Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Reiki- Holistic Healing


Nicole Lawler

Reiki is finally on the map of healing modalities!

In its simplest translation, Reiki is universal life energy. It is the life force energy that exists in all things. The practice of Reiki is the art and science of channeling this universal life energy in a particular pattern to heal and harmonize the mental and physical body. It works to heal the whole body, not just any one specific area. Stress, worry, and emotional upset are held in the mental and emotional bodies, blocking your energy source causing aches, pains, and disease to manifest in the physical body. Reiki or "energy work" can clear these blockages and allow life's energy force to freely flow, enhancing your own body's natural healing powers. Reiki treatment is to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, release emotional blockages, accelerate natural healing, balance subtle energy bodies' and support other medical modalities including traditional therapies. This is a brief synopsis of the meaning of Reiki.

After many decades of Reiki's validity being disputed and discounted, the holistic energy treatment is gaining an entirely new respect in the medical community. Initially, the very idea of the human body being surrounded by invisible life force energy was labeled absurd. The thought process is that if it is invisible, it cannot be measured by traditional research or scientific instrumentation. William Lee Rand, Founder of the International Center for Reiki Training is changing all of that. In 2005, he created a peer review method for analyzing the current state of scientific studies done on Reiki programs in hospitals, clinics, and hospice facilities throughout the United States, called the Touchstone Process.

William Lee Rand also developed the Reiki in Hospitals Website and list, which is one of the most comprehensive compilations of hospitals in the world now offering Reiki. There have never before been so many studies of Reiki in a single source.

There have been many controlled studies submitted to peer-journals and The Touchstone Process for review. All disorders that had favorable outcomes to Reiki treatments include:

pain in chronically ill patients, depression, stress, cognitive assessment in elderly, related to dementia/Alzheimers, pre-operative relaxation, post-operative pain, migraine relief. It was reported that 83% of the most controlled studies, showed moderate to strong evidence in support of Reiki as a viable, therapeutic healing modality. In a press release dated September 15th, 2008, The American Hospital Association President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock stated, "Complementary and alternative medicine has shown great promise in supporting and stimulating healing. It's one of the many tools hospitals look to as they continue to create optimal healing environments for the patients they serve."

In conclusion, as Reiki continues to be a huge asset for the hospitals, The Touchstone Process reports will continue to help people see that Reiki is an effective healing modality first hand. As a Reiki practitioner, I am very passionate about it because just seeing the client's sense of wellbeing and calm after the pain has dissipated is pretty amazing. It would be fantastic if all of our healthcare systems helped us by helping our bodies facilitate the healing process the way it's supposed to. Maybe it's time to get back to the basics.

Check out some of the Research Reports and Case Studies below:

Case Studies with Fibromyalgia

Case Studies with Cancer

About the Author:

My name is Nicole. I've lived and learned much in this lifetime. Having grown up in a home of dysfunction and mental abuse, it took me many years to learn to overcome such bitter imprints that were left in my little mind. This won't soon leave your existence without deep scarring.

Somehow, by the grace of God, I learned how family was supposed to be. I ended up adopting most of my childhood friends' parents and families. All of these families took me in with open arms and showed me how family is supposed to interact. What I found in these families was unconditional love and it saved my life. The most important lesson that I learned in my life growing up, is to love unconditionally, and to appreciate the small victories that happen daily in a world of such heartache!

I learned these lessons early and used all of my knowledge to create a loving family of my own. After marrying my soul-mate and best friend, we had a child. While my son Damian was growing up, not only did I try to mold him into his greatness, but we also adopted some of his friends into our family just like the way my friends families adopted me. We were blessed with many little ones that we could help find their way in life and learn love in this world. We all learned growing up, the joys of helping those who needed us. Although Dave and I only have one biological child, there are many children that I consider my own. We have truly lived and learned what it means to have such blessings and cherish each and every one of them.

In my later years, and with many health issues, I began to see a spiritual healer because the doctors in my life weren't helping me. It was through the Healing that I received that I learned that I am an Empath and have gifts of healing myself. Shortly after, I studied Reiki, and holistic medicine, and for quite a while now and I am following my passion. My calling in life has always been to help people. It just took me about 40 years to figure out how. Funny how things in life are drawn to you!

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Alternative Healing Methods


Michelle Sigurdson

Is Alternative Healing For You?

Alternative healing methods thrive within the field of holistic healing. Depending on your needs, some holistic health approaches can be used as alternatives to mainstream medicine. A therapy that is used to replace traditional medicine is called "alternative healing."

Six Sensational Benefits of Alternative Healing

  • Some alternative health methods can be very gentle. Because of this, they can help manage extreme pain and be beneficial for patients in pre and post surgery.
  • Alternative therapies may transcend some of the limits of modern medicine.
  • Alternative treatments can bring new hope for healing stubborn ailments.
  • There are no side effects with many alternative natural healing methods.
  • With some healing approaches like energy healing, you may be able to feel some immediate benefits.
  • Some healing therapy can be done on the self. (And self healing can be learned.)

Four Popular Alternative Healing Methods:

Energy Healing: Reiki, Healing Touch, and Pranic Healing are all energy healing methods. The field of energy medicine is growing - healthfully! This alternative healing method works using the idea that we are we are ultimately made up of quantum energy. Your energy can be influenced by universal energy and other energetic biofields (or auras). The goal is to restore balance to your energy centers and strengthen them.

Body Work: massage therapy,the Rosen Method, and Craniosacral therapy fall into this category. Massage by itself can be deeply soothing, which can help the body heal. Also, one of the theories behind body work is that memory is stored in our muscle tissue and that it can be released and healed with body work. This can lead to emotional, mental and physical healing.

Chinese Medicine: can help with pain management, depression, stress and insomnia. Some of the main methods of treatment include: acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, diet therapy, and qigong (a form of meditative exercise). Acupuncture works by having a doctor insert fine disposable needles at key meridians or energy points along your body. This may help dissolve energy blocks and help your body heal itself.

Ayurvedic Medicine: treats the whole person through a holistic assessment. In Ayurveda, your treatment is based on which "dosha" or body type you are. Once you have been assessed, purification and rebalancing of your specific dosha is recommended. Changes in diet, fitness and sleeping habits tailored to your particular body type may be recommended with this ancient East Indian medical practice.

The healing methods featured here may also be used as complementary therapies that work alongside mainstream medicine. (In this way they can also be called: "complementary" healing methods.)

Alternative and complementary healing methods may offer you hope where there wasn't hope before. Explore your options and listen to your divine body. Alternative healing methods can help you radiate your ultimate health.

Explore the magic of alternative healing methods, including an in-depth look at the definition of holistic health and alternative medicine at:

About the Author:

Michelle Sigurdson has a background in Communications and is an energy healer. She loves all things holistic and is the creator of At Lumia she shares wellness resources, information and inspiration.

As a writer and nature enthusiast, she is passionate about the beauty of the planet and her people! She brings this enthusiasm and devotion to her web, print and audio creations. Join her on a journey that explores all facets of holistic healing... Discover! Explore! Be Nurtured!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Reiki Symbol Sei He Ki


Gogu Bobu

Reiki symbols are basically words from Japanese language that play an important role in Reiki practice. These symbols are used by advanced Reiki practitioners and can help in focusing or channeling the Reiki energies. The symbols can be activated either by visualizing them mentally, drawing the symbol with the palm of your hand, speaking the name of the symbol out loud, or simply invoking it in your mind. The three primary symbols used in traditional Reiki are Cho Ku Rei (power symbol), Sei He Ki (mental or emotional healing symbol) and Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen (distance healing symbol).

Meaning of Sei He Ki or the Reiki mental / emotional healing symbol

The name Sei He Ki means The earth and sky meet or God and Man become one.

This symbol acts on a person's conscious mind (the mental body) and subconscious mind (emotional body), and is used primarily for emotional and mental healing, clearing, purification, protection and balancing. Sometimes it's also called the Protection Symbol, because of the role it plays in providing protection.

Most of our ailments are caused by mental and emotional imbalance in our bodies. The use of the emotional healing symbol helps in bringing the problem to the surface and liberates emotional and mental issues that cause the problem. This symbol also aids in balancing the left and right side of the brain and promotes peace and harmony. It can be used to draw gentle and subtle energies required to ease the feelings of sorrow or suffering.

How to use the Reiki emotional / mental symbol

Different practitioners use this symbol in different ways. For example, the practitioner draws the Cho Ku Rei (the power symbol) to create a connection with the Reiki energy source. Sei He Ki is then drawn over the troubled area where the Reiki energies are required. The energies are sealed by drawing the power symbol or Cho Ku Rei again. This sustains the effect of Sei He Ki for a longer time.

Improve memory power

Sei He Ki is beneficial in improving your memory. Drawing this Reiki symbol on pages of your book, can help you memorize the content while reading or studying. Visualizing the symbol on top of your head can help you remember things that you might have forgotten; such as your keys, the name of a person, and an answer for the test, or just about anything else.

This works because of the connections this symbol makes in and between the two hemispheres of the brain.

Get rid of bad habits

The mental and emotional symbol aids in restoring emotional and psychological balance in a person's body and promotes deep healing. The use of this Reiki symbol helps in eliminating unwanted or bad habits such alcoholism, smoking cigarettes or overeating. Visualizing or drawing this Reiki symbol around you helps in changing your negative beliefs, negative parental or social conditioning and makes you a more positive person.

Improve relationships

Drawing Sei He Ki around your surroundings and the people involved in a troubled relationship can bring about the wisdom and strength to sort out problems amicably. Using this Reiki symbol will help bring relationship problems to the surface and make you tackle them successfully.

Empowers your affirmations

Affirmations are powerful tools that can play a vital role in helping you to achieve your goal successfully. The mental symbol works in the subconscious mind, repeating the name of this symbol mentally can help in empowerment of your affirmations and help you accomplish your goal. If you write down affirmations, draw the symbol on the paper as well.

Personal bodyguard

Drawing Sei He Ki around you helps protecting you from the negative vibrations and allowing only the positive energies to reach you. As mentioned, it is otherwise called the protection symbol, and can also be used as protective shield during purification ceremonies to help in removing negative energy from the physical body or from the aura.

In medical settings, this symbol tends to work as an "antiseptic ointment", when used before, during or after an operation or surgery.

Dissipates headaches

Sei He Ki is used to heal emotional issues that can cause physical problems too. By using this Reiki symbol, you can find a way to heal your headaches caused due any mental or emotional instability. It can be a good solution to help you cure your headaches naturally, without having to take any kind of medications (remember to drink a lot of water too, as many headaches are caused by dehydration).

Helps to find lost objects

Drawing the Reiki mental and emotional symbol in the front of you and asking for assistance to locate lost objects will help you either find the objects or give you ability to think and remember the location at which you kept it in the first place.


This symbol teaches us about the synchronization or harmony of things in nature. It teaches subconsciously about the rhythmic cycle of nature, the need of adaptability towards changes and understanding the importance of non attachment. It helps making an individual gain more positive outlook of life and helping them stay happy throughout their life.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Is it wrong to want to be wealthier?

As a researcher into the many different forms of personal development I frequently come across books, coaching programmes etc which promise to help their purchasers become wealthier.  I find many of these long on promises but short on results, and those go no further than my desk.  But some are genuine.  Recently I have come across several genuine such systems based around the Law of Attraction, which I know works as long as it is used properly, and I have been recommending some of these to members of my exclusive subscription list.

What I have found enlightening, though, is that many people who rely on me to conduct this kind of research tell me they are not interested in becoming wealthier.  Some even seem to object to the whole idea, as though it is morally abhorrent in some way.  So I thought this would be a good time to look at whether wanting to be wealthier really is, in some way, a bad thing.

Let me begin by telling you a story about two brothers.  We will call them Luke and John.  They were born into a family that, whilst not outright poor, nevertheless had little spare money left once all the essential bills were paid.  Both brothers wanted their lives to really mean something, to help others who were less fortunate.  But they also needed to earn a living, and as with most of us this really took up most of their time.  They began their working lives as junior managers in a big international company.  Luke stayed there, and managed each month to put aside $500 for charity.  This was as much as he could afford.

John, on the other hand, decided that this was not enough.  But he was on around the same salary as Luke, so he couldn’t really afford more than this.  What John decided to do instead was set up his own business, giving him the chance of creating more wealth, which he could then use for charitable purposes.  Luke was unhappy about his brother’s decision, saying he had sold his soul to the devil by wanting to build his fortune, but John took no notice.

For the first few years John could only afford to donate to charity a fraction of what his brother was donating.  But then his business grew and grew, as John was successfully practising Law of Attraction techniques.  After only 5 years John owned a multi-million dollar business.  The business itself helped a number of charities, and John personally donated $5,000 a month to charity as well as living a much wealthier lifestyle than his brother Luke.

My question here is who was doing the greater good – Luke or John?  You may correctly answer we don’t have enough information, as we don’t know what each brother was like in his day to day life.  How each treated the people they met etc.  But if we assume they both retained their original loving personalities I think you will agree John must be doing the greater good – as he has much greater resources to do so.

You see, wealth itself is certainly not evil.  It all depends on what you do with that wealth.  If you are selfish and try to hold on to it all and not use any of it to help others, then this is clearly not a good thing.  But someone who is like that may be just as selfish whether they have $1 or $1,000,000 spare.  What is wrong is not the money but the attitude of the person who owns it.  You could compare money with a natural force like electricity - it is neither good nor bad, but neutral.  If you use it to light your house and read a good book which ends up making you a better person, then that is good.  But if you use it to electrocute someone and kill them that is clearly bad.

If you see the acquisition of wealth as a means to an end, and the end is good, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be wealthier – obviously provided you use ethical means to acquire that wealth.

Some of my Christian readers may say that the Bible says money is the root of all evil, but it does not say this at all.  So many people misquote the passage from 1 Timothy 6:10.  What St Paul actually said in this passage was:

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

The love of money, rather than the love of the good you will be able to do if you acquire it in the right way.  That is very true.  If you love just the money itself you will want to try and hold on to it and end up not using it for good – and that is wrong.  But it is certainly not wrong to want to acquire money to have a better lifestyle if you are also going to use some of your wealth to improve the lot of others.

So, is it wrong to want to be wealthier?  My answer as a personal development researcher is a resounding “No!”  Go for it!  Use the Law of Attraction properly to become wealthier, and then see what good uses you can make of that wealth as you begin to acquire it!