Today I had a rough day. I’ve been feeling pretty good the last couple of weeks and today put all of my coping strategies out the window. And you know what? That’s okay! It is going to happen sometimes. It is also okay that I didn’t quite know how to handle it, I have lots of supports in my life who I can turn to when in need.

I was dealing with a few pressures in major areas of my life – my finances, my home, and my job. Legal action was involved, and several distressed phone calls were made and emails sent. It was the making of a very stressful day, which is never good for your mental condition.

I really tried to keep a positive mind. I tried to think of all of the things that I have to be thankful for (and there are many!) but I still felt agitated, irritated, and out of sorts.

After speaking with one of my favourite people (who is a great support in my life), I realized that I need to let things be what they are and not fight it. It will happen as it happens. The worst case scenarios that I am imagining probably won’t happen but if they do, it’s for a reason. It will be for the best in my life and for a purpose (Read more great concepts like this from Eckhart Tolle’s book entitled A New Earth Find it on Amazon.)

My supporter also suggested that I try some reiki and send myself some unconditional love, which is what I did.

I normally feel cold all of the time but while I was doing the reiki hand positions on myself, I could feel the heat radiating from my body – energy!! When I run through the Chakra hand positions, I let my body determine how long I need to hold them. This session, I spent a lot of time on the crown Chakra, the third eye Chakra, and the heart Chakra.

The crown Chakra (top of the head) is the Chakra of divine purpose and destiny. It balanes interior and exterior and creates a whole. It connects you with messages from higher realms. I think I spent time here to balance myself and listen to the powers that be.

The third eye Chakra (forehead, between the eyes) is related to the Pineal Gland. It is a physical eye that can look upward. It is the Chakra of questioning, for example things such as the spiritual nature of our existence. It also contains our inner vision. I think that I spent time here because I was questioning my existence and spirituality.

Finally, the heart Chakra is the centre of love, harmony, and peace. Blockage in this Chakra can result in immune system problems, heart problems, or a lack of compassion. This Chakra is always one that I’m drawn to. I need to feel love and harmony and peace (and I often don’t). I also have troubles with feeling compassion when I’m going through something difficult, so I know this Chakra gets blocked for me and needs extra time spent on it.

While I had my hand on my chest, I also used the symbol of unconditional love. It is like the @ symbol but with an “e” at the centre, instead of an “a”. I traced it on my palm a few times. I wrote it in the air and pushed it out away from me (to send unconditional love to others) and brought the last one back into my chest to bring myself unconditional love.

When I first heard of reiki (years ago) I wasn’t convinced that it was a real thing that could actually help me, but because I had an open mind and experienced it, I’ve been able to examine all that it has to offer. I’d recommend looking for a Reiki master in your area to give you a level 1 certification so that you can practice on yourself at any time that you need it.

Information on Chakras in this post come from a Reiki Level 1 Manual that I got from my practitioner, Maria Fiordalisi.

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  1. I understand the struggle, however, I usually find myself getting stuck in the negative. I know what I need to do, but sometimes it just so hard to do.

    Never thought of using Reiki for mental health. I’ll definitely be looking into. Thank you


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