I’m planning to get level 2 reiki attunement around the middle of next month. My reiki teacher requested that before I could get the second attunement that I must reiki at least 5 people and then journal about the experiences. I’m up to four now, and I should have number five by tomorrow. I’m going to a reiki sharing event. Since I’m journaling it, anyway, I figured I would put it here, too.
I started at her jaw with relatively cold hands, then moved to her abdomen and then her knees. This was all within the first 5 minutes or so. While I was on her knees, she started to cry very softly. She apologized and pulled herself together. I went back to her jaw, abdomen and knees. Again, when I reached her knees, she started to cry. This time more intensely. She apologized. I told her that it was normal to get emotional during reiki treatments and that seemed to give her a lot of relief. After the treatment, she hugged me and thanked me profusely for the treatment. She said that she felt very little in her jaw, but was surprised that she felt something in her abdomen because there was a lot of scar tissue there, and that area is mostly numb. She later said that her aching knee also felt better.
I was so happy to have been able to do something for her; although, I was disappointed that I couldn’t do more for her jaw. I suppose that’s something that takes more time. It usually takes me about 15 minutes of focused reiki to get my jaw to loosen up.
My reiki teacher seemed impressed that I elicited an emotional response from Michelle after only a few minutes. I told her that I felt that the reason this happened was because Michelle is repressing a lot of feeling, just below the surface. Meaning, it wouldn’t take much to open the flood gates. Adam commented that it sounded like I was rationalizing her emotional response to discredit my own abilities. My teacher said she believed that it was more likely somewhere in between. Yes, I am rationalizing to discredit myself, but yes, she did have a lot of emotion just under the surface, as well.
She seemed to enjoy the reiki quite a bit. She talked a lot about it being very soothing. I felt very satisfied and even had the feeling that the spur would feel better after the treatment, but I haven’t had a chance to catch up with her and ask about the foot.
My hands got really, really hot around her hips, knees and ankles. I tried to spend a little more time in those areas. I spent about 15 minutes on her right hip alone and my hands felt very hot. At one point, she jumped, as if startled, and then said, “I don’t know where I was. I drifted off.”
Was she asleep or just daydreaming? I don’t know.
Because she seemed so relaxed and sleepy, I decided not to ask her to turn over to do her back.
After the treatment, she talked about it being an intensely relaxing and wonderful experience. She said that I had very warm hands. I think not realizing that energy most often comes across as heat. Although, I don’t really feel heat when I receive reiki, I sense it more as a substance, almost like water, seeping down through my skin and creating pressure in my body.
I mentioned the heat around her hips, knees and ankles and she nodded, saying she spends a lot of time on her feet. She asked me about why her breath changed. It went from her chest, down into her belly (I guess when I assumed she was asleep). I told her that it was most likely because she became more relaxed.
When she stood up, she said she wasn’t sure she could walk because she was in such a deep state of relaxation. She thanked me profusely and told me several times that she thought it would be a really good thing for Christine, to help her relax more. As she was leaving, she said to Christine, “Boy, you are in for a treat.”
However, I got the feeling that determination to hike through anything left a lot of dead spots in her body. Maybe some in the form of pinched nerves, but I think more likely from having ignored so many pains for so long, she blocked them out, psychologically.
She also seemed to have fallen asleep. She started breathing deeper and even started snoring a little bit. I felt a lot of heat around her hips and knees, as well. I wanted to stay longer there, but by this time, I was well into my second hour of reiki and I was getting very tired.
I also had her flip over and spent a lot of time on her middle and lower back. It seemed very warm there. I wanted to spend some time there to possibly treat the sciatica a little bit.
At the end, she talked about it being very relaxing, and said she “definitely felt something” around her hips and knees. This made me wish I had spent more time there. She talked about how helpful it was to just do nothing for awhile, saying the experience was almost meditative.
Even though she was not “converted” she seemed very happy with the treatment and also thanked me many times. She’s a natural skeptic, but also very accommodating. She’s also very stubborn (hence the determination to hike forever), so I wasn’t surprised that she wasn’t going to suddenly become a reiki believer.
I’m still not sure that I am a reiki believer, myself. It’s more that I know this practice makes me feel better and I need as much as I can get to make me feel better.
A prior conversation relates to this, in a way. I told her about how I am often very cold, so cold, that even in this excessive heat warning weather, I still have a space heater going under my desk, at work. She asked me about my iron levels, and asked whether or not it was possible that I was low on iron. I told her that I eat a lot of spinach and take vitamins, so it shouldn’t be a problem. Adam piped up, reminding me that I had been rejected as a blood donor because of low iron count (but that was years ago). She then asked me if I was often very tired, and I told her that no, I’m usually a very high energy person.
This suggests that somehow, I do need a lot more rest than I get. This is not incredibly surprising, since yes, when I do feel tired, I don’t feel just superficially tired. I feel an intense exhaustion that seems to cut deep into my bones.
Also, there are times when I put forth a tremendous amount of energy, with very little rest, for long periods of time. It somehow seems wrong.
|Thursday, Jun. 24, 2010 at 10:01 PM|