Melissa: How I lift my spirit without fail is by taking a walk or hike in nature. I feel so connected to all of life, plus I get a great workout at the same time. When I was on the magical island of Maui, I took advantage of many opportunities to connect with nature and soothe my soul. Maui has a plethora of natural sites in which to deeply connect with life energy and the whole island is covered with the spirit of Aloha.
On my most recent trip, I found incredible solace at the Ali’i Kula Lavendar farm. The lavender farm is upcountry at 4,000 feet elevation on the slopes of Haleakala crater. There are trails meandering through the lavender fields with identification of the various types of lavender. After strolling through the delicious fields I stopped to meditate in the Native Hawaiian Garden. My afternoon was scrumptious and complete with a visit to the shop to take home some of the lavender bliss I experienced.
I will be sharing the aromatic scent of this lavender essential oil at Dragonfly’s upcoming workshop, Uplift the Spirit! Aromatherapy using lavender has a regulating effect on the nervous system. Lavender is widely known for its calming, soothing and stress relieving qualities and has been used by many cultures for thousands of years. On May 19th, come live the balance and harmony that lavender essential oil brings!
Essential Oils are the fragrant essence of a plant or flower. They are in liquid form and highly concentrated and create the foundation for aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the healing practice of using essential oils from nature such as flowers and many parts of plants like stems, bark, root, and leaves. When the aroma of these oils is inhaled, the benefits include stimulation of brain functioning, pain relief and enhancing mood; though each essential oil has its own specific healing properties. Aromatherapy is a form of herbal healing practices when it is used for its therapeutic properties. Because an herb is a plant or plant part that offers its flavor, scent and therapeutic properties, aromatherapy gives the gift of natural, effective, herbal healing to soothe the soul and lift the spirit. Aaaaaahhhhhhhhh……..
Lucy: Last February, I set out on a healing journey to Maui. The second I stepped onto the land and breathed in the air, I could feel the healing power of the island. Maui is a well-known power spot for healing and renewal, much like Sedona, Stonehenge, and the Pyramids.
People who are “burnt out” by stressful lives come from all over the world to take an “energy bath” in ancient balancing energies. As the weight of the world lifts, the rhythm of the sea and the vibrancy of Haleakala volcano, the “house of the sun” can be felt as a physical and Spiritual presence beneath your feet, through the exquisite flowers and in the refreshing tropical Pacific air.
There is legendary healing power here, power recognized by the Hawaiian shamans, the Kahunas, who still exist today in a sacred lineage. One very special reason for this is attributed to the "mana" (dynamic healing powers) contained in the sacred bones of ancestral Hawaiian kings buried long ago on the "valley isle".
Hawaii is the birthplace of Reiki in the western world. Hundreds of thousands of subtle energy workers trace their lineage to a Japanese American Reiki Master named Hawayo Takata who was born at the turn of this century in the Hawaii.
Hawayo Takata journeyed to Japan in the 1930s, received Reiki healing treatments for several serious ailments. We are told she received a complete healing of all of her conditions. Then, she learned from Reiki Master Chujiro Hayashi the recovered secrets of this 19th century Japanese laying on of hands Spiritual energy healing technique. Until Mrs. Takata brought Reiki and her teacher, Dr. Hayashi, to the Hawaiian islands Reiki was virtually unknown outside of Japan.
Reiki is a self empowering energy healing technique which is quickly and easily learned and can be used every day to achieve balance and relieve stress. I am excited to share the healing Reiki energies during our next workshop in May. I also ecstatic about offering Moving Into the Light, our signature women’s retreat in 2013! It will be a blissful week in paradise.