The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. Buddha (Extract on Reiki from my book 'The Quirky Medium')
Being introduced to Reiki changed my life
Reiki is a natural form of universal healing. The practitioner places their hands on the recipient’s chakra points starting at the crown chakra (top of the head), and ending up at the feet. Reiki is a gentle and non-intrusive complementary form of healing helping to balance the body by working on four levels of existence: the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual.
As a recipient you will feel relaxed as energy flows through your body. Everyone is different and some people will fall asleep, whereas others may feel emotional as old deep-rooted emotions rise to the surface. This is perfectly normal, as it’s the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The first time I had a treatment was at my best friend Pam's house. Pam had told me about Reiki but at the time I wasn't sure what it was. I remember lying on the bed in her bedroom. As she started the treatment, I felt tingly and could feel the warmth of her hands as she worked her way down each of my chakras. After the treatment I felt some sort of a release, and I was extremely emotional. Pam said that this was normal as she had unblocked my chakras and the negative emotions I was holding on to had to be released otherwise I would become ill. It felt like waves of emotion were flowing through me from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. I felt more relaxed than I had for a long time and decided I liked this treatment and I wanted more. During my second treatment Pam suggested that I visualise a special place. It didn’t take long before an image started to form in my mind’s eye. I kept seeing part of a beach and then a lovely garden with brightly coloured flowers. I saw tropical fish and I realised that what I could see, smell, hear and sense was not in this country. The sun was really hot and the flowers in the garden were large brightly coloured exotic flowers. On the beach I could see the sand glistening and hear the sounds of the waves on the beach. The next thing I saw was an archway of exotic flowers and I realised that there was a dark-haired man by my side although I couldn’t see his features. We walked through the archway together and I felt serene and at peace with the world. I knew that I had been given a snippet of something in my own future. When I discussed this with Pam, she too had seen the tropical fish. Who was this man?
As time went on, I had a burning desire to help others experience the wonders of Reiki healing. Pam attuned me to First Degree Reiki and that day will be imprinted on my brain forever. I remember thinking, why didn’t I do this before? The sense of peace and oneness that I felt with each initiation is difficult to put into words. There are four initiations in First Degree Reiki and I felt the Reiki energy built up throughout my body. My hands were tingling and I saw beautiful colours swirling around as well as a sense of wellbeing that I had never experienced in my life before. I did my twenty-eight days of self-healing, which was amazing, and even though I was so relaxed that I often fell asleep, I had feelings of pure love emanating from my body. When I started to practise healing sessions on family and close friends I received some wonderful feedback. With experience I learned to go with the flow of the healing energy and my hands instinctively knew which parts of the body needed the healing the most. What was even more amazing was that I started to receive messages for the recipient such as name and places, and although I wondered at the time where this information was coming from, when I passed it onto the recipient they were able to confirm that the message was for them. They loved it as they were receiving a free Reiki treatment and reading rolled into one! I went on to be attuned to Second Degree where I learnt the meanings and uses of the Reiki symbols and how to send distant healing to others. I sent healing to my past as I benefitted from the natural healing. People commented on how I seemed to glow and I realised how I was ceasing to worry about things so much, being happy to let things happen rather than trying to make them happen. I literally felt like my life was on the up. The icing on the cake came when I was attuned to Master level when I learned the final master symbol of Reiki. I knew that I would teach others about the wonders of Reiki, and I could finally recognise how my true life path was beginning to unfold before my very eyes. There is a saying that when the student is ready the teacher appears, and this was typical of being a Reiki Master Teacher. I have now attuned many students to the beautiful Reiki ray, and some of them in turn have gone on to teach too. Many clients have written to me thanking me for introducing them to Reiki and helping them to make positive changes in their lifestyle or their career.