Well ..... you've been practicing my dietary suggestions from Part 2, and the Reiki self-treatment from Part 3 — right? HA!! I know, I know, buying real food and cooking it yourself the old-fashioned way (without microwaves) is not convenient ... and it's difficult to make time in your life for anything new, even something as pleasant as lying down for 30 minutes a day and resting your hands on your body.... : ^ )
Even so, if you want to be healthy in this very artificial and chaotic world we've created for ourselves, you will probably have to devote some attention toward that, one way or another.
In Part 1 of this series, I mentioned that, to a great extent, we each create our own reality through our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Gautama Buddha understood this, when he taught, "What we think, we become." And Mikao Usui understood it, when he wrote his Reiki Principles:
- Just for today, Anger not, Worry not
- Do your work with appreciation
- Be kind to people
The Reiki Principles are, in fact, the most important part of the whole Reiki system — because, when we truly embody them in every moment of life, we are living in a perpetual state of high-frequency vibration, which brings peace and healing to us and everything around us.
The exact wording of the Reiki Principles is not crucial; the point is merely to keep ourselves focused on positive, high-vibrational thoughts and feelings. Everything is energy, and our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs do create reality. If we generate a peaceful state within us, and we trust in a greater intelligence than ourselves — a Divine Providence — and we live every day with gratitude and kindness ... then the benefits to our health will be enormous.
The best-known advocate of healing with affirmations is probably Louise Hay. I read one of her books years ago and thought, "Hmmm ... Really??" But since then I've come to realize how very powerful affirmations are.
I proved to myself — in a dramatic and nearly fatal way — not only the power of affirmations but also the power of any long-term emotional state. The woman I believed to be my absolute, irreplaceable soul-mate had thrown me out of her life ... and I spent a whole year wallowing in emotions of anger and betrayal and heartbreak. It was like quicksand; I could see what was happening to me, but I could not get myself out of it! I was engulfed in those terrible emotions, and the hurtful words she had said to me kept playing and replaying in my head, reverberating through my whole body. After a year of this, my health was destroyed. My physical heart was literally disintegrating. I came to the very edge of death. Emergency procedures were needed to keep me alive, and I was told that a heart transplant was the only thing that could really help me.