Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
Remember when you first learned Reiki and you were so excited about it? You could not practice it enough! You set aside time to give Reiki to others and yourself. You told anyone who would listen about this wonderful modality you had learned. You felt extremely blessed.
For many new practitioners, life interfered and the excitement diminished. Daily practice became a lovely memory. A lifelong commitment to Reiki is not unlike a lifelong commitment to another person. There is the honeymoon phase, and then real life sets in. In marriage, or a committed partnership, life may include raising children, demanding careers and financial obligations – making it harder and harder to feel the excitement of new love. In the Reiki way of life, real life time commitments can interfere with good intentions.
Anyone who is successful in maintaining a long-term love relationship will cite the importance of prioritizing the simple act of finding time to spend with the other person. Some couples plan a date night, taking long walks together and talking, or ending their days with all disagreements resolved. Keeping the relationship at the top of the list of life’s priorities will insure a lifelong, happy marriage or partnership.
In the same way, time and attention need to be given to lifelong Reiki practice. If we do not keep Reiki at the top of our priority list, it will soon slip down the ladder and end on a bottom rung.
In my Reiki practice, I receive frequent phone calls and emails from practitioners who learned Reiki several years ago but are no longer using it. They ask if the attunement is still working, or if they should go to Reiki classes again. While I reassure them the attunement(s) are still effective, it may be helpful to review the materials and experience a reattunement. If interested, they may attend a class, or meet with me one-to-one, in what I have termed a “Reiki refresher.”
The Reiki Refresher is a two to three-hour session where we review the Reiki manual, and I answer questions and discuss any concerns. Often, the practitioner will talk about how they allowed Reiki to gradually fade out of her life – and how much she wants it to become a vital part of her life again. This discussion is actually the most important part of the session, as she develops a new commitment to the Reiki path. The reattunement can be quite emotional, as it connects to a part of herself that has been neglected.
If you would like to renew your commitment to Reiki practice, take time to discern what steps you need to take to get back on the path. If you offer Reiki trainings, you probably have had similar contacts from practitioners who want to return to Reiki. Consider what you can do to facilitate the renewal of another person’s commitment to the beautiful gift of Reiki.
Perhaps, one of the most essential ways to renew passion for Reiki is to give energy to this intention. As we know, intention, coupled with action, is unstoppable. When we build positive energy towards a goal, and are open to unlimited possibilities, the solutions come flying into our beings! Spirit inspires us to find the ways to connect to our passions. Let us always find the passion (and the time) to live a Reiki life.
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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)