Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
New ideas, beliefs, and practices generally begin with one thought. “I should quit smoking.” “This job is too stressful.” “This relationship is not good for me.” Over time, such thoughts may grow in frequency and urgency. Yet, we may find it very difficult to make necessary changes in our lives – even though we recognize the changes would be beneficial to us. Why is it so hard to make logical, well-reasoned adjustments in our lives?
Significant changes always have emotional components. Even very stressful jobs can provide us with feelings of security and fulfillment. Thoughts of leaving the job may cause feelings of uneasiness or great distress. Because these feelings based on fear are difficult to name, and process, we often stay with familiar territory. Sometimes, these places of “familiarity” seem more comfortable than the idea of leaving a situation, or ending an unhealthy habit.
Any important change in our lives usually stirs up some fear-based feelings. Reiki can be very helpful in these times of uncertainty, as Reiki always goes to the source of the matter, the feelings of fear. These changes have aspects of the head and the heart – the cognitive thoughts and the emotional feelings. Until these two aspects become united, it is virtually impossible to make important changes in our lives.
Reiki helps us in our understanding of the head-heart connection. As we learn and experience the wonderful healing energies emanating through our chakra centers, we recognize how “connected” all our energy centers are. We are not compartmentalized into segments, but rather any experience we have affects all of our being – although it may affect some areas more strongly. While the ending of a long-term friendship may affect our heart chakra energies the most, our throat chakra energies may feel depleted; our sacral chakra energies may feel heavy; our root chakra energies may be shaken to the core.
Reiki healing energies can assist us in thinking about this ending in new ways: our interests became so divergent, the relationship ran its course; there was an imbalance of give-and-take, with me becoming the caregiver too frequently; this friendship gave me many gifts over the years. The emotions with these thoughts might be acceptance, compassion, and gratitude. The more we connect all the aspects of our thoughts and emotions, the easier it becomes to accept the challenging moments in our lives.
Sometimes, the pain still exists, even after all this connecting-the-dots and processing occurs. This might be a message there is still be a lesson for us to learn. There is nothing left to do, except to accept the situation and ask for healing. The light and love of Reiki energies are exactly what we need. Simply set the intention for the pain to diminish over time, and eventually, Reiki will lessen the pain. Our heads and our hearts will live in a place of harmony and peace, blessed by the beautiful gifts of Reiki.
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Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna Reiki® Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner, providing Distant Reiki sessions and training in Asheville, NC. Deborah is the author of two books, 22 Messages from the Archangels; and, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. She is also one of the co-authors of Reiki 101: 101 Answers for Your Reiki Questions. Reach Deborah at email@example.com and on Facebook at Deb Lloyd Healing.