Many of my clients are referred to me or find my Reiki with Coaching practice on their own after a long healing journey with many other modalities of health and wellness care.
Sometimes, their search leads to my practice when nothing else has worked for them, or when they've reached a certain level of wellness - a level many would be content with - but they have this "feeling" that they could still be better.
In this place, they are uncomfortable and restless. Often, this knowing that something could help them move past this plateau they are experiencing leaves them feeling anxious.
How about you? Are you restless? Do you yearn for something more?"
There is generally speaking, a part of me that wishes the practice of Reiki would be an earlier "go to" modality of care for those seeking improved health and well-being, Yet it's not been my experience.
Our medicalized culture, more often than not, relies on pharmaceutical options, surgeries, "talk therapies", etc. when looking for relief or cures for people struggling with health and wellness issues.
And, I understand how and why this occurs.
First, there's cost (at least short-term costs).
If you have medical insurance, prescribed medicines are often "cheaper". (I'll park this statement here even though there are many arguable reasons this isn't true. Yet, when you can get a prescription filled for a co-pay -and you've already paid for high cost premiums - and your wallet is empty - this seems to be the only solution).
Second, there's Fear. And, this is a two part fear:
We rely on our society's norms for approved medical care. Although this circle of professional care options is growing to include more options such as acupuncture and chiropractic care and I'm grateful for their inclusion, Yet, it's still pretty tough to find many complementary, holistic practices and providers that are accepted for payment through health insurance or HSAs - Reiki included.
In addition, we are led to believe that conventional medical therapies are "proven", the first line of care and safe - when, in fact, they often, are not. (Just consider the "off-label" use of medications in drug therapy and our nation's opioid crisis.) And, just consider the possibility of opting for holistic practices as a first line of care. This is the practice in many other countries with greater health outcomes.
But, this is not where we are here in our health and wellness plans and systems.
Within this system, I find I react in fear as well.
When I am in a place of fear around my own health and wellness - when I don't open myself to what I know to be a larger Truth, fear will get really, really loud and tell me to "be safe" - "take the straight path" - "don't veer into "unknown territory when looking for answers", "don't pay out-of-pocket for care when funds are already limited".
And then, I hear the echo of Hafiz, the great, Persian poet:
And, I remember my "deepest knowing" - the one that is making me restless, uncomfortable, and anxious. The knowing that pokes me and prods me - and will not quiet until I listen to it's message. "I am Your Truth and Your Light. Open to Me and You Will Find Your Wholeness in Me".
This is where my Reiki practice meets me and Welcomes me Home - Back to Truth and Light. Back to Love through Its Compassionate Embrace.
This is where Reiki can meet you in your journey to healing and wellness and move you to see your own, true Light.
When seen, through Reiki, our Light is overwhelming- in such a good and profound sense.
I am humbled. I am awed. I am grateful to be witness to another's Great Light - this Love Light of Spirit.
This is my wish for You:
Reiki provides this "showing" of our great Light to Ourselves.
I invite you to enter into Reiki practice with me and come to know your Light more intimately. I invite you to befriend and take up residence in your Light - gathering the scattered pieces and calling them Home.
I invite you to embrace of the "astonishing light of your own being".