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Worlds of Power...

This book is a wonderful account of the author's journey into the world of enlightenment. The story literally carries you with her. Filled with Buddhist Magic and Light, this book has my highest recommendation! 

Fans of books like "Surfing the Himalayas" "Snowboarding to Nirvana" by Frederick Lenz a will definitely enjoy this book. It was interesting to get a female's perspective on taking the first steps on the Pathway to Liberation. Very insightful getting the inside track on what it's like being a student of an advanced spiritual teacher.

The Spirit of Leonardo

Leonardo da Vinci is the supreme embodiment of human potential, according to Michael J. Gelb. On The Spirit of Leonardo, he takes listeners on a journey through the conscious-ness of perhaps the greatest genius who ever lived. The best-selling author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci  focuses on how to apply the 7 Da Vinci Principles to the spiritual life. Gelb offers listeners practical strategies for gaining a deeper clarity and sense of creative responsibility, opening the door to inner perception, and liberating the unconscious, "disowned" aspects of the self to realize your highest ideals.

RamaRibbit Gifts

Buddha Poster with quote: "It is your mind that creates this world."

Only 9.99 at CafePress

San Antonio Seminars

The San Antonio Meditation Meetup group will be getting together again in June.

For more information, please visit our website:
Meditation MeetUp



Roger Cantu - Author of What is Meditation? and other books.

Dear Friends:

Have you ever tried Reiki? It's an interesting ancient healing practice. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for an alternative type of treatment. Read more about it in this month's issue of our newsletter.

The Art of Reiki
By Sarah Moran

The ancient healing practice of Reiki can help you feel more balanced and relaxed. Discover what this alternative treatment entails — and the many other benefits it can bestow.

Ernest Williams began a series of Reiki treatments in 2002, when his body was wracked by stress and his blood pressure was headed through the ceiling. The healing practice, designed to balance energy and restore vitality, did just that for the television studio technician. “Reiki releases stress and pain without medication,” says Williams, now 55 and retired. “It makes you feel like a new person.”

Reiki, which means “universal life force” in Japanese, is one of a growing number of alternative health treatments gaining popularity in the West. Reiki is offered at many holistic clinics and hospitals, such as the Windber Medical Center in Windber, Pa., where Williams receives his treatments.

“Very few people had even heard of Reiki,” says Jeanne Brinker, RN, BSN, who introduced the treatment at Windber in 2000. “I worked on staff members with headaches, fatigue, stress, high blood pressure and burns. As they began to see amazing results with pain and stress relief, they started recommending Reiki to patients they thought could be helped.”

Many nurses and massage therapists find Reiki useful in their work, notes Debbie Ringdahl, RN, CNM, a teaching specialist at the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing. She teaches popular level-one and -two Reiki classes through the University’s Center for Spirituality and Healing that attract undergraduate and graduate students, as well as nursing and other healthcare professionals.

Reiki treatment has been shown to reduce stress, pain and anxiety, improve sleep and digestion, lower blood pressure, and help the body heal and detoxify. It can also help clear the mind, says Reiki master William Lee Rand, president of the International Center for Reiki Training and author of Reiki: The Healing Touch (Vision Publications, 2000). The treatment, he says, “helps a person be more focused and filled with life. It helps them become more aligned with who they are.”

Reiki 101

Like traditional Chinese medicine, Reiki is based on the idea that every cell in your body has its own energy, or life force. During Reiki treatment, a practitioner’s hands flow gently around your body and work to improve its energy flow. And while the benefits can be substantial, Reiki is not a substitute for traditional disease diagnosis and treatment.

If your practitioner notices a “hot spot,” an area of the body that feels warm, likely because of energy disruption, he or she might suggest you see a physician. “Reiki doesn't treat disease,” writes Reiki master Pamela Miles in her book Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide (Penguin Group, 2006). “Reiki helps restore balance. And being balanced helps maintain normal functioning.”

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health, places Reiki under the umbrella of energy medicine — treatments that aim to restore proper energy flow through the body. NCCAM is currently funding research that studies Reiki’s ability to reduce stress, as well as its effect on people suffering from AIDS, prostate cancer and fibromyalgia. A 2004 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that Reiki has a positive effect on the autonomic nervous system, including helping to lower heart rate and diastolic blood pressure. Still, some aspects of Reiki’s power are impossible to measure.

“The energy of Reiki stimulates and nourishes the natural process of a person’s life,” says Phyllis Furumoto, a Reiki master whose grandmother, Hawayo Takata, brought Reiki from Japan to the United States.

Reiki Treatment

A Reiki session begins with a conversation about your goals — whether you’re hoping to heal a particular area, feel more balanced or simply relax. Practitioners say about 75 percent of their patients come with something specific in mind, while the rest are seeking rejuvenation and relaxation.

During treatment, which can last from 30 to 90 minutes, you lie fully clothed on a massage table. Practitioners lay their hands on or slightly above your body’s main energy centers, such as the chest and stomach. Their hands might hover a few minutes longer over areas that appear to have an energy disruption. But the practitioner isn’t guiding the energy flow, says Rand. He or she is a conduit for energy, which flows wherever it’s needed in the client.

Whatever else may happen in the body during Reiki, the treatment triggers the body’s relaxation response, quieting the sympathetic nervous system (which is responsible for our innate fight-or-flight response) and strengthening our parasympathetic nervous system (which helps us rest and digest).

Kathie Lipinski, RN, a holistic nurse in private practice in Long Island, N.Y., describes it this way: “Everybody says they experience a very, very deep sense of relaxation and a very deep peace.”

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