Learning the Reiki touch

Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2003

As more and more people across the country become interested in learning about staying healthy, traditional western medicine is starting to merge with and rediscover ancient healing methods that are proving effective in today's high tech medical world.

The cover story of the May 12 edition of Radiology Today, a western medical professional periodical, was entitled "Reiki Rising Star in Complementary Cancer Care." The article by Radiology Today staff writer Kate Jackson, states, "At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Reiki is offered to improve quality of life and help relieve the symptoms of cancer in a state-of-the-art, integrative medical center."

Reiki is described as a gentle, noninvasive, yet powerful energy that can be used alone or in combination with conventional or holistic care. The word Reiki comes from the common Japanese word rei, meaning universal and ki, translated life force energy, and is used to describe a healing and stress reduction technique believed to be rooted in ancient Tibet. It is believed to have been re-discovered around the turn of the last century by Dr. Mikao Usui, who it is said was either a Christian or Buddhist monk in Kyoto, Japan.


Reikie is described as a gentle, noninvasive, yet powerful energy that can be used alone or in combination with conventional or holistic care.

Reiki practitioners float their hands above a clothed patient or place their hands lightly on specific energy centers of the body. Reiki practitioners neither diagnose nor promise outcomes, yet they believe Reiki energy to have innate wisdom to serve the highest good and flow naturally to wherever an individual needs it most.

Last week, Katherine Root, a traditional Reiki Master, licensed nutritionist and dietitian, from Rapid City, South Dakota, was brought to the Kenai Peninsula by some local friends to conduct a Reiki training seminar. According to organizer and cancer survivor Sandra Ghormley within a few days of posting leaflets, the interest was so great that Root agreed to double her normal class size and still Ghormley had to create an alternate list, "We were planning her return in the fall to accommodate the interest before she ever arrived," said Ghormley. The cost for the 20-hour seminar was $150 per person and was held in the basement of Mykel's restaurant in Soldotna.

At a presentation prior to the seminar at the Soldotna Rotary Club, Root spoke about five basic things that are needed to be healthy, "I think that people need to first look at what is going on in their lives if they want to be healthy; who is in charge, what your thoughts are, the kind of sleep you are getting and whether you are waking up rested, the foods that you are eating and whether you are taking time to chew and digest that food, are you taking time to exercise, breath properly and drink water. These things may be simple, but are fundamental to staying healthy and living a happy life," said Root.

The 16 who attended Root's Reiki 3-day seminar were fully trained and integrated to function as a level one Reiki practitioner, "Bringing light, love, and peace and harmony into the community," added Root. Katherine Root has been scheduled to return to Alaska in the fall and will again offer a Reiki level one training seminar the weekend of October, 3rd-5th. For more information, contact Sandra Ghormley at 262-2654.

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