Frequently, when we think about stressors in our lives, we tend to look at the one “big” thing that is causing us stress. It may be concerns about someone we love getting coronavirus, a potential job loss, or financial worries. Perhaps, the more accurate way to portray stress – and thus, how to approach healing with our intentions – is to look at the long-term stressors, large and small. The snowball effect, of one ongoing stressor after another, is real.
All of us live with day-to-day stressors. For many, it seems twenty-four hours in a day is simply not enough time to get everything done on our plates. The expectation of many work positions is constant availability, through cellphones and/or laptop computers. Many cannot walk away from job responsibilities, even on weekends or while on well-deserved vacations. Some Reiki practitioners, as well as many others in the helping professions, feel an obligation to always be available to clients, by answering the telephone or adding extra hours to a workday to schedule one more appointment.
The cumulative aspect of living in today’s pressure-cooker world cannot be underestimated. Any of us can survive a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months with these high expectations. But, month after month, and year after year, adds more and more pressure to this reality. We are paying the price, in physical, emotional and spiritual ways.
How can Reiki help?
Reiki is a re-energizer; simply put, it brings life-giving energies into our bodies. As the outside world drains it away, we continue to fill up with positive energy – not unlike filling up the gas tanks of our cars. We need to be careful not to hit “empty” with red lights blinking on our dashboards before we stop by and put some Reiki into our physical bodies.
When we use Reiki on a daily basis, we minimize the cumulative effect of stress. We do not approach the empty indicator in our energetic fields. The steady flow of positive energy mitigates the negative flow of energy from outside sources.
One recent example in my life occurred about a year and a half ago when the nonprofit hospice agency where I worked was bought out by a large, for-profit hospital system. The hospice staff was flooded with many new expectations; it was overwhelming, and disheartening. I know that Reiki helped me to maintain a balanced, calm approach (at least, most of the time). While I had moments of discouragement, I was able to stay focused on the needs of the patient and family and provided much support to my co-workers. I had stressful moments but staying calm most of the time and prevented a cumulative effect of stress. Daily self-treatment Reiki was my key to finding the calmness in the midst of chaos.
Ongoing stress is harmful, in many ways to our entire being. During this pandemic that is going on for months and months, daily or frequent Reiki can lower the cumulative stress of the coronavirus and all its effects. Sending distant Reiki to our relatives and friends, especially those we cannot visit, is a way to assist them in dealing with the current stressors.
Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
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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)