New poetry I’ve written. Forgive the dark tone :) You may want to zoom it a bit so some of the words can be seen more clearly.
Wow… I have always been drawn to Buddhism… the gentleness and reverence for all life… the teachings of Buddhism, the ones I am aware of, have always been one of the closest ones to my core being, even since I was young.. I have not, though, done an in-depth study on the subject. Yet. That is about to change.
I sat down to read, and just the preface alone was enough to stop me in my tracks. It touched my heart.. my soul… I just felt like I had come home, as I continued to read. I reluctantly had to stop long enough to do the laundry for my dear family LOL and now I have to run to the store and get dog food for my dogs *sigh* and then I have to come back and … and.. life is just so busy. But I cannot stop thinking about the words in this book and can’t wait to find a few quiet moments, to resume my thought processes and get into deep reading mode again. The words have been with me all day. I feel that I have come to a definitive spiritual mark on my path.
If you have a Kindle.. and if you too are drawn to more spiritual things and have not quenched your thirst on the things you have found in this world so far… give this little book a try. You have nothing to lose and so much peacefulness to gain! :)
I would like to share a little with you all today about Reiki!
One thing some of you may not know about me… for those of you who have been following my blog… is that I am a level 2 Reiki practitioner. I love it! Reiki has brought about many positive changes in my life, and I have had the wonderful opportunity to bring some healing to others, both human and animal. I had my doubts at first, being raised in a very religious home and being taught to shun or look down on pretty much anything “in the world” that wasn’t explicitly listed in a holy book… I was hesitant to study Reiki. It was different and foreign to me, so I didn’t know if I could trust it. There are a lot of things that I have missed out in life because of a strict belief system, or because of being fearful it might be “evil”… and wanting to please those I cared about… but the past 14 months has been a time of finding myself and renewing interests that once I used to love, but out of fear that I might somehow be sinning, I had let them slip away. I didn’t realize that in the process… it was my own self that was slipping away. I was losing the essence of me… becoming someone I didn’t even know anymore, someone who was not full of compassion as I had once been, but more concerned with judgment and those things that go along with that. I am grateful for this time of rediscovery… getting to know this brown eyed girl again for who she really is inside… not what everyone else wanted her to be… but who she was born to be. And it has been a time of letting go of fears… and making new and wonderful discoveries. Life is to be lived, not feared. It is for sharing love and happiness … not looking down on anything that is different than you, or fearing it. Or making others feel less than they are, because you believe differently.
Back to my topic! Sorry about that… lol.
During this time of rediscovery… I found something wonderful. I actually found Reiki a couple years ago… but due to my belief system I never went further with it. Now, though, it seemed like the point to get back to studying it… my heart was hooked… and I received my first attunement. Shortly afterwards I received my second attunement. It is amazing to me… each time I lay my hands on my little girl’s head to relieve her of a headache or fever… send a distant attunement to a friend for their pain relief… help my sick dog to get well… or lay my hands on myself when I burn myself cooking! LOL (which happens frequently). There are so many instances that it has been such a beneficial, amazing thing to have. And it is not me…. it is the Reiki that flows through me. I have noticed that when I lay my hands on someone for healing, or send a distant treatment… I can feel such a hotness in my hands. It’s not unpleasant, but it is very noticeable. I can feel a warmth and a pulsation that doesn’t stop until I am done.
Reiki is healing energy… Rei is Japanese for Universal …. ki means spirit, energy or life force. It was developed (re-discovered) by Dr. Mikao Usui, a theologist… the short version I will use here, is that he was searching for a healing modality that could be used to help others.
To me, this means it is the closest you can get to God energy… the very energy that makes us live… breathe… the spirit that animates our bodies. This is the healing power of the universe. Many believe it is akin to the Holy Spirit… and perhaps even the way Jesus himself healed. I believe this is entirely possible.
Reiki is not massage. It is a technique that encourages relaxation, stress reduction… and allows healing energy to flow into the body, helping it to heal. It is not magic. Sometimes it is instantaneous, but most of the time it takes a little time. It has even been used in chronic conditions to help people, over a number of treatments. Reiki is even being used in some hospitals and by some doctors and nurses! The higher level of Reiki you are, and the more you use and work with it, the more healing energy you are able to use and share with others. Reiki practitioners lay their hands on the person or animal that needs healing and the Reiki energy flows to wherever it is needed. Reiki is not just about physical healing… it includes emotional healing as well. It is not even something you have to believe in, or have faith in… it just is. And it works.
A person receives the ability to use Reiki by an attunement. It is simple and easy to do, and doesn’t require any special college degree or years of training. From the moment you receive your first attunement, you are able to use Reiki for self healing and healing of others. Typically the first level of Reiki is used to self heal and the additional, higher levels are for Reiki work as a practitioner. Usui Reiki consists of three levels with the Master level allowing you to teach and attune others to Reiki.
When we talk about attunements, you can think of it as tuning a radio to a certain station. Perhaps you can hear a faint bit of music… or it blends into another station… just a little turn of the knob and you hear the music in full! It is very similar with an attunement. Everyone has the ability to use Reiki…. It is as natural as breathing! Remember… it is the universal life energy. What could be more natural? An attunement simply tunes the receiver (the one desiring to learn Reiki) into the right “frequency” to enable healing to flow through our hands, and in some cases also our feet and eyes, as some are able to do. Level 2 and up Reiki practitioners are able to perform distant healings and attunements as well. Some use symbols and some do not. There is no distance in spirit.
Reiki is not harsh, painful, evil, or scary. It is a gentle, pure and loving energy. It cannot harm you or those you lay hands on… it is only good. There are hand positions that you use… each hand position is held for three to five minutes. Reiki will go where it needs to but my personal belief is that the reason for the hand positions is A) we are able to focus the Reiki directly onto major areas of the body and B) it would be very uncomfortable to hold your hands in the same position for 30 or 60 minutes! A typical Reiki treatment can last from a half hour to an hour, depending on how long the hand positions are held and whether or not you feel led to work on other parts of the body besides just the basic positions. I also think that since the more you work with Reiki, the more healing energy flows through you… that when we put our hands on specific areas of the body, it enables the Reiki to get there more quickly and directly. Imagine if you are a new practitioner and not yet accustomed to the flow of energy through your hands… maybe you only get a very small stream at first. It would make sense to lay your hands where the pain was, or at least a few inches above, so that the energy would get there in a more direct and timely way. But that is just my opinion.
When you go for a Reiki treatment, all clothes stay on. The Reiki practitioner may lay their hands directly on you (head, neck, shoulders, etc) or they may keep their hands a few inches above you, especially when it comes to other areas of the body. There is to be respect and proper distance maintained at all times. You will likely hear soft, meditative music playing, and you will be made to feel comfortable, in a relaxing environment.
If Reiki is something you are interested in, I highly suggest some good books and further research. You can find a lot of good info on google too. My favorite book, though I have many, is Reiki, A Comprehensive Guide, by Pamela Miles. If you could only read one book… this would be it. Another one of my favorites is Reiki for Life: The Complete Guide to Reiki Practice for Levels 1, 2 and 3 by Penelope Quest. A third one is Living a Life of Reiki, by Shalandra Abbey. One that I have not read yet but plan to is Reiki Nurse: My Life as a Nurse and How Reiki Changed It by Meredith Kendall. I would highly suggest any of these books to someone seriously interested in learning about Reiki, whether for attunement or just personal study.
A final word about receiving attunements. Some charge set amounts for their classes and attunements… others feel it should be freely given and received. I received my attunements distantly, freely, and I am so grateful, because I could not have afforded the class and attunement, or had a way to travel to get there. I read everything I could beforehand, several books and articles, and it got so big on the inside of me that I felt if I didn’t receive my first attunement soon I would go crazy!! I wanted this so badly! I found a wonderful Reiki master who agreed to attune me for free, and the energy exchange here (for those that are concerned about such things) is that I will also “pay it forward” and freely heal and attune others. I consider it an honor and a privilege. I am also a member of the Distant Healing Network, which allows people to send in reiki requests for distant treatment, who are unable to afford a treatment. When I reach my master level I too will offer free attunements and teaching materials to those that happen across my path. It will be my happy pleasure to give to others what was so freely and joyfully given to me! Reiki is too wonderful not to share. :)
If you are in need of a reiki treatment, or would like to try it for yourself, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I would be more than happy to help you.
Blessings and Reiki hugs!
To my loyal readers… I have missed you! Sorry that I have been gone for so long… I have been through quite a few things over the past year. Some good… some bad… some sad but turned into better. I logged into my blog for the first time last night in, I guess a year… and found that I still had readers… I’ve had a few thousand hits… wow! So I decided to get back to blogging. Thanks for reading. :)
One thing this brown eyed girl has learned… is that you are never too old to learn anything. AND just when you think you have it all figured out… uh oh. That’s a sure sign you don’t!! Don’t take ANYTHING for granted. Especially your relationships. Calm skies can turn into nightmarish tornadoes with no warning. At least… no warnings that you really pay attention to. I learned this the hard way. And no, I am not talking about real tornadoes… although we sure have had enough of those!! Speaking of… I want to convey my sincerest sympathies to those who have been affected by the deadly tornadoes lately. My heart just goes out to you all. :'(
Today it’s on my mind to talk a little about… relationships. Of all sorts. There is one deadly ingredient, that will choke any relationship quicker than anything. That thing is… control. It’s a nasty, 7-letter word, that is as sneaky as hell. It hides in all kinds of disguises… love… concern… religion. Those are the main three where it likes to rear its ugly head. It slowly chokes you, and those around you… and by the time you wake up to see the damage… the storm has ripped through and you are left wondering what just happened. Many times, those who are doing the controlling don’t even recognize it, because they have been slowly and silently controlled all their lives too. It’s a vicious cycle. It takes a major upheaval sometimes to give a wake up call.
So what do we do? First of all… just STOP. Stop trying to be God. In effect, that’s what we do. We think that if we don’t run things (which usually involves running PEOPLE, we just don’t look at it that deeply yet) who will? SOMEBODY that knows what they’re doing has to tell all the good people what to do. What to think. What to believe. When they’re right or wrong. And as a devoutly religious person, I was really good at it. I thought I was doing what was good for the people I love and only until much later did I realize I was doing just the opposite… turning them away. My world crashed around me. And I realized I had to do some soul searching on my own self. I was so busy “condemning sin” and making sure everybody around me lived the right way… I didn’t even see it myself. When I look back on things in the past in my relationships… I shudder. I must have been so horrible to be around and I didn’t even know it. And that led me to question some other things in my own belief system, and do some spring cleaning on my heart. I needed to make some long overdue changes in my own life.
Control is something that we have no business messing with. We want to control something? We want to control someone? Let’s focus on controlling ourselves! And leave it there. If we can keep our own self control then we’ll be doing great. But controlling others… even subtle manipulations for “all the right reasons” … has to become a thing of the past. And if you think about it.. it’s so stressful, worrying what everyone else is doing! Just let it go. You cannot imagine the feeling of freedom it brings, to not have to be in control of everything. Let people police themselves. If you’re worried about the state of their soul… well, you know what? It’s their soul. Not yours. Let them deal with it in their own way… and you just worry about you. That is a full time job… I know first hand. My plate is full enough just dealing with my own life.
Today I am a new person. I am a free spirit. No one tells me what to believe, or do, or think… and I don’t tell anyone else. I don’t follow the leader blindly… today, I am my own leader. I follow no one… I lead no one. But you are more than welcome to walk beside me. I found out that the greatest gift you can give anyone is the gift of acceptance. Everyone wants to know they are loved and accepted just as they are. No matter what they watch… or do in their private time… or the words they speak… we all just want to be accepted and loved for who we are. And if those closest to us can’t accept that… can’t accept us for who we are… then we have to make changes. Hopefully if someone truly loves you, they will have their own awakening… do their own soul searching… and meet you where you are… but if that loved one is unable to accept the truth of who you are, of what you need for acceptance… then that needs to be addressed, and decisions need to be made. But this must be discussed… don’t make the mistake of just thinking that person would not listen to you. If they love you… they will listen. Give them a chance to rise to the occasion before you make the choice to leave… and then take it from there. I was fortunate, in that the one I love was able to talk with me, and we made some needed changes in acceptance and understanding, for both of us. After taking a long hard look at how I had made others feel… I understood their viewpoint… and I realized they needed a heartfelt apology from me too, not just them. Yes they had made mistakes, but I had to acknowledge that so had I! And how would I have felt in their shoes? These are tough questions we have to ask ourselves, and they are not easy to look at, especially when we feel the answers present themselves to our heart.
I will never make the same mistake again of thinking I have to control… on any level… what someone else does. And I have to say that since we have come to that understanding.. we have both felt more liberated, at ease… and our relationship is the best it has ever been, in 13 years. I will say, this is my marital relationship. It’s like we are dating all over again… only better than it ever was. The change has been unbelievable! And I am grateful that we had that opportunity. I would recommend it to anyone. A little love and acceptance goes a long way. When there is love and acceptance, there is no longer room for control.
There is a song by Meredith Brooks called “It Don’t Get Better” and the song asks this question: “Do you want to be happy, or do you want to be right?”
You know what? Heck with control…
I want to be happy.
And so… these are my deep thoughts this morning.
Have a great day!! :)
Hugs to all of you…
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ALSO… I love to write poetry… if that’s an interest of yours, please feel free to give my poetry a read. I have a lot :) and also a few e-books that I have written, on Scribd, which you can access at this link: http://www.scribd.com/AmyMeridethSwanson . The first one is a collection of my various poetry… about love, loss, life, and all the in-between. The name of it is “Soul Expressions… Poetry for Thought.” The artwork on the cover is an original design, done by me. The second one, and the one closest to my heart, is “Reflections of Nature… A Selection of Peaceful Poetry for Tranquil Moments” and it’s chock full of haiku, tanka, choka and free verse poetry.
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