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)

Manifesting Through Gratitude

Almost ten years ago, I was given a book that was on its way to topping the best seller list.  Featuring several motivators and life coaches, it brought to light “compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.”  My friend told me it would explain how to get anything I wanted in life…  Cool!

The book was, of course, Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret”.

Intrigued, I read the book, but not far into it, I started to feel as if wealth and fame were being put up on a pedestal as the ultimate goals.  Sure, stories of manifesting sports cars, soul mates and dream jobs were quite tempting…  I resonated with the idea of speaking without negatives (as apparently The Universe does not “hear/see” the word “no”, and instead of hearing “I will not be poor”, hears “I will be poor”).  But enough of that.  Needless to say, the concept was interesting, but still left me with a “funny” feeling.

In all fairness, one of the quotes from the book that did resonate me was this:  “Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never ending thoughts that come back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them.”

Now we’re talking!

I was raised with a strong work ethic, and was taught that with hard work and perseverance, I would be able to achieve my goals.  I am certainly grateful for those lessons and have tried to pass on those values to our own children.  But sometimes, no matter how hard I worked, or how badly I wanted something, my goal out of my grasp.  And then came Reiki…

Just for today, I will be grateful.

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One of the five precepts that Sensei Usui  asks us to repeat every day is an instruction to be grateful.  For everything.  It is easy and natural to say “thank you” for a gift or favour.  Most of us can say “thank you” for a compliment (although some people do struggle with that).  But what about saying “thank you” when a bunny hops across the bike path in front of you and makes you smile?  What about those 3 strawberries you find hidden under the foliage when you are hot and sweaty from weeding the garden?  As silly as it may seem, I now say “thank you” for each and every gift that is bestowed upon me.  My heart feels the gratitude…and “magic” starts to happen.

When I am operating out of a place of gratitude, more and more wonderful things seem to happen.  Serendipity? Perhaps, but I still chuckle with delight when I see circumstances unfolding in a good way.

Another important thing that Reiki has taught me is that if we ask for it, the Universe will provide us what is needed for our higher good.  This may not be the goal we had in mind.  Maybe we need to stay at the job we’re at because an upcoming opportunity to learn something new will present itself, or the manager we don’t like is going to get fired anyhow, lol.  Trusting that we will receive what is best of us is a huge leap of faith, I agree, but I’ve decided to give it a go.

And as to getting anything I want in life?  I think I’m realizing that getting what I need is going to be better for me in the long run!

(As always, I look forward to hearing your comments!)

Looking After Ourselves

Recently, a friend of mine asked me to write a blog about self-care and some tips about maximizing our Reiki potential.

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Mikao Usui, founder of Reiki

First of all, I do not profess to be a faultless practitioner, lol!  But I try, on a daily basis, to do my best.  And it all starts with the five Reiki precepts.  I find that when I do even a quick grounding meditation in the morning and repeat these precepts, it sets the tone for my day.  By reminding myself to not anger, not worry, to be grateful, do my best, and to be kind, I am pre-programming my day and reinforcing these values in my heart.

Secondly, while I am in my treatment room (where I like to do this practice), I will give myself some Reiki.  Sometimes, it is a quick CKR over each of my chakras.  Other times, I will place my hands over my heart, open up to the beautiful Reiki energy and allow it to fill me up.  Pamela Miles often says that it doesn’t matter for how long you give yourself Reiki.  It is more important that you do, on a daily basis.  (If my day is off to a busy start, I may not have a chance for self-Reiki, so I will wait until bedtime and give myself some Reiki before going to sleep.)

Practise, practise, practise!

As with many things we learn to do in life, practice can be very helpful in strengthening our Reiki flow.  Because Reiki courses through us as we give treatments, the very act of giving Reiki to others benefits us as well, by unblocking our own energy systems.  Better yet, when we receive full Reiki treatments from others, it ensures that we are at our peak condition to be conduits for others.  I offer all of my students a discount rate for Reiki sessions, to encourage them to come often.

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I host 2 shares monthly, and attend my Reiki teacher’s shares, too.  Not only do I receive Reiki, but a share is often an opportunity to discuss any questions or experiences we may have with others. The shares are open to everyone, whether or not they have studied Reiki with me, or even if they have not yet been attuned to Reiki, but would like to learn more about it.  I also advise my students to make arrangements with each other to share Reiki with each other, either in person, or to practise their distance technique.

Mikao Usui was not looking for a healing modality when he discovered Reiki.  He was on a spiritual journey, and we should often remember this fact about the origins of Reiki.  It is so much more than a healing technique.  It is a way of living, in touch with the Divine within each of us, and connects us to the Source that nourishes us all.  If we remind ourselves of this, it will be easier to leave our egos out of the way, and to just allow this beautiful energy to flow and enrich our mind, body and spirit.

Reiki, An All Purpose Aid

Reiki is such an incredible gift.  All the more reason to wonder why it isn’t used more often in our daily lives.  I guess it’s because it is primarily thought of as a healing practice for our bodies, to help promote healing during illness or after injuries.  In that respect, it can be very powerful in its ability to boost our immune systems, and to help remove any blocks that may be impeding our body’s natural healing process.

But what about using Reiki for “situations”?  I recently accompanied my father to the hospital for some stress tests.  I used Reiki to ensure safe travelling to the city, and a timely arrival.  I used Reiki to help my father be at ease while waiting for his tests.  And finally, while he was undergoing one of the tests, I was in the room with him and sent Reiki to him while he was on a treadmill.  I sat with my palms near my lap, but directed at my father.  The technician saw this, but made no comment.  (Had she asked, I would have explained what I was doing.)  Dad performed the test easily, even though he had been worried about how he would do earlier.  I had asked for Reiki to be sent for my father’s highest good, that it would be of maximum benefit for him.  This did not mean that the tests would not show any problems, just that whatever was best for my father would be evident.  In this case, ruling out any heart conditions meant that we could explore other possibilities for his health concerns.

Reiki flows through everything.  It flows through us, through animals and plants, through the ground and air that surround us.  In the vegetable garden this afternoon, I saw that some of my cucumber plants did not look healthy, with some unusual spots on the leaves.  So, of course, I sent Reiki to them.  In fact, I then sent Reiki to the whole garden!  Another great example is when, earlier in the spring, I had planted some blackberry canes that were not in the best shape.  As I planted them in compost rich soil, I used Reiki on them.  I added Reiki energy to the water that was poured into the holes, and for over a week, gave them a blast of Reiki whenever I went to the garden.  I should have taken “before” and “after” pictures!  From dried up canes, with only a few live shoots, the four groups of canes I planted have thrived, bloomed, and are now setting fruit!  Give it a try, you may be surprised at the results when your seeds and plants – and even water – receive a Reiki boost.

Self-Reiki-BadgeThe last example of day-to-day Reiki is the most valuable one, self-care.  I give myself Reiki every day.  Sometimes, I start my day with it.  Other times, I end my day with it.  Regardless of when, or for how long, the most important thing is that I do it every day.  When I start my day with Reiki, I feel grounded and eager to interact with the world.  I repeat the Reiki precepts and allow myself to be cleared and ready to face the day.  When I end my day with it, it helps ease any body aches, and soothes my mind for a peaceful sleep.   Once in a while, if a friend or student talks about something they are going through, I ask them if they have remembered to give themselves Reiki.  Many times, they have forgotten.  That’s why making it a daily practice helps form a wonderful Reiki habit.  It should be as natural as remembering to breathe…

I leave you with the 5 Reiki precepts:

“Just for today:

I will not anger.

I will not worry.

I will be grateful.

I will do my work honestly and diligently.

I will be kind to every living thing.”

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?

Supporting Our Voice (or Throat Chakra)

Speaking our truth, having a voice, and using it to communicate freely are very important to our well being.  Our throat is where our 5th chakra is found, although this chakra also affects our neck, thyroid, and parathyroid glands, jaw, mouth, and tongue.  A simple description of the chakra system would be a system of wheels of energy, spinning vibrantly with “Prana” or life force energy.  This system of 7 basic chakras, when functioning optimally, keeps us healthy and vital.  A weak chakra point can manifest itself in our emotional, spiritual or physical levels….or all three.

When clear and strong, our voice (ie. throat chakra) enables us to express ourselves honestly and to speak our highest truth.  Many times, we find ourselves withholding such expression, and that can happen for various reasons.

Fear is often the #1 reason.  We fear that our words may be rejected, we fear that we may be ridiculed or misunderstood.  We fear that others may judge us because of what we say.  And so, we keep these words and thoughts to ourselves, and suppress our voice.  My first awareness of the throat and communication came when our son was young and came down with a very sore throat, on the day that he was to do a presentation that he was worried about at school.  Thanks to Louise Hay’s wonderful book, “You Can Heal Your Life”, I discovered that a sore throat could indicate “feeling unable to express the self”.  Some lozenges and a pep talk helped, and it vanished quickly the next day.

Sometimes, we don’t speak our truth out of kindness.  As I wrote in a previous blog, kindness is essential, so what we need to do is find a way to voice ourselves in a kind way.  If we withhold our words because we are worried about hurting someone’s feelings, it can be hurtful to us, too. We may often assume that our words will be received poorly, but if we present them in a loving way, without aggression or judgement, we can benefit both parties.

So what can we do when we find ourselves blocked?  How do we support this chakra and our ability to speak clearly and honestly?

Fortunately, there are many ways.  As a Reiki practitioner, I will place my hand over my throat and give myself Reiki, with the focus that the energy will help unblock this area.

Each chakra has a colour associated with it, and for the 5th chakra, that colour is blue.  You can close your eyes and visualize (or meditate longer) that your throat is enveloped in beautiful, supportive blue light.  Wearing blue around the throat (as in a scarf, or tie for the gents) is another suggestion.

Beautiful Lapis Lazuli from the Rock Shop
Beautiful Lapis Lazuli from the Rock Shop

There are crystals that help support our throat chakra and, when worn as a necklace, can give us extra help.  As well, you can hold them and meditate with them.  Lapis lazuli, blue kyanite, aquamarine and blue sodalite are all fabulous for that.  My friend, Charles Brand, has a great selection of crystals and gemstones, and I love placing a lapis palm stone over my throat when I need help there.  For more information, you can check out his website.  If requested, I also use crystals during Reiki sessions, to enhance the healing session.

And last, but not least, we can use essential oils to balance this area.  I love using a doTERRA blend called “Whisper”, which contains patchouli, bergamot, sandalwood, cinnamon, ylang ylang, among other oils.  At a Chakra Balancing course I took recently, I learned that one drop on the throat will support our ability to express our feelings and speak one’s truth, by calming the mind and allowing us to discern our emotions and find a way to express our heart’s will.

So there you have it.  I think it is very helpful to do an assessment of sorts on ourselves every once in a while.  Take some time to learn more about the chakra system and how they affect us, and this awareness may help you find strengths in all your chakras.  Awareness is the first step to getting better.

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.”
– Spencer Johnson

The Reiki Treatment “Experience”

So you’ve never had a Reiki session, and you’re curious…..

Whenever I tell people I am a Reiki practitioner, they often say, “cool!” or “wow” or “that’s great!”.  It is often followed by, “What’s Reiki?”  I have a fuller explanation on my website, but for now, let’s just say that I channel the universal energy that flows through everything and everyone (similar to The Force in Star Wars! ), and allow it to flow through me into my client.  This beautiful omniscient energy helps balance your energy, removing any blockages, so that you can start your healing process.  I am not healing anything.  You are.

A Reiki session typically starts with a chat, so that I can answer any questions you may have about the treatment, and explain what I will be doing.  I will have you fill out an intake form, which summarizes that I will not be replacing any medical care, that the Reiki session will complement any other modalities you are receiving, and that it may help by promoting a state of rest and relaxation.  Removing stress is one of the first steps to promoting your own body’s immune system to “do it’s thing”.

Then you will lay down, fully clothed on my Reiki table.  For the record, Reiki can be given any time, anywhere.  I have given a relative Reiki while on a crowded TTC subway, in fact.  By being in a relaxing setting for your treatment, however, you are more likely to be at ease and to enjoy your treatment more.  I will provide any supports, cushions or cozy blankets to ensure that you are comfortable, as you will be on the table for approximately one hour.  For those who cannot lay down, a comfortable chair will work equally well.

And then the session begins.

You will be laying (or sitting) with your eyes closed, and as you become more and more relaxed as the session goes on, you may even drift off to sleep.  That’s okay.  Actually, it is wonderful for me to see, because it means that the healing process has started, as any stress (physical or mental) leaves your body.

I allow the energy to flow through my hands and – with your permission – will lay my hands in various positions on your body.  For any “private” areas or painful areas, I will hold my hands about six inches above your body.  I usually start working at your head, making my way down your torso to your feet, and will then work anywhere else I am guided to, intuitively.  Sometimes I will stay in one position for a long time, if I feel the energy is really flowing and needed there.  Other times, I progress quite quickly.

Throughout the session, people have reported various experiences:  some “see” colours, some experience muscle twitching, many say they feel heat coming from my hands.  Some people merely experience a very relaxing “zoning out”.  Every session is different, even with the same people.  The Reiki energy goes to where it’s needed most, and on different days, that may be a different place.

When the session is over, I will instruct you to drink lots of water, as your body has been through a form of detoxification, and the water will help flush your system.  You will more than likely have a “Reiki high”, as we fondly call it – a beautiful sensation of having been pampered and de-stressed.

For simple relaxation, a single session can be a great treat to yourself, one you can enjoy whenever you need to calm your mind and spirit.  For more chronic pains or conditions, we can set up a few sessions to help gradually, as your body’s immune system becomes cleared and your healing can begin.

If you’re curiosity has been piqued, and you would like to try a session, I would be more than happy to set up an appointment for you.  For  more information about my rates and booking, please see my website.

I look forward to being of service to you!

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“Waiting for you…”

My Favourite Reiki Precept

Of the five Reiki precepts, the one that stirs my heart every day is “Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.”  What comes to mind when you read this?  Does it mean holding a door open for someone?  Paying an unsolicited compliment?  These are certainly both acts of kindness, but it can be so much more.

Most of us are quite capable of finding nice things to say about someone’s appearance, or something that they have achieved.  How wonderful is it when we have taken extra time to style our hair, or to put together a great fashion combo, and someone notices?  That “You look great today!” compliment you receive will probably put a smile on your face, and a warm glow somewhere inside.  For a few hours, our self-esteem has risen, we are vibrating at a slightly higher frequency, and the sun seems to shine a bit brighter.  Our whole outlook on our day may even improve. All because of four words spoken from the heart.

This kind of kindness is something that many of us can – and do – practise daily.  But what about the type of kindness that comes with a bit more work, and perhaps a bit of (perceived) sacrifice?  The kindness that comes from compassion and empathy and unconditional love for all?

“Kindness” – n. goodness, favour, act of assistance, service, help, aid

Many times in our daily interactions with others, we are caught responding with our ego, rather than our heart.  Our need to be right or to have the last word sometimes overcomes our compassion.  An awareness of this behaviour is the first step to modifying it. I try to catch myself before I respond.  Better yet, I pay attention to the situation, to see what is truly happening and being said, without jumping to a response.  Am I  considering the entire situation?

For example, many years ago, there was a person I sometimes found myself “at odds” with and I often became engaged in yet another unpleasant sparring match.  I realized there was more going on with them than just a desire to spar verbally.   Almost every time we ran into trouble, it was because they were either not feeling well (in pain, even) or had been upset with someone else.   This realization only happened when I dropped my ego, and was present and acting with compassion.  Once I figured out why they were being unkind,  I didn’t take anything personally, and could find it very easy to be kind and not respond harshly.   Sometimes the best thing to say was nothing at all…. The situation dissipated quickly every time.

When we live a life of service to others, it doesn’t mean we are giving anything up.  On the contrary, we are embracing and receiving so much more.  We are not inviting ourselves to be used as doormats and to be taken advantage of, either.  Rather, we are setting a standard for how we expect to be treated.  And when this becomes the norm, when others see it as a permanent character trait, things shift.  When we live kindly, people notice.  After a while, they start living kindly, too.  We can all take an active role in creating a better, kinder world.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”. ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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Welcome!

Caring about and for others has always been a big part of me.  As a young teenager, when my peers were deciding whether they would become a doctor or teacher, or continue on their family farm, no career choice jumped out as “the one” for me.  All I knew was that I wanted to be of service to others, that I had much love and compassion to share, and that I would somehow find a way for that to happen.

Here I am, some 40 years later, a Reiki practitioner. I am also a farmer, a mother and wife, a gardener, a blogger, an artist, a teacher, a student, a leader and a follower.  The more I learn, the more I discover how little I know, but my understanding grows.

With this blog, I hope to share with you some of the insights I have discovered on this interesting journey.  Much of it will be about Reiki teachings and experiences.  However, just as music can be enjoyed more fully when an orchestra joins the piano, there are many other modalities and practices that I have incorporated into my Reiki way of life.  I sometimes use doTERRA © essential oils, crystals, and music, to name a few.  But Reiki is at the heart of it.  Tapping in to the beautiful, divine energy that comes from a Source that can never be diminished or emptied, inviting it to heal me and to share that healing potential with others, so that they can heal themselves, is what nourishes me.  It fills me, connects me to the Divine Spirit, and makes my heart soar.

I am so happy that you are here, too.  I invite you to visit my website to learn more about my practice.

Namaste,

Julie

One of my favourite spots, Algonquin Park.
One of my favourite spots, Algonquin Park.