Helped Me With Creative Problem-Solving and Turned Me From Blah Employee
to Inspiring Leader and Entrepreneur
My journey from hopeless blank-mind dullness
to inspired creativity and intuition with Reiki energy
When I first heard about Reiki, it was from
my friend’s husband, a dental surgeon who spent a weekend learning this
“healing thing” from a hospital colleague. I was a banker then, and the
words Reiki entered one ear and left through the other one.
years later, still a banker, I was initiated in the Reiki healing art.
As a child I had an artistic inclination. I would fill my days with
painting, beading, sewing, and writing. I started writing as soon as I
learned the alphabet. I had dreams of being a writer and illustrator of
my own books, just like St.Exupery did with his “Little Prince”. Then
life happened and I followed a logical, practical path of education and
occupation. My university years were followed by years of working in the
corporate world: International Trade; Freight Forwarding; Banking. I
have trained myself to make educated choices, based on my logical,
analytical thinking. I stopped writing, painting and anything crafty or
artistic, except for my cooking.
creativity needed in banking?
Most of my nine years of banking were spent
in the international trade business section. Following procedure was
part of my work: opening letters of credit; making money payments;
correspondence with other banks. But a large part of my work required
swift and effective decision-making, often against deadlines. Sales were
also part of my job’s requirements and I was to find creative ways to
sell lines of credit, credit cards and sometimes insurance to my
clients. I thought of myself as less than a talented sales person, and
even though I had great rapport with the bank’s clients, I could not
sell them a banking product if my life depended on it.
I acquire creativity if I didn’t have any for years?
When I decided to learn Reiki, I was in the middle of reading a book
on this healing art. I was thinking “this is too good to be true” and
“this is way out there” while secretly hoping that the book’s claims
were true after all. The Reiki class involved some theory and hands-on
practice. The central part of it was a ceremony of initiation, during
which my teacher performed unusual movements around me while I was
sitting with my eyes closed. To me this all looked bizarre, and I was
ready to run away and ask for a refund, but something made me stay. Soon
after the ceremony, I started seeing beautiful swirls of colors in front
of my closed eyes, as if spiraling from my “Third Eye”, the midway point
between my eyebrows. Within a few days, my feet took me to an art supply
store and next thing I knew, I walked out of there carrying a bag full
of artist’s chalks, pastels and a sketch book. I started painting and
drawing again; later on, I began writing. My creativity had returned!
will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert
Ah, the Joys of Creative Problem Solving!
Here’s how I used creative problem-solving to promote my business and
initiate, plan and organize a business event:
When I noticed the many positive changes the Reiki
initiation brought me, I decided I want to pursue it professionally. I
quit my banking career and became an entrepreneur. Moving to a new city
some years ago, I joined BNI, a well-known business breakfast networking
organization. My chapter colleagues were business people or
entrepreneurs from various sectors: lawyers, real-estate agents, garage
mechanics, house inspectors, insurance agents. They didn’t consume
healing arts as part of their lifestyle and often chuckled at my
infomercials on Reiki. After going through boxes of Kleenex with tears
of discouragement, I decided to take action and solve my problem
creatively. I mentally connected to the Reiki energy and
focused on a solution. Inspiration came to me like an instantaneous
I decided to educate my BNI colleagues and
organize a health and wellness awareness event.
From follower to
leader, equipped with Reiki!
Inspired by the Reiki intelligence I demonstrated
what I never thought I had flowing through my veins: leadership
I logged on to the BNI website of my geographic
region and looked up anyone working in the area of health, wellness and
personal development. I found a list of chiropractors, naturopaths,
psychologists, personal trainers, reflexologists and even other Reiki
professionals. I sent out an email to all of them, inviting them to join
me in organizing a health and wellness event through BNI, in order to
educate everyone else on our professional field. I received tens of
enthusiastic replies. Within a few days, I had the approval of the two
regional executive directors, and I was chairperson of the BNI Health
and Wellness Event committee. The event was a success, a win-win for
all, and it blew my own socks away: Wow! I didn’t know I could do that!
is it like saying “Wow! I didn’t know I could do that!” after solving a
To me, it was an increasing desire to uncover and achieve even more.
How much more can I create? What other abilities can I explore that I
didn’t know I had? What can this tremendous inspired creative
problem-solving capacity do for my business?
I found out that success builds on success.
Flushing the creativity channel brings more and more downloads – streams
of ideas and intuition based on the purpose that I place my focus on. So
when I want to expand my business, I focus on it, connect to the flow of
Reiki, and I watch the ideas come. Whether it’s business or money-making
ideas, writing topics or any other endeavor, I find myself addicted to
the feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment that comes with a creation
work well done.
can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we
created them.” Albert Einstein
would a logical entrepreneur, leader or scientist benefit from Reiki as
a boost for creative problem-solving?
Why would Archimedes, Einstein, Edison or
Robert Kiosaki benefit from inspiration? What good serves intuition to
the logical thinker? Intuition is paramount because every scientific
discovery or entrepreneurial solution comes from an intuitive spark, an
“aha!” The greatest inventions are not results of logical analysis of
the left brain. The left brain is your computer, dealing with data
entry, data processing and storage, data retrieving. Any new ideas come
through your intuition, the creative right brain, and for that to
happen, the creativity channels must be open! Great ideas come from a
source other than logic and Reiki is a type of frequency that comes from
the same very source as Edison’s light bulb idea, Mozart’s music and
DaVinci’s inventions. Whoever connects to Reiki connects to the same
source of information. The source of information is a broadcast
available to all. Reiki opens up pathways to this source. It’s as simple
source of information is a broadcast available to all. Reiki opens up
pathways to this source. It’s as simple as that.”
What is special
Reiki is a type of Life Force Energy (Chi /
Ki / Prana) guided by universal intelligence (Rei). Rei is largely
referred to as “Spirit”, therefore Reiki is known as Spiritual Energy.
While the source of all energy is one, there is a great variety of
frequencies around. Just like all music is essentially sound, no two
songs are alike. There is a great variety of musical experiences from
folklore songs to jazz to symphonies. Similarly, there are varieties of
spiritual energies stemming from the same source.
a healing art, Reiki can only be acquired from a Reiki Teaching Master
who has been “wired” with the ability to open others to its frequencies.
Originated from Japan, the western Reiki has a lineage of Reiki Masters
going back to Mikao Usui, a Buddhist Monk from Japan. In this age of
East-meets-West and Right Brain-meets-Left brain, Reiki is spreading
widely throughout the world, used for anything from health and wellness
to human and spiritual development to creative problem-solving. Just
like I do.