The Life of a New Reiki Master – RHA Member Maria Emeterio details how she found her way to Reiki after grief and illness forced her to find new ways to heal. Find out how she learnt to trust her own experiences with energy as she made the transition from Reiki Master to Reiki Master Teacher.
“…Naturally, I was a little anxious as I took on the new role of Reiki Teacher. I felt the beauty of Reiki with my clients, but would I make a good teacher? I was so new to this, what could I offer to my students? Well, the lifelong journey I have walked has taught me to trust in the process, to learn as much as I can, and to truly live a Reiki life…”
I began my Reiki journey as far back as I can remember. At about the age of 5, I remember using my hands to help heal my school-aged friends. When I was a teenager, I distinctly remember using my hands in a prayer-like way to help myself heal in times of doubt. When I became a mother, I would use my hands to help gently heal my son’s aches and pains. As an adult, when a friend of mine was having heart issues, I intuitively began to pray and ask for guidance to help heal her heart. Looking back, I always had this instinctual desire to heal and help others, but it wasn’t until later that I found my way to Reiki.
I remember when my first grandchild Jax ascended 4 month’s and 11 days from this world, things changed for me. The loss was so painful and my heart shattered. At this time in my life, several of my lifelong friends were already Reiki Masters. One day they asked if they could perform Reiki on my heart. I reluctantly agreed, fighting off the
Reiki because I thought it would erase the memory of my Grandson. When I began learning more about Reiki myself, I realised that you must be open to Reiki to experience its most profound benefits and allow the healing to take place.
It wasn’t until I became hospitalized with a severe case of pancreatitis and a blockage in my gallbladder that I really started to heal myself. I had to have immediate surgery to remove the gallstone that was blocking my gallbladder and liver valves.
I would be in the hospital for 8 days, with antibiotics and doses of pain medication so high that the medicine blew out all of my veins. That’s when I decided I need to go home and rest. The surgeon recommended that I have my gallbladder removed but it would be about 6 to 8 months due to the severity of my pancreatitis.
When I was at home, I immediately and instinctively felt called to place my hands about two inches above my stomach area — throughout the lower abdomen. I felt strong sensations and increasingly started to feel less and less pain. I continued to let this energy flow as I continued my recovery.
One month after being released from the hospital, I followed up with the surgeon and she was in disbelief. “What have you been doing at home?” she asked me with a look of shock across her face. “You had the worst case of pancreatitis I have ever seen in all my years of practice, but now your results show your pancreas is in normal range,” she reported as she went through my follow-up test results. My pancreas was completely healed, and it was agreed that we could now schedule the surgery to remove my gallbladder.
The day after my surgery my son was performing with his band for the first in over two years. I remember I was determined to go to his performance, and although I did walk very gingerly, I made it to his gig. My sister had come into town specifically to see his show – but her visit ended up have a dual purpose. You see, my sister is a Reiki Master, and when she saw me on her visit, she quickly offered to give me Reiki. Once again, I was very reluctant to receive Reiki at first, but I thought, if I had to open myself up and let Reiki in, I would want it to be at a session with my sister. It felt like the right time to connect with Reiki.
During the session, I felt the heat from her hands immediately. I was nervous and tried to relax, and then I started to hear drumming, and started having visions of ancestors. “Do you hear that?” I asked her. But she calmly replied no and told me to just relax and trust whatever I was experiencing.
I suddenly felt someone hold my ankles and then I experienced a huge release. I peeked through my eyes curious to see what my sister was doing, but as I looked down to my feet, I saw my sister working near my chest area.
After the session, I immediately went to sleep, and my dreams were filled with so many visions. I saw fairies and they told me that I was lucky that I could see into the future and that they had a special lens for me to use to help me with this gift of sight. I also saw the number 44, (which later I found out was a Master Healer number.)
As I awoke, I knew I needed to find out more about Reiki, so I went to a local Reiki healing store where I met the owner and told her about my dream. She smiled and showed me her Fairy Necklace. “You are in the right place,” she assured me and told me about a Reiki Level 1 course that she was teaching the following weekend. I felt such a strong connection that I signed up right then and there.
The first class was nothing what I thought it would be. I didn’t feel the energy like all the other students did and I didn’t have any ‘ah-ha’ moments of connection or clarity as I had expected. I doubted myself. I asked the teacher “Maybe this is not for me?”
She told me that she had been exactly the same when she started out – nothing came through right away for her either but she wanted me to trust in the process. She gave us our very first attunement and we were instructed to so self-healing for 30 days before we could take Reiki Level 2. But at this point I was still a non-believer in Reiki.
“…I didn’t feel the energy like all the other students did and I didn’t have any ‘ah-ha’ moments of connection or clarity as I had expected. I doubted myself. I asked the teacher “Maybe this is not for me?”
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I went home and began my 30 days of self-healing; I followed all the hand positions, and I wrote down what I saw or felt every day. For the first four days there was absolutely nothing to write about, but then things changed on the fifth day. On that day, I actually felt so overwhelmed by the healing session, that I broke down in tears. It was on that day that I felt my aura for the first time ever.
I went back and took Reiki Level 2 from the same teacher. During this course, I began to see visions before the meditations and knew what she was going to say before she said it. I still didn’t feel the Reiki like all the other students were describing, but I persevered with my own journey. We were attuned to Reiki II and were again sent home for another 21 days of Self-Healing.
It was during this sacred time of self-healing that I felt it — I felt Reiki!
I was completely in awe. I began to really feel the love of Reiki and felt the healing going through my body. So, I learned everything I could about the Chakra System to deepen my understanding of the energy, and learn the importance of each chakra and the links between the organs. I truly was healing myself; the Reiki was warming my mind, body and soul. That’s when I knew I wanted to teach this amazingly beautiful healing to everyone I could!
I studied under several Reiki Masters and completed many Reiki Master Courses, because I felt that having the knowledge from several Reiki Masters would help me in my teaching journey.
Naturally, I was a little anxious as I took on the new role of Reiki Teacher. I felt the beauty of Reiki with my clients, but would I make a good teacher? I was so new to this, what could I offer to my students? Well, the lifelong journey I have walked has taught me to trust in the process, to learn as much as I can, and to truly live a Reiki life. What is a ‘Reiki life’? Well for me it is to truly live the Five Reiki Precepts daily – to really let go of anger, to really let go of worry. Though it certainly it has not been an easy path, it is definitely the path that I commit to each day. Sometimes I fail, but I remind myself to stop, thank Reiki and Dr Usui for this amazing healing modality and start again.
“...Naturally, I was a little anxious as I took on the new role of Reiki Teacher. I felt the beauty of Reiki with my clients, but would I make a good teacher?..”
For example, when I taught my first class this year, I was so nervous to make sure I got all the hand positions correct so that the students would be able to feel the Reiki. I was so eager to make a good impression that I let worry creep in. So, I stopped and returned to the principles. I put my trust in Spirit and let my heart guide the class. It was amazing! My students were so happy with the course they signed up for my Reiki II straight away.
What I learned from this experience, is that if I truly trust in the Reiki Precepts, teach from my heart and let Spirit guide me, good will always prevail. So, if you’re wondering if you’ll make a great Reiki Teacher, just let spirit guide you! We need more healers, guides, and teachers in the world, so if Reiki is calling you to teach, there is your answer. The Reiki Healing Association has all the tools to help you begin your Reiki courses.
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Maria Emeterio is an Advanced Reiki Master Teacher, who specializes in Chakra Healings. Maria ALWAYS offers FREE Reiki to any parents who have suffered the loss of a child, as a way to give back to my community and honor my GRANDSON JAX who passed from S.I.D.S.