How My Reiki Journey Began
Updated: Jan 26
It was the beginning of May, 2020. We had all been locked down because of covid. I had just taken on the rental of a space in a building that I was hoping to use as an office for my taxi business and other work.
I woke up very early one Sunday morning and I was thinking about a woman that I knew, who I'd met in the sustainable living community a few before. To be completely honest I wasn't even sure whether she liked me or not. I'm usually good at reading people but for some reason, she escaped me. But I couldn't get her out of my head. Anyway I didn't want to text her at 5:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning, she has two young kids, so I waited until after 10:00. I gave her a call and said 'I think I'm meant to speak to you today. I'm not sure why, what is it that you do?"
She told me she did Reiki, teaches Reiki classes, works with energy and spirit, is a medium and quite psychic, and she helps people, like a counselor does. So I decided that maybe I should look into Reiki. I didn't really know what Reiki was. All I know is that it was something to do with energy and chakras. Something I knew only a little about.
I'd had a Reiki healing session from a close friend of mine a number of years before, but I wasn't sure if it had had any effect on me. Anyway, we set the date for May 16th. I had a couple of weeks to prepare myself.
A week before the class I had to cleanse myself as best I could. This meant cutting down on caffeine, red meat, alcohol. I had to go on nature walks barefoot to ground myself, and meditate each day to open myself up, to be in a better position to surrender to what was going to be coming my way. I did my best, couldn't completely stop coffee, gotta be honest.
Having a Reiki attunement means that the teacher connects you with the energies above, and makes you a conduit for the Reiki healing energy to flow through your body and out of your hands into the people receiving Reiki. The person receiving the Reiki is then in a better position to HEAL THEMSELVES. Once the attunement is over the person receiving the attunement becomes a Reiki healer.
Reiki comes from two Japanese words, 'Rei' which means 'universal', and 'ki' which means 'life force energy'. 'Chi, Ki, Qi'.. t'ai chi, qigong. In Christianity the Holy Spirit. As a side point of interest Reiki in its modern form now over 100 years old.
We spent about 2 hours talking about my life and my journey to that point. I'm really glad that I chose to do Reiki class one-on-one with her, because I shared things with her that I would never have shared if I had been in a group setting. In sharing all my stories it suddenly dawned on me that my life had many things in it that needed healing. And to be completely honest I'm not even sure when I went into this that I thought I had any healing to do.
We slowly went through some energy focused activities as we got closer to my attunement. A Reiki class looks different for different teacher and students. There was one exercise that we did which blew my mind. Now, I'm not even sure if this was before or after my attunement ceremony but she asked me to create a ball of energy in my hands. And after the ball of energy was there in my hands I had to make it bigger. I could feel the edges of the energy and I'm not sure how I did it but this energy in my hands slowly got bigger and bigger. As it was getting bigger I was getting more emotional and the tears started flowing. I think it was the most I'd ever cried in my life to that point. It was like someone had turned a tap on the side of my eyes. The ball of energy got bigger and bigger.
It got so big that it was bigger than the room we were in. In my mind's eye I could see the edges of this gigantic ball of energy extending into the middle of 2nd Ave South.
The ball had zero mass to it, yet it was heavy in my hands. The tears kept flowing out my eyes and I had no fucking clue what to do with this ball of energy. Sitting here right now I don't even remember what she asked me to do with it. Maybe I had to visualize it getting smaller so I could hold it comfortably in my hands again, not sure. Anyway, that's what happened in my Reiki one attunement.
The whole event, the attunement, the talking about my story, the realizing that so many things in my life were 'wrong' or not quite as it seemed, the massive input of energy, the crying, the feeling vulnerable and the feeling of being a stranger to myself was difficult situation to find myself.
I went home shortly after everything was over, around 4 or 5pm, and felt so tired that I had to go lay down on my bed. I fell asleep. No dinner, didn't cook supper for my kids. I woke up the next day between 1 or 2pm, I'd slept for almost be 20hrs. Major fucking energy shit had gone down in my office.
You may or may not be aware that I don't wear shoes. I stopped wearing them on July 2nd 2014, that's a whole other story. I think this is a major contributing factor to what went down during my attunement and how I work with my clients energies today. I am grounded, in fact so grounded that when I became attuned (connected) to the energies above, alongside my connectedness to the earth via my barefeet, made me act as a super connector between the heavens and the earth. Feels like I'm acting as a massive conduit, or human ground. That's one theory as to why things happened like they happened.
Taking my Reiki level one, being attuned to the Reiki energy, starting my healing journey (that journey I didn't know I needed to take) totally interrupted my life, internally and externally on very deep levels.
I took my Reiki level two exactly a year later on May 16th, 2021 and chose to do my level three, the Reiki Master Teacher level on September 9th, 2021.
• Reiki level one is for the individual who wants to use Reiki energy on themselves to heal themselves.
• Reiki level two is for those who want to start healing others, and send healing across time and space.
• Reiki level three, also known as Reiki Master Teacher Certificate, is for those who are ready to commit to having Reiki as a significant part of their lives.
So far, I have had the honor of attuning one beautiful soul for their Reiki level one. Reiki attunements are magical moments and help people who need healing fast track on their healing journeys.
Working with Reiki energy on myself and in others has proven to be far more powerful than I could have ever imagined. I'm so very happy I chose to follow my intuition when I called the woman who the Universe was telling me to call..
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