Healing has been associated with Magickal Practitioners throughout the history of the world. From Ancient Egyptians & Chinese, to European Cunning-Folk & Wise Women, to Native American Medicine Men & Women, to Modern Day Pagans of a multitude of paths (Along with a whole mess of others, too numerous to list!).
Most of these people had/have a vast knowledge of herbs and tend to also have an understanding of human physiology. However, herbs are not the only manner in which healing can be administered, not by a long shot!
Hold it! <Enter squealing breaks sound here>
So, originally I was meaning to post on the various types of healing modalities with brief explanations for each. It felt like a struggle though, and my mind kept fixating on methods that did not use anything but the practitioner, maybe a little music & mood lighting, and some form of energy that is transferred from the practitioner to the client.
While I am a huge fan of healing by way of herbs, crystals, acupuncture, reflexology, etc.; I am most fascinated by, and most often utilize Energy Healing.
So what is Energy Healing? Well, regardless of what form you use, it is basically the channeling of healing energy from the practitioner to the person seeking help. This can be done with hands-on, hands-off, or at a distance. It’s something I believe we are all capable of tapping into, and I’ve always seemed to have quite the aptitude for it myself.
Below are a few types that I am familiar with, and have done myself…I’m sure there are MANY more methods practiced around the world, but this is what the Pixie’s packing in her Healing Med Kit: 😉
Basic Energy Healing: This is a method that needs no special training, and while it may be simple, it is by no means “less than” other modalities. The level of success has more to do with the practitioner than the method itself. I don’t know how others do this, but I’m willing to assume it’s at least similar to the way I do it. When healing energy is requested, I place both feet on the floor and use visualization & intent to summon energy from the Earth. I feel the energy being drawn in through the soles of my feet and move up through my body. If the person in need is with me, I either place my hands on the ailing area or above it (some peeps just don’t wanna be touched…and the area just may be of a, shall we say, sensitive nature). I then direct the energy to and out of my hands and to the person. I have also done this at a distance, I simply face the direction in which the client is located and focus on streaming the energy to them. When I’m done, I have to push that energy back out through my feet and into the Earth…or else I’m all sorts of buzzed up on the excess.
The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.” ~Paracelsus
Reiki: This is the ancient art of Hand-On healing re-discovered by Dr. Mikao Usiu in the mid 1800s after 21 days of intense meditation, fasting and prayer. After he received the information and symbols during his vision he was able to utilize it for healing himself and others. He called the energy used in this healing technique “Reiki” which means “Universal Life Force Energy”.
Reiki works by seeking out the root cause of the ailment, thereby treating its source as well as any symptoms.
Practitioners gain the ability to utilize this Life Force Energy by way of training with and receiving attunements from a Reiki Master (There are 3 levels: Reiki I, Reiki II, and Reiki Master). Once this has occurred, healing is passed on by the practitioner placing their hands in a variety of positions on or slightly above the clients body (Actual touch is not necessary for the energy to be transferred as Reiki energy is smart energy and it will find its way to the area). If someone is either a Reiki II practitioner or a Master they are also trained to do Distant Reiki if the client is unable to be physically present for the session.
Nothing is so healing as the human touch.” ~Bobby Fischer
Aura Cleansing (The Pixie Method): The aura is the electromagnetic field comprised of layers containing physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual energies that surrounds our body and extends out roughly 4-5 feet. This technique just sort of popped into my head the first time I attempted to cleanse someone’s aura during a coven exercise, and I had much success. The client sits in a chair, closes their eyes, and takes a few deep breathes. Take a moment to hold your hands out and find the ‘edges’ of their aura. Scan the aura with your hands (a similar technique is used in Reiki sessions). Once you’ve done that, focus healing energy into any areas you feel may be problematic. THEN comes the fun part! Place your hands at the boundaries of their aura again, and draw any negative energy to the surface and pluck it out. How do you do this? Visualization! Focus your intent on drawing the negativity out with your hands, rather than sending healing through…you’re basically just reversing the process. Once you see the black/gray/brown bits float to the edge, pluck them out and pinch them into little specks of dust to be returned to the Universe for recycling. Do one more pass over the client to make sure you’ve got all the big bits, then finish up by combing their aura up and out with your fingers (Just to get out all the tiny crumbs and make it all pretty again).
Elemental Energy Healing (The Pixie Method): This is very similar to Basic Energy Healing as I call on and direct the energies in a similar manner. This method also popped into my head during a coven healing exercise, and I had very good results. I start out the same as the Basic method: Feet on the floor, client in the room. I then call forth energy from a specific element (again through visualization and intent) Earth energy comes up through the feet and feels cool and dry, when it is projected to the client, it is green. Air energy is absorbed from anywhere on the body, feel it blowing on your skin…it is hot and moist, when projected it is yellow. Fire energy was drawn in through my feet as well, hot and dry, when projected it is red. When calling forth Water energy, I felt it as if rain were falling from the sky (or ceiling, lol) and I absorbed it cold wet energy through my skin, when projected it is blue. I then stream the white light of Spirit to sort of wrap things up. It is quite intense, but works well. Just be sure to ground yourself thoroughly afterward!
In the midst of the sense of tragedy or loss, sometimes laughter is not only healing, it’s a way of experiencing the person that you’ve lost again.” ~Alan Alda
Well, there you have it a nice little taste of the types of Energy Healing that one can do. Like I said, there are TONS more out there, so if none of these are your cup of tea, then look around and see if you find a method that suits you. If for some reason you have trouble finding something you like I have one fail-safe healing method that’s bound to make you feel better…even if it’s just for a little while: LAUGHTER! That shit will fix whatever’s ailing you any damn day of the week!
Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that’s because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.” ~Marlo Thomas
Welcome back to my discussion about what I think it means to be Indigo. In Part 1 I touched on the basic definition of an Indigo, and how I came to discover that I am an Indigo myself.
If you haven’t yet read Part 1, or feel you need a refresher, just click the link to the post below…I’ll keep myself amused til you get back…
Hey, You’re Back! Awesome!
Now, like I was saying…Everyone on the planet has a purpose to fulfill. Indigos do not have any sort of ‘exclusive rights’ to Destiny. Anyone trying to tell you otherwise probably has a book to sell, or is planning on starting a cult or something (If you’re writing such a book, Kudos to you, I wish you success, can I get a signed copy??? If you’re the cult guy, let me just say…you look lovely with that anime frog tattoo on your forehead – Honest :D. [Please, no angry letters – simply some light-hearted smart-ass conjecture on my part])
Uhhh, where was I? Oh, right – Destiny. Indigos don’t have the market cornered on it – but we’ve been fed the line that we are here to Change the World. Well sure, everyone will change the world in some small way…we’re all part of the same Universe, for crying out loud.
This continued theme of how ‘special’ Indigos and Crystals are has actually caused quite a lot of anxiety among those who fall into the categories. The pressure to do something Great for Humanity seems overwhelming. Would you like to go through life feeling as though there will be no cure for XYZ unless YOU hurry up and make an amazing discovery?? Or that YOU are the key to World Peace??
Sure, it would be great to do something so Earth-shatteringly amazing that the whole of humanity wanted to thank you…but is it realistic – let alone FAIR -to put these expectations upon these people??
I don’t think so.
I struggled for a while with it myself. Why was I given the gifts I have? Why do I think so differently from ‘everyone else’? What should I be doing to manifest my Destiny??
Then, one day it hit me…My purpose in This Life was to have my daughter – to raise her and guide her…and to learn from her. That was it…at least partially. It was startling to me that it was something so seemingly simple (although, anyone with kids – particularly strong willed ones – will tell you simple is the LAST thing it is, LOL).
The truth of the matter is that the simplest things could turn out to be the most important in the long run. I have done my best to teach my daughter how to think for herself. I have taught her the fundamental Truth that just because Society says that ‘This’ is the way we are supposed to Be/Act/Do things does not mean that Society is correct. I’ve done my best to make sure she never stops ‘seeking’ and ‘learning’.
This may seem like I’ve done just what every other parent tries to do…but I’ve found that when I tell people that she decided not to go to college, they are completely perplexed. Why didn’t I MAKE her go??? How will she possibly be able to make a life for herself?? Blah, blah, blah.
Just because she is not enrolled in a college does not mean that she is done learning. Frankly, the College structure, as it currently exists, simply will not work for her (wouldn’t have worked for me either, come to think of it).
My daughter was my main focus for 19 years…now, she is still on my spiritual agenda, just not the top of it (as it is now her turn to control her journey). So what is my purpose now?? Well, I’m focusing on my own spirituality (hence, my studies at Sacred Mists) as well as taking any small actions I can to support causes I believe in. If I can help anyone along the way, to discover their own path…or to discover a cause they feel is worth fighting for, then I will have fulfilled My Destiny as It has presented itself to me so far.
Each of us is on a separate journey – it it not for anyone else to decide which roads we take along the way.
Should we be without rules and go through life ‘Willy-Nilly’? Of course not. Contrary to what One might think, Indigos do need rules….we just don’t need rules that make no sense! Lol
Sure, I may be an idealist…but why is that BAD??
Wow…this has certainly been a rambling of sorts, hasn’t it? If I’ve lost any of you, I do apologize…I have a tendency to go off on tangents.
I guess what I’ve been getting at is that Being Indigo means being Human. It is living life to the fullest – not necessarily in the ‘traditional’ sense, but by going against the grain when necessary. It is not a license to buck authority just for the sake of bucking – but a tool to be used with caution. My mother (a particularly wise Indigo in her own right) always told me “There is a time and a place for everything”.
If you are Indigo, it doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. It just means that you should not take your gifts for granted. Do your best to find your happiness, your purpose, your Truth. You may have access to some parts of the Universal Consciousness that others do not…use this knowledge carefully, and responsibly. Remember that, although you may be different from others you know – this does not make you better, nor does it make you a freak…it just makes you different. 🙂
So, what do YOU think it means to be Indigo?? Are you making discoveries yourself? Please, share your thoughts & comments. I welcome your insight.
I suppose I should begin with a general definition of what an Indigo is, so you’re not scratching your head throughout this piece wondering if I’m talking about humans evolving into large Smurfs or something. LOL
According to Doreen Virtue, author of The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children, The Characteristics of an Indigo are:
~ Strong willed
~ Born 1978 or later [Isleen’s Note: This would be the Mass Majority of them. Many Indigos were born long before 1978. See Article: Indigo Generations ]
~ Creative, with an artistic flair for music, jewelry making, poetry, etc
~ Prone to addictions
~ An old soul as if they’re 13, going on 43
~ Intuitive or psychic, possibly with a history of seeing angels or deceased people.
~ An isolationist, either through aggressive acting out or through fragile introversion.
~ Independent and proud, even if they’re constantly asking you for money.
~ Possesses a deep desire to help the world in a big way
~ Waivers between low self esteem and grandiosity.
~ Bores easily.
~ Has probably been diagnosed as having ADD or ADHD
~ Prone to insomnia, restless sleep, nightmares or difficulty/fear of falling asleep.
~ Has a history of depression, or even suicidal thoughts or attempts.
~ Looks for real, deep and lasting friendships.
~ Easily bonds with plants and animals.
Ms. Virtue also points out other traits or tendencies including:
~ A temper.
~ A warrior spirit.
~ An ability to detect when people are lying or situations are out of integrity.
~ Have a lot of Indigo Blue in their auras.
~ Highly sensitive to outside energies.
~ Sensitive to chemicals.
Doreen Virtue is one of many authors who regularly write of Indigo Children – A term that now, frankly, annoys me. Why? Well, if a vast majority were born starting in 1978, then a vast majority can no longer be considered ‘children’. But, that’s just me ‘Getting my Indigo Up’ LOL.
But I digress…So much of the information out there regarding Indigos has a very Mystic quality to it. Many books and articles make it sound as though Indigos are here to “save humanity”, and make a point of putting their “special abilities” in the forefront.
While many of the authors wish to merely explain what has been called the “Indigo Phenomenon”, it seems to me that it has turned into an unwitting exploitation of those who fit into the category. They unintentionally place huge amounts of pressure on these individuals to become and do something remarkable.
When I was first began my studies at Sacred Mists, I read an article that was posted by Lady Raven Moonshadow titled “Are You an Adult Indigo?”. I had no idea what the title was referring to, but felt strongly compelled to check it out. I was astounded to find that this article was describing me. It described me so intimately, yet I wasn’t mentioned (seriously, how could I be mentioned? It’s not like the author Knew me. Lol). I was totally flabbergasted and delighted all at the same time. FINALLY, I was able to explain (to a degree) my life experiences up to that point. I was elated to know that there were others like me. Knowing that there were others that came before me, and even more that came after. It was comforting…I mean, nobody wants to feel like a freak, right?
I scoured the internet and read many books, drinking in everything I could. Now, however, I have begun to realize that there is no real information out there…no answers in print for those of us who were/are seeking them. The answers are out there…but not in any book. The answers lie within each and every one of us.
Each of us, as Human Beings, has a purpose in This Life. One does not have to be an Indigo or a Crystal to be important and ‘special’. I have come to realize that the main difference between “Us” (Indigos/Crystals) and “Them” (those who are not) could be as simple as how “plugged in” we are to the Universal Web, and our drive to do something regarding the information we are privy to as a result.
For Part 2 Click Here: What does it mean to be Indigo? Part 2