Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
As we grow in our knowledge of energetic vibrations, we know how important it is for us to bring in energies of peace and calmness, when we do Reiki for others. This is easy to accomplish when we are having a good day, when everything has been smooth and effortless.
But, how can we bring in these vibrations when we have just had an argument with our spouse, are worried about our children or elderly parents, or were delayed in traffic, barely arriving to our treatment room on time? All these real-life situations are part of the human condition, and it may be practically impossible to walk into our treatment rooms in a zen-like state every time – although we would love to!
Developing a technique to move from negative to positive energies is essential. This is my routine, no matter what energies have formed within my being, on a particular day. My perspective of my treatment room is that it is a sacred space, not unlike a church or temple, a space dedicated to spiritual connectedness and peace. This perspective, or belief, assists me in setting aside any negative thoughts. I set the intention that my energies be shifted to all positive ones, for the sake of the client’s healing.
Then, I do the practical things that must be done, in the same order every time. I dim the lights; prepare the massage table; play a calming, instrumental CD; and light candles. I sit down on my stool, take several deep breaths and set intentions for the client’s highest good. I ask for spiritual guidance in my work, to enable healing for the client. I draw the symbols in the air, just above the head of the massage table, to clear the space in preparation for the session. (I also draw the symbols again, after the client is on the table.) It is amazing how quickly energies change.
The important aspect of this routine is that it is a familiar, comfortable pattern, and I feel calmer as I proceed through the steps. The simple tasks create an atmosphere of tranquility, the necessary setting for Reiki healing. In essence, the difficulties have been “shelved” , or set aside, for a few hours, so that Reiki can occur within peaceful energies.
It can feel challenging sometimes to leave the sanctuary of our treatment spaces and return to our real lives. While it may be tempting to ignore troubling issues, it is important to “unshelve” whatever was left unfinished, whether it is an internal, or relationship, issue. Dealing with these issues may be important in our own healing journeys. Why do I get so upset when there is a traffic delay? What changes can I make to improve my marital relationship? Are my concerns about my elderly parents valid, or are they capable in making their own decisions? We need to remember Reiki sessions also affect us, that we too receive healing energies during sessions for others. When we return home to our real-life situations, we can bring more compassionate, open-minded and harmonious energies with us. It will be easier to deal with problematic situations or resolve relationship issues.
That is truly one of the greatest blessings of Reiki. The more we give to others, the more we receive. It is our responsibility to bring our best energies to Reiki sessions. The promise of Reiki is not that our lives will be free of all problems and issues. The promise is when we embrace a Reiki path, we will have opportunities to grow holistically, in mind, body and spirit. Life on earth is complex and complicated – we are given many opportunities to grow. Reiki practitioners receive special opportunities as we intentionally facilitate healing for others. Let us always give gratitude for the many gifts of Reiki!
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Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner. She also is a licensed clinical social worker, working with a hospice agency in Asheville, NC. She grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and was stricken with polio at the age of three. To relieve fatigue from post-polio syndrome, she learned Reiki. This complementary technique led her to explore other alternative modalities. Her personal journey, along with life lessons learned along the way, is detailed in her book, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)