Healing Comes in All Forms

There are times when people tell me they are surprised if I take an Ibuprofen for a headache or that I have, on occasion, popped an antihistamine.  More recently I had a severe allergic reaction to something and had to be on prednisone for a few days to get over the worst of it.  I didn’t like it, but I accepted it. 

Yes, as much as possible, I believe in natural healing, natural medicine and health through means other than the allopathic path and use of harsh medicine.  However, I also realize that every form of healing has its place.  If one of my girls breaks an arm, a homeopathic remedy alone is not going to put it back into place, relieve the pain and allow it to heal.  Initially we may need allopathic care.  Or a severe allergic reaction, like the one I had a couple of weeks ago, could not be helped with herbs alone.  The predinose got me through the worst of it, and possibly saved my life.  Now, I can use the natural medicine I prefer to heal (from both the allergic reaction and the predinsone) and to prevent a future occurrence.  Every modality has its place.

Healing can also come from places other than the remedies or medicine we take.  It can come from meditation, stress relief, excercise, spending time with people we love and from simple actions we take.  This past weekend, I harvested and dried oregano, one of my favorite tasks.  For me, this process is meditative and relaxing; carefully cutting the stems, gently removing the leaves, smelling the sweet, yet spicy aroma of the plant fill my kitchen.  To me, this is healing, just as much as the homeopathic remedy I took this morning.  My mind cleared and I was completely swept up into the simple act of drying this herb.  Everything else fell away.  Everything we do has the potential to be a healing task if we allow it to be; typing on the computer, drying herbs, driving to work, all of it.  If we choose, in every moment, to let go into the task before us it can be a healing moment.  Let go into the doing.  Let go into just being.  Let go into the moment and make your whole day a time for healing.  If there is a task you just can’t let go into, one that continues to cause stress instead of healing,  perhaps it’s time to examine that task and change course.  Maybe the healing is to come by showing you it’s time to do something new? 

What is Reiki?

This is a very common question.  Many people believe that Reiki is the same as the alternative therapy of Healing Touch.  While it appears similar, it is quite different in many ways, from the technique itself to the way someone is initiated and certified as a practitioner.

So what is it?

Reiki, although not always called this, is an ancient healing method used by Tibetan Lamas for over 2000 years.  In the late 1800’s it was given the name Reiki by Master Mikao Usui, who studied ancient Buddhist texts, Christianity and other divinely inspired texts, noticing this common healing modality.  While he came about the use of Reiki through these studies, Reiki is not religious, nor is it a religion.  It is about our life force.  Reiki is a Japanese term that Master Usui used in an attempt to describe this healing energy system, the link from “all that is” to the physical form.

The word itself is made up of two Japanese words.  Rei, pronounced ‘ray’, is difficult to translate to English but essentially means ‘universal’.  Ki, pronounced “key”, translates as ‘life force energy’, similar to Chi as in Tai’Chi.   We are all created from this universal energy, whether you refer to that as consciousness, God, the divine or awareness etc.  Reiki is a healing touch method that is used to stimulate/raise the energy to bring balance and harmony to your body.  When your Ki (Chi) is low you are more susceptible to illness and dis-ease.  Reiki is used to bring you back into balance to bring about health. Through the Attunement process the Reiki Master is able to channel this universal energy directly to the receiver.

Those that receive a Reiki treatment usually report a strong sense of calmness and well-being.  Stress and anxiety fall away and the body is put back into balance emotionally, mentally and physically.

For more information and a more detailed history of Reiki a good resource is located at http://www.reiki.org.

The Reiki Principles

Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.

Just for today, I will not worry.

Just for today, I will not be angry.

Just for today, I will do my work honestly.

Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing.