Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Good Human Being

I was reflecting the other day about what it means to be a good human being. There are so many religions in the world that all have teachings and guidelines for what that means, and all are very similar--but being religious doesn't necessarily make someone a good human being. I've said before that there are those who you'd never know were Christians if they didn't tell you so--that can apply to many other religions. 

And then there are those whose religions teach them that they must eradicate all who don't believe as they do, and doing so makes them "better"--as they spread hatred and intolerance rather than love, all in the name of God.

So, in the end, what makes one a good human being? I don't care what your talk is, it's your walk that makes you a good human being. If you spend hours in meditation but walk past someone who is struggling, then you're not a good human being--yet even if you don't believe in God but you stop to help others or do volunteer work, then you're a good human being. 

It's funny, but I saw an article once about the Dalai Lama, it must have been for one of his visits to the US, that stated he was a better Christian than most Christians--as if Christianity was the only path that led one to walk in peace and love. There is this misconception that is spread in places of worship that only one religion, one way of doing things, leads us to walk such a path of good...and that as long as you're attending your place of worship, then you're a good person, you really don't have to do anything else. But that's not true.

I also see it amongst those in the spiritual community, the Lightworkers. Many are vegetarian or vegan, Democrats, and as judgmental as those in the religions they've eschewed for being so dogmatic. If you eat meat or vote Republican, then you're not as spiritual as them, because how could you be and eat meat and vote that way? 

I don't care what someone believes, or says they believe. I don't care which way anyone votes. I don't care how rich or poor they are, what kind of car they drive, how big or small their house and how much or how little stuff they have, for none of that is what tells me how good of a person they are--it's what they do in their daily lives. Do they take a moment to hold a door for someone who is struggling with an awkward load--or lend them a hand? Do they smile at a stranger? Are they kind to everyone they meet no matter what type of day they're having? Those are the things that matter to me. That's what makes a good human being. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

What Does It Mean to Be a Reiki Master?

There's a misconception implied with the word "Master" when one says "Reiki Master", for it doesn't mean that one is somehow a guru or a master of anything. I do not master, or control, Reiki...rather, I let it master, or guide, me and my life. 

Because I'm a Reiki Master, I do my best everyday to be mindful of how I walk the world. I smile at everyone, I go out of my way to help others without wanting anything in return. I spend time in prayer and meditation. Or perhaps I was called to become a Reiki Master because I was already doing these things. 

I know that it helps me to ground and center every day. I know that since I made the commitment to dedicate my life to Spirit and to Reiki, and became a Reiki Master/Teacher, that wonderful things happen in my life every day...but again, I was already finding that to be true. After all, Reiki led me to my wonderful husband who I met at a Reiki Share seven years ago when we were both Reiki II Practitioners. We became Reiki Master/Teachers together. We laughed during our two month whirlwind romance about how we were moving at the speed of spirit. (Yes, we got married on the two month anniversary of our first date...and that first date was seven years ago today.)

One difference I have noticed with getting that final attunement is that I can handle more energy flowing through me. It helps when I'm out in crowds or at psychic/spirit fairs. I'm clairsentient and an empath, and I find it helps a lot to have gotten my third level because having that channel opened further allows more energy to flow through me rather than into me, so I'm able to remain more balanced and grounded at all times. 

I know that when I relax and trust in Spirit, my life moves more smoothly, I'm less stressed and all of my problems get resolved. I send Reiki to them, and it all works out in wonderful ways. So, being a Reiki Master has nothing to do with mastering anything, rather it has more to do with having faith and allowing Reiki to work through me, following its guidance and trusting in its wisdom. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Meeting Challenges

Raven's Prophecy Tarot, Dreamtime Reading Cards & Anglo Saxon Runes

I started a new part time job a few weeks ago, driving a shuttle van for a company that had to get an overflow parking lot for some of its employees. The shift was perfect and I love to drive, and I couldn't believe that they actually pay me to do this job! It was supposed to entail driving a 12-passenger van, but I had lucked out and that was in the shop so I started it driving the rental "van", a Ford Expedition...still bigger than most things I've driven lately, but a regular vehicle, not a huge van. 

There are two other guys who split the week on the morning shift while I drive all week on the afternoon shift, and they've kept telling me how much I'd hate the van in comparison because it wasn't as comfortable and it's much bigger than we need for this. I've heard that for the whole month I've been there, so it was with trepidation that I heard we were getting the van back today and was asked to come in to help pick it up and drop off the rental. 

Adding to my fear is the fact that we have to back this van up into its spot at night if we can because there's a lot of traffic into that area in the morning that makes it hard to back it out. That was hard enough for me with the Expedition because I've never been good at backing any vehicle up...and amazingly, that wasn't one of the questions when I was hired, or I probably wouldn't have the job! 

As a matter of fact, my first day driving with the guy who showed me the ropes, when I had to back the Expedition into the spot for the van and it took me a few tries, he said, "I take it you're not a backer-upper." Keen observation! No, I'm not...I do back up out of my garage, but that's it, and I've wrecked one car doing that by backing it into the retaining wall beside the driveway. I'm more of a backer-outer, definitely not a backer-inner. He let me know it would be okay if I couldn't back it in, he'd rather I pull in than find me there in the morning still trying to get it straight in the spot. 

I decided that after 38 years of not being able to back into a spot, it was time to master this skill. Lo and behold, I've done it! I even occasionally back my car into a spot now! But ah...that 12-passenger van...that was still scary. Just the thought of driving it, especially as today was a very windy day--the kind that has knocked down trees in our area--made me very nervous. But, those cards in the picture at the top are from my daily draw! It's about successfully releasing your fears and negative emotions and enjoying the journey, or road. 

So again, I decided to meet the new challenges presented by this and I backed it up twice while I was on the mail run that we do because at two of the buildings, it looked easier to back in than it did to back out. I did a couple of practices in the lower parking lot as well...and by the time I parked it at the end of my shift, I actually backed it in straight between the lines! time you're faced with a challenge that fills you with trepidation, decide that if others can do it you can too--and you might just amaze yourself with what you find that you can do!