Why Do Reiki Practitioners Get Sick?

Dealing with a recent health issue for myself, brought to mind this question I have heard sick persona few times from skeptics: If Reiki works, why do Reiki practitioners ever get sick? I guess, at first glance, it seems like a reasonable question.  But I’d like to meet it with a few of my own:

  • Why do people committed to aerobic exercise, ever have heart attacks?
  • Why do psychiatrists ever have any form of mental or emotional imbalance?
  • Why do the cars of good mechanics, sometimes break down?
  • Why do people who brush their teeth, occasionally get cavities?
  • Why do black belts sometimes get beaten up?
  • Why is it that, even when you make all the right choices and do all the right things, you may still fail to achieve your goals?

In other words, why would you think that any particular skill or practice is 100% protection?

The obvious answer is, it is not. People who wish to doubt the efficacy of a particular practice will sometimes point to occasional failure as a total proof of the inadequacy of that practice. But the same people who say “Reiki is hogwash, because Reiki practitioners sometimes get sick!”, would never say, “Changing your oil regularly is pointless, because sometimes cars break down anyway!” or “Training in martial arts is worthless, because sometimes a black belt will be defeated!”

Jim Fixx, the man who really put aerobic exercises such as running and jogging on the physical fitness map, was a dedicated runner. In 1977, he authored a best-selling book titled The Complete Book of Running.Fixx Book of Running

Fixx started running in 1967 at age 35. When he started, he weighed 214 pounds and smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. Ten years later, when his book was published, he was 60 pounds lighter and didn’t smoke at all.

Yet, in 1982, after publishing a second and third book, Jim Fixx died of a massive heart attack… while running. Critics immediately pounced on this as proof that his theories about aerobic exercise and health were junk. But an autopsy established that Fixx had a congenitally enlarged heart, with massive damage from his years of smoking and poor diet before, and also had a genetic predisposition to heart problems (his father had died of a heart attack). The consensus was, if he had NOT started running, he would have died much earlier.

Jim Fixx was a great evangelist for aerobic exercise, even with his death from a heart attack.

Why do I mention him? Because he is a great example. First of all, Fixx was human, and had human failings that predisposed him to heart attacks. We don’t know how long he would have lived if he had not started running, but we can say with some certainty that he would have been heavier and unhealthier from smoking.

bulletproof duckReiki practitioners, just like anyone else, will sometimes make mistakes, because of their humanity. They may fail to take care of their bodies in one way or another. They may focus on helping others, and ignore their own health, thinking (mistakenly) that their Reiki attunement makes them somehow “immune” to the things that beset us all. As wonderful as Reiki can be at speeding healing, it does not make us bulletproof! And especially if we ignore our own health, for whatever reason, it is easy for us to become victims of our own humanity.

For myself, my own health issue came to a head when I had a ruptured varix in my esophagus, leading to a severe, life-threatening upper GI bleed. I won’t go into all the details, but it was a dangerous situation. What caused it?

Esophageal varices (the plural of varix) are caused when the liver does not have sufficient blood flow. This may be because of fatty liver disease, cirrhosis of the liver, an enlarged spleen, or other factors.  In my case, I had hitherto-undiagnosed fatty liver disease. It had never cropped up in any medical examination, and was lurking there, just waiting to take advantage of me.

I am grateful for conventional medical treatment, because it saved my life.  And I am also grateful for Reiki, because I have been giving myself Reiki every day since that, with the specific aim of reducing and healing the problem.  And, the Reiki has been helping to reduce the symptoms.

Now, I am 60 years old, and for many of those years I was somewhat sedentary. I’m not obese, but I’m not cheetah-sleek, either. I don’t expect to be a shining example of athleticism and good health, because that is not the foundation I laid for many years. I enjoyed too many “all you can eat” pizza buffets, and sat on my rump for too many hours when I was younger.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t do maintenance on my house now, keeping up the electrical and the plumbing, and making sure the paint looks good. (Metaphors here, folks. Stay with me.)

Reiki has helped me more times than I can count, when dealing with problems that I created for myself by earlier bad choices. And who knows? It could very well be that regular self-Reiki helped to keep off a ruptured varix for a few years… among other things. There’s no way to scientifically test it in my case… no double-blind, no control group. But as long as I can, I intend to keep giving myself Reiki. I know this: it cannot harm me.  And I am very sure it helps. What do I have to lose?

Being attuned to Reiki does not create a Superman nor a Wonder Woman. But it does give us another tool to use in establishing, and maintaining, good health for ourselves and others. I think that makes it worthwhile.

What Does Reiki Do?

Sometimes, people ask me “Exactly what does Reiki do?”  I have heard, and used, many of the standard quick answers given by energy workers: it clears negative energy, it aligns the chakras, it balances the body’s natural energy, it relaxes the body, and by so doing allows the body to heal itself.

All these are true.  But I’d like to offer another couple of phrases, that may be useful to those who are trying to understand Reiki, and those who are trying to explain it.

It’s really pretty simple: Reiki both illuminates and empowers the one who receives Reiki. That means for the person who is seeking healing (the client, perhaps), and the one who is supplying the channel for the Reiki to flow, as both are recipients of Reiki.

But what does that mean?

Illumination can mean many things, to different people.  It means, literally, to fill with light. Reiki, the universal life force energy, illuminates us. It fills us with light. That is why so many energy healers who use Reiki, call themselves “Light Workers.” It is easier to find things in a well-lit area, whether you are talking about a child playing hide-and-seek, a hunted rabbit, a spider lurking in your bedroom, or the keys you dropped when you had your hands full coming into your house.illuminated being

Bringing in Light

The illumination of Reiki helps both the practitioner and the client to reveal things that are troubling the client. Maybe it is an emotional issue that has buried itself deep within the heart, sending out tendrils of pain to different parts of the body. Maybe it is physical damage that is small and well hidden, but still causes trouble at times. Or perhaps it is stress and tension from a job, a family situation, social issues, or some other cause, that masks itself as a headache or digestive issues such as diarrhea or heartburn.

Knowledge

Illumination can also mean giving knowledge. Sometimes, the person who is seeking relief via Reiki has issues that they don’t even know about, that cause problems for them. I recall a client once who had a sore back, and didn’t know why. She had not done anything to strain it; she had a good, comfortable bed to sleep in; her shoes fit well (trust me: bad shoes CAN cause a backache!), and she had no idea why her back had begun aching two weeks before.

When I worked with her, I detected what seemed to be a problem with the energy near her heart chakra, a little above it and close to the thymus. The heart chakra deals with relationships with others, and the upper heart chakra, located near the thymus, also deals with relationships, but with those closer to us: family, spouse, children.

We talked about this, and I discovered that she recently had to take on caring for her aging and infirm mother. She loved her mother, but as we spoke, it became clear that the relationship was becoming strained—her mother was very demanding, and took up a great deal of her time. Plus, she was raising her own two children, caring for her household, and working a job to help pay the bills. She refused at first to say anything about resenting caring for her mother, but eventually she began to cry and revealed how she felt like she had so much to do, that she was losing her own identity, and beginning to dislike her mother.

After we spoke, and she admitted these things, she had to leave—she only had limited time for a Reiki session, because of her caregiving duties.  But when she stood up from the treatment table, the look on her face was priceless. “My back doesn’t hurt now!” she said.

In this case, the Reiki really didn’t “heal” her back. But it did help to reveal to her some of her own feelings, and by dealing with them, her body rid itself of the pain. Oh, she did come back a couple of times, but it was mostly for different issues, because after some more discussion later, she realized that she had to deal with her anger and resentment at carrying the burdens of caregiver, housewife, mother, and employee. It was that burden—not a heavy physical load, but an emotional load—that was causing her back pain.

Empowerment

I am not talking about the empowerment of righteous anger that may drive a protester, or the empowerment of autonomy on the job—although these are valid things. Instead, I am referring to the idea of empowering the body to heal itself.protestors

Our bodies do heal themselves. If people required university-trained physicians and surgeons to heal, the human race would have died out eons ago. I am not discounting the advantage of modern medicine—I have taken advantage of it many times.

But our tissue heals itself. Our cells regenerate. Some regenerate more slowly than others, and we can’t, like some animals, grow back a severed foot. But it does not always require pharmaceuticals or surgery to heal, when the body is given appropriate resources of rest and energy.  In fact, the average human body replaces its ENTIRE covering of skin, about every four weeks or so.

Reiki, by relaxing the body and balancing the energy flow within it (that invisible energy that so infuriates some scientists because it is nearly impossible to measure and quantify), gives your body the resources it needs to heal. Scientists have shown that relaxation can aid the body in healing and becoming healthier, in a variety of ways.

Relaxation may seem to be the opposite of empowerment, but think about it: if you were having some yard work done, and were told, “Hey, you don’t have to worry about it!  Seriously, we are going to take care of it,” by some trusted workmen, wouldn’t that empower you?  Wouldn’t you feel empowered to let go of that worry, of that task, so you could focus on other things?

Reiki also empowers us by helping to balance our own internal energy. Compare it to a shopping cart in a grocery store. Have you ever gotten one of those where the wheels on one side drag and pull?  How maddening to have to deal with that imbalance! The heavier it gets, the more groceries are in it, the more you have to strain and pull to keep from running into other shoppers, or knocking over that display of pineapples in the produce section!

When our own internal energy is out of kilter–out of balance–we often struggle to get through the day. We are required to exert more effort in one direction or another, to keep from running off the rails, whether that means drinking too much coffee (or wine!), yelling at the ones we care about, or being overcome with rage about the person who happened to be in just as much of a hurry as we were, and thus barged in ahead of us on the drive to work.

By balancing our internal energies, we are helped to find better ways to deal with the sometimes unavoidable stresses of life. We are empowered to step back in our minds and say, “Wait a minute–maybe I don’t have to make an obscene gesture at that rude driver–he could be late to work too,” or, “Maybe my angry posting on Facebook really isn’t going to do anything to change things, but only alienate my friends.”

Takeaway

Practicing Reiki or getting a Reiki session from a practitioner certainly will not make you a perfectly calm and peaceful saint, filled with the light of all understanding. You will not necessarily become a bodhisattva. But Reiki CAN be a part of finding balance and healing, as you allow the light and knowledge to come into you, and allow your body to empower itself to heal.
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Tapping-on-Hand

Wow… it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on the blog.  I can make some excuses, of course, but it’s up to you to decide whether or not you feel they are valid.

But never mind that. I have been working hard on getting my EFT certifications, Levels 1 and 2, and using the EFT/tapping to work on my own issues as well as issues for others.  I have found that I really love tapping!

It’s a great addition to my other energy work (Reiki and Chios), as it is also a form of energy work. But EFT is applied directly to the ends of the body’s energy meridians (acupoints) while verbally working on our mental, emotional, and physical issues. EFT is related to acupuncture and acupressure, but it doesn’t use needles. Reiki, Chios, and EFT work very well together as an integrated form of energy therapy.

It’s no secret that our emotions and thoughts affect how we feel.  How often have you (or perhaps someone you know) felt queasy at the approach of an important event such as a big exam, a court date, or a wedding? When I was younger, I knew one person who would throw up before every major school exam, and taking the college entrance exams put her in bed for three or four days.

But we can affect our mental and emotional states, and thus the energy in our bodies, by tapping on the acupoints while telling ourselves… our SELVES… the things we need to hear.

Think about this: EMOTION equals ENERGY IN MOTION. The emotions in our minds can cause issues for our energy flow, and that disruption in our energy flow impacts our health. Chinese and other Oriental medical practitioners have known this for centuries, but Western medicine has only begun to recognize these facts in recent years.

These issues have been especially evident in those who suffer from PTSD, whether from combat-related stress, a catastrophic event such as accident, or anything that causes the body to hit “stress overload.”

Physical problems that seem to have no connection to our emotions and thoughts have been successfully treated with EFT: menopausal hot flashes, chronic back pain, diabetes, hypertension, and other issues.  Further, mental-physical issues like addictions and cravings can be conquered through the use of EFT.

Tapping has also been found to be a very effective performance enhancer. Not an illegal enhancer like anabolic steroids or HGH (human growth hormone)Rather, EFT helps improve performance by helping to balance the energy in our body through dealing with thoughts and emotions that (knowingly or unknowingly) limit us.

EFT/tapping has been used to help with sports performance: aiding in improving golf scores, getting rid of rodeo performance fears, basketball teamwork, diving fears, and other hindrances to best performance. And not only with physical activities such as sports– EFT has helped salespersons achieve their very best and executives to rise to their full potential.

One other beautiful thing about EFT is that you don’t have to be physically present with the practitioner!  An EFT session can take place over the phone or over a computer video connection such as Skype, and still be just as effective.

If you have been struggling with some sort of limiting belief, fear, craving/addiction, or other issue, why not give EFT/tapping a chance to help?  If you don’t know of anyone close to you, who is an EFT practitioner, email me!  I’ll be happy to arrange a session with you in person, or via Skype or over the phone.  What is the risk, after all? You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain!

 

Anthony Burton is a trained and certified Reiki Master and EFT Practitioner who lives in NW Georgia, USA. You may contact him via email or through his website.

 

A New Reiki Research Study, and I’m Part of It

This week I was selected to be part of a study by the Center For Reiki Research, as a Reiki Master delivering Reiki to clients. The study is headed by Dr. Natalie Leigh Trent, a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Department of Psychology.

The Center for Reiki Research has conducted and/or compiled information from research in a variety of clinical settings, and has promulgated both those that indicate Reiki to be helpful and those that show Reiki to be less than helpful. The Center has shown itself to be very fair-minded in how it performs studies, and how the data from such studies is given to the public.

Why do Reiki research?

For the same sort of reason why research is done to judge the efficacy of a new drug, a particular surgical procedure, a diet, or anything else that affects human health: to see if it is worthwhile. There’s no reason to spend time or money with something that doesn’t work, or even worse, may be harmful to you. That is why I am happy to be part of this research study.

From the Center for Reiki Research website: “The Center for Reiki Research is dedicated to gaining acceptance for the practice of Reiki by the medical community by persistently using rigorous professional and scientific methods. This goal is meaningful to us because those in hospitals or clinics are often people who have the greatest need for the therapeutic value Reiki can offer. In order to maintain our high standards and to achieve our purpose in a healthy and mutually supportive way we focus on the use of Reiki energy and principles in all our activities, both within our group and with all those with whom we work and interact.”

The purpose of this particular research study, is to compile a database of the results of Reiki sessions using a standardized session form that is used to collect data on the condition of the client both before and after a Reiki session. The data will be analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the sessions based on the improvement or lack thereof, for various conditions.

Why is such research important?

Although Energy Healing in general has been used for thousands of years, and the specific modality called “Reiki” has been in use for over 100 years, many people remain skeptical. Almost all of these skeptics are people who have never received Reiki for healing.  This sort of skepticism exists in a vacuum–it’s like telling people that broccoli tastes terrible, when you yourself have never tasted broccoli.

Some people are skeptical because Reiki is outside their frame of reference. In other words, they’ve never heard of it, or perhaps only heard the word in passing.

Others are skeptical because, to them, it is non-quantifiable: they can’t see the Reiki energy, they can’t measure its strength in definite units the way you can a dosage of a drug or the strength of a radiation exposure.

Some people are worried that Reiki is “spiritually dangerous”–in other words, that their soul may be imperiled if they allow something that is “heathen” to be used to help them. (Of course, Reiki is not heathen or devilish, but there are people out there who think anything not specifically endorsed in their scriptures, is wrong. By that yardstick, penicillin is from Satan, and automobiles are sinful.)

A few others are skeptical, or maybe fearful is a better word, because they have the idea that, if Reiki works, their own medical practice or pharmaceutical business is endangered. In other words, “Why would people spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on treatment or pharmaceuticals, when they can obtain relief and healing much more cheaply and easily, without any sort of invasive action or possibility of side effects?” The thing is, Reiki practitioners do NOT try to get people to give up their usual medical care. We try to work in consonance with physicians, surgeons, and so forth.

So… although research can’t do much to change the minds of those who are fearful of imagined spiritual danger, and probably even less to change the minds of those who are focused on their own wallets more than the health and well-being of their patients, it CAN be helpful to those who either don’t know what Reiki is or those who are concerned that Reiki has not been validated by clinical studies.

Scientifically designed clinical research can, and does, help show what Reiki does, whether it works or not, and what it works best to help.

What Is Holistic Health?

In modern medicine, most of us have experienced conventional medical treatment: you go to a physician, and the physician asks you about your symptoms, maybe checking your temperature, blood pressure, weight, and perhaps reflexes and other things.  Then the doctor diagnoses the problem based on the information he or she has obtained, and recommends a treatment or procedure, perhaps accompanying that with a prescription of some sort.  And there’s nothing wrong with any of that.

Normally the conventional medical doctor looks strictly at things going on in your body, because those are the things that are most easily observed and measured.  It is relatively easy, for example, to measure how much you weigh, your body temperature, or your blood pressure.  Those are numbers, and can be compared to norms for your holistic healthage, sex, and so forth.

But modern medicine is rediscovering what the ancients knew for centuries: the condition and health of the body are affected by the mental and spiritual state of the person. The word “holistic” (sometimes spelled as “wholistic”) comes from the concept of treating the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.

We know, for example, how our emotions can affect our bodies. Think about how someone may feel when about to take an important step in their life: a final exam for graduation, propose to their intended spouse, or go into battle for the first time.  The body produces adrenaline. The pulse races; the breathing may become rapid.  Of course, these particular situations are temporary, but it’s undeniable that they occur, and in some situations (a stressful job, being a long-term caregiver, PTSD, etc.) they can continue for months or years.

The spiritual side of things cannot be ignored, either. Time after time, research and study have shown that people with vital spiritual lives generally have less depression, lower blood pressure, and tend to live longer, more productive lives. This doesn’t mean that everyone who attends their church or synagogue will live a long, healthy life–being religious doesn’t equate with being spiritual. But it does indicate that having a healthy attitude toward God and inner spirituality, can aid in having a happier and longer lifespan.

So, holistic health practice aims at helping each individual not only by looking at the physical aspects of health, but by broadening the focus to include mental attitudes and spirituality. And in this case, spirituality is not about looking outside ourselves as much as seeking a connection with God, within ourselves.

Holistic health practice also means looking outside conventional medical treatment (allopathic medicine), for things that will aid conventional medicine to do its job better and more quickly. For this reason, holistic health practice is sometimes called integrative health practice, because it dovetails with conventional medicine, rather than trying to replace it. No responsible holistic health practitioner (HHP) will tell you to abandon your regular physician or ignore his/her advice.

All holistic health practitioners do not attempt to work in every area of holistic health—most will focus on one or two areas, just as physicians do not try to learn every specialty of medical practice. Some HHPs may concentrate on naturopathy; others may concentrate on spiritual counseling, energy work, or acupressure. But all are aware that tunnel vision (seeing only one narrow part of the whole) keeps the practitioner from seeing other important clues about the health of the client.

Some links:

Spirituality and Health – Baylor University Medical Center

Spirituality and Health – University of Maryland Medical Center

Religion, Spirituality, and Health – Oregon State University

Link Between Emotions and Physical Health – Psychologies magazine

Emotions and Health – PHYS.ORG

Why People Die, Then and Now!

Weird title, huh?

But it’s appropriate.  Lately I have been learning a bit about the BioPsychoSocial model of health, and it’s very intriguing.  It ties in closely with Holistic Healing, which is my particular area of interest.

Basically, what the BioPsychoSocial model (BPS for short) says is, in any health situation (disease, injury, whatever), the causal factors are not strictly physical. In other words, we can’t lay all the blame at the feet… er, um… the cilia of the bacterium, or blame fate for injuries.  A variety of biological, psychological, and social vectors contribute to any and all health issues.

Example: Someone is admitted to the hospital for lung cancer treatment.  Biologically, they have cancer that was either caused or exacerbated by smoking.  Maybe they have a genetic predisposition to cancer. But why did they start smoking in the first place?  Was it a psychological need–an oral fixation, maybe, or because they heard that it calms a person to have a cigarette?  Or was it social, in that they started smoking because of peer pressure?  And once they learned that they were in danger of lung cancer, why didn’t they stop?  Were they addicted to the nicotine (biological)?  Were they angry at the idea of someone else trying to control their actions and tell them what was  best for them (psychological)? Were they in a business situation where EVERYONE smokes (social)?  Or were there a variety of causal factors at work?

I found it very interesting to see the statistics from the World Health Organization about how causes of death have changed over the last 100 years or so.  Here’s a graph, that compares the leading causes of death in 1900 with the leading causes in 2000.

leading causes of deathI find a couple of things about this interesting.

  1. Cancer has moved WAY up the ladder. from around 70 deaths per 10,000, to over 200 deaths per 10,000.
  2. Diabetes, strokes, and COPD were not even in the running in 1900, and now they total up to over 300 deaths per 10,000.
  3. Deaths from various heart diseases (other than stroke) have increased by about 50%.

Now, sure, we still have some acute causes of death like accidents, but if you look closely, you’ll see that accidents actually look to be a little lower than they were in 1900.

I’m probably going to tick off someone with this statement, but think about it first: deaths from Diabetes, Stroke, heart diseases, and COPD are for the most part preventable.

For example, most diabetic deaths occur because the diabetic person was noncompliant-either they didn’t take their meds, or they ate unwisely, or both.  Strokes don’t just hit people out of the clear blue: there are underlying causes, usually preventable–bad diet, lack of exercise, tobacco use, etc.  Other heart diseases usually are caused, and worsened, by choices about food, drink, tobacco use, and so forth. And according the National Institute for Health, “Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. Long-term exposure to other lung irritants—such as air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust—also may contribute to COPD.”

However… my late father-in-law was a Type 1 diabetic for over forty years.  He controlled his diabetes with diet, exercise, and medication, and lived a full life into his seventies.

OK, OK… what am I getting at?

To a large degree, deaths from these diseases are preventable.  Sure, not every cancer case is preventable–but diet and lifestyle can either make you more or less susceptible to many forms of cancer. Diabetes may be genetic… but if you are willing to make the effort, you can still live a long, happy, productive life with diabetes.

There are many contributing factors to being susceptible to stroke and other heart diseases: genetics, smoking, being overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol.  All of these but genetics are controllable by the individual. And the same thing can be said for COPD: almost all the factors that cause COPD are controllable by the individual.

If it sounds like I’m being negative… well, I am NOT.  I am being POSITIVE.

  • I am POSITIVE that risk of death from some of the major causes of death in the U.S. can be reduced.
  • I am POSITIVE that our lifestyle choices–where we live, the work we do, what we eat and drink, whether we smoke–can make a major impact on our health and our quality of life.
  • I am POSITIVE that our attitudes, our outlooks on life, our relationships with others, have an impact on our health.
  • I am POSITIVE that having a holistic approach to being healthy can do more to keep us living longer, happier lives, than simply thinking some super-duper pill or potion will fix us.

The BPS model of health does not treat each illness or injury as a stand-alone event. We now know that our physical environment, our social environment, our family, our food and drink choices, even our spirituality (or lack thereof) can have an impact on our health.

Think about it. What choices are you willing to make, in order to increase your chances for a longer, happier, more productive life? 

Reiki and Weight Loss — My Own Experiences

Reiki and Weight Loss — My Own Experiences

Please note the disclaimer in the title: the only thing in this post to which I can swear, is my own experience with weight loss and Reiki.

About 2 years ago, I decided to try something to help reform my shape.  I’ve always been a little heavier than I like–it’s pretty much genetic, having inherited my body shape from my mother’s side of the family (along with the male pattern baldness… *sigh*.)

But I had gotten TOO much heavier, and my jeans had gotten TOO large.  I had arrived at the weight of 240-plus, at 6′ tall, and was comfortable in size 42 jeans.  No, no… that’s not something I wanted to face.

So, being the confirmed Reiki practitioner that I am, I figured that it could not hurt at all to try and use Reiki to help me lose some of these inches and pounds.  (Years ago, when I was in the Navy, I was much more active and fit… but I was also a lot younger.)

I began a concerted practice of two regimens:

1. I started doing self-Reiki every day.  Normally, when I was about to go to sleep at night, I would close my eyes and give myself Reiki to clear myself of negativity and balance my energies. Sure, I missed a few days, but it was pretty regular.

2. I administered Reiki to every meal.  Of course, I always give thanks for my food, but I also (as my wife puts it) “Reiki-fied” the food.  The intention I put behind this Reiki was this: “May this food and drink be cleansed of all negative properties, may it be nutritious and add only to our good health and well-being.”  Very simple, really, to add this Reiki intention along with my thanks for the food and drink.

At first, I didn’t really notice things.  There was not a dramatic dropoff in my weight or anything like that.  (Who wants to give themselves the same problem as the protagonist in Stephen King’s novel “Thinner” anyway?)  BUT…

baggy jeansAfter a few weeks I did begin to notice that my jeans were getting a little looser in the waist.  And in about six months or so, I had to start tightening my belts to the last notch, or my pants would begin sliding off my butt, making me look like a middle-aged white guy trying to be a gangsta, and failing miserably.  In fact, it sort of looked like I didn’t HAVE a butt.

I had to buy some smaller jeans… size 40s this time… and got a couple of new belts, while punching some new holes in a couple others.  This was good… although I had not yet connected it with the Reiki.  Maybe I didn’t want to believe it was the Reiki.  Sometimes humans are like that: they ask God or the Universe for something to happen and when it does, they want to doubt that it’s really happening.

Eventually, even the 40s started sliding down my backside, and I had to get some 38s.  But… wonder of wonders… I found some slacks in the back of my closet that I had abandoned a few years back because “they shrank” *AHEM* and amazingly enough, they now fit!

Now… do I credit the Reiki with this?  YES… I certainly do.  And here’s why.

1.  I did NOT increase my level of physical activity.  Since we are building a house and live on a rural property that requires a good bit of outside stuff like mowing, etc., I obviously had that stuff going on.  But I did not start jogging, or walking, or anything like that. In fact, I probably was doing less of that sort of activity than I was before.

2.  I did not change my eating habits. My wife Lara is a pretty health-conscious lady anyway, and we have always eaten organic whenever possible, about 95% of the breads and such we eat are whole grain, we drink almond milk instead of dairy milk, and so forth.  But I still have two or three cookies after a meal, I still eat buttermilk cornbread, and I still drink sweet tea about half the time.  I still eat cheese and eggs and chicken and ham and real butter.  So, I didn’t suddenly start dieting.

Oh… and my weight has gone from 240-plus, to hovering between 212 and 215, with occasional dips below 210.

So, it’s not a lifestyle change really–unless you count the idea of cleansing and “healing” my food and drink with Reiki, and giving myself self-Reiki every day, a lifestyle change.

I’m continuing to lose weight… slowly, deliberately… and I’m good with that.  I’d love to get down to a 36 waist size, even if it means buying new slacks and jeans, but I’m patient about it.  I’m good with the idea of losing weight gradually and without having to make a big lifestyle change… without having to drink nasty diet milkshakes… without needing surgery… without buying a gym membership and having some 20-something bodybuilder harangue me about “10 more minutes on that Stairmaster!

Reiki is natural.  It’s something I can do for myself… it’s something anyone can do for themselves, once they are attuned. It’s not something I have to keep going out and buying, like Slimfast or Hydroxycut.  And it’s not some sort of weight loss group where I have to buy special food packets that are shipped to me, at exorbitant prices.

If you are a Reiki practitioner, and feel like you have a weight issue, maybe you would like to try the same sort of thing.  Adapt the intention, if you like, to suit your own tastes and feelings. And let me know how it works for you!

If you are NOT an attuned Reiki practitioner, maybe you could think about becoming one… or failing that, you might be able to attain similar results with regular Reiki treatments.  I have no idea, but it could be worth a try.

What… or rather, HOW MUCH… do you have to lose?