By Jeff Baird, Sunrise Reiki Colorado

I always liked that Joe Walsh song, “Walk Away.” It has one of the very first really good guitar licks that I remember hearing as a youngster. I watched a film the other night that was an Eagles performance – from their last tour with Glen Frey. Joe Walsh absolutely nailed “Walk Away.” I like when things age well. Joe got sober and seems to keep getting better every time I see him play. I saw him play a few years ago and was amazed at how good he was. Sobriety looks really good on you Joe.

I walked away from booze almost 10 years ago. That was a game changer for me. I found God and a lot of really good people who would literally give you the shirt off of their backs. People like Pete or John, or the other John or my Sister or my Dad, who said to my sister, “You need to talk to your brother about his drinking.” I remember reading the first Big Book she gave me while I was drunk.

I finally learned how to slow down and actually read and pay attention to the words. But it only happened after she gave me a third copy of the Big Book. She wrote a note inside of it for me. I had to read it, felt like I owed it to her. It was time for me to do some work.

I was so tired of drinking. Sick and tired of being sick and tired. I walked away, but only because there were a lot of people there holding out their hands and keeping me strong. I learned to accept the things that I could not change. And, I also discovered the courage that it took to change the things I could – like my behavior. It takes great wisdom to know the difference between what we can change and what we cannot.

I walked away from a lot of old stuff. It was time. Timing is Divine, even when we don’t realize it at the time. I also learned to put other’s needs ahead of my own. That was a biggie. I learned the importance of service work and I carry that same feeling with me today as I watch people heal from within. It’s an honor to serve.

I’ve walked away from many things over the years. I walked away when the two owners of a company I worked for put me in the middle of their ping pong game of hate. I had to walk away. I remember driving home one night from work and accepting the fact that I was probably going to have a heart attack that night. Stress? I could tell you stories. I walked away.

How ironic that I now offer people and animals stress relief. It’s amazing. That was a long time ago when I was so wound up. I was a young, stressed out businessman whose health was quite different than it is today. Stress kills and I’m grateful to be alive today. To relieve the stress of another being brings me inner peace that heals at a very deep level. I am so grateful for Reiki.

I guess I’ve always been a risk taker. But each risk that I have taken was about taking action on something I really believed in. If something was an obstacle, I walked away, and chose another path. I have fought a lot of corporate battles with companies of all sizes. I learned to follow my passion as I walked away from the best paying position I ever had, so I could get closer to Reiki.

I kept walking away so I could actually get into the flow of Reiki and allow enough room for things to happen. It’s hard to explain. You kind of have to experience it. I try my best to put it into words. But Reiki really is something you need to experience. It’s so personal with everyone who receives the healing energy.

Today, when I walk away from something, it’s because that something is just not in the flow of my life at that moment. All things need to be in the flow of Reiki in my mind, body and spirit. I’m a Reiki Master Teacher, and I don’t take this position lightly. I spent way too much time trying to go against the flow just to prove that I could do it. I’m much more energy efficient these days. That’s just part of getting older and being a Reiki practitioner. We learn to let it go, let it flow and let it be.

Don’t be afraid to walk away from toxic situations or anything else that is keeping you from being on your right path. You know the right way to go. Deep down you have always known. Sometimes, we need to run, sometimes we slow down and sometimes we just walk away.

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