I've done meditations in conjunction with my yoga classes since the mid-1990's and I thought it was just about breathing and feeling relaxed. So when a co-worker invited me to checkout Zoetic for a weekend retreat, I thought it would be more of the same. It was not. For me, the first course of the series was powerful, weird, and wonderous. The meditations we practiced opened me up to experiences I had to ponder for weeks - I was forced to decide if my experiences were real or not. In addition to the meditations, I was introduced to "permission conversations," which are a systematic series of questions with a partner to recognize and release long-held blocks preventing me from moving forward.
It definitely wasn't what I expected, but it kick-started my meditations to a whole new level and introduced me to a beautiful community of healers and friends.
Until 2018, reiki was not in my vocabulary. I had heard of energy healing and I had gotten benefit from acupuncture in the past, but it was nothing I was interested in doing or learning... until our au pair started getting our 4-year-old son to nap almost everyday by "doing reiki" on him. This was a child that refused to sleep as an infant and HATED to nap. It was a bona fide miracle. I had to learn what this was before our au pair's visa expired.
As I describe in this newsletter, my reiki attunement opened up something inside of me long suppressed but, more importantly, it taught me that I can heal myself and others by connecting from a place of love to the energy that surrounds us all. I learned reiki from Marissa at my home yoga studio Nimaste Yoga in Kensington, MD, but I also received immense benefit and guidance from sessions with Devon Cajuste (via phone) and Pam at Atasia Spa (in person) in Berkeley Spring, WV.
Reiki is a difficult healing technique to define. If there are 100 reiki practitioners, you will experience 100 variations of reiki. The style and experience can vary widely. If you're interested in reiki as a healing modality, please reach out to me and I hope to guide you in the right direction.