Posts Tagged ‘Reiki Principles’

Attitude of Gratitude

Today I am affirming a world in which people can learn to give and receive in balance, to feel the wonder of gifts and to trust that small kindnesses will indeed be repaid in full. As St. Francis says, “It is in giving that we receive.” I had an experience last night that shocked me to the core but also shed so much light (again) on just how much an addictive sense of lack and the perceived need for grasping works to turn a would-be giver away.

I gave anyway, but profound sadness surrounding this experience still lingers, mostly because I see how it plays out in our larger world. I will not invest my energy in this direction again, and that saddens me, because my heart saw so clearly the potential ripple effects of such an offering. Instead, the person received back what they gave, plus a bonus of much more, and yet the net gain for that person is a huge loss. Ingratitude severed what could have been an ongoing stream of freely offered blessings.

It reminds me of people who would themselves benefit from universal debt forgiveness, but who strongly oppose it because someone else might have just a little more debt forgiven than they do. Are we not all in this together?? Would not a hint of gratitude solve so many situations in our world? Ease so much pain? Prevent so many misunderstandings? When you give and someone expresses delight and gratitude, do you not want to shower that person with even more gifts? The Universe has feelings, too. That’s why an attitude of gratitude brings miracles. It’s even one of the Reiki (Universal Life Force Energy) Principles: “Just for today, do not worry, and be filled with gratitude.” It’s one of the Faery Rules: “No rudeness.” According to Meister Eckhart, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

And so, today, I say thank you. Thank you for this experience, as it has shown me much. Thank you for all the wonderful blessings that I have in my life, which encourage me to want to scatter such abundance around the world. Thank you for this person, and God/dess bless her and all the many like her, those people who ask and ask and demand, yet then, for whatever reason, sabotage their receiving of such gifts.

“I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.”

Hurry Up and Wait

“Hurry up and wait” describes so much of the energy these days, especially for people conscious enough to notice energetic waves. Solar flares, whistleblowers, 2012 prophecies, Disclosure, and economic “emergencies”: take your pick. We feel the urgency, the “imminent” changes, and yet life rolls on with very little altered day-to-day. Are we in a full-on economic emergency? Or is the New Economy simply emerging? Think “both/and” rather than either/or, and then prepare to hurry up and wait again.

This cycle of intense hope, radical change, and Spidey-sense tingling anticipation feels almost too much to bear — kind of like later seasons of “LOST.” We see the signs (or are they signs?); we feel like somewhere something must make sense (or did we imagine those connections? Is Ben Linus manipulating us?); we wonder which wolves will turn into sheep, and which sheep will bare their bloody canines, all the while trying to remind ourselves that in a truly enlightened world, we need not fear.

With all this suspense, we run the risk of missing out on the ever-present Now. In an age where time may completely collapse inside itself, might we not want to savor these last linear delays? They say a watched pot never boils, but this one will. It absolutely will boil. And soon. The energy has grown far too intense to simmer down. But do we want to spend all our time and energy watching an inevitably boiling pot? How might we better use this time to align ourselves with those bubbling opportunities? I’ve got a few ideas:

1) Allow yourself to feel the relief. As often as you can muster it, invite the feeling of relief into your experience. If you catch yourself saying, “Be rational. That’s only wishful thinking. I’ve got bills to pay and lack is ever present in my life,” cancel that thought! This kind of thinking turns your burner back on low. How do you expect to boil water over a diminished flame? Indulging in feelings of relief beckons relieving circumstances to you. Imagine the ease of total debt relief and the freedom to pursue your passion instead of just a paycheck. If your pot hasn’t started boiling yet, you can still taste the contents without burning your tongue. Observe the flavor of your creation and tweak the seasonings while you can.

2) Follow the Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Practice random acts of kindness. Pick up litter. Share your bumper crop. Hug a tree. Smile: it’s contagious! Yes, CDC, that’s my kind of an epidemic. 😉

3) Speak the Truth in Love. We live in a brainwashed society whose sleeping members have begun to stir. Very soon, we will have millions of shocked Rip Van Winkles feeling emotions and awareness that BigPharma, tell-LIE-vision, and GMO foods used to dumb down. Tempting as an “I told you so” may be, we can finally look forward to some real conversations. You might want to spend some time releasing old resentments about people not believing you. When the TV programming changes, these same people will want to discuss their rapidly changing world view. As someone who has already gone through some of your own awakening process, you know this territory. You can guide gently and with love down paths you’ve already walked. Do you need to rub it in that you got here first, or can you celebrate your ability to help others enjoy their journey?

4) Follow the Usui Reiki Principles. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is an ancient healing method rediscovered in the 19th century by the Japanese monk Dr. Mikao Usui. Reiki means “Universal Life Force Energy” or “Divinely directed healing energy.” It flows through everyone and everything, balancing and healing as it goes. Reiki pracitioners and Reiki Master Teachers know special techniques and hand positions, but as Earth’s frequency rises, Reiki will become more accessible to everyone.

Before Usui started giving Reiki attunements, he had his students follow him around a clinic and observe his energy. He also required them to recite the following principles in order to re-align themselves with the Universal Life Force Energy. Whether or not you know Reiki, you can embrace these principles for a more harmonious life right now. The following version is based on various translations and much study of Reiki and Dr. Usui’s Original Reiki Ideals:

The secret method for inviting happiness
The miracle medicine for all diseases
Just for today, do not be angry.
Just for today, do not worry.
Express your gratitude.
Devote yourself to your life’s work,
And be kind to every being.

5) Practice Makes Perfect (or at least Much Better). The more we practice harmonious living, the more our subconscious mind makes it so. The good things in life manifest much easier as we allow ourselves to align with relief, the Golden Rule, Truth, Love and the natural flow of healing energy. I encourage all of us to practice these things, “just for today.” We can get angry, worried, frustrated and all those other things tomorrow:

“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”

Sure, we can choose to be Macbeth’s, but in a world of all possibilities why would we ever choose that?

So, yes, “hurry up and wait” seems like the order of the day. But while we’re waiting, why not savor the stew, smell the roses, paint a picture, write a masterpiece, make a snack, make a new friend, or make sweet love? Why not live out loud? We don’t need to wait on the world in order to do that. If I’m alive enough to type, and you’re alive enough to read, then we’re both alive enough to enjoy ourselves. I’m telling you, that pot’s inevitably gonna boil.

So what Now?