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My Reiki Roots

When I found out I was pregnant with Eden, I really had a moment of surrender. Our car was broken down, I'd just lost my job, and we were on the verge of losing our house. I turned to God, and I said, "Lord, please, please help me. I've tried so hard. Please, just help a bit."

It's one of the few times in my life that I have heard a very distinct answer. I heard, "You're right. You can't try to do it all yourself; you need a spiritual community. Go to Unity."

That was Friday, and that Sunday I went to the local Unity Center. Though the building had moved, I'd visited them once with my mom long ago, when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I showed up that Sunday, and was immediately made welcome. I also asked to be put on the prayer list, and within a week, we had all the money we needed to save our home.

I was always of the opinion that church didn't matter that much, so long as you were faithful in your personal worship. Now I realize that different things will call to you depending on where you are on your path. When I started going to church again (and I grew up Methodist, which didn't quite jive with me), I really started to thrive. I quickly became involved at Unity - I taught Sunday School for the Uniteens (who loved me, and it was so fun!), I participated in the inaugural Chaplaincy program, and I was voted onto the Board after my first year (I was also our church's youngest board member ever).

It was at Unity, and through the Chaplaincy program, that I met my Reiki Master. He was a long-time member of the church. I'd heard of Reiki but didn't quite know what it was. I was full of questions, which he obligingly answered. I was very drawn to it, but I was still struggling and didn't have the tuition money for a class. He offered me scholarships for Reiki I and II, and I bought a coupon from the church auction for my Reiki III. All together, I paid very little for this wonderful, life-changing experience.

My Reiki Master, K'Sitew, began his Reiki path long ago. He was attuned to Traditional/Usui Reiki, if I'm not mistaken. He then spent 20 years living with the Cree up in Canada. His path is his own to tell, but sometime after he returned to the western world, K'Sitew was gifted with the knowledge of Medicine Reiki, a blending of his Reiki and Native American energies. It is also called Hoop Reiki, from the Medicine Hoops that are incorporated into the practice.

I've always intuited in light and color, and I'd been doing my own personal energy work since I was a child. When I received my Reiki I in March of 2004, I immediately noticed an increase in the power of the energy. I began intuiting much more clearly, and the energies were much stronger. I also noticed that my meditations became more clearly focused, and I was sometimes having actual visions. Though distance healing is not taught until Reiki II, I had always sent love and light to my friends and family, and I noticed that the power of this seemed more effective as well.

I had my Reiki II two months later, in May, and by now I was using Reiki in all aspects of my life. I would send Reiki ahead to myself in job interviews and client meetings, to help me stay focused and 'put my best foot forward'. I landed my dream job this way, through prayer and Reiki. I began nightly distance healings, and I consciously used Reiki through my second pregnancy. I also did a lot of work for my uncle, who was battling cancer. (He won.)

I received my Master attunement in February of 2005. I'd had to wait until there was enough interest in the class, although I wanted to take it sooner. I questioned whether or not to take it when it was offered, though, since I was pregnant at the time. I'd been wanting to for so long, though, that I figured it was all happening in it's proper time. I wondered if my unborn child would be attuned, but figured that was her path if this was when the class was finally offered. I took the class and thoroughly enjoyed it, and K'Sitew told me afterwards that he had seen four medicine hoops - which he interpreted to be one for my Master Attunement, and three for Reiki I, II, and III for the baby.

After my Master attunement, my life took a definite turn towards earth energies. K'Sitew did not teach us any of the Cree ways, because as he said, he is not a culture-bearer. He did encourage us to explore earth energies in our own way. While this path did not open to me with my I and II attunements, it certainly did after I received my III.

Within a week of my attunement, three different friends recommended Sandra Ingerman's Shamanic Journeying: A Beginners Guide. I've really been enjoying my work with this book (and CD), and I've had some wonderful experiences that I plan to begin chronicling here.

K'Sitew also held a totem ceremony for me, where I met several critters, but learned that Wolf was my personal totem for now. I'll admit that I was skeptical, because it seems everyone has a Wolf totem. ~ LOL ~ Perhaps he just keeps busy. I've done Google searches on it, but I'm not entirely sure which Wolf is my totem. The Wolf I met kept changing, shape-shifting, and he would go from black to grey to silver to white, even changing size. I've come to think of him as a Spirit Wolf.

In doing some journeys to talk to Wolf, I also met a couple of my Reiki guides. I was very excited, because I'd been trying to meet them for a while. I guess the time was not right. I'll share that experience another time.

I've been doing a lot of Reiki work lately, and I'm feeling more and more pulled to begin Teaching. Especially now that my sister has broken her hip again, and she and some of her friends have asked for Reiki I attunements. I'm hurrying to complete my Gift to my Reiki Master. Well, ok, not hurrying, as that only messes me up every time. ~ LOL ~ I'm very lucky that he has an indian sense of timing. I'm almost done, finally, but I am still waiting for a few things to find their way to me. Once my circle is completed by Gifting for my wonderful Reiki attunements, I'll be ready to hold my first Reiki I class. I'm lending a lot of energy to finding the perfect, right objects to complete my gift, and I'm hoping that it will be done by my birthday, which is next month.

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flamespirit
Apr. 5th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
I loved reading this! Thanks for sharing. At some point I must write about my latest Shamanic experiences. I have been doing some Advanced Shamanic courses in the Michael Harner tradition and been having a totally cool time :-) I'm sure you'd relate.
ahavah
Apr. 5th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
I'm so glad to know you enjoyed it. I've been meaning to post this for some time now.

I'd definitely be interested in reading more about your experiences. I'm still new to it, and S. Ingerman's book is the only thing I've been doing yet. I don't do it as often as I'd like, but that's one of my goals. I'm so bad, though. My only time to do them is after the kids are asleep, and afterwards I'm usually so tired that I go to bed without writing them out! I'm working on that now, though.

I hope you will share more. This is definitely something I'm being pulled to.
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inanmak
Apr. 5th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
forgive me for not finishing reading the entry yet but when I read Medicine Reiki it was like I poked a fork in the electrical outlet. Just after I had 'signed up' on your friends list I went surfing around the net for reiki sites and stumbled into this http://www.medicinereiki.com I found it fascinating, familiar and I thought fairly unknown. Hmmmm, now I wonder if the Universe is telling me something? ;)

Back to the rest of your entry.....

*hugs*
ahavah
Apr. 5th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
I truly believe in the synchronicity of the universe. Perhaps you'd be interested in joining the Medicine Reiki yahoo group?

Glad to know you got something from this entry! Thank you, Spirit, for working through me!

;)
belou_luna
Apr. 5th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
I'll have to check out Sandra's book.
ahavah
Apr. 5th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
It's great. I really like the CD that comes with it. It has three different drum tracks to use. She gives a lot of good exercises in the book, and I've been contemplating just working my way through them all. :)
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ahavah
Apr. 5th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
I hope you find a great spiritual family there! I'm sure you will. We always seem to be exactly where we need to be.

Although if not, you've still got me friended, and I love our spiritual discussions! And one of my goals is to begin offerring distance attunements, so.... :P
raynemoonfyre
Apr. 5th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
I also have a wolf guide but have a dragon as well. I currently have a tattoo of the double dragons on my back and will eventually get the wolf to watch my front. I hope to be able to get my master/teacher this year we will see how money plays out.

Dawn
ahavah
Apr. 5th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, it would be great to have a dragon guide! I'd love to hear more about that.

Let me know when you get your Master attunement. I'd love to add you to my RM filter if you're willing.
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snagglepat
Apr. 6th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for this. It's really good to read of others journeys on their paths.

In the last few years my path has taken an increasingly Shamanic bent, much more so since I met Vixen, my Shamanic teacher and mentor, and began my initiation into Shuvani and Romani Drom traditions.

By the way, I have no Wolf totem, at least, I haven't met one yet. ;) My most powerful and consistent animal guide is the Raven. Four or five years ago he instructed me to mark his image on my skin, and the tattoo in this icon is the result. Since I had it done he's been with me on every journey I've made.

I look forward to talking/reading/writing with you more about such things. :)
ahavah
Apr. 6th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'm so enjoying learning how many of my new friends' paths criss-cross my own! I'll admit that I don't know anything about different Shamanic traditions. All I know so far is what I picked up from S.I's book, but I hope to learn more.

No Wolf totem - but the funny thing is that my good online friend who was the First to recommend S.I's book - we did a distance journey together and I met her guide, who appears in the form of a Raven. ;)

I love that tattoo! Where do you have that? I thought it looked like a rather personal place to begin with (yipes!) but Josh is saying I'm just seeing the tail wrong. LOL I love the design, though. I would listen if my totem wanted me marked, but I have to admit that I would not relish having an actual Wolf tattooed on me. If it was a more abstract design, though, I would like it more. I have some turtles already.

I'll also look forward to talking with you more about these things! I'm jusr totally loving how much we seem to have in common. I wish you weren't so far away!
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wurdz
Apr. 6th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
Very Nice
Thouroughly enjoyed reading your story. You know, maybe you ought to write a book.....something to think about anyway.

I am anxious to hear of meeting 2 of your Reiki Guides! And though I belong to wayyyy toooo many yahoo groups I'll take that link too! As soon as you mentioned Medicine Reiki & K'Sitew I instantly recognized that I have spoken with you before about this particular Reiki on a group in LJ...You gave me his link and I remember thinking/feeling like this was my next class coming...well it didn't happen but maybe it still is to come...as I too believe coincidence is a word made up by humans to explain the as yet was unexplained...I explain it by calling it nudges in the right direction ;)

^Namaste, Moon
ahavah
Apr. 6th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Very Nice
Thank you so much, wurdz! Actually, it's been a life's dream of mine to write books! Your comment made my day. :) I do hope to eventually write Reiki & spiritual books as well, and I'm especially hoping to tackle the topic of Reiki & birth.

I'll be happy to share my experience of meeting my guides. I wanted to for so long, but I waited until they were ready to appear to me! My mom is actually a channeller, and I have met my spirit guide/guardian angel through her channellings. But meeting my Reiki guides was something I wanted to do on my own. I had no luck in my meditations until I received my Master attunement, which discouraged me a bit. K'Sitew encouraged us to meet and work with our Reiki Guides in his Reiki I class. :P At first I really wondered why I was not succeeding, because I usually have fairly vivid meditations. But when I realized 'All in Good Time', I sort of new that I would meet them after my Reiki III. I suppose it was a lesson in patience. ;)

The Medicine Reiki group is a really great community, and it does stay pretty active. I'm sure you'd enjoy it. They also do monthly Hoop Blessings & attunements. I am waiting to continue until I have finished my gifting with K'Sitew, but I will continue that on my RM filter because it is secret. :)

Of course, if you don't have time to get fully involved with that yahoo group (which is pretty active), you can always feel free to come along with me and take my distance attunement course when you're ready. I will need guinea pigs to run it by first, and you could give feedback on how to teach! :) But if you join up on yahoo, I'd love to see you there too. I get what I call 'Universal Nudges' all the time!
wurdz
Apr. 10th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing how you met your Guides. It's always interesting to me to read or hear of others experiences.

I have joined the group. Very active group it is!

I would love to be one of your ginea pigs!!! Just let me know what I have to do...you can privately mail me at primarymail@hotmail.com if you want5 to talk more about this.

^Namaste, Moon
ahavah
Apr. 10th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Great! I can't wait to see you there. I'll definitely let you know when I'm ready to try distance courses.
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