What is a Reiki Vision Board? Well, traditionally it is some sort of board, a peg board, a cork board or a magnetic board onto which you can attach images and words that are motivational and express your desire for something.
That something may be material, physical, health related or spiritual. Usually it is something for yourself or your family.
The images and descriptions of what you want to manifest are guides not exact statements. The trick here is that if the universe manifests something for you that is on your vision board but is not exactly what is in the images and descriptions, do not be upset or unhappy at the difference. Be open to accepting what you are receiving, not what you wished for. If the vehicle you receive is grey, not white, accept it. If the engagement ring has three diamonds, not five but the diamonds are of better quality, accept the ring. And, take joy in it and thank the universe and your angels and guides for what has arrived.
Manifest this or something better now and for you [my] highest good. Energize the Law of Attraction!
What you have done with your vision board is make a statement and prepared your mind for your desires, but you have also created flexibility and openness for the difference that arrives. As an example, the last car that came to me was one I had never seen before, by a manufacturer I had not considered. I put the need and desire out to the universe along with the characteristic of the vehicle. Then I used a service provided by someone I knew who would hunt down a suitable vehicle. What arrived was and is perfect and has been for the past ten years.
To charge the vision board with Reiki, write out what you are feeling and why. If you are attuned to Reiki, add the power symbol to the beginning and end of your words. Add the symbol next to words or images that are important or significant to you.
Gently fold the paper in your hands and hold it in front of you while you ask the universe and your Reiki guides to add energy to what is on the piece of paper. Add that paper to the images and wishes on the vision board.
If you are not attuned to Reiki or only at Level 1, simply touch the vision board and quietly think of what it is you are manifesting.One last thing. Write out your manifestation wishes, make them detailed and include small things, things that may have not made it on to the vision board on the wall. Roll up the paper and put an elastic band around them and put them in a drawer as a record of what you have just completed. Take the rolls of paper out from time to time and read them. When you have received something, check it off and say “Thank you!” then roll the paper up again and put it away.
Mark is a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner
Restful Reiki, Reiki for a Good Night’s Sleep, yes sleep. We sleep every night, and sometimes we nap during the day, if we have the opportunity.
How much we sleep is not so important as how well, or the quality of the sleep we get. While some will sleep for eight hours, some for six or even less, and some for nine hours. When life is demanding, the time we sleep may vary. Someone used to sleep for six may suddenly start sleeping for eight hours.
It is all down to the quality of sleep we get. It is all down to what our body and our mind’s need that drives the duration and the quality of sleep. This is why, people with busy hectic lives are often sleep deprived. They wake up after a night’s sleep according to their alarm clock, not when their body is finished resting, because they have to, in order to get on with the chores and tasks of the day ahead.
Whenever I have a Reiki session I feel so rested, and when I get home, it is a certainty I will get a restful sleep. But long before that session, years before that session I made a commitment to myself that I would take care of this container, this physical body my existence in this life depends on.
I would do good and beneficial things for it. Good exercise, good nutrition, good sleep, good relaxation. Do things that are interesting and stimulating and not allow toxic and stressful people into my life, and if they snuck in, evict them quickly. Above all, not to endure stressful and toxic places and work any longer than I need to.
I added a routine to my preparation for going to bed. To clear away all the burdens and events of the day so that none are carried over into my dreams. Sit quietly and ask Archangel Michael to be present and ask him to use his sword to cut any cords, attached to, my souls, my spirit, my physical self or my chakras. Then, I ask him to fill me with his pure white light and protect me with his energy.
I thank my guides for their help during the day and tell them I love them, but before that, I tell myself that I love me, I need to know that I am loved. We tend to go through life without recognising what this body does for our spirit.
If I have any aches and pains, I treat them in a self-Reiki session. Aches and pains can be emotional, and they can be about the racing, ego driven mind. Calm and heal those types of aches and pains as well.
As I go into the bedroom, I see myself in a cocoon of healing peaceful energy watched over by my guides.
Because I may wake up in the evening I ask one of my guides to help me get back to sleep quickly.
Last, I ask all my angels and guides to join me in my dreams and to leave any messages I need to know there for when I wake up.
Happy New Year! Yes, that is correct, New Year’s brings the opportunity to clear away the past month, the past year, the past few years, the past decade.
What we are talking about here can be at any time of the year.
If you keep a daily journal, close it, mentally and spiritually, and mark it as sealed. You are not going to be looking in it anymore not sneaking back to see what you thought of such and such a person or how you felt after someone new came into your life or they left it. After sealing it you are going to make sure it is gone for good by shredding it, tearing it up, or brining it if you have that option.
Spiritually sealing it helps you forget. What is gone is done and cannot be changed.
Start a new journal, a clean sheet, a clean book, a clean page on the word processor.
Now is the time to dream. Dream whatever you want and to record your dreams.
Sit quietly, with a cup of tea, coffee, a cold drink or some other favorite drink. This is a time to slow down and connect with your guides and angels. It is a time to come to terms with what it you desire, wish for, would like to manifest.
The lunar cycle is every 29.5 days. Google the lunar cycle to see where you are in terms of the current cycle. Ideally, being close to the New Moon is best for this exercise. The New Moon, New things, New Hopes, New wishes. The full moon brings new wishes and hopes to fruition.
Figure 1. Moon Phases by week or 29.5 days
Think of the abundance you wish to receive, in:
Personal Relationships and love
Shelter / Home
This list is not exhaustive, feel free to add what is missing but is important to you. But remember., this is for you, it is personal to you.
After you have made your list, think carefully about what you have circled. If you wish to manifest a new car, think of the things that are important to you and do research to be clear on what it looks like; make, model, colour, number of doors, cargo capacity, towing capacity, engine size, interior colours. This is your dream, your desire, your wish, your hope it is what you want to manifest.
If it is a person, how tall are they, what colour eyes, hair, age, background and any other attribute of your ideal person that you can think of, is important to you and you want to manifest in them.
If this sounds like a vision board, you are correct. It can be a vision board together with pictures and even sounds, if it is on a computer or smartphone.
If you are attuned to Reiki, add Reiki symbols to the page, make them into an attractive and powerful border. Say the Power symbol name out loud. As you do this, and when you are finished, hold the book, paper, images you have collected in your hands or lay your hands on them, close your eyes and say the power symbol again.
It is important that what you write, the images you collect and the wishes you want to manifest are wholly and entirely yours. Not anyone else’s, YOURs and yours alone.
Balance in all things, including what you want to manifest. We are taught it is better to give than to receive and many of us carry a burden of not feeling worthy of the great things we can wish for here. Understand that Balance is required in all things. If you have any doubts about your worthiness to receive what you are asking to be manifest. Stop yourself. Fugitively and emotionally, “spit those thoughts out.”
You are worthy, having a nice home, car, holiday home, lover, a healthy body, success, you are worthy of all these things. Do not hold back or resist making the declaration of your needs and only your needs.
When you go to sleep that night, before you drop into a deep peaceful sleep, imagine what it would be like in the home, the car or being with the person you have asked to be manifested. Put your heart into the thoughts and wishes now. Any negative thoughts that are blocking you form thinking positively about what you manifest, banish them.
Thoughts of who cares, why bother, what difference will it make, or if it has not arrived by now, it never will. These are negative thoughts and if they are your thoughts, banish them. If they are not yours, they have come from people you know, then be prepared in the future not to accept these comments. Be prepared to rebut them and put the speaker in their place.
Ask your angels and guides to help you remove these negative thoughts by taking them away.
If you are attuned to the Tibetan Master symbol, use it to emotionally cleanse yourself of these habits. Print out or draw a large Tibetan Master symbol on a piece of paper and place it in a large Freezer bag that s sealed and place it under your pillow and “sleep on it.”
Each night, take it out and trace it with your finger, say the name three times, and state your intention to remove the negative thoughts and habits. Put it back under your pillow and fall asleep.
In the morning, give yourself time to once again think of what it is you want to manifest and say the Power Symbol over your thoughts and desires.
Lastly, two things.
You’re desire to manifest things may not happen within one moon cycle, allow the universe time to bring you what you are asking for.
The other is to not be disappointed if what manifests is not exactly like what you pictured. A car can be a different colour and a house may be in the middle of the street, not at the end. It may be two floors, rather than one.
You have received what you need, not necessarily what you want.
Mark is a Registered Teacher with the Canadian Reiki Association
Mark is a Reiki master Teacher with the International Association of Reiki Professionals
Enlightenment, spiritual connection to our higher selves, others, and the divine
Labradorite, Selenite, charoite, clear quartz
The Chakras, associated Colors, meaning and crystals
Figure 2. Young Woman with Crystals aligned on Chakras
Choosing crystals is a personal thing! When I choose crystals, I will work with I hold them in my right hand. As a conduit for Reiki energy, I receive with my right hand and give with my left. Some practitioners will be the opposite and some will receive and give energy with either hand. A crystal I can work with causes tingling in my right hand, where ever I place it.
But it is then up to me to take it home and clear it of any other energies it may have gathered from people who handled it in the shop or from other crystals it was next to.
I do this in conjunction with my guides. Archangel Michael is protecting the clearing season. The crystal is held between my hands which are in Gassho. I work with my Reiki guides until they tell me the crystal is clear. As an example, I purchased some small unpolished amethyst crystals. I held each against my third eye, and closed my eyes and cleared my mind.
In my third eye appeared TV Snow. Old TVs would display this “snow” when they had problems displaying pictures. Except in my mind all that would be white in the snow was violet, as I tried different crystals in this way, many would produce no effect, I bought only those that created this violet effect.
Crystals will help to focus Reiki energy into and clear the chakras of any blockages. You can use all the crystals at the same time, placing each over the chakra, or, only the crystals associated with the Chakras you are guided to.
If you are a Reiki Practitioner, and you are using the crystals with patients, clear the crystals after each session so there is no spiritual carry over from one patient to the next. If a patient brings their own crystals to use, ensure they understand what clearing the crystals is and check how they are preforming the ritual.
Learn more about crystals in our student book for Reiki II
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Goals and Manifesting dreams, for the future. Things we want to manifest that have a bigger meaning for us, whether it is a car, house, relationship, a big bank balance that infers security and peace of mind, or an academic qualification.
We also have a Things to Do list, for more mundane but never the less, important things. The grocery list that has things added to it so that I do not forget something I need and it stops me from buying things I do not need. Finally, the calendar items. Every Tuesday, I put out the green bin containing food scraps, on alternate Tuesdays, I put out either the Grey bin with garbage or the blue bin with recycling.
On our journey to manifesting something we want, such as an academic credential, there may be many parts or stages we have to progress through. Keeping track what we have to do to is important to reaching that bigger goal.
With so many things to do, we must organise how we keep track of the lists not just the things on them. With our energy going into so many things, we start to feel depleted and drained. Things we want to pay attention to suddenly do not have enough energy to devote to them. This can lead to frustration and confusion; a sense of chaos starts to overwhelm us and we resent where our energy has actually gone. If chaos, lack of energy and resentment about the scattering of our energy and our soul energy is strong enough we can become ill.
The healing energy of Reiki will help us quieten the chaos and help us to decide where and how we will devote our energy. It can bring balance and reinforce our intention to have a balanced and bountiful life that our soul enjoys by bringing to us experiences that are enriching and happy both in the short and long term.
Plan forward by simplifying the way you keep track of your plans, tasks and to do lists. I prefer to use automated tolls such as the calendar on my smart phone, when I create a task or add to a to do list, I enter how and when I want to be notified. That way I do not have to devote my energy to tracking and alerting myself to this or that or plan for the next step of something.
When tasks have been completed, let the day go, let the tasks go, the calendar will automatically delete them, I have done my best to fulfill my lists when I was alerted. To give me clarity and thoughtfulness, I carry with me crystals, White Zebra Jasper always, rose quartz, amethyst, citrine, and others as I feel guided. They will help me through the day and with any tasks, and to do list items I have to deal with.
As the tasks appear and are dealt with I make sure to add any new responsibilities to my calendar as they appear. I do not want to deal with creating a new list when I get home at the end of the day. Remembering what you need to add to a to do list or my calendar, or creating a new to do list when it be done when it comes apparent is itself energy sapping. It creates anxiety and worry that you might forget it, get things in the wrong order, or create a to do list for the wrong thing.
At the end of the day sit quietly and thank yourself for the day and the attention you gave everything not just the things you had on your lists. Thank yourself for being you and tell yourself you love you! You have done and achieved all that you have with love, grace, and strength.
If you are attuned with Reiki, bring your hands together in Gassho and still your mind. Quiet that busy mind, quieten the ego. Concentrate on your energy and your Chakras. Concentrate on clearing and aligning your chakras so you have a powerful and clear flow of energy from your Root Chakra all the way to the Crown Chakra. Bring your intention to a having a good evening and a night’s sleep that fill you with energy and allows you to wake tomorrow fully rested. Do not worry about tomorrow, you cannot change anything because it has not happened yet.
New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made at the start of the year. After all, this what they are called. That is when we set out our expectations and desires for the coming year. When we create these resolutions, they should be more than just wishes or desires.
We need to add intention to each of the wishes, we need to add “how” to achieving our wishes. We cannot swim if we have not first overcome any feelings of fear about getting in the water, having our face covered with the liquid, or learned the mechanics of moving our arms and legs to propel us in the water.
It is OK if there are some resolutions that are just wishes with no how. Not knowing how something will be attained does not make it any less of a of a resolution.
Once we have set our resolutions we need to consider them. Are the goals expressions of loving, enrichment for ourselves and others we acre about? Call on you angels to ask if the resolutions are in tune with your life purpose? Be open to message from your angels that change the goals, change the intentions or show you a new way to achieve your resolution.
If you are attuned to Reiki, use the energy from Reiki to guide you through the process and infuse energy into the resolution.
Having trouble getting started or completing a resolution? Sit quietly and focus on your resolution and Reiki energy. Allow Reiki to give you energy and strengthen your resolve to attain your goals. If you are feeling negative, allow it to change the negative feelings to positive ones.
If the negative feelings persist, use Reiki to look at and uncover any underlying issue that has not been dealt with. I have immensely enjoyed my time as a Scuba diver and as an Instructor passed that joy on to others. But for a long while I allowed others from preventing me form taking courses and get started as a diver. It was when I stopped allowing other people’s fear to control my desires that I took my first courses and was hooked on the diving.
Now! Making resolutions about what we want to do in life should not be confined to the beginning of the year and one set of resolutions. Make them continuously through the year, and if a resolution has not completed, simply let it carry on. Don’t discard it, use Reiki energy to restart the resolution if necessary and include it with all the new goals you have set for yourself.
If you are not attuned to Reiki yet, book a Reiki session to help you.
Then, start studying Reiki and become attuned as a new resolution. Let Reiki help you along your life path purpose and your connection with your angels and guides.
Solar Plexus Chakra Balancing – The Solar Plexus Chakra is third up from the Root chakra.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is third up from the Root chakra.
Element – fire
Seed sound – RANG
Location – just below the rib cage
Sanskrit – Manipura – translation – dwelling place of the jewel
Physical anatomy engaged – Solar plexus, stomach, digestive organs, upper intestines, middle back, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, muscles
All the Chakras are described in our book “Usui Tibetan Reiki Healing Energy Level I Student Manual” available on Amazon in eBook or Paperback at the link below:
This Solar Plexus chakra is where you open to all abundance, prosperity and opportunities. Imagine a beam of yellow light pouring through this chakra when you need to give your confidence a boost. This chakra focuses on who you are, what you can do and how you can do it. Understanding and accepting who you are gives you a strong sense of self and an ability to get things done.
Blocked symptoms are low self-esteem, sluggishness, victim mentality, low energy, chronic fatigue, weak core muscles, slow digestion, poor appetite, problems with pancreas, gall bladder and liver. Confidence will be very shaky. If there is only a small blockage, there may only be insecurity in one specific area. A larger blockage will cause generalized self-esteem problems.
Overloaded symptoms are aggressiveness, arrogance, too much energy, irritability, violence, ambitiousness at the expense of others, an inability to feel empathy, high stress, hypertension, muscle spasms and overuse of painkillers or sedatives.
A Solar Plexus Chakra that is in balance give a person control over their emotions, thoughts and energy they put into them. There is a physical energy, sound digestion, and vitality. Emotionally people with a balanced Solar Plexus chakra trust their instincts, self-esteem. They demonstrate confidence, are independent in thought and actions, intelligent, decisive, productive, and have mental focus and identity.
To promote balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra, include working up a sweat, doing hot yoga, sitting in a sauna or steam room, spending time in the sun, listening to others, slowing down, strengthening muscles in your core.
Meditation and Yoga are excellent ways to use the energy a balanced Solar Plexus Chakra provides.
Poses for balancing this chakra – Tadasana, Virabhadrasana I, Dhanurasana, Surya Namaskar, Navasana.
Use your normal meditation space, dress comfortably and sit on your usual straight-backed chair. If you do not have such a space or chair, this is a good time to prepare and create them.
Use light and scent to create the ideal ambiance for the session. Light candles and place essential oils such as lemongrass, ginger, cinnamon on the candle diffusers.
If you are attuned to Reiki, use this beautiful energy to clear away all dark energies and energies your chakra has accumulated that impair its action.
Concentrate your mind and energies on your Chakra and balance it. Hold the balance in order to understand it, study it so that you know what it feels like.
Understand that balancing the chakra promotes the flow of energy from the Root Chakra to the Crown Chakra through the Solar Plexus. Feel that energy flow through a balanced Solar Plexus Chakra.
Affirm your belief and understanding that you are in control of your existence and are confident and relaxed in the approach to your existence.
Affirm your confidence in yourself, your passions, and your existence. Confidence removes the need for “control,” feel that grip loosen and fall away. Confidence makes you open to new ideas, thoughts and ways of doing things. Welcome the feeling.
Affirm that you attract abundance and prosperity effortlessly.
Sit quietly for a few minutes, revel in the openness of the energy flowing through you.
Mark Ashford is a Registered Teacher and Practitioner
Each morning I start the day with a shower. I love the water running over me, I especially love the temperature of the water at different times of the year, cool in the hot sunny weather, and warmer when it is cold and wintry. I especially love Energetic Cleansing with a Full Moon and Reiki Energy.
After breakfast and before I dress to go out, I sit quietly and meditate mindfully for a few minutes. I slow and close off my busy mind that is planning inextricably for the day ahead, stirring emotions and thoughts about things that may never happen. Planning for all kinds of eventualities that also may never happen.
I never doubt that during the day I will silently accumulate unwanted, and perhaps dark energies from people and places I spend time in. If I allow them, those unwanted and dark energies will affect my lifestyle.
So, I ask Archangel Michael to be present and to use his sword to cut any energy cords attached to me and to fill me with his bright white light and surround me with his protective shield.
Then, I am ready to get dressed and get out into the world.
When I come home. I shower again, it is symbolic of washing away the dirt and grime of the day. Yes, office work can be grimy. Grime can be emotional if you are in a place that is unhappy.
Just as I never doubted I would collect unwanted and dark energies from people and places I encounter during the day. I now sit quietly, meditating mindfully. Casting off those energies but also clearing out my mind. The evening is my own, I am not prepared to allow my busy ego mind to side track the enjoyment of the time with people I care about and doing what I enjoy doing.
I ask Archangel Michael to be present and to use his sword to cut any energy cords attached to me and to fill me with his bright white light and surround me with his protective shield. I am determined nothing will be attached to me and sap the emotional energy of my soul.
iCal on my computer is linked to a calendar of phases of the moon. My computer also runs an app with more detailed information about the moon, its phases, and position of the planets and the astrological signs.
As the planets, the Earth and the Moon move around the sky, they influence our souls and energy levels. If you are attuned to Reiki, the sense of energetic change they bring will be surprising at first but familiar as many more full moon cycles repeat.
The combination of daily spiritual clearing and cleansing in the morning an evening is magnified at the full moon. Not only is the cleansing amplified, shifting our consciousness in order to elevate our frequency bodes well for us if we focus on manifesting a better future for ourselves. This is a conscious decision to use the abundant full moon energy to bring peace, love, and joy to our lives and attain our goals and manifest my dreams.
Use your Reiki sensitivity to channel the full moon energies with awareness and mindfulness.
Each night, before I go to sleep I ask my Archangels to clean and align my Chakras. But at the full moon, when Archangel Michael has cut and destroyed the energy cords that have attached themselves top me during the day, I ask for him to remain, stand guard, and cleanse the space I am in while I work with Reiki energy amplified by the full moon.
If I can be outside and the weather is suitable, I stand with bare feet on the grass. In this way I can connect with Mother Earth which grounds me, the connection stabilizes me as I connect more powerfully with limitless Reiki energy.
In the summer months it is sunny until a lot later and the brightness is greater than the reflected light of the moon. Visualize the full moon, as you ask for your guides and angels to be present as you think about the cleansing rays of light passing over and through your Chakras, your Aura, and through the Reiki energy you are channeling.
This cleansing adds to what you completed earlier.
Take a moment to once more mindfully meditate on the energy and cleansing that is and has taken place. At this moment is not just about your breathing that is helping you to meditate, it is all the cells, and tissues in your body.
At the end of the session, thank your guides and angels for being present. Walk around, you are still grounded but not rooted to any one spot.
Finally, Thank Archangel Michael for standing guard over the session and get ready to settle down and take it easy, if you can prepare and go directly to bed, that is even better. Do so, knowing you have severed all energy cords and used the power of a Full Moon for a deeper and more powerful energetic clearing.
Mark Ashford is a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner
Reiki Attunement, at any level increase our sensitivity and connection an energy of a higher vibration. Reiki energy is pure, healing, and increase our sensitivity to all living things around us.
The Covid-19 pandemic has increased our collective worry and anguish about our lives, politics, the environment, and our families. Without a vaccine, or other medical healing available, the risk of contracting the virus is very serious.
Out of all of this, we need to see how we can forge new beginnings, and that in itself is stressful.
To create new beginnings requires change, in who we are and what we are doing. We must change how we recognise and work with others, who themselves, are in the process of changing. Change never creates comfort, there is always a certain level of discomfort, because discomfort is what makes us move forward.
Feelings of discomfort and anxiety, within yourself, or the outside world can be reduced if you have a Reiki practitioner who is able to provide Reiki distance healing, and self-healing for accidents and things that happen in your life. The benefits of distance healing will help reduce anxiety and stress.
Positivity in the face of anxiety and stress can help reduce your inner unease. Send out these thoughts and feelings to those around you, even pets. They pick up on the stress and worry of us humans. They need some comfort and feelings of positivity. Ask your angels and guides for help in relieving you of what worries you.
Talk to and with your Reiki practitioner to understand how you can send your feeling of happiness and balance out to the greater world.
Learn to be more Mindful and in the moment. Reduce the ability of your busy mind to take over and churn about things you cannot change.
Learn to meditate, even if only for a few minutes, that is long enough for you to start feeling the benefit of detaching and being more in the moment. Combine your meditation with Mindfulness to get the most benefit.
Then, practice both so that your meditation time is longer and more mindful.
Check out our eBook and paperback book on Mindfulness
Repeat your attention to Reiki and its Five Principals daily and meditate on them to bring their values into focus.
Go out into nature each day of you can. Even if you cannot spend a lot of time in nature, recognize the animals and the growing and living things around you when you are able to.
I prefer to be out by water, trees and places where animals and insects can live without the hand of man being noticeable. Nature is an energy source and recharges and nourishes your soul.
Use Reiki self-healing to create moments of calm and peace of mind.
Create a sanctuary – This is a place where you can disconnect from social media, the news, and the barrage of the busy world. It is a place where you can be at one with yourself. If you are able to meditate do so, if you are able to be mindful and, in the moment, use the space and the time to practice more deeply.
When someone does something nice for you, even if you don’t know them. Say thank you. Gratitude is often returned, if not immediately, it can be found the next time you encounter that person.
Don’t forget that you make a difference in other people’s lives. Don’t think you do not. Many small changes by you help make larger changes for all around you. Be an inspiration by focusing on the positives.
Repeat the Reiki Principles – channel your energy into understanding each of them and how they affect your everyday life. Stay focused on them with heart felt appreciation and give yourself permission to be as happy as you can be.
Mark Ashford is Reiki Registered Teacher and practitioner under CRA.