When my husband was hospitalized for a third heart procedure, an old friend wrote me that “she could only imagine how scary and stressful that was for me.” But the truth is, remarkably, I actually felt no fear or worry the entire time, and that state continues! How is this even possible? They say that the opposite of love is not hate, but fear.
One of human’s innate feelings is fear which can be a natural response to danger. Fear helps us survive but also limits us. When we are afraid, our body reacts with increased blood pressure, our pupils dilate and our heart pumps blood at high speed.
It is also exactly what my husband did NOT need from me.
Reiki has proven so many times to offer amazing healing…while he had already 2 heart attacks, he never needed pain meds! This time, we caught the high blood pressure before a heart attack…I was totally clear, even though Reiki reduced his pressure over 60 points, that he needed some tests run.
Remarkably, after 5 days in hospital, I felt not an iota of worry or fear this time…
“Love cures people, both the ones who give it, and the ones who receive it.”~Dr. Karl Menninger
Love softens you, fear hardens you. Love opens the universe, fear isolates you in yourself.
The Power of Love to Heal
St. Theresa of Lisieux wrote in “Story of a Soul”: “What matters in life, is not great deeds, but great love.” Her spiritual path was doing the ordinary with extraordinary love. “I know of one means only by which to attain to perfection: LOVE. Let us love, since our heart is made for nothing else.”
What is a Healer?
I was speaking to a mother who wanted help learning techniques to assist her not to project her fears onto her child. I asked her if she wanted to learn to be a healer and she replied “my role is behind the scenes. I just want to do my part to bring love and peace into the hearts of those I come into contact with.”
Yet this is being a Healer. You may not end up making your living at it; but we all have important roles as catalysts for transformation, and we do it one heart at a time.
This is exactly what one shamanic teacher, Little Grandmother, wrote:
“The answer lies with each and every one of us doing our part, with our own hearts, moving forward as individuals in our own abilities to grow our hearts larger and love and live with kindness and consciousness.
The message is that we each are the Great I Am, we are the change, we are the strongest of the strong and whether or not you are a public speaker, or a stay-at-home mom doesn’t matter; what does matter is that in every moment of every day we are living from our hearts. That each one of us is responsible for the outcome of ourselves and our planet and the only way we can achieve something different from the world we are living in now is to live from love, to remember who you are as a powerful co-creator; You are all unique loving beings who can literally change the world around you through your ability to love and act in love.”
St. Valentine Heals Blind Girl
The story of Valentine’s Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian martyr. The emperor was Claudius II. The Christian was Valentinus.
Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods, and had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ; not even the threat of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs. He was arrested and imprisoned.
During the last weeks of Valentinus’s life a remarkable thing happened. Seeing that he was a man of learning, the jailer asked whether his daughter, Julia, might be brought to Valentinus for lessons. She had been blind since birth. Valentinus read stories of Rome’s history; he described the world of nature to her; taught her arithmetic and told her about God. She saw the world through his eyes, trusted his wisdom, and found comfort in his quiet strength.
“Valentinus, does God really hear our prayers?”
Julia asked one day.”Yes, my child, He hears each one.”
“Do you know what I pray for every morning and every night? I pray that I might see. I want so much to see everything you’ve told me about!” “God does what is best for us if we will only believe in Him,” Valentinus said.
“Oh, Valentinus, I do believe! I do!” She knelt and grasped his hand.
They sat quietly together, each praying. Suddenly there was a brilliant light in the prison cell. Radiant, Julia screamed, “Valentinus, I can see! I can see!”
“Praise be to God!” Valentinus exclaimed, and he knelt in prayer.
On the eve of his death Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia, urging her to stay close to God. He signed it, “From your Valentine.” His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 A.D., near a gate that was later named Porta Valentini in his memory.
On each February 14, Saint Valentine’s Day, messages of affection, love, and devotion are exchanged around the world.”
How Did Reiki Help Me Overcome Fear?
A great Indian master Bhagawan Nityananda once said “the Heart is the hub of all sacred places, go there and roam.”
Just as the spiritual cave of the heart is so much more than a physical space in the chest, Love is so much more than a pleasant emotion. There is a monumental increase in the vibratory field of Divine Love that is now available for everyone. You just need to consciously access or receive and nurture it.
I began to become aware of this about 25 years ago when I was hired to do daily Reiki treatments for a Nityananda devotee who had congestive heart failure and was sent home to die. Every day I would sit by his bedside, feeling this amazing flow of energy that was helping to ease his fear, and provided physical comfort during his transition from the body. I would wonder “What is the true nature of Reiki healing energy? This flow that I am part of –that other people are drawing through me? What is it really?” The translation of Reiki, or “Universal Life Force” still felt quite conceptual to me.
The answer inside always came back immediately—“It is LOVE. ” Again it was profound yet the word “love” felt too vague to hang a whole healing system on.
One day he was choking on his food; his wife called me as they were both in a total panic. I applied Reiki to his throat area where he had so much mucus he couldn’t breathe, and didn’t have the strength to cough. Within a few moments he was able to cough, and he cleared his throat. Every day now he said: Do that thing you do he said (as he wasn’t sure he wanted Reiki)
He never again choked, and was able to pass in peace without that terrible fear.
But it wasn’t until I was sharing Reiki with my first love, my boyfriend that I really began to understand this concept of a “Higher Love” being the source of all healing, including Reiki. I hadn’t seen him in years, and he had never experienced Reiki. Towards the end of the session, he commented that he had “never felt touch like that before.” Mind you he was my first beau and so without getting graphic, he had certainly received all kinds of touch from me in the past. Fascinating comment. I asked him to be more specific (and tried not to take it too personally).
He explained that his experience of touch always felt like it was always some kind of exchange, or trade for something. This Reiki touch was completely different, he went on, and it felt totally free. He struggled for words here. I said, “Oh, like Unconditional Love”—and he replied “that’s it—it is Unconditional!”
Since that time many people expressed a similar experience with Reiki, feeling like they had a taste of Unconditional Love, perhaps for the first time ever.
So while it may sound a tad trite to declare “Love heals all” I believe energetically it is quite accurate. The difference is that the word and the common experience of what most people are calling romantic love often falls quite short of this experience of the unconditional or Higher Love that is the source of healing and so much more.
Real TRUE Love is the essence of spiritual energy… of universal life force.
Reiki is Love on Tap
Aside from desperately wanting to learn how to alleviate physical and emotional suffering after my father’s death, I realized that Reiki brought me so much more. It gave me the actual experience of this higher, unconditional or divine Big Love that I was craving. And it happened every time. I often found myself crying tears of joy at how beautiful and radiant the person I was treating became during the session. I was “in love” with everyone. And the practice of Reiki was the easiest and most direct way for me to experience this expanded love on a consistent basis. Reiki is like having Love on tap!
Which is why in my very first Reiki Level I seminar (when I was the student) I immediately knew I would have to teach Reiki. I knew I had to share this with as many people as possible. It was the fastest, most direct hook-up or transmission of a level of Love I had only dreamed about. I wanted everyone to be empowered with this level of access to such an expanded space where healing and miracles are the norm. My path was crystal clear. Reiki opened the path of “Higher Love” for me in such a tangible way and I wanted to shout it from the rooftops: “Everyone can be a healer; everyone can be this Big Love!”