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Give me all the healing. I see Mary Franke for Reiki (I wonder if she knows that rhymes) at least once every 3 months. Every time I walk out feeling lighter on my feet and in my heart. I want to share my experience with you so that maybe you will try it, too. Mary once told me that on some clients, it’s like trying to heal a stone. You have to be open to Reiki. It really works, as long as you let it. I’ve been using meditation at night now for months and the second she laid her hands on me she said: “I can tell you are more in control of your energy.”

Here’s what else I learned at my latest Reiki session:

I am a bird.
Mary tells me she sees an Eagle at every one of our sessions. Eagles have come up in other aspects of my life, too. I’m pretty sure my spirit animal is an Eagle. This is ironic because nothing scares me more than an unpredictable bird, especially one with an incredible wing span. Eagles symbolize freedom and the courage to look ahead; it flies higher than any other bird – – so look, I’ll take it. But I won’t be getting in actual “touch” with my spirit animal anytime soon.

Inner Critic vs. Inner Coach
Are you hard on yourself? She asks me. I let out a little laugh: Absolutely. There is a way to guide yourself with compassion instead of criticism. Try to change the way you talk to yourself when you’re stuck or spiraling. Wow, she’s right. Why do I immediately turn to beating myself up instead of recognizing there is simply room for improvement? This little nugget really hit home.

Nothing but Time
I have an issue with time. I know this about myself and she confirms it. She sees a melting clock. I have always struggled with time, wishing and wanting it to slow down or speed up. She tells me the reason I’ve been enjoying horseback riding is because when I’m up there, time does not exist. There is something about the motion of the horse and me controlling the animal that helps me feel relaxed about time. I never thought about riding like that before.

I’m bound for…something?
She tells me I’m on the cusp of something. I’ve been working on it for years and all the pieces and the groundwork are there, it just has to manifest. It’s taken a back seat to my family for now, but it’s coming…

I have a star and her name is Cor.
Try hard to imagine a star – it could be under you or above you or to the side, doesn’t matter…just see if you can imagine it then see if you can tell where it’s pointing to on your body. It takes some time but I finally see it bright as ever, shining into my Solar Plexus. I open my eyes and she tells me to point to where it was coming from. She puts her phone up and locates the star with an app, bright as can be. Cor Caoli is a binary star that marks the northern vertex of a Diamond constellation (my birthstone) and it’s the brightest star in the Hunting Dog constellation. I’m going to keep my eye on it.

12:34. 1:23. 2:34.
Someone is trying to send me a message, I blurt out in the middle of our session. I see the pattern of 1, 2, 3, 4 every where I look. My head turns to a clock for no particular reason and it’s 12:34. I book a flight and it lands at 12:34. The library barcode I’m staring at while listening to my daughter read is 11 234. Every single day, multiple times a day. Nothing about this is a warning message or anything bad she reassures me, it’s coming across as a validation. We research the meaning of 1234 in succession afterwards and it speaks to me: As a leader, your heart helps you see that you are part of something greater than yourself in this world. When you align your efforts for something bigger, you feel at peace. Your goal is to make a difference and leave something for future generations.

Pink & Blue.
She told me she was guided to have me imagine a pink mist that started in my left hand and traveled over and across my body into an imaginary blue crystal I was holding in my right. She asked me to say to myself “I am my whole self now.” Weird I think, but I’ll try it. I’m on my 5th “I am my whole self now” and I start to cry. I have zero control over these tears of release.

Hydrate
I’m home that afternoon running around like usual. I am thirsty and telling myself I need to make time to get more water into my body. A text message pops up on my phone. It’s Mary. “Hydrate” is all it says.

Reach Mary Franke of South Shore Reiki, here or find someone near you.

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