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.  

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. 

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. 

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! This January I’ll be back with online energy healing classes, and we’ll include this in workshops!

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 πŸ˜…


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! πŸ˜…

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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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Soul Healing, Astrology and the Higher Heart Chakra

Did you know that as well as the seven main chakras, we have energy centers in the Aura? These are seen in transpersonal because they take our awareness beyond our individual lives. This awareness can include past lives, the planet and most importantly, the collective experience.

Two of the Transpersonal Chakras are especially relevant when it comes to energy healing & astrology. Tuning into them will open up your natal chart’s gifts & lessons. I have listed them bottom-up because they need to be approached that way or we’ll lose our footing energetically: 


➡️ The Earth Star Chakra is beneath our feet in the ground, connecting us with nature but also with the planet’s history. What has happened on Earth, in previous generations, that we still need to heal from?

➡️ The Universal Heart Chakra (or Higher Heart) can be found above the classical Heart Chakra, near the Thymus gland. It connects us with our Higher Self and our Soul, bringing unconditional love in from that aspect of your true self.

➡️ The Soular (Soul Star) Chakra is about six inches above the head. I tend to see and feel it as a Moon. It has to do with past lives and with your soul’s path. This is also where the energy of your birth chart is stored, which then cascades into the spiritual layer of the Aura. Astrology transits are felt because of the Soular Chakra.

The energy in the spiritual Aura layer filters through the inner layers of the Aura, as discussed in my book, Chakra Healing & Magick. Healing the emotional and mental (beliefs) layer also makes it easier to perceive spiritual energy around us. This is an essential part of self-healing. 

Energy Healing Meditations

There are lots of ways to work with our astrology charts when we think about energy healing. Activating the Earth Star Chakra helps us release excess energy into the ground. It also attunes us to plants & crystals, which can be used to harmonize the Aura and our lives. Chapter 1 of Chakra Healing & Magick looks at this. Meditation helps loads!

I have an Earth Star Activation on YouTube and will soon upload one for the Soular Chakra, stay tuned! 🌟🌟🌟


Don't forget to check out the Astrology Tab in the Menu Bar for an introduction to healing & the stars! I have been sharing the basics of astrology on Instagram every Thursday, this was today's post! 

Reiki hugs, 

Regina 

>  From the Archives: Choose Your Own Flower Remedies (Advanced Astrology Post) 

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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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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Archangel Jophiel: The Light of Wisdom, Beauty and Inspiration


There are angels that I keep coming back to time and time again. 
The first ones that I usually reach out to are Archangel Michael, the angel of protection and courage, or Archangel Raphael, the angel of healing on mind-body-spirit levels (but also Nature!) 

Certain angels can resonate with different personality types; I've always had my mind on overdrive. It is one of the reasons why I got into meditation. The angel that can help us clear our mind and bring in a ray of sunlight is none other than Archangel Jophiel! 


The Angel of Wisdom, Beauty and Inspiration! 

Archangel Jophiel's yellow light filters through the mental Aura layer, where writer's block and other  creativity blocks can be released or transmuted. 

We can also ask that he open our minds to other ways of thinking, which plays a big part in getting us out of a rut. A closed mind will easily paint us into a corner. 

Sometimes all we need to get unstuck is an idea! 


A Golden Meditation 


You can call on Archangel Jophiel by taking a few breaths, grounding yourself, and visualizing your Aura filled with gold light. Light a candle and ask that Archangels Michael & Jophiel approach you 

Visualize a swirl of light clearing away anything that blocks your inner vision. If you have a pen or a set of crayons nearby, start to draw or write and see what comes up for you! Let inspiration flow!



A Kabbalistic Note 

If you're familiar with the Kabbalistic Tree of Life (HERE), each of the ten spheres on the tree relates to a quality that we can connect with to heal ourselves and the world. I have been meaning to write a post about our Personal Tree for months, but it ends up being really long (still simplifying it). 

The idea is that the archangels, including Archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, can help us connect with spheres that resonate with their energy. In the past, I've always felt like Archangel Jophiel was missing from the angelic correspondences in books and other sources.
 

Last year I discovered a book called The Angel Bible by Hazel Raven. It's the first time I've seen a diagram of the Tree that includes Jophiel. She associates Archangels Michael and Jophiel with the dimension of HOD. This sphere represents the Mind (Jophiel) and communication, but also how we assert ourselves in the physical world (Michael) and the karma it creates. 

My intuition tells me that the two archangels work together to be sure that we can see all of our options, taking the route that leads us to victory but without hurting others in the process. 

Want to get started with creative meditation tools? 
> Read my Post on Creative Meditations! 

Reiki hugs, 

Regina 


ps .... The Angel Bible's description of HOD differs from what I've read elsewhere, especially which spheres relate to rational thought vs intuitive / emotional drives. I think this can be explained by the gender ascribed to each of the Tree's Pillars. But Archangel Jophiel helps with creativity and rational thought, bringing us into balance.  

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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, August 29, 2021

Drawing on Ancient Techniques to Map Out your Life

I recently discovered an astrology channel on YouTube that specializes in Hellenistic Astrology; it's called The Astrology Podcast and it has so many good videos 🌟 

Today I'd like to share one of their lengthy podcasts; it's more advanced than what I usually share but also simple in a way. It involves a predictive technique from Ancient Greece & Egypt that involves mapping out life phases based on the Lot of Spirit or Lot of Fortune (also known as the Arabic Parts).This technique called is Zodiacal Releasing. It maps out big chapters in your life along with high and low activity phases. 



I listened to the whole (4.5 hour) lecture on YouTube and then ran the dates for my LOT OF SPIRIT, which looks at career and overall life direction. It helps us break down our lives into chapters or story arcs where we have a build up period that involves laying the foundations for our future, before going into a peak activity period where things come into focus, and finally move into the last part of the story arc which is a continuation of our efforts to date. This story arc is repeated time and time again, sometimes with each story arc lasting 2-3 years (it depends on your natal chart). 

The peak activity dates line up with my CV, with the exact month & year for big shifts in my career. Sometimes down to the day, or even a few days difference (crazyyy). I was also thrown a curve ball in June and the specific day was highlighted 🀷🏻‍♀️ 

A Case Study of Zodiacal Releasing 

If you have been reading my blog for a while (been doing it 11 years), you may be familiar with some of my big pivot points over the last decade or more. 

Whenever you see something circled in blue, that is a peak activity period. Though as Chris points out in his podcast, it could be a subjectively pleasant or unpleasant experience - but one with lots of activity. Below are highlights for Level 2 peaks: 




- October 2004: This date is memorable because it brought a number of changes on a personal level. I spent some time abroad and loved it. It gave me an idea of the life I wanted to create. But that wouldn’t fall into place until the next peak period in 2008. 

I took a marketing job at Frito Lay in Mexico ('05) where I was involved with sports, film and TV promos - it might be the most fun that I've had in a job. The sign on that Peak Period is LEO, which also happens to be my North Node (soul growth). Leo is a playful sign, full of fun. 

BTW, I’m not sure if we are supposed to interpret the Zodiac sign or just look at timings. I have yet to take the 18-hour zodiac releasing class. 
 
- August 2008: I left Frito Lay in August 2008 (!!!). I still have an email that I sent to the HR manager on the 11th of August telling him I'd drop off my parking pass that week. At the time, I planned on traveling for 5-6 months and returning to Mexico to start a marketing consultancy with two friends. The next few months I went to India, Nepal and other places. 

As luck would have it, I stopped in London for a weekend, where a friend told me about a work visa that foreigners could apply for if their job back home was highly skilled. This had been a dream of mine! I moved to London, where I was lucky to find a job at Johnson & Johnson. I stayed for four years, while exploring intuition and energy healing on the side (a big shift for me). This blog began in September 2010 (HERE). 

- January 2013: I quit my marketing job to become an Energy Healer, leaving the company at the end of January. My first book was published shortly after, A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love. I eventually moved back to Mexico. The next few years were interesting but rocky; it dawned on me that I wanted to focus on teaching but wasn't quite ready for that. Plus there is a difference between mastering the technical skills, shining a light on your ego / insecurities, and having a big picture awareness of how it all comes together. From 2016, I began experimenting with different ways to set up classes.

September 2017: There were two HUGE earthquakes in Mexico City that month. It was terrifying, honestly, but also beautiful in terms of how the city came together to pull through. I reached out to the yoga school where I'd been teaching and suggested a meditation fundraiser to help rebuild. The fundraiser was held on the 26th September 2017. This is when I finally found my footing with workshops and energy healing meditations. 

Since then I've had some changes — the pandemic has obviously thrown everyone a curve ball. Without going into too many details as this is already lengthy post, I had been planning on enrolling in a masters in counseling psychology this Fall. On the 25th of June 2021, the school that I still hope to attend decided not to open their campus, and I had to defer until next year. The L's are pivots. So that's that — it's eery how this technique fits. 

Philosophical Questions 

Chris Brennan, from The Astrology Podcast, raises a lot of questions around freewill and destiny. I feel that this technique can help us pinpoint high and low energy phases in our lives as well as pivot points. But ultimately the content of that life depends on the choices we make in a “choose your own adventure" sort of way, and on our willpower and actions taken. 

I’ve never been into predictions and feel that if we postpone taking action until the “right time,” we won’t get anywhere in life. That said, the dates in my Zodiac Release do line up with my past. This tool may be helpful for planning, and it's fascinating. 

➡️ Follow the link below to watch the podcastπŸ‘‡πŸ»
      https://youtu.be/PBSLHj8ddBc

➡️ You can calculate your peak activity dates on the link below but it won’t make sense without the video (or at least part of it)! 
      https://zodiacalreleasing.net

If you’d prefer an intro to astrology, check out the Astrology Tab above ❤️

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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Monday, August 16, 2021

The Astrology of your Higher Self

Hi Chickpeas! I discovered something new yesterday and couldn't wait to share it with you. This is an intermediate astrology post and requires a basic knowledge of your astrology chart. If you are new to natal astrology or if you haven't seen your chart, you'll find a (long) introduction HERE

About twelve years ago I came across a book called Astrology for the Soul, by Jan Spiller. It looks at astrology as a path to happiness rather than a predictive tool. Jan focuses on the Nodes of the Moon. 

The theory is that we all have behaviors that we might have learned from our families (or in past lives) and that have become exaggerated; what once was a personal strength is overdone and it becomes a stumbling block in our lives. To get past this pattern, you are encouraged to do the opposite of what comes naturally to you. 

The Astrology of your Higher Self

What we need to outgrow to find happiness and satisfaction is represented by the South Node of the Moon; we become well rounded by consciously leaving behind the unhealthy traits of our South Node and leaning into the characteristics of our North Node. The two Signs are opposites on the Zodiac Wheel. 

For example, Virgo and Pisces are opposites. Pisces North Node is encouraged to go with the flow, to lean into their intuition, to develop compassion and to trust that the Universe will take care of their next steps. Virgo North Node is called to be pragmatic, to take care of herself and to double check plans before proceeding - providing a framework for the intuition and compassion that are already there. Two sides of the same coin. 

While we might feel very comfortable with our South Node, the North Node represents our biggest discomfort (but also the greatest potential for joy). Jan's book is fantastic. It goes through each sign in detail, along with tips on how to ease yourself into your North Node. Nevertheless, it is hard and I would highly recommend taking your North Node to a counseling psychologist and asking them to help you work through it πŸ’›

You can print out your natal chart at astro.com and join me on Instagram every Thursday for tips on how to read your chart. We are starting from scratch - looking at the different aspects of the psyche and our spiritual DNA through the astrology chart. The natal chart tells us about the human psyche; it is an invaluable tool for personal development. The more you work through the ins and outs of your natal chart, the easier it is for you to connect with your Higher Self and all of the wisdom, compassion and power that your soul has to offer! 



ReRouting Your Chart πŸ’œ

Yesterday I was fiddling around on astro.com, looking through the Extended Chart Selection and I saw something called the Draconic Zodiac as an option for chart drawings. Weird name, I know!

It's an astrology chart that is based on the Dragon's Head & Tail (another name for the Moon's Nodes). This is the big discovery: the Draconic Chart is said to map out your Higher or Spiritual Self’s astrology chart, taking the point of the North Node in your natal chart as 'zero degrees Aries' and going from there. 

The planets stay in the same Houses, but the Zodiac signs move in the Draconic chart. My natal Sun is in Aquarius and my Natal Moon is in Capricorn - my Draconic Sun is in Virgo with the D-Moon in LEO. I have always felt like I needed a LEO Moon to thrive and it turns out that on a soul level, I have a Leo Moon! 

That Leo energy feels like it is just out of reach and funny enough, the past few years I have been meditating to connect with my Higher Self and with the Zodiac sign of Leo. The more I meditate with Leo energy, for example by connecting with the Sun or Moon when they transit Leo, the more familiar and accessible that energy feels. 

The Moon circles through the Zodiac every month; we can piggyback on its transits to connect with the Zodiac sign that we want to integrate and activate. The Moon in Leo gives us confidence, creativity and charisma, while the Moon in Water signs such as Cancer or Scorpio give us empathy and intuition, etc. 

Integrating What Is Hidden 

The Moon represents our emotions, what gives us security and to an extent, the unconscious. When we work with astrology we bring all of that to the surface in a way that empowers us. The Draconic Chart takes the Moon's North Node as a starting point for personal growth. 

Jan Spiller's books were an awesome introduction to astrology and I keep coming back to them even 12 years later. Astrology for the Soul looks at the North Node, and then her later book on Spiritual Astrology points to your purpose and the lessons that we are able to share with others, consciously or unconsciously. The latter can be found in our prenatal eclipses; mine is in Leo. 

That Higher Self Moon in Leo comes in handy - it's funny that this light switched on just now when my Progressed Moon has found its way into LEO! 

I asked for tips in a wonderful Facebook group and had two suggestions: the first was to look at how your Natal and Draconic charts overlap, especially looking at House placements in your Natal Chart (this had been my feeling too!) For example, Leo is in the 3rd House of my natal chart. My Draconic Moon will shine through that third house, impulsing all of the 3rd House themes. I also loved seeing my Draconic Mars & Jupiter in Aries - pushing through the 11th House of community and friendship. What it means, still not sure lol.

The second was a book recommendation: The Draconic Chart by Pamela Crane. 

How does this apply this to personal growth? I am new to Draconic Astrology, but if your Higher (Spiritual) Self complements your Human Self, it makes sense to compare the two, similar to relationships. For example, if your D-Sun is in Scorpio, look for Scorpio in your Natal Chart and see where Scorpio shines (in what House). The idea is for your Higher Self to empower your Human Self. We can align with our Higher Self and bring it's light and power to our lives in many ways - chakra meditations might be an easier way to go πŸ˜…

Hope this made some sense! If astrology is new to you, you'll find an introduction HERE and I will be posting about the basics of astrology on Insta every Thursday. We have to learn to read our natal astrology chart (birth chart) before looking at the Draconic chart or it won't make sense. If you'd like to sneak a peak at your Draconic Chart, have a look at your Draconic Sun Sign. It just might be the Lighthouse that guides you! 

Please reach out on Instagram if you have questions or comments! 

Reiki hugs, 

Regina 

Ps ... The Draconic Zodiac is available at astro.com under Extended Chart Selection, where we choose between Tropical, Sidereal and Draconic. Most Western Astrologers are Tropical, which is based on the Seasons.


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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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