Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
Memories, whether positive or negative, can be very powerful in our lives. If you sit down with your adult siblings, other relatives, or longtime friends, and discuss an old memory, you will have as many versions of that memory as there are people in the room. The same event may evoke happy or pleasant memories for some, and sad or painful memories for others. It is a matter of perception – and perception becomes our reality.
Unpleasant memories can become stuck in our physical and mental bodies, and cause blocks in our energy systems. These emotional blocks can then cause physical aches, stiffness and eventually diseases. Reiki is very effective in the release of these blocks, when the client (or you) is ready to release them. When one is ready, it is an affirmation the client (or you) is ready to deal with all the resulting ramifications of this specific perception.
Kelly always considered herself to be the “different one” in her family. She defined herself as always being an outsider. She thought others considered her to be a bit odd, and she felt unacceptable to other people. But, Kelly also took advantage of all this alone time, dabbled in several art forms and became an excellent pottery maker. Although she has a successful, fulfilling career, she still felt like the odd one out, and separate from other people.
During a Reiki session, an old memory popped into her mind. She remembered overhearing her mother tell a friend that Kelly was an unusual child, as she preferred to stay alone in her room, rather than playing with other children. The memory itself felt painful to her. After the session, she gave a great deal of thought to the memory and decided to discuss it with her mother.
Her mother was simply stunned! She had always perceived Kelly to be a sensitive, creative child. While she did not remember that specific comment, she told Kelly she often defended her to other mothers and children who expected her to join in group play. When Kelly played with children, her preference was with one child only. Her mother reiterated that she was proud of Kelly’s independent spirit and supported her strong preference to be her own person.
Discussing this incident with her mother was healing to Kelly. Her perception was changed by her mother’s frank honesty. Not only did Kelly come to a new realization of how her mother saw her, she grew in awareness of her own definition of who she is. Kelly spent the next several months further exploring, and redefining, her self-image. This process became a major turning point in self-understanding, and she gained a sense of peace and acceptance in her life.
Reiki healing is often like this when emotional issues rise to the surface, for resolution. One moment of healing leads to the next, and the next, and the next. Kelly’s healing was effective because she worked with the opportunity for healing and explored it further. Old memories and old issues were identified, re-examined and no longer affected her life in a negative way. Self-awareness frequently evolves into self-healing. Reiki treatments truly do heal the mind, body and spirit of those who connect with these healing energetic rays – and do the necessary work.
Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner. She also is a licensed clinical social worker, working with a hospice agency in Asheville, NC. She grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and was stricken with polio at the age of three. To relieve fatigue from post-polio syndrome, she learned Reiki. This complementary technique led her to explore other alternative modalities. Her personal journey, along with life lessons learned along the way, is detailed in her book, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)