Energy Healing + Inner Knowing: An Intro to Reiki
“In order to be open to Reiki, you sort of have to be open to a bit of magic.”

The room is dark. Candles cast a dancing glow on the walls and the air smells of lavender. Music hums gently in the background behind my thoughts. I know I’m not alone, but I can also feel that I’m not alone.

Despite my mind’s protests (ugh, that mind can be such a drag sometimes), I quickly and easily fall into feeling held and warm. Mary moves skillfully around my body, channeling energy here, then there, and seemingly everywhere.

I don’t think I can talk about energy without talking about Reiki.

It’s tempting to talk about how being a mother and owning a business depletes me of energy (because it can do that!), but I want to talk here about filling up. The amazing thing is that not only do I get filled up by receiving Reiki; I get a boost by channeling it as well. And that is so freaking cool.

Since I get that not everyone knows what Reiki is, let’s start there.

Reiki is a form of energy healing that originated in Japan about 100 years ago. There are different types of Reiki, and it’s not the only type of energy healing; there are other types as well. I am trained and attuned in Usui Reiki, discovered and developed by Makao Usui. During meditation, he became aware of the ability to access healing universal life energy. He found that once you were attuned to or connected to the energy, you could channel it to others, promoting relaxation and allowing the body to heal itself.

The energy isn’t coming from the person giving Reiki, but rather through them.

There are different levels of training and attunement, allowing one to advance with their capabilities in channeling the energy. If one wishes to do so, they can become trained to teach Reiki to others and attune them as well. I am a Reiki Master Practitioner, but I haven’t decided whether or not I would like to learn attunement. I’m sure that knowing will come in time.

Reiki feels different to different people.

Sometimes it can feel warm, or tingly, or maybe just even like a presence. It’s gentle and yet powerful. It never does harm. A really cool thing is that because it can cross time and space, distance Reiki can reach anywhere in the world. In order to be open to Reiki, you sort of have to be open to a bit of magic. Even though it’s not really magic, it can feel like it is when we come across it and try to align it with our day-to-day way of thinking.

Reiki kept coming into my life in one way or another time and time again, almost beckoning me to listen to the call to become attuned and incorporate it into my business.

At times I wasn’t ready to listen, but eventually everything in my life aligned to where I was ready. I didn’t know how Reiki would fit in with my offerings. Could it work alongside therapy? Would it always be separate? Once I transitioned from offering psychotherapy to offering coaching, things started to fall into alignment much more effortlessly.

It seems to me that when we allow seemingly conflicting parts of ourselves to exist simultaneously, we can feel into a whole new level of authenticity.

Combining coaching and Reiki is one of the most “OF COURSE!” moments I’ve ever had. They naturally play well together. When holding space for someone in a coaching session, sending Reiki can facilitate the dialogue and keep energy flowing so we keep making progress.

Reiki has taught me to keep answering the call. It was one of those things (and we all have some of those things) that kept showing up and, when I listened to my inner knowing, it felt so right.

I’m curious, what helps fill you up? How do you draw your energy back when it’s left you? Don’t forget — it’s not gone for good!


MotherHustle Panelist Emily Souder is a life coach, Reiki Master Practitioner, and writer in Maryland. She helps mom entrepreneurs who are feeling lost in the demands of motherhood and out of touch with themselves achieve confidence and empowerment using mindset work, mindfulness, and skill building. She is married to her best friend (so cheesy, but so true!), has two littles, and is on her own path of rocking her authenticity. Follow her on Facebook at Nesting Space LLC and on Instagram at Nesting_Space. Make sure to check out her book here

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