Illness is a blessing. Or, rather, it can be, depending on where it leads you and how you view the changes it inevitably introduces into your life.
In the fall of 1997, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a mysterious chronic condition which has been described as chronic fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis rolled into one! After 6 months of suffering and not knowing if or what was wrong, I was relieved at a definite diagnosis. It meant that there was something definitely wrong and I was not imagining things. Armed with a prescription for drugs, I felt hopeful. At last I could get my life back to normal. Or so I thought. Sadly, the next two months were worse than ever and my spirits reached a very low ebb. I envisaged an end to my career and saw the disintegration of my life. I did not know how I was going to be able to cope with even the basic ‘mothering’ duties.
Answers come unexpectedly if we can still our hearts and minds. Words of truth came to me from a colleague. I had expected her to murmur words of sympathy and concern when I told her of my diagnosis. I felt I deserved some sympathy. Instead, she seemed quite unconcerned, telling me that she knew me well enough to know that I wouldn’t sit back and let this just "happen" to me. She was sure that I was "exploring all the options and would soon figure out what I needed to do." At the time, I was crushed by her response. Couldn’t she see how ill I was? But, somewhere deep inside part of me listened.
Shortly after this conversation I came across a pamphlet at a local medical clinic advertising Reiki. I decided I had nothing to lose.
My very first appointment and treatment changed my life completely. The pain in my muscles and joints was reduced (and has remained reduced) by about 60-70%. It is over a year since then and I haven’t looked back.
What is Reiki? Reiki is an ancient form of healing which was re-discovered by a Japanese Christian monk, Mikao Usui. The name is a combination of Rei - universal energy - and ki - personal energy. A Reiki practitioner ‘taps’ into the universal energy and allows it to flow through them into the receiver. This happens through the gentle laying on of hands in various positions on the receiver’s body.
Does it heal you? "Healing" is not something that someone can do for you or to you. Healing is an individual journey. And, healing can take many avenues. It may mean physical relief or emotional peace, for example. Reiki boosts your ‘ki’ battery, so to speak; ‘healing’ can be enhanced, but ultimately it comes from within one’s own self!
Explaining what cannot be seen by the naked eye is difficult and requires a certain amount of faith. Nevertheless, many scientific and mathematical concepts were first discovered by examining results and then constructing an hypothesis to explain these results. (If there is an effect, there must be a cause). Similarly, the results of Reiki are the best measure. I personally have seen remarkable change in many people through Reiki. And, of course, I can speak for myself - I have my life back!
My journey to wellness could have ended with the physical relief that Reiki brought to my life. For some people, this is as far as they go - and that is fine. In fact, it is more than fine! I decided I wanted to go further with Reiki and began learning how to do Reiki myself. I am grateful that I am now able to pass along Reiki to others through my teaching.
Author: Ruth Hawkins, Reiki Master and Crystal Healer Karuna Reiki® Master