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Does Reiki Help With Grief?

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I’ve been asked a number of times how can Reiki help with grief.  That’s a great question. I had been studying and receiving Reiki long before the deaths of my loved ones. So when they died, one of the first things I did each time was to call my Reiki Teacher and Mentor for a session. Anyone who knows me have heard me say that Reiki helped me get through the grief associated with both of their deaths. Here is my take on why.

WHAT IS REIKI?

As a quick refresher, Reiki is is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. 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 calm.

RESPONSES TO GRIEF

In researching Reiki back in 2007, everything I read said Reiki focused on “health and spiritual well-being” and promoted “stress reduction and relaxation”. Maintaining “health and spiritual well-being” when you are grieving can be a top priority. Once grief hits everything seems to go out of whack. Our minds can’t compute fast enough anymore. We feel like we are in a fog. Our bodies also go through a difficult time. Sometimes we feel completely disassociated from them. Just like our hearts, they too may begin to feel broken and battered. I am sure if you have ever grieved, you may have experienced symptoms like:

Insomnia

Headaches

Loss of appetite

Difficulty falling asleep

Weakness

Fatigue

Feelings of heaviness

Rollercoaster of emotions

Aches, pains, and other stress-related ailments.

Since the above list shows that grief affects us physically, it’s important to understand what is happening and why. A body needs energy to be healthy. Energy from food, energy from exercise and energy from being outside in nature. Grief however is an energy-depleting emotion. If you aren’t replacing and/or balancing the energy your body loses when grieving, you begin to feel awful. It you don’t do anything to replenish the energy being removed from your body, over time you feel worse and worse. 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. A person’s body, mind and soul can only take this for so long before any number of unhealthy things start to happen. It’s not unusual to get sick when you are grieving. It’s not unusual to have some sort of accident when you are grieving. These two outcomes can almost have worse consequences than if we just emotionally felt our grief from the beginning.

BENEFITS OF REIKI

As humans, we are made up of energy.  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. Reiki provides us with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits by balancing our energy. Some of the benefits of Reiki include:

Promotes relaxation

Improves sleep

Reduces stress and tension

Helps with pain management

Reduces anxiety

Soothes digestion

Improves circulation

Enhances 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. The more I started receiving Reiki (and eventually once I learned how to practice Reiki on myself) the more I realized that I was actually taking better care of my body. As soon as I started Reiki after my loved ones died, my heart stopped feeling like it was going to explode. The brick in my stomach eventually went away. Being physically balanced and more relaxed helped me to find a sense of calm even though I was grieving. It helped me to think more clearly. It helped to sleep better so I wasn’t walking around the house and work like a zombie. Reiki didn’t magically take the sadness associated with my grief away,  but it did make it physically easier for me to deal with grief’s ups and downs. Having a sense of calm and balance gave me the courage and stamina I needed to tackle my journey through grief.

So consider trying Reiki. Don’t wait until you are grieving to receive its benefits. If you haven’t tried it and are grieving, find a Reiki Practitioner in your area. Reiki will help you to stay well both physically and spiritually which is something we especially need after suffering any loss.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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Grief Reiki Healing Program

Grief Reiki® Healing Program

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Every year millions face the effects of dealing with loss and grief. This can be the result of death, divorce, moving, retirement or other life events. Since society hasn’t provided effective ways for handling grief, many grievers feel lost and alone.

Our first-of-its-kind Grief Reiki® Healing Program uses Reiki and other spiritually-based tools to help others heal who are grieving. In this educational program, students learn how to emotionally, physically, and spiritually guide a griever who is navigating their grief journey. Grief Reiki® Energy Healers are trained to better understand what a griever experiences, so they can provide support through the ups and downs associated with loss.

PREREQUISITES

This healing program is open to all new and experienced Reiki Practitioners and Reiki Masters. Students should have a desire to work with those grieving any type of loss.

WHY ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM

This healing program is designed to teach Reiki Practitioners how to help a griever move through the emotional, physical and spiritual effects of grief. Having a sense of calm and balance will provide a griever with the courage and stamina they need to tackle their journey.

This healing program is comprehensive and detailed. With over 3 hours of video lectures, as well as accompanying handouts and activities, students receive the tools to help others who are going through one of the most difficult times in their life.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

As a Grief Reiki® Energy Healer, you will have the benefit of a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary learning experience. You will gain meaningful new insights to impact your personal and professional life while elevating your Reiki expertise. Upon completion of the program, you will be equipped to guide others through a positive transformation that will leave a life-long impact.

NOTE: Becoming a Grief Reiki® Energy Healer identifies that you’ve taken our healing program and have demonstrated the skills necessary to help grievers using Reiki and other spiritually-based tools. Our program does not authorize you to use the terms “Therapist”, “Psychologist”, or “Counselor.”

WHAT TO EXPECT AS A STUDENT

– Unique focus on the benefits of Reiki and other spiritual tools to help grievers

– Improved helping skills including active and empathetic listening

– A transformative learning experience that provides positive results

– An integrated program where you receive substantive guidance and support

– Access to tools, handouts and activities to augment your Reiki practice

WHAT YOUR CLIENTS WILL GAIN

– A clearer path to understanding their grief so they can move through it

– Enhanced capability for self-care during a difficult time in their life

– Ability to integrate the emotional, physical and spiritual grief components

– Stronger belief they can move from surviving their loss to living again

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is meant by “Grief Reiki® Energy Healer”?

Individuals who become Grief Reiki® Energy Healers are trained in a specific approach and methodology to help clients move through their grief using Reiki and other spiritually-based tools.

When can I begin helping others?

You can begin helping others as soon as you have successfully completed the program.

Does the program address all kinds of losses or just the death of a loved one?

Grief is the normal response to over 40 different life events. You will be given techniques to support any type of grieving event.

What technology do I need in order to be able to participate in this online course?

You will require a computer with an internet connection.

Do you have a money-back policy?

Although we are super proud of this program, we realize that there are often circumstance where students change their minds. For that reason, we provide a 30-day money back guarantee. After 30 days, the program becomes non-refundable.

HOW DO I LEARN MORE?

CLICK HERE to learn more about becoming a Grief Reiki® Energy Healer on UDEMY.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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Coming Back Podcast

Grief Reiki Returns to Coming Back Podcast

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I am extremely honored to return for a second time on the Coming Back Podcast Episode #55 hosted by fellow Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and Intuitive Grief Guide, Shelby Forsythia. In her podcast, Shelby explores the ideas, resources, and stories that help us “come back” to life after death, divorce, illness and more.

On the show I spoke about my logical mind, one that made me skeptical of energy work and healing when it crossed my path in the aftermath of two devastating losses by suicide. Here is a direct link to Episode #55.

PODCAST INFORMATION

In this episode, I spoke with Shelby about what Reiki is and how it can help a grieving heart, how I am bringing Reiki on the 2019 Bereavement Cruise, and what skeptics can do to open themselves up to alternative practices like Reiki.

Also on the show, Shelby shares her private Spotify playlist for writing, meditation, and grief.

Here is a link to my first interview with Shelby on Episode #6. Listen Now

The Coming Back Podcast podcast can be found on many different podcasting platforms such as: iTunes, Stitcher Radio, GooglePlay Music and Tunein.

Here are the direct links:

ITUNES

STITCHER RADIO

GOOGLEPLAY MUSIC

TUNEIN (AMAZON ALEXA)

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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