Love

love

Over the years as I grow more and more into loving myself, I have noticed that the word ‘love’ is very watered down these days. At the same time it’s a great thing to hear so many people saying ‘I love you’ to each other, it’s amazing actually.

LOVE is a feeling, a concept, a gift, a gesture, all powerful, transformational, it’s divine~ LOVE is the force of all life. Remembering that one fact gives me a sense of peace.

If love is the driving force, then everything is as it should be right? I am love, you are love, the trees are love and so on. So why don’t we feel this love all the time?

Just because we don’t feel it doesn’t mean it’s not there it simply means we don’t feel it.  Awareness is the key. When we tune into the universal flow of life we feel the driving force of love.

Being a teacher of Reiki for over a decade has taught me that love is ever present, all I have to do is tune in to it. We also must remember the fundamental fact that we are part of this driving force of the universe, so if we don’t feel love, we are the ones separating ourselves from the divine energy. We really do have the power to turn it on and off.

Loving one’s self is about awareness, this is how we feel the flow of this amazing life. Being aware is about being present; paying attention to this moment brings us to the divine flow of life/LOVE.

 

 

 

We Can Change our Past!

images (2)The other day I was listening to a friend who was going through a hard time. She was haunted by her past, feeling like she made bad choices and it made her unhappy in her life today.

I started to think about my past and how I am affected by it today. I had some unpleasant things happen to me but for the most part I am not affected by them anymore. Yes, they do show up on occasion, but this is where I’ve learned something important about the past; I can change it.

Think about this; what is the past? Is it real right now? In this moment….is there a past?

What I have learned over the years ( and am still learning) is that the ‘past’ is only a thought…..it’s all in the mind. Whatever happened, is only in your mind, it’s your mind that is still hurting you, not the other person or situation.

So if it is only in the mind we have full control over how we see it. That’s right, we have full control over what we think….I will say that again. We have full control over what we think. Of course it will take practice because for most of us, no body told us that when we grow up.

Example; we have a thought and it makes us feel bad; we have a choice in that moment, “do I want this bad feeling?” Let’s say the answer is no. Okay, so in that moment of acknowledging the bad feeling, acknowledging that you don’t want the bad feeling you have a choice…..change it. Yup in that moment change it, find a thought that feels good.

A personal experience: when I was very little I was sexually abused. For years I didn’t really remember, then I was put under hypnosis and there it was. I told people and they said: “that is awful, how horrible for you, you must be messed up”. For years I was angry and sad. One day I decided I didn’t like feeling bad, so I did things like meditated, and went to an Ashram where I discovered that I could focus on God/universe/love. Until I had an aha moment! This circumstance gave me the ability to love deeper, it gave me the ability to be more compassionate, it showed me my path in life….to help others. Wow,  I am so grateful for that event in my life!! I feel so blessed to be who I am today. There are so many people I have helped because of that event in my life.  Like magic I changed the past. I never feel angry or sad about it now. It’s completely different for me.

Remember one very important thing, you are not your mind! It is a part of you, a tool for you to use. You can put it away when you don’t need it and you can use it to it’s fullest when you do.  You are the driver!! pull over sometime and listen.

This life is awesome, when you want to see the awesomeness and it can suck when you want to see the suckiness, it’s your choice.

With Reiki Love;

Debra Harding

www.sacredvibrations.net

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Present Moment Awareness

Often people say to me; ‘It’s all fine and dandy to love everyone, but what about when others have negative energy, I don’t want to take that on’. Over the years I have from time to time found that the energy of another has affected me in a negative way. However, as the years go by and I continue to expand and learn, I see that the more I am present this kind of thing doesn’t happen.

For instance, when I feel that someone’s energy has affected me, it’s in the moment. There is always a next moment, where I choose differently. What I often say in my classes is that love is stronger than fear or negativity. When we strengthen our love for ourselves, when we deepen our connection to source energy, there isn’t much that can affect us in a negative way. Yes, we will have our days when we are tired or feeling off. But again, when we practice present moment awareness, we can always move through it and into the next the moment.

How do we move through it?

Firstly, breathe….deeply and consciously, ‘see’ your breath come in from the earth through your feet all they way up to your crown on the inhalation. Then on the exhalation, feel/sense divine energy enter your crown and flow all the way through your body and down your legs into the earth. It’s amazing that something so simple can make such a big difference. After this exercise, you will have cleared anything you may have taken on, or drawn towards you. Ultimately, if we are in awareness all the time all energy will simply flow through us, this is our natural state.

If you find that other people affect you, ask yourself; what am I thinking? Is it truly their energy or mine?  Even though there are many of us that are sensitive and open, it doesn’t mean we have to protect ourselves from others. That is separation. We are moving into a new world where we embrace our oneness. Remember there are over 7 billion humans on this planet, but only one BEING. We are all connected. As a matter of fact all of life is interconnected. Everything you think and do affects life around you.

The next time you are dreading going into a meeting with someone who[m?] you have known in the past to be negative, change your mind, choose differently. In other words in that situation, instead of going into the repetitive wheel of your mind, decide that this time you will see the essence of the person, you will see ‘god’ in the other. With this in mind, you will be emanating life force and nothing is stronger than that!

Spirituality and Life

It is very interesting to me to hear people say that they will get back to their spiritual life again one day. They see their real life and spiritual life separately.

From my experience spirituality is really just a word. For me it means that we prioritize the larger picture of life. It is not separate at all. We are not spiritual just when we meditate, or chant or read spiritual books or have spiritual conversations. IT IS LIFE.

Everything is spiritual if you see it that way. Selling cell phones, collecting garbage, delivering mail, selling insurance, waiting on tables etc. All of this is spiritual. Its all how you look at it. This is it…..your life as it is, is the spirituality.

Every breath you take is a new opportunity to see the world from a different perspective, to create new thought and open up to the expansiveness of life.

If we go against, or resist what is, we are limiting the possibility of expansion in consciousness. A judgement for instance is resistance to what is, it is also, limited perception.

No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, it is exactly where you are supposed to be and its exactly what your supposed to be doing. Ahhhhhh….what freedom that brings. Just BE, relax into beingingness, and see the world from from the perspective of an ant and the perspective of a star all at the same time.