B'ville: Learn about Reiki’s natural healing

Local Reiki master offers library talk on healing energy

— Every living thing on this earth uses energy, and if Albert Einstein is to be believed, every bit of matter is actually made of energy. What if a person could channel the life energy of living things and tune it to flow where needed? Reiki is a treatment that does just that, and as a result Reiki Masters can heal people, pets and even plants. Baldwinsville is fortunate to have Sushila Shah, a level III Reiki Master, living and working in our community.

"I feel so good when I give Reiki to people," she said. "I want to let people know how effective Reiki is." Shah will offer an educational workshop at the Baldwinsville Public Library at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. She plans to explain Reiki, describe how it is administered, how it helps people, animals and plants, and how she has used it to heal people remotely as well as hands-on in person. Everyone who attends the talk can receive a free 15-minute Reiki experience with Shah at a later time.

"It boils down to a transfer of energy," Shah said. "It's so simple to do even a child can do it. All you need is training, your hands and your heart."

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing, its supporters say. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – rei, which means "universal" and ki, which means "life force energy." Dr. Mikao Usui is credited with founding Reiki in 1922 after having a mystical experience on Mt. Kurama, a sacred mountain north of Kyoto, Japan.

If one's life force energy is not balanced, then one is more likely to feel stress or feel pain, and if it is balanced, we are more capable of being happy and healthy, Reiki supporters say. Life force energy, or “natural healing energy” as Shah refers to it, cannot yet be monitored by traditional science, but success stories attributing healing to Reiki abound. Shah, a retired civil engineer, said her scientific background originally made her skeptical of Reiki until she observed its effectiveness.

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