Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Peaceful, Easy Feeling...

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. 

29 comments:

  1. those colors make for such a happy landscape Nic! I'm def. interested in hearing how your Reiki course comes along. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. No, I find it very interesting and I too would want to try it. Love the idea of the book for animals as well ;) Beautiful piece this week, your SOC collection is going to be gorgeous, xoxo

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  3. Cute little scene and great use of the SOC colors for this week!

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  4. Beautiful landscape and the Reiki course sounds fascinating. I wonder what you will be feeling on Day 21. Please share.

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  5. Hi Nic, I am enjoying learning about your Reiki experience. I have two friends who told me a little about it but have little knowledge other than that. I hope that you will keep us informed as to how it is going. It is really interesting to me.

    I love your Big Skies, Little Planet series. It is really pretty in hot pink and orange. I agree that your SOC collection will be gorgeous. I really like the back story as well.

    I'm glad that Scotland is bringing all types of new experiences and opportunities for you. What is really great is that you are taking advantage of all that the universe is sending your way. Hope you have a wonderful week and that Brodie stops barking just for a minute or two at the fresh air. That made me laugh because Chloe, our Bichon, does the same thing.

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  6. your SOC piece is very pretty. My son is very into Reiki.

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  7. Hi Nic. Sounds like a great course. After looking into it, I downloaded from Amazon the Reiki book. Haven't started on it yet, but looking forward to learning about it. Love your piece for SOC. I always love your little houses.

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  8. Glad you are enjoying your Reiki sessions, never heard of these before. Love your SOC piece!

    http://www.cmlk79.blogspot.ca/2013/06/summer-of-color-orange-and-hot-pink.html

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  9. beautiful artwork. loved hearing about your Reiki session...look forward to hearing more about it. this is new to me...sounds very interesting!

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  10. Beautiful art, loved hearing about the Reiki sessions. The few Reiki practicitioners Ive met are like you say are the not least hippy. It does work too as Ive seen my dad cure lots of people, but they have to be receptive to it. He always knew if he couldnt cure them.

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  11. A reiki practitioner cured me (mostly) of touch phobia that I developed from childhood trauma. It's wonderful stuff and I'm so glad to hear you're going to use it on stressed animals. Love your setting sun.

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  12. love your drawing style - some lovely sunsets here lately that do turn everything orange and pink

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  13. Hi, Nic :). I love reading about your Reiki experience and the journey to practise it. Few years back I had been very sick and my boyfriend took up Reiki, just to heal me. Yes, I did 'see' mysterious white light when I was on those treatments.
    I LOVE how soothing your painting is, despite the bright colors. I think the speckles/misting works like magic :). I do hope you're able to paint what you're seeing from your meditative states, must be beautiful :).

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  14. Beautiful, love those colors on this scene! Reiki sounds awesome! <3

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  15. Your little houses are beautiful in their simplicity which makes the colour spray very effective

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  16. I'm so glad you enjoyed your introduction to Reiki. What a nice way of getting to know people in your area too!
    I think your painting is gorgeous - Pink and orange are two of my favourite colours :0)

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  17. I can see the warm calming lights surrounding you already! you sound like you have had a fantastic time, I am so glad you have found some like minded souls too, enjoy your summer of colours!

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  18. Your postcard is beautiful...love what you did with the pink and orange....Reiki sounds interesting too :)

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  19. Such a cute picture - made me smile to see it ! Ali #79

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  20. I loved reading about Reiki! And your postcard is so beautiful! I love it and how you used the colors this week!

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  21. I have always been interested in this. I will have to get a book and look into it. Thank you for giving us a little insight!

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  22. WOW! It must be a great feeling! I had always wanted to feel it...may be some day :)
    I have heard about such experiences esp the headache and tired part... Should find a Master here :)

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  23. Your illustrations are so beautiful.

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  24. Your have me singing that Eagles song, now. Peaceful is the perfect way to describe this landscape, too.

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  25. love the illustration and enjoyed reading about your reiki experiences... reiki for animals would suit you so perfectly... I can see you healing their little souls...xx

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  26. Really interesting post, I found it fascinating. Thank you for sharing. Great use of this week's colours as well :)

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  27. looking forward to having some reiki treatment when I come to visit next month!!

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  28. What? No incense sticks? Bummer.

    Actually the class seemed very interesting and I know I can use an attunement! Looking forward to hearing all about your progress.

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