experienced Reiki in 1979 when a friend placed her hands on my shoulder
and my pain disappeared. As I began to explore Reiki, my congregation
encouraged me to take the First Degree class. Over four days I learned a
system of hands-on healing touch. During class people reported feeling
sensations of heat, tingling and energy in their hands. I experienced
nothing -- no warmth, no energy, not even an itch!
When I returned home, I shared my
experience with the congregation. They, too, felt energy and physical
sensations when I placed my hands on them. My mind yearned to
understand. I wanted to know, to be able to explain what was happening.
I practiced. I questioned. I wrestled. As time passed, I realized Reiki
was another dimension of my faith journey. I yielded my need to know. I
practiced Reiki daily. I gave myself to this unknown path -- walking in
faith; trusting God as healer and teacher.
It was a delight months later when I
began to experience energy flowing in my hands. I took the Second Degree
Reiki class and learned to deepen the power of Reiki, send energy into
time/space and do mental healing. Finally, in 1984, I accepted the call
of my heart to teach this beautiful gift and Phyllis Furumoto initiated
me as a Reiki Master. Teaching and practicing Reiki became one way for
me to share the power of God’s Love. Reiki became a spiritual
discipline which connects me to the Divine Mystery of Life I call God.
When my heart said “Yes!” I had no
idea of the journey I began. To this day, it is a challenge to share the
essence of Reiki in words. Reiki speaks to my heart and calls to my soul
as I walk a consciously chosen path of personal healing and spiritual
transformation. Each time I place my hands upon my own body, I move into
a place of prayer. Each time I share Reiki with another person, plant or
animal, I connect to God as Divine Love and Healer.
I have come to know that Reiki is not
about information and knowledge. It is about me loving others as deeply
as I can, opening myself and watching as God does the healing. In a
Reiki class God invites all of us to open our minds, hands and hearts to
a deeper knowing of God. Reiki is a process, a life walk. It takes time
and practice to understand this gentle gift of hands-on prayer. It is my
honor and privilege to be a conduit of God’s healing energy and to
participate with those who seek healing for body, mind and soul through
classes and/or personal sessions.
The longer I hold Reiki in my hands and
practice the discipline daily, the deeper into my own healing God
invites me. Through this gentle art of hands-on prayer, God continues to
heal and transform my life as I share it with others.
Elaine Andres is a Reiki Master and
spiritual director at Sacred Path Ministry, and a minister at First
Christian Church, Eugene. This column is coordinated by Two Rivers
Interfaith Ministries, a network of more than 35 religious and spiritual
traditions in the Eugene-Springfield area. For more information, call
344-3693 or visit www.interfaitheugene.org
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