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Intention, intuition and integrity are the underlying keystones of Reiki.  Intention is when we turn our attention to channeling Reiki.  We set a deliberate intention to begin the energy flow.  This is necessary as we practitioners must be able to do other work without automatically facilitating the flow of Reiki.  We do not automatically channel Reiki while doing dishes, shaking hands or petting our animals.  We must communicate to Spirit that we desire to access the life force energy.  This is done by setting a clear intention.  One can state the intention out loud, or simply in the mind. 

New practitioners often feel awkward and unsure of themselves. Most of us pay close attention to hand positions, whether working on ourselves or others.  But within a fairly short time we all begin to discover the power of our intuition.  Intuition is the most effective tool we have when we practice Reiki.  With experience we begin to understand the subtle nuances of the energy body, and intuitively begin to move our hands, letting our inner self guide.  Once we begin to hone our intuition, and trust it, we can start to draw conclusions about how we are experiencing the energy flow.  And those conclusions are used to help guide the practitioner further into the practice or Reiki. 

Integrity is critical when practicing Reiki.  We must always set the highest intention, working to the highest good of both the facilitator and the recipient.  Using our intuition to guide us, and then being mindful of the language we use, the suggestions we make, and the information we share will must be sheathed in integrity. 

The keystones of intention, intuition, and integrity are present in each Reiki session, be it in person or distant healing.  Each of these keystones is essential to the practice of Reiki.   Each Reiki experience gives us the opportunity to be clear about our intention, to practice listening to our intuition and strengthen our faith, and to work to the highest good of all involved.  
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Reiki practitioners have many different reasons to begin the practice of Reiki.  Some become practitioners to be the healer in their family or tribe.  These practitioners typically reach the level of Reiki II and are at peace with a practice where they are of service to those that they love, providing healing energy as a supplement or alternative to drugs or invasive procedures.  Some Reiki practitioners train in the practice of Reiki to enhance their primary vocation, be it massage therapy, nursing, mental health counseling, physical therapy, yoga, etc.  These practitioners use the practice of Reiki to improve the lives of their clients or patients by providing them with an added method of integrative health care.  And some Reiki practitioners discover a desire to spend their lives following the calling of becoming a full-time Reiki professional, guiding and supporting their clients in positive change, and educating and training future energy medicine facilitators. 
 
One thing that each of these practitioners have in common is the transformative nature of Reiki, and the magic that begins to manifest in their own lives. Each time the practitioner observes a positive response or change as a result of their work, faith in the healing power of energy is confirmed.  Witnessing a relief of chronic pain, renewed vitality and sense of purpose, a release of grief, or an awakening of spirit will have a great influence on the Reiki practitioner. Each time the practitioner feels or observes the power of Reiki there is another moment of clarity, a deeper understanding of the simplicity of the natural laws of energy.
 
And this deeper understanding eventually leads to a sincere desire to align oneself with the natural laws of the Universe and energy.  The five precepts of Reiki – to not anger, to do our work in the world, to be grateful, to not worry, and to love and respect all – become a way of life.  The day begins with a promise to oneself to stay in a place of peace, being present in each moment, observing our feelings and reactions as we go about daily business.  These actions eventually lead to living a life of greater compassion and authenticity, abundant with magic and little miracles. 
 
As a Reiki practitioner, one will be awed and inspired by the power of Reiki and its impact on the lives of those served, but the greatest transformation manifests within the Reiki practitioner themselves.  Faith in the healing power of Reiki energy continues to grow, strengthened by continued commitment to the practice.  
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Late at night, once the little town of Excelsior has gone to bed, the lake lies silent under a blanket of snow.  The sound of that silence is penetrating, embracing.  A quiet, inviting place that urges the soul to speak.  And more importantly, a place to hear what the soul is saying.  The still, small voice of the soul is always in dialogue with us.  Sometimes as a quiet feeling that urges us to move in a certain direction, or occasionally as a strong feeling in the pit of the stomach that shouts out for our attention.  So why don’t we always listen to what the soul is trying to say?    

In this, our Western culture, we are not taught to listen to our inner voice.  But rather we are encouraged to put our trust in proof, facts that can be substantiated by evidence.  Acting upon a gut feeling is considered unwise, or even irresponsible.  In this human experience, we yearn to know what the future holds, and tend to act based on what the tangible evidence suggests will be the outcome of those actions.  But the soul speaks a different language, a language based on feeling.  And frequently, there doesn’t seem to be any logical or tangible reason for the feeling.  So, we ignore it.  But how many times have we found ourselves crying out in exasperation, “I knew that was going to happen!” 

​The sound of the soul will never misguide us, and it will always lead us down the path of our highest good.  But we need to learn how to listen for it, hear what it says, and then act upon it.  Because the voice of the soul is a quiet one, it is often eclipsed by the clatter of our busy lives.  Spending our days doing this, taking care of that, running here, stopping there, leaves little time for quiet space.  In order to hear the still, small voice we need to take a few minutes each day – even five minutes – to just sit quietly.  Whether the focus is on the breath, or letting the mind wander through the hills and valleys of the imagination, spending quiet time with oneself is a critical first step in learning to hear what our inner voice is trying to say. 

And when we have made the space to listen to our highest voice, what do we hear?  We can hear ANYTHING!  There is an infinite number of possibilities for every situation that we face each day.  Comforting for when we think we know the next best thing to do, but disconcerting when we cannot fathom why our gut feel is guiding us off into a totally unexpected direction.  And yet, the feeling persists. 

Once we are aware of the still, small voice, and can sense what it is trying to say, the final step is acting in accordance with the message.  Acting upon a strong, but vague feeling takes a special kind of faith and courage.  Even if we must shut our eyes, hold our breath, and jump!  Remembering that the voice of the soul will never deceive us, and what may feel like a leap off the edge of a cliff, is really only a step down from the curb.  Into a whole new Adventure. 

                “A gut feeling is actually every cell in your body making a decision.” – Deepak Chopra
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​Einstein showed us that everything is energy.  The lower the vibration, the more solid the mass.  The higher the vibration, the less solid the mass.  The human body is a perfect example of a system that includes all types of energetic vibrations.  The physical body consists of lower vibrations such as the skeleton, muscles, and organs.  Higher vibrations would include bodily fluids such as blood, semen, and saliva.  The highest vibrations of the physical body comprise the energy body and consist of the aura, the chakras and the meridians. 
 
The chakras are the body’s energy transmission centers, receiving energetic information from the environment, and sending transformed energy to the physical body.  The chakras vibrate at very high frequencies and are therefore transparent, or invisible. 
 
Dr. Valerie Hunt, a professor of kinesiology (study of human movement) at the University of California has been studying the body’s energy systems since she began to measure the aura in the 1970’s.  Her work with chakras uses an electromyograph, which measures the electromagnetic output of the human body.  She discovered that the physical body emanated radiation at sites typically associated with the chakras.  In addition, she realized that specific levels of consciousness were related to specific frequencies.  For example, when people are going about their daily lives their energy reads about 250 Hz (hertz is one cycle per second), more sensitive individuals that demonstrate a connection with their psychic abilities usually range from 400 to 800 Hz, and those that are extremely sensitive such as trance specialists and channelers typically range between 800 and 900 Hz.  Based on these and other studies, Hunt concluded that the body is more than a conglomerate of physical systems, but that all physical systems are organized by energy – specifically bioenergy.  The study suggests the existence of the chakras, and identifies them as involved with the physical, emotional and energetic nature of the body.
 
Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, a scientist and Shinto priest (indigenous faith of the Japanese people), has conducted numerous studies to verify the human energy systems, many of which have become the subject of his more than twenty books.  Motoyama’s observations were that internal feelings correlate to objectively measured periods of heart energy and led him to conclude that mental concentration on a chakra is the key to activating it.  Itzhak Bentov, scientist and inventor who helped pioneer the biomedical engineering industry by inventing the steerable cardiac catheter, has duplicated Motoyama’s findings. 
 
More research will lead us to a greater understanding of the chakra system and how to use energy medicine to strengthen and support our energy bodies.  
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The chakras are a major system of our body’s energy structure.  The word chakra is Sanskrit in origin, meaning wheel or vortex.  The chakras are the body’s energy centers, located along the spine from the tailbone to the crown of the head. 

The chakras are the energy body’s information transmission system.  They are the organizing centers for reception, absorption, and transmission of life energies.  The chakras receive information in the form of subtle energies of the Universal Life Force from our environment – physical, emotional and spiritual.  They absorb and assimilate the energies, and then transform the energies into information that is useful for the individual.  They are core centers for the coordination network of our interconnected mind/body system. 

The chakras are radiant clusters of energy, each vibrating at a different frequency.  There are seven primary chakras located along the spine, with each impacting and influencing each other as well as the physical body and organs.  For example, the heart chakra is located at the center of the chest, near the lungs.  When one experiences a time of grief or great sorrow the lungs can be affected from a simple chest cold to pneumonia. 

When the chakras receive too much negative energy from our beliefs, thoughts and emotions they can become sluggish or unbalanced.  The chakras must remain vibrant and clear for optimum health and well-being.  Reiki can help the chakras remain strong and resilient, resulting in better physical, emotional and spiritual health.  
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Have you ever had one of those days?  A day when nothing seems to flow, and everything, even the most simple, everyday tasks run into obstacles and problems.  Do you ever find yourself exclaiming in exasperation “Why is this happening?!?!”  Or, have you ever found yourself in the middle of a challenging week, month, or even a year?  When it seems that no matter what you do, nothing turns out the way you intended? 

We know that our thoughts influence and create our circumstances.  And we know that by living in a place of gratitude, compassion and kindness we will attract prosperity and abundance with ease.  But even when our lives are flowing in a harmonious rhythm with the Universe overall, we still can find ourselves in a cycle of small complications and hindrances that at the very least drive us crazy, and at worst lead to major problems. 

When we begin to feel our frustration rise and our patience dwindle, what can we do to turn the tide and get back into the highest energetic flow?  Get curious.   There is a reason that we are attracting negative conditions and situations.  Clearly our personal energy is off balance or stuck.  And getting curious regarding this imbalance is a way to clear the blocks and return to a place of high energetic vibration. 

Getting curious begins when we become aware that our lives have entered a place of inequity, followed by an honest evaluation of where our thoughts and beliefs have led us.  Are we feeling bitter or angry about something?  Are we spinning in a state of worry?  Are we experiencing an underlying sense of longing or discontent?  Sometimes it is simple to identify the source of our negative energy.  Other times, not so much.  The key is to stay curious, and then spend some quiet time with ourselves, listening to the still, small voice of the soul.  Maintaining our curiosity gives us an opportunity to get to know ourselves better. 

Frustration can help our self-development by providing occasions for increased understanding of our thoughts and beliefs.  Shifting from frustration to curiosity gives us a chance to evaluate them and if needed, change them to more closely align with our higher selves.  Rather than exclaiming "WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?!?!", take a moment and ask yourself, "Why is this happening?"  
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