The Two Faces of Forgiveness

pointingOn countless occasions, we have heard about the virtues of forgiveness. It is constantly stressed to us the importance of forgiving those who offend us. However, I think there is a very important aspect of forgiveness we constantly ignore: forgiveness has two faces. Yes, because the true act of forgiveness requires, not only forgiving that whom I point at with my index finger as my transgressor, but also that whom I point at with the other three fingers.

In our obsession to see ourselves as victims of circumstances, we forget that in every situation, we have a choice, and thus, a responsibility. We are the architects, the creators of our circumstances, including those in which we have felt offended by someone. In fact, to a large degree, the “offense” takes place when the person who “offends” us does not comply with our expectations of them. Then, doesn’t the “offense” arise from ourselves, from our tendency to give to others expecting something in return, or from our obsession to fit everyone onto our version of the world?

Forgiveness is one of the pillars of unconditional love. It is impossible to love unconditionally and not forgive. But equally, it is impossible to forgive others without forgiving ourselves first. There lies the difference between real forgiveness and forgiveness that arises from ego, and which provides us with a false tranquility because we assume having done what is right by forgiving the other. However, such tranquility is fleeting, and sooner or later, resentments resurge, because we never forgave the other main character in the story: ourselves. Remember as long as we blame others for what happens to us; we yield our power. Once we acknowledge our responsibility within the offense, we get back our power, and we can invest it towards our spiritual growth.

I invite you to reflect upon all those situations in your life in which you felt offended by others, even those instances in which you think you already forgave. Observe your true feelings, analyze the facts, not with your mind, but with your heart. I assure you will be able to identify situations in which, up to now, you had not been honest with yourself, and you had yielded your power, by denying your part of the responsibility. Those are the emotions which hold us back and do not allow us to progress on our spiritual path. Work on them. Forgive yourself, reclaim your power, and above all, love yourself just the way you are. Remember that, in the words of Lewis B. Smedes, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

Las Dos Caras del Perdón

En innumerables ocasiones hemos escuchado hablar de las virtudes del perdón. Se nos recalca constantemente la importancia de perdonar a aquellos que nos ofenden. Sin embargo, me parece que hay un aspecto muy importante del perdónpointing que muchas veces pasamos por alto: el perdón tiene dos caras. Sí, porque el acto verdadero de perdón conlleva, no sólo perdonar a aquel al que apunto con mi dedo índice como a mi transgresor, sino también a aquel al que apunto con los restantes tres dedos.

En nuestro afán por vernos como víctimas de las circunstancias, olvidamos que en toda situación, tenemos una elección, y por ende, una responsabilidad. Nosotros somos los arquitectos, creadores de nuestras circunstancias, incluyendo aquellas en las que nos hemos sentido ofendidos por alguien. De hecho, en gran medida, la “ofensa” tiene lugar cuando la persona que nos “ofende” no cumple con las expectativas que tenemos de ella. Entonces, ¿acaso la “ofensa” no surge de nosotros mismos, de nuestra tendencia a dar esperando recibir algo a cambio, o de querer encajar a todos en nuestra versión del mundo?

El perdón es uno de los pilares del amor incondicional. Es imposible amar de forma incondicional y no perdonar. Pero igualmente, es imposible perdonar al prójimo sin antes perdonarme a mí mismo. Ahí estriba la diferencia entre un perdón verdadero, y un perdón que surge del ego, y que nos provee una falsa tranquilidad porque presumimos el haber hecho lo correcto y haber perdonado al otro. Sin embargo, esa tranquilidad es pasajera, y tarde o temprano, los resentimientos resurgen, porque nunca perdonamos al otro protagonista de la historia: nosotros mismos. Recuerda que en la medida en que culpamos a otros por lo que nos sucede, estamos cediendo nuestro poder. Una vez reconocemos nuestra responsabilidad dentro de la ofensa, recuperamos ese poder, y lo podemos emplear en pro de nuestro crecimiento espiritual.

Te invito a reflexionar sobre todas esas situaciones en tu vida en las que has sentido que has sido ofendido por otros, inclusive en aquellas en que piensas que ya perdonaste. Observa tus verdaderos sentimientos, analiza los hechos, no con tu mente, sino con tu corazón. Te aseguro que podrás identificar situaciones en las que hasta ahora, no habías sido honesto contigo mismo, y habías cedido tu poder, al negar tu parte de la responsabilidad. Esas son las emociones que nos estancan, y no nos permiten progresar en nuestro camino espiritual. Trabaja con ellas. Perdónate, retoma tu poder, y sobre todo, ámate tal como eres. Recuerda que, en las palabras de Lewis B. Smedes: “Perdonar es poner a un prisionero en libertad y descubrir que el prisionero eres tú.”

Two readings for Saint Valentine’s

Traditionally, we associate the date February 14th with romantic love. But, have we really

analyzed what true love means, be it romantic or any other kind? Or have we created models for ourselves of what love should be, based on mass media, marketing campaigns, and dysfunctional relations around us?

Much is said about unconditional love, pure love, the love of a lifetime. But if we all have these concepts so clear in our minds, why do we constantly fail at the search for love, why do we trip over, get hurt, and even live with a broken heart, or simply disillusioned of our relationships?

Analyze this: do you love yourself? Do you accept yourself as you really are, with your weaknesses and your strengths? If your answer is ambiguous, or if it is clearly a “no”, or even a “yes” with an implied “but”, then you have identified the key piece of your puzzle. Love, in all of its manifestations, begins with self-love. Our happiness cannot be based on someone else, we can share our happiness with someone else once we learn to see it and manifest it inside ourselves. Placing in the hands of your partner (or parents, children, friends, etc.) the responsibility of making you happy, is not only a devastating weight upon them, it is a task that doesn’t correspond to them. Each of us is responsible of our own happiness, and therefore, each of us is responsible of loving ourselves before anything else.

But, how do we come to achieve the realization of that self-love? There are as many paths as there are people in the world. Because this search is a personal one, independent and internal. It is a journey we undertake through the deepest paths of our soul, in which we must face our own fears, and discover by our own means, the divinity within ourselves. To the extent we understand we are one with the Supreme Being, it becomes impossible not to love ourselves. And when we understand that we are all individual manifestations of that Supreme Being, likewise it becomes impossible not to love the rest of humanity. In this realization resides the door to unconditional love.

letrasThis said, I recommend two books that touch this theme from two very different perspectives. I confess I wrote one of them. But let’s talk first about “Letters of a Writer” (Letras de un Escritor), by my great friend Antonio L. Rivera-Rivera (https://twitter.com/antoniolrivera2). Certainly, the process of writing a book may carry with it the act of undressing one’s heart. This is the case of “Letters of a Writer” (https://www.facebook.com/letrasdeunescritor1/). Those who have invested their lives in the search for love, and its meanings, will identify themselves with this work. This introspection of the meaning of love in three times, demonstrates the author’s gradual process of self-discovery, through his interaction with the different manifestations of what we consider “love” in the different stages of our spiritual development. He opens his heart and allows us to explore it at will, and without realizing it, he guides us to explore ours as well. It is an invitation to reflection, and a practical guide for those who appreciate the value of making silence and daring to listen to the language of their intuition.

On the other hand, my first novel, “El Experimento Chicago” (The Chicago Experiment) (https://www.elexperimentochicago.com), challenges the apparent impossibility of finding unconditional love in the most compromising circumstances of the human being. Through the creation of a tridimensional world that comes to life in the mind of the reader, the story presents a couple of kindred spirits that face a morally questionable situation together, and end up undertaking a journey through the most intimate spots of their souls, which forces them to face their preconceived notions about love. A piece of erotic nature, which at the same time explores sexuality beyond the mere physical act, going from carnal to sublime, from human to sacred, and from the external expression of love, to the internal acknowledgment of our divinity.

In this celebration of Saint Valentine’s, I invite you to look at your reflection in the mirror of your own soul, and to confess your unconditional love to yourself. It is an exercise that will forever change your perspective of love and will open the doors to the incredible power of the most sublime feeling in the universe.

PS. Both books are available at Amazon.com in Spanish, both in paperback format and in digital format. The English versions for both books will be available soon.

Dos lecturas para San Valentín

Tradicionalmente, asociamos la fecha del 14 de febrero con el amor romántico. Pero, ¿realmente

hemos analizado lo que el verdadero amor significa, ya sea romántico o de cualquier tipo? ¿O nos hemos creado modelos de lo que debe ser el amor, basados en los medios de comunicación, las campañas publicitarias, y las relaciones disfuncionales a nuestro alrededor?

Mucho se habla del amor incondicional, del amor puro, del amor para toda la vida. Pero si todos tenemos tan claros estos conceptos, ¿por qué constantemente fallamos en la búsqueda de ese amor, nos tropezamos, sufrimos, y vivimos inclusive con un corazón roto, o simplemente desilusionados de nuestras relaciones?

Analice esto: ¿usted se ama a sí mismo? ¿Se acepta como realmente es, con sus debilidades y sus fortalezas? Si su respuesta es ambigua, o es claramente un “no”, o inclusive un “sí” con un “pero” implícito, entonces ha podido identificar la pieza clave en su rompecabezas. El amor, en todas sus manifestaciones, comienza con el amor propio. Nuestra felicidad no se puede basar en el otro, nuestra felicidad la compartimos con el otro, una vez aprendemos a verla y manifestarla dentro de nosotros. Poner en las manos de la pareja (o de los padres, los hijos, las amistades, etc.) la responsabilidad de hacerle feliz a usted, no solo es un peso demoledor, es una tarea que no les corresponde. Cada cual es responsable de su propia felicidad, y por ende, cada cual es responsable de amarse a sí mismo ante todo.

Pero, ¿cómo podemos alcanzar la realización de ese amor propio? Hay tantos caminos como personas en el mundo. Porque esta búsqueda es una individual, personal e interna. Es un viaje que emprendemos por los caminos más profundos de nuestra alma, en el cual debemos enfrentarnos a nuestros propios miedos, y descubrir por nuestros propios medios, la divinidad en nosotros mismos. En la medida en que entendemos que somos uno con el ser supremo universal, es imposible no amarnos. Y cuando entendemos que todos somos manifestaciones individuales de ese ser supremo universal, igualmente se imposibilita no amar al resto de la humanidad. En esta realización reside la puerta hacia el amor incondicional.

Dicho esto, les recomiendo dos libros que tocan esta temática desde dos perspectivas muy diferentes. Les confieso que uno lo escribí yo. Pero hablemos primero de “Letras de un Escritor”, por mi gran amigo Antonio L. Rivera-Rivera (https://twitter.com/antoniolrivera2). Ciertamente, el proceso de escribir un libro puede conllevar un acto de desnudar el corazón. Ese es el caso de “Letras de un Escritor” (https://www.facebook.com/letrasdeunescritor1/). Aquellos que han invertido su vida en la búsqueda del amor y sus significados, se verán sumamente identificados con esta obra. Esta introspección del significado del amor a tres tiempos, demuestra el proceso gradual de auto-descubrimiento del autor, a través de su interacción con las diferentes manifestaciones de lo que consideramos “amor” en las diferentes etapas de nuestro desarrollo espiritual. El autor nos habla en palabras concisas y cristalinas, pero a la vez, contundentes. Abre su corazón y nos permite explorar el mismo a nuestro antojo, y sin darnos cuenta, nos lleva a explorar también el nuestro. Es una invitación a la reflexión, y una guía práctica para aquellos que aprecien el valor de hacer silencio y atreverse a escuchar el lenguaje de su intuición.

Por otro lado, mi primera novela, “El Experimento Chicago(https://www.elexperimentochicago.com), reta la aparente imposibilidad de encontrar el amor incondicional en las circunstancias más comprometedoras del ser humano. A través de la creación de un mundo tridimensional que cobra vida en la mente del lector, la historia nos presenta una pareja de almas afines que se enfrenta a una situación moralmente cuestionable, y termina emprendiendo un viaje por los parajes más íntimos de sus almas, que los obliga a enfrentarse a sus preconceptos sobre el amor. Una obra de carácter erótico, que a su vez explora la sexualidad más allá del mero acto físico, yendo de lo carnal a lo sublime, de lo humano a lo sagrado, y de la expresión externa del amor, al reconocimiento interno de nuestra divinidad.

En esta celebración de San Valentín, le invito a mirarse al espejo de su propia alma, y confesarse su amor incondicional. Es un ejercicio que cambiará para siempre su perspectiva del amor y le abrirá las puertas al increíble poder del sentimiento más sublime del universo.

P.D.Ambos libros se encuentra a la venta en Amazon.com en español, tanto en formato impreso como en formato digital. Las versiones en inglés de ambas obras estarán disponibles próximamente.

Reiki, un Regalo muy Singular

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Soy fiel creyente de que cuando el estudiante está listo, le llega el maestro. Y de esa misma manera, en el momento indicado, se despiertan vocaciones que quizás no habíamos identificado anteriormente en nuestro camino. Así fue como llegó el Reiki a mi vida. El día que me invitaron a participar de la certificación del primer nivel, realmente no tenía muy claro a lo que iba. Pero de inmediato supe que era para mí.

El Reiki es un sistema de sanación energético, donde se transmite la Energía Universal mediante la imposición de manos y otras técnicas. La palabra Reiki, de origen japonés, se divide en dos sílabas significativas:

Rei = Espíritu, Energía Universal,

Ki = Fuerza Vital, Energía Radiante

En otras palabras, Reiki significa Energía Vital Universal. Una de las preguntas que generalmente llega a la mente de aquellos que se exponen a este tema por primera vez es la siguiente: ¿Es el Reiki o está asociado el Reiki a alguna religión? La respuesta es no. Esta es una de las grandes ventajas de este sistema, y la principal razón por la que me cautivó de inmediato. Todos pueden beneficiarse de la sanación Reiki, no importa qué credo profesen o inclusive, sino tienen ningún tipo de creencia religiosa. El sanador Reiki se convierte en un instrumento al servicio de la luz, mediante la manipulación o más bien concentración de esa energía de vida universal, en beneficio de la salud del paciente. Es el paciente quien decide cómo llamar a la fuente de esa energía universal, de acuerdo a su sistema de creencias, ya sea Dios, Alá, etc., si es que así lo desea. La realidad es, que no importa el etiquetado que se le quiera poner, el efecto es el mismo, ya que lo que le da la fuerza al Reiki para funcionar, es la intención positiva de parte del sanador Reiki hacia el paciente. Una vez el sanador permite a esas energías utilizarlo como vehículo, las leyes del universo toman control y actúan con toda sabiduría. Es de suma importancia que el sanador Reiki respete entonces, las creencias de sus pacientes, y permita que la energía haga su trabajo.

Mikao Usui

El Reiki está basado en antigua sabiduría milenaria que se había perdido en el olvido. El sistema fue re-descubierto por Mikao Usui, médico y maestro japonés que durante diez años, se dedicó por completo a la búsqueda de la respuesta a la siguiente pregunta: ¿Cómo sanaban los grandes maestros como Jesucristo y Buda, entre otros, a través de la imposición de las manos? Su búsqueda lo llevó a estudiar profundamente las diferentes religiones y a recorrer monasterios budistas en Japón, hasta que encontró una antigua escritura sanscrita del Tíbet. Luego de 21 días de meditación y ayuno, Usui recibió la respuesta que buscaba. Es así como se revive este ancestral conocimiento y hoy por hoy, el mismo se práctica alrededor del mundo, con excelentes resultados. Inclusive, hay hospitales de medicina tradicional que han integrado al Reiki como parte de las terapias ofrecidas, ya que reconocen el impacto positivo en el tiempo de recuperación del paciente.

Posiblemente usted se esté preguntando, ¿cuáles son los usos y beneficios del Reiki? Uno de sus mayores beneficios es que no sólo trabaja a nivel físico, tratando las diferentes desarmonías de los sistemas del cuerpo, sino que también actúa a nivel mental, emocional y espiritual. A nivel mental, el Reiki nos ayuda a deshacernos de modelos negativos arraigados en nuestro subconsciente, que muchas veces es la fuente del malestar físico que estamos experimentando. A nivel emocional, la terapia Reiki facilita la sanación de problemas emotivos y nos ayuda a liberarnos de emociones reprimidas o estancadas, restaurando el equilibrio y liberándonos de miedos. A nivel espiritual, el Reiki eleva nuestra consciencia y nuestra vibración, facilitando nuestra reconexión con nuestro Ser Superior.

Por tal, el Reiki es sumamente efectivo entre muchos otros usos, como método de relajación, manejo del dolor, mejoramiento del sistema inmunológico, recuperación de enfermedad u operación, superar fobias, miedos y vicios, mejorar la eficacia de los medicamentos tradicionales y minimizar sus efectos secundarios, limpiar el cuerpo de toxinas, mejorar el rendimiento sexual, ayudar a pacientes terminales a prepararse física y espiritualmente para el proceso de la muerte, y para tratar condiciones tales como: ansiedad, estrés, condiciones músculo esqueletales, cansancio, insomnio. En fin, para cualquier padecimiento físico, mental, emocional, o espiritual. Es importante notar que el Reiki no tiene efectos secundarios. Igualmente, sus efectos son acumulativos, por lo que se aconseja exponerse a una serie de tratamientos.

Otra de las grandes ventajas del Reiki, es que no solo se puede aplicar para la sanación de personas, sino que es sumamente efectivo en animales y plantas. Más allá de eso, el Reiki puede ser aplicado a situaciones, por lo que podemos dirigir la energía Reiki para pedir sanación de países, conflictos, etc. En adición, la terapia Reiki puede ser ofrecida a distancia, de ser necesario.

¿Qué puedo esperar al exponerme por primera vez a una terapia Reiki? Aunque se pudieraFOTF0E9 - Copy practicar en cualquier lugar o posición, generalmente la terapia se ofrece en un ambiente relajado, acostado sobre una camilla, similar a lo que usted vería en un spa o práctica de masaje tradicional. El reikista pudiera a su discreción, utilizar elementos para ayudarle en el proceso de relajación, tales como música, o aromaterapia.  El sanador impondrá sus manos sobre puntos energéticos clave en su cuerpo, donde las mantendrá por el tiempo que entienda necesario, de acuerdo a la necesidad de cada paciente. De usted preferir que no le toquen directamente, su terapista Reiki puede aplicar el tratamiento manteniendo sus manos a una corta distancia de su cuerpo, obteniendo los mismos beneficios. También se pueden utilizar herramientas asistivas en el proceso, tales como cuarzos, cuencos tibetanos, cromoterapia (terapia de colores), entre otros, que aunque pudieran ser de gran beneficio en el proceso de sanación, ciertamente no son indispensables para ello: sólo la energía Reiki y la buena voluntad lo son.

Una terapia Reiki generalmente tiene una duración de entre 30 a 90 minutos, y puede tener un costo de entre $45 a $100, o aproximadamente lo que usted pagaría por una sesión de masaje tradicional, pero con unos beneficios mucho mayores y trascendentales. Aprovecho para aclarar que no siempre tiene que darse el intercambio monetario entre terapista y paciente. Si bien algunas personas se dedican a ofrecer el Reiki como su medio para cubrir sus necesidades materiales (lo cual es perfectamente aceptable y positivo), hay quienes le ofrecerán Reiki a cambio de alguna otra manera de remuneración, ya sea intercambio de servicios profesionales, o de bienes, o simplemente de conocimiento espiritual.

Es importante recalcar que en el proceso del Reiki, tanto paciente como terapista se benefician. Para el reikista, el iniciarse en este camino representa un cambio trascendental de vida, donde regirá su comportamiento por los principios del Reiki, en una constante búsqueda de desarrollo espiritual, al servicio de los demás. El Reiki para el practicante, se convierte en un estilo de vida, y en parte integral de su día a día.

Recuerde que como en todo bajo el sol, hay personas no muy serias que se hacen llamar terapistas Reiki, pero no tienen el conocimiento o las intenciones correctas. Como con cualquier otro servicio que usted vaya a solicitar, indague primero sobre la reputación del terapista, su preparación, y sus resultados. Si bien el Reiki no está regulado por ninguna agencia o entidad, existen varias vertientes o escuelas, y su terapista debería estar certificado por alguna de ellas, ya sea de origen japonés o tibetano. Mi consejo es que, en adición a sus investigaciones sobre el linaje de su terapista, se deje llevar ante todo por su intuición. Si no se siente cómodo con su terapista Reiki, busque otro. Ahora bien, tampoco juzgue los resultados del Reiki por una sola consulta, pues en ocasiones demoramos en ver resultados tangibles, y tampoco piense que si se siente triste luego de una terapia, la misma no tuvo efecto. En ocasiones, esa tristeza es parte del proceso de sanación. Utilice su sano juicio y escuche su voz interior.

Espero haber despertado su curiosidad sobre el Reiki y su deseo de experimentar los increíbles beneficios que esta práctica le ofrece. Ya sea que le interese recibir terapia Reiki, o convertirse usted en terapista, lo invito a abrirse a las infinitas posibilidades que le ofrece el universo para mejorar su calidad de vida a todos los niveles, y sobre todo, para encontrarse con usted mismo. En las palabras del Maestro Usui: “Mira hacia adentro, entra en el silencio y escucha tu corazón.”

Reiki, a Very Singular Gift

reiki word-symbol

I truly believe when the student is ready, the teacher arrives. Also, at the right moment, vocations one might have never contemplated before in one’s journey, suddenly wake up. That is how Reiki came into my life. The day I was invited to participate in the level one certification course, I didn’t have a clear view of what I was getting into. But I immediately knew Reiki was for me.

Reiki is an energetic healing system, where Universal Energy is transmitted through the imposition of hands and other techniques. The word Reiki, of Japanese origin, is divided into two significant syllables:

Rei = Spirit, Universal Energy

Ki = Vital Force, Radiant Energy

In other words, Reiki means Universal Vital Energy. One of the questions that generally crosses the mind of those exposed to this subject for the first time is this: Is Reiki a religion or is it associated with a religion? The answer is no. This is one of the great advantages of this system and the main reason it captivated me immediately. Everybody can benefit from Reiki healing, no matter what creed they profess, or even if they do not have any religious belief at all. The Reiki healer becomes an instrument in the service of the light, through the manipulation or rather the concentration of that universal life energy, in benefit of the patient’s health. It is the patient who decides how to call the source of that universal energy, according to his or her belief system, be it God, Allah, etc., if the patient so wishes. Truth is, no matter what label is imposed onto it, the effect is the same, since what gives Reiki its strength to work is the positive intention of the Reiki healer towards the patient. Once the healer allows those energies to use her/him as a vehicle, the laws of the universe take control and act in all of their wisdom. Hence, it is very important for the Reiki healer to respect his/her patients’ beliefs, and to allow the energy to do its job.

Mikao Usui

Reiki is based in ancient wisdom that was once lost to oblivion. The system was rediscovered by Mikao Usui, Japanese doctor, and teacher who for ten years, completely dedicated his life to searching the answer to the following question: How did the great teachers such as Jesus Christ and Buddha, among others, were able to heal others through the imposition of hands? His search led him to deeply study the different religions and to travel to Buddhist monasteries in Japan until he found an ancient Sanskrit writing from Tibet. After 21 days of meditation and fasting, Usui received the answer he ‎sought. That is how this ancestral knowledge is revived and as of today, it is practiced around the world, with excellent results. Even some traditional medicine hospitals have integrated Reiki as part of their therapy offerings since they recognize the positive impact on the patient’s recovery time.

You may be asking yourself, what are the uses and benefits of Reiki? One of the major benefits is, it not only works at a physical level, treating the different disharmonies in the body’s systems, but also acts upon the mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. At a mental level, Reiki helps us rid ourselves of negative models ingrained in our subconscious, many times themselves the source of the physical discomfort we are experiencing. At the emotional level, Reiki therapy facilitates healing of emotive problems and liberates us from repressed or stagnant emotions, restoring equilibrium, and liberating us from fears. At the spiritual level, Reiki elevates our consciousness and our vibrations, facilitating our reconnection with our Higher Self.

Therefore, Reiki is highly effective among many other uses, as a relaxation method, for pain management, for improving the immune system, recovering from illness or surgery, overcoming phobias, fears and vices, improving efficacy of traditional medicines and minimizing their side effects, cleaning the body of toxins, improving sexual performance, helping terminal patients to physically and spiritually prepare for the death process, and for treating conditions such as anxiety, stress, musculoskeletal disorders, tiredness, insomnia. In short, Reiki is effective in treating any physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual condition. It is important to note that Reiki has no negative side effects. Also, its positive effects are accumulative, and therefore, it is recommended to expose oneself to several treatments.

Another one of the major advantages of Reiki is, it cannot only be applied for healing people, but it is highly effective on animals and plants as well. Moreover, Reiki can be applied to situations, therefore allowing us to direct Reiki energy towards the healing of countries, conflicts, etc. In addition, Reiki therapy can be offered as distance healing, if necessary.

What can I expect when I expose myself to a Reiki therapy for the first time? Although it can be

practiced anywhere and in any position, generally the therapy takes place in a relaxed atmosphere, laying on a massage table, similar to what you would see on a spa or traditional massage practice. The Reiki practitioner may use, to her/his discretion, elements to assist the patient in the relaxation process, such as music, or aromatherapy. The healer will impose her hands on key energy points on your body, keeping them at each point as long as she deems necessary, according to the needs of each patient. If you prefer not to be touched directly, your Reiki therapist may apply the treatment keeping his hands at a short distance from the body, obtaining the same results. Also, assistive tools may be used in the process, such as quartz crystals, Tibetan singing bowls, chromotherapy (color therapy), among others, which, although may be of great benefit in the healing process, are certainly not indispensable at all: only Reiki energy and good will are.

A Reiki therapy session generally last between 30 to 90 minutes, and can have a cost of $45 to $100, approximately what you would pay for a traditional massage session, but with much greater and transcendental benefits. I would like to make clear the monetary exchange between therapist and patient must not always take place. While it is true some people offer Reiki as their means of providing for their material needs (which is perfectly fine and positive), there are Reiki practitioners who may offer therapy in exchange for other ways of remuneration, be it trading of professional services or goods, or simply for spiritual knowledge.

It is important pointing out that in the Reiki process, both patient and therapist are benefited. For the therapist, being initiated in this road represents a transcendental life change, where he will guide his behavior by the Reiki principles, in a constant search for spiritual development, at the service of others. Reiki will become a lifestyle for the practitioner, and an integral part of her day to day.

Remember as with anything under the sun, there are not so serious individuals who call themselves Reiki therapist, who do not have the knowledge or the right intentions. As with any other service, you would seek, investigate first about the therapist’s reputation, his training, and his results. Even though Reiki is not regulated by any agency or entity, several ramifications and schools exist, and your therapist should be certified by at least one of them, be it of Japanese or Tibetan origin. My advice is, in addition to your research onto your therapist’s lineage, listen to your intuition above anything else. If you do not feel comfortable with your therapist, find another one. However, do not judge Reiki results on only one session, since sometimes it takes a while to notice tangible results, and also, do not think the therapy did not have the desired effect if you feel sad afterward. Sometimes, sadness is part of the healing process. Use your good judgment, and listen to your inner voice.

I hope to have awakened your curiosity about Reiki, and your wish to experience the amazing benefits this practice has to offer. Whether you would like to receive a Reiki therapy, or to become a therapist, I invite you to open yourself to the infinite possibilities the universe offers for the improvement of your quality of life at all levels, and above all, for you to find yourself. In the words of Master Usui: “Look inside, enter the silence, and listen to your heart.”

The Souls Creation – Soulmates vs Twin Flames

20151011_171429-1-1“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” Many of us know these words. However, we know little about the creation of our souls. What follows is knowledge I have acquired about this topic from different sources, and through personal experiences with my soulmates. I have tried giving some sense to the different versions I have studied, with the help of my hands-on experience. I do not consider myself an expert on the topic, and on the contrary, I still have a lot to learn. But I am sure someone out there needs to hear this version. I faithfully believe we can all arrive at the same destination taking very different routes. This said, here goes my account.

At the beginning of everything, the creator energy of the Universe (call it God, Allah, Big Bang, etc.), created our souls to its image and likeness. Being such, He/She created them containing both the feminine and the masculine aspects of spirituality. Both manifestations in one same soul: a complete being, a whole. These souls were created in groups with certain attuned characteristics between them, and a mission in common or complementary to each other.

The souls belonging to our group are our soulmates. Therefore, we do not have just one soulmate, but an infinity of them. These are people with which we are going to meet through our different incarnations to accelerate and promote our spiritual growth process. These people manifest in our lives under many different roles, not only in romantic relationships. Your soulmate might be your boyfriend or girlfriend, but it might also be your father, your sister, your son, a co-worker, your best friend, etc. Certainly, these are people with which we feel a special connection, very deep and transcendental.

How many of us have met someone for the first time and felt as if we photostudio_1445834055405knew this person forever? This affinity is not coincidental. You most probably just found one of your soulmates. One of the many you could encounter in the same incarnation. Sometimes, even if you do not catch it on a conscious level, at a spiritual level, your soul and your soulmate’s rejoice in the reencounter, following the separation that took place the moment we incarnated into our tridimensional reality, to which we came to learn what unconditional love is, and to find our way back to being ONE with the creating force of the universe.

Up to this point, we have referred to soulmates exclusively. How were twin flames created then? Let’s go back to the beginning, to the creation. Once we were created in our group, to have the souls incarnate in the tridimensional plane, each of them was divided in its masculine and feminine aspect. Meaning, one soul was sectioned, to call it somehow, in two: the feminine self, and the masculine self (this refers to the spiritual aspect, the being’s energy, not to its sexuality). The purpose of this division is for the same soul to be able to incarnate in two bodies at once, in two different manifestations. To be able to see the 3D world from both the feminine and masculine perspectives, which magnifies the capacity for spiritual development, and the richness of lived experiences. This way, when twin flames are ready to reunite, they will come full of a multitude of experiences that will lead them to achieve illumination through the acceptance of unconditional love.

Since our twin flame is part of ourselves, the bond is much stronger than the one we feel for our soulmates. That’s a lot to say, since I can affirm by my experience, the bond with our soulmates is one full of intense emotions. Generally, twin flames do not reincarnate at once in the same plane of existence. Remember precisely the idea of the division is to multiply the possible experiences, so most of the time, the flames will not find each other for many reincarnations.

People who have heard some about this topic but have not delved into it may tend to think of the twin flame reunion as a scene right out of a “pink” love story. Let me tell you, most of the times, it’s exactly the opposite. Our twin flame, being ourselves in the opposite spiritual manifestation (feminine or masculine), becomes a mirror in which we see ourselves reflected. You and your twin flame share the same strengths, and that attracts you immensely, but you also share the same weaknesses. When we look at ourselves in that mirror, we see everything we need to change and improve in ourselves, but we haven’t had the courage to face. That look into the soul’s mirror can be terrifying to many.

photostudio_1445835066949As a result, relationships between twin flames can become turbulent. There exists a strong attraction none of the parts can deny, and at the same time, there are strong collisions between them. A dynamic begins in which generally one of the flames is obsessed with the other and chases it, while the other flame gets terrified and runs away from the relationship. This is one of the phases in twin flames relationships, known as “Chaser and Runner” stage. Flames will unite and separate in multiple occasions, with the purpose of having each flame work on aspects of its spirituality that still need to be refined, to be able to reunite with the other manifestation of its soul. It is a process of growth and illumination. Because every aspect of the soul must comply with its individual mission before being ready to reunite with its flame and together, comply with their mission in common. Once the twin flames unite for good, they become a light to guide other flames into the path of illumination. With their example of unconditional love, they show the way for those who expose themselves to the beauty of their mere presence.

It is said twin flames find each other in their last reincarnation, once they are ready to finish polishing up on this tridimensional plane, and elevate to a superior plane with the whole. Until recently, it was said these encounters were few and far between, with few cases throughout the planet. However, the vibrational changes the Earth has been going through, seem to have accelerated this process, since more and more people say to be going through this purification. In fact, many support groups have popped up in social media, which try to back up those immersed in the process, which can be very painful, since our ego resists to giving up all bonds and all fears as demanded by the fulfillment of unconditional love. If you believe this is your case, seek help. Going through this process is quite hard, going through this process without even understanding what it is, is even harder. In the end, only you can face your ego and break the chains that bind you. But until you are ready to do so, your support group will be essential.

I hope this information has served as a guide to begin understanding processes you may be going through and wakes up your curiosity for exploring the answers I cannot provide you with because they are inside of you. Dare to explore your soul.