There are many words we choose to describe a certain thing or object,
language constantly evolves and adapts to our way of life. The word Earth
though has always been the same, describing what is beneath our feet, soil, food, grounding, stabilising and nurturing. When we feel the earth soil beneath our fingers and hands, we feel the connection to all things, mountains, rivers, oceans, sky, moon, the list can go on forever. We also feel, or most of us feel, humble, we are so small in comparison to the huge earth, yet we think we are better than the earth, and thinking this way we are knowingly destroying its very foundation and essence. Maybe now we have had to slow down and have much more time to think, we will at last realise the destruction of our earth and stop now!
Within the System of Reiki at the second level (Okuden), the first symbol is introduced, the mantra of Cho Ku Rei, which means ‘direct Spirit’ and comes from old Shinto practices and is widely known as Earth Energy. Symbol 1 and its mantra does indeed remind us of the Earth, it also reminds us that the earth is powerful, and grounding, by feeling grounded we feel less fear and worry, enabling us to be more direct and honest it also reminds us of the Precepts, letting go of Anger and Worry.
The sun is shining today and there is warmth in the air, the seeds in my pots are poking their little heads up, people I saw today walking had a smile on their faces. So all is not serious, we have to move forward and embrace change, because change is inevitable, whether it’s physical or emotional, nothing stays the same. Our bodies and minds adapt, it is us that tries to stop change, we could argue that change is not always a good thing. Take the Pandemic, some could say it is a disaster and some could say it’s a learning curve, I think the latter, as when we take time out we learn and feel the environment around us.
Life needs to be much slower so we can all enjoy the scent of nature and the natural balance, directly experiencing life and our true nature.
Love Jenny x