To Live Until He Dies
In February of 2009, a dear friend was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I was devastated. I adored him and his lovely wife, and my heart was broken. For all they had done for me, what could I possibly do for them during this difficult time? After my Reiki II training, while I was training for Reiki III, it occurred to me I could send Reiki to him regularly. Certainly, I was already praying for him, but I had begun to realize that with Reiki came the opportunity to participate with God in facilitating healing.
After much prayer over the next few days, I decided to send Reiki every twelve hours around the clock. Starting July 22nd, I did exactly that, wondering all the time what kind of difference it might make. Each time I assessed D, his root chakra was unstable, which was consistent with the fact that he could not walk without assistance at all. I would balance the entire system, paying special attention to the root chakra, and as I ended, I visualized him fishing ... his favorite downtime activity, and something he hadn't enjoyed for many months.
Two weeks in, I got a phone call from D's wife. How was I, she wondered? They couldn't stop thinking about me, she said, and they thought they should check in to see if I was O.K. I smiled to myself ... I had been "playing in their energy fields" for two weeks (because of course I was sending Reiki to J as well ... cancer never just impacts the patient, but always ripples out to everyone around the patient). I was good, thanks. She asked several questions, checking on various areas of my life, while I looked for opportunities to ask about D. When I did, she said he had been doing much better over the last couple of weeks, and was walking on his own and had even been fishing three times!
Silent tears of joy and thanksgiving ran down my face. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was NOT the only one praying for this sweet hero of mine, but I also knew exactly what I had been praying and how. My intention for D every time I sent Reiki was that if he could not be healed of his cancer, that he would at least be able to live until he died. Just over seven months later, he passed quietly, having fished several times in the interim. I am confident the Reiki helped. Later in my studies, I learned that accupuncturists believe it takes twelve hours for the energy to travel completely through the body's meridians. D was being flooded with a continuous current of Reiki day after day. I am humbled to have had that opporunity to share in his journey, and will be forever grateful that after all he had done for me, I was able to offer some small gift to him in return.