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Twenty Years with Reiki

Martin, with Olga Sampson and Wanja Twan in Kaslo, BC, Canada
Martin, with Olga Sampson and Wanja Twan in Kaslo, BC, Canada

This month I celebrate twenty years with reiki! It is quite unbelievable looking back to when I first learnt reiki in Melbourne, to where I am today. At that time I had been travelling through Asia and had a one-year working visa, for stay in Australia. I’d left England thinking I’d find the answers to life and in many ways I did, but not what I expected. I thought a good woman was my salvation and I met a few of those; but leaning reiki was the real gift of all that searching. At that time I was still controlled by addiction, so life wasn’t straightforward, things had to get a lot worse before they improved! But improved they have, beyond my expectations and with the constant presence of reiki.

Throughout the years I’ve had regular contact with other reiki people, with personal friendships developing through share groups and retreats. All have made life that bit more fun and meaningful.

For a long time I kept my practice of reiki more personal, with occasional treatments for close friends, family and pets. I was able to bring some comfort to my mother, who suffered with chronic arthritis. She used to like reiki for her feet, after which the pain with walking was eased. My old pet dog was a pedigree who lived 17 years; 12 years is considered a good age for a dachshund – I wonder how reiki contributed to his long life?

The last couple of years I’ve followed a yearning to open up and share more reiki; this has manifest in practicing reiki for a living.

Over a year ago, I met Olga at her North London reiki share. Through our meeting, we’ve developed a relationship and we are both very happy, together. Last autumn we travelled to Canada for an adventure staying with friends for two months of reiki, Native American ceremonies, BC wildlife and Wanja’s stories. Near the end, I was initiated a reiki master by Anneli Twan, enabling me to teach others!

In December I was honored to initiate my brother and soon after, a long-term client with reiki level one.

Life isn’t always easy, as I thought I was choosing 20 years ago, but today I feel alive. I often wake up and feel I have an adventure ahead of me: what will this day bring? I have a good life today and all the more enriched with reiki……enriched with love.