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Equine Reiki Training July 25th, 2015

Last July, I attended Kathleen Prasad’s Equine Reiki Training.

I first learned about Kathleen’s work via YouTube. I found a video of Kathleen doing Reiki in a shelter full of dogs. Her simple approach to Reiki is a welcome bridge between my studies in non-duality, my healing practice, and my life in general. There are moments on my spiritual path where I can’t tell if my meditation practice is deepening or dissolving. Reiki with animals puts me in a space where all that doesn’t seem to matter.

Since discovering Animal Reiki, I have watched Kathleen’s videos and read most of her books and online articles. I have given her book “Reiki For Dogs” (which is brilliant) to many of my friends and clients. I took her email correspondence course, The Animal Reiki Workshop: Core Curriculum, and during that course, I found and adopted my dog, Berkeley.

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Berkeley loves Reiki

So you can imagine how excited I was to attend her Equine Reiki Training.

The class was held at BrightHaven, which is a Sanctuary and Hospice for senior and special needs animals. It is a typical ranch style house in Santa Rosa filed with cats, dogs, chickens, horses, two goldfish, a pig and a goat. There was so much love in that house I felt like I was sitting in a temple. I consider it one of the most sacred spaces that I have ever entered.

Richard Pope is a Director and one of the Founders of BrightHaven, and he was at the workshop sharing his wealth of stories about the animal residents as well as taking groups of us to the horse pastures. 

Kathleen donates half of her workshop fees to BrightHaven.

I work with Reiki every day, but sharing Reiki with a 1000 pound animal was an experience that took me completely out of my element. It was more profound than I had anticipated. The first horse’s attraction to the energy was so strong he backed me into a tree; he really liked the Reiki. I was surprised by how emotionally (and physically!) moved I was by interacting with the animals.

The stories Kathleen told throughout the day were educational as well as totally fascinating. She shared the pivotal experiences that taught her how to be Reiki with the animals. Her understanding of animals, healing and life is priceless.

Below is a quote from Kathleen’s blog post: 5 Things You Need To Know about Animal Reiki Today

“Reiki teaches us to be compassionate to ourselves and to others. Ultimately, there is no difference, since all is One. It is this Oneness space that Reiki helps us to tap into with its many tools. When we are with our animals, we can often touch this space, feeling our hearts merge with our animals’ hearts. These moments are so profoundly moving. We can often see a wonderful healing response arising naturally from these compassionate moments.”

I felt this “wonderful healing response” arise in me. The horses appeared to like it too.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am through 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

 

“At Martha’s Healing House”

I have found in my personal healing practice that one of the many benefits of Healing Touch is the release of toxins from the physical body.

I know this may sound crazy to anyone not familiar with energy work, but over the years my clients have consistently reported the physical symptoms of toxins in the body, such as fatigue from medications, headaches from allergies and tightness in the chest from environmental pollution, fall away after a healing. Some people have said they can actually feel chemical exposure or old medication leaving their body during a session.

One man who had been working with toxic cleaners a few days before his healing, reported that after his session his urine was discolored for several days and then he felt amazingly better.

Similarly, clients who have recently been under anesthesia seem to release residual drugs still in their body – especially from chemotherapy. In my last post I wrote about a client who was experiencing withdrawal after going off the pain medication from his surgery. The energy work was very helpful in getting him through the ordeal.

I have worked with two clients who were able to release toxins they traced back to specific environmental events from their childhood. It took a series of sessions in each case, but after the energy work, they feel much stronger and healthier. Clients who relax and release tight muscles during a Healing Touch session often tell me the next day their bodies are sore, as though they have experienced a deep tissue massage.

Most remarkably, a client and I both smelled cigarette smoke during her Healing Touch session, even though the woman had stopped smoking years before.

If you are feeling sluggish, fatigued or you seem to get every cold that comes along, think about trying Healing Touch. Energy work is also a wonderful support when making dietary changes or doing a cleanse or fast. Healing Touch helps the physical body release and return to its natural state of health and equanimity.

Energy work improves quality of life.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

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Several years ago I supported a client through a major surgery with Healing Touch and Reiki.

Afterwards he became addicted to his medications and, with his doctor’s approval, went off Oxycodone cold turkey. His withdrawal symptoms were severe. Very severe. I had never worked energetically with addiction before, and even I was amazed at how the energy work eased his symptoms.

The first session gave him 4 hours of relief and the second treatment gave him 9 hours of peace. After it was all over, my client said he may not have made it through the ordeal without the energy work.

When I write about specific work with a client, I always send it to him or her before publishing for permission and approval. I don’t want anyone to suddenly find an account of their healing journey online at some odd moment of the day – even if the work happened years before and I don’t use their names.

 

This is what my client wrote back:

“Wow Jeri, this post is such a time capsule. I had forgotten (or completely blocked out) that we’d done energy work associated with my addiction to the meds. In my memory it was just the surgery, but I suppose a huge feature were the meds.  It’s incredible how little of that entire event I even remember.

The only thing I would add to your post is simply that — yes in fact there was a time that somehow you were the ONLY source of relief. I remember at least that very distinctly as being relief from crazy radiant pain both immediately after surgery and months later.  I remember being frustrated by a caravan of remedies — massage,  hundreds of hot baths,  steam, acupuncture, rolfing, you name it.  Sounds like infomercial testimonial, but you remember… the energy work was kind of a miracle.”

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

Sometimes receiving a series of energy sessions can help you become more aware of your own intuitive abilities. Over the years, many of my clients have opened up to a whole new way of being in the world after rebalancing their energy system. Highly intuitive people often realize the depth of their natural gifts only after more conventional structures and life strategies have collapsed.

A collapse can be brutal in the moment it occurs and is often experienced as a failure. Yet, an event that may have been viewed as a “breakdown” may come to be recognized as a “breakthrough”. A crisis is that point in your life when you finally had to create a more suitable path that allows you to be who really are.

Below is a testimony from a client who realized she had already started navigating through the world using her intuition, as well as her logical mind. This really helped her more clearly perceive her own inner guidance and trust her own decisions:

 “Jeri has been an amazing resource for me. She has help me to find my intuitive self as well as understand my body and mind connection. Having knowledge about this has helped me discover possible new paths in my life in order to live in a more divergent manner. In addition, she has helped reduce my anxiety over the last six months which had been plaguing me for over a year. Thank you Jeri!!!”

 Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

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This book has greatly inspired my healing practice, and I don’t even have a dog.

Reading Reiki For Dogs brought me back to the basics of doing energy work: connection, balance, trust, and an open heart. I highly recommend this book to anyone who practices any modality of energy work, whether you have been a Reiki Master for 20 years or are now just considering your first healing class.

I loaned out my first copy of Reiki For Dogs to a client right after I read it, and had to buy the kindle version to finish this post. I have another book on order for a gift. It’s one of those books that I find myself underlining something on every page.

Kathleen Prasad describes Animal Reiki as “learning how to meditate with your animals”. She explains how Reiki can be an animal therapy practice, as well as being a meditative practice for the practitioner. She states:

“The practice of Reiki is not just about connecting with the language of nature and using compassionate intention to support your dog; it’s about discovering your true nature, your true essence. Reiki involves more than hoping for good without bad, light without dark, happiness without sadness; it’s about understanding that both sides need to be in balance. Without one side, the other could not exist. Only when we remain in balance can we discover true healing and follow nature’s way most closely. Learning to embrace both halves of the whole of existence, both sides of the yin and yang, earth as well as heaven, our highest potential as well as our shadow side– this is the way of Reiki.”

Kathleen Prasad really gets it. Isn’t this one of the most beautiful descriptions of healing you have ever read?

She also writes how Reiki has healed her at different points in her life and shares the stories of how Reiki has greatly benefited the animals she has worked with. Kathleen reminds us how fully present animals are, without judgement or expectations. Their unconditional acceptance opens our hearts, and it’s when our hearts are open that healing can truly begin.

Kathleen has a list of exercises called “Try This” in the book. Some are traditional Reiki exercises and some are meditative techniques that Kathleen has created to work specifically with animals. These exercises are so simple, and yet so profound. These exercises alone are worth the price of the book.

Here is another of the many passages I underlined in Reiki for Dogs:

“Reiki cannot be forced upon another individual or animal; it will only flow according to the openness of the individual. In other words, each individual is responsible for his or her own healing process. What a practitioner does is simply, through practice, to learn how to create and hold a healing space to support another being.”

As I read this book, I could feel my heart opening with every page. Kathleen Prasad has reminded me once again, on a deeper level, what energetic healing is all about.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. 510-601-9632

 

Watch how Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source, gives Reiki to a room full of dogs at the East Bay SPCA. This is a wonderful video and a great opportunity to watch a dedicated and sensitive healer do her work.

 

 

Self-Reiki-Badge-300x300I have recently worked with several new clients who have taken a Level One Reiki class, yet were not “doing Reiki.”

While giving a Reiki session is a beneficial for both the giver and the receiver, the most important healing you can give is to yourself.

As I have written about before, doing Reiki daily, or in my case nightly, has proven to be more valuable than I would have ever thought possible. Besides waking up much more rested in the morning, giving myself Reiki before I go to sleep releases and balances my physical body. My nighttime sessions have also become the time when I seem to get my most creative ideas. I tell you, I’m really getting a lot out of this.

It also just feels good.

I started doing Reiki after reading the blog of Reiki Master Pamela Miles. Click on the badge and read what she has to say about daily Reiki treatments. Also check out her post: Can Reiki Help You?

Thanks for the badge, Pamela!

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

ReikiThis post gives me another opportunity to state my world vision:

Everyone has the opportunity to learn Reiki, Healing Touch or other hands-on-healing modality, and can choose to give regular treatments to themselves, family members, and friends. Everyone has the option to use energy work to feel less anxious, more emotionally balanced and reduce pain in their physical body.

Over a year ago, I decided to give myself daily Reiki treatments. I am still amazed at the results. Reiki keeps me emotionally centered and in a state of better health, with higher energy and mental clarity.

For me, regular self-treatments also includes better and more restful sleep.

About 4 months ago, during a very busy time in my life, I found I was consistently waking up during the night. I took that time to do extra Reiki on myself. Sometimes I would fall asleep soon after starting the healing, but sometimes I would complete a full hour session while wide awake. The most interesting thing is that even when I was up for several hours at night, I was very rarely tired the next day. I found that I stopped worrying about how fatigued I was going to be the next day when I couldn’t sleep. That in itself was very, very – like phenomenally – helpful.

When doing energy work my hands sometimes get hot and sometimes they don’t. During those night sessions my hands were super hot, which felt great in the cold weather. I started really enjoying the late night healings. It was so relaxing, quiet and peaceful.

Eventually, though, I started sleeping though the night. I feel so fortunate to have such a valuable resource at my fingertips.

You can have it too.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

 

IMG_5864One of my main objectives when I started writing this blog was to encourage my readers to use energetic healing in their own lives. Healing is a gift we all inherently possess and can easily access to benefit our family, friends and, most importantly, our own well-being.

If you have any interest in hands on healing you can take a class, and start healing on a daily basis. Many of my clients have taken just one Healing Touch or Reiki class and have significantly supported friends, family members and themselves through chemotherapy and other health challenges. Healing classes are also a great place to meet other healers and start trading sessions. I’m a big advocate of developing a healing community.

I also hope to help inspire health organizations to use energetic healing – especially the modality Healing Touch and Reiki – in nursing homes, clinics, assisted living facilities, hospitals and hospice to support wellness, prevent disease, ease pain and keep us in balance.

In the future I may be writing and reflecting on the specifics of what I am experiencing in my healing sessions and I don’t want to detour anyone from their path to healing because they think they have to see auras before they can heal. You don’t have to see or feel energy to make a difference in someone’s life with a healing session.

My vision: There will come a time when every family has at least one member who enjoys doing hands-on-healing. Children will start energetic classes in grade school. People will ask for a healing before reaching for an aspirin.

Every one of us has the ability to make our lives more comfortable, healthier and, as I have experienced from my first day of Reiki, more joyful!

Go for it.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

Silvia with her son Alessandro, and husband Jim

Silvia with her son Alessandro, and husband Jim

I was very honored to assist Silvia while she held a beautiful space of love and positive energy for her husband’s transition. Thank you Silvia, for taking the time to write such a generous testimonial.

“I first began working with Jeri with Reiki distant healing during my husband’s last illness. She did a distance healing right after our initial phone conversation.

A few days later she came to our house while we were both resting and gave my husband Reiki in the hospital bed. Jeri then gave me Reiki on our marriage bed which was side by side with the hospital bed.

I was exhausted from caring for my husband and from trying to help him heal through Ayurveda and other holistic methods. The Ayurveda specialist recommended Jeri, and in a way, Jeri saved my life, and helped my husband’s passing be much more spiritual and balanced.

I fell asleep after the Reiki, and my husband slept for several hours and then woke and ate well, and spoke, and seemed much calmer. Sleeping next to him, both of us holding hands as we slept after the Reiki, I ‘talked’ to my husband’s spirit and was much more calm, because I had explained to him that he could choose to go or to stay and heal, but that he need take no baggage if he went…

I was feeling tortured by the inability of the medical establishment and of my husband’s family to accept any type of alternative healing… or the possibility of a miracle. I did not even feel that I was competent to give Reiki, although I am a Reiki Level 2 Practitioner. Jeri assured me that I could do no harm, and after her encouragement I gave him Reiki before any medication or any treatment.

My husband passed at 2:08 PM on July 4th. After his cremation, my third son and I both had Reiki with Jeri. Jeri and I worked together on my son at my request, and it was a powerful and healing session. Jeri gave me the confidence and the loving care that we both needed… My son was suffering from post-traumatic stress after a bad accident, and the Reiki allowed him to fly back home in much better health and spirits…

I am very grateful to Jeri because she is a loving and intuitive healer who brings all the power of her love and intent to the table.”

Silvia A. Brandon Pérez

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

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