By Jeff Baird, Sunrise Reiki Colorado ♥
There was a time when I was in so much pain, I thought more about dying than I did living. Sometimes I think about all of the stuff I would have missed had I not survived. We had been in a car wreck. My wife, Tami (pictured above), broke her sternum and tailbone. She could barely walk. I remember about a week after the wreck, I had her laughing and she told me, “Please stop. It hurts too much.” Fibromyalgia also seized the moment to begin to wreak its havoc throughout her body. There was a lot of pain as a result of that crash. At the time, I thought I walked away without a scratch. The air bags scared the crap out of me when they went off. But, they kept us from crashing into the windshield.
The kids were in the very back seat of the van, and thought I was joking around when I said repeatedly, “I can’t stop!” Both of my legs were fully extended, and we ran into the back of a car sitting at a stop sign on Parker Rd. We were going about 40-45 mph. And, I couldn’t stop. The rain was turning to snow as we headed to my sisters to watch the Broncos play that day. This was a new light on Parker Rd, south of Quincy by a new apartment building. They had just paved the road, and there was a deep tire indentation in the pavement. My tires got caught in the groove, we hydroplaned, slid and bam! It was so loud. I have thought about the people we hit many times. They were from out of state and claimed they were fine. We never heard differently.
Both of my hips were now bone on bone, without any cartilage at all, due to the impact. I was in pain all the time, especially when I saw my first orthopedic surgeon. I hadn’t even turned forty yet and he told me, “You have the hips of an 80-year-old man. You’ll know when to call me. You won’t be able to get out of bed in the morning.” Thanks Doc. He was not my surgeon when I had both of my hips replaced years later.
Prior to the surgeries, I used the following for relief: Vicodin, Percocet, Bourbon, Beer, Weed, magnets, multiple ice bags, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, some expensive vibrating floor thing that actually made my hips worse, and anything else that came along. I tried it all. I always wanted more pain pills. When I was out of my Vicodins, I stole from my beautiful, loving wife who was also in tremendous pain. Opioid epidemic? Yep. I get it. Been there. Done all of it – more than enough for a lifetime. My hip surgeries were major successes and my life improved dramatically when the pain went away. I knew nothing about Reiki at the time.
But, since then, I have had a soft spot for anyone in pain. I can literally feel another’s pain, and it’s a tremendous feeling when we eliminate it together. Nothing in this world makes me happier than relieving someone’s pain. It’s a high that is hard to put into words. I guess one word comes to mind – Love. I love what I do. It’s a great place to be.
A few years ago, I took three months off from my well-paying national sales position to help my wife heal. After the three months had passed, I then walked away from the best paying job I ever had. I did this after surviving bankruptcy in the 90’s, and then fighting my way back financially. I fought hard; then I walked away. My priorities had dramatically changed. Watching my wife heal opened my eyes to so many things. We healed together, and our lives were changed forever. So many things that used to matter to me, just didn’t matter anymore. I was focusing on other things like Reiki and healing.
Gray areas disappear with Reiki. Things become very black and white. We make an agreement with our higher self and then keep our word – no matter what. Take it from a guy who used to be the most cynical person walking the planet – Reiki works. It’s not hoodoo. It’s not a religion. It’s pure Love from God. Reiki heals and transforms lives. I know firsthand how things change when the pain goes away. If you are in pain, please give Reiki a try. I have seen it heal too many to tell you any differently. If you’re in pain, you can reach me at (720) 250-8107 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reiki heals physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Thanks.