I first stumbled across Reiki in 2010, when I stepped out of a high-level career in global health and philanthropy to follow my heart. I was intrigued by the idea of health in systems requiring the healthy circulation of energy. So I was naturally intrigued by traditional healing approaches that worked with energy flows. When I moved to Cornwall in 2014, I met Kellie Gilmour, a down-to-earth Reiki teacher who was interested in the scientific basis of holistic and complementary therapies. I took the plunge and learned Western Reiki with her. When she introduced me to Amanda Jayne, a Jikiden Reiki teacher, I knew I had to learn this style of Reiki that was still taught and practised as it had been in Japan for almost a century.
Jikiden Reiki intuitively felt right to me. The simple, practical, humble and unfussy approach with its focus on physical and psychological healing backed up by decades of clinical practice strongly resonated with me.
At first, I used Reiki to support myself, family and friends. When I began offering Reiki to people I didn't know well, I was astounded by the results. The speed at which people saw tangible results on long-standing physical issues such as pain and nerve damage blew my mind.
The more I practised Jikiden Reiki, the more I felt I had to offer to more people. It is just too valuable a gift not to share.