Talk to any person who does any amount of creative work and you’ll hear phrases like “in the flow” or “having energy to finish a project” or “in the zone”. Writers, artists, musicians all rely on energy and especially spiritual energy to some extent. Sure, there are the writers who write for dollars, though personally, I think you have to have some appreciation and enjoyment of what you do, otherwise the words on the page become…well, just words on the page. At least that’s how it works in my life.
When I’m writing nonfiction, I find that reiki flows naturally, especially if I’m writing about a very spiritual project. When working on my book about Animal Reiki, the reiki was pretty much nonstop. But I find, in addition to writing, that reiki, or energy work in general has a few other uses for creative people.
First, reiki can recharge. Got a project that’s getting you down? Have a character that’s being difficult? Take a step away from the computer, netbook, ipad, or whatever you’re writing with, and give yourself some reiki. For this, I like to move, too, like talking a walk. Move and energize, and oftentimes the blockage that’s causing the unruly character or stuck plot point will free up and the creativity will commence.
Secondly, reiki can keep you calm under pressure. Got a deadline that’s coming fast? Reiki will help keep you cool, calm, and collected until you complete the work. After all, reiki is a method of stress-reduction and relaxation. And while you might think you don’t want relaxation under a deadline, it sure helps. Trust me.
And third, reiki simply can help make sure everything is flowing. We are a physical body made up of spiritual and emotional bodies, and if there’s a blockage somewhere, then the entire whole isn’t going to work well together. Reiki can smooth things out, keeping things working like a well-oiled machine, and allow us to get out of our own way so the creativity can flow.
I think creative people work on a higher level, no matter what form their creativity takes. Working with reiki, using it as an adjunct to other ways of working and other supportive methods will help creative people find their flow and keep moving forward.