Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Unexpected Prickly Visitor in the Garden


Hi everybody,
This is a "AKOE" posting - an "All Kinds of Everything" entry. A couple of nights ago I was looking out of the kitchen window as I began to rather belatedly prepare our evening meal, having lost track of time on the PC.
To my utmost delight I spotted a hedgehog, quite a large one about 8 inches or so long, wandering across the lawn. A quick call to the OH, and we trotted out quietly to see if we could get a closer look.
It was about 8.20pm so still very light, which was why I was rather surprised to see our little visitor. In the past we've heard them snuffling about, and what a racket they can make, just about or after dusk, but this was still pretty much broad daylight. The OH had seen a hedgehog out on the front an evening or two before when he came home from an overtime job but that was in the dark. We are assuming this might be the same one.
I suddenly realized I should get the camera, which of course was upstairs as I had been downloading some photos earlier, so by the time I got back out Hedgehog had disappeared into the borders. 
                  Spot the hedgehog in our wildlife area.                                  Ah, there you are!
 
The OH suggested giving it some cat food and went to get a pouch and a dish. The first offering went down very well, and according to the OH Hedgehog sat down in the dish when s/he'd finished. He gave it some more and it munched away as he managed to get some photos. 
We went in then to have our own meal, and watch a programme on TV. About 21.40 the OH went out again and came back to report that Hedgehog was back on the grass, so off we went again, with the camera. I'd forgotten that we have a video element to it and so decided to give it a go. It's not the best light at all, the photos below are clearer because the flash went off, but it's nice to have a little record of our encounter.This is the first time I've uploaded anything to You Tube so I don't know how well this will turn out.


Hedgehog was all curled up at first, but then the little head unfurled, the nose quivered in an "Ah, Bisto!" way and the snout went into the dish. Pyewacket came along and looked disgusted that we were feeding cat food to a hedgehog, and once Hedgehog had finished, of s/he wandered back into the border and we left it in peace.

We had a look for Hedgehog the next evening but no sign at the time, although the next evening I spotted our neighbours bent over one of their borders for a few minutes so wonder if they'd spotted it.

It's lovely when wildlife wonders through the garden, especially when you are present to see it. Thank you, little Hedgehog for the privilege.



Bright Blessings, 
Karen
Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or requests.
To start learning about EFT you can download my "Balance Your Life With EFT" free manual. Although you can no longer obtain Gary Craig's comprehensive training DVD sets to buy, you can rent them from here.
Please Note: Anything on the EFT side of this blog is provided as a public courtesy to help expand the use of EFT in the world. Any EFT content of this blog represents the unique ideas and usage of EFT by me, as its author. The information in this blog is not intended to be a substitute for appropriate, qualified medical care from doctors or other health-care providers. It is here to offer information on other complementary options to help you in your quest for optimum health, which you may wish to discuss with your healthcare providers before implementing. You, the reader, must be prepared to take full responsibility for your own health and I cannot be held responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of the techniques underlined here, either on you or others... more

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Hatsurei-ho meditation in the summer garden

Hi everybody,
I thought it was about time I wrote a Reiki post, as they have been rather few and far between.
One of the really nice things about having tidied up and re-done the back garden is that I can now go and sit outside in this marvellous weather we are having this year and carry out my  Reiki and other meditations in the fresh air and sunshine, amongst the natural elements.
It actually helps me to carry out the Hatsurei meditation more regularly than otherwise (I do make a point of carrying out the Reiki self-healing meditation pretty much every day, without fail) as it gives me something to do as I sit, other than reading my books. 
The Hatsurei Ho meditation seems to have its origins in Tendai Buddhism, and have only really been known about in the West since the autumn of 1999, when Hiroshi Doi, a member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai revealed these techniques. The Hatsurei-ho meditation is described here. Ideally you can spend 10-15 minutes every day carrying out Hatsurei to keep your energies balanced and allow harmony throughout your daily life.
This is more or less the version I was taught by Taggart King of Reiki Evolution; I add the Gokai sansho, repeating the 5 Principles 3 times, and being a Reiki Master I can include the Self-Empowerment aspect just after Seishin Toitsu. This is the time that I would use the Reiju empowerment if I was working with a Reiki student.
I sit in a garden chair, with bare feet on the grass to connect to the Earth.  My way of doing things is to count my breathing: 1 - in, 2 - out, 3 - in, 4 - out, etc. This is especially useful when sitting out in the sun as it allows me to gauge how long I have taken, so I don't over-cook. :-) Oddly enough, it doesn't get in the way of the experience. A 20 minute session is usually the result of 40 breaths per section, and I can make it longer, or shorter to suit the circumstances. 
Yesterday's session was particularly lovely. Perhaps it was because the Summer Solstice is an important festival for me, and it was so pleasant to be receiving a "solar massage" as I meditated? With eyes closed I could feel soft grass under my bare feet; smell the beautiful scent of Honeysuckle, Rose and Valerian and hear the birdsong and buzz of insects; feel the heat of the sun on my body; and occasionally there was the sound of a splosh from the pond beside me as the frogs gallivanted about. Surrounded by the 4 elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, breathing in and breathing out the Universal Energy that is Reiki. One of those blissful moments when you feel so glad to be alive and aware of all going on around you, connected with all Life.
I did in fact to go on to another meditation, specifically for the Summer Solstice. I went to the "place" I call my Sanctuary. Bathed in all this beautiful natural energy it seemed that I was effectively receiving a solar massage. It came to me that the heat and the light were seeping into my muscles and bones, loosening and relaxing any knots of physical tension and allowing the release of any energy blockages that I might be carrying with me from childhood, the ‘writing on my wall’ stuff, all transformed into Love and Light and Heat. 
It felt so very good that I started an EMDR tapping in process that I learned about at the EFT Mentoring Group day I attended on Saturday – this seemed an excellent resource to tap in and be able to draw upon when I need it. I was telling the OH about the tapping in process yesterday evening and just thinking about the afternoon’s meditation made me smile broadly and feel very happy. So I think that the technique is going to become a keeper, and I must try and get hold of the book. (Hmmm, I wonder what the neighbours think if they see me in the garden .... not that it bothers me! :-) )
Interestingly enough, in my Inbox today was the regular newsletter from EFT Master, Carol Look (Issue 153 if you want to find it on her website). It started:
Quiet, Please...
********************** 
When was the last time you were quiet enough
to really feel your pulse, to notice the rhythm of your body,
and hear your heart's messages?
 
This is one aspect of life that I do freely allow and try to make at least a few minutes every day to go within and see what floats up. This is why I think the daily Reiki Self-Healing meditation is so important because it allows that quiet time. And if you have problems allowing yourself that quiet time, then Carol has an EFT tapping script that can help you to overcome that issue.
And you know, you don't have to have been attuned or empowered to Reiki to give Hatsurei a go. Just try it for yourself, just to get a taste of what Reiki itself might give you. If nothing else it will allow you to find that quiet within.
If you are already a Reiki channel, and you carry out Hatsurei anytime on a Friday, then you can always tune in to the distant Reiju empowerment I send out to any who wish to partake of it on that day, helping to strengthen your connection to Reiki and bringing you what you need at that time. During Seishin Toitsu, just say to yourself whenever you feel it's right to do so, "I'm ready to receive Karen's Reiju empowerment now" and sit and let the energy flow. When you feel it's time to finish, just resume Seishin Toitsu, and finish as normal.
 
Bright Blessings, 
Karen
Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or requests.
To start learning about EFT you can download my "Balance Your Life With EFT" free manual. Although you can no longer obtain Gary Craig's comprehensive training DVD sets to buy, you can rent them from here.
Please Note: Anything on the EFT side of this blog is provided as a public courtesy to help expand the use of EFT in the world. Any EFT content of this blog represents the unique ideas and usage of EFT by me, as its author. The information in this blog is not intended to be a substitute for appropriate, qualified medical care from doctors or other health-care providers. It is here to offer information on other complementary options to help you in your quest for optimum health, which you may wish to discuss with your healthcare providers before implementing. You, the reader, must be prepared to take full responsibility for your own health and I cannot be held responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of the techniques underlined here, either on you or others... more

Saturday, 5 June 2010

"OPERATION: Emotional Freedom - The Answer" ... a new EFT DVD

Hi Everyone,
On the 25th June last year I posted this about the first UK Armed Forces Day, and how EFT could perhaps have a place in helping with PTSD that many veterans are left with. As the second  UK Armed Forces Day approaches on June 26th it is interesting to see this letter from producer/director Eric Huurre, posted in Gary Craig's latest newsletter as he tidies up his retirement process.
Letter from Eric Huurre regarding the new EFT for Veterans film
More than two years have gone into compiling the feature length documentary OPERATION: Emotional Freedom – The Answer. Full details and how to order the film/DVD can be found at www.operation-emotionalfreedom.com .   
This detailed investigation of post traumatic stress in combat veterans is about to be released into a climate unchanged from the time we started on this project.  The problem remains rampant while conventional therapies still provide little or no relief.   Hopefully, that will change with this extraordinary film.
Dozens of the best and most respected names in energy psychology and EFT contributed their time and efforts for therapy sessions and hundreds of interviews, tests and follow-up research. Those who have seen previews say this is the most extensive film portrayal of EFT in action to date.
I was graced with the opportunity to work with a very special group of volunteer veterans and EFT practitioners in this story. I don’t believe any of us were prepared for what this project would reveal to us and to others over time.  It was extraordinary. In our initial conversations about doing a feature length film, Gary asked for just one thing, ”provide the audience with irrefutable evidence of what we can do with this technique.” We did just that.
This effort is more than a film. It stands as a testimony to EFT; a landmark example for the future care and support for veterans and their families; and a unique insight into the nature of trauma and how to overcome it for anyone. You can learn more about the people behind this project as well obtaining your own DVD copy, or view on demand screening at the film’s official web site: www.operation-emotionalfreedom.com
Gary, my personal thanks. You were truly my own and this film’s inspiration. Blessings to you in your retirement. You leave all of us better for what you brought to light.
Eric Huurre
Producer/director

I have watched the video clips; obviously they are the merest taster of what it is all about but it evidently builds on what has gone before, mentioned in my previous post.  For those who  doubt that such a strange technique can have any effect, it seems to me that the proof of the pudding is in the eating, or as the gentleman says in the clips, having been a  big skeptic about the use of EFT for this, he is now very enthusiastic because of one thing, called "RESULTS" . I shall be adding this DVD to my EFT collection as soon as I can.
We have to remember that EFT and other energy psychology methods are in their relative infancy, and a body of research has yet to be compiled in sufficient amounts to satisfy the skeptics. Research requires funding and unlike the pharmaceutical industries, and their financial backers, who can make big money out of their research results with new drugs, etc. these processes are ones that anyone can apply to themselves, so it's more likely that funding comes from more altruistic or philanthropical sources who are not in it purely for the financial gain, but rather for the benefits to mankind. 
Placebo? Wouldn't we expect a placebo effect from what they are already doing - surely they want to get well? Time will tell, but these veterans have usually been through drug and therapy regimes and are still no better off, yet a relatively few EFT sessions bring about huge beneficial changes, for the individuals and their families.  And that is not even mentioning the enormous amount of money it could save various health and social service budgets!
This is something that will be of great interest to keep an eye on over the next few years.

Bright Blessings, 
Karen

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or requests.

To start learning about EFT you can download my "Balance Your Life With EFT" free manual. Although you can no longer obtain Gary Craig's comprehensive training DVD sets to buy, you can rent them from here.

Please Note: Anything on the EFT side of this blog is provided as a public courtesy to help expand the use of EFT in the world. Any EFT content of this blog represents the unique ideas and usage of EFT by me, as its author. The information in this blog is not intended to be a substitute for appropriate, qualified medical care from doctors or other health-care providers. It is here to offer information on other complementary options to help you in your quest for optimum health, which you may wish to discuss with your healthcare providers before implementing. You, the reader, must be prepared to take full responsibility for your own health and I cannot be held responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of the techniques underlined here, either on you or others... more

Friday, 4 June 2010

Is my garden somehow related to the Tardis? ... and update on Gary Craig's emofree website

Hi everyone,

Heaven's above, where has the time gone! So long since I last posted. So much for the intention of posting at least once a week! "Even though I am lousy at posting regular blog updates, I deeply and completely love and accept myself, and hope to do better in future." :-)

It has to be said though - I've become convinced that my back garden must somehow be related to Dr Who's Tardis, so much bigger than it looks. :-) I lost count of the hours I spent out there when it reached about 70 or 80. All told, it's got to have taken me more than 100 hours to get done over the past 2-3 months  I can't believe there was so much to do. If I'd known at the onset what was involved, it's most likely it would never have got started. Now, however, the heroic work is over, just the routine on-going maintenance stuff, and I've actually been able to just sit out there, in the sunshine, reading my book and thinking how grand it all is, listening to the birdsong and the bees humming away. I even spotted a dragonfly today...

The garden now - somewhat neater and slightly easier maintenance




I've also taken quite a few photos of the plants as they grow, as the hope is to use them later down the line to create digital backgrounds and  brushes for my design programmes. At least that way I know there is absolutely no chance of causing offence copyright-wise.

A lot of time has been spent as well on the PC, giving that a good old overhaul. Many consider me to be a very organized person, but it is surprising how much stuff had been duplicated and was all over the place. Now however, it is all pared down and filed neatly away (although there has been a lot of use of the 'Find' facility when things seem to have totally hidden away) and the OH has been able to move something around to give me more space on the C disk, which was running extremely low.

I've had a little fun making up some virtual CD covers for the mp3 ambient nature sounds downloads that I am hoping to put on my websites -  a mix of creativity/design for a  practical application. Over the next few weeks there are plans to revamp my websites, as I now have the latest update for my website programme. So keep an eye on them - www.EFT-Reiki.com and www.EFT-not-HRT.com.

Talking of websites, Gary Craig has sent out a newsletter announcing that the Emofree.com website will be taken down finally tomorrow, Saturday 5th June. Fortunately, we will not be losing the vast amount of articles that it contained, nor the free videos, as these have now been transferred to www.eftuniverse.com, a site run by Dawson Church, "the man who is responsible for our growing body of essential EFT research" as Gary put it. (Dawson is the author of "The Genie in Your Genes", a fascinating book which I'd recommend to anyone who is interested in how our thoughts, emotions and beliefs can have physiological effects upon our bodies and how energy psychology methods can influence these processes.) It is great news to know that this amazing archive of articles of the anecdotal usage of EFT remains freely available to view - it would have been such a loss otherwise.

Unfortunately, Gary is not planning on reinstating the EFT DVD libraries, but the new site does have the DVDs available for rental, and you can also sign up to receive a regular newsletter. It is well worth a visit, especially if you have never been there before.

Gary ended his newsletter saying " My retirement is now a reality.  The past 15 years resulted in an extraordinary journey for all of us and, with support from the vast majority of you, our EFT groundswell has been impressive.  I will watch with interest to see what you do with it from here." Here's hoping that Gary has a long happy retirement ahead of him, with many thanks and best wishes to him.


With luck and a fair wind I may be able to catch up a little on my postings. There are a number of topics tucked into my blogging folder so hopefully I'll be able to intersperse the mundane internet work with some further musings.


Bright Blessings, 
Karen
Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or requests.
To start learning about EFT you can download my "Balance Your Life With EFT" free manual. Although you can no longer obtain Gary Craig's comprehensive training DVD sets to buy, you can rent them from here.
Please Note: Anything on the EFT side of this blog is provided as a public courtesy to help expand the use of EFT in the world. Any EFT content of this blog represents the unique ideas and usage of EFT by me, as its author. The information in this blog is not intended to be a substitute for appropriate, qualified medical care from doctors or other health-care providers. It is here to offer information on other complementary options to help you in your quest for optimum health, which you may wish to discuss with your healthcare providers before implementing. You, the reader, must be prepared to take full responsibility for your own health and I cannot be held responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of the techniques underlined here, either on you or others... more