In these pages you will discover Ashley Dawn's unique journey of healing work. Being a Holistic Health Practitioner, Reiki Master and Light Worker, Ashley provides insight to the spiritual world of healing.
This book offers suggestions on how to build on your natural gifts of healing while encompassing our one true power, love. Wonderful for anyone interested in beginning a spiritual career or for a professional healer who may enjoy the reminder of why we do what we do. In addition she provides inspiring stories of true healing from her experience as a Light Worker.
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The Soul Speaks
A Light Workers Journey of Everyday Miracles
By Ashley Dawn
Balboa PressCopyright © 2015 Ashley Dawn
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WHAT IS ENERGY WORK?
Have you ever walked into an empty house and known that love had once filled it? With no pictures, people, or knowledge of who might have once lived there, how could you possibly know that the house was such a positive place?
That knowing is energy. We are energy. Our thoughts, our life experiences, and even the people we choose to surround ourselves with all play a part in molding our energy. This might be a familiar concept or the first time you've heard of energy described in such a way. Everything has an electromagnetic field that gives off energy. A single cell converts nutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), one of the ways a cell gains useful energy. We are made up of billions of cells; thus we too give off a considerable amount of energy called our electromagnetic field or aura. Energy can be felt and sometimes even seen, as in the aura around a person. Energy cannot be created or destroyed; rather it can change. Depending on our current state, our energy is constantly changing.
I have been blessed with the ability and opportunity to make a career out of listening to others' energy. I like to refer to myself as a light worker, which simply means I have studied many forms of energy work, collecting valuable techniques along the way. I have found what works best for me, and I've practiced for many years. Honing my skills has allowed me to develop my intuition and ability to instinctively listen and feel the subtle changes in someone's energy fields. Light workers prefer to work with other divine beings, such as spirit guides, angels, and ascended masters (masters of spirituality or a religion who were once on earth) for healing, inspiration, motivation, and all things positive that would support the highest good for all.
Have you ever walked past a place and felt negative vibes, thinking to yourself, I wouldn't want to ever be here at night alone? Or have you walked past a stranger and, even with his or her polite smile, sense he or she is hurting so deeply that you can almost feel his or her sadness?
This might sound strange to you, or it possibly sounds all too real. We are all connected to each other and everything around us. Maybe you have forgotten how connected you really are. Perhaps you feel you know you're connected to everything but just don't know how. Possibly you've had a profound life-altering experience that has opened your eyes to the amazing things we are capable of doing. And maybe you're reading this book completely in tune, and now you're in search of more information.
Every person who crosses our path and each book we pick up to read happens for a reason. We attract things into our lives, whether they are good or bad. So why did you pick up this book? You might not yet know the answer to that question, but if you truly are interested in learning more about your abilities and finding out ways you can help others, I invite you to join me on this journey of discovery with stories of healing.
As you start this book and healing journey, remind yourself to keep your mind open. Life is about joy, passion, learning, loving, and growth. We can't do any of these things without an unlocked mind. This means you're also willing to accept change, which can be difficult, but it is the only constant in life. I suggest you get on board with change.
Some of the most influential people and greatest minds in history had to at least be open-minded to begin their amazing journeys. Sending a man to the moon was once just a progressive, innovative, exciting thought, a dream perhaps. But with enough people working together with minds unrestricted, focusing on changing the world, their ideas made walking on the moon a reality. Look where that one thought — that one dream — took us, literally to the moon. Being open to something new, although it might seem strange and even scary, was one small step for man and yet one giant leap for mankind.
Let's dig a little deeper. As I introduce a few common types of energy work, I will briefly explain each; however, I encourage you to do your own research and find which modalities resonate with you the most. Energy work is a broad term for many types of hands-on healing such as Reiki, Healing Touch, Craniosacral Therapy and many others. Being totally spiritual in concept, it is not attached to any religion or creed. Thus it is compatible with any other faiths or belief systems. I believe this is vital to understanding the foundation of energy work.
If you want to incorporate your personal faiths or beliefs, you certainly can. I actually prefer to work with archangels during all of my sessions. If you are not already guided toward a particular energy work, don't fret. Light workers have many talents; the universe knows just how you are needed, so you will be guided toward what you need to learn or the people who will help you.
Hands-on healing may be used for both self-help and others' healing. Energy work is a powerful aid toward personal growth, as it works on a spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical level. It is important to know that the practitioner must have permission to do energy work on someone. Energy work is for healing and can only be performed with purely positive intentions. With most types of energy work, the practitioner will pull energy from the universal healing energy that surrounds all of us. Universal energy is abundant, thus not depleting the energy of the actual practitioner. The person acts like a funnel and introduces energy into the electromagnetic energy field (or aura) around the recipient. This healing energy is absorbed into the body, usually via the chakras. Chakra is a Sanskrit word, meaning wheel of light. These seven wheels are considered energy centers of the body and have been used as central healing points for centuries.
Now is a good time to remind yourself to remain open-minded. For some this is truth and completely innate; for others this sounds like one wild hippie ride. I assure you it is an insane journey, but not in a sixties kind of way. It's more about being open to the boundless opportunity of all things positive. It is important to remember these techniques are not new. They have been used for thousands of years all over the world.
Seven main chakras are along the center of the body, starting at the groin and ending at the crown of the head. Chakras create a vortex of energy that, in a healthy person, spins in a clockwise fashion and at optimum speed. Each chakra builds upon the next, working together and spinning in a harmonious fashion with all other functions of the body. I like to think of the chakras as electrical outlets for our bodies. We are wonderful conductors of energy. Energy flows around and through our bodies, but the chakras are the central areas of energy flow. This is why we can scoot our feet on carpet and shock someone with a simple finger. We also have a natural pacemaker in our hearts that sends an electrical impulse or shock to the heart muscle for each and every heartbeat. We are energy; our chakras are our outlets.
During a session a fully clothed client reclines comfortably. A practitioner places his or her hands over the chakras or several areas of the body that correspond to the energy centers near major organs. (Note: You must have a license to touch someone. If you are not an ordained minister, massage therapist, nurse, and so on, you may only perform energy work with your hands above the person, not actually touching the body.)
The healing energy flows through all the main systems of the body. Most clients report feeling extremely relaxed and warm during their session. The healing energy can continue having positive effects for up to several weeks after a session. The effects range from prolonged relaxation, a feeling of being centered and balanced, and, in some cases, radical healing on any level.
Western medicine has acknowledged the benefits of energy work and hands-on healing, such as Reiki, healing touch, and craniosacral therapy (CST). Qigung is unique in that it helps to increase and balance one's energy via physical movement. Many trained professional massage therapists, doctors, and nurses use these alternative techniques on patients in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and hospice centers around the world. With such a growing number of people learning energy work techniques, we know this will have an enormous positive effect on our lives and the world.
I would like to explain a little about several types of energy work. Although I have learned many energetic techniques, Reiki is my foundation, so it has allowed me the opportunity to grow spiritually, creating a customized system of energy work that works best for me.
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means "universal life energy." It is an alternative healing technique used to relax and equalize the energy imbalances in the body, ones that signify physical, mental, or emotional pain and even spiritual struggles. Dr. Mikao Usui rediscovered Reiki, a simple system of hands-on healing, in Japan during the last century. I use the term "rediscovered" because energy cannot be created or destroyed; energy is in us and in everything around us. So Reiki was already there. It just took a special individual to find it. Reiki has the same basic meaning as the Chinese Chi and the Sanskrit prana or, simply put, energy.
Dr. Usui, a teacher in a monastery, discovered Reiki. One day students asked him a question that would send him on a spiritual journey and change many lives. The students wanted to know why the miracles of healing that took place long ago in biblical times, ones that anyone were supposed to achieve, no longer took place. Dr. Usui went on a search traveling the world, studying medicine, psychology, religion, and many different ways of life. He found that everyone had his or her own version of hands-on healing or laying of hands. This is true, even until this day.
This intrigued Dr. Usui; however, the answer he had not yet found still frustrated him. He decided to go up on a holy mountain, Mt. Kurama, to meditate until he found the answers he was looking for. Here, he meditated for many days until he had a vision of symbols coming toward him and striking his third eye chakra. He knew he had been searching for this. Dr. Usui rushed down the mountain with excitement, knowing he had discovered something powerful.
Shortly after Dr. Usui started a Reiki healing practice, using the symbols that are in fact still utilized today. He soon found, with the symbols and practice of doing energy work in this newfound form, hands-on healing was very powerful. Dr. Usui eventually opened healing centers all over Japan. He gave the master training to only a chosen few: Dr. Chujior Hayashi and Hawayo Takata.
Takata felt Reiki was so amazing that it needed to be shared. She opened her own practice in Hawaii, bringing it to the United States. Eventually she trained several Reiki masters. She passed her wonderful teaching on to twenty-two people, making them all Reiki masters. One of whom was Beth Gray, who taught John Crundall, who then taught me. Being the fifth generation of a direct line of Dr. Usui's teachings has been a true honor.
Once trained, a Reiki practitioner can perform an absentee Reiki reading. This can be done without the practitioner ever coming in contact with the client. He or she uses a photo of the client, one in which the eyes are visible. This allows him or her to do Reiki on the client from anywhere in the world.
During this kind of Reiki session, the practitioner will write down the session and all things specific to the client's healing. This gives the client feedback, allowing him or her to not only receive the Reiki healing from a distance but later read the Reiki session as the practitioner performed it. This can be very important for the client's healing.
The following are a few more types of common energy work. They are each slightly different and yet still working toward the same goal of healing. As you do your own research, you might find one type stands out more than the rest do. I have found this to be true for most light workers, including myself.
Healing touch is another form of energy work, as it is used in hospitals and other professional healing centers all over the world. A nurse, Janet Mentgen, founded this type of energy work in 1989, which only utilizes very light touch to stimulate the energy field, surrounding the patient with healing energies. Many hospitals are using this type of energy work to calm patients before surgery. The Touch Research Institute of Miami has done over 100 studies on the positive effects of massage therapy and other forms of hands on healing, studying many age groups for various medical conditions (Institute, 2010) (Touch Research Institute 2010). Healing touch therapy can be used for any physical, mental, or emotional distress the patient is feeling. Being that healing touch is energy work, it too facilitates a spiritual connection and often helps patients with emotional stress.
Qigong (pronounced Chi gung) means "life energy." It is a beautiful, physical exercise that is also considered a spiritual practice. Although it is not actually hands-on healing, I find it to be very powerful. It is intended to balance the energy or participant and build energetic strength. This balance and spiritual growth can be used later for healing of one's self or perhaps others. Qigong is a slow-moving meditation and martial art that focuses on breathing techniques. When practiced regularly Qigong can allow access to higher realms of awakening.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is another very well-known and highly researched form of hands-on healing that incorporates energy work. Our cerebral spinal fluid surrounds our brain and spinal coulomb and moves in a rhythmic type wave, which can be felt through the body. This rhythm of movement occurs eight to twelve times per minute. Dr. William Sutherland discovered these subtle rhythms more than a hundred years ago. He believed the body's life force produced this rhythm and called it "breath of life." Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician, studied Dr. Sutherland's research along with analysis from Dr. Harold Ives Magoun and eventually developed CST.
Dr. Upledger discovered the craniosacral system when he was assisting with a spinal surgery. At that time his task was to hold the spinal cord still; however, the spinal cord kept moving. He realized the membrane surrounding the spinal cord would move in a rhythmic pattern. Years later Dr. Upledger created CST around the 1960s. Dr. Upledger had extensive scientific studies done on his findings from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, helping to support CST in the medical community.
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system. The practitioner places his or her hands on several "listening station" areas that allow the practitioner to actually feel the rhythm of the cerebral fluid and evaluate its balance. After the practitioner has had a chance to evaluate, he or she takes his or her findings to areas where restrictions might have occurred. These techniques help to enhance the flow of fluid and promote a healthier connection throughout the entire body.
Dr. Upledger also came to understand that emotional issues could be stored away in the soft tissues of the body, bringing about restriction that could eventually cause harm to the body. Because of his findings Dr. Upledger incorporated direction of energy, a hands-on healing where the practitioner will actually assist the body in moving stagnant or excessive energy. Dr. John Upledger opened the Upledger Institute, where he taught many students how to perform his noninvasive healing techniques. CST is one of the most researched and documented types of energy work.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 What Is Energy Work?, 1,
Chapter 2 First Distance Reiki Reading, 13,
Chapter 3 The Energetic Journey, 24,
Chapter 4 Let's Talk Love, 32,
Chapter 5 Now Is the Time, 37,
Chapter 6 Through a Sniper's Scope, 44,
Chapter 7 A Father's Last Words, 51,
Chapter 8 Second Chances Do Happen, 61,
Chapter 9 Remember This, 72,
Chapter 10 A Few Good Memories, 78,
Chapter 11 The Divine Firefighters, 85,
Chapter 12 Tiny Yet Mighty, 94,
Chapter 13 Be the Blessing, 108,
The Reader's Guide, 117,
Glossary of Terms, 127,