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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,