Since 2004 I have been working fulltime as a Reiki Master and Healer. Prior to that, I spent 20 years working in statutory and voluntary care services. My training and qualifications include: counselling, shamanism, N.L.P and a social work degree. I have been designing and delivering self-development courses since 1996.
Upon first hearing about Reiki, I dismissed it as a new-age hippy scam! Thanks to a dear friend’s persistence, I agreed to a course of Reiki Healing. That course of Reiki Healing cured the Irritable Bowel Syndrome I had been suffering from for many years. Having experienced for myself the efficacy of Reiki, I began to look for a Reiki Master/Teacher to train me. It took several years to find a Reiki Master/Teacher who wasn’t a flaky hippy! Jill Thomson attuned, guided and supported me to Master /Teacher level during the period 2002-2004.
In 2004 I retired from social work and dedicated my time to sharing the gift of Reiki. Initially I worked with Holistic Medicine students at Chichester College, but when an opportunity arose to work with children with ADHD, I couldn’t resist it. This had been my area of expertise in social services and if someone had taught me Reiki as a child…well, let’s just say life would have been very different! The ADHD charity I was working with received funding to take the children on a canal boat for a weekend. We took three groups over three separate weekends. I did Reiki Healing and Guided Meditation with the children whilst on the boat. The efficacy of both Reiki and Meditation was greatly enhanced by the environment afforded by the boat. This experience inspired me to sell my home and start a new life and Reiki practice aboard canal boat Sanctuary.
Whilst living aboard a UK canal boat, I came to the realisation that this is a very Buddhist lifestyle. Whilst discussing this with my Reiki Master, she suggested a deeper understanding of Buddhism would deepen my understanding of Reiki. This has led me on a journey of discovery over the last four years. The Reiki Healing System was inspired by Buddhism. Allowing myself to be guided by both Reiki and Buddhism has enhanced my life and my work as a Reiki Master.