Author Archive: lesley@greenshootshealth

Reiki Raffle Prize

Life changing prize

Five years ago, I won a Reiki treatment in the raffle at a Health and Wellbeing Fair. Little did I know where it would lead me!

In truth, I had always wanted to try Reiki, but had never got around to it – you know what it’s like when you have a career and a family, busy, busy, busy! I really enjoyed the treatment, and felt refreshed afterwards, but that’s as far as I went with it then.

Fast forward to when I was in my final job and I met Alex, an inspirational young Reiki Master – at the time, the youngest in the country. Not only did he impress me, but so did one of his students, now also a Master, who told me that Reiki had changed her life. I was so stressed, that I retired from my job and I just knew I had to start my Reiki training immediately.

It was a strange new world, but week by week, I began to feel better, with this “intelligent energy” magically doing its stuff.

Now I do my daily Reiki meditation (Hatsurei ho), which only takes ten minutes, and self-healing when I need it, and try to live my life by the Reiki precepts:-

Just for today…do not worry….do not anger……be humble….be honest in your dealings with people….be compassionate to yourself and others.


So, it’s all just part of my life! I’m happier, healthier, and more in “the present”. For example, when I drive somewhere, I appreciate everything I see on the way, instead of arriving and realising I didn’t even remember the journey! More importantly, when I’m with a client, I find that I can really concentrate and tune into their needs.

I’ve noticed I’m much calmer, even when I’m out of my comfort zone – and I’m in remission from Rheumatoid Arthritis. My consultant has reduced my medication, apparently a known benefit of practising Reiki. What more could I wish for?

Geoff Boycotts Cancer

Surprising people turn to Reiki. This week, I read that Geoff Boycott, the former Yorkshire and England cricketer, known for his forthright views, turned to complementary therapies when he was beating cancer. In his new book “The Corridor of Certainty”, he wrote that, following his chemotherapy and radiation treatment, he called in a Feng Shui Master to treat his house, and had Reiki and Acupuncture treatments to cope with the pain.  Incidentally, EFT is often referred to as Acupuncture without the needles, so if you don’t like needles……try EFT!

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New Year Resolutions!

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions or a wish list to achieve for this year? If so, how are you getting on with them?

I won a boxed Amaryllis in a raffle at a Christmas Fair in November. I was really pleased, as I love their beautiful blooms, which brighten my days during the darkness of January and February. However, I put it on my kitchen worktop and forgot about it, as I was busy preparing for the festivities of Christmas and New Year.

One day, I was suddenly aware that it was sprouting out of the side of the top of the box! I felt so guilty and mortified that I had ignored its needs, that I dropped what I was doing and opened the box carefully so that I didn’t damage it any further. The compost it was in was dry, the leaves were yellow, and the stem had a right angle bend in it in an effort to reach the light. I gave it water, placed it on a sunny windowsill, apologised to it for my lack of care, and left nature to heal it!

Miraculously, the next day, it was recovering well. The stem was beginning to straighten itself out, the leaves were turning green, and the bud was opening. I found a stake to support the stem, and watched it daily, continuing to nurture it.

It rewarded me – and itself – by blossoming into not one, but two beautiful blooms, as you can see from the photograph.



And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.     Anais Nin

The experience I had with my Amaryllis clearly illustrates the quotation by Anais Nin, and our pain when we are resisting the need to blossom ourselves and make the most of what we have to offer.

I was amazed that all the Amaryllis needed was some nurturing support in achieving its need to blossom. Maybe you need some help and support  to achieve your aims for this year? If so, do contact me to see how you could blossom like my beautiful Amaryllis……….it would give me great pleasure to help you.