Life force energy surrounds and permeates all things. This is the premise of any energy healing system. This truth is what makes it all work. And since life force energy is everywhere, it is freely available to us all. You don’t have to be trained or attuned in any particular system in order to have access to this energy. It is part of you and is what connects you to all other things. The different systems and techniques available for us to learn, are only tools to help consciously access and use this energy.
When I was little, I used to practice laying of hands healing on our family pets and my own injuries. I never told anyone I did. I wanted to heal like Jesus did, and I didn’t see any reason why I couldn’t, but I thought other people would think I was conceited or blasphemous if they knew. I was convinced that if I tried hard enough and had enough faith, I could do it. But then, somewhere along the line, I lost the faith and stopped trying. As an adult, once in a while the possibility would cross my mind again and I would try to heal with my hands, but then I would feel silly and chastise myself for my immaturity.
Western society tells us that there is no such thing as magic. It’s all tricks and illusions. And only doctors, with their formal training and expensive degrees, can facilitate healing. If we are sick, we need medicine to get better. As I grew, this reality robbed me of my faith in my ability to heal myself. This put me in the vulnerable position of thinking I had no control over my well-being. How could I? Without that expensive education, what right did I have to assume I knew anything or could do anything about my health, or anything at all, for that matter?
I was in my mid-thirties when I discovered Reiki. I had been in two abusive relationships that had left me traumatized and had stripped me of my self-worth. I had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and was suffering from terrible, wide-spread pain of all sorts. I couldn’t function. I was mentally and physically broken and it was taking all of my strength to get through each day. I felt completely useless to my children and to society. I was a burden. I wanted to die. I had really lost all hope, but I kept going and grasping for something to bring light back into my life, because my children needed me.
Then one day a few years ago I discovered Reiki. I stumbled upon a class for it online and that childhood belief, and the little nagging possibility that came to my mind once in a while, couldn’t help but get excited about the prospect. I had never heard of Reiki, but what if this thing was really real? If there are people out there teaching this, and people paying to learn it, then it just might be a real thing, right? Taking the class gave me something to hope for. Any kind of relief at all, even if it was just a placebo effect, would be more welcome than I can now express.
I took the class, and I got better. It took a lot of work and more than just Reiki, but I’m so much better. My Fibro flares are manageable, and I live a normal life. My mental health is a thousand times better than it was. I have my life back. And I have my faith back. My faith in myself and in magic. My faith that I can control my well-being.
Reiki has taught me what I knew instinctively as a child. We have the power to bring healing to ourselves and the world around us. Reiki also gave me a system to use to focus that power and to teach it to others. It is my passion to share, not Reiki, but hope and faith and magic. Reiki opened me up to all the potential we have to shape our own lives and I want to help others to realize that potential. I want you to know that you don’t have to buy into limiting beliefs. I want you to know that life force energy is around us all, all of the time, and we can all use it and benefit from it. I want you to know that you have the power to heal yourself and improve your own life.