Stay at Home

stay-at-homeWashington now joins the ranks of the other states in the US that have declared shelter in place or stay at home orders for it’s residents.  We’ve already been doing much of that over the last few weeks, but now, the pace of life begins to slow down even more as we are required to only venture out for essentials (groceries, pharmacies and doctor visits).

Our governor did say ‘going for short walks or bike rides’ were allowed for physical and mental health (I do thank you Jay Inslee for both permitting that and mentioning mental health) as long as social distancing was enacted.  So it’s not a total lock down in one’s home.  But it definitely is a much-needed action to curtail the social behavior that has enabled this virus to spread.

With this state-mandated order comes a trend to spend more time within, not just the home but within the mind.

Just in time, on the inspiration from a dear friend, colleague and fellow Reiki practitioner and shaman, Cedar Hyde, I will be engaging in a two week daily morning meditation and healing practice.  We ended up calling it the ‘Reiki Sit for ‘The Situation’.  Funny how such things find a perfect time and place to happen.

A client of mine recently mentioned ‘we are all turning into contemplatives’ with all this self-isolating and insulating behavior.  It’s definitely a retreat from the world for those who have the privilege to work from home and aren’t also doing double duty caretaking a family or family members.

So what to ‘do’ with the extra time I would have been going to an event or activity or gathering of some kind?

I have ‘become friends’ with the virtual world.  I’ve found a number of different groups that hold Zoom or Facebook group sessions and reach out to friends and family via some form of technology every day.  It feels like I’ve actually become more social with social distancing.  Is that possible?!!!

As I mentioned in a prior blog, I’ve already begun to look into enhancements for my online Reiki class offerings.  I get to create new versions of the content I’ve developed and organized.  In many ways, that’s something I’ve always wanted to do,  and lo and behold there is a need and want for it.  So I’m super pumped about having this extra time for this project.

In writing this blog I realize I am starting to sound like most of my clients who have been self-isolating and working from home.   We are getting on with our lives to the best of our ability amidst the backdrop of ‘The Situation’.

Should I be worried more?  If I was being irresponsible and reckless in my behavior, yes.  But I’m not.  I’m following the prudent guidelines, which give structure and the opportunity to do all of the above.  Should I be worried about other people’s lack of prudence?  How the government is handling/not handling things?

I could chose to be worried, or I could just focus on what I actually can control.

Instead of worrying, I can be vigilant about hygiene  and staying home.

I wanted to link this document on how to handle worry passed on from a counseling colleague of mine, Jori McChesney.  Thank you Jori!

Take a breath.  We’ll get through this!

Copyright 2020 Eileen Dey Wurst

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Making a New Way

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Finally, I feel like I am able to start planning for the next phase of the Reiki work I do.  Just like everyone else, I’ve had to process all the information and feelings and then find a way to adjust to all the recent rapid changes in our world to the best of my ability,.

You might know that I created a virtual support groupto help others through this process of dealing with the COVID-19 response.  Being featured in the Guardian was a highlight but helping all those that have come has been the true reward for me.

By the grace of synchronicity, my month of March was not a ‘teaching month’ for Reiki.  I had deliberately kept that schedule free to be available to both friends and family going through their own transitions.  Who knew?!

But as I look ahead at the rest of spring, I realize in order to keep teaching Reiki in a healthy, safe, and supportive way, it needs to go completely virtual.  Now, many Reiki teachers have been offering online classes for quite some time.  I always appreciated the option to teach in person.  So, for me, going virtual is most definitely novel Reiki training!

Online learning is definitely it’s own medium.  The positive aspect to this is that Reiki flows through time and space, so the energy itself doesn’t require you to be ‘in person’ with a teacher to learn it.

I’ve looked into pre-recording classes and offering them as webinars and it doesn’t jive with how I feel this healing system is best experienced and integrated.   It’s that difference between live and recorded music.  I also have always structured my classes to meet the needs individually of each student, each class.

That individualized attention is probably one of my hallmarks.

A Reiki class, however, isn’t like a straight lecture or strictly hands-on arts class.  It’s got both qualities and then some.

The way I teach in person is a combination of lecture, practice, ritual, sitting down, standing up, lying down and moving around.  It’s serious, it’s funny, it’s inspiring, it’s transformational.

So all those elements will go into the online format.  The video is important, but there will be times when just audio is only needed and periods where there is only silence and the student is having their own experience.

It’s a good challenge for me to continue to develop curriculum in this manner.  I’m grateful that despite the seeming limitations of social distancing and staying indoors, it affords me more time to work on this project and bring another form of The Reiki Training Program to the world.

I’ve already had several weeks of the Virtual Sharing and Healing Meditation Circles to explore how technology can assist teaching  best ways to convey energy healing practices through online learning.

My next virtual Reiki 1 class will be April 5th.  Reiki 1 will provide an overview of the history and background of the healing system, instructions for self-practice and guidelines in working with others, pets and plants/spaces.  Attunements (empowerments) will be given as well as plenty of practice on one’s self and others in the class.

If you are interested to attend, you can sign up here.  All classes included continued mentorship through email or teleconference and participation in online circle sharing.  No pre-requisites required.  Be prepared to be surprised!

Copyright 2020 Eileen Dey Wurst

 

 

Reiki for the illummination of consciousness

Tomorrow’s distant Reiki healing offers an opportunity to tune in to the vibration of the summer solstice energy.  Much has been written about how solar activity illuminates consciousness, and gosh knows we need to support the uplifting of mind/body/soul for the planet.

So, on 6/21 from 10-11am, whether you send for 10 minutes or the hour, embrace this pivotal moment in the calendar, align with the sun and shine the rays of hope, peace and love for all mankind.

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Time to Celebrate Greatness

With all that goes on in our worlds it’s time to stop and celebrate what we’ve achieved and what we’ve become.

Too often we doubt our own abilities and accomplishments.  We compare ourselves with others or minimize just what we truly have to offer.  It’s hard to be inspired when your surroundings or community don’t share a similar vision.

So, to unite in like-minded community, this is the focus for the distant Reiki group tomorrow 4/19 from 10-11am.  Tune in from wherever you are for 10 minutes or the whole hour.  Infuse the session with your own inner light and send to your own world as well as to those who could need a reminder that what they are doing is indeed valuable.

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Shining the light to see the path clearly

As a social worker, counselor and Reiki practitioner I’ve worked with many clients over the years who face many challenges in coping in this world. Whether it’s past traumas, mental, emotional, or physical issues, life can seem a big hurdle to overcome.

I’d like to dedicate this distant healing session on 4/12 from 10-11am to helping those who have complex problems finding the resources, support and help that they need.  There are many treatments, healing modalities and groups and often by shining light towards a situation we can see the path a bit more clear.

You can hold these individuals in the Reiki light for 10-60 minutes this week.  I’d recommend sending to the macro and the micro levels.  Some you may know personally or some you might read about in the news.  Or, perhaps there is a specific condition, like mental illness, physical diseases like cancer or emotional challenges like grief and loss you’d also like to dedicate this to.

Shining the light always makes the world better.  Thank you for joining this session.

In light

Eileen

Copyright 2012 Eileen Dey

Building the Reiki Muscle

Like a weight lifter who practices day after day in building physical strength, this week we focus on building energetic stamina.

Sending distant Reiki tomorrow from 10-11am to strengthen the health of our families, our relationships and our own divine nature.

I had the experience just yesterday where I gave Reiki to a plant of all things that was quite wilted.  Within half and hour, it had perked up as if it was a fresh and radiant new growth!

Whether you want to participate for a 10 minute ‘workout’ or extend it to the full 60 minutes, it’s what works best for you.  The importance is the practice.  Each week we come together from all corners of the country to tune in and build our Reiki muscles.

So by infusing our family members (with their permission) with the intent of Reiki will assist their own healing and radiance.  Our relationships, platonic, romantic, human or animal are also in need of a Spring boost, so let’s keep them in our hearts as well.  And finally, we return to our own selves, our need for rejuvenation.  Such healing radiates outward through space and time effecting all like a great circle of peace and light.

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