By Gogu Bobu
Reiki is mostly regarded as a healing technique, but advanced practitioners know that it's more than this. It's a way of life, and also a great tool that can be used for personal growth.
Here are three ways that Reiki can assist you in your personal development journey.
Empower Your Affirmations with Cho Ku Rei or Sei He Ki
If you're using affirmations, these symbols will augment their effectiveness. Just invoke their vibration while affirming.
If you're saying your affirmations out loud, draw them with your hand in the air, or draw it with a pen on a piece of paper and look at it while affirming.
If you're saying them silently to yourself, in the bus for example, you can draw the symbols with your tongue, or have them written on a piece of paper which you hold in your hand.
If you're writing your affirmations down every time, draw a symbol before and / or after each sentence. Depending on your affinity to each symbol, and on your stage towards the goal you're affirming, you may find that one symbol works better than the other. If that's the case, use it more.
Keep in mind is that Reiki works in its own intelligent ways, so your agenda may not always match what Reiki has in store for you.
Tip: It's a good idea to always end your affirmations with "for the highest good of all."
Resolve Inner Conflict with Sei He Ki
We often find ourselves facing choices, and that's a wonderful thing we should be grateful for - the free will, the power to choose. But the mind sometimes tends to see this abundance of choices as a conflict: "choose something and give up something else".
One could argue that conflict is an inherent part of growth, and that if there were no conflicts, we wouldn't have a "reason" to grow, as there wouldn't be anything for us to outgrow.
But the truth is that there is nothing worth having that must be given up in order to have something worth having. Or in other words, we can have everything we want, and if there is conflict, it's because we don't know what we want yet. The mental healing symbol can assist here.
Write down or symbolically draw the conflict situation on a piece of paper. Look at it, and start the flow of Reiki. Draw Sei He Ki and detach yourself from the situation, allowing the energy to flow freely.
Intend that Reiki "clears the milky waters", or "allows the dust to settle" over the situation, so that you can see it clearly. Redraw the SHK and reinforce it with CKR (and make free use of symbols if so guided by intuition), while you keep on sending energy.
Allow for as much time as needed, until you gain the insight into the situation and reach a decision. Many times, it feels like a moment of extreme clarity of the mind, when the path is well lit, signaled, and clear.
Tip: Sometimes it takes quite a while, and energy blockages or old attachments get released, leaving you feeling relieved and tired at the same time. If that's the case, it's good to write down the decision for later action, and take a nap if conditions allow.
Drop Negative Self Talk with the Precepts
If you've been into personal development for a while, you know that the most important conversation you have every day is the conversation you have with yourself. Negative self talk can not only hold you back from reaching your goals and living your dreams, but it can even make your life a constant struggle. It's a happiness killer.
You can reprogram your mind's negative self talk and turn it into positive using the Reiki precepts. Whenever you catch yourself thinking negatively about anything, recite the precepts to yourself and bring about the feelings of gratefulness, joy, and tranquility.
If you stick to this, within days, your whole perspective of life will change. Within weeks, you'll see opportunities all over the place, where problems were the norm. And you'll notice just how easy it is to accomplish your goals when you don't (unconsciously) create obstacles for yourself anymore.
Tip: After a while, you'll find that you can use an abridged version of the precepts, or even just a keyword (one of my favorites is amazing grace). You could say just I'm grateful for my many blessings and that would dispel the negativity and replace it with positive, healthy self talk, and feelings of gratefulness and abundance.
These are just three of the many ways that Reiki can help on your personal development path. Your creativity is infinite, and the potential of the Reiki energy is infinite - make free use of this great combination.
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