If you're trying to lose weight, you're probably already pursuing a healthy eating and exercise plan. You might not have considered some of the more esoteric reasons that your body might hang on to excess weight. Some people struggle with losing weight because they absorb the stresses and negativity of others on an energetic level, notes Sherrie Dillard, intuitive development instructor at Duke University and author of "Discover Your Psychic Type." Reiki is a form of energy treatment that clears blocks to self-healing, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine's website. Chakra therapy works along similar lines to clear your major energy centers. Both can help release negative energy and support your weight loss efforts.
Setting Your Intentions with Reiki
Write your name on a piece of paper, along with a phrase that signifies your commitment to weight loss. "Release heaviness" or "healthy weight loss" are two phrases that might work for you.
Infuse the paper with reiki energy, if you are a practitioner. If not, ask your reiki practitioner to send reiki healing energy into the paper the next time you have an appointment.
Keep the paper with you throughout the day. Hold it in your hand for a moment or two before each meal or snack. The healing energy will help support your intentions.
Using Reiki to Clear Emotional Blocks
Direct reiki energy to your solar plexus chakra, at the base of your sternum, or ask your practitioner to focus on this area the next time you go for a treatment. If you are taking on negative energy from others, this is the chakra that is most likely to become blocked.
Feel any tension located in your upper abdomen as you receive reiki.
Visualize the tension. Attach a color and a shape to it in your mind's eye. Ask the tension for any information or lessons it needs to impart before you release it.
Release the tension into the earth for transformation and healing.
Using Color Visualization to Empower the Solar Plexus Chakra
Sit comfortably with your spine upright. Rest your hands on your knees, palms up, and close your eyes.
Inhale and exhale deeply and slowly. Visualize and feel your body in your mind's eye. Imagine and feel a warm, bright yellow light coming up from the earth, filling your feet, legs, belly, chest, throat and head. Yellow is the color of the solar plexus chakra, which governs willpower and the capacity to feel.
Imagine and feel this light shining brightly out through the center of your upper abdomen. Hold this part of the visualization for as long as is comfortable.
Envision and feel the yellow light draining down from your head, chest, belly, legs and feet, and back into the earth, taking with it any negative, stale or dark energies and emotions.
Imagine and feel a shining white light filling your body from the ground up. When it reaches the crown of your head, visualize the light shining out thorough your skin, illuminating everything around you. Breathe slowly and deeply, holding the white light in your mind's eye for as long as is comfortable.
Be kind to yourself as you pursue your healthy weight loss goals. Exercise and a balanced diet that emphasizes fresh, local ingredients will improve your well-being and help you reach a healthy weight gradually.