WHAT IS A REIKI SHARE AND WHY SHOULD I ATTEND
A Reiki Share (sometimes called a Reiki exchange, reiki circle, or healing share/circle) is a meeting at which everyone has a chance to both receive, and give, Reiki healing with others.
A Reiki Share provides a great opportunity for Reiki Practitioners who may wish to build their confidence in giving treatments. It's a perfect way for or for those who have little or no experience of using Reiki to continue their learning. I highly recommend that Reiki 1st degree/level 1 students regularly attend because its a really good way to gain practice and increase confidence on their pathway to Reiki 2/2nd degree. In fact, Reiki 2 students and practitioners of all levels will find them beneficial because Reiki shares also provide an opportunity for reiki students and practitioners to receive Reiki themselves, plus to meet with likeminded people.
The concept of a Reiki Share is for everyone attending to both give and receive Reiki healing in a supportive and loving environment. There may be 2, 3 or more people to each treatment couch and whilst one person is laying on the couch, everyone else is giving Reiki to them. When that session has finished, someone else will then be treated. This rotation continues until everyone has received a treatment.
I tend to hold Reiki Shares on a monthly basis. Reiki practitioners of all levels and abilities are welcome - you do not need to be experienced and equally, no matter how experienced you are, there's always more to learn! And if you have some Reiki training already, even if not through myself, you are still welcome, I totally appreciate that some teachings from Masters differ, so it's great to bounce ideas and share Reiki and healing information.
So to summarise, come along to a Reiki Share to:
Keep an eye on my events pages for more information regarding dates and locations.
Reiki and anxiety reduction
I know, from working with hundreds of clients, that reiki helps with physical and emotional issues, including anxiety, and as a healing modality it is being recognised more and more by formal medical institutions as a great therapy to complement traditional medicine.
There is a mountain of research, primarily in US hospitals, about the benefits of reiki in a clinical setting.
Hartford Hospital in Connecticut carried out research, under Dr Molly Punzo, MD, into using Reiki to reduce anxiety and pain across a number of departments including Cardiology, Orthopedic, Oncology, and Palliative Care units, as well as in the outpatient Cancer Centre. During the pilot phase, outcome measurements were obtained from patients rating their anxiety and pain pre and post Reiki sessions.
The Quality Management Department analysed the results which showed a statistically significant decrease in anxiety and pain regardless of the specialty area.
The research indicates that Reiki:
This is just one example of where Reiki is beginning to gain acceptance as a meaningful and cost-effective way to improve patient care.
Hospitals are undergoing major changes. They are experiencing a need to reduce costs and at the same time improve patient care. Under the old medical model based on expensive medication and technology this posed an unsolvable dilemma. Not so with Reiki and other complementary modalities.
Reiki is therefore a very good way to improve care while cutting costs and improving patient care.
Its calming, gentle and totally supportive of your healing needs physical, mentally and emotionally. It also works well with combined with other therapies such as massage and hypnotherapy. With no contraindications, it really is a therapy for all.
research into reiki & depression.
Can Reiki help with depression? I certainly believe so because my clients tell me it does.
So, being inquisitive, I started to search out any formal research findings, and came across this interesting study, outlined in brief below.
The following is a summary by Pat Cougar of the research article "Long-Term Effects of Energetic Healing on Symptoms of Psychological Depression and Self-Perceived Stress" by Adina Goldman Shore, PhD. Originally published in the May/June 2004, Vol. 10, No. 3 issue of Alternative Therapies magazine.
Dr. Adina Goldman Shore's article was the result of a one-year study of the effects of Reiki healing on psychological depression and self-reported stress. The study investigated the hypothesis that it is the Reiki energy itself, and not the "hands on" touch, that is the healing factor, and examined the long-term effects of Reiki on depression and stress. Dr. Shore also provides some basic information regarding the uses of Reiki, including it usefulness in psychotherapy.
Forty-five participants with symptoms of depression and stress volunteered for this study. Participant were randomly assigned to one of three groups: Hands-on (touch) Reiki, Distance (non-touch) Reiki, and distance Reiki placebo. Participants were not aware of which group would be receiving placebo Reiki.
Twelve Reiki Masters, and three second degree Reiki practitioners were chosen to conduct the one to one and one-half hour sessions.
Each participant received one treatment weekly for six weeks.
Three tests, designed to measure levels of depression and stress, were administered to each participant before and after the series of six sessions. One year later, the participants retook the three tests.
After testing was completed, the control/placebo group received another six weeks of Reiki treatments, this time with actual Reiki, and the three tests were administered to this group again.
Findings of the study demonstrated that:
There we have it. I always say to clients 5-6 reiki sessions for a shift to be experienced, and this research supports that.
Over the next coming weeks I'm going to be searching out more clinical papers and studies regarding the therapies I provide, its always useful to be able to back up my own thoughts and findings with more formal studies.
In the majority of my discussions with clients after they've had Reiki healing session, we talk about light - seeing the light, focusing on light, sensing light, feeling light, let there be light. I love light!
Amazingly they all experience the light in some form, many feel lighter, many see light in their minds eye throughout the session, this week one client said she saw a light go on as I placed my hands over her solar plexus chakra, what she didn't know until afterwards was that I was visualising placing a light bulb in her solar plexus chakra! How cool is that?!
This is because throughout the Reiki healing treatment I focus on channelling the universal healing energy, which I visualise as a bright bright sparkly light, into you.
Light works to shift shadows, think of shadows as 'blockages', caused trapped emotions, that need release. So by shining light onto a shadow we are overcoming that shadow.
And by talking about the session post treatment, where we may touch upon the root cause of the blockage, we are also bringing it to our conscious awareness, and giving it light, and in turn releasing it, this is why quite often clients may feel tearful yet relieved immediately after their Reiki if discussing the session.
Think of it like a detox, the Reiki light is shifting the shadow, the blockage, and then chatting about it afterwards, you the client are willingly releasing it too.
And by releasing that shadow we have more space left inside of us for, you've guessed it, light!!
My very astute 12 year old asked “mum, as you offer more treatments than Reiki, do you think your business name is limiting you?”
Before I could even answer my very wise 7 year old said “but everything mum does comes with a sprinkling of her Reiki.” And how true this is. He got me thinking about how I am different to other therapists, and about how other holistic therapists are different to me.
When we provide a holistic treatment so someone its a very personal experience. The more people I am lucky to meet, the more understand how personal and unique each holistic appointment is with every individual, and how privileged I am to be able to spend time, share space, exchange energy and emotions, with those who come to me for relaxation and healing.
I have just spent the evening giving an Indian Head Massage to a lovely lady. Whilst I see her regularly through the week, I don't personally know her, we may exchange a glance at each other as we go about our busy days of always having to be somewhere, occasionally maybe a smile as our paths cross and we rush past each other.
She really enjoyed her head massage, being an active and extremely fit lady (both mentally and physically), the therapy almost forced her to slow down and take some time to be gentle.
As she was interested in Reiki and said she was struggling with some muscular issues I suggested we add a little bit in after I had finished her massage and she was agreeable. I naturally include healing in all therapies, I don't know why, it's intuitive, it just flows in with what I do.
The massage was gorgeous. The Reiki was beautiful. She was relaxed and calm and open. I was already in the flow. We didn't just add in a little bit, we went with the flow and I gave what was needed.
Instantly as I placed my hands on her head I felt a deep connection with her emotions, which deepened around her heart chakra, and with my third eye I could see her pain, and with my heart I could feel her sorrow. I knew exactly where her physical pain was, and I could have kept my hands on the spot for a long time, they felt like they were sinking into her.
At the end of the session we chatted about what I had picked up on, we exchanged hugs, and tears, and I know she went home feeling relaxed and cared for, and touched by spirit.
So, that's why I'm called LoveReiki, it's not limiting, it's enabling, because everything I do comes with a sprinkling of magic, of the calm and loving energy force that is Reiki.
I personally believe that everyone’s spiritual awakening starts with a trigger - be it illness, grief, an experience that freaks you out, a person you meet.
For me in was mental illness.
As a child I was acutely aware of energy, I absorbed it, buzzed from it. Through my teens and twenties it subsided as I was consumed by other things.
And then in my very early thirties I went through a dark 10 month+ period of depression where I experienced a mini-breakdown, as I now call it, totally caused by the toxic environment I worked in.
This pattern of emotions had continued in various jobs/ positions I had held, a cycle, reaching a crescendo of a breakdown. I was off work sick for 6 months. I finally, finally, listened to my inner voice. I was good at my job, I earned great money, I got on well with everyone, I loved developing a team and individuals.
But... I was ‘too sensitive’ to the backstabbing and lies and dog eat dog culture.
I recovered because something in me just clicked, about my life purpose, I realised I was in the wrong place doing the wrong things with the wrong people. I didn’t belong there. It was making me ill. And I had the power to change that. I took a brave step and tentatively left the merry go round of working in fast paced high powered very competitive corporate organisations. Financially I was poor, but emotionally I become so enriched.
At that point I began seeing / hearing / feeling / knowing things again. I didn’t know it was spirit, just that it was energy from another place. Then things really took off 13 years ago when my first son was born, that was a huge catalyst for actually working with energy. And there was another massive shift after the birth of my second son on 11/11/11!
We all have a back story. We all have stepping stones along our spiritual pathway. We all have the universe trying to put us in the right place, even if we don't initially pick up on the signs and need a damn big push to move us along.
And the more people we meet through reiki, or through spiritual development groups, the more discussions we have, then you realise that we are all going through similar things, and we all need help from others, including spirit, at some point.
We will be talking more about this kind of stuff at the Psychic School that’s opening soon.
Thanks for reading
You may have heard of the term 'Healing Crisis', or perhaps even experienced one? Even the term sounds slightly scary, surely a holistic therapy, be it Reiki or acupuncture or a massage, shouldn't leave you in a state of crisis?
Well fear not. The Healing Crisis is all part of the natural healing process. Its fairly common to suffer from detoxification reactions when you begin a program of natural healing. This is referred to as a Healing Crisis and basically takes place when the body is expelling toxins, it is a normal process that many will experience on their path to well being. It occurs to the body when it is trying to get rid of toxins faster than it can keep up with.
The Healing Crisis is very natural and unique for each individual. The vast majority experience very mild symptoms while others experience severe issues. The individual should understand that these symptoms are temporary and will subside as the body gets healthier and able to eliminate toxins more effectively. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, night sweats, hot/cold flashes, increased blood pressure, headaches, joint pain, & fatigue. They usually reduce/eliminate within 2-3 days but on rare occasions can last a few weeks. People who are already suffering from major illnesses or are quickly building disease processes may suffer from more extreme reactions. This may explain why someone would have a brief flare-up in their condition. On occasion the crisis will come after the individual feels at their very best.
So even if you feel under the weather after a holistic therapy, you are actually getting better because the longer toxins or remain in the body the worse your health will be.
So after a therapy try to do the following:
A recent news report explains that New York teenagers are over scheduled and overstimulated, leading parents to try out reiki as a possible solution to their offspring’s stress.
Yes, its what we as parents have all known for some time. Kids, especially teenagers, struggle to cope with the overwhelming demands of life.
I have experienced this with my two boys. My youngest is super sensitive to noise, energy and emotions, resulting in phases of wanting to just hide away in a safe place when he becomes over whelmed and anxious. My eldest, whilst not (yet) bothered with social media, likes to socialise via his xbox gaming, resulting in him being underwhelmed with the everyday wonders of life.
With two dogs, I find that a traipse through the woods helps to ground both boys and bring them back into balance. At bed times they both enjoy using lavender & wheat bags for calming and comfort and my littlest has an aromatherapy diffuser which he enjoys using. Crystals feature heavily in their rooms, they love collecting and reading up about their qualities.
I regularly give them reiki healing and other complementary therapies such as face and indian head massages. I find that overall touch therapy works wonders for them, once I can get them on the couch and settled!
I have also provided reiki healing to a number of other children, primarily to help them cope with a variety of fears and emotional issues, the soothing and loving energy of reiki energy really does help them to chill out and find some peace.
If you would like more information about reiki healing for children please get in touch for a chat,
I would like to share a quick story with you, it’s a true story..
There was a man, aged about 40, family man with 3 young busy boys and a hectic job.
One weekend he tripped over his black Labrador. Luckily the dog was OK, he wasn’t. He broke his collarbone and was in agony. Consultant appointments followed, the only solution was for him to take regular doses of strong pain killers. Consultants couldn’t decide what to do for the best, hoping it would heal and an op not be needed. All the while his mobility was impacted thus affecting his capability to do what he needed to do at home and at work.
He mentioned to me that he was totally fed up with it all, which I could totally empathise with. I asked him if I could give him Reiki, half expecting him to say “What? Raki? That Greek drink, pass me the bottle now!”
Instead he said “Right now I will take whatever anyone can give me to help me get through this.”
No questions about what is Reiki, what does it involve etc, just a willingness to give it a try.
All I asked was that he had an open heart and open mind.
So, he sat still and calm for 20 mins as I provided a power Reiki healing session for him. Immediately I could feel heat at what turned out to be the exact point of injury. He in turn said he could feel coolness from my hands at that location too.
On the following Monday he came and thanked me and said that his collarbone had felt much better as a result of the healing, his pain had subsided, the swelling had reduced and his mobility had increased.
He had mentioned it to his wife, a physio, who responded “Of course Reiki helps, we use it all the time at work as a complementary therapy!”
So, a little bit of Reiki helped him a lot, how lovely!
As a pet owner I regularly share Reiki with my family pets; for example i have an anxious pooch who loves Reiki as it calms her her nerves, another of my dogs has been extremely poorly with a life threatening illness and Reiki healing certainly helped her recovery. On occasions, when treating Reiki clients at my home our two pet chickens are 'drawn' to the Reiki energy of the house and come and tap on the windows, the only time they do this is when I am giving Reiki healing, as you can imagine this causes much amusement!
In addition to being a holistic therapist, I am also a pet sitter, and many of my lovely furry friends are in their golden years, so I naturally send Reiki their way to help with health issues. Reiki is not a magical cure and is not an alternative to orthodox veterinary care but it is a natural, calm therapy that promotes the body’s natural process of self-healing and is enjoyed by many animals. On many occasions pet owners will tell me their cats are timid and not friendly, only for their feline family members to come straight over for a stroke and cuddle. Reiki cannot be forced upon an animal - they chose to take it for as long as they like and how they like - think of my hens!
Reiki may be given anywhere at any time – hands-on or hands-off or via distance, both of which work well for nervous animals. One session may be all that is required or a number of sessions may be necessary depending on the animals needs, my poorly pooch received intensive Reiki healing sessions over 3 weeks.
Holistic therapies for animals are gaining in popularity and no doubt soon the Reiki federations and councils will produce guidelines on what to consider when considering Reiki for your pets. In the meantime the first port of call for any animal who you thinks needs help is your vet, and then look for a Reiki therapist who is experienced in handling animals and providing animal Reiki treatments.
Recent reiki healing tasters sessions for new clients have continued to bring about spiritual awakening for recipients.
As per my previous blog post about connecting through energy, those receiving healing quite often experience wonderful physical sensations and visualisations - more often that not mirrored by me too.
Sometimes these sensations encouarge them to gently consider that there is a spiritual dimension guiding and helping them.
Everyone is different, and feels different things during a reiki healing session.
Whilst there are no hard and fast rules as to what these sensations mean, I do believe that there is a theme, and that perhaps it might be useful for you to know how reiki energy can show itself to you:
It has been a busy weekend of reiki healing sessions. Every client is different, unique in their own way, with their own story to tell. And even if I don't know their story, it doesn't matter, as their aura reveals so much and expertly guides reiki energy to where it is most needed.
At the end of every session we generally have a natter about how the treatment was, what they experienced. Some people experience very little and just enjoy an hour of peace.
Others sense much more, and typically we compare notes. Time and time again it amazes me at how similar our experience was, be it seeing similar colours at the same time, feeling the same sensations over certain body areas, experiencing the same changes in temperature, and quite often seeing the same visualisations.
Its simply wonderful to be connected through the channeling of universal energy and the healing power of spirit.
Over the course of this weekend I had the pleasure of introducing reiki healing to 5 lovely ladies, all of whom hadn't received a treatment before.
Some of my clients were more 'spiritually minded' than others in that they believed there to be something 'out there' that could possibly help them.
Two ladies won't mind me saying that they had no idea what reiki was about and were both quite 'closed' in their traditional beliefs regarding healing and spiritualism, however they were willing to give it a try.
Whilst each had their own physcial health worries, there was a common theme between them all - anxiety - typically arising from worrying about their physical wellbeing.
Each had an hour session of reiki in their own homes, the majority seated in chairs due to mobility issues.
I'm pleased to say that every single one of my clients are now reiki believers and all are experiencing a reduction in pain and anxiety and an increase in mobility.
One lovely lady who suffers with arthritis and myalgia commented "I don't know what you were doing but I could feel lots of heat and energy flowing through my body, it was lovely. I now feel very relaxed and calm, less achey and a lot more flexible."
Another client fedback that "My knees and shoulders feel pain free for the first time in a long time."
And I was so pleased to receive this review "After having reiki I felt more relaxed and calm, and slept so well that night. I certainly felt more at ease with my movement too. It was a new experience for this old skeptic but I can happily say it works!."
For a number of years now I have had a guide working with me for readings and in particular for healing (I will need to write a series of blogs about guides!).
I know she is a nurse and possibly a nun. I see her head covered, her downcast yet mesmerizing eyes and in trance meditations she shows me herself working in warzones healing the wounded and especially children - as an aside for some reason I get a lot of children coming through in readings and messages, still amazes me how everything is connected!
My guide (Agna as I call her) always shows herself wearing a medical mask and I have for the past few months asked her if she could show me her face but she hasn’t.
At the recent Spirit Quest event I planned to book a session for a guide drawing but I had left it too late.
I spent my time instead in other workshops - in particular 2 lovely healing sessions, and in the one on the Sunday morning I was talking to those with me about my guide being a nurse and how I wished I could see her whole face.
There was lots of chatter over the weekend between myself and friends about how I so wished I could see her face and how I wished I had used the opportunities at Spirit Qest to get help to do so.
And them boom, on the Sunday evening there was a demonstration of psychic art by Sandy Ingham. In between giving links with drawings to recipients she drew the picture below - a nurse who looks just like my guide! As soon as I saw the downcast eyes and the headress I knew it was her, and the words that Sandy wrote also matched my thoughts exactly.
Nervous of making a fool of myself (I am such a worrier), I waited until the end of the evening to see if anyone 'claimed' the drawing, they didn't, so I took the brave step of approaching the stage and relaying the above story. Sandy kindly handed me the picture.
And now when I am spiritually working I see Agna's full face, simply wonderful.