Being an Usui Reiki Master Teacher I've been blessed with the ability to both practice Reiki as well as teach it to others. It's such a beautiful natural healing modality to work with and its philosophical concepts are truly wise words to live by. Mikao Usui founded the Usui Reiki tradition we enjoy today. He is also the creator of the "secret to happiness" with Reiki principles that he believed were essential to living a happy, spiritual life. Over the next few months I'd like to share Usui's principles for happiness because I think they're great reminders for how to live life. The Reiki principles are:
Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not anger.
Just for today, count your blessings.
Just for today, live honestly.
Just for today, be kind to all living things.
~ Mikao Usui
This month we'll cover the first principle, "Just for today, do not worry." Usui believed that worry is a response to something that we think is going to happen to us in the future, but often doesn't. If you can do something about a situation that you're concerned about, then do it. If not, then "let go and let it flow." Struggling to control a situation just creates a cycle of energy that'll make things worse and destroy your emotional state by creating anxiety. When you experience emotional anxiety your physical body is adversely affected which in the end, causes harm to your entire health. Be mindful to take care of your emotional health today by choosing NOT to worry. When you take care of your emotional health, you're also taking care of your physical health because you're sparing it from physically responding to worry and stress. Be good to yourself today and the remainder of the month by reminding yourself, "just for today, do not to worry."
I’m a huge fan of angels and always have been since I was a little girl. I wasn’t raised to say prayers at bedtime, but I remember when I was around 11 years old I realized that whenever I watched a TV show with a family, the mom always tucked her children in bed and made sure they said their prayers. Being an impressionable young girl, I copied what I saw on TV and began to say prayers when I went to bed. I said the same prayers I’d heard on TV which went something like, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” When I grew older, I remember thinking to myself how yucky it made me feel to think that I might die before waking up in the morning. So I changed my prayers to, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. God please protect my family, my friends and…” And I always ended my prayers asking the angels to please protect my house, my grandparents’ house and to protect all of the children and the animals in the world and the environment from all bad things.
Even though I believed in angels then and prayed to them when I was little, it wasn’t until I become a professional intuitive healer that I recognized the full scope and impact the Angelic realm has on the world. We’re so blessed to have been given this life in the first place, and even more blessed by the fact that God gave us angels to help our lives.
Did you know that there’s an Angel tasked for each and every thing you wish to accomplish? There is. If you want to ride your bike fast down a mountain, you can ask your angel to help keep you safe. If you need help finding a friend’s house that you’ve never been to before, you can ask an angel to make sure you get there safely and quickly. And they will.
Many years ago I was listening to Caroline Myss on the radio when she shared a story about a male client of hers who lived a reckless life, flirting with death. She shared the story of his last and final reckless escapade that involved a serious motorcyle accident. Caroline Myss said that it was this motorcyle accident that gave him the wake-up call to change his life. The story goes: late one snowy evening, this man was riding his motorcycle speeding on a windy road, when all of a sudden he lost control on a curve and crashed on the side of the road. After he crashed, he heard a voice say to him “You will take a long time to heal, but you will be fine. But this is the last time.” Caroline Myss shared that this man told her he believed that the voice he heard was that of an angel. It was this one event, a serious motorcycle accident that made him not only believe in angels, but changed his life. I find this story riveting because this man lived a life almost begging fate to take it, but in the end he believed an angel saved him. Apparently his rehabilitation did take a long time, but he healed. He also heeded the angel’s advice in by choosing not to live so recklessly. I love this story because it reminds us how powerful angels are and how they can change your life in an instant. They simply want to love us and the power of their love can change lives for the better.
One of my own personal angel stories occurred when I was in my mid- 30s. I was married at the time, and my husband and I fell upon some hard financial times after I was laid off from work. Since I wasn’t working I worried about our financial stability and how we’d pay our bills. When I voiced my money concerns to a healer friend of mine, she told me, “Oh don’t worry. Just ask the angels to help you. They’re really good at that. They can help your bank accounts by manipulating the numbers. Don’t worry, just ask them.” I listened to her in disbelief, because I couldn’t fathom how an angel, who you can’t even see, could have any influence on bank accounts and money. But I was desperate and had nothing to lose, so I began praying to the angels to help me with my money woes.
To my surprise, for the entire month and a half that I was out of work, my bank account stayed at least a hundred dollars above the amount that I calculated it should be at. Every time I checked it, thinking it would be low enough to cause me worry and concern - it was always higher than I thought. Needless to say, I was in awe and amazed...my friend was right! The angels did help me with money as I was able to buy the necessities we needed as well as pay our bills. Now, this doesn’t mean that you can be careless with your finances and expect the angels to keep your bank account in tact. But, it does mean, that with faith, prayers to the angels and your own due diligence they WILL help you and support you during difficult times. I've only seen one real life angel in my life and let me tell you, I was in complete awe when I realized what I was seeing. It's indescribable. It was such an emotional experience that I shed tears of pure joy. Because I was so humbled by what I was experiencing, it strengthened my faith even more that the Universe has a way of sending Divine examples of love into our lives - all we need to do is pay attention. I want to remind you that if you’re ever feeling lost, alone or like no one cares, I can assure you that your angels love and adore you - ask them for a sign.