Above all else, being kind is the best expression of love. Healing requires an abundance of love and compassion The more I teach Reiki classes, the more I feel it to my core. Reiki Principles are a simple and clear guide to love.
Just for today, do not anger. The energy of anger is powerful and spins fast like a fan. Unfortunately, when that fan is spinning we have no control and everyone in its path gets hurt. The key is to recognize anger and pause, pull the cord to the power source and go for a walk. Allow the fan to slow down and look at what hurt feelings powered it up in the first place. Tend to the hurt feelings with kindness. Love the opportunity to care for the hurt and heal this old wound.
Gratitude fills me with the opportunity to heal this in the moment to moment. I spent years running around trying to have a house clean enough, my business organized enough, my social media posts seen enough to grow my business. When I sat a listened to what was hurting, I found it was my spirit. It was time for me to be sure to play and do things I enjoyed. It was time to put me first. I had all my responsibilities handled and now it was time to focus on having fun.
Just for today, do not worry. Worrying takes you out of the present. The key to healthy living is staying in one’s body and mind in the minute to minute. I knew this intellectually, but it took me a long time to walk in the present moment. The more I learned to focus on inhabiting my body and treating it with kindness and care, in how I sat, stood, and held myself, the more present I became. I started to recognize how out of alignment I was when I worried, my hips tilted forward and then my whole spine and neck was out of whack. The importance of releasing worry to release my body was never more clear.
Just for for today, work honestly. This one is so important to unravel. I try hard to be honest to everyone, but what I realized is I wasn’t being honest to myself. Some days I didn’t want to be super helpful, creative, resourceful, and persistent. Some days I just wanted to rest. And once I realized how to recognize this, I realized this was me learning to be honest with myself. No one is perfect, and some days I get to lie low and be restful work slowly, to allow kindness to flow back through me. Allowing myself to process and understand my feelings was powerful. Giving myself space to not work at maximum efficiency gave me room to allow others to do the same.
Be grateful for your many blessings. Taking time every day to go through things for which I can be grateful helps me to start off on the right foot. This practice helps to switch gears and be thankful. Gratitude is essential for healing resentment. I needed this as I learned how to be kind to myself. Resentments were melting away and this focus on gratitude helped me to push that old dialogue and pattern out of the way.
Be kind to all living things. We loop back around to the most important thing. By being kind to another, that gives them permission to soften the heart and unwind their own inner dialogue. Being kind to myself, is equally important because it gives other permission to do the same. By being kind to myself, I have room in my heart, mind, and body, to extend grace to others. These principles are such an important key to healthy living. Reiki practice keeps me unwinding and unlinking, to be a better channel of unconditional love.