Reiki is an ancient form of energy work. It was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui. It is based on the idea that we all have the ability to direct the healing energy of the Universe. Once a practitioner has received training, which involves opening up to the universal energy, they can begin to direct that healing to others.
Our bodies as we experience stress, emotional issues, and even emotional repair, create energetic waste. I like the formal term "gunk." 🙂 This gunk gets stuck in our aura. It causes physical issues, and even more emotional turmoil. Reiki clears the gunk. This allows your life force energy to flow better. (Similar to the Chinese concept of Qi) It also allows your body the extra energy to begin to heal itself.
Some issues that I have seen helped in my practice and personal experience: migraine relief, improved sleep, reduced stress and clearing of cold.
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2006. My son was one, and I got the opportunity to go away for a few days. A much needed break. I decided to head to Miraval in Arizona. A wellness magazine was doing a retreat there and I thought it would be fun to meet some of the self help people I had been following and get some much needed rest.
Part of the package was a credit for daily spa services. One of the offerings was Reiki. I had never done Reiki and figured why not now. After all I had already had a massage and a facial.
It started off as most spa treatments do. I was relaxing and waiting for the therapist. She called me in. Gave me a brief run down of what to expect and I jumped on the massage table.
I closed my eyes and she proceeded with the treatment. She finished, asked if there were questions. And that was it.
Nothing magical. Nothing amazing. I did not run out and sign up for my next session. I honestly did not feel any different other than I had just relaxed for 30 mintues. Which to be fair for a new mom was fantastic!
Fast forward to 2019. This was the next time that I had a Reiki session. Yes that is right, I completely dismissed it. Wrote it off as something that did not work for me.
Over those 13 years, I had gone on a very long self-discovery and emotional healing journey. I had been working at clearing limiting beliefs, healing past emotional trauma and re-defining exactly who I was and who I wanted to be. During this time I tried many, many things. I experimented with everything from journaling, meditation, and tapping to past life regression, walking on fire and travel.
But there were a few things I was still stuck on. Finally a friend who is an intuitive said she felt a block on the right side of my head and I needed to go get Reiki.
I am not sure if it was because my friend said it, or because I had tried so many other things or if it was just time but I agreed and started the search for the right Reiki therapist for me. Trusting my intuition to guide me to the right one I found Lori. I scheduled my first session, but held almost no hope of it making much of a difference.
To my surprise, it made all the difference. Over three sessions we ended up clearing out lots of emotional gunk that had gotten stuck from when I was young, when I was in-utero and much more. It was so powerful that I knew it was exactly what I needed to learn to manage my energy. Especially since I am an empath and can pick up on just about anyone's feelings even if they are half way around the world.
I 100% expected just to do level one so I could self heal and manage my energy. In fact, I had zero plans of offering it as a service. But turns out I feel in love with it. Not only did I end up going for level two, but I also went for Reiki Master. And then knew it had to be something I helped others with.
To me it was the final connector piece between the healing work I was doing. I finally had the right tools to get through anything. Now I help other do the same.