You sought peace and
No more depression.
and we went there
A place without our
bodies and our pain.
We went someplace else
and came back
by Janice E. Lodato
Elsewhere is a reflection on a Reiki session where a client sought freedom from depression.
I wish it were true that Reiki is a cure-all for human suffering, but it’s not. Even practicing Reiki at the Master level, one still experiences the fullness of life with its highs and lows. However, the difference is that one is able to observe, manage, and detach from the experience of one’s emotions in a healthy way by connecting with universal life-force energy.
For instance, there are days when I am gripped by dark emotions and moving forward is difficult. Sometimes I just don’t know what to do to help myself feel better or what has caused me to feel blue. There is one thing that always helps me to ride the wave of the emotion and that is Reiki. By placing my hands on myself and accessing the energy of the universe, I am able to feel calm and connected. Then from there I’m able to do things that help me to feel better. For instance, I may call a friend, go for a walk, write in my journal, or practice yoga. The Reiki and these actions help me to start moving out of the dark tunnel and into the light of the day.
Reiki is a tool in your self-care toolkit. It helps you feel better and heal better. It helps you take on the ebb and flow of emotions and the injustices of the world and still be your best self. Reiki integrates easily into your life and can support all your goals, including your creative, athletic, relationship, financial, emotional, and health goals.
Try a Reiki session today or learn to practice Reiki by taking a class! Wishing you the love and light of the universe!
I started writing this post as “Reiki for Hospice Staff and Volunteers” and then realized that I write a lot about “Reiki for <this group of people> and <that condition>,” so I thought it would be useful to get clear on what Reiki is “for” and what it is “not for.”
Reiki is for:
- women, men, children
- people who are sick or healthy
- the stressed out
- cancer patients, survivors, and families
- nurses, doctors, therapists, bodyworkers, lawyers, athletes, musicians
- moms, dads, coaches, teachers
- hospice staff and volunteers
- people with fibromyalgia, allergies, migraines, insomnia, anxiety, depression, or PTSD
- blessing your food
- increasing gratitude in your life
- helping others and yourself
- finding your keys and fixing things*
- skillful speech
- comprehension, confidence, clarity, and cohesion
- working with difficult emotions
- finding your true calling
- connecting with the universe
The list could go on and on. When we say: Reiki is complementary with any treatment or medication and can be used to treat all types of conditions, this is what we mean. It is universal life-force energy and its application is universal. There are no counter-indications.
Reiki is not for:
- mind reading
- use as a replacement for proper medical treatment when that is called for
- harming others or yourself
Reiki is for increasing love, light, and healing in your life. It is not for things that decrease love and light.
So the next time someone asks you what Reiki is for, you can say: Reiki is for whatever you need to achieve your highest healing good. Reiki is always for that!
*Take a Reiki 2 Class to find out more about using the Reiki symbols in everyday life!