Reiki Practices for Agile Teams


Why Energy Enhancement is Important

“Your energy introduces you before you even speak” – I strongly believe in this famous quote and I am writing this article to enhance the positive energy level of every agile team, irrespective of their agile maturity level and experience.

If your Enterprise is not very mature in Disciplined Agile (DA) implementation, then you need to work with a CDAC to increase this maturity. I’m not focusing on those aspects of DA implementation in this article. You can get that knowledge from the DA website, blog, any CDAC or many great books written by Scott Ambler and Mark Lines.

I’m a certified Reiki Master Teacher and Disciplined Agile Coach & Instructor (CDAC & CDAI), who has been coaching and training agile teams, plus successfully healing people (in person or located thousands of miles away) by my Reiki knowledge. I’ve identified some basic Reiki practices which every agile practitioner can follow to increase their own positive energy level.

No prior Reiki or Energy Healing knowledge is required to follow these time-tested practices and you can even measure the increase in this positive energy by Pendulum Dowsing, if you are interested in collecting the evidence.

Background of Energy Healing and Reiki

With the advancements of quantum physics, evidence supporting the concept that matter is made up of layers of energy came to light. For centuries, indigenous cultures have been positively influencing the body’s health by working with its energy fields, and many traditions around the world speak about how it can be used in medical practices.

It was first observed by the eastern healers who identified seven Chakras and twelve major Meridians, or pathways of energy, in the body. They enhance the flow of energy to improve the health of the physical body. This is called Energy Healing.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – “Rei” which means “Universal” and “Ki” which is “Life Force Energy”. Reiki flows through all living things. It utilizes the Ki to strengthen and help others using a lot of hand techniques and specific symbols which channel the energy of the universe to heal the body, mind and spirit.

With this background information, let’s explore some simple practices to enhance the positive Energy Level of your agile teams:

Meditation on Five Reiki Principles (10-15 Minutes Daily)

The following five Reiki principles are guidelines that everyone can live by, to promote a healthy, loving way of living.

  1. Just for today, I will let go of worry

Worry causes stress which is a major issue in our daily lives. So, for a day try to stop worrying. It will make your life peaceful which in turn, will also bring peace to others. Lowering down stress will also enhance your physical health. Just for today trust in the universal life force and it will help you in fixing your problems!

  1. Just for today, I will let go of anger

If a typical morning for you involves getting bug reports from the testers or high priority production tickets from the users, you probably default to anger. Why not just take a deep breath, relax and let it go? What will you achieve by remaining angry and increasing your own blood pressure? Nothing. All that you’ll end up with is an elevated heart rate (and more stress!) which is not good for your well-being.

  1. Just for today, I will be grateful

We are always asking for more and only seeing what we don’t have. Let’s try for one day to be grateful for what we do have — like a job, a car, a roof over your head, good health, a family and your DA team that supports you. If you are grateful for what you have, you will attract more good. The law of attraction states that like attracts like and lack attracts lack, so stay positive and be grateful for what you have.

  1. Just for today, I will do my work honestly

Doing your work honestly brings more purpose and meaning into your life. When you do your work honestly and with purpose, at the end of the day you’ll feel good about yourself and more fulfilled about your work. Just remember the following quote of quality guru Dr. W. Edwards Deming – “Quality is pride of workmanship.”

  1. Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing

What you give out, you receive back multifold. Be nice, loving and caring to everyone, even if it’s not your favorite person in the world. We all deserve love and kindness. At the end of the day we will feel better about ourselves for bringing some light and love into someone else’s day, even if it’s just for a moment.

Please note, all these principles start with “Just for today” phrase because our life is agile and every new day can be treated as a new iteration. You don’t need to plan your whole life today in Waterfall style. Just meditate on these principles and live one iteration (day) at a time. You will be much happier at the end of the day, I promise.

Forgiveness Prayer (10-15 Minutes in Every Retrospective Meeting)

Every team can spend 10-15 minutes in every Retrospective meeting to chant and meditate on the following forgiveness prayer:

  • I am a divine soul.
  • I invoke all powers within.
  • All including myself, please forgive me and all connected to me, for creating any negative energy, anytime & in any life, knowingly or unknowingly.
  • I forgive & seek divine forgiveness for all including myself, that have anytime & in any life, created any negative energy, for me & all connected to me, knowingly or unknowingly.
  • I am perpetually Healed, Protected & Guided.
  • I willingly forgive, forget and heal to effortlessly give and receive love only.
  • I am so happy and grateful now.
  • Every day in every way I am getting better and better.

Affirmation Slips (10-15 Minutes in Every Iteration Planning Meeting or as Needed)

An affirmation is a simple, positive phrase that is meant to change our habit, belief, behavior, approach, emotion, feeling or opinion. For many people, it’s a great tool of healing and improving life. After all, it’s a tool of working with your inner self.

How to make affirmation slips? Keep it as simple as possible. No need to be formal and go for fancy words or big-big affirmations. You can note down this wish on a piece of paper in clear words or use any simple affirmation related to your wish.

Hold this slip between your palms and meditate for 5-10 minutes with the intention to manifest it for your highest good.

To understand and explain affirmations better, here are two simple examples.

I, YOUR NAME, write perfect code and delight our customers!

I, YOUR NAME, catch every bug in testing and enhance the reliability of our software!

Using this affirmation properly will establish a new opinion in your mind. And because our opinions create our reality (have you read/watched The Secret?), then with a bit of healing, you will be able to do your job perfectly and with pleasure.

How to write affirmations? Well, there are few “rules” and some “guidelines”. First, the affirmation must be a positive phrase. So don’t use “no”, “never”, “not” and things like that. Always try to make sure that your affirmation sounds positive. Next, write affirmations for yourself, not for others.

These are the basics of writing affirmation. You can also listen to a recorded affirmation or recite the affirmation, because it works, as well.

My experiments with various DA teams have convinced me that these Energy Healing practices will work for your DA team as well. Even if you are not sure about the outcome or don’t know how to measure this enhanced positive energy by a Pendulum Dowser, I suggest you run it as an experiment for 2-3 iterations and observe the difference.

Do share your experiences with me after conducting this experiment.

May the force be with you!

– Written by Dr. Sanjay Saxena, Ph.D., CDAC, CDAI, SPC4, PgMP, Reiki Master Teacher (ssjpr@yahoo.com)

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