Monthly Archives: July 2013
‘Trust’ – Osho Zen Tarot Card
To leap off of the face of the cliff, not knowing what lies beneath you, but trusting that you will fly free.
This card exactly sums up my situation, attitude and behaviour right now. I am standing on the edge of the metaphorical cliff and I have taken the decision that very soon I shall jump.
I returned to work two weeks ago after being off sick for a long time. Last week, I came home from work and thought, ‘I can’t do this anymore’. The job, my job, no longer fits in with my life. It is not my Inner Truth, it does not call to my highest self. It is a lie. And I can no longer live that lie. So, very soon, I am handing in my resignation. I have no other job to go to.
I am, however, working hard to get my Reiki business ready. I will go self-employed, as a Reiki healer. My website is almost finished, Business cards, flyers and leaflets are next on the list, with of course in this day and age, a Facebook page and, quite possibly, another blog.
Although I am working hard to start promoting my Reiki healing, I cannot predict how many clients I will get and therefore my level of income. Therefore our financial situation may suffer. Despite this, my partner is 100% behind me, and, strange though it may seem, I have no doubt that things will work out!
Why? Why do I feel so confident? Because this is what I have wanted to do for a long time. Because I have been unhappy in my job for a long time. Because somewhere inside is a Voice, a Knowing, that this is right. And for no other reason at all.
Stagnation is the enemy of the human condition. It leads to unhappiness, misery, stress, negativity and regression. Change, Transformation, Growth are what strengthens a person and infuses the soul. It’s scary and sometimes painful – but that’s because we are making a change that will take us forward into new territory – and who knows what wonders lie on the other side?
If I don’t jump, I’ll never know. I have to jump – and fly.
For my sanity, my curiosity, my Inner truth, I have to take this leap of faith.
Have you ever taken a leap of faith?
Considering I have ‘the 5 principles of Reiki’ tab, and following on from my last post that I am finally getting my Reiki business up and running, I thought it was about time I explained just what, exactly, Reiki is.
‘Rei’ – Universe/Spirit
‘Ki’ – Life energy
‘Reiki’ – Universal life energy
Reiki is a natural healing energy that is passed from an attuned healer into the recipient, allowing Divine or Universal energy to flow into the person, healing them on every and all levels: the physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual. The healer places their hands on or just above the recipient, at particular points on the head and the body, opens themselves up to the Reiki energy, and allows it to flow through their hands and into the recipient. Often sensations can be felt as the Reiki flows; warmth in that area, or cold, tingling and, in cases of healing physical problems such as sprains, broken bones or other hurts, some pain as the Reiki draws out that pain by increasing the body’s healing process.
Reiki works with the chakra points on the etheric double: our chakras are our energy centres that are linked to our mental and physical well-being. If any chakra point is blocked, it manifests in our physical, mental and emotional health. Reiki works to unblock, cleanse and clear the chakra points, thus drawing out any negative energy that could be affecting us, which in turn heals the rest of us – the way we function in our selves. The chakra points are well known in the east and becoming more accepted here in the west, but it is still a bit of a ‘strange’ phenomenon’ to most people.
There are 7 chakra points in the body:
- The Root (base of the spine), Red – Grounding, physical security
- The Sacral (Just below the belly button area), Orange – Emotions, relationships, sexuality issues, empathy, past feelings, letting go.
- Solar Plexus (Bottom of rib cage), Yellow – Empowerment, confidence, transformation, vitality, men’s power centre
- Heart (heart), Green/pink – Self-love, Compassionate love, opening up.
- Throat (throat), Blue – Emotions, communication.
- 3rd Eye (forehead), Purple – Imagination, Inspiration, Opening up Spiritually, The Inner world, women’s power centre.
- Crown (top of head), White – Open to Spiritual source, the Divine.
Each chakra point also corresponds to the physical parts of the body where they are located. When all the chakra points are clear and open, this is when we are in complete balance and harmony with ourselves. Reiki energy helps to keep us balanced, at peace and calm, because it removes all negative energy that stops us from being/feeling whole.
What Reiki can heal:
To give more specifics, Reiki is great for removing headaches, tiredness, stress and a busy, cluttered mind. It returns us to a calm mental state, clearing out all unnecessary thought, allowing us to see things clearly again.
It also helps with emotional upset – unable to let go of a past issue, or an emotional hurt that we can’t shake ourselves out of.
Physically, Reiki helps the body’s own resources to heal whatever is wrong, speeding up the process – so broken bones, long standing aches and pains, such as back ache, arthritis, shoulder pain and so on.
With regards to more serious illnesses, such as cancer, Reiki CANNOT cure terminal cancer or any terminal illness. It is not a miracle cure, as any Reiki healer with integrity will tell you. What it can do in this case, though, is help to ease the pain felt, and to help the person suffering have a calmer mind, bringing them to a feeling of peace.
Mentally, Reiki can help with depression, stress, thinking patterns.
It is an extremely useful tool that can help to heal many conditions, if we only open ourselves up to it. We have to be open to the energy – i.e. we have to want to be healed, for it to be work. I truly wish for Reiki to become more popular in the world, for everyone to have the benefit of this wonderful gift.
The Reiki symbols:
What sets Reiki apart from other energy healing systems is its use of particular symbols: These symbols each represent a different healing level, and using them appropriately increases the potency of the healing. There is one for physical healing, one for emotional, one for ‘letting go’ and a couple of others. These symbols are used at the healer’s discretion, when they feel the symbol needs to be used. The symbols are drawn in the air by the healer above the recipient, either at the top of the head, or at the point being healed. Sometimes the person being healed can feel these symbols going in – as a sudden rush of energy, an intense feeling, or even like a mini electric shock!
A Reiki healing usually lasts 45-90 minutes, working on the front and back of a person, from the head all the way down the body to the feet. Quite often, the recipient falls asleep, and a Reiki sleep is as refreshing as a 4-6 hour sleep! The recipient often comes out of a Reiki healing feeling calm, refreshed and rejuvenated. In essence – a ‘reset’ has occurred.
Personally, I could relate many wonderful examples of Reiki healing. Every healing is different, and different things happen. This is why it is so hard to quantify, and is still treated with scepticism by many. But if you haven’t tried it – then you cannot dismiss it. I shall leave you with my own favourite and personal example of Reiki:
When I was pregnant with my second child, I would sit in an evening and just send a little Reiki to my baby. My hands would heat up, and I could feel the energy zapping into my womb. Where my baby had been lying quiet or giving the occasional kick before, he suddenly started kicking and wriggling like crazy. And this was every time I sent the Reiki energy through. He seemed to love it – he certainly felt it, I have no doubt about that.
I hope to have my business website up and running soon, I am currently constructing it. I shall let you know when it is finally finished and published.
As ever, any comments and questions are warmly welcomed.
My continued absence from the blogging world has not been by choice, but necessity. The last few months have been a really rough time for me, but I have come out of it feeling like – and thank you for this metaphor, lindalitebeing! – The Phoenix from the ashes. I am pleased to report that my current outlook on life is optimistic. Full of hope, determination, excitement, and dreams becoming fulfilled.
So let me take you back to the beginning – and explain what I mean about ‘Soul Sickness’.
Have you ever had an event in your life that seemed utterly depressing? Where you felt that you were at the bottom of a well with no ladder? You sit and brood, thinking all is lost, feeling hopeless, useless even, devastated… And then, somehow, after a while, you come out of it – and find a new lease of life. A completely new direction, a wholly new you, and you think, ‘wow! This would never have happened if that horrible event hadn’t happened first.’ This is soul sickness.
What do I mean by that? The Inner you, your soul, knows what you really want – or need. It knows where your life should be going. But the Outer you, the physical you, is happy to pootle along in that boring job, or in that drab relationship, or in that drug or drink induced befuddlement – because this easy and comfortable. Changing, even if we know it is for the best, is HARD. It requires effort. And it’s SCARY. But sometimes, events force our hand. All things happen for a reason. If devastation did not happen to us – we would not have the impetus to make the changes we know we want/need to make. Our Soul takes a hand in life’s events to lead us to where It knows we should be.
Don’t call it Luck. Don’t call it chance. Don’t give the Kudos to other people – thank yourself. YOU made the change, whether you know it or not.
For myself, this is what happened: As you may know if you have read previous posts, I have been battling with ‘low mood syndrome’ for quite some time. I was doing ok, too, refusing to let it beat me, despite the hold it had on me and my life. Then the place where I worked made changed my job without any due care or consideration to personal requirements, needs, feelings or anything else. I – and others – were really angry. I went home and ranted, then, as normal, went to work the next day. Imagine my surprise then, when, on logging in to the system, I had a panic attack. This was the first time in my life I had experienced a panic attack, and it was truly frightening. Again, the managers seemed unsympathetic and again, did not handle it well, until I eventually just told them I was going – walked out of the office.
Thank goodness I have an empathetic, understandable, GP, who saw me the same day and signed me off straightaway. This was at the end of May. I am still off work now. It has taken me until now to recover – and I am still not wholly healed. Since being off work I continued to experience panic attacks, then a continual sense of heightened anxiety. I’ve been constantly tired, sleeping too much, and my concentration has been shot. All this because of a job!
I have done a lot of thinking, a lot of reviewing. Throughout my time off, despite all this rubbish going on with me, I have achieved more than I have in the last few years: I’ve completed something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and am awaiting a reply (I don’t want to say any more yet as I don’t want to jinx it!), I’ve applied for new jobs, mainly with charities, AND… I AM NOW SET UP AS A REIKI HEALER! Something I have yearned to do for years, but never felt that ‘the time was right’. I have my insurance, I have a clinic to work from, and Neometheus and I are designing business cards and a website! I am So excited about this, I have more passion in me than I can remember having in a long time. I have a GOAL, a FOCUS, a REASON for Being!
And none of this would have happened if things hadn’t gone wrong at work, and if I hadn’t felt so down. The idea of being down and feeling rubbish for the foreseeable future was loathsome to me. I didn’t WANT to feel like that. And I didn’t WANT to keep working where I was – something I knew several years ago, but just never bothered doing anything about.
I am now at the place that I should have been a long time ago. It took a great big push and shove from my Inner Self to get me here. I never had the courage to follow my mind, heart, and soul. And now I do.
Experiencing Soul sickness is miserable and terrifying – but it is a cleansing of the Self, and if you listen to your Self and have the courage to follow your instinct/heart/dreams – then you will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes, and begin to see the world anew.
Wishing you all the courage and strength to follow your life’s path.
Light & Blessings