Article by Helen Chapman
I took Reiki level 1 mainly to be able to help my husband, who has been suffering for many years with degenerative discs and fibromyalgia, and more recently depression. I wanted to be able help to relieve the pain he suffers every day, and to find a way to support our family. I found that I really enjoyed Reiki and wanted to learn more so I could help others.
I was attuned to Usui level 2 Reiki on the 9th April 2014. I was treating my husband as usual, a weekly treatment I started when I was Level 1, nine days after this. I felt I had prepared everything, cleared the room, grounded well, attuned, asked permissions and set up protection. I cleansed and balanced his chakras and moved onto the hand positions. I was feeling good and the energy felt very strong. He had been complaining of pain in his hips and lower back, more than usual. I drew the distant healing symbol and the power symbol, placed one hand on his hip and the other on his knee. The buzzing that I usually get in my head whilst doing Reiki, or Spirit work, intensified significantly and I felt incredibly hot. I remember thinking that when I had finished this side of his body, I would open a window before continuing down the other side.
The next thing I knew I came too, lying on the floor, being shaken awake and having my name called. I had passed out, and had been out for a couple of minutes. I had also hit my face and head several times on the way down. Amazingly though I felt no pain whatsoever, I had a drink of water and some fresh air for 10 minutes, and despite my husband being very shaken up, I insisted on continuing the healing. My husband checked me over and except for a small bruise on my upper arm I had no swelling or other bruising. As my husband traced the bruise with his little finger he received an electric shock from me.
All flowed well until I got to the same position on the other side, the same sensations started, I finished up quickly before I fainted again. I thanked my guides and sealed the room.
I then contacted my Reiki Master to see if this had happened to anyone else. At the time she had not had anyone experience this. She asked me if I had grounded properly, which I had, whether I felt there was an outside force trying to come in, I just felt like it was a surge of power and it was benign, she said she would do some research and see if anyone else had experienced this. She said that her guides were telling her that it was a Reiki Power surge, that the Universe felt I was able to handle it, but being a mere human I wasn’t quite ready to experience it. My Master then suggested I take a few days off from Reiki, practise grounding meditations, eat bananas and to walk on the Earth with bare feet. She also suggested that I ask my guides, the Universe or whoever I called on before giving Reiki, to increase the power only when I felt I was ready, and in graduations, because it certainly wouldn’t have looked very good had I been practising on a client, it was bad enough having my husband witness it. During my meditations I asked my guides and they confirmed what my Master had told me. The power of Reiki can be so strong.
Since then I have not fainted again, I still have the buzzing and get very warm though. I also carry grounding crystals, hematite and tiger’s eye, in my pocket when giving treatments and I ask my guides to increase the power when they need to, but at least I am now aware of the awesome power of Reiki, and it really works.
Recently my Master had another Level 2 student who almost passed out whilst dealing with a client with massive emotional trauma, perhaps there is a link? Perhaps it is on the increase? I feel very blessed to be able to work in this manner, and to be able tell my story, in the hope that anyone else who experiences this can feel that they are not alone, that they can ask for help, and it won’t stop them from practising. It would be very interesting to hear from anyone else who has similar experiences.
Blessings and light.
Helen Chapman lives in Cornwall, UK with her husband and two grown boys. She has always followed her intuition and had numerous psychic experiences over the years. She has recently been exploring her psychic abilities in more depth, mediumship and Tarot, and making strong connections with her guides. Along this path, Helen also discovered Reiki, and her life now feels complete. “It’s like I was searching for something but didn’t quite know what, and now that I have found it I feel like I have come home. I have so much more yet to learn, but the adventure is only just beginning.”