Choosing a Doctor

I had a wonderful doctor. She was a Holistic Doctor and an internist. She knew I only used pharmaceuticals if I was dying and that I was a Reiki practitioner. She knew what that is. She never forced anything on me. Throughout the years, I have found that when my “gut” said no, don’t do it, I was usually proved correct.

Unfortunately, she moved to Virginia, so I am now in the unenviable spot of having to find a new doctor. It’s not easy. I was talking to the manager of the doctor who was taking over her practice and she had no idea what Reiki is. None whatsoever. I don’t really understand how anyone in medicine today could not know what Reiki is since it is practiced in all the major hospitals, at least here in San Diego.

The feedback I get from my students who are involved with hospitals is that there are many doctors and nurses who are willing to try Reiki out, but many are totally resistant.

So my dilemma is finding a doctor who is open to alternative practices. I’d love to find an alternative health care professional, but insurance doesn’t cover it.

So, I will let you know how I solve my dilemma. I’m still experiencing it!

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How Does Distance Healing Work?

Distance healing occurs on the Great Web of Life, the quantum field or that which links us all. Everything is connected and this is not merely fanciful thinking but it is quantum physics. Eminent psychologist Carl Jung called it the collective unconscious. In this world exist archetypes, or a pattern of thought or behavior that is present is all societies, both current and past. An example would be the Great Mother. She appears throughout civilization in the various goddesses and female religious figures such as Mother Mary.

The concept of The Great Web of Life is an old one. It is well known in Native American and Eastern Indian spirituality but it is found in Western spirituality also. Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, “Everything in this world is connected to me like a string of pearls.” Native American culture teaches that everything is connected on the great web of life. In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus says, “Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there.”

Scientific study acknowledged the “hundredth monkey effect”. This was a phrase coined to identify the observation that when monkeys in one area of the world decided to wash their potatoes before eating them, monkeys hundreds of miles away soon started doing the same thing, without any physical contact. Quantum Physics is the study of this connection.

So we must accept the concept of interconnectedness. It is through this interconnectedness that we are able to instantaneously send Reiki energy to another location on the planet via The Great Web of Life. Or anywhere in the Universe for that matter.

The Reiki Circle

As some of you know, I host Reiki Circles pretty often in La Mesa, CA. I have recently added a new location where I am offering Circles and classes. That location is: Return to Wholeness, 13514 Pomerado Rd, Ste L, Poway, California 92064. Our first Circle there will be July 8 at noon.

Many people are curious about what goes in my Reiki Circles. Here’s a brief rundown:

Our Reiki community meets monthly for our “Reiki Circle”. And circle it is, chairs are arranged in a circle so that no one person appears as the “leader” and all are in equal positions. We begin with introductions. Each person who joins our community has a different background and differing needs. It’s important to ascertain the participants’ needs prior to starting the circle so that we are sure to give everyone what they need. This also serves to introduce everyone to the group. Make each person feel needed and wanted and cared for.

After introductions, we announce upcoming events, the next Reiki Circle, and dispense any other information the participants may need. We answer questions for newcomers. We move into a healing based meditation. Sometimes we do a chakra balancing meditation, one to access inter-connectedness or one to access compassion. The next activity is a group healing meditation, where all the participants hold hands, send Reiki energy around the circle, give distance healing to those who request it, and extend healing into the world. I like to try and connect our energy with the energy of healers all over the planet. I envision a great grid of healers spreading Reiki energy all over the Earth. Participants are grounded and brought back into ordinary reality. Individual table time follows with several healers working on individual participants on a Reiki or massage table. With several healers working on one person, ten or fifteen minutes is more than enough time to spend on each person.

I usually ask participants to bring food or cookies. If it’s a potluck, it would be food to share with the group depending upon the time of day. If not, healthy snacks are appropriate. I always keep cookies available because sometime “newbies” get very ungrounded around the energy that they are not used to and the sugar in the cookies is grounding. We tend to the healthier type cookies like oatmeal and organic cookies.

The Reiki Circle is not only a place of healing, but a place where people can become members of a spiritual community. Knowing that there are people in the community who are caring and concerned for their wellbeing is essential for clients to come back into a healthy and healing lifestyle.

Reiki for Pets

Reiki is a very simple method of energy healing.  It’s not necessary to have a complicated procedure for giving Reiki to your pets. By pets I mean dogs, cats, fish, birds and reptiles. Animals are generally very receptive to energy healing, and Reiki is a very simple method of energy healing.  Reiki energy goes where it needs to go, regardless of what you are doing.

Simply place your hand over your pet as shown in the image and let the Reiki flow!  If you know where your pet is hurting, place your hand on the spot, or you can place your hand just a little above the area if it’s too sore for touch.

You can give Reiki during your loving interactions with your pets.  Hold the dog or cat in your lap and just let the Reiki flow out of your hands.  When your pet begins to lose interest, or when you feel the Reiki stop flowing, you are done.  This could be 10 minutes or an hour.  Reiki is basically an intuitive process, so pay attention to how your pet is acting and how the flow of Reiki is moving through your hands.

For larger dogs, sit on the floor with them.  Give Reiki to their heads, then their neck and chest and intervals down the torso until you reach the rump. This will cover just about everything.  If there is a particular area of injury or disease concentrate on it after doing the rest of the body.  Treat with Reiki as long as the pet will sit.

Make your Reiki time with your pet a loving time, by petting and whispering loving words to them. Your pet will come to seek you out for Reiki if it’s an optimum experience for them.  I have known many pets who come up to the Reiki practitioner asking for healing energy.  Animals are well aware of the benefits of Reiki and they have no “monkey mind” to doubt it.

A few animals will not sit for a Reiki treatment. This may happen if the pet is not yours and is shy. I’ve had this happen with clients’ cats a few times. You can treat these animals with distance healing from another area of the room. This is also true for birds and reptiles if they are not comfortable with handling.

To give Reiki to fish or reptiles that cannot be handled, simply place your hands on the glass walls of the tank and let the Reiki flow. I once had a little Betta fish named Fred who was looking like he might pass.  I placed my hands on his bowl and let the Reiki flow.  He actually swam over to where my hand was.  It was pretty obvious that he felt the energy.  He lived for another year after that.

I have had animals actually show me where they are hurting by pointing to the spot with their noses. Animals are very open and receptive to Reiki and keenly aware of what you are doing.

To give a basic treatment to your pet, it’s necessary to at least be attuned to Reiki I. A Reiki I attunement will enable you to render hands on healing, in other words your hands must touch the pet, or be no more than an inch from its body.  The Reiki II attunement enable you to send distance healing.

If you would like more information about taking a Reiki Class, please contact me.  Reiki I is available online.

Reiki for Pets

Throughout my 25 years as a Reiki practitioner, I have had occasion to treat many animals.  Here are the stories that stand out in my mind….

Kitty was a Devon Rex cat and about 9 months old at the time of her illness.  She became unable to eat and vomited a lot.  I took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with an obstruction in her intestine. The vet operated and removed it (it was some stuffing from my children’s toy) but she developed peritonitis, which is usually fatal.  I received a call from the vet in the evening telling me Kitty was dying and getting cold. My sons were very upset, so I called all my friends and told them to send her Reiki.  I sat up all night sending Reiki to her.  In the morning, the vet called and said Kitty was up and growling at them (she hated the vet) and they had no explanation for her improved condition!  I didn’t tell them about Reiki then because it was a “fluffy New Age” type of thing that no one took seriously then. Today is it very mainstream.  The PS to the story is that Kitty lived to be 21!

Mindy was a German Shepherd Dog who lived with a client of mine.  I used to go to her house to facilitate a monthly Reiki Circle and every time I was there, Mindy would sit in the middle of the circle.  My client asked me to give the dog a Reiki attunement, which I did.  A few months later, the owner called to tell me Mindy had passed.  What was really surprising was that Mindy had cancer all through her body, but until the last two days of her life she ran, played and ate like normal.  It seemed that Reiki gave her a quality of life she probably would not have had.

A new client called me a couple of years ago because she had experienced Reiki for the first time when she was in the hospital for surgery.  She wanted me to come to her house to give Reiki to her beloved cat, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  The cat wasn’t eating and was failing.  I gave the cat several treatments and also attuned the owner so that she could give the cat Reiki herself.  The cat rallied and lived two more happy and healthy years!

Animals love Reiki and it’s quite effective for them.  Often, they will show you where their pain is by indicating it with their noses.  Many seek it out once they have experienced it.

If you would like to learn Reiki and Reiki for Animals, send me an email for information on courses I teach.  You can become a very effective Animal Healer pretty easily.  It’s not hard!

Check out my website!

Email:  sacredim@hotmail.com

Reiki…Master?

Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I’ve noticed a post by a person who is making Reiki Masters for $47 over the internet.  I tried to comment on this post, and found I could not.  It would appear that this person does not welcome comments and that many of them could be negative.

I assume he is making a fortune on this.  That might be why he turned off the comment section. I myself am truly upset by what he is doing.

He advertises that he is teaching the way Dr. Usui taught, as Western Reiki is “wrong” as taught by Mrs. Takata.  Yes, she had many faults, but she taught Reiki the way way it was intended to be taught by its founder, Dr. Usui. In person.  And over time. In fact, Dr. Usui took way more time at each Reiki level than any of us do these days. He made very few Reiki Masters too.

You can’t master anything in a few moments.  We in the West seem to be stuck on what I call “McSpirit”, the McDonald’s mentality of getting your food, and everything else you want, in an instant.  Applied to spirituality, it doesn’t work.  It doesn’t even work for feeding our bodies.

Being a Reiki Master is complicated and it’s a skill.  You have to have the experience to handle all the things that will come up with your clients and students.  And believe me, there is no end to the variety of issues and problems that come up, not the least of which is the “healing crisis” that might occur after receiving Reiki treatments and attunements. Every student/client is different.  A Reiki Master must be there for them.  You can’t just send some materials and then disappear while your client/student struggles.  It’s unethical.

Would you want a doctor or lawyer who had viewed some YouTube videos to operate on you or handle your lawsuit?  You would choose the most experienced doctor or lawyer you could find.

Reiki is a serious practice.  We are dealing with peoples’ lives.  It’s not a frivolous  feel good practice.  It has a serious ability to heal, reduce stress and pain.

If you want to be a Reiki Master, do the work.  Get the experience.  Take the time to learn in person.  Reiki is becoming more mainstream these days (like in hospitals and the VA) and it’s important to have well educated, experienced practitioners out in the world.  That doesn’t come from a YouTube video.

For more information on my Reiki practice and becoming a Reiki Master  check out my website.

Reiki in the Age of Uncertainty

I was chatting today with a friend and I told her how I survived all the years I didn’t have health insurance.  Luckily, I never had anything very serious, and this blog is not to imply that Reiki can heal everything and you shouldn’t see your doctor when you need to. Please see a doctor for all serious conditions.

On the subject of doctors, I did finally find one who doesn’t take insurance and you pay as you go.  This type of doctor is popping up all over now because insurance has become so cumbersome, expensive and time consuming.  These types of doctors charge a monthly fee, and then charge per office visit.  My doctor charges $25 per month and a $40 office visit, that includes basics tests in the fee. I would highly recommend finding such a doctor for people who have lost their insurance, Medicaid, Medicare through the actions of our current government.

Having imparted that bit of information, on to Reiki. For many years, my main job was in retail store management and dog grooming.  These are two professions that are very hard on the body and I suffered many an aching back.  The worst physical problem I experienced was plantar fasciitis, an excruciating painful situation in the arches of the feet.  I was walking nearly 8 hours a day in a 10,000 foot store.  I limped around for a month or so before I remembered that I was a Reiki practitioner.  I spent several days giving myself Reiki treatments and one day when I was walking, I noticed that I was no longer in pain. My job continued, so I was still walking around all day.  The condition never came back.

Reiki is a form of energy healing.  It works by allowing the healthy flow of energy through the body.  Energy becomes blocked in areas of pain, disease and injury.  A Reiki treatment helps the body to heal itself. Reiki relieves stress and pain.

Reiki is helpful when you are stressed or in pain.  In fact, many hospitals today are using Reiki volunteers to help those patients who are accepting of such things. It is especially helpful to chemotherapy patients as it helps to lessen the intensity of side effects of the treatments. It is also helpful for surgery patients. One client came to me after experiencing Reiki in the hospital while having her gall bladder removed.  It calmed her and reduced the pain and healing time. After that she learned Reiki, mostly to help her cat who had been given a terminal diagnosis.  The cat lived several years more after her Reiki ministrations.

I have also heard that Reiki reduces bleeding during and after surgery.  This is just what I’ve heard from clients; I’ve never experienced it myself so I don’t know for sure.

Anyone can learn Reiki.  You can learn to treat yourself and your family and friends, or you can learn to become a practitioner.  Level I and II are generally the family and friends while Level III, Master Practitioner prepares you to see clients and start your Reiki business.  Level III, Master Teacher allows you to teach Reiki to your own students.

You don’t need to have any special skills, although if you want to start a Reiki business some basic business skills and people skills are very helpful.  I have taught four year olds Reiki, as well as an eighty year old man.  And every age and situation in between. One of my students was a diagnosed schizophrenic and I have had several with bipolar illness.  In all cases, Reiki was reported to be helpful to them. I found the four year olds easiest to teach because they are the most open and least judgmental.

I also think that in light of our current opioid crisis, Reiki can really help by reducing the pain of medical procedures and perhaps eliminating the need for narcotics and it can help reduce the pain and stress associated with opioid withdrawal. Perhaps if doctors prescribed Reiki treatments instead of Oxycontin, we could reduce the amount of people addicted to these drugs.  But I don’t think the drug companies would like that, so it’s necessary for people to take control of their own healing and seek out a Reiki practitioner.

I can’t really legally say that Reiki has actually healed any condition.  Perhaps scientific trials will prove that someday and I can say it.  But it certainly can never hurt to try.

I teach Reiki I, II and III levels. Reiki I and II can be taught via the internet.  So if you live in an area or country where it is not available, you still can learn Reiki.

We have to take control of our lives because the help we need may not be available.  And if something as non-invasive, and non-addictive as Reiki can make a difference, why not try it?

Blessings, Georgia

www.georgiavlahos.com

You read all about Reiki and energy healing in Georgia’s book, Reiki, Crystals and Chakras, available on Amazon.