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What does your heart long for?

Whenever I came across this question, I used to struggle to answer. I suffer from asthma. I had been struggling to breathe, in the last few years, since my parents passed away. So, I started to feel that my heart longs to be able to breathe with ease.

I have been able to breathe with ease for the last couple of months now. Perhaps the realisation of welcoming the new with each in-breath, healing and reconciling with the old with the out-breath, helped bring about this change. Perhaps there are more gifts to be revealed with the breath.

Now that I am able to breathe, the question came up again. What does my heart long for now?

At the Reiki Share on August 15th, Mikao Usui’s birthday, in the opening circle, while holding hands, we connected consciously with our heart and hands.

In the closing circle, after the shared Reiki treatments, one of the students asked if we could chant ‘Yum’, the seed sound for the heart chakra from the Vedic tradition. There was such beautiful heart centred energy in the room, that we went with the flow and together, as a group, we chanted ‘yum’ three times.

The next day, I happened to be reflecting on listening/hearing, when I realised that yes, I can struggle with listening to my body as well as the heart.

It was the day after, resting in Savasana, with my Reiki hands on my body, that I realised – my heart longs for me to be present in the body, and feel at ease in the body; my heart longs for me to love and care for myself and other people in my life, my heart longs for me to feel I belong. My heart longs for me to listen to it. It is through listening to the heart that I can become conscious of my heart’s desires. And this consciousness can help manifest them too.

There was more heart centred consciousness yet to come. The day after, I remembered Usui’s teaching about the Reiki Principles was to hold them in our heart. I felt that with more than 18 years of daily Reiki practice, the Principles have been going deeper and deeper into my heart. In that moment it seemed as if my heart longs for me to be able to live in alignment with the Principles. It felt as if ‘Just for today’ my heart was longing for me to not worry, to not anger, to honour my parents, teachers and elders, to earn my living honestly, with integrity and authenticity, while showing gratitude to every living thing.

I trust that the answer to ‘how’ to live this - will come with continued daily practice, at the right time when I am able to receive it. For the moment I feel content with the full moon shining light of awareness on what my heart longs for. I feel grateful for being able to listen to my heart.

Feeling very grateful for having Reiki and Yoga in my life. Deep gratitude to Mikao Usui, and all my teachers. Deep gratitude to all the people who came to the Reiki Share and have walked on this life’s path with me.

I like Astrology because it helps me synchronise with what the Universe is facilitating. August 15th was a full moon. This full moon was on Leo Aquarius axis. The other full moon this year, on the same axis was in January. It was on the full moon in January that I had realised Usui’s birthday this year was on a full moon. It was in January that I had decided to offer a Reiki Share on Usui’s birthday. Feeling really glad that I listened to this inner prompt and acted on it too.

August 15th happens to be India’s Independence Day too. A wish that arose that days was to be free of what still keeps me imprisoned. Being able to listen to the heart feels immensely liberating.

Please do listen to your heart, ask yourself ‘what does my heart long for?’, next time you are giving yourself a Reiki self-treatment, or meditating or practising Yoga or another spiritual practice.

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