Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
The Reiki ideal, “just for today…do not worry” seems simple enough, yet often we forget to live this powerful ideal. A life with no worries – is that even possible in today’s complex world?
Using Reiki on a daily basis can certainly help each of us to reach this goal. Our perspective on dealing with life’s challenges can shift. Rather than meeting a troubling situation with anxiety-filled thoughts, we can meet the challenge with a calmer attitude. Let’s look at an everyday situation, from the eyes of a Reiki practitioner.
Your partner works in a corporation where sales have gone down and layoffs seem inevitable. He is living in fear, wondering how the two of you will pay the mortgage and other bills, if he is suddenly unemployed. Your income as a Reiki practitioner varies month-to-month, so a certain amount of needed income may, or may not, be realized. You have a choice – you can also fill yourself with anxiety, or you can bring a healing energy to the relationship.
If you truly believe everything happens for a reason, you will approach the situation with calm and peace. You remember there are opportunities in every dark cloud, and you bring that belief into your home. Rather than focusing on potential losses, you start focusing on new possibilities. Maybe a layoff will assist your partner in leaving a job that he never really liked. Maybe this is the time to return to college, or forge a second career.
The important aspect to recognize is that worry (a negative energy, arising from fear) is the opposite of calmness (a positive energy, arising from love). Thoughts of fear will attract fear-ridden circumstances while thoughts of calmness will attract peaceful solutions.
Because each of us is human, this is easier said than done. The first step in developing a peace-filled life is to become aware of any worry-filled thought. Then, focus on changing the thought, just for the present moment. Just for today – just for now – do not worry. Each present moment will lead into the next, and the next, and the next. A shift has occurred.
Another technique for calming worries is to take the opposite tactic – travel deeply into the anxiety and figure out what part is actually making you nervous. It is working through the anxiety, not circumventing it. Revisiting the possible unemployment, ask yourself, “What is the worst thing that could happen?” In this case, you two determine the worst thing would be needing to sell your house and moving into a rental apartment. With more discussion, you realize that is not so terrible, after all; it is truly manageable. You still have each other, your good health, your friends, your Reiki practice – and your partner has more time to pursue a new beginning. The anxiety level has diminished. You feel gratitude for all the blessings in your lives. So often, we live in anxiety, but have not defined what it is that bothers us so much.
If you have difficulties with changing thoughts, use Reiki frequently. Place one hand on the side of your head, and the other over your heart – connect the love energy with your cognitive abilities. Send distant healing energies to the situation. Rather than asking Reiki to solve a problem, ask Reiki to go to the best solution possible. Don’t be surprised if the outcome is better than you ever imagined possible! The Source knows the whole picture and will provide loving energy and guidance, if you simply remain open and connected.
Just for today…don’t worry. Be happy.
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)