From Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki Energy Healing Center in Sequim, WA
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki
*****If you believe Reiki didn’t work for you, may I suggest you read on…..
**2nd in a series on being successful with your Reiki practice when it doesn’t come easy to you. Here is a link to the first blog, Signs that your Reiki Really is ON.
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
In March and April we had a weekday class for Reiki I and II and many of the students made it through both classes for all six days. We had so much fun and learned a great deal.
Many of these students were energy healers in other ways before taking Reiki. So they had wonderful and deep questions and we all learned a lot.
THAT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS, helping people see and experience how Reiki melds easily with ANY OTHER HEALING MODALITY. The way I teach Reiki, as the energy first, technique second, this is one of my specialities. IF the students are ready, willing and able to let go and allow Reiki to take the reins miracles happen. When we let go, and trust that Reiki knows what we and our client needs, it’s effortless and so in the flow, graceful.
Blessings to all my students, THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME GREET THESE NEW REIKI PRACTITIONERS!! LOVE TEACHING REIKI!! Josslyn
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
*More links to other blogs on this topic at the bottom of the blog
THIS QUESTION COMES UP A LOT, SO I THOUGHT IT WAS TIME TO WRITE ABOUT IT
IS IT OK TO DO REIKI ON SOMEONE WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION?
I teach in my Reiki I classes that in order to do Reiki on others, you must have their permission first. Yes, this is how I was taught by my teacher, and this is what I hear from many other Reiki teachers as well. But I’m a bit of a rebel and believe in questioning what I read, learn and hear. However, I’m also very careful and respectful of people’s boundaries and free will. So, I’ve been contemplating this particular question for years until I’ve come to a conclusion that feels right to me. It’s up to you to find what feels right for you. I pray this blog will help you with that looking at some different points of view. I have also included at the end of this blog, links to other blogs on this same topic with other points of view. If this is an important topic to you and you want more information to help you formulate what feels right for you, then please read more. But, then, sit with your higher self and formulate what truly feels right for you. That is always what counts most.
Yes, I ask permission and only do Reiki when I have permission. But, read on, because it’s just not that simple.
Even though at the professional level of Healing Intuitive that I am, I am able to talk to people’s higher selves and get permission that way, I still rarely do this. I truly feel this is for the most extreme situations only, such as: coma, someone trapped in a mine or somewhere we cannot communicate with them or other severely extreme situations like those. Only then do I sit in trance and talk to their higher self to get a yes or a no. Then I also say a special prayer before hand such as: “I am sending this Reiki with love. This person may take as much, as little or none, it is up to them. I respect their soul’s wishes completely and I fully and completely let go of the outcome.” I rarely find a need to do it and I much prefer verbal buy in.
Here is my reasoning and then you can contemplate this question for yourself.
My main reason is for respecting each individual person’s free will and also to make sure you as the channel for the Reiki, are not putting your own intentions on anyone else’s’ healing path. This is a very important step. If we feel like we want to do Reiki on someone without their permission it is good to step back and ask yourself, ‘why?’ Be honest. No one else is in on this discussion except you and your Reiki guides. If the answer is that you simply feel for what they are going through, then you may pray for them or send Reiki Blessings without permission. (Reiki has multiple symbols to send Reiki Blessings, The Power Symbol is one of them.) If the answer is more like, “They aren’t doing the steps to grief.” or “They aren’t changing and it’s hurting our relationship.” Then you might need to step back, take a good look in the mirror and do Reiki on YOURSELF. Most issues in YOUR life are YOUR issues. Reiki YOU first and foremost.
As healing facilitators, we are trusted with a very big responsibility. In my opinion, it is not to be taken lightly. But, it is also not to be controlled or boxed in by other people’s beliefs, because we all must make our own mistakes and successes – that free will thing again. As a ‘healer’ we are in people’s energy fields, messing around with higher bigger stuff then we truly understand, I don’t believe any human brain can fully comprehend all levels of healing that are taking place all at the same time when we do a Reiki session. If we are doing this without permission, we are invading people’s boundaries, inflicting on their free will and therefore creating karma for ourselves to balance out again later. Maybe soon later, maybe much later. But, creating karma is not what we want to be doing as healers. This creates unbalanced karma for you mostly but can also alter their healing path and neither one is what we want. As healer we want to help, not make the process longer and more drawn out by creating karma.
Ok, That Said, WHEN CAN YOU REIKI SOMEONE ELSE WITHOUT PERMISSION?
Don’t. Just don’t do it.
But, You Can Do These:
- Reiki the relationship
- Reiki the situation
- Reiki the Karmic situation
- Reiki the space, the physical space meaning a room or the space in between you and the person you are having an issue with. Your own universe space.
- Send Reiki Blessings with any of the blessing symbols, the power symbol (The Power Symbol Reiki II), the Master Symbols (UDKM, TDKM, Reiki III & Master/Teacher)
- Pray for them
**None of these will inflict upon anyone’s free will and create positive karma for both parties. A Reiki win/win situation.
By doing these, it also helps us heal our own karma towards the situation AND help us feel like we are doing something. Many of us need to feel we are helping, this is a way to help but without actually interfering.
Let’s say you are a teacher. You want to Reiki your students but know that you can’t because you’d need their permission and if they are children, their parents permission too. Too much complication. How can you work with Reiki, stay in your place of authenticity and make the classroom better without doing Reiki on individual people? Easy, Reiki the space. You can do this in person or long distance from your home if you have Reiki II symbols.
Clean and Clear Space
By cleansing the space with Reiki with a positive intention such as; clean and clear, safe and sacred (one of my favorites) the energy in the room will be fresh, calm, feeling safe & clean of all ‘old’ energies; old arguments that happened the day, week or years before. Reiki will help the space to feel clean of anxieties from test taking or sitting too long. With all these old energies transmuted to the Light with Reiki, the room and the people in it will FEEL AND BE CALMER! Without them even knowing that anything is different. They will feel it, you will feel it. Reiki the room again any time you feel it needs it or do it every Sunday night before you go to work. I like to go with the flow and listen to my intuition but sometimes it works best for me to be on a schedule. Do what feels right for you.
Another Reiki Win/Win Situation
Also, another win/win, if some of the souls in the room choose to take the Reiki that is ‘hanging out’ they may take it. This is not involving you, you are just offering the Reiki in the room and each individual person may choose on their own, to take it or not. No boundaries have been invaded, no karma created. So, they may get a healing anyway, but it is between them and their Higher Power, not you. You as the Reiki channel are just the channel. Reiki does the real work.
This can be done in ANY environment safely and ethically.
But, this also involves you as the channel to let go of ego. To release any outcome you might have to the Reiki being in the room. You have to work at not being connected to whether someone takes the Reiki or not. This is challenging for most people depending upon the situation and takes doing MORE REIKI ON YOURSELF. The prescription is usually, Reiki yourself more.
Example: Maybe the little boy’s (his higher self chooses) who is giving you the most troubles with his behavior chooses not to take the Reiki that has been offered in the classroom because his behavior is linked to a bigger life lesson he and maybe even you are supposed to learn. We don’t know these spiritual ins and outs, but we must have faith that behind the scenes, Reiki really is doing all it can to help and support us in a way that will not change our life plan. It’s pretty important stuff if you think about it.
Safe and Sacred
Safe and sacred intention helps people in the room feel safe and protected, again without knowing why. This works great for children’s class rooms, group therapy meetings, doctor’s offices, psychic reading rooms, work spaces with a lot of people and of course Reiki rooms – any place where people may have some stress or anxiety about being there. ANY SPACE ACTUALLY. By the space feeling safe, the people in the space will be more grounded, more focused and more able to let go of old issues if this is needed. And they can do so in a calm and loving environment.
REMEMBER, Reiki is Divine Healing Energy. Therefore, it is intelligent and knows exactly what is needed at any given time, for any person in the space, even for you. As humans, we need to get out of the way and allow Reiki to do its thing.
I like to start my beginning Reiki prayer with – FOR THE GREATEST GOOD FOR ALL INVOLVED, PLEASE SEND DOWN MY REIKI….
and I know in my heart that what is for the greatest good for all of us, will happen.
I’d LOVE to hear your views on this topic or how this blog helped you in some way. All loving comments written with respect are appreciated.
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND REIKI BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL,
There are many blogs out there to read on this topic. These three will get you started and are truly worth the time to read them. Otherwise I wouldn’t put them here on my own blog. Blessings…
**A blog by Reiki & Shamanic Practitioner, Jonathan Weekes who tells some true and truly beautiful stories about how we heal THROUGH our illness and difficulties to be the beautiful butterflies that we are today. Worth the read. Click on his name for the link.
**Another blog on this topic by James Deacon with quite an extreme story about free will. Worth reading. Thank you James for your dedication to Reiki with ethics.
**A blog by Frans and Bronwen Stiene from the International House of Reiki with what seems like a very different perspective. But, read all the way to the end, Frans and Bronwen and giving each of their students a great deal of credit for being able to detach from the situation and I respect them for that. However, their advice at the very end is…well… you’ll have to read for yourself. Click on their names for the link.
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By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
At our Reiki events and during private sessions it seems that many people are afraid to bring up the topic of miracles but want to. They want to know how long it will take them to heal. They want some concrete time frame as to how long this ‘Reiki stuff” will take to heal them especially if they have physical illness. Many people simply want a healing miracle. I totally understand. If there was a magic pill, believe me, I’D TAKE IT FIRST!! I live and deal with five chronic ‘invisible’ illnesses every day – you can bet, I’d be first in line getting that pill.
Bubble Bursting – Warning
I hate to burst your bubble, but sometimes a dose of reality is what we need. Sometimes believing in a magic pill keeps us in denial longer than good and real information that can help us move on. Ok, here is the bubble bursting but you have to read the whole thing to truly understand. If you don’t want to do that, then bail out now and stay in blissful denial. If you’d like to know more, it’s a good story, read on.
Reiki Works In Mysterious Ways
Reiki will never go against our free will. Which means, if our soul has chosen illness as a spiritual tool for growth, then we must learn what we have come here to learn from this tool, BEFORE we can be healed. The earth plane is unique from other healing/learning planes of existence because it is the most dense. Therefore, there are lessons we can only learn while we are here; lessons such as addiction and physical illness. We can learn them in other planes of existence as well, but not to the same dense level that we can while in physical form here. Therefore, these lessons are critical to our soul’s development and we comprehend that at a soul level. But, we don’t remember it at a human level. That is the importance, but the reality is, there are no short cuts to learning these lessons. It takes years, lifetimes to learn many of these lessons we have signed up for, which means that the Reiki will help us, guide us and even heal us if that is what is for our highest good, but it will not ‘cure’ us, unless that is what our soul signed up for.
Lesson of Patience
Reiki will also not heal us any faster than our subconscious mind is ready for. If it did, our belief systems would send up a HIGH ALERT and sabotage the process we were making anyway. Reiki heals us at the exact pace our unique personality is ready to heal at, no faster and no slower. JUST RIGHT. This may not be as fast as your CONSCIOUS MIND wants to go, believe me, I totally understand this one first hand. But, this spiritual and healing work cannot be rushed. Sometimes the true beauty is in the process, the journey, the full experiences along the way. Sometimes we can’t see the true beauty until we are through it, but it’s even more impressive on that side.
Sometimes Miracles Happen
And then sometimes, miracles happen. Sometimes miracles are supposed to happen to help us along our path, to help us with our faith when we need it. I believe we also sign up for these miracles before we come here knowing we may need some extra support, some extra push in the right direction. My husband experienced such a healing miracle that helped him to believe in Reiki and me, many years ago when I was a new Reiki healer.
My husband Robert is very open-minded, he has to be, to be married to me for over 18 years. But, he’s also a thinker, a cynic and a natural-born inquisitor of new things. When I started taking Reiki classes he was first in line for me to practice on him but didn’t like to ask me too often because I was busy with kids, Mommy/kid activities, household stuff and also practicing healings as much as possible in my ‘free’ time in between. He didn’t want to put more on me. I respectfully wait until he asks me to practice Reiki on him, still do. So it was a few months before he asked.
At this time in our lives, Robert would get a rib out regularly. If you’ve ever had a rib out, you know, it hurts pretty horribly and would put my strong and independent husband ‘on his knees’ so to speak. He searched high and low for a Chiropractor who could help him. We finally found one who could put him back in place and it would last 5 to 6 weeks. This was the best he’d found so far and he was thrilled. So, every 5 to 6 weeks he would journey up to the highlands about forty minutes away to have his body adjusted and then the rib would not go out. This worked well. Until it didn’t.
Enter – Student Healer Wife
After I’d taken my Reiki II class and had been practicing for a few months Robert’s ribs went out again. Unfortunately or fortunately for him, our Chiropractor was out-of-town. He was in such pain and feeling there was little hope for relief, he asked me if I would do a Reiki healing on him. I don’t know if he believed it would do anything, but when we have no other options, we often open up to new things we never would consider otherwise. Thank God for that. I didn’t even have a table back then so he laid on the end of the bed after the kids had gone to sleep and I did two hours of Reiki. Afterwards, I rolled him over and he fell asleep.
He woke up the next morning and not only were his ribs back in place, but there was no pain. Not only that, but his ribs didn’t go out again for almost EIGHT YEARS!! Eight years later, they went out again, I practiced Reiki on him again, put him to bed and now it’s been another two years. His body was helping him work on this issue again but in a lesser way.
Why Did Robert Get a Miracle?
I have contemplated this healing miracle my husband experienced and ‘discussed’ it with my guides over time. I believe Robert got a healing miracle because he needed it, because he signed up for it before he came here in order to fully believe in Reiki and me. Yes, it’s all about me, it’s my blog. LOL. I’m sure he has his own healing reasons as well, but combined with the fact that in order for me to have my business, which is run quite a bit out of our home and often interrupts family time and takes a great deal of dedication from our whole family – I believe he needed to, mind, body and soul, believe in what I do to help other people. Otherwise, he may not have been nearly as committed to my Reiki practice as he’s been, which is a great deal.
A Miracle is a Miracle
I don’t believe we always have to have a reason for a miracle, I believe we can’t possibly know how that all works. I like to believe that sometimes our Divine Source likes to surprise us and keep us on our toes with a nice surprise. And, I don’t believe we are truly meant to know how it all works. This is the faith part.
But, in some cases, like ours, I believe there was a reason and it worked wholeheartedly.
I see what I call ‘mini miracles’ in my life daily. To me, every time I feel the Reiki in my hands or receive intuitive information that connects to a client in an important way, that feels like a miracle to me – every time. It helps me have faith, hope and spiritual power by knowing each and every day that I am watched over, guided and protected by Divine Love. It keeps me going every day through the hard stuff and it gives me hope for our future on this planet that we can turn things around and save not only our planet but each other as well. These are all miracles, big or little. A miracle is a miracle no matter what you call it. If you just believe. If it gives you faith.
I pray our little story helps you to understand a bit more about how Reiki heals, that miracles really do happen in our lives in big and little ways and we just need to be aware, be in the flow and be grateful. And, that patience is sometimes one of the biggest lessons we can learn, I know it is for me – because I still don’t have that magic pill.
Many Reiki Blessings to you all, may you receive the miracle you requested this year!!
Love and Light,
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By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
It is my goal with this blog, to give you ideas of ways to work with your Reiki, that maybe you haven’t thought of. I pray this blog helps anyone who will go through the grieving process. Blessings to you all…
Where to begin…
My father was diagnosed with Leukemia this past June. It is now late September. The doctors said one to five years and we thought THAT was too fast. Three months later, with our heads still spinning, my dad passed a few days ago.
At this exact moment, I write as a way of getting all the words out of my head so I can stay calm, to honor him and to honor Reiki and all it does for me and my family.
Sitting here at this moment, all the work I have done with Reiki, being able to work with Reiki on my father in his last day of life has been the most important and fulfilling Reiki moment of my life.
Reiki was with us from the moment I spoke with my mom and she being a woman who would never ever ‘cry wolf’ said “If you want to say good-bye to your father, you’d better all come.”
My husband checked the flights and shouted through the house to the family, “You have twenty minutes to pack. We were off, kids, adults, dog, we were packed and leaving the house in a half an hour to catch a flight that we might not be able to make. I prayed and made phone calls during the two-hour fifteen minutes to the airport. I brought my Reiki with me to help us be calm and not drive too fast but to get us there in time, to help me be strong in the moments I need to be and to help me be able to process and let go at the moments I need to do that.
Our Reiki Guides were with us on the drive to the Airport making sure we didn’t get pulled over, caught in traffic or anything worse. I asked my Reiki guides to clear traffic on the freeway so we could get there safely. Our guides provided us with a very nice semi truck driver who went a very good consistently fast speed but not too fast, so we were able to get there in time with a divine escort in front of us. Reiki Blessings to the truck drivers out there.
When we got on the plane for our two and a half hour flight I prayed most of the way, instructing Reiki how I wanted things to go, manifesting what I felt I needed and wanted most for the situation: to be able to see my dad and him see us, to be able to say “I love you, no matter what happened with us in the past, I love you,” and for him to know we were there for my mom and would take care of her, she would not go through this alone. These were the things that mattered to me. They were HUGE undertakings at this moment. We didn’t know if we’d get there in time. Just that morning my dad was with my mom at the dog park, talking with people, socializing with the other dog parents, planning a trip to Sacramento to see an alternative healer who might have a cure… and tonight, he was……… knocking at Heaven’s door.
Divine has granted us with so many healing gifts these last few months. A huge one is that we made it. And, I truly felt we were able to make a difference at his hospital bedside. My dad was coherent when we arrived. He saw all of us. He knew we were there for him. I told him I love him. I looked in his eyes and let him know I love him. He saw my husband and his grandsons there for him, his legacy. We had closure in that arena and I am eternally grateful for that. I felt lifetimes of healing happening right there, in that moment.
But then the even bigger gift happened.
Reiki Steps Up to the Plate (my dad was a huge baseball fan, had to throw that in there)
When we arrived, my dad seemed very agitated. He had a very large tube in his nose for oxygen and he had difficulty breathing and talking with it. We could make out a few words here and there but it seemed so difficult for him to talk and get the words out we didn’t want him to strain. We didn’t feel we needed words at that moment, but he did. He seemed to want to say so much to us that he wasn’t able to say. I understood but at the same time didn’t want him to be in such pain and frustration.
His frustration at the tube, lack of ability to communicate and the end of his life too soon, it all was compounding his agitation and he was getting more and more upset. I instinctively put my hand on his heart and one on his crown and prayed for my Reiki to ease his discomfort. My family, my husband and my two boys, took my cue and all started running Reiki on my dad from where they were around the bed (my husband is a Reiki III and my teen boys are both Reiki I trained). My father instantly, I mean instantly, calmed. He closed his eyes and stopped trying so hard to communicate. We took turns doing Reiki on him two at a time for the next four hours, keeping him calm, talking to him in the energy of love and spirit through the Reiki.
Communicating Through the Reiki
By communicating that my thoughts, words and intentions were getting to my dad at a higher level of consciousness by riding on the waves of the Reiki that was flowing to him, I let him know in so many ways that I love him, no matter what has challenged us in the past (a great deal, but it doesn’t matter any more). I let him know I’d be able to communicate with him after he passed. (My deceased father in law is at our house all the time, what’s one more paternal energy hanging around, right!) I prayed for my Reiki Guides and his highest and most Loving Guides of God’s to be with my dad as well as any loved ones he would recognize from the other side and for him to go with them at the right time, including his many black labs that he has loved so much. I assured him he’d see us all again soon. I assured him that mom would be in Heaven with him too some day soon. (Heaven time is not the same as here, we will all be there in a blink of an eye). Since my father did not have a very strong spiritual connection, I felt that reassuring him we’d all be together again in love, was a very important part of him being ok with passing on. Reiki delivered the messages to him.
Of This I know in my Heart, spiritually…
- The Reiki helped him to know that there is a Heaven and he will be there.
- The Reiki let him know that we will all be together very soon.
- The Reiki let him know we all loved him dearly and he made a difference in this life in many ways.
- The Reiki let him know there is so much more mystery to life then he knew consciously in this life and that he has more adventures to come.
- The Reiki let him know it was okay for us if he passed so he wouldn’t be in pain any longer.
- The Reiki spoke for us, because the Reiki is of God and us and him too.
- Calmed my dad physically and emotionally
- Calmed me, my mom and my whole family
- Gave peace to all of us that we were able to do something to help in a situation that seemed uncontrollable
- Brought my whole extended family closer together in a feeling of unity that we had not had for many years
Reiki Planted Seeds
- My dad’s amazing doctor was aware of energy work and we had good talks about how it helps
- The nurses saw us doing Reiki and witnessed how it helped calm my dad
- My sister who knows very little about Reiki has now seen it work
- And, spirit is motivating me to write about this so soon after, to share my experience with those of you who need to read about it
Reiki Continues to support us by
- I do Reiki on myself multiple times a day to stay grounded, strong, and centered
- Reiki on myself to heal and release the bigger, deeper issues at the perfect time
- Reiki on myself to help me have the best calming, healing words for whoever needs them at the time, including myself
- I’m doing Reiki on my niece who has never even heard of Reiki, because she has a sinus infection
- I’m doing Reiki on any other family members who want it and need it, we all need it, but I’m respectful of each person’s process which may not want Reiki at that moment
- Reiki on my dad’s dog, Sparty, who misses him terribly and is clinging to my mom
- On Saturday, I will do Reiki at the location of the Celebration of Life to set space for a positive remembrance of my dad’s life
The ways in which Reiki can support me and my family at this moment is a very long one.
We have a long way to go in the grieving process, it’s been four days. This week we are supporting my mom and preparing a celebration of life. Next week, who knows. One day at a time, but THANK GOD, seriously, that I have Reiki and I know I can turn to this amazing gift from Divine to support me and my family along the way.
I’m so grateful right now, so full of love and light and so confident that with God as my partner through my use of Reiki, I’ll make it through this process with deep healing and more joy in my heart.
Please feel free to share stories of your parents, grieving, Reiki or anything else that is healing to you or others who will be reading.
Reiki Blessings to you all,
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By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki
I was reading an author recently who I have followed for many years and have a great deal of respect for her work. She is a world-famous psychic, been on T.V., written many books on the psychic topic and has proven over and over again just how amazing she is. I have most of her books and read and reread them.
Humans make mistakes, period!
However, on this day, I had just a few minutes to kill, so I picked up one of her books I had not read, turned to just one chapter at the end of the book and started reading it. As I read, she talked about a topic I know a lot about energy healing. What she said, completely disagreed with what I have come to believe in my personal experience with healing work. This made me stop and go WHAO! What the heck? I was astounded. I was a bit in shock that our views on a subject would vier so opposite.
For a moment, it made me question my own beliefs. It made me question my own experiences. It definitely made me reflect at a deeper level.
Calm & Centered
But, then I stopped myself and sat with it. I removed the emotional component and I calmed my mind and body as I went to my inner compass, my higher self and discussed this from a higher place within me. I came to the conclusion that my own intuition and personal experience is what I have to go with, what I trust, what I feel to be true. My feelings and my inner compass have not steered me wrong, but authors who I do not know personally, and who are also human and make mistakes, cannot be my first ‘go to’ authority. My higher self knows best for me and I stick with that. Yes, I decided, it is highly possible, even probably, this author, as great as I feel she is, could simply be wrong on this particular subject.
Recycle the Trash
Then I remembered other books I had read where most of what I had read I agreed with. But, then I’d reach a chapter that just didn’t sit right, didn’t feel right, didn’t feel like it came from a place of Love and Light, so I put it in my proverbial trash can and didn’t take it in. This happens a lot with information I’ve noticed, a little lower vibrational energy, thoughts and words sneak in where much of the book was of Love and Light. After a while of practicing this, it gets easier and easier to trust your own intuition and not the authors. This can be applied to ALL books, magazines, reading materials.
The Golden Rule
“I tell my students at the beginning of all my classes and sessions to NOT take in anything I or anyone else says unless it feels right to them. If an ‘expert’ of any kind says something that doesn’t feel right, don’t take it into your personal space and your mind just because they are a ‘so called’ expert. What they are saying may simply not be right for you, it may not be right for you at this time or it simply may not be right, period.” Josslyn
It is most important, especially at this time of the new age of enlightenment, to find our own inner compass and learn to listen to it. The best way to do this is by practicing, starting NOW. Your own intuition is always your best guidance.
Guard Yourself From Too Much Input!
When we are reading a book, watching television, movies or on the computer we are taking in millions of bits of new input; emotional, visual, mental, spiritual, all levels are being inundated with new input from these forms of media and it affects us on all levels. It is energy and it affects us more than we know.
Do we really want to be taking in ALL of what we read or see? Do we completely trust the source of these books, programs, movies and commercials so well that we will just automatically take it all in? Typically we don’t take in all of it, our filters of our conscious mind is often up and working and ready to filter out what we don’t want. However, the people who make commercials and movies and Facebook posts are trained to SHOCK you, quickly get you to drop your filters and allow in their visual forms of information, without processing it. Or, even more sneaky, they appeal to our bleeding hearts with sad pictures that activate our overly emotional sense of empathy and we take it in due to being emotionally too open. This can happen all too easily because with the modern life, we are already in such a state of hypnosis much of the time, that we are highly suggestible much of the time. Being highly suggestible makes us take in more of what we see, hear and experience around us without the same and ‘normal’ filters we would have up if we were grounded.
This happens more often than we realize. Unless we have filters built-in or put up before hand, you are taking much of this information into your being and accepting much of it as your truth. Reiki can help to make sure this does not happen. Sometimes this information just gets stuck in your energy field, but sometimes it actually gets taken in as a mental truth and it is much harder of a process to get it out afterwards. Either way, this energy then has to be removed from our energy field, and that takes more healing than most of us know to do.
Sensitives Take Caution
For spiritual or sensitive people this is even more of an issue. I personally do not watch the news and have not for many years because I’m sensitive to taking in these visuals and having difficulty ridding them from my psyche after the fact. I also don’t watch scary movies or shows that I feel will be too much for me to handle. The more sensitive a person is the more important it is to keep this visual, emotional and auditory energy from getting in, in the first place. Here is HOW to do it. It is quite simple and just takes a conscious intention to do it and regular practice.
- Get your Reiki started and if you are a Reiki II or above, chant the symbols that you feel will be needed here. (I would use all three Reiki II symbols because they cover different aspects that are usually involved including the long distance symbol in case this is a past and very old issue. If you are above Reiki II, bring in UDKM the Reiki Master Symbol to help since this is a powerful spiritual issue.)
- Hold the intention that you are filled and surrounded by Reiki Power, Protection and Support the whole time you are reading, on the computer or watching T.V.
- If something comes up at any time that you are not sure about or questioning, then imagine yourself holding the questions out side of your boundary field; think about it, listen to your heart and your soul and decide if you believe it or not. If you can make a decision right away then do so and be done. Either take it in or send it to Mother Earth for recycling.
- If you are not sure and need more information on this topic before you bring it in or dispose of it, then hold the intention that this question stays out side your boundaries until you can gather the information or personal experience you need in order to make a decision. (I sometimes hold questions out for many years before I settle on an answer. When I do get it, it’s a big ‘A Ha’ moment for me and a great feeling of accomplishment. These are what I call, “The Big Questions.”)
- Practice the process as often as possible. Pretty soon it will become a very positive habit and you will be loving it. You will feel lighter and more in control of what you take in or leave out. Your energy field will not be as full of psychic smog and you’ll be able to make decisions easier, quicker and with more confidence.
This process also helps you to feel much more confident in your intuition, your decision-making and your ability to read or watch shows with a discerning mind. It just feels better too, to not be taken by surprise.
I also highly recommend, especially if you are a beautifully sensitive person, to practice this quick 5 minute visualization for your boundaries and not taking other people’s stuff in. I have written multiple blogs about this process as it has helped me a great deal. Here is a link to one of the blogs called ‘Don’t Get Dumped On.’
This ‘golden rule’ of not taking anything in that doesn’t feel right to you does not apply when you are acting out of fear. My husband brought this to my attention recently when he didn’t want to do something my guides recommended with his business. I knew it was something totally new for him and would be hard, but I also felt it was important or they (my guides) wouldn’t have told me and made a big deal about it if it wasn’t important. They don’t waste our time. He didn’t want to do the recommendation and threw my words back in my face, “But you always say, if it doesn’t feel right don’t do it.” LOL, I smiled. Thank you Divine for our mirrors and lessons, so grateful even from our closest family members. I reminded him that this doesn’t count if the reason you don’t FEEL like you want to do it is from fear or lack of self-worth or some other lower vibrating emotion. Allowing fear to stop us from moving forward on our path is only hindering us, not helping us. So, just stop and check in with your higher self. Be grounded and centered and listen to this emotion keeping you from moving forward. Is it valid or something you would be best working on with your Reiki to heal it. Be totally honest with yourself (Or a family member will be). Then move forward.
I pray this helps some of you. Please let me know if you try it and it helps you. I’m always grateful for your loving comments.
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By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki
I wrote a blog a while back about a Reiki Pick Me Up, about working with Reiki in each chakra to energize yourself and get through the day when you feel tired.
But, this technique can be used in other ways as well, energizing yourself is just one of them. This same technique is used as a quick way to strengthen and grow your energy and that of your auric field, in other words, Strengthen Your Divine Light Within.
I have learned this technique from multiple Reiki Masters, first in my Reiki Master/Teacher class from my teacher, Catherine Morris, as we use it to brighten our energy field and bring in more Divine Light into our field before doing attunements.
Then I learned another use for it during my Reiki Drumming class from my teacher, Michael Baird. He used the phrase “Strengthen Your Light.” It strengthens and expands the Divine Light in our energy field and helps us to feel the Divine Energy more strongly before working with Reiki or doing other spiritual activities.
I also like the term Brighten Your Light, because I also brighten my energy field by singing the song “This Little Light of Mine” and it reminds me of that song and ability to brighten our own lights with our intention and attitude. Whatever you call it, find a way that works for you to enlarge your Divine Light within.
The more you practice this, the more healthy your energy field will be on an ongoing basis. Do this each and every day to feel happier, healthier and more content with life in general. These are all benefits of a healthy and happy energy body.
Here is one way to do this:
HOW DO I STRENGTHEN MY LIGHT?
For Reiki I…
- Sit in your Gassho, center and ground yourself and call in your Reiki guides of the highest order.
- Hold the intention that you want the Reiki energy to give you a boost in energy to get you through the day or whatever intention you feel is best for you for the greatest good.
- Starting with your root chakra run Reiki energy in your chakras from bottom to top for as long as you feel necessary or for about thirty seconds to one minute each. (If top to bottom feels better to you, then do that. It’s all good and there is no wrong.)
- After running Reiki on your crown chakra run Reiki all throughout your aura with the intention of energizing you.
- Closing Gassho and go!
- Sit in your Gassho, center and ground yourself, and call in your Reiki guides of the highest order.
- Activate your symbols in your hands. I do this by drawing each symbol in each hand and saying their name three times, one symbol at a time. This helps me to feel the energy on my palm, knowing it is flowing. (Tip: The more you draw the symbols out, the more powerful the energy to come and more quickly.)
- Starting with your root chakra draw the Power Symbol (CKR) and in each of your chakras from bottom to top draw the power symbol with the intention of MORE DIVINE POWER. (If top to bottom feels better to you, then do that. It’s all good and there is no wrong.)
- After drawing the Power Symbol, CKR, in your last chakra, draw a large CKR in front of you activating it and bringing it into your body and aura.
- As you bring the large full-sized Power Symbol into your aura and body intend MORE DIVINE POWER and your aura and personal space DIVINELY PROTECTED!
- Do your closing Gassho and go!
I Pray many of you give this a try when you are needing that pick me up and that it helps. Let me know how it works for you.
Love, Light and Blessings to all of you,
A BIG THANK YOU to my teacher, Catherine Morris, for teaching me this technique as part of our attunement process. So grateful for ALL you have taught me!!
A BIG THANK YOU to my Reiki Drumming teacher, Michael Baird for helping me to see more uses for this technique.
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By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
In our quest to have more fun included in our healing journey, our Girls Night Out group (Mystic Sisters) met this week for some ‘cuttin it up!!” Magazines that is. My industrious students have been dropping off magazines to me all month-long. We had a whole room full! The ladies came in and didn’t even want to eat, they were so excited to get started on their vision board, they headed straight for the magazines and started rifling through the pages searching for inspiration. It was the darndest thing. I had to almost pull them away to get them to eat dinner. A quick dinner, some fun get to know you games and we were back at it.
“I can’t stop looking at my ‘graduation card!’ It’s infused with so much lightness and love from everyone. Whatever you decide to do for the next event, I hope it involves using our own creativity. (The vision board process) Sure did bring everyone to life and I believe it boosts our own confidence that we can indeed CREATE!” Pamela Ziemann , Mystic Sister and author
‘Creating a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you. This powerful tool serves as your image of the future – a tangible representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life.
Because your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation-by representing your goals with pictures and images-you will actually strengthen and stimulate your emotions… and your emotions are the vibrational energy that activates the Law of Attraction. The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words,” certainly holds true here.’ Jack Canfield
Reiki & Vision Boarding
I wouldn’t be earning my keep if I didn’t teach a Reiki lesson with each evening we have right?!! Good thing to me, REIKI IS FUN!!
Vision boards are all about having a physical visual manifestation right in front of you to look at regularly to help focus your thoughts, emotions and beliefs on creating your vision in your physical life. Being able to SEE it right in front of you helps the manifesting process which is stronger with emotions and visualizations. Even the process of creating the vision board is important and stirs up the universe into aiding you in your quest because you are putting time, effort, emotion and hopefully FUN into the process. We put so much fun into our process, we know Divine is helping us manifest our visions. We also put a whole bunch of REIKI into our boards!!
What does the Reiki bring to the table when vision boarding?
- Reiki helps us to be more grounded in making decisions about which pictures to cut out and which ones to leave, saving us time and frustration.
- Bringing in our Reiki at the beginning helped us to be more cohesive as a group and work together to help and support each other through the process. Everyone was sharing clips, cutting out things for other people, shouting out ideas, it was beautiful.
- Reiki helped to set the energy in the space for lightness, community support and fun, before we even started. I always ‘set space’ for any Reiki event and for Mystic Sisters it’s all about love, support and JOY! (Setting space is about the intention of the feel of the energy in the space. I make sure it’s clean and clear, safe and sacred but then add another intention specific for each event. For this event, community, love and joy. The Reiki energy follows my intention)
- Reiki brings in our Reiki Guides to help with intuition to know what vision of our future to go for, or which theme is right for us at this time. Before I started, I really had no idea what I was going to create. I just followed the Reiki and it turned out perfect for me.
- Reiki brings in spiritual power to help us have the confidence and belief that we can in deed create that which we are setting out to create.
- Reiki helps us to be more creative and heal any issues around being creative.
- Reiki helps us to take creative risks that we wouldn’t normally take while doing a process like this in front of a large group of people.
- Reiki helps us to think less, and act more intuitively getting the job done from a higher level of thinking.
- Reiki helps us to create our big picture vision, not our internal subconscious chaos.
…and so much more. That’s just what I came up with in this moment. Can you think of any others and share them with us in comments!?!
This group was totally in to this project. From beginning to end (midnight) they
were focused but at the same time truly enjoying the process and each others help and company. I heard more than a few times “This is so much fun!” That’s all that mattered to me, fun was the goal and fun we had. My guides, my girls and I were happy vision boarders.
Make Your Own Vision Board
If you have never done a vision board, here is my basic instructions on how I do it. As with everything, I’m sure there are tons of ways, this is just one of many. Bring in your Reiki or if you do not have Reiki yet, pray for Divine Guidance and go for it. Allow yourself to feel joy throughout the process. If you do not feel joy, take a break and start again later when you are ready.
- Gather a whole bunch of magazines, don’t discriminate, you never know where that favorite photo or quote will come from. We were all quite surprised what kind of magazines we found some of our most stunning photos.
- Bring in your Reiki and your Reiki guides to be with you through the whole process, bringing you spiritual power, protection and support.
- Ask your Reiki Guides to help you with your vision, what is most important for you to SEE at this time.
- Go through magazines quickly without too much thought. Make decisions fast and just tear out the pages that you are drawn to without judgement. Just go, go , go.
- Tear out photos and words that you are drawn to and pile them up, move on to the next page or magazine until you have a nice size pile and FEEL ready to move onto the next stage.
- Clear, clean and prepare your space for the next process, cutting. Get scissors, glue and poster board to be ready to lay out our rough draft.
- Cut up the photos and words to get a basic idea as to how things will fit or not fit.
- Make quick intuitive decisions, don’t think too much, work with your Higher Self and your heart, not your head.
- Get a basic layout and start gluing stuff down. Know it will turn out different from you plan, but perfect as it is.
- Glue down the background first, then start with the words and little stuff, trust your intuition all the way through. Divine knows your bigger picture, your true souls vision, it will appear naturally if you don’t stress or think too much.
- Just Say No! Be aware of the ‘big picture’ and what you are truly drawn to. You may have to make some tough decisions, get rid of a photo you really like, but that just doesn’t fit the big vision. A cluttered or chaotic vision board may reflect what is going on inside of you now, not necessarily what you want to create in your life in the future.
- Have fun and just allow the process to unfold.
- Place the vision board where you will see it multiple times per day. A very powerful time is right before bed, so maybe put it near your bed so you can look at it right before bed time and right when you wake up. These are strong hypnotic state periods in your mind and you are very likely to take in this visual information more easily into your subconscious mind.
I had so much fun, I’m thinking of tackling this project with my Reiki kids group too. Go for it, it’s a powerful and positive process. Well worth the mess on the floor.
Let me know how it goes for you!!
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Reprinted from the Reiki News Magazine Winter 2014 issue
If you have taken a Reiki class or thinking about it and are not yet familiar with the Reiki News Magazine, I am here to say, this is a wonderful resource not to be missed out on. I have stacks and stacks of these magazines that I keep through the years and reread. Plus I have them available for check out in the Rain Shadow Reiki lending library.
Here is a story of physical healing and determination to not give up on both the part of the Reiki Master and the client. This, I believe is a great story to show that with Reiki, time, determination and patience, Reiki can heal us on all levels. Reiki healing happens at the right time for each individual person. We are not all meant to have instant miracles, but I believe with continued effort, we can get our miracles in different ways and times. I pray it gives you some ideas about what is possible with Reiki.
Reiki Stories from the Reiki News Magazine
Most of the stories in this section of Reiki News Magazine have been documented by before and after medical tests and the observations of licensed health care providers. Please note that while Reiki can cause miraculous healing, it does not always do so. However most patients receive some level of healing with the minimum benefit being relaxation and stress reduction. If you have medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that you use Reiki in conjunction with the help of a licensed health care provider.
Reiki and Epstein-Barr/Fibromyalgia
I have suffered from the Epstein-Barr virus and Fibromyalgia pain since I was 19 years old. I will be 39 in May. I have seen so many doctors and have had so many tests and scans. I’ve been on so many medications over the past 20 years — until recently I was taking 90 mg of morphine three times a day. Upon waking, I walked like I had polio. It hurt to sit, to stand, to walk. I would not shake hands with anyone because of my hand pain. My joint pain was the worst; every joint hurt all the time. I would wince just to bend my arm. I felt like this even while taking the morphine. I also had three vertebrae fused in my back a year ago. After the surgery the discs above and below the fusion were bulging, causing additional pain. The morphine helped very little and I prayed to die just to end the pain I endured each day.
Reiki stopped all of the pain with the help of a wonderful Reiki Master, Susanna Glaze!!! It took approximately four months. I had two treatments a week. Each treatment lasted 1.5 to 2 hours. She did this and never asked for anything in return. I did bring her crafts and art to trade for the Reiki treatments, and she always said it was too much. I now pay her and it will never be enough because my pain is gone and I am off all morphine. My life has changed so dramatically in the last four months. My husband is astounded. My friends can hardly believe this miracle. They are all grateful and no one is as grateful as I am. I have healed physically, emotionally and spiritually. I could not have done this without the love and compassion of my good friend Susanna. She taught me that the true meaning of Reiki is love, and there is nothing like the healing human touch. Susanna is now teaching me Reiki and to honor its tradition and history. I wish more people knew that Reiki really works. — Danielle Wise, Carlsbad, N.M.