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What is Reiki?

What is Reiki?

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What is Reiki? Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It was re-discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. Mrs. Hawayo Tanaka brought Reiki from Japan to the West in 1938. Reiki is given by the “laying of hands” that has been practiced for thousands of years. In fact, the basis for modern-day Reiki may have started in Tibet more than 2,500 years ago.

The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words – Rei and Ki. The word “Rei” means higher knowledge or spiritual consciousness. The word “Ki” means life energy. This is the same meaning as in Chi (Chinese), Prana (Sanskrit) and Ti/Ki (Hawaiian). Life energy plays an important role in everything we do. Reiki harnesses that life energy to promote healing, relaxation and a sense of peace.

Everything is made up of energy – including us humans. When the energy paths of the body are blocked or disturbed, the result can be illness, weakness, and pain. Reiki balances and strengthens the flow of energy within the body, which may decrease pain, ease muscle tension, improve sleep, and generally enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. Energy flows through a Reiki practitioner’s hands to the recipient. Reiki activates or enhances a person’s natural healing processes.

Eastern medicine has utilized energy healing for many centuries. This includes cranial sacral therapy, kinesiology, Shiatsu as well as Reiki to name a few. In Japan, Reiki is a course of life that is followed until the end of one’s life. It is believed that Reiki heals physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. There are three Reiki levels or degrees. In Level 1, an individual learns how to heal themselves. In Level 2, they learn how to assist in the healing of others. In Level 3, they learn how to teach others. All three levels are required to become a Reiki Master. Some individuals choose to enhance their Reiki experience by moving through the various degrees while others just receive Reiki from a qualified practitioner and opt never to take classes. The good thing about Reiki is that you have that choice!

In the West, Reiki has been gaining traction over a number of years. Society has been fascinated with any scientific evidence that proves or disproves Reiki. New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Campus conducted one of the first studies ever performed to determine the effectiveness of Reiki treatments on the autonomic nervous system. Their results showed a lowered heart rate, respiration and blood pressure for individuals participating in the study. Today, many hospitals across the U.S. have brought in Reiki practices to help their patients to relax and heal. The Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian includes Reiki as part of their Integrative Therapies Program for children with cancer. The National Institute of Health (NIH) even recognizes Reiki as energy medicine.  This shows that Western society is becoming more open to the benefits of Reiki.

As for me, I knew absolutely nothing about Reiki ten years ago.

Amazing how things can change.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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International Grief Institute

International Grief Institute Webinar 11/06/17

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Grief Reiki® is excited to announce we have been chosen as an Expert Instructor for the newly formed International Grief Institute (IGI). IGI is a global platform working to bridge the gap between life, death, and grief. It offers corporate bereavement services, grief certification training, and personal enrichment opportunities.

The IGI village offers many healing opportunities. They have access to life’s most wonderful teachers who are willing to teach what they’ve lived and learned. Take steps toward your own healing and register for a webinar. Can’t attend the date? Sign up now and watch the recorded session at a time suitable to you.

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Date:    Monday November 6

Time:    09:00 pm EDT

Length:    60 Minutes

Cost:    $27

Sign Up Now

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INTERNATIONAL GRIEF INSTITUTE

Born and built on the fundamentals of education, compassion and empowerment, co-founders Lynda Cheldelin Fell and Glen Lord formed IGI to bridge the gap between corporations, professionals and individuals during personal crisis. Believing in the power of collaboration and partnership, the duo designed IGI as a village of unity to promote help, healing and hope around the world.

Mission:  To improve strategic corporate responses to employee crisis, and offer professional development and personal enrichment opportunities that promote healing and hope for everyone.

Vision: To bridge the gap between humanity and create a unified culture of help, healing and hope.

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Physical Benefits

Physical Benefits of Reiki When Grieving

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Grief affects us physically in many different ways. These effects range from a mild headache to more serious illnesses. When you don’t feel well physically, it is harder to face your grief. As a result, all you want to do is crawl under the covers and come out when it is all over. Reiki provides you with physical benefits during grieving. This happens because Reiki has the ability to unblock and balance your physical energy centers. After receiving Reiki, energy begins to flow through your body again to help keep you healthy. If you feel well, you’re better able to handle the emotional and spiritual aspects related to grief. Following are the physical benefits of Reiki when you are grieving.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS 

Following are the physical benefits of Reiki when you are grieving:

Strengthens Self Care – Perhaps the most important aspect of getting through grief is to take care of yourself. This isn’t always easy. In fact, it may be one of the last things you think about doing. Practicing daily self-Reiki can greatly contribute to your physical well-being and strengthen your overall self- care routine.

Balances and Increases Energy – Grief depletes your energy. This can lead you to feeling tired and worn out. Eventually, you may even get sick. Reiki helps to replenish your energy so you can get through the day without feeling out of sorts. Balancing and increasing your energy makes it easier for your body to fight off illness.

Relieves Fatigue – You may feel like you are in a constant state of fatigue when you are grieving. This could be due to an energy blockage in your seventh chakra. Long-term blockages can lead to adrenal fatigue. Reiki can help to balance your seventh chakra, therefore restoring your energy levels and minimizing your feelings of fatigue.

Promotes Sleep – If you want to get a good night’s sleep when grieving, Reiki can help. Taking just a few minutes before bedtime to practice self-Reiki, focusing on your third chakra, can provide you with a sense of calm and help you to drift off to sleep.

Clears Toxins – Your body is constantly burning energy in order to rebuild tissue and replace older cells. As a result, your body creates a fair amount of waste, or internal toxins, which your body must break down and eliminate. Grief can contribute to these toxins lodging in your cells, soft tissues, and muscles, overwhelming your entire immune system. The impact of not eliminating these toxins can leave you more susceptible to illness. Reiki helps your body to clear these toxins, keeping you physically healthy.

Improves Circulation – Grief often makes your heart feel like it is broken. In some cases, the stress associate with grief can even elevate your blood pressure. Focusing Reiki on your fourth chakra can help to improve your circulation and reduce your blood pressure. This minimizes the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Relieves Pain – Grief can make you feel like you hurt all over. This is the result of energy blockages stimulating the pain receptors in your muscles, leading to spasms, knots, aches and pains. Reiki releases these blockages and helps to relieve this pain.

Reduces Tension – Sometimes you may feel like a ticking time bomb when you are grieving. Every muscle in your body can feel like its pulled tighter than a snare drum. As a result, your shoulders tense up, your jaw clenches, and your head begins to ache. As your physical tenseness grows, it can cause worry and anxiety. Reiki works on your fourth, fifth and sixth chakras to relax these muscles and begin to reduce your tension. When you feel more relaxed, you are better able to deal with your grief.

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Excerpt from Grief Reiki – An Integrated Approach to the Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Components of Grief and Loss, Chapter 11, Physical Benefits of Reiki.

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