Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
Over the years, my husband and I have committed ourselves to become more environmentally friendly. We did not change all our habits overnight, but rather we continue to make small changes, one after another. We are now air-drying almost all our laundry; we buy more fresh foods raised locally; we consider major purchases carefully and consider if it is a need, or a want; the list goes on. Doing our part to save Mother Earth has become a high priority in our lives.
This process has been interesting and fun. By taking small steps, we integrate the newest change into our lives, on a permanent basis. It becomes a new habit, replacing a less desirable one.
We know the daily use of Reiki has been an essential aspect of this journey, on many different levels. One of the lessons of Reiki is its pure simplicity. We do not need any fancy tools or apparatus to bring this healing technique into our lives. While we may purchase a crystal, a book, or a candle, these items are not necessary to utilize this energetic method. Hopefully, we buy only those items that provide comfort, or add some unique energy to our practice. In fact, a lot of clutter could detract from it. There is something powerful in the realization that “less is more.”
Absorbing the lesson of simplicity in Reiki practice has affected other areas of our lives. Buying more “stuff” detracts from the calmness of our home, and our lives. It takes our personal energy to leave our house, go shopping and install whatever we bought into our home. Of course, there are true needs; but when we cut out the unnecessary items, we have more time to relax. There is more time to enjoy life, when consumerism is decreased.
Another way Reiki has helped us is in buying less medications and treatments for such things as cuts, mosquito bites and other minor inconveniences. A few minutes of Reiki is more effective!
Reiki has also reminded us of our connectedness to other peoples and cultures in our global community. Living in the relatively wealthy nation of the United States, with our many stores, restaurants and entertainment facilities, it is easy to forget that our overuse of resources affects all people. There is definitely an imbalance of resources, both natural and human-made in our world.
Reiki has brought a deeper understanding, and practice, of spirituality. If our spiritual lives could be described in one word, it would be LOVE – love and acceptance of ourselves, of others and of the Divine Spirit. The opposite of love is fear. When we fear that we do not have enough, or that we are not as good as others unless we have the newest car or the biggest house, we make decisions that are detrimental to others, and to ourselves. Reiki has helped us to choose the right priorities to live in love. It opens our hearts to the wonders of life.
Reiki helps all of us to grow in love for our Mother Earth, with the deepest caring and concern for its many gifts of natural resources. It gives us awareness and guidance in how to live on earth, using fewer and fewer resources. Sending Reiki to Mother Earth is a privilege as we work together to bring healing to her.
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Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner, providing 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 http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)