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

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




Reiki Chants

I am listening today to Reiki Chants, by Jonathan Goldman. OK, I have no excuse for why I never discovered this amazing recording before.  It was released in 2006.  That said, I have now discovered it and I love it.

It’s an hour long, which is the perfect timing for a Reiki session.  Each of the four Reiki symbols, Power, Mental/Emotional, Distance and Master, are given a section of chant.  It’s ok though, for those of us who still like to think the Symbols are a secret.  They are not readily recognizable to anyone but a Reiki practitioner.

I believe in the power of the Reiki symbols.  I know some practitioner don’t, but I am well aware of the value of chants and mantra. Calling on the symbols and using their names brings power to the healing and opens the Chakras (especially the Heart Chakra).

I’ve been playing it as part of my morning meditation, and to use in sending distance healing.  Today I’m using it to send Reiki to a dear friend who is having an uncomfortable medical procedure to diagnose a possibly serious illness.  I also love to play the Medicine Buddha Reiki (I am also a Medicine Buddha Reiki Master) chant and the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra. I chant the latter for those who are passing, or who are facing that possibility.  It’s “The Great Mantra for Overcoming Death”.

Because of my background in Bhakti Yoga, or the Yoga of devotion, I find chant to have many wonderful effects.  The Sanskrit language was developed to enhance spiritual development and I have found it actually changes the brain.  Where once my brain was flooded with negative thoughts, Bhakti Yoga chants replaced those negative thoughts with the chants.

And as many may know, each of our Chakras has a Sanskrit seed sound which may be chanted to open and align all the Chakras.  A great recording that I enjoy is Bija Mantras, Watering the Seeds by Jai Uttel.

Well, anyway, I’ve gone off on a tangent but I wanted to share some wonderful recordings with you.  Check them out.

Love & Light, Georgia

Reiki, Now More Than Ever

I first learned Reiki way back in 1993.  I was going through a terrible time in my life and I happened into a metaphysical store and met some wonderful people.  The owner of the store was a Reiki Master and talked me into getting my first attunement.  Without really understanding the incredible impact Reiki would have on my life, I took the attunement and proceeded through 1997 to take all the levels of Reiki. Since I took my Reiki Master I have been teaching Reiki and have attuned hundreds of students.

Over the years I learned many metaphysical modalities but Reiki was the one that really got me through life.  For many years I worked as a dog groomer and a retail manager, trying to raise my kids and learn as much as I could about alternative healing of body, mind and spirit.  Those were hard years and for many of them I had no health insurance. Even when I worked for a big box type pet store, they didn’t offer health insurance.

Working those types of jobs took a terrible toll on my body.  I suffered pain in my wrists, back and feet.  I got so bad at one point with Plantar Fasciitis that I could barely walk.  It took me awhile to realize that I could in fact use Reiki on myself, as I was very focused on using it for my clients.  After about of week of daily Reiki, my foot healed and I never had it again.  There were many aches and pains over the years, but Reiki never let me down.

My point is that we are not totally helpless in the current healthcare situation.  I find what is going on with healthcare in the US appalling, but I do know that there are many things I can heal on my own, or with the help of other alternative health practitioners. Reiki has gotten me through and I’m sure it will continue to help.

So don’t just sit and let all this happen.  Take your power.  Learn Reiki.  Learn alternative healing. It’s one of the many ways we can FIGHT BACK.

Love & Light, Georgia


Ego and Reiki

Ego has no place in healing.  It is possible to accomplish greats feats of healing with Reiki, but taking credit for the healing promotes the growth of ego.  Ego creates blocks in the Chakras.  A Reiki practitioner must present as a clear and open channel for the energy.  When ego intrudes, judgment enters and there is no place for ego in healing work.

The biggest error Reiki practitioners make is believing it’s them doing the healing and not the energy. It’s not you; it’s the energy.  The energy exists in perfection and will go where it needs to go, no matter what the practitioner does. I’ve seen practitioners waving their arms around and doing all sorts of dramatic movements, but the truth is that Reiki can’t be done wrong and it can’t be controlled.  The practitioner is merely a channel for it.  Try to be a pure and open channel.  Reiki energy is Divine in origin; it exists in perfection.

Reiki mastery should never come from ego.  As I tell all my students, “I don’t care if you raise the dead, it’s still not you.”  And so it is true that the healing comes from the energy both within the client as well as the Ki that exists in the universe and is channeled by the practitioner. The practitioner is merely a channel, “an empty bone”, as the saying goes. So the ego has to die; if not by willing it away then by uncomfortable situations that the Universe (or God, or Goddess) will throw at us to make us learn this difficult lesson. The Universe ever conspires to do battle with the ego. These are our “lessons”, uncomfortable to downright miserable events that come into our lives to help us to learn and grow. And thus, the need to “heal the world” comes from compassion, not ego.


Love, Georgia

Psychic Protection



Do you walk into a room and immediately sense the mood of the inhabitants?  Do you pick up other people’s emotions and pain? Continually get drained by certain individuals? Live with people who continually bring you down? Shy away from crowds, the mall?

You are most likely an empath. An empath is someone who feels another person’s feelings, emotions and pain. Many of the empaths I have met during the course of my work had no idea that the negative emotions they were feeling weren’t actually theirs.

Some people are the victims of psychic vampirism. Psychic vampirism comes from individuals who dump all their problems on you.  They feel better, but the problem is you feel horrid! Some will actually get energetically charged by your energy, but will drain you.

Psychic attack occurs when another person thinks negative thoughts about you that you pick up on.  You might not be aware that this is even happening.

So what can you do?  This is the realm of psychic protection work. There are many techniques to barrier yourself from the emotions and pain of others.  We will be discussing these techniques on December 10, 2016 at Myztic Isle in La Mesa.  This very important class, “Grounding, Centering and Protection” is open to all people who need to learn to protect themselves, who are empathic, work in the healing or psychic professions or merely are drained from the people closest to them.  You can sign up on my Facebook event, Georgia Vlahos/Ravenhawk.

Love and Light, Georgia

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Reiki: Do No Harm?



One of basic tenets of Reiki is that it can do no harm.  But what does that really mean?  I see that the “New Agers” on the Reiki forums believe that Reiki is some fluffy healing modality that is all love and light.  In a sense, in the big picture it is; however, healing is not so simple.

The big picture is that ultimately, it won’t do any harm because it’s all universal life force energy. But the truth is, take that life force energy and hit a big blocked chakra and there  will be some repercussions. As the blocked chakra is opened by the flow of Reiki, stored up negativity, blocked energy and bad memories are released. This can cause a healing crisis. A healing crisis is a temporary worsening of symptoms prior to healing.

I remember many years ago, I took my son for a Reiki II attunement before I became a Reiki Master.  He was about 10 years old.  Later that afternoon, I sent him off to the hills behind our house to pick White Sage for me. Well, the next day, he woke up COVERED in poison oak.  It was so bad I had to take him to the doctor. She said it was the worst case she had seen in a long time. The interesting thing was, it only lasted a couple of days. And he never got it again, though he continued to pick Sage for me. I realized later that he experienced a healing crisis that ultimately cured his poison oak allergy, however, he was pretty miserable for a couple of days.

Another student of mine ended up in the hospital with a latent intestinal problem right after her Reiki Master attunement.  She recovered and was healed of the problem, but she had a couple of difficult days. Was it a healing crisis?  It’s totally possible.

Another student had his Reiki II attunement and became severely depressed as his wife had just recently passed.  All the suppressed mourning came out and he had to see a doctor. He moved through it and was ultimately better, but again, it was a rough few days.

My point here is that we can’t look at Reiki as some fluffy New Age rose colored modality. As Reiki Masters, we often deal deep dark issues that emerge in our students.  It’s a Reiki Master’s responsibility to be available for his or her students during this period. A Master must have proper professional referrals if needed for his students. You can’t get that from an internet video. Reiki is a serious healing modality, not some abracadabra, poof!  You’re healed! Healing takes time, dedication and courage to face our demons for once and for all.

It’s been my experience that the Reiki I attunement healing crisis is basically physical. The Reiki II attunement is primarily emotional and mental, though it might have physical repercussions.  And the Master level is physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Many of my students have reported a real connection to all-that-is during the cleanse period of the Master level.

It’s important to find a Reiki Master who is experienced in all these possibilities.  And to realize that healing is WORK…there is no “McSpirit”.

Love, Georgia