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lotus Is It Fear or Is It Love?
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“Don’t move the way fear makes you move. 

 

Move the way love makes you move. 

 

Move the way joy makes you move.” 

 

~ Osho

An acting teacher I used to study with often said that all emotions, which are the primary tools in an actor’s toolkit, boil down to love or fear. Whatever other emotions you are experiencing, they are really just shades or colors of love or fear.

 

In my Reiki practice, these two emotional “categories” sometimes feel like different experiential “spaces” to me.

 

Fear feels restrictive.

 

Love feels expansive.

 

I no longer think of them as separate, exactly. It’s like fear is this tiny box within giant, gentle, infinite love.

 

When we are caught in fear, if we can open the box, we can enter the freer love space (and the love can enter us).

 

And if we can get rid of the box altogether, ending the habit of fear reaction, we can ultimately be nothing but love! Which is what we really are already.

 

Fear is humanity’s natural lens, narrowing our view.

 

It’s not so easy to let go of fear. But if we keep practicing, the box stays open more and more, with complete disappearances on occasion.

 

For me, I am more able to see the box lid come down. When I can see it crashing down, I can more easily slip a little wedge in before the lid closes completely. Which makes it easier to open the box again.

 

And sometimes I can see the box forming around me in time to just say, “No, thank you, box. I appreciate your kindness in trying to protect me, but it seems the love space might do a better job of keeping me safe.” And poof, no more box. Just like that.

 

And of course, other times, I’m just trapped in the box. I can’t see anything but the box. But understanding it IS a box helps me break out again, sooner or later.

 

Having experienced the love space more and more, it is easier to trust that intellectual understanding of the box even when I can’t see through it yet.

 

The box is ultimately made up of our notions of self versus the universe. This self-ness is an intrinsic part of our humanness.

 

But there is a way to exist simultaneously as self and all. This seeming contradiction holds the greatest potential for human existence: to be me and we and KNOW we are small me and great we at the same time.

 

A nuanced version of one of the five core Reiki precepts is “Do not be worried, fear is distraction.”

 

Distraction from what? From our innate universal spaciousness. From pure love.

 

May each of us rest in the gentle ocean of love more and more each day.

 


 

Inspiration Credit & Appreciation: Thank you to Elise of Brenner Reiki Healing for reposting the Osho quote on her Facebook page. And thank you to Osho, Indian spiritual teacher, for leaving us such wonderful teachings in simple, beautiful words.



lotus Heed Your Ever-Changing Beat
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Sometimes listening to and following your inner rhythms requires you to be a warrior.

 

And though it sounds like a contradiction, sometimes being a warrior demands that you radiate supreme gentleness.

 

Be fierce. Show yourself bold kindness and understanding no matter what your speed or spontaneous syncopation.

 

Allow yourself to move with glacial slowness or hummingbird swiftness based on what you truly need right now, not based on expectations from others or your own critical (and often afraid) self.

 

What’s your speed today? What’s your rhythmic pattern of the moment?

 

Dance to it without inhibition. I promise you, it and you are beautiful.

 

 


 

 

Image Credit & Appreciation: Duda Arraes via photopin cc



lotus Sitting Gently in the Fullness of Yes
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In this moment, I am suffused with gratitude.

 

This effortless thanks binds me on the cellular level with all beings and beyond being.

 

May all of you touch your genuine, unforced thankfulness today and every day. May it make your heart the heart of all beings and beyond being.



lotus You Look So Happy
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Walking up the block on errand day, my hair unwashed and a bit disheveled, dry cleaning slung over my shoulder, I smiled at a sort-of familiar face coming out of the dentist’s office.

 

Her face lit up, and she said, “You look so happy!”

 

“I’m having a good day, what can I say?”

 

To me, this is the Reiki precepts in action in the best way. Mutual joy in a small connection (compassion, no anger, no worry), and my ease and peace radiating into a neighborhood stranger’s own heart to light her up.

 

Which lit me up even more.

 

Potent little mutual healing moments peppered throughout the day, arising as naturally as walking, breathing, smiling.

 

 


Photo Credit & Appreciation: James Callan via photopin cc



lotus Make Transformation, Not War
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“In the way that a gardener knows how to transform compost into flowers, we can learn the art of transforming anger, depression, and racial discrimination into love and understanding. This is the work of meditation.”

 

– Thich Nhat Hanh

This quote cuts to the heart of a frequent misunderstanding in working with our Reiki precepts (Anger Not, Worry Not) and developing the mind in general.

 

We often think we need to go to war against our thoughts and feelings. But really, we are our thoughts and feelings, and our thoughts and feelings are us (just as we are everything, and everything is us). So we are going to war against ourselves!

 

Seems counterproductive, don’t you think?

 

The gardener starts with our everyday garbage, right out of the kitchen, encourages its natural path through decay to rich compost (with the help of our little insect, worm, and microbial friends), and gradually nurtures it into flowers, vegetables, and trees.

 

Gardening is a collaborative art. We might turn our nose up at the garbage we pile up for compost, but we still appreciate and respect its role. We work with it to create something beautiful and nourishing. Which means it was already beautiful and nourishing to begin with.

 

So we must be with our thoughts and our feelings. The way to train the mind is to love our thoughts and feelings with all our hearts.

 

We don’t worship them or cling to them. We might even sniff our noses up at them (stinky rage, ewwww!). But we must sit with them without war in our hearts.

 

May each of us realize the garden of peace waiting to grow within us. May we know our thoughts and emotions as the compost we can use to nourish our garden and not the fence blocking our way to eden.

 

 


Photo Credit & Appreciation: OrganicNation via photopin cc

 

Inspiration Credit & Appreciation: Many thanks to the ever wise and articulate Thich Nhat Hanh. And thank you to the International House of Reiki Facebook page, where I recently came across this wonderful quote.



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