This Sunday I'm driving out to Edgerton, WI, a very pretty, rural area, to do my Reiki II attunement. Reiki is a system of energy work that I got interested in through my stepmom, who talks about it all the time (she loves her Reiki practitioner, who brings her weird food), but is never really able to describe. Not sure I can either, except to say that it posits an intelligent universal energy much like chi, which can be channeled for healing. So, chakras and energy manipulation and meditation and stuff like that, which I dig, but the really cool thing about Reiki is that anyone can do it, anyone can learn it. Speshul Sekrit Occult Techniques for the Preterite! Gotta love that.
So, I'm going to be attuned. Numero dos, in fact. The first one involved me and the Master Practitioner, who is one of those people that you just like right off the bat and feel safe with, hanging out and talking over the history of Reiki and what it is and how it can be used. Then, since I was her only student that day, she did a Reiki session on me, so I could see what it was I was learning to do.
A Reiki session involves a series of hand positions either over or on the client's body. It's not body work, but energy work, so technically you don't have to touch the client at all. And actually, for the heart chakra and the root chakra, unless you and the client are really comfortable with each other, know what I'm saying, a hovering of the hands is better. So she kind of rested her hands lightly on my forehead, my throat, etc., and maybe wiggled her fingers here and there, sensing things, I guess. When she got to my shoulders and upper back and chest, I couldn't get comfortable all of a sudden, and she furrowed her brow and wiggled her fingers some more, and suddenly I was sobbing. And felt much better, not even realizing I felt bad, and could breathe more easily, and my toes were tingling, and wow. I do miss my mom, and this Reiki person was able to release all that energy and send it on with just a wiggle of the fingers. Well, and more than that, which is what I'm learning.
This time we learn how to do that kind of thing from a distance, and get to practice on each other, and I fully expect there to be random freaky happenings at the session. Which, okay, from a skeptic's pov clearly predisposes me to seeing significance in anything that does happen, but I'm okay with that. I've always been pragmatic when it comes to my religion, spiritualism, occult, etc. Does it work, for any given value of "work"? Fine, then. I do see the value in knowing why things happen, of course. By the same token, I don't see much use in assuming they won't.
I'm looking forward to it! I think it might be useful for helping dying people achieve peace with their journey, and lord knows I could use some of that, helping them travel that road. I asked her if Reiki can be run for people who are already dead, and she looked at me and kind of said yes and kind of not, and I have a feeling that's a whole 'nother level of "work." Maybe that's Reiki III, ahahaa.
This morning I sketched an outline of a story in which JC is an experienced mountaineer and Justin is a brash photojournalist who thinks he can, you know, climb. Or maybe it was the other way around. That went on the list, and now I'm going back to the story I know I can finish by Saturday. But Chris keeps butting in, because the fucker will NOT be without attention for long. Go away, Chris! Go play with Joey or something.
Hey, the sun's out! Hello, sun. I've missed you!