Manifesting Through Gratitude

Almost ten years ago, I was given a book that was on its way to topping the best seller list.  Featuring several motivators and life coaches, it brought to light “compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.”  My friend told me it would explain how to get anything I wanted in life…  Cool!

The book was, of course, Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret”.

Intrigued, I read the book, but not far into it, I started to feel as if wealth and fame were being put up on a pedestal as the ultimate goals.  Sure, stories of manifesting sports cars, soul mates and dream jobs were quite tempting…  I resonated with the idea of speaking without negatives (as apparently The Universe does not “hear/see” the word “no”, and instead of hearing “I will not be poor”, hears “I will be poor”).  But enough of that.  Needless to say, the concept was interesting, but still left me with a “funny” feeling.

In all fairness, one of the quotes from the book that did resonate me was this:  “Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never ending thoughts that come back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them.”

Now we’re talking!

I was raised with a strong work ethic, and was taught that with hard work and perseverance, I would be able to achieve my goals.  I am certainly grateful for those lessons and have tried to pass on those values to our own children.  But sometimes, no matter how hard I worked, or how badly I wanted something, my goal out of my grasp.  And then came Reiki…

Just for today, I will be grateful.

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One of the five precepts that Sensei Usui  asks us to repeat every day is an instruction to be grateful.  For everything.  It is easy and natural to say “thank you” for a gift or favour.  Most of us can say “thank you” for a compliment (although some people do struggle with that).  But what about saying “thank you” when a bunny hops across the bike path in front of you and makes you smile?  What about those 3 strawberries you find hidden under the foliage when you are hot and sweaty from weeding the garden?  As silly as it may seem, I now say “thank you” for each and every gift that is bestowed upon me.  My heart feels the gratitude…and “magic” starts to happen.

When I am operating out of a place of gratitude, more and more wonderful things seem to happen.  Serendipity? Perhaps, but I still chuckle with delight when I see circumstances unfolding in a good way.

Another important thing that Reiki has taught me is that if we ask for it, the Universe will provide us what is needed for our higher good.  This may not be the goal we had in mind.  Maybe we need to stay at the job we’re at because an upcoming opportunity to learn something new will present itself, or the manager we don’t like is going to get fired anyhow, lol.  Trusting that we will receive what is best of us is a huge leap of faith, I agree, but I’ve decided to give it a go.

And as to getting anything I want in life?  I think I’m realizing that getting what I need is going to be better for me in the long run!

(As always, I look forward to hearing your comments!)

Looking After Ourselves

Recently, a friend of mine asked me to write a blog about self-care and some tips about maximizing our Reiki potential.

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Mikao Usui, founder of Reiki

First of all, I do not profess to be a faultless practitioner, lol!  But I try, on a daily basis, to do my best.  And it all starts with the five Reiki precepts.  I find that when I do even a quick grounding meditation in the morning and repeat these precepts, it sets the tone for my day.  By reminding myself to not anger, not worry, to be grateful, do my best, and to be kind, I am pre-programming my day and reinforcing these values in my heart.

Secondly, while I am in my treatment room (where I like to do this practice), I will give myself some Reiki.  Sometimes, it is a quick CKR over each of my chakras.  Other times, I will place my hands over my heart, open up to the beautiful Reiki energy and allow it to fill me up.  Pamela Miles often says that it doesn’t matter for how long you give yourself Reiki.  It is more important that you do, on a daily basis.  (If my day is off to a busy start, I may not have a chance for self-Reiki, so I will wait until bedtime and give myself some Reiki before going to sleep.)

Practise, practise, practise!

As with many things we learn to do in life, practice can be very helpful in strengthening our Reiki flow.  Because Reiki courses through us as we give treatments, the very act of giving Reiki to others benefits us as well, by unblocking our own energy systems.  Better yet, when we receive full Reiki treatments from others, it ensures that we are at our peak condition to be conduits for others.  I offer all of my students a discount rate for Reiki sessions, to encourage them to come often.

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I host 2 shares monthly, and attend my Reiki teacher’s shares, too.  Not only do I receive Reiki, but a share is often an opportunity to discuss any questions or experiences we may have with others. The shares are open to everyone, whether or not they have studied Reiki with me, or even if they have not yet been attuned to Reiki, but would like to learn more about it.  I also advise my students to make arrangements with each other to share Reiki with each other, either in person, or to practise their distance technique.

Mikao Usui was not looking for a healing modality when he discovered Reiki.  He was on a spiritual journey, and we should often remember this fact about the origins of Reiki.  It is so much more than a healing technique.  It is a way of living, in touch with the Divine within each of us, and connects us to the Source that nourishes us all.  If we remind ourselves of this, it will be easier to leave our egos out of the way, and to just allow this beautiful energy to flow and enrich our mind, body and spirit.

Reiki, An All Purpose Aid

Reiki is such an incredible gift.  All the more reason to wonder why it isn’t used more often in our daily lives.  I guess it’s because it is primarily thought of as a healing practice for our bodies, to help promote healing during illness or after injuries.  In that respect, it can be very powerful in its ability to boost our immune systems, and to help remove any blocks that may be impeding our body’s natural healing process.

But what about using Reiki for “situations”?  I recently accompanied my father to the hospital for some stress tests.  I used Reiki to ensure safe travelling to the city, and a timely arrival.  I used Reiki to help my father be at ease while waiting for his tests.  And finally, while he was undergoing one of the tests, I was in the room with him and sent Reiki to him while he was on a treadmill.  I sat with my palms near my lap, but directed at my father.  The technician saw this, but made no comment.  (Had she asked, I would have explained what I was doing.)  Dad performed the test easily, even though he had been worried about how he would do earlier.  I had asked for Reiki to be sent for my father’s highest good, that it would be of maximum benefit for him.  This did not mean that the tests would not show any problems, just that whatever was best for my father would be evident.  In this case, ruling out any heart conditions meant that we could explore other possibilities for his health concerns.

Reiki flows through everything.  It flows through us, through animals and plants, through the ground and air that surround us.  In the vegetable garden this afternoon, I saw that some of my cucumber plants did not look healthy, with some unusual spots on the leaves.  So, of course, I sent Reiki to them.  In fact, I then sent Reiki to the whole garden!  Another great example is when, earlier in the spring, I had planted some blackberry canes that were not in the best shape.  As I planted them in compost rich soil, I used Reiki on them.  I added Reiki energy to the water that was poured into the holes, and for over a week, gave them a blast of Reiki whenever I went to the garden.  I should have taken “before” and “after” pictures!  From dried up canes, with only a few live shoots, the four groups of canes I planted have thrived, bloomed, and are now setting fruit!  Give it a try, you may be surprised at the results when your seeds and plants – and even water – receive a Reiki boost.

Self-Reiki-BadgeThe last example of day-to-day Reiki is the most valuable one, self-care.  I give myself Reiki every day.  Sometimes, I start my day with it.  Other times, I end my day with it.  Regardless of when, or for how long, the most important thing is that I do it every day.  When I start my day with Reiki, I feel grounded and eager to interact with the world.  I repeat the Reiki precepts and allow myself to be cleared and ready to face the day.  When I end my day with it, it helps ease any body aches, and soothes my mind for a peaceful sleep.   Once in a while, if a friend or student talks about something they are going through, I ask them if they have remembered to give themselves Reiki.  Many times, they have forgotten.  That’s why making it a daily practice helps form a wonderful Reiki habit.  It should be as natural as remembering to breathe…

I leave you with the 5 Reiki precepts:

“Just for today:

I will not anger.

I will not worry.

I will be grateful.

I will do my work honestly and diligently.

I will be kind to every living thing.”