Creating more ripples in the world

Today I was remembering what one of my Reiki Master Teacher had shared with me when I was going through my Reiki Master program with her at that time. I wondered how could I do more good in the world? I asked her how could I possibly share what I felt I had within me, when I didn’t even know what that was. I really had no clue what it all meant. I just knew that I needed to do something, but yet felt it had to be big, but what? I wondered how could it be possible for me to make a difference even if only for one person… somehow if I could do this then surely I would feel like my mission had been accomplished in some way or at least I would have found a place where to start. There was confusion for me to have such a deep burning desire to do something but yet to not even know what I was supposed to do and how to help others in the process which I felt was so important to me.

At that moment she asked me to turn towards a huge framed print she had on the wall in her healing room…  and what I saw was a pebble that had been thrown in the water of what seemed like a calm lake. The water could be seen rippling out far and wide and the bigger and wider circles went on for what seemed like forever.

I could not remember ever having noticed that print there on that wall before. How could I have missed it, the size of it was huge and I had been in that room so many times over the last few years. When I think back to that day when I was in her office and asked those questions I can only assume that I had not been ready until then to hear the message that she had to share with me and that explains why I never noticed the print before.

She began explaining that what I was doing already in my life was creating a ripple effect that was spreading far and wide by me sharing with others what I knew and the lessons I had learned and experienced over the years. And she told me that what I was doing when I chose to heal things within myself was also creating a ripple effect and helping others in ways I could not see yet. I wasn’t exactly sure what all of that meant that day. How could I be helping others when I couldn’t see clearly what I was doing or meant to be doing. I thought I had to do something big, in order to make the difference that I wanted to make in the world, otherwise it wouldn’t really count, so I thought. Talk about putting pressure on myself, but I couldn’t see that either at that time. And how could someone else be helped when I was focusing the healing for my own issues and not for them? That concept was not very clear either. I needed time to digest it all.

It took me a while to understand what she meant and to see the magnitude of the message. Eventually I began to see little glimpses of simple things I would do, where I started seeing the positive changes it brought to those that were closest to me… and then I began to see the bigger circles and the ripples that were being created and how the simple things I did or said were reaching a few more people even if it was only in subtle ways. But these subtle things were the ones that brought smiles to my face and such a feeling of gratitude… I knew that somehow I was helping make a difference in other peoples lives by sharing what I had learned along the way. And that also by being my true self that allowed them to realize and see that they could also be their true selves. I dropped the intense pressure I had put on myself to do something big… all that did was terrify me to half to death and create intense fears in me. I realized after a while that having such high expectations of myself didn’t work so well.

I sometimes noticed in others the more positive vibes and energy, other times I could see awakenings happening where they were finding the truth within themselves (like I had for myself)… other times it was simply hearing about someone else that had decided to take a Reiki class and that alone was enough for me to feel the intense joy that I knew it had brought for me… and I wanted that same feeling for others. All these little things started to help me appreciate that when I did something no matter how small or big, it was helping make a difference somewhere, for someone. And that’s when I got the full meaning and understanding of the message that my teacher had shared with me that day in her office.

As Mother Teresa said…
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

water ripple

Photo credit goes to Farmall Stem’41

It brings me such joy to see that simply being myself, staying present and remaining as much as possible in that place of peace is really all that I need to do… and to share from my heart what I believe to be true because that is what I love doing the most. If I create ripples and they are meant to go far and wide they will be felt by those that are meant to get the message that I share with them on that day… just like I received the message that I needed to hear from my Reiki Master Teacher that day 5 years ago, and it has had such a profound impact on my life I’ve come to realize!

Blessings,
Suzanne xo

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Comments

  1. Love it! The photograph, your words and Mother Teresa’s quota “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
    BEAUTIFUL and INSPIRING!

  2. Gabriella says:

    Yes! You hit it right-on, Suzanne. I love this post. I needed to read this today. This wanting -to-do-something-big-and-feeling-overwhelmed-in-the-process might come from our mothering. We do little mundane things on a daily basis, then ask ourselves, “This is it?” without realizing how HUGE those little things are in the greater scheme of things. I’m learning that people watch as we do little things, and they learn, and they change, and they grow.

    I love that image. I will try to remember it when I’m feeling like I need to do more (when in fact, I’m doing enough).

    • Love your explanation. And it’s so true, we don’t give ourselves enough credit for all the little mundane things we do on a daily basis… it’s what adds up in the bigger picture of life.

  3. GREAT post Suzanne! And, YES, we are all here to each cause a ripple in our own way – ENJOY the journey!!!
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