I’m About That Reiki Life

Reiki plays a huge role in my sense of self-worth and my overall well-being. Yet, it’s been my best-kept secret. Not any more! Today I’m discussing everything you need to know to tap into this healing energy. What is Reiki? How does it work? Does it work remotely or only in person? And what are my clients saying about working with me as a Karuna Reiki Master? 

Mrs. Takata, a trailblazer in the Reiki community, once said, “I want Reiki to be as common as aspirin.” And that’s my mission as well. I have a deep desire to introduce this tool to as many people as possible. I also want to expand the number of practitioners by offering more classes. That’s why starting in October I’ll be teaching monthly Reiki I/II classes for the remainder of 2021 so that my students can learn how to use this healing energy for themselves in less than 48 hours.

For those who may think this is too woo-woo or not for them, I encourage you to shift your mindset. There are plenty of studies on the power of Reiki. It’s also widely used in major hospitals like the Mayo Clinic, Stanford Medical Center, John-Hopkins Medicine, and many more well-known medical centers. Yet, sadly it’s still this amazing healing secret that many in the Black and brown community have never heard of until today. Let’s continue to spread the word and the healing in our community! 


About Me

I’m a certified Karuna Reiki ® Master & Teacher helping to diminish the suffering of others.

Full Transcript

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Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Hella Well With Danielle podcast. I am your host, Danielle Washington. And today I'm going to let you in on a secret that's right. I'm gonna let you in on a secret. And let's be real, there's not a real reason why this is a secret. I just haven't told anyone about it. And it's crazy because it's one of those things I contribute to my feeling worthy. Like there's a long time in my life where I felt unworthy and I can contribute this thing to feeling worthy. I contribute this one thing to stepping into my power, stepping into who I'm meant to be feeling better. Like not having migraines anymore and just my overall well-being. So what is it that I've been holding back from y'all? Don't hate me for holding back on you, but now I'm telling you, so what is it? It's Reiki, it's

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Reiki and people are like, well, what is this Reiki I don't to know what

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This Reiki thing you talk about? Nor do I know why you're talking in this weird accent. But Reiki is a Japanese technique of stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. And one of the quotes I love from like one of the pioneers in Reiki community Mrs. Takata says, "I want Reiki to be as common as aspirin." And the way I want you to think about this is got a migraine? Cause I get migraines all the time, use Reiki. Shoulder hurts or back pains? Or have cramps because don't say no one has cramps use Reiki. Having a difficult relationship with someone, send Reiki to that relationship. You can even use Reiki to manifest things that you want in your life. Like I love the fact that Reiki could be used for so many different things. And like, I should probably just break down exactly.

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Kind of. I told you what it is and kind of how to use it. And so Reiki again, is a Japanese technique of stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. And it's based on this belief that everything that we are is life, energy, this life force energy, and we're all energy. And the way I like to describe it is, you know, think about those common aches and pains you have. I don't know if you ever get these, cause I don't know if it's age thing or I don't know what it is, but like I would always get like this pain in like my upper back, like, like in my shoulder blade. I'm like, what is this? Or I get these random pains in certain places, but they would always really correlate with something emotionally going on in life.

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If you've never read 'The Body Keeps The Score." I forget who the author is, but great book. In that book and other in other articles, it talks about how we store our emotions and our energy in our body. And when energy gets stuck, blocked, or stagnant or whatever it shows up as these physical ailments and aches. And what I love about Reiki is it's kind of the savior. Reiki is this gentle cleanser / organizer that cleans all this stuck energy or blocks, and low energy. And it kind of helps everything flow. The way I like to describe it is, think of you have this house, as I look around here, don't judge. And you have clothes everywhere.

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There's some plates out and

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You see some other stuff all out and about in the houses is a disarray. I.E. also known as hot mess. What Reiki does. So that's your body. Your body is a hot mess because it has all these blocks. You have low energy, you have these things stagnant, other things going on, Reiki comes in and it's like this super cleaner that you hired and it folds all the clothes, washes all the dishes, puts everything away where it's supposed to be so everything is moving, flowing smoothly. And that's what Reiki is. So that's one analogy I always like to use. It's just this amazing thing that I'm like, I feel like coming from California, I've always known about Reiki. I feel like Reiki is like, well, it's not as bad as burning man, but like Reiki for like in San Francisco bay area, like everyone kind of knows about different things.

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Cause I feel like we're more on a spiritual level. I think there's peoples know more things. And so I think no more things, the, since that there's a small separation degrees, I was like the Kevin bacon thing. It's like, you know, there's a sixth grade separation of someone knowing about Reiki, just because it's more practiced here. Cause I think they're more people are open to these types of things. I hate to say that we're more a woo woo community, but we kind of are, but I don't feel like Reiki woo woo. And that's probably the reason why I really want people to know about Reiki because I want as Mrs. Takata wanted, I want Reiki to be as common as aspirin. I want Reiki to be as common in the black and brown community as, as aspirin or taking an Advil as you know, maybe getting acupuncture as getting a massage or as just going to the doctor.

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I want to, I want to live in a world where some kid and I feel bad saying this I'm kid falls, hurts his knee, and some other kid is like, I got you, let me do some Reiki on you. And I love the ideal of that. Don't need any medication. You don't need a doctor. You just need someone who's attuned to Reiki and you need thier hands. It's hands on energy healing. Kinda like Jesus. But I don't like to say I'm like Jesus because I feel that this awkward, so just disregard that I even said the Jesus part of it. Cause like I have to admit when I first heard about Reiki and like I knew people were doing and I'm like, okay, I've heard of this thing. I was like, mm,

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Yeah, I don't really know how that works. You don't me that you're gonna not touch me.

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But somehow or another, be able to help me heal? You're going to not touch me, and oh, even not being in the same country and still be able to kind of help me

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Heal with this healing energy?

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I'm like, no, I don't believe you. And I get people being like, I don't buy it. That must be some magical thing. That's some woo woo thing. And it's not one thing I love about Reiki. It respects free-will and it doesn't harm one. It is not a religion. So Reiki works with all religions or with no religion. You don't have to be religious. You don't have to be spiritual. You just have to be someone who is open to the free-will of something helping you. And think about it, how many times have you sent a prayer to someone? I've sent many prayers or asked someone like 'girl, pray for me, pray for me.' No, one's, you

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Know, there's no medication with that. There's no magic with that. There's

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No nothing with that. Yes. It could be connected to religion, but through the power of prayer, I bet at one point in time in your life, you've you felt healed. You felt empowered, you felt better in some way. I think Reiki, especially even distant Reiki, you know, giving Reiki from someone who's not in front of you, you know, is a lot like that prayer. And so my first experience with Reiki, when I finally let someone do Reiki, I don't know why I waited so long, but like I had a friend who was with me on a trip and I was stressing out. I was like, hardcore stressing the blank out. And she's like, girl, I got you. I'm going to do some Reiki. I'm like, at this point I can't be drunk. I can't be high.

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So yeah. Okay. I'm going to do this Reiki thing. And she did Reiki on

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Me. So she stood above me. She put her hands like above me and I just felt this amazing, overwhelming feeling of just relaxed. I just felt calmer. I felt clear. I felt like less stressed out. And like, I wasn't worried about what was going on. And it was, it's like, okay, I got this. And you know, the first time I did it was like, maybe that was a coincidence. Maybe that she just had something special going on. And when I had it done again and again, I'm like, oh no, it wasn't a coincidence. This stuff really, really works. And so what are the benefits of Reiki? Some of the benefits of using Reiki as I was talking before, it reduces stress. It restores balance. It releases worry. And I don't know about you. How many of us need to release, worry and reduce some stress?

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My hand is up for that one. And that's one thing I love about it. It relieves fatique. It boosts your mood, love that Reiki illuminates the path. And I think we all need our path illuminated just to know kind of where we're trying to go and getting clarity in our life. It doesn't give you the answers, but it leads you on the path to those answers. And I'll be the first one to admit, Reiki is not a cure. It's not a cure to cure cancer or all these different things, but it helps promote your overall wellbeing and your health and helping your mind, body and spirit just be overall healthier. And like we call use that. I also love that Reiki can help with relationships. Like you can use Reiki to send Reiki to a relationship, to help heal, amend, and get a better understanding the relationship. And then also using it to manifest. I have definitely, if you look at my house and maybe I'll do a video on this I use Reiki, I'll put, write down what I'm want in life or a goal or something I'm trying to manifest. And then I'll send Reiki to it every single day. Best believe that worked. Especially like when I needed my passport and it wasn't coming in time. I Reiki it the heck out of that situation. And

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My passport came in time.

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Which I really did not think it was gonna happen, but Reiki did his thing. And you're probably wondering, okay, so, so I get this Reiki thing. It's this energy thing that you can do remotely or in person, I get that, you know, it can help reduce stress and helps me relax and maybe help with the relationship and may illuminate some things for me. And it helps my overall healing, but seriously, I still don't understand how to, how does it work? How does Reiki work? Well, let me explain it in the best way I can explain how Reiki works. Reiki works. It helps. How do I, let me back up to learn Reiki one needs to receive an attunement, ignition and placement. There's different reasons behind the different words, and I'm not going to go into that, but just think you get attuned to this energy and you learn specific hand positions and symbols, which you then can use Reiki.

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And so like, for example, for being able to do Reiki from a distance. So I can be here in California and say, my girlfriend in Washington, DC needs some Reiki or it has a thing going on or life. And I'm like, girl, I got you. I'm going to send you some Reiki. And people are like, how does that work? So there's different steps in Reiki. So there's Reiki level I where you can get attuned to the first symbols and Reiki and you can do Reiki on yourself. I do Reiki on myself every single day, or let me rephrase that. I attempt to do Reiki every single day on myself. I can feel the difference when I don't do Reiki on myself in the morning, but I like part of my morning routine is I like to do Reiki on myself and kind of start my day, clearing out some things and opening up my chakras and just feeling better as best as I can by helping to relax my body and relax my mind and release worry. Again, releasing worry in the morning.

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I'm all there for that one. So Reiki I, you can learn how to do Reiki on yourself or someone who's in front of you. So you're on yourself or someone who is physically in front of you. So my mom has been asking me to do Reiki on her. My parents don't know this. I do Reiki on them all the time, but not in front of them. My mom wants me to actually do a session in front of her and I just need to do it. I don't know why I've been kind of BS-ing on it, but I do Reiki on my parents all the time and I've

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Seen the difference. My dad would be

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All spastic.

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Okay. We're going to do a little bit of Reiki. He has no clue what I'm doing.

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My hands seem that they're just out. I'm just doing my thing. And all of a sudden he's like Woosah. And I'm like, thank you, Reiki. You have once again, calm this man down when some days I don't think he's going to calm down. So you can do Reiki with Reiki I, you could do Reiki on people in front of you or on yourself. Reiki II. So Reiki level two is when you are attuned to what's called a distance symbol. And in Reiki, we don't talk about the actual, like, I'm not going to draw the symbols in front of you because it's actually this... You're supposed to keep it secret. And so some people, if you go online and you could probably be type in Reiki could probably see it. And those are people who are not respecting the rules and the concept of Reiki. Like you're not supposed to share those things unless or know about those things, unless you are attuned to Reiki. So I will talk about them, but I'm not going to show anyone anything. But at this, when you are a Reiki level, two practitioner, you're able to learn the distance symbol, which then gives you the ability to

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Be like, (ring, ring) "hello? Oh yes. I like to

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Dial up to this Reiki energy and give it to my girlfriend in Washington DC."

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Reiki is like, "okay, bet. Got you." Click.

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And so it helps you. I know that was really weird, especially if you're watching this, but like, it literally gives you like this dial up connection to be able to connect to another person's energetic life force and their energy to be able to, again, help them like prayer. It's like, it's literally like, I mean, it's not literally like prayer, but it's similar, like to prayer, like you don't have to be next to someone to pray for them. You don't have to be in the same city, the same country. You don't even have to, you just have to have the intent to send them well energy. And you know, it's just another form of energy, but this is another in Reiki is a form of energy healing. So with that, I just think about the recipient. I think about either I think about them. I use a picture, I write their name. I activate Reiki by using the Distant symbol. And then I do my thing and send Reiki to people. Actually, right before doing this, I actually had someone send me Reiki. I do a Reiki share with someone and she sent me Reiki or did Reiki treatment on me right before doing this podcast. And because I was gonna do it before

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And I was like, no, I'll do that, honey.

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When I tell you, like, I could tell exactly when she started. And like, it was like, my body was like, boom, someone's doing Reiki on you. I felt like this magical tingling, feeling all over my body and not everyone feels this way, but I felt tingling. I felt heat around me. I felt super calm, like crazy relax. And like at, to the point where I fell asleep and I was like, whoops,

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I fell asleep.

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But that's okay. You don't have to be awake for Reiki to work. Reiki will still continue working and especially sometimes better than it working on you when you are asleep. Because sometimes when you're awake, your mind's working and dah, dah, dah, all these things are happening. When you allow yourself to get into more like resting space, it allows how's your body to work a little bit better. So sometimes it's better to be asleep. And oftentimes my clients will fall asleep and I'm like, I was telling like,

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Don't worry if you fall asleep, Reiki is still

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Working on you. But oftentimes we will feel clear. I feel more optimistic. And you know, they have that overall feeling of well-being and I can, who doesn't need that in their life. Like I need that in my life. And so one that I love about this even more so is that when people want to say it's woo woo, like, oh my God, it's religion. Like I'm not working on it. Honey, if the Mayo Clinic, Johns-Hopkins, UCLA, Stanford Medical Center and many, many more major hospitals and medical centers are using Reiki, it makes you think. Hmm, maybe there's more to this than I than I thought it was. Maybe it's not this woo woo thing or something, or like off the beaten path. Insurances cover Reiki.

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You know, insurance companies

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Aren't just covering something that they don't think it's going to work or they think it's too far fetched or too. Woo woo. So these places like the Mayo Clinic Stanford University and Johns-Hopkins, like a lot of them use it in their cancer treatment centers that you'll see Reiki practitioners in cancer treatment centers often. Reiki has been known to help accelerate recovery for surgery. It's known to help reduce pain and decrease the symptoms that some of the patients are experiencing. And so it's become more and more mainstream like that. You know, like Mrs. Takata was saying, she's like, I want Reiki to be as common as aspirin and it's not there yet. It's not there yet because it's just not advertised or especially not in the black and brown community. I just don't feel like we're taught this. Like, I'm, I'm almost low key mad that I didn't know about it until I was adult, because I wished I had Reiki when I was younger.

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I wish I had Reiki growing up to work through emotional things, to work through physical things, to work through relationships with my parents and my friends, boyfriends at the time. And like, you're going through all this craziness. And like Reiki would have made such a difference in my life. Which is why I love being a Reiki Master. So I am actually a Karuna Reiki Master. So you have Reiki level one where you get the first symbols and you could do Reiki on yourself and in person and Reiki. Two, you have the distance symbol where you can do Reiki from afar. Then you can become a Reiki master, but you have to wait six months. So you usually the Reiki one and two classes are together. It's usually like a two day situation, like over the weekend and then becoming a Reiki master is usually a three-day situation, but you have to wait six months to let Reiki work its magic on you getting comfortable utilizing and then from there you can become a Reiki master where you get more

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Symbols, and get a higher frequency.

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And then from there you could become a Karuna Reiki Master, which is what I wanted to do and becoming a Karuna Reiki Master. And one day I'll do a whole maybe podcast on that, because that, that right there was like Reiki not only helped me physically, but Reiki. And I talked about it when the beginning of the podcast has helped me become a better person. Reiki has helped me become more of my authentic self it's, helped me become more aware and more tuned with my body, with my intuition. It's helped me start my day with on a beautiful note of kindness and love, not just towards myself, but towards others and how I show up in this world. And the difference, I would say between a Karuna Reiki Master and a Reiki Master is it's just, you're attuned to eight more symbols. So imagine eight more tools, at a higher vibration, that you can utilize in your practice.

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And it has been a game changer. One of the things I wanted to talk about a little bit more was about, it's not just my word. Like you can go online and hear from 50 million people about how Reiki has helped them. Like, my clients have been amazing. Like I had one client who I love because she scared the blank out of me. Like literally I was like doing Reiki on her and I'm like, oh my God, it feels like there's like some other energy in her. That's not her, but it's in her body. I'm like, yo, is she, she possessed? And like, how do you, because sometimes I, in doing Reiki sessions, I get messages or things. I hear things about people. I feel people's pain. I've had a session where someone made me cry just because they were in so much pain that I could feel. And I was able to help them relieve some of that. But this person whom I was talking about was pregnant and she didn't tell me she was pregnant. So I'm like literally like trying to talk to her. I'm like after the session. So,

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You know, I worked here, I felt this in your heart chakra. But like in this area near your stomach I felt like there was this other thing that wasn't you, but it's super strong. And

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She's like, oh, I'm pregnant. I was like, oh girl, thank you. I like, why didn't she tell me this beforehand? And I love it. Like she gave me this a glowing review. Like I just wanted to read some of the reviews people have given me or the testimonies of people who've done Reiki with me. So what she was saying to Danielle is so good. She performed these remotely, which is the whole distance thing. Everything I was going through, she noticed as blockages within my body. But let me tell you about how powerful this woman is. That's me. I was pregnant during the session, but I didn't tell her beforehand. This lady detected my baby in the spiritual place during our session. I'm still in awe y'all. Exactly! I wasn't awe too. Cause I was like, how do you tell someone what's going on?

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Another client was telling me, thank you for sharing your time with me. That was truly a moment. I didn't even know I needed, but so glad I took advantage of the opportunity. I still don't know who Reiki is, but I do know God allowed you to tap into my life in a moment of, in a moment over the internet. And that shows you the power of Reiki over and over and over. And you don't have to be in front of the person. So it has, I just love Reiki. I like literally feel like Reiki was this missing puzzle in my life. Like, I feel like I was this puzzle piece that was in the wrong box for so long. I'm like, I'm trying to fit here. I'm like that didn't fit. That doesn't fit here.

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I don't fit there. Once I started using Reiki and really understanding and getting clarity, because again, Reiki clears the path, illuminates the path to where you're supposed to be, what your what's going on in your life. And it just illuminates so much. It felt like I found the right box and I was put in the right puzzle. I am the right puzzle piece that goes perfectly for the life that I'm meant to live, which is the one right now doing this podcast. Like I didn't start the podcast until after I started doing Reiki. I didn't start living this life that I'm living in creating boundaries, the level I'm doing and honoring myself until I was doing Reiki until I discovered Reiki. Reiki has literally changed who I am, how I am. And I'm so freaking grateful for this experience. And that's why I'm super excited. So as a Karuna Reiki Master or just a Reiki Master in general I'm, I'm mad at myself

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For not sharing this before. Because for

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A long time, now I could have been teaching people how to do this. And it is my goal and mission and part of my life and part of this whole Hella Well movement and this movement of this wellness revolution is to get us to thrive and heal and be like, not just survive. I could teach other people how to do Reiki. I can teach

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All of these people who are listening to this podcast right now in less than 48 hours how

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To quickly do Reiki on yourself and your loved ones. And to be able to send healing, not just prayers, you can send a prayer, but send a prayer with Reiki. Honey, let me just tell you it's stronger and it's empowering and it can change your life and it can change the life of people around you. And it's that simple in less than 48 hours. So I have decided to start teaching and I'm like, oh my God, I'm going to teach, am I, am, am I okay to teach? Who am I am like, I'm okay to teach who am I to teach? I'm a Karuna Reiki Master. And I need to stop hiding the stuff in secret of something that has been powerful in my life and not share that with other people. So starting in October. So October, November, December, I am going to be teaching at least once a month Reiki classes over a weekend, usually probably the second or third weekend in the month.

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I'm gonna start teaching Reiki and I just want more people to be able to enjoy the release of worry, to feel like the release of stress to feel that life is just a lot better. And overall their feeling, their wellbeing feels better and getting, getting that stuck energy like unstuck. I want you to flow with the most beautiful river. That's all I want. I want us all to flow and thrive. And Reiki for me has been such a easy thing. I don't need anything to help myself or anyone else I could do Reiki in the bathroom. I could do Reiki on a plane. I could do Reiki in a doctor's office. I could Reiki anywhere in this world on anyone at any time, because that's the power of Reiki. Just like the power of prayer. So if you're interested, make sure to, you can either send me a message or you can write us an at or leave a comment on this

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Podcast or follow the page or follow

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Us on Instagram or Facebook. And you'll find out about the actual dates and you can sign up. Other than that, I'm going to enjoy this day. I am going to relax after amazing Reiki session because I am feeling uber relaxed right now. And I'm just going to be grateful for the amazingness that Reiki has taught me. I send you guys love and I will talk to you guys soon, Ciao!