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Chakra Blocks and Insomnia

This PDF accompanies the podcast that covers Insomnia and energy blockages. If you’d like to listen, have listen here.

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Reiki for Treatment of Insomnia

There are so many reasons to become attuned to Reiki’s energy. Insomnia is one of my favorites. Insomnia is one of the most common complaints I hear in my medical practice and my Reiki practice.

I’ve had many clients in my Reiki practice seek Reiki to help with insomnia.

I consider insomnia to be a symptoms of a bigger problem. There are medical conditions that present only as insomnia, but these are rare. There are also many psychiatric diseases that present with insomnia. Medical conditions that commonly cause insomnia include: pain, respiratory diseases, heart disease, digestive disorders, and problems with the bladder. Psychiatric conditions that typically

No matter what the root cause of the insomnia is, having a meditative or mindfulness practice of some sort will help nearly every cause of insomnia.

Reiki is a healing art that combines the knowledge of multiple modalities to create an all encompassing healing system. What I learn about Reiki is that anyone can learn it. Honestly, you can practice Reiki without formally taking a course. However, I feel that you get so much more out of learning in depth about the healing system.

Reiki can be used to treat Insomnia . In a study conducted at Rush University Medical Center, 54 individuals were enrolled in a study comparing two types of meditation programs against simply monitoring sleep quantity and quality. The individuals engaging in a mindfulness activity had “43.75 fewer minutes of Total Wake Time (the amount of time it takes to fall asleep)1 “. Another study, which was a systemic review of multiple studies found that “that mindfulness meditation can improve sleep quality in a variety of clinical populations with sleep disturbance2 “.

Reiki has not been studied as thoroughly as other meditation modalities, but nonetheless it’s worth considering if you are wanting a way to treat your insomnia to complement you ongoing treatment.

If you are already a Reiki practitioner, you are already aware of using Reiki in many ways. I like to do a Reiki session on myself at bedtime. This tends to be a nice to do it as I’m not distracted. It’s also a good way to unwind.

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Reiki Sequence for Bedtime for Reiki I Practitioners

It may not always be possible to do a complete session at night. Here is a short variation you can try, which takes about 9 minutes. I have a version of this recorded if you’d like guidance which you can find at this link here.

  1. Once you are situated and comfortable, place your hands at the top of your head for 3 minutes, or alternatively, 30 breaths, allowing Reiki to flow, using Se He Ke.
  2. Next, move to your heart, keeping your hands there for 3 minutes, or 30 breaths, using Se He Ke and letting Reiki flow into your heart chakra.
  3. Finally place your hands on your belly, or solar plexus chakra for 3 minutes or 30 breaths letting Reiki flow freely.

If after you’ve completed this sequence you are still not sleepy, simply continue as you would a full treatment with a timer or counted breaths.

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Healing Sequence for Everyone

You do not have to be a Reiki practitioner in order to perform this sequence. You will follow the same instructions, however at the beginning, you should try to create an intention to set the tone of your meditation. Try this alternate sequence:

  1. Before laying down, rub your hands together gently. Close your eyes and set an intention silently, such as “May this brief meditation create a restful sleep for me”, or “With this quiet time, I allow Divine energy to flow in, and I release energy that no longer serves me.”
  2. Once you are situated and comfortable, place your hands at the top of your head for 3 minutes, or alternatively, 30 breaths. Take long breaths in through your nose, and exhale through your mouth for the first few breaths.
  3. Next, move to your heart, keeping your hands there for 3 minutes, or 30 breaths.
  4. Finally place your hands on your belly, or solar plexus chakra for 3 minutes or 30 breaths.

This short practice is the perfect compliment to any ongoing medical care or psychiatric care you may be receiving. It can also be used alone to help you relax.

As always, I hope your visit to this site has been pleasant. I am creating a Reiki training based on my own experience as a Reiki Practitioner that I will be sharing soon.

  1. Ong, J. C., Manber, R., Segal, Z., Xia, Y., Shapiro, S., & Wyatt, J. K. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of mindfulness meditation for chronic insomnia. Sleep37(9), 1553–1563. https://doi.org/10.5665/sleep.4010
  2. Rusch, H. L., Rosario, M., Levison, L. M., Olivera, A., Livingston, W. S., Wu, T., & Gill, J. M. (2019). The effect of mindfulness meditation on sleep quality: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences1445(1), 5–16. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.13996

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Reiki Practitioners- returning to your practice

One of the blessings of Reiki is that I have met people I would not have met had I not learned this healing modality. I have met several individuals in my medical practice, personally, and in social media who share with me that at some point in their lives they learned Reiki I or II or even Reiki Master but over the years have forgotten to continue practicing.

These individuals will have to share that so much time has passed that they don’t feel connected to the energy of Reiki.

Herein lies a true gift of Reiki that we often forget. Once you have been attuned to Reiki you are attuned your whole life. You are always connected with the energy and it never goes away. Of course, if you’re not practicing it is easy to forget that you have this gift at your hands.

I advise individuals that the easiest way to reconnect is simply to start performing Reiki on yourself on a regular basis. It is best to do a full treatment from head to toe, however if your life circumstance does not allow the time or place for this even a three minute treatment is better than nothing.

I’ve noticed that many of these individuals often don’t have dedicated space in their home, office, or anywhere in their life that they can practice their healing art. In my course, Starting Your Own Meditation Practice, I give brief advice on how to reclaim that space for yourself. If you don’t have a space you can go to you may need to create one.

Once you know where you would like to start your daily Reiki practice consider setting a timer or a reminder in your calendar. It’s simply a good habit that you’re trying to get back to. Plan to treat yourself for 21 days daily. If you recall in your initial attunement you had a 21-day. Of self treatment that allowed for self-improvement.

Once you decide to return to your practice try not to focus too much on feeling the energy flow or any specific outcome. You may recall when you first learned Reiki you may not have had immediate response or felt anything right away. But if you give it time, your own body’s ability to heal will become apparent to you and it will come to you easily.

I practice Reiki on myself daily. I did not always do this but in the last 2 years because of transitions and stress in my own life I found this to be a lifesaver. There are times I do only a brief 15 minute session and there are times I do a full session that I last more than an hour.

If you need any help getting started I have created a short 9 minute self treatment meditation track that you can find below. I do hope this helps any Reiki practitioner who feels like they’ve lost their gift. I promise you haven’t lost anything you just simply had to pick it back up.

9 minute meditation for Mind-Heart-Gut

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Distance Reiki, Telemedicine, and new paradigm in healing

Those that practice or receive Reiki on a regular basis are likely familiar with the concept of Distance Healing. I notice that many people are not used to the concept, or don’t understand or trust this concept. I find this topic especially intriguing now, when I, like many physicians, have had to embrace telemedicine in order to continue my practice. In my Reiki practice, I have always offered Distance healing as an option to in person sessions.

One reason it can be hard to accept Distance Reiki, or Telemedicine, is because many of us are trained on and think in a “Newtonian Model”. Vibrational Medicine: The #1 Handbook of Subtle -Energy Therapies by Richard Gerber MD is recommended reading for many Reiki trainees and interested people will pick up. Dr. Gerber discusses idea that medical care is currently based on Newtonian physics. What this means is that the human body operates like a machine with every process having a clear started and and everything being visible were described by some sort of objective findings such as a number, of volume, or weight.


Newtonian View of Healing

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Dr. Gerber summarizes Newtonian Healing, or the philosophy of healing based on Newton’s laws of physics, as seeing the human body as a machine. When we view the human body as a machine, malfunctions require a repair that is mechanical, such as a medication or a surgery, which of course is what we frequently do in modern medicine.

This means that treatment has to be hands on in some way. There has to be direct contact with the “machine” of the human body in order to create any change.

This limits a healing encounter to something tangible and in person. So only in person visits can be seen as useful.


Eisenstein View of Healing

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Einstein’s ubiquitous equation is summarized by recognizing that mass and energy are interchangeable.

Applying this concept to medicine and healing , we have to go out on faith in understanding that some of the healing encounter will not involve direct touch, a direct measurement, or any tangible interaction.


Distance Healing by Telemedicine

Many factors lead to the wide acceptance of telemedicine during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Lack of supplies, along with social distancing guidelines meant that some doctors visits are best done virtually. The major downside of telemedicine is that the hands on physical exam is lost. However, it is possible to do some physical exam virtually by using the camera to visually asses what’s going on. The encounter relies heavily on the exchange of information, so questions asked by the provider must go beyond what would usually occur in the clinic. Likewise, patients must willing to share more information than usual in order to get the best benefits from the visit.


Distance Healing with Reiki

In my Reiki practice, I offer distance sessions. Those seeking Reiki are often comfortable with this concept, but anyone that is not versed in energy medicine, this does not make sense. In a Distance Reiki session, the client may have the treatment wherever they are most comfortable. I connect with my clinic either by phone or text at the start of the session. I channel Reiki just as I would an in person session, however, rather than focusing my attention on the person in front of me, I am going around time and space to heal them. We learn in Reiki that time and space are concepts held by man, and are malleable. I may “feel” that my client is 20, 50, or 1,000 miles away from me, but once the healing session starts, I simply eliminate distance as a factor, and use Reiki to close the distance gap.

Mind-bending concept, but its so cool in action.


The New Healing Paradigm

My personal prediction, and purely my own opinion, is that the changes in healthcare that are coming will be amazing. Modern American healthcare, which has previously operated on the mechanical, Newtonian model has been forced to accept that healing can be accomplished in a number of ways, and is not limited to time or space. I feel that as we venture further into this pandemic, we will find ways to heal our patients beyond face to face encounter. As a Reiki Practitioner, I am so happy that in healthcare, we are slowly moving into accepting a little quantum physics. I feel that as we move away from the simplistic view of medicine as seeing the human as a machine, our capacity to reach and heal our patients will grow by leaps and bounds.

I know these are lofty concepts, but bear with me. I’m an Aquarian.

Thanks for reading! Have a fabulous day.

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Meditation to Channel Negative Emotions

Every one of us is going through some kind of change right now due to the Pandemic and the ongoing economic changes. 

Emotions like stress, anxiety, worry, anger, etc, are thought of as negative emotions because none of us wants to feel these.  These same emotions also have bad effects on our bodies.  One example I use with my patients is the biochemical response to chronic anxiety we all have.  Prolonged anxiety leads to higher production of stress hormones, such as cortisol that   Eventually suppresses the immune system, leading to increased risk of infections or cancer.

 I’d like to share a brief meditation I’ve created to help alleviate the feeling of stress and uncertainty.  The idea of this meditation is to capture the intensity of the emotions you feel, change it to something beneficial and send it towards the thing, person or situation that worries you.  

  1. Find a comfortable place to sit quietly.  I have been doing this before I lay down to sleep to dispel worry thoughts as I’m trying to sleep. 
  2. You can play music or any soothing sound if you ‘d like, and maybe set a timer (the less disruptive the better, like a gentle bell, or set your phone to vibrate).
  3. Place your hands palms up in your lab, sit straight and comfortably.
  4. Imagine what creates the most negative emotions.  Give this thing, idea, object or whatever a color and a shape, and in your mind’s eye place it in your hands.
  5. For a few minutes, let these negative thoughts flow into your open hands, and don’t be afraid of what comes up.
  6. Now in your mind’s eye, reach out your Higher Power (God, Allah, Angels, Ancestors, or your higher self) and ask that this negative energy be changed, or transmuted.  
  7. The negative energy in your hands you can now start to imagine becoming a lighter color, it may feel better, and you may notice pleasant sensations such as warmth.
  8. Now imagine sending this ball of Love, Energy, Healing, Hope or whatever it is you have changed it to directly to what needs it; Send it to a person, situation, place, the future. Trust it will get there.

Here is a guided version of the meditation as well.

The idea of this meditation is to take the intensity of negative emotions, repurpose those and create healing energy.  There is no reason not to, no harm done, and your body and mind will operate better with positive vibes. 

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Reiki in Health Care and Shielding for Health Care Workers

Here is a link to my next podcast episode. In this podcast, I give share with you a technique I use throughout the day to protect my own energy while I’m treating patients. The above link will download the podcast, but you may also click here to go to the page to stream.

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Thoughts on Self Care

Many of us are taught to think of self-care in attention to self as selfishness. Particularly those that tend to be empathetic often find it hard to turn their attention only to themselves.in these turbulent times with so many things going on around us and so many reasons to turn our attention outward, I would like my readers to think about reasons to turn in word even for a few minutes.

There’s so many ways to help in the community. Volunteering, helping your neighbor, donating if possible I just a few of those ways. these are all very valuable and I attempt to help out when time and resources allow myself.

As we approach the weekend I would like you to think about your own self care. Being selfless is Christ-like and beautiful, but if you don’t make sure to fill up your own body and soul you will quickly become depleted.

Self-care can take on many forms and by all means don’t feel limited by my recommendations but here are a few:

  • Hiking in nature
  • Taking a bath in epsom salt and essential oils
  • Meditation
  • Taking a nap
  • Reading

When you have cared for yourself, you develop your own resilience. You also deepen you ability to have empathy for others. You lower your own stress hormones, which improves how your immune system functions. When you come from a calm, centered place, it’s easier to be supportive for others.

My own experience with self care has made me a strong believer that self care leads to better care for others. I give myself some kind of self care daily. I will try to start my mornings with Yoga and usually give myself a Reiki treatment at bedtime. I find that I am able to see many patients during the day with complicated cases without feeling stressed. Years ago, before I started my journey to Reiki, I frequently felt overwhelmed. I wanted to be there for my patients but struggled to create a safe boundary in which patients could express themselves without taking on their issues personally.

If you find yourself feeling stressed, especially with the all the external reminders of our constantly chaning world, turn off your devices and practice some self care.

I always appreciate you spending time with me on my site. If you stay tuned, I am working on creating self paced courses on Reiki Training. Stay Tuned!

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Reiki benefits-Immediate relief while in the hospital

I am developing a Reiki Course that can be completed online, on your own pace and at your own time. The reason why I am doing this is that I have benefited from Reiki healing myself. I have received Reiki from other practitioners, and I know the benefits it can provide.

I came across an article, Immediate Symptom Relief After a First Session of Massage Therapy or Reiki in Hospitalized Patients: A 5-Year Clinical Experience from a Rural Academic Medical Center. This is a 5 year study looking a certain segment of hospitalized patients benefited from Reiki and massage.

Many of our treatments in traditional allopathic medicine are based on medical studies that show benefit, risks and possible outcomes. Evidenced Based Medicine, or EBM is used for most therapies, surgeries, and medications in the United States. EBM offers guidelines and a rational approach to the choice of therapies. Physicians like EBM because it helps to remove personal and professional bias, keeping the choice of which treatment to use objective.

Reiki, and many complimentary treatments that work on the human biofield can be the most difficult to study in Evidenced Based Medicine as it is difficult to arrange studies that fit typical guidelines of EBM in energy medicine.

Evidence-based guidelines can be immensely helpful but for the most part they tend to ignore the individual. As we all know we all have individual bodies and individual needs. Although evidence based medicine reassures us but we may be taking the best option for our patients if our patients don’t respond it is likely that the individual simply doesn’t fit the mold based on the study and which the treatment was chosen. Having a therapy sessions Reiki can help fill the gap between evidence-based medicine and answering the needs of individuals.

Reiki has many benefits, including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. This particular study showed that “reiki improved pain by 49.2% and anxiety by 59.8%1” These were patients being treated in the hospital experiencing an immediate improvement in some of the most severe symptoms related to hospitalization.

“Reiki improved pain by 49.2% and anxiety by 59.8%1

Vergo, M. T., Pinkson, B. M., Broglio, K., Li, Z., & Tosteson, T. D. (2018). Immediate Symptom Relief After a First Session of Massage Therapy or Reiki in Hospitalized Patients: A 5-Year Clinical Experience from a Rural Academic Medical Center. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)24(8), 801–808. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2017.0409

Again, applying the discipline of evidence-based medicine to the practice of Reiki is very difficult, so the researchers in this study used questionnaires to quantify symtpom improvement.

As a treatment modality, there is virtually no risk Reiki. Reiki can be done hands on, or hands off. During this time of social distancing, Reiki can be done from a distance, including anywhere in the world.

As a Reik Practitioner, I am accustomed to providing Reiki sessions in 30 minute and one hour intervals. I was delighted to read that the healing arts volunteers that participated in this study provided 20 minute sessions. This is wonderful, meaning that a shorter duration of treatment, which is likely necessary due to busy nature of hospital admissions, is still beneficial.

If you are considering learning more about Reiki, please sign up for my updates. If you are considering learning Reiki for yourself, I am happy to let you know that I am developing a course for personal treatment, as well as Reiki training for those working in health care.

1.Vergo, M. T., Pinkson, B. M., Broglio, K., Li, Z., & Tosteson, T. D. (2018). Immediate Symptom Relief After a First Session of Massage Therapy or Reiki in Hospitalized Patients: A 5-Year Clinical Experience from a Rural Academic Medical Center. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)24(8), 801–808. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2017.0409