thoughts & ponderings
Whether we are looking for healing, personal development or spiritual growth reiki a great place to start. Of course I would say that, I am a reiki master/teacher after all. But that’s not why I feel qualified to make such a statement. I say this because of my personal experience of how reiki has helped me.
I truly believe that reiki is just as valuable a resource for us when we are well as it is when we are unwell. It supports us in maintaining our well-being and even building on it opening us to our highest potential.
Here’s a snapshot of the benefits that I and my clients have put together through conversation about our direct experiences with reiki. At the end I’ve also added some information about the benefits of being attuned to reiki and using self-reiki as well.
So here are some physical benefits of having reiki treatments;
Some of the emotional benefits are;
Spiritual benefits can be things like;
I think you’ll agree that we could all use a little of something from the above points in our lives. Creating balance, calm and clarity will help us to move forward in our lives a little more easily and reiki can help that to happen.
Now I just wanted to add a little about how daily self-reiki can also have profound effects. If you’ve been to my website you may have read how I found reiki (or reiki found me) at a particularly difficult time in my life and it was the beginning of a period of profound change, growth and expanded perspective.
After feeling the connection to love that reiki provided, I wanted to know more about the body, mind, and spirit dynamic so I decided to learn how to do reiki myself. As I learned more about it I believe I'd been gifted a key to a deeper, richer life and I truly did feel lit from the inside like something that was always hidden in there was suddenly brought into light.
And that was just the start of my healing journey. I went on to share reiki with others as a practitioner/teacher and still feel a sense of awe and excitement when I do.
By being attuned to reiki you too can share this gift, not only with your family and friends but with pets, plants and even your food and water! By practicing reiki on yourself daily you will notice changes that begin on the inside and then radiate out. This can then have a wave effect on other people, relationships and spaces in your life.
So all I have left to say really is that it was a turning point in my life and I know many others who have experienced profound life changes from bringing reiki into their lives.
I invite you to close your eyes for a minute, take some nice deep breaths and imagine how reiki could support positive changes in your life.
How does that look?
I’m not a wordsmith and I’m comfortable with that. I tend to see images, form, movement and colour in my mind when I try to grasp a way of expression. Sometimes words are there, they pop in unexpectedly but with power and I embrace those moments. It appeals to my wounded intellectual. I have thought long and hard about the way my words find me. Often they are plucked from a diffuse field of vicarious knowledge but sometimes it’s like a torch shining through shelves of books in a library and fixing with great focus on a particular experience or remembrance.
Authenticity has become a bit of a catchcry of late with businesses and marketing guru’s throwing it around willy-nilly. Sadly, it seems to have muddied the waters of what it means on a personal level to be truly authentic.
I have found through discussion with friends, clients and other wellbeing professionals that art therapy is still a bit of a mystery. Some people are still unsure where it belongs. I’ve been asked if it is like occupational therapy, diversional therapy or even an art and craft class. Is it for mental relief, is it for personal growth or is it to make us feel more relaxed. So I decided it was time to put some of the most common misconceptions to rest and also highlight some of the absolute positive benefits that are gained from art therapy
Art therapy can be a wonderful modality for working through and understanding anxiety as it has the ability to calm the nervous system by its very nature. Focusing on and engaging in creative activities shifts our attention from the negative thought patterns that we can play over and over in our mind giving the nervous system the opportunity to move back into a homeostatic state. Doreen Meister, a mindfulness-based expressive art and depth psychologist in California, states that we can process more difficult experiences once our nervous system begins to regulate and allow more access to the rest of our brains, thoughts, emotions, empathy and compassion.
I don’t know about you but I have heard from quite a few people recently that they are feeling overwhelmed. Overwhelm doesn’t have to be around big issues, it can be small stuff and it doesn’t necessarily have to do with a particular issue. Sometimes it’s a combination of things that we are aware of or maybe unaware of.
I want to talk about dreams. You know, like the one where you need to go to the toilet but none of the toilets have a door, or even walls sometimes. What about when you finally find a toilet only to find it is blocked! Or perhaps you are more of a dreamer of planes, trains and automobiles. It's all exciting and holds information for you. Sometimes dreams that have things that we would normally be afraid of, such as spiders or snakes, can actually be very positive.
When I studied for my Art Therapy diploma I was unprepared for the unfolding that was about to occur. The stripping back of layers and delving into the shadowy places to get a better understanding of who I was as a person and the external influences throughout my life that shaped me, and in some cases damaged me. I think the power of the creative processes and the importance of the therapist providing a safe space is misunderstood in Art Therapy.
Throughout a lifetime we experience loss in many different forms, whether it is a relationship breakdown, the loss of health through disease or illness to the death of a pet or loved one. I think we’ve all experienced at least one of these losses and it is tough.
Do you believe in yourself?
That might seem like a silly question, but the answer is often not a resounding HELL YES, and there are a lot of subconscious blocks we can create in our lives when we don’t have solid self confidence
© White Sage Wellbeing & contributors. 2017
So this is me, a down to earth soul having a human experience.
Relishing the challenges and embracing the imperfections of my humanness while pushing the boundaries, exploring and growing by design.
When I'm not doing my thing at White Sage I'm usually hanging out in the studio with my bunny, music and paints, catching up with Netflix or spending time with family (because they're adorable).
My crushes are Brene Brown and Carolyn Myss. I'm eternally inspired by Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell & Robert A. Johnson.