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What Is Reiki?

A note from Tom Notarianni Jr.:

The truth is I do not know exactly what Reiki is. All I can do is share my experience. I would never share or teach anything that I have not directly experienced personally as a positive and healing force in my life. Reiki is certainly among the most positive and the most healing. Here is the story of why I feel that way.

Back in my early to middle 20’s I suffered with a state of mind that modern psychology labels “Co-Dependence”. States of mind like this one arise via the unhealthy conditioning we experience throughout childhood and adolescence. It occurs typically in romantic relationships where one becomes identified with the relationship. When the relationship was up, I was up. When the relationship was down, I was down. When the relationship left my identity left with it and I experienced tremendously excruciating mental and physical pain and anguish. The pain was present even in situations where I was breaking up with a women that I no longer had any desire to be with. It was quite unpleasant to say the least. For those of you who experience Co-Dependance my heart goes out to you. Incidentally, I can be of great assistance to you.

I was around 27 years old and  going through a difficult breakup. Which of course was the only kind for me at the time. I was in one of those places where I could not eat, sleep, talk or laugh. It felt like some was punching me in the stomach as hard as they could over and over again. By this point in my life I had given up my acting out behaviors like drinking and cigarettes. And, as such I was simply sitting with the pain and not masking it. In order to let go of codependency, addictions and the like one must be able to sit in the discomfort of not acting out. Well, I was sitting in the discomfort – and it was quite uncomfortable to say the least.

Fortunately for me I had a friend who was a Reiki Master. Having great compassion for me he agreed administer Reiki on me whenever I felt I needed it. I was in such pain that for two weeks he performed Reiki on me every day. I enjoyed it because it gave me relief from my pain. I could tell that it was doing something although I did not know what.

At the end of the two weeks I felt better but was still experiencing the punches to the gut, the loss of appetite, difficultly sleeping, talking and laughing. We were in a group talking and I remember distinctly that it was not anything that anyone said but suddenly, two distinct snakelike waves of energy shot up my spine. It felt like an electric shock. It started at the base of my spine and very rapidly in a wave traveled up my spine and then it felt like the hair on my head stood on end. Then the second wave came exactly as the first. I had no idea what just happened in my body. I just sat there staring with my eyes wide open with amazement hoping that I was OK.

I was more then OK, I was GREAT! I soon realized that in that instant I was talking, starving, laughing and joking. The punching sensation I felt in my stomach was completely gone. I was so happy I went immediately across the street with my buddy, ordered the biggest steak on the menu and scarfed it down. I had let of some energy that I was holding onto for a long time. I went home and had a great nights sleep! Wow!

My life has not been the same since. While there was still work to do on my codependency issues, it was nowhere near the debilitating problem it had been in my life. It was then that I decided to study Reiki and have been a big fan of energy work ever since. I soon learned that what happened was my Kundalini rose which I won’t get into here. I am a big fan of Science and follow it closely to see where Science and Spirituality shake hand. There are many places. The closer that science looks at things the less it sees. We are beings of energy … Beings of light. Reiki somehow helps balance and shift this energy. I invite you to come experience it for yourself.

From The International Center For Reiki Training

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.

Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

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