Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
Several weeks ago, I wrote an article about celebrating our Reiki anniversaries. My mind continued along this track, urging me to reflect on another important aspect of long-term Reiki practice – maintaining the passion for this wondrous gift. As time goes on, many of us have been using Reiki for a decade or two, or more.
I imagine every person reading this article can remember receiving Reiki for the first time. Each person can also remember their first session as a Reiki practitioner, either during training or giving Reiki to a friend or family member afterward. How many years, or months, has it been for you?
What feelings do you have when you remember those first experiences? Most likely, you feel excited, grateful and blessed! You remember how passionately you felt about receiving Reiki; and deciding to learn how to give Reiki was a serious, but easy, decision. You knew you just had to make Reiki a part of your life so that you could bring this beautiful healing modality to others. The first days of Reiki practice are exciting indeed. After years of Reiki use, do you still feel the same passion and excitement? Let us examine the reality of years and years of Reiki in our lives.
For me, maintaining passion for Reiki is somewhat similar to maintaining passion in my marriage. Both are parts of my everyday life. After decades of marriage, my husband and I have to make conscientious efforts to keep our relationship a high priority. When our family commitments, work requirements, and individual interests take up too much time and energy, we can easily fall into the trap of taking our relationship for granted. The passion and love we feel for each other can take a back seat to completing less important tasks. When we intentionally make our relationship a priority, the feelings of love are strong.
Approaching Reiki with the sense of wonder and awe, each and every time we connect to its energies is important. If we have a Reiki practice, we may become anxious about having enough clients and making sufficient income, and the gift of giving Reiki may feel less important. One way to invigorate our practice is taking time for the client to share his/her experiences at the end of the session. We can experience their excitement and amazement. When we take time to let the experiences soak into our beings, we also benefit. And, we should never forget that every time we give Reiki, it flows through our own beings.
Giving Reiki to our family members and friends is certainly more than a nice gesture. Sometimes, our loved ones can take our gift of Reiki for granted too. They can become dependent on its benefits without expressing gratitude for its blessings. When we remind them through our own words and actions, we teach them to acknowledge its gifts. At the same time, we are reminding ourselves, and rekindling our passion.
When we become intentional about a particular area of our life experience, it helps us to bring intentionality to more and more aspects of our lives. When we become intentional about our Reiki practice, it truly affects every aspect of who we are. Live in this intentionality – and you will always have passion for Reiki.
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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)