There are many sites online explaining what Reiki is, so what I’m going to do is offer my personal experience with Reiki.
I came across Reiki when I was studying Holistic Hypnotherapy and Hypnoenergetics, so I was already learning about energy when one of my teachers brought up Reiki. We asked her what it was and she simply pulled my hand out in front of me and held her palm above the top of my hand. I felt a magnetic force and a warmth flowing down from her hand into mine. It was pleasant and soothing, and I wanted to close my eyes and enjoy it.
That was Reiki!
After many discussions I commenced my Reiki level 1 (and then Reiki 2) with the same teacher who had introduced me to the energy healing practice. My partner was doing Reiki with me which was great as we could practice on each other. What I noticed the most was Reiki was helping me understand my own energy, my moods more, as well as the moods and emotions of other people.
The best thing from Reiki
The biggest ah-har moment came when I discovered I picked up energy (moods/emotion/thoughts) from other people. And realising that for all of these years, I’d had been thinking they were mine. It explained a lot! For so many years I’d become scared of social situations because I could never trust how I’d feel or be. I’d leave home feeling great, and then within the space of few minutes after meeting up with my friends, I’d feel completely drained, introverted and self-conscious.
What I learned studying Reiki
How to tune into how I was feeling, and change it. I learned how to transform my own energy at will.
How to tell whether it was my energy or something I’d picked up, and I was amazed that most of the time it was energy I’d picked up. I also learned how to clear it and within a few seconds feel energised again.
I discovered I could call Reiki energy into my body and direct it into another person, which they would feel, usually as a soothing energy flowing through them.
I learned that my biggest block was myself, and that I carried beliefs such as “other people can do Reiki but not me” and “no-one will feel any energy from me” which was preventing me from giving it my all.
That Reiki and energy healing is all about practice. It’s like learning a new language, you wouldn’t expect to suddenly be able to speak fluent French just because you want to, you’d understand you have to practice a little bit everyday. Energy work is the same, it gets stronger and more tangible the more you work at it. Healing partners, friends and family as guinea pigs are the best!
I experienced that Reiki could take away my headaches! I’ve always had headaches from small headaches to migraines, and undertaking my Reiki journey my partner would practice on me whenever I’d get a headache and they’d go away!
What was different about doing a Reiki Mastership?
My mastership experience could easily be a whole different article, but what I discovered most was how much ‘stuff’ I still carried within me. How much I was triggered by others everyday, and how it was getting in the way of growing into the loving being I wanted to be. I learned that all of this stuff was garbage from my past that I was dragging around with me, and it was actually covering up my light. Through healing work I discovered it was more of a process of letting go and acceptance that could heal me, and that could only come from me.
I also discovered that intention can be passed through energy, without ever using words. Connecting into different patterns and symbols I experienced picking up and writing down what energy was carried within them, and what those symbols could be used for in healing – before I ever knew what they were for. The accuracy when my Reiki Master eventually revealed to me what each symbol was for was a life-changing experience. I understood that the energy was contained within them, and that’s what we tap into.
Reiki is for everyone!
Completing my mastership training also allowed me to teach Reiki to others, which is an incredible experience. We are all capable of calling in healing light, universal life force, and directing it to another being (or directing it to whatever / or who ever we want). I experienced many limiting blocks along the way in my journey, so I understand when people feel they won’t be able to do Reiki, and they feel intimidated. I love helping those people in particular discover the wonderful world of energy, and in particular Reiki, and that they can do it. And the first time they really feel the energy for themselves is like a light turning on inside of them.
If you’d like to know more about Reiki you can visit Waking Life Reiki Healing and I offer Reiki sessions in Wellington, NZ as well as teach Reiki levels and mastership training.
Also, I’d love to hear your experiences with Reiki and with Energy Healing!
By Sharon Cavill