Even though you've told your mother countless times not to she still tells the story of how you ran out of the doctor's office (wearing only a little paper examining gown) when he tried to give you a vaccination.
Your business partner, without consulting with you, spends a fortune on an item guaranteed to gather dust on the shelves.
Your friend asks you when you're going to stop fooling around with acting and get a real job.
Your spouse or partner decides that he's not spending one more holiday with your family because they are unbearable--or decides that the city is unbearable and wants to move to Alaska.
Any relational conflict will be intensified if we're having trouble on the job, have lost someone we love, or any other situation we feel vulnerable about. We will bring our feeling of endangerment into the relationship, and increase existing tensions--and the more vulnerable we feel the less likely we are to take the initiative in discussing difficulties in a relationship. "He won't listen," we think. "She'll think I'm an idiot. Since the whole world seems to be taking great delight in attacking me why should she be any different?"
So we don't talk because it's too dangerous, and we feel worse. We discover how many irritating qualities the other person has. If we live with them our store of grievances will accumulate rapidly, until one day we have a fight over crumbs left on the cutting board. People have broken up over such things--because they feel too vulnerable to share their feelings. They're afraid that all that will come out is anger and tears, that they won't be able to get their point across, that the other person, being more verbally skilled (or just louder) will win.
Writing a letter gives us the opportunity to think about what we want to say. Instead of screaming, "I hate you, you never listen to me," we can take the time to remember and report specific instances in which the other person didn't listen. When we're writing we don't have to worry about being interrupted by another's angry outburst.
If we re-read what we've written and want to change it we can (especially if we write on a computer). The reader, too, has an advantage. Instead of being too busy preparing her defense to actually listen to what the other person is saying she can read the letter. She can re-read it if anything isn't clear. THEN she can prepare her rebuttal, and if it seems too explosive to say it she can write it.
Yes, but how? At least you don't have the hated face of the beloved other before you to incite you to rage, but you're still angry. That's all right. You can feel and also communicate your anger. What we're looking for now is a way in which you can also communicate that you love this person. The Angel Gabriel relates to love and heart connections. You can call on this angel to help what you write connect to the other person's heart, and/or on a connecting angel. The book, Ask Your Angels, contains a number of exercises for working with your angels to heal relationships. You can offer up a prayer that your words will be written and received with love. You can create an intention that your intention is to heal and deepen your relationship. If you've taken Reiki II you can send loving energy with the distant healing symbol, and use the symbol for mental/ emotional balance on yourself.
The actual words you write will depend on you and your situation. Sometimes, as you write, you'll realize aspects of the situation which you've created. For example, if you feel betrayed by another, a dismal parade of all the people who ever betrayed you may trudge through your heart; you may realize that you attract people who betray you. If this happens promise yourself that you're going to work on this area. You may also want to acknowledge this to the other person (don't worry; it doesn't diminish their responsibility). The other person may respond verbally or by letter, and don't be surprised if they have some issues to raise with you. Receive their words in the same spirit that you wanted them to receive yours. If all that goes through your head is that their wrong, wrong, WRONG, see if you can suspend that judgment and try to listen to them/ read the letter as if there's a chance that they could be right.
At the same time, if they don't seem to address your concerns at all in their response, write them another letter. Issues, especially if they're long-standing and deeply felt, don't always get cleared up through one letter exchange. Your chances of healing a relationship through this method are better if you can get a beforehand agreement from the other person to use it.
Are you thinking, "She'll never agree, and, furthermore, I'm not even talking to her"? Send her a letter, and send this newsletter with it--with our blessings. We believe in healing broken hearts.
Rose quartz is the universal healer for heartache. It teaches us that we are the source of love, and helps us to be able to nurture and love ourselves even if it feels as if the entire world is against us. Wear it or carry it; place it over the heart during meditation. Keep it with you if you decide to launch a letter-writing campaign.
Sugilite is an excellent stone for releasing anger and resentment, especially if you've repressed these emotions and find that when you get in touch with them they feel confused and hard to express. As rose quartz teaches us that we are the source of love sugilite connects us to our inner source of strength.
Rhodochrosite helps to relieve any anxiety we may feel about opening up an unusual method of communication. Amazonite gives us the courage of self-expression; while blue lace agate helps us to express our feelings in a peaceful way. Rhodonite is useful for giving us patience with any difficulties we may have in communicating, and to be patient with our correspondent.
You may also wish to prepare for success by programming a crystal (any of the above would be fine, as would clear quartz) with an affirmation of your choice. Some possibilities might be: "X and I resolve our differences in a loving, healing way" or "As a result of our communication our relationship is better than ever." Any of the stones discussed above also make very appropriate Valentine's Day gifts. They can serve either as a token of your commitment to heal the source of discord between you and another or in recognition that your relationship is resolved.
Resentment and anger often go together, and Willow helps us to stop seeing ourselves as the helpless victims of others' cruelty and teaches us to take responsibility for our lives. Beech is an invaluable flower essence for dealing with judgment. It helps to accept that others, like ourselves, have flaws and imperfections. When judgment is principally directed against ourselves Pine is the appropriate flower essence.
We had little idea what we were getting into when we launched our business on the Web. We were used to the intimacy of a retail storefront where customers came in often and we developed personal relationships with them. In our secret hearts we envisoned cyberspace as the cousin of outer space: a dark, endless void punctuated by an occasional starburst of light.
We've discovered, though, that there's much more light than we'd anticipated. Our encounters--whether they've been with the proprietors of like-minded sites, with people from whom we requested information, or customers--have been marked by a high degree of courteousness and friendliness. We have many friends on the Net now, and our email box bulges.
We'd like to offer special thanks to some of our new friends, members of the email Reiki Circle, the shtml Writers Guild--and especially to you.