The Reiki Whisper.

By Deborah Monacelli, Awaken Reiki & Soul Healing

I’ve been a photographer and as web/graphic designer who has lived in the creative field my entire life. I’ve always had a lifelong love and desire for creating and appreciating interesting beautiful things.

Reiki Symbol

Reiki Symbol

With an intense love of learning new things, I took Reiki I and II on a whim. What is this holistic healing art of which I knew nothing? Reiki is defined by the International Center for Reiki Training as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence, or spiritually guided life force energy. 

Immediately after the workshop, Reiki began to whisper to me.

In the most profound, subtle kind-of-way, Reiki was beckoning me.  I didn’t want to listen to this whisper – the small, still voice from within – or whatever it was. I didn’t want my life to be turned upside down.

The more I tried to ignore, the more I was becoming restless and ungratified. It were as if something was amiss in my life. It felt like I wasn’t living my purpose. I knew I wasn’t. I found myself very much wanting to help others.

Through daily practice of Reiki and connecting spiritually through meditation, the whisper became louder and louder, and then I surrendered and became open to wherever the Universe wanted to take me.

‘Surrender and trust’ became my mantra. It was clear, Reiki had chosen me.

Reiki opened me up spiritually, and I began to understand messages, insights, guidance and an entirely new direction that I was to begin. It’s a beautiful feeling when one’s heart, mind and magical mystery works together. I began eating better, exercising and becoming aware of all things positive.  

I’ve had several first-hand accounts of the healing power of Reiki.

In one instance, I began to have strange symptoms of quick and rolling leg twitches and jerks. After many visits and exams at the doctor then to the Neurologist to rule out medical reasons, I came to understand that my body is releasing negative energy and upgrading my body’s frequency. Now, my legs may still occasionally jerk and tremble during or after yoga and meditation, but now I just say the word, "Reiki" over my hips and it stops instantaneously. It's quite amazing. I’ve even recorded this and shown this to people who can see with their very own eyes that Reiki is an unseen powerful force of healing.

This whisper kept encouraging me, and I found myself becoming certified and versed in many other modalities – meditation, yoga, qigong, spiritual and life coaching and more. I turned into a researcher of all things spiritual, esoteric and metaphysical.  Down the rabbit hole I went.

Trusting my highest of guidance, I opened up my business, Awaken Reiki & Soul Healing, at a beautiful office location on January 1, 2018. “Surrender and trust," I would repeat over and over whenever fear tried to creep in and I would wonder how all of this was going to work out.

Since opening my doors, I’ve been able to meet, assist and help individuals on their own spiritual, emotional, physical journeys. Being grateful is clearly an understatement. I embrace the power of Reiki to continue sending healing energies to my past clients, and also to assist and send loving energy to future clients so that they will find me.

As I look back now, I see a series of synchronistic events. It’s no wonder that the name of my photography business was ‘Zen Photography by Deborah,’ and my marketing business –  ‘Evolve Creative Marketing. The underlying theme of “Zen” and “Evolving” seems like the unfolding of my calling.

It makes perfect sense now.

All those years I spent as a photographer, I’ve been reading people’s faces. I’ve been sensing their energy and helping them be at peace with themselves while I worked. When I sensed a client’s nervousness before a photo shoot, I would naturally make them feel calmer and more at ease through various methods. After all, I’m a natural-born introvert so I understood and appreciated their style and nature. I would help them feel secure so I could capture moments  – authentic, genuine images they would love.

Photography is all about the light.  I would plan my shoots around best lighting, and always kept my eye on the sun and where it was. Without light, a photo cannot be taken. I sought out ideal lighting so I could shine this best light on my subject. I’d capture their true beauty and essence – their light from within – this amazing beauty that everyone has.

The appreciative soul in me captured the beautiful, amazing soul in them.

Reiki has been a benefit in everything I do. Now when I photograph weddings, families, seniors, I harness the power of Reiki to send calming energy to my clients when it’s needed most. It sure comes in handy during weddings, family sessions with crying babies and even engagement sessions with dogs.

Today, with Reiki, I continue to work with the light but instead of working with light from flash, an overcast day or a mid-day sun, I am working with the most powerful illuminating light – spiritually-guided universal life force energy – which comes from above and flows through me powerfully for the highest good for those who wish to receive.

I’m so thankful for Reiki, it’s amazing healing benefits and for turning my life right side up.

The Universe always knows what its doing. Surrender and Trust.


Deborah Monacelli is a qualified Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master and teacher, qigong healer, meditation teacher, spiritual empowerment life coach and yoga practitioner. Growing up as a highly sensitive person, she now appreciates and embraces her unique sensitivities. Her greatest loves are photography, books, watercolor painting, documentaries, poetry, writing and philosophy. She is a curious, inquisitive, deep thinking, intensely feeling, otherworldly intuitive being who lives for signs, synchronicities and serendipities. She has a deep yearning to discover many of the answers that seem to have been hidden or forgotten in today’s world. She can be contacted by email at or through her website at


Note: After April 13-15th, She will be a qualified Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master and certified to teach all levels of Reiki.