How Reiki Helped Me
By: Connie Rife
Sometimes it doesn't matter how much we think we know; how religious we are or how deeply connected we are to the spirit within. There is always a new road to walk, filled with lessons to learn or unlearn. We may have come a long way already through our journey in life, and we carry with us all the knowledge, wisdom and understanding that we’ve gained along the way. They encompass all the tools we need to keep moving forward, as long as we use them to remove the obstacles that get in our way. But what happens when those obstacles begin to pile up? We become clogged like a sink filled with built-up muck where none of the good stuff we’ve learned can flow freely. This is where I was when I finally decided to give Reiki a try.
I was so blocked up that my heart hurt, and I felt at times like I could hardly breath. Sounds like a heart attack, doesn’t it? That’s what I thought at one point until my test came back normal. My heart was in good shape but wouldn’t be for long if I didn’t find a way to deal with my inner pain. This of course only added to my desperation. I tried everything I knew like letting go, putting things in God’s hands, praying, meditating, exercising, eating right, even therapy, but nothing was working the way it was suppose to.
I was desperate and didn’t want to feel this way anymore. I’ve known JoAnn for six years. I knew she’d been doing Reiki treatments, but to be honest I didn’t really understand how it worked or what it could do for me. So I thought what the heck why not give it a try?
I had no expectation going into my Reiki treatment. I think in a way it’s the best way to approach it, allowing each person to have their own unique experience. The only thing that is hard to explain about Reiki is that it can’t be seen. It’s like electricity you can’t see it but you know it works. The moment JoAnne laid her hands on my head I felt a warmth flow through my body followed by gentle tears sliding down the side of my face. I felt cleansed and open enough to let her walk me through some much needed healing. I in the end, a tremendous weight was lifted leaving me with a sense of lightness and freedom.
Reiki helped open my pathway, and gave me the opportunity to “start from now”. I know that the rest is up to me. Keeping my pathway open is work, but taking one step at a time allows me to clear all the muck that gets in the way, and with that clarity I’m able to tap into the source that pulls me back to who I am, and where I belong.
It’s not just about Reiki, but the person behind the work and the passion they have for what they do. JoAnn Canosa is one of those people who is blessed with a special gift.