Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of energy healing, which was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui. Reiki can be translated as Universal life force energy. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
1. Tell us about yourself.
I was born in Finland almost 50 years ago, to Swedish speaking parents. The Swedish speaking Finns are the world's most privileged minority (according to the New York Times). In spite of this, I have not lived in Finland since 1992, when I moved to Stockholm in Sweden. Currently I live with my American husband and two cats in Barcelona, Spain and my day job is to do share plan administration for an international firm. I have always done things I want to do, and I think it is sad to see that so many people don't. Many seem to think that life is something that happens to them and they can only hold on tight and go along, they don't realize that they actually create their life that they are living themselves and that if they don't like the life they live now; it is in their power to change it.
2. What made you interested in Reiki?
I became interested in Reiki in 2004. I had heard about Reiki before, but at those times I was not ready to understand it, and just thought it sounded a bit weird for example to make the car engine start by giving it Reiki... But in 2004 my fortune teller in Stockholm mentioned that she will arrange a Reiki 1 course and I felt that I wanted to do something for myself and signed up. Since I have participated in Reiki 2 and additional Reiki courses in London. In 2010 I got my Reiki Master initiation in Stockholm from the same person who I did the Reiki 1 course with as I, again, that I wanted to something to improve myself.
3. What is the biggest benefit that you have received from Reiki?
It is difficult to say what the biggest benefit from Reiki is for me. Maybe it is that it has helped to change my view of the world. In today's there is so much focus on things that we can "prove", that are tangible and measurable, people take drugs that almost have worse side effects than the health problem they take the drug for gives them.... Somewhere along the way people have lost the holistic understanding of how the human body and mind work and it cannot be "scientifically proven" they don't think it exists. Many people want somebody else but themselves to take responsibility for their well-being and rather take a pill than changing their habits, diet or thinking. Reiki cannot be explained, but I can see and feel the effects of it, that makes it easier to also have confidence in other, less tangible, wisdoms.
4. If there were one thing you could tell people to try to do that would help them on their journey, what would it be?
The thought comes first, and what you think will materialize. Therefore my advice to people is to be very careful with what you think and say, because that will create your reality. There is research that shows that it is easier for the brain to think negative thoughts than positive. Because of this, you have to actively work on thinking positively, it will not just "happen". There are a few tricks you can use:
1) Affirmations - which are positive statements, in present tense, about what you want to achieve. Repeat your affirmations at least 15 times morning, midday and evening for a month - and you will see a change!
2) It is not possible to "not think", your brain is constantly thinking. If you find that your brain is thinking negative thoughts, you need to give your brain some positive thoughts to "chew on", that can be affirmations. Every time you find yourself in negative thought circle, replace your negative thoughts with a positive affirmation and just keep thinking it over and over again until you can let go of the negative thought.
5. Do you have a special affirmation or message that you would like to share with the readers?.
The affirmation I use daily is in Swedish, so it may sound a bit klonky in English, but it is something like this: The unlimited resources of the Universe are flowing to be through an unlimited number of channels. This is a general confirmation that brings prosperity. If you combine this with being generous then you will always live in abundance. Generosity is the best way to start a positive cycle that will bring what you need to you. The receiving will come to you, but you need to show your faith in the process by starting to give. It does not have to be giving money or things, you can give your time, advise, help with something that is easy for you but difficult for somebody else. And show Gratitude that is another great way to receive more - show that you notice that it has come to you and say thank you to the Universe. As you can see, there are many things I would advise people to do, all of them are very simple, you just need to decide to start doing them - the thought comes first.
If you want to contact Britt Marie, please send her an email at bmkronqvist (at) hotmail.com.