Many of us have either suffered from, or know someone who has suffered from some kind of addition. When we think about addiction we tend to think about cigarettes, drugs, alcohol or gambling addictions, but there are many, many ways we can be addicted. Some of these can include video games, sugar and caffeine. Some can cause more harm than others but they are all addictions and can affect anyone, including children.
Addiction to alcohol, cigarettes and drugs can cause the user to suffer from things such as cirrhosis of the liver and a number of different types of cancers. Drug addictions can also lead to going to jail for crimes related to drug use or even cause some mental illnesses if someone was to consume a “bad batch”. Thankfully for those that seek help before it’s to late there are things to help deal with the addiction naturally.
Reiki can be used to help change the addictive patterns. While the reiki may help with the pattern you do need to be prepared though to change your thought processes and to put in the hard work required beat your addiction. Unfortunately there are no magic wands to flick everything away in an instant and it takes time. When you have been suffering from addiction for some time there tends to be a build up of anger towards others and also yourself. This is connected to the pain you may feel you have caused friends and family while going through the addiction. So your recovery is a process of learning to mend bridges, forgive others, ask for forgiveness and mostly to also forgive yourself and let go. That involves learning a new tool kit and reiki, in combination with therapy, can assist with that.
The reiki precepts can help you focus. These are a set of ‘sayings’ which a reiki student takes on as part of a way of life to enhance their life in some way. The first one is ‘do not anger just for today’. This is simply reminding you to not act out of anger and be mindful of other people’s feelings before you speak. When you have feelings of anger it is best to try and control yourself enough to work out why you are angry and solve the problem in a calm and reasonable way. If you must vent your anger it’s a good idea to have a tool kit where you can vent it in a non-harmful way – such as using a punching bag and boxing gloves to release your frustration. It will take time but reiki and self-reflection will help get you to the point where you will be able to follow through with this.
Growing up in an abusive alcohol or drug related home can often lead to a lot of anger and resentment and also it can lead to the children following the same abusive pattern as their parents. The key is to break the pattern and change the way we behave. To break this cycle of negative behaviour.
The other ‘sayings’ in reiki are: ‘just for today I will let go of worry, do my work honestly, give thanks for my many blessings and be kind to every living thing’. Now imagine if you practiced just a few of these. How would your life be better if you gave thanks for your many blessings for example? If you were truly grateful for the roof over your head, the friends and family that nag you to change your destructive habits, the food on the table. How would your life be different if you decided to be kinder to the people that loved you? To make an effort for them at first, and later for yourself.
By choosing to be honest and mindful with yourself you can change your behaviour. Your reiki practitioner or therapist can help you with this, however remember that only you can change the path you’re on and beat the addiction. Thankfully there is a lot of help out there.