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.
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!)