After experiencing the healing energy of my optometrist, his wife and daughter a few years ago (yes, my optometrist and his family are AMAZING people!), I began to be urged to pursue training in energy healing of some kind, so that I could have that same ability to make people feel better. As I began to speak of this to friends and family, multiple people mentioned Reiki by name. Then, throughout 2017, I was getting message after message in various forms to become a Reiki Practitioner, which I took as a sign, so I worked to get my Reiki I and II certifications. Upon working with my life coach, doing some free-form writing, and focusing on my passion for life, the words Joy Coach were born. And thus I was sent catapulted into a new life, closer and closer to following my soul’s purpose.
I believe that aside from being a way to wake us up, that we experience the challenges that we do, so that we can triumphantly overcome them and use our experience to help other people. Sometimes helping other people is an active role, and sometimes helping can mean following our bliss to living our best life and showing others what is possible. It’s why I started this blog. To connect, and share, and show other people that they CAN heal and get their life back. In fact, after a big, overwhelming challenge like chronic illness, you have the ability to get an even better life back than you had before you got knocked down, because with newfound health after illness comes immense, newfound joy and gratitude for the things that you used to take for granted.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a form of energy healing that came into existence in the 1920’s in Japan by Mikao Usui. Broken down, Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is Rei = universal and Ki = Life energy. So essentially, Reiki is the life force energy that flows through everything. Everything in our Universe is made of energy, including you and I. It’s our limited five senses that perceive things as either solid, liquid, or gas. Reiki is something that is passed down from Reiki Masters that can be traced back to Mikao Usui. As someone attuned to practice Reiki, I can use a light touch, laying of hands method directly on or hovering just above a person, or as a distance healing to anyone anywhere in the world, to act as a conduit for more life force energy to be passed through me to the person, animal, or thing that I am sending Reiki to. The idea of distance Reiki can be a tricky thing for people to grasp since most of us have spent our entire lives believing only what we can see, hear, touch, taste, or smell. But there is a lot more to this world that what our five senses can perceive, and that includes the energy. Various forms of energy healing have been practiced for thousands of years. Essentially in sending you Reiki energy, I act as a conduit through which energy can be passed, so that your body is able to heal itself.
I have a lot to write yet about alternative therapies that have made my life better since the days when I was very ill from Lyme Disease. Suffice it to say for now that in my own experience, it has been alternative therapies that have helped me heal the most thoroughly, body, mind, and spirit. So, I am really excited that I can be a conduit for the healing energy of Reiki for others.
I am focusing my efforts on using distance Reiki on the people I work with, because not only is Reiki just as effective if done at a distance as it is in person, but that means that people already working around illness and/or multiple doctor’s appointments can receive Reiki in the comfort in their own home anywhere in the world! You don’t have to worry about fitting an appointment for Reiki with me in around your busy schedule. Though it can be beneficial to set up a time when you can relax and really allow yourself to receive the energy.
What can Reiki do for you?
Reiki is a very calming therapy known to help alleviate stress and anxiety, which are things that affect us all. The energy goes where it is needed by the person, animal, or thing (like plants for example) for their highest good. It has been shown to help with chronic pain, faster healing after surgeries, to help alleviate symptoms created by chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, cancer, skin problems, broken bones, fatigue, sore throat, flu, insomnia, and impotence, and can help make other therapies more effective. Reiki has been extensively studied and is showing up in hospitals as the health care industry begins to realize Reiki’s potential for aiding in healing without the side effects that many medications deliver. (See article about Reiki in Hospitals HERE.) With my background as a Registered Nurse on an oncology unit, when I first began this journey, I became very interested in how Reiki could be of benefit to those making the transition from this life. When I began to research, I found countless articles on the subject of using Reiki with hospice patients. (like the one HERE) Reiki can also help to raise our vibration during our awakening process. Reiki energy can remove blocks of energy in our bodies and can clear and strengthen our seven chakras, ie energy centers in our bodies. Reiki can also clear blocked energy in our auras which can prevent physical ailments before they even occur.
My Experience with Reiki
For myself, I have noticed that as I continue to practice Reiki on myself, I am able to fall asleep faster and sleep better at night. I also notice stress affecting me less than it used to. My mind is calmer. I have used Reiki to effectively relieve my own headaches. I have also noticed less blocked energy in my heart chakra which has opened me up to feeling more love for myself and others. My connection with my higher self has gotten a lot stronger, so my intuition and sense of trust in what I receive from it has been heightened. I find that it has also positively affected my throat chakra as I notice myself speaking up for myself more in situations where I would have remained quiet before. Recently, I used it prior to being out on a boat in the ocean all day to snorkel with whale sharks, because I am prone to seasickness even with medication, and was surprised to find that I never felt sick! In many ways, I believe that I was primarily guided to Reiki, so that I could use it to further heal myself.
Reiki energy always helps in some way, and never hurts because it is guided by spiritual consciousness which is always guiding us to our highest good. As the vessel through which the energy passes, I do not control where the energy goes once I pass it onto you, but can get a lot of information about where the energy is needed during the session. For instance, I can intuitively pick up on the fact that someone I am treating has a headache, or has had issues with a certain area of their body. I used distance Reiki to treat someone recently, and was able to pick up on the fact that they possibly had a headache, sinus congestion, and itchy eyes at time of our session. After the session, the person reported that I had been right, and that their headache, sinus congestion, and itchy eyes had gone away following their session.
I am very excited about Joy Coaching! It’s basically my version of life coaching. Through my life experiences, I have found that following our joy is what we are here to do. I know it sounds simple, but in this busy world, it is easy for us to stay so focused on our to-do lists, work life, and family life that we can forget what it is that even causes us joy. So, along with Reiki, I am also setting the intention to help people along their own journeys to live their lives with more joy. I encourage you to start thinking about and making a list of the things that bring you joy in life. I mean the things that make you feel childlike and most alive in the moment. If we all start doing things daily that bring us joy, we will collectively make the world more joyful! All we can control in life is our thoughts, our actions, and our response to what shows up for us. I hope to spread more joy while actively living my joy, and sharing my perspective on life and how to better handle the challenges that many of us face.
The intuitive, joyful guidance I can offer you is much more than just making a list. I have seen my unique perspective and guidance on a person’s life challenges take weight off of their shoulders and bring new life to their eyes. I once went to a workshop and in doing the exercises with the person beside me, I shared bits and pieces of my health journey as I offered my perspective on the chronic health issues that his wife was dealing with at the time. At the end of the workshop he told me that meeting and talking with me had made going to the workshop worth it. It was an eye-opening experience for me, and it gave me a larger glimpse of my soul’s purpose. I often experienced the same kind of responses from my patients in the hospital. Hearing such things as “that’s the best advice anyone has ever given me on this issue.”
I am very intuitive and have a way of knowing what information people need to hear when they need to hear it. I have been known to send people articles, book recommendations, and links to my blog posts that I just felt urged to share with them, and they have later told me that it was exactly what they needed to read at that time. Much of the time, after connecting with someone, I begin to say things that really resonate with them that they find helpful, and/or life affirming. As I have said before, we are all manifestations of the divine in human form. Often when I write here, I tap more into my higher self and that divine guidance than I do my mind. I choose to write posts as I am intuitively guided to do so, and I find that the words flow so freely through me that they do not feel like my own. I write as I go, and edit very little after a post is written.
It is my passion and soul’s purpose to share and use my past challenges to help guide others through theirs.
If you’re feeling the weight of challenges in your own life, or you just feel like you could use some intuitive, joyful guidance and healing…
Reach Out To Me for Distance Reiki Healing and Joy Coaching!
I love connecting with people, so please reach out at email@example.com and share your story with me and ask any questions!
I referenced definitions of Reiki as well as the ailments Reiki can help heal in part from the book called “Reiki: The Healing Touch First and Second Degree Manual by William Lee Rand in this post.