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Can Meditation Heal Anxiety?

While you’re in the middle of an anxiety attack it’s very hard to think clearly. But if you are managing anxiety, or trying to prevent anxiety from getting much worse, is it possible for meditation to heal anxiety? If so, how is this best accomplished?

When you’re in the middle of an anxiety attack, there’s probably nothing more upsetting than someone telling you to just calm down.

Believe me, I definitely understand. My first anxiety attack was like a force of nature.  I can recall the physical feelings of doom, feeling a need to run, my vision narrowing and not being able to breath.  

What is Anxiety?

It helps to have an understanding of the difference between feeling anxious, having a diagnosis such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or phobias.

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It is typical in the everyday human experience to feel anxious. You’ve likely experienced anxiety even today. You may be feeling some anxiety right now as you read this blog post. The feeling of anxiety is simply an emotion associated with worry about future past or present events

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

You begin to think of anxiety as being a chronic condition and possibly a medical condition when the symptoms are pervasive and present for more than 6 months.

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Excessive Worry
  • Worrying about many different things
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and pains related to muscle tension
  • Restlessness
  • Disrupted Sleep(Combs 2014)

Panic Disorder

Likely one of the worst consequences of chronic anxiety is panic. This is the experience that many of us call a “panic attack”.

Panic Attacks are very individual but usually start with hyperventilation, palpitations, dilated pupils, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting or even diarrhea. These events are the end result of a chemical cascade in which the fight or flight symptom has been activated in the body.

If you have been anxious or worried for several hours or days at a time, your endocrine system has been getting a signal from your brain stem that a threat is coming. At some point either your brain perceives the threat has finally arrived, or it’s simply can’t take the stress anymore and your adrenal glands release a large amount of adrenaline. This adrenaline hits your system and does its job in getting your body ready for a fight. The physiologic changes that occur during a panic attack are all a result of the adrenal glands doing what they were designed to do.

Phobias

Phobias I point out because they often can present as generalized anxiety. Phobias are generally going to be anxiety that is associated with a specific stimulus which can be an event, a place, an object, or generally something that is external to the body.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is anxiety symptoms that stem form intrusive, often disturbing thoughts. Individuals suffering from OCD often have rituals, or actions they do to relieve the stress caused by the obsessive thoughts.

Meditating to Heal Anxiety

It is difficult to consider sitting still and breathing if you are in the state of anxiety. Particularly, if you have gotten used to being in thoughts of worry constantly it goes against your feelings to sit still and quiet. I advise my own patients that they should always try meditation if they have been diagnosed with anxiety or want to prevent anxiety.

Read more about Anxiety here

Using meditation to heal your anxiety will also help with medications.

Which meditations to do for anxiety

Any of them!

There are many different styles of meditation. Beginners often do well performing guided meditations. These are meditation in which an instructor offers visualization, instructions on breath, and other tools that can help focus the mind and calm the body. Guided meditations often take an additional resource.

Luckily in the age of cell phone apps, there are so many to pick from. Here are my recommendations:

  • Inside timer
  • Relax melodies

Mindfulness meditation is a style of meditation in which you attempt to quiet the thinking mind. I am studying to be a certified mindfulness meditation instructor. I have found this process endlessly fascinating and have found in my own meditation practice I no longer want guidance and I prefer now to meditate in silence for 20 minutes.

You can easily perform mindfulness meditation by focusing on your breath for 3 to 5 minutes. And that’s it!

Walking Meditation

This is also my new favorite. Walking meditation is just what it sounds like. Rather than performing your meditation while at rest or lying down you walk. I’ve come to rely on this when I want to move my body but don’t have time to exercise and meditate.

Mantra Meditation

Mantra meditation is using an inspirational phrase or saying to focus the attention. You use your inspirational saying over and over, either chanting it out loud or thinking it in your mind during your meditation.  

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Meditation is a journey. Anxiety can be a journey as well. And maybe helpful to visualize anxiety is a journey to yourself. Please embrace every way along the process. And make attempts to return to yourself and meditation as much as you can.

References
  1. Combs, H.,Markman, J. Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care. In: Pagalilauan G, Editor. 2014. Psychiatric Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care. Seattle (WA): Medical Clinics of North America.

Using Your words to Heal Your Body

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In his seminal work, The Hidden Messages in Water, Masura Emoto created a special technique to demonstrate the effects various words have on the formation of water crystals. The water was exposed to words by speaking to the water. Then the water was frozen. Crystals were examined and photographed under a microscope.

Emoto discovered that when the water was exposed to positive words such as “love”, “hope”, or “thank you” symmetric beautiful crystals formed. If the water was exposed to words of hatred, either no crystals formed or crystals that were of a regular shape form.

Credit:  https://www.masaru-emoto.net/en/crystal-2

This is an example of a crystal that was shown the words love and gratitude. Notice it’s very symmetrical and overall very beautiful.

Source: Emoto, M. (2001). Hidden messages in water. Atria. 

It is easy to see from these pictures that using words with a high vibration lead to beautiful well-form crystals. Using words that are low vibration lead to no formed crystals or something that’s not as attractive.

In his work, Emoto reminds us that we’re made of 70% of water. His theory is that water holds a memory of the environment in the energy has received.

Then that means what happens to the water in our body when it’s exposed to violence, words of anger, anything that is less than love?

Choose Your Words For Healing

If you think about your body being made mostly of water that is constantly interacting with your environment, this helps you to refrain how you approach your mind body and soul. On your own healing journey, how do you speak to yourself? Do you use words of kindness to yourself? Or are you having thoughts that constantly lower your vibration because they are less than love?

Healing Words

In my book, 21 Day Meditation Journey, one of the meditations captures the idea of using healing words. During the meditation, we created positive affirmations.

You can get started with this right now. In my own person practice, when I feel my thoughts becoming negative, I replace those thoughts with positive thoughts. Even if I don’t feel the thoughts, I notice a difference within a few minutes.

Positive Affirmations for Healing

  • “I provide love for myself and others”
  • “I am God’s Creation”
  • “I am as I am meant to be”

Create your own list of positive affirmations. Make it fun! Make a wallpaper on your cell phone, or your computer screen.

Programming your thoughts for positive will change the vibration in your body. It would not be good to carry the negative words in the water in your body.

You can use your words to heal yourself. Its so simple, yet effective. Even if you have to “fake it”, do it until you feel how your positive thoughts change your vibration.

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4 Tips and Resources for How to add Reiki to a Clinical Practice

Considering adding Reiki to you clinic?  Read more below.

If you are a Reiki healer, you may wonder if it’s feasible to add a healing modality such as Reiki to a clinic setting.  It is absolutely feasible and rewarding to offer Reiki in a clinical setting. 

In this post, I will offer my experience and some recommendations if you are considering performing Reiki in a clinical setting.

Gather Your Data

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It helps to do some research on how Reiki has been tested clinically.  Leaders of organizations will need this information  in order to decide if Reiki is worth adding.

You can find free research articles in a number of places.  Here is a list of the databases I frequently use:

These are resources where you can find research articles for scientific evidence of the efficacy of Reiki. You can simply type in any search you want in these databases and you should be able to have access to several articles that will be free.

I typically rely on PubMed because of the rigorous scientific process as required for any article to be listed on this database.

Google scholar is particularly helpful if you’re wanting to capture a large number of research articles.

The international association of Reiki professionals has collected several useful articles you can use for your own review as well as for literature to provide for organizational leaders.

Training Practitioners

Depending on the size and resources of any organization that’s considering adding reiki, it may be feasible to offer training through the organization. Most Reiki practitioner receipt training on their own. If they’re already trained the clinic or hospital May verify training by showing of a certificate.

Training individuals that are interested in Reiki should be fairly simple. Many courses can be completed within a few hours. Educating the staff of the availability of this training will likely be very pleasant as many individuals working in hospitals and clinics are natural empaths and will be attracted to this type of healing modality.

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Nuts and Bolts of Starting Practice

  • Massage table or massage chair
  • Recommended sanitation equipment such as hand sanitizer
  • Option for distance session using teleconference or phone

There is very little need equipment to start making a practice. When I added Reiki to my own clinical practice I only added a few candles for aromatherapy. We opted to use the exam tables or a chair and dedicated one exam room for this treatment to share quiet.

Providing distance sessions especially during the pandemic is ideal. These could be scheduled just like any other appointment and would allow the client to remain in their home safely while they receive the treatment. From my experiences a physician is well as a Reiki practitioner, I would recommend offering distance sessions first.

Scheduling and Payment

In the United states, complementary treatments are rarely covered by insurance. Patients will need to be educated on this fact likely multiple times. Unfortunately, they will have to pay cash for their treatment. This is where the challenge will be the greatest. In a healthcare system where patients are not used to paying for cash up front for services, there will be resistance. However, if you are considering adding this treatment modality to your clinical setting, providing educational material, handouts, webinars will help the patients understand the value of this care.

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Reiki for Fatigue

Should You try it?

Should You try it?

People suffering from fatigue have often sought all kinds of treatment. You may be wondering if you suffer from fatigue, is it worth it to consider Reiki?

Can Reiki help with fatigue

Using Reiki to heal fatigue, particularly Chronic Fatigue is a great idea. First, you want to make sure you have been evaluated to find all the reasons you have fatigue. I would recommend discussing your symptoms with your family physician or primary care provider.

I am always cautious when dealing with patients in my clinical practice or Reiki clients in terms of fatigue. In my experience, fatigue similar to insomnia, weight gain, and depression, it is often a symptom of some other condition. Although I do think it’s good to aim at treating fatigue as a standalone condition both practitioner and client need to realize that there are likely multiple underlying issues leading to the problem.

That being said, no matter what approach is taken eventually the person being treated needs to be offered a holistic solution. This may include medications, nutritional supplements, psychotherapy, and of course the subject we are discussing reiki.

When is Fatigue a problem?

There will be times we are all prone to feeling tired. This should happen daily, when it’s time to go to sleep. It may occur on a longer basis after a major life chance such as the birth of a child.

Chronic fatigue is defined as persistent undermitting fatigue that has been present for at least 3 months and usually 6 months. The diagnosis of chronic fatigue is not usually made until a complete work of has been done. Other conditions such as anemia, thyroid disease, malignancy or autoimmune disease need to be ruled out.

Getting to the Root of Fatigue

Fatigue needs to be fully evaluated since it can be a symptom of a serious disease. I always recommend talking to your physician about your fatigue even while your pursuing a holistic remedy such as Reiki.

Fatigue often is a symptom of anxiety or depression. This may likely come up during your evaluation. It is important not to be judgmental of yourself during this time. I’ve had many patients accept the diagnosis of depression or anxiety as a failure. This is not true of course. If your fatigue is a results of depression and anxiety, it simply means your disease is coming mostly from your neurological symptom rather than a condition of the body.

Reiki and Fatigue clinical evidence

Reiki can help with fatigue. Recently, while preparing for talk, I discovered two papers that showed Reiki can help with fatigue.

Individuals being treated for cancer have fatigue that often has no obvious treatment. Cancer is taxing in a number of ways. Cancer is hypermetabolic tissue, meaning it is using more or the body’s resources than other tissues. Treatments for cancer or also taxing. Side effects of radiation, chemotherapy and surgery are common unfortunately.

A small study conducted in Canada “suggests that Reiki treatments are moderately effective at reducing CRF [Cancer Related Fatigue] and may have more broad-ranging effects on overall quality of life.” ¹ A healing modality such as Reiki can and should be offered to patients as it will not cause harm and offers additional treatment options

A study completed in a rural academic center showed that as compared to massage, “Reiki showed a statistically greater improvement for fatigue and anxiety compared with massage therapy.²” Patients being hospitalized are under the highest stress levels imaginable. Being subjected to treatments as well as disrupted sleep increase stress levels to a point that any illness may be made worse.

What to expect using Reiki for Fatigue

If you are considering Reiki to help with fatigue, I would recommend getting at least 3-6 sessions. Fatigue, similar to insomnia, is often a symptom, so while you are starting your Reiki treatments, you should purse medical care to rule out issues such as anemia, vitamin deficiency as well as if you need testing for anxiety and depression.

Many people have a healing reaction after treatment with Reiki. Its typical to actually feel more tired or sleep more after treatment. I advise clients to allow for more time to rest after they’ve started a treatment course with Reiki.

If you are a Reiki practitioner, you may consider treating yourself in the mornings. Using the Mental/Emotional Technique for even 5 minutes in the mornings will likely bring some relief. Preferably, you should attempt to do full treatments on yourself. Consider journaling as well. I often use my journal to help me understand my on energy blocks after a self treatment session.

  1. Tsang, K. L., Carlson, L. E., & Olson, K. (2007). Pilot crossover trial of Reiki versus rest for treating cancer-related fatigue. Integrative cancer therapies, 6(1), 25–35. https://doi.org/10.1177/1534735406298986
  2. 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

Risks of Reiki

Are there risks with Reiki? 

People curious about Reiki wonder if there are any risks associated with the treatment.  Many treatments have  benefits (which is what we want) and risks (unintended consequences of treatment).  Reiki is one of the safest healing modalities I am aware of.  I am used to prescribing medications which have considerable side effects that can be dangerous.  Any treatment can cause harm, but the question is can Reiki cause harm?

Adverse Reaction to Reiki

Emotional Release

Many people come to a Reiki session hoping for a session of relaxation.  Many clients will enjoy a relaxing session in which they drift into a light sleep or meditative state.  Some clients will not have such a peaceful session.  Reiki unblocks energy in the body, mind, and spirit.  Depending on the person’s experience,  some may have very strong emotional releases with crying or yelling.

Physical Sensations

It is fairly common to have physical sensations during a Reiki session.  Many individuals notice sensations of warmth, coolness, tingling or buzzing.  It is also very common to have muscle twitch briefly as the body makes adjustments.  Reiki is helping the body heal itself, so in particular those with painful joints may feel small movements in the affected area. 

Unfortunately, it is possible to have uncomfortable sensations that may interrupt the session.  When I’ve treated others, I’ve had clients become nauseous, vomit, or have pain.  Pain during the session may be alleviated by readjusting on the Reiki table.

Personally, when I receive Reiki sessions, it’s not unusual for me to have to use the restroom during the session as my body detoxes negative energies. 

Healing Reaction After Treatment

I advise all clients, new and returning, that there may be a delayed healing reaction.  I instruct clients after a session to avoid strenuous activities for at least 24 hours and to drink plenty of water.  The body’s energy has undergone major shifts.  This may lead to fatigue, sleepiness, or even cold-like symptoms.  I feel that it is best to let the body settle as well as the mind.

My clients frequently report vivid dreams after the session.  Many of my clients report  taking long naps after their session.  I’ve had clients who could not rest after the session but they seem to do okay.

When Reiki Doesn’t Work

Reiki simply may not work.  If the reason that brought a person to Reiki is severe, or the client is not completely open, Reiki may be ineffective. In this situation, money and time have been lost.  However, I would advise these clients to give it more time as the healing effect may be delayed.  I have had clients that did not respond and try additional treatments.  In these instances, there seems to be a response.

Understanding Expectations

In the previous podcasts, the Limits of Reiki, I discuss expectations coming to Reiki.  Reiki does not replace medical treatment.  Reiki can help any condition, but a severe condition that is rapidly getting worse will not likely respond to Reiki.  

Have a listen to the Arts of Healing Podcast to hear about the Limits of Reiki

Many individuals may seek Reiki out of desperation.  These individuals should be counseled that they may be experiencing a shock or grief response.  In these cases, I often ask for the individual to wait before deciding to initiate Reiki.  If they choose to proceed, I like to set treatment goals before starting the treatment.  

Relationship with Healer is Not Therapeutic

If you are being treated by an individual that you have not formed a therapeutic relationship with, the overall session may not be effective.  I feel that anyone that provides this healing service should be willing to have open and honest dialogue and should be available for questions after the session.

Is it Worth it to Try Reiki Again?

 If you’ve had a session that you feel did not work, I recommend using your intuition if you decide to try another session.  There may have been many factors that may have prevented the outcome you desired.  Possibly, the outcome you were pursuing may not have been in your best interest.  I feel it may be good to discuss with your practitioner the results, as you may have had a positive response that you did not originally identify. 

Reiki is a healing modality that hope becomes available to all people, but I feel it is important to understand there are limits to this healing modality, just as there are to all healing modalities.

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Reiki In Cancer Care

Inspiration for Helping Cancer Patients In Their Journey

Many people consider a healing modality such as Reiki a luxury item that’s only used for stress relief for relaxation.

In this article, I would like to share with you how Reiki can play an integral part in the care of cancer patients.

Understanding what happens to patients when they’re diagnosed with cancer helps all of us to visualize where holistic healing can help. Particularly for Reiki practitioners, I would like you to understand some of what cancer patients go through. Hopefully this will provide you inspiration to add distance Reiki for oncology patients to your services.

Can Adding Reiki Help Cancer Patients?

The answer is a resounding yes! Receiving Reiki during the cancer journey can and should be offered in modern medicine. It can help patients and families cope with the difficult journey of cancer care.

A small study performed at the University of Calgary with 16 patients sought to measure if Reiki treatments could improve Cancer Related Fatigue. The study showed that high compliance of participants (inferring increasing interest in complementary care). This study compared prescribed rest periods with Reiki sessions in patients being treated for cancer. The overall results show that repeated Reiki treatments helped to improve Cancer Related Fatigue.(1)

Practical applications of Reiki in oncology care


One of the most powerful aspects of Reiki healing is that it can be offered from a distance. Keeping in mind that moving forward social distancing and public health will remain a major concern for all of us, distance Reiki could help to augment care for cancer patients. My personal recommendation is to consider doing distance Reiki session during certain scheduled events that can help those treatments go easier.

During Surgery

One of my favorite times to provide Reiki to my clients is during surgical procedures. Healing energy can be channeled directly to the patient as well as to the surgical team. I have received positive feedback many times from the clients that this helps to speed up their recovery and also helps calm anxiety before the procedure.

I personally performed distance Reiki on my mother while she was having major surgery on her lumbar spine. Naturally, I was very nervous for her and felt very powerless before her surgery. It was one of the most powerful experiences in my life as a Reiki healer and of course as a daughter. I was able to send energy into her surgery and get a sense of what was going on in the room. It immediately helped to calm my nerves. It also seemed to make the waiting period go by much faster. Initially I had been so nervous in the waiting area I was not able to carry on conversations. Because my anxiety had improve, I ended up making a very pleasant connection with a gentleman working in the hospital and learning his story.

During Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is often a necessary part of cancer care. It’s particularly taxing due to the frequency of treatments, and dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy. One inspiration for Reiki healers is to offer Reiki healing during chemotherapy. Reiki can be delivered effectively by distance without any interference in therapy. Sending Reiki during chemotherapy can help the patient deal with the side effects of the medication. The healing energy that’s been transmitted can also help the patient fall asleep during chemotherapy which will help the whole process go faster.

During Radiation

Sending Reiki during radiation can also help reduce the stress anxiety of a frequent medical treatment. Radiation treatment tends to be shorter than chemotherapy and occurs more often possibly even daily. If a person has an agreement with a regular practitioner, sending regular treatments during chemotherapy may be worthwhile.  Reiki healing can be used for instance, to reduce the risks of side effects from the radiation treatment.

Doctor’s Visits

Interacting with physicians during the cancer journey can be physically, emotionally and spiritually taxing.  Every cancer journey is individual, but most visits are typically a turning point in what will happen next in treatment and finding out progress as well as prognosis. I often recommend and offer distance Reiki to the appointment with physicians. The reports that I’ve heard from my clients is that they felt much less anxious going into the appointment. They also felt that they understood the information they received much better and the overall visit was much calmer with the Reiki energy flowing there. In a similar fashion to surgery and chemotherapy, there’s no absolute need to send the energy if the exact same time is the appointment. This can be done ahead of schedule.

Getting Started with Reiki in Cancer Care

Reiki Healers-Offer Distance Reiki

I would like to encourage Reiki practitioners that are actively practicing to consider offering distance Reiki to oncology patients right away. As a practicing physician, I often witness how taxing and stressful the cancer journey can be. Availability of Reiki practitioners is limited. Also public knowledge of this healing modality is very limited. Therefore, I do hope to start a conversation that can spread around the world. Reiki practitioners can easily offer distance treatment to those undergoing cancer care. It’s a simple as offering the service right now.

Caregiver-Learn Reiki

If you find yourself in the position of being a caregiver of a loved one with cancer, and you are considering learning a holistic remedy to help with the care at home, I will strongly encourage you that it is worth it.  Reiki can help to protect you against caregiver stress and you will have a healing modality in your home that you can invoke at any time to help heal stress, calm anxiety, and side effects from treatments.

Cancer Patient-Learn Reiki

This may seem like the most outrageous of all the recommendations, but if you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, you may wonder if you should learn Reiki. You may wonder if you would have the energy to do this. I can tell you from personal experience and having worked with my own clients that learning Reiki when you are diagnosed with cancer can be one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself. Yes, you will have all of the taxing decisions to make about your cancer care. Yes, you will meet a new specialist and feel very uncomfortable and experience pain. You would be surprised to find that learning Reiki would help you tap into a strength you didn’t know you had. I’ve seen this in my own clients and I have been amazed. I’ve witnessed how a cancer patient learning Reiki can help themselves so much to the journey.

References

Tsang, K. L., Carlson, L. E., & Olson, K. (2007). Pilot crossover trial of Reiki versus rest for treating cancer-related fatigue. Integrative cancer therapies, 6(1), 25–35. https://doi.org/10.1177/1534735406298986

How Wounds from the Past lead to Illness in the Present

Adverse Childhood Events and Its’s relationship to illness as an adult

Purpose of a Medical History

In traditional medicine, the healing encounter starts with the recording of the medical history.  Since healthcare in the visits are problem focused, the history is directed towards the timing of the problem.  It is interesting in modern healthcare that we gather information on the past medical history but rarely do we look any deeper than that.  I ask about family history, which tells us about genetic predisposition for disease.

The healing encounter of a Reiki session may involve some history gathering, but usually the focus is on delivering healing energy.  When I’m working with Reiki clients, information about the past often plays a role in the client’s current issues.  

I’ve had many patients ask why I have interest in their past history, and if it has any relationship to why they are in my office .  It seems that an illness that has resolved two or three decades ago should not impact a person’s health later.  Beyond that, patients may wonder why I may ask about experiences in childhood, as on the surface, there should be no relationship to issues as an adult.  

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences are clinically validated experiences that have been shown to increase the chance of illness in adults.  Childhood traumatic stress increased the likelihood of hospitalization with a diagnosed autoimmune disease decades into adulthood. In this study, the majority of individuals with at least one Adverse Childhood Event  were hospitalized with an autoimmune disease (1)

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Reiki healers often confront past trauma and its result on the clients well-being. Inner Child work involves working  the client in the version of themselves that was a child that suffered childhood trauma.  The client must first be brought into a deeply relaxed state through some sort of regressive therapy. The client is then asked to recall the emotion or feeling they are having now that is causing the most suffering.  The client then explores if they have had this feeling before.  It is during this time that the client will self identify the age at which the trauma occurred. The “Inner Child” is thought to be the age at which the person suffers a major trauma that creates energetic and emotional scars.  The “Inner Child” is a subconscious precept the client holds that often reawakens as an adult, expressing strong emotions in any life event that is similar to the original trauma.  The Reiki practitioner then begins to work with the Inner Child, to help heal those  wounds and make the child feel safe.

This is a powerful healing technique, and can be quite uncomfortable. Bringing in the Inner Child often brings up very painful childhood memories. This process is almost like a surgical healing.  It is likely to be painful, but working with the Inner Child can often bring about deep, lasting healing for the client.  Clients that receive Inner Child healing often leave the encounter with a deep understanding of who they are as a person. 

The connection between childhood trauma and current medical illnesses complex. There are two general examples we can use to explore this topic.
The following examples are purely fictional.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a complex digestive disorder that leads to many symptoms. . Many individuals living with IBS often don’t realize they are also having emotional distress that often accompany the digestive issues.  Many of my patients with IBS first began having digestive symptoms in childhood.   If the patient developed negative feelings towards school for example, it was likely not  acceptable to ask the parents to miss school because they were being bullied. It would be acceptable to ask to stay home because of a stomach ache. Over the years, subconsciously the person may learn that having a stomach ache can often help to avoid unpleasant experiences. Gradually, the brain begins to make a neural connection with stress avoidance and digestive symptoms.  The cycle perpetuates itself, eventually manifesting as severe digestive disease.

Lupus

Another example, SLE, so Systemic Erythematous Lupus may develop its roots in a person who suffered through multiple childhood traumas. A middle-aged female patient may present with lupus complicated by kidney disease, pulmonary disease, and digestive issues. She may relate to her physician that she had a tumultuous childhood including multiple stays in various foster homes. The relationship here maybe that because she did not feel rooted as a child, she has a poorly energized root chakra. As an adult, her root chakra which is the basis of the immune system never learns to work very well. She develops an immune system that is highly overactive and attacks her own body tissues.  The end result is a severe autoimmune disease.

Reincarnation, which is the process of returning to Earth multiple times in various forms, is thought to possibly lead to illness in the current life. Similar to Inner Child work, it is possible to use regression therapy to go back to past lives for healing. This can be very difficult and likely will require multiple sessions between a client and healer that have a trusting relationship.

Acknowledging this past hurts and traumas is important in healing. This does not mean that there is not hope for healing in a long time. Matter of fact, the best chance for healing is acknowledging the hurts of the past. taking inventory and looking a little bit deeper than the past medical history can pay off in unimagined ways.

References

1.Dube, S. R., Fairweather, D., Pearson, W. S., Felitti, V. J., Anda, R. F., & Croft, J. B. (2009). Cumulative childhood stress and autoimmune diseases in adults. Psychosomatic medicine, 71(2), 243–250. https://doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0b013e3181907888

Healing Beyond Space and Time

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One of the most difficult concepts to explain about Reiki to those that don’t have experience with Reiki is the concept of healing beyond space and time.  Most of us equate healing with a hands on experience that is done face to face.

It’s easy to forget that healing encounters such as Reiki are not limited to any particular place or even a particular time.  In this blog post, I will explain how Reiki in its limitless healing can be used in ways that we are normally limited to.  

I was inspired to create this post due to a recent experience with a Reiki client. While working my client in a distance session, his “Inner Child” showed up.  My client is in his 40’s, but during this Reiki session, a younger version of himself appeared in the Distance Healing Reiki space. 

Healing the Past

In Energy medicine, “Inner Child” work usually refers to focused healing of the younger version of yourself.  The concept starts with your experience with trauma.  When we suffer traumas in life, major or minor, part of us will split off, and stay in that moment. This “Inner Child” will follow you throughout your life, echoing the painful emotions of that past trauma.  Triggers that remind you of the trauma may ignite the “Inner Child” to drive strong,  uncontrollable emotions.  

My client’s Inner Child was very helpful, in that his age marked the time of trauma for my client that opened the door to serious illness as an adult.  

“Still blowing my mind what you’re telling me. I want to be empowered of my own mind, body, and spirit “

—quote from Reiki client at Healing Arts Health and Wellness

Inner Child work is one example of how Reiki Healing is able to bypass the linear passage of time to provide deep healing.  During a Reiki session, its not unusual for past traumas to arise in this way.  Once this happens, although this can be uncomfortable, allows the client to arrive at the root cause of what they are experiencing.

In modern medicine we do take into account past medical history. This is done very frequently when we’re taking a history on patients and we review past surgeries and pass diagnosis. Interestingly, we do work with the future and conventional medicine. We sometimes make predictions on prognosis but we often stop there.  Clinically, there is some integration of childhood traumas when the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are assessed.   Because of the structure of most clinical visits, although we do review past medical history we don’t coordinate issues such as past trauma and past emotional issues with ongoing medical issues. This is truly sad because we are missing one of the most important pieces of information into what’s causing someone’s illness.

A Course in Miracles Quotation

According to Dr. Richard Gerber in his book Vibrational Medicine, human anatomy is “Multi-Dimensional”. The human being is much more than the physical structures that make up the body. The energy of humans  partly exists in the physical form, but the consciousness is above, within, and below the human body. This means that interactions need not be physical to be impactful. Healing operates the same way. Clients can rest assured that an encounter for healing is not limited by a point in time or a place.

If your ready to take the next step on your journey to healing, I now have the 21 Day Meditation Course .

If you’ve been thinking about learning Reiki, I am proud to share Reiki I for Self Empowerment, a self guided Reiki Training Course is now available.

Happy Anniversary!

Healing Arts is one!

One year ago, I relaunched my website with a new name and new look.  In the past year, the gifts I have received in return have been beyond measure.  I am so excited for the future of Healing Arts and what’s coming next.

When I first created my online space, my hopes was to have a creative outlet for writing while continuing to develop my healing skills in Reiki and medicine. The online space has evolved to a podcasting platform, social media presence, and most of all creating amazing connections with other individuals.

I created a podcast thanks to the encouragement of two other entrepreneurs, Lisa Airhart, the health coach (upcoming podcast guest) and Stacey (owner of Stacey’s naturals).  Having believed for many years that no one would want to  hear my voice.

Art of Healing Podcast

Shine Your Light

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What I have learned is that if you have a calling in your heart to share your gifts you need to share it. Your fear is not real, and it’s getting in the way of letting others that need to hear what you have to say. Recording my first podcast I found gave me butterflies and at the same time to be liberating. When I received my first positive feedback, I was amazed that anyone took time to listen.

My advice to anyone who wants to start sharing your healing gifts with the world but is afraid to share: 

  • People are searching for you.  Don’t make it impossible to find you.
  • When you don’t share your gifts with the world, you’re depriving the world of your love and light.   Not to put pressure on you, but do you want to prevent humanity from moving forward? By keeping your wonderful gifts to yourself, you may be doing this.
  • Don’t worry about negative judgement.  The average person is thinking of themselves, and even if they don’t like or appreciate your work, will simply not respond to you.

Step Into the Light

If you are in The Healing Arts such as Yoga, Meditation, Reiki or other similar healing modalities, or if you were in traditional medicine such as a physician, nurse, or therapist and you are looking for a platform that is safe to share your message, I personally invite you to be a guest on my podcast. I understand the feeling of being nervous of putting yourself out there, but in the past year that I stepped outside of my comfort zone I found the rewards to far out way the risk.

Feel free to send me a comment below with your contact information if you would like to be a guest on my podcast. I believe you will find this will be a safe space to step into the light.

Anxiety-Understanding and Managing Anxiety

In a recent article from the ACP internist March 2021 volume 41 number 3, an article by author Charlotte Huff states that “roughly 40% of adult women develop some type of anxiety disorder during their lifetime compared to 26.4% of men” which is a quotation taken from the international journal of methods and psychiatry research. Anxiety is a very common diagnosis. Unfortunately it is becoming more common with the meaning enforce changes we have all endured due to the pandemic.

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In my medical practice, I frequently treat patients with the diagnosis of anxiety. Unfortunately, the Pandemic of 2020 drastically increased the occurrence of anxiety in my medical practice. The Pandemic has increased worry, and there are certainly many reasons to be anxious.

My own observations, which are not necessarily quantifiable or have any research to back them up, I am witnessing a sharp increase in patients presenting with anxiety or anxiety like symptoms. Interestingly, I noticed the biggest increase after the wintertime surges.

They’re actually many forms of anxiety. Generalizes anxiety disorder is the anxiety disorder I encounter most medical practice. Other forms of anxiety include social phobias, agoraphobia, or anxiety related to public speaking. Anxiety may also be a component of another psychiatric disorder such as major depression or bipolar disorder.

Generalized anxiety disorder, is characterized by persistent worry that leads to life changing consequences that last over 6 months. The classification is important because the emotion of anxiety happens to all of us. The distinction must be made when these symptoms are impacting the quality of life.

The typical symptoms of anxiety include but are not limited to:

  • Excessive Worry
  • Inability to rest or relax
  • Hypervigilance
  • Irritability
  • Tense muscles
  • Poor quality sleep

Anxiety can lead to many physical symptoms including:

  • Palpitations
  • Tremors
  • Excessive sweating
  • Digestive issues 
  • Muscle spasms

Many factors can put a person at risk, but it seems the greatest risk factor is being female. 

Those that have never experienced anxiety and severe enough to require treatment may have trouble understanding why someone would require treatment for this condition. Anxiety can be crippling. Someone in the grips of an anxiety attack often is not unable to understand reality, which will drive severe behaviors. That is very worse anxiety can increase the risk of suicidal attempts.

We all have times we feel anxious. Having transitory “butterflies in the stomach” or feeling on edge is a normal part of the human experience. It is when these symptoms persist, occur frequently, or interrupt daily activities that it may require management by a healthcare professional.

The Suicide Prevention Line is available if you are having severe symptoms and need help now.

Where to Get Help

If you’re suffering from symptoms of anxiety, it is important to know where to turn to for help. If you have a relationship with a physician or care provider such as a Primary Care  doctor, they are often more than ready to help you. If you do not, the next best step is to try to find someone to see on a regular basis. If you don’t have health insurance, many state agencies have helplines such as #211 that can help get you to resources. In any case, it is usually impossible to determine by yourself how to figure your symptoms truly if they require treatment.

A complete history and physical exam is recommended to make sure no medical diagnosis could be causing the symptoms. 

Once anxiety has been confirmed with the diagnosis by healthcare professional, treatment options can include but are not limited to:

  • Therapy 
  • Medications
  • Observation

These treatment options require evaluation and recommendations of a healthcare professional.  Treatment must be individualized and tailored to each person’s needs.  Once treatment is selected, monitoring will need to continue potentially for several months.

Beyond what happens in the clinic, if you have been diagnosed with anxiety or are worried you may be at risk or developing anxiety that is clinical there are things that you can do for yourself at home to improve your symptoms.

Meditation

I routinely recommend meditation to many of my patients as well as my Reiki clients.  Meditation is easily accessible, can be completely free, and requires no special equipment to get set up.


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Meditation is the perfect compliment to medical treatment or therapy. Meditation often reduces the symptoms of anxiety immediately and when performed daily will help long-term.

If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of meditation I want to gently remind you that anyone can meditate.  please now that even if on the inside your thoughts are racing and you don’t think you can find peace, just the attempt at meditation will reap benefits.

Yoga

I frequently mention Yoga as a self-care modality that can be included with with meditation when managing anxiety. Yoga has been clinically proven to help reduce the symptoms of anxiety.

One of the important aspects of Yoga that can help alleviate anxiety is the focus on breath work. Individuals suffering from anxiety often have little to no awareness of how they breathe on a regular basis. Because they tend to breathe in a shallow manner they often don’t realize that they set the stage for anxiety attacks. The practice of yoga can help those suffering from anxiety learn how to work with their chest and their belly to breathe effectively in order to reduce the pulse.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has grown in popularity over the years. The science of aromatherapy involves engaging the olfactory nerve which has a strong connection to the brain to create therapeutic benefits. Aromatherapy and the form of essential oils can be therapeutic and lower anxiety. Also, aromatherapy can be pleasing and pleasurable to the senses.

Essential oils can be very expensive. Because of this, I usually limit my recommendations to a few essential oils that are relatively well tolerated and can be found in most natural food stores.

  • Lavender
  •  Frankincense 
  •  Peppermint
  • Patchouli

If you are considering using aromatherapy, I recommend diluting essential oils and a high quality carrier oil and using a roller bottle. This makes carrying aromatherapy with you throughout the day much easier and less messy. this also allows for a very light application if you’re wanting to keep the smell in a limited area.

If you are managing anxiety it is important to realize that your anxiety may take a long time to improve. You want to be patient, gentle and caring with yourself. Do not rush yourself to “get back to normal”.  

Going to level deeper, as you journey through your experience of anxiety you may want to sit with the feeling to learn what the anxiety is teaching you. Anxiety rarely occurs for no reason at all. With the help of a skilled therapist, it is likely you will learn more about yourself and the way you exist in the world that has led to your experience with anxiety.  Anxiety can become a learning opportunity for your soul. Anxiety is going to teach you something, so if possible try to learn what it is that you need to about yourself.

As a thank you for spending time learning about a difficult topic you may download my channel negative emotions meditation I created. There are many ways that you can meditate. This particular meditation I created to harness the energy of unwanted emotions and channel them for the greater good.