How Reiki Saved my Life
What is Reiki? Does it actually work? Can I do it? Yes, Yes and Yes.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of energy healing, (pronounced, “Ray-Kee”) is often translated as “universal life-force energy”. Traditional Eastern Reiki overtime shifted to the West and Reiki has become a major pillar in holistic medicine and healing in North Americas holistic industries.
Reiki revolves around the study, knowledge and healing of the Chakras. Charkas are the 7 energy channels aligned down the spine in 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 being unable to afford rent. This negative emotional situation will impact the Root Chakra -- ideally, this person is not feeling safely 'rooted' in their current environment. The root Chakra is the first, and is all about a persons foundation and how they are able to build their life.
This potential 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 and a lack of sexual drive. Ultimately, this Chakra imbalance relates to the lack of feeling grounded, safe and secure in the individuals current 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 the client may need. Crystals, pendulums, essential oils and various meditative states can be combined into a session. In the terms of healing a Root Chakra, a Reiki healer may use in a Jasper crystal, 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 can look different and depends on the client and the healer and each of their willingness to open up and or heal.
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.
I would relate Reiki to an alternative form of therapy. If you are able to find a practitioner or master you connect with, Reiki can be a tool and practice in anyones life which helps them realign with their best self and higher purpose -- giving them the extra clarity they have perhaps lost. 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 ended up turning against me. A change was demanding to be made and I simply refused to acknowledge that fact. I simply ran through the year suppressing my knowledge, ignoring and battling my anxiety and panic attacks. I went from an introvert to having to be around other people and in public places all the time, 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 more of a mental problem although thats not how it felt at all.
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 a man, hiding it with my friends, and trying to convince him to stay in it with me.
What ended up being a 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 went 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. But something in me had convinced me, my body and mind that I was now allergic to things I have been eating for 21 years of my life, or so it seemed. 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 Reiki. Sue was the Reiki Master.
Sue took me into her healing room, sat me down and told me it isn't gonna be like this forever. Sue spent 2 hours in a session with me, using essential oils, and eventually being 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, what she saw and felt. She said she saw mass blockage in my throat, and even when she was going over my throat I felt intense vibrations -- like something was trying to get out.
Sue made me realize I was in a sense causing all the 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. My throat Chakra was so effected by this it manifested itself into me being unable to eat and feeling immense anxiety symptoms directly in that area.
It was after I came to terms with my truth, allowed myself to be open with my family and friends, not matter what the repercussions may be, and it was then 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
Love and Light,