Article by Angie Webster
The road that led me to Reiki has had many twists and turns. I have been empathic and able to sense energy as long as I can remember. It wasn’t something I could control; it just happened. I learned not to talk about this.
I was able to communicate with animals. I could tell what their fears and pains were, as well as what made them happy. As I got older, I instinctively learned that reaching out to animals through touch or communication often calmed them and helped them with problems they had. I had an intense need to be around animals and to be outside.
As an adult, I feared that being my true self might cause problems for me, so I suppressed my truth even further. Doing this caused an imbalance in my energy. I could feel that things were maladjusted in me, but I was more fearful of the punishment from others than I was for my own well-being. This made me quite sick. I had seizures so many times a day that I could no longer form new memories. I often didn’t recall what I had done moments before. The past, present and future were jumbled up in my head, as if there were no difference between them. I was in a great deal of physical and psychic pain.
I had a near death experience that changed my outlook on life. I returned to the physical body with a deeper knowledge of Spirit and why I was here. It took me many more years to understand that I needed to release all previous ideas of what life had in store for me. I knew I needed to heal, and I got serious about that.
When I was asked not to come back to a church I had been attending, my world fell apart. I began searching for deeper answers by trying to understand the human history of religion. I read as many different religious and spiritual books as I could find. In the end, I saw that they all have essentially the same message as my Bible does. Love, be compassionate, do not judge, help and heal as many as you can, be at peace, do not fear. I began by healing myself. I practiced these principles of love and healing and I sent love and healing to any that needed it.
I developed a longing to help that I felt as a throbbing, burning in my sacral charka. I felt that somehow I was called to spread healing to many, to help. I had no idea how to do it. Through a website about Ho’oponopono, I heard of energy healing and my life changed. This began a new path of studying all I could find about energy medicine.
As soon as I learned what Reiki was, I knew I wanted to be attuned. I sought out a Reiki session and was immediately convinced that this was what I had searched for. The ache in my lower belly eased as I sought a Reiki Master. I felt I had found myself and my true purpose. Being attuned to Reiki was the next step in my self-healing. I can now see that everything that led me to Reiki happened in Divine Order. Reiki was seeking me all along.
Angie Webster made a significant contribution to the Reiki community, with a particular focus on Animal Reiki, which she had a deep affection for. As a knowledgeable Reiki Master Teacher and Author, she conducted online courses on energy healing, herbalism, flower essences, and personal growth.
She is the author of “Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature” and “Reiki from A to Z”. Currently, Angie has decided to retire from her professional life to devote more time to her health, family, and the little joys of life.