I Believe – Part Two

 

One of the incredible gifts Reiki provides is that it connects us with divinity.  Whether we choose to call that God, or the Source, the Spirit That Moves Through All Things, or Allah, when we are present and open to it, our hearts are open and we are connected to everything.

sunrise.JPGOf course, we can make that connection without Reiki…. A glorious sunrise, or a robin’s song echoing up from the cedar bush will help me make it to that wonderful “space”.  A piece of classical music can move me to the point of tears, and I know that there is nothing “earthly” about how I feel, that it surely must come from a Source greater than all of us.

And when I feel that connection to the Divine, I believe.

I believe that anything – and everything – is possible.  Especially miracles.  For what is a miracle but something that is outside our realm of understanding or belief?

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When I live my life following the Reiki precepts, when I meditate and give myself Reiki, it becomes very easy to feel the connection.  And so, the more I practise Reiki as a way of living my life each day, the more I believe.

Before we left for our holiday to Peru, I was given a HUGE lesson in belief.  For whatever reason, Ralph and I neglected to check our passport expiry dates until the night before we left for Peru (yikes!!)  Turns out, they were going to expire in two months’ time.  Almost all countries require at least 90 days before the expiry date to allow you in.  All the websites we frantically searched at 9:30 pm told us that not only would we need updated passports, but the minimum time required to get one in an emergency was 24 to 48 hours.  Our flight left in less than 15 hours.  As I dialled to speak to someone at the Canadian passport office, I chanted under my breath, “I believe, I believe, I believe…”  I felt the relief in my heart.   And a miracle happened.  Despite everything we had read online (and knew to be true), I was told that because we had a return flight booked before our passports’ expiry dates, and we had funds to fly home, there was no reason we should be denied entry.  Intense relief!!!  I was convinced.  I believed.

Releasing doubt and worry made it possible.

When we took three connecting flights back home (arranged in a hurry after Natalie’s accident), we had several hair-raising moments.  Our first flight was late leaving, and we landed with mere minutes to spare to catch the next flight.  As we literally ran through the airport, again, I believed. Somehow, we would make it.   It was just like in the movies, cutting through the customs lines, reading overhead signs in Spanish, and arriving totally out of breath at the gate.  We made it!  We laugh about it now, but it was pretty stressful at the time.

At one point, we were lost in the Bogota airport, no one spoke English, and we had to find the Air Canada check-in desk.  It was a huge airport.  I felt helpless.  And then I just looked upwards and said, “Please send us some help”.  Ten seconds later, I spotted a man wearing a white shirt with gold epaulets, a flight captain….who spoke English!  I looked up again and whispered, “thank you”.  He directed us to the area we needed to go to, and although we weren’t able to arrive home with our luggage, we did get things sorted out and had time to spare.  (Our luggage was delivered to the farm two days later, completely intact.)

Entertaining stories, perhaps, but for someone who was raised to believe in “rules” ,in an often pessimistic environment, to me they are reminders that when we believe – and feel that belief – believing can result in miracles.  (For more insight on this topic, I highly recommend Gregg Braden’s book “Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer” )

I encourage you to find your way to connect to the divine.  Try some meditation.  Recite the Reiki precepts daily.  Let go, and accept.  Believe.  It’s amazing.

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How am I Doing…Today?

Every morning, before I go to work at the farm, I spend some time in my healing room, preparing myself for the day.  Ideally, I would do this right after rising out of bed, but the reality is I enjoy my sleep, and enjoy making a healthy breakfast for my family.  Once they’re off, it’s quiet and I can take as much time as I want, without feeling rushed.

One of the first things I do is just “check in” with myself….how am I feeling today?  Each of the five Reiki precepts is prefaced with “Just for today”.  Every day is different – the euphoria we may have been enjoying yesterday may dissipate, the anxiety about something may have increased.  How am I feeling today, right now?

I take some deep, cleansing breaths, place my hands in Gassho position (Namaste gesture), and allow myself to feel grounded and connected to the Earth.  If my mind starts wandering to what I need to get done at the farm, or what items to add to my grocery shopping list, I have a few “tools”.  Visualizing roots growing from my feet, down into the ground, works great.  So does holding a crystal such as black tourmaline or obsidian.  And aromatherapy using a grounding blend, or pure Frankincense also does the trick beautifully.  (I don’t usually have to do anything but slow my breathing and focus, but these tools do help!)

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I then recite the precepts, because they remind me of how I can best serve myself and others.

IMG_1316I have a beautiful singing bowl, which I purchased last winter.  It sits on my windowsill, and I often like to take it in my hands to play for a few minutes.  I discovered that when I have not done a good job of calming my mind and spirit, the bowl reflects this turmoil, and does not tone very loudly – if at all.  However, when I feel “connected”, peaceful and whole….the song fills the whole room!  Talk about bio-feedback!

Self-Reiki is also an important part of my daily practice.  At this point in my day, I will use Reiki to clear each of my chakras, to cleanse my healing room (and other rooms, if necessary).  I will do a short meditation and prayer.  When I am finished, I feel peaceful, grounded….and ready to take on anything I encounter in the day.

Tomorrow may well be a whole other story.  That’s okay.  I only need to focus on Today.

Namaste my friends!

 

Waking up this morning, I smile,
Twenty four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.  Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!)

My Favourite Reiki Precept

Of the five Reiki precepts, the one that stirs my heart every day is “Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.”  What comes to mind when you read this?  Does it mean holding a door open for someone?  Paying an unsolicited compliment?  These are certainly both acts of kindness, but it can be so much more.

Most of us are quite capable of finding nice things to say about someone’s appearance, or something that they have achieved.  How wonderful is it when we have taken extra time to style our hair, or to put together a great fashion combo, and someone notices?  That “You look great today!” compliment you receive will probably put a smile on your face, and a warm glow somewhere inside.  For a few hours, our self-esteem has risen, we are vibrating at a slightly higher frequency, and the sun seems to shine a bit brighter.  Our whole outlook on our day may even improve. All because of four words spoken from the heart.

This kind of kindness is something that many of us can – and do – practise daily.  But what about the type of kindness that comes with a bit more work, and perhaps a bit of (perceived) sacrifice?  The kindness that comes from compassion and empathy and unconditional love for all?

“Kindness” – n. goodness, favour, act of assistance, service, help, aid

Many times in our daily interactions with others, we are caught responding with our ego, rather than our heart.  Our need to be right or to have the last word sometimes overcomes our compassion.  An awareness of this behaviour is the first step to modifying it. I try to catch myself before I respond.  Better yet, I pay attention to the situation, to see what is truly happening and being said, without jumping to a response.  Am I  considering the entire situation?

For example, many years ago, there was a person I sometimes found myself “at odds” with and I often became engaged in yet another unpleasant sparring match.  I realized there was more going on with them than just a desire to spar verbally.   Almost every time we ran into trouble, it was because they were either not feeling well (in pain, even) or had been upset with someone else.   This realization only happened when I dropped my ego, and was present and acting with compassion.  Once I figured out why they were being unkind,  I didn’t take anything personally, and could find it very easy to be kind and not respond harshly.   Sometimes the best thing to say was nothing at all…. The situation dissipated quickly every time.

When we live a life of service to others, it doesn’t mean we are giving anything up.  On the contrary, we are embracing and receiving so much more.  We are not inviting ourselves to be used as doormats and to be taken advantage of, either.  Rather, we are setting a standard for how we expect to be treated.  And when this becomes the norm, when others see it as a permanent character trait, things shift.  When we live kindly, people notice.  After a while, they start living kindly, too.  We can all take an active role in creating a better, kinder world.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”. ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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