Elegant by Irene Brankin

A dear friend of mine, Irene Brankin, wrote this blog, which I think sums up how some of us may be feeling....

Ooooh to be Elegant particularly in this loooong heatwave we have been having – at least down here in the South East. Hot is not the word for it!! I am like a wilted lettuce – hot, red-faced, sweaty, no energy, in a brain daze.

No wonder I wish I could be Elegant!!  Some of the meanings of the word are –

Dignified, Tasteful, Refined, Sophisticated,
Stylish, Graceful …

Have you ever seen a wilted lettuce looking anything like these??  No, neither have I!!!

So what are my options around this issue? I am sure you have many solutions and I’d love to hear them too.

I could sit in front of a fan all day long; get someone else to do what I need to do; get up at dawn and do what I need to do; do any housework or anything at night; not bother about it all; stay in the shade; keep having cool showers; wear shorts and ‘t’ shirts all the time; wear loose clothes… I could go on and on.

OR I could simply accept that this is my reality in the heat. I am not a woman who thrives in it so I can stop moaning and groaning about it.  I can do the best I can for me whatever I am doing.

I can accept when I get told (not in a heatwave) that I can be any of those lovely meanings above. I am always amazed when I am told that, I can assure you.   So, what amazes you when others tell you how they see you? Are you able to let it/them in?  It can be difficult to let us see ourselves in a larger way by including in others’ views on us.  And it can be even more challenging when they are things we don’t want to hear!!

Stop It, Fuck It, Thank You
This is what can happen on my new Autumn 10 Week Online Course – Stop It, Fuck It, Thank You – you can be challenged to see more of YOU.  Yes, I could say ‘The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful’ and include more of YOU.

If I use my saying (SI, FI, TY) for myself then I can tell myself that it is time to stop pulling myself down with my comparisons with those Elegant People.

I can scream, moan and groan till the cows come home that won’t change anything except use up the little cool, calm and collected energy I have.

And I can accept my reality of how I am in a heatwave and put what I want to do into action.

And I can thank myself for being me – the beautiful soul I am – one who copes and doesn’t cope.  Someone who makes me smile, laugh, cry, puts me at ease, someone who is vulnerable and also strong.

I hope you have taken away something from my Blog today – that it is okay to be honest about ourselves too.

Go Well

Irene Signature

Contact me for further details of my 10 week Stop It, Fuck It, Thank You, Course irene@irenebrankin.co.uk

Crystals, Oils and Water

Crystals, Oils and Water
June 30, 20181
Article by Reiki Master Judy Camblor 

Source: reikirays.com

So you say you are ready to add some complimentary healing modalities to your already successful Reiki healing sessions? Here are a few options.


Crystals are my personal favorite healing modality to use in combination with my own Reiki practice. I feel a special connection to crystals, and I love using them in healing sessions. I use crystals to help in balancing the energies of the chakras. This practice is known as “Laying on of Stones”. It allows me to connect with my clients by judging which crystals feel best for the healing that is intended.

In my own practice, I cleanse the set of crystals I usually use for my clients with fresh water and sea salt before every session. This clears out any energy from the previous client and brings each crystal back to its natural vibratory state. During the healing process, when balancing the chakras, I will place a stone of the appropriate color on each area of the particular chakra. I may use a different crystal or create a grid on the person using different crystals depending on the information provided by my intuitive guides. The interaction between the crystals and the chakras allows the chakra to return to its natural healthy vibration. Again, I use my own personal spiritually guided intuition to decide what each chakra needs.

Crystals, Oils & Water

Before I begin balancing the chakras during a Reiki session, the first crystals I place are a piece of clear quartz near the top of a client’s head and a piece of hematite between the client’s feet. The clear quartz helps to clear and activate the energy centers of the body. The hematite helps the client in their meditative state to reach a feeling of tranquility and emotional clarity as well as keeping them grounded.

Below are the crystals I typically use during my healing sessions:

Chakra    Crystal
Root    Jasper
Sacral    Carnelian
Solar Plexus    Citrine
Heart    Aventurine, Rose Quartz
Throat    Blue Lace Agate
ThirdEye    Lapis Lazuli
Crown    Amethyst
These are just basic crystals for starters. Many different types of crystals can be used for all of the chakras.


Like crystal colors, there are essential oils that correspond with each chakra. There is quite a bit of information on the Intranet regarding essential oils and how to use them with the chakras. In my Reiki practice, I have two different methods when working with essential oils.

First, prior to the arrival of a client, I will set the intention to receive spiritually guided information as to what essential oil will most benefit the client. This is the essential oil I will use in my diffuser.
Second, throughout the session, I will periodically rub All Union Chakra Oil into the palms of my hands to heighten the client’s senses yet calm the nervous system. If I have been spiritually directed to use a different oil on the palms of my hands, I will change to that oil for the benefit of the client.
Here is a chart of the chakras and some of the corresponding essential oils:

Chakra    Oil
Root    Patchouli, Geranium to stimulate; Musk, Hyacinth to quiet
Sacral    Rose Geranium to stimulate; Musk, Amber to quiet
Solar Plexus    Bergamot or Ylan Ylang to stimulate; Rose to quiet
Heart    Honeysuckle to stimulate; Rose to quiet
Throat    Patchouli to stimulate; Lavender and Hyacinth to quiet
ThirdEye    Hyacinth to stimulate; Rose Geranium to quiet
Crown    Amber to stimulate; Bergamot to quiet
When it comes to Reiki, my personal preference is that which I have stated before: I will use the spiritually guided information according to each client when selecting which essential oil to use, and I will place a few drops of the particular oil into my diffuser. You can also create your own, which I have also done, by placing a few drops of a particular oil into a small spray bottle that has been filled with distilled water. You can also prepare different types of spray bottles to be used in your home or office to bring forth clarity and peace in your environment.


How is Reiki used in water? There are many health benefits to using water that has been infused with Reiki. Such benefits include relaxation from stress when drinking Reiki water after a long day (instead of a glass of wine), increase in potency of vitamins when taken with Reiki infused water, and relief from insomnia by allowing the body to reach a relaxed state after drinking Reiki water. Reiki infused water can be helpful in the home as well. It can be used for watering your plants or cleansing the energy of your home. Once you have prepared the Reiki infused water you can use it in a spray bottle to sprinkle water in the corners of your living space or spraying the floors when cleaning.

The second level of attunements provides a practitioner with the ability to infuse water with Reiki. When preparing a glass of water for an individual, treat the water for one to two minutes. If you are preparing large quantities of water, treat the water for three minutes per gallon. Purified or distilled water is best for infusing with Reiki. Draw the power symbol in your hands, and set the intention for the purpose of the water. Then simply hold your hands over the receptacle holding the water you will be infusing and rotate your hands over it in a counter-clockwise manner (see below). Different practitioners may have different methods, but the one I have described herein is the most basic form.

Crystals, Oils & Water

When I am preparing for a healing session, I always make sure to have a glass of Reiki infused water ready for the client at the end of a session to be sure they are hydrated before they leave my treatment space. Remember, as practitioners we must abide by the golden rule of Reiki whereby the person receiving Reiki in any form agrees to receive it. Reiki only works for the highest good of each individual, therefore, the one ingesting the infused water must have full knowledge and acceptance of its use.

Enjoy experimenting with these variations of energy healing modalities in your own Reiki practice.

Wishing you a day full of love and light!

Reiki & Illness

At times illness can be a great time of stress, Reiki can help us cope by encouraging relaxation and bringing balance to both mind and emotions.

Reiki encourages and supports positive personal choices, such as improving diet, taking more exercise, devoting time for rest or leisure activities, and may reduce the need for alcohol and tobacco. Creating greater inner harmony and balance, regular Reiki treatments promote a calmer response to life’s challenges.

Reiki’s gentle energy is easily adapted to most medical conditions and may be used safely by people of all ages, including pregnant mothers, the new-born, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly, in any situation.

Being complementary, Reiki works effectively alongside orthodox healthcare and natural remedies, expanding treatment options.   (Source UKREIKIFED)

If you would like to train in Reiki and learn to use it for yourself, family and friends, then my next level 1 Reiki course is on the 18th & 19th August
My Reiki courses have been approved verified by the UK Reiki federation and I offer free on-going mentoring and trying.

Venue is in Bradwell on Sea, Essex ( only 40 minutes from Leigh on Sea)


The UK Reiki Federation has a history of encouraging the pioneering use of Reiki. Many of our members have a great deal of experience in ‘breaking new ground’; diligently pushing back the barriers in raising awareness of the many and varied ways in which Reiki can be used to harmonise and balance all aspects of life thus promoting self-healing.

As an organisation, we constantly work to drive Reiki forward in other ways too – increasing standards, keeping up to date with relevant scientific research, sharing knowledge and providing expertise. Animal Reiki, Research and Training are key areas where we are currently leading progressive developments for and with the Reiki profession.

We have members working or otherwise helping in many specialist areas and we encourage them to share their experiences and expertise though our members magazine. For example, some of our members work in mainstream medicine and education as well as in complementary care.


A questionnaire conducted amongst Reiki practitioners within each of the Reiki Council organisations established a few years ago that Reiki is practiced in all of the following:

NHS Hospitals including Maternity Units, Cancer Wards/Clinics/Centres/Support Groups
Bristol Cancer Help Centre
Carers Associations
NHS Occupational Health Departments
Physiotherapy Units
NHS Medical Centres
NHS Mental Health Units/Psychotherapy Clinics
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centres
Veterinary Settings
Animal Care Centres such as rescues and sanctuaries
Charity Premises
HIV/AIDS Organisations
Holistic Health & Healing Centres
Prisons (& young offender’s institutions)
Sheltered Accommodation Centres
Health, Leisure & Fitness Centre
Health & Beauty Spas/Farms
Hair & Beauty Salons
Mind-Body-Spirit Events
Spiritual Retreats
Community Centres/Village Halls
Education – Schools & Adult & Further Education Colleges
Residential Care & Nursing Homes
Local Council Health & Harmony Events
Social Services Day Care Centres
GP & Dental Practices
Projects include:

Special Needs – learning & behavioural difficulties and mental health
Medical & Paramedical (some of our members are also doctors, nurses, physios, chiropodists etc. officially practising or promoting Reiki in the statutory sector)
Drug & Alcohol Abuse/Addiction Programmes + Substance Abusers & Families Support Networks
Age Concern linked initiatives
Mid-air (for crew and passengers) during transcontinental flights
Workplace Occupational Health Schemes
By invitation at World trouble spots
Rough Sleepers Projects/Young Homeless/Vulnerably Housed Projects
Reiki is welcomed by people and animals of all ages from birth and childhood through to old age.

Article from the UK Reiki Federation.



Reiki as defined by the Oxford English dictionary is:
“A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being”.
It is however, also widely accepted that Reiki can be given and received equally effectively hands-off or via distant healing. The Japanese word ‘Reiki’ literally translates as universal life force energy. This system of healing was developed by Mikao Usui the early 20th century. It is a non-invasive complementary therapy that has been taught and used in the UK since the late 1900s, but Eastern medicine has for thousands of years worked with this energy, recognising its flow through all living things. Reiki supports orthodox medicine or can be used alone but is not a replacement for traditional medication or treatments. It is not based on any belief, faith or suggestion, yet, scientific research using quantum physics is starting to help us to understand how reiki may work to benefit the individual. It has been suggested that in years to come it may be known as energy medicine based on scientifically measurable energy emitted from the healer’s hands.
Reiki is given fully clothed in a quiet environment and is safe for adults, children, mothers–to–be, babies and animals. However in the case of animals with health issues, owners should confirm that the animal has been seen by a veterinary surgeon to obtain a diagnosis. Reiki practitioners must not diagnose the health problem.
It is highly recommended that practitioners are members of a recognised professional organisation with strict Codes of Ethics and hold practitioner insurance.
Scientific research findings may help us to understand how Reiki works
There is much to learn and more research is necessary before a definitive explanation can be given, but research is producing very interesting results:
• When giving Reiki, practitioners have been shown to emit electro-magnetic or bio-magnetic energy from their hands. The frequencies of the energy emitted vary from one moment to the next; but many appear to correspond to those that medical researchers have identified as being the optimum frequencies for stimulating the healing process in tissues, bones and other body parts so far investigated.
• The bio-magnetic energy (or field) flowing from a practitioner’s hands has been shown to induce current flows in the tissues and cells of individuals who are in close proximity but this pulsing energy is not produced by non-practitioners of energy healing techniques.
Two ways in which these pulsing magnetic fields may stimulate repair of bone and other tissues include:
• A cascade of reactions takes place from the cell surface to the cytoplasm and on to the nucleus and genes, where selective effects on the DNA have been documented.
• A phenomenon called amplification, in which a single hormone molecule, neurotransmitter or photon of electromagnetic energy has been shown to trigger a cellular response; and in fact very tiny fields have been shown to produce the best effects, suggesting that living tissues are much more sensitive to external fields than previously considered possible.
NB: A bio-magnetic field can also be created by passing electric currents though living tissue as has been used for medical diagnoses and treatments for almost a century for example in ECG & MRI scanning.
Reiki is often referred to as an intelligent form of healing. It is suggested that this and similar energy therapies may be valuable in the prevention and remission of some serious diseases that are so costly in terms of human suffering and likely to be more expensive to health care in the future.


Reiki in Hospitals

This is fantastic news....

Reiki is reaching the Top Hospitals

by Eugenio Lepine

From the Johns Hopkins to several cancer centers, Reiki is steadily gaining presence in top medical facilities. Here is a brief view on some of them.

Up to this day is still unclear how Reiki works, but many theories are on it. At the Reiki Frequencies post is mentioned the research about this elusive healing technique. Despite this, several top medical facilities are realizing the benefits of Reiki, especially in the areas of pain control and cancer complementary care. 


The Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center, in Maryland USA, offers Reiki to its patients “to create deep relaxation, to help speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms you may be experiencing”. Certainly, they don’t explain its mechanisms but have wisely adopted Reiki among acupuncture, integrative psychotherapy, and therapeutic massage.


The Mayo Clinic is ranked No. 1 at USNews.com’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll in 2017-18. This is a clear example of an integrative model, where the latest developments and technology are applied, but not neglecting the spiritual and emotional conflicts and needs that might arise during cancer treatment. Therefore, trained and level 2-certified providers of reiki or healing touch provide volunteer services, to patients at both Mayo Clinic Hospital campuses and some outpatient areas.



The MacArthur Cancer Service is located in Sydney, Australia. This Centre is rated among the 30 best technologically advanced cancer services in the world, according to Top Masters In Healthcare. Their Wellness Centre is focused on helping patients managing their own health and well-being, realizing every person has different needs and circumstances, in order to recommend the best approach and therapy. In the case of Reiki, six volunteers are running the Reiki Therapy MacArthur Cancer Therapy Centre

Even more, the Cancer Council in New South Wales, Australia (a ramification of the national council), provides resources, information, and support among cancer patients and relatives. Here, Reiki is included in the “touch therapies” group, among polarity therapy, craniosacral and some others.

At this point, it is responsible to remember that the Cancer Council (and mainstream medical community) does not recommend the use of alternative therapies as a treatment for cancer. Only complementary therapies that have been proven to be safe to use alongside conventional cancer treatments.

Finally, to explain the reason for this trend is that a cornerstone benefit of Reiki is general well-being, which makes you more resilient and joyful, independently of which situation your life is on at this moment. When suffering a disease, it can reduce pain, shorten recovery or improve the outcome, and could be used along with a specific treatment plan studied by specialists.



I've come across a very interesting article on one woman's experience with EFT....

Tapping Away Trauma: ‘Emotional Freedom’ Techniques

By Serina Deen, M.D., MPH

My medication management supervisor Dr. Tranguch and I are huddled over our chairs somewhat conspiratorially, and for once, I’m glad that there are no windows in my office. As a psychiatric resident, getting one-on-one supervision is a valuable way to learn, and right now I’m learning something quite unusual.

I’m sitting there repeating the affirmation, “Even though I have this sadness, I deeply love and accept myself,” while tapping on my temple. It’s Tuesday at 10:15 a.m., our regular time for supervision. I’m supposed to be telling Dr. Tranguch about the new patients I’ve admitted to the clinic, and he’s supposed to be advising me on what medication to start them on, dosages, and side effects. Instead, Dr. Tranguch is tapping on his face, hands, and torso while repeating key phrases, and I’m following him like a trained monkey.

I had thought of Dr. Tranguch as a hard-and-fast neuroscientist — he did, after all, complete a Ph.D. analyzing the structure of nuclear RNA in yeast. But despite his scientific bent, he seemed to have a warm side, a set of laugh lines under his scholarly wire-rimmed glasses. Over time, I felt comfortable enough to disclose to him that I was a meditator, and while I thought medications were absolutely essential for some patients, I also found meditation very helpful in the treatment of some of my patients, in particular those with serious conditions like borderline personality disorder. When Dr. Tranguch didn’t scoff at the idea of meditation, and instead launched into an enthusiastic discussion about the benefits of alternative techniques in psychiatry, I was relieved. And intrigued. For years, Dr. Tranguch has been hypnotizing his patients, using techniques involving eye movements to treat trauma victims, and even experimenting with the Japanese spiritual practice of Reiki to heal patients.

Even more intriguing, he had been using tapping techniques called “Emotional Freedom Techniques,” or EFT, which he was demonstrating on me today. When he first introduced the acronym, I thought it was ironic how close “EFT” was to “ECT,” or electroconvulsive therapy. While EFT involves repeating loving self-affirmations, ECT involves inducing brain seizures via bursts of electricity to the temples. But it turns out that although these are quite different treatments, both seem to be rapid and effective ways to relieve emotional distress.

Here is how EFT works: I select a problem that causes me distress. I pick a recent loss and I name the emotion I feel (for me, sadness, as opposed to anger, anxiety, craving, etc.). I then summon up the feeling of sadness, focus on where it manifests in my body (the pit of my stomach), and rate my distress on a scale from one to 10 (it was 7/10 that day for me). Then I repeat, “Even though I have this sadness, I deeply love and accept myself” (I pause before I say this, thinking, “Do I really?”) — and I begin to tap in the nine points that Dr. Tranguch demonstrates for me, while repeating the reminder phrase “this sadness.” Adding to the quirkiness, I also follow Dr. Tranguch as he rolls his eyes in different directions, counts forwards and backwards, and hums a bar of a familiar song (for me, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”). I feel pretty silly. But I also trust Dr. Tranguch, and I try my hardest to focus on the feeling and believe what I’m saying to myself.

Dr. Tranguch tells me EFT involves techniques that combines exposure, cognitive restructuring, waking hypnosis, and physical relaxation while tapping on a sequence of pressure points and repeating key phrases out loud. The mechanism of action is unknown; but one suggestion is that physical stimulation of certain pressure points during exposure to an emotional trauma may send deactivating signals directly to the amygdala, or the “fear center” of your brain, resulting a rapid reduction of maladaptive fear.

At the end of the supervision session, Dr. Tranguch asks me conjure up the loss again: He calls upon me to focus on it and rate my sadness. But, try as I may to find the sadness, it’s just not there. 0/10! I concentrate harder: still nothing. I look up at Dr. Tranguch in disbelief, and he smiles. I can tell he’s had this reaction from patients and colleagues many times before. I’m incredulous, skeptical, and a little pissed off. Did that just work? Was it a trick, a distraction technique? And if that did work, why did I bother going to medical school and doing a psychiatry residency?

Fortunately for my ego and unfortunately for my emotional well-being, the effect soon wears off. Several hours later, I’m sad again. But somehow, in a way that I absolutely can’t explain, my loss feels a bit less traumatic. It’s still sad, but it’s not as painful. And that is what EFT purports to do — to help reduce emotional trauma, and pain.

As a now fully socialized medical professional, I immediately do a literature review on the controversial technique. There are a number of recent studies that show positive effects of EFT in depression, anxiety, PTSD, phobias, and food cravings. Some suggest that the benefits of EFT were due to placebo, desensitization and distraction rather than the mechanisms proposed by its practitioners. But overwhelmingly, it did seem that there were benefits.

After Dr. Tranguch leaves, I contemplate whether to try this technique with my patients. It’s non-invasive, rapid-acting, can be self-administered, and I did feel the benefits myself, firsthand. Would I be holding back if I didn’t teach it to my patients? Or would it damage my alliance with them? Would they consider me a new-age hack? After all, I don’t have the Ph.D., age, or scholarly wire-rimmed glasses that Dr. Tranguch has to bolster his credibility. I am just a resident.

It’s now a year later. I ended up doing what I always do when I start something new that I’m not too sure about or good at yet (like cooking) — I experimented on my friends. They largely had the same positive experience I had. I even did EFT on myself a few times when I felt overwhelmed with an emotion. I still haven’t tried it on my patients, but I’m about to graduate in a month and become a fully-fledged psychiatrist. And I think it’s about time to take a risk and start.


Church D, Books A. (2010). Application of Emotional Freedom Techniques. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Aug/Sep, 46-48.

Feinstein, D. (2010). Rapid Treatment of PTSD: Why Psychological Exposure with Acupoint Tapping May Be Effective. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 47(3), 385-402.

Waite W, Holder M. (2003). Assessment of the Emotional Freedom Technique: An Alternative Treatment for Fear. The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice (2) 1.

Serina Deen, M.D. MPH, is completing her residency at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital. She will be pursuing a fellowship in public psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco.

For more by Serina Deen, M.D., MPH, click here.


Most of us consider ourselves to be ‘positive people.’ Or, at least, we try to be as often as we can. Sometimes though, our thoughts get the better of us.
Thinking about a problem can cause an overabundance of other thoughts to follow, causing an endless spiral of overthinking. Our thoughts have power- if you think too much about something, it can cause unnecessary stress and even make you feel like you are losing your mind.
“The more you overthink the less you will understand.” – Habeeb Akande
That quote holds a lot of truth. How many times have you not been thinking about something, when suddenly, out of nowhere, the answer comes to you?
It happens to me all the time. When we think about something that happened, and we try to analyze it, we sometimes create problems that weren’t even there in the first place.
Overthinking can cause serious problems in your relationships and with your mental health. Here are 5 ways to calm an overthinking mind:
1. Don’t blame yourself.
A common pattern with overthinkers is that they tend to blame themselves when things go wrong. They observe a situation and pick it apart, trying to find what they could have done differently.
You need to remember to let blame go. Things happen as they happen and if you didn’t intentionally do something wrong, then you can’t blame yourself. Life gets complicated sometimes, but there is no reason to continuously blame yourself for those complications.
2. Accept change as a part of life.
Change is inevitable. You can’t control every aspect of your life, and trying to will only cause more frustration. Some things you can control, and so you should work on them as you please.
But some things will always be out of your grasp and worrying about them is pointless.
Buddha once said, “If you have a problem that can be fixed, then there is no use in worrying. If you have a problem that cannot be fixed, then there is no use in worrying.”
3. Leave “what if” alone.
“What if” is a powerful tool for the overthinking mind. It can take you down paths you never would have journeyed before. This is exactly why you should leave it alone.
Possibilities are great to consider, but not when they lead you to a world with only negative aspects. Focus more on the present, and not what could have been, or what might be.
4. Meditate.
I know, I know, meditation is the most difficult thing for someone who is constantly in their head. That being said, I believe there is a way around the issue of ‘not being able to silence the mind.’
As an overthinker myself, I have found that using mantras during meditation, combined with relaxed breathing, improved my meditative state and allowed for more clarity. “Om Mani Padme Hum” is a personal favourite.
Buddhist Lama, Kalu Rinpoche once said, “Through mantra, we no longer cling to the reality of the speech and sound encountered in life, but experience it as essentially empty. Then confusion of the speech aspect of our being is transformed into enlightened awareness.”
5. Be patient with yourself.
Our self-talk is very powerful. Don’t be hard on yourself when you catch your mind engaging 5th gear. Decelerate, breathe, and focus. Be patient with your progress and speak to yourself with kind, supportive words. Overthinking took time to develop and it will take time to unlearn.
By Raven Fon
source and courtesy: Spirit Science

Slimming Support Group

I have been struggling to lose weight and after not getting much support from the likes of normal slimming classes I thought I would start my own support group in Bradwell on Sea.

Starting from Thursday 28th September 10.30 -11.30am & 7.30 - 8.30pm
Cost is £5.00 no joining fee.
During the session I will be offering a safe place to help with slimming, 
Up to 10 people per group
Weigh in with your slimming buddy
Recipe sharing
Meal planning
Please call me on 01621 776725 or 07989318790 if you would like to join me.



Course dates for October

Crystal Therapy Course Level 1

This is ideal for anyone that would like to know how to use crystals on self, friends and family.
On this level you will learn how to;
Choose, cleanse, care for and program crystals
How crystals form and their different structures
Grounding and Protection
Intuitive analysis of a crystal
Learning about the Chakras and Endocrine System.
Transpersonal Vortexes
Chakra balancing and energizing using crystals.
Crystal meditation
Practical work
Notes from the day
This course is held over 2 day's costing £130.00. A non refundable deposit of £70.00 will be required with the balance payable on the day of your course. Once the deposit has been paid then a pdf manual will be sent out for you to read before your course starts.
Crystals are sold separately.
Dates 7th & 8th October 2017
Venue is in Bradwell on Sea
If booked by the 15th September then you receive an early bird discount of £30 making the cost of the course £100.00.

Reiki Level 1 Shoden

For treating self and friends
An explanation of Reiki and its history
The 5 elements of the system
The Precepts of Reiki as explored in the system
Various meditation and energy techniques
Hand positions for treating the self and others
Group work with Reiki healing
4 attunements to the energy
Anatomy & Physiology
Duration: 2 days
Dates 21st & 22nd October
Venue is in Bradwell on Sea, Essex
Cost £130.00

Reiki Level 1

Hello, I'm teaching my level 1 Reiki course on the 29th & 30th July.

Shoden (level 1)

For treating self and friends

An explanation of Reiki and its history
The 5 elements of the system
The Precepts of Reiki as explored in the system
Various meditation and energy techniques
Hand positions for treating the self and others
Group work with Reiki healing
4 attunements to the energy
Anatomy & Physiology

Cost £130.00

My Reiki courses are verified and approved by the UK Reiki Federation for further details please visit my website below or contact me on 07989318790.
Venue is in Bradwell on Sea
love and light
Debs xxx

Reiki level 1

I have 1 place left on my level 1 Reiki course on the 10th & 11th of June. My Reiki courses are verified and approved by the UK Reiki Federation for further details please visit my website below or contact me on 07989318790.
Venue is in Bradwell on Sea
love and light
Debs xxx

Courses For March 2017


Vision board workshop is on the 4th March,  for when all the resolutions fade. Cost for this workshop is just £15. Time 10.30am -12.30pm

I'm teaching Reiki level 1 on the 11th & 12th March for just £100 instead of the £130 if you sign up before the 1st March 2017

Crystal Level 1 18th & 19th March for just £100 instead of the £130 if you sign up before the 1st March 2017. 

All courses are held in Bradwell on Sea, Essex.

A Blessing

Anam Cara by John O’Donoghue
(Anam Cara means Soul Friend)

Thank you to Irene Brankin for sharing this with us (and typing this up).   

Glowing testimonails for my Reiki Courses

Good morning Everyone

I'm thrilled to have received 2 amazing testimonials from a couple of my Reiki Students so I thought I would share with you.... 

Thank you Jo Kenneally & Kelly Rudge xx

I can’t recommend Debs’ courses highly enough.  I have attended Rejuvenating Hands’ Reiki level 1 & 2 courses as well as a Crystal workshop.  Debs’ down-to-earth but professional approach to training is refreshing & makes for a relaxed learning environment.  I felt well-supported throughout as Debs makes herself available to her students outside of these courses & also arranges continuous professional development meetings for the group.  I am so pleased I found Debs & have thoroughly enjoyed the journey.  
Jo Kenneally


I have been having Reiki treatments for 4 years and was curious to learn more so I booked the Shoden 1 course with Debs. For me this course has been life changing. Since I have been attuned I feel more confident, happy and calm. I feel my life is finally going in a positive direction. Debs is a supportive tutor who will be with you all the way. I thoroughly recommend that you book a Reiki course with her.
Kelly Rudge 

Courses for March 2017

Vision board workshop is on the 4th March 10.30 -12.30 £15.00.

I'm teaching Reiki level 1 on the 11th & 12th March for just £100 instead of the £130 if you sign up before the 1st March 2017

Crystal Level 1 18th & 19th March for just £100 instead of the £130 if you sign up before the 1st March 2017. 



HelmsBriscoe is a Venue Finder  for group bookings – sourcing hotels, venues and cruise ships for clients for external meetings, conferences, summits, events and room blocks (with minimum 10 bedrooms per night which constitutes a group booking), both nationally in the UK and globally. 
We source the hotels/venues through our extensive database of over 250,000 properties worldwide enabling us to swiftly provide informative proposals, we negotiate the rates and contract terms, and set up site visits.  This saves you time, money, and helps mitigate your risks.  There is no cost to you as we are compensated with a placement fee from the hotels, which in no way inflates the rates for our clients You remain in complete control, you sign the hotel contract, and we ensure we maintain any long standing relationships you may already have with hotels.
11000 clients around the world use HelmsBriscoe because of our tremendous buying power.  We booked over $1 billion worth of business into hotels in 2015.  We are the biggest bookers in the world with Marriott, Starwood, Hilton, and have preferred partnerships with all the major hotel chains.  This gives us tremendous buying power and leverage with hotels. 

Attached is our brochure and here is a link to our video which will give you a quick (2 mins) overview of what we do: 


Tracey Gilbert
Manager, Global Accounts
President's Club Award Winner 2013-2015
Top Cruise Producer 2012
PO Box 2146, Hockley, Essex, England, UK   SS5 9BL
TEL: + 44 (0)844 800 3052
MOBILE:  + 44 (0) 7785 995 226
SKYPE: connectglobal

Looking After You.....

Reiki Level 1 (Shoden) 

I have ***2 places left*** for the Reiki courses I'm teaching in Bradwell on Sea, Essex, in our village hall during half term on the Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th October and I have a couple of places left. 
10-4pm both days
Cost £130.00
Reiki 1 (Shoden) Looking after you <3
Over the two days of training you will learn ....
An explanation of Reiki and its history
The 5 elements of the system
The Precepts of Reiki as explored in the system
Various meditation and energy techniques
Hand positions for treating the self and others
Group work with Reiki healing
4 attunements to the energy
Anatomy & Physiology
I am pleased to announce that my courses are the only ones in the Essex area that are approved and verified by UK Reiki Federation and CNHC.
If you would like to know more to book a place please call me on 07989318790 or 01621 776727
Love and light

Introducing .....Veggielicious.co.uk

I have been blessed by meeting wonderful people that I have worked with and / or used ther products and over the next few weeks I'll be introdcung them to you lovely lot.

Today I want to introdruce,

Lorraine Williams from Veggielicious.co.uk

Lorraine has been a vegetarian for over 30 years. Lorraine considered the choice of dishes in restaurants very limited and uninspiring so she decided to create her own menu using high quality ingredients that encompass a balance of freshness, textures, heat, spice and seasoning.

There is a twice weekly free delivery service available for orders over £15.00 within the local area of Bradwell, however its a beautiful drive in through the country so you could always come iver to pick up an order armed with a cool box.

Check out Lorrianes website for the amazong range of homemade snacks, meal and desserts, I can recommend the Jaffa Loaf!


Science Finally Proves Meridians Exist

What I love about this article by Azriel ReShel is that it shows hows practises like Reiki, Crystal therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique work. 

Science Finally Proves Meridians Exist
By Azriel ReShel on Wednesday April 20th, 2016

What the Merging of Spirituality and Science means for you

In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Biochemist and Nobel Prize Winner.

For centuries the ancient wisdom keepers and healers in several traditions had a keen understanding of the energetic body. The healing traditions from China, India, Japan and Tibet, as well as other countries all spoke of energy channels, meridians or nadis along which the vital energy flowed.

Life was considered to be a bio-electrical and vibrational energy phenomenon and so health revolved around balancing energy through various means. Life existed because of life force and energy running through and animating the body, ensuring we can move, breathe, digest food, think and even feel.

Healing traditions all spoke of energy channels, meridians or Nadis.Healing traditions all spoke of energy channels, sen, meridians or nadis.
Energy channels

This vital life force or chi, is composed of two kinds of forces, yin and yang, and flows along a sophisticated network of energy pathways, or highways, circuiting the body. Over 2000 years ago ancient cultures knew of the existence of these energy channels. They were called ‘sen’ in Thailand, ‘nadis’ in India, ‘meridians’, ‘channels’ or ‘vessels’ in China and Japan, and ‘channels’ in Tibet. In India, where many eastern healing arts developed, there were said to be 72 000 nadis or energy pathways. Disease is believed to be a blockage in the energy flow of these channels. A range of healing traditions, including acupuncture, acupressure, massage and yoga, are founded on the principle of the existence of energy channels or pathways, known as meridians, or nadis, running around the body in an expansive network.

While it may seem a little airy fairy to some to consider the energy body while we have flesh and bone, at source we are an energy field, embedded into another energy field. Our bodies are electromagnetic in nature and science has measured these frequencies with advanced machines, like EKG’s and MRI scanning, for many years. Numerous studies demonstrate these energy pathways and points conduct electricity even when needles aren’t used. And the massage technique of Shiatsu have been found to stimulate the same energetic effects. Similarly, Qigong,Tai Chi and the postures of yoga, have been found to increase electrical conductance at acupoints, yet science never believed in the existence of meridians until now.

A range of healing traditions including acupuncture,are founded on the principle of the existence of energy channels or pathways.A range of healing traditions are founded on the principle of the meridians.
Scientific research

Recently scientists at Seoul National University confirmed the existence of meridians, which they refer to as the “primo-vascular system.” They say that this system is a crucial part of the cardiovascular system.

Previously, North Korean scientist Kim Bong-Han proposed that he had found meridians in the early 1960’s.  Dr Kim Bong-Han showed over 50 years ago that new tubular structures exist inside and outside of blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, as well as on the surface of internal organs and under the dermis. He believed they were the traditional meridian lines. The meridians were called Bonghan ducts or channels, after his research, but now the existence of this system in various organs has been corroborated by further research.

The current Korean researchers now believe the primo-vascular system is in fact the physical component of the Acupuncture Meridian System. And it has also been suggested that this system is involved in channelling the flow of energy and information relayed by biophotons (electromagnetic waves of light) and DNA.

There may be a link between the meridians and energy and information relayed by DNA.

The Korean scientists studying oriental medicine with biophysical methods injected a special staining dye which coloured the meridians. By injecting the dye onto acupuncture points, they were able to see thin lines. These did not show up at non-acupuncture point sites where there are no meridians. The researchers discovered that the meridian lines are not confined to the skin, but are in fact a concrete duct system through which liquid flows, and that this liquid aggregates to form stem cells.

Previously, scientists used a combination of imaging techniques and CT scans to observe concentrated points of microvascular structures that clearly correspond to the map of acupuncture points created by Chinese energy practitioners in ancient times. In a study published in the Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, researchers used contrast CT imaging with radiation on both non-acupuncture points and acupuncture points. The CT scans revealed clear distinctions between the non-acupuncture point and acupuncture point anatomical structures.

Scientists injected a special staining dye which coloured the meridians
The meridian system

There are 12 primary paired meridians and two single mid meridians, six yang and six yin. The yang meridians run down the body and the yin meridians flow up the body. Each meridian is also related to an element. Each meridian is most active at a certain time of the day or night and each meridian is influenced by an element or season.

The nature of meridians, in their elemental structure, and as vessels for the life force, show the intricacy and profound connection of our body at a cellular level, to the universe. We are intimately connected by the elements, energetic structure and flow of energy, to all life, at a cellular, physical level. Our earth is also said to have energetic pathways or ley lines, akin to meridians.

The map of acupuncture points was created by Chinese healing practitioners nearly 2000 years ago

How are meridians related to health?

Our bodies need balance. A balanced flow or energy, not too much or too little, is conducive to good health. This is the same in the way we live our lives. Balance is paramount. Just enough food, water and a healthy balanced lifestyle. As the Buddha said: “middle way” or moderation in all things.

We can see this harmony and balance in life, as the balance between the energies of yin and yang – or more simplistically, masculine and feminine – the two opposing and catalyzing energies of the universe.

Our health is vibrant if there is harmony and balance between these two forces in the body. If the balance is disturbed, and the flow of one of these forces becomes greater than the other then illness arises. These forces or energies flow through very definite channels in the body, or meridians, and these are the body’s healing energy pathways.

In traditional Indian medicine, the meridians are expanded upon.There are nadis found within the physical body and these nadis make up the nervous system, the circulatory system, the digestive system, the respiratory system, the lymphatic systems, etc. Any blockages in these nadis can result in physical health conditions. Nadis can also be found in the subtle body where they carry thoughts, feelings, and nerve impulses. When these nadis are blocked, we lose our ability to feel, and connect deeply with others, the environment and ourselves. In the same way that veins and arteries are important for the body to function, nadis weave through our physical nerves and the matrix of consciousness that circuits the mind and self, supporting our physical expression from the otherworldly dimensions of existence.

Chi is made up of two kinds of forces, yin and yang.
When the flow of energy is blocked, it causes low energy and illness. Practices like yoga and meditation work on these subtle energy channels, supporting the flow of energy through the body. According to some ancient indian texts there are 350 000 nadis or energy pathways in the body. In traditional Indian medicine and spiritual science, the energies of the physical body, the subtle body and the causal body are said to flow through the nadis. Within this framework, the nadis are said to connect at special points of intensity called nadichakras.

The three most important nadis are those running along the spine: ida, pingala and sushumna. The Sushumna is the central channel of energy in the human body and it runs from the base of the spine to the crown of the head and carries kundalini energy, which is the primal evolutionary force. Kundalini is awakened through yoga and meditation and is said to lie dormant at the base of the spine. Activation of the kundalini leads to higher consciousness states. The aim of yoga is to broaden the sushumna and to unite the pathways. Purifying all three nadis leads to overall health, and wellness of body and mind, as well as spiritual growth. Various Pranayama techniques aid in helping to keep these nadi channels open.

The three most important nadis are those running along the spine: ida, pingala and sushunma.

If you are sensitive to energy and have had energy treatments, such as acupuncture, you may have felt streams of energy or a flow of cold or heat, for example, up the legs or arms. This is a freeing up of energy in the meridians and the flow of energy that is released when a blockage is removed.

There are many wonderful healing modalities based on the meridian system that support radiant health. By enhancing the flow of energy through the body, balance and health is achieved and we come in touch with our true selves. Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality used in China as early as the late stone age. It was used to treat all ailments affecting people. Acupuncture did not enter modern Western consciousness until the 1970’s when China ended a period of isolation and resumed foreign political and cultural contacts.

The range of applications for acupuncture has grown slowly in the West, possibly because of the belief that it has no scientific basis.  Perhaps now with the scientific proof of meridians, acupuncture will become more widespread for all ailments, along with other great healing modalities based on the energetics of the body, supporting more people to have vibrant health and wellbeing.


Gem Water

Gem elixirs are a very powerful way of transferring the vibrational frequency of a crystal into the energy system, right down to the cellular level. 

By placing crystals in drinking water the crystal energy is able to restructure the water, and will charge it with the vibration and energy properties of the crystals, affecting the energy body in much the same way as working with the stones themselves.  They’re a great way to incorporate crystal energy into your life, and can be taken anywhere you can take a bottle of water!

A gem essence is not as self adjusting as a flower remedy, if you think of a flower it moves with the breeze, where as the crystal is solid and focused due to its atomic structure.

The crystals MUST be clean and of good quality with no matrix, ‘crust’ on it, have no other crystal within it or be cracked. If in doubt place the crystals in a test tube as shown in the below picture before adding water. Leave for 24hours..

For a very simple experiment make your own elixirs by taking 4 glasses of water and drop in a different crystal tumble stones such as Rose quartz, Quartz & Amethyst in 3 of them leaving one glass without a tumble stone. Leave it for about half an hour or more then taste the difference between them.