Article by Angie Webster
As we grow up, we take on the beliefs of our parents, our culture, our religious teachers and our government and so on. Everything around us implants new ideas about how we are meant to think, feel and act. This is called socializing and it is needed to a certain degree in order for us to know how to function among those around us. We learn what is needed to remain safe.
Some of these beliefs are very functional in our immediate family or our local community. They can serve us very well. However, there are many beliefs that we learn that worked very well for our parents that don’t serve us very well in the world today. Other things we learn may have served an important function in our lives while we were younger but no longer fit the person or life we have developed for ourselves. The world continues to change and grow and so do we.
When we subconsciously hold onto a belief that doesn’t fit us, we become energetically stuck. At a deep level, our true being experiences the conflict between where we are in life and the beliefs we hold. Energy cannot flow unrestricted in a pathway held tight from conflict. We feel bad emotionally, mentally, spiritually and ultimately we will feel pain or sickness in our physical body.
It is important to remember that we are energetic beings. Every level of our energy system holds information for us about what we have experienced and how it has impacted us—negatively or positively. The spirit or soul is the level that remembers why we are here in physical form and guides us to the things that are for our greatest good and away from things that are leading away from it. Even things that lead us away from our highest good can be redirected to serve our highest good as we are never damaged permanently at the soul level.
When we use Reiki to heal ourselves or others, we are bringing the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels into more balanced alignment with each other. The Reiki flows through the energy pathways in the body helping to open up any restrictions, congestion and blockages in the energetic systems. One of the things Reiki can assist with in this process is releasing beliefs and thoughts that are causing a conflict with our lives and easing the restriction these beliefs have created. New ways of understanding the world can then come online to help us function in a way that is healthier for us.
If you want to use Reiki to help yourself release stale and limiting beliefs, the symbols can assist you in this. They are able to help you work more deeply on a mental and emotional level and also allow you to work without the limits of time and space to heal the past. It can also help to have a list of the beliefs you want to release.
Before you make your list of limiting beliefs, send Reiki to the process with the intent that you uncover the beliefs that are most restricting your self-healing right now. As you make the list, notice that certain beliefs trigger more emotion than others do. Make a special note by those that create emotional reactions. These are the ones that you need the most assistance in healing. Choosing to give yourself a Reiki treatment with the specific intent to release these beliefs can be very helpful in letting it go and healing.
Before you begin you self-treatment, set the specific intention that you release beliefs that do not serve you. Draw the Power symbol on both hands and over your head. Use the Mental and Emotional Healing symbol over your head. Then use the Distant symbol in order to heal anything form the past in connection with these beliefs. Repeat the Power symbol after this. Then begin your self-Reiki session. As you treat yourself, notice any feelings or thoughts that arise. Do not judge yourself for anything that comes up. Be very compassionate and gentle. Allow yourself to relax and let the Reiki flow through your energetic system, healing and repairing.
After doing this, you will begin to notice that your thoughts and feelings are changing. This process can feel uncomfortable at first. Remember that these old beliefs are all linked together and as one releases, others will need to alter to accommodate the process. Pay attention to the emotions this brings up as the healing continues after treatment. Remind yourself that you don’t need to change anything you don’t want to. Soon you will notice that you are feeling more in tune with yourself and making decisions that fit more with who you truly are.
Angie Webster made a significant contribution to the Reiki community, with a particular focus on Animal Reiki, which she had a deep affection for. As a knowledgeable Reiki Master Teacher and Author, she conducted online courses on energy healing, herbalism, flower essences, and personal growth.
She is the author of “Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature” and “Reiki from A to Z”. Currently, Angie has decided to retire from her professional life to devote more time to her health, family, and the little joys of life.