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    Salima Pirani
    Instructor, Mindfulness, Reiki & Developing Psychic Awareness

    "May all beings take care of themselves with ease" - Buddha

    How to Choose a Great Reiki Instructor and Course

    "When the student is ready, the master will appear". I was lucky that this was my experience, but it's not the case for everyone.

    You may want to research a bit before choosing a Reiki Master Teacher. And rightly so. I've had a number of people contact me who want to be "re-attuned" after learning Reiki elsewhere, and others who haven't learned and are shopping around for the right teacher. To help you, here is what to look for.

    The ideal Reiki Course will have:

    • About 16 hours of training. A Level One course is focused on Reiki only and is spaced over two or more days, but all completed within a week. If done privately or semi-privately it may be a bit shorter (14 hours) as there are fewer students to attune. 
    • A small group size. Two to eight students are ideal and actually manageable by an instructor. This way, you get the benefit of sharing learning with other students whom you practice with, while receiving enough individual guidance from your instructor. If there are more than eight students in the attunement room, don't be one of them.
    • Qualifying students. Attunements should never be given to those hospitalized, under 13 or to those who are more than three months pregnant. Anyone having terminated a pregnancy must receive a Reiki treatment by a practitioner fluent in spiritual healing prior to their course.
    • Four individual Reiki Level One attunements. Four attunements will give you the full ability to channel Reiki for yourself and informally for others. Level Two also has four attunements, as does Level Three, and so on. 
    • Practice Time. At least one self-treatment over the course time, and at least two treatments on others under the guidance of the instructor. I can't stress enough the importance of this practice time with your instructor's guidance. 
    • Reiki Manual covering Reiki History and Practice. The manual is a complement to what is taught in the class; history, theory and, safety and practice elements should all be present in a manual.
    • Ongoing / Continuing Education and Practice. Good teachers offer monthly Reiki Shares - where their own students come to practice Reiki with further guidance and coaching and receive treatments from other students who have learned with their teacher and share experiences. 
    • In-person training. I can't stress this enough. Learning Reiki online is questionable to begin with and will not benefit you in the long run because you will lose out on a personal connection with the teacher, the ability to observe their character and their approach to teaching and to the practice of Reiki, which are all important. Reiki isn't taught as information, but is passed down through initiation by a lineage dating back to Mikao Usui. It can only be passed down through the care and discernment of a qualified teacher. If you don't have an instructor in your area, consider travelling for a course or getting a group to learn together and inviting an instructor to come to you.  
    • Ethics, Standards and Safety Training, including Infection Prevention & Control Training, especially tailored for situations and circumstances like COVID-19 or other disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics.
    • A Community and Coaching. This goes along with the last two points above, as I see so many websites and forums on social media where after having taken a Reiki course, practitioners at all levels are asking the most basic of questions and answering in conflicting ways, resulting in confusion, misinformation being shared, lost time and energy, and all too often, conflicts stemming from, and resulting in different approaches. A good teacher will take care of creating their own community: providing a forum, helping their own students connect with each other,  answering questions patiently, honestly and ethically, and providing information that is of the highest integrity to help their students develop as fully, as safely as possible as they connect with each other.

    By the end of your course, you will have experienced shifts in your sensitivity to energy, be encouraged to practice on yourself daily, and can confidently give Reiki treatments to others.

    The Ideal Reiki Master Teacher will have:

    • The ability to read auras and sense energy congestion and the root cause of that congestion.
    • The ability to sense and help clear away emotional and spiritual blockages.
    • An understanding of what Reiki energy is and where Reiki healing comes from. 
    • A personal dedication to self-care (daily or regular self-Reiki practice, meditation and ideally other forms of self-care). 
    • Experience. A true Reiki Master Teacher has taken her or his Level Three / Reiki Master Course and waited at least a year with lots of training before taking their Reiki Master Teacher course, just to be able to teach Reiki Level One.
    • The ability to look at a prospective student and assess where they are energetically, rather than simply welcoming anyone who wants to pay to take a course at any level. 
    • The ability to clearly tell you where your own energy is congested and how to balance it.
    • The ability to tell you about what energies you're working with already, as well as what Reiki energies you are working with during your course, once attuned.
    • The willingness to speak with you and answer your questions thoroughly before you take a course. 
    • An openness to having you contact existing students to inquire about the instructor / course.
    • The energy and flexibility to respond to, and provide knowledgeable assistance and guidance in the face of changes and challenges, like COVID-19 or other disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics.  
    After your training, your instructor should continue to provide ongoing support and opportunities for further learning and developing beyond your Level One course.


    Once you have completed your Reiki training according to the above requirements, you will have been properly attuned to channel Reiki for yourself and others and can harness Reiki for life. If you've received four attunements in your course, there is no need to be re-attuned. Even if you don't practice often, you can start to sense it again by giving yourself a few consecutive daily self-treatments.

    In fact, if you've been properly attuned to Reiki by a qualified instructor, you will notice a lot of development coming from your own daily self-practice. Like the saying goes, "You get out of it what you put into it". If however, you continue practising and feel as if something is missing, that you aren't developing greater sensitivity, you can always find a qualified instructor who you feel is the right one to be assessed by and receive training from. Always talk to your instructor first so they can help you, instead of bouncing around from teacher to teacher, which will confuse tire you - and lessen the value of your training. Go as deep as you can with a good teacher.

    Quality Control

    Did you know that traditiinally, a new Reiki Master Teacher cannot start teaching a newcomer Level Two until one of their own Level One graduates returns to request to Level Two training, without being prompted? One of their own Level Two students must return to request to learn Level Three before the Reiki Master Teacher can teach a newcomer Level Three, and the same goes for teaching Level Four, the Master Teacher Level. This is to ensure there is quality control built in. If the teacher's own students aren't returning to request higher levels of training, surely something is amiss.

    Each Level has its own Training

    Over time, you may want to take the Reiki Level Two course to learn how to send distance healing and find and clear away the deeper mental and emotional roots of symptoms. A Level Two course should be taught independently from a Level One course as it is a huge step forward. There are four distinct attunements, specifically for Level Two. These will open you up to be able to harness double the amount of Reiki energy. Some teachers offer Levels One and Two together, without any or enough attunements or practice time. Taking a Level One and Level Two course together waters down your learning and would require eight attunements -- too powerful to experience all at once. The Level Three Reiki Master Course is another massive leap forward, has four attunements and requires a high level of practice, experience and work with the instructor before the course can be taken and one begins to call themself a Master of Reiki. Level Four, which is teacher training or the Reiki Master Teacher course, requires, at bare minimum, a full year of intense practice and preparation, after Level Three.

    In many schools Levels One and Two are taught together and Levels Three and Four are taught together, which is an indication of poor quality of a course and lack of understanding of an instructor, and even of the instructor themselves being improperly attuned or not at all attuned to Reiki. They may have taken an online course or a course with fifty students all "initiated" at once, which isn't possible. That individual is using their own energy to heal - or using lower energy - and not harnessing Reiki at all. This can even pose a risk to clients and students.

    Many students are eager to learn and develop, which is fantastic, but there is no substitute for patience, thorough training and practice. So many people are eager to rush the process, or to have the title of a "Master" or "Master Teacher". This is the reason why few Reiki Master Teachers themselves are properly attuned and why Reiki has become so "watered down" or has garnered a "flaky" reputation, even though it's perhaps the single most powerful healing tool available to us, if one's properly attuned to harness this intelligent and pure healing energy. It is also the reason why many clients come to a Siam Reiki practitioner and are blown away by the quality of healing they receive. I've been told by clients that one Reiki treatment was the equivalent of ten or twelve years of therapy!


    Many people ask me how Siam Reiki is different from Usui Reiki. All Reiki that is practised today is practiced because of Master Mikao Usui. Although Reiki itself is timeless, Master Usui is the person who harnessed this energy and made it available for use in our modern times. The word "Reiki" is a Japanese word (meaning "spiritual energy"), simply because Master Usui happened to be Japanese. So no matter what school of Reiki you learn from, if it's called "Reiki", it is all Usui Reiki. The different lineages are branches of his students, including Master Hayashi Chujiro, who developed standard hand positions, and Master Hawayo Takata, who took Reiki beyond Japan and taught it far and wide.

    Siam Reiki is a very powerful lineage of Master Usui's, mainly because it has the highest standards known in Reiki and due to the purity of the Reiki energy channeled. Students in Siam Reiki are taught traditionally; to develop an intuitive capacity that is cultivated and highly encouraged, the result being that they channel the purest healing energy. This results in very powerful and specific healing for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues, and the treatments elicit remarkable and miraculous healing benefits in those who receive them. 

    Self-Reiki BadgeDo You Want to Learn Reiki?

    No matter where you learn Reiki, if you are properly attuned by a true Reiki Master Teacher, you will notice that Reiki is a catalyst for change in your life. It opens up new understanding and is a wonderful tool for positive change, whether in the quality of health, relationships, success, or spirituality. If you follow the guidelines here, you will have a great Reiki Course and instructor and in turn, Reiki itself will change your life.

    Want to take a Siam Reiki Course? Find out when the next one is offered here.

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    How to Retreat at Home

    At the start of "social distancing", which is now being referred to as "lockdown", I joked on social media against a jaunty yellow background: "Let's Call it a Retreat!". Secretly, I wished it were. While I had a couple of days off due to postponing courses, I've since been flooded with clients presenting with all kinds of distress and problems.

    My own ensuing problem quickly became overwork.

    Let's take today for example. My first order of business was a 2-hour lesson at 8:30am. Then a 30-minute birthday call. I wolfed down some oatmeal and fruit just in time to teach a Psychic Course session at 11am. This course is taught with 1-hour breaks in between sessions. Online funeral at 11:30am. I returned a few emails and led the next Psychic Course session at 12:30pm. Following this was a tri-continental family zoom reunion at 1pm. Another Psychic Course session at 2pm. Yoga at 3pm (10 minutes for a snack right before, tsk tsk!). Psychic Course session at 4:30pm.

    I'm now at my dinner break (I'd originally booked a client during this break but her appointment was moved) and I'm grateful for a home cooked meal. I've got about 15 minutes to write before hopping back on for today's last Psychic Course session at 5:45pm. Then my niece, nephew and their parents are coming later for an impromptu physically-distanced backyard fireworks (probably handheld sparklers) birthday party and homemade cake for my brother-in-law. Fortunately I'd taken the rest of the evening off.

    Normally, I try to pace myself. Today's funeral, family zoom meeting and backyard party weren't part of my original day at all. But this is how it goes in the pandemic, isn't it? I'm sure you have your version of chaos too.

    With the next few days looking almost as impossible, I've decided to revisit my retreat idea in earnest. No retreat centres happening now. I'm having my retreat at home.

    How, you ask? Well, here's my plan.


    First, what's this retreat about? You might want to focus on writing, nutrition or even building a business. Those sound like deep-dives, not retreats. What I'm talking about is a proper silent retreat, dedicated to my meditation, mindfulness and insight practice. It's about being alone with this body and this mind and knowing their realities. Know what your focus is for the retreat and know what kinds of activities you'll be including to support your focus. In my case, there will be sitting and walking mindfulness practice, mindfulness while eating, perhaps mindfulness while gardening and cleaning and a few supplementary teachings. After all, if you're setting aside real estate in your calendar, it had better be worth the investment of your time.


    A retreat could be a day, a week up to 40 or even 60 days or more. The dates must be consecutive, with no interruptions. No sneaking in work! No socializing! And no devices! Length is also important. Long ago, I attended a 10-day silent Vipassana retreat in Illinois. Most of the participants were newbies. By day four, half the meditation hall, including my ride back to Chicago O'Hare, had defected. So, you want your retreat to be long enough to challenge you and boost your practice, but short enough that it's actually do-able.

    Eyeing a course postponement in the calendar and a space between weekly mindfulness teaching, I decide on four days at the end of the month. Yippie! Having four days to do nothing sounds divine, but it won't be nothing. I'm investing my time, so I want it to be worth it. I need to set up a routine.


    Once you block off time, structure each day of the retreat.

    At every retreat I've attended and led, there's a rhythm that one follows day after day. Consider alternating sitting and walking practice. Pre-set your waking and sleeping hours and meal times.

    Look at how your activities work together. Although mindfulness during mealtimes is part of my practice, I know a walking or active practice after eating prevents the inevitable post-food sluggishness.

    Don't pile the toughest challenges ("I'm going to sit still and meditate for two hours straight!") on the first day. Ease in. Last summer, I took my little niece and nephew to Montreal for five wild days of fun to kick off summer holidays (during the Montreal Jazz Festival and long weekend). I then plunged head-first into a 5-day Buddhist insight retreat in silence in the country. Mistake! It took two of the five days just to settle in. Winding down a bit before heading to the retreat is also a great idea, to help you make the most of your silent time. Since I grocery shop for my parents, I'll make sure that's done prior to my retreat, taper off work leading up to my start date and refer folks elsewhere for help.


    Set up your space so that it's conducive to practice. If your home environment is cluttered, it could take away from your ability to be at ease. Of course, you should absolutely make any cleaning or tidying up part of your mindfulness in daily life practice. Take a look at the weather before your retreat begins and plan some time outdoors. A change of scenery can really boost awareness and mindfulness. I'll be heading to my local park the first day or two, as a walk by the river will be an ideal place to help ease into deeper awareness in my practice later on.


    Think about what you'll need to make your retreat successful. Writing and journaling aren't part of a silent retreat so notebooks are out, but you may want to supplement your practice with reading and listening to lessons or teachings. And although these are wonderful complements to your retreat, they aren't required. If you do go this route, pick out a book or two in advance, not twenty. The idea is to supplement the awareness practice, not get lost in reading. Downloading audio or putting it on CD in advance will avoid temptation to go online.

    I've recorded Love in the Time of Corona, a 1-hour guided healing meditation specifically to help with stress and anxiety around this time. I've also created Seven Days of Guided Meditation, a series of short 12-20 minute "guided lessons", which is a great start for beginners. I've downloaded some audio from my teacher's teacher in Thailand that I'll use to supplement my practice for up to an hour each day.

    You might be used to using a timer app for your meditation or mindfulness practice. Instead of this, keep your device off wifi and on airplane mode and use an alarm clock and regular watch. If you're off schedule a few minutes, it's ok.


    This includes making sure you have enough groceries (and toilet paper), planning out your meals, getting a babysitter or handing off work if you need to. Cancel appointments and remember, this is a digital detox as well as a mental detox. Avoid relying on devices.


    This is perhaps the most daunting aspect for many. How will I manage to stay off my phone, device, TV, and stay quiet for a day? A week? A month? And what if I live with others who aren't retreating? Again, ease in and make sure you set some ground rules for yourself and those around you before you begin. Tell your family or house-mates about your retreat, and share your schedule so they're less likely to disturb you when you're in common areas. If you think they'll forget and try to engage with you (even eye contact counts as engagement), you can pre-plan to wear something as a signal to them that you're remaining silent. I'll wear my Silence t-shirt, but you may opt for a simple hat or scarf as a visual cue.


    Tell everyone you're heading on retreat! It will help you be accountable to yourself and it will help others know to resist contacting you until after your retreat is completed. Set your out-of-office notices. Post something up on social media. Stick a note on your door for any deliveries. Set your phone to Do Not  Disturb with a custom message. Send out an email and tell folks that might contact you (I sent out a note to my email list, and linked this post!).

    Be Kind

    Lastly, remember that this retreat has a purpose: it's to give you an opportunity to invest in yourself and your own development. Take it easy and be kind to yourself. If you can't fall asleep one evening and oversleep the next day, just know you overslept. If you become impatient with yourself, just know the impatience arose. If you feel fearful that you're missing out on something happening in the world, just know the fear. The whole point is to know what's arising in within your heart, mind and body, one moment at a time, with patience and attention.

    So, full disclosure, I didn't finish writing this in 15 minutes. And that's okay.

    I'll put all of these tips into action in a couple of weeks. I'm really looking forward to it. 


    Reiki Healing During a Pandemic (COVID-19)

    If you're a Reiki Healer, please stop giving Reiki immediately.

    I never thought I'd say that, but I said it. Let me explain.

    As I write this, people all over the world are getting sick but don't know it. There are germs flying about, landing and lingering on all kinds of surfaces -- and staying active for longer than we think.

    Public health experts all over the world are telling us to stay home, wash our hands, keep a safe distance from others if we absolutely must go out and physically distance ourselves -- avoid all physical contact. So, I'm telling all my students (and all hands-on-healers of all kinds) to stop giving Reiki or other healing sessions in person. Teachers: stop giving attunements.  For now. It's a disheartening message, but the good news is that we don't need to get stuck or feel useless. There's a lot we can still do. Read on!

    Infusing Reiki

    Even at Level One, before we've learned distance healing, we have a remarkable capacity for healing. The first step is always to practice self-healing with Reiki. If you're physically distancing (I don't like to call it "socially distancing" because you can still be social, just not in person), chances are you've freed up a bit of time spent commuting and running around (a lot of which seems unnecessary now, doesn't it?). Use this time to commit or re-commit to a daily self-healing practice. If you haven't practiced in a while, get your manual out and start again. Make sure your hands are freshly washed before you start. If you still can't find an hour a day, do less than an hour. Some Reiki is better than no Reiki.

    I won't lie: A full or longer session is better than a shorter session because you attend to all areas and work through congestion and blockages. Imagine how you'd feel after a half hour massage versus a one-hour massage? Exactly. While you're giving yourself Reiki you may find that worries, fears, anxieties, your concern or compulsion to fix things or save others or your own feelings of helplessness when you can't help them, magically soften. Put on a little light healing music and allow yourself to feel the healing as you go. Allow it to be an exploration rather than a fixing session.

    Then, once your self-healing is done, your energy field and your aura are charged up! You're filled with light. Give yourself some time then to practice any of the following:
    • prayers
    • phone calls
    • offering of words of support
    • laughter
    • crying and allowing others to cry
    • making good on promises
    • check-ins with others
    • manifesting visualizations (see the outcome or reality you want)
    • go into your psychic workshop (if you've taken that course)
    • sending love and light
    All of these will be infused with Reiki already because you've just come from giving yourself Reiki! When I first learned Level One, I'd wake up with my hands buzzing and felt that the Reiki energy was being wasted if I didn't immediately give myself a healing. In hindsight I know it was part of my path to practice and I noticed that from the moment I began my daily self-practice, my whole life was filled with awareness, attentiveness, signs, miracles and spontaneous doors opening for me.

    Distance Reiki

    For those who are at Reiki Level Two, you've learned some very valuable and magical skills. In addition to learning how to become sensitive to emotions and facilitate emotional releases and healing, you've also learned how to use the technology of symbols. These are very powerful tools. They give you the ability to open up a portal to transmit healing beyond space and time.

    Amazing, right?

    Are you nervous? You've already done it. You had practice during your course and after your very fist distance healing in our course, you shared what you sensed and what you felt was being worked on. That's all you need to share. You just need to practice doing it. Communicating what we sense is even more important now. Here are the ways in which this is achieved, from the most impactful, to the least:

    The most powerful is face to face practice and communication, but we can't do that right now.

    The second most powerful way to practice and communicate is over the phone (or a video call, with Skype, LINE, WhatsApp, Zoom, or others). This means a live Reiki session in real time while the recipient on the other end of the call is lying down and receiving the distance Reiki. So while they don't see you, they do hear you. During the session, you can share with them what you sense, facilitate an emotional release and healing, practise sound healing and /or play healing music.

    The image above shows the next best way is a hand-written letter. Quaint, but not happening.

    Finally, you can email (or at the least, text) a written report with notes after the session is complete. I do this sometimes. When I do, my notes are extensive because I'm typing in real time (with one finger on my phone) as I do the distance healing.

    Any of these forms of communication will be immensely helpful to the recipient.

    But you might be nervous.

    "What if I misinterpret something I feel?". Yes, you might. And it's okay. Reiki healing is perfect and works on what's needed at the time. We may not know what that is. The person receiving the healing for a skin condition may get a distance healing from you and sleep better than they had in months because their anxiety was eased. So if you give Reiki by distance and feel anxiety instead of a skin condition that's okay. That skin condition may improve given the benefits of better rest or after a few distance Reiki healings.

    "What if there's an awkward silence on the phone?". We really have trouble with silence, don't we? One thing I hope COVID-19 helps us with is overcoming boredom. When you're giving Reiki, let yourself and the other person be bored. Rest and let them rest. Trust the Reiki and let the recipient trust you. Let it be quiet and sense what you sense. Let them be quiet and see if they can sense anything happening. They just might.

    If you feel you need to check in and see if they're "still there", you can gently ask, "If you need anything or have questions, just ask, okay?", and that will give them a chance to let you know if they do.

    Play a little light healing music in the background, just as you would if they were with you. Nothing dramatic or emotionally tugging. No violins! Chances are, if they've had Reiki with you before, they'll feel immediately more relaxed hearing the familiar healing sounds in the background and feel at ease knowing that you're with them throughout the call. 

    I do a lot of healing work over the phone and can share with you that as awkward as it might be for you your first few times, it's more awkward for them. You might have practice doing this several times, but for them, they may be going out on a limb and this may be their first time. Just remember that Reiki can do no harm. The intent is always pure and healing, so you're safe and so is the recipient.

    If all else fails, contact your teacher. At their heart, a Reiki Master/Teacher is bound and responsible to their students. Just like a parent to a child, a spiritual healing teacher is responsible to their students for as long as the student has something to learn from them. So practice and explore, but if something isn't making sense, get in touch. Keep up your practice.

    Remember you have a very magical gift and we all need as much light as we can get right now!

    Reiki for Kids!

    Over the years, I've had a number of parents and caregivers bring children in for Reiki. The adults usually experience or learn Reiki first, and after experiencing its healing benefits, they ask their kids if they'd like to come try Reiki too.

    Often these kids have been given a diagnosis of ADHD, cancer, a developmental delay or learning disability. Sometimes, they just struggle at school or in their social circle. Receiving and living with a diagnosis can be hard in itself, on top of the physical or mental - emotional condition itself. Yet, these children are some of the most amazing people I've met. And, their Reiki treatments are some of the most fun and amazing ones I've given!

    Can Children Learn Reiki?

    While children under 13 are generally too young to be attuned to practice Reiki themselves, they are excellent candidates for receiving Reiki treatments. They're always asked if they'd like Reiki, rather than forced, and usually a parent will sit in on their session (if the child agrees). Often, a parent is the best person to give their own child Reiki. Many of my Reiki students wish to give Reiki to their children, but they say their kids are too rambunctious, have too little patience or have too short attention spans to receive a Reiki treatment. So, here are a few things that I do when giving Reiki to kids:

    1. Time goes out the window

    Children are sponges. They only need to hear some things once and they will remember them for life. They readily sense healing and often readily absorb it. If you're used to giving hour-long sessions, try 30 minutes, or 20, or just start with 10 and go from there.

    If you're taking your child to get a Reiki session from someone, discuss with your child if you're going to be in the room with them, what the Reiki treatment entails, and remind them to say say if something doesn't work for them. Even if the treatment time is only 30 minutes, it will likely take the practitioner some time to talk with your child beforehand, find out what they struggle with, explain to them what the treatment looks like, get them comfortable, and perhaps even play with them or show them some toys or healing tools to gain your child's trust first. Leave some time for this. 

    2. Simplify Hand Positions

    Toddlers' and young children's bodies are small, so standard hand positions may do double duty. Front of the face and side of the face may be merged, as can solar plexus and tummy. Don't worry about form as much as connection. The happier the child, the bigger the smile, the more laughter, the more contentment, the more they will relax, release and consciously receive and appreciate the healing.

    3. Connect

    Children may not be used to having an adult work on them on a table. If they have, it's usually been with gloved hands, cold stethoscopes, directives to sit still and sadly, injections. A good practitioner will take some time to establish rapport. Children should be allowed to talk (even sing!) during the session if they want to. If you're giving Reiki to someone else's child, be interested in their lives, address them by their name, and get them to feel happy and comfortable with you.

    4. Communicate

    Children are young and open. Often they are told to sit still, behave, pay attention, be quiet and even "grow up"! A good practitioner will ask them questions. A simple, "how does this feel?" can go a long way. If you're giving Reiki to a child, and sense the energy in the Reiki treatment, even just colours, communicate what you sense with them. Have them visualize coloured lights enveloping them like soft blankets or bubbles of protection. You can guide them to visualise or to feel their breath expanding and releasing at their belly like a balloon. Not only will it help make the time on the table more interesting, you will be helping them see that it's okay to sense things that most grown ups ignore or dismiss.

    5. Toys!

    When a child comes into my healing studio, I immediately put on a bit happier, more upbeat music, and bring out the tray of crystals. I ask them if they'd like to include crystals in their treatment and if they say yes, I ask them to select a few that they like the best. Kids intuitively sense what they like and what feels good. They often even know when the crystals are done - and hand them to me telling me so! If your child has a special stuffed animal or doll that they love, invite their toy into the Reiki treatment. Often children will feel safer with these happy companions by their side.

    6. Don't sit still

    Adults are sitting most of the day. Kids, on the other hand like to move about. If the child is restless during Reiki, it could mean that they sense they need a good release. I always go with the flow. I will often ask them if we can do some movements, and then take their arms or legs and shake them about, or give them a side to side swing. Sometimes, when a child isn't able to sit or lie still at all, I do the session by distance while in the same room. We may even hold hands and dance. Sometimes I get them to open their mouth and make funny noises with me. Brrr! Wa-Hooo! This often ends with smiles and big belly laughter!

    7. Hugs and Cuddles

    When it comes to our kids, Reiki doesn't have to be given formally. Often I will feel the energy coming out of my hands when I am cuddling with or hugging my niece or nephew. They love it so much at bedtime and when reading books together. In fact, I often get the biggest hugs from them! So if you've learned Reiki and wish to share it with your kids, give them lots of hugs and spend time cuddling, watching TV or reading together. Let the Reiki flow naturally.

    8. Boo-Boos!

    Don't forget it's often our first instinct when a child has an injury, to place our hands over the affected area. Spot healing works wonders with children, so even if it's not a full healing, your child will benefit from the energy and attention on that one spot that needs attention fast!

    What About Teens?

    The above are just some of the ways I approach Reiki for young kids. For older kids and teenagers, privacy is super important to them. They'll often choose to come into the treatment room without their parents. We always make sure they know that I'm not discussing anything confidential outside their session. Sometimes they have a hard time communicating with their parents or siblings. We often role-play during the session so that teens can listen to themselves and feel freer talking to their parents from a supported and empowered place within themselves. Sometimes there's a feeling or a diagnosis of depression and anxiety. In these cases, Reiki can make all the difference in the world, by offering perspective, space and acceptance. Teens know there's a supportive place they can turn to if they need help or someone to listen.

    No matter whether you are giving Reiki to a child or bringing your child for a Reiki session, it's a wonderful gift for them and helps with their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and development. They might feel more focused at school, have a better feeling about their physical body, go off to sleep more easily, enjoy better relationships at home or feel more empowered in their social circles. My own niece and nephew love it so much, they ask for Reiki at bedtime when they come to stay with me. I highly recommend sharing Reiki treatments with kids of all ages!

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    Three Reasons to Keep Reiki Symbols Secret

    There are three Reiki Symbols that are shared with those attuned to Reiki Level Two, one Master Symbol that is shared at Level Three and three additional symbols at Level Four, the Master/Teacher Level. The symbols are embedded in the attunement process itself, meaning that those who learn Reiki at these levels are attuned to these symbols as part of their course. They contain elements of Japanese Kanji or alphabet, and those attuned to them are instructed to draw and speak their names the same way each time to harness and amplify the power of Reiki.

    Even though it has been explicitly stressed that the symbols are to be kept confidential until a student is learning Reiki at Level Two, there is a lot of controversy among students of Reiki around whether Reiki Symbols should be shared publicly. Here, I will give some perspective, from my own experience, and share three reasons why I feel the symbols should be kept confidential.


    Symbols are everywhere. The very letters and words you're now reading are each a symbol pointing to something, and represented by certain markings. Every time a word is uttered or written it symbolizes something other than the markings or the utterance itself. Think of the word, "Love". Now think of the word, "Hate". Think of the word, "Freedom". Now think of the word, "Suffering". Very different feelings will come up.

    There are countless symbols floating out there in universes known and unknown to us. Each has a particular feel or energy to it. When drawn or spoken, it is an act, a ritual in and of itself. It is this act of drawing, speaking or applying the symbol that harnesses and amplifies its vibration and power for it's intended purpose.

    If someone simply sees a Reiki symbol, but is not initiated or attuned to it, not taught how to use it, or if they simply don't know what it means, it won't be of much active use to them. If you see the written word, "Love", and don't know its meaning, it will not have much effect on you. If you understand it's meaning it can be powerful when shared with you or shared by you.

    Master Mikao Usui

    Why a Secret, Then?

    1. Respecting Intention

    Reiki Symbols were not intended for use those not initiated to them. Symbols aren't even taught in Reiki Level One, but begin to be taught at Reiki Level Two. If Master Usui felt the first three symbols are so powerful that they are taught at a certain level of Reiki training, then anyone calling themselves a Reiki teacher or practitioner is advised to respect this intention.

    2. Protection Against Misappropriation

    One of the biggest reasons I see to keep the Reiki Symbols secret from those who are not attuned or initiated to them is simply for protection. These symbols denote sacred and beautiful energy, much like the cross and the swastika were before they were misused by those will ill intentions. The inverted cross of St Peter reminds us that he felt unworthy to be crucified upright as Jesus had. Over time, the inverted cross was misappropriated for anti-Christian messaging and purposes. The swastika, a thousands of years old symbol of prosperity and good luck in India and other parts of the world, has also been misappropriated and misused. It is now synonymous with Nazi racism and hatred in the west. These are worst case scenarios but we also see what happens with symbols such as the cross when they are simply watered down. The meaning is lost or loses its power when there is no faith behind it.
    Om, A Cultural and Religious Symbol

    3. Symbols are Active and Communicate

    I've encountered individuals who just love the look of the symbols. And I agree with them -- they are beautiful. Some people create art with Reiki Symbols, decorate their space with them and some tattoo themselves with them. It may feel like an homage to Reiki or it may feel as if the tattoos or designs continuously emit Reiki. Without conscious action, they don't emit anything. They don't heal, protect, purify or make us better people, just because they Reiki Symbols are stamped on us. In fact, we may even forget that symbol is there, like we could forget an important or sacred text or book sitting on a bookshelf. An individual with a Reiki symbol tattooed on her arm who has lowered her consciousness using substances (I've seen this), isn't protected from being an attraction for a lower spirit or entity. It doesn't heal an illness or problem or make her more powerful or more special than anyone. The tattooed symbol doesn't do anything at all, other than in this case, communicate something about the person with the tattoo and perhaps deters prospective clients.

    Want to Share the Symbols? First Ask Yourself:

    • Why do I feel so compelled to share these symbols with people who aren't initiated to Reiki?
    • What am I trying to achieve with this?
    • What message am I relaying by decorating myself or my surroundings with Reiki Symbols? Why?
    • What makes me want to go against the Usui Reiki tradition and share something that I was asked to keep confidential?

    Think You Think Too Much?

    A lot of my students who are learning the correct principles of meditation will at one point or another complain about thinking too much. It's an affliction that we all suffer from but it becomes really apparent during meditation, at times when we can't focus, or can't fall asleep. I wonder why we worry about it? Perhaps we read articles claiming that thinking too much makes us fat.

    Ok quick! Stop thinking!

    Actually, it's impossible to stop. With an estimated 65,000 thoughts going through the average human mind within a single day, with both processing and sensing (as in psychic ability) perhaps at the speed of light, could there really be such a thing as over thinking?

    Think again

    The good news is that the mind is designed to think. Thinking is natural: it's critical to our survival and our functioning. Humans have the ability to process vast amounts of information, and to be doing this consciously. This is part of what makes us human. 

    Don't believe the hype

    The painful part about thinking too much (and no, it's not the fat thing), is that we have a tendency to believe the thoughts, attach to them and feel that they're ours, develop feelings about them, and want to do something about them. It's like an addiction. A massive human trap! 

    Google it

    For example, a thought arises in the mind in the form of a question. In the thinking process, there is no satisfying answer. There comes a stealth but powerful disliking at not knowing the answer. The irritation is enough to breed a strong desire to find that answer. Curiosity builds. We want that answer. We Google it. 

    It's like an itch we want to scratch. An addiction. A trap.

    Or let's say there's a thought or opinion that a particular sports team should win. It's the worst team in the history of sport, with an abysmal losing streak. But, because the mind or heart believes it's our team, we still want them to win. Why? Because if they win, then we feel like we win and that will make us happy.  

    Thoughts breed

    We shouldn't blame thoughts. Thoughts alone are neutral. We don't see that in addition to thinking there is also believing, feeling, association and desire. These need each other to breed. A whole stream of these appears in the form of memories, daydreams and stories. Each thought breeds a liking or disliking and that emotion breeds more thought, more emotions, or action. The investment of emotion causes fatigue. Imagine having to act on each thought we have. What torture!

    No wonder we don't like it. It's exhausting.

    Don't stop thinking, start knowing

    Naturally our first instinct is to kill thoughts. We think meditating (our image of this is sitting lotus-legged banishing any thought that dare trespass) can work. But that's not the way. It's actually almost impossible for modern humans to do, and more painful and unnatural than the thinking was in the first place, which is why those who attempt this often give up.

    The Buddha taught mindfulness, which involves practising getting good at knowing when the mind has gone off to think. We don't practice mindfulness by trying to stop thinking and feeling, we practice by simply watching and knowing what the mind and heart are doing. 

    When we catch thinking and feeling happening, the thoughts and emotions halt in their tracks like deer caught in the headlights. No matter how cute you might be, it's hard to breed or spawn anything when you're startled, exposed and motionless.

    To practice the right way, we just watch and accept the thoughts and feelings coming and going. Without holding on too tightly to any of them, they are more easily let go of so we can see what happens next. It's like the brain in this Oatmeal comic (ok probably not exactly like this but you'd be surprised). 

    So next time you're lost in a trance-like stream of thinking and catch yourself, rather than feeling like your mind is something bad, go ahead, smile. You just snapped out of it. This is what it means to awaken. Just in that moment you awoke to what the mind did. And then don't stop. See what happens next. This is just the beginning of learning to practice mindfulness. 

    3 Things I Learned from Giving Reiki in a Hospital Ward

    My mom (a 3-time kidney transplant recipient) has been admitted to the hospital three times in two months, nauseous, vomiting, reeling and barely able to walk or hold up a fork. Hardly a walk in the park for her or the family. Nonetheless, somehow each time she was admitted she seemed to be getting happier. It confirmed something that I had sensed before. Giving someone Reiki in the hospital is one of the best things for them. I'll tell you why.

    1. Sleep Kicks In

    Search the internet for "sleep" and the results will turn up thousands of articles about how to sleep better. If we are a culture of people obsessed with a health issue, it's sleep. Why is this? Perhaps because we realize how tired we are, yet can't seem to rest.

    Once someone ends up in a hospital bed they're in a state of trauma and total exhaustion. Then there are all these smells, and noises from machines, from the ward, from stranger room-mates who could simply be breathing too loudly for our taste. Half the time I give Reiki, the recipient's body will tend to fall asleep for at least a few minutes at a time. It's a good thing.

    During Reiki, the body switches from operating in waking life, managing physical issues while operating in the sympathetic nervous system, to the parasympathetic nervous system, when it rests, digests and conserves energy. When we fall asleep, the body releases most of its growth hormone, which doesn't just make you taller; it stimulates your immune system.

    2. Heart Rate Goes Down

    Heart rate variability (the range at which the heart beats) is an indicator of health. The larger this range the better off we are. Why? Because an increased heart rate indicates the heart's ability to react quickly and appropriately in the face of imminent danger, and a lower heart rate indicates its ability to return to a restful, repairing and more healing state once out of danger. All too often, our heart rate increases through management of daily stresses, and because we don't "shut off", it stays up there.

    Over a year ago, a family friend suffered a heart attack. After her emergency catheterization she was in the Cardiac ICU, hooked up to heart monitors, unable to sleep or relax in the ward. While I gave her Reiki, her son was sitting in the corner of the room. Not only did he thank me afterward for helping her finally fall asleep during the session, but he remarked that he was watching the monitors, which showed her heart rate had decreased ten points while Reiki was in progress. This ability to recover from an unnaturally high heart rate means our systems can more readily heal from truama, shock, and stress.

    3. Side Effects - and Tumours - can Vanish

    For those undergoing cancer treatments, the physical side effects of therapies like chemotherapy can be debilitating. Added to this, there are many emotions under the surface that have played a part in the illness and that will surface during the illness, diagnosis and treatment. Fear, anxiety, anger and dread can prevent the body's immune system from detecting and eliminate toxins.

    I've worked with many people who have and have had cancers. By receiving Reiki before going for chemo, they sense real changes in the mind and body. Even getting Reiki after chemo can obliterate its side effects. It can also enhance mood. Fear and anxiety can subside, giving way to a more supported feeling and healing. And yes, I've seen cases where tumours were proliferating and the person was told they had a few months to live, and yet the tumours all disappeared after receiving regular Reiki sessions. Much to their doctor's surprise, the person went on to live a healthy, cancer-free life for years.

    The Perfect Complement

    In our 2-Day Level One Reiki Course, we talk about how Reiki is the perfect self-healing tool as well as the best complementary therapy to conventional medicine. It's highly portable (all you need is your own hands). It's always available when you need it. Most importantly, it is completely safe as it works from the highest of good.

    If you've ever been hospitalized or have visited someone who's been in hospital, you know that it can be a boring and depressing experience. What better opportunity to practice Reiki? It may feel weird and awkward, and yes a hospital bed is very clunky to get around, but you can get creative, and:

    • Push the hospital bed away from the back wall, so you can stand behind it. 
    • Use the mechanism to get the bed at the level you need.
    • Draw the privacy curtains if your loved one is sharing a room.
    • Put on relaxing "Reiki friendly" music to offset the PA system and other sounds.
    • Send distance Reiki even from a few feet away!

    Interestingly, nurses and doctors love to see their patients receiving care from Reiki healers. While doctors may dismiss medical intuitives, preferring evidence-based diagnostics and conventional therapies, there are signs that the medical community is slowly coming around.

    In fact many of the world's top hospitals and health care institutions now offer Reiki as a service for patients and clients. At the time of writing this, some of these currently include Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Harvard University in Boston, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in western Australia, University College London Hospitals NHS in London. Canadian hospitals offering Reiki as a complementary therapy include: Wellspring Westkirk House at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre in Toronto, Princess Margaret Hospital / University Health Network in Toronto, Bruce House AIDS hospice in Ottawa, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre in Ottawa, Tamara's House in Saskatoon and Wellspring with locations across Canada.

    Beyond the Ward

    So in the end, my first intuition (which was that one of my mom's medications was making her sick) was spot-on. Following several tests, she was taken out of isolation and then released with new medications that are vital and better tolerated by her system and her other medications.

    And even though she's out of the hospital, she's still getting lots of Reiki.

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    The Morning Routine

    Good Morning!

    The other day someone posted this to facebook:

    That's right, folks you will be UTTERLY EXHAUSTED!

    How about treating YOURSELF with all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster?

    That's how I start my day every day, beginning with giving myself a Reiki treatment. So if you have taken a Reiki course with me, you know at the end I always say, give yourself a Reiki treatment everyday (at which point you may have looked at me like I was nuts). The whole point is, whatever you do, start with yourself.

    So in the spirit of starting with myself I'm going to share...

    The Morning Routine 

    1. Wake up. 
    Yawn, stretch, breathe, blink and look around. I always marvel how well I can see first thing in the morning. Then I check the time, like all of us. I sleep with the wifi off, so I'm not tempted to check email just yet.
    (1 Minute) 

    2. Clear my mind. 
    Waking is one of the times I'm flooded with all sorts of brilliant and useless ideas. I just write them down. They can be messages or feelings that came up in a dream, inspirational words, or a burning action item for my "to do" list. Whatever it is, I get it down on paper and off my mind.
    (1 Minute) 
    Yours may be fancy. Mine's just a phone.

    3. Give myself a Reiki treatment. 
    This is by far the BEST investment of time first thing before getting out of bed. Especially a cold winter morning. I'd used to wake up with my hands buzzing and immediately place them on my eyes. The first Reiki position is doubles as the most useful eye exercise, called Palming.

    If you don't have an hour, do 40 minutes. If you don't have that, do a quickie in 15. Key placements: Front of face and back of head, throat and heart, solar plexus and pelvis, feet (repeat at bedtime).
    (15-60 Minutes) 

    If you're strapped for time, do a quickie

    If you don't have any time, take two minutes and remember:

    I give thanks for my many blessings.
    Just for today, do not worry. 
    Just for today, do not anger. 
    Honor your parents, teachers and elders. 
    Earn your living honestly. 
    Show gratitude to every living thing. 

    4. Meditate. 
    This is alone time. It doesn't matter whether you practice with the breath, a mantra or practice mindfulness. The point is do what you like to do. A beautiful practice to set the tone for the day is a "metta" or loving kindness meditation (listen to a guided session here). When I feel too restless I walk, or mindfully...
    (10 Minutes) 

    5. Light and Water.
    Open the windows / blinds, water your house plants and drink a glass of warm or cold water. You can add lemon or apple cider vinegar to boost your stomach acid and cleanse your system. Let's face it we all need light and water. Let it stream in.
    (5 Minutes) 

    6. Stretch, dance, sing, move! 
    Get out of breath! This is the time for yoga, exercise or whatever physical activities you need in your morning. Go outside barefoot, do chi-gong,cycle or run around. Do what you gotta do to break a sweat. 
    (10-20 Minutes) 

    I should mention that by this point in my day, there is a very small, chatty and boisterous human being climbing all over me who needs lots of attention and moves around a whole lot. If you have one of these delightful people (or beloved animals) in your life, be grateful. And let them join in the fun. This can be social time.

    7. Shower.
    Ahhhh. Nothing like dissolving into water. Another one of those times when I'm flooded with brilliant insights or useless ideas... Another great time to practice mindfulness.
    (5 Minutes) 

    8. Breakfast. 
    Normally this entails fruit in either a salad or oatmeal with nuts and cinnamon or shredded coconut, or an anything or everything smoothie, or Montreal style bagel with avocado and tomato, or omelette with pesto, olives, sun-dried tomato and basil, or French toast with fruit! Clearly I love breakfast. Wholesome and simple. If you have a little one around, get them to help. If you don't, this is more time for mindfulness!
    (20 Minutes) 
    70s TV: Just Like Mom: stay in charge of recipes at all times.

    The Only Rule is Actually an Exception

    This whole process is 1-2 hours long. Before you protest, there is one rule: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. You don't have to do it all. There are days I skip the plants (let's face it sometimes they are not thirsty) or the yoga (I might promise to take myself swimming later) or the breakfast (I can always grab something in town after my shower if I'm in a rush). 

    And trust me, there are plenty of days when I admit I succumb to email or text messaging before the yoga or shower. I can't do TV, news, talk-radio and increasingly, music. But these might be your exceptions.

    The point is I don't kill myself over the exceptions. Remember that thing about caring, being kind to and understanding yourself? That's right. It's the spirit in which all things happen, not the happenings themselves. 

    So beginning today, care, be kind to and understand yourself. Your day -- and everyone else's around you --- will be much better for it.

    See Also:

    Learning Reiki to Heal Yourself and Others

    Learning Meditation and Mindfulness

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