The idea of life energy has always been so intriguing to me. I’ve always believed in the concept of “mind over matter” and that we as humans are capable of doing anything – we just have figure out how to tap into our own energy.
I recently met a Reiki practitioner and was extremely inspired by her positive words and calming presence. The way she spoke was so light and free. It was as if she knew for sure that everything was right in the universe; that she was exactly who she needed to be and that she was completely open to all that life could ever offer her way. I decided then and there that I needed to try Reiki.
Reiki is a spiritual practice that aims to balance the energy within the seven points in your body known as chakras (energy centers). A blockage of energy in any of these chakras is what causes us to feel unbalanced, ungrounded, physically ill… and the list goes on. During a Reiki session, the healer will lay his or her hands on different points of the patient’s body in order to channel the ki (life force) of the universe. This life energy is said to flow through the body of the healer and into the patient.
I entered Lois’s home on a Monday evening. She greeted me with the same warm, welcoming energy that I felt when I we first met. She invited me to have a seat at her coffee table for a chat while we sipped tea and snacked on the most delicious baked treats – treats that had no real recipe, she told me. Just a mixture of whole ingredients like coconut, banana, and nuts. While we chatted about life, Reiki, and whatever else came up, I found my words to be focused around what I didn’t like about myself and how I’d love to change these things. I guess I thought that if my problems were laid out on the table, she would be able to have a better understanding of my energy flow, and hopefully help me to get everything in balance.
After chatting for a while, we walked over to Lois’s Reiki table, where she asked me to lay face up. She struck a bowl-shaped instrument with a mallet near my feet as a way to amplify my energy. This way it would be easier for her to feel it. Lois hovered her hands, palms down, over my body, starting from my feet and working up towards my head.
Lois reported that my energy felt “good.” I’m not sure exactly what that meant, or what to compare it to, but it was definitely a reassuring thing to hear. The only concern she noted was that there seemed to be a dip of energy around my stomach, where the passion chakra resides. I asked if this could be in any way related to stomach issues I have, and she said that it absolutely could be.
She paused for a second to open a book. She located a portion on stomach issues and noted that the probable cause is “Dread. Fear of the new. Inability to assimilate the new.” Yes, that sounds like me. She then read aloud a “new thought pattern” that I should practice: Life agrees with me. I assimilate the new, every moment of every day. All is well. She told me to write these words on a piece of paper and hang them on a mirror. This way, I can read them and then see myself, associating the words with myself and my life. I actually already have the quote memorized.
We talked throughout the whole session. We talked about random things, but a big portion of the conversation was Lois offering me advice on how to live in the moment and not worry so much. Her words were so sincere and filled with care. It was easy to feel relaxed and comfortable around her.
When the table session was complete (probably after 30-45 minutes, but I really had no concept of time), Lois wrote down some of things we had spoken about: two books, as well as the name of a scientist. The scientist had done a really interesting study on the different ways water crystalizes when positive words vs. negative words are spoken to it. Dr. Masaru Emoto. I really recommend that you check out this study – it’s insane.
We had a little more tea and then I was on my way. I left feeling calm, refreshed, and… ready. For anything. I was charged and honestly felt like all was good. Over a week later, I still feel this way. I’m sure I’ll try Reiki again — it was an incredible experience.
Photos by Brigette
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