I’ve gone to a few more acupuncturist appointments and it seems to be making a difference. My low-energy and the tension are getting much better. I’m also taking a level 1 reiki class this weekend. I’ve been wanting to take one for awhile, but the right opportunity never came along.

This friend of mine is a reiki master and teacher, but I’ve never known her to teach classes prior to now. She’s an academic and works in the social sciences. She’s even less mystical about it than I am. She was driven to try reiki ten years ago because of chronic headaches. She’s educated herself quite a bit on the mind-body connection and was able to recommend quite a few books to me; some of them historic, some scientific. I’m looking forward to learning more.

Adam has been doing quite a bit of research on the mind-body connection himself, this semester. He’s writing a paper on ki-energy, right now, so it’s kind of fitting.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I’d gone to Rita’s house for a little “intro to Reiki” session. She’d shown us a couple of techniques, and I was able to notice energy, and maybe a weak little flow, if I really concentrated. I was all about learning more, though.

During the “attunement” rituals, I definitely noticed some kind of shift. It wasn’t a “oh, I think if I concentrate really hard, I can feel something” kind of shift. It was a “WOAH! WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?!?!” kind of shift.

What the hell was that, indeed? I came home, and started going about my evening. Adam and I started watching TV. I noticed that my shoulder was hurting a little bit, so I figured, what the hell, lets give it a try. I’m not a contortionist, so I can only put one hand on my shoulder and the other was in my lap. I noticed some heat between my hand and my shoulder but that seemed normal. With skin on skin, there’s going to be heart. However, suddenly, my other hand heated up. There was a distinct circle of heat in my palm.

It switched back and forth between shoulders (because you’re supposed to treat both sides). The pain disappeared.

Dylan then jumped up on my lap, so I figured I’d try it on him, just to see if he would notice. I wasn’t touching him, but he seemed to feel it and like it. I stopped, but as he continued to sit in my lap, the heat just kept coming out of my palms. I couldn’t stop it. It became warm, then uncomfortably warm, then hot, then “ok, this is getting annoying.”

Wondering if I was going bonkers, so I held my hand up a few inches from Adam’s face and I said, “Can you feel anything?”

I expected him to say something along the lines of, “No, put your hand down!”

Instead, he jumped back and said, “WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!”

I haven’t been taught to reiki other people, yet, but I noticed that if I put my hands over Adam, my palms cooled down a little bit. That made me feel better, which made me want to put my hands over him more. I did this until he told me that I was heating him up too much and to stop it.

The odd thing is that the skin of my palms remains cool to the touch, but a few inches away, there’s this feeling of heat. I’m not sure if there’s an actual temperature change or we just perceive it as heat.

As far as the entire experience goes, the only tangible part of it has been this inexplicable heat. It’s not just me and it’s not just Adam. I tried it on every cat, and every cat behaved as though he or she could feel it. I did this multiple times and each cat reacted in his or her unique way, but consistent with every time I tried it on him or her (we‘re talking 4 cats, by the way).
None of this really makes any sense to me. I don’t understand how an attunement ritual could really attune anything, but I have no other explanation for the sudden change.

I’ll be off to my next session with Rita soon. I am so fascinated and I’m looking forward to learning more.

With this experience along with the acupuncture I’ve been receiving, I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. There’s so much more to say just about my own personal energy levels and how much it’s been affected, lately. I’ll have to touch on that more, later.

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Sunday, Dec. 06, 2009 at 1:26 PM