Little Libraries and Growing Abundance in Your Life

Recently we’ve been exploring our neighbourhood and discovered there are a number of free little libraries to be found. These are built by individuals at the edge of their properties and contain a small enclosed shelf containing books that are free for the taking. You are encouraged to leave a book or two as well to keep the cycle going. These are wonderful in many ways, allowing re-use of something that one person no longer needs, encouraging reading, and allowing us to find out about new and interesting things!

On a recent outing I picked up a copy of “Earth Fights Back – A Different Approach to Ecology” by Gill Gervais. I didn’t know what to expect, or whether it would be worthwhile reading. It looked to be a low volume self published book based on the cover (yes I know you’re not supposed to judge on that) but that’s one of the benefits of the little libraries. No cost to find out!

I was pleasantly suprised by this book, and it delved into many unexpected areas. In fact it echoed and built on some concepts that I have been coming across in various parts of my life recently. It really felt like I was meant to find and read this book!

The main concept that I want to discuss here is that of “what you think grows”. Whatever you focus your thoughts on will magnify in your life. So if you spend your time thinking about how your life is lacking in some way or other, then you will attract more of that lack to your life. Likewise if you focus on areas where you prosper you will attract more prosperity.

In the author’s words “The more you think of grievances, the more trials you will continue to experience. The more you think of good fortune you had and of future ones to come, the more good fortune will come to you.”

So positive thoughts are not only beneficial in making us feel better and happier (boosting our mood in the short term), they can actually change the outcomes of our life directly as well. The book even provides practical advice on how to change your thinking and instill new habits to help bring more positive virtues to your life. This includes mindfulness and meditation, helping to sync up the subconcious mind to these goals. Going even further, the author argues that setting up our own lives for success in this way is key to addressing the issue of climate change and our earth’s ecological balance as well.

If you’re looking to improve your well-being then filling your life and your time with the things and thoughts that you want to manifest more of will help you greatly. And if you’re looking for something new and different to read, seek out the little libraries in your neighbourhood. You may just find something that the universe has picked just for you!

Is it Depression, or Access to a New Level of Consciousness?

These days there is a bit of a depression epidemic. Many people are relying on pharmaceuticals to treat the symptoms – irritability, sadness, loss of interest, anxiety and other serious outcomes. The question is, what is causing the swelling numbers of people feeling these symptoms. Is it because of our fast paced world? Is there something in the genes, or some other inherited factor? The answer probably isn’t cut and dried – many different factors can have an influence. What I’d like to discuss here though is another possible cause and some tips that may help you or someone you know navigate these challenges.

Over the last number of years there have been “cosmic shifts” in the level of consciousness available to humans. There are literally more paths available to people to be able to reach these higher levels of consciousness. The “structure” is continually being built out and modified to bring about new possibilities.

With this comes great potential for humankind, but at the same time it brings challenges to those of us who don’t yet have the experience to be able to handle and integrate this available consciousness into our way of being. The vast majority of us don’t have any idea how to deal with this new-found ability, and in some cases it can lead to the very symptoms that we identify as “depression”.

The good news is, there are ways to integrate and experience this new level of consciousness, and at the same time reduce or eliminate the symtoms of depression. One solution is ancient and proven. Integrating a regular meditation practice into your life will help you to access these additional dimensions and become more linked into the “one mind” of humanity. There are many other ways to reach this goal as well, such as reiki, yoga, mindfulness, etc. and using a combination of these is greatly beneficial.

This type of practice will help each of us in our work on our spiritual path, and will provide a higher quality of inner life.

100th Session!

Recently this group marked a milestone – the 100th session! When I started this group I didn’t know how it would be received or how long it would go on. But I’ve been very happy with how things have gone with it and I still look forward to each session we have. I feel that it has improved my life in a number of ways, and I have heard from many other members that they feel the same way. Knowing that makes it all worthwhile.

If you’ve been thinking about trying out the club then now’s a great time to do just that! It’s very easy to get started – just fill out your name and email address on this simple form and you can try it out with no strings for 2 weeks.

Nature, the Economy and Dissonant Feelings

There are a lot of people feeling anxious and uneasy these days, and obviously for good reason. There is a lot of uncertainty around this pandemic that we are all a part of. I feel it too, but I think I can honestly say that my over-all level of uneasy feelings hasn’t increased significantly over this time last year. In fact in some ways I feel a bit more at ease.

You see, for some of us we’ve been feeling dissonance for a number of years now. We have recognized that experts have been telling us that we have things that need to be urgently changed in order to ensure our future prosperity and even our survival. And yet, the majority of our world leaders and business leaders have done little to implement the changes that are badly needed to ensure climate change doesn’t render our wold uninhabitable. This difference between what needs to be done and what has been done, and the lack of urgency in the response, has made me feel pretty uneasy over the last few years.

Then along comes a pandemic, and all of a sudden world leaders are united in a common cause, and the majority of people in the world are reacting in a way that is in line with the severity and threat of the problem. They are worried and fighting for a common cause. They are reacting rationally given the situation.

And in many ways things make more sense to me in this situation. Instead of going about our lives pretending (or not believing) there is a problem, we are now united towards a solution. The “enemy” in this case is a virus and not the causes of climate change that need to be addressed, but to me seeing a whole lot of people working toward a common goal and recognizing that things need to be fixed at this moment, is enough to remove that dissonance for now.

This is a rational response to the danger that we are seeing, and that means that in some ways the world makes more sense now than before the pandemic, when the majority of people were just going about their lives without any sort of urgency about the impending climate catastrophe that awaits us if we don’t change our ways.

The other thing that this pandemic has made clear is the relative fragility of our economy vs. the resiliance of our environment. A novel virus outbreak has brought our economy to its knees in a very short amount of time – a matter of months. Meanwhile humans have been assaulting the environment for over a century, causing more and more damage as we go. And yet it still functions somehow and keeps us alive. But the experts tell us we don’t have much more time to fix things before it will be too late.

We need to work with nature, not against it or in spite of it. It is what keeps us alive and it can easily take away that priviledge. Let’s find a solution to keep people from dying from this disease, then when that’s done let’s keep going and save our world. The consequences of not doing that will be much worse than the current pandemic.

Embrace Massive Change

I shared a message in my email to members of the group on Friday and I wanted to share it here as well, because I think it is important. Here it is:

During today’s session I asked the energy to interact with the virus that has spread throughout the world.  I asked for the message that this virus is bringing to us as the human race. There was just silence for a few minutes, but then I saw an expanding and vast darkness of the sky, of space, the universe.  It was infinite and permanent and I could feel the difference between that and our human lives which are really just blips compared to the history of the universe.  The message seemed to be to take this time to marvel at that which we have limited understanding and be grateful for our small place in it, and our short time that we are here.  Related to this is that nature is fully in charge.  As humans we often think we control things within our domain, but we are shown over and over again that this isn’t the truth.  Nature is in control – providing the air, water, and everything we need to survive.  And when we don’t live within nature’s laws it can take life away through natural disasters, droughts, rising sea levels, and virus outbreaks.  We need to change our ways or seal our fate as humans.

Sorry for the very heavy message today, but I am feeling this so strongly right now that it seems the only important message. There has been so much evidence of the good that people do in the world during difficult times – helping others, banding together and sacrificing for the greater good.  But we need to do more when things don’t feel quite as urgent as well. And now we’ve proven that massive change is possible.

Additional Supports During the Pandemic

I would like to announce some temporary additional supports within the Distance Energy Club, in light of the current uncertainty around the COVID-19 virus. 

We are experiencing a time of accelerated change, and this can feel unsettling and scary.  But at the same time there is great potential in change.  There is the opportunity to learn about ourselves, to grow and to connect to our fellow humans on a deeper level.

The work that we have been doing in the Distance Energy Club has been supporting this type of realization of potential, and I feel it takes on even greater importance during these challenging times.

To support this and to try to bring healing to all of those who need it during this time the energy club will be, starting today:

  • Donating half of all revenues from the club to organization(s) providing support/relief for COVID-19 related issues
  • Providing membership cost relief to those who are unable to afford to pay the fees to be a part of the group

These measures will be kept in place as long as it seems that they are necessary.  If you have tried out the club before and feel like you’d like to try it again feel free to sign up for the free trial.  For any of you who would like to continue to be a part of the group but can no longer afford the $22 monthly fee, just send me an email and we can make arrangements to reduce or eliminate your payment temporarily. I really want anyone who feels the call to be a part of what we’re doing to be able to access it, especially during this time of accelerated change.

In addition to our work within the energy club here are some other suggestions for keeping your body and mind healthy:

  • Try to get regular (daily) exercise – especially outdoors in nature if it’s possible where you are, while keeping your physical distance from other people of course
  • Eat healthy food, drink enough water, and try to limit your intake of junk food and sugars
  • Try to keep yourself in the moment.  Focus on your breathing, meditate, get into a project.  Any future that we can imagine isn’t real – it’s just one of many potential outcomes, so live in the present as much as possible.
  • Be gentle with yourself and others.  Stressful times will cause many of us to regress a little bit – maybe we’ll take on old unhealthy habits or do things we know aren’t really in our best interest.  We are human and we make mistakes.  Simply recognize these actions as something that you don’t want to repeat and try not to repeat them over again.  And forgive enthusiastically.

Together we will overcome any adversity we encounter.  It has always been that way, and will always be that way.

Monthly Theme for March – Climate Change and the Environment

lake, water and trees

I thought we’d try something a little different for March. The environment and climate change is something that is a major issue of discussion in the world these days and I feel it could user extra energy focus for a number or reasons.

As with many issues these days, the opinions about climate change are very divisive, especially here in the western hemisphere it seems. There are the “climate change deniers” and the “climate change believers” and people on both sides are vociferous in their claims. This same type of divisive (and often negative) chatter plays out across social media on a seemingly endless array of issues these days. This is a key area that I believe we can encourage healing and thoughtful/constructive discussions about key issues, as opposed to digging in our heals and stubbornly defending our own position without considering the motivations of those who oppose our opinions. Insulting or belittling those who disagree with us doesn’t help anyone.

Then there are the environmental issues themselves and the people who are doing all they can to make positive changes in our world. Those who are attempting to clean plastics from our oceans, ensure that pollinators continue to flourish so that we are able to grow food, and yes, minimize fossil fuel usage. All of humanity needs the energy to keep going strong, and those who are trying to make a difference need the energy to continue to push forward and maintain a positive viewpoint despite setbacks and the barrage of naysayers they encounter.

So for these reasons, and many more we will add a component for our climate and environment to our group sessions this month.

What the Heck is a Rogue Artist Anyway?

If you’ve been looking around the website for the Distance Energy Club you may have noticed the tag line on the header of each page: “from Rogue Artist Andrew MacKay”. And if you did notice that you may have thought to yourself – well that’s a bit peculiar – what the heck is that all about! Let me explain 🙂

I have been working with Alex Baisley through his Big Dream Program (more about that here) and one of the earliest ideas we came up with together involved the combination of a bunch of things I like to do and believe in, rolled up into a “life philosophy” which has continued to weave its way into everything that I do. And here it is showing up in the Distance Energy Club as well!

Behind the Rogue Artist movement is a set of ideals and activities, the primary purpose of which is to encourage everyone to see the world in new and different ways. To shake up your viewpoints and provide a richer perspective on everything you encounter in your life. It is a set of principles and (ever-expanding) list of mind-opening activities (simple art projects, life hacks)- things that anyone can use to help them come up with creative solutions within their own lives, and ultimately help improve the world.

Out of our discussions of the Rogue Artist came the idea of using energy healing to help increase creativity and help remove “creative blocks” for artists. This lead to exploring the idea that, in many cases, when an artist experiences creative block (has trouble realizing their life work) there is something else behind that blockage – there is something else in their life that needs unblocking (a relationship issue, health issue, money issue etc.) in order allow the person to fully realize their potential. And it’s not only people who consider themselves artists who get these creative blocks. Anyone who is struggling – feeling like they aren’t living their true purpose, feeling stuck – is dealing with essentially the same thing.

And so, in many ways the Distance Energy Club is intertwined with the ideals of the Rogue Artist. And it is why the healing that comes out of it has a unique flavour all its own – one that nurtures the artist in all of us. Because we are all artists/creatives when it comes to designing our lives, and displaying our true selves.

Clearing Energy Blockages

I wanted to share a little insight into the healing process in general.  Sometimes when we receive energy through a Reiki session we feel things getting better right away – we feel calmer, more relaxed, generally at ease.  But other times there can be a temporary uneasy feeling that comes over us as our body goes through the process of working on the issue that needs to be dealt with.  It can be an uncomfortable feeling, one where you might have trouble maintaining a positive viewpoint about your progress. But, with training and experience I have learned to recognize these things for what they are – a necessary step in the healing path – and one that will provide personal growth. So if you ever feel this way after a session, please know that it is temporary and is leading to amazing things coming your way! 

If you would like to encourage healing the best thing you can do is try to quiet your mind and explore within yourself to try to discover what part of your body is “active” when you are experiencing that uncomfortable feeling.  By “active” I mean a spot that you feel tension, pain, tingling or some other sensation that is a bit out of the ordinary.  Then spend time focusing on and feeling that spot out, while noticing everything you can about it (size, shape, colour, temperature etc.) The more attention you can give to the spot, the more likely the blockage will be released.

In more extreme instances of energy blockage clearing you could experience something that some people call a “healing crisis”. This is where your body goes through a major energy shift and it can be accompanied by physical reactions to speed up the detoxification of the body. This can include sympotoms such as upset stomach, light-headedness, fatigue, gas etc. There’s a good article here with more details about the healing crisis.

My Reiki Journey

My first experience with Reiki was having a hands on treatment from a Reiki Master. That was over 15 years ago, and just before that time I had decided to make a drastic career shift, giving up the security of full-time employment and launching a business in an entirely different field. It turned out that I wasn’t ready for the change – my body, my mind, my whole self. I became very anxious and felt like I was having a nervous breakdown. I had trouble sleeping, and felt truly awful. Until then I didn’t know it was possible to feel that much pain without having some sort of physical trauma. My doctor prescribed anti-depressant medication to help with the anxiety/irritability, as well as sleeping pills to take as needed. The anti-depressants became something I relied on for many years, but more about that to come.

The new business I had attempted was very short lived because of this. At that point I decided to take a few months to just try to recover. I had met a Reiki Master (Alex Baisley) through a business networking group I had been attending where I was living at the time (in Guelph Ontario), so I decided to make an appointment. I had no experience with this type of thing, and was pretty skeptical, but I figured I didn’t have much to lose in giving it a try. I felt pretty desperate after all.

After just one session I was already convinced of the value that Reiki healing was providing to me. By the end of the session I felt much more relaxed and had experienced something that I knew deep down was very special. I didn’t know exactly what it was yet, but it felt great. I attended many more sessions over the months, and Alex also sent me distance energy at times between our in-person sessions. I remember sitting at my desk in my home office and suddenly feeling sensations through my body – often like the feeling you might get when seeing something wonderful (taking your breath away!), or tingling/movement in the body. It felt amazing and I knew instinctively that Alex was sending distance energy.

Since that time I have moved to Northern Ontario, but I’ve continued working with Alex on various projects over the years that he does through his Big Dream Program (highly recommended by the way!!). I’m now settled in Sault Ste. Marie and one day, while visiting a local mall, I noticed a poster advertising Reiki training. It really stood out to me and I knew that I needed to sign up and take the course. Since then I’ve taken 3 levels of Reiki training, becoming a Reiki Master Practitioner, as well as numerous energy related workshops and Reiki Shares through The Healing Loft with Anne-Marie Caicco (also highly recommended for those in Sault Ste Marie!!). In addition, for the past year I’ve been working closely with Alex, reaping the benefits of his combination of energy work and coaching through online sessions. All of these experiences, as well as daily meditation and self care, have added up to big changes in my life.

Here are some of the things I’ve noticed that have happened since adopting regular Reiki practice over the last couple of years:

  • Better sleep – Previously I would wake up at 3 or 4 am and have trouble falling back asleep – this rarely happens any more
  • Clearer thinking – I can accomplish more at work in a shorter time and memory is improved
  • Back pain and misalignment issues in back reduced
  • Reduced irritability and eliminated the need for anti-depressant medication
  • Get sick much less often
  • Over-all feeling of well being and connection to community

So that’s my story! I’m so grateful for everything I’ve experienced (yes, even the hard parts!). It’s been an amazing journey so far and I know that it will only continue! I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned with others for years to come!