Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
Many of us learned to meditate by trying to rid ourselves of thoughts, for a period of time. If a thought appears in our minds, we acknowledge it and then let it go, drifting back to the state of no thoughts. It is an excellent way to still our overstimulated minds and relax into a peaceful state of being.
There is a second kind of meditation, called active meditation. It is a method of connecting with Divine Spirit, while using our imagination. When paired with Reiki, and with frequent practice, it is a dynamic way to receive messages. It is not unlike shamanic journeying, or Carl Jung’s technique called active imagination. The more we practice this method, the easier it becomes, assisting us to connect with Spirit and develop our intuitive abilities.
Active meditation is quite simple, and you can vary the process to fit your own preferences.
Here are some basic instructions:
- Sit, or lay down, in a comfortable and quiet setting.
- Take three deep breaths.
- Begin the Reiki flow.
- Set an intention, asking Spirit to give you guidance on this journey of imagination.
- Let your imagination fly, and watch the scene play out in front of you; it seems like a third-eye dream. Do not judge it, or analyze it – simply let it happen. You will know when it is complete.
- Give gratitude for the experience.
After the imaginary daydream, write down everything you remember. Ask for guidance again, to assist you in understanding everything you saw and experienced. Journal your thoughts, feelings and any meanings or interpretations that come to your mind. When you are finished, take a few minutes to relax. When you are ready, reread what you wrote – you will be surprised! It is also important to revisit your notes from time to time, as you will receive new insights and deeper understanding of the material presented to you.
You can be as creative as you want to be with active meditation. Some people prefer setting a scene and asking Spirit to join you in the setting. One of my favorites is walking to the Temple of Wisdom, a beautiful white building with strong columns. I walk up the steps, through stunning doors, into a room of windows, looking out onto lovely gardens. Interesting scenarios occur in that room… Or, you can go to a garden with waterfalls, a forest with ancient trees, a beach – let your imagination wander.
While active meditation is often taught within psychic development courses, adding Reiki to the method adds another dynamic dimension. We Reiki practitioners, through the gift of attunements, channel Healing Energy into our lives on a daily basis. Some of us already experience receiving intuitive images and messages for our clients. Less common, however, is the ability to receive images and messages for ourselves. Reiki enables us to approach active meditation with a deeper sense of relaxation and a deeper understanding of how Spirit can work with us in our lives. We know that our calling to bring healing to others must begin with healing ourselves.
Active meditation, incorporated with the blessings of Reiki, can achieve the goal of self-healing. The possibilities are endless. Spirit always teaches us, guides us and brings healing to our bodies, minds, emotions and spiritual aspects. There are many, many ways to connect to Spirit.
Try active meditation – it’s exciting, fun and inspirational!
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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)