Why I’m so grateful to have Jikiden Reiki in my life
A guest post by Elaine Rainey
AFTER COMING TO THE END of a lengthy busy period at work, I’ve been dedicating some time to long and luxurious Reiki self-treatment. For me, it’s a rare treat to set aside exclusive time for such things and it feels wonderful. As I place my hands on my body, I can feel the tension easing in my shoulders, the heat building up in my body and something gently softening in my chest. I’m feeling so grateful to have Reiki in my life, making me feel so good.
When I look back through my diary at what I have achieved over this past few months, I’ve surprised myself at how I have managed to navigate this with my mind and body remaining in such a good place. It reminds me of author and film producer Jeff Brown’s words:
“There is a time to adventure heartily into new possibilities, but there is also a need for quiet integration time on the self-creation journey. We can have all the peak experiences we want but the real work happens between the peaks, while laying down and integrating on the valley floor. Growers are inch worms. Lasting transformation is an incremental process, one soul-step at a time. This may frustrate us, but it’s the only way to craft an awareness that is authentic and sustainable.”
Jeff’s words made me realise that this is exactly what I have been doing over this past few months, slowly but surely keeping Reiki integrated into my life, whenever and wherever I could, in the spaces between the busyness. And it has paid off with a level of productivity that I didn’t think would be possible a few months ago, when I looked out towards the daunting list of tasks that lay ahead of me.
The purpose of this story is not to advocate Reiki as another ‘tool’ to help us become more efficient, productive versions of ourselves. It is simply to express gratitude to a simple yet powerful practice that, if committed to over time, can transform our lives.
Jikiden Reiki training has been one of the best investments that I have ever made for my health and wellbeing. I am so grateful for the many ways that my Reiki practice has changed my life. For me, however, the most wonderful change has been to the level of contentment I now feel. This is not a kind of contentment that succumbs to the ebb and flow of life’s experiences. This kind of contentment has resilience, it’s authentic and unwavering. It’s the kind that has slowly crept up on me while I’ve been faithfully placing my hands on my body, night after night, in dedicated, regular practice.”
Elaine Rainey works as an ecologist and Jikiden Reiki practitioner and junior teacher based in Scotland, UK. Jikiden Reiki is a traditional style of Japanese Reiki, making a strong effort to keep the practice as close to its original form as possible. Elaine works with fellow Reiki practitioners and teachers to promote the benefits of Reiki, to support others through their healing journey and to encourage people to learn this wonderful healing art for themselves.
In September 2013, you will be able to learn authentic Reiki with Yamaguchi Sensei , the head of the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, right here in Scotland. Until 2000, this level of in-depth understanding of Reiki practice had been locked inside Japan, with the first Westerners training in Kyoto in 2000, and it was only from the early 2000s that Tadao Yamaguchi started travelling to many Western countries to spread Reiki in its original Japanese form.
Jikiden Reiki Training with Tadao Yamaguchi in Scotland
Edinburgh 6th September – 9th September 2013
If interested in this incredible training opportunity contact Gisela Stewart.