By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
The Peninsula Healers’ Circle is a circle of holistic/integrative healing practitioners living and working on the north Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.
- Build a mutually supportive community of healers
- Develop a more in-depth understanding of the different healing modalities offered by members of the circle
- Offer a site where people can locate healing practitioners of various modalities in our area
- Networking and referral base to offer appropriate integrative care to our clients
What We Learned This Month
This month at the Peninsula Healers Circle, member Debbie Ritter introduced our group to some of Byron Katie’s teachings called “The Work.” This is a process to use when we are emotionally triggered by a situation involving someone else close to us. The worksheet we did was called “Judge-Your-Neighbor worksheet. But, it really turned into, as you can guess, finding out new insights into why we ourselves didn’t like the ‘neighbors’ behavior and YOU GUESSED IT, it always comes back to US. This is our own personal universe after all.
We all took the time to fill out the worksheet on a situation we were all dealing with. The process is not difficult at all and you can just follow the directions right on the form that you can print off from Byron Katie’s website. I like that it gives you the process, the left brain process to attack an emotional/mental issue you are having with someone. The first step is to analyze the issue by asking “Is it true?” Then “How do you react when you believe that thought?”
The Turn Around
Second and the most insightful part for me was turning each statement around to ourselves. For instance if your statement was “My husband doesn’t listen to me about his health,” you would then turn that around to 1. the self, 2. to the other person and 3. to the opposite. For example:
- “I don’t listen to myself about my health.” Then contemplate this idea and write it on the worksheet.
- “I don’t listen to my husband about his health,” then contemplate this idea and write it on the worksheet.
- “My husband does listen to me about his health,” and contemplate this one and write it down.
This process, and following it step by step brought me and the others many new insights into our belief systems. Then it’s up to us to change what we want to change now that we have some new ideas.
I do a process similar to this for myself with Reiki but I can see that by having the worksheet, nothing gets left out, no hole in your thinking is left to be found or not found later. It was really fabulous and easy to follow but may take some WORK in being totally honest with yourself. At Byron Katie’s website you can print your own worksheets for The Work and have them ready any time you get triggered by a situation.
Check it out if you are feeling you need a little more help with judging others, or yourself.
Always run your Reiki when doing any kind of mental, emotional, physical or spiritual healing, including The Work. Reiki will help you go deeper in your healing and make sure you are protected while in the process.
Next month at the Peninsula Healers’ Circle I will be talking to the group about the importance of past life healing. I can’t wait!
In Love and Light of our Divine,
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