Getting Through This Election (with the 5 Reiki principles)

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Reiki (“ray-key”) is a Japanese technique for relaxation that also promotes healing.  Reiki is a warm and soothing energy that flows from the palms of the hands to the client, promoting relaxation and releasing tension. 

Reiki is a simple yet profound form of natural healing for the body, mind, and spirit. Reiki treatments are uniquely personal and the healing adapts to the needs of each recipient.

Along with physical healing, many people also find Reiki as a path to personal and spiritual growth. For me, it was a catalyst for inner transformation. The Usui based system of Reiki is based on Five Principles. Many people believe that these Five Principles, or Precepts- are a vital to the Usui Reiki system. Dr. Mikao Usui himself described the Precepts as being: "The secret method of inviting blessings, the spiritual medicine of many illnesses"

I believe that these 5 principles can support us during this very intense election. I practice them daily, but I will be especially focused on applying them over the next several days and I hope you will too! 

1.) Let go of Anger

Anger at others, yourself, or at the whole world creates serious blockages in one’s energy. It is the most intricate and destructive inner enemy. Regardless of which candidate you are supporting, it is likely that you have felt some sense of anger toward the other candidate and their supporters. The news and social media have been flooded with hateful, angry energy.

I am not suggesting that you ignore your anger. It is important to feel it, acknowledge it, and process it. But, it is as equally important to let it go. 

As an empathetic person, this has been difficult to experience. Letting go of anger does not mean that you have to abandon your beliefs and it does not mean that you have to like or agree with the person. What it does mean is that you're no longer willing to carry toxic anger within your body, emotions, or mind. Letting go of anger is the ultimate detox for your mind, body and spirit.

It saddens me to see family and friends arguing and making hurtful comments to each other to “prove their point” about candidate “x”. On Nov. 9, one of these candidates will be our next president. About half of us will be happy with the outcome, and the other half will not. Regardless of who is elected, the greatest thing we can do, is release any anger that has built up within us toward the candidate and their supporters. Forgiveness heals. 

Letting go of anger brings peace into the mind.

2.) Let go of worry.

Worry is linked to fear of the future and the unknown. Although worry is not always a negative experience, endless worry fills one’s head with toxic thoughts, lowering the vibration in your mind, body and soul. It seems that a lot of people are extremely worried about the outcome of this election. The tension is palpable. Remember that 99% of what you worry about never happens. Worry is a complete waste of time and a drain on your energy.

 It’s time to find faith. Have faith that all will work out exactly as it is should for the greatest and highest good of all concerned. Let go and let God. I am not saying that you should sit back and be passive during this election. I am certainly not advocating that you be apathetic. Not at all. You can do your part. Be a positive activist. Vote. Take positive, daily action. But, at the end of the day, let go of worry about the outcome. Do what you can in support of what you believe, but release worry about what will happen.

Ultimately, we don’t have control over the outcome. We can't change the situation, but we can change how we respond to it. So the best thing you can do for your mental, physical, and emotional health is let go of worry about what is going to happen. Stress is a cause many illnesses and diseases. So, you have to ask yourself, “Is it worth it?” 

Letting go of worry brings peace into the body.

3.) Be grateful.

Count your blessings. Gratitude will enrich your life and increase your happiness. Focus on what’s right in your life instead of what’s wrong (or could go wrong).

Gratitude is very high on the emotional scale (vibrationally-speaking). So, the more can appreciate all that is right in your life, the more good things you will attract to you! During this election, focus on what you are grateful for.

We often take for granted many things that people in other parts of the world would die for (and are dying for). So tonight, make a list of all the things you are thankful for (health, family, friends, pet, home, car, job, food, water, freedom, opportunity, that warm cup of coffee you had this morning, etc.) You get the idea. Think of everything that’s already AWESOME about your life today.

Being grateful brings joy into the spirit.

4.) Work honestly.

Devote yourself to your personal and spiritual growth. Allow your inner light to shine through. Do all of your inner and outer work willingly and with a good heart. Working honestly isn’t necessarily about your job or career, but it certainly includes it.

This principle is more about focusing on becoming a better person inside and out. Instead of trying to change other people’s minds about the election, focus on yourself and becoming a better human. Put into action all of the things you believe are good qualities about the candidate you are supporting.

Instead of focusing on how the candidate you are supporting will improve our country, think about how YOU can improve our country right now. It begins with you. It begins with me. In reality, the president will not directly impact your daily life. Only you can do that. You choose your thoughts, you choose your feelings and you choose your actions each and every day.

Meditation, prayer, visualization and positive affirmations, are just a few ways you can improve your life and the lives of everyone you encounter. Rise above the negativity, don't feed into it. We need you to rise up to be the Lightworker you are meant to be NOW more than ever! 

Working honestly brings abundance into the soul.

5.) Be kind.

Last, but probably most important, be kind to others. Practice kindness toward yourself and others as often as possible. We are all connected. How you treat another is a direct reflection of how you treat yourself.

The words, thoughts and feelings you put out are like a boomerang; eventually they will come to you in one way or another. I have seen and heard so many hurtful and unkind comments during this election season. It has really made me sad to see how fear based thoughts have triggered so many to lash out at each other in mean and hurtful ways.

Kindness matters. You don’t have to agree with another’s opinion, but you can still be kind. It’s about having human decency and respect.
If you catch yourself thinking unkind thoughts, check in with yourself:

  • Am I expressing kindness to all?
  • How does it make me feel when I think these unkind thoughts?
  • Can I move past my own judgments and respect someone for who they are and what they believe?
  • How can I be a good listener and seek to understand someone's opinion and beliefs?
  • What good would come about if I react with unkind words?
  • In what way could I respectfully disagree?

 When you are unkind to someone because you are trying to prove a point, even if you are right, you are still wrong.  When I am kind, connecting to universal love and care for all life, my attitude improves. I realize that my outer world is a reflection of my inner world. When I am thinking kind thoughts, I experience a kind world. When I am thinking hateful thoughts, I experience a hateful world. It’s the same world. The choice is yours. Just for today, be kind. 
Being kind brings love into your being. 

To Sum Up…

It is unrealistic to think that you will never get angry or that you will never worry about anything ever again. You are a human being and stressors of everyday life (and the outcome of this election) will evoke these emotions. This has been a long, emotional election season for us all. But the key to each principle is staying focused in the present moment by saying, “Just for today…”.

Each day, in each moment you choose which emotions to feel. At any given time, you have the power to change your thoughts and change your feelings to those of a higher vibration.

You can become an instrument of peace by implementing these 5 principles daily. You will not only improve your own life, but your presence will also positively impact everyone around you. I especially ask you to consider these principles if you have children who are watching how you respond to this election. I wish you many positive blessings during this election and beyond. May we all shift into a more kind and loving way of being. We have more work to do. LOVE more. 

If you'd like a daily reminder of these principles, please download the Free poster that I created.