I cannot believe I am getting married so soon. That's not the only thing happening in my life right now, though. A few of you may remember my post about last March when I decided to completely withdraw from my classes and spend some time trying to find myself. In this process, I have started to crochet like a mad woman because I found out that I love it! I have opened my own store online to sell some of the overflow of my projects. I have even had my very first booth with my sister at a flea market. I have learned very much about myself in that aspect.
However, I am still unsure of what to do with my education. As many of you know, I work at a chiropractic office now. My boss is great. He and his wife are wonderful, inspiring, positive people that have helped me immensely even in the short time I have known and worked for them. They have taught me about healthy eating, healthy living, thinking well and being well. They have opened my eyes to the fact that no one can help me if I won't help myself, and I am also learning a lot about compassion from them. The atmosphere is wonderful, even when they aren't getting sleep while they stay up all night with their new baby. I definitely want to stay in this atmosphere and continue to do well for myself and for others. I still feel like it is a huge blessing that I am able to be there, and I still feel like God is calling me to reach out to others and help them.
In recent months, the topic of reiki has come up in my life a few times. I have a friend who has reiki treatments regularly, and another lady I know has them done once a month. One of the guys I graduated from high school with actually is a reiki practitioner now. What is reiki, though? I know before I looked into it, I didn't have a clue. I had honestly thought it was something to do with cults or Wicca. I was pretty ignorant about it. So, in sharing my thoughts here, I thought I would let you guys all know what I have found about it. This is just one excerpt I have found along the way, and I encourage you to check it out for yourselves as well:
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Along my path of finding myself in such a busy world, I have learned about my learning style and my passions. I have learned that I don't learn traditionally or by memorization. I don't learn by reading a book or hearing a lecture. I learn by doing. I learn in a hands on approach. When something directly involves me, I am truly focused on what I am doing, so I remember it. I have also learned that my overall goal with whatever education I choose to pursue is to help myself and others around me, especially my family and friends. I want to show people God's love, to reach out to those others look down upon.
For this reason, I feel like reiki may be a path that would work well for me. It is relaxed. It promotes health, well-being, love, sensitivity among many other things. The classes are day long classes or workshops. I can take up to one class a month to develop my skill, with my ultimate goal being to become a Reiki Master so I can teach others. I have actually just got off the phone with the woman whom I would like to teach me. She has been recommended to me by a woman I know and trust, and she has been a teacher to two other people in my area. Her name is Brenda Peterson, and if you just click on her name, you will be directed to her own personal website. She is very open to answering questions people have. She called me back less than half an hour after I left a message with her and was very patient with me while I asked a list of questions.
I know that alternative health care can be very controversial, and I would like to know your thoughts and feelings about this topic. I am interested to hear your points of view as I embark on a possible new page in my life.