This post is dedicated to a very special person - Patricia Lee.
Patricia has been coming to me for Reiki for several months.
At 92, Patricia's health has been gradually weakening due to various medical conditions and Alzheimer's disease. Whether Patricia's Reiki appointment was pain, perseveration on numbers due to dementia, or something else, it was amazing how well she responded to Reiki! After nearly every session, Patricia would smile and tell me, "I feel wonderful!"
While having trouble remembering many things, remarkably Patricia seemed to always know when her Reiki sessions were coming up and would just beam with joy, as her daughter would later relay to me. Patricia was always looking forward to Reiki!
Just as Patricia was excited about her Reiki sessions with my Reiki students and me, we were looking forward to our Reiki sessions with Patricia. Her heart-warming smile could melt anyone! She had such a wonderful presence about her. We just loved her! There was something remarkable about this quiet woman. Something that is hard to put into words. It just felt so good to be around her! I think in some way, she was helping us as much as we were helping her...
Patricia enjoyed her Friday Reiki sessions at the Japanese Friendship Garden nearly every week for several months, but on January 25th, 2019 she could not come... Patricia was entering her final journey...
Several days later, I was thinking about Patricia. I knew that that her loving family was with her and I was hoping that she continues to be as comfortable as she was the last time I saw her.
Good thoughts and memories filled my heart. I was remembering how much Patricia loved Reiki. It made me smile. As I was thinking about it, it literally felt as if she was asking me to share about Reiki with the world. It felt as if she wanted more people to discover Reiki and just how wonderful it can be. It felt as if she was asking me to write about how I feel about Jikiden Reiki. It felt as if it was important for me to do it right then, without waiting. That feeling was so strong and so urgent, that although it was in the middle of the night and I was already in bed, I felt like I had to get up and write. I had to do it for Patricia!
So I set down and wrote about Reiki. I did it on my phone - could not even wait to open my computer.
What I did not know at the time, is that Patricia was very close to going home.
Soon after 'asking me' to share about Reiki with the world, Patricia passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones...
I wanted to write more about Patricia herself. I've come to learn quite a few special stories about her over the last several months. Patricia was an incredible woman, an amazing mother, and an impressive quilter. She was also a woman of few words, very humble and quiet, and I know she would not want to be in the spotlight. There is so much to share and yet, all of it would be too much and not what she would have wanted. Being respectful of that, I will share only her last message to me.
Below is what I wrote with with Patricia's guidance the day before she passed:
"Reiki is amazing! As a medical doctor who originally learned Jikiden Reiki (the traditional Japanese Reiki style) simply out of curiosity, I am astounded every day by how helpful Reiki can be!
Whether you are young or old, healthy or sick, give Reiki a try. It can help you feel your best on a mind-body level and it may even be life-changing for you! You don’t have to take my word for it, just ask my clients.
No, Reiki is not a substitute for medical care (I would never advocate for that) but it can complement Western Medicine and even offer so much more.
Yes, not every Reiki style is the same, and I can’t speak for all Reiki schools (there are numerous) and for all Reiki practitioners.
True, current clinical research on Reiki is extremely limited and largely flawed, and at this point, medical science views Reiki as “neither harmful nor helpful” because of the limited research we have on Reiki.
All I know is that I’ve seen incredible results with Jikiden Reiki for a wide range of symptoms and conditions. Some of these results are literally medically impossible (as a doctor I would not have believed the extent of these positive effects if I didn’t observe them with my own eyes).
Sounds unbelievable? Well, come in for a Reiki session, and judge for yourself. Take a little time for self-care. Feel your best naturally. I am here for you!
Dr. Maria Danilychev
PS: if you don’t get some benefit - your first session is free. So you have nothing to lose."
This was Patricia's final message to me - to share about Reiki, and I am grateful for being her 'messenger'. Patricia has touched my heart!
I know that Patricia will be greatly missed by all those who've known her and by all whose lives she has touched.
I also know that she is at peace, and that her message about Reiki will continue to spread and touch lives of many people all around the world.
In loving memory...
Dr. Maria Danilychev, MD is a hospice doctor, clinical research physician, and a Jikiden Reiki Shihan (master/teacher).