My Reiki Tattoo: A Symbol of Healing in the Skin
Tattoos With Soul
- For many years I considered what image to get for my first tattoo. What could I stand to have with me for the rest of my life? I knew it would have to be something that I would want as a daily reminder of how I wanted to live my life. Symbols of my daily practices and spiritual practices stood out the most.
- The tattoos that I have are personal reminders of the importance of spirituality in my life. This lens will describe my first tattoo of the Reiki Master Symbol surrounded by the elements of the earth.
is a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in a person..
In 2004 I went through a training program to learn to heal myself and others using Reiki Energy. This was a pivotal time in my life and I was deeply moved by my experiences meditating and working with energy. I started the program looking for some way to help my ailing pets. Several had cancer and would have to undergo multiple surgeries. As I am not a vet I felt there was little I could do for them, so I turned to Reiki. I used the Reiki healing energy as I would hold the recovering animals to try to soothe their pain and confusion.
As I mentioned, it took me years to determine what I wanted on my body as a piece of permanent artwork. After my experience with Reiki, I decided I wanted to have the power of the Reiki Master symbol on my skin as a reminder to help and heal my family, community and the world. I would do what I could to spread comfort, compassion, and peace where ever I could. I have always connected very strongly with the Elements as they are the base components and energy providers in the world.
I searched also for at least a year to find just the right artist. I looked through magazines, websites and through many artists' portfolio until I came across Gabriel Cece. His art is full of brilliant color, flowing lines, and a depth of energy unlike any I had ever seen. It didn't matter that his shop was 4 hours away - he was going to design and create my tattoo. I sent him the key ideas and a picture of where I wanted it placed. He created a design custom made for my body.
On the day before my 30th birthday I made the trip out to Virginia Beach, VA to meet Gabriel and get started. It's been 5 years since that day and I continue to be struck with awe and delight every time I look at my tattoo!
My Reiki Master Tattoo
My Reiki Tattoo was displayed in the February 2008 issue of International Tattoo Art Magazine in a feature on artist, Gabriel Cece!
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