I am grateful to emotional pain for leading me to reiki.
A personal trauma had left me feeling trapped and victimized, overwhelmed by questions of why, why, why!?! Anguished, I struggled to get out of bed and keep up with my personal and professional responsibilities.
Talking regularly with a counselor helped somewhat, but the pain persisted and I could feel my emotions trapped physically, as tightness in my throat and pain in my heart.
I coped as best as I could, unplugging socially, gardening and listening to podcasts on healing. One podcast discussed the hands-on approach of reiki for releasing “issues in the tissues” – stored emotional and physical pain.
Willing to try anything, I searched for reiki practitioners in the Toronto area and found many, but the one who appealed to me most was Reiki Master Teacher Salima Pirani.
When I arrived for my first reiki treatment, Salima immediately made me comfortable, greeting me with a smile and a hug. She guided me to her reiki room where I relaxed in the calm, inviting ambiance.
During the session, I was surprised when she identified my pain as anger! I hadn’t yet acknowledged this on a conscious level but had to admit she was absolutely right! Very gently, she helped me acknowledge and release my toxic feelings.
Afterwards, I felt lighter, both physically and emotionally. Days and weeks later, I was surprised by how much freer I continued to feel.
The benefits I experienced in just one session encouraged me to take other family members to receive reiki, too. Each had a unique experience and everyone found it surprising, interesting and helpful.
Meanwhile, although stronger and freer, I continued to experience painful flashbacks. I decided to study reiki so I could manage these bouts and regularly treat myself, family and friends.
- Reiki 1 heightened my awareness of physical sensations. Early in my practice I had some remarkable experiences with physical releases and healing, as I was surprised to witness in a client who had received a concussion.
- Reiki 2 developed my ability to sense and identify emotions and appreciate the relationship between emotions and physical health. It also strengthened my sense of connection with others: our stories may be different, but we all suffer and we all want to be happy.
- After a year of study and regular practice, in August, 2015, I completed an intensive supervised Reiki 3 practicum. Since completing that course, I have been able to sense etheric cords and unhealthy attachments which can be released. I also receive healing images, messages and stories.
I never believed I could do any of this…. and I don’t. Reiki does. With regular mindful practice, I have simply developed my ability to observe and describe how a client is responding to reiki. These accounts can be illuminating, liberating and even life altering.
To this day, reiki continues to support me through challenges. Through my practice, I find it easier to let go of worry, judgement and anger; stay grounded and in the present; allow myself to be guided by compassion, understanding, love and forgiveness, and take responsibility for creating an abundant reality.
I truly believe anyone can learn to use reiki to promote the health and healing of themselves and others.