Do you know about Reiki? Perhaps you are a friend or family member and have heard me talk about Reiki or received a treatment from me over the years. Maybe you’ve heard Reiki mentioned in the media, a movie, or casually mentioned by a friend. Reiki has been a part of my life for over ten years now. I stumbled upon it quite accidentally, but it’s now such an integral part of my world for me it’s akin to breathing. I just can’t imagine life without it.
Reiki has been a big part of my international journey that has now expanded over nearly five years and seven countries. My first big international leap was into the safe… yet unpredictable… haven in Wettenbostel, Germany where I was graciously met and supported by a team of Reiki Masters running a seminar house. A Reiki Master from the Netherlands generously hosted me for a month at her home near Amsterdam. A Reiki connection introduced me to the wonderful work exchange site helpx.net. Also, a Reiki friend made a connection which led me to spend 7 months in Vienna, Austria. Along the way I have given and received Reiki treatments and met new folks in the international Reiki community.
My home base Reiki Master and teacher, Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin, has truly been my co-pilot on this journey endlessly giving of herself, her time and her wisdom to assist me on this twisty and at times challenging international odyssey. And I can’t forget my committed network of Reiki friends in New Orleans and beyond, all of us united in Reiki and support for one another.
What is Reiki you might ask? In its essence it is a simple and transformative tool that supports healing. It is my faithful companion after a long day or anxious moment. It is my go-to place when I feel a little cold coming on. It is the first place I turn when a friend or family member is sick or challenged in some way. And most of all, for me Reiki is a journey that I am learning to lean into… one day at a time… and (sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly) watch my life unfold from a deep and transformative place.
Hawayo Takata, the Japanese-American woman who spread Reiki beyond Japan is known for saying that she wanted Reiki to be as common as taking an aspirin. Indeed, Reiki is the first place I turn when I have a headache (a rare thing for me with my regular Reiki practice).
Reiki healing takes on all shapes and sizes, from slow, quiet change and restoration to the more dramatic and “miraculous”. I met a Reiki Master who rid herself of cancer through her Reiki journey. I have felt a friend’s dislocated rib snap back into place under my hands during a Reiki treatment after a fall in a bathtub. I have moved through a virus in two days time that had others down for weeks. And I have quietly soothed, softened and nurtured my own panic and anxiety after a troubling day or moment.
With the healing path of Reiki, the best practice (and indeed an important part of the journey and its lessons) is to let go of expectations and simply… experience what is there for you…. whatever it may be.
Are you curious about Reiki? If so, I would love to share it with you. I am giving away two 60-minute distant Reiki treatments. What is a distant treatment? The practice of Reiki is traditionally offered in two ways, hands-on and distantly. A hands on treatment, learned in the First Degree Reiki class, includes the gentle laying on of hands and direct contact with the hands and the client’s body. A distant treatment, learned in 2nd Degree Reiki, is a tool that allows the practitioner to send the Reiki energy anywhere regardless of time and space.
Curious? Interested but skeptical? Would you like to try it? If you’d like to be considered, simply write me a note through the contact form on this blog. Let me know, in just a sentence or two or at length if you are inspired, why you would like a Reiki treatment. I will allow two weeks from the posting of this blog for people to write and then choose two folks to receive a distant Reiki treatment. I will contact you via email if you are chosen and we can work out the details.
If you’d like to learn more about Reiki, you can visit my Reiki page with more details about Reiki treatments as well as some quality Reiki links.
Thanks for reading. It would be my pleasure to share a little Reiki with you and in some way support your journey the way Reiki and the people of Reiki have supported mine.
Featured photos – the colors and flowers of Thailand. I am amazed how color is popping everywhere no matter what time of year it is. Here it is in November and while friends and family are starting to bundle up for the winter, we are here surrounded by sun and vibrant color.