What is Reiki to Me? – Hello my name is Stuart Kerry, and I am a co-founder of Nottingham Reiki. I discovered reiki quite by accident about ten years ago, when I say accident I mean it came into my life when I’m sure it was the right time for me. Back then my wife (Marie) and I had been looking at different types of self-help as Marie suffered from a breakdown and other issues.
We went to a mind body and spirit event at Holme Pierpoint in Nottingham, having never been to one before didn’t know what to expect, so we went along one Saturday apart from a breakdown Marie also suffered from anxiety about being far from home, the thing was no matter how close we were to the place we went to visit if Marie said we need to go back then we did, on the way we visited Marie favourite burger place for some nuggets, this got us close to the event so we drove the few miles to the event.
It was in a sports hall and we paid a few pounds entry, and this included a free crystal! (mine was a tiger’s eye, I still have it today) Marie picked up a blue stone amethyst which is very understandable and appropriate. Little did we know this day was to change our lives.
We walked around this event with wide eyes not seeing this sort of thing before, lots of stalls selling crystals and angels and many types of treatments. Until we got comfy with the building we were hand in hand. During the first ‘tour’ we stopped to talk to people on the stands and picked up different types of stones and gifts.
During our investigation: we stopped in front of a table with a couch behind it, and there stood four people who said hello, one stepped out and asked if would we like to know about this type of therapy?
So what is it? It’s called Reiki the guy said: ’Oh! Never heard of it’ we replied!
“Well it helps bring balance and peace to the body”: and he put his hand on Marie’s shoulder and said: “you did well to get here today“.
Would you like to try? “No” said Marie, not today, so we carried on walking around the event as most people do we grabbed a coffee and had another walk around and found ourselves standing in front of the reiki guys again, this time they smiled and said back again? “Would you like to try?” “No!” Came the answer again from Marie.
“I don’t want people looking at me”: He said we could turn the couch round or maybe move our banner, but she declined again saying thanks, we moved on still looking around the other stalls, we brought a few items just trinkets and a few shiny stones too.
On our third walk round we talked about the Reiki guy, she said how did he know it was a struggle to get here? I said he probably says that to everyone and you get lucky every so often, then she said but he looked me in the eye and I could feel he knew my struggle, so I said let go and see them why don’t you try what they have to offer might help you, who knows?
So we walked around one more time stopped at the Reiki people and the guy stepped out and said we are ready now I have moved the bed and the banner to make it private and we are all free you will have four of us working on you. Marie said how did you know I would come back? They smiled and said “we can tell who needs Reiki and you do”.
I’m very protective of Marie, so I left her in good hands and went a walk around stopping at the book stand, but my eyes never left that precious item of mine ,they put her on the couch and seemed to stand around her put their hands on certain parts of her body and just standing there or that’s what it looked like to me ,this took about 20 minutes all the time I kept watch on her but she seemed to be ok no problem and looked like she was enjoying the time, I wandered about and came back and waited: they were around the table chatting all four in Maries sight.
They sat her up gave her a drink of water and asked “how are you feeling?” Marie said it was peaceful “I forgot about the people in the hall and just listened to the music” she told them.
They sat her upright and let her get off the couch we paid and said thanks walked away and went to grab a cold drink, as we sat we talked about what they did, she said it felt tingly but peaceful and why was I holding her down at the end? You had your hands on my shoulders, and you would let me get up it must have been you as I they all stood in front of her talking.
I replied: “Well it wasn’t me I swear they must have had someone else helping!”
“No, there was four of them, Mick, Maggie Dave and Liz. Well it must have been one of them. I could have sworn there was somone else there!”
We left the event and as we sat in the car ready to go Marie said:
“I don’t want to go home yet”.
I replied: “Are you sure?”
“Yep let’s go for a drive around”.
Now that doesn’t sound much, but that was the effect Reiki had on Marie (she was Agoraphobic). So, usually, only home was safe. That day we left the car park and spent two hours just driving around: doing nothing more but enjoying the sun and the air.
As we talked about the treatment: Marie said it calmed her down and it felt good and felt different: but she couldn’t know how or why. But it showed in her smile and the fact we were just out without fear was something new.
The next day Marie asked if we could revisit the event: she had been thinking about Reiki all night and wanted to know more about it, and she had a list of questions to ask, so we returned. Marie asked her questions and had another treatment.
This was the start of a fantastic time in our life’s, and we went on to join the Reiki class. They taught you how Reiki worked and showed us how to use it: We went every week for two years: Advancing from student to master teacher and then starting our class in Nottingham.
We teach the way we feel is the right way: Giving people time to practise. We have been teaching every week for over ten years. We also attended a few events on our own account. Even Marie gave speeches to groups of people. She was so different from the shy person of ten years before!
Sadly 20 months ago I lost the most precious person in my life: Marie died in July 2017. I questioned everything about life and asked why she would be taken with so much to do. I even considered stopping the Reiki classes. I was so hurt that I could not save the love of my life.
And then I listened to Maries words and asked what would she want me to do?
When we started the class we had a binding idea: There are over 7 billion people on the planet, and if we can help just one then our work and teaching have been fulfilled: And over the last ten years we have worked, helped and healed many “ones”. And if our ideal resonates with you as you read this essay, why not also become someone who can help another person?
I continue to teach Reiki in weekly classes based in Sherwood. We have also added other therapy’s: And now I find myself returning to mind body and spirit events or as we now know then as Well Being Show. I know Marie will be with us, and she would love the evolution and return to the shows.
The question is WHAT IS REIKI?
Well! It is helping that one person, and Reiki brings peace and light to all people, From my viewpoint: Reiki is a passion: a love and a way of life: and teaching Reiki from the heart and with passion means our students work for good of all humankind. Reiki is a universal healing energy which can be used by all who wish to see their fellow humans at peace, and within wellness.
Reiki is the most beautiful healing energy: I have seen so many people change for the better after their attunements. And as new members join our group, I will help them improve their world. We enjoy working and learning together in peace and harmony.
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings
Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will not be angry
Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing
If you want to know more just ask! I love talking about Reiki and how it can change your life for the better. You will discover a serene peace and kindness as you follow this wonderful journey. Not only this, you become part of a family of people going back over ten years. And they will all be with you on your journey of discovery and peace.
I am Stuart from Nottingham Reiki, I teach Reiki from my heart and soul, in love and peace: