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Reiki: How It Works & My Experience With Masters

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Most people have at least heard of Reiki. Some of you may have even taken a course or gone on to become a Reiki Master. But many of you may be wondering, what is Reiki? How hard is Reiki to learn? Could you do Reiki? I have been attuned to Masters in Usui, Seikim, and Karuna practices. Though my Karuna Master never sent in my paperwork, I have been using those magnificent symbols which are metaphorically etched into my hands for over 18 years.

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I got my first level Reiki Certification at the Hilo Adult Education Extension program back in ’93. I remember it very clearly for two different reasons. The Reiki Master wore a hip holster for his double terminated crystals, explaining he figured that this would protect his auric field. My second lasting impression formed because one of my fellow students timidly approached me before class and asked if she could ask a personal question. How does one really answer that anyway? Doing what most people do, I braced myself for the worst and said with a quiet smile, “Sure, what do you want to know?” Well it turns out that when the students took turns on working on each other for group Reiki, they all noticed when working on me that I gave off a very distinctive odor. Not just once, but every time. She interjected that it wasn’t a bad smell; on the contrary it was much like incense. They wondered what foods I ate to be able to infuse the very air with my aroma. I had to laugh. I do follow a food combined diet but it doesn’t prohibit nor demand particular food consumption. However, I am an aromatherapist and at that time was manufacturing a line of holistic oil formulas. One of my bad habits was, when an essential oil spilled or overflowed onto my hands, I wouldn’t stop and clean up, but in a ‘waste not want not’ fashion, would simply wipe the excess oil somewhere on my body. When making 30 vials of love oil or arthritis oil for stock, this would add up to a considerable amount of accumulated essential oils in my body. Reiki is energy which often produces heat, and this activated the residual essences in my body and allowed them to float up off of me and waft around the noses of my peers.

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Reiki, as I said, is just energy. It is all around us for all of us to use. I believe Reiki has been around for as long as people have had hands or even just intention, because it simply involves using your hands to garner and amplify already existing energy into a focused direction. Throughout the ages, wise women, sages, shamans, prophets, and physicians have applied the use of “laying on of hands” to assist others in their healing paths. Reiki can be used for any condition, illness, discomfort, or emotional turmoil, or even just for relaxing and feeling good. I often use Reiki to enhance my hypnotherapy sessions when the person becomes upset or stuck.

I am fortunate to live in the town of Hilo, Hawaii where the person some call the last living Reiki Master lived — Ms. Takata. It is now a chiropractic office with a totem pole out front, go figure. I have certified every woman who has passed through our Aloha Healing Women retreats in Level One and Two Reiki so that they could use this amazing energy tool for themselves and others. I have done quite a few public classes as well here in Hawaii, and have been privileged to be able to introduce more than a few hundred women to the magic of Reiki. I also include in every week of retreat a Reiki session with crystals. Plus there is always the Reiki I do on myself, my friends, and (quite less than I should) on my partner. If you can’t tell by now, Reiki is a big part of my teaching and my personal life.

In a nutshell, Reiki involves imagining light which is infinite and all powerful from the universe entering your body through the top of your head and filling your body, mind, and soul with radiant white energy – light that diminishes all darkness and negative energy in any form. One usually uses their hands to direct the Reiki light onto themselves or others. You may also direct this Fierce White Light, as Dr. Usui calls it, long distances to others so that they may receive it anywhere in the universe. Reiki light is like universal consciousness and though we speak of it as light, it is really energy that has no form or “matter.” Thus you can “send” Reiki, as I have many times, to people in Switzerland, New Zealand, Toronto, or even to the great beyond and they will receive it at some level.

I love to teach succinctly without a lot of mumbo jumbo and I can pretty much hit on all the basics and highlights in a single afternoon. Having trained many types of people, from novice to Master, and sat in on other training programs, I can tell you, it isn’t rocket science. In fact the people who are the most naturally adept at Reiki are the ones who just feel the Reiki energy working. Some people are simply born channelers of light and take to it easily. For others, the concept of Reiki gets in the way because people try too hard, like it’s kung fu or something you have to do a certain way. Some people may have low energy so the Reiki often is just filling their deep well until the void is filled and then the Reiki can overflow. But everybody can do Reiki; like everything else, it just takes practice.

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I often describe Reiki light like a tuning fork of energy. It naturally goes where it is needed, like water flowing into an ice tray, continuing to fill the emptiness until complete. Reiki sessions will vibrate throughout your body for up to a week, just from one short session. Dr. Usui also says that Reiki, being the Fierce White Light, works instantaneously. Though some people need a little time to relax to accept and receive the Reiki, spending thirty minutes on one spot is not more advantageous than just a few.

Not everyone who receives Reiki will have the same experience. It is energy, and sometimes the energy is warm or hot and sometimes it is cool. When I do massage work, I always explain to clients that I also do Reiki and accordingly they may feel my hands get warm, or surges of “electricity,” or maybe nothing at all. Once when I was doing a massage/Reiki session and I had done the Reiki head positions and worked myself down to the leg, the person jumped off the table and nearly shouted, “I don’t know how you are getting your hands to be so hot, but it’s freaking me out, there is just no way your hands can be that hot, please stop!” Of course I did.

I know my hands get hot because I feel the flow of energy going through them, but I can only feel the heat created if I hold the back of my hand against the person’s skin like you would when feeling for a temperature. I also use crystals in my work and one lady, after I had finished her session, grabbed up the gems and exclaimed, ‘They were hot, just a second ago they were HOT! Now they’re not, what happened?” Well, I was doing Reiki and then I stopped doing Reiki. That’s how Reiki works. Other people’s hands may be cold to the touch but emit a definite flow of energy. The hot/warm feeling is very soothing but can be disturbing to the more rational thinkers.

Reiki takes no special tools and once you get the hang of it you take it everywhere you go and can spike it over the ocean if you care. It is one of the many amazing tools that I use but is precious as it is perfect for anything that ails you.

One of the great things that I do with my hypnotherapy is, when I do the Reiki Masters program, I do a session whereby the new Reiki Master can meet their personal Reiki guide through a guided visualization. This is a delight for me, as I get to ask whomever has shown up questions about Reiki. One thing I will tell you now is that Dr. Usui, Master Hayashi, and Ms. Takata don’t really care about how you become a Reiki person or what level you achieve or are certified for. They just want people to do the Reiki and live the Reiki. Dr. Usui once said to me, “The Reiki just is, put your ego aside, you are not the Reiki. You will only block the Reiki by thinking about the Reiki, let the Reiki be.” And so it is.

I will be talking more about my conversations with the Reiki Masters in another article so stay tuned. Feel free to leave a question in the comments section and I will try to respond as best I can. Check out my other articles at CE here.

I do long distance Reiki sessions by appointment and will soon have trainings online. You can contact me at http://www.healthretreats.info or kealanoel@yahoo.com.

Aloha and Reiki out.

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Lebanese Hospital Becomes The World’s First To Go 100 Percent Vegan (Food)

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    A hospital in Lebanon has become the first in the world to adopt a completely vegan menu.

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    Are people aware of the physical and emotional torture the majority animals we eat go through? Are people aware that a diet free of animal products can be very beneficial for human health. Are people aware that animal agriculture is destroying Earth?

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At the beginning of March, Hayek Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon became the first hospital in the world to serve 100 percent vegan only meals. Prior to this change, patients had a choice between animal based meals and vegan meals, and included with that was information about the health benefits of choosing plant-based foods versus the dangers of consuming animal products. The hospital made the announcement via their Instagram page, stating that “Our patients will no longer wake up from surgery to be greeted with ham, cheese, milk, and eggs…the very food(s) that may have contributed to their health problems in the first place.”

When the World Health Organization classifies processed meat as a group 1A carcinogenic (causes cancer) same group as tobacco and red meat as group 2A carcinogenic, then serving meat in the hospital is like serving cigarettes in a hospital. When the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) declare that 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious disease comes from animals. When adopting a plant based exclusive diet has been successfully proven not only to stop the evolution of certain diseases but it can also reverse them. We then, have the moral responsibility to act upon and align our beliefs with our actions. Taking the courage to look at the elephant in in the eye.

Their various statements also point to the role that animal agriculture plays in spawning infectious diseases, citing the Centers for Disease Control’s estimate that 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious diseases come from animals. “We believe it’s well about time to tackle the root cause of diseases and pandemics, not just treat symptoms,” they note.

This was a great statement. The modern day medical industry only seems to be focused on medications, and only medications that can turn a hefty profit, to treat and cure disease instead of addressing root causes. It’s good to see things changing, but a big problem remains. If a plant that grows in abundance, for example, has the potential to cure a disease, will we ever hear about it? Will the medical industry be interested in it? Probably not, but when a drug is made and patented from that plant in a specific way, that’s when we will. This is not to say that modern day medicine is useless, but today now more than ever a big problem exists, and this problem may be killing more people than it’s helping.

Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), a Harvard professor of medicine and also a former Editor-in-Chief of NEMJ, was frustrated that “the medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” (source)

According to Forks Over Knives,

While Hayek is the first hospital to completely purge animal products from its menu, a number of hospitals have begun offering more plant-based options in recent years. Both New York and California have enacted laws requiring hospitals to offer a plant-based option with every meal. In 2018 NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue launched the Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program to help patients transition to a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle.

The American Medical Association passed a resolution in 2017 calling on U.S. hospitals to provide healthful plant-based meals to promote better health in patients, staff, and visitors. The American College of Cardiology has issued similar recommendations.

In my opinion, “veganism is a very fine form of nutrition” (Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, heart surgeon), and as mentioned above, there is plenty of science to back up that statement.  I’ve written about it many times before from a health perspective.

Here’s an article that goes into more detail and science if you’re interested, it also addresses history, and how our teeth and guts are designed and more. Here’s another one regarding a study that found a strong association between eating animal protein and a premature death from all causes, including multiple cancers and type 2 diabetes.

The studies cited in that article note that meat eating is strongly associated with up to a 75 percent increased chance of early mortality, and that protein from animals may cause harm, while protein from plants may help reverse disease and have a protective effect.

There are hundreds of these studies, and the ones I cite are just a few examples.

This is obviously a very controversial topic in the eyes of many, and it’s not hard at all to find conflicting information on the subject. I am no doubt bias in my beliefs and opinions here.

One thing is for certain, the way we treat animals on this planet is extremely heartbreaking and unnecessary. Animals are separated from their families, raised for slaughter and are kept in torturous conditions on a daily basis. It’s truly unbelievable and horrific. It’s the biggest genocide and example of both physical and emotional torture the world has ever seen. I don’t think anybody can witness what really goes on in most slaughterhouses can come out not being impacted.

On top of this, animal agriculture is one of, if not the greatest contributer to environmental degradation and pollution on our planet. Animal agriculture is actually the leading cause of deforestation. Every single day, close to 100 plant/animal/insect species are lost because of this practice.

Final Thoughts: At the end of the day it seems that, from a health perspective, processed meats, and other meats are no doubt harmful to human health. People can make the argument that other animal products may not be and that we are meant to consume them. People can also make the complete opposite argument. One thing that can’t be argued is, again, the torture, physical and emotional abuse that comprise the source of where animal products come from for the majority of people who eat them.

There is a big split, as with many other topics, amongst people on this issue. There are even vegan influencers who are creating splits within the ‘vegan community’ itself, which is unfortunate. I personally believe that, from a health perspective, animal products are not at all required for anybody and are again, overall, harmful to human health.

The more pressing issue, again, is the treatment of our animal brothers and sisters, and how we are constantly using and abusing them. It’s indicative of world that lacks empathy, compassion, understanding and love, as well as our inability to see ourselves in another. This can be seen in many aspects of the current human experience, be it war, human trafficking and more. That being said, it’s great to see human consciousness shifting towards a more compassionate, empathetic type of awareness. This is evident by the “vegan” movement alone, as it’s become quite large over the past few years and will continue to grow. Some of the biggest animal food producers have already gone out of business, and it’s great to see more people in the health community as well recognize that it’s a win for health, a win for environment, and most importantly, a win for the very emotional, intelligent, animals, who are similar to us in so many ways. We have so much to learn from them.

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Caloric Restriction vs. Fasting: Why One Can Result In Weight Gain While The Other Helps Burn Fat

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    In the video below, Dr. Jason Fung explains the difference between caloric restriction and sending the body into "starvation" mode compared to fasting.

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    Fasting has been used as a health intervention for thousands of years, and is being used today by doctors who are educated on the topic. Why is it completely ignored by mainstream medicine? Is it because "big pharma" can't make any money off of it?

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Some would say that the best solution to weight gain is eating right and exercising. I couldn’t agree more. Obesity is one of the deadliest problems humanity faces today, and just as important as diet and exercise is for addressing this issue, even more important are the emotional and personal reasons as to why so many people damage themselves and make themselves more prone to serious disease.

Apart from diet and exercise, initiating a proper fasting regimen can have tremendous health outcomes, especially for overweight people. It wasn’t but a decade ago when fasting to lose weight was considered unhealthy and dangerous. Today, we have a tremendous amount of science that’s been published clearly showing that fasting can be an effective health intervention for people of all body types, especially for people who are overweight and suffer from certain diseases. It’s an excellent way to help your body burn fat. Fasting has been used and is currently being used as an intervention for type two diabetes, cancer and more. Fasting has been shown to trigger stem cell regeneration, autophagy, which in turn can help clear out toxins and damaged cells, repair DNA, improve metabolism, lower blood sugar, boost brain function, reduce the risk of age related disease, lessen inflammation which improves a wide range of health issues from arthritic pain to asthma and more. It’s no wonder why so many ancient cultures from different parts of the world used fasting as medicine and as a health intervention.

As shown in the science, fasting is generally safe for everybody. This many not be true if you already have underlying health conditions or are taking certain medications. This is why it’s important to consult a health professional about it, but the issue is, the majority of health professionals are not well educated in fasting interventions. Those who have educated themselves have been treating their patients with fasting and are drawn to it due to its ability to provide so many benefits.

One of these doctors is Dr. Jason Fung, who on his blog and his YouTube channel, as well as the books he’s written provides a wealth of information and science regarding fasting. I often refer people to the work of Fung, or others like Dr. Valter Longo if they want to begin their own research about fasting. Again, there is a wealth of science and “scholarly” articles available on the subject for anybody who wants to search for it as well. It’s not heard to find.

In the video below, Fung explains why fasting is much different from caloric restriction or having your body go into “starvation mode.”  You can also check out his article, “The difference between calorie restriction and fasting” for some great information as well.

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Study Suggests Risk of Death From Loneliness May Be Greater Than Obesity

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    According to a study at Brigham Young University, heightened risk for mortality from a lack of social relationships is greater than that from obesity.

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    At the deeper levels, is "loneliness" the problem or is it our mindstate? Is it our perception of loneliness that's a problem? Some thrive with a lack of social interaction, that being said, most of us are indeed social beings who desire connection.

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Current evidence indicates that heightened risk for mortality from a lack of social relationships is greater than that from obesity.

Loneliness can reliably be linked to a significant increase in the risk of early mortality, according to a study at Brigham Young University. Head author, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, notes that “substantial evidence now indicates that individuals lacking social connections (both objective and subjective social isolation) are at risk for premature mortality.”

Holt-Lunstad believes the risks associated with loneliness are already greater than such established dangers as obesity:

Several decades ago scientists who observed widespread dietary and behavior changes raised warnings about obesity and related health problems. The present obesity epidemic had been predicted. Obesity now receives constant coverage in the media and in public health policy. The current status of research on the risks of loneliness and social isolation is similar to that of research on obesity 3 decades ago… Current evidence indicates that heightened risk for mortality from a lack of social relationships is greater than that from obesity.

Furthermore, she warns that “researchers have predicted that loneliness will reach epidemic proportions by 2030 unless action is taken.”

Why Are We So Isolated From Each Other?

From the long view, it can be said that Western civilization as a whole has fostered a gradual disintegration of our physical and social ties. With an emphasis on individual goals and an almost fanatical regard for personal achievement, the traditional institutions of family and community and their capacity to provide their members with a sense of belonging and shared purpose have become significantly fragmented.

The family unit has gone from large generations-linked mutual support systems to small and immediate units, sometimes involving single parents whose necessities make it very difficult to create a stable home environment for their children. Add to that the fact that more and more people are not even building families, and our society has more people living alone than at any other time in history. This includes the elderly, who are less likely to find a ‘fit’ living within their children’s families than ever before.

The decline of the ‘community’ is perhaps as significant as the disintegration of the family unit. In Western-style communities, people work as a collection of individual units interacting by specific functions rather than as an interrelated whole with a significant shared identity. Naturally, attempts are made today to join or build ‘communities’ all the time, but like the Meetup model, they are founded on the gathering of select people with similar interests and purposes, rather than a shared embrace of all people within a certain geographical area.

The Rise of Social Media

I believe the rise in prominence of social media has in part been fuelled by the sense of alienation we have long felt within our modern society. I don’t believe social media is the root cause of our loneliness, as some speculate, but rather a symptom of this much longer-standing social problem. Connecting via chats and web pages is just something that we have gotten into the habit of reaching for since it is so immediately accessible. But like any quick fix, it does not end up fulfilling our deeper needs, either individually or as a society.

If we see that our society has been slowly disintegrating over hundreds of years, then it becomes incumbent upon us as a society (if we can still even identify ourselves with our ‘society’) to take measures to remedy this situation. What those measures might be, though, given how things seem to be trending, is a matter of great conjecture.

On Being Alone  

One approach is to first acknowledge that Western society’s emphasis on the individual is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I believe that the development of personal integrity, creativity, and autonomy is a critical step in the evolution of human consciousness. Learning how to be alone with oneself is a part of that process. In his work entitled Pensées, French philosopher Blaise Pascal observed that “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

As evidenced by Eastern gurus and mystics, one can be perfectly content in isolation. This can be greatly facilitated by the practice of meditation and other such methods that give us a direct perception of our energetic connectedness not only with other people, but with all things. In this higher state, the damaging emotional impact of loneliness and social isolation are not experienced.

Our Next Step

Still, the life of the yogi remains for the few. The rest of us, it seems, have come to this planet to interact, share, and love. And we have not incarnated into this dense physical world to get better at virtual relationships. At this stage, we have perhaps gotten a bit too accustomed to social isolation for our own good.

Holt-Lunstad notes that “although living alone can offer conveniences and advantages for an individual, this meta-analysis indicates that physical health is not among them.” She also cites another study that “has demonstrated higher survival rates for those who are more socially connected.” And then there is the seminal 75-Year Harvard University study, where “it was universally clear that without loving and supportive relationships, men in the study were not happy.” The message is becoming clear: we need to come together.

We are perhaps at a larger turning point in our development than most of us realize. It seems that we have reached the extreme edge of the exploration of individualism, and we are readying to move into greater balance with a collective identity. This is not a return to traditional ways, but rather a synthesis of our growth as individuals with the shared experience we are now hungering for. This synthesis signifies the next stage of our evolution.

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