You may be wondering why there is a picture of an Autoharp in a blog about Reiki. Well, last Saturday night my husband went and saw Riverfolk at the Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar here in Minneapolis. It was in celebration of my Birthday, and I just loved every minute of it. At one point, Becca mentioned that she had 50 strings to tune, because she brought a guitar, mandolin, and autoharp to play with.
Because it was to celebrate my birthday, I was already taking a walk down memory lane. This week I went through some old family photos which took me back to my childhood. One of my strongest memories is taking home the school’s Autoharp when I was about 10 years old and learning to play a song or two on it. The sound it makes is wonderful! All those strings!!
I love to sing and so I emailed Becca about what she thought a good instrument would be to take up so I could play and sing at the same time. I’ve tried guitar a couple of times, but the learning curve is really steep. I was considering the Mountain Dulcimer, because it’s the least expensive option. But she recommended the Autoharp, and so I searched online for a model with all the features she recommended and I found one. That’s what’s pictured at the top of this entry.
Music was always a very important part of my life growing up and well into my twenties. Over the past few years, I haven’t had as much time for it and I realized how much I miss it. Singing puts me into the flow of energy, one that I can share with people anytime, and I really want that Autoharp now! But if I called into the Suze Orman show in her “Can I Afford it” segment, I’m sure I would be denied because I don’t have my full eight months of emergency savings. People first, then money, then things is the mantra I went to sleep with in my head.
But oh, I could put Reiki into the ‘harp and share it during Open Mic night. And it would be a really wonderful stress outlet for me as well. There are friends and family members I could call who would encourage me to purchase the instrument as well. So now I have to ask myself some very tough questions. Because it really is a want and not a need, I have to ask myself “Can I afford it?” and right now I think the answer is no. All the more reason to keep on track with my savings goals.
So there’s not a lot about Reiki in this post, it’s more about living and trying to make good decisions for the long term. I know what I want, so I will give myself Reiki, and send Reiki to the dream and see what becomes of it. As it turns out, I want to learn Celtic Music on the Autoharp, and the woman who wrote the book on that lives in Minneapolis and teaches here. Since serendipity seems to be working in my favor I have hopes that if I just add Reiki, an autoharp like the one pictured above will be flowing into my life sooner rather than later.