Gosh, I feel like I haven’t been able to write freely in such a long time! I have just been super busy with other freelance writing endeavors, giveaways, work, parenting, back-to-school tasks, full time job searching, and weaving through heavy emotional thought processes.
Anyways, I wanted to quick tell you that I checked off an important goal from my 2017 New Year Resolution list! (Actually, if you remember, I said this was a 2016 goal!!) Here it is: I am finally certified in Reiki Level I & II. I was actually trained back in July, but I’ve been using it almost daily now and just love the experience. So let me give you a very brief introduction if you are unfamiliar with it. Then, I will tell you how I’ve been using reiki in my daily life.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese, hands-on healing technique. That’s the simplest version for people not interested in holistic healing methods. But it is far cooler than that. The reiki practitioner essentially channels reiki energy (or universal life force energy) from the palms of their hands into another person’s body to encourage mental, spiritual, and physical healing. It works because reiki energy helps to increase the vibrational rate in the energy centers and meridians throughout the body. Negativity, pain, and disease result from lower energy blocks in your body. Once a person’s energy vibrations are increased and free from lower energy blocks, their life force energy can flow freely and healing is sped up or facilitated.
Have you read You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay? This book explains the concept of how negative thoughts and emotions create physical ailments. The author doesn’t speak specifically of reiki, but it will give you a better understanding of how energy healing works.
My reiki class used the William Lee Rand’s training manual. You can visit Rand’s website, The International Center for Reiki Training to explore reiki more in depth. He dedicates his entire life to practicing and teaching other people about reiki healing.
Note: Some people say reiki is not a legitimate healing method; and those are the same people who don’t believe in prayer, miracles, or anything but their precious science theories. I like to keep an open mind.
Reiki as a Daily Practice
Reiki can be used to heal pretty much anything imaginable. I first wanted to learn reiki in order to help my husband manage his back pain. Then, I had my daughter Amelia, who has a severe form of social anxiety, where she refuses to speak to anyone but a select few. I’ve been using reiki to try and help both of them. My biggest priority right now though is helping Amelia feel confident in school (first grade), since her social anxiety impacts her ability to socialize and enjoy friendships on a daily basis. She says she has three friends, but doesn’t talk to them… So, I perform reiki on her before bedtime by placing my hands on all seven of her energy centers (chakras) and along the joint areas (shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and feet). A full session can take 60-90 minutes long, but I do shorter 10-30 minute sessions too, focusing just on the areas of her body that directly effect communication and self-confidence. She really likes it. It’s one of our favorite mother/daughter bonding times. 🙂
I have started incorporating reiki into my personal night routines. Usually, I do some form of meditation or prayer. Now, I add reiki for personal healing and also to send distant reiki to others who have requested it. As a Reiki Level II practitioner, I have learned an important symbol for sending reiki energy distantly through both time and space. I can tell it’s working because I can feel the energy flow from my hands. It’s pretty neat.
I have a hundred more things to say about reiki, but I have a busy day ahead of me. Oliver and I have a date to go fall clothing shopping. 😉 Then, my husband and I are attending the Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows concert! I can’t wait! But, yes, I’m afraid if I save this post to the drafts in hopes of expanding later, it will never get published. So, this is all I have for now. Please let me know what questions you have regarding reiki. I would love to tell you about my class training experience, distant reiki sessions, and how it feels to actually perform reiki.