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Loving Animals – The Emotional Connection

Working with animals requires more than sensitivity. As healers, we have to be sensitive to the subtle signs and find ways to feel confident and filled with hope. Our animals trust us and rely on our choices to support them in their healing. Join us for webinar 20 of the Healer’s Journey as we discuss the human/animal bond and the strong emotions we have for the health and wellbeing of our animal companions.

What are some of the tools we have available to us when working with animals?

Animal Healing

  • Reiki
  • Essential Oils
  • Zeolite

Loving Animals – The Emotional Connection, Webinar #20

The Personal Consultation For Your Animal’s Health

special needs dogs335Many people have been asking me about using essential oils for their animals – especially frankincense essential oil for cancer. I’m very happy to help with personal consultations, and to talk to you about how essential oils can be safely used for animals.

What’s involved in a personal consultation for your animal?

Listening to your needs and finding out if we’re a fit for working together is my primary goal. I know it may be an emotional time for you, so I want to be clear on all aspects of your animal’s situation, including everything from diet to environment, medical history, and current diagnosis. Since the help and guidance I offer in my sessions is non-medical, I encourage you to continue to work with your vet.

I also know that you’re looking for hope, “alternatives”, and perhaps complementary methods of dealing with your animal’s health issues. There are many valuable resources, and a lot of conflicting information. It can be confusing and overwhelming. Know that I do not compromise on the products I’ve chosen to use and offer my clients. For example, I would never talk about a product I haven’t personally used with great results. I’ve spent years selecting products and methods that work together and cause no harm when used properly with guidelines.

Many of the products and resources I use are always available on my website or in my book, Heal Together – Natural Health Solutions for Animals and Their Humans. However, I do not recommend ordering substitutes which may or may not be effective – or may be harmful to your animal. You’ll also want to have personal guidance on how to use each product for your particular situation. That is one of my specialties – an intuitive assessment to help guide the way you choose to proceed.

I also have many tools available that help complement the healing process such as Reiki, tuning forks, crystals, and animal communication. If you choose to work with me after your consultation, these may be a part of a holistic protocol we discuss.

Find out what natural healing might look like for you and your beloved furry family member. I’ve put together several healing packages that includes Reiki and animal communication, along with guidance through the entire process. Learn more about Animal Healing and Soul Connections.

Frankincense for Dogs With Cancer

essential oils for animalsEssential oils have been an integral part of my Reiki healing clinic for several years. I consider their energy and aroma extremely valuable for all aspects of the services I provide – for trauma release, physical and emotional relief, spiritual enhancement, and revitalizing abilities, I love how essential oils fit into natural healing work. My clients and students feel supported, and the work we do seems to be more effective.

Not long after I began using essential oils for my human clients did I investigate the possibility and efficacy of essential oils for my animal clients. Careful consideration was given to the quality of essential oils, and I chose a specific company to support my work in the best possible way. It matters to the animals!

Great care must be taken not to make medical claims, so my research led me to specific studies involving human cancer since fewer studies with essential oils are done with animals. In one study, frankincense from Boswelia carteri was used for human bladder cancer to see if it would be effective as an anti-tumor agent. The results were quite promising.

“Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability. Microarray and bioinformatics analysis proposed multiple pathways that can be activated by frankincense oil to induce bladder cancer cell death. Frankincense oil might represent an alternative intravesical agent for bladder cancer treatment.” (1)

Frankincense for Dogs with Cancer

Backed by research and ready to offer support to my animal clients, dogs with cancer, I added frankincense essential oil from Boswelia carteri to my list of effective natural solutions. I have found that specific essential oils help with immune support, digestion, emotional support, and many other types of support for health and recovery.

There are several considerations to be made before using frankincense for your dog:

  1. age and size of your dog
  2. overall health and current diagnosis, if any
  3. current diet
  4. quality and purity of the frankincense (I use only the ones I trust to be the best)
  5. dosage and frequency specific for your animal
  6. combination with other treatments
  7. integration with other essential oils
  8. method of delivery
  9. your holistic approach and attitude

Click the link for more information and to Order Frankincense.

 Wellness Scan and Reiki

Work with your vet to have the support a veterinarian offers – lab tests, ultra sound, x-rays, etc. Gather as much information as possible. However, remember to also include a more complete aspect of healing with an intuitive assessment and Reiki. Learn more  about Animal Healing or contact me for a free consultation.

(1) Frankincense Oil Derived From Boswellia carteri Induces Tumor Cell Specific Cytotoxicity
Mark Barton Frank, Qing Yang, Jeanette Osban, Joseph T Azzarello, Marcia R Saban, Ricardo Saban, Richard A Ashley, Jan C Welter, Kar-Ming Fung, and Hsueh-Kung Lin

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The Root of Healing

Have you thought about the root of healing? Just as dis-ease has a root cause, so does healing have a root – one that penetrates deeply into earth energy, stimulating the core vibration of healing.

Long ago, before medical doctors and modern medicine, synthetic drugs, and the “sickness” industry, there was a natural way to be well. This natural way connected us to our mother – Mother Earth – in such a way that relied more on an understanding of vibrations, rhythms, cycles, and harmony. People ate what was in season, harvested or grown without chemicals. They also offered daily gratitude and blessings for their abundance, paying attention to ways to replenish what was taken from the earth to ensure a return of abundance. IT ALL MATTERS. Whether we’re talking about health and healing, or a way to live with a smaller footprint on the planet, we can embrace the ideas known as Shamanism.

What is Shamanism?

Old texts and tradition in the study of Shamanism focus on an initiation of suffering. The path of suffering is very personal. Whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, suffering may lead people  further into the depths of despair and disease – arthritis, heart disease, pain, skin rashes, autoimmune diseases, and even cancer may come about as a result of suffering. Those who choose to work through their suffering may discover the root of healing – an opportunity to change their perspective, or overcome their pain.

Universal Shamanism is a practice that can easily become incorporated into any lifestyle. It’s not a religion, and doesn’t conflict with religious beliefs. I like to think of it as a return to nature, and to the root of healing. Shamanism includes a relationship with nature, an awareness of subtleties in the physical body, a connection to Spirit, and a willingness to let go.

The Root of Healing

When dis-ease appears in our lives, we may tend to focus all our thoughts and energies on “fixing” the problem. You might say it’s a cultural phenomenon promoted through the development and strong influences of the pharmaceutical industry. An ointment, drug, surgical removal, or invasive treatment seems to be what’s on the list for dealing with sickness. However, true healing – the root of healing – comes from deep within the core of one’s self. It feels grounding, and choices to become well, and to thrive with vitality, are not based on fear, but rather on feeling empowered and in alignment with nature.

Our Shamanic Apprentice program helps deepen one’s awareness of self – becoming more present in one’s physical body. In fact, the first series of workshops is completely focused on Personal Energy.

Learn more about Shamanism and join us for our Shamanic Apprentice program. We include practices and exercises to improve your relationship with yourself, with nature, and with Spirit. The first series culminates in a community gathering around the Autumnal Equinox. Register for the entire series so you’ll be included in the journey.

Rosemary Levesque, D.D.Questions?

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The Basic Principles of Health and Healing

The Basic Principles of Health and HealingIt started as a bump, an agonizingly itchy “bug bite” on my neck that didn’t go away. By the next morning, there were a few more bumps with redness spreading from each epicenter, erupting and spreading across my chest. Shifting into action for bug bite relief, I brought out several essential oils and lotions, aloe vera gel, and pastes that I hoped would provide relief. Some remedies reacted violently with my skin, and burned sensitive tissue. Worse than any sunburn or insect bite I could remember, I sought other possible solutions. I alternated applying wet green tea bags with a paste made from finely ground bentonite clay to experience temporary calming and cooling.

Though my physical body struggled with never-before-experienced symptoms of skin disease, my mind sought spiritual reasons for what felt like more than an inconvenience. The irritating rash continued to spread further down my sternum, then branched out to the sensitive skin under both arms. “How dare it”, I thought. I was more than annoyed, and agonized over the discomfort I felt as I tossed and turned in my sleep. My annoyance came from knowing that, in spite of my knowledge of wellness and human physiology, as well as access to the best holistic wellness supplements, essential oils, oral chelators for heavy metal detox, and intuitive awareness, I had this disease problem. The more I agonized, the itchier and redder it became. My mind continued to focus on the dis-ease, forgetting basic principles of good health.

Disease is a Sign

I’m a healthy person. I didn’t get healthy by mistake, but rather through awareness and action. But something was obviously “off” with my health.  When symptoms of dis-ease arise – in me or in anyone – my first look always includes an assessment of what I call The Big Three You Can’t Ignore. (You can download this free e-book   with subscription to my newsletter.)

  • Stress – Emotional challenges build up and create chemical imbalances in the body, as well as communication difficulties between cells. Chronic stress without relief can result in diseases such as depression, arthritis, eating disorders, and many more manifestations (like skin disease), and even cancer.
  • Toxins – Heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead, arsenic, aluminum, as well as other toxins like pesticides, flame retardants, synthetic chemicals and pollutants, interfere with every biochemical function in the body. Furthermore, you become a magnet for radiation (all around us) and electromagnetic frequencies due, in part, to heavy metal toxicity.
  • Poor Nutrition – The more processed our foods become, the less nutritional and energetic value they provide. Canned, packaged, and synthesized “foods” are energetically dead, whereas raw, fresh, whole foods provide a life force to our internal life force. Our bodies recognize and assimilate natural foods that harmonize with our biological needs. Eating highly processed foods can become an easy habit, especially if they’re laced with salts and sugars, addictive ingredients that leave us wanting more.

Unchecked, minor disease symptoms can be an indicator of more serious diseases on the way. My goal was not to cure the rash, but rather reach the core issue – the cause of the rash. I saw my skin disease as an opportunity to heal not only my current physical state, but my future self (and perhaps even my soul.)

Had I become complacent with my diet and my personal energy? Was there deeper healing, unexplained by the usual causes, that needed to be addressed? Could my skin disease be the activator – an element of suffering – that I had to face in order to heal something not yet revealed? I sought answers through meditation, Reiki, and Spiritual consultations with my intuitive guides.

The Basic Principles of Health and Healing

The good news is that once I tuned-in to Greater Wisdom, my skin began to clear up – almost overnight. I understood that what I manifested as skin disease was a wake-up call to heal aspects of myself that would have remained hidden, perhaps brewing and spreading to a greater degree than I was currently experiencing.

It’s through compassion and continued learning I offer these basic principles of health and healing as tools for reaching beyond the obvious. My list may touch upon the unusual and extraordinary solutions – ones that may not have occurred to you or have not been utilized before. I encourage you to not over-think them, but rather “feel” them. Try writing in a journal to capture your experiences and dreams.

You get what you ask for. What you want is already on its way to you. This one might be the hardest to accept. How can anyone “ask for” disease? Yet, I believe disease comes partially as an opportunity to heal, grow, and learn.

What you choose to keep stays. What you choose to release goes. Are you holding onto grudges, anger, clutter and confusion, regret, sadness, and blame? It may be time to let them go.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” ~ Albert Einstein. Treating disease with drugs and medication have become the accepted, conventional way to attempt to heal. These modalities don’t address the root cause and may, in fact, lead to more complications and symptoms.

Make choices that fall into alignment with nature. That might mean you spend more time outside, eat organic, unprocessed foods, or start an exercise program. Your body, mind, and spirit will let you know through Joy that you’re in alignment. If you continue to remain out of alignment, you’ll feel the consequences with your health.

Take advantage of True Joy. It’s your guiding compass to overcome suffering. We were gifted with the ability to feel Joy, to recognize our connection to Spirit. When we move away from Joy, and from recognizing Joy in our lives, we move away from wholeness – a beautiful way to experience health and well being.

 A Little Help

Even healers sometimes need healing. I’m an advocate of self-care. I like to get a massage, acupuncture, or Reiki session whenever I can. In between times, I use essential oils, go to Yoga class, meditate, and choose nutritious foods to eat. In addition, I learned that the deodorant I was using irritated and burned my skin, so I blended a few essential oils with almond oil that works fine, without irritation. Also, I discovered that certain foods high in sugar made the rash worse. Finally, getting back onto the elliptical machine, or using a chi machine feels rejuvenating.

If you could use a little help, let’s talk. I can help put together a protocol for you that addresses your healing on all levels. Schedule an appointment package of three Integrative Reiki Healing sessions, and stick with a plan that supports you on your healing journey.

Contact Rosemary to schedule an appointment.

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What Makes Our Reiki Classes Different?

20151024_164003Integrative Reiki classes at the Center for Spiritual Enrichment and Training provide you with a more intuitive approach to learning Reiki. Rosemary Levesque brings you dedicated Reiki training with an easy approach to using Reiki techniques as a natural part of your lifestyle. Here you’ll find a few of the most important aspects of what makes  Reiki 1 & 2 classes different – unique and special.

1. Reiki Evolves – are you ready to evolve with it?

Over the years of teaching Reiki classes, one fact shines true. Reiki is an intelligent energy . . . and it is evolving. We have the opportunity to evolve with it. Inspired and guided by Spirit, brought to you now as an Integrative Enrichment Program of Integrative Reiki classes and healing workshops designed to help you learn and use Reiki healing.

2. Less Talking, More Doing

You’ll receive a study guide that will help you prepare for class. There’s no need to try to learn everything all at once. We know it can feel overwhelming to try to remember everything! The pre-class study guide stays with you and becomes a handy resource. Class time is spent on actual Reiki attunement and practice.

3. More Than “Just” Reiki

You’ll discover and explore a more streamlined approach to traditional Reiki classes and begin to use more of the healing tools proven to be most effective for developing your sensitivity to healing energies as well as your intuitive abilities. I fondly refer to the work as Reiki Plus. Formally, though, we call it Shamanic Reiki with Integrative Spiritual Enrichment – a combination of traditional Usui/Tibetan Reiki training, Shamanic concepts, and vibrational healing concepts. Continuing education workshops are a natural complement to Reiki, and are seamlessly built into your class time.

4. Complete Reiki 1 & 2 Certification – Two Day Comprehensive Class

Because building confidence is important, I’ve devoted extensive training to help develop your sensitivity and awareness. Reiki 1 and 2 are completed in just a single weekend as you  integrate the basics of crystals, essential oils, meditation, and so much more. . . all in two days. You’ll feel “full” of divine love and wisdom.

5. Reiki For Personal or Business Use

My extensive training helps build confidence and competence as Reiki healers – whether you choose to learn Reiki only for personal use, or to develop a Reiki practice. We provide resources, and a Reiki community through social media (our secret facebook group for our students only). In addition, I become your mentor for life – as long as you stay with me, I stay with you.

6. An Opportunity to Grow

What’s better than Reiki 1 & 2? The next step. I provide an extensive training program that includes Reiki Master, Karuna Reiki Master, Shamanic practices, Sound Healing, and more. I can help support you as you move through life choices involving Reiki training and integrative healing.

7. Apprentice Training

Learning continues with our apprentice programs. Reiki classes can stand alone, or when you feel ready for more, we have more to offer. Try my advanced Reiki Master class, Reiki Master Teacher Training, or Sound Healing classes . . . whenever you’re ready!

8. Extra Income Streams

Your stability and groundedness are important to your growth. Financially, you could use a little extra income. I can show you some options with the tools that naturally support your work.

Register Now for Reiki classes in Portland, OR. I’m honored to be a part of your journey.

9. Real Healing For Life Challenges

Cancer? Diabetes? Arthritis? Life crisis? Too many of us have been there. My experience includes support for natural healing and recovery. You don’t have to make decisions based on fear. What I’ve learned, I actively share so you can benefit from my experience as a Licensed Spiritual Healer.

10. Really Make a Difference Helping People

Are you passionate about helping people? Learning Reiki is the foundation for health and healing on all levels – physical, emotional, and spiritual. I support you so you can do Reiki on yourself and for every member of your family . . . friends too.

11. Reiki For Animals Too

Animals love Reiki. I understand their needs and know how to support their health and recovery. In fact, you can find my book, Heal Together – Natural Health Solutions for Animals and Their Humans, available on amazon. The first chapter is free when you subscribe to my newsletter.

12. Intuitive Training

You’re encouraged to trust your intuition and develop your sensitivity. You can become more skilled at psychic awareness with my training and mentoring.

Learn more about our Reiki program.

Register Now for one of our Reiki classes.

Boulder

BoulderRosemary gave me hope where there was almost none.

 

My 11-year-old lab, Boulder, had been fighting off lymphoma for three years through chemotherapy. Serendipitously, before Boulder ever had cancer, I had searched online for Reiki training and found her website information attractive, all this while living 900 miles away.

I moved to Portland last year and when Boulder began to no longer respond to chemo, I got online to search for help. Turns out Rosemary lives less than two miles away. She taught me how to prepare him healthy food, introduced me to Reiki energy work, essential oils, Zeolite, and many other supplement. Boulder’s lymph nodes actually shrunk for months after that and he was healthy and happy. Although he was not able to beat the cancer after such a long illness and chemical treatments, his last months were robust and energetic until his final few days.

Rosemary is a font of wisdom and loving energy. So much love and healing.

Muncie

munciefamilyHI Rosemary!

Here is Muncie’s story.

Muncie came into our lives Valentines Day, 2007.  We loved him at first site.  He’s enjoyed thousands of laps in the pool, long walk and runs with his mom and hours in the car driving to California to see our family and run laps in their huge yard.   Muncie has witnessed 3 births, first steps, first words, lots of hugs and kisses, a few tail pulls and eye pokes, a bunch of falls, scrapes and tears from the kids but most importantly love.  Muncie is the sweetest boy. He puts up with so much!  He’s caught a few birds in his day and most recently caught and ate a dove.  He’s fast.  He’s fun and he’s so special to us.  At 8 years old on March 27th, 2015 he was diagnosed with lymphoma.  After multiple trips to the vet and oncologist our family decided not to treat him with chemotherapy.  Rather, we chose a more holistic approach.  After hours of searching online I came across your site.  I was so thankful.  Muncie gets zeolite and a mushroom complex a few times a day, along with many essential oils, probiotics, digestive enzymes and other vitamins and nutrients.  He is on a completely raw diet.  We’ve had a reiki session which I believe helped me to understand him more.  I truly am so grateful for the days and weeks we’ve had with him.  Each day is a blessing spent with him.   Thank you for all your help, love and support.  We’re forever grateful.

The Cromers

Is It Too Late For Prevention?

PreventionI admit that I’m nosy, but also compassionate. So, please bear with me as I tell this story. Yes, it is about prevention, especially as it relates to cancer.

My intention is always to be of service and take the opportunities presented to me daily to touch people’s lives in a positive way. As a teacher, I can’t help but teach – sharing ideas and knowledge that inspire growth.

Recently, I went to my favorite local bookstore to look for resources on aromatherapy. Several months ago, when I explored the same store, there was an entire shelf devoted to the topic of essential oils and aromatherapy as it pertains to health and healing. I was delighted with the selection and found several books, new and used, to adopt and bring home. This time, however, I spent about 10 minutes searching for the aromatherapy section that was so easy to find on my first visit. While searching high and low, a store clerk walked by, directing a woman and a younger man who was, perhaps, her son, to a section of the store on cancer.

The Cancer Section

The “cancer” section was easy to find. Books on cancer occupied multiple shelves, reaching from floor to ceiling and wider than a wall you might have in your home. I guess that’s no surprise. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, competing closely with heart disease for the first position. People have a lot to say about cancer, so it’s nice to know there are books out there as resources for people when they need them.

For the woman standing near me, looking for answers and support with her son, the choices may have seemed overwhelming. I finally found my section on aromatherapy, down low on the wall, and limited to a selection of a few books. I guess that’s good news and bad news. It’s good that people are seeking and buying books on aromatherapy, searching for non-medical options for health. The bad news is that choices were limited. I’d like to see more wall space devoted to natural healing methods which include, of course, aromatherapy. While I browsed the books, I overheard the conversation. I couldn’t help but step in. It’s the teacher and healer in me.

Alternative Options

The woman told me that she had surgery for breast cancer and that the cancer was gone. She had met with her oncologist just the previous day and felt discouraged and disappointed with the appointment and her options. The doctor had shown her the chemotherapy protocol on a computer screen. It all seemed impersonal and scary to her . She had decided not to pursue chemotherapy. That’s why she was looking for books. A true DIY (Do-It-Yourself) person, like myself.

I asked her if she was open to natural “alternatives”. (It’s a term I use, but truly believe that today’s alternatives are really ancient wisdom that is going through a revitalization.) She was open, so I presented the ideas of diet, supplements, energy work – especially Reiki, and aromatherapy. I also suggested that, though they removed the cancer, they probably didn’t remove the cause of her cancer.

There are many options open to her, the Seeker-of-Health, as she makes her way through to recovery. It was a brief conversation, and I left her to discover the right books in her “cancer” section. She has my card, so I do hope to hear from her.

That’s not the end of the story. I overheard her son say that he found a book on prevention, but then he commented that it was “too late for that”. What do you think? Is it too late for prevention if you have already had surgery for cancer? (add your comments below)

Where Does Good Health Live?

Yes, good health lives, but where do we find it? Books can help teach us what television and advertising cannot. Salt, sugar and highly processed, contaminated and artificial foods pervade the American diet. Toxins infiltrate our environment, inside and outside our homes. Our daily practices, attitudes, and thoughts about life and living have more of an impact on our health than anyone can imagine. Good health starts with the wish and desire to be healthy. My hope for that woman, and for all of my readers, is that you discover where good health lives. Focus on prevention, because that is what we also can do for “cure”.

Invitation

According to statistics provided by the American Cancer Society, there were nearly 17 thousand new cancer cases in 2014. Death due to cancer within the first 5 years after diagnosis is approximately one in four. We can turn the “odds” that are against us. I invite you to explore prevention and how preventative practices fit into your life now. You may not be waiting for a diagnosis, but you could be setting the stage for healing and recovery if you ever come face-to-face with cancer.

Call now for a free consultation. You’ll be glad you did!

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