Healing My Acne & Cysts With Dietary Changes - My Physical Healing Journey

I used to eat the worst foods, yet I was a skinny 135lbs as a 5'10" teenager and by all medical measures, I was considered a very healthy person who could even stand to gain some weight, so it didn't seem to matter what I ate.  However, it actually did matter and it was affecting my body, I just didn't link the symptoms to the causes, because doctors refused to acknowledge any nutritional relationships they couldn't prove across hundreds of different people through medical research, and I wasn't body-aware enough at the time to understand how to observe myself and my relationship to food and drink.

I had acne, cysts, and benign tumors.  The acne occurred on my face and upper back.  The cysts were on my neck, chest, and underarms.  The benign tumors were in my breasts and occasionally made a random appearance elsewhere.  I started to believe these conditions were permanent, since medical treatments only created temporary relief and never eliminated the problem…

Wings of Forgiveness - Reiki Healing Moment

One evening during a NYC Reiki Meditation & Relaxation Circle, a regular circle attendee brought a friend in to join for the evening.  This was the first reiki healing experience for the friend, and she naturally came in with no idea of what to expect other than some meditation and perhaps some idea of what the reiki share portion looks like with a gentle hands-on touch.

At the beginning of the circle, I ask everyone to set a healing intention for themselves that the group will honor together.  The friend's expressed intention was around healing her feelings of anger.  Nothing more was said, and nothing more needed to be said.

We do some deep breathing work, then a guided meditation, and then ask anyone who would like to receive a reiki hands-on treatment to pair up with one of the reiki practitioners in the circle.  This particular evening, we were just focusing on doing some intensive work on shoulders, where people tend to carry a lot of stress and responsibility.

I happen…

My Reiki Journey - Part 10: Developing A Sensory Language

Reiki training gives us a basic framework in which to shape the experience of our reiki practice, but it is our continued practice that gives us the deeper sensory language and more detailed set of experiences through which to understand and communicate what is happening during reiki sessions.

Initially, I only sensed changes in temperature, then as I practiced more I began to sense tingling.  This meant that initially, I could only communicate basic sensory changes to clients, but with even more practice, I began to notice that sometimes that tingling had more of a pulse that could change over a short period of healing focus.  As my experiences grew, my ability to be more acute in what I was sensing started to grow as well.  I started to notice that I wasn't just feeling the sensations in my hands, that sometimes I would feel it in other areas of my own body, which would help provide additional information that wasn't available just through what I could feel in my hands.  Si…

Letting The Cat Out of The Liver Bag - Reiki Healing Moment

A client comes in expressing feeling out of whack after the holidays with an intensive restart at work and expresses the healing intention to get back into alignment and focus more on self-care and wellness.  They're feeling off to a good new year start by booking the reiki session as a time for self-care and healing into their work week.

As I begin an overall energy body scan with my hands, I immediately start to notice that a few chakras are really out of balance, which might relate to some relationship or communication challenges, but otherwise the client's body feels overall healthy and doing well.  At this point, it appears that I'll just be focusing reiki healing on bringing those chakras back into balance, along with doing some extra detoxification work on a few key organs.  After about 25 minutes of chakra work, the chakras feel nice and even and I begin to focus on detoxing.
An energetic impression I received during chakra balancing makes me feel drawn to focus o…

My Reiki Journey - Part 9: Reiki II Distance Healing Session Experience

By far, the most interesting insights and discoveries after Reiki II training came from doing the practice of distance healing work with people who had never experienced it before and were not trained in reiki at all, but were open enough to work at distance by referral, even if we hadn't met in person before.  I'm so grateful for those friends and family member referrals who were willing to let me connect and practice reiki distance healing early on so that I could understand more of what was possible for them and for myself.

Everyone develops their own process over time, but for me, distance healing sessions start with a phone or video call to connect and understand the client's intention for the session, to become aware of any issues or concerns the client may have, and to confirm that the client is in a place and time when they can relax in a way that allows them to more comfortably receive the healing energy available to them.  Technically we don't need to have t…

My Reiki Journey - Part 8: Reiki II Distance Healing

Distance Healing was part of the Reiki II training and practice that surprised me the most.  The level of my surprise was directly proportional to the level of skepticism I'd had around any of it actually working or being validated.  To say the least, I was highly skeptical that any of it would do anything...

After spending so much time learning about Reiki I as a hands-on healing practice with all sorts of different hand positions and learning how to understand various sensations through the hands, to then be tasked with completely removing ourselves from having a physical client body in front of us and immediate sensory experience just seemed like hocus pocus at first. 
This is where practicing Reiki II with a group of people in person made a huge difference, because we were able to try different techniques and share our experiences in ways that helped us understand what Distance Healing might feel like for the receiver/client and the sender/reiki practitioner.  Since much of w…

My Reiki Journey - Part 7: Using Reiki II Symbols

When I entered Reiki II and started to learn about Reiki symbols, I still wasn't quite sure how all of the symbolic stuff fit into the actual practice of Reiki.  Using symbols as a part of my Reiki practice was probably the piece that felt most esoteric to me and took the most time for me to understand and put into practice beyond just going through the motions of using them.  It seemed more removed from the hands-on practice and more mentally centered than the rest of the Reiki experiences, but eventually I gained a deeper understanding around using symbols and their purpose within Reiki.

The symbols are easy enough to find on the internet, so the symbols and what they look like are really not that secretive.  What I've come to understand is that symbols really don't mean anything until we give them intention and power.  We can walk by the same drawing on a window every single day and think it's just a cool drawing.  However, if we know the intent or meaning behind t…