“What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.” – Burt Bacharach, 1967
As a Reiki practitioner, I know that the most powerful healing energy is present when we are connected to that Higher Power that has many names. When we are connected to that divine Source, we are connected to and experience unconditional love. That surprising wave of love that a parent feels for their newborn child. The charitable love we feel at Christmas time. The compassionate love we feel for those who have experienced loss. The love we feel when we are cared for by those who love us and protect us. All facets of LOVE. We call it “unconditional” because we place no conditions when we give it, no expectation of being “repaid” in kind. It’s there for the taking, no strings attached. And there is no limit to how much we can give, because it comes from a limitless source.
“Giving” love to others doesn’t deplete our own supply, as long as we remain connected to the Source.
Today, I spoke with someone who had just returned from a funeral. He had lost his own wife two years ago, and when he told me of the much-too-early passing of his friend’s wife, his own personal grief came bubbling up. As we spoke more of his wife’s illness, his eyes started watering. And when he shared the final moments of her life with me and her last conversation with him, the tears flowed freely. There was nothing for me to do, but to come around the counter and hug him and hold him.
We stood there, with open hearts, for close to a minute. No awkwardness, just comfort. No words. What words would help? Sometimes, all we can offer is a hug. And that’s enough.
During a Reiki session, I am doing much the same. I am opening my heart – wide open – and receiving from a divine source. I allow it to flow through me, through my hands, and into the person receiving Reiki. I am holding space for this to happen. My intention is that the person on my table will receive the exact amount of Reiki energy that is for their highest good, on that given day. As I have often said to my students, giving Reiki should never feel like it’s draining you. It should feel as if you have been in the presence of Divinity itself, and basked in its glow. Yes, I may make observations of blockages in the (energy) body, and can help balance that energy, so that my client can then do the healing they need to do. But at the end of a session, I am always grateful and humbled to have been given the opportunity to share.
There have been times in my life when I have been at a loss for what to do in a challenging situation. No great words of wisdom came to me. No easy solutions. All I could do was to send love and show love. And let go of expectation, just trust. I haven’t been let down yet.
Let’s all open our hearts. There is enough love for everyone. Hug a stranger who needs it. Hug your children, your employees, your hairdresser. Take the time to be a vessel of love. No strings attached. Trust me, you get more than you give. Because as John Lennon said in 1965, “all you need is love”.
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For the month of February, I am offering a one hour Reiki session for $30 (one offer per person, please). If you are feeling stressed because of world events, if you need to feel comfort and calming, please consider taking advantage of my offer. As well, I am going to be teaching Reiki Level I in March, so you can learn to give yourself and your loved ones Reiki.