2022 has been filled with many changes for most of us spinning around on this planet. The year had its challenges and its gifts, as most years do. Some of us lost loved ones and, along with the sorrow and pain, comes the knowing that every breath counts. Every breath we take is one we are alive to.
It's helpful if we can remind ourselves every day, sometimes every hour, that we get to DO this - we get to be in a body, a body that houses our Spirit. One of the most amazing things I learned in Massage school was that the breath is both voluntary and involuntary. We can activate our breath on our own, maybe while doing yoga or breath work, but our breath also "breathes" itself, involuntarily, whether we want it to or not. Over and over again, throughout our lives, the breath keeps us alive.
I'm sitting next to a cat right now who purrs and contemplates his existence. How often do we do that? Even a moment or two to contemplate the miracle of our breath, or a tree, or a cat, has the ability to take us into a state of grace, a state of stillness.
Reiki helps. Reiki helps us to move into stillness, into that present moment awareness where everything is already alright. I practice voluntary breathing with Reiki to help bring that awareness through every cell, to bring myself more fully into the perfect present moment.
The present moment is the place where we can experience true gratitude, the fact that we get to do this, to create, to explore, to live in these human bodies.
Just for today do not worry, do not anger, be Grateful for your body, be kind to yourself, work hard at spiritual practice. (adapted from the Reiki Ideals)
And (tongue in cheek) I'll add my own: Just for today, put down your phone and take a few moments to contemplate, to BE.
You're special. You count.
With love, Rose
Having recently finished facilitating my first Animal Reiki Master class with these beautiful women and wonderful horses, the thing I came to know of late is that I've only just begun.
Our group, along with Mother Nature and a farm full of beautiful horses, connected, through Reiki's loving light, to a profound state of peace.
Our "classroom" was a second floor yoga room above a four stall barn with a big open door that looked out over the pastures beyond and gave one of the horses direct access to us. We sat with chairs in a semi circle facing the open barn door and during our first morning meditation the horse walked up and quite comfortably completed our circle.
As we moved deeply into our experiences and attunements, I felt that exquisite sense of nothing else to do or be. Everything already existed in that pure presence, that pure peace that came from within and moved all around me.
And then I realized that the animal kingdom, along with the trees and all of the natural world, do this all the time. They don't need a meditation or a reminder of how to be in connection with everything else. They don't need to be told that they are nature too and that everything around them is not separate from them, but part of them. They already know the things we work so hard to find.
The three blissful days went by and the world stepped in once more with all of its distractions. But when I look in the horse's eye, hear a morning birdsong, or feel the sun upon my back, I can no longer forget. The best I can do is notice and connect, honoring Mother Nature as she does me.
Sometimes we forget to tell our friends how we care about them, not because we don't, but just because....we think life goes on forever and there is always more time to say what we need to say. A lesson that is moving through my life is that we need to say the words of love, every day. It counts.
Today I'd like to share how Reiki has been my very best friend since 2008. Reiki is the kind of friend who is always there for me, giving me unconditional love in any moment of my day. It never refuses to listen to me or tell me it doesn't have time for me. Its energy is always complete 100% love and it is my access to the Divine, anytime.
How many friends can you say that about? Everyone and everything in the world has Reiki flowing through it. The Universe is made of its pure energy.
I'd love for you to share here in the comments how Reiki has been a friend to you! With love and Reiki always, will visit here more often, Rose
CAN YOU FEEL IT?
This is a time for listening
It’s ok to stop doing and start be-ing
Recognize the quiet moments when you stop trying to change what is
Compare yourself with no one
Practice just being you
Your rite of passage is now
Achieve only the art of paying attention
Can you hear the silence held within it
Accept the perfection of the present moment
Can you feel it
Find the flow and go with it
Remember you aren’t in charge
Huddle in close with the Earth Mother
She is your saving grace, your meditation Master, your comfort and your courage
Tend well your garden of Love
Knowing its richness is what feeds you
Love is what you are
Can you feel it
a poem by Rose O’Connor, 8/2/2020
Today, July 29th, is the day my Dad was born, 99 years ago.
I wonder what he would say if he were here. He was always such a tower of strength throughout his life. I’ve no doubt he would have been helping others through this time with that strength of his.
What came to me this morning was this - focus on your strengths right now, focus on what makes you feel strong, what gives you strength and makes you feel whole. As Abraham (via Esther Hicks) would say “calibrate” - calibrate to the strength that lies in your own soul and how it expresses itself through you.
For me, the things that calibrate for me right now are horses and the woods. I am making friends with a herd of ponies I found near me and I go and sit with them. They ask nothing of me except perhaps a gentle scratch on their nose and just to breathe with them for a while. Each day I see them, I sit quietly and free my mind. I go into my hara and my heart space and I wait.
After a while, a few will come, always curious and friendly, holding out their noses to say hello through the block wire fence. They are feral, or so I’m told. and so I am quite still and offer only loving energy, nothing else. Some would say that I am sharing Reiki with them, but these days I have no agenda. I simply am in the practice of being and receiving, grounding and filling, giving and letting it flow.
Also, every day I take to the woods and the natural waters of the creek that follows along beside me. Some days I see the Great Blue Heron, others the beaver family. Always the birds, squirrels, rabbits and butterflies greet me. The trees welcome my return each time and I do not take them for granted, but thank them for their strength, their steadiness in a time when much of the world is shaky.
Find something to calibrate with that makes you feel strong. Work with the strength within you, it’s there. Find the thing that brings you to that place inside you where everything is right side up, where everything is resonant. It's there.
My Dad was a man who could always find the strength that lay within him. When he was a sickly child in bed with rheumatic fever, when he was a soldier in WWII and his courage saved a troop of men in the Black Forest. When he raised a family with love through good and bad times, when he cared for a mentally ill daughter his whole life, when he lost a wife, and then a best friend, when his lungs gave up on him. And in the end it was his strength I felt the most the moment of his death. Even in his last hours here in his physical form, he was as strong and loving as I’d always known him to be.
Work with your strength, it’s there.
LESSONS FROM OUR ANIMALS
During this time of quiet and seclusion with our families and ourselves, we can look to our animals for inspiration.
As a client of mine said, when writing to me yesterday about her dog’s upcoming remote Reiki session, “My dogs don’t seem to know what’s happening in the world. They are just the same-peaceful and loving.”
I do believe that they aren’t aware of the panic and fear that exists in many right now, unless it exists in someone in their home who they care about. But I believe the reason they don't seem to be aware is because they already exist in a different reality than the one we are in—one that is made of Love.
It is indeed just another lesson on this beautiful and also painful journey we are all on right now. And yes I call it beautiful because it is indeed a pathway that can lead us to greater love, should we choose it. The animals would like us to join them where they are - in the present moment that lives inside each of us. Even in moments of chaos in our outer world, our inner world is capable of holding sweet peace, of holding great love.
Animals know the way of the peaceful warrior—they have the natural ability to embody peace within. We can tap into that whether we live with an animal or not. Nature is always with us as we are nature ourselves. We are not separate from it nor is it separate from us.
Take a walk today, metaphorically, to the place of peace inside you. What goes on in the outer world does not have to disturb our innermost sense of peace and love. Open your heart and feel the love that is always there waiting. Invite an animal, or a tree for that matter, to join you there and help you transcend to that inner quiet, to that place of unconditional Love. My wish for you is to be well, grow during this time, appreciate the moment, and stay with Love.
STEP INTO LOVE
YES this is a challenging time indeed. And yet it is a time of great transformation and change.
I AM HERE today to remind you of your UTTER MAGNIFICENCE. To remind you that you are enough, just as you are, sick or well, scared or bold, you are MORE than enough.
YOU ARE PERFECT just as you are because you are carrying the Light of the Divine inside of you. And even if you feel isolated or alone, you have, as the song by Bliss says “...a 100,000 Angels by your side” all around you, on every side of you, above and below you, and even inside of you and through you.
AND YOUR BODY? Your body is made to do this, it’s made to be a perfectly working machine that knows what to do, that knows how to keep you healthy, or if you are sick, to make you healthy again. TRUST IT. It knows what to do, it is perfectly Divinely designed.
ALL YOU NEED to do now is STEP into Love - Let LOVE fill your heart, let the Light that is LOVE, the light that is within you and all around you, fill your heart now. Breathe it into your heart and let it fill all of your cells in your body.
IT IS LOVE that will carry you through this time, whether you are sick or afraid or alone. LOVE is always with you. If you stop and breathe it in, you can feel it.
STEP INTO LOVE with me and embrace this beautiful present moment we are in together. The water is warm and inviting and LOVE surrounds us. Step into love and share that love with the world. Keep stepping into love, into that warm space of love. LOVE heals all.
I love you all and am sending you the perfect Light of Love today.
I will be posting blogs on my site frequently and soon to come videos on FB page (Reikislove), and offering Zoom meditations. I'm here to help spread the love right now. Blessings to each of you today and every day.
If you want a personalized remote Reiki session with me filled with the Light of Love, contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org I'm happy to help.
After several decades on this dear Earth of ours, I can no longer deny that one of the ways I can best communicate is through the written word. So my pledge here to you and to myself is to sing my song of words as they come through me in the hopes of creating a vision for us all. Happy trails.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.