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A Brief Overview: Reiki is an ancient Tibetan method of natural healing that was rediscovered by a Japanese physician and widely taught as a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy”. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it’s high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki provides an avenue to remove blockages and imbalances, and to facilitate health and personal growth. It is used to re-align and balance the chakras. The Reiki energy flows through the body’s meridians or pathways to help open any blockages which may be restricting the body’s natural flow of Chi. These blockages are what cause dis-ease and poor health. Reiki utilizes the universal life source energy to rebalance and align the body, mind and emotions.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body (physical), emotions (emotional), mind (mental) and spirit (spiritual) creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. It is a pure energy form that supports our natural ability to heal on all levels. Many have reported miraculous results. Reiki allows the client to remain in a relaxed state while healing the body.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. Reiki provides a source of restoring energy while one is ill, under treatment, or in recovery. Reiki energy has a mind of its own and goes where it is most needed.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki Master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life. The Reiki process does not deplete the practitioner of energy, as they are a conduit rather than the source of the energy. In the Reiki healing process, the energy fills the practitioner’s body first, and then flows out through the practitioner’s hands into the recipient. Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of all ages and backgrounds.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it. While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. MikaoUsui, the founder of the Reiki System of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

Reiki and the endocrine system

“Energy has been overlooked. Try Reiki, it can cure what ails you!”

According to Dr. Oz, his wife is a Reiki Practitioner and uses Reiki regularly.

Reiki (“ray-key”); an intelligent “Universal Life Force” Energy,can effectively be used to:

* accelerate healing,

* achieve relaxation,

* attain inner peace,

* balance blood pressure,

* balance the flow of energy,

* improve sleep,

* increase energy and vitality,

* promote harmony in the body, mind, spirit,

* reduce & relieve stress and pain,

* reduce side effects of medical treatments,

* release emotional blockages,

* remove toxins,

*restore your well-being,

* significant reduction of physical ailments,

* strengthens the immune system.

Everyone can benefit from REIKI! If you are healthy, the energy works to help you stay clear and balanced. If you have been diagnosed with a disease, are under any form of stress, or have an injury, you can benefit from regular treatments. Reiki is compatible with all medical treatments.

Love yourself…Learn to Take Good Care of Yourself!

Care best for others by first taking VERY GOOD care of yourself. Have you ever heard that saying before? And what does it really mean?

Isn’t it true that when you get on an airplane you are instructed by the flight attendant to do the following should the air pressure in the cabin become compromised and the oxygen masks drop from the ceiling? You are asked to first put a mask on yourself and THEN on the faces of children and elders. Huh! Very interesting! What do you suppose would happen if you put the oxygen mask on the children and elders first? Well, you might run out of oxygen, feel faint, pass out and worse, die! In other words, if you are so drained and depleted on a daily basis, how are you able to give to others? So, how DO you care best for yourself so that there is more of you to give to others?

Often, we neglect ourselves because we feel guilty and don’t want to be seen as being selfish, uncaring…and worse yet, unloving. But is it selfish or SELFLESS to understand what your limitations are and realize when it’s time to be replenished and re-energized?

My suggestion is to first start by appreciating yourself. What are you going to do today and from now on to honor, nurture and pamper yourself? Find creative ways to nourish yourself on a spiritual, emotional, mental and physical level. It is so important for you to make yourself a priority. Attend to your body, mind and spirit on a daily basis and you’ll have so much more energy for giving to others.

Remember, when you do this regularly you are teaching others how to take good care of themselves as well! I lovingly recall my mother taking time for herself after dinner each night to take a long, soothing bath. My brother and I knew to leave her alone during her “ME” time. My mother would take her magazines with her and enjoy her “Calgon, take me away” mini-vacation. She would emerge all wrinkled up from being in the water so long, with her face and body flushed from the heat. Ah, and now she was relaxed and oozed relaxation out of every pore! I appreciate her modeling for us how to take time for ourselves and to take good care of ourselves. What a great lesson in self care!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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