Monthly Archives: May 2014

What is Reiki?

“Reiki” comes from two words – “Rei” and “ki.” In the Japanese language, when these two words are used together for the practice of healing, the word “Rei” means Universal Spirit, Higher Power or God. “Ki” refers to the life energy that surrounds and circulates through all living things. Together, Reiki means life energy that is guided by a higher power.

Reiki is based on the idea that all living things have a special energy flowing through them called life energy. When your life energy is high, you’ll feel strong and confident, be more relaxed and centered and less likely to get sick. When it is low, you’ll often feel tired, be more easily affected by stress and less resistant to illness.

A Reiki treatment is a way of increasing your life energy.  A practitioner transmits Reiki to the client through the hands. The hands are lightly placed on or near your body in various positions around the head, shoulders, stomach and feet. The positive flow of energy generated helps to break down, release and lift away negative or debilitating energy and restore health and balance to the body once again.

A treatment can feel like a warm glowing radiance that flows through the body. It is a very relaxing experience and some clients report the body feeling heavy as it relaxes and yet the spirit or emotions feeling light at the same time. A treatment will usually release negative feelings or thoughts leaving the client feeling more positive, light hearted and with feelings of well-being.

There are different ways to receive a Reiki treatment.  The explanation above refers to an in-person session.  Another option is to receive a distance session with a skilled practitioner.  Distance sessions are especially helpful to anyone homebound or unable to travel great distances for a session.  Remote Reiki is also ideal for those who have sensory issues or prefer not to be touched (i.e., Autism, Fibromyalgia and other conditions that result in sensitivity).  Reiki energy can be directed straight to you by the practitioner’s intent, no matter where you are.  It can be felt immediately; it is not limited by laws of time and space.

Although relaxation and stress management are the goal with either method you choose, healing can take place.  People have reported recovery from ailments of all kinds.  Everyone’s experience of Reiki is different.  While almost everyone experiences relaxation and improvements of various kinds, healing results cannot be guaranteed.

Reiki is not a religion and it requires no particular belief system to work, just an open heart and a willingness to heal.

Reiki and Autism

I have found that treating parents of children on the Autism Spectrum is extremely beneficial for both the individual treated, as well as the entire family (person with Autism included).  Individuals on the Autism Spectrum are VERY sensitive.  They love deeply.  They often are unable to verbally express what they feel, which is usually more intense than anyone can imagine.  The parents love, love, LOVE their children, and the drive to help them often comes at a personal sacrifice; they are often driven to the brink of physical and/or emotional collapse.  This is not how it has to be, and it is most definitely not what the person affected by Autism wants.

Our children are our mirrors.  We are the centers of their solar systems.  They orbit us.  If we are dying suns, our children can’t help but react, usually in a way that is perceived to be negative.  The work I do helps parents de-stress enough to help calm themselves (and their families).  A sense of peace is usually one major outcome of a healing session, and with that peace comes the ability to plan and move forward without fear, and feel greater support from the Universe.

I also treat children on the Autism Spectrum, my son included.  He and my family inspired me to become a healer so I could help our family.  Now I reach out to help other families affected by similar circumstances, or really any adverse circumstances.  It is my calling.

Sara Vogel

I Will Survive

Well, it has been awhile since I’ve posted.  I we are now in week 6 of a 3-week kitchen remodel.  I have remodeled before.  I never want to do it again.  I always say that.  But really, this is the last time.

It has helped to practice gratitude.  “I am thankful I can afford a kitchen remodel.”  “I am thankful that my family is safe, healthy, and my biggest irritation, as my father-in-law would say, is a ‘rich-person’s problem.'”  I am thankful that the length of time is only double the original estimate, since my master bath took 3 months and was half the size, and went 50% over budget.

Yesterday was the first day I did not have to do dishes in the backyard.  Grateful.  I have found a way to see past the scratched pantry door (which is getting fixed), an under cabinet light that is not centered (shit happens), drawer fronts that did not match cabinet doors (shit happens, getting fixed), electrical outlets that are not in line as you scan the kitchen with your eyes (my husband is freaking out, but it goes into my “shit happens” category, I don’t have the bandwidth to care.  I’ll park a toaster in front of the offender).

At 4 pm yesterday, I couldn’t find my gratitude.  The contractor told me “you’ve had water hooked to your fridge all along,” (we’d been filling a Brita pitcher upstairs for over a week).  I said “how can that be?  You’ve only put in the water purifier today.”  His response:

“Oh, it’s not hooked to the water purifier.  You never mentioned that.  No, we can’t do it now… sorry.”

“Whaaaaaaaaaaa?!?!?!?”  Around and around we go.  I mentioned it at least 4 times before construction started, asked, verified and reverified.  my husband verified it twice as well.  No, I don’t want money back for moving the water line.  I want my fridge hooked to the water purifier.  This is not classified under “shit happens.”  I will even go as far as to say, if it couldn’t have been connected, we would still be dragging our feet on doing the kitchen remodel.  The fridge hooked to the purifier was the tipping point of pulling the trigger on getting the remodel done in the first place.

To 90% of the people in this country, it appears that I need to file this in the “shit happens” bucket.  I CAN’T.  I marvel at my reaction and how deep my pain and disgust go regarding this issue.  My heart physically hurt.  I yelled at my kids all evening for the slightest infractions.  I argued with my husband for over an hour regarding the situation (he agreed with me and thought I was being too nice- he wanted to stop payment on the last check).

Here’s the rub.  It’s more than a water line to the purifier.  It is symbolic of my fight as an Autism mom.  It is a reaction that comes from 9 years of ingrained fear that my family will ingest more toxins than it has to, that my recovered son will slip away from us again.  It is sooooo much more than a water line.  It is not being heard.  It is being dismissed after the fact.  It is looking at the beautiful kitchen and only seeing what’s not there– my one absolutely non-negotiable request of the entire remodel (and yes, I had even phrased it that way when I said I wanted the water line to be hooked to the purifier).

My son is considered “recovered.”  We glide through life now like other “normal” families, but it took this one situation to awaken the Beast I dislike being.  I realized in that moment that we are NOT a normal family.  We never will be.  The Beast will have to emerge when a perceived threat comes our way.  I don’t like it.  It’s just something that I have to do.

I am sooooo tired.  I am sooooo ready for this remodel to be done, for this chapter to close. But I am grateful that my contractor came back this morning, and even more grateful that he has figured out a non-invasive solution to the problem.  He is a good guy, does good work, I’d recommend him to others.  He doesn’t understand me, and that is OK.  He doesn’t need to. He just needs to hook up the fridge to the purifier.