Shining Their Light: Van Tan Invites Us into the World of Reiki Healing

Shining Their Light: Van Tan Invites Us into the World of Reiki Healing

Van Tan describes herself as an entrepreneur and advocate of Philippine indigenous materials. In 2003, Van started an export business catering to countries in Europe and the United States, designing fashion accessories and native handbags.  She has always had a passion for crafts and has recently ventured into jewelry and crystals, which took her deep into the world of pranic healing and reiki. Today, Van practices an assortment of energy healing modalities from Pranic to ThetaHealing, Reiki,  the Millenium Method, space clearing and dowsing. Since meeting Van in 2014, my personal healing journey has been filled with so much more life and color. I wanted Van to tell me more about the world of healing that she has found herself in, and being the warm and enthusiastic person that she is, she was more than happy to take me into this world as you will soon discover in our conversation.

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Shining Their Light: Rachel Kelly Davis and Her Relationship with Words through the Healing Journey

Shining Their Light: Rachel Kelly Davis and Her Relationship with Words through the Healing Journey

Rachel Kelly Davis describes herself as "a digital marketer, a mother, a friend, a frustrated musician, and a terrible photographer". But, at the core of it all, she says, "I am a writer". Rachel and I met at an art gallery when I stopped her in her tracks to tell me who she was and why I felt like I knew her. It turns out we had never been introduced, but there began an unlikely friendship that has grown by leaps and bounds ever since. The two things we had in common? Healing and words. 

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3 Basic Tools for Surviving Life's Changing Tides

A few weeks ago, I attended a Crew Conference for the Maritime industry, where they had all kinds of high-tech, life size simulations for training the seafarer. Everything was built and designed to help the seafarer navigate and read data precisely as it comes up. As you can imagine, these vessels are huge - about the length of a 20 - 30 story building. And if you watched Titanic, then you know how steering such a large vessel and making the right calls are  equally important, otherwise, accidents can happen. Aside from hitting icebergs, ships can collide with one another, and when crew men take safety on board for granted, engine rooms can spark and lead to combustion.

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Shining Their Light: Christina "Goldie" Poblador on the art of scent

Each and everyone one of us is taken on a healing journey that encourages us to find the elements that would best resonate with our psyche. Goldie Poblador, is one such artist who has found healing in the work that she has chosen to create and share with all of us. Focusing on glass, Goldie mixes the art of scent and its properties to invigorate the senses of her audience. I decided to write to Goldie to ask her more about her work and the healing properties of scent when used in art. Here's where our conversation took us:

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Shining Their Light: Nick Daez on his healing journey

Nick Daez is a director for television shows and commercials. He owns a video production company called Seabiscuit Films which specializes in food, travel, and lifestyle bespoke films. Having known him for a little more than a decade, I have gotten glimpses into his journey as he grew mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. I wanted to discuss this journey with him little further,  here's where our conversation took us...

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Self-Compassion as a Stepping Stone to Health Behavior Change

Self-compassion, as it turns out, demands that we go beyond our comfort zones. While compassion may seem like the complete opposite of courage, I soon learned that courage and self-compassion actually came hand-in-hand.  Research shows that self-awareness plays a huge part in developing health behavior change, but if the awareness of ourselves is generally unpleasant, then we may look to food or other concrete aspects (like cigarettes, alcohol, etc) of life instead of long-term health goals (Adams & Leary, 2007).  Through better understanding of the self, however, my research has shown that self-compassion can help us acknowledge visible flaws that we might be willing to act upon. 

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Shining Their Light: Madonna English talks about the power of the Gong

Author Rebecca Campbell, in her book Light is The New Black, defines lightworkers as "anyone who devotes their life to being a light in the world".  According to Campbell, they are people who "wholeheartedly make [sic] the decision to make the world a brighter place by being in it." The way I see it, lightworkers lend their light on certain issues to help the world heal. In the last 3 years, I have dedicated my time to learning more and more about the various modalities around us that can heal the psyche. Today, I am happy to start talking about more practitioners and the healing work that they do through this series that will allow them to start Shining Their Light

We begin with Madonna English

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100% Pure Oxygen with HBOT

The HBOT gave me the mental clarity that I needed to move forward in my studies and in my work. For 45-minutes I would feel so well rested and then I would get a boost of energy that would see me through the next few weeks. It was like my brain was functioning at maximum and I could absorb information with so much ease and grace. 

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On Resistance and Letting Go

Resistance as it turns out comes in the form of denial, excuses, and justifications for poor behavior. It isn’t about consciously saying that we are opposed to something - but instead it is about how we tend to resist letting go of what can no longer exist for fear of the unknown. 

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