How Reiki Saved My Life
Don't knock it till you try it.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of healing. Pronounced, “Ray-Kee”, Reiki is often translated as “universal life-force energy”. Traditional eastern Reiki practices overtime shifted to the West and Reiki has become a major pillar in holistic medicine and healing in modern western holistic industries. Practitioners and consumers of reiki can be very grateful for the linage of dedicated teachers who taught their powers to students beneath them.
Reiki revolves around the study, knowledge and healing of the Chakras. Charkas are the 7 energy channels aligned down the spine of the body. Each Chakra controls and influences different aspects of the mental, physical and spiritual bodies. For example, someone who may not be feeling 'safe or secure' in their current living environment, lets say due to the stress of unaffordable rent, this negative emotional situation will impact the Root Chakra. This person is not feeling safely 'rooted' in their current environment. The root Chakra is the first chakra of the energetic system, and refers to a person feeling safe and having a solid foundation where they can live.
Potential root Chakra imbalance or blockage can manifest itself in physical symptoms which effect that specific part of the body. Root Chakra - groin area. Some people may find having symptoms of slow digestion, constipation, etc. This Chakra imbalance relates to the need of feeling grounded, safe and secure ones living environment.
Reiki practitioners must undergo an intensive series of courses to become certified practitioners (in Ontario). These sessions must be conducted by a Reiki Master, as they are the only practitioners licensed to teach and attune Reiki.
Reiki healers use a series of sacred symbols which they receive during attunement, and non invasively hover their hands using various hand symbols, over each of the clients Chakras, to open up and project Reiki energy through. Practitioners may incorporate an array of different tools to amplify a session depending on what they feel the client may need. Crystals, pendulums, essential oils, breath work and mantras can be combined into a session. In the terms of healing a Root Chakra, a Reiki healer may use Jasper crystals, which is red in colour and can help further connect with the Root chakra considering the properties and colour.
Ultimately, the practitioner acts as a gateway to the client, their Chakras and the healing 'life energy force', Reiki. A Reiki session can be a very powerful and moving experience. Opening chakras which have been blocked due to childhood traumas, sexual assaults, suppressed memories, negative cycles, can all occur during a session. Each experience will look different and depends on the client and the healer and each of their willingness to open up and go deep. Some sessions can simply act as a space where the client can relax and take a nap, again, each session and it's intention will look different.
A Reiki session can end with the client feeling a sense of clarity, 'high vibration', peace and freshness. If a major shift occurred in the session, such as an old trauma being released, the client can sometimes feel heavy and tired -- which will wear off as the client readjusts.
If you are able to find a practitioner or master you connect with, Reiki can be a practice which helps them realign with their higher self and purpose - giving them the extra clarity they have perhaps lost due to ongoing circumstances. Some people go to Crossfit, some people book a Reiki session.
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience."
— Pierre Teilhard
How Reiki Saved my Life
About 4 years ago my body begun turning against me. There was a change demanding to be made, coming from somewhere inside me.. my soul, mind and intuition all knew it; and I simply refused to acknowledge. I ran through the year suppressing my knowing, ignoring and battling my anxiety and panic attacks. I went from being a peaceful introvert to being someone who had to be around other people and be in public places, all the time. This was incase my panic attacks felt too real and I'd have to call 911; which happened 2 times in 6 months. The paramedics and doctors told me they have nothing to treat, and that this was a mental problem. Obviously that is not what I felt.
At some point in my 2nd year of university, it all became too much. I was lying to my family about a relationship I was having with someone, hiding it from my friends, and trying to convince him to stay in it with me despite all the stress.
What ended up being the hardest daily struggle was eating. Every time I was to put something in my mouth, panic would steep my body, specifically in my throat. I "felt" my throat closing up every time I intended to eat. I felt a tightness in my chest, an inability to breathe and an overall panic and belief that I was dying from anaphylactic shock...
Was I anaphylactic? No. So thats crazy right? I thought so, but something had convinced the other part of my brain and body that I was now allergic to things I had been carelessly eating for the past 21 years of my life. I refused to eat alone and try anything new. I worked at a restaurant at that time and we had a huge new winter menu roll-out which was mandatory to attend. In this meeting we all had to try each new dish, I tried to follow along and be a 'normal person' at this meeting, alongside all my coworkers, but 20 minutes in I had to step away and try to calm down outside.
"I think I'm allergic to something in there"
"Oh okay, no worries"
I thought "this too shall pass" and everything would be fine again down the road, but it only got worse with time. Having attacks without even eating in small University tutorials, trying to convince myself I'm not going to die in front of 20 people I barely knew, I knew I had to stop and face my reality.
I found Sue, a local Reiki Master.
Sue took me into her healing room, sat me down and told me the most calming words I had heard the entire year; " It isn't gonna be like this forever". Sue spent 2 hours in a session with me, using essential oils, mantas, breath work and her reiki healing. Eventually she was able to open up all my Chakras which were initially all blocked and closed.
The most valuable part of the session was Sue talking with me afterwards about it all, what I saw, what I felt and what she saw and felt. She said she saw mass blockage in my throat, and even when she was going over my throat with her hands earlier, I had felt intense vibrations -- like something was trying to get out.
Sue made me realize I was in a sense causing all this anxiety in my life. I was not honouring my truth. I was l lying to everyone around me and trying to act like that was fine. Ones ability to openly and honestly communicate with the world around them is related to the 5th chakra - Vishuddha, or ones "throat chakra". My throat Chakra was completely blocked and this manifested into me being unable to eat and feeling anxiety/panic symptoms directly in that area.
It was after transformational session that I came to terms with my truth. I allowed myself to be open with my family and friends, no matter what the repercussions may be. It was after this acceptance that my anxiety and panic attacks vanished. As if nothing had ever happened.
"Sanest people of the planet know: that life is long, that people both change and remain the same, that every last one of us will need to fuck up and be forgiven, that we're all just walking and walking and walking and trying to find our way, that all roads lead eventually to the mountaintop.” - Cheryl Strayed
Reiki completely shifted my life. I was able to heal and come back to living a normal, low stress life. Reiki taught me just how interconnected our body, mind, actions and beliefs are. I am forever grateful for the evolution of modern medicines and the safety + healing it brings society.
But for me, it wasn't the anxiety meds that fixed me, it was the dedicated reiki practitioner that held space and energetics for me to come back to myself and my truth. I'll forever be grateful for that.
Love and Light,