Our Changing World . . .
All in Divine Order
by Beth Simmons Stapor
As you receive this copy of the "Reiki News" it will
have been six months since the day our world changed on September
11, 2001. How has your life changed since '9-11' ? How have you
been affected within and without? As with many of us, I expect
the days and weeks just after the attack you were much more aware
of your feelings, planning to set priorities in your life to help
make this a better world. Have you kept them?
Personally dealing with a traumatic event often follows the
same path as grieving the death of a loved one. First you feel
disbelief. Secondly you might begin to assess your part in the
situation. Next you move into a place of anger, then depression.
Finally you begin to reinvest yourself in life, perhaps in a different
The thought of reinvesting in my life after "9-11"
led me to think about the relationships in my life. As I was contemplating
the many different ways that I interact with people I realized
that relationships are somewhat like streets on a map. Perhaps
as I describe my theory, you can look at the relationships you
hold most special in your life and see where on the map they would
Your closest relationships would be those where you are on a
one-way street traveling life side by side. However, it is possible
that someone you think you are close to is actually traveling
on a parallel street. You live your life; they live theirs even
if you are living in the same house. You barely intersect. There
are relationships that are like roundabouts (the English idea
of an intersection) going around in circles, others are on dead
end streets, some relationships are like a rural country road,
lots of curves, twists and turns and others are like city streets
very busy, jumping in and out without a glance. Then there are
relationships where you meet at an intersection and say a few
words and go on your way. There are freshly paved roads that are
new and easy going and roads with many potholes causing bumps
and times of being stuck.
From looking at the many ways I interact with those in my life
I realized it was time for me to begin to set priorities. For
me this meant making some choices about the relationships in my
life. In this case, as in other times I have needed to set priorities,
I turned to Reiki for help. I used the meditation time during
my daily Reiki self-treatments to ask for clarity. I would have
clear in my mind the relationship that was troubling me, and I
would visualize a doorway. The doorway is surrounded with Reiki
energy and the Reiki symbols that I know. Then I would ask my
guides to provide the answer for me as I walk through the doorway.
More times than not, when I walk through to the other side I realize
the path that I am to take. With the help of Reiki energy I have
reached out and invited some people back into my life. In other
situation's, I have had to acknowledge that the growth and learning
was complete in relationships and that it was time to move on.
I also began to change my perception of what I expected of others.
I have begun to let my children go on their way to becoming wonderful
young adults, and I have realized how special it is to have a
solid 28-year marriage.
Our world needed a shake up; it got one, far beyond anyone's
belief. Society has been given a wake up call. We are being called
to look at our personal situations and decide what is REALLY important
in our lives? It is time for us to let go of those things that
are holding us down and keeping us from moving forward and to
embrace all that is positive and growth encouraging for us. As
holders of the light energy of the Spirit Source here on Mother
Earth it is time for us to become as clear as we can be in our
walk in this lifetime so we are able to hold the energy for peace
and healing on our planet. It is time for us to let go of what
we no longer need, eliminate the negative from our lives, and
set our priorities. All is in Divine Order, even those things
we cannot understand. This is the TIME for Peace, Joy, and Love.
I challenge you to use your Reiki Energy to be a force of change.
Beth Simmons Stapor, PhD is an ICRT Licensed Reiki Master, and
a Licensed Counselor. Beth teaches internationally and makes her
home in Cookeville, Tennessee. Contact Beth via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.tennesseereiki.net