Have You Ever Tried Reiki?

I have always been a very spiritual person and I am open to just about anything related to spirituality.

Several years ago, one of my friends was really into Reiki and she asked if I would go with her and try it out. I was hesitant at first because it was so unknown to me, but I also really wanted to have the experience.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese practice of healing using the transfer of energy from one person to another. It is said to reduce both mental and physical stress and can be used to help relieve pain.

The energy is derived spiritually and is said to be a type of universal healing. Anyone can learn to practice Reiki. There is energy within all living things, and we can use it to help heal each other.

My First Reiki Session

I was so excited; I drove to the holistic center and had a seat in the waiting area. Soon after, I was guided back into the room where the session was to take place. The reiki room was so beautiful! There were candles lit and the smell of essential oils present. There was a massage table and a bunch of cozy blankets on top.

The most beautiful music played softly in the background. I laid down on the massage table and the reiki practitioner sat on a stool by my head. She started cupping her hands around my face and I instantly became relaxed.

What I Felt 

As the session went on, she would move her cupped hands to different parts of my body, like my head, forehead, neck, shoulder area, etc. My body became almost flushed with heat, there was an incredible warmth that flooded through my body. I felt such peace and tranquility.

I felt every worry and every bit of stress melt away at this very moment. Between the heat, the music, and the essential oils, I felt like I was in Heaven, it was the most incredibly peaceful feeling. It’s almost like every part of me including my mind had relaxed leaving me in a state of bliss.

What surprised me was the practitioner wanted to show me just how powerful Reiki is. She put her hands underneath the light to show me how red they were. They were also very hot to the touch. As she said, “that’s the healing energy flowing through.”

After the Session

I felt like a brand-new person, I was so calm, and I just felt so at peace, almost as if I was in a trance. I just felt so free and full of life. I could tell a massive difference after my session.

I ended up booking a session with the Reiki practitioner whenever I was feeling very stressed or overwhelmed. I started going regularly because I was hooked on feeling such peace.

The Downsides

Although 100% worth it, in my opinion, Reiki is very expensive, at least where I live. You will also want to go to someone who is credentialled to practice this energy healing.

Another downside that I found is that the peaceful effects of Reiki lasted only a few hours to at most, the remainder of the day. It would be great if it could last longer! It may for other people, but for me, the effects were short-lived.

Do You Have Any Reiki Experiences?

Had I not had a friend that went often, I may have never even known about this practice. I feel it is not very common or even talked about much.

The results are different for everyone. Reiki is something that I highly suggest that anyone try if they are looking for energy balancing, or even wanting to help their mental or physical health. For me, it was a wonderful and unique experience!

The Fairy House

My sister and I are very close in age, growing up together was so much fun. We got into anything that we could, we had huge imaginations, and we were just very curious and mischievous.

We had a lot of interests and were always busy with some sort of creative play. We enjoyed video games and electronics also, but creative play was what we loved and what we played almost always. Recently, my sister and I were talking about childhood memories, and we let our minds wander.

We Recalled

Relaxing on the couch one summer, we came across a movie called Fairy Tale: A True Story that came out in 1997. Some of you may have heard of this movie, it was a true tale about the Cottingley Fairies from England.

We were fascinated with anything magical and mystical, so this movie was exactly what we wanted to see. Perhaps the biggest part was that this was based on a true story. Our imaginations went wild.

We sat through the movie and watched as the tale unfolded about a little group of fairies that lived in a garden in the woods in England. I remember it being just absolutely fascinating from start to finish. There is a scene in this movie of two little girls carrying a fairy house across the river. It reminded my sister and I of us. Our love and curiosity for fairies blossomed, we even found ourselves borderline obsessed after watching this amazing movie.

We Had a Great Idea!

My sister and I decided to make our own fairy house. We were beyond excited, we felt on top of the world at the thought of creating a fairy house and seeing if we could attract any fairies inside as the girls did in the movie.

My sister and I hopped onto our computer with a spiral notebook in hand and we started researching information on fairies, we took down any information that we could find. We wanted to know what they liked to eat, where they liked to live, and what attracted them. We were determined to witness a real-life fairy for ourselves.

Creating the House

We were very much into Barbie as young girls, so naturally, we had a lot of little mini pots and pans, food, and house accessories. We even went as far as going outside to collect fallen twigs from the ground and even some greenery, we wanted our fairy home to be as attractive and welcoming as possible. We got our mom’s hot glue craft gun and glued together all of the sticks to form the shape of a house.

Real food and water were the final touches that we added inside of the little house that we made and then we headed outside to put our new creation behind a large oak tree that was in our backyard. The perfect place we thought.

Waiting Patiently

Every day, multiple times a day, my sister and I would step outside and tiptoe over to the tall oak tree to check on our little house and see if there was any evidence of any visitors. The only visitors that we saw were insects. Days passed and then weeks and we started to lose hope that we were going to catch a fairy like the girls in the movie did.

As you might have already guessed, we never had a fairy visit the little home that we made, and then surprisingly years and years later it was revealed that the movie was a hoax, the title claims that the movie was based on a true story, but in fact, it was nothing more than a fabrication. We were very bummed to hear this, but being older at the time of the discovery, we had doubts about the existence of fairies at this point.

It Was Worth the Memory

Hearing this type of news didn’t take away the fun of this memory, it is something that neither my sister nor I will ever forget. The joy that we felt researching fairies and the extreme excitement that we felt making a house for them will live in. The curiosity of something this magical and the passion that we had behind making this house is something that will always remain a cherished childhood memory.

Important Life Reminder

Take time to explore the many interesting and hidden treasures in life. Find something that you are so interested in that you want to dive deep into it and fully submerge yourself, find something that sets your heart and soul on fire and gives you the drive to pursue your interests and dreams.

Summons your inner child who still believes in magic and find a topic that you are so interested in that you feel like you have been transported into another dimension as you learn about it. Let it take you away, let it make you feel lost in a good way, let it make your world filled with awe and wonder!

No One is Watching

How many of you have gotten a bad haircut, had a blemish, fell down the stairs, or ended up spilling something on your shirt and felt like the whole world was watching?

I want to tell you that they probably aren’t! Any of the above situations is enough to cause anxiety on its own, but when you have a feeling that everyone is looking, watching, and noticing your every move, mistake, or flaw, it can be very overwhelming.

The Spotlight Effect

There is a term in Psychology known as The Spotlight Effect. This term is a description of how individuals feel that they are constantly on center stage and that everyone is noticing everything going on with them.

We start to feel anxiety, worry, and sometimes paranoia because we feel like we are in the spotlight and all eyes are on us.

In reality, most people are not watching. Most people will not notice the haircut that you do not like, most people will not notice the stain on your shirt. Most people are so involved with what is going on with them and their surroundings that things like this are not as obvious as they seem to us.

We know everything about ourselves, we know our flaws and all. Maybe someone is self-conscious about a scar that they have. They see it every day, they know it like the back of their hand, so they feel that because they are aware of it, so is everyone else. This is not the case!

Think About a Time

Think about a time when you felt self-conscious about something, you probably felt like all eyes were on you. It probably made you feel anxious to some degree. You may have even mentioned it to a friend or colleague.

If you did mention it, what response did you get? Most likely the other person said, “I didn’t notice!” Then we wish that we never said anything because we drew attention to something that no one even realized.

The Saying Goes

We have been told over and over not to worry about what other people think. It is hard to live by this, because I feel like many people, myself included, do constantly worry about what people think of them. We all have a dire need to feel love, acceptance, and respect.

Life really is so much easier when you go about it with a smile on your face and not worrying about what others think. As you can see with The Spotlight Effect, not everyone is truly watching like we think they are!

I Am Me; You Are You

We all know how much of an impact our thoughts and words have on us. They can make or break us, and they have the power to influence our feelings. I made an observation yesterday that I have noticed others doing, even myself!

Have you ever noticed that when we are talking, we tend to use the word “you” when talking about ourselves? I do this all the time without realizing it, but yesterday I caught myself and made some interesting observations about it.

What I Said

I was feeling upset and angry about something that happened yesterday and I was talking with my neighbor about it. Referring to my rough day, I told my neighbor, “It makes you feel so lost.” 

I used the word “you,” but I didn’t mean you as in my neighbor that I was talking to, I meant you as in me. Confusing, right!? I have observed this way of talking many times, but never placed much thought into it until now.

How It Feels

When we use “you” to describe ourselves, it feels as if we are almost distancing ourselves from that feeling. It’s as if we are not taking ownership of our thoughts and feelings and we are using the word “you” to keep the feeling separate from us.

Some people may use the word “you” about themselves purely out of habit, and some might use it as a way of subconsciously pushing the emotion away from themselves.

The Power of Using “I” or “Me”

Just out of curiosity, for the remainder of the day, I was careful about referring to myself as anything other than “I” or “me.” When I was sharing any of my feelings, I noticed that it felt like I was sharing a piece of myself versus just casually talking about a feeling. It felt powerful and it felt like I was owning my feelings.

Expressing emotions is an even bigger relief as I felt that I was truly expressing myself by referring to myself in the right language context. I know that this sounds funny, but words do hold so much power. The slightest change to a word can bring about a whole new feeling and meaning.

We Don’t Realize

As we go about our busy lives, sometimes we don’t realize our habitual way of talking, we don’t realize what a difference it makes to change our verbiage and how much our word choices affect us.

Imagine you and Friend A are talking, and they come up to you and say, “days like this make you feel so helpless, it’s like you don’t even know who you are anymore.” You will still be able to offer your friend sympathy of course, but taking the personal context out of the sentence, creates distance between you and the other person.

Now imagine Friend B saying this: “days like this make me feel so helpless, it’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore.” Which friend do you feel a stronger connection with? Which friend do you feel more empathy towards?

Try it Out

Think about the individuals that you are speaking to as well, they will feel more connected to you when you are speaking directly from your heart, words and all. As you go about your day today, try to see what an impact certain words have on your communication and your overall mood.

The words we choose and how we say them have so much importance to us and to those that we communicate with. The smallest word can have a profound difference in what you are trying to say and how others will relate to you. Never underestimate the power of words!

Are You an Earth Angel?

Have you heard of the term Earth Angel? It is a belief that someone is put on this earth to help and guide others. They are in human form; however, they have a great mission to help spread love and hope to others.

By nature, I am a very compassionate person that loves to make other people smile and make them happy. I want to spread positivity and hope to other individuals because I know how hard life is without each of these things. I enjoy lifting people up and offering a helping hand. This is just part of my personality; however, a term was thrown at me a few times that I had previously never heard of, and it had me wondering.

I Became Curious
I am definitely a believer in the afterlife, angels, ghosts, you name it. I have quite a lot of experience with the paranormal and connections with other realms. Over the last several years I have been approached by people that I know as well as complete strangers about the possibility of being an Earth Angel. I thought to myself “what is this? I am definitely not an “angel” though I see myself as a good person overall.” I then asked more questions, and I was told that I have a certain aura surrounding me. Again, I am not familiar with much of this, but it fascinates me, nonetheless.

Curious about the idea of Earth Angels I asked what sort of traits they tend to possess, and I learned the following.

Earth Angels tend to be:

  • Drawn to mystical things
  • Empathetic and sensitive
  • Feeling like they are out of place, or like they don’t belong
  • Very intuitive
  • Loving and caring and want to heal others
  • Drawn to helping others, you feel it’s your duty
  • Feeling emotions very deeply and heavily
  • Very upset in negative situations

Question For You

Can you relate to any of the above? I believe that we are all angels in some way. Each day, we spread a little love and light to others that cross our paths. We uplift, encourage, support, and motivate other people to be the best that they can be. Every kind word and kind gesture has the power to help change the world!