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Dropping the "Spirituality" Stigma

Published by on December 30, 2018

While you will meet people from all walks of life, you will find that everyone has at least heard of different spiritual practices including what they would consider the dark arts or witchcraft.

In my personal spiritual journey, I have encountered the many forms of prejudices inflicted on spiritual practitioners because of the belief that a “spiritual” practice has something to do with dark occult practices.

I would like to shed some light on this topic to dispel some of these ill-conceived, prejudicial, and ignorant beliefs for people who are not on a spiritual journey or for people who, because of their personal religious beliefs, don't understand what a spiritual practice is.

First, I would like to clarify that spirituality is not witchcraft. This is an assumption I hear quite often from people who are, by no fault of their own, ignorant to or misinformed about spirituality. Spirituality is the practice of going within your own psyche to find what it is that your soul truly wants to accomplish in this existence. Sometimes religion is part of that depending on what your beliefs are. Spiritual practices are based on love and compassion, and not all forms of witchcraft have to do with darkness or evil.

Second, spirituality has less to do with religion, but everything to do with personal beliefs. People who seek a spiritual life are working to achieve their soul's purpose in this life whether it be through their religious beliefs or through different spiritual practices to carry out his or her soul's purpose.

The soul seeks to find a higher purpose. Therefore, I believe there is no difference between a person who believes that they have received a calling from God to become a monk or a nun and someone like myself whose soul seeks its purpose in helping others by facilitating energy healing.

A nun may resign

herself to living a life of solitude and worship because that is what her soul requires to feel fulfilled; while my soul seeks a spiritual practice that includes the use of holistic wellness tools to benefit others as well as myself.

I am a Reiki practitioner, and my work is concentrated on working with the body’s energy. You will see that I speak quite a bit about vibration, energy, and resonance. Reiki is an energy-based healing system where the practitioner conducting the session scans the body looking for changes in the body's life force energy or biofield energy.

A person’s life force energy or biofield energy can become “out of balance” when a person experiences prolonged periods of stress, illness, or has suffered some sort of emotionally traumatic life event such as the loss of a loved one. By bringing the body’s bioenergetic field back into balance, a person will experience the spiritual benefit of Reiki because when the channel between your conscious and unconscious mind is opened, you feel more spiritually connected to your beliefs.

My practice honors and respects all faiths as I meet each of you wherever you are in life. More importantly I know there are people in this community that would benefit from my experience in clearing out and releasing feelings of emotional loss and grief in order to feel more spiritually connected to their beliefs.

Releasing the stigma associated with spirituality and the limiting beliefs it created within me, has allowed me to connect more with people on the same energetic level as me no matter what their faith or religious beliefs may have been. By also releasing the fear of judgment that this stigma created within me has brought me to a place of finding a purpose in teaching. You will find me educating people on the difference between what are considered “magic” practices and the scientifically proven benefits of treating the energetic fields of the body with Reiki and other holistic wellness tools to support health and overall well-being.

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