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.

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9 minute meditation for Mind-Heart-Gut

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.

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.

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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. 

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.

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!

Using Reiki to Relieve Symptoms Immediately in the Hospital

Reiki is often used for chronic conditions outside of the hospital, such as chronic pain, cancer, or depression.

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

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 symptom 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 Reiki 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.

The research article reinforces the utility of a healing modality with so little risk and so many benefits. Reiki can feasibly be offered in a variety of medical settings. Beyond in person sessions, Distance Reiki is a completely safe option in which Reiki practitioners can provide healing without having to risk being in a hospital setting.

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

Self Care During The Pandemic

2020 has been a year that has changed the lives of all of us on the planet. There has been loss beyond measure. Every industry has been impacted. As a practicing physician, this pandemic reminds of the the “never will happen” scenario I was taught about in medical school.

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All that aside, no matter if you contracted the virus, you function as a caretaker of someone who contracted the virus, or you’re simply being a responsible citizen and limiting your activities to home, now, more than ever is the time to step up your self care regimen.

What is Self Care

In my internal medicine practice and with my Reiki clients, I define self care as any action that improves your well being. It need not bee a big action. Getting and extra hour of sleep, taking a walking in the morning, or reaching out to a friend you’ve lost contact with can be a start.

Self Care Ideas

  • Finding a Physician or Health Care Provider If you don’t have one
  • Reviewing your old medical records, especially vaccines.
  • Making a list of your supplements
  • Scheduling a physical, in person or virtually
  • Trying a Healthy Recipe
  • Starting a Meditation Practice (this is my free course)

Why Now

There is so much panic and negativity going on right now. Stress and fear literally weaken your immune system. Now more than ever, you should pursue your self care goals with passion.

What Next?

I invite you to post in the comments one goal, small or big, serious of frivolous that will refer to one way you will deepen your self care. For me, I practice either Yoga or Meditation daily, I walks at lunch for about 20 minutes. Driving home one day, I suddenly missed sitting at a table at restaurant. I stopped at the grocery and realized, I missed seeing fresh flowers on the table. I’m not usually someone who buys fresh flowers. Putting them on my table at home helped return some of the pleasant feeling of socializing when out with friends.

Finding Your Balance

Finding  Inner Balance

Reiki heals the body on mental, spiritual, emotional and physical levels.  Reiki energy is believed to heal by restoring balance and allowing for the body to heal itself. Disease starts when there is imbalance of one factor or another.  Obesity comes from too many calories in and not enough being released as energy.  Chronic Inflammation comes from an immune system that over-reacts, while low immunity comes form an underactive immune system.  Our bodies know how to restore balance naturally.  The challenge is the body must overcome constant assault from the outside world and the constant noise of the mind.

My Mother and have been blessed to have visited Hawaii a few times.  On our first trip, we visited Maui.  While driving some of the scenic routes, we discovered a hidden hiking trail we decided to explore.

After walking for several minutes on this beautiful trail, we discovered a set of pebbles arranged as a statue.  It was off to the side of the trail,  and on close inspection, there were no tools holding the pebbles in place.  There were perfectly balanced, sitting on the lava rock and completely steady.

We spent several  minutes staring at the stones wondering who set this up and why?  Would it fall over?   How did this unexpected piece of art survive the elements?  I took a picture because I loved how these stones were perfectly balanced.  Away we went to enjoy the Hawaii sun.

Several years later, this picture always give me peace.  If these stones could stay balanced, can’t we all?  Although I’ll never know the mystery of who created this and why, this image is in my brain when I think of staying centered, remaining calm, and not letting the outside world toss me off my lava rock.

Finding Balance Through Self Improvement

My wish is for every individual to find balance.  I wish that every individual will learn the inner workings of their own bodies, and learn to love they miracle of creation that they are.  

There are a number of resources you can find on this website in your journey to find balance.

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My Journey to Reiki/How Reiki Found Me

My experience with Reiki is what lead me to start this blog.  As I’ve been composing my thoughts, and trying to decide what content I should post about Reiki, I forgot I should share my story of how Reiki found me.

I read a beautiful post  at My Journey to Reiki that reminded me that as excited as I am about Reiki, I should remember why I am so passionate about Reiki.

I found Reiki through yoga.  I had started practicing yoga in my home while in medical school.  Due to time and finances, it would be over 10 years before I attended an actual yoga studio.  A very dear friend of mine told me about Yoga Home of Therapeutics  and the owner Sara Alavi.  I went to my first class after a devastating break up.  I was emotionally distraught and suffering from burnout at work .  I attended yoga class with Sara for a few years.  After a wonderful class, she told me she was teaching a Reiki class and I might like it.

Attending yoga at the studio had done so much for me that I didn’t even hesitate to sign up.  After signing up, I forgot to research what Reiki is, and when I arrived for my Reiki 1 attunement, I had no idea what to expect.

My experience during my first attunement was like nothing I had experienced.  Keep in mind, if you decide to take a course in Reiki, everyone’s experience is individual, and every experience is beautiful.  I assumed prior to the attunement that only gifted individuals could see auras, or have empathic abilities.  As I felt the internal changes of the attunement, I didn’t realize that soon I would feel some of the same.

As a physician, I’m used to interacting with people.  I am used to dealing with people when times are good, when they are bad, when they are scary and sad.  I’ve always tried to approach patient care with the “Golden Rule”, do onto others…

After my Reiki 1 attunement, I was so happy to have this tool to heal myself.  I still had a lot of sadness, and my pressure at work was ever increasing.  I felt that Reiki would be a wonderful addition to my self care tool box.

So when I saw my first patients after my first attunement,  I was completely shocked that I was seeing something.  Every patient had a glow.  They were all different, and constantly changing.  I didn’t always see  this with every patient.  My left brain, traditionally trained physician brain sought a rational explanation.

After many exhaustive Google searches (yes, even when I prefer my patients not to consult Dr. Google) I started to understand this glow was the patient’s aura, or subtle body.  I continued to treat myself with Reiki on many days, sometimes just for a few minutes, and as time passed, I became more comfortable with this new sensitivity.

Seeing auras is wonderful, but like with any new tool, I am still learning when to work with this.  I did notice my empathy was increased.  As I saw patients, I could listen to their stories in a much more clear manner.  I could sense their suffering beyond what the labs and x-rays told me.  I could hear better why they came to see me.   Although I had intended for Reiki for my own healing, it was already helping my patients.

My Reiki level 1 and 2 training were wonderful, and for the next year, I wasn’t sure I would pursue more training.   I was very fortunate to discover Kelly Schwegel  as a guest speaker on a podcast.  I scheduled  a healing session with her and eventually became a member of  Kelly’s Inner Wisdom Circle.  Kelly  holds Reiki certifications through the Inner Wisdom circle and I was able to get my attunement for Reiki 3 and Reiki Master.

Some very cool things have happened since I embraced Reiki.  I love that I can sense auras, or that I can tap into my intuition when I’m working with a patient with a difficult diagnosis.  The self healing I have with Reiki is why I hope readers will become attuned to Reiki.  There are so many ways Reiki infuses itself into your life.  Its a wonderful meditation to perform Reiki on yourself as you fall asleep.  Or to send Reiki to a future situation like a family member’s upcoming surgery.  Or to send REiki to yourself in the past during a loss of a loved one.

My hope is that if you are wondering if you should let Reiki find you, you will.  You may go on to be a Reiki Master with a full practice.  Or maybe you Reiki will help you put your baby to sleep at night.  But if you are wondering if you should sign  up for that Reiki class…you should  There is nothing to lose, and love to gain.

 

 

 

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