1 Minute Mind Cleanse

Losing Brain FunctionI invite you to take this time to go deep within.  Take a breath.  Honor this moment and this pause.  The world at large going on around you is still going on, regardless of how you feel about it.

I stumbled across a beautiful project that is a collection of positive words from around the world.  Take a look at some of these concepts.  They offer fresh perspective.

This is what you can control: what occupies your thoughts.  What is feeding your thoughts?  External stimuli?  How does it effect you in this moment.  Come back to that pause.

This is not a way of backing out of the reality that is our new world, our new America.  But it is to say, where are we focusing our energy on.  What are we getting obsessed about?  I write and post this on social media with the hope that you will read it and it can offer an opportunity for your own mind to take a break from all the other news articles, posts, rants and feelings that are swirling around you.

If you keep projecting out into the future you are technically ‘future tripping’.  It’s a very slippery slope.  You project your hopes, dreams fears out into the future and you start to make it so.  Thoughts are things.  With enough focus, you can eve create your own future with your thoughts.

So it’s very important at this time to have more purity of thought.  Meditation is one way to achieve this, as is self-Reiki.  Feeding the mind with other words, phrase, images.  It requires the act of unplugging from the main currents of information.

Words have vibration.  My hope is to create words that promote loving-kindness and offer a safe harbor from the other words, phrases and thought forms being generated at this time.

Special thanks to Dr. Loma’s project of postivie lexicography.

Photo credit  Copyright 2017 Eileen Dey Wurst

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The power and harm of misleading words

What happens when you are just plain wrong with your intuition and judgment in a Reiki session?  I recently heard from one of my Reiki students who came to circle and was distraught that his dog had run away from home.  He feared it was dead, and the circle (composed of 4 other practitioners), after giving the student a session, unanimously agreed that they picked up that the dog was dead.  Now, two weeks later, I heard back from the student and he reported the dog, although worse for the wear, was alive, recovering and happy to be back.

That student, for over a week had felt guilty and ashamed for letting the dog out, believing the dog was dead from the consensus at the Reiki circle.  Now, the student was reorienting to a new truth.

I think it’s often easy to tap into the emotions that a recipient brings to circle and be influenced, in a ‘group think’ kind of way.  In this case, the student/recipient was quite distraught, felt guilty for letting his pet out, and also felt that his dog was dead.

But the responsibility goes back to the group of other practitioners.  We weren’t being mindful about the language being used, instead of saying ‘your dog is dead’ what about having said, ‘we don’t feel a connection to the pet, we don’t know what happened to him’…dead is one thing, not being able to know is another.

Being with that not-knowing and just supporting the recipient’s process would have been more appropriate.  Saying we think the pet is dead is dangerous, because it is a diagnosis, and we don’t do that in Reiki, but we all did it (group think) and were also wanting to give the student/recipient an answer to help alleviate his own suffering.

A Reiki circle is a support circle and not a therapy session.  If the recipient were to have a session one-on-one with any of us, the outcome might have been different, because the groupthink experience would not be there.

I apologized to this student for the group’s misread, but I have seen this effect on occasion in other circles, my own, as well as the ones I attended when I was going through training.  The Reiki environment is suggestive, vulnerable, open…but I think mindfulness here is really the key point.  We all lapsed on that in favor of coming up with an answer, which is actually the ego at work.  We want to know, rather than holding space for the process.  We were attached to the result.

Let this story be a good learning tool for those on the Reiki path.  Don’t feel an answer needs to be given after each session.  If you disagree with one of the practitioners in a Reiki circle, say so.  Be really, really mindful of how you communicate with others, words have power and can do harm.

Reiki, in the purest sense of what it is as energy, can do no harm, but that is why Reiki training is a key ingredient in learning to work with the energy.  We are faulty humans, and we have a lot of work to do, especially when it comes to ego and being in the unknown.

For the future, at circles, I think it would be appropriate to leave the circle space temporarily during circle and ground outside of it if a ‘consensus think’ was going on, or if you weren’t sure or agreed with what was being said.  Take time to reorient back to a more solid foundation within oneself.

I welcome feedback and thoughts on this.  I think this story is worthy of a whole class.

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