To Do When Reiki Finds You
Barnsley Brown, PhD
(Note from the Editor: This is the 2nd in a random series
of Reiki articles I am including in The Druid's Egg - the first
one, called "Reiki and Druids?" appeared in the Imbolc
'06 issue...oh, and if anyone is looking for a Reiki teacher,
I'm available for both local and long distance teaching or healing...Ceridwen)
One of the most amazing things
about Reiki or the Usui Method of Natural Healing is that it always
manages to find us at just the right moment! We all know that
adage, "When the student is ready, the teacher appears."
In fact, all of us have probably had the experience of a teacher
coming into our lives precisely when we needed what she or he
had to offer. But what about "When the student is ready,
the healing modality appears"?
Reiki has a magical way of finding those of us who need healing
(Ahem, that would be all of us!) and those of us who are consciously
or unconsciously on a spiritual journey. In fact, beginning to
learn Reiki can feel like going through a slow, beautiful awakening
as your whole being – mind, body, and spirit – responds
to this loving, powerful energy.
Simply translated, the Japanese word, "Reiki," means
"universal life force energy." Yet the foreignness
of the word can be daunting. I know I was completely intimidated
by Reiki when I first heard about it. I was at a potluck at the
Unity Church years ago, and a woman there offered me some of this
strange stuff called "Reiki" for my menstrual cramps.
I assure you that I moved as far away as possible from her because
I thought hands-on healing sounded pretty darn weird and I was
definitely not willing to be a Reiki guinea pig.
Now I am sure the Universe is chortling, amused that I have been
practicing Reiki daily for over twelve years and teaching it as
a Reiki Master for more than a decade. How did that happen? To
make a long story very brief, I had a serious car accident in
which my old, virtually indestructible Volvo was totaled and I
suffered a double whiplash. Because I was out of town at a poetry
conference and didn't want to be doped up on pain medications
all weekend, I let the wife of my former poetry professor (a Reiki
Level II Practitioner) do a treatment on me.
The results were wondrous! I didn’t have to take any more
medicine, and by the time I returned (without my dear departed
old Volvo) to Chapel Hill, I vowed to explore the pain relief
method I had experienced. Shortly thereafter, I took my Reiki
Level I training, and then followed that later with Reiki Level
II and Mastership. Within two years, I was a full-fledged Reiki
Master and had some seven hundred and twenty Reiki self treatments
under my belt as well as many other treatments on animals, people,
car batteries, and even my computer. (Yes, Reiki does work on
Reiki goes with me everywhere like a beloved companion. Somehow,
I'm always seated beside a Reiki person in a crowded room. She
or he might be a Reiki Master or someone who has just had a Reiki
treatment or someone who wants to know more about Reiki. This
happens no matter where I am: the gym, a lecture, even Wal-Mart.
Somehow, Reiki always brings us together with others on a similar
path. That's the way Reiki works. It is a way of living and raising
your vibrational level so that you attract what you need while
also drawing to you people who can benefit from what you offer.
Over this last decade, I can tell
you a number of incredible stories about how people have found
Reiki, or rather, how it has found them. For example, there was
the woman who happened to look at the Reiki manuals I was photocopying
at Kinko's and told me she'd just been on the phone with a friend.
They had been discussing Reiki as a treatment option for her friend
who had a fibroid tumor in her breast. Or there's the person who
saw my name listed as the only Reiki practitioner in a publication
and then called to sign up for a Reiki Level I class. She later
looked back in the same publication, and this time, there were
a handful of Reiki practitioners; yet she had only seen my listing
before. Later we discovered a half dozen commonalities that made
it clear why Reiki had drawn the two of us together.
Yet another time, one of my academic
colleagues at UNC asked me, out of nowhere, "Have you ever
heard of Reiki?" We had never discussed Reiki nor did she
have any idea that I was a Reiki Master. (This was long before
I started my own business and advertised.) Of course, we were
both delighted that I could provide answers to her questions and
point her to some good books on Reiki.
Another student happened on a
flyer on mind in a town some three hours away from here. How the
flyer got there I still have no idea since I never took it there
nor did I have any clients or students in that town or even near
that town. Evidently, Reiki even does air mail!
The point of these stories is that Reiki and the right Reiki teacher
will usually find you, particularly if you have set your intent
on healing yourself and others. As a final powerful example, I
offer this story. In a business workshop, I met a fellow who owns
a bicycle courier service. When he found out I teach and practice
Reiki, he told me one of his employees was interested in it. I
gave him my card to give to the employee and forgot all about
it.Then one day after I had gone to the gym and was a sweaty,
stinky mess, I clearly got the guidance that I needed to go to
the bank. I tried all manner of excuses to get out of it: "I
don't have any reason to go to the bank today," "I can
wait till next week," even, "I smell bad." Yet
I couldn't shake the feeling that I had to go.
I went, and there in front of my bank was a fellow on a bicycle
with a package, chatting with a friend and wearing this courier
company's signature shirt. Yes, you guessed it. This was the employee
who was interested in learning about Reiki and who worked for
the man I had met in a business workshop months before.
Of course, as the Universe would have it, I had a Reiki Level
I class coming up that very Saturday,
and there was just one space still open in the class. Todd, the
employee, filled it since the timing of the class was perfect
for him, and he obtained his Reiki I certification.
do you do to help Reiki find you? Just be aware. Once you learn
a little something about Reiki and its many uses, somehow it just
keeps popping up in front of you. Notice the people you meet,
notice flyers on bulletin boards, notice books that fall off the
shelves in bookstores, right in front of you. (I'm not kidding;
this has happened to a number of people, including me.)
Reiki is such a powerful energy that it is bound to attract those
of us who are meant to work, play, and live with it! If you keep
your eyes and ears open, along with your heart and mind, Reiki
or another appropriate form of energy healing will find you.
You will know it is time to take Reiki when your curiosity is
aroused and Reiki keeps making appearances in your life. Like
me, once you've had enough signs from the Universe (and hopefully
signs that are not as dramatic as my accident), you will be ready
and you will know deep inside that Reiki is for you. Then it is
only a matter of time before the teacher appears, standing behind
you in the grocery store line, doing yoga with you at the gym,
or on a business card you find tucked in a book in a place miles
away from where you live. Your teacher will have been expecting
you and will be so glad you've arrived to experience the wonderful
healing love and power that is Reiki!
Barnsley Brown, PhD and Reiki Master, offers ongoing classes in
all levels of Reiki, intuitive counseling and healing sessions,
Though Field Therapy, past life regressions, and stress management
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