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Reiki: A natural approach that supports healing

(NaturalNews) What is the mysterious energy technique called Reiki? Oprah and Dr. Oz both have raved about the benefits of receiving a Reiki treatment. Reiki can accelerate the healing process of the body, mind and emotions. Reiki helps release stress and creates balance. Maybe you just feel tired and rundown, but your blood counts all indicate that you are healthy, or emotionally you feel stuck in a rut, going nowhere. Reiki helps restore the energy that supports your health and well-being, getting you up and moving forward again.

Reiki's Origins

Reiki originated in Japan in the early 1900s and was founded and taught by Dr. Makao Usui. It was brought to the United States in the 1930s by Mrs. Hawayo Takata, who gave Reiki treatments and began teaching Reiki in Hawaii from 1970 until her death in 1980. Reiki is a technique in which the practitioner facilitates the flow of universal healing energy into the client's energy field. In the Western world of medicine, patients are looked at and treated from a biological and chemical perspective as having body parts, organs, skin and bones along with blood and hormones, etc. The Eastern model of medicine includes treating the biological, chemical, emotional, mental and energetic components of each person. They know that each person's physical, emotional and mental components are impacted by their flow of "chi," or energy, throughout their body. When the chi is low, disease and illness form. Our chi is impacted by our habits, exercise, nutrition and self-care. If we think negatively, eat poorly, worry, smoke, overwork, overextend, drink excessively and do not exercise, our chi is diminished. When chi flows freely throughout their body, a person has radiant health.

How Reiki Works

The Reiki practitioner sends chi into the client's body where it is needed. This chi removes energy blocks, restores the energy pathways, returns energy levels to normal and reestablishes the body's natural capacity to heal itself. That is exactly why we have all these organs and body parts, to maintain health. Reiki is a natural way to create and restore health and well-being. It helps the body recover from surgery, lowers pain levels, reduces stress, supports the immune system, aids better sleep, increases energy levels, accelerates the body's self-healing capacity and assists with emotional healing and spiritual growth.

Reiki's popularity continues to grow as more and more practitioners are taking Reiki into medical centers and hospitals, helping patients heal more quickly. Statistics show that, as of 2007, 800 hospitals in the United States were using Reiki, and this number is growing quickly. Many cancer centers have Reiki practitioners offering relief to their patients undergoing therapy. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey on the use of complementary health approaches by Americans, more than 1.2 million adults had used an energy healing therapy, such as Reiki, in the previous year, and over 161,000 children had also. The National Institutes of Health note that research using Reiki for conditions such as pain, cancer, depression and over all well-being indicate that Reiki may help with symptoms of these conditions.

Reiki is a pain-free approach to incorporate into a wellness plan of action for any condition. It brings our body and emotions back into balance. When we are in balance, our bodies can heal, and you begin making healthy choices that support a life filled with radiant energy. A life that anyone can look forward to living.

Sources for this article include:



Miles P, True G. "Reiki--review of a biofield therapy history, theory, practice, and research."

Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(2):62-72

About the author:

Dawn Fleming is a Reiki Master, Life Coach, teacher, and author. She has over 23 years working in field of energy medicine helping her clients to remove blocks, restore health and reach their wellness goals. Dawn has written several books: Chakra Empowerment: 24 Days of Transformation,Creating a Successful Holistic Health Practice, Teaching Workshops Effectively, Navigating the Continuing Education Approval Process, Reiki I and II Manuals, and Mastering Reiki. Her website is http://www.energytransformations.org and her email address is reikidawn@yahoo.com

The Moon and Reiki

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Article by Patti Deschaine

Does the moon affect your mood? Have you taken the time to pay attention and gauge your mood in regards to the moon’s phase? If you notice and note it on your calendar, it can provide valuable insight to help understand and prepare for each phase. This is important for us, as healers, so we can be in balance and connected to spirit. In turn, it allows us to help others who come to us for advice and assistance.

The phases of the moon are listed below

New or Dark Moon is not visible

Waxing Crescent

First Quarter Half Moon

Waxing Gibbous

Full Moon

Waning Gibbous

Third Quarter Half Moon – illuminated side opposite of the First Quarter

Waning Crescent

New – the cycle begins again.

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The moon’s cycle can affect emotions and stress levels. Just ask anyone who deals with the general public. How often have you heard the comment “Wow, people are crazy today, is it a full moon?” During the full or new moon cycle it is common to see dramatic changes in mood and, occasionally, erratic behavior. Being sensitive and aware is especially important for healers offering Reiki treatments. You may notice changes in client’s auras if you know them well. Maybe they just seem off balance or more vulnerable than usual. Take into account the moon’s phase when meeting or treating people you don’t know too.

Having an understanding of nature’s moon cycles can be a powerful tool. Once you become familiar with the cycles and their affects, you can use that information to help yourself and others. With proper planning, you can schedule projects for optimum times and use the cycles of the moon to assist with personal growth.

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A new or dark moon is a great time to prepare and make plans. If you have a Reiki business, it is the optimal time to take stock and plan for future growth. Put your ideas on paper and visualize them happening. The new moon is a perfect time to manifest your desires!

The very first sliver of a new crescent moon is a time of new beginnings: a good time to plant or start a new project.

When the light of the moon grows larger and brighter each day, it is called “waxing“. During this time you should notice increased energy and find it easier to focus.

At the half moon, you may notice a change or shift in your project or plans. Be flexible and see how things play out. This may be a change for the better.

During a full moon, people often become anxious and more sensitive to details. In a stressful world and with work, family, financial responsibilities and frustrations, we can find ourselves overly concerned with “self” and paying less attention to others’ needs. Sometimes, just knowing there is an outside cause that may be affecting our mood can help us take a step back and view our feelings with a fresh perspective.

The full moon has a good side too. It’s a great time to throw a party, increase sales and use your intuition and creativity. These will be higher now at this point than at any other time in the cycle.

After the moon is full, it will begin to grow smaller again. This is known as “waning“. You will find it easier to complete your projects at this time. Wrap things up, throw things out, try a detox or fast. All of these tasks flow easier during the waning moon.

Whether you love the full moon or not, the cycles of the moon are as dependable as the rising of the sun each day. The full moon will pass and a new cycle begins. The new moon brings with it the sense of calmness. Moods and emotions get back to normal, and there will be more physical energy and acceptance of others.

Aligning your energy with moon cycles is a great way to get in touch with nature and her rhythms. Get outside and bask in some moon beams. Do a meditation and invite the moon to share her energy with you. And don’t forget to put your crystals out to clear and recharge them in the moon’s gentle light.

Patti Deschaine

Patti Deschaine is a traditionally trained Usui Reiki Master and owner of Maja Energy Works and Reiki Healing. She resides and practices in Wilmington, NC. She enjoys all types of Reiki and particularly loves using Reiki on animals. Patti can be found at http://majaenergyworksandreikihealing.com and https://www.facebook.com/MajaEnergyWorks.

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Is Reiki Right for your Horse or Pet

by Janet Roper

If you have never watched a horse, you might be astounded at how sensitive they are for such large creatures. They are able to feel a bug that is simply hovering above them and their big lips are able to forage their favorite pellets out of a bucket filled with different feed.

Not only are they sensitive, as prey animals they are always aware of what’s happening around them. They keep tabs on us humans, ever vigilant of our body language, the look we have in our eyes and our intentions when we approach them.

I know this about horses; my horse has trained me well. So it came as no surprise to me to learn that horses are quite receptive to the practice of Reiki.

Not customarily taught in Western traditional veterinary schools, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing in both humans and animals. As a matter of fact, animals are often more open to receiving it than humans.

Belle Plaine resident and Reiki Master/Teacher David Thomas offers classes in Reiki. I had enrolled in his Level II class which covers, in part, animals and Reiki. Part of the class included a visit to Belle Cheval Training and Boarding, run by Karen Bessel. There class members were able to practice Reiki on selected horses.

My equine partner was Manny, a 7 year old black Morgan stallion. Before being rescued as a 3 year old, he had been thrown into a herd of stallions, starved, had objects hurled at him and as Bessel says, he was ‘3-legged lame’.

Under Bessel’s tutelage and training Manny has come a long way. Even so, when my class walked into his barn, Manny pinned his ears and prepared to execute a threatening kick.

Reiki is a gentle practice and does not harm the animals. I worked on Manny in the cross ties; once he got used to me, he would position himself under my hands.  At times I stepped away from Manny to give him some time to soak the restorative energy in. Manny consistently extended his foreleg towards me when he was ready to resume his session. 

The session lasted about an hour, and afterwards Manny was led back to his stall to rest and to allow the Reiki to continue to soak into his body. 

There are numerous reasons horse owners turn to Reiki practitioners for help with their horses. Reiki can help reduce stress, increase energy levels, provide relief from pain and soothe highly strung, hypersensitive animals. While Reiki is not the same as massage, it may help you to think of it as having some of the same beneficial results that a good massage will give you.

Reiki for animals is not exclusive to only horses. Pets of all kind can benefit from a Reiki session.

Reiki is not intended as a replacement for qualified veterinary care for your horse, but rather as a complement. When Reiki is used in combination with traditional veterinary care, your horse’s chances for optimal health and well being are maximized.


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