Emotional Intelligence…Why I have decided to focus on improving mine…

position-2What is emotional Intelligence? It is described as: the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.

As Reiki healers, it can be so easy to fall into the trap…that ego trap…the one that tells us that we are doing just fine…that we are enlightened…compassionate…loving others unconditionally.

Being an instrument in the healing of another is awesome, but we often forget the saying that says: “Healer heal thyself”. We become so immersed in helping others that we forget to help ourselves, and what often happens is that we begin to express ourselves in needy or angry ways; we forget how to express our emotions in a way that is healthy and helpful rather than destructive and damaging. Self Reiki is meant to be a daily practice and one that we practice position-6without fail.

What happens though is that we become complacent, running from one healing session to another, without remembering that this work cannot be done when we are running on empty.

So…Just for today…I will do my self Reiki and allow my body, mind and emotions to be balanced by this Creative healing.

Until next time.

Love

Sue

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God respects me when I work, but God loves me when I sing…Tagore

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The Healer by South African artist Dina Cormic

Tagore once said: God respects me when I work, but God loves me when I sing. These words have been going around and around in my head as I try to make a living doing what I am passionate about and what bring healing to others.

I have found myself, this past month, losing myself in the “WORK”. Focusing on bringing in the money and losing my focus on what my purpose is in doing the work that I’m doing.

When reading this simple and profound quote, my first reaction was: “That can’t be right. Imagine if I just wasted my life singing and playing? This doesn’t pay the bills.” But, after sitting with it for a while, I think I got it. My own interpretation, I agree, but one that made sense to me in my current situation.

Yes, it is important to work as we all have to eat and pay the bills. But…when I sing, when I dance, when I remember the joy of living, then I am truly giving thanks to The Divine Presence/Creator/God for my existence.

Lots of love, light and harmony

Sue

Get up…Get moving…New year…What now?

sacral chakra2016 Dates for Reiki lessons:

Reiki 1 and Energy Healing: Tuesday morning:

Beginning 2 February, 9.00am-12.00noon

Cost: R1750 (Includes manual, refreshment and certificate)

2016 courses and get togethers:

These classes are open to all.

The second Thursday of every month: -Thursday morning, 9.00am-12.00 noon:

Refreshment is included.

Cost: R150.00

11 February: An Intoduction to the Enneagram
(Find out your number)

10 March: An Introduction to the Pendulum (Bring your own or buy a brass one from me)

14 April: An Introduction to Tarot reading (Bring your own set of cards)

12 May: An Introduction to Dream Interpretation (Bring a dream, your journal and a pen)

SueTime to make those changes, do those life-changing things you always wanted to do.

Love and light til next time

Sue

Breathe in…Breathe out…Aah!

breathe in and outToday I would like to focus on our breath. We take our breathing for granted and yet without breathing, we do not live. (Obvious, I know, but then why do we breathe so badly, robbing our bodies of vital, life giving oxygen?)

Through breath control we can regulate and direct the flow of energy through our body and auric field. Any good exercise includes breath regulation. Healers breath strongly and deeply to increase their energy and power for healing.

Many people in today’s world do not breathe deeply and use only the upper chest for breathing. This keeps the energy field weaker than it could be. Deep breathing from our diaphragm is automatic in children, but as we begin to block our feelings, so we cut down on our breath. Holding our breath or dampening our breath is the best way to stop feelings and to anaesthetize ourselves. The lungs are associated with freedom. If we dampen our breathing or let the chest collapse, we feel sadness. Our shallow breathing is related to our feelings of being trapped in a world we cannot control and feel very unsafe and unfulfilled in.

Breathing fully and deeply with our diaphragms helps us feel the power to regain our freedom and works to release the spirit of fear in which we are all held in this age.

alternate breathingA simple breathing exercise:
Stand with your knees bent, legs at shoulder width, so that your knees come over your feet; or sit upright in a chair with only the lower part of your back supported.
Relax.
With your right index finger, hold your left nostril closed. Take a deep breath in through your right nostril.
Hold it.
Close your right nostril with your right thumb and release your index finger from your left nostril. Now breathe out through the left nostril.
Hold your breath.
Close your left nostril with your right index finger.
Release your right nostril and breathe out.
Repeat this breathing while pulling your diaphragm down so that your lower abdomen thrusts out on your in breath filling your whole chest with air.
Now you can add a simple mantra if you choose for each in and out breath – freedom, power, health.
When you get used to the feeling of deep breathing, you can do it through both nostrils any time.
Hopefully, it will become a healthy habit.

(Information taken from Barbara Brennan: Light Emerging, pg. 127)

 

Be Kind to others…(I am compassionate to myself and others)

compassionAnd so we come to the 5th Reiki Principle: There are many versions of this principle:

  • Give thanks for every living thing
  • Be kind to others
  • Be thankful for the many blessings
  • Show gratitude for all living things

These are all saying the same thing, just using different words.

Before giving a Reiki treatment we can say thank you to life for being used as a channel for healing. We are not separate from other living beings but interconnected through Universal Life Energy – humans, animals and plants.

Being aware of this, we allow compassion and love to come into our lives. This is what kindness means. It is another form of love, compassion and respect for each other.

In this day and age, there is so much that we tend to take for granted, but there are many things in life, both big and small, to be grateful for; our own body, our health, good food, the beauty of nature, or the joy of a child.

As we become more aware of how precious and spontaneous life is, we can appreciate life itself and existence; and we can feel grateful for each new event in the sense of “Thy will be done”. Then the whole of life becomes a prayer.

self compassionIn our growth and awareness let us adopt gentleness, kindness, and consideration for all of God’s creatures. Respect for life is respect for the divine Wisdom and love inherent in all creations from the God-force. All matter radiates sound and light.

Mother earth is a living, breathing creation of the Divine. She is linked to humanity as humanity is linked to Mother Earth. We cannot deface her nor others without suffering the consequences of our unconscious actions. So, let us become aware of the needs of Mother Earth and the needs of humanity through respect, compassion and love.

In love, light and Harmony

Sue

Earn your Living Honestly (work hard)… the 4th principle

earn your living honestlyThis week we take a look at the fourth Reiki principle: Just for today, earn your living honestly. This speaks of our work, that which we came to this earth to do.

I love myself enough to realize that all I do affects others. If I do not work at my highest potential, then I am not being honest with myself or society. I am not an isolated entity living in a separate microcosmic world. “I AM” is a part of all parts. How I see myself reflects my joy in being a part of the sum, a totality of the all; and therefore, to be honest with myself is to love myself enough to do unto others as I wish them to do unto me.

Doing one’s work honestly means being truthful to the God-Self. Being in tune with what you are doing creates harmony; creating harmony allows you to be doing what is productive for society, yourself and all of creation. Therefore, honesty is alignment with the purpose of the Divine Plan of planet earth.

We are all a particle of Light from the same Source. What we think and how we work directly affects all levels of the Cosmos. We are a part of a Greater whole. Fulfilment of the Divine Plan comes only when we put forth constructive, loving energy.

On a more intimate level, how you perform your daily task directly affects the overall objectives of the company that employs you or the organization that you have agreed to support. The law of Karma is, “What we sow, so shall we reap.” If we sow positive, productive, loving energy, we receive the same energy returned tenfold or more. If we put out negative energy, then we reap negative results tenfold or more.

The deeper meaning of this principle is about being honest with yourself. To be aware of your feelings, your longings, your values, and beliefs in life, and last but not least to realize who you truly are – a divine being. To live in truth means to be aligned to your higher self, to seek out clarity and guidance in life.

Being honest in your work includes doing what you want to be doing. Enjoy your work and carry it out as well as you can. Then you will love and respect yourself. If you have a job that you do not like, in the long term you harm yourself, perhaps even falling ill.

With love, light and harmony

Sue

Just for today… Do not worry… In a world based in fear and anxiety?

worry 1Hi everyone

This present set of weekly blogs is focussing on the 5 principles of Reiki with last week being “Just for today do not anger”. It was so interesting how the entire week has seemed to see the drama of anger playing out in the media and social networks. We live in a world filled with anger and as people get sucked into it, it leads to hatred.

As Reiki practitioners we are encouraged to practise this ‘no anger’ on a daily basis. a positive phrase to describe this principle is “Just for today I am gentle and calm”.

Now onto today’s blog: Just for today do not worry. The positive phrase for this principle is: “Just for today I trust”

When we worry we have lost faith. We are no longer able to see the big picture or trust in what is happening to us. We worry about the future aworrynd try to control it in order to protect ourselves from pain. Mostly we worry because we don’t believe that the world is full of abundance and we feel that we have to fight for everything we want.

Here is something practical to try:
Just for today, choose something that has been worrying you, and just for today don’t worry about it. Ask the Divine for help with it instead. The best part is that it is just for today. We can do something for one day that if we thought we had to do for a lifetime would feel overwhelming.

Wishing you a wonderful week of abundant blessings.

Sue