Article by Tracy Morrow
As we train to become Reiki practitioners, we learn how to begin living the Principles, become attuned to the utterly beautiful and subtle energies that we had been previously blocked from, and learn to share the energy with others. This is done as a journey which at first calls us to leave our normal life behind while we study and practice. Along this new path our identity expands to include our newfound skills and way of life. Yet, merging this new identity into the rest of our life can seem quite challenging. In fact, it is common for most practitioners to wonder how to better maintain the vibration of a Healer in the face of daily life.
While even the most dedicated practitioner will spend time in reflection of the Reiki Principles every morning, clear their energy and invite Reiki into their day, the day seems to quickly take over. An accumulation of events call out for our attention and at some point we realize we have resorted to operating from lower energy realms. We may find ourselves acting out in anger, succumbing to stress symptoms or otherwise acting and feeling very “un-healer like”. We may even begin to doubt if we even have an ability to truly be a healer or not. Fortunately, most of what we struggle with is our own minds. Let’s look at how to overcome that.
Awareness and acceptance are two of the most integral qualities to develop as a Reiki practitioner. Awareness that you are an emotional creature and will continue to experience darker emotions such as anger, resentment, stress and so forth allows the space to accept those feelings with equanimity. This acceptance is paramount as all emotions are deserving of our compassion. Where we may stumble is in reflecting on the Reiki principles. These principles admonish you to not anger or worry. This does not mean to refuse to allow the emotions of anger and concern. Instead, it means to refrain from becoming or acting out in those emotions.
When you embrace darker emotions, you are able to hear the messages they offer. Anger for instance, is a great message that says that a boundary needs to be set. That boundary can be set in love and using the highest energy of a healer.
You can refrain from becoming the emotion of anger, while still accepting it is a part of you. This goes the same for any other emotion that you might think is “un-healer” like. Find the message in the emotion, treat it with Reiki and choose the healthiest response, even if that response is to accept that there is nothing to do other than cradle the emotion with compassion until it subsides.
As you develop awareness and acceptance of what inhibits you from maintaining a higher vibration in the face of daily life, surrendering becomes an integral activity. Specifically, surrendering the resistance of what is. When you capitulate to the present moment, exactly how it presents itself, and aside from expectations or how you might like to control it, you will find great peace. Surrendering in this way grants the power to respond to the moment from a higher vibration, instead of reacting out of old, and perhaps dysfunctional, habits.
Awareness, acceptance, and surrender will allow you to excel in maintaining the vibration of a Healer in the face of daily life. Therefore, practicing these qualities takes on a profound importance. Pursuing activities such as remaining diligent with the Reiki principles, taking time for meditation, yoga and other mindfulness exercises will help you strengthen these qualities. As you gently guide yourself daily within these practices, they will begin to naturally spill over into the rest of your life. Before you realize it, you will be maintaining high vibrations no matter what the moments of your day present to you.
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In passionate pursuit of timeless living, Tracy Morrow is an NLP Master Practitioner, Certified Meditation Teacher, Certified Reiki Master Teacher, Trainer and Writer. Tireless in her commitment to service, she is currently invested in helping create better lives by opening minds and resources in order to improve wellness and recovery for families living with behavioral health challenges. You can find more about Tracy at Inspir3.com