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While there is a healthy dose of skepticism in this article, and a comment of “absurd” from a doctor, their clinic study, and patient response gives Reiki a thumbs up.

My original Reiki teachers, and friends, established a free clinic of complimentary / alternative therapies in the 80’s through the 90’s and eventually had an out-patient clinic at hospital in SF, thanks to the welcome reception by Kaiser.  They offered Reiki, among other things, as a complimentary therapy for the recovering.

I can still remember Claudia retelling her meeting with the board of directors and administering Reiki to doctors. Anyway… on to the article.

Article Excerpt: Reiki Used for Cancer Patience – WSJ.com

Reiki, a therapy in which hands are placed lightly on the body or just above it, is increasingly being used to reduce cancer-related fatigue, anxiety, nausea and pain. Several studies suggest a benefit to patients, but scientists say more large, rigorous studies are needed.

Cancer patients—due to the disease and to side effects of chemotherapy—often suffer from severe mental and physical fatigue, doctors say. Anxiety, nausea and pain are also common. In recent years, many cancer centers have been offering Reiki, a form of healing which originated in Japan in the early 1900s, according to scientific literature. In a session of Reiki, hands are placed lightly on the body. Each spot is treated for three minutes or longer and sometimes therapists place their hands just above the body without touching, says Donah Drewett, a Fairlee, Vt.-based Reiki therapist who works at Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, N.H.

via Reiki Used for Cancer Patients – WSJ.com.

Don’t forget that Doctor Oz played a supporting role on his show, The Doctor Oz Show.” You can catch that segment on Youtube, or via my Reiki page, here. (Scroll to the bottom, press play).

In almost 20 years of Reiki work I’ve seen a lot. Dramatic recovery’s, long term treatments, and heard stories of assisting those in passage from this life. I’ve used Reiki to compliment healing, release, and lift emotional states of being, in art, cooking, and in conversation.

For me, it is a living part of my life. I’m always glad to see it in the news in such a positive light.

I appreciate your comments, keep them coming!

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This strikes at the heart of me. I don’t really have words for this but I do have a heart, mind, and soul full of love and deep thoughts of peace for Elizabeth Edwards.

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“The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered,”  she wrote. “We know that. And yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.”

via A Look Into Elizabeth Edwards’ Facebook Post on Her Worsening Cancer Condition – Mike Isaac – Social Medium – Forbes.

Be well,

Scott

Welcome back.

This weeks Tarot pull had a little surprise in the spread, two major arcana when we were only expecting one. Yes somehow the hanged man snuck into our reading, in reverse.

Monday July 5th, 2010

I think the meaning of this weeks pull and flow made sense almost immediately this morning. Lying in bed with the light of the morning peeking in through slivers in the curtains somewhere between waking and sleeping I did some journey work and traveled in to the inner world. The outer world felt like it was fighting against my drive to unfold. Horns on the street. Someone with a boom box playing the craziest rap song I’ve ever heard at top-level down on the street. A truck. B begins to toss and turn.

I rise after B grabs some coffee for us and I turn to my creative space to pull cards. I feel the hands of spirit there with me as I shuffle the cards and ask for the weekly reading. Good. Feels good with strong lunar influences, sourcing the light in the reading. Candles lit, curtains fluttering slightly, incense wafting up to fill the space. BAM television blares on and of all things, Hassellbeck from The View… annoyed.

Cards pulled I draw myself over to the computer to write the post and put on my favorite station on Pandora, Yullunga. B tells me that he’s lost his phone. The day is calling. I am out the door to visit friends and do a little tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

There is a force in the air for action! A drawing to pull together opposing forces. Tension. The Chariot!

Two other cards fall together into the reading, the Hanged Man (R), and the King of Wands (R). The world is the distraction, or the distraction is in turning away from the world… and passion of passions that moves to frustration or a flame that burns to fierce, a one shot man. Be careful with any frustrations and/or drives in either direction. The pendulum of opposites can swing wide, almost magnetic under these new auspices brought about by the Uranus retrograde.

And that seems the energy. I tide of pulling that draws us out of last weeks watery introspection, feeling, lifting, and even transfiguration. A summer thrust bound to the Chariot, Sun and Moon, asking us to balance the drive for inner work and the call of living that can suddenly seem at odds. And when we are at odds, out of alignment with left and right, black and white, the King of Wands (R) comes into play. Our passion could turn to aggression when we do not honor the call we feel.

This week watch out for two forces that will be tugging at you. The outer life: Social gatherings, work, friends, family, events and things to do. The inner life: Meditation, contemplation, alone time, and even some of the projects and issues that have tugged at your inner fundamentals.

Uranus has changed direction and Mercury has skiddled out of Cancer, who’s concern is more nurturing, home oriented and fond of creature comforts. Today, July 5th, Uranus went retrograde as well which can stir some restlessness and dissatisfaction. The planet demands change, innovation, and it’s often radical, highlighting the Charioteer and his message of self-assertion around a union of opposites and finding the balance point between these two forces that show themselves as an inner and outer pull at this time.

It would be a good week to practice moving meditation, or finding your zone in sports. A call to find your center of peace at a game, in the bar, out on town while the world is wild around you.

Maria DeSimone, at Tarot Blogs, writes:

I’m going to start calling Uranus “the big tease” – at least for the rest of 2010. On May 27th we got a taste of Uranus in Aries. His energy has been invigorating (to put it mildly).But Uranus just wanted to give us a little glimpse into what life would be like in Aries. On July 5th he’ll turn retrograde and by August 13th he’ll descend back into Pisces, finishing up his lessons there. Prepare yourself for a loud roll of thunder first.When Uranus turns retrograde it tends to act as an explosive burst in the collective of any repressed rebellious tendencies. If you’ve been doing your best to temper that urge for erratic, overpowered “me, me, me” expression, then the very act of Uranus changing direction might cause you to lose control. Perhaps you’ve been trying to filter all this Uranus in Aries energy up until now. Perhaps you haven’t gone off the deep end, risking it all in the name of empowered individuality. Well, if you haven’t, you might just wake up now. If there’s a significant block or feeling of captivity in your life that impedes your personal development, it’s likely that the days surrounding the retrograde will cause you to revolt. This doesn’t have to automatically mean anything negative — in fact, it could feel quite liberating.Remember, that’s the point of Uranus — to liberate and awaken. If you haven’t realized that Uranus in Aries will require you to claim your most independent expression of self then perhaps his retrograde motion will do you a favor. The alarm clock won’t stop ringing in your ears now. No matter how hard you try to ignore it, Uranus will be relentless in your psyche during the retrograde cycle. I challenge you to consider how you want to harness this energy when it returns full force in March 2011. Who do you think you are?

Our little reading for the week is the prequel to a larger story about self-expression. I think we would all be wise to mind it.

I hope that this finds you well.

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