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Reiki and Me

As a Reiki Master Teacher, I thought it would be worthwhile to introduce myself and share with you my personal Reiki Odyssey. Like so many others, I’ve led an ordinary life. I went to college, received a B.A. in English, and taught reading and English in Austin’s public schools. I married the love of my life and together we have two sons and a daughter.

My first experience with healing someone other than myself occurred when my youngest son was 18 months old. He fell backwards off a playground swing onto hardened caliche, fracturing his skull. Doctors determined that his injury caused no brain damage and recommended quiet and rest.

Of course, we were relieved but that didn’t change the fact that his head was enormously swollen and had a spongy texture. He fussed or cried continually because of the pain and discomfort. I lay in bed that evening wishing I could help him feel better.

Suddenly a thought popped into my head: it might help to imagine his swollen head returning to normal.

As I considered this possibility, I received an image of surrounding his head in white light and “seeing” the swelling disappear. I knew that at the same time I was to imagine a conversation with him in which I encouraged him to reduce pain and swelling in his head. I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to try and I played with this imagery.

To my amazement, when I got him out of his crib the next morning, the swelling was almost completely gone! I felt certain a miracle had occurred and I was thankful.

Shortly after that, I heard of a teacher who was offering classes in a hands-on healing technique called Reiki. Reiki means Universal Life Force in Japanese. Dr. Usui, the man who is credited with rediscovering this healing technique, was Japanese, hence the Japanese name for this healing modality. I felt compelled to take this class and received the Reiki Level I initiation.

This completely changed my life.

After that initiation, I began to be even more aware of my own inner guidance and of course practiced giving Reiki to my children, plants, and pets. This was the beginning of a path of spiritual growth and spiritual healing that has given me more joy than I ever imagined possible.

Now, as a Reiki Master Teacher, I wish to share this joy by inviting two types of people to sign up for the Reiki classes I offer. I invite those of you who desire to expand your consciousness and spiritual growth through an awakened awareness of your own inner guidance. And I invite those of you who want to pursue your ability to heal yourself and others.

Whether or not you have experienced healing miracles, you will find that a Reiki initiation will help you get in touch with your inner healer and your inner spiritual guidance.

If you are not sure if Reiki is for you, close your eyes, calm your senses by breathing deeply and slowly, and ask your higher guidance to give you insight on this question. Know that your Spirit will answer, often by just a “feeling.” Know that your Spirit will guide you to the path and at the pace that is right for you.

When the thought of receiving Reiki training gives you a feeling of joy and happiness you can know that you are ready. Do not be concerned if you are not interested immediately. This can be a sign that your Spirit wishes to work with you further to prepare for Reiki training, or that some other form of training in healing or spiritual growth is more appropriate for you.

Know that whatever your path, your Spirit will alert you with the feeling of joy and desire for all things and actions that are right for you and will give you this cue at a time that is right for you. Just allow yourself a few moments now and then to go within and ask your spirit what will bring you the most joy.

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