Never to be the Same…How Reiki Changed My Life
by Sherri Hughes, Reiki Master
My life will never be the same for the gift of Reiki shared with me. In April of 2003, as a Marketing Consultant for a local health care center I hosted their open house and was in much expectation of the event as there were to be some very important business people to attend. I had a strong sense that I was to meet someone of significance there and discovered it to be a Reiki Master, Miss Kitty Fehr. Upon meeting Miss Kitty, I had an immediate sense of connection and shared with her many intimate details of my life including the fact that I had recently been very ill and diagnosed with cancer about two years prior and told that with this type of cancer most patients only live six months. I asked Miss Kitty for a Reiki Attunement to assist with my healing.
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. Reiki is administered by “laying on of hands” and techniques such as this have been practiced for thousands of years. Reiki is a very simple yet powerful technique that can be easily learned by anyone.
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of our energy and charges the disease with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.
Miss Kitty was hesitant to offer Reiki to me because of my illness since Reiki brings to the surface those aspects of our life where there are blocks or healing needed. She was not certain if the Reiki would bring more cancer to the surface or if my body would be able to handle the healing process. However, since I expressed a strong attraction to Reiki and needed real healing she scheduled my first Reiki Attunement June 2003, which allowed some time for my body to become stronger.
Reiki is either offered by a Reiki practitioner as a healing session or taught by a Reiki Master and you are given a Reiki Attunement where you are able to practice Reiki on your self and others. There is also the Master level, which permits you to give the Attunements and to teach others. There are three levels of Attunements with Reiki and with each level your energy becomes more powerful. Time is given between each attunement for the energy to be processed and healing to occur.
I received the level I Reiki Attunement from Miss Kitty and it was very thorough and cleansing and left me in amazement of the power of this energy work. I did the twenty-one day clearing as suggested and performed Reiki on myself during each day. I knew immediately that I was changed. My body felt lighter and my emotional and mental state was much more in balance. Life began to feel good for me after a long struggle. Mental, emotional and spiritual blockages can manifest in our physical form and that was what cancer was to me, a physical manifestation of a spiritual, mental and emotional illness. As the blockages began to be released and the energy flowed more freely not only was my body being healed I was being restored on many levels.
I also discovered more about what Reiki is and is not. Reiki is not a philosophy or religion and is available to all who wish to learn it. The word Reiki means universal life force energy and can promote healing and wholeness in every part of our lives and bring balance and harmony to body, mind and spirit. Accessing universal life force energy raises our vibration and level of consciousness for full creation of a healthy life. Anyone can become a Reiki channel by attunement by a Reiki Master. Reiki attunements open a person to the healing energy, and once the channel is open, that person will have access to Reiki for the rest of his or her life.
After the Reiki I Attunement, I had a biopsy July 2003 and mild to moderate cancer cells were present instead of the moderate to severe results as before. I was very pleased, very thankful for the improvement, and pleasantly surprised.
The Reiki Level II Attunement was in September 2003 and proved to be very thorough and complete. Afterwards, I experienced an emptiness that felt as though there was a complete clearing away of negative energy and emotions. Many blockages had been broken through and I was an empty vessel ready to be filled with God’s light instead of the pain and worries of the past. Again, I continued with the twenty-one day clearing as suggested by doing Reiki on myself everyday.
Level III Reiki Attunement was in November 2003 with much anticipation. I could feel and see the difference in my life with the first two attunements and knew that Level III would offer even more. There was a tremendous amount of emotional release and healing with the Reiki III attunement and a true sense of serenity and calmness came into my life. I received a clear message that the pain and suffering from the past was over and healed. In addition, every experience of my life up until that point was for a specific reason, which was to be of maximum service to God and to others through the understanding of my past and from the healing of the present.
In conjunction with Reiki, I had many other types of treatments including Chiropractic, Acupuncture, health supplements, Yoga, Hypno-Therapy and more. I feel that Reiki opened a clear energy channel, which released past blockages and allowed other healing modalities to be more effective. I am very thankful for the integrative health care providers that supported my recovery and journey to health.
Another biopsy performed at Duke in December 2003 came back negative! The first negative test results in three years! Was this just a coincidence with the Reiki attunements? I trust it was divine synchronicity and the healing power of Reiki provided a clearing and release of negative energy, which allowed the other treatments to assist in my healing. Life was certainly getting better.
Having a practice as a Life Coach and Certified Hypno-Therapist I use energy work as well with my clients for spiritual, emotional, mental and physical blockages. After Reiki I, II and III the energy that flowed through me was much stronger, more direct and assisted my clients in their healing quicker than before. I was becoming a clear channel for the Divine Reiki energy and it felt wonderful for my healing and for the healing of my clients. I have continued to use Reiki on my clients with many of them also receiving amazing results.
An additional Level III attunement followed in January 2004 and it was such a beautiful, loving experience. A true sense of knowing that all is well in my life came over me. Life was getting even better because I was getting healthier and stronger and also had a couple of Attunement boosters, which further clears the energy channel releasing any final resistance to the flow.
I then studied and prepared to be a Reiki Master in September of 2005 so I can share this wonderful gift of healing with others. Being a Reiki Master is something anyone can achieve though it seemed very significant for me. It gave me the opportunity to really share and teach others the gift of Reiki and to give back the healing that was so generously shared with me. I have found that receiving Reiki Attunements and now teaching Reiki to others has provided a deep sense of healing in my life on many levels including physical, mental, emotional, financial and social. My life today is truly a gift of abundance and joy as I work with others to give what was so generously given to me and I have so much today to look forward to.
It is said when the student is ready the teacher will appear and I was ready to live the type of life that God had intended for me. I am thankful for the divine meeting of my Reiki Master, her willingness to share unconditionally her gift and the healing power of Reiki energy. It has been life changing for me and I could even say life saving! My life will never be the same, and for that, I am eternally Great-ful!