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Hallelujah Chorus


Andrew Downer, London,UK

Imagine having just joined a highly professional choir of eight, to sing at a glamorous wedding in Hampstead, and scheduled to perform the daunting Hallelujah Chorus (usually requiring a large number of singers) and with only 30 minutes rehearsal and a ten minute break before the ceremony!

There I was, towards the end of that rehearsal, when a forty-ish man with a military bearing collapsed on a chair with a thud, sweating profusely and with his eyes spinning – apparently symptoms of Meniere’s Syndrome, which is a degenerative condition of the middle ear, for which he lacked his medication. In such a case, apparently attacks can last several hours, accompanied by ringing in the ears and vertigo. Feeling caught in a Hugh Grant-style movie out-take, I hesitated briefly before offering rei-ki, encouraged by a soprano who was also a doctor, and who said nothing much could be done medically there and then, except to rest for a couple of hours.

The moment my rei-ki hands made contact, he took a very deep breath and visibly relaxed and I could feel the rei-ki energy flow rushing upwards through his neck and into his head. Instinctively my hands repositioned, so the fingers were over his ears and the palms at the back of his neck. There was a hint of mockery from some observers but our very much needed bass chorister remarked ‘actually, it’s helping really quite a lot!

By the time the organ sounded and the bride walked down the aisle, he was still pale but his tinnitus had stopped and his eyes could focus on the music sheet. Despite our reservations, he sang like a dream, not only during the many ‘Hallelujahs’ but also during his stirring solo in the final hymn: ‘Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more’. A fitting end and a reminder to rei-ki people everywhere to overcome your self-consciousness whenever there is such an emergency.

This article originally appeared in Rei-ki Happenings 29

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