Tuesday, June 9, 2015

My Jikiden Reiki Experience and Messages from Spirit Along the Way

Laura receiving her temporary Jikiden Certificate from
Frank "Arjava" Petter in Shoden and Okuden in
Connecticut May 2015
Well I did it ... 1st phase is complete with your help. I cannot say thank you enough to all who made this journey possible.

I am officially Jikiden Reiki® trained in Shoden and Okuden and will be receiving my certificate from Kyoto, Japan. This has been a dream of mine since I first learned about reiki and I have indirectly studied with Arjava throughout the years through his books.

I have firmly believe that Jikiden Reiki® was the key to help me move forward in my work especially in the healing work in the abuse communities such as domestic violence, sex abuse, and child abuse for which I am passionate about.

Spirit was with me the whole time guiding the way sending messages and confirmations along the way.

I enjoy sharing my experiences in Jikiden Reiki® with you which come from the heart in hopes you find your own inner peace and healing. My hope is you discover how we all have the power to heal ourselves by connecting to the Universal energies.

In this blog:
  • What is Jikiden Reiki®
  • Laura Embarks on a Jikiden Reiki® Journey
  • The Week Long Spirit Messages
  • Since Laura's Week in Connecticut
  • Laura's Jikiden Reiki Path
  • How you can help fulfill this dream

The Reiki Lineage as found on
the Jikiden Reiki Institute
What is Jikiden Reiki®?

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a simple form of energy healing from Japan known as "Shinshin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho", which translates as "Usui treatment for the improvement of body and mind".

Jikiden Reiki is the original teaching of Reiki presented with credibility and clarity that is free from Western influence.

The word Reiki itself means "universal life energy", which is the natural, vital healing force found in all life. 

Jikiden Reiki® sessions focus on removing toxins from the body and guiding it towards wholeness.

Jikiden Reiki is known for its effective treatment of acute and chronic conditions, as well as to address deep rooted beliefs, habits, traumas and addictions.

Reiki has been effective treatment option like alleviating pain, pre-op and post-op surgery recovery, anxiety, skin conditions and posttraumatic stress.

Laura Embarks on a Jikiden Reiki® Journey
When I left Massachusetts to embark on this new journey, I had no comprehension as to what to expect except that I experienced a fluctuation of emotions from excitement to nervousness to fear to gratitude all at the same time.

I believe in my gut learning Jikiden Reiki® is necessary both for my continued self healing from abuse as well as using it as another tool to help others heal from the long term physical health, mental health, and spiritual health affects from abuse. My goal is to help break the cycle of abuse through long term permanent healing and to provide complimentary services to traditional health care services provided by domestic violence organizations and medical offices.

Dolce Conference Center, Norwalk, Ct
I was so eager to learn all I can from Frank "Arjava" Petter in a beautiful awe inspiring conducive learning environment with an amazing group of wonderful healers from all many countries and backgrounds including hospice and sexual trauma. I had NO idea how valuable this weeklong training would be for my personal healing from past abuses I endured until Spirit smacked me upside the head in a gentle loving manner with some of the best teachers I could have ever asked for. 

"Arjava" is one of the foremost experts, healers, and historians on the original form of reiki by Makao Usui in Japan who doesn't come to the US that often to teach. I can't express into words how blessed I feel to have the opportunity to learn from him.

The rainbow spotted on a cloudless sky on day 3
The Week Long Spirit Messages

Many of you may know I get many messages from Spirit as either a direct message or a confirmation.

Day Two:  One of the other students and I had an interesting experience with a dragon fly. Upon discovery, it appeared dead and had ants crawling all over the head. However, it was still alive. In attempts to pick it up, it flew away and fell in the pond upside down. We then rescued it once again, and placed it on the bench when the messages began to flutter in from Spirit.

The dragonfly is very symbolic in many spiritual beliefs. To me, it meant to shift beyond the fear and illusions of the past.  In Jikiden Reiki® that week, it represented the shifting of vibrations leading the way thru all the mists of change. It also was a reminder that we are all divinely supported while we transition to our true power and inner wisdom.

The ants to me were very representative of teamwork to help remove toxins that are blocking our way from living our true life.

Dragonflies are also a very prominent symbol in Jikiden Reiki and many other Reiki modalities.

Day Three:  I saw a rainbow (as pictured above) while on my morning meditative walk on the way to class on day three of my training and viewed it as a gift from Spirit and Ascended Masters to all of us in our class.

This was the 2nd day with a clear message from the Universe. This had been such an incredible journey so far.  The experience is far better than any conceived expectations I may have had prior.

There was so much to learn and the more I learned, the more I realized I don't know and unlearned certain aspects of what I thought I knew.

I have been practicing Reiki for 9 years now, and I feel we have just scratched the surface and all its potential to heal any known disease including those associated with abuse such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, digestive issues, and more. 

I feel so blessed to be surrounded with such soulful loving inspirational healing energy. I can't wait to see what's next. Here is the Youtube video of the moving rainbow.

Conversations with a catbird - While on break I also came across a catbird which seemingly went out of his way to get my attention of squawking from branch to branch then hopping on the ground with direct eye contact, I listened. Only then, after I began to listen, the catbird flew off.

The message I received was confirmation about the new people I was meeting that week who taught me valuable lessons especially in the areas of simplification and communication.

Day Four:  Let the birthing begin. We experienced another incredible day with nature being our communicator. We had a family of geese with two babies swim up to us seemingly from nowhere and a blackbird nest just above us.

To me, here is a great explanation of what I knew and was experiencing regarding the blackbird and the birthing that was taking place. For that I am grateful to Spirit and all those I learned from that week of training as it changed my life.

From What's Your Sign :
"Black birds demand our commitment to learning their wisdom, and do not reveal their meanings unless they are convinced we've devoted ourselves completely to the path of understanding (both dark and light sides of) energy.

This is a fundamental concept of alchemy which is: Transition and Transformation. The bird is symbolic of life in the heavens (higher ideals, higher path of knowing) and the color black is symbolic of pure potential. Between the two, there is no limit to human transformation - all we have to do is close the shutters of the rational mind, and start sojourning with our darkly feathered friends."

The geese were reminding me to stay grounded, forge ahead with confidence, and never forget all those who helped me along this journey. 

Yohei Yamaguchi (Chiyoko Yamaguchi's Grandson)
Laura Joseph and Frank "Arjava" Petter on the final day
Since Laura's Week in Connecticut: It sure has been with whirlwind for sure even with mercury in retrograde, but blessed at all the opportunities to share what I have learned.  The past few weeks we've seen an upsurge of emotions, trials, and tribulations. This most recent mercury retrograde has a lot of us on our toes and stress levels at a high as if it knew which buttons to push to aggravate us.

Well it's not about aggravating you. It's about helping you become who your soul came here to be. When we can pause a moment and stay present, all situations seem to work themselves out. The biggest challenge many times is getting in our own way and not going with the flow of the Universe.

As a result, over the last several weeks, I have been helping my clients break that cycle by helping them address their own unwanted habits and remove toxic energies from the body. Through the gentle use of Jikiden Reiki® and Spiritual Guidance, I observed the reduction of stress and anxiety  which were replaced with inner peace, calmness, and clarity.  Removing unwanted habits is just one of the many benefits of experiencing Jikiden Reiki.

The first miracle I witnessed was a small hematoma I had that was not healing after a week, and while administering Jikiden Reiki on the way home, the bruise began to heal.  I was amazed that upon my return, I could clearly see where my fingers were on my leg as that was the part of the bruise that completely healed. I wrote about this experience and others which you can read here.

Laura's Jikiden Reiki Path:  My experience learning Jikiden Reiki from these two beautiful souls, Frank Arjava Petter Sensei and Yohei Yamaguchi was priceless to me.

This is not to mention the wisdom I learned ... the building of trust and confidence in the gifts of universal energies that we can all tap into and most importantly the bonds created and the self healing I experienced I will cherish for a lifetime.

For the first time in my life, I feel like I am trusting in the path Spirit has laid out for me and Jikiden Reiki was the key missing piece of the puzzle. Maybe I am an idealist, but I believe we truly can change the world through healing and compassion. Wars will die out and mother earth healthy and bountiful again.

Please join me in this journey together.

Thank you all for helping make this dream come true. All of you helped make this possible. Can't express how blessed I feel.

Laura giving a presentation on the benefits of Holistic Healing
for victims of abuse as a viable treatment option.
How you can help fulfill this dream?  I feel like I have a lot still to learn if I want to help others find their own healing not to mention my passion to break the cycle of abuse through the power of healing.

However, to continue my training is quite expensive and requires case studies and clinical hours.  If you would like to support my continued training with some of the world's leading experts, please click here to read my complete bio, mission, incentive lists, and updates from my training in Connecticut in May 2015.

I would love your feedback to my story and if you have a healing story you would like to share, I would really like to hear from you. This could be on how Jikiden Reiki helped you heal or it could be on holistic therapies helping heal trauma associated with abuse.

Thank you for reading, and have a blessed day,

Laura Joseph, RMA, RMT, BFA
Healing With Spirit
Spiritual Medium, Guest Speaker, Teacher
Reiki Master Teacher in the Usui/Tibetan Tradition
Jikiden Reiki Pratictioner in Shoden and Okuden

To schedule an appointment or to learn more, please visit www.healingwithspirit.webs.com.

Friday, June 5, 2015

My Journey and Experiment Through Jikiden Reiki

I wanted to share my personal story, spiritual journey and experiment through Usui Reiki and Jikiden Reiki®. Most of my background in Reiki over the last 9 years has been primarily in the healthcare setting or at various spiritual locations. I have worked on pets, children, and adults. I have used Reiki for cancer, digestive disorders, anxiety, anger, kidney diseases, abuse related issues etc.

One of the many miracles witnessed during my Jikiden Reiki
training. This is a rainbow in a cloudless sky.
2015 Laura Healing With Spirit, Dolce, Norwalk, CT
A Little About My Background: As many of you may or may not know, I have worked a cumulative 15+ years in various aspects of healthcare from direct patient care to administration to teaching in a college setting.

Since 2006, I began including more holistic health and complimentary alternative medicine modalities or mind-body medicine therapies such as reiki.

The Journey To Self Healing: As a domestic abuse survivor who has gone through the legal system as well as worked in the healthcare system, I realized something wasn't working in my own healing. Instead, I felt there were bandaids applied and massive judgments and discrimination with the courts systems only made my healing less possible.

With what began a journey in self-healing from an abusive marriage, I dived into learning ways into healing trauma associated with abuse such as domestic abuse, child abuse, and sex abuse. I began learning the medical side such as treatments, medical statistics, the problems statically of the re-traumatization of family courts, meditation, nutrition, mind-body medicine therapies, importance of spirituality, reiki, yuen energetics, sound therapies, and more.

With self-healing and learning these alternative methods, I began to finally see improvement in self and others as time went on. I even discovered a personal statistic that no agency or organization has been able to provide me with medical documentation to back up my preliminary findings ... A 100% link between breast cancer and abuse.

What I Do To Help Healing Survivors Of Abuse:
As more and more abuse survivors began seeking me out for help, the more and more I wanted to help them based on what I learned which started out with basic guided and mindfulness meditation in my office and at one of the local battered women's shelters.

With each recorded success, I felt empowered to learn more both for self-healing and for healing for others.  I began studying and learning various alternative modalities like reiki over the years and worked directly with domestic abuse, child abuse, and sex abuse survivors.

Beginning 2011, I coached and used subtle healing and mindfulness based practices in the college setting as an adjunct instructor where students who were in an abusive situation sought my assistance. At the time the college was not equipped to assist in such matters so I became the go to person.

I also became a volunteer and board member for Massachusetts Survivors Outreach in hopes to bring to light the benefits of alternative therapies such as reiki in healing abuse.  My goal was to research and back up in the office the successes or findings I was experiencing clinically. Hence, finding a different way to break the cycle of violence through knowledge and healing.

The graphics on this page are just one campaign I was a part of called the "Did You Know Campaign" educating the general public about the issues surrounding abuse statistically as well as showing the benefits of alternative healing modalities such as reiki from a scientific standpoint.

I also recently spoke at the 2015 Celebration of Reiki Conference "Reiki Reaches Out" Panel on my experiences using reiki to heal traumas associated with abuse.

My Jikiden Training: In May 2015, I had an amazing opportunity to continue my Reiki training by learning Jikiden Reiki® from Arjava Sensei who came to New England May 12th in Norwalk, CT.

Jikiden Reiki® is something I have been feeling deeply compelled to learn for a couple years now.  All Jikiden courses taught by Arjava Sensei are accredited by the Japanese Jikiden Reiki® Institute in Kyoto, Japan, and I will receive my certificate directly from Japan.

Jikiden  Reiki® is a simple form of energy healing from Japan known as “Shinshin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho" which translates as "Usui treatment for the improvement of body and mind." Jikiden Reiki® is the original teaching of Reiki presented with credibility and clarity.

Jikiden is entirely free of Western influence. Its roots go back almost to the discovery of Reiki itself.  It differs from "Western" style Reiki in approach, attitude and ideas.  I will experience Reiki in its original beauty and simplicity.

This is a rare opportunity for me to study with someone so closely related to the culture and ideas that Reiki is steeped in and I am very excited about it especially on the ways it can assist in healing various traumas associated with abuse.

This training is just one more notch to help me on my path to help find long term healing solutions to abuse so a survivor no longer has to become a statistic.

As a result of  the recommendation of one of my students, I created a GoFundMe account to help make help make my dream a reality. I can not express the level of gratitude and appreciation I have for all those who contributed to the campaign as I am experiencing incredible healing like I have never experienced before.

Shoden and Okuden Jikden Reiki Training
PHOTO: Yohei Yamaguchi, Laura Joseph, Frank "Arjava" Petter
2015 Doce, Norwalk, CT

Well after I left Connecticut after studying Shoden and Okuden  in May of 2015 with amazing teachers, with Arjava Sensei and Yohei Yamaguchi, from the Jikiden Reiki® Institute, Koyoto Japan,  I decided to try an experiment.

Just prior to coming to Connecticut, I had taught a Reiki level 1 class using the materials provided by William Lee Rand.

While cleaning up and removing the blanket off of the exam table a corner had gotten caught and ricocheted back jamming my leg into the corner of the table causing a small hematoma.

One thing I noticed all week is that the bruise never healed and actually looked a little worse .... So after the last day of class, which happened to be exactly 8 days after the initial bruise with no change, I decided to try the experiment.

I figured what the heck, I'll be sitting in a car for three and a half hours or more driving back. So I administered Jikiden Reiki® on my leg with my left hand while driving on half of the bruise.

The side I did reiki on it cleared 80% by the time I arrived and unpacked the car (approx 5hrs) with clear finger print marks in it and completely in that side within 12hrs. Now, just to remind you, I have been a practicing reiki professional for over 9 years now. This result even completely dumbfounded me.

The side I did NOT do reiki is finally starting to heal after 2 weeks and finally cleared up at a month. I find it so incredible and love the healing power of reiki.

What amazed me was this was "just a bruise". What could be the results when applied to cancer, infections, insomnia, anxiety, trauma, surgery, etc?

I am amazed at how Spirit works every time and the Universal energies of healing. Just in the short time I have trained I have bared witness to other instances such as:
  1. A 6 mo post-op cancer patient going from non-healing and facing more invasive procedures to wound healing and reversal of original medical plans.
  2. severe chronic eczema with numerous doctors and unclear diagnosis for years with no relief to an 85% improvement for the first time in years just after one treatment.
  3. and finally here is what another reiki practitioner had to say after a Jikiden reiki treatment who had serious sleep issues, fibromyalgia, and other health complications "WOW, that was a powerful session of Jikiden Reiki with Laura Joseph yesterday! Slept like a baby last night for about 10 hrs. last night! Feel great today! Thank you, Laura (grin emoticon) xxx"
My goal will be to eventually provide clear evidential case studies of the value and benefits of Jikiden Reiki® with a qualified professional.

I can not wait to see what lies ahead.

"If everyone knew they had the power to heal themselves, they could change the world and how we view medicine." - Laura Joseph, RMA, RMT, BFA

Curious about Jikiden Reiki®? I am currently offering 60/90/120min Jikiden Reiki® treatments in my Hingham, MA office. Please email me to schedule an appointment.

"Buddha Time"
2015 Laura Joseph, RMA, RMT, BFA

If you would like to assist in helping me continue my Jikiden Reiki® Path or to read more about my journey, please visit my GoFundMe account to help make help make my dream a reality.

My goal is to continue my training with Arjava and attend the 2016 Jikiden World Congress event and training in October of 2016.

Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated and will help me attend the necessary training. I am so looking forward to growing in my Reiki practice and incorporating what I learned into my sessions and classes, but especially to help me continue my passions in the abuse community and to help continuing establish reiki as a viable healing modality to heal traumas associated with abuse.

For more information about my reiki work, please visit my about Laura reiki page.

Thank you so much for your help and consideration! I and those I aim to help appreciate your assistance in helping break the cycle through healing.

Reiki Blessings,
Laura Joseph, RMA, RMT, BFA
Usui Reiki Master Teacher
Jikiden Reiki® Practitioner, Shoden and Okuden