Sharing my personal experiences as a Reiki Master to support others

planning Reiki in labor

I am fortunate to know and practice Reiki.  I have witnessed it decrease individuals’  pain from broken bones, aid others’ with letting go during the loss of loved ones, and quickly recover a cancer patient after surgery.  Of all these experiences, I have only read and not given treatments during labor.  I often wonder how Reiki effects the pain that accompanies labor.  And now that I am within days, even hours, of my own labor, I am excited to find out.

There are a few activities I have done to promote a positive pregnancy experience; Reiki during my “morning (but actually afternoon through evening) sickness”, regular Reiki treatments for myself and baby, cranial-sacral adjustments, and daily conversations with baby, to name a few.  Now, I am planning what I can do to promote a positive labor experience.

I’ve already experienced some painful contractions; and when I place my hands on the area to give Reiki, the pain instantly softens and even diminishes.  What is more, I can still feel my muscles going through the contraction without that pain.  I plan to give Reiki to myself during each contraction.

Another plan is to send Reiki to where I will give birth, Bellingham Baby Center.  As a Reiki Master (actually as a Level II Reiki practitioner), I am able to send Reiki to past or future events.  When I send Reiki to this future event, I set an intention to have Reiki waiting for me when I arrive at the center.  I also visualize a dome-shaped “field” that protects and fills the area with energy that calms and relaxes me and baby; and also moves my labor forward naturally and efficiently.

There are so many testimonials that labor can be close-to, or even painless.  A woman’s body is built for it, we just have to listen, respect it, and appreciate it.  If you begin to listen, no one will know more about what your body needs than you do.  I have no doubt in my mind that Reiki will be there to support all those involved in the labor of baby.

Here’s to a wonderful experience!

~ Christine

I recently had the opportunity to provide feedback to a couple of Level 1 Reiki practitioners.  We serendipitously met; and while talking, I found out they were fellow practitioners.  Although they were attuned several months ago, they weren’t confident in their skills.  We sat down and discussed many questions.  In the end, I provided a few exercises to improve Reiki confidence and skills.  Today, I want to share these ideas with you.
1.  Keep practicing, no matter how short the time frame.  Whether 5 minutes or 60 minutes, Reiki will be there.
2.  Remember, Reiki is flowing to where it is needed.  It is all about setting your intentions for Reiki.  Don’t worry when you find your head focusing on errands, and not the treatment.  Just catch yourself thinking about the errands, tell yourself “if it is important enough, it will come to me after the treatment,” and then revert your focus back to the treatment at hand.
 3.  If you have pets, practice on them.  **But only if they agree to it.  (If you are uncertain they have agreed, start giving it to them and they will either walk away or remain close by you).  Treating them will provide you with feedback.  The sensations you feel during a self-treatment may be different from the sensations you feel when giving it to your dog.  It is good for you to have these different sensations.
4.   When giving a self-treatment or treatment on others, place your hands in one position and evaluate any sensations you feel.  After a few minutes, move your hands to another position and evaluate any sensations you feel.  Lastly, move back to the previous position to compare sensations again.  By doing so, you should be able to feel Reiki flowing at either a stronger or weaker intensity at different positions/chakras.
I hope you choose one of these exercises in your practice.
~Christine

with pregnancy sickness

Image from Sandra Cook, kindledspirit.com.au

Good morning readers and followers!  It has been a few months since my last post, but it is for good reason.  I’m pregnant!  For several months, I’ve been acclimating to the changes occurring in my body as I nourish the little one.  During this time, I have given myself Reiki and am excited to blog about the benefits of Reiki during pregnancy.

Throughout my first trimester, I suffered morning sickness symptoms.  However, the symptoms manifested in the afternoon and lasted the entire evening.  I counted the blessing that I was able to keep my foods down; but the first three months weren’t easy.  I endured several ailments that made me feel miserable at times.  From slight nausea and a roller coaster ride with my blood-sugar levels to mental exhaustion and irregular heart poundings.

After seeing Reiki alleviate pain in those I have treated, I couldn’t wait to feel the effects of Reiki during pregnancy.  Not to my surprise, there were days when my nausea subsided after a Reiki treatment.  During one of my treatments, I began my Reiki session as normal, with my hands on my head in the traditional first position.  After a few minutes in this position, I decided to place my hands at locations where my immediate needs were.  I placed one hand on my heart and the other hand on my stomach.  At these areas, I intended for the energy to balance my heart rate and ease my nausea.  After three to five minutes, I then moved both of my hands to my stomach.  My hands stayed there for a longer period of time, approximately five to 10 minutes.  Lastly, I moved my hands back towards my head to hand positions, two, three, and four; top of head, ears, and behind the head, respectively.  At these locations, I intended the energy to balance both the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.  These two glands produce and secrete the pregnancy hormones; which is the speculated reason nausea occurs during pregnancy.  After my treatment, the nausea subsided and I felt more rested than when I started the treatment.

Although my pregnancy sickness was not as severe as others’, I still experienced moments when I didn’t even have strength to give myself Reiki-and giving Reiki doesn’t require a lot of work.  I would have loved someone to come over and give me Reiki while I just lay there.  If you or someone you know is pregnant and may be interested in trying Reiki during pregnancy, please contact me.  I’d love to chat.

~Christine

 

We're Moving

I recently moved from a place I called home for 12 years.  The move forced me to learn about myself; how I manage, what I don’t need, and what I love.  I am a member of Reiki group that gets together twice a month to practice.  It was one way I was able to give others Reiki; and with this group as an integral part of my life, I knew I needed to find a similar group when I moved.

After two months away and not finding a new group, I was in need of going back.  I decided to return for one of our regular public Reiki offerings.  Although I still give myself weekly treatments, Reiki feels different when someone else is cleansing your soul, caring for you, and ridding you of toxins.

But what is more are the feelings I have when I treat others.  After being away, my mind was afraid that I was out of practice and my senses would be muddy.  But my faith knew there was no reason to question my ability–and it was right.  From the moment I set my intention to treat my first recipient, vibrant energy surged through my entire body.  My thinking was clear and my ears were ringing.  An overwhelming thought came to my mind…why on Earth would I want to wander away from this?  I am great at it, yet it makes me humble; it rings true to my soul; and, it is powerfully peaceful.

To top it off, I feel so honored and blessed when the receiver looks to me and says with astonishment, “Thank you, that felt amazing!”  To me, I value making others feel comfortable and at ease.  So, when I hear this my heart pours over with love because I know I helped the stress of their world diminish.

I am meant to share Reiki, whether it be paid or voluntary.  Although everyone has the ability to learn it, not all do.  If others just want to receive, then let me be the one to share it.  Although not all may feel as strongly as I do, that is okay.  This is one of my passions; and this is why I maintain this blog–to teach and to share.  I am here if you want to experience it.

~Christine

 

Reiki is all about compassion and love; and as a Reiki Master, I am fulfilled when I am asked to spend time healing others.  My heart fills with love and appreciation; because Quality Time is one of my love languages.

Love languages, you ask, “what is that?”  It is the language spoken when we show others how much we love and appreciate them.  Unfortunately, many of us think we are speaking clearly; but little do we know, the other cannot hear us because they speak a different love language than we do.  And if we don’t know the language they speak, they may not get the message about how we feel.

Recently, I read Gary Chapman’s book, “The 5 Love Languages.”  This book opened up my eyes and heart to how I spoke to the ones I loved; and to the lack of love I thought I had received.  I realized one reason I love giving Reiki is because my primary love language is Quality Time.  When I spend time with others, via talking over coffee, others planning a thoughtful night out, or a conversation over appetizers and drinks, I feel our relationship is strong.  However, they may not feel the same love I do when we sit for coffee.

So, I also learned that for them to feel loved I needed to speak in their love language.  For example, I have a friend who feels loved when gifts are received.  Although, I don’t like to show my love through giving gifts, I know that I need to give a gift for this person to feel loved.  Moreover, I also realized that just because others I loved didn’t want to spend time talking over a cup of coffee didn’t mean they loved me less.  I learned that each individual showed their love in a different way; such as giving me presents just because, washing my car after weeks of neglecting, or showing me their latest project.  And they may not know I speak in Quality Time language, so the car washing is their way of saying they love me.

Before this Valentine’s Day, I recommend you take the quiz on Gary Chapman’s site.  http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/.  Find out your love language and read the summary.  Also read true stories and testimonies at http://www.5lovelanguages.com/stories/.  Then take some time to think about who you will be spending this Valentine’s Day with (or even birthdays and Christmases.)  Do these people speak the same language as you or different?  How will you show this person your appreciation for them?  I hope it will be in the language that they speak, so your love is heard.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  ~Christine

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