So a girl goes to a Reiki healer …

September 4, 2013 LifeThoughts  No comments

No, it’s not a start of a joke, there is no punch line.

I went to a Reiki healer the other day to clear some of the blockages and negativity that had manifested within me over the course of the summer, as mentioned in the previous post. I wanted to enter this next era of my life as being a committed writer with clarity, openness to creativity, and positive energy.

Before I go on, I should probably address what a Reiki healer is and what a reiki treatment does exactly.

From Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

Christopher Penczak in his book Magick of Reiki: Focused Energy for Healing, Ritual, and Spiritual Development used the following metaphor: Your body is like a glass of water, the blockages like dirt sitting at the bottom of the glass. The Reiki healer uses their energy and flows it through you in one direction, like pouring fresh, clean water into the cup. As the water flows through it, it lifts the dirt out of the glass and after the entire session all the dirt has been removed and you are left with a fresh, pure glass (or body). After a quick Google search, I found a center that offers holistic healing and treatments in my area (a link is provided at the bottom of this post).

When I made the appointment, I told the therapist pretty much exactly what I said above, that I wanted to have a fresh, clean slate and to be cleansed of any negative energy and blockages. I also told her that I was new to the field of holistic healing. We made the appointment for the following week. She advised me to drink lots of water and bring an open mind. She also gave me detailed directions (and thank goodness she did, or else I never would have found it).

The center is housed in a typical doctor/office building and was located on the ground floor. The office was dimly lit with tranquil music playing softly. The first room had a session going on with a sign on the door asking you to be quiet and respectful. I continued walking down the hallway and in the larger, second room the therapist I talked to on the phone greeted me. I filled out the usual forms and we talked a little more about why I was there and what to expect. She briefly informed me about the seven chakras (life energy sources) and where they were located on your body (not physically, but spiritually – above your head, between your eyes, your throat, your chest, stomach, and lower down your spine, and an additional one located beneath the feet). Each chakra is associated with different colors, emotions, functions, and dysfunctions. For example, the throat chakra is represented by the color blue. It is associated with communication, wisdom, speech, trust, and creativity.

Seven Chakras

Seven Chakras

The therapist had the aura of grace and gentleness, with a soft soothing voice. Everything about her radiated peace, wholeness, and goodness. You couldn’t help but relax as you talked to her. (The music and lighting may have helped a little bit too.) I laid down on the massage table face-up (completely clothed, no shoes) and was covered with a thin sheet. She instructed me to clear my mind, focus on my breathing, and relax. She also told me that sometimes people feel heat or tingling in the area she is working in.

She started working by my feet, laying her hands on them first above the sheet, then under. On a side note: I am personally okay with other people touching me, in the clinical sense. I get massages monthly, so I’m not uncomfortable with touch. If you are someone who is uncomfortable with it, most healers/therapists will either talk you through it or adjust their method to make you more comfortable. I, in turn, relaxed and focused on my breathing. Throughout the entire 60 minute session, I focused on words such as – positive energy, cleansing energy, creative energy, etc. She stayed at my feet for a while before moving up my legs, gently touching certain spots to my stomach. Again she stayed here for a while. Eventually, moving up to my head.

By the time she got up to my head, there was no doubt in my mind that I could feel the healing energy flowing through her to me. When she was working on my head, I felt a sudden burst of goodness, warmth, and creativity. I was excited to write again, after not feeling much motivation for the past month or two. That was such a relief. It was also during this time that I entered into a subconscious, trance-like state. It was something I’ve never experienced before and find difficult to put into words. The best way I could put it is, I know that I was physically there in that room, but it was like my soul or conscious was somewhere else. Although where, I’m not sure.

She did eventually move back down my body, more quickly this time, and stayed at my feet for a while in closing. When she was done, she instructed me to concentrate on my breathing again and take several deep breaths to pull me back to reality. As I slowly sat up on the table, she asked me if I had any questions (I didn’t) then proceeded to talk about the messages she received from the “angels”. Now, I don’t really subscribe to the idea of guardian angels. My understanding of angels is in the biblical sense, the warriors of heaven who are unmoving, unyielding, and unfeeling to human emotion. They are mighty and fierce, logical and swift. But hey, if the angels of the guardian variety have some messages for me, I’m all ears. Most of the things she shared with me were things I really needed to hear. Messages that were affirming and uplifting and reassuring in nature (sorry, you don’t get to hear what they were). They were also personally meaningful.

She also talked about how she felt how much more receptive I was to the energy after she cleared my liver of toxins (apparently it doesn’t just filtrate alcohol – although I did, at first, think she was talking about alcohol and felt a twinge, just a small one, of guilt for my recent alcohol consumption). And I do admit that after she worked on my stomach area I did feel noticeably different. As we talked, I could tell she was as moved by the session as I had been. She was very sincere.

To me, it spoke to the authenticity of Reiki as well as the healer. The 60-minute session would normally cost $100, but I got a discount for it being my first one. Tip was appreciated, but not required. I am pretty open-minded when it comes to spiritual things, and I thought it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Afterwards, I felt renewed and filled with positive energy. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is open to alternative and holistic approaches to healing the mind, body, and spirit. I do plan on going back for more sessions and trying out the other services they offer.

Farewell & may your life never cease to be filled with wonder and curiosity

Eternal Balance Holistic Life Center

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