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Carnival of Healing #210: Connections

<b><i>Carnival Swirl, Gardenia Blossom</b> <br>©Rose De Dan 2009</i>

Carnival Swirl, Gardenia Blossom ©Rose De Dan 2009

Welcome to Carnival of Healing #210! Last week’s Carnival was hosted by Rosanna C Rogacion of Melisma. This is the first time the Carnival has been hosted here on the Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing blog, but it won’t be the last. I have so enjoyed reading, and putting together so many inspirational, educational and just plain fun links to the numerous articles submitted, that I plan to do it again.

On this Carnival you will find articles on many topics, submitted by writers from different countries, gathered together here in a virtual global village. All with one unifying purpose, the nurturance of connections—whether support for our physical bodies, awareness of connections to others of our species, or the connections that we all share in the Wheel of Life —and the ability of those connections to inspire.



One of the first articles that I received illustrated that concept beautifully, presenting me with the unique opportunity to feature two for one. Sue Tanida submitted All of Creation, where she shares her insights gained by reading a blog post written by someone else. Sue says, “The author really sees the great Mystery of interconnectedness of life on this planet. He really gets that the sacred isn’t just found in the ‘beauty’ or ‘tranquility’ or whatever else people describe nature as. The sacred is found in the larger patterns that nature forms.” Sue’s article contains an excerpt to the post written by J. Williams Harkins at the Episcopal Café entitled Loaves, fishes, salmon in particular, which I highly encourage you to read in its entirety as his writing truly reflects the inspiration and sacredness to be found in awareness of our connection to nature.

Lisa Illiachmann is a gardener wrestling with the removal of one stubborn plant. She uses that struggle to effectively make an empowering connection to the greater struggle we all face in our lives in The Weed.

And the quality of writing continues in Carrying and Leaving where Jessica Nagel shares an effective technique for opening up to stillness as a doorway to healing not only ourselves, but also the planet.

If I were handing out awards for Best Blog Title it would go to Lessons from a Recovering Doormat: Tips, Tools and Perspective for Being More Empowered. And Daylle Deanna Schwartz does exactly that in her helpful post Law of Attraction in Action: Positive Words.

Wayne C Allen puts an amusing and insightful spin on the Law of Attraction with his 10 Zen Principles to Help You Live Life Better as interpreted through the great Yogi-isms of baseball legend Yogi Berra.

Ingrid King, of The Conscious Cat, offers further insights with From Fear to Hope and Love. And of course the advice I loved best and agree wholeheartedly with is, “Pet your cat or dog! Being with your animals is one of the best ways I know to instantly shift your vibration from negative to positive. It’s impossible to be fearful and worried when you have a happy dog licking your face or a purring cat in your lap.”



Moving out of the realm of individual human empowerment, our next virtual stop is energy healing for animals.

Gina McCulloch D.C. EBW shares her experiences as a chiropractor working in tandem with an Animal Reiki Therapist in the UK in Animal Reiki & Animal Chiropractic for Cats; Dogs, Horses and other Pets – An Ideal Natural Healing Combination!.

And Jackie Branagan also shares energy healing stories about her cat Misty and rescued cat Bowser. In my experience it is very true that the animals know exactly what they need and are drawn to it as Bowser was with Jackie’s mesa. I tell my Reiki students that if they think they are animal magnets before taking a Reiki class, wait until after! (And yes, I am the Rose mentioned in the story.)



Compassion is a quality that should permeate all healing modalities, whether for animals or people. Shiatsu practitioner Gina Loree’ Marks explores a very important aspect of the relationship between caregiver and client in The Morality of Healing.



This article was as much fun to read as the yoga poses will be for you and your kids to do. KidsYogaOnline presents Hatha yoga for kids: float like a butterfly, hum like a bee. And because as a shamanic practitioner I am currently in the process of working Serpent energy I just had to include Animal yoga for kids: the hiss of the serpent, where you can “get slithery with kids yoga when you slide into the cobra yoga pose. As one of the most animated kids yoga exercises, the cobra posture brings flexibility to your spine and strength to your back. Best of all, you get to hisss, just like a real snake!”

And for adults Mary Jones presents 50 Excellent Yoga Moves to Cure Any Kind of Pain or Problem, an article that I found personally helpful, with tips that I plan on using daily.



I can’t say I have tried it, but I have seen the benefits for others who have. Karthik Raj G presents The real benefits of fasting – both physical and spiritual.

This next submission came from Japan (don’t you love the internet?), and it not only taught me something new, but it was also fun to immerse myself (pun intended) in the Japanese culture and beautiful photos. You may not have heard of this therapeutic modality, but Tony Alexander offers an introduction in Kono Ha No Yu: Balneotherapy.

And last, but not least, WP Ho presents Inflammation: Essential Facts You Need to Know, which explores many of the factors that contribute to chronic inflammation.

And you will see WP Ho again, as he will be hosting next week’s Carnival of Healing #211 on Oct. 17, 2009 at The Conscious Life, and I invite you to submit an article.

I hope you enjoyed your virtual trip around the world and the many articles by inspiring writers featured here!


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Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is a mesa carrier in the Peruvian Q’ero tradition. In addition she is also a Reiki Master Teacher, animal communicator, author of the acclaimed book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism, and creator of Animal and Reiki Art. As an animal shaman, she views her role as a healer as one of building bridges between people and animals, and of empowering them to reconnect with Pachamama, Mother Earth.

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  1. for animals indeed i saw it reiki help a lot,once i add a dog and she ad heart problem she add 2 heart attack, i though since i can read some futur,i maybe can help healher and i tryied and i was doing reiki wich i didn,it knoow way back i would massage her as showed for reiki and just massage her in a loving way i add tons off emotions ,and i was so convinced i could stop those attacks ,she was suppose to died i was told but she lived almost 2 years more,so you are right , reiki is good for animals too.thank you

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