Saturday, 3 June 2017 was just the perfect day to spend with my horses, Shiraz and Galaxy, whilst teaching Animal/Equine Reiki. What an experience!
Holistic dowsing, particularly pendulum dowsing is often incorporated into my practice as a Reiki therapist. Apart from applying my own knowledge, experience and intuition, I often use it to reaffirm my instinctive approach to a specific treatment or to establish any additional aspects that may need to be included into a treatment. I make use of, for example, fan charts to assess or re-assess the specifics of client-specific Reiki treatments. Aspect that I may assess include:
Within the Reiki treatment itself I often use dowsing as a scanning tool. Pendulum dowsing is a quick and accurate way of establishing energy flow and blockages in a client, particularly where scanning by hand is for some reason not possible. By using a pendulum and dowsing over each chakra the energetic status and well-being (i.e. being balanced/under energised/over energised/blocked) of each chakra can be determined. During the Reiki treatment I am then guided by this awareness to focus on specific chakras if necessary.
In conjunction with Allergy testing, dowsing to confirm an allergy has proven useful. I also apply holistic dowsing as an effective tool in distance healing.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a gentle, quick and powerful procedure that leaves the client observably relieved and no longer stuck in their previously distressing, involuntary, out-of-order reaction patterns. It is a technique that has shown great success in the treatment of trauma and painful memories/experiences, chronic pain, habits and addictions, fears and phobias and stress. Probably one of the most important benefits of EFT is relaxation.
During the course of Reiki therapy a client may express very specific concerns such as fears, anxieties, phobias, specific physical pain, specific emotional issues, etc. Although Reiki is a very effective whole-body healing tool, it is sometimes necessary to first deal with more specific issue at hand. Using EFT either at the start or after the Reiki treatment can be quite valuable. Although I do not offer EFT as a freestanding therapy, I have found that there are certain practical applications of EFT, mostly before commencing with the Reiki treatment, that are beneficial to the effectiveness of the Reiki treatment. Clients suffering from headache often find it difficult to relax into the Reiki treatment. By “removing” the physical headache through EFT before commencing with the Reiki treatment, they can enjoy the full benefits of the Reiki treatment. The same applies to applying EFT to clients who experience uncomfortable levels of anxiety prior to a Reiki session.
Reiki is an effective treatment of allergies as it balances the immune system. I always ask clients about allergies and often clients would indicate the possibility of an allergic condition, but without being sure of the cause(s). Being able to obtain further information about their symptom(s), living and working environments and the circumstances within which the symptom(s) may be experienced, I am able to provide them with some additional allergy management tools.
The identification of allergy triggers is the first step. Lifestyle changes and other measures can then be set in motion to manage, minimise and eliminate allergies
This approach to allergies together with Reiki therapy provides for a more holistic approach to dealing with allergies. As a Reiki therapist it is important for me to be able to assist clients with more than just channelling Reiki energy. I need to understand other aspects of their lives and how these affect their vitality and well-being. Modern life is riddled with a variety of allergens – foods, medicines, detergents, cosmetics, the air we breathe – everywhere. Many clients suffer from allergies at some stage or another and at different levels. By being knowledgeable and informed I can be more effective as a therapist, providing clients with ways and means to deal with their allergies on a day-to-day basis.
Generally I do not include colour therapy directly into the actual Reiki treatment. However, the use of colour is a useful tool to aid clients that need to take some practical advice back with them. Incorporating colour into their every-day lives after a Reiki treatment will extend the effects of that Reiki treatment and assist in their “energy maintenance”. I often advise clients as part of the follow-up to the Reiki session on the use of colour to aid in addressing some pertinent issues, e.g.:
The significance of colour cannot be stressed enough. Here are a few colour highlights….
Combining Crystal Healing with a Reiki treatment is quite widely used and documented. The use of crystals amplifies the energy channelled through Reiki to where a specific frequency of energy, specifically related to the energy frequency of the crystals used, is most needed. In my own practice I frequently use crystals as part of the Reiki treatment and the following are examples of some very effective treatments:
It is easy to incorporate crystals into the Reiki treatment, effectively combining the energy benefits of these two therapies to amplify the healing process and to target very specific healing outcomes. Use your imagination and always be guided by your intuition.
I have studied and now practice a number of holistic and natural energy-based therapies. The question, however, has always been: how and when do I incorporate all this into my practice as a Reiki Therapist. To start answering this I have prepared a series of articles to share my knowledge and experiences in this regard.
The principle that everything in the Universe is energy is key to finding an appropriate holistic approach to the use of the vast amount of energy-based healing techniques available to the natural therapist.
As a healer and therapist it is important to understand that we, as humans, have a very specific life-force energy and what this life-force energy entails, i.e. it is both electromagnetic energy and more subtle energies that form the dynamic infrastructure of the Etheric and physical body. In China it is called Chi, in Japan Ki, and in India Prana. No matter what it is called, our life-force energy is what determines our vitality and well-being.
With today’s modern lifestyles, processed foods and stress, our life-force energy is often depleted and our vitality and well-being diminished. We may feel fatigued and demotivated or even suffer from mild depression, insomnia, low immunity, allergies and all sorts of aches, pains, illnesses and discomforts.
As natural therapists our aim is to bring our clients back to balance, replenish their life-force energy and promote self-healing – we assist through some form of “energy intervention” to restore vitality and well-being and help our clients to naturally and holistically heal from the discomforts and illnesses caused by everyday stress and poor lifestyle choices. Natural and holistic therapies are ultimately aimed at promoting and supporting self-healing. This is not only at a physical level, but also at an emotional, mental and spiritual level.
I have found that Reiki is a particularly effective and all-embracing energy therapy and as a Reiki Master practitioner my first choice when treating a client is naturally to use Reiki therapy. Reiki is generally a good starting point – it relaxes the client, enhances vitality and well-being, brings balance and soothes a wide range of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual upsets and discomforts. All this without the need for the client to go into an in-depth analysis of their lives and all its dramas – some clients do not wish to have a counselling or psychotherapeutic session; they merely want to relax and enjoy the feeling of tender loving care and a sense of being nurtured that Reiki provides.
As the therapeutic process which is promoted by Reiki starts to kick in, clients (and therapists) often become more aware of specific issues that may need to be addressed to further support the healing process. This is a natural progression and as a therapist I am acutely aware of this occurrence – I create the environment within which clients can safely and at their own pace find those stepping stones in their journey to a state of balance and well-being.
There are, however, circumstances where it becomes necessary to look beyond Reiki therapy. This is where other energy and holistic therapies come into play. From time to time it may be necessary for a client to consider a therapy that I do not offer and a referral network is essential to facilitate such a step. However, more often than not the preferred course of action indicates that I need to make use of my own therapy tool-kit, incorporating the most appropriate and effective therapy for the specific client and the specific healing aspects and processes that need to be addressed.
This is the background to what will follow over the next few weeks and months – a series of articles that will focus on the use of other energy-based and holistic therapies complementary to my primary healing therapy…. Reiki.
“Traditionally human consciousness has the ability to connect the inner and outer worlds. This has long been the role of shamans and poets, artists and mystics. These are the visionaries of the soul who have held this thread for humanity, who have been called to work in the depths and bring its numinous wonder closer to our collective consciousness. And now as the world is dying and the world is waiting to be reborn, it is calling to those who are awake to this inner dimension, who can make the connection between the worlds. As the psychologist, visionary and gnostic, Carl Jung said, “The world today hangs by a thin thread, and that thread is the psyche of man.” —Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee