How I came to Reiki...My Journey

How I came to Reiki...

I've always been an intuitive person. Always able to anticipate others needs, lend a helping hand whenever needed without needing to be asked. I have the ability to walk into a room and zero in on the people who might be feeling a little alone or uncertain or maybe just could use a hug. 

The Enneagram:

I identify primarily as a Type Two ( The Helper) using the Enneagram. I mention the Enneagram because when I took Part 1 Training with the Enneagram Institute I had some energetic experiences. I connected deeply to people. I felt pulled to others. I felt energy light up around me and I was left unsure of how to process all of that. This wasn't what I was there to learn but when I unlocked a knowing and understand of myself and why I do the things I do...and then how to get out of that locked pattern...something opened up. 

 I had a conversation with my Mom, Nan Henson of EnneagramAtlanta, who is in practice as an Enneagram Coach at the Atlanta Center for Wellness. She simply said the word Reiki and I knew I had to find out more. 

Enter Reiki:

I found a class that was being held shortly after I searched for Reiki and I was lead to my amazing Reiki Master, teacher and now my friend Michal Spiegelman. After attending Level 1 and being attuned to Reiki my life changed.

Adoption:

At the time my husband and I were a waiting family to adopt an infant. After many years of infertility and all that comes with it I was in a place of grief, of longing, of anger and also of openness. After I began my Reiki training I knew I would continue until I reached Master level. Never had I experienced something so tangible that left me deeply relaxed, able to accept what will be and filled with so much gratitude for my entire journey. Reiki and God did that. I used Reiki as a daily spiritual practice and I still do to this day. 

Three months after completing Level 1 Reiki, my son was born. It was a beautiful experience and he is mine and I am his. What learning the practice of Reiki did for me was to allow myself to let go. To Let Go of the grip that I held so tightly to Motherhood. To bring in more gratitude for what I did have. To practice daily...to lay everything down and just be here now...in this breath...in this one moment. 

My hope for you is that you too will experience Reiki in the same way. That Reiki is Now. That we can come back to Reiki and to the breath and to our hearts at anytime and begin again. Reiki is just that...A Practice in gratitude. One that I am forever grateful for. 

With Love,

Jillian

You are invited to the Table

Summer is a time to be around Family and Friends. A time to spend at home relaxing or outside doing our favorite things. It is a time of reconnecting with the people who we love the most and who love us back.

I recently found myself at my childhood home...with my brand new massage table...

surrounded by family...

and some of them still don't really know what Reiki is. So, of course I invited them to the table. I've been slow to come to my public practice of Reiki in order to guard and keep what is one of the most sacred parts of my life just that...sacred. When something makes you feel the way you want to feel every time you do it...you want to keep it that way. What I've come to know lately is that I am literally being propelled forward into a Public format of speaking, giving and teaching others about Reiki. 

Sure, I've talked about it for years as something I do, something I do for friends and family but now, I'm being pushed. I'm so excited. I am. I feel ready. I've taken my time. I've paid my dues. I've practiced and practiced and practiced and I will never stop. I've started speaking more boldly about what I do and what I believe to be a way to connect to the Sacredness of Life. 

Back to the story...

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I found myself inviting them to the table...the Reiki Table and the most beautiful thing happened. One by one...they all climbed on and let me give them mini treatments. The Reiki flowed and while not every one had a deeply relaxing experience (especially with children around) everyone came to the table and either got Reiki or found out what it was and what a session looked like.  

My nieces and nephews all took turns laying down and getting Reiki. We talked about what I do and I showed them how I do it. We talked about how connected I feel to God and to the Universe when someone comes to the Table. We expressed gratitude to Reiki and to themselves and their bodies. We said beautiful words of affirmation over them and everyone supported me. 

I left that day feeling filled up with so much love. Validated & Grateful to my family who let me show them what I do.  

Reiki is a spiritual practice for me every time...

Reiki fills me with Love every time...

Reiki makes me grateful every time...

 

I am reminded of the Reiki Ideals as I learned them: 

 

Just for Today, Do Not Worry,

Just for Today, Do Not Anger,

Honor your Parents, your Teachers, your Neighbors, your Friends.

Just for Today, Live Honestly.

Just for Today, Be Kind to ALL Living things. 

 

And Everyday...You are invited to the Table.

 

With Light and Love,

Jillian