By Jeff Baird, Sunrise Reiki Colorado

I know many massage therapists who fully understand the importance of taking care of themselves. Yet, they are always helping others heal, and expending so much energy in order to make that happen. The really good therapists are very busy. As a result, they are rarely able to squeeze in a massage for themselves. But, when they do get the time for one, they love their work even more. They remember why they became a massage therapist in the first place, after experiencing what their clients feel on a regular basis.

During every one of my Reiki classes, I stress the importance of self-healing – especially during the 21 day cleansing after the class. It’s important that we keep that energy flowing. Let it go. Let it flow. Let it be. Go with the flow of Reiki’s healing energy and don’t forget about the self-healing benefits of Reiki. Just like many other practitioners who I know, we are so used to sharing Reiki with others, that one-on-one time with ourselves can be a rarity. I’m guilty.

Reiki practitioners reach a point where we’re either in a state of Reiki or we’re not. Wondering how to determine if you are currently living in a state of Reiki? Simple Test: “Just for today, do not worry. Just for today, do not anger.” Are you living by these two simple statements from Reiki’s founder, Dr. Mikao Usui? If so, you are in a state of Reiki. God bless you.

We don’t “master” Reiki. We master our way of living physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.” When we are in a state of Reiki, which is a state of gratitude and optimism, we attract what we allow our thoughts to conceive. No matter what is going on in our lives, we walk the path without worry and without anger. This is the state of Reiki, and we reach it quicker when we take the time for self-healing.  We are much better able to help others if we have taken some time to help ourselves heal too.

I have become quite adamant when I try to convey the importance of self-healing to my students. From what I have seen, those who keep the energy flowing soon discover the wonder of this healing energy and heal on a deeper level as they move forward in their quest for a better life. They partner with Reiki and are better able to accomplish things because of the energy they are emitting. They attract things into their lives that help them achieve their goals sooner rather than later. It’s a beautiful thing to see.

If you recently took a Reiki class, keep that energy flowing. Everything expands. The more you use it, the more it expands. You have to experience it. You’ll know what I mean. If you took a Reiki class a long time ago, and have lost touch with it, let it flow. See what happens. Once we are given the gift of Reiki, we never lose it. Why wouldn’t we take the time for self-healing? It feels so good and helps us in so many ways as we continue on our way.

I remember a story about a guy who needed to slow down long enough to sharpen his saw so he could do a better job of cutting wood. The healing world is like that too. God Bless You & Thank You for taking the time to help others heal. Please take some time for yourself too.  You deserve it.



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