It’s kind of a wild west out there for those who want to learn Reiki. Adding the word Reiki to other types of energy healing adds acceptability and legitimacy, which may or may not be deserved. It depends on how much Reiki is actually taught. The ancient form of energy healing known as Reiki has become trendy. And many are jumping on the Reiki bandwagon.
What prompted me to write about this were two recent disappointing experiences with Reiki Master teachers. Both left me feeling deceived or mislead on one or more levels. As a Reiki Master teacher myself, I believe any Reiki student has the right to expect a professional quality learning experience, complete and clear student materials, and an environment that is conducive to learning. If you are going to pay someone to teach you the Reiki system and attune you to the Reiki energy, there are certain fundamentals that should be covered in class. Here’s what to look for:
Based on my background in Reiki, manuals from the International Center for Reiki Training https://www.reiki.org will give the student a comprehensive reference for learning and understanding the system and practice of Reiki, as it was brought to the West from Japan. The International House of Reiki http://www.ihreiki.com/ focuses on what was taught in Japan before Reiki came to the West. Another source for Japanese Reiki is The Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan https://www.jikiden.org/institute.htm. Under the link “Why Jikiden Reiki,” https://www.jikiden.org/whyjikiden.htm, there is an intelligent and easily understood discussion of what is happening to the practice of Reiki that you may find illuminating.
Some Reiki teachers use their own manuals. Ask questions about what their manuals are based on and if they have done their own Reiki research and study, and with whom. Yes, it involves some work, but it’s well worth it if you want to learn Reiki from a credible source and insure that your money is well spent.
Most importantly, ask for references from former students. This will give you an idea of the Reiki Master’s teaching style and approach to the material.
A word about online Reiki courses
While you can access a lot of information about Reiki online, you cannot be attuned to the Reiki energy via an online course. The Reiki attunement is passed from a Reiki Master teacher to the student. The experience of receiving a Reiki attunement is a process of empowerment that opens your crown, heart and palm chakras and connects you to the infinite source of Reiki energy. This is done in person and is a very individualized experience. It can be powerfully spiritual and can involve a clearing process that is an emotional as well as a physical toxic release.
Learning Reiki will start you on a journey that can be rewarding, healing and profoundly moving. Doing your due diligence before you choose a Reiki Master teacher is a commitment to yourself and your spiritual path. Many blessings to you in your Reiki journey!
(1 )An Evidence Based History of Reiki, William Lee Rand et al, International Center for Reiki Training, 2015.
The same things that make Halloween a treat for you can be scary for your pets. Noises, smells, a ringing doorbell, strangers in costumes that make them look different are all unsettling for your pet.
1.Make a room in your house a haven for your pets where they can feel safe, comfortable and relaxed.
2. If you’re going out trick or treating, leave your dog at home. He/she can easily get stressed by all the activity and noise and bite or get lost.
3. Keep treats out of the reach of pets, preferably in a locked, child-safe cabinet so your children can’t feed candy to pets. Chocolate and other sweeteners or preservatives are toxic to animals and can be fatal.
4. Just in case, keep this number handy: 888-426-4435. It’s the 24-hour ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline. (The hotline charges a fee of $65 per case.) If you think your pet has eaten something that's bad for them, call your vet or the Poison Control Center immediately.
5. Be careful of decorations that may pose a danger to your pets, such as rubber eyeballs (choking risk), glow sticks and fake blood (possible poisons), fake cobwebs (can choke or entangle pets and wildlife), potpourri (toxic to birds) and strung lights.
6. Choose pet costumes wisely. Don’t use masks, anything that covers eyes or ears, and anything that might tangle in your pet's legs. Make sure the costume is comfortable and lets your pet move freely. Remove any chewable parts or objects that could come off and choke your pet. If your pet looks uncomfortable, take off the costume. Signs of discomfort include folded down ears, eyes rolling back or looking sideways, a tucked tail and hunching over.
7. Bring your pets indoors before it gets dark. Cats are always safest inside with you, but on Halloween it’s especially important to secure all pets inside. Many times those looking to use cats for “fun” will roam the streets looking for friendly house cats that have been let outside.
8. In case they escape, make sure that all of your pets are wearing tags with current IDs (consider microchipping them). Opening the door repeatedly for trick-or-treaters creates plenty of opportunities for a pet to sneak outside and disappear. Proper ID will help you find your lost pet.
9. For black cat owners: be especially careful to keep any black cat indoors, not just on Halloween, but at this time of year. It’s heartbreaking, but ritual abuse of black cats escalates in October, so most shelters and humane societies, including Denver’s Cat Care Society http://www.catcaresociety.org, will not adopt out black cats to anyone.
10. Remember that pets process stimuli a lot differently than humans and do all you can to reduce their stress levels during this time of year.
Follow these tips and you’ll make Halloween happier and healthier for your pets!
Recently women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup wrote a blog titled “9 Ways to Awaken the Energy Healer Within.” Dr. Northrup discusses a variety of energy healing modalities including Reiki, chakra clearing, acupuncture, reflexology, tuning forks, and tapping. In answer to the question,” Do you need an energy healer?", she says ‘no, because we all have the ability to connect to Source.’
This is true. We all have this ability, but realistically, how many of us have the commitment/time to start a regular practice of being our own energy healers? If you can choose just one of the 9 ways she lists and do it consistently, good for you!
But for all too many of us living in such a time-starved, stressed out, chaotic world, DIY energy healing seems like just one more thing on our “To Do” list. The truth is that some elements of self care are easier to leave to someone trained in an energy healing modality.
As a Reiki practitioner, I’ve spent (and still spend) countless hours, practicing, learning and refining the ability to provide Reiki to both people and their animal families. Reiki is becoming more and more popular and as a result, there is a lot of information circulating about it that ranges from being half true to complete falsehood.
Reiki energy has been around for thousands of years, but was formalized by a Japanese M.D. in the early 20th century. The most important thing to know about Reiki is that it is more than just Life Force Energy. It is spiritually directed Life Force Energy. Reiki has its own intelligence, which is universal, Divine, and as some call it, “God energy.” But Reiki is not a religion and is completely independent of any dogma.
What sets Reiki apart from other energy modalities is that it works through the intention of the practitioner. Before I begin offering Reiki, I always intend that it be for the highest good of the client, and let the intelligence of Reiki decide what that is. This removes my ego and any attachment to the outcome. I am, energetically speaking, standing aside and letting Reiki flow unobstructed through me. Reiki balances the body’s subtle energy centers, called chakras, so that they are not compromised or blocked. The results are gentle, yet powerful, and even more so with animals.
So if you have the time and commitment, see Dr. Northrup’s suggestions here: bit.ly/2rxXrae They are all excellent.
We live in a universe of energy. Einstein’s iconic equation, E=Mc2, proves that. Loosely translated, it means Energy equals Matter moving really, really fast. Quantum physicists are in agreement that subatomic matter changes from a wave to a particle and back again depending on whether it is measured. What do you do when you measure something? Your focus your thoughts (energy) on it, and thoughts have power.
Sending energy (ki) with intention (Rei) changes things. Reiki has an intelligence of its own. The father of quantum theory, Max Planck, spoke about a conscious and intelligent Mind as the originator of all matter. When you look at Einstein's definition of matter as energy and Planck's quote, you understand the source of Reiki is the conscious and intelligent Mind behind the creation of the universe. Being part of this "matrix of all matter" is how Reiki creates healing in the body’s energy centers or chakras and balances mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels.
"All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force... We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter."
Even if you don’t have a black cat, there are several kitty hazards to watch out for in Halloween decorations and treats. Those shiny, crinkly candy wrappers catch kitty’s eye, and they are all too easy to swallow, so please keep them out of kitty’s reach.
Those plastic pumpkin lights and the accompanying electric cords can be fun to play with too, and so can rolling batteries, so keep both away from swiping paws. Your Jack O’Lantern will eventually grows mold, leading to an upset tummy for the kitty who chews on it. Chocolate is even more toxic to cats and can be fatal.
Noisy trick or treaters ringing the doorbell can upset any kitty. Please keep yours in a closed room so they can’t dart out the door and get hurt or lost. Many times those looking to use cats for “fun” will roam the streets looking for friendly house cats that have been let outside.
Be especially careful to keep any black cat indoors, not just on Halloween, but at this time of year. It’s heartbreaking, but ritual abuse of black cats escalates in October, so most shelters and humane societies, including Cat Care Society http://www.catcaresociety.org, will not adopt out black cats to anyone. No matter what the color of your kitty, be sure to keep him or her safe and healthy indoors and have a Happy, worry-free Halloween!
It sure seems that way, doesn’t it? I was just thinking about going away on vacation and getting excited about it and my nine-year old kitty BB started being a lot more cuddly. He knew. But he wasn’t reading my mind, he was reading my energy, emotions and the mental images I was creating. Animals can read us so well because they tune into the emotion behind our thoughts. They read our intentions and the meaning behind our words.
Reading the intentions of other creatures is necessary for animals, whether the animal is a predator or prey. It’s a very important, highly developed survival skill.
One time when Robbie, my young, high-energy kitty was pushing the envelope with BB, I told Robbie, ”BB has had enough and he doesn’t feel like playing anymore right now, so please leave him alone.” Robbie settled down and stopped bugging BB. Robbie understood the meaning behind the words.
It will help foster a better relationship with your pets if you communicate with them on other issues too, like what time you’ll be home after work and why they are going to the vet’s office. In her wonderful book titled, Conversations with Cat, animal communicator Kate Solisti connects to the Council of Felines, the higher group consciousness of cats. She posed questions to them and here’s how they answered:
“It helps us a great deal when you explain why we are going to the vet’s. If you do this, we will have time to shore up our energy field to better cope with the other animals at the clinic. Knowing when we’re going, why we’re going, and when we’re scheduled to return home will positively affect our recovery from surgery and help us focus on our healing. Tell us when you’ll be traveling. We hate it when the suitcases appear and there’s no explanation. “
So there you are, straight from the cat’s mouth!
How do you make sure your pet gets the most out of a healing session? The right preparation is key. Your goal is to make sure there are no distractions, so your pet can focus and give the Reiki energy time to soak into the areas that are ready to heal.
Follow your pet’s normal feeding and exercise schedule, so their basic needs are met. If there are other animals around the house, designate a room away from the main traffic areas for the Reiki practitioner and your pet. There should be no other family members watching, commenting or serving as a distraction. This is a time to be still and create a clear opening for Reiki to do its work.
In the case of horses, move them away from common areas where other horses are being groomed, fed, saddled, ridden, etc. to a pen where you and the practitioner can be alone with the horse. The horse can wear a simple halter, but no bit, saddle or other equipment. If necessary, a cribbing muzzle can be left on, but it’s preferable to take it off for the session.
Your pet may need time to settle down and get used to the presence of the practitioner. I use this time to talk with you about your animal’s history, any concerns you might have and to gently pet the animal to let them know they are safe with me.
Animals have their own way of accepting Reiki energy. Reiki registers for horses include: soft or half-closed eyes, lowered head, twitching mouth, passing gas, snorting, sighing, and breathing more deeply. They may stay in one place as I move my hands, or they may do a “healing dance,” where they walk around me or position certain areas of their body under my hands. They can change sides, present their head or buttocks, and/or cock one of their rear legs.
Dogs will remain quiet, yet alert and settle in front of me and usually prefer hands-on Reiki, while cats will curl up near me or at a distance and go into a Reiki nap.