Creativity and Compassion Through Reiki

Since its development in the early 1900s, the spiritual healing art of Reiki has drawn thousands of followers who swear by this technique. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem as if public interest in Reiki is dwindling. Instead, more and more people are turning to it for its gentleness.

Perhaps most important to the practice of Reiki is noting that not all practitioners use the same method; however, all share the common base link: healing. No method is better than another, since all have the goal of relieving stress and treating illnesses/physical discomforts. Just as there are different forms of yoga and meditation, not everyone approaches the obtainment of inner peace and healing the same way.

Reiki should also not be used in place of necessary medical treatments, but it can add as a valuable complement. In fact, it’s being used to treat cancer in many hospitals, largely due to the Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust. The trust, based out of the United Kingdom, emphasizes “treating the whole person” in place of only treating a person’s cancer. The trust is responsible for providing healers to various hospitals. The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust’s mission is one shared in the United States; according to a 2014 article in The Washington Post, at least 60 U.S. hospitals were offering Reiki as a service to their patients.

Our animal friends have also benefited from Reiki treatment. The approach to doing Reiki on animals is one where practitioners need to be much more gentle than they would be when treating people. A May 2017 Huffington Post article described a woman doing Reiki on an injured bird who had crashed into a Starbucks window. The woman had previously saved 3-4 birds through Reiki and this lucky bird, who was mistaken for dead by another patron, recovered and flew away after a few minutes of the healing technique.

There are other cases of shelter animals being treated for stress and even a case of injured horses receiving Reiki as part of their recovery. All of these cases prove that Reiki is not only becoming more widely accepted as a form of healing, but that it’s also being manifested in increasingly creative ways.

We hope you’ll join us at Pearl Yoga & Fitness on Saturday, June 3, for a Reiki training session with Master Claudine Fenniman. Cost for Reiki Level I Attunement and Training is $165.00, and is open to all. Please contact Claudine at with any questions. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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