Article by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master
The Attitude of Gratitude was taught to most of us in our Level 1 classes.
I remember how fascinated I was when I first heard of the Attitude of Gratitude. I liked the way it sounded and found my teacher’s pronunciation of it cute!
I did my Reiki training under two different teachers and they each taught me different ways of saying the Attitude of Gratitude.
My first teacher taught me to say it this way-
“Thank you Haripriya.”
“Thank you Reiki.”
“Thank you Haripriya.”
If I was doing a healing for someone else, I just had to use that person’s name in the third line instead of my own.
My second teacher gave me more elaborate wording that went something like-
“Thank you dear Reiki, Reiki Guides, Angels, Grandmasters Dr Usui, Dr Hayashi and Ms Takata, My Reiki Teachers and My Own Self.”
For a long time, I said the Attitude of Gratitude rather mechanically. The words were etched in my memory and I just rattled them off without giving much thought to their significance.
One fine day, the voice of my Higher Self told me, “Hey wake up! There is much more to the Attitude of Gratitude than just reciting some words like a poem.”
This incident truly did wake me up! After some contemplation, I realised that the Attitude of Gratitude is so simple yet so difficult to practise. Many of us practise it mechanically and as a matter of habit. In truth, the Attitude of Gratitude is more about feeling than about wording, habit or formality.
Thereafter, I began to develop an attitude of gratitude. I still use the words. But rather than say them mechanically, I put all my focus on the words and feel the gratitude for Reiki (and for everyone else) emanating from my heart chakra. It does make a lot of difference ☺
We get so used to the energy of Reiki that it becomes easy to take it for granted. Just take a moment and imagine how your life would be today if not for Reiki. Mine would be rather boring and dull.
When we say those words that we call “The Attitude of Gratitude”, we are expressing gratitude for the presence of Reiki in our lives. We are so blessed that we have access to this vast storehouse of powerful energy. Reiki is like our trusted friend. It is an unconditional energy of love and light. It leads us on our soul’s path and nurtures us throughout. It does so much for us quietly and behind the scenes. It is not in the least bit boisterous! No wonder that we forget to feel gratitude for it as we practise.
Dear Friends, please treat this article as a wakeup call. Start developing an Attitude of Gratitude. It does not matter what words you use. What matters is that you feel the gratitude in your heart!
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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 on her blog at lightworkersonearth.com, on email at email@example.com and on Facebook at Angel Light.