How I Was Introduced To ReikiWhen I was about 15, I spent a lot of time on AOL in the alternative health chats. It was there that I was introduced to Reiki, and 1st became interested in it. But my mom was kind of scared of it, because she wasn't sure what it was. When I was 23 I started a job as a corrections officer in a minimum security prison, and it was 3rd shift. After 50-60 hr weeks, in the long, dark winter nights, I was having physical and emotional pain. I made an appointment for myself to get a massage, and when I filled out all the paperwork my therapist asked if I wanted to include Reiki in my weekly treatments. I was excited, and said yes. I had never felt something so beautiful, so healing, loving, and wonderful before.
Then after I had been working at the prison for a few months, my shift command asked if I would like to learn the control room. I thought that sounded great, and went for it. The other CO there, while teaching me about the control room operations, found out about some of my problems. When I told him I was going for a weekly massage and Reiki, he lit up. He happened to be a Reiki Master. I was on light duty because I was going to have my gallbladder out, and he said that I should learn to self-heal during my time off. So he attuned me, taught me basic info about chakras and how to heal myself and ease my own pain. I was back to work in 13 days, albeit light duty, which only consisted of the control room. So he and I worked together and I learned about giving treatments for others.
Almost 5 years later, my husband had the opportunity to take Reiki I for free for his work (he works in a major local hospital which is open to non-traditional healing). He was able to get me in as well. It was great to be able to learn more and from a different Master.
Now, Reiki is a part of my daily life, and I hope to continue and earn my Master in due time.