In 2002, Sandy Priester co-founded LifeSpark Cancer Resources, a Denver non-profit that connects people addressing cancer to qualified Reiki and Healing Touch practitioners. Each year, more than 60 Reiki practitioners offer an average of 10 Reiki sessions to 120 clients.
“No, not every day.” That’s what I said when Pamela Miles asked me if I practiced self Reiki every day.
That was more than 10 years ago, but I remember the conversation clearly. She was writing an academic paper on Reiki practice for a peer-reviewed medical journal, and was gathering information about our Reiki program in Colorado. She said her daily self-practice kept her calm and centered, and encouraged me to try it.
So the next week I gave it a try. I practiced self Reiki before a stressful meeting, but my mind was too busy to notice any change. I practiced again a few days later before work, but I was too impatient to sit still.
That night I got in bed and placed my hands on my belly. I was soon asleep. The next night, I placed hands on my belly again and was asleep before I could move to the next placement.
“Ok, this is good,” I thought. “But what about the benefits of a FULL session?”
One morning, I lingered in bed, not wanting to get up. “I love lying here,” I thought. “Hmmm. What if I gave myself Reiki right now. Then I’d have an excuse to not get up.” I practiced for the next 20 minutes, and got out of bed feeling relaxed and pampered.
“Wow, I really like this! What if I could do this every day?” I realized I could, and that was the beginning of my daily self-Reiki practice.
As LifeSpark co-founder and non-profit executive, I manage multiple projects, recruit and work with donors and volunteers, and organize large events. It’s exciting, challenging, and yes, stressful!
Before I get out of bed every morning, I practice self Reiki, sinking into sense of peace and calm that is so healing. If I am feeling pain, injury, or stress, I stay longer.
We recently produced a large event that required more of me than I thought I had to give. It involved 14 weeks of long hours filled with challenging tasks, and tough choices about how to allocate my time.
Many things in my life were left undone during those 3.5 months, but I never gave up my Reiki self practice. In fact, I increased it to an hour every morning. My self practice was central to my ability to remain positive, balanced, and focused.
Last year I finally met Pamela in person when she visited Denver. Once again the topic of daily self-practice came up, as I suspect it does regularly. This time I said, “Yes, I practice self Reiki every day.”
I would not have it any other way.