Lorene is our resident crystal expert and reiki healer at The Channelling. You'll most likely see her when you come into The Channelling store or when booking a reiki session with her. We thought we'd share a bit more about Lorene's spiritual journey so that you can get to know her better...
Where were you born and raised?
I am Christchurch born and raised. I moved to Tauranga when I was 19, then moved to Auckland two years ago.
How did you get into spirituality?
When you have zero knowledge on experiences such as feeling things that aren’t there, dreams that would later come true, feeling emotions from people from the other side of the world, feeling “off” in certain environments, lucid dreaming, apparitions appearing to me, sleep paralysis and just a general sensitivity to everything – this confused and frazzled girl had questions! Because I grew up in a religiously inclined family, I only ever viewed these experiences as wrong, which made me extremely fearful of even going to sleep at night. Until one day I laid it all down, and prayed to God/Source/Creator saying that I want the truth no matter what it was. I completely surrendered my pride and ego… I was cracked wide open! It’s funny, because it is in those moments of complete surrender, that mountains move. Spirit began to lead me to teachings on energy, empaths, being spiritually sensitive and why psychic protection is extremely important if you are sensitive. Now, I am spiritually free, completely me, and I passionately want the same for others.
Which areas of spirituality are you most attracted to and why?
Energy work, energy protection, astrology, and empowering others through tarot. They are such wonderful tools to better understand oneself and bring healing/insight to others.
What is your greatest spiritual gift and what's an example of how you use it in your daily life?
Clairsentience (clear feeling) is my strongest gift. I can tune into the feelings of others or the feeling of an area. I can even feel when people are talking about me! This never really switches off, so I’m very strict on energy protection as what I pick up from people can latch onto my aura. Sometimes Spirit will also speak to me through symbols or synchronicities too.
What has been the biggest challenge for you on your spiritual journey?
The backlash from people within a religious mindset telling me that I’m being deceived. I even had a friend tell me my healing came from demons! Also loved ones not taking me seriously, or getting funny looks when I bring up what I’m into at social gatherings. But the encouragement and connections made far outweighs all that. When you freely express who you are, you encourage others to do the same.
What do you do yourself regularly to grow spiritually?
Meditation with sound frequencies, (chakra bowl music), as they help ground my energy, and bring me into a receptive mode. I use my tarot and oracle cards to speak with my Angels during daily prayer. Smudging my aura morning and night ensures my energy is clear of anything that is not mine. And of course, crystals! They are on me all day every day. You can usually tell I’m near by from the rattling sounds. They emit incredible frequencies that have only brought healing. An absolute God-send!
What would you recommend for others to start on their own spiritual journey?
Ask yourself why you want to embark on this journey; are you looking to merely challenge your current beliefs or are you seeking an open heart and a mind unclouded by judgement? I recommend any truth seeker first learns about the ego (which rules fear, judgement and programming), and the soul. Always make sure your intentions are pure and humble.
What do you love most about working at The Channelling?
Meeting likeminded people, being around crystals all day, and getting to share spiritual talk and experiences with Kimberly– it’s so comforting to connect with people who understand. If anyone has trouble discerning what they need, I love being able to tap into what it is they’d benefit from.
Which crystals are your all-time favourites and why?
Black tourmaline – this keeps lower vibrational energy attachments away from my energy field and it grounds me.
Moldavite – this has brought a lot of transformation and growth in my life. Powerful stuff this one is!
Herkimer diamonds – this is a recent one, because my body rejected it for so long, but now that I can finally work with it, it has amped up my connection with the Source and completely clears my chakras.
Garnet – this one is especially good for when I’m feeling frazzled. It brings my energy right back into my body and grounds me.
What do you use to cleanse your energy?
I smudge with Juniper every morning, and palo santo every night before my evening rituals. I also use sage for smudging once a week. Another energy cleansing tool I like to use are aura cleansing videos on YouTube while I’m mucking around at home.
Can I come and see you in store for more information?
Absolutely! I’m at The Channelling from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm and I also offer Reiki healing on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
I enjoy meeting people who are embarking on their spiritual journeys. Everyone’s experiences are so beautiful and unique, so please don’t be shy!