It was the summer of 1983, I was about thirty years old, and in the previous eight years had taken part in several courses and experiential groups.
I had spent a year training in Bio dynamic therapy and also participated in De-hypno therapy which gave me valuable insights and brought me closer to myself.
However I was looking for something new, something that really touched me more deeply.
For a year and a half I worked and finished my educational training as a teacher for Primary school In Bremen (North Germany). Afterwards I also taught as a teacher in German as a foreign language for adults. But after another year of teaching I realized that my work was not very fulfilling.
I wanted to broaden my horizons and have always loved traveling. So I decided to explore the USA, perhaps going to the former ‘Hippie Paradise’ called “San Francisco” (California), meeting new people and exploring new ways of living. I was very interested in searching to learn something new for me, which had to do with my hands.
I kind of already felt that my hands wanted to express themselves in ways unknown to me. Perhaps there was a potential for healing in my hands?
But I didn’t have a clear idea what to look for to express this energy. I was familiar with massage and shiatsu, and was also interested in chakra and energy work, so I decided to travel to Berkeley and join various healing groups to see if I could find an answer. But I did not feel particularly inspired and was concerned I would be flying back to Germany with ‘empty hands’.
However, during my last weekend there, I took part in a healing workshop that would change my life in ways I couldn't imagine. Here I met a German woman who had just completed a Reiki course. When she told me about Reiki, I was impressed by her description of it:
"You simply place your hands on your tummy, then it gets all quite hot and feels really good and you can feel the energy flowing in.”
Although this sounds all too simple, something about her convinced me that Reiki was too important to ignore and I became fascinated by its very simplicity and her conviction of its effectiveness.
I felt overwhelmingly drawn to Reiki, even though I did not fully appreciate what it was and had no expectations about what it could do. It was as though I had been "struck" by something.
My first steps with Reiki
"I was having an unforgettable moment because it was the first time I had ever experienced healing as giver of hands-on treatment....."