REIKI IN THE HOSPITAL by LOUISE PRITCHARD

I think that The Ontario Breast Screening Program is a wonderful program and so, being somewhat high risk, I respond to my annual reminders readily.  I was taken somewhat aback recently when both my family doctor and the Program said … Continued

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REIKI AND RESOLUTIONS by Louise Pritchard

While drinking my last rum and egg nog and eating the final crumbs of Christmas cake, I pondered all the possibilities for my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions:  lose weight, pay off debts, write more letters, clean out the linen cupboard… … Continued

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Science is Catching Up

From….http://www.organicandhealthy.org/2016/09/science-finally-confirms-that-people.html   Flowers need water and light to grow and people are no different. Our physical bodies are like sponges, soaking up the environment. “This is exactly why there are certain people who feel uncomfortable in specific group settings where … Continued

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Reiki in the Elevator

Posted by Louise Pritchard on October 14, 2016 At one time in my career, I had a complicated job which involved a great deal of travel and interfacing with several agencies and ministries. When people would ask my what I did I fumbled … Continued

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IT’S GOOD TO BE KIND
Posted: March 21, 2016
“Be kind”, urges Sensei Usui in the fifth Reiki Principle.  It is a direct and easy thing to do and being kind has an immediate and positive effect on your health.
David R. Hamilton, author of I Heart Me: The Science of Self Love and How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body has some insights into the side effects of kindness:

1) Kindness makes us happier.
When we do something kind for someone else, we feel good.  On a biochemical level, it is believed that the good feeling we get is due to elevated levels of the brain’s natural versions of morphine and heroin, which we know as endogenous opioids. They cause elevated levels of dopamine in the brain, so we get a natural high, often referred to as “Helper’s High.”

2) Kindness gives us healthier hearts.
Acts of kindness are often accompanied by emotional warmth. Emotional warmth produces the hormone oxytocin in the brain and throughout the body. Of much recent interest is its significant role in the cardiovascular system.
Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide in blood vessels, which dilates (expands) the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure, and therefore oxytocin is known as a “cardio-protective” hormone because it protects the heart (by lowering blood pressure). The key is that acts kindness can produce oxytocin, and therefore kindness can be said to be cardio-protective.

3) Kindness slows aging.
Aging on a biochemical level is a combination of many things, but two culprits that speed the process are free radicals and inflammation, both of which result from making unhealthy lifestyle choices.
There have also been suggestions in the scientific journals of the strong link between compassion and the activity of the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve, in addition to regulating heart rate, also controls inflammation levels in the body in what is known as the inflammatory reflex. One study that used the Tibetan Buddhist lovingkindness meditation found that kindness and compassion did, in fact, reduce inflammation in the body, mostly likely due to its effects on the vagus nerve.

4) Kindness makes for better relationships.
This is one of the most obvious points. We all know that we like people who show us kindness. This is because kindness reduces the emotional distance between two people, so we feel more “bonded.” It’s something that is so strong in us that it’s actually a genetic thing. We are wired for kindness.
Our evolutionary ancestors had to learn to cooperate with one another. The stronger the emotional bonds within groups, the greater the chances of survival, so “kindness genes” were etched into the human genome.

5) Kindness is contagious.
When we’re kind, we inspire others to be kind, and it actually creates a ripple effect that spreads outwards to our friends’ friends’ friends.  A recent scientific study reported than an anonymous 28-year-old person walked into a clinic and donated a kidney. It set off a “pay it forward” type ripple effect where the spouses or other family members of recipients of a kidney donated one of theirs to someone else in need. The “domino effect,” as it was called in the New England Journal of Medicine report, spanned the length and breadth of the United States of America, where 10 people received a new kidney as a consequence of that anonymous donor.
Many studies have been conducted to study the effects of random acts of kindness on one’s self and others.  Volunteers also “tend to experience fewer aches and pains” according to Christine Carter Ph.D. in an article in Psychology Today. She continues “People 55 and older who volunteer for two or more organizations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying.”
When all is said and done, it just makes you want to pay for someone’s coffee at Tim Horton’s, doesn’t it?


HARD WORK ITS OWN REWARD?
March 1, 2016 – 12:20pm – Louise Pritchard

The translation from Japanese to English has created many versions of the fourth Reiki Principle.  We cannot know for certain what Sensei Usui intended but here are some interpretations:

  • Work hard
  • Study diligently
  • Devote yourself to your work
  • Earn thy livelihood with honest labour
  • Be diligent in your business

While there did not seem to be specific scientific research on the benefits of hard work, there are many “feel good” articles in the various media.  For instance, Jason Poquette of The Honest Apothocary, shares these 5 Benefits of Hard Work:

1. Hard Work Builds Character – … hard work builds character.  You learn discipline.  You learn to focus.  You learn to manage your time and your resources.   Strong character is built the same way strong muscles are built:  Hard Work!  Success – you see – isn’t the greatest reward of hard work.  Character is more important than success.  And hard work builds character.

2. Hard Work Gets Results – Hard work ALWAYS accomplishes something.  It might be you learn something.  It might be you build something.  It might be you change something.  But had work always gets results.  Do you want to see something happen?  Work hard.

3. Hard Work Draws Attention – Want to get noticed?  Work hard.  The diligent stand out. Give 110% to whatever you are doing.  It doesn’t matter how many talents you have, or what you are called to do, do it with passion!  Give it your heart!  And soon the world will be watching

4. Hard Work Brings New Opportunities – That is, hard work opens doors.  Those who work hard find new opportunities always presenting themselves.  Hard work is like an opportunity magnet. Edison’s famous words are relevant to this point: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

5. Hard Work Blesses Others – No lasting benefit to mankind is achieved without hard work.   We typically work hard to please ourselves.  We should work harder to please others, … and help others.  Work hard, and don’t worry about who gets the credit.  Work hard, and the world is blessed.   Horace Mann, the 19th century education reformer … of Massachusetts once said “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

The words diligence and honesty are also often used in the fourth principle.  Both of these qualities also foster self-growth and a positive sense of self-worth further contributing to good emotional and mental health.

So while it may be difficult to find scientific research to support the values of hard work, diligence and honesty, there is no one who has not felt the joy and satisfaction of a job well-done.


THE BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE

Posted: February 8, 2016

While the first two Reiki principles instruct us to avoid the negative emotions of anger and worry, the third Reiki Principle encourages us experience the very positive emotion of gratitude.  These days everyone from popular culture gurus such as Dr. Oz and Oprah to scientific researchers is touting the benefits of gratitude.
It doesn’t matter how so many years ago Sensei Usui knew about the benefits of gratitude, it only matters that he advises us to practice it. In the many research studies conducted, results show that gratitude boosts the immune system, reduces stress, and contributes to overall good mental health.

Dr. Robert Emmons, a pioneer in the field of gratitude research at the University of California, Davis reminds us that gratitude is “…a cumulative response.  We cannot leave gratitude at the Thanksgiving table and expect to reap the reward of grateful living.”

Emmons an author of some of the seminal studies of gratitude journals has some advice for keeping a journal:
• Don’t just go through the motions. Research by psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky and others suggests that journaling is more effective if you first make the conscious decision to become happier and more grateful. “Motivation to become happier plays a role in the efficacy of journaling,” says Emmons.

• Go for depth over breadth. Elaborating in detail about a particular thing for which you’re grateful carries more benefits than a superficial list of many things.

• Get personal. Focusing on people to whom you are grateful has more of an impact than focusing on things for which you are grateful.

• Try subtraction, not just addition. One effective way of stimulating gratitude is to reflect on what your life would be like without certain blessings, rather than just tallying up all those good things.

• Savor surprises. Try to record events that were unexpected or surprising, as these tend to elicit stronger levels of gratitude.

• Don’t overdo it. Writing occasionally (once or twice per week) is more beneficial than daily journaling. In fact, one study by Lyubomirsky and her colleagues found that people who wrote in their gratitude journals once a week for six weeks reported boosts in happiness afterward; people who wrote three times per week didn’t. “We adapt to positive events quickly, especially if we constantly focus on them,” says Emmons. “It seems counterintuitive, but it is how the mind works.”

Interestingly, Allison Jones, an editor at Idealist.org, a community for job seekers who want social impact careers found that keeping a journal was somewhat boring and ended up making her feel less grateful.  She felt that that “Writing became the key action… I felt good about appreciating others instead of opening appreciating them”.  Now Allison focuses on the action of gratitude by letting people know they have done a good job or inviting someone out for coffee.

However you chose to express your gratitude, it will go a long way to benefitting your overall health and well-being.  And perhaps the first person we should be grateful for is Sensei Usui himself.


JUST FOR TODAY DO NOT WORRY
Posted: January 5, 2016

Just as Sensei Usui was wise to advise us not to anger, he was equally wise in telling us not to worry.
Worrying is basically a need to control events that are really beyond our control; feeling or being overly concerned about a situation or problem.  Constant worry and anxiety can have mental and physical consequences.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress.  In fact, a bit of worrying about a test or job interview might motivate you to be more prepared for either situation. But excessive worry or anxiety can lead to panic attacks or a debilitating anxiety disorder. These may lead to unhealthy lifestyle habits such as drinking, smoking, or eating disorders.  If excessive worrying and high anxiety are left untreated they lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts.
Chronic worry can release stress hormones such as cortisol.  These hormones can trigger physical reactions such as headaches, digestive disorders, fatigue and coronary issues.

Although Sensei Usui advised us not to worry, did he offer any ways to alleviate it?  Indeed, Reiki itself is an antidote to worry.  Worry can cause an imbalance in the body and Reiki certainly helps to re-establish harmony of mind, body and spirit. It can help us to relax and encourages us to meditate, both of which are recommended stress relievers.

So, just for today, do not worry.  Practice self –treatment, meditate on the Reiki Principles and thank Sensei Usui for his wisdom.


JUST FOR TODAY, DO NOT ANGER
Posted: December 10, 2015

When Sensi Usui made this phrase the first of the Reiki principles, he perhaps knew inherently that anger can have negative effects on the body.

A quick internet search finds hundreds of references to the unhealthy aspects of anger. For example, anger can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems because of a surge of chemicals such as adrenaline and noradrenaline.  Further, when a person is angry, the brain’s amygdala overreacts leading to a rush of blood to the frontal lobe affecting one’s judgement.  Anger can trigger feelings like guilt, remorse and shame.
Some other health problems associated with anger are:  headache, digestion problems, insomnia, increased anxiety.

An outburst of anger also affects those around you.  Your negative emotions can cause people to feel upset and intimidated.  It sets a poor example for young children who need to learn how to handle conflict and disappointment.

However, repression of anger can also have a negative impact on you physical and mental well-being.  Dr. Gabor Maté in his book, When the Body Says No, indicates that “… the repression of anger predisposes to disease… “.   At betterhealth.vic.gov.au, the author writes that “bottled anger often turns into depression and anxiety. Some people vent their bottled anger at innocent parties such as children or pets.”

How then to implement the first principle of Reiki?  It may be nearly impossible to avoid anger forever; but just repeating the first principle to yourself when the first signs of agitation surface may help you stave it off.  Frank Arjava Petter in Reiki Fire, writes that anger “is a sign that you are trying to swim against the natural current of events.  When anger knocks at your door…acknowledge it, observe it, and in so doing, let it go forever.”  There are any number of ways of diffusing anger and whatever way you choose will have a positive effect on your physical and emotional well-being.


A BEST EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS OF BIOFIELD THERAPIES
Posted: August 31, 2015

As has been indicated in previous blogs, serious, scientific studies of the effects of Reiki need to be undertaken.
To help determine the authenticity of some studies, Shami Jain (UCLA Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research) and Paul J. Mills (Department of Psychiatry) undertook an extensive review of 66 clinical studies of various biofield therapies in different patient populations. Biofield therapies include Reiki, therapeutic touch, healing touch, and other complementary medicine modalities. Their resulting article, published in 2009, in International Journal of Behavioural Medicine demonstrates the type of rigorous study of Reiki that is in currently in demand.

Jain and Paul’s inclusion criteria focused on studies which were published in peer-reviewed journals; those where practitioner and client were in the same room; and those studies which had well defined study designs. Studies were excluded if their data were based on distant healing; combined modalities (e.g. Reiki and meditation); purely descriptive studies with no formal analysis; or unpublished dissertations.
The 66 studies were assessed on participant information, intervention description, methodology, statistical methods, and outcomes assessed.

After an extensive and detailed review, Jain and Paul indicate that the studies “suggest strong evidence for effects of biofield therapies in decreasing pain intensity in pain populations, moderate evidence for reducing pain in hospitalized patients, and moderate evidence in reducing pain in cancer populations.” They also indicate the limitations and directions for further study.

Bit by bit, the scientific evidence for the benefits of Reiki amounts to support the well-known anecdotal reports of practitioners and recipients alike.


CELEBRITIES AND REIKI
Posted: July 30, 2015

According to a British study conducted by Dr. Charlotte De Backer, celebrities are seen as being “higher status or more successful than others” which means that people are more likely to want to mimic their behaviour.
The following is a list of some easily recognizable celebrities who practice and / or receive Reiki treatments:
Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
Ellen DeGeneres
Michael Flatley
Angelina Jolie
Nicole Kidman
Gwyneth Paltrow
Naomi Watts
Shania Twain

So does that mean Reiki has been “legitimized” because celebrities have embraced it, or does it mean that Reiki has achieved celebrity status of its own?

Either way, we cannot ignore that movie stars and musicians hold an elevated place in many people’s minds and many will think both ways about the above list.

Is this a way to promote Reiki?  Will seeing Naomi Watts as Reiki enthusiast encourage someone to have a Reiki treatment?  Some would argue that we should promote Reiki for the “right” reasons instead of using celebrity leverage.  Who determines what the “right” reasons are?

There is no correct answer to any of these questions.  Perhaps, it just behooves us to say to Angelina and her friends “Good on you!  You are looking after your physical, emotional and spiritual selves.”  What could be better than that?


REIKI AND TRAUMA
Posted: February 23, 2015

The University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine and the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center have teamed up to provide both state-of-the-art high-tech and ancient low-tech options such as Reiki and acupuncture to help patients manage pain.

The severely injured and critically ill patients at the Shock Trauma Center often feel additional stress and loss of control because their injuries come unexpectedly.  It is hoped that these complementary therapies will give patients options for relaxation and stress relief which can help with pain control and healing.

Donna Audia, R.N., a certified Reiki Master and a member of the pain management team, says that Reiki helps trauma patients be active participants in their own healing.  That can be very empowering.  Most trauma patients have reacted very positively to Reiki treatments, often requesting follow-up treatments.  Many family members also ask as to be part of the Reiki session.   Reiki trained volunteers regularly visit Shock Trauma.

Dr. Richard Dutton, M.D., Chief of Trauma Anesthesiology at the University of Maryland Medical Centre and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine knows that trauma patients benefit from pastoral care, social workers, counsellors and psychiatrists.  He sees complementary therapies such as Reiki as another option that can be offered to patients to help them in their recovery.

The Director of the Program in Trauma at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Scalea, M.D., sees Reiki as an example of the Center’s commitment to treating the whole person.  .  The University of Maryland Medical Center is the only facility in the United States offering Reiki to trauma patients.  A Reiki Level 1 course is posted on its website.


REIKI AND ADULT ADHD
Posted: December 22, 2014

According to Kari Kassir, M.D., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects approximately eight percent of children worldwide.  Two-thirds of these children will continue to experience difficulties as adults.  There are also a number of adults who may have ADHD, but are not aware of it.  Some indicators of adult ADHD are:
• Trouble Getting Organized
• Reckless Driving and Traffic Accidents
• Relationship Difficulties
• Extreme Distractibility
• Poor Listening Skills
• Restlessness, Trouble Relaxing
• Tardiness
• Angry Outbursts
• Procrastination and Prioritizing Issues

Because people with ADHD have a hyper sensitive and disordered nervous system, they frequently experience anxiety.  A number of small studies indicate that Reiki can be particularly useful for reducing anxiety. Some additional benefits of Reiki include:

• Relaxation
• Reduced depression
• Improved sleep
• Improved digestion
• Enhanced well-being
• Stronger self-esteem
• Greater self-awareness
• Greater ease and satisfaction in relationship
• Heightened intuition

Receiving a Reiki treatment is a relief for many who have adult ADHD. Reiki is non-judgmental and is not geared to “correcting” problematic behaviour.  Recipients report feeling calmer, more centered, and better about themselves.  These feelings facilitate movement toward organization and integration.  According to Pamela Miles, Reiki Master, and author, people with ADHD feel disordered so often that they tend to notice Reiki’s balancing effects right away. All ages appreciate the sense of calm and inner connection that a Reiki treatment brings, a centeredness that quickly improves functioning.  Reiki brings a welcome sense of control and self-confidence.

Dr. Kassir states that for those who are open to complementary options, the thoughtful choice of a [Reiki] practitioner may yield improvement when used in conjunction with more traditional interventions.


REIKI IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM
Posted: December 8, 2014

There are a number of “feel -good” Reiki stories and there are more and more sometimes hard-to-decipher studies about Reiki, so the following account about doctors who use Reiki in the Emergency Room is an interesting mix of both.

Dr. Nancy Eos M.D. is also a Reiki Master (drnancyeos.com).  She specialized in emergency medicine in a rural Michigan hospital.  Her use of Reiki in conjunction with diagnosing and treating patients in the emergency room resulted in noticeable positive results.  Sometimes the flow of energy indicated to Eos that a patient’s level of triage had to be increased which led to more intensive medical intervention than initially thought.  Through her touch she was frequently got responses from asthmatic or trauma patients who are usually unresponsive.  Eos’ patients tended to recover more quickly and often followed a gentler course of healing that didn’t require procedures as often.  She rigorously followed her admitted patients to see what effect Reiki had on their recovery.  She says, “Patients receiving Reiki almost always improved beyond usual medical expectations.”

Dr. Eos is now private physician who continues to include Reiki in her practice. She has written a book entitled Reiki and Medicine.

As Chief of Pediatric Acute Care at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Lawrence Palevsky (drlawrencepalevsky.com) also routinely used Reiki to enhance medical outcomes.   He often had to respond to emergencies in the delivery room.  Nearly all the distressed babies Palevsky treated with Reiki as he was monitoring their vital signs were prevented from being admitted into the ICU.  He monitored the babies after they returned home and none needed further medical intervention.    Palevky is convinced that Reiki can safely minimize or avoid the use of medications.  He continues to use Reiki in his private practice.

Reiki may be invisible, but the result often are not especially in critical situations.


A TRUE STORY…
Posted: November 10, 2014

Perseverance is the Key

I knew the lump in my breast was cancer the moment I felt it. It was small, hard and immovable exactly what I had been taught to feel for when doing a breast self exam.  The day after I discovered the lump, I was in my doctor’s office seeking his advice.  Two lumps had been removed from my breast several years ago, but this lump felt different than the others.

Eight months previously I had a Mammogram which showed no sign of cancer. It did, however, show a cyst which my doctor and I were keeping an eye on. Now I had two lumps to be concerned about. My doctor scheduled an appointment for me with a breast surgeon who ordered an ultrasound for me.

The doctor who read the ultrasound thought they were both cysts and said, “See you back in six months.” I didn’t feel comfortable with his diagnosis. I felt I knew my body better than he did.

My breast surgeon and I agreed that since I had two lumps in my breast I should have them both removed. A kind of two for one deal!

Both of my lumps were on top of scars from two previously removed benign tumors from my breast, which made it rather difficult and nearly impossible to aspirate them to check for malignant cells prior to surgery.

The surgery went very well. I was awake and chatting happily with the doctors and nurses during the procedure. I remember doing Pilates in my bed in the recovery room afterwards. I wanted to move as much as possible after surgery to keep active and avoid getting a blood clot. I was preparing myself for what might lay ahead for me. A week later, I received a call from my GP’s office. The results from my pathology report were in and he wanted to see me. He said, “About your lumps, one is fine and one isn’t.” I wasn’t surprised. I knew there was a possibility it was cancer even though there was no history of breast cancer in my immediate family. My first thought was OK, so I have cancer. I decided well cancer can bite me. I had positive margins around my tumor which meant a second surgery was necessary to go in and clean it up. I would have a lymph node dissection as well to check to see if the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes. A week later I was in my surgeons’ office to hear the pathology report. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. There was one microscopic region in one lymph node that tested positive for cancer. The treatment for my Stage 2 diagnosis would be surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and adjuvant therapy. With this I was given a 92 % chance of living ten years and I took it.

Throughout my illness and treatments I continued to exercise daily. I kept a positive attitude even in my darkest days. There were days when it took me two or three hours to accomplish my goal of sixty minutes of exercise a day, but with my determination, I did it. I did an in-house walk fit program. I walked 11 miles a week. I also practiced Yoga and Pilates. I was determined to stay strong. My nurse said that I was the only client of hers who continued to exercise throughout treatment.

My husband did a wonderful job of caring for me. He made sure I ate properly, although the smell of food made me quite ill. He took over the cooking, the cleaning and the shopping so I could stay home to rest and focus on recovery.

I am now an eight year survivor. I will continue to fight and stay strong. I will not give in or give up to cancer. I have a wonderful husband and a growing family who need me. I plan on dancing at my grandchildren’s weddings!

My friends and I were going through cancer treatment together. We supported each other with emails, jokes and phone calls, but most of all, through laughter. We ended every email with CCBM – which stood for Cancer Can Bite Me.

When you know your body well, you will know when something is just not right. I never realized how strong a person I was until cancer entered my life. If you ever face a health challenge, I hope you will have the strength to face it head on like I did.

I wish I had known about Reiki while undergoing breast cancer, I would have been much more relaxed and at ease with all the treatments. I am now a Reiki Practitioner who helps people undergoing cancer treatments as well as anyone in need of relaxation.

Mary W.

Www.reikirelaxation.ca

info@reikirelaxation.ca


THE FUTURE OF REIKI RESEARCH
Posted: September 22, 2014

Before recommending a treatment or healing practice to a patient, physicians and other health care professionals need evidence that it is safe and effective.  Reiki is definitely safe.  There have been no reported negative effects from Reiki in any research study.  That makes sense given that no substance is ingested or applied to the skin, and Reiki touch is non- manipulative.

But what about effectiveness?  Reiki practitioners talk about Reiki restoring balance depending on the current needs of an individual.  But a claim of that nature does not appeal to medical researchers who are used to studying specific treatments for specific illnesses.  Treatments that promote wellness and balance are not easily researched in our modern approach to recovery.  One could argue that there are studies about the effects of nutrition, exercise and sleep on a person’s overall well-being and balance, but inevitably, such studies fall back on the chemical and systemic responses these factors.

How would science measure an individual’s balance?  Brain researcher, Bruce McEwen of Rockefeller University has proposed a new model of research using the terms allostasis/allostatic load.  Allostasis refers to the body’s attempts to protect itself and regain homeostasis or systemic balance.  Allostatic load refers to the damage that accumulates when those attempts are poorly managed and the stress response is severely elevated.  McEwen’s model puts forth a series of measurements that researchers can use to determine the effect of stress and the body’s responses to stress-reducing modalities.

Reiki has not yet been studied in this way.  Hopefully, there is someone out there who is preparing to use McEwen’s model as the basis for a medical study of Reiki. While some wait for such a study, others of us are content to just know that it Reiki is effective.  After all, aspirin was used for 70 years before science began to understand how it works!


THE TOUCHSTONE PROCESS
Posted: September 2, 2014

We are all familiar with the “feel-good”,  subjective accounts of Reiki experiences that one encounters in magazines and on the web.  While enlightening and even entertaining, these accounts may not be researched based.

William Rand, founder and president of the International Center for Reiki Training, was committed to determining the current state of Reiki research.  He gathered a group of twelve researchers to create a rigorous, peer review process of Reiki articles that was as impartial and standardized as possible.  This review process is known as the Touchstone Process.

When these researchers reviewed 26 Reiki articles they determined that only 12 of the articles were based on a robust experimental design and utilized well established outcome parameters.  (Of these 12 articles, 2 provided no support, 5 provided some support, and 5 demonstrated strong evidence for the use of Reiki as a healing modality.)

So what does that mean for the average person?   It means that some of the articles we read are not based on clinical research.  (Those that have stood up to the rigors of the Touchstone Process are listed on the Center for Reiki Research website.)    It means that we should read any Reiki article critically.  That is:  read for evidence of control groups, standardized measurements, published results, author credibility. When we do this, we are able to present the case for Reiki in a professional, fact-based manner as well as from a “feel-good”, subjective stance.


REIKI FOR ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS
Posted: July 31, 2014

Anxiety and panic attacks can be extremely debilitating.  Katharina Star, Ph.D., a licensed, professional counsellor, has experienced panic attacks herself.  She supports the use of Reiki and other complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) as a supplement to medication and psychotherapy when treating panic and anxiety attacks.  She notes that the Reiki process may be helpful as it clears emotional blocks reducing worry and stress and decreasing feelings of nervousness.

Here are some other reasons why Reiki may help in the treatment of anxiety:

  • Reiki is done in a relaxing environment.  It gives the sufferer a chance to calm down in a quiet place.
  • Reiki is something you do just for yourself.  The Reiki session can refocus an anxious person who too often feels stressed out about her ability to all that she needs to do.
  • Reiki puts you back into your body.  When anxious, thoughts are whirling around in the sufferer’s head.  Being brought back to one’s body is very calming.
  • Reiki can be spiritual. Spirituality is often good for anxious people.  Many people who do not feel comfortable with organized religion can accept the spiritual benefits of a Reiki session.
  • Your Reiki practitioner is kind to you.  It is helpful to for the anxious person to know that there is someone caring for him.
  • You are connecting to another person.  Some anxious people isolate themselves to avoid the complications of human connections.  Interaction with a Reiki practitioner provides comforting, but limited human contact.
  • You are consciously doing something to heal yourself.  Reiki can be the first step in a conscious effort to change oneself.
  • Reiki provides a time out.  The Reiki session is a chance to be away from everything that is causing stress.
  • Reiki provides healing energy to your body.

Compiled by Kathryn Vercillo


REIKI AND HORSES
Posted: July 17, 2014

On July 11, 2014, Rachel Maclean reported on CBC television that some horses at the Calgary Stampede received Reiki as part of their physical training and recovery.

Many Reiki resources talk about giving Reiki to small animals, but Reiki to a horse?

Why not?  Several websites offer advice and direction for giving Reiki to horses. You can even find charts of the horses’ chakra centers.  Kathryn Reid (www.equine-reiki.ca) of Caledon, Ontario offers some insight.  She reminds us that horses are susceptible to muscle strains and stress.  Think how a bit and reins can stress the horse’s neck and body.  Horses have to constantly adjust to the rider’s movements and meet the challenges of completion.

When Reiki is used in conjunction with massage and other physical therapies, it can accelerate/increase results.  There are also times when the horse is too sore to touch.  In those instances, Reiki is a perfect option for healing.

Unfortunately, some horses and other smaller pets have been subjected to abuse of a physical or emotional nature.  Reiki can begin the healing on both planes.  It can be especially helpful in reducing anxiety and pre-competition jitters.

Finally, as several websites remarked, if your horse is dying, Reiki can provide peace and comfort to both you and your beloved friend.


REIKI TREATMENTS HELPS HEART ATTACK PATIENTS
Posted: June 21, 2014

People who have experienced a heart attack are under such immediate stress that they have an increased risk of incurring another attack.  While the administration of beta blockers, drugs that help the body recover its resilience, is standard hospital care, they work slowly and not all patients can tolerate them.

In a randomised, controlled study, Yale researchers looked at three non-invasive, non-drug interventions to help patients recover faster from a heart attack.  Patients rested quietly; listened to slow tempo meditative classical music; or received a 20 minute Reiki treatment from Reiki-trained staff nurses.

The impact of the interventions (rest, music, or Reiki) was measured in two ways:  emotional states (positive and negative), and heart rate variability (HRV), a physiologic measure that indicates if the patient’s body is recovering from the stress response.

In comparison to the other interventions, the Reiki treatment improved the positive states and reduced the negative states of patients who received it and improved the HRV comparable to that seen in a study of beta blockers.

Additionally, the Reiki treatment was successfully delivered in an acute-care setting, something that is not always feasible with some other interventions.

Many question are yet to be answered, such as how long does the benefit of a Reiki treatment last?  More research is needed, but this is a good start.

Summary written by Louise Pritchard, for more information see the complete article at www.reikiassociates.com/in-the-news


OLYMPICS AND REIKI
Posted: February 19, 2014

Time for another entry to my weekly…. err… monthly….err…. blog. The Olympics got me thinking about Reiki and sports, so I did a bit of searching on the net and lo and behold, I found some interesting stuff. Not surprising really, when we think of Reiki’s capacity to balance physical, emotional and mental energies, reducing stress levels in the process and allowing us to direct our will and abilities through focused intention and attention. Here is a bit of information from two of the interesting sites I looked at.

Would you believe that there is actually a Reiki practice in New York called: Elite Energetics Reiki – Performance Enhancing Reiki for Professional Athletes? Here’s an excerpt from the on line article I found:

“NEW YORK, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Elite Energetics Reiki stimulates and expands the athlete’s own natural healing power and performance capacity as well as provides recuperative relaxation.  Recovery time for the athlete is greatly reduced as Reiki boosts the immune system.  Deep healing and a sense of peace are ignited from within.  Recovery occurs more easily, physical blockages shift more quickly and the professional athlete’s talents flourish as the player’s personal energy is infused with the brilliant power of Reiki. ….

Three-time Master’s Champion Phil Mickelson and players from both the Chicago White Sox and New York Giant’s organizations are just a few known to get Reiki treatments to improve their overall health and performance. In addition to improving performance, receiving Reiki feels great!

Elite Energetics Reiki Masters are highly trained and available to assist athletes on the road.

Contact us to set up a program tailored to your needs.

www.eliteenergeticsreiki.com
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/performance-enhancing-reiki-for-…

And, here’s an actual Olympic reference, albeit a Summer Olympics one.

Hayden Roulston, a New Zealand cyclist won a silver medal in the Olympic
men’s Track Cycling 4000m individual pursuit event. Hayden had a serious
heart condition in 2006 which he completely recovered from and in a pre-win
interview he states that it was Reiki that helped him recover.

In response to the interviewer’s question How did you fix something the medical
fraternity said was life threatening? Roulston’s response was: Through Reiki
actually. It’s a Japanese healing technique. It’s a hands-on treatment which
transfers energy from one person to another. There was once upon a time I use
to focus on just the mental and the physical, now it’s the emotional and the
spiritual, four very different components . . .

http://www.drng.net/ReikiwinsOlympicMedal.htm
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10527968

OK, I’m going back to the TV now. I think the hockey’s on.

Reiki Blessings!


THE BUDDHIST MONK AND THE PRAYER BEADS
Posted: December 2, 2013

No, I haven’t forgotten about the Buddhist Monk and the Prayer Beads. Does sound like a good book title doesn’t it. Ok, where were we? Following up on the “One Bead at a Time” blog, here’s the latest on the subject. At our October Reiki Share, our Buddhist Monk friend, Richard Lewis, who is also a Shaman explained the origins and the symbolism attached to the Tibetan prayer beads, followed by a demonstration of their use. At this point I need to disclose that I was not present at the Reiki Share, so what I am sharing is my perception of the proceedings based mostly on what Denise recounted to me afterwards.  Richard introduced the group to a powerful mantra as the basis for the bead meditation, a copy of which I was gifted with after the share. This blog is in fact an excuse for sharing this mantra with all of you. “Om mani padme hum” is the meditative pronunciation used to channel the energy of the full Tibetan version: “Ohm Mah Ne Phay mhay Hoong Rhi”, as provided to the group by Richard. Several interpretations and meanings regarding the mantra can be found on the internet. Here is one link where you can learn more: http://www.dharma-haven.org/tibetan/meaning-of-om-mani-padme-hung.htm. Following the experience of the October Reiki Share, Richard has since started a bi-weekly  group meeting, at the Lotus Wings Centre, where attendees learn more about Tibetan Buddhism including meditation, chanting, Tibetan liturgy, the New Treasure of Dudjom, audio teachings on Spiritual Life and Wisdom Practices. Appropriately called “Enchantment Circles” the meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. Check out our Reiki Associates calendar for exact dates. I finish this blog with the initial sentence of a quote from DILGO KHYETNSE RINPOCHE: “The mantra Om Mani Pame Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. …………………” For the rest, check out the link mentioned above. Reiki Blessings!


INTERGRATION BEFORE DISINTERGRATION
Posted: November 21, 2013

Yes, I still get around to doing a bit of research on what’s new in the world of Reiki and it’s evolving place among the more established and institutionalized health care services. An interesting trend towards integration in the context of a paradigm of cooperation seems to be emerging. I believe we need to move in this direction as a society. The alternative to integration and cooperation could very well be, it seems to me, the disintegration of our health care practices, if we insist on continuing to operate from a paradigm of competition. This new perspective may allow us to merge our strengths into more effective health and wellness strategies instead of focusing on what we perceive as the faults of those we consider to be our competitors in the business of helping people with their health needs. Here are a few recent discoveries:

1. PubMed: US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed.

2. The Integrative Cancer Therapies Magazine. This magazine focuses on examples of integration of alternative modalities and conventional health care related to cancer. http://ict.sagepub.com/content/current

3. Integrative Reiki for Cancer Patients: A Program Evaluation. An article in the October 2013 issue of Integrative Cancer Therapies Magazine.  http://intl-ict.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/09/16/1534735413503547.ab…

Here is an excerpt: “Of the 213 pre-post surveys of first-time sessions in the evaluation period, we observed a more than 50% decrease in self-reported distress (from 3.80 to 1.55), anxiety (from 4.05 to 1.44), depression (from 2.54 to 1.10), pain (from 2.58 to 1.21), and fatigue (from 4.80 to 2.30) with : < .001 for all. Using conservative estimates that treat missing data as not endorsing Reiki, we found 176 (82.6%) of participants liked the Reiki session, 176 (82.6%) found the Reiki session helpful, 157 (73.7%) plan to continue using Reiki, and 175 (82.2%) would recommend Reiki to others.”

Intention: Integration is becoming the norm in our emerging new age of coopertation.

Reiki Blessings!


ONE BEAD AT A TIME
Posted: October 17, 2013

Heart Chakra: The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, “sushumna” leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to Self-realization.” This interpretation of the meaning of the number 108 is one of my favorites among the many I found while researching the number after hearing Deva Premal explain its use in her concert which Denise and I attended last month. Subsequently, Denise and I purchased 108 bead malas to use in our personal meditations and to have on hand for others to use in our Lotus Wings Centre. I have been practicing with them (I picked out a mala for myself which I now wear around my neck – it’s always available) for the last week or so and am very pleased with the results. Holding the beads between my thumb and index finger, one by one as I meditate on a mantra, has helped to keep me grounded into the meaning of the mantra. My mind does not have to count the repetitions freeing me to concentrate on the meditation. Also, when my mind wanders, and it always does at one point, my fingers seem to naturally and automatically fall into the rhythm of reaching for the next bead, providing a gentle, yet concrete, physical reminder to return to the mantra and the meditation. So far I have used the beads with the simple yet powerful Reiki mantra “Reiki Please Flow” while modulating my breath- breathe in for a 2 count: “Rei Ki”; breathe out for a 2 count: “Please Flow”, 108 times-a good experience. Also, a friend of ours, a Tibetan Buddhist monk gave a beautiful demonstration on how to use the prayer beads at our Reiki Share on Tuesday. He explained….. well, that’s another story for the next blog. Stay tuned. In the meantime, I invite you to google “108”, “mala”, “prayer beads”, etc… See if you find something that works for you. Reiki Blessings!


REIKI BY THE NUMBERS
Posted: September 18, 2013

Denise and I attended a Deva Premal concert on Monday night. It was enchanting and transformational. She was accompanied by her life partner Miten, flute player Manose and keyboardist Maneesh de Moor. It was a spiritual human experience rather than a conventional concert. The audience was invited to sing along and we did, everyone standing together at one point singing “Fly High”. The experience of the many vibrating in the “1” and the “1”  vibrating in the many was profound and humbling. A subtle “take-away” for me, however, was related to numbers. The words to most songs were in fact mantras repeated “108” times. The repetition allows the mind to settle and rest with the energy and message of the mantra. At a break in the music Deva mentioned that Miten and her are offering a “21” day Mantra Meditation Journey through the internet; a reminder that behavior repeated over “21” days becomes habit. The number “3” also came to mind at some point during the evening. Reflecting upon these numbers in the days since the concert, I have come up with a Reiki version of a mantra meditation: Reiki please flow (3 words), repeated (inwardly, out loud, sung, …)  “108” times, at “1” time during the day, for “21” days. Ah… How do I know when I’ve reached the 108th version of the mantra? Here’s one way that comes to mind. A deck of playing cards, including the jokers numbers “54”. Take it from there. Reiki Blessings!


REIKI – HELPING TREAT
Posted: September 4, 2013

Denise and I attended a Dreamhealer workshop in Ottawa on Saturday the 24th of August. Adam McLoed, the Dreamhealer, presented some compelling arguments in favor of energy medicine. I was particularly impressed with his scientific approach to explaining the positive results obtained with various intention-based healing modalities. One of the many scientific facts he shared with us was the relationship between heat and white blood cells. He explained how generating heat in a specific part of the body attracts white blood cells to that area. The significance of this phenomenon, as Adam demonstrated in a video presentation, is that white blood cells act as healers where they accumulate in large numbers.

Post workshop reading confirmed the value of white blood cells in promoting healing. I learned that white blood cells, also known as leukocytes, are present in our blood and have a specific immune function. Unlike red blood cells that transport oxygen to the tissues, white blood cells have the role of identifying  bacteria, viruses or abnormal tumor cells, to produce antibodies, or to eliminate foreign particles through incorporation and destruction.

Excited about the implications for Reiki in terms of confirming and explaining the beneficial properties of its heat generating energy, I did a bit more research and found a University of Arizona study which confirms that Reiki practitioners generate and transmit heat during treatments. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Reiki is often regarded by practitioners as being a “hot” energy. They fell extra heat as Reiki flows. The University of Arizona has use an Extra Low Frequency meter to see if it could pick up heat changes in the body. When practitioners reported that they were flowing Reiki, the ELF (extra low frequency) meter picked up significant increases in emissions from e.g.. the palms of the hands. The emitted energy was more marked in people who had studied to third degree/master level. Researcher Melinda Connor said: “We have discovered a number of things: First, that Master healers seem to be emitting at the same time in the extra low range from 20Hz – 1000Hz, in the ultra violet, the visible light, the infrared, the gamma and x-ray and at the 3GHz range. I do not have the equipment to map more ranges yet. So it turns out that potentially millions of frequencies are being emitted from a single cell. Arizona University recruited only highly regarded and experienced Reiki practitioners, who were also regularly giving Reiki, for its research.”
Hmmm…. Reiki….. Heat….. White Blood Cells….. Healing….. So much more to explore and learn.

Thank you Adam. Reiki Blessings!


REIKI REFLECTIONS
Posted: August 16, 2013

As many of you know from reading some the regional health oriented magazines like Tone and the Parent-Child Guide Book, Reiki Associates has endeavored to have a more consistent presence in local and regional media. We see this as a way to spread the Reiki Word throughout our region, and beyond ultimately, as well as marketing our products and services to a broader audience. In addition to the actual “ads“ which we are publishing in these magazines, we have been submitting articles dealing with different aspects of Reiki as it pertains to daily life and wellness strategies. As a result of our submitting articles for the Parent-Child Guide Book on a consistent basis over the last year, their editor have asked us to contribute a regular column in each issue. We are very pleased to be presented with this additional opportunity to share more of the Reiki energy in our community at large through this well respected publication. So, starting with their September (Fall) issue we shall have our regular column running under the title “Reiki Reflections“. Encouraged by the responses to date with our marketing and publishing efforts, we are looking at contributing similarly to the Natural Presence magazine in the near future. Check us out on any or all of these wonderful publications. Of course, we are also public on our web site, Reiki Associates Facebook page and who knows where else in this fabulous world of multimedia communication and interaction. Also, feel free to send us a message, ask a question or raise an issue through any of these mechanisms. We would love to hear from you. Reiki Blessings!


MY REIKI BREATH

Posted: July 23, 2013

We know that deep breathing exercises such as those learned in meditation or yoga practice help us focus our thoughts and keep our mind from wandering. The relaxation response that results from this type of deep breathing can contribute to improved health and wellbeing by reducing the stress and anxiety that builds up on a daily basis in our hectic lives.

We see this often in our Reiki practice also. As the Reiki treatment progresses, the client becomes more and more relaxed and breathing becomes deep and rhythmic. As a result, clients often report feeling very calm after a treatment and many will tell us that in the days following the treatment they felt less stress and anxiety, experienced a relief from pain and enjoyed better sleep, etc…

The importance of proper breathing, as well as the practice of breathing exercises has interested me for a long time and I have practiced a number of breathing exercises throughout the years. For example, I have tried to train myself to be aware of my breath as often as possible throughout the day, especially at those times when my breathing has become shallow and restore a deeper rhythm simply by counting to 4 (1-2-3-4) on the inhale and counting to 4 (1-2-3-4) on the exhale. This seems to work well except for the fact that I have difficulty maintaining my focus on the count and the breath. My mind seems to quickly go elsewhere.

Lately, however, I have added a Reiki wrinkle to that technique and it is working better for me. My focus feels stronger and I have been able to stay with the deeper, rhythmic breath for longer and longer periods each time. I am also becoming aware of my breath more often during the day.

So here is how I do it. When I notice or remember my breath, or catch myself in shallow breathing, I focus on the inhalation and the exhalation, taking the breath all the way in to the belly, and gradually all the way back out through the nose. Here’s the wrinkle: instead of counting to 4, I say (to my Self) “Reiki” slowly, on the inhale, and “please flow” slowly on the exhale, each feeling similar to a slow count of 2 (1-2). When my breath settles down with this rhythm and slows down enough, I switch to saying “Reiki, please flow” on both the inhale and the exhale. This seems to deepen and elongate my breath to something similar to a slow 4 count. The more I practice my Reiki breath, the more time I spend breathing in the energy of balance, health and wellness.

Based on my experience, I would encourage you all to find “your breath” whether it’s a Reiki breath, a Yoga breath, a Prayer breath, or any approach that works for you in terms of spending more time in that deep, rhythmic breath energy. Reiki Blessings!


A TRUE STORY
Posted: July 17, 2013

Two friends were walking in the desert. At some point, they argued and one friend slapped the other in the face. The one who got slapped felt hurt, but without saying anything, he wrote in the sand:

“Today my friend slapped me in the face.”

They kept walking and came to an oasis. The one who had been slapped waded in, got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but his friend saved him. When he recovered, he wrote on a stone:

“Today my friend saved my life.”

This is a true story. Not because it is historically verifiable, but because it’s ageless wisdom reminds us of some universal truths.

The friend who got slapped resisted the temptation to get angy at his friend (first Reiki principle) while finding a gentle way to acknowledge and express his feelings. The emotional space created by his gesture allowed the energy of forgiveness to grow in his heart. The universe responded quickly with an opportunity for his friend to redeem himself with an act of kindness (the fifth Reiki principle).

The more I reflect on the Reiki principles, through meditation or pondering the meaning of stories like this one, the more I see the interconnectedness of all five principles.

So, let us write of our hurts in the sand, so that they may be washed away by the next wind and let us write of our blessings in stone, that their message may endure as a tribute to the power of kindness.

Reiki Blessings!


STAY IN SCHOOL -LEARN REIKI
Posted: July 3, 2013

Where do you go to learn Reiki? Well, your local Reiki Master/Teacher of course and maybe, for some, even a far away exotic Reiki Spa, but did you know that more and more of our conventional educational institutions are inclucing Reiki courses as part of their ongoing curriculum? Case in point, Mount Royal University in Calgary. Mount Royal is an established school which has gained a solid reputation during its 100 years of existence. It offers full programs in the Arts, Business, etc… including a Reiki Certificate Program covering all levels. Check it out at: http://www.mtroyal.ca/ProgramsCourses/ContinuingEducation/healthhumanser…. In my limited research to date I also found a few other universities and career colleges who are offering various levels of formal Reiki training.

In our own world, Denise has been in contact with Algonquin College in Ottawa who are very interested in discussing Reiki course design options with her with the intention of adding a Reiki component to their health sciences program. From my early findings to date, this looks like an emerging trend. I will keep looking and keep you posted. Reiki Blessings!


5 MINUTES WITH DR. OZ
Posted: June 25, 2013

All day I was trying to think of a subject, a message, a …something, to write about in this week’s blog. Nothing! So, I went and did a bit of shopping, came back home, put things away and sat down in front of the TV with a glass of water-a water break. I started flipping (I’m a guy) and landed on the Dr. Oz show. He was in the middle of a segment on fatigue and stress with a guest medical advisor. They were presenting a four-part strategy for dealing with fatigue and stress. I came into the picture as they were tackling number 3, which dealt with the effects of stress on hormones, specifically cortisol and testosterone. What I got from the discussion was that stress (reacting stressfully to events or circumstances) had the effect of increasing cortisol in our body and decreasing testosterone. Increased cortisol for a short period of time is a good thing. It generates the fight or flight response, making us more aware of dangers and reducing our sensitivity to pain, etc… But if stress and cortisol levels remain high over a period of time, our body starts to suffer and ailments set in.  Unfortunately, a stressful response also reduces our levels of testosterone, which just happens to be the hormone we need to rebuild and rejuvenate our body and restore a healthy balance in terms of cortisol and testosterone levels. Hence, the importance of stress reduction and relaxation strategies and techniques. More and more, Reiki is being recognized as a powerful stress reduction therapy. I know now that what I see in our clients when they leave the treatment table with that relaxed look in their eyes is a body which has returned to a better hormonal balance, having experienced a reduction in cortisol and an increase in testosterone. Thank you Dr. Oz. Reiki Blessings!


GOING DEEPER -TWICE IN ONE WEEKEND
Posted: June 18, 2013

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend a Level I “Meditation” class taught by Denise. It was a wonderful experience. The group of four students offered an interesting blend of younger and older students and a nice balance of female and male energies with 2 participants of each gender. Also, each participant was at a different “Level” of Reiki training, including one with no previous training. This diversity added a richness to the group’s energy and provided what felt to me like a supportive network of compatible energetic pathways which I could tap into during my personal meditation. As I meditated on the 5 Reiki Principles, I could feel these energies taking me deeper into the significance of each one and the relationship between them as I let them show themselves through different lenses. I believe that I was able to achieve a deeper integration of the principles into my being from sitting in meditation with these fellow students than I could have sitting alone.

On Sunday, Denise and I traveled to Toronto to be with family members on Father’s Day. During the drive down we read parts of a new book on the Dalai Lama, “His Holiness the Dalai Lama – Infinite Compassion for an Imperfect World”, which we picked up at the Singing Pebble Books store in Ottawa last week. I read out loud for us while Denise drove. Again, I was impressed with how much more powerful this experience was than just reading the same text quietly on my own. The significance of those words, “compassion, kindness, …” heard and read so many times before, sank deeper into my consciousness as a result of sharing the process of engagement with a like-minded soul.

As a result of those two experiences, I believe, more than ever, that a shared experience, even an individual or  personal one in terms of process or behavior, is significantly enhanced by the mere energetic presence of others.


I LOVE…
Posted: June 11, 2013

“i love playing and chatting with children…feeding and putting them to bed with a little story, and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my…life. i like relaxing at the house, reading quietly, taking in the sweet smell that comes from the pots, sitting around a table with the family and taking out my wife and children. when you can no longer enjoy these simple pleasures something valuable is taken away from your life and you feel it in your daily work.”
Nelson Mandela, Conversations With Myself

Nelson Mandela, one of the truly bright human stars of the last century is presently in hospital with a lung infection. He is 94 years old and has been hospitalized several times in the last few months. As the light of his physical energy in this life wanes, the many candles that he lit on his journey are shining brighter than ever lighting more of the world he will be leaving behind when his time eventually comes. The above quote is one of those candles. (See more at http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/12908215-conversations-with-myself.) It shows us that even a man as famous as Nelson Mandela values the most simple pleasures of home and family as being among the most cherished in life. For me, it is a powerful reminder that quality time spent with loved ones, in our home or theirs, holds much meaning and value in my life. Putting on my Reiki hat, I see a correlation with the Reiki Principles in general and the third one in particular which I have now made mine with these words: “Just for today, I will live in gratitude and honour my self, my wife, my family, my parents, my teachers and my elders.”

Reiki Blessings!


FLIPPING A QUBIT
Posted: June 4, 2013

Believe or not, I got around to reading another 10 pages or so in the book “The Subtle Body” and finished the first chapter. After floating through the easy energy of the introduction and the first half of the chapter with its concepts of compatibility between Western and Eastern medicine, the pervasiveness of energy and a historical perspective on the place of subtle energy in medicine, I was floored by the second half of Chapter I. It was like going back to my grade 12 physics class, which overwhelmed me at the time with its complexity in terms of the scientific vocabulary and the physical processes at work between the components of the natural world, big and small. And, to my astonishment, science has since added a whole host of elements, particles, processes with new contextual parameters such “Quantum Physics”.  So now, the science of physics, in addition to atoms, electrons, protons, etc… includes quarks, leptons, tachions, etc… and expressions such as “flipping a qubit”. It’s all good though. For as much as this new science is still beyond the reach of my aging brain, my heart can see how it is aligning more with the natural laws and principles of the subtle energies which make us more than a mass of physical body parts. An acknowledgement, a scientific one, seems to be emerging which recognizes those parts of our human life force which are “etheric” and “astral” (to use the words of the book) in nature as well as the inter-connectedness of the physical, etheric and astral dimensions of our reality. This broader energetic scope is where Reiki lives and flows, balancing the elements of our human experience and aligning our intentions for the greater good of all when we make our Selves available to its power. OK….. B  r  e  a  t  h  e….. Reiki Blessings!


GUIDES AND GUIDANCE
Posted: May 27, 2013

A new group of guides came to help with a treatment last week. They made themselves known as “The Little People”. They were elfish/hobbit like short beings with a playfull, bouncy, joy of life type of energy. They reminded me a bit of the dwarfs in the Snow White story. There were more of them then I could count and they multiplied the universes response to the client’s intentions exponentially, beyond anything that could be measured with our earthly numbers. I will let you know if they come back. Last week’s Reiki Share at Lotus Wings was also very special, as they always are, but in a different way. I witnessed “guidance” being chanelled by two of the Reiki Masters who were present. The gentle, supportive way in which this energy flowed from them helped maintain the group’s focus on a particular pattern until a beautiful transformation eventually manifested. The journey continues. Reiki Blessings!


3 R’S: READING, WRITING AND REIKI
Posted: May 21, 2013

I wish I could say that I finished reading that book, “The Subtle Body” but the truth is I haven’t gotten back to it yet. Maybe more by next week. So, where did the week go? Well, for much of it, I had my Reiki Associates “marketing manager’ hat on. One of the tasks that come with the hat is checking in (every month or so) with the bookstores in the region which sell Denise’s book “Reiki Wings – Usui Reiki Teacher’s Handbook”. I therefore had the pleasure of exchanging emails and chatting with the good people at the Bookworm here in town, the Singing Pebble and Crystal Dawn stores in Ottawa, Novel Idea in Kingston and Odyssey Book Store in Ajax, Ontario. Visits are being planned to re-stock their shelves as required. By the way, we are planning to expand the book’s presence on regional book store shelves in the coming months and I will therefore be contacting more stores in the area to that end throughout the Summer. If you know of any book stores where “Reiki Wings” would be a good fit, please let me know and I will follow-up with them. Another related activity of ours is the publication, on a regular basis, of Reiki related articles in regional magazines such as the Parent-Child Guide Book and the Tone magazine. Both are available in various commercial areas throughout the region and at our Lotus Wings Wellness Centre at 30 North Street, Perth. More to come on that front soon. So, stay tuned as they say. Reiki Blessings!


A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY
Posted: May 14, 2013

Last week I asked Denise to recommend some reading to further my understanding of energy work in general and the body’s energetic patterns and fields in particular. “The Subtle Body – An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy” written by Cindy Dale is what she placed in my hands. I’ve only read 13 pages so far but I’ve already gained some insight into the interconnectedness of all things, including all approaches to medicine and healing. I have also discovered a new (new for me) vocabulary rich with phrases which impart new meaning and provide an expanded perspective relative to the healing arts and sciences. I will only list here a few of them which are providing much food for thought:: “energy medicine”, “subtle body”, “subtle anatomy”, “subtle structures”, “subtle energy”, “intention-based care”. Another discovery from the book is the existence of the “World Research Foundation” which has an interesting web site (www.wrf.org)  where I watched an inspiring video by James Oschman, Ph.D. entitled: “What is Energy Medicine?” Check it out! So, thanks Denise, and, that’s it for now. I have to get back to my reading. Reiki Blessings!