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Fond memories – Part 2

I launched my Tong Ren healing mp3 online store last April. Yes, I am proud of myself 🙂  Not only I managed to find a way of recording the healing Tong Ren energy, so that it’s available every time someone plays the mp3, but this type of online store is a new adventure for me. I used Selz as a selling tool, but the graphics, descriptions, design, and contents are mine. It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it!

The Tong Ren healing mp3 store

The Tong Ren healing mp3 store

Each Tong Ren mp3 in the store has a different purpose. I started out with the Yummy Overall Tune-Up, and then chose topics which interested me, and/or could be beneficial to my cats, and/or are complaints I hear often. such as Eyes Health, Digestive System Health, Muscles and Joints Health, and Breast Health (Anti-Cancer)… More mp3s will be created soon!

I even added some freebies! 🙂

Please note that I am not a physician, and do not diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this site (or any other site of mine) is NOT a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content in my web sites is for general information purposes only. Please consult a medical practitioner for any physical or mental complaints you may have. Services and products offered through my web sites are for general information purposes only, and are not offered as medical or psychological advice, guidance or treatment.


Fond memories – Part 1

Fond memories of my recent trip to Boston to learn Tui Na, to deepen my knowledge of Tong Ren Therapy, and to re-learn that I can just BE my authentic self and don’t need to compete, ever!

Tong Ren Master and Founder Tom Tam

Tom Tam, Tong Ren Master and Founder


My Tui Na teacher, Aimee

My Tui Na teacher, Aimee


My Tong Ren teacher, Eleanor

My Tong Ren teacher, Eleanor

Much gratitude to these kind, generous and wise beings. ♥♥♥

Bird's eye view of Boston area, from the top of a Harvard building

Bird’s eye view of Boston area, from the top of a Harvard building

Some images from my Boston trip

I did some quick sightseeing in Boston when I went up to Quincy, MA for my Tong Ren training. Here are some pictures from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and from a small park near the waterfront:





Reiki – Japanese method of healing could spark public interest similar to Chinese acupuncture ― Author Unknown

It is believed that this article was published in a Chicago newspaper in 1974. I had previously found it on a geocities Web page, but that page is gone now, so I am re-posting it here in order for it to not get lost.


Reiki – Japanese method of healing could spark public interest similar to Chinese acupuncture  ― Author Unknown

When Mrs. Hawayo Takata lays her hands on you, you’re aware of only a subtle touch at first, but shortly there after you feel a subtle reaction somewhere underneath your skin. Mrs. Takata’s hands emit the healing of Reiki.

A Japanese origin, Reiki may prove to create many problems for the medical profession as the Chinese art of acupuncture. Already there is a growing interest in Reiki among the weak and ailing.

The classes consisting of both men and women, conducted by Mrs. Takata in Park Forest, recently learned from Hawaii’s only master of Reiki that it “is cosmic energy giving life to us all. It is the dynamic force that governs the universe and it is available to anyone who wants to be an instrument of healing.”

She’s a petite, energetic lady of 74 years and has been a Reiki healer for three and a half decades and she is the third master of this healing art, which means she can implant Reiki in others so they may heal.

Mrs. Takata is fond of reminding everyone she meets for the first time that she wasn’t always the capable, healthy woman she is today. When she was 35 years old she was stooped and miserable, the victim of not one but several ailments leading in severity, asthma and a stomach ulcer. She had fearfully agreed to receive surgery in Tokyo when she heard of Reiki, and decided to forego the operation until she had tried this less painful method.

She remained under the care of Reiki Master Chujiro Hayashi for four months, at the end of which time she was cured. Within a year she had become accomplished in the art of Reiki.

At that time, however, Reiki was guarded by the Japanese who hesitated to share this particular national art with others, but Mrs. Takata convinced Hayashi, a retired naval commander, that the world must have this knowledge. He agreed, taught it to her and she returned home to Hawaii to begin her four decade career in healing.

Reiki’s origin is in Zen Buddhism, its secret key was gleaned from the Sutras (an Eastern philosophical format) by Buddhist monk, Dr. Usui, its first master. But, says Mrs. Takata, it doesn’t matter what religion you profess, Reiki is universal. Calling it as it is – it is God’s power made available to those who desire to be free of suffering and to see their fellowman similarly unburdened. It requires only the gentle laying-on of hands that have received Reiki initiation through a master’s mediation, in this case, Mrs. Takata.

Her lectures are injected with humorous and earthy antidotes such as the story of her students, Hawaiian ranchers, who successfully made infertile sows or cows very productive. “Why shouldn’t animals benefit from Reiki? Even your plants will grow better from your touch” promises the healer.

A question often asked is “Can Reiki help one quit smoking or lose weight?” To this Mrs. Takata answers, “Of course, but don’t forget that it isn’t a substitute for good sense and will power. Loss of weight is facilitated by Reiki stimulation of the sluggish metabolism and in such cases I treat every day until the weight drops. There are no problems with sagging flesh and wrinkles when weight is lost with the aid of Reiki.”

In a more serious tone she cautions that terminal cases of cancer or tuberculosis may not respond – except that pain will be alleviated. That is a large “except.” First or second degree cases of these diseases will definitely show improvement, even cure, she asserts.

The diseased organs literally drink up the Reiki that is in the hands of the healer, the vibrations penetrating deep into areas that need it, Mrs. Takata explains. Often we’re not even aware of where our trouble actually lies until the reaction is felt beneath the healer’s touch.

When Mrs. Takata or those trained by her heal, they give advice on diet. It is simple and sensible: never eat when worried or upset and choose fruits and vegetables. However, everything is allowed, including meat and liquors. Moderation in all is the rule. “We must have health and happiness in this world so we can fulfill the purpose for which we came. Good sense and Reiki energy make this possible,” assures Mrs. Takata.

Hawayo Takata’s parents immigrated to Hanamaulu, Kauai from Japan; they named her “Hawayo” after the territory of Hawaii. Her husband (“My guiding light”) died of a heart attack in 1930, five years before she was cured of her numerous ailments.

In 1955 Mrs. Takata owned a health spa in La Jocinta, Calif., “A beautiful place except that the swimming pools I had built for therapeutic water treatments and recreational swimming completely filled up with desert sand during sand storms. My maintenance man didn’t appreciate this, nor did I.” Consequently she returned to Hawaii where she’ll construct a health center in Olaa, Kurtistown, when she retires from healing in 1978. Her work will be carried on by successors she has trained.

“No one will say it’s a shame that Takata took her secret with her. I want to see many doctors and ministers trained in Reiki so that they will not continue to do just half a job for their patients and flocks.” In November, Mrs. Takata will begin teaching at the University of Hawaii.

Reiki could become the importation of the century. Presently those who attended Mrs. Takata’s classes here in the southwest suburb, are as those elsewhere on the mainland, eagerly anticipating their healing results for they remember her sincere, convincing statement, “Reiki is available to anyone who seeks it.”

“Remember the source of the power and give thanks.”

Mrs. Takata Opens Minds to ‘Reiki’ ― By Vera Graham

This great article came from ‘The Times’, San Mateo, CA, May 17, 1975. I had previously found it on a geocities Web page, but that page is gone now, so I am re-posting it here in order for it to not get lost.

Mrs. Takata Opens Minds to ‘Reiki’ ― By Vera Graham

Reiki! What is ‘Reiki’?

Mrs. Hawayo (which means Hawaii) Takata, 74 of Hawaii, the master of Reiki explains, “Reiki means Universal Life Energy”. It is not a religion.

She adds “It was explained to me this way ‘Here is the great space, which surrounds us – the Universe. There is endless and enormous energy. It is universal’.

Its ultimate source is the creator… it can stem from the sun, or moon or stars, that science cannot prove or tell us yet. It is a limitless force. It is the source of energy that makes the plants grow… the birds fly.

When a human being has pain, problems, he or she can draw from it. It is an ethereal source, a wave length of great power which can revitalize, restore harmony.”

Mrs. Takata ads in her words, “It is nature, it is God, the power he makes available to his children who seek it. In Japanese this is Reiki (pronounced Ray Kee).”

Skeptics may quit now.

It is interesting to note, however, that Mrs. Takata points out the American Medical Association of Hawaii permits Reiki treatments in hospitals, whenever requested by a patient.

Mrs. Takata will teach Reiki at the University of Hawaii this winter for which she has a signed contract. She is living proof that something is done right. At age 74 she plays nine holes of golf daily when at home and participates in 18-hole tournaments.

She is tiny – and mighty, projecting tranquility and quiet strength and power.

She was not always so.

Mrs. Takata recalls when she was 29 her husband died. She was left penniless with two small daughters to rear.

“They alone kept me from suicide,” she recalls. “I would look at their small faces as they slept peacefully. I knew I could not do that to them. I was their mother and their father.”

“By the time I was 35, I had all kinds of ailments, appendicitis, a benign tumor, gallstones and to top it, I had asthma, so could not undergo an operation requiring anesthetic.”

“I went down to 97 pounds. Over a period of seven years I was further emotionally devastated. One dear member of my family died each year.”

“I was a church going woman and have always believed in God. One day I meditated and finally said, ‘God, I am up against the wall… help me.’ I said to myself. ‘If God hears, he will help…’ As far as I am concerned that is what happened.”

“I heard a voice. Today we call that clairaudience. I didn’t know anything about that in 1935… I heard a voice speak after I complained so bitterly. I felt all alone in the world. If I alone had all the suffering, burdens, poverty. I had said, ‘Why am I poor? Why do I have such illness… pain? Why do I have all the sorrows?’”

“The voice which replied was loud and clear. It spoke three times. It said, ‘No. 1. – Get rid of all your illness’ Just like that you will find health, happiness and security.’”

“I couldn’t believe my ears until I heard the same message three times.”

“Within 21 days I was on a boat to Tokyo, hoping to find help there. I went to the Maeda Orthopedic Hospital in the district of Akasaka in Tokyo. That is the finest district in the heart of Tokyo near the Royal Palace. The hospital was named after my friend, Dr. T. Maeda who I went to see.”

Mrs. Takata says that when Dr. Maeda saw her, she had gone down to 97 pounds. He shook his head and said she would have to build up her strength before any thought of surgery. She and her two small daughters stayed at the hospital.

Before continuing with her story, Mrs. Takata explains that Reiki is spoken of in the ancient history of Japan, and the Buddhist Sutras, the sacred writings refer to it. Reiki goes back at least 2,500 years. ‘Its mystery,’ Mrs. Takata says, ‘was unraveled by Dr. Mikao Usui in the late 18th [should be 19th] century.’

After 21 days in the hospital, Mrs. Takata was ready for surgery. She was on the operating table, she recalls, being prepared, when suddenly she again heard the commanding voice.

This time it said, “Do not have the operation. It is not necessary.” Mrs. Takata said she pinched herself to make sure she was both conscious and sane. Thrice she heard the admonition, and suddenly got off the operating table and stood on the floor, causing endless consternation among the nurses.

Dr. Maeda came in to inquire. She told him she was not afraid of dying but wanted to know if there was any other form of treatment. Dr. Maeda asked how long she would stay in Japan, when she answered two years, he told the nurse to dress her and to call his sister, Mrs. Shimura, then the hospital dietitian.

Mrs. Takata later learned Mrs. Shimura some years previously had been in a coma, dying of dysentery, when a school mate of her daughter pleaded with her to seek help for her mother from the Reiki master, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi. She did so, and to everyone’s amazement, Mrs. Shimura came out of the coma and began to recover.

Mrs. Shimura took her to Dr. Hayashi’s offices. “Two of his practitioners worked on me,” she recalls. “One on the eyes, head, sinus, the thyroid, thymus glands; the other on the rest of the body. I can best describe it as it is referred to in the Bible, the ‘laying on the hands’. The Maeda Hospital is where they checked and conformed [confirmed?] my progress.”

“I am a very curious woman. I said to myself, ‘I am going to investigate how they are doing this. What makes me feel first the warmth then actual heat emanating from their hands?’ I looked under the table, at the ceiling, everywhere. I could find no cords or instruments. Then I thought, ‘ Aha, sleeves.’ Dr. Hayashi’s assistants wore the Japanese kimono with the long sleeves, which hold pockets. They worked so silently. There was no talking.”

“My moment came. When I was being treated I suddenly grabbed the practitioner by the pocket.”

“He was startled, but thinking I needed some Kleenex thoughtfully handed me some. I said ‘No, I want to see the machine in your pocket.’ He burst into uncontrolled laughter. Dr. Hayashi came on to see what the commotion was about and was told.”

“…He smiled and shook his head,” Mrs. Takata recalls. “He proceeded to give her the explanation of a Universal Life Force. He said, ‘Whenever you feel the contact, all I know is that I have reached this great Universal Life Force, and it comes through me to you. These – he held up his hands, are the electrodes… That force begins to revitalize and restore the balance of your entire system.”

Mrs. Takata nodded, yes, in answer to a query. “Reiki can help a person, who is sincere in a desire to stop drinking excessively, smoking, to lose or gain weight, and establish a normal balance of good health.

In time Mrs. Takata became convinced she too should learn more and became a student of Dr. Hayashi’s. She spent months and was sent into the field to help others. Unbeknownst to her they made full report back to Dr. Hayashi. “I passed my examinations perfectly.”

Besides the treatments, she adds, there was a tatter of special diets, some included sunflower seeds, red beet juice, grape fruit [sic], almonds… (Edgar Cayce, the late extraordinary psychic about whom much has been written of recent years has reported to have been able to diagnose and prescribe treatments while in a trance from a distance of many miles. Treatments included special use of natural food and herbs in numerous instances.)

“I speak with confidence about this” Mrs. Takata notes, “but it should be understood I do not speak as ‘I… I… I’ I speak because it is of God’s power. He is the one who makes it available to us. Who doubts God?…”

Mrs. Takata is the only teacher of the Usui system of Reiki in the world today and is recognized as its master.

Are you ready for more ease, joy, & glory?

I received a lot of comments with my blog post about Reiki, so today I would like to talk to you about another energy modality called Access Consciousness Bars, which is part of Access Consciousness®.


I was first introduced to Access Consciousness, and the Bars, about a year and a half ago, and my life has changed for the better in ways that I had not thought possible before. Here is how explains how the Bars can help you experience more ease, joy, and glory:

There are 32 bars of energy that run through and around your head that connect to different aspects of your life. We call all of the points you touch when using this modality “The Bars.”

 They store the electromagnetic component of all the thoughts, ideas, attitudes, decisions and beliefs that you have ever had about anything…  There are Bars for healing, body, control, awareness, creativity, power, aging, sex, and money… Touch one Bar and you begin to clear away the energy locked up in that area or aspect of your life just by touching it… Just five minutes can erase 5,000 to 10,000 years of stored points of view.


What is the value of erasing this bank of data you have stored all this lifetime, and every lifetime? … Each thought, idea, attitude, decision or belief that you have fixed in place solidifies the energy and limits your capacity to change anything in that area. You change the energy, you change how that part of your life shows up. What is the most simple and easy way to change energy? Get your Bars touched! When you do, something different can show up in your life with ease.

 At worst you feel like you have just had the best massage of your life. At best your whole life can change into something greater with total ease. This is an incredibly nurturing and relaxing process, undoing limitation in all aspects of your life without any effort.


Oh, and by the way, I always feel wonderful after I receive a Bars session. That alone convinced me to learn the Bars, and I am now a Bars practitioner and teacher.

If you are in the Raleigh, NC area, you could experience the Bars and/or take a class from me! Is anyone interested? You can go to my Jewels of Light Healing web site for more information about my practice and my classes. What else is possible for all of us?

Messages of love

Written messages of love can come in many forms.

Here is one from Marianne Williamson which always resonates with me:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

— from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.

I found this one on Facebook:

“If YOU are NOT being treated with respect, check your price tag. Perhaps you have marked Yourself down. It’s you who tells people what you are worth by what you accept. Get off the clearance rack and get behind the glass where the valuables are kept! Learn to value Yourself more! If you don’t noone else will! AND please help someone get off the clearance rack…”

— from the Live Laugh Love page.

And the following are feedback from some of my wondrous Sparkles and Angels customers:

“Perfect, it took me hours and hours to find this gift. Thank you, it’s lovely!” — D.A., Idaho

“LOVE these!! They are just what I had been scouring for for my mother for Christmas! Thank you so very very much!!!” — V.P., Kentucky

“Wonderful seller and person. Beautiful earrings, super fast shipping, lovely packaging! A true person in every sense ! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” — N.Z., New York

“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! These earrings are so lightweight and they move beautifully. They also catch the light well which was unexpected but something I should have figured out from a store that has ‘sparkles’ in their name. I have been wearing them non-stop since they arrived 😀 ” — B.C., Illinois

“Very friendly and helpful seller. Gorgeous packaging and beautiful earrings. Thank you so much!” — M.M., Ireland

“Fantastic! I couldn’t be happier – I’m sure these will make a fantastic Xmas present. A+++ — T.F., North Carolina

My heart opens whenever I read these. Infinite love and gratitude to all.

What are some of YOUR favorite messages of love?

FREE SHIPPING during the month of November 2011

Onyx Fantasy

Onyx Fantasy

There’s something very appealing about free shipping, isn’t it? Well, during this month of November, before the holiday madness descends on us, you get to shop leisurely at the Sparkles and Angels store AND enjoy free shipping. All you need to do is enter the coupon code FREESHIPPING (in one word) when you check out. This offer applies only to shipments going to US addresses.

Snow Queen

Snow Queen

There are lots of new earrings and new necklaces, including many $25 and under. Get some presents for your loved ones, including one for yourself since I hope you love yourself!

By The Seashore

By The Seashore

The items you see here are but a small subset of what’s available. All are made by a Reiki Master, and infused with love and healing energy to help you incorporate harmony, balance, and peace into your life.

Copper Glow

Copper Glow

Go to the Sparkles and Angels store to see all the available items. I have to say that I am extra proud of my new creations 🙂

The art and craft of enameling on fine silver

Marine Fantasy

Marine Fantasy necklace

Enameling is an ancient art which dates back to the third or fourth millennium B.C.E. and is still flourishing today.

Sparkles and Angels’ modern enamel on fine silver pieces are one-of-a-kind and handmade using a painstaking process.

First, I texture and dome a disc −or another shape – of fine silver, i.e. 99.9% silver. Why fine silver? Because it allows the already vibrant enamel colors to stand out even more. My preparations also include washing the enamel powders several times. I then apply up two layers of enamel to the back, and three or more layers of enamel to the front. The piece is fired in my electric kiln after each and every coat. I add precious 23K gold leaf or enamel threads in order to create a unique design.

Beryl Seas

Beryl Seas earrings

The result is wearable artwork that glows like precious jewels.

Deep Ocean

Deep Ocean

Beautiful, precious, special silver

A Celebration of Purple

A Celebration of Purple: sterling silver and Swarovski crystals

Silver is a precious metal. From prehistoric times, through Antiquity, to this modern era, mankind has recognized the appeal and the qualities of this beautiful metal.  Items made from silver hold a special energy, look gorgeous, and make a good investment. Silver has been steadily increasing in value. Ten years ago, it was less than $5/troy ounce. Today — as of this writing — it’s about $40/troy ounce! **

Still, it is much more affordable than gold or platinum**, so you can give the gift of precious metal without breaking the bank. (You can gift yourself as well, since you deserve the very best!)

Silver is commonly found in 2 forms in jewelry: sterling silver, which is 92.5% silver, and fine silver, which is 99.9% silver. (Silver plated pieces only have a very thin layer of silver on top of a base metal.)

Earth, Fire and Air

Earth, Fire and Air: sterling silver and hematite

Metaphysical properties of silver

Just Google “silver metaphysical properties” and you will find tons of information. I like what Michael Gienger wrote in his book “Crystal Power, Crystal Healing”:

“Silver releases the emotions and encourages proper expression of feelings. It promotes generosity and empathy. Silver helps us to become more flexible mentally or to remain so and to let go of influences and dependencies, particularly if these go hand in hand with feelings of helplessness.  The imagination and the ability to visualize are all stimulated by silver… Silver also helps maintain control and balance on a psychic level…

Silver also enhances the ability to see varying qualities of light and to harmonize inner life rhythms with the cycles of nature.”

Little Birdies

Little Birdies: sterling silver and gold fill

** as of 4/12/11, silver is $40/troy ounce, gold is $1453/troy ounce, and platinum is $1778/troy ounce.