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Rei-ki Happenings 28

The essence of Rei-ki is pure, unconditional love

Roadside Emergency


Darina Dobrovic, Brisbane, Australia

My daughter’s 29 year old friend was rollerblading on the street when I happened to be painting the front fence. A car came speeding down the street and swerved to avoid her. Our rollerblading friend also reacted, slipping and losing control on some gravel and sand, and fell with a loud thump. I ran to assist her off the street, where she was caressing her elbow and shaking from shock, but she was too stunned to move.

I had her lean against me while I applied rei-ki to her elbow. After some ten minutes she calmed down, and we tried to move her onto the footpath again, but her legs were like jelly. After removing the rollerblades we managed to reach the kerb, where I continued to rei-ki her elbow.

Her mother arrived and took her to the emergency department at the local hospital, where an x-ray showed a fracture. However she was sent home, with a sling, and asked to return the next day for plaster as it was out-of-hours.

When she returned to the hospital Outpatients the next day, a second examination told a different story. The arm, apparently, was not fractured, only bruised, so she did not require the plaster. She was told to avoid sudden movements for some time and sent home still wearing the sling. On her way home she stopped to share the result and thank me for the rei-ki first aid.

T.L.C. for Bruno


Dely Thiehard, Melbourne, Australia

Bruno the Dog, Bright and Happy When I arrived home from work one day, my four legged best friend, Bruno, was limping. He was unable to put his right leg down. No one knew what had happened so we thought Bruno should go to the vet the next day for an x-ray and diagnosis.

Meanwhile I thought rei-ki might comfort Bruno, so I held his sore paw. It was surprising that he didn't resist, as he doesn't otherwise like to have his paw held. yet he accepted a second rei-ki treatment after dinner for a longer period and, by bedtime, was testing his weight on the injured paw and beginning to move more freely.

After another short burst of rei-ki, before I left for work the next day, Bruno was walking around normally. We saved time and money as no visit to the vet was required. More importantly, Bruno was no longer in pain, thanks to rei-ki.

Honouring Beth Grey

Barbara McGregor and Beth Grey

Rev Beth Gray will be 89 on April 11, 2007, and although frail she is in good health. Advanced level rei-ki folk are invited to send distant healing rei-ki for Beth, or please send airmail cards to:

San Carlos Elms,
707 Elm Street,
San Carlos, CA 94070 USA.




Dely Thiehard, Melbourne, Australia

After I dropped a biscuit jar on my right instep, I drove to work. I felt a sharp pain in the foot, walking from car to office, and had to drag it along. By lunchtime the foot was swollen and red.

Annoyed that I had not stopped to rei-ki when the damage first occurred, I made a doctor's appointment for after work. Meantime I practiced rei-ki on the instep, with improvement almost immediately.

By the end of the day there was no need to visit the doctor. The following day I flew to Sydney and attended a family party. It included dancing and lots of walking, with no ill effects - Thank you rei-ki!



Wendy Foster, Hong Kong

While holidaying in San Francisco, my left shoe slipped under the taxi driver's seat in front of me as I entered the cab. My big toe hit something metallic. It was really painful, the tip of the toe was bleeding and half of the nail ripped open.

So, following Dr Usui's example, I immediately did rei-ki on it for quarter of an hour, after which the bleeding had stopped and the pain was gone.

When we arrived and I was able to sit down, it was obvious that the nail was almost completely torn off the toe, so I put my rei-ki hands on again while drinking tea. After that we walked a lot, and didn't return to the hotel until very late. The toe never bothered me and, amazingly, the toenail had re-attached itself, so that you could hardly see where the tear had occurred.

Warts and all


Karen Zemak, Brisbane, Australia

When my sister burned her hand on an oven at a family gathering last year, I cupped my rei-ki hands over the area that was burnt. After a few minutes of rei-ki, she said the pain became more intense, but then it cooled. A few days later she reported that the burn had left no mark at all. Her daughter pointed out that a wart, which had been on the same hand near the burn site, was now gone. This was a happy bonus, as the wart had been troublesome for quite some time.

Uggh, it’s a bug


Kiril Hadjiev, London, UK

A few months ago I was reminded about the power we all carry in our hands.

It was Friday night and I went to bed with a slightly unsettled stomach. I was tired from the past week but couldn't sleep properly, and spent the whole night tossing from side to side. Finally, when I got up on Saturday morning, the only thing I managed to do was to run to the bathroom, violently ill. It reminded me of my student days, but this time there was no hangover! Now it seemed that I had a pesky stomach bug.

For the next few hours I was not able to keep any food or drink down, and was feeling drained to the point where I could not lift my arm (big thank you to my girlfriend for nursing me that morning). None of the normal medication helped and I was feeling worse and worse.

At around midday I remembered rei-ki and immediately put my hands on my abdomen - hmmmm... what a nice soothing feeling! I felt the energy flowing instantly. Fifteen minutes later I was able to drink warm water. I kept my hands on me for the next hour, slowly taking food and liquids. Three hours later I was good as new, and the rest of the weekend ahead of me. Thank you rei-ki - why didn't I think of it sooner.

Rei-ki Treatment Guidelines


Barbara McGregor, Director, Usui Rei-ki Network

A formal Rei-i Treatment

Rei-ki is a system of manual therapy which is a passive, stationary, hands-on treatment, not requiring movement or pressure for its principal effects of relieving stress and pain and stimulating the body's own healing processes, by enhancing the flow of life force energy through direct touch.

The same protocols regarding client permission, hygiene and safe practices apply as to other manual therapies. However, rei-ki is entirely effective when the hands are placed on top of clothing and other coverings and it is not necessary to disrobe. The rei-ki therapist generally provides a rei-ki treatment whilst seated at a therapy table with the height adjusted accordingly.

When providing a full rei-ki treatment, there are a series of hand positions which progressively cover the torso front, head and back - limbs and neck are only addressed as 'extras' if there is a specific problem at one of these sites. Out of respect for privacy, care should be taken to avoid directly touching any intimate site on the client's body.

Reiki is taught as a self-help procedure and to give assistance to family and friends or as an aid in voluntary service, and the training does not include diagnosis, nor prescription. Before setting up a commercial clinic incorporating rei-ki as one of the treatments, professional practitioners are advised to undertake further training, from a registered training organisation offering units in health sciences, including basic anatomy, diagnosis and prescription and professional practice ethics and management.

First Aid

Reiki can be applied as an adjunct to other first aid systems, placing the hands over the injured site, waiting until the perceptible energy flow through the hands ceases or wanes. In addition to assisting in the relief of stress and shock, it can help reduce swelling and lessen the flow of blood. Standard hygiene procedures apply. In the case of burns, it is advisable to place hands slightly above the skin, without direct touch, as the energy flow associated with the rei-ki may on occasion feel quite hot, even as its effects lessen the distress associated with burns.

Formal Treatment

A full rei-ki treatment generally will take an hour to an hour and a half. Whilst rei-ki may be performed in a formal clinic environment, this is not essential for good effect. However it is recommended that the treatment table be set up i a clear and private space. In hospitals and hospices, rei-ki can be provided at the bedside without adversely affecting other treatments and can aid peace of mind in such a situation.

Having set up the therapy table to a suitable height, so that both client and therapist are at ease, it is generally most comfortable for the client, in the first instance lying on their back, if a pillow is laid under the head and another pillow or roll under the thighs, before the knees, with a light covering for the eyes (to keep out overhead light). Some women may also find when lying face down on their abdomen, in order to receive rei-ki on the back, that it is more comfortable when a shallow pillow is placed between breasts and hips, to support the spine.

As the client is likely to drift off into a meditational alpha state after some minutes, soothing music can assist this process, if the client so desires. Other than enquiring after the comfort of the client, conversation initiated by the practitioner is not necessary, unless the practitioner is a trained counselor. However some clients have a need to release emotions and may express themselves volubly, in which case the practitioner is advised to be receptive and supportive but not to give advice other than common sense suggestions, unless qualified to do so. Obviously gossip and negativity are discouraged.

The flow of rei-ki energy through the hands sponsors self-healing for both the therapist and client, by stimulating the innate, internal regenerative processes of the body, and there is no special act of will or intention required. It is not necessary to repeat special words or mantras, to follow special breathing procedures or thought processes for rei-ki to be effective. Applying rei-ki through the hands is entirely passive and may be perceived as warmth or even deeply penetrating heat; sometimes it can feel chill or numb and on other occasions rei-ki may feel tingly or prickly, with observable tremors or vibrations. The subtle flow of rei-ki does not originate from the practitioner, but is extrinsic, flowing through both practitioner and client, so that both parties benefit from life force energy renewal during the treatment procedure but without the need to direct it through conscious effort.

Rei-ki Training Provided by Usui Reiki Network

Rei-ki does not occur spontaneously without training - to practice rei-ki at the touch of your hands, it is necessary to participate in a three day seminar (approx 20 hours) which includes practical hands-on demonstrations, instruction and four direct energy transfer transmissions from the specially trained teacher to each student. Seminar content is adapted to the needs of individual participants, with experiential and anecdotal sharing of experiences between students and teacher.

A further advanced rei-ki training course is optional, which involves another 20 hour training and includes methods to project rei-ki energy over distance without direct touch and enhancement of telepathic gifts. Therefore no further courses are necessary.

Opportunities to review rei-ki procedures are provided to graduates within the Usui Reiki Network internationally. Graduates may contact their local co-ordinator post seminar if they have any queries. training to teach rei-ki follows a lengthy apprenticeship over many years, with prior skills required in practice and training.

The Usui Reiki Network, founded by Barbara McGregor in 1990, has centres in each mainland capital city of Australia as well as in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.