By Jeff Baird, Sunrise Reiki Colorado ♥

After 27 surgeries, Adeline still has a smile on her face. Most recently, she had a second procedure for breast cancer. Soon, she will need to have some skin cancer removed. She has undergone five shoulder rotator cuff operations and both of her knees have been replaced – twice. Adeline has also had seven back surgeries. She is the sweetest person you would ever want to meet, with her contagious smile, enormous heart and a can-do attitude that keeps her going in spite of the aches and pains she endures. Her strength and positive attitude inspire me more than she will ever know.

I have given Adeline a number of face-to-face, as well as distance treatments. Her face lit up when she saw me recently. Reiki brings her tremendous relief. While I am only the conduit for the healing energy, she equates me with that relief and hope for more pain-free moments – a healing presence. There is a strong bond of love between us. Reiki will do that. I told her yesterday how much I love sharing Reiki with her. Her response was, “Well, I love it too. Because of you I am able to sleep at night and get through the day.” These kinds of comments drive me to help as many people as possible rediscover their wellness. It’s an amazing thing to experience. I never grow tired of the feedback I receive from people on a daily basis through text messages, phone calls and e-mails. Healing is a team effort, and it is also the ultimate win-win scenario. You feel good and I feel good. It’s funny how that works.

One of the first questions I ask someone before a Reiki treatment is, “How have you been sleeping?” When we are in pain, a good night’s sleep can be hard to find. Literally, everyone I have treated with Reiki shares how well they slept after the treatment. Reiki always goes where it needs to go and gives us the much-needed rest we desire.

The first time I treated Adeline was two days before her second breast cancer surgery. She had not been sleeping much at all. After roughly 10-15 minutes of energy work on the table, she fell asleep for about 30 minutes and got the rest she needed. Others commented on the visible glow on her face when she woke up. She told me how great she felt. I know firsthand how stressful the final days leading up to a surgery can be as our wheels can grind relentlessly inside of our head. Reiki helps slow the wheels down as it prepares a person to receive the healing energy.

Recently, Adeline shared her Reiki experiences with a group of nursing students who had just met with me. I discussed with the nurses how they are a healing presence for their patients. They are on the front lines of helping others regain their wellness. It takes a very special person to be a nurse; it’s a calling. I am thrilled to offer Reiki classes for these students. It will help them remain grounded when dealing with challenging situations. Reiki is a tool they can use for self-healing after a full day of putting the needs of others ahead of their own. We are all better able to help others when we are at our absolute best. And last but certainly not least, Reiki will help the nurses be an even stronger healing presence.

As I told the students, there is no shortage of people who can benefit from Reiki. Our world needs healing, and all of us can make a difference by doing our small part to help others. There are little things we can do that will make a big difference. You too can be a healing presence. Visit someone and bring your positive energy into the room. There is enough negativity out there. Be bold! Be a rebel! Fight the good fight by believing in your God-given power to make a difference in someone’s life by just being there for them. Let your light shine and be a healing presence by going against the grain of destructive behavior that too many believe is the only way to be these days. Remember, we are all in this together. Pain is universal but so is healing. Any small gesture of kindness can literally make another person’s day.

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