Managing Depression with Lifestyle and Reiki

We all have times in which we feel depressed.  Feeling down, disappointed, or hopeless is a part of life most of us must journey through.  If these symptoms persist for several weeks or months, treatment with therapy or medication may be needed in order to recover.

In this article, we’ll explore depression, as well as how it can be managed with your doctor, and steps you can take at home to feel better.

What is Depression

Clinical Major Depression is defined by the DSM 5th Edition 1 as the following:

Signs and Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder

  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness on most days
  • Loss of Interest or pleasure in activities
  • Significant weight gain or weight loss
  • Insomnia or Sleeping Excessively
  • Restlessly moving (agitation) or moving slowly
  • Fatigue nearly everyday
  • Decreased ability to concentrate or make decisions
  • Reoccurring thoughts of death, suicide; plans to act on suicidal thoughts

We all have times that we feel depressed. We may feel overwhelmed, sad, or we may be grieving a loss. These temporary feelings we may label is being depressed, but these are vastly different from the medical illness Major Depressive Disorder.

If you suspect you have depression, you must be evaluated by a medical professional.  You will likely have a physical exam, answer several questions about your mood, and possibly complete labs to make sure there is no medical issue causing depression.

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What To Do if you have Major Depression

You should contact your physician right away if you complete the questions and your scores consistent with major depression. If you did not have a physician you should contact your insurance company to find who you can see.

Alternatively if you do not have insurance you can dial 211 from any phone in the United States to find what local resources are available to you.

If you are having thoughts of suicide you need to call 911, or call the national suicide hotline for immediate assistance. 

National Suicide Hotline

1-800-273-8255

Treating Major Depression

Major depression is a disorder that presents with primary psychological symptoms but does have physical symptoms. The biochemical changes that happen within the brain lead to several derangements in the body that can predispose you to other illnesses including increased risk of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and cancer. This is why we treat major depression just as seriously as any other clinical disease.

Once you’ve been diagnosed with major depression by your physician or psychiatrist, there will be a discussion of medication. There are several types of medication and this is a very individual choice. For some people their symptoms may be mild enough that psychotherapy alone may be enough to treat the symptoms. however, because of the risk of major depression becoming a severe chronic disease it is often best to follow your clinician’s advice about treatment. discuss with your clinician what medications you’ll be on and what side effects to anticipate. It’s also important to know that it is not unusual to have to try different medications to get the optimal treatment period do not feel discouraged if the first medication you start is not right for you.

Lifestyle Management

What you’ve been diagnosed with depression is important to know that lifestyle choices can help in your recovery. Have a look at your diet and make sure to eliminate foods that cause excessive inflammation. These include:

  • Sugary Foods and Drinks
  • Overly processed foods
  • Excessive Caffeine
  • High Carbohydrate Foods
  • Alcohol

You do want to include foods that will boost the feel good hormones in your body and make starting your medications easier. I recommend including the following Foods:

  • Raw raw, organic greens such as kale, spinach, or any dark leafy greens
  • One one to two cups of green tea that you brew at home consume this in the morning
  • Severalseveral servings of organic vegetables throughout your day as well as organic fruits
  • Foods foods high in good fats such as organic nuts, wild caught fish, and small fatty fish like stockings and anchovies
  • Plenty plenty of water

Movement

Movement and exercise are always important in disease prevention and treatment. if you are suffering from major depressive disorder movement can help to improve your mood. I often advise my patients if you are not participating in any exercise please start with something gentle such as walking or restorative yoga. if you are engaging an exercise make sure to serving your body well. While you are suffering from depression you may not have enough energy to perform rigorous high impact exercise. You may do better stepping down to something less rigorous especially while you’re adjusting the medication.

Reiki and Energy Medicine

If you’re reading this blog you are probably interested in already engaging some sort of energy work. Reiki and energy Medicine compliment ongoing medical treatment for depression wonderfully. As a Reiki practitioner one of my favorite conditions to treat is major depressive disorder. I’ve discovered that the gentle, flowing energy of Reiki works best with someone who has depression recycling suffering from multiple assaults to their energy body. I found that my clients with major depression often sleep much better after Reiki session and feel a quick improvement in the physical symptoms of depression, particularly pain that may be associated with major depression.

If you do not already have a Reiki practitioner, you can easily perform some of your own energy Medicine until you find one. You can start with a simple meditation practice. Here is a meditation that I’ve created that’s brief and can help with any and wanted emotions.

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Reiki I technique

If you are a Reiki practitioner I recommend treating your root chakra daily for at least 21 days. Preferably I would like for you to do a full treatment on yourself daily but if time does not allow treating your root chakra for 3 to 5 minutes will help to boost your overall energy.

Reiki II technique

If you are a Reiki 2 practitioner and you’re feeling some depression you may want to apply some of your more advanced skills by sending distance Reiki to the past. Often major depressive disorder will center around past events. Working on yourself in the present will always help but if you are noticing that certain issues come back from the past you may want to invoke HSZSN and spend a few meditation sessions sending Reiki either to the event, to yourself in the past, or anything similar to help heal this emotional wound. If you are major depression centers around a medical illness if you’re able to pinpoint when it started it may help to send Reiki to that point in your life.

I’m happy I have this space to emphasize the importance of managing an illness that major depressive disorder holistically. The medications are important, and therapy is important. You’re going through depression taking steps to care for your mind body or equally as important. I hope this article is helpful for you or anyone you may know who is going through depression at this time .

References

  1. Tolentino, J. C., & Schmidt, S. L. (2018). DSM-5 Criteria and Depression Severity: Implications for Clinical Practice. Frontiers in psychiatry9, 450. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00450

Reiki in Medicine

Reiki can be used in medicine. Reiki can, and should be offered along with traditional treatments.

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Reiki for Fatigue

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Reiki has been shown to improved Cancer Related Fatigue1

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 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

Reiki for Anxiety

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“REIKI IMPROVED PAIN…ANXIETY BY 59.8%²“

Anxiety can be crippling. Anxiety attacks are a culmination of chronic stress that causes the autonomic nervous system to shift form a “rest and digest” mode to a “fight or flight” mode. When the autonomic nervous system maintains too much sympathetic tone, anxiety is one of the results.

Reiki creates immediate relaxation. During a Reiki session, but client and practitioner feel a sense calm as the Reiki energy is channeled. The setting is usually calm, allowing for surrender to an inner sense of peace.

Medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment commonly cause anxiety. Most of my new patients are anxious to be at a new clinic meeting a new doctor. They are also nervous about possible diagnosis.

Reiki is an amazing way to alleviate anxiety. My Reiki clients find anxiety resolves quickly. I use Reiki for my own feelings of anxiety.

Reiki for Pain

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  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. 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

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7 Things that Happen After Reiki Attunement

What happens after Reiki Attunement and how to fix it.

After a Reiki Attunement, it is common to have physical changes and emotional shifts. The purpose of the Reiki attunement is to raise your vibrational level. This vibrational shift must create changes in your body.  Anytime we undergo major changes, it’s not usually comfortable.  Puberty is uncomfortable.  Menopause causes symptoms.  Spiritual awakening causes symptoms in a similar fashion.

This article will cover some of the common signs and symptoms after a Reiki attunement and how to cope with these.  Know that although these symptoms are uncomfortable, it is a sign of your progression on your spiritual path.

The biggest shift is with Reiki I.  There are vibrational shifts thereafter, but typically you are more prepared for these and have more tools to deal with anything that comes up.

1. Back Pain after Reiki Attunement

Many individuals complain of lower back pain after the Reiki attainment. We all anticipate after doing so much intense spiritual work we should come out of that work feeling fantastic. Why would this happen?

The Chakra System of a human body maps seven major energy centers to seven regions of the body. The lower back, also known as the lumbar spine, is located in the First Chakra, also known as Muladhara. As a Reiki practitioner your Root Chakra is where you will develop energetic roots to keep you firmly planted in the here and now. 

Reiki I practitioners should ground their energy to allow for easier access to Reiki energy.   Reiki II and Reiki Masters benefit from being grounded when it’s time to treat clients.  Being properly grounded allows for you to be present, aware, and stable.  You will provide a sense  of safety to your clients by grounding your own energy.

The Fix: Getting Grounded

Performing Reiki on your First Chakra is as simple as placing your hands on your lower back. If you’re finding that you feel ungrounded, you can perform this several times a day.

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Check out my free ebook for other ways that you can ground your energy. These are 9 short routines that can help ground your energy.

These are simple exercises you can be doing everyday to help you stay grounded. It is not unusual for most of us that have completed Reiki training to have a feeling of not being grounded for about 3 weeks or 21 days after each level of an attunement.

2. Feeling Strong Emotions after Attunement

After a Reiki Attunement it is common to have sudden surges of emotions.  This may show up as crying, anger, or anxiety.  The emotional storms may not always be negative emotions.  Elation, joy, or excitement likely will follow a Reiki Attunement.

Your energy channels have been opened up, and it would be expected to feel many emotions during the initial period after your attunement.

Strong emotions can pull you away from your emotional center.  

Finding your emotional center is necessary, particularly if you pursue Reiki training beyond the first degree.  New clients may come to you with very strong emotions. Your professional Reiki clients may show up with storms of emotions, and will require an emotional release in order to heal.

The Fix: Get Centered

Mindfulness is a simple practice that can help you stay in the moment.  Mindfulness can be practiced as a part of meditation, or can be a stand alone practice.  

Practicing mindfulness is as simple as choosing to put aside thoughts of the future, past, others and ourselves.  Mindfulness involves focusing on what’s happening in the moment. 

Practicing mindfulness on a daily basis allows you to identify the emotions that arise, and not react.  Learning to be less reactive allows you to develop a stable inner landscape in which the strong emotions after Reiki Attunement may bring up.

3. Digestive Issues After Reiki Attunement

Your gut is smarter than your brain. Scientists have shown that there are actually more neurons in your digestive system than your brain. Knowing that your digestive system responds to the same neurotransmitters as your brain, we would expect changes in the digestive system after a Reiki Attunement.

The Third Chakra, or Manipura, is where we carry the energy of motivation, will power, and empowerment.  Changes and motivation, will power, and any history of trauma for lack of victim will affect this area.  Being blocked in the Solar Plexus Chakra often leads to digestive issues such as stomach ache, diarrhea, or constipation.

Becoming a  Reiki Healer is incredibly empowering. As you step into your new role as a healer you are empowering yourself and coming closer to your soul’s purpose.

Your solar plexus is the center for your stomach, liver, pancreas, spleen and part of the digestive tract. As you shift into this higher energy much of the toxic energy you carry there will be released. This can lead to changes that create very unpleasant symptoms.

The Fix: Focus on You

It is tempting for new Reiki practitioners at any level to want to overextend themselves. Feeling all of that wonderful energy that allows you to heal yourself in others it’s hard to hold back. Every new Reiki practitioner at every level wants to start sharing right away. You should allow yourself adequate time to adjust, hence the 21 day period we all take after each level of attunement for self-healing. During this time performing a full Reiki session on yourself everyday should help.

You should allow yourself adequate time to adjust, hence the 21 day period we all take after each level of attunement for self-healing. During this time performing a full Reiki session on yourself everyday should help.

You should allow yourself adequate time to adjust, hence the 21 day period we all take after each level of attunement for self-healing. During this time performing a full Reiki session on yourself everyday should help.

Substances like alcohol or smoking also impact you. Consider stopping these.

4. Chest Pain after Reiki Attunement

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Chest pain is always serious and needs to be evaluated by a medical professional. 

That being said, just like any other parts of the body, Reiki Attunement causes your body to shift to a higher vibration like we were beginning to release toxic energy. Depending on how you’ve been holding this energy you may experience chest pain, discomfort, shortness of breath. Again I advise to seek help from a physician to get a medical evaluation.

The Fix: Self Love and Self Care

After seeking appropriate medical help, it’s time to take time for yourself.

Reiki is the energy of love.  It’s time to love yourself in an intentional way.

I keep a Self Love Journal.  Every morning that I wake up, I write down one thing that I love about myself.

Gratitude also protects your vibration.  Here is a free Ebook to help offer some inspiration for practicing Gratitude.

5. Colds After Reiki Attunement

Your immune system becomes stronger as a Reiki practitioner. Unfortunately, it does take time to get there and initially many of us experience a weakening of our immune system.  This makes us prone to becoming  sick very easily. As your mind, body and spirit shift, for reasons we won’t likely ever understand this is to be expected. While this is bothersome, it is definitely a sign that you’re moving in the right direction.

The Fix: Protect Yourself

Self care is more important than ever after your  Reiki attunement.   You want to make sure that you devote as much time and energy to yourself as possible. It is not unusual after each level of Reiki Attunement that someone will approach you about treatment. I strongly advise that you give yourself at least 3 weeks before you start to treat others. Do what you can to reserve your energy for yourself.

Self care is more important than ever after your  Reiki attunement.   You want to make sure that you devote as much time and energy to yourself as possible. It is not unusual after each level of Reiki Attunement that someone will approach you about treatment. I strongly advise that you give yourself at least 3 weeks before you start to treat others. Do what you can to reserve your energy for yourself.

6.  Headache After Reiki Attunement

The 6th Chakra, also called Ajna, or the 3rd Eye Chakra is where we hold the energy of our senses.  It is also the energy center of intuition and psychic abilities.  

The Reiki Attunement works directly on your 3rd Eye to open up the flow of energy.  This is why so many Reiki Practitioners notice increased psychic awareness.  Increasing the flow of energy here, particularly, positive, high vibration energy such as Reiki will displace any toxic energy.   

Unfortunately, this release of toxic energy can lead to headaches, dizziness, or ringing in the ear. 

Do not be shy about getting a medical evaluation as headaches could be the sign of something serious. However, if you are someone who is prone to headaches such as migraines then you’re likely aware that any energy shift causes you to start having more headaches than usual.

The Fix:  Restore Yourself

Headaches or other 3rd Eye Symptoms are a clue that it is time to spend some time restoring your energy.  If you typically engage in a vigorous exercise regimen, consider stepping back to something less intense.  Consider Restorative Yoga as an option.  Take gentle walks in nature rather than your usual jog.  Increase your water intake as well.

7. Insomnia After Reiki Attunement

Insomnia is the most likely side effect most of us experience after a Reiki Attunement.   There’s nothing more frustrating after spending so many hours in your personal development than not sleeping.

The act of falling asleep is complicated.  The Pineal Gland, which sits deep within the brain, is in the region of the 6th Chakra.  It likely communicates the most with the 7th Chakra, or  Sahasrara.  The pineal gland secretes melatonin in response to light exposure.  As light exposure reduces, such as twilight, melatonin is increased which causes drowsiness. 

Many of us experience insomnia after a Reiki Attunement.  This may show up as waking up around 3 or 4 am.  

Dealing with insomnia can be frustrating, particularly after working so hard to feel better. 

The Fix:  Opening to Guidance

Your insomnia holds wisdom.  If you find you are waking up frequently, use this time to meditate or treat yourself with Reiki.

Use this Short Body Scan if needed to help meditation

Hopefully, performing Reiki during this unfortunate time of wakefulness will allow you to relax and return to sleep.  If you still aren’t sleepy, you’ll at least have had a full Reiki session.


Lightworker, you are ready for this. Any discomfort you feel in the first few days and weeks after your attunement are simply carrying you closer to your purpose.

Shine On Reiki Healer!!!

Charlyce

3 More Ways to Use Reiki in Real Life

In the previous blog post, we found ways to use Reiki in real life.  In this post, let’s find a few other ways Reiki can be used off the Reiki Table.

Reiki Before Driving

Use Reiki before driving for a safe trip

Doing Reiki while driving?  Well, maybe before you hit the road.

Doing Reiki on your car before you leave is an excellent way to make your car a Reiki machine.  Adding some intention to your trip allows you to relax during the trip while you help yourself and other drivers on the road.

Here’s some inspiration to turn your car into a Reiki Vehicle:

  • Draw Sei He Ki on the roof of the car before leaving.  Channel Reiki for a few minutes to assure a safe, stress free trip.
  • Use the steering wheel.  Before driving, envision or draw Cho Ku Rei on the steering wheel before leaving.

You can imagine your car sending Reiki to all the cars around you , keeping all the drivers and  you safe and stress free.

Reiki for Napping

Napping has many health benefits.  Napping for a duration of 20 minutes has been shown to increase productivity, improve mood, and lower stress.

I love naps, but I often struggle with finding the time during a busy clinic schedule.  I also can’t wind down sufficiently enough to actually get into sleep.

I have trained my mind and body to use a short Reiki session to replace a nap, or to use Reiki to help me relax into a nap.

While an entire Reiki session is preferred, I have found doing Reiki on the Mind, Heart, and Gut can clean up any toxic energy, create instant relaxation, and replace a nap.

This Reiki sequence takes 9 minutes:

  • Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down.
  • An invaluable tool is the Reiki Timer developed by Pamela Miles, which you’ll set for 9 minutes.
  • Perform Reiki on the crown of your head for 3 minutes.
  • Perform Reiki on your heart chakra for 3 minutes
  • Perform Reiki on your solar plexus for 3 minutes.

Reiki When Cooking

We cook for so many reasons.  Nourishment, bringing our friends and families together, and for fun!

Is there a better place to add Reiki than with the food we prepare?

The food we eat provides calories and nutrients to fuel our bodies and minds.  We absorb the energy of the food we eat on multiple levels.  Beyond tasting better, food prepared with intention and love is better for you.

There are so many ways to use Reiki on your meals.

  • Beam any Reiki symbol directly onto the food while cooking.
  • Reiki your groceries before putting them in the refrigerator to reduce harmful vibrations from transit.
  • Reiki prepared meals prior to serving yourself and family.
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3 Ways to Use Reiki in Real Life

3 Ways to Use Reiki in Real Life

Take your Reiki Practice off the table.

Most people think of Reiki in the form of a treatment or healing session. A Reiki Practitioner treats a client on a table in a beautifully appointed room. While this is a fantastic way to receive Reiki, there’s an even more powerful way to use Reiki.

Reiki can be a tool for empowerment. Reiki is meant to be used in any setting. Using Reiki in real life adds intention, purpose, and healing to even the most mundane tasks.

Using Reiki in real life can make challenges tasks easier, and remove blocks.

1. Reiki In the Home

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When cleaning the house, you dust, mop, shine and disinfect. What about the energy? A room that is cluttered creates stagnant energy.  Even after a thorough cleaning, sometimes you can still feel the “ick” factor in the air.  That same “ick” may still be present after having an unpleasant guest in your home.  Even after your guest leave, you may notice your home may just feel wrong.

An excellent test of the energy in your home is putting your home on the market.  If your house is on the market, have many potential buyers come to look but you get no offers?  The same “ick”, which is stagnant energy in the home may be lowering the value of your home. Buyers may come through and pick up a bad vibe and keep moving.

My house sat on the market for a long time.  Finally, after finding the right real estate agent, and performing Reiki on my home, it sold to a very nice family.

Is there a part of your home you avoid?  It seems dark? Make you tired or you simply don’t like it?

Doing Reiki on a part of your home, a room, or the whole home can help clear out that negative energy and is easier than saging your home.

You can perform Reiki perform Reiki in your home in the following ways:

  • Reiki a part of the home or a room by beaming CKR then SHK toward one or more walls in the area. I usually do this for about 3-5 minutes.  Doing each wall of a room, the ceiling and the floor will deliver Reiki to the entire room.  
  • Stand in the center of the room Channel Reiki through yourself, then envision it spreading from you to the entire room.
  • Reiki your home as you would using Sage, walking while beaming Reiki from your hands, attempting to cover every space you can reach.
  • Finally, use Distance Reiki on a picture of the house.

2. Reiki at Work/Business

Use Reiki at Work to improve productivity and reduce stress

The 5 Reiki Precepts can serve as a guiding principle in any area of your life.  We expend much of our life force in our vocations.  I personally feel that incorporating Reiki in the workplace and business not only reduces stress, but improves your productivity.

  1.  Worried about some aspect of your work or business?  Write down what it is that worries you.  Then perform Reiki on that piece of paper.  If the object of your worry is large or intense, perform this task daily.  You may find the solution to the problem generates itself.
  2. Anticipating a stressful meeting?  Send Reiki to the meeting using HSZSHN to prevent angry outbursts during the meeting.
  3. Needing to increase productivity Start with 3 minutes of Reiki before performing any task to help keep your vibration high.
  4. Feel like the office is getting toxic? Use Reiki to send thoughts of kindness to your workers. You can try writing down kind intentions then performing Reiki on the intentions to raise the vibration of the office.
  5. Make a lousy of everything you were grateful for in the workplace. You can use CKR on the list for an extra boost.

3. Reiki for Travel

Reiki can ease the stress of travel.

Traveling can be exciting, but stressful.  Flight schedules, who you sit next to, making sure to stay healthy while traveling during the pandemic, all add to the stress.  There are so many factors that you can’t control when traveling. 

Use Reiki before your next trip. 

 I send Reiki to flights, rental cars, hotels as well as to anyone I will interact with.  Rather than worrying about all the many factors I can’t control when traveling, I turn it over to Reiki and relax.

  1. Send Reiki to the Future using HSZSN to all your flight plants to help with cancellations and delays
  2. Use CKR and SHK on yourself before and during travel to keep your nerves calm and your immune system strong.
  3. When going to bed in a strange place, SHK on the head/heart/belly can help with relaxation.  
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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

Developing Resilience with Reiki

Merriam-Webster defines resilience as ” the ability to recover from or just easily to misfortune or change”. I think it’s easy to say that after the wide sweeping changes created by the pandemic that all of us need to consider how we will further develop our resilience.

In the podcast, Reiki as a Resilience Lifestyle  podcast I discussed my ”Energy Tank”.   I had this mental concept of the tank within myself that’s stored my life force. When it was full, I felt good. my energy was high, I could think clearly, I was productive at work and caring for my patients and present in my relationships. When it was low, I was prone to illness, irritable, promised insomnia, and performed poorly.  This internal monitoring system was a great way for me to tune in to myself.  The problem with this “Energy Tank” was that the energy could be drained by external factors.  I also had to rely on external factors to refill the tank.  This sort of fueling sapped my energy and prevented me from developing true resilience to survive life’s challenges.

Resilience is necessary. We cant avoid life’s challenges. Unexpected changes come up. When we can avoid unpleasant events, of course we want to. However, there will be times we can’t avoid pain and suffering. So having a plan to deal with life challenges is the next step.

Reiki Before the Challenge

There are not many guarantees in life, but one is that change is inevitable. There’s simply no way around it. No matter how well your life is going, eventually there will be illness, a death, a job loss or some other devastating event. Having a healing tool such as Reiki can help to anticipate and prepare yourself for oncoming challenges. Quieting the mind with a practice such as self Reiki or meditation helps to improve intuition.  When the mind chatter subsides, solutions may arise.  Problems may seem to resolve themselves.  This isn’t to say that Reiki or meditation can make you psychic (although you may be born with gifts like this).  Having a regular practice that makes space in your mind for calmness creates a cushion that can help to buffer even the greatest challenges in life.

Reiki During the Challenge

  Remaining grounded during the challenge helps to make any of life’s challenges easier to bear.  I perform daily self Reiki when I am going through my own personal challenges. I still go through all the emotions of grief, anger, or overwhelm, but having the personal healing practice helps each difficult phase to pass in it’s own time.  I have found that Reiki helps me return to my center even during the most challenging times.

Reiki for Recovering from Challenge

 Once the challenging event has occurred, recovery and healing are equally as important as anticipation and survival. Reiki as a personal healing practice can help with this. Depending on what event you have been through it may be possible to do your own self healing, You may also want to consider having someone in your corner such as a professional healer. After surgery, for  example, Reiki can help with the healing and recovery. Performing self Reiki may be difficult during a medical recovery, so consider having a relationship with a Reiki practitioner.  If you are the Reiki practitioner and you are attuned to the level two symbols you may consider sending yourself Reiki into the future to help healing your recovery you have the ability to plan for the event.

I have found personally that my own resilience has improved my performing daily Reiki. Meditation on a regular basis also can improve mental and physical resilience, allowing for the mind and body to recover.

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How Reiki Heals

In this blog post I’ll attempt to describe how Reiki heals injury and illness.

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What is Healing?

I browsed my personal library to find a definition of healing. Healing is a process. It starts with an injury or an illness of some sort.  The injury or illness may be sudden, such as an infection or a fractured bone. 

Explaining how healing will occur in traditional medicine tends to be fairly straight forward.  A bacterial infection is treated with antibiotics, which are meant to kill the bacterial growth.  We use surgery or a cast on a fractured bone.  These therapies are tangible and easy to imagine.

Reiki heals the mind, body, and soul on an energetic level. this means that the healing process will not likely be visible. Possibly, the receiver may not actually feel the healing working at that time. To accept this means to accept on faith that healing is occurring. Why is this?

The Power of Intention

Reiki treatment is delivered with the intention of healing. The power behind Reiki is that treatment is initiated with mindfulness. All of the treatment is responsive to the energy, it is a belief that Reiki energy has its own intelligence and will go where it’s needed most. This means that the powerful healing intention of Reiki can allow for healing much more than an acute or chronic injury that captures the sufferers attention at that time.

This not to say that healing and other modalities such as allopathic medicine, chiropractor, or psychotherapy do not have healing intentions. All healers of all types intend to heal their patient or client as much as possible. the distinct difference between Reiki and in particular my area of allopathic medicine is that physicians are not trained on mindfulness and self care. physicians trained in allopathic medicine are often taught that care of a patient requires extreme personal sacrifice, pain and suffering, and should be done no matter how the healer is feeling. Naturally, this means that care is often being delivered in a substandard way. If the healer is not feeling well, how can they provide a healing environment for the patient?

Healing That’s Unseen

Most of us like to see results in terms of our healing. If I cut my hand, I see the stages of healing, from the formation of  scab, to eventually a scar.  If I’m working on weight loss, I will see the number on the scale go down.  Having a visual process makes it easier to understand healing.

Reiki heals in ways we can feel, possibly during a session, but the healing may not be obvious.  Some people feel sensations while they are receiving Reiki, such as heat, or  a cool sensation or tingling.  Others may feel relaxed or fall asleep.

Reiki is a treatment modality that does not create any obvious visual changes.  This requires both the Reiki Practioner and the  Reiki receiver to operate on faith that that healing is happening.

The Healing Intention

The power of Reiki healing is the intention.  Intentions are much more powerful than we realize.  So many times in life, we proceed through our actions without a deliberate intention.  Particularly, when we rush, such as during most settings at work, we fly through our actions focused on productivity, and forgetting what our initial intention was.

The Reiki practitioner, who focuses energy from a higher source, is using a healing intention to help the client.  The Reiki practitioner 

Reiki and the Precepts

The Reiki precepts are the guiding principles that Reiki practitioners learn and use to guide their practice. These precepts set the tone of a Reiki session to assure that the overall tone of the healing is for the highest good.

Demystifying the Mystical

Reiki is generally accepted as Energy Medicine. The energy from a higher source is channeled into a living entity, person or animal, that supports the optimal function of life. We have some understanding of what energy this may be but overall, it is a mystery.

In a medical practice I prescribe medications on a regular basis. Although most these medications have an understood mode of action, many meetings appear to work by an unknown mechanism.

One example of this is the drug topiramate. It is a prescription medication frequently used to treat seizures, migraines, and psychological disorders.

According to Epocrates.com the mode of action of topiramate is: exact mechanism of action unknown; blocks voltage-dependent sodium channels; augments GABA activity; antagonizes glutamate receptors; inhibits carbonic anhydrase

http://www.epocrates.com

So we we have some understanding of how this medications works, but we don’t exactly know. This drug has been tested clinically as well as prescribed for many years to patients. We have data that tells us overall this drug is safe when it’s needed, but it isn’t prescribed without acknowledging the risk.

We willingly accept topiramate is a valid medical treatment without being able to completely understand how it works. in addition, this is a medication that can have significant side effects. Yet we do this all the time.

The mechanism of Reiki and how it heals appears to be that it heals by gathering subtle energies that are programmed with healing intentions then channeled into a receiver in order to encourage the functioning of the mind as body together .

my opinion is that if we are willing to offer medications that we don’t understand the mechanism action, and other treatments we don’t fully understand, and accept that they carry significant impacts, why can we not accept a subtle energy healing modalities such as reiki? They are very few side effects to reiki. At the very worst it simply does not work. It requires almost no equipment. it can be provided in almost any setting. Most powerfully, the healer and the receiver don’t even need to be in the same time and space.

It is time to move medicine forward. We have to start loosening our grip on what we think works. I believe that as we move forward into the future, we will start to understand that healing is much more than what the eye can see.

Finally, the best way to understand Reiki if you are curious is to schedule a session for yourself.
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4 Reasons to Learn Reiki

Self Empowerment

When you feel empowered, you feel healthier. Feeling in control of your destiny helps you stay healthy. There are so many reasons that as individuals we often feel that we don’t have any say so in our destiny. When it comes to your health, both physical health and mental/emotional health, playing an active role can make the difference in how you do in the long term.

You should fee empowered an aware of your treatments of all kinds, including medications, diagnostic studies and referrals. I modern medicine, patient can voice their opinions, but the ultimate choice is made by the physician.

Many people often lose awareness that there are things they can be doing for themselves during a time of illness. You need not be helpless even during a serious illness.

Learning Reiki can help you to empower yourself and take charts of your healing.. Unlike many of our medical treatments Reiki has little to no risk. likely the worst thing that can happen is you simply lose interest or don’t complete the course. It is such a simple healing modality there is no reason that many more individuals don’t learn it. Anyone can learn Reiki, even during times of challenge.

Improving Your Intuition

One of my favorite side effects of becoming attuned Reiki is having a sharpened sense of intuition.  Being in touch with your inner voice not only makes your life easier but more enjoyable.   Why not empower yourself with a gift of being able to sense changes in your own physical, emotional and energy body in a way that you make better decisions in your care? It is not likely that you’ll develop psychic abilities, but one of the best benefits of being a Reiki practitioner is that the inner quiet that you have allows you to have an openness and an awareness that can help your entire life.

Contagious Positivity

The pandemic of 2020 has taught all of us of how a contagious entity can change our lives. Positive forces can also be contagious. Think of a baby’s response to a laughing adult.  A baby doesn’t understand what you’re laughing at; he is just simply responding to your energy and loving it.

Becoming a Reiki Practitioner raises your energetic vibration. Your attunement will help you heal, and practicing Reiki on yourself helps you feel better everyday. People around you will notice. You will spread positivity without even trying.

Create Miracles

I’ve seen some pretty interesting things in my time as a physician and a Reiki practitioner. In my Reiki practice I witness events that I would simply call miracles. The more that I practice Reiki the more I see these miracles happen. I’ve come to expect miracles. In these modern times I don’t think there’s anything wrong with inviting miraculous energy into our lives.  Tuning in to higher frequencies of Reiki, it is much easier to invite miracles into our lives.

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