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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
anxiety.

Source: http://www.shibumireiki.org/blog/article/the_effects_of_reiki_therapy_on_pain_and_anxiety_in_patients 

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!

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My Remo Buffalo Drum from Amazon.com 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.

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:

Hemopet
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843

Photo Credit: Michael Brian https://michaelbrianphoto.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/hemopet-and-greyhounds/
Photo Credit: Michael Brian
https://michaelbrianphoto.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/hemopet-and-greyhounds/

Kundalini Serpent Energy

When learning about reiki (in a western sense), you learn briefly about the Kundalini Serpent energy, which is rooted in yogic theory. This energy is a life force that curls up your spine and gives you vitality. We all have kundalini energy within us, it is a matter of activating the energy and “awakening the serpent,” so to speak. Kundalini energy is also found in Mother Earth. The serpent of energy coils itself around the globe and lands in a “hot spot” for spiritual energy. When you think of Tibet and the Himalayas, what comes to mind? Perhaps monks and nomads, all spiritually enlightened. This is because for the last hundreds of years the kundalini serpent resided in Tibet; however, within the last few years the energy is moving…its moving to the southern hemisphere in Chile. As many of you heard of the 2012 consciousness shift, this also meant the movement of the serpent energy to create a new spiritual hub for the earth.

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Since everyone has a “coiled serpent” of energy resting at the base of your spine until activated, you can choose to tap into this energy if you wish. For a bizarre reason, there is a lot of “scare literature” on the web about the dangers of awakening the snake of energy and certain groups condemning the practice (steeped in thousands of years of tradition) and equating it to Satanism. While practicing and awakening the kundalini energy is not a task one should take lightly, it is also safe and liberating to do, should you be ready. For some, awakening the kundalini can be an expansion of consciousness, one filled with bliss, happiness, and gratitude. However, for others, it make cause some dormant pain and blockages to emerge and flood your senses. If you are not ready to “sit, deal, and feel,” then awakening this great energy make not be right for you…at this time. Just when doing any other type of energy work, you know when you are ready, and if the energy is too power or too much for you to handle, then it just means you need to marinate a little longer until you feel ready or compelled to try again. By using reiki energy, which brings healing energy from the universe down from the crown of your head to your base, you can use kundalini, which starts at your base and works it way up, to fully clear your chakras and provide maximum healing.

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A wonderful and safe introduction to kundalini is through kundalini yoga. Here, you do not necessarily awaken the serpent through one class, as that is a whole day’s work and energy to clear your chakras and prepare for the energy to emerge, but you can get a sense of the power of energy through chanting, yoga poses, and meditation. I highly recommend anyone interested to take an in-person class, which really acts as a wonderful way for your body to release emotions and blockages, relax, and go deeper within yourself. The thing we are searching for is not outside ourselves, but the kingdom of God is WITHIN all of us. This is simply what kundalini, reiki, and other energy and religions teach.

If you are interested in learning more, I recommend “Serpent of Light” by Drumvalo Melchizedek.

Beginner Reiki Tips

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a form of energy healing that has its roots in early 1900s Japan. The word Reiki in Japanese translates to “Spiritual energy”. These methods were taught by founder Mikao Usui who utilized “reiki” to heal the self and become whole. While Reiki practiced in the 1900s Japan stemmed from martial arts practice, Shintoism, Tendai (Japanese Buddhism), Shugendo (spiritual mountain practice), and Japanese culture and philosophy. In 1937, Mrs. Hawayo Takata brought Reiki from the East to the West, which was Reiki’s first introduction to western society. She was a devoted student of Usui and began to teach it as a “Secret Club” to Westerners for a high dollar. Luckily, the techniques and secrets of reiki have been shared with everyone and it is no longer a “Secret Club,” available only to the wealthy.

Energy healing has been around since ancient times and reiki is just one practice to channel it. Essentially Reiki is your life force and, without it, we would be dead! Reiki can help alleviate stress, anxiety, clear chakras, remove energetic blockages, and create greater harmony and balance with our physical bodies and spiritual bodies.

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Who can Perform Reiki?

Anyone! You can start performing Reiki on yourself right now. The power is in your mind and your intention. By setting your intention, performing breathing exercises, and showing your thanks, you can cultivate your own reiki practice for yourself.

Reiki practitioners are basically conduits of healing energy; they do not control, manipulate, or dictate the energy since Reiki is a higher intelligence. Reiki energy intuitively knows where to go for a person and the practitioner merely channels that energy like a conduit. Reiki cannot be used to send “negative energy.”  Reiki practitioners have been certified and gone through training regarding special techniques to quickly harness and provide the healing energy to a client.

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Reiki Basics

Have you ever held your palms close together in a dimly lit room and stared at them for some time? Probably not, but if you do, you can sometimes since the first layer of your aura which is usually a white glow around your hands. (Often times when we think so much about it, it vanishes just as quickly as it appeared!) You can perform this exercise and move your palms closer and farther to feel the energy, which feels like a magnetic. This indeed is reiki energy working through your hands, which is amazing that anyone an do it. Below is a beginner, Level I exercise you can practice to channel reiki energy for yourself:

  • Sit comfortably and relax your mind.
  • Put your hands in “gassho” or prayer position and plug your thumbs in your heart.
  • Give thanks to Spirit/God/Creator/etc. and/or your spirits, guides, and angels for providing you with this healing energy. Then, set your intention for the healing. This can be “Thank you Spirit for providing this healing energy. I call upon my spirits, guides, and angels to help clear my chakras and provide the reiki energy I need at this time.”
  • Lower your hands and cup them over your “hara” (In Japanese the hara is where your spirit resides.) Your hara is right below your bellybutton.
  • Inhale reiki energy in through your nose.
  • Exhale reiki energy out through your skin. (Just try to visualize and push this energy out through your skin. You might feel warmth, tingles, coolness, or some other sensation.)
  • Repeat the inhale and exhale process for 5-10 minutes, or as long as you feel necessary.

It is of utmost importance to give your thanks and show gratitude for providing the healing energy to yourself. Showing gratitude in our practice helps us show gratitude in our lives.

If you are interesting in learning more, a great book I recommend is “Hands of Light,” by Barbara Brennan.