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.
Nathaniel Branden, the author of “The Psychology of Self-Esteem” and “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” says that the core idea that he has always wanted to teach is: “Your life is important. Honour it. Fight for your highest possibilities.”
As I contemplated these words, a few thoughts came to me. Firstly: Who would I be fighting in order to gain my highest possibilities? The answer came crashing through the usual muddle of thoughts that I have:
Sue the first, and probably the only, person that you would fight is yourself.
These words hit me with such force as the negative-speak which often has priority in my head usually rules over my more positive thoughts.
Secondly: Yes, my life is important, as is every single being on this planet. We each have a vital role to play in the continued well-being of all. A question that came up here for me was: What is your role in this crazy life you have? Well, I live with this question now, asking myself almost daily: “What do you need to do today to live your best life?”
Finally, how do I honour my life? Well, for today, the answer that came through is to know that my life is balanced and in order and all is well. And just for today, that has been achieved through self-Reiki, cleaning my living and working space, eating as healthily and well as I know how at this moment in time, and…Reaching out to share with others.
A leading figure in the world of Reiki is William Rand. As my students will know, he is to be found in our Reiki lineage. Here is a 51 minute video of him giving a synopsis of where Reiki has come from and where he sees it going in the future.
What causes us to become ill at the most inopportune times? Why is it that students become ill with tonsillitis or a cold at exam time? The higher our stress levels, the more susceptible we seem to become to illnesses. During July this year (Our Winter here in the Southern Hemisphere), I became ill during the most busy period of the month. I was not able to work for two days and my business partner had to carry the load of work for the two of us.
This again made me ponder on why this happens. Deb Shapiro, in “Your Body Speaks Your Mind” says “excessive stress has a direct effect on the immune system, as it lowers the ability to destroy invading viruses and bacteria through the production of adrenaline and cortisol.” Now this made total sense to me as I had seen it time after time within myself. At the times when I needed to function at my best, I would get sick with a cold or have a severe sinus attack.
As I learnt more about the power of our minds over our bodies, I also learnt the tools that can help us alleviate the levels of stress under which we live.
Meditation: Simple mindfulness meditation. Being aware of our breath and taking the time to sit still for at least 20 minutes (Not an easy task for many of us)
Reiki: This simple tool reduces our stress levels immensely. The more Reiki we practice (or experience) the more balanced our minds and bodies become.
Healthy eating: We may have different dietary needs from each other, but we know when we are eating something that is bad for us…Our bodies feel the pain, or the heaviness of it.
Exercise: Whether we are athletic or not, exercise is vital. Our sedentary lifestyle leads to health issues that our ancestors knew nothing of. So whether you need a lot of exercise, or a simple walk around the block, get moving!
Our health is our responsibility. There are times when we are mean to our bodies and push them beyond their limits…Just for today, let us be more mindful of what we are doing and be conscious of caring for ourselves on every level.
When students learn Reiki, it comes as a surprise to learn that healing starts with us.
The very first thing we do is learn that we can heal ourselves. That has not been a concept that we have learned from our outside world. Out there we are taught that someone else has to fix every sniffle and snuffle; every headache and backache. Now we are taught that our bodies first line of defense should be to keep ourselves balanced, to be aware of our self talk-what we think is what we do (or what we believe).
So, when we learn Reiki, we start by learning self Reiki. Placing our hands on specific parts of our bodies – relating to our energy centres (Chakras and acu-points). These positions were taught by the founder of this specific method of subtle energy healing, Dr Mikao Usui.
Today I received a very positive, Reiki affirming letter from a past Reiki client who became a student and has now continued on her chosen path of healing… Reiki is life-giving on all levels. Thank you Jessica for sharing.
No one can say it better than Jessica herself…
As per our discussion on my facebook post:
I would really like to thank you for your training in Reiki, and assistance in tuning me in energetically; and guiding me to connect to intuition, body, mind, and soul.
Though I was trained on how to pick up on physical problems in Reflexology, I truly do believe that my Reiki training has laid an incredible foundation for my Reflexology; and possibly also for any other alternative therapies that I may learn in future!
When I started my case studies I was excited and anxious,thinking “Okay, I’m going to have to be patient here, I’m sure I will start picking up the signs with more and more practise”. However, I was astounded at the rate that I was tuning in from the first client! And…I was able to often give detailed accuracy on physical problems as I worked on their feet.
I thought to myself, “It has to be the Reiki!”
Thank you so much for all you have taught me Sue. I would like for you to please share my account with your students, old and new. Training in energy healing can be very helpful in other hands on modalities.
The year has begun and what better way to start it than with a loving gift to yourself. We could all do with a little more joy in our lives. Sometimes the stresses and worries of everyday life can seem overwhelming. By connecting deeply with our emotional heart we can learn to relax and celebrate life.
Joy is a quality of the heart that happens when your body, mind and heart all function in harmony. When you are joyful your body is relaxed, your mind is calm and your heart is overflowing with energy, love and peace.
1. Sit relaxed with your eyes closed. Breathe deeply a few times and sigh on each out breath.
2. Place your hands on the middle of your chest and bring to mind a past or current situation that has caused or is causing you pain or suffering. Breathe in and welcome the feeling. If tears come, just let them happen. Accept any emotion that arises and allow yourself to move deeply into the simple energy of the feeling, without the mind putting labels or judgements on it.
3. Then, as you breathe out, reconnect with a feeling of peace, love or joy. Allow the out breath to carry the blessings of peace, joy and love.
(This meditation is taken from the following book: Reiki for Emotional Healing by: Tanmaya Honervogt)
One of the five precepts that we learn in Reiki is: “Give thanks for every living thing.” Here is a video which Pedram Shojai and his team have made available for free for a limited time. It is called Origin.
While watching it, some thoughts that came to mind are:
* Am I living in gratitude with all that lives on this planet?
* Am I living in gratitude and treating my body as the intricate part of this ecosystem that it is?
I encourage you to take the time and watch this movie. It is just over and hour and a half long, so watch when you know you will not be interrupted.
Giving and receiving Reiki can be one of the most loving acts that you can do for yourself and another. How is this possible you may ask? There are so many acts of kindness, so many methods of DOING compassion and of DOING love.
Well that’s just the point you see, while giving or receiving Reiki, you are DOING nothing. You are BEING. The Reiki practitioner allows the Reiki (Universal Life Force) to flow where it is most needed. S/he does not need to do anything except be present and move his/her hands to various points on the receiving person’s body.
The person receiving the Reiki agrees to accept the Reiki and allow it to flow where it is most needed in his / her body.
“I am but a channel,
A conduit from the Universe to you.
We are partners in this healing process.
Each BEING, and allowing
Ourselves to become one
With all that is.”