Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
When I did psychotherapy work, I loved using simple visual analogies with clients. One favorite is the swimming pool, used when clients were struggling to move forward in making a major change. This is how it worked. I ask the client to imagine herself standing on the concrete, at the shallow end of the pool, dipping her toes into the water. This corresponds with her decision to engage in therapy, being on the precipice of change. But, she remains hesitant to commit herself fully to the water, carefully checking out the options, and taking small steps to change. Eventually, she goes into the water, staying in the shallow end, lowering herself slowly, still feeling trepidation, and maybe even fear.
The perils of the deep end are unknown. Perhaps, it is safer to stay in the shallow water because it is familiar, although not too satisfying. Slowly, she moves towards the deep end of the pool, full of promising opportunities. She always has the choice to delve deeper, or to return to perceived safety – just like the therapeutic process.
The healing process of Reiki is similar. When a person completes any level of Reiki training, there may be a hesitation to fully embrace the modality. Life circumstances may make it seem difficult to find time to practice frequently. Perhaps, other people make negative comments, or ask challenging questions, about its effectiveness. Seeds of doubt are planted within the thinking mind.
The Reiki path is most effective when we jump in the deep end, with both feet, immersing our body in water, making a strong commitment to “take the plunge.” There are opportunities for exploration of our thoughts and beliefs, and many lessons to be learned. We soon discover the more we open our hearts and minds to Reiki energies, the more we grow in all areas of our lives. Because Reiki connects us to the Divine Energy of love and healing, our spiritual development usually grows in many unforeseen ways.
Just like a person in therapy has a choice in making a full commitment, so do Reiki practitioners. This does not refer to whether or not a practitioner opens a Reiki practice; not everyone is called to do so. A Reiki practitioner can be fully committed to helping family and friends, to his self-healing and self-growth, living in the deep waters. Likewise, a Reiki practitioner who offers sessions to the public can be living in the shallow waters. He offers a needed service to others, but he has not embraced the Reiki ideals in his own life.
A Reiki path calls us to live our full potential. The full potential for one person can look very different than the full potential of another person. Reiki can guide us to what our life purpose is, whenever we decide to explore all the possibilities. Life purpose actions always resonate within our heart; this resonation is an affirmation that we have made the best choice for our own soul growth.
Standing on the edge of the pool, simply dipping in our toes from time to time, sets limits on our lives. It is not the best approach to Reiki, to our personal emotional and spiritual growth, or to the many choices in our lives. Embrace Reiki fully to bring many blessings into your life!
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Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner. She also is a licensed clinical social worker, working with a hospice agency in Asheville, NC. She grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and was stricken with polio at the age of three. To relieve fatigue from post-polio syndrome, she learned Reiki. This complementary technique led her to explore other alternative modalities. Her personal journey, along with life lessons learned along the way, is detailed in her book, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)