I am a certified practitioner in several different reiki systems and modalities (Usui/Tibetan Reiki, Usui Shiki Ryoho, Holy Fire Reiki, Reiki Tummo and Seichim). I also practice Shamballa Multi-Dimensional Healing. I am a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals. I offer healing, wellness and stress-reduction sessions, in person in Buffalo, NY, as well as distance sessions.
I stumbled upon reiki one day in the midst of a good deal of life stress. After a difficult meeting at work, and in the throes of what I can only describe as some sort of breakdown, I called a local place for a massage. They also offered reiki, and I had a choice for that afternoon. I thought reiki was a different kind of massage. I asked about it. The answer (“energy work for relaxation”) was, to say the least, vague and not a draw for me; had I been in even a slightly better state, I would have rolled my eyes and said, “No, I’ll just get the massage.” But I was not in a better state.
I felt nothing during my session. I lay on a table with my eyes closed, occasionally offering up some nervous chatter. I tried to breathe normally, to at least use the time to settle myself down. I’m paying $65 for this??
After 60 minutes, the practitioner said she was going to give me a few minutes, and then she would be back. I was glad for that, because she was very nice and I didn’t want her to ask me anything about it, as it was quite clearly a bunch of nonsense. I wished I’d gotten the massage. She left, and I stood up.
The minute my feet hit the floor, I felt different. Much, much better: “calm” doesn’t begin to describe the deep (and unfamiliar) sense of “at-peace-ness” I felt. I don’t think we even have a word for it in English. I felt like this was the way I should feel; the way people are supposed to feel, all the time.
I began my research that night. Four days later I registered for my first class…and so on. I’ve rejected a good deal of the accompanying narratives (see here for the beginning of much more on that), but I have not looked back.
As an academic with a PhD in the social sciences, I lived entirely in my head, for most of my life. Reiki brought me into my body, balanced me out, made me more “whole.” But I am still governed by “left-brain” thinking. My perspective on reiki and how it works is science-based. That said, whether you believe in gods or angels or the sacredness of the earth…whether you are a fellow skeptic or atheist, or anywhere in between… I have every confidence that reiki will bring you deep relaxation, healing on multiple levels, and overall wellness. Look around. Read some more.
Ultimately, of course, I invite you to gather anecdotal evidence: make an appointment and try reiki for yourself.
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