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Happy October my little pumpkins! And happy anniversary to this newsletter! I wrote my first one exactly a year ago. Since then so much has happened and transformed both in me and in the world. So I thought I'd take this time to reflect on Reiki's role in my life over the past year... To say Reiki changed my life is an understatement. Reiki is my life. I say that with equal parts pride, humility, and awe. Learning the history, applications, and principles of Reiki has altered who I am and how I function. When I first learned the 5 Reiki Principles, I learned how I wanted to show up in the world. Each principle aligned with my personal values in a deep and meaningful way. I now whole-heartedly recite the principles each morning upon waking. What I've learned from teaching and practicing Reiki this past year is immeasurable. I have learned to let my walls down and be vulnerable in my relationships. I've learned to give love unconditionally and to accept love with open abandonment. I've learned to connect with the universe and trust in something greater than myself. I've learned that kindness costs nothing and can mean everything. I've learned to be grateful for both the things I have and they things I don't have, for they are of equal value. I've learned that our word, our truth, and our integrity are our greatest assets. I've learned that blame is easy, but forgiveness is freedom. I've learned that rest is not a luxury, rather a necessity. I've learned that all people are pure goodness at their core, and some may require an occasional reminder of that. I've learned to never stop learning...about myself, others, and the world around us. Since opening my practice 14 months ago, I have seen over 100 different clients in more than 300 total sessions. I have regular clients who come twice a week, some who come once a week, some twice a month, and some come once a month. There's no prescription for how often to receive Reiki, however I can say with confidence that the biggest breakthroughs have happened for clients who come on a regular basis. I've seen clients who range in age from 10 years old to 70. I've seen more women than men, more people than pets, and more 20-somethings than I anticipated. I've taught and certified 7 beautiful souls in Reiki level 1. I've cleared the energy of 5 homes and 1 car. I've led 5 Full Moon Circles and 10 group meditations. I've been interviewed on 3 podcasts and received 25+ five star reviews. Whew! I've met with people suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, grief, stress, insomnia, lack of focus, lack of direction, and heartbreak. I worked with people going through breakups, divorces, long-distance moves, career changes, job loss, death of a loved one, death of a pet, pre and post surgery, cancer treatments, porn addiction, drug addiction, family crisis, spiritual awakenings and more. I'm amazed by what draws people to Reiki, and even more amazed after a session when they say how much better they feel. The energetic transformation of receiving Reiki is nothing short of astounding. Thank you for indulging me in this reflection. It's been quite the year! If you have time and feel so inclined, perhaps you can reflect on your own life? There are lessons to be learned for us all. There always are. With gratitude, Kristen
New & Notable
I'M SPEAKING ENERGY SPRAY This month I'm highlighting the ever popular I'm Speaking energy spray. I created this particular spray with the intention of opening your throat chakra and enabling your truest expression of self to be communicated. I recommend this particular formula to ease suffering from feelings of insecurity, stifled speech, censorship, miscommunication, not being heard, social anxiety, shyness, and stage fright. This original recipe I'm Speaking spray was created after much reading, researching, and testing different scent combinations. I craft each spray with only the highest quality therapeutic grade essential oils. (Because the cheap stuff is watered down and smells 'fake'.) Like all the sprays I make, the ingredients are chosen with intention, care, and integrity. Every bottle includes authentic crystal chips specifically selected by me for their healing properties. You'll hear the crystals jingle each time you shake the bottle, activating their powers. And the water I use in each spray isn't just 'regular' water. I only use purified water which I have personally blessed with Reiki energy and ancient healing symbols. Additionally, the water sets overnight under the light of the full moon, adding moon magic to each bottle. Orders may be placed online for this spay, plus the 9 other varieties of energy sprays I have developed on my website. SHOP
!NOW OFFERING! Reiki 2 Certification Course / Zoom Reiki 2 is highly recommended for all Reiki 1 initiates. Reiki 2 brings added dimension and depth to the application of Reiki through the use of ancient healing symbols. With Reiki 2 you'll also gain next level understanding of this healing art as well as specific tools and techniques on how to use Reiki in practical, every day situations. Day 1: Friday, Nov. 5th, 1:00-4:00 PM Day 2: Saturday, Nov. 6th, 1:00-4:00 PM Location: Zoom Prerequisites:
You must have completed Reiki 1 within the last 5 years and no less than 21 days prior to class date.
Your Reiki 1 class must have provided you with a certificate of completion, a manual, and an attunement ceremony.
Your Reiki 1 class must have been with a live instructor either in person or online (pre-recorded classes/webinars do not qualify).
Your Reiki 1 class must have been a minimum of 5 hours long, and covered Reiki history, hand positions, Reiki principles, and chakras.
If your Reiki 1 class did not cover all of the above, please email me regarding my next Reiki 1 certification course to take prior to Reiki 2.
The Reiki 2 course includes:
Learning the Reiki 2 symbols
Learning to heal mental and emotional issues
Learning how to 'distance heal' across time & space
Learning cord cutting
Learning to clear and charge objects and spaces with Reiki
A copy of the Reiki 2 manual
Reiki level 2 attunement (ceremony of empowerment)
Reiki level 2 certification upon completion of the course
Recipe of the Month Cooking has always felt magical to me. You take a bunch of stuff, that on its own isn't very interesting, and mix it together to create something new and divine. That's alchemy. That's magic. That's energy.
LENTIL PATTIES WITH TAHINI SAUCE These veggie patties from Del's Cooking Twist are bursting with savory flavor, hearty texture, and oodles of plant-based protein. They're perfect wrapped in a pita, served over a bed of fresh arugula, or with a bowl of steaming rice. Ingredients: Red Lentil Patties 1 large onion, chopped 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided 4–5 large carrots, sliced 1 cup split red lentils, rinsed 2 cups water 1 cup rolled oats, divided 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 Tablespoon ground paprika 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 pinch of salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro Tahini Sauce 1/3 cup tahini 2 ½ Tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 Tablespoons water, or more if needed ¼ cup fresh cilantro ¼ cup fresh parsley 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 pinch of salt Freshly ground black pepper Instructions:
Red Lentil Patties
In a medium saucepan, heat one Tablespoon of olive oil and melt the chopped onions until slightly golden. Add the carrots, cover with water, and cook until fork-tender. Strain carrots and onions and set aside.
Meanwhile, cover the lentils with two cups water and cook until tender, about 15-20 minutes. If needed, add more water to keep the lentils submerged. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add the onions-carrot mixture and the red lentils to a food processor. Pour half of the rolled oats (½ cup), garlic, lemon juice, the remaining olive oil, paprika, cumin, salt and black pepper. Pulse 15 to 20 times, or until the mixture is chunky and all ingredients are well incorporated, stopping to scrape down the sides halfway through pulsing.
Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl, and add the reserved ½ cup rolled oats, chives, and cilantro. Use a spoon to mix well, ensuring all ingredients are evenly dispersed. The mixture should be damp but able to hold its shape. If not, add more oats.
Use a 1/3-cup measuring cup to scoop out 1/3 cup of the mixture. Form the mixture into patties, and transfer to the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining mixture. You should have 15-18 patties.
Bake the patties for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove from the oven and cool a few minutes on the pan before moving. They’ll continue to firm up as they cool.
Add all the ingredients for the sauce to a food processor and process until emulsified and the sauce just begins to take on a soft green color. The herbs should be very finely chopped. Transfer to an airtight jar or container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Enjoy the patties warm with a side of salad or tucked into a warm pita bread, and drizzle with the tahini sauce.
DID YOU KNOW?
In a new article written by David Hamilton titled Is there science on Reiki?, he explains how Reiki works and the science behind it. (Spoiler alert, it's due to a combination of your biofield, the heart-centered state of the healer, and the restorative experience of resting.) "Reiki is really popular nowadays, but a lot of people unfamiliar with it still refer to it as woo woo, meaning, to them, there’s nothing in it. Well, it turns out that there is quite a lot of science on it. A 2018 meta-analysis of four randomized controlled trials into the use of Reiki to reduce pain over a range of medical conditions found that it produced a statistically significant reduction in pain." READ ARTICLE
Nourishing My Soul This Month What I'm Reading
The Push: A Novel
Regretting You: A Novel
The Midnight Library: A Novel
The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship: A Toltec Wisdom Book
What I'm Shuffling
Oracle of the 7 Energies
What I'm Watching
Call Me By Your Name
What I'm Up To
October 2, Wake Up with your Inner Goddess and Create Magic Mini-Retreat with Denise Elizabeth Byron
October 4 - 7, attending Hay House Virtual Writer's Workshop
October 6, Past Life Regression with Susan Lyons, exploring a Future Life Incarnation
October 6, New Moon Magic Meditation with Denise Elizabeth Byron
Each Monday morning, Cosmic Compass Conversations with Denise Elizabeth Byron
Earlier this week I was interviewed on Cosmic Compass Conversations with Denise Elizabeth Byron. We chatted about transitions…the ones anticipated during this Mercury Retrograde and my personal transition from marketing executive to Reiki Master. My interview starts 15 minutes in and lasts an hour. Click the WATCH button below and use password: ?vtvXE7s WATCH
In Your Own Words "I have never experienced Reiki before my appointment with Kristen, so I wasn't sure what to expect. From the moment it started until it ended - and even after - I was overwhelmed by the transformative impact of my session. Kristen made me feel comfortable and relaxed, and the session left me feeling energized and refreshed. Her observations have provided me with an opportunity to reflect on how I direct my energy. I highly recommend a session with Kristen to anyone who has or has not experienced Reiki before. You'll leave feeling like a new person." ~Josh S., Palo Alto, CA