Saturday, March 19, 2022

The Liberating Power of the Female Buddha (Book Review)

Last year I found a book called TARA: the Liberating Power of the Female Buddha, by Dr Rachael Wooten. The author is a depth psychologist and Tara devotee. It had been on my desk for months. Whenever I'd walk by I'd think to myself, I need to sit down and meditate. Green Tara has such a cool vibe but her energy felt distant somehow. I finally started reading it again this week after meeting up with a friend; it turns out she'd been connecting with Tara too 😅

Tara is a powerful female Buddha - known as Wisdom Moon in her early incarnations. Wisdom Moon is said to have taken on the challenge of becoming enlightened. At the time, the common belief was that only men could become enlightened (haha). What it means to be enlightened is a separate topic, but if it includes clarity, compassion and having a bigger picture view of life - there is no reason why men and women couldn't both become enlightened. 

The name Tara translates as Star. The idea is that the goddess Tara connects you with that infinite light that lights up your life. Her energy is very specific. Tara appears as one of 22 colors or manifestations - almost like a prism. Each color vibration has a specific effect on our hearts and minds. This is where Tara's energy flows easily with energy healing or depth psychology. We can connect with the color vibration that resonates with the part of the psyche that we want to heal and integrate. For example; White Tara is calming and soothing, Green Tara embodies compassion, Orange Tara releases spiritual & emotional poverty. Black Tara is fiercely protective. 

Her purpose is to free us from fear and insecurity and ultimately, to free us from the cycle of rebirth known as samsara. Green Tara is best known; she fills us with healing and compassion, similar to Quan Yin in other traditions. The Green Tara mantra invokes all of these protections: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha. Then each color vibration is associated with a specific intention, mantra and healing power. 


As a Healer, I've found it helpful to connect with Tara and then to visualize whatever color vibration I need at that time. I have tried connecting with Tara by following the energy healing steps in Chapter 5 of Chakra Healing & Magick; just setting the intention to connect with Tara after attuning to divine light. Funny enough, I included a bright shining star in many of the book's energy healing visualizations. Bringing Tara in consciously was an easy next step. 

There are also traditional (beautiful) ways to connect with all aspects of Tara. Dr Wooten goes through a full Tara practice in the book including mantras and many visualizations. It's amazing how the energy shifts after a few dozen repetitions of the basic Green Tara mantra. What I love is that it's always the same energy that we're connecting with - a bright shining star. It's just the vibration that changes with our spiritual, emotional and psychological needs. 

Reiki hugs, 

Regina 



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Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angels, tarot and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as an Energy Healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Blogging since 2010, Regina's passion is bringing the qualities of love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuits. 



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Sunday, January 30, 2022

My New Healing Space!

So excited because I am finally going back into a proper healing space this week! A friend recommended a co-working that is well suited for therapy and coaching sessions. My lease starts on Tuesday. 

I have an office with a desk for Zoom sessions, and for those of you in Mexico City, a Reiki couch and cozy therapy rooms for angel, astrology and interactive tarot! I may also do crystal healing once I've settled in and seen how the space works.  

The office is perfect because the same building has plenty of spaces to accommodate classes, healing sessions (I wasn't expecting that), and areas where I can interact with others. It will give me the mental space to focus on my work when I'm there, and to disconnect when I'm away. 

I’m also putting the finishing touches on my new Intuitive Astrology class before launching it this Spring. Eight weeks where we learn to read astrology charts, healing ourselves by the light of the stars! 

My main focus is going to be on making friends though and building a community, as I've been out of the loop for a while. I've also been posting more often on Instagram and I hope to do more livestreams as well. Look me up there and on Facebook for guided meditations.


Reach out if you'd like a Zoom session - I'm based in Mexico City (GMT-6) and we can find a time that suits both of us. 

My email: geena@diaryofapsychichealer.com 

Reiki hugs, 

Regina 

> Suggested Reading: 1st Steps in Psychic Awareness

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Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angels, tarot and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as an Energy Healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Blogging since 2010, Regina's passion is bringing the qualities of love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuits. 



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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Connect with Archangel Raziel: Astrology, Intuition and Tarot

I've been meaning to upload a meditation with Archangel Raziel for months and last night I finally got around to it! It was worth the wait - the angel of the stars always has a mystical surprise for us. 


Archangel Raziel is the angel of astrology and mysticism. He is most often mentioned in kabbalistic texts. I learned to connect with him in the weekly meditations that I used to attend at my psychic school in London. At the time I was thinking about taking Kabbalah classes and in the meditations with Raziel, I kept seeing spheres of light. These were hints of the Tree of Life

I also wanted to find a visual tool that would help me organize the different things that I was studying; I found it in the tarot deck that’s mentioned in the livestream.

Watch the video HERE 💜

Reiki hugs, 

Regina 


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Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angels, tarot and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as an Energy Healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Blogging since 2010, Regina's passion is bringing the qualities of love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuits. 



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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Climate Change: Why do we ignore the Science?

 Last year I signed up for an environmental psychology class with Professor Jeffrey Kiehl at Pacifica Graduate InstituteWe looked at WHY the science is so easy to ignore. Professor Khiel has a book called Facing Climate Change where you'll find more info, but in a nutshell:

The last few centuries of progress have been shaped by the idea that Nature is separate from us, inferior to us (as we’ve moved away from seeing Spirit in Nature), and that it can be tamed and exploited. The Age of Reason led to humans being seen as superior, because the intellect was seen as superior. We’ve also developed big egos 😅 Apparently, climate denial is more common amongst educated groups. It’s like the confidence in our ability to think for ourselves outweighs scientific research. There is also a breakdown of trust in the collective, which augments this. 

To solve climate change, we need more empathy and less intellect (weird, huh?)

The scientific community identified fossil fuels as a problem almost 140 years ago! But their warnings fall on deaf ears. Data doesn’t lead to action because the parts of the brain that are involved in decision making and resolution are emotional, not rational. Decisions involve the Limbic System - in one case, a person’s amydgala is activated (a fearful trauma response) which happens if they are scared of losing security or being threatened. Others are aligned with action, empathy and problem solving; the "anterior cingulate cortex" is activated in this group's brain. 

Those who fall into the 2nd neurological response tend to be community-focused rather than individualistic, which makes the prospect of solving a crisis less daunting. They are more likely to act on climate change, and to feel connected to others / nature. 

Denial + inaction are linked to the fear response. I’m sharing this because I watched Don’t Look Up. Loved the movie, but we need to shift our awareness efforts away from facts, and towards empathy & community building. Professor Khiel also points to storytelling and archetypes as a vital tool in climate action. It's what makes us connect with and care about the planet again. 

And remember, we can do it together 🌴🌴🌴


Reiki hugs, Regina


> Also from class: Do Spiritual Beliefs Influence our Mental Health



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Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angels, tarot and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as an Energy Healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Blogging since 2010, Regina's passion is bringing the qualities of love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuits. 



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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

A Meditation to Bring Forth Your Light

I have been in Mexico for three weeks now, after almost two years abroad, and gosh it's been interesting. Apparently my body has lost touch with the ecosystem; my first week here I ate all the tacos and then regretted it LOL (Moctezuma isn't my friend). 





Today I had a fun surprise - my new tripod arrived! I recorded a chakra healing meditation with the angels to celebrate. In this meditation we focus on the manifesting chakras (Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus) and on the Heart. These chakras give us presence and power in our daily lives. 

There have been so many times when I promised myself I'd livestream meditations on social media but never got around to it. Here's to new beginnings, and to fulfilled promises in 2022! 



I still have a bit of a cold - hope it was relaxing anyway!

Reiki hugs, 

Regina 

ps...  My books are on Amazon worldwide! Paperback and/or ebook.


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Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angels, tarot and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as an Energy Healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Blogging since 2010, Regina's passion is bringing the qualities of love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuits. 




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Friday, November 26, 2021

Inner Wounds Can Be Healed to Release Our Light

I’m reading a book by Barbara Ann Brennan called Core Light Healing. It looks at how our inner spark of divine light flows into our lives as part of a daily creative process. One that can also be blocked by fear, childhood trauma and various dualistic belief systems and behavioral patterns. 

The word dualism is used a LOT in healing and spiritual circles. I have trouble understanding what people mean by it. In college, my philosophy teachers had us define terms the first time we used them because a particular word might be used in different ways by different people. 

For Brennan, dualism is the attitude that things are black or white, right or wrong, but also a split that happens between our mind and emotions. It’s when our feelings about challenging situations are blocked off to keep us from feeling emotional pain. The healing process involves sending love or compassion through those walled-off blocks of emotion or consciousness, so that we become whole again. That process of self-healing and integration brings more light, power and presence to our lives. 

She describes this dualistic split as a pocket of light that is enveloped in a painful wound, and then wrapped up in a defense system that keeps life from coming into contact with that wound. The defense might be fear and avoidance; it keeps us from feeling pain, but it also traps part of our creative light. That fear keeps us from taking necessary risks in our lives. Any part of your life that feels stuck can be traced to these often unconscious wounds.  

This concept of having our core divine light trapped in an emotional wound has been around for centuries, as part of the mystical side of Judaism (Kabbalah). In Hebrew, these pockets of trapped light are called Klippot, and they are created when we split our consciousness and lean towards fear, away from love, courage and kindness. The more we block off our light, the harder and harsher the defense mechanisms become. The process happens on individual and collective levels, and can be repaired with kindness and compassion.

The concept was first described by Rabbi Issac Luria a few centuries ago. The world correction (Tikkun Olam) is carried out by piercing those defenses one by one, with kindness, love and compassion. The similarity between that Kabbalistic view and energy healing occurred to me yesterday, though I had been in the habit of sending Reiki through my klippot. I’ve been reading up on both for 10 years.

As you may know, Energy Healers channel the qualities of love, kindness and compassion through the spiritual, emotional and mental layers of the Aura so that these blocks can be released. This involves feeling the emotions locked in that pocket of energy; I call in the archangels as they make the healing gentler.  

In her book, Brennan also describes a process of soul individuation that flows from that core light, through an infinite field of potential. It sounds a lot like the Kabbalistic theory of creation - whether we see it as one Big Bang, or millions of lights coming into the world. Our physical bodies are largely made of that primal essence (hydrogen) and that very element is what gives us water (compassion). 

Stay tuned for more! I’ll be back in January with online energy healing classes, and we’ll include this in workshops. Please reach out on Instagram or Facebook - I'd love to connect!

Reiki hugs,  

Regina 


Ps … Curious fact, hydrogen is the lightest Element in the universe! It’s been around since the beginning of time. Hydrogen is a small percentage of human body mass but accounts for a majority of our atoms. We are made of stardust, but also, the stuff that’s been around before the stars. 


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Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angels, tarot and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as an Energy Healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Blogging since 2010, Regina's passion is bringing the qualities of love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuits. 


 

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Planetary Aspects in Astrology

The past year I have spent a lot of time going deeper with astrology; it's one of my favorite themes but also incredibly complex. I have always approached it as a personal awareness tool, looking to my chart for journaling and intuitive healing prompts. Prediction has never been my thing. In part because I've learned to rely on my intuition, and I would rather focus on healing and integrating. 



As a healer/astrologer, one of the coolest things about tech is the fact that anyone can access their chart without having to dig through pages of astrological calendars. Or without calculating how many degrees the Earth had spun past sunrise at the their time of birth (Rising Sign). 

The past few weeks I've been sharing the basics of chart interpretation on Instagram every Thursday. You'll find a summary HERE

Looking at Aspects In Astrology

Today I'd like to share the next and final theme from the introduction: Aspects, or planetary interactions. This is my favorite theme in natal astrology but it's also where I zoned out when I started studying my chart. My mind couldn’t process the lines crisscrossing the chart.

But it's worth it - I've tried to keep it as simple as possible 😅


In previous posts we looked at the the Personal Planets and what they represents in the personality or the psyche. For example, Venus tells us what a person wants and values whereas Mars is how they go about getting what Venus wants. The Moon speaks to emotions and inner security. Mercury is how one thinks, speaks and processes info. 

Most of us are familiar with the idea of the Planets in Zodiac Signs and what it means if Mars is in Libra, for example, but there is a WHOLE other layer to astrology that speaks to how well these qualities in the psyche relate to each other. Do they play ball as a team or not etc? 



Have a look at the chart below - the red and blue lines zigzagging across the circle are ASPECTS. These lines tell us where to focus our efforts at self-healing and integrating. And it’s usually with the tense aspects (Red) that we find alchemy - turning our base metal into gold. 




Please have a look at the example chart below! I've focused on just one interaction as there are too many to cover. You'll see Mars and the Moon squaring off; this tension will push the individual into action. I like to think of the square (90 degrees) as tension that guitar strings need to play music. You'll also see Jupiter sending a ray of confidence and luck to Mars, which makes it easier for that person to get what they're going after (or to stay positive in the face of setbacks). 

The Red is Creative Tension
Blue flows easily, they get along! 




There is a lot more to Aspect theory. For example, we can also look at the degree that the planets are in to see how strong the effect is. In this chart, the Moon is at 3 degrees and the Sun is at 5 degrees, a difference of roughly 2 degrees (also known as an Orb). The smaller the Orb, the stronger the effect. I tend to focus my energy healing efforts on aspects with orbs under 5-6 degrees, and always spend more time on those under 3 degrees. 

If one of the outer planets (Uranus, Pluto or Neptune) is in close aspect to your Sun or Moon, it will have a HUGE effect on your personality. We haven't covered these planets yet, but in most cases, they are said to be felt on a generational level rather than an individual. I have aspects to all three but I somehow missed the Neptune connection until recently - there is just so much to look at! 😅

The Geometry of Aspects

There is also a LOT to be said about the angles formed - that is where the magic happens. If you'd like to know about the meaning of specific ASPECTS, say 60 degree angles vs 90 or 120, The Astrology Podcast and Aligning Light Astrology have a fantastic 2-hour video on YouTube. It is remarkably easy to follow (Watch it HERE). I've always thought of our personal planets as members of our soccer team lol. The Podcast's explanation of planets in aspect as planets that can see each other resonates. When in aspect, they can play ball together. 




There are many wonderful astrology books out there - Judy Hall's The Astrology Bible is at the top of my recommended reading list because of the chapter on Aspects. I use these as journaling prompts and she covers them in just enough detail. Sue Tompkins' Aspects in Astrology is also fantastic but I wouldn't recommend it right out of the gate. 

Check out the Astrology Tab if you're brand new to healing with the stars. The opposition (180°) is the basis for Integrating the Shadow.

Happy Halloween!


Regina 

Ps... In honor of Samhain, here is A Post on Witches!


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Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angels, tarot and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as an Energy Healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Blogging since 2010, Regina's passion is bringing the qualities of love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuits. 

 



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