"Healing doesn't mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives."
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a natural system of stress reduction, relaxation, and healing. Discovered in Japan by Mikao Usui during meditation, Reiki uses "life force energy" (also referred to as "Qi" or "Chi") to promote these positive benefits in the body.
One can practice Reiki in person through "laying on hands" or at a distance. Regardless of how it is performed, Reiki is safe and easy to use. When training to become a Reiki practitioner, one is "attuned" to the energy and the techniques necessary to use Reiki.
The initial level I training acquaints one to Reiki and enables them to use the energy on themselves and others in person. Level II extends the training to include distance work and other tools for using this energy. Level III, the final course, trains one as a Reiki Master and Teacher.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May you live with ease.
~ Metta Meditation
My Reiki Story
I took my first Reiki class in early 2013, followed by Reiki II in 2014. I have been a traditional Usui Reiki Master Teacher since 2017. Like many Reiki practitioners, Reiki is one of the many techniques I use in my work. However, I believe that Reiki is an excellent introduction for anyone interested in pursuing energy work and healing. It is so easy to learn and use -- you literally can't mess it up!
The past decade has brought tremendous shifts in the availability of techniques such as Reiki for the general public. Once reserved for those few with plenty of money to spend (to the tune of $10,000 for Reiki Master/Teacher training), Reiki is more widely available -- and increasingly more recognized for its benefits -- than ever before. Anyone can benefit from learning Reiki, and everyone who learns Reiki has a unique opportunity to "give back" by helping others...and the planet. It is my pleasure and privilege to offer Reiki courses in the Appalachian mountains.
My teaching activities don't stop with Reiki: I am also a full-time Spanish teacher and have also taught university-level courses. I have several published books, including a Reiki book for kids (Mikao's Journey).
In addition to my teaching and Reiki work, I am a certified aromatherapist, avid dowser, New Thought minister, and a certified metaphysical practitioner. (See a summary of my credentials here.) I am a vegetarian / all-around animal lover and love to travel, read, and write.
Just for today, I will live peacefully.
Just for today, I will let go of worry.
Just for today, I will be grateful.
Just for today, I will be kind to all beings.
Just for today, I will be honest.
~ The Five Reiki Principles