Sometimes, when you least expect it, you have an epiphany. For the past several months, I have been dealing with a painful back injury. Since this injury occurred where I was working (at a State agency), I've been swamped in miles of red tape trying to get the medical treatment that is needed to correct the damage that was done to my back.
Throughout this process, I've seen FIVE doctors, received THREE different diagnosis and lost my job where I was providing animal therapy to adults with special needs. Needless to say, I've hit a lot of dead-ends and continually have to fight the system, while remaining relatively immoble to reduce the level of pain that I experience.
After visiting doctor #4, which was an excruciating experience, I was told that I can no longer take the medication that was prescribed to manage the pain AND that I should stop taking aspirin to help with pain management. Keep in mind, my pain levels range from 6-9 daily on a 1-10 scale and I am unable to sit in a normal chair for more than 30-45 minutes. How can I stop all meds immediately? I was taking less than the prescribed dosage - but this doctor says to get off of everything! I was in a lot of pain because of two hours travelling to the office, two hours sitting and waiting for the doctor, then going through the manipulations to determine the extent of the injury. I had 1 1/2 hours to drive back home and didn't know how I was going to do it without taking my meds, but I was determined to try.
About half way home, I heard a little voice saying, "You idiot! You are a Reiki Master! You have the power to stop this pain yourself. You take care of other people all the time and talk about how great reiki is... start taking care of your own pain."
Seriously... how stupid am I? I have the ability to heal, but I was so conditioned to take meds to solve my problem, and like so many other people that's the trap I fell into!
So... when I arrived home, I started doing reiki and the pain went away. I still have the herniated and torn discs, and I still have pressure on my sciatic nerve, but my pain level is now almost completely eliminated thanks to giving myself reiki treatments regularly.
I will still need medical intervention to correct the problem, but I've been virtually pain free for most of the past two weeks. Reiki works... and sometimes even the Master needs a little reminder what a wonderful tool it truly is!