I Voted For …


As I walked up to my polling place (well, actually it was not officially my polling place as I choose to vote by mail-in-ballot, hand-delivered to the closest polling place), there were no hucksters trying to sway public opinion, no sign-wavers, the street was relatively quiet and it wasn’t what I expected.

In fact, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and the people working were not only pleasant, they were all smiling and happy to provide the service for this year’s election.

After all the negative energy of this election season, I fully expected something unpleasant to happen. I expected all the gloom and doom and danger the media were purporting would happen. The fact that nothing bad actually happened, filled me with a gratitude and renewed feeling of trust in the American people–something I felt that was slipping away from me this election year.

It made me recall something I’d learned long ago–not to buy into the fear-mongering, the negativity and ire of the media because ultimately it isn’t real. In the moment of everyday life what’s real is right in front of you. And you can pay attention to it, revel in it, make it good (or improve it) and honor it.

Feeling a lot better, I deposited my ballot. This year I voted for … hope.


10 Simple Statements of Gratitude That Will Make Your Life Easy & Lighter

One of the Reiki precepts is giving thanks for one’s blessings. Sometimes, especially when things are tough or times are bad, it’s difficult to feel thankful. However, looking closely at what one does have can help reveal many things to be thankful for. Lorena has some nice examples of things to be thankful for:

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Years ago when I heard that being grateful could change the perspective I had on my life and assist in recovery from depression, I decided to jump on board and follow the advice of one of my mentors. I have to admit that I thought that giving thanks to things and people with real intention was going to be easy and quick, but as I was beginning the process, I realized that it wasn’t an easy task.  It didn’t make sense to me then to be grateful for people and complicated situations that brought discomfort and bad memories.

Writing and saying those statements of gratefulness out loud was powerful. Day by day I could feel my shoulders lighter, my spirit happier, and the things that used to bother me and put me in fear and a hysteric mood would vanish just by simply recognizing what I was grateful for that…

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How Reiki Makes You More Aware Of…

Since I began studying Reiki (and it is a path to follow not a course to take and be done with), I’ve noticed that I’ve had an increase in my awareness.

For example, today I was upset at a reaction a friend of mine had to something I said. I fell back into my old patterns of trying to defend my statement and explain myself and–basically to be understood. Perhaps my terminology wasn’t exact. However, the conversation left me feeling vulnerable and on the defensive.

As we got out of the car at our second destination, I noticed how I’d just went driving back into those old ruts in the road of my past behavior and I stopped. I mentally repeated the five precepts taught by Mikao Usui and my teachers:

Just for today,

I will not anger

I will not worry

I will be kind to my neighbor and all living things

I will be true to myself and to others

I will be thankful for all of my many blessings

I felt the need to repeat the one regarding anger. And after the third repetition, I noticed that all of the people walking out of the store that we were about to enter were smiling. They all radiated such happiness. They glowed with it. And, my ire just faded. It was gone.

After all, what would I rather see in the world?


I gave thanks for my blessings and realized that I wanted to be one of those people with a smile on her face. So, I smiled and I felt like smiling. People smiled back and the conversation, or argument, with my friend was dropped.

Ultimately, it was silly to feel angry. That was my old self–someone needing to be right and needing to be understood.

I stayed in the moment of feeling good and smiling. And, soon after, my friend had forgotten about that conversation too and we were discussing things to buy at the grocery.

During that entire shopping trip (except one very grumpy person), everyone turning down the aisles or that I encountered was smiling and seemingly happy about being there.

Reiki helps me daily to become aware of not only my world but my attitudes towards the world around me. What you put out into the world comes back to you. I would much rather put out happy, smiling vibes than grumpy ones. Wouldn’t you?

Inspiration#3: If you can imagine it…


When I was a child, I lived in a  world of imagination. Well actually–my rich, vivid imagination began as a response to my life. When I was about 8 or 9, my mom became ill. Her illness is a story for another post. But, it served to help me develop the skills of imagination I use to this day.

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
― quote attributed to Albert Einstein

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
― quote attributed to Gloria Steinem

Having a vivid imagination is crucial to success. To succeed one has to be able to see it (what that success looks like in our future), to make room for it (envision what needs to be done to gain it and to work at achieving it) and to accept it as possible. That’s what imagination does for us.

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” — quote attributed to William Arthur Ward.

It sounds like a platitude. Easy to say, difficult to achieve. But if you can’t see it, can’t imagine it or dream it, it becomes pretty much impossible to succeed.

This is not to say that you can magically have anything you imagine or dream without any effort at all. And, sometimes you put all your effort and faith into something and your path leads in a different direction than your initial goal. However, many times the process will lead you to where you need to be.

Just for today, practice the skill that all children have. Imagine your goal, daydream about it, meditate upon it, pray over it, then take the necessary steps to achieve it.

Inspiration#2: Claiming Personal Power

Some say one of the most important parts of learning Reiki and becoming a Reiki master, in addition to helping others, is healing oneself.

You might say, “I’m fine. I’m not sick so I don’t need healing.” But everyone has portions of themselves or their lives that are just not the way they want them to be.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have peace, love, prosperity and a feeling of well-being always?

See? There are things that may need healing in our lives. So, today, I’d like to share with you this wonderful guided meditation by Stewart Blackburn. It’s a lovely meditation accompanied by the equally lovely harp music of Cymber Lily Quinn. I find it helpful to help me remember what my possibilities are. I hope it helps you too, enjoy!

Love and light,





A little meditation goes a long way…


I was feeling a little blue about my mother’s health concerns today. So, I decided to meditate.

I thanked Reiki for all my blessings, and from my head to my toes my body began to tingle with Reiki energy. I felt a sudden flush of joy. In my mind’s eye I could see beautiful sunrises and fields of many colored wildflowers. It reminded me that even though things aren’t perfect, they aren’t as bad as they could be.

So, just for today because I am inspired by the wonder of Reiki energy, I am offering a 3-day Reiki box session for free. Email me your name (first name and some information is fine) and your concern for free distance Reiki.

In love and light,




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Reiki Inspiration #1

Just for today…


Like water, our energies move through the world and our lives. We can emanate calm, soothing vibrations like gently rippling water. Or, we can allow anger and irritation, the lower vibrations, to control what we put out into the universe like a turbulent sea. One path inspires harmony. The other chaos.

Today, my pet was behaving very erratically. Instead of getting irritated, I chose to calm my thoughts. I invited Reiki into my bodymind. And I reached out to my pet. She balked at first. Then she wandered around the room. Finally, she went to her resting spot and relaxed, soaking in the Reiki energy.

Although I didn’t find out what set her off, her behavior improved dramatically, as did my mood.

Take time to center yourself, calm your mind, let the Reiki flow and the Reiki will do the rest. Just for today, take the path of harmony.