Reiki for the Election

Last night in my Reiki Master Teacher certification class, we had a lively discussion about how to offer Reiki to the upcoming election. This was the final class in a 6 month program that just happened to coincide with unprecedented global turmoil. These students have had an education in how to manage stress and build resilience that I never could have offered without the challenges presented by such intense external circumstances.

Reiki people have a great advantage during crises as we have access to healing energy at our very fingertips. Yet we were all feeling some level of distress, dismay, and overwhelm about the climate in this country that recently reached an all-new low. I wanted to explore how we could take action and restore a sense of empowerment and peace internally and expand it outwards.

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So what does “Reiki’ing the election” do? For starters, it’s not a substitute for voting or any other civil responsibilities you are inspired to take. It’s also not a guarantee that your candidate will win. Reiki works for the highest good of ALL, and while those of us present last night were in agreement of what we thought that should be, we really don’t have access to the full picture.

As with using Reiki for any goal, we came to an agreement that we needed to release attachment to the outcome.

What constitutes the highest good of all is information beyond our clearance level.

That’s a job for a higher power.

Our conversation led us to a list of core principles that we chose to focus on; the contribution we wish to make to the foundation of the country’s future. It was an animated conversation and amazing to watch as they became inspired to participate politically, but on an entirely different plane.

These are the ingredients we added to our Future of America Soup. We did a short practice, intending for these ideals to become inviolate for all inhabitants of this country. The image that came to me was a crop duster, spraying the essence of these ideals from coast to coast.









Please won’t you join us? Reiki is fueled by intention. If you haven’t been trained in Reiki, you can still participate by visualizing the future you’d like to experience and sending loving energy from your heart. If you have been attuned, simply add your Reiki intention and any symbols you have.

You don’t need to choose between involvement and serenity. This is one way you can have both. And incredible soul medicine as well!

Using Reiki to Empower Goals: Save the Trees

Some of my favorite messages are from students reporting their successful Reiki endeavors. Often they include the words “you’re not going to believe this, but…”. I have never once doubted the validity of their accounts despite the wild and creative applications they’ve been inspired to try.

Most people think of Reiki as a holistic technique that reduces stress and promotes the body’s innate healing capacity. That’s absolutely true, but is only part of the story! Reiki is a spiritual energy, and as such can be used to align oneself with inner wisdom and power, as well as one’s life purpose and the means to achieve it. It helps to remove resistance, stuck and suppressed emotions, limiting beliefs and outdated coping mechanisms. These blockages prevent us from expressing our Trues Selves and enjoying optimal health, happiness, freedom and creativity.

Today’s edition of the Reiki report comes from a woman in my 6-month Reiki Master Teacher training. A few months ago she was distressed that a developer had bought the neighboring property and was planning to cut down several trees. These weren’t just any trees. They were trees with which she had developed a personal relationship during her healing and spiritual practices.

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I suggested that she Reiki the situation because I’m a Reiki teacher and that’s the kind of thing we say. (I’ve certainly heard my teacher say it to me about a gazillion times! And yes, we use “Reiki” as a verb too.) We can apply Reiki to situations intending for the highest good of all concerned to emerge. Of course it won’t override anyone’s free will or produce an outcome that is detrimental to another.

But come on. Trees! I felt confident that the odds were in her favor.

The story I tell myself is that the developer had never considered the impact the extraction would have on the neighbors, and her consistent efforts had opened his awareness, perhaps his sense of generosity and eco-consciousnesses and inspired him to knock on her door one day.

Now I doubt this precise application is relatable to most people. It’s certainly not something I ever imagined retelling! My goal in doing so is to point out the limitless ways Reiki can be used to enhance maximum collaboration with the universe for wellness on all levels.

If you’re a Reiki practitioner, can you expand your application to be more inclusive of ALL your goals? If you’re not a Reiki practitioner, you can easily become one. I’m planning an online beginners class for the fall. Contact me if you’re interested and we can get some dates on the calendar!

Book Recommendations for Sanity during a Global Crisis

I’ve had a bit of extra time the last several months to indulge in one of my all-time favorite pleasures. Books! I’m dropping the titles of a few that have been significantly meaningful below. Please consider shopping at your local bookstore, perhaps Big Blue Marble if you’re in Mt. Airy. They need your support much more so than the richest man on the planet.

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I’d rather spend my time reading them than writing about them, but I will say that these gems have provided me with tools that have contributed greatly to my mental and emotional wellness at a time when the world seems very opposed to such things. Taking a break from the news and social media to attend to your inner landscape can be remarkably empowering.

  • Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Rick Hanson, PhD
  • Change Me Prayers: The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender, Tosha Silver
  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, Michael Singer
  • The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, Julia Cameron
  • If Women Rose Rooted: A Journey to Authenticity and Belonging, Sharon Blackie
  • The Three “Only” Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence, and Imagination, Robert Moss
  • Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home, Toko- pa Turner