Joey M. Joseph, Shamanic Reiki & Karuna™ Master Teacher

"ha nee chee wa she" (I am she who grows souls)


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Happy Father’s George

I think and feel my dad often. I love days that honor and celebrate one another, as they bring you closer together. My father took his journey in 2009 at the age of 91.

I have many beautiful memories of him that spring to my eyes and roll down my cheeks. My mind wants to say he his gone, my heart knows he lives there, along with the love we cultivated together.

I felt him with me throughout the funeral. In my home office where I work I would sense him behind me. I knew he was there yet I was hesitant to admit it.  I thought, “why is he with me, when there are so many other people he could be with?”

I never told anyone and one day months later I had a client come to my home for a healing treatment. She lived a long distance and afterwards I went into the kitchen to prepare tea.

As we sat, sipping tea and chatting I mentioned my dad and talked of him. She told me, Oh, by the way he stands behind you when you are at the computer!  I was not completely surprised and delighted by the confirmation that yes he was there, behind me.

I felt honored and remember when I was a nail technician he would visit me at the salon where I worked and would stand behind me while I sculpted nails. He never gave me a direct compliment, he always told others. He helped me to understand his ways and feelings which I loved. He looked at my client and said, “isn’t she good?” We both laughed.

I smile as I feel him behind me, there with his beautiful happy spirit, giving me support like he always has.

Love you to the moon and back George!

love this photo, we are both so young!!

 

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drum for your Health

Tramanto connects magazine, Joey M. Joseph, contributor

healthy living

Awareness is growing in finding new and old tools in developing healing, creativity and a deepening of the spiritual aspect of living. Practices that develop the connection to the Earth can fast-track growth, healing and unity.

As a Shamanic Reiki practitioner, I began drumming over 20 yrs ago. I use my native style frame drums for drumming circles and individually for healing to create portals for transformation, unity, connection and to attain altered states of awareness.

My drum of choice is a native style hand-held frame drum. I have drums made from natural materials and synthetic. My favorite drum is a Remo Buffalo drum, reasonable priced and needs no care.

In a drum circle, the intention sets the tone. Drums are round like mother earth and as we put our energy into them, they become extensions of oneself, empowering one to accelerate healing and connection. A drum can mirror where we need to heal, allowing us the shake it loose, restoring the flow.

Healing is a shift or release of energy and drumming is a fun way of letting the energy you generate move through you for transformation. It helps on all levels and can be used to release the stresses of daily living and to clear our minds and heart.

When sitting in a drum circle we bear witness to one another, honoring our differences through compassion and working in cooperation as we find the rhythm. As we drum, we cultivate new energy and the opportunity to give and receive what we brought into the center of the circle, holding space for one another as we align to one beat, one sound, one vibration.

Anyone can learn to drum and explore its sound, create rhythm and songs. It opens the heart, gives expression to creativity, bringing us closer to the earth and nature.

 


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healthful empathy

An empath is a person with the paranormal ability to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual, or simply to be understanding.

In native teaching, empathy is the highest form of the earth element. Without it, we would not know how others feel, causing separation in our life together as a whole.

Being empathic can be tricky. Over the last 20 years I have learned as an empath to hone in on accepting, understanding and using my empathy as a tool. In the past, I felt I was drowning, not really understanding what was happening to me.

For me, the first step was to create awareness of what other’s feel from my own experience. I would never presume to know how it feels to them, only how it would feel to me. That became the beginning of a new way to understand. Mastering empathy is an intellectual understanding of how emotions function and the purpose they serve.

In learning about empathy through my own and other’s point of view, I became more powerful in using it as a tool, rather than it using me.

Working as a holistic healer, the most important lesson I’ve learned is to break the pattern of carrying around other people’s stuff. I’ve learned to let go of what isn’t mine. When I can’t get someone out of my mind or I feel ill after being with someone, that is my cue to command it to go away, as it does not belong to me.

Anger guides my boundaries. It keeps me authentic and tells me when I have gone against myself or another. Healthy fear is intuition. If it doesn’t feel right, it isn’t.

Being sensitive, I trust that what other’s feel is not anything I caused. I never want to rob someone of something that is important for them to learn – that is part of empowerment.

I use my compassion to surround those who suffer. I know pain is personal and powerful. There are fine lines an empath walks, yet I know I must first take care of myself or will be unable to serve others. You oversee your life and your gifts. Trusting your intuition and believing and knowing what is right for you is healthful living.

May 2018  Tramonto Connects


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Dear Savior

Savior, my beloved horse, it is almost one year since you crossed over. I have grieved you despite my knowing, the knowing that separation is an illusion, the knowing that I have feel you, and that you live in my heart, and all the same the tears flow.

In the beginning I glimpsed your spirit in the breezeway of the stable, and I felt assured, and wondered if you stayed for me, all the while I know you did. Before we said goodbye you communicated that you “knew” what was coming, and that you would have stayed for me despite your suffering, something that touched me deeply, acknowledging our bond. As I faced the decision, to let you go I struggled until in that moment I knew the choice was clear. It was afterwards my mind and heart questioned, even knowing I could not let you suffer a moment longer, as I trusted the love and connection we developed over the years.

You changed me, became my family, added to me, taught me how to listen, communicate. I have never known a kinder animal, and I felt secure with you. Together we learned one another as neither of us had ever experienced a relationship as this. I began to understand how respect translates, boundaries, safety, connection, power and unconditional love. You are brave and strong and accepted every thing that came on our path without complaint.

Your former job caused damage to your body, and our primary focus was on the healing, and I learned to stay in the moment with whatever challenge we faced. You comforted me when Joe was sick, and told me before we knew that he had cancer.

After you left there was a huge space left, and I knew you gave me the gift of release, something we both were ready for, to be free, as we had done all that we could together, and it was time to move to the next steps of our journey.

I hear your voice in my mind, and find joy in how your lips would reach for the carrots I fed you, and whinnied as you watched me fix the bucket of mash you lived for. I have so much to smile about that my tears are now turning to the joy of knowing you will always be with me as the love we share is eternal and the work still continues as we are one!

joey 3 webNebo Champ (aka Savior)

May 28, 1994-November 1, 2016