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  • What It’s Like Getting Your Reiki Attunement

    I didn’t know that this was coming when I had my Reiki attunement, so I want to let you know what you can expect…

    I’m 9 days in to my homework of self-clearing for 21 days after getting my Level 1 certification in March, but the first “official” attunement was administered on the day. Everyone who goes through their Reiki training will go through an attunement session with their teacher.

    Attunement is literally your energy body being fine-tuned so that it can become an appropriate channel for healing Reiki energy. It raises your vibration and, in the process, will shake any low vibrations loose if they’re lingering in your energy field.

    All of the effects that I’m about to talk about are a manifestation of this energy being awakened, moved, and shifting out of your etheric system.

    My own experience of Reiki training and attunement was a bit different because it was during COVID quarantine! So it happened over Zoom. Fortunately, energy doesn’t recognise time, space or any of our other human social constructs – so it still worked. And I know that it definitely did work because it’s been confirmed by all of these physical symptoms that I’ve had since…

    That’s why my Reiki Master said that the Level 1 self-healing is so important to go through before becoming a certified Reiki Practitioner at Level 2. Without it, you might not truly understand or believe in the healing potential of using Reiki energy.

    The daily clearings continue to amplify my energy. 40 minutes a day is a big time commitment which frustrates me sometimes, but as she recommended – I do it every morning so that I can fly with the high vibes for the rest of the day! I put my headphones on and listen to a meditation which guides me through a process of clearing each chakra and then filling up the empty spaces with white light.

    I made a shorter cord cutting meditation which you can use to clear your energy faster –

     

    Even though some people will only get the initial energy download from their Reiki Master, I count all of this as my ongoing Reiki attunement experience. Here are some of the weird and wonderful things that have happened since ✨

    Gatekeeper Blog copy-8Oh my, the headaches!

    When I think about the side effects of Reiki attunement – this has been the biggest one for me by far…

    Weirdly though, when I tried to Google for information about Reiki attunement headaches, I couldn’t find anything online. That’s when I knew I had to write about my experience so that other Reiki headache sufferers would know that they’re not alone!

    After the initial attunement, my Reiki Master asked us what we experienced. I said I had an intense headache at the centre of my forehead; around my third eye. As an amazing clairvoyant herself, she said that it’s due to energy clearing from there which will soon make me more clairvoyant. Yay!

    So, don’t be surprised if you get headaches. I also shared on my Instagram Stories that I had an enormous migraine on day 5 of the self-healing, and they aren’t something that I ever have normally. I knew it was from the Reiki.

    To summarise the headaches, I’d say that while they’re very painful and annoying – it’s also good to know that old trapped energy is working its way out of my third eye and soon I’ll be able to see better. If you’ve experienced headaches after Reiki too, let me know in the comments!

    Gatekeeper Blog copy-7My Reiki Master warned us that this would happen, and she was right!

    Small things that I want will now instantly appear, as quickly as the same day. My friend told me that she had a free coaching session, and I thought “that would be nice” and within a few hours I had a random coach offering me a free session in my Instagram Message Requests.

    I settled on the style of artwork that I want for making my own Oracle Card deck, and then a random artist on Instagram who a) doesn’t even follow me, and b) I don’t follow her, tagged me in one of her posts. It was a piece of artwork that she’d painted of the moon, and after scrolling through her page, she was the perfect artist that I’d imagined for my deck.

    This is truly the most magical side effect…

    But it’s made my awareness of the LOA become visceral and absolute. Knowing that any manifestation could be imminent, I have to snatch negative thoughts out of my head so that I don’t create exactly what I’m picturing. When your energy is clear, you’ll remove any barriers which have been stopping you from receiving what you want.

    Gatekeeper Blog copy-6This has only happened during the actual clearing sessions, rather than afterwards like the others.

    Cleared energy loves coming out in yawns! They’re not sleepy yawns, though, it’s more like a lion’s breath in yoga. Feeling a compulsion to do this is a weird but real sign that energy is moving out of you.

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    Beliefs and experiences can live forever in your energy field…

    This means that when you’re having an energetic clear out, they can rise to the top of your awareness.

    You might see flashbacks from previous years, or even past lives. Trust that this is happening because the memories are being dislodged, and your energy doesn’t need to hold on to them anymore. Most of the time we don’t even realise that we’re holding on to them!

    Anything which triggers a strong enough emotional response can leave an energetic scar. The Reiki attunement will heal that scar, and then you can choose to fill the spaces with white light instead.

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    You can expect to generally feel very drained after your Reiki attunement…

    Clearing out old energy is tiring work, and as I said earlier, this can include sifting through emotionally draining memories. Make sure that you give yourself a few days to restore your energy after this process.

    It’s so normal to feel drained, tired, sleepy and lethargic after your Reiki attunement! Once your energy finishes upgrading, you’ll be a clear conduit, capable of reaching the highest vibration energies.

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    Have you had a Reiki attunement experience, and was it similar to mine?

    Let me know in the comments! 👇🏾

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  • How To Clear Your Solar Plexus Chakra

    I got my Reiki Level 1 qualification on Monday and have been diving into the chakras more than usual this week. My Reiki Master, Jasmine, has assigned me 21-days of 40 minute meditations to clear my own chakras so that I can be a higher vibration conduit for healing Reiki energy.

    As I’m going through these meditations, I’ve been seeing that my own solar plexus is smaller than my other chakras and needs to be balanced. So, I thought it was a good time to do the second part of this Chakra Series and to focus on the solar plexus chakra!

    Firstly, how do you know if you need to clear your solar plexus chakra?

    • You had a strict upbringing where your needs were ignored and you felt powerless
    • You were bullied and it made you lose confidence in yourself
    • You have issues with emotional eating; either over or under eating in response to emotional situations
    • You often feel like you lack power and confidence, ie, you have low self-esteem
    • You’re a frustrated people pleaser
    • You struggle to set boundaries with other people and with yourself, eg, spending, drinking or working too much
    • You have digestive issues such as IBS, food allergies or stomach ulcers
    • You have addictive tendencies because you’re giving too much of your power away to something external
    • Also, having a BIG ego which manifests as being dominant, manipulative and behaving like a bully is also a sign of an out-of-balance solar plexus chakra

    It’s possible to find balance again, and a solar plexus that’s in energetic harmony will allow you to leave self-doubt behind and feel confident in your own abilities.

    It will give you an energy boost, and help you to create success once you feel worthy of it on the inside. Your confidence will then inspire other people to have confidence in you and what you’re offering.

    Most importantly, you’ll know that you get to create your circumstances and choose how you respond…

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    Never underestimate the power of the people you’re with…

    This is never more true than if you’re an empath or spiritually sensitive person! You’ll naturally soak in everyone else’s energy without even realising.

    Look at the people who are in your life. Do they feel empowered? Do they have good self-esteem? Do they have a balanced solar plexus chakra?

    Often we can mirror the behaviour of people around us and stay small to try and fit in. This is no good for the solar plexus chakra. The first step if you want to enjoy a strong, harmonious and balanced solar plexus chakra is to align yourself with relationships which allow you to express yourself as the greatest version of you. It’s not cool to have low self-esteem, and you don’t need to put yourself down to fit in.

    Find people who raise you up and give you a safe space to shine as the brightest version of you ☀️

    Solar Plexus-3Anger can stick in the solar plexus chakra like a toxic glue.

    People who are quick to anger have an overactive solar plexus, and they’re giving their power away too easily when other people can invoke such a strong emotional response.

    Equally, if you don’t feel safe expressing any anger and you people please just to avoid conflict, then it’s likely that you have an underactive solar plexus.

    Louise Hay famously tells her story of how she had to release old anger from childhood sexual abuse to eliminate cervical cancer, which she saw as a manifestation of this trapped trauma. Research how you can release your own anger – either on your own or with a professional counsellor.

    The anger could be trapped in your solar plexus and causing an imbalance. Setting it free will allow energy to flow through again, bringing it back into balance.

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    Watching what you eat is extra important if you’re spiritually sensitive!

    Food is just another kind of energy and you’re putting it directly into your body, at the centre of all of your energy fields. Colours are associated with all of the chakras, and the colour yellow is associated with your solar plexus.

    Therefore, it’s said that this chakra appreciates healthy and nutritious yellow foods. Such as: 🍋 Lemons 🍋 Bananas 🍋 Sweetcorn 🍋 Pineapple 🍋 Turmeric 🍋 Lentils

    Eating foods which you can digest more easily (eg, gluten free and without dairy) is an easy way to find relief from any physical symptoms of imbalance in this chakra. Your food gives you energy and you want your food to support all of the power that you have available in this chakra.

    Eat foods which will enable you to flourish by being nourished.

    Solar Plexus-5In a similar way to foods, the solar plexus also appreciates yellow crystals!

    Often, Reiki therapists will place crystals down the chakras of the client that they’re working on. These crystals will match the colour of each chakra.

    You can place yellow crystals on your solar plexus chakra when you’re lying down, meditate, and visualise the yellow energy centre around your stomach swirling freely. Imagine that it’s completely open to energy flowing through it and out of it.

    You can use: 💛 Amber 💛 Citrine 💛 Tigers Eye 💛 Yellow Calcite 💛 Yellow Topaz

    Crystals are great energy amplifiers and they can also soak in any toxic energy from your solar plexus. For this reason, it’s very important that you regularly cleanse your crystals to release any old energy that they’ve soaked in.

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    You can use affirmations to inspire movement in all of your chakras! For your solar plexus, choose affirmations which remind you of your power to get the energy moving and expanding.

    You can 1) write them down every morning, 2) say them in your mind, or 3) say them out loud to yourself when you’re on your own (such as in the shower or driving). Imagine these high vibration words going into your chakra and feel them to be true from your gut, which is where your solar plexus is!

    This is your centre of personal truth, and what you believe about yourself is held in there…

    Know 100% that these affirmations are true and reflective of you. Affirmations for your solar plexus could include:

    • I am strong and immensely powerful just by being me
    • There is nothing that anyone can ever do to take away my light
    • I create my own life and I can create it however I want

    One of my favourite affirmations which I always use, but feel is extra applicable here is:

    • I get to have fun, be free, and be me; and as a result, I get to live in an endless state of abundance

    Try these or think of some new affirmations which will restore positive self-belief into your energy centre.

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    When you feel restricted, it manifests as blocked energy in your chakras which then restricts your manifesting.

    Freedom is what your soul wants for you most of all…

    When you don’t allow yourself to be free, you’re encouraging your solar plexus to stay small and you’re hiding from your light.

    Allowing yourself to be free is done in small steps, such as:

    • choosing not to be a victim
    • laughing at yourself when you do things wrong, instead of criticising yourself
    • being spontaneous because you’re not fearfully controlling every outcome

    Prioritising freedom also means being someone who isn’t overly attached. This includes being attached to outcomes, things, ideas, views, and people.

    When you aren’t attached, you’re free to adapt. But when you’re too attached, you get stuck and your energy does too.

    You allow energy to flow properly through this centre again when you’re happy in the moment and you don’t need to be in control.

    Allow yourself to shine, everything will be fine.

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    Remember that your energy feels best when it’s fluid, light and free to fully express what your soul wants for you.

    Your energy is yours, so don’t give it away to things which zap you of your power and make you feel unable to change. You are able to change, and become better.

    Subscribe to the blog at the bottom of the page and follow me on Instagram to know when the next energy centre of the Chakra Series comes out! I’ll also be making some energy clearing meditations for YouTube soon too… 💛

    This is part of a chakra series:

    💙 How To Clear Your Throat Chakra

    💚 How To Clear Your Heart Chakra

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  • How To Clear Your Throat Chakra

    An Angelic Reiki teacher told me that this chakra is blocked in 99% of the people she sees.

    Saying what we want whenever we want would be the ideal scenario for our throat chakra, but it might not work wonders for our friendships and relationships! It’s a difficult chakra to keep clear for this reason, given that most of us are kind, empathetic individuals who make an effort to preserve other people’s feelings.

    I have always had problems with my throat chakra as a result of not feeling like my voice was valuable during childhood, and so I always had issues expressing myself. During my teenage years, this manifested as a constant deep chesty cough. One of my friends from school said that she had a book at home which listed the psychological reasons behind every type of physical illness, and so one day she looked it up and reported back to me. What did she find on that page? That the cough was my way of trying to get attention because I didn’t feel like my voice was heard.

    I also had a very imbalanced throat chakra during my office jobs where I usually felt frustrated and out of alignment with myself, and I would think about this all day long without ever saying it. As a result, I had a constant drippy nose and colds every few weeks. I was known by my team for being the girl with a constant cold – it certainly kept my coworkers at a distance!

    Some of the most common reasons for a blocked throat chakra are:

    • Not feeling safe to express your truth
    • Being a people pleaser
    • Growing up in a volatile situation where expressing your opinion would create more drama
    • Low self-esteem making you feel as though your opinion is not worthy of being shared
    • Feelings of guilt for complaining or asking for more
    • Speaking negatively of people, bitching and using your words to harm others

    It’s easy for energy to collect around our throat chakra in day-to-day life, but thankfully – it’s also just as easy to clear it. You might suspect that you have a blocked throat chakra because:

    • you can feel tension in your throat or neck
    • you’re prone to sore throats/colds/tonsillitis
    • you have a constant cough and/or runny nose

    If you want to restore some balance in this energy centre, here are some simple energy clearing techniques which can help you…

    Throat ChakraThe throat chakra is associated with the colour blue, so keeping blue crystals like Lapis Lazuli, Labradorite, Blue Lace Agate or Blue Aventurine next to your bed will help to rebalance the energy in this chakra while you sleep. You can also lie down and place them on your throat while you meditate so that they can absorb any excess energy; ensure that you cleanse your crystals afterwards. Rotating a quartz point around this chakra is another way to use crystals for energy healing – rotate the point clockwise to channel more energy into the chakra, and anticlockwise to take energy out of the chakra.

    Throat Chakra-2It might be scary to say what you think to other people, but when you’re on your own you can say whatever you want! Louise Hay talks about how she used to scream into a pillow to let out her frustration at the years of sexual abuse she endured as a child. This is a powerful way to let out any of the thought forms which might be trapped in your throat chakra, causing a blockage. Talk out loud to yourself, scream into a pillow, have imaginary conversations in your car – whatever you need to say that you haven’t yet can be expressed without any repercussions when you’re on your own.

    Throat Chakra-3A professional energy healer or reiki therapist should be able to clear your throat chakra for you quite easily. It’s a problem that they’ll be used to! It may take a few sessions and is the most expensive of the options listed here, but if you know a good healer then the treatment should be very effective for reducing your symptoms.

    Throat Chakra-4This is a great tip to use at the same time as the blue crystals I mentioned earlier. Binaural beats are sound waves emitted at a particular frequency which can shift stagnant lower vibration energy. There are binaural beats meditation tracks specifically for clearing the throat chakra available on YouTube for free, and you can have them on while you fall asleep or meditate. For the best results, set the intention that you want to clear your throat chakra while the music is playing and envision it being cleansed and healed.

    Throat Chakra-5One of my favourite things to do when I’m driving alone in my car is to sing my heart out! It feels so liberating – even if I sound terrible – and it doesn’t matter how good it sounds because no-one can hear. Singing loudly and openly with no fear of being judged is an amazing way to practice expressing yourself freely while moving energy through this chakra. Whether you prefer to sing in the shower, in your car or in a choir with other people – singing and enjoying it will raise the vibration of your throat chakra.

    Throat Chakra-6This is probably the trickiest tip but it will ensure that your throat chakra collects fewer future blockages. The only way to get good at saying what you think is to practice it. Start to notice when you have the urge to speak up but then don’t. Begin my making your opinion known in your closest relationships first where you feel the most safe, before taking it into situations which feel more challenging. You are so worthy and your opinions are very valid – so make a conscious effort to remember this.

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    If you suspect that you have a blockage in your throat chakra, these are simple things that you can do to get the energy flowing and find balance again. Subscribe to the blog at the bottom of the page and follow me on Instagram to know when the next energy centre of the Chakra Series comes out! I’ll also be making some energy clearing meditations for YouTube soon too… 💙

    This is part of a chakra series:

    💚 How To Clear Your Heart Chakra

    💛 How To Clear Your Solar Plexus Chakra

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  • The Word That Stops You From Manifesting 

    Ahhh obligation. Who doesn’t love it?

    Well… to be honest, most of us – including me!

    The things that we feel obligated to do have been decided for us by someone else, rather than our own internal guidance system. It can be all to easy for us to fall into the trap of filling our time with SHOULD‘s and there are ways to know when this is happening:

    • What do you do to please or appease someone else?
    • What do you do that you could do without?
    • If you had your time again (hint: you still have the rest of your life), what would you do differently knowing who you are now?

    Our intuition is the way in-to our dreams, so when we ignore it we are promising ourselves to go with-out. Great manifesting is aligned with the desires of our heart because our desires are Divinely guided! When we line up our energy, intention and calling, we open up a pathway for our manifestations to come to us quicker than an excited child down a waterslide.

    When we line up our energy, intention and calling, we open up a pathway for our manifestations to come to us…

    Removing the should‘s is a bold act of self-love. A statement to the Universe that you accept nothing less than the best, and are not open to receiving anything apart from what you desire. If you aren’t free to go where other people want you to, then you have more space to find your own way towards what you want. Again, provided that your desires are aligned and guided from your genuine heart and soul – then you will find more joy here; and as your vibration increases, your ability to attract via the Law will increase too…

    Finding joy is such a key part of manifesting. Often it sounds like manifesting is about looking forward and creating something new, but the magic of manifesting happens when we are able to find the beauty in what we have. My best manifestations came when I had the realisation that I was totally happy with where I was. I often get private messages from people asking for help to manifest different things – and my response is always the same: be totally and completely happy without the thing.

    Maybe we are trying to manifest something that we’re desiring because we feel like we should. Remove those from your life now.

    Maybe we are directing our energy away from our manifestations because we’re busy focusing on what other people say we need to be happy. Bring your attention back to your heart.

    Maybe the life of your dreams is waiting for you if you are brave enough to release the obligation and accept your full power of manifestation. The only thing that you should do is make decisions that are true to you. Period.

    You are a creator and you have been trusted with an amazing gift. Use it to create the things that will fill you with joy, and in turn you will transfer joy to the people around you. Who will transfer joy to the people around them.

    Say no, choose where to go – and honey, just let it flow!

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