My first experience with Reiki was nearly 30 years ago. I had injured my knee and a friend who was a new Reiki practitioner came over and offered me Reiki. I knew in that moment that Reiki was something I wanted to explore. In the early 1990’s, there was much more of a shroud of secrecy around Reiki than there is now. Courses were intensive, and expensive, and I felt for many years that I was not “good enough” or “spiritual enough” or “dedicated enough” to pursue something I held in such high regard. I also did not have the money to attend courses that were offered in my community. A few years ago, I found a Reiki Instructor who had a course and a format I could afford, and I took the plunge.
I began my Reiki journey intentionally, before I had back surgery. I wanted to be able to perform self Reiki on myself to aid in my healing and recovery. I received my attunements about a month before my surgery and have used Reiki daily since then. Reiki played a significant role in my full recovery. I also gave Reiki to our dog, Lucy, in the last months of her life. It helped to ease her pain and prepare her for her transition. I’ve used it with other animals at the end of life, when they are ill or injured, and whenever they want it.
One of the many things I appreciate about my first Reiki teacher was her intention to make Reiki accessible to everyone, and for that I am grateful. She demystified the image of Reiki I had held for so many years and made it approachable and accessible. I still approach Reiki and my practice with reverence and intentionality, however, I firmly believe Reiki should be available to everyone. I believe we all have Reiki energy inside of us, and that taking a course can help people to understand and activate Reiki within themselves and provide many benefits to those who choose this path.
I have studied with a few Reiki teachers over the years. When I first received my Reiki Teacher* certification I was not sure exactly how it would be put to use. We are in challenging times as we navigate COVID-19 and fight systemic racism. I want to offer my practice to more people in these difficult and unfamiliar times we are facing. As I develop my practice, I feel called to be of service in new and different ways than I had ever imagined.
I believe each person’s path to Reiki is uniquely their own. My goal is to help you along your path, whatever that looks like for you. I feel incredibly grateful to be able to do this work and to stand in this vulnerable and beautiful space with others.
*The training I received is typically called Reiki Master/Teacher. I choose not to use the word Master to describe myself for various reasons. Reiki is a part of my life I hold with reverence and I am honored to be able to share it with others through providing sessions, teaching, and mentoring other practitioners.
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