WHAT IS REIKI ?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.

CELTIC REIKI

Celtic Reiki is one of many modern Reiki modalities of energy healing.
Reiki (RAY-KEE) means ‘Universal Life Energy’ in Japanese, and is based on the teachings of Dr. Mikao Usui. Dr. Usui taught that all living things have the ability to heal. This ability comes from the Universe itself. Reiki is a system so simple and enlightened that anyone who truly desires to heal can be taught and ‘attuned’ to use this innate ability. A Reiki practitioner simply places his or her hands on or above various points on the patient’s body, uses sacred symbols that she has received in her attunement, and holds that position for a certain amount of time. She then opens up to allow the energy to flow naturally through her hands from the Eternal Source, to support the patient’s healing needs and bring them back into a state of balance and wholeness. It is a gentle, comforting, non-invasive, and incredibly effective healing method.
Reiki is used for a variety of issues including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, as well as concerns with prosperity, work, and relationships, etc. In all areas of our lives we need to create harmony and balance for our well-being, and Reiki assists with this endeavour. Reiki can be used on all living things – plants, trees, animals, landscapes, the ocean, etc. Reiki can be used to help heal ourselves, each other, and the environment.
Martyn Pentacost, a British Reiki Master, received a revelation while applying Reiki energy to a dying fir tree (Ailim in Celtic). He felt the healing energy of the tree enter his hands. Although it was universal energy, it was channelled through the specific healing properties of the fir tree. After this initiatory experience, he travelled throughout the British Isles meditating with the ogham trees and shrubs the ancient Druids knew intimately. These trees still have a powerful role in the folklore of the British Isles. Each species of tree has its own unique healing qualities. In fact, all trees and plants do, but as Celts and Druids, we have chosen to work with the traditional trees of the ogham, to recapture the healing knowledge of the ancient Celts and Druids.
Celtic Reiki combines the healing energy of Japanese Reiki and the healing energy British trees. Like traditional Reiki, it involves a course of study and attunements. Although there is no documentation to prove it, I suspect the trees made their healing knowledge available to the ancient Druids, which is why they taught and practiced their arts inside the sacred groves of trees. We do not have to be in physical contact with these trees to avail ourselves of their healing energy, as the energy is universal, transmitted through the earth itself, which we share with the trees. As Druids, we can journey to the Other World and visit the sacred groves, using the ogham symbols as the keys.
The ogham symbols are a sacred Celtic alphabet, used for communication, divination and magic. There are many different ogham systems, including ‘Bird Ogham’ but one of the most powerful is the Ogham nan Crann, the Tree Ogham, which we use in Celtic Reiki. The ancient Celts believed that every tree had a spirit, and every species had an ‘Over Spirit’ or ‘Fairie’ or ‘Deva’ that governed that species. Working with the Celtic Ogham, we are working with the Deva of the tree species. -
by Susa Morgan Black
ESSENTIAL OILS
The essential oils that are extracted from plant leaves, flowers, stems, roots, or bark are incredible tools for us to use in our everyday lives, and when we are facing serious problems and looking for natural and healthy solutions in a more potent form.
Essential oils carry the essence of the plants in such a potent form that a single drop of essential oil can equal multiple teaspoons of the dried herb (for instance, 1 drop of peppermint oil equals more than 25 cups of peppermint tea!). And they can be used or applied in a multitude of ways and combinations to bring powerful results to your tasks, atmosphere, and bodies.
Many essential oils have
antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibiotic properties. In addition to these impressive qualities, they often also transfer very pleasurable sensory experiences within minutes because of their fragrances and restorative natures, making them impactful on our brain chemistry, emotional well-being, and spiritual wellness. This makes for a highly vast and diverse list of uses for essential oils.
But the remarkable uses of essential oils can only be maximized when purity is involved. Since quality regulations are virtually non-existent, knowing where your oils come from and how they are created is crucial to ensuring safety and effectiveness. Also important is knowing how to use each oil properly. - f
rom Sustainablebabysteps.com