Article by Patti Deschaine
If you are looking for a healing modality for yourself and others, I’m sure you will find that you will not lack for choices. There is certainly a wide range of wonderful options to choose from. Reiki, in its many flavors, offers Karuna, Holy Fire, Usui, Shamballa, Violet Flame, Kundalini, Lightarian, and others. In addition to the choices of Reiki styles, there are levels within each so you can go as far as you’d like, or keep it simple with just the basic teachings and attunements.
There are also many other modalities that are complementary to Reiki like aromatherapy, crystal healing, reflexology, Ayurvedic medicine, biofeedback, forest bathing, and others. You can even choose to invest your time and energy into learning modalities like tapping, acupuncture, shamanic healing, hypnosis, past life regression, soul realignment…the list goes on.
So how to choose? Do your research and explore the options, then let the information settle. Give it time to work its magic and see what captures your attention. Energy flows to where attention goes. For instance, if you spend a lot of time thinking about Shamballa, you read about it. You look for training options near you that are affordable and seem interesting. The universe then says, “Ah! I see you are interested in Shamballa. Here’s some information you might be interested in.” Suddenly, there is Shamballa coming up in conversation, reading suggestions and your social media feed. If you want to learn Shamballa, rest assured the universe will conspire to make it happen!
This investment will require your time, your money and your attention, so think about how you might use the acquired skills in your life. Will you become a practitioner or just use what you have learned with friends, family, and pets? Is it something that can heal a problem you have been struggling with? Could it be a stepping stone toward a future goal? How else might it bring value to your life?
Though I have studied many of the modalities listed above, as a Usui Reiki Master I am pleased that Reiki forms the basis of my practice. Reiki is a wonderful healing practice for the mind, body, and soul. It calms the mind and body, removes stuck energy blockages that cause sickness, and opens our intuitive powers so that we can grow spiritually. When considering your path as a healer, take the following into account.
Reiki is gentle, soothing and effective. A session can be conducted as hands on or hands off, with the recipient fully clothed, as opposed to something more intimate such as massage. It requires no special equipment or innate talent. A simple attunement provides the connection necessary for you to begin practicing right away.
Reiki Energy is easy passed on from a Reiki Master, It is accessible and affordable. Once you are attuned to Reiki energy, you will be attuned for life. You will never find yourself in a position where you cannot connect to Reiki. The healing is a part of you. It never runs out, never has technical issues (like your PC!) and you will never “forget” how to connect to Reiki energy.
Becoming attuned to Reiki energy has benefits other than the obvious –
- You will see changes for the better in your own attitude and outlook over time. You may find you become a kinder, gentler, more forgiving person when attuned to Reiki energy. You may intuitively understand things that have baffled you in the past.
- You can heal yourself and others of anxiety, emotional blocks, and physical maladies. And you become part of the collective healing for earth, its creatures, and its people.
- You will develop a deepening intuition that will allow you to experience energy and vibrations previously unknown to you.
Connecting to Reiki energy is transformative. You will gain a new appreciation for nature and feel more connected to the oceans, trees, wildlife, and the elements.
There are many more subtle benefits that come with a Reiki attunement. You are the only one who can decide which modality will bring the highest return on your time and money investment. And why stop at one? Let your first choice be the start of a lifelong path to learning. We are never too old to learn something new!
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Patti Deschaine is a traditionally trained Usui Reiki Master, Lightarian Reiki Master, and owner of Maja Energy Works and Reiki Healing. She resides and practices in Wilmington, NC. She enjoys all types of Reiki and particularly loves using Reiki on animals. Patti can be found at http://