I've wanted to try Reiki for years, but after my first session with Daoud a year ago, I totally got why he was supposed to be the first healer to share that type of energy medicine with me. And I'm beyond grateful that it manifested exactly when it did.
A week before the session, my body was giving me subtle signals that something was affecting one side of my head, and needed some attention. I had no clue what it could've been because the feelings were unfamiliar to me.
During my session with Daoud, he worked on & over my head for quite a while in the beginning. I remember the sensations... shifting vibrations... and entering into a deeply relaxed state in a short time. A lot happened on an energetic level throughout the process, that I honestly don't have the words to describe.
In his presence, I felt safe, comfortable and nurtured... like I was intentionally being held in sacred space.
He's a trusted light-worker who I feel also walks with that crucial balance of knowing & working with the shadow as well. This awareness allows for a deeper level of sensitivity within his practice... which is something that I honour and appreciate.
After the session, I flew back home to Jamaica later that night, and 2 days afterwards I started to suffer from a major sinus infection on the same side of my head. I'd never experienced anything like that before. The pain and discomfort were ridiculous.
Things got really bad before they got better. I had to get to the root of the issue... which was way beyond just what physically manifested in the form of an infection... and nasal polyps. I had to work my way through... day by day. I refused to have surgery (as suggested by the ENT specialist) and take any more medication (that my body was rejecting).
It took months of personal change and discipline... including a major revamp of my vegan diet & self-care practice. I'm grateful to still be on that journey... still learning. I have a much different relationship with my body now... learning how to listen more to what it's asking for.
For me, reiki was a crucial catalyst... to help me bring lingering issues to the forefront... to help me release some things that truly weren't serving my highest self - things that were literally & physically blocking proper energy flow... and for me to change my lifestyle for the best. Thankfully, it's a regular part of my healing regimen now.
One year later, I returned to Brooklyn and had another session with Daoud.
On both occasions I remember that right before he began, while I was on the table with my eyes closed, he asked: "Are you ready?".
At that moment, in retrospect... it felt like an agreement of sorts. As if he was asking me... not if I'm ready for him to heal me, but if I'm ready to begin my own healing work, and fully show up for myself.
What I sincerely feel, is that if you create the space for yourSelf and your healing
... if you trust the wisdom & guidance system of your body
... and stay open
... and allow him to offer his gift to you
... shifts will occur.
And as a true healer, if you will it to be, he can gently... eventually... guide you along pathways, whether consciously or subconsciously, for you to heal yourself.
The choice, and the journey, is all-ways yours.