"Mountaintop," 2018 by Lea K. Tawd. Acrylic and pencil on canvas, 18 x 36." $1296
For the past several years, for no reason that I can explain, I have been wanting to learn Reiki. I really didn't know anything about it, but that didn't matter. Then last October Luna Wellness had an open house/art opening for my work. They were offering free 20 minute healing sessions so I took a look at the clipboards, found one that I thought was for massage, and signed up.
When it was finally my turn near the end of the evening, I found out that I had "accidentally" signed up for Reiki! Which I honestly would have anyway if I had known it was being offered. My healer was amazing, and while the session was short it was so powerful for me. There were a lot of tears and some intense revelations about what I was going through that I didn't even realize.
I knew immediately that Yes, I did need to learn Reiki and as soon as I could. Alisha was offering a class in January and I signed up. Then I spent the time before class learning, what IS Reiki? To simplify, it is spiritually guided energy that is used for healing. As I anticipated class, I felt that Reiki was still working within me from that short session. I started getting knowledge throughout my days that I hadn't had before. My meditation sessions were more intense, with some incredible visualizations (including one that inspired the painting above). I even had a dream that was so powerful that it woke me up in the middle of the night, sobbing with the knowledge of how to heal a relationship that needed help.
I took Reiki I in January and am planning to take the next level in March, and in the meantime I have been busy doing a lot of personal healing.
What does this have to do with my art? My work has always been spiritual but I haven't known how to talk about it. I haven't had a practice outside of the art-making itself to feed that spirituality and strengthen it. Reiki is not religious in any way, but it is becoming a spiritual practice--along with meditation--for me. It is helping me to grow my Self and my art. I am looking for more direct ways to combine the two and will share the results when they come to me. For now, just know that I want to keep making art and I want to help you in your own healing and I know the two can go together.
p.s. If you are interested in the painting listed above, please click on it or feel free to contact me at LeaK@LeaKArts.com <3