Time to share another way that helped me heal from grief. I have already discussed drumming and becoming more spiritual. If you missed those posts, here are the links: DRUMMING and SPIRITUAL. As I mentioned in my two previous posts, these two activities really helped me heal. Funny, I didn’t realize it at the time, but I do now. They both clearly helped me move forward. This was because they got me out of my head and heart, helped me meet new people, and provided me with something new to learn (which I love, because I am a life-long learner). Finding distractions from thinking about my loss was instrumental in helping me move through my grief.
The third thing that helped me heal from grief was discovering and embracing Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese energy technique where the practitioners hands are placed lightly on a person so that universal life force energy can flow into the recipient. I know, it sounds way out there, but it works, is extremely relaxing, and it can help heal both physical and emotional wounds. Now how did I get into this thing called Reiki?
I had been a school teacher for many years. While I enjoyed the work for the most part, it was no longer my passion. I was seriously burnt out and I was ready for a change. Being a teacher is extremely challenging, time consuming, and demanding. I really felt stuck in my job and wanted to explore other alternatives, so I decided to go to a life coach to help me find out what my options were for a career change. I met with my Life Coach several times and, in talking to me, she knew I was an out of the box thinker. My involvement in Paganism really expanded my mind into the metaphysical. I always considered myself having an open mind, but now it was really open. At one point in one of our meetings, she asked me if I had ever tried Reiki. I told her I had heard about it but never really understood what it was (like 90% of the population, in my opinion). She sparked my interest, though, as she described what it was like to get a Reiki treatment. I was so miserable in my career that I was willing to try almost anything and Reiki sounded pretty good and certainly wasn’t going to hurt.
When I got home that evening, I did a search online to find out where I could take a Reiki class. I wanted to dive in full force. I don’t even remember considering getting a Reiki treatment for starters. I wanted to be able to give to myself and others. I ended up scheduling a Reiki I class for a few weeks down the road. In the meantime, I read as much as I could about it.
My Reiki I class was small — about 4 people plus my Reiki Master Teacher, who is a good friend to this day. I don’t know how I got so blessed to have found her in an online search, but I am so glad I did. If I had not found this particular teacher, I am not sure I would have stuck with it.
Needless to say, I fell in love with Reiki. After being attuned to Reiki I energy, I had the ability to give myself a Reiki treatment whenever I needed it. I also gave Reiki to my dogs and anyone who was willing to let me try Reiki out on them. I practiced a lot and felt that it was helping me deal with the stressful job of teaching as well as my grief.
I eventually took a Reiki II class which taught me how to do distance Reiki and I was attuned to Reiki II energy which is stronger than Reiki I. In this class I learned 3 symbols important to the Reiki II practitioner and I fell in love with the symbols. I really enjoyed drawing them over and over — which I did to ensure I knew them by heart.
Then I took the Reiki Master class so that I could teach Reiki to others and attune them to Reiki. How exciting and honored I would feel if I could give the gift of Reiki to another person. I have done several attunements since becoming a Reiki Master and I have thoroughly enjoyed spreading healing energy to others. What better gift than to give someone the ability to give Reiki to others? I was truly blessed.
When my husband was ill, as I am sure you can imagine, we were in many hospitals and doctor’s offices. None of them recommended Reiki as a way to help him. You cannot rely on the modern medical establishment to alert you to these healing modalities. They either don’t know about them or they don’t believe they work so they don’t bother telling patients about them. I wonder if I had known about Reiki when my husband was ill if perhaps his life would have been prolonged or he would not have been so miserable after chemo treatments if I had been able to give him Reiki. I think about this often. If only I had known. Reiki is becoming more accepted now and even the prestigious Cleveland Clinic offers it to patients now. CLICK HERE for their page about Reiki. My Reiki master was probably responsible for training many of the people who provide Reiki there.
Learning Reiki opened up my eyes to all kinds of other energy modalities and I eventually became aware that I have an energy body as well as a physical body. In order to heal, I had to work on both. When you are depressed, your physical body can suffer as much as your emotional body. It’s draining to be immersed in grief. Reiki is one way to deal with the grief.
If you are grieving, I encourage you to seek out a Reiki treatment or a Reiki class. I think I would start with a Reiki treatment which usually lasts from 30-60 minutes. I guarantee you will be totally relaxed when you leave. If you loved it, you should consider finding a Reiki I class which will allow you to give Reiki to yourself, loved ones, pets and even plants. CLICK HERE for an organization that has listings of Reiki practitioners in your area. It is not all inclusive as people who do not purchase their services will not be listed (like me) but it will get you started. Of course, a Google search for “Reiki in (your town)” will give you some good results as well.
I went too many years not knowing what Reiki is. Perhaps your are in the same boat. Just know that there are many forms of healing that are not part of the modern medical model. It’s time to think outside the box and begin healing from within. Reiki is one way to do that.
Next time I will have my final installment of how I healed from grief. I wonder what it could be….
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