My Reiki journey began in 2001. I was filled with stress from my work and was seeking relaxation. I had tried a number of modalities, but was still seeking the “right” solution. Then I saw an ad for Elaine Floriolli’s Reiki practice in Wilmington, Delaware. In her ad she used a series of hand images that aligned in pairs in a vertical direction. For some reason I was drawn to this ad and to Reiki.
I went to my first Reiki appointment with no knowledge of the practice or what was involved. Trusting my intuition (for a change) I went to Elaine. She explained Reiki to me and I eagerly hopped on the massage table ready for my session. It was delightful and very relaxing.
Now, to be honest, here’s the part that my left brain has trouble admitting to, and I apologize to all my left-brained friends who may read this, but this is what I experienced. During the session, I kept seeing, in my mind’s eye, angels, who were children, flying up in front of me. Circling around me as I laid on the table. Playfully dancing around me, flying and delighting. I felt as if I was floating above the table.
After the session, I recounted my experience to Elaine and she smiled knowingly. I did feel very relaxed.
The next time I went to Elaine’s for an appointment, I was exiting the highway when a hawk swooped across the windshield in the same manner the angels had. It was unharmed and I was drawn deeper into my Reiki journey.
Wishing you light and peace.
Welcome to my new website and blog: Reiki Healing Energy! I have been practicing Reiki since October 2001. It seems amazing to me that this is the first time I’m formally presenting my Reiki practice outside of a Reiki session, a wellness tune-up or a Reiki class. However the time seems right as I am very near to the exact date that I received my Reiki 1 attunement and then a few days later my Reiki 2 attunement at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in western Massachusetts. I clearly remember my heart racing with excitement as a sat in a metal folding chair receiving the attunements. I was filled with grace and love as I learned about Reiki and practiced it with my teachers, Libby Barnett and Maggie Babb (Chambers).
After my first attunement, like my fellow students, I was amazed by the awareness and presence I was able to experience during my morning yoga practice. Food tasted more vibrant as well. In my dorm room at Kripalu, I relished the view of the lake from my top bunk, the gnarled cherry tree beside my window and the gentle snores and words that rang out in our room during the night.
After the second attunement, the palm of my hand was alive with energy. In my dream that night, I was comforted by the presence of my maternal grandparents who sat with me and encouraged me on this journey. They smiled at me as they did when I was a child, with complete acceptance and understanding.
After leaving Kripalu, I experienced many challenges of balancing life’s daily demands with my Reiki aspirations. However, that is one of the beautiful aspects of Reiki. It is so simple and readily available that it can be integrated into one’s daily life with ease.
In future posts I will discuss what brought me to Reiki and some insights I have gained in the past 11 years. I look forward to your comments and hearing about your healing journey as well.
Wishing you light and peace.