Donna Hart

Hart to Heart in Beverly, MA

When did you first realize you were drawn to Reiki?

I was attending a Health and Wellness demonstration at a local park one summer. I saw the Reiki sign and a booth, and stepped up to meet the gentleman. After a brief conversation, I took the card and eventually made an appointment. As a licensed mental health counselor, practicing, I wanted to to explore some other area of the mind and body treatments. I figured it there was nothing to it, as a therapist, I would know it. I went to my first appointment and suddenly found myself in a place where I was immediately processing past issues, clearly, and I was totally taken back that these things would rise to the surface so quickly. I was a client for a whole year before my Reiki Master suggested I may want to be trained. I agreed to level one, and stayed there for many years, but kept asking friends to come to let me practice on them. Years later I completed level two and in January of 2008 finished my training and became a Reiki Master Practitioner.

Who did you train with?

I trained with Tony Ries, starting in 1999, and remained a client during the whole period of time until I finished level three, 2008. He was located in Beverly, MA, until he moved to New Mexico. I have also taken inservice classes with Joanna at the Healing Center, in Beverly.

What was your experience like with learning Reiki with your teacher(s)?

I felt at first, "How could anyone just take these positions on a client and have energy transferring through one and another?" The benefit, since this took such a long journey, I learned so much about myself, that I was amazed, came to closure on so many past experiences and discovered my intuitive strength. I like the sharing with other practitioners. People, who are helped, is also gratifying. It is wonderful to have The Healing Center as practitioners and students can come together and share, no matter what level they are in. Joanna has facilitated all of this. Tony continues to support from a distance and comes back once a year for workshops and treatments. I love the Reiki, but my least favorite part is the business end of it. Marketing has its own level of discomfort for me.

What have been some significant milestones in your Reiki journey so far?

In my own journey, I continue to be surprised at the intuition that I have developed. I am always surprised what I can connect for myself and for my clients. It may have always been there, as I recall many times in my life that I could sense things strongly, but now I am literally blown away at how I have come to understand connecting with my intuitive side, feel the presence of being guided, pulled and acting on things I never thought possible, and honestly did not know why. We, as students and practitioners have all talked about letting the universe guide, but only within the last year have I understood that the universe does have plan and power. I am aware of receiving messages both for self and clients. This took a long time, so you don't just get trained and stop growing. You have to continue to either talk with other practitioners, read and practice.

What level of Reiki training have you completed?

Reiki Master Practitioner

What does your self Reiki practice look like now?

I self practice every night or during the day if I think I am anxious. It is visual first, eyes closed and sense who is coming forth, then I relax from head to toe, recurrently until I feel ready to relax and sleep. I have bad knees and well, self Reiki on knees when necessary. If I am free, I attend share. I do love it and there are at least two places in Beverly, that I am aware of. I hope to get back into the routine of it.

What challenges have you encountered with your personal Reiki practice?

My biggest challenge: I had hoped to have a Reiki practice after retiring from my professional counseling and teaching career. I am currently 69 years old and actually had a spot at The Healing Center for two years until I could not get the numbers of clients. My fixed income, made it difficult to branch out in another discipline of mindful treatments, plus I was doing daycare for a newborn grandchild. If I made connections with people on fixed incomes, as myself, they always asked about insurance. They felt they were not able to afford to pay for even a partial treatment. The reality, that many people were becoming trained Reiki Masters and the numbers were growing, I could not afford an office. I have a limited practice at my home for now, to keep my skills sharpened. With a full life, and daycare still a huge part of my life, I feel lucky to have a few clients who come and flex to my schedule at home.

Do you have a public, professional Reiki practice?

Yes

If you do have a professional Reiki practice, tell me about it!

My practice is in my home in Beverly. I have a profile page on FB Hart to Heart. I offer a one hour plus session and hope to give clients insight into the issues which bring them in the first place. I have training as a 10 year Hospice Volunteer, and received a Masters in Masters in Community Counseling and post grad work with a license. I had a concentration in Grief and Loss. I also work with people who want help in understanding anxiety. Clients will get personal attention and meditation or homework, if you will. I check in on them after the session and am available on email for between time check in's.

Contact information

Hart to Heart Donna Hart, Reiki Master Practitioner, Hart to Heart (FB) 978-502-2829.

What challenges have you encountered with your professional Reiki practice?

The challenge for me was described above. Building a recurring practice.

What do you envision for your Reiki practice in the future?

I hope to continue to do Reiki in the future. I will always be open to what may come along. I love public speaking, and am always excited about speaking on things I am passionate about.

What do you hope and envision for the Reiki profession as a whole in the future?

I would LOVE to see doctors, counselors, chiropractors offices have a Reiki professional on staff!. They are all interested in this, have talked openly about how much they believe in this mind/body connection. If Reiki Masters were licensed and covered by insurance, I believe many Reiki Masters could qualify and would be part of an office staff. That would be my wish. I believe cost is an issue in this economy, so insurance may help, although it would be harder for trained Reiki Masters to qualify. Hoping there would be a grandfathering clause in it if it were passed.