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The joy of living

Reiki healing

 

Reiki has now become a way of living. As I cannot imagine a day where I do no yoga, I cannot imagine a day where I do no reiki. The more I do reiki, the more I understand about life and the simplicity of all that happens around us and within us. I now know that everything around us is an act of creation – a creation that has sprung up from our mind. Every person, every situation and every act around us is a manifestation of our beliefs, our thoughts, our strengths and our limitations. We alone have the power to create our lives and we alone are responsible for our circumstances.

Here are some beautiful words that echo my belief in what life is:
1. You receive a Body
You may like it or not, but it is yours for this life-time.

2. You will learn Lessons
You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called ‘Life’. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant or stupid

3. There are no Mistakes, Only Lessons
Growth is a process of trial and error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the one that ultimately works

4. A Lesson is repeated until it is Learned
A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. Then you can go to the next lesson.

5. Learning Lessons Does not End
There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

6. “There” is no better than “Here”
When your “There” has become a “Here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will, again, look better than “Here”.

7. Others are Merely Mirrors of You
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What you Make of Your Life is up to You
You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

9. The Answers Lie Inside You
The answers to Life’s questions lie inside you. All You need to do is look, listen and trust.

10. Whether you think you can or can’t – in either case you’ll be right

 

—–   Sabinder Singh

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Flowing with the flow of life

Pranayama

 

Life begins with a breath and ends with a breath. We exist because life force flows through us. These were the thoughts I had as I ended the yoga practice with a round of pranayama. Such a simple exercise but such immense benefits. Here are some facts on this wonderful yogic breathing:

Through pranayama we tap into the unlimited intelligence of the life force. Pranayama is a series of breathing excersises where we control the breath through inhalations and exhalations. There is nothing forceful in pranayama. As we gently breathe in and breathe out, we flow with flow of life. We move in cohesion with the flow and become one with it. In this oneness we draw from the limitless pool of energy, replenishing ourselves.

Our lifestyle is such that we are constantly exposed to stress. Stress and habits can create energetic obstacles within the body. Our breathing becomes shallow. At any point of time we take shallow breaths. We develop breathing patterns that restrict the flow of breath. When prana or life energy flows through the body it breaks the energetic obstacles that have been created within the body. Through pranayama we start to free these unconscious breathing and emotional patterns, that we have developed over time. Since there is a systematic inhalation and exhalation, the regulated flow of the breath breaks this unconsious pattern of breathing and this in turn frees up the emotional patterns that lie in the subconsious.

As these energetic obstacles break, the body relaxes and heals. Balance is restored to the body and the body starts to self heal. As the body heals ailments start to disappear. These is all unconscious without us realizing what is happening.

With Pranayama we use our entire breathing mechanism. When we inhale slowly and deeply through the nose, the air is filtered and kept moist – the perfect condition for efficient transfer of oxygen to the lungs. When we take a full breath with a longer inhalation, our abdominal organs also move along with the diaphragm. This is important, as the abdomin is already compromised due to long periods of sitting at a desk. This sitting posture does not allow us to use the diaphragm completely. The sitting posture uses only the upper and middle parts of the lungs. Instead of just breathing through middle and upper parts of our lungs as we normally do, pranayama gets the breath to flow through the lower part.

The same case applies when we exhale. A shallow exhalation does not empty the lungs out completely. Deep breathing removes the graviy at the lower section and replinishes the lower lung with nutrients and oxygen due to the movement of air. When we manipulate breath by extending or shortening the length of inhalation and exhalation or by holding the breath, we shift the energy within the body. Energy shift alters our mood considerably. If we go a step further and combine Pranayama with mudras and mantras we can achieve a desired effect.

Our body has a large amount of fluid present around the blood vessels and organs. When we breathe deeply the movement of the air in and out is like a cleansing mechanism. This breathing also promotes the movement of fluid within the lymphatic system. A movement necessary for efficient transfer within the body.

During pranayama the focus is on the breath. Since we focus on the breath our concentration increases. With deep breathing there is also an increase in the amount of oxygen reaching the cells. This also increases concentration in addition to an increase in cellular respiration. Both these start to build up the energy level.

 

How do we do pranayama?

Pranayama consists of various forms of breathing: anulom vilom, Ujjayi Pranayama, Bhramari Pranayama are the ones done on a regular basis. Pranayama is best practised on an empty stomach. It is benefecial right after the yoga asanas are completed and just before meditation. The best position would be a sitting down position that is comfortable – the lotus pose, the cross legged pose or any other sitting pose where you can sit comfortably for 15 to 20 minutes.

So go ahead and take a long deep breath and let the prana flow through you, revitalising, nourishing and soothing you.

The Durga or Receiving symbol

We as a group of healers and light workers trip on doing energy circles and Reiki circles together. Most of the times our angels, masters and all other world friends bless us with some messages or highlight some points that need our attention. We’ve been doing Reiki for almost 3 years now and it’s now a part of us just as breathing is, so obviously we’ve been patiently waiting for a big message or a symbol to pop up for us. Well one can be hopeful right? 🙂

This year, during the Indian Navratri festival, which celebrates the different forms of Shakti, we decided to do a Goddess Reiki circle, invoking the different forms of Shakti to bless us with their powerful energy. Little did we know that our lovely, dynamic, charismatic Durga will bless us with our very own Reiki symbol and it was well worth the wait.

A dear friend from the Reiki circle channelled this symbol for us and the more I looked at it, the more sense it made…..

Durga Look at it.. at first you see the Durga eyes with the big bindi in the centre.. Ah! How I love this symbol. Every time you need the Durga Shakti, you simply draw this symbol. It’s your very own secret code of connection with Durga. Well this is not it; this symbol has so so so so much more to offer.

First, the very obvious one is the healing of the Third eye Chakra. The drop/bindi sits perfectly on your third eye and helps in healing the blocks and balancing this chakra. You can invoke the energy of this symbol if you feel a creative block, if your thoughts are not streamlined, if your head feels crowded and you can also use this for headaches and sinus issues.

Let’s go a bit more in depth and see what more the symbol has to offer… When you look at it closely you will see, it’s a being standing there with open arms and the universe blessing the being with a drop from the ocean. Mind you! The drop is just the perfect size so that the being can hold it in his arms, take it in and savour it with ease. Nothing more and nothing less. Just like life and just like the answers to our prayers.

The universe knows exactly how much we need and how much we can savor and gifts us with exactly that. It’s we who cannot see beyond, hence always want more. In this regard the application of this symbol in Reiki would be to send out your intent but then open up yourself to receiving along with mammoth trust in the universe, that it will provide you with exactly what is required at that moment.

Many a times, we as healers have noticed that even though people ask for healing, they may not always accept it or be open to receiving it consciously or subconsciously. In these situations invoking this symbol works wonders.

I feel this symbol can also be used as an affirmation. Drawing this symbol is indicating that you are open to receiving all that the universe has to offer. A lot of us face problems with balanced giving and receiving. Just like the Yin and Yang, the Giving and Receiving have to be in balance. Most of us have no problems giving but when it comes to receiving we are not even aware of what we are doing wrong.

Balancing the Yin and Yang: This symbol was given to us by Durga Shakti and Durga resides in the Sacral Chakra, the seat of Yin and Yang. This symbol also denotes the balancing scales, which is balancing the core of our being, The Yin and Yang. If you have issues with symmetry and balance then this symbol works wonders. You can also use this in Reiki sessions where the client needs healing in the above mentioned aspects.

It also a fantastic symbol for Card readers and for all Mediums and Channels. Invoking this symbol will help you open up and help in establishing a strong connection with the divine energy. Our message was to make this symbol freely available. This is not a secret symbol so feel free to share with as many as possible.

Enjoy the symbol, savour it and own it..

~ Kanika Aswani

(The symbol is channeled by Darpan Kaur)

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