What is this here to teach me?

With the Advanced and Reiki III training comes the fourth symbol DKM, also called the Master Symbol. When I took Advanced Reiki Training, I was taught and was attuned to that symbol. Well I thought I was going to explode, so much so I knew I had to finish my Reiki Master training as soon as possible and not wait until Spring as I originally intended. Part of me thought that taking this final step was all that I needed to have a thriving reiki practice, that they’d start beating down my door to find me all of the sudden. A month has gone by and that hasn’t happened, and I find myself getting depressed and scared because I need to increase my income now, not later.

So instead of asking “What am I doing wrong?” and blaming myself I’m going to ask “What is this here to teach me?” instead. Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön has this to say:

“The average human being thinks that happiness lies in stability, in tying up all the loose ends and having things under control,” Chödrön says. “But actually, happiness lies in being able to relax with our true condition, which is basically fleeting, dynamic, fluid, not in any way solid, not in any way permanent. It’s transient by nature.”

And so, just as with Reiki, I have to let go of all control and let the experience happen. To learn to except the way things are is the key to living a more joyful life. I’m not ignoring the need for improvement, the need to creatively approach the problem of not enough clients coming through the door. There are things that I can do to increase my client base, and I am making up a plan. But in the meanwhile I’m taking in the emotions of the situation and experiencing them, instead of running from them.

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