People often ask me how I integrate and weave Reiki into Muse Mantra Portraits
How can a 2D piece of paper/canvas absorb Reiki and what does that mean anyway?
I find myself talking about this a lot, so I thought I would share my ritual, whether I’m working with paper or canvas.
If you’re not familiar with Reiki, it is a wonderful energy system that can be used in any part of your life. It's pronounced “ray-key” which means Rei “spiritual” or “sacred ” and ki “energy.”
Together they are translated in the West to mean “Universal Energy.” Ki has the same meaning as Chi in Chinese, Prana in Sanskrit, and Ti or Ki in Hawaiian, however, whatever you choose to call this energy, it’s the same vital energy force of all things.
Energy in Art
Have you ever looked at a piece of art and felt the energy within the painting?
Or perhaps been drawn to an image on a greeting card in a shop?
Are you pulled to certain colours and felt soothed by them?
As a Reiki Master and having worked with it for the last 15 years, I know that everything is energy; you can feel it, hear, see it and sense it.
Ultimately I am infusing the 3 of the symbols I use into the paper. You've heard of using a proxy when giving Reiki, often we can use a teddy bear, or plant or a photograph to send the Reiki, in drawing an illustration of you, I am weaving in the symbols directly into the pencil, pens and markers. You won't see it in the finished piece, but you'll feel it.
Any Muse Mantra will become a totem or a talisman for your daily journey.
The more I use Reiki in my creative process, the more messages and stories I pick up, which I now pass onSo what do I do?
There are three parts:
1) Setting up the Space:
I always take time to set up the zone and space where I’m working.
As I gather my things together, and lay them out, I will light incense, a candle and put on some mantra music – I love Snatam Kaur and Deva Premal.
2) Quiet Time:
Sitting down, ready to start, I get quiet, and relax. Here I will invite in my Reiki, Spiritual and Animal Guides. I activate my hands with Reiki and ask for it to flow freely within the sketch/or the colour. I wrote my own private prayer so this is where I’ll say it.
After I have done this, I then cast my eyes over the collection of photographs that I have of the person I'm drawing. The photos are for me to get a sense, a feeling of who they are. I never create the same image from a photo.
3) The Creative Act (sketch/colour)
I now just let this process flow – I begin to sketch. I note down any thoughts, feelings or messages I’m getting, which I can share with them when we connect later. Whether this is for an individual or for a family, the process is the same. During this time, I like to listen to any sonic music, sometimes classical. After I have finished the sketch I then move on to the colour-fill.
I make sure to haven lemon water by my side. I’m never without lemons : )
When I’m happy with the finished illustration I will invoke the distant healing symbol within the piece, sending a blessing to the person who I’m creating, even if they have passed over. I also create portraits of animals and do the same.
In the past couple of years I have been choosing crystals, laying the illustration down on a crystal grid - the crystals add more insight to the process and I love discovering the ones I have chosen and their meaning.
The more I use Reiki in my creative process, the more messages and stories I pick up, which I now pass on.
A vision board is not about being creative and it’s certainly not about being artistic.
It’s about relaxation and about meeting your true self.
Enabling you to visualise a representation of what you are inviting into your life.
It’s a map of your world.
How to start?
A vision board is a collection of images that show your desired realities, It helps you focus your energy on a desired goal or a group of goals.
Goals with Soul
You choose either one of the areas below, or create a board that incorporates all of them!
This list is only limited by your imagination.
What you'll need:
1. 1 x A2 piece of card, any weight is fine, if you wish to go bigger, then go for it. A1 it is!
2. A stack of magazines 20+ - find a variety of magazines; i.e photography, travel, fitness, national geographic, mens, women's, crafting, art, animals, cars. Ask at your local hairdressers, or dentist for what they may be throwing out/recycling.
3. A Glue Stick.
5. Sharpies/Marker pens
6. Plain paper for writing power words
How to create your Vision Board
Begin with Relaxation
It is always preferable to get quiet, and be still. For about 10 minutes focus on your breathing and relax your brain. Take this time to meditate with a guided meditation, or simple play some relaxing music to allow yourself to relax and tap into the part of you that is going to connect with your inner dreams. You can use this music below from Paul Collier to quieten your mind
Music is really important as you vision. Create a playlist that invokes calm and feels really soothing to you.
You will need this as you begin to flick through and scan the magazines.
Choose any magazine and start to flick through.
Notice what catches your eye
Colour, Word, Image
Cut it out and put it to one side
Don't spend time analysing, cut it out and put it to one side.
When you have quite a stash of cut outs
The cutting out is a process in it's own right. Spend at least 30-40 minutes cutting out
Then turn to your lovely clear A2 or A1 piece of card and start to stick down the images and words that mean something to you as you now look at them again.
Do you feel a flicker of eagerness when you look at the image you have chosen?
Does your heart skip a beat?
Can you sit staring at that picture for a long while?
Are you taken off into a new adventure?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you know you're on the right track.
How to use your Vision Board in your daily life
My suggestions are to keep your finished piece private, if you can.
Don’t put it on show as others may choose not to appreciate it the same way you do, so only share it with those people close to you.
Place your vision board somewhere you will see it every day, where you can lose yourself in some of those images and you can think, see, feel, hear what it would be like to “be in it”.
After a while you may find you don’t resonate with it, that’s the time to change its location, perhaps put it away and let things settle.
Sooner rather than later, you’ll realise if you want to do another one.
The idea of the vision boards is to show YOU in your ideal scenario with your goal fully realised.
If you can, make sure you put yourself in the picture. For a realistic effect use a photograph of yourself.
Show yourself, being, doing, or having your desired objective – travelling round the world, proud author of your new book etc.
Show the situation in its ideal, complete form, as if it already exists.
You don’t need to indicate how it came about.
This is the finished product.
Don’t show anything negative or undesirable.
Make it believable to you.
Vision with the Moon