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My Spiritual Path

REIK I by the beauty spot

Thought to have begun in Tibet thousands of years ago, the practise of Reiki was rediscovered by Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese educator, in the mid-1800s. It was then introduced to the western world during the 1970s. Recipients of a Reiki treatment can heal themselves by drawing the “universal life energy” from the practitioner’s “laying on of hands”. Reiki can be used to alleviate stress, enhance relaxation, and heal the body from illness, injury or even from the side effects of drug therapies. Reiki is a technique mostly used in the western world for stress reduction and relaxation which also promotes healing. It is administered by a trained Reiki practitioner who, by “laying on of hands”, is able to tap into an unseen “life force energy”, which when it is low means we are more likely to get sick or feel stress. The Reiki practitioner then channels this energy to help your body reach a higher level of “life force energy” meaning we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Many people say a treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating beneficial effects which include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well being.

The Next Chapter by Diana Dudás m.f.h.t. m.i.c.h.t.

I have now entered the next chapter of my spiritual path. It was whilst on a bus trip to Malaga that the bus stopped for a short respite in the province of Granada and I instantly felt the need to return there as soon as I could. And so it was March last year that I did so. Little did I know that the short weekend break would turn my world upside down. On arrival we jumped into a taxi that would take us to our hotel. Oh my word, it was gorgeous, the taxi dropped us off just in front of the reception area. I was so stunned by the beauty of this picturesque bay, that I immediately started to cry. I walked into reception, but it was so embarrassing, I couldn’t stop crying, what is wrong with me I thought, but decided that it was because I was overtired and happy to be on my holidays, little did I know of the story that was about to unfold. The following day we decided to visit the adjoining village. As it was so small we were a little unsure how we were going to fill our day. However we saw a sign that talked of a local church and went to have a look. It was a beautiful old church a little mediaeval in its architecture and there was a small plaza in front where you could sit in the shade and contemplate. We sat there for a few minutes enjoying its tranquillity when we noticed a photo of a lady and an epitaph. She was obviously a lady well-loved as there were many plants and numerous candles flickered in front of her picture. I was suddenly overwhelmed with a feeling of love and joy and once again the waterworks commenced. Before I had time to compose myself and read the inscription on the epitaph my husband whisked me away to the beach so as not to be an embarrassment. We had a lovely day and as the weather was so beautiful we decided to return again the next day and sun ourselves on the beach. As we approached the bay I suddenly had a flash back of a couple of readings that I received the year previous. A couple of mediums had mentioned to me that there was a strong energy around me and that it was someone who had passed on called Maria. I had no idea who it was but the recollection of this caused me to ask my husband if he could remember the name of the lady in the photo at the church. He said yes, her name was Maria. I got quite emotional again and decided to tell him about the readings. I hadn’t told him before as he had always been sceptical about such things. He suggested that we go back to the church and have another look. This time we took our time and read the inscription. I knew in my PAGE 16

heart that this lady must have done something quite remarkable and special for the village, but wasn’t sure what and as we were returning home the next day there was little I could do to find out. My fiftieth birthday was coming up and all I wanted to do was to take a weekend off work and to go back and find out more about this lady Maria. However just before we did that I decided to have my annual reading and to see if the same Maria that had been around me before was to reveal her self again and to find out if it was in fact the same Maria. The medium laid out the cards and the first thing that she said was, “Maria is here and she is telling me that she wants you to write her biography.” Tears of joy fell and I managed to compose myself long enough to ask, “Why me?” She says that you will be able to relate to her as you have similar personalities, she also knows that you will write the story how it should be told. She then went on to tell me that she knows it won’t be easy, but that there would be a man that would help me as the family had lots of stories about the things that she did. I have met that man, who told me that the whole family was anxious that Maria’s story be told and had been waiting for the right person. My husband and I told him how I came to find Maria and I have now been embraced by the whole family giving me permission to write her story. She indeed was a special lady and I am so proud to be writing her story. And it is for this reason that for the moment the story of my spiritual path will be on hold. I have found my place in the world and I am at peace. My wish for all of you is that you find the same.

07 The Advertiser 2011  

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