Article by Angie Webster
Lots of people believe that once they are attuned to Reiki they will never be sick for very long again. They think they will be able to heal themselves from any illness they previously struggled with, no matter how long it went on. I thought this as well. The truth is, many people who are led to Reiki have a long history of being ill or of dealing with repeated loss or abuse in their life. I think perhaps some of them are guided to Reiki to help them learn to heal these patterns of illness and dysfunction.
But part of the learning process with Reiki is to learn that healing does not mean the same as cure. And healing rarely happens overnight and it almost never happens the way our logical minds plan for it. Healing is a messy process and it is not passive. Receiving Reiki is passive, but the healing itself is never passive. Inner work is done and shifts take place in the life of the person being healed. This is often a very uncomfortable process. And it can look and feel an awful lot like being very, very sick.
I often think of this the same way as I think of spring cleaning. You clean out a closet, a cabinet, a drawer or even a crowed, cluttered and messy room, filled with junk. When you do this, you have to pull all that junk out. It makes a huge mess all over your house. It looks terrible for a while and you may wonder what you got yourself into. It takes careful sorting through all the clutter and wiping all the dust out from the rooms, closets, and drawers of your house before you finally have a lovely, fresh smelling and tidy home again. It’s well worth the work when you keep at it. If you stop in the middle or become disgusted and shove it all back in the closet, then you are left with the same mess you started with or worse.
I think the attunement process can often trigger a very long term healing crisis for some of us. It’s a process and it comes in cycles. Particularly when we have had many years of illness or dysfunction in our lives, we must allow time for these layers to peel away. It took many years for them to build up and our system has stored many memories of the traumas associated with these things. All of these must be cleared out. Letting go of these and forming new patterns can be very painful, even though it sounds as though it should be a joyful thing.
To change our lives, we must allow room for things to be shaken up, just like our house during spring cleaning. The Universe will bring into our lives just what we need, and when we open to it, we don’t resist the changes or the lessons they bring. It doesn’t mean there will not be discomfort, but remember births almost always bring a healthy level of discomfort with them!
If you have had more upheaval or illness in your life since becoming attuned, try taking a new look at the possibilities surrounding why that may be. Allow yourself to grieve each layer of the old life that lifts away from you. Understand the fear that comes with facing new things, even things you wish for. Ask for guidance from the Universe and your angels and guides. Ask for peace and don’t forget to keep doing self Reiki every day!
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Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).