People often have the idea that when they come for a Reiki/Healing Touch session that they are not supposed to think during the session.
Especially thoughts about their job, bills, family responsibilities, and political events. They have come to experience a quiet mind and get away from habitual mental monkey-mind.
That usually happens; the mind becomes calm right away. Yet, often I notice that early in a session my client’s eyebrows become tightly squeezed together, and I know their thoughts are running rampant through their brain. I can feel them fighting their thoughts.
I encourage my clients never to resist their thoughts.
The brain was made to think, that is its nature. We often come to our healing session feeling tight, tired and anxious, which is why we need the session in the first place. When we begin to relax and let go, it is very common to feel more life-force energy moving through our body. Especially when we have been under a great deal of stress.
As our organs, fascia and muscles fibers loosen, more blood can get to all the cells in the body providing oxygen and releasing toxins from the blocked and once tight areas. More internal healing energy can move more freely and abundantly the body. When that extra energy moves into the head it stimulates the brain, sometimes causing more thoughts than ever. I have found this is especially true when the neck unwinds.
Thoughts are not problematic, it’s the attachment to the thoughts that causes us to suffer. Attaching to thoughts can cause us to believe that the present moment is not perfect and complete and the healing process is not unfolding exactly as it should be unfolding.
I suggest to my clients that they imagine themselves sitting on a riverbank watching their thoughts float by. This is a great way to be fully in the moment without having to resist or internally fight their mind. This is a great visualization technique that allows the mind to slowly relax.
One of the many wonderful benefits of Healing Touch and Reiki treatments like this is that almost always the client has so much more energy after the session. They also usually report that they are sleeping much better and have much less fatigue.
Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork Monday through Friday. 510-601-9632