A little over 2 years ago, I stumbled upon a meditation and Reiki drop in class called “Happy Hour” at QiBelly on Queen West in downtown Toronto. I was a bit nervous, as although I had heard a lot about meditation and energy work, it was a world unknown to me. Lets be real, it was intimidating. As I walked through the doors and was pleasantly greeted by the teacher, Paul Lara, I felt a sense of ease. He assured us our comfort was number one, so I allowed myself to relax and take in the experience. After feeling the physical and mental effects of meditation and Reiki in class and throughout the night, I was hooked. My addictive personality kicked in and I needed more.
I went back to class for the next few weeks while my hunger for knowledge on the subject grew. I then decided to take it a step further. I called Paul and we arranged for me to begin one and one classes to become a Reiki Practitioner. This was in no way a career decision for me. As far as I was concerned this was a “hobby”, just meant to add to my current chaotic lifestyle, not change it.
Over the next while, every Saturday morning I would venture to QiBelly for my weekly classes. Currently in North America, a lot of Reiki courses are taught in a weekend. Paul’s way of teaching, however, is more that of the traditional Japanese way, over a long period of time. This allows you to practice meditation in conjunction with Reiki. It took discipline and sacrifice, which I added in baby steps, as too much sacrifice is a scary thing.
I continued studying under Paul, graduating every few months each Reiki level and am now studying to be a Reiki Master. Throughout these two years, I gained insight into my life, my being and the universe of which I never thought possible. As I mentioned, in the beginning, I had no intention of changing my party dominated and stressful lifestyle, but much to my surprise, with a few baby steps here and there, the desire to change outweighed the fear.
I truly believe we all have it in us. I don’t think one person is “stronger” than the other. We just need to dig a bit deeper to discover what it is we truly want and make tiny shifts as we go.