Article by Kathleen Johnson
It is no secret that our beautiful Mother Earth, or Gaia, is struggling greatly these days. Too many years of carelessness, selfishness, and greed have taken their toll on this beautiful planet we call home. As cohabitants on Earth, we are each accountable to Gaia and charged with the responsibility of caring for her. Like a loving mother, Gaia supports, nurtures, and grounds us, as she forgives our mistakes, and loves us unconditionally. This is evident in the promise of each new season, from the renewal of life each spring to the quiet sleeping darkness of winter. Her love is reflected in the beauty of the forests, the majesty of the mountains, and the awe-inspiring grandeur of the seas. Gaia’s love for her children is boundless, encompassing every form of life on the planet. She showers her riches upon us in myriad ways, and in return for these amazing gifts, she asks for nothing but to be treated with respect and love. Sadly, humanity is frequently unworthy of this devotion. The human race has plundered her riches, sullied her gifts, and damaged her splendor. Yet Gaia prevails, and continues to support and nurture us, even though she has been hurt by those she loves and cares for the most.
Over the years I have become more and more passionately involved in honoring, restoring, and preserving her magnificence. I also learned, from Mother Earth herself, there is no better way to do this than in the context of a Reiki session.
Since Reiki found me, I have had the privilege and honor of conducting thousands of sessions with clients, students, friends, and family. I have come to know that Mother Earth is a steadfast and faithful ally on my Reiki journey. She is a welcome presence in many of my sessions, especially those in which the client has a strong connection and affinity for Her. She provides amazing insights, information, and a nurturing caring energy that is unlike any other. In fact, the quality of this energy is so distinct I am immediately aware of her presence when she arrives.
Therefore, I want to share some of the ways in which Mother Earth has contributed to my sessions, my spiritual growth, and to the well-being and growth of clients whom she has blessed.
I first encountered Mother Earth in a Reiki session a few years ago, while conducting a session for a client I will call “Emily”, and who is actively involved in causes relating to the environment and preserving our legacy as stewards of the earth. As I began the treatment after invoking the assistance of Third Heaven energies and placing the intuitively chosen crystals, I became aware of a presence in the healing space, unlike any I had encountered before. As I continued to channel Reiki for Emily, a soft voice gently floated into my awareness. The voice spoke of healing and love; intuitively, I recognized it as Mother Earth, and silently expressed gratitude for her presence in the session. Throughout the session she continued to speak and share information. Her gentle voice and energy guided my hands throughout the treatment as she whispered healing words, encouraging Emily to seek healing in the loving arms of Mother Earth. She showed me green gauzy energy enveloping Emily as it healed past and recent trauma. Gaia’s love and support were palpable throughout; her energy was unwavering and strong.
After the session, Emily validated these experiences, and described a warm loving energy that whispered supportive words, reassuring her that she was cared for and protected by Mother Earth. The crystals that were incorporated in the session were unusually warm, and vibrated when touched. We were both somewhat mesmerized by the session’s experiences, and the energy in the healing space had a shimmery quality which was visible to the eye. At that time, it was one of the most powerful sessions I had experienced. Subsequently, Emily heeded Gaia’s advice and turned to the Earth for healing. Emily’s healing journey led her to a career in the national forests, where she works to heal and support Mother Earth, even as she is healed and supported by Her.
Since that memorable session, Mother Earth continues to be a regular visitor during Reiki treatments with clients. What I have noticed is that the information she provides has deepened and become more specific, often instructing clients on how to enhance their healing journeys. Her energy is mostly gentle, but can also be playful, whimsical, and even stern at times. An example of this occurred several months ago with a client who was struggling with long-term digestive health issues. Gaia’s presence was palpable during the session, along with an air of annoyance and impatience. As I channeled Reiki to the client’s solar plexus area, I clearly heard, “How can she expect to be healthy when she eats death?” I was stunned by the seemingly harsh words. As if that was not enough, I was then instructed to share that with the client. When I delivered the message after the session (in the kindest way possible), my client gasped and said she was told to remove meat from her diet to improve her health. Suffice it to say this individual is now a vegan, and her health continues to improve remarkably.
Sometimes Gaia shows herself to me as a beautiful graceful tree, with branches for limbs and fingers, and shiny green leaves for hair. She has been known to tickle a client’s foot with a “branchy” finger during the grounding phase, and sometimes she clears unhealthy energy with images and sensations of rushing water. She still provides specific, and accurate, healing advice when necessary. The clients with whom she has a strong and clear connection always look forward to communing with Gaia during their Reiki sessions, and she delights in assisting them on their journeys, with Reiki as the vehicle for this incredible healing opportunity.
Over the years, I have learned to “expect the unexpected” in a Reiki session, and as I continue on my personal journey, I am continually amazed and humbled by the wonders and beauty that Reiki brings to us, simply by asking and being open to the gifts from Spirit. Reiki has strengthened and deepened my relationship with Gaia, and I feel enormous gratitude for the opportunity to be of service to our beautiful Mother Earth in this way. She deserves nothing less.
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Kathleen Johnson is a Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki Master, a Kundalini Reiki Master, and a Certified Crystal Healer. As a Spiritual Teacher & Mentor, she assists others in discovering their unique path to wellness, wholeness, and authenticity. Kathleen is also a Certified Past-Life Soul Regression Therapist, and infuses Reiki into her work with clients’ past lives.
She is the Founder of UniverSoul Heart, LLC, a holistic healing and wellness practice based in Pennsylvania, USA. Kathleen enjoys teaching all levels of Reiki classes, from Level I through Master/Teacher, and is honored to assist others on the Reiki path. She also offers “Crystal Basics” and “Finding Your Life Mission” workshops for those wishing to deepen and enrich their self-knowledge at the soul level.
Kathleen was a co-host and presenter at the Reiki Rays Spring 2018 Summit, and also presented at the Winter 2018 and Spring 2019 Summits. She is passionate about raising awareness of the benefits of Reiki and holistic wellness and enjoys speaking to public and private groups.
As part of her commitment to raising awareness, Kathleen has been a featured guest in many radio interviews and is the host of "UniverSoul Heart Radio with Kathleen Johnson- Sensible Spirituality for Everyday Living", broadcast on Transformation Talk Radio.
Kathleen was selected as Top Reiki Master of the Year for 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication.
Writing is a passion for Kathleen, and her many articles about Reiki and Spirituality are published on Reiki Rays and in Reiki News Magazine. She is currently gathering information for a book and knows that Reiki will be with her every step of the way.
Kathleen’s website is www.universoulheart.net, and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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