Reiki and Religion

The Misconceptions

There are some misconceptions around Reiki and Religion. Some Christians feel that because of their religious beliefs that they cannot or should not practice or receive Reiki – that it does not jive with their religion – that it is a Buddhist or Eastern practice – maybe somehow verging on the occult.

Nothing can be further than the truth.

The word Reiki is actually two words: Rei + Ki which generally translates to “Universal Life Force Energy” or “Spiritual Life Force Energy”.

The important word in the first definition is Universal – it is thought that this energy is a gift from the Universe or a higher power. And that higher power is whatever your belief system defines it as. If you are Christian, that would be God, so to you it could be “God Given Life Force Energy”.

Three things you need to know about Reiki and religion

The first important thing to know is that Reiki has no religious beliefs or dogma attached to it – it is simply a pure, universal energy that you receive through the grace of the universe, your higher power, if you will, and you are able to channel it to yourself or whoever needs it. You could consider it a gift from God to be able to do this for yourself and others.

The second important thing to know is that Reiki can do no harm – it only works for the highest and greatest good of the receiver.

The third important thing to know is that Reiki is a relaxation technique. The person doing the Reiki treatment is not healing anybody or anything. Reiki helps the receiver to relax on every possible level. This helps relieve stress and stress and aggravation is one of the biggest causes of illness.

The stress relief provided by Reiki allows the body’s natural healing ability to heal the body.
Reiki for Christians is a wonderful website which answers questions around Reiki and religion.

Flea & Tick Prevention

The flea and tick season is upon us now. Did you know that there is a natural way to help control these tiny pests?

I know there are many toxic products on the market either through your vet or in pet stores. Yes, they do work. Its a toxic chemical your applying to your pets skin. As we know, the skin is the largest organ on the body. Its absorbed quicky into their system. They recommend that you wash your hands immediatly after applying to your pet. That alone tells you something.

Ways to avoid a flea infestation is to avoid walking in deep over grown areas in parks or use a natural replellant, through diet and of course a commercial product. I personally do not use any commercial toxic products on any of my pets.

One product that I create using Essential oils of Tea Tree , Rosemary, Sage, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Eucalyptus, Citronella, Pine Needle has been very effective. I spray myself and my fur babies before heading outside to the park. It smells wonderful and my pets are quite used to our routine of applying this spray before we head to the park.



The Body’s Stress Response

When you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing  a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action.

Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus – preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand.

Most of us just go along ignoring the symptoms that our body is telling us. We have busy lives, working, family and other responsibilties but your body is asking for help.

Did you know that there are several natural ways to help you deal with stress? Aromatherapy, Reiki, Meditation, Yoga just to name a few. Today, I am going to talk about the benifits of Aromatherapy to help with stress.

It can be as simple as using some essentials oils in your bath, putting a few drops of an essential oil on a tissue to inhale when facing a stressful situation, diffusing an essential oil in your home or office.

Some essential loils that are very helpful are Bergamot, Clary Sage, Roman and German Chamomile, Lavender, Ylang Ylang and more. One of the safest essential oils that is readily available is Lavender. Lavender is one of the essential oils that can be used neat. That means it can be used directly on the skin with no contraindications unless your preganant and it should not be used during the first trimester. Its as simple as adding 3-4 drops of a good quality Lavender essential oil to your bath. Relaxing for a few minutes. Lavender can also be used in a diffuser in your home or office. Lavender can also be added to a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil to create a massage oil.

The methods mentioned can greatly help your stress level.



Benefits of Reiki for Animals

Animals are so naturally drawn to the energy healing from Reiki, Crystals and other modalities.

When I first went to Primrose Donkey Sanctuary in Roseneath Ontario, I saw firsthand, how the residents just came over to you for the healing energy. Now most of these residents of the sanctuary were used to receiving Reiki on a weekly basis but even with strangers coming into their environment, it was as if they knew what you were there for.

You know it can be intimidating going into a strange environment with animals you have never met or even came on contact before.  Donkeys can be pernickety they say but I was in awe of their calmness and willingness for us to be with them. They would walk right up to you and nudge your hand. Once they had enough of the energy they shook it off and walked away unless one of their friends tried to but their way in to get a turn. It was an amazing experience.

I know for my own pets Chloe, Bogart, Gracie, Sage and Jada they all have their own needs when it comes to energy healing. Chloe for example usually only takes a little then shakes and moves away. Bogart on the other hand will take as much as you’re willing to give. He will lie with crystals all over him, receive Reiki and fall asleep. I’ve never seen him get up to tell me he’s had enough. Ms, Gracie tends to lay a little further away than the others but none the less receives her share. The instinctively know that it is good for them and they look forward to their nightly ritual.

Some of the benefits are:

  •  providing relief from the effects of arthritis, rheumatism and other debilitating conditions.
  • accelerating the healing of post surgical trauma, wounds, breaks and sprains.
  •  delaying the onset and progression of certain diseases.
  •  energizing and revitalizing an older animal.
  •  soothing and calming highly strung, hyperactive or stressed animals.
  •  helping to alleviate lethargy and depression.
  •  helping with transitions such as moving house, introduction to, or loss of, another pet.
  •  helping rescued animals adjust to their new surroundings and preparing them for a future in a stable family life
  •  providing comfort, relief from pain, fear or anxiety
  •  comforting them, and their owner, during the transition from this world to the next.