Reiki and Sports

Reiki is something I practise daily.  I find it beneficial in every facet of my life, including sports.  For example, when cycling, I will give Reiki to my lungs and my legs, if I get tired or winded.

Many athletes seek out Reiki as part of their physical training protocol, alongside massage, nutritional consults, accupuncture, etc.  Injuries or other physical weaknesses can benefit immensely from Reiki treatments.  An acute injury may possibly improve after one or two treatments, while long-standing chronic injuries may take more visits.  In her book, “The Healing Power of Reiki”, Reiki Master Raven Keyes writes about her experiences with professional athletes.  (See  “Reiki in the NFL” , in the Reiki News Magazine.)

My sister is a dedicated ultra trail runner, and has completed four 100-mile races, as well as many shorter ones.  I am always sending Reiki to her during these races.  A month or so ago, she had worries about the food she had made for a 60 mile race, and whether these new recipes would sustain her and not cause any stomach upset.  I asked her to send me a picture of the food, all packed up, the night before her race, and then sent Reiki to the food.  Afterwards, she reported that it had worked out great!

Just this past weekend, she took part in the most gruelling 100-mile race of her life, the Eastern State 100 Miler.  Not only did it take place in the 20,000 foot elevation of the Pennsylvania mountains, it was up and down  those said mountains, sometimes on hard shale.  The race had a reputation of being extremely challenging, with a 40% completion rate among the entrants.  Even my sister had concerns about her ability to complete the race safely.  Rattlesnakes and other wildlife, running at night alongside treacherous mountain ledges, and the fatigue and pain of running for over 30 hours were all serious considerations.  She trained with incredible self-discipline, preparing not only her body, but her mind and spirit for the challenges.

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Freak #1 and Freak #2, as they officially call themselves (My sister and her awesome running partner)

On race day, I started sending distance Reiki to her, and actually talked out loud to her, as if she were beside me.  As I sweated in the gardens, I imagined her running hard and sweating on her trails, and I gave her pep talks.  I often stopped what I was doing, and focused on sending bursts of Reiki to address any physical or emotional issues.  To be honest, I was really worried about her.

One very important thing to understand about Reiki is that it is innately intelligent and will go where it is needed.  Also, when Reiki is given, it must be with the intention that it is for the highest good of the person receiving it.  I thought about what was in her highest interest.  Winning?  Not completing the race, but not getting injured?  Then again, there was the last possibility that an injury may be for her highest good, if it would lead to further spiritual or emotional development.  Too much for me to figure out.  So I gave it up to the Universe, as I always do, and trusted that any Reiki she received would be what was best for her.

I followed her progress over the day and a half of her race, sending Reiki and posting updates on my Facebook page.  My friends started rooting for her, and I told them to keep it up, because I know that energy from the heart can travel great time and distance, and can have amazing results.  One of my friends said, “As you know…I don’t do Reiki…but I’m still sending lots of strong vibes…positive energies and Angel blessings!”  And I told her that at its core, Reiki is all about giving unconditional love.  A practitioner receives an attunement which helps channel the energy, but the essence is something we are all capable of giving and receiving – love.11889700_897646496968031_780261026595197178_n

And so, after 35 hours and 34 seconds, my sister crossed the finish line.  She was one of 8 women who completed the race.  I cannot imagine the feelings and thoughts going through her head, nor the exhaustion and pain.  I was able to congratulate her over the phone late this afternoon, and heard about her experiences.  I am so grateful to the race organizers, for ensuring the safety of the runners by providing healthy food and trained medical help all along the route.  As well, to her friends who went along with her, to see her off and to be there for her at the finish line and look after her.  A big thank you to all who sent Reiki in whatever form they could.  But most of all, I am grateful to the higher powers who kept her safe and helped her achieve her goal.  In my sister’s own words, “Everything that needed to occur did.  Definitely someone was looking after me…”

Congratulations, kiddo.  I love you and am so proud of you!!

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Helping Rosie Leave

A few days ago, I received a text message from a dear friend:  “Our golden retriever, Rosie, seems really unwell all of a sudden, trouble moving, spacey.”  My friend told me that she had given her Reiki, but wondered if I would be able to send some to her as well, “to support her needs at the time”.  Rosie did not appear to be in pain, but my friend was not sure.

I was in town when she texted, and initially told her I would start in 15 minutes, when I arrived home.  Something made me change my mind, and I started sending distance Reiki right away.  I will write more about that experience shortly.

51Y6W+OPLOL._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_Animals are usually (for the most part) highly receptive to Reiki energy.  Their egos do not come into play at all, and most are quite eager to receive Reiki.  Sometimes, it may take 10 to 15 minutes for them to feel “comfortable” with this energy being directed towards them, and they may move in and out of the energy field, according to their comfort level.  Some start soaking it up right away!  When giving Reiki to animals, I always “tell” them that I will send them Reiki, and it is up to them to “take” as much as they would like.  This is just a quick description, and there are many gifted Reiki practitioners and teachers who specialize in treating animals, whether in sanctuaries, shelters, or as people’s pets.

I have given Reiki to our own dog, Rocky, as well as to our daughter’s horses, her pet bunny, and to our little finches.  Our laying hens at the farm get Reiki, too.  In all these cases, it has been with me either touching the animals (as with Rocky), or just directing the Reiki energy with my hands towards them.  With Rosie’s case, it was the first time I was using distance Reiki on an animal.

Surprisingly, I found the energy flowed quite naturally, and it felt very similar to working with people.  I started the session with an invitation to all my guides to join in and help, and I specifically called upon St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and plants.  Not seeing Rosie in person, I could not “see” where I could focus the Reiki energy, so I just started with the top of her head.  I quickly moved to her heart chakra and spent most of the time there.  I sensed something with her back leg, and asked my friend if there was a problem there, but she couldn’t really tell.

For the whole time that I sent Reiki, I pictured Rosie surrounded by beautiful white healing energy.  She appeared to be quite calm, and as I said earlier, there was much healing happening in her heart region.

I closed up the session after about 20 minutes,  thanked all my “helpers”, and waited to hear back from Kathy.

Later, I learned that Rosie had been taken to the vet right away, and it was discovered that she had a spleen tumour.  Since she was 11 years old, and had several health issues previously, Kathy and her family had already decided that they would not take any invasive measures to prolong her life.  And so, with my friends laying on the floor at her side,  Rosie was assisted to a permanent sleep by the vet.  Saddened as she was, my friend wrote to me “Thank you Julie, sincerely I believe that you helped her on her journey. I could feel your warmth and energy as I lay with her.

When Reiki is sent with the intention that it will be for the highest good of the recipient, that does not always mean “healing” and recovery.  Sometimes, as in this case, Reiki energy can soothe any anxiety or pain, and may provide comfort and ease in the transition between life and death.  I am so very grateful that my friend contacted me to be a part of Rosie’s journey.  I know that she was well loved by her family, and will be missed every day.

Many thanks to Kathy for allowing me to share this story with you all.  I would like to dedicate this beautiful poem to her and her family:

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Rosie, at 3 years old

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.  When an animal dies

that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. 

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour;

those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,

just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone

very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.

His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers.  Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass,

his legs carrying him faster and faster.  You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,

you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head,

and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life,

but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

(Author unknown)