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  • How To Reduce Stress In The Workplace

    Peace Harmony and Joy Feb 14, 2018

    How To Reduce Stress In The Workplace This is what I posted on Facebook this week and thought I would expand on it a little."I was looking at my Blog stats today and saw that someone had accessed ablog from 2015. After reading it I had a lightbulb moment. At work Ihave headphones on and often don't hear those around me. It has become ajoke that I don't hear being advised to come off the phones lol. Myblog was all about Mindful Meditation and how you can cut out soundaround you and just hear the sounds of nature. I realised that when I amat work I cut off from the noise around me and concentrate on listeningto the person at the other end of the phone. I have trained my brain tocut out the waffle going on around me and concentrate on what is reallyimportant. See, Meditation really does help you, unless you are meantto be getting a break from work!"It made me think about all the people who are stressed at work. This may be to do with work or their personal circumstances. If you are an employee what would you like your employer to put in place? If you are an Employer what steps have[…]

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  • Synchronicity and The Celestine Prophecy

    Peace Harmony and Joy Feb 10, 2018

    Synchronicity and The Celestine Prophecy I was speaking to someone today about when we can feel like a Victim. The thing that helped me understand this was when I read The Celestine Prophecy. This tells you of the different types of people that come into play in our lives. I found that I was living the life of The Victim.  Everything was going wrong in my life and it was all "Woe is me". Once I recognised this I was able to make changes and with the  help of reiki too I managed to change my mindset and have never looked back. My story gets interesting from then on. This is what is said by the author James Redfield.“If one can connect and build up enough energy, then coincidental events begin to happen consistently.”―James Redfield,The Celestine ProphecyThe first book came into my hands after a friend had read it. She advised I had to read it and she would bring it in the summer when she was coming to stay with me. Not two weeks had gone past when it arrived in the post with a message that it could not wait and I was to read it now. While I read the book which[…]

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  • Looking back over 2017

    Peace Harmony and Joy Jan 6, 2018

    Looking back over 2017 2017 was an interesting year for many. Politics in the UK have been all about Brexit and some of the false things that were put before the voters. There was also an oil line built through Dakota Indian reservations against the wishes of the Indians living there. There has been a leak there already. Whenever there is an oil spill it kills all the area and wildlife around it. This can affect the land and water for many years after a spill. Many disabled people and those on benefits are not being treated correctly in the UK either with many being left homeless or without money. On top of all that, Donald Trump also advised there is no such thing as Global Warming! These are people in  power making those decisions and saying these things. It really makes you wonder where common sense and humanity to all has gone from those in power.So many decisions made by governments that we wish could be taken back. It reminds me of the song by Queen-Is this the world we created. We have all been granted time on this earth and should all be taking care of it.  This may be voting in[…]

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  • Are You Crazy? Think Again!

    Peace Harmony and Joy Jan 2, 2018

    Are You Crazy? Think Again! I saw this today on my drafts in my Blogger and it got me thinking. I never posted this! There are thousands of people out there, myself included, that know there is more to life than getting up in the morning, going to work and going back home again. Between us we practise Reiki, Meditation, sound baths, Law of Attraction and many more therapies that all help us in different ways.I am very grateful that I am in touch with so many other therapists that have expanded my horizons over the last few years. It is great to share ideas and practices with others.When I started working with reiki energy people thought it was odd. Now it is accepted by most people that I speak to so it has now become more mainstream. Some people though are very  traditional and don't want to believe that anything outside conventional medicine can help them so are unwilling to believe the alternative things on offer. I have found recently that you can only tell people about these new ideas and see how they react, even if the result is they roll around the floor laughing.I had this recently when I was talking at[…]

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  • Gratitude for yourself and others

    Peace Harmony and Joy Dec 6, 2017

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  • Helping Others Worse Off Than Ourselves

    Peace Harmony and Joy Dec 4, 2017

    Helping Others Worse Off Than Ourselves Today I am not at work as I have done my Back in. It has not done that for 2 years, which I am grateful for. It made me think that at least I can access painkillers and stretch out on a bed if required. I also have electricity to plug in my Sun Ancon Chi machine. Others are not so fortunate. Imagine those that are living on the streets with no money or fixed abode to get help when they need it? Imagine also how cold they are with Winter arriving.Christmas and the Holiday season has landed. We are all thinking about what to buy for those we know. Usually, instead of sending cards to people, I buy something through Unicef to help the third world. I am a great believer that the majority of cards end up in landfill and it is such a waste.This year, instead, I am helping my Grandson Eamonn who is 13 years of age to help the Homeless in Edinburgh. We are going to gather as much money as we can to help buy gloves, scarfs and hats for those on the streets.  Edinburgh is doing a lot to help the homeless but[…]

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  • Be Happier Through Being Grateful

    Peace Harmony and Joy Nov 21, 2017

    Be Happier Through Being Grateful  Today I feel so grateful for my life. We all have times in our life when things may not be as we like, but the more you are grateful for what is good in your life, the happier you will become. You really should try it and see over the coming weeks the difference it  makes you feel.Instead of watching TV and hearing about horrible situations, or watching soaps and getting caught up in family dramas (please remember the latter are not real), go outside instead. Let the wind go through your hair, even if it's getting to the time of year to wear hats and scarfs. Being in tune with nature is the way for a much healthier state of mind. What's even better is it's free!Be aware that your life really does matter and somehow it impacts on others. I remember my grandson seeing a homeless person and gave him some of his lunch. We now have Social Bite who are trying to erradicate homelessness. If that person had not made an impact on my grandson, Eamonn would not be wanting to do more to help others at this time of year.I was telling my reiki students yesterday[…]

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  • Feeling rejuvenised and rested

    Peace Harmony and Joy Oct 18, 2017

    Feeling rejuvenised and rested I have just returned from a cruise. It is something I had wanted to do for 13 years, since I did my last one and only cruise with my daughter. It came about as I was on holiday with a friend last year and mentioned I could never get anyone willing to travel on the water with me. They all wanted a holiday on land.  This friend shouted out "Me!" After she said that, we went to a travel agency and booked. Talk about the Universe giving me the answer I needed.It used to be that people that went cruising were elderly and rich. You do still get that but our cruise was full of people of all ages, like us, that had saved up and there were also families that had been put forward by the Make a Wish Foundation. These are holidays for children who are terminally ill. There were others that had moved closer to cruise terminals so they could get cheaper cruises, more often. There were many families with children of all ages too. They were all catered for.We met loads of lovely people on board and learnt many stories from people. One lady even told[…]

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  • Love yourself and others Meditation

    Peace Harmony and Joy Oct 5, 2017

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  • Don't Be Stuck In Fear Mode. Let's Spread Some Joy.

    Peace Harmony and Joy Sep 29, 2017

    Don't Be Stuck In Fear Mode. Let's Spread Some Joy. Although I stopped watching or listening to the news a few years ago, there are some things you can't escape from. You hear so much on the internet especially on Social Media.  I cannot say strongly enough not to believe all you see in the news. Often it is biased towards what they want you to believe, rather than the truth of a situation. Today I read about the possibility of war with North Korea and America. What it really needs is someone to knock some sense into those in power, not to have other countries joining in! Whenever there is strife and action gets taken, we often find out years later that it was based on lies.Anyone in Government should be doing the best for those who appointed them. Running the risk of war and thousands of deaths is not the way forward. I hope especially that the UK government have learned from the past!Many times over the years I would read or hear things that were so biased and often highly embellished so I realised that companies, especially the BBC, should no longer be held in high esteem. It cannot be said that it is unbiased where political[…]

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  • Peace Harmony and Joy: Change Is Good For The Soul

    Peace Harmony and Joy Sep 26, 2017

    Peace Harmony and Joy: Change Is Good For The Soul: As the trees change colour and we move into Autumn what changes have you made this year? All our plants constantly go through change and r...

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  • Change Is Good For The Soul

    Peace Harmony and Joy Sep 24, 2017

    Change Is Good For The Soul As the trees change colour and we move into Autumn what changes have you made this year? All our plants constantly go through change and rebirth. Why should we be any different? I believe we should always be changing. It may be our bodies or our mindsets. We can continue to learn as we go through this lifetime.This year has  been a big one for me since my Hypnotherapy workshop. I finally realised what made me the weight I was. This has enabled me to change my eating habits and my thoughts. At the same time I went  Plant based. The  last thing to remove from my diet was was milk and cheese. The Milk was easier as I had been making Almond Milk for a while with Almonds and water and also found an organic Soya Milk with just Soya and water so no nasties in either. The hardest addiction to remove was the cheese which has casein in it. This triggers the same part of the Brain that hard drugs do. No wonder I was attracted to it. I found after 2 years ago going vegetarian, that I was eating so much more cheese than I ever had[…]

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  • Gratitude Meditation

    Peace Harmony and Joy Sep 18, 2017

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  • Funny time with the dogs

    Peace Harmony and Joy Sep 18, 2017

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  • Gratitude - What does it mean to you?

    Peace Harmony and Joy Aug 27, 2017

    Gratitude - What does it mean to you? How often do you feel Gratitude?The reason I ask this is I am sitting in my garden in the sunshine surrounded by colour. Nature is wonderful if you take time to be aware.  Apart from the flowers and trees, if you stand or sit quietly, you can hear the sounds of the different birds.Today I have taken photos of all the colours surrounding me.A large part of the beauty in my garden is thanks to my wonderful neighbour. He took plants both large and small from his garden and planted them in mine. The rest I planted from seedlings and have watched them grow. Another thing I am grateful for is the Hypnotherapy workshop I went on. As I advised in my last blog I am also transitioning to becoming Vegan. Since then I have lost 10 kg!  I have put a little back on as I had a friend staying but it is coming back off just as quickly. With her being Gluten Free and me eating plant based foods I was amazed at how many places in and around Edinburgh could accommodate us.Two places I would highly recommend for a visit, if you are ever up this way is[…]

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  • Changes For Your Better Health

    Peace Harmony and Joy Jun 28, 2017

    Changes For Your Better Health I hope you are all having a good week. Today I was  looking at a photo I took this week that shows my garden cut into light and darker areas. It made me think that sometimes darkness can overcome people but all it needs is to let a little chink of light in to start seeing some changes.The plant at the front of my photograph was planted almost 21 years ago and was not thriving at all so my wonderful neighbour moved it for me. Within a couple of weeks it started budding and is now growing  at a good pace. Plants are like people that if you stick them where they are uncomfortable they will not grow. All mine needed was a change of location. The dogs are my bonus lol.Sometimes people get stuck in a place they don't want to be either mentally or emotionally.  A lesson I learned this week (and should have known better) was not to concentrate on what you were unhappy with. As soon as I reminded myself of this my outlook changed. I know some people have a lot of dark times but the best suggestion I can make is to try to[…]

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  • Weight loss for Dummies - that includes me!

    Peace Harmony and Joy Jun 14, 2017

    Weight loss for Dummies - that includes me! I decided this week to treat myself to a workshop with a lot of life coaching and hypnotherapy included. It was to set me on my path to lose weight. It was run by Gillian who I would highly recommend. She can be found here.It's interesting what you learn about yourselves on this course. I think we all had a light bulb moment. Synchronicity also works in mysterious ways as for a while I have been considering changing my foods to plant based. I kept seeing a website for delivery which I thought was a good idea to get started but had not signed up. Tonight I received an email from the site Fork over Knives. It directed me to watch a very inspiring film about losing weight on the plant based diet- here. I was then shown a voucher on line for money off Allplants which is the website I kept considering using. Talk about synchronicity moving forwards. Tonight I was also accepted to try out another thing. I will tell you more about it later.I love how when you put it out there that things start to happen. I will also be increasing my exercise so will put[…]

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  • Time Changes Thoughts

    Peace Harmony and Joy May 14, 2017

    Time Changes Thoughts What a difference a month makes. My last post spoke about my burglary so I thought I would give you a little update. The police caught the thief and called me to say they might have some of my jewellery. They asked if I had someone past or present with the name Daisy. That was  my mothers name. They had recovered a tiny silver heart pendant with her name on it. When I posted this the person that had given it to her spoke up that she had mum's name put on the pendant. This person grew up like a sister to me.  A few days later I went to The Edinburgh College of Parapsychology and guess what?  My mum came through and said I now had her pendant. It was great to have confirmation that she watches over me.It has taken me time to get over feeling my house was violated and I was unable to see any reiki clients but I'm pleased to say that my house feels like my own again now and I ran a workshop last week and had a client and the atmosphere in my home is back to how it should be.  These[…]

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  • Sometimes It's Okay To Not Be Okay

    Peace Harmony and Joy Apr 15, 2017

    Sometimes It's Okay To Not Be Okay Last week at work I spoke with a husband whose wife had left their 18month baby alone in the bath. The baby has been in a coma for 3 months and is now brain damaged and on breathing and suction machines. I wanted to put out my arms to hug him. What an awful thing for the family to live with. All it took was a few minutes inattention. When you speak with people over the phone you never know what conversation is going to come through but this one shocked me big time.This week I had a shock of my own when I returned to the house to see that I had been burgled. My brain felt paralised for the first day and now I am writing down all the things I think are missing. I've got a feeling that other things will be remembered as and when I need them. Apart from having my home violated it has left me feeling uncomfortable so my sage is going to come out this weekend.During this time I have been so grateful for all that friends and family have both done and offered to do for me. I know that I[…]

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  • Now Is The Time To Spring Into Action!

    Peace Harmony and Joy Mar 3, 2017

    Now Is The Time To Spring Into Action! Today I was out walking my dogs and a thought came to me. Now is the time the buds are growing on the trees and the bulbs are popping up through the ground although some are already in flower.  I thought what makes them different to us? Come New Years day people think of their New Year resolutions. For the first time ever I made none this year! By this time - March- most have fallen by the wayside. We all seem fired up in the beginning then life takes over and we go back to our bad habits.Take the plants as they build up their energy in the ground throughout the winter and slowly pop their stalks above the ground as the temperature slowly rises.  I think though that this year and the last couple, both plants and people are being confused with the seasons. Once the stalks are up you see the buds getting bigger before they split open to present their colourful flowers. This can take weeks from when they first appear out of the ground. Sometimes we are lucky that after they have flowered, many weeks later they can flower again or they may do this[…]

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These words came into my head one morning so I thought I would share them with you.

Reiki Poem

I feel so blessed to have the energy of Reiki with me as I go about each day. It makes you look at the world in a much more positive way.

In my life through ups and down it not very often that I need to frown.

Things work out in an interesting way. Not always what I expect but it really makes my day.

The Energy knows no bounds. It helps others who are lost and then found. Lost in a muddle of emotional strife -found when they are then able to take charge of their life.

My life is now to pass on this gift through Treatments and Attunements - if you get my drift.

People come from far and wide and most take the Energy in their stride. They feel relaxed, they feel alive but most of all I can stand up and say-they leave with a Smile making a big difference to their day.

Have a great day everyone!

 

 

I have also just had an article published on Ezine. It's all about being positive. You can check it out here: - http://ezinearticles.com/?Techniques-for-Developing-a-Positive-Mental-Attitude&id=6890832

 

The Science of Reiki

I recently came across this wonderful article written by Nikki Mackay. I felt the need to share this with you.

One of the biggest challenges faced by complementary therapists today is the need to bridge the gap between science and 'New Age' beliefs. While public perceptions of the benefits of a more holistic approach to health, and to life in general, have shifted significantly in recent years, there is still much to be done to ensure that those who might benefit most have both awareness of, and access to, therapies and services which can be literally life-changing. For those of us already convinced of the potential benefits of alternative remedies and treatments, through personal experiences and those of clients and students, the lack of scientific research to back up, and in particular to explain the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine, can often be frustrating.

One of the biggest challenges faced by complementary therapists today is the need to bridge the gap between science and 'New Age' beliefs.  While public perceptions of the benefits of a more holistic approach to health, and to life in general, have shifted significantly in recent years, there is still much to be done to ensure that those who might benefit most have both awareness of, and access to, therapies and services which can be literally life-changing. For those of us already convinced of the potential benefits of alternative remedies and treatments, through personal experiences and those of clients and students, the lack of scientific research to back up, and in particular to explain the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine, can often be frustrating. 

This is perhaps particularly true of Reiki.  Like many energy healing systems, it is a safe, gentle and effective complementary therapy, which can benefit almost any condition, from emotional stress to chronic pain. Reiki is a non-invasive treatment that can complement existing allopathic treatment, carries no side effects and no contra-indications, and appears to reduce stress, help boost the immune system and stimulate the healing process within the body. The benefits of treatment are often felt immediately, and a weekend training course can provide all the necessary techniques and information for participants to treat themselves, family and friends.  Having worked with Reiki and other energy systems for years, and witnessed the extent of the healing brought about on many levels for so many people, it is our belief that this therapy should be available to everybody.

To become available to everybody, ideally through mainstream medical and therapeutic channels, it has to first be proven to be effective, beneficial and safe. For this to be proven we need to employ accepted rigorous scientific methods and move away from the more anecdotal research that relies upon the impression of the patient and/or healer on their progress rather than measurable parameters. A tall order, perhaps, but we believe we have just taken another step towards that possibility.

I first heard about Reiki and energy healing in general when I was training to be a clinical physicist with the North Glasgow National Health Service (NHS) trust in the UK. I was fairly sceptical when I first heard about it, but after I experienced it and felt it for myself I became convinced of its value as a healing and spiritual tool. I became convinced that something that causes you to feel relaxed, to improve your health (I was suffering from M.E at the time and Reiki helped dramatically) and wellbeing in such a positive and tangible way must have some physiological effect within the body. I was certain that this couldn't just be due to a psychological belief. I came to the conclusion that if there was an actual physiological effect of the energy healing that this would be triggered within the nervous system, and more specifically, the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS is concerned with the functions of the body that we ourselves cannot control directly such as respiration, blood pressure, sweating and vaso-dilation. It permeates every part and every organ of the body with both sensory and motor pathways, and plays a part in the regulation of our essential functions.

I started to investigate previous research into energy healing to see if anyone else has come up with this link. I discovered that there have been several attempts to study the mechanism of effect in touch therapies such as Reiki, however most have been anecdotal in approach and few studies have used a rigorous scientific approach for the measurement of biological outcomes. A literature review of previous studies shows an apparent link between Reiki treatment and the autonomic nervous system. One of the most commonly reported effects of Reiki is that of relaxation or a reduction in stress. The ANS is the motor system for emotion; if Reiki were to ameliorate stress it would therefore also have some effect on the ANS. A paper authored by Ramnarine-Singh (1999) states that the physiologic system sensitive to energy-based therapies is the ANS, as it affects the body's physiological response to stress, and suggests that physiologically Reiki and Therapeutic Touch (TT)-a therapy similar to Reiki—can be measured by recording blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate, electroencephalography, electrooculography, galvanic skin response, and hand temperature. Wardell and Engebretson (2001) measured the biologicaleffects of Reiki on the ANS and found significant reduction of anxiety and systolic blood pressure, and a significant increase in salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA) levels, using healthy volunteers for their study. Anxiety was assessed through muscle tension measurement using electromyography as well as monitoring of salivary IgA levels. Vaughan (1995) also investigated the ANS looking at systolic and diastolic blood pressure, heart rate, and skin response, and found a definite trend towards the lowering of diastolic blood pressure. Turner et al. (1998) investigated the use of TT for reducing anxiety levels in burn patients, finding a significant reduction in the TT group in comparison with a placebo group. Evanoff and Newton (1999) found that energy-based therapies significantly reduced pain in a randomized control trial of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. TT/Reiki has also been investigated within the field of cutaneous wound healing. Ramnarine-Singh (1999) highlights the apparent link between energy-based therapies and the ANS, stating that the previous 'psychological' research is difficult to interpret because of the subjectivity involved. It calls for new studies measuring physiological responses within the ANS. Work by Quinn (1984) and Vaughan (1995) support this hypothesis.

At this point I had just finished a rotation period working in the Institute of Neurological Sciences at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, a world class centre for research of this type. I contacted my supervisor at the institute to discuss my ideas about energy healing and the ANS and to propose a plan for a research study. He was as curious as I was, and so we began to put together a proposal.  It took considerable time, effort and energy on our part before we were finally given approval to go ahead with the study, which we entitled 'An investigation into the effect of Reiki on the Autonomic Nervous System'. The aim of our study was to investigate if some indices of autonomic function would show any significant differences between Reiki treatment, a placebo treatment and a control group. The study was a blind trial with subjects assigned at random into the three groups. 45 Healthy volunteers were recruited from colleagues and associates, 15 subjects assigned into each group. The study used parameters for which there are reliable, quantitative measures such as heart rate (HR), cardiac vagal tone (CVT), blood pressure (BP), cardiac sensitivity to baroreflex (CSB), breathing activity and hand skin temperature. These parameters are controlled by the cardiovascular and respiratory centres in the brainstem but are modulated by higher functions of the nervous system. The novel aspect of our study was the real-time measurement of brainstem autonomic function by monitoring cardiovascular regulation carried out by the medullary nuclei.

During the study itself the Reiki group received rest and Reiki treatment, the placebo group received rest and placebo treatment, and the control group only rest. On arrival the subject was positioned on a couch and the electrodes and transducers were attached. Baseline data were recorded during a rest period for 15 minutes. There then followed a 30 minute treatment period (Reiki or placebo or rest) followed by another 10 minute rest period.

The Reiki treatment consisted of the placement of the practitioner's hands over the subject's body in a series of six hand positions chosen to correspond with key points in traditional energy healing systems, over clothing, for a thirty-minute period. The hands were placed over the volunteers' eyes, temples, occiput, chest, knees and the soles of the feet. The only point at which the practitioner touched the volunteer was to place their hands underneath the head to reach the occiput. The placebo treatment was carried out by a person with no knowledge of Reiki, who simply mimicked the hand positions of the Reiki practitioner.

Eight different physiological parameters were recorded: heart rate; systolic blood pressure; diastolic blood pressure; mean blood pressure; cardiac vagal tone; cardiac sensitivity to baroreflex; skin temperature and respiration rate. From the statistical analysis of the data we found that there were no significant differences present in the control group, this was as expected. However we did find statistically significant differences between the Reiki and placebo groups, namely changes in heart rate and blood pressure. For those who received Reiki treatment, there was a significant reduction in heart rate and diastolic blood pressure that did not appear in either the placebo or the control group. We have linked the observed reduction in heart rate with the increase in CVT, indicating increased parasympathetic Autonomic activity. There was also an observed increase in skin temperature which could be caused by increased blood flow to the skin, enabled by the reduced vaso-constriction, indicating a reduction in sympathetic activity of the ANS, though the observed change was small. Blood pressure showed a significant reduction in the Reiki group. The blood pressure reduction can perhaps be explained by the increase in CSB that we witnessed. However, higher centres are able to set the level at which the blood pressure should be defended by the autonomic control system. In the placebo group the CSB also increased, although to a lesser degree, but with no corresponding blood pressure reduction. This suggests that perhaps the difference in blood pressure has been caused by higher centres within the nervous system setting a different control level in Reiki but not in placebo.

So what does all this actually mean? Scientifically, what we can say after carrying out this study is that there appear to be significant differences between the Reiki group and placebo and control groups. The nervous system appears to be responding differently to Reiki than to placebo Reiki which strongly indicates that Reiki has some effect on the autonomic nervous system. We cannot conclusively say that 'Reiki works', as this was a relatively small study, but it certainly does justify further research, such as a larger study either looking in more detail at the ANS and its response to Reiki, or investigating the symptom profile of a disease during and after Reiki treatment. What we can say after completing this study is that the body, and the ANS specifically, responds to Reiki or energy healing and that this response is not purely a psychological effect or wishful thinking on the part of practitioner and/or patient. This scientifically sound conclusion represents a significant step towards bringing energy healing as a whole into the mainstream and, with luck and more hard work, ultimately into general medical practice. 

The research is published in full in the following Scientific peer reviewed journal: Autonomic Nervous-System-Changes During Reiki Treatment:

A Preliminary Study, THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE Volume 10,Number 6.

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POSITIVE THOUGHTS

In todays world it is so easy to get bogged down with day to day life. We are bombarded with negatives on the television, newspapers and radio stations. You could be forgiven for thinking that there is nothing good out there but you would be wrong. I found when I took up Reiki that I became more positive in the way I looked at life. This week I was surprised to find that without me being aware of it I had stopped watching the news on TV. As I have a student from another country here he wanted to see the news so I had it on. Every single thing was sad, bad and negative. This is when I realised that although I do check the news on the web each day it is much less emotional so I can accept it and move on. You are also more likely to find lots of good things happening when you look at the news in writing . As the reporters take time just to put the words on paper they often look for fillers which are often good news stories. But good things don't always catch your attention on TV do they? Think of how many people watch reality shows that show people being upset. It is as if society lives on peoples distress. I'm sure the good news programmes don't attract such high audience numbers.

 

Take a few minutes to write down all the positive things in your life at this time. It may be to do with family, work, life or anything you like. Some of my positives are the great family and friends that I have, the fact that in my work I can help so many people and usually I like my attitude to life. Reflect on why these things are good and what they all bring into your life. Make a commitment to remember these things as you start each day and if your hear any negativity throughout the day try to find something positive in the situation.

Remember your thoughts are what you attract!

Social Networking

Do you use Social networks and have you found them useful? I’m talking about sites like Facebook, Twitter and Linked in amongst others. Many people cannot see why anyone would want to communicate over the internet. They prefer to either meet in person or talk on the telephone. Often they will say that they have enough of computers at work.

I love meeting people in person but I also like to keep in contact when we are unable to do this. I use Skype so that my family can see me when we are unable to catch up in person. This especially helps those that live further away from me. With Skype you can video conference with family and friends from across the world.

I also use Facebook and Twitter although I feel I have got more out of the first. I have made contact with Reiki practitioners and some great people both across the world and closer to home. These are people that I would probably never have met up with in a normal situation but through others I have been introduced to these people and have actually met up with some. With Facebook you can add photographs and links too and the amount of people posting positive thinking articles is fantastic. I have found some great websites through others as people often publicise good things that they have found on the web.

One of my favourite sections on Facebook just now is jackdrawsanything which shows how we can use the media to spread the word quickly. This little boy set out to raise £100 for the Sick Children’s hospital in Edinburgh due to the fact his little brother kept getting admitted due to breathing problems. He has so far raised over £30,000! Better still his drawings for other people are now being printed in a book so he will continue to raise more money. Although he has stopped taking orders for pictures you can still donate to his cause. He has become a little star.

Twitter is more restricted in that you can only post snippets but it has its place in the fact that many people use it including me.

Whether you like it or not the internet is here to stay and many of the postings that are made on one site can be automatically added to the other sites if you choose to do this. This is great for professionals like me who like to advertise Reiki Workshops and other products without having to post on multiple websites but I would say that it can be just as good for the individual to expand their horizons by finding out more information about subjects or clubs as most of them have a presence now on the Social Networking sites.

Dare I say it but if you want to follow me on Facebook all you have to do is like my page here Peace Harmony and Joy

Spring has certainly sprung looking at all the bulbs popping up in my garden and local parks. If anyone is suffering from depression this is a wonderful time to just get yourself out of the house and take a walk.

This is the time of year when we all make promises to yourself. How many have you broken already? My promises to myself were to lose weight and do more exercise. I have started that well but this week I'm going to put it up a level. I have to say I've been feeling so good that my Chi machine has taken a back seat over the last few weeks unless I really needed it.

This week as well as walking exercise I will be making more use of the Chi machine. Did you know that 15 minutes on the machine equals 10,000 steps? That's right TEN THOUSAND! This is great for people that can't exercise at all but for me if I go on it between my walking sessions I will be helping my bodyto exercise even more.

If you would like to know more about the Sun Ancon Chi machine please contact me to see what it can do for you.