Yesterday I had the great pleasure of starting my level II Reiki certification with Debbie Betts. For those who follow my blog you will recall I took my Reiki Level 1 certification 3 weeks ago. Since then I have been practicing Reiki on myself daily and can really notice a difference in my stress levels. People who know me well, know that I can be very quick tempered and that I get stressed out very easily. In learning and practicing the Reiki precepts on a daily basis I have been able to bring that under control a great deal. I feel much more relaxed and centered. I feel a great sense of peace and comfort. I feel happy. The better I feel, the more I want to learn about Reiki and share it with others.
I did some reading before deciding to pursue my level II certification. Some Masters believe you should wait 6 months to a year before you advance so you can give yourself time to practice. In the end, it’s up to your Reiki Master to determine when you are ready. I was having some serious doubts about whether I was ready until I read a message thread on a Reiki forum about how Dr. Usui went on a holy mountain for 21 days where he fasted and meditated. On the 21st day he was enlightened with knowledge of Reiki. A few people on the forum have said that “21 days” is the key number. Yesterday would have been 21 days since I took my level 1 Reiki so I took that as my sign to proceed. Debbie also believed I was ready. I never would have proceeded without her say so.
Here’s where I may start to lose a few people. Trust me when I say if I read it on someone else’s blog I’d think “Yeah right!” but please believe me when I say what I’m about to share is true. There were 3 of us taking our Level II Reiki certification. I don’t know these women at all. I know nothing of their background or of their families. As part of the Reiki training we practiced healing on one another. In doing treatment you call upon your 3 highest angels to guide and protect you in offering treatment. Reiki is spiritual but it is NOT a religion. I was told I may get messages in the form of words or pictures, sounds, etc. I’m an IT, analytical nerd so I thought “Yeah right that’s not going to happen to me.” I started doing a treatment on one of the women…let’s call her Lisa (although that’s not her name). The treatment was going as normal until I got to her head area. When I got there I had a picture of a little black dog enter my mind. I asked Lisa if she had a little dog and I got an immediate gasp throughout the room. It turns out Lisa had just put her dog down a week ago and I was seeing him with her. I have no idea how this happened, it just came to my mind. I had other things come to me as well but I won’t share those as they were pretty private. Let’s just say they were 3 big things that I shouldn’t have known. I didn’t know them. They were told me so that I could deliver them to her. I wasn’t frightened when it happened. To be quite honest I was shocked as hell because I’m a computer nerd and I have no explanation for gaining this information. I know what I believe now but I’m not going to get preachy on here. I will just say the experience was beautiful and I feel extremely blessed to have experienced it and to be able to have shared it with Lisa.
Please make no mistake in thinking that Reiki is about talking to spirits or passing along messages. Reiki is about balancing the energy systems and healing. It’s not uncommon for messages to come through but that’s not the intent during treatment. If it happens, it happens but there are never any promises.
I look forward to meeting with the girls again next weekend to complete my level II. We will be learning how to do distant healing with Reiki. I can’t wait!