Empaths, or highly sensitive people, deal with emotions all day. The problem with feeling everything is often the amount of energetic information can be overwhelming. Learning to sense feeling comes easy; learning to let it go takes practice.
Caroline never knew that she experienced emotion differently. All she knew was that people were exhausting. She avoided crowds like the plague. Growing up, many of her friends had panic attacks or experienced anxiety in a big way. After some intense hangouts, Caroline would go straight to her room to recharge alone. It took a long time to feel “normal” again. These social patterns continued for many years into adulthood. Her own anxiety paired with self-medicating with coffee, alcohol, and marijuana was the best way she knew how to cope with being around others.
While working at a stressful job, Caroline’s anxiety boiled over. She felt drained, irritable, and overwhelmed. It felt like her lower back, neck, and shoulders were constantly clenching, holding so tightly onto frustration and anger. Meditation and yoga weren’t helping. There was no more room for denying what she was experiencing. Something had to change.
Caroline met her first Reiki teacher and really liked her vibe. Going off a whim, Caroline signed up for a Reiki workshop. Having no idea what it was about, she wanted to try something different. That first Reiki session made a deep impact. Sitting up from the table, Caroline felt all the tension in her head, neck, and shoulders evaporate. It was like breathing fresh air. This was first time she witnessed the effect of moving and releasing energy. She was hooked!
At first, Reiki was a practical tool to ward off anxiety. Reiki helped calm her mind and settle down faster. She was able to process emotions more quickly and let go after a long day. Slowly, as Caroline deepened her connection with herself, her intuition expanded. She began to trust those “whims” and “vibes” and more psychic information started flowing. It was colorful, imaginative, playful, and exciting. This inner world was weird but good.
It took practice to cultivate positive mental and emotional habits and to really stabilize her happiness. Reiki was a powerful ally. We limit ourselves with negative thoughts, diminish our value, our sense of truth, or belonging. Reiki is an amazing tool for winding down, releasing emotion, and taking care of ourselves.
Caroline teaches others how to feel their way through emotion, assists in moving energy, offers clarity and guidance, and shows people where their abilities are and how to use them.
Caroline Ruderman has been in private practice see clients for Reiki and Intuitive work since 2011. Caroline offers Oncology Reiki at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, and at her office in Northampton, MA. Caroline hosts her weekly radio show Energy Matters on Valley Free Radio 103.3FM Northampton. You can find the archives on The Energy Matters Podcast Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts. To set up private Reiki sessions, please book online Reiki Northampton.