I am frequently asked questions on how to lose weight and/or to aid digestion. Firstly we should discuss the reasons why we gain weight to begin with.
As you all know, as we grow older our metabolism begins to slow down, however we can reverse this through daily exercise and proper eating. Many foods contain starches and fats that make us feel lethargic after we eat them. Dairy and meat products are the ones that come to mind, I decided to become a vegetarian after the evening I fell asleep at the dinner table after eating a large meal of steak and potatoes. My body cannot digest animal fat/meat properly so it would cause me to be very tired after each meal, thus pretty much making it unable to do anything after dinner but sit around. Understanding that becoming a vegetarian would mean eating the proper foods for nutrition, I spent many weeks at my local library checking out books on nutrition and veggie cookbooks. Yes, it took me a while to teach myself this new way of eating, but it was totally worth it. I automatically dropped 5 pounds without even trying, but what was more incredible was the way I felt, my energy level was at an all time new high! I felt as if I could climb mountains, this was and is a very powerful feeling! If you decide to look into a vegetarian diet, I recommend that you visit a health care professional in this area. (it is important that you know how to combine foods for proper nutrition)!
Just changing our eating habits may help you to digest and assimilate food more easily. Try cutting out dairy products for a few days and see how you feel. Many folks are lactose intolerant and do not even know it! I find that when one gets into their 40's, that this is very common, I have seen it quite often. Switch to soy milk, there are many goods ones on the market these days!! Eat more fruits and veggies, I know, I know you have heard this a million times, but it is true. If you are new to eating alot of veggies, you may experience a bit of flatulence, if you have this problem try that beano product, it helps immensely. After awhile of eating veggies, this problem will go away, your body gets used to eating good food fairly quickly!
Other reasons we cannot lose weight maybe emotional in nature. Meaning, there maybe hidden reasons why we eat when we are not hungry and continue to eat junk food when we know it is not good to do so.
Some of us maybe using fat as a form of emotional protection, meaning, we are not ready to have a meaningful relationship with another person so we put on weight as a way to prevent this. "If I am heavy I will not be attractive to men". We protect ourselves because we are too afraid; we don't want to get hurt again! or we have feelings of no-self worth, (I am not worthy of love because I don't love myself, so how can I love others?)
These are fairly common reasons, but there are also other reasons why the body can hold onto weight which can impact on your ability to lose it. Sometimes weight is used as a form of grounding by the body for people whose lower chakras don't hold them firmly enough on the ground because they are blocked or the chakras are not properly open. There are a lot of reasons why blocked chakras manifest, they are often caused by past trauma and shock (manifesting in the 2nd chakra). Sometimes the "need" (and I use the term loosely really) to be grounded by weight can also come about by the upper chakras being more highly active at the expense of the lower chakras.
Another reason I have come across is the way we deal with energy. People react differently or rather cope differently with negative energy. Some reflect it, some absorb it. When they absorb it some transmute it and others try to metabolize it - taking it into their system trying to burn it off or whatever. The problem here is that often that's not entirely successful and at the risk of sounding really gross here, its like trying to eat it. It collects in the system and can create bloating and weight problems. Often all of this is created rather innocently through our desire to take on other people's problems, taking on responsibility for people and things, stuff like that. It’s not only from facing overt negative energy although that would cause it too.
So, in this exercise we will be using healing stones to aid digestion, food assimilation and help us to unblock the energy that has become stagnant in our system. While you are meditating with the healing stones on your body, important thoughts may pop up as to why you are having difficulty losing weight. An example could be a memory from child hood such as being teased at school for being a bit larger than the other kids. It is very important that you listen to your higher self during the healing session.
The stones we are using for this session are:
1st chakra- Zincite, Aegrine
2nd chakra- Avalonite
3rd chakra- Sulfur, Malachite
4th chakra- Kunzite, Chrysoprase
5th chakra- Blue Lace Agate, Dumeterorite
6th chakra- Lapis
7th chakra- Apophyllite
Right Hand- Quartz crystal to amplify the energy of the stones being used.
Left Hand- Rose quartz to bring us love during the healing session.
Before we begin the healing stone lay-out, we need to cleanse and program the stones. We have discussed this before in previous lessons, if you need to recapture how to do this please read my procedure in the November 2000 issue, it is in the members archive; click on the archive button on the bottom of this page.
We have placed the Aegrine and Zincite on the 1st chakra, the Aegrine will remove any emotional blocks that we may be experiencing as well as give us the motivation we need to continue. By placing the Zincite on the first chakra will help us to generate energy into the first choker and boost the entire energetic system.
For the 2nd choker, Avalonite's basic function is to deal with issues relating to fear of loving ourselves. Fear and fear of love keeps us from finding our life path, Avalonite aids in healing this fear so you can discover your true path.. It does this by allowing you to trust your intuition through letting go of fear; fear of all love related issues, fear of being wrong, and/or fear of failure. Once we love ourselves, weight should no longer be an issue.
For the 3rd chakra, we are using two stones. Sulfur and Malachite. Malachite transmutes negative energy and will dissolve any blocks in this area. The Sulfur will aid our digestive system by allowing for easier food assimilation.
For the 4th chakra, we are using two stones again. Kunzite and Chrysoprase. Kunzite opens the heart to trust, aids in security and fear brought on by others. Unfortunately, friends and or family may not be overly supportive in your weight loss venture, Kunzite will help you to get beyond that. Kunzite is also great for encouraging you to follow through and stay on track in your new way of living. Chrysoprase will give courage to make the changes necessary for positive results. (Many people already have courage, but have a hard time recognizing it, Chrysoprase allows one to tap into their inner courage and to use it wisely.)
For the 5th chakra we are using Dumortierite and Blue Lace Agate. Dumortierite provides us with courage and trust in times of hardship and helps us to gain control and understanding in our own lives. Allows us to see what is going on at the core level so we can begin to heal. I also recommend this stone for those dealing with addiction. Blue Lace agate is a stone that will help to bring us peace while we are working on the challenge of changing our lifestyle by eating properly, exercising and working with the spirit. Be prepared to be more expressive, Blue Lace agate will bring this out and you will begin speaking your truth without fear.
For the 6th chakra we are using Lapis. Lapis is a very quick acting stone which bring you closer to the spirit as well as closer to the goal of healing your digestive problems and encouraging weight loss.
For the 7th chakra we are using Apophyllite. This crystal will allow you to expand our way of thinking, bringing a new and positive outlook on your life. Apophyllite is a soul-level healer.
The last step before meditation is to hold the rose quartz stone in your left hand and the quartz crystal in your right hand. ( I like to do this step with all of my various lay-outs.)
Now it is time to either meditate or to do a visualization exercise. Depending on what my client feels more comfortable with, I either perform Reiki over the stones while the client is meditating, or I lead them through a visualization exercise. There are no fast rules here, use your intuition and decide what is best for you or your client. Some healers like to sit silently and send healing energy to their clients, while others like to discuss with their clients what is happening in each step.
Smooth the Aura
At the end of each healing session, it is a good idea to smooth the aura. Simply hold your hands palm down, starting at the crown, brush your hands above and down the entire length of the body in one sweep. I also like to thank my guides while I am doing this for the love and healing they have brought to our crystal healing session. Use your intuition as to how often you should do this healing session, however I suggest you start by doing this once a week.