Another of my morning utterances is
BE PRESENT; CHOOSE CONSCIOUSLY.
This phrase came to me as a result of several influences.
First, my primary “serious” tarot book, back in the 1980s, was Choice Centered Tarot by Gail Fairfield. Not only did it teach me about tarot, it opened up a way of life to me that was about living by choice rather than by fate. It’s a book that’s less about predicting a set outcome and more about noticing what’s here in the moment so that one can be aware of the options that are present. When one can see the options, one can make cleaner, healthier choices, should one choose.
Second, reiki is more than a hands-on energy modality, although that’s a part of it. It’s a way of life that includes living “for today only” — i.e. in the present moment — as much as possible. If we’re living in the now, we’re less likely to get attached to what has been and what has not yet happened (and probably won’t happen); therefore, less stress and more health.
Third, participating twice in a study circle about The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin brought me to a realisation that what many practices are about are staying in the moment and being conscious of what’s here now. From that place of awareness, we can create our lives rather than wait for them to happen and we can choose our responses to the unexpected rather than react to them.
All of this isn’t to say that I’ve perfected presence and consciousness. Note that I still recite, “Be present; choose consciously” every day as a reminder to self.