I believe we all hold a passion for the things that have most shaped our lives and, for me, those two things are Tarot and Reiki.
I began reading Tarot in 2008 when I began a quest to discover my personal truths. Unlike many, I did not begin reading with the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck; my first deck of Tarot cards was the Shapeshifter Tarot by D.J. Conway and Lisa Hunt. I found myself submerged in the beauty of the artwork and, more so, in the depth of each card’s story. I found that reading the Tarot gave me an insight into my inner truth and struggles that I, at that point, had yet to obtain elsewhere.
As I began reading for friends, family, and the occasional curious stranger, I realized that people from all faiths factions were able to find the clarity and guidance they needed. While I do not use Tarot as a predictive tool, I believe that it can offer sound advice that speaks to the individual on a level that they can understand and that resonates with them; I believe the Tarot offers us a visible and tangible message from the voice that tries to guide us from within – our Higher Self.
I have spent these years since I first began studying both traditional interpretations of the Tarot and developing my personal, intuitive understandings of the cards. I believe that a balance of academic and intuitive study of the Tarot allows a reading that is most tailored to the specific Seeker.
My Reiki journey began out of a much greater necessity. In 2011 I found myself at the mercy of chronic pain that left me debilitated. I lost myself and my ability to function in day to day life. Medically, I was left with no option other than daily doses of various medications and a very low quality of life.
I was fortunate enough to encounter Allison Stangeland, a Master level student of Sakada in Natural Intuition Reiki; she gave me first Reiki session and soon became my first Reiki instructor. Through her, I received my attunements through the Master level and developed the tools I needed to regain control of my body and ease the intense pain that I had lived with for almost a year. I shared this gift of Reiki with loved ones and fellow practitioners and, from them learned that the benefits of Reiki go beyond the physical body. Reiki has the ability to soothe us and heal us spiritually, mentally, and emotionally as well.
Years later I found a desire to enter the professional realm of Reiki and sought my certificate in traditional Reiki, also known as Usui Shiki Ryoho. As a Reiki student, I value the bond between Master and student. It wasn’t until 2016 that I found an instructor that, still, offers support and guidance to her students after they have completed their training. While it seems to be an even split between those who support online Reiki programs and those who do not, Lisa Powers’s online Reiki program was the right decision for me. I was 4 months postpartum with my daughter when I began the course and the convenience of making my own schedule and studying at my own pace is what allowed me to receive my Master/Teacher certification in Usui Shiki Ryoho.
Reiki is a practice and I continuously discover new ways to use and incorporate Reiki in my life and my practice, whether that be enhancing food and drink with Reiki or discovering new practices together to best serve a variety of Seekers. Most recently, in 2017, I received the attunement in Faery Reiki from Bernadette Wulf.
In March of 2016 I filed for and received ordainment from the Universal Life Church. I chose to take the title of Healing Minister so that I can achieve new goals in serving the spiritual wellness and development of my community, whether that be local or in a broader scheme.
Reiki and Tarot have brought me through difficult times to the position I am in today where I can say that, not only has my health improved and my spirituality strengthened, I have also reached my dream and goal of helping others to heal and grow.
Christina M Thomas