One of the most beautiful and magical encounters we can have as human beings is experiencing our true nature—what I call the soul. However, connecting with our soul can be a challenge when we’re distracted by our thoughts, emotions, minds and other egoic influences. And when we feel the desire to connect with something deeper and more meaningful, we often look outside to find that connection—all the while, our soul has been patiently waiting for us to journey inside. This is not a spiritual philosophy I’ve learned from a teacher or read in a book—it’s my personal experience.

A few years ago when I began my meditation practice, I found a guided meditation that instructed the meditator to avoid monkey mind by silently saying, “I have thoughts, but I am not my thoughts, I am an eternal soul.” For some reason, those words resonated deeply. I had never really thought about the fact that I was not my thoughts—what a profound idea! And when I began to practice that line during meditation, I found myself effortlessly becoming the observer of my thoughts and able to separate myself from the chatter. That was the beginning of my “spiritual awakening”. The first introduction to my soul.

Since that initial moment of awakening, I have developed a loving relationship with my soul through a variety of spiritual practices. Now that I’m connected with that sacred place inside, I find it effortless to:

  • Love myself and others
  • Be content
  • Not let thoughts and emotions control my interactions with the outside world
  • See my triggers as teachers
  • And so many other things

Now, let me say, I haven’t always been a “hippy dippy” spiritual guy. Prior to my awakening experience, I was a successful marketing professional with 20+ years of business experience, a college professor, and a published author. However, I silently struggled. I struggled with diagnosed PTSD related to the traumatic loss of my dad and the unexpected passing of one of my best college friends. I dealt with chronic sadness. I hated the person I saw in the mirror.

And I found an escape from all of these things through unhealthy vices. And frankly, it felt like everything was spinning out of control. However, my journey inside through meditation changed everything. It allowed me to rediscover my essence and uncover a very special gift—the ability to use energy to heal myself and others. In fact, after a few months of meditation and self-healing, I found myself cured the aforementioned struggles.

With all of that being said, I wouldn’t want to mislead you into believing that I’ve killed off my ego. That couldn’t be further from the truth. My ego is still alive and well. I still have thoughts and emotions that do not align with what I know to be my truth. But, now—instead of getting stuck, I’m able to sit in the seat of the observer and know that I am neither my thoughts nor emotions—I am an eternal soul. And this allows me to live a mindful life full of purpose and love.

Living a more mindful and spiritual life not directed by the ego or mind comes from a committed practice of meditation. Meditation can be many things. Some people meditate through yoga, through binaural beats, guided journeys, etc… These are all powerful methods of journeying inside. And once you’ve connected with your soul—or have awakened, you can never unawaken. And on the occasions where you find yourself living from the ego (which most of us still do at times), you’re keenly aware that you are not the ego—you are the one observing it. And in that moment of recognition, you return to conscious living.

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato

Be good to yourselfOne truth that I’ve learned throughout my life is to give grace to everyone, because, let's face it--life can be hard and we really don't know what others are going through.

I recall a time where I’d gone into the office over a scheduled holiday break. The plan was to get a few things done without distraction while others were out on vacation. However, when I arrived at the office, a co-worker noticed me and asked for help on a project. While I obliged to assist—I did so begrudgingly. I thought to myself, “Had I not come in today, she wouldn’t have asked me for help. And she knows I’m not supposed to be here. What gives?’

After taking the time to help my co-worker out, my soul felt heavy. I went back to her office and apologized for any friction she might have felt from as we worked on the project together. She accepted my apology and relayed that she hadn’t noticed. She then went on to share that she was told right before the holiday break that she was being let go and needed to complete a few tasks before her employment terminated. This led to an immensely powerful spiritual conversation and a reminder from my Soul to always be kind.

For many of you reading this article now, life has taught you the same lesson.
I’m grateful for life being the teacher it is. We’re all here and alive with the purpose of learning important soul lessons. Each of us has a path we’re following and we know the journey isn’t always easy. With that perspective, it becomes easy to give others grace.

So, why then is it so challenging to treat ourselves the same as we do others? Why are we often so critical and judgmental of ourselves? Have you ever thought about this?

Many of us have that little voice inside of our heads that whispers:

  • "You're not good enough."
  • "You're not worthy of the life you want."
  • "You really messed up this time, what's wrong with you?"
  • "Why would anyone love you? You don't even love yourself."

Maybe we had parents that weren't there to support us emotionally. Maybe we spend too much time on social media comparing ourselves to others' perfectly curated life. Maybe other things. But, regardless of the cause--the effect is real.

It's this mindset that not only keeps us from becoming who we're meant to be--it can also make us sick physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It can throw our Chakras off and keep the necessary Ki (life force energy) from flowing through our bodies as it should.

We were not meant to live life this way. Think of all you've overcome and look what you've made it through. Think of how much you give of yourself to others. You're a survivor. You're a warrior. And it's important that you give yourself the grace that you afford others.

Of course, easier said than done, right? How do we begin to change the way we treat ourselves. I can only share what I know has personally worked for me:

  • Learn to meditate! It's powerful
  • As you get into each meditation, say a brief prayer asking the Universe (or whatever Source from the faith you practice) to fill you with self-love.
  • Practice daily affirmations like,
    • "I am enough"
    • "I am love"
    • "I am in control of how I feel about myself"
    • "I love myself. I love myself so much"
  • Surround yourself with people who lift you up. Distance yourself from detractors
  • Self-care such as Reiki and massage
  • Find what works for you!

Thank you for reading.

Adam Dince
Reiki Practitioner/Healer

What Is Reiki

Ki is the life force energy that animates every living being. It's been around since the beginning of time. Ki is what keeps our physical bodies, our minds, and our souls alive and healthy.

Although we may not realize it, our emotions, thoughts, and feelings all affect the flow of Ki (life-force energy) throughout our being. When Ki is able to move freely throughout our body, our mind, body, soul connection is strong. When Ki is disrupted or blocked, physical or emotional imbalances occur.

For example, maybe you have a strenuous job that causes you to frequently worry. Maybe that job begins to give you digestive problems or lack of sleep. One thing leads to another. That worry you feel (most likely deriving from fear) is causing you both emotional and physical imbalances.

Other examples:

  • You have a sick family member that you're responsible caring for.
  • A dear loved one you've recently lost.
  • A recent job loss.
  • A relationship on the rocks or one that didn't work out

We all know that it doesn't take much to throw our energy out of whack.

Reiki is a spiritual energy healing that can help with all of the above. While it is not a replacement for traditional medicine, it's a fantastic supplement.

We Reiki practitioners are energy healers that have been attuned in such a way that allows Reiki energy to be channeled from the Universe, through our bodies, and into your energetic field.

I like to refer to Reiki as smart energy. The reason being is that the energy knows exactly where to go in our body to heal it.

So, how do you know if a Reiki session can help you?

Are you ready to introduce the healing effects of Reiki into your life? Schedule a consultation or appointment today!