This last Sunday was my final training day in the hospice unit at the hospital. We had to do three classroom and three hospital training days. Nothing you learn in the classroom will really ever prepare you for what really happens “on the unit.” It was the best day ever, but I’d like to tell you a little about what hospice volunteers do.
Most people are there at the end of their life, living as comfortably as they can. Some are there for a short time to give their families a break. You never know who you might be helping when you get there. I learned a lot about how to make coffee and do laundry. Things that really help keep the families comfortable and help the staff have what they need. This was not exactly what I expected when I signed up to be a volunteer. My mission was to sit with people whether they didn’t have anyone to sit with, or they were unresponsive. I wanted to use Reiki to provide additional comfort, and I wanted to see if I could use my intuition to communicate with those who could not.
The God Box is nothing new. I happened to read an article in a magazine a few years ago about a woman whose mother had passed away. She found her “God Box”, which was just a simple box where her mother put little slips of paper each written with a simple request to God. “God, please help Mark find a new job.” “God, please help relieve me from pain.” She didn’t have special paper or colored sticky notes. She wrote on anything and everything. The back of an envelope, a scrap of paper, a recipe card…it didn’t matter.
She was throwing it out to God and letting it go. Let Go and Let God. I loved the idea so I made my own with a plain round cardboard box from the craft store. I decoupaged it with paper that had my favorite sunflowers on it. I then remembered in my Reiki training we learned how to make a crystal grid so we could send Reiki to people whose photos we put behind the grid. So I got some crystals and laid them out in the grid pattern on the lid.
I love that box. It’s so pretty and I can put in my little slips of paper. But, I can also send Reiki energy to every single person in there all at one time.
Sometimes we want to help someone and we just don’t know how. No matter who you consider your God to be, you can ask your higher power to provide help for the highest good. Then let the universe do its magic.
Reiki students are taught that we can provide Reiki healing over distance. That is, we don’t need the person to actually be in the room with us. We can send it in the now, we can send it in the future and we can send it to the past to help heal emotional trauma even before it happens. That’s a lot to wrap your head around.
Occasionally I send Reiki to people I know are hurting, physically or emotionally. It is nice to have permission from the person, but it is not required, as their higher self is the gatekeeper and will either allow or not allow the energy in.
I was told about a local person who had some very serious injuries and was in the hospital. It was very touch-and-go and I felt a strong need to send Reiki to this person as well as the family who was hurting so much.