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Herald Citizen Cookeville Tennessee ~Healing with Body Energy
ARTICLES BETH WROTE FOR THE 'REIKI NEWS'
Reiki Assists Cancer Recovery
Healing for the Highest Good
The Reiki counselor
Reiki and Pregnancy
Why is an Attunement to Reiki Necessary
Reiki Compliments Traditional Medicine
Dr. Usui 3 Pillars of Reiki
Lesson Plans Reiki I Class
Lesson Plans Reiki II Class
Healing with body energy
Cookeville, TN 38501
With soothing music playing in the background, Beth Stapor cups her hands slightly above her daughter's face and concentrates silently.
She is doing Reiki (pronounced ray-kee), which, when translated literally means: rei spiritually, or universally, guided; ki life force energy.
"Like the North and South Poles that have energy flowing between them, it is the same with our bodies," Stapor, 48, explains. "Energy systems flow around us and when that energy is depleted, that's when we become out of balance, or off-center."
Our energy can be depleted for a number of reasons loss of a job or divorce, injuries sustained in a car accident, cancer, or even the anxiety caused from moving to a new city, Stapor says.
And with Reiki, the technique of tapping into the universal energy that surrounds us all, that depleted energy can be restored to bring relief from emotional stress and even relief from physical pain, she states.
"Reiki can bring balance and energy it's a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that allows everyone to tap into an unlimited supply of 'life force energy' to improve health and enhance the quality of life," she adds.
But, she stresses, Reiki is only a complement to medical care it is not an alternative.
"I never recommend anyone give up medical treatment, but Reiki can assist it."
But, what is Reiki really?
Hard to define simply, it is using the God-consciousness called Rei that guides the life force called Ki, she said.
Ki is the same as the Chi in Chinese and is used by martial artists in their physical training and mental development; it is also used in meditative breathing exercises and is the nonphysical energy used by all healers. Ki is present all around us and can be accumulated and guided by the mind, Stapor says.
Those who practice Reiki have the option of either touching the person or not Reiki is not the same as a massage, but is more of a gentle touch on certain parts of the body that affect certain systems, such as circulatory and respiratory systems.
You've heard of your aura that energy field around you that projects the emotional state and being you are in? Think of Reiki as a massage of that aura using the positive energy of the world it can knock out any kinks and knots in your own energy and bring peace to your body and mind.
Stapor herself learned about Reiki through a healing in 1994 after becoming seriously ill.
For seven months, she said, she went through a variety of medical tests but still suffered from depression, fatigue and impaired vision.
"Nobody could figure out what was wrong with me. I was tested for lupus, lyme's disease, multiple sclerosis and the doctors couldn't determine why I was so ill."
During a visit to her chiropractor, she found a book on Reiki, read it, and decided to try it.
"I could feel my energy shifting and it was so powerful it broke my watch," she says of that first Reiki session. "And within a period of 24 hours I went practically from dying to total wellness. If the experience hadn't been that drastic, I probably wouldn't have believed it and also realized that some emotional stuff going on in my life was causing my illness."
A certified counselor and licensed professional counselor in Tennessee, Stapor worked as a counselor at Tennessee Tech University for six years and has also worked as an alcohol and drug counselor as well as an art teacher and preschool teacher.
But her love for Reiki has put her on another career path. Through studies and workshops and training, she is now a Reiki Master and has an office in downtown Cookeville on Broad St. just north of, and across the street from, the Courthouse, where she combines counseling with Reiki.
The ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but rather is transferred to the student by the Reiki Master. Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and, therefore, is available to everyone, she explains.
"A Reiki 'master' is really just a teacher," she says. "People often think healing equals a cure, but it could also be relief from, say, difficulty in a relationship or even backaches and headaches caused by stress."
Stapor charges $30 for an hour session, or four sessions for $100, and also teaches and holds a Reiki healing group at her office on the third Tuesday of every month.
This is not a "New Age" practice, Stapor says Reiki has been around for hundreds of years and she believes that as people more and more look to be responsible for themselves and their own health, they are seeking ways for self-healing.
Reiki is not a religion, she also stresses, but it does abide by the belief that we as living beings are a mind-body-spirit unity and that it is necessary to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others, Stapor says.
How you think and feel affects your physical well-being, and vice-versa the mind and the body and the spirit are all connected and must all be cared for, she says.
And which brings up the most important aspect of Reiki you must be open to it or it will not work.
"Skeptics are a road block. You have to want to heal. I'm just here for the energy to flow through me into whomever is open to it."
Published Wednesday, August 26, 1998 12:11 PM CDT
Reiki Assists Cancer Recovery
During the past several months I have had the privilege to work with three remarkable people. Each of these people has been presented with one of life’s most feared diseases, cancer. They are indeed an inspiration in how they have faced the challenge. I have asked them to write in their own words their journey through cancer recovery and the part they felt that Reiki energy has played in their progress.
I first met David in November of 1998. He had had a cancerous tumor removed from his neck and was beginning radiation treatment. Here is his story:
"At age 69, I relocated to Cookeville, Tennessee from Wisconsin. In August of 1998, I was recently divorced, had sold my home, and had moved to Tennessee. In September, I started having a stiff neck, it became progressively worse causing the muscle to bulge out. I went to a Chiropractor who told me he thought I had a tumor and referred me to my medical doctor, who in turn referred me to a surgeon. I was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph glands of my neck. I went through 2 surgeries having a radical neck reduction. I was then prescribed 30 radiation treatments for my face and neck. During this period of time I became acquainted with Beth Stapor. She gave me Reiki treatments. The people at the radiation center were so amazed at my attitude and how will I was surviving and enduring the radiation treatments. During December, Beth had to leave town for 2 weeks. During her absence I did not receive any Reiki treatments and I went to ground zero. The pain was excruciating to the point I could no longer function and I had to stop receiving the radiation treatments. As soon as Beth returned, she began extensive Reiki treatments on me. During the first week I returned to my old self, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. During this period of time I realized the wonderful blessings and gift that Beth was able to give me through Reiki. I completed the 30 radiation treatments and began a course of heavy-duty chemotherapy. The Oncologist was very surprised at my blood counts during chemotherapy, as they stayed so high and consistent. I feel what has been taking place in my life has been a joy to me even with all the pain. I’m more spiritually aware and more grateful of my surroundings than ever before. I feel in a great part I owe this to the Reiki treatments received from Beth."
The second person I worked with was Elizabeth McDonald, who has been a friend for over 10 years. Here is her story:
"Prior to January of this year, I held a public relations position and was a part-time law student. In January, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had two surgeries. In February, I had another surgery and began six months of chemotherapy. During that time, I also participated in Reiki sessions with Beth Stapor once a week. For three and a half months, I continued my law school classes, walked five days a week, and saw Beth once a week. My blood counts were so stable that the nurse who administered the chemotherapy commented on several occasions that my blood counts were higher than hers were. Except for the one week that followed each chemotherapy treatment, my energy level remained high. Sometime around the fourth month of chemotherapy, Beth was out of town for three weeks. During that time, my red blood cell count dropped and my energy level dropped considerably. It took three epogen shots and almost two months for my energy level to recover. I just had my last chemotherapy treatment. I continue to see Beth and expect to be able to return to my normal activities by the time school starts on August 28, 1999. During this past seven months, I have spent time praying and know that many people have prayed for me. I have also had the love and support of my family and friends. While I do not have any hard date about Reiki, I know that I looked forward to my sessions with Beth and my body responded positively to the Reiki sessions. I have been told that low
blood counts are expected during chemotherapy and I think it is notable that my blood counts remained strong until I missed three weeks of my Reiki sessions with Beth. I feel blessed to have received love and care from Beth, not only though the Reiki energy, but also from her friendship."
The third person I have been working with is Earl Hutchinson. Earl’s wife is a close friend of mine and a student of Reiki. When he was going in for his surgery I offered to come and give him Reiki before and after surgery. That was February 9th, 1999. Here is his story:
"My six month bout with prostate cancer brought me my first experience with Reiki. Although important factors in the successful treatment of this cancer were my excellent health and the ever present health care and love of my wife, Olivia, I cannot discount the importance of the Reiki treatment of Reiki Master Beth Simmons Stapor. Beth pledged Reiki treatments after every surgery (5 total) and at least once a week during the recovery period. So far that is almost 50 one-hour treatments. With the removal of the prostate, the colon was nicked and the surgery lengthened to four and one half-hours. Beth greeted my awakening with Reiki and a soothing presence. I experienced no nausea or vomiting from the general anesthesia administered (a reaction expected by the doctors) and no itching or other reaction usually accompanying the spinal epidural block. Although morphine was on hand for pain if I felt it necessary, I never felt so uncomfortable that I switched it on. My fear of the pain that would accompany coughing never materialized. This, despite the fact that I had 33 clamps in the incision which extended from the naval to the pelvic bone. The doctors and nurses in attendance were amazed at my lack of the usual symptoms accompanying this serious surgical operation. My temperature and vital signs stayed normal. What made this operation even more incredible for the medical doctors and nurses was that I am 72 years old.
With the removal of the catheter on July 9th, I expected a period of incontinence, which is experienced by an overwhelming majority of prostate cancer patients. This can go on for several weeks to forever. With the exception of a couple of times in the first week, I have had no incontinence, almost unheard of in my situation. I have completed my final surgery, which had returned me to the shape I was in prior to February, minus the cancer. I am certain that my healthy lifestyle, and the care of my wife were major factors in carrying through this six month ordeal, but the importance of Reiki, I believe cannot be underestimated. It played an important role in helping to maintain my vital signs, eliminate pain, nausea and vomiting, keeping incontinence from occurring, and finally battling the inevitable depression that accompanies such a roller-coaster ride through this illness.
As you can see, these are remarkable people. It has been a blessing to have the opportunity to work with each of them and to see how Reiki has complemented traditional medicine for healing in their lives.
Healing for the Highest Good
It was just about 17 months ago when I first met Chuck. I had learned that he had recently received a diagnosis of terminal cancer with about 6 months to live. When I approached Chuck to volunteer to give him Reiki treatments I saw a vital man with sparkling eyes and a wonderful smile. He was an inspiration to me from the beginning. We discussed his situation and what to expect from a Reiki treatment. A former client of mine was standing by. David told Chuck the difference he felt that the Reiki treatments had made in lessening the side effects of his chemotherapy. Chuck decided to give Reiki a try. I later learned from his wife that he came to the first several treatments with much skepticism.
Over the course of time, Chuck became a definite believer of Reiki to the point of driving 30 minutes from his house to my office on days when I wondered if he could even put one foot in front of the other as he walked into my office. I wish I could say that this was a story about a miracle healing. It is not. Chuck transitioned into the hands of Spirit two months ago.
This is however a story of miracles. When I teach my Reiki classes I talk to my students about Reiki being a technique of natural healing. I then tell them that healing is often looked at as a cure, a return to wellness when sometimes the ultimate healing is death. The miracles that surround this story concern Chuck and the healing that occurred within his family. Estrangements between many generations for many often long forgotten reasons were put aside. Fathers and sons once again able to visit each other. New relationships formed and treasured.
Chuck has always been a man who did things for himself. When I first got to know him he was in the process of building his retirement home. It was a struggle for him to realize that concessions had to be made to allow his body to have the strength to fight his disease. Reiki energy was sent to this during his sessions and he became a somewhat unwilling participant in the process. This is something else that I really stress to the clients I work with that are going through a major illness. It is best to look at their illness as a process. Each day for them to look at what has to be done to continue on the journey one step at a time.
I looked forward to Wednesdays at 10:45 AM the appointed time for Chucks Reiki session each week. His sessions were not only time for me to do Reiki, but a time for us to talk about his week and his feelings. Often after he left I would sit for a few minutes in awe of his strength, his love for his family, and his determination to fight his illness to his last breath. He tried a variety of therapies. Several times it looked as if the end was near, then yet again another small miracle of healing that gave him more time. Both Chuck and I could feel changes in his body as the Reiki began to flow. Swelling in his abdomen was reduced, pain was relieved, and there were shifts and changes to the growing tumor in his liver. His last treatment in my office was just a month before he transitioned. I remember visiting him in the hospital after that and he told me he thought he was out of miracles, but commented on what a good battle he had fought.
Time came for his move from the hospital to home and hospice took over. Chuck had beaten the odds; his six months diagnosis flowed into eighteen months. I was phoned within 15 minutes of his transition. I took the drive up to his house to see him one last time. On the way up to his house, many images of Chuck flashed through my mind. In most of these mini-shots I saw his sparkling eyes and wonderful smile. Imagine my awe as I walked into say my final good-byes to see even in death his face with a smile. I looked over at the priest who had come to say some last words over him and commented, “whatever he saw, I want to see someday, look at his face”. Healing for the highest good.
Reiki was a very important part of Chuck’s journey. The energy helped him on a physical level to relieve pain, to reduce the swelling in his abdomen, to reduce the size of the tumor in his liver. The Reiki treatments gave him needed energy to fight the disease. On an emotional level I believe the Reiki helped him reach out to mend bridges and set things straight with family members. Reiki helped him accept the restrictions of his illness and to let go of his old ways of doing things and to learn to ask for and accept help from others. His perception of how things should be done eased up. He began to take the naps he needed and to work a little and rest a little. Spiritually, Chuck grew by leaps and bounds. I saw over the course of our time together his growing faith. We had many discussions about life and death. I told him that he was going to make one great angel, and he smiled!
The Reiki Counselor
As Reiki becomes known in the mainstream of health care, more and more professionals are combining Reiki training with their academic backgrounds for better care of their clients. Reiki is being seen more and more as a complement to "traditional" forms of health care. I am known in the academic/counseling arena as Dr. Beth Stapor. I am a psychologist (Ph.D.), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). My vocation and passion is Reiki. I have been working as a Reiki Practitioner for over 5 years, teaching as a Reiki Master for over 3 years, and am a Senior Licensed Teacher with the International Center for Reiki Training.
Over the past year, I have had more and more students taking my classes whose backgrounds are in the counseling profession. I have found that combining Reiki with counseling or counseling with Reiki has very positive results. From the perspective of a counselor, Reiki helps me by providing a counseling office that welcomes the client with positive energy. My training in Reiki makes me more attuned to the client’s problem areas. I know that each chakra system focuses on certain key issues that can help a client heal. I teach in my Reiki class simple key words for each chakra that guide a client to go within himself or herself and tune into what they need to know for their healing. The key words are:
Root Chakra: survival and grounding; Sacral Chakra: sexuality issues and creativity; Solar Plexus: ego, self-esteem, and personal power (coming from the strength within yourself to say I will or I choose this for me); Heart: feelings and emotions; Throat: communication, being able to say what you need to say; Brow: intuition and perception (how do you look at the different situations in your life); Crown Chakra: spirituality, your connection to your higher power. I am observant of the client’s body language, which can give clues to chakras that are out of balance. For example, the client who has their arms crossed in front of their stomach might indicate the need to protect themselves from life or the client who coughs, or clears their throat a lot might indicate there is something that is choking them in their life or something they are not saying.
My intuitive self, that has developed as a result of my Reiki training, often helps me pick up on the underlying causes of client problem areas or often questions spontaneously come to me to ask the client that facilitate their bringing to mind information they need for their healing. I find that I am more nurturing, less judgmental, and more empowering of my clients than I was as a non-reiki trained counselor.
From the perspective of a Reiki Practitioner, the counseling background is a real asset. It is not ethical for a Reiki Practitioner to diagnose medical conditions or to provide counseling to a client unless they are licensed to do so in their state of residence. When a client is involved in emotional healing during a session the Reiki Practitioner can provide a safe place for the feelings and emotions to come forward. They can use the simple key words for each chakra to ask the client questions for their inner knowing. Sample questions for each chakra might be: Root: Is there some place in your life where you are struggling with survival such as your job or relationship? Is there something in your life that is blocking you from moving forward? Sacral: Is something blocking your creativity? Are there areas in your life where you are having problems with sexual issues? Solar Plexus: Are there areas in your life where you feel that you have a low self-esteem? Do you have trouble standing up for yourself? Heart: Looking at love of self and others, what feelings or emotions are blocking your healing. Throat: Is there something that you need to be saying that you are unable to say? Are you having difficulty trusting in your life?
Brow: Could there be another way of looking your situation? Crown: How connected do you feel to your spiritual source and the universe?
It is important to remember that unless you are licensed as a counselor, you can be a tour guide by asking questions, but you should always refer to a professional if you think your client needs psychological counseling. If you are a trained counseling professional, it can be a real blessing to your clients. As you do Reiki on them and they bring up issues, emotions, and feelings, you are able to use your counseling training to assist them as you would in a personal counseling session with the gift of the Reiki energy helping them to heal.
My clients benefit from my training both as a counselor and as a Reiki Practitioner. I know that I am much more in tune with my client’s needs as a Reiki Practitioner. There is hardly a Reiki session that I am involved in that does not in some way include using my counseling training. When I have a client in my office specifically for personal counseling, I know that my training as a Reiki Professional provides a nurturing place of unconditional acceptance which facilitates their progress to dealing with the issues they came into counseling to heal.
It is my hope that more and more counselors, psychologists, and social workers will have Reiki training. There is not a week that goes by that I am not amazed at how clients are able to heal through the combination of Reiki and Counseling.
Reiki and Pregnancy
Just a short while ago I had a client ask me if I knew of any instances where Reiki had helped infertility. I answered as a matter of fact I do know of one case. I had a student in my class last March who had undergone treatment for infertility taking medications without positive results. She had pretty much given up on the idea of having a child. During her Reiki I and II weekend she remarked to the other’s in the class that she had felt something "pop" in her lower abdomen. Approximately 6 weeks after the class I received an email from her that she had become pregnant after she returned from her Reiki Training weekend. She delivered a healthy baby last November.
In another situation I had a client who was four months pregnant when she decided to take a Reiki I workshop. During her attunement, Tonya experienced the baby responding to the energy flow. As her pregnancy progressed she gave "Noah" reiki treatments. After his birth he was nicknamed the "Reiki Baby", as he was so relaxed and contented. Tonya says that on many occasions it appears that Noah reaches out to exchange Reiki energy with her and others. She has also used Reiki to help him through teething, childhood falls, and illnesses.
Another Reiki client of mine heard about the positive benefits of having a "Reiki Baby" and decided to take a Reiki I and II workshop after she found out she was pregnant. The week of the class, Victoria was told that she was carrying twins. After becoming a Reiki Practitioner, Victoria gave her "boys" a Reiki treatment every day. She was able to carry the twins almost to full term and reports that they are easy to care for, whenever they are fussy she gives them Reiki and they calm down.
I had a student this past summer question me about a statement she had read in a book on Reiki which said that Reiki should never be given to a women late in her pregnancy. She asked for my reaction to the statement. I told her I expected it came from the thought that the Reiki energy might cause labor to prematurely start. I did not believe that to be true because I knew from my private practice and from my students that Reiki had only benefited them during their pregnancy. I also believe very strongly that "Reiki can never cause harm" and is appropriate for all situations, therefore can be used at any point in the pregnancy for the highest good.
There is a differing opinion among Reiki Masters regarding the unborn baby receiving an attunement to the Reiki energy. Some feel that as the mother is being attuned the baby is also being attuned to Reiki. Others disagree, saying that the baby is in no way part of the attunement process. I personally feel that since the baby is part of the mothers energy system during the attunement process he/she receives the benefit of the attunement. There is a connection or bond between the baby and Reiki. Does this mean that the baby is a Reiki Practitioner, only spirit knows the answer to that question? I do know that "Reiki Babies" seem to respond to the world around them differently than other babies.
I realize that there is no controlled scientific study in these cases, however there is certainly evidence that the use of Reiki before, during, and after pregnancy has positive results both for the mother and baby. My daughter, Wayles (who is a Reiki Master), and I have talked about her future pregnancies. There is no question, she will be receiving a Reiki attunement during her pregnancy and will use the Reiki daily during pregnancy for the health and contentment of her baby and herself.
Why is an Attunement to Reiki Energy Necessary?
Over the years I have been a Reiki teacher, I have often been asked the question: “Why do I need an attunement to healing energy?”, or “If this is universal life energy that is available to all, why do I need to come to a Reiki class and receive a special attunement?” I look at the process of receiving an attunement to be initiated into Reiki energy. I would like to discuss the process of receiving an initiation.
I have looked up the term “initiation” in the “Oxford English Dictionary”. Initiation is described as “the action of beginning, entering upon, or starting something.” It is also defined as “formal introduction by preliminary instruction or initial ceremony into some position, office, or society, or knowledge of or participation in some principles or observances – hence – admission to the knowledge of instruction in the elements of any subject or practice.”
Amazing how accurately this definition describes my perception. I am sure that there are those who have worked with energy work much longer than I had when they took their first Reiki class. They may question why it is necessary to initiate into something that they knew by faith already existed within them. I would have two responses to them. Would the neophyte believe in this natural gift from Spirit of healing self and others without the ritual? Secondly, as the “Oxford Dictionary” indicates, initiation is also “admission to the knowledge or instruction in the elements of any subject or practice.” Is this not the process that Dr. Usui went through when he received the Reiki keys to healing from Spirit?
As a teacher I have seen many reactions of my students to the process of receiving an initiation. In varying degrees each student has been touched in some special way by Spirit. Initiations are a part of the process of reconnection to Spirit and a beginning of a new or renewed walk down the path of life. Many doors are opened in this sacred ritual.
If you have received an initiation to Reiki, remember back to the feelings you had during your special ceremony and connection to Reiki. If you are thinking about taking a Reiki class, then know that the healing energies that you were born with will only expand as Reiki begins to flow through your body, soul, and spirit. Blessings on your journey.
Reiki Complements Traditional Medicine
As Reiki (spiritually guided life force energy) is becoming more known, people are often looking for a way to define its place in relation to traditional medical treatment. In the past I have looked at Reiki as an alternative healing technique. Several events in the past 3 months have led me to rethink my definition. I now am describing Reiki’s place with traditional medicine as complimentary. I have seen first hand on three occasions how Reiki has assisted traditional treatment to work for the highest good for the "patient".
I recently was invited to do a presentation about Reiki to an assisted living nursing home, Morningside. The residents of Morningside that I worked with range in age from mid fifties to ninety-two years old. Each of the residents has individual health challenges. All deal with the fact that they can no longer take care of themselves at home. Reiki assisted in this situation from a psychological viewpoint. After receiving Reiki, the program director noted that each person had a much more positive attitude toward her living situation. One resident, who was known to always be complaining, left her Reiki session saying how good she felt and that she loved everyone there. Another resident commented that after the Reiki session she felt like she could fight all the battles of her life. In this situation Reiki is assisting the residents to be more at peace living at Morningside. I am going back once a month to give half hour Reiki sessions. The residents continue to show a more positive outlook after each session.
The second situation involves using Reiki to assist in radiation treatments. David had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his neck in October. He began radiation treatments in November. The doctors initially gave him six months to live. When I began to treat David his energy level was very low, he was feeling defeated by his body and life. I had him come for sessions three times a week, directly after his radiation treatments. As time went on, his energy level became stronger and his body much more balanced. I had to be away from town for two weeks in the middle of the cycle of radiation. When I returned, David told me he had to stop the radiation sessions while I was gone. He said that without the Reiki after the treatments, he had a lack of energy and was developing side effects to the radiation treatments. We began regular Reiki sessions, and within a few days he was able to return to radiation and complete the cycle. His doctors are amazed at the speed of his healing and lack of side effects to the radiation treatments. David tells them it is because of the Reiki that he has such a high level of energy. In his most recent visit to the doctor, David was told that his life expectancy had been greatly improved by his attitude and treatments he had been receiving.
The final situation involves using Reiki to assist before and after surgery. E.H. was having prostate cancer surgery. He admits to having a low threshold for pain. I arrived at the hospital the morning of his surgery and began to give him Reiki. I worked with him for 1-½ hours prior to surgery. He remained calm and relaxed. He easily entered surgery. I was in him room when he returned from the recovery room. Complications during his surgery turned a 2-½ hour procedure into a 5-hour surgery. I gave him Reiki for about 2 hours. He had no side effects from the anesthesia, and was alert and coherently holding a conversation with me the entire time. I continued to go every day to give him 1-2 hours of Reiki. According to the medical staff, expected complications from this type of surgery include itching, vomiting, pain, and an elevated temperature. E.H. had none of these symptoms. Most everyone who walks in his room comments on how wonderful he looks. He continues to improve daily, has not had to deal with pain, and does not hesitate to tell anyone who walks in the room the that the reason he has done so well is the Reiki. It has been a team effort, the hospital staff have been providing excellent care and the Reiki has complimented that care every step of the way.
I constantly feel blessed that I have been called to assist people in having a better quality of life. I know that a force much greater than I is there guiding me every step of the way. My hope is that the medical community will continue to become open to complimentary techniques of healing, for when we work together we create a place of healing for the highest good of the "patient".
Dr. Usui’s Three Pillars of Reiki
In September of 1999 I took Arjava Petter’s class about Reiki techniques that were used in Japan. Since that class I have incorporated the techniques I learned into my teaching and my Reiki practice. Arjava taught us that Dr. Usui focused on three essential components for his Reiki system. These components are Gassho, Reiji, and Chiryo. I would like to discuss each of these three components as I would teach them to a Reiki One class. This can be helpful for students to have clarity about each of the techniques and for teachers who might want an outline for how they might include Dr. Usui’s three pillars in their classes.
Gassho literally means “two hands coming together”. This is the meditation part of the preparation for the practitioner. During this meditation the practitioner makes their self empty for Reiki to flow through them by emptying their mind. In this meditative state you feel a state of oneness with the universe. To begin the Gassho fold your hands in prayer position and place them in front of your heart center. Close your eyes and pray or call on Reiki energy to flow through you. You may feel the energy enter through your crown chakra, your hands or your heart chakra. This mediatation, the Gassho, usually last 1-2 minutes as preparation to begin a treatment. The Gassho can also be used as a longer meditation as you work to achieve a still point within as Reiki flows through you. The focal point of the Gassho is the point where your middle fingers meet. Anytime your mind wanders or becomes distracted return your focus to the point where your middle fingers meet.
The second component is the Reiji which means ‘indication of the spirit or indication of the Reiki energy’. During the Reiji you pray for the healing and well being of your client on all levels. I suggest to my students that they include three things in this prayer of intent. First, they want to call in the spirit source that they work with from which the Reiki energy flows into them. Next they should pray that their EGO step aside (EGO is an acronym for Edging God Out). There is not place for their intent for the healing for Reiki always knows where it needs to go for the perfect healing. The third thing that needs to be in the prayer of intent is to state that this healing be for the highest good of the client. You do the Reiji with your hands folded in prayer position in front of your third eye (actually your thumbs are touching your forehead at the third eye position). At the end of the prayer of intent focus on the Reiki energy guiding your hands to where the energy is needed the most. This is where you learn to trust in the Reiki energy and your intuition.
Chiryo means ‘treatment’ and is the third component of Dr. Usui’s pillars of Reiki. Treatment can be defined as a hands-on healing or using your intuition and trusting that your hands will be guided to the spot on the client where they need the healing the most. There are several Japanese Reiki Techniques that can be used in the Chiryo such as Byosen scanning, Reiji-ho, Koki-ho, and Gyoshi-ho.
The most important part of this is to commit to working with the three pillars. Arjava Petter in his book “The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui” sums up the three pillars as follows:
“So Chiryo (treatment) builds upon Reiji (devotion) and Gassho (meditative posture/attitude). Only when we can devote ourselves without being prejudiced by our thoughts and feelings, will we become an instrument for the universal life energy.”
I thank Dr. Usui for his commitment to build a healing system that has affected so many and Arjava Petter for his commitment and research to open the doors for us to know about the original system of Reiki.
Lesson Plans for a Reiki One Class
With the revision of "The Healing Touch" manual by William Rand to include the Japanese Reiki Techniques, the Licensed Teachers of the International Center for Reiki Training are now incorporating Japanese Reiki Techniques in their classes. Many of my students have been asking me how to include the different Japanese Reiki Techniques and which one's are taught during Reiki One and which are taught during Reiki Two Classes. This issue of the "Reiki News" I am going to write a sample lesson plan for a Reiki One Class. In the next issue I will write about Japanese Reiki Techniques in a Reiki Two Class.
Class is held from 10 AM to 6 PM with about one hour for lunch. I have written below an outline of the class. Each of the Japanese Reiki Techniques that are mentioned can be found clearly described in the appendix of "The Healing Touch" manual.
1. Registration/final payment for class, pass out "Healing Touch" manual
2. Introductions: Name, work, family, understanding of Reiki, expectations you have for the class and something you like most about yourself today.
3. Opening prayer or meditation
4. Reiki Talk: What is Reiki, the different levels of Reiki training, how Reiki works in the body, what Reiki can be used for. The history of Reiki including information about Reiki in Japan, Dr. Usui, the Reiki Ideals, and how Reiki came to the Western world.
6. Explanation of the attunement process. Discuss the Gassho (ga-show) meditation that will be used to begin the attunement process.
7. Give the Reiki One attunement, have students write about their experience afterward and share with other members of the class.
9. Discuss the documentation forms found in the appendix of "The Healing Touch" manual and how to use them to record treatments
10. Teach Kenyoku (ken-yo-ku), the Japanese technique of dry bathing to cleanse one's energy before or after a treatment.
11. Discuss Dr. Usui's Three Pillars of Reiki; Gassho, Reiji (ray-gee), and Chiryo (cheer-yo). Gassho is meditation to empty the mind, Reiji is connecting to the Reiki energy and being a clear channel for the Reiki energy and saying a prayer for the well being and healing of the client, Chiryo is the treatment using any of the various techniques for healing.
12. Teach Byosen (be-o-sen) scanning and Byosen self scan.
13. Teach Reiji-ho (ray-gee-ho) technique where you lift your prayer hands to in front of your third eye and ask for the Reiki energy to guide your hands to wherever the client needs the healing the most. And then you hands will whoosh down to the place and you begin to send healing energy.
14. Go over hand positions for giving Reiki to others. Have the students go to the healing tables and practice the hand positions using the pictures in the book as a guide. I usually have one student on the table, one reading the description from the book to another student who practices the hand placements on the student lying on the table. Each student has a turn receiving, reading and practicing the hand positions.
15. An actual Reiki treatment for healing is received by each student. I guide the students giving the treatment following this format: One student is on the healing table and the other students (usually 2-3) participate in a healing session. The students giving the healing begin with a Gassho meditation for a few minutes, and then they do Reiji. Afterward they are to practice Byosen Scanning, Reiji-ho, and the traditional hand positions as they wish during the 15-20 minutes healing session for the student on the table. At the end of the session one of the student's seals the healing with a blessing and then all the students giving the treatment do Kenyoku. Time is given for each table to discuss what it felt like to give and receive Reiki.
17. Discuss Hayashi Healing Guide
18. Demonstrate hand positions for personal healing treatments
19. Pass out Reiki Two symbols to learn for Reiki Two Class(if they are taking Reiki Two the following day)
20. Homework is to learn the symbols and to do a Reiki self treatment
As you can tell this is a very full day of learning and healing. There has been a lot of excitement from the students about the blending of the best of Japanese Reiki and the Reiki system brought to the Western World by Mrs. Takata.
Lesson Plans for a Reiki Two Class
With the revision of "The Healing Touch" manual by William Rand to include the Japanese Reiki Techniques, the Licensed Teachers of the International Center for Reiki Training are now incorporating Japanese Reiki Techniques in their classes. Many of my students have been asking me how to include the different Japanese Reiki Techniques and which one's are taught during Reiki One and which are taught during Reiki Two Classes. The Fall issue of the "Reiki News" I wrote a sample lesson plan for a Reiki One Class. In this issue I will write about Japanese Reiki Techniques in a Reiki Two Class.
Class is held from 10 AM to 6 PM with about one hour for lunch. I have written below an outline of the class. Each of the Japanese Reiki Techniques that are mentioned can be found clearly described in the appendix of "The Healing Touch" manual.
1. Introductions if there are new students.
2. Give each student time to discuss how they are feeling, any questions they might have from the previous day's Reiki I class, and to tell about their self-treatment.
3. Opening prayer or meditation
4. Discuss general information about the second-degree symbols. This would include them being secret and why, the different variations, and how to prepare a treatment room and yourself using the symbols.
5. Discuss in depth the meanings of each symbol, the Power Symbol, the Mental-Emotional Symbol, and the Distant Symbol. Include the many different ways each symbol can be used. I also discuss the technique for sending Distant Reiki using the Japanese Technique of Enkaku Chiryo (n-kaa-koo cheer-yo).
6. Explain and demonstrate Koki-ho (key-o-key-ho) the method of using your breath and a Reiki symbol to send healing.
7. Explain and demonstrate Jacki-Kiri Joka-Ho (jack-he keer-ree jo-ha-ho) the technique of releasing or transforming negative energy from objects.
8. Time to practice remembering symbols and their names, take the symbol test.
10. Explain about the attunement and the Gassho Meditation.
11. Reiki II attunement, write about experiences, and share.
13. Group Reiki using the Second Degree symbols. I divide the students up into groups. Then I lead the entire class through preparing the room, preparing themselves to give a treatment. Then I have one person lay on the treatment table, the other students in that team is guided to begin with Gassho, then to do Reiji.
· I then ask them to place their hands on the person receiving the treatment and turn on their Reiki I energy.
· After several minutes, I direct them to remove their hands and to place the power symbol into their hands and to find a place on the person's body and begin to send in the second-degree energy. (They may find where the person needs healing by using the Byosen Scan or Reiji-ho they learned in Reiki I class)
· After several minutes I ask the students giving the treatment to disconnect from the energy of the Power Symbol and to then place the Mental Emotional Symbol in the palms of their hands and to find a place to send healing to on the person.
· After several minutes I ask the students to disconnect from the Mental Emotional Energy and then to place the Distant Symbol in their hands and to find a place to send healing to on the person. After several minutes I have them disconnect from the Distant Symbol and then allow time for the team to discuss between themselves how it felt to give and receive the different energies.
14. I then have the students pick a partner and practice Koki-ho, sending in either the Power or Mental-Emotional symbol with their breath.
15. Enkaku Chiryo with the group. Each person sending to someone they know, to create harmony among all people on the plant or to a world situation.
16. Explain Gyoshi-ho (gee-o-shee-ho) sending Reiki with your eyes. Have the students choose a partner and practice. I have the students sit in two rows of chairs facing each other. One side with practice, we will discuss the results and then the other side with practice and we will discuss the results.
17. Reiki Guide Meditation
18. Class Evaluation and ending prayer.
I tell my students when they take Reiki One class that I am giving them a toolbox and with each class they take they will be learning new tools and techniques for healing that they can use. As you can see, with the addition of the Japanese Reiki Techniques to the ways we learned from our lineage dating back to Mrs. Takata, there are a wealth of wonderful ways a practitioner can use the healing energy of Reiki.