A few months back, I was asked to write an article for a very new, very small wellness magazine that was being published in the area I live (Northumberland County) - I decided to write an article about the wonderful healing benefits of Reiki. I must have done good, they asked me to write again!
If you haven’t had a chance to pick up the magazine (its free) or don’t live in the area and would like the chance to give it a read, you can read it below :)
Listen to the body and find healing in Reiki…
By Gina R. Newcomb
Our bodies possess the incredible ability of communication. Not only does the body communicate with itself for things like physical movement and digestion, but it also gives us a heads up when things are not right. Symptoms, as they are called, can manifest themselves as headaches, body pain, and even anxiety, to name a few. These symptoms are the key to our health, without these symptoms, as humans, we would not be able to take the appropriate measures for healing and a better quality of life. Unfortunately, listening to these symptoms is not one of our strong points, as humans. Most often we will pop a painkiller or fill a prescription, before understanding why these symptoms have presented themselves. As humans, we have a misunderstanding with our own bodies and well-being and when our health quickly escalates into a myriad of symptoms we are often left wondering… why? What is going on with me?
Now, because not all of us are guru’s at meditation and can spare twelve hours a day delving into why our bodies have been misunderstood, we can rely on a little energetically driven friend called Reiki. Reiki, otherwise known as Universal Life Force Energy, is an amazing tool for relaxation and healing both physically and mentally. It is based on the idea that this ‘life force energy’ is flowing through us, around us and is the reason we are alive. When this energy is low we may feel ill or sick and our lovely symptoms will appear. When it is high, we feel energetic and at peace, healthy.
Reiki is administered by a ‘laying’ on of hands by a Reiki Master or Practitioner. The energy is then channeled through the practitioner and into the receiver for their highest and greatest good, in other words, healing. Receiving a Reiki treatment is different for everyone. Most often individuals will feel a sense of relaxation, peace and calm. Others will feel the energy, much like an incredible heat and a wave like sensation moving through them where the practitioner has laid their hands. Some individuals will even experience visions and see colours. Most Reiki Pracitioner’s become very intuitive as they move through their practice and are able to see visions that are in tune with their patient, and their patients life experiences.
A Reiki Practitioner must go through a sequence of training classes and receive an attunement from their Reiki Master. The attunement opens up the crown, heart and palm chakra’s and creates an energetic connection between the Reiki Master and the newly attuned Reiki Practitioner. Once you have received the attunement, the practitioner must gain knowledge and practice with patients to be able to move forward, if they so choose, to the next level in their Reiki training.
To become a Reiki Master, the Reiki Practitioner must hold high reverence for Reiki and its practice. Once you have become a Reiki Master, it is your duty to commit yourself to the energy. Healing, learning and growing.
There are many individuals that have become attuned to Reiki, to help their families and friends and for their own self-healing. As well as many who wish to move to bigger things with Reiki like holding seminars and offering classes. As Reiki is gaining in popularity, resources are increasing in availability. The CRA; Canadian Reiki Association, is an excellent resource to find Reiki Practitioners and Masters in the area you reside; http://www.reiki.ca The International Centre for Reiki Training is also an excellent tool to learn about Reiki, its origins along with materials for Reiki Masters and Reiki Practitioner information. http://www.reiki.org
My experience as a Reiki Master has been incredible. I have had the privilege of assisting others on their own journey to health. I have witnessed individuals let go of illness, find love and peace in hard times, and move forward symptom free. Reiki has been a blessing in my own healing journey. Learning to listen to my body, utilizing Reiki for healing and growth has allowed me to better relate to my clients and offer them true understanding in their hard times.
As humans we need to have patience with our bodies and our own healing journeys. We must always remember that we are here to experience life as humans, mistakes are welcome, that is what it is to be human.