Article by Angie Webster
The longer I practice Reiki, the more I notice an increase of an all-encompassing sense of appreciation in my life. I notice that I am more and more present with whatever is happening around me or within me. And this comes with a greater sense that all these things—the things of form, the sensations, the thoughts and feelings—it all comes from something much greater than what I see with my eyes. It is all energy. This fills me with the deepest sense of awe and appreciation.
Even when I am experiencing something I don’t enjoy or don’t understand, the sense of appreciation and awe that continues to develop in me brings me back to a state of peace. Unpleasant emotions or feelings of pain are tempered quickly by that still center that reminds me that all things are ultimately coming from and through the same beautiful, harmonious energy field and will go back there again. It reminds me that by focusing on this energy, I can more quickly assist myself and anything else toward harmony. Grace is always available.
The most mundane activities take on more joy when you have appreciation in your heart. I am noticing this as this feeling develops in my life. While I still have things I don’t enjoy doing as much as others or times that I find boredom creeping in, more often than not this is being replaced by a sense of childlike wonder. I catch myself smiling at things in joy or amazement that I wouldn’t have noticed before. And I have begun to realize that many times the feeling of disdain at an activity or of boredom with life was more a habit that is expected as we grow older than it was my own truth.
I notice that I feel calmer and I am able to appreciate relationships and people in my life much more than before. I value their strengths and I am more able to see the value of areas where they struggle. Reiki has allowed me to slowly begin to see the value of my own strengths and struggles, as well. Even the past ones that used to be regrets. Now I embrace them as the life lessons they truly were. I am able to value to person I am today.
We all have so much available to us. It seems so untrue, yet this energy is present to all of us. Many people in the world think of themselves as a victim of circumstance, while others perceive themselves as entitled to something special. These are two sides to the same coin, really. The victims believe they are entitled to something they didn’t receive and the entitled believe they will be victims if they don’t receive what they feel entitled to. Appreciation fills you with a sense of peace, even in unpleasant circumstances. It lifts you out of the space where you believe you are a victim and into the space where you can place your focus on creating the harmony you do want, rather than putting more force behind the resistance you don’t want. It doesn’t mean you will get everything your way all the time or that your every wish will come true. It means you have joy and peace, which is much better.
This is my love letter to Reiki. My letter of appreciation for opening my heart and my life. There is no way to fully express the fullness that this has brought to my life. My hope is that my light in the world and my service to the Divine serve to express that as I live out my life.
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).