Gimme da good vibrations, mon!
To preface, Reiki is an energy healing method passed down orally from master to student since the 1920s, and your best bet at fully utilizing and integrating this healing practice is in the presence of an initiated master… but as a Spiritual Degenerate, this crash course is being gifted to you.
Okay, here it goes: Reiki 101. Like, literally, the bare bones, what you need to know, and how you can put it to use right away.
First, Reiki is everywhere. Reiki is Japanese for “universal life force.” You are alive because Reiki is being channeled through your body. It flows through all living things. The more Reiki that is flowing through you, the better you feel. Reiki can do no harm and is intelligent, meaning it knows exactly what to do, always.
But the matter of fact is sometimes the flow gets blocked. None of us are strangers to the feeling of being stuck—either physically, mentally, or emotionally—this feeling of stagnation will forever rear its head. Why? Because life is messy. Why is life messy? Because if it weren’t, this would probably be an incredibly boring existence.
And that’s okay. It is those very blocks that, when treated with Reiki, become sources of great wisdom and inspiration.
So how do you work with the blocks?
First, we must become aware of the blockage, which in Reiki we call Byosen. In order to become aware of the Byosen, we must first eliminate all external stimulus.
Here’s where meditation enters the picture. This commonly misunderstood practice is often depicted as stopping thought and quieting the mind. Nothing could be further from the truth. The mind is supposed to think, that’s its job, the same way the heart is supposed to beat and the lungs are supposed to breathe. That’s what they do.
In meditation, we are simply observing ourselves. We watch our thoughts. We notice the emotions that arise in relation to certain thoughts. But instead of attaching to those thoughts or feelings, we simply watch, and watch what comes next, and what comes after that. At times, a bubble of inner peace will surface—thoughtlessness—and then you’ll think, oh this is nice… realizing that thought and then plummeting back into the seemingly endless vortex of thought. But that is all part of the process. Do not be discouraged.
Meditation is a practice and, over time, sitting in meditation will bring you lasting peace, as it will offer you a much less possessive awareness in relation to your thoughts and feelings. By withdrawing our awareness from the world of 10,000 Instagram posts, TV shows, parties, and happy hour specials, we are able to investigate the Byosen in our bodies without interference from the outside world.
In this meditative space, we are able to identify exactly where in the body these Byosen accumulate. Tune into your body and ask, “Where are the Byosen, where are the blocks?” Most people’s bodies will respond, either with pain, discomfort, a tingle, possibly a shift in temperature, or something else. Everyone’s response will be unique. Use your meditative awareness to figure out your own. Trust that awareness.
Now! We can talk about invoking Reiki for your own self-healing.
To start, it is not uncommon for people to experience Hibiki in their first session. Hibiki is a Japanese word describing the sensation in the hands when Reiki is being channeled. You may experience tingling, changes in temperature, prickling, or electricity. It is also possible for people to see colors and hear sounds while channeling Reiki. Hibiki is not necessary for Reiki to flow because Reiki is constantly flowing through all of us. Hibiki is simply becoming sensitive to that flow, which comes with practice. Repetition is key. Byosen dissolve when treated with Reiki. This is often perceived as a release of heaviness that leaves you feeling lighter. That being said, the release is sometimes accompanied by seemingly random memories or feelings coming to the surface. Again, awareness is key to healing. They may be uncomfortable but that discomfort is similar to an infection being cleaned, it’s a necessary part of the healing process.
Reiki is activated by intention, which is a word that represents a commitment to carrying out a certain action in the future. For example, your word means a great deal energetically. If you state out loud, “I am invoking Reiki with the intention of healing for the highest and best good” and you then use the practices I am sharing with you, there will be an unavoidable result to that cause. Over time, you will begin to experience more peace and greater compassion towards yourself. Adversely, if you state the above and neglect to practice, there will also be a result, and you won’t like it as much as the prior.
The first step to setting an intention is making the space in our lives for self-healing. It’s best to pick a regular time, such as in the morning right as you rise, or in the evening before you go to bed. However, in practicality, any time dedicated to self-healing is time well spent. Ensuring that you have a safe space that is free of distractions is key to going deep. What you are looking to create is a relaxing environment in which you can fully give yourself to this self-healing experience.
And then presto! You’re healed! Well…
Not really, but you’ve successfully said to yourself, “I am worth healing, I am worth spending the time and energy.” Healings tend to deepen over time, and you will encounter a whole world within that inner space that, if you can be curious and compassionate enough to explore, will bring you to a state of well-deserved peace.
Of course, there is a lot more to Reiki than meets the eye, but think of this as the first step in a powerful healing journey. There are so many healing methods available to you today and, in my opinion, Reiki is the perfect foundation to explore them all. But if you do not put the simple self-healing techniques to use, none of those methods will help.
I appreciate you taking the time to read this, and I would appreciate it even more if you put some of the concepts I’ve shared here to use in your own life. Reiki has completely transformed my life and it is simply my mission to witness others experience that same medicine.
SELF LOVE 101: ALTERNATIVES TO HITTING SNOOZE
SELF-LOVE 101: Your Daily Dose of Meditation Medication
So you’re woke now. You overslept. Feeling exhausted from running mind laps, from pressing the snooze button in hopes you’ll get to drift away for a few more minutes. Instead you’re late and stuck in sleep paralysis. You’re sick of it + desperate for a cure. Any questions?
Here is the answer. Self- Love. Sounds simple, right? It’s easy to say but difficult to do.
SELF-LOVE…a concept that should be simple but somehow feels complicated. How do we give ourselves something when we’re forever trying to figure ourselves out?
continuous respect and understanding of our own well-being and happiness
When we become aware of ourselves we become aware of how we relate to everything else. Think about interconnection and relativity: what we perceive is how we receive. So if we view our existence as painful or pointless, we are likely perceiving ourselves in the same way. On the flip side, this can be empowering and positive if we are practicing Self-Love.
The way we experience alters our perception, our perception alters our experience [of ourselves AND everything else]. So how do we learn to love ourselves– and why is this important?
How does Understanding SELF-AWARENESS translate into learning SELF-LOVE?
When we Awaken [see Awakening 101 for more], our sense of self-awareness can become drastically affected or recognizably negative. Another way to look at self-love is taking a look at how we show up for ourselves– or don’t. Life may feel abrasive, overwhelming, and confusing. We may experience feelings of guilt, regret, and shame when we recognize there is now a before and after to our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and general existence. We can feel disrupted, anxious, unworthy and uncertain of the why. Despite external satisfaction, our internal peace does not exist; therefore we cannot exist in harmony with the world around us as it is a projection of how we feel inside.
“The journey into awakening and the journey into self-love are no different. We need to awaken, to actualize our potential, to open the space within, to meet our inner being. Why? Because we have love for who we are. By falling in love with our inner self, we allow our soul to awaken so that as we become one with our existence, that love can finally become complete.”
Shaming and criticizing yourself leads to a feeling of incompetence and depression, while self- compassion creates hope and trust in ourselves and in the process of change we’ve become.
Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that results from actions and practices that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth. Self-love is dynamic; it grows through healthy choices and actions and is nourished by letting go of unhealthy habits or toxic patterns. When we act in ways that expand self-love in us, we begin to accept much better our weaknesses as well as our strengths, have less need to explain away our short-comings, have compassion for ourselves as human beings struggling to find personal meaning, are more centered in our life purpose and values, and expect living fulfillment through our own efforts.
Spiritual Degenerates offers support by making online information and community understandable and accessible for anyone at any stage of Awakening. Our collective awareness is understood through each individual process of self-discovery. We may not all walk at the same pace or take the same paths, but we are all walking each other home. That includes ourselves!
We’re here to unite during the ups and downs as you find out, layer by layer, that who you really are exists beyond your wildest dreams. After all, what’s harmonizes the balance between the internal and external, the Self and the Collective?
Awakening: When the Alarm Clock Goes Off
“Unplugging” Just Got A New Definition
So you’ve heard of it and want to learn about it. Maybe you’re deep in it and yet… you still don’t get it… so what exactly is “it”?
an act of waking from sleep.
an act or moment of becoming suddenly aware of something.
coming into existence or awareness.
Awakening. Especially for those newly woke folk just wiping the sleep from their eyes, “awakening” is a whole new world. Not only has this dazzling place you never knew always existed, it flipped a switch on in a room you didn’t know was dark. Awakening changes your reality TV show from black and white to HD… and then proceeds to shatter the screen.
Awakening. Somewhere between all of the highs, lows, comments, and concerns, there has undoubtedly been questions. You may have wondered something along the lines of …
WTF. Why. Is this forever? What is real? Am I dreaming? Or am I the dream?
How can a metaphysical magic carpet ride take us from peaking on our golden god rooftops to the depths of our personal hells so quickly?
Is ANYTHING real? Or is EVERYTHING now so real we can’t handle the feels?
If you’re in this WTF phase of your Awakening you may relate to any of the following:
~ being overloaded with downloads
~ realizing that you’re part of something greater [even though you don’t feel great]
~ confused ASF
If you’ve selected [probably not by choice] any or all of the above…
…take a DEEP breath.
We’ve been there too. We get it. Even better? We GOT YOU
We’re here to tell you that it’s [going to be] okay. You’re not alone. You’re not crazy. And, we’re here to help.
Spiritual Degenerates offers online information and conscious community to support any stage of Awakening. Our collective awareness is understood through individual processing of self-discovery. We may not all walk at the same pace or take the same paths, but in the end, we are all just walking each other home.
We’re here to unite during the ups and downs as you find out, layer by layer, that who you really are exists beyond your wildest dreams. After all, what’s makes the difference between the dreamer and the dream?
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