“Exploring Reiki as healing energy” in this week’s issue of the MANILA MAIL (June 17-23, 2015; page A5)

Pilipinasblitz Forever
A column by Bles Carmona
For the week of June 17-23, 2015

Exploring Reiki as healing energy

Last weekend, my mother and I, along with our classmates, attended a two-day class on Reiki I, receiving the necessary training and attunements from our Reiki Master, Ms. Catherine Walters of http://www.GuidedChange.com. For those of us who have been hearing about Reiki and who wanted to know more about it, Ms. Catherine says that the best way to learn about Reiki is to experience it firsthand, like our small class did.
So what is Reiki anyway? Our teacher describes Reiki as “healing energy that restores balance through touch or intention.” The Japanese word Reiki (pronounced Ray Kee) is usually translated as “Universal Life-Force Energy.” “Rei” refers to The Universe, All-That-Is, or Divine Intelligence, while “Ki” is the life force energy or prana that flows through everything: people, plants, animals, rocks, crystals, and even inanimate objects. Reiki is actually an ancient technology which was rediscovered by a Japanese Buddhist priest, Dr. Mikao Usui. After years of study, Dr. Usui found a way to access and use this healing energy which he called Usui Reiki Ryoho or Reiki as it is commonly known. Our teacher says that Reiki can simply be defined as Love, Peace, or Tranquility.

What happens during a Reiki treatment/massage? The Reiki practitioner places her hands on your fully clothed body, lightly touching you from head to toe, holding her hands in each position for several minutes. This treatment covers the entire body and rebalances the seven centers or chakras in the physical body. These chakras or energy centers from bottom to top are the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras, an imbalance in any of which may result in illness of some sort.

In our Reiki-intensive weekend, we all got to experience Reiki for ourselves, taking turns as healer or healee, and there were as many impressions as there were individuals. When I was the one on the massage table, I would feel very warm to the point of perspiring as Ms. Catherine and my fellow classmates gently laid their healing hands on me. Afterwards, they’d say that I have that blush on my cheeks (from the heat?). When it was my turn to lay my hands on a healee, I’d feel either her warm or cool feet, warm or cool shoulders, etc. It varies per individual. The one thing that never changes is that the client gets exactly what she needs because her inner healer already knows it: love, peace, joy, harmony, tranquility, relaxation, hope, more energy, or relief from pain. At the start of the session, the practitioner usually asks what the client likes or needs to receive and then healer and healee create an intention for it. Ms. Catherine did add a note about an intention worded as “relief from pain”: the subconscious mind will latch onto the word “pain” and may not release the client from it, so it may be necessary to re-frame one’s intention in a more positive manner, for example, “healing and comfort for my lower back,” or “stronger joints.”

What conditions does Reiki treat? Practically anything. You see, Reiki restores the balance among our physical-mental-emotional-spiritual selves. It is as effective in treating a simple cold as it does cancer or depression. Since Reiki is considered as a complementary modality to any western form of treatment like surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and others, it can be used in conjunction with any of those without harm. In Ms. Catherine’s own experience, here is how she puts it, “Personally, I use Reiki to help me remain balanced and optimistic. This means I’m less likely to feel worried, stressed, depressed, or overeat, plus it eases sore muscles and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort. I also think of Reiki as the best First Aid for it brings comfort and clarity as soon as it’s requested.”

Here are some possible uses of Reiki: deep relaxation, releasing energy blocks, cleansing, transferring of Universal Life-Force Energy (to people, animals, plants, minerals), and increasing the rate of one’s vibration. The first guideline is to give yourself Reiki every day before you offer Reiki to someone else. The second guideline is to never pressure anyone into receiving Reiki.

Here are some clarifications about Reiki: Reiki is not a religion. It is a spiritual science with a universal application, which can enhance any religious practice. Reiki is not a substitute for a doctor or conventional medical treatment. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose nor prescribe for illnesses, which includes mental or psychological afflictions. Reiki complements and supports all conventional and alternative healing arts. Reiki should never be given when someone is under a full or local anesthesia. If you feel unwell or emotionally upset, apply Reiki to yourself to return to an inner state of calm and wellbeing before working on a client. Reiki still works when you are unwell, but the energy will first go to you before going to the client. Hydration – or simply the drinking of plenty of water – is highly recommended both to the Reiki practitioner and the client. Ms. Catherine says that one should drink half our body weight in water every day. So drink up, folks! (Drink water, that is.)

That weekend and through the months preceding it, I’ve been having some trouble with my throat. It seems like the hoarseness of my voice has never really left me after my hospitalization for pneumonia in early April. Since the throat chakra is about speaking one’s truth, I realized during our Reiki I weekend with Ms. Catherine that I have a lot of unexpressed anger about certain situations in my life, such that symbolically and in actuality I “can’t speak up.” But then during one of my attunements with her, she mentioned something about “annamrita” which is the food that a mother gives to her child. She said that I gave that gift to her and thanked me for it. I don’t claim to fully understand what happens during attunements, having received a total of four during the weekend, but the attunements are supposed to get us ready to receive the Reiki energy. The 21-day clearing process is set into motion that clears old patterns and thought processes which inhibit our growth of consciousness. The process starts with the attunements and goes through each of the seven chakras three times.

Finally, here are the prime Reiki Principles: Just for today, do not anger. Just for today, do not worry. Honor your parents, teachers, and elders. Earn your living honestly. Show gratitude to every living thing. (Reiki) (Usui Shiki Ryoho)
Reference: Reiki I Course Handbook written by Catherine Walters, Reiki Instructor

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“Do you want more abundance in your life?” in this week’s issue of the MANILA MAIL (June 10-16, 2015; page A5)

Pilipinasblitz Forever
A column by Bles Carmona

For the week of June 10-16, 2015

Do you want more abundance in your life?

Only a few people would say no to this question. A lot of us do want more abundance in our lives. But wait. Let’s make some distinctions in our terms first. According to my life coach and Reiki master, Ms. Catherine Walters of http://www.GuidedChange.com, “abundance” is being rich in money; “prosperity” is being rich in other areas of life like talents, time, ideas, and other resources; “affluence” is true wealth, a combination of abundance and prosperity. In other words: [affluence = abundance + prosperity]. With those in mind, let’s now forget those distinctions. I’m sure the Divine Spirit wouldn’t quibble and hair-split like us anyway. When the Divine Spirit pours forth its blessings onto our open arms, we’ll be amazed at the range of what those blessings encompass. It could be so overwhelming that you could become emotional – in a good way.

Again, if we want more abundance in our lives, of course the most logical thing to do is to work hard for it. I urge you to thank God/Goddess for your respective jobs every day. Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) penned a blessing about this: “Give us, O Lord, thankful hearts which never forget Your goodness to us. Give us, O Lord, grateful hearts, which do not waste time complaining.” (Byers, B. & Torsella, J. “Book of Blessings: 52 Graces From Around the World.” PA: Running Press, 2001; available at Angel Light Books in Berkeley, CA.) Besides, I know that there’s a part of you that already knows intuitively that when you are thankful, more blessings abound in your life whereas when you complain, you stop the flow of abundance somehow.

Aside from working hard, how else can we attract more abundance into our lives? I’ll share a ritual with you. It was Ms. Catherine again who told me to Google “abundance checks” and I suggest that you do your own search, too. Apparently, the exact roots of this practice have been lost in history but you’ll find many websites that spell out instructions and even a sample of an abundance check that you can print out.
What is an abundance check? Basically, this piece of paper functions like a regular bank-issued check does, but you issue it to yourself during the period of the New Moon every month. The principle behind filling it out is the Law of Attraction. This Law, simply put, means that since “like attracts like,” if you think positive thoughts, you attract positive experiences, while negative thoughts attract negative experiences. The upcoming New Moon in Gemini, which we will have on the West Coast on June 16 (Tue.) at 7:05 am PDT, means that from this day and hour until 24 hours later is the ideal time to write out your abundance check to yourself. Why do we write out our check during the New Moon? It is said that the New (or dark) Moon is the genesis of the waxing phase, full of potential and the promise of fullness later on, and is thus very ideal for setting intentions. “When you write these checks, you are aligning your intention with the universe, signaling that you are ready and willing to receive. Doing this every month simply re-affirms that intention (www.RolandBerard.com).” If you can’t download and print the abundance check forms, then use your creativity to craft your own abundance checks.

“9 Steps to writing your New Moon Abundance Check (Adapted from http://www.newmooncheck.com by DaKara Kies & Journeys Into Wholeness):
1.) Within 24 hours after a New Moon, take a check from your check book (or print out the Abundance checks that DaKara created). Find out the New Moon dates every month. Where it says “Pay to,” write your name.
2.) In the little box on the same line where you would fill in a dollar amount write “Paid in full.”
3.) On the line underneath your name, where you would write out a dollar amount, write “Paid in full.”
4.) Sign the check: “The Law of Abundance.” Under the signature line, write “Thank You.” (I write Thank You on all the checks I write, on the Abundance checks it’s already there for you!!!)
5.) Leave the date blank (or you can date it with a specific date that you “believe” this amount will come to you).
6.) Many times we have beliefs within our subconscious mind that thinks we don’t deserve something. You can leave the specific amount open or to try this out, use a dollar amount you are comfortable receiving… perhaps $500 (who couldn’t use an extra $500 in the next couple of weeks?)
7.) To add some fun and playful energy, sing a song while holding the vision of the item or funds flowing to you easily and gracefully! Here is a fun lil ditty I wrote to the tune of “Row Row Row Your Boat”: Flow, flow, flow your way,/visioning the dream,/happily, happily, happily now,/success is guaranteed! ©
8.) Put it in a safe place and forget about it. The Universe will take it from there. (Get out of the HOW)
9.) NEW!!! Sign your name to the back of your new moon check! As if you are preparing it for deposit to the Universal Bank of Manifesting!!!

Later (after 2 weeks or longer) you can burn (or tear it up and flush it down the toilet if fire is not an option) the check on one of the upcoming full moons, expressing Gratitude for receiving abundance in your life while the check is burning. Many people are skeptical about trying this until they do it. After the first time they realize the power of these checks and do them routinely every month!”

I tried writing a New Moon abundance check last May 17, during the New Moon in Taurus. I followed the 9 steps to the letter. Guess what? Not only did unexpected financial abundance flow toward me, but also prosperity in terms of creative ideas, love, new studies and knowledge, recognition, positive healthy lifestyle changes – oh, the list goes on, and that was just upon the first time I tried it. You bet I’m going to write another abundance check during the New Moon in Gemini on June 16 just to see how it goes. I suggest that you try this for at least 3 months before you say that it’s not for you. Oh, I’m sure that you and I are going to have so much fun! Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with more from the “Book of Blessings” by Byers and Torsella. This is a Kikuyu blessing from Kenya: “O my Father, Great Elder, I have no words to thank you, but with your deep wisdom I am sure that you can see how I value your glorious gifts. Ruler of all things earthly and heavenly, I am your warrior, ready to act in accordance with your will.” Now this one: “May we be a channel of blessings for all that we meet.” (Edgar Cayce, clairvoyant, 1877-1945). May God and Goddess bless our thankful hearts!

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