What do Reiki and Grace have in Common?

On Saturday, I was on my way to Macon, Georgia to visit family. I was listening to the Oprah station on Satellite radio. The Soul Series with Reverend Ed Bacon was on and he was talking with Cathleen Falsani, the author of a book called Sin Boldly, a Field Guide for Grace.

Grace is a word I have heard plenty but don’t know much about. I mean, when I hear someone say “grace,” I picture myself taking a slide down the stairs in my fancy dress at the FOX Theater (the opposite of grace!). So I was intrigued by Reverend Bacon’s interview with Falsani, who also has been a columnist for Sojourner, a truth and justice magazine.

According to Falsani, “Justice is getting what you deserve. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. And grace is getting what you absolutely don’t deserve.”

Rev. Bacon fired off a few questions after her statement. “Can earn grace?” No. “Can you buy grace?” No. “Can you work hard to get grace?” No. “Can you pray your way to grace?” No. “Is grace only for the good?” No.

Every question he asked, she said no. Grace just is. Apparently, it’s the I AM, in I AM.

This interview set me to thinking. I had received a healing, a Reiki session, with Mark Revard, a Reiki practitioner at P&D, on Friday. After listening to what Falsani’s definition of grace is, I believe spiritual healings are very close to grace.

I have had healings before. Not just Reiki, but other kinds. I’ve even taken two classes on the subject and I know how to do a type of spiritual healing that is not Reiki, but similar in that we use spirit guides to perform the healing. I liken spiritual healings to a cosmic massage. They help me to feel healed, relaxed, happier, and surer of my place in my world.

I’m open to healing and energy from the spirit world. As I become more aware of myself, I think it’s just a natural occurrence and anyone can become more conscious in this way. But to receive a healing, all a person needs is a willingness to receive. It does not require an understanding of how it works. In fact, no belief system of any kind is demanded. It’s not just for the rich, but the rich are welcome to receive. Even the greediest among us can be given a healing and, even though he may stay greedy, he is still as deserving of love as the next person to the spirit guides and the practitioner.

You may see where I’m going with this already. If grace is getting something we don’t deserve, then my Reiki session is about as close as I have come to tangible grace. As Mark was laying his hands on one side of my body, I could “see” (in my mind’s eye) someone on the other side. It even felt like someone was there. I could “see” myself doing things that are good for me, like making a smoothie, exercising, and laughing. As if my guides (or his) were showing me a way to better health and more happiness. I told Mark prior to the session that I was feeling tired much of the time. I believe that’s why I was shown what I saw. I also felt a kinship with Mark. I could “see” flowers, like the periwinkle color of a wisteria vine, in his heart center.

My Reiki healing didn’t require a big praying session to get to experience what I felt. I didn’t have to be good for a day to get the wonderments of healing. I didn’t need to be big buddies with my practitioner to feel compassion with him. I’m not religious, righteous, or even that great of a human being, for that matter. I’m always apologizing for something!

I love that I touched grace. I love how tangible it felt during my Reiki healing.  I hope to get back there again really soon.


More about Reiki and Mark.

Reiki is an ancient practice from Japan for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is done by “laying on hands,” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” from spirit guides of the practitioner that flows through us and helps us heal. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.


Mark became interested in Reiki when he was taking a course in psychic development. As part of an automatic writing practice, he drew a squiggly line and thought he had failed at the exercise. But someone told him he had not failed; he had succeeded greatly in finding a new path. The line he had drawn was a symbol for Reiki. This set him on a path to learn and grow in this field.

I found him to be open and caring and a lovely man. I can happily recommend him for a Reiki session.

Please keep in mind, not everyone will “see” things or get the same messages I did. This was my experience. In any type of reading or healing, we all have an experience that is our own – the guides and angels are giving us what we need, individually!


It’s All in the Stars, If You Look

Yesterday was my birthday. In honor of “my day,” I decided to have an astrological chart done by Nancy Hedges, an astrologer at P&D. I have had a ton of readings over the years, but I have never had my chart done.

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Actually, there were three charts. First was my Natal chart. I’m a Pisces. Nancy went through my traits and what they mean to me. I’ve checked my horoscope a million times, but because this chart was done by my day, time and place of birth, it was more specific. It was technical too. Nancy would say things like, “The moon was in Taurus, so you are determined, grounded and a bit stubborn.” This part made me wonder if she had been talking with my husband before my reading. Who me, stubborn?

This also backs up why I don’t come to life as a total Pisces, which are usually dreamy, so to speak. I dream, but I am also a grounded, rather earthly person. The Taurus personality in my reading explains this.

I found the birth chart to be remarkable in many of the explanations she gave me about what planet was where when I was born and how that related to me, personally.

I thought that was it. I was surprised to find she had two more charts to go.

Next was a chart that runs much like the books of the year that go through each sign and gives the future for that year. Only this one was specific to me, again based on the information of my birth.

She covered much of 2013 and even said a few things about 2014. I won’t go into too much detail here. If you get a reading, it should be your reading.

One thing she said was that I will be reviewing my goals many times over the next year and she named the months this was most likely to occur. She called it “report card time.” That struck me because I am very much in the process of starting new ventures and probably taking on too many tasks too much of the time (which she also noted during my reading). I can see myself doing exactly what she said.

The third chart she read was a Solar Return chart. Everyone experiences a Solar Return every year around their birthday. It is literally when the Sun in the sky comes to the exact degree it was at the moment we were born. It is a “return” to its original position.

She saw a Yod in this Solar Return chart which in astrology talk indicates a big change. A change in goals, friends, home, or all of them; something large.

I couldn’t believe an hour had gone by. I enjoyed my reading with Nancy. I found myself telling her things, that I normally don’t share with just anyone, because she is nurturing and open minded. I thought the reading was insightful and helpful to my life. Perfect for my birthday – a great day to size up my life and move onward!

Nancy is also doing classes at P&D that sound interesting. The first one, on Friday, March 22, at 7:00, is called Celestial Investigation. In this workshop she is planning to look the “shadow” aspect, or negative side of the sign, of each person’s chart to divine how it is interfering in the person’s life. The goal is to help get past these traits that could be holding someone back from attaining their highest goals.

On Thursday, March 28, at 7:00, Nancy will host another workshop called Celestial Navigation. This time participants will look at their charts to find out what is coming up for the following month.

If you are interested in a having a reading with Nancy or attending her classes, call P&D at 404-255-5207