There are four stages in the self-healing process, and in my desperation I had found two of them—acknowledgment and acceptance.
When teaching Reiki over the previous few years I had paid lip service to the idea of the underlying causes of ill health, so I knew the theories, but when it came to being ill myself I forgot all about it— or probably more honestly, I hadn’t wanted to consider it. Now I began to examine this idea, to seek an awareness of why I had become ill. By meditating on the issue and seeking guidance from my Higher Self, I began to realize that I had been abusing my body—and for that matter, my mind, emotional self and spirit— by pushing it beyond its limits of endurance. On both a physical, emotional and spiritual level, the many years of stress and not taking care of me and what I had subjected myself to had finally caught up with me, and I needed to radically alter my way of life— permanently.
There are many stages of healing. The spiritual, emotional and most of the mental I had covered. The physical. Not in the least. I did an off again-on again yoga practise, occasionally went for a walk, but that was about it.
So I took action— the final stage in the self-healing process. I took some simple, practical steps, like changing to a healthier diet and eliminating some foods known to aggravate Lupus inflammation and cutting out ALL gluten in my diets. I changed my attitude to many things, found a team of healing professionals that could support me in a physical way.
By May of 2014 I was feeling like a whole person once again— or at least, whole enough to get some walking and yoga in, meditation and self-healing with Reiki on a daily basis. I started to cook for myself once again which nourished my root chakra, and had some energy to actually do things I wanted.
Reiki had finally got through the layers of resistance, and brought to the surface the understanding of the phrase “what you resist, persists.” All the effort I had put into resisting my illness had been wasted!
All I had really needed to do was to “let go, and let flow.” I gave up trying to live my “old” life, and stopped chafing at the bit and feeling resentful because I could no longer rush around “doing” things; instead I got on with my “new” life— just being me. I don’t mean being me in one of the many roles I used to rush around playing— mother, daughter, teacher, business owner, healer, Reiki Master— because they were all masks.
Now, I am giving up the roles other people wanted me to play, and am just concentrating on myself. I am eating healthy, still sleeping a lot, giving myself lots of Reiki, doing my sound healing with my beautiful crystal bowls and drum, meditating regularly, receiving guidance from my Higher Self, reading numerous books to learn more about myself, my favorite metaphysical subjects, nutrition, relaxing and generally enjoying my more peaceful lifestyle—
My health has continued to improve: I am not yet 100 percent healthy, although I have periods when I’m almost there. I still have days that as soon as I open my eyes, I KNOW it’s going to have to be a quiet day, regardless what I have planned, or would like to do. I’ve learned if I push through, as I would have in the past, I would end up in bed for at least a week, at the least a couple of daytime naps.
As I said, I’m still on a healing journey. But now my attitude is that that’s OK. There are still lessons to be learned, and sometimes I get a Lupus flare-up of , but it is always because there is something I’m not paying attention to, like not eating properly, getting enough sleep or because there are some deeper layers of negativity or blockage that need to be released. As soon as I seek an awareness and understanding of the problem, and take action to put it right, the symptoms die down and I’m fine again. As an analogy, it’s rather like a smoke alarm that goes off to keep you safe by warning you that there’s a fire; similarly, my body goes off (or flares up, always in my chest) to warn me that I’m going off track in some way. It’s my body’s personal safety feature .
Each of us has at least one such safety feature—one area of our body that “acts up” regularly, such as a tendency to frequent headaches, indigestion , throat infections, skin problems or a bad back.
If you take your own Reiki journey, one of the consequences of increased spiritual development is an increased ability to be aware of such messages from your body, and drawing more and more Reiki into yourself over a period of time will gradually enable you to heal not only the physical symptoms, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual causes of those symptoms. My life now is totally different than it once was, and Reiki has brought me all those things I have already suggested it could: wholeness and harmony, personal peace and a sense of purpose, emotional balance and feelings of joy, bliss and fulfillment. I cannot imagine life without it.
Teaching Reiki has brought me so much pleasure and satisfaction, and I just love having the chance to play a part in the way that Reiki changes people. I really enjoy the amazement on their faces as they feel Reiki flowing through them for the first time. I know that a major part of my life purpose is to continue teaching and Reiki, and I am excited about the future possibilities.
What I hope I have done by my story with you is to provide you with some unique methods of using Reiki more creatively for your own healing, and for personal or spiritual development. The emphasis here is on enjoying Reiki and having fun using it to help yourself to live a healthier and more balanced life, while at the same time treating it with the respect it deserves as one of the world’s greatest gifts— a healing system for anyone and everyone that is easy to learn and easy to use….