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Holidays

On Monday in the UK it was a Bank Holiday For the majority of people this mean a day off work (wonderful). If you don’t know, Bank Holidays are so called after the introduction of the Bank Holiday Act in 1871. Banks and many other places of employment would close on these days. Prior to that there were over thirty additional days off from work, so I assume the Act was introduced in order to reduce the time employees had off from work.
These days we live in a hectic world. We rush from A to B with our minds preoccupied with things we “have” to do. We make lists in our minds and run through them over and over again. When we do this we are distracted. We not only miss out on the here and now and what is all around us we also risk becoming ill due to the stresses and strains that we put ourselves under. Our bodies are on heightened alert all of the time when we live like this, our immune system works over time to cope with the stress and our adrenalin levels are high. The body can only cope with so much and at some point the cracks will begin to show. For some this will mean frequent colds, headaches (especially at the weekend when the body is able to rest and you begin to unwind), stomach upsets, gall stones, hypertension and depression and so on. These are just a few of the conditions that can occur when the bodies internal environment is not taken care of.
We must learn to look after ourselves internally. Why and how can we do this? We must realise that we are unable to control all external events around us. At times we simply would not want to and at other times our lack of control can be painful, if for example a loved one is ill and all you can do is sit by and watch them slip away or perhaps a friend has a drink problem and you are unable to convince them to seek help in order to change this self destructive behaviour. At times we must learn to accept that others can and do make wrong live choices.
When we learn to control our inner environment we feel at peace, calm and relaxed. We are better able to cope with the bad things that life throws at us from time to time. We can leant to take control of our inner environment by eating good food, taking exercise, especially Yoga as this will work on the body and mind at the same time and by meditating. Meditation is exercise for the mind, it helps to de-clutter and, most importantly, it helps to slow things down so that you can think more clearly. Meditation on a Bank Holiday, or any day for that matter, is a holiday for the mind.
In my blog next week I will show you how you can learn to meditate properly.

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Robin Williams

Robin Williams
Reading about the death of the actor Robin Williams last week shocked and saddened me. As a child I looked forward to watching Mork and Mindy on TV, it was one of the highlights of my week. I was also disgusted to read that there had been many spiteful and malicious comments on facebook and twitter regarding the manner of his death. Whilst I do not want to engage in the possible reasons as to what drives some people to do something like that, I do believe that what we put out to the world comes back to us three fold. If we generally act in a kind and compassionate manner this will be returned to us in abundance. if we are mean spirited and spiteful that also will be returned to us.
Have you ever been thinking about someone and the phone rings? Of course you have, this is because whenever you think about someone you are sending that person your thoughts and feelings. I now want to dedicate the rest of this post to people that we know who are battling a physical or mental illness (or both). Please post whatever information you feel happy to share. All who read the blog can send positive thoughts to the people concerned and those of us that  are trained in Reiki can send a little distant healing.
I would like to start:
To my good friend Kathy who has cancer and who is battling with a difficult home life. Love and best wishes. I know you have the strength to deal with both and have a joyful and abundant life.

World Peace

Today it’s Monday and I am sitting in my office at home with one of my cats at my feet. I feel totally relaxed and at peace and I feel deeply grateful for this experience. How many people experience true peace in their lives?
I was watching the news a few days ago and I saw updates regarding the current situations in Israel, Ukraine and Syria. Whatever your political views the loss of life on all sides is horrendous. When we see or hear about war we often think why can’t they just along? Why can’t they just be at peace? The secret to peace is that it must come from each and every one of us. If each of us acts in a kind and compassionate way towards others then the world would be a much better, safer, happier place. Each of us must act and treat others in the way we wish to be treated. It is only when we feel that we have been wronged or threatened that we become angry, defiant and destructive. By treating others with respect and compassion our own lives will become that much richer, as we develop a sense of deep compassion in our hearts.
Please remember the words that I have written today and practice respect and compassion for your fellow human beings as well as the animals and wildlife around us.

Mindfulness Read the rest of this entry »

Shoden cover
It only seems like yesterday that I first became aware of Reiki. I remember searching online for something to focus on after the death of my mother. As I began to search and read about various complementary therapies Reiki kept appearing, it was just as if Reiki had chosen me. It seemed, on reflection, as if the universe was saying “hey, now it’s your turn”. Have you ever felt like that? Have you ever felt that something or even someone was calling you?
So, yes, I took the Reiki courses: all three levels. I had not intended to move beyond the second degree but as I began to work on clients some asked me questions that I was unable to answer and others wanted to learn how to “do” Reiki for themselves.
When I began to teach I did, and still do, feel honoured to become part of my student lives and, when I connect them to the Reiki source via the Reiju empowerments, I often wonder what changes they will make and how their lives can and will change. Some experience subtle changes and others much greater ones.
After I had been teaching for a few years I felt driven to write my very own Reiki first degree manual. I wanted something that my students could take home with them, something that they could refer to time and time again. I also wanted to provide my students with the tools to move forward on their Reiki journey. This is all now possible as I have just realised my dream. I have just released my third book, ” Shoden: The Definitive Guide to First Degree Reiki” by Marion McGeough.
As well as having information about the history of Reiki, the precepts and how to carry out a Reiki treatment and much more, I have included specific chapters on Mindfulness and Meditation. These chapters take the student through all they need to know to learn to meditate correctly. The concept of mindfulness, so important to Usui and his students, is fully explained and a 4 week beginner’s programme is included to both help the student come to grips with learning how to live in the moment. The book is available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback versions.
I truly love to write. I find writing relaxing and therapeutic. When I was a child I also loved to write and then as I grew older “life” simply got in the way. Reiki has helped me to re-connect with myself. I am a much calmer, more relaxed person that I was prior to learning Reiki; I feel more deeply connected to the source and I appreciate nature and all that she offers so much more now. I take the time to admire the beauty all around me. If you have studied Reiki and you would like to share your experiences I would very much like to hear from you.
Love and light to you all,
Marion

Spring Cleaning

Emerald
Now spring is upon us and we have longer and often brighter days, I began to notice that it was time for my annual spring clean. Yes it was time to get into these difficult to reach corners and open the windows wide and allow the house to breathe.
As I was really getting into my cleaning I found one of my old emeralds which had slipped down the back of a cupboard. Knowing that crystals and stone have a way of disappearing and coming back to their owners when they want to, I held the crystal in my hand so that I could feel its vibrations and connect with it once more. Once I felt connected to the crystal I then soaked it overnight in a bowl of sea salt. Once cleansed I placed the crystal in a prominent place where it could be seen and where it could get some sunlight.
Later, as I sat reading a magazine I found that my attention was drawn to the crystal. I suddenly remembered that an emerald is the birthstone for the month of May. The crystal came back to me at the start of May. I then began to think of the properties of the stone. Emerald is associated with the heart chakra and when used during healing it helps to balance the chakra. Emeralds can help those with memory problems, the stones have a calming effect and indeed the energy in the room was very relaxed and calm. Emeralds also help to detox the liver.
As my mind wandered I began to think of a particular friend who would benefit from a reiki session with crystals and I believe that this friend would also benefit from the use of this particular emerald. Just as I was about to pick up the phone and call her my phone rang, guess who it was? Now I believe that everything happens for a reason. What do you think?

Just For Today..

Whilst I really enjoy carrying out my daily self healing meditations a few weeks ago I was feeling quite stressed out and for the first time ever I took a step back and reminded myself of the reiki Precepts and in particular the first part, “Just For Today”. So, on that particular day whenever I was feeling stressed and anxious I would stop and ask myself why I was feeling that way as well as verbally reminding myself not to worry and not to be angry.At the end of day one I felt happier and more relaxed. I continued in this way for a whole week each time I was feeling stressed, angry or any other negative emotion I would ask myself why I was feeling that way and then remind myself that, at that particular moment and for that particular day only I need not be worried or angry and I told myself to let go of any negativity. At the end of the week I was feeling much more positive, happier and more full of love and joy for nature and humanity. I felt as if a blockage had been removed from my heart chakra. I also feel physically lighter as well as being where I should be physically and mentally. I intend to keep up this practice and I am grateful to my guides for leading in the right direction and showing me the path to the wonderful world of reiki.

Here are the reiki precepts for those of you who do not know what they are:

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine for all diseases:

Just for today
Do not anger,
Do not worry.
Be humble
Be honest
Be compassionate towards yourself and others.

To all my reiki friends out there : How have the reiki precepts affected your life ?