“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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“Graduations and healing” in this week’s issue of the MANILA MAIL (June 3-9, 2015; page A5)

Pilipinasblitz Forever
A column by Bles Carmona

For the week of June 3-9, 2015

Graduations and healing

Around this time, commencement ceremonies are happening all over the 50 states, signaling what appears to be the end of a period of study for the proud and ecstatic graduates. Around this time, I marched across the stage at Chabot College in Hayward, CA to receive my certificates in a couple of human services fields. Also, I received a certificate of achievement from the Angel Light School of Metaphysics in Berkeley for having completed three “Awareness” classes: on Stones, Crystals, and Chakras (energy sockets of the body according to ancient Asian traditions).

Graduating students have the right to be proud of their achievements. For example, in a community college like Chabot, some of us had to juggle jobs and classes. We have war veterans among us, single parents, seniors, the disabled. The list goes on but what I enjoy most in my college is the incredible diversity within its student body. Furthermore, our professors are topnotch, challenging us academically.

On graduation day, everybody strives to make it as memorable as possible. Graduates cart along with them a mini-community made up of their family and friends who would gladly belt out rebel yells once their graduate’s name is called and the student walks across the stage to receive her diploma from the school official. The resounding shouts are joyously rowdy, eliciting the stares of the people around them. But wait until it’s that family’s graduate’s turn to march onstage. Clapping, catcalls, shout outs, “We love you!” Everybody is so proud to be a part of the commencement ceremony, from mere spectators to active participants, from parents and family to good friends or a partner. It’s a special moment, surely unforgettable, and it could be emotional when some of the speakers may either get you teary-eyed with sentiment or side-stitched with laughter. Have you noticed this: the last graduate to be called is always the most applauded? Sometimes things just work out that way.

For students who are graduating this year, please allow me to share a Facebook post by my Manila Science High School-classmate Ms. Monina Hernandez Gesmundo, one of the founders of the Filipino Nurses Association of New Zealand, Inc. The post was originally from Collective Evolution: “A person’s most useful asset is not a head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help others.”

There you have it in a nutshell. It’s all about love, listening, and service. Whether you are going to a four-year college after your Associate degree, or going for your Associate in Science or Arts after your certificate, or going straight to work after graduation, one factor remains the same: this is only the beginning. We never stop learning. By the way, Merriam-Webster defines “intelligence” as the ability to learn or understand things or to deal with new or difficult situations. I like the second portion of the definition because it presumes that for one to be considered intelligent, she must apply some or all of what she already knows to adapt to a novel or challenging problem. What goes on inside her could be a complex cascade of many processes – who knows exactly how the human brain works? – but we do know that our mind is not just limited to our brain. It is in fact a bodymindheartspirit fusion and to deny any or some of these components of our humanity does our evolved selves untold injustice. We are all of ourselves: our bodies, minds, hearts, and spirits.

That’s why it’s equally important for me to learn metaphysics aside from the usual academic subjects. I have to nourish the parts of me that somehow just “know” that there is more to life than purely physical phenomena. I could play the skeptic as I once have so that for example, if I prayed to a god and my wish didn’t come true, I could say that these supreme beings didn’t exist anyway so what’s the point. But what if I started really tuning in to my inner child, the one who believes in answered prayers, miracles, and manifested intentions, and what if I then witness prayers coming true, miracles being wrought, and intentions being manifested?

I cannot “force” my beliefs and experiences on you. I’m just here to tell you how it has been for me. Type “indigo children” or “crystal children” in your search engine. These are the new generations of young people in existence now who have heightened psychic abilities and hence very acute senses. They are gentle, intelligent, and are more comfortable with nature than with people. Some of them are said to be very sensitive to discordant sounds in the environment. As children, some of them may speak later than usual, thus being mislabeled autistic. But they may be thinking: Why speak? They can read your mind anyway.

We must be ready to help the next generation of our children. What kind of care and education do they require? Do you see a more natural eco-friendly and synthetic-free Earth for them? This is where metaphysical schools like Angel Light School of Metaphysics in Berkeley, CA are leading the way. If you go to their website: http://www.angellightschool.com, here is what you’ll read on their Home tab: “Angel Light School of Metaphysics offers classes, training, and certifications in the psychic and healing arts. Affiliated with Angel Light Books & Gifts in Berkeley, California, we have been providing classes and products in the metaphysical field since 1989. At Angel Light School of Metaphysics, we have created a harmonious environment that is conducive to aligning body, mind and spirit. Most classes have less than 10 students providing more individualized attention and participation. With a small close-knit group, people have established lasting friendships with others of like-mind and spirit. Students who are serious and apply themselves have developed successful careers as healers, readers, and teachers. Others have enhanced their lives by utilizing tools they have learned from our school such as manifesting, meditation, opening up their psychic abilities, clearing their aura, and practicing a holistic approach to living. Join us as we co-create a life of physical, mental and spiritual well-being and open our lives to our highest potential. To meet some of our instructors and practitioners, check out our Angel Light Metaphysical Fair held every 3rd Sunday of the month from 1-4p.m. at Angel Light Books & Gifts in Berkeley, California. Or, schedule a private session with many of our gifted readers and healers listed on the website. Peruse our wide selection of metaphysical classes. We are currently adding our on-line classes to make it accessible to people around the world.”

In these three classes: Stones, Crystals, and Chakras, I am finally able to synthesize the correlation among quartz crystal, stone colors, the seven colors of the rainbow (ROYGBIV)* and chakras. *Red-Orange-Yellow-Green-Blue-Indigo-Violet. A final takeaway that makes so much meaning to me is: “What color stone is beneficial for general healing and wellbeing?” “That color is green, corresponding to the Heart chakra,” according to our teacher, Ms. Valencia Chan, “thus one may use green aventurine, malachite, or jade for this purpose. The green/heart chakra is right in the middle of the seven chakras- three above and three below the heart- so it’s already inherently balanced, making it ideal for healing.” I therefore declare a eureka moment and with all my blessings: Green is the insignia of healing!

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