In the midst of our darkest moments, sometimes a single spark of light can lead us to the path of healing and self-discovery.
The year was 2011, a tumultuous time in my life when I discovered that my son had been struggling with an opioid addiction. As a parent, my heart ached for him, and I couldn’t help but be consumed with guilt. I questioned myself constantly: Where did I go wrong? What didn’t I do? Where didn’t I love or guide him enough? What more could I have done? The pain of knowing that my child was suffering so deeply that he turned to drugs for relief was unbearable.
I spiraled. I had thought that I had left behind the obsessive thoughts of worthlessness, but they resurfaced, lurking within me. Desperate for a way to redirect my thoughts and find peace, I turned to every practice I knew at the time, but to no avail. Hopelessness set in, and the darkness of depression loomed like a massive storm on the horizon.
Then, I remembered a conversation I’d had with a former co-worker who mentioned she had gone through Reiki training. Though I knew nothing of Reiki, something about that conversation resonated with me, urging me to seek out more information.
Given that this was long before the internet was brimming with information and even before the advent of OpenAI, I had to seek out my former co-worker, with whom I had lost touch. As fate would have it, there was an annual BBQ hosted by her sister-in-law, and I knew she would be in attendance. Intentionally, I went to the event in the hope of reconnecting.
As luck would have it, my former co-worker was there, and I was able to learn more about Reiki from her. Crucially, I found out who she had gone to for a Reiki session.
I promptly booked an appointment, and thus began my year-long journey of energy healing that would ultimately lead me to become a Reiki Master Teacher myself.
In Reiki, I discovered the tool that supported me through one of the most challenging times of my life. Reiki has an uncanny ability to meet you where you are and gently guide you in the direction you’re meant to go. Through Reiki, I was able to unblock energy within me that I had long suppressed. The traumas and dramas from my childhood, my dissolved marriage, and my perceived failure as a mother had all taken root within me, and Reiki helped release them.
I turned to Reiki because I felt like nothing else was working. If you’re in a place where you feel like nothing is working, I encourage you to give Reiki a try. It might be just what you need to set you free, or it could be the catalyst for a journey down a whole new path.
Reiki found me when I was at my lowest, and it became a beacon of light in my darkest hour. Through the practice of Reiki, I not only found solace and healing but also discovered my true purpose as a Reiki Master Teacher. I now have the privilege of helping others along their journey of self-discovery and healing.
Reiki is an extraordinary gift that has the power to transform lives – it certainly transformed mine. If you’re feeling lost or overwhelmed, remember that there is always hope, and sometimes, help can come from the most unexpected places. Allow yourself to be open to the possibilities, and you may just find that Reiki, or another transformative practice, will find you, too.
I teach Reiki online as well as offer sessions both online and in Madison WI. If you would like to see if Reiki is a tool for you, find my offerings here.