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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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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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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This week…

Sometimes, small steps are better than trying to create big leaps. In our lives, we move from day to day, week to week. The big life changing events do happen, they happen when you least expect them. But, after the weekend, Monday morning and the rest of the week lay in front of you and it is easier to concentrate on what will happen for the rest of the first day of the week than that life changing event you are hopping for.

Dr. Usui set out the five principals of Reiki and they can help us on Monday morning, and every morning to get us through the day and the week ahead.

The five principals start off with the words… “Just for today.”

Use these words as the start of the affirmations that speak to the day ahead, the week ahead. And as you get practised in recognising what you are affirming, the thoughts will become easier and you will recognise yourself in them. Let’s try a few sentences of what I mean, and, if you are attuned to Reiki, visualize the Reiki Power symbol, Chokurey and connect it to your affirmation to give them energy and purpose.

  • Just for today I will live in the moment, in the NOW, of the moment. If it is the start of the workday, I will not be wishing for lunchtime to arrive, or, the end of the day. NOW is the most important thing to me because this is where I am, sitting, standing, walking, breathing…
  • Just for today I will be at peace. Being at peace will allow your thoughts to be peaceful. If this sounds strange there can be a disconnect between your thoughts and emotions. If there is a line up at the copier, come back when you think the line will be shorter or there will be no line at all. Do not be angry at the people in the line, do not be frustrated. Do not let thoughts of what will happen to your plans for work because you cannot get the copies you want at that moment.
  • Just for today I will enjoy the world around you that you see and smell and hear in the moment, in the NOW of the moment. If it is spring, there will be birds singing their mating songs. Appreciate the songs but also appreciate what they mean. The birds are singing their song to attract a mate and start a family, to continue their existence.
  • Just for today I will appreciate myself. I woke up! My life and existence and gathering of experiences will continue.
  • Just for today I will be happy that I woke up, even if I am challenged in some way. Perhaps I don’t walk as fast as other people. Maybe I do not hear or see, or speak as well, but I am happy for the abilities I do have.
  • Just for today I will be grateful for the moment, the NOW, but also the time that will pass while I appreciate each moment. Personally, I have found that while I am absorbed thinking about the moment, the moment seems to eb longer and gives something back to me recognizing and appreciating it.
  • Just for today I will recognise how important my partner is to me.
  • Just for today I will recognize how important my friends are to me.
  • Just for today I will recognize how important my family are to me.
  • Just for today I will recognise how important my pets and animals who share my life are to me.

Just for today I will spend some time meditating focusing on only myself, what is inside of me and what makes me so special.

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Healing Relationships

Healing Relationships

Life gives us many things and takes some away. Deliberately or not, we move forward looking, hoping for more good things than bad.

It is impossible to see the future, the future that actually arrives, not the one we hope for. The difference can be subtle, it can be serious. We want a red car, but we get a blue one. We want a new one, a real new one, not one that has been sat in, bumped into, and repaired by unknown mechanics before. We hope for new furniture, but cannot afford what we think we need. Instead, we get what we need.

Relationships are somewhat of the same thing. The person who enters our lives may not be the one we dream of, but he or she is what we need for our souls, our life path purpose. But it is not just us that they have an effect on. Our existing friends, family members and acquaintances are all affected by that new person who arrives.

Through the people around us, we learn how to relate toothers, how to feel about others, and make judgements. All of these emotions and mental and spiritual patterns we carry with us through our lives. 

These patterns help or hinder us in life and give rise to wanted and unwanted results. Learning to understand our traits and which ones need to change, which ones need to evolve, and those that are “just right” is part of life and what we are here, in this physical container called a body, to learn. At the end of our lives, the manifestation of what we have learned and changed, or not makes up the balance of our karma and how we will be reincarnated into the next life. 

Taking a moment of peace and quiet, mediated by Reiki will help you understand where is the balance of your existing relationships, and prepare yourself for the next.

When looking at the balance of your existing relationships, look at what it is you need to let go. Is what you need to let go within you or within them?

If the imbalance is within you, pay attention to thoughts of letting go resentment, bad feelings and old hurts that you are carrying with you that only drag you down. This is a time to release so that you have the energy to be open to new experiences, people, and feelings.

If the imbalance is in them, and they are passing it on to you, do you have to have that person in your life? Do they have to be so close to you? As much as we may dislike letting people fade away, sometimes it is necessary, and beneficial. 

People come into our lives to bring things to us and let us share experiences. Good or bad, we have to decide which it is. We have to take charge of the relationship, we need to, have to, do what is best for ourselves. We have to recognise when we are being drained by a relationship that is not good for us. At one time it may have been beneficial to us, but times have changed, we have changed and the other person has changed. We cannot control their behaviour or feelings, or the way they express themselves to us. When we refuse to recognise how a relationship has changed and how it is affecting us, we are blocking new people, new experiences from coming in to our life because we are devoting time and energy to something that does not benefit us. 

When we devote energy to something that does not benefit us, we do not have the energy for something good, nourishing, and beneficial. Beneficial not just for you, but for the other person as well.

If you are attuned to Reiki, then calling on your Reiki Guides and allowing the energy to flow through you is something you are familiar with. Ficus that energy on to your feelings, your intuition and look at the future of when the relationship is healed you are healed. Look at a time when not only are you healed but you are also free to receive new experiences, new people and new happiness. 

While you are considering being happy and at peace with the healed relationship. Spare a moment and think of the other person. They too will receive healing, some form of healing. It will be unique to their needs and need not be what you receive, but be pleased for them. Release is a two-way street. To you, from them, and from you to them.

At the end of the session, concentrate on the feelings of openness and energy to receive new experiences, people, places, and pets.

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Peace and Trauma

Even the smallest thing can be called traumatic. I shut my hand in the car door a few years ago and had to deal with the pain and injury for weeks after. Later, I broke the handle on another door on the car and had to order and install a new one. It took weeks to arrive, all the time I could not use the door o the car. It was a worry and a frustration.

These may seem small things but one was physical, the hurt to my hand, and the other emotional and mental, the frustration of waiting for the handle to arrive.

Depression, anxiety, frustration or negative feelings can have a big effect on your ability to function in daily life. Do you struggle vent frustration and anger easily? Or do you assume that what just went wrong is as it is meant to be, for you! Do you feel you don’t deserve any better?

Reiki is the fundamental energy of the universe. Embrace Reiki and learn about it. It has come into your life at this moment for a reason, it is here to help you. Embrace and love that it has. Tale the next step and take Reiki classes with the intention, not hope, intention, that you will become attuned to Reiki. It is nice to practice and help others, but let’s start simply by becoming attuned so that you have a closer and deeper connection to this fundamental energy of life.

With Reiki attunement come Reiki guides who will help you use and understand Reiki Energy.

Call on these guides to help you to face the physical and emotional injuries. If you need to look at cause of these challenges your guides will help you. Old emotional hurts can be looked at and seen for what they are. They are events in the past that need to be closed. Perhaps a relationship did not go well and the ending was rather messy. Do not apportion blame for the ending, but look at what you learned from it. Then close it. It is history, it is a memory. Let it disappear and you move on with your learning. Cho Ku Rei is the Reiki power symbol. Use its energy to close the hurtful events and empower your learning so that you can move forward without the trauma of the past events.

Eckhart Tolle in his book NOW explains how to live in the moment, in the NOW. Do not live in the past or because of the past, live in the NOW. The learning you have form that past trauma can help you live successfully in the NOW, if you will let it. 

If the trauma was from a failed relationship, one of your learnings should be that you will not repeat such a relationship again. Do not go back to that person and do not choose another with similar characteristics. 

If you have written down what it is you want to manifest in your life, those are the happy and bright things you aspire to have. Now take time to write down some of the things you do not want. With past trauma closed and healed, solidify the meaning by describing it on paper so that you can see it in black and white. 

When you are finished, and read it over. Take the paper and shred it, tear it up into tiny pieces, burn it. Feel the release of having looked at the trauma in cold black and white of ink and paper and consider how you have changed through Reiki energy and applying it to the memory and feelings of the original trauma.

Take another piece of paper and write about the NOW, the moment, where you are at. What you feel is holding you back and ask your Reiki guides to help you remove those blockages and heal those hurts, if they are hurts. Once hurt and trauma have been healed, what is left is often they created in you that magnifies the hurt. A failed relationship has two people in it [usually] but when you have healed the trauma with the help of Reiki, something can be left behind for example, blame. It can still linger in the form of being too ready to blame yourself or others for completely different and unrelated things. It is time to let go of those things as well.

Reiki, will help you through your daily existence as you experience every moment of NOW.

If you feel you want to go beyond yourself and help others with your Reiki guides and knowledge, do so. You will enjoy doing so.

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The Caduceus


The Caduceus image
The caduceus is a Greek symbol used today to represent the practice of medicine. It depicts a staff with two snakes entwining around it from bottom to top.

Sushumna

The symbol is often used to describe the way in which the masculine and feminine energy channels or nadis coil around a central energy channel in the body, called Sushumna nadi.

The Sushumna nadi is the central channel of energy in the human body that runs from the base of the spine, it is situated at the perineum which is also known as Muladhara or Root Chakra to Brahmarandra which anatomically coincides with what is known as the fourth ventricle, the place where the cerebral spinal fluid governs transmittance of all. 

The area incorporates the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. This is the Sahaswara or Crown Chakra of the head and carries Kundalini energy, the primal evolutionary force within, upwards as it is awakened through the practice of Yoga and meditation.

Sushumna nadi only opens and flows freely when Ida and Pingala nadis are balanced and clear, thus the purification of all three nadis are important for the overall health, wellness of the body and mind, and one can also experience spiritual growth.

Ida and Pingala each carry a different type of energy which supports a balance within our lifestyle, thoughts, actions, physical health etc.  Ida transports feminine energy (calm, cooling, meditative, receptive and centered – good for meditation) and Pingala transports masculine energy (active, energetic, heating, forceful – good for ‘getting things done). When you breathe out of your left nostril you tap into Ida’s energy and the right nostril for channeling Pingala energy.  *According to yogic belief, we all tend to breath out of one nostril at different times of the day depending on which or our Nadi’s Ida or Pingala is dominant at the time. When we breathe out of both nostrils at the same time, we are activating the Sushumna Nadi.

Ida and Pingala are important to understand when working with the chakras as Ida can help to calm and dissipate an overloaded chakra while Pingala can help energize and open a blocked chakra.

Anahata said, “However, as a spiritualist, even though I personally enjoy all the technicalities of ancient wisdom and esoteric arts, I don’t obsess over them. If our spiritual urge or intent is aligned to infinite expansion of awareness, potentials and consciousness, to love, to higher principles of freedom and balance for the highest good of all, then any sincere spiritual practice, be it yoga or plant spirit medicine, drum medicine or reiki, should support this process effectively.

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Reiki and Gratitude

Reiki is all about essential energy from the universe, from Spirit and our connection to all living and growing things. Gratitude is one of the Five Principals of Reiki as taught by the founder of Reiki, Dr. Usui.

The five principals of Reiki taught by Dr. Mikao Usui are:

  • Recognize and release angry feelings
  • Recognize and let go of worry
  • Practice gratitude
  • Recognize your own consciousness
  • Practice kindness

In this post we focus on the third principal, Gratitude. Other posts will focus on the other principals.

Gratitude, thankfulness, or gratefulness, from the Latin word gratus “pleasing, thankful”, is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity,[5] towards the giver of such gifts.[1]

The experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions. It has also been a topic of interest to ancient, medieval and modern philosophers, and continues to engage contemporary philosophers. [2]

The deepest gratitude we can feel is for ourselves, what, and who we are. What we feel inside is what we express to the greater world. But gratitude goes deeper. What, and who we have around us is the next most important part of being grateful. We have attracted material assets and by working hard for what we have. Life often has a way of leading you to acquire things that don’t immediately seem to be useful, but which turn out to be in the future, right when you needed those things the most.

When you have been a good friend and helper to others, we feel their hands in ours as they help and support us. We can be grateful for their help.

Daily blessings can be seeing the sun rise, or sunset, feeling the warmth of the summer day at lunch time. Thank your Reiki guides, for these things and what they have brought into you, in your soul, and how they have helped you. 

Sit quietly before you go to bed. Cover your heart with your hand and tell yourself you are grateful for being the person you are and what you have learned and are grateful for that day. Believe in yourself, and that the next day will be as good or better.

A wish scroll is a piece of paper on which you write what it is you want to manifest. What you want can be material such as wealth, a new vehicle, money in the bank. It can be a better relationship, a new relationship or a change in an existing one.

It is best to write what you want to manifest by hand, pen and ink or pencil, whatever is convenient for you. Make the wishes simple and clear. I usually roll up the paper into a scroll and write the date on the outside and then put an elastic band on the paper and put it away. I look at the scrolls later, maybe six month later, to see what has manifested.

Another way is to have a jay or a box, can be a shoe box, in which you put pieces of paper carrying your messages of manifestation. 

If you are attuned to Reiki you can use the Reiki Symbols you are attuned to. Draw the symbols in the air over the completed scrolls or pieces of paper.

When you have manifested something, write that down on a piece of paper and match it with a piece of paper carrying a message from the past of what it is you wanted. A scroll will require you to tick off what it was you wanted to manifest.

Anything on the scroll that is not ticked off, or a piece of paper in the box or jar should remain there.

Gratitude can bring the small things in life. Being able to sit on transit for a long journey that normally does not make room for you to sit. Having a weekend or an evening with people and friends that give you good feelings. Things that sometimes are overlooked, such as a bird singing on a gold but sunny winters day. 

Reiki attunement and what you learn in the process will help you appreciate your life and all that is in it. You will be happier, more joyful and loving in how you conduct your life, and how you treat others.

Gratitude is not the same as indebtedness. While both emotions occur following help, indebtedness occurs when a person perceives that they are under an obligation to make some repayment of compensation for the aid. The emotions lead to different actions; indebtedness can motivate the recipient of the aid to avoid the person who has helped them, whereas gratitude can motivate the recipient to seek out their benefactor and to improve their relationship with them.[3]

Lastly, be grateful for the small things in life, do not spend energy searching for and hoping for the large things. There is a lot of beauty in our lives appreciate all of it and let Reiki help you, guide you and teach you to look for all the good things you have in your life.

Bibliography

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratitude. “Gratitude.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratitude.


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratitude, “Gratitude,”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratitude.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.


The Five Principles of Reiki are described in our Student Manual, Link below.

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Practice Kindness

Be Kind…

The five principals of Reiki taught by Dr. Mikao Usui are:

  • Recognize and release angry feelings
  • Recognize and let go of worry
  • Practice gratitude
  • Recognize your own consciousness
  • Practice kindness

In this post let us focus on the fifth and last principal, Kindness. Other posts will focus on the other principals.

Kindness is a type of behavior marked by acts of generosity, consideration, or concern for others, without expecting praise or reward.[1]

Kindness can be allowing someone to go ahead of us at the grocery store checkout, it can mean waiting for an elderly person to cross the stress. It can mean helping someone who is sick. Kindness comes naturally to some, not to others.

At the core of kindness is kindness to ourselves. I have been a spinning instructor in a gym and a scuba diving instructor. As an instructor I had to learn how to be kind to myself first in terms of those worlds. Spinning is a high intensity cycling activity, requiring fitness, strength and cardio vascular capability. Scuba also requires fitness and strength, but it also requires a certain psychological control as you will be under water, sometimes quite a way, 100 feet or more. You have to be prepared for the mental challenge. 

Once I learned and acquired the ability to participate in a spinning class, I had to learn how to teach it. I had to recognize the how others would respond to the challenges of the activity. As a scuba diver, I had to see and to teach and help people understand what it meant to be under water.

In both worlds I have seen people be unkind to themselves. 

A participant in a spinning class who felt they did not keep up with the others and performed poorly could not see that they did as well as their body and their physical ability allowed. 

Perhaps the scuba diving was not the right activity for a student who could not tolerate being underwater for more than a few minutes. In the end they had to leave the class, disappointed and disillusioned by what they had just learned about themselves.

In both cases, telling them not to be so harsh on themselves, not to place blame on themselves, not to be harsh emotionally on themselves for something they have just discovered about themselves that was always there.

The participant in the spinning class had to learn not to judge themselves by how they felt others saw them. Most of all not to judge themselves. Instead, exercise as best they are able and enjoy what they are able to do.

The scuba student who left early has many other sporting opportunities, not being able to hold your head underwater for more than a few minutes is something not many people are able to tolerate. This is not strange and not something to be disillusioned about.

Everyone is beautiful in their own unique ways and we should be proud of who and what we are. We should be grateful for what we can do and enjoy it. In the same way our pets are unique, happy, each cat and dog are as fully a cat or dog as they can be. They give us unconditional love and help us treasure them. Plants blossom and are happy to provide us joy from their special and unique beauty. Be kind to them and they will live longer and be a shining light in our lives.

Being kind to ourselves helps us be kind to others.

Reiki can help us learn about ourselves and about how we can be kind to others. How we can learn not to judge but help. How to avoid criticizing others and support them instead.

Your connection with Reiki will help you understand the healing energy of Reiki, but it also helps you learn how to help others. As you progress through your Reiki attunements you will learn more and more about yourself and be kind to yourself.

Reiki energy is gentle energy, it is from the universe and the Great Spirit. As you learn more about Reiki, and become attuned, if that is where your intentions take you, the better able you will be to see and help all things that grow and live. Even those that seem to be in a harsh and unforgiving life, they are the ones who need positive Reiki energy most.

Practicing Kindness may the last of the five Reiki principals but it is no less important, no less powerful and no less a way of living out lives.

Bibliography

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindness. “Kindness.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindness.


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindness, “Kindness,”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindness.

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Water, Water, everywhere….

The earth is more water than land. It is a fact that the surface of the earth of 71% water, and the oceans, contain 96.5% of that water. 

Water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers, and even in you and your dog.[1]

Water is never sitting still. Thanks to the water cycle, our planet’s water supply is constantly moving from one place to another and from one form to another. Things would get pretty stale without the water cycle! [2]

Think of what you need to survive, really just survive. Food? Water? Air? Facebook? Naturally, I’m going to concentrate on water here. Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water.[3]

According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.[4]

Each day humans must consume a certain amount of water to survive. Of course, this varies according to age and gender, and also by where someone lives. Generally, a adult male needs about 3 liters (3.2 quarts) per day while an adult female needs about 2.2 liters (2.3 quarts) per day. All of the water a person needs does not have to come from drinking liquids, as some of this water is contained in the food we eat. [5]

Of course, the 3 liters water a person needs to survive must be fresh water. Salt water, the water that makes up the oceans, cannot be drunk by humans, or most animals. 

Plants, like people, need a certain amount of salt to survive, but too much can be poisonous. Most plants can tolerate saltwater on their leaves and stems, but they will dehydrate if they drink saltwater from the soil. Even if they don’t dehydrate, they may be poisoned by an excess of salt in their systems. The takeaway is to avoid watering your plants with saltwater if you want them to thrive.[6]

Water is part of our conciseness. We can go without food for longer than we can go without fresh water. When it is scarce, or we perceive water to be a scarce resource, it dominates out thoughts and actions. 

It is winter in the Northern Hemisphere where I live and the ground, plants, and trees are covered with snow, which is after all frozen water. Taking a walk-in winter is to get to know the land when it is quiet and covered by water. When the weather warms, as it will in spring, the snow will melt and the water that is it is will nourish the plants and trees it now covers.

Being sensitive to Reiki energy brings winter to us as a season for quiet and rest. It is a time when plants and animals hibernate, building their energy for the coming spring. Winter is a time when energy, like Kundalini energy in our bodies, prepares for the future and gets ready for the coming warmth of the sun.

Shaman look at the Winter Solstice as a time to rejoice, the old year is past, a new one is about to start. Be ready! Be ready for what it brings you. The new year is full of potential.

When you sit down to eat, or fill a glass with water, consider for a moment the intention of infusing Reiki energy into the food and the water that is part of your meal. We bless the meal by drawing the Reiki symbol Cho Khoury [sometimes spelt Cho Ku Rei] over the food, sending Reiki energy into the meal and the water in the meal we are about to take in.

The first Reiki symbol CHO KU REI. Its main values: “God is here” and “Direct the energy at a given point”. Vector illustration

 You probably used water to prepare parts of the meal, when you are about to start preparation, make the sign of Cho Khoury over the ingredients and the liquids you are about to use to create your meal. Even foods such as Olive Oil can be energized by Reiki energy. The olives that were harvested and pressed to make the oil you are using grew on trees that drank water from the soil. Infuse it with energy!

There are times when we are about to eat food, or drink water or liquids that are prepared by others, perhaps in a factory somewhere. It is still beneficial to draw Cho Khoury over your meal or drinks. If you are in public, or somewhere you feel self-conscious about drawing the symbol over your meal or dinks, call up a memory of the symbol in our mind and think to yourself how the symbol will energize what you are about to consume.

Perhaps one of the other most intimate connections we have with water is when we bathe. In a shower it first touches our head, our Crown Chakra to be precise, and then the rest of us, passing over all the others chakras until it runs off our feet, our hard-working feet that support us as we move around and which also grounds us to Mother Earth… Mother Gaia.

Lazing… soaking in a bath, is another occasion when we can be close to water. Bless the water filling the tube and the water in the tube with Reiki energy, again Cho Khoury, and then immerse yourself in it. 

Believe in the energy that is passing through your skin from the water into your Chakras.

Believe in the energy that is passing through your skin from your Chakras into the water. This exchange will take away stress, emotional and physical pain. Let go of the negative and used up energies that no longer serve to you.

Water is a celebration which you can share with others, with a child, a parent, a pet, and anything you are growing in your garden or window box.

Lastly, when you have a moment of peace and quiet in your life, think for a moment about water all around you, in the air as moisture, as snow and rain, and give thanks for it.

Bibliography

https://sciencing.com/happens-put-saltwater-plants-6587256.html. “What Happens When You Put Saltwater on Plants?”  https://sciencing.com/happens-put-saltwater-plants-6587256.html.

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/how-much-water-there-earth?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects. “How Much Water Is There on Earth?” https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/how-much-water-there-earth?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects.

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-human-body?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects. “The Water in You Water and the Human Body.”  https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-human-body?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects.


[1] https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/how-much-water-there-earth?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects, “How Much Water Is There on Earth?,”  https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/how-much-water-there-earth?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects.

[2] Ibid.

[3] https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-human-body?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects, “The Water in You Water and the Human Body,” https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-human-body?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

[6] https://sciencing.com/happens-put-saltwater-plants-6587256.html, “What Happens When You Put Saltwater on Plants?,” https://sciencing.com/happens-put-saltwater-plants-6587256.html.

This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual

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