more than you thought you could? Have you ever amazed yourself?
I had heard of energy healing – often referred to as the laying on of hands, the movement of the holy spirit, Reiki (a specific flavor of energy healing), or shamanism. I didn’t think I could do it, but I was interested. I had taken no classes, read no books. I’d merely heard of it and was intrigued. I’m always willing to question authority, which extends to pretty much everything.
A long time ago, my husband was on a business trip many hours from home. He called me on his cell phone to tell me that he was in a rural area, at least an hour and a half from the nearest town. He was getting the aura that signaled a visual migraine, and he wasn’t sure how far he was going to be able to go before he lost his vision altogether. Normally, that signaled an onset within 15-30 minutes. He was nauseated, too, a common migraine symptom. He had no food, water, or medication with him and he wasn’t sure how he was going to stop a downhill slide. Without intervention, a migraine could easily last for hours. He was driving in the mountains and didn’t expect to maintain cell reception.
I felt helpless, as he was many hours away from me and insisted he would be fine. Don’t worry, he said. Right. So my daughter and I decided we didn’t know what we were doing, but we’d try that energy thing. It was an uneducated, untrained absolute shot in the dark. We faced the general direction of my husband/her father, and thought about beaming energy to him to make him feel better. After a minute or two of a well-intended experiment, we shrugged and went about our evening. We didn’t know what else we could do, but hoped he would be okay.
He finally called home a couple of hours later to let me know that he’d made it to the next town, got food and coffee, and everything was fine. He said that as soon as we hung up the telephone, he started feeling better and the headache eased. I could hear him laughing at his own silliness to think that the migraine had worried him. My daughter and I were shaking our heads, too, but for a different reason. For months, years even, my daughter and I argued over who had been responsible for fixing the migraine, each one crediting the other. It took a while for us both to consider that maybe we both were instrumental. Come to find out, it runs in the family. My grandfather did it routinely, and another daughter also shows her talent now and then with her pets.
What have you surprised yourself with? Is there something you discovered you could do that you’d never expected?