Reiki … Re-Gifted?

I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed making friends and hearing from the many souls who have stopped by this site, even if only once, to share a comment or send an email. Your wisdom, your thoughtfulness, your many kindnesses, and of course your wonderful recipes and stories have enriched and expanded my world in ways I could not have dreamed when I began this site last fall. You have invited me into your lives, shared your joys and heartache, and have both challenged and listened. Each of you has left your mark, and I am the richer for it.

Last year at this time I offered to any and all who visit this site the gift of Reiki healing at the start of the new year. The idea was to give us all a chance to start the year with a hope for peace and healing for ourselves and for this fragile world we all share. On the one hand, it’s hard to believe that the year is now almost ended. On the other, so much has happened and changed in our world — and so quickly — that both anxiety and hope seem to vie for pole position in our hearts. (Or is that just me?)

Is it considered “re-gifting” if you give the same gift you gave the year before? Well, even if it is, recycling is supposed to be trendy this year — so whether you consider this “Reiki Re-gifted” or “Reiki Redux,” I hope you will accept another gift for Reiki healing on New Year’s Eve. For me, this is an exercise in gratitude for the many blessings both bitter and sweet that have visited our family this year.

If you would like to join in, please leave the following information in the Conversation/Comment section below:

1. Your first and last name (Only your first name will appear in the comment)
2. Where you will be on December 31, 2008, at 0900 GMT/UTC (0400, Eastern Standard Time) — if you will be vacationing or visiting somewhere other than your hometown at that hour, that’s what I need to send your gift to the right place!

Rei Ki kanji


What is Reiki?

In short, Reiki is a form of energy healing developed in Japan. “Rei” (pronounced RAY) means “universal.” “Ki” (pronounced KEE) is the same as the Chinese “Qi” (CHEE), which means “life energy or life force.” Reiki allows the movement of healing energy to situations and persons in need of it. Simple as that. Reiki practitioners who have been initiated into the first degree will do healing with persons they are in direct contact with. Second degree practitioners can practice Reiki at a distance.

What does Reiki feel like?

People I’ve worked with describe it as a warm heat that is very relaxing. That is usually how I experience it, too, when I receive Reiki, but I have also felt cool pulsating waves from certain Reiki practitioners. Some people will not feel a physical sensation like heat, but may experience a sense of well-being and lightness in their mood; others, a lessening of their physical complaint (an asthmatic person described feeling a puff of air filling her lungs).

What do you have to do?

Nothing, really, except to keep your heart open to the possibilities that will present themselves to forgive yourself or those around you, or to extend a blatant act of kindness to a stranger. Oh, and smile. Smile in the mirror. Then carry your smile out the door.

Happy Holidays to Every One! And peace to All in the New Year…