Article by Patti Deschaine
Many of us are our own worst enemies. We say things to ourselves that we would not put up with from anyone else. These are often habits of a lifetime, learned from an early age. Examine your own inner dialog. Some of us have negativity running as a constant soundtrack. I’ll admit, I can be a prime example. Many times I have to correct myself from saying things like:
- What’s wrong with you?
- Omg, I am so stupid.
- I’m too old to (dance, ski, start a new relationship…)
- I’m ugly.
- I hate my wrinkles.
Well, you get the picture. Fortunately Reiki provides a kinder, gentler alternative to negative self talk. We don’t have to allow a dirty stream of negative thoughts to control our day.
Negative thoughts that don’t affect you personally will be the easier to start with. You can work your way up as you get more comfortable with rooting out negativity and replacing it with positive.
Of course, we think about things and weigh them as good or bad on a constant basis. Don’t try to change a lifetime of negative thinking all at once. Start small. Pay attention to how you view the world in general. For example, try replacing “It’s so hot today already!” with “Guess I’ll enjoy this summer weather while it lasts.”
Once you’ve had some practice you can move on to your personal sludge fund of negative thinking. Be brave, starting with your morning ritual. We know you critically examine every new crease and wrinkle, but really, is it something you can change? Before you even catch a glimpse of yourself this morning, resolve to be kind. “I like my hair this length” is a great beginning.
Most importantly, start your day by connecting to energy. You can be too busy to do this, that’s your choice. It is also your choice to start the day frazzled and negative. Take the time to connect to universal energy. Your day will be SO much better. It does not have to be a long process. I like to start my day connecting to energy and reviewing the Reiki precepts. Send some distance Reiki to those you know to be in need or just ask the universe to direct some energy to where it is needed.
Once I am in a good space, I like to pull an oracle card as a clue to what the day holds in store for me. You can add your own personal preference here. Maybe hold a crystal or two and just sit quietly for a minute. Meditation is always a good choice to center and balance you.
Use the symbols to change negative thoughts to positive throughout your day.
- Use Cho Ku Rei when you connect to increase your personal energy.
- Take a Reiki shower and brush that negativity away with Sei He Kei.
- Send distance Reiki to those who need it with Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen.
LISTEN to what goes on in your head and correct it immediately.
Here’s the thing…if we don’t support ourselves as healers and lightworkers, how is it possible for us to transmit that which we don’t possess? The world needs our positive energy now more than ever. Take care of yourself. You are important.
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Patti Deschaine is a traditionally trained Usui Reiki Master, Lightarian Reiki Master, and owner of Maja Energy Works and Reiki Healing. She resides and practices in Wilmington, NC. She enjoys all types of Reiki and particularly loves using Reiki on animals. Patti can be found at http://