Suzanne Ragan Lentz

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March 10, 2016
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Energy Healing 101

Article originally featured on Rumblstrips.com.

Along with your vascular, nervous, and skeletal systems, you also have an energetic system that is, like all energy, invisible to the naked eye. Your energetic system, or subtle body is like a holographic overlay on your physical body and is made up of power centers (chakras), energetic fields (auras), and conduits (nadis). Information about your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual states live within your subtle body.

Energy healing works in this realm. It is a general term for many modalities that remove blocks and energetic cords attached to others, grounds your energetic system to Earth energy, connects to light energy, repairs any energy leaks within the auric field or chakra system, and disconnects from any energy that is not your own.

If you are wondering why any of this matters, it is blocks within the energetic system that manifest as illness in the physical body.

Evidence of energy healing practices dating back 1000s of years is found in cultures throughout the world. The ancient Egyptians practiced Sekhem, a form of energy medicine that included channeling energy through the hands similar to Reiki (see below) though a much higher frequency of energy, an understanding of energetic meridians in the body and chakras, herbs, stones, amulets, and sound. They also had healing temples where, in part, they treated the sick. Their pyramids also functioned as powerful energy centers.

In India, the understanding of the energetic system and chakras, in particular, dates back to the Vedas, the oldest written tradition in India (1500-500 BC). In China, the roots of Qigong, a holistic system of body postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training, date back to the 300 BC and Tu Na, a breathing exercise that entails breathing down to your feet and up through your throat. Traditional Chinese Medicine grew out of the principles of Qigong.

Reiki, meaning Universal Life Energy in Japanese and refers to the energy channeled through the hands of a Reiki Master during a healing session, was received by Usui Sensei atop Mt. Kurama in Japan during an experience of spiritual enlightenment in 1922. He immediately tried this new healing technique on himself and his family and found it to be so powerful that he had to share it with his community at large. Reiki has been passed on from master to student since that time.

Energy healing modalities either work with the chakras and/or aura (explored below) or the energetic meridians in the body as understood through Traditional Chinese Medicine.

A few techniques based on the chakras and aura are: Healing Touch, Shamanism, Reiki, EFT, Alchemical Healing, Quantum Touch, Chakra Healing, and Energy Intuition. Acupuncture, Acupressure, Cranial-sacral, and Qigong use the meridian system.

 

Chakras
Chakras spin and draw in universal life force or light energy. This keeps the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health of the body in balance. The subtle body is made up of the seven major chakras (described below) and hundreds of minor chakras connected by nadis (energy conduits) through which energy flows, as well as the auric field.

Each chakra governs different parts of the body mainly determined by their location in the body. For example, the Root Chakra governs the feet and legs, the Sacral Chakra – the intestines and immunity, and the Fourth Chakra – the heart and arms. The Chakras also rule different elements of our lives which are explored in more detail below:

·    The Root, or First Chakra, symbolized by the color red, is located at the base of your spine and is your foundation, your ground, your roots, your DNA and your connection to family. It’s the chakra that sends energetic roots down into the Earth to ground our energetic systems, our human bodies, and our souls in to this Earth plane. From here our foundations are built. The mantra associated with this chakra is I AM SAFE.

·    The Sacral, or Second Chakra, symbolized by the color orange, is located in your lower abdomen and highlights creativity and passion. Drawing up Earth energy through your Root Chakra and up into you Sacral Chakra ignites a fire, a joyeaux de vivre. This is the source of all the juicy things in life: pleasure, money, sex, and art. The mantra associated with this chakra is I AM CREATIVE.

·    The Solar Plexus, or Third Chakra, symbolized by the color yellow, is located between the navel and breast bone and is your seat of personal power. Feelings of worth or enough-ness sit here with your diaphragm. It can be home to anxiety and being seen in the world. This is the place from which we project out into the world. The mantra associated with this chakra is I AM ENOUGH.

·    The Heart, or Fourth Chakra, symbolized by the color green, is located in the center of the chest and is all about giving and receiving love. The latter can be really hard for folks who are givers and is that much more important for them to learn to receive love. My favorite tool to expand the receiving side of love is to visualize the heart embracing any and all compliments directed your way. You can also visualize these compliments as butterflies flying into the back of your heart chakra. The mantra associated with this chakra is I AM LOVE.

·    The Throat, or Fifth Chakra, symbolized by the color turquois, is located at the throat, where we hear and speak our personal truth. When this chakra is energetically blocked or out of balance, words are hard to find, or you never stop talking. You can also experience sore throats, earaches, and neck pain. The mantra associated with this chakra is I AM TRUTH.

·    The Third Eye, or Sixth Chakra, symbolized by the color indigo, is located at the brow and is our window into the intuitive world; the place of psychic sight. This Third Eye sees through the forehead as well as the back of the head. If you tend toward headaches, it’s time to start asking yourself what information are you discounting. It is most likely intuitive information you are ignoring that is causing the headaches. The mantra associated with this chakra is I AM INTUITIVE.

·    The Crown, or Seventh Chakra, symbolized by the color purple, is located at the top of the head and is our connection to divinity, the infinite, the astral plane – the place our soul comes from and returns to after this life. We draw light and/or universal light force energy into the body through this power center. The mantra associated with this chakra is I AM DIVINE.

 

Aura
The aura is the energy field that surrounds the body. It surrounds your body and is made up of seven layers, each correlating to one of the major chakras. The closest layer, hugging your body, is connected to the Root Chakra located at the base of the spine. The outer most layer is connected to the Crown or 7th Chakra on the top of the head.

To get a sense of your own auric field:

Close your eyes. Take a breath in. Exhale. Visualize the outer edge of your auric field. How far out does it extend from the body? What does it look like? Is there a color you see in your mind’s eye? Take note of any details or images that pop up.

The outer edge of the auric field extends out as an oval (think egg shape) three feet from the physical body. This is also a great gauge for ‘personal space,’ especially if you are sensitive to being in crowds. If yours felt way bigger or smaller during the visualization, adjust it now in your mind’s eye. This is enough to shift its shape.

Your aura is an early detection system, meaning that you can get a sense of someone else’s energy by filtering it through this field rather than allowing a stranger’s energy into the inner sanctum of your own chakra system. Other peoples’ energy infiltrating the inner workings of your energetic system within your physical body can cause blocks, the underlining cause of illness. Know that if your aura is 25 feet in diameter, you will feel the energy of anyone walking through the space your auric field occupies.

You can strengthen the outer edge of your auric field by visualizing it as a metallic mesh where you can control the energy that enters and leaves your subtle body. Therefore, your energetic system and the major and minor chakras that live inside of your physical body can relax and run at optimum performance. Your chakras are safe to stay open rather than close to the onslaught of other people’s energy.

This article functions as an overview of energy healing, it’s history, modalities, and components. I am happy to answer any questions and explain the concepts in more depth, or connect how this information relates to your personal experience.

February 22, 2016
by suzanne
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February 23 Radio Show — Self-Care to Access Intuition

UPDATE: The recording of the February show is up on SoundCloud.

Join me on News For the Soul tomorrow (Tuesday), February 23, at 4pm PT/7pm ET/1am GMT (Feb 24).

The topic is Self-Care to Access Intuition since it’s super hard to do that if you are a bundle of nerves or spinning out due to stress.

I will be taking calls on the air and am also collecting questions prior to the show. If you’ve got a question or would like a mini-reading on-air but are unable to call-in, respond to this email and I’ll add it to the queue.

You can listen live by going to www.newsforthesoul.com and clicking the purple “Listen Live” button in the upper right-hand corner or by calling 646-595-4274.

Archives of the show can be found on the News for the Soul website or on this website.

February 12, 2016
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Spirit Babies

from the NYPL digital collections

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. A message of true love. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-64f1-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

 

Article originally posted on Rumblstrips.com.

If you have been trying to get pregnant for a while and live in a place remotely woo-woo, you may have come across the term or idea of Spirit Babies. Essentially, a spirit baby is the soul of your baby-to-be. Just like you have a soul, so does your baby. It is our energetic essence that exists prior to and after life.

You may have felt the essence of a loved one who has passed. Connecting with a spirit baby is very similar. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, not to worry, there is an exercise at the bottom of this article to walk you through it step by step.*

Just know that you are intuitive. All of us are. Some people are more intuitive than others. It is a skill that can be developed through practice.

Intuitive communication and information can come through in a myriad of ways just like the physical senses – seeing, hearing, knowing, or feeling. For me, it is a bodily sensation as well as a deep knowing. With clients specifically, information comes into my brain and repeats until I acknowledge or convey the message. It could be literal words or an image or series of images.

Intuitive information can also come through outside sources like a song on the radio or an article in your feed. This information is usually accompanied by a deep knowing in the core of your being rather than in the mind.

And so, spirit babies are souls that are ready to be conceived and born. As described by Walter Makichen, the author of Spirit Babies: How to Communicate with the Child You’re Meant to Have, their presence “fills the room with a joyous animated energy that reminded me of children at play.”

This has been my experience with spirit babies too, whether they are in their momma’s womb or still waiting to be conceived. Each one is highly animated and bursting at the seams with joy to be born. One even timed the blaring of “I want you back” by the Jackson 5 from a car stereo while in session with his mom-to-be. “Oh, baby, give me one more chance… to show you that I love you.”

During my own fertility journey a number of years ago, a spirit baby talked to me, completely out of the blue. I was walking to work and a pregnant woman passed me and the soul of her baby spoke up so excited that I could hear it. This is when I learned that I had a gift to communicate with little ones coming into the world.

In prepping for this article, there was some specific information the spirit babies want you to know. Each one picks their parents very specifically and strategically. When fertility issues occur, it can mean their parents-to-be require additional experiences as a non-parent. Or it can mean the timing is not yet correct for their birth in terms of what their soul needs to accomplish during their life.

Much of the work I do with clients is around releasing energetic blocks from their energetic system—the chakras and auric field. This releases stress from the cells and creates the space for something new to happen. The energetic system can also hold trauma from past lives that needs to be resolved and released prior to conception.

In future articles, I will be exploring spirit babies in-depth in relation to fertility, miscarriage, and pregnancy.

* Exercise to Connect with Your Spirit Baby

Tapping into the unbridled enthusiasm of your spirit baby is a great way to quell the stress of poking and prodding and tests.

Sit quietly, take a series of deep breaths, and focus in on your heart center. Inhale love into the around your heart and exhale any stress or anxiety. Feel the stress and anxiety release from your cells. Continue to focus on your breath, allowing the space for your spirit baby to come forth. You may ‘see’ a bubble of light (think Glinda, the good witch form the Wizard of Oz) – it may be green or yellow or white. You may ‘hear’ a voice talking to you from your heart chakra. You may ‘feel’ a presence. Focus on the joyfulness. And feel, hear, or see what your spirit baby has to say.

January 26, 2016
by suzanne
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January 26 Radio Show — Spirit Babies

Radio Show Spirit Babies

 

Update: The recording for this show can be found here.

Today at 4pm PST, I will be talking about Spirit Babies on my News for the Soul radio show.

The topic for Tuesday’s radio show on News for the Soul is Spirit Babies. A spirit baby is the soul of your baby-to-be. Just like you have a soul, so does your baby. It is our energetic essence that exists prior to and after life.

During my own fertility journey, a spirit baby spoke to me, completely out of the blue. I was walking to work and a pregnant woman passed me and the soul of her baby spoke up; so excited that I could hear it. This is when I learned that I had a gift to communicate with little ones coming into the world.

If you are trying to conceive or are pregnant, PM specific questions to be answered on the air or call 646-595-4274 on January 26 at 4pm PT to speak with me live on the air.

 

November 29, 2015
by suzanne
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5 Techniques for Stress-free Holidays

The holidays can be an especially hard time of year for folks due to the stress of trying to make the experience magical for family and friends. Managing our expectations and coping with the expectations of others is also a key component to burdensome stress.

Here are five techniques you can use to create stress-free holidays and alleviate over-commitment and added expectations of the season.

First, reflect on the holiday’s true meaning. What traditions truly resonate for you? Meaning that if this one thing did not occur, Thanksgiving or Hannakauh or Christmas would not be the same. What are those things that you absolutely love about <insert holiday>? Like what makes you giddy. What new traditions can you and your family start?

For me, the Thanksgiving meal can occur with any group of people — but it never really feels like Thanksgiving if I do not make my mother’s corn bread stuffing. There are lots of other foods particular to my family including sauerkraut and dashi, a Lithuanian sausage, that I can live without. It may be your family gathering together, voicing those things that you are grateful for in a religious or secular way, or playing football.

In terms of Christmas/Solstice, it’s all about bringing a tree into our home and decorating it with ornaments passed down in my family. We tried it one year without a tree. And where it was a good learning experience and decision at the time, no tree = no heart of the season of light. We do not have children or family nearby so it is also about solitude. I love the winter solstice as a time of reflection when the Northern Hemisphere is blanketed in darkness.

Take a few minutes now to tune-in to that core thing that makes your holiday truly yours.

And to explore this more in-depth, Hundred Dollar Holiday by Bill McKibben, is a great conversation starter with your family. His view may be a bit extreme though is helpful to hone in on what the holiday means to you and your family, the root meaning, and inform your traditions moving forward.

The second is to hold your loved ones in LOVE. I like to think of it as the bubble in which Glinda the Good Witch arrives in the Wizard of Oz. Think of each person and feel the warmth of love. Envision all your guests or the guests of the gathering that you are attending and hold that vision in the frequency of LOVE.

The Energetic Roots Grounding Meditation is a quick way to shift your energy or re-ground yourself during the holiday season and throughout the year. I recommend this 4 1/2 minute guided meditation to all my clients as it packs a calming wallop. Perfect to listen to just before exiting the car for a family gathering or before and after you entertain a group of folks. You will feel calm, centered, and full of renewed energy.

Create lists of what you are grateful for or that which you love. By writing down or reciting in your head those people, thing, places, interactions, and experiences which you love or feel gratitude for,  you shift your energetic frequency and feel better. Instead of listening to the news which is always about things that have gone wrong, why not try writing a list of things that have gone right throughout your day.

On my walk to work each day, I’ve taken up reciting a list in my head of all the things that I love along the way. It can include someone’s coat or the color of their hair or the glint of light or the color of the leaves or a passerby’s smile.

Take a change of plans in stride as it may just be a blessing in disguise. The holidays can add an extra layer of pressure given all the parties and obligations when what we need is a break. This happened to me and my husband this Thanksgiving as we were to spend the day with family that ended up not being able to make it due to weather. We were originally just going to bring a dish and ended up shopping and cooking a full meal ourselves. And it was exactly what I needed to do — cook.

Above all, have kindness and compassion for your self. If you need to cry, cry. If you need a time out, take it or a bath or a walk around the block. Maybe hug a tree. And if you have to tell some on you love them, do that too.