Shamanic Reiki Level 2 trainings in 2017

Shamanic Reiki Level 2In the shamanic worldview, we are all interconnected through time and space by a living, conscious web. This concept, understood as “oneness,” allows us to affect change regardless of our physical placement in time and geography. In this workshop, we expand our work with Reiki to benefit another, or a situation, backward in time, forward into the future, and across geographical distance.

2017 trainings:

April 22nd and 23rd at Benchmark Studio in Keene Valley, New York (9:30 AM – 5:30 PM both days)
September 30th and October 1st at The Lotus Center in Plattsburgh, New York (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM both days)

This experiential weekend deepens your integration of two ancient healing forms—Shamanism and Reiki. You will practice time-tested methods that enhance intuition and expand consciousness, as you:

  • Receive the Shamanic Reiki Level Two attunement and three powerful energetic symbols
  • Establish an inner sanctum and investigate the consciousness of the attunement symbols
  • Shapeshift and journey with a power animal spirit guide for long distance, one on one, and personal healing
  • Increase the potency of the energy we channel, and receive and give a Shamanic Reiki treatment
  • Practice simple Shamanic Reiki absentee healing methods
  • Release energetic blocks through Shamanic journeys
  • Clear negative energy from a room or space, and more

Join us in exploring and practicing a systemized yet intuitive approach to manifesting profound natural healing at your fingertips to help yourself, your loved ones, your pets, and our Planet.

$195 per person. Pre-registration is requested:

You will receive a personal confirmation via email.

Dress comfortably to sit or lie on the floor. Bring a journal or notebook and something to write with, and water. We will break for lunch. You may bring your own or visit one of the local eateries. Snacks and tea will be provided.

Shamanic Reiki Level 1 trainings in 2017

Shamanic Reiki Level 1 AdirondacksShamanic Reiki blends the timeless wisdom of two ancient healing traditions with new approaches and practical teachings.

2017 Trainings:

March 25th and 26th at Benchmark Studio in Keene Valley, New York (9:30 AM – 5:00 PM both days)
June 10th and 11th  at The Lotus Center in Plattsburgh, New York (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM both days)

Anyone can practice Reiki healing, which guides and balances life force energy through the light touch of hands in non-intrusive positions on or near the body. Integrating Reiki with shamanism is natural as the two healing forms are based on similar principles. In this highly experiential weekend you will practice simple yet powerful techniques that join Reiki together with intuitive, Earth-honoring approaches from diverse shamanic cultures.

You will:

  • Receive the Reiki Level One attunement to activate and empower your innate ability to heal
  • Practice Shamanic Reiki self-healing methods and intuitive strategies for the transmission of Reiki
  • Integrate shamanic techniques to access alternate realities beyond time and space, within your healing work
  • Give and receive a complete Shamanic Reiki session
  • Explore shamanic methods that will open you to the healing forces of the Earth and the elements
  • Discover how to create a healing environment and develop your own Shamanic Reiki healing practice
  • Engage life-shifting shamanic journeys to empower as a Shamanic Reiki healer, and more.

Join us in exploring and practicing a systemized yet intuitive approach to manifesting profound natural healing at your fingertips to help yourself, your loved ones, your pets, and our Planet.

$165 per person. Pre-registration is requested:

Dress comfortably to sit or lie on the floor. Bring a journal or notebook and something to write with, and water. We will break for lunch. You may bring your own or visit one of the local eateries. Snacks and tea will be provided.

Breathing with Trees

Breathing with trees in the AdirondacksI ventured out, alone, in my snowshoes, on a quiet trail through the woods. We had had the first substantial snowfall of winter a few days before, and I came to a part of the trail that had not been broken since the storm. I’m not experienced on snowshoes and it was only my second time out this season, but it was quiet and beautiful so I decided to push on.

Once my body started complaining, I stopped and turned back. It had begun to snow again, which was lovely to look at but made the trail more challenging. I caught myself getting short of breath as my heart rate came up and I took a break.

There was a time when I would have been frightened out in the woods, all alone, with no cell signal, my heart pounding in my chest, but now I have a relationship with the trees. Through my shamanic work I have become aware of the life energy that flows through the trees. I have seen them “lit up” with that energy. It is the same energy that flows through you and me.

Rather than panicking out in the woods, I sat in the snow with my back to a tree. I tuned into that energy. And I began to breathe with the tree. Plants and animals are the two halves of the beautiful life-sustaining oxygen cycle. Trees breathe out oxygen, we breathe it in. We breath out carbon dioxide, the trees breathe it in.

Sitting against the tree, I became conscious of breathing in what the tree was releasing. It was as if I could draw the breath right out of the tree into my back. Then I breathed out and felt the tree draw in my out-breath. Back and forth, the tree and I breathed together, until my heart rate slowed and I felt safe and held. I walked calmly out of the woods.

This simple but powerful practice draws my awareness to the interconnected web of life. While the woods are a wonderful place to experience it, I find the same sense of connection and peace when I breathe with the trees in my backyard or even my houseplants. I leave a small offering in gratitude for the breath when I can, and I always speak my thanks. I know I am heard.

Shining a light on mirroring

MirroringShortly after high school, I moved from Long Island, where I had grown up, to a New Jersey suburb. Without realizing it, I adopted the accent and mannerisms prevalent in my new area. When I went back to my home town for a visit, however, I noticed that I almost immediately reverted to “Long Island English” and “talking with my hands.” Why did that happen, and why is it important?


Much later, when I was developing my skills as a coach, I learned the term “mirroring.” Mirroring is the behavior in which one person subconsciously imitates the gestures, speech pattern, or attitude of another. (Thank you, Wikipedia.) We begin to mirror as infants. Psychologists believe it is through mirroring that children develop empathy and, in being mirrored by their parents, a sense of validation and belonging which helps them establish a sense of self.

As adults, we continue to subconsciously mirror others, particularly in social settings where we desire to fit in. It is a signal to the others that you are like them and agree with what they are saying or doing. It can be very subtle, such briefly mimicking a gesture, or as bold as repeating a phrase louder and with more gusto. Others then mirror you and you think, “Yes! These are my people!”

As a coach, I learned to use mirroring to build rapport and trust with clients. Successful salespeople, negotiators and politicians are masters at mirroring. They will have you thinking they totally get you, so whatever they are selling must be what you need.

Avoiding manipulative salespeople is only one reason I think it is important to understand mirroring. The value of that understanding grows as we become more mentally and emotionally mature. It is then we begin to develop an expanded or different sense of self that is less dependent on being part of a group.

Remember, though, that mirroring is deeply engrained in your subconscious, as is the desire to belong. What happens when, with your new sense of self, you walk into your high school reunion and the peers who used to mirror you are saying the same things and behaving the same way they always did? Or at a family dinner when those who were instrumental in creating your original sense of self are no longer mimicking your gestures and, instead of repeating your words back to you, are disagreeing with them?

As much as we would like to believe we can stand on our own, most of us aren’t comfortable being outsiders. The security of belonging is a basic energy of the Root Chakra. When we don’t get those validating signals, it shakes the foundation on which our individual sense of self is built.

How can we each maintain and continue to develop our individual sense of self and still have a sense of belonging and validation? Find a circle.

The power of circle

It is, of course, easiest to find some people who think and act like you do to spend time with, because they will mirror you. But I think the real opportunity in an artfully facilitated circle is to be able to practice sharing your truth, to be heard and held, and have it not matter if anyone agrees with you. Circle can set up a sense of belonging and validation without mirroring.

Circle also gives us practice in listening deeply without taking on other people’s stuff, or even judging it. Especially for an introvert, like me, being able to just sit and listen without the social pressures of needing to interact in the “right” way (i.e. mirroring), or even to respond beyond “I hear you,” creates a sphere of safety. That is powerful validation of both parties’ self-worth, as well as a useful skill for your next family get-together.

I hope that your new awareness of mirroring will shed light on those times when you feel your sense of self is challenged. Perhaps you will be inspired to seek out ways to build a strong sense of self and belonging without needing subconscious validation from mirroring. I hope you will find your circle.

What do you think? Have you noticed yourself mirroring others, or looking for others who will mirror you? How do you feel when they don’t? I’d love it if you would share your insights, so we can all grow together.

In the Season of Hope

A couple of days ago, Americans acknowledged the festival of Imbolc (or Candlemas) by practicing the art of weather divination. In other words, some folks woke up a groundhog and, because the groundhog saw his shadow, declared there will be six more weeks of winter bleakness.

For the most part, I don’t mind winter and enjoy the snow, but sometimes it does seem to drag on and on. I suspect the Celts thought so, too, since they chose to celebrate the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It’s kind of an “over the hump” thing – the Wednesday of winter.

The temperatures this season have bounced between “too warm for winter” and “too cold for my liking,” and rain has alternated with snow leaving a thick layer of ice on places like my front steps. The political and social climate in the United States has been equally inconsistent and icy.

Yet, here we are at the middle of winter, and there is reason to hope. Can you feel into that?

We may be gathering in protest rather than in celebration, but we are gathering. We are leaving our homes, risking icy steps and, for some, arrest, to declare that we still have hope. After all, if we didn’t believe good things are still possible, why would we bother?

This is the spirit of Imbolc. It is a time to shake off the winter doldrums and cultural apathy and joyfully declare, “I know that spring is coming. We can get through this dark time.”

During our last Goddess Circle, the women who gathered took part in a simple ritual for Imbolc – burning the greens to show our faith that the green of spring would return. We had some boughs from my Yule tree on the altar, and took turns pinching off some of the green needles and dropping them on a lit tealight in a cast iron cauldron. As her pinch of greens burned, the woman spoke of something she hoped for the future. There was lots of hope in our circle that night.

You can do this ritual on your own or in your circle. If you don’t have a cauldron, anything fire proof will do. A terra cotta pot works well. You could also throw your greens into a bonfire or fire pit if you’d prefer to be outside. You can be creative with the ritual. It’s the intention that is important.

In this season of hope, what are you hoping for?

Creating Sacred Space for You

1-jan2012-007-glassel-wood-stone-circleHello Beautiful Soul.

It has been quiet here for awhile. Please know that I have not forgotten you. In fact, I have been busy, behind the scenes, laying the stones for a new sacred space for you to explore, grow, and transform in.

This site is going through its own growth and transformation. The offerings for you are also going through a change. Soon, you will be able to:

  • Schedule a complementary 30 minute session to create your own space for change and growth.
  • Join the next 3-month group coaching program to nurture your body, honor your sacredness and transform your life.
  • Learn about the two levels of yoga teacher training available.
  • Discover Shamanic Reiki.
  • Order Inspired Aromatherapy preparations and blends with ease.
  • See all new blog posts with lots of great tips for healing and healers.
  • Explore other ways to work with me.

Thank you for being patient. Soon the altar will be ready and the circle will be cast. Meanwhile, please peruse the menu. There’s lots to see.

Sacred Spirals and Breathwork

“…no circle is ever closed. We walk ever in spirals.”
~ R. Scott Bakker

Experiencethe spiralsin yourbreathDo you feel like you’ve been here before? We see time as linear and circles in the patterns of nature. And so spring comes around again. Or does it?

During the past two moon cycles I’ve been quiet. Introspective. I’ve become aware of many patterns repeating in my being-ness. I’m seeing challenges that I’ve dealt with before, unresolved issues, and even childhood activities resurfacing. It’s frustrating. Why do I have to deal with this stuff again?

Then, a few weeks ago, I began seeing spirals everywhere and I became aware that I am not walking a straight line, or in a circle, but dancing through the labyrinth of existence. Spring has come around again, but it is not the same spring, and I am not the same person. I’m meeting familiar challenges with more experience and insight. And I am exploring new-again activities not as a child but with a child-like mind.

When I recognized and appreciated the sacredness of the spiral path I am walking, I opened to wonder and beauty and an order within the chaos of living. I see that each time a pattern reoccurs I am being offered an opportunity to apply new awareness, new tools and new skills to move through it with more grace.

You may, too, find yourself in a familiar place as you walk your own spiral path. What comes up for you again and again? And how do you respond? Notice if frustration, defeatism or despair arise. Then see if you can breathe into the sacredness and acknowledge who you are today. What more can you bring to the challenge? Maybe you are ready to release the pattern, but maybe you will spiral around again to face it as the you with even more experience.

There are a number of ways to connect with the spiral shape through breath work. I find spiral breathing both calming and centering. The simplest way to experience the spiral breath is to breath in up the back body, and breath out down the front body. Try it now. See, sense or feel the breath traveling up your spine as you inhale. Feel it flow down through your chest and belly as you exhale. As the breath deepens, you might sense it spiraling out until the breath is circling into the space behind and in front of you.

You can also spiral the breath in the coronal, or frontal, plane. which helps to bring awareness and balance to the breath and the mind while you explore the spirals. Take a breath in through your right nostril and draw the breath up your right side and into the top of your chest. Then exhale through the same right nostril and send the breath down the left side. Repeat a few times with the right nostril, then switch to the left. Inhale up the left side and exhale down the right. Practice through the left nostril a few times. Then try breathing through both nostrils while spiraling the breath. You will have two opposing spirals circling at the same time. Practice the two nostrils together a few times until you can feel both.

Inspired Aromatherapy: Spring 2016 Offerings

The world needs healers.

I truly believe when you move deeply into your body, cultivate your inner knowing, and honor your radiant sacredness, you become a healer. Essential oils and aromatherapy are tools for your healing journey.

How could I best share these tools while letting my creativity out to play? This question has tortured me for many months while I figured out what to do with a rack full of essential oils and some aromatherapy education. Then this moon cycle happened and I experienced, in rapid succession, inspiration, clarity, a plan, momentum, and manifestation. Sometimes it works like that.

Yesterday I presented a limited line of aromatherapy preparations and essential oil blends on a brand new Facebook page. I intend to offer three preparations and two blends each season.

IMG_20160424_162423620Please say hello to Inspired Aromatherapy.

I created Inspired Aromatherapy to share healing tools with you in two ways: by creating nurturing and uplifting blends that support you so you can enjoy living, and by teaching you how to make your own blends at seasonal workshops. With these tools, you can be a healer – for yourself, for your family and friends, for your community – and the world needs more healers.

Soon these items will be available in our Etsy shop, Adirondack Earth Lore. Until then, please email me and I will be happy to get you more details or help with an order.

Spring 2016 Offerings:

Pout-Able Lip Balm

Pout-Able Lip Balm BlogGenetics are a funny thing. I’ve got elf-like ears from my dad’s family. From my mom’s side came a lower lip that can pout with the best of them. When that lip comes out, you’d better watch out, because I want what I want and I am going to keep pouting until I get it. But dry, cracked lips can’t pout without pain. I was inspired to create Pout-Able Lip Balm so we can all be pouty when we need to. Geranium essential oil soothes split skin, grapefruit essential oil tones the skin and underlying tissue, and a dash of raw honey adds shine and invites a kiss to make it all better. Ingredients: organic white beeswax, organic coconut oil, raw honey, vitamin E, grapefruit essential oil, geranium essential oil ($3.00 per 1/2 ounce tin)

Keep Moving! Muscle & Joint Cream

Keep Moving Muscle Joint Cream BlogSpringtime calls us out of winter’s rest and into action. After a few weeks of yoga workshops, spring cleaning and hikes, I was inspired to make a super supportive cream for muscles and joints. Eucalyptus and lavender are anti-inflammatory, and clove helps to relieve joint pain. Shea butter nourishes the skin while delivering the gently warming oil combination. Ingredients: Organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, organic beeswax, eucalyptus globulus essential oil, lavender essential oil, clove essential oil ($11.00 per 4 ounce jar)

Take a Hike! Foot Bath

Take a Hike Foot Bath BlogThe inspiration for this luxurious foot soak was my now 12-year-old son. I’ve been dragging him up mountains since he was young. A few years ago he started complaining about how much his feet hurt after a long hike, and threatened to stop coming with me. I introduced him to Epsom salts, and now the promise a warm foot bath is the only thing that will get him to lace up his boots. The oil blend reinvigorates your feet and – bonus! – fights off athlete’s foot. Ingredients: Epsom salts, sea salt, peppermint essential oil, geranium essential oil, lemongrass essential oil, rosemary essential oil ($5.00 per 4 ounce jar, which contains salts for two (2) salts)

Diffuser Blends:

Inspired diffuser blends are 2ml bottles of 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. These blends may contain plant oils that can irritate the skin due to the high concentration of beneficial compounds, so please do not apply undiluted to your skin. Use 8-10 drops in a commercial diffuser or 1-2 drops on a clay diffuser pendant. To scent a votive candle, light the candle until the wax melts on top, then blow it out and add 1-2 drops to the melted wax. Let it sit for a moment, then relight the wick.

Bleeding Heart

downloadI just got a new deck of plant spirit cards, and I drew Bleeding Heart to inspire this blend. Bleeding Heart’s spirit is unconditional love. You are worthy of love, because you ARE love! What a perfect theme for spring! I blended Wild Chamomile, Ylang Ylang and Cinnamon Bark essential oils for a delightful scent that both opens and warms the heart. Enjoy the love! ($18.00 for 2ml bottle)



201510561d76d164aabMy life is incomplete without my tribe. I am inspired every day by the beautiful, powerful and oh-so-supportive warrior goddesses who make up my circle of friends, so I created this blend for them. Cypress essential oil keeps us grounded to the earth, while myrrh and lemon oils invoke spiritual lunar energy. Hello, intuition and sacredness! ($8.00 for 2ml bottle)

Getting oily on Instagram

Ever wonder what you can do with your essential oils? Young Living is running a contest on Instagram asking us to share pictures of our favorite essential oils and how we use them throughout the day. The posts are tagged #myYLlife. It turns out I pull out my essential oils pretty often. Here’s a peak at some of my posts from the first two days:

Making essential oil powered yoga mat cleaner for the studio and filling some small spray bottles for friends.

Making essential oil powered yoga mat cleaner for the studio and filling some small spray bottles for friends.

A few drops of PanAway blend in our post-hiking epsom salt soak makes sore toes feel much better.

A few drops of PanAway blend in our post-hiking epsom salt soak makes sore toes feel much better.

Diffusing basil, lavender and rosemary oils, my "memory and concentration" blend, while I work on my clinical aromatherapy homework.

Diffusing basil, lavender and rosemary oils, my “memory and concentration” blend, while I work on my clinical aromatherapy homework.

Marinaded some chicken for the grill with a yummy honey lime marinade made with lime essential oil.

Marinaded some chicken for the grill with a yummy honey lime marinade made with lime essential oil.

This is me in the waiting room at the doctor's office today. I broke out my Stress Away after having to drive in the city and to prepare to talk to the doctor about possible surgery. Ugh.

This is me in the waiting room at the doctor’s office today. I broke out my Stress Away after having to drive in the city and to prepare to talk to the doctor about possible surgery. Ugh.

What’s your favorite essential oil? How are you using it? Comment below or join the fun on Instagram with the #myYLlife tag. Be sure to follow debbiephilp on Instagram, too!

Lunch Date talk – What the heck is Reiki?

Have you discovered the Reiki healing touch system? Do you even know what it is? I’ve been meeting lots of folks who don’t know, or don’t really get it, so for this week’s “Lunch Date” call I answered the question, “What the heck is Reiki?”

You can listen to this call  below.

Have you ever had a Reiki session? What was your experience? I’d love to hear about it. Please comment below. And, if you’re local, you can schedule a Reiki session with me!