Saturday, March 27, 2010

Blessed sleep

10.30 a.m -  I was at the Reiki healing centre with my one and half year’s old daughter as I could leave her home unattended.
I still remember the mild fragrance of the healing room. Mr. Surinder Makkar’s wife, Dolly Makkar did my healing. I was asked to lie down on a comfortable floor divan. Soft soothing music was on and Dolly assured me that while she would take care of my daughter I should just close my eyes and listen to the music. For few minutes I kept wondering what would happen and then I passed out. This would be my first long sleep in one and half years, since the earthquake. What bliss!!
I opened my eyes around 4.30 pm….I had slept like a log for almost 6 hours…. Unbelievable!!... My first thought when I woke up was that I had never felt such calm and peace. It seemed as if I had gone back in time and was that old Ranjani, the one  before the earthquake had struck.
In the meanwhile Sir had called my husband to pick up my daughter and she was at home.
Sir and Dolly offered me tea very graciously. For me this experience was like an eye opener. I remember telling Sir that I want to become a Reiki healer. It was as if my purpose on earth was suddenly clearly laid out in front of me. Reiki would be my life henceforth.

I was 95% healed. This session was followed by a few distance healing sessions. After a few days I had one of my last massive panic attacks in the middle of night and had to call Sir for support. I still remember his wonderful calmness which made me immediately go off to sleep, safe and secure in the knowledge that he was supporting me.

My Reiki classes were scheduled after two weeks and my mother came to help me. The first day of my class was truly amazing. The best part was at the end when I came out of the class and bumped into one of my friends who had a perpetual pain in her left arm. Eager to help her out, I offered Reiki healing and took her home. I had not yet learnt ‘partner healing’ but I intuitively put my hands on her left shoulder and arms. To my surprise she went off to sleep in few minutes. I had to wake her up after half an hour. Looking slightly dazed she told me that the pain had gone.

That was my first experience as a Reiki healer and I have not looked back. Almost two hundred cases in my 8 years of Reiki experience.

And the journey goes on…………….

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Light at the end of the tunnel....

The first experience with Reiki was forgotten as I got on with my life in the year 2000. My colleague who is a Reiki Master offered to teach me Reiki but I was not ready for any such programmes. My self confidence in my ability to lead a healthy life without any support, was at its peak.
Rini was born in November 2000 and I was busy with my post-delivery-recuperation. Calamity struck on 26th Jan 2001, the earthquake which hit Gujarat at 7.40 am (Bhuj was the epicenter), shattered my equanimity completely. I had picked up my two months old infant and literally flown out of the third floor apartment in a ten-storied building. The stairs were coming up at an angle of 45 degrees. It lasted for almost one minute but had seemed like ages then. We spent the whole day on the roads in our car, not daring to go back to the apartment. The sight of the cracked, crooked and collapsed buildings will remain etched in my memory forever.
I always considered myself as a brave person and was not scared of anything. The earthquake and the after-shocks completely paralyzed me. I began suffering from insomnia and acute anxiety.
The year 2001 saw the nightmarish WTC attack on nine-eleven. Following year we had the Gujarat riots in February. This just made the matters worse for me. Life seemed like an unending sequence of calamities, either man made or natural. I lost all appetite, sleep and peace of mind. Being a mother there were two small children to be taken care of, apart from the regular home management. All this began to take a toll on my health and I started losing weight. I couldn’t sleep, eat or function with my usual high energy, then began the panic attacks. The first time it happened I thought I was having a heart attack. Repeated visits to the doctor and all kinds of medical checkup did not solve the problem.
On the way back from one such visit I needed to climb up to my third floor apartment as both the lifts were out of order. On the first floor I sat down on the steps to catch my breath; climbing stairs with my one and half year old daughter in my arms was tiring. My gaze fell on a green door with words ‘Aashirwad Healing Centre’. I still don’t know what attracted me, the soothing green or the word healing and I rang the bell. The door was promptly opened by a gentleman with kind twinkling eyes, who welcomed me with a smile. In that moment he seemed like Santa Claus to me. I followed him to the counseling room and sat at a table across him. This impulsive behavior was completely bewildering, even to me! What followed was quite amazing. I poured my heart out to him and found it ever so easy to tell him all that was happening to me. He did not utter a single word throughout my monologue. I ended up bursting into tears and wanting to die rather than live in fear of unknown all the time.
At last he spoke and his words were like soothing balm to the fire-ravaged. He diagnosed me as a victim of post-trauma-stress-disorder, apparently quite common when one is subjected to prolonged situations of extreme fear and stress….earthquake/riot. The suppression of these feelings were now manifesting in me with these scary “symptoms”, so to say. He offered two to three days healing for the problem. Suddenly I realized that I didn’t know what kind of healing he was offering. When he said the word ‘Reiki healing’, I was stunned. Something happened in that moment and I realized that this was destiny working its wondrous ways for me, bigtime! I told him about my first contact with Reiki and my healer’s intuitive insistence that I should learn Reiki.
After that what happened was no less than a certified miracle. For me, meeting my Sir, Mr Surinder Singh Makker was like the manifestation of the proverbial angel sent down by the Almighty for my salvation. The angel who showed me that ever so elusive ‘light at the end of a dark and scary tunnel’.
Thank you Sir……………

Monday, March 8, 2010

My first experience of Reiki healing.

My vision of Reiki
This is my first posting. As I sit, gazing at the monitor, I ask myself that why I need to blog about my association and deep involvement with Reiki?

There is quite a lot of information available on Reiki out there. A holistic approach towards the well-being of humans is very old, probably as old as human life on earth. There are so many techniques, therapies and systems of holistic healing. So, why another blog?

What I have gathered over eight years is my perception and understanding of healing at physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels of humans. This is a very personal view of my experiences as a Reiki healer and teacher. I believe that I have gathered some very useful and interesting experience which will help many people.

Where did the journey begin? In May 2000 I had gone to Vadodra in Gujarat for my B.ed exams, with two of my colleagues . I was four months pregnant and one day before the exam I developed a pain in my abdomen. Since I had a bad experience during my first pregnancy with severe appendicitis infection, I was worried. One of my colleagues saw my discomfort while we were struggling with our notes on 'History of Education in India' and offered to do some Reiki for me. It sounded so weird but since the other painful choice was to look for a doctor, I readily agreed. She asked me to lie down and then sat in meditation. I was highly amused and kept watching her in disbelief. I don't know when I dozed off. When I woke up after twenty odd minutes, not only my stomach ache had disappeared, in my head I felt very calm. Curious and intrigued, I wanted to know more about Reiki from her.
Then came the weirdest part, she had some intuition and told me that I am meant to learn Reiki. At that moment I just brushed aside the suggestion and continued with my process of taking the exam.