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Urgent Help for UK Homeless

Crisis at Christmas call for holistic healing and massage therapists to help the homeless.

Crisis_logoHolistic and massage therapists are urgently called to help the homeless over the festive season, as part of an annual Christmas campaign organised by Crisis.

The national charity for single homeless people are setting up several temporary centres in London, to provide holistic healing and massage therapies to those in need. These charitable centres will provide vital companionship, support, essential services and hot meals for homeless and vulnerable people, with the assistance of the Crisis volunteers.

Crisis aim to offer a full range of free holistic massage and complementary therapies, to guests across all London centres, including Natural Healing, Reiki, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Energy Field Therapy, Massage, Shiatsu and Indian Head Massage.

The holistic and massage treatments will provide guests with much-needed peace, relaxation, energy and comfort, at a time when loneliness and neglect greatly affect their well-being. So, if you are a therapist, a member of a professional body such as the FHT and have the appropriate insurance,  please join the Natural Healing and Massage Service Team this Christmas, as Crisis would really appreciate your help!

In addition, the charity requests that anyone over the age of 18 are welcome to step forward, to donate their time; in order to help welcome guests, prepare and serve food, hand out clothing and provide general interaction, support and friendship for the homeless in London, Oxford an Newcastle.

Mini bus drivers, hairdressers and essential services – such as health, housing and education sectors – are also very much in demand.

The Christmas charity shifts run from 23rd December 2012 through to 30th December 2012 and volunteers are requested to sign up for a minimum of two shifts.

The charity, supported by Ian McKellen, Ed Sheran and Jo Brand, has seen their volunteer base grow rapidly over the years. Nevertheless, Crisis need more help, so please get in touch!

For more information, please visit the Crisis website at: or call 0300 636 1000.

Charitable Approach to Spirituality

Charitably Spirituality FREE….….a word that always catches the eye. It draws us in, we want to find out more, and being a cynical bunch, we want to check the small print to find that all illusive catch. Free has become a staple, a highly lucrative commodity in today’s society and if something is truly free, or you are given the choice to pay only what you can afford, it becomes a very inciting, welcomed opportunity.

Holistic and non-religious spiritual therapies and practices have escalated in price over the last few years, simply because it is now a recognised industry, with very marketable products. Something that used to cost no more than lunch and a cup of coffee has increased so much that the average person views complementary or spiritual therapy as a high cost luxury they can do without.

However, things are changing. Perhaps the doom casters have directly engineered that change, by creating an urgent need to get spiritual practices out to the masses. It only takes one person in the spiritual community to change their business plan and wallop! A tiny ripple of change soon turns in to a major charitable tidal wave. Now, the “those that have” are being joined by “the have not’s”. People at the opposite ends of the pay scale are developing spiritually, on equal ground and equal footing.

Non-profit organisations, such as the London College of Spirituality and the London Spiritual Movement, have led the donation field in the UK, by switching from set fees to donation based talks and workshops. Vaz Sriharan from the LCS told me, “The response has been phenomenal and most events are packed out. With our donations, our facilitators can access hundreds of individuals as opposed to a few. Their message reaches a far wider audience, allowing many to be transformed and everyone benefits.” Simply by offering skills, knowledge and expertise on a donation basis, light-workers are actually hitting a demographic that may not have paid full whack.

At the other end of the spectrum, I recently followed a Facebook post written by a very well-known spiritual name, announcing the release of a new DVD. What followed was a bombardment of comments such as “does this mean that only those people of a particular wealth level are going to be able to benefit? What happens for everyone else who can’t afford or doesn’t know about it?” and, “….if it was as important as you say then why don’t you do it for free? Spiritual ‘gurus’ make money in other ways……There needs to be more balance within spirituality and asking of money for such things.”

I kind of get their point. Why? Well, the tone was just all wrong. If it had not come from them directly then their social media team need a severe talking to! You really cannot tell people to spread the word and make sure everyone knows about, as it is so important everyone watches it, at a price of X amount for the web link and X amount for the hard copy DVD. Really? Are you serious? Surely if you feel so passionate about something, and really believe everyone in the world needs the information immediately, then would you not gift that information?

Perhaps I am being a little unfair; perhaps I am missing the whole picture. Yes, in this particular case, there are costs involved in producing a film. But, the internet is a global community and if you do have an urgent message to get out there, then YouTube does not cost a penny – and has a far wider reach than any boxed DVD.

Of course a spiritual or holistic “business” needs to provide the facilitator with funds, in order to live and meet day-to-day life commitments. They really cannot ignore mortgage or rent payments, they cannot live on fresh air pie and a duck under the table they need to provide at least the basic essentials for themselves and their family. Yet, there are many opportunities for the sector to give something back, by lowering monetary expectations, which benefits everyone involved – financially and spiritually.

However, with the good comes the bad, where there is light there is always dark. The polar ends are ever-present, even in those who profess to be spiritual. You know the score; the free talk that leads to an hour-long promotion of the “latest new offering” or “BOGOF” deal. But what I have been privy to, and witnessed with my own eyes, is the level of donations that are made. Some feel it in their hearts to gift the full suggested donation, while others – with sheepish, zero eye contact – take the donation envelope (which of course is there to extend the privacy of said donation giver), handing it back as quick as a flash and purposefully making a quick exit. I have even seen a two for one offer, or rather two people donating £5 (approx $8) in one envelope for a 3 hour workshop!

We have no doubt all seen such behaviour, in the regular and spiritualist churches, as the donation plate or pouch is ushered between the isles. People jiggling their pockets, in a bid to assure onlookers that they have cash and are gladly donating their entire pocket full with glee, only to create the magicians sleight of hand by clinking the change already placed.

Wow! Either I am psychic, spectacularly observant or I am under no illusion that people are people and my inner cynic raises its ugly head far to often.

Any way, I have digressed slightly….

There are many opportunities for everyone to experience great spiritual teaching and introductions into holistic therapies and services, at a fraction of the cost. Why not check out your local groups, meet-ups and social networking sites as you may be surprised at what’s out there. Just remember that the organisers, teachers and mentors need to keep the doors open, travel to and from the venues and donate their time just for you.

Evolutionary Breakthrough Brings Healing into the 21st Century

A new healing discovery is set to revolutionise human spiritual evolution.

Quantum & Holographic Echo Healing Therapy An evolutionary healing technique, known as Quantum and Holographic Echo Healing™ is now available across the globe. 

The holistic therapy, developed by Paula Wratten, draws on the philosophies of quantum theory, to release emotional and spiritual baggage and reconnect mind and body – making it a true evolution in holistic therapy.   

Paula Wratten, founder and facilitator of Quantum and Holographic Echo HealingÔ , comments, “The earth has evolved at such a rapid rate, yet the human spiritual state is still lagging behind. My role is to bridge this gap; by clearing outmoded, negative beliefs and obstructive patterns, stored within our internal and external self.”

Paula Wratten created Quantum and Holographic Echo HealingÔ after many years of scientific research, focusing on the theory that human thoughts have either a positive or negative effect on the human body. She designed the healing method in order to clear the mind, body, aura and outer, holographic field (an energy field that can create unwanted physical and emotional barriers), of psychological restrictions and unfounded limitations.

“Every cell in our body records events in our lives. Therefore, these memories, or patterns, are locked inside us. These events are stored from this lifetime, our past lives and our past and present ancestry. By releasing the imprint at DNA, auric and holographic level, Holistic Quantum and Holographic Echo Healing™ can open up new possibilities, new-found confidence and the ability to create a more positive and productive life.” says Paula.

The unique, trademarked, healing therapy is carried out via a one-hour Skype call or physical one-to-one session, lending flexibility and accessibility across the globe. Paula will be teaching the practice in the UK and Europe and, with strong demand in the USA, Holistic Quantum and Holographic Echo Healing™ is also set to be practiced in America. Furthermore, as a complementary therapy, Holistic Quantum and Holographic Echo Healing™ , works alongside mainstream healthcare as an additional support, for complete holistic wellbeing.

Paula adds, “I am a Clairvoyant Medium and Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner (EFT) who has blended the use of metaphysical energy into my readings and practice. My job, as a facilitator of Holistic Quantum and Holographic Echo Healing™ , is to help empower my clients and teach others – including professional holistic therapists – to learn the process and utilise it for themselves.

With a huge growth in demand for the Holistic Quantum and Holographic Echo Healing™  sessions and teaching courses, Paula Wratten, who has appeared in The Sun newspaper, Prediction Magazine, It’s Fate and Fate & Fortune, will be taking part in many high-profile events in Holland, Spain and the UK, between now and the end of 2012.

Paula concludes, “It is a very exciting time. People now understand the need to create wholeness and balance in their lives. They want to know how they can truly connect with themselves, other people and the world around them. Holistic Quantum and Holographic Echo Healing™ really can help them do all this and more, lending them the power to move their lives forward in a positive, proactive way.”

For more information about Holistic Quantum and Holographic Echo Healing™ , or to book an appointment or training course, please click here or visit:

About Paula Wratten

Paula WrattenPaula is a spiritual teacher, mentor, clairvoyant medium, qualified beauty & holistic therapist and EFT Practitioner. She teaches and practices her unique healing technique, Holistic Quantum and Holographic Echo Healing™ . Paula has featured in The Sun newspaper, Prediction Magazine, Fate and Fortune, Chat It’s Fate, BBC Radio and REM Radio. Paula is also a monthly columnist for Silent Voices, she has co-written a healing CD and is in the final production of her book, Gone But Not forgotten.

For more information, please go to Paula Wratten’s website at: or contact Paula via email:

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UK Healthcare Council Now Accepts Reiki

ReikiThe Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council have finally announced the CNHC register will be opening to UK Reiki practitioners.

As of Monday 14th May 2012, UK Reiki practitioners will be allowed to join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). This change has come after much debate, over the validity of the healing therapy.

The information was shared by the CNHC, via email this week, to Reiki practitioners interested in joining the organisation. The CNHC endorsement clearly indicates the regard and growing popularity for Reiki therapy.

There is no obligation for any UK Reiki practitioner to register with the CNHC, although the affiliation to the CNHC offers a support network, to maintain and improve industry standards. It also acts in the public interest, to enable accountability of the complementary therapists on the register.

The CNHC, previously funded by the UK Government, still receives non financial backing by the Department of Health, who recommend the use of CNHC registered therapists when selecting a complementary health practitioner.  However, the CNHC has stipulated that Reiki practitioners must be pre-vetted by the Federation of Holistic Therapists, or Reiki professional association, in order to join the voluntary regulator.

As this information is not currently live on the CNHC website, UK Reiki practitioners are invited to join via the following routes:

Route 1 - If you are a current member of one of the organisations listed below then please apply through them directly. You will need to complete a ‘Request to Register form’ and then return the completed form to them (not CNHC) so they can verify your application: The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), The Reiki Connection, The UK Reiki Federation or The Reiki Guild

FHT - Federation of Holistic TherapistsRoute 2 - If you are not a member of any of the organisations listed above you can apply directly through The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) as a non-member. You will need to complete a ‘Request to Register form for non members’ which can be downloaded here and then return the completed form to them (not CNHC) so they can verify your application.

The CNHC state administration fees will be charged by the FHT, where evidence of the qualifications meets the entry requirements. Further charges may apply if post-qualification experience and development is necessary, to verify the Reiki qualification.

From more information please click on the following link FHT

Life Balancing Bergamot

For years I have picked perfume with Bergamot essential oil.

My scent of choice for a long time was Truth by Calvin Klein.

Not one of the biggest Bergamothits with the masses,  which is getting harder and harder to get hold of. I have searched many a perfume emporium – on and offline – but the wonderous scent has clearly taken a nose dive into the perfume archives.

Why Bergamot?

Well my husband bought a vial of pure essential oil some 15 years ago, when a lady recommended it for its calming effects, and I have been hooked ever since. The warm yet fresh lemony scent is simply divine! As a teenager I used to be rather partial to a cup of Earl Grey with MILK!……………I pause briefly…………..awaiting ripples of disgust, as tea connoisseurs across the globe balk in horror at my choice of accompaniment, other than a slice of lemon.

So other than it’s pure perfumery deliciousness, which is used in 1/3rd of all cologne, what else is Bergamot used for?

The spiritual and emotional aspects of the essential oil include inducing renewed optimism, a less stressful outlook on life and easing an agitated, confused or even angry mind. It is an oil of contradiction. It helps lift and boost energy levels and calms and relaxes all at the same time. Some even believe it helps open the mind to the spirit realms, and thus making communication with higher spirit beings easier. It also relates to the Heart Chakra.

I would say it is not the best for anyone who is battling to stick to a diet, as it can stimulate appetite. But if you suffer from indigestion or stomach pains Bergamot can certainly help. If you have skin conditions such as dermatitis, greasy skin, eczema, psoriasis, acne or frequent cold sores then Bergamot is definitely your friend. But it is always good to check with your GP when trying new treatments, just in case.

As with most essential oils, Bergamot should never be used neat on the skin as it can cause a reaction, especially when the skin is sensitive or exposed to sunlight. But blended and diluted in a carrier oil or un-scented lotion – at a ratio of 1 or 2 drops to 10ml of carrier product to start.

Bergamot is part of the orange family, so you may like to try mixing a few drops each of Bergamot and Mandarin oil in a bath – works wonders with the lights out, a few scented candles dotted around the bathroom and a secure lock on the bathroom door.

Have I found a new Bergamot fragrance?

I have indeed!

Ginger Essence by Origins – Yum!

Should you Charge for your Services?

Money and SpiritualityMoney. It’s a funny thing isn’t it?

Unless you are living on an abundant paradise island, with all the food, water,  and shelter you could possible need for several lifetimes, you need money. Especially now with the cost of our most basic needs rising almost daily.

So, as a holistic health or spiritual adviser how do you strike a balance between credibility, integrity and your own financial commitments? And what exactly do I mean by that?

OK, well lets say you are a working Clairvoyant Medium. As a Medium you are in fact working for Spirit and you are giving messages to people, who have lost family members. They have come to you for help, peace of mind and proof that their loved ones are still “around”.

But if you have the “gift” of communication with Spirit should you gain financial? Should you be more intent on the personal gratification of helping someone rather than material reward? Could you been seen as profiting from their grief ? Where does integrity fit in? Does blowing ones trumpet, if you receive some mind-blowing proof, really conveying a humble, spiritual persona?

Mmmmm, it’s a difficult one.

I had a discussion with a Reiki healer in France a few months ago.  His view was: as a spiritual healer he was helping people feel better and even the thought of charging for healing was out of the question. I asked him if he had studied to become a healer and was he charged for his tuition? Being a qualified Reiki healer myself, I already knew the answer was undoubtedly yes. All certified Reiki/Spiritual Healers and a vast majority of Mediums have undergone months, even years of training. Reiki students pay for their training at each level and, if the trainer is worth their salt, the student should be required to provide case studies and produce history and philosophical essays – before they are deemed a Reiki Healer.

To become a Medium you must be dedicated and practice meditation (preferably) every day and it is advised that you attend a development group at least once a week.

Therefore, along with any other student, a holistic or spiritual student works hard, puts in a lot of time and effort and pays for their tuition. So why should they forgo their needs once “qualified”? There are bills to pay, a roof to keep and food to buy.

But as a “light-worker” if the thought of receiving payment still leaves you feeling cold then look at it this way: A client pays for the time you have set aside just for them and the payment is simply an exchange of energy and time, in exactly the same way they pay the doctor, dentist, counselor, beauty therapist…………You enjoy the work you have chosen so you have earned the right to enjoy both the personal and financial rewards too.

So don’t feel bad. You have a skill, you are worth it. The trick is to find the right balance between your personal views and your personal needs.

Mystical Crystals

Originally posted on Holistic Words:

CrystalsOur home is full of crystals. Crystal balls, crystal jewellery, crystal slices, crystal palmstones, crystal carvings, crystal books; you name it we have it!

I have spent hours looking at the different types of crystals; researching the popular to the obscure, and the properties, health benefits and spiritual history behind crystals. I have carried specific crystals with me and picked certain crystals to wear, depending on what I was doing that given day.

But do they actually do what they say on the tin or is it purely psychological? If I pick a ruby to wear is it my just my intention to feel uplifted and energetic, as I know that is what it should do, or does the crystal really induce the feelings all by itself?

A few months ago I visited our local crystal shop. I picked up a zebra (jasper) crystal and felt an immediate dislike to it; I quite literally threw it back down on…

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Mystical Crystals

CrystalsOur home is full of crystals. Crystal balls, crystal jewellery, crystal slices, crystal palmstones, crystal carvings, crystal books; you name it we have it!

I have spent hours looking at the different types of crystals; researching the popular to the obscure, and the properties, health benefits and spiritual history behind crystals. I have carried specific crystals with me and picked certain crystals to wear, depending on what I was doing that given day.

But do they actually do what they say on the tin or is it purely psychological? If I pick a ruby to wear is it my just my intention to feel uplifted and energetic, as I know that is what it should do, or does the crystal really induce the feelings all by itself?

A few months ago I visited our local crystal shop. I picked up a zebra (jasper) crystal and felt an immediate dislike to it; I quite literally threw it back down on the shelf. I spoke to a lady, who knows a lot about the crystalline structures, and she asked if I was anemic, which I am, and told me that it helps ease the symptoms! So, if the crystal is supposed to help why was I repulsed by it? I used to own a really pretty banded Carnelian crystal, which felt like a jumping bean when I held it. I say used to, as it has seemingly danced right out of my life!

I have also experienced crystal healing, in conjunction with Reiki. During the entire session I had my eyes closed. After the therapist placed the crystals on my Chakra points, the last one in the middle of my forehead, I could “see” a bright blue light in my mind’s eye. After the healing I asked her if she had used a blue crystal on my forehead. Indeed she had. A blue lapis lazuli – a stone very much revered by the ancient Egyptians, which reportedly enhances the psychic link and promotes truth. But was that just my intuition kicking, was the crystal helping or was it a lucky guess? I must say I did feel pretty chilled afterwards.

I have another quandary. Many crystal information websites carry a disclaimer stating the health benefits and indications, we know today, have come from historical records, passed down through the generations. They in no way claim the crystals cure or aid any ills. And yet I have known crystal healers, who are repeatedly booked by their clients, to spend thousands of pounds on their collections. They use their crystals for all manner of situations; from creating positive energies in the home to realigning an individuals emotional and physical wellbeing. The popularity has grown to such an extent that many state colleges, across the UK, are now offering crystal therapy courses, alongside other complementary therapy techniques.

It would be nice to know that they help. But so far, along with ghosts (which I do believe in) and the Loch Ness Monster (which is plausible), it has not been proven.

So, I put it to you. Is there something to this crystal thing or is it just the intention that “makes them work”?

Therapists Called to Help London Homeless this Christmas

Federation of Holistic Therapists“Natural Healing and Massage Therapist volunteers needed…

Specialist volunteers are urgently needed to donate their services to help homeless people in London over the festive season as part of Crisis at Christmas, running from Friday 23 December – Friday 30 December 2011.

Up to nine temporary centres will be set up in London by Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, as part of Crisis at Christmas. The centres will provide vital companionship and hot meals for homeless and vulnerably housed people as well as essential services like health checks, housing advice, training and further education opportunities.

Crisis aim to provide a range of holistic massage and complementary therapy to guests across all centres at Crisis at Christmas including Natural Healing, Reiki, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Energy Field Therapy, Massage, Shiatsu and Indian head massage.

Treatments are much valued by the guests. Relaxed, peaceful, energised, safe, comfortable are just a few of the words used by guests after receiving treatments at Crisis centres.  Last year Crisis were fortunate enough to treat over 170 guests.

The team of caring volunteers has grown over the years but Crisis need more to be able to offer the service across all centres. If you are an FHT member and have appropriate insurance, Crisis would appreciate your help, so please join the Natural Healing and Massage service team this Christmas.

Natural Healing shifts run from 11am to 6pm from Saturday 24 December through to Thursday 29 December and for Massage, shifts run from 10:30am to 6pm starting Friday 23 December. Crisis ask that every volunteer signs up for a minimum of two shifts.

More details are on the Crisis website . If you would like further information you can call 0300 636 1000.”

Taken from Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) Website

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