My Journey of Discovery with Reiki

As a Reiki Practitioner, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with clients in allowing them to access their true healer.

Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) is an ancient spiritual healing art. Reiki is the Unlimited Universal Life Force Energy which permeates and sustains our entire world. It is the mysterious source of all creation.

Reiki is a completely natural healing technique that accelerates the mind, body and spirit healing process. Reiki healing sessions naturally encourage holistic health, well being, balance, purpose and spiritual harmony. This divine source of energy can be transmitted through a Reiki Practitioner utilizing a gentle, noninvasive touch or by hovering several inches over the body.

The origins of this phenomenal natural healing modality can be traced back to Tibet where it has been practiced well over 3,000 years ago. It was Dr. Mikao Usui who re-introduced this ancient healing system in the mid-twentieth century in Japan. It is now becoming increasingly widespread all around the world as we search for a holistic approach which helps us heal our disease naturally with no negative side effects. Although spiritual in nature, Reiki does not require one to follow a specific religion or belief system.

In addition to facilitating the healing process, most people report from their Reiki experience that it boosts the immune system, relieves pain, produces a feeling of profound relaxation, reduces stress and depression, and balances their energy levels so that they feel more energized.

Reiki is also a journey of self discovery, a search deep within to access the true hero inside. This hero inside is the true healer within. It delivers a divine message of empowerment. It allows us to realize just how powerful each of us are.

In the cosmic dance of life we are encompassed by a symphony. A symphony in which we are the orchestrator. We all experience high notes, and for some of us, many very low notes. The many low ones may include living with disease, depression, losing loved ones, or dealing with memories of horror from your past that have been buried deep in your subconscious for so long. Perhaps it is remembering a joyous time walking down the beach with a loved one looking back towards the sunset and seeing two sets of footprints in the sand. And now, there is only one. It is all so overwhelming, you feel like you have just stepped into a Van Gogh painting, swirling around in fear and confusion, because it is all so surreal. Pain and devastation so overwhelming, indescribable, it is perhaps, beyond human comprehension.

We are the orchestrator of our destinies, the conductor, the decision maker as we are confronted with so much pain and devastation. As we begin to reach out for help, we are confronted by many choices in which to help us deal. The process of choosing which healing modalities to utilize can be just as overwhelming as what we are dealing with. No one can tell you what to do. It is your search and discovery as you orchestrate which instruments of healing work best for you.

Reiki is universal unconditional love, an intelligent energy that does not make judgments on what disease you have or why you have it. Reiki is a compassionate healing process that does not discriminate against anyone, for we are all the same beautiful spiritual beings. It is the life force that belongs to everyone. It can not be trademarked or copyrighted. It is the gift that is everyone's birthright and should always remain accessible to all.

As a Reiki Practitioner, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with clients to access their true healer within. It is a wonderful experience for me to create a peaceful environment infused with therapeutic sounds of healing music and aromatherapy or a peaceful moment whereby clients can begin the journey of self discovery and empowerment.

My client John, living with HIV for more than sixteen years, credits his survival to choosing his healing options very carefully. His concern is choosing options whereby there are no negative side effects. With a bit of skepticism, he was intrigued by the simple, gentle approach of Reiki. He came to the Reiki session with an open mind. "Kathy had a calming effect on me from the moment I arrived on the premises. A gentle voice and touch, smooth sounds and aromas embraced my apprehension so I could relax for the session. I was placed in a comfortable position and the session began."

"From the very first touch I knew something wonderful was about to take place. It was a phenomenon difficult to describe. I felt unaware of my physical reality and journeyed through a place that at one time was familiar and yet strange. I saw myself as if I was watching a film and noticed how through various activities I was avoiding a very important aspect of my being. I have trusted my instincts over the past 16 years and feel my good health is due to my non-victim attitude and my willingness to accept things I don't completely understand. I do understand that this experience with Reiki has prompted me to search further to see and understand what I have been avoiding. I look forward to future sessions and this discovery."

Reiki can be performed anywhere in any situation. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside doctors and nurses in first aid at a fundraising event. Although surrounded by 4,500 people, loud music and many interruptions which made for a very challenging scenario, I was able to transmit Reiki for those in need. This was a very empowering and rewarding experience for me.

As more and more people are turning to alternative natural therapy, we will soon be hearing more about the wonderful benefits of Reiki. It is especially helpful for those who require surgery. My client Carlo, living with HIV for over 15 years, received Reiki prior to surgery on his leg, the same surgery he had had on his other leg the previous year. After receiving Reiki, Carlo reports, "I felt unfamiliar sensations throughout my body, however I felt a very profound sense of relaxation and peacefulness." Carlo's surgery required an overnight stay. However, within a few hours after the surgery he was able to walk home. "This time I felt more calm, more relaxed and experienced less pain."

For all the challenges we encounter in our cosmic dance of life, it is important to realize you are not alone and help is always available for all of us. There will be people and situations that come along your path. As we should not underestimate just how powerful each one of us is, we cannot underestimate the power of some kind words to each other. It could be the person who tells you that they are not giving up on you, when everyone else almost has, including yourself.

Reiki has been one of the most empowering experiences for me on my journey. I have been fortunate to learn from a very well respected Reiki Master, Louisiana Zinn, whose profound insight, wisdom and guidance I have eternal gratitude for. Louisiana emphasizes the importance of community service by offering Reiki to AIDS patients in hospices and hospitals.

Perhaps those of us who have been confronted and dealt with overwhelming circumstances, AIDS, depression, loss of loved ones or living with disease are most fortunate. Something very beautiful happens during this very challenging process. Each obstacle we are confronted with represents the opportunity to travel down the path, take the journey and discover something wonderful about our selves. This discovery is a realization of just how powerful each one of us is, powerful and strong enough to discover the true hero inside, the true healer within.

Kathy Harrison is a traditional Reiki Practitioner, business consultant, dancer, writer, and designer. She inspires and empowers others with creative arts therapy. For further information go to:

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