Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
Living through bouts of loneliness is a common experience for most people. It may occur during childhood when one perceives himself to be different from others or is treated as an outsider by other children. Or, a person may feel lonely after a major relocation, or when a love relationship or marriage ends. These perceptions can last for a short period of time or for years. Loneliness is a normal emotion, and it is an emotion that everyone has experienced sometime in his life.
When feelings of loneliness strike, a person perceives herself to be disconnected from the rest of humanity. While this is never true, emotions can expand to the point where reality becomes greatly distorted. If these thoughts are not realigned with reality, unhealthy, and sometimes even harmful, decisions can be made. In more severe cases, thoughts of suicide can occur.
Loneliness also affects our physical health. It can decrease your immune system, making it more likely to become ill. Missing days of work, or cancelling social events, will add to feeling separate from other people. You may decide to skip exercising, prepare or eat healthy foods, or participate in stimulating activities. As time goes on, heart problems and obesity are more likely to manifest.
There are healthy ways to deal with this emotion and not live within it for an extended period of time. Self-treatments of Reiki, or seeking Reiki treatments with another provider, can be a wonderful solution.
One of the greatest lessons of Reiki is the reminder that we are never alone! We can connect to the Universal Life Force energy any time we make the decision to do so. We must always remember that the Universe has never abandoned it – but, we may have forgotten its steady presence.
Reiki gently reminds us the Universe is always available to us, providing unconditional love and support. Each time we draw the Reiki symbols and rest our hands on our physical bodies, the loving, healing energies come into our physical selves.
Another way Reiki “cures” loneliness is giving the gift of Reiki to other people. Serving other people in this way always erases any feelings of loneliness. The connection between practitioner and family member/friend/client forms a bond unlike any other. The practitioner, as the conduit between the Universe and the receiver, benefits greatly. As the Reiki energies flow into the Crown chakra and throughout the physical body and aura of the giver, any lonely feelings dissipate automatically.
Whenever we serve other people, our beings are affected on all levels – physical, mental/emotional and spiritual. There is a shift from self-centeredness to other-centeredness. We realize we are an important contributor to the well-being of others, and eventually these actions affect the whole. We understand that the drop of a pebble in the lake of humanity has a ripple effect, and we truly can make a difference in the world.
Reiki teaches us we are never alone. Whenever we align ourselves with the whole of humanity…..we are always a part of something larger than ourselves. Another beautiful aspect of 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/, email@example.com and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)