Books · Energy Healing

Rebel Pagan, Rebel Healer Part 2

©Pip Miller
My healing ‘tools’.

In my last post I mentioned I’d write about being a rebel healer, but maybe ‘rebel’ is a bit strong. Not so much a rebel as simply…different.

I’ve talked before about the ways in which I do distance sessions differently than most energy healers: no crystals in the room, I don’t need the person’s true name (or a name at all, actually), no picture is needed, permission is not needed – if it’s not meant to work, it won’t. It’s that easy. I don’t cleanse with salt, meditate ahead of time, need a silent space…none of the things that we’ve come to believe are necessary to help others.

I didn’t start out trying to be a rebel healer, it just kind of happened. I quickly learned that I could do it any where and any time, interruptions and conversation didn’t matter, and the more I help people, the better I not only feel, but I’m pumped up and excited to keep the flow going.

There are some quotes I’d saved along the way from or about other rebel healers, but somehow they’ve gotten lost over time. One was from Judith Orloff’s book Second Sight about either her mom or her grandmother doing energy healing and chatting away with the client, having done the work so long that she knew it would take care of itself (or something along those lines; trying to remember). I find that the more I focus on what I’m doing, the less it seems to help the person. Which, I’ve discovered recently, can be a bit of an issue during in-person sessions in my space because my old “I’m not good enough” mental tape starts running and I worry so much that at times I feel I’ve done a terrible job because I blocked the flow with my stress over doing well. Not good. But when I’m busy, say at work, and I take a few minutes to help a headache or someone’s pain, I’m sufficiently otherwise occupied that the flow is strong and the person is always surprised at how much better they feel in such a short period of time. So I’m a rebel in the way I do best at allowing Spirit to do its work – the less attention, the better. Not normal, right?

In Eric Pearl’s book The Reconnection, there’s a chapter titled “Setting the Tone” that hit so close to home that I literally was yelling to my guy, “This, this!!!” as I read it, most especially the sub-chapter “The Hidden Fear in Our Rituals”, wherein he speaks about the crystals, protection, candles, jewelry, etc, and he finishes it with this lovely little bit:

“Tissue – to dry your tears from either laughing so hard at some of this that you blow out your candles, or from crying when you accidentally kill your flowers by placing them in the salt water you were supposed to shake your hands off into…and the prayers don’t bring them back.” Can you say Rebel Healer? 😉

I went into this not believing that I could make a difference, and so even though I worked in an environment that believes quite fiercely in the ‘rituals’ and ‘musts’ of how to do energetic healing, I just did what felt right and ignored the rest. I mean really, how many healers do you know that sit outside with a teddy bear, chatting to the birds and the neighbors while sending Light 1/2 way around the world?

And it works. Quite well. Sometimes very powerfully, sometimes more subtly, but it always works on some level. Of this I am now certain. So I shall continue to be a rebel healer, doing my own thing even when others still tell me that ‘on some level you are taking stuff in from others and you need to protect yourself from it’. I believe that Spirit knows what it’s doing, and if I needed protection to help others, then why would Spirit make what I do so easy? Wouldn’t there be stumbling blocks to the healing until I learned that I need to do this or do that in order for it to work? Since there aren’t (except those in my own head), I’m quite happy letting Spirit take the lead and leaving all the rest for others.

I know there have to be more rebel healers out there…are you one? In what way? Let’s spread the word! Rebel Healers Unite! 😉

©Pip Miller – August 2014

Books · Paganism

Rebel Pagan, Rebel Healer

picons25 I’ve worked at Blue Eagle on-and-off for 15 years or so, and believe you me, I’ve seen and heard it all. I’ve come to find that within our search for meaning in life, we can fall into the trap of following rules, even within the supposedly rule-free pagan communities. My belief has grown into something along the lines that way back in the way back; wise women (and men) did what needed to be done with what they had, when they had it. They didn’t go around saying, “Well, Joe down the street has a scroll that says I have do this and that with only these colors and candles and herbs and only on this particular day because otherwise it won’t work, so sorry, Sally, but the time’s not right to help you.” I’m sorry, say what? I’ll bet wise women wouldn’t have been considered ‘wise’ for very long with that attitude!

And don’t get me started on the 3 phases of the moon. Three? Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t there 5? Dark (usually called new, though it’s not), new, waxing, full, and waning. Heck, throw in the crescents and you’ve even more, right? But I digress…

The other day I was having a conversation with a wonderful customer who was setting up an altar after many years without one, and we got into a discussion about the elemental/directional associations. Most Wiccans/pagans believe the -quote, unquote, air quotations- “traditional” ones: earth is north, air is east along with the rising sun, fire is south, and water is west. I’d come across a post at some point by the every-wonderful Thalia Took, which links to an amazing post by Mike Nichols and it had been in my head and my patchwork practice, minimal as it is, ever since.

I live in New Mexico, and directly to my east is a mountain range, and to the north is a vast expanse of not-a-mountain-range, from which the northerly wind whips along said range. Now in what way on does air from the east make sense? Earth, in all it’s towering glory, is east. There’s no way around it. Yes, the sun comes from the east, but how and why does that connect to air? New beginnings, that I can see, but doesn’t earth as a beginning make more sense as most everything we know grows from the earth and the sun nurtures that growth?

As I’m researching for links this morning, I’m coming across more posts by other rebel pagans about altering the associations, such as this one by Spring Wolf (the more I read this post, the more I love it). I’m in the midst of a fantastic book I highly recommend – even before I’ve read it through – by Dianne Sylvan called The Circle Within (did you know you can purchase items from with PayPal?!), and in one of the rituals it has the traditional ‘east air’ and I plan to go through with a pencil and change that one and north.

After our discussion and my final comments along the lines that ‘you should do what feels best for you; sit in the room in which you plan to set your altar and sit facing different directions. Which feels best? Don’t want it on the floor, use a shelf (that one surprised him, and I could see the wheels begin to turn, thank you Ellen Dugan for the idea)…’, etc, the customer stated that he was going to give what I said a try and I told him to “go for it! Be a rebel pagan!”. Cuz I’m bad-ass that way. 😉

What are your thoughts about paganism, it’s ‘rules without rules’, and the elemental associations? How do you work with them? Bring on the discussion!!

Next week I’ll have a post about being a Rebel Healer. Hey, almost a series!

©Pip Miller – July 2014

Energy Healing · Misc

Full Moon Craziness

picons25Good grief, was it me or was this past full moon the epitome of all the weirdness attributed to that monthly phenomenon? If I got any moodier, I’d have had to lock myself in the bedroom and howl at the damned moon, seriously. I’ve mentioned in the past how I don’t usually feel psychically open, but lately, wow. When they say the veil is thinning, they weren’t kidding. Honestly, I’m not so sure I’m comfortable with it. 😉 Feeling depressed over not being able to help others as a healer really got to me kind of out of the blue, and then there were moments of pure joy, too.  I felt a bit manic, actually. Not cool at all. Did you guys feel it, too?

I’ve decided to try and write a bit about my healing work on Mondays, and today it’s how I feel when I’m doing it. I’m not one of those healers who can tell you what is wrong with you, or why, but I do sometimes get a feeling and I’ll ask, “does this sound right to you” when I manage to put it into words for the client.  I can tell when someone really needs the Light by the way my hands feel – there’s a strong tingling that goes on, almost pins-and-needles like – and who is just getting a energetic ‘tune-up’ more than anything else.

A customer at work said she wanted to study and learn more so she can send Light more strongly to a parent in another state, and I mentioned that I’ve found over time that the less I pay attention and try to direct the session (such as by imagining a specific color or keeping what the client wants healed in mind), the less effective it is. The more I’m ‘involved’ in it, the less Spirit and your soul seem able to help you.  It’s as if instead of kicking back, watching the birds, chatting with my neighbor and simply being the conduit for the healing, I’m creating a block that slows the flow.  My attention is not needed for your healing; as I wrote on my website, “…the first people I helped were psychic friends and they told me about the colors they were seeing as the session was going on. Colors that matched their needs. Colors and a deeper healing and unblocking than I could ever have had knowledge of.  Healing and shifts that occur on levels that surprise me every time I get feedback, and I know without a doubt that this gift is Spirit working through me, it is not of me.”

It’s a big lesson in stepping outside of one’s ego and letting Spirit do its work, let me tell you. 😉  I’ve helped clients who had a physical issue, such as one reader who wanted me to help with her back, and along with feeling better, she had a sudden insight into what was blocking her in her life, quit her job as soon as she could, and moved into a job that fed her soul instead of just her bank account.  I’ve had one client connect with her guru in India during her session.  And some have even mentioned that I have a conversation with them on a psychic level during the session -now that feedback seriously blew my mind!

There are many things that bring me joy in life (something I need to work on paying more attention to, btw), but few come anywhere close to how I feel when someone tells me how much I helped them by sending them Light. Or when I help someone really stressed out – in person – and I literally watch the stress melting away, as they sink into their bodies and relax.  I know this is why I’m here on this planet at this time, and I’m so very grateful and blessed to have been given this gift.

I hope one day to be able to help you, too!

©Pip Miller – May 2014



Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t posted since September!  So much has changed, and I’ve needed the time to get used to it.

Biggest change is that I have a “real” job now!  Full-time, great pay, great people, close to home.  On the other hand, my time for doing healing work has lessened greatly and I must admit, I miss it terribly.  I also miss being home, believe it or not!  Today the ravens are finally back in full force in the neighborhood, and I just want to sit outside, sent light, and watch them dance in the sky.  Instead, I’m off to work soon.

Talk about a lesson in gratitude, eh? 🙂

BTW, the tree that the ravens & crows used to perch in (as well as the hummingbirds) is gone. 😦  It was dead and every time the wind blew, branches were falling off.  I cried when they cut it down because I knew it meant a change in the birds’ patterns and I was worried about where they would land now and if I could still watch them. The ravens & crows have chosen my other neighbor’s tree, which I love, but it’s much harder to see them.  Still they are there and I love it.  Aside…a ‘murder’ of crows *really* should be renamed a ‘cacophony’ of crows. *L*

©Pip Miller

This job has me immersed in a way of life that is of a culture not mine, and part of me is ready to just sink in, but there is a bigger part of me telling me it’s not the right path for me…most especially the nutrition aspect of it.  So right now I am navigating the waters of my soul, picking my way through all that I have access to and feeling my way along to what nourishes me.  Nourish.  That was my word for this year, and it honestly never became much of a focus until recently.  I think I may keep it for my word next year, too.  Suddenly it means so much to me, in ways I can’t begin to describe or even coherently put my finger on.

Am I making any sense?  I’m listening to the birds, watching the clock, trying to decide what to wear today (my least favorite part of having a job), and putting my thoughts into word here.  I have a feeling I’m multi-tasking a bit too much. 😉

©Pip Miller – November 2013