Reiki & Grief - Open to Life by Letting it Go
Grief is perhaps the least understood and most under supported emotion in our culture. As we move through loss (death of a loved one, job change, losing our youth, loss of a dream) there can be a flurry of conflicted emotion or we can feel shut down and contracted or both. We may feel confused, alone, misunderstood, or bewildered in our loss.
What I love about Reiki is that it meets us just where we are. If we are feeling overwhelmed in our grief, Reiki can serve to calm the cardiovascular system so we can feel more ease and balance. Through simple touch Reiki helps to reset our fight or flight stress response. We feel more connected and less alone. If we are numb in our loss, Reiki can help to open up the flow of our emotions so we don’t feel so stuck. Reiki can help us move out of an emotionally or physically frozen state so we can feel again.
A Reiki student recently shared how her Reiki practice has helped her “notice how tightly and aggressively” she’d been holding onto life. Her Reiki practice has helped her loosen her grip and open up to more ease and freedom.
This ease and freedom comes from letting go. The loving touch of Reiki helps us feel connected and held. In this support, we can open to and move through the pain of our loss. As we let go, we also open to greater resources within ourselves and the world.
I experience Reiki as a practice that connects me to my own inner reservoir of intelligence. As my energy circulates more freely I can more skillfully and gracefully navigate loss and heartache.
Since Reiki acts as a neutralizing force, it always supports our general tendency towards balance. What makes Reiki so profound is its simplicity. There is no conscious effort in our Reiki practice. Instead we begin to experience a relaxed and alert awareness. This natural state is where a healing shift can arise all on its own - without us having to force anything.
With Reiki practice more space emerges between us and our emotions. This helps us become more aware of the relevance and place our emotions have in serving the flow of our lives. This has a cascading effect on our health and how we show up and engage our potential. In this sense, our grief and loss can be an entry point to finding our center. From our center, we can rise to the occasion of our lives and derive meaning in even the greatest hardship and loss.