My mother was on 20 different medications when she died at the age of 65. She had her first heart attack when she was 55. Though heredity and genetics may not be on my side, I have learned an important lesson. My mother’s health journey (heart disease, lung disease, psoriasis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity and more.) taught me that the power of healing is in MY hands, and there is a lot I can do – and I’m doing it every day – to support my wellbeing. I remember standing at my mother’s funeral and hearing a clear message in my head: “It is time for you to take charge of your health.” And for that message, I’m thankful for my mother!
Let me share some important principals I’ve learned:
Wellbeing is the natural state of the body.
Conventional medicine focuses on the problem and tries to fix it or cure it.
“Whatever you focus on grows.” What are you focusing on? Your illness, or your healing? Often we see that the symptom is being suppressed for a while but will shortly after manifest itself in different ways. My experience of 20 years in healing taught me that it is essential to take a wider, holistic look at the person as a whole and not only look at the symptoms. After all, if we focus on the problem, it might bring up anxiety that can lead to a feeling of hopelessness where we don’t get better, or at least we don’t get better as fast as we could. Conventional medicine focuses on curing a disease. Healing encourages an alignment of our body, mind, and spirit, and that part is in our control.
Creating an alignment of body, mind, and spirit – reminds the body of its natural state of health and wellbeing and changes the focus from problem to solution, from illness to health.
When you understand that your body’s natural state is balance, you can start to take charge of your health because your focus is supporting your body so it does what’s natural for it – being well.
Taking an active role in the self-healing process is essential.
The moment I get a phone call or an email with a person dealing with a chronic disease and they say they want to learn how to give Reiki to themselves, I know that their life is about to change. For many years I’ve been watching people follow doctors’ instructions while they keep living their lives the same way they’ve lived it before their “wake up call”. I believe that putting the responsibility for our health in other people’s hands, even when they are professional physicians, is only one part of the deal. The responsibility needs to be shared between the person who wants to heal and the professionals who are helping them.
One of the reasons why I feel blessed to have been able to share Reiki with hundreds of people throughout the years is that Reiki is such a simple and yet profound way to take charge of your health and be engaged in the process. When you learn to give Reiki to yourself, this gentle hands-on touch allows you to provide your body with the energy it needs to heal. Giving Reiki to yourself is about you taking charge of your own health. One of my students in a recent class said: “I’m still amazed from how simple it is.”
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Healing dis-ease means creating an alignment with body, mind, and sprit.
Reiki is a healing and spiritual practice that helps the body return to its natural state of balance. As Reiki practitioners, we don’t heal the person or the disease. We provide the body with the pure energy of the universe, and we help the person create this important alignment with body, mind, and spirit and with the universal life force so that the person can be a part of his/her own healing.
Reiki, as well other healing modalities, helps clear the energy fields surrounding your body, which in turn helps to balance the physical body. Quantum Physics teaches us that what manifests in the physical body at the present moment might have started as long as 6 months ago in the energy bodies, those invisible layers of the energy field that surround our physical body.
Hundreds of people who have achieved recovery and were able to improve their health with Reiki remind me again and again: We are not the healers. The body is the healer. The body knows and it tells us when we are not in alignment. Listening to our body allows us to take charge of our health and take the actions necessary to heal.
Reiki is one part of taking charge of our own health. Reiki creates balance in the mind and spirit, which then creates the energy and focus to help your body heal in other ways. When you feel calm and centered and more in control, you tap into the necessary energy to then optimize your health through eating healthy food, exercising your muscles, and moving your body to create a vibrancy and energy that assists in the healing process. This combination of mental health and physical health is all part of the healing process. Reiki is one very important part of this mind, body, and spiritual healing.
Sharon, a cancer survivor, is a living example of taking charge of her own health with Reiki.
I want to share with you this amazing testimonial of recovery of one of the most inspiring women I’ve ever met in my life, Sharon Price. Sharon is a cancer survivor. She is also a Massage Therapist, a CranioSacral Therapist, and a Reiki Master. During the 6 months of her chemo treatments (which we prefer to call “healing treatments”) many people from our Reiki community supported Sharon by giving her Reiki during her treatments, and she was also consistent with giving Reiki to herself daily. Her blood test results showed continual improvements, and we were all touched to hear from her one day that she is clean from cancer. I asked Sharon to share something to inspire others wishing to take charge of their own health, and she said:
“Receiving Reiki and giving Reiki to myself during a time that was extraordinary stressful for the body helped me on many different levels. It helped me to maintain a good energy level during chemo, and it also made me feel better in general. I watched my body responding better to the treatment when I was supported with Reiki. Since chemo suppresses the daily renewal process of body cells, I felt that Reiki helped me return more quickly to feeling good, and I know that it helped with a faster renewal of the cells. Reiki also helped me to maintain a feeling of calmness. It is just normal in a time like that to experience some anxiety, and I could feel how the chemo was affecting my nervous system. Reiki helped me to calm my nervous system, which lowered the level of my anxiety. Another big benefit was that Reiki empowered me and allowed me to be involved in the healing process. It was a good partnership between different healing modalities, and Reiki glued them all together. When people ask me for advice about taking charge of their health, I strongly urge them to consider Reiki so they can learn how to give it to themselves.”
Sharon is just one example of how Reiki helps the body take charge of its own healing. Don’t leave your health only in the hands of medical professionals. Though they have the skills and knowledge to help you heal, you play the most significant role in your own personal healing, whether it be cancer or another serious disease or anxiety, depression, or simply an overall feeling of unease. Healing is a process that involves the whole body, your body, and it’s in your hands to put it all together.
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