I will always be thankful for the beautiful energy of Reiki and all of the many ways it has touched my life.
Reiki has given me faith in my divine essence, showing me the light I cultivate within.
Being attuned to the energy symbols has allowed me to open back up to my intuitive senses, allowing a conscious stream of energy and love to flow through me.
Learning about Reiki has allowed me to develop a deeper sense of compassion for myself and others.
You are divinely guided every moment by the love of the universe.
Focus on your breath.
Inhale deeply to the count of 4.
Then exhale 1,2,3,4.
Watch your breath move in and out.
Hello lovely peoples!
I hope you are riding out the intense energy surrounding this full moon on the summer solstice. There was a bunch of things shifting in the world at large and it generally meant that a big ol’ spotlight was shone on any parts of your life that needed to change.
The heart is wise. There is a deep intelligence that lives in the centre of the heart.
The heart chakra governs our love, compassion, but also our deep reservoir of wisdom.
The union of the power and stability of the earth, with the lightness and energy of the sky. That all happens within the heart.
The source of all your answers, all the guidance you need, it is already within you.
In Buddhism, where the concept of mindfulness originated, the heart is considered the seat of the mind.
The true mind, the wise voice within us, always resides in the heart. Our hearts contain unlimited compassion, wisdom, and Divine connection.
In our western philosophy, the mind has normally been equated with the brain. I have nothing against brains. I, personally, have lots of them! 😉 It is just important to remember that the intellect’s true purpose is to serve the wisdom of the heart. Not the other way around.
So if you live in North America, I recommend changing your meditation practice to heartfullness.
Use the power, wisdom, courage, and compassion of the heart to lead you to stillness. Surrender your clever brain and let your heart lead the way.
Brains only work if they are connected to a functioning heart. Let the heart lead and the brain follow.
The fifth Reiki Ideal is “Be kind to your neighbour and every living thing“. Often I find that people in my classes do not need any help in being kind and compassionate to others. They offer their love and support and time to anyone and everyone. Except one. Themselves.
There is something about being kind to ourselves where we stumble and fall short. Our kind and loving nature is externally focused. By focusing outside of the self, it is far more likely that we come to expect that external conditions will satisfy our inner needs. We vacate our own emotional house, so to speak, and leave its care and maintenance to others.
If all pain caused by another only happens because they themselves are in pain, then there is no end the chain of blame. There is also little use in travelling far down that route. Blaming is not fixing.
Compassion is the route I pick when I hear about something terrible in the news. Having a compassionate attitude has helped me to stay positive and focus on solutions to issues I see in the world.
A funny thing happened on the way home from writing class…
I witnessed a motorcyclist crash, get up, and run away from the scene. I found myself writing a witness statement for the police who later informed me that the man I had tried to help was running from the law, with several outstanding warrants. I’m a type that always looks to my life experiences to decode the symbology and the deeper meaning. The search for meaning in random events always gives me greater insight and clarity into the deeper mystery of my life.
So here I am in my role as a witness, a symbol that is also discussed in meditation. The observer, the witness. To witness your thoughts, or anything, is to be apart from the action rather than being a part of the action. In meditation, there is power in the role of the witness, because the witness is the aspect of the Divine within.
Motorcycles are powerful, potent symbols, recalling freedom, masculinity, and excitement. There is always something just a little bit dangerous and forbidden about a motorcycle. That is probably why they are so alluring. The relationship of the rider with the bike is also mythic in proportions. This is not just an object, this is a subject. This is something that someone loves. The bike and rider are one. When they are parted, there is something shattering in the experience. The separation of ‘the one’ into ‘the two’, leaves an indelible image in the mind.
The wildness and disorientation of the event caused the man to run in the opposite direction, away from his bike and his escape route. He was already trapped by his cage of fear. It is only a matter of time until the police catch him, as the determined, yet kind, officer assured me that they would. The rider was already caught before he was even found.
So what does this mean for me, a non-motorcycle driving, law-abiding woman? Maybe that the chaos I feel around me is not mine, I just happen to be in a good place to see it for what it is. To know that the wild dash in the opposite direction is a symptom of a deeper problem. To know that there is strength in my role of observer as I am removed from the action even though it appears as though it is happening to me. To know that my instincts are right, to be cautious when getting out of the car and cautious with injured people. To know that some injuries are hidden, locked away by years of trauma. The wild, wide-eyed, look is a sure sign of stress and trauma even in those who appear fine externally.
And to acknowledge that I do not do what other people do. I do not follow the crowd. I got out. I offered help. I stayed. I helped again. I was the only one. I was the only witness, of at least 8 to 10 people to stay at the scene until the police could arrive.
So perhaps, more than anything, I am proud of myself. I am proud of my instinct to help, even though it was an inconvenience. I am proud of my ability to keep a cool head, protect myself, and give instructions to others to call 911. I am proud that I could help the police, in a small way, do their job. I am proud that I stayed. I am proud that I was a friendly face in a sea of chaos.
I am different. That is good.
This a meditation to access the wisdom in your cells. It is part meditation and part writing exercise. Listen to the audio file in a quiet place with a pen and some paper handy. At the end of the meditation, go directly into the writing exercise by answering the following questions from the perspective of the innate wisdom of your cells. Write down these questions before you begin the meditation, or have them in a handy location.
Ask your cells:
- How are you protecting me?
- How are you teaching me to be creative?
- How are you teaching me to be strong?
- How have you made me more compassionate?
- How have you taught me to speak up and ask for what I need?
- How are you teaching me to follow my intuition?
- How have you taught me about connection? How have you connected me with new people, places or thoughts?
- How can I integrate your knowledge into my daily life to soothe your signals?
Writing to your Cells Meditation
Here is a transcript of the meditation:
Sit with your spine straight, your arms gently resting on your lap.
Take a deep breath in.
As the breath flows out,
Allow your shoulder blades to release down your back.
Open up the space in your chest and breathe.
Bring your awareness to your breath.
Let your attention follow your breath,
All the way in.
Through your nose,
through your airways,
and down into your lungs.
Follow your breath out.
From the bottom of your lungs,
Through your airways,
And out your nose.
Allow your breath to get softer, smoother, more rhythmic
Let your inhalations match your exhalations.
in and out.
Gently let your breath follow the rhythms of your body.
Turn your senses inward.
Notice the rhythm of your heart.
Feel it on a subtle level.
Give thanks to your heart for its joyful tempo.
Your heart is the metronome of your life.
Listen to its quiet music now.
Feel the rhythm of your heart echo in your cells.
Listen to the song in your cells.
Listen to the harmonious chorus.
Listen to your cells on a subtle level.
Give thanks to the trillions of cells that make up your body.
Your cells joyfully follow the rhythm of your heart.
There is great wisdom here, in your cells.
Allow that immense wisdom and joy and love
that your cells have for you
Let every cell in your body shine.
Each cell loves you unconditionally.
They are like faithful little pets that only want to please you and serve you.
They are so pleased to be with you on your journey through this time and space.
Some of these cells may be asking for your attention.
They have wisdom to share.
Allow the wisdom, love and guidance that is here for you to
flow through you now.
Ask your cells these questions.
How are you protecting me?
How are you teaching me to be creative?
How are you teaching me to be strong?
How have you made me more compassionate?
How have you taught me to speak up and ask for what I need?
How are you teaching me to follow my intuition?
How have you taught me about connection? How have you connected me with new people, places or thoughts?
How can I integrate your knowledge into my daily life to soothe your signals?
And when you are ready,
You can open your eyes
And write down the answers your cells have for you.
This is a home recorded meditation, so please accept its highly original, hand-made quality. If you would like a snazzy, high quality set of my meditations, please check out my meditation CD here.
The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. It is easy to be joyful on a day like today. After days and days of rain the clouds have parted to reveal the glorious sun. A healthy dose of vitamin D seems to lift the spirits of the whole city.
On a day like today when joy effortlessly flows into your heart is a perfect day to practice compassion. I am no expert in true perfect compassion. For that I direct you to the wonderful book “An Open Heart” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. From this gem of a book I was first introduced to some of the fundamentals of compassion.
It is easy to be compassionate towards friends and family. Their kindness and loving behaviour set us up to easily feel compassion for them. What can be a challenge though is to feel compassion towards everyone. And by everyone I mean the people who have done us personal injury, the people who cut us off in traffic and the people responsible for global calamities.
True compassion also includes compassion towards ourselves. We judge ourselves harshly, beat ourselves up and sabotage our efforts to create change in our lives. The basis for a compassionate loving life lies in loving ourselves first. From there we can expand our compassion to our loved ones and in time to our ‘enemies’. But first we must start with ourselves. We all have a spark of the divine light that created us inside of us. If we honour that divinity in ourselves then we can begin to honour it in others.
Today is a good day to start.