Wedding Planning with Reiki

photo by Val Hollingsworth

In the last couple weeks, picking up coffee, I have overheard two wedding planning consultations. It’s reminded me how stressful wedding planning is: the dress, the flowers, the food, the family… the expenses, the opinions, the expectations. It’s a lot of pressure to place on the shoulders of two people who are standing at the sacred threshold of a life together. I recall the weeks before my wedding as some of the most anxious of my life! I didn’t know about Reiki then, but oh, how I wish I had.

How can Reiki help your wedding plans? Reiki helps people feel better. This can include improved sleep, digestion, and breathing — ahhhh. When we feel better, we think more clearly and can focus on prioritizing the tasks ahead; we communicate more clearly, let the little things go, and make important decisions with confidence.

Reiki helps us feel better by gently drawing the body, emotions, mind, and spirit back to balance. It’s worthwhile to prepare for any major life event by seeking balance at the beginning. We don’t always get that choice — think of any change you didn’t want to see, coming down the pike — but there are many things we plan ahead for: a wedding, a move, a pregnancy, a job change, a medical procedure. Why wouldn’t we choose to embark on these journeys from a place of nourished balance? To quote Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the ever-relevant Tao te Ching, chapter 64:

Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist.
The giant pine tree
grows from a tiny sprout.
The journey of a thousand miles
starts from beneath your feet.

If you’ve got something going on that’s important enough to plan for, consider scheduling a Reiki session at Orange Flower Healing. Have questions? Great! Contact Becky.

Sharing Reiki in a Medical Setting

I was a member of the Northwest Reiki Association while I lived in Portland, Oregon. A thriving organization committed to community service through the practice of Reiki, NWRA coordinates volunteers in a variety of outreach projects.

Just before I moved back to Bloomington, NWRA offered a volunteer training on sharing Reiki in a medical facility, specifically, in the cancer treatment clinics they partner with. People who are receiving chemotherapy can receive Reiki as well, and the program has been so successful it’s been continued for several years. Compass Oncology’s publication Flourish featured an article about offering Reiki as an energetic response to the stress of chemotherapy.

To be clear, I didn’t actually have a chance to volunteer in a clinic — I was just about to move when the training took place, and I consider myself lucky that I was able to attend. But I wanted to take the training because some of my most powerful Reiki experiences have been with people undergoing cancer treatment. I initially started practicing Reiki for my own well being, then stumbled into offering it to people around me who had been diagnosed with cancer. I also found myself offering Reiki to caretakers, individuals who were terribly depleted by anxiety about their loved ones, maxed out on all levels by a stressful situation that felt completely beyond their control.

I noticed how quickly and deeply people responded to the Reiki they received. And I was glad to be of service, to support relaxation and comfort during a challenging time. All I needed was my Reiki hands — amazing.

Now I’m in Bloomington, and I want to offer Reiki to people who are navigating a journey through cancer. Do you know someone who might be be able to help facilitate a local program like the one at Compass Oncology? Contact me. I’m all ears.