Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Does eating meat make us less intuitive?

Last month I went on a yoga psychology retreat in tiny resort called Ollinyotl, Mexico. The place is amazing, surrounded by mountains that give off a constant vibe. We were in the middle of nowhere, with no internet and hardly any phone reception. 

I am on-again-off-again with yoga, and sadly, I sprained my neck a few days before the retreat so I missed most of the yoga sessions and spent time in nature instead. The teachers - Tiziana Berrondo and Liz Alvarez - were super kind and added a restorative yoga class. 

Yoga Nidra was a nice surprise too: a guided meditation that puts us in a deep sleep. I'm sure I went somewhere else entirely! 


Ollinyotl means "Movement from the Heart" in Nahuatl, 
one of the indigenous languages in Mexico. 




The yoga-psychology part of the retreat was amazing. We learned tools to raise your physical vibration so that it is easier to connect with your spirit. The goal was to reach Sattvic mode (more on that later), so for example, we woke up at 6:30 AM for breathing exercises, followed a strictly vegetarian diet for three days and skipped coffee and black tea. The hardest part for me was no coffee. In 2016 I tried being a weekday vegetarian for 6 months and I'm thinking of going back. Not for intuitive reasons, but because it feels good and I like veggies.

Back to Square 1: Does eating meat make us less intuitive or spiritual? I would be tempted to say NO on both counts. Less rational YES, because the farmed food industry has terrible consequences on the planet. If we are aware of this, continuing to eat animal products is just bonkers (See Here). 

This is the main reason why I attempted to become a weekday vegetarian. At the time I felt good physically, but I didn't think it had any effect on my intuitive readings. I said as much in my latest book, Chakra Healing & Magick, though in hindsight, I was able to write it in a very short time. Maybe the diet let the insights flow? 



Does it make us less spiritual? Part of me feels like eating factory-raised animals is something that we only do if we never see the way they are kept in the run-up to being killed. If you have seen videos of cows hooked up to machines that milk them, it is easy to become disgusted and switch to almond milk or soy. But this is related to empathy and compassion, which are human traits. So no, I don't think skipping meat is spiritual - rather, it is an emotional response that is 100% human. 

With all this, I still eat meat and I love burgers, barbecue and some Lebanese dishes that would be impossible to eat sans meat. But a part of me wants to cut back for a million different reasons, and the easiest way to do it, I think, is to become mostly vegetarian so that when you do eat meat, it's free-range animals. And the fact that you can have a steak or fish on weekends makes it easier to go without on weekdays. Here you'll find a clip from a Ted Talk that I really like: "Why I became a weekday vegetarian" by Graham Hill.




And Some Exciting News! 

My Chakra Healing & Magick book is getting an update - the Kindle book will be offline for two weeks. The revised paperback is already on Amazon. I made a few changes: rewriting my intro to the Solar Plexus Chakra to reflect the insights I've had in healing sessions lately, and swapping out one of the affirmations that I had included in the section on healing with mandalas and color. We also have a new grounding visualisation in Chapter 1 that will be easier to practice (with flashes of red, to activate the Root Chakra). 

Those are the updates! For those of you who already have the paperback, I will post them on the blog soon. If you have the Kindle version you'll be able to download the updated file. 



Reiki hugs!


Regina 


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Regina Chouza is a qualified Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. A graduate of the School of Intuition & Healing in London, she is developing a new technique that combines natal astrology, energy healing and crystals. Subscribe for an introduction to grounding, clearing and shielding your personal energy HERE.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Mystical Parting of The Red Sea

There have been so many weird and cool things that have happened since I started blogging eight years ago. You'll find some of my quirkier experiences HERE and HEREI blog about them so that I can remind myself of it. Today I would like to share a new one. 


About two years ago I signed up for a weekly Kabbalah class were we learn about the mystical side of Judaism. The idea is that any passage in the Torah or Old Testament can be interpreted on four levels; the first being a literal interpretation, the next levels being allegorical and figurative, and deep down, a mystical side that Kabbalists will look for. Below you will find an example. 



The Exodus: A Closer Look

In the Exodus there is a passage that most of us are familiar with, where Moses leads enslaved Jews out of Egypt. At one point, they are trapped in front an ocean with the Egyptian army coming up behind them. Something happens (a bit of singing is involved), the Red Sea parts and they make their way to safety. 

In a literal sense, you would say that historically, the Jews escaped with this miracle, and that may be the case. I am just wondering how it might have happened. 

In a metaphorical sense, you could say that Egypt and the pharaohs represent the enslavement of the human spirit to the Ego, fear and material reality. Israel is that eternal aspect of the Soul. And the miracle is when our thoughts and feelings get out of the way and we can see clearly. 

In Kabbalah, the interpretation goes a bit deeper and turns almost magical when we look at the Hebrew letters that are involved in that passage. Namely, 72 combinations of three letter words that appear for the very first time in the Exodus. Kabbalists would tell you that these combinations of Hebrew letters parted the Sea. 

The 72 Names of God  

These combinations are known as the 72 Names of God, though we could view them as attributes or qualities of God. The idea is that by meditating on them, you bring some of those qualities into yourself - and they are really lovely. For example, the Miracle Making combination involves healing yourself to release any and all traces of envy, doubt, self-pity and anger, making way for miracles, blessings and light to enter. If you have read my earlier post on Attracting with Joy, this is exactly what we need to experience all kinds of miracles in our lives. 

If you'd like to know more about the 72 Names of God, Yehuda Berg has a fantastic meditation deck (Amazon Here) and for those of you who speak Spanish, I would also recommend this one


Comparing Old & New Testaments

I am a bit of a geek - if you've noticed. One of the things I like reading up on is different belief systems to see where there is an overlap. A few months ago I was looking at the Lord's Prayer and when I saw the line "Give us this day our daily bread" - the Hebrew letters Resh Hei Ayin came to mind. The numerology from these letters matches the number of fish and bread that were multiplied in one of the New Testament's passages. I blogged about that a year ago on a post called Miracle Making With Hebrew Letters

Over the years I have read a dozen Kabbalah books and gone to class with teachers from different schools, at the Berg's Kabbalah Centre and also other unaffiliated schools. Several have implied that the New Testament has quite a few Kabbalistic elements, and given the fact that Jesus was Jewish and that Kabbalah has been around for thousands of years; he would have known about it. 

So on a whim, I spent a few weeks going through the 72 Names and thinking about ones that might fit other lines in the Lords Prayer. It felt like a wild goose chase; it's on my blog HERE. 

The Unexplained Phenomena 

I might have left it there, but after I posted this article on my blog, something weird happened. If you go to Diary of a Psychic Healer on your phone and view the mobile version, you will always see 6 posts on the front page. When a new one is published, it sits at the top of the list, and the post that had been at the bottom is pushed to the second page, which can be accessed by clicking on a small arrow at the very bottom of the mobile view.... 

This didn't happen with the 72 Names of God post. I do not know what happened, but a cyber-bookmark was inserted, separating that post from all of the posts that came before it. At first, I thought the post was just really long, and that is why it was the only one showing on the front page. As I continued publishing, the ones that came later are shown above it, but none below.

You can have a look for yourself by browsing from your phones. I have also included pictures here, though my phone small and I can't zoom out to show the whole picture. This is what it looks like. 

The Current Front Page: 

I am including two separate screenshots for my current front page, so it is obvious I didn't manipulate it. We have "Songs To Manifest From the Heart" at the top (until I publish the post I'm writing now, on the Red Sea) and then all of my recent posts below. 





And The 72 Names of God: 

This is the post that I referenced earlier, with the cyber bookmark. If you scroll down the front page and click on the arrows pointing left and right, it will show you posts written before an after. For some reason, this one is either at the bottom of a very short list, with none below it, or all by itself. That's my weird unexplained phenomena - and fitting, as the post was about parting the Red Sea (in this case, the blog). 

This morning I made a small revision to that post about the 72 ames and the Lords Prayer, changing two of the names that I had chosen. I was half expecting something to change but it didn't. And I'm curious to see what happens when I publish this new post at noon, on September 11th 2018. I expect the front page to rearrange itself, and we'll see how long the cyber-bookmark stays in place. Hope this makes sense. 

Thank you for reading this long-winded post - I wanted to share it with you. And Happy Rosh Hashanah to all my Jewish friends!

Reiki hugs, 

Regina 

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Regina Chouza is a qualified Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. A graduate of the School of Intuition & Healing in London, she is developing a new technique that combines natal astrology, energy healing and crystals. Subscribe for an introduction to grounding, clearing and shielding your personal energy HERE.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Songs To Manifest From the Heart


The past year I have been attending a yoga class where we sing mantras and sometimes dance songs. It is called Naam Yoga; I love that it puts me in a fantastic mood. One of my favourites is a mantra called Sacred Aum, by Dr Joseph Michael Levry. Listen to the clip HERE




Some call Aum the sound of creation. This sound exists in several spiritual traditions: Amen in Christianity, OM in Hinduism and Aum in Kabbalah (one of the 72 Names of God from the Exodus). I love listening to music, but I didn't understand how it went with mantras until I came across Aum again last week while reading Wayne Dyer's book, Manifest Your Destiny

In the book, Dyer walks us through nine principles that shift our worldview to one that is compassionate, collaborative and loving towards the people that we encounter. From this place of respect - where we genuinely listen to understand instead of listening to reply - he recommends meditations to manifest our heart's desires with sound, specifically AUM in the mornings and then another sound at night to reflect gratitude for what we have already experienced. I won't spoil it for you, read the book to learn about his approach!

One of the things that struck a chord with me in Manifest Your Destiny was the practice of vibrating visions through the chakras, beginning at the base of the spine and working our way up to the Brow so that we can bring it into being. When I was writing Chakra Healing & Magick, I felt like it would be best to describe those Chakras (or energy centers) above the Heart as metaphysical in nature - allowing us to see, feel and hear archangels, God and all of the spiritual support that surrounds us. And that the Chakras below the Heart were more involved in manifesting - hence the classification of manifesting & metaphysical chakras. 






Dr Levry's Sacred Aum track can be found on his website HERE. I have been listening to the full version while doing the chakra visualizations that Wayne Dyer describes in his book. Listen to the clip first to see if you like it! =) 



Lastly, A Song For Healing

I am enjoying Dyer's Manifest Your Destiny book and how it fits in so seamlessly with the concepts that we have been covering in Naam Yoga. Especially the focus on music as a tool to heal ourselves, as the seven musical notes resonate with the chakras (details here). Below you'll find my go-to-song for energy healing sessions. Lately I've been playing it for friends and family before surgeries or other medical procedures as it helps us relax and trust the process.

      Ramadasa, Sung by Snatam Kaur


 


Please share your experiences with music or sound healing in the comment box. And follow the links below to my books for more on energy healing and meditation. 

Reiki hugs,

Regina 

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Regina Chouza is a qualified Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. A graduate of the School of Intuition & Healing in London, she is developing a new technique that combines natal astrology, energy healing and crystals. Subscribe for an introduction to grounding, clearing and shielding your personal energy HERE.



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Meditations To Get Back On Your Feet Again

Yesterday I watched a clip where Jimmy Fallon interviews Deepak Chopra on his meditations with Oprah (amazing btw). Deepak joked that the two get along well. He once told her that if they got married, she could call herself Oprah Chopra LOL.

Jokes aside, meditation is a lifesaver. When I journal, I use the shorthand "meds" for meditation because to me, it is like medicine for the mind, body and spirit. 

Meditation: An All-Purpose Remedy 

Last week I was invited to teach meditation at a conference for cancer survivors in Mexico City. It was an amazing group and I felt really blessed to be sharing my favorite tools with them.

There are dozens of techniques and I genuinely believe that the 'best' meditation is the one you love - what matters is that we are consistent, even if it is only for five minutes a day. 

What Do Meditations Involve? 

What comes to mind with the word meditation? In the past, it might have been a monk sitting calmly under a tree. Is it sitting still, quieting the mind and listening to your breath? 

While it can be exactly that, at this event, I wanted to propose that meditation can also be fun or enjoyable. And that any activity which allows us to bring our mind, body and emotions into a state of peace can be part of an overarching meditation practice. 

And why not have fun with it?


What Makes It Effective? 

Most people meditate with the following goals in mind: 
  • To press the 'pause button' and leave worries aside. 
  • To relax and give the physical body some rest. 
  • To lift your mood when you are feeling down. 
  • To connect with your intuition (inner guide). 
  • To create moments of peace. 

Those peaceful moments become longer with each session and eventually, calm is the rule and not the exception in your daily life. This is accomplished with time, in several steps: 


Step 1) Release The Day

Although I didn't mention it at this conference, I learned to meditate at The College of Psychic Studies in the UK, where most meditations focused on developing our intuitive gifts. 

The first step was to release everything we'd been through so that we could calm ourselves and open our intuition. My favorite way to do this is to sit and listen to your breath for a few minutes before visualizing white light that rains down from the stars, taking with it any energetic or mental energy. 

The light washes through and around your body. You make the conscious decision to release anything that may have happened, how you felt about it, and your To-Do list, etc.  


Image: Ximena Chouza 


I like visualizing a sphere of light around my body - you can call it your Aura, or a projection of your mind & emotions. That light flows through this sphere, clearing and cleansing. 

When you're done clearing yourself, surround your body with a color that makes you feel warm, loved and centred. 

Visualizing light and color is amongst my favorites. It helps us the tell the subconscious mind what we want to release. 


Step 2) Channel Your Emotions 

Creative visualizations like the one above make it easier for us to let go of our experiences at the end of the day. The next step is to begin channeling our emotions; essentially how we feel about our life, interactions and about the past. 

Our thoughts feed into our emotional state, and then our emotions trigger thoughts that reinforce those feelings. We need a two-pronged approach to bring peace into our lives. 

There are many ways to channel our emotions, and if you read Chapter 3 from my Chakra Healing & Magick book, I have included creative healing tools that make it easier for us to listen to our emotions and then get them off our chest. 

Before trying them, please follow this intuitive meditation. It will guide you through releasing emotions and dialing down overwhelming ones so that they are easier to handle. 




Step 3) Live For The Moment 

I'm a bit of a book nerd. When I began meditating, I read up on Buddhism {link} and other traditions where meditation is key. Apparently, the ultimate 'goal' of meditation is to take that state of calm to your daily life - not the meditation itself.

We might get in the hang of meditating for 15-20 minutes everyday. But if we walk away at the end of the session without changing a thing in our lives, it doesn't help much. 

The idea is to become just as aware and mindful, focusing 100% of your attention on where you are, what you are doing and how your body feels (the antithesis to multitasking). 

This is known as Mindfulness. Initially, it may be easier to take short breaks and go through the following exercises:  

  • Take 1-minute breaks and listen to your breath. 
  • Ask yourself "How does my body feel right now? 
  • Set an alarm on your phone twice daily. 
  • Ground yourself to feel your body (HERE)
  • Listen to your surroundings. 

The last tip has been the one that works best for me. You know how some people turn off the radio when they are driving down the street looking for a building number? 

There is something in the way our brain works. I can't listen to my surroundings and daydream/worry simultaneously lol. 


Step 4) The Water Metaphor

A few weeks ago I taught Reiki for beginners, a technique that involves hands-on-healing, intuition, and meditation. My students wanted to know how often they could book a session to receive Reiki from a practitioner, when the goal of Reiki classes is to learn to give yourself Reiki. I tried to explain that it would be best if they meditated every day, and/or gave themselves Reiki to release stressful energies. 


It was hot and I had a glass of water in my hand. I held it up explaining that we are the glass, and our feelings and experiences are the water that flows into the cup. 


Easy enough at first. But now, imagine yourself standing with a glass of water in your hand and how it starts to weigh after an hour, after two hours, a day, a week, etc.

When we meditate or give ourselves Reiki, we pour some water out of the cup. A full Reiki or Healing session gives us a good clearing, but it doesn't empty the glass. 

Meditate or self-heal daily to release that weight. And finally, grounding yourself is like poking a hole under the glass. 


Step 5) Find A Style You Love 

Ideally, we'd take turns, meditating to release our thoughts somedays and channeling our emotions on others. The goal is never to completely 'blank out your mind' - that would be nearly impossible. The Buddhist teacher, Sogyal Rimpoche, tells us that meditation is like looking at the sky. Some days will be cloudy (thoughts), others stormy (emotions). Rather than argue with the clouds, Rimpoche suggests letting them go by. And in my experience, creative meditations like the one above allow us to lean on the wind for support. 

Committing to a regular practice is more likely to be effective, so find a style that you love. There are many ways to meditate, here are just a few ideas to begin with: 
  • Listening to your breath, eyes closed. 
  • Counting down from 20 to 1 to calm down. 
  • Visualizing a work of art and stepping in (SEE HERE)
  • Cooking or washing the dishes with 100% attention. 
  • Inhale white light, exhale gold for 2 minutes.
  • Moving meditations like Tai Chi or Yoga. 
  • Mantras (especially with music).






That's all for now, thanks for listening! 

So this was a longer post than usual! But I hope it helps, and please follow the links below for more on energy healing, meditation and complementary therapies for cancer patients. 

Please share your thoughts and experiences below.



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Regina Chouza is a qualified Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. A graduate of the School of Intuition & Healing in London, she is developing a new technique that combines natal astrology, energy healing and crystals. Subscribe for an introduction to grounding, clearing and shielding your personal energy HERE.




            
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

An Experience with Crystals and Chemotherapy

Last December, someone very near and dear to me was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery to remove the tumor and began six months of chemotherapy to reduce the risk of it coming back in the future. My cousin and I went to the hospital to give her energy healing before the surgery. 

At the School of Intuition & Healing, we learned a technique called Medical Intuition that involves communicating with the body to ask it what might be going on behind the scenes. Another aspect involves explaining medical procedures to the physical body before they take place, to minimise shock and assist with recovery. This happens intuitively, in our thoughts. 


Energy Healing Before Surgery 

As always, I called on the archangels for help during the session. At one point, I was trying to run through the surgery mentally and I felt Archangel Raphael's presence, suggesting that I didn't know the specifics and that he could explain. So I pulled back, holding my hands around the outside of her Aura and letting him take over.

All in all, we had three people giving Healing before she went into the operating room: my cousin, myself and the patient as she had previously been attuned to Reiki. One of my favorite healing tools are crystals, and wands in particular because we can use them to gently massage the chakras during a healing session.

That day I took a Selenite wand with me to the hospital. The translucent white stone is one of my favorites because its energy is very similar to the white light (Divine Light) that we channel during healing sessions. It makes it easier for us to feel the archangels around us, including their love & support.

The patient held it in her hands and massaged her Solar Plexus while the rest of us gave her Energy Healing. This particular chakra is where we feel anxiety; the idea was to help her relax before surgery with Energy Healing & crystals.



A Magical Experience with Crystals 

She seemed to like the wand so much, that the next day I gave her a brand new one. She used it throughout her recovery and six months of chemotherapy. The amazing thing about crystals is that we can fill them with Reiki or Light and then give ourselves healing by holding it or with a little massage. Over time, crystals can start to show striations on the inside, as the crystal's energy shifts when it works hard.

Last month I went to see her at the hospital for her last chemotherapy session; the 16th in six months. When we started chatting, she pulled out the Selenite wand and pointed out what looked like bright white loops and lines. It looked like someone had switched on a light in the crystals.

She was surprised because she hadn't dropped the wand, keeping it tucked safely in a case when she wasn't using it. I explained the bit about how crystals appear to crack or lose their color when we use them a lot. She laughed and put it back under her quilts, holding it in her hands during chemo...

Thirty minutes later, her eyes opened wide and she pulled the wand out from under the covers. It had fallen apart in her hands, splitting into 5 separate pieces along the same lines that we had seen inside the Selenite crystal. 

We were both really surprised and happy. We took it to mean that she wouldn't need that crystal anymore. It had been there for the duration of the cancer treatment, from the first days of recovery and through 16 chemotherapy sessions, only to fall apart on her last day at the hospital as a patient.

It was the most beautiful experience that I have witnessed with a crystal, and there have been many over the past few years since I began collecting them. 

Please share your experiences with crystals in the comment box below! 


Reiki hugs, 



Regina 



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Regina Chouza is a qualified Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. A graduate of the School of Intuition & Healing in London, she is developing a new technique that combines natal astrology, energy healing and crystals. Subscribe for an introduction to grounding, clearing and shielding your personal energy HERE.