I celebrated one very special achievement last week: I obtained my certificate for Okuden Reiki 2nd Degree, following a long period of time to study and complete coursework requirements. It means that I may now practice as a professional reiki therapist if I should choose. I am still not ready for that leap, but it will develop naturally I am sure.
My main reason for studying Reiki energy healing was for myself. I began meditating and practising affirmations approximately fifteen years ago, when I discovered Louise L Hay’s famous book, You Can Heal Your Life. Since then I dedicated my spare time to practicing self-care. It has not been easy, as I am sure you can imagine. We are raised to believe that we should always put other people’s needs before our own, but I have learned that sometimes that is simply not practical. We cannot care for other people if we have not cared properly for ourselves. And that is where reiki energy healing comes into its own. We can harness the natural energy of the world and use it to heal our bodies from within. If we open our minds and hearts, we can begin to break down old habits and patterns of behaviour and remove mental and emotional blocks that might be manifesting as physical disorders.
Reiki energy healing does not simply cure all of your ailments. Far from it. Sometimes you might experience a very powerful reiki healing session (as I did last week with my study group), and it will manifest as a short illness or unusual sensations. This means that your body is working hard to remove something toxic from within, and you must allow time to rest and recuperate as appropriate. I am currently experiencing the symptoms of a cold and a painful sore throat, which I believe came about as a combination of the reiki healing session, and my poorly five-year-old daughter. Darn kids and their germs! I am using directed reiki healing to ease my discomfort, but mostly I will allow the virus to run its course, and I will feel a lot better once it has passed and taken away whatever I was holding onto internally. Have you experienced the healing wonder of reiki? What do you think about it?
Catherine is the author of the adult paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels and also The Darkness of Love, She has short stories published in YA anthologies, freelance articles on various industry websites, and contributes to her personal blog, and her author blog .