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Why Try Reiki?

Reiki“After my first couple of Reiki sessions with Fiona, I feel like I am finally on the right path to healing my mind and body.  Not only has she helped me to connect with the spiritual world, but her wisdom, intuition and gentle nature offers guidance and a beautiful sense of calm. As someone who knew next to nothing about Reiki before my first session, I’m so glad I kept an open mind and gave it a go.  Fiona is a kind soul who has a lot of positive energy to share.”  Rachelle


13 September 2013 – What is Reiki?

Since launching Left of Centre Therapies earlier this year, I have been inundated with the question what is reiki?  Especially within my ties to the corporate world, this question has not just been a what is reiki? question, but also a why reiki? question.

I discussed this very thing with a colleague who is visiting from our Africa office, just this week, a man who suffers from diabetes therefore is constantly watching his sugar levels and constantly taking medication.  We discussed his diagnosis, the medical side to his life and his reliance on drugs.  And then he asked me where Reiki might fit into this.

My colleague had spent much time working out how to manage his diabetes, how to manage his eating, how to live with his disease, but not much time thinking about the where it came from, save from eating too much sugar.  Why had he reached a point in his life where his diet had become unbalanced and excessive – what had his reliance on sugar given him that he was not getting from life itself?  I explained that this is where the Reiki, alternative medicines and healing come in.  The focus of these therapies is not just on symptoms but most importantly also on the cause.

I also read an article yesterday in the ‘Have a Go News’, a free paper that was at my son’s karate class (this may be an admission of not watching the karate, but there is only so much karate you can watch :)).  The article, ‘stress and manifesting disease’, further explains my point.  Research, the medical community and alternative health professionals all support that stress plays a major role in the incidence of disease.  The article quotes a radio interview with a doctor who suggests that 99.5% of disease is a manifestation of stress.

In the initial stages unresolved stress firstly manifests in behaviour, with complaints of being unable to cope or being stressed out.  This leads to the use of coping mechanisms or habits such as drinking, smoking, comfort eating etc.  None of these work, with the habits themselves often not only causing disease, but also suppressing the emotions we are feeling, such sadness, fear, hurt or guilt.  Suppressed emotion then results in anxiety and physcial pressure on the body which shows intself in the form of disease or pain.

The article went on to describe how alternative medicine techniques can be used to help relieve this ‘initial stage’ stress by changing unwanted thinking, behaviours and releasing emotions so that they do not have the chance to manifest into harm or physical pressure on the body.

So that is the why answered, now for the What is Reiki???


Reiki is the ancient spiritual practice of Hands on Healing and a form of alternative medicine. Our bodies have a natural energy force, Reiki works with that energy to rebalance the flow and release blocked emotions thereby enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal and regain harmony. Reiki’s peaceful and loving energy can help heal and energize your body, create harmony in your emotions, peace and clarity in your mind and balance in your energy field.

Reiki is recognised as a complementary medicine and can be safely used to support orthodox treatments without interfering with or diminishing the intended effects of other health or medical practices.  Reiki treatments are increasingly accepted in health and community care facilities being the most accessed complementary treatment for cancer and leukaemia patients at SolarisCare Cancer Support Centre, Sir Charles Gairdner hospital.

The Benefits of Reiki include:

  • Deeply relaxes the body allowing release of stress and tension
  • Reduces or relieves pain and discomfort
  • Aids sleep
  • Heals physical, mental and emotional conditions
  • Enhances optimism and sense of well being
  • Aids spiritual growth and emotional clearing
  • Increases energy, vitality
  • Creates harmony within yourself and your life

And as such I love to use Reiki in my healing practice as it creates such a beautiful sense of peace and wellbeing in my clients…

6 August 2013 – Sound Therapy

After a week of sickness brought on by two long standing issues that are well overdue to be removed from my back pack I was excited to be going to Echoes Sound Therapy session on Sunday.  I had no idea what to expect.  The little sound therapy work I had done with mantra had invoked a wonderful sense of calm, so I knew I was in for some deep relaxation in the very least.

I did however have the hope that the session would also be a healing one so I could get some clarity on, yes the big ones – forgiveness and money – which had shown up in the form of a sore throat (anger) and serious sinus congestion (someone getting up my nose).

The sound chamber at Echoes which looked like a tepee, was located on a sacred Aboriginal site within the gorgeous grounds of Ramons Restaurant in Canning Vale.  Inside the chamber there were thirteen bed like positions made cosy with pillows and cushions and a massive gong suspended from the roof.  The roof itself was quite spectacular, it looked like the night sky in Albany – full of the brightest stars.

GongThe session started with circular breathing and before long we were treated to the sounds of gongs, crystal bowls and didgeridoos sometimes in the centre of the tepee, sometimes over our individual bodies or at our feet.  The sound was incredibly strong and the vibration resonated through our entire bodies.

Science has found that sound has a profound effect on the body and sound therapy is the subject of many studies at various Universities worldwide.  Our bodies are made up of energy fields that vibrate and the use of sound vibration to rebalance these energy fields is actually nothing new, ancient cultures have for thousands of years used sound and vibration to cleanse energies in the body. The use of singing bowls dates back to the days of Cleopatra.  The didgeridoo has been used for both ceremonial and medicinal purposes for tens of thousands of years and other indigenous cultures have used drums, gongs and other vibratory instruments to this purpose.

And because of its proven healing effects, Echoes Sound Therapy has now been Accredited as a Complimentary Medicine.

The sound chamber creates an environment for sound therapy to be used as a catalyst for physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual healing, depending on the attendee’s intent.   A person’s intent to heal during a therapy session adds power, so that the clearer or purer the intent to attain peace, healing, change, or growth, the greater the result. 

My intent on Sunday was to not only gain physical healing through the sound vibrations but to also allow my inner psyche, in the state of meditation, to reveal answers on my issues above.

And yes, I had very profound experience.

My focus for the week prior had been on forgiveness and money, so I was surprised when the session started, that I immediately sensed a strong feeling of failure AND FEAR.  I saw the faces of my parents and my children, of the people I would let down if I was to fail.  If I could not provide the right type of parenting or the right financial environment to support my children as my parents had done, I would be a failure.  Of course at this point there were floods of tears.

My first thought was of escape and so I saw myself as a bird flying with great speed using breaststroke wings to get maximum push upward.  I flew upwards and upwards, through mud until I came to a space.  It was a tranquil space, a space of nothing.

I looked around and very quickly realised I had escaped, I had run away.

I looked down at what I had escaped from and realised that everything that was important in my life had been left behind.  Everything that felt like hard work but that I truly cared about, was back on earth and I was no longer there.  Looking down from above I missed my burdens, the people I could fail, the things I could fail at.  So I took off and flew back through the mud, back to earth.

Lying there and letting the sound vibration massage my body cells (that’s really what it feels like) I realised that the key issues of money and forgiveness were also intertwined with a previously hidden fear of failure.

So from my sound therapy session I can say I am a little closer to understanding myself, my current issues and limitations and the start of the healing process has begun…

I wonder what my next sound therapy session will bring?

22 June 2013 – healing is like emptying a backpack

Below is an extract from a talk I recently gave on Healing at a gathering of Perth Wellness Bloggers.  The wonderfully successful event organised by Jacqueline from Upon Wild Stars was a day to nurture our bodies, minds and creative sides (Jacinta’s flower headpieces – http://cintism.com/)…   

The notion of healing may be different for everyone but for me I see it as like emptying a backpack.

We are born with an empty backpack and as we go through our childhood we are influenced by many situations, some good, some bad and we fill up our backpack.  With our negative experiences we store consequent negative beliefs and the backpack gets heavy and weighs us down.

When we then face similar negative experiences later on we dig around in our backpacks to find and use the same coping mechanisms that we have learned in the past, behaviours that have been stored based on how we have seen others behave or how we have best protected ourselves.  We run away, get aggressive, get anxious or become the victim.  These coping mechanisms attract further negative experiences and the trend continues.

MistAs we travel down our roads using our same old mind sets we continue to fill our backpacks until the weight of life and our experiences causes us to get stuck, slow down or have a crisis and a veil of yuck covers our senses so that we struggle to see the road we are supposed to be travelling on.  The signs are there as our body breaks down, our relationships break down, our relationship with ourselves breaks down.

Eventually a correlation, an AHA moment needs to be made to identify that WE are attracting our own negative experiences into our lives by how we are behaving.  At that crunch moment, the moment we face up to the fact that we are responsible for all that is happening to us, the good, the bad and the ugly, we have a choice to continue on with an ever increasing load and more mist than on the Scottish Highlands, or stop and start to remove or change those innate, stored behaviours from our backpack.  And this is healing.

And so healing begins with the conscious acknowledgement of the need to heal. 

Now while I have used a simple metaphor likening healing to removing items from a backpack, healing is anything but simple.  Once we have decided to take the plunge we are often faced with a myriad of questions and a sense of confusion which can be overwhelming or bring an anxiety all of its own.  Where do I start, what do I do now, how am I supposed to behave, how can I change from the person I have always been?

Healing is a personal journey.  It is a step by step process of change to our energy, our thought patterns, our perspective, our behaviour to ways which serve us better.  It may require throwing out all our preconceived ideas and starting afresh.  But there is much help at hand…

From my own experience I have learned to heal through a combinationReiki Left of Centre Therapies approach.  I work with energy tools (reiki, meditation) to reduce the anxiety, gain clarity, get answers and to change my negative energy to positive which in turn attracts positive experiences, I work with mental tools (guided meditations and books, books and more books) to make cause and effect changes and I work with physical techniques (exercise, food) where I need to make physical changes. 

In an effort to heal myself I found reiki, which now is my passion.  Reiki is an energy healing technique that picks up on anxieties, feelings and emotions that are stored in the body and which are sometimes expressed in the form of physical ailments.  A hands on healer can feel these stored negative energies and will raise them during a session to bring them from the subconscious into the conscious.

So once they are in your conscious the Healer can then work with you to find out what experiences you have stored in your backpack that have caused these emotions and determine ways of dealing with or releasing them.

I recently worked with a client who had a deep seated fear of teaching which was evident from a tooth infection.  As a child her parents berated her for her inability to learn quickly.  She was now helping her own children with their homework and behaving in the same way as her parents.  The infection was a result of her attacking herself as she subconsciously knew she did not like how she was teaching or behaving.

Once we worked this out she was able to approach the teaching/homework issue in a conscious way, she has looked into tutoring where her children needed specific help and is mindful to both her children’s and her needs in this area of her life.

A reiki session also rebalances your energy, draws in external energy and moves energy around your body to help unblock blockages, temper those strong emotions, bring clarity and leave you feeling more positive and in a better place to attract better experiences into your life.

There are other amazing energy tools you can also use to help in the healing process and which I use in session.  Crystals for example are little rocks full of magic.  My favourite is rose quartz a stone for your heart, it is a stone to invoke universal love and can really help you to live through your heart.

Most days I get a little rose quartz from my collection and hold it in my hand, I speak to it and project love into it.  I do this by thinking about something that makes me feel lovely and asking the stone to take that feeling with me throughout the day.  Then I carry it around in my pocket.

Spirit quartz is related to other quartz crystals but is made up of very fine facets usually of amethyst or citrine.  I use mine to meditate with, I speak to it first and ask it to give me clarity and intuition and place it on my forehead.

And finally black tourmaline is a protector stone and for anyone who is looking at doing Healing is a must to wear to retain your own energy and not take on the energy of your client.

There are also tools useful for making mental changes, to work on cause and effect.  I use guided meditations which guide you into to a relaxed state and bring your inner most thoughts, feelings and experiences to the surface so you can take control and use your own mind to consciously change your perspective and associated behaviour.  It is an exercise which you can repeat and practice at home.

Using all these tools and techniques, Healers can provide a sanctuary, a place where you can get closer to your own intuition, your subconscious, your faith and begin to heal.  However there is also work required of you to achieve lasting healing success and this is the homework, the deep cellular work.  Being committed to healing requires time spent by yourself allowing you to get to know YOU, to notice when things aren’t working, to notice when you don’t feel good, to determine when and how you need to start the healing process and determine what works for you.  Which is why Healing and Self Awareness go hand in hand.

Life is cyclical, it doesn’t matter how much you heal there is always more work to be done, but this work gets easier, quicker and the lessons further apart.

My path as a Reiki and Hands on Healer has been an exciting one.  There is so much to explore, so many different tools and techniques to investigate, try and learn.  Sometimes there are too many choices but on this journey you need to find out and work with what resonates with you.

Most importantly you need to be or become self-aware and even when things get tough with healing and they do, ensure you give yourself plenty of TLC, love your scars and continue to strive to make the world a better place.


25 May 2013 – Conscious Living The Start

Today is the start, the start of this blog/journal dedicated to conscious living.  I have to say I am a little nervous, I didn’t realise before I started this process what a commitment a blog is, but decision made I hope you find the content both informative and entertaining and I look forward to receiving any comments or similar experiences you would like to share.

To begin with I am going to copy an extract from my About page to describe what I believe conscious living to be – so I don’t contradict myself :) and also because it is the absolute basis for where I go to from here.  Sorry for the double up…

Living consciously is a practice of self awareness.  Having gone through the self discovery process you understand exactly who you are, are aware of how you feel (physically and emotionally) and why you feel and behave the way you do.  In understanding You, you know when things aren’t working for you, you take conscious action against being limited by negative thoughts, you change your perception to serve you better and consciously release negative feelings when things don’t go the way you perceive that they should.  You are aware of and find the lesson in every difficulty you face.  You Heal

So here goes.Tree Love

I started reading my new Paulo Coelho book a few nights ago.  I have read more PC books than any other author he has an amazing way of taking you on journeys of self discovery within an entertaining story.  This particular book, Manuscript in Accra is based on battle and the concept that ‘only he who gives up is defeated, everyone else is victorious.’

He writes of battles as if they are life’s difficulties which are cyclical, stages we must go through… Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose… But one part that really struck me so far is the “Take Pride in Your Scars”

At the moment I have noticed that I get nervous talking to some people, well if I am honest its actually mostly single men.  And reading this book made me realise that that nervousness is simply a result of scars from previous battles, scars which have left me vulnerable.  Being vulnerable is good, allowing yourself to be vulnerable comes from a place of strength, invokes understanding and there is no energy wasted in pretense.  Scars are the sign of a warrior and according to PC ‘the fighter will never be defeated’.

So having this AHA moment has allowed me to take pride in my scars and I now view my nervousness with empathy.  And from previous experience I know before too long, because I have figured this one out, my nervousness will fade and I will be able to have an intelligent conversation with any single bloke without turning beetroot in colour and ducking for the closest house/car/boat even if its not mine – watch this space…