I don’t need scientific proof

I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t care about scientific proof that Reiki, or life force energy, or chakras, or angels, or guides, or ancestors, spirits, or any energetic forces exist. I just don’t care what scientists have to say about their validity or not.

I see posts on Facebook saying that Science has Proven that the Aura is Real! Give me a break. I can feel the aura pulsing when I give Reiki. I can tell where it starts and I can find the areas where it is damaged. I can feel energy changing frequency when it’s healing itself. 

I don’t need science to validate my work, my beliefs (which come from experience), or the results that Reiki can offer.

I also don’t need science to proclaim that human thought creates changes. I already know. I have manifested more results in my life through the power of intention and expectation than I can list. 

I have arrived at a place in my own life where I trust my experiences, listen to my intuition, and guide my life based on those signals. And, it’s working.

If you’re waiting for science, I would advise you to stop wasting your time. Live. Listen to your innermost knowing. Give it a chance to tell you what’s real, to show you your Truth. And then see what happens when you do.

#MikeDrop

Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt

Measuring Value

Last weekend, I was a vendor at the Victory of Light Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio. I’ve been a vendor at that expo (which happens twice a year) seven times now. I enjoy it. I have a booth in a high traffic, centrally located corner, and I teach a workshop. About 5,000 people come through during the weekend. I offer Reiki sessions, show and sell my books, cards, pendulums, give stone readings, and generally work my little energized butt off for two very full days. 

But, this year was different. I wasn’t making the four hour drive from Cleveland, Ohio. I was coming from my new home in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It’s a much longer and complicated trip.

We (my friend and booth buddy, Ernie and I) were already signed up to attend when I found out we’d be moving. So, I decided to make the trip and see how it went. 

I found plane tickets that were reasonably priced, which took off from BWI and landed me in Columbus, Ohio. Ernie picked me up at the airport, had a quick lunch with Connie, my business partner with RAA, and we drove down, set up, worked the expo, and came back Sunday night to Columbus, stayed overnight at Connie’s, and then Ernie took me back to the airport to fly to BWI. Then I drove the hour’s drive back to Gaithersburg. And that’s how things worked, travel-wise.

The expo was huge and busy. I barely had a voice left by Sunday evening. We met lots of people, shared lots of energy, and sold a fair amount of stuff. We came out ahead. 

But I was left thinking about trying to decide if it was “worth it” to go this time. Here’s what I was weighing:

  • Money-wise, I could have made about three times as much if I’d stayed here and taught a class to five students. It wouldn’t have required travel, or the amount of “on time” that the expo demands. It would’ve been quieter, more intimate, and overall much easier than making the trip to the expo.
  • Marketing-wise, at the expo, I’m talking to a huge number of people, some of whom may end up being my student sometime this year. I’m directly giving Reiki to about 25 people, maybe more. I’m giving readings to somewhere around 40. And hundreds of people are taking my business cards and materials, with a possibility of following up. Those who buy my books may write a review, contact me, or recommend them to others. The impact has a high potential for residual value.
  • Then there are the intangibles. I gave Reiki to a lot of people. I talked about Reiki to even more people. I gave readings all weekend. Any of these people could get a favorable impression about Reiki (I hope so!) or hear the message that anyone can learn Reiki. Healing effects really can’t be measured, nor can I track what will happen after the person experiences Reiki for the first time and then goes on with his life. Maybe he will go in a new direction. One pain-ridden, hunched-over person that I gave her first Reiki session to a few years ago at this exact expo went and found herself a Reiki practitioner, and started having weekly Reiki sessions. She became cancer-free in six months. She comes back every time to give me a hug. That’s priceless.

So how can I measure the value of the money, time, energy, and impact? I can’t. And there’s the lesson. 

Just like in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” when the guy has no idea of the impact his life had on others until he is able to invisibly follow them after he had touched their lives in some way, we don’t really know the impact that an act of kindness, a moment of listening closely, or a hug at the right time can create for someone. For us, it might be just a fleeting thing, easily forgotten. But for someone else, it can be the start of a turning point in their lives.

So, I’ve reminded myself that I’m always in the right place at the right time. If I just do my best in each situation, I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to do. 

I am grateful for that reminder. 
Happy Thanksgiving.   

Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt

42 – The Meaning of Life

In the first novel and radio series, a group of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings demand to learn the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything from the supercomputer, Deep Thought, specially built for this purpose. It takes Deep Thought 7½ million years to compute and check the answer, which turns out to be 42. The Ultimate Question itself is unknown. ~http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrases_from_The_Hitchhiker’s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy



Today is my birthday. I’m 42. According to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, 42 is the answer to the question of the meaning of life. In the series, the reader finds out that once the answer was discovered, a supercomputer was then developed to find out what the question is. That supercomputer is called Earth, and humans are part of the program. I think that’s a pretty spiritual concept, for all its sci-fi-ness. What’s the meaning of life? We’re here to discover it. Not alone, but collectively, through our interactions – a complex series of bopping in and out of each other’s fields, lives, events and stuff.


Well, I guess this is my year.


It’s also the fourth anniversary of the start of this blog. I’m so proud to have kept a record of my journey for this long, and pretty glad to be able to go back and remember what was going through my head at various times over the past four years. My Reiki journey began four years ago, and it continues today. Thank you all for being a part of it through reading, commenting, and sharing my posts.


When my birthday’s coming, I tend to assess my life from as objective a viewpoint as I can. I think a lot of people do this around birthday time. It’s a pretty weird experience. Objectively speaking, over the last four years, I’ve centered my career more and more around sharing and teaching Reiki.


So from an outside perspective, I:

  • claim and truly believe that an invisible energy flows through me upon request
  • feel warm, soothing tingles, relief from discomfort, and emotional calm when I direct this energy towards myself
  • claim and truly believe that I can offer this invisible energy to anyone, anywhere in the world
  • demonstrate, discuss, and teach others how to work with this invisible energy
  • volunteer and get paid for offering this energy to others, who report that it helps them
am completely and utterly a passionate weirdo. At least, I would have thought so if the person I was 5 years ago met the person I am today. 

It gives me pause.

But then I consider that I also:
  • have a great husband and four fascinating and adorable kids with lots of quality family time
  • work, shop, clean, do laundry, pick up from school, make dinner
  • run an academy, which I started, and manage the business side of things along with teaching
  • wrote a book and promote it
have a semblance of a grounded, regular life. And then I breathe again, returned to feeling like I’m still a “normal” human in some respects, still the me I’ve always been, with a few super powers thrown in here and there.

Are there things I’d like to improve? Of course, doesn’t everyone have those? On my list this year, I would like:
  • to drop a few or ten pounds
  • to take more time for myself for meditation, exercise (see above), and relaxing
  • to dance more, sing more, play the piano more
  • to attract 1,000+ more students to my school
  • to have all the money my family needs to not worry about having the money we need (see above)
And of course, my blessings, for which I am very grateful:
  • Good health
  • Family nearby (my parents, my grandma, aunt and uncle who we have dinner with weekly)
  • My wonderful supportive husband and our kids who amaze us daily
  • My students who express gratitude, enthusiasm and love for their learning
  • My staff, colleagues and friends who make the Academy possible (Connie, Yancey, Amber especially)
  • My friends who help me keep things in perspective
  • The opportunity to follow this path, which as crazy as it feels sometimes when I try to see it from the outside, is exactly what I feel aligned with doing in every way possible.
And I’m also fascinated with the things I’m continuing to learn, which I’m sure will bring about more and more weird and wonderful moments this year and moving ahead:
  • noticing angels at work in my life
  • sensing and responding to guidance
  • learning new tools and techniques to strengthen my intuition
  • ways to build and grow a business that’s successful and thriving
  • making the most of these gifts – the grounded and the superhero stuff – in gratitude and humility
So…I guess that’s the 42 report – my 4th anniversary of writing this blog. 

Universe, my door is open. Welcome.

May this year move us all ever closer to finding the elusive question and enjoying the process of discovery.

A side note: in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series, the question gets discovered and it turns out to be What is six times nine? Of course mathematically, that is incorrect. The explanation given for that is: “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

Indeed.


Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt

Beyond the Mind

Lately, I’ve been pondering the way people think about healing energy and try to define it. Students in my Energy Healing Certification Program are charged with defining Reiki in a paragraph, an “elevator speech” they could use to answer the inevitable stranger’s query “What is Reiki?” They don’t pass the program without being able to do this. And it isn’t easy! Search on the Internet and you’ll find a great variety of definitions, just for the word Reiki. But look for energy healing and you’ll find thousands of techniques and methods, variations on methods, and practitioners saying that their method is the most effective of them all.


I love what I do, and yet I’m very interested in learning more, expanding my abilities, incorporating new energy methods, and making sense of it all from an experiential perspective. So news stories such as this one really draw my attention.



Dr. Nemeh lives in my area, and I know several people who have had individual or group sessions with him. As you saw on the video, he has “catchers” to stand behind the people he works on, because they often become overwhelmed with energy and collapse. That’s different.


I’m also fascinated by the noise discussed in this news story, that occurs when he does healings via Skype. I haven’t tried doing a live distance healing over Skype, and I have some interesting and powerful distance healing techniques that I wonder if they would produce such a sound if I tried them live that way. Think I’ll have to grab some colleagues and do some investigative work on that one!

Then there’s Braco, the Gazing Healer. He came here recently and one of my students went to see him, skeptical, and yet she reported feeling profoundly changed by the experience. Here’s a video about him, and his healing sessions via Skype.


Braco simply gazes, stares out at people, over internet or live. And those watching report powerful emotions, strong energy, and often visions while looking at him or being in his presence.

Recently, I read a book “Whose Hands Are These?” by (the late) Gene Egidio, an autobiography. In this book, Gene tells his fascinating story, and reports how he began doing “Open Eye Healing” – basically staring and sharing healing energy for a group of people at a time. His crowds grew to enormous size, just as Braco’s have.

So what’s going on here? There are connections. I believe the connections are these basic ideas:
  • Energy is directed by intention.
  • The energy that is directed is a natural part of our inherent essence already, but at a higher “frequency” or “vibration” so it affects our own by also elevating it, enhancing the ability to heal and balance.
  • The limits to what we can do are ours to discover. The more we are open to allowing for endless possibilities, the more we find that to be true.
  • Love, gratitude and humility strengthen this connection.
  • Understanding that healing for others is a direct result of the recipient’s openness and ability to receive the energy, rather than the healer “doing something to them” is also important.
  • We are all connected by this ONE energy, our collective consciousness – intentions, thoughts, and emotions – create our reality. This creation via intention and manifestation by expectation of results is Spirit energy. Not separate from us, doing something, but a part of the endless and limitless energy of life that we are and create. This means that WE are, collectively, God/Spirit/Source.
So what do we do now? Bring all of these methods, modalities, etc. under the umbrella of “energy work” and know that whatever we do, the concepts above apply to strengthen it. I think that Dr. Nemeh and Braco are just examples of what happens when we do that. (Plus perhaps some factors such as near death experiences, or being open to a spiritual “calling” where they are concerned). How much is learned, acquired, or brought into being by being open…that much I’m still engaged in finding out by observing myself.

I’m one who knows that healing can be learned, because I learned to do what I can do now. I wasn’t gifted from birth, had no significant near death experiences or bold flashes of light and understanding thrust upon me. No, just a lot of “try it and see.”

I know that I plan to learn more, try more, and discover more. And keep doing what I already am doing – try things and reflect on what it means. And I have Skype, but haven’t tried live distance healing over Skype …yet.

Are you interested in moving beyond self-imposed limits too?
Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt

Meditation has annoyed me

I am trying. Seriously. I’ve determined to allow 30 minutes per day to meditate. I know it would benefit my intuitive development to do this. I also know that a person who does this sort of work should have a regular meditative practice. Otherwise, it’s like getting personal training from someone who doesn’t exercise.
Sure, I do self-Reiki daily. That’s a given. It also truly helps me stay healthy and balanced. I can feel the difference and know that it’s working.
But meditation, that’s another story.
So I decided to take this seriously and really give it a try. At first, I was meditating just sitting quietly and closing my eyes. That was okay. I could stop whenever I wanted to, and usually found myself sitting there pretty peacefully for about 20 minutes.
Then I got this Holosync CD. It promises to help one meditate at a much deeper level, by listening to the sounds that have some kind of binaural waves that are supposed to engage some kind of deeper brain waves into the process. Cool, I thought. I can sort of fast-track my meditation practice. This is a good idea.
So I put it on, sitting with my earphones in as instructed. Waterfalls and bells are played. Hmm hmmm hmmm…what am I making for dinner?…oops….meditating now…….ding ding…..oops I forgot to call the kids’ school to remind them that I’m picking up today….oops…meditating! Stop thinking!….ooh, I need to email this person and put that event on my calendar, and I should make that call, and ….ugh I’m doing it again….dang. How long until this is over?
This is about how it’s gone now for a few days running. This is not enjoyable. Instead of peaceful, I left my meditation time frustrated and feeling like I’d wasted 30 minutes trying to listen to waterfall and bell sounds and getting some benefit from trying not to think.
I have to rethink this.
I know that there are benefits to meditation. Of course. Meditation is the number one way to increase one’s intuition. I know this. I think, actually, for myself, that Reiki is better for me because I am able to do this much more when I’m working with Reiki.
But I should also try to have a regular meditative practice, and I’m not doing so well at it so far.
Just thought I’d share.
Kinda funny to rant about meditating.
I’m not giving up. I’ll keep you posted.
Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt

Water Energy

I’ve been thinking deeply lately (oops no pun intended) about water.

I’ve posted before about water and the work of Masaro Emotu, which very much impresses me. Click here to see my post on intention and water.

I’m also embedding here one of a large number of very well done videos illustrating the Rice Experiment, this one done with Reiki energy, showing the difference that Reiki can make on water, visually presented through cooked rice.
Okay. Now here’s what I’ve been thinking lately, and I’d love to hear your thoughts as well.
I’ve been teaching Reiki, as you all know by now. 🙂
When I’m teaching, I offer many analogies to help people understand things about energy. One of the analogies I’ve been using lately to describe life force energy is water.
Water is:
  • a high percentage of our bodies
  • in the earth
  • in the sky
  • in the air around us (humidity)
  • in our breath
  • interactive, reactive to heat, cold, and intention
  • a finite, replenishing quantity, here on the planet for millenia
  • vital for all life

The truth is, the more I compared life force energy with water, the more they seemed…intimately related. Every analogy I could think of for water also applies to life force energy (except for the physicality of water, I suppose, verses the etheric quality of energy).

But everything else applies, and that’s really got me thinking right now.
I think that there is a link here. Energy and water. Reiki energy affects water. It creates a molecular change, purifies, realigns the essence. I can also, and I know that anyone who has Reiki can, cause a small cloud to “melt away” by intending Reiki towards that particular cloud. The other clouds around the chosen cloud stay the same. I’ve done it dozens of times. (A note here that I have friends who say this is not a nice thing to do because it may affect the weather patterns in some other place in the world. I have also been told one should ask permission of the cloud spirit before doing such a thing. I offer these notes for your opinion also. For me, they sit in my “I don’t know” file.)
I also have a teacher who says that water is a conscious Being – a living energy. Whatever form its in, it is ONE with itself, running through all life, part of the planet, changing, moving, and replenishing itself. There is, I believe, great wisdom in this idea.
So I’m offering this idea out there to all of you lovely readers.
Life Force Energy – All That Is – the energy that gives us consciousness; makes up our emotions; is integrated with our physical bodies; is between us all, allowing us to offer Reiki to any person, living thing or idea, anywhere in the world; which responds to intention by affecting healing…could this be integrated with the living energy of water?
Is the living energy of water the same energy of Life Force Energy? Perhaps this is the way to relate to it.
This idea is still one in development for me, but I would very much like your opinion on the subject as it marinates further in my thoughts.
Soak it in! 😀
Peace.

Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt

The Miracles of Possibility

Last weekend, I was reminded that anything is possible. Here’s what happened:

I was at the Gift of Light Expo in Columbus, Ohio, teaching a workshop and giving Reiki healings at my booth. I met lots of nice people, shared Reiki, and had a really good time. The last big expo I was at was in November, in Cincinnati, Ohio, called the Victory of Light. I’ll be there again the second week in April.

Flash back to November, 2010, at the Victory of Light in Cincinnati. The last day of the expo, a woman (I’ll call her Jean) came to my booth, brought by her friend. Jean was stooped over, walking slowly with a cane. She was obviously in pain, said she couldn’t turn her head, stand straight, and couldn’t stand or walk for long. She said she had a cancerous tumor on the base of her spine and constant pain that made it impossible to sleep well at night. Her friend convinced her, with some urging, to try 10 minutes of Reiki. Rather reluctantly, Jean sat in my chair.

I gave her Reiki for 10 minutes. At the end of that time, Jean was surprised to find that she could turn her head back and forth without pain. She was very impressed, and I was grateful that the Reiki had done some good for her. Her friend also had a session, and the two of them left.

Now flash forward to last weekend, in Columbus. I was at my booth, when Jean and her friend came over. Jean was walking tall, smiling, without a cane, and as she came closer, she danced the rest of the way to my booth! I was amazed and exclaimed how great she looked. Jean said that she had to come and see me to thank me for introducing her to Reiki. She said that since meeting me in November, she had been getting weekly Reiki treatments from a woman in her local area. And now, she is completely healed. I mean completely. Jean said she stands taller than she ever has, walks, dances, and moves without pain. The cancer is gone. The pain is gone. She sleeps, and dreams, at night. She was smiling broadly as she told me all of this. I hugged her, overjoyed to find this out. Jean also told me that next week she was being attuned to Reiki.

Seeing Jean again has had a deep impact on me.

I realized that we never know how much Reiki can help someone. Sometimes it is a little, sometimes it is with miraculous results, as in Jean’s case. I’m only grateful that I was in the right place for Jean to experience the start of a life-changing journey of healing.

The experience illuminated for me that I am here to present an opportunity for those who are searching for ways to experience and learn how to access this beautiful healing energy for themselves.

I hope that all who teach Reiki get to meet their Jean.

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Here’s a reminder that Reiki practitioners of all levels and modalities are invited to come together the weekend of May 13-15 in Peninsula, Ohio, to share the joys and challenges of this work at the 2011 Reiki Retreat.

Learn more and register here.

Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt

The Full Potential Show

Hello Everyone! I’m so honored to have been a guest of James Rick on The Full Potential Show, and I wanted to share the interview with everyone. I think he did a great job, asked intelligent, thoughtful questions, and really “got me” during this interview. I love the way it’s edited and the only thing I’d change about it is the messy basement in my background! I didn’t know it would be seen quite so clearly! LOL!

Enjoy and please feel free to comment. Here’s the video, and the link to the website is below it! Enjoy!

http://www.fullpotential.com/alice-langholt/

Peace.

Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt

Am I a Healer?

Am I a healer?
Lately, this question has been coming up. It was brought to my attention by one of my new students, who is an MD, and has the view that Reiki practitioners are, and should refer to themselves as “healers” or they are not bringing respect to what they do. According to Debra Katz,
“Any person who attempts to help another living being to transform them to a greater state of health is a healer. They don’t need a medical degree because the energy used doesn’t come from a pharmaceutical company or a corporation (at least not yet!). Reiki is the most well known modality of energy healing in the western world. If you ask a person what they do they will say they are a healer before anything else. If you ask a physician what they do they usually will say they are a doctor before they say they are a healer. To say a person who does Reiki is not a healer is like to saying a person who sings is not a singer or a person who drives a car is not a driver. It makes no sense.”

I agree, to a point.

However, my opinion differs in that there is a connotation of arrogance to saying “I am a healer.” It implies that those who I offer healing energy to are passive recipients, rather than participants in their own healing. I prefer to think of myself as an energy worker, one who works with subtle energies, Reiki being primary. I facilitate healing by offering one the opportunity to receive the healing that he or she is ready for. There is a dialogue, a give and take, and the recipient must be willing and open to receiving the Reiki energy. I am not “making you heal” as the word “healer” implies. I am offering healing energy to you, in the hopes that you will receive benefit from the energy.

It’s a little like teaching, really. Yes, I am a teacher. That word is completely acceptable by the masses as being one who offers knowledge, and who facilitates another’s ability to assimilate the knowledge. As a teacher, I have this knowledge, these skills, to offer you, the learner. You can decide that you cannot or will not learn what I am trying to teach you. You can decide that I am not a teacher that you can relate to. In that case, you can choose to find another teacher or subject that best fits with your needs. In this role of teacher, therefore, I am more accurately “a facilitator of your ability to increase or assimilate new knowledge”. I can’t make you learn any more than I can make you heal. That part is up to you. I can do my best to make the knowledge clear, to adapt to your unique way of learning so that it makes sense to you.

So as a “healer” I am attempting to offer you energy that you are able to assimilate into your own, to then benefit from this energy in the ways that make the most sense to your needs.

The problem is in the connotation, rather than the definition here. It sounds arrogant to say that I am a healer. I am a healer in that I work with healing energy. I am not a guru, or one who can “make” you heal if you are not ready to heal, or willing to heal on some level.

In another sense, we are all healers – people who recover from illnesses. We heal ourselves, so we are healers. But the word “healer” is taken more widely to mean one who heals other people. I don’t think I do that. I present the opportunity for others to receive healing energy. That I’m comfortable saying.

Do I want you to heal? Yes. I want you to feel better, I want you to enjoy and benefit from the beautiful energy that is flowing through me to you. I am deeply grateful for the ability to be connected to the Source of Reiki energy and to be able to pass that energy to you. I am also extremely grateful for the ability to pass this ability to others who wish to learn to do the same thing. I am a teacher.

So you won’t find me putting “healer” on my business card. It says Reiki Master Teacher.

Reiki Master comes with its own connotations, for I am not a “Master of Reiki” (there’s that guru connotation again). But it’s easily explained that Reiki Master is a level designation that means one has received the proper training and attunements to enable one to teach and attune others. Like having a Master’s degree – it is a definition of training. It doesn’t make you any more holy or genius than anyone else.

So to Debra Katz, and to my Reiki student, MD, I say, I am in the practice of working with healing energy. In that sense I may be a healer, but I will not refer to myself that way for the reasons that I don’t want to be mistaken for someone who will heal you. Only you can heal you. I can offer you energy that can help you heal, and will joyfully do so.

We are all healers.

Peace.
Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt