Jake had just completed yet another hectic day at the office. He stood for a moment outside the building where he worked feeling exhausted and numb, it had been a very long day. His mind ran over the events of the day, there had been so many tasks that seemed to be stuck causing huge problems. His boss had reprimanded him for not completing several jobs, but this was not really Jake’s fault the suppliers had let him down. Jake could see that his boss was also under pressure. Nothing had flowed. As that last thought circled round in his mind he realised that nothing seemed to be working, it hadn’t for a long time. When was the last time that he finished work on time he said to himself.
More and more over the last few months he had finished work later and later and when he reached home he had a long list of colleagues emails to deal with, plus jobs that needed sorting in the house. The house was so cluttered there appeared to be stuff everywhere but he never had time to sort it out. There just seemed to be a never ending list of things to do. Life came across as being so regimented at the moment with continual jobs to complete. He felt as if he was carrying the weight of the world in a really heavy rucksack on his shoulders.
Pausing in his thoughts he glanced across the busy road to the park. It was a beautiful summers evening the sky had a glow about it just before the sun started setting. When was the last time that he had walked in the park!? he asked himself. Not for a long time – the immediate answer came back. That was it, Jake decided he would go to the park and just sit still on the bench and take stock of the day. As he entered the park he could see in the distance that his favourite bench was free it looked out over the whole area giving a view of trees and the golf course in the distance. It really was an amazing green space in the busy metropolis.
Jake’s head was throbbing, he had been suffering from migraines recently, he was sure it was because of all the pressures in his life at the moment. With a feeling of relief he sat down on the bench and gazed at the sky taking in the spectacular display of colours as the sun began its journey to disappear over the horizon which ends with the magical world of twilight descending to the dark indigo blue velvet of the night sky. Jake’s bench was facing the sun and the colours in the sky washed over him turning his face to gold. Suddenly for the first time in ages he became aware of his breath and had the realisation that he had not been breathing properly for a long time..
He glanced down the path and saw a Buddhist monk coming towards him. The monk looked so serene and peaceful as he glided towards him. Drawing level, he gave Jake a beautiful smile and enquired whether it was okay to join him, mentioning how beautiful the sky looked. Although feeling really worn out and not wanting to be disturbed Jake conjured up a smile and indicated for the monk to join him on the bench.
They sat in silence for a while. Jake was beginning to relax when the monk asked him why did he have such a heavy rucksack on his back. Jake was really startled and said to the monk “but I don’t have a rucksack.” The monk turned and looked directly into Jake’s eyes mentioning that he could see Jake’s etheric field. Jake felt an electric shock from the monk’s eyes and his mind began to whirl with all sorts of questions.
Jake knew about the etheric field of energy that surrounded a person and its relationship with the tanden/hara, he had learnt about it on his Reiki course. He had been taught practices as well, such as how to replenish his energy by connecting to the Universal Source and his tanden/hara. He realised that he had not done any of his Reiki practices for a long time, he had allowed his life to become too cluttered.
The Buddhist monk smiled his serene smile mentioning that he could see that Jake’s tanden/hara was activated but that he was not using it at this time to connect to the Universal Source that was part of everything. He told Jake that while he was in a deep meditation early that day he was guided by the Source to walk through the park that evening because there was someone who would be present who needed help.
Jake told the monk how his life was overwhelming him and he just did not know how to simplify it – there was no life-work balance. The monk who was also a Reiki practitioner then went through some suggestions to help Jake, and also gave him another Reiki initiation. During the initiation Jake felt the energy coursing through his body sending him into a deep meditation. During the meditation his consciousness expanded and Jake realised that if he practised his Reiki regularly his connection to the Universal Source would help him to overcome any obstacles that may appear on his pathway through life.
Jake had become aware that he was speaking to an advanced practitioner and on thanking the monk for his help he asked if they may meet on a regular basis so Jake could receive a Reiki attunement. The monk was happy to acquiesce to his request explaining that regular attunements would further expand Jake’s consciousness.
© copyright – “ Jake’s Story” and photo “Sunrise” J. M. Wills
The Three Practices the monk said would be of benefit for Jake:-
- Be mindful of the breath.
Decide when to focus and concentrate, and when to relax and let go for a moment. Gain skilfulness/aptitude in moving from one state to the other. Use the breath to manage this. When you find yourself caught in tension, which is a self-conflicting focus, breathe OUT strongly two or three times, and enjoy the in-breaths that follow, as your energy replenishes, you will experience relief and well-being.
- Become more Conscious…
Examine your purpose or intent from time to time, and adjust your perspective as seems wise. To do this, quickly check the Reiki Precepts mentally, and see if any are not operating, or coming out of balance, one with another. With practice, this will become almost automatic – it will rebalance you and guide you in your approach to things.
- Make time for your Practice, no matter what.
Once you commit to this, the length of practice, and how often, will arise spontaneously. The Source which guides us is an Intelligence, not a nagging authority. It knows better than you, what is important and when; it knows when you are busy, and what will be required next.
Quite simply, when time is short, changes can happen very quickly because they need to – just two minutes sometimes is enough to shift your focus and your energy very profoundly. When there is more time, a longer practice will become appealing.
Remember, you can never be too tired to practice – because it will replenish you, even if it then makes you rest and on occasion sleep very soon afterwards. Learn to be inspired with which specific exercise to perform NOW, and if time appears short, then be swift.
Those who do not have time to practice, are those who do not want to practice, usually because they have unwisely chosen some other priority. The best way forward is usually the simplest. Hold a steady desire to practice, and you will find that the process will happen creatively, and naturally, as a sudden inspiration or desire, which finds an innate/regular place in every day.
Just a few breaths, an intent to connect to Source, can refresh and re-balance you, even when in the workplace or on a bus or train, or while walking. All this becomes possible because of longer practice sessions, using the Reiki development exercises, or meditations, that are undertaken when there is more time. Each complement the other, each have their place and time in the scheme of things, and add to your unfolding experience and discovery of life and its possibilities.
The internet is full of information on how to simplify your life – here are a few of Reiki East & West suggestions to:-
- Start with observing yourself – make a note of your habits/resistances. What needs to shift/simplify in both the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of your life.
- Look more deeply at the mantra most people use “I don’t have time”. Ask yourself is this a genuine statement or are you using it as an excuse/resistance.
- Where the above mantra is used in regard to your practices try rising ten minutes earlier and do tanden/hara breathing. You will find this will be of benefit and make you more alert than perhaps using a form of stimulant like coffee to wake yourself up.
- Discard what you don’t need. When buying something new ask yourself is this essential – do I really need it? Go by the mantram – “before acquiring something new I discard what is not needed”.
- As we discard it creates a shift and allows the new to flow in. If we are full up to the brim in both the physical and mental aspects then a new perspective cannot happen. If we resist we cannot receive the abundance of the Universe.
- When you sit down to eat pause realise how fortunate we are to receive the food in front of us. Thank mother nature and all the people that have helped to grow the food that have blessed us with this bountiful harvest. Give thanks – Reiki. Then savour every morsel slowly.
- Simplicity is about letting go of what is not needed and only surrounding ourselves with what we truly appreciate.
- If you become irritated during the day, focus on your breathing. You will find when you breathe from your tanden/hara the irritable feeling will gradually float away.
- The more flexible in your mind that you become, the easier it will be to deal with challenging situations.
- As you leave home and close the door leave home behind you. When you reach work your focus will then be fully engaged in your work. Reverse the procedure when you leave work.
- Let go of the media an hour before your bedtime. This will ensure a more refreshing sleep. Before you sleep do Reiki gasshô and give gratitude for the day.
- Try and be in nature two to three times a week. This will benefit all aspects of yourself. The colour green is known to be very healing.
- During your day check your posture. Is your spine straight or have you become more stooped. If you are the latter, it will mean your breath is incorrect. Straighten your spine and take one or two deep breaths – this will refresh you.
- Don’t waste your time worrying about things that you cannot control. Practise tanden/hara breathing and don’t resist whatever situation presents itself to you. Treat all challenges joyfully, the Universe likes to test us occasionally.
Do see the humour in things and remember to joyfully laugh
Dance in tune with the flow of the Universe
Last but not least, walk gently on the planet leaving no footprints…………………….