The Sharer

Journey to Spirituality, Healing and Awakening


Sundar Kadayam

A Raging Flu Spontaneously Heals

A friend in Bangalore was sick with severe fever, chills, and all related flu symptoms for 2 days.  The doctor had looked him up and had asked him to rest and wait out the flu symptoms over the coming days.

My friend had a very important meeting he had set up nearly 6 months ago with the CEO of a multi-national company, and couldn’t really miss this meeting.  If he missed it, it could be 6 months or more before he could get that important appointment again.  Naturally, my friend was anxious about this a lot.

Through his wife who was here in Cincinnati at that time, he sent the word to me for help. I received this call from my friend’s wife, in the evening after work.  We were expecting guests soon that evening, and I had to really help with the preparations.  I literally did not have time at that point to sit and perform a “distance healing” session.

However, I did spend a minute doing “something” in this regard, and went on with my evening.

The next morning, I got word through my friend’s wife that my friend had the following experience:  During his late night, the symptoms he was suffering with simply vanished.  Gone!  Kaput!  He woke up feeling hale and hearty.  He went to work, and met the CEO, and had an excellent outcome from that meeting.

i.e. While he was in bed that night, he had a total reversal of symptoms!  The symptoms did not taper off, and it wasn’t like the fever reduced, the chills were more bearable … but rather the symptoms just disappeared!  A spontaneous healing had occurred!

What did I “do” in that one minute of time that I devoted to his healing?  What could any person “do” in a minute that could engender a spontaneous healing of severe flu symptoms?  Defies conventional understanding doesn’t it?


Severe Ear Pain Vanishes Overnight!

In winter 2001, I was heading out to Boston with a colleague of mine, who was the PR Director at my startup company at the time.  As Chief Technology Officer, I was going to be a presenter in a couple of sessions at a conference on search engines.  10-15 minutes after the plane took off in Cincinnati, she put her hands to ears and it looked like she was in deep pain.  She was clearly having a tough time.  I asked her what was happening, and she told me that she had an ear infection recently but she thought she had healed.

I coiled back in horror!  Just a couple of weeks prior to that, one of my colleagues at work, returned from a trip to the west coast with a big bandage around his ear. Apparently, he had traveled with an active ear infection, and the pressure of the cabin in the flight caused serious damage to the ear drum, causing him to be treated with steroidal baths in the ear and a massive course of medications to prevent the condition from deteriorating.

So, here is my PR Director, sitting right next to me, traveling with a possibly lingering ear infection, and writhing in pain from it!  These were the early days of Reiki for me, and on the one hand, I knew what I had to do to help, and on the other hand, I did not have the guts to tell a coworker about Reiki, for fear of being ridiculed (after all, I was the logical, problem-solving, visionary Chief Technology Officer, sigh!).

When we got off the plane and were on the car ride to our downtown hotel, I mustered the courage to tell her this: “It is past 10pm and I’m not sure you can get to a doctor. If you can’t, I know of a healing method that might help.”

She asked me about what is involved. I told her “Just settle down in your own room and call me on the hotel phone in my room, and I’ll guide you on what to do”.  These words just tumbled out of my mouth.  WTF!  All I knew was so-called hands-on healing. What sort of healing was I going to do over the phone?!! I had no experience of distance healing, or even knowledge of what to do.  I guess this was my intuition driving the words in my mouth directly without any judgmental interference.

In any case, she called me on the hotel phone at about 11pm, and tells me that she is ready, but it is hurting a lot in her ears.  I guided her into a series of deep breaths to relax, and had her do a bit of visualization. And in the mean time, I start my Reiki session from my room, with the heartfelt intention that she receives healing.  She disconnected the phone in a few minutes.  I continued holding that space of stillness for a while longer and fell asleep.

Surprise, Women, Excitement.
Healed from ear pain overnight without any medication!

8am next morning, I saw her at the elevators, all bright and cheerful, with no signs of any issues!

And here’s what she said about her experience the previous night:  “A few minutes after I got off the phone, I felt my attention spiraling until it reached a point where there seemed to be only one single dot there, and then I heard a loud pop in my ears, and then I fell asleep. When I woke up in the morning, there was no pain, no issue at all.”

Her big wide smile was confirmation to me that she was completely healed.  10 minutes of “distance healing” over the phone with a person, done at a time in my practice when I knew nothing about “distance healing”, and a spontaneous healing occurs.  What could have damaged her ears permanently instead became an experience in the unfolding of another healing miracle!

A Deep Cut Heals Instantly

In the first 21 days after the Reiki Level-1 class, I started feeling the intensive flow of energy in me.  Clearly, the practice was doing something.  And I started doing healing work right away on family and friends.  And amazing things started happening.  I kept up my hands on healing practice as often as I could on myself.  Here is a noteworthy healing experience.

One late summer afternoon in 2001, I was sitting out on the deck in my backyard, with my daughter, trimming dead flowers and branches from hanging flower pots in our yard.  My daughter was barely 4 years old at that time.  Normally I’d give her kid-safe scissors, but somehow, absentmindedly, I had given her regular adult scissors that day!


As we were doing our clipping and trimming, my daughter was standing opposite me, contributing her effort as well. And then I noticed that my daughter’s face was turning red, her lips were pouting, and she was about to break forth into a big crying bout.  I knew something had gone wrong.  I pulled out her hands from within the flower basket where it still was, and noticed that her left forefinger had a deep cut, all ready to spurt out with blood.

Two things happened nearly simultaneously.  The ego went into a state of guilt and self-judgment and initiated a serious whipping frenzy of just how awful a dad I was to be so careless, and how horrible a person I was to inflict this sort of injury on her.  At the same time, thankfully so from hindsight, the heart kicked into action to take over the proceedings.

I put her injured finger between the palm of my hands and started Reiki right away, telling her in a soothing voice that I am sorry she got cut, and that this is going to be ok in just a few minutes.  For the most part, I was in a state of stillness, periodically being distracted by the lashing from my ego.  About 15 minutes later, I opened the palm of my hands, and my jaw dropped open wide to note that the deep cut had just disappeared.  I mean, it just vanished.  Poof!  Wow!

With tears in my eyes, I hugged my daughter and thanked God for His Grace.  She ran inside the home yelling to her mom, “Amma!  Amma!  Do you know what happened! I had a big boo boo in my finger and Appa just made it go away.  He did Reiki magic and it went away!”  My wife was not sure what had happened, and couldn’t believe the story of the little girl, but was happy that she was safe!

15-minutes of hands on healing, and a deep cut disappears leaving that part of the skin as if there was no cut before!  In my book of life experiences, that is a miracle, if I had ever seen one.


My First Healing Experience



January 2001


In July 2000, my dad was stricken by a series of strokes and was paralyzed from the neck down.  From a comatose state in the hospital, where the doctors and family members indicated that he wouldn’t go back home, he staged a series of miraculous recoveries, and did go back home, to full time care with a 24×7 live-in nurse and other dedicated family members.  He couldn’t move his limbs, and had lost everything from neck down including speech.  In the 5-6 months that followed, his condition was deteriorating, spastic paralysis had set in as limbs curled up and caused him unbearable pain.  Doctors couldn’t administer painkillers under the bedridden situation he was in.  The situation was getting desperate and family members and friends started researching alternatives to alleviate his pain.  My own research took me to this Japanese healing system called Reiki.  From my initial research, it seemed like many people had reported incredible healings, and it seemed like it was worth a try.

I relayed my findings about Reiki to my family in Bangalore, India where my dad was being cared for.  We were desperate for finding some help for my dad.  I planned to travel back to India to be with my dad for a short visit, during which we were going to invite a well-known Reiki Master in Bangalore to our home to do some healing work for my dad.  Arriving in Bangalore in early January 2001, I met Reiki Master, Dr. Susan Verghis, in our home.  One thing led to another and I asked her if she would teach me this method of Reiki.  She agreed, took off the next day from her work, and hosted me at her home for a full Reiki Level 1 training.  After a lackluster training session that did not satisfy my rational mind, I arrived at home in Bangalore that evening.  And this happened …

The Experience:

I sat at the dining table to relax and contemplate what had happened that day in my Reiki class.  The chair was an open back chair with an arching steel frame for back support.  When I sat down, I felt something wet and slithery underneath my butt.  I panicked.  Big time!  I yelled.  Arms flailing, I leaped out of the chair from the sitting position.  The chair went flying backwards and crashed some distance away.

The sound of yelping brought me the awareness that I hadn’t sat on a snake, which is what I was freaking out about, but the wet snout and tongue of my brother’s new collie puppy dog, Zeus, who had stuck his face underneath my butt without my knowledge.  Geez!  That felt foolish!


As I calmed down, I felt a deep stinging sensation in my left hand.  I glanced over to find a deep gash on the back of my left hand, where the skin had come off, ready to bleed.  The dining table had a 100% glass top, and my stupid flailing had dragged my left arm underneath the table and over the edges of it and torn off this skin.

“Crap!  Now I have to go wash the wound off and put some antiseptic cream and perhaps a bandage”, I thought to myself.  And then I got this insight, this intuition from within, “Hey!  You just learned this healing method today.  Why don’t you use it?  Maybe it will work!”  Unquestioningly, I followed that insight.

It was getting dark, and I told my mom that I would step out into the balcony, close the door behind me, and would need to be left totally undisturbed for a while until I come back in.  My mom agreed to keep the door closed and disturbances away.  I stepped out and followed Susan’s instruction to start a healing session and placed my right palm over the injured area of the left palm.  And I kept my attention on the sensation in that area, and in as close to a state of stillness as I could muster at that time, eyes closed.  Sometime later, I opened my eyes.  It was pitch-dark.  And the mosquitoes were having a great feast on my delicious sweet blood!

I stepped into the home, into the light of the kitchen, and glanced over at my left hand, and was totally shocked to see no gash, no wounds, no signs whatsoever of the stinging hurt and peeling skin that I had seen just a few minutes before that.  It was as if someone had hit the “Undo” button and reversed the wound.

“What the f&^%!  Just what the heck happened here?” screamed my mind!  I wasn’t delusional.  I was injured.  I saw it just few minutes before, and now it is gone!  And all I did was what Susan told me to do.

My left brain insisted that this is ridiculous and that I shouldn’t make a fool of myself by talking about this to anyone.  So I decided to simply carry on with the rest of the night, but knew that something amazing had just occurred.  My wound was spontaneously healed. I made a deep commitment to myself, that I would practice the hands-on healing for 1 1/2 hours each day for 21 days, and practice a bit more daily thereafter. After all, if this kind of miracle can happen on day-1, what might happen with practice!

That first healing miracle on the same evening of my first Reiki level 1 class, triggered by Zeus the puppy collie, and the commitment I made to my practice are among the reasons why I’m here, sharing what I am on this blog about the wonderful journey to healing and Awakening and the wisdom that flowed on that path.

A more detailed version of this story was published on, as part of a series of 5 articles: The Secret of Many Blessings, Part 1 of 5, The First Miracles.



Note: The links to “Previous Blog”, “Master List”, “Next Blog” at the top and bottom of this post, are to other articles written by other Reiki practitioners about their first experience with Reiki.  This chain of articles on the same topic is called a Blog Hop.  Please do follow those links to read other interesting posts on this topic.  And do leave your thoughts / comments below for me.

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