Thursday, September 30, 2010

Reiki Healing Becoming More Popular

Reiki is becoming a more and more widely accepted form of alternative medicine. More studies are being conducted proving the healing benefits of Reiki. Still there are a few I come across who have never heard of this form of healing and ask me to explain how it works.

The best definition I find is from which states that, “Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen ‘life force energy’ flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's ‘life force energy’ is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means ‘God's Wisdom or the Higher Power’ and Ki which is ‘life force energy’. So Reiki is actually ‘spiritually guided life force energy.’"

How Does Reiki Work?

Essentially, I have learned to center myself in such a way that I focus my energy to facilitate the healing in others either through gentle touch and/or with meditation. Sounds crazy, I know, especially because growing up I was such a realist and I chose to create and live in a “black and white” kind of world. I never had any room for gray area and dismissed anything that I couldn’t easily explain. The reality is that living like that was cold and virtually void of emotion.

Slowly, I began to understand the whole picture. Through Feng Shui, I learned about chi (or energy) in your home and the importance of recognizing the various areas of your life. I understood the importance of creating a safe and nurturing environment that promotes a prosperous, abundant, healthy and whole life. My home environment is one avenue I discovered as a direct link to how I feel. Feeling is your connection to chi. Chi can vibrate high, happy and positive or it can be low.

Reiki for me is a technique to raise your chi or energy and helps you connect to “God’s wisdom” so that you achieve your desires (from clarity for decision making, to reduced stress, to healing). Reiki naturally knows what to do to help you even when you are not sure – it is God’s wisdom, after all. With that, there is only good that comes of it.

Thinking Outside of the Box

Reiki Healing Room located in my home.
My blog is about bringing things to light that promote increased quality of life. Energy healing like Reiki is one of them. As with anything, your actions, your requests and taking an active role in your health decisions aid in the power of change. More and more hospitals offer Reiki or at least allow patients to bring in Reiki practitioners to aid in their healing (especially before and after surgery or chemotherapy treatments).

If you want more facts – the data is out there. You can start with these useful sites:


Reiki Masters across the country are thrilled that the famous Dr. Oz bravely introduced Reiki as his #1 recommendation for alternative medicine.[1]  He uses Reiki with his patients. “Heart surgeon, Dr Mehmet Oz, has worked with Julie Motz who used Reiki on his patients. These patients had received heart transplants and had experienced open-heart surgery. She treated 11 patients in total and none of them had the usual post-operative depression. The bypass patients had no post-operative pain or leg weakness and the transplant patients experienced no organ rejection. Julie Motz has written about this experience in her book, ‘Hands of Life'.” [2]

Dr. Oz is doing more than just Reiki, he is leading the way to integrated medicine and proving that alternative medicines are quite effective. Together with his wife, Lisa Oz, who is a writer, producer and Reiki Master, have been using alternative methods for years. Information about Dr. Oz and his experiments were published in the New York Times back in 1995.[3]

I would never recommend substituting Reiki with traditional medicine. However, I believe that Reiki is an excellent complement when you are seeking healing or simply stress reduction. Get out there and try energy healing. Be easy with yourself and follow your instinct. Feel good about what you are doing and know that it is a loving act you deserve.

Oh, and you don’t have to be sick to try it. God’s wisdom is good any time.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Walking Through Illusion by Betsy Otter Thompson

I was contacted about a month ago by Author, Betsy Otter Thompson to review her book, Walking Through Illusion, published earlier this year.  I was excited about the opportunity and couldn’t wait to receive her book.   Little did I know that this book would push me to make some personal and positive changes.

The style of this book reminded me of Ishmael by Daniel Quinn and the multiple books written by Esther and Jerry Hicks in that it is easy to read because it’s written in a style of conversation.  Who is the conversation with?  Jesus.   The author does not say that she is channeling (like Esther Hicks), however, her ability to open her heart and receive inspirational words and then express them in this book was altogether beautiful and healing.   She refers to it as a “merging of energy.”

The book takes us back to stories and people from the bible (like Peter, Mark, Matthew, Pilate, and Mary Magdalene to name a few), how they may have lived, thought or behaved and then teaches us how the physics of action/reaction worked in their lives.   While the term ”Law of Attraction” is never used, I understood the theory of action/reaction  to be the same.   In the book, Jesus says, “that for every emotional action taken, an emotional mirror returned.”

You do not have to be familiar with the bible to understand this book.  Most important, you do not have to believe her biblical interpretations in order to receive the lessons and gifts of the message.   At the end of each chapter Betsy Otter Thompson provides us with thought provoking questions, inspirational words and her personal insights.  All of which I thought were indispensable to the message delivered in each chapter.

Some chapter titles include Reform, Approval, Morality, Fairness, Truth, Complaints, Betrayal, Hatred and Death.  Each of the 23 chapters can individually stand on their own.  I found myself to be compelled to digest her messages thoughtfully.  Some days I had to stop reading in order to save what I had just learned.  I didn't want to ruin it by learning something new in the next chapter so quickly.  

Walking Through Illusion is a book with qualities I love I will learn something new with every read.  I can easily pick it up and read the chapter I need for that day or situation.  This is most definitely a go-to book for anyone who is looking to expand their personal growth toward understanding the theory of action/reaction and who is bravely and lovingly willing to accept their role in it.  

More information on ordering this book can be found on the author's website:

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