An Indoor Winter Reiki Garden
A new age in garden practices is blooming including organic gardening and bringing heirloom varieties of seeds back into home gardens.
In New England, a gardener knows only Mother Nature has the last word. It does not matter how much one tills the soil or adds the best compost with loving hands, Mother Earth makes all the difference "weather" or not we have an abundant crop of fresh food and beautiful flowers by the end of our short growing season.
It has been said that talking to plants is beneficial; what about Reiki? The word Reiki come from Japanese language with rei meaning "all that is" and ki meaning "life energy." Put them together and you get "universal life force energy." Practitioners use this energy that flows through all living things for healing themselves and others. Reiki can also be used to help struggling plants or to keep them healthy.
Plants have been found to respond positively to Reiki energy and can aid in helping them thrive. Talking to them, sharing love, caring and attentiveness helps plants to grow healthy from seedlings, forming the root systems and well into blossom. Gardeners love the labor of tilling, planting, weeding and feeding. With caring hands, most gardens can look wonderful each year. This is a form of Reiki – sharing one's love and energy with another form of life by careful cultivation.
Let's try it! This time of year it may not be too hard to find an ailing plant in the house. Or start with a healthy one too. I happen to be quite a brutal gardener because I will work with plants that thrive, however, I will also be the first to remove something that does not work well with me. There are some things that are just trouble, such as spider mites. A warm, dry home in the winter is a perfect setting for a spider mite convention.
Make a special place designated for sick or ailing plants. It should have sunlight at least four hours per day for sun loving plants, cool but not cold temperatures, and be where you will notice the plants every day. Use common sense, such as watering regularly (Reiki the water) when the top 1" of soil feels dry to the touch, and cut back any dead or dying growth. Some plants may need almost everything trimmed back. This year it is my passiflora (passion flower vine) that is my Reiki subject, which needs just about the entire vine cut back. Mist the plant with a cold water bottle a little each day, especially if the problem is spider mites. Say a few kind words to them and touch them lightly by petting or patting to simulate the wind blowing outside. This helps the formation of stronger stems. If you are a Reiki practitioner, use this wonderful energy around the bottom of the pot at the root area as well as the foliage above.
Observe the plant to see if there is a difference after two to three weeks of this special attention. Is there any new growth showing? Has the plant gotten sicker or healthier? Plants are living things that need this positive energy, especially in the winter months when there is little stimulation from the outdoors. A gardener will feel encouraged to make an extra effort when dealing with the winter blues while nursing some favorite plants back to health and help themselves feel better too!
Lisa Szczygiel-Durante is a freelance writer and aura photographer as well as a Reiki II practitioner in Thomaston, Connecticut. She writes a regular column, "The Plant Whisperer," for the Danbury News Times.