Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
Isn’t it fascinating how the major world religions embrace the use of prayer beads? Faith traditions, including Catholicism and some other Christian faiths, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and others, have some form of prayer beads. The beads themselves can be made from actual beads, shells, glass, wood, stones and even knots on a rope.
Usually, beads are used as a counting mechanism, and the number of beads varies from religion to religion. Each bead may designate a specific prayer or chant. Because the praying person does not need to focus on counting the prayers, s/he can focus on the prayer itself. With practice, it becomes easy to be transported to a higher level of consciousness as there can be an almost hypnotic effect created by repetition.
If beads have never been a part of your spiritual practice, it is never too late to make them a part of your daily routine. The power of a physical item cannot be underestimated. There is a reason why we have so many churches, temples and other sacred buildings on earth, as well as statues, garments and other smaller items. Spiritual connectedness is always within our grasp. As we are spiritual beings in human form, with senses of sight, hearing and touch, utilizing our physical senses strengthens our connectedness.
Everything has energy – including our prayer beads. The more we use them, the more spiritual energies become infused within the physical beads themselves.
When beads are used in combination with Reiki energies, the spiritual energies are further enhanced. Here are some suggestions:
- Draw the Reiki symbols over your beads.
- Hold the beads between your hands and do Reiki on them.
- Add your beads to your Reiki altar, sending Reiki to your altar throughout the day by your intentions.
- Place your beads under your pillow, or near your bed, at night.
- Keep a set of beads in your car’s glove compartment, for protection on the roads.
- Use your imagination, and your own wisdom, to find ways to use prayer beads in your life.
If you would like to explore the possibility of adding the usage of beads in your spiritual practice, the first step is to simply explore! Do some research online or in books, visit the gift shops of your local religious institutions, or shop in your local metaphysical stores. Pay attention to what resonates with your heart and listen to your intuition.
If you ask for guidance for your highest good in this arena, you will be given direction. It is possible you may be led to another item altogether – and that is good. What you are really asking for is the best means to reach your goal for stronger spiritual connectedness. Reiki always assists us in our spiritual growth. All we have to do is ask – and we will receive.
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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)