A large majority of people will tell you that their involvement with Reiki came not from having someone explain what it is, but rather from simply hearing or seeing the word (Reiki). Something deep inside themselves – knew that it needed to be experienced.
I personally believe, that this is because Reiki is a part of our inherited spiritual nature.
It is perhaps the most non-invasive, yet deeply profound holistic modality. It gently touches upon the body, to powerfully reach the soul – because it knows that this is where true healing manifests.
Reiki most definitely offers effective results to help support the body with HIV. However, where I have seen it excel in support…is within the spirit of an individual.
So often with HIV, the body becomes the main focus (and understandably so) – yet it is the spirit, that is sometimes most in need.
Because Reiki has a “Universal Intelligence” of it’s own, it knows exactly what is needed whenever it is received; therefore, it may be felt on a physical level, emotional level or spiritual level (and sometimes all three within a single session).
When receiving Reiki, the practitioner and client form a “sacred union.” And it is within this union – that Reiki flows. It is a “shared experience” in that both participants receive in a session.
One must only be willing…in order to receive.
The practitioner serves as a “thread” that connects the client to the Reiki Source. Each practitioner works differently – intuitively using a variety of gentle hand postions, touching on various parts of the clients clothed body (a session may also be conducted with the practitioners hands remaining a few inches away from the body). A full session commonly takes approximately 60 minutes, however they can be conformed to any time length.
Benefits to Reiki and HIV
~Boosts immune system function~
~Assists with side effects to medications~
~Helps with Neuropathy~
~Allows for better sleep~
~Supports the client in coping with life changes~
~Helps with depression~
~Allows for a deep spiritual connection~
~Helps with acceptance~
*Check for HIV support organizations in your area that offer Reiki and other holistic modalities as a “free of charge” service. I know that they exist.
*If you are already part of an HIV support organization, ask your case manager about these services. They should be able to guide you in a helpful direction.
*Please refer to the Find a Practitioner link on the sidebar of this blog to see if someone in your area offers Reiki.
*For more information on Reiki, please visit the Modalities Page on this blog.
Reiki can be a valuable, supportive and caregiving tool for HIV.
From working first-hand with those in the community, I can confidently and happily tell you – that Reiki brings a “quality of life”…to all those it touches!
For additional information on the benefits of Reiki and HIV-please visit: Ontario Reiki Programme Centre
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