KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON: How Reiki practice can help with ‘flu, panic attacks and other stressful circumstances

Z-bend road sign

Panic Attacks: Going round the bend at 25 miles per hour

Life has been a little intense recently. When one family member after another picked up what seemed like a particularly virulent type of ‘flu, I have truly been thankful for Reiki practice, not only to nurse our sick children through fever broken nights and ease their cough-rattled chests,  but also to help me keep on my legs despite being slightly ill, too. We also had, it seems to me, more than our fair share of uncertainty and the type of emergency circumstances that require you to constantly think on your feet in order to come up with ever new ideas how you can manage, even though your normal ways of doing things are not available right now. Quietly, I notice just how much Reiki practice has changed me, as I deal with one situation after another relatively calmly and constructively. It brings back to mind a fellow Mum who commented that I made raising three kids look easy, as I hardly ever seemed to get my feathers ruffled. (Not true by the way, no one can get under my skin like my own, very lovely, kids).

And not entirely true in the above circumstances either. Weeks, in fact months of stress, however well managed, have left me exhausted and feeling vulnerable. And not for the first time (but certainly in the most dramatic way so far), I notice the hidden blessing in finding one’s guard lowered. As this allows the deeply buried ‘stuff’ to surface. In this case, I find myself experiencing panic attacks for the first time in my life. Boy does this suddenly give me an insight into what some of the clients I work with in my clinic in Galashiels must be going through. Out of the blue, and completely without warning, I find myself hitting the brakes on encountering oncoming traffic in a sharp bend. Stomach cramped, heart racing, arms stone rigid. Knees wobbly once the situation has passed. I am at a complete loss: Where is this coming from?  What is this about? Am I falling apart?

Accepting ‘shin pai suna’ (do not worry) as one of the precepts that as a Reiki practitioner is to guide my life on a daily basis, I determine not to give in to this newly developed ‘driving disability’ that wants me to quit driving, and instead negotiate road bends at 25 miles an hour. I contemplate buying L-plates, as I feel for the drivers stuck behind me. Thankfully in a full week of holding up traffic like this, not a single driver shows me their irritation. When I used to drive at a reasonable speed, impatient racers seemed to dangerously overtake me all the time. Strange. But I feel grateful. Very grateful.

Trauma can be stored in the body unrecognized for a very long time, and I know this from many treatment experiences, when suddenly and usually unexpectedly, it is safely released just by giving a physical Reiki treatment in the right place. I remember the first time vividly, when an elderly friend relived (and released the trauma of) a burst appendix that had happened over 60 years ago. But the source of my own newly developed condition wasn’t at all clear to me. So I did what I would advise my clients to do in such circumstances: try the simple but effective treatment method we use in Jikiden Reiki to address deeply held psychological patterns. The unique advantage of Sei Heki treatment is that we need not go into the story, and we don’t even need to know where a particular problem is coming from. We can simply name the pattern that is holding us back. It doesn’t even matter if we don’t pinpoint the problem correctly first time. ‘Panicking at oncoming traffic is holding me back’. I feel icy cold while I’m giving myself the treatment, a sure sign that the method is working. Next time I’m driving I find myself thinking: I’m not actually scared of the car coming towards me, I’m scared of hitting an obstacle. Then the penny drops: Twenty years ago I was cycling in Galway, my brakes not getting any grip on the very steep, slippery road. Going straight in the bend and through the barrier, I fell 20 feet down the cliffs, being lucky to get away with only breaking my fibula (an open fracture). I wish I had had Reiki then, as Reiki treatment can be such a wonderful aid in mending broken bones. But that’s a different story.

Back at home, I use this insight to give myself Sei Heki treatment for ‘trauma caused by cycling accident’. Since then,  I’ve been able to drive without experiencing severe panic attacks again, but I still take corners slightly gingerly at 35 miles per hour. And I realise that what I’m really scared of is losing control of my vehicle (caused by the experience 20 years ago). One more Sei Heki treatment, I reckon, and I’ll need to watch the dash board again, in case I accidentally break the speed limit.

Photo credit: Ian Mackenzie, photographer, my friend and fellow blogger
A memorial exhibition of Ian’s work can be seen at Oddfellow’s Hall in Edinburgh on 10th November, in conjunction with the People’s Festival Ceilidh (part of the Carrying Stream Festival)
Above photograph used with kind permission by Talitha Mackenzie

8 thoughts on “KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON: How Reiki practice can help with ‘flu, panic attacks and other stressful circumstances

  1. I agree that Reiki can be very beneficial for getting through periods of stress or illness. I have two children and I’ve found that I don’t get sick as often (or fully manifest the sickness) because of my daily Reiki self-treatment. I recently went through a time where my 4 year old daughter was very sick with a flu-like illness and my grandmother died in the same week. If I did not have my Reiki practice to sustain me, I think I would have had a much harder time staying balanced emotionally and physically.

    As a parent and working professional, I have experienced many difficult and trying days. However, I am reminded that I have my practice to keep me centered and help me not feel so burned out all the time. I can’t imagine now what my life would be like without my practice.

    I also share similar anxiety with driving or other situations where my body perceives there may be potential for injury or harm. I have spent airplane flights giving myself Reiki to help relax and remain calm, as well as on car trips where I felt uneasy. The Sei Heki technique for naming the pattern and performing the treatment is an easy and effective way for helping release stuck emotional patterns.

    In gassho,
    Dana L. Young

    • Thank you so much Dana for sharing your experience. I wish that all parents of young children had Reiki, not only to support our children through the common childhood diseases and many scrapes and grazes, but also for our own sanity! There’s a saying that ‘it takes a community to raise a baby’, yet this type of community is no longer available to many of us. Reiki is such a wonderful way of recharging the batteries!

  2. I am still quite new to Reiki and found this story to be fascinating because of the psychological sense it made….how previous trauma can remain..a hidden player. (and how to use SHK to resolve the effect that specific trauma had later in your life)

    • Thank you very much for your comment! I also really appreciate Sei Heki treatment for working with known trauma. One of the additional beauties of this treatment method is that it can also be used when we do not know the cause of an unhelpful mental pattern or behaviour.

  3. Hi my Reiki friends, I have had wonderful practice with my client who has PTSD. This client is taking sick leave from work because of PTSD, and can not be in crowd, can not sleep well and night mare.. so on. We have 2 sessions a week. At this point we’ve done 8 sessions. My client told me he could sleep well without sleeping pills and less night mare. He still can not be in crowd, but is more positive because he feels much better than few weeks ago. He has been at home almost a year, but thankfully Sei Heki treatment puts him moving forward!

    • This is so good to hear, Yuko, thanks very much for sharing!

      In my practice, I have found Sei Heki treatment extremely useful for working with clients who had been abused in childhood and were experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks and many physical symptoms as a result of their childhood trauma. While the treatment is not an instant fix (and no one would expect it to be I hope), it can be a wonderful tool for rewinding and bringing the perspective of love to that which cannot be undone, but need no longer undermine present circumstances.

      Another client group I have seen benefit a lot from using the Sei Heki treatment approach is people suffering from ME.

  4. Pingback: Well, how Did I get into Reiki? Reiki Journey Part II | Simply Jikiden Reiki

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