Article by Angie Webster
When practicing Reiki, it is helpful to keep your vibration high. A high vibration state is one that is closest to that of peace and joy. These states and those that feel most similar to them cause us to feel very open and free. Their quality is expansive and they expand our ability to see clearly and to understand what is in front of us. We can most clearly see the “bigger picture” when we are in these states. When we are in a high vibration state, our energy system is most open and clear and we are able to more easily shift to our highest possible state of well-being and health.
You may notice that when you are in a lower vibration state, such as anger or fear, you have a sense of contraction. You can sense this contraction in your body and in your mind as well. You may notice that even your vision becomes narrower when in these states of mind. Because these lower states of vibration are constrictive in nature, they restrict the flow of energy in your body. This is why it is so important to our health that we stay aware of our state of mind and practice consciously lifting ourselves to the highest vibration we can reach.
When we decide to begin the practice of healing others, this becomes even more important. Our vibrational level not only affects us, but everyone and everything around us, particularly those we come into close contact with. When we enter another’s energy field to give them Reiki, we affect their vibration with our own. If we are in a low energy, negative emotion state, this will be unconsciously felt by the other person, no matter what kind of happy face we try to put on to hide it. This will transfer to them in a similar way to a virus, infecting them and altering their energy field. Additionally, if our own energy field is in a contracted state, then Reiki energy will not flow as freely to the person we are offering healing to until it has first cleared our own blocks. It is very important that we are honest with ourselves about our state of mind prior to a healing session and take a moment to release any negativity.
It is helpful to make a daily commitment to noticing your own state of mind as you go through your day. The point of this is not to chastise yourself for having human emotional responses. Emotions are simply indicators of our vibrational state. There is no wrong or right in the emotion itself. It is just telling you what is going on, helping you notice. You can make new choices based on what your emotions are telling you about yourself and your state of vibration. If you feel in a state of peace, then you are likely making choices that are leading you in the right direction. If your emotions and body responses are sending you signals of lower vibration emotions, then it is a good idea to look at your choices and see where changes that feel more appropriate can be made, even if they are very small ones in the beginning.
The Reiki principles can be used as guides to remind us to raise our vibrational level. The principles remind us not to remain stuck in the emotions of anger and worry. While some take this to mean that it is wrong to experience anger, worry or other negative emotions, the point is not that you should chastise yourself for feeling these emotions, or any other emotions. Experiencing emotions is a normal part of being human. To chastise yourself when you are experiencing a negative emotion only serves to lower your vibration further. Instead, welcome all of your emotions, even the ones that feel unpleasant, as helpful guides to your inner world. Use them to know yourself better and as a tool for greater self-love and love of others.
When you are able to see and honor your emotions, you are already on your way to raising your vibration. Most of the time, we only react to emotions, believing we are victims of circumstance or of the emotions themselves. By becoming aware of them and the sensations they produce in our bodies, we are able to take the steps toward altering how we respond, if we choose.
The Reiki principles direct us toward gratitude as well, and this is very effective at lifting our vibration higher. Gratitude or appreciation are very high vibration states. If you notice that you are feeling a low vibration emotion, you can intentionally direct your focus to thoughts or things around you that bring you into the state of appreciation. You will feel a warm sensation and opening spread across your heart and brain within a minute or so, in most cases. Allow yourself to stay with it for another 30 seconds longer. Do this practice every day, at least once to keep your vibration high, or anytime you feel yourself drop into a low vibration state. If you have been in a low vibration state for some time, feeling depressed or grieving, give yourself some time with this practice and stick with it. It’s fine to take small steps. Imagine giving yourself a hug each time. You are taking great care of yourself and that is important!
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Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).