CWS reiki article pic.jpg use with all article postsThe easy answer is Reiki will help you with everything in your life.  The caution is that reiki is not the silver bullet nor is it the only therapy or treatment to use in every single challenge you will encounter.  I invite reiki in as a supplemental and complementary treatment, and I find, with the help of Reiki, my clients heal faster and more completely.  

Reiki is practical and you can add it to your regime when getting over the flu, a cold or infections.  It will remove toxins from your body, cleanse your organs and blood, boost your immune system and return vitality to your body, clear your mind (and brain) so you can think, and uplift your mood and return hope and emotional strength.

If you give reiki to your damaged body after an injury it will help the bone knit faster, take inflammation out of the join, tendon or ligament.  It can remove the emotional trauma from the experience, and reduce the side effects of the fight or flight reaction.  Reiki will help your body embrace the victory of getting away and surviving.  That is important because interrupted and unresolved fight or flight leaves your body unaware of your success.  It could continue to believe you are in danger and will over produce stress hormones and fatigue your adrenals and compromise your immune system. Now you know why you feel so tired all the time.

Lack of sleep can be debilitating to us all across the board.  We’re crabby, can’t focus, get headaches, lose our perspective and hallucinate.  It’s not something you ignore.  What is happening when we are stressed and anxious to the point of having symptoms, our aura has lost too much light or energy.  It has become depleted and is not regenerating itself.  Giving yourself Reiki at bedtime can help you relax so you can get the rest you need and feel rested after sleeping.

Daily treatments of reiki will refill your aura so it can support your body, mind and emotions as you deal with the harder challenging events of your life.  It could be from an illness/accident, or a huge blow to your emotions, (like losing a job or a loved one or surviving a natural disaster or long term emotional harassment), or it could be from mental stress as is compulsive negative thinking, to many successive disappointments or failures, chemical imbalance in the brain or hormonal shifts that are swift and strong due to life changes or illness.  No matter what your challenge is Reiki will have a positive effect so you can work through them with as little long term damage as possible.

Reiki is now offered in many hospitals and cancer centers.  It has been a fantastic help with managing the side effects of chemotherapy and pain management.  It also has a calming effect for the patient and family.  Family members also need reiki while a loved one is dealing with cancer.  It will keep them hopeful and connect them with divine light.  It will prepare them for what is to come next and know that they are loved at all times.

Loss is a part of life, but still, we are hurt by it. After the fact we need to go through our grieving process with its range of emotions, all of it is necessary and healthy. It will lead to closure and re-engaging in life again. But, when we get stuck in our grieving process Reiki can help us understand why and gently help us move through it and let go of the reasons we’ve stopped healing.  

Reiki can even help us heal our poverty consciousness.  Our ability to be financially successful is important in life.  It’s part of our survival and our self-esteem.  There as many reasons to prosperity failure as there are people.  It’s a life lesson we all have to go master.  If your happiness is attached to your financial picture and it’s not living up to your standards, Reiki can be of help.  It can get in and work with your emotional and mental picture around money, self-worth, and even ancestral influences.  The way you work with reiki and abundance is in stating your intention when calling in reiki.  Let the universal life force know that you wish to heal all the ways you are struggling with money, attaining it, hanging on to it, managing it, keeping a job, etc.  Over time you will find your fears around money begin to dissipate, the no’s turn into yes’s and your self-worth is no longer determined by how much money you have.

Did you know Reiki can positively affect electricity and electronics?  It can charge batteries, reduce or clear the static charge in computers, and help out small appliances on the fritz.  You need a reiki two attunement for this magical trick as you will need to know the symbols as they are applied very specifically.

Reiki will work outside of time and space.  This means you can send reiki energy to the past and even around the world. In the level two reiki class you learn how to do this and which symbols to use to make that happen. It’s called long distance healing.

As you can see Reiki is versatile, practical, not to mention gentle.  It works brilliantly with all other healing modalities to bring about wholesome healing and understanding.  

CWS reiki article pic.jpg use with all article postsWhat are Energetic (Etheric) Cords?

By Natalie Stoner, Reiki Master

Many people are not aware of the existence of energetic cords, though they have experienced positive and negative cord connections throughout their lives. Etheric cords are established between two people who are connected to one another in any number of ways; through family bonds, friendship, romantic partnerships, sexual interactions, or any other close or intense relationship. They are a way of rapidly sharing information, emotions, and other energetic communication. These invisible energy attachments can be useful and can help establish a deeper feeling of connectedness between two people. However, sometimes a relationship and its accompanying connection can become toxic, detrimental, or outdated for one (or both) parties. This is when it is time to consider severing the bond.

Positive & Negative Cord Connections

We may choose to establish an etheric cord connection with another person for many different reason, and for various lengths of time, depending on the situation. Healthy cords dissolve on their own, but unhealthy cords can remain long after their usefulness has subsided, causing energy to be drained from connected parties. This can happen in a relationship that has ended or in one that is still relevant, but has changed structure. 

When is it Time to Consider Cutting Energetic Cords?

When you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may want to consider an energetic cord cutting to release you from a connection that may not be serving you any longer. 

  • Is your bond making you feel drained?

  • Are you intellectually ready to let go of a relationship, but find it hard to let go of the person?

  • Are you feeling drained by the drama and crises of someone close to you?

  • Are you thinking obsessively about an individual and feeling exhausted and anxious as a result?

  • Do you feel extremely negative emotions when you think of a particular person, are you reliving a traumatic event you experienced with them?

The above are just some of the situations that might indicate that a cord removal will be spiritually and emotionally beneficial to you. 


Making the Cut: Severing the Ties that Bind


The process of cord removal involves three elements:  first you cut, sever, or unplug the cord, next, the severed cord must be taken care of, and finally, the attachment point must be cleansed and/or healed. A Reiki practitioner is particularly helpful in guiding you through the removal, while providing a safe container for you while to sever the bond. After removal, the cord can be tied like an umbilical cord, or sent peacefully back to the other party. In addition, it is extremely beneficial to have a Reiki practitioner with you to help you heal the point where the cord was attached to you after the etheric cord has been cut. 

After You have Cut the Cord 

After this process, you may feel any number of emotions, positive and negative. You may feel a tremendous sense of lightness and relief. You may feel a strong sense of clarity or a deep calm. You may have sudden inexplicable mania. The immediate effects can also be more melancholy. If the bond has been exhausting and draining, you may feel a surge of deep sorrow and regret as the energy disconnects. Separation can be painful as well as liberating. Because this experience can be harrowing, it is helpful to have an energy worker guiding you through the process.

Remember that severing etheric cords does not always signify the end of a relationship, it is simply a way of clearing the dysfunctional energy from the relationship and allowing for a healthier link to be established. On the other hand, cutting an energetic cord can signal the healthy completion of a relationship that has run its course. 

CWS reiki article pic.jpg use with all article postsReiki is the name of the healing energy that is channeled through someone to you, a pet, and a situation.  The applications are only limited by your imagination.   In the Usui System of Natural Healing developed by Dr. Mikao Usui Reiki is also called “universal life force”.  When in the presence of Reiki we are experiencing a pure and loving energy that will heal our body, mind and spirit.


Rei is the Japanese word for the energy that sustains the universe and everything in it. In the healing system of Reiki you are drawing on that life force to heal, nurture and sustain you.  It is abundant and limitless. Ki is the Japanese word for the energy in and around your body and it has its limitations. Your Ki is finite but it can be replenished. Combining Rei and ki is about bringing the energy from the universe directly to you.  Getting a reiki treatment is a lot like getting plugged in and tuned up.


Reiki comes to you from a place that is beyond the human experience. Some say it’s from god, others don’t want to limit it and say it’s from the universe in general. Possibly that could mean that it’s from all gods or from no god.  This energy is intelligent, unconditionally loving, understanding, and it is infinite; it has no beginning and has no end. Reiki can feel like nothing or it can feel like a kiss from heaven.  

One of the many gifts of Reiki is that it is always there when you ask for it, without hesitation without judgment.  Everyone can receive reiki; even people who have hurt others. Everyone can share reiki, once they are attuned to it and no one is denied by the divine of a reiki attunement.  

Some call reiki love, and in the spirit of love – anything is possible. What reiki does is offer you love where you need it.  And where you need it is where you experience illness and/or injury. Whether it’s in your sick body, broken heart and spirit, or, in your mind where delusion has set you apart and isolated us from your happiness, reiki can get in there and help heal you.  It offers you re-connection with a Supreme Being or the Divine.  Your awareness and use of this connection is crucial to your wellbeing.

Reiki is a specific vibration of energy and the more you learn about it and work with it, the better you will be able to direct it to help you with your specific problems. Reiki brings the divine plan to you and reminds your body how to heal, clears toxicity, uplifts your mental state and inspires your soul to keep going.  We need many ways to heal our bodies and our lives, Reiki is a powerful addition to your healing tool box.  


CWS reiki article pic.jpg use with all article postsWhen we don’t feel well, or have an injury the flow of our energy changes.  That change creates the symptoms we feel. The symptoms yell at us through pain to let us know something is wrong and our body needs attention now.  The pain expresses itself in our physical bodies as in fever, congestion, tumors, and through damage from injuries caused by accidents. It’s often the emotionally like a broken heart, anger and fear or mentally as in confusion and delusions or hallucinations that we don’t always know is part of being cut off from our energy.  Often we feel all three at once because our physical emotional and mental health are intertwined.  Our physical hurts cause emotional and mental reactions as do mental and emotional hurts are also felt in the physical body.  

The change in energy looks like a darkening or graying of your light or lack of light in you.  It can take the form of a block, tangled mess, break or crack in your aura.  For those who have psychic vision or are a medical intuitive may get more detailed information.  They may know the kind of block it is, what caused it and how long it’s been there.  

When we introduce reiki to our problem the reiki energy flows in and begins to soften the block, untangle the mess, or close the break or crack.  It uses our aura and chakras like a surfer ride the waves to get where it needs to go to bring light back into us. It’s the light or universal life force that does the healing.  Reiki also works with the intelligence of our body to remind it of its perfect function.  It removes the things that are blocking our body from doing its job efficiently.  Our body knows what to do and how to heal, but the dense blockages and tangles will interfere with that.  When that happens we need the help of reiki.  Reiki treatments can prevent long term problems from becoming “incurable” because the block will literally starve us of light.  Without the light we cannot heal, grow or be inspired to change.

How does it work?

We all have an electromagnetic field around and through us - it’s called an aura. We also have energy vortexes all over us called chakras.  There are seven major chakras that line up along our spine that do the heavy lifting, and there are hundreds of minor chakras placed at joints, palms of hands, soles of feet.    

We use our aura and chakras to observe the world around us, manage our intake and release of energy, keep our energy in balance and support our physical body.  Without our aura our body will not last.  We also connect with each other and our higher selves and with God.  It’s our aura and chakras that let us know the “vib” in the room, moods and intentions of other, and brings in the light and universal life force we need to sustain ourselves and heal. The reiki energy uses the aura and chakras to enter our bodies and being the healing process.

CWS reiki article pic.jpg use with all article postsActually, no, but you do need to be in a receptive space to get the full benefit of this healing power. If you are not, you can unintentionally reflect the Reiki away from you.  Just as if you don’t take the medicine your doctor prescribes, you won’t get the benefits of it, and your healing will be stalled, slowed or may not happen.  But, being receptive can be pretty easy and Reiki only needs a crack, not 100% surrender to get in.  Reiki is unconditional love and divinely intelligent and understands we have fears, doubts and beliefs that challenge us.  The gentle hug reiki gives us helps us to relax and trust that we are not breaking any spiritual laws when we say yes, I need help.   

There are religions that have trouble accepting Reiki as a gift from God and warn their parishioners against it; saying that only God can heal.  I’d like to remind everyone that Reiki practitioners are taught to be a channel of God’s love and the only thing they have to do is let that love flow.  God does the rest.  No matter what religious belief you have, you deserve to be loved and live a life of joy and abundance and Reiki can help make that happen without cutting God out of the picture.