Back in 2000 as a new millennium was beginning, I was emailing a friend in England and we were actively discussing lots of spiritual ideas and topics. In one of his emails, he mentioned that he had been studying a method of spiritual healing. When I saw the word ‘healing’, I was instantly hooked.
You see, all my life I have been interested in healing and miracles. I loved reading all those stories in the Bible about miracles and people healing and being healed. It fascinated me. I wished that I had lived in those miracle-filled days.
During the 1970s, my interest led me into the Charismatic movement. Here I learned a lot about praying for the sick and the laying on of hands. During this time, I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and was told that the Gifts of the Spirit, which included gifts of healing and working of miracles, were available and possible for me. I prayed for lots of people and laid hands on many of them. Some of the people were helped and healed.
But when I left the Charismatic groups, I seemed to have lost the inspiration to pray and lay hands on people. In my heart though, I always knew that I would one day return to healing. I just was not sure how or when.
Now it was 2000 and I was once again hearing about healing and it was like a breath of fresh air blowing into my life as my friend wrote and told me about discovering Reiki.
Reiki, I learned, is a healing method that uses laying on of hands, like I did back in my Charismatic days, except that now instead of just laying your hands on the person’s head, there is a pattern of hand placements that begins with the hands over the eyes, then over the ears, the back of the head and finally on down the body. Reiki can also be offered though a long-distance treatment since the energy knows no limits of time or space.
Energy or chi is allowed to flow through the practitioner’s hands into the body of the one being treated. This energy, since it is the same as life energy or vital energy, knows where to go and what to do in the body. It works to remove the causes of illness or dis-ease instead of just relieving symptoms.
I studied with my friend and became a Reiki practitioner. I now lovingly give Reiki to everyone that requests it, either in person or long-distance.
It was suggested that I read a book by Diane Stein called Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art. I found this to be a very instructive book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in either learning more about Reiki or becoming a Reiki practitioner.