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“You know they say when one door closes, ten more will open? That was Almighty God closing one door and saying, ‘Okay. Go through that door instead.’” That door led to long-term healing for Nadine De Leon Deonarine, who, after experiencing heartbreak and bankruptcy, found pure joy once more through reiki healing. Reiki is a traditional Japanese technique which focuses chi or life energy, and channels it to heal physical, mental and emotional ailments. For Deonarine, reiki is the one of the biggest parts of her life and came to her when she needed it the most. She first encountered it after seeing a nondescript newspaper ad. Despite the lack of detail, she found herself drawn to it and decided then and there that she needed to participate in the weekend-long course in 2000. “I didn’t know what it was but I said, ‘I going and do this.’ Because I was really angry most of the time. I say, ‘I going and do this. I don’t know what it is but I want to do this.’”
Now Deonarine has been practising reiki for 14 years, and she started her own practice in 2010, the Reiki Fountain. After her attunement in her first session, she learned how to channel the energy that characterises reiki healing. “At that time I didn’t know what a chakra was, far less understood that everybody had it. It opens your mind,” she said. “I went and I did the class and I was just blown away. That energy is so peaceful. It is so amazing.” Deonarine has progressed through the years and has mastered both Usui, the original reiki (named after Mikao Usui, who founded the practice); karuna reiki, which is regarded as more powerful and usually done by more advanced practitioners; Integrated Energy Healing (IET) and SPHE-RE (Sacred Peace Healing Energy). She runs a thriving practice from her home in Tacarigua.
She sees clients in a private room separate from the main building of the home she shares with her second husband, two sons, three dogs, six cats, a bird, a turtle and numerous fish. The Reiki Fountain actually got its start providing reiki treatments for pets, but soon realised there was a demand from their owners as well. Her studio is a cosy room with charts giving details on chakras and IET. On a bookshelf she keeps her healing crystals, books related to the healing systems she practises, statues of her favourite archangels—Ariel, Raphael and Michael—and photos. There are pictures of her own Reiki Master, Dr Winthrop Wiltshire; Hawayo Takata, who is credited with bringing reiki to the western world, and Dr Usui, its founder. Her journey has not been easy. Deonarine had to deal with an unhealthy marriage, divorce and the bankruptcy that followed. She and her first husband co-owned a business and after their divorce in 2009, she found it hard to re-adjust to traditional nine-to-five work. “Having our own business at the time afforded that luxury of being around when the children came home from school. It was more flexible that way. I couldn’t manage. It wasn’t working out for me. I was in a bind.”
Then out of nowhere, it came to her. “Pure joy just came into my being. I could feel the joy coming into my being and all I’m hearing is, ‘Do reiki, do reiki.’” Deonarine considers all of her trials a necessary part of her journey. “Sometimes when a situation is bad you ask yourself ‘Why did God give this to me?’” she says, but now she considers them tests. “That was a test from Almighty God to see what my mettle was made of.” Now, her entire family practises reiki to some degree. Her sons both have a level one certificate and she thinks they’re ready to move on to level two. Even her husband, a teacher, uses reiki. “When we go to the Peace Festival, if you see the long line of ladies who want to get reiki from him!” she said with a laugh. Despite all the hardship it took for her to get to where she is, Deonarine wouldn’t change any of things that happened to her. “It was a journey. When we’re on journeys we can’t race to the end, because then we’ll miss all the fun things we’re supposed to be seeing. So it’s a process. But that’s what really got me back on my path.” She feels that after all it took to get her where she is today, she has a unique perspective that increases the empathy and understanding she has for clients. “Why am I into reiki? To help people.” After all, she says, “I got into reiki to save myself.”
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