IF someone told me I would become a reiki practitioner, I never would have believed it. I heard a little about about reiki but had no interest in it. However that changed in 2019 when I was introduced to reiki by my husband. He had been going for sessions and loved it. Convinced reiki was my calling, he suggested I go for a session and see whether I would want to study it. Clearly he had a hidden agenda – if I learned how to do reiki, he would have daily reiki sessions. I went for a session and honestly I did not feel anything much during the treatment. But in the days following my session I did feel a change - I felt a lot calmer and more in control of my thoughts and actions. This made me curious to find out more about this mystical energy healing.


I signed up to study reiki and I had a lot of questions. I wanted to know how reiki worked? What made it work? Why did it work? When does it work? Where did it come from? Who makes it work? You see, I’m a journalist and as much as I was intrigued, I was also skeptical. If this reiki thing was nothing more than trickery, I was going to write a story exposing it. But with each passing lesson it dawned on me that reiki was no hocus pocus but rather something profoundly spiritual. It was not what I learned from the books I read or heard of other’s experiences but what I experienced myself.


I noticed the changes in me and I liked it. I was dealing with life better – I was calmer, more relaxed and felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I live in my head and my thoughts used to be insanely chaotic. There were many nights I did not sleep a wink thinking about my future. All of this because I chose to worry about the future, instead of living in the present. Reiki calmed me down, it made me more focused on the people and things that matter  most. I learned to control my mind and now it’s a much nicer place to be in. I found peace within myself and that is truly a beautiful feeling. I haven’t stopped learning about reiki and other healing modalities because I believe it works - I experienced it myself.


I suggest you try it, it will make a difference in your life. It will change the way you think and afford you the opportunity to live with greater purpose. I will always be amazed at how something so simple can make such a huge difference – reiki is indeed magical and we all need a little bit of magic in our lives.

DOREEN Premdev is a seasoned and respected journalist and has worked at three of the largest newspaper houses in the country - in a career spanning over two decades. She has worked locally (Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg) and internationally as a correspondent (in India).

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and political science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) as well as a diploma in Mass Communication and Development Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India – which she received on a scholarship.

Premdev is a certified reiki practitioner, crystal healer and past life regression practitioner. She is also a devoted mother of two boys, happily married and family orientated.

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