Thursday, February 14, 2008

Return of The Prodigal Blogger (Part 1-Reiki)

For shame, it has been weeks since I have posted and this prodigal blogger is finally rested & recovered enough to blog. Perhaps prodigal isn't quite correct, I have not been running around lavishly wasting my time not blogging, I've actually been busting my butt - working like a fiend all over NY, LA and Palm Springs. Well, I returned home early Monday at 12:30am and basically slept and decompressed for three days and finally feeling better. So here I am back to blogging and contrite for not even posting a peep during my trip, but believe me when I tell you it was pure insanity...

There's so much to catch up on that I barely know where to begin- I guess right where I left off, so the weekend before I leave for the Vampire Photo Shoot Job (thusly termed because it literally sucked the life out of me) was my 2 day-Reiki Workshop through www.reikiartscontinuum.com. That Friday there had been a stressful casting callback session with a mini casting going on in another studio- was just running back & forth between studios and being fully-on personality-wise (you know- super upbeat to make sure the models are relaxed and to keep the clients energy up...). By end of day Friday when it was all over, my whole body just shut down and the tears came out of nowhere. I couldn't stop- I was just over tired & over stressed. I was full-on crybaby at the studio and I didn't care (the clients were gone by then of course). Sometime, you just have to let it all out.

Before the tears, I cast one of my favorite models with her sweet pup- I heart him, I make sure he comes to every shoot she does.
My dear Fcat took me to Patsy's for some yummy pizza/no cheese on my half & a much needed glass of wine. By early Saturday morning, I was bemoaning the fact that I had committed my two days of much-needed rest to a 9-6pm workshop. I was filled with anxiety from the many jobs that I was juggling, so was doubly anxious that I was going to be late for class. I made it just in time to The New York Open Center in Soho and rushed in. There were about twenty people seated in chairs forming a circle and we were around the room introducing ourselves and explaining why we were here to learn reiki. It was an eclectic group ranging from nurses & bodywork practitioners to people like me who were inexplicably drawn to it and just wanted to check it out. We were all here to learn how to channel this universal healing energy for ourselves and to share with others.

I won't bore you with the minute details of everything, but reiki has changed my life. I am about to sound like a born-again ready to testify, but reiki is the most amazing gift that I have given to myself. During Reiki I, we were given two attunements which is what the Reiki teachers transfer to you so that all your chakras/meridian points are more open to better receive the healing energy and to better feel the vibrations that all living things emit. Everyone has a different experience, mine was filled with waves of color & intense heat. Upon being given my first attunment, my palms in prayer position, I felt such intense heat that I was scared and wanted to pull my hands away- it was that hot. For me, the Reiki I workshop was a multi-sensory experience. I have only had reiki done to me once and it was interesting, but not mind-blowing, learning reiki & receiving the attunement on the other hand has touched my life so deeply that I can only say that it is the most amazing gift I have ever received.

The NY Open Center welcomed us with balloons:

Quick lunch at Hampton Chutney Company in Soho- yummy yummy dosas!

Sunday's lunch break at a darling little Australian place in Nolita, but can't remember the name- I had a spinach salad with pumpkin & pine nuts:

That evening a simple & yum meal by Fcay- pasta & side of spinach:


The universe and the good energy that can be imparted is fascinating. Later that evening as Fcat and I discussed my class, he told me that in the morning about 10-15minutes after his boxing class began, he was hit by a sudden overwhelming sense of clarity & focus. I was shocked because that is about the same time that the class sat in a meditational healing circle and I had imagined him in healing golden light, had he not mentioned his experience, I would not have even thought to tell him about it. Days later, I mentioned my reiki workshop to my grandmother being careful not to freak out her Catholic sensibilities with this practice developed by a Buddhist monk. I just explained to her that reiki is like energy work- like an energy massage to unblock stale, tense energy. That was not unfamiliar to her because the Chinese practice energy work. So I asked her if she felt any differently on Saturday and she told me that she was on the phone at 10am and felt extremely talkative and then she told that she was really happy for the whole entire day (that for my grandmother is a very big thing!) and then I told her that I had put her in my healing circle and she was quite pleased to have been imparted such good energy. Lastly, I asked my sister if she felt anything extraordinary and she said no, but then she recalled that she had stomachaches & pains the entire week and it happened to have stop on Saturday- coincidence? maybe, but maybe not...

One last interesting story involves Booboo. Animals are extremely sensitive, so the first time I performed reiki on myself, Booboo was laying on the bed and her tail was swishing so furiously that I couldn't figure out why she was so damned annoyed. The teacher told me the next day that it was because I was casting off my old energy and I was changing and she wasn't quite recognizing my new energy. That made sense because as I have been reiki-ing more, she is no longer annoyed and at one point she put her paws on me (which she hardly ever does) and I began to see waves of blue flow towards her. Simply amazing. Apparently when cats want reiki, they come to you as opposed to dogs who you can't keep off you when you are performing reiki because they want all that good energy- or so the teacher told us.

Anyway, the point is that I reiki myself every evening & every morning and I so much happier than I have ever been. And all those around me, reap the benefits of a happier, kindler & much gentler me. Thank god for reiki to help me through the LA/Palm Springs shoot. I have already signed up for the Reiki II workshop and looking forward to learning how to give a full reiki session to another versus the mini-session that we learned.

That weekend at the workshop, I couldn't stop smiling. I left Sunday evening feeling more grounded and settled than I have ever have in my whole entire life. I had a stressful shoot ahead and was not in the least bit fazed. I have become a whole new me.

Next stop, putting reiki to the test with the most challenging shoot week ever...

Booboo wishes everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!

20 comments:

Vegan_Noodle said...

Just like the prodigal son's father, we will always welcome you back to blogging with open arms!!

Your experience with reiki sounds amazing. I really have no idea what it is so I'm going to go google it now.

Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

Clementine & Mandarin said...

As always, you're an inspiration! I'm signing up for some reiki classes. Can't wait to see you on Sat! We is gonna have some much needed catch up time. Happy Val's day! :-)

Jesse said...

Does anyone have any suggestions for classes in LA? I would love to try it.

VeggieGirl said...

hooray for vko's much-anticipated return to the blogging world!! :0)

reiki sounds so incredibly interesting - thank you so much for sharing about your personal experiences with it!! I would like to look into it.

so Patsy's is indeed vegan-friendly then, eh? I'm coming to NYC soon, so I'm in the process of compiling a list of restaurants to try :0)

VeggieGirl said...

p.s. happy belated Valentine's Day!!

Urban Vegan said...

What an amazing story! I can understand how reiki is life changing. I am fascinated. Great stuff!

Hey--maybe if you come to Philly one day, we can see if Bossa Nova will come to you for reiki. God knows she needs it, cranky litte girl.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

XO
UV

vko said...

thank you all for warm welcome back!

Jesse- I found a link to reiki in los angeles thru www.reiki-center.org, don't know anything about them, but looks interesting. Everyone has a different experience with Reiki which is the most important thing to keep in mind. Go with an open mind & open heart, don't expect too much and hopefully you will be plesantly surprised- like me. For me, it was definitely the right time. Email me if I can help you with anything!

Jesse said...

vko--thank you!!! I'm definitely going to look into it. Please post again soon--we miss you when you're gone!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Glad to hear you're able to calm down during the stress of a hectic shooting schedule! I've been light on the workload, did a shoot for Lucky magazine today, but I'm hoping to get back in the swing of things soon.
Happy Valentine's Day, love! xo.

Gnewvegan said...

What a coincidence.. I just wrote about how I enjoy reiki myself on my vegan blog and I am reading your blog for the first time.. Here you talk about reiki. I am glad your experience was a good one and it is something I am going to continue to incorporate into my life.

Gnewvegan
http://invitationfrom-gnewvegan.blogspot.com/

the little one said...

Glad you found something that is having such a positive impact on your life! Sounds like it's a good things for your loved ones too. Best of luck with your hectic week.

anna/village vegan said...

Oooh, that's really interesting about reiki. I'd never even heard of it until you mentioned it on your blog! I'm glad it's been working so well for you-- here's to hoping you get through your next big stressful shoot!

I like Hampton Chutney co too! For some reason reading about it really made me miss NYC all of a sudden.

Theresa said...

Reiki sounds like it works wonders for you!! There is a reiki master who volunteers her service at the Women's Centre in Townsville, catering to financially unstable and/or physically and sexually abused women, which is just wonderful. She's an amazing woman, and you can feel her peace seeping from her pores, so I can just imagine how much better you feel!

Jackie said...

Interesting post.

Reiki is absolutely marvellous, I had it for many years although I now use a BodyTalk practitioner instead as I seem to get good results a little quicker. Of course it also depends on who you get to do it as with all alternative therapies.

Great food.

the bulgarian said...

So I understand that you are angry with me for not commenting on your pictures- which you added just for me, so here is my apology: I am sorry. But I will have you know that the reason for me not commenting immediatelly was that I had to show my mom your blog on the starving dog used as art and she got really upset and angry (she called it inhumane)- so that took a while. So, I thank you for the pictures, they did make me happy- as always.

vko said...

My dearest Bulgarian,

I was not in the least bit angry that you did not comment my dear, my sister exaggerates- I only wanted to make sure that you knew those pictures were posted for you to help you through your loss. I'm so sorry to hear about your dog, but I believe that your lovely pup is living in doggy glory land where all good dogs and run & play the whole day long.xo

Ashasarala said...

Wow, you sound like you've been utterly stressed! That's so awesome that you have been learning and using reiki. I would LOVE to receive some reiki treatments, myself. I think I can benefit from it greatly. I look forward to reading more of your experiences with it.

the bulgarian said...

Thanks for the kind comment-your sister lies to me all the time so I don't know why I believe her anymore :) But I am pretty sure that animals go to heaven as well, so one day, I guess, I will see my dog. thks for taking the time to post the pictures-can't wait for the next post!

sko said...

Bulgarian: I do not lie to you all the time! Just some of the time. ;) And you're one to talk about LIES, btw (to quote the little brother).

LolCat 1: o hai I enjoyed the pictures very much, personally... I liked the last picture of the girl the best. :D

Reiki-ing is so super cute and cool...I want you to reiki me when I come up!

Ooh and thanks for the semi-colon article...I guess I'll have to read Eats, Shoots, and Leaves again, because I do not remember how to use one...

More posts soon, please. :)

the bulgarian said...

Dearest SKO, can we please not have a web argument, especially on your sister's blog- I am sure that it's very embarrasing to her (and me)and next time you can just call me. And BTW, what LIES?
VKO, if you're reading this- I apologize, and thanks for the new post- Chinatown seems exciting.

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