Do you crochet, knit, or weave? Are you also a Reiki practitioner? As the time for gift giving draws near, this would be an excellent way to incorporate both your handicraft and Reiki. You can use your handicraft skills to create a unique gift that is imbued with Reiki. This is an article about how I use this concept with crocheting. I don’t offer any patterns or crochet techniques. If you already know how to crochet, knit, or weave then you can utilize any pattern.
Have you heard of prayer shawls? These are shawls that are made for a friend, loved one, or, even given to those in need. Prayer shawls come in all kinds of patterns, stitches, colors, designs, and can be knitted or crocheted. I’m adding in the possibility of weaving, because that’s another wonderful textile art. Prayer shawls, while being made, are made with intention, thought, and prayer for the intended recipient. Basically, what I do; is a take on the prayer shawl, but instead of prayer; I use intention, thought of the intended recipient and Reiki, with each stitch.
Prayer shawls, as described by Erica Jackofsky, are, “Prayer shawl. Peace shawl. Comfort shawl. Mantle. Whatever name you give them, they serve the same purpose. These are a wearable hug crafted with love and intent from maker to recipient. Whether it be personal words, verse, song, prayer, mantra, or something else, it is these thoughts imbued in the shawl with each stitch that make them what they are.” (blog.lionbrand.com/what-is-a-prayer-shawl/)
Yes, a shawl is typically rectangular or triangular in its composition. That is the most common shape for a shawl. Right now, a very popular pattern in the crochet world, is a large rectangular shawl that has pockets. I love making and wearing shawls. However, they don’t have a universal appeal and that is where being creative with your handicraft and Reiki come into play. There is no reason to feel that you can only make a shawl. I have been crocheting sweaters, scarves, hats, and blankets. Recently, I decided that I could Reiki into these pieces and then offer them to my family and friends as gifts.
Yes, Reiki any item that you make by hand. The key factor here, is that when you are in the process of making (scarf, gloves, hat, blanket, sweater etc.) your intent is for the recipient’s highest good and with each stitch you allow the Reiki energy to flow from your hands into the yarn, or whatever textile that you choose to use. It’s a perfect pairing, because you are already using your heart, hands and skill to make a gift. All you have to do is add in the Reiki energy.
Mostly, I channel Reiki while crocheting a project and think about the person that the gift is intended for. Sometimes I might have a specific intention for the Reiki. However, most of the time it’s for the person’s higher good.
In many cities, there are projects to make hats, gloves, and scarves for the homeless. In our city, these are placed in central locations. Oftentimes, the items are left on fences, walls or benches with a note that the item was made with love. If you have a similar program in your area, you can also use Reiki for these creations. Since you do not know the intended recipient, you can create your item using the intention for the person’s highest good and allow the Reiki energy to flow into the item that you are making.
So, if you love making homemade gifts with yarn, this is another way to create a special one of a kind piece, that can bring peace.
Article by Carrie Anderson
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Carrie Anderson has her Bachelor’s in Anthropology with a Minor in Women’s Studies. She is a Reiki Master with additional training in Grief Reiki, NOW Reiki, Crystal Reiki, Reiki Space Clearing, and Animal Reiki. Her focus is on Distance Reiki. She also has certifications in Teen Guided Meditation, Chakra Cleansing, Meditation Guide, Manifestation Practitioner, Energy Healing with Color and Art, Reflexology and Acupressure. Additionally, she is a Yoga Instructor with a focus on Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Children’s Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. Carrie is a co-author with Mellisa Dormoy for the book, “Easy Mindfulness for Today’s Teens”. She is an active member of the Natural Healer Society and may be reached at email@example.com