Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Meditations To Get Back On Your Feet Again (Oprah Chopra-Style)

Yesterday I watched a video 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 give a meditation at a congress 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 & Crystal 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.

        You can also find her on: Amazon - Facebook - Youtube



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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 & Crystal 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.

You can also find her on: Amazon - Facebook - Youtube



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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Have You Met Archangel Michael?


Nine years ago I discovered the archangels and ever since I have been meditating with them a few times each week. Our intuition wakes up when we start to meditate, and soon enough, you see and feel them. 

One of Sonia Choquette's books, Ask Your Guides, is what got me started on this path. I stumbled across her book in the Fall of 2009 and discovered The College of Psychic Studies soon after, signing up for my first workshop in December.

We can call on the archangels easily, but for me, the best way to make their acquaintance was in weekly meditation and angel intuition classes at the College.

Archangel Michael (by Villapando)


There are more than 12 archangels, but I tend to call on Archangel Michael - the angel of protection and  courage - asking that he send the right angel for the job. Each of the archangels has a specific mission or theme that they can help us with.

Today I would like to share a meditation that we can use to connect with Archangel Michael intuitively, activating our inner power so that we can work more closely with the angels. Find it on YouTube HERE. 







If you would like to get to know the archangels, try my meditations on YouTube and read the introduction to my Chakra Healing & Magick book, A GIFT HERE. The PDF will teach you to ground, clear and shield your energy before activating your intuition. 

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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.

You can also find her on: Amazon - Facebook - Youtube

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Book Review: Hands of Light, by Barbara A. Brennan

When I signed up for energy healing school in 2010, the first book on the recommended reading list was Hands of Light. Written by a former NASA scientist-turned energy healer, it is a classic in healing circles.

The author, Barbara Ann Brennan, explores the Aura and Chakras in terms that are precise but also quite technical. As a new student, I skimmed the first few chapters and put it away. It has been sitting on my shelf for years, through several relocations, only to be consulted briefly when I had specific questions about an Aura layer or Chakra. 

When I began teaching Reiki last year I decided that it was finally time to read it, cover to cover. The book is fantastic, and while there weren't many surprises as we covered most of the themes in class, I learned a lot from it (or remembered what I had forgotten). 

Here are some of the concepts that stood out: 

1) Chakras Have Two Components: 


If we look at the body, the major chakras cross the spine at seven points, from front to back. While we can say roughly that each of the Chakras has a specific theme, for example, vision at the Brow or creative drive at the Sacral Chakra - the front and back sides of the chakras have specific roles to play. 


This information ended up being incredibly useful for me when it came to accessing Brow Chakra. The front side helps us create a vision of where we'd like to be, or what we want our life to look like. The back of the Brow tells us how to get from Point A to Point B. We need both sides to make our dreams a reality. 


I realized that I had a clear vision of what I'd like to do with my healing practice, but no idea how to get there. So I began to give myself lots of Reiki on the backside of my Brow, and a few weeks later I was introduced to a fantastic publicist who gave me dozens of great ideas, which I am now applying on my Spanish language site in Mexico City =)

Starry Chakras by Xime Chouza





2) The Chakras Are Psychic Gateways 

This I have known all along thanks to my time at The College of Psychic Studies in London. And intuitively, when I was writing my Chakra Healing & Magick book, I assigned each of the seven psychic abilities to a different chakra (there are seven along the spine).

The surprise was that Barbara Brennan's correlation of psychic abilities to chakras is very similar to what I had guesstimated for my Chakra book. She has emotional empathy at the Sacral Chakra, below the navel, taste and smells at the Throat Chakra, and physical sensations, temperature changes, chills, and feeling the presence of angels at the Root Chakra. 
3) There Is Science to Healing 

Most healers work intuitively, placing their hands where they feel drawn to in the Aura or Chakras. If a healer isn't especially clairvoyant or sensitive (they don't have to be), they may not notice anything out of the ordinary, other than tingles and temperature. 

Because Brennan is clairvoyant and scientific in her approach, she breaks the Aura and the Chakras down into specific levels, each with a function for the human body or spirit. She also illustrates mental, emotional or physical imbalances. As a roadmap for any healer, it is specific, precise and quite colorful. 



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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.

You can also find her on: Amazon - Facebook - Youtube

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Conversations With An Atheist

Last week I logged onto Facebook to share information about angels and how we can reach out to ask for help. An atheist replied with the statement that if angels and God exist, why don't they come together with a huge miracle to find food and shelter for everyone? 

His comments were spot on; I have asked myself the very same thing many times and I was glad to receive that question in a public forum because it is important. 


Also, if there is one thing we can learn from Facebook communities, it is that interacting with people from other walks of life can and should push us to question our beliefs. 


Human Problems Need Human Solutions 

When I have asked the angels that question, the answer is obvious: that many of the systemic problems in the world are human creations: extreme poverty, wars, climate change and even the health care system and who has access to it. Human problems need human solutions, and it is up to us to fix them because our civilization creates these issues on a global scale. 

The angels help us with ideas, courage, confidence and by introducing us to people with cooperative dispositions, but they are not magicians in the Fairy Godmother Disney way. Though Archangel Uriel can help us find our footing with our mission in life, and to pay the rent, bills and other financial needs. As the angel of the element of Earth, he looks after money & matter. 


Angelic Help In Our Daily Lives 

In our day to day lives, angels can also help us spot opportunities that already exist, but that we haven't seen. They give us strength and courage to go after them and often huge amounts of luck. We can also help them for help with small tasks; I asked Archangel Michael to delay a train for 2 minutes once so that I wouldn't be late to work (Read About It HERE)

Each of the archangels has a mission that the look after, and the feeling that I have always gotten is that they want and NEED us humans to team up with them. Whether it is with peace efforts, economic growth and equality, sustainability or looking after vulnerable adults, children and ecosystems. The archangels are our friends, they support us and they want us to view them as teammates so that we can all work together =)  

How Do We Go About It ?? 

One of the themes of my Chakra Healing & Magick book is how we can a team up with the archangels by activating our intuition and channeling their energy and guidance into creative solutions. Please follow the links below to Amazon for more on the Angelic Dream Team: 







One more thing! The guy who commented on Facebook, his name was URIEL. If that is not a sign, I don't know what is! I'm thanking both Uriels for the message =) 



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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.

You can also find her on: Amazon - Facebook - Youtube

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Image Source: James Powell and Sons of Whitefriars Foundry, 1888. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Jesus Mysteries by Tim Freke (Book Review)

SPOILER ALERT: Do NOT read this post if you are devout Christian, as it takes a lot of getting used to (even for moderates). Read it if you are interested in Ancient Egypt. 



Three years ago I watched a BBC documentary on the first centuries of Christianity. Among other things, it looked specifically at a subset of pagan religions that were very popular 2000 years ago and how Christianity absorbed them. There were several scholars discussing passages in the New Testament and how some events in the account of Jesus' life were taken directly from these pagan 'mystery' religions.  


I put off writing about this because it was seriously depressing. One of these events was Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey on Palm Sunday. Another was the actual date of December 25th, when a pagan god known as Mithras was said to have been born. Historians place the likely birth of baby Jesus in the spring, as there is evidence of the census that was ordered at the time that Jesus was born. Another similarity is the visual of Jesus on the cross - the picture to the left is from a pagan relic B.C. The cross is recognized all over the world, but the Gospels sometimes say Jesus was hung from a tree.   

This BBC documentary drew many parallels between Christianity and various pagan myths, especially the mystery religions in Ancient Egypt and Palestine. 

One of the speakers on the show was a man called Timothy Freke, co-author of the most jarring and controversial book I have read, called The Jesus Mysteries: Was the Original Jesus a Pagan God? In the book, Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy go through almost every scene in the New Testament, telling us what pagan religion it was taken from. There were 5 or 6 pagan myths with somewhat similar storylines, all part of a broader spiritual movement. The book is detailed, it is obvious that a huge amount of work went into writing it. But even for me, a lapsed Catholic, it was  the most depressing book I had ever read. If it was true, it would make me doubt everything. 


There was a bright side to the book, or I wouldn't review it. The authors suggest that mystery religions were about establishing a direct connection with God through mystical means, using the story as a spiritual guide. The story itself was not to be taken literally, but even with mystery religions, the public often did. They advocate viewing the Gospels symbolically and gleaning messages that will help us grow spiritually and emotionally, like Eckart Tolle's interpretations in A New Earth. 


It is worth reading, but I have to admit that I didn't enjoy the book at all. In part because of the tone, which is often antagonistic to the Church. And sensationalist. I may not be a practicing Catholic, but I still value my upbringing, and I do connect with Mary, Jesus and the saints in my own meditations. I was half-hoping none of the things in the book were true, so I set out to fact check it. That is when I stumbled across a term paper written by Dr Martin Luther King Jr, which was published at Stanford: The Influence of Mystery Religions on Christianity {LINK}

Dr King's paper takes a much friendlier approach with Christianity. He mentions most of the parallels from Freke's book - thereby verifying the facts - without discrediting Christianity or making us feel like Santa Claus doesn't exist (multiplied by a 1000). In retrospect, there is nothing inherently depressing about the facts that are laid out. It was just the thought of having it wrong all my life, or only having half of the picture. 


Freke's book advocates Gnosticism which involves viewing the Bible as symbolic and using it as a path to develop a personal connection with God - finding our Inner Christ. The Church chose the literal interpretation where Jesus dies and comes back to life, but if you major in History at a Jesuit university, you will learn about the ancient mystery religions and the massive crossover they had with Christianity. I asked a friend who studied History at a Jesuit University in Mexico and she knew all about it. 

Go figure. 

On a personal note, the intuitive meditations that we use to connect with archangels can be used to connect with Mary or Jesus (Below). When we activate our Aura and Chakras the first beings we sense are angels, then guides, and then the big guns, like Mary and Jesus. On a spiritual level, I am certain they exist and think there is more to Christianity than we know. I don't often blog about religion, but this has been in my drafts since 2015 and I wanted to share it. 



An Intuitive Meditation (20 Minutes)




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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.

You can also find her on: Amazon - Facebook - Youtube


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