Making Life too Difficult

Making Life too Difficult

Life is not supposed to be easy. There are good times when life seems to flow and all is milk and honey as what we think and ask for is manifested seemingly right away. Then there are the times when life is hard and difficult, what we want does not appear, or if it does, in a way we see as inadequate. At least to our ego centric mind tells us it is inadequate.

Then there are times of sadness when something we loved and never imaged could leave us actually does. It could be a pet passing away, it could be relationship, a friendship, a favourite location that losses its magic and we cannot see any reason for going back.

Life is not supposed to be easy. Sometimes everything seems to be going well, but our ego centric mind continues to drive us to achieve. Achieve endlessly and not appreciate what we have actually managed to bring into this world.

I just watched a landscape photographer, achieve his goal of climbing the last of a set of fells in the Lake District of Yorkshire, England. The burst of emotion at the achievement was dramatic and enjoyable to watch. Yet it signified and ending. Goal achieved; adventure ended. What next? What to plan for, what to enjoy, what to strive for.

BTW, a fell (from Old Norse fell, fjall, “mountain”) is a high and barren landscape feature, such as a mountain or moor-covered hill. The term is most often employed in Norway.[1]

Sometimes what gives us enjoyment is not something we have striven for, fought for, or planned for. Yesterday, it rained all day. A good day to let nature wash my truck. It also kept me inside. So today, going to may favourite park was something to look forward to.

After a long period of great heat and dust, all that was growing looked bright and vibrant. It had been washed clean and the ground had been soaked. The plants were sucking up the water and growing tall and full again. Like the plants we need time to let our soul, our spirt, be washed clean by the universal energy that is all around us. Spending time to relax and let the energy clean our mind and our thoughts is something we need.

Reiki is a great benefactor and motivator for cleansing. Reiki can still the ego mind that drives and seeks endlessly, replacing the ego with a vision of the energy that is all round us. It creates a gateway for that energy to enter us and refresh us.

If you can get out in nature, even if it is a small window box outside our window. Spend some time appreciating what is growing there. Whether you planted it or not, look at it as a gift. Take in the greenness of life, green is mostly a very restful colour, unless it is neon green clothing or a car!

Spend some time listening to the animals and if you can include water in the form of a lake or river, all the better.

As you sit quietly contemplating all this energy around you, draw the Reiki Power symbol on the palm of each hand. Do it slowly and let your eyes follow the shape of the symbol. In your mind, or, out load, depending on where you are of course, say the name of the symbol. Draw the symbol three times on each hand. Say the name of the symbol as you draw it, Chokurey! 

As you end the session, allow yourself to recognize the relaxation you have gained, and a new intent to allow life to be easier for you and not allow yourself to make life so difficult, not so much of a struggle.

Bibliography

Wikipedia. “<Fell – Wikipedia.Pdf>.”


[1] Wikipedia, “<Fell – Wikipedia.Pdf>.”

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Dawn Chorus 2

In spring, the Dawn Chorus is the most prevalent sound before the sun rises. Sun’s rise is the time of say we all look forward to. The shaman will cast his or her eyes to the colour of the sunrise. For the birds, in temperate countries this is most noticeable in spring when the birds are defending a breeding territory, trying to attract a mate, or calling in the flock. In a location, it is common for different species to do their dawn singing at different times. In a study of the Ecuadorian forest, it was determined that birds perching higher in the trees and birds with larger eyes tend to pipe up first. These correlations may be caused by the fact that both would also correlate with the amount of light perceived by the bird.[1]

It is now summer. The first Day of summer is past and so is the Summer Solstice.

The Dawn Chorus is no longer so noisy and filled with energy.

Energy has to go elsewhere. Birds are nesting and bringing little bundles of joy, the next generation out from the shells that have protected them as they grew and developed inside.

So, it is with us. Summer is a time for us to enjoy as well as grow and develop. If we have young children, it is a time for them to get out and see nature, feel, and enjoy it as we teach them about what it is and what it means. It is a time when thy learn they are part of nature as well.

If we are older and the children are no longer at home. Now is the time for us to spiritually grow and develop. If we have a garden where we can grow flowers, vegetables and other things, it is a good learning experience. What grows, where and how well. It may also be a surprise.

I know someone who bought a house and had no idea what the previous owners had planted. As spring turned to summer, they were pleasantly surprised at what was blossoming and growing.

Now is the time for you to grow and blossom.

Still your mind. Be quiet and at peace. Be close to nature, in the backyard, or for me by a lake. Sit still and relax. This is not meditation; it is a form of meditation. As the sun comes up, feel the change in the air, it is summer so the air should eb warm, but it will get warmer now as the sun comes up.

As the energy in the sky and air increases, listen to the birds and animals as they go about their business. When it was spring, the dawn chorus was all about finding a mate. Now it is about feeding the young and protecting them. 

The same is true of you, if not young children, you have ideas, dreams, wishes, they need protecting and helping to grow. 

Focus on your hopes, dreams, desires. Visualize them coming to reality and being bountiful and abundant in this wonderful summer. Look for Reiki Symbols that are relevant to you, your time and place. Trace the symbol [s] with your finger and “learn” the symbol and all its intricacies. Allow the energy that is the symbol to flow and merge into you.

Ask that Reiki flow through you and clear out any negativity from previous days… from previous lives that may remain in you. This is an ask from you to the universal Reiki energy.

Now is the time to engage the Reiki Power Symbol. Think about it, trace it in your mind, draw it in the palm of one hand with a finger of your other hand. Speak its name…

Chokurey pronounced “Cho-koo-ray” is used to increase power.  

The symbol means “current” and the symbol and its related words make a statement to the universe “Put the Power Here”.

The translation for Chokurey means “command to the universal life energy”. The symbol draws energy around you and brings it to focus where you want it. The symbols should be made quite large with your palm over the recipient and then repeat silently the word ‘Chokurey’ three times. You can repeat the command while making the symbol or after you have completed it.  

Chokurey is a curving sword, which makes space by penetrating nothingness and filling it with spirit or power. It is the great accelerator which directs and focuses power wherever used, repeating the work Chokurey increases the power. 

Always draw the symbol once and say the name three times. The Power Symbol is the only symbol that can be used by itself and it is the activator of the other symbols. It opens up, brings in and seals the light. Draw it on the palms of both hands and the client before you start a treatment. When the treatment is complete draw it over the client to seal in the light. 

The left-hand spin activates the immune system and creates space, which allows the light/energy to enter, with it you can send light to a person, thing or situation.

 Energized and cleansed by Reiki energy and by all that is in nature as it starts its day!


Bibliography

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawn_chorus_(birds). “Dawn Chorus Birds.”


Go, breathe deeply and let Reiki flow with your breathing.

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Dawn Chorus

In spring, the Dawn Chorus is the most prevalent sound before the sun rises. Sun’s rise is the time of say we all look forward to. The shaman will cast his or her eyes to the colour of the sunrise. For the birds, in temperate countries this is most noticeable in spring when the birds are either defending a breeding territory, trying to attract a mate, or calling in the flock. In a given location, it is common for different species to do their dawn singing at different times. In a study of the Ecuadorian forest, it was determined that birds perching higher in the trees and birds with larger eyes tend to pipe up first. These correlations may be caused by the fact that both would also correlate with the amount of light perceived by the bird.[1]

As sun rise gets earlier and earlier in the morning, the chorus gets earlier and earlier. In July in the northern hemisphere where I am, getting up before 4am is a requirement.

Just as the birds can sense the increasing level of light brought by the sun, so do other animals. My cat always wants to be fed just before sunrise, another requirement of being a pet father.

We all need our sleep. We all need our rest. Time for our body to cleanse from the previous day and for our busy ego mind to have a time to stop thinking and worrying about things we cannot control. It is also the time for our soul, our spirit to wash away the feelings, burdens, hurts and laughter of the previous day and where it is beneficial, weave it in to our being for the next.

Have you ever gone to a movie or a show and come out feeling uplifted, happy, relaxed, somehow, emotionally satisfied? Those feelings, the images we saw or the songs we heard will be part of us. For a lot longer than we expect, they will have a role to play as we move through each day.

The dawn chorus is a call to action. It is time to open up to what the light of the new day will bring. The Shaman guided everyone to look forward at the Winter Solstice. From that special day in winter, the days start to get longer, and warmer. The Dawn Chorus is part of that change as it gets earlier and earlier in the morning.

Now is the time to get up and open a window so you can hear the chorus, if you can go outside, all the better. 

Sit quietly. Still your mind.

This is not a meditation in the strictest sense. You are there to feel the change in the air as it starts to warm. You are there to experience the increasing level of light, and of course, the dawn chorus of bird song.

Let all of this activity pass over you and through you. It will be like a washing of the soul. The birds do not know about bank accounts, debt, mortgages or a new car, or a car that needs repairs. They trust that the day ahead will be bountiful and happy, that what the world brings will be good for them.

If you have a book of Reiki Symbols, turn to the picture of one that seems most relevant and place your hand over it and close your eyes. Think of the symbol under your hand and allow the symbol to flow energy into you through your hand.

Think of more Reiki symbols that have meaning to you. If you are attuned allow Reiki, let its energy flow into you through your hand, both hands.

Ask that Reiki flow through you and clear our any negativity from previous days… from previous lives that may remain in you. This is an ask from you to the universal Reiki energy.

As the Dawn Chorus draws to a close, let the Reiki energy change and flow differently through you. It will be at a different level, with a different frequency as you start to get moving, you never really turn off from Reiki Energy, it is always there to help you and guide you, if you ask for it.

Now is the time to engage the Reiki Power Symbol, think about it, trace it in your mind, draw it in the palm of one hand with a finger of your other hand. Speak its name…

Chokurey pronounced “Cho-koo-ray” is used to increase power.  

The symbol means “current” and the symbol and its related words make a statement to the universe:  “Put the Power Here”.

The translation for Chokurey means “command to the universal life energy”.  The symbol draws energy around you and brings it to focus where you want it. The symbols should be made quite large with your palm over the recipient and then repeat silently the word ‘Chokurey’ three times. You can repeat the command while making the symbol or after you have completed it.  

Chokurey is a curving sword, which makes space by penetrating nothingness and filling it with spirit or power. It is the great accelerator which directs and focuses power wherever used, repeating the work Chokurey increases the power. 

Always draw the symbol once and say the name three times. The Power Symbol is the only symbol that can be used by itself and it is the activator of the other symbols. It opens up, brings in and seals the light. Draw it on the palms of both hands and the client before you start a treatment. When the treatment is complete draw it over the client to seal in the light. 

The left-hand spin activates the immune system and creates space, which allows the light/energy to enter, with it you can send light to a person, thing or situation.

Now at the end of the Dawn Chorus as the birds fall silent is the time for you to get up and star your day. Energized and cleansed by Reiki energy and by all that is in nature as it starts its day!

Bibliography

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawn_chorus_(birds). “Dawn Chorus Birds.”


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawn_chorus_(birds), “Dawn Chorus Birds.”

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Breathing In, Breathing Out

Breathing is something we take for granted, just as we take for granted the beating of our heart and the internal workings of the body that digest food and the movement of nutrition and energy through ourselves.

While we are used to the obligations of putting gas in a car, we seemingly ignore the wonder of a biological body that helps us move and create, it supports our brain and our ability to procreate, the highest, and most complex of biological actions. That the body can do so much without consuming anything from our thinking self is nothing short of miraculous.

Next to water and food, breathing is as essential as the beating of our hearts and it is elevated to the autonomic system, that most essential of all internal processes.

Breathing is also something that connects us to our higher self. Breathing, how we do it and how we become in tune with it is evident during Reiki sessions and yoga. Managing and being sensitive to what to what our body is doing is intriguing.

Breath is at that point where ephemeral air is brought into our body, and an equally transient substance is expelled. Until recently it was not understood how and what the body was doing when it breathed in and out. 

Now we understand that the lungs are the point where the inhaled air is separated into oxygen the body needs to exist and is passed into the blood. The lungs fill with the burnt and exhausted gasses from our blood, it then exhales these as we breathe out.

Because we feel pressure on our diaphragm, that muscle that pumps the longs like they were a set of bellows, and we feel our chest expand and contract, monitoring our breathing during meditation or a Reiki session became something we can work with and study.

Meditation is an exercise that helps us understand and practice mindfulness and being in the present and not where the busy mind wants to take us. The most common tool in meditation and mindfulness is concentration on breathing. It is the simple tool that comes with our physical human state. Breathing in and out is a basic autonomic function, it happens regardless and does not require any attention to preform it. It has a physical affect we can experience, the rising and falling of our chest cavity or, if we are wearing tight clothing, the expansion of our chest against the clothing and the feeling of constraint and resistance.

Concentrating on your breathing is a way of directing your mind away from the seemingly never-ending churning of the ego and the ever-thinking mind. 

I set aside five or ten minutes several times a day to do this, especially at the start of the day, just before I get dressed to go out. When I arrive home, and at lunch time. These times are also my quiet times when I just shut out the world. I sit in a straight back chair and close my eyes and concentrate. 

Another good time to concentrate on breathing is just after getting into bed and before falling asleep. But, if you fall asleep, that is great! Allow it to happen! You will get a much more restful sleep and you will exclude all the worries and feelings that often prevent you from falling sleep easily.

I use a sleep tracking app on my iPhone, when I have been deeply concentrating on breathing and fall asleep as a result, the app always tells me my sleep has been of very high quality.

In the morning and when I come home, I eliminate visual distractions by closing my eyes. But I have also learned that I can achieve the same state of mindfulness and mental awareness by being fully aware and observant of what is going on around me, but I do not engage with it. I am not judgmental of what I see. In order to make a judgement, you have to be able to form an opinion on what you are seeing and have a set of rules to apply to what is in front of you. That engages the logical mind, which is not what you want.

For a while I had the pleasure of eating lunch in a small coffee shop in a large mall. The atrium faced south so it was always bright and sunny. The space in front of the coffee shop was always a hive of activity. But while I observed, I did not engage, it was as if the people moving in front of me, we characters in a play, they made their entrance, played their part, and then exited from the stage. I did not engage with them or the scene. This was my way of practicing how I regard external events, and how I practice my understanding of the interplay between Internal and External events, a most relaxing way to have lunch!

Once we are aware of it, and have practiced observing our breathing, we can graduate to being able to better control of breathing. Breath in through one nostril and out through the other. This takes practice, but like any skill, what we practice becomes natural to us and easier until we do it without thinking.

Mindfulness teaches us a skill. It gives s the skill of paying attention to the NOW by noticing when your mind wanders off. We can better listen, feel and understand your breathing, breath by breath. Breathing is part of our body, an essential part, it is automimic and happens without us thinking about it. It’s a place where we can rest and settle our minds.

Sit quietly as if in mediation… As you listen and understand your breathing, let the Reiki symbols you are attuned to float through your mind and remove any confusing, ego-based thoughts. As air flows into your body, allow the symbols you see in your mind to enter your body with the air. Feel the reiki energy in your Chakras, feel it in the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet.

Let the Reiki symbols cleanse and feed your body as does the movement of air. Let them pass out of your body with the exhaled air, taking with them the thoughts and feelings that no longer serve you. Let the symbols take the feelings and emotions that have blocked you from moving forward in your life.

In this way, breathing, something essential for your life, together with your knowledge of Reiki are combined and working to heal and strengthen you. With practice, this will become natural and easy to combine the autonomic function with Reiki.

Go, breathe deeply and let Reiki flow with your breathing.

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Unhealthy Relationships

The word relationship can mean a connection by blood or marriage, the latter is the usually understood reference. Relationships can be deep and intense; they can be short-lived or last a lifetime. Relationships may be friendships. Relationships do not have to be deep, sexual, or defined by being or doing things together regularly. We all, well most of us, have someone in our lives that we may not see for months or years and yet when we connect again, we can pick up where we left off with no explanation. 

The people I your life, the relationships they represent, should be supportive, pleasing and encouraging. They are there to help, not hurt you. The challenges a relationship brings should expand and help you grow in your appreciation for, and connection to, others.

But there is always the question that needs to be asked, is whether a relationship is good for you, and Reiki can help you answer this.

If you are attuned to Reiki. Take a quiet moment to sit quietly. If you are in nature, that is the best of all, away from people and in contact with birds, animals and all growing things. Special to nature are the nature angels that work with the environment to help everything grow.

Once you are quiet, spend a moment to welcome and feel the sun on your face and the breeze blowing. Think of the Reiki symbols you know, especially the power symbol that adds energy to your intentions. Now, think about your relationships. Friends, lovers, caregivers, people you know and interact with regularly. Ask yourself the question, “Is this person good for me?” and be honest about your answer. It may come quickly sometimes, slowly in others, and with others you may just be comfortable, accommodating. By that I mean there is nothing received or gained from the relationship, but there is nothing draining your energy either. 

When you ask this question of yourself, the obvious negative relationships standout, but you may also encounter the relationships that are not active any longer. Do not see the person; have no contact with them and no desire to do so, but you have not given up and moved on from them. Look at old emails and letters. Old pictures come to your mind and the days and conditions when they drained your energies. They were critical, not encouraging. Hurt you with comments that made you unhappy with your efforts to complete something. 

A bright sunny day might not be just that you still. It may be a remembrance of a sunny day when you went out with that person. Now is the time, with Reiki energy, to move on from the memories of that relationship. Focus on the relationship you prefer, what you want in a partner.

When you think about what you want, give yourself space for the feeling to grow. Think of the Reiki Power symbol and ask for energy to make the perfect happen.

Concentrate your thoughts on the flow of emotions about this new, perfect relationship you want in your life. If you are so wounded by a past relationship that they release you, let yourself feel your way through feelings that accompany the new relationship you want to manifest. Notice if you are a follower or a leader in the relationship. Are you comfortable with the role you are playing? Do you feel appreciated and valued in this relationship?

Let Reiki bring to you the feeling of activities and adventure. What are you doing? Why are you doing what you are doing? Are you appreciated your participation, appreciated by yourself and by who you are taking part with? 

Sometimes we devote time, energy, and maybe money to things we are barely enjoying to be with someone we think we should be with. It is alright for two people to do things separately but they need to express this to each other so that one does not feel the other is shutting them out.

Use Reiki to energize the good relationships in your life and send energy to the relationship you wish to manifest in your life.

Bring the session to a close and end it with a few moments concentrating on the Reiki power symbol. Slowly come out of your thoughts and rejoin the world of nature around you in the present moment, in the NOW.

Next, take a note book and write your feelings write your reactions. Some will be simple sentences recording what took place and your reactions. Take special note of the relationships that need to end, and those that have ended but you have yet to let go of. Add extra note son, how and when you will truly release these from your life.

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We are what we Eat

We are what we eat is a familiar saying. Very often it is used in connection how a person appears and their diet. It sounds obvious to say that to a person who is overweight and eats a lot of fattening foods is a reflection of that lifestyle. Or, to a person who is trim and lean and has a healthy diet.

Food is a vital requirement of the physical body. In the simplest sense, our body is a physical, biological, machine, it requires, air to support combustion, food as fuel to be broken down into all manner of chemicals useful to our bodies. Water to help move things through our digestion system, and support our blood, which is 90% water, deliver nutrients to the muscles and tissues. 

Food supports us, but not all of it brings good things for us. Cookies and ice cream are much more fin when we layer some ice cream on to one and then sandwich the ice cream with a second cookie on top. But does a layering of vegetables, one o top of the other doesn’t seem quite so inviting.

There was a time when I used to “eat healthy” because I wanted to be slim, strong and athletic. I did this partly for myself, so that I felt good and could participate in all the exercise events I was attracted to, and because I felt, that as a Spinning instructor, I should look the part.

One of the secrets to my desire to be slim, strong, and fit was that I didn’t want to carry a lot of weight around as I exercised. It seemed such a waste of effort so if I restricted my diet only to the “healthy” foods and ate nutritiously, to meet that picture of the image I had of myself.

But then things get repetitious. There seems to be little variety in our lives. I was eating the same thing for breakfast over and over again, for months at a time because of the “rightness” of the food to meet the goals I had set for myself. When I went out with friends for a meal, I scanned not though the menu items I wanted to have, but what I felt I should eat to maintain my fitness and shape goals.

I am a guy so you may laugh at the last paragraph if you are a woman, because we all hear a lot about women saying they eat for the shape they feel they are expected to have and not for what they want.

The essence of comfort food when I was growing up was to have something my mother had baked. I knew that I could have a piece of chocolate, but handmade, at home was the best! That was where comfort food was meant to be eaten. Of course, as I grew up and eventually eft home, there was no home-made comfort food anymore. I discovered ice cream; premium ice cream was a good substitute. It was a way to think back to home and my mother’s knowledge and ability in the making of desert pies. Ice cream was a way to bring back those memories because her pies were always better with a scoop, or two, of ice cream.

Some foods became a way to recall the past, to live the look and taste of certain foods. When I shop in the freezer section and look at the ice cream those memories come flooding back, those desires and feelings about the past. You can have a little of everything you desire food wise, but you will enjoy it more if it is in moderation. Don’t dwell in the past, trying to relive the tastes and experiences of times gone by, with people that are no longer with us.

Reiki offers a connection, a worry-free connection to our inner selves, the past as well as help prepare us for the future. 

Take some time each day to practice Reiki. Sit still and quiet. Away from the rushing of life, and call on your Reiki guides to calm you and bring peace to you. Be patient. Depending on how intense your busy mind is, it may take longer some days than others. Allow the stillness and quiet to work through your body. As you become at peace with yourself, let your mind dwell where it wants to. 

If you have been looking in the freezer section at the ice cream and remembering the scoops piled onto a slice of freshly baked desert pie, let your presence remember that and all the other things that went with that pie. Those pies that came out of a kitchen from a mother who believed in cooking with what is in season. Strawberries, my favourite, were not in season in December. They were in season in the summer and with them, hot summer days and activities outdoors.

Draw the Reiki symbols you are most closely attached to over the object you are thinking about. If it is a desert pie with ice cream, that is fine. But allow your thoughts to encompass all that object comes with. The outdoor activities, in the sun, with nature growing and abundant, all at the same time.

Now as the image of the things you have been thinking of fade back into your memories, allow reiki to come to the fore. It was a part of your life them, but you did not know it. Now you know it is a part of your life today, bring the symbols to the front of your thoughts.

With Reiki there is a spiritual quality as well as a mental and intellectual side. Let it guide you to what you need to learn and practice next. Do you need a reiki session with a Reiki teacher, do you need a new book about some new aspect of Reiki? Do you need a new book to delve deeper into the meaning of something? Do you need to practice something you read about? 

Then, ask Reiki to help you understand and experience what you have already learned. Practice makes perfect they say, but it also makes things more meaningful. Now is the time, use your energies to understand and enjoy the meaning of what you have learned. Learn how to build it into your life, your everyday life. Let it be different and evolve as you move forward. Let it help you look back, not just on the desert pies and ice cream but also where you have been and where you are now in your practice of Reiki and understanding the gifts it brings to you, very day. 

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New Moon Manifestation

A New Moon is about energy, new things, and new starts. Power and new beginnings speak to the manifestation of an event, action, or object. A new moon is a special event; even if you cannot see it, it will be retroceded in your calendar. Usually, there is a new moon each calendar month; however, because our Gregorian calendar and the astronomical events are not entirely aligned, some calendar months may have more than one Moon.

All these new moons are opportunities. Opportunities to connect with ourselves and spend time thinking about how we want to partner with the New Moon’s energy. In doing so, we engage with not just ourselves but also our higher being. 

If you have a garden, or open space near you, carrying out the ceremony of partnering with the New Moon energy is best down outside, especially if you have a clear vision of the night sky, which itself is magical.

To conduct the ceremony inside, clear some space!

You do not need a lot of space, but the clutter of your life should not be around. That clutter is disorganized remnants of your past life; yes, they represent what is left off or did not manifest last week, last month, last year.

Moonstone, funnily enough, is the gemstone that represents the Moon. It means new beginnings; it also speaks to inner strength and growth. If you can, buy one, cleanse it of other spirits that have handled it in the smoke of a White Sage smudging bundle and keep it to use in your New Moon ritual.

After clearing the space physically, light a smudging bundle or stick of White Sage and use the smoke to remove the area spiritually. Add to the smudging smoke by drawing Reiki symbols with it if you are attuned.

Some people will light a candle in this space, but turning down the room lights if you can be just fine.

Sit quietly and clear your mind; stop that busy, egoic mind that is constantly combating your inner peace. Think of all the Reiki symbols you are attuned to and what they represent. If you have a pen and paper, draw them out and put not labels but their attributes next to them. Consider them and concentrate on them.

Now change the focus of your mind to what it is you wish to manifest. Start with yourself—your body, your mind, people and pets that are close to you. Think of health. You can think of continuing good health, or you can think of what it is you wish to heal. Let your mind have free reign in this space and time.

Think of what you want to manifest in terms of what you want to change rather than specific objectives—for example, a broken ankle. You may have been told by a doctor how long it will take to heal, what it means for your future mobility etc. 

For manifestation, think of removing pain, knitting together tendons and sines that the break has damaged. Bone’s break, but it is the strength they give you to be mobile and enjoy life. It is essential to think of what you have enjoyed that previously solid bone[s] gave you.

If you have pen and paper, write out these feelings and desires. It is an affirmation you are setting out Infront of you. 

This is a positive action, a positive affirmation. 

There is nothing negative to write, nothing negative to think about or affirm. Thinking of what is lacking, restrictions to mobility you may have been told you will face after the healing has ended sets up barriers and creates negativity within you, and that starts to manifest in what you think you can do. If you feel you cannot do something, it will be more complicated than you think when you try. If you try at all, instead think about what you will be able to do when you succeed.

Draw Reiki symbols in the margin of the paper you are writing on. Draw them at the top of what you are writing and at the end.

Clear the moonstone and lay it on the paper. Let the energy of the stone impart itself in your writing and the intentions you have written there.

Draw Reiki symbols in the air the moonstone.

Roll the paper up and put it away. That roll is your message to the universe to be carried and infused with the energy of the New Moon.

Take a few moments to sit quietly and thank all your angels and guides that help you through life. Sit and prepare with them for the month ahead, the month the New Moon will shine down on.

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This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual

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A Healthy Mindset… in Difficult Times

2020 and now 2021 have been difficult years for all of us but in different ways.

The pandemic has kept us inside and away from people and places we used to go to regularly. Even if it’s only the gym or a favourite breakfast restaurant, we have lost our freedom to move and do what we want. Inevitably, this causes stress, but in the end, it is our health and the people at home who live with us that need protecting the most.

And yet, there are other years and times in our lives when we have encountered similar disruptive years. There are those years when we have carried the burden of family illnesses and loss of loved ones after long battles with terminal cancer, degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease, or just old age. As painful as these things are to see, they represent just a part of our daily lives.

So, when our lives as a whole are disrupted, can we stay on an even keel? 

The first is to recognize how you feel about what is happening. Difficult times generate difficult emotions and feelings. Do not try to hide them or hide from the senses. Recognize the feelings and how you feel about the feelings that have manifested. Being frustrated and then being frustrated at how you think that way will not benefit you, but you need to understand the two different feelings and why they are there.

Give yourself a break from how you feel. You may not know anyone who feels the same as you but understand you are part of the human condition, as is everyone else, and there will be others like you, handling the same way and perhaps for the same reasons. So, be gentle with yourself and do not let things build up to a point where you cannot tolerate the compounding feelings. By being soft on yourself, you diffuse the negative energy in the feelings you have.

Exercise is good for the body; we all know that. Physical movement, gentle or intense, helps move muscles and blood and sends signals to the brain that reduce anxiety and focus your mind on something repetitive and familiar. Walking is a basic human form of locomotion and a way to get from one place to another. Running is walking speeded up. Working in the garden is not just exercise but being out in nature. Connecting with nature, helping plants grow that bees can pollinate or take nectar from. 

What you do not want to do is become overly competitive in your exercise. Competitiveness is a form of stress, maybe a good one for some, but it can be destructive if they do not have the ability or capability to better themselves on successive days.

If you have loved ones around you, pets count as loved ones. Make sure you spend time with them, listen to them, watch their body language, and become more familiar with them and their feelings and concerns. You will benefit from the more profound knowledge and benefit from expressing themselves and know they are being listened to.

While you are listening to and learning about your loved ones, now is also the time to spend time alone, intentionally to learn about self, your hopes and dreams, your goals and past things in your life that have deep meaning for you. Examine them, and understand why. You may say that the pandemic is forcing you to be by yourself but consider this. What I am saying is purposeful and intentional, and it is voluntary, an excellent voluntary. It is for you and is not imposed on you.

Lastly, if you have a connection to a Reiki professional, ask for a remote or distance Reiki session for yourself. Reiki does not have to be done in person; the remote session is valuable or sometimes more valuable because it happens at home in your space. There are no physical distractions of another person.

Be well, stay safe. Above all, look at this time as a new way to live, interact and be yourself. Use this time to love yourself free from the distractions of having to be somewhere, with someone or for someone other than you.

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This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual

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Keeping your Happiness

Every day we have something to be happy for. We are alive, and our partners, our friends and our pets are alive. We may also get a seat on the bus or the train; we have food and water, we discover a new coffee shop, or the car comes back from the mechanic, and there is less cost than we thought as not so much had to be repaired.

There is all manner of things to be grateful for. 

We need to reinforce the success of things we are grateful for, and to do that; the best thing is to write them down. There is a connection between the physical act of writing and the intention and thoughts that drive our hand to form the letters that make the words and give birth to our ideas on a piece of paper.

The piece of paper should not have a date or time on it. It is not essential when the events you are recording that made you happy occurred. It is that they did, and you are recording it.

Some people will cut the piece of paper into strips or small sections and store them in a shoebox or a jar—something that can be looked at or into. Looking in the shoebox or the jar and taking out a piece of paper and reading it, looking again at the happiness described on it reinforces both the joy expressed on the piece of paper and the gratitude for the happy events you recorded.

When do you take out a pen and paper to record happy events and the gratitude you feel? Well, it can be anywhere, anytime. You don’t; even have to write it on paper when it first happened. Let’s say you receive a promotion or some form of recognition. You can take out your smartphone, open the Note Taking app, and record your feelings of happiness and gratitude. Later, when you get home, you can write that note out on a piece of paper and put the paper in the shoebox or jar.

Infuse the happiness and gratitude stored in eth shoebox or jar with Reiki. Reiki energy will not only recognize the joy and gratitude in your thoughts when you wrote on your piece of paper. It will help you manifest the happier events to record on pieces of paper and will help you manifest good things to manifest. It will help you recognize and be grateful for what you have, not what you think you need. Because when you manifest good things in your life, change takes place.

That change is within you, it is within your life, and an abundance of good things has a positive impact on you and takes your thoughts away from negative thoughts and unhappiness. 

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This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual

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If You Allow something to continue, it will!

By something, I mean internal anger. Anger within yourself at what you have done or not done or what you have allowed to continue. Continue and anger are the key words here.

Even if a relationship is doing you no god and you end it, or allow it to end. There can be anger within yourself at why you allowed it to continue for so long.

I look back at times when I have decided I will move on from a place, people or things but am left angry at myself and memories of the situation. That anger can last a lifetime, if you will let it. The fact is, when things do not go well, or according to plan, as if often the case, we can still be angry at ourselves for letting it happen in the first place.

Reiki can be a great healer if you will let it. It can help to lighten your spirits and put the things that are bugging you into perspective and eventually to rest. Reiki lets you see the real truth and what you have learned from it but not recognised.

If you are attuned to Reiki, by all means preform self-Reiki for this, it is important to allow the session or sessions proceed as you are guided to. There is no format except to:

  • Give yourself the quiet time necessary to allow Reiki to flow within yourself. This can be in the morning or the evening.
  • I find it best to allow Reiki to heal all that needs to be healed. If I have a physical problem, such as a bad back or a sore ankle include this in the self-Reiki session and ask for the physical to be healed along with the emotional. 
  • Reiki is intelligent energy and will go where it is needed and heal what is ailing you
  • Be patient. Emotional issues may take longer to heal than that sore ankle. Emotional issues can be caught up with the egoic mind, that never ending trouble maker that likes to dwell on problems and churn them over and over again.
  • The cause of your anger may not be immediately apparent. You just seem to be angry at everything and everyone. Et Reiki draw it out so you can see t and work on it. You cannot work on healing something that you do not know is the cause.

One of the most important things in working with your emotional anger is to allow Reiki to take its course. It may not heal your anger immediately; it may take several self-healing sessions. Each session becoming progressively different as differing aspects of your anger surface and need to be dealt with.

One of the aspects that needs to be dealt with is whether you are generating anger at people around you, or, giving them permission to be angry at you for what you are inflicting on them. This external manifestation can be on family members, pets, and relatives. They mirror back the hurt and anger you are pushing out to them, which in turn amplifies your internal anger.

As you are able to deal with your internal anger, so less will be directed outward and reflected back to you. Reducing your overall level of anger. Allow this to progress naturally.

As balance returns and anger diminishes, continue with your self-Reiki sessions!

A reduction in the anger that has been inside of you is not removal of it. You may never remove it entirely, some of it may have gone on for too long or been too hurtful but you can reduce it so that you no longer send out waves of anger and receive it reflected back to you. The point to to achieve balance withing yourself and for anger not to be a part of the balance.

Be relaxed enough to accept a Reiki session from another Reiki professional, a remote Reiki session works well for this. Why, because the connection between you and an in-person session and a remote session differs. The in-person session brings another person physically and emotionally close to you, and if you are still radiating anger, you can generate anger to the person in the room with you. A remote reiki professional will not receive that anger, and they and you will not have to work with their presence. It will be pure Reiki energy.

Let Reiki embrace you and defuse that anger within you. Only if you let it continue will it, take action with Reiki to diffuse it and being anger to an end.

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