Where healing comes from

high arched ceiling of a cathedral in stone

“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” ~Pema Chödrön

I love this description of where healing come from. It’s not about fixing anything; it’s just about making room for the continual process of death and resurrection and all of the emotions that go along with that.

Let death be your advisor

old tombstone in the shape of a cross

“Let death be your advisor.” ~Carlos Castaneda

When facing a difficult decision or selecting goals for your life, the reality of your death and the shortness of life can be a great advisor by adjusting your perspective to those things that matter most. When death is your advisor, the superfluous quickly falls away leaving the options that best align with your inner values highlighted.

The terror and pleasure of rebirth

waves in the sand

“Life consists of continually facing the terror and pleasure of becoming a new individual without history. … It is as if you live and die many times.” ~Arnold Mindell

Dying to our old self to become someone new is the path of transformation.

With each journey through the process, I experience more pleasure and less terror, but the terror never completely goes away.

How do you experience this continual death and rebirth process in your life?


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Reiki and the dying

We all die, but we live in a culture that fears death and generally tries to hide death from public view. We often avoid thinking about or preparing for our own death or those of our loved ones, so it is not surprising that many people fight death when the time comes for them to transition from this life.

Reiki can bring healing to someone even when there is no change in their physical state nor even any delay of their death. Sometimes the most healing thing we can do is to let the Reiki energy offer comfort and reassurance to a dying person so they are able to let go of this life in peace. In the whole process of staying present with the person through this process, we can support someone in the process of this transition to ease their passage into the next phase of their journey, potentially help heal old emotional wounds they may still be carrying, and help relieve any physical pain they may be experiencing to bring them added comfort and peace during their remaining time in this life.

Reiki can not only support someone who is going through the process of transitioning from this life to the next, it can also support that person’s loved ones and caretakers through the stressful last days and beyond as they grieve for the person they have lost.

If you are a Reiki practitioner who would like to support someone in the dying process, this Reiki and the Dying guide (PDF, 378KB) provides some suggestions for Reiki practitioners of all levels to use Reiki to support people during this time.