Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
When we think of a Reiki session, we usually picture a quiet, calming space equipped with a massage table, soft lighting and soothing music. And, that is wonderful when this setting is available. But often, we are in situations where Reiki would be helpful to another person. We make do with what we have!
I remember the first time I offered Reiki to a family member who had a headache during a large family gathering. It was about a month after my Reiki I training. It seemed I had to “throw out” much of what I had learned during my class. There was no quiet space beautifully prepared for a Reiki session. There was no ten or fifteen minutes for me to mindfully connect to the Universal Life Force energy. There was much talk and laughter surrounding us. He made it clear he would only give me a few minutes, as he did not want to miss out on the party. Yet, I knew there was a good chance Reiki could help him immediately. He accepted my offer, with a “why not” attitude. We moved to one corner of the room, and I proceeded with giving Reiki for about ten minutes.
I started with setting the intention and asking for Divine help silently. While there was some doubt in my mind, I decided to simply trust Spirit and go with it. The headache went away, and this relative, as well as many family members, were impressed by this “new thing” I had learned.
This became the first of many teaching opportunities I have had with family members. I was able to talk about Reiki, after they had seen its effects, in a non-threatening manner. They were curious, and encouraging, and several family members are now practitioners themselves – what a blessing!
The same thing has happened in my workplace and among several groups of our friends. While some people may not be believers, that is fine. Perhaps, they will need to hear about Reiki a second or third time, or have a need where nothing else seems to be working.
As practitioners, we will learn to trust the fact that sometimes our role is to be the first to “plant a seed” and other practitioners will add information in the future to bring in further understanding and growth. We have done our small part in spreading the message of Reiki.
Becoming a spontaneous Reiki practitioner may require trust – and courage. There will be people who will not accept our offers. Simply send them light and love for them to discover their path for healing in their lives.
Let us look back on the moments in our lives that brought us to Reiki. Some of us said “yes” immediately and jumped into the deep end of the pool, at the first invitation. Many of us, however, had to be convinced, persuaded and encouraged to become a receiver of Reiki. Then, many of us also had to be convinced, persuaded and encouraged to become a Reiki practitioner. We may have thought it would be too difficult, or we felt unworthy of working with other people in such a meaningful way.
When we examine our own journeys in learning Reiki, we will find that often it was the spontaneous moments that made the difference in our own Reiki journey. Let each of us be a catalyst for others’ acceptance and growth – and be open to the possibilities of spontaneous Reiki.
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Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner, providing Reiki sessions and training in Asheville, NC. Deborah is the author of two books, 22 Messages from the Archangels; and, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. She is also one of the co-authors of Reiki 101: 101 Answers for Your Reiki Questions. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)