I didn't always know what it meant to be empathic, but I always was empathic. As a child, this led to many stomach aches. As an adult, I started to figure out how to tell the difference between what was mine and what wasn't, but I couldn't necessarily do anything about it. When I began to learn about intuitive and healing work, it became obvious that I would have to come up with a method for releasing all the stuff I was carrying around in my physical and energetic body - both my stuff and the stuff I picked up from other people.
In addition to shielding and grounding practices, I have several methods for release that are working for me right now, and one in particular that engage in a couple of times a week. I want to share it with you because it's a practical use of Reiki, it's something you can do whether you know the symbols or not, and its result is a powerful transformation that you will definitely feel.
As with all things, you can follow your own guidance and come up with a clearing and releasing method that works for you. This just happens to be what I'm doing lately.
First, I prepare the space (my bathroom) by lighting a small white candle. I used to light a stick of incense or a sage bundle as well, but lately I've been diffusing oil instead. I'm absolutely in love with Living Young Release. I'm not a Living Young distributer, so I have no vested interest in saying that this blend is really working for me. I draw my bath and add a few drops of the oil to the water along with sea salt and sometimes, lavender. The water temperature is important. It needs to be hot enough to inspire a sweat, but not so hot that it shocks my system.
Once the bath is ready, I choose my music. If I'm feeling heaviness in a particular chakra, I may choose music to activate it or I may choose something like Elements into Light or Reiki Chants or something by Byron Metcalf or Shastro. It all depends on how I feel. I tune in and ask my body what sort of journey it needs.
I slip into the water with intention. Sometimes I know, or think I know, what it is that I need to release, and sometimes I don't. It doesn't matter.
I have a peace sign washcloth. It was a gift from someone I love and I lay it across my chest or abdomen (and yes, I have a cushy bath pillow, too). Then I put my hands on my body - over my eyes, over my heart or over my solar plexus.
I visualize my symbols and ask for the Reiki to flow then I imagine that I am a hollow vessel. I visualize the opening of my crown chakra and "see" the Reiki light flowing in. I let the energy go where it wants to go.
I ask for all cords except for the cords of love to be cut and I ask to be vacuumed, suctioned or otherwise scrubbed clean.
Just as it is when I'm sending Reiki to someone else, my hands move around on my body without me thinking about them.
Sometimes at this point, people may float into my awareness. I intend for Reiki to be sent to those people as well and then I "see" them surrounded by purple light. If I've had a particularly challenging day, I will intentionally call into my awareness my button-pushers, those blessed people who have ignited in me my anger or jealousy or sorrow, holding up the mirror so that I can see the unhealed places in myself. I send Reiki to those people, too, and hold them in my heart until all I feel is pure love and gratitude, then I see them surrounded in purple light. Lastly, if there's any problem, question or situation that's been bugging me, I think of it, surround it with white light and breathe it away. I watch it float away from me to be cared for.
I usually need for my hands to rest over my heart chakra for a good little while. Sometimes I cry, sometimes not. Sometimes I know what it is that I'm holding there that needs to go, sometimes not. If I've been doing a lot of readings or Reiki sessions that day, the energy at my heart can get sort of sticky and feel almost like a bruise since the heart is the receptor for guidance. I leave my hands there until I know it's time to move them.
This part of the cleansing is over when it's over. I usually "hear" this, but you will have your own way of knowing. I thank my guides and my angels and move onto a towel that I've spread out on the floor. While the bath water drains, I lie on my back on the towel and feel the difference between the heat of the water and steam and the cool of the air and the tile. I keep my hands and my heart or solar plexus and concentrate on my breath.
When this part of the cleanse is over, I thank my guides and angels again and ask to be shielded in a cocoon of purple light.
This method for me is a giant reset button and its essential to my wellness and self-care.
All of us, whether we do healing work or not, connect with one another physically and emotionally, spiritually. We form cords of attachment, we empathize. Clearing out what doesn't belong to you is often the very key to wellness, to feeling better and having clarity. We can't truly be of service to others until we are first in service to ourselves.