A sense of isolation overwhelms everyone from time to time. These feelings usually subside on their own.
But not always.
Persistent feelings of isolation can lead to feeling excluded and alienated. Before you know it, you’re feeling hopeless, so withdrawn that it’s hard to seek help. You wonder if you are cycling into depression, and you don’t know where to turn.
When you’re feeling alone and isolated, Reiki practice can be a life raft. It helps you feel better, and gives you the clarity to recognize what other support is needed, and the motivation to get it.
Reiki treatment begins to heal isolation and hopelessness from the inside out. Whether you receive treatment from someone else, or from your own hands, Reiki treatment encourages your system to reorganize itself toward balanced well-being.
How are you sleeping?
This process of self-healing usually involves changes in sleep, which makes sense because research has found a strong correlation between depression and poor sleep.
Many people sleep more soundly after the first treatment. However, Reiki treatment is balancing to the individual, and we are all a bit different, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t sleep better the first night.
Be patient and arrange for several sessions scheduled close together. If you are self-treating, make a commitment to daily self-treatment. If you are already practice daily self-treatment, give yourself longer sessions for at least four days in a row, and stay with your enhanced schedule until you notice improvement in your mood, and that improvement stabilizes.
Are you moving?
You will soon start feeling better and noticing that your mind is clearer. When your mind is clearer, it’s easier to make better decisions for yourself, such as looking for opportunities to get your body moving. Investing in a gym membership may be premature (but you may soon feel up to using the one you have).
Look for small opportunities to move your body, even if it’s just getting up and walking around the room during commercials on your favorite TV show. Once you notice that moving your body improves your mood, you’ll be motivated to try strolling around the block after dinner, taking the stairs instead of the elevator when going just a flight or two (depending on your fitness), or a couple of gentle supported squats to get your blood moving mid-afternoon.
Studies show Reiki treatment can help improve mood
A study reported by Adina Goldman Shore in the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine randomly assigned 46 people with depressive symptoms to either receive weekly Reiki treatments, or to be in the control group who received no Reiki treatment. After six weeks, those who received Reiki treatment had a significant improvement in their symptoms compared to those who had no Reiki treatment. Furthermore, this improvement held when the participants were retested a year later. This lasting benefit suggests that deep self-healing had occurred, and stabilized.
I was the Reiki master for a study at Yale in which people were offered Reiki treatment in the cardiac ICU within 72 hours after having a heart attack. The results were encouraging. Patients who received 20-minute Reiki treatment rated themselves improved in both positive states (happy, relaxed, calm) and negative states (stressed, angry, sad, frustrated, worried, scared, anxious). They also had improved heart rate variability (HRV), a scientific measure of greater resilience, which suggests their systems were healing.
Reach for Reiki to help with isolation and depression
When you are feeling low, there are so many things you can do to make a difference. Reaching for a Reiki treatment is a good place to start. If you are prone to feeling isolated, why not learn to practice Reiki self-treatment now?
As one student said at the end of his First degree class, “Now when I look in the mirror, I see that I am not alone.”
Please be responsible in your health care choices. Relying on your Reiki practice does not preclude getting the medical care you and your doctor deem necessary. When medications are needed, Reiki treatment will not interfere, and can help balance side effects.
Has Reiki helped you or someone you love feel more emotionally balanced and connected to life? Please share your story so others can be encouraged.
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