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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Sharing at Reiki Shares

Today a friend asked me what the Reiki shares I mentioned on Facebook were all about.   Although I had never heard of them before I studied Reiki, I now host my own and attend my teachers’ shares regularly.

Reiki shares (sometimes called “Energy Shares”) are a fabulous opportunity to give and receive Reiki healing.  Depending on the organizers, they can have many formats.

I prefer to have Reiki as the only modality being shared, mainly because I open my shares to everyone, practitioners and non-practitioners alike.  Although I use a few different modalities, for the benefit of Reiki “newbies”, I like to focus the time entirely on Reiki, so that people attending can come to understand what it’s all about without other (awesome) distractions.  Anyone can receive Reiki and anyone can learn to give Reiki.  An attunement process is what helps practitioners channel the energy to share, and is received during formal training.  At my shares, if you are new to Reiki, you get to go on the table first!  But I’m getting ahead of myself….IMG_0253

We start off the evening with a round of introductions, with the help of my beautiful talking stick.  Borrowing from a Native tradition, everyone has a chance to speak – until they are done – with no interruptions from the rest of the group.  We share our stories, our successes, and our struggles.  And we start making connections with each other.  Many times, we have short discussions about Reiki itself.

Next, we all take part in a guided meditation.  Let’s face it, we all lead busy lives, so it’s nice to have some help to wind down, clear ourselves, and be grounded to receive some healing.

We divide up into groups, depending on the number of people attending.  For large groups, I can set up three Reiki tables, and we work in groups of 3-5 people per table.  One person lays on the table, and the others give Reiki to them, usually for about 15 minutes.  With up to four people working at one table, we are all free to start anywhere we feel guided, and work intuitively for the most part.  Stools are provided for anyone needing them for comfort.

There are a few minutes in between turns, when experiences and observations are shared, and we proceed until we’re done.  Everyone gets their turn on the table….even me!

A beautiful “tradition” I first saw at Debra Jones’ energy shares was an opportunity to give Reiki to those who couldn’t attend, or for people or situations that could use some healing.  Debra has a beautiful statue of an upturned hand, where names are placed.  I have a hand-woven little basket, with a Reiki-charged Rose Quartz in it, and attendees are encouraged to put as many names in as they like.  After the sharing is over, we sit together as a group again and send distance healing to everyone and everything in the basket.

I hold Reiki Shares twice a month, one evening the first week of the month, and then a morning share the following week.  If you are at all interested in attending, please join my Meetup Group, “Loving and Living Reiki”.  Once you’ve joined, you will receive email notices of upcoming shares and classes.  By RSVPing, you are helping me to set up the appropriate number of tables, so that we can work comfortably.  As well, if I am expecting you, I can try to wait until you have arrived before starting.  As I said, no experience is necessary!  Come out to learn more about Reiki!

Sometimes new friendships are formed, certainly new insights and understandings are achieved….and we all end up with this fabulous Reiki “high”.  Feelings of love and gratitude, acceptance and belonging, and peace are often the norm.  If that appeals to you, won’t you join us?