Six months ago, if you had asked me about Reiki, I would have said, “What is it?”.
Little did I know the impact Reiki would have on my life. You’re probably asking yourself, “what does she mean? And why did she become a Reiki Practitioner?”
Well, the best way to explain it, is to start at the beginning . . .
For the last few years my mom would give me money for my birthday and I would use it to pamper myself. The first year I did a massage, last year Reflexology and this year Reiki. When I signed up for Reiki, I also noticed that they offer Chakras and I thought, “Why not, it’s my birthday”.
When meeting with the Reiki Practitioner, she asked about my health history. So I rattled off that I was struggling with kidney disease, had a pinch nerve in my neck and “oh . . . by the way” had back surgery a few years back. I thought to myself, “wow, I am a reck”.
Since I was having Chakras too, she handed me a tray of oils explaining the names and where each one should be placed on my body. She then lit Sage and started playing relaxing music. She had me lie on my back and proceeded to place seven stones on certain parts of my body like my forehead, neck, heart while telling me the meaning of each one (I’ll post more about Chakras in another blog . . . so please stay tuned).
She then said I could close my eyes or have them open. She started at the crown of my head gently placing her hands there. She then moved her hands to my forehead, neck and other key points on my body. I immediately started relaxing. About halfway through Reiki, I started coughing. I opened my eyes and noticed the room had filled with smoke. She immediately ran over to the Sage and put it out. She then started opening all the windows to get the smoke out of the room. After opening all the windows she had me roll on my back while she finished giving me Reiki.
When the session was done, she asked me if I was Native American and I said, “No”. I asked her why? She said that typically you can’t keep Sage lit and we practically had a “fire” going on in the room and that this had never happened to her before. I had no clue what that meant or even why you would light Sage.
For any newbies like me . . . Sage is often lit to cleanse an area and to create an atmosphere of peace and healing.
She then asked if there was anything going on in my life. I told her how my mom had recently died and how dragonflies were appearing everywhere. We talked about the possibility that the smoke from the Sage could be related to my mom.
I went home having no pain, feeling completely relaxed and happy. I also had an overwhelming urge to become a Reiki Practitioner.
The next day it dawned on me that my grandmother had been a Christian Science Practitioner and she would help heal people and I wondered if the Sage smoke was somehow related. I called the Reiki Practitioner and mentioned this to her. She said all she knows was that it was a positive “knock on the door” for me.
I asked her if she was Reiki Master and she said “Yes”. I told her I wanted to learn more about Reiki and become a Practitioner. She asked me to stop by her studio to pick up some books to read about Reiki before making that decision. I was so consumed with learning more about Reiki that I read all the books.
A few weeks later, I became a Reiki I Practitioner. During the attunement (which is when you become a Reiki Practitioner), I was overcome with happiness and peace. She then mentioned that I would be operating at a higher energy level and people will be attracted to me and the responses could be positive and negative.
Two days later, I was working the concession stand at my son’s football game and one of his friend’s moms came up to me and introduced her mom (okay, I know . . . too many moms in one sentence . . . tee hee). As soon as her mom saw me, she burst into tears, thanking me for letting her grandson stay with us last year during the summer when his mom was going through hard times. I hugged her and said that it was no problem and that her grandson was such a sweetheart. Other than this one incident, I have not had any other repercussions whether positive or negative.
For those of you not familiar with Reiki, there are three levels in becoming a Reiki Practitioner and they are Reiki I, Reiki II and Reiki Master. To learn more about Reiki, please read my page entitled, “What is Reiki?”
I am now a practitioner in Reiki I and Reiki II. Should I decide to become a Reiki Master, I need to wait a year from the time I became a Reiki II Practitioner.
Since becoming a Reiki Practitioner, I’ve had great joy and peace come into my life.
I no longer have kidney disease or pain in my neck from the pinched nerve. I believe Reiki and positive thinking through daily affirmations are the reasons why I am healed. Added bonus . . . I love giving Reiki to friends and family!
Thank you for reading my blog. May your days be filled with joy and peace.