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Remember the Lotus

Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower.  Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.  Suzy Kassem. The lotus flower is considered a sacred symbol.  The Lotus symbolizes purity, beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, knowledge and serenity.  The lotus will fluorish in murky waters, pushing through mud and mire.  The petals break through and reach toward the sun, while the leaves stay afloat as they shine in the light.

Symbolically, lotus petals can be found in the chakra symbols.  Each chakra has a specific number of petals, representing ascending vibrational frequencies.  The state of enlightenment is represented by the thousand-petal lotus.

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Reiki is NOT for Everyone!

I cannot believe that I am actually going to say this "out loud", but here it goes . . .

Learning to practice Reiki is NOT for everyone!

There . . . I said it! Publicly, out loud, in writing.

So why would I teach it? Why would I recommend that others learn it? That's a good question.

First, let me say that I learned Reiki sort of as a "finale".  All other healing avenues for my Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (from abuse) had been exhausted.  I 'd tried conventional medicine without success, along with numerous "radical" treatments.  Reiki worked, and it still works for me, to help control the symptoms of cPTSD.

The greatest benefits I learned from Reiki are:
  • Taking a proactive approach to my personal healing journey
  • The importance of self-care
  • Spiritual brokenness requires spiritual action
So why would I say that learning Reiki isn't for everyone?  That's another good question!

I have been practicing Reiki for a little over two years.  During that time, my life has improved tremendously.  The path of Reiki has led me on a journey of self-discovery and spiritual learning that was (long) overdue, considering the challenges I have faced in my lifetime.

I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light. Barbara Brown Taylor.

Over the course of 2+ years, I have offered free Distance Reiki to anyone in need who asked for it, both through my daily group meditations, and also for specific individuals with special circumstances. And I have been happy to do so. But it has been both a blessing and a curse.

Most of the individual requests I receive are for "relationship" issues. The majority of them have been from individuals wanting me to "fix" damaged relationships, or "create" a relationship out of "forbidden love". Let me say this, Reiki CANNOT create love where there is none.

Love is indeed the most powerful force in existence. It can hurt, it can heal, it can create lives and it can destroy them. Love is definitely a force to be reckoned with!

The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it . . . Nicholas Sparks.

Reiki is usually taught as coming from a place of love. Truly a healer is a healer because of love for this world and the creatures in it. But Reiki cannot forcefully manifest healthy relationships.

Occasionally, I get requests from fellow Reiki Practitioners to "fix" bad stuff they have encountered. (Okay, here's the answer to the question of why I would say Reiki isn't for everyone.) Literally ALL requests I have received from fellow Reiki Practitioners is to "get rid of" unwanted or negative entities that have conveniently attached themselves to the Practitioner.

WHAT?!? I know, right?

Apparently there are a lot, and I mean A LOT of Practitioners around the globe who were either not informed or misinformed about the "bad" side of spiritual things (not just Reiki). Either their instructors failed to tell them just exactly they were getting into, or the students didn't do their homework before getting into it.

Heck, even my instructor didn't say anything about it. In her defense, she did teach us a method to protect ourselves energetically, but she didn't say why. Therefore, in writing my own manuals, I addressed this issue right away. But I had done my homework, and I knew what I was getting myself into. Most of my life (even as a kid), I was aware of the "bad" stuff.

My blog posts lately have been a little "vague", and this is the reason. I've been doing some soul searching, trying to determine if I want to continue offering free distance Reiki.

What I have decided is this:
  • I will continue to offer free distance Reiki to individuals with special circumstances
  • I plan to offer distance Reiki meditations on special occasions
  • I will teach Reiki only to those individuals who are well-informed of both the good and bad "stuff"
  • I will teach Reiki only to those individuals who submit an "essay" including their perception of what Reiki is, and why they want to learn it

My reason for doing this is simple. I refuse to play a part in someone's spiritual journey if they are not prepared to understand that we live in a dualistic world (both physically and spiritually).

There are two sides to every coin. A little physics lesson here . . . Newton's Third Law of Motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction (or opposing force). This is an undeniable truth in the physical world. In the spiritual world, it's the same. Believe it or NOT!

For everything you can imagine, there's an opposite. The world has love and hate, light and dark, good and bad. One is completely meaningless without the existence of the other. Think about it.

So how does this apply to Reiki?

If you go around doing good . . . trying to heal the world . . . do you actually think that something "bad" isn't going to try and stop you? It's been that way since the beginning of time.

So if you think that you can just become a Reiki Practitioner, or any other type of healer without some opposition (whether it's someone in the world criticizing your practice or it's something "otherworldly") . . . THINK AGAIN!

And THAT'S why learning Reiki isn't for everyone! You've got to have a spiritual backbone folks! If you don't have one, and you get involved in any spiritual practice, you'll grow one soon enough! If you're going to be a warrior, you've got to learn to fight like one! Put on your Armor, Soldier! And remember, the good side may backslide, but the good side always wins!

I ain't saying I'm special . . . HA! Quite the opposite actually. But the good side's got my back! In my life, I've seen some #@$! I truly could have done without it . . . but I am who I am because of the adversities. And no, you don't have to have a rough life to get into any spiritual practice. But what I am saying is this . . .

Do not go blindly into any life-altering decision . . . spiritual or otherwise.

Know what you're getting yourself into! Knowledge isn't really power, but it helps to understand what's going on before you get yourself into a mess! ; )

If you are interested in reading about some "bad" stuff, check out these interesting articles:
Recommended Reading:
  • Spirit Release: A Practical Handbook, by Sue Allen
  • Spiritual & Psychic Personal Protection Exercise, by The Abbotts
  • "Spiritual Spring Cleaning" from GaiamTV
If are a Reiki Practitioner, and you find that Reiki just isn't right for you, I found an interesting blog by Simona Rich worth reading for more information. In her blog, she discloses how she walked away from Reiki, and her reasons for doing so. She has a thought-provoking perspective on the subject.


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