1989 was a time of big changes in my life.
Recently separated, I had moved back to Hampshire in order to be nearer family. My two small children were keeping me busy but there was still time for reflection about my future path – even if it was just when I was doing the washing-up!
And that is exactly what I was doing when I distinctly heard a voice in my head say “I want to be a healer”… I remember feeling surprised at this but I carried on with the task at hand!
The following day I popped round the corner to the local convenience store – and there was a poster in the window, advertising healing sessions run by members of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers (now known as The Healing Trust). Before long I was a regular attendee of these sessions, gratefully receiving the healing and the support offered there.
The experienced healers were encouraging but emphasised that I needed to take care of myself and my children before starting any training. When I looked into the NFSH training process, it seemed to be out of reach for me at that time and so the whole idea went onto the back burner.
In 1992, life was a little easier and it was at this point that I came across Reiki.
I was able to attend a Reiki 1st Degree course and immediately knew I had done the right thing. My son, who had not slept a night through for seven years, was magically soothed by adding Reiki to his bedtime routine and my daughter loved it, too. In common with many Reiki students, I managed to forget to practise it on me most of the time but I did practise on friends and family quite regularly over the years. I also practised Reiki when I was pottering in the garden, prompting my neighbour to wonder why my plants grew so well when his did not!
By 2009, my life had undergone another series of changes, both personal and work-related. That summer, I booked myself onto a four-day residential course in Neuro Linguistic Programming, thinking that if I did not enjoy the subject then I could wander off and enjoy the location (in the Cotswolds)…
It turns out that one of the course leaders, John Field, is absolutely correct when he says “This stuff changes lives” because it certainly changed mine!
As soon as I could, I changed direction and took more training to become an NLP Practitioner. I realised that NLP offered ways to shift old patterns of thinking and behaviour that had outlived their usefulness as well as ways to craft new goals and responses to life that would bring me much closer to being the person I wanted to be, living the life I wanted to live.
A large part of that life is my wish to be of service and support others as they journey towards their truest selves – and so I set up my practice in 2010, offering both Reiki and NLP. I have met many wonderful and inspiring people and I feel so blessed in my work.
I am a firm believer that it is never too late to change your thinking and your life, and I live that thought every day. I have also grown to love and value my daily self-Reiki practice – in fact, I cannot imagine what my life would be like without it!
© Lizzie Carver 2015