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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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Grief Reiki Academy Webinars

Grief & Healing Webinars

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The Grief Reiki® Academy is proud to offer the following Anytime Webinars. Watch from the comfort of your home anytime it is convenient for you. 

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HEALING WITH REIKI

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It’s not a coincidence that the symptoms associated with grieving and the benefits of Reiki almost match each other one-for-one. Reiki energy knows right where to go to balance and heal. Learn how Reiki can help ease the pain of grieving.

Length: 33 Minutes

 

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TIME DOESN’T HEAL ALL WOUNDS

Explore how to complete the grieving process and move beyond the pain associated with loss. Grief doesn’t have to be a permanent condition. Learn about commonly understood myths about grief, including the so-called Five Stages. Find out what you can do to release the emotional pain caused by the more than 40 different life experiences that can cause grief, including death, divorce, retirement and moving.

Length: 50 Minutes

You will also receive access to two free eBooks:

1) The Major Myths About Grief

2) Debunking the 5 Stages

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BEYOND THE CASSEROLE

Learn how to help a grieving friend or loved one.  Begin to understand loss from the griever’s point of view, and how you, as family, friend, coworker or concerned community member can help. You will learn practical tips for helping a griever, including what to say and what not to say.

Length: 35 Minutes

You will also receive access to two free eBooks:

1) Helping Others Who Are Grieving

2) The Grief Recovery Method Guide for Loss

 

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HELPING CHILDREN GRIEVE

Begin to understand what you can do as a parent, other principle guardian, clergy and/or teacher to help a grieving child. Better understand how adults influence a child’s reaction to loss from a very young age. Walk through the steps to determine if a child should or should not attend a funeral.

Length: 32 Minutes

You will also receive access to one free eBook:

1) Helping Children Grieve

 

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DEALING WITH PET LOSS

As a pet owner, losing your beloved furry family member is often intense. Discover how society treats grieving pet owners. Better understand why it is so hard to lose a pet. Explore what actions you can take as a grieving pet owner to move beyond the pain.

Length: 28 Minutes

You will also receive access to one free eBook:

1) Dealing With Pet Loss

 

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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Feeling Awful

Feeling Awful When Grieving

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Feeling awful when you are grieving is perfectly normal. Since every relationship is unique, how a person grieves is unique to that relationship. If feeling awful is your thing, then you are right on track. Other normal reactions can include everything from feeling numb to wanting to eat everything in sight to not wanting to eat at all.

I remember when my best friend died I felt like I was in a fog for days. I sat at work (I am still not sure how I got there) and just stared at the computer. I couldn’t sleep without thinking about her.  I couldn’t hear a song on the radio without crying. Even worse because she died by suicide, most people avoided me or wouldn’t talk to me at all. This resulting in me putting up walls and isolating myself even more. Eventually I just plastered on my “happy face” and told everyone I was “fine”.

MISINFORMATION

Now that I am a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, I realize my feelings were no different than what most grievers experience. Historically society has told us how we should or shouldn’t be feeling after any loss. It got passed down from generation to generation. As a result, well-meaning friends and relatives say things like “They are in a better place” or “Eat some more ice cream and you’ll feel better” after a death of someone close to you. Maybe some of you have even heard after the break-up of a relationship “We never liked them anyway” or “It’s ok, it just wasn’t meant to be”.

The problem is we are taught to intellectualize grief when really it is really a matter of the heart. Since most people aren’t given the necessary “heart tools” – especially when it comes to loss – they do the best they can by giving us feedback they think our heads will understand.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY

In addition to our hearts needing tender-loving-care while we are grieving, so do our bodies. A body needs energy to be healthy. Grief is an energy-depleting emotion. If you aren’t replacing and/or balancing its energy you feel awful. For example, after the death of my former finance, my heart physically ached inside my body. It felt like it was going to explode out of my chest. It felt like I was having a heart attack. Maybe in some way – figuratively not literally – I was. My stomach felt like I had swallowed a block of concrete. I had zip, nada, no energy.

Since we have been conditioned not to express our feelings, we bottle them all up inside. We walk around like robots. We hold back the tears. We hide from friends and family. Eventually our bodies can’t take it anymore. We explode inside like metal in a microwave. As a result, it’s not unusual to get sick by not dealing with grief. This outcome is so much worse than just feeling what you were feeling from the beginning.

REIKI HELPED

One suggestion for preventing your grief manifesting in a physical way is to find practices that help you balance the energy in your body – Reiki, Yoga, Tai Chi or Qigong. After the deaths of both of my friends, I found that Reiki really helped me. It kept me more peaceful and relaxed. Much better for my well-being than eating gallons of ice cream or exploding in a meeting.

The bottom line is to understand and express what you are feeling both emotionally and physically.  It is normal and natural and most importantly – it is just right for you. Be sad. Be numb. Be tired. Communicate how you feel – even if you do feel awful. You heart and your body will thank you.

Grief is one instance where knowing you are feeling awful is actually a good thing.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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