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๐™„ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ’๐™ฉ ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™—๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™š๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ ๐™ž!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Was what one young lady who came to me suffering from anxiety announced as she lay on the treatment couch.

๐™๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ข๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™– ๐™š๐™ข๐™–๐™ž๐™ก ๐™– ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™–๐™›๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ:

โ€œWhen her hands were on my head I could see colours that Iโ€™d never seen before, really vividly. They were beautiful bright pinks and purples. I felt really intensely happy, so much so that I was trying not to smile. I could see the silhouette of a pair of hands making calming rocking motions. I thought maybe they were Niamhโ€™s hands, and I could see them through my eyelids but when I opened my eyes to check I realised they werenโ€™t hers. I felt very at peace and was overcome by a feeling of pure contentment. When they went away, I felt kind of sad, and wanted them back as their presence was really comforting. I then became very aware of my body and could feel parts of it that I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve ever felt before. There were strange, tingly pulses in my legs. I was super aware of my position and felt like my spine was misaligned with my legs, to the extent that I had to adjust to feel โ€œstraight.โ€ I began to feel sad, but in an intense way and it felt almost good? Sort of cathartic, like it was good to feel it and everything was just right. I became a bit overwhelmed and scared for a bit as what I was feeling was really weird and intense and Iโ€™ve never felt anything like it. ๐—œ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ถ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—œ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ฒ.Towards the end I was beginning to see the happy colours again, but they were dimmer and a bit fuzzy.โ€ ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ

Health and Wellbeing, Reiki, Reiki, Healing, Gratitude, Spirituality, Uncategorized

๐™„๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ ๐™ž ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™?

Maybe!

But probably not!

While some people may experience deep healing with their first Reiki treatment most do not.

Reiki promotes, or in some cases starts the self-healing process, and more sessions are required to keep your energy balanced and the healing process working.

If you think of a problem you’ve had for a while, say a particularly knotty muscle, you know one massage isn’t going be enough to deal with it.

It is the same with Reiki although it works on an energetic level some of the blocks we experience may have been in place for a long time, and some of our ingrained thought processes cause those blockages so it takes a while and a few treatments to work through them.

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I do not feel any different, so Reiki doesnโ€™t work!!!

I have heard this a few times. People get up off the treatment couch saying they feel quite relaxed but nothing else.

They were expecting fireworks or at the very least their ailment to be immediately cured. Reiki does not work like that. It is more subtle. It works quietly away in the background. It activates the bodyโ€™s self-healing.

We are more than the body, we are our thoughts, our emotions, and our spiritual side too โ€“ Reiki works on all these levels.

When I was suffering from panic attacks Reiki brought me peace in the moment, but it was a while before I was able to track down what was causing the anxiety and deal with the external problems and then my thoughts around it. Reiki gave me the calmness, the clarity to be able to seek out the causes for the anxiety both external and internal. The panic attacks became less intense and less frequent and then faded out altogether as I dealt with the issues in my life that were the root cause of the stress and anxiety I felt that led to the overthinking which led to panic attacks.

But it is only looking back that I can fully see the process I went through at the time it was far from comfortable. I kept going with the daily self-treatments and monthly Reiki shares, and the occasional treatment from another Reiki practitioners. A few years ago panic attacks were ruling my life, now I could not tell you when I last had one.

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Can Reiki connect us?

A few years ago during a Reiki course we were split up into random groups to give each other Reiki.

One of the members of my group had mentioned earlier in the day that she was struggling with a knee injury. She volunteered to receive Reiki first and lay on the treatment couch. As I prepared myself to give her Reiki I noticed the other members of the group make a beeline for her knees. I decided to hang back for a moment to see where I was guided to.

My intuition was telling me to put my hearts above the middle tanden, or heart chakra, the place in our physical body that represents love and our connection not just to other humans but also the universe. As I placed my hands over her heart space I was immediately assailed by visions of soldiers. These were young soldiers and they appeared on a break from duties, they were chatting and laughing and passing around photographs.

I kept my hands above her heart space for the duration of the treatment and saw the same young soldier, dressed in full uniform, marching, then running. At one point I saw him run to a young woman and hug her. He appeared to be somewhere with a hot climate.

At the end of the treatment as we discussed what she had felt said that she felt a lot of heat around her knees and that her knee ached less. I asked her if there were any soldiers in her immediate family, she thought about this for a while but couldn’t come up with an answer. I didn’t pursue it and we continued with the treatments.

A few weeks later, we both turned up to a Reiki share and she asked me if I remembered that I had seen soldiers when giving her Reiki. I said that I did

and she then went on to tell me that her much older brother whom she hadn’t heard from in over twenty years had called her from Australia that evening. He had been in the army as a young man, she had been a child at the time so didn’t see much of him and had forgotten this part of his history.

Was it Reiki that had reconnected them?

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Panic attacks…

Ten years ago, I was a depressed anxious mess.

Struggling to get from one moment to the next.

One day I had a panic attack on the bus. I truly thought I was having a heart attack. I didn’t know what to do so I got off the bus and walked the rest of the way, my breathing getting shallower and faster, my chest constricted with pain.

I decided to go the GP. I didn’t get the reassurance I thought I would, instead the GP seemed really concerned and I was sent for a battery of tests. The results trickled in over the next few days, all fine. My heart was in robust health, for my age!

At no time did any medical person suggest a panic attack might have been the cause of my pain, it was only through googling my symptoms that it began to dawn on me that is indeed what it was.

That realisation though seemed only to make matters worse they began to be increasingly frequent, to the point I was afraid to leave the house.

I had the tools to supposedly deal with anxiety, I regularly practised yoga and meditation. But they required concentrating on the breath and trying to focus on and control my breath when I was struggling to breath just increased the feeling of panic, and made my breathing quicker, shallower, I thought I was going to pass out.

Another day on the bus, when I couldn’t get off, I decided to try Reiki. I connected to Reiki and placed my hands lightly on my knees. I began to feel the heat and tingling in my hands that I normally associate with Reiki, concentrating on this and the feel of my of the warmth of my hands on my knees allowed my breathing to return to normal and the panic subsided. I felt a sense of calmness wash over me and almost missed my stop.

Reiki had given me hope, a window into the future.

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Healing handsโ€ฆ

I was very awkward as a child.๐Ÿง’

Always falling over, constantly scraped knees and bruises. ๐Ÿค•Even managed to cut the inside of my lower lip on a lawnmower๐Ÿ™„ (thatโ€™s a story for another day).

I remember my mother would apply something we called red stuff to the wounds and then a quick cuddle I was mended and on my way.โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿฉน

With my children is was a wet paper towel, a kiss and a cuddle. ๐Ÿฅฐ

As far as Iโ€™m aware wet paper towels have no medicinal or healing properties what did work though was the hug.

Isnโ€™t amazing how even the smallest touch can instantly make us feel better physically and emotionally.๐Ÿ’–

We all have healing hands ๐Ÿคฒ when it comes to those we love. ๐Ÿ’•

When did you last use your healing hands?

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How’s your Saturday going?

After a long busy week, I was hoping for a lie in this morning, my neighbour however had different ideas and had the hammer and power tools out at some godawful hour. ๐Ÿ› ๐Ÿ”จ

Been woken by someone hammering right above your head does not really set you up for the best day. ๐Ÿ™„ I got up much earlier and much grumpier than intended and had breakfast but still felt unsettled so…

I put my headphones on with some subtle meditation music to block out the banging and gave my self a Reiki treatment and restarted my day in a calm relaxed mood that will allow me to tackle whatever heads my way. ๐Ÿ

I’ve been practising Reiki for several years now and it still surprises me by how quickly it can change my mood, my outlook or make me see something negative or challenging in a different light.

Hoping your Saturday is chilled and peaceful. ๐Ÿ•Š

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I never thought I could be happy…

For years, I suffered from low level depression and anxiety, that had really just become so much part of who I was that I accepted it as just life. I always had worries, about money, about my children, my parents, my health and the health of others. My relationship was breaking down and I lived in a state of fear. Whenever I tried to discuss it with anyone, I was made feel like I was just complaining.

Yet people told me they were in awe of me, I was so organised holding down a full-time job, bringing up three children almost single-handedly, I never forgot a mufti day or any of the childrenโ€™s activities. But I was like the proverbial swan, serene and graceful on the surface but paddling furiously underneath.

Then there was a major re-organisation on the work front and my job began causing me huge amounts of stress, at the same my daughterโ€™s illness exacerbated, and while I still worried about finances, I took the decision to leave work and take some time out.

That is when the full force of depression and anxiety hit. Having, for the first time in years, time to myself I found I was at a loss, I had no idea how to sit still, to just be in the moment. I had spent decades rushing from one over-planned task to the next. Now there were days of nothingness facing me, I rattled around the house just waiting for school pick-up time. I was so burnt out and so lacking in confidence I barely knew how to talk to anyone at the school gates. I found myself withdrawing, going deeper and deeper into the dark well of depression. There did not seem to be a way out.

It was through a chance discussion with someone at a yoga class that I subscribed to Hay House and started to receive emails from them about podcasts and books. One day I opened one of those emails and it was offering me a free book about Reiki. I read the book and I literally lit up from the inside out, I knew I had to find out more and embarked on my journey to become a Reiki Master/Teacher.

I never thought that I could be happy or stress free yet every day I wake up with a smile on my face and feel so grateful to be here and for the experiences and opportunities that lead me to this point. Reiki helped me find the calm, the peace, the clarity I sought and to make some very difficult but rewarding changes to my life. Now I use Reiki to help others do the same.

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When did you last check in with yourself?

We’re living in odd times with additional stressors in our lives. Over the past year we’ve had lockdowns, had to self isolate, submit to regular testing, many of us working from home or being furloughed and many more have lost their jobs and our normal support networks haven’t been available to us.

Some of us have taking to walking or running to relieve the stress while others have turned to baking and crafting and others to less healthy habits. But how many of us have actually taken the time to sit and check in with ourselves?

We seem to regularly check how we are doing physically, whether we have become fitter or gained weight, have new injuries or managed to heal old ones, our clothes inform us of physical changes as do our mirrors and cameras. Our bodies, however, only tell a very small part of the story. Do you know the rest of your story? Where are you mentally? Emotionally? Spiritually?

Taking time to sit quietly and really check in on our emotional, mental and spiritual help is essential if we are to achieve balance in our lives. We need to recognise our emotions, accept and release them. We need to acknowledge when we are feeling down or stressed and find ways to support ourselves, to show show ourselves kindness and compassion. If we are just hurtling from one chore to the next, one day to the next without checking in, without taking time to release those emotions and stressors they build up and we are left feeling angry or resentful without fully understanding why.

I have always tried to cultivate habits to support my emotional/mental and spiritual well being and these have stood me in good stead over the past few months. Some of the things that have helped me are :

  1. Keeping a daily gratitude journal
  2. A Reiki self-treatment before I get up in the morning
  3. Yoga – I try and do 2 or 3 classes a week
  4. Sending Reiki healing at least once a month to individuals/groups or the earth itself
  5. Journaling
  6. Walking – I try and walk for at least 30 minutes a day.

What toll has the last year or so taken on your emotional/mental/spiritual wellbeing? When did you last truly ask this of yourself? What are you doing to help yourself, to stay connected to you, so that you can be your best self?

If you wish to know more about my habits or share some of yours please do leave a comment below.

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Why Reiki?

A lot of people have heard of Reiki, they know it’s some sort of alternative holistic treatment but that’s as far as it goes. They don’t understand it and are reluctant to try it, yet the same people will have needles stuck in them even though they are not quiet sure how acupuncture works either. They have no idea how their skeleton works or how the muscles, ligaments and tendons that support it function, yet they will allow someone to poke prod and manipulate them without understanding what they are doing to their body.

I’m not dissing other therapies, far from it and the majority of practitioners are well qualified in their discipline and continue their professional development and updating their skills.

Reiki is not yet a mainstream treatment and therefore not as trusted as others that have been around for longer. It can work on its own or as a useful adjunct to other therapies.

Reiki uses the body’s own energy system to promote self-healing, the process is triggered by the practitioner connecting to Reiki and allowing the energy to flow via their hands to the person receiving the treatment. The recipient will sometimes feel this as hot or cold sensation, sometimes as tingling or emotional release. The treatment room provides a safe space for the client to let go of emotional, physical and mental blockages. Frequently, a client will only feel a deep sense of relaxation during the treatment but will report back several days later that something has changed, their mood lifted, the solution to a problem suddenly becomes clear, a difficult decision becomes easy to make. They are sleeping better which has a knock effect on their whole life.

Reiki continues to work behind the scenes after the treatment is finished, though regular treatments are required to completely remove blockages in the body’s energy system to allow for complete healing.

What I love about Reiki is that is non-invasive, it doesn’t even need to be hands on if the client is nervous about being touched. There is no need to undress, and I always offer a blanket or other covering should the client feel vulnerable lying on the table; especially where there are emotional blocks being released as feeling, or being, naked adds to the vulnerability.

Reiki can be sent over distances, the client doesn’t even need to be in the room with you. I have sent to people in different countries and time zones, and they report feeling the effects of it.

I use Reiki daily myself, frequently giving myself a treatment before bed and despite the unusually hot weather here at the moment I have no trouble sleeping!

Emotional problems often manifest as physical symptoms, and as we begin to understand more about how the body works we are discovering a greater mind/body/spirit connection than was even thought possible1. Reiki works on all levels, allowing us to achieve a relaxed body, which in turn allows us to still the mind giving us access to our subconscious and inner knowledge to work through the things that are holding us back in life.

 

 

 

  1. If you wish to explore this further I recommend You Can Heal Your Life byย  Louise Hay,ย  The Biology of Beliefย  by Bruce Lipton and How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body by David R Hamilton