As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.
Each one of us has a uniquely individual path on this journey we call life. Contrary to what some may think, the path is far from linear; rather, it is cyclical and ever-spiraling as it brings us back to lessons unlearned and experiences unexperienced. The cyclical nature of the path, labyrinthine at times, provides us with multiple opportunities for growth through learning and expanded awareness. And each time we return, regardless of how many times, it is with a heart that has more fully opened and ever-greater authenticity.
The path consists of highways, byways, crossroads, and the inevitable detours. Highways allow us to speed along the way, secure in the knowledge that we are on the right track. In contrast, the byways tend to slow us down, the crossroads cause us to feel stuck, and the detours leave us lost and confused. However, all are integral to the path and represent the breadth and depth of human experience. All roads contribute to our unique journey to Self.
When Reiki finds us and enters our lives, it opens yet another pathway and provides a rare and precious opportunity for spiritual growth and awakening. The Reiki pathway becomes the path for some, myself included, as it illuminates the way forward, informing and guiding the journey with its loving energy. Reiki gives us the ability to deliver more light to the world as we channel the energy in service to others and ourselves in direct communion with Spirit. For when we practice Reiki, we always stand in service.
Because of free will, Reiki’s influence in our lives and on our path is only as significant as we allow it to be. However, many practitioners adopt the Reiki path as a way forward, a reliable vehicle for spiritual development. One of Reiki’s greatest gifts in this regard is its ability to shift our perspective, to transform the lens through which we view the world. This shift allows us to move from the human lens, which provides a narrow and incomplete perspective, to the soul lens, a comprehensive perspective that embraces the inherent orderliness of the Universe and a knowing that “everything is purposeful.”
When we first embark upon our spiritual journey, our world perspective is colored and shaped by the view through a human lens, replete with the baggage of personal history, emotions, belief systems, values, attitudes, and prejudices. Cultural and societal factors also affect our view through this lens, as do a host of others. When unwanted events and circumstances occur in our lives, this worldview causes us to react, perhaps with anger, judgment, blame, and more. The view through the human lens makes it difficult to respond to events and circumstances we deem negative. Reaction is emotion-driven with little to no thought involved, whereas response is thoughtful and mindful, allowing space between the triggering event and any resulting action or opinion.
Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear?
With that in mind, how then do we move from reacting to responding? Often, a shift in perspective is all that is needed. As Reiki practitioners, we are afforded a remarkable opportunity to view the world from a higher perspective, a soul perspective that transcends and transforms human drama and events as viewed through a human lens. When Reiki arrives in our lives, it meets us where we are and shows us a new way to be. It awakens and strengthens our innate divinity and helps us to recognize the existence of a different lens, the lens of the soul. As we grow in Reiki, and begin to see the world through Reiki eyes we come to realize that its presence in our lives has brought the soul lens into sharper focus and that the Reiki lens is the lens of the soul.
In countless conversations, I have emphasized the value of moving into a Reiki/soul perspective and choosing the soul lens to view the human experience. I sometimes use the term “birds-eye view” to illustrate its elevated and expansive panorama. From that panoramic height and looking through the lens of the soul, we can glean and appreciate the deeper meanings and lessons inherent in our human and worldly lives. When we view the world from this enhanced perspective, the landscape is forever changed, and so are we.
The transition to the Reiki/soul perspective is not without its challenges. Shifting one’s worldview almost always requires release, a letting go, of lifelong beliefs, attitudes, values, and prejudices. It calls for firm resolve and an honest assessment of those long-held convictions. At the same time, the transition requires compassion, grace, and forgiveness, as well as practice, self-awareness, and patience. Edgar Cayce once said, “Time, space, and patience are the channels through which a person with a finite mind becomes aware of the infinite.”
As our perspective slowly but surely shifts, so do our lives, and we recognize that the Reiki/soul perspective moves us ever closer to a state of grace. Our growth and evolution accelerate, and we learn to respond instead of react. When we begin to move into response mode, it becomes easier to approach challenges mindfully and compassionately.
Achieving the panoramic view through the lens of the soul revives our courage and our innate core of strength. It also creates a deep longing to awaken those parts of ourselves that have been slumbering. Reiki’s guidance and unwavering support is an invaluable ally in the transition to the Reiki/soul perspective. Its loving energy smooths the process throughout and gives us the courage to see the world through our Reiki lens – the lens of the soul.
© 2021 Kathleen Johnson
Article by Kathleen Johnson
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Kathleen Johnson is a Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki Master, a Kundalini Reiki Master, and a Certified Crystal Healer. As a Spiritual Teacher & Mentor, she assists others in discovering their unique path to wellness, wholeness, and authenticity. Kathleen is also a Certified Past-Life Soul Regression Therapist, and infuses Reiki into her work with clients’ past lives.
She is the Founder of UniverSoul Heart, LLC, a holistic healing and wellness practice based in Pennsylvania, USA. Kathleen enjoys teaching all levels of Reiki classes, from Level I through Master/Teacher, and is honored to assist others on the Reiki path. She also offers “Crystal Basics” and “Finding Your Life Mission” workshops for those wishing to deepen and enrich their self-knowledge at the soul level.
Kathleen was a co-host and presenter at the Reiki Rays Spring 2018 Summit, and also presented at the Winter 2018 and Spring 2019 Summits. She is passionate about raising awareness of the benefits of Reiki and holistic wellness and enjoys speaking to public and private groups.
As part of her commitment to raising awareness, Kathleen has been a featured guest in many radio interviews and is the host of "UniverSoul Heart Radio with Kathleen Johnson- Sensible Spirituality for Everyday Living", broadcast on Transformation Talk Radio.
Kathleen was selected as Top Reiki Master of the Year for 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication.
Writing is a passion for Kathleen, and her many articles about Reiki and Spirituality are published on Reiki Rays and in Reiki News Magazine. She is currently gathering information for a book and knows that Reiki will be with her every step of the way.
Kathleen’s website is www.universoulheart.net, and her email is email@example.com
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