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It is my pleasure to send you the November 2002 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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Reiki and Pregnancy
by William Lee Rand

I often receive questions concerning Reiki and pregnancy and one of the main questions is if it is safe to treat a pregnant woman. There are many myths and misconceptions about Reiki and the idea that Reiki should not be given to pregnant women is one of them. So, the answer is YES, Reiki is safe for pregnant women!  In fact, Reiki works well in helping with all stages of pregnancy including conception and child birth. Reiki provides emotional as well as physical support and works not only on the mother, but also on the child.  Remember, Reiki cannot cause harm and always works to reduce stress and improve health regardless of the condition.  However, it is important to make sure that one's own personal energy does not become involved with the treatment.  To ensure this, say a prayer before giving a treatment asking that your own ego and personal energy will be set to the side and that only pure Reiki energy will flow through you. Also pray on behalf of the mother and child that they will be nurtured and deeply healed by Reiki. This will help the treatment work in a more powerful way.

Treatments before conception can focus on creating a balanced, loving and harmonious relationship between the parents and toward the future child which likely will be present in spirit.  In addition to giving a general treatment, also treat the heart, solar plexus and hips. (Be careful not to touch the genital area or the breasts. Treat these areas only in the aura and only with permission). At this stage, treat the husband also if possible as it is important that loving, nurturing and healthy emotional feelings be strengthened between the parents.

If the parents are willing, it would be very helpful if they took Reiki training so they can treat themselves and each other also.  In the same way that Reiki treatments are safe for pregnant woman, so is the training and attunement. Before the attunement, simply say a prayer acknowledging the fact that the student is pregnant and that the baby is present.  If the parents have Reiki, suggest that they give each other treatments everyday!

During pregnancy, in addition to a general treatment, treat the mothers back focusing on the areas of greatest stress and also treat the stomach area which will treat the baby as well.

During child birth, treat the stomach and lower back, or simply give Reiki to the mother's shoulders or where ever you are guided.

Reiki master Mari Hall wrote an interesting article on this subject describing how she worked with an infertile couple, used Reiki to help them conceive, then gave treatments during pregnancy and during the birthing process. Her article, Reiki and Fertility appears in the winter edition of the hard copy Reiki News magazine.

Science and the Human Energy Field

James L. Oschman, Ph.D. is interviewed by William Lee Rand

This is an excerpt from a full length article that will appear in the winter edition of the hard copy Reiki News magazine.

James Oschman is one of the leading authorities on the scientific understanding of hands-on healing. His extensive background as a scientist and his experience and understanding of holistic healing place him in a unique position to bridge the gap between the academic/medical world and the healing community. His book, Energy Medicine, and his soon-to-be-released new book, Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance, are remarkable in the way they easily convey a scientific basis for hands-on healing. His work makes it easy for doctors and scientists to understand and accept Reiki, which is valuable for anyone wanting to place Reiki in hospitals or to work in a clinical or scientific setting. His fascinating ideas and insights give a new perspective on how Reiki works which inspires us to make better use of our skills.

WLR: Has the human energy field (HEF) been demonstrated to exist and can you tell us about the studies that are the most scientifically valid? What instruments have been used and how have measurements been made?

JLO: In a few decades scientists went from a conviction that there is no such thing as an energy field around the human body to a certainty that such fields exist and are medically important. Now doctors are making treatment decisions on the basis of these biofield measurements.

Since living tissues are conductors of electricity, the well-established laws of physics require that the currents set up by the heart and other muscles, and the brain and peripheral nerves, will produce fields in the space around the body. These are called biomagnetic fields.

The biomagnetic field of the heart was first measured in Syracuse, New York, in 1963, using two coils, each with two million turns of wire. At about the same time these measurements were being made, a discovery took place in Cambridge, England that revolutionized biomagnetic field measurements and led to a Nobel Prize for Brian Josephson a decade later. Josephson's discovery led to the development of a very sensitive magnetometer called a SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device). These magnetometers are now used in medical research labs worldwide to study the human energy field.

It is important to appreciate that the standard methods of recording electrical fields with electrodes on the skin surface (as in the electrocardiogram and electroencephalogram) provide much less information than the corresponding biomagnetic measurements. The reason for this is that the electrical resistances of the various tissues vary by a factor of about thirty. Bioelectric fields generated within the body by tissues such as the heart and brain take the paths of least electrical resistance, so the patterns measured at the body surface are sort of smeared out and difficult to interpret. In contrast, the magnetic permeabilities of the various tissues are all about the same as in a vacuum. In essence, the tissues are transparent to magnetic fields. So the biomagnetic measurements are a lot more informative about what is happening inside the body than are the bioelectric measurements.

This is an important point for energy therapists because a magnetic sense, if it exists, will provide much more information on what is going on within the body than will measurements of electrical fields from electrodes on the skin surface. And there is a good scientific basis for the existence of a magnetic sense in the human body. In fact, scientists from Milan, Italy have shown that tissues may exhibit the same Josephson effect that is the basis for the SQUID magnetometer.

WLR: Is there a biological basis for some people being able to see or otherwise sense the HEF?

JLO: There is an effect in physics that is also named for Michael Faraday and is called the Faraday Effect. Magnetic fields alter the polarization of light. Now, the eye is very sensitive to the polarization of light, and I believe some people have the ability to sense the energy field of the body by tuning into the way the field alters the polarization of light. Some people are born with a heightened sensitivity of this kind and others pick it up later in life. I think it is this kind of vision that enables some people to see the layering of the human energy field.

Another mechanism that may be involved is the discovery by a number of scientists that the retina of the eye is a magnetic receptor as well as a light receptor. Some of the best research has been on honey bees. They use magnetic information for navigation. This research is quite sophisticated in that neurophysiologists have found specific nerves from the eye that send signals when a magnet is brought close to the eye. Whether the visual system can actually form a magnetic image of its environment is an interesting topic for further study.

The two approaches give somewhat different kinds of information about the human energy field. My goal is to see how these observations can be fitted together to provide a more complete picture than either approach can provide alone, and this is precisely what is happening.

WLR: The Reiki attunement is a unique part of Reiki training. A person does not have to train to gain the ability to give Reiki energy treatments. The ability is passed on to the student through an attunement process given by the teacher. The attunement seems to turn on the student's ability to channel Reiki and there is a noticeable difference in the strength of healing energy students have before and after the attunement. Is there anything in your understanding of biology or science that would provide an explanation for how this is possible?

JLO: As with other aspects of energy medicine, it is possible to suggest hypotheses for testing. My suspicion is that what is being passed during the attunement process is a frequency or a set of frequencies that can be transferred from a teacher to a student via the energy field and that will always be remembered by the student. The memory process is probably similar to that involved in homeopathy, in which the electromagnetic signature of a substance is transferred to water. While some scientists have viewed the idea of memory in water with great suspicion, others are doing research to find out how it works. Some good hypotheses have been developed for this. The human body contains a water system that is a veritable antenna for fields in the environment, and it could well be this water system that picks up the frequencies and remembers them much as water can remember the signal from a homeopathic remedy.

In the complete article Dr. Oschman answers many more interesting questions about the scientific basis of Reiki and the human energy field. To learn more about this, click here.

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Winter edition
Reiki and the Human Energy System

Honoring All Reiki Schools and Lineages

The Reiki News Magazine

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Welcome .
the third edition of our hard copy magazine has gone to the printer and will be available December 3. We've continued to improve and have worked hard on this issue. In fact the magazine has expanded by 50 percent to include over 35 pages of articles! All written by accomplished Reiki authors and teachers who are providing you with some of their best experiences and thinking on the subject of Reiki.

One of the areas of interest that often comes up in Reiki classes and in the emails I receive involves the human energy system (HES). People want to know what it is, why it is important, and most of all, what role it plays in the practice of Reiki. Questions about this topic come up a lot, but there doesn't seem to be much information available. One reason is that the original hand positions taught in the West involve placing the hands on the body and not in the aura. This was fostered by Mrs. Takata, who didn't include information in her classes about the chakras or the aura or how to treat them with Reiki. The same is true in Japan; with the exception of byosen scanning, not much attention is given to the aura and chakras there, either.

This is puzzling as Reiki, being a subtle energy, works directly on and through the HES. The value of this cannot be overstated, as the HES forms the very basis of our health and creates the foundation of our consciousness. A good understanding of this important, but little-mentioned, aspect of Reiki healing can greatly enhance your use of Reiki. At the same time, it can also increase your comprehension of life itself.

Included in this issue are a number of articles written by well-known Reiki authors, which we hope you will find to provide a very through description of the HES. Diane Shewmaker gives us an exceptionally clear overview of the HES and explains how to restore balance and harmony by treating the aura with Reiki. Walter Lübeck continues with his article on the chakras and includes information on healing stones and how to use them to treat the chakras, along with other interesting techniques. Penelope Quest shows us how to detect the aura and chakras with dowsing rods and with our hands, and even how to see them. Doing this provides us with a personal experience of the HES by allowing us to interact with it directly which is necessary if we are to use Reiki to heal it. Laurelle Shanti Gaia introduces us to the Soul Chakras, which adds greater depth to our understanding of the HES and additional healing possibilities. The interview with James Oschman, Ph.D. grounds our understanding of the HES in the world of science and provides new perspectives on healing and how Reiki works. This interview provides one of the most interesting explanations of healing and Reiki I have ever read. This information will be most helpful to anyone wanting to work with the medical community as it provides proof that Reiki exists and has value! Mari Hall shares her experience using Reiki to help an infertile couple conceive and give birth to a child. And finally, our Reiki Stories section gives inspiration and hope that Reiki can help us solve serious difficulties.

If you already have a subscription, I invite you to take the time to read and study the material offered in the winter edition and to experiment with it. As we improve our use of Reiki, not only do we help others, we also make the world a better place to live. May you be blessed by the love and healing that flows through you to others.

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William Lee Rand

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Reiki Stories

Reiki and Uterine Cancer
Six years ago while a Level Two Reiki healer I was witness to an extraordinary healing of a woman diagnosed with cancer. My Reiki Master (Colleen Chauntler of Gladstone, Australia) was staying with me at the time. A woman was brought to my home presenting a distended lower abdomen and we were told by her friends that she had been sick for some months. In the week prior to this visit she had a scan and had been told by doctors that she had a large tumour in her uterus that was probably cancerous. Surgery was planned for the following week. We decided to give her three sessions of Reiki healing throughout the week, hoping that would encourage rapid healing for her after her surgery. Rather than the usual hand positions, three of us worked on her-my Reiki Master held her hands on the patient's lower abdomen, I had my hands on her head (crown) and another Level Two healer (Sharon Honatana) was at her feet. We stayed like that for approximately an hour each session.

On the day she was to check in to the hospital I saw a large black energy in the shape of a ball and surrounded by what appeared to be sparking energy lift from her abdomen and rise up into the air. It kept rising and disappeared through the ceiling of the room. I asked if anyone else had seen it and each of the others confirmed the same thing, including the patient. She duly went on to check in to the hospital, and when they examined her they could not feel the tumour; they sent her for a scan and it had gone. She told us with great humour that the doctors were arguing and quite flustered at the result. They eventually went on to do an exploratory operation but no tumour could be found. She had therapy for the few cancer cells they did find and is fit and healthy now.

The woman believes she was healed by Satya Sai Baba and Reiki. On the night before her last session she said she dreamed she was in her car and it was teetering on the edge of a cliff. Below her was blackness; in her rear-vision mirror she could see a long road, and walking along this road was Sai Baba. He came toward her car and stood looking at her. She cried out to him to help her and he reached down and pulled her car off the edge of the cliff and placed it back on the road. Penelope (Penny) Hayward

Reiki and Prostate Cancer
With the thought of promoting Reiki, I called an assisted-living center to offer an Introduction to Reiki class with free mini-Reiki sessions. When I asked the social director if he was familiar with Reiki he said, "Let me tell you my story," and proceeded to tell me that he had been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. His massage therapist, Reiki Level II, had been told by a psychic that he (the social director) needed to receive three treatments in close succession by three Reiki healers. I quickly set things in motion and our team performed Reiki on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. No other treatment was given. Prior to treatment his test confirmed he was 4.0 and his doctor diagnosed that he had prostate cancer. The Monday after we completed the three treatments he was again tested. On the following Wednesday he called to say the test results showed 0.3 and that he was free of cancer. He remarked that in all of his life the test results were never that low. I am so honored to have been a part of his healing. I feel honored to be called by Reiki, a major part of my life. Phran Gacher, Stamford, Connecticut

Reiki and Heart Attacks
Without a sound, a man collapsed, sliding silently from his chair and onto the floor. People crowded around him, and one person, a Reiki Level One, began hands-on while I went into another room. I could clearly feel his heart beat. It was very faint and squishy (a technical term?).

As energy began to flow, a slightly different connection was made and I found that my heart was beating for his. That was new to me, but it added a lot of depth to Usui-Sensei's statement to "Always expect there to be oneness." The man was sitting up by the time the paramedics arrived.

Less than a week later, a friend phoned. She had just called 911; her husband was having a heart attack. His heartbeat was entirely different: fluttery and erratic, a bit like static on the radio. Again the link was made allowing my heart to beat for his. He too was sitting up when the paramedics arrived.

Similar scenes have happened over the years-similar, yet each one entirely different. Panic attacks respond in a similar manner, except that the victims' breathing and heart rate move into synch with mine. There seems to be a definite increase in panic attacks nowadays. W. Craig

Reiki and Two-Story Fall
On July 10 of this year I fell two stories onto concrete while practicing a rope rescue technique. Luckily my friends surrounded me. A friend I took Reiki I and II with immediately placed her hands on me, before I even thought about what was happening. I was able to be transported by private vehicle to the hospital, and experienced minimal pain. The emergency room physician was very surprised to see my X-rays. My left ankle was fractured and dislocated and I had suffered a T-12 compression fracture. Despite this, my ankle was not swollen and was mobile with a good pulse. I required no narcotic analgesics until transfer to a trauma facility one hour away.

Reiki, along with aromatherapy, massage, and yoga, continues to be an important part of my recovery. Thanks to Heather, my teachers, and the great Reiki masters for the great healing. Amy Fierro

Reiki Heals Bird
This is an incident which occurred when I did Reiki Level I way back in 1997. My son, who was then four years old, and I went to our garage to take our bicycles for a ride. To our surprise we found a bird lying down, unable to flap its wings and making a feeble attempt to fly. I said to my son, "Lets give Reiki," and I went ahead and without touching the bird gave Reiki. Lo and behold, after some time it flapped its wings energetically and flew off!

Both of us were pleasantly surprised and happy, too. My son now knows what Reiki can do, and often when he is tired or has any pains due to play or whatever, or before going to sleep, asks me to give him Reiki. This has left an impression which he will remember throughout. I have so many live examples to share but this should convince other first-timers to seek and experience Reiki to have full conviction on the effectiveness of Reiki in day-to-day life. Love and Light, T. S. Srinivasan, Secunderabad, India

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