Madeleine Woodward 

Reiki Master Practitioner, Biofield Balancing Practitioner, Consciousness Coach.

Simply put, Reiki saved my life.

As the saying goes, ‘Reiki finds you when you are ready’ and that statement could not be any more true when it comes to me and my personal story. I was living life in the fast lane, (more like the speed lane), burning the candle at both ends, working and socialising non-stop. I thought I had it all figured out, after all, I was “ living the life of my wildest dreams”. It was fun and suspiciously fulfilling until it wasn't. At that point, I didn't know how to slow down.

I had fallen for one of the biggest and rather insidious traps of mainstream life: chasing desire and running from pain. Constantly rushing and pushing to get ‘there’ but when I got ‘there’, ‘there’ always seemed to disappear.

In 2014 I sold everything I had and moved from my hometown Melbourne, Australia across the globe to London to “start again” hoping to find “success” and in search of some inner peace. However, what I ended up manufacturing was an inner war. Kicking and screaming my way through life everything had become a struggle, a pain, a conflict. Negative and cold, I was a victim of life and felt like the world was against me.

I had lost my way. It felt like I had woken up one day and suddenly was not connected to my spirit anymore. I was a costume of flesh, an empty shell. I now know there is no such thing as 'suddenly'. Life doesn't work like that. Signs, synchronicity and universal guidance are around us 24/7 but you have to be awake to see it, and you need strength and courage to be able to take action.

The process of awakening, enlightenment or becoming a conscious human being is uniquely individual to all those who experience it, and for me, I needed to ‘break down to break through’. For whatever reason, I needed a ‘spiritual emergency’ to wake me up, a sign from the Universe that was impossible to miss. Becoming ‘spiritually bankrupt’ certainly did the trick. ‘What is my purpose? Who am I? Why am I not happy? Why am I never satisfied?’

Only when we stop running, are we able to see the answers to the questions we ask.

Through learning and practising Reiki daily, I have been gently introduced to a new way of life, I have found a new kind of strength and courage within me that I didn’t even know was possible. Reiki helped me nurse substance abuse, an eating disorder and my negative attitude towards myself and life in general.

When I experienced Reiki for the first time I remember leaving the practitioner’s house and thinking ‘why is it so quiet? It was then that I realised how loud my obsessive thinking had been. Reiki put my mind at ease and turned down the volume of my internal noise!

I had space to be. Space to breathe.

I was reconnected to spirit, in alignment with the flow of life, balanced and joyful. I was peaceful! And I couldn't believe it. I felt connected to myself, everything and everyone around me. It felt like I was smiling from the inside out and the Universe around me was reciprocating this positive energy. As I made my way to the train station I was reminded of the aliveness and utter beauty of the world I had seemingly forgotten about. I felt a childlike and playful curiosity buzzing from within me. Life felt exciting again.

From that day, Reiki has been in my life. I am now a certified Reiki Master Practitioner, an active member of The Reiki Association, the International Association of Reiki Professionals and part of the Reiki Medic-Care project, a project that offers cost-free treatments to support the wellbeing of hospital doctors, nurses and ambulance paramedics.

Reiki was the beginning of my journey, my rebirth, my very own awakening which allowed me to experience a true energetic shift. Although I now use a combination of many different healing techniques, Reiki is still my number one go-to. I self heal every day, it is a part of my life. It is the basis of my healing practice. Any person who works with me will experience Reiki, to begin with, and throughout our time working together as its balancing qualities prepare the body to operate from a place of coherence, and this is when the real work can begin!

I am committed to the path of life recovery, life transformation, self-rediscovery, awakening, loving-kindness and compassion to evolve and heighten consciousness and awareness for the greater good of myself and the greater good of all others. It is my greatest honour to be sharing the healing talents I have been gifted so far with all those who come my way.

I am gratefully and humbly passing on what was passed on to me - Freedom from unnecessary suffering and realignment to our true essence.

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