Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Some of my artwork....

After many years of not painting I have returned to it. I would like to thank my beautiful partner Jan for inspiring me to do this. You can see her art work @ Affective Impressions on Facebook....

So let me show you what I have been painting.

My latest. 1st one of the Four Elements "Fire Dancers"

My latest work in progress. "Totem"

"Life" We are all connected to everything. Life is a circle. We are made up from the 4 elements.

Sun and Moon. Dark and Light. Grandfather Sun & Grandmother Moon.

"Dawn - Outback"

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Reiki for Surgeries...

Taken from

Reiki for Surgeries

By Dr. Lourdes Gray
"There is a lot of confusion out there regarding how to administer Reiki to patients who will be undergoing surgery. Some Reiki Masters recommend treating only a specific part of the body, such as the shoulders. Others recommend treating the head in an effort to decrease the tension and anxiety related to the impending surgery. Although these partial treatments may offer some value, there is a specific protocol that was taught by Hawayo Takata, the woman who brought Reiki to the West, and by John Harvey Gray, who was the longest-practicing Reiki Master Teacher in the West, until his passing into spirit in January 2011. I would like to share this specific protocol with you.

Reiki Treatment Prior to Surgery

Administering Reiki prior to surgery can be helpful to the person (or animal) by preparing his or her mind/body for the procedure. Reiki works with the natural healing process of the body. Since Reiki is a balancing and harmonizing energy, it helps to release stress and tension and places the body in its optimal state for healing. Reiki is not just for physical healing. Reiki works at all levels ... physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. The very first step is to get permission of the person who is undergoing or has undergone the surgery to treat him or her with Reiki. If the person's energy level is in the average or good range, you may give a complete Reiki session the same day or on the eve of the surgery, doing all three Reiki patterns (front of the torso; head, neck and shoulders; back of the torso, back of the knees and the plantar surface of the feet). Administer Reiki in each of the positions for two to three minutes each. However, if the person's energy level is low, then it would be more beneficial to him or her to receive a series of Reiki sessions prior to surgery. Start at least one week prior to surgery, giving daily sessions (same three patterns, 5 minutes per position). If you are a Reiki II Practitioner or above, you may use the mental/emotional symbol during the second pattern to give a mental treatment to the body ... readying it for the procedure. During the mental treatment, you may wish to do a visualization of the person having a successful surgery and healing very quickly. Remember that the mental/emotional symbol also activates a communication pathway that allows you to communicate with the person's Higher-Self (the body's healing process.)

Reiki Treatment Post Surgery

During surgery, you, as Reiki II level practitioners or above, can be giving the person or animal an absent treatment aka Reiki distance treatment. This can be very effective. I remember giving a relative of mine an absent treatment while she went into labor and I could feel each contraction. A Reiki absent treatment during the surgery itself will help to reduce stress levels and support the body's ability to undergo the procedure. It would also be a good idea to give a Reiki absent treatment to the surgical team. Give them a group absent treatment in the second pattern. You may do a mental/emotional treatment focusing on their being alert, focused, and calm ... while working efficiently.
After surgery, treat the patient with Reiki as you would an emergency treatment (injury). Go to the affected site ... the surgical incision, and deliver Reiki energy from above (3 to 5 inches above the body). Do not touch the incision. The area would be too tender and the weight of your hands would be too uncomfortable for the patient. Simply hover over the area. You will feel a great surge of energy flow there. Stay there until the flow decreases. The length of time will vary from case to case. On average, a good 30 minutes to one hour of Reiki would be helpful. After treating the incision, release the memory of the surgery from the body by treating the adrenal glands. Takata said, the adrenal glands hold the memory of an injury (or surgery) in the body. In order for the body to be able to heal better, one should release the cell memory of the procedure from the body. Treat the adrenal glands from the back (third pattern, top of positions 3 and 4). In most cases, the adrenal glands will absorb a good amount of energy when they are active. Most Reiki Practitioners experience a great deal of heat and tingling during the treatment; administer Reiki to the adrenal glands until your hands cool off. On average it takes 10 minutes for this to happen. If the person cannot lie down prone, you may treat the adrenal glands from the front of the body by placing your hands over the top of positions 1 and 2 of the first pattern. Since the energy has to travel through the body to reach the adrenal glands, on average, you will need to treat (from the front) for approximately 20 minutes.
You may also do the post surgery Reiki treatment absentee. Either way, it is helpful to use the mental/emotional symbol in the second pattern to communicate with the patient's body. Visualize the person or animal healing quickly and completely ... feeling strong, happy and healthy.

Reiki Treatments During the Period of Convalescence

For the first week or so following surgery, continue to administer Reiki treatments daily. Do either hands-on or absent treatments. Treat as you would a chronic condition, givingcomplete treatments. Concentrate more time over the area that had surgery (do not touch the body ... work from above). Remember to include mental/emotional treatments to support the body's healing process. Depending on how well the person is doing, you may gradually decrease the frequency of treatments ... for example, three treatments during the second week, two treatments the third week, etc. As always, we welcome questions. If you have a question or comment regarding this article, please go to our facebook page and post your question there. We will be more than happy to answer it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Native Commandments

Jasper Saunkeah, Cherokee

"Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.
Remain close to the Great Spirit.
Show great respect for your fellow beings.
Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.
Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.

Do what you know to be right.
Look after the well being of mind and body.
Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
Be truthful and honest at all times.
Take full responsibility for your actions.
Let us greet the dawn of a new day
when all can live as one with nature
and peace reigns everywhere.

Oh Great Spirit, bring to our brothers
the wisdom of Nature and the knowledge
that if her laws are obeyed
this land will again flourish
and grasses and trees will grow as before.

Guide those that through their councils
seek to spread the wisdom of their leaders to all people.
Heal the raw wounds of the earth
and restore to our soul the richness
which strengthens men's bodies
and makes them wise in their councils.

Bring to all the knowledge that great cities
live only through the bounty
of the good earth beyond their paved streets
and towers of stone and steel."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Sioux Prayer....

I am not a First Nation person. I am from English and Scottish stock. Yet I am finding my soul is so drawn to the wisdom from First Nation people.

A Sioux Prayer
Translated by Chief Yellow Lark - 1887
Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds
Whose breath gives life to the world, hear me
I come to you as one of your many children
I am small and weak
I need your strength and wisdom
May I walk in beauty
Make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
And my ears sharp to your voice.
Make me wise so that I may know the things you have taught your children.
The lessons you have written in every leaf and rock
Make me strong--------!
Not to be superior to my brothers, but to fight my greatest enemy....myself
Make me ever ready to come to you with straight eyes,
So that when life fades as the fading sunset,
May my spirit come to you without shame.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Plant Spirit Medicine...

Plant Spirit Medicine is a practice that begins with ritual, cleansing and prayer. It then shifts to a Shamanic Journey into non-ordinary reality seeking the Spirit of a particular plant.

Before embarking upon the Shamanic Journey, always in a natural setting, considerable time is spent building intimacy with a particular plant using a process of careful observation, of human awareness and of asking questions.

The plant is looked at closely. Where does it choose to grow? What is the neighborhood like? Is it alone or with family? Who are its friends? How does it come out of the earth? Does it look tall? Is it bushy? What is the shape of the leaf? How does it reflect the light? Where do the shadows fall? What else is there to notice about the plant?
Listening is very important. What kind of sounds do the branches and leaves make? Do the flowers sing? Is there a hum? Does the wind orchestrate the plant's vibrations? What can be heard when walking by? While sitting down to listen closely? Being still and paying attention are most helpful.

The sense of smell taps deeply into humankind's ancestral wisdom. Does the plant have a scent? Is it musky, dark, nocturnal? An essence of sweetness and light? Fragrance that comes in waves? Steady and smooth? Does the smell bring up a memory?

How does the plant taste? Is it juicy? Is it dry? Is it sour or sweet, bitter or salty? Does it have a pungent flavor? What happens to the tongue and the throat? Is it easy to swallow? Is it best not to?

What happens when the plant is touched? How does the plant respond? What physical sensations does it transmit? How does the plant feel between the hands? Against the face? By the lips? Under the feet? Next to the heart? Is it hot and warm or cold and cool? What direction does its energy come from? Is it East or West? North or South? Does the plant connect most with the sky or the earth? The moon or the sun? Does it feel soothing to touch? Does it repel?

Following this careful preparation the Shamanic Journey to Plant Spirit begins. The intention is set. "I want to meet with the Spirit of ... " "What is her gift?"

The journey is carefully attended, all details are recalled and documented. The knowledge disclosed by the Plant Spirit is greeted with respect and kept in strict confidence. It is to be used only for the highest good.

The information gained from the Shamanic Journey and the Plant Spirit found on that journey can be invoked again and again. Plant Spirits can be asked to give exactly what is needed.

Taken from

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Respect for our rooted relations..

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,That we may record our emptiness.
~ Kahlil Gibran ~

Monday, August 8, 2011

The grass may be green for you...

I was born this way. I was born with a condition called Deuteranopia. Green colour blindness. I do not have any green cones in my eyes. Means I should never work as an electrician. Can’t be a train driver as the signals are in green and red. Tried to get a job as a train driver. If signals had of been in yellow or blue I would have got the job in a flash. Oh well.

This condition has no cure. Has caused me lots of frustration over the years I can tell you.

Today I found a place where I can see greens. A place where I have perfect colour vision. Where my brain does not get confused by the colours.

I was on a Journey. A healing Journery. Not for myself but for someone else. I was with my spirit guides and we had finished the healing part of this Journey. It was suggested by my Owl that we go flying and have some fun. Little did I know he had a big surprise for me. Up onto his back and off we zoom up into the sky.

I love the other worlds. I love how they are not governed by any of the rules of the reality I am in as I type this.

We are flying along over a beautiful vista of mountains and forests. I look down at this amazing scene. Then I gaze up and see that below has been mirrored above us. What a hoot (pardon the pun). This is when I notice that I can see the greens. All of the greens. I am brought almost to tears by this. No brain confusion. I see these vibrant colours and hues of green for the first time in all their glory and know that they are green.

My Owl says to me there is no colour blindness in the other worlds. He is laughing so hard. Not at me but with me as I laugh with joy at this whole revelation.

As I type this I can still feel the elation from this part of my Journey.

Thank you to my spirit guides. Thank you for how much you love me and care for me.