Practicing the Reiki Precepts brings ever-present support to your everyday life. Reiki master Maud Maynard is the daughter of an aging mother with dementia who previously wrote about Reiki practice gave her a new beginning at midlife. Now Maud shares how practicing the Reiki Precepts brings tenderness to this bittersweet time of life.
Practicing the Reiki Precepts is easier once you’ve memorized them, which you can do right now if you haven’t already. Here they are, followed by Maud’s Reiki story.
Today only Do not anger, do not worry With thankfulness, work diligently Be kind to others____________________________
Living with the Reiki Precepts
By Maud Maynard
My 94-year-old mother has dementia.
The past year has been a series of adjustments as she lost her independence and moved into a nursing home where she continues on her course, safe and cared for.
I have become my mother’s brain, taking over the logistics of her life, trying to help her maintain emotional balance as I make decisions for her physical care. My siblings and I see that she receives consistent attention through our daily contact with her.
Today only, practicing the Reiki Precepts
I maintain my emotional and spiritual balance through my Reiki practice.
Practicing the Reiki Precepts is my touchstone for navigating the anger, grief and confusion of dealing with the changes brought on by dementia. As I meditate on the Precepts, I am able to detach from the anxiety buzzing in the back of my mind.
Do not anger
Anger often rises from the unease anxiety brings. I become abrupt and impatient. When angry, I have a knack for the cutting remark or dismissive comment.
Anger tricks me into believing, temporarily, that I can exercise control over a situation whose power outstrips mine. Then I remember I can control only my response. The good news is that by practicing the Reiki Precepts, I cultivate self-awareness and that awareness reminds me to “let it go,” to surrender, correct, move on.
Do not worry
Of all the Reiki Precepts, “do not worry” poses the biggest challenge to me.
The logistics of insurance and expenses, of communicating with caregivers, of being 45 minutes away, wondering about her state of mind at any given moment, these things pile up and often take over my thoughts, even reaching into my dreams.
When I recognize my concern for Mom has crossed into toxic territory, I reorient with the
By: Pamela Miles
Title: Practicing the Reiki Precepts Brings Support
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Published Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2019 05:40:39 +0000