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2016 – Still Moving Forward, Just Not at Warp Speed!

Waking up on the first day of a new year much like any other new year.  I do not list short term resolutions that will be forgotten as quickly as they are made.  Instead choosing some general principles for how I would like life to flow during the coming 526,560 minutes.

2015 brought some intense changes that took courage and planning and 2016 needs a continuation of that same courage. Much as the White-bell stands apart from the bluebells that surround it I must be true to the conviction that my chosen path is the correct one for my life to follow. Therefore I have chosen three areas of life to continue to develop during the year.

Work and Study

I will continue the balance of working as needed to bring money and free time for my living expenses and study.  My ultimate goal in this area is that should my current work end I will have enough savings that I may not need to work until setting up my new business.
My study of homoeopathy remains the primary focus and I will complete my first year of study and move into an exciting second year understanding more of the practice of homoeopathy alongside anatomy, physiology and pathology.  Approaching my studies with a thirst for knowledge and the realisation that I will be continuously learning and developing my knowledge for the rest of my life.


An area of expression that I have laid dormant for some time is my creativity.  As I continue on my path I feel it is important for me to renew focus in this area.  I am uncertain what form this will take, if I will return to my love of writing poetry or find new and interesting ways to bring forward what I feel on the inside.  I have considered the possibility of extending Learning My Life Lessons into a VLOG format.  Ultimately I will see where the wind takes me.

Physical Health

As I continue to learn about different aspects of healing it becomes even more important to better learn how to keep my own body in health.  As I learn more about the practice, philosophy and nature of homoeopathy my part as a patient becomes greater.  As important as this is to me it is only one facet of my contribution to maintaining my own health.  The most important contributor I intend to evolve this year is dietary nutrition.  The very fuel on which I run my being needs to be tuned correctly otherwise all else that comes is tainted.

The changes will be small and often moving towards a diet in tune with my blood type.  Choosing foods that are beneficial to my health and avoiding those which detract from it.  Establishing an improved base for my physical body to operate from I will also focus on engaging a good exercise regime. Something reduced by no longer walking to and from work on a daily basis.

As always I choose myself as the sole arbiter of my personal health.  I am responsible for all choices made, therefore by extension, for any ill function and the remedy thereof.


In 365 days when I look back on this year I wish to be able to say that I continued to learn and grow, to experience joy in my work, study, leisure and creativity.  That those around me continued to bring positive influence to my life, as I hope I bring to theirs.  No lofty goals, just human ones.  Life happens one moment to the next, be sure to enjoy and be proud of them all!


Self Love

One of the central points of the Louise Hay healing workshop I attended last weekend is self love. In fact if you read the book “You can heal your life” Louise herself says that no matter what the issue she only works on love of the self for healing.
This to me was always going to be something that needed some work and undoubtedly effort to move forward on.
The course was very interesting in the techniques and exercises used to help highlight issues to work on and also methods to release anger. The idea that it is OK to be angry is not necessarily something you would automatically associate with healing. Nevertheless it is an important part of healing to be able to express and release these feelings, along with your guilt and fear.
I had a particularly good punch of some pillows when I was releasing my fear that I may never have a child. I had a good cry when we listed the negative messages we have been given through our lives. I also met some wonderful people on the course.
Of course applying this into daily life is the next step. I am looking in the mirror and saying “I love you” as I said to Tina who led our course I find I can easily look into my eyes and say the words. I then have an internal conversation along the lines of “you’re just saying that, you don’t mean it” to which I am forced to admit “I want to mean it but I don’t know how to”. For now I am assured that I should continue and that the meaning will fall into place when I hit the appropriate healing shift.
How many people can tell themselves in a mirror that they love themselves (not in a narcissistic way) and mean it?

Who is responsible for our healing?

This is quite a prominent question and is worth careful consideration.  Many people assume they are powerless in there own heath and wellbeing.  Some never experience so much as a runny nose all year while others around them come down with every bug imaginable.  Why is this?  Who is the one responsible for this disparity in experience?  Who heals those that are sick?

Are some people naturally more susceptible to germs and disease?  I guess it is possible as I don’t truly know from a scientific perspective.  I only know what I believe, that we all have the power to be healthy within us.

Rather unsurprisingly my answer to the question “Who is responsible for my healing?” is me.  It isn’t a Doctor, a Reiki / Faith / Spiritual healer, a surgeon.  Although all these people can contribute to my health and wellbeing in there own specialised areas.  Ultimately whether their efforts reap benefit lies within me as a person.  Do I want to be well?  Most of us would answer that with a flippant “of course I want to be well, who would want to be ill”.

Indeed who would want to be ill.  One difficulty is that sometimes we would need to experience illnesses to learn in our own stages of development.  As a child I have spent some time in hospital sometimes with my parents wondering if this visit would be the last time they saw me.  These are powerful experiences and although they can be difficult to look back on there is always good to be drawn from them.  For me the love of my parents is the strongest thing I can take from these childhood maladies.  After all just because I was the one in hospital it doesn’t necessarily follow that I was the only one to learn from it.  There were undoubtedly aspects of these times that I do not recall, that have significant influence on the journey my parents have been making through their lives.

Another such difficulty is when people crave the attention they receive whilst being ill.  They become so used to the sympathy and the energy they draw from others by being in a weakened state that they continually and without thinking put themselves into sickness time and again.  I am sure we all know someone that each time we ask “How are you?” what we receive is a list of symptoms.  They place their focus on what is wrong with their bodies and health and thus further reinforce the list of symptoms, empowering it to become longer and stronger.

I am fortunate as an adult that I am rarely unwell.  In the last four years I have had one or two days off work sick.  When people ask after me, my answer is usually to say that I’m good.  When a pain or something arises in my body, I expect that it will correct itself and that everything will be fine.  There are certain symptoms that we should always seek help from a Doctor and for those I would always recommend going to a GP as I do myself.
Outside of this my normal wellness check up is with a Homoeopath that I have been seeing since before I left school.  I continue to choose this as homoeopathy takes into account the entirety of what is going on in the body.  This approach means that the subtle ways in which the body helps to communicate what is wrong and what is needed are not missed.  From my Reiki training I also regularly do my self healing.  This may sound like a selfish activity but don’t forget the quote “Physician, heal thyself”, the trick is that you don’t have to be a physician or healer to do this.
May we all be healthy and in good spirits, may we quickly learn from anything that takes us off this course of contented wellbeing, may we be as compassionate and caring for those in fine fettle as we are for those in sickness.

In so doing we can take charge of our own willingness to be well and to heal.

What is a Reiki Master?

This is a question I had not considered before doing my Reiki – Master Practitioner course over the weekend.  Another could be how many different kinds of Reiki Master are there?

Whilst I don’t necessarily expect to find specific answers to these questions it is certainly a talking and thinking point for myself and my friends who also practice Reiki.
For those who do not practice, Reiki is a tradition of Natural Healing.  Acting like jump leads to a divine / universal energy the practitioner seeks to be a conduit for this energy to be deliver to the person they are working with.  When the person receiving is open to healing they accept this energy and use it for their highest good to promote physical, emotional, spiritual wellbeing.

In learning Reiki I have been lucky to find a teacher that in my opinion truly lives up to the description Reiki Master.  Mark teaches from the beginning that our primary responsibility is to work on ourselves.  This is something echoed in my Reiki course this last weekend, in fact working with the self is the most important part of it all.  By working with our own healing we are better able to help those around us and the effects ripple out and touch the lives of all we come into contact with.  For those that have not (or not yet) chosen to learn Reiki or any other healing technique then also start with yourself.  Decide what healing you would like in you life, then ask for it, be open to it arriving in whatever form is needed.

So why do I feel that Mark really fills the Reiki Master title?
For starters

  • he practices Reiki every day (this can be as simple as a self healing session)
  • is open to send healing wherever it is needed
  • has a deep understanding of the energies involved and is able to impart that to others
  • gives his students the confidence to not only learn from him and apply his practices but also to build on them and to generate their own understanding of Reiki
  • is available to his students and supports them throughout their unfoldment (with his only nag “have you done your self healing?”)

Most importantly Mark dispels the myth and misinformation that people spread when they seek to induce fear in others, teaching us that in order to truly master ourselves and in turn our Reiki we must set fear aside and simply work through what we face.  I am always inspired by attending a course Mark is teaching and by the stories and quotes he shares.

From this I have taken the first steps in the mastery of myself and my own work with Reiki.
Accepting that although my formal training may have concluded, for now, I still have plenty to learn in this life.
Understanding that I am the only one that can learn these things, the only one that will walk my path.  I do not yet know what the term Reiki Master will mean for me as how this will become part of me is not yet clear.

I wish that all students of Reiki are fortunate enough to have the support and fullness of information that I have been able to find.  Just for today…

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