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“I Found My Wings Of Purpose Through Reiki”

By The Yoga School | September 10, 2018

When Elaine Victoria Yang found herself trapped in a vicious cocoon of pain, she turned to energy healing to cope with her struggles. Little did she know that her life would be completely transformed

Once upon a time, I led a different life.

I was a HR consultant in a big corporation. I loved my job. The days were long, requiring long hours in front of the computer, but the pay was good and I hung on to the illusion of security that money brought.

I was raised in a humble home. I remember the days when I watched dad scour for change to take the bus to work, and saw mum skipping her own meals so that us kids could have ours. Subconsciously, I became fearful of not having a job because, hey, no income equals no money.

I paid no notice to my ailing health even after two slipped disc episodes.
The money’s good, I told myself, there’s security. Suck it up.

But my body couldn’t bear it and continued to break down. Emotionally, I was also struggling through the difficult ending of a long-term relationship. It was around this time that I discovered energy healing in the form of Reiki, a Japanese technique used to support the healing of mental and physical trauma, as well as aid mental clarity and spiritual well-being.

My initial motivation stemmed from using it as a coping mechanism to manage stress and pain.

I thought that Reiki would help to take away my physical pain,
my stress, my moments of depression…
I thought that like a magic wand, Reiki would make everything “better”…

I was wrong. I liken it to applying a band-aid – the pain is temporarily lessened, but the unhealed wound remains. It took me a while to realise that unless the root cause of my pain was addressed, it would always come back. And sure enough, it did.

I suffered a third slipped disc, this time in my cervical spine. This injury turned out to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Finally, forced to hear my body’s relentless cry for help, I decided to take a six-month sabbatical. This was a defining moment for me – up till then, I was blind to the fact that my beliefs about money and the illusions of security it carried, were what led me to create my own suffering. In other words, I was the one putting myself through “pain” with the choices I made.

I gained a new awareness through my Reiki practice. It opened my eyes to how, holding on to these “conditioned beliefs” had become detrimental to my physical, mental and emotional health.

I realised that my old beliefs no longer served me. It was time to let them go.
My journey of transformation had begun.

And as my practice continues to deepen…

I’VE LEARNED that beyond just physical and emotional healing, there’s a beautiful sense of grounding that comes with a heightened sense of awareness… An awareness about the things that take you away from inner peace and balance.

I’VE LEARNED that self-limiting beliefs, negative self-talk, and insecurities merely create stress, depression and anxiety. Many of our internal demons are really just projections of past experiences, or a result of conditioning by our surroundings, culture, upbringing and social norms.

I’VE LEARNED that it’s normal to struggle when shifting from old habits or belief systems that no longer serve us, simply because we identify with familiarity. But we owe it to ourselves to take that step towards positive change. Reiki increases our capacity for awareness, and therein lies the key to healing and transformation.

I’VE LEARNED to stop worrying about the “what ifs”. It’s just a waste of energy.

I’VE LEARNED that much of my anxiety stems from imagining my future – in my head. But the truth is, no one knows what’s going to happen in the next minute or next year, let alone 10 years from now. These days, I bring myself back to the present whenever I catch myself falling back into that destructive loop of self-induced anxiety. After all, “now” is the only “truth” we know. Plus, why worry unduly? Life has a tendency of unfolding in ways that the mind cannot conceive.

I’VE LEARNED that I can only take the next step ahead of me – and I know that right now, this is where I need to be. This is what I need to do.

I feel so much joy now. My work feeds my soul.
This is all the affirmation I need.

I’m always looking for tools to support my practice, and have since incorporated sound healing into my Reiki sessions – sound creates a space that’s conducive for healing, and has been harnessed as a healing tool in various cultures for thousands of years. I was really drawn to use them in my practice after noticing how they complemented Reiki during a session that I co-facilitated in Australia two years ago. Crystal singing bowls (made from 99.992 percent pure crystal and gemstones) have healing vibrations that are pure and rebalancing. These therapeutic frequencies enable deeper shifts and open up energy channels for more profound healing.

Once upon a time, I led a different life.

I had turned to Reiki as a solution for managing my pain, but seven years on, I’ve discovered my purpose. My work as a teacher and healer is to empower those who come to me, so that they too can heal themselves through Reiki and awareness.

This is, to me, true healing.

About Elaine Victoria Yang:
Elaine Victoria Yang is an Usui Reiki Teacher and Sound Healer. She co-facilitates Breath and Sound sessions with Rie Komiya at The Yoga School. Breath and Sound is a one-hour session that stimulates your senses and brings you back into balance. The session begins with a 15-minute breath meditation to help you relax and ground, followed by 45 minutes of sound therapy featuring the soothing tones of crystal singing bowls and vocal toning. Experience Breath and Sound at the next session on Fri, 7 Dec 2018, 7pm (look out for updates on The Yoga School’s Facebook page and register your interest under “Events”) or check out the full schedule of classes here.

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