Nurturing Whole Health
Author's feet, Boulder, Colorado
The below testimonial is from a client I have been working with over a course of several treatments of Distant Reiki.
Although I understand the value of alternative therapies, and I have used them on occasion, I've always been skeptical. I am not certain how much is actual benefit and how much is placebo.
When I decided to try Reiki, out of desperation I might add, I honestly had no idea what to expect. I pretty much expected nothing. No effect whatsoever. I didn't even have Reiki in person. I arranged for two sessions of distance Reiki.
Eight months ago I suffered a severe Lisfranc injury to my right foot. At the time of the injury my medical doctor did not recommend any treatment, and despite the pain, I didn't understand just how severe these injuries are.
Over the past eight months I've experienced increasing pain which limits my activities and causes me much distress- both physically and emotionally as I cannot participate in the sports and outdoor activities I most enjoy. I recently learned that because the injury was not treated appropriately last year, it is becoming progressively worse and I'm developing arthritis in my foot.
I was given two options- surgery followed by three to six months of non-weight-bearing plus a full year's recovery, or a non-weight-bearing cast for two to three months with no guarantee of any improvement. In other words, I might wear the cast for three months, have it removed, step on the foot and be no better off than I was when the cast was applied.
I don't want surgery. The surgery is difficult and complications are not unusual. Right now a cast is not a good option as I'll be out of the country for a couple weeks. Out of desperation I decided to try Reiki.
As I said, I didn't know what to expect, especially with distance Reiki. I contacted Sari Telpner and we set up an appointment time. To be honest, during the thirty minute session I really wasn't paying much attention to my foot because I didn't expect to feel a thing. I assumed Reiki was hokum. It's that simple.
So what did I feel? And this was very unexpected- extremely relaxed, hungry, aroused senses, high and sleepy. I definitely felt something. Most important, my foot felt better. The pain did not entirely go away, but it felt better. When I went hiking the next day I was not in agony. And it continued to improve the following day.
I requested a second session. I have to be honest, again I barely paid attention to my foot. And yet I experienced a significant event during the Distant session. Suffice it to say, the day after the second treatment, my foot improved to the point where I forgot about it. I'd been living with severe pain (7-8 on a scale of 1-10) for months and I ran errands, went to the store, took a hike, and never thought about my foot because it didn't hurt!
Is the pain gone altogether? No. I still have some pain, but overall the pain is diminishing- overall the trend is positive. Despite my healthy skepticism I am improving. I was so impressed with Sari, I scheduled two more treatments and I'm now beginning foot massage - the pain was so severe before the Reiki treatments, I was terrified to have anyone manipulate my foot. I couldn't even bear to have a sheet or blanket touch my foot at night. Now I can have a gentle foot massage and it is not painful.
I'm still a skeptic. But I plan to continue Reiki with Sari Telpner. My experience has been quite remarkable. Heidi Barr, R.N.
When it comes to Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the most difficult concept to grasp has been the idea of "distant healing". Once one has received their level II Reiki attunement, they have the skills needed to send what is called, "Distant Reiki". Skeptics have a problem accepting how healing can be sent to a distant location, let alone, actually bring a healing result.
As it is, most people have difficulty accepting any form of healing outside the realm of mainstream medicine, which is widely accepted in its use of pharmaceutical drugs, surgical procedures and methods of preventing pain and controlling symptoms- often actually masking symptoms, without getting to the root of the problem's cause. That is not to say that there are not some very powerful and life-saving aspects to modern medicine as we know it. Outside this form of practice, is a vast world of healing options which include some of the more well-known practices such as, Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, Massage, Hypnotherapy, and Energy Medicine, such as Reiki.
In the modern, Western world, we live in a materialistic, "seeing is believing" culture. In isolated pockets of indigenous culture across the planet, people live in a reality that we in the west would view as another world completely. How did people communicate throughout the ages, before the discovery and introduction of electricity, the telephone, and now, instant communication to any place on the planet via The World Wide Web? There are many religious and spirit traditions around the world which for ages have practiced some form of healing rituals through prayer and harnessing the mind's energy. Before the 20th century, there was a large percentage of indigenous people's all over the planet, with medicine men, healers and shamans who served as the core of the community, practicing spiritual, energy healing and forms of telepathy.
Well-known physician- researcher, Dr. Larry Dossey, refers to distant healing as, "non-local" healing. Larry Dossey states, “The impact of following a religious or spiritual path on health and longevity is becoming common knowledge, and is documented by nearly 1,600 studies in the rapidly developing field of the epidemiology of religion. Double-blind, controlled studies of spiritual healing are being done at major medical schools throughout the country. Five positive systematic or meta-analyses attest to the validity of distant healing."
Nonlocal healing, can be viewed from a broader scientific model based on numerous models conceptualized in the community of quantum physics, based originally on John Bell's mathematical theorem. Stated simply, the theorem holds that the reality of the universe is "non-local", meaning that all objects and events in the universe are inter-connected and react to others changes of state. Physicist, David Bohm, has developed what he calls, The Invisible Field, from working with Bell's theorem. This field holds all reality together with the property of knowing what is happening everywhere at once. Quantum physics works with the ideas that nothing is solid and everything is energy. Quantum physics would suggest when "non-local" healing is practiced from afar, there really is no distance involved.
In my previous blog post, about Body-Mind Medicine and pain. I referred to proteins in the brain called, neuropeptides, which are instantly released by specific thoughts and sent to receptors on various body organs, causing physical reactions affecting body function and health. Thoughts are transformed into chemicals instantaneously. The body-mind connection through the instant transmission of neuropeptides, produced by thoughts, creates an image for me of "Distant Reiki "- an instantaneous transmission, created and delivered from one body-mind to another's body-mind, through the invisible field. In the end, the two separate body/minds, according to quantum physics, may not be as separate as we think
1) Chopra M.D., Deepak Quantum Healing, Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine. 1989.
2) Dossey, L. How Healing Happens: Exploring the Nonlocal Gap. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2002.