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The night before last, I was awoken by something... I'm still not at all sure what, the house was peaceful. But when I opened my eyes, there in front of me was a huge pair of yellow eyes in an unmistakable Black Panther face. Just looking at me. Totally still. Not scary, threatening, no, just staring at me. Silently looking at me. I refocused my eyes and reached out my hand to see if it was one of the dogs, cats...but no...just empty darkness. He'd gone. But the image so vivid. So real. I was awake... and pretty sure I was awake when I saw it. I was calm, not frightened or panicked as if it had been a bad dream. Perfectly calm. Stoic. Bewildered, as each time I closed my eyes I could still see the face shape... Of course, I then got up and made myself a cup of tea. What else would a Brit do at 4 am?
That day, I was attending my first Reiki class. Level 1. I had absolutely no idea what I was expecting. I had heard of Reiki, knew that it was becoming more widely used within various conventional medical fields, but had never known what it was, how it was done, where it originated...except assumed it was Japanese...
My Integrative Health Coaching course had identified a learning need for me, on a personal and professional level. Integrative Health Coaching bridges the gap between conventional medical models of care and complimentary/alternative models. Thereby opening up a wider variety of choices to the client/patient who is to be empowered to take responsibility for and make informed choices regarding, their own health and wellness. of course, I have 30 years experience of working within conventional medical models, and the added experience of practicing within 3 different countries but I had little knowledge/experience of complimentary/alternative health care practices. Except aromatherapy, massage and acupressure. I determined that I needed to learn more and become a practitioner of one such practice and for some reason, was drawn to Reiki.
My day was unforgettable. Not only did I meet a group of pretty amazing people, my life was once again touched by individuals who were for sure, meant to cross my path.
I found the history of Reiki fascinating. Even my scientific mind could comprehend the common sense behind this centuries old teaching. As I heard and learned more, I realised that this would be a part of me, forever more.
We were advised about the 'Attunement'... You see, Reiki is not taught in the way other healing techniques are taught. It is transferred to the student by the Reiki Master during an attunement process. This process opens the crown, heart, and palm chakras and creates a special link between the student and the Reiki source. I was so grateful that my friend, Phoebe, had explained to me the Chakras a few weeks ago...they sure crop up with increasing frequency!
During mine, I felt a heavy calm and could see indigo... and within that indigo I could see a swirling spiral like image, like an invisible finger stirring a thick indigo paint, moving clockwise, rather like a coil... and I also felt a now familiar, cool breeze over my left side... Isis.
The process is guided by the Rei or God-consciousness and makes adjustments in the process depending on the needs of each student. The attunement is also attended by Reiki guides and other spiritual beings who help implement the process. Many report having mystical experiences involving personal messages, healings, visions, and past life experiences.
The attunement can also, apparently, increase psychic sensitivity. Students often report experiences involving: opening of the third eye, increased intuitive awareness, and other psychic abilities after receiving a Reiki attunement. Now, I had pledged to myself a couple of years ago, that I would learn how to tune into and use my 'gut instinct' more effectively. Those of you who have read my blog from the beginning will know that the times when I have ignored it, I have ended up at risk/danger.
Back to the attunement. So, once you have received a Reiki attunement, you will have Reiki for the remainder of your life. It does not wear off and you can never lose it. While one attunement is all you need for each level to be attuned to that level, additional attunements bring benefit.
Experimentation has found that additional attunements of the same level add to the value of that level. These benefits include refinement of the Reiki energy one is channeling, increased strength of the energy, healing of personal problems, clarity of mind, increased psychic sensitivity, and a raised level of consciousness.
Today, the day after, I would certainly say that I feel achy and heavy. But I have a clarity that I did not have previously. In fact, just after my attunement, I received a message, no, not a psychic message or the likes, but a text message, that I could, would have previously, chosen to have grieved, lashed back and then backed down, scared to let go...
Later that evening, I calmly drew my boundary line and let that person go. I send him with love and my hopes for his happiness, but a clear message that I no longer want the negative energy and self doubt that he creates within me. I feel sad, but relieved. I know that he will return and is bound to my life line. But for now, he needs to grow and I need to become my complete whole.
I read this next passage during my research today, and it resonates well.
'Reiki attunement can start a cleansing process that affects the physical body as well as the mind and emotions. Toxins that have been stored in the body may be released along with feelings and thought patterns that are no longer useful' You see? Quite uncanny, add to that I am doing a 30 day program of detox diet and exercise...!
Ahhh...yes. Back to my Black Panther!
The mention of Reiki guides, angels and goddess guides during our class made me ask the question about my Black Panther... And I was advised to take a look at a book describing the various 'Animal Spirit Guides' and their significance.
Here is what I have found and the statements that literally, blew me away, I have italicised:
'The Black Panther's power includes astral travel, guardian energy, symbol of the feminine, death and rebirth, understanding of death, reclaiming ones power, ability to know the dark, aggressiveness and power without solar influence, reclaiming power'
The Panther is a very ancient and powerful spirit guide. Their power is lunar (moon). In Egyptian rites a panther tail was worn around the neck or waist to help protect and strengthen the individual. Panther has been a symbol of the "Argos of a Thousand Eyes," who protected the heifer IO whom Zeus loved. After his death, the eyes were moved to the feathers of the peacock. During my class, the relevance of the peacock feathers to the goddess Isis was explained...
The name panther is frequently linked with a certain species of leopard or jaguar and sometimes the cougar. Black panthers are smaller but more fierce than lions and tigers. They are also brilliant swimmers and agile climbers. Because they have the ability to sprint with great speed, they hold the teachings of quick decisive action. Panthers are not the best long distant runners though, so those with this power animal should take part in movement therapies that improve endurance, e.g. swimming, martial arts. It is necessary to learn how to pace oneself, to not push to fast or hard on any one task.
Panthers are generally loners, extremely comfortable with themselves and are often drawn to other solitary people. Women with Panther, Leopard or Jaguar power animals frequently find themselves raising their children alone, whether it be through divorce or circumstance. People with this power animal can develop clairaudience, the ability to hear communications from other forms of life or dimensions. They must trust their thoughts and inner voice/visions as they are based in reality. This is an animal guide to assist you on your path, sometimes in the form of a real person such a mentor or teacher. The Black Panther is endowed with great magic and power, which will increasingly be experienced.
Panthers have over 400 voluntary muscles that can be used at will when required. Panthers are able to move gracefully in and out of situations, as well as freeze and not be noticed. This is a symbol of the ability to shapeshift realities, using all parts of the body to perform a task. The gift of Panther is the power of silence. They are near silent when hunting or stalking prey, and know when to make themselves seen and when to become unseen. Panther holds the secrets of worlds that are unseen and are associated with lunar energies.
Within the darkness of night resides the truth of creation. Black panthers have great mysticism associated with them. They represent the life and power of the night. They can show us how to welcome the darkness and rouse the light within it. Those with this power animal contain knowledge of a galactic origin, and have a responsibility to look after and respect this knowledge. Caution must be used when sharing it with others. When the student is ready the teacher appears, and vice versa. If the student isn't ripe the information given could trigger negative consequences.
Panthers possess acute sensitivity. The hairs that cover their lithe bodies, especially on the face, pick up subtle vibrations. This is symbolic for those with this guide. It is an indication of a need to pay attention to their feelings and honour the messages those feelings transmit.
Touch can be a significant path to explore to awaken ones concealed gifts. The black panthers sleek, smooth and sensual coat has been linked to sexuality. If panther comes into your life it may be asking you to resolve old sexual issues, or to embrace your sexuality fully.
When experiencing the presence of panther, one of their most striking features is their unblinking stare. It seems to see right through the body. Those with panther medicine can use their eyes as a healing tool and have the potential to heal on a cellular level.
Panther is a powerful guide to have, always bringing a guardian energy to those to whom it comes.
Wow! I cannot help but think this has significance. Without realising all that I have researched since his appearance, I have already used that power to my advantage... and it was as if his appearance was meant to be prior to my Reiki Level 1, telling me to use Reiki as my means to 'explore and awaken my concealed gifts... Now, for sure, touch has always been a huge part of my 'healing' role. I always have this overwhelming need to 'touch' to bring comfort, ease pain, anxiety. Now we all have this within us. Karen yesterday said that a mother's instinct is to 'rub a sore tummy' or 'place a hand on a fevered brow'... there are so many examples of our human instinct to touch to heal... This is why Reiki makes so much sense to me...
So in conclusion, I had determined to awaken and explore my Spirituality. I have no 'Religion', nothing that I have ever felt an affinity with or necessity to 'believe'... And although my work helps people to explore their own spiritual journeys, I had never been 'brave' enough to do the same for me. Well, its paying off. My journey is revealing answers and 'I am empowered'!!