Being a Healer in an Age of Unity

Danes form Ring of Peace around Copenhagen synagogue

As a helper and healer in the world, we are sensitive people, to both emotions and to the world we live in. The effects of the recent attacks on Paris and the mass shootings in the US have shaken a bit of my own confidence in humanity and for a world based on peace, rather than violence.
I see this same emotional angst in many of the clients I serve. When I first went into private practice, it was in the year before 9/11. After that fateful day, I saw firsthand how clients were dealing not just with their own issues but with this greater problem, terrorism, now brought front and center into their psyche.
Then, of course, there were all the wars we became involved in. I continued in my service work as counselor, Reiki practitioner and teacher to the public at large, but I felt a greater calling to offer help to those who were on the frontline.
That lead me to approach the Veterans Administration to offer Reiki classes and sessions to veterans, as the war(s) to come I forsaw having many soldiers returning needing deep healing. My colleague Michael Emanuel and I taught many veterans throughout the years and this year we received actual funding for veterans to pursue Reiki practitioner or master training.
It’s an accomplishment that came out of wanting to help heal a bruised and battered world.
This time around, with the rise of Daesh, the Syrian crisis, the bickering and posturing of politicians over what to do, I’m feeling a calling to global healing work again.
I am not a historian or a politician. I am a teacher and a healer, so those are the skills and abilities I continue to offer.
The vision for this global healing work is still forming. Like my experience with the veterans, it continues to evolve.
I was going to title this blog ‘Being a Healer in the Age of Terror’, but realized that the word ‘terror’ just reinforces itself. A key to dealing with the tragedies that occur in the world is to find a sense of unity. Reiki circles offer such a sense, a possible project could be organizing a day of Reiki circles across the country. Any volunteers? But I have other ideas just beneath the surface, and will give space for them to come forward. It all starts with a thought, then it can turn into a vision then it can become reality.
But I welcome thoughts and opinions on how you might see healing work being of service during this next evolution in the Age of Unity.

Image credit COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – MARCH 14: People of different faiths form a peace ring outside the synagogue where a Jewish security guard was shot last month in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 14, 2015. (Photo by Recep Yasar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Happiness for Reiki Circle Week!

Earth-in-HandsThis week, there are two Reiki circles to kick off the fall.  Tonight, 9/2 6:30-8:30pm at Ravenna House 6852 19th Ave NE and tomorrow, 9/3 at NW Ayurveda 5214 Delridge Way SW.

What does that mean for society?  Well, because Reiki is non-denominational, isn’t  a religion, it means that people of all faiths and backgrounds can come and share in the experience of something so much greater than themselves and leave transformed.  For the greater good.

I just really bow to the whole process.  I am in total awe of the experience.  Because it just reminds me it is so much greater than me.  When all those people come together to give and receive.  I’m just the facilitator.  I set the boundaries for the group event.  And then the magic begins.  An hour or so later, we emerge from having received 15-20 minute sessions and feel ‘back in our bodies’…more complete.

Touched by the hands of strangers who have become our friends.

If I had the energy to do so, I would instigate Reiki circles for every meeting and gathering that occurs across the world.  Start out with the circle and then proceed with discussion.  People’s minds would be clearer.  Words would be expressed more from the heart.

Hope you can join us, and if not, remember we have them almost every week!

Eileen Dey 2014

Second day of Happiness

camerazoom-20130902121943810It’s a great way to start the day knowing I’m taking on the intention of finding, being and spreading happiness into my life and the world. I just started yesterday.

Yesterday was inspiring, I met with a colleague who works with neurofeedback and learned about how tuning into our brainwave activity can change our behavior.  I’ll set up a scan with her to see what my brain looks like while I’m doing Reiki, can’t wait!

After a gratifying day of counseling clients, a meander through local Westcrest park proved refreshing and rewarding, watching the sun majestically set over the town I love.

Today, I venture up to the Ravenna Healing House, a lovely sanctuary where both Reiki, counseling and community combine to assist in bringing balance within.  Tonight is Reiki circle, feel free to come!

Eileen Dey 2014

Reiki circle week!

This weeks kicks off some great Reiki circles.  They are community gatherings of practitioners, teachers and are open to the interested public to give and receiving in healing light and energy.

Tuesday, 7/17 from 6:30-8:30pm we’ll be in the lovely open space of Dreamclinic, 902 NE 65th Ave NE.  $10 donation suggested.  Bring your friends and family and leave revitalized and renewed!

Wednesday, 7/18 from 7-8:30pm we’ll be over in West Seattle at the Highland Park Improvement Club giving a brief overview on what Reiki is and the jumping into the healing circle.  This group ope to families with kids!  Donation.

Hope to see you at one or both!  Let that light shine!!

Photo of our Reiki circle from Reiki Soundscape circa 2004 in Ballard!

The power and harm of misleading words

What happens when you are just plain wrong with your intuition and judgment in a Reiki session?  I recently heard from one of my Reiki students who came to circle and was distraught that his dog had run away from home.  He feared it was dead, and the circle (composed of 4 other practitioners), after giving the student a session, unanimously agreed that they picked up that the dog was dead.  Now, two weeks later, I heard back from the student and he reported the dog, although worse for the wear, was alive, recovering and happy to be back.

That student, for over a week had felt guilty and ashamed for letting the dog out, believing the dog was dead from the consensus at the Reiki circle.  Now, the student was reorienting to a new truth.

I think it’s often easy to tap into the emotions that a recipient brings to circle and be influenced, in a ‘group think’ kind of way.  In this case, the student/recipient was quite distraught, felt guilty for letting his pet out, and also felt that his dog was dead.

But the responsibility goes back to the group of other practitioners.  We weren’t being mindful about the language being used, instead of saying ‘your dog is dead’ what about having said, ‘we don’t feel a connection to the pet, we don’t know what happened to him’…dead is one thing, not being able to know is another.

Being with that not-knowing and just supporting the recipient’s process would have been more appropriate.  Saying we think the pet is dead is dangerous, because it is a diagnosis, and we don’t do that in Reiki, but we all did it (group think) and were also wanting to give the student/recipient an answer to help alleviate his own suffering.

A Reiki circle is a support circle and not a therapy session.  If the recipient were to have a session one-on-one with any of us, the outcome might have been different, because the groupthink experience would not be there.

I apologized to this student for the group’s misread, but I have seen this effect on occasion in other circles, my own, as well as the ones I attended when I was going through training.  The Reiki environment is suggestive, vulnerable, open…but I think mindfulness here is really the key point.  We all lapsed on that in favor of coming up with an answer, which is actually the ego at work.  We want to know, rather than holding space for the process.  We were attached to the result.

Let this story be a good learning tool for those on the Reiki path.  Don’t feel an answer needs to be given after each session.  If you disagree with one of the practitioners in a Reiki circle, say so.  Be really, really mindful of how you communicate with others, words have power and can do harm.

Reiki, in the purest sense of what it is as energy, can do no harm, but that is why Reiki training is a key ingredient in learning to work with the energy.  We are faulty humans, and we have a lot of work to do, especially when it comes to ego and being in the unknown.

For the future, at circles, I think it would be appropriate to leave the circle space temporarily during circle and ground outside of it if a ‘consensus think’ was going on, or if you weren’t sure or agreed with what was being said.  Take time to reorient back to a more solid foundation within oneself.

I welcome feedback and thoughts on this.  I think this story is worthy of a whole class.

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Etiquette for Reiki circles

Reiki circles are one of the most unique healing environments I have ever experienced.  People come together to give and receive treatments and in the process, increase the amount of Universal light energy in the world.

But there is a certain etiquette for Reiki circles I feel needs to be addressed.

In our circles, we practice quiet Reiki without any shamanic work such as extractions, clapping, blowing, chanting, toning, etc.

There are other circles that permit this, but I’ve found that by having a quiet atmosphere, perhaps with some gentle music, greater relaxation and healing is able to take place.

If you are new to a circle, I always encourage participants to receive a session first to get a feel for how it functions.

Group integrity is the key.  With a well-functioning circle, group cohesion and healing both exponentially increase.

Like any group experience, there are group norms.  In our circles, practitioners place their hands either gently on or just above a participant’s body depending upon what they request.

There may be slight movement of the hands, but traditional practice emphasizes allowing the ki to build by letting the hands rest in one area for 1-3 minutes before moving to the next position.

If the participant wants to talk during his or her session, or if they would like input from other practitioners during their session, those ground rules should be established prior to the the session started.

Also, some men and women only prefer women to offer healing touch.  Clearing the space in between treatments is also advised to keep the ki moving as well as proper grounding at the completion of the circle.  Ask for what you need.

Our next circle is Tuesday, May 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm at East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Ave NE, Seattle WA.  Hope to see you there!

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