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It is my pleasure to send you the December 2013 edition of our Reiki online newsletter. Clicking on the links in the table of contents takes you directly to each article. To return just click on the "Return to Contents" link at the end of each section. I would enjoy your input so we can make this newsletter even more informative and valuable. Feel free use the input form toward the end of the newsletter to send any comments, questions, information or Reiki Stories that you would like to share with other Reiki people.

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As one year changes into another, let us take time to be grateful for all the blessings we've received in the previous year. Many of these are obvious as their enjoyment makes us smile and feel good about ourselves and others; it is truly wonderful to have had these special experiences throughout the year.

And it is also important to give thanks for all the difficult times we've experienced and consider the lessons we've learned from them and how they have helped us grow as people. Perhaps they have helped us development patience, or the ability to forgive, or the development of humility when we accept that we do not always have to be right. And there are likely many other lessons we've learned and can be grateful for.

And let us also look forward to the coming year with the expectation of new opportunities for enjoyment including ways we can help others, learn new skills and accomplish important goals, make new friends and share love with our family and friends.

As we move into the new year, may each of you be deeply blessed as you appreciate each other and allow the miracle working power of Reiki to guide and heal all that you do.

Love and peace to each of you,

William Lee Rand

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Reiki Before Usui
by William Lee Rand

This article is part of a series of articles based on the historical research methods described in the article, “An Evidence Based History of Reiki,” which appeared in the October 2013 edition of this online newsletter and in the Fall 2013 issue of Reiki News Magazine. The purpose of these articles is to dispel the myths about the history and practice of Reiki that first appeared in Western Reiki and have developed since then. It is important that an understanding of Reiki be based on verified facts so that its true nature will be understood, appreciated and practiced.

Many in the Reiki community think that Reiki is something that Usui Sensei developed and that the word should only be applied to his system of healing. But even a cursory examination of the historical evidence reveals that the word Reiki had been in the Japanese lexicon long before Usui Sensei used it. Furthermore, there were other healing systems in existence before Usui Reiki was developed that used the name Reiki and/or used Reiki energy. Clearly, Reiki is a name that isn't exclusive to Usui Reiki but can be applied to any style of healing that uses Reiki energy.

History of the Japanese Language

The Japanese did not have a written language until the seventh century AD when writing became widespread.(1) The system of writing that was developed was based on Chinese ideograms. This system of Chinese characters were first developed around 1200 BC and was standardized during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) resulting in hanzi or kanji as they are called in Japanese. Because of this, many Japanese and Chinese concepts are written using the same characters, making it possible for the Japanese to have an understanding of Chinese writing and vise versa. The hanzi ideograms for rei and ki were introduced to Japan at this time. In Chinese these ideograms are pronounced ling and qi respectively and have similar meanings as they do in Japanese. This indicates that the root concept for Reiki is several thousand years old.(2)

It is not known exactly when Rei and Ki were joined together to form a word; further research is necessary to determine the date and how it was used. But current understanding is that it was sometime after the written Japanese language developed and before it was used by Usui Sensei.

The following is a definition for each of the parts of the Reiki kanji provided by Hiroshi Doi, Japanese Gendai Reiki Ho founder and member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai:

The Kanji of 靈 rei has 3 parts; one 雨, three 口and one 巫.

1) 雨 ame (rain), is a blessing from the Great Universe. It showers down from the sky above, allows living things to grow on the ground, and heals and cleanses everything.
2) Three squares (originally circles) mean the three elements of a human being; body, mind and soul.
3) 巫 means 巫女 (miko) medium who channels God’s will and her mission is to connect heaven and earth.
That is to say, the original meaning of 靈 is the unity of the Great Universe with a human being.

The Kanji of 氣ki is divided into 2 parts.

1. 气, which is said to be formed from the shape of steam or a cloud.
2. The other part, 米, read kome, meaning a staple food like rice.
氣 represents the energy of boiling steam that pushes up the heavy lid of a pot of cooking rice.

The ancient Chinese recognized human breathing, wind (breathing of nature), fog, cloud and steam as 氣. They thought that 1) 氣 is an ever-changing, gaseous material that is ubiquitous and flows everywhere in the universe including in the human body. 2) 氣 is the primal essence of everything in the universe and it is the source of life force and energies that create our physical and mental functions.

Therefore 靈氣 Reiki is the energy of life that is being guided by the Great Universe (the Universal Being of Wisdom and Love) and can be channeled by those who have received this special ability.

Mataji Kawakami

In an email I received September 29, 2013, Doi Sensei said he had been an honorary adviser for the Global Holistic Healing Association in Japan, an organization that practiced Usui Reiki. Katsuyuki Takashahi was a supporting member who wrote a newsletter called Holistic Healing. In the February 2003 issue of the newsletter he included a note about Mataji Kawakami, who was a Ryojutsu-ka (therapist) and president of Trinity Research. In 1914, Kawakami founded a healing practice he called 霊気療法 Reiki Ryoho. He had the term Reiki Ryoho recognized by the medical and educational experts of the time and wrote a book titled, Reiki Ryoho to Sono Koka , 霊気療法とその効果 ,Reiki Healing and its Effects, which was published in 1919.

According to Doi Sensei and Toshitaka Mochizuki, another esteemed Japanese Reiki sensei and author, there were several other Reiki healing methods being practiced in Japan prior to Usui Reiki Ryoho. These include: 霊感透熱療法  Reikan Tonetsu Ryoho created by Reikaku Ishinuki, 洗心流霊気療法 Senshin-ryu Reiki  Ryoho created by Kogetsu Matsubara and 生道霊掌術 Seido Reisho-jutsu created by Reisen Oyama.(3)

It is also important to note that Usui Sensei didn't call his system of healing Reiki; he called it Shin-shin Kai-Zen Usui Reiki Ryoho (The Usui Reiki Treatment Method for Improvement of Body and Mind) or in the shorter version, Usui Reiki Ryoho. This indicates that Usui Sensei understood that what he developed was his style of Reiki healing, not the only style.

So from this information we can see that Reiki isn't a name that applies only to the system of healing Usui Sensei developed, but can be used by any system of healing that uses Reiki energy.

Reiki Energy Defined

So what is Reiki energy and how can we recognize it? In The Spirit of Reiki, a book published in 2001 that I wrote along with Arjava Petter and Walter Lubeck, there is a definition of Reiki on page 22. It explains that Reiki is any healing energy that fulfills the following four criteria:

1. The ability to perform Reiki comes from having received an attunement, rather than developing the ability over time through the use of meditation or other exercises.
2. All Reiki techniques are part of a lineage, meaning the technique has been passed from teacher to student through an attunement process, starting with [the founder of the technique].
3. Reiki does not require that one guides the energy with the mind, as it is guided by the higher power that knows what vibration or combination of vibrations [are needed by the client].
4. Reiki can do no harm.(4)

I hope this gives you a better understanding and appreciation for Reiki. I encourage you to use Reiki more frequently to bring happiness and healing to yourself and to those who come to you for help. May you always be blessed by the love and wisdom of the Universe.

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1 Bjarke Frellesvig, History of the Japanese Language (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010) 12.

2 Noriko Kurosawa Williams, The Key to Kanji, A Visual History of 1100 Characters (Boston, MA: Cheng & Tsui Company, Inc, 2010) 1; P. G. O'Neill, Essential Kanji (New York: Weatherhill, Inc, 1973) 44, 189.

3 Email communication received November 10, 2013 from Doi Sensei through his interpreter, Fumi Koji; Toshitaka Mochitzuki, Iyashi No Te (Healing Hands), (Tokyo, Japan: Tama Shuppan, 1995).

4 Walter Lubeck, Frank Arjava Petter, and William Lee Rand, The Spirit of Reiki (Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 2001) 22.


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Reiki and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Healing the Soul
by Kathie Lipinski, RN, MSN, CH

Author’s note: This article follows my presentation at the International Center for Reiki Training Annual Retreat at Lake George, New York 2012. At the time of this writing, we on the northeast coast of the United States have just lived through Hurricane Sandy and a nor’easter. This article first appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Reiki News Magazine.

Many residents along the East Coast, especially here on Long Island where I live, are in the midst of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as they struggle to survive and have their basic needs met (from hurricane Sandy). Their story of survival, heroism and community coming together is a work in progress and a tribute to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The dark night of the soul

With today’s technology and communication systems, it is easy to become aware of world events as well as individual experiences. What was once experienced locally can now be shared globally. Trauma, often times part of the human condition, whether experienced individually or collectively, can now be experienced vicariously through the Internet and/or television. It is no wonder that awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has risen dramatically and information about this condition is much more readily available (See Resources). PTSD is still an individualized experience, with ramifications for the family as well as the community. It is an injury of the soul and the spirit of the person. Reiki can calm and restore the spirit, often times bringing healing to old, buried wounds.

My attempt in writing this article is to provide a general description of PTSD, its causes and symptoms, and most important, how we as Reiki practitioners can help. I have also included guidelines provided me through my experiences working with people with PTSD as well as those of the nurses who work with veterans at the Northport VA Medical Center here on Long Island as part of the 2011 Mind-Body Grant. It is beyond the realm of this article to discuss the entire scope of PTSD, including factors such as statistics, susceptibility, causes, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment. Instead, I have included a list of excellent resources that provide that pivotal information.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder defined

The term PTSD was first coined in 1980 when the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the main professional organization of psychiatrists in the United States, added PTSD to their DSM classification (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders). The DSM is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States. Their intention was to fill a gap in psychiatric theory and practice.

The most current edition of the DSM-IV-TR 2000 lists the criteria for the diagnosis of PTSD as:

309.81 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present:

  1. The person experienced, witnessed or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, to a threat to the physical integrity of self or others.
  2. The person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror (note in children this may be expressed by disorganized or agitated behavior)
  • The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of function.
  • The symptoms usually develop shortly after the event but may take years
  • Symptoms are present for at least one month.
  • It is considered an anxiety disorder.(1)

The classification by the DSM was important because it emphasized that the causative agent of PTSD was outside the individual (i.e. traumatic event) rather than an inherent weakness. The classification was revised in 1987, 1994, and 2000 (next edition due out in 2013), as they came to understand that different people have different perceptions of trauma as well as different responses or vulnerability to developing symptoms after being exposed to extreme stressful events or situations.

One important finding that was not apparent when PTSD was first proposed as a diagnosis in 1980 is that it is relatively common. Recent data from the National Comorbidity Survey indicates PTSD prevalence rates are 5% and 10%, respectively, among American men and women. Rates of PTSD are much higher in post-conflict settings such as Algeria (37%), Cambodia (28%), Ethiopia (16%) and Gaza (18%).(2)

In a nutshell, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is:

• A debilitating anxiety disorder that occurs after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event that involves either a real or perceived threat of injury or death. This can include a natural disaster, combat, an assault, physical or sexual abuse, or other trauma.

• PTSD sufferers have a heightened sense of danger and impending doom. Their natural “fight or flight response” is damaged, causing them to feel stressed or fearful even in safe situations.

• Once called “shell shock” or “battle fatigue,” PTSD has recently received more public attention because of the high number of war veterans who have the disorder. However, PTSD can happen to anyone at any age. PTSD occurs as a response to chemical changes in the brain and is not the result of a character flaw or weakness.(3)

Symptoms of PTSD

The most common symptoms of PTSD as described by people with its diagnosis are:

  • Re-experiencing the trauma through flashbacks; nightmares; obsessive thoughts (they can see, hear, smell, taste things that seem real)
  • Insomnia; nightmares
  • Intrusive thoughts – thoughts that are unwanted, feel uncontrollable, and often pertain to disturbing or distressing themes
  • Concentration problems
  • Numbness; depression
  • Feelings of estrangement from others; feeling or wanting to be alone
  • Hypervigilance – always being on alert; always ready to fight or do battle
  • Sudden startling
  • Irritability; anger; panic
  • Shame; guilt (survivors’ guilt)
  • Avoidance of situations, people/objects that remind them of event
  • Increased anxiety in general

One of the main reasons that people do not report these symptoms is that these can be easily mistaken for symptoms of mental illness. People often fear that diagnosis, its stigma and all its consequences. Perhaps this is why less than 50% of veterans seek help.

Causes of PTSD

It is important to remember that not everyone who experiences a traumatic event gets PTSD. Many factors come into play. Some of the many causes or risk factors for PTSD are:

  • Serious accident, injury; mutilation
  • Rape
  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Betrayal by a loved one
  • Wars/Attacks/Bombings
  • Community violence (shootings/bullying)
  • Loss of family members, friends, community, property, possessions, home
  • Loss of job
  • Natural disasters – tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, flood

Additional risk factors for the development of PTSD include:

  • How intense the trauma was or how long it lasted
  • If you were injured or lost someone important to you
  • How close you were to the event
  • How strong your reaction was
  • How much you felt in control of events
  • How much help and support you got after the event (4)

Many people who go through a trauma have some symptoms at the beginning. Only some will develop PTSD over time. Being exposed to violence as a child as well as a family history of mental illness, depression, mood disorders or anxiety may increase the risk of developing PTSD after a traumatic event. A recent study suggested that the roots of PTSD may not be the battlefield, but in childhood where emotional problems and traumatic events were experienced. The level of violence in a person’ life prior to military experience seemed to be more of a causative factor in the development of PTSD than exposure to combat or other war atrocities.(5)

Vicarious trauma

People with PTSD are not the only ones who are affected by trauma. Those in the helping professions such as medical personnel, doctors, nurses, first responders, emergency workers, fire fighters, police, therapists, social workers, reporters and even energy workers can experience the effects of trauma vicariously because of an empathic connection with the person. Being committed and/or responsible for helping others, seeing suffering every day, being repeatedly exposed to horrific trauma or inhumane acts committed on another human being can eat at the soul or spirit of those trying to help. Hope can be lost and “compassion fatigue” can set in, oftentimes leading to burnout. The person who was dedicated to helping others loses hope and can also become depressed him or herself. Even Reiki practitioners, because of their compassion and energetic connection, can develop compassion fatigue from listening to and working with those experiencing trauma over a long period of time.

Fight or Flight Response

Our bodies are designed for survival and have three responses to stress: Fight, Flight or Freeze. When we perceive a threat, stress hormones are released to activate the body’s protective mechanisms. Often this is referred to as an adrenalin rush. Blood flow to the muscles increases, blood pressure and pulse rates increase, and breathing becomes faster—all to enable the person to respond to the perceived danger. Any function that is not needed for immediate survival either slows down or shuts down. Digestion slows down, the immune response is suppressed, hunger diminishes, etc. Repeated exposure to stress or a stress response sustained over a long period of time can have a damaging impact on one’s health. It can also lead to negative coping mechanisms such as excessive smoking, eating or drinking, numbing through drugs or other maladaptive behaviors. For the person with PTSD, the perception of danger is a constant, and they are always “on.” The body is thus constantly stressed and health problems can develop as a result.

War: A rite of passage

In the past, going to war to protect the tribe, the family or the nation was often seen as a rite of passage. Many cultures had physical, mental and spiritual rituals to prepare their young boys for war. The rite of passage from young boyhood into manhood by going into battle was viewed as an integral part of life. Boys were taught to surrender their ego for the greater good.

When the battle was over, they were welcomed back as men. There were many rituals of return: purification, cleansing and celebration. The “men” were encouraged to tell their story as a way to clear, heal, grow and move on.

War today is much more destructive on many levels and has lingering effects physically and emotionally. Chemical warfare, bombings and other forms of attack can affect soldiers while in battle as well as after they return home. The concept of battle as a rite of passage may exist to a degree, but the return is much different. Soldiers often come back to a culture of denial (remember the Vietnam War). Rituals for healing may be non-existent and vets are often isolated with no sense of community. They don’t get to tell their story as a form of healing. Denial is the name of the game. Perhaps this contributes to the development of PTSD?

Injury to the soul

PTSD can develop after an injury to the soul. The primal urge to survive dominates the human experience. In times of crisis or trauma, a person may often do anything to survive. A person being robbed or raped, assaulted or beaten, may surrender or give in just to stay alive. In times of war or battle, innocent people may be killed, horrific things may be done to another human being or a soldier can survive an attack when others in his or her command didn’t.

The soul knows the difference between good and bad, right and wrong. The above are examples of good people being caught in impossible dilemmas. The things they do to survive may be at odds with their core ethical and moral beliefs. A person may have to go against his or her conscience and find it challenging to believe in his or her own worth and goodness afterwards. Shame and guilt may follow, contributing to the development of PTSD as well.

The energetic dynamics of trauma

Looking at the energetic chakra system, you can see that trauma can affect a person at any level. Using Byosen scanning or a pendulum to detect the area most out of balance or in need at that moment is perhaps the best way to begin. Any trauma to that part of the body or what it represents can affect the person physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. Here are some examples:

The First Chakra/ Root Chakra has to do with safety and survival, one’s family of origin or “roots.” Any threat to one’s survival be it a natural disaster, attack, loss of job, home, family dysfunction or act of violence

The Second Chakra/ Creative or Sacral Chakra has to do with creativity, sexuality or intimacy. Some say it is also represents where we store our emotions. Any threat to or attack of a sexual nature, any loss of physical function, or betrayals of intimacy

The Third Chakra/ Solar Plexus or Power Center Chakra represents our personal power and its expression. Any attack that attempts to take away one’s power or make one submissive.

The Fourth Chakra/ or Heart Chakra has to do with love: love of self, love of others. Loss of love, loss of a loved one, betrayal, hurtful words or actions

The Fifth Chakra/ or Throat Chakra has to do with communication. Do you speak up for yourself; are your words suppressed; are you allowed to speak or often silenced?

The Sixth Chakra/ or Third Eye Chakra has to do with intuition or knowing. Do you trust what you sense or know? Do others negate or ridicule your “knowing”? Has life led you to distrust your intuition? Has something bad happened because you didn’t listen to your inner voice?

The Seventh Chakra/ or Crown Chakra relates to spirituality and feeling connected to a higher power; Source. Have you lost faith or trust in life? With your fellow human being? Do you feel alone in the world? Not connected?

How Reiki can help when working with PTSD

Reiki, simply stated, calms and stills the spirit of the person. It can promote relaxation from the outside in and remind the body how it feels to be calm again. The act of sharing Reiki can also remind the body that physical touch can be nurturing and therapeutic. Reiki promotes inner peace and calm. When the spirit self has been calmed and quieted, the physical healings of the body can begin.

During the fight or flight response, emotions are often buried in an attempt to assist the person through the traumatic experience. Oftentimes, emotions can get trapped and stored in the body as cellular memory. Through deep relaxation and calming of the spirit, those trapped or buried emotions and trauma can be gently released.

It is important to remember that Reiki heals at the soul or spirit level, thus we can never predict the person’s experience or outcome. Trusting and following the energy will always take us where we need to go and address what the person needs most in that moment.

Reiki and PTSD

Reiki students and practitioners often ask me “what is the protocol for” or “how should I work with a person with …”? My answer is always that you follow the energy. When a person comes to you, no matter what the diagnosis or condition is, you treat them as a human being first. People are not their diagnosis or their condition. Understanding the condition or having guidelines can help (see working with PTSD Guidelines), but the most important thing to know when giving Reiki is that it acts on priority. This means that it gives the person what they most need at that moment in time….not what we think they need. The person may need physical relaxation, emotional calming, mind clearing, etc. They may need to release old traumas. We don’t know and should not assume we know what they need. Let the person and his energy guide you and show you what he needs.

Reiki at the VA: The Innovations in Care Grant

This past year I was privileged to be part of the Innovations in Care Grant at the Northport VA Medical Center on Long Island. The grant was part of a national movement toward wellness, health coaching and self-care for veterans. Richelle Rappaport, RN, MSN, AHN-BC, PMHCNS-BC, was responsible for writing the grant. The focus of the program was to train VA Clinical staff in various holistic modalities including Reiki, meditation, guided imagery, Tai Chi and reflexology. (Her description of the grant and its stages is featured in the current issue of Beginnings: Journal for the American Holistic Nurses. The issue was dedicated to holistic nurses joining forces to care for veterans(6). I began teaching Reiki I and II to the VA staff in October 2011 and completed the training in June 2012. Those that attended were mostly nurses, but several social workers, physical therapists, psychiatrists, one medical doctor, pharmacists, occupational therapists and several nursing assistants also attended. Classes were held at the VA and more than 60 personnel completed Reiki I and II. Those that had already had Reiki II were advanced to Advanced Reiki Training and the Master Teacher level. They were so willing and excited to learn Reiki and marveled at this simple yet powerful technique. It was such a gift to bring this wonderful healing energy to the staff so that they could take care of themselves as well as their patients. Since completing the training, many are using it in their personal lives to take care of themselves and their loved ones. Some are blending it in with their patient care on their perspective units and sharing it among themselves.

Reiki for vets

Since the Innovations grant began, nurses and other health care professionals who have provided Reiki have shared some of the comments from vets after their sessions. Here is what the vets said:

“The Reiki helps me sleep through the night.”

“I can focus better and I am looking at life more positively.”

“I have not had a panic attack in four weeks and have not awoken with a nightmare.”

“The Reiki helps me to be more open with my wife.  I am talking more.”  

“I can relax now and I am sleeping better.”

“I had two to three panic attacks a week when we began. I have not had any in weeks.”

“The Reiki helps my headaches. I am decreasing my pain meds with my doctors’ direction.”

“I have never showed any emotion related to my survivor guilt. The Reiki helped me to let the emotions out.” (Vietnam vet)

“I can’t believe my pain is decreased. The narcotics can’t do that.”

“I have not been able to relax since Iraq. The Reiki allows me to relax for the first time.”

“I have started to do things I always wanted to do. I am no longer doing things I should not do. I am letting things go and not getting angry about everything. I am becoming who I really am.” I am like a caterpillar changing into a butterfly.”

“Reiki helps me go to a place of peace inside.”

A patient, who could not sit still, sat quietly for 30 minutes and reported that his back pain went from a 10 down to a 6. A woman who had PTSD after 9/11, reported that she felt “more trusting” after her Reiki sessions. Her Reiki session was like a “safe haven” for her.

Guidelines for Reiki practitioners working with clients with PTSD

Based on our experiences working with the vets at the VA (but relevant for consideration for anyone with PTSD), here are some suggestions to keep in mind:

  • Reiki is about relaxation and balancing energy
  • It is not our job to fix them; we hold the space for healing
  • Do not diagnose
  • Follow the energy and allow yourself to be guided
  • Don’t practice beyond your training
  • Create a sense of safety and trust (very important)
  • Be honest
  • Educate yourself about PTSD
  • PTSD needs a holistic approach (combination of Reiki, medications and talk therapy)
  • Have a therapist you can refer clients to. Have one that you can confer with if you have questions
  • Start slowly; work on establishing trust and safety
  • It’s important for them to feel in control
  • Ask for permission to touch.
  • May begin with hands 1–2 inches off the body until person feels comfortable with touch
  • Ask “What would make you more comfortable?”
  • Leave door open; let client face the door; may not like others watching
  • Be mindful of music – eg. some Vietnam vets don’t like Asian music
  • No woo woo stuff. Vets are most often very down-to-earth people.
  • Don’t press them to tell their story—this can re-traumatize them
  • Look them in the eyes; call them by their name. Respect is important to them
  • Offer your full presence; focus on the moment
  • Let them know it is okay if they want to keep their eyes open during a session
  • Don’t stand behind them without telling them—NO SURPRISES!!
  • Check in with them often during session
  • Let them set the pace

Most important: JUST DO REIKI!

How to handle a flashback

When working with someone who has PTSD or has undergone a serious trauma, flashbacks— or the reliving of an intense experience—may happen. These flashbacks can be happy or sad, exciting or any other emotion. The problem is that the person may not be able to recognize it as a memory and believe that it is happening now. Here are some guidelines on what to do if a person has a flashback.

  • Break contact and take your hands off the person immediately
  • State the person’s name; orient him or her as to place and time (“Joe, this is …and you are in my office for a Reiki session”)
  • Make eye contact; have the person look at you or something in your office
  • Ask him or her to sit up
  • Don’t assist or touch without permission
  • Move to the side and do not sit or stand above him or her
  • Have the person count out loud
  • Give the person space and time to come back


After my presentation at the Retreat, participants were interested in how they could gain access to the VA system to help get Reiki to the vets. I explained that not all vets want to access the VA system to get help. Some want nothing more to do with the military once their tour is done. Others don’t want to be labeled as PTSD as it can affect their work record. There are many vets in the community not utilizing VA services. I have provided a list of resources (See Resources) such as Honor A Veteran to help veterans in your area. People with PTSD can be found in various support groups like 12 Step programs, TBI groups (Traumatic Brain Injury), mental health facilities and local veterans associations.

PTSD is a complex condition and many people will have to deal with it sometime in their life or the life of a loved one. The more we know about it, the more we can understand and help. Public awareness of PTSD is on the rise and there is so much information and so many resources now available. Reiki is a great way to calm and nurture the spirit of someone experiencing PTSD.

Reiki and PTSD Resources List


Curtin, Richard. 2012. Psychotherapeutic Reiki, A Holistic Mind Body Approach To Psychotherapy – A Training Manual.

Hart II, Ashley B. 2000. An Operators Manual for Combat PTSD: Essays for Coping. Iuniverse.

Levine, Peter. 1997. Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Levine, Peter. 2010. In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Naparstak, Belleruth. 2005. Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal. New York, NY: Bantam. www.Health

Tick, Edward. 2005. War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books.


Fehrs, Linda. "Reiki and psychological trauma." Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies.

Dey, Eileen, and Michael Emanuel. :Reiki for veterans." Reiki News Magazine Winter2008: 41—43.

"Holistic nurses joining forces to care for veterans." Beginnings: Journal of the American Holistic Nurses 32 no. 5. (October 2012): 14—16.


The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine. 300 centers in United States. 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387).

Honor a Veteran. Holistic services free or at discount rate for vets and families.

Warrior Resilience Center.






5 Wray, Herbert, “Embattled Childhood: The Real Trauma in PTSD,” Scientific American Mind (Nov/Dec 2012): 74.

6 “Holistic Nurses Joining Forces to Care for Veterans,” Beginnings: Journal of the American Holistic Nurses 32, no. 5 (October 2012): 14 – 16,

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In Memory of Harry Kuboi

On October 19, Harry Kuboi passed to the other side. Harry was the eighth Reiki Master initiated by Takata Sensei, having recieved his mastership in April 1977. In 1983 I was living in Honolulu, Hawaii and was part of a Reiki support group. We invited Harry to our group to talk about Reiki. I remember him as a dedicated Reiki practitioner and teacher who had an interest in many areas of metaphysics. Dick Giles was one of his students and emailed me with the information on his passing. Dick says: "I'll surely miss this kind, warm hearted, and sincere friend. His passion, dedication, and always beaming face, will be solely missed."

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Reiki Hand Positions for Self-Treatment Video
passes 1/2 million views!

As of December 29, this video had 519,932 views


Reiki History Updated
Place it on Your Web Site

One of the facts about Reiki is that the practice didn’t start out in the West with an accurate history. There were many discrepancies in the story told by Takata Sensei and there were also difficulties in uncovering accurate information about the history. The difficulties included language, cultural and geographic barriers between Japan and the West as well as the fact Reiki went underground in Japan after World War II making it almost impossible even for the Japanese to learn Reiki.

However, as early as 1991, I began a search for an accurate history of Reiki and over time many discoveries were made. As more accurate information became available, I updated the history of Reiki in Reiki the Healing Touch. Over the last several years facts have emerged that provide important new insight into how Usui Sensei discovered, developed, practiced and taught Reiki. These new facts have come from research done in Japan by Hiroshi Doi, Tadao Yamaguchi, Hyakuten Inamoto and Arjava Petter. In August I completed an update of the history of Reiki which is included in a revised version of Reiki the Healing Touch. However, this new history is now available on the ICRT web site.

You have permission to copy and place this updated history onto your own web site – as long as you do not make any changes and use the whole document. To read the updated history or to place it on your web site click here.

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The Reiki Membership Association

We’ve started a Reiki membership association. Its purpose is to establish a professional image for our members at the same time we assist members in creating a thriving Reiki practice. I’ve focused my 20+ years experience teaching and practicing Reiki into this purpose and have created a set of membership benefits based on what I know produce results. Please see the list of benefits below and also go to

  • Standards of Practice
  • Code of Ethics
  • Advertise your Practice. Members average 1-3 referrals/mo.
  • Personalized Reiki Brochure
  • Membership Certificate
  • Online Database for your Classes and Students
  • Online Personalized Student CertificatesReiki Share Page
  • Social Networking Page for Members
  • Reiki Insurance
  • Step by Step Guidelines on How to Develop Your Reiki Practice
Membership is currently for US and Canadian residents only.

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New Reiki Grid
Using the World Peace Crystal Grid
Laminated 14 1/4" x 14 1/4" North Pole
Peace Grid Print with instructions.

Use this picture to create a Reiki Grid which will send Reiki continuously to all those who's names or photos you place in the grid. The grid is created by placing crystals over the ones in the photo and having a Master crystal to charge the grid.

Click to order or read more

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Reiki Appreciation Cards
Special Introductory Price $12.95 $9.95

Order $50 or more and get a reduced price of $8.95 each

A deck of 54 cards with 10 different appreciations and photos.
Give them to those you appreciate. The card encourages
those who receive them to pass the card on to others.

10 Appreciation Card Statements

You are loved.

I appreciate you.

You are an inspiration.

You are a wonderful person.

Continue to follow your heart.

I appreciate who you have become.

The world needs more people like you.

You are a blessing to those around you.

You are doing the right thing; keep going.

You make a difference in people’s
lives and are loved by them.

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Seven Day
Inward Bound Karuna Reiki®
Training on Maui

March 6–12, 2014
Class runs 8:30am - 6:30pm on March 6
9:00am - 6:30pm on all other days
Hana, Maui, Hawaii

Training requirement
ART/Master for a minimum of 6 months.

William Lee Rand

Assistant Facilitator
Colleen Benelli

As we explore the natural world and discover beauty and
power in sacred places, so too will we explore the inner
world and discover beauty and power within ourselves.

Find out more about this 7 day training.

Center for Reiki Research
by William Lee Rand

The Center for Reiki Research web site provides important resources for those interested in Reiki research. The site features a listing and summaries of all Reiki research studies published in peer-reviewed journals. The summaries have been produced using the Touchstone Process; a highly rigorous peer-reviewed method of analyzing all the studies in a particular field. Its application to Reiki research is noteworthy.

The Touchstone Process was developed by the CRR staff, a group of seven doctorally prepared researchers and five nurses and is unique to the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The site also includes articles on research study design, how to write case reports, documenting Reiki sessions, insurance reimbursement for Reiki sessions and the scientific basis of Reiki. A consultation service is also offered for those wanting to conduct Reiki research. In addition, the site contains detailed descriptions of the Reiki programs offered in 64 hospitals across the US.

The site is free although it is necessary to register to use the information on the site.

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Reiki In Hospital PowerPoint Presentation

We’ve developed a Reiki in hospitals PowerPoint presentation to be shown to hospital administrators and staff that will help explain how a Reiki hospital program would work. It explains Reiki, includes Reiki research, explains the benefits of Reiki and the various types of Reiki programs hospitals are currently using, and also includes a list of prominent hospitals that have Reiki programs and so forth. Click here to purchase.

CAM Research Associates

Our consultation service is offered to those planning to conduct CAM research and includes strategic guidance, project planning, and management to help you include all components critical to rigorous study design.

Center for Reiki Research Booklet

This 193 page booklet contains all the information on the Center for Reiki Research web site including the Reiki research references for all 25 studies published in peer-reviewed journals, the research summaries for the studies referenced, all 11 articles and the listings and detailed program info on each of 64 hospitals where Reiki is offered as part of hospital services. This is a great one of a kind booklet and a must for anyone interested in Reiki research.

Table of Contents

Center for Reiki Research.......................................................4

The Touchstone Process........................................................6

Research Staff.......................................................................7

Reiki Research Consultation Service......................................14


Reiki Research Study Summaries..........................................67

Research Studies Conclusion..............................................100

Hospital List.......................................................................101

Center for Reiki Research Articles

Guidelines for Conducting Quality Reiki Research.................17
by Mary Kearns, PhD

Writing Case Reports for Reiki..............................................21
by Jane Van De Velde, RN, DNP

Documenting Reiki Sessions................................................25
by Jane Van De Velde, RN, DNP

Insurance Reimbursement for Reiki Sessions........................29
by Jane Van De Velde, RN, DNP

Science and the Human Energy Field...................................33
by James L. Oschman, PhD interviewed by William Lee Rand

Reiki in Hospitals................................................................41
by William Lee Rand

How We Got Reiki Into the Hospital.....................................44
by Ava Wolf and Janet Wing

Developing a Reiki Program at Maine Medical Center...........46
by Patricia Keene

A Healing Space for Reiki in a Hospital...............................49
by Janny E. Adkins, RN, BS, CHTP, HNC

The Story of Dr. Chujiro Hayashi.........................................50
by Marianne Streich

How Hawayo Takata Practiced and Taught Reiki.................56
by Marianne Streich

To purchase this booklet, you will be required to log on to the Center for Reiki Research web site.

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Developing Your Reiki Practice

An anthology of articles from the Reiki News written by
people who have developed thriving Reiki practices. They explain
what worked and what didn't work and what you need to do to
make your Reiki business as successful as you'd like it to be.

Table of Contents
Create a Thriving Reiki Practice, Part I by William Rand....................................9

Create a Thriving Reiki Practice, Part II by William Lee Rand..........................13

Keys to a Successful Reiki Practice by Particia Mahaffey................................18

Reiki Centers: How Seven Owners Achieved Success by Patricia Mahaffe..23

Starting a Reiki Practice: Business Basics by Marianne Streich.....................31

Creating a Reiki Circle for Your Community by Elleen Dey, M.A.....................39

Creating A Successful Reiki Community by Kimberly Fleisher........................42

Become an Approved Continuing Education Provider by Dawn Fleming.......45

Secrets of a Traveling Reiki Master by William Lee Rand................................48

Booklet - $12   |   Digital Version - £8 (Approx. $12.65)


Reiki Classes
Taught by William Lee Rand

Reiki I & II
January 18-19, 2014 Hana, Maui, HI
September 19-20, 2014 Gold Coast, Australia
October 03-04, 2014 Melbourne, Australia
October 17-18, 2014 Launceston, Australia

ART/Master Training
January 24-26, 2014 Hana, Maui, HI
March 28-30, 2014 Southfield, MI
April 25-27, 2014 Glens Falls, NY
May 19-23, 2014 Glastonbury, United Kingdom
May 26-30, 2014 Glastonbury, United Kingdom
July 11-13, 2014 Anchorage, AK
July 18-20, 2014 Hana, Maui, HI
August 15-17, 2014 Redondo Beach, CA
September 22-24, 2014 Gold Coast, Australia
October 06-08, 2014 Melbourne, Australia
October 20-22, 2014 Launceston, Australia

Karuna Reiki®
March 06-12, 2014 Hana, Maui, HI - Seven Day Inward Bound Karuna Reiki®
April 04-06, 2014 Southfield, MI
April 29-May 01, 2014 Glens Falls, NY
June 02-06, 2014 Glastonbury, United Kingdom
June 09-13, 2014 Glastonbury, United Kingdom
July 25-27, 2014 Hana, Maui, HI
August 19-21, 2014 Redondo Beach, CA
September 26-28, 2014 Gold Coast, Australia
October 10-12, 2014 Melbourne, Australia
October 24-26, 2014 Launceston, Australia

Retreat 2014 - Silver Bay
Labor Day Weekend 2014

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World Peace Card Meditation
Wednesday, January 15, 7:30pm

Future Dates

To be announced

You are invited to take part in the next World Peace Card Meditations. Please mark your calendar and forward this notice to all your friends.

Thanks for Your Help!

Because so many of you forwarded this email to your friends, there have been almost 321,000 downloads of the World Peace Cards. This is a tremendous increase in the number of people using the cards. So far the total number of World Peace Card sets downloaded, received from our free offer and from our magazine has been nearly 336,000! I hope you have been using your peace cards as their use brings blessings to the world as well as to you.

The next World Peace Card group meditations have been scheduled for Wednesday, January 15 at 7:30pm. This is local time in your time zone. This method has been chosen because of the special effect it produces. As people meditate in each successive time zone the energy builds like a wave which gets stronger and stronger as it circles the planet. Because of the higher dimensional nature of consciousness, the energy of peace will be transmitted for a full 24 hours and continue long after this.

Reports from those who took part in the previous meditations indicate many had powerful spiritual experiences. As they united with those taking part in the meditation a feeling of peace developed within that stayed with each for a long time. Some saw beautiful golden light surrounding the planet and others felt that a web of fear was dissipating and being replaced with trust in others and for our future.

All those who have received the cards are being asked to meditate on world peace at this time. By taking part in this group meditation, you’ll be joining thousands of people who will be using the cards to bring peace to the world. By joining together, the affect we have will be greatly multiplied. This powerful experience and will help shift the vibration of our wonderful planet into a higher state of consciousness. As you use the cards to meditate on world peace, you will be a beacon through which peace will spread around the planet which will have a positive uplifting effect on all people.

Please set aside this time to meditate with the cards. The suggested meditation period is 15 minutes, but of course you can meditate longer if you’d like to. The technique I’d like you to use is based on allowing yourself to be a beacon of peace. The World Peace Cards hold the vibration of the World Peace Grids which have been placed at spiritually significant locations and are relay stations for higher consciousness. By simply opening to their energy, you’ll become a channel for their love and peace which will flow through you to all the people on Earth. To do this, hold the cards in your hands or place them in front of you. Then simply meditate on peace.

We are entering a new era. Our entire planet including all the people and living things are moving into a place where it will be much easier to solve our problems and to create peace, prosperity and happiness for everyone. The World Peace Card meditation will quicken this process, making it easier for people to experience this new quality of higher consciousness and will provide great benefit for all people. Since this benefit will be flowing through you out to everyone on the planet, you'll be blessed by this experience as well.

Many have received the cards in the mail or in the Reiki News Magazine while others have downloaded them from our web site. If you would like additional copies of the cards, please download them using this link and print as many copies as you can use. Please feel free to give them to your friends. Also, forward this email to anyone you feel would like to take part in the meditation.

World Peace Card Download

Additional World Peace Cards

Note: This is a larger file and it may take several
minutes for it to open, so please be patient.

When printing the cards from this file, print page 2 first, then place this page in your printer and print the image of the peace grids on the back.

New Reiki Grid - Send Reiki to Others

We also have a new image of the World Peace Crystal Grid that can be used for a Reiki Grid. By using it for your Reiki Grid you'll be tapping into the energy of all the peace grids and this will add to the energy that is sent to all those whose names or photos you place in the grid making the Reiki more effective and adding wonderful feelings of peace and harmony. And each time you charge your grid, you'll be charging the peace grids for world peace! With this system you'll use 12 crystals around the outside - placing 1 crystal over each of the crystals in the photo plus 1 crystal in the center and 1 as your master crystal for a total of 14 crystals. The additional crystals will also hold and transmit more energy. Also, remember you can place your goals into the grid as well. I suggest printing it on glossy photo paper if you have it or you could get some at your office supply store. You'll need to trim the one side of the grid after it's printed.

Read the story of the World Peace Grids
Reiki and World Peace
by William Lee Rand

This is a pdf file of an article that appeared in the Winter 2004 issue of the Reiki News Magazine. It describes the World Peace Crystal Grid program, and the adventures William experienced placing them at the North and South Pole and in Jerusalem. The article contains lots of pictures

Thank you for taking part in this group meditation

William Lee Rand
The International Center for Reiki Training


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The Reiki Touch
Tool Kit for Reiki Practitioners
by William Lee Rand

The Best Value in the Reiki World Today!

Kit contains all new material not previously available

DVD with 1 hour of Reiki instruction including hand positions, Byosen Scanning, Gyoshi Ho, Seeing Auras and Past lives and more.

CD1 with 3 guided Reiki meditations to strengthen your Reiki energy, help solve problems and enhance creativity, protect you from negative influences and connect you to an enlightened being.

CD2 with background music to play during Reiki treatments.

Workbook with 100 pages of instruction and information.

Reiki Cards containing all the hand positions, symbols (but not the glyphs) and Reiki techniques that can be used for memorization or to do readings that will direct you in the best way to use Reiki to heal.

The Reiki Touch kit has been professionally produced and is easily worth over $100.00.
But we’re making it available for only:

Regular price $39.95
Actual cost after web discount $35.95 or $25.17 if you buy 5 or more.

Limited Time Offer
Receive a Free Copy of the
2 hr. Reiki Presentation DVD and a Free copy of the first edition of the Reiki News Magazine (otherwise out of print) with each copy of The Reiki Touch you order! A $16 value!

Note: The free Reiki News Magazine is in pdf format and
requires a computer with a DVD drive to read or print it.


Reiki Teachers
Buy 5 or more, get the 30% discount and resell them to your Reiki students.
Charge a little more for your class and offer them
as part of your class materials!
This will add value to your class and attract additional students!

Remember, every kit you buy comes with the additional
2 hour Reiki Presentation DVD and first edition of the Reiki News Magazine - free!

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The Reiki CD Kit

Kit includes the following CDs:
Meet Your Reiki Guides
Past Life Regression Therapy
Spiritual Protection and Healing
Chanting Reiki Masters
Reiki Meditation 1&2
Healing the Shadow Self


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Honoring All Reiki Schools and Lineages 

The Reiki News Magazine is a 80-page full color glossy magazine containing articles on every aspect of Reiki practice written by some of the most knowledgeable and experienced Reiki people on the planet. Below is a synopsis of the current issue.


Winter Issue

Welcome . . .
to the Winter issue of the Reiki News Magazine. Our purpose in publishing the magazine is to provide you with inspiration as well as new ideas and techniques so your practice of Reiki can be more fulfilling and beneficial - to you as well as those you treat. By calling on Reiki to guide this process and by ncontinually searching for the very best writers and giving them the freedom and encouragemet to produce their best work, we remain focused on fulfilling that purpose. Check the amazing list of articles below. This issue is both exciting and practical!

Here is a list of the articles in this issue:

Receive the Answers to Your Prayers With Reiki
by Colleen Benelli

Reiki has the ability to open our minds to new dimensions of awareness and in this article, Colleen shows how Reiki can help us be aware of the guidance our prayers make available that we might otherwise miss.

Preparing for the Reiki Master Training
by Laurelle Shanti Gaia

Simply taking classes isn't enough to gain the value Reiki has to offer us. We must also use the new energies and skills that are presented in class if Reiki is to improve our lives and the lives of those who come to us for healing.

Stepping into the Role of Reiki Teacher
by Laurie Goldstein

Reiki energy can guide you in many ways, and for those who would like to hold classes, it's important to become familiar with the fact that if you allow it, Reiki will facilitate the class for you. All you have to do is trust.

Reiki’s Two-Sided Coin: Intent and Nonattachment
by Jody Messinger Wolfe, Ed.D.

Intention is a key to the use of Reiki, but only if it is limited to intending Reiki to flow or to guide us in its use. In order for Reiki to work, we must move our own intention for what we want to happen in the session to the side so that only pure Reiki energy will flow.

Reiki Lessons from the Animals of Remus
by Kathleen Prasad

Animals have a special kind of consciousness that is highly developed in its ability to be aware of life energy and understand how it works. When sharing Reiki with them, we must follow their lead if we want them to accept what we have to offer.

Reiki with Donkeys and The Subtle Energy Body
by Kathy Reid

In this article, Kathy describes her experiences giving Reiki to a horse and two donkeys and how they taught her the gentle ways of love and how easily it can heal.

Reiki and Personal Growth
by Deb Karpek

Reiki can help us, but only if we understand that in order to benefit from its amazing power, we must recognize it as a gift and surrender to its healing and guidance.

Reiki: Finding a Higher Calling, Teaching Reiki to a Cancer Patient
by Veronique Frede and Carie Slowinski

Teaching Reiki to cancer patients as a daily self-care practice allows them to become active participants in their healing and find deeper connection and meaning in life as well as a stronger sense of self. It also allows the teacher to grow.

Reiki in a Chemotherapy Unit
by Gail Greenfield, RN, BSN

Reiki works alongside medical treatments and can reduce the stress associated with an illness or condition while at the same time softening or eliminating the negative side effects of the treatment.

How the Elderly Enjoy Reiki
by Jeannette Stellato

Reiki can be combined with activities the elderly enjoy doing. In this article, Jeannette describes how she developed a program for the elderly in which they found Reiki to be a wonderful addition to their lives.

Can Reiki Cause Harm?
by Haley Steinhardt

There are misconceptions and myths about Reiki that have been taught by some teachers who caution not to use Reiki for various conditions or situations. Haley explains how caution is not necessary as Reiki always works for the highest good regardless of the situation needing healing.

Reiki Stories

This is an exciting and valuable issue that will supply you with entertainment as well as quality information and instruction. If you have any suggestions on how the magazine could be improved, I'd be very happy to hear them.

The world is a wonderful place, filled with continual changes which bring with them a never ending supply of opportunities. May you grow in the ability to allow the wisdom of Reiki to guide how you create your life.

Love and peace to you and the world.

William Lee Rand,

Reiki News Magazine
Index of All Articles

Read about the people who write for the
Reiki News Magazine


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please see our Writers Guidelines by clicking here

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Reiki Stories

Paralyzed Speech Healed
A medical practitioner that had a severe heart attack 5 years back ended up with his left side paralyzed. With repeated physical therapy he can now walk a little bit. His tongue is also partially paralyzed so his speech is not clear. His wife requested I start giving him Reiki with the aim to get his speech clear. On the seventh day I got feed back from his wife that his voice is becoming clear and his behavior has become quite decent. I talked to him over the phone and found that his speech has become almost clear and he is quite happy to find this improvement. Though he does not have faith in Reiki yet he wanted me to continue. I feel this is a miracle. God is great. Subhash Kanti Bose

Reiki Helps Liver Transplant
I gave Reiki to a man who had a second liver transplant and it was failing. He stopped all his medications and I started to give him Reiki. He wound up in hospice. While in hospice he started to feel better. His wife asked for his blood to be checked. The blood work came back and he had a perfectly normal liver. Needless to say I thanked God for his recovery. The doctor told his wife he had no medical explanation for his recovery. Patricia

Reiki Helps Slipped Disc
A young girl of the age of 24 yrs had suffered a slipped disc while dancing. She was not able to stand longer than 20 minutes or walk more than 5 minutes. I did not know her. However, her Uncle asked for Reiki on her behalf telling me her name and age. I send her distant Reiki and Reiki located her and performed a miracle and she was relieved of severe pain. Encouraged by our success, we asked her to come to our healing center and we gave her group Reiki. Today, after three consecutive sessions, she can walk more than 30 minute and also sleeps sound the whole night. We are so grateful for the power of Reiki and the great healing it provides. Gina Safx

Reiki Dissolves Blood Clot
A few months ago I gave Reiki session to a lady from NYC who had a blood clot in her arm due to complications from a previous surgery treating a tumor. After one hour and 15 minutes of Reiki, she told me that the numbness in her arm went away and that she started to feel sensation again. Shortly after our session she was supposed to see her surgeon for a scheduled surgery and right before the Reiki session, he called reminding her of this appointment though she requested if she could just have this energy work with me before she goes to the hospital. About a couple of weeks later, she called me and told me the good news that when she went to see her surgeon and did a scan on her, he couldnt find any blood clot and decided not to do anymore surgery on her. Thanks to the Reiki healing energy for having had cured her. Jinggy B. Cigrand

All Reiki Stories

Do You Have a Reiki Story?
If you've used Reiki to heal or achieve a goal, our readers would like to know about it. Please write your Reiki story in a similar format as those above and send it in using the form below.

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Free Downloads

Our web site now offers free downloads of useful information including, the Reiki symbols, class teaching outlines, a client information form (given before a treatment), William's lineage and many other forms useful for teaching or giving Reiki sessions. To learn more about this, please click here:

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Reiki Class Schedules
William's Classes

Click for DetailReiki I & II Class Workbook

Need a Reiki manual to use in your Reiki I or II class? I wrote this manual when I first began teaching Reiki. I have constantly updated it to contain the latest and most valuable information. It is now used by over 4000 teaching Reiki masters. To find out more, Click Here:

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Click for DetailReiki Master Manual

This Reiki Master Manual is used by over 2500 Reiki masters as their class workbook. Combined with the Advanced Reiki Training manual, its 160 pages cover all important aspects of advanced Reiki practice as well as providing a user friendly guide for giving all the attunements and teaching all the Reiki classes including the master level. It has been edited to contain the latest information on the symbols, attunements and history of the master level. It focuses on the Usui/Tibetan style of attunements, and also includes the original Takata style as well. Illustrated with more 34 drawings and photographs.

The information in this manual has been researched for accuracy and is based on the use of original documents and interviews with Reiki masters in Japan.


Use this manual when you teach Reiki master classes. Buy 5 or more and get a 30% discount This manual is also used in conjuction with Reiki, The Healing Touch when teaching Reiki I&II classes.

CP412 - $19.95, ISBN 1-886785171, 160 pages, 8-1/2" x 11, Spiral Bound To find out more, Click Here:

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Reiki Tables

We looked all over to find a set of Reiki/Massage tables that would best serve the needs and values of the Reiki community. I am happy to say that not only is the Earthlite series by far the finest and highest quality Reiki/Massage tables available today, but they are also manufactured with care and respect for the environment. Because of this, they are considered to be the world's #1 brand in Reiki/Massage tables and accessories! All tables are rated for professional use and come with a full warranty - starting with the Inner Strength line Element table at $238.00! Click below for complete details. Save Money - Our prices are lower than Earthlite's prices!

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Reiki and other Healing Books

The Reiki Touch - A Reiki Tool Kit
The Spirit of Reiki
Reiki, The Healing Touch
Reiki Master Manual
The Book On Karuna Reiki®

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Send Us Your Reiki Stories, Articles and Comments

I know many of you have had interesting Reiki experiences where you or someone else was healed or received benefit from Reiki. We are interested in reading about this and so are our readers! Please send us your Reiki stories. Also, if you have written an article about Reiki you would like to share with others send it to us using the form below. By sending in your Reiki stories or articles, you give permission for them to be published in this newsletter or in other Center or Vision publications.

You may find it easier to first compose your story article or comment, using a word processor and then highlight it, copy and paste it into the form below. Note that we cannot guarantee that everything sent in will be published.

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