Article by Phillip Hawkins
Without understanding why or even knowing your name I searched for you, and invited you into my life. Softly you entered and helped bring about changes that left me in awe of your power and breathless by the beauty to unfold. Never against my will; you led me to discover new paths and remember truths learnt many lifetimes ago, with each new road the opportunity to break new ground and old beliefs in equal measure, to walk a path less traveled and leave a marker for those who would follow.
Though my destiny is already secure, I must still take each step on my journey of discovery that will one day lead me back to my spiritual home. Where my foot falls matters not, for the lessons learned and the truths to be discovered are forever within, my journey merely provides the experiences necessary to discover them. My destination is not a place; it’s a state of mind that helps me discover my true self, and to be in harmony with all things.
The way of Reiki is a journey we all can take; a journey during which time we are both student and teacher, a seeker of truth and the giver of wisdom and each step taken gifts us the opportunity to find the knowledge and understanding we search for. Weary of this journey we will inevitably stumble and fall and question our beliefs, in those times of fear and uncertainty the voice we hear may echo the doubts of fellow travelers seeking guidance on their own journey of discovery. Solitude can provide us with a place of rest and contemplation, and gift us the opportunity to help others find their own way of Reiki.
A Reiki practitioner since 1999, Phillip started teaching Reiki in 2000 and using those skills and abilities he has spent the majority of the last seventeen years working with a wide range of social and educational needs including Autism and ADHD. Working with addicts dependent on alcohol and drugs, people whose lives were extremely violent and abusive, and others who had to deal with severe mental health issues. This has enabled him to work extensively in the private sector, schools, colleges, education and care in the community, the prison service and psychiatric units.
In 2016, Phillip decided to semi-retire from full-time employment to concentrate on developing his career as a published author and the setting up of his Reiki personal development programme at the Chilton Community College.