Overcoming the “Woo” Factor – Talking About Reiki in the Everyday World

“So what is Reiki?” It’s a question I’m asked often in business networking events, wellness fairs, and the other places where All Relations Reiki meets the public. Who’d have thought the textbook answer (“It’s an energy-healing modality tapping Universal Life Energy, guided by Spirit, and administered by light touch”)….would yield…

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A First and Forever Reiki Connection

It was a warm October day in a barn-garage near Philly: my cats were commenting loudly on their new boarding quarters as my friend, their temporary host, whispered welcoming reassurances to them. And that was when I saw her: a scrawny little cat, barely past kittenhood, her scruffy fur in…

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A Gentle Passing

Three years ago I was faced with a terrible choice. My elder cat Sweetie, who had been on steroidal treatment for late-stage oral cancer, had been responding astoundingly well, with no breakthrough bleeding for a week and a surprising renewal of energy and appetite. But late that Friday evening, I…

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Recovery on the Road

It was a scene I never wanted to see as I drove through the urban park that Halloween night: the still form of a deer by the side of the road, a pickup truck parked just beyond, and a man kneeling bent over the prone body. I pulled over and walked…

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Reiki Back to Consciousness

Thump! The noise propelled me out of my desk chair – that was a bird hitting the door, for sure. I’d watched with awe as the hummingbirds performed their dazzling aerobatics around my front porch that summer: whizzing past the bushes, between the feeders, around the columns, diving at each other in…

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First Aid Reiki

Purposeful and fearlessly friendly…when the big orange tom came up to me in my backyard late one evening and butted his head against my shin, purring, it was clear he wanted to get acquainted. And as I stroked his rough, dusty fur, and my fingers found the hot, swollen abscess…

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Reiki for Rescue

I didn’t know that the dog was alive – or even that the object lying on the sewer grating was a dog – until he lifted his head as I drove past on my way to work on September 10, 2001. That weak movement, and his randomly arranged limbs, told me…

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