Past Lives, Present Lives and Future Lives, Part One

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Years ago I met an extraordinary woman who my friend Polly said I had to get a reading from at a Psychic Fair in Boulder, Colorado on a Full Moon. Now for some people this is not an extraordinary event. For me is was beyond anything I had ever done. It was my first reading, first Psychic Fair and I had just taken my first Reiki 1 Class the weekend before April, 1985.

So I sat down in front of this kind looking woman who smiled and asked for something that belonged to me that she could hold. So I gave her my keys and introduced to a world I didn’t even know existed.

She immediately looked at me and said you have many past lives. I remember thinking this life has been hard enough I don’t want to even think about past lives or future lives. She smiled and said “You came here because you wanted too, not because you had too.”

I was stunned because I didn’t say what I was thinking. Then she talked about other things that no one knew and the icing on the cake was when she told me that Ethel Prowinski, my other grandmother was around me in the difficult times ahead. I knew I hadn’t ever told anybody Nana (my grandmother through marriage) name.

After a period of time this woman became one of my best friends. I investigated past lives. I went to workshops put on by Brian Weiss and Denise Linn. Eventually I got my friends to go with me on cruises with Brian Weiss and James Van Praggh. Such gifted teachers at all levels.

Eventually Dorothe and I did past life workshops in Boulder and then finally once a month up in the Rocky Mountains at my home. I learned through time how to regress people and do past life flame readings. My world expanded in so many ways through the years and past lives, present lives and future lives are a big part of it. We will be exploring all of these in this blog series. I hope you enjoy them


Reiki And Alternative Healing Methods, Part Five

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Welcome to my blog on alternative healing methods that seem effective. Tapping also known as EFT is simple and yet very powerful, especially in terms of releasing stress and any number of painful circumstances in your body and life.

EFT tapping diagram

EFT tapping chart courtesy The Tapping Solution

The points in tapping are used in Reiki, Acupuncture, Acupressure, and many other alternative healing arts. These points are all on the meridians which are energy lines through which chi (life force) flows. When there is a disruption in that flow discomfort or disease is possible. Two of my favorite leaders in the tapping world are Brad Yates and Nick Ortner. They both have books, workshops, and videos.

Another alternative healing system is the Ayurvedic medicine. It is practiced in India and Nepal. Therapies include herbal medicine, special diets, meditation, yoga, massage, oils, and much more. Dosha balance is emphasized. The dosha that needs to be balanced are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Many doctors are both Western physicians and Ayurvedic medical doctors. Deepak Chopra is a good example.

Acupuncture and Acupressure are based on meridians and the points along the meridians. Acupuncture uses needles and requires years of training. Both of these arts are ancient healing arts connecting to points that stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Both of these healing arts are very effective when used consistently on many physical problems. There are many books and references on both of these subjects. There are many alternative healing arts to explore and I would love to read your comments about any of them.

This is the end of this series, but a new series will come out in July.


Reiki And Alternative Healing Methods, Part Four

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As we have said previously a Reiki practitioner’s life becomes a statement to the world. There are ideals or rules to help Reiki practitioners’ live a balanced life. These rules have been passed on through many traditions. The heritage of Reiki actually seems to be traced back to the Tibetan monks thousands of years ago and brought to the Western world by Hawayo Takata.

We are multidimensional, multi-sensory beings. We need to nurture ourselves with music, art, color, dance, nature, ritual, prayer, meditation, and unconditional love.

The ethical principles of Reiki or the Rules of Reiki are only suggestions to help you have a happier and more peaceful life existence.

They are :

Just for today do not worry.

Just for today do not anger.

Honor your parents, teacher and elders.

Earn your living honestly.

Show gratitude to everything.

Please remember that these are centuries old so, the language may not be the same as we have today. After a Reiki class Clarity in thinking is enhanced and intuition is opened up dramatically. Emotional traumas are released from their emotional bodies gently over a period of time. There are many different reactions to Reiki treatments and classes. There is no set pattern. Some people cry. Some people laugh and giggle uncontrollably. Some people have intense physical jerking etc that eventually go away.

Reiki defies categorization and classification. It does support us to live passionately. Laughing and crying are good for your immune system. It opens us up to a world that is vast and fascinating, a world where the ego is small and weak. Reiki shows us a path to the interdimensionality of the Universe. We are here to heal ourselves, each other, and the earth. We are all connected to each other with an unbreakable bond. Fighting among ourselves is foolish.

Even the wisest human being on this planet only sees a limited piece of the whole picture of life. Therefore, being able to judge anything accurately is an absurd concept that humans created to make themselves feel more secure on this little blue ball hurling through space.

In the next blog, we will be investigating other healing methods.

If you have any comments or questions please email me at [email protected] with Reiki in the subject title.


Reiki And Alternative Healing Methods, Part Three

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When a person takes a Reiki I class they are taking the first step on a very long path. A Reiki practitioner’s life becomes a quiet statement to the world. Reiki stands for healing. Reiki stands for Universal Energy. Reiki helps us become balanced spirituality, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Balance in the physical, spiritual, mental and the emotional bodies is an ongoing, lifelong process. Most people take a reiki class to work on themselves. So one of the first steps is to take care of your body. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Eat healthy food that contribute to the nourishment of your body. Keep your colon clean. Do some form of exercise daily. Breathe deeply. Get enough sleep or rest for your system. Meditate daily. Use discrimination and your inner wisdom around drugs and alcohol.

Our physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional bodies are interconnected. It is vital for your complete health to nurture and heal the multidimensional parts of yourself. Stress in our society has a profound impact on people, causing a disturbance at all levels of their being.

The earth and Nature have great healing power and wisdom. Take a walk along the ocean, a lake, a park or through the woods to connect yourself to the power of Nature.

We will continue this reiki and alternative healing methods blog through many parts because it is a very important and complicated subject.


Reiki And Alternative Healing Methods, Part Two

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We have been told by many teachers throughout time that we are not human beings having a spiritual experience, rather we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Reiki changed my life dramatically. Everyone is capable of learning and doing Reiki. Reiki helps us all become clear channels of energy and light. It naturally helps us all heal physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. I believe our lives are much like huge tapestries the are woven in combination with our souls, our intentions and Spirit.

In Reiki, we are taught to allow the Universal Life Force to pour through every cell of our being, and then into the person we have put our hands on with intention.

We don’t focus on the person’s pain, illness or complaint. We sit quietly and let the energy flow through our hands into the person, with full confidence that they will receive whatever they need. Some people just feel relaxed. Some experience heat, tingling, fleeting emotional waves and healing at a variety of levels.

In Reiki, one of the important tasks of the Reiki practitioner is to learn to get out of the way when giving a treatment. In Reiki, learning to become a channel or a straw for Universal Life Force is the most important lesson to learn.

Our job is to put our hands on the person with their permission and allow the healing energy to flow through us to wherever it needs to go. There is a knowledge and wisdom in this energy that is beyond our everyday experience. This wisdom is in every cell pulsating through the Universe. Reiki helps that person, no matter what race, religion, creed or class, to heal themselves.

We as practitioners do not need to know how or what needs balancing or fixing.

Unlike massage or other hands-on techniques, giving a Reiki treatment is beneficial to both the giver and the receiver. The more energy the person getting a Reiki treatment needs, the more Reiki benefits the giver experiences.

For me, giving a Reiki treatment turns an hour or a day into a powerful, peaceful healing meditation.

I’ll continue exploring Reiki in the next blog.

Happy Holidays, Patricia

Reiki And Alternative Healing Methods, Part One

Reiki And Alternative Healing Methods

Life has so many twists and turns as we travel down the road of life. If you had asked me in my twenties about my life after 1985 and reiki I would have laughed, and said oh I don’t do weird stuff. Well, now I am one of the “weirdest people” I know.

As I look over the road my life has been amazing in so many ways. I feel so blessed. I don’t understand many of the parts, but I appreciate them and know that for me everything happens for a reason. I do believe in a Cosmic Plan and the Great Mystery. I am writing this series because Reiki has become an integral part of my life. Not teaching Reiki courses for over 3 years was really hard for me. I love watching people transform as they go through the reiki process. Some move through the changes dramatically and quickly. Others change more slowly because, and this is one of the things I like about Reiki, it adapts to what the individual not only needs but can accept at any given time.

I got involved in Reiki in 1985, and even though I was very skeptical about the whole energy/alternative healing paths. And yet taking that course totally changed my life. I felt like someone pulled me off one path and put me in another pair of shoes on a completely new path for my life.

I remember taking my Reiki II class, and I was really surprised that there were only 5 or 6c people from our original 20+ people in the weekend course of Reiki I. I could hardly wait for our Reiki Master Linda to come back to teach the class. She was from Boston and traveled to Boulder to teach classes several times a year. When I asked where were the other people she laughed and said “Only a fraction of the original class are called to take Reiki II.” To be honest I was really surprised.

Down the road I became a traditional Reiki Master for the specific purpose of finding a way to get reiki and alternative healing methods into our educational systems. Luckily I was very successful in doing that in the sense that many of the teachers I knew did take Reiki and many students took it after they graduated from the large high school I taught in. Later on, I still taught teachers, hospice workers, nuns, priests, nurses, social workers and so many other people who found their way to my door over the last 30 years.

We will be exploring Reiki books and many healing modalities that some might consider alternatives over the next few blogs. This is a huge subject that’s time has come.


The Hidden Power of Dreams, Part 4

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Dreams are a nightly occurrence, but we don’t remember them all. Important dreams that the Universe wants you to remember happen at different times usually at pivotal times in our lives. It is really important to get enough sleep to allow your being to function at peak levels.

Researchers have discovered that meditating, no matter what method, improves sleep and dreaming recall.

Dreams have helped people resolve issues that they don’t seem to figure out in their waking state. Dreams have given people health diagnosis long before others have noticed the problems.

There are many people who have different thoughts about dreams but there are many techniques you can explore and help you understand your dreams.

In this blog we are going to explore briefly Lucid Dreaming. The first question most people ask is “What are Lucid Dreams?” Lucid dreams are when you know that you are dreaming while you are asleep. You are aware that the events flashing through your brain aren’t really happening. But the dream feels vivid and real. You usually are able to control how the action unfolds. It is much like you are directing a movie in your sleep.

Prominent figures from ancient to modern times have been fascinated by lucid dreams and have tried to understand their causes and purpose.

A consistent sleep pattern is very helpful for lucid dreaming. that means going to bed around the same time and getting up around the same time. This seems to help the dreamer get into regular sleep cycles so they can do Lucid Dreaming. Apparently substances like drugs and alcohol make it harder to have lucid dreams.

Lucid dreaming has always been an element of the spiritual practices of Taoism, Buddhism and Hinduism, They believed that dreaming is a way to connect more deeply with your soul.

The value of lucid dreaming is enormous. Often people start to feel that personal limitations begin to dissolve, and there’s a sense of being more in control of their personal destiny.

Many people seem to be dreaming about different kinds of animals, birds and creatures of the sea so we going to give some short meanings of some of these creatures in a dream.

Bear – Healer, strength, stamina, introspection

Cat – Independence, cleverness, mystery.

Coyote – Cleverness, playfulness, family dynamics.

Deer – Grace, fertility, regeneration, strength.

Dog – Loyalty, protection, faithfulness.

Elephant – Patience, royalty, power.

Elk – Stamina, nobility, warrior spirit.

Horse – Power, freedom, grace.

Moose – Balance, gentleness, strength, majestic yet awkward.

Squirrel – Energy, intelligence, discovery.

Wolf – Family, loyal, strength.

Dolphin – oy, peace, sacred messenger, wisdom.

Salmon – spiritual knowledge, determination.

Whale – Trust, faith, balance, harmony.

Blue Jay – Courage, speaking the truth, adaptability.

Chickadee – Cheerfulness, joy, fearlessness.

Crow – Magic, mystery, great intelligence, messenger from Spirit.

Dove – Peace, gentleness, love.

Crane – Longevity, focus discipline, vigilance.

Eagle – illumination, spirit, power, and creation.

Hummingbirds – Joy, tireless, energy, delight and hope.

Owl – Wisdom, visionary, magic, feminine energy, ancient secrets.

Raven – Messenger from Spirit, ancient mysteries, shapeshifting.

Robin – New beginnings, joy, activities of creative inner force, happiness.

Turkey – Blessings, generosity, service.

Turtle – Longevity, stability, home and Mother Earth.

Bee – Fertility, Doing the Impossible, abundance, concentration and love.

Butterfly – Transformation, joy and beauty.

I hope you enjoy this blog. Happy Vernal Equinox


The Hidden Power of Dreams, Part 3

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Welcome to The Hidden Power of Dreams, Part Three. This topic is so huge that we will be writing about it for a while. We have been asked to include more sample dreams, Lucid dreaming, and more dream symbols. I also wanted all of you to know there is a Jungian Dream Summit on June 23-26, 2022. It is free and online so check it out if you are interested.

Today we going to explore color in dreams. When I was a little girl I was told by a teacher that people didn’t dream in color. Well, I stubbornly told her of course they did because I dreamt in color all the time. Well, she then asked the class how many students dreamt in color and many hands went up.

Now I will admit I have had significant dreams that are like black and white movies, but in general, I dream in color. So let’s explore the different colors in your dreams and what they could mean.

The color red in a dream relates to direct action, active employment, willpower, strength, steadfastness, health, vigor, security and anger. Red in a dream helps people plant their feet firmly on the earth and feel grounded. Red is a doing color, it helps us figure out how to get our projects done.

Orange, however, in a dream connects us to social acceptance, feminine strength and action. It is a warm, energizing color. Orange in a dream symbolizes optimism, confidence, change, self-motivation, enthusiasm and courage. Often times people who need a bit of skepticism or discrimination can find that the color orange in their dreams helps them to be balanced.

Yellow is a warm, extroverted color. In a dream, it can signify something about a person’s thoughts. This color stimulates logical, linear thinking and usually relates to left-brained processes. Yellow helps people respond with mental discrimination, organization, attention to details, evolution, active intelligence, discipline, administration, praise, sanctuary and harmony. It is often connected to joy and happiness in a dream.

Green in a dream can represent security and balance. Green is the balance between the warm colors of red, orange, yellow and the cool spectrum of blue, indigo and violet. Basically, in dreams, green stimulates feelings of love, harmony, peace, brotherhood, hope, growth and healing. Green in a dream is also helpful in overcoming limiting attachments, as many anxieties are created in the heart through various attachments. The abundant replenishing forces in Nature and in the Universe is very helpful in dreams and in our waking life. The answer to many dreamers’ questions is there will always be enough. green energy is very healing for doubt and insecurity. Green is a very healing color in dreams.

Blue in a dream helps you attain inner peace and emotional security. It also helps you boost spiritual security and inner understanding. Blue in a dream also gives up inspiration, creativity, spiritual understanding, faith and devotion. If there is a lot of blue in your dreams it reflects gentleness, contentment, patience and composure..

Pay close attention to any dreams that contain purple, indigo or violet. Often when you experience purple in a dream it’s an indication of psychic awareness and intuition. Pay close attention to those dreams. These could be dreams of prophecy.

White in a dream usually relates to the imagination. Divine realization, humility, and creative imagination are some of the meanings in any dream that has a lot of white. The energy of white in a dream holds the power of transformation.

People like Aristotle, Descartes and Freud often described the presence of color in their dreams. Carl Jung, the famous dream psychologist from the 1930s believed that colors represent important messages from your subconscious mind. He felt they were very important and should be paid attention to.

A few common dream symbols

You are in a car. Pay attention to where you are in the car-front or back, passenger or driving. If someone else is driving, you are not in control of some situation and feel powerless. If you are driving – pay close attention to the condition of care and who else is in the car. What color is the car. How did you feel about the dream etc.

If you dream about an airplane, see how you feel about the dream, it often is associated with soaring to new heights or striving for success, liberation, release, freedom and expansion. Always pay attention to what color the plane is. If it is red it might symbolize waiting to do whatever you are planning for a different time.

The last travel dream symbol for this blog is trains. Trains often mean opportunities, power, perservance and sometimes if the train is carrying a heavy load it might mean you are carrying too heavy a load for yourself. See what color the train is or what colors show up in the dream.


The Hidden Power of Dreams, Part 2

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Welcome to the Hidden Power of Dreams – Part Two

In this part of our latest series, we will explore how the ancients interpreted dreams, have a few sample dreams and more meanings of specific dreams symbols.

The fascination with dreams is not a recent phenomena, but an ancient one through many civilizations. Interpretations and ways to interpret dreams have been found over thousands of years.

In ancient Greece Aristotle and Artemidorus were the chief recorders of dreams. The earliest focus of writing on dreams were written by the Mesopotamians. The 1st known dreams written was about King Duzumi. They believed that dreams were directly sent by God, but nightmares were sent be demons. They also believed that sleep was a medium that you could use to communicate with the deities if you were part of the ruling class.

The Mayan Civilization classified the interpretation of dreams into three parts. These parts were prophecies, literal dreams of the near future and dreams of important people.

In Islamic traditions dreams were divine connection to one’s true spirit. Mohammaned Ibn Siria wrote a book called Great book of Interpretation of Dreams in the 8th Century.

According to aboriginal mythology Gods and mortals made the earth in a timeless state known as dreamtime. For them dreams weren’t just prophecies, they were tools of creation. they believed that dreams connected everyone in the world and therefore did not have specific interpretation. This led to a more open and free cultural approach to the process of dream interpretation that was not traditional.

Dreaming is one of the most universal human experiences. The process of dreaming is cross-cultural and transcends all physical boundaries. But the contents of our dreams vary widely.

One of the most prominent among the methods of dream interpretation is a method cultivated by the ancient Egyptians. The ancient Egyptians placed a high value on dreams and believed them to be the tools to tell the future.

Later mankind’s curiosity towards nature and meanings of dreams grew. the greco-romans, Byzantines and Slav sought answers within the Bible. Many biblical stories started with God communication with humans through visions and dreams that were either literal or symbolic.

The Byzantines used biblical ideas to conclude that dreams often reflected aspirations or anxieties. The Bible continued to influence dream interpretation in many cultures and is still relevant today.

The processes of dream interpretations varied across cultures and time.

The idea that dreams are a tool of communication with the Divine beings remained a common factor throughout all methods. Today people are fascinated in their dreams and meanings.

Many years ago just as I was falling asleep I saw a royal blue X-ray of a woman’s should and it had a crack in it. All I knew was that woman was was close to my friend Dorothe and was going to break a bone near her shoulder. So the next day I told her and she said she would tell her daughters.

A few weeks passed and tripped in the dark over our large black lab. I hit a very hard corner of the wooden stairs with my shoulder. The next morning I was in great pain and had to have it X rayed. The doctor came in with the X-ray and I just stared at it. It was exactly the X-ray I saw in my dream three weeks before except it wasn’t blue and I was the woman close to Dorothe.

Global best selling novelist Stephen King had many ideas come to him through dreams, including the books Misery and It. As King said “ I’ve always used dreams the way you’d use mirrors to look at something you couldn’t see head on.”

Beethoven was rumored to be a prolific dreamer; hearing many of his piano sonatas in his dreams and writing them out afterwards. Some historians even say his dreams featured instruments not yet invented.

Robert Louis Stevenson regularly used dreams as a basis for his stories. He saw the scene when Mr. Hyde changes in front of the people chasing him in a dream. He combined this with other nights of dreams and wrote the novel within 10 weeks.

Now as I promised I will start a partial list of some of the traditional, cultural meanings associated with dream symbols.

Centaur: Mystical masculine power

Dragon: Immense spiritual power, protection

Pegasus: Spiritual inspiration, grace and holiness.

Phoenix: Transformation, rebirth, new beginnings

Satyr: (half man/ half goat), Nature Spirit, music, dancing and joy

Sphinx: (half human/ half lion) Dark Mother,

Unicorn: love, gentleness, strength and purity

Man: The male part of the self; the linear, rational part of yourself; focused conscious awareness.

Death/ Dying: Not a bad omen, transformation; the death of old patterns and programs making for rebirth. Death of an old belief system.

Dog: faithfulness, loyalty, protection, rescue and friendship.

Crystal: spiritual transmitter and magnifier. A powerful symbol of clarity and spiritual energy: the symbol of the mystic; listen carefully to this dream.


The Hidden Power of Dreams, Part 1

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Since the dawn of time, dreams have slipped through the crack between worlds to touch our lives. There are many kinds of dreams: some secret messages can foretell our future, reveal past lives, warn you of danger or help you overcome obstacles in your life. They can be a springboard for healing, astral travel, or communicating with our loved ones who have passed to the other side.

Some people have forgotten their dreams. Others have technology on all the time so their minds cannot hear the calls of the dream world clearly. But the time has come to remember. We are passing through a crucial period on our planet. It is important to awaken the dreamer within all of us and listen to our hearts so we may be conscious and aware of the paths we choose now.

The ancients believed that dreams connected us to our authentic selves. The Etruscans, Greeks, Romans, Babylonians and many more had seers who interpreted visions and dreams for many kinds of situations. They took dreams very seriously.

So we will explore some of the types of dreams people through time have had and in some of the blogs, we will go through some sample dreams that people have and try to explain them.

Prophetic dreams are dreams where you have an experience that has yet to happen in our realm of existence but later happens. We will give several examples of this type of dream. Carl Jung had several very powerful collective prophetic dreams that impacted the world of his time. Abraham Lincoln had a powerful prophetic dream that was specifically for him. There are probably many more of these types of dreams from both men but for this blog, we are only going to share two.

Abraham Lincoln had a prophetic dream several weeks before he was assassinated. Lincoln told his dream to his wife and a small group of friends. Ward Hill Lamon wrote this dream down. He dreamt that he was dreaming. He said there seemed to be a death-like stillness about him. He heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. He left his bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by some deep sobbing, but he could not see the mourners. He went from room to room, but could not see anybody but continued to the mournful sounds of distress and grief. He passed many familiar objects but could not see the people who seemed so heartbroken. He kept walking until he arrived at the East Room of the White House and entered. He entered and found a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments, with his face covered. The corpse was guarded by soldiers. He immediately demanded to know who was dead in the White House? A soldier told him the President was killed by an assassin. Lincoln woke up from the dream unable to sleep the rest of the night. The prophetic dream can be found in Ward Hill Lamon’s Recollections of Abraham Lincoln, 1847-1865.

A good example of a collective prophetic dream comes to us from Carl Jung. In the spring of 1914, he had three catastrophic prophetic dreams in which he saw Europe was deluged by ice, the vegetation was gone, and the land deserted by humans. Despite his awareness that the situation in Europe was getting worse he interpreted these dreams personally and feared he was going mad. By August 1914 his dreams were affirmed horribly as World War I broke out. These dreams can be found with many others in Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung.

A common way to start to remember your dreams is to either record them instantly when you wake up and then write them in a journal sometime that day or just write them down in a notebook or journal immediately after you stil remember the dream. Many of our future blogs will be exploring all different types of dreams. If you have an interesting dream that you would like to share please email me at [email protected] with Dreams in the subject line.

Blessings, Patricia