In their book, Reiki Shamanism, Llyn Roberts and Robert Levy teach that “Reiki comes from the heart, not the head.”
“Although some schools of Reiki prescribe hand positions not to be deviated from, Shamanic Reiki invites you to open your heart and let your intuition guide you. Reiki flows more easily when ego is relaxed, and the same is true for shamanism; and shamanism is founded on the non-hierarchical view that all life, not just human life, has consciousness. As with Reiki, the intelligence that infuses life empowers the shaman to transmute disease and harmonize imbalance. This includes the air we breathe and the winds that cleanse our planet; the waters we drink and that flow over the earth’s body; the fire from the sun that warms us and the fire of stars, volcanoes, deep recesses of the earth; the earth herself and plants, animals, rocks, minerals, and trees, as well as ancestral, human, and other spirits. Reiki practitioners don’t do anything but channel or open access to energy. It’s the Reiki energy that does the work and indigenous shamans will tell you they simply channel or open access to spiritual energies to benefit others. The ability to heal comes from the elements and helping spirits. It’s not the shaman, but their spiritual connection that’s powerful. Shamanic practitioners are intermediaries, accessing the spirit world on behalf of others, themselves, future generations and the earth. We ask spirit to guide us and channel through us so we can accomplish the greatest good. “
People who seek healing know on some level that it is necessary to shift their attitudes, behaviors, relationships and environments. Sometimes these things are easy to do depending on the situation.
Sometimes it can be hard. Oftentimes it is down right nasty.
But the client knows that it must be done. As a healer, a friend, a lover, a partner, a parent, and sometimes as just being an onlooker, I see this in people everyday. People want to break free from their bondages. Their addictions. Their pain and suffering.
They want to break free, but just don’t know how to push themselves through it. That’s where I come in.
Sometimes too, people just want to progress, they are curious and wonder what else is there underneath the surface. That’s where I come in too.
“As a healer, whether Reiki, shamanic, energetic or other modality, we accept our unique relationship to the greater energies of the universe. We’ll call it spirit but you can call it any name you wish. When opening to this spirit though, we trust our intuition even when we’re intuiting something contradictory to what others, such as our families, teachers, friends, culture, may be telling us. As we open our hearts, our intuition grows and takes us where it will. The spirit world infuses the shaman with the power, wisdom and energy to effect change in this world. We may have important physical teachers in this reality, but our most important relationship is to spirit, and the guidance we’re offered.”
Once you are committed, once we begin to take back our own power we begin to transform. We begin to realize that in order to grow, we have to be actively involved in our own heart & healthcare.
“Although it can be hard to trust ourselves, trust grows through experience. Through growing trust in spirit, we gain confidence to do the healing work we’re called to do and to live the life we’re meant to live. “
Trust is so important in today’s world where we have been told so many times that we are not good enough, that we don’t deserve this or that, that we don’t deserve to be treated with dignity. So many of us, since childhood, have been systemically dismembered where our beauty or our talent has been repressed. Where we have been subjugated to abuse and dis-ease, and mistreatment, and neglect so much so that we still carry the scars on our backs.
“Shamans and energy practitioners believe and know that every physical ailment has a corresponding imbalance in the spiritual world. Any kind of pain: physical, emotional, sexual, mental, or environmental first begins in the spiritual realms as a spiritual imbalance. It truly is here therefore where the core of the “stuff,” the heart of the matter first manifests. We who wish to find wholeness need to get through and learn from. These imbalances restrict our life force, our chi, our energy. They impact everything we do, say, think, and feel and if not addressed can eventually manifest as physical symptoms or dis-ease in our bodies.”
These abuses whether inflicted by others or even by ourselves, can even cause terminal ailments. If you degrade yourself enough, if you malnourish your body, if you break your heart by not following your bliss, if you continue to pollute your environment, if you sully your soul by not listening and turning away from the Universe’s divine song; how long do you think you could last before collapsing?
All change comes from within dear hearts. All that is needed is having the strong intention to do so, you must deeply want it. I can only help those who want it. You have to be more conscious, to make new choices and let go of thoughts, emotions, and actions that don’t help you. The things that do not serve you. It takes commitment. It takes awareness. It takes acknowledging what you’re feeling and actually doing something about it. And it takes time my dear ones. It takes time. It takes forgiveness. It takes having enough self-compassion to look yourself in the mirror, knowing that you are strong enough to get through, and loving yourself for all of your worst.
That is the beginning of Shamanic Reiki. It is true Soul Surgery. It takes guts. And, Beloved, I know you have what it takes.
What Does a Shamanic Reiki Session Look Like?
It looks very much like a typical Reiki Session. However, there are some key differences of style, including that there will come a time where your dialogue is essential.
Here I have given a description of a typical Shamanic Reiki session divided up between two main fields:
The Out Patient Healing & I See You: Intensive Care Unit.
*An Out Patient Healing Session*
After a brief period of quiet meditation together, the client will be asked to lay on the Reiki table and the Reiki session will begin as any regular Usui Reiki session. Then after about a period of 15 minutes, the client will then be whispered to and your Shamanic Journey will begin.
Connecting With An Animal Guide
This is incredibly easy, by simply asking one to appear it will. However, sometimes an animal may not arrive right away. In these cases we can ask a tree, rock, flower, or even the wind to help us along our journey together.
Simple questions to ask these guides are: “Why are you here for me? What lessons do you have to teach? What’s needed in my life right now?”
Cultivating an Inner Sanctum or Sacred Place
Creating a space that is safe and familiar is key to any shamanic or meditative journeying. After we have found you an Animal Guide we will explore your inner environment for a place that you can return to again and again as a home-base. Oftentimes, clients pick places in nature because within nature is the ultimate retreat from modern society.
Connecting With a Shamanic Reiki Guide
Once we have found your spot and built your Inner Sanctum, we will journey as we did in finding an Animal Guide. This time however, we will seek out an Ascended Being, Ancestor, or Spirit that will act as your inner Healer. Your inner doctor. Your inner Teacher. This can be a deity, a mythological creature, or even someone who has passed in your family. It needed me human in form, but oftentimes they will be. And yes, I mean “they”, because we have many and not just one. Sometimes, this Being will be your Higher Self in disguise. What is so cool about these guides is that they empower you to stay on track after the session is over, without depending on me for everything. On occasion I have answered emergency phone calls, however, it is vital to not rely on me as a crutch, I’m good back up. But I can’t carry you up the mountain.
Locating, Neutralizing, Transmuting, Understanding & Removing (If Needed) Intrusions
Intrusions, also known as entities when they attain their own consciousness, are energies directed at us by malevolent, alien, or unconscious external forces that affect our health and healthy engagement with life.
These can be objects imbedded in us from past life wounds or disassociated emotions, thoughts, and feelings congesting as tangible shapes and forms in spiritual reality. During a healing ceremony, otherwise known as a Reiki session, I work and ask my guides to intercede on your behalf to heal these problems. Once the energetic balance has been restored, healing occurs, and physical symptoms may even disappear and life can resume as “usual.” Or rather your consciousness will have been healed so that you will be able to look at the world with new eyes.
As we gain more spiritual maturity however, we may come to look at intrusions from a different point of view and let go of seeing ourselves as victims.
Wherever they come from, we know that intrusions exist for a reason, and on some level due to us inviting them to be. “Like attracts like, so whatever’s un-healed or within our shadow selves invites forms, energies and experiences of a similar vibration.” And wherever they come from, they are ours to deal with.
Intrusions can be gateways to denied aspects, suppressed emotions, and repressed life force. Energy is neither good nor bad, but part of the greater oneness beyond duality or identity.
In session, we journey together and I have you do a simple visualization, which in effect puts you, the client, in an altered state of consciousness. There I ask you several questions in order to locate these intrusions; neutralize their effects; transmute them into a different form; and learn where, when, how and why this intrusion(s) took hold.
Overall, intrusions are lessons and can be transmuted to allow us to reconnect with aspects of ourselves that we have been cut off from. When we do this, we stop being victims, we stop losing our personal power, and we reclaim our strength and health. When we do this be become an active force in our own healthcare.
Removing Single, Removing Both Ends & Severing Deleterious Energetic Cords
(Conversely: Creating & Strengthening Beneficial Energetic Cords)
1. causing harm or damage.
“divorce is assumed to have deleterious effects on the heart”
As a responsible practitioner and spiritual counselor, I promise to never open a door and not see you safely though. I will support any changes that you desire to make, and will never tell you what to do. Unless you need a good helping of tough love. My partnership with spirit is forged by my own willingness to help and to heal, and shines with the integrity of my intent. This is my life, this is my purpose.
At some point(s) in our lives we come up against some serious choices. Specifically, choices related relationships both past, present, and future.
“We each have the ability to release and draw energy – we all do it.” Light or dark.
Dark, energetic cords exist and keep us connected to people we once knew, to people we once loved, to people we once hated. To people we envied. To people we pitied. To people who tortured us. To people we tortured. Even to objects or places or expectations that are outside of time and space.
Beautiful cords exist where the relationship is one of peace, and amity, and love, and independence.
Ugly cords exist where the relationship is one of anger, and jealousy, and pain, and co-dependence.
Light cords are often luminous, beautiful and a shade of pure white-gold colour. These cords can be wispy, fluid, and never static. Like notes of music, or waves of light they spiral outward to their destination. They move. They glow. They radiate warmth, love, and peace. These cords make up our energetic system, which includes, of course, the aura. They will appear in strong areas of the body and have roots deep to our core Being, to our Higher Self.
Dark Cords are usually identified as dark, long bundles; the more pervasive ones will have roots penetrating into the body around glands, organs, or some other part. They will appear in weak areas of the body and energetic system including chakras and meridians. Which brings us to blockages.
Release Blocked Energies with Drums, Rattles, Flowers, Stones & Plants
Shamanic tools needn’t be expensive or sacred relics. Shamanic tools are in fact, simple and beautiful by design. They come from the earth. They can be a simple flower on the sidewalk, a stone in your backyard, a stick from the brush, a falling leaf, a feather. They can even be dandelion “weeds”.
With intent you can empower any object. With intent and knowledge any tool can be used to promote health and healing.
Using drums, rattles, or any other instrument in a rhythmic way, “synchronizes our mind and body, and connects us to the earth.” Rhythmic music alters brain wave patterns inducing alpha and theta brain waves triggering higher consciousness facilitating deep relaxation, which allows for deep healing. It cleanses our energy field and harmonizes the flow of chi.
Energy constantly enters, circulates and leaves the human body, and we are giant filters for processing this energetic information that is all around us.
“This energy can include heat and light from the sun; energy created by other people, times, and situations; energy from electronic machines, buildings, telephone wires and others; energy that filters to us from distant stars and that radiates through us from the core of the earth, as well as from the atmosphere and nature all around us. Our thoughts, emotions, actions, habits and how we respond to the events in our lives also impact how energy flows through us.” – Llyn & Rob
Subconsciously, and even sometimes consciously if you think about it, we are bombarded by so much everyday “stuff” that it is a wonder we don’t just breakdown. Well, I guess we do don’t we? Eventually we do break down, if we don’t clean our filters. We back up. We get sick. We feel gross. We feel like something is just wrong, wrong, WRONG!
Using my own personal toolkit, I will be able to unblock the energetic system that filters all the noise, noise, NOISE.
Cleansing, Communicating, Empowering, Transmuting & Merging with the Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water
Ancient cultures all over the world knew that the world was broken up between these four elements, and sometimes even a fifth one: the Fifth Sacred Thing of Ether, Spirit, or Space. Each of these elements is a different aspect of Universal Life Force Energy (Reiki) and comes from the same primordial source.
By communicating and merging with these energies, we connect to the world around us. We become empowered and alive! By realizing that we are not separate, but in fact inseparate from all things, we find harmony and balance. Our lives find harmony and balance. The ecosystem in which we are apart of becomes something to cherish as an extension of ourselves we see it as the indigenous do: as Sacred. We begin to care about our environment and our compassion grows. The elements can cleanse and release tension in our physical bodies and promote health and proper energy flow.
What’s more, by merging with these primordial energies within ourselves, we begin to realize that we can be as passionate as fire; as stable as the earth; as beautiful as the oceans; as clear sighted as the wind; and as divine as spirit.
That we can be a force of sheer will that is as strong as a tornado, as strong as a tsunami, as strong as a forest fire, as strong as a landslide, and as strong as a supernova. Yet all the while be as gentle as a warm breeze, as gentle as a raindrop, as gentle as sunlight, as gentle as a flower, and as gentle as a soft kiss of appreciation.
“The earth body is not separate from our own skin, ligaments and bones. Out internal waters are one with the oceans, lakes and rivers. Our digestive and cellular heat is inseparable from the fire of the sun, volcanoes, and stars. The winds that can cleanse and energize our planet can also purify and revitalize us with every breath we take. The vast space of the sky, and the heavens, the space that holds the potential for what’s physical and material, is the same space that rests between our words and thoughts, and the gaps between our breaths. It is one and the same with the vast internal spaces in our bodies and cells, and the space of human consciousness itself. Remembering our oneness with the elements rejuvenates our bodies, shifts our consciousness and nurtures our souls. It connects us to what’s sacred and helps us change in ways that change our world.”
*The I. See. You. An Intensive Care Unit Healing*
Each of the following sessions will be in conjunction with one or more of the above techniques depending on the severity of your ailment and dis-ease. However, the following techniques require preparation.
No matter how traumatic the event, compassionate detachment is imperative.
Your ailment, whatever it may be, can be caused by anything in the rainbow of human experience and as intense as the complete realm of human emotion.
By addressing the root cause of your ailment, not just using pharmaceuticals to treat your symptoms, we can truly get and see the heart of the matter. This segment begins the Intensive Care Unit of Energy Healing.
Remember, “change demands time, effort, and a sincere desire to make things different.”
Your perception of the traumatic event is paramount in your recovering and growth. It doesn’t matter if it seems “trivial” to someone else, oftentimes it is the little things in life that truly hit us the hardest.
- Eventually, I would like to create a Retreat Center in the future that will be able to house clients so that there will be an even deeper level of healing as part of the I. See. You. Intensive Care Unit Healing Programme.
Shifting the Energy of Past Events, Trauma & Dialoguing with the Past Self Session
Have you ever wished you could go back in time to change something you did or erase something you said? And have you ever wished that a past event still affecting you now simply never happened?
Well you can, but not how you may think.
Time doesn’t exist in shamanic realms as we experience it in our reality. We regard time as linear, with any given moment having a fixed place on a time continuum that began as a defined past, advanced to the present, and will propel forward into what we perceive as the future. From a linear paradigm, it’s logical to believe that once something occurs, its place on the time continuum is forever fixed.
We can’t change the past, but we can change how it has affected you.
From a Shamanic point of view, we can travel back and shift the effect this event has had on your energy system. We can alter things happenings so that they no longer cripple us in the present. We have talked about energetic cords and intrusions and now we begin to realize that these things transcend time and space. We have all heard about past life trauma, but little is said about current life trauma. The truth is they affect us equally the same.
“Regardless of when they originated or whether the person the cords were created with is dead or alive, living in the same city or across the world, energetic attachments continue affecting those to whom they’re attached.”
When something traumatic impacts us, we become connected to that moment in time and the emotional reactions it illicited. If untreated and healed, these reactions can be triggered again and again until they are resolved. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is more common than you might think.
When doing this journey, if you or I feel that the event might be too difficult, we can travel back to the time just after the event occurred instead of as it is happening.
By using Shamanic Reiki in this manner, we can then dialog with our past self in the moment, offer our support, and explain that life will go on. That there are things to live for. That you will be happy again.
“The goal is for both past and present selves to observe what happened in the past as an event to move on from, in order to live a healthier present. Moving on doesn’t minimize the impact of what occurred. Rather, this exercise helps people free whatever part of them is still attached to the past energy. The most important thing that the present self attempts to show the past self is that though terrible, the event was one of many in life and the future will progress for the better.”
You will laugh again, and enjoy life again. You’ll survive this, the world has not ended.
Time Traveling To Prevent Soul Loss Trauma & Integrating the Soul Part with Vital Energy Session
Being human demands that we embrace our vulnerability and experience a full range of emotion and feel whatever we’re feeling in each moment. As we journey to the past, we gain perspective of this. We begin this perspective of how truly beautiful soul experience is and can be. And see how truly beautiful the experience to feel all of it. The shedding of a tear, the loss of a loved one, the sting of a slap across the face, the thrill of running a marathon or giving birth to a baby. We cannot know love if we have not experienced indifference. We cannot experience joy, if we do not understand the depression.
“It is even more difficult to look at personal tragedy engulfing our very existence and learn from it.”
Time traveling to prevent soul loss (trauma) is a beautiful thing. It is a truly moving experience and a dance of the soul. You will not walk away unchanged or within insight.
“We may know the soul as that which infuses us with life and inspires us to achieve beyond self-serving interests, to pause and watch a sunset, to fulfill important obligations even when we’re exhausted, to dance or to paint a picture, to be patient and compassionate with others, to think and act in consonance with who we really are despite others expectations, or to simply leave the house and take a walk. But if we don’t experience it this way, it’s possible that our soul is incomplete.”
Do you feel like something in missing in your life? Do you you feel “incomplete?”
When something traumatic or shocking happens sometimes, a little part of us decides to fly away. It takes fight or flight to a whole new level. It is an innate survival mechanism, and is nothing to be ashamed of nor something to feel like you were not strong enough to persevere. Soul Flight is actually a way that our Higher Selves to protect us from sustaining complete and utter destruction. It protects us from experiencing the full blow of the trauma.
“In cases of Soul Loss, people may appear vacant, emotionally repressed, chronically depressed, or even extremely imbalanced. All can reflect disassociated soul parts, or a jumbled or incomplete soul puzzle picture. Some people are just more vulnerable to soul splintering than others. When our essence self does suffer fragmentation, we live in dis-harmony and dis-ease, regardless of the state of our physical health.”
And this is okay.
Now, I am not yet trained in actual Soul Retrieval, however through the use of Time Traveling we can go back to the moment of the trauma and convince the Soul Fragment to not leave in the first place. We can cajole it. We can love it. We can flatter and coax it still even if it does want to leave. We can work to even allow it a little vacation to where else? Your Inner Sanctum.
The harder and more painful the traumatic event, the harder it will be to do this, but it is well worth the effort on your path towards wholeness.
“Preventing one’s own essential qualities from leaving can be challenging, but is extremely empowering.”
And this is just the first part, just the first step towards harmony. Next comes actually integrating that part that has long since been away into your present life.
Just a note however, on an absolute level, the spiritual plane, the soul part or vital energy was never really lost. But despite this, if the integration isn’t done, the fact that this part was missing all these years will feel very pronounced. We must then accept this part of ourselves back home, and nurture it, and ask it how it wants to be loved.
Journeying to Past Lives in the Time Corridor, Circle of Earth, and River of Time Session
Again, linear time does not exist in Shamanic reality. Past life trauma impacts us just as much as events in our current lifetime.
So many people are interested in Past Life Regressions, but the truth is that these journeys are very powerful and require preparation.
“Wounds and disassociations from trauma not resolved in a person’s past life can be held in present day body, emotion and psyche, as well as in a person’s energetic and cellular memory.”
Past Life Regressions shake up our psyches. They make us question our current life, our current morals, and our current grasp on reality as we know it.
It is a very hard thing to stomach the realization that sometimes we are not always the victims but the torturers. Even still it is a hard thing to stomach the guilt of having done shameful things in past lives. Things that can’t be spoken of. However, like I said before, we cannot know love with experiencing indifference. We cannot know joy without experiencing horrors.
Resolving Past Life stuff is often the only way to crack unhealthy life patterns and dis-ease that is stubborn to shift and whose root cause eludes us in previous mentioned exercises.
Sometimes we have to go to the Deepest Dark of our Souls to find the Light.
By journeying through the Time Corridor, Circle of Earth, and River of Time the wisdom we gain, the power we reclaim, and the vital energy restored shifts our consciousness of this lifetime. It brings us that much closer to enlightenment, that much closer to harmony, that much closer to wholeness. That much closer to complete health.
“We can unlock the chains of what’s holding us back and in doing so not only remove its link to the current lifetime, but also to future ones.”
Things to Know Before the Shamanic Reiki Session:
- The healing begins the moment when the client first schedules the session. You’ve set intentions, which activates subtle yet unsubtle healing forces within spiritual reality. Which causes shifts in “ordinary” reality. Synchronicities and cleansings can manifest in the client’s daily life. Until the actual meeting, pay attention to dreams.
- Write them down, and also write down any new insights into why you scheduled the appointment in the first place. Get yourself a notepad or something that can be used as a journal.
- Pay attention to unexpected events and honour whatever emotions bubble up. Beautiful and magical and strange things can occur and clients should take notice, for all are spirit’s nudges. Remember, nothing is coincidence, and everything happens for a reason.
- Eat healthily and drinking a lot of clean pure water detoxifies physical impurities, maximizing the healing benefits for the body. It is wise to begin a physical detox of sorts low in red meat, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol at least a day prior to your session.
- En-route to visiting my space, or waiting for me to show up to your place, there is a “portal of opportunity.” Whether walking, driving, flying, or taking a cab/train the more consciously engaged you are as a client, the better. Open your heart to what you really seek in life and what you hope to gain from the session. This opportunity can be missed through distraction so please try to stay grounded, but aware and open, when traveling.
- Turn off the radio/phone/laptop, relax, appreciate the scenery and notice what you see and feel. Feel, and stay centered despite what’s happening around you, and open to the unexpected. Spirit often catches our attention through unexpected events, but it is up to us to recognize the event as a message. If you are at home, this will be a good time to explain to your roommates, children, partner, etc. that you will be having a session that day and will need their help to facilitate this “portal of opportunity.” Gentle reminders work best.
- Shower, take a sacred bath, or simply wash your face and hands.
- Dress in comfortable clothing. (Remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. So dress smart, but comfy.)
- Create sacred space: However feels right to you but the easiest way is to clean an area from clutter and arrange simply items with intent and purpose. If you unsure, we will be able to work together once I arrive.
- Prepare a light snack of wholesome whole foods, tea and fresh chilled water for after the session. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are best. Waters can be chilled with a slice of lemon or other fruit that has been slightly macerated and left in a pitcher in the fridge. Herbal tea is also good to have on hand.
- Make sure you again explain to your house guests/friends/family that you will need to be left alone for the duration of your session.
- Silence your cellphones and land-lines.
- Ensure animals are kept in an area where they won’t be able to disturb you unless they are familiar with a mediation practice, in which case they may choose to join you.
- Payment is negotiable. Typically I charge $1 minute, however, bartering in form of a favour-for-a-favour, a trade-for-a-trade is acceptable. Donations to cover gas is also appropriate if I am traveling to you. If you are volunteering for a FREE session you won’t have to worry about this. Payments can be made via Paypal, or with cash at your discretion prior to us beginning.
- Shamanic Reiki has no time limit. Typical Reiki Practitioners prefer the staple of 1-hour treatments, however, in a Shamanic healing, time has no importance. We get through what we get through in the time we spend together. However, a typical Shamanic Reiki session can last from 1-2 hours with an additional hour for grounding and discussion.
After your Shamanic Reiki session:
- Eat and drink plenty of water for the next few days. Often Reiki manifests with similar symptoms associated with detox, and plenty of water is important to flush away those toxins.
- Sleep and or rest to the best of your ability. 8+ hours a night is recommended.
- Record and document any odd or exhilarating dreams. These are also detox-like symptoms.
- Follow-up & share your impressions of the session.
- Plan for your next appointment.
- Consider giving a testimonial.
Questions after your Shamanic Reiki session:
1. Were there any problems or questions during the session?
2. What were your experiences during the session?
3. What did you feel after the session?
4. Did the Reiki healing help you with your complaint?
5. Any other observations?
Skeptics and Naysayers
The following is a published journal from the UCLA.
For years Reiki, along with other methods of holistic therapies were looked upon with disdain, even contempt from medical associations, practitioners, mainstream scientists and clerics. The idea that the human body was permeated or surrounded by an
invisible, etheric body of “life force energy” was considered to be no less than nonsense. These negative conclusions were formulated on the premise that “life energy” fields such as those accepted in China as Chi or qi, in Japan as ki and in India as prana , were “unseen” and “immeasurable” by traditional research or scientific instrumentation.
But now all that is changing.
Reiki Passes Tests with Flying Colors
There have been many other controlled studies submitted to peer-journals and to The Touchstone Process for review. Ailments and disorders that tested favorably to Reiki treatment include:
1. Post operative pain after tooth extraction
2. Cognition in elderly, related to dementia/Alzheimers
3. Pre-operative relaxation and post-op pain
4. Pain in chronically ill patients
5. Depression and stress
6. Well-being in Reiki practitioners
As of 2009, The Touchstone Process has evaluated 25 test studies that appeared in peer-review journals evaluating the merits of Reiki Treatments. Taking into consideration only the most rigorously controlled studies, the team reported that 83% showed moderate to strong evidence in support of Reiki as a viable, therapeutic healing modality. Only one study proved solidly negative and that was for the treatment of fibromyalgia-associated pain levels. As is the case with conventional drug treatments, not all therapies prove to be effective.
Reiki Case Studies
The most recent data analyzed (during 2008-9) shows strong evidence that Reiki is indeed responsible for a positive biological response in both humans and animals. The strongest evidence (rated “excellent” in the Process) was reported in the most carefully controlled of all experiments; non other than laboratory rats. In both 2006 and 2008 stressed-out lab rats received Reiki treatments and they all showed significantly reduced stress, anxiety and depression responses. “Sham” or bogus Reiki treatments were given to the placebo group and they showed no reduction in stress, anxiety or depression. Testing in humans performed between 1993 and 2006 showed ratings from Satisfactory to Excellent, all suggesting that the benefit of Reiki treatments were positive in controlling pain levels in humans. There were some “confounding variables”, which is typical in hospital (as opposed to laboratory) studies; however, the placebo Reiki treatments in this experiment were by contrast ineffective in controlling pain.
New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Campus conducted one of the first studies ever performed to determine the effectiveness of Reiki treatments on the autonomic nervous system. This “blind, random study” included a Reiki treatment group, a “sham” treatment group and a “control” group. The testing began with all participants at “baseline” autonomic nervous systems levels. The results within the Reiki treatment group showed a lowering of these levels including heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. These positive results led the team to recommend further, larger studies to look at the biological effects of Reiki treatment.
It’s interesting to note that Columbia/Presbyterian was one of the first hospitals to offer Reiki as part of their Integrative Medicine Program (CIMP). The now famous cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Mehmet Oz brought tremendous attention to Reiki when he invited Reiki practitioners to treat patients during open heart surgeries and heart transplant operations. Dr. Oz is often quoted as saying, “Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals.”
Other Scholarly Journals
The Center for Reiki Research
Reiki- Review of a Biolfield Therapy History, Theory, Practice, and Research by Pamela Miles and Gala True, PhD
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. A Systematic Review of the Therapeutic Effects of Reiki by Sondra vanderVaart, Violette M.G.J. Gijsen, Saskia N. de Wildt, and Gideon Koren. November 2009
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Commentary: Multifaceted Health Benefits of Medical Qigong by Kenneth M. Sancier and Devatara Holman. February 2004
Florida Atlantic University. The Feasibility of a Holistic Wellness Program for HIV/AIDS Patients Residing in a Voluntary Inpatient Treatment Program by Vanessa Morgan, RN. May 2013
“Shamanic Reiki: Expanded Ways of Working With Universal Life Force Energy” Llyn Roberts and Robert Levy
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