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In the Community

Lightning Rod
Reiki Strikes
West Reading
By Caitlin Whelan

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round the light and trust the strike. These are
the words I strive to live by, especially during
tumultuous and uncertain times. These are also
the words I chose to represent my business, Lightning
Rod Reiki, as I plan to serve and empower our community
through healing and connection.

My journey into reiki started over seven years ago as I was
driving home from a late shift at 3AM. After stopping
for coffee, I came upon a deer in the middle of the road.
Going 80 MPH I thought to myself, " I can't afford a car
accident! " and swerved to miss the deer. I blew out my
front right axle and my car rolled three times, landing
upside about a foot from the solid white line. The first
thing out of my mouth, as if it was perfectly normal, was,
" I'm sorry. I'll do whatever you need me to do. "

This moment catapulted me to a place of self-exploration, and
inevitably healing. I began to wonder: What do I have to offer the
world that will help people, but also provide fulfillment? How can
I help the community I love? Reiki became my primary tool for
giving to myself and others.

But first you may be asking yourself, what is reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese healing technique, the word " Rei " meaning
Universal and " ki " meaning energy. It has been scientifically proven
to provide relaxation and relief from stress, depression, anxiety,
burnout, and physical pain. The practitioner simply acts as a channel
for the energy, opening themselves to that energy sourced from
all around us.
Lightning Rod Reiki is intended for grounding the light which
we all seek. We have moments in life where we are taken aback
and given pause. Consider that to be your lightning, a push for
profound change. Choosing to follow through on this push is a
choice to act as a lightning rod by taking the strike, the inspiration,
and still remaining afterwards. Focused on self-empowerment and
a deeper connection to who you are, my intention is to assist in
easing the transition back to owning your daily discernments and
reminding you that you are, in fact, an unstoppable force.

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