My Reiki Story
My first experience with Reiki was in approximately 1990. My mother-in-law, Trudy, introduced it to me calling it a healing modality that is non-invasive and spiritually directed. My first session was during a Reiki Circle in Palo Alto, CA. As I lay on the table with three practitioners providing Reiki, little did I know my life was about to change. I was transported to a place in my being I had never been to before. Wonderful, peaceful and warm were the best adjectives I can remember from this experience. Of particular significance was the aurora-borealis-like light show that was going on behind my closed eyes. I felt great, open and wanting more when it was over.
Years passed and while still wanting more, it didn't come. I did not seek it out nor do I know why. About three years ago, my dear friend, Julie, and I had embarked upon an entrepreneurial journey as eBay retailers. After a few months we had a few dollars in the bank and looked at each other to ask "what do we do with this?" One day - and seemingly out of the blue (right) - Julie called me asking if I would be interested in taking a Reiki class. The memory of my Reiki introduction flooded back and I was delighted to answer "yes".
We took Reiki I and II in the Usui/Hayashi/Takata Lineage (my Western Lineage) at a local community college. It was a good experience overall and led me to offer Reiki to my friends and family. These sessions felt fulfilling and my "clients" reported amazing things ranging from communicating with those who have transitioned to "you have such hot hands!" to past-life memories to falling asleep on the table. My intent at that point was to continue on the path to Reiki Master. However, my inquiry was met with an unexpected curve: our Reiki Master Teacher encourages her students to pursue a different healing program of her creation rather than traditional Reiki Master training. I searched my feelings and discussed this proposal with my confidants. Upon reflection, it became very clear that this was not the path I wanted to follow. I felt guided to another.
Meanwhile, Julie had done some research and located Reiki Master Teacher Jean Formo's website. She shared it with me and after reviewing the site I decided to call Jean for more information. "Welcome home" was the feeling I had during our first and subsequent conversations. Jean is from the Usui/Hayashi/Takeuchi/Takamori lineage (my Eastern Lineage) which meant we would need to be attuned again from the beginning - including repeating Reiki I and II. While this entailed additional time and resource, Jean made the experience wonderful and the Eastern Lineage seems a much better fit to my sensibilities. The path appeared to be set in place and I was happy to follow it.
From the beginning, the intent has been to become a Reiki Master - which occurred in September 2010. Master/Teacher level was reached in August 2011. Having now been attuned in two lineages, I feel an amazing open-ness to Reiki and know how profoundly it has impacted my life.
While on this Reiki path, there has been a pull to learn more, experience more and be open to what is in store. I've felt more at peace with myself and my historic foibles than ever before. Good health has followed - better health than at any time in my life. Reiki has become my go-to place of peace in the midst of chaos. It is a gift to share with others in crisis and out. Reiki is my constant companion and has made a tremendously positive impact on my life and willingness to allow my path to unroll before me without need of my interference.
Reiki circle image credit: in2energy.com