The Reiki Precepts

Did you know that Dr Usui shared wisdom, that became known as the Reiki Precepts, with his students and patients, to help them live more peaceful and harmonious lives?

The Reiki Precepts are wonderful to repeat everyday, and if you do, you may find that your Reiki practice and your whole life may become more powerful.

The Reiki Precepts are:

Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will not be angry.
Just for today, I will live honestly.
Just for today, I will respect the oneness of all life.
Just for today, I will be kind to everyone I meet.
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.

May the Reiki Precepts become a part of your Reiki Practice, and a part of your life.
May they bring infinite blessings into your world.

Reiki Precepts

Managing anxiety

We all have anxious moments.

But what if these began to take over and control our lives?

There are many natural remedies that can help manage anxiety and ease the tension in our days.

Homeopathy for anxiety

A combination of all 5 phosphate tissue salts is a wonderful blend that may help calm your body and mind.

Nat phos – is a remedy for fidgety people who frighten easily and are easily startled. It may also help reduce your tendency to grind your teeth, which will help you sleep more peacefully and wake more refreshed.

Calc phos – is a remedy that may help boost energy levels, especially if you have lost motivation due to feeling tired all the time.

Kali phos – is a nerve nutrient and tonic. It is very soothing, especially after times of intense events, mental overwork and business related stress.

Mag phos – may help tight muscles relax.

Ferr phos – may help boost your immune system, strengthening your overall level of wellbeing.

Together these five remedies may help relax tension and boost your energy levels.

Bach Flower Essences for anxiety

Anxiety can have many triggers. When your practitioner is choosing flower essences for you, they will base it on what is alive in you today.

If your anxiety has no trigger, and appears almost randomly in your life, the remedy Aspen may assist you.

If your anxiety is a result of having too much on your plate and feeling overwhelmed with the number of things you have to get done each day, the remedy Elm may assist you.

If your anxiety stems from needing to control your environment, and you feel stressed when all your ducks aren’t in a row, the remedy Rock Water may assist you.

If your anxiety is due to concern about your loved ones, the remedy Red Chestnut may assist you.

If you suffer from panic attacks, where your anxiety is so overwhelming that you feel paralyzed with fear, the remedy Rock Rose may assist you.

If your anxiety is triggered by a particular fear, the remedy Mimulus may assist you.

Reiki for anxiety

Reiki soothes the body, mind and spirit, and fills your being with positive energy. It is a wonderful support during times of heightened anxiety. I highly recommend you see an experienced practitioner, and also learn Reiki yourself so you can share Reiki with yourself at home everyday between appointments with your practitioner.


With the combination of Homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies, and Reiki, you may be able to better manage your anxiety, and you may begin to see a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

You are welcome to contact me, to talk about your anxiety and how you are currently managing it, and whether natural remedies may assist you in your journey. It would be an honour and a pleasure to share Reiki with you and to blend together some homeopathy and Bach Flower Remedies to support you on your healing journey.

managing anxiety

Emotions to cultivate

I fell in love with the gentle emotional healing offered by Bach Flower Remedies many years ago. And as time has passed, I find new ways to describe their effects almost every time I use them. I also love connecting with other practitioners, and hearing their perceptions of the effects of these gentle healing remedies.

I also love to read about them. I have recently been reading a book called Bach Flowers for Mind-Body Healing by Jennifer Barraclough. Jennifer is a Bach Foundation Registered Practitionerm and medical doctor in New Zealand.

In one of the appendices of her book she briefly summarises each of the Bach Flower Remedies. I was particularly enamoured with the positive quality she associates with each flower.

Here they are, to inspire you to find the flower remedy that is perfect for you today:

Agrimony – emotional honesty
Aspen – psychic sensitivity
Beech – tolerance
Centaury – service
Cerato – intuition
Cherry Plum – composure
Chestnut bud – learning from experience
Chicory – motherliness
Clematis – reality focus
Crab apple – cleansing
Elm – responsibility
Gentian – trust
Gorse – hope
Heather – self sufficiency
Holly – love
Honeysuckle – releasing the past
Hornbeam – vitality
Impatiens – patience
Larch – self confidence
Mimulus – bravery
Mustard – joy
Oak – relaxation
Olive – regeneration
Pine – self forgiveness
Red chestnut – compassionate detachment
Rock rose – courage
Rock water – flexibility
Scleranthus – balance
Star of Bethlehem – comfort
Sweet chestnut – deliverance
Vervain – enthusiasm
Vine – authority
Walnut – constancy
Water violet – communication
White chestnut – peace of mind
Wild oat – life purpose
Wild rose – zest for life
Willow – self responsibility

Do you need a little more of one or more of these qualities in your life? Maybe some Bach Flower Remedies will help you release what no longer serves you and connect with qualities that have been missing.

Let me know if you need a hand choosing which remedy is best suited for you. I am happy to offer you a consultation, and journey awhile with you on your path back to emotional and mental happiness and wellbeing.

Reiki and Heart Attacks

After a heart attack, much medical care is needed. And complementary medicine may also assist your recovery.

A study conducted at Yale discovered that when assessing improvements in Heart Rate Variability, the effect of Reiki is comparable to the effect of beta blockers.

The research also showed that Reiki also positively affects patients’ emotional state, with patients reporting that they felt

  • more happy,
  • more relaxed, and
  • more calm after receiving Reiki.

Patients who received Reiki also said they felt

  • less stressed,
  • less angry,
  • less sad,
  • less frustrated,
  • less worried,
  • less scared, and
  • less anxious.

Please click here to read the research in more detail.

Do you have a heart condition?
Are you recovering from a heart attack?
You might like to consider adding Reiki into your treatment plan.

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Sharing Reiki with animals

Recently, I’ve been reading a classic Reiki book called ‘Reiki: Universal Life Energy‘ by Bodo J. Baginski and Shalila Sharamon.

I love reading about others’ experiences of Reiki, because every experience is unique.

In one chapter Bodo and Shalila describe in detail how to treat animals with Reiki.

I have shared Reiki with a number of cats, but my experience with other animals is fairly limited.

Sharing Reiki with horses, cows, pigs, cats and dogs.

Bodo and Shalila mentioned that when treating horses, cows, pigs, cats and dogs it is best to start behind their ears, then treat the rest of their body. Allow your hands to linger in areas where it seems necessary.

Sharing Reiki with mice, hamsters, guinea pigs and birds.

With smaller animals like mice, hamsters, guinea pigs and birds cup the creature comfortably in your hands, and then share Reiki with them.

Sharing Reiki with fish.

If treating fish, hold the aquarium between your hands.

Sharing Reiki with penguins, snakes and butterflies.

They explain that it is trickier to treat penguins, snakes and butterflies, and often you need to be imaginative.

They recommend distant Reiki healing (please note – distant Reiki healing is learned during a Reiki Level 2 course) for animals that are trickier to treat (like snakes, butterflies, and angry bulls).

Sharing Reiki with bees, wasps, hornets and ants.

And finally, they explain that cats, snakes, bees, wasps, hornets and ants tend to not need much Reiki, and become restless when they have had enough.

Myself, I have never felt guided to share Reiki with snakes, bees, wasps, hornets or ants. But on thinking about this, if you had a snake as a pet, or if you kept bees for honey, or if you had an ant farm, you might like to share healing energy with them. (I’m not sure if anyone keeps wasps or hornets as pets…seems rather dangerous to me!) If you choose to share Reiki with these types of sentient beings, always do so from a safe distance – and ideally as a distant healing where you are quite far away and in absolutely no danger. At all times, when sharing Reiki, your safety and comfort is the most important priority.

Sharing Reiki with chickens.

Once when I visited a dear friend, one of her chooks wasn’t well. I went into the area where the chook was, intending on sitting quietly and if she came to me I was going to share Reiki with her. It was a bit naive of me to think that this hen would trust me after only knowing me a few minutes. When she didn’t approach me I thought perhaps she just didn’t want any Reiki. Now, after reading more about treating animals, if a situation like this happens again, I would sit peacefully near her and beam distant Reiki to her.

I am always so grateful to learn new practices and new ways to share healing, and I share this knowledge with you with much love!

It is comforting to know that when you have Reiki in your hands you are able to share healing energy with the animals in your life.

Do you have pets you would like to share healing energy with? You are welcome to try the methods described above from ‘Reiki: Universal Life Energy‘ . I would love to hear how you go with these techniques, and I welcome your comments below.

Sharing Reiki with animals

How to cut cords

In my work in the Reiki room, in my work in the teaching space, and in my life in general, I find myself talking with more and more people about cutting cords.

What are etheric cords?

Etheric cords are formed every time we connect with people. We have cords with our parents, our siblings, our friends, our teachers, our colleagues and our partners. We may also have cords with our students, our clients, our patients, and with other people we meet. Cords form without our conscious awareness. We do not intentionally create them. Cords form when we want to control someone, or when we want to help someone. When we want to control someone, it is via the cord that we energetically (and often unconsciously) manipulate them. When we want to help someone, it is via the cord that we energetically (an often inadvertently) send them energy that we have to spare (or in some cases that we pull from our reserves of energy and share with them).

Cords can form anywhere on our physical and etheric bodies. They are often attached to our chakras, our energetic centres. Cords are often found at the level of the heart chakra and at the level of the solar plexus chakra. The heart chakra is the centre of love, and the solar plexus is the centre of power. You may have noticed in yourself or in others that sometimes we can feel drained energetically because we allow too much of our love to be given away, or we can feel exhausted because we hand over all our personal power to someone else.

Why are etheric cords a problem?

If you are feeling tired for no reason, you might be being drained of all your energy via an etheric cord. If you feel angry for no reason, you might be processing the anger of someone else via an etheric cord. If you feel inexplicably sad or anxious, that emotion may not be yours, it may belong to someone else who is shunting it onto you via an etheric cord.

Etheric cords bind you to people in your present and your past, and not in a good way. They prevent both of you from moving on, and often they stop you from achieving your life’s mission. The cords can be connected with people who are still alive, but who are no longer part of your life… and they can be connected with people who have passed over, but who cannot or will not let go of you.

For your sake and for the sake of the other person, cords need to be cut. Both of you are freed, and both of you can then begin living according to your Highest Good.

How do you cut etheric cords?

There are many ways to cut etheric cords.

  • You can cut cords with the help of  Archangels
  • You can cut cords with the help of Sage or Flower Essences
  • You can cut cords with the help of Sacred Sound

Cutting cords with the help of Archangels

The way I usually cut cords, when I find them attached to myself or when I see them attached to my Reiki clients, is to simply ask Archangel Michael to cut the negative etheric cord. He will then, with his Sword of Light, cut the cord, and return each part of the cord to its owner (or simply take the remnants of the cord to the Light – I leave this up to Archangel Michael to decide). I often then ask Archangel Raphael to then heal the wound in the aura that the cord caused.

Cutting cords with Sage, or Flower Essences

Sometimes, I smudge with sage smoke, or I use Flower Essences to help cut cords.

You are welcome to read my blog post about Cleansing and Clearing for more information on these.

Cutting cords with sacred sound

At other times, I use a practice a friend shared with me. She learned it from Sonia Choquette. My apologies if anything has been lost in translation … but this is how I remember it.

  1. Using my arms as if they were the blades of scissors (or swords), I raise my arms and then quickly slice the air in front of my body – my arms travel from high above my shoulders diagonally across my body to each opposite hip (right hand to left hip, and left hand to right hip, simultaneously), as if cutting the cords with my forearms and hands.
  2. At the same time as my arms cross in front of me, I say the words ‘Sa Hept Nah’. Loudly.

By bringing the arms down and across the body, you slice through the energetic space in front of each chakra – physically, energetically, and symbolically cutting any cords that were attached to any chakra.

The words Sa Hept Nah to me feel like they come from Ancient Egypt. I sense they are sacred sounds, that clear the space in which they are spoken.

Cutting cords with Love

Love is the most powerful force in the Universe. Whenever you cut cords, remember to stay in a Heartspace of Love.

What if the cord comes back?

Often, after cutting cords you will receive a phone call, or an email, or a message on social media, or even a visit from the person who the cord was attached to. Even if that person is not psychic or intuitive, they will feel the absence of the cord, and they may try to reestablish it. If the cord is re-established, simply cut it again as soon as you are aware of it.

If the cord is with a non-physical being, and the cord returns, it could be because there is some lesson you need to learn. Check in with your intuition, sense into what that may be, and then cut the cord again when you feel the time is right.

Getting help with cord cutting

Sometimes there are cords we cannot cut ourselves. Whenever this happens to me, I visit my Reiki Practitioner, my Kinesiologist, my Spiritual Healer, or my Lomi Lomi massage therapist. There are many more healing modalities that are also capable of cutting cords and clearing negative energy from your being.

Check for cords often, and cut them whenever you find them

Remember that your energy is sacred. You do not need to share it with anyone without your consciousness being aware of it. You are entitled to keep all of your energy for you, and only give away what you choose to, from energy you have spare, to people you love. No one has the right to drain you. No one has the right to dump their negative energetic garbage in your energetic body. Take a stand, cut cords, and reclaim every part of your energetic being. You will feel so much better for it!


Reiki and yoga nidra.

Do you ever come home from work feeling exhausted? Do you let yourself rest, or do you hurriedly start cooking dinner?

Do you ever come home from work after a bad day, tired and upset? Do you let yourself have a moment of self care, or do you look after everyone else first and leave your own needs until later?

Do you comfort eat, to get through this last part of the day, to soothe your frayed nerves, to fill the ache in your soul, and to give you that burst of sugar to see you through til sleep?

I have been known to do all of these, and more.

But I’ve found a new way of managing my energy levels, my need to process negative emotions in the most peaceful, non-violent way possible,  the needs of my soul, and the needs of my family.

It’s yoga nidra!

After work, before I begin to cook and clean, I take 20 minutes to lay down, and listen to a yoga nidra meditation. In yoga nidra the body rests profoundly and your mind approaches the state of pure awareness. I find that all my worries and cares melt away, and every muscle of my body breathes a sigh of relief. After yoga nidra, I feel refreshed and revitalised. And because I have taken time to nurture and nourish my body, mind and soul, I have so much more energy to give my loved ones. I also find I have enough energy, and enough contentment in my mind and emotions, that I no longer need to reach for snacks to get me through until dinner.

Some days I like to combine my yoga nidra practice with self-Reiki, for an added energy balance and boost.

Yoga nidra is wonderful for people of all ages. Kids love it, and there are many yoga nidra recordings designed especially for children. If you practice yoga nidra with your children after school, you’ll notice such a difference in your little ones after they’ve had a few minutes of this deep relaxation… they’ll probably be less crabby, there is likely to be less sibling rivalry, and there may even be more willing helpers when it comes time to cook dinner and set the table!

I invite you to try yoga nidra, with or without Reiki, on your own or with your family, and see how it transforms your afternoons and evenings. It could even become a treasured tradition that helps you, and your family,  better manage life’s pressures and stresses. I’d love to hear how you go. Please feel welcome to comment below.




Reiki and arthritis

Arthritis can be incredibly debilitating for many people. And yet I have noticed that the arthritis sufferers who come to my clinic rarely complain. They are positive people, who are making a difference in the world, and aren’t letting their symptoms get in the way of all that they have to offer on a personal and professional level. But when they do open up about the depth of their suffering, what I hear most is that they would love for the burning pains to go.

In my practice I have seen that Reiki is wonderful for helping ease the pain of arthritis. Even though people sometimes worry that the warmth of Reiki energy may intensify the burning sensation they already are experiencing, what I have found is that it doesn’t. Reiki soothes and settles their symptoms.

What I have observed is that Reiki temporarily eases arthritis pains, during the consultation and for some time after (the amount of time differs from patient to patient). For these patients, I encourage them to learn Reiki, so that in between consultations, they can practice self-Reiki and better manage their symptoms in this way.

If you are suffering from arthritis, please know that there are complementary therapies available that may help and support you, in addition to the medicines your doctor prescribes.