Last Saturday, I went to Camp Good Days and Happy Times on Keuka Lake to give Reiki (pronounced RAY-kee) to women cancer patients and survivors. Every year, I look forward to this experience because I come away so enriched, so energized, and so grateful.
Yes, I worry about how I’ll manage with the standing so long. My back can handle walking much better than standing, or even strolling. So standing for several hours was a concern for me. Certainly, it wasn’t such a concern that I avoided going. I’d done it before and I knew I could do it again. Which I did—no problem.
How true! Reikiing is completely absorbing, both by the practitioner and the receiver. For those who aren’t familiar with Reiki, it is a spiritually guided life energy. The name is Japanese and translates to Rei, God, and ki, life energy. It is the disruption in the flow of Ki that is the main cause of illness. So Reiki restores balance in our bodies.
William Lee Rand, in his book, “Reiki, The Healing Touch,” states “Reiki… is a Japanese form of stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.” This isn’t a fly-by-night system that is here and soon will be gone. The practice has been going on for over a hundred years, successfully, I might add.
For me, Reiki is a steadying activity. If Life throws me a curve ball, I do self-Reiki and throw that ball back into the stands. It still amazes me—after practicing it for about a year—that as soon as I start a Reiki session, the palms of my hands tingle. Then the heat flows from them. It calms me; it energizes me; it fills me with love and gratitude.
Above, I mentioned giving Reiki at Camp Good Days. How blessed I am to be able to participate in that very caring and worthwhile program. The women I attended are so brave, so appreciative, so cheerful in the face of often a dark prognosis. I swear the Reiki I gave them bounced right back on me. But then, giving Reiki is also receiving it, so it doesn’t really “bounce back,” it includes the therapist. It radiates the treatment in a restorative circle of healing energy.
So last Saturday, once again, showed me the strength and faith of people who are truly suffering and made me aware of my many blessings. It also left me feeling full—of gratitude, of well-being, and of positive energy.