"All of these experiences were supposedly quite common and some people felt the same sensations on different parts of the body. These sensations indicated quite clearly that something had occurred but Sato had no idea what. The practitioner told her that it was a good sign that she could feel so much and she was sure that the treatment would be beneficial for Sato in whatever way her body desired it to be so.
Sato was stunned that she had been able to relax so quickly. Snoring might not be charming, but it did indicate an easing of tension and stress. If she learned to work on herself with Ki, perhaps she would be able to sleep this well all by herself.
Sato wondered what she should do next. She could have another two treatments. Ultimately though, she was told learning to practice Reiki on herself would be far more powerful. This was true for many reasons as she would find out one day.
Within two weeks Sato enrolled in a course with other people. All different ages and economic backgrounds. Their reasons for joining the Reiki course differed - some believed they had healing hands, others had sick family members they wanted to help and one older women said she, just like Sato was studying it to help herself. The teacher told them the first thing they should focus on is healing themselves as this was the most important aspect of the system of Reiki.
The course was very practical, Sato first learned about meditation. Soon she was effortlessly feeling the movement of Ki in her body. She got so hot she thought she might have to stop but the practice itself finished first.
As someone new to the system of Reiki, the time spent concentrating on what was happening energetically in her body, allowed Sato to feel things she may never have been aware of - actual physical sensations of Ki such as tingling, heat and rushes of energy. This was the physical proof that she needed to open herself up even further to experience energetic growth.
It seemed the more she practiced moving Ki the faster that change would occur and that was fine by her. But it also meant practice, practice, practice. She was not quite sure what changes would occur but she was enjoying these new sensations enough to trust in would be to her benefit.
A cathartic realization that humans are energetic and spiritual beings lifted her out of the mundaneness of life. It offered form to a world that she no longer felt able to deal with - it offered hope. This physical experience of energy was like a reminder of a connection, though perhaps tenuous at first, with 'home'.
Listening to insights from others she was amazed how differently they experienced it. Some saw lights or even other people, some experienced heightened sound or smell or others new experiences.
These first encounters indicated that what was once considered normal in everyday life held many new and unforeseen secrets. The students started to think outside of the square.
Initially Sato found that working consciously with Ki appeared to affect her perceptions. She knew that humans rarely saw themselves as anything but a physically functioning body with a very busy mind.
The simple action of thinking consciously about Ki and its relationship to daily life immediately affected change. To be confronted with the concept that the natural flow of the universe is inside each person, and consequently that the actions of each person affect this flow, Sato found astonishing".... to be continued
~From 'The Japanese Art of Reiki' ~
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