You don’t have to be a Christian to appreciate the true spirit of Christmas. “Peace on Earth, goodwill to all men” is an intent understandable to and appreciated by men and women of pretty much any religion or no religion.
So as we attempt to bring peace, health and inner harmony into our personal lives, how can we tap into this true spirit of love and shared humanity?
Some years ago I moved into a remote new home in the hills of the Algarve in Portugal. The scenery was stunning, the weather amazing. It really was like being on holiday every day. So it came to me that “Every day IS a holy-day!”
It’s true isn’t it! Whatever being holy may mean to us, it’s something that is intrinsic to life. Life is holy, every day is holy, full of the natural things that allow us to live on this amazing planet. True, vacations from the typical daily trials of work help us to better appreciate the innocence of children, the importance of family, the value of a caring community, for example. But they are ever present.
I know, from personal experience, that, so often, it’s my mind that gets in the way of treating every day as a holi-day. I’ve also found that it’s been much easier to reconnect to this ever present life-force (even since moving from my Algarve retreat), with Reiki in my life. The Usui System of Natural Healing is based on the energy of Reiki: the universal life-force. That very energy of everything that makes every day feel like a holi-day. Learnt (or rather remembered, it’s a natural skills, gift or ability we all have) in a few day or short on-line course, Usui Reiki helps to sense the life-force within us and within life around. As such it’s a wonderful gift.
Giving and receiving Reiki is about both presence, the feeling of being at peace with yourself and with the world, and a present: a gift to us from the universe itself.
(Note: the property ‘Quinta Pintados’ is currently up forsale. Do let me know if you’re interested in your own personal retreat home!)