Reiki first appeared in my life when I was a little girl.
When I played with my friend at her home, I often saw her mother standing beside some plants, with her palms over them and keenly focused.
I was intrigued by what I saw. When I asked my friend what was going on, she told me that her mother was sharing energy with the plants and that the practice was called 'Reiki.'
Every time I saw my friend's mother giving Reiki to her plants , I wanted to be right there and witness what was happening. It caught my fascination and aroused the sense of wonder I naturally possessed as a child. Watching this practice also gave me a sense of peace and comfort and a feeling of "All is well and beautiful in this world."
Going forward into adulthood, I did not give much thought to Reiki. However, Reiki came to me as a calling in my early twenties.
I experienced several personal challenges as I transitioned from childhood to teenage to adulthood. The challenges peaked in the year 2007 and I found myself in the depths of despair. It was during this time that the Reiki seed which had been planted years ago began to sprout. The desire to know more about Reiki took birth in me.
What started off as a small desire turned into a strong calling. Within a short period of time, I found myself seated in a Reiki teacher's house. My journey started with me receiving Reiki sessions from my teacher, followed by training to practice Reiki myself.
Receiving Reiki from my teacher felt refreshing and relaxing. But I got to experience the real deal once I began to practice Reiki myself. The Reiki experience was unlike anything I had ever had in my life!
While practising Reiki, I would find my palms heating up. It wasn't an uncomfortable heat but a soothing warmth. Placing my warm palms over the different energy centres (chakras) on the body helped me drift into deep levels of relaxation and high levels of consciousness.
Reiki practice had a dual effect on me - I felt like I was relaxing in a spa while meditating in a monastery at the same time!
For the first time in my life, I felt deeply connected to my body. I grew aware of how every part of my body was feeling.
I also found myself growing aware of my thoughts, feelings and emotions. My mind experienced silence and stillness as Reiki helped me disconnect from the chaos of the outside world for some time each day.
At the end of the mandatory 21 day practice period following my training, I emerged feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, empowered and happy, peaceful and calm.
I felt like I had a new found companion - an unconditional presence, a gentle warmth, a beautiful mystery...
Reiki is a Japanese word. In Japanese, Rei means "Universal" and Ki means "Life Force Energy."
Ki is the same as 'chi' in Chinese and 'prana' in Sanskrit.
In the simplest of words, this energy is understood to be the intelligence that is the driving force behind all of creation.
Is there scientific evidence for the existence of such a force?
There doesn't seem to be any at the moment.
Then is Reiki faith based?
Many choose to think so while others disagree.
I prefer to call Reiki a mystery.
I do not know what this phenomenon is or how it works.
All I know is that working with Reiki has had a profound effect on my life and also on the lives of many others.
The simple Reiki practice of placing my hands over the different energy centres/parts of the body helped me tap in to my inner strength and to rise above one of the most challenging periods of my life.
Reiki practice helped me gather the courage to make much needed changes in my life, to let go of people and situations that weren't in my best interest and to experience multiple breakthroughs, the biggest of them being manifesting a beautiful romantic partnership.
Reiki helped me learn the art of slowing down. It helped me relax my body and mind in a very conscious manner.
Reiki helped me feel connected to the expansiveness of the cosmos. It enabled me to get a taste of what it may feel like to connect with Spirit or God or whatever one chooses to call the unknown higher aspect of creation.
This is the simple yet profound healing potential that I see in Reiki.
Healing in the sense of being deeply connected to body, mind and soul, in good health as well as in illness.
Healing in the sense of being able to find the calm within the storms of life.
Healing in the sense of being able to love and nurture oneself and to keep going no matter what's happening in our personal and outside worlds.
I have grown to love my Reiki Healing Hands and I sincerely hope more and more people get to discover and rejoice in the ethereal magic of Reiki!