Reiki Sharing

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When I was in primary school I saved up all my birthday monies and in the school holidays, without telling anyone, went and bought a couple of very expensive oil paint tubes and a canvas. My intention was to paint the things that appeared normal to everyone else but me - or so I imagined.

I had this innate respect for, and curiosity about, the tiniest ant to the oldest rock. This gave me an incredible desire to want to communicate my feelings about the natural beauty and mystique of existence with the rest of the world. 

I tried expressing my wonder of the world in words (I still have some of my youthful poetic attempts), but I was too young for clarity. How, then, to share what I saw and felt? As a 10 year old, I reasoned that perhaps paints would be the medium to successfully bring me into communion with life's sentience. After all, when we dream we create entire, detailed realities, so I assumed that I would also be able to replicate this imaginative skill onto canvas.

I remember that first (and last) oil painting: a large close-up of three vibrant blue and yellow pansies. Disappointingly, the intricacy of nature’s magical evolution could not be captured by this first time artist.

I went on to study acting, trying to make all that unending intangible, tangible through performance. My desire was to stir just one heart to beat with the rhythm of my own.

I wrote books, Reiki books, trying to wrestle words into a form that could make sense of all that unseeable. 

Looking back, I realise this is what we call the creative drive or impulse. It is a desire to communicate something, and the hopeful finding of that something powers the creative process.

Although each creative process is unique to the individual, it is not a new thing. We are creative in every moment, as we make choices, fix “mistakes” or just speak. In the newness of each moment of existence creativity reigns. This, as always, brings me home to the Reiki Precepts; those insightful guidelines that provide the answers to all questions.

As herd animals, we are helpless at the feet of our epiphanies - they must be shared. Sharing is the deepest form of compassion where the self and others both give and receive in the one instance. Perhaps, in this moment - for today only - our communication, our sharing, validates existence and opens a space for us to be in peace, without anger, worry or fear. When we are inspired to work with the system of Reiki we share that peace, whether we are actually treating ourselves or someone else or simply walking down the street in our own peaceful open space.



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  1. by Brenda Williamson on July 30, 2018 at 09:16 am

    I enjoyed this blog very much and completely relate to it.  Thank you!

  2. by Andrea Deierlein on August 01, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I went to a writer’s retreat in early July here in New York. At the end of the retreat the teacher asked us to write a blessing for our fellow writers. Mine was inspired by the precepts - and it feels right to share this with you and the readers of your post:

    Encouragement for Writers
    By Andrea Deierlein

    Writing is an act of love, for others … and especially for yourself.

    Instead of frustration, resentment, and guilt - let us cultivate joy.
    Joy for ourselves - and others.

    So… Just for today…

    Do not anger.
    -  Do not be frustrated with your writing.

    Do not worry.
    -  Do not think “Is this good enough?” Remember Mary Oliver… “You don’t have to be good.”

    Be humble and grateful.
    -  Give thanks for every experience.

    Practice this diligently.
    -  This will help you be true to your way and your being.

    Be kind to yourself and others.

  3. by Bronwen Stiene on August 01, 2018 at 01:31 pm

    Superb Andrea!

  4. by Jan Kuhnert on August 17, 2018 at 07:54 am

    Really appreciated this blog Bronwen and your comments too Andrea. Those precepts with a little tweaking could v well apply to me too! Jx

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