posted on Sep, 3 2010 @ 10:59 PM
I experienced Reiki healing several years ago, and it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I was at my weekly martial arts class
one night, and rolled my ankle horribly. I'd had this kind of injury before; based on my previous experiences, I anticipated it hurting for at least
the next week. At the time, it was too painful even to stand on. I stepped off the floor, wincing in pain, and sat down.
One of my fellow students and an occasional instructor was sitting out this particular class, and asked me what had happened. I told her, and she
simply asked if I would like her to try to do something about it. I gratefully accepted her offer, not knowing what she had planned; I was
anticipating some sort of accupressure technique, something I had heard her mention before. Instead, she knelt down in front of me, placed her hands
around my injured ankle (not touching me at all--there was an inch or two of space between her palms and my skin), and simply breathed. I was a bit
confused, but before I could ask what she was doing, my ankle suddenly had the most peculiar feeling I've ever experienced--it was simultaneously hot
and cold, and I had the sensation that I'd only previously felt when I'd experienced a minor electrical shock. Even as I type this I know it's not
an adequate explanation, but I can come up with no better words for it.
A few minutes passed with that same odd feeling, and then she moved her hands and told me to stand up. When I did, the pain was totally absent; not
only could I stand, I could jump, twist, and pivot. I even kicked a nearby punching bag, expecting at least a twinge of pain, but felt nothing; had I
tried that a few minutes before, I would have fallen over in agony. Only then, when I looked back at my classmate with a thousand questions in my
eyes, did she tell me what I had just experienced was Reiki, which she explained as "channeling universal energy in order to heal." She told me she
and her husband had only recently begun to learn. I was absolutely astounded. I had always considered myself open-minded, but never before had I
truly believed in faith healing, laying on hands, or anything of that nature; alternative medicine was one thing, but I simply didn't accept the
possibility of simple "energy healing" until it happened to me.
Not long after that I had to leave my martial arts school, and I never saw that woman again. Later, my interest in Reiki grew and I searched for
instruction in my area, to no avail. Then, very recently, I became acquainted with someone who had been practicing Reiki for years, and who was able
to pass attunements. She agreed to do this for me, much to my delight, and the sensation I got when she did so was incredible; I got a pleasant
cooling sensation every time she touched me, and I could feel it radiating from my palms for hours after the attunement was done. I've taken my
first steps down the path, and I have to say, I've rarely been more excited.
I understand the skeptics; I was skeptical of this kind of thing, too. But what I experienced couldn't be denied. I couldn't even write it off as
the placebo effect, because I had no idea what was happening, and I did NOT expect to feel anything without even being touched. Everyone seems to
experience Reiki differently (although a feeling of warmth seems to be the most common experience), but I would urge any skeptics out there to try a
session--just once--before passing any sort of judgement. It really can be a life-changing experience; I know I haven't looked at the world I live
in the same way since.