Five ways to Wellbeing - Give
The NHS state one of their 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing is to 'Give'. With Reiki, giving works, but only if the recipient is open to it with 100% buy-in. It is wonderful when there is buy-in and both practitoner and client have the opportunity to make that journey together.
For Reiki treatments to be effective, the therapist needs to have permission from the recipient to carry out the treatment, even if it is a distance healing. There is no way of knowing what another person wants unless it is overtly expressed and it is not fair to make any assumptions. Healing is a personal journey, a person has to make the decision to take the first and following steps. There is a need to accept the requirement to make changes and let go of energy which we may be hanging onto even if it is harming us, this can be hard, and even the best healer in the world can't do this for a person. However, healers can work with their clients.
During a Reiki treatment, the energy of the recipient is not added to or detracted from, rather the Reiki causes the energy in the recipient's chakras to balance, like a string of beads being organised together and straightened. Following the treatment it is up to the recipient to then justify their energies being balanced by making positive changes and practicing giving to themselves. There is some relevance here of the expression "Do unto others as you would do unto yourself" but also, please remember to "Do unto yourself as you would do unto others". Treat yourself as you would treat your best friend, with kindness and love, this will support the energies of your chakras retaining their balance.
Reiki is underpinned by intention and directs powerful energetic frequencies toward a person. This can usually be sensed by the client and practitioner and it has previously been measured by Kirlian photography and other methods. Exposing this power to a person without their consent seems invasive. If a person needs support but Reiki has not been granted, prayer and positive thoughts can be directed and these are less intrusive.
Boundries have to be set so practitioners are not rescuing people or fostering dependency. People can only heal their pain when they are ready to take some responsibility to heal themselves. The healer can support someone and walk alongside, but they can't walk for the person. We don’t help anyone when we try remove all the discomfort and struggle from their journey. Helping when asked can greatly benefit someone on the path to healing, but removing all obstacles for someone eliminates their need to grow and learn—a huge disservice and very draining, as well.
What can I 'give'? - Distance healing, free for you
Wednesdays at 10am is the time I send out my Reiki distant healing to those who have requested to be on my list (if you feel you might benefit from some healing, you are welcome to join this list, please send me an email and simply make the request: firstname.lastname@example.org). I am grateful I am able to practice giving in this way, grateful to the NHS for pointing me in the right direction and grateful to Reiki for presenting such a wonderful opportunity to me. It is a mutually beneficial practice for myself and my clients that I am able to offer this service without any obligation from my clients whatsoever, if you take up this offer I will extend my gratitude to you and commit 100% to deliver an immaculate session of distant healing. I always welcome any feedback about the sessions, any contact from you is welcome at any time. If you would like to learn more about how I conduct a Reiki distance healing please see my Reiki page here for more information.
When did you last pat yourself on the back?
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It may not be natural for us, perhaps in childhood we never had anyone telling us we were accomplishing anything purposeful, so there is no automatic internal voice which pipes up with praise. We may also not have people around us who take the time or have the inclination to share in our success; certainly this has been my experience in the past, never more true than in the workplace. In these situations, the practice of self praise may feel foreign, we are not used to it, it is an alien experience.
We may not recognise opportunities to feel accomplished. Our lifestyle may feel like a flat routine in which we have no expectations of ourselves, we may just show up and not have any specific goals and we may feel we do not achieve anything. The media tries to keep us under the impression that we need to live up to a certain ideal, a physical form with a type of external appearance, unnatural and unattainable, the pursuit of this can leave people despondent and feeling there is no point.
What is the solution? How can we find that inner voice of support, heal a history of our achievements being ignored, become resilient to the lack of encouragement in our workplaces, underpin our choices with meaning and purpose?
Ask yourself "What is my personal measure of success?"
For a single parent it may be getting the children to school on time. For an office worker it might be emptying their email inbox before the end of every week. For someone with depression it may be getting up and getting dressed for the day. For a student it may be finishing their assignments on time. These are the general levels of functioning which we find personally acceptable and for which I believe we should take pride in as often as possible. At the other end of the spectrum, we must never set expectations of ourselves which are unrealistic, instead we should consistently practice being grateful towards ourselves for sometimes simply managing to function. We should accept that we only ever have to do our best and we should be celebrating this every step we take in the right direction.
I ask my clients to focus on questions “What do you feel your strengths are, what gifts do you have, what resources can you realistically draw on to work towards your dreams, what could you do to have the feeling you are able to achieve, what matters to you, when are your skills being leveraged, where do you want to focus your capabilities?” Evaluating the answers to these questions can help start to develop a belief in ourselves. When you can believe in yourself it becomes easier to appreciate your accomplishments, and that is the point at which you should say to yourself - “Well done”- no matter how small the achievement.
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Isn't it about time you organised all your 'stuff'?
Declutter your space. I mean, just imagine for a moment what life would be like if everything was in its place, everything had a home and you could find everything you needed the moment you needed it because it was exactly where it should be? Practical bliss.
Everyone has a 'dumping drawer', could be in the kitchen, in the dining room dresser, or the bed-side table; what on earth is in there? It is the place for the things we don't know where to put - the roll of Christams tape which missed the box of decorations when at the end of the season the decs were put away, the marble which rolled out when you hoovered under the sofa, the free pen they gave you at the bank... and the list goes on. Things, hanging around not having the opportunity to be useful.
William Morris said "Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful", what sound advice and handy mantra for those of my clients I prescribe a space declutter.
I advise clients to go to the 'hotspots' in their homes armed with rubbish bags and cardboard boxes. I advise writing on the boxes where items will be going 'online for sale', 'charity shop', 'recycling', 'long term storage' for items which hold sentimental value, and for everything else, find a permanent home for it. Things, become practical supports in life or items which we enjoy having in our spaces in our eyeline because they bring us happpiness when we appreciate their beauty. Help yourself to live a clutter free life, it feels good when you are not tripping yourself up on your stuff everwhere, and life becomes a smooth clear path.
Declutter your aura. I mean, just imagine for a moment what life would feel like if everything was in its place, every thought and feeling had their home and you could access your intellectual or emotional energies instantly when you needed them because they were resonating exactly as they should be. Actual bliss.
Everyone has a 'dumping drawer', could be a heavy heart, a space where forgiveness should be, mental anguish swishing around; what on earth is in there? It is the place for things we don't know where to put. Forgotten hurts, unresolved arguements, unspoken or undelivered messages, resentment, regrets...and the list goes on.
Lao Tzu said "When I let go of what I am, I become what I want to be" what sound advice and a practical mantra I advise my clients to focus on as part of a prescription to achieve harmonious balance.
I advise clients go to your 'hotspots' in your aura, where there may be negative energies, arm yourself through meditation, Reiki treatments, physical Wellbeing enhancement behaviours such as diet, exercise and enough rest. I advise seeking a conclusion to each issue with the appropriate solution, learn from it. Forgive yourself! If you hold sentimental energies which are hard to let go of such as regret, I advise giving it away to the Universal Energy. Regret is like a large, dark coat on a hot summers day, why would you wear it? You don't need it - it is heavy and claustrophobic, it is your responsibility to enjoy the gift of this day, come to terms with what keeps you down, and let it go, permanently.
Thoughts, memories and feelings, can become either practical supports, such as lessons in life or energies which we enjoy having in our aura because they bring us happpiness when we appreciate their beauty. Help yourself or seek help to harbour a clutter free aura, it feels good when you are not tripping yourself up on your energy everwhere, and life becomes a smooth clear journey.
At ReikiMasterArt.com you can find hand-made, Reiki charged mandalas paintings, prints and other home decor items which can be used as tools for deeper and more focussed meditation. I teach Reiki and give treatments in your own home. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any enquiries.
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Published 18th October 2019 by Julie-Ann Booker email@example.com
How we perceive this world can nurture our Wellbeing needs.
One of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, according to NHS, is to 'Be mindful'. This is something I discuss with my clients - how they are ensuring their focus is on something pleasant as much as possible, by being aware of the present moment and to try to eliminate distractions which might avert them from their pursuit of calm. But I also advise them, this may be only part of what is needed to ensure our Wellbeing is at its peak. Sure, we can take responsibility for steering our eyes to the natural environment as the seasons change for example, or listen out for a bird singing, or share a meaningful, positive interaction with someone we love. But, as we run around in our busy lives, these interactions with our external world can be fleeting and the positive impact they bring short lived as interference jumps at us from every corner, devices, people, responsibilities. So how can we take more steps to achieve a consistent, deeper inner sense of Wellbeing?
The art of improving our Wellbeing is like growing a tree. It needs to be nourished, watered, and have light and air. To nourish - be absolutely mindful in your moments, your time is precious, and every experience should be like a leaf or a blossom thriving in the health of your tree. To water - feel, allow pure emotions to carry you completely and wash through you to bring authenticity to your experiences, like the sap in the tree rises and can spread to the extremities of your being. Shed light on your thoughts, illuminate a path of positivity, see a sparkle of sunshine in the dew on the leaves of your existence. And breathe. Let the trees help you to breathe. Whatever you look at, stop and pay attention and consider - how are you breathing?
Mindfulness, great, so you have grown your tree. But we can go further than this. What would it be like to become the tree? I don't mean simply imagining you are the tree; I mean having an experience that manifests a deeper and long-lasting understanding that you are not separate from the tree. The energy which grows the tree is the same energy that created you and carries you along in and out of every moment.
“The energy which grows the tree is the same energy
that created you and carries you along in
and out of every moment -
believe in your inherent beauty…”
Mindfulness can bring this kind of all-encompassing thought to you sometimes, but I believe it is through the practice of regular meditation that we begin to connect more significantly to the world, others, animals and nature. What can bring us more closely to our utmost sense of wellbeing than the concept that we really are all one and can let go and know we are not lost or alone?
Please see my website ReikiMasterArt.com to see the mandalas I have created as tools to support truly focussed meditation and balanced energies in our chakras. Afterall, what we look at, what we perceive, makes us who we are, so make sure your tree is beautiful...
Reiki Master Teacher, Energy medicine person, Artist, Meditation mandala creator, Chakra balancing crystal jewellery maker, vegan mentor, Wellness Coach, Blogger poetry story writer, Didgeridoo player. I love my dog xx