Monthly Archives: January 2011

An Introduction To Reiki

There is little doubt that human touch is of benefit to our well-being. When I speak of touch I mean it in  the most caring and compassionate of ways and not just in a sensory manner. Touch is therapeutic and I have great confidence  that it is the  highway to relief and possible healing.

If you’ve never heard of Reiki, then I hope that this posting will intrigue you enough to learn more about what it is and what it does. In the end, I hope I can encourage you to experience the power of Reiki. I think it best to get an understanding of what Reiki is from my dear friend and Reiki Master, Gilbert Gallego, who over 11 years ago showed me how Reiki could improve all aspects of my life. I have seen Reiki greatly reduce my symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, lower my stress, give me peace and calming, and provided me with a greater understanding of who I am and what I am capable of achieving. First, learn what Reiki is and where it came from and then I will tell you some amazing but true stories of what I have seen Reiki do:

This text  comes from and Gilbert Gallego, a Reiki Master in Fairfax, VA.

Reiki is a Japanese word. The Kanji Rei means spirit, and Ki means energy or life force. In essence, Reiki can be interpreted as spiritual or universal life force energy. Reiki is also known as the Usui System of Natural Healing, a very simple technique to aid in the process of healing and many believe that it leads to a path of self-transformation. Reiki was initially brought to the United States by Mrs. Hawayo Takata, a Japanese American who studied it in Japan in the 1930’s. Reiki has since become the fast-moving energy modality in the West during the past 30 years.

Reiki was developed in the early 1900’s by a Japanese Shingon Buddhist named Mikao Usui.  Master Usui was a well-known scholar and respected healer in Kyoto who undertook an extensive study of healing phenomena as taught through history’s greatest spiritual leaders. Through his travels, research, and meditation, he was led to an ancient healing method based on a combination of Buddhist practices performed only by monks and kept as secret knowledge. It is believed that Dr. Usui learned part of this method and received special empowerments and a meditation through which he expanded his understanding of the energy of healing. He spent the rest of his life practicing and teaching this knowledge. One of his students, a medical practitioner named Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, gave this method a proper structure, which lay people, could practice. Today, this method is now known as “Reiki”.  From

Eleven years ago, I knew nothing about Reiki. By total coincidence, if you believe in them, I met Gilbert, my teacher. I had heard of a therapy called Trager (which is very different than Reiki) and found that he was the nearest practitioner in my area. I went for Trager but found Reiki. My wife, Angela, who suffers from migraines came along with me to the appointment. Gilbert explained Reiki to us and we both had doubts and were wondering why we were even in his office? We were true skeptics. I was reluctant to get on the massage table (fully clothed by the way) and Angela agreed to watch but that would be the full extent of her participation–that didn’t happen!

A little over an hour later, after coming in stiff in the legs and a bit tired, I felt refreshed and rejuvenated. I felt wonderful and it showed! My face beamed and seeing this, Angela, with no hesitancy,  decided to go next. She too experienced the power  of Reiki.

This was the first step on our eleven year Reiki journey.  Eleven years later, my wife and I now begin our one year training as Reiki Masters. I have seen Reiki do some wonderful and unexplainable results for me, my wife, my animals, and friends.

Here is just a brief list of what I have experienced with Reiki:

  • I have seen Reiki stop or dramatically reduce dyskinesia (uncontrolled movement).
  • I have seen Reiki diminish or even subside headaches and pain.
  • I saw Reiki lower my mother’s blood pressure before her first chemo treatment.
  • I have seen Reiki reduce stress and help improve sleep.
  • I saw Reiki drastically reduce a Cancer patient’s pain from an 8 to a 3 on a 10 point scale (10 being the highest). That patient was my mother.

These are just a few of my experiences with Reiki. If you would like to learn more, please contact me for more information.

Picture Of The Week-Snow Meditation

A Peaceful and Calming Image of Winter

As much as the gray of Winter and the cutting chill of wind play with my mind and body, I can’t help but awe at the beauty that comes with Winter’s harshness.  While I prefer a moderate climate full of sparkling sun, there is something mesmerizing about the beauty of snow and ice crystals.

Enjoy the simple beauty of this photo and the peacefulness that it exudes! Enjoy the beauty of Nature and Winter! 

Picture Of The Week

I hope that you enjoy this Fall photo!

New post coming soon!

A Fresh Start!

Happy New Year! With the New Year comes the opportunity for a fresh start and an optimistic outlook to the future. This new year is a clean slate for you to make beter use of your time, be a better husband, wife, or parent, make a difference in your community, turn  a creative endevour into a book or money-making project, or just lose the 5 pounds you gained over the holiday season.

Photo Of The Week:

New Years’ resolutions are great for some of us and terribly oppressive and overwhelming for the rest of us. In principle, making a list of what we hope and wish to accomplish in the near future is admirable and may appear to be organized, one wonders if it has value or are we just teasing ourselves? Keeping within realistic boundaries and avoiding the miraculous is probably the key.

As much as I want to win the PowerBall or Mega Millions, I refrain from adding it to my long list of resolutions. Add your dreams to a journal or a separate list but keep your list of resolutions within a logical and attainable reach.

With all this said, I announce what I hope is a new effort here at A Soft Voice In A Noisy World. One of my resolutions for the new year is to add helpful educational information, inspirational, thoughtful, and entertaining content that I can share with  people across the world. With your help as a reader, I ask that if what you find here to be of interest that you share this site with  1  or more friends who you think may find this worthwhile reading.

With the new year it is my intention to post no less than 3 days a week including a picture of the week every Monday. Feel free to comment on the photo and tell me what you think about it or anything posted on this blog. Thank You!

Let’s make 2011 a better year for everyone!

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