Do you ever sit quietly, close your eyes, and feel the energy moving through your body?
Had someone asked me that question even five years ago I would have responded with puzzlement. What are you talking about? Feel the energy? What energy? What does that even mean?
For me, it now means Reiki. It means Integrated Energy Therapy. It means any one of the many holistic healing modalities that I’ve come to know, appreciate, and embrace as a part of my daily life.
So how did I get to this place of energy awareness? My path certainly wasn’t direct. It branched, turned, twisted, doubled back on itself, and went in complete circles more than once. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t fast. My quest to find answers — to find the light — began a long time ago. In my early twenties I found self-hypnosis. It was the first glimmer of light, but when others scoffed I caved to their skepticism. Many other interests of a metaphysical nature crossed my path over the years, but inevitably they too fell to the wayside. To the darkness. And I was left hoping for light but not knowing how to find it.
Then some years ago my life became a series of coincidences. Synchronicity. Oh how I love the word synchronicity. I’m an avid reader, and book upon book referenced people who had the ability to heal with their hands. How was that possible? Interesting concept. Then a friend mentioned Reiki. “What’s Reiki”, I asked? The ability to promote healing with your hands. Interesting. Very interesting. Months passed. I sought and found a Reiki Master to receive treatment. My goal: to rid myself of the feeling of a general dissatisfaction of life. Through Reiki, I was able to release and move on. It changed my life. I considered learning this incredible modality but didn’t know how to begin. And so another idea fell to the darkness.
Fast forward one year. There I was, still seeking answers and also dealing with a great deal of emotional distress. A Chakra Balancing class sounded interesting. I went. The instructor was a Reiki Master. I scheduled an appointment. That session proved to be one of the most powerful, spiritual experiences of my life. Leaving the session I saw a calendar of upcoming events, which listed a Reiki I class the following week. I signed up. I went. It changed my life.
My training continued with more and more classes until I became a Reiki Master/Teacher. I opened my own business on a part-time basis. Still, I clung to the security of a steady paycheck from my full-time employment. The full-time work wasn’t fulfilling in any way. I wanted out, but wasn’t ready to take the leap towards the light. Synchronicity stepped in once again. My employer announced that the business was being liquidated, forcing me to make a decision. Should I look for another full-time job in a field that didn’t interest me simply to maintain consistent income? Or take a chance on myself? Take a leap of faith? I leapt.
At this time I have a few jobs, and I love each one. I’m a Special Education Paraeducator. I work with non-profits staffing programs for adults with intellectual and developmental differences. And most fulfilling of all, I operate my own business where I provide Reiki, I.E.T., Hypnosis, and Past-Life Regression. I help. I heal. The rewards are beyond anything I could have imagined. Life is amazing. I finally found the light. May you find yours.
Embrace the Journey.
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