inspiration, meditation, Uncategorized

Make Sure Your Thoughts Are Your Own

Are you familiar with Abraham Hicks?  I love receiving their daily inspirational emails.  I don’t necessarily always understand the Law of Attraction and these emails give me insights and keep me thinking.  Today’s was perfect because it’s about KNOWING what YOU are thinking and not what others are telling you.  This is why daily quiet time/meditation is important so you can access YOUR thoughts.

It is of great value for you to give your conscious attention to what you specifically want, otherwise you can be swept up by the influence of that which surrounds you. You are bombarded by the stimulation of thought. And so, unless you are setting forth the thought that is important to you, you can be stimulated by another’s thought that may or may not be important to you.


Excerpted from the workshop: The Law of Attraction, The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham on July 01, 2006

Our Love,
Esther (and Abraham and Jerry


inspiration, Uncategorized

Are You Limiting Yourself?

Yesterday I came across two wonderful TED talks which were very similar in nature even though they came to me through different sources.  Are you familiar with TED?  “TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).”  The videos are thought provoking and the perfect length for today’s short attention span.

The two videos that I came across yesterday had the same theme: do not set limitations for yourself.

The first video features Maysoon Zayid and it’s entitled “I got 99 problems…and palsy is just one.”  I don’t want to even tell you what it’s about because she is so HYSTERICAL in her delivery.  Let’s just say that Zayid’s cerebral palsy, her Pakistani background, and her Muslim upbringing ain’t holdin’ this lady back from pursuing her acting dreams or any of her other ambitious endeavors.  Please watch to the very end when she dedicates her speech, because I just found it so heartwarming.

The second TED talk I came across is written in blog form (for some reason I could not find the video link).  It’s called “Misdeeds Do Not Define You”  about Shaka Senghor.  This is a man who spent 20 years behind bars for murder, 7 of those years in solitary confinement.  He is now an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, a BMe award recipient, an author, a speaker, an influential force in Detroit.  How did a murderer go from being so angry to being so positively influential?  He stopped blaming others.  He took a look deep down inside and he KNEW in his heart that this was not who he was at his core.  I give him so much credit for turning his life around.  He is not letting his history define who he is today.  He could so easily be angry.  He could so easily blame his upbringing and circumstances.  He could so easily go back to his old ways.  But, he doesn’t.  He consciously chooses a different path every day.

Are you setting limitations for yourself without even realizing it?  If you are not happy in your current situation, are you able to change your story?  I believe the answer is always yes.  We always have choices.  BUT, it takes a conscious effort.  Hopefully these videos provide a little inspiration.


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Asking for Directions

This morning, Elvis Duran (100.3FM NYC) was promoting ABC News anchor Dan Harris’s new book.  I had to laugh because Elvis said he really had no interest in Harris, a white, suit-wearing, straight guy.  What did he have to say in a book?  I felt the same way.  Really?  What’s so interesting about this Harris guy that he’s already writing his autobiography.  After listening a few more minutes, it turns out I may have to buy Harris’s book 10% Happier after all.

The short story is this: Harris was a hard hitting war reporter.  When he returned from a particularly rough time in Baghdad, he fell into a deep depression and started using cocaine and ecstasy to self-medicate.  In 2004, he had a panic attack live on Good Morning America.   Now here’s the part that really got to me.   In Harris’ own words:

“At around the same time, I was assigned to do a series on religion for ABC that sent me into a journey of self-help. This eventually led to Buddhism and meditation and a series of brain exercises that changed my life, and, as the title of the book says, made me 10 percent happier.”

Let me repeat what I feel is the most important part of what he has to say (in capital letters for big emphasis) AT AROUND THE SAME TIME, I WAS ASSIGNED TO DO A SERIES ON RELIGION.  That, my friends, is no coincidence.  This man, a “lifelong nonbeliever”, wasn’t just guided to find help; he was pushed there!  He probably didn’t know it then and he probably isn’t admitting it now, but he has guardian angels.  Harris was able to get help for himself because God (or whatever higher power you choose to insert here) was watching over him and set him in a different direction.  Harris did the work.  He had to say yes to the assignment and did whatever was required of him.  And to his credit, he is still here 10 years later promoting meditation as a way of taming our egotistical, logical mind.

Please know that you don’t need a major breakdown on national television in order for God or his angels to step in and help you.  What you can do is ask for help from above, KNOW in your heart that you DESERVE divine assistance, and then be open to the signs all around you, especially coincidences.  Tune in and follow your gut instincts.  You are always on the right path in life, but sometimes the direction signs just need to be a little bit more clear.  Don’t be afraid to ask for directions.

reiki, stress relief

It’s Not Sleep Deprivation Afterall

I have been wanting to write this post for a long time.  It seems that every time I Reiki a client, they fall asleep.  It does not matter what time of day it is or even if the client is new, a little nervous, and reluctant to close their eyes.  At first I thought that there must be a huge percentage of people with sleep deprivation.   Countless studies have shown that stress and our TV and internet use has played a huge role in depriving us of our needed zzz’s.  It would be perfectly understandable if people fell asleep on the table.

However, despite all the facts, I have come to the conclusion that Reiki is what is sending my clients into another zone, whether it be sleep or some other level of consciousness.  I do have certain clients who go into deep meditative states or into what can only be described as an out of body experience.  Given the amount of people who drift off (100%), given that it can happen at any time during the day (even 9 o’clock in the morning), given that the room can be full of sunlight or dark as night, and given that even stress-filled clients who have trouble calming down can go into a relaxing state of consciousness,  I can only conclude that Reiki is at work here and not sleep deprivation.

This is what I love about Reiki.  It’s an intelligent, soothing, calming, relaxing energy.  It goes to work immediately.  It even works for people who walk in telling me that they are never relaxed.  Unlike massage (which I adore by the way and I’m not knocking massage here!), a Reiki practitioner is not manipulating the physical body in any way. We are working on the energy of the body.  In this respect, Reiki allows a person to relax into a deeper state of consciousness because they are not awakened by the massaging of muscles and the pushing/pulling of limbs.

So if you are feeling maxed out, stressed to the limit, hyped up, unable to calm down, having trouble sleeping, wanting to press pause on your life, come in for a Reiki session.  I can guarantee you will relax.

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I have added this badge to my Reiki page thanks to Pamela Miles of  I’m not sure if many people know that you can Reiki yourself.  You can send Reiki to yourself immediately after being attuned to the very first level of Reiki.  What a gift and a life changing experience!  It’s empowering to be able to help yourself physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally with a natural, loving, healing energy that has no side effects.

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How to Stay Centered

An intuitive I follow on Facebook posted the following information from Judith Orloff.  Orloff is a fantastic resource for those who are highly sensitive to others’ energies or empathic.  Please visit her website because she has an incredible amount of information there to help you protect yourself emotionally.  In the meantime, here is the most basic information to start.

Emotional Action Step: How to Stay Centered In a Stressful World

To detach from other people’s negative emotions:

First, ask yourself: Is the feeling mine or someone else’s? It could be both. If the emotion such as fear or anger is yours, gently confront what’s causing it on your own or with professional help. If not, try to pinpoint the obvious generator. For instance, if you’ve just watched a comedy, yet you came home from the movie theater feeling blue, you may have incorporated the depression of the people sitting beside you; in close proximity, energy fields overlap. The same is true with going to a mall or a packed concert.
When possible, distance yourself from the suspected source. Move at least 20 feet away; see if you feel relief. Don’t err on the side of not wanting to offend strangers. In a public place, don’t hesitate to change seats if you feel a sense of depression imposing on you.

For a few minutes, center yourself by concentrating on your breath: This connects you to your essence. Keep exhaling negativity, inhaling calm. This helps to ground yourself and purify fear or other difficult emotions. Visualize negativity as gray fog lifting from your body, and hope as golden light entering. This can yield quick results.

Negative emotions such as fear frequently lodge in your emotional center at the solar plexus. Place your palm there as you keep sending loving-kindness to that area to flush stress out. For long-standing depression or anxiety, use this method daily to strengthen this center. It’s comforting and builds a sense of safety and optimism.

Shield yourself. A handy form of protection many people use, including healers with trying patients, involves visualizing an envelope of white light (or any color you feel imparts power) around your entire body. Think of it as a shield that blocks out negativity or physical discomfort but allows what’s positive to filter in.

Look for positive people and situations. Call a friend who sees the good in others. Spend time with a colleague who affirms the bright side of things. Listen to hopeful people. Hear the faith they have in themselves and others. Also relish hopeful words, songs, and art forms. Hope is contagious and it will lift your mood.

Keep practicing these strategies. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time you’re on emotional overload. With strategies to cope, you can have quicker retorts to stressful situations, feel safer, and your sensitivities can blossom.

By Judith Orloff.


The Importance of Non-Doing

A recent article in the Huffington Post entitled Creating Space for ‘Non-Doing’ by Steven Leonard talks about the importance of quiet time.  In today’s frenetic world where we are always connected, it’s imperative to find time to just be and sit in the quiet.   I think some people are afraid of what might come to them in the quiet space between their thoughts.  It’s important to go there with courage, connect, let go and trust.

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Reiki as Preventative Medicine

Angie Webster at Reiki Rays has written a short and sweet article about using Reiki on a regular basis as preventative medicine.

“By regularly rebalancing the system, we prevent or prolong the onset of disease. And keeping a more peaceful state of mind may actually help to prevent injury by reducing tense muscles. Working more effectively with difficult situations lessens mental and emotional strain, as well as the physical problems associated with them.

Many illnesses are shown to be caused or contributed to by high stress levels. According the WebMD website, stress has been shown to worsen or increase risks with obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, and depression. It contributes to headaches, aging and even premature death.

Stress builds up in most everyone’s life as we go through our daily activities. Many people are overworked. Society promotes staying busy all the time and little value is put into rest and stillness. Without regularly releasing this in a healthy manner and creating new balance, we damage our bodies from the energetic level down to the physical level.”

You can read the entire article here.


Welcome to Create and Blossom!

Welcome to Create and Blossom!  My name is Catherine and I am a Reiki Practitioner, Level 3, Karuna Reiki Level 1, and IET Level 1.  My goal is to become a Reiki master and I continue to study reiki, chakras, energy, angels and spirit guides.

My intent is that you relax and be open to the energy flowing into you.  I am not the healer.  I am merely the channel through which the universal energy flows.

Please contact me at if you would like an appointment.   I encourage you to read more about Reiki energy by clicking on the Reiki tab above.

With gratitude,