I am the mother of two adopted boys. I was Blessed for them to come into my life only 11 weeks apart from one another. I went from experiencing years of infertility, to having a 4 day old and an 11 week old at the same time! I was never happier.
My oldest boy, Ryan, was later diagnosed as bipolar schizophrenic, and after trying desperately to find his identity, and seeking inner peace and Love, he made the choice to leave this world at 20 years old. I was literally heartbroken.
I had learned Reiki and created a Reiki practice several years prior. I had no choice but to return to work quickly, as I had my other son, Ron, to care for. My clients knew me very well, and knew what had happened, and I cried through many sessions as the Reiki flowed through and helped to heal me each time.
I very distinctly remember walking into my Reiki room the first time still very sad, and struggling just to keep putting one foot in front of the other. As I entered the room, the Reiki Healing Principles literally came right in front of my face and spoke to me. They said ” Are these just words, or are you really going to Choose to live by this”. I KNEW in that moment I had choice to really LIVE or just exist as a victim. Those Reiki Healing Principles saved my life!
I also received the guidance that I would be sharing a workshop called “From Grief to Gratitude”. It took me 5 years to be ready to share Ryan’s story. It has helped heal many others, and helps heal me more and more every time I do.
LOVE- it is sometimes an overused word, and taken much too lightly. Yet, the word itself carries a Vibration that is Healing whenever thought or spoken with Feeling. When I say every day that I LOVE my work , what I really mean is I LOVE YOU! How can you Love me, you may think…
Reiki is a very Connecting, Heart-felt, Unconditionally Loving Energy. When I place my hands on or above you, I literally fall in Love with you. There is no other way to explain it. I FEEL you and become one with you. It is Empathy, Compassion and yes LOVE. We are meant to do this- to reflect the Beauty and Truth of each other. I want you to Love yourself as deeply and unconditionally as I Love you. I want you to Remember how Powerful you are when you become consciously aware of your Light, and the Magnetism of your thoughts, words, attitudes and beliefs. When you do, you will be a Healing Presence for all others to remember their Light and their Truth. This, my friends, is how we Heal our World.
I LOVE YOU!! Isn’t that AWE-some!
1) SMILE – Increases Serotonin (feel-good hormone) for you and the recipient! Improves you Immune System and Wellness
2)Meditate – actually changes your brain for increased Happiness. Twice a day for 10 minutes each keeps Cortisol reduced. Deep breathing calms your body and you think clearer. Focus on a word or mantra – “I AM too Blessed to be stressed”. Can do walking Meditation (Meditation Evening first Thurs. of every month in ReikiSpace).
3) Gratitude- cultivates Happiness. Physiologically impossible to be stressed and grateful at the same time. Gratitude Journal- 3-5 things every morning and evening. Floods us with endorphins which energize us and enhance our health
4)Random acts of Kindness – Doing nice things for others increases our own Happiness. What you extend to others you get back 10 fold.
5) Socializing/Social Support
6) Creative outlets – journaling, Art
7)Music- health and stress benefits
8)Laughter- reduces stress hormones, increases endorphins, strengthens immune system, increases energy and reduces fatigue. Fun/ Play/ Share your Joy! Keep things in perspective!
9)Setting Boundaries and Priorities – Address problems rather than being negative or complaining. Honor your core values. Learn to say NO. Offer a solution- Visualize and help create it. Wayne Dyer says “You’ll see it when you Believe it”
If angry ask: a) Is it worth it? b) Is my anger appropriate c) Is there something I can do about it? d) Is it worth it?. If YES – express in a healthy way
10) Eat Breakfast. Skipping breakfast increases Cortisol for the entire day.
12) Get help- talk about it
13) Relaxation Exercises
14) Be Positive
16) Self care is not Selfish! Filling yourself up allows you to share from a Healthy place so you won’t feel drained, burned out or resentful.
17) DO LESS- You DO have a Choice!
18) REIKI ~ Peaceful , Relaxing, Centering, Balancing, Grounding
The Holiday Season is a Wonderful time of Love, Light and Connection. It can also generate a lot of stress, especially for successful busy Business women trying to wear our many hats. This can be challenging enough on a day-to-day basis, but now there are gifts to choose and wrap, family events to attend (not to mention complex family dynamics), and the stirred-up emotions dealing with the frenetic energy which abounds everywhere this time of year.
Reiki can be a way to keep yourself “Filled-Up”, so that when you choose to share your precious time and energy with your friends, family and co-workers, you do so from a Healthy and Loving place, rather than becoming drained, burned-out or resentful.
Reiki is a Natural, Holistic Hands-On Healing technique which is very Gentle and Deeply Relaxing. It is primarily for reducing stress, promoting Balance, and restoring Inner Peace. It is shared fully-clothed on a massage-type table. Within the course of an hour, people typically feel their stress, and the underlying sources, simply melt away. It is also very energizing, and after their sessions, my clients report increased creativity and productivity. Their energy is calm and focused as they move forwards with their busy days and lives.
Reiki can work physically, assisting with both pain issues and muscle tension. It also works deeply at the mental/emotional level releasing what no longer serves you, as you are ready. It helps you feel connected, and is unconditionally accepting and non-judgmental. Additionally, you can learn self-Reiki which is a practical tool in your own hands whenever you are feeling anxious or having trouble sleeping. You can share Reiki with your family and pets. Moving forwards on the Reiki Path means “Living Reiki”. You become conscious of how the energy of all your words, thoughts, attitudes and emotions affect your own well-being as well as everyone around you. Although life will always continue to have its challenges, you can learn to bring yourself back to your place of Inner Peace easier and quicker.
In alignment with the Reiki Healing Principles, here are my wishes for you throughout the Holidays and into the upcoming New Year:
May you REMEMBER what you Love, what Sparks you, and brings you endless, timeless Joy. May you Consciously Create more time for these things in your life.
May you Forgive yourself and others for the sake of Peace.
May you remember that we are ALL doing the Best that we can with the Knowledge, Wisdom and Experiences we bring to this moment. This will allow you to see with the eyes of Compassion.
May you know how precious your Energy is, and Choose Loving and Peaceful words, thoughts and attitudes every day. May you attract the same.
May you remember that life’s challenging people and situations are a GIFT helping you learn and grow in ways that you wouldn’t/couldn’t have chosen on your own.
May you find the Perfect Balance of Quiet Introspection, Service, Connection, Laughter and PLAY.
May you Receive your Heart’s Desire, and most importantly, may you KNOW that you are Worthy and Deserving of Receiving.
May you continue to be of Loving Purposeful Service Always.
May you keep things in Perspective and Remember to BREATHE.
May you Feel the Peace, Contentment and Joy Within You.
May you remember that we NEED each other. Allow yourself to be Vulnerable and Receive, for this allows others the Joy of Sharing too.
Reiki has been a literal life saver/life changer for me.
8 years ago, my son Ryan chose to transition. He was adopted at 4 days old, and had a very challenging life. He ultimately was diagnosed with bipolar schizophrenia. We were deeply spiritually connected. He helped me learn in the deepest way the lessons of Unconditional Love and acceptance. My world was literally turned upside down.
I distinctly remember walking into my Reiki Room very soon after and the Reiki Healing Principles coming to me face to face. They “spoke” to me and said “Are these just words, or are you really going to choose to live by these?” I knew in that moment that I had a choice whether to really live or just exist. Society would have given me every excuse to be a Victim, but that was not my choice. It also came to me that I would be offering a Workshop entitled “From Grief to Gratitude”. It took me 4 years to be ready, and I have now shared that workshop 3 times. Reiki helped me move forwards in a Healthy, Positive, Open-Hearted way, and use my personal experience to help others.
I Love that Reiki is simple. It is easy to learn. It is a way to choose to BE in the world, living consciously aware of the energy of your thoughts, words and attitudes. I Love that I don’t need to (or get to) decide what happens in Reiki. It is always for the Highest Good and Greatest Joy in every moment. I Love that it is empowering, so you always have something Positive and Loving to offer in every situation whether it is about you, across the world, or even in another time. I Love that there is no competition, so everyone ends up with the exact right teacher and Healer for them, based on resonation.
I absolutely Love sharing Reiki with others with my hands, my words, and my entire BEing. Reiki is Unconditional, non-judgmental Love. A Gift. Namaste ‘
I was recently Honored to be the speaker at a Networking Gathering for Natural Awakenings magazine. I shared my story of gradually transitioning from Physical Therapist to full time Reiki Master/Teacher. I shared the process of envisioning , manifesting and creating ReikiSpace & Learning Place. I talked about my Heart Centered, Service first Business philosophy. They also wanted to hear how I share about Reiki with my words keeping it grounded and relatable to various audiences.
What I said next really surprised them ~ “I don’t DO Reiki!” After a few moments I added “I LIVE Reiki!”. I am consciously aware of the Energy of every word, thought, emotion and attitude and how it affects me, others and the world. I AM Reiki, I exude Reiki. I Trust that when I enter a space radiating Light, that anything less than Light will either be Healed by the Light, or will go away.
Living by the Reiki Healing Principles is about living in total Integrity, allowing myself to fully experience every emotion, and then CHOOSING to return to my place of Peace. I allowed them to feel how quickly they can shift their energy by closing their eyes, consciously breathing in Light, Love and Healing Energy, and allowing themselves to be filled to overflowing. Everyone can do this, and choose Love instead of fear.
This is the path of a Reiki Master. BEing of Service. Revealing more and more of our True Selves for the Highest Good of all. Namaste’.
With Love, Joy and Gratitude, Rickie
Attitudes are contagious- is yours worth catching? Whether we are conscious of it or not, every thought, word, attitude and emotion carries energy and affects how we feel, our immune system and our wellness. This energy also radiates to affect others around us. Gratitude is a high frequency vibration and has the potential to help you attract more of what you want in your life- more Abundance, more Peace and more Joy! In fact, studies show that Positive Attitudes can increase life expectancy by ten years. It is physiologically impossible to be stressed or fearful and Grateful in the same moment!
So how can you maintain an Attitude of Gratitude in the midst of life’s everyday challenges? One of the ways that is recommended in all the readings on Gratitude, is to start a Gratitude Journal. Purchase or create a Beautiful journal that you love. Every morning and every evening write 3-5 things that you feel Grateful for. You will be starting and ending each day on a Positive note. You will also find yourself looking for things during the day to put in your Gratitude Journal, which will keep you focused on it. The University of California performed a long-term study on the power of Gratitude. During their studies, they discovered that people who write Gratitude journals and practiced being more grateful on a regular basis:
What you focus on, you will see more of. When you remember to say “Thank You” for all your many Blessings large and small, you will attract more to be Thankful for!
“Gratitude opens our Hearts and Minds. It instantly connects us to the present moment. It feels absolutely wonderful. The fact that Gratitude is so easy to come by gives us one more reason to be Grateful!” Raphael Cushnir
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