3/1/2020 Anya van Til

Last night I brought my 12 year old daughter to bed and had to comfort her. She was upset about some critique she got from her brother. 
Even though the critique was valid, she felt too upset to fall asleep.
I had to help her out

​​“It’s not about what someone says”, I told her “It’s about what you do with it”
I mentioned that Heaven is not a destination, but a state of mind, just like Hell is.
If you choose to stay in the negative emotions you create Hell for yourself. 
“There is always a choice what you focus on”, I told my daughter. Why don’t we think about the good things that happened today.
We changed the topic and talked about what we did that day, concentrating on nice and funny moments.
She lighted up, gave me a good night kiss and went to sleep with a smile…

Heaven and Hell are pictured clearly in the Reiki precepts too.

Anger, worry and fear described in the first two precepts are the description of the state of mind of Hell. They are constantly chit chatting in our head and when we choose to pay attention to them, then we are in Hell. We “burn” our energy away for nothing.  It depletes us and holds us back from living our lives, discovering our strengths and potential.

Gratitude, the next Reiki precept, has been explained for centuries in many traditions.
Lately it’s being covered by the Quantum physics. It is one of the Universal laws in reality. And everything one has to know basically is that gratitude rewires our brains and reduces our fears, worries and anger.

When there are no worries, no anger and no fear then the way for love and compassion is free. You let the Universe stream through you without obstacles. What happens when love and compassion stream freely through you? Right, you eventually become love and compassion. You radiate warmth and love and do it in many creative ways. Wouldn’t that fill your life with content and make you happy?  Isn’t that Heaven?

Thus the Reiki precepts show us clearly the two opposite states of mind: Heaven and Hell. 
Being angry, fearful and worried would mean being in Hell.
Being grateful and compassionate respectively becomes Heaven.
The precept “being true to yourself “ turns out to me to be the point of balance, the moment of truth, the axis, where you have the overview. You see both sides clearly and you have the choice. The choice either to react in old ways and patterns, that is anger to anger, worry to worry etc; or to choose gratefulness, love and compassion in response to any situation or any person in life.

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” ― Lao Tzu

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