A few months ago I made reference to my Reiki journey, which was while I was in the middle of the process for teacher training. Since then, I haven’t provided any updates or talked about my experience, so I wanted to do that. I also realize many people don’t really know what Reiki is or what it can do for you, so I figure there’s nothing better to spread the word than sharing my own experience. I’m going to do this by sharing how Reiki has changed my life across multiple areas through a series of posts. I have to tell you, I’m not the same person as when I started this journey, I continue to learn more about myself daily, and am eager to see where this goes! I know it involves helping lots of people change their own lives, and ultimately changing the world in the process.
What is it and how is it used?
Reiki is an energy healing modality with roots in Japan. It uses the concept of universal energy, or “chi,” to facilitate one’s healing. Our world is made up of energy and we each have our own energy fields. Central to this energy field are our energy centers, or chakras. We have 7 main chakras that run the core of our body, and when disrupted, can impact your body in many ways. When your energy is out of whack, a reiki practitioner can help identify a/the cause and help you work through potential solution(s). You don’t need a specific problem to seek Reiki either, it can help with relaxation as well.
How did I find out about it?
When I found out about Reiki I didn’t know what it was, but was curious. It was a random mention in conversation and sounded really cool. I did a little research online and thought the concept was really interesting.
What was my first experience like?
A few weeks after initial research I was home for Thanksgiving and found a local practitioner. I didn’t know what to expect, but she was very nice, and made me feel comfortable. The session lasted about an hour and she told me a few things were blocked, particularly my throat chakra, which meant nothing to me at the time. I didn’t feel anything during the session, nor did I feel any different after, so I just said, “okay.” I spontaneously cried the next 3 days and thought I was losing my mind (so did my mom). I’m not a crier and didn’t know what to do, so I started trying to explain what was going on...hello, throat chakra! Why did I decide to get trained?I was asked to join a friend because you need 2 people for a level 1 class. Yes, it was that simple. My natural curiosity helped, but there wasn’t much else to it. In the middle of class I knew it was meant to be.
So, I spontaneously cry for 3 days and then say yes to attend a training because they needed another person. Less than 2 years later, I’m certified to teach...what happened?
How were you introduced to energy work and healing? Do you have a fun story? I'd love to hear it!