Although this sounds like a light and perhaps frivolous comment, it is actually deeper than you might think. We attach too many expectations to age numbers, sometimes in the form of shoulds, and sometimes in the form of diminishing abilities. Currently I am paying attention to releasing limiting beliefs around getting old. Let me share a personal story.
Time passes quickly. Sixteen years ago was 2002. That seems fairly recent. It is in this millennium, post 9/11, and post retirement for me. That thought is relatively neutral until I move those 16 years into the future and realized how old I will be then. Those numbers will have accumulated rather briskly. Yikes!
At first I was dragged down by this thought, coupled by continuing notices of the serious illnesses and/or deaths of friends, acquaintances, former classmates and relatives who are my age and even younger. Dwelling on this thought was a downer. I began thinking of myself losing ground, becoming weaker, less involved. UGH! It was not a good feeling and I noticed that it was affecting my daily life in the present. I noticed that I already was beginning to cut back on things I loved doing.
I find that reiki self practice often guides me to higher ground. While some of the above helps me feel compassion toward those experiencing ill health, compassion is not meant to drag me down too. Reflecting on this, I began to notice those things that gave me insights into what I needed to do. Perhaps synchronistically I happened to see a Facebook ad from Mind Movies. Perhaps you have seen those. Very useful perspective and exercises. I happened to pass through some of the previous workshops I have led on intentions, visualizations, and the effects of our thinking. I realized that I had a limiting belief about getting older that I did not need to hang on to.
As a Reiki practitioner and teacher I feel it is most important to do my own self reiki and self healing. The more I can heal old stuff within my thought patterns and past life experiences, the better I can work with others and provide the right energy and capability to offer what they may need at that moment for their highest good. Through self care, I see old patterns that can be released. For my own personal and spiritual growth, I see a practitioner who uses Reiki and other methods to help me release them. We work well together because I trust her ability. I never expect a magic fix. It always requires inner work on my part and her capabilities allow me to be more aware of the required work. I hope I provide that for the people I see. That is my intention.
After I went to see my energy practitioner, I also listened to some of the audio and videos on Mind Movies and it became very clear to me what I needed to do.
Besides releasing the limiting beliefs, my inner work was to create a visualization of me as an older woman, still participating in the growth of others, still actively involved and healthy as I engage in life. I am currently working on that image of my true self, not giving it an age number, but seeing me in the image as an older woman. I look vibrant, caring, energetic, bright, and mentoring others, facilitating, engaging and enjoying life. My family are also enjoying my vibrancy as an older woman and we are doing fun things together. This is uplifting. This image contributes significantly to the vibrancy I feel today. I am making different life choices. I welcome Birthdays. I am grateful for them.
I invite you to pay attention to how you see yourself today and in the future as you get older. If you have learned reiki, it can be very helpful in asking for guidance and releasing the limiting beliefs. You may very well be able to do this without extra help but if you need me, just contact me. We can set up an appointment.
By the way, I find this concept is also useful for people who have been dealing with some serious “stuff” from their past and want to have a sense of “where from here”. When a lot of time has been spent reviewing the past and connecting it to “why today”, it can sometimes lead you to a stuck place. You may need a way to move forward from here. This may be helpful for you.
I would love to hear your comments about this blog. Have you had similar experiences you can share either privately or on the blog?
Till we meet again, Marie
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