‘Tis the Christmas season (Merry Christmas all!) and some chance for some down time! This means time with loved ones, friends and family and a lot more time to relax and go slow. I LOVE this time, when many are on a break and the country just seems to slow down a bit, go inwards and do repair work.
So in this resting, inwards time, it’s unsurprising that I find myself drawn to self treat and support my loved ones more. As they relax and unwind from a hectic year gone at full pace, I find that Reiki is a perfect way to supercharge their recovery, deal with things that couldn’t be deal with when the pressure was on, and set people up to be successful for the days, weeks, months, years ahead.
But what is it like to have ‘magic’ hands as some describe them. We aside from being ‘pretty awesome’, here’s what I experience when I treat.
First off, I know straight away what a person feels like on the surface layers at least, when I meet them. I am very empathic, which means I quick connect into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of a person that is open and willing to share them. This instantly gives me a lot of data about where their challenges lie, what support they need and whether what I offer can provide anything of value.
Next, I’ll often find mySelf drawn to a particular place or area. This may appear to be unrelated to the issue they present with; I have long found to learn and trust my intuition as too many times to count, it has served me well.
Next, I power up my hands with the Reiki symbols before I start by scanning the energy of an area to see what I can feel and experience. With a physical condition I may choose to do this hands on as I find a person’s body can give me a vast amount of data about what is going on where. For example, I can often easily go straight to an area of discomfort or pain without even being told there is an issue through simple intuitive knowing. You learn to trust it in time. Just yesterday I was helping my husband with his back problem and intuitively knew we needed to work with the hip flexors and lower abdominal muscle first. It turned out that those too were sore, though he had not mentioned them. It was only when I had worked with them first would the Reiki/my guidance allow me to on and treat the most vulnerable bit near the spine. The whole thing was like peeling the layers of an onion, peeling back layer after layer of imbalances – all being guided by my hands that were acting like stethoscopes and able to listen to what was going on.
Conversely, if the problem is in the outer energetic layers then I will treat with my hands away from their body, sometimes clearing and sweeping away old and stagnant energy and constantly monitoring what I am noticing and feeling so I can adapt and change my strategy.
When treating, particularly when I am doing hands on work, my hands can get very warm. I notice this myself and sometimes my clients comment on it too. I take this to mean a sign that wholeness (healing) is happening, and to keep going till I get the feeling the treatment is done.
Don’t ask me how any of this works, I don’t know, I just know that something happens!
All over wellbeing
Finally, I may just place my hands on an area that is easy to get to, to give a general all over body sense of wellbeing. Not all Reiki is needed or requested to heal a particular condition or problem, some just love receiving Reiki because it tops them up, gives them lots of resources to cope with life with or it feels good. My cat Amy definitely falls in the later category! Despite being well and generally healthy, she’s been going for all the Reiki she can get! It is a lovely experience to give Reiki, so so long as I’ve the capability, I’ve been happy to oblige.
For me though, Reiki is a whole body experience with my hands both being the listening instrument (along with my energy field and my intuition), and one the main receptacles through which Reiki is given.
It’s absolutely joyous to notice and experience the changes that are going on underneath your hands, and the changes in the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of the person and/or animal after. Win -win!!
Whilst a very easy thing to do (which is why I like it), Reiki does require some effort. I find it valuable to have good listening skills and actively seek on a daily basis to improve my ability to be present. The fact that it takes effort is something I honour and respect. This is important when around those that have not yet yet developed the being present/aware skill. This is because you may find yourself inundated with healing requests. Whilst this may be fun and boost your ego at first, if you give in and always put someone elses needs before your own you gift soon so becomes devalued and unappreciated, and you become drained. The best way to deal with this is to set clear boundaries on what you are and are not willing to do, and when you must stop to meet your own energy and healing requirements. It is important in such situations that you come first, and you share what is surplus to your requirements. It is never wise to be wrapped up in someone else’s needs, hoping that one day they’ll repay you.
Finally, a little word about animals. Highly perceptive beings, whether they know you or not, they will often come and ask for healing if they know you are capable. I find in these cases I decide what I am willing to share with them and organise something that is of mutual gain. Many Reiki healers will tell you that they are very drawn to treat areas of imbalance where it is clear that Reiki could help. However, it is important to remember we have no right to enter another’s space without their permission. Similarly, no being is allowed into our space without our permission.
We may be highly gifted people, but it is up to us how we work with it.