Alternative Therapies > Reiki
Reiki is an alternative bodywork therapy based on the founding principles of Dr. Usui. You will of course find some who call it all "new age hooey," but you will also find many who feel Reiki is a useful tool.
For me, my own personal path with Reiki came when I met Master Jeanne Robinson on Vashon Island. After my first sessions with her, she told me she would be teaching Level One soon and asked if I'd like to attend. A whole world opened up to me as I progressed through Reiki one, two, and into apprenticeship for Master. In particular, distance Reiki began having profound impacts on people I knew and would work with over long distances.
Now I don't claim to heal anyone, nor even that Reiki in general can heal anyone or anything. It is not a substitute for getting all the other medical or alternative care one might need for whatever they deal with along the way.
It is just that for me, Reiki has proven to be one effective tool I've discovered while on my grief and transformation path. I use it as readily on myself as on others. I use it as often as I use other things like writing, making art, attending support group or getting peer support from other bereaved parents.
So, maybe you would find it to be a useful tool on your path, too. Here are some resources to get your investigation and exploration started!
International Center for Reiki Training
The Reiki Page
International Association of Reiki Professionals
Wikipedia's take on Reiki
About the Author
Kara has been using poetry and other expressive arts tools on the grief journey since the death of her son in 1999. Her poetic and non-fiction works have been included in publications such as New Works Review, PoetsWest, Real Henna, Shared Heart Foundation's "Meant To Be", LightHearts Publication's "Soul Trek", MISSing Angels Newsletter, American Tanka, Mother Tongue Ink's We'Moon, Honored Babies, Cup of Comfort series, and more. She is a Carnegie Mellon graduate who co-founded KotaPress with her husband Hawk Jones. She is currently in an apprenticeship working toward Master level of Reiki. And she founded HennaHealing.com where she is exploring the ancient art of henna and its uses for ritual and healing.