Sunday, 25 August 2019

Sleep Deprivation - Effects on the Body

A few weeks ago I watched an interesting programme on sleep deprivation and discovered some interesting facts, namely that lack of sleep leads to dehydration which can cause headaches. I’ve been starting to note when I have bad headaches myself and, sure enough, they nearly always follow a period of little or poor sleep. Many people, especially women, suffer from sleep deprivation. Often this is stress-related – when you wake up too early, start thinking of all the things you’ve got to do and can’t get back to sleep again. Other times I believe it’s hormonal, linked to changes connected with the peri-menopause and menopause. Other causes are depression, poor diet, physical pain from head/neck/shoulder problems and over-use of technology near bedtime.

In addition to leaving us feeling rough, groggy and lethargic with brain-fog the next day, lack of sleep also shows in the face due to its negative effects on the skin. Lack of sleep is also linked to a higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It weakens the immune system, affects fertility and has a negative effect on mental health. It is one of the most common complaints reported to doctors and holistic therapists alike.
 

Effects of Sleep Deprivation on the Skin

One study in South Korea discovered that sleep deprivation led to a significant decrease in skin hydration and impaired barrier function. Decreased hydration led to reduced skin elasticity and translucency, an increase in fine lines, uneven pigmentation, increased skin scaling; facial pores became more noticeable and there was decreased blood flow to the skin. In other words, lack of sleep has a massive effect on skin ageing. When the skin barrier in the outermost layer of the skin (the stratum corneum) is impaired, more irritants can get in and we become more susceptible to illness.
 

Signs of Body Dehydration

The poor hydration resulting from lack of sleep affects the whole body. One study found that adults sleeping 6 hrs a night were inadequately hydrated compared to those sleeping 8 hrs. It is believed that poor sleep disrupts the release of vasopressin, a hormone that regulates hydration in the body. If you wake up too early, you may miss the window of time when this hormone is released. Most people sweat during sleep which acts as a natural moisturiser for the skin. If you don’t get enough sleep you can miss out on the positive effects of sweating.

The signs of sleep deprivation and dehydration unfortunately show in our face. You may have hanging or heavy eyelids, dark circles under the eyes, redder or more swollen eyes, paler skin, more fine lines and drooping at the corners of the mouth. The skin may appear rougher and duller. Overall the effect is ageing.
 

Self Help Methods to improve Sleep
 
·        Take a warm bath or shower before bedtime.

·        Turn off electronic devices a couple of hours before bedtime.

·        Yoga or light exercise.

·        Meditation or breathing exercises.

·        Read a book to distract the mind from everyday stresses.

·        Go to bed at the same time every night to programme the body to fall asleep at a certain time.

Holistic/Complementary Therapies to improve Sleep

Most people report having a good night’s sleep after treatments such as Reiki, Reflexology, Massage etc. Reflexology helps rebalance the body. Reiki (any type) addresses the underlying causes that may be contributing to sleep problems. The healing/clearing continues after the treatment has ended and most people sleep very well that night as the body does most of its healing when we are asleep.

A Facial or Face Massage can ‘lift’ the muscles, release tension and restore hydration and healthy skin tone.

To beat the problem, or at least improve it, the best solution is a combination of lifestyle changes and therapies to address the underlying causes and rebalance the body. With today’s stress-filled, time-pressured lifestyles it may be difficult to solve the problem of lack of sleep completely but at least there are things we can do to help ourselves.

 
Notes:

Reiki, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Facials and Vitality Lift Facial Massage are all available with Helen Shortland in Nottingham city centre or East Leake. Please visit her website http://helenshortland.com for more details and prices.

 
Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Healer/Teacher, Holistic Therapist and Spiritual Development Coach currently based at City Gate East, Toll House Hill, Nottingham city centre, NG1 5FS and in East Leake (10 miles south of Nottingham). Helen offers several healing treatments such as Reiki, Spiritual Energy Healing, Angelic Reiki, Faery Reiki, Angel Therapy and Crystal Healing; holistic therapies including Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Foot Massage, Hopi Ear Candles & Facials; as well as Usui Reiki and Faery Reiki training courses and angel card and tarot readings. She has been on the spiritual path for 20 years and has extensive knowledge of healing and the healing journey. For further information about her Reiki courses, therapies and workshops, please visit her website http://helenshortland.com or visit and ‘like’ her Facebook page Helen Shortland Holistics, Healing & Spiritual Development.

 

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Intuition - Your Inner Guide


Developing your intuition means connecting with your higher self – the part of you that is connected to the divine, which is the most awakened, wise and highest aspect of yourself. It is a source of inspiration, guidance and wisdom if you learn how to pay attention to the subtle messages it sends you. Guidance can be subtle – the feeling you have when something just isn’t right, a sense of unease that you feel in your gut, a strong urge to act in a certain way or a powerful resistance to following a particular path. Some people experience recurring dreams with a common underlying theme – this is another way our higher self or intuition communicates with us.

With our busy lives it is very easy to forget all about our intuition and feel disconnected from our higher self. That disconnection however can leave you feeling anxious, stuck, reactive and ungrounded. On the other hand, when connected to your higher self or intuition, you are naturally more receptive, creative and open to new experiences and have a sense of being guided to the right people and opportunities. Life just flows better. And you know when your intuition is spot on because when you speak it out loud, you feel cold tingles or shivers in your body, usually down the spine.
 

How our intuition communicates with us
 
To pick up the messages from your intuition or higher self, you have to learn to bypass the conscious mind – in other words you have to stop thinking and analysing and work with your senses instead. These are your psychic senses, also known as the clairs – clairvoyance (clear seeing), clairaudience (clear hearing), claircognizance (clear knowing) and clairsentience (clear feeling). There are also less common clair abilities of clairalliance (smelling) and clairgustance (tasting).
 
Meditation is a good starting point if you want to develop your psychic senses because it teaches you to detach from the mind chatter and calm the mind. After all, if you ignore something, over time it goes away.

When receiving your intuitions through the clairs, you’ll find that you have a natural affinity with one or two more than the others. So how do you know which is your strongest clair?
 

·        If you are someone who senses the emotions of others, if you feel the physical pain of others when giving healing, if you ‘feel’ when you are being watched or feel someone stood behind you, your strength may be clairsentience. You can walk into a room and feel the atmosphere, especially if there has been an argument of if the space is full of joy. These people are very empathic and often taken on the emotions of others.
 

·        If you are someone who sees someone in the street who reminds you of someone you know and you then bump into that person or hear from them shortly afterwards, you may be stronger at clairvoyance. These people often enjoy art and visual experiences and can see the finer details of a situation.

 
·        If you are someone who can just completely download an idea for a book, film or other concept in your head from out of nowhere, you may be claircognizant. Creative people are strong in this area, especially those who do creative writing where ideas just flow through the pen.

 
·        If you are someone who receives words imprinted on your mind or hears actual words spoken to you that others cannot, giving you information or a warning, you are likely to have the gift of clairaudience or inner hearing. These people often like silence, chanting meditation or just listening to the sounds of nature.

 
The language you use can also give an indication of which psychic sense is the strongest. Note how often you say “I see what you mean”, “I feel what you’re saying, or “I hear you”.

The more we practice and tune into our intuition, the stronger it becomes. It doesn’t mean you’ll never make a mistake again but you’ll find that you have an inner wisdom that you probably didn’t have before. You’ll also learn from ‘mistakes’ a lot quicker, sensing the best way to put them right and get back on track.
 
 
Notes: Helen is running a Developing Intuition workshop on Sat 17th August 2019 at 2pm-4.30pm at City Gate East, Toll House Hill, Nottingham. Please email her at helenshortland@live.co.uk if you would like to book a place. No previous experience necessary, just an openness to have a go!


Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Healer/Teacher, Holistic Therapist and Spiritual Development Coach currently based at City Gate East, Toll House Hill, Nottingham city centre, NG1 5FS. Helen offers several healing treatments such as Reiki, Spiritual Energy Healing, Angelic Reiki, Faery Reiki, Angel Therapy and Crystal Healing; holistic therapies including Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Foot Massage, Hopi Ear Candles & Facials; as well as Usui Reiki and Faery Reiki training courses and angel card and tarot readings. She has been on the spiritual path for nearly 20 years and has extensive knowledge of healing and the healing journey. For further information about her Reiki courses, therapies and workshops, please visit her website http://helenshortland.com or visit and ‘like’ her Facebook page Helen Shortland Holistics, Healing & Spiritual Development.

 

Monday, 27 May 2019

PENDULUM HEALING - POWERFUL ENERGY HEALING AT YOUR FINGERTIPS!


Pendulum Healing is a combination of energy healing and spiritual healing. It works with the energy field of the body like dowsing rods, reacting to the energy emitted from a person’s body, both from healthy and unhealthy tissues. I connect to my healing guides and angels and ask the pendulum to release mental/emotional blocks, clear pain, release causes of a health problem etc in the same way that you would program a crystal. The pendulum then moves from side to side to break up the energy block then swings anti-clockwise to release it, returning to stillness when finished.
 

Uses

So far I have used Pendulum Healing to relieve pain, congestion and inflammation in the physical body, to clear blocked stagnant energy in the chakras and aura and to release negative thoughts, beliefs and emotions held in the mental/emotional bodies. I now include Pendulum Healing in my Reiki sessions and Crystal Healing treatments to clear the underlying causes of a client’s presenting problem, such as anxiety, depression, migraines and physical pain or to assist breaking down and releasing a build-up of negative energy. Pendulum Healing clears the underlying causes a lot faster than Reiki or crystals alone.

In a treatment the pendulum is held over the problematic body part or over the solar plexus if it is a generic condition affecting the whole body or if we are aiming to clear a mental/emotional condition from the subconscious. Pendulum Healing can also be used to clear individual chakras so that they function more effectively. It can also clear any blocks that are preventing you manifesting positive change in your life. For example we can ask it to remove blocks to receiving abundance, creativity, clarity and enhanced intuition.

Pendulum Healing can be applied to other areas of your life where healing is required, such as relationships or work. Many people suffer from low self-worth or slip into self-sabotaging behaviour which adversely affects the way these areas of their lives.

Pendulum Healing can also  be used to clear any negative energy in relationships (bad feelings, lack of forgiveness etc) and to clear negative karma of a family lineage or from past lives. More widely it can help release the negative energy of injustices and help heal communities. It is excellent for healing low self-esteem, self-worth issues, lack of confidence, anxiety and low mood.
 

How does it work?

It is believed that the spinning action of the pendulum creates an energy vortex, sometimes known as a ‘cone of power’. Pendulum commands can be likened to placing thought forms in the energy body which affect the subtle bodies and physical body in a positive way, improving health and wellbeing.

I have found Pendulum Healing to be incredibly powerful for shifting blocks, probably because the energy is focused in and amplified by the energy of the crystal pendulum. Like other healing modalities, Pendulum Healing cannot promise a complete cure but it helps to create conditions that are favourable to healing. I can honestly say that this is one of the most effective forms of healing I have discovered so far.
 

My Experiences

Pendulum Healing can be used for self-healing, healing others and as a distance healing treatment. So far I have used Pendulum Healing on myself to relieve headaches and clear the underlying causes of my migraine-type headaches, namely an intolerance to my triggers of perfume, aftershave and other perfumed smells. For the following two weeks I noticed a marked improvement in my tolerance levels which I would say improved by 70%. Two weeks later I repeated this program and again my tolerance levels have improved considerably. I also used it effectively on myself to clear any blocks to fully connecting with my spirit guides, angels, higher self and spirit and have experienced a much deeper connection, particularly to the angelic realm, since doing so.

I have used Pendulum Healing to relieve a client’s cold symptoms (catarrh and congestion) on her chest which cleared completely after treatment. Pendulum Healing has also helped relieve neck pain, stomach pain and considerably improved the relationship between a client and a friend.

With distance Pendulum Healing I tune in just as I would if sending distant Reiki: you make a mental connection with the person, visualise them, and ask the pendulum to clear and heal whatever the client wants to release.
 

Pendulum Healing Treatment

As stated earlier, I now include Pendulum Healing in my Reiki and Crystal Healing treatments where needed but Pendulum Healing can also be taken as a stand-alone treatment which includes the use of dowsing rods to dowse the state of your chakras, ie whether they are open, closed/blocked or stagnant. I can then rebalance the chakras with the pendulum, as well as work over specific problem areas in the physical body, then finally clear any blocks/negative energy from the subconscious that are preventing you manifesting your goals, such as improved self-confidence and self-worth, attracting love or greater financial abundance, increasing creativity or intuitive abilities.

The treatment can be an hour or half an hour depending on how much clearing you want to do. This treatment is ideal for anyone who holds limiting negative beliefs in their subconscious mind, as well as for all those who want to feel lighter, clearer and more balanced.
 

1 hr treatment  £30

½ hr treatment  £20

Distant treatment (max ½ hr)  £15

 

I will also be running an Energy Healing workshop in early Autumn using dowsing rods and healing pendulums so you can learn how to do this yourself!

 
Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Healer/Teacher, Holistic Therapist and Spiritual Development Coach currently based at City Gate East in Nottingham city centre, NG1 5FS. Helen offers several healing treatments such as Reiki, Angelic Reiki, Faery Reiki, Angel Therapy and Crystal Healing; holistic therapies including Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Foot Massage, Hopi Ear Candles & Facials; as well as Usui Reiki and Faery Reiki training courses and angel card and tarot readings. She has been on the spiritual path for 18 years and has extensive knowledge of healing and the healing journey. For further information about her Reiki courses, therapies and workshops, please visit her website http://helenshortland.com or visit and ‘like’ her Facebook page Helen Shortland Holistics, Healing & Tarot.

 

Sunday, 24 February 2019

HEALING: GETTING THE ISSUES OUT OF YOUR TISSUES


 

 
I’ve recently been reading a book about a clairvoyant’s view of the dying process (not as morbid as it sounds!) and an image of the last sight I had of my grandma, who died 5 years ago, popped into my mind. The image was of my nan sitting up in her hospital bed and me leaving the ward with the nagging feeling that it was the last time I would see her. At exactly the moment I thought of her I had a stab of pain in the left side of my upper back. Following this was the realisation that I’d been storing up all the guilt I’d felt about not being there for her at the end in my upper back (rear heart chakra). This was why I have an ongoing weakness in this area which causes me a lot of aches and pains. I had thought these pains were merely due to holding my arms out doing my therapy work but there was obviously more to it than that.

The late Louise L Hay has written a lot about the underlying mental/emotional causes of physical ailments and I think may even have coined the title phrase of this blog. I’ve also seen over my many years working as a therapist that the people with the most physical pain also have the most unresolved emotional pain. Healing of any kind (Reiki, spiritual healing, massage or other form of bodywork) aims to release this negative energy stored in the physical body. Only when it is released can real healing occur.

Over the last month I have given several Reiki treatments which show the healing that can occur when emotional pain is released. Details of three of them are given below:-

Reiki brings just the positive life changes the client needed!

This particular lady suffered with a lot of physical pain due to fibromyalgia and IBS but she booked a Reiki session to help her deal with the emotional pain and loss she was currently feeling. She was dealing with the grief of losing her mum two years before and was struggling to find purpose in her life and a sense of belonging. She was lonely as her health conditions meant she couldn’t work or get out much.

In addition to giving Reiki to all the painful areas in her physical body, I lifted a ‘heaviness’ off her heart chakra and did emotional releasing from the solar plexus and sacral chakras. The client actually felt the shift at her heart centre. We also released a lot of negative emotions stored in the lower back (rear sacral chakra), at which point she suddenly felt cold. This implies a shift has taken place on an emotional level.

All good stuff but it was what she reported to me the next day that made this session so remarkable. At a group meeting she attended after her Reiki session, she exchanged numbers with two ladies to meet for coffee/chat, she was invited to join a seated tai chi group and gong bath session she could manage physically and heard about various local coffee groups she could attend and meet new friends. She also noticed leaflets and posters for other groups she would like to try out in the future. She ended the day feeling much more optimistic than at the beginning.

So many coincidences and synchronistic events occurred following her treatment. I’m already convinced that the Universe brings us what we need rather than what we want and what this lady needed most of all for her healing was a whole new social life. When we tap into this universal energy source during Reiki, setting the intention and allowing it to heal us on all levels, we allow the Universe (or Spirit) to step in and guide our lives in the best possible direction. Her tummy was also blissfully calm after treatment!
 

Help for ME and Emotional Issues

This particular client suffers with ME and anxiety and had recently experienced the loss of an old friend. She had gone through two physically abusive relationships in the past, after which her health had “gone downhill”.

During treatment lots of energy flowed all around her head and rear third eye chakra where we store bad memories, fear, shock and negative perceptions. The client reported that she felt she could breathe again when I held the back of her head. An interesting experience occurred at her sacral chakra – the centre of our emotions and relationships with others. I had a strong intuition that I had to pull a cord out. This cord was to an ex who took away her personal power. When treating her left leg there was a sudden rush of energy up and down the leg like something had just been released. I sensed she had felt ‘disconnected’ from her legs before. A heavy sadness was released from her heart and sacral chakras.

After the treatment the client said that she often feels like she’s dragging her legs around “as if my legs aren’t really mine”. During treatment she also had thoughts and memories of the friend who had died. Afterwards she felt recharged, her abdomen felt nice and normal rather than weighed down and heavy and her whole body felt “as one”. When I saw this client again about 3 weeks later, she reported that she had felt better, with more energy, since I last saw her.


A powerful emotional release with Reiki

This lady had been feeling sad due to a relationship that wasn’t progressing as she had hoped. She had also suppressed her sadness following the ending of her previous relationship of 8 years.

During treatment a lot of energy flowed around her heart chakra, as well as the sacral chakra and a couple of physical areas. The client felt a shift in her chest during treatment, after which she could breathe a lot better. When this happens to such a noticeable degree that it affects breathing, it is a clear indication of the amount of tension caused by unresolved emotional pain stored in this area.

Her experiences that evening however were even more interesting. That night she slept for nearly 12 hours and the next day was very emotional, releasing all the tears that had been pent up for so long. She then found the courage to talk to her current boyfriend and they agreed it wasn’t a relationship with a future. In her words, something released at this point – she was no longer sad, either towards him or to her previous long term boyfriend. She really had released all the sadness and has emerged so much stronger.

 

Releasing emotional pain is, in many cases, the key to healing. So if you have been through an emotionally traumatic time or have long term health conditions which you feel may have an underlying emotional cause, please get in touch as a healing treatment may well benefit you too!
 

Notes:

1 hr Reiki treatment £33, half hr £18.

 
Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Healer/Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Holistic Therapist and Tarot Consultant based at 15 Wheeler Gate in Nottingham city centre. Helen offers several healing treatments such as Reiki, Angelic Reiki, Faery Reiki, Angel Therapy, Fairy Blessing Guided Journey and Crystal Chakra Balancing; holistic therapies including Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Hopi Ear Candles & Facials; as well as Usui Reiki and Faery Reiki training courses and tarot readings. She has been on the spiritual path for 18 years and has extensive knowledge of healing and the healing journey. For further information about her Reiki courses, therapies and workshops, please visit her website http://helenshortland.com or visit and ‘like’ her Facebook page Helen Shortland Holistics & Healing.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Guardian Angels - Our Divine Protectors


Your Guardian Angel is with you throughout your life to help you navigate your way through life more easily and successfully. All we have to do is sit quietly and relax, call upon them and receive the comfort that they bring or the message they have. Their key roles are providing protection and comfort. You can also ask your Guardian Angel for help with anything at all such as learning a new skill, attracting financial abundance, increasing self-esteem and joy, developing psychic/mediumistic abilities, and they will bring the appropriate spiritual helpers to you to work with you from the spiritual planes.
 

Roles

Protection:  The most well-known of the roles of the Guardian Angel is to provide protection when needed. Almost all of us have had that little nudge to take a different route or leave a particular place at a certain time, and this is your Guardian Angel at work keeping you safe. Your Guardian Angel can step in to help keep you out of danger if it is not your time to experience a life-threatening situation or leave this earth but they cannot assist if it is part of your soul plan to have that particular experience. If you regularly call on your Guardian Angel to keep you and your loved ones safe at all times, they can certainly mitigate the effects of an accident or situation but may not be able to prevent it altogether.

On a more mental/emotional level I have also found that the Guardian Angel can shield you from the negativity of others, including psychic attack. You can ask your Guardian Angel, along with Archangel Michael, to cut any cords to negative people and situations in your life, especially those who mean you harm or wish to cause trouble. My own Guardian Angel came into my life very strongly in the early part of the summer this year when I was experiencing a lot of nuisance phone calls. They helped keep my strength up so I could clearly see what action I needed to take rather than collapsing with fear. I could actually feel my Guardian Angel around me at this time and they drew close because I really needed them. I was given to understand that they protect you on all levels (spiritually as well as physically) and was inspired to write this blog at that time.

Comfort:  In addition to providing protection, our Guardian Angel can also bring up mental and emotional comfort. There have been a couple of occasions in the past when I have been very upset about something and all of a sudden a wave of perfect peace came over me and washed it all away. You know you don’t need to worry any more and that all will be ok. I was later shown in a vision what had happened here – I saw two extremely tall, white angels suddenly appear around me, at which point the sadness ended. Angel oracle cards are another very good way to receive this kind of emotional support.

Door Keeper: Through various spiritual studies I have discovered one theory that your Guardian Angel isn’t actually a traditional angel at all. Instead this being acts as a door keeper for all those involved in mediumship, clairvoyance, spiritual healing etc, acting as a control for all those who are trying to communicate with you from the other side. Imagine the chaos if lots of spirit entities were trying to communicate all at once! Your Guardian Angel works to keep this in order and, depending upon their own abilities and experience, protects you from lower vibration, mischievous entities or those who would cause harm. As your door keeper, this being assists you to connect with angels, spirit healers or loved ones in spirit and readily brings these through to whenever you put out a call or prayer.
 

How to Connect with your Guardian Angel

The best way to connect in the early stages of your development is to meditate for around 5 minutes to calm the mind and detach from every day concerns, open your chakras and visualise your energy body filled with pure white light.  I then visualise a door opening and a set of 7 white steps leading up to the heavens. Walk up the steps and rest on a white cloud. Call in your Guardian Angel, ask them to draw close around you and give you a touch so that you can recognise their calling sign. This is usually somewhere on the head, shoulder or arm. State what you need and ask for their help. It is best to set aside time each day if possible to sit quietly, open up, call your Guardian Angel to you, feel their calling sign and receive any ideas, thoughts and impressions that come to you. You can also draw an angel oracle card after calling in your angel in this way as this is another way that they can get a message to you.

If you have the space, you may like to create an angel altar in your home. This can be just a small area with an angel statue, a white feather, some crystals (especially angelite or celestite) and your angel oracle cards. This focuses your intent and lets the angels know that you are serious about strengthening your relationship with them.
 

How Angels Communicate

Angels communicate mainly through emotions in the early stages of your development, bringing you a sense of peace, comfort, joy or love, whatever is needed. They bring healing in this way. As I mentioned above, they have brought me comfort and peace when I’ve been sad, often accompanied by a sudden sense of stillness; other times you will have a feeling that you don’t need to worry any more. If you have asked for guidance, you may not always receive an answer straight away: it may come through later, while you are in the bath, quietly reading or watching TV, when you are relaxed. Guidance can come in the form of thoughts, words, inspirations.

Your Guardian Angel can also bring you an understanding of a situation that was causing concern. You may feel the need to send love and forgiveness to someone who was causing trouble for you. They will help you find the lesson in the experience, which becomes an opportunity to open your heart more and attract more love and light into your own being.

You should also look out for signs, ‘coincidences’ and synchronicities which often lead you to the next step you need to take or you may meet a person who can help you. If something is right for you, it will feel right inside, such as a feeling of excitement or anticipation. Follow these intuitions and the angels will guide you to the right opportunities to manifest what you desire.
 

Angelic Therapies

If you would like to make your own connection to your Guardian Angel, why not try one of my Angel Therapy sessions where I take you on a guided journey to the angelic realms for healing and guidance?

If you prefer more of a hands-on healing session, you might like to try an Angelic Reiki treatment. This type of Reiki is infused with angelic energy and is very good for emotional healing and helping you to move forward in life.

Angel Therapy and Angelic Reiki are both available for £30 and both include a short angel card reading.

 
Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Healer/Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Holistic Therapist and Tarot Consultant based at 15 Wheeler Gate in Nottingham city centre. Helen offers several healing treatments such as Reiki, Angelic Reiki, Faery Reiki, Angel Therapy, Fairy Blessing Guided Journey and Crystal Chakra Balancing; holistic therapies including Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Hopi Ear Candles & Facials; as well as Usui Reiki and Faery Reiki training courses and tarot readings. She has been on the spiritual path for 18 years and has extensive knowledge of healing and the healing journey. For further information about her Reiki courses, therapies and workshops, please visit her website http://helenshortland.com or visit and ‘like’ her Facebook page Helen Shortland Holistics & Healing.

 

Sunday, 28 October 2018

When Life Gives you Lemons, Keep Calm and Look for the Bigger Picture!

The majority of this year 2018 has proved to be a very frustrating one where I have been struggling to make any real progress in every area of my life. We all have ‘difficult’ years and during those times we can find that our mood is lowered and anxiety levels raised. We fall out of our place of power (our calm centre) and become over-sensitive; we over-react to criticism, judgment and disappointments.  I realised only recently that I have the power to take control of myself and my situation rather than let things simply unravel. I have spiritual awareness and knowledge – I just forget it sometimes! We all go through difficult times but a spiritual belief system can definitely help.

 
Understanding what you need to work on

As part of our spiritual growth, we need to look at our life and ourselves every now and again and address any restrictive patterns of thought or negative feelings. Both of these highlight what we need to work on.
 

·        First of all we need to find out exactly what causes us to overreact and take action to restore peace and balance. Others may appear to be responsible for our troubles but it is our own minds that create the negative reactions within us. When we react badly it is because we are suffering in some way. Being in an unsupportive environment leaves you feeling unfulfilled as your spiritual potential is not being allowed to surface. This is the root cause of many issues, anxieties and stresses in life. For example you may be surrounded by people with values and ethics that are different from your own, you may literally have no peace and quiet anywhere at home or work or you may be in a situation where it is just not possible to be your true self. When this happens you will inevitably experience low moods, self-doubt, uncertainty and a general dulling of the spirit within. In other words, you are in a soul-destroying environment.
 

·        If you want a new life yet are afraid of change, ask and meditate upon which part of you feels insecure and threatened. If you have had to be very independent in life, having spent a lot of your life alone, you tend to think you must face change and challenges on your own, which can be daunting and overwhelming, leading to a tendency to put up and shut up. (I’m guilty of this one myself!) Maybe the lesson here is to learn humility – tell someone you need support, comfort and ask for help. It is not weak to ask for help and to need others.
 

·        Create peace in your life as much as possible. Peace in yourself leads to peace in your relationships with others. If you are surrounded by negative people who drain you, take action to reduce the amount of time spent with them as much as possible. Equally try to extend compassion, understanding and forgiveness to others. A gesture of kindness can go a long way.
 

·        Try to develop positive thoughts by practising gratitude for the blessings you do have and positive affirmations. Stop the negative thoughts as soon as you catch them and replace it straight away with a positive one. We all have thoughts like “I’ll never be any good at this” but you can stop that thought and say “I’m getting better and better at this every day”. By the same token I also think it is very important to “Know thyself”. So maybe the lesson is that maybe you won’t actually ever be great at what you’re trying to do but you will get by. However there will be something else that you really will be good at and that’s what you should focus on instead. Accept yourself as you are and work to transform aspects of yourself that you don’t like.
 

Dealing with Challenges

Even if you have been on the spiritual path a long time, you can still be thrown off course by life events, circumstances and challenging people who put your new found wisdom to extreme tests! This can happen to any one of us so you shouldn’t beat yourself up too much about it, thinking you should have handled it better. It is always worth checking in on where you are at and where there is room for improvement. Here are some things I have found beneficial when dealing with my own challenges:-
 

1.    Regularly make time to sit still in peace and quiet to listen to the voice within. Allow yourself to feel and acknowledge the emotions you have been suppressing. If you don’t have a peaceful home, try the garden or a park.

2.    Walk in nature to clear your head.

3.    Meditate, particularly a compassion based meditation where you focus on your heart centre and extend love to those you are in conflict with. You can also journey to your sacred space within, call in your spirit guide and ask them for advice.

4.    Ask the angels for the help you need to move forward. We all have a Guardian Angel who is just waiting to be asked!

5.    Remind yourself of your good qualities (they often seem to disappear when we are stressed and negative!). Let your good qualities of kindness, compassion, empathy, respect and tolerance guide you. This is a great opportunity to develop unconditional love.

6.    Realise that you are only truly responsible for yourself. We must show care and consideration but always remember that other people’s happiness is up to them.

7.    Don’t let fear hold you back – a tough one, I know. Life can either be an adventure of courage, risk taking and exploring possibilities, or it can be uneventful and meaningless. When you think about it, the latter option actually sounds more terrifying!

8.    Realise you have the power of spirit within you, along with the support of your guides and angels. You truly have infinite potential.

9.    Increase your own personal energy through one-point meditation, Reiki healing or a simple chi kung exercise such as The Accordion where you build up an energy ball between the palms of your hands then focus it in your hara power centre.

 
Spiritual growth does not proceed in a straight line with week by week improvement. Rather we make progress in cycles with new challenges bringing us the opportunity to become more kind, caring, compassionate, empathic, responsible, creative and aware human beings. There will be periods in your life where you feel passionate, energised and creative, then you will experience a period of lethargy, restlessness and fear when you need to heal old wounds. Our major life lessons usually re-occur time and time again, even if we think we’ve already deal with them. It is like the Universe is saying “Let’s just go over this one more time”, testing you and giving you a chance to affirm new, healthier choices.

 

Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Healer/Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Holistic Therapist and Tarot Consultant based at 15 Wheeler Gate in Nottingham city centre. Helen offers several healing treatments such as Reiki, Angelic Reiki, Faery Reiki, Angel Therapy, Fairy Blessing Guided Journey and Crystal Chakra Balancing; holistic therapies including Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Hopi Ear Candles & Facials; as well as Usui Reiki and Faery Reiki training courses and tarot readings. She has been on the spiritual path for 18 years and has extensive knowledge of healing and the healing journey. For further information about her Reiki courses, therapies and workshops, please visit her website http://helenshortland.com or visit and ‘like’ her Facebook page Helen Shortland Holistics, Healing & Tarot.

 

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Coping with Anxiety


Mental health issues now affect a significant percentage of the population, with anxiety and depression being the most common. From a personal perspective I always notice my anxiety levels go high when my subconscious is trying to tell me something I don’t really want to acknowledge. Anxiety flares up at times when I feel out of control of my life and don’t know how to deal with something. My anxiety always seems to be worse when I don’t talk about it or ask for help.
 

There are many what I call ‘surface issues’ which can cause an increase in anxiety. Examples include a brewing relationship problem that needs addressing, a deep desire to change career, business and money worries, inability to make progress in a particular area, buying a house and going through legal proceedings. Wherever there is an ending but no clear sign of a new beginning, uncertainty and insecurity create a breeding ground for anxiety. There are also deeper causes such as old emotional issues from the past that have not been resolved. You may also have had a serious health concern or deeply personal loss in the past, the worry from which has become habitual, especially when the issue was long term. The fear and emotions around this time need to be released now that it is passed so that you can feel safe again.
 

Problems arise when we suppress something rather than acknowledge and address it. We hold ourselves tense in order to hold the suppressed emotion inside. When we relax properly, the tension releases and the suppressed emotion can bubble up to the surface. I’m sure this is why many people, subconsciously, are afraid to relax. The holding onto this tension can cause many physical health conditions that we term symptoms of anxiety. These include high blood pressure, headaches, back, neck and shoulder pain, poor sleep patterns, poor digestion, fatigue and irritability.
 

Early Trauma

 
When trauma was encountered in a person’s early years, by the time they reach adulthood and middle age, it has become so deeply embedded in their subconscious mind that they may even have forgotten the original experience. The mind has a tendency to blot out bad memories as a form of protection. I have also heard that if someone goes through a deeply traumatic experience and the body is flooded with the fight or flight hormone adrenalin, we are literally prevented from absorbing the experience and there is literally no memory to recover. However, in most cases, whatever lies in the subconscious mind, known or unknown, affects our behaviour, emotions and outlook on life, often manifesting as symptoms of anxiety.

 
Although many of the triggers for anxiety appear to be present day, short term issues, for people suffering with constant anxiety the roots lie in deep-seated trauma of the past, for example abuse, bullying, poor parenting, separation and bereavement among others. If this trauma is not dealt with fully and appropriately at the time, it then becomes the root cause  of other mental health conditions such as depression, OCD, anorexia, bulimia, paranoia, personality disorders, PTSD, bipolar etc. I have also noticed in many cases that poor mental health leads to poor physical health including back pain, chest pain and heart conditions from tension stored in the body.

 
Self Help for Anxiety
 

Please note that I make no attempt to suggest that these ideas can heal serious mental health conditions where only medication can help. However they may help those suffering with anxiety to cope a little better.
 

·        Reiki healing can restore calm and balance, release tension and trauma stored in the chakras and subconscious mind. A series of treatments are recommended to treat long term conditions. When I give Reiki treatments to the service users of the Improving Lives charity, they enjoy the way their mind manages to shut off negative thoughts while they are having Reiki, bringing them much needed peace and calm.
 

·        A regular meditation practice to help you detach from negative, intrusive thoughts and emotions.

 
·        A tarot reading asking for advice on a specific issue causing you concern.

 
·        A Crystal Healing/Chakra Balancing treatment using crystals to relieve anxiety. I specifically recommend:-

Turquoise for panic attacks, depression and nerves.

Aquamarine for stress and grief.

Amethyst to calm the mind, relieve stress, headaches and insomnia, and aid logical decision making.

Sodalite and lapis lazuli for high blood pressure.

Sugilite to relieve headaches.

Citrine to relieve worry and address digestive problems.

Calcite to relieve emotional stress.

Rose quartz for emotional healing, self-love, and to promote forgiveness.

Green aventurine for emotional calm and wellbeing.

Amazonite to sooth emotional trauma, worry and fear

Tiger’s eye to lift depression, balance the emotions and combat addictive behaviours.

Smoky quartz to relieve depression and negativity.

Haemetite for grounding.
 

·        And finally, perhaps one of the best antedotes of all, love and laughter with a great bunch of friends and a loving partner!
 

Notes:
 

-       Reiki healing treatments £33 for full hour or £18 for half hour session.

-       Crystal Chakra Balancing treatment  £25.

-       Tarot readings £25 for 40 mins, £15 for 20 mins.

-       I am running a Meditation for Health & Wellbeing workshop on Sat 13th October at 15 Wheeler Gate, Nottingham, 10.30am-1pm. This will look at a variety of meditation techniques for you to practice to see which works best for you.

-       Mental Health Awareness Weeks are 8-19 October 2018. For information on events in Nottingham please visit www.mhaw.org.uk

-       I have a small supply of the leaflet for the Talking Therapies self-referral counselling service in Nottingham. If anyone would like one, please contact me.

 

Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Healer/Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Holistic Therapist and Tarot Consultant based at 15 Wheeler Gate in Nottingham city centre. Helen offers several healing treatments such as Reiki, Angelic Reiki, Faery Reiki, Angel Therapy, Fairy Blessing Guided Journey and Crystal Chakra Balancing; holistic therapies including Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Hopi Ear Candles & Facials; as well as Usui Reiki and Faery Reiki training courses and tarot readings. She has been on the spiritual path for 18 years and has extensive knowledge of healing and the healing journey. For further information about her Reiki courses, therapies and workshops, please visit her website http://helenshortland.com or visit and ‘like’ her Facebook page Helen Shortland Holistics, Healing & Tarot.