Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
Many years ago, I was introduced to the concept: Love Is a Decision. The meaning is this: many people think of love as an emotion but committed love will require decisions throughout the years. For couples, when the first flames of physical attraction and infatuation diminish and feelings of indifference, dissatisfaction or anger, arise, they think the relationship must be ending. Because love was defined as an emotion, and emotions change over time, confusion over the permanency of the relationship ensues. However, to build a lifelong relationship, there are times when the decision to love must be made. When a couple faces these emotions and work through them, a decision to remain in a love relationship is made. It is the process of working through the difficult times that forges the lifelong commitment.
In the same way, when a person decides to live the Reiki life, there are times when Reiki too becomes a decision. The initial high’s of Reiki practice will diminish. It feels great when immediate relief from an ache or pain occurs, when we experience a new attunement and Reiki power is felt, and when we begin a Reiki practice. As time goes on, the excitement of new beginnings will decrease. Reiki practitioners may face doubts from friends and family members, or perhaps face some financial difficulties. One may even wonder if the whole thing was simply wishful thinking.
Those are the times when the decision to live Reiki are the most important. It may feel too hard to move forward, or too challenging to live it. The level of commitment to Reiki practice is determined – do I continue on, or do I forget about it and move onto something else? Or, we can allow our busy lives to impede on our practice time – and before we know it, we have not given ourselves self-treatments, or offered treatments to family and friends for several months.
These are the moments when the commitment to Reiki is made. It may feel difficult, scary or overwhelming. We may judge ourselves to not be “as good as” other practitioners, and we may not want to admit we became slack in our Reiki practice. We may feel anxious that our Reiki Master will judge us, if we contact her/him to ask for assistance or a reattunement.
Any couple who has been together for decades will tell you it has not always been easy and fun. Living a committed relationship requires intentional decisions, whether it be in the “small things”, or the major decisions made during a lifetime. When each partner makes decisions based on the wellbeing of the relationship, the relationship will survive, and thrive, over the years.
How can we do to keep Reiki in our lives, for the rest of our lives? Try these steps:
- Do some Reiki every day – whether it is 10 minutes of self-treatment, or giving Reiki to our spouse, or to our pets.
- Schedule a full Reiki treatment for yourself on a regular basis.
- Spend some time every week reading articles such as these on Reiki Rays, or review a section of your Reiki manual.
- When you hear about a tragic event, or troubling situation in the world, send Reiki to the highest good for healing.
- Journal on all the benefits of Reiki in your life.
- Always give gratitude for the gift of Reiki in your life.
Whenever we give energy and time to a person, or an ideal, we are expressing the importance of the person or value in our lives. We know if we truly love someone, we must spend quality time with the person. Likewise, we must spend quality time with the Universal Source energy – we have been given the wonderful gift of accessing this Love energy through Reiki. Let us always appreciate and value it – let us make the decision to recommit to Reiki, once again.
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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)