A Reiki Story

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People seek Reiki healing for many reasons. Stress is perhaps the most often-cited cause. Frequent complaints include neck, shoulder, back, and knee pain. Headaches are common. Anxiety and depression are prevalent. Clarity and life purpose have become blurred. There is no single ailment. Every person has their own story. And each story provokes different reactions on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels of the storyteller.

As a Reiki Master, I hear many different stories. Stories about the impact on the lives of the clients who come to see me. The toll that has been taken is sometimes apparent with just one glance. In other instances it is buried deep within – not visible to the human eye. But it is there. Visible or not, every story deserves to be heard and every ailment deserves to be healed.

Client reaction during a Reiki healing is as unique as the story with which they arrive. Some enter a meditative state. Others see colors and images. Quite a few become deeply relaxed and fall asleep during the session. Occasionally a client will tell me that they became so light and energized they felt they were floating. (I was there and can assure them they didn’t actually levitate off the table.) Sometimes the experience is of a spiritual nature, relayed to me post-session with amazement and awe in the voice of the storyteller.

It is common for physical aches and pains to leave the body, for emotional distress to be soothed, for the mind to quiet, and the spirit to be lifted. In other ways the results are as diverse as the stories. Insights are found. Long held grief may disappear, as was the case when a client – whose child was lost far too soon – felt the child give a reassuring squeeze of their hand while communicating that they were all right. Energy levels increase, restoring a zest for life. Connection to spirit is deepened, as for the young person who came seeking healing only on the physical level, but who left with a feeling of profound peace and inspired to seek a deeper meaning of life.

Reiki has brought healing to my life and the lives of many. The stories are deeply inspirational and extremely empowering. What’s your story?

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Let Your Soul Blossom

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Blossom is a word most often associated with nature.  Flowers blossom.  Trees blossom. Springtime is abundant with blossoms.

The word is less frequently associated with souls, but your soul can blossom if you let it.   How does that happen?  What does it take?   How do you awaken the seed of a soul that lies dormant?  How do you promote its growth?  You must nourish and nurture it just as you nourish and nurture a tree or a flower.  I’m not talking about planting, watering, and fertilizing.  The seed of your soul is already planted deep within you and has been since birth — since before your birth into this life.  It’s been there forever.  And yes, you need to stay hydrated and eat well so that the body that houses your soul stays healthy.  But there are many other things that contribute to the health of your soul.  Here are just a few.

Gratitude.  Think of something that you are grateful for.  Just one thing.  Then, like an invasive plant that takes over your garden, you will realize that you are surrounded by things for which you are grateful.   Why?  Gratitude promotes more gratitude.  According to Henry Ward Beecher, “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul”.

Forgiveness.  It can be difficult to release pain, anger, resentment, and other negative feelings we have towards ourselves and others.  But if you don’t prune away that negativity it will strangle your soul like a vine wrapped too tightly around the host plant.  “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”  (Mark Twain)

Joy.  “Let your joy burst forth like flowers in the spring.”  Without joy your soul will shrivel to nothingness, like a plant deprived of sunshine and water.  Smile.  Laugh.  Be happy.  Find joy.

Marcel Proust said “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”   May you be surrounded with people who make you happy, and may your soul bloom.

Embrace the Journey.

Photo credit: Body & Soul Shepherd