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!
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.
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!