimpse of what I’m looking forward to:

Working and learning with clients and Reiki students; hanging out and laughing with my husband; exploring the Hudson Valley (hello Pam!); finding a new place to live; celebrating my parents’ 50th anniversary; traveling (maybe to the outer Hebrides—hello Nicola! or Iceland); going to Jacob’s Pillow and seeing dance with my in-laws; starting new creative projects—learning to paint, taking photos; reading The Artist’s Way; writing poems and sending them to journals; learning more from the immensely lovable Master Sha; deepening my meditation practice; getting together with friends more often; going to Block Island (hello Katie!) and trying janzu aqua therapy again; continuing to study and get sessions with Frans Stiene, Gary Strauss, and my beloved Pingo; reading novels; sitting on the deck; cooking more; seeing how my practice evolves; taking yoga and bar classes; AND having more fun

Making Progress

Any goals or projects included in what you’re looking forward to in 2018? Perhaps you think about making progress in your daily Reiki or meditation practice?

Here’s an inspiring quote:

After you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress.

Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet. But as you keep walking, you get wet little by little.

If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, “Oh, this pace is terrible!” But actually, it is not. When you get wet in a fog, it is very difficult to dry yourself. So there is no need to worry about progress. It is like studying a foreign language. You cannot do it all of a sudden, but by repeating it over and over, you will master it.
–Shunryu Suzuki

It’s such a good reminder for our daily Reiki or meditation practice, though it also applies to other goals or projects. Reiki teacher Frans Stiene shared this quote and it puts the idea of “progress” in perspective, doesn’t it?

Sometimes I see clients or students and they want to make dramatic, immediate changes all at once in their life (believe me, I can relate to this desire!). But often, this isn’t sustainable. Practice and repetition are essential to sustaining a shift over time.

Click to tweet: “Practice and repetition are essential to sustaining a shift over time.”

And this is where the importance of daily Reiki self care/meditation comes in. Three minutes of practice every day will be so much more powerful over the course of a year than an intensive hour once every six months.

How can you apply this to your life? What’s the next smallest step you can take to make a sustainable change in the new year?

Here’s to connecting with you in 2018—whether it’s through a class, a session, or online. Can’t wait to hear what you’re looking forward to in the year ahead and I’m honored to support you through the process.

 

Self-Care Inspiration: 7 Ideas

Posted on October 21, 2016
Since helping people take better care of themselves is at the core of what I do, I thought I’d share what’s currently inspiring me in the hope that these ideas inspire you.
Self-Care Inspiration: 7 Ideas
What’s Inspiring Me Right Now:

  1. Being in nature: I spent the weekend visiting a friend on Block Island. It’s such a magical place and it felt like the last hurrah of summer. It was still warm enough to swim, with a hint of fall crispness at night. (Growing up in sunny Florida, I’m a wimp when it comes to cold water.) Walking on the beach and sitting on the sand watching the waves roll in is one of my all-time favorite things to do.
  2. Getting a session: I tried a janzu aqua therapy session in the big Salt Pond on Block Island. It felt deeply healing and definitely pushed me outside my comfort zone.
  3. Exercise: I took my first Bar class. (It connects me back to my ballet roots, and it’s a good, intense workout. Yes, I’m sore!)
  4. Learning something new: I’ve been studying Tarot for the past few months as a way to connect to my intuition. I love the morning ritual of drawing a couple cards for inspiration for the day ahead. I just bought this gorgeous new deck.
  5. Reading: I just bought Gaby Bernstein’s newest book, The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith. I’ve talked about her books before (link here), and love her practical, simple, heart-centered tips and techniques to release blocks and help you find happiness and a clear sense of purpose.
6. Meditation: I’ve been using the free app The Insight Timer during my morning meditation. It has a lot of features I haven’t checked out yet (guided meditations, different saved settings, etc.) but in addition to the beautiful chime at the conclusion of my practice, it shows you how many people were meditating around the world at the same time. 3,500 other people meditating along with me? Inspiring!

7. Reiki: Giving myself daily Reiki each morning is the key component and foundation of my self care routine Learning Reiki is such an easy way to take better care of yourself, help you start meditating more regularly, and better deal with stress.

Do something inspiring this weekend! Sending you much love…

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