Reiki Really Works!

My first Reiki experience was purely by accident. I wanted to feel better and a friend recommended this woman that does this stuff…”it was great”.  So I booked an appointment and went to her.  That one session was amazing.  I didn’t find out what she did until after the session was over and the Reiki part was really only about 20 minutes long. I was in love with the work and ended up taking it on as a new career.

Back then-10 years ago, when I offered people a Reiki session or told them was a Reiki Master, literally no one knew what that was.  So I was left to explain about a metaphysical process–passing life energy thru my hands, when received would feel really good, like a heating-pad, and that energy would help them heal. All I could tell them was anecdotal stories about experiences of my clients and my friends clients successes.  “Just try it, you’ll love it”.  It was a bit of a stretch for many people.

Starting a few years ago, there was enough Reiki-awareness, in general, that when I told people, “I’m a Reiki Master”, almost everyone has heard the word “Reiki”. They may not know what it means exactly, but they’ve heard the word. It wasn’t just a strange combo of consonants and vowels. It had some context. It made my explaining job easier, because people are more receptive to hearing about the semi-familiar.

And in the background, there have been researchers trying to prove or disprove the effectiveness of Reiki.  Does it really help healing, when measured scientifically, double-blind studies and all that stuff. Or are the anecdotes of my clients just one-off successes?

They are validating the Reiki table experience: It does feel good, it does help, it should be part of standard practices of healing. 

Articles such as this one are being published in respected journals. This article reviewed the results of a collection of clinical studies on Reiki.

Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy

Placebo? They measured getting Reiki [Reiki from a Reiki attuned practitioner] versus getting fake or sham-Reiki [an actor that mimicked the hand positions and procedures of a real Reiki session]. The sham-Reiki served as the placebo, the sugar pill, that will have a neutral effect.

What did they measure?

  1. Physiological responses to Reiki
  2. Use of Reiki as a complementary therapy for a chronic condition
  3. Use of Reiki as a treatment for a chronic condition
  4. Use of Reiki as a complementary therapy for an acute condition

I’ll let you read the article for detail information and jump to the results 🙂

What did they find?  Reiki can be effective in

  • “Activating the parasympathetic nervous system, as measured by reduced heart rate, reduced blood pressure, and increased heart rate variability”
  • “Reducing pain, anxiety, and depression, and for improving self-esteem and quality of life”

‘These effects are due to higher parasympathetic nervous system activity, mediated via the vagus nerve”.

” Reiki has the potential to provide valuable support for a broad range of chronic health conditions”

“Reiki should be regarded as a complementary therapy that can be implemented alongside all other medical and therapeutic techniques.

Further research is recommended to help optimize the application of Reiki for specific health conditions and to examine the benefits arising from provision of multiple Reiki sessions over an extended period of time.”

Lovely! Yes, this is what most of us in the Reiki community have been saying for years.

  • It’s a wonderful (and powerful) complement to any treatment or medical protocol that a person may be under.
  • There are no-contraindications–everyone can benefit from Reiki.
  • Reiki can happen anywhere, literally anywhere, home, hospital, clinic, barn, etc
  • it feels like the best massage you’ve every gotten without all the rubbing 🙂

Don’t hesitate to try Reiki and add it to your current wellness regime, especially if your challenge is tackling pain, illness or disease.

Also I’m sending out a big thanks to all those Reiki Researchers who are proving it’s validity! 🙂

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Pains in the body–what do they mean?

trappedEmotionsWhy do we have pain and weakness in one part of the body and not another?  When you fall or trip, is it always on that one side? do you always seem to land on that one knee? tweak that same ankle?  OR when working with your hands and arms, does that one elbow see to take the brunt of the work? is it the wrist that seems to complain first? OR does your lower back seem to give out before anything else?

This is your body trying to send you a message about the underlying emotional – mental issues that are unresolved.

When we have any kind of unresolved trauma or drama in our lives, the memory and energy of that fight-or-flight-or-freeze stress remains, stuck in our tissue.  If we don’t do any physical or personal emotional work to release that stress, it will slowly grow with time by accumulating additional instances.  At some point the “pool of stress” will effect the surrounding tissues with enough impact that pain, dis-function and maybe dis-ease will result.  Unresolved it will get louder and louder and until it gets your notice–enough for you to pay attention to it.

Here is the pattern of any chronic issues: it started with a small annoyance, was ignored, it got more frequent, was ignored, it got larger (louder), was maybe superficially treated–but really just ignored, etc…until finally it seems all of a sudden, there is this big issue. and we wonder where it came from.  hmmm….?

So here it is. It hurts. What to do?

There are lots a charts and graphics around (like the link below) that can point you in the general direction.

  • Shoulders = carrying a burden that is too heavy, given to you by your family, the world (right side) or your self(left side).  what and why are you carrying it? what happens if you put part if it down or ask for help? remember that it takes a village?
  • Hips = support in your life, financial(right side) or emotional(left side). what kind of support do you need? must it come from others? or can you support and love yourself? who is not capable of supporting you?
  • Heart = love and connection. where are you disconnected from yourself, your family (given or chosen), community, your maker?  how are you experiencing shame, loss, lack, anger?  who can make you feel loved? how do you connect with yourself and others? what blocks are in the way?
  • the list goes on….

The trick is to do this emotional work ALONG WITH the physical together.  Doing this work from two arenas, emotional and physical, you will create a spreading spiritual effect.  The results are greater; swifter strides towards releasing the agony.

In my clinic, we do this with work with good results.   Reiki, Quantum Touch or general Energy work for the physical side and talking though bubbled up sub-conscious images that the theta state brings for the emotional side.

This is exactly the kind of work that represents the first energy work session I ever had and kept me coming back for more.  It eventually lead to me learning and taking it on as a profession.

It’s great stuff. and body pain tells you where to start the path.

http://www.thelifeisamazing.com/20-sources-pain-body-directly-linked-each-specific-emotional-states/

How to get Information without being a Channel or Medium

Dowsing has been used for millennia

Dowsing (Water Witching, Divining, Questing, Doodlebuging…) is the ancient art of finding water, minerals and other objects that seem to have a natural magnetic, electromagnetic or other perhaps unknown energy. Energies that the body seems to detect with its built-in, laboratory demonstrable sensors, that are no more mysterious than seeing, hearing or feeling, and seem to be natural to all of us. As it is with music, many persons can develop a degree of dowsing skill with training and practice.3

Dowsing is one of the many names used for apparently tapping into your Super-conscious, Subconscious, Spirit Guides, or something like that. This is accompanied with some method for detecting this information. This could be a gut feeling, the twitch of a muscle, or some type of controlled external device. Every culture in the world, clear back to cave drawings, has had some type of dowsing. Dowsing is often used to find life-giving water.1

How does Dowsing work?

It has been discovered that we have three sensors that can pick up electromagnetic information: one near or in the pituitary and one on each adrenal gland. Having three points, the subconscious can determine both distance and direction of an electromagnetic source. This is probably done in a similar way that the subconscious uses the two eyes to determine distance, except it has the advantage of having three points of reference instead of only two. 3

The problem is getting this information from the subconscious to the conscious mind. The IDEOMOTOR effect is a psychological phenomenon wherein a subject makes motions unconsciously.  The reason this happens is because the hand responds to the mind’s concentration with tiny, sympathetic micro-muscle movements.  There’s no magic involved – your body responds to the signals sent to it from the mind, even when you think it does not. 2

This is where the dowsing devices come in. One way it works is through muscle testing, a procedure in which the subconscious can be programed to cause the involuntary muscles to be strong for a true statement and weak for a false statement. It is used by-many chiropractors, psychologists, complementary medical workers, etc. You can program the subconscious to respond to any number of requests, including dowsing. Electronic muscle testing instruments attached to dowsers have shown what appear to be subconscious controlled involuntary muscle movements which seem to affect the dowsing instrument. 3

Dowsing also seems to be related to what is sometimes called the “Backster Effect.” Backster is a lie detector specialist and what he did was to attach a galvanic skin response device to the top leaf of a plant. This device measures the electrical resistance of the skin. He then watered the plant, fully expecting to measure how long it would take for the water to reach the leaf and change its resistance. Instead the lie detector immediately indicated what would be a happy effect in humans. This puzzled him so he decided to traumatize the plant by burning a leaf. The plant showed a fear response on the lie detector as soon as he had this thought. Backster’s experiments have been duplicated thousands of times by many persons using many variations and have been well publicized on TV and in many books.

Experiments have shown that some type of energy that we might call “superconscious” for lack of a better word seems to have been flowing between Backster’s mind and the plant. It turns out that this “superconscious” seems to flow between and within all persons, animals, plants and most everything, including our subconscious, which somehow taps into this information. Have you ever felt ill at ease or apprehensive for no apparent reason? Does a mother somehow know if something is happening to her child?

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Now, if your subconscious has access to this “superconscious” and you have access to the Subconscious with your dowsing device, you can tap into a lot of information –local, long-distance and inter-dimensional.

The apparent reason your conscious mind does not have this type of access to the subconscious is the danger of a continuously flowing overload. Just think what billions of bits of continuous inflowing information from your subconscious would do to your concentration. The dowsing instrument allows you to tap the subconscious selectively and obtain useful information.1

So using  dowsing methods you can ask questions of your superconscious and the answer, yes or no, is relayed back through your subconscious to your dowsing system.

Literally ANYTHING can be asked and any kind of assistance received through a dowsing system.

Dowsers will specialize with certain tools and questions that they seem to have the most success with.  Some dowsers are good at finding water, some are good at clearing money issues, abuse and ptsd issues or helping their clients through a physical healing process.  Some dowsers will switch between using a pendulum, a bobber or their body as “device” depending on the question, goal or situation.

Dowsing systems and tools is too big a topic for this post! So look for a future post on Dowsing Tools

References

  1. Companion to Letter To Robin, Learning to Dowse – Student Guide by Walt Woods
  2. Dowsing Archaeological Features  http://www.dowsingarchaeology.org.uk/
  3. Letter To Robin, A mini-course in pendulum dowsing by Walt Woods