When I started my Reiki practice, the main benefit I was looking for was to make my life easy.
Yep, that simple, that lazy.
I wanted things to flow and “manifest” without effort, just a half-hearted intention. I wanted to see life from a lofty point of view and feel 100% peaceful 100% of the time.
Are you laughing yet? I am.
On Day 160 of my challenge, things have not become easier. In part because my mind is not used to the concept of ease—struggle has been in my DNA since early childhood and letting go of this concept requires a few more years of ommms.
Instead, life has become… richer.
You see, before I would BE angry. Or happy. Or anxious. Or content.
I would see red, white, grey or gold.
Now I FELL angry. Or happy. Or anxious. Or content.
It’s a subtle play on words but a humongous difference in being.
And when I feel anger vs. becoming angry, I can still be aware of other feelings like happiness, peacefulness, sadness or compassion.
I can see the red threads of angers mixing with the blue threads of peacefulness or the light green threads of love—something I could not when I was BEING angry.
OK, sometimes I AM still angry: this is New York City after all. But less than before. A lot less.
Life has become like a rich tapestry where threads mingle and create beautiful patterns that form and dissolve. All of them are me. None of them are me.
It’s kind of cool.
How has Reiki practice change the way you feel during your day to day?
Photo credit: Hunt of the Unicorn, Medieval tapestry hosted at the Cloisters Museum, New York City.