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Ivy, Reiki Master

I was pregnant with Ivy when I got my Medicine Reiki 3 attunement. I wasn't sure whether it would affect my baby or not, but I'd been waiting over a year for the class to be held, so I went ahead and took it. When my Reiki Master passed my attunement, he said he saw six Medicine Hoops. He saw this as three for me and three for the baby, and he felt that the baby had been attuned to the Master level as well.

Ivy does some very great reiki work. I can tell when she's just wanting to rub and be physical, and when she's actually channeling reiki. She gave me some awesome reiki for my stomach (and the baby...aw) this afternoon when I was feeling so sick. She was doing it over my bed sheet, and I was still blown away by how hot her hands got! She usually stays a bit chilly (kid won't wear socks and insists on sundresses even in winter), but this was some strikingly hot work this morning. It helped a lot. When I jumped up to go to the bathroom, I was suddenly lightheaded and actually fell. I should have sat and grounded first, but you know how it is when the bladder hits and someone's had their hands on your tummy...I hadn't realized how strong a dose I'd gotten in that little bit of time. She really amazes me sometimes.

Eden is attuned to level 1, and Josh is attuned to level 2. I can actually feel the difference between all three of them. It's really awesome.

I've been reading a new reiki book, as I'm trying to get back to my teaching. I just learned that Ivy shares a birthday with Usui Sensei, the founder of Reiki. That strikes me as very neat.

I've heard that some people are born with reiki if they've received an attunement in a past life. I wonder how many born Reiki Masters there are out there. I think there probably aren't a whole lot, at least right now. I look forward to Ivy getting old enough to participate in actual classes and learn the conscious methods. She has such a natural talent. It's very exciting to me to watch it blossom.


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Jan. 18th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
That's super awesome!

I'd totally like to get into Reiki... maybe when I have time and money for classes, heh. Not in the cards at the moment. :)

Which book are you reading? Could you recommend a good basic one?

Also, Ivy? SUPER cute. That's a great userpic.
Jan. 18th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That icon is so old. She's so much bigger now! I need a new one, obviously.

The book I'm reading now is Reiki: The Legacy of Dr. Usui. I've only just started it, but it is fairly interesting. It might be good for someone who is just interested in reiki, but I'm not sure yet. I might have to finish reading it before I could say.

To be honest, I haven't read a whole lot of reiki books. The one I've read and refer to most is probably Diane Stein's Essential Reiki, but I would not recommend that to a beginner at all. It reads as a manual for all three levels, and she really did a lot to break the whole secrecy issue that plagued reiki for a long time, but I think it would actually be counter productive for someone who hasn't had the classes yet. It's better to find a real teacher who can give you a real attunement, imo, than to try to self teach from her book. She comes from a very pagan background too, which I have no problem with, but she presents a lot of wiccan (I think she's wiccan; it's been a while since I read it. That's next on the docket) without differentiating which are her personal additions vs. what is reiki.

There are a lot of shorter "what is reiki" type of books which might be good. I've perused several in B&N but never actually bought and read any because that wasn't what I was looking for.

That said, I have a reiki tag here that you might find useful. :) I'm also returning to teaching and plan to do distance classes, so hope you'll keep me in mind if you can't find a local teacher.
Jan. 18th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
Laurel was born with the ability. She watched my mom demonstrate 'touch therapy' after a lecture on it for work and immediately came over and just... healed. She was 3. I swear her working on my back and neck is why I'm not disabled.
Jan. 18th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
That's so awesome! I've definitely decided to recruit the girls more to help with this back problem I'm having. I think most kids are natural healers if in an environment that nurtures it.
Jan. 19th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
I think you're right :) Anna can do a good bit, too, but needs guidance. Laurel has always been able to 'feel' where I hurt with 'hot spots' and just draw out the heat and energy blockages, reduce inflammation and make me mobile again. She's killer with migraines, too!
Jan. 19th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
Man, I'm not sure I'd get any enthusiasm for it here like I might have in Asheville, but I've always wanted to organize kids' classes and reiki shares. I think it would be so powerful!
Jan. 19th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
*nods* I can't find any around here, either.

Anna's a projecting empath and she seems able to project her aura in the same way and kind of .... insert and tweak ... my energies and aura with it. I'd love to help her figure that out more for healing (she tends to do it in a destructive way when upset) it would be really powerful.

Laurel seems to just kind of melt into my energies and let her own smooth and re-set mine (which is also how I do healing work) ... more attuning than tweaking, so to speak.

Kids are amazing! I can't wait to see what 'flavor' JT comes out with!
Jan. 19th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yikes. You should definitely consider finding or starting some kind of healing circle! I think a natural healer, but especially a child, who heals/projects with their own energy should be taught how to avoid draining themselves or inadvertently acting like an 'energy vampire' (I hate that term). I worry that I do that with Ivy sometimes. She's so calming to me, I'll want to cuddle while I'm all angry and upset, and I worry that she soaks that up sometimes. :/

I do think maybe reiki classes could help Anna, at least to be able to do healing while replenishing her own energies.

I wish I knew some good books on energy work for kids. I have looked for a lot but not found anything that I thought made sense. Maybe that's a market I need to fill! lol
Jan. 18th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
In massage school, I was working in the private room on a gentleman. I was doing my usual thing, and my form of energy work, and he starts to speak. "You're a Reiki master." and I kinda shrug. "No sir." He looks at me with a critical brow lifted. "I'm a Reiki teacher, I know another Master when I meet one, you ARE one." I just give him my smile. "What I do is Body Energy Work, I have never been trained, it just flows." he smiles. "But you have done it forever haven't you? "I nodded. "You were born with the gift, this is your calling, healing. But know this, You are a master, wether you know the symbology behind it or not, YOU ARE.." And he left and was very happy told the teachers that it was the best massage he'd gotten from a student or a professional alike.
Jan. 18th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
That's awesome. I definitely believe it. Once someone has been opened to the reiki energy in their life, they will always have the ability. That's what I was taught and have come to believe.

Josh saw the symbols when I gave him his level 1 attunement, and symbols aren't taught until level 2. Once they are part of you though, they're part of you. I view the symbols as training wheels. It helps people learn to differentiate between energies when they do energy work, but for people who are long familiar with energy work, they're not necessary. I use them a lot for habit and practice, but I can just as easily distance heal without the distance healing symbol, for instance.
Jan. 19th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
Can't count the number of times I've wanted to study. Just don't have the social support in my home. Hard to live with a person who doesn't understand that we are all just energy and part of a whole. This is very neat to know that Ivy has that kind of strength. You are a lucky mom.
Jan. 19th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Wanted to study reiki or energy work? The great thing about reiki is that it works whether someone believes in it or not. If you think healing is in your path, definitely check it out. I know my fams wasn't particularly into energy work (or birth, or most of my passions) until I started getting excited and doing work with it, but it's definitely changed the flow of our house for the better.
Jan. 20th, 2011 08:01 am (UTC)
I think my cat does some kind of energy healing! When he snuggles me I get warm pleasant healing feelings.

My mom has always been able to feel energy. She has a natural healing talent but no training and she seems to end up absorbing sometimes.

I need to get back on track with my reiki.
Jan. 25th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Sorry I've missed this comment. I think that animals and kids both have a lot of natural healing. Cats seem very reiki-inclined.

I've been working on getting back on track with my reiki too. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you out! You should try to get your mom interested in at least level 1. I've found that reiki attunements really help people with a natural ability be able to utilize their skills without picking up symptoms or using up their own energies.
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