I happened to be listening to my favourite band of all time, the Eagles, as I drove to Wick for my initiation into first degree Reiki last Saturday and Peaceful, Easy Feeling seems like a very appropriate song and post title as it is exactly what Reiki gave me.
|'As the setting sun set the sky alight' - Watercolour & Indian Ink postcard|
*Heads up - if you aren't interested in Reiki, you might want to skip to the links at the end!!*
I'm so very glad I went on the course. S had imagined it to be very new age with everyone wafting about wearing flowing robes and with flowers in their hair. While I guess it is quite a new age therapy, Reiki is something that everyone, who is open to it, can learn (and it's been around for hundreds of years at least so it's not that new). I made 4 new friends, the other 3 woman on the course with me and the Reiki Master, a very normal, down to earth woman of a similar age to me and there wasn't a kaftan or incense stick in sight.
It was held in the living room of a lovely old house with a roaring log fire and it was very much like sitting around chatting with old friends even though we'd only just met.
We each had three attunements during the course of the first day, which were pretty amazing and more than a little psychedelic. It's possible to feel energy as heat or cold, as tingles in your fingers or the top of your head and it's very possible to see all sorts of colours and images. Some folk might get very emotional during a Reiki attunement or even just a treatment, as it's all to do with clearing blockages in your energy. It's also possible not to feel or see anything at all but that doesn't mean it isn't working - everyone is different. Turns out I'm very visual (which, what with being an artist, is possibly no great surprise) and the colours and images I saw during the attunements and the subsequent treatments and self-treatments were pretty out there.
Following the initiation you go through a 21 day cleanse of sorts as your energies re-adjust to the new vibration (yes, it does sound a bit hippy-ish but there is no other way to describe it). We have to keep a journal for the 21 days to describe how we feel, our dreams, what happens when we practice Reiki, anything that seems different. It's possible to feel a bit ill or headache-y as your body goes through a sort of detox. So far, other than feeling a bit tired and being aware of a constant hum (I thought my tinnitus had reappeared!) which is apparently the energy, I've felt great. I've been doing a self-treatment every morning which has the bonus of calming the dogs right down too as they're in the room with me when I do it - unfortunately the calm doesn't last and Brodie still barks at fresh air once it's all over. It's a little like meditation and whatever the cynics might say about it, it's making me feel relaxed and I love the visuals I get when I do it.
I need to practice Reiki first degree for at least 6 months before moving on to the second degree but I definitely want to do it. I'm about to read a book on Reiki for animals so that I can practice on the animals in the shelter - if anyone needs help releasing energy blockages that are causing stress, it's them.
Anyway, if you've made it this far, I hope I haven't bored you but it really has opened my eyes (and my third eye!).
This is the second week of Summer of Colour and the colour combo voted for this week were orange and hot pink and, as you can see, I've stuck with the Big Skies, Little Planet illustrations for this week. Pop over to Kristin's blog or the Summer of Colour Facebook page to see everyone else's creations.