Soooo last weekend I went to another Reiki share, and had another wonderful experience. No waterworks this time! Just a complete feeling of well-being. Yummy.
A lil recap of what Reiki is…from reiki.org:
“Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.”
The Sunday afternoon share lasted from 2 till 7, and honestly, there was no place I would have rather been. I’d spent the sunny, hot AM pullin’ a Columbus (exploring, meandering…) along the Cheongycheon stream, window shopped at Dongdaemun (in the market for a pair of new tennies)…and then met my group at Anguk Station in Insadong at 2. Just minutes, and I mean minutes, before meeting, a crazy storm crept up and the sunny morning turned into a torrential downpour of an afternoon. What better a day to sit back and relax at a Reiki share?! The sounds of the rain pouring down, being surrounded by like-minded, positive people, the vibes, just amazing. Good stuff.
There were several Reiki practitioners at the group, and each person took turns on the table while at least 4 practitioners channeled some nice universal energy on that person with palms of their hands gently placed on the crown of the head, feet, stomach, knees, etc. I’m not a practioner (yet), so I couldn’t take part in the share of others, so I sat and observed. I’m never this patient, but I felt so zen after my 15 minute Reiki sesh that nothing could bother me. I was content to sit there and enjoy the quiet, the silence, the good energy. I hate to sound like such a crazy hippy (actually, no I don’t…:), but it was just such a pleasant vibe I didn’t want to leave!
I was sooo patient with the kids all day on Monday, even carried into Tuesday. Amazing.
After some thinking and budgeting, I’ve decided to get attuned, at a Reiki seminar of sorts, next weekend so that I can practice Reiki myself. This first attunement is called “Level 1” and is aimed at being able to practice reiki on yourself, as well as friends and family.
Attunement: (reiki.org): “An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life”
and for Mom. (Love you!)..who’s most likely thinking I’ve joined some sort of Reiki cult by reading this…“While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki […however…] while Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures[…] It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. ”
love it.. 🙂