The Lotus Healing Seva Group, Kenya Chapter, reached out to women in a Usikimye Safe Haven in Kiambu, Kenya. They were trained in Reiki level 1 on 9th and 10th February, by our Kenya Member Sheela Shah, assisted by Kenya Member Sakina Taki.
This was our first Reiki training in the Year 2022!
Please read on for their interesting accounts!
LHSG Founder Member
The Reiki l workshop at the Usikimye Shelter on Wednesday and Thursday, ended successfully. After all the preliminary introductions done on the first day, Sakina along with her cousin, Afroza, who’s been volunteering, and I quickly got the 10 ladies (with their babies) to settle down to learn all about Reiki. The ladies keenly listened to the origins of Reiki, the nature of Reiki and last but not least the goodness of Reiki.
The ladies then learnt about the chakras and positioning of the chakras.
The attunement went as smoothly as possible with the respective children hanging on to their mums. As their mums got attuned, the children too became calm and quiet and seemed to rest like their mums. When everyone slowly woke up and collected themselves, I encouraged the ladies to share their attunement experience if any. Majority of them said they felt very relaxed and peaceful. Following a 20 mins break after attunement, as the children had to have their mid morning feed, we resumed our session with self-healing. Again, I found the ladies keenly doing the self-healing with no rush whatsoever. I found numerous warm hands, strong with Reiki, successfully healing chakras…. plus the positions on the face. We then went through the 5 principles of Reiki…. something for them to think about and reflect on. Thus ended the first day.
The next day, after quickly settling down to start our session, the ladies one by one narrated how the rest of the previous day, after our session, went remarkably stress free, feeling very calm but energised and finally having a wonderful restful sleep. I assured them that this was completely the result of the Reiki self-healing. One of the ladies also remarked that the last principal of Reiki, “Today and every day I’ll show love and respect for every living thing”, hit a code in her that she walked around their patch of garden reflecting on the plants and trees. She said she felt new appreciation for all things green and blooming. Then getting into pairs, we started the whole mechanics of giving Reiki to another person and the important etiquette to follow. The children were not too pleased to see their mums’ attention diverted in this exercise and in their unique ways persisted on demanding for attention. Sakina and I juggled in keeping the children entertained and at the same time I kept an eye on the mothers giving Reiki correctly to their partners. Kudos to the mums who patiently followed every step of placing their hands correctly and assuring their children at the same time.
By 11.30 the children had to be given their mid morning feed and so reluctantly we took a 20 mins break. This definitely was a learning experience on my part as I realised where children were concerned, one has to be flexible in numerous ways to conduct the workshop.
Having fed the children, the ladies resumed from where they left off with partner healing. One of the young mothers, who recently had her baby, (2 weeks ago), succumbed to a very deep state of Reiki induced sleep very quickly when receiving healing that the two ladies giving her healing were quite surprised. I gently assured them that this was normal when someone was in dire need of the healing. When I gently woke Cristie, this young mum woke with such a start that she was disoriented and confused as to where she was. It took a bit of gentle assurance to calm her down. When fully awake and oriented, Christie looked as if she had just awakened from hours of slumber….. bright eyes and totally refreshed. Everyone present were quite amazed.
All the other ladies too felt greatly uplifted from receiving healing but not as dramatic as Christie. Completing partner healing, we went through all the various benefits of Reiki followed by any queries. The ladies were absolutely thrilled with the knowledge of the power of Reiki in their hands and promised that they will keep up with self-healing
LHSG Kenya Member
Today was such an amazing experience. The ladies loved the first class and I also learnt a lot form Sheila. So so grateful I get to learn and do seva at the same time
I want to share an observation
There is one lady there who hasn’t been too friendly or open (due to trauma plus she doesn’t understand English so she is a bit shy to communicate) but honestly I observed she enjoyed Reiki the most and was so calmn after that. She also laughed with me after the session. I feel so happy.
LHSG Kenya Member