My Reiki Story

It’s been almost 29 years since I first experienced Reiki and it’s miraculous power. I was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer on January 2, 1990. I was only fifteen years old. I wasn’t interested in metaphysics or energy healing or even personal health and wellness. I was focused on being a teenager, hanging out with my friends, meeting boys, and playing sports. I was ready to get back to school after our Christmas break but instead, Mom took me to the hospital and that is where I stayed off and on for the next seven months of my life. I was familiar with the word cancer. My uncle had been living with the symptoms of leukemia for quite some time. I knew he lost his hair and was sick from time to time, but never understood the full spectrum of the chemotherapy and radiation treatments and what each did to the body both mentally and physically.

As I look back at the experience, it really opened my eyes to understanding healing as being more than treatments and drugs. I undoubtedly understand that healing comes from within. I also believe that it is absolutely possible that we may experience illness like this so that we may awaken to our life’s purpose. Mine was to become aware of what dis-ease really was and how I could help people though my personal experience. I wouldn’t understand to the depths that I do what dis-ease is and how it is not necessarily the dis-ease that kills cells, but so many other variables that contribute to allowing the dis-eased cells to multiply. I realize that many of us have lost loved ones from disease. I’m not trying to say that these people were not strong enough or fought hard enough. What I’m saying is that your experience of the disease plays a major role in your healing. You can create any experience you wish. Do you want the experience of stress and worry or do you want to experience peace, calmness and creative healing leading to your ultimate wellness?

As a child, you don’t experience cancer the same way as you would an adult. For example, I tell people that I didn’t fight the cancer, my parents did. I’m not the one that heard the bad news from the doctors. I didn’t know the chances they gave me for survival. I didn’t have to make decisions about my healthcare. I didn’t have a job to worry about. I didn’t have the new hospital bills to worry about, and I didn’t have the rest of the family and household to manage. My parents did. My parents were the survivors.

When my parents were out in the hallway talking to the doctors, I was in my room listening to Bernie Siegel’s Peace, Love and Healing audiotape teaching me how to heal through creative visualization. One nurse would come in my room at night when she worked and sit at the end of my hospital bed and hold her hands on my feet and legs while I told her about my latest creative visualization. I can remember the first night when she came I was telling her about how I would visualize the chemo as if it were Pac-Man chomping up all of the cancerous cells. She sat there gently holding my lower legs while she looked at me and listened. I remember feeling instantly calm and peaceful. After half-hour visits all day from my nurses to check my blood pressure and other routine things, I looked forward to these visits that made me feel so good. I just loved how she would just sit and hold me so gently. Sometimes I would fall asleep and other times I would feel really emotional and tears would run down my cheeks. All day long I would hold up my strength so that my parents and doctors would see a fighter and a survivor when deep inside I had so many emotions and fear that just wanted to burst out of me. I felt safe to let these emotions out while she held me. It was like she was giving me permission to release and re-charge. I always felt rejuvenated after she would leave my room. I felt a sense of validation that I could heal myself. That the feeling I had when she held me was something I could always return to whether or she was holding me or not. I amazed the doctors every day with how fast I was responding to the treatment. My cancer counts were dropping at a rate of speed they had never seen. At one point fluid filled up my lung cavity which then required tubes to be put into my chest to drain the fluid. The doctors estimated these to be in for three to four weeks. They removed them after 4 days. I remember at one point I asked the nurse what she was doing when she would hold me and she said she was giving me massage. I was receiving nightly “massages” from my nurse during this time the tubes were in. I was released from the hospital in remission shortly thereafter.

The impact my nurse left on me during my stay in the hospital influenced me so much that after high school graduation I entered college determined to get a degree in psychology and then go to massage school. I figured that psychology and massage were the two things that summed up what she did to help me during my experience with cancer and I wanted to do the same for others. So I studied psychology and then went on to learn massage. I found out during school that it is frowned upon if you touch people as a psychologist, so at that time I decided that the massage made a greater impact on me during my healing, so that is what I ultimately chose to pursue. During massage school I quickly learned that the massage I was learning wasn’t the same technique as the “massage” the nurse had done on me in the hospital. But I still enjoyed the feeling of helping people, so I continued on and began practicing massage full time in 1997.

During my time working as a massage therapist I found myself feeling like I should hold my hands over certain areas of my clients’ bodies. When I would do so, I would get this feeling like energy was coming out of my hands and going into my client. Wow! This is exactly what my nurse was doing to me in the hospital! It just felt so amazing that I began to integrate this into my practice and over time began to do more and more of the “holding” instead of traditional massage.

I was introduced to Reiki just 5 years ago when a woman I worked with asked if she could do Reiki on me when she heard me complaining of a headache. I said yes and she placed her hands over my head and immediately knew. It all made sense. My nurse in the hospital was doing Reiki on me not massage. She must have had to use that term because it was in a teaching hospital in 1990. She could have lost her job. It wasn’t until 20 years later that I realized she was giving me Reiki healing.

I am trained in Reiki I and II. Since the training I am aware of what a large role Reiki played in my life path and how it guided me in so many ways to help others. Reiki is a part of my daily life. My husband and I use Reiki on each other when we feel ill. We use Reiki on our pets. When a bird hits the window, we use Reiki to help it fly away unharmed. I use Reiki on my garden, my plants, my food, and my water.

I am so grateful for the gift of Reiki. I’m living proof of how it can and will transform you life in incredible and miraculous ways.

What is Reiki?

Pronounced Ray-Kee

The body is more than just a collection of functioning parts. Since everything generates a frequency, the body and its organs have their own energy field which is continually changing. All conditions of disease are rooted in this energy system. If our “life force” is low or blocked, we are more likely to get sick. But if it is high and flowing freely, we can maintain our health and well being.

Reiki Healing Energy provides means to balance the human energy fields (auras) and energy centers (chakras) to create conditions needed for the bodies healing system to function.

The Reiki practitioner assists the client to heal themselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically by a simple laying on of hands. By the use of ancient healing symbols the practitioner channels the Universal Life Force energy allowing it to flow where is needed to bring the energy centers into alignment. The Reiki practitioner must be a clear vessel through which the healing energy flows. He/She plays an instrumental part in the healing process, but ultimately it is up to the healee to manifest harmony and balance in their own life.

Reiki can also be done “long-distance,” as a form of prayer. According to many versions of its origin, Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese seeker of spiritual truths, brought the Reiki method of healing into human awareness in 1922 after a deep spiritual experience. He is said to have begun teaching others after a serious earthquake hit Japan and he felt urged to spread his knowledge.

In a Reiki session, the practitioner is seeking to transmit Universal Life Energy to the client. The intention is to create deep relaxation, to help speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms you may be experiencing.

Because Reiki treatment is balancing at every level, it can help anyone who is interested enough to experience a treatment. If you are tired, you’ll feel refreshed. If you are anxious, you’ll feel serene. If you are distressed, you’ll feel comforted. Where you feel overwhelmed, you’ll find a renewed sense of yourself. And these subjective changes will be accompanied by physical changes indicative of deep relaxation, such as a slower heart rate and easier breathing. Most people notice a difference after the first treatment, and the benefits grow with repeated sessions. In an emergency, the patient often shows benefit within five to ten minutes.

Reiki supports your health care. And Reiki treatment is safe: there is nothing about Reiki treatment that can interfere with any medical care you are receiving. In fact, I have given Reiki treatment to patients in the O.R. during surgery and while they are receiving chemotherapy. If you are taking prescriptions medications, you may find with Reiki treatment that you need less. Of course that is a good thing, but don’t change the way you take your meds on your own. Always consult your physician before adjusting your medications.

The following are some commonly reported benefits of Reiki treatment. Although at this time, the evidence for most of these benefits is anecdotal, there is research data showing that Reiki treatment can be effective for relaxation, pain management, reduced anxiety, reduced depression, and enhanced well-being:

• Relaxation • Pain management • Reduced anxiety • Reduced depression • Improved sleep • Improved digestion • Enhanced well-being • Stronger self-esteem • Support for substance abuse recovery • Accelerated surgical recovery • Reduced side effects from radiation, chemotherapy and Rx meds • Greater self awareness • Greater ease and satisfaction in relationship • Heightened intuition

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