Healing With Reiki

Today is Friday, October 11th 2019 and I am happy to say that I have already completed 10 rounds of radiation; only 25 more to go!

I learned that the hospital where I get my radiation treatments provides Reiki for free to all patients who are undergoing treatment. While I wasn’t aware of this service the last time that I received radiation treatment, I decided to take advantage of it this time because of the benefits of energy healing. I know from experience that acupuncture, another form of energy healing, has helped me tremendously with muscle spasms and back pain so I thought I would utilize Reiki as another healing tool for me.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery*.

I had the pleasure of meeting and being treated by a wonderful woman, Diane Todd, a Reiki teacher and practitioner who also volunteers at the hospital. Diane explained Reiki to me along with what I may experience as she prepared to treat me.

As Diane performed Reiki, I felt very tranquil and relaxed. I also could feel some tingling in my body. When we were done, she told me craziest thing, she said that she was going to call me a fighter, but she felt the word warrior come to her. For some reason, she felt that it was was fitting to call me a warrior. That blew my mind! I had just written those words the week before when I decided to create this blog and also had the word warrior come to me very strongly in the past while meditating. Diane said that she could tell that there’s a major shift going on in me and that I am very strong.

Diane teaches Reiki and I have decided to take one of her classes so that I can perform self Reiki and give back by volunteering at the hospital.

I truly feel that I am on the right path which is something that I have never felt before in terms of cancer treatment. The changes that I have implemented; my state of mind and attitude, the dietary changes, the Reiki, seem to all be working together. I also started a creative writing class at the community college which is another positive change.

For the first time (possibly ever), I am taking time for myself. Time to rest and heal and do things for me. All positive changes that have made me really happy.

*Excerpted from The International Center for Reiki Training

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