Some years ago, I attended a Reiki gathering at West Wittering, Sussex………… There I met many other Reiki practitioners and am still in touch with Diane Thompson from Reiki Evolution all these years later……
One of the guest speakers was a Reiki Master from the Caribbean………… tall, slim, very energetic and with a smile that lit up the room……….
He spoke for an hour on one precept: “Just for today I am free from worry”…..
“What is worry”? He asked us to define this…… several hands were extended nervously as three or four people tried to do this………..he thanked them all graciously and then added his own considered definition:
“Worry”, he said, “is an unnecessary expenditure of energy over a situation we have no control over”…………… He repeated this slowly………..
“Take an example” he said…………. “If you have carefully done a pile of washing, put it all on the line outside to dry, and then you have gone off to work. What happens if it starts to rain while you are 30 miles away? Do you sit at your desk and worry about it? Is there any point? Does anything change? So you see my friends, worrying about it does not bring your washing in! However, if you have a kindly neighbour who you can telephone, you might be able to redeem the situation……”
This is what happens in our lives – a problem arises and usually, we worry about it and get nowhere. Instead, if we can send Reiki to a family member in hospital instead of worrying about it, that would be more productive, and beneficial.
So, stop and think whether you can do something about a situation (sending Reiki, for example) before expending your energy unnecessarily……….
Each time I read the Five Precepts, I am humbled by their profound simplicity and relevance in our lives today……..
How can anyone have worries when there is delicious ice cream to be had at Buckingham Palace!
Hannah Shine is one of Taggart’s Reiki Evolution team of teachers, based in Essex/Hertfordshire. She is also a multi therapist, practising from her home at Hatfield Heath. Her Reiki courses are run from her beautiful summer house in her relaxing garden. Her therapies include homoeopathy, reflexology, Bowen technique, head massage, body massage, kinesiology, EFT and many others. She is currently doing a cognitive hypnotherapy course at the Quest Institute.