Ageless Grace and Soul Progression
by Laurelle Shanti Gaia
Regardless of your chronological age at this moment, this article is intended to help you reflect on how Reiki can help you live in grace at any age.
In my teens, 20’s and 30’s when I heard people speak of aging gracefully, I thought, “How nice, but I will always think young, and take care of myself. So I don’t need to think about aging gracefully.” I didn’t realize that even in my teens and 20s (actually since the moment of my conception) I was already aging. I didn’t realize then that as my age in linear time on the planet increased, so would my understanding of what aging gracefully really means.
There is a difference between aging as in growing old and aging as in maturing not only in body, but more importantly in mind and spirit.
I have yet to meet a person who has never experienced a “challenge in their life”. However, I have met people who think about the challenges of their past as obstacles to their future. This type of focus prevents them from moving forward on their path. However, if we can recognize that every challenge offers an opportunity to focus inward, align with the light of our soul, our personal BEing, and emerge with inspiration and solutions we can truly move into a state of Divine grace.
Grace can be defined as “the favor and love of God” or “the spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them”.
I have come to understand that aging gracefully can also mean gratitude for the flow of challenges/opportunities that are available to guide us to our soul’s destiny. Aging gracefully can also mean aligning with the limitless light of Divine love and experiencing peace in every moment.
Since January 6, when we began offering the Free Reiki cybershare on Wednesday evenings, I have read and energetically responded to hundreds of requests for healing. The content of these requests tell me that many of us are experiencing major “challenges” in our life right now. Yet when we recognize that every single challenging event is actually an opportunity, we can respond through grace. The one constant in life is change, and nothing can heal or grow without change. So when we find our self in what appears to be a difficult situation, we can work with Reiki to help transform our response into one infused with grace.
When we are experiencing a particular challenge, we usually see it as needing something we don’t have in the moment. However, if we remember that all things in life are energy in one form or another, we can address this sense of not having by aligning with the energetic essence of what we perceive is missing.
“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first BE who you really are, then DO what you need to do, in order to have what you want”. Margaret Young
If we must first BE who we truly are, how do we know what that is? This question takes us right back to the thought that all things are simply energy. So if I am only energy, what type of energy am I, what form does my energy take in any given moment? Is this form the physical manifestation of my BEing?
The best way I know to move through this process is to work with Reiki to meet and align with my true self, the energetic essence of my BEing. Below is the process that I use.
So let’s say you are having a day full of “opportunities” that have left you feeling less than peaceful. Reiki can help you move into a state of grace and peace. It is very simple.
Invoke Reiki through prayer, acknowledge that your personality and ego is moving out of the way, so you are the clearest possible instrument for Reiki to flow through.
Strengthen your light:
- Draw a large Usui power symbol (CKR) down the front of your body, beginning at the crown, with vertical flow moving down to the root chakra, spiraling three times (passing each chakra once) This will help to align your chakras and release resistance to healing.
- Draw a small CKR at the level of each of your chakras, beginning at the root and moving up the body to the crown. This helps to open, cleanse and balance each chakra so that the energy flow is smooth and even.
Invoke the distant healing symbol (HNSZ) with the intention of connecting to the origin of pure consciousness, and ultimately aligning with the light of your True Divine Self (soul).
At this point visualize, or simply imagine a beautiful shimmering light, the light of your soul. As you become aware of this light, use your breath and begin to enhance that light. With every inhale notice that the light of your soul grows brighter, clearer and stronger. Notice when you exhale that the light is shimmering, iridescent pulsating living light and it is expanding.
Continue with the breath work in this fashion and then simply pose a question, something like “What action shall I take to progress through this situation in the highest possible way?”
Bask in the glorious light of your soul, with the Reiki energy showering over you and listen.
When the process feels complete to you, offer a prayer of thanks and gradually bring your awareness back to your physical body.
Be aware that the inspiration or answers may come to you immediately while you are in the process of alignment, however it may come to you hours later. Regardless of how the inspiration unfolds your awareness will be enhanced. You will step into the flow of grace that will enthusiastically carry you forward on your path birthing you into the next phase of your soul’s progression.
Laurelle is the Director of Teacher Licensing for the International Center for Reiki Training, President of Infinite Light Healing Studies Center, Inc and the author of The Book on Karuna Reiki, Be Peace Now, and many published articles. Laurelle operates an active healing and teaching practice in Sedona, AZ and upstate New York.