Sharing my personal experiences as a Reiki Master to support others

Archive for April, 2012

…I calm the busy mind

When you are giving Reiki to another person, you want to observe any physical responses the receiver may have during your treatment.  Some physical responses may be; shallow or deep breathing (breath movements are in the chest or the stomach), short or long breaths, crying, or excessive blinking with closed lids, to name a few.

Excessive blinking is usually a movement I recognize when the receiver is having a difficult time relaxing.  The mind is still racing and thinking about the “To Do” list.  I have witnessed that it takes an average of 10 minutes until a receiver has begun to relax and the eye movements slow.

There are a few hand positions that induce a slower mind.  They are located on the head region, and also the first four Reiki hand positions.  While I use these positions, I also observe the breathing patterns and eye lid movements.  After using the above mentioned hand positions, I can see a change in the movement of the eyelids.  They adapt to the relaxed condition and I see the eyelids “blink” less.  The breathing also slows and is more smooth.

Be sure to try these positions on your self to learn how long it takes your mind to slow.

~Christine

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…be confident in your practice

When you are a beginning practitioner, it is common to feel unsure about whether the Reiki you’re giving is “working.”  And even as a seasoned practitioner, there are times when a treatment doesn’t feel as strong as it had during other treatments.

I felt this same way during a previous treatment.  When I began the treatment, I was working on the receiver’s right arm.  At this position, I felt weak sensations in my hands.  They were slightly warm, but that is all.  *As a side note, remember that although you don’t feel sensations, trust that Reiki is flowing.*  Trusting this, I remained at the right arm for a few minutes.

When I finished the receiver’s right arm, I treated the left arm.  And as soon as I placed my hands on the arm, the sensations were powerful!  Vibrations enveloped my hands, my body temperature increased (I was on the brink of sweating), energy pulled through my hands, and I had an instinct to stand still- to remain at that spot.

It was then that I realized the Reiki I was giving was “working” the entire time.  I was just treating the wrong side.

As a new practitioner, don’t give up because you’re not feeling any sensations.  Become confident in your practice.  Let yourself find where the receiver needs the energy.  Experiment with hand positions.  If you are on the right, then treat the left.  If you are on the anterior, then move to the posterior…..and so on.

Discover good skill and intuition

~Christine

…I know liver dis”eases”

Today’s post is about the liver.  The liver is the largest organ inside your body and belongs to the Digestive System.  It is located in the upper right quadrant, just below the right breast spanning down towards the rib cage.

Many find the Digestive System easy to understand because we interact with it so often.  The Digestive System’s main function is to breakdown the food and liquid we ingest, so the body can absorb its nutrients.  Specifically, the liver regulates the level of sugar within the blood, converts fats to a usable form in the body, and traps and breaks down toxins into non-poisonous substances.

The Liver and Location

During Reiki, I focus on the liver when receiver’s express dis”eases” or pain in some of the following;

<>  fatigue,

<>  loss of appetite,

<>  poor digestion,

<>  abdominal pain,

<>  extremely uncommon discolored waste,

<>  alcohol or drug dependence,

<>  obesity,

<>  upper right quadrant pain, or

<>  dietary changes.

Coupled with the liver, I also work on the kidneys, pancreas, and stomach.  The reason being is they are organs directly related to the digesting our food and filtering the bloodstream.

While I treat the liver, I place both hands on the anterior (front) of the body above the organ location.  An alternative position would be to place one hand on the anterior (front) and the other on the posterior (back) of the body to reach the right kidney.

I hope this basic education will help you when treating yourself, friends, family, or others.

Thanks for reading!

~Christine

…owning takes a different perspective

During the 21-Day Meditation Challenge offered by The Chopra Center, there was one specific meditation that impacted my thinking.  It was a meditation where I focused on my ideas of “owning”.  The main question that I “lightly” thought about during the meditation was, “what do I own?”  The answers could be tangible and intangible objects; materials, emotions, characteristics, responsibilities, roles, etcetera.

I focused on the material objects because the physical objects are easiest for me to describe.  In my head, I went from room to room in my house and visualized looking at all of my belongings.  As I was visualizing this, another question was, “why do I own these items, and do those items still serve that purpose for me?”

As I ended this meditation, I had more respect and appreciation for myself, my hard work (which has helped me pay for the items), and each item.

Today, I will be going through each room in my house and gathering all those items that are not serving their purpose for me anymore.  What a great way to Spring clean my house and my soul.

~Christine

…I study the body’s filtration system

I want to begin a series of posts about the human body’s organ systems.  This week, I will be introducing the Urinary System.  I will begin by discussing the basic function of the system and the organs that are found in the system.  then I will explain how I utilize this knowledge when giving Reiki.

The Urinary System’s main function is to filter the body’s blood from nutritional and waste products.  So, the foods, beverages, water, or whatever you inhale taken in to your body, is processed and added to the bloodstream.  Eventually the nutrients in the blood end up at the kidneys.  If your body does not use the nutrients that you have ingested to build up the cells in your body or for storage, it is considered waste.

The Urinary System (Female) from the MayoClinic.org

The main organs in the Urinary System are the kidneys, bladder, ureter, and urethra.  Each organ has a specific function to reach the overall goal of filtering your body system.  Blood circulates through your body carrying nutrients and waste.  When the blood reaches your kidneys, the blood is filtered.  This means that whichever material is in your blood; glucose, water, sodium, potassium, etcetera, is separated into good (nutritional) and bad (non-nutritional).  All the bad is taken from the kidneys into the ureters, tubular pathways that connect to the bladder.  From the bladder, the bad, also called waste, waits in this “holding tank” until there is enough for you to excrete through urination.  Finally, the passage way from the bladder to the external world – the toilet – is the urethra.

During Reiki, I focus on the Urinary System when receiver’s express dis”eases” or pain in some of the following;

<>  lower back or lower abdominals,

<>  pelvis,

<>  dehydration,

<>  headaches (a symptom of dehydration),

<>  poor nutrition level,

<>  jaundice,

<>  UTI’s, bladder infections,

<>  kidney stones,

<>  fatigue, or

<>  abnormal bowel movements.

While I treat the Urinary System, I place both hands on the anterior (front) of the body above the organ location.  An alternative position would be to place one hand on the anterior (front) and the other on the posterior (back) of the body.  For example, if I am treating the kidneys, I can place my hand above and below of the right kidney, then of course on the left to balance the energy received by the kidneys.

I hope this basic education will help you when treating yourself, friends, family, or others.

Thanks for reading!

~Christine

…I treat vocal singers

Last month I had the opportunity to treat the lead singer of a metal/ rock band.  Prior to receiving Reiki, the singer mentioned that nerves were setting in for the music gig later that night.
When someone reveals to me that they are nervous, I know that I must work on their solar plexus, or control chakra.  By balancing the energy at the solar plexus, I aide in changing the anxious and busy energy to more calm and grounded energy.  For this treatment, I placed my hands on the solar plexus, which is the upper abdominal area.  I kept my hands there for several minutes.  When I felt the pull of energy through my hands dissipate and the need to stay at the solar plexus decrease.

Since this person was a vocalist in a metal/ rock band, I also knew that I needed to bring energy to the organs that physically work during voice production.  This meant I needed to divide the treatment time between the vocal box, or larynx, all lung lobes, and diaphragm.  By choosing these organs, I was sure to help the singer use the muscles properly, so the air would move through their lungs and wind pipe.

I am glad to understand the physiology of voice production so that I was able to help this singer.  Learn about daily activities and the mechanics of our anatomy that produce those daily activities.  It will help when you begin treating yourself and others.

~Christine

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