The first word I ever said was “light”. And my mom says that when I was 2 or 3 years old, I told everyone I came across that I loved them. In the grocery store, walking up and down the aisles of planes, every person I saw knew exactly how I felt.
I hadn’t yet learned to stifle my emotions, to think of love as something you give and withhold from people, something that has to be earned instead of offered freely and spread far and wide.
As I got older, I started to learn the ways of us silly humans: Run, don’t walk, from your feelings! Push down any and all painful feelings as far down as they’ll go in the hopes they’ll wither away, even though, they then run your life from thereon out and determine how happy you allow yourself to be.
On rare occasions I still did catch glimpses of that unconditional love, from dogs mainly, those amazing creatures who seem to have figured it all out much better than we have. But, for the most part, that eternal connection to All That Is and that love for everyone and everything was few and far between.
I kept mosey-ing on in life, having more than my fair share of fun and adventure, but never tapping into pure source energy or even knowing it was there for the taking really.
Until one week when everything changed. Everything always changes, of course, we’re always in a constant state of flux, but when you hear the words, “You have cancer,” is one of those times where you can feel it, taste it, know it down to your bones that nothing will ever be the same again.
On a Monday, I put my most precious dog to sleep, that Wednesday we found out my mom’s breast cancer had spread – how much, TBD – and that Thursday I was in the hospital having emergency surgery and hearing doctors saying they suspected a cancer of my own.
Once the doctors confirmed their diagnosis of a supposedly incurable Stage IV cancer, (I say “supposedly” because how can someone else ever determine our destiny when it’s a privilege that’s ours alone?) I just wanted to feel normal again. So I tucked away all the horror, rage and grief as far down as I possibly could.
I did start to switch up things that weren’t working in my life: I changed my food and my habits, visualized the tumors shrinking away until Poof! they evaporated into nothing at all. But not until I learned Reiki did I truly get to the core of it all.
Because, Reiki, well Reiki heals you from the inside out. It gets to the heart of the matter and changes you on a spiritual level, which then affects your thoughts, which affect your emotions, which affect the physical piece of your puzzle.
Above all else, Reiki teaches you to feel. And amazing things happen when we feel. Reiki gets all up in there and breaks up that stuck, repressed energy almost all of us carry inside that stifles our magnificence and our shine.
So once I learned Reiki, I cleared everything out and easily stepped into my true self. LOL. Just kidding. It didn’t happen quite that way, although that certainly would have been nice!
After my Reiki I attunement, I was furious. And I mean furious. Screaming in your car so deeply you scare yourself going to the batting cages 3-4 times a week just to get it out muttering Tourette’s-filled sentences furious. For an entire year, I ranted and raged. I cried every day the next.
So why do I still sing the praises of Reiki? Because of all the gifts it’s given me: the wisdom that I can clear out my internal clutter that had no business being there in the first place; the awareness that I can transport myself to a place of relaxation, power and joy in any moment; the knowledge that I dictate my reality and not the other way around.
You can make your prison cell more comfortable, but making it more comfortable and breaking out of prison are two different things. – Adyashanti
Nowadays, when challenges (a.k.a. opportunities to grow) come up, I know to feel my feelings instead of shoving them down. If my stomach hurts, I know which Reiki symbols to draw to make it feel better. And if it still doesn’t feel better afterward, I know the Reiki is still working behind the scenes in ways my human comprehension can only hope to sort of understand.
I have a much deeper sense of peace and trust. I have an invaluable tool I can (and do!) use oh, only about 100 times a day. I have the five Reiki principles to help me remember – if only for a split second – to forgive everyone for everything (especially myself) and to be kind to every living thing (especially myself.)
I’ve been lucky enough to attune over 500 people from all around the world to Reiki, and I’ve heard so many students’ experiences as well as had my own that any doubts about whether Reiki works are long gone.
I get it now.
I understand that we may try to categorize and make sense of this magical, elusive world, but ultimately we just scratch the surface. We aren’t really meant to understand our existence but rather just experience it instead. That all we have to do is tune in to universal life force energy for help and guidance along the way.
So, yeah, that’s a little bit about me. Just a green-eyed, left-handed, born on Valentines Day, dog loving, Kundalini yoga doing, Cuban salsa dancing machine who had the great fortune to get sick so she could then heal herself and share the tool she used with you.
A girl with strong connections to other planets, galaxies, worlds… not to mention equally strong connections to the beautiful humans here who make life and this hilarious, organized chaos worthwhile.
I’m fascinated by all the other lives our soul is simultaneously having and teach from my “future” selves as much as I can. This is the lifetime to liberate ourselves and wake up, our moment to elevate our consciousness and remember all that we are. Reiki did that for me, and it’s my deepest wish that it does the same for you.
I continue to be amazed at Reiki’s ability to transform lives and would be so honored to teach you this most sacred and powerful Japanese healing art. What a gift and a privilege to be ALIVE and to connect with you NOW.
Maybe, just maybe, if we’re particularly lucky, we’ll get to leave this little blue and green planet just a little bit better than when we got here.
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