Bodhisattvas Behind Bars? Reiki in Prison

BY LAURELLE SHANTI GAIA AND MICHAEL ARTHUR BAIRD In July of 2002 we met thirteen remarkable men behind the walls of the federal Administrative Maximum Security Penitentiary south of Florence, Colorado. These men are now Reiki practitioners awaiting Reiki Master Teacher training. Two years prior to this meeting an inmate wrote a letter requesting that we come to the prison to teach Reiki to a group of inmates. It took nearly two years for the paperwork to be processed and our backgrounds to be investigated before we finally drove through the guarded gates of one of the most secure prisons in the United States. Our first view of the facilities revealed high concrete walls and double fences crowned with coils of gleaming razor wire. During the months leading up to the Reiki I & II class we began to send Reiki to the energy of the class, to the inmates, and to ourselves to alleviate the fears that were surfacing from time to time. During those months preceding the class we also did some research and learned that this particular prison, which opened in 1989, consists of four separate correctional facilities including the one we would teach in. It is a maximum-security prison on the same grounds as the “Super Max,” which was designed to take the place of the federal penitentiary at Marion, Illinois, which in turn replaced the prison located on Alcatraz Island. Notable prisoners who have been transported to Super Max were Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski; Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing; and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Due to confidentiality rules, we...

How to Gain Confidence in Your Relationship with Reiki by Laurelle Shanti Gaia

My first introduction to the true meaning of unconditional love was through my first Reiki session. I had heard that phrase before, but hearing and experiencing are two totally different things. I was uncomfortable with the very thought of allowing a stranger to actually touch me. However, I was very curious about Reiki.

Synchronicity in Hilo Another Reiki Adventure

by Laurelle Shanti Gaia The air was crisp and clear early one autumn morning in 1997. I was walking my usual route for my morning hike, enjoying the jewel toned colors of the trees, the briskness of the air, and the aromas of the autumn forest and wood burning in the stoves in nearby homes. Suddenly I realized I was slipping into a spontaneous meditative state. I have learned through experience, when this happens, it is important and I had better pay attention. So I found a tree stump in the forest, and sat down to allow the meditation to unfold. I saw visions of a tropical island, and felt the warmth of the sun beaming down on me, even though I was “really” sitting in a wooded area on a cool autumn day. I saw black, volcanic rock, the sea, and then I saw this most beautiful vision of our Earth. It appeared to be a future vision, and it was as if I were watching frames from a movie. I saw peace in the Middle East, in Africa, in China and Tibet. In fact, I saw glimpses of many areas of the world which frequently experience, political or religious turmoil, or war. All of these areas were at peace. I saw politicians, and religious leaders, and world leaders from all walks of life working together. I saw all people with an abundance of everything they needed, food, clothing, shelter, and love. I saw all the children, being nurtured, feeling loved and secure. I saw all people of the world giving back to our Mother Earth, more than...

Reiki…Sacred or Secret?

Each person must decide what type of experience is right for them. The online mass marketing approach to teaching Reiki and attuning people  is just not for me. Reiki is much more than that to me, and I feel students deserve more than that. We help the students who come to our classes for training to  have a deep and meaningful experience by creating a very special, sacred Reiki experience that will be a fond and loving memory forever.  I simply am passionate about  providing quality experiences for students.

What is Reiki? How Does it Heal? Where Can I Learn Reiki? Can Reiki Become a Profession?

by Laurelle Shanti Gaia Reiki (ray-key) is a multi-faceted spiritual energy that can be used to help us with meditation practices, spiritual growth, healing relationships, manifestation of goals, and activating the Divine healing power within all living beings. Reiki is a tool to help us develop “wellness consciousness” and also to understand, on an experiential level, what it truly means to be “One with all Creation”. Reiki is usually considered to be a “hands-on healing technique”. This is one application, but it is so much more. Mikao Usui discovered this healing art in Japan in the late 1800s. The Japanese Kanji characters that represent the word Reiki can be translated to mean; Rei = Spiritually guided or wisdom of God and Ki = Life force energy.. How Does Reiki Heal? All forms of healing whether traditional, complementary or alternative have an impact on the human subtle energy system. Each method also carries a unique vibrational frequency and consequently will create different effects. A beautiful characteristic of Reiki is that it has the ability to harmonize energies that may normally be incompatible and can create the best possible outcome. Therefore Reiki enhances anything we do. Reiki is being embraced by many prestigous hospitals where it is offered as a part of standard care. “Reiki is one of the leading safe Energy Medicine approaches.” - C. Norman Shealy, M.D. Ph.D. Founder, American Holistic Medical Association “…Reiki … may ultimately be the most important alternative treatment of all…” Dr. Mehment Oz Many people are practicing techniques to improve their health such as meditation, exercise and improved diet. As this is done, a...

Mastering Time with Reiki By Laurelle Shanti Gaia

ONE AREA OF OUR LIFE that often seems to present challenges is our “management” of time. Our ego can create a worry, which causes us to feel that there is not enough time in the day to accomplish all that we need to do. Or perhaps we allow ourselves to feel that we are so much busier than others that we know. We may impede our relationship with time by telling ourselves “I really want to do that, but I just do not have the time.”

How Does Sound Enhance Reiki Sessions?

by Laurelle Gaia & Michael Arthur Baird Many times we have said, “One of the most beautiful things about Reiki is that there is nothing extra, no tool, or substance needed to be able to help oneself and others heal.”

Karuna Reiki and Soul Level Healing

by Laurelle Shanti Gaia Karuna Reiki can bring soul recognition that complete peace is already within us all. The air was crisp and clear and the sounds of a nearby mountain stream were soothing my spirit. I had slipped away for a few moments of quiet introspection at the Karuna Reiki Retreat I was co-facilitating in Colorado this summer. I had just received a most transformational healing thanks to the willing service of my fellow Karuna Reiki Masters and the Karuna Reiki energy. I have always loved the way in which Reiki brings together the perfect blend of energies into each class, and this carries through to Karuna Reiki classes as well. Sometimes there are karmic healings that need to take place among members of a class, sometimes there is future work to be done together, and other times we are simply brought together to learn new techniques from one another. Whatever the reason, the classes always come together perfectly. …Reiki brings together the perfect blend of energies into each class… This class was no exception, it brought together exactly the right blend of energies to create the perfect healing environment for each of us. As I sat by the mountain stream, I perched upon a smooth river rock and dangled my bare feet in the water. The sun was streaming through the trees, sparkling on the rushing water, and a gentle breeze was caressing my skin. This was the perfect place to integrate what had just happened to me. It was my turn to receive a healing in our practice sessions. Four beautiful Karuna Reiki Masters gathered around...

Healing Religious Wounds with Reiki and the Holy Fire

When I found Reiki in 1989, I unknowingly had been searching to fill a spiritual void. I was not consciously aware of the fact that I had a deep longing to feel worthy of love. Did I carry this with me into this life, or did it develop because of experiences in this incarnation? I am not certain, but I do know that Reiki helped me fill that empty space in my heart.

Reiki and the Key to Self Healing

By Laurelle Gaia It is with the help of the distant healing Reiki symbol (HNSHZN), I am able to connect back in time to an experience that proved to be one of my most powerful personal healings.  When I review the experience, it feels like a different life time rather than simply an earlier chapter of this life. During a time, which seems  to be an  ancient whisper within my consciousness, I was in my 30s, a devoted wife and mother, and a self-employed corporate business woman. I awoke early in one morning and realized that I was dreading the day ahead. I was feeling sluggish, and was avoiding even the thought of rising early and experiencing quiet moments before my family was awake. Those quiet moments had been so important to me; I was able to practice yoga, meditate and enjoy a quiet cup of tea. However, on this morning, I just wanted to close my eyes and pretend the world had disappeared. I felt as though I had become a “workaholic/momaholic” who lived by mine and other’s “expectations” of what a good mother, wife and business person should be. On that morning I forced myself to get out of bed, and began the routine of waking the family, insuring everyone had clean clothes, a healthy breakfast, homework and everything they needed to move through their day. Then off I went to my computer graphic business, to tend to project deadlines, staff, clients, and accountants. I was sitting at my desk, and began to stand up to retrieve a file from a cabinet across the room. To my...

Forgiveness – the Key to Creating a New YOU!

By Laurelle Gaia Everyone has moments from their past during which they have experienced emotional hurt, physical pain, or perhaps even guilt or shame. We know that we are holding onto these issues when we find ourselves, becoming angry easily, or feeling sad or depressed for no apparent reason. Even when the hurt is emotional in nature, we might still feel very definite physical pain in our body. Often this pain expresses itself in our back or the area of kidneys, pancreas, or liver. The physical pain is caused by cellular memory of the past trauma. It is possible to develop energetic “cords” to people from our past who hurt us, or whom we have hurt. Such cords are also created when we are emotionally connected to unpleasant situations. The most effective way to clear these cords is through forgiveness of oneself as well as others. Such cords deplete our energy, and if we are connected to another person, their energy is diminished as well. In order to regain our energy, complete forgiveness is so important. “When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future.” Bernard Meltzer There is no better time than right NOW to allow yourself to completely forgive, release and let go of the past. It is through forgiveness that we are able to move forward into the future feeling light, free and ready to create a beautiful new way of being in the world. I have recorded a journey designed to help you gently, yet deeply release, heal, and let past hurts and concerns simply melt away...

Preparing for Reiki Master Training

By Laurelle Shanti Gaia This article appears in the Winter 2013 issue of “Reiki News Magazine” THE PROCESS OF BECOMING a Reiki Master can be an exhilarating and profoundly transformational journey.

Reiki New Moon Meditation

By Laurelle Shanti Gaia For many years I have been studying the power of the cycles of the moon.  Of particular interest are the experiences shared with new moon meditation groups when we invoke Reiki to assist in meditations, for personal growth and world service. Components of the Reiki new moon meditation Sacred Intention … The spoken or written word that describes goals for healing or visions for creation offered with love and for the highest good of all. Prayer … An act of giving thanks for sacred intentions that have been stated and offered to the Divine for manifestation. A statement of faith and knowingness that the intention is fulfilled as it can be for the highest good. Reiki . . . Divinely guided life force energy, which never causes harm. True Reiki is channeled without interference from the ego, nor controlled by the personality. Reiki is totally guided by the infinite wisdom of the Divine. Reiki links sacred intention, prayer, moon energies and the ascended spiritual masters together as one powerful force for manifestation in the highest form. Soul Linking . . . the act of conscious, energetic soul connections which take place between willing individuals to fulfill a specific portion of the Divine plan. Moon Energies  . . . The moon emanates distinctly different energies during the full cycle from new moon to full moon.  Each of the eight cycles facilitates the process of creation and manifestation. The eight phases each have a duration of approximately 28 days. An example and definition follow: Day 1-31/2 New moon energy is for creating a vision Day 31/2-6 Crescent moon energy...

How to Create Reiki Miracles in 4 Easy Steps

by Laurelle Shanti Gaia  What is a Miracle? When you think about the word miracle, what comes to your mind? When I think about miracles, especially in the context of a “Reiki miracle” I immediately think of a result of prayer, which has been energized with Reiki, and left, undisturbed, as an offering upon the “altar” within the heart and mind of God. Reiki can help you learn to release attachment to outcomes, to others and to things. It can help you trust that all things happen for the highest good. Miracles manifest when there are no attachments, or expectations. To create a miracle it is important to release attachments to and expectations of yourself, others, and the results of your prayers. Release opens you to experience the manifestation of your prayers in ways that are much grander than you may have imagined. Divine Love, which resides within the heart and mind of God, is the energy that fuels miracles. Divine Love is limitless. You can learn to practice unconditional, limitless Reiki. It is easy. When channeling Reiki simply move your personality and ego aside and KNOW Reiki  IS “working” on many levels. It is very important to remember that Reiki will never cause harm. Results are easier to witness when you, as a practitioner, strengthen your light, and command your ego and personality to step aside. It is the personality and the ego that can cause you to try to manipulate or control, or create a desire to intellectualize what is happening during a healing, or a prayer session. A tendency to manipulate or control, creates attachment to...

8 EASY Steps to Boost Your Immune System with Reiki

It is our immune system’s “job” to help us avoid infections and disease. The immune system relies on a healthy supply of white blood cells. Stress, as well as lack of exercise and nutrients, can reduce or weaken our white blood cell count. We have choices regarding our level of exercise, and the foods we select, but it is more challenging to manage the stressors in our life.

Creating a Reiki Crystal Healing Grid

What is a Reiki Crystal Grid? A crystal grid is a special grouping of stones laid out in a particular formation for a specific purpose. When created and empowered with sacred intention and prayer, each stone within the grid amplifies the qualities and energy of the other stones. Lines of high frequency light link the stones and create a vortex of energy. Ancient Grids Many people in today’s world scoff at the idea of crystals, or special grid formations having any power to transform or heal.  I find that a bit amusing, particularly for those skeptics who spend any time on the internet. Electronics include quartz crystal to help transmit energy and information. In a sense, the internet is a crystal grid of sorts. Ancient peoples have been working with stone grids for eons. An example of an ancient style of grid is the medicine wheel. Although they are often constructed of a variety of stones; most stones include a significant amount of quartz. Our watches, and telephones have relied on quartz to move energy as well. And then of course there is Stonehenge, and other sacred sites where gridded stones are felt to promote spiritual growth and healing. Getting Started With a Basic Quartz Grid Establishing sacred intention: First of all, develop clear intent as to the purpose of your grid. It is best to start with a grid that will allow you to combine the distant healing work you do for several people. If you want, you can later move on to grids for specific projects or situations. Grids may also be set up with the intention of...

Up from Depression with Reiki-Freeing the Independent Spirit

by Laurelle Shanti Gaia Reiki offers us an infinite number of lessons which, when embraced, can bring about profound gifts of personal healing.  One of the gifts I have received is the ability to heal from clinical depression and align with my “independent spirit”. Another way of stating this is that I have learned to be true to myself. I have freed myself of any perceived expectations, or limitations that others might try to place on me.  I am also learning to free myself of expectations that my own ego might desire. Very often we learn to do, say and try to be what others want, or expect of us. Sometimes we stray from our independent spirit out of fear of judgment or punishment. As children we may feel that if we don’t look, dress, or talk like other children, we may be teased for being who we are.  If we grow up in a dysfunctional home, we may be afraid to behave in any way that contradicts how our family members tell us to behave. Consequently, we can grow up feeling unworthy, fearful of speaking our truth, or afraid to even express emotions honestly.  This can cause us to “stuff”, anger, joy, grief, or many other genuine feelings. All of this can cause us to restrict the flow of life force energy in our body, and etheric field.  Then mental, emotional, and physical ailments can develop. When we separate from our independent spirit, we may be willing to “go along with the crowd”. Over time this can cause us to become numb to who we truly are…a beautiful...

Reiki & Oneness – Try This!

The beautiful full moon is such an inspiration to me in so many ways. As I gazed at her luminous presence last evening, I was reminded of a great gift that Reiki has given me…the experience of Oneness.

Many years ago I heard someone say “we are one with everything”. During a daily, personal, Reiki meditation I thought, “Nice concept, but how can that actually be?” One thing I know for sure is, whenever I ask “How” while Reiki is flowing through me, I better pay attention, because I am about to be shown.

Reiki Audio Article January 2012

An Audio Introduction to Reiki Symbols with Laurelle Shanti Gaia recorded live at Peace Place, Sedona, Arizona in a Reiki level II class When you click this link a new window will open with the audio file Reiki Symbols, Laurelle Gaia When I think of all the healing energies available to the planet, I realize that they are all forms of light. I imagine this as a massive column of white light shining down upon the planet…. Why do we have symbols in the first place? Reiki symbols are like keys or switches that adjust the vibrational frequencies of the energy …. Each symbol draws in the right frequency at just the right time… We teach much more about the Reiki symbols and many other topics, and offer hands on practice during our training programs at Peace Place-The Reiki Center of Sedona. For information or to register for our classes, please visit by Laurelle...

Reiki Whispers – January 2012

Reiki for Projects and Goals by Laurelle Shanti Gaia It is a good thing that I am one who welcomes change. I was planning on writing an article entitled “Surfing the Dimensions with Reiki” for this issue of Reiki Healing News.  I worked on it for several days, and suddenly I found myself “stalled”. Perhaps I became stuck between dimensions? (just kidding). All I know is I hit a block.  I usually use Reiki to move myself through writer’s block, but this time it just wasn’t budging. Now I understand why. Earlier this month I signed on as Spiritual Advisor for a documentary project that one of my friends is developing. I agreed to coordinate Reiki practitioners to send Reiki for several aspects in the production and development of the documentary. As I began to ask people to “send Reiki to the project”, I started receiving questions like “How do I Reiki a project?” Now that I have received over 80 facebook messages asking the same basic question, I finally understand why the other article was blocked. The timing was not right. The timing for this article appears to be perfect. I have been practicing Reiki for 25 years and teaching for 20, and sometimes I lose site of the fact that there are qualities that Reiki offers us that we may forget about over time.  Many of us fall into a routine practice. Regular practice is lovely, but trying new things and exploring Reiki’s limitless nature helps us learn, grow and heal on all levels. Reiki has been helping with planning, developing and creating projects and I would...


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