Reiki master Ellen Gregg helped organize my recent Communicating Reiki Mainstream talk in Portland Maine. I was concerned when she suddenly went off the grid. Now she’s back home recovering, and sharing her Reiki story with us.
My Reiki self-healing
Eighteen months ago, and over a year after completing Reiki master certification, Pamela Miles inspired my commitment to placing hands every day for Reiki self-practice. Recent events have magnified my appreciation of its value and importance beyond measure.
A week ago today, I walked into my local emergency room, exhausted and out of breath.
I began feeling “off” five days earlier, and my symptoms grew progressively worse. I was fatigued and short of breath. My lungs were heavy. My appetite was out of whack. I occasionally felt mild chest discomfort.
After a couple hours of testing — x-rays, CAT scans, etc. — it was determined I was in congestive heart failure. Preliminary blood work pointed to an unknown virus, possibly Lyme disease, as the culprit.
I was pumped full of saline and steroids, and admitted to the ICU.
Reiki master calm
“You’re so calm.” Those three words were a common refrain during my five-day hospital stay. Equally common was my response: “I’m a Reiki master.”
Of course, being calm and being a Reiki master don’t automatically walk hand-in-hand. When, however, you’re a daily self-practicing Reiki master, the combination is winning.
Amidst all the turmoil, the vitals checks, the out-of-control and erratic heart rate, and the lack of sleep, I was deeply calm. Every chance I had, I placed my hands on myself: chest, abdomen, arms – any part of me I could access past wires and tubes.
Reiki practice observed
During a particularly intense episode, my heart rate spiked from 64 to 181 in a span of a few seconds and stayed there. I placed my left hand on my heart. My ICU nurse watched as my heart rate return to a sedate 64.
She looked at me, eyebrows raised.
I said, “Reiki practice.”
She said, “Keep it up.”
Reiki practice advantage
In addition to practicing Reiki, I practice energy work. While I have recognized huge differences between the two, I made an important discovery while in the hospital.
When practicing Reiki, all that is required is to place my hands. It’s that simple and that profound.
With energy work, some of which I attempted in an effort to strengthen the healing process, I realized there is actual physical effort required that I had not noticed before. I had to stop the energy work because I could feel an actual “draw” on what little reserve of strength remained in my body.
Reiki practice: my daily dose of wellness
When I mention my daily Reiki self-practice, people are often dumbfounded, and ask, “You mean you can practice Reiki on yourself?”
I’m so grateful to be able to say, “Yes.”
If not for my Reiki self-practice, I don’t think I’d be sitting here at home a week after being admitted, typing this blog post. Even at a time when I was so challenged to rest among the busy-ness of the cardiac ICU, my Reiki self-practice kept bringing me back to balance so my body could heal.
Now, back to placing my hands.
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