Allowing Reiki in the Recovery process of Addiction
Category : Isis Healing
Living life as a sensitive and empathetic human being can feel overwhelming. Work, commitments, relationships, past and current issues can sometimes trigger addictive behaviors. Alcohol, drugs, sex, love, gambling, overworking, the internet, online dating/communicating, lying, cheating and living a double life can numb your physical and emotional pain and can seem like an escape for one’s confusion.
Including Reiki as an adjunct to more traditional treatments, has shown to be a softer, more loving way to work on the core issues that triggered the addictive behavior in the first place.
We as Westerners have been conditioned to believe, that being happy at all times, is our birth-right. However, we all experience a range of emotions-anger, grief, fear, sadness, joy, love… Emotions are energy in motion… In Buddhist literature, emotions are being compared to the weather-sometimes we feel caught in a cloud of grief, desperate to escape the storm, but as hard as we try, we cannot get away from it… In times like this, the easy way out seems to chose the addiction, whether it is drugs, alcohol, sex etc…in order to numb or mask the pain. But because these behaviors are not real solutions and our souls can feel it, the pain returns immediately and requires repeated use of the substance, and this can very quickly lead to addiction.
Many people get stuck in a process, trying to heal their pain by putting themselves in a loop of avoidance and substance abuse, thinking that they found their solution in avoiding facing their emotions. But, in fact, avoiding our emotions, can lead to more suffering and pain and can form a strong habitual behavior, which can become very difficult to break.
It is imperative to understand that addictions always start somewhere, and to pay attention to our patterns. It will guide us to notice a habit or a compulsive tendency that would lead to addictive behavior.
Usually we shy away from our emotions based on our conditioning, our fears, our judgments, and the thought that we would not be loved if we really expressed to the people in our lives how we really feel. In contrary, by suppressing our anger, grief, fear and other “negative emotions’, we shut out our joy, or we think we are experiencing joy; with the feeling of fear and tension lurking in the background…
Life is overwhelming enough as it is and it feels exhausting when we are using our energy on a regular basis to suppress our feelings. We feel drained, disconnected and unhappy in general,unable to process painful events in our lives, we just stash them away and feel a deep sense of loneliness to these unacknowledged parts of our unconsciousness.
As an example; if you are a survivor of some sort of abuse or trauma in your life as a child- whether it was sexual, emotional, verbal or physical, these experiences remain locked in the cells of the body. No amount of denying it makes the feeling go away. In these situations, allowing ourselves to connect to the physical body feels awful, so we feel that the easy thing to do is to disassociate from our emotional, physical and spiritual selves-“checking out”, “leaving our body”, in order to protect ourselves so that we don’t have to connect with the residue of the remains of our traumas.
The vicious cycle of addiction is that we believe that we have no choice- we set ourselves up for living our lives with a growing need that we need to suppress our feelings, hiding behind our addictions so that no one discovers what is within us… our deep, dark secrets…our addictions…Only by admitting that we have a problem, we can begin to understand and heal the core issue that underlie our addiction.
It is important for a person who is experiencing an addiction to understand triggers in times of stress and changes in their lives. Specific triggers can be: getting fired, starting a new job, moving, divorce, break-up, starting a new relationship, family illness and death.
Adding a Reiki session in your process of recovery from an addiction, can help you get more in tune with your own emotions and energy. Your emotions are encouraged to surface and be expressed; either with sounds, crying, screaming or sighing. Reiki views all emotions as “just energy”, and a session helps with releasing the emotion and the resistance to the emotion.
The Reiki Energy makes the process of releasing and accepting and understanding the emotion smoother. The individual who is suffering from addiction becomes more aware of their patterns of stress, and is able to soothe her/himself back to balance.
Reiki always works without judgment, finds its way through a person, wherever the issue is; physical, emotional, spiritual or mental with unconditional love and healing.
Be well, be blessed, be loved, be you<3