Angela Lewis, RN, BSN
In 2017 I decided I needed a change in my life. I had relocated to a new state as a single mom to two middle school age children. I had been an RN for 8 years and was so aggravated with healthcare and how everyone’s answer to a problem was to take a pill for this, and the answer to side effects from those pills were take more pills for that. So I started to focus on my own health. I was in my late 30s and it was time to take charge. I started buying Groupons for hydro colonics, foot detoxes, yoga and massage. One day I’d had a massage and then went for acupuncture. During my session I began to see a color behind closed eyes. I opened my eyes and it stayed there floating around the room. The acupuncturist told me that it could possibly be related to blocked chakras and that due to my super relaxed state maybe “I had opened something up”.
I immediately hit google. I was amazed and also super freaked out by this experience. It was here that I began to learn about energies. I came across an article that stated some insurance companies were starting to include Reiki under covered care. I’d heard of Reiki but didn’t know much about it other than it was equivalent to therapeutic touch, which was briefly mentioned in nursing school. When I started researching I knew this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to use my knowledge of anatomy, medicine, physiology, and energies to create a more holistic approach to healing. In January of 2020 I received my first certification in traditional Usui Reiki and followed with second that summer. I have also completed classes in shadow work and continue intuition development courses. In November of 2021 I received a level II certification in Kundalini Reiki. Usui is more body, mind and spirit focused, while Kundalini focuses energy is that potential for the spiritual awakening to arise. In May of 2022, I completed my Reiki Master studies in Kundalini Reiki under practitioner Katie Emmitt.
I view the energy body as Western medicine's forgotten organ system. Reiki practitioners are conduits or channels that can help remove blocks, provide healing, and shift the energies in this system. Just remember Reiki is not a replacement for medical care. Even though I am a nurse , I do not work under a physician and cannot recommend, prescribe or change your medications.