Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
It was quite a few years ago when a friend lent me a copy of Masaru Emoto’s book, The Hidden Messages in Water. I was simply blown away! Although my understanding of energy had grown immensely since learning Reiki, seeing actual photos of water crystals deepened this understanding even more. Dr. Emoto had performed a number of experiments where water had been polluted and then loving thoughts were sent to it. Photos of water crystals “before and after” demonstrated how much these thoughts improved the water crystals. Before the experiment began, the crystals were deformed and dark. After positive energy was sent, crystals from the same water source were perfectly shaped and stunningly beautiful.
Drinking clean, healthy water has always been a priority of mine. But, we took it a step further, by adding positive energy to it. It became a ritual in our household to tape loving words on the bottom of our water pitcher, or to send Reiki to any drinking water we imbibed.
However, the most important lesson of Dr. Emoto’s work is the effects of thoughts on physical substances, such as water. In the same way, our thoughts have a direct effect on other people. During one Reiki session, a client presented with back pain. I received the message she was under psychic attack, being “stabbed in the back” by other people’s thoughts. Since this is a regular client, and I knew her spiritual beliefs are very open, I shared this message with her. She stated the message described her work environment exactly. Due to an unpopular stance she took, several coworkers were spreading untrue rumors, attacking her integrity. We discussed ways she could protect herself energetically each day, when she entered her workplace. Her back pain soon disappeared.
Our thoughts about ourselves and our actions are also very powerful, and affect our own energy levels. Think about a time when you felt disappointed in yourself, or ashamed of an action you took. How harsh were your judgments? What words of criticism did you use? Now, think about your body’s energy level for the next minutes, or hours. Were you tired, irritable and tense? Did you feel despondent and sad?
Let’s rewrite the script, by using this imaginative exercise. Focus on that same situation, when you felt disappointment or shame. But, this time, talk to yourself in a loving way. Tell yourself that you could have made better choices, but you learned a good life lesson and will not do it again. Forgive yourself. Remind yourself you are a human being who is always unconditionally loved by the Divine. Check in with your feelings – you may be feeling calm and peaceful, and perhaps giving gratitude for yet another opportunity to grow.
Sadly, Dr. Emoto died last month, at the age of 71 years. Let’s send him positive thoughts and love for being a great teacher to all of us. I will think of him every time I see my joyful words on the bottom of my water pitcher!
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)