What is Reiki? Reiki is Love. Reiki is universal. It cuts through the bullshit of everyday, well, bullshit.
It is originally a Japanese relaxation technique that promotes healing. But Reiki has been known by many different names and has been taught many different ways across the world since the beginning of humankind’s realization and discovery. It’s done through touch and also through non-touch. A warm and soothing energy flows from the hands into the client, promoting relaxation and allows for the release of tension, whether it is past trauma, current dis-ease, or future worry. It can be done in close proximity, or be sent, much like a prayer, over long distances to any place or anyone. Reiki is cool like that.
Wednesday night, we will be meditating for inner and outer harmony in our minds, bodies, and souls.
If you would like to participate, simply, “LIKE,” this post prior to 11pm EST and I will add you to the pot. We will be using synchronized meditation as well as a Reiki box for those far and wide.
With this cycle I wanted to add a bit of imagery in the form of a card (see below) for those of you who find it either difficult or intimidating to meditate. Anyone can meditate. All it takes is time. If anything else, it has been scientifically proven to increase people’s states of mind and increases mental faculties. A majour part meditation is not so much to turn off the brain, actually, it is about allowing the brain to do what it will, being kind to yourself, and just giving yourself that time to let go and relax.
I will also, again, be sending much needed energy to our brothers and sisters around the world who have suffered and continue to suffer at great length. If you have any special requests for any loved ones, please also feel free to comment, but you can do this yourself by focusing on them while you participate. Regardless if you can or can’t, I will be sending to who ever asks for the gift of blessings. No one will be turned away.
I would also entertain any prayers or blessings for the Earth and her healing at this time as well.
I would also like to entertain any prayers or blessings for all who have died or were born this year.
Let us shine our love and support during this New Moon for those who most need it. Let us pray for the renewal of hearts, prosperity and health in the year to come.
We are walking our Winter journeys as we look towards a new year of immense potential.
As we prepare to meditate under a sky filled with stars, let us set the intention to gently acknowledge and release to spirit all thoughts and feelings about our perceived challenges and adversities that do not serve us.
And let’s fill our Selves with infinite love, light, and joy.
As we step into this acceptance and find our resilience, we open to prosperity and our infinite potential.
And isn’t that the truest truth my friends? Thoughts are incredible powerful things. By shifting our thoughts and perceptions, we can open ourselves up to what is really happening. To new possibilities, projects, and the next phase along our spiritual path.
New possibilities are just around the corner.
The New Moon is all about planting new seeds, even in the dead of winter. Eventually the Spring will come, and with it glorious and beautiful blooms. This will be an excellent time for you to meditate and answer some questions. You may wish to pick a tarot card for added insight.
Some of the following questions are from Joanna Powell Colbert’s New Moon Spread
- How can I best seed the energy of this new moon to bring me into deeper personal wisdom?
- How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in communication, thought, information, intention, meditation?
- How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in passion, creativity, energy, sexuality, personal power?
- How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in emotions, intuition, dreams, sensuality, compassion?
- How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in stability, security, health, finances, manifestation?
- How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in my connection to Source, to the Universe, to the All that is?
- How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in my mind?
- How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in my body?
- How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in my spirit?
- How can I best seed the energy of this new moon to find balance and health?
- How can I best tend my inner heart’s garden?
Check in on your answers each week to see how this new moon energy will manifest during the month from New to Full Moon. Do a little journal-writing, even if it’s just notes, once a week. See how it blossoms at he full moon and releases its seeds for the next cycle during the waning moon, turning into compost at the dark.
If you don’t wish to pick tarot cards for each question, you may wish to use the imagery of the card at the beginning of this post.
The Wheel of the Year is all about realizing that things eventually end, which brings about a new beginning.
“The Wheel of the Year turns and spins, as one season transforms into the next. In this card, the fiery core of the Earth is at the still point of the turning world. Trees of each season are rooted in Her body. Around the trees we see the eight phases of the moon, which correspond to the eight holy days of the solar year. The zodiac is aligned with the seasons and the lunar phases. For example, the Dark/New Moon corresponds to Winter Solstice, the shortest night of the year when the sun begins to wax again. Winter Solstice occurs when the sun moves into the sign of Capricorn. So these three — Dark/New Moon, Winter Tree and sign of Capricorn — all line up on the card, and so on around the Wheel.
The cycles of nature teach us that all of life moves in a wheel. Wherever we stand on this wheel, we are certain to move to the next point and the one after that, until we are brought full circle to the place where we started, and as T.S. Eliot wrote, we “know the place for the first time.”
Outside the wheel of the solar year, the lunar month and the wheel of the zodiac, we see a circle of prayer beads. This rosary, or mala, is divided into six sets of nine (the magical number of three times three). As we say or sing repetitive prayers, counting beads as we go, we enter an altered state where anything is possible, magic happens, and butterflies — symbol of the soul — break free of the turning of the wheel.” -Joanna Powell Colbert
If this resonates with you, then perhaps using a mala or rosary during our Reiki meditation will be a benefit to you.
I am sure you can see the irony of what this card represents as we enter a whole new year, with untold changes. Changes of personal natures, as well as natural cycles of changes with the seasons until we are back where we begin now, to another New year. Another chance for a new beginning.
We all know that change is immanent. What is passing away in your life right now, and what is coming into being as we enter this New Year? Where do you stand right now on the Wheel? Can you see that what is happening does not happen in isolation, but is part of a pattern? Sometimes the change that is coming is obvious and striking. More often, it creeps up on us – the trees are suddenly bare and we don’t even notice when the first leaves began to fall. So the Wheel challenges us to be mindful. Keep track of the cycles of the sun and moon, which mirror our own inner cycles. If things seem chaotic and disorderly in your life, center yourself on the still point of the turning wheel. Constant change is the nature of all that is. When you’re centered, you will find that you can trust the turning cycles of change.
We all have setbacks, and sometimes even recurring problems. Sometimes things may seem stagnant. Sometimes things may seem turbulent and too fast paced. Only you can dictate and walk your footsteps. Follow and trust your heart, it will lead you where to go.
Some other good New Moon questions the Wheel asks you to ask your Self:
- What is changing my life?
- How am I responding to that change?
- Am I resisting change and clinging to what is familiar?
- In my current project, relationship, or other life cycle – what phase am I in?
- How do I stay centered in the midst of change?
- Do I have a spiritual practice that helps me navigate the turning of the wheel?
- Do I have a physical practice that helps me navigate the turning of the wheel?
- Do I have a sexual practice that helps me navigate the turning of the wheel?
- Do I have a environmental practice that helps me navigate the turning of the wheel?
- Do I have an emotional practice that helps me navigate the turning of the wheel?
- Do I have a mental practice that helps me navigate the turning of the wheel?
- What are my beliefs around destiny and fate?
- What can I control in my present situation, and what is beyond my control?
- What kind of healing does the Wheel offer me?
- What kind of healing can I offer the Earth through the example of the Wheel?
There is nothing wrong with fearing change. With fear comes strength, and if transmuted becomes great courage. With every new beginning, with every new cycle of the sun, moon, or fiscal year, there are things that ultimately must be let go and discarded and hopefully composted for future growth. Just because something may be done and over with, does not mean that life ceases to exist. We carry on. We live on. We breathe on. Our hearts continue to beat even if they seem broken. Our bodies still move even if they are stiff. Our spirits still soar in our dreams.
The new moon offers us a great gift: transformation.
What will transform in your life this new moon? Take the time. Visualize your future the way you want it to be, and take the necessary steps towards greater health of mind, body, and spirit.
And with that, let us share with you our next intention, blessing, prayer (whatever you want to call it).
Feel free to print it out or write it down and repeat it to yourself before bed the night of the meditation.
“Thank-you for sending Reiki energy for the greatest good of everyone gathered for this healing.
Thank-you for sending Reiki energy for the greatest good of the Earth for this healing.
May I receive the necessary healing I need for a harmonious mind, body, and spirit.
May I continue to tend hope in my heart.
May I continue to see the beautiful potential for happiness all around me.
May I seed this new moon energy for … (fill in the blank with your personal request)
May the seeds that I plant tonight be tended by the Universe.
May I overflow with love, with light, and with peace.
May I set my vision upon the stars.
May I set my vision upon a new year filled with bliss.
May I take better care of my Self and my Loved ones with this New Wheel’s turn.
May I have the strength to confront my traumas and overcome my dis-ease.
As the moon grows, may my body’s health improve as the moon brightens and brightens.
As the moon grows, may my mind draw upon the peaceful sanctuary of this season, as the moon brightens and brightens.
As the moon grows, may my soul be nurtured with self-love and self-acceptance, as the moon brightens and brightens.
As I travel through the land of Winter’s beginning, may I relate my journey to the wisdom of this season.
Namaste. We are all one. By healing myself I can help to heal others.”
Just allow the energy to flow for a few minutes until it seems like you have met your mark. Bathe yourself in sweet starlight as you drift away to sleep.
If you wish, get comfortable, light some candles/incense, put your choice of music on, and meditate with me. Or, if you will already be in bed asleep, which is a great state of mind to be in when receiving healing, print out and say the intention above. Or you could even say one of your own making.
By inviting happiness into ourselves, we invite it into others.
Namaste, my friends.
Happy New Year!!
Photography courtesy of New Year,