I’m a Shamballa Reiki Master Healer Teacher. I heal people and animals with energy. Well, more precisely, I channel universal healing energy that helps them to heal themselves. I started my official training about 7 years ago, but I’ve been doing it intuitively my whole life. Some people call it “healing hands” or the “laying on of hands”.

The Karate Kid movie with Mr. Miagi and Daniel SanThe other night, I caught the tail end of “The Karate Kid”, a great movie about a teenager taking control of himself and his life, using some great self help techniques from a kindly Japanese man, Mr. Miagi, who just happens to be an expert at karate. The man becomes a coach to the boy, Daniel, encouraging him to balance himself and his relationships in a variety of ways, including physically defending himself against some rotten bullies. In the process, the boy is physically hurt, but wants to continue the karate competition against the odds so that he can prove himself, harnessing his inner strength and will. He asks Mr. Miagi to heal him, and lo and behold, Mr. Miagi claps his hands together robustly (an energy clearing and activating technique), rubs them vigorously (to build the energy), and then gives the boy Reiki! Boy, was I surprised! Twenty years ago when I first saw the movie, I didn’t know anything about Reiki, and Mr. Miagi’s healing techniques didn’t consciously stick in my head. I’ll have to see the entire movie again and watch for the Reiki. I’m sure that it subconsciously registered with me.

Years after I’d seen The Karate Kid, but long before I had heard of Reiki, I used it on our dog who had suffered sudden unexplained severe paralysis on the lower half of her body. She had no feeling there, and was unable to move any part of it. The vet gave her a grim prognosis, but I saw clear, energetic light in her eyes saying that she wanted to keep living. So, I took her home and did everything for her, including helping her body go to the bathroom. She was very grateful and loving as always, and I was determined to do everything I could to keep her living at least for the month the vet said it would take to tell if her body would repair itself at all or not. As she lay on the floor one day, I was soothing her, massaging her, sending her love through my hands, and I felt heat in one area along her spine. I placed my hands there and sent loving energy, gently and lightly massaging. I didn’t know what it was that was happening, but it felt miraculous. Within a week from the day she was stricken, she was up and walking, going to the bathroom normally, and eventually running and bouncing around and being her regular, perky self! I think she may have had a spinal embolism, a blood clot preventing normal blood flow to the spine, thus causing the paralysis. My theory is that the energy healing broke up the clot and/or allowed new, healthy blood vessels to grow around it. She lived happily and healthily for years afterwards.

Reiki is an ancient healing system rediscovered by a Japanese man. Not Mr. Miagi, as cool as he is, but Mikao Usui. Some people in the healing community care deeply about the specific origins and styles of Reiki, including the cost of training. However, Reiki works regardless of where it and you came from. If you’re interested, find a Reiki practitioner in your area or online (Reiki can be done even without physical contact or close proximity — it’s called distance healing).

Quote for the day, from Garner’s Classics:

Miyagi: Now, ready?
Daniel Larusso: I guess so.
Miyagi: [sighs] Daniel-san, must talk. Man walk on road. Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk down middle, sooner or later, get squished [makes squish gesture] just like grape. Same here. You karate do “yes,” or karate do “no.” You karate do “guess so,” [makes squish gesture] just like grape. Understand?
Daniel Larusso: Yeah, I understand.
Miyagi: Now, ready?
Daniel Larusso: Yeah, I’m ready.