Reiki Doesn’t Always Feel Good

IMG_8596Recently I was reminded that receiving Reiki doesn’t always feel good. We usually describe Reiki as a relaxing therapy that can relieve stress and anxiety bringing a sense of peace and tranquility. This is not always the case.

I was asked to visit a woman in the hospital to give her Reiki. She was in a special room set up for hospice patients and was near the end of her life. It was expected that Reiki would help her relax and bring some peace to her final days.  She was a lovely lady. We talked and got to know each other a little bit before I started her Reiki treatment. After a while I noticed she was getting fidgety. It seemed like she couldn’t get comfortable. I asked her about this, she said she was feeling restless and a bit anxious. Some may ask “how could this be, you were doing Reiki. Reiki is supposed to feel good”?

Reiki will sometimes stir up things and bring them to the surface to be released. It doesn’t always feel nice when it happens. It could of been an issue with a family member that needed to be resolved, an old thought pattern or belief that needed to go or even an acceptance that needed to settle in. No matter what it was I totally trusted that the Reiki was giving her just what she needed at that moment.

I am often asked by my students “what do we do when this happens”. I will suggest they step away from the table and give the person a few minutes or move their hands to a different position and see if that helps or even to bring the session to an end  with the understanding the person will come back in a few days. How ever they choose to handle it I stress they do so with love and compassion, for what is Reiki but love and compassion!

The woman I spoke of earlier passed a few days after our Reiki session. She was relaxed and at peace surrounded by her loved ones.





Gassho is a Japanese word meaning “two hands coming together”. Sensei Usui taught us to meditate in this way – with our hands together, fingers touching in front of our heart and with closed eyes we focus our attention on our middle finger. He instructs us to do Gassho Meditation every morning and evening for 15 to 30 minutes.

When I meditate in this way I feel centered and balanced with a beautiful flowing Reiki energy of peace and tranquility connecting my heart with my hands.  I also use this posture before I begin a Reiki session. With my hands in Gassho I ask Reiki to bless my hands and heart and to make them instruments of healing love and that the person about to receive Reiki will find it’s love, comfort and healing.

This is the gesture of Gassho, a gesture of prayer, greeting, gratitude and reverence.

I hope you will decide to practice Sensei Usui’s Gassho Meditation and that you come to feel Reiki’s loving presence in your heart and hands and in turn be compelled to share that presence with others.

Is the Universe Speaking?


“The Universe is speaking to you!” We hear this statement a lot these days. But, does it really speak? What is it saying and are we listening? I’ve found that it seems to be speaking to me quite a bit lately. I’ve started recording it’s most recent message in these photos and it is loud and clear, “Simply LOVE!”

I do believe the Universe speaks to us and in a number of different ways. Often times for me it is through Nature, repetition, and synchronicities. Dreams can be another voice of the Universe. I think if we pay attention we will realize the Universe is constantly trying to engage us in conversation. How much richer, interesting and exciting our lives could be if  we would learn it’s language and simply listen. (see my blog post “Are You Listening” February 25, 2018).

Lately Saint Francis of Assisi has been coming up in a number of random places and ways. It’s speaking to me again! What is it saying? I think I’ll just sit back, be open and let the message unfold.

Oh yes, and “Don’t forget to smile!”


How does the Universe speak to you? Have you been listening? What is it saying to you?


It Feels Like Love


After giving my niece, who was three years old at the time,her first Reiki treatment I asked her “What did Reiki feel like?” she responded “It feels like love.”  How perfect!  Reiki is love!

Often times while meditating I focus on Love as my mantra. As I work my way up through the energy centers (chakras) in my body I find many aspects of love.

  • love for and within our families
  • love for and within our communities
  • Our individual one-on-one love relationships
  • the love we have for ourselves
  • the love that exists and grows in our hearts
  • the  words of love and kindness that we speak
  • the love that we know and receive
  • the love of and for the divine

The vehicle for love is our hearts. Lets open our hearts and use them to love in every possible way we can.

Simply Love !