7 Ways to unstick your energy, without Reiki

7 Ways to unstick your energy, without Reiki

7 Ways to unstick your energy, without Reiki

Lets face it. Not every day is easy. If you’re reading this now, you may be asking yourself some hard questions like, Where is the joy? The excitement? The movement? If day in and day out it’s always the same, your energy may be stuck. A lot of people seek Reiki during these times because the purpose of Reiki is to move and balance energy.  Reiki works not only in your body, but in your mind, spirit and life in general.   I highly encourage using Reiki daily to help move and balance energy, however there are some quick ways to get you feeling good now without the use of Reiki at all and I thought I’d share a few that I’ve done personally.   So, if you are feeling stuck in the same old grind and you’re ready to get out of it, then try one (or all) of these 7 Non Reiki ways to shift your energy, get it moving and start feeling that spark of the divine in your life again.

MEDITATION

“Are you kidding me?” you might be thinking. I’m feeling stuck and you want me to sit here and wallow in it? Bare with me friend, follow me down the rabbit hole. You would be amazed at what five minutes of breathing can do, add a little focus to it and you are on your way to reliving the joys of your youth. You can start out simple using a guided meditation app like the ones at Calm.com or headspace.com but once you’ve had an intro and you get going, that’s when the real work (joyful work) begins. Begin by finding a comfortable seat and connecting with your breath. Notice how it feels coming in and out of your body, where you feel it most (your nostrils, your lungs, your belly, your rib cage — where YOU feel it most is key), once you’ve connected to your breath, think back to when you were a child, try and remember what it was then that made you most happy, that made your cells stand on edge, try and remember where you found the magic in the world. As the thoughts enter your mind allow yourself to really feel the magic in your heart. For me, it was laying in the grass in the summer or walking a trail in the fall and seeing the sunlight filter down through the tree branches and the leaves. The streaming speckled light was magic to me. Another thing that brought me joy was dancing. Feeling the control I had over my body with many years of ballet. Twirling and flying through the air, feeling the music move through me and allowing my body to

Reiki Recipient List carved into lavendar heart shaped soap
Reiki Recipient List carved into lavendar heart shaped soap

Move Your Body

 Stretch and breathe, jump, run, skip, hop, dance, wrestle with your kids, shoot some baskets with some friends, join a company softball team, go for walk or do some yoga. It doesn’t have to be hard, or long, but as Nike would say, just do it. I’m not a huge fan of sweating in all honesty, and running makes me feel like I’m dying due to lack of oxygen, but the Anxiety and Depression Center of America’s most recent research shows that only 5 minutes a day of aerobic exercise can alleviate stress and help to eliminate depression. My movement jam is yoga, and I have committed to doing a minimum 6 sun salutations each morning to unstick my energy and get my day off to a good start. This practice alone has done wonders for my attitude. Getting started with a movement ritual can seem daunting but start out small and watch it grow along with your your desire for more, but don’t over commit yourself in the beginning. If its too hard you’ll never get started, or end up quitting quickly due to the added pressure of one more thing you think you HAVE to do. Final tip, make sure its something that feels good to you, make it something FUN so you’ll want to do it again tomorrow.

Try Somethng New

Easier said than done I know, but nothing unsticks dead energy like the power of the new. Think back to when you were most excited about your life. Was it when you were slow and steady getting things done, doing exactly the things you knew how to do? Or was it when things were NEW and the possibilities were endless and unknown? Like when you first started college, got your first job, met a new love interest, moved to a new city or tried a new hobby. I’m willing to bet it was the new thing that made you excited. It’s hard to feel excited about something you do every. single. day. You don’t have to quit your job, or leave your spouse to try something new, (though if that’s what you’re inkling to do, by all means…) but go back to that meditation and remember what things made you happy, or what things you’ve always wanted to try, and then, go try them. Sign up for an art class or dance class, enter one of those crazy races like the Tough Mudder or the Terrain Race, learn to ride a motorcycle or shoot a gun. Challenge yourself! Take an online course on how to write your life story or learn how to read tarot cards. Whatever it is that sparks your heart, give it a go. This is your life, live it!

Reiki Recipient List carved into lavendar heart shaped soap
Reiki Recipient List carved into lavendar heart shaped soap

Immerse yourself

I’m not sure this should count as its own number but I’m going to put it here anyway because while it could be an extension of trying something new it could also be renewing the joy of something you already do. For instance, I’ve been doing yoga for over 15 years. I love it, it makes me feel good, but I’m really on again and off again with my practice. It’s OK, life is cyclical, no need to get down about it, but last year I started to feel useless, lifeless and worn down. I decided I needed to renew my practice, to dig deeper and so instead of signing up for a new yoga studio and trying to push myself to get to class on the regular, I signed up for a 200hr yoga teacher training intensive. I had to shake my life up a bit to do it too. I had to find child care for my daughter, get my husband to commit to being Mr. Mom and be willing to be in class 9 hours a day, six days a week for 3 weeks. Man, it was AWESOME. I was surrounded by people who shared my passions and was asked to dig into the depths of my psyche that I was NOT expecting to have to do. I practiced yoga several hours a day and meditated even more. I studied the body and how it works and not only the body, but my body. It was so enlightening. Maybe yoga is not your thing, but whatever your thing is, immersing yourself in it completely for a longer than average bit of time can really renew your passion!

Take a New Way Home

We are creatures of habit. I’m willing to bet you take the same exit every day to get back to your house even though you could get there using the back roads or by taking a different exit. Sure, your exit is the most efficient, but life is not about only being efficient. Efficiency is for robots and you are a sparkling shining vibrating bunch of cells just begging for newness and joy. Drive a different way home. See what you can see. Stop and try and new coffee shop. The other day, randomly, I decided to stop with my 7 year old and test drive our fantasy car on the way home instead of rushing home to make dinner. We had SO MUCH FUN. We told the salesman we were just fantasy shopping and were not in the market to buy the car, and he was super nice about it and offered to let us test drive it anyway. Just that 30 minute change in routine made our whole week more magical and gave life to more desires (like actually having a fancy new car) It sparked us both and we rode that spark all week. What little change of routine might spark your week? Drive a new way home and see what you discover. A new park, a new restaurant, an old restaurant you used to love? Maybe just a new face you can wave at along the route. Life is out there, just look for it.

Reiki Recipient List carved into lavendar heart shaped soap
Reiki Recipient List carved into lavendar heart shaped soap

Talk to a stranger

This one is a lot like taking a new route home, only it’s just talking to a new person. What good will talking to someone new do? A lot. Share a smile, compliment a stranger, ask some questions and the next thing you know you are on a journey to somewhere you have never been. People are so full of stories and life experiences. Maybe they’ve traveled somewhere you’ve never been, and you can live vicariously by listening to their story. Maybe they tell you about all their woes and you exit the conversation feeling awed by the strength of another, or grateful for what your life looks like in comparison. Maybe you get a new perspective and you are inclined toward action, toward helping them or others like them. Maybe they are doing amazing things and you are inspired to step into your true self and do amazing things too. Who knows what you might find, but if nothing else, you will find connection and according to a Harvard University study that began in 1938 the most powerful finding was that good relationships keep us happier and healthier. There is a direct correlation that if you are more socially connected to family, friends, and a community, you will live longer and be happier than someone who is less well connected.

Get Outside

The benefits of spending time in nature are seemingly endless and range from increased ability to concentrate and reducing stress hormones all the way to living a longer life. I’m no scientist but I can tell you that a brisk morning walk outside smelling the spring flowers, fresh cut grass and listening to chirping birds can completely change my attitude. Moreover, waking up in a tent to the crisp fall air is completely invigorating and can give you a completely different perspective on your life. It doesn’t have to be that intense though. Walking outside and standing in the grass barefoot (called grounding or earthing) can have instantaneous benefits in many physiological areas, like better sleep, faster wound healing and reduction in stress. Couldn’t we all use better sleep and reduction in stress? I know a good, restful night’s sleep alone can change my whole attitude!

Reiki Recipient List carved into lavendar heart shaped soap

What have you tried?

These are seven things I’ve done, in addition to Reiki, to help get my energy flowing and bring the joy back into my days, but I’m willing to bet you’ve tried a thing or two yourself. Let me know if you try any of these ideas and how they made you feel or tell me about other things you’ve done to get unstuck. I’d love to hear about them, as I’m sure would the rest of the folks reading this story. Leave some comments and talk to a stranger. We can all learn together.

Karisa Prestera

Your Reiki Practitioner From Afar

“Reiki does not heal you; Reiki simply provides you the space and path that allows you to heal yourself. It is my intention to share the gift and the path of Reiki with as many people as are willing and open to receiving it, so that each person might find the space to relax, breathe, connect with their higher self and heal. "

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How I send distance Reiki

How I send distance Reiki

How I send distance Reiki

There are many ways to send Reiki long distance.   One of the beautiful things about Reiki is how absolutely simple it is.  And the ability to make each session unique.  Each practitioner has their own way of doing it.  When a person becomes attuned as a Reiki II practitioner, they are given a set of symbols to use in their practice and one of them is the HON SHA ZE SHO NEN symbol, which is the distance healing symbol in Reiki.   The practitioner simply thinks of the person they want to send Reiki to, draws the symbol in their mind’s eye or chants the name of the symbol and then intends to send Reiki to the recipient.  Ta Da!  Done!  Most of us don’t stop there though.    

There are other ways as well and different energetic healers do different things.  When I’m doing a one on one distance healing session, I often use a doll or a stuffed animal as a surrogate and treat the doll much the same way I would do it if there were a person on my table.   There are “proper hand positions” with Reiki that I usually use in one on one sessions that don’t work out quite the same way with a surrogate because the surrogate is usually so much smaller than a live person.  That being said, I can still do a body scan to find areas where the person’s energy is stuck and work those areas first, and I can also use different healing symbols with the surrogate much the way I would with a live human.  I can fluff or smooth the aura of the surrogate, I can ground the surrogate after I’m done, and I can smudge away the stuck energy that’s been released.  It’s all good, but what if I’m treating a whole bunch of people at the same time like I do with The Daily Reiki.

When I began the Daily Reiki Project, It was simply a list of names written on a sticky note.  Then the names took up both sides.  Some got crossed off and more got added and I had to rewrite the list.  

So I decided the list should be digital, and that folks should be able to add themselves on and take themselves off the list at will, like an email newsletter.  So that’s just what I did, I started a mailing campaign account, created a form and now people can sign up to get free Reiki whenever they like.   They can stay on the list forever, or they can unsubscribe, which simply removes them from the list and they no longer receive Reiki when I send it out each day.   I only have to think of the list and those who have signed up for it and intend to send them Reiki.

It is my intention to create my very own Reiki Symbol that represents The Daily Reiki Project’s Recipient list, so that other Reiki Practitioners can join me in sending daily Reiki to the project’s recipients, but I’m not quite there yet.   So for now they can just intend to send Reiki to The Daily Reiki Project Recipient list and that will do the trick.  They can write that down on a piece of paper, or just hold the name in their mind and intend to send Reiki.

Reiki Recipient List carved into lavendar heart shaped soap

I like to have something to channel the Reiki into that represents my clients, like the surrogate we talked about earlier, but for a whole group would I need a stack of surrogates?  No, I don’t think so.  That’s why I recommend using a piece of paper with the name of the project written on it, but for me personally I wanted a little more.   So yesterday I woke up inspired to carve the name of the list onto a beautiful lavender heart shaped soap my parents brought back to me from France. With a metal toothpick intended to hold olives on a martini glass,  I carved “The Daily Reiki Project” on one side and “Recipient List” on the other.  I love it.  I love the weight of it in my hands and the way it warms up as I channel the Reiki energy into it.  I love the smell of lavender as I hold it. So far it’s the perfect fit for The Daily Reiki Project.

My Distance Reiki Process

Here is the step by step process I use for sending Daily Distance Reiki Treatments to The Daily Reiki Project Recipient list.

 

  1.  Find a comfortable position where I can sit without crossing my legs.  I usually prop myself up on my bed and stack pillows up behind my back and head, as I’ve made it a habit to send Reiki first thing after I wake up on most days.
  2. Take the surrogate into my hands (in this case it’s the heart soap, but it could be a handwritten list, or any other object I intend to represent the recipients)
  3. Begin by saying this incantation.
  4. Turn on my 30 minute Reiki Playlist from Youtube
  5. Draw the cho ku rei (empowerment) symbol in my mind to super charge the energy flow.
  6. Draw the Sei He Ki symbol for mental and emotional healing
  7. Draw the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen for the distance healing and finish it off 
  8. Draw the Master symbol Dai Ko Miyo to heal us in all dimensions.
  9. Intend to be a clear channel for the Reiki to flow through to the recipients and myself. 
  10. Breathe slowly and deeply and keep my mind clear.
  11. Sit there and channel the energy until the music stops.
  12. Close by asking that the Reiki continue to flow as it is needed today, and sealing the energy in with another cho ku rei.
  13. Brush the stuck energy away with my hands, put down the surrogate, and then brush my own aura clear for grounding.

The Incantation

“We are surrounded by the white light of the source, it protects us and keeps us from harm.  I ask our higher selves, our ascended Reiki Masters, our Spirit Guides and Guardian Angels and any other entities that come in light and love to assist us with this balancing so that it might do the highest good for our bodies, minds and spirits and allow us to heal in the present, past and future and in any dimension in which we need healing. So be it.”

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