Article by Ashwita Goel, Reiki Master
Lower back and shoulder pains seem to be one of the most common problems today. While we could attribute the physical cause of these problems to desk jobs and computers, we know once we start taking healing more seriously, that mere changes in physical surroundings aren’t enough to create problems. There has to be an emotional cause.
In my observation, a shoulder ache almost always comes along with a block in the heart chakra. We all get hurt at some or the other stage in our lives. While some incidents we sail through comfortably, healing and moving on, some others leave us sore and hurting, unwilling to move on. These don’t always have to be the big, dramatic events in our lives; even the small, insignificant wounds can sometimes create long lasting blocks.
When we’re left sore after a painful incident, we shut our hearts down. After all, what better way to prevent getting hurt than to not let anyone into the heart? No vulnerability, no pain. Imagine a person trying to protect their heart region. We’d see a person crossing his arms in front of his heart, shoulders hunched forward. If you observe carefully, this is exactly the posture the shoulders have in people suffering from shoulder pain. The shape is completely opposite to the natural position of the shoulders, and obviously, there is going to be stiffness and pain in no time. Healing may bring temporary relief by loosening up the shoulders, but life situations that threaten to hurt can bring back the pain quickly.
Healing the Heart
Closing the heart down keeps the pain out, but also the love. It becomes harder to accept as well as to show love.
We shut our hearts down because of an underlying belief that opening our heart up can bring us pain. The solution over here lies not in replacing this belief with another, because love and hurt do go hand in hand, but in healing our fear of getting hurt. A dedicated sportsman experiences plenty of hard work, plenty of pain, maybe even injuries, but that doesn’t bother him, because the sport also brings him joy. It is the same with opening up the heart. Yes it will bring pain. It will also bring love, joy, togetherness, and in its ultimate flowering, infinite bliss.
- Create a sacred space, maybe light a few candles, lamps, or incense.
- Bring into your awareness a situation where you are afraid of getting hurt. This could be a real incident or an imagined one. Become aware of the feelings this situation brings up.
- Stay with the pain, drop the resistance to it.
- Embrace the pain, breathe into it, breathing in love.
- Start your full body Reiki healing, starting with the heart chakra.
Regular practice of this exercise will help you be more open and loving. Your shoulders will start to straighten up by themselves, and the pain will disappear.
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Having learned Meditation as a child, Ashwita incorporated Reiki into her life during her early teens. After a decade of witnessing the magic Reiki, she felt compelled to take up Reiki professionally, and ended her corporate career in 2007, taking up Reiki full-time. She eventually incorporated EFT, hypnotherapy and past life therapy into her work. Apart from her healing work, she teaches Reiki and meditation, and her book ‘Healing Through Reiki’ is available on Amazon. She holds regular full moon and new moon meditations at @AshwitaGoel. Her website is www.reiki-bangalore.com and her blog www.ashwita.com