Healing Is Connection

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”

 ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

I love this quote. It describes what is often experienced in the healing space: We are all connected.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is also available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Reiki In The World

Last weekend I attended a Shinpiden Reiki workshop by Frans Stiene. One of the women I co-teach the Advanced Reiki Workshops in Davis with, Joy Snipes, also took the three-day workshop with me. On Saturday night after dinner, about seven of us ended up at the tables between the hotel bar and restaurant, sharing stories about energy work and getting to know each other.

Soon a baby from the restaurant started crying. The baby cried for a long time, until he was screaming. A woman from another table made a comment that the noise was starting to irritate her, and I had to admit, that child was quite loud.

Joy was sitting directly in front of me, with her back to the dining area where the baby was. After a few more minutes of crying Joy calmly said: “I am going to send that baby some Reiki” then lifted her hand, palm toward the crying.

In that instant, the crying stopped.

I was stunned. Everyone else in our group, including Joy, just kept on talking like nothing out of the ordinary had happened.

I couldn’t believe it. I said “Wait! Did you see that? When Joy put her hand up that baby did not make another sound.”

Everyone looked at me and nodded, and went back to their conversations like it was no big deal.

This incident was a huge teaching for me. It wasn’t even like Joy sent that baby Reiki, it was like she used the motion of her hand to make a connection with the child. A calm, loving connection. I had felt it.

I really get it now: One grounded, loving person can make a tremendous difference in this world.

As we left our tables, I looked for the baby as we passed by the restaurant. There he was… happy and content.

“Every moment of our lives we bless and get blessed by nature, people, the universe, animals etc. The only way to recognize this is to open our hearts, eyes and minds.”

Copyright International House of Reiki
http://www.IHReiki.com

  Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is also available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions  Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.

510-601-9632

Daily Reiki Precepts

In my daily meditations, I often start by repeating the Reiki precepts out loud. The precepts are the guidelines of the spiritual path of Reiki given to us by Reiki founder Mikao Usui.

For Today Only:

Do not Anger
Do not worry
Be Grateful
Be true to your direct experience
Be Compassionate to Yourself and Others

 

There are mornings when these statements just do not resonate with me. When this happens, I rewrite each line and say it until it feels right.

Last week, after listening to the news, there was just nothing in that moment I felt that I could commit to for a whole day. I was also feeling anger. That day I could only find alignment with the present moment:

For this moment only, I will not attach to thoughts of anger
For this moment only, I will not attach to thoughts of worry
I am grateful
I am true to my direct experience
I am compassionate to myself and others

Since I was so aware of feeling angry, my new version of the precepts acknowledged my highest intentions without denying my current experience. I could now connect more with that part of myself that was not attaching to the angry thoughts. That felt real. That felt true, and once I made peace with those first two precepts the other three lines were a breeze. 🙂

My mantra for the next few days became  “For this moment only… I will not attach to thoughts of worry.” “For this moment only, I will not attach to thoughts of fear.”

Working with the Reiki precepts have become an extremely helpful practice for me. I hope you find it beneficial too.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

Keeping Your Heart Open

I am constantly inspired by my clients.

Several months ago a young man showed me the power of being truly committed to living with an open heart.

His girlfriend had just ended their relationship a few days before his session. She had been overwhelmed by multiple life challenges and had decided she just could not be in a relationship anymore.

It hit him hard.

His intention for the healing was to keep his heart open as he processed the breakup. This meant that even though he was experiencing an enormous amount pain, he did not want to emotionally shut down or project anger toward his former lover. He was consciously and courageously choosing not to create a story around the incident to protect himself; that she was bad and he was a victim. He wanted to hold the whole situation in love.

It was a profound and powerful healing. Many old beliefs, fears, and emotional wounds came up to be cleared.

It was also interesting to note that his commitment to keeping his heart open appeared to pay off. The weeks that followed the session were abundant in almost every aspect of his life. Maybe the clearing of old patterns allowed him to receive more. Whatever the reason, the universe opened up for him creatively, emotionally and financially.

Since that session, when I start to feel myself becoming judgmental or emotionally closing down, (like after I listen to the news) I remember the courage of my client.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

 

 

 

Healing Testimonial

I would like to share part of this sweet email sent by a client after her session.

Healing sessions can really make a difference.

“Jeri! I feel so much better today. So much lighter. What a relief. You are amazing!! Thank you so much!  Also it was great to be reminded just how magical and transformative this work is. What a gift!!”

 

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. If you would like to lighten up, she is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

A Healing Story About Animal Reiki, Sepsis, and Synchronicity

 Animal Reiki is also healing for people.

The day after I completed Kathleen Prasad’s Reiki III and Animal Reiki Teacher Training, one of my regular clients ended up in one of the nearby hospitals with an acute case of sepsis.

She had a cyst removed as an outpatient at the doctor’s office. A few hours later she had a life-threatening infection. Her friend, who is also one of my clients, had called to let me know where she was.

The universe had lined everything up for me to be able to go to the hospital in the middle of the afternoon. I had two back-to-back cancellations the day before and had a four-hour spot in the middle of my day.

This type of sudden opening in my schedule has happened several times before, when  I need to be somewhere else besides in my healing space. I am always still astounded at the synchronicity. You would think I would get used to it.

When I got to the hospital, it was obvious how serious the situation was. I did a Healing Touch session, which balanced her energy and allowed her to fall into a deeply relaxed state.

There was no one in the room except the two of us after the session was over. I did not want to leave her alone until her next family member arrived, so I sat by her bed. I realized I had started doing the Joshin Kokyu Ho meditation that I learned in Animal Reiki.

So I went with it. I was breathing into my hara or lower belly, and on the exhale, expanding the energy out all around me and into the room, creating a healing space.

This is a simple meditation technique that is in Kathleen’s book Reiki For Dogs. You can open to page 31 and do it for yourself right after you finish reading this post. 

The room changed in a matter of three breaths. There was SO MUCH energy, and in that energy everything was alive. The room was very bright, almost white. My client started having gentle muscle spasms and appeared to be in communication with someone, or something. I often see this state in my healing practice at the office, but usually during the healing. It felt like a spontaneous crack between worlds.

It was powerful. I felt like a bystander. I just held the space, stayed grounded and kept breathing. It was just crazy. 

Finally, the energy subsided. I really don’t remember how long it lasted. When I left I knew she was going to be ok.

When I checked in with my client a week after, she said she remembered me coming to the hospital and that the healing was the point where “everything turned around.” She completely recovered.

I emailed my client this post to ask permission to tell her story. I had not shared my experience of the session with her before this. She added:

“Wonderful to read your thoughts and description of what was for me an incomprehensible experience that just left me with an overall sense of well-being… I just know that I remember little fleeting things– like you coming into the room– your hands above me in the bed— a nurse poking her head into the room and your glance at her after which she simply nodded, turned, and left, .. closing the door.  I felt utterly and totally relaxed and I distinctly remember ‘calming down’.  I distinctly remember feeling that you were in control of the room (why the nurse left?!)” 

Let me say right away I was not in control of anything and in these kinds of sessions, the less control I have, the more profound the healing.

The nurse saw what I was doing and gave me the space to do it. My first rule in going into hospitals as an energy practitioner is that I work around the medical staff and their schedule. I have been in a lot of hospitals over the years, and so far the nurses have always been very supportive of healing work.

So the bottom line is: Animal Reiki is good for people, too.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

Reiki: Volunteering At The Berkeley Humane Animal Shelter

Before Playing With The Puppies, Volunteers Have To Wear Scrubs, Gloves And Booties To Protect The Young Dogs From Contagious Diseases

I was worried that volunteering at an animal shelter was going to be emotionally overwhelming, and maybe even a little depressing.

I was wrong.

I’ve been volunteering at Berkeley Humane for three months now, and the whole experience has been nothing but life-affirming. I am inspired by the staff, the heart-centered volunteers and, of course, the animals.

Right now I am mostly working with the dogs. Many of the dogs are only there for less than a week, so when I say good-bye to them at the end of my shift, I know they will most likely be in their new homes by the tIme I return. There are a few dogs that have been there longer, and each one seems to have a group of volunteers who champion for them and their individual needs. One of these champions is a woman on my Thursday shift. She comes in on Saturday mornings, just to walk one of the bigger dogs before the shelter opens for adoptions.

When I greet the new dogs every week, I am happy they have arrived. No matter what their issues, I know that now they have made it to this shelter, things will only get better for them.


At Berkeley Humane the kennels are heated through the floor, and the space is designed to help the animals feel safe. Every animal gets the medication they need, and there are veterinarians on staff constantly monitoring everything. It’s pretty amazing.

Being around animals has changed me. They have taught me so much in the last few months. I could list a million of these changes, but I don’t want this to be an epic blog post. I will say an interesting shift for me is my sense of time. When I am with the dogs it is SO obvious when I am not fully present with them. When I am feeding a hungry dog or playing with a puppy, I have to let go of the next item on my agenda, even if it is another dog who needs walking.

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I became a volunteer at Berkeley Humane, despite my initial apprehension, because of SARA, the Shelter Animal Reiki Association founded by Kathleen Prasad and Leah D’Ambrosio. SARA is a non-profit organization that promotes Animal Reiki and meditation practices for shelter and sanctuary animals.

I have to confess that so far I am not doing much actual “sit down and meditate” Reiki at Berkeley Humane. When I am volunteering, I am cleaning the kennels, feeding, playing ball and walking the dogs. Then – before I know it – it’s time to go. Yet, when I meet an animal that is anxious, sick, or just overwhelmed, I connect with them during the following week in my daily meditations. I have found Distance Reiki to be a very powerful part of my morning meditation practice.

All this has brought me back to the Reiki Precept: Just for today – DO NOT WORRY!

 

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.

510-601-9632

Video of Reiki Precepts with Frans Stiene

This is a beautiful, calming video by Frans Stiene that I play often. From the International House of Reiki – http://www.IHReiki.com. Enjoy!

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

Teaching Reiki

Reiki Centered

I am excited to write that I am now teaching Reiki.

The planet is in a state of significant transformation and I am feeling the shift. I know it’s time to start teaching what I have learned over the last twenty years in my healing practice.

I have taken a few private students and have also been co-teaching a short series of advanced Reiki Workshops in Davis, California. My teaching practice is slowing taking form, evolving from my healing business and daily meditations.

This website, ReikiCentered, is devoted to the five-element system of Reiki for meditation, awakening, healing yourself and sharing that healing with others. The heart of this Reiki lineage is a solid daily practice.

Below is a thoughtful account from one of my students of how daily Reiki treatments can

“… garner the power of the spirit to come back to yourself, to the present, the now, the moment…

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Pamela Miles: The Reiki Writer, Teacher And Self-Care Genius

“There are as many ways to practice Reiki self-treatment as there are Reiki practitioners, and the best way to practice is clearly the way you actually will practice.”

-Pamela Miles

This week I would like to thank Pamela Miles for her extensive research and writing on Reiki practice. I have been reading her blog for years, and I am constantly inspired by her clarity and commitment to the system of Reiki. Her website is a wealth of information.

Check out this blog post she wrote about Reiki Self-Treatment. Even if you have never taken a Reiki class, try her self-treatment protocol and notice how you feel afterward.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632