What is Reiki?
According to www.reiki.org, “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 and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s ‘life force energy’ is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.” Reiki is done by a trained professional who is able to sense a person’s energy and can help unblock chakras.
What is a Chakra?
You’ve probably heard this in passing, but if you are not already familiar with it here is a brief description. The word chakra is a Sanskrit word that literally means wheel or disk. When you hear the word in reference to yoga or meditation, chakra is referring to the seven wheels of energy that are aligned in our body. The seven chakras start at the base of the spine and go through the crown of the head.
I had mentioned in a previous post how I had been hearing about reiki in various forms, had found one right down the street from my work and I was going to make an appointment to see them. Well, I finally was able to find a time that worked with both mine and the reiki place and I had my first appointment last Saturday.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I swear it felt like that woman knew everything that was going on in my life. She was explaining to me what she was sensing I was having trouble with in my body in regards to my chakras. As she was going in depth a little more about the symptoms she felt I was experiencing, I knew she was the real deal. She gave me a quick run down about each of the seven chakras and what parts of the body and emotional state coincides with each one. I’ll go into this in a different post, but the subject if fascinating and in depth.
The session itself was very interesting and went really quickly. She used tuning forks to help my chakras realign and spoke in a way that put me in a very deep meditative state. I left the session feeling very light and very open. Interestingly, I found myself a little withdrawn and not wanting to communicate with anyone. I just wanted to observe, listen and keep to myself. This lasted for a couple of days and it was about that time that I realized that I was not releasing the negative energy from me, I was keeping it pent up. After a good cry session I ended up feeling much better.
What was most interesting to me was how I felt both connected and disconnected from my body. I could still see, sense and feel everything that was going on, but I was able to mentally step back and observe everything from a bird’s eye perspective for a bit. I was able to look at conversations and reactions in a different way and not react myself. It’s hard to explain, but it felt very right, as if it was the way I should be interacting with those around me.
Unfortunately, those couple of days where I was keeping silent I was having issues left and right. I was getting angrier quicker. Things that I would normally be able to brush off were nagging at me and bringing my general well being down. I was harboring all of these terrible feelings towards others and annoying circumstances and situations kept coming up that just kept building up in my mind and body.
There was a good chance that some of this was hormonal, but whatever the case was I can readily admit that it was one of the worst weeks I’ve had in a very long time. At first I thought that keeping my mouth shut would help me grow as a person, because I tend to let my thoughts fly without thinking at times. However, as the days continued I realized that by keeping my mouth closed I was keeping my throat chakra blocked, and that wasn’t helping the situation either.
How to Unblock a Chakra?
That week was tough for me, and I did a lot of Googling to see how I could help unblock my throat chakra and several results came up over and over again.
Meditate- Always a good thing to do when you are feeling out of sorts. Sometimes it’s hard to find those quiet times, so I personally found that right before I fall asleep helps me center myself as well as relax into a good nights rest. I also strive to meditate each morning to help center myself for the day.
Think about the color blue- This applies specifically to the throat chakra, as that is the color associated with it. Meditating on this color or simply staring at it is supposed to release some of the pent up energy. Personally, this doesn’t work for me, but I could have been past the point of no return this time around.
Journal- Always, always, always a great way to unblock anything in your life, or so I’ve found. I have many journals that I have filled with nonsense and musings. I wish I would fill them with memories of my day to day life, but I find that it works better for me to just write as fast as I can and get it all out onto the paper. Not a writer? I’ll bet drawing your feelings would work just as well.
Sing- The throat chakra is the source of our communication and sometimes singing out loud will help us unblock some of that energy. I did find that this helped when I was able to be alone and belt out some of my favorite Beatles tunes.
Cry- This one wasn’t in my research that I found on unblocking, but it really worked for me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always thought of crying as a sign of weakness and something that you do by yourself with no one watching so you can get your act together. I have no idea where I got this ridiculous notion, but I have a feeling it’s been holding me back for decades. A good cry can do wonders. That has been proven both spiritually and scientifically. Releasing those toxins can really make you feel so much better, so even if you aren’t comfortable breaking down for an ugly cry in front of a friend or spouse, find a safe place and let those tears flow!
Life is full of cycles. Cycles of the moon, seasons and even human aging, it’s a natural part of life and nature. We live in a society that is constantly pushing us to better ourselves, be positive all the time and go, go, go! It’s exhausting and impossible to live up to.
On Friday of last week I was talking with a co-worker and telling her how I felt so bad because I had such terrible vibes that week. She told me that last week she was feeling off, and she stopped and remembered that life is a pendulum and that when you are feeling down you have to realize that the pendulum has to swing the other way, so you just have to hang in there. She’s a very wise lady!
Here’s what I say to whoever is out there listening: be kind to yourself. We all have bad hours, days, weeks and even months. That is part of life. What we need to remember is that it is normal. We can’t be happy all the time. We can’t be motivated all the time. We can’t be productive all the time. Even the moon which is so full and lovely wanes and goes silent every two weeks, why should we be any different.
If you are going through a tough time, just take a breath, say thank you for the lessons that are being shown to you and know that this too shall pass. We are all in this together and you are not alone.
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