The Simplicity of Reiki


As a lover of all things having to do with metaphysical healing, I sometimes get caught up in thinking I need to know more or learn more and gain a new certification. Well of course, I love learning and I will continue to pursue new modalities as they come along. Or maybe I get caught up worrying about whether the healing I channel will be strong or significant enough for the receiver. I enjoy receiving unique, esoteric, sometimes intense and powerful types of healing sessions such as Marconics, the amazing Prema Birthing Healing that I received last week, Akashic healings and many more!

Prema Agni

But yesterday morning I went to The Heart Casa in Ocean City, New Jersey for a Reiki and Crystal Bath session with my Mom. This was a birthday present for my mom. Even though she is not as much into this stuff as I am, she enjoyed it and felt very relaxed. The owner explained, reiki is a healing method from Japan. She did use crystals along with the reiki, as there are many beautiful and rare crystals in their shop. It was nice to receive a simple reiki healing and feel the subtle energy flow. One of the definitions of simple is “having few parts”. So it was nice to feel and experience the simple yet effective touch of reiki. And to remember that even though I am aware of and fascinated by many new techniques, reiki is my foundation.

After we got back from the session, I went to the beach and enjoyed the “Psychic Force Field” and healing properties of the ocean. On the beach, I was able to give a reiki session to a very close family friend. I had been wanting to give her a session for quite some time. She asked “Tori can you give me reiki on my neck?” And I said yes of course. Even though we were close to some other groups on the beach that were talking, I used the simple touch and focus of reiki. I started at the crown chakra and eventually got to her neck. She said it felt wonderful and after the session, she said she could feel the pain leaving her neck and going out the top of her head! It always feels nice when someone tells me things like this, as it reassures me that I am helping them in a great way.

As my teacher Danielle Stimpson always says, anyone can perform reiki. Whether you have been attuned or not, you can provide a loving intention and a light touch to a friend or family member. Of course the attunements help to refine and strengthen the energy flow. But, what do we do when we get a cut or stub our toe? We put our hands on it! It is the natural reaction.

I have struggled with the fact that some people don’t “believe” in reiki or that sometimes I just don’t feel like putting effort into explaining it to someone. But I spoke with another family friend (she is like my 2nd mom) about this. She said, any touch you give someone will help them feel better. She and her daughter gave touch to me, and it did help me relax. So this really opened up a new way of thinking about reiki. And even to simplify my own practice; “I am providing light touch to aid in relaxation and to help someone feel better”.

On Saturday I completed a 50 hour Thai Massage Level 1 and 2 Certification. It was challenging to learn this new healing art that’s very rooted in the physical, but also recognizes the subtle energy or “sen lines”. It is very complex with many different techniques and stretches to remember. I have always been interested in massage, so it was great to learn a style of massage that acknowledges the subtle energy of the body along with the importance intention behind the healing session. 13775350_567183326795143_151891903643703368_n

Na-a Na-wa Rokha Payati Vina Santi ; We pray for the one whom we touch, that illness will be released and happiness will follow.

We practiced every day for 7 days, with a short break on Wednesday afternoon. So it was a lot of physical exercise. I will continue to learn and practice Thai massage, but it was nice to go back to the simplicity of reiki where I can let my mind wander. While giving thai massage, I still have to think about what move comes next so it takes away from the flow. But one day, with practice, it can become a moving meditation.

While giving a reiki session, it is nice to focus on a symbol, but not to worry if my mind wanders to something different. And the movements just come by habit and intuition now.

On the last day of class, we gave our teacher a 5 minute session to show her our “touch” that we cultivated over the week. I Palm Pressed her legs and Thumb pressed the six points of her feet. Afterwards she said, “Woah, you have a lot of etheric energy! But it doesn’t feel as if you are coming from your hara. This work will help you.” I said thank you very much for the advice. In my head, at first, I felt a bit defensive of course, as I thought, well, I love my etheric energy and I am a reiki person… Does this mean I shouldn’t do reiki? But after letting that piece of advice and constructive criticism sit a bit, I realized that I can only become stronger as a healer. I watched two videos by Dr. Steven Weiss to gain some insight.

Rather than hoping they feel my energy and blasting them with my energy, it can become a conversation where I listen maybe even more than I speak. And hold the space for them to process their own healing. It’s not detached, but it’s not controlling either. I will continue to contemplate this piece of advice and integrate everything I have learned so far. But for right now, I am glad and proud of myself for how far I have come. Thank you for listening, I love you!





Reiki Life Update!

I am certified to teach Reiki and I received my certification on May 1st so I guess it really hasn’t been that long! Sometime I get frustrated with my self for taking so long to announce my first class. But after all, I still haven’t finished writing my Level 1 Manual yet. And I may need a bit more practice giving attunements. I did give a Level 2 re-attunement to my roommate Jess two weeks ago and she was very patient during the process as I read off of my cheat sheet to remember the order of movements and symbols.

On the other hand, I am becoming so much more comfortable with reiki and energy healing sessions, in-person as well as distance sessions. As I’m getting ready to leave for Ocean City, New Jersey this evening, I can’t believe it was only one year ago that I experienced my first distance reiki healing session. And more than a year since I began my first reiki class. Tomorrow I will be starting a Thai Massage Class (Levels 1 and 2) in OCNJ! I couldn’t be more excited and I can feel my abundant future and holistic healing career blooming.

I still love reiki and I know that it is a great healing tool. But right now, I am becoming more interested in deeper healing work that encourages the release of emotions. For example, the way that I cried during my energy healing session with Eileen Mercolino and during the Breathwork workshop. I feel that many people, myself included, do not allow themselves to express emotions.

“Everyone on earth, regardless of how good his or her childhood may have been, has experienced trauma to some degree; therefore, everyone experiences post-traumatic stress to some degree. The people who know for sure that they have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are the ones experiencing post-traumatic stress to such a degree that it interferes with their ability to function, thus they have been given an actual diagnosis.  Many people, who are simply struggling to try to feel good in their lives, cannot look back at their lives and pinpoint an exact event that caused their current pain.  It is hard for the average person to see that the root of the pain in their adult life is in fact past trauma.  The Completion Process however, allows you to see the root of your current pain and to resolve it.”   –Teal Swan  

For me, many times it is just a matter of worrying what other people will think of me if they hear or see me crying in public. Babies do it all of the time! But of course we are trained as young ones to stop crying, especially when it may bother others in public. But maybe this is not the worst thing. At least there are ways to create space for allowing people to cry. That is what I really would love to do. Of course this may occur in a reiki class or an IET class after an attunement as well.



Last week while I was attending the Lion Heart Life Healing community wellness event in West Philly, I saw a flyer for a free 30 Day Vegan Pledge program. It was synchronistic because I had been thinking about going vegan and talking about it with my magical roommate Jess. We had a beautiful vegan feast this morning and I have an awesome mentor named Crystal that also loves Bikram yoga!

Reasons why I am Vegan:

  1. Cowspiracy (Environmental Reasons)
  2. Peace for the Animals
  3. Health for myself


As a Reiki Master, I understand that everything is energy, especially the food we put into our bodies! An animal that was kept in a box and killed to be used for their meat and eaten will not have a positive vibration. Therefore, it won’t give me a positive vibration upon eating it!

I am now on Day 8 of the 30 Day Vegan Pledge and I feel amazing. I am excited to hit the 6 month mark because according to Fully Raw Kristina, that is when our cells regenerate and we will no longer crave foods we once craved. More vegan updates coming your way soon!

Love & Light






Spotlight on my Acupuncturist!

I love my Acupuncturist, Daniel Nemer. Check out his website here: Translating Health . It was over a year ago when I first saw him at his spacious clinic in the Hidden River studio in Manayunk. I love the one on one sessions because I am able to express the happenings in my life, and my emotions. Daniel really understands that everything that is happening in my life is relevant information to know for the treatment. This is not to say that I will talk for 30 minutes… but I feel comfortable sharing my feelings.

Recently I went to see him for an Acugraph screening. I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into, but I was interested in seeing what this new technology could show me about my own body and meridians. He explained that the tool would be basically running an electric current through me, but I wouldn’t feel anything. He gave me a metal bar to hold on to for grounding. We casually chatted as he tested the various acupuncture points on my body with the tool. After the test, the results showed up on his computer. The results looked something like this:


I have always loved receiving acupuncture, but this Acugraph system really gives me a clearer perspective of my own body and my health progress towards balance. After my first Acugraph appointment, I had to make another appointment to come back for acupuncture, just because I didn’t schedule it ahead of time. But when I came back, I loved having the whole room to myself to drift off into my acupuncture nap.

I highly recommend Daniel to anyone that is looking for a great acupuncturist in the Philadelphia area!


“You Have to Do It Yourself, But You Don’t Have to Do It Alone”


Hello there,

To those of you who haven’t met me before, my name is Victoria Powell. I love writing so I want to tell you what’s been going on in my life with no restraints. I am a 23 year old female living on Earth but I know that there is so much more to me than that. I feel my soul and my higher self and sometimes I wonder about my past lives as well. There is a man that lives near me. He is older and he is a sound healer too. When I met him, I felt like I was in love.

This feeling I am describing is the feeling of being taken care of. Feeling loved, cared for, supported. Forgetting the rest of the world, and journeying to imaginary places or different dimensions. I feel like he understands my imagination and soul. We even held hands one night on the way back from dinner. We ordered two delicious vegan meals and two beers and he paid for it all! I guess this is the part of me that loves being taken care of.

I used to date a “sugar daddy” that was 47. The truth is, I was never attracted to him physically. But we did have good conversations and enjoy our time together. Now I wouldn’t want to lie to myself in that way again just to have a sugar daddy.


With this new man, I went to his house one night to relax and drink kava together. We started sitting in Yab-Yum and eventually we started to take our clothes off. When his penis went inside of me, I could feel a different energy, but for some reason I said something and that distracted/ stopped what may have been happening. I suspect that it may have been a tantric energy, but I was almost afraid of letting myself feel that bliss. And that may also be because it’s a very intimate thing. Yes, we had sex, but there are all different kinds of sex. There is sex where you feel infinite trust and safety with your partner. The last time I remember feeling this was with my partner Dominyck. The fact that we were “partners” let me know that I could talk to him about anything or call him whenever I wanted. Anyway, during the session with Eileen Mercolino, I asked about this older man. She said “How does he make you feel?” And I explained that he didn’t want me to sleep over after sex, and he already has other relationship commitments. So she said “be careful of your love connection with him, but he is still there to teach you some things. And you may have had some past life connections as well. Even as I write this, I am nervous about what would happen if he or someone else read this to find out my true feelings. But at the same time, I want to be open and vulnerable with my feelings. So now going forward, we are still friends and more on the same page now.


I was feeling a bit stuck after coming home from PEX Summer Festival two days ago. But I just finished this Breathwork exercise using the YouTube video posted above. I really felt the need to cry and let out my emotions. So I breathed and cried along with the video. I am a Reiki Master and sometimes I worry that I have to be perfect energetically before I can heal others. But I know that is definitely not true! I do have to keep a balance of caring for myself as well as others though. During the exercise, I felt similar things to the first time I tried Breathwork at the workshop at Healing Arts Collective. I could feel some stuck energy in my knees, as well as a lot of energy in my hands. I feel glad and proud to call myself a Reiki Master. But in no way does that mean I know everything about reiki and energy healing! I am so excited to keep learning. And maybe the part I enjoy about it is that there are no final answers. It’s a mystical practice and art and I may even create new pathways for myself.

PEX is a bit draining energetically as I drank some alcohol there, and there is loud electronic music everywhere. On the other hand, I met so many amazing people and felt so many amazing energies of love. It was my third year attending, and I imagine something will pull me back again next year. I’m also very excited to go to Burning Man this year!

One of the highlights of PEX this year was meeting April Ramee. She is an Herbal Warrior of Light! Here is her website. She did a workshop on using herbs for transformation. I look forward to attending more of her workshops in the future!April-Ramee-Head-Shot-Color-2