Hi, I’m Miki!
I’ve been a Reiki master for 6 years, teaching over 200 students worldwide, creating a comprehensive Reiki workshop structure and online course in chakra healing, and developing one of the biggest Reiki centres in Bali, Indonesia
Driven by a love of nature and a passion for people I have travelled the world living in five countries across three continents to finally settle in Bali, Indonesia.
Read on to find out how I began experiencing anxiety and panic attacks, subsequently discovered Reiki for the first time; how I relocated to Bali, brought my family back together, and changed my life. And discover how a consistent Reiki and/or Yoga practice can change your life too.
Why I started Reiki?
Born in the UK, my career started in advertising during the heyday of 1990s London. This provided the best partying scene for a girl fresh out of university, but after four years I knew it was time to get out and fulfil my unrelenting desire to travel.
I quit my job and set off with a backpack on a year-long adventure travelling through South-East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Cuba. The primary objective of my trip was to set up an eco-tourism resort in Cuba.
I managed to make it to Cuba, but as much as I loved it there I knew I had fallen for Australia. So I headed back to the UK to gather my belongings and then flew back to Sydney where I slipped BACK into the advertising world and the partying lifestyle I’d been accustomed to in the UK. I knew deep down that this lifestyle wasn't sustainable and things had to change; something was shifting.
I started taking more care of myself and explored a range of healing modalities including hypnotherapy, kinesiology, acupuncture, homoeopathy, and many more. I was privileged to be taught by some amazing teachers, predominantly in Hatha and Ki Yoga, but also in meditation, macrobiotic counselling and quantum self-development. As I explored and discovered a more spiritual way of life my mindset changed and new love and new career opportunities presented themselves. I started working in the environmental sector and found a wonderful husband.
After my first child was born I decided to launch my own business, Positive Impact - originally set up as a sustainable merchandise company. My aim was to provide businesses and organisations with smarter, more environmentally conscious options for events, corporate gifts and promotions.
Two years later my second child was born and feeling settled, we purchased our dream house in the Northern Beaches in Sydney. But as you may have discovered also in your life, as soon as you feel settled, something tends to shake things up. My husband’s work-related travel became more demanding, so we knew we had to move to Asia. And it was then, after 12 years in Sydney (and with a heavy heart) that we relocated to Singapore.
It was around that time of transition that I started to have panic attacks on flights. This had never happened to me before and I hated the feeling of not being in control. The exact cause of the anxiety was still unknown to me, but I started to experience the common anxiety-driven symptoms of shortness of breath, brain fog, sweating and shaking. I wanted to know why this was happening to me. I was not scared of flying, but every time I got on a plane the anxiety
would begin. Something had triggered the panic attacks and I definitely didn’t want to spend the rest of my life taking prescription drugs every time I got on a plane. I spoke with a friend who suggested Reiki might be able to help me.
I booked in for the three treatments that they recommend with Reiki, and really enjoyed the experience. During the healing treatments, I slipped easily into a meditative state: a similar feeling to the Shavasana (lying down) at the end of a really good yoga class, where you drift away and let go. The Reiki finally made me feel relaxed and calm.
I started going to Reiki shares where I would give and receive Reiki energy with other practitioners, and the more I experienced this energy healing modality, the more I was intrigued. It was so simple and so effective. I decided I wanted to know more and learn this self-healing tool for myself.
I joined a Reiki One workshop and I noticed the benefits immediately. The practical side of Reiki was very appealing to me: it allowed me (the busy working mum) the time to stop and heal myself every day, and to create the space for quiet meditative time - something I had previously struggled with. Reiki also provided me with a first aid tool that proved very handy with my accident-prone kids.
Over the next four years, I trained through Reiki Level 2 and Level 3, and completed my Masters teacher training with Elaine Grundy at The Reiki Centre Singapore, finally graduating as a Reiki teacher in 2016.
During this time I had to put my sustainability business to the side and worked for a Fintech start-up company. In 2017 the family was due to relocate again, but this time back to the UK. As the move came closer my husband lost his job, and we made the very difficult decision to live apart for a year while he started a new business in Singapore. I moved to the UK with the kids on my own. It was a challenging year: I transferred my job to the UK and worked most days from home, developing a newfound admiration for single parents. Needless to say, I do not think I would have survived that year without Reiki.
After a year apart we knew we had to get the family back together. I had always dreamt of sending my kids to The Green School in Bali (an international, sustainably-minded schooling system focused on giving students a natural, holistic, and student-centred education), so in January 2018 we had the perfect excuse to make the move.
I am thankful to say, Positive Impact is still alive - it has moved around the world with me, transforming and transitioning into the wellness business is it today. I still offer marketing services to ethical businesses such as website development, eco-product sourcing and corporate retreats, but my primary focus is to teach the healing modalities of Reiki from the Japanese Usui lineage, and Traditional Tantra Hatha Yoga. For me Reiki and Tantra Yoga work hand-in-hand, they are one and the same, they complement and contrast one another, but on a totally personal level, they deliver everything I need to navigate life and live consciously and peacefully.
My goal is to share the techniques and tools of the healing modalities of Reiki and Yoga, so people can release what no longer serves them and create more balance and harmony in their lives.
I am still amazed at how a 2-day workshop, or committing to a regular yoga class, can have such a huge everlasting impact on a person’s life and the people around them. Friends and family often notice a glow, a newfound calmness, an ability to handle stressful situations that you never had before, and an ability to bounce back from adversity with more vigour and resilience.
So I choose to live this life as consciously and positively as possible. As you can tell from reading this, it hasn’t always been that way. It has taken me 49 years to get here, but what a wonderful ride it's been.
I know I cannot change the world on my own, but the purpose behind everything I do is to create small ripples of positive change, chain reactions, that have a “positive impact” on the human connections I make and the planet I live on. Let’s make some ripples together.
Not sure if Reiki will help with your healing? Find out more about how I first discovered this energy healing method to help me with panic attacks, heal my energetic centres and severely blocked sacral chakra.