Article by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master
Reiki gives us opportunities time and again to heal pain from the past. It is up to us to recognise an opportunity when it is presented. Often, these opportunities are blessings in disguise. They push us past our comfort zone and may even upset us. However, with the passage of time, we learn to recognise the gifts hidden in every apparent negative happening.
Recently, I received an opportunity that brought back memories of long forgotten pain. I would like to share this incident and its significance in my life. I hope this inspires you to take note when you receive similar opportunities to heal memories and incidents that hold prominence in your life☺
Here we go.
The road sense in India is rather poor. Not everyone cares about traffic rules and there is little concern for the safety of others on the road. Drivers jump signals and pedestrians cross the road dangerously in the midst of chaotic traffic. A large population and an education system that is not yet geared towards teaching basic civic sense are the root causes of this mayhem. However, most urban dwellers have adapted pretty well to this chaos on the roads. They have mastered the skill of running across the busiest of streets, without a care that they might be hit. To cross a busy road, all one needs to do is put out a hand (as an indication for oncoming traffic to slow down) and then run across, irrespective of whether the vehicles slow down or not!
A handful of people, including me, have not been able to adapt to this perceived danger on the roads. Despite having lived here all my life, I am still not comfortable crossing busy streets or driving here. I prefer to cross at established signals or to wait till the road is completely devoid of traffic. The only time I run across a busy street is when someone who is skilled at doing so clutches my hand and helps me across!
Recently, I was in a position where I had to cross such a street all by myself. I was out with my family to do some shopping. We were not able to find a suitable parking space. In order to save time, they suggested that I get off and begin shopping while they found a suitable space to park. When I got off, I found to my horror that I was left standing alone on a road that was extremely busy. No traffic signals and no safe spaces to cross! Since I had no choice, I waited patiently for the traffic to clear on both sides. But it just did not happen and I grew anxious. I almost decided to call my family and tell them that I needed their help to cross the road. But a voice inside me urged me to cross the road myself. I took a deep breath and when the traffic on both sides became relatively thin, I began to cross the road. When I was halfway across, a speeding car appeared out of nowhere. It came so fast that my heart began to pound. I could not stop in the middle of the road due to the traffic. My only option was to run as fast as I could! The fight or flight response kicked in and my mind warned me that I was in a very dangerous situation. I ran at top speed across the remaining portion of the road. Once I reached the other side safely, I was in a state of shock. The speed at which the car dashed ahead had overwhelmed me.
The critical voice of my Ego told me that I ought to have been more careful and that I had risked my life by running across. The voice went on and on about how dangerous a situation I had put myself in. When I narrated this to my family, no one seemed concerned. Since this is such a common occurrence on the roads here, not many people take over speeding and reckless driving seriously. Since I was not physically hurt, they did not see any reason for me to be upset. But I was very upset and I could not explain why I was so upset.
A loving voice, which I believe was of my higher self, told me that this incident had happened for a reason. I asked my angels to help me understand the significance of this incident. My angels assured me that I was safe and protected. They asked me to remember my inherent power and divinity, which would protect me at all times. They also told me to nurture my inner child with love and attention. I could not process the meanings of these messages as I was quite shaken up. So, I decided to sleep over the incident with the messages from the angels placed under my pillow.
The next morning I was better able to understand the significance of this incident. As a child, I had escaped an automobile accident unhurt while travelling with my family. Everyone at home marvelled at how we had escaped after a close shave with death. This incident and people’s morbid interpretation of the same created a lot of trauma in me. It was also very common for my parents and extended family to discuss the details of ghastly accidents in front of us children. I grew up listening to these traumatic stories. All of this had created a fear of accidents in me, though I was not conscious of it at all times.
So, when this incident happened some time back, it was the child in me that was afraid of being hurt in an automobile accident. It was the child in me that over reacted to a situation that most people here would not find a big deal. Hence, I was asked by my angels to nurture my inner child.
I sensed that the reason this incident had happened was to give me an opportunity to heal the childhood trauma stored in my energy field. All those of us who practise Reiki receive such opportunities to heal from time to time. This is so because we are in constant touch with healing energy which forces unhealed pain to leave. Once this realisation set in, I immediately set to work on healing those traumatic events with Reiki.
Through this incident, Reiki also taught me to accept things as they are. I have always admired the discipline with regards to road sense and safety in other countries that are more developed and wished we would have such a system here as well. We cannot hope for that kind of discipline here at the moment. So, I only take the good and adapt to reality here. My common sense tells me that it is wise to cross the road when it is free from traffic and I will continue to cross safely, irrespective of how others cross. However, what I will not do is listen to the voice of the Ego when situations are beyond my control or perceive danger in an exaggerated way. I know I am safe, protected and powerful because I choose to be so.
I thank Reiki for giving me this opportunity to heal!
Haripriya Suraj is a Reiki Master, Angel Healer, and Spiritual Teacher. She was drawn to Reiki right from her childhood and Reiki went on to become part of her life’s purpose. Reiki is her constant companion from which she derives peace and contentment. She is also deeply connected with the angels, with Angel Healing being an integral part of her Reiki practice. After reaping the fruits of Reiki practice in her life, she was inspired to spread the joy of Reiki and the light of the Angels. Haripriya offers courses in Reiki and Angel Healing as well as distance healing services. She resides in Bangalore, India. Reach Haripriya at firstname.lastname@example.org and Angel Light on Facebook.