However I must have recognised the truth in what she was saying, for the next thing I knew I had enrolled in a weekend massage course and shortly after began studying my Certificate 4 in massage. In that same year I did Reiki 1, Reiki 2 and my Reiki Master training! All this happened when I didn't like being touched or touching people and really had no idea about energy or what working with the energy systems meant.
Initially, as the beginning of many Reiki journeys are, it was really about my personal growth. Yet at the same time I felt at home in the rhythm of the energies and massaging and working with energy were things that really came naturally to me, even if I didn't see it at the time.
Seven years later I couldn't imagine my life without this connection to energy. To this day I still use healing on myself, the animals I meet on the street, in my work, when I'm cooking.....basically everywhere I go.
Though when I look back at my Reiki journey, what I feel most grateful about is using it to help my dog in his last year of life. I got Elv when he was 3 months old, two families had already rejected him. For me this was good news as he tuned out to be one of those soul mate dogs who stood firmly by my side for close to sixteen years of my Earth journey. To be honest when I learnt Reiki Elv wasn't my greatest fan. He would much rather have been playing and the times I did 'offer' him Reiki, he politely tolerated it for a few moments and then found an excuse to leave! Yet in his last year of life he became a bit more open to it and would let me give him sessions here and there. It's hard to know if it was the Reiki or his incredible spirit that saw him overcome a number of challenges and remain such a lively being in spite of his health concerns. In any case it was good to have something to offer (other than of course love) to a being that had walked so faithfully by my side and given me more love and guidance than I ever could have hoped for.
As time's gone on, I've realised that the universal energies are something we all have access to in any given moment and when we choose to connect with them we open ourselves up to the many gifts and energies we have to offer the world. 'Learning' Reiki is just one tool that can help open us up to our true essence. Something that can help us bypass our beliefs or doubts and see ourselves for all that we are. Reiki is really about deepening your connection with self . It's just a bonus that you can share this gift with your family and friends.
Nicole Jacobsen - The Creator of Calm
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