Depression and Reiki

I often have clients with depression as part of why they are coming to me. So my understanding of depression is that you are worrying about the past. About what you no longer can change. Yes there are some chemical imbalances that do cause depression. With reiki being energy it goes where it needs to go. So it can help your heal your past, present, and future. Reiki healing sessions help you relax into the here and now. Then from there you can work through the problems or events that you are remembering or are depressed over.

I create a safe space for all my reiki clients no matter what you are going through. I had a client that was depressed over her marriage coming to an end. I reminded her that she is safe and there is no judgement in the space. I told her to give everything voice to clear it out and to release that pent up emotions. She was emotional and talked the hole sesion. I listened and continued to do reiki. I call this talk therapy and I use it often in my reiki practice. She told me after that she felt lighter and more at peace with her decision to leave her abusive husband. She comes back every now and then for rreiki sessions.

Each person experiences reiki differently. So what you get out of it is uniquely your own experience.

How I came to find Reiki

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I was an empathic healer, meaning I would feel other’s pain and dis-ease and I would pull it off/out of them and into myself. I did this naturally and I didn’t know how to let that sickness or dis-ease go. So I was sick growing up. I was about 13 when I started looking for other ways to do healing that wouldn’t leave me sick or weakened. I looking into Shamanic healing and did a lot of meditations and vision quests with that but could not fully commit to that even though I wanted to, I just had no way to find a Shaman teacher at the age of 13.  It took me till I was 16 before I even heard of reiki. I looked for Reiki teachers and found many overpriced. I was 16, and I didn’t have the kind of money that the teachers wanted me to pay. $1,000 per level was a lot of money and to me still is kind of outrageous.

So what was I to do? I looked online for anything on reiki. Found a lot of information but nothing that told me how to draw the reiki symbols or do the reiki attunements. It took me 4 years before I found a reiki manual that I was able to download for free that had everything I needed and more. So I was 20 years old when I did my self-attunements. I did not at the time know that this was taboo in the reiki community. I found out that the following weeks. I wanted to share my success with others so I talked to people. I was asked to prove myself countless times just because I didn’t have lineage or a Reiki Master Teacher that trained me. I am a witch and I understood that reiki is universal life energies and that is what I use when I practice my magic. How is it different then using it to help people heal? Alias, this lack of lineage plagued me for 15 years. I was also told that I was stronger in reiki energies then any others that are even Reiki Masters. I would just say that it was because I didn’t have a teacher telling I can only channel this amount of energy or put a limit on what I can do. So over those 15 years I was told I was good enough for me to give them healing but was not good enough to pay. I took this as a chance to build my reiki skills and reiki practice. I then I received my formal training in 2016 in Wheaton Illinois. I continued my studies into Reiki to the Reiki Grand Master levels and other reiki/energies systems that I offer on here.

Anxiety and Reiki

I find that a lot of my reiki clients come to me with anxiety, seeking a way to cope without medication. I must say this; I will never tell you to not take something your doctor prescribes to you or to stop consulting your professional medical doctors. I am not a Doctor nor will I claim to be one and if you go to any reiki practitioner that claims such you should ask lots of questions and want to see proof of their doctorate. So with that said I want to start by talking about what anxiety is so that you have a better understanding of it.

What is anxiety? According to medical definitions it is a mental dis-order that lead to excessive nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry. What my interpenetration is that you are worrying about what is to come or the future. It is: the what could be’s, the what if’s, and worrying about the things that are out of your control.  I know that even talking about all this can cause one to have anxiety so let me remind you that you are safe and you are OK and focus on the here and now. Having anxiety is normal human emotion. Having constant anxiety is where it affects your health. It triggers your fight of flight response. When you are in that fight or flight mood your body sends all of its energy to your limbs and shuts down your digestive system and torso area. So staying in that mood for prolonged time, you then start to see other issues like ulcers.

So, how can reiki help with anxiety? Well first reiki is an energy that helps one to relax. It helps you be in the here and now. I have been told that reiki feels like a weight is being lifted off their chest. I have seen someone with severe anxiety come to me, looking like they are deflated. Almost like they have collapsed in on themselves, they were so hunched over that it was painful to see. After one reiki session my client could stand/sit up straighter than they have in years. She also told me that she could actually take a full deep breath and that she felt lighter in heart. She came back for weekly sessions for 6 months. To date she has reported that she has had only a few moments of where she felt her anxiety surface but she was able to manage it quickly. She comes to see me every so often just as something for her to do as part of her new self-care habits.

The energies of reiki are so gentle and loving that it encourages you to relax into it and just let it do what it needs to do. It is hard to resist that beautiful gift that you can’t help but to do as the energies ask of you and trust it and relax.

Benefits of Reiki

Reiki works on all levels of the mind, body, and spiritual. It works on the past, present, and future. It does not follow linear time, because it is energy and can go where it is needed. Reiki is universal life force energy, Chi, Prana, or Mana. It helps one to reach a relaxed state of being in order for you to begin to heal yourself.  There is a quote that I love, “The soul usually knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” –Caroline Myss- This is what reiki helps with.

I have had clients report the effects of reiki as reduction in trauma, anxiety, and stress. It can relieve depression, balances the energy systems, improve sleep, and even helps with pain management. Some have told me that they have more self-esteem, mental clarity and stronger intuition. Reiki can even helps with PTSD, chemotherapy and other medical drug treatment side effects. It promotes self-love, self-care, and healthy life choices. One client had childhood trauma that she needed to work through forgiving the one who caused the pain and herself for allowing it to happen. Reiki and a bit of talk therapy helped her move to forgiveness of everyone including herself. She later told me that she has found an inner peace that she has never known in her whole life and tearfully thanked me for the reiki session that I had given her.

Another client who was a vet with PTSD came to me seeking help. He use to drink to drowned and forget everything he had seen in his time in service. He was angry most of the time and was going through a divorce and some legal problems.  Due to all of that he could no longer drown his problems. He asked me to work with him to find a different way to cope. I gave him one reiki treatment and he was hooked. He wanted to learn how I do what I do. So he became one of my students. He has learned about how having a reiki self-practice can help with even more then he originally had wanted to treat.

So whether you have some health issue or are just in need of some relaxation, the benefits of reiki are endless.