Last time I told you about how my mum introduced me to Reiki and while I did enjoy the session, its affects were short lived. So what made me want to go back and do it again? And what was it about the proceeding sessions that were so profound and life changing?
I was drawn back to Reiki more out of curiosity than anything else. I wanted to see if the sensations I felt during the first session were a once off or would they happen again. And after the fiasco of missing my flight the last time I was hoping for longer lasting benefits from future sessions. So, I made another appointment to see the same practitioner. By asking the right questions and being incredibly insightful and intuitive she was able to get right to the heart of why I had really come for another treatment. It was almost as if I had a coaching session with my Reiki practitioner. Within minutes of arriving I was blurting out all of the things that were troubling me and what changes I wanted to see in my life.
Once the Reiki itself began, I felt myself again drifting off but unlike the first session I felt less concerned about what she was doing and so I was able to enjoy the session more, allowing myself to relax to the sound of music playing in the background. For the most part she offered hands-off Reiki so the sensations and warmth that I felt as she hovered her hands above me seemed all the more magnificent. Leaving the session, I felt so much calmer than when I had entered. Afterwards I took a long walk on the beach and solutions I had been searching for began to form in my mind.
What I did next may seem pretty extreme and I would not recommend anyone do what I did without VERY careful consideration. In addition, I certainly do not claim that Reiki “made me do it” … At the risk of sounding very rash…I quit my job, I know, it sounds crazy! I quit my job that I had worked so hard for. I worked so hard that I had become only my job. It was the number one focus in my life and the lack of balance had consumed me. So, to help me regain my balance and get back to who I really was, I quit my job and booked a plane ticket around the world.
My desire to travel around the world for a year was not something that suddenly came to me in a moment of clarity. Unlike in the US, taking a year off to travel in your 20’s or 30’s is not uncommon for Europeans and I had been pondering it for some time. I had put off following my dream for a number of reasons, many of them due to fear: fear of being lonely, fear of not being strong enough, fear of failure, fear of the language barrier and fear of being labelled a wanderlust. I had already done my research, I knew where I wanted to go and had spoken to a bunch of people who had gone before me. I had initially planned to take a 12-month career break and return to the same job, because that was “the sensible thing to do”. I knew before I left, however, that I had no burning desire to come back to the same job. I quit because I was confident in my skills and experience and knew that I would find a great new opportunity upon my return.
I didn’t know at the time what had happened during that Reiki session to bring about such a clarity of mind and in fact, in a lot of ways, I still don’t. There are still so many unanswered questions about the practice of Reiki and not enough scientific research to fully explain what happens during a session to cultivate such benefits. But what I do know is that the practice of Reiki gave me the space to clear my mind of all the clutter that had accumulated over a considerable amount of time. It allowed me to see the solutions to the lack of balance in my life and gave me the courage to make some epic changes for which I will be eternally grateful for.
I look back at that turning point in my life and smile, never in a million years would I have imagined that I would be where I am now. But more about that the next time.