The Collective: Reiki and Intuitive Photography
I'm excited to share another edition of The Collective with you! I'm truly loving this series. It feels really special to have a little peek into the healing journeys of some of my favourite people, and understand how their lives are improving as a result of allowing themselves to be guided by Spirit.
Today's story comes courtesy of the ever so lovely Kate Rhodes. If you're following me on Instagram or Facebook, you'll see that Kate's name often pops up. Kate and I have known each other for a couple years now. We first met at Market Collective, and she has come through all three levels of my Reiki training.
Kate has such a beautiful energy. She's warm, open, and so enthusiastic about life. She has an appetite for knowledge and she wholeheartedly dives into each moment with abandon. Kate is a very talented photographer, and I've had the absolute pleasure of working with her on a few shoots. Her passion for photography, combined with her intuitive nature, makes for a really special experience. Kate's photos truly bring out the natural energy and love that resides in each of her subjects.
I'm happy to introduce you to Kate, and her story of how Reiki helped to support her as a photographer.
Photography for me is all about connection. Connection with myself, with others, with the Earth..... with All That Is. When we’re connected, things flow, inspiration comes and everything feels good.
Being a photographer creates a beautiful opportunity for me to connect deeply with myself and others.
It brings me to my centre and into a state of allowing.
From the moment I picked up my first SLR at the tender age of 9, I felt a connection. I didn’t understand what it was, but it felt peaceful and natural.
The world fell away when I was taking photographs. I was immersed in the present moment, in appreciation of what was before me - usually a small flower.
Flowers were my favourite subject back then.
Photography came so naturally to me. I’m not even sure how I managed to figure out exposure at that age (perhaps it was the Auto setting)! But there was more to it than technical skills; it was the feeling of being present, of allowing creativity to flow to me and through me. It felt like the most natural thing in the world, and little did I know, photography was giving me a strong spiritual grounding.
I learned to appreciate. To tune in. Finding a flower; seeing it’s beauty and just being with it.
Because I was using film there was no instant gratification from seeing the picture straight away, so it was as much about the process as anything else.
I had no particular attachment to the end result, and that to me, is the perfect way to create.
P R A C T I C I N G R E I K I
It’s only in the last few years that I’ve become consciously aware of what it feels like to be in the present moment and to be aware of my thoughts and energy.
It took a Brené Brown style “spiritual awakening” (aka a breakdown), to open my eyes to what life really was all about.
The stars aligned and I found myself being lovingly guided through my awakening by an incredible, spiritually minded therapist, and when I was ready, I found my beautiful Reiki Master (Naaz) selling her jewellery at a craft fair. I felt incredibly drawn to her, she positively radiated light, so when I found out she taught Reiki I signed up immediately!
My spiritual journey led me from depression into the light of my true self.
Becoming attuned to the beautiful energy of Reiki changed everything for me, and today, my practice helps keep me centered, connected, and in a state of appreciation.
S U R R E N D E R
With my change of perspective, came a change in my photographic approach (which I’m sure won’t be the last) and these days it’s all about surrender.
I dropped my ideas of what a shoot “should" look like, and stopped trying to control every variable.
During portrait sessions I started to notice that the best images came from the moments in between the posing, where people were relaxed, more fully themselves and enjoying the moment.
I noticed that people shone when I allowed them to just be.
People are so beautiful when they shine, so I try to create that space for them and just watch what happens. The same is true for any element of my work, from branding sessions to weddings.
Once the expectations are released and the need to control relinquished, the magic starts to flow and the process becomes genuine and beautiful.
I’ve learned to follow my inspiration and it’s something I do often these days; enjoying impromptu photo-shoots just for fun, which almost always end up being some of my favourite images. The synchronicities that happen as a result of following this kind of intuition are just the icing on the cake!
Reiki has opened me up to what’s possible. It’s opened me up to the power of co-creation; we all have a part to play and that we really are so much greater than the sum of our parts.
It blows my mind - in the best possible way!
I’m quite sure that I didn’t fully realize the connection between my spiritual path and my creative one, until I started writing this blog post, and I am so appreciative for this extra level of integration.
Everything seems so much more profound now, and I’m realizing that life is unexpected and beautiful like that!
Kate has been a professional photographer for 10 years; but a photographer at heart for almost 30! She experienced a powerful spiritual awakening after moving from the North of England to Calgary in 2013. During this time many spiritual teachers came into her life, including Naaz, and she embarked on a beautiful journey of self discovery, reiki and shamanism. She is a lover of all things mystical, and a mother to two gorgeous wee souls.
Want to be featured on The Collective? Know someone who should be? Send me a note, I'd love to hear from you!