Article by Vedant Vikrom Borah
In a previous article my friend Radhika Subramanian said, “It’s always said that Reiki finds you rather than the other way around”. I couldn’t help but wonder – How true! In fact in the Reiki Rays interviews the very first question is “How did Reiki find you?” But why do we keep saying that?
I pondered over how Reiki happened to me. I was a simple kid who really had no clue about the vagaries of life. It was in 1996 after my paternal grandfathers’ demise, loneliness took a toll on my grandmothers’ health. I was in Mumbai taking care of her when my aunty suggested over the phone, “Why does he not learn Reiki and help mother (my grand mom) heal!” I still have no clue how it all happened – the attunement and classes, but for next couple of weeks all I remember doing is Reiki until my grand mom recovered, got onto her feet and we happily returned home from Mumbai. Reiki chose to heal my grand mom through me.
And I stopped practicing thereafter. Fifteen years hiatus, grand mom being old and frail only kept asking for Reiki, “I remember you helped me heal long ago, can you do that again?” And yes after that there was never looking back for me as a practitioner. So did Reiki choose me? Yes it did, as a medium to be able to channel Reiki or cosmic energy wherever it is needed.
The interviews by Reiki Rays of our dearest authors have led me to a conclusion, of sorts, that Reiki chooses its channel either as a kid perhaps for a greater purpose as in case of Sunetra Dasgupta or let’s say you happen to come across and have an immediate pull towards it like in case of Phillip Hawkins and Justine Melton or after a whole lot of challenges Reiki comes to you as a respite – Deborah Llyod and Angie Webster have gone through their own share and only emerged stronger and happier ☺
So here’s what other channels had to say. When they were asked – They say Reiki chooses its channels! So, how did Reiki happen to you? What circumstances led you to your first attunement?
With increasing stress levels in corporate world to meet client deadlines, my immune system was becoming weak and anxiety levels were increasing. As a result, I was falling sick quite often either with cold, fever or tonsillitis. I had become a regular visitor to my local doctors’ clinic. I wanted something that would reduce my stress levels, promote relaxation and take care of my health issues without the use of antibiotics. I searched the net looking for alternative healing therapies and came across Reiki. I read lot of reviews about how people had benefitted from it. I felt Reiki was a complete package that would take care of my requirement. I got attuned to it 2 years back. I started doing self healing every day, my stress levels reduced, immune system became better. I started feeling more energetic and happy. I visit my local doctor once in 6 months now. I can have ice creams, drink cold water directly without the fear of having tonsillitis because I know Reiki will take care of it. In addition to all this, Reiki has helped me to move in right direction of my career, got me connected to people who had similar interests like me, has increased my intuitive abilities and improved my overall well being at mental, emotional and spiritual level. I thank Reiki for choosing me as a Reiki channel ☺
(Chosen one☺ )
Reiki chose me. No doubt about it. One of my family friends has been teaching Reiki for 25 years. She had insisted me, my mom and sister learn it. We decided to give it a try. Honestly, I saw a major shift after Usui Reiki 3b – my palms were hot for two entire days post attunement and I was drinking loads of water. I do not know and cannot explain why that sudden change after 3b. But that’s what happened. They say Reiki is a compassionate and kind energy. It was kind enough to choose me. I definitely needed it. And I also strongly believe, Reiki goes to only those in need of it. I have given Reiki to my friends, their problems go away and they still do not want to learn Reiki. They are not destined to.
(Separation, loneliness and life challenges)
Probably all good things start with some kind of trauma or say some kind of bad experience (reminds me of the Death card from Tarot deck) – I was going through a break up and I was wondering what to do! Most of us keep them under the wrap while others express it openly with courage. But there is no shame! Each and every event is here to teach us something. Learn the lesson, move on. Life is as simple as this! However it took some time for me to learn that.
As a puzzled, heart-broken, lost person I was led to a Reiki Master and Holistic healer (I don’t have much remembrance as to how that happened!). It was the first time I was introduced to Reiki though not attuned. I learnt about Reiki, Chakras, Aura and various other things and attended his meditation classes. Shifting to a completely new city I explored my own self having spent more time with myself – I was at peace with myself. All I wanted was to heal the situation I started looking for a way out! That was the time I ended up or say started my new journey with Reiki. The change started there.
And here is what Non-Reiki channels feel about Reiki. They are my very close friends who have undergone Reiki sessions from other practitioners as well as me. Their life too has been picking themselves up from either ill health or situations and breezing through life with a smile.
I still vividly remember the first time I received Reiki from my yoga teacher way back in 2006. I was nervous and much tensed as my 12th board exams were round the corner and my mom called her up asking for help. She told me to do some deep breathing and to try and calm my mind as she gave me Reiki. I don’t remember experiencing any immediate changes though I definitely felt a bit reassured in my heart thinking someone is looking over me and protecting me. Over the years, I have got to know through my friend that a little more faith would be more useful to reap the benefits of Reiki energy. A faith that says that the core of all our unhappiness and problems lies within ourselves and can be healed through positive energy channels.
When I received Reiki for the first time, I did not know what it was. But when I was healed by it, I was impressed. While receiving Reiki, I can feel a tingling like sensation along my skin almost like tiny vibrations. After that I feel calm and weightless. This happened when I received Reiki through distant healing. Other times I would simply feel deeply relaxed.
I was surprised the first time you tried Reiki. Samanda believed in it even before since she was associated with Reiki healing but me not so much. After you and your friend tried Reiki healing I could feel a connection. Samanda felt lighter and I was calm. Reiki was almost Hocus-Pocus for me because I don’t understand it but now I’ve experienced it. It was a connection between people which conventional wisdom can’t explain, I guess we’ve all felt something similar but we might have acknowledged it as intuition, prayer, etc. It felt like someone is helping you carry your load and you are not alone.
It is for us to stop awhile and breathe in the joy, enjoy the spring and winter alike; life is always much more than what we give it credit for. Personally, I feel it is a lot of introspection, of analysis, of picking yourself up and walking again, of our own development, of being able to help others which lead us towards a greater purpose – soul evolution. Shwetha’s note did make me feel special and intrigued as well. If destiny is to gift us all Reiki be it as channels or clients, SO BE IT; it is an amazing energy to even think of walking away or not practicing it. Life after Reiki is simply satisfying. But for whatsoever reason Reiki chooses its channels the idea is always to respect the energy and use it for the highest good. If you are a channel or have been touched by Reiki’s love, smile because you are truly blessed.
Vedant Vikrom Borah is a Biotechnologist and a Reiki healer and teacher. He practices Usui Reiki, Karuna® Reiki, Karmic Reiki, Angel Reiki, Soul Mate Reiki, Deep Healing Reiki, Tiger Reiki, Kundalini Reiki and has embarked on the journey as a Pranic healer. He feels Reiki has helped him accept and let go and live life to the brim. Find Vedant on Facebook at Healing Child.