It was late at night when I realized that I was NOT prepared to lead a Zoom call the next morning for a group of incredible women who had recently completed a deep healing journey with me.
Earlier in the day, I had received some bad news, and my day had turned into “one of those days.” I was worried, distracted, unfocused, and unproductive. I allowed myself to be human and imperfect and accepted my feelings.
Before falling asleep, I gave Reiki to myself in bed and asked for guidance about the call I felt so unprepared for. I knew that wisdom would provide me with an answer when I woke up because wisdom speaks to me when I ask.
In the middle of the night, I woke up from a very vivid dream. I was in a huge room with 50-60 teenagers. The room was noisy, messy, and cluttered with stuff. I tried to talk, but everyone was so busy that they couldn’t hear me. When they finally stopped to listen, I gave them only one assignment: “Search the room, and find the light!” They began to ransack the room with one goal in mind, throwing pillows in the air, looking under furniture, moving stuff around. What do you think? Did they find the light?
The next morning, the outline of the call became clear to me within seconds of starting my regular morning practice of Reiki and meditation. I knew exactly what I was meant to share with our beacons—the very message I am sharing with you today.
“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” —Maya Angelou
We are conditioned to prioritize taking action and being productive over creating inner connection and calling on our inner light. We are conditioned to attach our self-worth (and subsequently how lovable we believe we are!) to what we do rather than who we are.
The world is changing. We feel a heaviness. A darkness. We are facing new problems. No wonder it is challenging to find the light, even when we search for it. No wonder it is hard to ignite our inner light.
When the light around us begins to dim, it is time to connect with the light within.
What does it really mean to make space for the light?
What does it look like when you ignite your light?
First, you recognize that darkness and light co-exist. Then, you soften up.
You soften up your resistance to the darkness. When you do, you’ll notice an opening, an awareness, within yourself.
Use this awareness to access “softer” resources: Self-awareness. Surrender. Love and kindness. Compassion.
Welcome all emotions. Give yourself permission to “pause” and detach from the chaos, clutter, noise. Shift from external distractions to inner connection. Let the light in.
If you’re an empath or a sensitive soul (Not sure if you are an empath? Take the empath quiz.), you absorb a lot of the chaos from around you, even when your immediate environment is less chaotic.
How do you stay grounded in the midst of the chaos?
You develop daily (or weekly) practices that will provide a solid foundation to help you bounce back when things feel intense.
On the Zoom call with my beacons, it was interesting to hear that all the women (yes—ALL of them!) had elevated their Reiki practice over the previous few months to become more consistent with starting and ending the day with Reiki. This revelation made me happy to hear because Reiki is the practice that has helped me connect with the light daily for nearly 25 years. (If you’re open to learning a tool that can help you ignite your light daily, read about our virtual Reiki classes.)
In addition to developing daily practices, something else is critical for you to understand when you feel disconnected from your inner light: There is always a spark of light inside your heart.
Even in darker times, and even when the spark feels buried deep within you, it is always there. Regardless of the intensity of life, regardless of the distractions and noise inside and out, you can always ignite your light.
I created the “Ignite Your Light” guided visualization to help you find the light within and invite in divine light in the midst of chaos and distraction.
Listen to the 6-minute Ignite Your Light guided visualization here.