Article by Justine Melton
When I was attuned to the second level of Reiki my Reiki Master told me that she thought that I was going to go through an extra big 21 day cleanse. As I felt that I had the stomach flu for the entire 3 weeks following my Reiki 1 attunement I was a little put off by this. I remember thinking what had I just gotten myself into? I was scared but excited at the same time and I remember repeating, “I’m going to rock this cleanse” to myself over and over.
A lot of times people share how easy it is to slowly open a chakra that has closed. There are many basic methods and all seem to be done with ease or at least offer a solution after being worked on for a few weeks. What isn’t often mentioned is that sometimes this isn’t a graceful and pain free process. Sometimes, you have so much negativity and pain that needs to be cleansed and released that a little pain may be involved.
At the beginning of my 2nd degree cleanse I went through the normal ups and downs. Sometimes I felt light and happy and sometimes I felt that I needed to let a lot of emotions out. After the first week I started feeling some pain off and on in my heart area. I remember thinking it’s probably the cleanse. No reason to get alarmed. One night I was laying in bed when suddenly I had what can best be described as horrible indigestion. I had bad chest pain and pain in my rib cage. It was like I had trapped burps that could not get out. I tried drinking water, taking antacids, pepto bismol, ibprofin, etc. Nothing worked. I do have a lot of experience in the medical field and know the classic symptoms of a heart attack. For some reason though I was certain that this was not one and had to do with the cleanse. This went on for hours. Once it was about 2 am I started to get really scared and thought that maybe I was just being a little too spiritual and needed to go to the ER to get checked out. I was scared, crying and started praying. I decided that I was giving myself one more hour and if the pain didn’t go away I was headed to the ER. I grabbed my favorite stone that was a mix of moonstone, quartz and amethyst and sat in bed counting down the minutes until I was headed to the hospital. Slowly but surely the pain went away over the next hour and thankfully did not return.
The next day I felt so much lighter and just different. I felt beautiful when I looked in the mirror. I felt happy. I was excited to get dressed, do my hair and make myself look nice. I was going through a divorce at the time and was acting as a single mom of 2, so looking good and feeling beautiful wasn’t something that was a priority for me. I contacted my Reiki Master and explained to her what had gone on that night. She told me that it was my heart chakra opening and that I had gone through a healing crisis. I had never felt self-love before and that is why it was painful at first. I immediately felt this to be true with every ounce of my being.
Since that time I have welcomed love into my life and have been able to give and receive it without any problems. Although it was a scary experience for me it has really helped me better relate to what some of my clients experience and has made me a much better practitioner and teacher. If you experience a healing crisis or are unsure and feel that you need to be checked out by a doctor please do so! Trust yourself and what you feel is best for you.
Wishing you all love and light.
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Justine Melton is a Reiki Master/Teacher and an Intuitive Counselor. Reiki came into her life and changed it in amazing ways. It is her passion now to bring Reiki to others and help them to heal in a holistic way. Justine is lucky enough to be an Empath, Clairaudient, Clairsentient, and Clairvoyant. She is able to use these gifts with Reiki if asked to give extra messages during a session for the client’s highest good. You can follow Justine on her website SerenityOfTheMindAndSoul.com and on Facebook at Serenity of the Mind & Soul.