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   Oh my February 14th Valentines Day!  Is this day any different than any other day?  On one hand yes it is, we go out of our way to make this day a little more special for our significant others, but, shouldn't we strive everyday to be loving to one another? Of course we should so this day is a reminder.  
 
    Valentines Day has meant different things to me through my lifetime, but, I think my present understanding is the best one. Valentines Day has historically been meant for lovers. This is a good thing when you are in a relationship with someone else, but, what if you are not in a relationship with a significant other?  Are you supposed to be depressed that you do not have someone in your life to send or receive roses or affection from on Valentines Day? No way! What about the people who are in relationships and do not get their expectations met on Valentines Day should they be depressed about it? Again no.  We don't have to be feeling badly on Valentines Day or any other day for that matter if we are treating ourselves as Valentines everyday. We should be daily giving ourselves gifts ( they do not have to be material gifts), love and flowers to fill our own hearts and needs. Then we can be grateful for the things we receive or do not receive from someone else since what we have is already enough.  When we are enough for ourselves, then it does not matter whether we are getting the love we need or want from someone else. When we are enough for ourselves, we would not choose to be in relationships where we may feel unloved or shortchanged since it would go against our vibration and self love.  
  
 Even the best relationships can be rocky because of expectations. What if you receive something from your significant other, but, it was not what you wanted? The build up and expectations of Valentines Day can set us up for great joy or great disappointment if we are not careful.  So tell a child you love them, tell your pets you love them, tell a good friend you love them anyone can be a Valentine for you. As John Lennon and The Beatles would say " The Love you take is equal to the love you make".   So authentically love yourself first then you will be a beacon of love without even knowing it to those around you.   
 
Happy Valentines Day My friends! 
 
 
Love, Marybeth
 

Staying focused on your 2014 Goals!

    Staying focused on your 2014 Goals!
 
By Marybeth McKinnon Lang
 
        Well here we are into a new year and another chance to start or restart a project that you have been wanting to complete. We are all aware that the "getting it going" part is filled with fresh ideas, new ways to promote yourself or new materials to complete a project that you have been wanting to complete. It feels great to have surges of ideas and ways to bring forth your creativeness. The dream of getting that song or book written, the vision of completing the project you have been working on is huge business. So how are you going to keep that surge of creativeness going? How are you going to keep yourselves from getting into a slump where your dream or project gets put on the back burner? This can happen it happens to many people. It does not have to happen to you!  You can do this, yes you can! Write this down and keep on writing it until it becomes one with you. Be specific about what you want to achieve and never ever stop telling yourself that, for this is the way to keep yourself motivated. Surround yourself with like minded people who are cheerleaders for you. Limit time with those who are draining to your dreams of success.Don't set yourself up for disappointment once again with people who constantly have been members of the drain gang.  If you cannot limit time with the drain gang avoid sharing your dreams with them and keep your conversations short and general.
    In my blog on Reiki and self esteem I mention ways to have high self esteem so feel free to refresh by reading that blog also. Be fearless in your pursuit of your dream. If you fall short of being fearless shake yourself off and try again. It's fine. Take chances in pursuit of your dream. Remember to not put others on a pedestal only God deserves to be there. That way you will not worry about what others think of your pursuits which of course should be for the highest and best. There are many critics out there. Unless you are receiving constructive advice for attainment of your goal, dismiss the critics. They may be trying to sabotage your dream because they sabotage their own. People with high self esteem will not try to sabotage your dream or theirs. Be kind to yourself, work on daily high self esteem then you will be able to love yourself enough to be loving to others also.
   Happy New Year my friends!
 
    Love, Marybeth

Staying centered in the midst of turmoil.

   Listening to the traumatic news that appears on the television daily, especially when it hits close to home, is rather devastating to the emotions.  Just think about it.  Here we are sitting safely in our homes and a new reporter informs us of something horrible that is happening somewhere else.  As shocking or saddening as the news can be, some of us are able to let go of the bad news. Not everyone is though,others feel scared and angry.  When you do feel scared or angry, it is important to safely feel the full extent of your emotions ( yes even anger), when horrible tragedies happen to good people by senseless acts of disturbed people. 
    There is not much one can do about something that has already happened, but, we are not powerless to speak up and perhaps avert another senseless act of violence. We can also be mindful of our own feelings of retaliation.
   As I mentioned in a previous post, in regard to the Usui principle "Just for Today Do Not Anger", it is only human to feel anger. It is important for your emotional well being to feel the emotions that come up with unjust acts of violence or unkindness, then re-engage with life in a spiritually sound way. It is the path of a spiritual warrior to deal with the anger sensibly and move on. 
   The media gets paid to keep the ball rolling on something horrific to keep people watching and wondering. If we are constantly watching negative news on TV it hurts the spirit and one does not want to compromise their spiritual grounding. It is not up to us to figure out how and why bad things happen, but, to be examples of how we want the world to be. By not accepting rudeness from other people, setting healthy boundaries and being examples of kindness can actually teach others how to be kind.    
    I agree with  Jack Canfield when he states that he feels that low self esteem is the root of all suffering. Hatred for others begins with hatred for the self. No matter how well we do with improving our love for ourselves so that we can show love for others, there will always be poor deluded individuals who will try to hurt others. I think that the more spiritually conscious people become about right and wrong, the less chance for delusional acts of violence. Be mindful about your motives each day and strive to be kind. 
   When we work daily on ourselves by using Reiki and affirmations it is easier to be kind to others, because, we are being kind to ourselves. Can you imagine a world where we all told ourselves daily we are balanced, abundant and joyful?!  What a novel idea that is simple and does not cost anything.  A peaceful mind despite the outside turmoil. Peace to all.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Self Esteem and Reiki

        One of the greatest benefits of Reiki, is the building of high Self-Esteem. 

  When I completed my first Reiki class 15 years ago, I had no idea that it was going to serve me in so many ways, especially in taking responsibility for every aspect of my life and reacting better when things don't work out the way I want them to.
   Life deals us different cards each day, so even the strongest sense of self can be rocked from time to time when an unexpected card gets dealt. With this in mind, how do you react, when the rug has been pulled out from underneath you, on a day when you felt you could handle anything? Is your first reaction to blame someone else for your misfortune, do you spend the rest of the day, or week, feeling sorry for yourself or worse do you allow yourself to feel bad about you? Now consider this reaction: you are confronted with difficulty in your day, instead of losing your spiritual sense of self, you accept the event as a bump in the road, where you pick yourself up, re-group then move on with faith that things will work out fine.
    When someone has good self-esteem this approach is the usual reaction. They take spiritual responsibility for every aspect of their lives, they generally do not feel sorry for themselves in disappointing circumstances.
    Conversely when someone has not taken time to work on their self-esteem, to the point that they don't have to depend on the ego as much for survival, then the first way is usually the reaction when their sense of self has been challenged.They lose their spiritual sense of self.
  When our self-esteem grows our need to rely on our ego gets smaller, but, never to the point where you don't need the ego for personal safety reasons. A small "e" ego will suffice. Isn't your self-esteem important enough to you? Important enough to react in a better way, when life suddenly pulls the rug out from under you? Mine is and yours should be also, fortunately the practice of Reiki helps us with this.
    As with any adventure into learning the benefits we receive, are equal to what we put into it. If you were going to learn how to play a musical instrument, but, did not practice in between lessons, chances are you would not be able to play that instrument for all it's beauty. You would frequently be off key. The same with Reiki. If you go to a Reiki class, but, don't apply it to your life you may frequently find yourself continuing to be off key. Reiki practice helps us with raising our self-esteem and high self-esteem helps us to stay on key when challenging circumstances confront us.   
    Reiki practice increases the vibration of our energy fields, so we naturally start gravitating toward things or people that are good for us, and consequently away from those that are not. Reiki practice leads us to people, books and circumstances that support our new, healthier way of reacting to life. Reiki practice also helps us to set boundaries with those people or things who would want to sabotage our self-esteem and growth. 
   When you receive the divinely guide energy from Reiki practice either through a class or in sessions with a practitioner, the energy you draw into your body goes to work healing the body on four levels spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. If you have blocks on any of these levels, which are preventing you from truly feeling good about you, then continued Reiki practice will help to release those blocks. It frees the soul to soar to higher places!
 Just as important as self-Reiki is to raising your self esteem, meditating daily on the Usui principles at the same time enhances the process.. I call this self-Reiki meditation and it helps to re-structure your energy system and mind with spiritual thoughts to increase your self-esteem. The Usui Principles are found on my website
www.AngelicReiki.com and in another of my blogs. Following them to the best of your ability each day will help you grow in self-esteem and peace.       
 
 
   Marybeth McKinnon Lang RN
     Traditional Reiki Master
     www.AngelicReiki.com