First, I go through my photos, anything from flowers to photos of my wall sculptures, even photos of my reiki jewelry. I don't have anything specific in mind, no goals other than to connect with the light-filled energy of the Source and allow that to guide my choices and my hands. I do set my intention that reiki healing energy will be infused into the image. I'll respond to a photo that has appealing colors, interesting patterns and gives me a little tingle. I have to be "still" on the inside to recognize that tingle. Jamie (the bf) chattering away in the background does NOT help me be still, although I've gotten really good at tuning him out! A useful skill, in my loud dog-filled, Jamie-filled environment.
An iris photo, cropped
Once I've chosen a photo, I open it up in Gimp, a free photo editing program. Without thinking about what I'm doing, I use only my eyes and my hands and start to manipulate it. I'll warp it, invert it, crop it, spin it, shrink it, grow it, apply all kinds of cool filters like fractals, play with the colors.... I can't even remember the names of the filters I use, which tells you how turned off my left brain is from the process. It's an ingrained thing, kind of like how it is when you type really fast without having to read and think about the words. I don't really think any thoughts during the process, just kind of empty-headed (no cracks!).
Don't quite remember how I got here!
At some point, my eyes make a switch from responding to overall composition and color, to "seeing" angels or figures in the patterns. I assume it's a third eye, intuitive kind of seeing, which might explain why so many of my images are purple, the color of the sixth chakra. They want me to see them, they want me to coax them out, I can feel a different kind of energy start to flow. This energy feels like a very fine, fast vibration or tingle that has an excitement to it, an anticipation. It feels to me like it's centered at the top of my head and even above it. I'll zero in on those areas where I "see", for example, an angel, and start to play with that area. Again I'll go with warping, smudging, airbrushing, swirling, pulling the image into whatever shape it wants to be.
Not quite sure how I got here either...
oooo, pretty! but not finished yet....
So who are these angels? Do they have names? Could I connect with any one specific angel, say Archangel Michael, and channel that specific energy? Hmm, good questions. I'm not altogether sure that I'm ready to control the process to the extent of connecting with specific light beings and angels, the timing isn't right . Maybe at some point in time I'll try it, but for now I like just letting it flow the way it wants to with minimal interference on my part.
As far as naming the angels, I believe there are an infinite number of angels and light beings working on our behalf. They don't require names, or any ego driven recognition. They're just happy to help, and I'm happy I can pass that energy along.
I know a couple of religious people who are uncomfortable with what I do. I've tried to explain that the energy I'm connecting with is from the Source, or God, and is all about love and healing, but I guess a fear of the unknown is too ingrained One older lady told me that since I'm not a Christian, then what I'm doing was coming from the devil. What???? No!!
I was raised a Christian, but since I've been an adult, I don't align myself with any one religion. All the religions are ok by me, and they all share a common belief, the belief in a Higher Power. I've just decided to bypass the man-made religious dogma associated with religion and go straight to the Source, the unifying factor that connects us all to each other without separatism.
With Love and Light,