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Energy Healing Modalities

Reiki is a gentle and effective Japanese healing technique used for stress-reduction, relaxation, and to promote healing and wellness. The word ki means universal life force energy. This is the same energy that is referred to as prana in Indian traditions and chi or qi in Chinese traditions. Mantak Chia, a chi kung instructor, describes it as “vital essence…the activating energy of the universe.” This energy flows in all life, including plants, animals, and humans.

Through the use of Reiki, energy is transmitted to the client to achieve a balancing and strengthening of life force energy at all levels––physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Reiki clears blocked energy pathways and revitalizes depleted, drained energy. Energy is restored to the body and assisted to flow more freely.

During a Reiki session, the client typically rests on a massage table fully clothed and receives the channeled energy. The practitioner sometimes holds the hands above the client and sometimes uses light touch to send Reiki healing energy. The process is gentle, relaxing and geared towards activating the natural healing capacities of the client’s body, mind, and spirit.

Reiki promotes healing at all levels of the being. It is safe for both the client and practitioner, and it compliments traditional and alternative medicine. It is now commonly used in hospitals, clinics, and private practices in many parts of the world. Reiki is typically practiced in a serene environment with soft music or silence. Individuals often experience warmth, release of tension, deep relaxation, mental clarity, emotional ease, and enhanced energy.

Reiki has been used to help treat a wide variety of conditions: relief from stress, anxiety, depression; strengthening the body’s natural immune system; boosting the body’s energy and vitality; clearing toxins and energetic blocks; alleviating physical pain and accelerating healing; providing emotional balance; grounding personal energy for a greater sense of inner peace and harmony.

While the origin of the word comes from Siberia, the term Shamanism can be used to describe the ancient spiritual practices and universal wisdom common to indigenous traditions worldwide. It is thousands of years old and is based on the principle that everything is alive and has spirit and awareness.

Shamanic traditions recognize that everything is connected to everything else in a web of energy or life. It is understood that nothing exists in isolation and that the unseen, spiritual reality impacts the visible, physical world. Shamanic healing, thus, centers on the foundation that all healing includes a spiritual dimension.

The aim of shamanic healing is to create balance and harmony of the spirit so that all levels of the being ––physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual––may be restored to greater wholeness and wellbeing. The practitioner will often use tools, such as feathers, rattles, songs, and plants to assist in moving the unwanted or blocked energy.

It is understood that the practitioner is not doing the healing but is instead facilitating the process so that the individual can heal through connection to Spirit or Source energy. Shamanic healing can address the unwholesome energies related to a variety of ailments, such as issues of depression, stagnancy and apathy in habits, triggering of past events or trauma, to name a few.

The willing participation of the client is critical as intention plays a major role in the effectiveness of a shamanic healing. When an individual is ready and willing to disengage from the suffering and release what no longer serves his/her highest good, a shamanic healing can engage and catalyze the spiritual and self-healing capacities of the body, mind, and spirit.

The process of releasing what no longer serves and opening up to what does can result in powerful, dramatic shifts leading to very positive transformation and a sense of physical, emotional, spiritual renewal.

Living in an age that focuses on linear, analytical thinking, it is easy to forget that we have vast resources of inner wisdom and spiritual guidance available to us at all times. Most modern educational systems emphasize training the rational mind and place great emphasis on what can be seen, touched, and proven with the five senses and logical reasoning.

In such an environment, the more abstract feeling and sensing capabilities can get ignored. However, when we tune into our gut instinct, follow through on a hunch, or open ourselves to receiving guidance form our inner knowing or our hearts, we are tuning into our intuitive capacities. Tapping into intuitive wisdom can be a powerful source of guidance and healing.

Intuitive guidance may be received in a variety of ways: by seeing an image or vision with our mind’s eye, feeling a bodily sensation or emotion, hearing something with our inner ear, or knowing/recognizing something on a gut level as an idea or thought comes to us. The more such guidance is honored and valued, the more one is able to tap into the spiritual, subconscious realms for support and direction.

In a healing session, intuitive guidance is received both by the client and practitioner. An open, receptive, sacred space is created through the use of visualization exercises, posing of questions, calling in allies and guides, using oracle cards, and asking Spirit for direct assistance. Often very helpful and sometimes surprising insights are revealed that help shed light and provide clarity on dilemmas a person may be facing.

Sometimes messages or insights may be revealed during the energy healing work to either the client or practitioner. Connections may also be made to spirit allies and loved ones who have passed on. Such experiences cannot be directed or anticipated, only received as they take place. I’m amazed at the variety and power of experiences my clients and I have when we open ourselves up to receiving this assistance and guidance.