It is so beautiful for me when I come upon the intersection of ideas that point to the same aspect of the Divine.   I truly believe that there is no one true spiritual belief, but there is One intelligent and infinite energy that imbues all of the Universe.  And sometimes the intersection of ideas makes that One very apparent to me.

I am a Reiki Master and Teacher.  Rei refers to God Consciousness, and Ki is life energy.  Reiki is God Directed Energy, and is the connection with divine energy through our spiritual, mental, emotional and physical bodies.  The practice of Reiki is based in principles of Buddhism, but the philosophies of Reiki are accessible without any particular spiritual or religious dogma attached to it. 

Just for today I will give thanks for my many blessings Just for today I will not worry Just for today I will not be angry Just for today I will do my work honestly Just for today I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing The Reiki Handbook, Larry Arnold & Sandy Nevius

In Reiki, there is a practitioner tool called a Reiki Grid.  A Reiki Grid is essentially a set of crystals (I use 8) that are charged and arranged in a  star pattern pointing towards a central crystal.  The idea is that the crystals will continue to energize and heal an issue or intent that you have set using the crystals.  You may meditate with the grid, or you may use a Reiki symbol with the grid to set a healing intention.  Some people write the intention on a paper which is put in the center of the grid.  Reiki practitioners have used grids for a long time, and know it is a powerful tool for manifesting a healing intention.  Most Reiki practitioners have a Reiki Grid somewhere in their healing room or in a sacred space.

I have occassionally been hard pressed to explain the Reiki Grid to a student without making it sound like an altar or a magical artifact.  The deeper you go into Reiki, you learn what I believe is the key lesson of the Distance Healing Symbol: the only thing needed for Reiki is intent.  A Master becomes a person who is continuously connecting to Reiki energy and using that energy with intent to heal and manifest.

When we do Reiki, we attach intent to the healing symbols used.  In fact, one of the reasons we meditate on each symbol is to deepen our connection with the energy of the symbol and the clarify our intent with that symbol. We begin each healing session by setting an intent, and work to support the individual in their journey to heal the sense of separation from the Divine. The Reiki Grid is an extension of this, in that the intent is held and energized by the grid for hours and days.

When we do metaphysical work, we know that setting an intention and supporting it with emotional and energy are the keys to manifesting.  I was recently reading The Magic, and one of the exercises was the Magic To Do list. You are asked to make a list of some problems you are facing that you don't have a solution to, and wish were resolved.  Then, you go through each of them and put energy into what it feels like once the problems are solved.  You focus on that, feel the energy, celebrate the solution with gratitude, and release knowing that the right and perfect solution to each problem is on its way.  Some would say you are using gratitude to attract the solution.  Others might say that you have aligned yourself with the Divine, and that the perfect solution can now come through with clarity.  But, each day you go through the list, perform the exercise and watch each problem melt away.

I have been doing the Magical To Do List, and it struck me how similar this was to the Reiki Grid.  (It has been some time since I have worked with a Reiki Grid, but I have a daily practice around intentions through journaling and meditation). In both cases, we are using energy and intent to bring a healing intention in to being.

What I really love is the idea that at least three practices in my life tell me the same Truth: Reiki tells me to use energy and intent to heal; The Magic tells me to use gratitude, energy and intent to manifest; and metaphysics tells me to use Intent, Awareness of my Beliefs and Energy through my connection to the Divine to manifest.  Same, same. And so it is.

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