My Journey with Reiki Energy Healing: From Skeptic to Master
By Rachael Thompson, M.A., Reiki Master
I didn't grow up with hippy parents who force-fed me metaphysical mumbo-jumbo. I didn't fall back on energy healing because I wanted to 'help people' without a college degree (in fact I graduated with a 3.9 from one of the top schools in the country with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling). In fact, I took a course in undergrad called the Psychology of Disbelief, that's was designed to prove why practices like Reiki were nothing more than a placebo effect.
Yet with all my education, I struggled. I struggled with severe anxiety, with feeling unfulfilled in work and life, and with tons of questions that neither religion nor conventional western teachings could answer. What did I do? Mehh, not much. Worked my 9-5 job, lived for my weekends, and just hoped that one day things would make sense.
I never knew what Reiki was until five years ago when a random girl told me about it in a bar. Because all good stories begin in a bar, right?
Although I was several craft beers in at the time, I remembered that conversation years later. Since that fateful night, I kept telling myself "I need to try that Reiki, or Reekee, or RyKey, whatever it's called..." But I just never found the time. It was not until a couple years later when I moved, started my first business, and was highly stressed that I tried it out. I had zero idea what to expect. Did not think to research what it was beforehand, and in hindsight, I'm happy about it.
My first Reiki session was super cool. I felt the energy flowing through my body and when I was laying on that table, my anxiety was gone. I felt a 'high' for the next several hours. I decided to come back for four additional sessions. At that time, the practitioner told me about a Reiki Fundamentals class that was starting. I decided not to enroll once I found out it was $500. (Now keep in mind the Master's Degree I obtained, yet was not using, cost about 50X that). Looking back now, I wasn't ready. And that was okay.
A year later, I decided to enroll in the latest class. And as they say, the rest is history. (Or something like that.) My Reiki journey over this past couple of years has been the hardest, most incredible, most eye-opening, and life-changing period of my entire life. My questions about myself and life had been answered. Things started to make sense. I worked through traumas I never could in years of talk-therapy. In fact, it only aided in my talk-therapy sessions. It transformed my relationships with others, and more importantly the one I had with myself.
I am not attributing this all to Reiki. It's not like a sat on a table and BOOM-Instant Transformation! But Reiki provided a comfort, a soft place to land, and a tool I used throughout my journey.
I am now a Reiki Master. It has been an incredible two-year journey; one that a simple certificate will never be able to reflect. During this time, I have practiced on clients, family, friends, children, strangers, and my dogs ( a lot). I have turned 100% skeptics into people who ask me to send Reiki and come to me with questions. I did not do this through my incredible power of persuasion (admittedly not the best saleswoman), but rather through the example I set and by simply allowing the Reiki Energy to do its thing.
I hope to answer any questions you have about this practice. Find some of the basics below, but please reach out at [email protected] for more specific questions or if you are interested in a session.