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Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS has her master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology, is a trained Spiritual Director, Reiki Master, and ordained interfaith minister. She has been providing both Spiritual Counseling and Reiki since 2001 and has supported hundreds of women and men in their journey to wholeness. Lauri is also a highly regarded educator and published author. She developed her own protocol, Authentic Freedom™ to support people in identifying and healing the fears that prevent them from experiencing peace and fulfillment in their lives. She incorporates this protocol in everything that she does.
Reiki is one of many modalities of energy medicine incorporating hands-on-healing or the laying on of hands for the purpose of supporting the body in returning to its natural state of wellbeing. With knowledge of the Authentic Freedom process, a Reiki practitioner can greatly enhance the benefits of a traditional treatment, both for their client and for themselves.
How Reiki Works
Using light, non-invasive touch in conjunction with the energy centers of the body (chakras), Reiki supports the body in releasing blocks to wellness and in returning to its natural state of energetic balance, thereby supporting the body in returning to its natural state of wellbeing. When the life force energy (Ki) is flowing freely, the body will reflect this in healthy vitality. Stagnation in the life force energy manifests in illness and disease. Knowledge of the chakras, along with their physical correspondences assist the Reiki practitioner in identifying where the body’s Ki (life force energy) is not flowing so they may further assist their clients in releasing these blocks. Reiki works not only on the physical, but also on the emotional, mental and spiritual level – acknowledging that the source of many states of dis-ease is related to issues on these deeper levels of experience. In traditional Usui Reiki training, the practitioner is taught the standard protocol for hands-on-healing with the invitation to know and trust that whatever healing is appropriate for the client’s highest good will be taken care of on any of the aforementioned levels.
Read my response to the Catholic Bishops’ prohibition against Reiki HERE.
Integrating Authentic Freedom with Reiki
Authentic Freedom adds an additional layer to the support a Reiki practitioner may offer their clients. Authentic Freedom provides knowledge and tools for working with clients on the deepest spiritual level – most often the truest source of emotional, mental and physical imbalance. By supporting clients on the spiritual level the practitioner is going straight to the source of dis-ease. Additionally, knowledge of the Authentic Freedom philosophy provides the practitioner with tools they are able to share with their client which the client may then employ for on-going healing and support. This approach saves time and effort in the healing process while supporting the client in the experience of enduring change.
How Authentic Freedom Enhances Reiki
Using the seven chakras as a point of reference, Authentic Freedom has identified the seven spiritual fears/wounds which are at the heart of many (if not most) emotional, mental and physical states of dis-ease. When a Reiki practitioner is able to support their client in tracing back their physical, emotional or mental symptoms to the corresponding spiritual fear/wound, awareness takes place and the first layer of healing is accomplished. Identifying the true source of imbalance (or as I call it, “naming the demon”) is the first step in authentic healing. From that point, the Reiki practitioner supports their client in letting go of this fear through hands-on-healing. With Authentic Freedom, however, the healing doesn’t end with the table treatment. Authentic Freedom includes a wide variety of mindfulness, meditation and creativity practices which the Reiki practitioner may prescribe for their client so that they may continue and deepen the healing on their own.
Incorporating Authentic Freedom with Reiki accelerates the healing process by getting to the deepest source of imbalances while providing the practitioner and the client with tools for on-going and enduring healing and support.
As much as I am still fasting from the Eucharist (read here about the whys and hows of my exodus from the institutional Catholic Church), I still view Jesus as my teacher and in this, spend time every day with scripture. I go to the USCCB (United States Council of Catholic Bishops) website and read and meditate on the daily readings. Every day! Usually I find guidance, support, healing, inspiration, nurturing, nourishment and comfort in the scripture. Not so much this week. Instead, this week’s readings made me want to barf!
Peter. Peter. Peter. All I heard was about all the ways in which Peter delivered the message of Jesus’ resurrection and how he was THE ONE who started The Church. Ok, from the perspective of a hierarchical, patriarchal, white, male privileged, misogynistic, fear-based, rooted in power and control institution, I guess this is true. Peter did (or as some scholars would argue – Paul – or even Constantine) establish the institutional Church. The Church that I can no longer bring myself to participate in because:
I’m a woman who happens to be called to the “priesthood” (though certainly not in the clerical sense of the word!!!!!), and this path is closed to me.
I’m divorced and refuse to pay a tribunal of single, white, men $750.00 to determine if my marriage was sacramental or not!
I’m a mystic.
I believe that all paths ultimately lead to God (by whatever name we give to SOURCE/LOVE/TRUTH).
I believe all religions/spiritual paths contain kernels of the TRUTH and have practices and tools which help us to arrive at that TRUTH and that all are sacred and holy in their own right.
I do not believe the Eucharist should be denied ANYONE who is sincere in their heart in their desire to connect with Christ in this way.
I do not believe in original sin (not in the way the Church teaches it anyway).
I believe we are all sons and daughters of God – regardless of our religion or beliefs!
I practice Reiki (Which the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay has called “witchcraft and sorcery.”….don’t even get me started on this one. A) I can’t believe that in the 21st Century the Church still believes in witchcraft and sorcery….and B) how is Reiki witchcraft and sorcery and the “in hoc est corpus meum” that turns bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is not? Just sayin’!
I’m an uppity lay person who believes the Church should be worrying less about women Reiki practitioner, mystic, yoga practicing meditators and more about cleaning up the mess they have made with the millions who have suffered abuse at the hands of the institution. And if they aren’t willing to clean up this mess – how about feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, providing homes for the homeless?????? Really…..Lauri Ann Lumby (who apparently has a HUGE file with her name on it in a Diocesan office that will not be named – Hey, Diocese who shall not be named and those who have nothing else to do but police what Lauri Ann Lumby is saying and doing…here’s another piece for that big fat file! ) is SMALL POTATOES!
I digress! This week’s readings…..raving about Peter’s greatness made me want to barf!
WHAT ABOUT MARY?????????
What the hell happened to Mary Magdalene?
Jesus’ most devoted and faithful follower.
The ONLY one who was said to have completed her own self-actualization under Jesus’ guidance (“healed of seven demons” is a metaphor for having completed an initiatory process through which one attains self-realization).
ONE of few who remained by Jesus’ side through his trial, suffering, crucifixion and death (other than John, the men were not up for this…including Peter!).
THE ONE Jesus appeared to in the resurrection at the tomb… and…
THE ONE Jesus ordained to tell the others. (YES, I said ordained!)
What happened to Mary? The last we hear of her (in canonical scripture anyway) is when she went to tell the other disciples (who were hiding in the Upper Room) that Jesus was raised from the dead. That’s it. No more Mary!
Did she die or disappear into the mist? Or….did she simply get edited out?
Well, thanks to some boys (or shepherds) playing in some caves in the desert in Egypt, we know, at least for a time, what happened to Mary. And thanks to some linguists, translators and antiquities scholars, we now have Mary’s own words (at least in as much as the other gospels are the author’s own words) and a glimpse into what happened to Mary after the resurrection. (See Jean Yves-LeLoup’s book, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene for the full text, translation and an absolutely beautiful and insightful commentary!!!!! Or, for a fictional account, read MY book, Song of the Beloved – the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene. )
SHE TAUGHT THE OTHER DISCIPLES.
Because, Jesus taught her things the guys wouldn’t or couldn’t get. Jesus taught her in secret and he taught her after he had died and been raised from the dead.
SHE had eyes to see and ears to hear what the others could not….and
SHE TAUGHT THEM.
But as has always been the case in the Western world, the woman’s word could not be received and was therefore discounted and later, demonized.
But not anymore. In a million ways through a million teachers, Mary Magdalene has resurfaced and has come to teach us….
HOW TO BE HUMAN.
Or rather, how to be FULLY human.
Not the half-humans we have been for the past 10,000 years – dominated by fear, power and control, wreaking havoc on our planet and on each other.
Mary teaches us what Jesus taught her:
HOW TO LOVE and HOW TO BE LOVE.
Listen to her!
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Superhero Report: Soul is the uniquely creative way in which each of us has been gifted to find meaning, purpose and connection in our life. Engaging our Soul leads us toward a great feeling of expansiveness along with inner feelings of contentment and joy. When using the gifts of our Soul, we experience fulfillment, especially when our gifts are used in service to the betterment of the world. During this week’s gatherings of the Superhero Academy, we participated in a shamanic meditative practice with the purpose of discovering the answer to this question: “What does my Soul look like?”
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Here Be Dragons
Getting a glimpse of our Soul offers us clues as to the gifts and the power of our Soul. The vision of the Soul is unique to each individual. For some, it might be a Dragon, a Unicorn or a Mermaid; for others an Angelic Being, for others a flower or an insect, and for others orbs and shapes of light. The individual vision of our Soul tells us a great deal about ourselves, our truest nature, and our purpose in this world. Dragons, for example, represent strength, courage, the ability to fly implying the ability to transcend obstacles and to see from a higher and wider perspective. Dragons possess the ability to facilitate transformation through their fire breathing capabilities. Dragons also have a presence about them – perhaps intimidating at first, but ultimately gentle and kind. The color of one’s Dragon is also significant, along with their habitat. Some Dragons are red, others green, black or blue. Some live in caves, others in water – fresh or salt, some live high up in the mountains. All of these are significant symbols for what our gifts are and how we are called to share them in the world.
The Care and Feeding of Dragons
Once we have had a glimpse of our Soul, there are two practices that are helpful in utilizing and making the most out of our Soul’s power. Our Soul’s power is here at our disposal so as to make our Soul fully manifest in our life so that we, and the world, may benefit from its gifts. In order to be fully born into the world, our Soul needs care. The first thing the Soul needs is to be nurtured, nourished and supported. We can ask our Soul what it needs to feel nourished and supported. My Soul, for example, needs healthy food (appropriate for my dosha), adequate sleep, regular exercise, hydration, lots of alone time interspersed with time with loved ones and friends. My Soul also needs to be inspired creatively – reading, movies, museums, plays, art galleries and opportunities to be creative – not for work, but simply for the sake of creating. My Soul also needs coffee….lots of coffee and to be surrounded by the color red. 🙂 The second thing the Soul needs is love. By sending our Soul love, holding it in love, surrounding it with love (I use Reiki), it begins to feel safe. Once our Soul feels loved and it feels safe, it will be inspired to step more fully into our life and will use its power to support us in return. This is a REAL energy exchange and we soon discover that what we give to the Soul comes back to us one hundred fold.
Now tell me, what does your Soul look like?
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Today’s blog is specifically addressed to those in the alternative helping fields who may be working with or have an opportunity to act as a source of support for those struggling with the symptoms of mental illness. As practitioners, we need to be aware of our professional limitations and to know how to identify when an outside referral may be necessary. Additionally, we need to be cautious when the denial or bargaining faces of grief may be determining our client’s motivations. Today’s blog explores these issues.
I want to preface today’s blog with the acknowledgment that there is SO MUCH we do not yet understand about the effective treatment of mental illness. While many (70-90%) are able to find relief and even recovery through a combination of supports, including medication, therapy, good nutrition and exercise, mindfulness and stress-relief practices, support groups, etc. we are still a LONG WAY from finding treatments that are 100% effective 100% of the time. As a result, many, including myself, have searched outside of the traditional model for alternative treatments. Many of these alternative treatments have proven for some to be supportive of their goals for healing and relief. For example, NAMI advocates meditation and mindfulness practices as beneficial for those suffering with some forms of mental illness: http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=mindfulness. Clinical trials have also demonstrated acupuncture to be effective in relieving some of the symptoms of mental illness. In 2003, the World Health Organization published these findings and issued guidelines for the use of acupuncture in treating certain forms of mental illness: http://www.acupunctureresearch.org.uk/papers/KeyTexts/keytext_acupguidelines.pdf. From my own personal experience with depression, anxiety disorder, obsessive worry and panic attacks, I can attest that I found support and relief through a combination of non-traditional means including spiritual direction, contemplative/meditation practices, talk-therapy, acupuncture, massage, acupressure, homeopathy, quantum bio-feedback, yoga and Reiki. I also know many (including myself) who have also found relief when integrating these non-traditional practices with the traditional Western model.
A wholistic approach which combines tools from both Western and non-traditional medicine can be an effective approach to finding relief and even recovery from many symptoms of mental illness. Unfortunately, sometimes the denial and bargaining phases of grief prevents the patient from getting the best possible care, especially when they are using alternative methods of treatment to enable their denial or their bargaining. (See the blog post of May 14, for more on grief as it relates to mental illness) Denial says, I don’t really have mental illness. I’m not depressed. It wasn’t a panic attack. I’m not bi-polar, I’m just misunderstood. I don’t have ADD, I’m just super creative and highly energetic etc. etc. etc. Bargaining says, If I do this…my symptoms will go away and I won’t need to take medication or see a therapist. If I can just find the right combination of foods, my symptoms will go away. If I take a drink or smoke some pot, I feel better, so I can’t have a mental illness. etc. etc. etc. We need to be cautious of the use of non-traditional practices during the denial and bargaining phases of grief, especially when delaying necessary treatments might cause further harm or even death.
From the Practitioner’s Perspective
As a professional in the field of alternative treatments (Reiki, Spiritual Direction), I have seen firsthand the results of denial and bargaining in those struggling with symptoms consistent with mental illness. Many understand the importance of an integrated approach, but for some, alternative treatments provide an easy escape from a medical diagnosis and medical treatment. In these cases, what drives their search is the hope for “the magic pill” that will cure their symptoms without diagnosis and Western intervention. And in a minority of cases, alternative protocols not only enable their denial, but enable the delusions associated with their diagnoses and when pursued could cause further harm. (NOTE: watch this blog for an upcoming blog on Mysticism and Psychosis) As practitioners, it is our responsibility to know our professional limitations and to make outside referrals when our limitations have been met. This will not always be easy, especially when our clients are firmly rooted in denial and bargaining. It is in these situations that we need to exercise “tough love.”
Some Helpful Ideas
As alternative wellness practitioners, we are vulnerable to those who might seek us out during the denial and bargaining phases of grief. Fortunately, there are some simple steps that we can take to protect ourselves while better serving those who seek out our services:
We can become educated on grief and the grieving process
We can learn about the symptoms of mental illness and how to identify these symptoms in potential clients.
Offer a pre-treatment interview with prospective clients. Get to know their expectations, motivations, etc. Watch for signs that other interventions may be more appropriate. Don’t be afraid to say NO and make an outside referral
Require all clients to sign a release form.
Include an “emergency contact” entry on the release form in the event that your client demonstrates signs of needing medical or psychiatric intervention (becomes delusional, paranoid or threatens suicide).
Know your local mental health professionals – psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors. Find out who is most highly recommended. Initiate a collaborative relationship with these professionals where appropriate.
Develop a professional relationship with a local therapist or social worker who you trust and to whom you can go for guidance when you have concerns about a client.
Maintain your own professional health through peer-supervision and support groups, by doing your own work with a mentor, Spiritual Director or Counselor when appropriate.
Maintain strict professional boundaries. Don’t give your personal number to clients. Don’t become their friends. Watch for signs of attachment or dependency.
Become familiar with local support groups for those struggling with mental illness (See if there is a NAMI chapter near you.)
Carry Professional Liability insurance
TRUST YOUR GUT – Your inner wisdom will tell you when something isn’t right with a client and when it is time to make an outside referral or to refuse further treatment.
An Invitation to Practitioners
Now, I would like to hear from the professionals out there. What are some of the tools that you have used to ensure proper treatment for your clients while protecting yourself? What resources have been helpful to you? What are the tools you have used to identify when an outside referral is appropriate?
THOMAS PATRICK KILLOUGH (“Patrick” or “Pat”) is a writer, lecturer,consultant and teacher. His interests include citizen inputs into foreignpolicy, education, religion in public life and the history of theLeague of Nations and the United Nations.
I am grateful for Patrick thorough and comprehensive review of the Christouch book. Here is just a sample of what he has to say:
“As a pioneering effort to Christianize Eastern Reiki and related hand healing alternative healing techniques, Lauri Ann Lumby’s CHRISTOUCH treads a path gone along before her by Saint Augustine when he integrated the Gospel with the thinking of pagans Aristotle, Plato and Plotinus or when Saint Thomas Aquinas unearthed and baptized the core of Aristotle in the writings of Muslim Avicenna and Averroes. Whatever its flaws (if any) in terms of Roman Catholic orthodoxy, CHRISTOUCH is a bold original attempt at cross-cultural, religions-spanning framing of Reiki and her energy healing sisters — which boast plenty of anecdotal evidence that they work. If it is any consolation to the author, even Saint Thomas Aquinas, if memory serves, was once excommunicated by an Archbishop of Paris.”
With the release of my book, Christouch – A Christ-centered approach to energy medicine through hands-on-healing, I thought it a good time to re-visit some of the articles, interviews, etc. I have done in defense of Reiki and other hands-on-healing modalities. Click on the link below to view the PBS interview that I had the gift of being a part of!
Obedience to God or to Man? A Catholic Woman’s
response to the
Catholic Bishops’ prohibition of
Copyright 2009 Lauri Lumby
On March 25, 2009, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee
on Doctrine released their document, Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as an
Alternative Therapy. Acting as the modern-day Inquisition, the Committee on
Doctrine has effectively burned at the stake all men and women who have been
teaching or practicing Reiki within Catholic institutions. As a Roman Catholic
woman who has studied Reiki under the tutelage of women religious and has
incorporated Reiki into my own ministry, I am both saddened and offended by this
document. I am saddened by the effect it will have on those who have shared this
remarkable gift within the context of their retreat, spiritual direction and
healing ministries. I am offended by the poor scientific research and ignorance
of Reiki on the part of the Bishops who formulated this document. Even more
alarming to me is the temptation of fear that has driven the Bishops to take
such a prohibitive stance. I am left wondering how the Bishops could have missed
the grace of God that has been revealed to so many in both sharing and receiving
the gift of Reiki.
My own journey with Reiki began nearly 20 years ago when a friend mentioned
she was taking a Reiki class. At the time, I knew nothing about Reiki, but there
was something in the word itself that grabbed me and I observed a deep knowing
that Reiki was something I needed to study at some point in my journey. I spent
the next 15 years looking for a Reiki teacher and while teachers were abundant,
none felt quite right. Then in 1999, while completing my training as a spiritual
director, I discovered that the Catholic sister who was the director of our
program was a Reiki practitioner. I took the opportunity to inquire and she
referred me to her teacher, another Catholic nun who had attained the level of
Reiki Master. I knew that this was the teaching path for which I had been
searching. I immediately signed up for the Level One training and have never
looked back. After completing Levels One through Three of Usui Reiki, I then
went on to study Level One and Level Two of Karuna Reiki – again, through a
Catholic woman religious.
What I most appreciated about the path to which I had been led was the way in
which my teachers presented Reiki in light of the Catholic faith in which I had
been raised. I have found Reiki to be consistent with scripture and with my
Catholic faith. Through the Reiki attunement, we are ritually commissioned to go
forth and heal in the same way that Jesus’ disciples were commissioned:
Jesus sent them to proclaim the loving counsel of God and to heal the
sick. (Luke 9: 2)
Reiki provides an opportunity through the charism of healing to accept the
unique way in which we are gifted and called to participate in the Body of
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some
benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another
expression of knowledge…to another faith…; to another gifts of healing…; to
another mighty deeds; to another prophesy; to another discernment of spirits; to
another variety of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues. But one and
the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each
person as the Spirit wishes… Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually parts
of it. (1 Corinthians 12: 7-11, 27)
And in accepting this call to being the Body of Christ, we can be assured
that God will work through us in ways far beyond what we could possibly
accomplish on our own:
Amen, Amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that
I do, and will do greater ones than these because I am returning to the Source.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do so that our Creator may be glorified.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it. (John 14: 12-14)
It is through prayerful reflection on scripture that I have come to
understand Reiki as one of the ways in which I am called to continue Jesus’
healing ministry and to be a vessel through which the healing love of God can be
revealed in our world.
Where I have embraced Reiki as a path revealed to me by God, for the fearful
few, Reiki cannot be considered valid because “it is not truth unless it is
explicitly handed down by the magesterium.” In this case, I believe that the
fear is that Reiki will somehow lead the practitioner or recipient away from
their Catholic faith. In my own practice, I can say that my experience has been
quite the opposite. In each situation where I am blessed to witness the healing
grace of God, I am drawn deeper into my relationship with the Divine. I am at
once humbled and awed at the way in which God works in the lives of the people
to whom I minister. As a spiritual director, Reiki has helped me to grow in my
practice and has helped me to be more effective in assisting my clients in
finding healing for their spiritual and emotional wounds. Through Reiki, I have
come to understand Catholic teachings that I had previously passed over as
irrelevant. Furthermore, Reiki has allowed me to more and more fully embrace the
Vatican II Council’s invitation to ecumenical dialogue as I grow in compassion
through exploration of and dialogue with the mystical practices of the East.
Reiki has become a magnificent tool through which I, along with my
Catholic/Christian clients have the opportunity to more and more fully embrace
the peace, love and joy that are at the heart of Christian teaching.
As I reflect on the way in which Reiki has been such a tool, one client in
particular comes to mind. This woman, stricken with MS, came for a Reiki
treatment upon the recommendation of her son. Her granddaughter had been killed
in a tragic accident a year earlier and her husband, who could no longer handle
the stress of her disease, had recently filed for divorce. She was bent over
with grief and stooped from the crippling effects of the MS. As I listened to
her story, and witnessed the despair and hopelessness in her face I asked
myself, “What good can Reiki possibly do for this woman?”
When the treatment was complete, the woman stepped down from the treatment
table and I will never forget what I saw. The woman stood up straight and in her
stride was a sense of purpose and ease that had not been there before. Her face
glowed with a look of peacefulness and serenity. She actually looked joyful. She
sat beside me and shared her experience: “What just happened? I have never felt
like this before. Never in 12 years of Catholic school, or in all the prayers I
have offered or in 50+ years of attending mass have I experienced this. For the
first time in my life, I feel completely at peace. The pain has melted away and
I feel like I have been resting within a warm vessel of love. What was that and
how can I experience this again?” Her experience brought me to tears and
together we were in awe over the way that God had reached into her broken spirit
and given her the gift of peace. She had what St. Ignatius of Loyola called her
“foundational experience of God.” From that day forward, she adopted a daily
discipline of meditation and prayer that has allowed her to grow in her faith.
While she still struggles with the physical symptoms of MS, her spiritual,
mental and emotional life are filled with contentment and joy. It is her story,
along with countless others that continues to affirm that this is the path God
has ordained for me.
As I struggle to find a response to the Bishops’ document, I am reminded that
as Reiki practitioners, we are not alone. Jesus’ own disciples were forbidden to
teach or heal in the name of their great teacher (Acts 4: 13-21). Perhaps Peter
and John’s response can be a source of inspiration and a balm of healing for
those within and without the Catholic Institution who seek to be true to the
path God has set forth for us: “Whether it is right in the sight of God
for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges. It is impossible for us
not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”
Just a brief announcement to my readers that my book, Christouch, will be available soon through Amazon.
Christouch – A Christ-centered approach to energy medicine through hands-on-healing – book description:
On March 25, 2009, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine issued their Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy. The final statement of this document summarizes the Bishop’s conclusions regarding Reiki: “Since Reiki therapy is not compatible with either Christian teaching or scientific evidence, it would be inappropriate for Catholic Institutions or people representing the Church to promote or provide support for Reiki therapy.” This prohibitive posture of the American Catholic Bishops is not unique among religious authorities and has brought to the forefront the question about how Reiki and other hands-on-healing modalities may or may not fit within the context of Christian teaching. Christouch answers that question. Through scripture, exercises for personal reflection and practical instruction, Christouch provides valuable support for hands-on healers who desire to perform their practice within the context of the Christian tradition. Christouch also provides the tools through which the reader may begin their own ministry of Christ-centered healing using the Christouch™ protocol developed by the author, Lauri Ann Lumby.
Christouch will be available soon through Amazon.com
Today, I will address the issue of spiritual obstacles and remedies to those inner things that block our progress, growth, healing and most importantly, the manifestation of our dreams.
In this pit of overwhelm in which I have found myself, it is easy to get lost in despair, hopelessness and frustration. I have certainly spent my fair share of time in each of these states – especially of late. Today, while sitting down to meditation, it struck me that I had forgotten to call in the reinforcements!
One of the fears that we are most likely to indulge during times of challenge and frustration is the fear that we are alone. We forget the ultimate spiritual truth – the truth of Oneness with God, with eachother and with all creation – and that includes spiritual entities that are here simply as sources of support for us in this strange thing we call life. While it may seems so at times, we are NEVER ALONE! We are never without sources of support – reinforcements of strength, guidance, assistance, etc.
In the Christian pantheon, some of my favorite sources of support are of course, Jesus and Mary Magdalene, Michael the Archangel and Joan of Arc (the latter two are especially helpful during times of intense internal struggle). In the Hindu pantheon, my favorite go-to aspect of the Divine during times of spiritual blockage is Ganesh – the overcomer of all obstacles. It was to Ganesh that my attention was drawn this morning. Ganesh, as one aspect of the One God, is depicted as an elephant. It is his job to plow through and destroy the spiritual obstacles that are blocking our path so that our way is made clear. The way the past week has gone, I felt I had to call in the heavy hitters – and there is nothing more heavy than Ganesh! So I welcomed the clearing energy of the Divine through the image of the bejeweled elephant to clear away the obstacles that currently stand in my way.
As I chanted the name of Ganesh and imagined him plowing through obstacles and making a clear path for me, it suddenly dawned on me that I too can be a clearer of obstacles. How had I forgotten the tools that I have been given as a Healer to be vessel through which God’s healing and clearing support could be made manifest in the world? Had I forgotten that I could ask God to use me to heal my own spiritual blocks and any other blocks that seemingly stood in my way? Apparently I had. I immediately accepted this invitation to be a vehicle for my own healing and clearing and visualized before me all those things that I saw as standing in my way – financial obstacles, physical obstacles, mental obstacles, unhealed wounds, spiritual obstacles. I imagined all these things and allowed God’s healing and releasing energy to move through me and around those perceived obstacles. I simply sat in this state of holding space for healing and release to take place and as is always the case when I am in the role of healer, I let go of any attachment to outcome and intended that the healing take place all for the higher good. I cannot say as yet what the outcome of this healing will be, but I can say that inside myself I felt more peaceful, patient, trusting, hopeful and empowered. What a difference it makes when we allow ourselves to be open to the support that is around us at all times.
My invitation for you today is to examine your own life. What obstacles are you currently facing. How can you allow yourself to be a vessel through which Divine healing and release can be unleashed upon these obstacles so that you path can once again be made clear?
And I offer a prayer of gratitude to the Divine in the aspect of destroyer of obstacles as I am freed and released from any obstacles that have been healed and any that still remain. Click on this link for a version of the Ganesh Mantra as sung by Wah! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV_uQfLJIxE