By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki
I’d love to say my Great Grandmother used to say this to me and it stuck. No…. no great grandma or even any cute old lady said this to me. I have no memory of where I learned it, probably T.V. But, it did stick. And, in a world where mothers are taught to take care of everybody else first, this has become a mantra that got me through some tough times. My kids know it by heart.
In the days when I still didn’t believe that I came first, I had to go to this quote to remind myself that I do in fact come first. I am the most important person in my universe and that is true for EVERYONE! And, it is true, if I’m not happy, my whole family is not happy. It’s a power I never asked for and never quite knew as a mom I’d have. But, it’s true. Somehow, we moms became the barometer for how our family is feeling. It’s a huge responsibility, but then so is being a parent. Unfortunately for my kids, their mother happens to be a recovering depressant, a current invisible immune system illness sufferer and a practicing empath who feels the emotions of not only their household but the whole world pretty much in any given moment.
This does not always bode well for our daily weather report within the home. Most often, like the weather where we live, in the Pacific North West of America, it changes constantly. If the weather is sunny, you can always count on it to change. Change is the only thing we can count on both in weather here AND in my moods. So, being responsible for the moods of three other people and four pets can be an overwhelming responsibility.
Thank God I have Reiki and I’m Not Kidding
I don’t know if I truly agreed to this contract of being a mom, an empath and challenged with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual illness ALL IN THE SAME LIFE, but apparently I did. I’m here. Doing it. We sign up for much more than we can chew while we are in that blissful place called Heaven and all things are perfect. But, once we get here, reality sets in about the same time as our true memories disappear. For many of us that is about age 9. Bummer. We all have something that makes our life a challenge or we wouldn’t be here. Or, we’d be on ‘spiritual vacation’, which some people are. But, unfortunately, most of us are not on vacation. Most of us are here to learn and we work hard at it.
I struggled for many years without any guidance as to how to do this thing called LIFE ON EARTH. I struggled, until I found Reiki and my Reiki guides. I’m not kidding or making this up to make Reiki more important than it is. It is important. It is MY true connection to my spiritual Divine Source, my God. It keeps me sane on a daily basis when I need it most; like when the kids come home from school upset about a bad day and won’t talk about it just stomp around, or when I home school my temperamental empathic 9-year-old mini me for four hours and desperately need a break. Reiki is here for me ALWAYS when I need it. There’s just one trick, I just have to DO IT.
JUST DO IT (Thank you Nike for the BEST Ad Phrase Ever!)
And, here is the difference in my life, before, and my life now… I do, DO IT. I do it just about every single day and sometimes more. I do it when mini me is at karate. I do it when I’m sitting in the car waiting for my volunteer time at school. I do it after a stressful day of dealing with hormones and homework and I do it to fall asleep at night when my mind is racing more than I can handle. I do the Reiki whenever I feel I need a break, an escape. I use Reiki like others use coffee, sugar, T.V., alcohol, even drugs. Reiki is my drug. Yes, I watch T.V., and do some of those other things too, but my body is too sensitive for most, like it’s too sensitive to drink coffee, take even prescription drugs or to ingest anything stronger than red wine. I know, another bummer.
Reiki is Calorie Free!!
But, Reiki is calorie free and always good for me, and it always gives me a buzz that is better than any drug, so it’s a win-win. And, with all that moms have going on in their lives, we all need something like Reiki to pick us up and help us feel better, stronger, like a Super Mom to get us through the day. I know I do. Being a mom is tough. Too many moms are turning to unhealthy ways to get through the day and take away stress. Wouldn’t it be great to have something that gave you energy, a positive spirit, a calmer demeanor, AND helped you connect with your Higher Power too! ALL AT THE SAME TIME!!
No, it’s not a magic pill. But, it does help you feel better quickly and the more you do it, the more you feel good. And, if Mama is happy then the whole family is happy. Well, most of the time anyway. This quick thought of mine, of course, turned into this long blog. But, I truly am incredibly grateful that I have Reiki in my life. Because I am a mom, I am a wife, I am a homeschooling parent, and I am a healer too. I need a lot more support than “The Big Bang Theory” can offer me one night a week. So, yes, Thank God I have Reiki!!
Blessings to you all, I pray you find your Reiki too,
Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki
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