To start off, I have a perfect excuse to blog over anything else. I got my wisdom teeth removed yesterday and as fun as this is, I'm happy to be covered up in blankets, watching movies, computer on my lap, and snow falling down outside my window.
I am known for carrying self help books on my shelf, pinning wellness hacks on Pinterest, and doing crafts to boost my self esteem. I try to educate myself the best I can to learn new ways that may help myself.
In my dorm at school, I have a book on crystals and their healing power.
The power of energy healing is new to me, and when I first heard of it I did not have much interest in it. Because how much could it really help? Still, the idea intrigued me. I did a lot of research on the 7 chakras, and the influence they have on the human body if there is an imbalance.
This article from yoga.com explains how you can tell if your chakras are blocked.
It had been recommended by many people that I try reiki.
We have had reiki on campus, but I hadn't signed up for it. I was planning on trying it when I returned to campus and finding a reiki master nearby, but then I thought- why wait? Why not try it while I'm home?
My aunt gave me the name of a local reiki healer about 15-20 minutes from my house.
I went online, read her site, her services, and booked the appointment just like that.
I filled out some of my medical history online prior to the appointment as an intake form, and the next day I went for 11:30 am.
When I got there, the lady greeted me in her driveway. "I was surprised to see your age." she said. "I don't usually get too many young people for reiki."
She also said, "I was surprised after reading your medical information too. For a young girl, your cardiovascular history, and hashimotos disease." I laughed, "yeah I'm a grandma."
It made sense for me to be there. It made sense to try it out. My overall health, and my body can get out of wack, and I'm still young. Why not learn these things now? Even if it is "surprising."
She brought me inside and explained exactly what she was going to do. "All it is" she said "is energy." The movement of her hands, the use of a crystal pendulum. I was lying on my backside with a cozy blanket over my legs, and meditative music playing softly in the background. I kept my eyes clothes and tried my best to relax. It wasn't difficult to.
It was weird. I could feel a buzzing sensation over my lips, at times I wasn't sure if she was even touching me, and her hands would get much hotter against some places in my body than others. I had read that would happen.
All it is, is energy. Energy that is already within us, that is in some places in our bodies more than others.
I was incredibly relaxed as the time went on, and very curious to hear what she would say when she was finished.
I almost fell asleep.
She told me when it was time to sit up slowly and I wiped my hair out of my face.
She said that the 2 chakras that were the most blocked, and needed the most time spent were crown and throat.
So what does that mean?
If your Crown Chakra is blocked, you may feel indecisive; worry that your life is meaningless and suffer from depression. Also, this chakra is negatively affected when we get too attached to material things and lose the ability to let go. To start healing, meditate and do more of those things that make you feel peaceful. Learn to think of yourself as a part of the Universe (as opposed to, for example, being a professional belonging to a company).
Blocked Throat Chakra is usually associated with self-expression problems, deception, manipulative communication. The key to healing your fifth chakra is to be honest with yourself and others. Sing, talk to yourself, write a blog - do things that stimulate your ability to communicate with yourself and with the world.
When this was explained to me, it made so much sense. I struggle with self confidence, and self expression. I often hold things inside, and don't say as much as I am thinking.
How can I help this?
I need to have faith in myself.
I need to find ways to express myself. Little did I know that writing is a way to open up your throat chakra as well. To push myself even further I can share my writing with others, read aloud, and get my message across.
It was an interesting experience. These things that I could tell about myself inside, were confirmed by a test of the energy balance inside me.
"Do you worry a lot?" she asked.
I nodded and jokingly gave wide eyes.
"yes, that came up a lot."
Came up a lot?
How? How does this work?
I'm still learning about the practice, and the little adjustments I can make to my lifestyle to improve my overall wellness.
Would I try it again?
Maybe, down the road, yes. It would be interesting to see how things would change.
So whether I had this reiki session or not, I do know I have the same areas to work on.
Faith, and self expression.
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Which will bring me to my next post very soon.
A Boston social work student, using writing for healing. Sharing the peaks and valleys of an empath's mental health journey.