By Jeff Baird, Sunrise Reiki Colorado

“Dude! It’s kinda creepy. I ain’t lyin’. It’s like my pain is blocked. It’s gone. It’s weird man. I guess this is what it feels like to be relaxed.” He was a veteran and had just had his first Reiki treatment. It was a thorough session with a lot of work on the emotional part of the healing which took place physically, mentally and spiritually as well. Just like always, Reiki delivered exactly what needed to be received.

I wish I could properly describe the look on his face as he thought long and hard about his Reiki experience. Bewildered, but very happy is probably a pretty good description of the look that I’ll never forget. Then, he just accepted it. I walked by his office about an hour later when he was with another Veteran who also had a Reiki treatment earlier. They were both smiling ear to ear. It was a very cool sight.

One man had served his country in the Vietnam war. I saw some of the shrapnel in his shoulder that he’s been dealing with most of his life. I did what I know best. I put an Orthoceras on it and blasted it with Reiki and did some other stuff. His pain was eased and it showed in the look on his face. He wanted to make sure I knew that he was going to give Reiki another go around when I returned. “I’ll do it again. Plan on it,” he said.

The other man had served his country more recently. He and his team are laying the groundwork for the veterans resource center, which is the first of its kind in the country. I’m sensitive to energy, and this place is buzzing. He plans to take this privately funded organization on the road. As we were leaving that night, they were telling me about their plans for my new office. This office is 2 hours away. I have no problem driving to see our veterans and delivering Reiki. It’s the least I can do. I never served. But, I know plenty of men and women both who served so I could be free to live the life I have chosen. I am eternally grateful to our veterans.

I understand the veteran’s confused look when he experienced relaxation for the first time in a long time. Please credit me for the understatement of the year as I deliver a sentence regarding my childhood. I think it’s a pretty safe bet when I say that I was not raised in a relaxed environment. For the purpose of this article, we’ll just leave it at that. I may have had the same confused look when I first discovered the wonders of relaxing. It was all new to me too.

Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that reduces stress while promoting relaxation and well-being. I have worked on other people who were also blown away by the feeling of simply being relaxed. I get it. Been there. Done that. Reiki kinda disrupted that whole way of being for me – thankfully. I can’t remember the last time I had a high blood pressure reading. That has not always been the case.

Then, I found myself putting an emphasis on my own well being, and accepted the fact that it was part of my work. I need down time. We all do. It’s okay. We recharge and then bounce back ever stronger. Higher still! Excelsior! Right, Elizabeth? Excelsior. Ever upward. Higher still. Reaching for the stars.

It all starts with accepting the healing benefits of Reiki energy, or as I call it, “love from above.” It’s unconditional love at the highest level and it’s available to all of us. It is weird. I guess. I’ve gotten used to it. I see Reiki in action every day. The veteran has only seen it once. But, that experience certainly won’t be his last with Reiki.

God Bless our Veterans.


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