Reiki Share for Coronavirus/Covid-19 Crisis Fatigue

Topic: Reiki Share for Coronavirus/Covid-19 Crisis Fatigue
Date & Time: Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:00 (PDT), 7:00 – 8:00 (MDT), 8:00 – 9:00 (CDT), or 9:00 – 10:00 (EDT)
Online: Please provide your email address for your Google Meet invitation at: Contact Form

Tired of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 crisis? Has staying home, unemployment, or caring for your children around the clock taken a toll? After six months of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 crisis, everyone is experiencing its negative effects. Join Brooke Chang, Certified Reiki Master online for Reiki Distant Healing, Holistic Spiritual Counseling & Healing, and Crystal Healing Therapy. Voluntary donations in any amount are appreciated, and $10 is recommended. Your donations will go to organizations fighting the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. We accept Paypal, Google Pay, Zelle, Venmo, Square Cash App, and personal checks for your donations.

This Reiki Share is intended to support like-minded people for individual and community healing. Reiki therapy helps with insomnia, agitation, depression, fatigue, lethargy, malaise, anxiety, roller coaster of emotions, and feeling more peaceful and calm. We ask that all discussions during Reiki Share to be kept confidential. Please do not share identities of participants or personal details from our discussions.

What is Reiki Therapy? Reiki therapy is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing of the body, emotions, mind and spirit. Reiki is a natural, safe, and gentle “complementary” therapy that activates the parasympathetic nervous system to heal body, mind, and spirit. Reiki therapy works directly to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system by creating a sense of calm and relaxation within your body. Reiki therapy is used in many US Hospitals. Please see “Reiki in the Clinical Setting.”

Reiki therapy also can be administered at a distance called Reiki Distant Healing. Please see “The Science Behind Reiki Distant Healing.” Reiki treatments are beneficial for most pain and illnesses, and the management of chronic pain and health conditions. Reiki therapy also works effectively in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Brooke Chang has been a certified Reiki Master since 2016, and was trained at the International Center for Reiki Training.  She has been practicing Reiki Therapy, spiritual counseling, and Crystal Healing Therapy since 2012.  Brooke is a certified Oncology (cancer) Reiki practitioner, who provides Reiki treatments at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, CA.  She also provides Reiki Therapy for your beloved animal companions. Hope to see you at the Reiki Share!

Please contact Brooke Chang Certified Reiki Master for questions about this Reiki Share event at (951) 821-0825, brookechangreiki@outlook.com, or Contact Form. Please see Available Services and Deals and Special Offers at Brooke Chang Reiki Therapy. (Copyright 2020 Wan Brooke Chang with All Rights Served)

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Reiki and Chronic Pain: Can Reiki Help Provide Comfort for the Chronic Pain Epidemic?

Article by the International Association of Reiki Professionals

Reiki and the Chronic Pain Epidemic

Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans, according to a report released by the Institute of Medicine. Another 10 million people suffer from pain on a near-daily basis in Britain, according to The British Pain Society. Those numbers are just for two countries. Imagine what the worldwide numbers are. There is no doubt, then, that chronic pain is a global epidemic that affects millions of lives.

Chronic Pain: Definition and Costs

Defined as pain that lasts longer than three to six months, chronic pain has become one of the most common reasons for seeking medical attention. In the same report, the Institute of Medicine found that, as of February 2014, chronic pain cost the healthcare system an estimated $635 billion each year. Most people who suffer from chronic pain are prescribed pain medications. Increasingly, however, alternative solutions like Reiki have also proven helpful. There is still a lot of confusion and lack of education regarding chronic pain, so understanding it is the first step in deciding on choosing the best treatment.

Understanding Chronic Pain and its Effects on the Body

Some individuals think of chronic pain as acute pain that does not subside. This definition, however, does not quite capture its wide range of manifestations. Chronic pain is a blanket term, but not everyone who suffers from it will have comparable symptoms. According to WebMD, chronic pain may be mild or excruciating. It can also occur continuously or sporadically. While the pain may merely inconvenience some people, others may be completely incapacitated by the pain.

Chronic pain is often described as “burning,” “shooting,” “electrical,” or “aching,” and it can be accompanied by stiffness, soreness, tightness, and discomfort. Over time, it can lead to fatigue, moodiness, or sleeplessness. The source of a sufferer’s chronic pain can be difficult to pinpoint, since a variety of diseases may contribute. It may linger from an old injury, accompany the natural aging process, or even come from poor posture.

But chronic pain can do much more than just interfere with normal, day-to-day life. Researchers at Northwestern University found that it can shrink the brain by 11%, effectively speeding up the brain’s aging process by 10 or 22 years. The effects of chronic pain can also create a vicious cycle. With time, the affected nerves become more sensitive, to the point where even the touch of a feather can be painful.

Pain Medications Are Only Part of the Solution

For many sufferers of chronic pain, medications can help the pain. For other patients, pain medications may not be the best alternative. For example, for many patients, painkillers may interfere with other medications. Despite their proven results, pain medications should not be the only solution considered when attempting to assuage chronic pain. Medication is only one of several alternatives to treating chronic pain.

Pain Relief Alternatives

Moving around more is the last thing that many chronic pain sufferers would think to do. Despite sounding counter-intuitive, consistent exercise is one of the most effective ways to prevent chronic pain, regardless of age. A Norwegian study from 2011 looked at 46,533 adults and found that the incidence of chronic pain among young and middle-aged individuals who exercised was 10-12% lower. Exercisers who were 65 years of age or older showed even better results.

The Chinese method of acupuncture may also help. A study from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute in New York, as well as other studies from 2009 and 2010, found that real acupuncture is more effective at relieving pain than no acupuncture or “sham” acupuncture. This finding seems to rule out the placebo effect that many cite when discussing acupuncture. Some researchers think acupuncture provides relief by reorganizing nerve pathways and releasing adenosine, which is one of the body’s natural painkillers.

Reiki and Chronic Pain… Could it Help?

In addition to other natural, non-invasive therapies, Reiki is becoming an increasingly popular option. Since Reiki is being offered in more private practices, hospices, and hospitals, more patients can benefit from the treatment than ever before.

According to AltMD, beyond signaling a physical problem, chronic pain can also stem from psychological and emotional disturbances. Reiki can resolve them by allowing healing energy to flow freely. The result is reduced pain and tension, as well as feelings of relaxation and rejuvenation. Unlike most other treatments, Reiki is a multi-purposed method that can heal both physical and emotional ailments. Through Reiki, some patients suffering from pain due to cancer, injury, or psychological or emotional distress have found relief where other methods were not successful.

Growing Evidence in Reiki Research

Some small studies have been conducted to determine the effectiveness of Reiki. They suggest that patients may use Reiki to find relief from not only the physical aspects of chronic pain, but also the anxiety that often comes with it. According to an article from the University of Minnesota, several studies found that Reiki treatments seem to relax patients, reduce fatigue and depression, and strengthen a person’s overall sense of wellbeing.

According to an article by Anthony Schifano on the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association’s website, Reiki sessions have brought relief and helped individuals feel more balanced. He writes that patients who received Reiki treatment experienced “total relaxation, less tense muscles, and improvement in their range of motion.” One patient who suffered with fibromyalgia pain for years was able to stop taking pain-relieving medications after starting regular Reiki treatments.

Increasing Awareness in the Medical Community

Medical practitioners and patients, as well as researchers, are becoming more aware of the real and lasting proven effects of Reiki when it comes to treating chronic pain. Reiki succeeds because it works on a deeper level, influencing the flow of healing energy that promotes a sense of balance and leads to pain relief in patients suffering from chronic pain from a variety of conditions. Ongoing research and testimonials from patients have shown that an integrative, individualized approach works best. Chronic pain and its accompanying treatments are still being researched; Reiki is crucial for this research. When discussing chronic pain, combining medication with exercise, acupuncture, and Reiki may potentially bring about the highest level of pain relief.

**This article appeared in The Reiki Times, the official magazine of the International Association of Reiki Professionals.

Please contact Brooke Chang Certified Reiki Master for a consultation or appointment at (951) 821-0825, Brookechangreiki@outlook.com, or Contact Form. Please see Available Services and Deals and Special Offers at Brooke Chang Reiki Therapy.

Reiki Share for Grief and Loss During the Coronavirus/Covid-19 Crisis

Topic: Reiki Share for Grief and Loss during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 Crisis
Date & Time: Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:00 (PDT), 7:00 – 8:00 (MDT), 8:00 – 9:00 (CDT), or 9:00 – 10:00 (EDT)
Online: Please provide your email address for your Google Meet invitation at: Contact Form

Have you lost a loved one, family member, or friend during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 Crisis? Has your job, career, business, safety or your way of life been affected adversely by this crisis? Join Brooke Chang, certified Reiki Master online for Reiki Distant Healing, Holistic Spiritual Counseling & Healing, and Crystal Healing Therapy. Voluntary donations in any amount are appreciated and $10 is recommended. Your donations will go to an organizations supporting mental health crisis intervention and prevention during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 crisis. We accept Paypal, Google Pay, Zelle, Square Cash App, and personal checks for your donations.

This Reiki Share is intended to support like-minded people for individual and community healing. Reiki therapy helps with insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, depression, fatigue, lethargy, malaise, sadness, roller coaster of emotions, and feeling more peaceful and calm. We ask that all discussions during Reiki Share to be kept confidential. Please do not share identities of participants or personal details from our discussions.

What is Reiki Therapy? Reiki therapy is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing of the body, emotions, mind and spirit. Reiki is a natural, safe, and gentle “complementary” therapy that activates the parasympathetic nervous system to heal body, mind, and spirit.  Reiki therapy works directly to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system by creating a sense of calm and relaxation within your body. Reiki therapy is used in many US Hospitals. Please see how Reiki therapy can help with grief and loss at “Reiki and Coping Mechanism for Grief.”

Reiki therapy also can be administered at a distance called Reiki Distant Healing. Please see “The Science Behind Reiki Distant Healing.” Reiki treatments are beneficial for most pain and illnesses, and the management of chronic health conditions. Reiki therapy also works effectively in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Brooke Chang has been a certified Reiki Master since 2016, and was trained at the International Center for Reiki Training.  She has been practicing Reiki Therapy, spiritual counseling, and Crystal Healing Therapy since 2012.  Brooke is a certified Oncology (cancer) Reiki practitioner, who provides Reiki treatments at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, CA.  She also provides Reiki Therapy for your beloved animal companions. Hope to see you at the Reiki Share!

Please contact Brooke Chang Certified Reiki Master for questions about this Reiki Share event at (951) 821-0825, brookechangreiki@outlook.com, or Contact Form. Please see Available Services and Deals and Special Offers at Brooke Chang Reiki Therapy. (Copyright 2020 Wan Brooke Chang with All Rights Served)

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Reiki and Coping Mechanisms while Dealing with Grief

Article by Jill Hochman

This article is about Reiki and coping with grief. It is part of the Hope for Widow’s Foundation efforts to help our Hope Sisters find ways to learn to cope with and manage their grief.

I find that Reiki can help me cope when I get in one of those waves of grief or am having stress over some everyday type of concern. I will try to explain what Reiki is, what it is not, what a Reiki treatment is like, and talk about how I believe it helps me deal with grief or other stressors. As a certified Reiki Karuna Master,I try to practice Reiki in a responsible way by not making promises or claims about miraculous healing powers. I focus instead on use of Reiki to bring good energy into our world and I use it to help cope with grief and stress.

I intend for this article is to be a very general explanation about Reiki along with some comments about my personal practice and experience. You can find lots of information on the web or perhaps through Reiki healers in your area. Feel free to private message me with any questions you might have and I will try my best to answer or send you in a helpful direction.

First , What is Reiki?

According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), “Reiki is [a] subtle and effective form of energy healing using spiritually guided life force energy… [p]racticed in every country of the world.” While often considered to be spiritual in nature, Reiki is not “[a]ffiliated with any particular religion or religious practice.”

Reiki is a way to help calm your mind and to deal with stress. Reiki has five basic principles. I use these principles everyday as affirmations. They are:

Just for today, do not be angry
Just for today, do not worry
Just for today, be grateful
Just for today, work hard
Just for today, be kind to others.

The principles are my mantra. Not only do I tell them to myself each morning, I repeat them when I need to ground myself or when I feel the need to help people or animals who are in stress. The words in the principles illustrate how Reiki does not harm and has everything to do with setting positive intentions. Kind of like karma, the principles remind me that it is good to be positive and send out positive thoughts. Please know that it is not easy for me to be positive but practicing Reiki means that I try. So using Reiki becomes one of the ways to help me cope with my grief as well as grief experienced by others.

What Reiki is Not?

Understanding what Reiki is not is important. This is because there are many misconceptions about Reiki and opinions about it based on misconceptions. To know if Reiki can be useful to you, a basic understanding of what Reiki is as well as what it isn’t can help you decide.

Most importantly, Reiki is NOT a religion nor is it a replacement for medical treatment. Nor is Reiki a process to transfer energy from one person to another.

How Does Reiki Work?

Reiki works on the theory that we all have energy centers in our body. These are called chakras and are the same as the chakras that are used in yoga. The 7 major chakras are located along your body from the very top of your head to the base of your spine. The chakras each have a connection to our emotions. The chakras and their emotional relationship are:

The Crown — connection to spirituality
Third Eye — ability to focus, connects to intuition, imagination, wisdom and decisions
Throat — connection to our ability to communicate
Heart — love, inner peace, joy
Solar Plexus — self-confidence, esteem and self-worth
Sacral — sense of pleasure and sexuality
Root — survival issues

When the energy in these centers is aligned, then we feel our best. If one or more of them is blocked or the energy is unbalanced, then we do not feel right. Reiki works to bring the energy flowing through our chakras into alignment. Repeating the 5 principles helps put us in a spiritual place where the energy can more easily flow in balance.

What is a Reiki Treatment Like?

Reiki treatments can be done in person or can be sent to people in need. The later is called distance Reiki.

If you get a Reiki treatment in person, you will lay down or sit comfortably so that you can try to relax. You remain fully clothed and the practitioner should not touch you unless they have your permission. Soft music may be playing similar to what is played when you get a massage. The practitioner will move their hands over you and use symbols which they draw in the air, on their own hands, or maybe even on the roof of their mouth with their tongues. Each symbol has specific uses and are — at least in theory — secret. But, you can go to the internet and find them as well as explanations of their use(s). Treatments times depend on your practitioner as well as what they feel needs to be done. Some practitioners may place crystals on you or near you and some may use drums or crystal bowls during your treatment. Treatments do not hurt and you usually leave feeling relaxed. This is a good thing even if you are not totally healed.

If you get distance Reiki, you are not in the presence of the practitioner. Instead they are sending you Reiki. When you hear a Reiki practitioner say something like “sending you healing or calming light”, they are sending you Reiki. To be fair, a practitioner should ask if sending Reiki is ok with you before sending. This is because a Reiki practitioners respect the fact that there are people who and religions which do not accept the practice. If a Reiki practitioner does not know when Reiki is ok to send, they may say something like “surrounding you with calming thoughts or light.” This similar to sending prayers or positive thoughts to the person and is intended for the highest good.

How does Reiki Help Grief:

You can find lots of information on the web about Reiki and grief. Instead of repeating that here, I will give my thoughts which come from my own experience.

I was a Reiki practitioner before my husband became sick. So, I used Reiki on him. But, I gave Reiki up when he died because I felt as if it did not save my husband. The facts are that nothing except a miracle could have saved him. Reiki is not a replacement for medicine — it is a complement to it. As time went by, I went for a Reiki treatment because of the overwhelming sadness I was feeling. And, you got it: I cried the whole time. The good news was that I was finally able to sleep for 4 hours straight that night and the next. This much needed rest helped me get through making some big financial decisions. So, I took up my practice once again and went for more treatments. I also treated a few people at a local Reiki Share.

I also began once again to use the 5 principles each morning in the shower — please don’t laugh as this beats crying in the shower. Repeating them helps set me up to better face the day. I also use Reiki when I read many of our Hope Sisters’ posts. In my mind, I surround those Hope Sisters with calm and light. Although I don’t know for sure if this helps them, it helps me to know I have done something, albeit small, to help. Sending out positive energy and intentions helps me feel better. When I find myself drowning in grief, I will think of positive light and energy and place my hands over my Heart or my Solar Plexus chakras. I let myself feel the energy and believe it helps get me through the tidal waves that hit. So, Reiki has become one of my coping mechanisms. Maybe it can help you too.

Please contact Brooke Chang certified Reiki Master about how Reiki Therapy and Reiki Distant Healing can help with your grief and loss at (951) 821-0825, brookechangreiki@outlook.com, or Contact Form. Please see Available Services and Deals and Special Offers at Brooke Chang Reiki Therapy. 

Transmuting Darkness into Light

Have you wondered why so many people are behaving irrationally during the Coronavirus pandemic? Do you wonder why some Americans are refusing to wear face masks, denying the existence of a pandemic, threatening to shoot and inflict violence against others, rebelling, acting out, agitated and emotional?

It is caused by fears, worry, uncertainty and insecurity within each of us, and people react to these negative emotions differently. This fear is coupled with the uncertainty of presidential leadership and the government’s mishandling of the pandemic causing severe distress for many Americans. Some people deny feeling fear and pretend everything is okay. Some become hyper-vigilant by threatening to shoot and injure others who violate their space. Some react by rebelling and acting out towards others around them. Some feel depressed, agitated, and overly emotional. Some are hording hand sanitizers and toilet paper. At the core of these behaviors is the feeling of fear within each of us.

Fear drives the sympathetic nervous system resulting in a fight or flight response.  The amygdala, the brain’s emotional center, is activated, and we go into automatic fight or flight response. During this reaction, the prefrontal cortex, which governs rational thought, decision making, and moderating social behaviors, is impaired.  When we are in prolonged stress, the sympathetic nervous system increases cortisol stress hormones, adrenaline, and excessive blood to the muscles for us to fight or flee.

Prolonged fight or flight reacting within the body causes insomnia, disrupted sleep, fatigue, malaise, forgetfulness, lethargy, apathy, agitation, depression, anxiety, and impaired rational thinking, since the flight or flight response only is intended for short durations.  This is where we are now in the United States with resulting chaos and increased Coronavirus infection rates and deaths.

I encourage you to change or transmute this inner darkness into light, which requires compassion toward yourself and others. The first step is to be mindful and aware of your fears and internal dialogue. What thoughts or words arise within your mind? Observe these fear related thoughts without judging it or reacting to it. The second step is to understand that everyone feels fear, and have compassion for yourself and others experiencing this fear. This fear will pass as with all emotions.

Try using Reiki therapy, breathwork, spiritual counseling, meditation, yoga practice, chi gong practice, acupuncture, and/or other forms of energy work to help with managing this fear.  Spend time in nature known as “Forest Bathing” and a regular exercise regime also can provide relief during this pandemic. When you transmute your inner darkness into light, you will transmute darkness into light for our country and world.

Please contact Brooke Chang Certified Reiki Master to find out more about how Reiki Therapy and Spiritual Counseling can help you at (951) 821-0825, brookechangreiki@outlook.com, or Contact Form. Please see Available Services at Brooke Chang Reiki Therapy. (Copyright 2020 Wan Brooke Chang with All Rights Served)