Free Distant Healing Reiki!

The Distant Healing Network is an excellent resource I learned about during my reiki certification which provides free reiki healing for yourself, loved ones, and even pets! It’s a website dedicated to providing everyone access to reiki healing via distant healing energy. As a volunteer reiki practitioner on this site, it helps to practice my distant healing skills while reaching people from all over the globe. To explain, distant healing means the reiki practitioner sends the reiki energy to the requestor without physically being present with one another. The reiki practitioner still goes through all typical motions as they would if the person were there in person. The requestor simply needs to be open to receiving this healing energy and they can access this energy at any time they wish (like reiki energy going into the cloud to be accessed at a later time).

Simply go to their website (below), fill out a short form (i.e., the name of the person who needs reiki and where they are physically located) and you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your request. Shortly thereafter, you will get another email where your request will be assigned an experience reiki practitioner who will provide the requested person with continuous reiki healing for 7 days or more. You can make as many requests, over and over, as you like. When my father was ill, I would send reiki requests each time they expired and even send requests for my dog who had surgery. Every bit helps for those in need.

Distant Healing Network


Benefits of Reiki to Treat Anxiety and Pain in Hospital Patients

I often like to review some research regarding the benefits of reiki therapy to common human ailments like stress, anger, anxiety, etc. In recent years, more and more hospitals are accepting and implementing volunteer reiki programs for their patients and staff. Some hospitals already perform a reiki-type practice called “Healing Hands,” which is essentially the same concept of using touch to heal. I have personally provided reiki to cancer patients and those in hospice and they respond well to the sessions and feel relaxed and comfortable. In no way am I claiming or believe that reiki will cure diseases or cancer, but it provides comforting psychological, spiritual, and, in some cases, physical relief. Below is a short article summary regarding a study conducted for cancer patients receiving reiki treatments.

Read on and be inspired!

The Effects of Reiki Therapy on Pain and Anxiety in Patients Attending
a Day Oncology and Infusion Services Unit.

American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 2012 Jun; 294: 290-294.

BACKGROUND: Reiki is a system of natural healing techniques administered by laying of hands and transferring energy from the Reiki practitioner to the recipient. METHODS: We investigated the role of Reiki in the management of anxiety, pain and global wellness in cancer patients. Building on the results of a pilot project conducted between 2003 and 2005 by a volunteer association at our hospital, a wider, 3-year study was conducted at the same center.

The volunteer Reiki practitioners received 2 years of theory and practical training. The study population was 118 patients (67 women and 51 men; mean age, 55 years) with cancer at any stage and receiving any kind of chemotherapy. Before each session, the nurses collected the patient’s personal data and clinical history. Pain and anxiety were evaluated according to a numeric rating scale by the Reiki practitioners. Each session lasted about 30 min; pain and anxiety scores were recorded using a Visual Analog Scale (VAS), together with a description of the physical feelings the patients perceived during the session.

All 118 patients received at least 1 Reiki treatment (total number, 238). RESULTS: In the subgroup of 22 patients who underwent the full cycle of 4 treatments, the mean VAS anxiety score decreased from 6.77 to 2.28 (P

<.000001) and the mean VAS pain score from 4.4 to 2.32 (P = .091). Overall, the sessions were felt helpful in improving well-being, relaxation, pain relief, sleep quality and reducing


Also, another short video on the wonders of reiki for cancer patients in Australia:

The Power of the Buffalo Drum

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, it was always kind of a regular sight to see drum circles on hippie hill in Golden Gate Park, or even in Union Square, or maybe even in a BART Station stop. I would often scoff and joke with friends about it since it seemed so quintessentially “hippie” and trite. Now, here we are, over 10 years later, and I now participate in drum circles. (Irony is a cruel mistress!) I suppose it was only a matter of time until I let my inner musical, pagan spirit let loose on the drums! Why? It’s fun!

My Remo Buffalo Drum from and my crystal grid.

All jokes aside, drumming can in fact help engage you and others in a deep meditative state and help you hear and see things not of this realm. As mentioned in a previous post about Shamanic Journeying, you can go on a Shamanic Journey with the help of a drum. Providing constant, consistent drumming can help you go into this state (it’s easier if someone else does the drumming for you to start out), but even practicing it yourself, you certainly feel the power of sound healing. I participate in a drum circle every couple of months with my fellow Reiki practitioners and it is truly an event to behold. When we all gather, say a collective intention, and drum rhythmically for a couple of hours, you certainly lose track of time and space and often hearing faint chanting, singing, and/or drumming of spirits entering your space to share in the celebration. I’m not very musically inclined and I was terrible at self-teaching myself the guitar, but the drum is simply fun and exhilarating! It’s loud and powerful booms reverberate throughout your body and the room. Much like sage can clear a room of negative energy, so can a drum use sound to clear a person or space of any negativity energetically.

So ditch the attitude and stop hating about drum circles and join one!

You can buy the 14″ Remo Buffalo drum pictured on Amazon here.

Peace Meditation: God Bless this Earth with Peace

I am an avid Kundalini Yoga Practitioner and have met some amazing, loving people through doing this practice. For those unfamiliar, the purpose of Kundalini Yoga is to raise your kundalini energy up through the spine to awaken higher consciousness. What sets Kundalini Yoga apart from other Yoga practices (i.e., Hatha, Vinyasa, etc.) is the use of chanting and singing, which uplifts the spirit and opens up your intuitive channels. Yogi Bhajan is credited to having brought Kundalini Yoga to the West and is a fascinating person. My yoga instructor was fortunate enough to meet and practice under him and it’s wonderful to hear her stories about him. Below is a peace mediation I enjoy and wanted to share from the 3HO organization, which is Yogi Bhajan’s non-profit.
A person’s true power lies in the power of his word. This meditation is designed specifically to create the vibration of peace in the world.
Posture: Sit in a comfortable position with the spine erect, eyes closed.
Mantra: Chant Healthy am I, Happy am I, Holy am I in a monotone and then make the statement, “God bless this Earth with peace.”
Time: Continue for 11 to 31 minutes.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

Animal Reiki for Rescue Dogs

Nothing can be more gratifying than volunteering your time and energy to a good cause. As an energy worker, everyone and every living thing can always use a reiki boost. I have a deep passion and love of all creatures and learned about a great organization called Hemopet, that helps to rescue former racetrack greyhounds. If you know a little Latin, “hemo” means blood and you may think what does blood have to do with rescue dogs? A fun fact is greyhounds have a universal blood type, which means they are able to donate blood to other dogs in need. It’s a great way for the newly rescued pups to save lives while they await their forever home.


Since these dogs lived a tough life on the racetrack, they are so eager for love and affection. They are like little sponges waiting for healing energy and love. Giving animals reiki is liken to giving a child reiki–sometimes less is better. Just like a fidgety child, an animal also can’t usually sit still for long periods of time nor do they require long sessions. Animals work on a higher intelligence than us and they know what they need. When performing reiki, allows yourself to follow your intuition and let it guide you. If you sense the animal has “finished” then the energy has stopped flowing and the animal received what they needed at this time.

Hemopet is always looking for volunteers and of course anyone interested in adopting these wonderful animals. You can visit them at:

11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843

Photo Credit: Michael Brian
Photo Credit: Michael Brian

Cherokee Prayer Meditation

Great Spirit We Thank You


Great Spirit we thank you
for the gift of family,
Whether it be the one we were born to
or the one we adopted on our Red Road journey.

Remind us Grandfather,
of the old ways of our People,
when selfish need was weighed
against the good of the tribe and family.

Help us to hold fast Native values and moral righteousness,

that was born from a time
of seldom concern of indecent lust and evil abuse.

You know Grandfather as time passed;
traditions were hard to keep.
Today we are returning Grandfather and we need time to heal.

We hold sacred the seventh generation,
we know too, Grandfather, that we must heal
and love ourselves to be of good character
and moral leaders of the children.

Let us not forget our Elders,
to do so is a crime against you Grandfather, and our Mother,

for we know what is done to the Mother,
will soon be done to us.
We have seen this. May it not scar us for eternity.

Today Grandfather,

as we remember the times of past let us know,
we must act as a family to raise our children.
Aunties are important and able teachers.
Uncles are caretakers for the Elderly.
Each brother, sister, cousin has a necessary role.
Unite us again as family as we cast off
the patriarchal teachings of western society
and return to what we know to be true.

~Mashie Chope Papa