4/6/2023 1 Comment
Spiritual Essence of Easter
Most of us know about the traditional story of the crucifixion and the resurrection. Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on Mount Calvary and then rose from the dead as a victorious symbol of forgiveness and everlasting life in heaven. But for many of us, this explanation of Easter is unsatisfactory, as there is some ambiguity regarding how, exactly, this act of crucifixion and resurrection saves us from our sins. But if we look at the crucifixion and the resurrection as a metaphor it becomes clearer.
A crucifixion is an ending. It is symbolic of the letting go of conditions, items, and sometimes people that no longer serve us. The process is seldom easy, and often rather painful and complicated. It typically involves bringing to light hidden, harmful thoughts and beliefs about who we are, and the negative emotions like shame and bitterness, that accompany them. But once those negative thoughts and beliefs are acknowledged, they can be processed and released, ending the cycle of self-doubt and limiting thinking that may be holding us back from our true abundance and prosperity.
Once we let go of these thoughts and beliefs that do not serve us we create space in our minds that we can fill with joyful thoughts and positive beliefs that will enhance our lives. This is the resurrection. The beginning of a new set of beliefs about our lives and our potential. And out of this new set of beliefs we can build, or resurrect, a new life that we love living.
The crucifixion is the end or death of something – a habit, a job, a relationship. The resurrection is the new beginning, the rising from the ashes, the Phoenix. Each Easter is an opportunity to cast off that which no longer serves us, an ending of those beliefs that we have found to be harmful. And a beginning of new beliefs and habits that bring us closer to our true spirit and purpose.
You cannot have the resurrection without the crucifixion. The crucifixion can be chaotic and awkward, but it is necessary to end the old before the new can begin. There is a resurrection power in all of us, and it is never to late to rise up and begin again.
1/31/2023 1 Comment
Reiki and Karma
To understand how Reiki can help with karmic experience we need to examine the concept of Karma. Karma is most often misunderstood. Many think it is strictly “an eye for an eye” natural law, but that is a false and oversimplified explanation for a complex belief.
Karma is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the force generated by a person’s actions…to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person’s next existence…”. Simply put, Karma means that for every action there is a reaction. Whatever energy is put into the world, the same energy will come back to the sender. Karma is not a punishment that is meted out based on our actions, but rather a natural consequence of our choices. Buddhists believe that Karma is generated by emotional attachments, and that emotional attachments are the cause all suffering in life. Karma is the result of choices based on suffering resulting from emotional attachments.
Karma is influenced by the lessons that we have chosen to learn. Errors in life must be understood and remedied to be healed. Our lessons must be learned to move past the energetic mess we have made with our negative choices. Karma is the act of learning the lessons and replacing negative choices and actions with positive choices and actions, which will attract more positive choices and change.
Karma is also instrumental in fulfilling agreements made while preparing to enter the current lifetime. We all make soul agreements with our guides and with our soul groups regarding the lessons that will be learned, and a tragic event or a terminal illness may be the agreed upon circumstances to create the learning experience. For example, a person who has suffered life-long chronic illness or injury may not be resolving karma from causing others to physically suffer in past lives. The karma playing out could be a way of learning to receive or to be patient.
So how does Reiki healing help karmic resolution? If the karmic situation has its roots in past life circumstances, Reiki can help to provide space to learn the karmic lesson associated with the prior events. The Reiki session itself is a meditative space that will allow the receiver to connect with still, small voice of the soul, providing insight into the relationship between current circumstances and past life experiences.
Also, because Reiki energy healing works first on the high vibration energy body it will impact the high vibrational thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. These thoughts, beliefs, and emotions can be directly tied to karmic issues such as explained fears or phobias. Clearing out these thoughts, beliefs, and emotions can clear the karmic energy associated with them, leading to release and healing.
Karma is a natural law that dictates that one will receive the same energy that one puts out into the universe. This can happen quickly, or it may take lifetimes to fully resolve. Reiki can have an impact on one’s karmic journey by providing gentle, quiet space to explore the karmic reasons for current events. Reiki will also strengthen, support, and clear the energy body of residual negative energy resulting from thoughts and beliefs reaped from past actions and experiences.
1/19/2023 0 Comments
The Language of Reiki
When I first began to practice Reiki and created a business with my practice, it became clear early on that I was going to have to find language around the art of Reiki. Language that not only invited curiosity and conversation around the subject of energy medicine, but was also authentic to me in a way that would convey my passion and belief in the healing process. I firmly believe as practitioners we not only enjoy the gifts of being in the healing community, but we also have a responsibility to share our knowledge with others who are interested.
At first, I found myself tripping over my words trying to explain something that I just fundamentally and deeply understood. I struggled to find the words to explain the practice of Reiki in a clear and concise manner that would inspire interest, and not sound too mysterious or obscure. William Rand, founder of the International Center for Reiki Training defines Reiki as
A Japanese technique of deep relaxation and stress reduction that also
This is a good definition, and it is certainly general, or even vague enough not to be off-putting to anyone. But it doesn’t really say anything – it doesn’t speak to the hands-on technique, or the facilitation of life-force energy, or the benefits of Reiki healing. However, it is a great initial introduction to Reiki and will prompt conversation with those who are seeking information on holistic medicine. Another, more succinct, definition of Reiki is simply “spiritually guided life-force energy.” Although also not especially broad in scope, this definition does narrow it down a bit.
One of the reasons that we have trouble defining Reiki energy is because the English language has no word that explicitly means “life-force energy.” We are not a nature-based society and as such we have no cultural understanding of the subtle energies that surround us. Just because these energies are not detected by the human eye, does not mean they do not exist. In fact, we acknowledge and use transparent, or invisible, energies every day. Electricity is an example of a subtle energy that is not visible to the human eye, but we confirm its existence each time we flip on a light switch. The internet, radio waves, and gravity are all examples of high frequency energies that we make use of each day, but cannot see.
Many cultures, both modern and ancient, have an acute awareness and understanding of the hidden energies that permeate our environment, the highest if which is life-force energy, the energy of love. In Japan the word for life-force energy is Ki. In China it is Chi, it is known as Prana in India, and in Hebrew Raush. Perhaps with more acceptance of natural, holistic practices our Western European culture will eventually create a word that captures the essence of Life-Force Energy.
Another challenge with the language of Reiki is the translation from Japanese to English. Language mirrors the culture within which it is spoken. Japanese and American cultures are very different and there can be misunderstanding when trying to interpret the meaning of words and ideas. Usui’s five precepts, the principles (Gokai in Japanese) that will lead to happiness often vary in the wording depending upon the translation. Although the general meaning is the same, the words used to describe the precepts can be quite different.
One thing is for sure – once embarking upon a Reiki adventure, one’s vocabulary will change and more thought provoking words, gentler words, words of compassion and curiosity become everyday words. We begin to think with words like gratitude and forgiveness, unconditional love and self-responsibility, intuition, and integrity. When we change our words, we can change our world.
1/17/2022 0 Comments
How Does Distant Healing Work?
One of the tools of a Reiki practitioner is Distant Healing. Distant healing is simple and effective, and can be as profound as an in-person session. Distant healing has two characteristics. One aspect is that of distance through space. In other words, a practitioner can send Reiki to a recipient that is not physically present. The other aspect is that of distant healing through time, both past and future.
Distant healing through space is quite common amongst Reiki practitioners. It is typically done by intentionally sending healing energy while in a state of meditation. Distant healing through time is also done in a state of meditation, sending healing energy to a past or future event or circumstance. The intention of the distant healing through space is not to try to change the conclusions of the past, nor influence the outcome in the future, but rather to surround the circumstance or event with loving, healing energy. The desired result is the highest good of all involved.
Many people that have experienced a distant healing session report that the experience is very similar to an in-person session – a deeply relaxing and profound experience.
In the past few years there has been a rise in the awareness in the practice of Reiki, with a huge increase in interest in the last two years during the pandemic. And because of the increase in interest, there may be some confusion around what Reiki is, how Reiki works, and why one should consider Reiki when choosing a self-care practice.
Simply put, Reiki is a light touch method of deep relaxation that promotes healing. And although Reiki is simple, it is very profound. Reiki is the highest form of universal energy – the energy of love. Using a gentle touch, the practitioner guides life force energy to the receiver with a healing intention.
Reiki will support the body to heal itself by clearing out energy blocks – physically, mentally, and spiritually. Reiki will cleanse the body and mind of poisons and toxins, both physical and mental, and will revitalize and restore power to the physical and spiritual body.
A Reiki session provides the time to go within and get in touch with your inner self – or in other words – connect with your gut. Why is that important? Because your gut is an internal sensor, always perceiving, recognizing, discerning the best course of action. Sadly, we too often do not listen to our internal voice but follow the self-absorbed voice of the ego. Not a big surprise, the voice of the ego is seductive with the promise of quick and easy gratification. But our true source of purpose and joy is our inner voice, the still, small expression of the soul.
When we begin a practice of self-care that creates space to listen to our inner voice, we will begin to step into a life of purpose and prosperity, a life that allows us expansion, expression, and deep joy.
9/20/2020 1 Comment
When Healing Doesn't Mean a Cure
Although the world-wide COVID pandemic has created many challenges and hardships, there have also been many good things that have come of these circumstances. And one of the gifts that has emerged is the renewed interest and awareness in holistic practices, specifically in energy medicine. As Reiki practitioners we will have many opportunities to make a difference in many lives, as we support people through positive change.
One thing we all face is the reality that healing does not always mean curing. We typically observe so many little moments of magic in our practices, and our faith in the process becomes so much deeper, that it is sometimes hard to accept that Reiki cannot provide a physical cure in all circumstances. Because we operate in the physical world, the body will eventually begin to break down, until it no longer serves us. This is inevitable, and no one escapes this process of decline and death of the physical body. No amount of energy work can prevent this natural progression.
Healing on a high vibrational level is always conceivable, but healing on the physical level is not always possible. Curing is not the same as healing. To cure is to eradicate physical symptoms. To heal is to create a state of completeness, a state of wholeness. Healing is to treat the whole body – mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical. As healers we support others in their search to attain wholeness, an overall sense of well-being, regardless of the outcome of palliative medicine.
When the physical body is in its natural decline, Reiki will still offer support and strength to the emotional, mental, and spiritual body. When faced with life-threatening circumstances, that will not ultimately be cured, healing will still occur. Buried feelings can be unlocked and released, fear associated with an unknown future can be soothed, mental anguish due to regrets can be processed and let go, relationships can be mended, and love can be given. And on a physical level, Reiki will help reduce stress and anxiety, produce deep relaxation, and mitigate some of the physical discomfort from some treatments. Healing of the whole person promotes the peaceful transition of the physical body as it begins its process of releasing the soul.
Reiki will also help with the grief felt by those who are left in the physical world. Grief following the death of a loved one can be distressful to the point of becoming debilitating. Reiki will help to soften the edges of grief, eventually relieving the pain, and allowing the grief to transform into memories of laughter and love.
Although curing is not always the result of energy healing, Reiki has an important role to play in healing the emotional, mental, and spiritual body as the soul begins its shift to another plane of existence. Healing in the form of peace to the person leaving the physical world, or healing the grief of those that are left behind is a gift as well as a responsibility for all Reiki practitioners that are taking their place in the world of integrative health care.
7/30/2020 0 Comments
Finding Peace Through Gratitude
Although we are all in the same storm we are not in the same boat. While some of us are able to embrace the time that we have been given to slow down, get creative, contemplate next steps for our lives, most of us find this time of pandemic to be incredibly stressful. The uncertainty of the future, loneliness that comes with isolation or frustration with being sequestered with others, and financial fears.
Overnight our lives completely changed. Many have had to adjust to working from home, trying to carve out a space where they can concentrate or have an uninterrupted meeting. Parents became teachers, struggling through a new method of online learning, while trying to engage their children who are bored and miss their school and their friends. Now they worry that the schools will reopen before it is safe and are terrified for their children’s safety. Tens of thousands have lost their jobs and are suffering financial hardship. Many are alone and depressed without much social interaction. And all of us are growing weary with the restrictions on our movement. We yearn for the time that we can be with friends and family, engaging in celebrations, concerts, sports events. All the things that bring us joy and nurture our souls. All this change is stressful, and can produce feelings of anxiety, depression, or a deep sense of dread and fear about the future.
An easy and efficient way to find peace amidst the turmoil is by adopting a daily practice of gratitude. Focusing on the good things in our lives will shift your awareness and attention away from difficulties and toward the blessings that you still enjoy. Begin by making a list of twenty things that bring joy to your heart or a smile to your face. Start simple. Grateful for the sound of birds chirping while sipping coffee in the morning? Grateful when the sun is shining? Love the feel of wind on your face? Write it down. Do you smile with the sound of a child’s laughter? Do you savor the smell of freshly baked bread? Write it down. Fairly quickly into the process you may realize there are a multitude of simple, natural things for which to be grateful. Honoring the simple things will lead to a consciousness of bigger things that bring comfort and joy.
An important thing to remember about gratitude is that the practice must be done in the present. Gratitude is not about the past, nor concerned with the future. Gratitude is about being in the here and now, living and appreciating each simple joy as it comes. Beginning a practice of gratitude will change your perspective from lack and limitation to abundance and expansion.
Each Reiki practitioner should devote some time to understanding the body’s energy systems, specifically the chakras. Originating from the Sanskrit word “wheel” or “vortex”, the chakras are swirling transformation centers, the master programs that govern our behavior, emotions, creativity, learning, and development by transmitting energy that coordinate the reception, integration, and transmission of life force energies.
The chakras are located along the spine from the tailbone to the crown of the head. They impact and govern the physical organs located near each chakra. Each chakra is attached to the spine and faces outward toward the front of the body. Chakras can become unbalanced in either a deficient or excessive manner. During a Reiki session a practitioner can often sense differences in the body’s energy, specifically in the area of each of the chakras. Sometimes the sense is a change in temperature, a dense or prickly feeling, or simply a subtle change in the sensation in the palms.
It is important to understand where the chakras are located, as well as how they behave, when detecting energy symptoms in a client. Because the chakras are part of the body’s high vibration energy center, they will be impacted by high vibration energy thoughts and beliefs. Everyone carries negative thoughts and beliefs about themselves. Over time these negative thoughts and beliefs will begin to break down our body’s energy systems, just as repeated exposure to harmful poisons and toxins such as ingesting heavy amounts of lead or nicotine will eventually begin to break down the physical body. The specific chakra that will be affected will depend upon the content of the negative thought or belief.
Crystals and essential oils are tools that can be used to help strengthen the chakras. For example, the root chakra is concerned with basic matters of survival. A dense feeling around the root chakra may suggest fear for physical well-being or distress around finances. Essential oils that are earthy such as patchouli or sandalwood can be diffused throughout the room during a Reiki session, triggering an olfactory response that influences memory and emotions, helping to clear stuck or stagnant energy and creating a sensation of stability and safety. Tiger eye or red jasper are examples of crystals that are in harmony with the vibration of the root chakra and can be used during a Reiki healing by placing them on, around, or near the body. Different stones will correspond to the vibration of the different chakras. These tools can be used to help foster conditions within the body that allow the body to begin or continue the healing process.
There are physical exercises that can be done during a Reiki session that will also help support the chakras. Frequently feelings of grief will settle in the heart chakra. Physical side effects of this may manifest into heart disease, asthma or pneumonia. Breathing exercises can clear and balance the heart chakra, which will impact the health of the lungs. One effective technique is breathing through alternate nostrils. Close off the right nostril with the right hand, breathe deeply through the left nostril. Holding the breath at the top, release the right hand, and use the left hand to close the left nostril. Breathe out through the left nostril. Breaths should be deep and mindful. This simple exercise promotes deep relaxation and can be used at the beginning of a Reiki session to create an inner place of peace.
Intention is a keystone of Reiki and affirmations are statements of intention. Once a deficient or excessive chakra is identified affirmations can be used to reinforce an intention for each chakra. For example, when setting an intention before a Reiki session to clear the root chakra an affirmation such as “I am immersed in abundance” or “My needs are always met” affirms the power and influence of the root chakra. When working with the heart chakra through the effects of grief, avow the intention of mending with the affirmation “All past hurts are released into the Universe” or “Love and compassion for myself and others release me from past wounds”.
These instruments are just a sampling of the many ways to enrich a Reiki practice, but knowledge of the chakras is key. The chakras are vibrant spheres of life force energy. They are the information exchange centers of the body – physical, emotional, and spiritual. Understanding the characteristics and meaning of each of the chakras is essential for a balanced, resilient Reiki practice. An intimate awareness of the chakras, and the tools that support them, will enhance the practice of Reiki by assisting others in moving deeper into discovery of the self, leading to an improvement in physical health and an enriched life.
4/20/2020 0 Comments
This is a Sacred Time
We have all been humbled by the events of recent weeks. Seemingly overnight our lives have been plunged into tumultuous waters of fear and uncertainty. We are dealing with the anxiety and foreboding that accompanies sudden and unwelcome change. And we are suffering from the effects of isolation, trying to move through new and unfamiliar lives when slowing down, staying home, and being present in the moment are required.
For many of us, the prolonged isolation feels suffocating. Once we complete our busy work, finishing our to do list, we realize that we can only clean our homes so often. When the closets are organized, the junk draw is cleared, and the oven is cleaned, what do we do next? We find ourselves with extra time. Time can be stifling because we often avoid it by keeping busy. And, that busy-ness allows us to avoid deeper thoughts that may threaten to smother us with the truth of who we are, and who we must become. When we are not busily engaged with the tasks that we have set upon ourselves, the mind begins to wander, and the imagination takes hold.
And thus, we begin to navigate the new world in which we now live. Not just the new limitations of our physical lives, but also the expansion of our spiritual lives. Now we read a book, play a game, cook a meal. We allow the quiet and still moments into our lives. Regardless of whether the life that we are experiencing right now may feel a little chaotic, there are still moments of peace. Those are the nuggets that we grasp, little bits of joy when seeing the delighted smile of a child or noticing the sparkling dance of sunbeams through the kitchen window.
This time that we are being given is a gift. Time gives us the chance to think, to contemplate, to dream. Although quiet has been thrust upon us, we can use this time to create peace in our lives. And in that new-found peace, we can find a connection to our divine selves. We are being forced to pay attention to the quiet, where the inner self has a chance to speak. Why is this time sacred? Because we have an opportunity to explore this slowing down of our lives. When we strip away the frustration, the fear, the insecurity of the future what are we left with? We are left with only what we dream about and how we see ourselves. When we see ourselves, we can begin to dream about what kind of life we want. And that vision starts to become rich with color, with flavor, with texture. We vision because we have the time. And in the discovery of who we are, we will begin our lives anew. With a purpose that allows us to acknowledge and pursue our passions. This is our sacred time.
When we come out of quarantine, we will return to lives that may initially look familiar but are very much changed. It will be a while before we can even begin to understand the far-reaching impact that this global pandemic will have on our community – both local and universal. And the underlying influence that it will have on our personal lives cannot even be anticipated at this time. The changes will creep up, without us being aware, until we look back six months or a year from now, and we suddenly realize just how different things have become. This is our opportunity to embrace the change and use this pandemic as a chance to create a new life for ourselves of purpose, prosperity and peace.
Reiki practitioners, as any other holistic healer, are not immune to the fear and insecurity that are prevalent in the world right now. But we are called to a higher standard because of our practice of energy medicine. We are charged with the responsibility of being Light Leaders. We know this when we begin our Reiki training. But how can we, as Reiki facilitators, be of service right now? Particularly when we are also having this human experience of tumultuous change?
First, we need to practice self-care. Practice Reiki on ourselves, and those around us. Meditation is best, but if that is not possible taking at least take 5 minutes per day to have a few minutes of quiet is essential. Diffusing essential oils or smudging, and carrying crystals are great tools to use for protection from toxins and poisons – be they physical or emotional. Create a loving, Reiki field of protection around yourself and your family.
Then we need to embrace the change that is happening. With all the fear, the anger, and disappointment. As with all change, there is a lesson to be learned, a blessing to be bestowed. This is the most difficult part, and the most important. We must be the Light Leaders, and truly lead by stepping over the bridge of what has been to what is, and then reaching out a hand to help others across it.
Finally, we stay calm and we breathe. When the panic starts up – How do I pay my rent? How do we eat? Remember your Source. Seek to stay connected to your divine self. And remember that we have access to a life of abundance and prosperity, regardless of how circumstances may appear.
We can hold the space for healing in our country and in the world. We can do that by sending Distant Reiki to our Global Community. Take time each day to intentionally send healing energy to all of those that suffer with the virus, to all of those who work in the public sector – health professionals, emergency responders, truckers, retail workers, etc., to our leaders and medical experts who are tasked with navigating the world through the crisis.
We can practice Reiki on our families, or those that we live with. Keeping the energy body strong and supported is as important as keeping the physical body safe and protected. Reiki will also provide deep relaxation and stress reduction. It will help to decrease worry and fear.
We can continue to deepen our Reiki practice by exploring the Reiki principles, remembering that “Just for today” has a Universal meaning. Just for today we can be who we are, where we are. And tomorrow we start over, a little bit bigger and a little bit brighter. Now is the time to step further into our Reiki calling, welcoming each occasion where we can be of service.
Practicing self-care is critical right now, as we need to be present and available to do our work. Staying calm and embracing the changes will assist us in getting through this time and allow us to be of support to others. Our world is shifting, and right now our work is to help usher in the changes.
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