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Pamela Olivia Brown


Photographs of Monuments in Paris, France

Architecture is one of my favorite things to photograph. Paris, France satisfies my love of doors, facades, and relief sculpture. This is my second time in Paris this year. In January, I walked around most of the city, feeling warm despite the winter temperatures and feeling grounded. It was easy to move around because it was the low season.

The summer is different. I’ve been thrown off hearing the different English accents — U.S. American, Australian, and British — but quickly remembered that I was at tourist attractions.  Many of the monuments in Paris are within walking distance of each other or accessible by metro.



dharma is a boat

moving forward on an airplane from history to new endeavors carries a kilogram of anxiety.

cumulus clouds
casting shadows on the land
growing shades of green.

there are some things from the past worth accessing to feel grounded.

ancient sanskrit texts
penetrate my inner child
with loving patience.

internal waters
run deep, flowing over land,
turning it into stones…

that are safe to traverse
after years of practice,
sipping on wild crafted herbs
calming flesh
so the soul can speak.

montreuil, île-de-france
8 july 2017

Spiritual Teacher and Healer Alexis Fumi Williams

Interview with Spiritual Teacher and Healer Alexis Fumi Williams

Alexis Fumi Williams is healing Binghamton, NY with yoga, reiki, and meditation. The former personal trainer transitioned into a spiritual career as a yoga instructor and reiki master to feel grounded and at peace. When she isn’t teaching vinyasa yoga at Binghamton Zen Den or attuning new reiki practitioners, Williams is building community with activists, healers and spiritual teachers in her Yoga In Action workshops. Today, we talk with Williams about her relationship with reiki.

What brought you to reiki?
The Universe. When I was ready for a deeper connection to Spirit, the opportunity presented itself. A couple of my soul sisters were gravitating toward it and I felt the pull to know more.

Share some of the ways you use reiki. How have you benefited from using it?
I do reiki for self-healing, balancing and creating deeper connections to Spirit in my dream state. For several years I could not recall dreaming. After my first attunement, my dreams returned with deep meaning and guidance from Spirit. Now, if I am having an issue, all I have to do is ask and answers come to me through my dreams. It’s changed so much for me! I also use it on my pets, plants and food.

What is your favorite reiki experience?
My favorite experience is actually the first experience I had after completing my training. A friend’s pet had gone lame because of a car accident. She hadn’t slept, urinated or stood up for over 24 hours after the accident. After just a few minutes of reiki she stood with her front legs, and went to the bathroom. After a couple minutes of excitement she got comfortable and went into a sound sleep. It was a beautiful and amazing experience.

Do you have a favorite reiki symbol, why?
I imagine that’s what it would be like to try and choose a favorite child. I can’t really choose one. They are all powerful and beautiful in their own unique ways. What I love about symbols is that they generally tell me which one I should be using.

How do you integrate reiki with other tools, i.e., crystals, spirit guides, affirmations?
I’m usually guided by Spirit about which crystals, if any, will best compliment a reiki session. I always invite my guides, as well as, the guides of whoever I am working with to come close, keep me grounded and aid me in being of service to the person I am working with. I like to use singing bowls to enhance sessions because sound is deeply healing. I have more recently become interested in adding essential oils to the mix. The practice is always expanding.

How has your yoga practice changed since reiki?
I do self-reiki during my restorative practices. Restorative yoga often presents us with the opportunity to see where we are holding trauma or stuck energy in body. Because movement is limited in restorative yoga, it’s the perfect opportunity to send reiki love to yourself.

Share advice you teach new practitioners. 
It is a journey that can’t be rushed. Everything is unfolding exactly as it should. If, and when, things begin to unfold quickly remember to trust the Universe. 

To learn more about Alexis Fumi Williams, please visit her website



July 2017 Numerology Forecast

Summer 2017 is a time for creating – art, relationships, new businesses, etc. July 2017 is a time to reap what was sown because it has an 8 vibration (7+2+0+1+7=8). There will be a lot of abundance and claiming of personal power.

Abundance looks different for everyone. It could be an increase of time, love, happiness, money, food, or responsibility. A new relationship could be the connection to abundance.

June had a 7 vibration, which asked us to go inward and reflect on what was important to our wellbeing. It was a time to clear clutter from our lives so our foundation strengthened and discernment sharpened. Going inward helped us project our truth. This is our personal power. No one can take that away.

On the flip side, July’s 8 has a vibration of lack and cowardliness. Create healthy boundaries between you and those who are waiting for something to happen to them rather than taking action to do something new.

The full moon will be in Capricorn at 9:06PM PDT on July 8 in the U.S. It will magnify the side of the vibration people are on individually and collectively.

However June looked for you – steeped in fear or releasing it – it will reveal itself in July, especially around the full moon.

Personally, I’d like to see more people take a leap of faith and create new projects and opportunities based on what they love. New communities can grow from these endeavors. It could cause a ripple effect around the globe. We need that now.

Reiki Master Teacher Usui

My Life As A Reiki Master Teacher

I prefer teaching reiki to holding private reiki sessions because teaching gives people access to reiki whenever they want it.

Reiki can be done while in bed, shower, as part of meditation, or over food as part of a blessing. The possibilities are endless.

My intention for teaching reiki is oriented around self-care and sharing reiki with the community—friends, family, pets, and plants – than teaching it as a profession. When we care for ourselves first we learn how much energy we have for others. We learn what needs to be healed to have more energy overall.

I tried reiki as a primary profession. One hour-long appointment required three hours of my time because I cleared and grounded my energy before and after the appointment. Being an empath meant I could see and feel the clients’ “stuff,” which soured my attitude towards private appointments.

Reiki classes were divided into levels after Master Usui died. Perhaps Master Mikao Usui himself nudged me to return to teaching reiki as one class made sense: teach everything and encourage new reiki practitioners to practice.

Teaching the face-to-face reiki class to new practitioners is fun because I teach it the way I’d want to learn. The class is laid back with soft music playing in the background. I also offer plenty of snacks to ground energy. There have been lots of laughs too to keep the energy light and high vibrational.

Spirit guided me to teach reiki online to those who already have a reiki level 1 or 2 certification. I was against teaching reiki online because I preferred the face-to-face course. Once I attuned my first student I was open to doing it more often. Teaching reiki online is my favorite over the face-to-face class.

I realized that Spirit was guiding me to teach reiki in a way that serves new practitioners. Those I have taught use reiki for themselves and their community or integrate it into their already existing profession.

Spirit knows best! Listening to the guidance about how to teach reiki helped balance my life and have more energy.