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Reiki: Be Honest In Your Work

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Some time ago I started writing a series on Reiki, taking a break to share with you about Meditation and also healthy eating. The last Reiki article looked at humbleness. This time we explore being honest in your work…

Being honest does not mean you have to tell someone straight out that you would not be seen dead wearing that jacket, but it does mean you need to be honest in your day and how you present yourself at work (and in life), and that includes the content of your CV/ social media. It is nice to have some good stories to share about past experiences, but we live in a world that is getting ever smaller, and whilst the glory of the story is fun, the weight of the fall when you get caught out can cost you your career path. Here are a few other examples:

  • Speak your truth – if someone asks your opinion, respectfully share your thoughts – you will need to use wisdom in how you speak and how much you choose to share, especially if it is not what you feel the other party wants to hear – but it could be important in their decision making. Make sure feedback is constructive and you share the good points first, appreciating their line of thought.

“The more honesty you use in your day, the more you attract truth and honesty from others.”

  • Do not make promises you cannot keep – a broken promise may be interpreted as a lie. This creates an appearance of dishonesty and mistrust. By being seen as a person true to your word you become seen as an individual with integrity and become respected – this is good for your career as you will earn a reputation for your honesty. It is also good for staff management as you will be looked upon as a sound leader.
  • Do the work you love – if you are not in a job you want to do – consider your career options and path carefully. You need to be honest with yourself as well as with others.

The more honesty you use in your day, the more you attract truth and honesty from others. Furthermore, if you are not telling mistruths, it is easier on your memory, you do not have to remember what you have told others, you will have a sense of your word and will not be having to cover anything up. As you become more truthful and honest in yourself and your life you reduce political issues and with time any backstabbing that may go on around you will reduce too.

Do remember, Honesty is not about revealing everything about yourself, so do use your judgement wisely, it is about being true to yourself and your being. Daily practice of honesty is important. You will need to check yourself – ask yourself, am I being honest and true, persevere with the goal to be honest in your work and all that you do. Do not give up when you are faced with challenges. The challenges will help you grow and be stronger in your ability to be honest, making you a more credible person with wise experience.

Next time we explore the importance of compassion…

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Reiki: Be Humble…

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Be humble… Humbleness is used in so many phrases – humble apologies, humbly accepting a gift, or being a humble servant, but what is it to be truly humble?

In modern society, it is generally considered that humble people are meek, have low confidence and are too easy going. In reality, this is really not so. It takes a lot of strength to be truly humble, and it is a huge gift to have this skill – but humble people do not shout about their skill as that would be proud… so to learn from a true humble, you will need to observe individuals and decide upon who to look to for yourself.

Some of the skills you are looking to observe and learn are:

  • Being able to treat others as equals, be they a cleaner or the Chairman. That does not mean being overly familiar with them, but treating them with the same humble respect.
  • It means being able to accept compliments with the same dignity and consideration as criticism, as both are equally important for personal growth and development, but it also means being able to process those comments without being egotistical – for we all have days where things go right for us (and days where things go not so right).
  • It also means being able to accept a situation, regardless of being good or bad for themselves, for the greater good of the whole. It does not mean sacrificing ones-self for others, just a point of acceptance so that a situation can move forward with positivity.
  • Being able to make decisions (no matter how tough) based on moral values, rather than ego.
  • The ability to give credit where credit is due. A humble will actually praise others and speak positively (and humbly) of others successes. This is partly why they are such good team players and leaders, as this skill helps them to motivate their staff and those around them.

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  • To lead humbly will involve being able to delegate clearly to those working with you, and allowing them the space to do the work and potentially identify different ways to do the piece of work. The humble leader will be able to take the feedback that there are new ways of delivering the work, and also lead team members (rather than squashing them) when they are perhaps heading off on a wrong tangent.
  • The humble person just is. They are striving to act within their morals, or with respect or kindness, or to be a good but fair leader, they are not trying to be humble. As soon as you are trying to be humble, the ego steps in and the essence of your actions is lost.

My eldest daughter gave me a profound statement the other day. She said an ignorant person thinks they know everything, whereas a wise person, no matter how well-read and researched, knows they know nothing in the whole scheme of things. What a beautiful example of being humble: the wisdom of knowing you do not – and never will – know everything.

Humbleness cannot be claimed, it is an action from the very core of your being – the ability to act with your inner truth for the good of all. Next time we will explore being true about your way and your being as a principle of Reiki, until then I will let you ponder the thought of humble actions that go on around you.

 

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Reiki and Worry…

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“Do not worry!” Worry is something that is more often there. It is a thought (or multiple thoughts) that go over and over in the mind. It is a form of mind chatter that eats away at confidence and draining energy. When you worry constantly, you are drawing attention to a negative aspect of your life, and when you worry aloud to others, you are effectively seeking attention, potentially draining their energy. This leaves every-one depleted and more open to ill health.

As worry is a focus on past events that have happened, or future events that are yet to come, worry is never about the present – so worrying stops you being in the present moment, it stops you connecting to yourself and identifying opportunities as they arise.

Worry is your body messaging you that there is a problem that you do not know how to deal with. I am going to take you through a simple exercise to help you start creating more positive outcomes from your worry:

1. When you are aware of worry, slowly and deeply breathe in… and out several times giving you time to regain your control and also help oxygenate your brain to help stay focused on the moment in hand.

2. Pause for a moment – place any worries or negative thoughts onto fluffy clouds – and let them float away. What is your desired outcome? What do you want to happen? Do you want to continue with these emotions and feelings? … Breathe slowly and deeply again. How do you want to feel? Think of something happy, a positive focus in your life. Re-educate your body’s cellular memories, take back your control. You should now be feeling calm enough to make rational decisions.

3. Listen to your inner feeling – What is not right in your life? Turn your worry into a challenge. What can you do to support a positive outcome? What outcome would you like to attract in life? In your mind, put out to the universe the positive outcome you desire. Remember to keep breathing slowly and deeply to stay positively focused and in control.

4. Feel better? Do you need to seek council from someone you trust? It is okay to talk about problems – sharing a problem wisely helps to find solutions. Sometimes, just stilling your mind can give you space to see the answer for yourself. Be the person you want to be. Worry is just a message to let you know something needs to change – and it starts with you; you are the catalyst to make the positive changes you need in your life. Practise them; life is just continued practise of different challenges.

I know some things are not quick to resolve, they can seem to take an age to bring right, but choosing to hold on to your worries and forgetting to focus on the positive outcome you desire is detrimental to your health and to those around you and will stop you from reaching your goal.

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When challenges are successfully identified along with successful desired outcomes, you connect to your inner self and see the positive coincidences that are attracted in life, making the journey easier. Well thought positive intention for good attracts good into your life – have faith.

Of course, that is not the only secret to Reiki and seeking our inner health and power. The next is to be humble. That is next time’s story.

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Reiki and Anger….

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“Do not anger…..” – Why would there be spiritual wisdom in telling us not to get angry? It is difficult holding anger in, and if you have tried it, you will know that it can negatively affect your whole day. You taint everything with the moment that rubbed you up the wrong way, but why?

Our emotions are very powerful; they are a combination of chemical messengers, emotions and cellular memories. Have you ever stopped and questioned why you react the way that you do when you get angry? Part of it is learnt, either ancestrally or through your own experiential journey.

Anger is an out of control emotion; it is the signal that something is wrong and is upsetting your perception of being harmonious. In some it can stir violent reactions and behaviours, others may experience physical health symptoms such as headaches or internal pains, whilst yet others may seem unaffected.

If you find yourself in the first two categories, take note carefully: it is not bad to feel angry! Nor is it bad to react to a situation that has made you angry. But (and you knew there would be one), it is how you react that has an outcome on the centre of your wellbeing.

I am going to take you through a simple exercise to help you start creating more positive outcomes from your anger:

1. When you feel angry, slowly and deeply breathe in… and out several times to give you time to regain your control and also to help oxygenate your brain to help you stay focused on the moment in hand.

2. Pause for a moment – what is your desired outcome? Do you want to continue in a place of angst and animosity? Then go ahead and verbalise as grumpily as you like. You know how the story goes – you spend the whole day being grumpy or having everyone treading around on egg shells – not one for optimum office efficiency – or one for a happy home and relationships. There is another option. Breathe slowly and deeply again. How do you want to feel? Think of something calming, re-educate your body’s cellular memories, take back your control. You should now be feeling calm enough to make rational decisions.

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3. Listen to your inner feeling that something is not right; pull that towards the sense of how you want the outcome to be. What can you do to make it right? Remember to keep breathing slowly and deeply so that you can stay positively focused and in control.

4. Feel better? Are you ready to act yet? Wait until you are ready – do not rush yourself. Be the person you want to be. Anger is just a message to let you know something needs to change – and it starts with you. You are the catalyst to make the positive changes you need in your life. Practise them: life is just continued practise of different challenges.

I know some things are not quick to resolve – they can seem to take an age to bring right – but choosing to hold on to your anger and forgetting to focus on your positive potential outcome is detrimental to your health and to those around you and will stop you from reaching your goal.

So perhaps instead of ‘do not anger’ we should strive to be its opposite – balanced, calm, harmonised. What would you call it?

Of course, that is not the only secret to Reiki and seeking our inner health and power. The next is ‘do not worry’. That is a story for next time.

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What is Reiki?

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What is it anyone wants more than anything else on Earth? “A fast car, a big house, private schooling for my children, that is why I work so hard.” Think again. What is it YOU want? Health, happiness, wealth, love, someone to share with you?

Let me share a secret with you, what everyone really wants to know, in order to be their healthiest, happiest, wealthiest etc is to connect with who they are. To know themselves. The question is, how do we go about finding that. We are not born with a manual that can be perused when things go wrong, there is not a help button that you can press to search for the answers … so how do you find the solution to the question you asked as a child.

Born in Japan in 1865, Usui Mikao was a philosophy student, and had studied martial art, religious and other philosophy available to him at a time of big change. During this era, there was a massive search for inner connectedness, and Usui pulled together his research and started teaching what he felt was a great to help to everyone, regardless of any religious belief.

What happened during Usui’s teachings was reported as amazing. He was sharing lessons to help his students break down old bad habits, and help them develop new practices. He was helping them reach their own true nature and inner knowledge. What was most amazing from his teachings was that his students received healing from the sessions, not something that Usui had necessarily initially intended at all. The combination of helping his students reconnect to their spirituality and also blessing them (called a Reiju) brought about a very positive healing effect.

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We all have the innate ability to heal and connect to our inner self. The problem is we tend to gradually lose this connection and forget it ever existed. This can lead to a wide array of health conditions and anxieties / sadness / etc that simply need not be. To learn Reiki (pronounced Ray Key), you need a Master to work with that you feel comfortable with, and although you will only need a few days training for each level, you need to be ready to make take the first step on your journey to discovering who you are, being ready to let go of old habits that do not serve your true self’s higher good.

This sounds a little harsh – but in reality – it is actually amazing and most empowering. A student starts their journey with their Master teaching them the meaning of the five precepts (or codes of conduct) and a blessing. Whilst you can explore the precepts on your own without the blessing, the blessing helps the journey and the inner healing process.

Your Reiki Master will also teach you exercises to help clear your Ki (Chi energy / life force energy). I shall share the first precept with you now; do not live by it yet for you need to truly understand it for it to help you, just let your subconscious mind consider it for a while:

“Do not anger”

We will delve deeper into Reiki next month ….