I recently attended a class on Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us. If one’s “life force energy” is out of balance, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is balanced, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
I had scheduled to take the class a couple months earlier, while I was still unemployed. It seemed like a great time to take it as I had plenty of free time. The Saturday morning of the class, I checked my email at the last minute. (I don’t usually check email on the weekends, maybe my intuition was speaking to me.) I received an email from the instructor canceling the class because her son was sick. I was immediately struck by the irony of the Reiki healing class being canceled due to illness. But, I figured it wasn’t my time to attend that class yet.
A few months later, I was working again, and my weekends were full with family activities. It just happened to be that on the one Saturday I had free, another Reiki class was scheduled. Looks like my time had come. I pondered the timing of this. I believe everything happens for a reason, and I often like to search for the reasons. I figured it must be an experience that I should share with the readers of my blog. At the time of the first class I hadn’t started blogging yet. I think I was partially right, but I later found out the full reason for my delay in taking this class. I’ll come back to this in a minute, first I want to share some of the experiences of the class.
The class wasn’t at all what I expected. I expected a room full of people practicing the hand positions used in Reiki. Instead there were just two students and Christine, our teacher. We sat in her living room and started out by just talking. The setting of the class and the tone of the conversation was very calming. After some introductions, we moved on to the Five Principles of Reiki.
The Five Reiki Principles
• Just for today I will not anger.
• Just for today I will not worry.
• Just for today I will be grateful.
• Just for today I will work honestly and diligently.
• Just for today I will be kind to every living thing.
These are such great principles. We spent quite a bit of time discussing each principle and what they meant to us. The conversation flowed easily between all participants. I was really enjoying my time being around like minded and positive individuals.
After the discussion came the attunements. The attunements are supposed to allow the student to tap into the life force energy. The teacher and I sat facing each other, and the attunement took just a couple of minutes. After the attunement, she said that she sensed I needed clarity. I thought about this briefly and realized that is EXACTLY what I needed to hear. I was at the exact point in my life when I needed to get very clear on what I wanted, yet I hadn’t realized this on my own. This is the reason my class had been delayed by a couple months. I wasn’t ready for the message I was to receive.
I was in a job that I wasn’t completely satisfied with, yet I didn’t know exactly what I wanted. I was plugging away at my blog, but wasn’t exactly sure where I wanted it to lead. I had dreams to strive for, but no clear way of achieving them or even of exactly how I wanted those dreams to turn out. Clarity. It’s exactly what I needed.
The class wrapped up a short time after the attunements and some discussion on the messages we received. I hopped in my Jeep and headed home, thinking of clarity. Over the next few days, I began to get very clear on what I wanted. I laid out in my head the job that I would like to have, and a short time later I was called for an interview which led to a job offer. I’ll be starting this new job in January, and it’s exactly what I had pictured once I got clear on what I wanted. I got clear on what I wanted out of my current blog and a couple others I plan to start in the near future. I also got clear on my dreams. I wrote a short story describing my dreams and goals in detail. I took the message of clarity and ran with it, and things are beginning to fall back into place.
Up until this point, I had been riding my roller coaster life, and just going with it. This worked very well for a while, and was the right approach at the time. As life began to stabilize, I needed to refocus and get clarity on my wants, desire, goals, and dreams.