Open yourself up to a consciousness greater than the body you see as yourself.
Open yourself up to a consciousness greater than the body you see as yourself.
There are many sites online explaining what Reiki is, so what I’m going to do is offer my personal experience with Reiki.
I came across Reiki when I was studying Holistic Hypnotherapy and Hypnoenergetics, so I was already learning about energy when one of my teachers brought up Reiki. We asked her what it was and she simply pulled my hand out in front of me and held her palm above the top of my hand. I felt a magnetic force and a warmth flowing down from her hand into mine. It was pleasant and soothing, and I wanted to close my eyes and enjoy it.
That was Reiki!
After many discussions I commenced my Reiki level 1 (and then Reiki 2) with the same teacher who had introduced me to the energy healing practice. My partner was doing Reiki with me which was great as we could practice on each other. What I noticed the most was Reiki was helping me understand my own energy, my moods more, as well as the moods and emotions of other people.
The best thing from Reiki
The biggest ah-har moment came when I discovered I picked up energy (moods/emotion/thoughts) from other people. And realising that for all of these years, I’d had been thinking they were mine. It explained a lot! For so many years I’d become scared of social situations because I could never trust how I’d feel or be. I’d leave home feeling great, and then within the space of few minutes after meeting up with my friends, I’d feel completely drained, introverted and self-conscious.
What I learned studying Reiki
How to tune into how I was feeling, and change it. I learned how to transform my own energy at will.
How to tell whether it was my energy or something I’d picked up, and I was amazed that most of the time it was energy I’d picked up. I also learned how to clear it and within a few seconds feel energised again.
I discovered I could call Reiki energy into my body and direct it into another person, which they would feel, usually as a soothing energy flowing through them.
I learned that my biggest block was myself, and that I carried beliefs such as “other people can do Reiki but not me” and “no-one will feel any energy from me” which was preventing me from giving it my all.
That Reiki and energy healing is all about practice. It’s like learning a new language, you wouldn’t expect to suddenly be able to speak fluent French just because you want to, you’d understand you have to practice a little bit everyday. Energy work is the same, it gets stronger and more tangible the more you work at it. Healing partners, friends and family as guinea pigs are the best!
I experienced that Reiki could take away my headaches! I’ve always had headaches from small headaches to migraines, and undertaking my Reiki journey my partner would practice on me whenever I’d get a headache and they’d go away!
What was different about doing a Reiki Mastership?
My mastership experience could easily be a whole different article, but what I discovered most was how much ‘stuff’ I still carried within me. How much I was triggered by others everyday, and how it was getting in the way of growing into the loving being I wanted to be. I learned that all of this stuff was garbage from my past that I was dragging around with me, and it was actually covering up my light. Through healing work I discovered it was more of a process of letting go and acceptance that could heal me, and that could only come from me.
I also discovered that intention can be passed through energy, without ever using words. Connecting into different patterns and symbols I experienced picking up and writing down what energy was carried within them, and what those symbols could be used for in healing – before I ever knew what they were for. The accuracy when my Reiki Master eventually revealed to me what each symbol was for was a life-changing experience. I understood that the energy was contained within them, and that’s what we tap into.
Reiki is for everyone!
Completing my mastership training also allowed me to teach Reiki to others, which is an incredible experience. We are all capable of calling in healing light, universal life force, and directing it to another being (or directing it to whatever / or who ever we want). I experienced many limiting blocks along the way in my journey, so I understand when people feel they won’t be able to do Reiki, and they feel intimidated. I love helping those people in particular discover the wonderful world of energy, and in particular Reiki, and that they can do it. And the first time they really feel the energy for themselves is like a light turning on inside of them.
If you’d like to know more about Reiki you can visit Waking Life Reiki Healing and I offer Reiki sessions in Wellington, NZ as well as teach Reiki levels and mastership training.
Also, I’d love to hear your experiences with Reiki and with Energy Healing!
By Sharon Cavill
I invite you to write me a question, on anything, and I’ll answer it here on the blog.
Your question might pertain to your spiritual journey, psychic occurrences, experiences unexplained, your fears, something that is happening but you’re unsure what it is, about spirits, entities, forces, angels, guides, psychic attacks and more.
Just write your question in the comment here or write me an email, and I’ll endeavour to answer it.
Every now and then I call out to all the cells in my body. I sing out to the trillions of cells housed within my body, keeping me alive, and I speak to them. You might think I’m a little crazy but it’s a wild concept to think about. We’re not an individual unit, a single. We’re a collective. And we seem to sit at the top over looking yet not seeing what’s really going on.
What do I say to them? You might ask.
I tell them I love them. I tell them they’re doing a good job and I thank them. I even picture all these little round cells pausing and looking up at me, and then smiling. They like to be appreciated. For many years they were picked on, abused, told they weren’t good enough, that they were ugly and fat. And that wasn’t from other people, that was from the mind at the top of the tower.
For many years I never knew. I never thought about them. How hard they were working even under the rule of a tyrant. But now, as I recognise myself as a collective, as a team, I give them what I always wanted.
Love. Attention. Kindness. Encouragement. Acceptance.
Isn’t that what we all want?
Yet so often, we can’t even give that to ourselves. We strive hard to get it from other people yet it always falls short. It never satisfies and we mostly don’t believe it anyway cause it doesn’t match up to our own secret thoughts about ourselves.
But the gold at the end of the rainbow is in knowing we can do it for ourselves. We can stop everything right in this moment and say; I love you, thank you. We can ignite a vibrational shift within our being, into one that is more pleasant to inhabit. But we’ve got to stop thinking it’s out there. We’ve got to stop seeking external gratification, praise and validation, and seek the internal gold.
Or as my wise fellow blogger said; our inner sunshine.
And if you think you don’t know how, or it’s not important I beg to differ. Our ability to love ourselves defines our capacity to give and receive love to others. And if you can’t love yourself or others, and you can’t receive love, then I ask you; what is your purpose for life?
For me it’s all about love. It’s learning how to connect in and be with yourself, and to connect with other people. It’s all a big lesson in thinking we’re separate, and then discovering how to come back to the whole. Discovering we’re One.
And I’m not saying it’s easy. I’m saying it’s important. It’s worthy of our thoughts, attention, focus and effort. It’s worthy enough to ask for help from others, to discuss with friends, to read books about. It’s a truly worthy cause because the cause is you. It’s all of us. And I know we can do it.
I know we can turn our inner hell of judgement, fear and criticism into our own sacred sanctuary, one to be cherished and relished and adored. One we delight in inhabiting, and sink into it’s welcoming company when all goes quiet around us.
By Sharon Cavill
A gift free and readily available, yet so infrequently given.
The gift of our full attention to another person.
To not merely be in attendance with our physical body.
To give a gift of the heart.
It is free. It is always in stock and available to give.
You might say this gift of attention, is to give the whole world to one person.
A chance offering to each person you encounter throughout your day.
What could be more purposeful than that?
Our interactions with people can be our greatest teachers. And yesterday I was taught a big lesson. I’d taken myself off to a cafe to treat myself to some sacred ‘me time’ with a muffin, tea and a book. I sat on a high table which permitted me a clear view of other patrons in the cafe as well as out to the ocean. It was perfect.
However it wasn’t long until my perfect scenario was quashed. I’d sat at the big centre table which was shared by other people. I was seated in the middle and along came three people who sat opposite me, completely obstructing my view to the ocean.
I became a little peeved, however decided it was time to order. I got up, leaving my book and jacket to mind my spot, and went to order at the counter. Once ordered I strolled back to where I’d been sitting only to find one of the three people had actually moved to a seat that was literally pushed up against mine. There was hardly any room for me now and I felt a little strange that they had done this when I’d gone up to order. I felt like they were crowding me on purpose to push me out. My mind was firing off all sorts of scenarios.
I pushed back (obviously in reactive ego-state) and re-claimed my seat. My arm was literally touching his and I felt his big energy dominating mine. Now I was definitely peeved. If I moved my chair further away from him I would literally be pushed up against a pole and have all my table space taken away with the pole and vase which was on the table. And that wasn’t even the point. I was there first.
After a few uncomfortable minutes I decided I would move, as it dawned on me that I was choosing to stay in a situation that was impeding my enjoyment. It took a lot for me to move, but I did so. Staring down at the table stewing in my own thoughts, I waited for the intruders to apologise, or at least offer a sympathetic smile. No such luck. In fact it was quite the opposite, the man moved and spread out even more, enjoying the extra space he’d gained.
Sitting with nothing but my own thoughts, I breathed. I took stock of what was going on and I remembered an enlightening idea from Eckhart Tolle that teaches us the purpose of relationships (which could be interpreted as all interactions with other people) as being to become conscious. Not for fulfillment, happiness, joy, etc. The only true purpose to seek in relationships is to help highlight areas within ourselves that we are asleep and unconsciously reacting, and then it is our job to bring these areas into the light of our conscious awareness.
That is the function of a conscious relationship.
As I looked up to reflect upon the lesson, I noticed how in moving to the other side of the pole, I again had a view of the ocean. There were also stunning flowers sprouting from the vase on the table which perfectly framed my view. It was beautiful.
It dawned on me that the place where I now sat was ideal, in fact it was more than ideal than what I had chosen for myself moments earlier, and the universe had gifted it to me. I had nearly missed it due to my unwillingness to look past what my ego thought was happening.
The universe had guided me to move places through an interaction with other people, and what it presented to me was something better than what I had chosen for myself (along with the lesson).
This is life. That’s the way the universe works. However, we limit ourselves by attempting to control our lives from the narrow view-point of our own perspective.
If only we would surrender control and resistence to reality, then we could walk with greater ease into potentially a better experience than one we might have envisaged for ourselves.
I hide from it no more
as I gather up the trash laid bare before me,
buried in the rubble of my old bones.
Hugging, holding, loving,
finally accepting and seeing truth
as all dissolves in the light of one passing,
and all I thought to be real
exists no longer, and through love
a new reality emerges.
New yet ancient,
and all my fears existed not.
If only I’d known to flip the coin
and behold the other side
but that was further than my reach,
as the voices of masses grew loud
and years ticked by like the second hand on a big round clock.
Alive dead reborn, alive dead born
it was all the same as misery
The decision to awaken always there
as we flailed in the dark
not knowing how or why
or even that a light switch was so near.
By Sharon C
Last night in meditation I was bestowed a missing link I’d been overlooking in my healing journey to self love.
The setting was a tranquil lagoon in which I was guided to witness something significant from my recent past. As I gazed down into the water I saw myself rising upward. Yep me, appearing exactly as I do today, however I viewed myself from a different perspective. It was from the eyes of others, and I felt the urge to meet myself and hang out with myself just like you would a new friend.
Realisation after realisation poured through me and I was offered the understanding that loving yourself has an undercurrent that can often be overlooked. The missing facet being that you might love yourself but not necessarily like yourself. For example; you can love members of your family but not want to spend every living moment with them, or similarly a friend that you only enjoy seeing now and again but you love dearly.
The meeting of myself was about liking myself. And I mean really liking myself.
It was uncharted territory where I befriended myself. I saw who I was as a friend and I liked her.
We hung out and met on so many levels – probably because she is me. But it was like meeting my ultimate soulmate; we enjoyed all the same things!
I saw us hanging out together in my house. I saw us at the beach. I saw us laughing and getting each others jokes. A lot of time passed in an enlightening and blissful meditative trance where time held no meaning, and it was as though I’d been reunitied with my long lost best friend.
And I really, really liked her!
And that was the main realisation, I’d been working on self love for some time now, but forgot about self like. I’d forgotten to like myself in each moment and remember that I want to hang out with me and I enjoy being around me.
If you’ve read this far, then it might be time to ask yourself honestly – if you like you. Do you feel the same about yourself, just like you would a best friend that you can’t see enough of, or your partner whom you adore and always want to be around?
If the answer is no, don’t despair. You’re on the path to healing because you’re beginning to understand where you stand right now. Ask the angels or your spirit guide for assistance, request that they show you how loved you really are. And then ask them to help you discover how to befriend you.
Because when it comes down to it, you’re the one you spend literally all of your time with.
I had an interesting experience of realisation in the bath yesterday. Yes I know…The bath 🙂 I’ve put on a few kg’s recently and as I looked at my belly and legs it would have been easy to slip into old habits of abusive thoughts – so fat, gross, disgusting.
But instead I looked at all my jiggly parts and told each of them how much I loved them. I repeated it over and over again. And as I did this, I started to see my body in a completely different light.
I saw it as strong. I saw the extra weight as a reflection of my increased trust in awakening and revealing my personal power to the world. I felt proud of my body and my strength as a woman.
Then I had a glimpse of a possible future for myself and all sisters around the globe. I saw what is viewed in societal eyes as attractive in a woman changing from slim, to bigger. I know we like to think that we’re there already, but c’mon, we’re not. There’s still so much media influence on what’s attractive and for years now – it’s been the slim and slender female figure that’s been projected as alluring. To the point that most women are disgusted by their bodies and view them as anything other than alluring.
Yet I could see it going hand in hand, with the rise of the feminine, comes the rise of women expressing their divine power to the world. It comes the total love and admiration of our bodies – by us! Wholly embracing our lustrous curves and soft centres.
And then the echo occurs. We’ve allowed this picture to be perpetuated and we’ve certainly played our part in taking that further. We don’t need to be worried about others berating our bodies because we’ve already been doing it. But I say, that’s enough! Now is the time to ride the wave of change and it starts with our own secret views of ourselves. That’s where the true change starts. That’s where your power lies.
I see a future where women want their bodies to reflect their inner strength, where they no longer want to play a submissive role in order to be accepted as female or let a man feel manly. And it’s through this avenue of powerful love that all will follow suit, but it’s up to us to lead the way.
Let’s stop getting angry at the magazines that portray unrealistic figures and start getting fed up and fired up at how we demand these unrealistic, made up ideals onto ourselves.
And we do it all the time! Walking past a window, glancing over to check your reflection, oh I’m disgusting, I’m so fat, I’m so ugly. That’s where the real atrocity lies! That we do it to ourselves! It’s not them, it’s been us for years. And I’ve had enough.
I’m embracing all the wonders of my form and I challenge you to do the same.
Enough is enough.
By Sharon Cavill
The Lucid Dreaming experiment continues and although I haven’t woken up in my dreams yet, I’m remembering more details when I wake the following morning. I started my dream journal last week and each morning have written down my dreams.
I feel very far away from actually becoming alert and aware within my dreams, but I think that’s how it works. You think you’ll never do it and then the next time you’re dreaming you consciously have the thought; “I think I’m dreaming!” And you’re away!
Yesterday I received a birthday present that blew me away…. The book “A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming” which comes highly recommended as one of the best books on Lucid Dreaming. I started reading it and already agree; it’s brilliant.
The main point I’ve taken from the book so far is that you need to do reality checks often. A reality check is simply asking yourself
“Am I dreaming right now?”
at different intervals in your waking state, throughout the day.
Starting this habit apparently is one of the most effective methods of getting you to wake up inside your dream, but questioning it’s validity.
I’ve decided to give it a go even though I feel completely ridiculous doing it. Several times yesterday, even though I knew I was awake I stopped and questioned “Am I dreaming right now? Am I dreaming?”
I went further into it and pondered how you really tell, it’s become an enjoyable exercise, almost like a mini philosophical meditation.
The book also stated that most people have had at least one spontaneous lucid dreaming experience in their life so far. Is that you? Have you had a lucid dream before? What was it like? How did you come to realise you were dreaming, whilst still asleep?
The whole concept fascinates and intrigues me and I’d love to hear about any experiences you’ve had with it.
Am I dreaming right now?
PS. I’ve had a hard time categorising this article. Would it be ‘personal development’ or ‘spiritual development’? I went with Personal Development as I suppose there’s nothing particularly spiritual about it – even though I would like to use lucid dreaming for my spiritual development.