Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I'm a Reiki Gal Now!

A few weeks ago I finished my Reiki Level II class.  It's taken me awhile to absorb everything I've experienced and piece together the best way to represent Reiki to you.  I took the first level several months ago, and learned the basics on how to feel energy and direct it to heal myself and others.  Unfortunately, I went to that class on less than an hour of sleep, after a night of puking my guts out, so I didn't have the focus I wish I had.  I did do some Reiki on myself for a few weeks after the class, and then promptly forgot all about it until the Level II class came up.  This time, I came mentally and physically prepared to soak it all in.  Wow, what an incredible and moving experience.  And in some ways terrifying, learning things about myself that I didn't want to admit, not necessarily bad things, but a change is coming, and that's always a tad bit scary. 

So what is this Reiki nonsense anyway?  I've made mention of various energy healing modalities, EFT, Reiki, Resonance Repatterning, etc., but I'm not sure I've really explained it, and I'm not going to. Just kidding, sort of.  My Mother started down the Energy Healer path about 14 years ago, and has blossomed.  She's a healing guru, a superhero of energy medicine, and a kick ass woman.  She recently wrote a really great blurb on energy healing (which is what Reiki is) and I'd like to share that with you here.

Written by Rhonda Sandmoen
I am an Energy Healer, which means I practice Vibrational Medicine…an umbrella term for a myriad of energy techniques that heal more than just physical symptoms. I know that to some people “Energy Healing” or “Vibrational Medicine” may sound like some weird “new age” thing but in reality it is an ancient method of healing that is now being supported by the modern sciences of Quantum Physics, Biogenetics, and Noetics.
According to these sciences, we are vibrational beings living in a vibrational universe where everything is energy, including thoughts, emotions, and us. Whenever we are sick it is because our energies are out of balance and not flowing properly. Pain and disease are both the symptom and the result of imbalanced energy. Since we are energetic beings and our unbalanced energies make us sick, then it follows that balancing our energies makes us well.
This is where Energy Healing enters the equation. If you were low on blood you would have a blood transfusion, if you are low on energy you need an energy transfusion! The major part of the rest of the world has understood this for thousands of years...think of Acupuncture, Qi Gong, Aromatherapy, Massage, etc. Here in the west where the drug companies rule we are conditioned to believe that we need drugs to be well, when in truth drugs only treat the symptoms of disease while creating even more energy imbalances. Drugs can’t heal the emotional and spiritual problems that are the underlying cause of illness; with energy healing you can awaken your inner healer and heal yourself!
Vibrational medicine supports and strengthens your immune system, eases your stress, heals your emotional wounds, eliminates pain, and improves your overall physical health, energy, and vitality. When your energies are strengthened and balanced you feel relaxed, have more clarity of mind, are more inspired, creative, and tuned into your inner guidance...these are the “side effects” of energy healing!
A good energy healer has a natural ability for the healing arts that allows her to feel or see energy, she (or he) is tuned into their inner guidance, has had years of training, and knows that she is merely the facilitator for healing, not the source.

Isn't she brilliant? Check her out at Awakening Wellness for more info on energy healing, to enroll in a class or book a session. 
Mommy and Me
Now that you have more of an understanding of what Reiki is, I will share a little bit more about my experience. During the class, we practice directing energy, doing full body sessions on people, learning to intone where the pain is, and even sending energy long distance to heal people anywhere in the world.  I discovered during our practice that I am highly intuitive.  Now, my Mother has been trying to tell me this for years, but as an avid lover of Ghost Whisperer, Medium, and other books/movies/tv on psychics, I have to admit I never envied their "gift."  Who wants to be able to read people, commune with ghosts, and predict the future.  Sheesh!  Ok, so maybe I haven't developed all those skills, but these things do expand as you expand.  I did learn that I am pretty good at reading people, and what I mean by that is that when I focus on a person, sometimes images, colors, thoughts pop into my head.  When I've share those with the person I've "read", most often I have been on target.  Ok, so that's kind of neat, tad bit freaky, but comes in handy, especially in the dating world, right? LOL 
Fairly tame, so far, but THEN, during my attunement (where you get the Reiki "download" so to speak) I had the coolest experience; I met my Spirit Guides.  Now, those of you who knew me when, so to speak, know that I used to proudly spout Atheist propaganda, and rolled my eyes in disgust at all those crazy Christian girls out there.  Obviously, things have changed a bit.  I've grown and expanded my Spiritual self, step by step, during these cancer years, and it's an ongoing process.  Spirit Guides, definitely a big step.  They came to me one by one, almost like a Picture Slideshow.  I saw my primary guides, a gorgeous blonde hanging out in a field of butterflies and a man in a top hat with a snake.  Several other minor guides appeared very quickly, and then I saw several totem animals pass by, so cool.  I've definitely never experienced anything quite like it before, and quite frankly I'm still adjusting.  Anyway, definitely a great experience, and I will go further into Spirit Guides and Animal Totems in a future blog.
Since then, I've slowly started to open myself to more possibilities, but when it comes to the Spiritual stuff, I'm a baby stepper.  I've had a few more experiences, even met a ghost; it's definitely been life altering. 
Well, there is always more to share, but for now, be grateful, create your own love list, eat lots of carrots, and think about exploring the world of energy healing. 
One last thing....
I'm putting together a list of people who may need a little healing.  If you would like to be included, or know someone you'd like to include, let me know.  I have a little Reiki box with names and circumstances, and I plan on sending a little Reiki to those people each day.  Don't be shy, you might not feel a thing, but maybe it will brighten your day just a bit. 
Let me know what you think, comments make me happy! :)


  1. "we are vibrational beings living in a vibrational universe"

    Love it! I'm really grateful that you are sharing your experiences Shanna. I just contacted a friend about getting reiki attunement myself(finally)! I'm very excited.

    I completely relate to "change is coming"! A little overwhelming sometimes, but so exciting!

  2. My mother-in-law got me to read the Law of Attraction book (and I am still in the middle of reading the one on attracting wealth and health), but those books depend on our understanding of being vibrational beings as well.

    She apparently is really getting this "manifesting" thing down. She got a free trip and a free lunch from manifesting. Not to mention good parking spaces when we were on vacation a few years back.

    I think I'm finally starting to get that whatever I do I need to stick with it for an extended period of time to see any results. I give up too soon and move on to something new...

  3. I am so glad that you are a Reiki gal now and a kick ass one too! (o:
    You have always been intuitive but lacked the confidence and desire to delve into that side of yourself. Now I see that part of you blossoming and expanding and I know there is no holding you back!
    Oh and I do appreciate your confidence in me not to mention the nice plug! :)

  4. What an awesome post! I'm so glad you enjoyed that class. I hope you know how amazingly cool you are!

  5. I loved reading about your Reiki experience and am so excited by your excitement! I can feel your energy and know that amazing things are ahead for you and everyone in your path. I would love to be added to your Reiki box, one can never have enough Reiki [I am a level II]. I still fall into the habits of the mind on occasion, like now when I am waiting for CT results! Thank you for sharing your experience and for lifting my spirits too! patricia :~)

  6. Thank you so much for this post! I am new to energy healing but have been very interested and felt "called" to do it. I am actually getting trained in Level I Reiki next weekend. I am little nervous, not sure what to expect....I guess I still have a little fear that maybe I don't have what it takes to do it right? Your post was informative and may me feel less nervous about it. Thanks! Andrea


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